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Teaching the Ideal, Living the Real @ Segullah
  -  I first realized that my parents had sinned when I was about 13 years old. The lesson...

The Hidden Telos of Marriage @ Peculiar People
  -  As I made my way through the 100+ page ruling of the recent Supreme Court decision on gay...

Weird LDS Songs on Apple Music @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  So like many of you I’ve been trying out the new Apple Music service.1 I’d had a few...

Are There Cookies in Heaven? @ Segullah
  -  I sit next to the bathtub with an auger, trying to get out what is shaping up to be a...

Same-Sex Marriage and Respecting Gay People @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  While I disagree with the church’s position on same-sex marriage, I don’t think...

How’s Your Heart? @ Segullah
  -   “How’s your heart?” he asked. This was not your typical question when receiving a...

Why Kids Avoid Literature @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Good article I came across on Twitter about why college kids are avoiding literature....

Economic Equality (Part 4: Transforming Our System of Ownership) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Around the turn of the twentieth century, Latter-day Saints formally abandoned not just...

What Exactly Are We Defending The Family From? @ Mormon Mentality
  -   I admit I am pretty worn out. It has been a hectic few days since the Supreme Court...

A Beautiful Ukrainian Perspective: How Can I Be Useful to the Lord? @ Mormanity
  -  Sunday I attended church in Hangzhou where we had a wonderful sacrament meeting that...

Peculiar Treasures: Who, What, When, Wheres and Whys @ Segullah
  -   Where love is multiple chairs all around a neighbourhood. Why you should think again...

Sabbath Revival: “Love Heals” @ Segullah
  -  In what ways has love healed you? Jaimie elegantly shares her thoughts about how love...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24: John 16-17 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today’s chapters continue Jesus’ final sermon at the last supper, which...

Me, Rex and the Supreme Court @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Clockwise: Rex at top, Rob, Elise, Ty, Jennifer and me in the center, right where I...

From the archives: Elder Oaks Shows Us the Way Forward @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In light of the US Supreme Court’s decision today to legalize gay marriage across...

Twelve @ Segullah
  -  When my first child was born nearly twelve years ago, I was more concerned about learning...

Economic Equality (Part 3: The Mondragon Model) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   A common reaction to the possibility of worker ownership on a large scale is to dismiss...

Holy Shikes, What Happened to Father’s Day? @ Mormon Mentality
  -   On Father’s Day I posted a short, sweet anecdote about a girl in my ward who...

Mormonism’s Truth Claims and The Claims of ‘Truth’ Seekers @ Small and Simple
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How To: Wish Someone Happy Birthday @ Segullah
  -   I believe in the importance of birthdays. Not birth (space) days, although those are...

Another Year, Another Mormon Feminist Silenced at Church @ Peculiar People
  -  If someone had asked me three or five years ago whether I feared retribution for being an...

Halvor and Hannah Ronning: Inspiring Missionaries to China @ Mormanity
  -  One of my favorite books on China portrays Chinese history in the past 120 years through...

Peculiar Treasures: A Little Help @ Segullah
  -   The Beatles tune “I get by with a little help from my friends” whispered...

A Mormon Voyage @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In his brief history of India’s geography, Land of the Seven Rivers, Sanjeev Sanyal...

Best Father’s Day Ever @ Mormon Mentality
  -   In Sacrament meeting this morning, a teenage girl was asked to give an impromptu...

Sabbath Revival: ” Knowing Father” @ Segullah
  -  It’s Father’s Day in the USA, so today’s post is especially apropos. It...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23: Luke 22, John 13-15. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Luke 22 opens with “Satan enter[ing] into Judas called...

Happiness Guilt @ Segullah
  -  When life is this happy, I start to feel guilty. Life is really good right now. And so I...

Practicing Polygamy Versus Being Polygamous @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  How do we describe Mormon polygamy? I’ve often seen it said that 19th century...

Where Thieves Break Through and Steal: Your Bank Account (in China or Elsewhere) @ Mormanity
  -  An increasing number of friends are reporting troubling cases of theft from their China...

Economic Equality (Part 2: Widespread, Limited Ownership) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Were we to become serious about restructuring our errant economic system and equalizing...

Mainstream Christian and LDS Feminism @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This is a basic overview of feminist theological issues. I have a vague memory that I...

On Unconditional Love @ Small and Simple
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22: Matthew 25 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  A short commentary tonight, which I’ll try to update later this week. Matthew 25 is...

The Relative Merits of Distinguishing the ‘Church’ from the ‘Gospel’ @ Small and Simple
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Jaredite Barges: Clearing the Air (with the Help of a Confusing Electric Piano) @ Mormanity
  -  I was sure the simple instructions were wrong as I assembled the frame for the Casio...

The Covenant Keeper’s Guide to Attending Church While on Vacation @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  You may have heard that it has been said by them of old time that covenant keepers will...

Good News Update @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Due to the plague hitting my house, I have been delayed in relaying this news to you. We...

Equality as a Moral Ideal @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  “Equality as a Moral Ideal” by Harry Frankfurt. It’s interesting to me how many...

Economic Equality (Part 1: A Worldly Rationale for a Heavenly Requirement) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the past few posts, I’ve talked about how our corporate system is largely...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21: Matthew 24 + JST Matthew 24 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today covers only one chapter, an interesting one. Known sometimes as the Olivet...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20: Matt 21:1-11, 23-46; 23; John 12:1-8 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  We’re getting into the last week of Jesus’ life. Since it was on sale, I...

Thinking of Mortal Life as a Test @ Small and Simple
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Short Gospel Doctrine Lesson 19 and Book Review of The New Testament Made Harder @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve gotten behind, due to some unanticipated red-eye travel cross-country,...

Church President Probability Changes with Elder Perry’s Death @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Elder L. Tom Perry died on May 30th at the age of 92. I’m sure you won’t be...

A False Dichotomy: Freedom vs. Equality @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Although there are significant differences between America’s two major political...

Clement of Alexandria, Temple Mysteries, and the Divine Potential of Man @ Mormanity
  -  One of the earliest Christian writers after the New Testament era was Clement of...

Faulconer Interviewed at Prosblogion @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Jim Faulconer is interviewed at one of the oldest philosophy of religion blogs,...

Quote . . . Close Quote @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I make the Sunday bulletins for my ward. I typically put a quote from a scripture or a...

Adjudicating Disagreements @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I wanted to get back to my religion & epistemology posts again. Back in March I asked...

True Detective & the Flat Circle @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Nice discussion of True Detective and the philosophical notion of a flat circle. (Largely...

A Mother There or Multiple Mothers There? A look at whether GA statements about Heavenly Mother leave the door open for polygamy @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve always thought that a big positive of the Proclamation on the Family is that...

Use Your Power For Good @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Today is the day you change my world! It’s time for you to pick up your fingers...

Youth Conference in China and the Contributions of Young Single Adults @ Mormanity
  -  Our recent May 2015 Youth Conference in the Shanghai International District of the...

Pew Mormon Retention @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I wanted to touch on one more thing in the recent Pew data. Retention. Now the 2007 Pew...

Alzheimer’s Prevalence in the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  How many of the fifteen men in the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve are...

Phenomenology of Religion @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Over on a thread at T&S we had a tangent on the discussion of myth and the Book of...

Economic Authoritarianism (Part 3: Libertarian Myopia) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Kurt Luchs, author of “Frodo in a World of Boromirs,” an essay that appeared in the...

Religion Always Among Scientists @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  From the comments of Razib’s post he notes that the amount of faith in God has been...

Atonement Theories Part 1 @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Ronan had up a couple of good posts about the substitutionary atonement theory. (Here and...

"I Have Said, 'Ye Are Gods'" -- The Latest Scholarship on the Controversial 82nd Psalm @ Mormanity
  -  Latter-day Saints often need to discuss or defend LDS teachings about the potential of...

The Increasingly Strange Text of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Stanford Carmack's series of four articles at the Mormon Interpreter provide a large body...

Mormon Lit Blitz @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Ok, peeps. It’s time to expand your Mormon literature library to include a bit of...

Economic Authoritarianism (Part 2: The Shred of Truth) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Last week I started with a story about an East German official who appeared on West...

Blame Mom: A Late Mother's Day Gift from CNN, Peggy Drexler, and UC San Diego @ Mormanity
  -  Like most universities, the University of California, San Diego strives to assure parents...

The Human Side of Trees @ Mormanity
  -  Diane Wirth has an interesting article at the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18: Luke 15 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we’re covering less territory. In fact, we can focus entirely on one chapter....

Economic Authoritarianism (Part 1: The Socialism Myth) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In 1976, while I was serving a mission in West Germany, I was told about an East German...

Mother's Day and Grace, Mormon Style @ Mormanity
  -  As I reflected upon Mothers Day and my relationship with my mother, I saw a potential...

My Five Mothers @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I believe we are given as many parents as we need to learn the life lessons that are...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17 (Updated) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today’s lesson covers a grab-bag of parables, many about money. Before getting to...

Grace and the Temple: Insights from a Jewish Scholar @ Mormanity
  -  Some of our fellow Christians misunderstand LDS teachings regarding grace, feeling that...

Same-Sex Marriage and Due Process @ Small and Simple
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Same-Sex Marriage and Prophetic Fallibility @ Small and Simple
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Same-Sex Marriage and A Rational Basis @ Small and Simple
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Same-Sex Marriage and Humanism (It’s not about Love) @ Small and Simple
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16: John 9-10 (Updated) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Two chapters of John today. John 9:1-3 These verses (as well as other scriptural or...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15: John 7-8 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Bits and pieces this week. John 7:1- Who are “the Jews?” John frequently says...

Same-Sex Marriage and Benefits @ Small and Simple
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We Don’t Need No Bible Study @ Mormon Mentality
  -   A couple of my dearest girlfriends have explored life outside of our happy little Mormon...

Same-Sex Marriage and Interracial Marriage @ Small and Simple
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The Ups and Downs of Captivity: Or, Keep Your Knees Bent @ Mormanity
  -  The day my previous post appeared on deliverance and captivity, I experienced a little...

I’ve got Swollen Lymph Nodes @ Mormon Mentality
  -   On both sides of my neck, the lymph nodes are swollen. Not hugely, but just enough to...

Deliverance and Captivity @ Mormanity
  -  A few weeks after moving to Wisconsin long ago, Canadian geese flew over my home and woke...

Is Mormonism optimistic? @ Peculiar People
  -  I’ve been having a problem with optimism lately. My last two blog posts were basically...

"Why Marriage, Why Family"--A Highlight from the 2015 LDS Conference @ Mormanity
  -  For those struggling with questions about the Church's emphasis on marriage, and the...

Satan's Got Your Metadata @ Mormanity
  -  Here in China, privacy is something that is a little different than what Americans might...

The Problem with “Conscience” @ Peculiar People
  -  The last time a state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) made news, I argued...

Two Starting Points for Exploring the Unexplained Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  For critics, the Book of Mormon is ridiculously easy to explain, as I've learned from my...

Easter Musings @ Mormanity
  -  It's Easter Morning here in China. I'd like to share a few recent scattered thoughts as I...

Review: Going Clear @ Peculiar People
  -  David Cross once joked that Mormonism was the Scientology of its day. Like a lot of David...

Shanghai International District and Our Tradition for Young Single Adult Events at District Conference @ Mormanity
  -  For those who work with Young Single Adults (YSAs), I thought I'd share some of the...

New Podcast with Stanford Carmack on Textual Analysis of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Over on the FAIRMormon blog, you can listen to "Syntax and Book of Mormon Authorship –...

Great Literature You May Have Missed: Joseph Smith's First Vision, Explained by Dr. Arthur Henry King @ Mormanity
  -  One of the most impressive figures on the BYU campus when I was a student was Dr. Arthur...

Application Deadline Extended for Wheatley Seminar @ Peculiar People
  -  Advanced undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to participate in a...

Did the Exodus Happen? A Case Where Evidence of "Plagiarism" May Be Evidence of Authenticity in the Biblical Record @ Mormanity
  -  Here's a case in which evidence of "plagiarism" in the Bible may actually be evidence for...

BYU Event on Saturday, March 14, Exploring Early Modern English and Other Complexities in Book of Mormon Language @ Mormanity
  -  Wish I could be in Provo Saturday for an interesting event on some of the complex and...

Adventures in Approaching Zion @ Peculiar People
  -  I ended my last article with the idea that not knowing how to move towards Zion as an...

From The Truth, The Way, and the Life: The Truth About the Way B.H. Roberts Viewed the Book of Mormon at the End of His Life @ Mormanity
  -  Critics often claim that a famous LDS General Authority, intellectual, and prolific...

How Did Joseph Do What He Did in Translating the Book of Mormon? Further Evidence for Early Modern English Influence @ Mormanity
  -  The mystery of Early Modern English (EModE) grammar in the original text of the Book of...

“The Prophecy of This Book” @ Peculiar People
  -  Believers in the Book of Mormon are inevitably acquainted with Revelation 22:18-19: For I...

Inversion @ Peculiar People
  -  Please excuse the strained metaphor. Every now and again I have the chance to head into...

Can Discipline Remain Local in a Global Church? @ Peculiar People
  -  Leading up to Kate Kelly’s disciplinary hearing in 2014, the Church of Jesus...

RootsTech 2014 Review and The Hipster RM @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Listen live HERE and call in at (646)...

Ordain Women {Kate Kelly & Suzette Smith} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Cathy Stokes aka MoDea (the Mormon Madea) @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Faith and Family with Garth Smith and DeAnne Flynn @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Shall we discuss my story Démodé before computers do it for us? @ Mormon Organon
  -  Well it’s a new year and my one New Year’s Resolution was to revive this into...

Finding Faith in 2014 @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Race and the Priesthood in the LDS Church @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Tune in as the Sistas speak with members of The...

Nelson Mandela and Faith-based News + Filmmaker Stephen V. Nelson @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Sheri Dew - Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Sheri Dew stops by SiZ Radio to chat with...

Mormon Women Bare, Katrina Barker Anderson + Journalist, Trent Toone @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Hot Wife, Helpful Husband? @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  What happened to happy wife, happy life? A new study says husbands are happier in their...

She Said, She Said: Mormon Women Bare @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Our girl Jennifer Borget has a blog segment called “He Said, She Said” where she...

Sunday Best: Saturday is a Special Day @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Is Saturday really the day that we get ready for Sunday? Sista Laurel shares her...

Songs for the Soul: He is With Us @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Uplifting music has the power to put us in tune with the Spirit of Lord. The Sistas share...

Marriage Ain't for You {Urban Translation of Marriage Isn't for You} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  If you tuned in to SiZ Radio last night you heard us talking to Seth Adam Smith author of...

Marriage Isn't For You {Seth Adam Smith & Aesha Adams-Roberts} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Luv True Luv... @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Do we really "fall" in love or do we accept, allow, and embrace it? There are several...

It Ain't Even Black History Month! @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  We thought PBS might hold it against us since folks said our Mormon brotha Mitt Romney...

Preachers of L.A. {Is Religion Right for Reality TV?} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

A Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria Osteen { SLC, Utah Review} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

SiZ Radio: 183rd October LDS Conference Review @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

A Girl's Guide to Football with Jessica Kehl @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

An Ordinary Hero: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Loki Mulholland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Mormon Survivor Dawn Meehan + Jack and Sherry Weyland @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

How the Mother of Vampiro Rojo de Santanás Died at the Hand of the Ethicless Thing @ Mormon Organon
  -   I’ve been too busy of late to write any science posts, but here is a little...

SiZ Radio: Be Wise Magazine + Jamaican LDS Pioneer @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Nobody Asked You: A Dose of Unsolicited Christian Advice @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Have you ever made a comment only to hear, "Nobody asked you!" Or read an advice column...

Why evolution matters to LDS Theology @ Mormon Organon
  -  There seems to be a temptation to borrow Christian fundamentalist creationist ideas and...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: Roman Legions of Death, Part 2 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  So to begin. Assume that the story that science tells is tout court correct. That humans...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: A More Harmonious Reading, Part 1 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  This is being posted semi-concurrently at BCC (Posted there about a week earlier than...

Scholar of Moab makes Ben Park’s ‘Nearly Essential Readings’ in Mormonism for Members! @ Mormon Organon
  -  Ben Park has compiled a list of Essential Readings in Mormonism that includes both...

Clark Monson on Wolves @ Mormon Organon
  -  President Monson’s son weighed in on the debate about introducing wolves back into...

On guns @ Mormon Organon
  -  In silence I’ve watched the splashes of opinion on Facebook and among blogs on gun...

Your Christmas gift guide @ Mormon Organon
  -  Having trouble picking which of my books you would like to give for Christmas? Here is a...

Wise advice on Sunday School Teaching @ Mormon Organon
  -  From my friend Blair Hodges: “Too often, the Sunday School teacher doesn’t...

Being Taught After the Manner of the Jews, Again @ Patheos
  -   Perhaps we should read the Book of Mormon aloud in our meetings in concert with the...

Gospel: From Problem to Promise @ Patheos
  -   There is no answer to the question of suffering if an answer means an explanation of...

Protestant and Catholic Mormons @ Patheos
  -   The danger of identifying too closely with being not-Catholic is that we will forget...

Persuasion and Repentance: The Nexus of Faith and Reason @ Patheos
  -   The point of persuasion is to bring about change, a change in us, in our relationship,...

Being Taught after the Manner of the Jews: A Personal Journey @ Patheos
  -   Five key lessons I learned from Torah study on how to read the Book of Mormon.

The Mormon Law of Consecration @ Patheos
  -   Zion may always be in transition and always under revision. Perhaps that is what it...