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Choosy Moms Choose Their Pews @ Segullah
  -  Photo Credit: Anthony Easton via Creative Commons Even though I attend sacrament meeting...

Book Review: How the Light Gets In @ Segullah
  -  Keira Shae references Cohen’s iconic lyrics in the title of her new memoir, How the...

"Artifact or Artifice?" Orson Scott Card's Brilliant 1993 Essay Still Rings True @ Mormanity
  -  Twenty-five years ago a famous name among fiction writers, Orson Scott Card, gave a...

July 2018 Editorial and Table of Contents @ Segullah
  -  In between pumping breastmilk and frying bacon this morning, I paused to suss out the...

Interview with Featured Artist Abigail Muldowney @ Segullah
  -  Abigail Muldowney is our Featured Artist for Summer 2018. Congratulations on winning...

Transport by Kelly Moore @ Segullah
  -  Transport by Kelly Moore   I collect the burrs you leave behind those clinging to my...

Where There Once Was Snow @ Segullah
  -   Where There Once Was Snow by Susan Jeffers   The hawk glides silently...

Pioneer Day by Kate Hansen @ Segullah
  -  Pioneer Day by Kate Hansen Last night my smoke detector went off after a pot of rice...

Interview with Melissa Dalton-Bradford on her work with “Their Story is Our Story” @ Segullah
  -  Interview with Melissa Dalton-Bradford on her work with “Their Story is Our...

Spending Time with Cain and Abel @ Segullah
  -  Spending Time with Cain and Abel: Sibling Rivalry I am now back from a short stretch...

Elegy @ Segullah
  -  My grandpa has a recipe in his box—baked beans for 50.  “It’s easily upped,” he...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 8 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Competition Restrained by a Higher Good (Part 2)Who Really Believes in Unfettered...

Coach Lindsay's Power Secret for Success in Tennis and in Life! @ Mormanity
  -  Roger Federer, courtesy of Wikipedia.Tonight I'll confess to having watched some...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27: 1Ki 12-14, 2 Chr 17:1-10 & 20:1-30 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  In these chapters, “the golden age” of Israel comes to an end as United...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26: King Solomon, 1 Kings 3-11 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  We skip chapters to move into Kings today, but it’s useful to recap the history....

Misdiagnosis! @ Mormanity
  -  A few days ago a grieving mom in Shanghai, a good friend of ours, shared some tragic news...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25- Psalms @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Psalms is one of the most-often quoted books in the New Testament. Psalm 110, in fact, is...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 8 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Competition Restrained By a Higher Good (Part 1)The fundamental question of management...

Old TestamentGospel Doctrine lesson 24- 2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  As I gather most people are past these chapters, and I happen to be crazy busy, I am not...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23: 1 Samuel 18-24 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Here’s the podcast on these chapters, with some useful notes. The purpose of this...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22: 1 Samuel 9-17 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First off,  go listen to my old podcast here where I talk about David, Goliath, and...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20- Ruth and Samuel 1 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today, we’re focusing entirely on Ruth, and then just on a small section of Ruth....

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21: 1Samuel 1-3, 8 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, here is my podcast for this lesson. Now, as we move into books like Samuel and...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 19- Judges @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  The Book of Judges begins with the death of Joshua, and is arranged in very distinct and...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18- Joshua @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  We are now out of the Pentateuch, into what’s called the Deuteronomistic History,...

Praise for Jared W. Ludlow’s New Book, Exploring the Apocrypha from a Latter-day Saint Perspective @ Mormanity
  -  Jared W. Ludlow’s new book, Exploring the Apocrypha from a Latter-day Saint Perspective...

Joseph Smith's Universe and Some Ruminations on Chinese Sci-Fi @ Mormanity
  -  One of my favorite projects recently was preparing an unusual article for The Interpreter...

On Not Being God’s Victim (or, Nephi is Still Responsible for Killing Laban)   @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  An unsettling tendency among religious people, especially those with a strong belief in...

Now Let Us Rejoice in the Hymnbook Revisions @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The Church has announced that the hymnbook and children’s songbook are both going...

Our Donald @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Evangelical Christians aren’t typically big on saying the Lord’s Prayer, but...

Touched by the Worldwide Youth Devotional with President Nelson and His Wife @ Mormanity
  -  Although it's been several years since I qualified as a youth in the Church, I was still...

Do women really like Elder Uchtdorf more? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Yes. Yes they do. Or, at least it looks like they do more on Facebook. Here’s a...

Out of the Best Books: Donald Parry's Valuable Poetic Parallelisms in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  If you don't have this book already, I recommend that you download (for free!) one of the...

Ending Therapy @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Next week, I’m ending work with a therapist I’ve been seeing for over a decade. This...

Remembering June 9, 1978 @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  In honor of the fortieth anniversary of the announcement of the revelation that ended one...

Finding God Again, Except Not Really;  An Overly Long Narrative of My Recent Spiritual Journey @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It was about two years ago that I decided I was done, that I was giving up on religion....

The Oldest Hebrew Inscription and the Psalms in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Tiny silver amulets engraved with Hebrewfrom the era of King Josiah, found at Ketef...

The High Suicide Rate in the Mountain States: Possible Effect of Altitude @ Mormanity
  -  The relatively higher suicide rates in Utah and other Mountain States has often been...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 7 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A Nation of Owners (Part 2)The Federal ModelEach responsible citizen in the United States...

Likes of Q15 Members on Facebook @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Here’s a chart showing the total number of likes of Q15 members on Facebook as of...

I Couldn’t Resist Happiness @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve often seen the inoculation model proposed as a way to equip people to deal with...

Democracy in the Ancient Americas? Maybe Not So Ridiculous After All @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon has often been criticized for its introduction of a form of democracy...

Engines of Beauty @ Mormanity
  -  "Mandarin Fish," the winning work from a recent art contest, shown above (courtesy of...

Making Ministering Holy @ Peculiar People
  -  My priesthood lesson prompt was very open-ended: “ministering.” My mind leapt to the...

Elder Gong in Shanghai @ Mormanity
  -  Shanghai was blessed to be visited by Elder Gerrit W. Gong, a newly called Apostle of The...

Intriguing Comments on Brian Stubbs' Work on Possible Old World Connections to Uto-Aztecan Languages @ Mormanity
  -  After I published "The Next Big Thing in LDS Apologetics: Strong Semitic and Egyptian...

Family size and church leadership @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This guest post comes to us courtesy of Christian N. K. Anderson. Recently, a friend told...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 7 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A Nation of Owners (Part 1)Employees are being paid to produce, not to make themselves...

Some Tips on Writing Fake Mormon Newsroom Stories @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  This morning my son emailed me a link to the now infamous fake news story about President...

New Document Discovered from a Book of Mormon Witness @ Mormanity
  -  From the Juvenile Instructor blog, we have an important new finding regarding a Book of...

When a Child Has a Fracture, Why Are the Parents Presumed Guilty Until Proven Innocent? @ Mormanity
  -  In the end the parents got their children back, but it took two years of separation and...

Dove Song: A Review @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Just to declare my potential biases up-front: I received a copy of Dove Song: Heavenly...

A Pie-in-the-Sky Blueprint for a New Political Party @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  If I had the time and money (hence, pie in the sky), I would love to start a new...

Two Witnesses, Witnessed by Sally Parker @ Mormanity
  -  The vast body of scholarship on the witnesses to the Book of Mormon paints a consistent...

Cultural Misappropriation: Much Worse Than You Thought @ Mormanity
  -  Some Americans are steaming about the shocking incident in Salt Lake City when a young...

Li Jing, China's Mysterious Long-Distance Horse Rider, Has Finally Been Found and Rides Again! @ Mormanity
  -  Li Jing has now been found in Russia and connected to the international Long Riders'...

Joseph the Amusing Teller of Tall Tales: Lucy Mack Smith's Puzzling Statement in Perspective @ Mormanity
  -  One of the pillars of disbelief for critics of the Book of Mormon is the notion that...

No, I Did Not Keep My “Maiden” Name @ Peculiar People
  -      Recently my alma mater, Brigham Young, mailed a request for donations. To...

Another Reversal: Why Is King David So Absent in Book of Mormon Discourse? @ Mormanity
  -  One of the many curious aspects of the Book of Mormon is the frequency with which...

Explicit and Implicit Doctrines in the Book of Mormon @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  There are doctrines in the Book of Mormon that are taught explicitly, and there are...

Don't Ignore Complexity: A Broad Look at a Basic Book of Mormon Issue @ Mormanity
  -  The more complex a machine is, the more beautiful and awe-inspiring it can be. Great...

The Alternative to Alternative Facts @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The alternative to alternative facts is, of course, real facts. So, in the interest of...

When Engineers Err: My Favorite Story from General Conference @ Mormanity
  -  Listening to General Conference has been a profound pleasure for us over here in China,...

The Hope of the Resurrection: Renewed Awareness from Two Painful Experiences in One Day @ Mormanity
  -  On the Wednesday before Easter (March 28), two shocking events gave me renewed reason to...

Another First: An Apostle in an Interracial Marriage @ Peculiar People
  -  There’s no denying the historic nature of Saturday’s sustaining vote for two...

What Will Combined MP Quorums Mean? @ Small and Simple
  -  In a shocking announcement during the Priesthood Session of the 2018 March/April General...

An International Church with More Visibly International Apostles @ Mormanity
  -  A familiar face for longtime members of the Church in Shanghai and the Asia Area in...

Why I’ll No Longer Go to Priesthood Interviews Alone @ Peculiar People
  -  The more stories break about women who’ve been abused or sexually harassed by...

Where Horses Can Take You, and My Quest for Li Jing (李荆) @ Mormanity
  -  Li Jing, China's Greatest Long Distance Rider and the Subject of My New QuestOne of the...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 6 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A Nation of Wage Earners (Part 2)The Individual versus the Human ResourceThe fundamental...

Priesthood Leaders and Abuse of Power @ Peculiar People
  -  The interview between an anonymous woman and Joseph Bishop, a former MTC president, is...

Monsters Among Us: Can the Men Who’ve Sexually Harassed and Assaulted Reform? @ Peculiar People
  -    Author’s note: I originally wrote this post months ago, just as the #MeToo...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 6 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A Nation of Wage Earners (Part 1)Sure, cried the tenant men, but it’s our land. We...

Why A Wrinkle in Time Falls Short @ Peculiar People
  -  More than a week since opening night, A Wrinkle in Time has evoked some surprisingly...

The Cost of a Kidney Stone @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  If you have never had a kidney stone, count yourself blessed. I had one in 1999 after...

Dealing with Difficult Questions @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while. I’ve been busy going over page proofs...

Your Bishop Won’t Save You From Abuse @ Peculiar People
  -  In the wake of revelations about former White House Chief of Staff Rob Porter, another...

How Can Anyone Remain a Mormon in the Face of All the “Facts”? @ Small and Simple
  -  One of the things that you will see sometimes in anti-Mormon forums is what appears to be...

About That Taylor Christensen Video @ Small and Simple
  -  There is a video making the Mormon facebook circuit by Taylor Christensen.  He starts...

On Mormons and Planets @ Peculiar People
  -  One of the most common canards about Mormon teachings —embraced by attempted comics...

The Day I Interviewed Elder Russell M. Nelson @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  One day when I was working as a senior editor at Church magazines, I had the opportunity...

One Mormon Feminist’s Thoughts on the New First Presidency @ Peculiar People
  -  A friend recently asked me to share my thoughts on Russell M. Nelson’s appointment...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 5 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Of Course the Rich Are Getting Richer (Part 2)The Irrelevance of Right and LeftNeither...

The New York Times Thomas Monson Obituary and Fake News @ Small and Simple
  -  The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently died, and the...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 5 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Of Course the Rich Are Getting Richer (Part 1)Often there is one pay system for...

Perfect College Football Playoff System: 2017 Version @ Small and Simple
  -  Several years ago I published to the world the perfect college football playoff system. ...

Moderate Worship Losing Ground @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  While it’s not really new news, Sociological Science had an interesting story on how...

Clarifying the Principle of Confession @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The LDS practice of male Church leaders holding interviews with youth has been in the...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 4 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  When Speed Looks Like Growth (Part 2)The Technological TrapEver-increasing productivity...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 4 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  When Speed Looks Like Growth (Part 1)Nothing in the modern workplace, and very little in...

Book Review: An American Sickness @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  If there is one book you should read in the coming months, it is Elisabeth Rosenthal’s...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Divine Hiddenness Argument @ Small and Simple
  -  The fourth week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion focuses on the...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 3 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Not EverythingThat Grows Is Good (Part 2)Our Outrageous Demand for ProfitsIt is important...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 3 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Not EverythingThat Grows Is GoodGrowth of healthy organisms is a natural phenomenon, but...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 2 @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Consumerism: A Perfect CircleThat’s Empty in the Middle[Note: This chapter seems a bit...

I Mourn for My Country @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Tonight I mourn for my country. I mourn for those who lost their lives or were injured in...

Recycled High Council Stuff @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I'll get back to Economic Insanity with the next post, but some of the conference talks...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: Friendly Disagreement, Testimonial Knowledge, and the Importance of Fellowship @ Small and Simple
  -  The third week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion addresses...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Conflict Between Science and Religion @ Small and Simple
  -  In the second week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion, professor...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Mind and The Religious Experience @ Small and Simple
  -  I am taking an online course through Coursera on Philosophy, Science and Religion.  In...

Testimony and the Spiritual Experience @ Small and Simple
  -  I was raised in the religious tradition of my parents, which happens to be The Church of...

Bows, Arrows & the Book of Mormon @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  This is just a “holder” post for a discussion I was having over whether...

Salvation in Mormonism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Robert at Scriptural Mormonism does a good job discussing the place of grace in “old...

Terryl Givens on Mormons at the Forefront @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Terryl Givens has up an essay at First Things called “Mormons at the Forefront.”...

God and Evolutionary Psychology @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Evolutionary psychology suggests God makes more sense than not. I’m not sure he sees...

PEL on Scientism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -   “…[scientism] is contributing to a growing trend on the left, quite as ferocious...

Stats on LDS Retention @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a short post as I’m planning a longer post on this topic at T&S next week. A...

Blogging at T&S @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a note I’m blogging at Times and Seasons for the next while. I’ll still post...

Mormon Millennials Becoming More Republican @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Somehow I missed that UVU (just a few blocks from work) was having a religious liberty...

Gallup on Number of Mormons @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’d missed this when it came out. Gallup does regular interviews and keeps track of the...