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I Am the Queen of Mediocrity @ Segullah
  -  When I was seven years old, I imagined that I could be anything. I pictured my future as...

Book Review: Finding Mother God by Carol Lynn Pearson @ Segullah
  -  As a poet and editor, my instinct in reviewing a poetry collection is to evaluate its...

Trying to Take the Shine off Shinehah: Vogel's Response to a Commonly Cited Evidence for Book of Abraham Authenticity @ Mormanity
  -  This morning I was reading from what may be the premier work of Latter-day Saint...

A Heretic Reviews General Conference, April 2021 @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Funniest number: The statistical report gives Church membership as 16,663,663. So five...

New Scholarship on the Influence of the Small Plates on Mormon's Writings @ Mormanity
  -  One of the things that fascinates me in my role as a co-editor for the Interpreter...

Rehearsing Doubt @ Josiah Reckons
  -  One way of both protecting ourselves and others may be to prepare for these doubt by...

Recorded Devotional for Seminary Seniors who Didn’t Get the Old Testament @ Ben Spackman
  -  With the alignment of Seminary to the Come Follow Me schedule, this year’s high...

Nutrition and COVID: We Need More Science to Follow @ Mormanity
  -  While there has been a lot of good news for the country in recent weeks, with millions...

Thoughts on a Pandemic Year @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   It has certainly been a year to remember. I have to go back a few months before the...

Tales from the Archive: Henry Eyring Teaches the First Presidency about Carbon-14 Dating @ Ben Spackman
  -  Henry Eyring Sr. taught chemistry at the University of Utah, but also served on the...

Geocentric Astronomy in the Book of Abraham? Dan Vogel's Refutation of LDS Scholars @ Mormanity
  -   Circumpolar star trails in a long-exposure photo of several hours, showing that...

A Highlight from Dan Vogel's Book: A Clever Explanation for the Most Obvious Evidence of Scribes Using an Existing Translation in Making the Book of Abraham Manuscripts @ Mormanity
  -  In my previous posts reviewing Dan Vogel's recent Book of Abraham Apologetics (Salt Lake...

Missing Some of the Most Important Questions, Documents, and Evidences: Part 3 of My Review of Dan Vogel's Book @ Mormanity
  -  In Part 1 and Part 2 of my review on Dan Vogel's newly published Book of Abraham...

Spring Journal 2021, Annual Contest Winners Issue @ Segullah
  -  Featured Image: “Exultation” by Linda Hoffman Kimball Spring Journal 2021,...

Visual Arts Contest Winners @ Segullah
  -  Segullah is honored to recognize two talented artists of this year’s 2021 Visual...

Prose Contest Winner @ Segullah
  -  Featured image: Linda Hoffman Kimball’s, “Zion’s Bright Trio”...

Poetry Contest First Place Winner @ Segullah
  -  Featured image: “Giraffe” collage by Linda Hoffman Kimball Poetry First...

Poetry Contest Second Place Winner @ Segullah
  -  Featured image by Linda Hoffman Kimball Poetry Second Place: Anne Thomas   Gift...

Poetry Third Place Winner @ Segullah
  -  Featured image: “Zion’s Glory” by Linda Hoffman Kimball Poetry Third...

Poetry Honorable Mention (Second) @ Segullah
  -  Featured Image by Linda Hoffman Kimball Poetry Honorable Mention (Second): Hannah Uffens...

Many Hits But Plenty of Misses in Vogel's Book: Part 2 of My Review of Book of Abraham Apologetics @ Mormanity
  -  I'm nearly finished with Dan Vogel's book, Book of Abraham Apologetics: A Review and...

The Valediction of Moses: A 2,700-Year-Old Biblical Document Long Said to Be a Forgery Gains New Respect @ Mormanity
  -  A version of the book of Deuteronomy, long said to be forgery, has just been declared...

Time to Till @ Segullah
  -  I began to see the parable of the sower in a different light when my husband and I taught...

Tales from the Archive: Apostasy at the Logan Institute @ Ben Spackman
  -  In 1950, a number of LDS teachers at the Logan Institute and BYU signed a letter to...

What is an eye single to the glory of God? @ Josiah Reckons
  -  An eye that is single indicates generosity

What's New at BYU Studies? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   The quick answer is, “A lot.” The longer answer is, of course, what you’re...

Just Started Dan Vogel's New Book: Already Chagrined by the Treatment of Champollion @ Mormanity
  -  I just began reading the latest book on the Book of Abraham, Dan Vogel's Book of Abraham...

Invisible (Mormon) Women @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   In her book Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men, Caroline Criado...

Science as a Legitimate Contributor to our Knowledge of Creation and Earth History @ Ben Spackman
  -  As noted in a prior post, Orson F. Whitney authored the 1909 First Presidency statement...

D&C 20:1, Plain Reading, and Literal Reading; or, Chexegesis Before You Wrexegesis @ Ben Spackman
  -  The line “check yourself before you wreck yourself” is from a rap song and...

Joanna Brooks’s Mormonism and White Supremacy @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I recently read (listened to, actually[1]) Joanna Brooks’s book Mormonism and White...

A Gift from Biblical Reproductions: Alma the Son of Judah on a Bar Kochba Letter @ Mormanity
  -  There's an interesting business, Biblical Reproductions, selling authorized reproductions...

A quick note on the blog, Amazon, and compliance @ Ben Spackman
  -  I’ve been writing online for about 17 years, and now with my own site, I get the...

Temple Ratings on Google Maps, Part 2 @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Last week, I put up a post where I looked at ratings of LDS temples on Google Maps. This...

Dark Waters, Endocrine Disruptors, and Self-Regulating Corporations @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   During the pandemic, since we don’t eat out at restaurants or go to movie...

Temple Ratings on Google Maps, Part 1 @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I read a mention somewhere recently of the fact that you can rate and review LDS temples...

What I’m Doing Here, and What I Hope Others Will Do @ Ben Spackman
  -  I am not an “evolution apologist.” Although I suspect I have more scientific...

Why Does the Book of Mormon Say the Nephites "Had Come Down to Believe in Their [the Gaddianton Robbers'] Works"? @ Mormanity
  -  No, I'm not saying anything in this post about secret combinations and how to identify...

The 1909 First Presidency Statement in Its Historical Context @ Ben Spackman
  -  Some Latter-day Saints have touted the 1909 First Presidency statement as the definitive...

New Testament Valentines @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   Image credit: Micheile Henderson on Unsplash. Previous years: Correlated...

Tales from the Archives: Mission President?! @ Ben Spackman
  -  Imagine coming off your mission, and later getting called back, but as Mission President....

Finding Reliable Sources of Information @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   The following is a priesthood lesson I presented on January 10, the Sunday after...

Fighting in the Comments at the Church Newsroom @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Before I read all the contentious comments on the Church Newsroom group post that...

The Fox at My Door @ Mormanity
  -   Tuesday night as I was turning off the lights and preparing to sleep, I stood next to...

Sharper than a two-edged sword @ Josiah Reckons
  -  Four years ago, when Sunday school last covered D&C, I puzzled over the phrase...

The Wickedness of Hand-washing @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  For context, read comments on this Church Newsroom post about GAs getting vaccinated for...

The Future of the GOP and the Decisions Facing LDS Republicans @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   The Republican Party is at a difficult crossroads, especially after the...

More on the Book of Abraham Manuscripts: What Spelling Errors Teach Us @ Mormanity
  -  I received a kind email from Kyler Rasmussen in response to arguments I have made about...

The field is white @ Josiah Reckons
  -  When you grow up in rural Waikato, New Zealand, the fields aren’t white around the time...

Joseph Fielding Smith on Scriptural interpretation and Scientific Conflict @ Ben Spackman
  -  My dissertation involves a lot of President Joseph Fielding Smith, particularly the way...

A Gift From an Early "Anti-Mormon" Attack on the Book of Abraham: Clear Evidence About the Source of Joseph's Translation @ Mormanity
  -  In several posts over the years here at Mormanity and on my website, I've noted that the...

Run and not be Weary? @ Josiah Reckons
  -  Among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, the phrase “run...

Nacle Notebook 2020: Funniest Comments @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Twenty twenty was a decidedly unfunny year. To me, though, this meant that we had more...

Understanding the God of the Old Testament: An Evangelical Scholar Explains the Meaning of "God Is Love" @ Mormanity
  -  Evangelical Bible scholar Ben Witherington has written a deeply interesting essay on the...

The only True and Living Church @ Josiah Reckons
  -  In D&C 1, the section prefacing the Doctrine and Covenants, it talks of “the...

More on the Limits of "Endless" and "Eternal" in the Book of Mormon: Awaking from "Endless Sleep" and the "Eternal Band of Death" @ Mormanity
  -  In a recent previous post, "'From Whence They Can No More Return': What Lehi Teaches Us...

Janus Parallelism in Alma 32 and 33? @ Mormanity
  -  Alma uses the verb "spring" in an interesting way in his sermon to the Zoramites in Alma...

I read 2200 comments on the Church Newsroom post so you don’t have to. @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Two weeks ago, the US Electoral College voted Joe Biden in as the next US President. The...

Christmas Mother Decorations @ Josiah Reckons
  -  What do Christmas trees mean to you?

The Jewish Copper Plates of Cochin, India and a Hint of an Ancient Jewish Tradition of Writing on Metal Plates @ Mormanity
  -  A recent post here critiqued an attempt to explain the origins of the book of Ether based...

Most correct book on Earth @ Josiah Reckons
  -  In 1841, Joseph Smith told the council of the twelve “that the Book of Mormon was the...

Three short memories of gifts and service @ Josiah Reckons
  -  “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under...

Religious Liberty: Have We Forgotten the Pain of the Hutterites? @ Mormanity
  -  College students these days learn what a wise leader President Woodrow Wilson was, a good...

"From Whence They Can No More Return": What Lehi Teaches Us About the Book of Mormon's Harsh Language on Hell @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon's teachings on hell sometimes sound much harsher than what we...

Four Types of Chiasmus in Deuteronomy and Jeremiah, with Implications for the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Students of biblical literature and of the Book of Mormon can now access an important new...

A Most Appropriate Thanksgiving Message for This Day: President Nelson on the Power of Gratitude @ Mormanity
  -  I just listened to President Nelson's short message delivered at noon (Central Time) via...

The Perfect Virus @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   If the Chinese had indeed attempted to design a virus that would disrupt American...

The Human Brain and Rational Thought @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Lately, I have been living a dual existence. By day, I am the editorial director at...

Video of My Presentation with Noel Reynolds, “'Strong Like Unto Moses': The Case for Ancient Roots in the Book of Moses" @ Mormanity
  -  On Sept. 18 and 19, 2020 in Provo, Utah, the Interpreter Foundation sponsored a virtual...

Sabbath Speeches: Humility, Grace, and Faith @ Josiah Reckons
  -  Sabbath Speeches is a new feature of the blog where I post sermons I give in church...

The Dangers of Censorship: Static Science, Diminished Liberty, and a Population in the Dark @ Mormanity
  -  A few weeks ago I made a post on Linkedin.com that cited a report on the apparent media...

An Update in the Scholarship Regarding the Archaic Language in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  One of the most interesting puzzles about the Book of Mormon is the recent discovery that...

The Republican (and LDS) Fascination with Authoritarianism @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve been wondering lately about the obvious fascination both Republicans and...

What Does It Mean to Be Conservative in Today’s Republican Party? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I’m going to quote three “conservatives” in this column. I want you to know this up...

The Gaping Hole in the Church’s Official Policy on Abortion @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Several years ago, my high priests group had a lesson on a topic I can’t now recall....

An Open Letter to My Republican Friends @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The election that is just over four months away is certainly the most important election...

More on Utilitarianism @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Following up on a previous post, let’s look at utilitarianism in the Book of Mormon. It...

Remembering Pvt. Amos Franklin Terry Jr. on Memorial Day 2020 @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The beginnings of Memorial Day are a bit confused. Apparently, the May holiday began as...

A Real Miracle Drug? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  For many years now I’ve been doing an experiment with a drug that seems to have an...

Opening the Economy, Utilitarianism, Abortion, and Our Pressing Ethical Project @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  One of the best books I’ve read in recent years is, surprisingly, a textbook: The...

Donald Trump, MD @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  There is nothing Donald Trump likes more than being in front of television cameras,...

What to Do with the Money? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  We live in strange times. Here we were, cruising along, living under the delusion that...

Last Nurse Standing and the Coronapocalypse @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  These are odd times. But sometimes crises have their lighter side. My daughter is a...

Streamlining Temple Ordinances @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I’ve been thinking about temple ordinances and wondering if we couldn’t streamline...

URLs for My Mormon Studies Articles and Essays @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I decided it might be useful for me, if not for others, to have the URLs to all my Mormon...

Donald or Jesus? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  In a revelation given to Joseph Smith on August 6, 1833, we find the following: “When...

Power and Corruption @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Corruption is in the news almost constantly these days. Of course, we’re all aware of...

How Can a Latter-day Saint Vote Republican in Trump’s America? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging. Life’s been busy, and I’ve been working...

Statistics, Misconceptions, and the Imperatives of Millennialism @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The Deseret News ran an article this week about the American Family Survey, an annual...

The Antiquated Second Amendment @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  One of the most confusing, misunderstood, and misapplied pieces of the Constitution is...

Pyrric Victories @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  JSTOR on Pyrric victories and the origin of the term.

Jerusalem’s Economy in Second Temple Period @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’ve always had the assumption that the Jerusalem region was fairly poor — perhaps...

Chris on Religious Evolution @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Chris Goble has an interesting Twitter thread on the emergence of monotheism in axial...

Getting the Blog Back Together @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’ve been posting regularly at Times and Seasons and plan on continuing with that....

To the People Defending the Church’s Decision to Ditch the “Mormon” Nickname @ Peculiar People
  -  First, I want you to know that I respect your decision to call yourself something other...

The Women Who Enable Abusive Men @ Peculiar People
  -  After the Kavanaugh hearing last Thursday, an image went viral that depicted a row of...

Joseph, Potiphar’s Wife, and the Truth about False Allegations @ Peculiar People
  -    In response to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh,...

Robert Kirby and Edgy Mormon Men @ Peculiar People
  -  Like many progressive Mormons, I’ve enjoyed Robert Kirby’s self-deprecating...

To the Men Who Grabbed McKenna Denson and Dragged her away from the Pulpit @ Peculiar People
  -  To the men who grabbed McKenna Denson without her consent and dragged her away from the...

Why Would a Feminist Keep her Father’s Name? @ Peculiar People
  -    Back in April I wrote about my experience with software systems and institutions...

Mormon: The New Shibboleth @ Peculiar People
  -  Here’s hoping Lindsey releases a new, revised video: I’m a member of Church...

Sorry to Bother You: The (Human) Body as Technology @ Peculiar People
  -  This review contains major spoilers for Boots Riley’s 2018 film Sorry to Bother You....

Do Married Mormon Men Understand Consent? @ Peculiar People
  -    Image obtained through creative commons. I was 28 years old when I got married...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...