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Surprise! It’s a TUNNEL!!!! @ Segullah
  -   Rosalyn Eves recently posted a short video to her facebook of the reactions of babies...

Veil of Ignorance & Discrimination @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Interesting post at BCC on religious freedom and LGBTQ rights in light of the Church’s...

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

The Increasingly Interesting Liahona @ Mormanity
  -  In an earlier post here at Mormanity, I discussed an intriguing aspect of the temple that...

Best Tweets of the Day @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Here’s a few more of my favorite links of the past few days. Some might engender a post...

Of the Corporation, by the Corporation, for the Corporation: A Short History Lesson (Part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In recent years, cries of “socialism” have rung out from Republicans whenever...

Cake! @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Yesterday, as soon as it was announced the church was going to hold a press release at...

Surprised by Mercy @ Segullah
  -  I’m not a fan of surprises (temperament type INTJ on Myers-Briggs). I like to know...

See What I’m Saying? @ Segullah
  -    A couple of weeks ago I applied for a job, and instead of writing my usual formal...

Best of the Day @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The best of the day for Thursday through Sunday. Science ♲clairlemon: The...

Aging of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The median age of the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve (Q15) is...

Peculiar Treasures: Looking Closely, and Slant @ Segullah
  -  Can you guess what this is? I’ll admit it – I’ll be amazed if you get through this...

Excited about Antibiotics @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  There have been a few interesting stories the past week or two about anti-biotics that...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 4 (John 1:35-51) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Introduction One of the pericope assigned this week is the story of the first disciples...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 4: Matthew 3-4, John 1: 35-51. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  In today’s episode of Gospel non-harmony, let’s examine how Andrew and Peter...

Hymns Sung Most Often in General Conference @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Which hymns are sung most often in General Conference? My impression is that the Mormon...

The Cost of Leisure @ Segullah
  -  When I told people that I was taking my children to Hawaii for the week of Christmas,...

Greed Is Not Good (Part 3) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the final segment of this three-part post, we will consider benevolence, which is the...

Jesus is My Word @ Segullah
  -  Each new year I have a cluster of friends who choose a word. A word they will focus on...

Poll: What Gets Most Emphasized by the Church? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  #yop-poll-container-2_yp54c6775c824b2 { width:...

How Women Make it Work @ Segullah
  -   I’m looking for advice here: how do women work while still raising a family? Is it...

Herculaneum Scrolls May Be Read @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Researches may have figured out to read the Herculaneum Scrolls. These were about 300...

Best of the Day @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Even though I’ve not had time to blog much the past 5 years I’ve still tried to keep...

Reductionism and Emergence @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Fantastic posts on epistemological and ontological emergence. If you wonder what all the...

I Have a Dream @ Segullah
  -  I have a dream that one day we will reach a critical mass of Zion-prepared people and the...

Discernment @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  As a kid in primary, I was in awe of the bishop. He was the trusted authority figure, the...

Review: “Selma” @ Peculiar People
  -  Selma deserves a Best Picture win, because even with all of its imperfections, it is a...

The Book of Mormon's Command Performance: The Late War and Other KJV-Style Texts Don't Help @ Mormanity
  -  Stanford Carmack's discussion of the unusual grammar in the original Book of Mormon text...

Peculiar Treasures: Birth, Rebirth, and Baby, Oh, Baby. @ Segullah
  -  Baby kittens, why not? Maybe I’ve just spent the weekend with my newborn niece,...

Greed Is Not Good (Part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Part 1 of this three-part series explored how we have misinterpreted Adam Smith and...

Suggestions @ Mormon Mentality
  -  With a disciplinary hearing for John Dehlin in the news, it looks like we are set to...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3: Luke 2, Matthew 2 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I couldn’t find my notes on the Gospels, presumably because I’ve never...

When I Was A Hussy @ Mormon Mentality
  -   This picture was taken at a swimming pool party with the young men and young women of my...

Announcing the 2nd Wheatley Summer Seminar @ Peculiar People
  -  Announcing the 2nd Annual Wheatley 2015: The 2nd Annual Wheatley “Faith Seeking...

Surprise: I’m not cooking anymore @ Segullah
  -  This week, I went on strike. After almost 19 years in the kitchen, I’m not cooking...

Local Leaders, Apostasy, and Ecclesiastical Discipline @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The current situation with April Young Bennett, who had to choose between renewing her...

Ralph Hancock: The Blessing of Having a Gadfly In Your Life @ Patheos
  -   Ralph makes us uncomfortable because he won't quit asking those questions even when we...

Thinking About the Nicene Creed @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This is a paper I wrote when I was just beginning my theological studies, titled “A...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 3 (Matthew 2) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Third Lesson – again, only the Synoptic tradition is represented, this time by Matthew...

Another Classic Example of Misleading LDS Apologetics: The Gospel of Philip and Temple Marriage @ Mormanity
  -  In the comments to a previous post about LDS garments at Mormanity, I've just been called...

Doubting at Zion’s Gate @ Peculiar People
  -  Through happenstance, two of my recent reads synergistically centered on doubt and the...

NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 2: Matthew 1, Luke 1 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat, one of many songs based on the Latin translation of...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 2 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Second lesson. As with the first lesson, we read for what insight into these six...

Responding to the Deseret News on Scripture @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This morning, The Deseret News published an article from Bill Hamblin and Dan Peterson...

The Bible Tells Me So – A Book Review @ Mormon Mentality
  -  “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly…”...

Nous Sommes Tous Satiristes Juifs @ Patheos
  -   There's not much more that can be said at times like these.

When the How Becomes More Important Than The Why @ Mormon Mentality
  -  A friend asked how I thought people stayed in the church. The question wasn’t why...

Greed Is Not Good (Part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In September 2008, shortly after the meltdown on Wall Street began in earnest, I was...

New Twists in the Debate Over Book of Mormon Origins @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon has long been a controversial book to the world, but we must also...

The LDS Godhead and the Traditional Christian Trinity: Which is More Confusing? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  According to Nephi, many “plain and precious truths” were taken out of the Bible....

Nacle Notebook 2014: Funny Comments @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This post is a list of some of the funniest comments I read on the Bloggernacle last...

"Let It Go" @ Mormanity
  -  Among the stories shared in General Conferences from the past few years, one of my...

Mogget’s Musings: Lesson 1 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First lesson of 2015—where does the time go? As Ben said, I’m an exegete, and I teach...

Announcing Moggett, guest bloggers, and some minor housekeeping @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, I’m pleased to announce that I will be having guest bloggers joining me from...

Resolutions and Desires @ Peculiar People
  -  I’m terrible at New Year’s resolutions. I’ve read all read the strategies for...

A Different Sort of Blog @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Welcome to mormonomics & mormonethics. Don’t let the name fool you. The posts that...

Shanghai's Disastrous New Year's Eve Stampede: The Unintended Consequences of Giving Foolishly @ Mormanity
  -  Nearly 40 people died last night in a tragic stampede in Shanghai, just a short walk from...

Sources of Mormon Feminism @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Mormon feminists, like Christian feminists more broadly, are posed with the difficulty of...

Brief NT Introduction and Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1: John 1:1-14, Isa 61:1-3, JST Luke 3:4-11 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Let’s start the new year by reminding ourselves how little we know, with a brief...

Ezra Taft Benson and Teachings of the Presidents for 2015: Some Things You Won't Be Learning This Year @ Mormanity
  -  I'm glad to see that the LDS manual for Teachings of the Presidents in 2015 will cover...

A Winter of Miracles @ Mormanity
  -  The past few weeks have been a winter of miracles for me, and I wish to express my wonder...

Good Tidings of Great Joy @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  A sacrament meeting talk I gave this year “Fear not,” says the angel to the...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 48: Zechariah, Malachi @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Several of the aspects of Zechariah have already been treated, such as water flowing out...

Joseph Smith Papers: Documents Volume 3 @ Peculiar People
  -  A couple of weeks ago, I participated—by Skype—in the launch event for the...

A Beautiful and Record-Breaking Nativity Scene @ Mormanity
  -  Even if you have seen this already, it's worth a view. Also look at the sister video...

On Doctrinal Authority @ Peculiar People
  -  This essay represents a very short, and provisional set of ideas about the topic as I am...

Funeral Lessons from Emma Lou Thayne @ Peculiar People
  -  In the weeks before Emma Lou Thayne’s death I have been pondering how it was that an...

My Responsibility for Pain: The Bully Within @ Patheos
  -   Every being is inexorably part of the lace of life and creation. Every other person is...

Custom Made Christmas @ Mormon Mentality
  -   This year Christmas is shaping up to be the most radically modified event of our lives...

I Even Remain Alone?: Reflections on Eve Tushnet’s “Gay and Catholic” @ Peculiar People
  -  About two years ago Ralph Hancock, a BYU professor of political philosophy, met with the...

Shake it Off @ Mormon Mentality
  -   This is a photo of President Gordon B. Hinckley at the groundbreaking ceremony for the...

The Perfect College Football Playoff System – 2014 Version @ Small and Simple
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More to LDS Garments Than Meets the Eye @ Mormanity
  -  A few days ago I discussed the new video from the Church discussing basics of the LDS...

Post-Civil War Communalism and the Lamoni Order @ Peculiar People
  -  Few experiments in religious communalism better exemplified the blending of American...

The Liberal Soul, by Richard Davis @ Peculiar People
  -  “How can a good Mormon be a Democrat?” If you’re Mormon and politically...

Blessed Are the Peacemakers @ Mormanity
  -  My remarks below are made as an observer in China, distant from the Ferguson scene and...

Upgrading My Gadgetary Life in China: More Blessings from Frustrating Failures @ Mormanity
  -  Over at the Nauvoo Times, I just shared a story involving the frustrating failure of two...

How Were We Supposed to Know? @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I wasn’t going to comment on the church’s recent article posted on their...

President Henry B. Eyring's Visit to the Vatican: A Gentle Call to Strengthen Marriage @ Mormanity
  -  President Henry B. Eyring just did something that my wife and did earlier this year:...

There is No Future In It – Nor Past @ Small and Simple
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Sideblog Back @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The sideblog is back. Right now it shows up on the rss feed. If you don’t like that let...

Charles Taylor @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Charles Taylor as a theologian of the status quo. Interesting critique from a kind of...

Living with Fallibility @ Patheos
  -   The documents recently released by the LDS Church are important to me because I hope...

Crowdsourcing Request: How one Women’s class caused an Uproar @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This post isn’t about polygamy or immigration or even Bill Cosby. I am just...

Back to Peirce @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  While I did not start philosophically with Peirce, he has come to dominate my thought the...

LDS Newsroom Releases Helpful Video on Temple Garments @ Mormanity
  -  The LDS Newsroom at LDS.org surprised me with the new announcement and video on the LDS...

Wrestling the Angel: About the Book and Author @ Patheos
  -   "Wrestling the Angel" traces the essential contours of Mormon thought from the time of...

Turning Flaws Into Art: Recognizing the Hand of Lord in Our Lives @ Mormanity
  -  During a trip to Taiwan in September, my wife and I visited the National Palace Museum in...

More on the Ebola Threat and the Need to Prepare for Deliberate Spread of the Disease @ Mormanity
  -  In a previous post on the Ebola threat, I reminded us of our need to be prepared for...

An Old Map Offers More Potential Evidence on Joseph's Views on Book of Mormon Lands @ Mormanity
  -  On this blog, I've previously discussed statements showing Joseph Smith's views in...

LDS Family Takes on a Giant Risk and Rescues a Troubled Young Lady @ Mormanity
  -  So far it looks like a real miracle underway, an amazing story of rescuing a lost soul. A...

A New International Accent in General Conference @ Mormanity
  -  Over here in Asia, some of us are thrilled that a General Authority could deliver his...

A Quiet Path Leads Us to the City of the Dead in Kyoto, Japan @ Mormanity
  -  As I write, I am in the beautiful city of Kyoto, Japan. Yesterday we and thousands of...

Want More Scientific Evidence About the Main Candidate for Bountiful? Here's How You Can Help! @ Mormanity
  -  Meridian Magazine is launching a series of articles reviewing the detailed reasons for...

The Amazing Tale of One Man's Perilous Journey from Islam to Mormonism @ Mormanity
  -  My experience with members of the Islam faith has been extremely positive, and I have...

The Problem of Evil and Some LDS Perspectives, Or, We Are All Statistics Till the Conflict Is Over @ Mormanity
  -  Shame and Anger: A Response to Small Miracles in a World of Big Pain and Evil Latter-day ...

David L. Paulsen on the Problem of Evil @ Mormanity
  -  Many thanks to Matt W. at New Cool Thang for mentioning the outstanding speech by David...

Joseph Smith's Hick Language in the Original Book of Mormon Manuscript: Divine Irony? @ Mormanity
  -  Executive SummarySkousen's study of the first Book of Mormon manuscripts found evidence...

Big Tent Mormonism -or- The Church of Anything Goes @ Small and Simple
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Church Discipline as a Shepherd Rescuing Lost Sheep @ Small and Simple
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For the OW Crowd, OD2 Would Seem Like a Two-Edged Sword @ Small and Simple
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Book of Mormon Geography: North America @ Small and Simple
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New Gospel Topic at LDS.org – Becoming Like God @ Small and Simple
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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
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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...

Past Changes and Future Changes Some Hope For @ Small and Simple
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2013 in review @ Small and Simple
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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
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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...

D&C 107 and Ordaining Women @ Small and Simple
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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...