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Passions: When You Shouldn’t Do What You Love @ Segullah
  -   I’ve been thinking a lot about how passion plays into a career. As I’ve been...

Food, Rules, Ruses, Prizes, Surprises and Moods – Another Peculiar Treasure! @ Segullah
  -  Hold on to your internets, because we have some fascinating gems for you to start off...

The Problem of Evil, Church Edition @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The classic formulation is of the problem of evil is that (1) God is all-powerful, (2)...

A Church Film That I Actually Like! Wahoo! @ Mormon Mentality
  -  The church released a short (less than 5 min. long) video that explains the significance...

Feminism, Pain, and the Atonement @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve recently come across the troubling accusation that LDS feminists deny the...

Compassion: A Heavy Heart @ Segullah
  -  I learned a long time ago that if I pray for patience, I invite trials.  But I am just...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39: Isaiah 50-53 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  One theme throughout these chapters is the redemption and recovery of Israel,...

Sealing the Living and the Dead: The Eternal Family @ Patheos
  -   Why do we seal spouses to each other, children to parents, and living persons to their...

at your own pace @ Segullah
  -   When my ten-year-old Mary, made the goal to climb Mt. Timpanogus this summer– a trek...

Recommended NT Resources, Part 2: General and Reference @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -   (Cross-posted at Times&Seasons) Many of these can be purchased in paper, kindle, or...

Trusting My Spirit @ Segullah
  -    About 15 years ago, I participated in a Ropes Course that included an activity...

The October Segullah Journal is Ready and Waiting! @ Segullah
  -  As Fall flashes her brilliance in the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is showing off in the...

Consider the Pomegranate @ Segullah
  -   Picking a pomegranate is not as easy as it seems. That leathery skinned fruit...

Peculiar Treasures: Pushing Past Boundaries, JSTOR for Pleasure and More @ Segullah
  -     This week our selections and suggestions feature people pushing past perceived...

Sabbath Revival: “Origin of the Species” @ Segullah
  -   I thought Kathy Soper’s post “Origin of the Species” would be an...

What Would Jesus Do? @ Mormon Mentality
  -  With all the ways the church guides us, in some instances telling us specifically how to...

Recommended NT Resources, Part 1: Translations, Text, and the Bible in General @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  ( Cross-posted at Times&Seasons, where there are more comments.) We’re 80% of...

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...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38: Isaiah 40-49 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  As always, there’s a lot going on in these chapters. I’m a bit thin on these...

Passions: From Dark Chocolate to Deity @ Segullah
  -  photo by Linda Hoffman Kimball We are starting new quarterly themes on the blog. This...

Asking the Humility Question: Is It I? @ Patheos
  -   It's always easier to point the finger and be satisfied with our own righteousness, but...

The Correlated Story of Zelophehad’s Daughters @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It has come to the attention of the Church Correlation Department that many of the...

Tuesday’s Twice-Baked ZD: Please, Don’t Love Me @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In today’s edition of that good ol’ Bloggernacle comfort food, Twice-Baked...

Monty Python’s The Meaning of Mormon Feminist Life @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Did you spend your weekend on General Conference? **** So you’ve had a feminist...

Junia The Apostle and Mormonism’s Priesthood @ Peculiar People
  -  Most Mormons don’t know it yet, but Romans 16:7, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my...

The End, For Now @ Mormon Mentality
  -  My ex-husband has recently been granted a sealing clearance. I was not notified he was...

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...

God on our side….. @ Mormon Mentality
  -  So at Sunday School awhile back, a wise and wonderful friend said something about Jesus...

Temple talk trends @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Over at fMh yesterday, Sara Katherine Staheli Hanks introduced a new series, “When...

What Is a “Mormon” Reading of Scripture? Thoughts on Michael Austin’s “Re-reading Job” @ Peculiar People
  -  Every four years, every Sunday School in the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of...

INTERNATIONAL MORMON STUDIES: MORE HELP WANTED! @ Peculiar People
  -    This is a report AND a call for input going forward from the directors of the...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37: Isaiah 22, 24-26, 28-30. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, to continue from last week, is Isaiah’s love of wordplay and pun, which...

You Never Know: A different view @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I love it.  It think it’s great.  It really spoke to me.  And I think all the...

Living Into Eternal Progression @ Patheos
  -   Recognizing our humanity, they teach us that we can be more, and the "more" that we can...

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...

Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel @ Mormon Mentality
  -  This post is written in reference to males for my own convenience but is 100% applicable...

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...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36: Isaiah 1-6 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Normally I’d begin with a link to my podcast and transcript… except it...

To Be Possessed by God @ Patheos
  -   Knowledge of God is the most important knowledge to have, and that knowledge is not...

Behold! A Little Fact’ry! @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It’s almost Conference time again, and although it has only been six months, I can...

The Incredible Shrinking Statistical Report @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  If you look back through Church statistical reports released in every April Conference...

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 ...

Temporary Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35: Amos and Joel @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  The week has come and gone, and I realize I haven’t put up  a post yet, which is a...

I Loved to See the Temple @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Encouraged by Primary, I grew up imagining God like my father: brilliant and impressive,...

Tired of Pep Talks @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Because I was born and raised a Mormon, it seems only right to begin this post with a...

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...

Gospel Doctrine lesson 34: Hosea @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First off, my podcast and transcript on Hosea are here. The manual suggests primary focus...

Mormonism in an Expanding World @ Patheos
  -   Like every religion, especially in the West we face the issue of how to deal with our...

You are Your Book of Life @ Mormon Mentality
  -   What is the Book of Life? As a child, I was taught it was a record that angels in heaven...

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...

Being a Body, Owing Grace @ Patheos
  -   We must think about the body in terms of grace: to be embodied is unavoidably to...

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33- Jonah and Micah @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Jonah Jonah is four short chapters. I’ve done a lot with Jonah in the past....

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 32- Job @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we come to another little-read and little-known jewel of the Old Testament. It...

Dumb Questions @ Mormon Mentality
  -  What is the stupidest thing you ever asked your bishop? Mine has to be the time I asked...

Daniel Peterson Quotes a Questionable LDS Apologist, But the Rest of His Presentation Was Good @ Mormanity
  -  At the recent FAIR Conference, among the very interesting presentations was Daniel...

Thank Heavens This is Behind Us @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I just read an article in the online Salt Lake Trib. from one of my favorite columnists,...

What do we mean by “Another Testament”? @ Peculiar People
  -  Before 1981, the Book of Mormon was simply the Book of Mormon; since then, however, it...

No Evidence at All? @ Mormanity
  -  One critic posting on my comments pages recently explained why he didn't believe in...

2014 Fair Conference: Ty Mansfield on Sexual Identity and Same-Sex Attraction from an LDS Perspective @ Mormanity
  -  The recent 2014 Fair Conference, held Aug. 7-8, 2014 in Provo, offers a great selection...

What American's Open Borders Mean in a World with Ebola: An Easy But Hopefully Wrong Prophecy @ Mormanity
  -  Have you read Laurie Garrett's piece for ForeignPolicy.com, "You Are Not Nearly Scared...

First Temple Memories @ Mormon Mentality
  -   What I remember about our family sealing trip to the Oakland, CA temple was that my new...

Primary Sources @ Peculiar People
  -  The question that kept me awake one night last week was this: what are the primary...

Visible Women @ Peculiar People
  -  On June 24, I was at a national gathering of religious leaders and scholars in New York...

A Standing Ovation for Sharon Eubank and "This Is a Woman's Church" @ Mormanity
  -  At the FAIR Conference a few days ago, a rare standing ovation was given for Sharon...

The Factory Price, Or, The Price of Friendship @ Mormanity
  -   A scene from the markets at Dong Tai Road.Shortly after coming to China, we made friends...

In Good Conscience… @ Peculiar People
  -  Over the past six years or so, I’ve watched a number of my friends and...

And After The Fire, A Still Small Voice @ Peculiar People
  -  Elijah the Tishbite stood on Mount Horeb, where Moses had stood centuries earlier to...

Hurray for Mary Higby Schweitzer: Working Mom, Christian, and Dangerous Scientist @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon warns against some of the many fallacies made by the elite and...

Book Review: Confessing History @ Peculiar People
  -  John Fea, Jay Green, and Eric Miller, eds. Confessing History: Explorations in Christian...

Big Tent Mormonism -or- The Church of Anything Goes @ Small and Simple
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The Border Crisis, Unaccompanied Minors, and the Downside of Compassion @ Mormanity
  -  With thousands of unaccompanied minors streaming across the increasingly porous borders...

Happy Pioneer Day @ Peculiar People
  -  The following are excerpts from a lecture on “Mormonism and the American West” that I...

The Hard Sayings: Forgive @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The Hard Sayings of Jesus are generally those saying in the gospels attributed to Jesus...

LDS.org Offers "Gospel Topics" Section on the Historicity and Translation of the Book of Abraham @ Mormanity
  -  Among the growing body of helpful and carefully researched topics discussed in the...

Kate Kelly, Ordain Women, and Foxconn: The Importance of Asking Questions @ Mormanity
  -  Kate Kelly's story as presented in the media is a compelling one, stirring and...

No, the Strangite Witnesses Are Not Strong Parallels to the Book of Mormon Witnesses @ Mormanity
  -  In my last post, Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith, some folks suggested that the import of the...

Lawyers, Inc. vs. Faith @ Mormanity
  -  My sophomore English class at Brighton High School was a disaster. The school was using a...

Church Discipline as a Shepherd Rescuing Lost Sheep @ Small and Simple
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Scientific American Offers a Surprise Gift Just in Time for Father's Day: Maybe Dads Are Important After All, According to a New Study @ Mormanity
  -  In a world that seems zealously devoted to downplaying the importance of gender-related...

Karen Trifiletti's Open Letter on the Ordain Women Movement and the Call to Give the Priesthood to Mormon Women @ Mormanity
  -  On my LDSFAQ page on LDS practices, I mention a newly published essay from an LDS woman I...

For the OW Crowd, OD2 Would Seem Like a Two-Edged Sword @ Small and Simple
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Pornography and Reduced Brain Power: New Scientific Study Does Not Resolve An Important Question @ Mormanity
  -  A recent scientific study explored the association between pornography use and brain...

Book of Mormon Geography: North America @ Small and Simple
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So, Back to Sobeck? @ Mormanity
  -  Facsimile 1 in the Book of Abraham shows an Egyptian priest of Pharaoh attempting to slay...

Returning @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’m starting Mormon Metaphysics back up after a long absence. Sorry for the time...

Coping with the "Big List" of Attacks on the LDS Faith @ Mormanity
  -  One of the challenges in defending one's faith is coping with critics who use the "Big...

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
  -  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...

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
  -  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...

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...

40 Answers from a Mormon @ Small and Simple
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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...

What Happens When You Feed The Feminists? @ Small and Simple
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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...