Even More Islands and Atolls

Brigham, Temples, and $100 Billion @ Sit At Cit
  -  Yeah, the Church has a lot of money, but that's OK.

Kolob: The Fartherest Star Ever Discovered @ Sit At Cit
  -  In 1835, Joseph Smith said the first star in the universe was also the farthest one away,...

Adam Clarke’s Commentary and the Book of Mormon @ Worlds Without End
  -   In his most recent podcast episode, Radio Free Mormon spent an hour and a half exploring...

Come Follow Me: Alma 53-63 “Preserved by His Marvelous Power” @ Exponent
  -  Speaking Truth(?) to Power The chapters included in this lesson all take place during a...

Practice, Teaching, Community @ Exponent
  -    Have you ever received excellent advice that rang true immediately and stayed...

The 2020 #LDS Youth Music Festival was delightfully multicultural. @ Exponent
  -   I watched this 2020 Youth Music Festival of the Church of Jesus Christ of...

Winter 2021 Annual Writing Contest @ Exponent
  -   Dear Creative Reader,  In this time of distance, when travel and...

Guest Post: My Relief Society’s Anti-Racism Discussion @ Exponent
  -  “The Conversation,” 1963, artist unknown By Nicole Sbitani The Relief...

How Shall this Be, Seeing I Know Not a Man? #CopingWithCOVID19 @ Exponent
  -   When Mary is told that she will give birth to a son, she responds logically with...

Guest Post: Reckoning with the Great Man @ Exponent
  -  by Anelise Leishman On July 4, 2020, the Black Student Union at BYU addressed a letter...

What does the Book of Alma mean? @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   I’ve been reflecting on the structure of the Book of Alma1 , as well as what the...

Guest Post: Living School @ Exponent
  -  by Sara Bybee Fisk I’m starting a program, it’s called The Living School. The...

Sacred Music Sunday: When I Survey the Wondrous Cross @ Exponent
  -   wooden cross, Jesus, symbol Isaac Watts sure knew how to write a hymn. So many...

Blessing for the Undernurtured Child Within @ Exponent
  -  Dear Sister ______, I give you a blessing for the undernurtured child inside. For too...

Kolob Might Be Dead @ Sit At Cit
  -  How the star Kolob may have died billions of years ago to make life as we know it...

“Writing Mormon History” is an emotional roller coaster ride @ Worlds Without End
  -   A review of Joseph W. Geisner, ed., Writing Mormon History: Historians and Their Books...

The Greatest of All the Stars @ Sit At Cit
  -  Joseph Smith taught that the first star was also the greatest star--and he might have...

The First Creation @ Sit At Cit
  -  In 1842 Joseph Smith taught that the first thing created in the universe was a star....

Stars are Creators @ Sit At Cit
  -  The most beautiful symbol for Christ in the universe is a star.

3rd Father’s Day Without Dad @ Mormon Heretic
  -  This is my 3rd Father’s Day since my dad passed away. It feels a little weird...

Review: The Writings of Oliver H. Olney: April 1842 to February 1843 – Nauvoo, Illinois @ Worlds Without End
  -   The Writings of Oliver H. Olney: April 1842 to February 1843 – Nauvoo,...

A Timeless God @ Sit At Cit
  -  A lot of things make a lot more sense when we think of God as a Being who is not bound by...

Book Review: Mercy without End: Toward a More Inclusive Church @ Worlds Without End
  -   Title: Mercy without End: Toward a More Inclusive Church, by: Lavina Fielding...

Noah’s Flood: The Sea East (Moses 6:42) @ Sit At Cit
  -  Some say that Noah's pre-Flood world was like Pangaea. The Book of Moses seems to say...

Book Review: Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon @ Worlds Without End
  -   Title: Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon by...

Be Ye Therefore Perfect @ Sit At Cit
  -  A commandment to be whole.

Book Review: Kingdom of Nauvoo @ Worlds Without End
  -   Title: Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American...

Mormon Political Trilogy: A Brief Book Review @ Worlds Without End
  -   Utah, the Murder Hornet, err, Beehive State! It was not a planned, coordinated...

Adam: The Grammar Strikes Back @ Sit At Cit
  -  Grammar in the Book of Moses may imply that Adam had cousins.

Interpreting Scripture, Unity, and Charity @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   I spent part of the morning reading Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?: Three Views...

Meaning, Significance, and Silencing the Prophets @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   This week, the Bible Project podcast finished their series on parables. On the most...

A Reign of Dangerous Lunacy @ kiwimormon
  -  In 2016, when Donald Trump was elected to be President of the United States, I was...

REVIEW: Pacific Apostle: The 1920-21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-day Saint Island Missions @ Worlds Without End
  -   Pacific Apostle: The 1920-21 Diary of David O. McKay in the Latter-day Saint Island...

Book Review: “Please, Please Call Me to the Bishopric!” @ Worlds Without End
  -   Title: Please, Please Call Me to the Bishopric! BY Jett AtwoodPublished: 2019,...

Read, Read, Read @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   Reading is obviously where our scripture study must begin. We cannot study and come to...

A Review of “1st Nephi: A Brief Theological Introduction” @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   Joseph Spencer is very good at reading. And the Church is better for it. You learn...

Love Thy Neighbor (from a distance) @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
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Female Anointings and Women’s Prayer @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   My friend Marissa is going to Harvard Divinity School, studying the stories of holy...

Journeys, Feasts, and Predicaments @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   We all use metaphors to describe our lives, things like: “Love is a...

A Case for Reader’s Bibles–and Reader’s Books of Mormon @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   1. Back in 2008, as the Amazon Kindle e-reader was coming-of-age and people...

Teaching Sunday School How to Read Biblical Poetry @ Stagger Onward Rejoicing
  -   This past Sunday, I subbed for our Sunday School class. Much as I love teaching...

Book Review: The Ancient Order of Things: Essays on the Mormon Temple @ Worlds Without End
  -   Title: The Ancient Order of Things: Essays on the Mormon TempleEditor: Christian Larsen...

Hoarding the Sacrifices of Ordinary People: A Question of Ethics @ kiwimormon
  -  “There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and...

A Year After a Church Discipline and I’m Still Mormon! @ kiwimormon
  -  I would be remiss if I didn’t give a  huge shout-out to President Russell Nelson who...

A post about charity vs. poverty zoo visits @ Ethesis
  -  https://wheatandtares.org/2019/11/21/charity-or-holiday-entertainment/ It is better than...

Please ignore this post if you are here for actual content. @ Ethesis
  -  Please ignore this post if you are here for the older content. The last substantive...

Please ignore this post if you are here for the older content. @ Ethesis
  -   Please ignore this post if you are here for the older content. The last substantive...

A Brief Tribute to Clark Goble @ LDS Science Review
  -  I was saddened to hear of the passing of Clark Goble a week ago. I started this blog in...

Marketing sample @ Ethesis
  -  Please ignore this post if you are here for the older content. The last substantive...

Coda on my law practice @ Ethesis
  -  When I retired, I still had three appeals pending. The last of them just had an opinion...

Five Days after the Christchurch Shootings: Subversive Compassion @ kiwimormon
  -  As I read the international response to the Christchurch mosque shootings,  I find some...

Matriarchy and Patriarchy at Baptism @ Mormon Heretic
  -  My brother called me up a few days ago and asked me if I would serve as a witness to his...

From Christchurch: A Critique and a Lament @ kiwimormon
  -  After gathering in our five sons from their schools where they had been in lockdown for...

A change of pace @ Ethesis
  -  I think I have said what I have to say about grief, recovery and finding life again. So,...

On hope @ Ethesis
  -   Borrowed from Tatiana Boshenka Thought 1: This post reminds me of what Vaclav Havel...

Grief, recovery and changes @ Ethesis
  -  One thing that happened, each time a child died, a coping mechanism that I was using...

Father Forgive them…Not in Original Bible? @ Mormon Heretic
  -  My wife gathered the family together to go over the 1st lesson of the new Home Study...

An Open Letter to the Christchurch Stake on the Day of My Church Discipline @ kiwimormon
  -  Dear Sisters and Brothers of Christchurch Stake, I recall several years ago talking with...

Why not just resign? @ kiwimormon
  -  Before I address the concerns of the many, many people who have reached out to me since...

When the LDS Church Disciplines a Woman @ kiwimormon
  -  Whatever you may think about the soteriology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Mixed Feelings About 2-hour Block/Pageants @ Mormon Heretic
  -  I am probably in the minority. I think I’m going to miss weekly Sunday School....

Information Terrorism as a Tool of the Far Right @ LDS Science Review
  -  This article from Wired is worth a read. It shows how the Kavanaugh hearing fit right in...

In the Wake of General Conference: Let’s Talk About Spiritual Abuse @ kiwimormon
  -  Zina Huntington (1821-1901) was a young woman in her prime when she married Henry...

Is the Church Running Scared? (Plus Elizabeth Smart Notes) @ Mormon Heretic
  -  The LDS Church has been subject to increasing leaks and protests lately.  MormonLeaks...

When Church Leaders are More Important than Church Children @ kiwimormon
  -  “Some churches, sects, cults or religious movements are basically collective egoic...

Please Give Me Advice for a Calling I Don’t Want @ Mormon Heretic
  -  After a few pleasantries, including how busy my life is, here’s the gist of a...

Things That Make You Go Hmmm… @ Mormon Heretic
  -  Fair warning:  this post is a downer.  But first let me say how blessed I am.  I was...

Backpacking shoes @ Ethesis
  -  I've found that I can't use zero drop (causes me knee problems, probably because of tight...

Elder Oaks: Be One, Unless You’re Gay @ Mormon Heretic
  -  I attended the “Be One” celebration last night at the Conference Center.  It...

Far as the Curse was Found, Farther than We Think @ LDS Science Review
  -  My ancestry is thoroughly European and Mormon. The ancestors of three of my grandparents...

Would You Buy A Product That Tells You It Doesn't Work? Of Course You Would! @ LDS Science Review
  -  Whenever I go to a drug store, I feel a renewed sense of amazement. Consider the...

The Creationification of America @ LDS Science Review
  -  In this strange era of 'fake news,' where truth is discounted as lies, and lies are...

Selling off a now extra tent. @ Ethesis
  -  Same tent I have listed at Gear Trade, discounted since if I sell direct it will have...

Mules: On Confusing Outcomes with Inputs @ LDS Science Review
  -  While surfing the Internet I came across a new scientific article describing progress in...

A Couple of Interesting Sacrament Meetings @ Mormon Heretic
  -  I’ve attended a couple of interesting Sacrament Meetings the past 2 weeks.  In...

We All Fall @ LDS Science Review
  -  We each had our own fall.The first, almost immediate condition the fall introduced was a...

How the Creation Accounts Differ @ LDS Science Review
  -  One of the first questions in Lesson 3 (The Creation) of the Sunday school Old Testament...

Conspiracy Theories are Sweatpants of the Mind @ LDS Science Review
  -  There's a classic scene in Seinfeld where Jerry admonishes George for wearing...

Remember Planet Nibiru? It's (Not) Back! @ LDS Science Review
  -  Some people never learn. The Washington Post reports that a poor NASA scientist is having...

Why It's Hard for Me to Get On Board with the Pro-Life Movement @ LDS Science Review
  -  Few topics in politics get as heated as abortion, and the Church is pretty clear about...

On Temples (a religious post) @ Ethesis
  -  I wrote this: https://wheatandtares.org/2017/09/07/asking-about-the-temple/ It follows...

Losing a Lost Tribe @ Mormon Heretic
  -  The 2nd post ever on this blog was Why are the 12 Tribes of Israel important? ...

President Erying, His Father, and the Letter @ LDS Science Review
  -  In two different General Conference addresses, President Henry B. Eyring has briefly...

Donald Trump is Nothing If Not Meticulous About Facts @ LDS Science Review
  -  At yesterday's press conference, when asked why he didn't condemn the hate groups...

On Paris and Tribal Politics @ LDS Science Review
  -  I don't have much to say about President Trump's announcement today that the U.S. will...

FIRM: The Misleading of Latter-day Saints by Latter-day Saints @ LDS Science Review
  -  Last week, while on vacation, my attention was called to an article in the Salt Lake...

Lesson in church today @ Ethesis
  -   -Women need to be faithful to themselves.:how do they do that?:how do...

Bible Lessons @ Ethesis
  -   May you be like Ruth and like Esther, Marry someone of a different race, All will...

Mitt Romney Supports A Carbon Tax / Dividend @ LDS Science Review
  -  Earlier this month, Mitt Romney posted the following message on Twitter:Thought-provoking...

The day my dad got arrested @ Ethesis
  -  In the hospital. While donating blood. There was a police officer bleeding out, and...

BYU and the Reconstruction of the Legend of the First Vision @ LDS Science Review
  -  Last year Richard Bushman generated a bit of a stir when he said,I think that for the...

Day 1: Official Propaganda Begins @ LDS Science Review
  -  On the first day of his presidency, Donald Trump's press secretary, Sean Spicer, called a...

Obama Did a Really Crappy Job.... @ LDS Science Review
  -  ...of taking away our guns....of setting up death panels....of instituting Sharia...

Joseph Fielding Smith and the Milk Mystery @ LDS Science Review
  -  I have a collection of draft posts in various phases of completion, most of which will...

Shaping History: Joseph Fielding Smith Milks a Cow @ LDS Science Review
  -  I have a collection of draft posts in various phases of completion, most of which will...

Glenn Beck is Sorry for Paving the Way for Trump @ LDS Science Review
  -  In case you missed it, after years of stoking the paranoia of the right about Barack...

My Post-Election Takeaway @ LDS Science Review
  -  Like just over half of Americans, I am quite distressed and disturbed by the election of...

The Church Has No Official Position on Evolution - New Era @ LDS Science Review
  -  The Church's October 2016 issue of the New Era magazine says the following about...

Joseph Fielding Smith: Time Will Level All Things @ LDS Science Review
  -  In the October 1952 General Conference, Joseph Fielding Smith, then President of the...

@ Ethesis
  -   Most organizations face a dilemma. On the one hand, too much factionalism and...

@ Ethesis
  -   Getting Involved Wondering how to get involved? These resources can help you and your...

At the last day the King shall come ... @ Ethesis
  -   This moment does not define the refugees, but our response will help define...

Lesson 12, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson @ Ethesis
  -   Chapter 12: “Seek the Spirit in All You Do” Teachings of Presidents of the Church:...

Working on a rough draft @ Ethesis
  -   Changes. Introduction There have been four changes in the Church in the last fifty...

Lesson Eight -- Overcoming the Walls of our Minds. @ Ethesis
  -   “The purpose of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to bring about love, unity,...

Memory, Simplification and Lies @ Ethesis
  -  I realized recently that by the standards of some people who insist that all...

Rough Draft Interview of Jerilyn Hassell Pool @ Ethesis
  -   Welcome to the interview series Ms. Jerilyn Hassell Pool. You are famous in some...

Finding Faith in Jesus Christ -- January 10th lesson @ Ethesis
  -  When you think about how Howard W. Hunter lost his job about seven months after getting...

On the passing of my father-in-law @ Ethesis
  -   In the end it comes to three things. Did we accept that we needed a Savior? Did we...

Why didn't anyone tell me -- about literal interpretation vs. allegory @ Ethesis
  -  Many people claim to believe "literally" in the Bible.  More or less.  They read it as...