Even More Islands and Atolls

Racism at Church and BYU @ Wheat & Tares
  -  The Daily Universe, the student paper at BYU, published a very topical article this week...

VIDEO: Living Scriptures Come Follow Me: Alma 8 -12 / June 8-14 – Ammonihah Part 1 @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Alma and Amulek show us a great example of putting trust in the Lord and sharing His...

VIDEO: Arm In Arm | President Russell M. Nelson and Reverend Amos C. Brown @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  As protests and race riots erupted across the nation, the Church News staff reflected on...

The Bittersweet Hugging Endeavor @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Somewhere far away from myspace, some others are touching.They posture, they approach,...

VIDEO: “I Say Unto You, Be One” describes the power of unity @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  The Church released a new video on twitter about the power of unity. Read the rest on...

October 2020 General Conference: will it be virtual? @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  🤔 Read the rest on MLH by clicking the link below.

Black lives [also] matter @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Once you read it that way, all the discussion about the phrase becomes clear. What do you...

What . . . Are We Learning? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  A former colleague of mine posted on Facebook asking her friends what we had learned this...

Plausible Deniability: The LDS Church’s Statement on Racism and Looting @ Wheat & Tares
  -  As Dave B discussed earlier, President Nelson (and, [possibly?] by extension, the LDS...

VIDEO Whose “Word” Was Fulfilled by Christ’s Suffering “Pains and Sicknesses”? (via Book of Mormon Central) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Alma’s use of this passage is actually closer to the ancient Hebrew text than the...

Church Issues Statement Against Racism. Sort of. @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Things are starting to fall apart, it seems. After several days of silence, the Church...

President Nelson Calls for Change and Civility in Statement on Racism @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  "We are brothers and sisters, each of us the child of a loving Father in Heaven. His Son,...

Cheryl Bruno on Masonry & Mormonism @ Wheat & Tares
  -  It has been said that as King Solomon was building his temple, masons learned the temple...

COME, FOLLOW ME LESSON AIDS — Book of Mormon Lesson 23: June 8–14 Jesus Christ Will Come to Redeem His People Alma 8-12 @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Alma 8: Alma preaches and baptizes in Melek—He is rejected in Ammonihah and leaves—An...

VIDEO: Understanding Pentecost and the Feast of Weeks @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Fifty days after the Savior had been resurrected, the disciples gathered in Jerusalem for...

PODCAST: Mormonism and White Supremacy (Joanna Brooks) Episode 411 The Cultural Hall @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  In Mormonism and White Supremacy, Joanna Brooks offers an unflinching look at her own...

VIDEO: Mormon News Report #ComeFollowMe! Alma 5–7 “Have Ye Experienced This Mighty Change in Your Hearts?” @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  👋🏼 Join Jenny, Brandt, and John on 🅙🅤🅝🅔 ➐ at 10:00 a.m. MT to discuss...

Mormon History Pandemic @ Wheat & Tares
  -  A few years ago, my son-in-law was studying for his youth Sunday School class. Some kids...

Dialogue: In Spite of Helaman @ Wheat & Tares
  -  JACOBI decided to reread Helaman’s record,determined to reveal Helaman’s wisdom.I—...

Question for our readers @ Wheat & Tares
  -  What do you think of recent Church initiatives such as the “Journey through grief”...

Templo de Xangai, Um Elefante Branco? @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Elefantes brancos fazem parte da realidade política brasileira. São aquelas obras...

James Talmage: Isolamento Social ou a Economia? @ Vozes Mormons
  -  O Apóstolo James Edward Talmage, autor do clássico Jesus, O Cristo e uma das maiores...

Jesus Mórmon Branco Viraliza na Páscoa Evangélica @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Nesta Páscoa, em tempos de isolamento social por causa da pandemia de coronavírus,...

Onde Está o Profeta do Mundo? @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Hoje pelo mundo há grande confusão As notícias causam preocupação. Mas podemos ter...

AO VIVO: 190a Conferência Geral (Sessão de Domingo à Tarde) @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Assista a sessão de Conferência Geral aqui, podendo fazer comentários enquanto ouvem...

AO VIVO: 190a Conferência Geral (Sessão de Domingo de Manhã) @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Assista a sessão de Conferência Geral aqui, podendo fazer comentários enquanto ouvem...

AO VIVO: 190a Conferência Geral (Sessão de Sábado à Noite) @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Assista a sessão de Conferência Geral aqui, podendo fazer comentários enquanto ouvem...

AO VIVO: 190a Conferência Geral (Sessão de Sábado à Tarde) @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Assista a sessão de Conferência Geral aqui, podendo fazer comentários enquanto ouvem...

Spring 2020 General Conference Open Thread @ Mormon Momma
  -  Saturday Morning Session Russel M. Nelson Please note that he was surprised about the...

AO VIVO: 190a Conferência Geral (Sessão de Sábado de Manhã) @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Assista a sessão de Conferência Geral aqui, podendo fazer comentários enquanto ouvem...

Profeta Mórmon Testa Positivo para Coronavírus @ Vozes Mormons
  -  O Presidente d’A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias, Russell M...

Autumn 2019 General Conference Open Thread @ Mormon Momma
  -  Given that this is the first post since last conference—and my general ambivalence...

The Problem of Externalized Authority: A Response to the Mormon Gender Binary @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  To all the transgender Mormons, post or present, I want to make something clear: there...

The Struggle for LDS Unity @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  A recent Sacrament meeting in my ward focused on developing unity. Unity is a topic that...

On LDS Abortion Exceptions and the Angel Mother @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  For most Latter-day Saints, the answer to the abortion question is a resounding no. Yet,...

Open Letter to Straight Latter-day Saints From a Straight Latter-day Saint @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  Dear Straight Latter-day Saints, To be clear, I am one of you, both because I am...

Spring 2019 General Conference Open Thread @ Mormon Momma
  -  The rumors are swirling again! What have you heard? What will actually happen? Only time...

The Problem with Uncoupling “Jesus Christ” and “Latter-day Saints” @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  I vividly remember apostle Russell M. Nelson’s April 1990 General Conference address in...

The Restoration of Hope @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  In less than a year and half, Russell M. Nelson, as president of the Church of Jesus...

LDS Institutional Integrity and the Lesson of the Great and Abominable Church @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  It’s debatable whether or not an institution is capable of integrity, considering it...

Abortion 💔 @ Mormon Momma
  -  Undoubtedly someone who reads this has had an abortion. I love you and would be honored...

Today’s Lost Generation and the Crisis of Trust @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  "Today's "lost generation" is accused of experiencing “a crisis of faith,” but to me,...

I’m Crying Over Temple Changes — In a Good Way @ Mormon Momma
  -  I’m just going to put this right here: LDS Church changes temple ceremony; faithful...

On the Excommunication of Bill Reel, the Heterodox Testimony, and the Lessons of Alma @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  Another stoning has occurred in this week’s excommunication of Bill Reel, the creator...

All-In v. All-Inclusive: WWJD? @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  The recent apostolic push by David A. Bednar for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of...

October 2018 General Conference @ Mormon Momma
  -  Here is your open thread to talk about all things Saturday, October 6th, General...

New LDS Curriculum in 2019 Focuses on Home Study @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The Church has announced a significant help for your personal and family gospel study....

LDS Media Talk Merges with LDS365 @ LDS Media Talk
  -   For 12 years, you’ve enjoyed articles from LDSMediaTalk.com about new LDS...

Connect with Your Family: Past, Present, and Future @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The following is from the article “Connect with Your Family: Past, Present, and...

Music Video: “My Heavenly Father Loves Me” by Rexburg Children’s Choir @ LDS Media Talk
  -   “I Know Heavenly Father Loves Me” is the first music video by the Rexburg Children...

Updated LDS Media Library App 2.0 @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The LDS Media Library app—the mobile app version of the LDS Media Library on...

Revisions Announced for LDS Hymnbook and Children’s Songbook @ LDS Media Talk
  -   Today, the Church announced plans to revise the current hymnbook and children’s...

Relatives Around Me @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Have you ever sat in a room full of people and wondered if or how you might be related to...

Ellen DeGeneres Gets It Wrong About Mormons and Teen Suicide @ LDS Media Talk
  -   On her TV show, Ellen DeGeneres recently stated that “the leading cause of death for...

Father’s Day Video: I Love Being a Dad Because… @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Enjoy this Father’s Day video, “I Love Being a Dad Because…,”...

LDS FamilySearch Database to Include Same-Sex Relationships @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The world’s largest genealogy organization is redesigning FamilySearch.org so it...

My Definition of God and a Possible Response to Homosexuality in Church Policy @ Mormon Momma
  -  Two issues many members of the church—myself included—are struggling with are gender...

This Life Is Meant to Be a Kingdom, Not Just a Cross @ Things of My Soul
  -   A belief in the afterlife can have negative effects. Some people seem to disengage from...

Two Tiny Gender Changes You Might Not Have Noticed at the March-April 2018 General Conference @ Mormon Momma
  -  Large institutions move slowly. Sometimes painfully slowly. When your own impressions of...

Spring 2018 General Conference Thoughts @ Mormon Momma
  -  Happy Easter! Due to the long lack of substantive activity here, I realize few will see...

My Own Bucket List @ Things of My Soul
  -   I loved the movie, "The Bucket List." I had seen it one time previously, but it was...

The Need for Charity: We Aren't as Smart as We Think We Are @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine recently said something truly profound about our tendency to judge...

My Favorite Mathematics Curriculum @ Mormon Momma
  -  Over the years (often as a result of my overt distaste for Saxon math) I have been asked...

On Forgiveness: Two Important Things @ Things of My Soul
  -   Two thoughts on forgiveness this Easter weekend:  1) We only can forgive those who...

ThyMindOMan.com – Exploring the Mind’s Relationship to God @ Temple Study
  -  “Thy Mind, O Man,” photograph of original manuscript. The Joseph Smith...

We Are More than Just Children of a King @ Things of My Soul
  -   A friend of mine said the following today, in reference to common statements about...

Being Nothing without Charity and "Being Worthy": How We Miss the Mark @ Things of My Soul
  -  I interpret the idea that we are nothing without charity as being a refutation of the...

A Beautiful Explanation of Not Judging Others @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine shared the following, and I want to share it here. It is one of the most...

Yes, We Are Our Brothers' and Sisters' Keepers @ Things of My Soul
  -   Remember: It was Cain (a murderer) who replied to God, when asked where Abel was, "Am I...

What Does the Sacrament Prayer Really Say: Not What We Often Teach @ Things of My Soul
  -  [quote="squarepeg"]The Sacrament Prayer says that we will always have His spirit to be...

Jesus as Advocate and Judge - and We as Advocates Only @ Things of My Soul
  -  We had a wonderful lesson in our High Priests Group, and I want to share one particular...

We Can Be "Atoners" in This Life @ Things of My Soul
  -   We talk of an infinite Atonement, but I have seen an example of how powerful a mortal,...

God Loves His Children Even as They Toddle, Falter, and Fall @ Things of My Soul
  -   We have all seen a toddler learn to walk. He takes a small step and totters. He falls....

Does God Really Direct Us Down "Wrong Roads" Sometimes? @ Things of My Soul
  -  Elder Holland gave a talk in General Conference a couple of years ago about what he...

Individual Exceptions Are between Each Person and the Lord @ Things of My Soul
  -   “There are exceptions to some rules. For example, we believe the commandment is not...

Sometimes, Our Obsession with Proper Prayer Language Is Unhealthy @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have a friend who is convinced we are wrong to pray in modern formal...

Revelation As a Process of Sifting and Winnowing @ Things of My Soul
  -   “The Lord uses imperfect people…He often allows their errors to stand...

The Restoration Is On-Going, and We Can Be Restorers or Destroyers @ Things of My Soul
  -  According to Jacob 5, the tree will continue to be pruned right up until the end - and I...

We Must Be Open to People Outside Our Usual Circle of Friends @ Things of My Soul
  -   In this Church our wards and our quorums do not belong to us. They belong to Jesus...

Some Excellent, Practical Advice to Help Us Find Peace @ Things of My Soul
  -  I almost never share things here that I find being forwarded on Facebook or other...

The LDS Church Also Evolves in Its Understanding and Its Recognition of Past Mistakes @ Things of My Soul
  -   "Seventy years ago this Church was organized with six members. We commenced, so to...

Why Is the Gospel Sometimes So Hard to Find? @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine who has struggled mightily to figure out what the Gospel means to him...

Cannot Keep Track @ Mormon Momma
  -  Mom: How did your date go? Monica (19): Fine, but I almost called Tanner...

Partnership Is More Important than Rigid Roles @ Things of My Soul
  -   “The Church has nothing to fear from the strength of women. On the contrary, it...

The Danger of Living in the Past: A Principle for Personal Consideration @ Things of My Soul
  -  I was watching a TV show with one of my daughters a while ago, and the following was a...

It Is Important to Be Interested in Many Things - and to Understand Many Perspectives @ Things of My Soul
  -   "Suppose one man likes strawberries and another does not; in what respect is the...

The Samaritans in Our Lives: Some Might Be Surprising @ Things of My Soul
  -  I gave a talk in a ward years ago about charity in which I asked the congregation to...

Righteous Sassing @ Mormon Momma
  -  Monica (18): I’m really good at sassing people in my head. I wish I could to it in...

Easy Date @ Mormon Momma
  -  [Sam walks into my office late Friday afternoon.] Sam: Hey, honey, do you want to go on a...

Overheard at the Boys’ Second Breakfast @ Mormon Momma
  -  Talking to his 15-year-old brother, Samson. Caleb (12): It’s called skills, bro....

Kicking It Old School @ Mormon Momma
  -  [Driving to karate with the boys. Trying to find a radio station they like.] Mom: How...

Not Getting Married Today @ Mormon Momma
  -  Mom: Samson, what was your favorite part about Saturday’s Warrior? [pause] Samson:...

Sass In Your Frass @ Mormon Momma
  -  Caleb (12): Mom, just so you know, I’m going into my teenage years. So it’s...

Tickets to Provo City Center Temple Open House @ Mormon Momma
  -  The Provo Tabernacle was a staple of my youth. When I was a child (pre-stake-center days)...

Mormon Hacks: Preschool Edition @ Mormon Momma
  -  Thanks to Common Core and other cultural problems—you know, like legal mandates that...

Simple FHE Ideas: Real Heroes @ Mormon Momma
  -  The world is full of idols, athletes, entertainers, people famous for no reason at all,...

Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference Now Available for Free Viewing @ Temple Study
  -  The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the...

Gratitude Precedes Zion @ Temple Study
  -  Orderville Utah, circa 1890 (click to enlarge) Note: My wife and I were asked to give...

Official Church Video on Temple Garments and Robes @ Temple Study
  -   The Church has released a new video explaining the temple garment, and the temple robes....

The Temple on Mount Zion 2014 Conference @ Temple Study
  -  The Interpreter Foundation has announced a forthcoming conference, the 2014 Temple on...

LDS Women Hold and Exercise Priesthood Authority @ Temple Study
  -   LDS woman being set apart for a calling in the Church. “We are not accustomed to...

Sistine Chapel in Official Virtual Reality Simulation @ Temple Study
  -  The Vatican’s 360 degree photographic virtual reality simulation of the Sistine...

“Because of Him”: Share the Easter Message This Week @ Temple Study
  -  The Church is launching a worldwide initiative today, Palm Sunday, that will run through...

Unfreezing Our Hearts: Choosing to See the Beauty in Disney’s Frozen @ Temple Study
  -  Anna and Elsa embrace at the end of Frozen. This is a guest post by Raven Haymond, my...

Videos of Science & Mormonism Symposium Now Available for Free Viewing @ Temple Study
  -  The Interpreter Foundation sponsored a conference on November 9, 2013, entitled...