Even More Islands and Atolls

World Wide Wed: Focusing on a Mormon Temple Wedding! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  An old adage says to marry your best friend, and Sergio and Melissa lucked out. See how...

You’ve got to watch this Daddy-Daughter Lip Sync — “Meant to Be” Bebe Rexha (feat. Florida Georgia Line) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Jason Wright, the author of Christmas Jars, is back doing his awesome lip sync renditions...

God Friended Me—new series on CBS ties social media with divine messages (literally) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Brandon Micheal Hall stars in a humorous, uplifting drama about Miles Finer (Hall), an...

Its All Greek To Me: Part II @ Wheat & Tares
  -  This posts continues my discussion of ideas and notes from reading the Greek sources....

Religion As Placebo @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Did you know that the “Close Door” button on the elevator probably does not...

Effectiveness of Petitions @ Wheat & Tares
  -  It certainly appears to me that the LDS church has started receiving more petitions for...

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

Limited Apostasy and Donatism @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Beginning in 303 AD, the Roman emperor Diocletian began a series of official persecutions...

The Notorious RBG @ Wheat & Tares
  -  I recently saw the documentary RBG about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her personal and...

The Problem with Mormon Morality @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Or: The problem with the Mormon approach to morality. I’m using as a reference Mark...

Hofmann & Church Leaders/Why No Death Sentence? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Bomber and forger, Mark Hofmann had a tangled web of interactions.  Forensics expert...

When Gold Plates were Stayin’ Alive @ Wheat & Tares
  -  When Gold Plates were paper plates scored and bound with glue, reformed Egyptian proudly...

Military service and the Church @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Elder Nelson ran into his cousin the first week of serving in the Kentucky Louisiville...

Discernment @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Over the years, I have probably sat in over 300 interviews by church leaders with...

😂 SISTAS IN ZION ZANDRA VRANES talks about her calling as a Trek “Ma” 😂 @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Zandra Vranes was skeptical at first when she was asked to help her church's youth...

Jane Manning James—early black Mormon convert and faithful Saint #BeOne @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Over a century after that funeral, the example of Jane Manning James continues to inspire...

LDSwedding.com—SUBMISSIONS NEEDED! Share the Story of Your LDS Wedding 👰 🤵 @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  SUBMISSIONS NEEDED! Share the Story of Your LDS wedding! 👰 🎩 Read the rest on MLH...

Reply to John Dehlin on Neo-Apologists @ Wheat & Tares
  -  John Dehlin shared a post to the ExMormon Reddit forum. Here’s the link to the...

Polygamy Culture and Temple Rites @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  In my previous discussions of polygamy culture, I mentioned that the 19th century...

Faith: “I don’t have to have it all figured out, as long as He does” @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Check out this video from a believing Millennial, Mike Steinkamp, for the 2018 Film Your...

“SHAMELESS,” a short film by Cooper Anderson, opens your eyes to labels, inner struggles, and healing through the atonement of Jesus Christ @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Get a new and unique view of the hope and healing that come through Jesus Christ and his...

Film Your Faith video contest from FAITH COUNTS: Top 10 finalists announced! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  The ten finalists of the Film Your Faith Video Contest have been announced! VOTE...

Por Que o Rótulo “Seita” Atrapalha o Entendimento de Novas Religiões @ Vozes Mormons
  -  “Seitas” estão de volta ao noticiário. O documentário “Wild Wild...

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...

LDS Leaders Can Send Emails to Members Using Leader and Clerk Resources (LCR) @ LDS Media Talk
  -   LDS leaders can...

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...

Qual o tamanho da Arca de Noé em Campos de Futebol? @ Vozes Mormons
  -  A Bíblia Hebraica reconta a estória da Arca de Noé, na qual um idoso profeta recebe...

40 Anos do Fim da Segregação Racial Mórmon @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Celebramos hoje 40 anos desde o fim oficial do racismo institucional n’A Igreja de...

Desafio de História Mórmon: Madame Pattirini @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Qual a verdadeira identidade do artista mórmon na foto abaixo, apresentando-se com o...

Why Race Matters @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  I am white. I grew up in a very conservative home in a very conservative suburb of Los...

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...

Igreja SUD Restringirá Internet em Capelas @ Vozes Mormons
  -  A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos Últimos Dias anunciou ontem que irá restringir...

Lorenzo Snow: Socialismo Mórmon @ Vozes Mormons
  -  O então Apóstolo Lorenzo Snow, futuro Profeta da Igreja SUD, fez os seguintes...

Polygamy Culture, Pt II @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  My recent post regarding polygamy culture, followed as it was by this interview from...

Polygamy Culture @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  There’s “rape culture,” and then there’s “polygamy culture.” Most people...

Profeta Mórmon a Africanos: Dízimo Eliminará Pobreza @ Vozes Mormons
  -  O Profeta Russell Nelson, Presidente d’A Igreja de Jesus Cristo dos Santos dos...

‘Paulo, Apóstolo de Cristo’ está mais à Coca-Cola que à Bíblia @ Vozes Mormons
  -  O cartaz de Paulo, Apóstolo de Cristo mostra um Paulo com olhar determinado (James...

Novos Apóstolos do Mormonismo Ilustram Crescente Alcance Global @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Em sua Conferência Geral anual, realizada de 31 de março a 1º de abril, A Igreja de...

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...

A Ética Mórmon e o Espírito do Capitalismo @ Vozes Mormons
  -  Tivesse vivido um século mais tarde, talvez Max Weber fizesse perspicazes...

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

The Bishop, the Mission President, and the Sexual Predator…Now What? @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  It sounds like the lead-in to a bad joke, but the reality is, Joseph Bishop, a former LDS...

The Pedestal and Ecclesiastical Abuse @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  Stake President Russell Clayton has apologized to Tiercy Hadlock in an email, copied...

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...

November 5th and Why I Stay @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  Two years ago this November 5th, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints applied...

Power and the New Class of Sinners @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  Like most progressive Mormons engaging in the discussion about inclusion levels of the...

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

False Assumptions: A Response to MWS “A Protected Class of Sin” @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  Even though it’s more important to do right than to be right, its frighteningly...

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...

Why This Mormon Rejects “Love the Sinner; Hate the Sin” @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
  -  There was a time I accepted the phrase “Love the sinner; hate the sin,” but I always...

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,...

Mormon Hacks: New Year’s 2016 Edition @ Mormon Momma
  -  Happy New Year! And Happy 13th birthday to Mormon Momma! If you’re looking for some...

Tolerance Is Not a Virtue @ Mormon Momma
  -  Cliff Notes version of this post: Tolerance (inclusion, acceptance, etc.) is not...

Do Mormon Women Oppose Priesthood Ordination? Redux @ Mormon Momma
  -  In October of 2013, a Pew survey made the claim that “big majority of Mormons...

The Gospel of Inclusivity and Nothingness @ Mormon Momma
  -  Last week I engaged in a libertarian-esque discussion about geopolitical borders. In the...

New Order Mormonism and the Teenage Mind @ Mormon Momma
  -  The Teenage Mind When I was in junior high, a mere 14 years old, I was positive I was in...

Same-Sex Marriage/Cohabitation Policy Clarification: Time to Fire the Legal Department @ Mormon Momma
  -  This morning the Office of the First Presidency clarified the handbook changes. These...

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...