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Canaanite Dieties

March 21, 2016
Canaanite Dieties

It’s Easter time again (next Sunday is Easter if you weren’t paying attention.)  Easter is that one holiday that Mormons observe, but don’t really celebrate.  With Easter comes the story of the Passover.  (This is one of those strange years in which Easter occurs a month BEFORE Passover.)  In the past, I’ve blogged about various […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Israel, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Religion, scriptures, theology | 23 Comments »

Temple Dedications

March 20, 2016
Kirtland Temple

Today the new Provo City Center Temple (previously the Provo Tabernacle) is being dedicated.  My daughter said that this is her third temple dedication (others were Brigham City, Payson).  How many temple dedications have you been to?  (It used to be once-in-a lifetime.) It got me thinking about the Kirtland Temple dedication.  According to LDS.org Joseph […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple | 27 Comments »

Does God Agree With Your Politics?

March 16, 2016
Does God Agree With Your Politics?

My opinion is not a popular one, especially among Mormons. It’s based on one of my foundational beliefs that I still maintain from my days as a centrist: both sides of our political divide are founded on sound principles that are imperfectly applied – because we’re humans. (Just like I believe our Church organization is […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, economics, Freedom, History, money, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 20 Comments »

The Mormon Church and Blacks

February 8, 2016
BlackMormons

February is Black History Month.  I recently finished Matthew Harris & Newel Bringhurst’s most recent book, The Mormon Church & Blacks:  A Documentary History.  The black priesthood ban has been a pet topic of mine; I have written nearly 60 posts on the topic over the past 8 years. For me, this has been one of […]

Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews | 14 Comments »

A Short History of Robbers and Insults

January 15, 2016
A Short History of Robbers and Insults

The Oregon standoff has included the frequent use of the word “terrorism” to describe the Bundys and their associates. Because of my research into revolutionary warfare, I’m not surprised that words like “terrorists” are used as tools to delegitimize political actors.[1]  My research projects have included insurgencies into the Late Roman Empire, samurai warfare in […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Violence | 12 Comments »

Prophets < Apostles?

December 29, 2015
Prophets < Apostles?

Which is a bigger deal?  Being a prophet or being an apostle?  If you’re like me, you would probably assume that the title “prophet” is higher than “apostle,” but I recently read some interesting information on the history. I was curious to know when we started to call the quorum of the twelve “prophets, seers, […]

Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, doubt, Excommunication, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, History, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Prophet, theology | 67 Comments »

Halloween (weekend poll)

October 31, 2015
Halloween (weekend poll)

Halloween, originally known as All Hallows Eve, seems to have eclipsed All Saints Day (Nov 1) in importance. (What’s All Saints Day anyway?) Here are some questions for you about Halloween. Some Christians think Halloween is too Satanic to celebrate, but apparently Mormons don’t have that problem.  Martin Luther was born on October 31, so […]

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Posted in History, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 6 Comments »

Highlights of Lester Bush’s Address

October 19, 2015
Highlights of Lester Bush’s Address

Last week, Lester Bush spoke at the Black, White, and Mormon Conference at the University of Utah.  I posted a longer version at my blog, but wanted to highlight some of the cool notes from his address. (I typed as fast as I could–some of my notes are a little cryptic.)  Paul Reeve introduced him. Reeve […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Premortality, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews, theology | 17 Comments »

Someone Should Have Told Me — Genocide in the Bible

September 17, 2015
Someone Should Have Told Me — Genocide in the Bible

Before I get into the information that isn’t as clear as it could be, a short quiz. Who can remember the story of Zipporah in Exodus? Who knows the story of what happened when Moses’ other wife showed up in the Israelite camp? Who knows the story of Aaron and the golden calf? Who can […]

Posted in Christian, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Religion, scriptures | 6 Comments »

The Martin Harris Pageant

August 17, 2015
The Martin Harris Pageant

This year my family has tried to attend several pageants (Manti Pageant, Hill Cumorah Pageant) but schedules haven’t worked out.  Last night, we attended the Clarkston Pageant.  Never heard of it?  Neither had my wife. Clarkston is definitely off the beaten path.  It is about 30 minutes northwest of Logan, Utah, just 10 miles or so […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, scriptures | 6 Comments »

A Sunstone Newbie

July 31, 2015
A Sunstone Newbie

Imagine if someone were to create a community where all interested or connected to Mormon thought in any way, shape, or form were welcomed and accepted? It exists, and it’s meeting in SLC this weekend. I just returned from my first day of Sunstone (ever), and I have to sit and process what I just […]

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Posted in faith crisis, History, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Reviews, Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Restoring York Minster – An Analogy

July 23, 2015
Restoring York Minster – An Analogy

Having just returned from a few days away in York, I wanted to comment on York Minster. I mentioned on a similar post last year that family holidays don’t seem complete without at least one visit to a place of worship. York Minster is particularly spectacular, and is the largest Gothic cathedral in northern Europe. […]

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Education, Faith, History, LDS, Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

July 13, 2015
Atheist Finds Garden of Eden

Where is the Garden of Eden?  I watched a really interesting documentary, part of the Myth Hunters series found on Netflix, Youtube, and CafeMom.  They noted that the garden story is so vague that it could be anywhere.  The film notes that a Boston University president felt is was in North Pole, Mormons felt it […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Christian, Faith, History, Holy Land, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, theology | 16 Comments »

MHA 2015 Recap

June 8, 2015
MHA 2015 Recap

The Annual Mormon History Association meetings came to Provo this past weekend.  Last year it was in San Antonio, and next year it will be at Snowbird Resort in Utah.  Sometimes I like it better when it’s out of town, because I can attend all the sessions.  When I’m home, there’s just too much going […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, Excommunication, faith crisis, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, leadership, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Race Relations, Reviews, Roman Catholic Church, Temple, theology, Violence | 8 Comments »

Interview with John Hamer

June 3, 2015
Interview with John Hamer

I understand you have been involved in collecting manuscripts and original documents that touch upon or concern the “Mormon” Church. What has that meant in your life? What perspectives has that given you? I’ve done work in the Community of Christ Archives, which are located in the Temple in Independence, Missouri. The archives contain a […]

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Posted in Christian, Community of Christ, Culture, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 18 Comments »

Memorial Day Traditions

May 25, 2015
Memorial Day Traditions

The last Monday in May is known as Memorial Day in the United States. Originally called Decoration Day, it was started in 1868 as a way to remember the Civil War dead among Union soldiers. (The Confederates had their own day as well.) By the 20th century, Union and Confederate holidays were merged into Memorial […]

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Posted in Christian, History, LDS, Mormon, Violence | 8 Comments »

Looking at Iraq via the Book of Mormon

April 22, 2015
Looking at Iraq via the Book of Mormon

Here is another guest post from Morgan Deane. He is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com How do you solve a problem like Iraq? Insights from the fall […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, BYU-Idaho, History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 17 Comments »

Topical Guide: Abominable

March 15, 2015
Topical Guide: Abominable

As I mentioned in a previous post, I thought it would be interesting to go through the Topical Guide and look for unusual meanings.  I came across an interesting scripture concerning the word abomination. Genesis 46: 34 …for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians. Egyptians consider the occupation of shepherds to be an […]

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Posted in Culture, History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Mormon Belief, scriptures, Topical Guide, Truth. Lying | 15 Comments »

The Stories We Choose to Tell

March 12, 2015
The Stories We Choose to Tell

The stories we hear and are surrounded by frame our world, influence our outlook and understanding. They affect our sense of who we are, and our place in the world. They can broaden our horizons, or keep us to a narrow focus. What do the stories we find in our lesson manuals and church magazines […]

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Posted in Culture, Education, Freedom, History, LDS, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Priesthood, seminary, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

D&C 132 and Other Men’s Wives

March 2, 2015
D&C 132 and Other Men’s Wives

One of the things I love about blogging is that it helps me learn, and better articulate my positions.  I’m not sure why polygamy is such a hot topic lately, but it is.  I enjoyed Kristine A’s post at Wheat and Tares this week:  Joseph Smith’s Multiple Wives and Why I Care A Lot.  It […]

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Posted in History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy, scriptures, theology, Women | 156 Comments »

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