Reviews

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 | No 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 »

Atheist in a Foxhole; The Tillman Story

July 6, 2015
Atheist in a Foxhole; The Tillman Story

I watched an interesting documentary last week, The Tillman Story.  Pat Tillman played NFL football for the Arizona Cardinals, and unexpectedly quit the NFL and enlisted in the army rangers following the September 11 attacks.  I knew he had been killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and there was a coverup, but didn’t really […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Morality, Mormon, Reviews, Violence | 8 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 »

Dan Vogel takes on Mormonism Unvailed

April 17, 2015
Dan Vogel takes on Mormonism Unvailed

Mormon scholar Dan Vogel and Signature Books have teamed up to produce a scholarly update to the first anti-Mormon book ever written, Mormonism Unvailed.  The book is due to be released on April 20, and Tom Kimball was nice enough to send me a pre-release version to review. The book was first published in 1834 […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon, Reviews | 15 Comments »

Haters Gonna Hate

March 13, 2015
Haters Gonna Hate

In general I’m a fan of Neylan McBaine, I first ran across her a few years ago when I saw her presentation at FAIR making the rounds online and then when her “Moderate Mormon Manifesto” was published on FMH. I’ve tried to follow her work since then, and it wasn’t until listening to the Dialogue […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, Feminism, gender equity, Reviews, Women | 19 Comments »

Heart of Africa Q&A

February 9, 2015
Heart of Africa Q&A

February is Black History Month.  Margaret Young, who teaches writing at BYU, has been heavily involved in writing LDS black history.  She has helped write the play, I Am Jane, a story about early black Mormon Jane Manning James, and has produced 2 films about black Mormons.  Her first film came out in 2008 and […]

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Posted in LDS, Mission, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Race Relations, Reviews, Women | 10 Comments »

Tarefic/Wheaties Winners! (or Whiners?)

February 4, 2015
Tarefic/Wheaties Winners! (or Whiners?)

We’re here to announce the official winners of our annual Wheaties and Tarefic Awards.  Some of you may remember the controversy we had a few years ago when we mixed up the winner of the Best Blog Category.  Well, apparently we like controversy, (or maybe we’re just not that technically savvy.)  We had some minor […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 12 Comments »

Last Call for Nominations!

January 19, 2015
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Alright, please let everyone know that this is the last call for nominations.  Every year, someone finds out too late.  Don’t let that happen this year!  Don’t forget that Main Street Plaza is hosting their Brodie Awards too.  Please check out the links so you can be an informed voter. As you can see below, we are short […]

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Posted in Feminism, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 41 Comments »

2014 in Review: Tarefic/Wheaties Nominations

January 5, 2015
2014 in Review: Tarefic/Wheaties Nominations

Now that 2014 is in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start looking for the best and worst of this past year.  Start your nominations!  We want to highlight YOU and your favorite Mormon blogs.  Once again Ziff, the mighty numbers cruncher of Zelophehad’s Daughters will handle results presentation at the end of this event.  Because some […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Wheaties | 48 Comments »

Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

October 9, 2014
Books Reviewed: Anne Perry, James Dashner, Shannon Hale, Carys Bray

Just recently I’ve found myself reading books by LDS (or ex-LDS) authors consecutively, not that common an occurrence, so I thought I did give a quick review of my thoughts. The most recent was: “The Angel Court Affair” by Anne Perry I have long enjoyed Anne Perry’s Thomas Pitt, and Hester & William Monk series […]

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Posted in Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Reviews, Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014: Hawkgrrrl’s Reviews

July 29, 2014
Utah Shakespeare Festival 2014:  Hawkgrrrl’s Reviews

Our family just returned from our annual pilgrimage to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City.  We’ve been attending every year since 1997, and we bring our kids and sometimes other relatives to enjoy the plays.  We even attended when we were living in Singapore on home visits.  We saw a young half-naked (but for some […]

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Posted in Criticism, Culture, Reviews | 10 Comments »

Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

July 28, 2014
Thoughts on Sunstone, FAIR, and MHA

From Thursday to Saturday is the Sunstone Conference in Salt Lake City at the University of Utah, and here is the conference program. Sunstone, Mormon History Association, and the FAIR Conference have always been very interesting to me because it is a time to get more serious discussions that you get in Sunday School. As […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews, theology | 7 Comments »

MHA 2014 in San Antonio

June 9, 2014
MHA 2014 in San Antonio

I thoroughly enjoyed MHA 2014 here in San Antonio, and getting to meet some other bloggers like Clean Cut and Matt W from New Cool Thang.  I didn’t live blog MHA like Kevin Barney did at By Common Consent, but thought I’d give a “quick” recap of the happenings there.  (Kevin and I obviously overlapped […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Christian, Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Polygamy, Priesthood, Prophet, Reviews, Women | 7 Comments »

Hebrew in America?

April 28, 2014
Hebrew in America?

It’s been a long time since I discussed Book of Mormon Geography Theories. Every so often, I get an email from the FIRM Foundation. Basically Rodney Meldrum has proposed a theory in which he believes that Joseph Smith has indicated that Book of Mormon lands are in America’s Heartland. Meldrum believes that the Hopewell Indian […]

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Posted in Book of Mormon, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews | 7 Comments »

Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

March 30, 2014
Should a Latter Day Saint See Noah?

This guest post comes from Morgan Deane.  He blogs at Warfare and the Book of Mormon as well as The Arsenal of Venice. I just got out of the movie Noah, and it certainly left a great deal on my mind. With some Christians having issues with the movie I thought it would be wise […]

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Posted in Mormon, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Reviews | 5 Comments »

The Circumstance of Evil

March 3, 2014
The Circumstance of Evil

We would like to think that we would always choose good over evil, but is that always the case? This is part 3 of my series on a documentary, The Science of Evil.  In Part 1, I discussed Jeffrey’s Dahmer and his baptism.  In Part 2, we discussed whether there is a soul, or whether […]

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Posted in Agency, Book of Mormon, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, Violence | 6 Comments »

On Growing up (or not), Books and the Usefulness of the Bloggernacle

January 16, 2014
On Growing up (or not), Books and the Usefulness of the Bloggernacle

“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” 1 Cor. 13:11 We’re a geeky kind of family, and maybe we parents are not yet grown up, since for the most part we […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Reviews, Technology, Uncategorized | 15 Comments »

Wheaties/Tarefic Voting Has Begun!

January 13, 2014
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After 3 weeks of nominations, let the voting begin!  This year, we’re going to try to keep results secret until the end (we are about to see how effective our new polling plugin works.)  Tell your friends to come and vote for your favorites!  Voting will end next Sunday at midnight Mountain time.  We will […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 19 Comments »

Final Call for Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations!

January 6, 2014
Final Call for Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations!

Thanks for you nominations.  A few of us had spotty internet this past week (which is why the previous post didn’t get updated), but we have now updated nominations one final time.  We will start voting next week, but please send out a call to other blogs to make sure they are represented. As you […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Reviews | 14 Comments »

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