12 More Questions for Armand Mauss, Part 2

April 22, 2014 | 4 comments
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shifting borders

We continue our Q&A with Armand Mauss, LDS author and scholar. See Part 1 for a full introduction. 5. Let’s talk now about some of the issues you discussed in your memoir, Shifting Borders and a Tattered Passport: Intellectual Journeys of a Mormon Academic (U of U Press, 2012). In Chapter 6, “Recurrent Visits with the Race Issue,” you recount how you conducted research on the LDS race issue during the 1960s for your dissertation on Mormonism and minorities, filed at UC Berkeley in 1970. That put you smack in the middle of the most contentious issue in the... Read more »

A house with a gun is not a home

April 22, 2014 | 132 comments
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A house with a gun is not a home

Everybody was shocked by the news that on April 19 in Utah a three year old girl killed her two year old brother with a shotgun. Poor boy, poorer girl and still poorer parents, what a tragedy, also for the wider family, the ward, the community, the church, in... Read more »

BYU NT Commentary Conference

April 21, 2014 | one comment
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An upcoming conference: Read more »

The Rise of Biblical Criticism and the Mormon Response

April 20, 2014 | 12 comments
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“The rise of biblical criticism” is the title of a section in Jaroslav Pelikan’s Whose Bible Is It? A History of the Scriptures Through the Ages (Viking, 2005). Those... Read more »

Literary Worship: Sacrament Prayers

April 18, 2014 | 6 comments
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broken bread

Sometimes I have a hard time concentrating during the Sacrament. Theoretically, it shouldn’t be difficult. My squirmy, distracting babies and toddlers have grown up; in fact, I play the... Read more »

12 More Questions for Armand Mauss, Part 1

April 17, 2014 | 14 comments
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Way back in April 2004, almost exactly ten years ago, Armand Mauss was the very first Times and Seasons 12 Questions guest (see Part 1 and Part 2). A... Read more »

The Message of Mormonism (pt. 2): Angels, Visions, Prophets, and Gifts of the Spirit

April 17, 2014 | 26 comments
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In my last post I talked about Mormonism as an answer to the question, “Which church is true?” and suggested that this question has only been compelling on a... Read more »

Thinking about Miracle Stories

April 15, 2014 | 26 comments
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Should the stories of miracles that Jesus performed be considered historically accurate? Did he walk on water, or was there a conveniently placed sandbar that made his disciples think... Read more »

Whining at Moses

April 14, 2014 | 11 comments
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Moses Parts the Sea

Now that we’re up to Exodus in Sunday School,  I am reminded once again of how much murmuring and whining the Children of Israel do.  Clearly the major theme... Read more »

What It Would Take to Not Believe

April 14, 2014 | 46 comments
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2014-04-14 Karl Popper

There was one question in response to my last post that I particularly wanted to answer, but wasn’t able to at the time. This is the question, which was... Read more »

Sexism and Ordination

April 12, 2014 | 81 comments
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I recently participated in a TribTalk about Ordain Women. Pretty much the first words out of Neylan McBaine’s mouth were something along the lines of “ordaining women won’t end... Read more »

The Message of Mormonism (pt. 1): Which Church is True?

April 11, 2014 | 23 comments
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This is the first in a series of posts in which I lay out some of my thoughts on what Mormonism’s message to the world has been and what... Read more »

Martha’s Sacrament

April 10, 2014 | 12 comments
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Times & Seasons used to post, from time to time, something “From the archives”. So is this one. *** Martha was one of the older sisters in our branch.... Read more »

Five Things I Liked

April 9, 2014 | 8 comments
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Here are a few things from General Conference that I loved: Read more »

Elder Oaks on Women, Priesthood, and the Temple

April 8, 2014 | 44 comments
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There is a lot that could be said about Elder Oaks’ conference talk about the relationship of women to the priesthood. In this post, I’m going to look at... Read more »

GenCon: Sunday Afternoon Session

April 6, 2014 | 6 comments
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Conference Center

Welcome to T&S’ fifth and final round of coverage of General Conference. We welcome your comments. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf is conducting this session of Conference. Chorus: Sweet is the... Read more »

GenCon: Sunday Morning Session

April 6, 2014 | no comments
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Conference Center

Welcome to T&S’ fourth round of coverage of General Conference. We welcome your comments. Chorus: Come We that Love the Lord President Henry B. Eyring is conducting this session... Read more »

Priesthood Session: A Personal View

April 5, 2014 | 23 comments
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I attended priesthood session at my local chapel. About sixty men and boys in attendance. One woman. It was snowing when I left home. I decided to reward my... Read more »

GenCon: Saturday Afternoon Session

April 5, 2014 | 4 comments
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Conference Center

Welcome to round two of T&S sort-of live coverage of General Conference. President Eyring conducted this afternoon session with President Monson (in attendance) presiding. Opening prayer by Ian S.... Read more »

GenCon: Saturday Morning Session

April 5, 2014 | 36 comments
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Conference Center

Welcome to T&S sort-of live coverage of General Conference. President Uchtdorf conducted this opening session with President Monson (in attendance) presiding. Opening prayer by Carl B. Cook, a Seventy,... Read more »

A Short Post on How It Feels to Be a Moderate

April 5, 2014 | no comments
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The Book of Mormon as Literature

April 3, 2014 | 9 comments
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One can read the Book of Mormon as canonized scripture, to guide the Church and its members in doctrine and practice, or as a sign of Joseph Smith’s calling... Read more »

We See the Past with a God’s Eye View

April 3, 2014 | no comments
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Bruegels-landscape

From Bruce Charlton: Why is living in the past so popular a pastime? . . . . Read more »

NBA strikes deal with LDS Church for Jabari Parker

April 1, 2014 | 49 comments
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Jabari Parker

Today the NBA announced a landmark agreement with the LDS Church to ensure that Jabari Parker’s desire to serve a mission does not interfere with his draft prospects, saying... Read more »

As Much As I Know Anything

March 31, 2014 | 28 comments
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2014-03-31 Before the Pulpit

“Out of curiosity, what makes you believe in Mormonism? Or God for that matter?” This is a question I got from a close friend, more or less out of... Read more »

Literary Joseph Fielding Smith #09: James H. Hart’s Interview with David Whitmer

March 30, 2014 | no comments
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James H. Hart

I think that we often think of witnesses as something outside of the event, added to fill a particular need or satisfy the desires of the world. But I... Read more »

Where is the door? How do WE knock?

March 30, 2014 | 98 comments
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Salt Lake Temple doorknobs

One of the gems of my mission was the opportunity to spend an evening with a Bishop from the RLDS (now Community of Christ) Church Read more »

So Who Gets a Press Conference in Front of the Tabernacle?

March 28, 2014 | 77 comments
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One of the aspects of the Church’s recent statement to OW regarding the priesthood session that strikes me as eminently sensible is the insistence that OW not invite media... Read more »

Congratulations, OW: Now It’s A Conversation

March 27, 2014 | 85 comments
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A conversation in two senses: First, everyone is talking about Ordain Women (here, here, here, here, here, here, and here; a four-part response here; earlier T&S posts here and... Read more »

Faith, Revelation, and Jewish Parallels

March 27, 2014 | 11 comments
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Some Jewish reading recently has triggered some LDS thoughts and parallels. I jotted these down in between lengthy organic chemistry homework sessions, so they’re less refined than I’d like,... Read more »

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