About Social Media

August 19, 2014 | 6 comments
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Elder David A. Bednar just delivered a talk on social media at BYU Education Week. The text of the talk is already posted at LDS.org (video also available). You are probably going to be hearing about this one so you’d better go read it. Here are the highlights. Quotations in the italicized blockquotes; my commentary in plain text following the quote. Read more »

We Are Made to Suffer

August 18, 2014 | 20 comments
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In centuries gone by the best you could hope for in the case of an aching tooth would be that someone would yank it out, but thanks to modern medicine we can detect cavities and fill them before they start to cause any pain at all. Of course, the... Read more »

12 Questions for Miranda Wilcox and John Young, Editors of Standing Apart—Part II

August 16, 2014 | 7 comments
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Here are the six remaining questions in our series with Miranda Wilcox and John Young, continued from Part I. 7. How much of what you do in this book should we understand as theology, as opposed to, say, history? Miranda: Religious communities perform theological work when they tell historical... Read more »

The Hypothetical “Missionary Library”

August 15, 2014 | 35 comments
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The Hypothetical “Missionary Library”

As a companion piece to Dave’s post on missionaries, let’s talk about the approved missionary library. I have concerns about what missionaries study, know, and teach. The typical missionary develops far... Read more »

Salt Lake City, We Have a Problem

August 15, 2014 | 97 comments
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Artist's rendering of a serious problem.

It has always been the case that some missionaries “come home early,” as the gentle phrasing goes. It turns out that more missionaries are coming home early than ever... Read more »

Book Review: Way Below the Angels

August 13, 2014 | 16 comments
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Book Review: Way Below the Angels

Craig Harline, Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary This may be the most painful... Read more »

Book Review: A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

August 12, 2014 | 5 comments
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Book Review: A Song for Issy Bradley by Carys Bray

How much did I like this book? So much that I do not regret the night of sleep that I lost to my inability to put it down. (That... Read more »

DC Institute Class

August 11, 2014 | one comment
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Thomas B. Griffith (D.C. Circuit Court judge and former BYU General Counsel, Senate Legal Counsel, Bishop and Stake President) is teaching an institute class at the Chevy Chase building this... Read more »

A Day in the Life

August 11, 2014 | 5 comments
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I wrote this a few months ago and forget to post it. Read more »

12 Questions for Miranda Wilcox and John Young, editors of Standing Apart—Part I

August 8, 2014 | 12 comments
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Miranda Wilcox (BYU) and John Young (Flagler College) have recently published Standing Apart: Mormon Historical Consciousness and the Concept of Apostasy, a collection of essays examining the Mormon narrative... Read more »

FAIR Conference, Day 2

August 8, 2014 | 11 comments
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Below is the agenda for Day 2 of the FAIR Conference in Provo with brief bios of the speakers. I will be adding summaries of some of the sessions... Read more »

FairConference, Thursday Afternoon Sessions

August 7, 2014 | one comment
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Bob Rees A review of Earl Wunderli’s Imperfect Book   Started with this Card Colour changing trick video (http://richardwiseman.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/colour-changing-card-trick-outtakes/) to illustrate that too much focus on one thing can... Read more »

FairMormon Conference Thursday Morning Sessions

August 7, 2014 | 5 comments
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I’m not quite up to live blogging, so my coverage of FAIR will lag slightly behind the fact. I will be posting summaries of talks posted after completion rather... Read more »

Performing Mark

August 7, 2014 | 14 comments
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Performing Mark

It would seem that when a text is nearly two thousand years old, there might not be a whole lot new to say about it. But this isn’t the case... Read more »

Floating Through a Billion Years of Mormon History

August 6, 2014 | 7 comments
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Deep time in a deep canyon.

Well, a billion years of geological history and a couple hundred years of Mormon history. That’s what I saw last month on a rafting trip down the Colorado River... Read more »

Summertime Notes of a Liturgical Junkie

August 5, 2014 | 8 comments
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Summertime Notes of a Liturgical Junkie

Four Services Worth Writing Home About. Mormon Service: An “International Ward” in Western Europe. (No, this picture to the left is not of a Mormon chapel, alas. It’s just... Read more »

BYUNTC Conference Videos

August 4, 2014 | 3 comments
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The videos from May’s conference are now available here. Read more »

A gospel born in grief

July 31, 2014 | 3 comments
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A gospel born in grief

It is time now to ponder, after the silence of bereavement. For me the gospel is sometimes hard to believe, often an intellectual challenge, but always a comforting presence.... Read more »

I was a stranger, and ye took me in

July 30, 2014 | 60 comments
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These children, fleeing death and devastation, have come to us. Yes, caring for them will cost us time and money and effort, but not caring for them will... Read more »

Rankings, Money, and BYU

July 28, 2014 | 11 comments
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Rankings, Money, and BYU

Money magazine has just released a new ranking of U.S. universities that has received a bit of attention. BYU does quite well, landing in ninth place overall, just behind... Read more »

Literary Joseph Fielding Smith #17: The Lord of Hosts has Spoken by Octave F. Ursenbach

July 27, 2014 | no comments
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Literary Joseph Fielding Smith #17: The Lord of Hosts has Spoken by Octave F. Ursenbach

The Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith lesson 17 covers “Sealing Power and Temple Blessings,” the ordinances restored through the priesthood which lead to our salvation, for salvation in the... Read more »

Literary OTGD #31: My Friends and I by J. L. Townsend

July 27, 2014 | no comments
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Literary OTGD #31: My Friends and I by J. L. Townsend

Lesson 31 of the Old Testament Gospel Doctrine manual covers the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, which consist mainly of short statements meant to help... Read more »

Mourning and the Gospel

July 23, 2014 | 14 comments
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At this moment The Netherlands, like many other countries, are in deep mourning, shocked by the terrible news of the downing of MZ17 in the East of Ukraine. Each... Read more »

Literary OTGD #30: Strength by Mabel Jones

July 20, 2014 | one comment
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What benefit do we get from the temple? Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #30 covers two renewals of the temple in ancient Israel; that of Hezekaih and that of... Read more »

A Baseball Team in Every Ward

July 19, 2014 | no comments
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A Baseball Team in Every Ward

In the late 16th century Henry IV of France expressed a desire that everyone in his realm would “have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.” That idea showed... Read more »

Literary Worship – Sacred Stones

July 18, 2014 | 8 comments
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As our one really unique Mormon holiday, Pioneer Day gives us a chance to look back and reflect on our ancestors and others who went before and made our... Read more »

Upgrading Our Lay Clergy Model

July 17, 2014 | 73 comments
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People are still trying to digest the consequences of the Kate Kelly trial. Just today FMH posted dozens of reports showing how arbitrary the LDS disciplinary process can be... Read more »

Faithful priesthood narratives?

July 17, 2014 | 117 comments
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Faithful priesthood narratives?

some of those who speak in opposition to women's ecclesiastical enfranchisement do so because they can't imagine what a faithful, coherent narrative of our dispensation could possibly look like... Read more »

James Faulconer – Making Things Harder

July 15, 2014 | 11 comments
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James Faulconer – Making Things Harder

It seems to me that the scriptures offer two types of revelations: (1) they reveal things you didn’t already know, and (2) they reveal that you didn’t know many of the things... Read more »

Literary OTGD #29: To President Brigham Young by Eliza R. Snow

July 13, 2014 | 4 comments
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Eliza R. Snow

There are at least two potential problems when there is a leadership transition—the transition plan or procedure isn’t always known ahead of time, and those involved don’t always follow... Read more »