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A Bundle of Bandlos

May 10, 2007 | 45 comments

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Have You Read All These Books?

May 9, 2007 | 39 comments

I’ll bet all of us with sizable book collections have heard this question from time to time. Read more »

Wanted: Mormon Folk Songs

May 5, 2007 | 49 comments

I love Mormon folk songs. Read more »

“The Mormons” on PBS

April 29, 2007 | 228 comments

We have never suffered a shortage of outside experts who would explain us to ourselves and the world. Read more »

Justice for Peggy

April 24, 2007 | 52 comments

It may not have been the worst thing I ever did, but I regretted it the longest. Read more »

Ronald Davis Bitton, 1930-2007 (Updated)

April 13, 2007 | 28 comments

“He had dedicated his life – his time, his energy, his talents – to the greatest cause of all, the work of God on earth.” The evaluation with which Davis Bitton closed his award-winning biography of George Q. Cannon tells us what Davis considered to be the highest and best use of a lifetime, and it serves equally well as Davis’s own epitaph. Read more »

A Ward Family

March 24, 2007 | 29 comments

How comfortable would you be if someone important – your prospective father-in-law, or that trophy client you’ve been courting – showed up at your door and asked to go to church with you? Read more »

Needling Grandma

March 17, 2007 | 18 comments

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Patriarchal Blessings

March 10, 2007 | 29 comments

FYI. A change in policy effective this month: Read more »

Ora Johnson Dalton: Willing to Assist Him

March 8, 2007 | 17 comments

Of all the women whose stories have been told in these pages, Ora Johnson Dalton would probably be the most astonished to learn that her life could be honored as a model of faith. Read more »

Brigham Invites a Kiss

February 28, 2007 | 30 comments

I love Brigham Young. I really do. He was a great man by just about every measure. My appreciation for his finer qualities, however, doesn’t blind me to his weak spots. Read more »

Forget polygamists, Mitt descends from a DESERTER!!!!

February 25, 2007 | 24 comments

With all the recent attention to Mitt Romney’s polygamous ancestors, I’m surprised no one has yet commented on the really colorful and interesting ancestor, a decorated Prussian soldier who emigrated to the U.S., marched with the Utah Expedition against the Mormons in 1857, then deserted the army and sought asylum in Salt Lake City, eloping with his Iron Cross. Read more »

Julie’s Papers (2 of 2)

February 20, 2007 | 9 comments

After transcribing Julie’s papers, which surprisingly took only a few weeks since they were so interesting that I became fanatical about transcribing during the day and polishing a translation at night, I gave a presentation to the Archives staff about their newest collection. Read more »

Julie’s Papers (1 of 2) [Updated]

February 20, 2007 | 11 comments

In the Age of Too Much Information, we may forget the unrelenting forces of fire, vermin, carelessness, ignorance, vandalism, damp, and neglect that have destroyed so much of the written evidence of history. Read more »

Julie Desaules Desaules: Heart of Her Extended Family

February 8, 2007 | 5 comments

Thousands of French Protestants fled to Switzerland during the religious wars of the 16th century. One such family settled in the village of Saules, in Neuchatel. Read more »

“Echoes of Lives Wrecked”

February 6, 2007 | 40 comments

[Disclaimer: This post is in tribute to BYU’s excellent but short-lived page on the history of Mormon polygamy. Read more »

Will They Remember Me?

January 31, 2007 | 11 comments

I ordinarily don’t post or even link to my Salt Lake Tribune column here on T&S. This one is a little different, though, because it’s about an extraordinary young Mormon man, and the Tribune being the Tribune, I couldn’t include all the Mormon elements I might have liked to. Read more »

Without Purse or Scrip

January 19, 2007 | 9 comments

Arriving in Salt Lake City in 1898, a young preacher named James Hart tested the generosity of the people among whom he had landed. Read more »

Abigail Smith Abbott: Mormon Battalion “Widow”

January 4, 2007 | 15 comments

Abigail Abbott’s life in 1847 was not unfolding as she had probably expected it to be. Read more »

Dressing the Dead

December 29, 2006 | 45 comments

From the day she learned it was part of her Relief Society calling, my mother lived in dread that she would need to prepare the body of a ward member for burial. Read more »

The Surgeon and Brigham Young

December 17, 2006 | 10 comments

The westbound stagecoach upset near Gold, Colorado, in October 1866, tossing its passengers violently to the ground. Read more »

Separation Anxiety

December 15, 2006 | 5 comments

Feminist Mormon Housewives is having another one of those unexpected conversations that seem to appear only on that blog. Read more »

Malinda Carroll Hudson Conder: Mother of Martyrs

December 15, 2006 | 6 comments
Malinda Carroll Hudson Conder: Mother of Martyrs

Near the end of her life, Malinda Conder was described as “steadfast and happy in the faith.” That faith had been tried by one of the most horrendous events in late 19th century church history. Read more »

A “Gathering” Storm: The U.S. State Department’s Worldwide War on Mormonism (3 of 3)

December 13, 2006 | 9 comments

Events affecting Mormon proselyting abroad can be traced directly to the 1879 State Department circular of William M. Evarts Read more »