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Thou Shalt Blog

December 15, 2007 | 49 comments

You heard it here first: a member of the Quorum of the Twelve has ordered you to blog about the Church. Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said This Year

December 14, 2007 | 28 comments

This year, Simon turned nine, Nathan turned six, and Truman turned three. For previous installments, see here, here, and here. Read more »

I Heart Rob Bell

December 10, 2007 | 11 comments

I have a theological crush (not to be confused with an intellectual crush or a garden variety crush) on Rob Bell. Read more »

Personal Note

December 3, 2007 | no comments

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Book Review: People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture

November 19, 2007 | 14 comments

People of Paradox is unusual: Givens sets out four major paradoxes in Mormon thought and then shows how various aspects of Mormon culture (the life of the mind, architecture, visual art, dance, film, etc.), at various moments in history, negotiate those dilemmas. Read more »

Children Are Not Optional

November 16, 2007 | 185 comments

Several women I know and like recently signed on to an anti-President-Beck’s-talk statement. Read more »

Publicizing Good Works

November 11, 2007 | 32 comments

Go read this. Then return and report. Read more »

Paradigms Lost and Found

November 9, 2007 | 49 comments

Ben called my attention to this discussion. David Bokovoy, who is working on a PhD in Hebrew Bible at Brandeis and is the CES director in Boston, sets out this argument: Read more »

Patron Saints, Mormon Edition

November 4, 2007 | 57 comments

I’m tired of waiting around for Mormonism to develop the rich extra-biblical tradition of our Christian friends. Let’s get the ball rolling! Read more »

Mothers Who Know: Homemaking

October 26, 2007 | 89 comments

Note: this post begins a series of posts on President Beck’s recent conference talk. If you feel the need to vent your dislike of the talk, I imagine that you might possibly be able to find a thread somewhere in the Bloggernacle where you can do just that. But you can’t do it here. Read more »

Side Effects of Utah’s Voucher Program

October 17, 2007 | 77 comments

I haven’t been watching this issue very closely, but if I understand correctly, Read more »

Does Seminary Make Kids Fat and Stupid?

October 15, 2007 | 106 comments

And, if so, what should we do about it? Read more »

What Do Utahns Google?

October 12, 2007 | 105 comments

Original article here Read more »

Three Book Reviews

October 9, 2007 | 10 comments

Some new books: Read more »

Elder Eyring on Decision Making

October 8, 2007 | 17 comments

Go to and set the date to Saturday Oct. 6th. Then click on LDS General Conference 10am. Go to 2:55 (that’s two hours and 55 minutes) into the program and listen to Elder Eyring talk about decision making by the Quorum of the Twelve. Read more »

What President Beck Didn’t Say

October 8, 2007 | 191 comments

She didn’t say that you should keep your home as clean as the temple. Read more »

Last Meal

October 5, 2007 | 61 comments

So let’s just say that one day you find yourself sitting on death row and Read more »

Scheduling the Primary Program

October 1, 2007 | 42 comments

I don’t wish to detract from Adam’s lovely post, but after reading the comments, I am surprised at how common the late September Primary Program is. Read more »

President Monson Goes FMH

September 29, 2007 | 34 comments

President Monson told the following joke at the General Relief Society meeting: Read more »

Mormon Film Series at the University of Chicago

September 26, 2007 | 15 comments

From Frank Bednarz, “a programmer with a student film society at the University of Chicago, Doc Films:” Read more »

In Defense of Commentaries

September 26, 2007 | 67 comments

Let’s say that you learned to cook by watching others and that you’ve never picked up a cookbook or seen a cooking show. Could you become an excellent cook? Read more »

Book Review: Setting the Record Straight: Blacks and Mormon Priesthood

September 19, 2007 | 89 comments
Book Review:  Setting the Record Straight:  Blacks and Mormon Priesthood

Millennial Press has a new series of short books on controversial topics. Read more »

What I Did Today

September 17, 2007 | 68 comments

1. Four loads of laundry. Read more »

Dialogue Flood Article

September 9, 2007 | 103 comments

I have a vague recollection of President Benson telling a story about how (not) to do missionary work: he compared it to trying to convince a young girl to replace the doll she had with the doll you were offering her. He pointed out that ripping the head off of her doll to reveal its inferior contents may not be the most successful approach; you would be far better off in extolling the virtues of the doll you wanted her to play with. Good advice. I wish White and Thomas had followed it in their recent Dialogue article. Read more »