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Guest Post: The World Is Improving

January 31, 2015 | 45 comments
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Guest Post: The World Is Improving

 Today we feature a guest post from Brandon Russell. Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #5

January 27, 2015 | 16 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #5

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #4

January 20, 2015 | 18 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #4

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #3

January 13, 2015 | 29 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #3

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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #2

January 6, 2015 | 10 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #2

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What Role Should the JST Play in LDS Biblical Studies?

January 5, 2015 | 38 comments
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What Role Should the JST Play in LDS Biblical Studies?

Two people have asked me this question in the last week; here’s a stab at an answer. Read more »

Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple?

December 31, 2014 | 40 comments
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Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple?

The standard Mormon reading of Mark 11:15-19 goes something like this: the temple was corrupt and so Jesus cleansed it by kicking out the wicked money changers so that the temple, now purified of evil, could get back to business. But this may not be the best reading. Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #1

December 30, 2014 | 21 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #1

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What the Smith Boys Said This Year

December 11, 2014 | 18 comments
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Guest Book Review: The Early Prophets by Everett Fox

December 10, 2014 | 5 comments
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Guest Book Review: The Early Prophets by Everett Fox

This guest book review was written by frequent commenter Terry H.     Read more »

My Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

December 4, 2014 | 42 comments
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My Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

I was asked to share a brief testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith in sacrament meeting last week. To the best of my recollection, this is what I said: Read more »

Book Review: Jesus the Christ Study Guide

December 2, 2014 | 33 comments
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Book Review: Jesus the Christ Study Guide

 Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment, Jesus the Christ Study Guide   Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take Five

November 19, 2014 | 3 comments
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And now we hear from Joe Spencer: Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take Four

November 19, 2014 | 15 comments
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Today’s entry was written by Grant Hardy: Read more »

Two Thoughts on President Eyring’s Talk at the Vatican Colloquium

November 18, 2014 | 16 comments
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Two Thoughts on President Eyring’s Talk at the Vatican Colloquium

You can read the transcript here; two quick thoughts: Read more »

Family Home Evening: Repentance

November 18, 2014 | 5 comments
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Family Home Evening: Repentance

I think I’ve kvetched before about how hard it is to plan meaningful FHEs with older kids.  Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take Three

November 18, 2014 | 3 comments
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This entry is a bit different because it is a sample assignment for one day, not a complete syllabus. Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take Two

November 17, 2014 | 10 comments
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Our next entry comes from Matt W. (see the first post and explanation here). Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take One

November 13, 2014 | 20 comments
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One big change resulting from the new CES and BYU Religious Ed curriculum will be that, instead of two classes on the Book of Mormon, now only one will be required; here is its description: Read more »

2015 Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology

November 6, 2014 | 4 comments
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2015 Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology

The Second Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology “Christ and Antichrist: Reading Jacob 7” Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York June 8—June 20, 2015 Read more »

The Next Generation’s Faith Crisis

October 31, 2014 | 95 comments
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The Next Generation’s Faith Crisis

Let me share a friend’s story; it won’t be new to you. He was raised in the church, did all the things, went on a mission, blah blah blah, and in his 30s, heard for the first time that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon by looking at a stone in a hat. Read more »

New BYU Religious Ed and CES Curriculum

October 27, 2014 | 83 comments
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According to this letter posted on William Hamblin’s blog, big changes are afoot.   Read more »

New Polygamy Essays

October 22, 2014 | 125 comments
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Read them here, here, and here. I’ll leave the squabbling over whether they fairly represented the historical situation to those who get paid the big bucks to consider those questions and instead look at a tangential issue: how they depict the way that prophets receive revelation. Read more »

A Hypothesis for Columbus Day

October 13, 2014 | 18 comments
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1 Nephi 13:12 refers to Bartolome de las Casas. Discuss. Read more »