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BYU NT Commentary Conference

April 21, 2014 | 7 comments

An upcoming conference: Read more »

Thinking about Miracle Stories

April 15, 2014 | 26 comments

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 he was walking on water, or did Mark just make this story up? Read more »

Sexism and Ordination

April 12, 2014 | 81 comments

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 sexism.” Read more »

Five Things I Liked

April 9, 2014 | 8 comments

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 just one issue: the relationship of women, priesthood, and the temple. Read more »

Equal Means Something

March 24, 2014 | 102 comments

It looks like one of the major responses that will be offered in the current discussion of women’s roles is that “equal does not mean the same.” Read more »

A Kingdom of Priests

March 19, 2014 | 21 comments

On 30 March 1842, Joseph Smith spoke to the Relief Society. He said that he “was going to make of this Society a kingdom of priests as in Enoch’s day— as in Pauls day” (Citation). Read more »

An Answer for Daniel Peterson

February 28, 2014 | no comments

Brother Peterson, You asked a question on your blog that I will answer here. Read more »

Men, Women, and Modesty

February 17, 2014 | 96 comments

Imagine that every single talk you ever heard about missionary work was given by someone who had not served a mission or every single talk about fasting was from someone who (let’s say for health reasons) had never fasted. It is reasonable to suspect that our rhetoric about missionary work or fasting would, in these circumstances, sound very, very different. Currently, we define modesty as being (almost) solely applicable to females, and yet the discourse is (almost) entirely shaped by people who are not female. I think this has led us to several problems. Read more »

Unconditional Love

February 16, 2014 | 64 comments

Several years ago, I read this from Elder Nelson: Read more »

Introvert Nirvana

February 15, 2014 | 15 comments

It dawned on me today that I have achieved Introvert Nirvana in Callings Roulette:   Read more »

Guest Post: The Anthropology of Providing and Nurturing

January 31, 2014 | 57 comments

This is a guest post from Julie Hartley-Moore, who has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University.  She taught at BYU for 9 years, was a Dean at Elgin Community College in Illinois, and is now director of the Utah State University Campus in Tooele.  She is a wife and mother of two. Read more »

A Seven-Participle Pile Up in Mark 5

January 28, 2014 | 14 comments

Mark’s writing style is characterized by parataxis, which means that he writes really short, simple sentences and then joins them together with the word “and.” (It’s the kind of thing your elementary school teachers were always trying to get you to stop doing.) Read more »

My Beef with Goals

December 29, 2013 | 16 comments

According to the de facto Mormon liturgical calendar, it is the time of year to talk about goal-setting. Most Mormon discussions of goals make me want to poke myself in the eyeball with a fork–a reaction I initially did not understand, since I set goals for myself all of the time. But after thinking about it for a while, I figured out a few reasons why the standard Mormon discourse on goals and goal-setting aggravates me so much. Read more »


December 26, 2013 | 10 comments

The January 2014 Friend has an Old Testament reading chart. Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said This Year

December 18, 2013 | 15 comments

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November 10, 2013 | 3 comments

When I was in college, I took a Shakespeare class. The text was one of those huge editions of the complete works, with lots of notes further expanding its length. Read more »

“Cannot Change”

November 7, 2013 | 93 comments

This announcement from the newsroom (related to ENDA and a statement from Harry Reid that “the church is changing” ) contains this sentence: “As such, traditional marriage is a foundational doctrine and cannot change.” Read more »

8 & Up

November 5, 2013 | 42 comments

The Church has announced that starting in 2014, there will be a General Women’s Meeting twice per year, with women, young women, and girls ages 8 and up invited to attend. Read more »

Conference Announcement

November 5, 2013 | no comments

The 2013 Conference of the European Mormon Studies Association, in cooperation with the Brigham Young University London Centre, will take place on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of December in London.  Read more »

Book Review: The Mormon Image in the American Mind

November 1, 2013 | 10 comments
Book Review:  The Mormon Image in the American Mind

 J. B. Haws, The Mormon Image in the American Mind:  Fifty Years of Public Perception, Oxford University Press. Read more »

Upcoming Conferences

October 21, 2013 | 4 comments

There is an embarrassment of riches on the Mormon Studies scene in the next few weeks. Read more »

Standing as Witnesses

October 8, 2013 | 30 comments

Ronan’s post this morning reminded me of something I had written but hadn’t gotten around to posting: Read more »

The JST: A Test Case

September 25, 2013 | 13 comments

Here’s Mark 2:14: Read more »