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Nephrite and Jadeite

August 28, 2007 | 33 comments

It was one of the last zone conferences I attended. President Gonzales paused in his talk, and then pulled out a small greenish-colored jade bracelet. Read more »

Mother’s Day

August 24, 2007 | 2 comments

Another remarkable series is running at FMH: “How I became a mother.” Contributors have posted ten stories so far, many of them remarkable discussions of adoption, battles with infertility, emotional issues, family, and more. The series itself doesn’t yet seem to have a page (hint, hint!), but they’re all listed under FMH’s “Motherhood” category. This series — like Day in the Life before it — highlights why FMH is such a unique and vital part of the bloggernacle. Good work, Lisa and cohorts, and all of the series authors. Read more »

From the Archives: Anti-Gay Violence and Church Belief

August 19, 2007 | 110 comments

We seem to discuss issues of homosexuality ad nausum around here. Surprisingly, one particular subtopic that hasn’t really come up in the past is the real problem of anti-gay violence. Read more »

From the Archives: Lessons on Sex and Morality, from the Book of Esther

August 16, 2007 | 43 comments

The Old Testament gives us all sorts of strange stories. One that I’ve been thinking about lately is the delightfully wacky book of Esther. In particular, I’ve been wondering about the lessons on sex and morality that we can learn from this book. And I find the answers a little surprising, to say the least. We’ll start with lesson one from Esther: Use sex to get power. Read more »

Mesquite cooked

August 15, 2007 | 22 comments

We left our hotel late Sunday morning, heading home from Utah. We weren’t sure whether we’d make a 2-day trip of it, stopping in St. George or Vegas, or whether we’d pull an all nighter. It would depend on how we felt. Read more »


August 4, 2007 | 15 comments

“Our correspondences show us where our intimacies lie,” writes Terry Tempest Williams. Read more »

Very Serious Harry Potter Q&A

August 3, 2007 | 83 comments

1. How does Harry Potter get from one room to another? Read more »

The Armor of God, version 1.0

August 2, 2007 | 11 comments

Breastplate of righteousness? Check. Helmet of salvation? Check. Garments of vengeance and cloke of zeal? Check, and double check. Read more »

BYU Studies cinema

July 31, 2007 | 19 comments

A message from Jack Welch and Gideon Burton: The upcoming issue of BYU Studies, volume 46, no. 2, will be a long-awaited, double-sized issue about Mormons and film. Read more »

(Language of) Memory of Feeling

July 23, 2007 | 22 comments

Memory is a poor substitute for feeling, and language is a poor substitute for memory; yet it is through those dual prisms that we translate the ephemeral raw material of emotion into something more permanent. And it is only that language of memory of feeling — awful, inadequate substitute that it is — that can be preserved and recounted and ultimately woven into narratives about life. Read more »


July 20, 2007 | 90 comments

We sometimes hear two related but distinct chains of reasoning about the consequences of what are perceived as womens’ natural tendencies. Chain One: Women are naturally more spiritual than men. Read more »

Three, Part One

July 19, 2007 | 8 comments

Which Dialogue articles should the savvy blog-reader have hot-keyed and ready to go? What would the top three articles be, for useful citation in blog conversation? Read more »

Mail and Fee Mail

July 17, 2007 | 8 comments

The postal rate for periodicals is expected to rise significantly this week, due to changes in the ways rates are calculated. Read more »

Women and Sacrament

July 9, 2007 | 42 comments

On an intermittent but regular basis, women alone perform a portion of our Sacrament blessing. Read more »


June 30, 2007 | 17 comments

Some familiar names appear in the preliminary program for the upcoming Sunstone symposium. Read more »

Snakes on the Plains

June 24, 2007 | 58 comments

An article in the July Ensign provides a short list of dangerous threats to the home. Read more »

Cat Burritos

June 23, 2007 | 17 comments

God wants us to be mean to animals. This is clearly the take-home point of the lesson I taught last week, which included a discussion about a camel: Read more »

The One-Room School

June 21, 2007 | 18 comments

Snooty Elitist Kristine doesn’t think I should be writing this post, because I haven’t read enough books. I’m going to write it anyway. Read more »

Art and Part

June 19, 2007 | 25 comments

“What e’er thou art, act well thy part.” David O. McKay’s famous line motivated him during his mission and during his presidency. It’s not a bad philosophy, either. If I’m a Mormon, I should be a good one. However, for many of us, the question isn’t acting well a part. It’s discovering what we are to begin with. Read more »

The Floor

June 15, 2007 | 11 comments

Technically, we weren’t supposed to go on splits with Chepe at all. Not by a longshot. Read more »

King James and Queen Valera

June 14, 2007 | 33 comments

On my mission in Guatemala, we didn’t use the King James version of the bible. Instead, we used a popular Protestant translation called the Reyna Valera. This raises all sorts of fun questions. Read more »

Brides Among the Beehives

June 13, 2007 | 86 comments

In the Reuters interview with Elder Christofferson, the interviewer asks, “There is historical evidence that suggests Joseph Smith took a 14-year-old bride, Helen Mar Kimball, when he was 38 years old. In today’s terms, that would make him a pedophile. Does this bother you or other LDS church members?” Elder Christofferson replies, “It would depend on what all the facts were and the context. In those days, of course, was that it was not so uncommon in the society of the time.” Just how factually accurate is this defense? Read more »

MWS: Brandon Sanderson

June 11, 2007 | 12 comments

Brandon Sanderson is the Campbell-nominated author (twice-nominated now) of the fantasy novels Elantris and Mistborn: The Final Empire. His novel Well of Ascension, second in the Mistborn trilogy, will be published in a few months. Other projects (including the playfully titled Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians) are on the horizon. Brandon also recently released another full novel in draft form, Warbreaker, which is available for free at his website. He blogs at and posts frequently on the message board at The Official Time-Waster’s Guide. Brandon graciously agreed to be interviewed, as part of our ongoing Mormon Writers Symposium.... Read more »

Bloggernacle: The Chain Novel

June 7, 2007 | 58 comments

To celebrate, I’m enlisting you all to assist me in this groundbreaking literary endeavor. Read more »