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The Seer at the Microscope

October 17, 2006 | 17 comments

From time to time I’ve heard it delicately suggested that the Teachings of the Presidents of the Church curriculum is, not to put too fine a point on it, bland pablum, and stale, to boot. These pundits have not read last week’s lesson. Read more »

What’s the Worst Halloween Candy?

October 13, 2006 | 109 comments

I’m pretty sure I discovered it at Big Lots yesterday: Tweeterz, which consist (according to the packaging) of candy-coated triangular shaped bits of Twizzlers. Any contenders for the title? Read more »

Hello, Goodbye

October 9, 2006 | 7 comments

Actually, goodbye first. Read more »

Times & Seasons Welcomes Jenny Webb

September 25, 2006 | 15 comments

We’re pleased to have Jenny Webb blogging with us during the next two weeks. Read more »

BYU Studies Blogs

September 23, 2006 | 4 comments

A couple of interesting blurbs appear in the “Study and Faith” newletter accompanying the most recent issue of BYU Studies. Read more »

Parsing Parity

September 5, 2006 | 18 comments

Taryn Nelson-Seawright has originated a lively thread on BCC presenting some new data on the gender disparity in Mormon Studies and inviting ideas on the reasons and remedies for that disparity. Read more »

September 2

September 4, 2006 | 27 comments

This weekend marked the tenth anniversary of my youngest brother’s birth and death. In his honor, I’m posting my mother’s narrative of his brief life in ours. Read more »

Power and Authority

September 2, 2006 | 93 comments

On Kaimi’s Ensign thread, a conversation about the kinds and quantities of power exercised by the sexes has been simmering. Julie suggested that we open another thread for that discussion, and I’ve obliged. Read more »

Cookbook Zion

August 21, 2006 | 20 comments

I gave a talk yesterday; the text is pasted herein. It’s long, but easy reading, I promise. Read more »

Garment (di)Strict

August 9, 2006 | 29 comments

The current issue of BYU Studies publishes for the first time a very interesting letter from one of the first Hawaiian converts, Jonathan (Ionatana) Napela, to the Prophet Brigham Young. Read more »

Wishing Well, Penny

July 25, 2006 | 39 comments

A dear friend of mine recently wrote to me, confiding that she’s been coming to the slow and vertiginous realization that she’s never had a strong testimony of the gospel, despite a life of exemplary activity in and service to the Church. With her permission, I’ve shared my response to her letter below. Read more »


July 13, 2006 | 129 comments

In the comments to Julie’s dialogue with Randy B. on the meaning of “preside” in Mormon discourse, she issued (and re-issued!) a challenge to any interested reader: find a statement from a 20th-century Church leader showing that our concept of presiding has teeth. Never one to pass up a challenge—particularly one that will allow me to both avoid unpacking my suitcases and escape the frustrations of potty-training my son, at least for a few minutes—I spent some time with my LDS Library 2006 CD-ROM this morning. Read more »

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker

June 25, 2006 | 54 comments

I’ve brought my children west from the alluvial soil of Missouri to the sandy chapparal of Southern California for a few weeks. The first-order pleasures of being home include conversation in our domestic dialect marked at every intersection by shared memory and emotional habit, and free babysitting. Among the second order pleasures, though, are the stacks of wedding announcements at the counter to be perused at lunch and the piles of old Church News issues beside the recliner. Read more »

And Who Is My Neighbor?

May 24, 2006 | 15 comments

This morning the five-year-old was first, in the kitchen just before nine. Read more »

Meal Deals

May 7, 2006 | 34 comments

I’ll admit it: I really am more likely to bring my scriptures to church if I know I’ll get a cookie for it. Read more »

The Vicar’s Garden in the Global South

April 20, 2006 | 30 comments

This week’s New Yorker features an interesting article by Peter Boyer on the crisis facing the Episcopalian Church in the United States after a New Hampshire diocese elected the openly-gay Gene Robinson as bishop. (This post, by the way, is not principally about gay issues.) Read more »

Mara Gwen

April 3, 2006 | 27 comments
Mara Gwen

I’m very pleased to present the second Times & Seasons baby of the month, my daughter Mara Gwen. Read more »


March 17, 2006 | 32 comments

Mid-march is the season of the burning bush: the crocuses are done, the daffodils are almost on, but for now it’s the forsythia that owns the day. Read more »

Notice: Dr. Richard Bennett on the Missouri Experience and Mormon Militias

February 24, 2006 | 5 comments

Dr. Richard E. Bennett, Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University, will be the featured speaker at the Miller-Eccles Study Group tonight, February 24, and tomorrow night, February 25, at two locations in Southern California on the topic of 19th Century American militias and Mormon militias. Read more »

Call and Response

February 16, 2006 | 63 comments

Last night at 6:30 PM Pacific time, most members of my family dialed in to a conference call to Provo, Utah—to the lobby of Stover Hall on BYU campus, to be specific. My brother Benjamin—seventh child, sixth freshman at BYU, fifth missionary, third son, and a few days shy of nineteen—was about to open his mission call. Read more »

At Sixes and Sevens

February 13, 2006 | 26 comments

The high point in my Church career so far came at age two, when I stood and recited the first four Articles of Faith from memory in Sacrament Meeting . Alas, early precocity did not usher in mature perspicacity, and I confess that these days, while I can still recite most of the Articles as stand-alones with some accuracy, I’m hard pressed to string them together in any recognizable series. (I can, however, rattle off all the books of the Old Testament in order to the tune of “Praise to the Man,” thanks to the heroic efforts of my... Read more »

A Quick and Easy Way to Tell if Something You’re About to Say is Patronizing

January 31, 2006 | 32 comments

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Notice: Joseph Smith at the Library of Congress

January 11, 2006 | no comments

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December 27, 2005 | 68 comments

So which books molted beneath your tree and emerged Christmas morning? Let’s have them all, the good, the bad, the remaindered and the regifted. Read more »


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