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A Mormon Image: House of Learning

November 2, 2009 | 6 comments
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A Mormon Image: House of Learning

House of Learning My sister studies outside the John Taylor building on the campus of Brigham Young University- Idaho. "..seek learning, even by study and also by faith." D&C 88:118 by Blake Read more »

Halloween Costumes and Inner Conflict

October 23, 2009 | 45 comments
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Halloween scares me. Of course, I’m scared of lots of things—poverty, cancer, rape, gang violence, Satan, etc. I thought I should admit that up front.  Make of it what you will. Read more »

A Mormon Image: Preparing for the Wedding Reception

October 20, 2009 | 24 comments
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A Mormon Image:  Preparing for the Wedding Reception

Reception Photo by L-s Sus, who writes: The picture is of my wife and son and was taken at my sister's wedding. It captures many themes that resonate with my concept of Mormon identity: Family, Motherhood, Nurturing, and Beauty. It also reminds me that we have benevolent heavenly parents who reach down and give assistance, and that we are just children in the grand scheme of things. Read more »

Photo Series: A Mormon Image

October 18, 2009 | 12 comments
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In an effort to increase the beauty-to-blather ratio around here, we’d like to kick off a new series of posts featuring photos and other images which carry meaning to us because they resonate with our Mormonness. And we’d like to include all of you in this project. That is, we’re inviting you all to send in submissions for the new T&S series, A Mormon Image. Read more »

My Teen Swears in the Name of Art

September 23, 2009 | 50 comments
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My Teen Swears in the Name of Art

They immersed themselves in the characters and, by so doing, opened the door to deeply significant conversations between the cast, their parents, and the community. Artistic explorations have the power to touch us deeply, in ways that detached discussion about concepts cannot. Read more »

Corianton – An Unholy Review

September 20, 2009 | 13 comments
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Corianton – An Unholy Review

Short review of Corianton: By today's standards, it wasn't a very good movie. But by 1931 standards? Well, it wasn't a very good movie. Read more »

Let Them Praise His Name in the Dance!

September 17, 2009 | 16 comments
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I went on one of the best dates I’ve been on in some time tonight – my daughter and I went to BYU’s World of Dance. Read more »

Rough Dawn Breaking

September 1, 2009 | 30 comments
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The marble skin of Joseph’s perfectly-muscled chest sparkled like diamonds in the Palmyra sun. Emma stared, captivated by the velvet tones of his voice, the intoxicating scent of his tousled bronze hair. “You should stay away from me,” he had warned her moodily. “I’m too dangerous.” But he couldn’t seem to stay away from her . . . My masterpiece will be available at fine bookstores everywhere, just as soon as I get it all written. I expect you all to purchase copies for home and office, and as Christmas gifts for nieces, and open-minded nephews. Read more »

Mormon prayer and Mormon art

August 19, 2009 | 18 comments
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If you want to find a unique Mormon tradition of verbal art, you should listen to Mormons pray Read more »

Jer3miah, The Great Mormon Novel, and The Problem with Mormon Media

June 15, 2009 | 44 comments
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The Book of Jer3miah phenomenon has been noticed on Salon, coincidentally just as an ill-advised Mormon Times essay touched off strong reactions by suggesting that the Great Mormon Novel could never exist. Read more »

Uber-Deep and Important Doctrinal Questions

May 15, 2009 | 18 comments
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After reading the post from a couple days ago about optimal tithing rates, I started to think about some of the unanswered questions that have come to mind while I’ve been playing Brick Breaker in Elder’s Quorum pondering the mysteries of the Gospel.  It seems like this audience might be able to offer some differing perspectives on these conundrums that, up to now, have kept me at a loss.  A lot of you seem to be much smarter than I am. Have at them. Read more »

What Do We Mean by Non-Profit?

April 21, 2009 | 42 comments
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I heard the following story at Sam Wellers about some local LDS Church units and selling books. I don’t know when this happened or who it was — no doubt someone here knows the story better than I do, or knows of a similar story — but it strikes me as the kind of thing that happens sometimes among LDS Church members. It seems some stake along the Wasatch Front did their stake history, and after selling copies to everyone in the stake who wanted one, had a lot of leftover copies. So they packed them up in someone’s... Read more »

An Image from General Conference

April 4, 2009 | 32 comments
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An Image from General Conference

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What My Father Did

March 16, 2009 | 34 comments
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What My Father Did

A few weeks ago my father retired after spending three decades working for the Church Historical Department.  I’m no doubt guilty of an excess of filial piety, but I think that the Church and Kingdom are better for the work that he did.  Read more »

Regarding Carol Lynn Pearson

January 18, 2009 | 16 comments
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Over the holidays I discovered the poetry of Carol Lynn Pearson, which I have been enjoying. At times she spills over into the trite or saccharine, but on the whole I like it. There is nothing agonistic about it, which is the reason that Terryl Givens doesn’t much care for it. I think that he’s right, however, that by taking Emily Dickinson (another poetess I’ve recently started reading) as her model, the conciseness of her style frequently rescues her from smugness. At its best, there is an engaging naivete in her verse, a kind of simple purity that skates... Read more »

Relics

December 9, 2008 | 17 comments
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The Book of Mormon is a reliquary in prose. In some extensive sections and at some critical moments, what drives the narrative is the question: how did a set of golden plates, a steel sword, a ball of curious workmanship, a breastplate, and two translucent stones end up inside a stone box buried in a hill in the state of New York? For a religion that attaches little to no significance to relics, it’s striking that large sections of our distinctive book of scripture are concerned with the provenance—the origin and the later cultural significance—of a particular set of... Read more »

Hum together, right now

November 6, 2008 | 12 comments
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While the candidates have been talking the talk about cooperation and unity, a few humble LDS editors have been walking the walk. Read more »

Mormon Halloween: Its Origin and Destiny

October 27, 2008 | 52 comments
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I’m not sure whether or not Halloween is actually “Mormon” to any significant degree. Mormons generally participate in the holiday here in the U.S., of course. And we even have a few requirements of the holiday in a Church setting — for example, we don’t allow masks at Church-sponsored Halloween events. But I don’t think that these facts quite give us a Mormon Halloween. Perhaps what we need is a good, Mormon-specific monster! Read more »

Polygamy Poetry

October 14, 2008 | 21 comments
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Polygamy was a topic for persuasive prose, not poetry in nineteenth century Utah. Read more »

Key to the Culture of Mormons

October 3, 2008 | 81 comments
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Last Saturday I gave a walking tour of Mormon history sites in lower Manhattan, one of the services our stake history committee offers regularly. One stop on the tour is the location where an early LDS newspaper, The Mormon, was published by John Taylor. That newspaper featured an interesting statement in its masthead–what it called The Mormon Creed. Read more »

Mormons Like the Suburbs

October 1, 2008 | 35 comments
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For my last post as a guest blogger, I have written something a lot more dough headed than the stuff usually posted on this blog. This is a flavor of what I am up to on my own dough headed blog. While I hope you enjoy it, I also want to thank Times & Seasons for the chance to post here. I have enjoyed the change of pace. So, here we go… Read more »

M Gets a Joke

October 1, 2008 | 50 comments
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A while back our household sat down to watch an episode of Monk. We like Monk because not only is it funny, it’s also sad and tender and offers good – sometimes very good – cultural satire. As I fed M she kept turning her head to look at the TV, watching whatever it is she sees when she’s watching something. We’re not sure what that is because doctors have sent mixed messages about her eyesight. But she does see. Read more »

“Mormonism”: A Perfect Storm

September 30, 2008 | 13 comments
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Library Journal this month ran an interesting article offering a big-picture perspective on the world of LDS and LDS-related publishing, highlighting close to 40 books on doctrine, history, sociology, comparative theology and devotional topics, as well as periodicals, video, and internet resources. The article’s aim is to help librarians choose recent, reliable books about Mormonism, whether they work in a public or small academic library. Read more »

Two Texts on a Summer Flood

September 15, 2008 | one comment
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Apropos of the season and storm. Read more »