Posts Tagged ‘ LDS ’

Pioneers and Indians in Utah Valley

August 11, 2008 | 9 comments
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Just last week I heard a familiar comment at church: Brigham Young’s policy was to feed the Indians rather than fight them. The actual record of relations between Pioneers and Indians was a bit more complicated, especially in Utah Valley, the watery jewel of early Utah. Read more »

MMM for Youth?

August 10, 2008 | 67 comments
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I don’t want to debate the ins and outs of the tragedy at Mountain Meadows. It was horrific no matter how you cut it. My more immediate problem is personal Read more »

“Mothers Who Know” Still Spurring Debate

August 9, 2008 | 109 comments
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Georgia isn’t the only place with skirmishing this weekend: “LDS leader’s address still causing controversy,” a long article at the Deseret News, recounts the comments of five Sunstone panelists (and one unfortunate commenter) to LDS Relief Society President Julie B. Beck’s October 2007 Conference talk “Mothers Who Know.” Read more »

Vampires

August 7, 2008 | 92 comments
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You are probably too erudite to discuss this, but I’m bringing it up anyway: vampire books. You know what I’m talking about. Read more »

Interesting P.R. Approach

August 6, 2008 | 17 comments
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Interesting P.R. Approach

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve encountered an interesting banner link in my gmail account: Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed 5

August 6, 2008 | one comment
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If you’ve been on a cross-country trek visiting in-laws or golf courses (or both) instead of reading new blogs posts, here are a few good posts you might have missed. Read more »

Socialism and United Order

August 5, 2008 | 21 comments
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I stumbled across a few LDS socialist stories when I was writing my MA thesis. Read more »

Christianity by Continent

August 3, 2008 | 8 comments
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I recently read Martin Marty’s The Christian World: A Global History (2007). The subtitle is slightly misleading, as Marty recounts Christian history on a continent-by-continent basis. The last two chapters, covering the modern return of Christianity to Africa and Asia, raise issues of particular interest to the LDS experience: correlation and assimilation. Read more »

Death and Doctrine, II

August 1, 2008 | 41 comments
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Can you help me a bit more with this topic? . . . Since LDS funeral sermons were given exclusively by men before 1900, they make an interesting comparison with LDS women’s death poetry of the same time period. Read more »

Meet Your Inner Fish

July 31, 2008 | 9 comments
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I recently read Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion Year History of the Human Body (Pantheon Books, 2008) by Neil Shubin, a paleotologist and professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago. By coincidence, Jared at LDS Science Review had posted the same book in his “Currently Reading” list. Here is our conversation about this interesting book. Read more »

Death and Doctrine

July 29, 2008 | 39 comments
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I have an uneasy relationship with death. Read more »

Welcome to Guest Blogger Kylie Turley

July 29, 2008 | 13 comments
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Let’s have a big round of applause for Craig Harline’s busy two weeks as a guest blogger, then roll out the red carpet for our next guest, Kylie Turley. Kylie teaches honors writing at BYU (so watch those errant commas and inscrutable relative pronouns in your comments!) and is also on the staff of the LDS literary journal Segullah. According to a short bio posted at the Segullah site, Kylie is a native of the great state of Wyoming and researches Mormon women’s history. Thank you, Craig, and welcome Kylie! Read more »

Revelation 3:1-13

July 28, 2008 | 3 comments
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Previous posts in this series are here. Read more »

What is Our Marvelous Work Today?

July 23, 2008 | 27 comments
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The development of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been marvelous, but our sense of just what it is doing has changed quite dramatically from one decade to another. When Joseph Smith first went to (what in hindsight we call) the Sacred Grove, Read more »

Massacre is Just Around the Corner

July 22, 2008 | 51 comments
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The Deseret News just ran a lengthy article giving some details on the long-awaited but soon-to-be-released book Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by three LDS historians. Read more »

Call for Papers

July 21, 2008 | 25 comments
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Revelation 2:12-29

July 20, 2008 | 22 comments
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Previous post in this series here. Read more »

Modern Responses to the Problem of Evil

July 19, 2008 | 25 comments
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In a previous post I summarized biblical explanations for the problem of evil or the existence of suffering in the world as presented in Bart Ehrman’s latest book, God’s Problem. In this post I’ll continue with additional explanations from modern and LDS sources. Read more »

Quorum Fun

July 17, 2008 | 108 comments
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A few months ago this was the calendar, word for word, sent out to a nearby quorum in a sleepy suburban ward (hint: it’s in the US). March 15th: Concealed Weapons Class, 1pm at the home. Joint activity with the High Priests. Punch and cookies served. (Okay I added the punch and cookies bit.) Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed 4

July 15, 2008 | 3 comments
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In case you were too busy celebrating Bastille Day to keep up with your required blog reading, here are a few posts to notice. Read more »

When The Prophet Speaks

July 11, 2008 | 108 comments
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Dave’s Mormon Inquiry has a post up about a new article in Meridian Magazine today that likens the brewing battle over gay marriage in California to the War in Heaven. The comments of the post link to an editorial from the Daily Universe editorial board this week that I found pretty shocking. The money quote: Consequently, “active Mormons” know that when the prophet speaks, the debate is over. No matter how diligently someone reads their scriptures, attends church or pays a full tithe, unless they sustain President Monson, his counselors and the other 12 apostles, [by supporting the proposed... Read more »

Going for Gold | Olympic Moments

July 10, 2008 | 13 comments
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Mormon Times posted a list of LDS athletes who are headed to the Summer Olympics. An impressive group — I hope they all make their respective teams and countries proud in coming weeks. Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed 3

July 7, 2008 | 14 comments
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While the Bloggernacle was ablaze with commentary on the June 29 First Presidency letter to California Mormons (see interesting updates here and here) plenty of posts on other timely topics were zipping through cyberspace. Read more »

Resurrection B.C.

July 5, 2008 | 19 comments
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According to an article in the New York Times today, evidence of Jewish belief in a resurrected Messiah decades before Christ’s birth may have been discovered. Read more »