Posts Tagged ‘ LDS ’

Rock bottom

June 1, 2008 | 18 comments

Today’s Gospel Doctrine lesson: the conversion of Alma the Younger. Read more »

Called to leave

May 31, 2008 | 39 comments

My grandmother, mother, and I all served missions, so I was delighted when my firstborn announced her intention to serve, submitted her papers, received her call. Little did I know. Read more »

A Thomas Jefferson Education?

May 31, 2008 | 246 comments

UPDATE (8/12/13):  When I wrote this post, I had no idea what was going on “behind the scenes.”  Please be sure to read this–it concerns accusations of fraud against DeMille and his ouster from GWC.   For the uninitiated, Thomas Jefferson Education (hereafter TJE) is a method of homeschooling–a method very popular among Mormons. Read more »

A Bastion of Mormonism

May 25, 2008 | 20 comments

Being mildly depressed about blogging at the moment, I decided to go trolling for a “good news” story to post. Here it is, a story about SVU from the SL Trib: “A bastion of Mormonism in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.” Read more »

Book Review: The Pictograph Murders, by P.G. Karamesines

May 23, 2008 | 7 comments

Murder most foul, in the strange natural world of southern Utah. Read more »

Moral Hazard in the Scriptures

May 23, 2008 | 16 comments

For those hoping to find more economics in their scripture study… Read more »

Revelation 1:1-3

May 20, 2008 | 19 comments

So much for one post per chapter. Read more »

Interpretations: MSH at SVU

May 20, 2008 | 15 comments

This past Friday and Saturday I attended a very enjoyable conference at Southern Virginia University, co-sponsored by Mormon Scholars in the Humanities and the Mormon Scholars Foundation. Read more »

God Himself

May 18, 2008 | 17 comments

Lucky me, I got to talk about Mosiah 15 in my Gospel Doctrine lesson today. Read more »

Faith and Fame

May 16, 2008 | 29 comments

Faith and fame aren’t always an easy mix, but Mormons who hit the big time seem to be able to hold it together most of the time. At least that’s the thrust of “How Mormons Deal With Fame” at the LDS Newsroom, discussing, among other names we all recognize, the 17-year-old phenom David Archuleta. Read more »

Love Thy Neighbor … or Not

May 14, 2008 | 3 comments

I don’t read to the end of many online essays anymore — either most writing is dull and pointless or I have developed blog-induced attention deficit disorder, you decide which. But I read “Love Thy Neighbor: The religion beat in an age of intolerance” at the Columbia Journalism Review start to finish (hat tip: Get Religion). Read more »

Apostasy and the Dark Ages

May 12, 2008 | 69 comments

Do these concepts have anything to do with each other? Apparently some Mormons think they do, hence Davis Bitton’s corrective essay “How Dark Were the Dark Ages?” (conveniently reposted at Meridian Magazine). Read more »

From the Archives: My Gifts (Whitsunday Reflections)

May 11, 2008 | 6 comments

Today is Whitsunday on the Christian liturgical calendar, a holiday in honor of the Day of Pentecost. Not quite four years ago, in June of 2005, I wrote something about the gifts demonstrated on that day, and about those–decidedly less spetacular–gifts which I believe I have. I’m somewhat proud of it; I think it is one of the more honest things I’ve ever written about myself. The text is below; you might want to check out the comments on the original post as well. Read more »

Mother’s Day is Looming

May 10, 2008 | 18 comments

And for thousands of Latter-day Saints who will be delivering a Mother’s Day talk tomorrow, it is looming large. Expectations are high and scriptural sources are limited. Read more »

Heimskringla and historicity

May 8, 2008 | 47 comments

There’s a reasonable chance that all efforts to situate the Book of Mormon over the last 180 years, geographically, culturally, and chronologically, are based on the Nephite version of the Donation of Constantine. But first, let’s talk about Odin. Read more »

Gertrud Specht

May 6, 2008 | 9 comments

Gertrud Specht had been a searcher her whole life before she found what she was looking for Read more »

That Daguerreotype Again (2 of 2)

May 4, 2008 | 6 comments

Chapters 9 and 10 of Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again deal with purported photographs of Joseph Smith, including the Scannel daguerreotype. Read more »

Some Notes on Religious Freedom from the Former USSR

May 1, 2008 | 20 comments

An old friend of mine (a former bishop, for whatever that’s worth) whom I keep in touch with by e-mail has spent much of the past decade working for the U.S. government in different capacities in Russia and Ukraine. In response to some recent news items regarding limits on visas to the former Soviet Union, I asked him to comment on how the church and the missionary program is fairing there. This is what he has to say. For security reasons, he asked that I post it without his name attached. Read more »

Gospel culture and the others

May 1, 2008 | 19 comments

How do ‘we’ as Mormons learn to view ‘others’? We can try to answer this question from the angle of various approaches to the concept of “gospel culture”. Read more »

Janos Kalapsza “… went out to the Mormons”

April 30, 2008 | 11 comments

1848 was a year of turmoil in Europe, with revolutions in France and Italy and Sicily and Germany and Poland and Romania and Moldavia and … and … and … the list seems nearly endless. Read more »

Ladies first?

April 29, 2008 | 145 comments

Some bloggernacle women were troubled by the order of the solemn assembly: First, the Priesthood voted (all the way down to the 12-year-olds); they were followed by the women’s organizations. In a comment at FMH, Exponent blog’s Maria notes, “By having women vote after the Aaronic priesthood, it seemed as if the implication was made that those 12 year old boys either preside over or are more important than the women of the RS, including the General RS presidency. Either way, the message is harmful. I worry about the way this could make women and young women in the... Read more »

The Myth of Evolution and the Myth of the Fall

April 24, 2008 | 47 comments

Noah Millman concedes that the science of evolution is not incompatible with the truth of Christianity. But, he argues, the myth of evolution is incompatible with the myth of Christianity. I think science does have implications for the persuasiveness of specific religious doctrines, simply as a psychological matter. And I think evolution through natural selection is extremely uncongenial to the central Christian story about the nature of sin and evil in the world. Why? Because the Christian story has the entry of strife into the world come about as the result of human sin, whereas the core idea behind... Read more »

Egyptian Brass Plates and a naming contest

April 22, 2008 | 9 comments

If this is common knowledge I completely missed it. So I post this in memory of all those who also slept through indecent chunks of early morning Seminary. Read more »

The Case of the Missing Pioneer

April 16, 2008 | 30 comments
The Case of the Missing Pioneer

Most people with even a general sense of the Mormon pioneers are familiar with their “roadometer,” a set of cog wheels fastened to a wagon wheel, which measured and recorded distance traveled without the need for a human observer to count the revolutions of the wheel. Read more »