Posts Tagged ‘ LDS ’

A Sample Of Mormon Donors

March 4, 2008 | 39 comments

Mormons contributed to Mitt Romney’s campaign over the past year and half in some pretty eye-popping numbers (see, e.g., here and here). As such, I decided to comb through the campaign finance contribution records to see who exactly some prominent Mormons were donating to this past election cycle. Read more »

Apostasy is Back on the Bookshelf

March 4, 2008 | 68 comments

Once upon a time, The Great Apostasy by Elder James E. Talmage was on every Mormon’s reading list. But somehow that topic went out of fashion for a couple of decades — no LDS books treated the subject and it received considerably less attention in General Conference talks. Suddenly, the Great Apostasy seems to be back. Read more »

The Church Historian’s Press and the Argument in Favor of Mordred

February 25, 2008 | 21 comments

The Church issued a press release today annoucing the creation of a “Church Historian’s Press” to handle the publication of the Joseph Smith Papers. (The press release also mentioned “works related to the church’s history and growth.”) I am not quite sure what the rationale for this is. Previous volume of the papers were published by Deseret Book, which did a nice enough job, although of late the physical publication standards at Deseret Book have been falling. Perhaps the new imprint is to insure library quality production values. Maybe it just reduces administrative hassle to have the production done... Read more »

The Marc of the Beast

February 25, 2008 | 2 comments

Times and Seasons welcomes its latest guest blogger, Marc Bohn. Read more »

Bloggernacle in the News

February 25, 2008 | 14 comments

In the online Deseret News: “Today in the Bloggernacle,” with links to posts at BCC, Nine Moons, and Millennial Star. I’ve seen similar posts in recent weeks (such as here and here) under different titles but with the same format, so this appears to be a new regular feature. Just one more reason to check spelling and grammar before you hit the “post” button. Read more »

Book Review: Bound on Earth

February 22, 2008 | 10 comments

Angela Hallstrom’s debut novel, Bound on Earth, is worth reading. Read more »

Living with Another’s Agency

February 20, 2008 | 16 comments

How often do you want to “fix things” for someone you love because you (think you) see so much more clearly than he does? Read more »

Great Sermons: Out of Obscurity

February 20, 2008 | 12 comments

This talk was given early on in Elder Maxwell’s time as an Apostle and I think it is an excellent example of what I liked about him. “Granted, there is not full correlation among the four Gospels about the events and participants at the empty garden tomb. Yet the important thing is that the tomb was empty, because Jesus had been resurrected! Essence, not tactical detail!” Read more »

Why Did God Give Contradictory Commandments?

February 20, 2008 | 22 comments

The temple treats the Garden story as a universal story. Whatever the reason for that, you can make a good case that in some sense each of us has been in the Garden and fallen. In fact, as we’ve discussed here before, making the Garden story a universal story can make sense of the contradictory commandments God gave Adam and Eve. Read more »

Interpretation: Latter-day Saint Perspectives

February 19, 2008 | 2 comments

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Little Zions

February 18, 2008 | 75 comments

Today was our stake conference, and we had a visiting general authority: Elder Terrence C. Smith, one of the North American Area Seventies. His talk was one of the finest, most doctrinally insightful sermons I’ve ever heard at a stake conference. But what really caught me came in the first minute of his talk. He’s Canadian, specifically an Albertan, and he mentioned being from a little town “that’s probably 90% LDS.” That’s interesting, I thought. Read more »

Love on Campus

February 15, 2008 | 23 comments

It’s just not what it used to be, even at the BYU, as shown in a day-before-Valentine’s-Day BYU NewsNet article, “The Evolution of Human Love.” Read more »

Did revelation cease?

February 14, 2008 | 35 comments

It seems to me that Mormon discourse has two mutually contradictory ways of talking about revelation during the Middle Ages, and that neither view takes much notice of actual medieval views on the matter. Read more »

Bruce Young on Christians, Romney, and Voting

February 12, 2008 | 22 comments

A pro-Huckabee blog recently(ish) set out the (now somewhat dated) argument that (non-Mormon) Christians have a Biblical duty not to vote for Mitt Romney. In response, Bruce (husband of blog-butterfly Margaret) Young wrote a short rebuttal piece. (He’s also a BYU professor of some renown.) I thought the discussion might be of interest (to the T&S community), and so with the permission of Bruce and Margaret Young (have you asked her about her movie lately?), I’m posting it here. My response (to Pastor Haisty’s argument that, according to John the apostle, Christians should not wish someone who believes in... Read more »

A Poem and a Sermon

February 9, 2008 | 6 comments

First, the poem: Read more »

Mothers Who Know: Homes and Temples

February 4, 2008 | 87 comments

In her General Conference address last Fall, President Beck said, “Growth happens best in a “house of order,” and women should pattern their homes after the Lord’s house (see D&C 109).” Read more »

President Hinckley and Mormon Memory

February 1, 2008 | 21 comments

In Religious Literacy, Stephen Prothero considers the decline of religious knowledge in America, much of which relates to the failure of institutions (family, school, church, university) to maintain a “chain of memory” that transmits religious knowledge from one generation to the next. President Hinckley helped Mormonism avoid this failure. Mormon memory is alive and well. Read more »

Under-Appreciated Hymns

February 1, 2008 | 117 comments

When in the sultry glebe I faint, or on the thirsty mountain pant, To fertile vales and dewy meads, my weary, wandring steps he leads. Where peaceful rivers, soft and slow, amid the cooling verdant landscape flow. Read more »

Mormonism’s Poisoned Theodicy

January 30, 2008 | 125 comments

Consider two theological claims. First, a severely mentally retarded child has her retardation because in the premortal world she was an exceptionally valiant spirit and her current disability means that all that was necessary was for her to receive a body and then go straight on to eternal exaltation, worlds without number. Second, in this life blacks were denied the priesthood prior to 1978 because they were not valiant in the premortal conflict with Satan. Read more »

From the Archives: Is it okay to be a pro-choice Mormon?

January 22, 2008 | 122 comments

Are church members required to be pro-life? (That is, opposed to legal availability of abortion). Or may they be pro-choice — (in favor of allowing abortion under the law)? Read more »

A humane approach to immigration

January 19, 2008 | 116 comments

One thing that church leaders said in their recent meetings with state lawmakers: Let’s take a humane approach to immigration. The Deseret News reports that: Read more »

Resolution No. 2

January 19, 2008 | 21 comments

The Primary “Hello” song: Read more »

Utah Historical Quarterly: Utah War Issue

January 10, 2008 | 23 comments

“One hundred and fifty years ago a federal army of nearly two thousand soldiers under the command of Col. Albert Sidney Johnston huddled in their makeshift quarters at Camp Scott near the ruins of Fort Bridger in southwestern Wyoming to wait out the bitter winter and prepare to march into the Salt Lake Valley later in the spring of 1858.” Read more »

The Silent Core of Mormonism

January 10, 2008 | 94 comments

Mormon theology and practice centers ultimately on the temple, and yet the temple is a subject on which Mormons are especially secretive and reticent. Therein lies one of the central ironies and challenges facing any Mormon trying to really explain how Mormonism works to an outsider. Read more »