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The Diaries of Anthony Ivins

Anthony Ivins was an LDS apostle from 1907-1934.  He was the cousin of Heber J. Grant, and served in the First Presidency with Grant from 1921-1934.  Signature Books has recently come out with Cowboy Apostle:  The Diaries of Anthony Ivins 1875-1932 (the Kindle version is only $20.)  Ivins is notable for a few reasons:  (1) […]

Marriage Poll: What are your thoughts?

The Edmunds-Tucker Act of 1887 disenfranchised the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The law was enacted by Congress to punish the church for practicing polygamy.  The church challenged the law, but following an 1890 ruling in which the law was declared constitutional, Wilford Woodruff issued Official Declaration 1 (also known as “The Manifesto”) […]

Mitt: the Documentary

This week is the Sundance Film Festival, and one of headlining movies was Mitt:  The documentary (it’s now available on Netflix.)   Don’t forget to participate in the LDS Film Festival coming up Feb 5-8.)  I’m curious if any of you have seen it?

Facing your Parents Mortality

My parents are in their mid-70s.  This past week, my mom called to tell me that my dad fell off his bike and broke his hip.  I became alarmed because, according to this article from the BBC, nearly 1 in 3 elderly patients die within 12 months of a hip fracture.  Another CNN article notes […]

Vote Me for a Wheaties Award!

Wheat and Tares is hosting their annual Bloggernacle awards for the best (Wheaties) and worst (Tarefic Award) of the Bloggernacle.  I was nominated in 2 categories: Best Current Events Post:  ”Mandela Praised; Brigham Thrown Under the Bus“ Best Book/Article Review:  ”Why Snuffer Got Exe’d” (Book:  Denver Snuffer’s “Passing the Heavenly Gift”) You don’t have to […]

Religious Liberty or Discrimination?

Should a wedding cake owner be allowed to avoid making cakes for a same sex wedding?  Is the owner discriminating against the couple, or simply exercising their religious liberty?  A recent case in the Colorado courts ruled that the owner was discriminating against gays, and ruled in favor of the gay couple.  Now the case […]

God Wasn’t in Your Story

We had a missionary homecoming last week.  I usually bring a book to sacrament meeting, because I often find the talks dreadful, but this particular missionary gave a rather entertaining talk.  He told two experiences in which he bore testimony that God had helped him, but I greatly question whether God had anything to do […]

Will Kody Brown help rescind The Manifesto?

While it was ground-breaking, the Kody Brown polygamy lawsuit seems to have been pushed on to the back burner because Utah’s same-sex marriage ban was overturned. However, what does Kody Brown mean for the church? The wording of OD1 states Inasmuch as laws have been enacted by Congress forbidding plural marriages, which laws have been […]

Polygamy/Same Sex Marriage Now Legal in Utah

Breaking News from KSL. A federal judge Friday struck down Utah’s voter-approved constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman — finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Within hours, Salt Lake County […]

Why Snuffer Got Exe’d

I finished Denver Snuffer’s book a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed the book.  Snuffer gives some original readings of both LDS Church history and scripture.  I did a partial review of his book a few weeks ago when I talked about Snuffer’s position on polygamy (Snuffer believes that God permitted, rather than commanded […]

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