I’ve been watching Ken Burns’ 1996 documentary series on The West. Â It’s a 9 part series, so it takes a bit of effort to get through. Â Of course Burns spends some time discussing the Mormons, and I found his treatment of Mormons within the context of the western United States very interesting. In Part 4: […]
I took a break from the Kimball biography to discuss the recent Sunstone and FAIR conferences, but now it is time to get back toÂ Lengthen Your Stride by Edward Kimball, and I wanted to discuss Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s role in the events leading up to the 1978 revelation. Â Elder McConkie has been much maligned […]
Sunstone began on Wednesday, but unfortunately, I could only attend Friday.Â I thought I would give some initial impressions of the sessions so far.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been reading the Lengthen Your Stride: Working Draft. Â Chapter 22 provides more information than is available in Lengthen Your Stride by Edward Kimball. Â Many have wondered why there has been no written revelation of the 1978 revelation allowed men Â of all races to hold the priesthood, and […]
Many of you have read Lengthen Your Stride by Edward Kimball. Â It’s a great book in an of itself, and it includes a CD with a treasure trove of material. Â Included on the CD is a much longer version of the book, but few people read the “long version.” Â Edward Kimball and Deseret Book disagreed […]
I’ve already posted Part 1 of theÂ Mormon Matters episode 80:Â How Can we Confront Racism within Mormon Thought and Culture? Here is part 2. Â I have previously posted excerpts from this panel discussion when I asked if 1978 was the right year, and whether the Church should apologize. Â The transcript below continues after Part 1.
With Randy Bott’s comments in the Washington Post a few weeks ago, the subject of the Priesthood Ban has become a hot topic of late. Â Jeff Spector at Wheat and Tares feels that racism is the wrong word to describe the Priesthood Ban. Â He says, “To me, there is a difference between been a racist […]
On February 25, Scott Gordon president of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) sent out a newsletter to subscribers noting that February is Black History Month. Â Gordon explained why black history matters, and explained 3 myths about the ban. Â Just 3 days later, ProfessorÂ Randy Bott created a stir when he tried to explain […]
Since today is MLK day, I thought it might be nice to talk about the first Black Mormon leader. Â In his book on The Historical Setting of Joseph Smith’s Ohio Revelations, Mark Staker spends a surprising amount of time discussing the first Black Mormon Convert–a former slave known as Black Pete, and notes that he […]
Dimensions of Faith:A Mormon Studies reader is a collection of essays on varying topics in Mormon studies. Â I previously discussed Wilford Woodruff’s vision of the Founding Fathers. Â One of the most entertaining essays was titled “A Mormon Bigfoot” by Matthew Bowman. Â In the essay, Bowman discusses how Cain seems to have morphed into Bigfoot.