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BYU, LGBT & the Big12

College Football has undergone some seismic shifts in the past few years.  The BYU-Utah rivalry took a big hit when the Pac-10 Conference decided to take Utah (from the Mountain West Conference) and Colorado (from the Big Twelve Conference), changing its name from the Pac-10 to the Pac-12 Conference.  Other conferences have expanded by raiding […]

Utah: Is McMullin Fulfilling the White Horse Prophecy

Utah is leading the way for republicans who can’t stand Donald Trump AND Hillary Clinton.  A recent Deseret News poll showed Trump, Clinton, and relative unknown Evan McMullin in a statistical tie!  This poll took the statisticians at FiveThirtyEight.com by surprise, and they promised “We’re going to be adding McMullin to our model in Utah […]

The LDS Church in Ghana

Many of you are familiar with the story documented by Greg Prince in his biography of David O. McKay where blacks in Nigeria discovered the Book of Mormon and asked for missionaries in the 1960s.  Nigeria wasn’t the only place; Dr. Emmanuel Abu Kissi has documented a similar history in Ghana in his book Walking […]

When “Forever Families” Weren’t

I’ve heard about the Law of Adoption as an LDS theological point of the past, but never really understood it very well.  I enjoyed reading Brian Hales discussion of the concept in his book, Joseph Smith’s Polygamy:  Volume 3.  (This is a follow up post on the book; I previously discussed Hales position that there is no […]

Joseph Freeman: In the Lord’s Due Time

A friend asked that a read a book about the first black man ordained to the LDS Priesthood after the 1978 revelation:  Joseph Freeman.  (I’ve documented about 6 black men who were ordained in the 1830s and 1840s, as well as a few others who avoided the restriction despite the ban.)   The book was […]

No Spirit Birth

It’s been a while since I read Joseph Smith’s Polygamy:  Volume 3 by Brian Hales.  I read volume 3 first because (1) it was the shortest (a mere 281 pages compared to the other volumes), and (2) Brian Hales recommended we read it first since it was the first time anyone had tried to tackle the […]

Book Review: Joseph’s Seer Stones

I was pleased that Deseret Book sent me a copy of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones to review.  I know a lot of people have complained church members have complained that we always reference the Urim and Thummim, but not seer stones.  There is also the complaint that the artwork is incorrect concerning Joseph translating the plates. […]

Lectures on Faith: Science of Theology

“Lectures on Faith” is a set of seven lectures on the doctrine and theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, first published as the doctrine portion of the 1835 edition of the canonical Doctrine and Covenants, but later removed from that work by both major branches of the faith. The lectures […]

Dunn and other Bad Business Deals (part 2)

I finished the book, Lying for the Lord by Lynn Packer.  (Click here for part 1.) It seems to me that most Mormons are upset by his telling stories that weren’t true.  To be honest, I ‘m not all that fond of piling on Dunn for that, though after reading the book, it wasn’t so much him […]

Lying for the Lord (Paul Dunn)

I’m about halfway through Lynn Packer’s book, Lying for the Lord.  Packer is nephew for former apostle Boyd K. Packer.  I didn’t know that Paul Dunn and Boyd Packer had a little bit of a CES rivalry going on.  Both came up at the same time in the LDS Seminary program.  Paul got a theology degree […]