Posts Restored – Back to the Present

Many of you have noticed a blast from the past on my blog.  Back in Feb 2013, my host server crashed and I had to back up my blog and try to restore it.  I picked WordPress.com, thinking that was a good choice.  Well, it didn’t restore all my posts–I was missing about 150 of […]

Treasure Digging in the 1800s

One of the problems that some people might have with Joseph Smith is that Joseph was involved in treasure digging and using seer stones.  Richard Bushman and John Dehlin discuss these issues in Part 2 of John’s interview with Richard Bushman.  This transcript continues immediately after their discussion of the Multiple First Vision accounts. JD, […]

Gender for Intersexuals

Mormonism is a unique religion in it’s belief about gender.  The Proclamation on the Family states that “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”  But what happens when gender isn’t so clear cut? MSNBC has an interesting article about Intersexuals: people in which the “exact gender of the […]

LDS Film Festival Schedule is Out

I always enjoy going to the LDS Film Festival. This year it will be held in Orem, Utah (Scera Theater) from Jan 25-28. The official schedule will come out on Monday, but some of the bigger films have already been announced here. The biggest headline name is Dean Cain in a film called Sweetwater (a […]

Looking at the Spaulding Manuscript

Soon after the publication of the Book of Mormon, critics believed that Joseph must have plagiarized it from another source.  One of the most prominent theories since the 1830’s is the Spaulding (or Spalding) Theory.  Briefly, the theory states that Joseph Smith plagiarized (or at least used as a source) an unpublished book written by […]