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Book Review: The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power

Book Review: The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power Author: D Michael Quinn Published by: Signature Books, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-56085-235-3  Price: 49.95 I don’t remember much about May, 1983 (give me a break, I was only 10), but I *do* remember one experience very distinctly.  One afternoon my parents drove the four of us children from […]

Book Review: Moth and Rust Mormon Encounters with Death

Title:  Moth and Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death,  Edited by: Stephen Carter, Published: Signature books, 2017, Pages: 257 Genre: Narrative Non (mostly!) Fiction ISBN: 978-1-56085-265-0 Price: 23.95 When Devery Anderson at Signature Books contacted me and asked me if I would like a review copy of “Moth and Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death,” he did not […]

Mormonism’s Politics as Usual

Despite the numerous times leaders from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have spoken about embracing immigrants, making a place for the refugee, and the need to open our arms to every man, woman, and child in need, and religious EFFING freedom, they suddenly had nothing to say in the face of blatant religious discrimination.

Rainbow Mormon Initiative: “All about love, saving lives”

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I cannot say with enough conviction how important Rainbow Mormon Initiative is and how important it is for everyone to participate in it.

Christians: All One, Like It or Not

One of my favorite scriptural phrases comes from Philippians 2:12, where Paul counsels the saints to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” For me, Paul’s counsel provides one of the most fundamental reasons not to judge others: we have our own problems to worry about. In my previous post, I referenced a […]

The Book of Mormon and Latter-Day Pride

The Book of Mormon certainly is for our day, but it is a direct warning to the saints of God, or in the case of Mormons, Latter-Day Saints.

Never a Better Hero #becausehelives

Happy Easter.   #becausehelives I feel, and the Spirit seems to accord, that the most important doctrine I can declare, and the most powerful testimony I can bear, is of the atoning sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. His atonement is the most transcendent event that ever has or ever will occur from Creation’s dawn through […]

The Best Mormon Talk This Weekend was…

   The first talk given today in church was one of the best I have heard in a long time. It was better than anything I heard last night and, most likely, better than anything I will hear next week. The sister spoke about her experiences, her life, and her faith. She touched on the […]

Can a Mormon be a Conservative?

In an article published by Deseret News, Ralph Hancock, Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, examined whether one can be both a faithful, practicing, Latter-day Saint and politically liberal. He concludes that while it’s possible liberalism inherently leads one away from principles espoused by the church.  I’d like to follow Hancock’s pattern and […]

LDS News Conference on Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination

Transcript from the LDS Newsroom: Welcome and introductions by Elder D. Todd Christofferson Good morning and thank you for coming. I am Elder D. Todd Christofferson, and I’m here to introduce this news conference in my capacity as one of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sister Neill Marriott, […]

Dehlin’s Case is Not About Gay Rights (From The Archives)

Editor’s Note: This post originally ran on June 29, 2014. It still applies to the developments of this week. — Chris H. An Associated Press article about John Dehlin titled “Mormon gay-rights advocate faces excommunication meeting with area church leader in Utah” has popped up in newspapers all over the country today. Here is the […]

REVIEW – The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History

“The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History.” Edited by Jedediah Rogers. Published by Signature Books, December 2014. Cloth Binding, 424 pages. ISBN: 978-1-56085-224-7. Price: 49.95 Review originally written for the Association of Mormon Letters Writing in an early Church periodical, Oliver Cowdery described his time working as Joseph Smith’s scribe by stating, “These were days […]