Geoff Nelson

Geoff was born in Northern Utah and raised primarily in Central California. He received a BS in Biomedical Physics from Fresno State, a MS and PhD in Bioengineering from Stanford, and is now a medical physics resident at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. He served his LDS Mission in Donetsk Ukraine. He's married and has two boys and two girls. He is currently a gospel doctrine teacher and in the Sunday School Presidency. He also blogs at

To those in a faith crisis and their loved ones

This month I had planned to write about a Bishopric Training Meeting at which my Stake President invited me and my wife to speak about faith crises and faith transitions. It was a great experience. I was also tempted to post the text of my wife’s sacrament meeting talk about temples from a couple weeks ago. However, as I...

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Relief Society classes, wealth, racism, & classism

Several years ago, my wife showed me the flyer she got for an upcoming Stake Womens’ Conference on our way home from church. She asked me if I could find the FAIL. I now invite you readers to do the same.   Stake Women’s Conference 9:00-9:15 Welcome Opening Hymn Invocation 9:25-10:10 Session A 10:20-11:05 Session B...

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You do not belong here – a high councilor’s talk about inclusion

On Sunday our high councilor spoke during Sacrament Meeting. It was an excellent talk that I feel should be shared with as many people as possible. Personal information has been removed, but otherwise the talk is here as it was given. Italicized emphases in the text were used in the written talk  from the high councilor.  ...

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Mormonism and the Regeneration of All Things

Mar 27, 15 Mormonism and the Regeneration of All Things

Posted by in Featured, History, Theology

I’m a big fan of Dr. Who. Yes, big surprise. The nerdy guy likes Dr. Who. I have considered writing out my thoughts of the similarities between Dr. Who and the so-called limited God of Mormonism. However, that will need to wait until another day. Right now I’d like to solicit your help in doing some Dr. Who/Mormonism...

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21st Century Family History: Not your grandma’s genealogy

Prelude For ages I felt like there was no point for me to do family history work. My family is about as Mormon as it gets. Sure I can claim 7th generation Mormon status, but the thing is that I don’t have anyone in my family tree who wasn’t Mormon as long as Mormonism has been around. 30 of my 32 great-great-great...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Rational Faiths

Feb 03, 15 A Beginner’s Guide to Rational Faiths

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor, Mormonism

This post was written primarily by Geoff Nelson and Thomas Hatton, with help from other permabloggers. I know you’ve probably seen links to Rational Faiths posted all over the Bloggernaccle. You’ve probably thought- What is this website? Who runs it? What is rational about faith? What is faithful about rationality? This...

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Erosion of Religious Liberty?

Jan 29, 15 Erosion of Religious Liberty?

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, News, Politics

When Alexis de Tocqueville visited the US, he observed that America was more religious than Europe and attributed it to the strong separation of church and state that existed in the US. It would seem that this division of church and state, this freedom of religion is currently being tested. This is of particular concern currently...

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Noah, Same-Sex Marriage, and Citizenship

The church offers materials in 105 languages on its website. At least portions of the website are available to be viewed in at least 73 languages. The Gospel Topics section, which has gotten a lot of attention for its essays on controversial topics, is available in 10 languages. Some of these are recent additions. I wanted to look...

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EQ lesson on Race and Priesthood

It has now been a year since the church first released the Gospel Topics essay about race and the priesthood. The following is a transcript of the EQ lesson in my ward on the first Sunday in December. I thought it was a great discussion and is a interesting case study in how such lessons might play out. I’d love to hear your...

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LDS Marriage in 2112

There has been a lot of coverage about the new polygamy essays in the news. If you have not read them, there is one on Kirtland/Nauvoo polygamy/polyandry, one on Utah era polygamy (up to 1890), and one on “post-manifesto” polygamy. There have also been a lot of apologetics blossoming around the essays. They’re...

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