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

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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Hendrix in Heaven

“Bring beach gear because we’re going on a trip.” It had to be the best announcement for a mutual activity I’d heard up to that point in my life. Living in Fresno, CA the beach was always close enough to be a nice day trip, but far enough that we rarely went. However, we didn’t have any permission...

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Recycling talks?

RECYCLING TALKS? by Geoffrey Nelson Those who google search things as they hear them (or have an excellent memory) may have noticed that President Monson’s priesthood session talk was primarily a retelling of a conference talk he gave in 1982, and his Sunday morning talk was a remix of one of his 1974 talks. This may be a...

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Agency: don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone – Milgram part three

This is the 3rd post in my series on the Milgram experiments. See Parts One and Two In my first post I discussed what we can learn from the Milgram experiments about obedience and authority, specifically about how authority can affect our moral decision making. In the second post I discussed what we can learn from the Milgram...

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Ezra Taft Benson and Politics

Sep 14, 14 Ezra Taft Benson and Politics

Posted by in Featured, Obedience, Politics

Discussions exploded as people learned that the 2015 Relief Society/Priesthood manual will be teachings of Ezra Taft Benson. One lesson is even on the infamous “14 Fundamentals of Following the Prophet.” In anticipation of the many discussions which will ensue, we are posting this resource. (Cross-posted with permission...

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