American Temples

Feb 25, 15 American Temples

Posted by in art, Book Reviews, Featured, Mormonism, Reviews, Temple

American Temples by Scott Jarvie is a beautiful tribute to LDS Temples built in the United States. Scott spent more than a year living on the road out of an Airstream, traveling more than 40,000 miles from the west coast to the east and back again five times, photographing each LDS temple as he went. Some people might him crazy at...

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Dark Times

Jan 23, 15 Dark Times

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Humanity, Theology

The LDS apostasy narrative, of the truth being lost and priesthood authority being taken from the earth after the death of the New Testament apostles, has been a fundamental part of the Mormon story. For some investigators and many chapel Mormons the narrative makes sense, and therefore must be true, because of the many...

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The Council of YTFIF (50): The Embryo Kingdom of God

The Council of Fifty, A Documentary History edited by Jedediah S. Rogers is a veritable treasure trove of quotes and references regarding the Council of 50 currently outside of the LDS Church’s closed archives. It includes many of the writings of my Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather William Clayton who was admitted to the Council...

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Book Review: Richard Davis’s The Liberal Soul

Dec 27, 14 Book Review: Richard Davis’s The Liberal Soul

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Politics

As my dad drove me home from some activity or other when I was a teenager, I asked him a question that had been weighing on my mind: “can Mormons be Democrats?” I didn’t really follow the news very carefully and I certainly didn’t follow politics. On this car ride, though, I was honestly curious. I went to church all the time, I...

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33: Way Below The Angels

Nov 16, 14 33: Way Below The Angels

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, LDS Missions, Podcast

Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary is BYU History professor Craig Harline‘s most recent published personal history. It is a memoir of Craig’s mission years, leaving from Fresno California to the Mission Home in Salt Lake followed by...

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29: Steve Peck The Author

Oct 19, 14 29: Steve Peck The Author

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Interviews, Podcast

Come meet Steve Peck. He is a Professor of Biology at BYU teaching courses in bioethics and researching evolutionary biology from several different dimensions. In addition to his academic work Steve writes. He writes a lot. The works that we discuss with Steve in this episode include the award winning The Scholar of Moab, the...

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Book Review: Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty

Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty is the gripping account of author Heather Young’s tumultuous childhood at the abusive hands of those into whose care she was entrusted, both her foster and Latter-day Saint adoptive parents. With remarkable courage, wit, and honesty, Heather tells of how she and her special-needs...

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“The Crucible of Doubt” by Fiona and Terryl Givens

I remember being taught as a young public relations student at BYU-Idaho that one of the keys to dealing with reporters and their probing questions – ever searching for a soundbyte they can lead their story with – is to, instead of finding the best answer to the question, examine and even reject the premise of the question. I wish...

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Wilford Woodruff’s Witness

3 sentence summary of the review: Wilford Woodruff’s Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine recounts Wilford’s life and his account/view of the development of the Temple using as frequently as possible his own words. Looking at Woodruff, the temple, and church policy/development as an interdependent triad is...

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Book Review:_Touching His Robe_ by Leslie G. Nelson

Touching His Robe: Reaching Past the Shame and Anger of Abuse by Leslie G. Nelson focuses on the path back to peace and a relationship to Christ, after suffering abuse.  First and foremost the book—and probably this post—should come with a big fat trigger warning.  I think Nelson actually does a pretty good job of addressing her...

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