Answering the Hard Questions

Just in case you haven’t noticed, the bloggernacle has been reeling to and fro like a drunken man these last few weeks. People are asking hard questions, and getting lots of answers and opinions to consider. However, I would like to bring to your attention some questions and suggestions that not even the likes of the PRethren,...

read more

Exorcising demons of the past

Matthew 17:15- “Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for oft times he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.” Witnessing a seizure is a very frightening experience. Parents who witness seizures in children fear for their child’s life. It is extremely traumatic. Even now, as a trained...

read more

American Crucifixion

For those too busy (lazy; often both in my case) to read this whole thing: the book is great; it reads more like a novel than a dry history book; it’s fair in its treatment of history although it sacrificed historical nuances (Mormons and “Mormon-haters” are each likely to find interpretations they disagree with)...

read more

Translated Correctly: Joseph Smith and the Art of Interpretation

Joseph Smith stood on the line dividing visionary supernaturalism from rational Christianity—one of the many boundaries between the traditional and modern world.  –Richard Bushman, Rough Stone Rolling   I’ll admit it: I’m a Joseph Smith fangirl. I love the prophet and the man, warts and all. In fact, I sigh over...

read more

Mormo Comics: The Joseph Smith Diner

May 10, 14 Mormo Comics: The Joseph Smith Diner

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor

Other Posts You May Like“…or we shall not come out true Mormons.”Bushman, Babies, Bath WaterTeaching the Apostasy and Restoration to 14 & 15 Year Olds: A Lesson in Keeping it Simple StupidA Circle, UnbrokenLet’s Get Over Mormon Digitarianism

read more

What did Moroni REALLY tell Joseph Smith?

Apr 01, 14 What did Moroni REALLY tell Joseph Smith?

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor

Moroni is one of the most crucial figures in the Restoration. According to Joseph’s accounts, Moroni acted as Joseph’s angelic tutor for 6 years. According to Joseph’s accounts, Moroni prepared this unschooled farmboy for the immense mantle of prophethood. According to President George Q.Cannon, “[Joseph Smith] was visited...

read more

Joseph Smith’s Polygamy, Volume 2: History – A Book Review

NOTE: This is a review of only Volume 2.   To read my review of Volume 1, click here. Joseph Smith’s Polygamy, Volume 2: History  -  A Book Review “We obeyed [the command to practice plural marriage] the best we knew how, and, no doubt, made many crooked paths in our ignorance.” Amasa M. Lyman With the recent...

read more

First Vision Accounts – Almost a Good Thing

Dec 03, 13 First Vision Accounts – Almost a Good Thing

Posted by in Featured, LDS Church History, News

On November 22nd a link to a Church web page (here) appeared in my Facebook news feed that dealt with the First Vision accounts. What intrigued me was that the word account was plural. This was unusual for an official church publication. I quickly read the article and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was indeed an official...

read more

Glory in Infirmities

When I was nearing the end of my mission, there was a bit more of a hullabaloo than usual within the church over Joseph Smith.  It was November of 2005.  If Joseph Smith had been an elf or one of the Dunedain, he would have been celebrating his 200th birthday in December.  During the next two months there were all kinds of...

read more

“…in Spite of Earth and Hell.”

Every major biographer of Joseph Smith has concluded that while Joseph’s claim to direct revelation from God might be readily balked at by the casual observer; dismissal of Joseph as a mere charlatan, liar, opportunist, or ego-maniac is a position ignorant of the facts.  A balanced view of Joseph Smith is in touch with the...

read more