“Even Fifty Six Years, Should Wind Up the Scene”

In 1876, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a revised edition of the Doctrine and Covenants which included, for the first time, section 130. This section includes the founding leader Joseph Smith’s prophecy that if Smith lived “until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of...

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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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Absurd Moments in Mormon Art: The Second Coming

Jan 06, 15 Absurd Moments in Mormon Art: The Second Coming

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor

  The Second Coming by Harry Anderson is a beautiful, inspiring depiction of the return of Christ in the Last Days. He is shown in strength and majesty with arms outstretched, and surrounded by concourses of beautiful maiden angels that are triumphantly heralding his return to Earth. This picture can be found in hundreds of...

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Mormonism May Be Made Up…But It’s Still True

Dec 31, 14
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Mormonism May Be Made Up…But It’s Still True

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Why I Am Mormon

Do you know how embarrassing it is to be caught crying during a kids movie? Let me tell you about it. Besides being one of the top movies of 2014, the LEGO Movie is—if you’re paying attention—kind of a deep philosophical examination of truth. (Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie) Emmet is our unwitting hero...

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Scarred, Broken, and Held in Trust

Dec 28, 14
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Scarred, Broken, and Held in Trust

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Someone else has left. Friend, family member, fellow guardian of once shared sacred truths. He’s found another path. Time will tell if she was called to this other path or if he was simply called away from our community, anywhere but here. He’s still here. God willing, she’s not going anywhere as a friend and loved one. But he...

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The Bastardization of Truth

Oct 30, 14
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The Bastardization of Truth

Posted by in Book of Mormon, Featured, Truth

It’s time we stopped idolizing truth. It’s time we stopped treating truth like a banner at the end of a mid-distance race. See, over there in the distance? That’s truth, we say. It’s just over there, and if you just put forth a little effort, you’ll find it. And then, well, you’re done. You can just swim in truth the...

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There are Save but Two Churches Only

Oct 25, 14
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There are Save but Two Churches Only

Posted by in Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Featured

For as long as I can remember there has been a part of me that tenses up when I hear someone bear testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church. Even as a youth who never doubted the validity of the statement, hearing those words made me uncomfortable. What had I done in my life to merit...

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Scripture as Totem: Religion and the Importance of the Text

Oct 11, 14
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Scripture as Totem: Religion and the Importance of the Text

Posted by in Bible Scholarship, Book of Abraham, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Education, Faith, Featured, Gospel Topics, Humanity, Mormonism, New Testament, Old Testament, Pearl of Great Price, Politics, Revelation, Standard Works, Sunday School, Uncategorized

It is easily recognized that throughout the history of religious traditions texts have served an important role in the continued conceptualization and endurance of the individual faith traditions.[1] In the history of studies on religion, monographs, essays, articles, and books have mostly focused on attempting to interpret these...

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Revelation Signal Flow Pt.1- Integrity vs. Fidelity

Oct 02, 14
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Revelation Signal Flow Pt.1- Integrity vs. Fidelity

Posted by in Featured, Gospel Topics, Mormonism, Revelation, Symbolism, Technology, The Holy ghost, Truth

I’m an audio and video systems engineer and media technician. In my job, I design and build large-scale AV systems for conferences, corporate meetings, trade shows, parties, or other events. I work with large and complex sound reinforcement systems, video projectors, televisions, conventional and robotic lighting fixtures, and...

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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon

Sep 12, 14
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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon

Posted by in Bible Scholarship, Book of Mormon, Education, Faith, Featured, Gospel Topics, Humanity, Mormonism, Old Testament, Revelation, Standard Works, Sunday School, Uncategorized

Scholars today recognize that the full text of Isaiah was not written by a single individual named Isaiah in the latter half of the eighth century BCE, but rather that the text was written by at least two, and more probably three, individual authors spanning a period of about four centuries. Generally scholars identify chapters 1-39...

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