Author Archives: Doug Gibson

With Fawn McKay Brodie, there was little neutrality among Mormons

Next year, it’ll be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Fawn McKay in Weber County. It’s pretty safe to say that there is no one left who witnessed the extremely intelligent Huntsville youngster who moved through college in her … Read More

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Tweeting LDS General Conference was a lot of fun, and healthier than Facebooking

I tweeted 10 hours of LDS General Conference last weekend. I’m not claiming to be a pioneer in Twitter, but I have always tended to Facebook events such as this. But I see the appeal in Twitter. It’s a media … Read More

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Will Ordain Women have an impact with most Mormon women?

LDS General Conference starts this weekend and the one question is whether Ordain Women will engage in social activism and gather to request admittance into the church’s all-male priesthood conference session. The answer to that is yes. The second question … Read More

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Diaries of the ‘cowboy apostle’ Ivins include secret Mormon plural marriages, political intrigue

On Sept. 12, 1932, Mormon apostle Anthony W. Ivins, first counselor to LDS President Heber J. Grant, made this diary entry. “On this date Prest. [Heber J.] Grant, who has been unwell for some time with prostrate gland trouble went … Read More

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The elder brother to the ‘prodigal son’ also had his problems

I’m a repeat reader; if I like a novel, I’ll read it five times. If I really like it, I’ll get around to reading it 10 times. If it’s among my favorite novels, I never stop re-reading it. One of … Read More

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Mormon deity doctrine versus ‘state of blessedness in the presence of God’ forever

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, continuing a trend of more transparency in its history and non-traditional doctrines, last week published “Becoming Like God” (read) which focuses on the Mormon doctrine of exaltation. The Salt Lake Tribune’s Matthew … Read More

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LDS correlation keeps the Gospel simple to a fault

I want to do a quick comparison between LDS Sunday school lessons, one from 1955 (pre-correlation), the other from our current — correlation — times. The topic is Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians in the New Testament. In a … Read More

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Parley P. Pratt offered a detailed look at the post-life spirit world

Today, as an LDS leader, Parley P. Pratt is mostly mentioned and taught as a subject of history, but not theology. We see his much-read, edited autobiography, as well as a little-read scholarly biography, on book shelves, and his name … Read More

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Racism in the Mormon war in Missouri

The Mormons’ deadly conflicts with Missouri residents during the 1830s have been covered well by historians. It led to the expulsion of Latter-day Saints from the state. There were faults on both sides, although via sheer numbers and influence, it … Read More

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The omniscient God from a Mormon perspective

The omniscience of God, or Heavenly Father, is a consistent theme in Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. ¬†As Merriam Webster defines omniscient, it is, “knowing everything: having unlimited understanding or knowledge.” If God is omniscient, the argument goes, one must submit … Read More

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