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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Send a FB email to Lima, and soon after a package is picked up in Chiclayo

Social media, and Facebook, reconnect a world thought too far away. I relate the following as an example of how small the world has become in the digital age and how much has changed in 30-plus years. The tale starts … Read More

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‘A Short Stay in Hell’ is an odd, compelling novella about an eternity of the mundane

I read — mostly during Sacrament meeting — the novella “A Short Stay in Hell,” (Strange Violin Editions) by BYU professor Steven L. Peck. It’s perhaps the oddest book I have read, but it’s also so compelling that you can’t … Read More

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Jacob Hamblin biography captures the many talents of the ‘apostle to the Indians’

This is an era of outstanding biographies of early LDS leaders. Several years ago we got “Rough Stone Rolling,” on Joseph Smith, and more recently there have been well-researched, candid looks at the lives of Parley P. Pratt and Brigham … Read More

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Sacrament-first LDS church bloc schedules and other Mormon rituals

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here.) I avoided it for 50 years, but finally, at the too-early time of 9 a.m., my family and I headed into the ward chapel building Sacrament-first. It was … Read More

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The late novelist John D. Fitzgerald is Utah’s Mark Twain

There was a brainy, scheming little Mormon capitalist who roiled the early 1900s town of Adenville, Utah, with his exploits. The books are The Great Brain series, written by the late John D. Fitzgerald, a roving Gentile reporter/adventurer who spent … Read More

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LDS Church has a test to discern good, and bad spirits

Mormonism, even in its more modern version today, does firmly believe in the visitations of spirits, good and bad, as well as resurrected beings. After all, the church’s genesis involved the presence of an evil spirit, followed by the appearance … Read More

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After First Manifesto, LDS internal debate over polygamy raged for a generation

(To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post click here.) In Official Declaration No. 1, found in the LDS scripture “Doctrine and Covenants,” then-Prophet Wilford W. Woodruff says, “…  I now publicly declare that my advice to the Latter-day … Read More

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