Mormon Temples and Freemasonry

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. The video of Scott Gordon’s presentation from the 2017 FairMormon Conference is now available for free viewing. The transcript can be read here. You can purchase access to the rest of the conference videos here. Scott Gordon Scott Gordon is […]

LGBT Youth Suicides: What Needs to Change

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This is a guest post from Debra Oaks Coe, who is a member of the Executive Committee of the Utah Commission for LGBT Suicide Awareness and Prevention and Lead of the Anti-Discrimination Committee for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. “What is […]

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Gay Youth Suicides in Utah

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Every individual lost to suicide is a tragedy, and there should be no room for excluding or ostracizing anyone because of their sexual orientation, including and especially within families. As of 2015, Utah ranks 6th in the nation in suicides […]

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. 10% off at the FairMormon Bookstore [Another FairMormon member, Rene Krywult, has contributed a second review of this book.] “The goal with the Introduction to the Book of Abraham is to make reliable information about the Book of Abraham accessible […]

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. 10% off at the FairMormon Bookstore Publisher: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University and Deseret Book Author: John Gee Number of Pages: 197 Binding: Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-9443-9406-6 Price: $19.99 The Book of Abraham is my favorite book of scripture. Mostly […]

What if People with Red Hair Were Denied the Priesthood?

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Scott Gordon as a red-haired boy Note – From the mid-1840s until 1978 people of African descent were generally not allowed to have the priesthood or attend the temple in the LDS Church. (Attending the temple is different from going […]

The Kirtland Temple

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” (Letter to Frank Marshall White by Mark Twain dated May 31, 1897. Published in the New York Journal on June 2, 1897) A meme has been circulating on Facebook claiming “BELOVED KIRTLAND TEMPLE OF […]

Podcast: The JST in the D&C

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This week, Taunalyn Rutherford of LDS Perspectives, reviews the historical background of the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) and its presence in the Doctrine and Covenants with Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Alford. This episode is part one in a special first anniversary […]

Lego Machines and Ancient Menorahs with Daniel Smith

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. As part of the Young Scholars Series, Laura Harris Hales interviews Bible-enthusiast Daniel Smith, creator of the YouTube channel “Messages of Christ.” Smith’s channel is equal parts fascinating and popular, evidenced by its view count of over 1 million. On […]

Mormon Scholars Testify – Bruce E. Dale

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. I was sixteen years old when I read the Book of Mormon for the first time. That book ran right over me. The Book of Mormon hit my mind and my heart in a way that no other book ever […]

Is it okay to complain when life is hard?

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Award-winning author Michael Austin, a self-proclaimed writer of an “incoherent assortment of different topics,” is anything but incoherent in his expansion on the true message found in the Old Testament’s Book of Job. The story of Job is one that […]

Book Review: The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Publisher: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University Editors: Matthew J. Grow & R. Eric Smith Date Available: September 4, 2017 Number of Pages: 201 Binding: Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-9443-9421-9 Price: $21.99 On October 3, 2016, the Joseph Smith Papers Project published […]

New Insights into the Translation of the Book of Abraham with Matthew Grey

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. In the winter of 1836, the Kirtland temple was nearing completion, the Saints were experiencing a period of peace after persecution, and 100 church members enrolled in a seven-week, intensive Hebrew language course. Besides being one of the most ambitious […]

Mormon Scholars Testify – Jonathan Westover

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. I cherish my testimony of my Savior and of God. As a brief background, I was born into a well-educated, large, lower middle class Mormon family and was faithfully raised in the church. As I grew up in the Pacific […]

Genesis and Evolution with Steven Peck

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Steven L. Peck is a scientist, BYU professor, and acclaimed author. In recent years he has emerged as a powerful advocate for science and evolution, publishing two books about the topic in as many years. His latest offering, Science the Key to […]

Learning to Teach the Gospel

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. In her debut episode, LDS Perspectives podcaster Stephanie Dibb Sorensen interviews Casey Paul Griffiths, an expert on the history of the Church Education System and its globalization efforts. Together they discuss the history of the LDS Church Education System, its […]

The Mormon Image

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Ardis Parshall is one half of the duo behind the Mormon Image in Literature series published by Kofford Books. Along with Michael Austin, Ardis rescues literature from the past that otherwise would remain largely unknown. The works that Ardis and […]

Book of Mormon Geography

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Taylor Halverson and Tyler Griffin are co-founders and co-directors of the BYU Virtual Scriptures Group. This group recently released the Virtual New Testament App for desktop computers, mobile devices, and tablets. The app allows users to navigate in and through locations in New Testament […]

Podcast: The Delicate Art of Critical Judgment with George Handley

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://traffic.libsyn.com/ldsperspectives/46LDSP_George_Handley.mp3 In November 2015, George Handley, associate dean of the College of Humanities at BYU, spoke on his journey of faith in an Education in Zion lecture that was later published in BYU Studies. Partially because of its timing and mainly because of […]

Podcast: Genre in the Bible with Ben Spackman

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. From the New Testament, we learn that Jesus’s favorite mode of teaching was through fiction; he taught parables. Although the characters and events may not be historical, few Christians question the truth in the messages. Despite comfort with parables, some […]

Podcast: The Lectures on Faith with Noel Reynolds

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. In 1835, the church published the Doctrine and Covenants, which contained significant additions to the 1833 Book of Commandments. At the beginning of the collection of revelations were seven theological lectures that had originally been delivered at the Kirtland School […]

Podcast: The Genesis Group and the Priesthood Ban with Members of the Genesis Group

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Don Harwell, Eddie Gist, and Wain Meyers make up the current Presidency of the Genesis Group of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Genesis Group was started in 1971 as a dependent branch of the LDS Church […]

Podcast: The Divine Council with Stephen O. Smoot

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. References to a divine council of gods are found in several ancient Near Eastern cultures, including Mesopotamia, Greece, Egypt and Canaan. There are also numerous references to the divine counsel in the Hebrew Bible. The concept was pervasive. Members of […]

Podcast: The Word of Wisdom with Jed Woodworth

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Jed Woodworth works in the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is also the author of the Revelations in Context essay on Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants entitled, “The Word of Wisdom.” In the early 1830s, […]