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, […]

Of Testimonies and Twelve Year Olds

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Members in Sacrament Meeting. Picture source: https://www.lds.org/media-library/images/sacrament-meeting-578251?lang=eng Recently, a video has been on social media about a 12 year old young woman speaking in a testimony meeting about being gay. This is being promoted as a heartfelt moment of tenderness, […]

Podcast: Help with Gospel Teaching with John Hilton III

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. In this episode of the LDS Perspectives Podcast, Laura Harris Hales visits with John Hilton III about teaching in church settings. John has spent a good deal of his adult life working in religious education. He began his teaching career in […]

The Enlightenment of Neo-Mormons

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. In Greek, the word neos means “new.” In English, the prefix “neo” generally refers to something that is new, revived, or newly refreshed. We have compounds such as neo-classic, neo-Darwinism, neo-Nazis, neo-Hellenism, neo-Platonism, neo-orthodox Mormons, and more. While Neo-Mormons might […]

Podcast: Are Mormons Christians? with Robert Millet

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Robert L. Millet was the Abraham O. Smoot Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University and has spent years engaging in interfaith dialogue with scholars of many religious traditions. He has often been asked the core question: “Are Mormon’s Christian?” His […]

Podcast: Mormon Stories in Shorts

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. In December 2013, Scott Hales bought himself an iPad and a digital drawing software program. He was in the final stages of finishing his PhD dissertation and was ready to try his hand at a lighter medium. Dusting off his dormant […]

Podcast: Tough Questions about Mormon Polygamy with Brian and Laura Hales (Ft. Dan Peterson)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Few aspects of Joseph Smith’s life have been scrutinized more in recent years than his personal practice of polygamy. Some readers’ first exposure to Joseph Smith’s practice of polygamy comes from reading sensational headlines. Exaggerations and assumptions fill internet discussions, podcasts, and newspaper […]

Podcast: Susa Young Gates and Genealogy Work with Lisa Olsen Tait

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Lisa Olsen Tait claims that Susa Young Gates is the most important Mormon woman that most have never heard of. Susa grew up in a time when cultural gender roles were changing and women’s opportunities were expanding in exponential ways. Susa […]

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Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers: Documents Volume 5: October 1835 – January 1838

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Publisher: The Church Historian’s Press Date Available: May 15, 2017 Number of Pages: 768 Binding: Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1629723129 Price: $54.95 (Page numbers are from an Advance Review Copy, and may be different in the published version.) This volume covers an […]

Podcast: A Heavenly Mother

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Last summer Russell Stevenson sat down with Rachel Steenblik and Caitlin Connolly, two women who have studied the concept of a divine feminine–or Heavenly Mother. Rachel was the primary researcher on a BYU Studies article that identified known references to a Heavenly […]

Podcast: The Problem of Pain with David F. Holland

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. David F. Holland is a respected scholar and Professor of New England Church History at Harvard Divinity School. On October 29, 2016, he spoke on the topic “Latter-day Saints and the Problem of Pain” at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious […]

Book Review: What You Don’t Know About the 100 Most Important Events in Church History

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Authors: Casey Paul Griffiths, Susan Easton Black, Mary Jane Woodger Publisher: Deseret Book Genre: Nonfiction Year Published: 2017 Number of Pages: 336 Binding: Paperback ISBN: 978-1629722467 Price: $22.99 I really don’t like the title of this book. It is the […]

Balancing Religious Tensions with Mauro Properzi

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Finding a balance between loyalty or commitment to one’s faith and sympathetic openness to other faiths is one of the biggest challenges Mormons face in an age of inclusiveness. The classic “theology of religions” view of other faiths known as “Inclusivism” […]

Tithing and the Law of Consecration

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Steven Harper points out that one of things the Revelations in Context series was designed to do was to encourage study of the history and doctrine of the LDS Church in order to get past the folk doctrines we’ve invented. […]

Finding Christ in Jewish Holy Days

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Gale Boyd is a convert to the LDS Church. In 1983, she and her husband decided to move their family to Israel to explore their Jewish heritage. She was unprepared for the culture shock she experienced as an American Jewish Mormon […]

Book Review: Joseph Smith’s Revelations: A Doctrine and Covenants Study Companion from the Joseph Smith Papers

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This book is part of the Joseph Smith Papers Project, but it’s different than the other volumes that have been produced. It combines the previously published canonized revelations and their accompanying contextual material and puts them in the same order […]

Religious Symbolism in Sacred Art

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Rita Wright is the curator for the Springville Museum of Art in Springfield, Utah. Formerly, she taught art at Brigham Young University and was the curator for the LDS Church History Museum. Currently she sits on the worldwide committee for […]

Religious Symbolism in Sacred Art

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Rita Wright is the curator for the Springville Museum of Art in Springfield, Utah. Formerly, she taught art at Brigham Young University and was the curator for the LDS Church History Museum. Currently she sits on the worldwide committee for […]

The Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. By June 1829 Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer had verbalized a desire to be the special three witnesses alluded to in the Book of Mormon. D&C 17 records a revelation affirming their roles as witnesses and was given […]

The Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. By June 1829 Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer had verbalized a desire to be the special three witnesses alluded to in the Book of Mormon. D&C 17 records a revelation affirming their roles as witnesses and was given […]

What is Doctrine?

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Dr. Michael Goodman was part of the team tagged to write the institute cornerstone course The Eternal Family. He and his team developed 28 lessons using the 600-word “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” as a framework. When deciding […]

What is Doctrine?

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Dr. Michael Goodman was part of the team tagged to write the institute cornerstone course The Eternal Family. He and his team developed 28 lessons using the 600-word “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” as a framework. When deciding […]

A Closer Look at Mormon Studies

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Historian, author, and educator Patrick Mason tells his students that Mormon studies is just a really fun place to play. It gets to the heart of the questions we have in 21st century society. By studying Mormonism, we can learn more […]