The Polygamy Revelations of Joseph Smith

The recent gospel topics essays by the church on plural marriage provide an unprecedented, frank look at a number of aspects of plural marriage previously not included in church discourse. With an announcement in the Church News, a letter to … Continue reading

Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932

Anthony Ivins served in the Quorum of Twelve and First Presidency for over 26 years

As part of a series of essays on controversial topics, the church recently published an article discussing plural marriages performed after the Manifesto. The article noted, “on an exceptional basis, some new plural marriages were performed between 1890 and 1904, … Continue reading

Elder Packer and the Danger of Homosexuality, 20 Years Later

Elder Packer declared homosexuality to be one of the three dangers facing the church

Twenty years ago this week, Elder Boyd K. Packer gave a talk[1] to the All-Church Coordinating Counsel[2] opening with some advice he received about which direction church administrators should face.  “Either you represent the teachers and students and champion their causes or … Continue reading