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

Joseph Smith Papers Project: Documents Volume 2

The second volume of the Joseph Smith Papers (JSP) “Documents” series has been released.  At an announcement event this month, the editors noted the Documents series lies at the core of the JSP project. The 2nd Documents volume contains materials … Continue reading

Adjusting the Narrative: Part 2b – On Disavowed Theories

A (much delayed) continuation of the the series “Adjusting the Narrative”, initially begun as a proposed response to the new header to Official Declaration 2 in the 2013 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. See Introduction, Part 1a – The … Continue reading

Adjusting the Narrative: Part 1a–The Scriptural Curse and Seed of Cain

See the introduction to this series here: Adjusting the Narrative: Introduction and Proposal. I highly suggest reading the introduction before proceeding. As part of Joseph Smith’s prophetic literary output, he greatly expanded on the biblical figure of Cain in texts … Continue reading

180 Years Ago: The Shepherd of Israel and the Tribe of Joseph

Each month, I plan to feature an extended summary of an article, story, or document of interest that was published 180 years ago that same month in a Mormon periodical. There are some fascinating gems in the early newspapers, and … Continue reading