A Message for my LDS Friends who are Considering Joining the Community of Christ

Through the tumult of the LDS Church’s recent policy updates regarding same-sex couples and families, I have seen many friends on social media express their determination to either resign their membership or look to the Community of Christ church as an alternative … Continue reading

“Suffer the Little Ones”: The LDS Church’s Recent Policy Updates Regarding Same-Sex Families

Ease back from the ledge. Like many who follow developments within the LDS Church online, I too felt as if the wind were taken out of my sails following the recent news of policy shifts regarding same-sex couples and children in … Continue reading

History vs Heritage: Maybe We Should Stop Saying That We’ve Been Lied to by the Church

There is a lot of discussion by disaffected, former, or faith-transitioning Latter-day Saints on social media about the presumably deceptive practices that the LDS Church has historically been engaged in to intentionally cover up the unsavory parts of its past … Continue reading

Joseph Smith’s Seer Stone: A Historiographical Glimpse

The recently released images of Joseph Smith’s brown seer stone in the Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon and forthcoming article in the Ensign titled “Joseph the Seer” discussing Smith’s method … Continue reading

Infallible Proofs: Interpreting the Temple Endowment as Mystical Rhetoric

*Author’s Note: An earlier version of this address was presented at the annual Mormon Scholars in the Humanities conference, March 15, 2013 at Brigham Young University.  The Latter-day Saint temple endowment is a taboo topic for reasons obvious to probably … Continue reading