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James Faulconer

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James E. Faulconer (Jim) was born in Missouri and raised as the son of an Army officer. Because of his father’s work, he grew up in Japan, Arkansas, Germany, Texas, Korea, and Massachusetts. Faulconer joined the LDS Church as a teenager in San Antonio, Texas. After serving as a Latter-day Saint missionary in Korea from early 1967 to late 1969, he returned to Brigham Young university. While a student he met and married Janice K. Allen of Herlong, California. They have four children and eleven grandchildren.

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The Overlooked Bondage of Our Common Sense

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Be of Good Cheer

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Postponing Heaven: The Three Nephites, the Bodhisattva, and the Mahdi

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The Overlooked Bondage of Our Common Sense

When we read scripture, if we do not hear the call to be something more, then we may be in danger of the bondage to the philosophies of men. Read More »

Be of Good Cheer

The theme of the need for courage and the courage or cheer that the gospel brings continues in scriptures revealed through Joseph Smith. Read More »

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How Theology Hurts, and Might Help, Mormons

Many Mormons mistakenly believe that there is pure doctrine somewhere, some set of propositions that lays out clearly all or most of what we believe. Read More »

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