Joseph Smith’s restoration of the doctrine of human deification was a miracle.

An irrelevant but beautiful and perhaps symbolically appropriate scene. (Click to enlarge.)

  To me, the doctrine of human deification is impressive evidence of his authenticity as a prophet.   … [Read more...]

“These are Our Sisters”

A Mormon woman (Click to enlarge)

    A nice entry from Cal Robinson and Juliann Reynolds on the FairMormon blog.  They're responding to the "Ordain Women" issue:   … [Read more...]

“John Dehlin’s comprehensive list of reasons he doesn’t believe in the LDS Church”

The Jordan River Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge)

  An interesting item: Interested persons might want to look at the two lengthy but related articles referenced here, if they haven't already done so. Non-interested person are blameless.   … [Read more...]

Lindsey Stirling: “Beyond the Veil”

A richly dramatic view of human existence

  I like this. But can anybody explain it to me? What's going on?   … [Read more...]

“Study Names Provo, Utah, Most Feelgood City in America”

A 2013 photograph, by Jason Miller, of the Provo Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)  Predictably, this is causing panicked rationalizations and counter-explanations in certain places on the Web. Mormons lie in their responses to surveys. Mormons habitually lie. Mormons are self-deceived; they only think they're happy.  (I'm a little puzzled by what it would mean to think you were happy but not actually be happy.) Mormons are … [Read more...]

Is today the anniversary of the First Vision?


   An interesting article argues -- plausibly, it seems to me -- that Joseph Smith's First Vision occurred on Sunday, 26 March 1820: If true, great reason for celebration today.   … [Read more...]

“What exactly does ‘faith’ mean?”

The Calgary Alberta Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge.)   … [Read more...]

Political commentator predicts “mass exodus” from Mormonism

Like the building that Lehi saw in 1 Nephi 8?

   Damon Linker, who is not a Latter-day Saint but who briefly taught political philosophy at Brigham Young University a number of years ago, predicts that the Catholics and the Mormons will hemorrhage large portions of their membership in the coming years, and particularly their younger membership, over issues relating to gender such as the ordination of women and same-sex … [Read more...]