Salvador: The Truth Behind the Fiction, Part 7

“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalms 2:9) I did not learn of the bulldozing of the LDS chapel at Dale's finca until a decade after it had happened.  Because I had agreed to teach full time at BYU-Hawaii (I usually teach part-time at BYU-Provo), I had an interview by a general authority.  After a few minutes, we both learned that we had something in common--our association with Dale at different points in his lif … [Read more...]

Jane Manning James: Her Life Story in Her Own Words

When I publish anything about Black LDS pioneer Jane Elizabeth Manning James, people from around the world express a desire to know more about her. Last night, I recorded her life story as she dictated it to Elizabeth J.D. Roundy. I have included photos from the last production of my play I Am Jane.It would have been nice to have one of Jane's descendants do this recording, or to have a black voice artist. Since I have no money to pay for a studio or that particular talent, I chose to … [Read more...]

A Public Confession to my Bishop

Dear Bishop:I just did a bad thing.  I didn't mean for it to get to out of hand. I underestimated my passion, and the passion of...well, you know how it happens.  It started out so innocently.  First of all, it was April Fools' Day, and I did what felt right.  I wrote a lie on Facebook.  I included you, Bishop, in the lie.  I said: Seriously, I'm surprised.  I have no idea who inspired this (Gladys Knight?), but my husband, a Mormon bishop, just got an official letter from SLC that LDS churc … [Read more...]


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