Murder by Sacrament

Murder by Sacrament: Another Toom Taggart Mystery

Murder in the bucolic town of Independence, Missouri, is not everyday news. Especially when it occurs in the temple owned by the Reorganized Mormons. Once again, philosophy instructor and amateur sleuth Toom Taggart becomes embroiled in a homicide investigation. In this second novel, Edwards re-acquaints readers with the likeable, curmudgeonly professor who shocks fellow Latter Day Saints by drinking coffee. By coincidence, Taggart is called to oversee the Church’s education department, just as the author himself was some years ago. This gives Taggart even more reason to explore the inner offices at Church headquarters—places and hushed conversations are not meant for outsiders—all of which the author describes with a wink and a nod.


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November 24th, 2014

Press Release – Long Sought-after Mormon Documents Published

For over half a century historians have tried to unravel the story of a secret Mormon political body called the “Council of Fifty” that was established by Mormon founder Joseph Smith. Now two events offer a breakthrough: the release by Utah publisher Signature Books of The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History, and the LDS Church History Library announcement that it will publish the minutes of the Nauvoo, Illinois, meetings of the council.

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Mormon News, November 17–21

The New York Times recently profiled BYU students protesting the university’s anti-beard rules. Male students at BYU can wear a moustache, but no chin hair. The rules, according to the article, date from the 1970s when administrators sought to distinguish Mormon students from hippies and the counter culture.

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