Mormonism Unvailed


“Despite an obvious bias, Eber D. Howe provided a service to historians the way he gathered eyewitness accounts and primary documents, for which he was never properly recognized. He was the first to publish some of Joseph Smith’s revelations, and he preserved the contents of vital early correspondence. Now Dan Vogel has done his usual exceptional work of editing and annotating this indispensable historical source. His placing of Howe’s documents in context and analyzing their value will allow for the construction of enhanced explanations of Mormon origins.” —Jan Shipps, Professor Emerita of History and Religious Studies, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts


Challenge of Honesty

Challenge of Honesty
“Come listen to the wise and knowing voice of a Mormon progressive foremother. Frances Lee Menlove reminds us that seeking and questioning have always been part of the Mormon experience and that none of us is alone in...

The Council of Fifty

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History
The original duties of the Council of Fifty were to help elect Mormon founder Joseph Smith to the presidency of the United States, to scout locations for colonies in Texas and Oregon, and to form the political kingdom of...

Lost Apostles

Forgotten Members of Mormonism's Original Quorum of Twelve
Before the LDS Church was organized, Joseph Smith received a revelation telling him that twelve men would be called as latter-day apostles. Their assignment would be to warn men and women that the end was near. Although the determination...

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April 17th, 2015

Mormon News, April 13–17

A Mormon couple in a mixed orientation marriage were upset to learn that their names were included on a "friends of the court" brief asking the US Supreme Court to rule against gay marriage. LDS apostle D. Todd Christofferson quoted extensively from a letter written in 1943 by German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer to offer support for traditional marriage. Jana Reiss offers a critique on modesty, in light of the recent story about newly crowned Ms. Virginia.


April 10th, 2015

Mormon News, April 6–10

The annual General Conference of the LDS Church was held over Easter weekend and a few specific moments from the various sessions were highlighted by news outlets and on social media. First was Elder L. Tom Perry’s talk that warned against “counterfeit and alternative lifestyles,” widely seen as a denunciation of marriage equality and non-traditional families. The Human Rights Campaign, the United States’ largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, criticized Perry’s comments as “disheartening and wrong” as others took exception to having their families labeled "counterfeit."