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.


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...

An Imperfect Book

What the Book of Mormon Tells Us About Itself
In his own personal quest for answers, “An Imperfect Book” becomes an accessible but thorough overview of major controversies surrounding the Book of Mormon involving authorship, use of idiom, anachronisms, contrived names, borrowed passages, and prophecies made and fulfilled...

Amazing Colossal Apostle

Robert M. Price
As children, we were told the stories of Paul as didactic tales meant to keep us reverent and obedient. As adults reading the New Testament, we catch glimpses of a very different kind of disciple—an ascetic hermit whom Tertullian...

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October 17th, 2014

Mormon News, October 13–17

In the News LDS DEMOGRAPHICS PUBLISHED, THEN SCRUBBED BY DESERET NEWS The LDS Church-owned Deseret News posted an article discussing LDS demographics, with information drawn from a presentation by Blaine Maxfield, chief information officer for the church. Maxfield had spoken at a University of Utah conference called LDSTech and shared some interesting statistical information: that 5%


October 10th, 2014

Mormon News, October 6–10

CHURCH EDITS GENERAL CONFERENCE PRAYER While the Semi-Annual General Conference of the LDS Church did not stray from past precedent, nor were any major announcements made from the pulpit, observers did pick up on a couple of curious tweaks that generated much discussion. The first centered around whether or not the general women’s meeting is a