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...

Latest News

May 22nd, 2015

Mormon News, May 18–22

It is tempting to think that Disney or another theme park conglomerate might own the most land in the state of Florida, but the biggest real estate holder is the LDS Church. One of the church’s largest tracts, the 290,000 acre Deseret Ranch, is the subject of a current environmental dispute. While 56,000 acres have been earmarked for conservation, with another 77,000 set for private use and future city development, critics say many more acres must be set aside to safeguard the environment. The church has already lost lawsuits to prevent water from being pumped from the ranch by local counties, and now, with land in the state increasingly scarce, more pressure is mounting as several competing interests try...


May 15th, 2015

Mormon News, May 11–15

Last Wednesday the Human Rights Campaign, a leading advocate for LGTB issues, “strongly condemned” the LDS Church’s planned involvement with the World Congress of Families' upcoming conference in Salt Lake City. The WCF is labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and has been roundly criticized for its advocacy of anti-gay legislation worldwide. The WCF supports Russia’s strident anti-gay laws that have led to violence, imprisonment, and loss of housing and employment for LGTB Russians.