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February 17th, 2017

Mormon History Nerd News

ATTENTION MORMON HISTORY NERDS The latest review of Natural Born Seer by Benjamin Park is delightfully honest in identifying the book’s intended audience: Mormon history nerds. “Who, after reading classics in the field, are ready to make a deeper...

February 3rd, 2017

Mormon Studies News: Impossible Resolutions Edition

MORMONIEST PLACE ON EARTH Plans to develop Deseret—the church-owned cattle and citrus ranch in Florida— into a massive city and planned community leaves environmentalists and civil engineers concerned about water shortages and habitat preservation.  In a two-part story on...

January 23rd, 2017

Mormon Studies News: Brave New World Edition

POLYGAMY: EMPOWERING AND SUBORDINATING Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s newest book, A House Full of Females: Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights In Early Mormonism, reexamines the power and gender dynamics created by polygamy in early Mormon marriages. In an interview with Terry...

December 30th, 2016

Signature Books 2016: A Year in Numbers

What on earth did we accomplish in 2016? We were wondering too.  Here’s our year in numbers: 1 member of our team signed a contract with HBO to adapt their book into a miniseries. The film adaption of Devery’s...

December 16th, 2016

Mormon News December 12-16

ON THE GRID The “99% Invisible” podcast from the American Institute of Architects highlights things most people don’t notice—the “unnoticed architecture and design” elements that shape our world while remaining “invisible” to the average person. Past podcasts featured details...

December 9th, 2016

Mormon News December 5-9

ELDER CHRISTOFFERSON SPEAKS AT LIBRARY OF CONGRESS The Library of Congress included rare copies of the Book of Mormon as part of its 2016 “America Reads” collection, which featured 65 books Americans identified as having “profound effect on American...

December 1st, 2016

Mormon News, November 28–December 2

In News THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON GOD University of Utah researchers hoping to understand how the brain reacts to religious experiences discovered that Mormon minds react to spiritual stimuli the same way others might respond to love, gambling,...

November 17th, 2016

Mormon News November 14-18

In News MORMON REPUBLICANS RESPOND TO TRUMP VICTORY Ally Isom, former spokeswoman for Utah Governor Gary Herbert and current director of Family and Community Relations for the LDS Church, announced her intent to leave the Republican Party in response...

November 10th, 2016

Mormon News November 7-11

The Aftermath CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONGRATULATES U.S. PRESIDENT-ELECT Several political and religious leaders responded to Tuesday’s election news with public messages directed at the new president-elect. While responses from Catholic leadership, Germany, and France ranged from tepid well-wishes to tentative...

November 3rd, 2016

Mormon News October 31- November 4

In the News WHITE-NATIONALIST’S ROBOCALLS TARGET MCMULLIN Attempting to curtail the success of LDS third-party presidential candidate Evan McMullin, self-identified “white nationalist” William Daniel Johnson paid for a series of robocalls directed at Utah voters during the final days of...