Week in Review
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 dive into Joseph Smith’s life. This is the Mormon history book for the Mormon history nerds.
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 like the NBC chimes, “the first trademarked sound,” and the length of the lines painted on
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 life.” On December 7, Elder D. Todd Christofferson addressed guests at an event celebrating the exhibit,
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 to Donald Trump’s electoral victory. In an open letter to the GOP, the former lifelong Republican
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 endorsements, some leaders adopted a broader message of general support. Statements from Russia, China, and the
In Someday-the-Election-Will-End News: "Glenn Beck Endorses Hillary, Sort of." This week hell froze over, pigs flew above the Salt Lake Temple, and the moon turned a disturbing shade of red. Just kidding. But "The Church Tells Mormons How to Vote." "BYU Just Got More Expensive." And more.
In Non-Surprising News HACKED CLINTON EMAILS REVEAL ROMNEY OPPOSITION RESEARCH Short version? Romney remains awfully innocuous compared to the stale bag of Cheetos currently acting as the Republican nominee. Is it November 8 yet? How do you solve a problem like Mitt Romney? How do you beat a Mormon in the polls? Clinton’s hacked emails reveal
In News BYU CAMPUS NOW SAFER FOR WOMEN On October 26, BYU president Kevin J. Worthen announced that BYU will accept all 23 recommendations found in a newly completed report conducted by the Advisory Council on Campus Response to Sexual Assault. Five recommendations will be implemented immediately, including the complete separation of Honor Code and
In the News EVERYONE HAS AN OPINION ON MORMON LEAKS When videos of private meetings with senior church officials hit the web last Sunday, even the most devout Mormons found themselves distracted during the morning session of General Conference. The videos provide a rare glimpse into the workings of church leadership, though many argue the
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 the election. The message accused McMullin of being an “open-borders amnesty supporter” as well a “closeted