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On November 5, 2021, President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, delivered the seventh annual Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty titled "Going Forward with Religious Freedom & Nondiscrimination." The lecture can be listened to on Buzzsprout.
In this podcast episode, Stephen Betts interviews Terryl Givens about the life and tragic worldview of Latter-day Saint theologian Eugene England. Listen to the full episode here.
Stephen Betts interviews Dr. Michael Austin about his recent book on Vardis Fisher, a self-identified atheist writer who drew heavily on his Mormon upbringing in rural Idaho for his work, challenging the traditional insider vs. outsider categories of literature. Listen to the podcast here.
Stephen Betts interviews Dr. Robin Jensen about the recently published facsimile edition of the Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, discussing early Latter-day Saint record-keeping, the relationship between prophetic authority and scriptural texts, and more. Read more here.
In the podcast episode "The LDS Church Corporation" on the Latter-day Saint Perspectives podcast, Stephen Betts interviews Nathan Oman and Kathleen Flake about the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' incorporation and how church corporations navigate American legal disestablishment. Listen to the full podcast here.
Stephen Betts interviews Dr. George Handley about Latter-day Saint ecotheology and environmental stewardship. Handley discusses the importance of taking care of the earth and how it is rooted in the theology of the church. Listen to the full podcast episode here.
In a podcast episode titled "Gender, Sexuality, and Mediated Mormonism(s)," Stephen Betts invites Professors Brenda Weber and Kathleen Flake to discuss how media has represented Latter-day Saints and how these representations impact gender and sexuality within the community. Listen to the podcast here.
Stephen Betts interviews Professor Adam Miller about his book "Original Grace: An Experiment in Restoration Thinking," in which Miller proposes that Latter-day Saint scripture's rejection of original sin allows for a rethinking of the relationship between grace and justice, suggesting that grace is not separate but rather integral to divine justice. listen to the podcast here.
Stephen Betts discusses Joseph Smith's Theology of Media with special guest Professor John Durham Peters from Yale University in this thought-provoking podcast. They delve into Peters's essay, "Recording Beyond the Grave: Joseph Smith's Celestial Bookkeeping," and explore the role of media in Joseph Smith's theology. Listen to the full podcast at https://www.buzzsprout.com/1298003/11101886-joseph-smith-s-theology-of-media-feat-john-durham-peters.mp3
Stephen Betts hosts Courtney Campbell on an episode of his podcast to discuss Campbell's recent book Moral Realities: Medicine, Bioethics, & Mormonism
and his proposed three-part normative framework for a Latter-day Saint bioethics based on a "restored, re-storied, and prophetic morality." Listen to the podcast here.
In the podcast episode, "The Last Mormon Liberal," Stephen Betts interviews Kristine Haglund about her recent book on Eugene England and his impact as a Mormon thinker. They discuss England's intellectual influences, methods, and theology within the context of Mormon thought. Listen to the podcast here.
Stephen Betts interviews Dr. Rosalynde Welch, senior research scholar at BYU, about the Book of Ether and its focus on the interaction between written text, reader, and the Holy Spirit, as well as its close intertextual engagement with Pauline notions of faith and atemporal Christology. Listen here.
On the "Unabridged Podcast," Stephen Betts interviews Professor Joseph Spencer from Brigham Young University about his reassessment of Hugh Nibley's legacy as a theologian based on extensive research in Nibley's personal papers and correspondence. They discuss Nibley's affinity with Christian "neo-orthodoxy," his political theology, his recovery of Brigham Young as a thinker, and his meditations on grace. Listen to the full podcast at here.
Stephen Betts invites Dr. Jon Bialecki to discuss his essay "The Mormon Dead" and explore why Latter-day Saints do not experience spirit possession in proxy temple ordinances for their deceased ancestors, covering topics such as anthropology of spirit possession and Latter-day Saint kinship. Listen to the podcast here.
Stephen Betts interviews Amaechi Okafor, a PhD Candidate in History at Concordia University, about his research on Latter-day Saints in Nigeria, discussing the challenges faced by members, cultural tensions, the benefits of the BYU-Pathway program, and the potential for West African Mormon Studies. Listen to the full podcast here.
In a recent podcast episode, Stephen Betts interviews Professor Kathryn Lofton about her Smith-Pettit Lecture, "A Brief History of the Mormon Smile," which explores the phenomenon of the "missionary grin" and its relationship to American consumer capitalism. Lofton discusses how the smile was used as a tool for religious persuasion and how it has been adopted into broader American culture as a sign of happiness and success. Listen to the full podcast episode here.
In this episode of the Arts of Language Podcast, Stephen Betts interviews Professor Nathan Rees, author of "Mormon Visual Culture and the American West," to discuss the role visual art played in shaping and interpreting the experiences of Latter-day Saints in the 19th century American frontier. They delve into topics such as C.C.A. Christensen, settler colonialism, race, and gender. Listen to the full episode here.
Stephen Betts interviews Dr. Bruce Worthen about his book "Mormon Envoy: The Diplomatic Legacy of Dr. John Milton Bernhisel," where they discuss the forgotten contributions of Bernhisel to early Mormon history, including his role during the 1857 Utah War and his status as a confidant to several important figures in the early Church. Listen to the full podcast episode here.
Stephen Betts summarizes Yale Law School Professor William N. Eskridge's presentation at the eighth annual Joseph Smith Lecture on Religious Liberty at the University of Virginia, where Eskridge discussed "LGBTQ+ Equality & Religious Liberty: Statutory Principles & The Golden Rule" and identified principles for cooperation between the LGBTQ+ community and religious institutions based on principles similar to those in the Utah statute. read more here
In a recent episode of the Stephen Smoots Show
, Stephen Betts interviews Dr. James Faulconer, a Latter-day Saint philosopher and theologian, about "performative" or "scriptural" theology and how it illuminates Latter-day Saint scripture. Faulconer argues that Joseph Smith's revelations addressed philosophical dilemmas inherited from classical Christian theism and dates back to the Presocratic philosopher Parmenides and his doctrine of the One. Listen to the full episode here.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares an update on Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's health, announcing his return to limited public ministry. Read more here.
The Yigo Guam Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been working to clean up damages after Typhoon Mawar hit the island on May 24, 2023. Read more here.
The Saints Unscripted team interviews Derek and Denise Galanis about Derek's conversion to the gospel while serving time for fraud, and how reconnecting with Denise led him to read the Book of Mormon four times and ultimately join the Church. Watch the video here.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina partnered with 14 non-profit organizations to assemble and distribute 23,000 school supply kits to children in need. Read more here.
Rachel J. Trotter shares how her dad witnessed JFK the morning he was assassinated and other significant moments from history, emphasizing the importance of collecting and preserving family history. She encourages readers to ask their family members about their experiences and write down their stories to pass on to future generations. Read more on Meridian Magazine.
The Church News shares the text to the prayer offered by President M. Russell Ballard to rededicate the Columbus Ohio Temple, which pays homage to past prophets and emphasizes the blessings of temple worship. Read more here.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints shares an interview with Elder Soares on the name of the Church, his calling as an Apostle, and the Church's humanitarian and genealogical efforts. Read more here.
The BYU Cougarettes have won 22 national titles and dancers on the team attribute their success to their spiritual preparation, including reciting a team scripture, setting spiritual goals, and watching conference together between rehearsals. Read more here.
In her podcast episode titled "1161: Love is the Answer, John 14-17," Cali Black discusses the powerful doctrine found in John 14:15 about keeping the commandments even when life doesn't go as planned. She also provides resources for daily devotions and scripture study. Read more here.
In his latest podcast episode, Breck England discusses the opening of the seventh seal in the book of Revelation and why there is silence in heaven, highlighting its significance for Latter-day Saints. Listen to the episode on Spotify or on the Breck England Podbean page. Read more here.
Jeff Teichert, co-author of Intentional Courtship: A Mid-Singles Guide to Peace, Progress and Pairing Up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, discusses the importance of seeking divine guidance when making life choices, particularly in the context of mid-singles who may have experienced hurt and disappointment in relationships. He encourages individuals to trust in the Lord and his plan for each person. Read more here.
In his article "Most Parenting Programs are at Odds with the Gospel," H. Wallace Goddard argues that many popular parenting programs, like behaviorism and natural consequences, do not align with the teachings of the Gospel and instead suggest that parents should focus on the core principles of love and reasoned persuasion. He cautions against adopting any parenting book or program that is not consistent with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Read more here.
FAIR presents "By Study and Faith - Episode 1: What is Critical Thinking?" on their website. The author describes critical thinking as ensuring one has good reasons for their beliefs and gives a brief summary of the series, which will explore basic principles behind critical thinking and practice critical thinking about LDS theology and history. The post concludes with an invitation to join the author on this journey of learning. Read more here.
In his blog post titled “William McGonagall, Poet and Tragedian”, author Dan Peterson discusses the infamous William McGonagall, a Scottish poet known for his terrible poems and earnest delivery. Peterson argues that there is something admirable about McGonagall’s persistent enthusiasm and willingness to share his art with the world, despite its lack of quality. Peterson also suggests that there may be a spiritual lesson to be learned from McGonagall’s example. Read more here.
In a recent blog post by FAIR, Jennifer Roach addresses the common topic of Grace vs. Works as part of the "Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions" series. After briefly outlining the traditional debate, Roach highlights that recent discussions in the Evangelical press may offer a better framework to approach the topic. She also introduces one of the speakers, Stephen Smoot, who will be speaking at the FAIR Conference this August in Provo, Utah. Read the full blog post at FAIR
In her "Letter for my Wife Rebuttal" series, Sarah Allen addresses FAIR Mormon critic Ryan Faulk's claim that Joseph Smith had an unusually high number of wives and practiced polygamy differently than later members of the Church, pointing out that sealings and marriages were treated differently at that time and that the sealing power is intended to bind families together in the next life. She also reminds readers that none of Smith's wives were married to him against their will and notes the importance of asking God for personal revelation and understanding. Read more here.
The Leading Saints
blog interviews Ben Thatcher, a city manager and current bishop of his ward, about his experiences with leadership, focusing on the concept of extended ward councils, a yearly, 90-minute council in a new environment, and the principles of focus and engagement in leadership. Read more here.
The Interpreter Foundation shares a conference talk called “Astronomy, God, and the Search for Elegance,” emphasizing that science and Mormonism can coexist. Read more here.
I have a rental house in Meridian Idaho and my tenants were denied access to the hoa pool. They changed the pool rules that state guests are permitted with a member of the HOA. I think this is so unethical and almost discriminatory against renters.
I currently am dealing with constant outages from Cox (coax/gigablast) and would really like to move to CenturyLink Fiber. The fiber map shows it right across the street from me, but unfortunately stops. I would even be willing to front some money to get it dropped over to me. Unfortunately haven't been able to get a hold of the local construction department, though.
before immediately stating "do not apply", would really really appreciate if people could look at my stats/experiences and give me advice. thank you!
ORM, 25F, and resident of Georgia.
cGPA: 2.75 (includes smp)
sGPA: 2.65 (includes smp)
SMP at RWJMS: 3.38 gpa
Dunno if this is useful info but:
last 90 credits cGPA/sGPA: 3.1/3.1
last 60 credits cGPA/sGPA: 3.3/3.2
MCAT 2x: 506 (126/124/125/131) & 509 (128/124/126/131)
**I lost a parent during college and that fucked up 2 years of classes for me which is why even with the smp my gpa doesn't really budge. i do have an upward trend. i graduated college with a 2.62 lol.
25 hours - Shadowing
400 hours - Medical Assistant (ongoing)
800 hours - Leadership in Sorority & Student Government
1000 hours - Established a program that provides free menstrual products to students on undergraduate campus (still involved)
250 hours - RWJMS Research Intern (1 abstract publication & conference presentation)
480 hours - Physical Therapy Aide
100 hours - Background Acting for Film/TV Productions
5000 hours - Jobs: front desk at a dorm and a restaurant delivery driver
125 hours - Volunteering
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I've been with Centurylink for YEARS AND YEARS and the service has always been spotty at best. It's the only option in my area. Well, with Brightspeed taking over, I was excited things would get better. However it's the same old crap service. I pay for speeds the tech admits I can't even achieve. But the worst part is that the internet drops 10-20 times a day for just a few seconds to about 2 minutes depending on who knows what. This doesn't sound completely terrible, I mean it's not very long right? Well tell that to my kids trying to play video games or me trying to have video calls for work. It's so frustrating. I'd rather deal with one big outage once a week to be honest. And it's not just me, my neighbors all have the same issue, meaning it's definitely not on our end. Do better Brightspeed!
I've talked to numerous people in CenturyLink and Quantum Fiber, I've gotten nowhere with either of them and no one seems to be able to find anyone who can solve my issue. I'm hoping someone here might be able to offer some insight or point me in a different direction I can take.
First, the backstory: I had CenturyLink gigabit fiber service at my home. It was great, when it was up. Due to some construction in my area, there seemed to be a wire cut once every few weeks that would cause massive service outages in my area that usually lasted anywhere between 18 hours to 2-3 days. I work from home and I really could not afford the downtime, even though the service outage wasn't caused by CL but by external construction. A few weeks ago, on day 2 of the latest outage, I walked into Spectrum's local store as the Spectrum users in my neighborhood never had any outage issues. I explained to the rep at Spectrum that I wanted to switch to their gig service, they signed me up (more expensive than CL, but at least the uptime was much better) and within 30 minutes of being home I was online with Spectrum and cancelling my CL service.
Fast forward to 2 weeks ago, I noticed that some of my daily work tasks were taking much longer than they used to. As part of my job, I need to download backups of databases to my local development environment in order to use them to develop changes and new features of the project I'm working on. I got curious and ran a few random speed tests and noticed I was only getting about 400 megs, whereas on CL I would always get 800+ megs, usually approaching the 1 gig mark. So I logged into my Spectrum account to open a ticket. That's when I noticed they signed me up, not for 1 gig service, but for 500meg service. So, now I'm paying more than I was before for half the speed I got before. Talked to several people at Spectrum, and the bottom line is, if I want gig speed, I need to upgrade to it and pay even more. No thanks, I'll go back to CL. Might have some occasional downtime, but that's better than being lied to and swindled.
Here's where my issue comes into play. When I called to get my service restored for CL, they told me that I would now have to go through Quantum Fiber. Called Quantum, they said fiber service wasn't available at my address. Well, that's strange, I had fiber service at my address as of 4 weeks before this. They suggested to go back to CL, since my original service was with them, so they transfer me back to them. CL says they can't offer me fiber, but they can offer me phone. I don't need phone service. So they send me back to Quantum. I then got bounced around other Quantum personnel and no one could figure out why my address wouldn't allow for new service.
I got curious and started spot checking the houses around me. Every single one of my neighbors can sign up for new Quantum service according to Quantum's verification site. Just not mine. I called back and relayed this information, again speaking to several different people after getting transferred around, and still no one can seem to determine why every address around me comes up as a Yes but only mine comes up as a No.
Has anyone else dealt with this issue with them, or maybe something similar with another provider? Is there another point of contact I can attempt to talk to at Quantum, someone who may have better knowledge or a better skillset to determine what the hangup is since their first-line customer service people don't seem to have the know-how on how to resolve this issue? I want to dump Spectrum as soon as I can, and Quantum is my only other option here.
I live out past the airport, and my internet went down on Thursday. The repair estimate has been delayed several times, and this morning they changed that estimate to Tuesday, May 30.
Does anyone know what's going on?
Any recommendations for a service shop in the Boise /Meridian Idaho area. 2005 Subaru legacy GT possibly leaking head gasket?