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Sensationalism and Realities of Early Mormon Polygamy

Below is an essay I wrote for a research assignment analyzing primary sources in my first semester of graduate school at Sam Houston State University. I chose personal statements, newspapers, and Mormon scripture as the basis of my research on the topic of early Mormon polygamy. This was also my final assignment under professor Dr. Terry Bilhartz,…

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George Lucas asks, “Why are there so many religions?”

“If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?” -George Lucas In an interview with Charlie Rose (see video below), George Lucas explains what Star Wars “means” and makes an interesting conclusion on religion and humanity. As a child he asked, “Mom, if there is only one God, why are there so…

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The Bible is Awesome, but is it Complete?

Why do Bible believers need the Book of Mormon? Is the Bible perfect and complete?  From blogger, Greg Trimble: “The Bible is a pretty awesome book…as long as you see it for what it is and what it is not. The Bible is certainly not ‘infallible’ and it’s definitely not ‘complete’. Anyone who tells you…

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Connecting the Past and Present

In the Acknowledgments section of ‘Day of Defense’, I mention two family friends:  “To my mentor and family friend, the late Dr. Jim Cowart, MD, for assisting me in the early edits of this book and providing scriptural insight. To another family friend and MD, Dr. Joe Cannon, the stake president from my home stake—thanks…

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Are Biblical Values Taking a Backseat in America?

In light of a couple of shocking stories dealing with teens and drinking and the recent media frenzy over comments made from ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ patriarch, Phil Robertson, I wanted to give my two cents.   Quoting from IStandWithPhil.com, “Mr. Robertson’s comments in GQ Magazine are simply reflective of a Biblical view of sexuality, marriage, and family…