Mormon Studies Weekly Roundup (August 25, 2013)

By August 25, 2013

‘Nother week, ‘nother roundup. Let’s do this.

I don't think these two would have cleared Pres. Hinkley's "raised bar."

Not to be confused with the Army of Helaman.

First up, the LDS Church reached a milestone by surpassing 75,000 missionaries. These two should not be counted among them.

Exciting news in Book of Mormon Studies: the Maxwell Instute has appointed Brian Hauglid as editor, and Joseph Spencer and Mark Wright as associate editors, of the re-named Journal of Book of Mormon Studies (previously named Journal of Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture and Lots of Other Names That Made this a Ridiculous Journal Title Studies). I think they should recruit this guy to write their first lead article.

Greg Prince is giving this year’s Arrington Lecture at USU, and he is addressing the topic du jeur: Faith and Doubt in Mormon History.

In case you don’t want to turn in your prized historical documents to an archive, or just give them to me, at least watch this instructional video from the Church History Library on how to take care of them.

While not strictly Mormon studies-related, much academic discussion from the last week has focused on Obama’s speech on university funding and tuition. See here and here for thoughtful critiques. See 24-hour news networks for not-so-thoughtful critiques.

If you are in the Salt Lake City area on September 5th, make sure to attend this lecture by Jared Farmer. (Ask him about the legend of Mount Timpanogos!)

And finally, the AMV crew aim to put together what should be an important and helpful guide to LDS literature. Also, if you haven’t followed the Mormon Lit Blitz on facebook, you’re a square.

What’d I miss? Add your links in the comments below.

Article filed under Weekly Roundup


  1. Woah… from the link about the missionaries, I learned that Flavor Flav is accused of threatening his teenage stepson with two knives and physically assaulting him.

    Comment by Amanda HK — August 25, 2013 @ 7:18 am

  2. Thanks for pulling this together, Ben!

    Comment by J Stuart — August 25, 2013 @ 11:13 am

  3. Let’s hope this is our only link, ever, to Fox News. I’m interested to hear the buzz as all our faculty get back to campus, about Obama’s speech. Interesting times for higher ed, that’s for sure.

    Comment by Tona H — August 25, 2013 @ 3:14 pm


Recent Comments

Ben S on Book Review: Thomas W.: “I've enjoyed what I read so far. Also, turns out I met Simpson at SBL back in 2007, a Teaching Mormonism section. He also came…”

WVS on Book Review: Thomas W.: “Thanks for the review. Looking forward to the read now.”

David G. on New Book Series: Religion: “This is a great development. Thanks Ben.”

Ben S on Call for Applicants: Neal: “Well well. I just might change my summer plans, as this seems right up my alley.”

Phil Stover on MHA Proposal Networking Thread: “I would like to offer a proposal on the root causes, other than revolutionary tensions behind the July 1912 exodus of the Saints from Mexico.…”

Mark Ashurst-McGee on Book Review: Thomas W.: “great review”