Sunday Morning General Conference: One Session To Rule Them All

Welcome back to By Common Consent’s live coverage of the 181th Annual General Conference, live from Panguitch, Utah! Don’t forget to check out our minute-by-minute coverage on Twitter in addition to coverage on the blog. We also encourage you to (if you’re not already doing so) watch Conference live, streaming from LDS.org.

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The first waffles are about to hit the iron, so let’s get this party started…

Good Morning! Sunday morning session currently being kicked off with Music and the Spoken Word, the 4255th performance of the 82-year-old broadcast. During this morning’s performance, Lloyd Newell’s comments included an excerpt from Harvard professor Clayton Christiansen’s talk to a graduating business school class, How Will You Measure Your Life? [Read more…]

BCC Papers 6/2, Weeks, The Last Days of Joseph Smith

Full paper here.

Zebulun Q. Weeks, The Last Days of Joseph and Hyrum Smith: A Chronology (Introduction)

But heroic like demi-gods they firmly trod the road to death and glory

-Dan Jones [Read more…]

The Revolution Will Be Tweeted

Melissa De Leon Mason is a BCC blogger emerita and a scholar of political science and international studies. We’ve missed her fondly while she was living in Egypt. Now she kindly shares with us her view on the currently turmoil in that country.

It was a familiar sight to me. Dozens of men standing silently in a straight line, then bending to their knees, rising again, kneeling, their foreheads touching the ground. I had witnessed it a hundred times before in Cairo. Patrons in the markets, shopkeepers outside their storefronts, security guards and bawaabs behind their huts, all stopping whatever they happened to be doing when the muezzin began the call from the local minaret and performing the salaat, the ritual Islamic prayer. Watching it on Al-Jazeera English earlier today, it almost looked normal. But the kneeling men were not only facing Mecca, they were also facing crowds of uniformed riot police who watched as the men rose at the end of their prayers. And then with loud cracks, chaos one again erupted as tear gas canisters were fired into the crowd. [Read more…]

Idaho Mormons: Handgun Justification Edition

A BCC reader writes:

“A friend up in Idaho can get a handgun IF he is able to find a quote from a modern day prophet/leader that grants/encourages/blesses such an act (in order to appease his wife). Can the bloggernacle find such a quote?”

Go forth, bloggernaclers! Let us work to arm this faithful brother! [Read more…]

Silver Award for Mormon Women’s History

The Mormon History Association (MHA) is pleased to announce a new award for 2011. The Silver Award for Mormon Women’s History will be awarded for an outstanding article published in 2010 on the history of Mormon women in the 19th and 20th centuries. This award includes a prize of $350. All submissions must be sent electronically (as either a Word or PDF document) to subcommittee chair Sheree Bench at shereebench@msn.com. Submissions should include a cover sheet detailing the author’s name, contact information, affiliation, etc. Submissions must be received by February 15, 2011, to be considered. Awards will be presented at the MHA annual meeting in St. George, Utah, in May 2011. The Silver Award is sponsored by the Mormon Women’s History Initiative Team (MWHIT) and funded by the Silver Foundation. Third party submissions are welcome.

BCC’s Thanksgiving Day Mega-Post

By Common Consent wishes a Happy Thanksgiving to all of those who share and participate in this wonderful community. In celebration of a holiday characterized by a table overflowing with countless delicious and diverse culinary creations, we offer you a selection of Thanksgiving-themed contributions from our authors. Whether you crave cranberries or haiku, music or football, there is something here for everyone. Enjoy!

From Steve Evans

Thanks to all of our readers and friends. You are the reason we maintain this site. We don’t always show it, but we love our BCC community. I’m profoundly grateful for all of you. Yes, even Aaron.

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BCC Hive: Infant Salvation

Please help our man in Vienna: [Read more…]

Ye Elders of Israel!

You should all be in the meeting, without your iPhones, but just in case…

Elder Russell M. Nelson: Be Thou an Example of the Believers

[it would be interesting to see how often this scripture gets used in the Priesthood session compared to other times…] [Read more…]

15 Things Heard Behind the Podium During General Conference

Do you ever wonder what the Brethren say to each other up on the stand during General Conference? We do, too. [Read more…]

#LDSConf

It’s that semiannual time of year again, folks.

BCC’s coverage of the 180th Seminannual General Conference started last Saturday evening with the Relief Society Broadcast, and will continue throughout the coming weekend and into next week. As is our custom, we will be providing you with the Only True and LivingTM live blogging, Twitter feeds, and analysis of the proceedings throughout the weekend. As always, free babysitting will be provided, courtesy of Times & Seasons.

(As an added bonus, at Kevin Barney’s request, we will also being using talks from the upcoming General Conference in all of our Sunday posts for the next year.) [Read more…]

Welcome mmiles!

After penning five* excellent guest posts (and many years of excellent comments), we are pleased to announce that the ever-impressive mmiles has signed a contract with By Common Consent in her own blood, promising to contribute to BCC until the Constitution no longer hangs by a thread. For more about mmiles, check out her bio page.

All hail Sister Miles, BCC’s newest perma!

*There is some question about the authenticity of one of the posts, as it appears that her husband may have been the actual author. Our investigation is ongoing. [Read more…]

Announcement: 16th Annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture

If any of you fans of Mormon Studies happen to be in or around Logan this Thursday, be sure to check out the 16th Annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture, held in the Logan Tabernacle. Details below the fold.

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Welcome WVS!

After numerous guest posts, applications were submitted and waivers were filed with the PTB, and we are pleased to announce that W.V. Smith has agreed to contribute to By Common Consent on a regular basis. For more about WVS, check out his bio page.

All hail WVS, BCC’s newest perma! [Read more…]

2011 Neal A. Maxwell Institute Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture

The Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Culture

“THE GOLD PLATES AS CULTURAL ARTIFACT”

Brigham Young University

July 11 – August 19, 2011

In the summer of 2011, the Neal A Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University will sponsor a summer seminar for graduate students and junior faculty on “The Gold Plates as Cultural Artifact.”  The seminar will be held on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah, from July 11 to August 19.  Admitted participants will receive a stipend of $3000 with an accommodations subsidy if needed.  The seminar continues the series of seminars on Mormon culture begun in the summer of 1997.

The seminar will be conducted by Richard Bushman, Professor of History Emeritus at Columbia University, and Terryl Givens, Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond. [Read more…]

Call for Papers and Panels: Mormon Media Studies Symposium

Sponsored by BYU Department of Communications, BYU Broadcasting, and BYU Studies
In Conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of BYU Broadcasting
November 11 & 12, 2010
Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA

http://ce.byu.edu/cw/mmstudies
“Mormon Media Studies: Across Time, Space, and Disciplines”

**KEYNOTE SPEAKER: TERRYL GIVENS**

The full announcement, with additional information on submission guidelines, deadlines, conference and contact information can be found here.

As this is the first ever interdisciplinary Mormon Media Studies Symposium, the range of topics to be explored in paper and panel sessions is wide. [Read more…]

Welcome to Sunny!

After three superb posts BCC is pleased to announce that Sunny Smart has agreed to contribute to the blog on a regular basis as a perma. We do, however, want to make it very clear that the fact that she refuses to be a Visiting Teacher had absolutely nothing to do with this decision. [Read more…]

A reader’s question

A number of units in my stake are having issues with a mission president who insists that baptism is needful for all. The statement “they are better off baptised than not!” has been heard by my own ears on two occasions by our soon to be departing mission president. Unfortunately, in my opinion, there have been numerous baptisms of people with very little or no understanding of the gospel. I would appreciate any thoughts the commenters have on this matter as it seems to contradict recent addresses by the brethren and the doctrines associated with the “Articles of Faith.”

New Perma!

Following his recent quintet of excellent guest posts, we are pleased to announce that Aaron R. (aka Rico) has agreed to join the Good Ship BCC as our newest permablogger.

Aaron R. brings many benefits to BCC, not the least of which is an end to Ronan’s tyrannical monopoly on sexy British accents in the bloggernacle. Therefore, please join us in welcoming Aaron R., and feel free to offer him the last chocolate in your box!

All Hail Aaron R.! [Read more…]

BCC’s Newest Permablogger

By Common Consent is pleased to announce that after nearly a year of investigation, Matt Page, aka Brother Matsby, has agreed to be baptized and confirmed a member of the BCC permabloggers. [Read more…]

George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation Fellowship

The Tanner Humanities Center’s mission is to promote humanistic research and education at the University of Utah, in the state, and in the nation. The Center sponsors an annual competitive program which promotes research by University of Utah faculty and graduate students and research by independent scholars and faculty from other institutions. See http://www.thc.utah.edu for more information. [Read more…]

Call for Papers: Mormon Media Studies Symposium

Mormon Media Studies Symposium

Sponsored by BYU Department of Communications, BYU Broadcasting, and BYU Studies [Read more…]

The 2009 BCC Mutual Admiration Society

As our Fearless Leader once said,

It is January, and with it the season of review and reminiscence is upon us. How to combine BCC’s two great loves: lording our elitism over others, and blogging? Why, by gratuitously congratulating ourselves for a year of outstanding blogging. Read on, weaklings.

In that spirit, beloved readers, esteemed friends, civic and educational leaders, and officials from the Church Office Building, we salute ourselves this day. We now instruct you to pull up a chair, pour yourself a mug of Postum, and print out copies of this post for your personal Book of Remembrance as we pat ourselves on the back for the remainder of the day.

You are welcome and encouraged to join in the praise.

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BCC Papers 5/1: Cranney, Josephus

Josephus and Joseph: A Brief Comparative Study of Mormon Scripture and the Antiquities of the Jews.

by Stephen Cranney [Read more…]

Sunstone Seattle – November 13

In just a few weeks, on the shores of picturesque Lake Union, Seattle will again be favored by some Mormon goodness in the forms of essays, papers, and insight. [Read more…]

Noticia!!

Acabamos de aprender el siguiente, entregado a nuestro hombre más alto del jefe vía paloma mensajera.

donfranEn un movimiento que se ve extensamente como una tentativa de conectar con su calidad de miembro latinoamericana cada vez mayor, la iglesia anunció hoy que ha nombrado a Don Francisco, el anfitrión popular del programa premiado de UniVision Sabado Gigante TV, ser su más nuevo apóstol, hasta que finalice su conversión y bautismo. [Read more…]

Una explicación breve e innecesaria

En honor de los esfuerzos recientes de la iglesia en la creación de una nueva traducción de la biblia española, aquí en BCC hemos decidido proporcionar traducciones españolas de algunos de nuestros postes más famosos como servicio adicional a los muchos santos del Latino que, ninguna duda, venida buscando nuestro sitio ahora que la biblia se está abriendo de nuevo a ellos.

In honor of the Church’s recent efforts at the creation of a new translation of the Spanish Bible, we here at BCC have decided to provide Spanish translations of some of our most famous posts as an additional service to the many Latino Saints who will, no doubt, come looking for our site now that the Bible is being re-opened to them. [Read more…]

El Episcopo del Muerte

Le presentamos a nuestra telenovela más excelente y más famoso, traducido de las placas originales y ofrecido a usted todo gratuitamente.

We present you to our soap opera more excellent and more famous, translated of the original plates and offered to you everything free of charge.

DRAMATIS PERSONAE: [Read more…]

Monjas, Monjas, Monjas!

Totalmente 100 por ciento de la redacción verdadera oficial de la iglesia.

Buenas noticias para la virtud: ¡Conventos de monjas! [Read more…]

Carnaval!

Esto es un poste de la huésped por un sur misterioso del hermano de la frontera.

A guest post.
Cada uno está hablando de la entrada del flotador de la iglesia en la celebración de Carnaval del próximo año en Rio de Janeiro. [Read more…]

50 Conversations About One Thing, Part III (Updated)

This is Part III of three. Part I of this conversation, including a brief introduction, is here. Part II is here.

32. I just wanted to mention what I think is the most striking aspect of this conversation: [Read more…]

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