The main reason may be an undertone of bias against Beck's own faith. He's Mormon. According to the survey of 1007 adults conducted Sept. 10-12, , via Few believe Glenn Beck can be a religious leader, survey finds – Faith & Reason.

Mr. Beck acknowledged that he was not cut from ordinary cloth. He is a largely self-educated man who took a single college class at Yale University before dropping out; a tough-talking critic who frequently breaks into tears; a man now wrapping himself in a religious mantle but whose religion he is a Mormon is not [...]

This isn't the very first color motion picture experiment, any more than the blockbusters mentioned above the first color movies. But it's an incredibly well-preserved look, that gives texture to a time that too often lives in the mind's eye as simple black and white. [Boing Boing] via Watch This Color Movie, From Before Movies [...]

Ever wondered how St. George, Utah, got its name? Heard the story of the "stumpy steeple" and wondered if Brother Brigham really used lightning to get his way? And just how did they use a cannon of mysterious origin to help build the temple? via Cricket & Seagull: Stories from St. George with Doug Alder [...]

As youth in his stake prepared for a regional dance festival and youth conference this summer, President Kelly Summers of the Grand Junction Colorado West Stake recalled the last time such a gathering took place in the area. via LDS Church News – Ties to the past fortified by dance festival.

Certainly, many have a hidden wish to be whisked back in time. Not forever — just to go back for a meaningful visit, to experience firsthand those places and events that were meaningful to our pioneer ancestors. As far back as I can remember, I've felt a strong desire to know them, to be among [...]

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will treasure the second season of “The Joseph Smith Papers: Television Documentary Series.” via Review: Documentary presents in-depth look at Joseph Smith – Rexburg Standard Journal: News.

"There is no 'one way' to keep a record," she said. "(There is) a lot more to remembering than passive recall — 'remember when we did this, remember when we did that…'" via Early Mormon women set examples of record-keeping | Mormon Times.

Explaining that "apologetics" does not mean the science of saying "I'm sorry," but rather denotes defense of one's religious faith, Daniel C. Peterson said Friday that Mormons have "an obligation to do apologetics." Apologetics, in the sense of defending one's beliefs, is actually an older derivative from the Greek term apologia than are words that [...]

As the Joseph Smith Sr. family continued to move from place to place, they came to settle on the farm of Lucy Mack Smith's father, Solomon Mack. They apparently stayed in his home after he moved to a different one on the same property. via Portraits of the past: Monument at Sharon | Mormon Times.

When Oakdale resident Denny Hoeh retired from Stanislaus County a few weeks ago, he found himself with some extra time on his hands. A 32-year employee of the county, the former Department of Agriculture manager realized he would now have the time to pass along his love of history to local residents. via Mormon Battalion [...]

I had the opportunity to take a history tour to Nauvoo, Illinois this past week. What a wonderful experience. My parents were guides in the late 80’s in the Wilfred Woodruff home, and I often stopped to visit them on my way to New York. Dr. LeRoy Kimball was the director then, and he often [...]

During a long a distinguished career, Arrington was professor of economics at USU, church historian for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and director of the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Church History at BYU. He was the author of numerous books and articles. via USU Statesman – 16th Annual Arrington Lecture Looks [...]

So let us remember and be grateful for what so many have done for us—including loved ones, mentors, and the countless unknown men and women upon whose shoulders we stand and in whose shadows we live and breathe. As we live in the present and look toward the future, we must never forget those great [...]

Last year, it was decided that they needed to implement a decentralized model and start making church history more accessible to the world. Under the direction and approval of area authorities, options will be given to preserve area histories locally — and hopefully, in the future, digitally. via Church updating the way its history is [...]

WARSAW, Poland — Polish historians have created an unusual 3D film that documents the shocking sea of rubble that Warsaw was reduced to during World War II. via Rare 3D film shows Warsaw devastated after WWII | Deseret News.

Some called him a Guardian Angel, others (mostly those who'd looked down the barrel of his gun) called him The Angel of Death. He was blessed by the Prophet that he'd never be killed by bullet or blade, and as a token of that promise he was instructed never to cut his hair. Word of [...]

It may be the eve of Pioneer Day, but don’t even think about visiting Pioneer Memorial Museum — it’s not open. It hasn’t exactly been a secret, but many folks have been discovering the hard way that the museum operated by the International Society of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP) has been closed [...]

WINTER QUARTERS, Neb. — Only one permanent grave marker remains in the section of the Mormon Pioneer Cemetery where many of the Saints who died in Winter Quarters were buried. It's a simple marker with "Amy P." for Amy Sumner Porter, whose twin boys were also buried in the cemetery. Sandstone and wooden markers simply [...]

A visit to the Conference Center or to Temple Square during the summer months can truly be called an international experience. People from around the world gather to gaze upon the Salt Lake Temple, enjoy a performance of the choir and orchestra and learn, perhaps for the first time, something about the Church. At each [...]

Brigham Young and the final wagons of the first pioneer company entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847. Because it was so late in the season and the pioneers had crops to plant and houses to build, there was little time to celebrate their arrival, although one can imagine the joy they felt [...]

For 14-year-old Connor Corbin, the most memorable part of his handcart trek was the ascent of central Wyoming’s Rocky Ridge, where the Willie Company tragically became snowbound in 1856. Justin Carter was moved most by the aura of Martin’s Cove, a few miles east of Rocky Ridge, where many members of the Martin Company met [...]

Everyone has pioneer ancestry. No matter who you are or where you came from, someone somewhere came before you. Their steps of faith have paved the way for a better life for us and have given us solid ground on which to take our own steps of faith. via Music and the Spoken Word.

Kiowa Gordon says the "Twilight" phenomenon has been "very good" to him. In fact, according to the 20-year-old actor, "I owe my entire career, at least to this point, to 'Twilight' and I'm very grateful for that." In the movies, which are based on author Stephenie Meyer's best-selling fantasy romance novels, Gordon plays Embry Call, [...]

Salt Lake City’s Temple Square. Brigham Young’s Beehive House. The east bench’s This Is the Place Heritage Park. Been there, toured them, right? After all, millions have. But have you visited the spot where Young really spied the Salt Lake Valley for the first time? Or the hidden patch where this American Moses is buried? [...]

Everyone has pioneer ancestry. No matter who you are or where you came from, someone somewhere came before you. Their steps of faith have paved the way for a better life for us and have given us solid ground on which to take our own steps of faith. via Music and the Spoken Word.

"One word flowed through my mind throughout this concert," LDS President Thomas S. Monson said in brief remarks at the end. "That word is wonderful — wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. We are richly blessed by this choir and orchestra, which stands shoulder-to-shoulder with choirs above in singing praises to a just God." via Mormon Tabernacle Choir [...]

BYU Church History professor John Livingstone had long had a vision of sharing the history and sites of the Restoration with people everywhere on the globe, and when videographer John Starrs moved into his ward it seemed that both the right people and the right technologies were coming together to make it happen. via BYU [...]

John Livingstone and John Starrs, two of the producers of BYU Virtual Tours, were guests this week of Steven Kapp Perry on "The Cricket and Seagull Fireside Chat." Have a listen as they explain the origins and challenges of the project, tell of the prestigious award their creation recently won, and, most importantly, talk about [...]

A young woman from Samoa was soft-spoken and polite as she led a group of tourists around the Grandin Building on Main Street in downtown Palmyra. It’s the place where the first Book of Mormon was printed. She asked one of the three or four children in the group about a story in the Book [...]

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