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Mormon Studies Weekly Roundup

By: Christopher - November 24, 2013

Most of our team that contributes links for the weekly roundup have been preoccupied this week, so the MSWR is a bit light in terms of quantity (though certainly not quality) this week. Let’s jump right in:

James Goldberg has written/curated an informative, fascinating, and, quite frankly, beautiful account of a Latter-day Saint exodus in covered wagons that most Mormons probably know nothing about (I certainly didn’t before reading the post). Check out online exhibit, “The Armenian Exodus,” at history.lds.org, to read more about the early 20th century journey of Mormon migrants from Turkey to Syria. Once you’ve finished there, head on over to Keepapitchinin to read Ardis’s complementary post that adds a bit more detail to the online exhibit and links to previous posts on Armenian Latter-day Saints at Keepa. You’ll be glad you did.

Keeping with the international theme for another minute, British Mormon historian Peter Fagg has helped develop an app for mobile phones that takes you on a tour of LDS historical sites throughout the UK. I can vouch for neither the quality of the tour nor the reasonableness of the price, but would certainly be interested in hearing more from anyone who tries it.

The Mormon Social Science Foundation has responded to a question on LDS family demographics with a helpful list of recommended readings and some baseline statistics. Meanwhile, over at A Motley Vision, Eric Jepson (who, for some reason still entirely unclear to me, writes under the name Theric) reviews the recently-released coffee hot chocolate table book edited by Roy Prete, The Mormons: An Illustrated History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He concludes that “If you are a Mormon looking for a Mormonish gift for a friend who’s not a Mormon, The Mormons is a good choice. It’s safe and clean and informative. Just what you were looking for. And based on the first two Amazon reviews, people less easily bored than me love this book.” So take that for what it’s worth.

Mormon fans of The Onion will enjoy this piece from nearly 20 years ago that was shared widely on facebook this week: check out the satirical online newspaper’s, “BYU Scientists Convert Matter into Mormonism.”  To learn more about the Joseph Smith Particle Accelerator, click on over.

And finally, on a more serious note, Jana Riess takes on the question many Mormons pleasantly surprised and impressed by the Pope have likely asked themselves over the last few months—“Could Mormon leaders learn from Pope Francis?”

See something we missed? Feel free to link to it in the comments.



2 Comments

  1. Adding links to my to-read list. Thanks for the write-up!

    Comment by Saskia — November 24, 2013 @ 10:04 am

  2. Thanks, Chris. Not bad for a “light” week!

    Comment by David G. — November 24, 2013 @ 10:49 am