Monday, May 19, 2008

Discussion List - LDSGroups

LDSGroups is a list I began almost 5 years ago to facilitate discussion of the many churches arising from the latter day saint experience. It is co-moderated by myself, Divergent Paths of the Restoration author Steven L. Shields, and John Dawson. Below is the official group description:

"The purpose of this list is to discuss the various groups which have sprung from the Church of Christ founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1830. Of particular interest to our list are the latter day saint churches beyond the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah).

"This list is open to all who are interested in objective, scholarly discussion about these groups. However, any attempts to use this list to evangelize or proselytize will not be tolerated.

"This list is a moderated forum, so members can be assured that their mailboxes will not fill up with unnecessary messages.

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NRM Discussion List

I wanted to alert everyone to a great email-based discussion list for NRM-related issues:

"Nurel-L is an academic forum for information and discussion about cults, sects, and new religions. It is open to suitably qualified individuals seriously interested in the study of religion. It was founded by Irving Hexham in 1992 and ran until the late 1990's when it floundered while the moderator was on sabbatical. Recently it was revived by Dr. Steve Hayes."

Saturday, May 17, 2008

One more FLDS propaganda website...

A colleague just sent me a link to another website set up by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). It is Like another website,, this site is an appeal to the public about how the church perceives its treatment from Texas authorities.

The FLDS has also set up a website with information about its history and beliefs - with LOTS of things left out, of course. That site can be found at

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Book Announcement: Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism

Scattering of the Saints: Schism within Mormonism

This fascinating volume contains sixteen original essays on different expressions of the Latter Day Saint movement that have emerged since Joseph Smith organized his church in 1830. Included are groups which trace their path through Sidney Rigdon, James J. Strang, Alpheus Cutler or Granville Hedrick. Also included are historic (no longer extant) branches of the movement that were led by David Whitmer, William Smith and Amasa Lyman. Finally, Scattering of the Saints outlines the history of fundamentalist Mormonism and recent schisms within the Reorganized Latter Day Saint tradition.

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36th Annual JWHA Conference, September 25-28, 2008

"1844-1859: A Time of Transition" is the theme for the 36th Annual JWHA Conference, September 25-28, 2008 in Voree (Burlington), Wisconsin.

The years 1844-1859 were a period of turmoil, division, transition, change and renewal for the Latter Day Saint movement. Still mourning the death of their prophet, Latter Day Saints were divided over the claims of his competing successors. In many cases families split apart, as one brother followed Sidney Rigdon east, and another followed Brigham Young west.

During this time period, James J. Strang quickly emerged as the movement’s most successful leader after Brigham Young. Strang organized the headquarters of his church outside the town of Burlington in the Wisconsin Territory, founding a new stake called "Voree." This will be the site of our 2008 conference, as we attempt to shine the spotlight on this important period in the movement’s history.

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