Best of M* 2013

New Year is now here.

So, which Millennial Star posts of 2013 would you consider among the best?

Meg Stout’s recent posts on JS’ polygamy have been interesting, and I look forward to the future ones.  My old friend David Larsen is also a great addition with his discussions on ancient things.

We’ve had notes from General Conferences, discussions on Obamacare, Liberal/Conservative issues, promotion of Libertarian ideals, Ordain Women/priesthood, new Temple Film,  SSA, puppet shows, social media missionary efforts, Boy Scouts, Pope Francis, Global Warming, Family Relations, CHI #2, etc.

So, what were YOUR favorite posts of 2013?

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Gerald (Rameumptom) Smith is a student of the gospel. Joining the Church of Jesus Christ when he was 16, he served a mission in Santa Cruz Bolivia (1978=1980). He is married to Ramona, has 3 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren. Retired Air Force (Aim High!). He has been on the Internet since 1986 when only colleges and military were online. Gerald has defended the gospel since the 1980s, and was on the first Latter-Day Saint email lists, including the late Bill Hamblin's Morm-Ant. Gerald has worked with FairMormon, More Good Foundation, LDS.Net and other pro-LDS online groups. He has blogged on the scriptures for over a decade at his site: Joel's Monastery ( He has the following degrees: AAS Computer Management, BS Resource Mgmt, MA Teaching/History. Gerald was the leader for the Tuskegee Alabama group, prior to it becoming a branch. He opened the door for missionary work to African Americans in Montgomery Alabama in the 1980s. He's served in two bishoprics, stake clerk, high council, HP group leader and several other callings over the years. While on his mission, he served as a counselor in a branch Relief Society presidency.

6 thoughts on “Best of M* 2013

  1. Well, since I’ve been out of it for so long, I’m going to have to vote for Meg Stout’s posts.

  2. There is a special place in my heart for Geoff. B.’s “What is wrong with Ralph Hancock’s talk at the FAIR conference?”( I’m not sure I ever heard or saw a good argument debunking Hancock’s claims against what he labels The New Liberalism — quite frankly, just more ad hominem from his many detractors (who, ironically, like to accuse him of this). As I wrote to Hancock the other day, I never seem to hear my more “progressive” Mormon friends talk about moral relativism at all. He replied: “Egalitarian ideology is the reverse side of relativism. See Beneton [“Equality by Default”]. Relativism applies to traditional moral judgment; absolute true = leveling of tradition.”

  3. As it would be silly to vote for my own series of posts [starting with A Faithful Joseph], I have enjoyed reading the other two posts.

    I’d have to go with LDSP’s discussion of companionate versus conjugal marriage. I could wish there had been a bit more discussion of why a shift to companionate marriage is even the zeitgeist of our time (given that homosexual relationships have occurred and even been celebrated for thousands of years).

    However I do love Geoff B’s defense of Professor Hancock. I know Ralph as the father-in-law to my sister, so haven’t really delved into his thoughts, despite various links forwarded by my sister over the years. It isn’t that I haven’t read his writings, just that I hadn’t appreciated why my sister loved the writings so much. And Goeff B helped me connect those dots.

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