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What’s your favorite Mormon History Topic?

Hi everyone!

I wanted to ask what is everyone’s favorite history topic and why?  Personally, I enjoy the controversial stuff, Mountain Meadows Massacre, polygamy, Haun’s Mill Massacre, etc.  In preparation for Black History Month, I’ve recently completed interviews with Margaret Young and Paul Reeve concerning the race ban on black LDS church members, and I will be posting more information soon, but I’m curious what interests you.  Who would you like to hear from?  On what topics?  What’s your biggest question concerning Mormon history?
Here is a poll with some topics I’m interested in.  If I missed something you’re interested in, please add it to the text box and feel free to add comments below to tell me more!  I tried to embed the poll, but couldn’t figure it out.  Here is a link to the poll. 

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Coming Soon: Gospel Tangents Podcast

For a long time, I’ve wanted to put together resources for those looking for good information on Mormon history.  As my New Years Resolution, I’m embarking on that goal now.  I’m in the process of starting a podcast, with the idea of putting together documentary films to more fully explain topics in Mormon History.

With February being Black History Month, I thought it might be interesting to talk to Margaret Young on black Mormon pioneers.  Margaret has done some wonderful work bringing to life the stories of Elijah Abel, Green Flake, Jane Manning James, and others, so I’ll try to highlight these stories over the coming weeks, months, and years.  Of course, I won’t limit to black LDS history.  Other topics I’m interesting in learning more about include the Mark Hoffman Bombings, the First Vision accounts, the Priesthood/temple ban, the evolution of priesthood, the succession crisis, the schism with RLDS and Strangite churches, and many other topics.  I’d like to talk about what you’re interested too.  What are your favorite Mormon history topics?

I’ve published these books under the name of Gospel Tangents.  Back in college a couple of friends wondered if Adam had a belly button.  (A belly button is essentially a scar from birth, and if Adam wasn’t born, would he have had a belly button?)  Anyway, there was a joke that this was the type of stuff you’d talk about in the hall, a sort of Gospel Tangents class–stuff that was interesting, but not necessary for salvation.  I’ve always remembered the joke, and that’s where the name came from.

So, I’m starting a podcast to talk about interesting Mormon History topics.  I plan to keep my interviews relatively short, say 10-30 minutes, and will try to raise funds to put together some more professional documentaries in the future.  Let me know what you are interested in! My first interview is with Margaret Young, and we will discuss the life of Jane Manning James, an early black Mormon pioneer who walked from Buffalo, New York, travelled to Nauvoo, and was good friends with Joseph and Emma Smith.  Margaret will fill us in on some more details and I’m sure you will find it really interesting!

I plan to post here as often as I can.  I also have my website, Gospel Tangents, and I hope you will like my page at Facebook to get other updates!

​Who else would you like me to interview?  What would you like to learn more about?  Do you have any questions for me?

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We’re #2!!!

Wow, we’re #2 in the God’s Word category for the Book of Mormon for Kids!!!!

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LDS Scriptures for Kids

Ok, our newest book, LDS Scriptures for Kids should be out later today.  It is a Triple combination: Book of Mormon, D&C, and Pearl of Great Price for Kids all combined into 1 book.  It’s only $3!

I did some checking, and we’ve now moved up in the rankings for our other books:
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Pearl of Great Price for Kids rankings –

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Ranked High on Google!

I just typed “Book of Mormon for Kids” on Google, and was pleased that our book was the #4 link.  Then I typed “Doctrine and Covenants for Kids”, and this website was the #5 link.  Cool!

Sad news is that “Pearl of Great Price for Kids” did not show up on the first 2 pages of Google, but perhaps that is just because it was released this week.  I hope it gets ranked higher in the  coming weeks.

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Book of Mormon for Kids is Now Available

Pick up your copy on  It’s available for the Kindle for only $1!  If you’re interested in a printed copy, please email me at Gospel Tangents at gmail dot com.  It should appeal to children from 2-10.

Why did we make it?  A few years ago, I picked up a children’s Bible (made out of sturdy cardboard pages) and brought it home.  My kids loved it, and became very familiar with the stories of the Bible.  One day, I asked them about a Book of Mormon story, and they had no idea what I was talking about.  I have looked for some children’s Book of Mormon, but they were all a bit too mature for my 7 and 5 year old to understand.  I needed something that would teach to their level.  So, I decided to write it myself, and have them illustrate it.  My children loved the idea.

Brandon thought we could sell it!  At first, I laughed at the idea.  But with the Kindle, publishing is much easier so, I thought I would give it a shot!  Our Bible was read so much, it’s practically destroyed now.  I think it’s ok to read a Bible so much that it gets worn out.  I hope to do the same with the Book of Mormon.  (But make sure your kids don’t destroy your Kindle!)  I am working on getting it published, and I hope you’ll be one of the first people to buy it!  If you have a Nook, I plan to publish it there too, with the Sony e-Reader not far behind!

Now that we have this up, we will start to work on a child’s version of the Doctrine and Covenants.