Author Archives: J. Max Wilson

To Thine Own Self Be True – Authenticity vs Your Best Self

Many years ago, when I was a newly-called volunteer missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson, who at the time was the 2nd counselor in the First Presidency of the church, came to … Continue reading

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Reasons to Oppose the Legalization of Recreational Drugs

In recent years it has become increasingly trendy to favor the legalization of recreational drugs. Proponents of drug legalization make some good arguments, citing both practical as well as increasingly popular libertarian philosophical reasons. I am certainly sympathetic to many of … Continue reading

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The Consequence of Court Edict – Some Thoughts on Kim Davis and Civil Disobedience

I haven’t followed the Kim Davis controversy closely, so I haven’t really formed a strong opinion of her specific case. However I do feel strongly that just as we make room for conscientious objectors related to war, we absolutely need … Continue reading

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To Hell in a Handbasket – Conflating Prosperity and Peace with Righteousness

Some years ago a psychologist with whom I was acquainted described a study that was done at Brigham Young University in which Mormon college students were purportedly shown pictures of people or families and asked to rate which were more righteous. … Continue reading

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Official LDS Magazine Provides a Detailed Account of the Translation of the Book of Mormon

In recent decades, some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have developed an oversimplified understanding of the process by which Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. Some have placed undue emphasis on artistic renditions of … Continue reading

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