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When Calls the Heart

10 Questions with Alfonso Moreno

In Feb. 2018, I had the opportunity to interview Alfonso Moreno for “10 questions.” Moreno has a long career in the entertainment industry that includes work on NCIS, The Practice, The Guardian – and many others. He is currently the showrunner for Hallmark Channel’s family-friendly hit, When Calls the Heart.

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When Calls the Heart

Lori Loughlin Looks Back on When Calls the Heart

Lori Loughlin played the role of Abigail Stanton on When Calls the Heart. She initially planned to help out with the TV movie, but ended up becoming a series regular before her departure. Many fans wonder if Loughlin could return (producer Brian Bird hints that it’s possible). In this interview, she looks back on her time as a central When Calls the Heart cast member.

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Entertainment

Dawn Meehan Reflects on Her ‘Survivor’ Performances

Dawn Meehan has played Survivor twice and was the runner-up on Survivor: Caramoan (Fans vs. Favorites). She’s reconciled with Brenda since the emotional request to remove her teeth at the final tribal council, but says that it’s still painful to think about. Dawn also talks about her love for Brandon Hantz, her career as an English teacher at Brigham Young University, and the role of her Latter-day Saint faith.

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Entertainment

Jeff Probst: Behind the Scenes of ‘Survivor’

Jeff Probst is best known for his role as the host of Survivor (featuring contestants like Dawn Meehan) but he initially auditioned for The Amazing Race. He can’t imagine life any other way now.

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Latter-day Saint History

Five Fascinating Facts About the Council of Fifty

The Council of Fifty was a secret organization founded by the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1844. The previously inaccessible records — or minutes — kept by the group remained a source of much speculation until they were made public in 2016.

A new book titled The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History contains 15 essays about various topics of interest from the minutes of the council.

Among the many insights shared in the book are five fascinating facts about the Council of Fifty minutes.

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Latter-day Saint History

Five questions and answers about Parley P. Pratt

The life of Parley P. Pratt is inextricably linked with the early history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While it’s true that he left a detailed description of Joseph Smith’s appearance, there’s much more to his story.

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow shed additional light on Pratt’s life and his influence on the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their new biography, “Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism.” The contents of the book, along with a recent lecture by the authors at Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City, provide answers to many questions about Pratt, including the following:

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Business

Book review: How will you measure your life?

Each year, Clayton Christensen finishes his class at Harvard Business School by giving a lecture on the lessons he has learned during his life. In 2010, he was asked to give a summary of those lessons to the entire student body. Christensen’s lessons were soon being referred to in academic journals and news outlets around the world—and for good reason.

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Pearl of Great Price

John Gee on the Book of Abraham

The words of Abraham aren’t limited to the Bible. Join Egyptologist John Gee as he discusses Joseph Smith and the Book of Abraham, including his new introduction guide to Abraham’s book in the Pearl of Great Price.

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Ancient history History

Meet Enoch Seminar Director Gabriele Boccaccini

Dr. Gabriele Boccaccini discusses the Enoch Seminar, a group devoted to studying the common roots of early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 

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Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones

Seer stones have long been a part of religious history but are largely absent from religious discussions today. Nonetheless, seer stones are currently undergoing something of a renaissance, especially as they relate to Joseph Smith and the translation of the Book of Mormon.