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Reading Roundup | October 2016

Book review on Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman, Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White, and Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

Another month gone, holy cow! They are going so fast, I can’t believe it! I read a total of 3 books this month’s reading roundup and I’m so happy I’m done with Rough Stone Rolling because I can finally move on to the rest of my bookshelves!

Book review on Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman, Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White, and Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman

Book review on Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling by Richard Lyman Bushman

It has actually taken me little more than a year to read this book. Last year when I had my faith crisis, my Bishop mentioned reading this book. He knew that I was historically minded and that a lot of my questions and doubts had to do with the limited primary sources and actual facts of the early LDS Church and some decisions and preachings by early presidents of the church and other prolific members. Now, I have no doubt that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that he saw our Savior and translated the Book of Mormon. But, it does seem in our church that we revere him. We don’t revere any of the biblical or Book of Mormon prophets, or even any of the other Latter-Day prophets like we do him. And, there is so much antagonism against him. Also, there just isn’t a lot of facts that we are absolutely 100% sure of. So, my thoughts and feelings of him as a person, his decisions, and the early church as a whole was a little ambiguous.

The book, from a historical point of view, was very enlightening. It is a “cultural biography”, which means that the author tries to show how the culture of Joseph Smith’s day influenced and affected him. I definitely learned a lot I didn’t know about the culture of New England and the mid-west in the 1830-40s, as well as many facts about Joseph Smith and his family. A lot of times in this book, I found myself saying, “ok, that explains it,” or “that wasn’t as bad as people make it out to be.” A lot of times, direct quotes from Joseph Smith about doctrine or Gospel principles or attitudes and philosophies that Mormons should have made me want to shout out, “Thank you! If only modern-day Mormons realized this!!!” But, there were still some parts that made me cringe a bit about his decisions or double think his character or motivation. Really, it made me feel extremely bad for Emma as his wife. It also made me just sad for Joseph–he may have helped to restore Christ’s church and priesthood on the Earth, but he was definitely not as infallible or pure as many in the Church want to believe.

I realize that the LDS Church’s history is grimy and iffy, and that’s something I’m going to have to live with my entire life. But, I do know that the basic Gospel truth taught by this church is true. And, regardless of how I may feel about Joseph Smith, I am glad I got to know him better than I previously did.

Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

Book review on Doctor Who: The Visual Dictionary

We actually bought this book years ago when Matt Smith became the 11th doctor. We’ve both flipped through it a few times, but I have never actually sat down and read it cover to cover. I decided to put it in the bathroom to read while Rhys was taking a bath or trying to go on his training potty, or for my own entertainment. It was fun to relive the 9th, 10th, and 11th Doctors and looking back at the different episodes and characters.

This book is set up like a children’s Discovery World books I used to check out from the library as a kid. It’s mostly pictures with captions. Rhys has also gotten in the habit of flipping through it. I’ve started teaching him the different characters in Doctor Who. He knows Daleks are robots, and that the Weeping Angels either look like they are crying or going “boo”. He also knows who Davros, creator of the Daleks, is and can say his name. It’s so cute!

Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White

Book review on Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White

** I received a copy of this book from Cedar Forts Publishing in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints feels very strongly about gender identity and the importance of family. In 1994, the First Presidency of the church created a document called Family: A Proclamation to the World to explain our beliefs. Almost every Mormon family has it hanging somewhere in their house.

This books is a children’s book, in the form of a comic book, and teaches the principles of the Family Proclamation.

Book review of Defenders of the Family by Benjamin Hyrum White

I loved the illustrations and how White made it simple for little kids to understand. When I received my copy in the mail, Rhys helped me open it and was excited to see that it was a book. He sat by me and let me read the entire thing to him. I am so glad that I have this book on my shelves now for my children as they grow up. It’s also a perfect book to take to Sacrament Meeting for your kids!

Find out more about Benjamin Hyrum White here.

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What books did you read this month?

Tayler from The Morrell Tale.com

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Book Review | Murder on the Orient Express

Wow. Wow. Wow.
I have never read an Agatha Christie book before. I know, shoot me. 
I have seen the movie version of Death on the Nile and have seen Agatha Christie interact with the Doctor (from Doctor Who) before.

So, I was pretty excited to read one of her best known novels.
As always, because it is one of the books I have to teach, I wanted to put tabs in it to take notes. However, out of the 300+ page book, I have only 1 tab. It was that thrilling and that engaging. I just couldn’t put it down!
The plot is simple: Detective Poirot is a passenger on the Orient Express in the cab with 1st and 2nd class passengers. One of them is murdered int he night and he has to figure out which of the passengers does it.  But here is the tricky part–he is stabbed more than 10 times, only 3 of which actually do any damage. Is it a man or a woman? One or more? There are also two clues left: a silk monogrammed handkerchief and a pipe cleaner. Is it man or woman? One or two murderers? What about the strange valet passengers have seen ghosting about and sneaky woman in a red dragon kimono? Are the murderers dumb or super genius? All this Poirot has to figure out.
I love all the clues Christie gives us. You really aren’t ever sure who did the murder. You think one way, then the very next chapter, another way! There are also many characters. Just think how organized Christie must have been to have remembered the personalities of all of them and how they all would react during an interrogation! All keep their character and never become weak. Christie did a fantastic job with that!
The hardest part is because Detective Poirot is Belgian, he speaks a lot of French and uses and lot of French phrases. Some I could pick out due to context clues, or the roots of the words. But others, I had to use Google Translate. Christie was a British author and most British know the basics of the French language, just due to culture. So, it would make sense for her to assume her readers would understand.
One thing that I did really like about this book is how often Christie pokes fun at the social foibles of her own culture–the British. It is quite funny. She also seems to have an affinity to America. She did visit it in her life, so it must have stuck with her as much as Wales has stuck with me. Almost all her characters are asked if they’ve ever been to America as part of the interrogation, and if the characters hadn’t been, they all say they “wish to visit.”
I would love to read more of her books when I have the time!
4.5 out of 5!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Two Geeks Walk into a Con

News Flash:
I am such a GEEK!!!
As is Justin. Which is why our marriage is awesome!!!!!
So, this weekend, we went to Comicon.
But, before I get into that, I have joined Skirtember challenge. This challenge is to wear a dress, skirt, or dress-shirt every day in September. Well, I didn’t know about this until the 3rd. So, that day I dressed in a skirt for work (luckily I wore a skirt to church like I always do on Sundays).
Sunday, 9/1, I wore a black and cream maxi skirt, cream skirt, and a black wrap.
Monday, I didn’t know and I traveled on a plane home.
Tues, 9/3 Skirt: old, Socks: old, Tank and Cardigan: old, Shoes: Sole Envy
Wednesday, 9/4 Shirt: Papaya, Skirt: BYU Bookstore, Tights: H&M, Shoes: Payless
Thursday, 9/5 I wore a pink dress with a brown shirt and tights.
Friday 9/6 Skirt: Black and cream maxi, Doctor Who fan shirt.
Sat 9/7 I wore a costume for Comicon–no skirt.
Sunday, 9/8 Skirt and shirt: WalMart, Tights: H&M, Shoes:Payless

So, onto Geekdom!!!
Friday, we went after I was done teaching. Saturday, we dressed up. We saw a lot of cool costumes and some awesome booths. We went to a few panels, but honestly, some were boring and all were packed. Salt Lake City didn’t expect this many tickets to be sold. It was jam-packed on Saturday–over 50,000. They eventually stopped letting people in. We hung out with a few friends.
I dressed up as Rogue, based off the cartoon, X-Men: Evolution.
I think I pulled it off. Here are some other pictures from ComiCon!
Gollum doesn’t like my advances!
Korra from Legend of Korra and a Kyoshi Warrior from Avatar the Last Airbender
Ulquiorra’s last form from Bleach anime!
Justin and I adventured in the TARDIS! 
Justin’s Wolverine! Doesn’t he look awesome!!
He totally pulled the look off!
There is a girl inside that moving Dalek!
Thor doesn’t want to be touched by Rogue–he knows what’ll happen to him!
My favorite Bleach character: Urahara!
Justin found Gru on his way to steal the moon!
What a nice Ood! Very obedient when I asked to take a picture with it.
Loki, Captain America, and Thor-a
Justin found his idol.
Captain Kirk! William Shatner!
Jana, this one is for you! We snuck a picture of Dean Cane, when we should have paid $40 for it!
I have proof I saw the Silence!!! No more forgetting!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.