William Morris

William Morris {[email protected]} is the author of Dark Watch and Other Mormon-American Stories and the founder of the Mormon arts blog A Motley Vision, which won an Association for Mormon Letters award for criticism. He has also edited two Mormon genre fiction anthologies for Peculiar Pages—Monsters & Mormons and States of Deseret. His fiction and criticism has appeared in BYU Studies, Irreantum, and Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He lives in Minnesota with his wife and daughter.

First Place: The Ward Organist

Articles/Essays – Volume 55, No. 4

Listen to the Out Loud audio version of this fiction piece here. Listen to the interview about this piece here. Never learn to play the organ, the old woman told me. I should call her…

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Certain Places

Articles/Essays – Volume 53, No. 2

He folds his sash, his apron, his robe. Stacks them on the cold laminate counter. Places the cap on top. Slides the sacred items into the white cotton envelope. The fabric is thin and the…

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The Darkest Abyss in America

Articles/Essays – Volume 50, No. 1

Thy mind, O man! if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation, must stretch as high as the utmost heavens, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss, and the broad expanse of eternity—thou must…

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Gentle Persuasions

Articles/Essays – Volume 42, No. 3

I I often went with my father on home teaching visits when I was ten and eleven. I don’t remember why his companions were never around. I suppose they were inactive. Back then, inactivity wasn’t…

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Speculations: Wine/Oil

Articles/Essays – Volume 45, No. 1

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Dark Watch

Articles/Essays – Volume 46, No. 3

“And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, and a court for owls.” Isaiah 34:13 “I will make a wailing…

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Fast Offering

Articles/Essays – Volume 48, No. 2

Welden Shumway wasn’t so much scandalized when Brother B left his wife and took up with a young gentile woman as he was confused. Why would a priesthood holder ignore his covenants like that? Welden…

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