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Violence in the Bible with George A. Pierce

1 week 1 day ago
In Deuteronomy, the Israelites were instructed to smite, destroy, and consume the inhabitants of Canaan, an act that Joshua initiates at the city of Jericho. Laura Harris Hales interviews Dr. George Pierce, a specialist in ancient Near East archaeology and anthropology about just what these chapters might be telling us.
LDS Perspectives

KnoWhy OTL22A — What Was the Religious Role of Music in the Life and Times of David?

1 week 2 days ago
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21: Question: Within the short space of one chapter, the boy prophet Samuel speaks the phrase "Here am I" five times. Is there something more than meets the eye in his repeated reply? Summary: Yes, when spoken in a spirit of meekness in response to a call from the Lord, it is not a simple assertion of availability but rather of humility and moral readiness.
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

John Tvedtnes

1 week 2 days ago
We’ve just received the sad news of the passing, on Sunday, 3 June 2018, of our friend and colleague John A. Tvedtnes. John was born to a Roman Catholic family on 26 January 1941 in Mandan, North Dakota. Introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when his family moved to Salt Lake […]
Daniel C. Peterson

Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s Witness of the 1978 Revelation on the Priesthood

3 weeks ago
On June 1, 1978, Elder McConkie enjoyed, with his Brethren of the First Presidency and ten of the Twelve, the most spiritual experience of his life, at least to that point. It came in the House of the Lord at the time of the receipt of the revelation to President Spencer W. Kimball extending priesthood and temple blessings to all worthy men regardless of race (see D&C Official Declaration 2).
Dennis B. Horne

A Global History of Black Mormons with Russell Stevenson

3 weeks 1 day ago
Laura Harris Hales interviews Russell Stevenson, author of For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism. Stevenson’s book details the relationship between African and Afro-diasporic peoples and the Mormon tradition, particularly regarding the temple and priesthood restrictions.
LDS Perspectives

KnoWhy OTL21A — What Is the Meaning of the Samuel’s Reply: “Here Am I”?

3 weeks 2 days ago
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21: Question: Within the short space of one chapter, the boy prophet Samuel speaks the phrase "Here am I" five times. Is there something more than meets the eye in his repeated reply? Summary: Yes, when spoken in a spirit of meekness in response to a call from the Lord, it is not a simple assertion of availability but rather of humility and moral readiness.
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Changes to Interpreter Foundation RSS Feeds and Podcasts

3 weeks 6 days ago
For several months, we have had separate RSS feeds and podcasts from our two websites: mormoninterpreter.com (the Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture website) and interpreterfoundation.org (The Interpreter Foundation website, with the blog, LDS Perspectives podcasts, KnoWhys, etc). Based on user requests, we have now combined the separate feeds into a single set of feeds, […]
Administration

Interpreter Radio Show — May 20, 2018

4 weeks ago
The May 20 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson, and Mike Parker. Topics discussed include the book of Joshua, accounts of "divine genocide," the Council of Fifty and government during the Millennium, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, political contention and hate, the Deuteronomists and the Josian reform, meeting between the First Presidency and the NAACP, and the parting of ways between the Church and the Boy Scouts of America.
Administration

Expansion of Gospel Doctrine Lesson Indexes

4 weeks 1 day ago
Several months ago, we introduced our Gospel Doctrine Lesson indexes, one for each year of Gospel Doctrine classes, with little fanfare. Each index provides links for each class to the official Church lesson materials, to our Scripture Roundtable discussion for that lesson, and to other articles on our sites relevant to the lesson. While organized […]
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