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Podcast: The JST in the D&C

4 weeks ago

This week, Taunalyn Rutherford of LDS Perspectives, reviews the historical background of the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) and its presence in the Doctrine and Covenants with Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Alford. This episode is part one in a special first anniversary double episode on the Joseph Smith Translation. In his days as an undergraduate at BYU, […]

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Lego Machines and Ancient Menorahs with Daniel Smith

1 month ago

As part of the Young Scholars Series, Laura Harris Hales interviews Bible-enthusiast Daniel Smith, creator of the YouTube channel “Messages of Christ.” Smith’s channel is equal parts fascinating and popular, evidenced by its view count of over 1 million. On perusing Smith’s channel, it’s apparent that he has a particular interest that at first glance […]

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New Insights into the Translation of the Book of Abraham with Matthew Grey

1 month 2 weeks ago

In the winter of 1836, the Kirtland temple was nearing completion, the Saints were experiencing a period of peace after persecution, and 100 church members enrolled in a seven-week, intensive Hebrew language course. Besides being one of the most ambitious CES endeavors ever, the study of a difficult foreign language seems a bit random considering some […]

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Learning to Teach the Gospel

2 months ago

In her debut episode, LDS Perspectives podcaster Stephanie Dibb Sorensen interviews Casey Paul Griffiths, an expert on the history of the Church Education System and its globalization efforts. Together they discuss the history of the LDS Church Education System, its early struggles, and its current vision and scope. The formal foundation of education in the […]

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The Mormon Image

2 months 1 week ago

Ardis Parshall is one half of the duo behind the Mormon Image in Literature series published by Kofford Books. Along with Michael Austin, Ardis rescues literature from the past that otherwise would remain largely unknown. The works that Ardis and Michael are republishing are rare, fragile, and soon could be lost. They hope to preserve […]

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Book of Mormon Geography

2 months 2 weeks ago

Taylor Halverson and Tyler Griffin are co-founders and co-directors of the BYU Virtual Scriptures Group. This group recently released the Virtual New Testament App for desktop computers, mobile devices, and tablets. The app allows users to navigate in and through locations in New Testament Jerusalem and surrounding areas. They are currently working on a Book of Mormon geography app. […]

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Podcast: The Delicate Art of Critical Judgment with George Handley

2 months 3 weeks ago

http://traffic.libsyn.com/ldsperspectives/46LDSP_George_Handley.mp3 In November 2015, George Handley, associate dean of the College of Humanities at BYU, spoke on his journey of faith in an Education in Zion lecture that was later published in BYU Studies. Partially because of its timing and mainly because of its powerful message, his speech has been widely circulated since that time. Not only did […]

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Podcast: Genre in the Bible with Ben Spackman

2 months 4 weeks ago

From the New Testament, we learn that Jesus’s favorite mode of teaching was through fiction; he taught parables. Although the characters and events may not be historical, few Christians question the truth in the messages. Despite comfort with parables, some Christians become unsettled thinking about elements of the Bible as being non-historical. Biblical scholar Ben Spackman points […]

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Podcast: The Lectures on Faith with Noel Reynolds

3 months ago

In 1835, the church published the Doctrine and Covenants, which contained significant additions to the 1833 Book of Commandments. At the beginning of the collection of revelations were seven theological lectures that had originally been delivered at the Kirtland School the preceding winter. Details about the purpose and curriculum of the Kirtland School, later referred […]

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Podcast: The Genesis Group and the Priesthood Ban with Members of the Genesis Group

3 months 1 week ago

Don Harwell, Eddie Gist, and Wain Meyers make up the current Presidency of the Genesis Group of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Genesis Group was started in 1971 as a dependent branch of the LDS Church with the charge to fellowship and meet the needs of a growing number of African-American […]

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Podcast: The Divine Council with Stephen O. Smoot

3 months 2 weeks ago

References to a divine council of gods are found in several ancient Near Eastern cultures, including Mesopotamia, Greece, Egypt and Canaan. There are also numerous references to the divine counsel in the Hebrew Bible. The concept was pervasive. Members of the LDS Church may not realize that references to the divine council are also found […]

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