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Study and Teaching Helps — Lesson 15: Mosiah 1-3

12 hours 27 minutes ago
We have finished the small plates of Nephi (1 Nephi through Omni) and in Mosiah we begin Mormon’s abridgement of the large plates of Nephi, which continues through 4 Nephi. Note the change wherein Mormon is relating things in the “third person” point of view (he, him, his, they, them, their), rather than the “first […]
Jonn Claybaugh

In God’s Image and Likeness 2 — Genesis 7: The Flood

1 day 10 hours ago
Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article originally appeared in In God’s Image and Likeness 2: Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel (2014) by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen. Abstract:The Ark is a symbol not only of protection for Noah’s family and the creatures he gathered, but also a portent […]

Interpreter Radio Show — March 22, 2020

3 days 10 hours ago
You can listen to or download the March 22 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed ( The hosts were Steve Densley and Matthew Bowen. In this episode, they interview Mark Johnson about his recent Interpreter article on Moses chapter 1. Also featured was a roundtable […]

Teachings and Testimony of the First Vision: President Hinckley Comments on Joseph Smith’s and the Church’s Critics

3 days 12 hours ago
President Hinckley occasionally referenced public and private efforts of the enemies and critics of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to disturb or distract, or to diminish or destroy faith in Jesus Christ and His modern prophets. As President Hinckley noted, many of them have targeted Joseph Smith and his First Vision—and (as he notes) while they have had some small success among the weak in testimony, the true and faithful have not faltered.
Dennis B. Horne

Pitfalls of the Ngram Viewer

4 days 10 hours ago
Abstract: Google’s Ngram Viewer often gives a distorted view of the popularity of cultural/religious phrases during the early 19th century and before. Other larger textual sources can provide a truer picture of relevant usage patterns of various content-rich phrases that occur in the Book of Mormon. Such an approach suggests that almost all of its phraseology fits […]
Stanford Carmack

Teachings and Testimony of the First Vision: President Gordon B. Hinckley’s Teachings and Testimony of the First Vision

6 days 12 hours ago
As far as I can discover, it seems to me that President Hinckley had more to say about Joseph Smith’s First Vision than any other modern prophet or apostle. President Hinckley’s testimony of the First Vision must therefore be considered one of the greatest prophetic witnesses given since the event of the vision itself.
Dennis B. Horne

Study and Teaching Helps — Lesson 14: Easter

1 week ago
Easter and the Book of Mormon Regarding “Easter,” the LDS Bible Dictionary states: “This word occurs only once in the Bible (Acts 12:4) and then would be better translated ‘Passover.’… [It is] the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.… Jesus, being the Lamb of God, was crucified at Passover time and is the true […]
Jonn Claybaugh

Jacob 2: Economics, Plural Marriage, and the New World

1 week 4 days ago
A Video Supplement for Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 11: Be Reconciled unto God through the Atonement of Christ (Jacob 1-4)     Transcript In Jacob chapters 1-3, Jacob gives his first and only recorded discourse after the death of Nephi. Jacob 1:15-16 lays out the problems that he will address: 15 And […]
Hales Swift

Today’s Interpreter Milestone

1 week 4 days ago
Today marks the four hundreth (400th) consecutive Friday on which Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship has published at least one new article. That’s not a bad record, especially in view of the fact that the Interpreter Foundation was launched, and its journal conceived, just 401.5 weeks ago. This success could not […]
Daniel C. Peterson

The Lost Prologue: Reading Moses Chapter One as an Ancient Text

1 week 4 days ago
Abstract: The character and complexion of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible (JST) is often a puzzle to students and scholars. One text in particular, the first chapter of the Book of Moses, claims that its very words would be lost and later restored to the believing. As this bold claim has not yet been […]
Mark J. Johnson

Despite All We Can Do with Daniel O. McClellan

1 week 6 days ago
    About the Interview: Daniel O. McClellan won the Best Student Paper Award at the 2nd Annual Book of Mormon Studies Association conference for his paper on the linguistic and rhetorical contexts of 2 Nephi 25:23. In his work as a translation coordinator for the Church, he noticed that there were inconsistencies in the […]
LDS Perspectives

Interpreter Radio Show — March 15, 2020

2 weeks ago
You can listen to or download the March 15 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed ( The hosts were Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson and Mike Parker. In this episode, they discuss COVID-19 and preparation at the individual, family and Church levels. Also featured was a […]
21 minutes 8 seconds ago
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