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

2 months 2 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

2 months 3 weeks 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”?

2 months 3 weeks 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

2 months 3 weeks 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

2 months 3 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

2 months 4 weeks 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 […]
Administration

Interpreter Radio Show — May 13, 2018

2 months 4 weeks ago
The May 13 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Allen Wyatt, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen. On this special Mother's Day program, topics discussed include John Gee's latest book, "An Introduction to the Book of Abraham," the Church's split with the Boy Scouts, the role of mothers within the Church, and mothers and fathers according to "The Family: A Proclamation to the World."
Administration

Interpreter Radio Show — May 6, 2018

2 months 4 weeks ago
The May 6 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Neal Rappleye, Martin Tanner, Jasmin Gimenez, Stephen Smoot, and Hales Swift. Topics discussed included happenings at Book of Mormon Central, sunken cities in ancient America, "reformed Egyptian," Jews writing in Egyptian, Balak and Balaam (Gospel Doctrine lesson 16), and the Babylonian Talmud.
Administration

KnoWhy OTL19A — Why and How Should We Study the Old Testament?

3 months ago
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 19: Question: The Bible account of Creation explains very little about the formation of the solar system or the biological origin of life. Archaeological evidence sometimes directly contradicts it, its laws of diet and purity seem irrelevant, and its prophecies are largely unintelligible. Why should I spend my time studying the Old Testament when I could be focusing my attention instead on up-to-date history and science or on the practical, ethical teachings of Jesus that teach us how we should live?
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

KnoWhy OTL18A — Did Joshua “Utterly Destroy” the Canaanites?

3 months 1 week ago
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 18: Question: Israel was commanded to “utterly destroy” the Canaanites and the book of Joshua later claimed that they had done so. Why do archaeological findings and other references in the Bible make it seem that this was not actually done? What does it mean to “utterly destroy”? And why would God command such a thing in the first place?
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Interpreter Radio Show — April 29, 2018

3 months 1 week ago
The April 29 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by host was Martin Tanner, discussing a variety of topics, including Joseph Smith’s educational background, Martin Harris and Charles Anton, the Joseph Smith Papers Project, the fate of the 12 apostles, Emma Smith, and Early New Testament Manuscripts.
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