Abstract: Walking for 500 miles in a foreign country through heat, arduous terrain, and many inconveniences is difficult enough. Add to the equation a man in a wheelchair, and the task appears impossible. The solution? Determination, humility, humor, faith, love, … Continue reading →
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Abstract: The word baptize appears 119 times in the Book of Mormon; three speakers (Jesus Christ, Mormon, and Nephi) account for 87% of all of these usages. Each of these individuals have distinctive patterns in how they use the word … Continue reading →
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).
The Interpreter Foundation is pleased to announce that Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, Volume 28 (2018), is now available in paperback and digital formats for ordering.
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.
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.
Too Little or Too Much Like the Bible? A Novel Critique of the Book of Mormon Involving David and the Psalms - Jeff Lindsay
Abstract: A recent graduate thesis proposes an intriguing new means for discerning if the Book of Mormon is historic or not. By looking at Book of Mormon references to David and the Psalms, the author concludes that it cannot be … Continue reading →
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, […]
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.
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 […]
The balance between the LDS Church’s operation of its non-profit and for-profit endeavors has always come with both benefits and repercussions. Historian Matthew C. Godfrey discusses with Laura Harris Hales some of the challenges that face the church when it becomes involved in business.
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."
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.
An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20: Question: How does the book of Ruth provide a model for marriage? Summary: According to an insightful presentation by Catholic Bible scholar Gary A. Anderson included in this week’s article, the book of Ruth establishes a model for marriage in three ways.
Abstract:1 The story of believers being nearly put to death before the appearance of the sign at Christ’s birth is both inspiring and a little confusing. According to the Book of Mormon, the sign comes in the 92nd year, which … Continue reading →
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?
On Being the Sons of Moses and Aaron: Another Look at Interpreting the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood - Mark Hamstead
Abstract: Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants contains what is commonly known by Latter-day Saints as the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood. Priesthood leaders in the church are expected to teach and explain this Oath and Covenant to … Continue reading →
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?
Laura Harris Hales recently interviewed Sharalyn D. Howcroft on Foundational Texts of Mormonism: Examining Major Early Sources, a new book that ;carefully analyzes essential texts that are repeatedly used by historians as they reconstruct Mormonism's founding era.
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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