The Lost Christmas Letter

Unbeknownst to many, one of the ancient texts in the lost 116 pages of the Book of Lehi is a very small sub-section called “The Christmas Letters of Sariah.” However, we have recently unearthed one of them, believed to have been written around the time the family was about to sail to the promised land, and are publishing...

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Mormonism is Not Book of Mormon Christianity

With the new BYU curiculum change, one of the classes that will be required is “Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon.” It made me think about doctrinal similarities and differences between the Book of Mormon and modern Mormonism. Since I can’t write a blog post about every doctrinal comparison, I tried to...

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How I went From Being Nephi to Korihor – Those Who Are Different

I was born of goodly parents. Both from a long line of Pioneer stock Mormons. One day my father awoke from a dream and announced we would be moving to a small town he had never visited. We had no family there. We had no friends there. Considering it was a town of 700 people, it might as well have been the wilderness. Because I was 8...

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The Bastardization of Truth

Oct 30, 14 The Bastardization of Truth

Posted by in Book of Mormon, Featured, Truth

It’s time we stopped idolizing truth. It’s time we stopped treating truth like a banner at the end of a mid-distance race. See, over there in the distance? That’s truth, we say. It’s just over there, and if you just put forth a little effort, you’ll find it. And then, well, you’re done. You can just swim in truth the...

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There are Save but Two Churches Only

For as long as I can remember there has been a part of me that tenses up when I hear someone bear testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true church. Even as a youth who never doubted the validity of the statement, hearing those words made me uncomfortable. What had I done in my life to merit...

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A Mormon View of Charity vs. Justice

Elder Holland’s October 2014 General Conference address titled “Are We Not All Beggars?” was a masterpiece. In it, Elder Holland exhorted Mormons to serve and help others, even if those others seem to “deserve” their plight.[1] His sermon was a Christlike reminder that the poor are the Savior’s...

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Sin Next to Murder

The views expressed in this document are the author’s and do not reflect the opinions of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the Federal Government.   Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine the following four situations: A husband and wife kidnap a child. Other than the kidnapping, they do not...

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Scripture as Totem: Religion and the Importance of the Text

It is easily recognized that throughout the history of religious traditions texts have served an important role in the continued conceptualization and endurance of the individual faith traditions.[1] In the history of studies on religion, monographs, essays, articles, and books have mostly focused on attempting to interpret these...

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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon

Scholars today recognize that the full text of Isaiah was not written by a single individual named Isaiah in the latter half of the eighth century BCE, but rather that the text was written by at least two, and more probably three, individual authors spanning a period of about four centuries. Generally scholars identify chapters 1-39...

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Book of Mormon Numerology

I am excited to announce the publication of my paper on Hebrew Numerology in the Book of Mormon in the most recent issue of BYU-Studies, 53:2. The thesis of the paper is that the same type of numerology used by Hebrews in the ancient world shows up in the Book of Mormon. The paper focuses on the number seven, resulting in the snazzy...

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