The Elusive Book of Mormon Lands

I’ve grown up with a love of the Book of Mormon. The culture of Book of Mormon love has been strong as long as I’ve been alive, since Benson gave his big Book of Mormon talk before I was born. I’ve read the Book of Mormon dozens of times. We owned all of the Living Scriptures Book of Mormon tapes and had worn out most of them....

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Requiem for an Apostate

Requiem for an Apostate A Review of “Passing the Heavenly Gift,” by Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. Denver Snuffer, Jr. was excommunicated in September of 2013 for “apostasy.”  The reason for his excommunication was his publication of a book titled, “Passing the Heavenly Gift,” his popular lectures on the subject of the book,...

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Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of Translation

Jan 12, 14 Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of Translation

Posted by in Apologetics, Book of Mormon, Featured

Note: This essay first appeared on the Interpreter blog.  We have received permission from the Interpreter board and from the author, Stephen Smoot, to republish this essay here. Please click here to visit the Interpreter  website. A follow-up post can also be read here. Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of...

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“The Spirit That I Have Seen May Be The Devil”–Nephi’s Slaying of Laban

The opening pages of the Book of Mormon confront us with the most problematic story in the entire book—the murder of a defenseless Laban by a sword-wielding Nephi.  (1 Nephi 4)  We all know the story.  Nephi has been commanded by God (through his prophet-father Lehi) to obtain Laban’s brass plate version of the Hebrew...

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The Book of Mormon Helped me Love my Black Heritage

Nov 22, 13 The Book of Mormon Helped me Love my Black Heritage

Posted by in Featured, Racism

During a time of personal change and unsettling experiences in my life, I came across the Book of Mormon. It converted me to Christ and safely guided my mind towards higher thoughts. One of those thoughts was that I can have my new faith and membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint and still be my Black...

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The Tree of Life – Part I

The Tree of Life – Part 1 This is a three part miniseries which will deal primarily with the powerful symbolism encompassed in the Tree of Life. The second part of this essay will provide a broad survey of the Tree of Life in other religious traditions and the third installment will focus more exclusively on LDS canonical...

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Multifaceted Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon has long been considered to exhibit a degree of literary homogeneity that evinces its authorship as attributable to only one person.  As Alexander Campbell wrote in what is likely the earliest review of the Book of Mormon, published in his Millennial Harbinger of February 7, 1831: The book professes to be written...

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A Search for Book of Mormon Heroines

Nov 07, 13 A Search for Book of Mormon Heroines

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For some people, reading the scriptures is an act of faith. For others, it’s an act of obedience. For me, it’s an act of creation. Let me explain. Last year around this time, Jeanette Atwood and I released iPlates: Volume I, a comic book based on stories from the Book of Mormon. The plot revolved around Zeniff: the guy in the...

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Absurd Moments in Mormon Art, Part 3: Gird Up Them Loins

Nov 05, 13 Absurd Moments in Mormon Art, Part 3: Gird Up Them Loins

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The word of the day is…Loins. Loins. Loins. Loins. Does anyone else find this word gross? The word loin specifically refers to the region “below the ribcage, extending to the pelvis” (thank you Wikipedia), but has common usage as a reference to…well, you know.  Definition aside, it just phonetically feels nasty.  Also, the...

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The Nephite Ministry of Jesus Christ—Part 3

  A Little Background This is the final of three articles.  The first article looked at how Jesus’ ministry to the Nephites begins with three chapters quoted from the New Testament, being the Sermon on the Mount as found in Matthew 5-7; how those chapters are not just filler, but how pieces of the New Testament chapters are...

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