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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Revelation Bias…Fair and Balanced, Part 2: The Book of Mormon

In Part 2 of this series on revelation, we will closely examine the Book of Mormon. If you have not read Part 1 of this series, I highly recommend that you do so before reading this post (you can read it here). In the final month of my mission, I spent a lot of time studying with two young catholics who were seriously looking into...

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Book of Mormon Lesson 7: 2 Nephi 3-5

Lehi continues with his prophetic blessings which include his blessing to Joseph.  It is within Joseph’s blessing that we get some of the unique contributions of the Book of Mormon:  prophecy of the coming forth Book of Mormon and of Joseph Smith Jr..  Lehi’s death is recorded.   We get the division between the...

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Book of Mormon Lesson 6: 2 Nephi 1-2

Following the mode of the Old Testament Patriarchs,  Lehi gives blessings and final words of counsel to his posterity.    Using the idea of gaps and  blanks, lets see if we can learn something from what we are not told.  Again the following is taken from my reading of Grant Hardy’s Undersanding the Book of Mormon, a...

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