One of the most obvious observations is that there is a lot of King James Bible language in the Book of Mormon.  Most obvious are the large portions of Isaiah, Malachi, and Matthew.  There are also well known references to New Testament passages concerning the gifts of the spirit and faith, hope, and charity or […]

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Richard Bushman did an interesting interview with Gina Colvin on the Thoughtful Faith podcast on the topic of Book of Mormon translation, as he’s getting ready to present on the subject at the Faith Matters conference on Book of Mormon translation Thursday March 16 at Utah State University.   Anytime you get to listen to Richard […]

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The Book of Mormon contains a lot of unique sounding Protestant doctrine, language, and phraseology coming from Joseph Smith’s day of the 19th century. Richard Bushman on this topic said: I think right now the Book of Mormon is a puzzle for us. Even [for] people who believe it in every detail, it’s a puzzle. […]

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  Why are people leaving the Mormon Church?  A document from MormonLeaks has caused a stir this week, attributed to Church employee Clint Melander as a Powerpoint for a meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The most controversial and interesting part of this Powerpoint presentation was a slide titled “Issues and Ideas Leading […]

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This post is a write up of some random thoughts of the past few weeks while working on Sunday School Gospel Doctrine lesson preparation the last month, covering multiple First Vision accounts, seerstone translation, and Oliver Cowdery’s divining rod. I continue to be impressed with the church’s efforts to transition from the old way of […]

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  I’m interested in the 2017 Mormon Theology Seminar, with theme “God Himself Shall Come Down: Reading Mosiah 15″.  I love the subject matter here.  See more info on the seminar at the bycommonconsent site.  I’m looking forward to the work that comes out of this Seminar.  When I saw the topic, I decided I […]

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  I saw a blog titled “The Alarming Truth Behind Anti-Mormonism” by Dustin Phelps this morning.  I assumed it would be the kind of close minded, fundamentalistic religious thinking that I really don’t like.  I will address those parts.  But I think there were some decent points in this article too, which I’ll point out. First, […]

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Ever since a Peggy Statcher Flack SL Tribune article came out a few weeks ago promising changes in the Gospel Doctrine manual, I’ve been wearing out my refresh button on my browser looking for these changes.   Rather than redo the Sunday school manual — a curriculum guide for lay teachers to explore the text […]

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  Mr. Emil Gower: I owe everything to George Bailey. Help him, dear Father. Giuseppe Martini: Joseph, Jesus and Mary. Help my friend, Mr. Bailey. Ma Bailey: Help my son, George, tonight. Bert: He never thinks about himself, God, that’s why he’s in trouble. Ernie Bishop: George is a good guy. Give him a break, […]

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  I have really been loving the #lighttheworld campaign the church is encouraging us to do.  Today’s #lighttheworld step is “Jesus Calmed the Storm and So Can You“.  I’m one of those people that really need religion.  I’m not naturally patient or selfless.  I’m prone to anger, temper, and get stressed out and lash out […]

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