Today’s Conference on Enoch and the Temple


The Apia Samoa Temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints


My wife and I spent most of the afternoon at a conference, held in the moot court room of BYU’s law school and co-sponsored by the Academy for Temple Studies, on the subject of Enoch and the Temple.  Professor George Nickelsburg, perhaps the preeminent authority on the ancient Enoch literature today, was the keynote speaker.


Responding to Professor Nickelsburg’s paper was a panel consisting of Kent Brown, Bill Hamblin, Gordon ThomassonJack WelchJeff Bradshaw, and  David Larsen.  (The latter two also delivered a joint paper following the panel.)  I was pleased to see how many of the members of the panel were affiliated with The Interpreter Foundation; four of the six panelists are members of the Interpreter editorial boards.


We spent some time at a reception for Professor Nickelsburg at Jack Welch’s home, and then left to go out for a dinner of Thai food with some friends.  (Yes, surprising as it no doubt sounds to certain people, I have friends.)


I love Thai food.



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  • nealqr

    I wanted to go to this yesterday, and the sad thing is there is no reason why I couldn’t have – I just forgot it was happening!

    In any event, I don’t like Thai food the least bit, but wife loves it (her brother served his mission in Thailand), and so I have told her we could go out for Thai food, but we haven’t the slightest idea where is good. Perhaps a Thai food eating veteran like yourself could give us some guidance on where to find the best Thai food in the Orem/Provo area?

    • danpeterson

      I find it difficult to believe that there’s anybody out there who doesn’t like Thai food, but I’ll take you at your word.

      My wife and I like just about all Thai food at just about all Thai restaurants, but here are some Provo-Orem recommendations:

      Oddly, Pad Thai, which is almost universally liked by foreigners, is not one of our particular favorites. On the other hand, I suspect that even people disinclined to like Thai food would be okay with chicken satay (which is just a piece of chicken on a skewer). And the fresh spring rolls should appeal to most.

      We really like tom ka gai (chicken coconut soup), and particularly the version of it served at the Thai Ruby, which is located just southeast of the BYU campus at 744 East 820 North.

      Beef waterfall is a cold and slightly spicy salad that we really like. We had it last night at Bangkok Grill, at 338 East 800 South in Orem.

      My university department (Asian and Near Eastern Languages) held one of its annual parties at the Thai Mango, a few years ago, at 2250 North University Parkway, #4. It was quite good.

      A lot of our friends really like Thai Drift, at 1655 North State Street in Orem. So do we.

      There’s a small place not too far from our home called Thai Evergreen (1360 South Sandhill Road) that we’ve enjoyed.

      There’s one up in a house in American Fork that’s reputed to be quite good, but we haven’t tried it yet.

      And I’m sure that I’ve left out some really good places.

      Invite us, and we’ll come along and share and make recommendations. (We’re not experts, by any means, but we do like it.)

      My own personal favorites would have to include green curry with chicken, and, of course, sticky rice with peanut sauce. (Not, perhaps, entirely authentic in the way we use it, but then, I’m not overly concerned with authenticity. I just want to eat food that I like.)

  • Eric

    Thai Village in that old house in American Fork is excellent. They opened a second shop on University Ave. in Provo (where Lon’s Cookin’ Shack used to be), and it’s just as good as the AF place. The lunch specials are generous, and the selection is large. Highly recommended! –Eric