“Elder Holland Speaks at Book of Mormon Chiasmus Conference”

 

Sterling Library Yale
The Starr Reading Room at Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library. Elder Holland earned his doctorate at Yale.  (Wikimedia CC.)

 

We drove southward this morning for our annual pilgrimage to the Utah Shakespeare Festival, our long-time end-of-summer ritual. This afternoon, we saw Treasure Island.  This evening, we attended a performance of Shakespeare in Love.  For a change, though, we’re staying in St. George — a town of which I’m really fond.

 

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I’m pleased at the speed with which the LDS Newsroom has posted something about the “Chiasmus Jubilee” at BYU on Wednesday night that closed a two-day conference there on chiasmus in the scriptures.

 

I’m particularly happy that a transcript of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s remarks at the event has been posted:

 

“The Greatness of the Evidence”

 

His comments were deeply gratifying to those of us who’ve been working in these particular trenches.  Some of us have been involved in this for a very long time.  It’s nice to have such a statement on public record.

 

For my previous comments about the “Chiasmus Jubilee,” see here:

 

“A first report on Wednesday evening’s gala event”

 

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I’m also delighted to announce that the new Interpreter Foundation volume “To Seek the Law of the Lord”: Essays in Honor of John W. Welch, which I thought might be available (if all went well) through Amazon.com by Monday, was already up on Amazon.com for purchase by sometime earlier today:

 

“To Seek the Law of the Lord” Essays in Honor of John W. Welch

 

Once again, I encourage you to order the book, if you in fact wish to order it, through AmazonSmile.  If you do so, Amazon.com will donate money to the Interpreter Foundation or to any other charitable organization that you prefer.  And that donation will cost you absolutely nothing.  Not a single penny.

 

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While I’m at it, I would also like to point out that the Deseret News has published yet another one of my columns.  This one is titled “‘More things in heaven and earth.'”  As with all of my writing, it’s crammed to bursting with mean-spirited name-calling, uncontrollable rage, and cold heartlessness:

 

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865686999/More-things-in-heaven-and-earth.html

 

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Finally, a quotation from T. S. Eliot, a man who knew something about poetry, about literature in general, and about culture even more generally — and a favorite of mine (though, often, a rather mystifying one) from the first time I encountered him in high school:

 

“Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them. There is no third.”

 

Posted from St. George, Utah

 

 

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