Confusing an olive orchard with a vineyard in Jacob 5?

The olive was central to life in the ancient Mediterranean basin, and still is. (Click to enlarge.  Click a second time to enlarge still further.)

  I saw a little note from a critic the other day in which he faulted Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon for seeming to confuse an olive orchard with a vineyard in Jacob 5. This directly relevant short article was published many years ago; the critic doesn't seem to have been aware of it: http://maxwellinstitute.com/publications/books/?bookid=124&chapid=1484  Posted from Park City, Utah.    … [Read more...]

The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, This Week

Utah Valley University

  Just a reminder that the 2013 meeting of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will be held this Thursday evening through Saturday on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem. I plan to be there.  Do you?  Posted from Park City, Utah.    … [Read more...]

Mid-Autumn in the Wasatch

Fall in the Wasatch Mountains

  As I write, a storm is rolling in.  Snow is coming.  Good news for skiers, certainly. The relatively warm days we've been having may finally be really and truly gone. I don't like the coming of winter.  I never really dislike it as much as I think I will, but I miss the summer and the fall, and the spring always seems so far away. A favorite poem, "Herbstag" or "Autumn  Day," by Rainer Maria Rilke: Herr: es ist Zeit. Der … [Read more...]

Inspiring news from the Philippines

The Cebu City Philippines Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  Here are two stories that please me very, very much: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/515139/mormons-helping-catholic-church-distribute-relief-goods-in-bohol http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/514919/aid-offered-to-repair-damaged-catholic-churches-in-bohol-cebu  Posted from Park City, Utah.    … [Read more...]

“I saw the hosts of the dead, both small and great”

The Laie Hawaii Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge, and click again to enlarge still further.) President Joseph F. Smith broke the ground for this temple in his beloved Hawaii, where he had served as a very young missionary, in 1915, but did not live to see it dedicated.

  I taught a Sunday school lesson today that centered on Joseph F. Smith's magnificentl 3 October 1918 "vision of the redemption of the dead." As I set the historical background for the revelation given to President Smith, I thought about how death must, unavoidably, have been much on his mind: The armistice agreement to end the First World War was slightly more than a month ahead.  Roughly seventeen million people died or disappeared as a result … [Read more...]

John Henry Cardinal Newman

Unknown

  For those who may have missed it when it first appeared, here's a brief column on a significant English churchman and writer perhaps best known among Latter-day Saints generally as the author of the lyrics to the hymn "Lead, Kindly Light": http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865580865/John-Henry-Newman-was-an-eminent-Victorian.html  Posted from Park City, Utah.    … [Read more...]

“Obamacare’s Magical Thinkers”

Why NOT smile?

  The incomparable Mark Steyn: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/362255/obamacares-magical-thinkers-mark-steyn  Posted from Park City, Utah.    … [Read more...]

Eat your heart out, “BYU Studies”!

Professor Mark Wright, from the current issue of "BYU Magazine" (Click to enlarge.)

   The Interpreter Foundation includes a magazine centerfold on its editorial board. Is it any wonder that the Foundation and its ventures are doing so well?  Don't you wish that you were as cool as we are?  Posted from Park City, Utah.    … [Read more...]


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