“Passing Up the Heavenly Gift (Part Two of Two)”

A quenchable flame?

  The second part of Gregory Smith's response to Denver Snuffer has now been posted by The Interpreter Foundation: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/passing-up-the-heavenly-gift-part-two-of-two/   … [Read more...]

De profundis clamavi

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, speaking from exactly the same place where I had spoken somewhat earlier as part of the same fifty-year-anniversary celebration

  This entry on Dr. John Gee's excellent (if unpronounceably titled) blog makes a very solid point, if I dare say so myself: http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2013/10/reading-between-headlines.html   … [Read more...]

Volume Six of “Interpreter” is now available for ordering in paperback and e-book formats!

The Chairman's Executive Lounge and Interpreter Foundation World Headquarters (Our success doesn't exactly come from our lavish budget and vast endowment)

  http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/volume-6-now-available-for-ordering-in-paperback-and-e-book-formats/   … [Read more...]

“Latter-day Saints and the study of the temple”

The Recife Brazil Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  This week's Thursday Deseret News column is up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865588998/Latter-day-Saints-and-the-study-of-the-temple.html?pg=1   … [Read more...]

A brief report from Logan

Near the campus of Utah State University: The Logan Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge)

  My wife and I spent essentially the entire day  on the campus of Utah State University, up in Logan, attending today's conference of the Academy for Temple Studies. It was a stimulating meeting.  Margaret Barker led off with a paper on "The Woman Clothed with the Sun in the Book of Revelation."  She was followed by William Dever, who, with an abundance of images, summarized the archaeological evidence for a feminine deity in pre-exilic Is … [Read more...]

“Noah Webster and the Book of Mormon”

An actual photo of an early Nephite fort

   Back in 1995, Matthew Roper published a short article responding to a "startling discovery" that some well-known anti-Mormons had made regarding the Book of Mormon:  They had, they said, identified one of the sources supposedly used by Joseph Smith in order to forge his yarn about the Nephites and the Lamanites.  Similarities of words and phrases between it and the Book of Mormon were simply too striking to be coincidental. That article has now been … [Read more...]

Transparency, Frugality, and Gratitude

The Logan Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge)

  I would like to thank my friend and neighbor Kent Flack for his volunteer efforts on The Interpreter Foundation's quarterly public financial statements (and on our financial record-keeping generally): http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/expenses/ We're trying to be as transparent as we can practically and ethically be, and the figures that we supply are as accurate as we can make them.  If anything, our totals for volunteer hours are probably on the … [Read more...]

No rest for the wicked

Is this it?

  I just spoke to a small "senior singles" fireside on the subject of near-death experiences.  Good stuff.  There are some very interesting cases out there. Column sent in, course lectures prepared, four hours of teaching, fireside, ninety minutes of student consultations. Now it's time to head up to Logan.Long day.   … [Read more...]