February 23, 2021

    ***   On Facebook:  “Heartfelt thanks from Caleb Josiah Spivak aka Oliver Cowdery for a SOLD OUT audience at LDS Film Festival! Summer 2021!”   Beginning at roughly 26:00 in this KSL-Radio interview and continuing until approximately 33:45, Doug Wright talks about the 2021 LDS Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday night through Saturday night, with the festival’s director, Kels Goodman.  For the first minute or two, the focus is on the Interpreter Foundation’s forthcoming theatrical film, Witnesses:   The… Read more

February 22, 2021

    Here’s a brief article from Provo’s Daily Herald about the LDS Film Festival, which opens on Wednesday night and continues through Saturday night.  It refers, in passing, to the Interpreter Foundation’s theatrical film, Witnesses:   “LDS Film Festival celebrates 20 years of cinema”     With her kind permission, I’m sharing some thoughts here that we received today from Deanna Warden.  She is referring to the Interpreter Foundation’s newly-launched website, Witnesses of the Book of Mormon:    … Read more

February 21, 2021

    For my revised and expanded book on the Middle East for a Latter-day Saint audience:   The dominant religious tradition among the pre-Islamic Iranian peoples was Zoroastrianism.  In the West, the tradition was named after its founder, the priest and prophet Zoroaster, whose name in Persian is Zartosht or Zardosht.   (In Persian, it is called Mazdayasna, meaning “Mazda worship” or “Mazda devotion.”)   There is little agreement about Zoroaster’s birthplace — probably somewhere in the eastern part of what is today Iran,… Read more

February 20, 2021

    The 7 February 2021 installment of the Interpreter Radio Show is now archived and available, free of commercial and other intrusions,  The participants in this episode were Neal and Jasmine Rappleye, Hales Swift, and Spencer Marsh. They discussed the Book of Mormon and anti-discrimination, the translation of the Book of Abraham, and the witnesses of the Book of Mormon. The second portion of the show was devoted to a roundtable in which they covered the upcoming Come Follow Me… Read more

February 20, 2021

    First, though:   “Witnesses Movie Interview and Special Screening”   Book of Moses Essays #43: Moses 1: A Literary Masterpiece.  Many-Great Waters and Moses’ Mission to Baptize (Moses 1:25-26)   ***   “Bill Gates is investing big in American farmland: The Microsoft co-founder’s personal investments mirror a growing trend amongst the uber-wealthy.” “Farmland offers an excellent means to diversify a tech-heavy portfolio,” O’Keefe told Crosscut. “It’s a sound counterbalance with proven rates of return. In addition, given the scale… Read more

February 19, 2021

    New, today, on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   Daniel C. Peterson, “All Can Partake, Freely” Abstract: The Interpreter Foundation welcomes faithful ideas, insights, and manuscripts from people of all backgrounds. In this brief essay, I share some that were recently shared with me regarding Lehi’s vision of the tree of life, as recorded in 1 Nephi 8. Among other things, Lehi seems to have been shown that the divine offer of salvation extends far beyond a small elite. As Peter exclaims… Read more

February 18, 2021

    I’ve written on two previous days here — see “Love in a Time of Tribalism” and “Some notes following the death of Rush Limbaugh” — about the toxicity and personal animosity that characterize far too much of our contemporary public discourse.  I had thought that I was done with the subject.  But I’ve seen some good, relevant things that I want to call to your notice.  First of all, though, as I’ve read more and more about the incredibly… Read more

February 17, 2021

    I posted a blog entry yesterday (“Love in a Time of Tribalism”) in which, citing the case of Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), I lamented the ideological passions and partisan rifts that are increasingly tearing families, neighborhoods, and friendships apart.   Rod Dreher, a writer for whom I have considerable respect — see, for example, my 11 May 2017 article in the Deseret News, “‘The Benedict Option’ or ‘The Brigham Option’?” — had this to say about the Kinzinger… Read more

February 16, 2021

    It seems that we’re going to have to wait a little bit longer for the long-promised hammer of extinction to come crashing down upon the Interpreter Foundation.  Here are two new items that appeared on Interpreter’s website just today:   Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 9 “The Worth of Souls Is Great” D&C 18 & 19 The Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 9, “The Worth of Souls Is Great” on D&C 18 and 19, featured Bruce… Read more

February 15, 2021

    I read just this morning that Latter-day Saint apologetics is literally soaked in hate.  Now, obviously, that’s true of me.  My perpetual rage and my  life-long consuming hatred of all who differ from me — and most especially of religious faiths other than my own (another observation that has recently been made) — are abundantly documented and are manifest in everything I write and say.  But I’m not sure that the same case can be made for Latter-day… Read more

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