“I wish to God I did not know it.”

“I wish to God I did not know it.” April 17, 2019


Born the same year as my Dad
Joseph Smith’s First Vision
(A stained glass window from roughly 1913)
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The Interpreter Radio Show for 24 March 2019 is now archived, stripped of commercial breaks, and available for listening at no charge on the website of the Interpreter Foundation.  Co-hosts Steve Densley and Matt Bowen discuss the New Testament with Professor Eric Huntsman:


But that’s not all:


“Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me New Testament Lesson 15 Easter: ‘O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?’


The audio roundtable above — extracted from the 24 March 2019 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show — covers Matthew 21-28; Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19-29 and 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 55.  The panelists for the roundtable were Steve Densley, Matt Bowen, and Eric Huntsman.


“Cursing the Fig Tree: A Video Supplement for Come, Follow Me Lesson 15: Easter: ‘O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?’ and Come, Follow Me Lesson 20: ‘Behold, Thy King Cometh'”


“Jesus Discusses Paying Tribute in Matthew 22: A Video Supplement for Come, Follow Me Lesson 15: Easter: ‘O Grave, Where Is Thy Victory?’ and Come, Follow Me Lesson 20: ‘Behold, Thy King Cometh'”




Although we’ve removed the commercial breaks from our archived recordings of the Interpreter Radio Show, I’m happy to give credit where credit is due:


For the past several weeks, our friends at Cruise Lady have stepped up to sponsor our weekly broadcasts.  K-Talk Radio (AM 1640) had decided to begin charging a nominal fee for our two-hour program (and all other such programs on its schedule), and Cruise Lady came to our assistance.  We’re grateful and, quite candidly, we hope that their kindness and generosity will be rewarded by our listeners.  I’ve been involved with the company for roughly a decade, perhaps a bit more, accompanying their tours to Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and several other destinations, and I think highly of them and their work.  I recommend them without hesitation.




Going through some old notes, I came across something that I wrote down during a 2015 FairMormon conference presentation by Laura Hales.  She shared a quotation from Emma Smith that I don’t think I had heard before.


In 1842 or thereabouts, Emma was very ill for a time, and unable to take care of herself.  So her friend Elizabeth Durfee tended to her.  And, one day, Zina Huntington was there and overheard this exchange:


Elizabeth Durfee:  “Emma, is Joseph really a prophet?”


Emma Smith:  “Yes.  But I wish to God I did not know it.”


I like that comment.  It seems very human and honest.  And, in its own peculiar way, I find it very faith-promoting.


I can well imagine such a response.  Couldn’t somebody else have borne this burden?


I can even imagine that Joseph himself sometimes felt the same way:  “All I wanted was to know which church to join.  You know.  Methodist, maybe?  Or Presbyterian?”



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