Beyond the Heartland

Beyond the Heartland June 10, 2019


Moroni statue on Cumorah's hill
Torlief Knaphus’s sculpture of the Angel Moroni stands atop the Hill Cumorah  (LDS Media Library)


A (final?) note from Stephen Smoot on the subject:


“A Review of the Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon (Postscript)”


And, while I’m in that vein, here are two additional mini-essays on a related topic:


“Jonathan Neville’s fatuousness continues to astonish”


“Just how clueless is Jonathan Neville?”


The past week or so has not been an especially good one, I think, for the Heartlander movement.




But now we move on to much cheerier and more positive subjects.


Take this, for example:


“President Nelson Addresses Saints in ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’: Elder and Sister Uchtdorf join prophet and wife at Florida devotional”


And here’s a related item that may surprise a few:


“President Nelson meets with Pulse nightclub owner prior to addressing Latter-day Saints in Orlando”


And I’m always happy at the construction of a new temple:


“Ground Is Broken for Peru’s Fourth Temple”


Truman Madsen, who died in 2009 and whom I greatly miss, changed the direction of my life at a crucial stage, when I was a high school student in California.  I probably would not have attended Brigham Young University absent a particular encounter with him.  Eventually, he became a faculty colleague, and then a friend.  In the first half of 1993, when I taught for nearly six months on the faculty of BYU’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies, Truman was serving there as the Center’s director.


Here are two passages from a devotional address titled “Foundations of Temple Worship” that Truman Madsen delivered at the Idaho campus of Brigham Young University in October 2004:


President McKay . . . spoke about the temple. I’ll spare you the details except for the core statement that I have cherished, and which bent, as it were, the twig in me, which has grown and grown ever since.

He said, “Brothers and sisters, I believe there are few, even temple workers, who comprehend the full meaning and power of the temple endowment. Seen for what it is, it is the step-by-step ascent into the eternal presence. If our young people could only glimpse it, it would be the most powerful spiritual motivation of their lives.” I resolved that day, because of what happened in my heart, always to raise my voice in testifying of the temple and never of criticizing it, to carry out as best I could my dream of finding a queen who would share in me the total conviction that the temple is ours, made for us and prepared for us, and that out of that could come a family who would love the Lord Jesus Christ as nothing else in the universe.


The fulness of truth, and the fulness of the Holy Ghost, and the fulness of the priesthood, and the fulness of the glory of the Father are all phrases that are ocurrent in connection with the temple, and cannot be received anywhere else, nowhere else on the planet. You cannot receive the fulness that the Lord has for you without coming through the temple and having the temple come through you. 



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