Chronicling the early Restoration

Chronicling the early Restoration September 30, 2019


Martin and Lucy Harris, as their marriage dissolves.
A stressful scene between Martin Harris and Lucy Harris. This is a still photo by James Jordan from the set of “Witnesses,” a film project in development under the auspices of the Interpreter Foundation.


James Jordan captures the Smith family
The Joseph Smith Sr. family sits down to breakfast.    (Still photo by James Jordan)


A very upset Martin Harris
Martin Harris, following the loss of 116 manuscript pages of the translated Book of Mormon, at the Smith family table. A still photo by James Jordan from the set of the Interpreter Foundation’s “Witnesses” film project.


I'm afraid that I don't know the name of the principal camera operator.
It’s striking, to a non-professional, how much equipment and how many people it takes to film even the simplest scene.  (Still photo from the set of “Witnesses” by James Jordan)


Here’s a new item from the extremely valuable new Pearl of Great Price Central website:


“Abrahamic Legends and Lore”




I know.  I know.  Your Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File is insatiable.  There can never be enough examples of the evils of faith.  But we here at Sic et Non live to serve, and we want to help.  So here’s another item to include in that file:


“Church Meets With Leader of UN World Food Programme: Global concerns of food scarcity discussed in Salt Lake City”




I’ve been busy in Finland and Estonia and Salt Lake City and elsewhere, and I missed this.  It’s too late for you to attend the Raleigh North Carolina Temple open house, but you can still enjoy beautiful interior photographs of the temple via this link:


“Raleigh North Carolina Temple Opens for Tours: The public is invited to a free open house and tour to see the changes and learn about the important work that occurs in the holy building.”




“The gift of the Holy Ghost . . . quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands, and purifies all the natural passions and affections, and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates, and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form, and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.” (Parley P. Pratt)


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