“Christ the Conqueror”

“Christ the Conqueror” December 14, 2019

 

Temple Square, with Christmas lights
Christmas on Temple Square (LDS.org)

 

The discussants for the 8 December 2019 edition of the Interpreter Radio Show were Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson, and Mike Parker. Their conversation covered the First Presidency’s recent statement on refugees as well as thoughts on the Christmas holiday. Also included was a roundtable on the upcoming Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon lesson #1 on the Title page and Introduction of the Book of Mormon:

 

Interpreter Radio Show — December 8, 2019

 

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Here are two items from the invaluable Jeff Lindsay:

 

“Back and Forth with the Book of Abraham: Fascinating Circular Footnotes”

 

“Word of Wisdom Update: Be Cautious with Green Tea Extract”

 

With regard to the latter, it should be noted that Brother Lindsay holds a doctorate in chemical engineering, so that, when he speaks about chemicals and chemistry, he’s speaking from somewhere very near his academic and professional specialty.  (When he writes about the Book of Abraham and other topics related to the history and scripture and doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he’s merely writing as an extraordinarily interesting, bright, lucid, and well-informed person.  Merely that.)

 

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“Oman ambassador joins Elder Rasband in illuminating Christmas lights at Washington D.C. Temple”

 

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything that you might plausibly be able to include in your bulging Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” files, so here are a couple, from Forbes and from the Washington Post, for your consideration:

 

“Giving Machines Expand 2019 Footprint, Raise Millions For Global Charities”

 

“Trump gave states the power to ban refugees. Conservative Utah wants more of them.”

 

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I call your attention to a new Latter-day Saint publication that merits your notice:

 

Public Square Magazine

 

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Christ the Conqueror

In 1887, as Church members faced stiffening persecution from the U.S. government, Orson F. Whitney reminded those who listened to his Christmas sermon that the long-ago shepherds who heard angels announce the birth of the Savior likely expected him to conquer their enemies and deliver them from oppression. But the greatest conquest, Whitney reminded his listeners, was not what God’s people had expected. “It was His mission to endure all with patience and fortitude, showing that greater strength is in submitting to indignity than in resentment. This is what makes Jesus shine forth as the greatest conqueror and hero of history. He subdued and controlled himself, and thus overcame death, hell and the grave.”

“The Holiday,” Salt Lake Herald (27 December 1887), page 8 (from josephsmith.net) 

 

 

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