It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship has published yet another new article. This one is by Val Larsen:
Abstract: There is a kinship between Lehi and Joseph Smith. They are linked to each other by similar first visions, and they faced roughly the same theological problem. Resisted by elites who believe God is a Solitary Sovereign, both prophets affirm the pluralistic religion of Abraham, which features a sôd ’ĕlôhim (Council of Gods) in which the divine Father, Mother, and Son sit. These prophets are likewise linked by their last sermons: Lehi’s parting sermon/blessings of his sons and Joseph’s King Follett discourse. Along with the first visions and last sermons, the article closely reads Lehi’s dream, Nephi’s experience of Lehi’s dream, and parts of the Allegory of the Olive Tree, John’s Revelation, and Genesis, all of which touch on the theology of the Sôd (Council).
The release of a new General Handbook was a major story for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over the past few days:
“New church handbook is online and available to all. Here are some of the changes”
Here’s some news about two of the women leaders in the Church:
And I haven’t forgotten that some of you are still eagerly accumulating materials for your Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” Files. So I offer these two items:
This is exciting news for those who love and/or live in the vicinity of Brigham Young University:
And here’s something that invites reflection: