“Vaughn J. Featherstone’s Atlanta Temple Letter”

“Vaughn J. Featherstone’s Atlanta Temple Letter” June 12, 2020

 

Georgia's very first Latter-day Saint temple
The Atlanta Georgia Temple (shown here in a photograph from the LDS Media Library)

 

A new article — this one by Christopher J. Blythe — has just appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:

 

“Vaughn J. Featherstone’s Atlanta Temple Letter”

Abstract: In this essay, I examine a letter written by Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in 1983 and deposited in the cornerstone of the Atlanta Georgia Temple. The letter is addressed to twenty-first century members of the Church and is written with the expectation that these future Saints will have been alive for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. I consider the claims made about this letter from a recent viral video entitled “7 Year Tribulation in the SEVENTH Seal TIMELINE.”

 

***

 

There is considerable value in keeping up with Book of Mormon Central.  Here, for example, is their newest article:

 

“The Nephite System of Currency in Alma 11 and Connections to Ancient America”

 

***

 

It’s a matter of needed housekeeping, I’m afraid.  So I check in on the Neville-Neville Land blog from time to time, to see what Mr. Jonathan Neville is up to:

 

“Neville’s Book of Mormon geography makes no sense, part 1”

 

“Perhaps Jonathan Neville’s biggest strawman yet”

 

***

 

I want to call your attention to a remarkable 2012 article by V. H. Cassler in the important online Latter-day Saint journal SquareTwo.  I was reminded of it by Robert Boylan on his blog Scriptural Mormonism:

 

“Plato’s Son, Augustine’s Heir: ‘A Post-Heterosexual Mormon Theology’?”

“Lately we have seen the emergence of a “gentle dissent” among some of the membership of the LDS Church concerning Church doctrine on marriage, complete with a peaceful march on Temple Square in June. [1]Sometimes likened to the same types of gentle dissent that preceded the 1978 revelation offering priesthood ordination to worthy black males, some members believe that a similar revelation on the nature of marriage is in the offing.”

 

***

 

I apologize for having provided you with no new materials over the past day or two for your Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” Files.  I’ve been neglectful.  Here are a couple of items, though:

 

“Philippine Navy, PNP CS, Alagang Kapatid Recipients of LDSC Donations”

 

“Glimpses of hope sustain Latter-day Saints in COVID-19 hotspots of Navajo Nation, NYC”

 

***

 

Finally, it may not seem like a big deal and, in the cosmic scheme of things, it really isn’t.  Still, I’m extremely pleased.  I’ve hoped for such a change for many years:

 

“Exceptions to Dress Standards Announced for Young Male Missionaries”

 

 

"In 2001 as a missionary I went on exchanges with a member who refused to ..."

“How the Pandemic Defeated America,” and ..."
"In my branch we allow most speakers to remove their mask. Some didn't during fast ..."

“How the Pandemic Defeated America,” and ..."
"Evidence shows that masking is one key. Although the low ventilation buildings we began building ..."

“How the Pandemic Defeated America,” and ..."
"I just wish I could actually get people to cover noses."

“How the Pandemic Defeated America,” and ..."

Browse Our Archives