“Pillar of Light”

“Pillar of Light” August 5, 2020


The temple by the Panama Canal
The Panama City Panama Temple (LDS.org)


Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 32 “Preserved by His Marvelous Power” Alma 53-63

The participants in the Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 32, “Preserved by His Marvelous Power,” on Alma 53-63, were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen. That roundtable has now been extracted from the 12 July 2020 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show.  It has been stripped of commercial and other interruptions, and is accessible at no charge. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-july-12-2020/, also shorn of interruptions and free of charge.




Jonn Claybaugh has kindly created the following brief item for publication on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:


Come, Follow Me — Study and Teaching Helps: Lesson 32, August 10-16: Alma 53-63 — “Preserved by His Marvelous Power”




“Statue raising at nearly complete temple ‘crowning glory’ for community”


“Why do temples have the angel Moroni on top? Here’s look at the history of the iconic statues”




I’ve been enjoying the first sessions of the annual FairMormon conference today.  Here’s one of the presentations that I particularly enjoyed:


Andrew Knaupp and Sal Velluto, “Pillar of Light: A Graphic Novel Adaptation of Joseph Smith’s First Vision”


It explained the background and the content of the “graphic novel” Pillar of Light: Joseph Smith’s First Vision.


You can view that “graphic novel” — I’m not happy with that term, but I don’t of an adequate alternative — at the link that I’ve just provided, but I think that the Knaupp and Velluto presentation at FairMormon will greatly increase your appreciation of the work, as it very much did mine.




And, speaking of FairMormon, some of you will (I think) enjoy this interview by Hanna Seariac with John Gee:


FAIR Voice Podcast #5: Interview with John Gee on the Book of Abraham


You’ve perhaps encountered Hanna Seariac’s name in connection with this petition.




Here, perhaps, is a good illustration of how a church-related university or college can begin to abandon or even betray its spiritual mission in order to seek to enhance its intellectual and academic stature:


“Pete Buttigieg Takes a Faculty Post at Notre Dame”


(Though, honestly, I don’t see Mayor Pete as all that glorious an acquisition, academically speaking.)




I certainly don’t want to neglect your Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File, so here are a couple of promising items for possible inclusion in it:


“Charleston stake helps feed local families by partnering with public agencies”


“Free produce offered at Mormon Church”




Finally, a provocative little piece from Albert Mohler:


“Secularism Cannot Sustain Liberty, a Response to Greg Forster”



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