“Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned?”

“Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned?” November 19, 2020


The "Golden House" of Nero
A plan of Nero’s Domus Aurea. (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)



The latest installment of my bi-weekly column for the Deseret News has now been published:


“Did Nero really fiddle while Rome burned? Possibly. But here’s what he did do: Taking a look back at Roman Emperor Nero and the context of history help take a different perspective”




Here are some new items that have appeared over the past couple of days on the website of the Interpreter Foundation, which, I’m reliably informed, is obviously running out of energy and slowing dramatically down:


Interpreter Radio Show — November 8, 2020

The 8 November 2020 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show, liberated from commercial and other interruptions, has now been archived and made available to you, at no charge, for your listening enjoyment and edification.  The hosts for this iteration of the Show were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen. In this episode, our hosts reviewed the recent Temple on Mount Zion conference as well as claims that Joseph Smith made up the Book of Mormon and revelations from the Lord. The second portion of the Show was a roundtable discussing the upcoming Come Follow Me lesson #49 (Moroni 10).


Interpreter Radio Show — November 1, 2020

Neal and Jasmine Rappleye, Spencer Marsh, and Hales Swift were the discussants for the 1 November 2020 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show, which is now, shorn of commercial and other interruptions, available for you to listen to at your convenience and without any fee.  For the first hour of this episode, they reviewed recent Interpreter publications and carried on a discussion of politics in the light of the gospel. During the second portion of the show, they participated in a roundtable discussing the upcoming Come Follow Me lesson #48 (Moroni 7-9).


Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 46 “By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled” Ether 12-15

The panelists for the Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 46, “By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled,” on Ether chapters 12-15, were Bruce Webster and Kris Fredrickson. Omitting all commercial and other breaks, this roundtable was extracted from the 18 October 2020 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show. The complete show may be heard at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-october-18-2020/.


And Jonn Claybaugh has again generously contributed helpful notes for an upcoming Gospel Doctrine lesson:


Come, Follow Me — Study and Teaching Helps: Lesson 46, November 23-29: Ether 12-15 — “By Faith All Things Are Fulfilled”




I’ve just now received a copy of Fiona and Terryl Givens, All Things New: Rethinking Sin, Salvation, and Everything in Between (Meridian, ID: Faith Matters Publishing, 2020), kindly sent to me by my friend Terryl.  I’m eagerly looking forward to reading it.



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