“If Ye Keep My Commandments Ye Shall Prosper in the Land”

“If Ye Keep My Commandments Ye Shall Prosper in the Land” July 23, 2021


Gutzon Borglum's masterwork
Mount Rushmore National Memorial, near Keystone, South Dakota, was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941).  From Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division




A new article, written by Taylor Halverson, appeared just a few minutes ago in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship.  I have very limited time at the current moment, but I can at least find a few minutes to call the article to your attention:


“The Origin and Purpose of the Book of Mormon Phrase “If Ye Keep My Commandments Ye Shall Prosper in the Land””

Abstract: We are told in the Title Page of the Book of Mormon that the Book of Mormon was revealed in our day “to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever.” Hence, the covenantal context, structure, and logic of the Book of Mormon demand further consideration, exploration, and elucidation. A prosperous starting point is the phrase “If ye keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land.” This covenantal phrase is used throughout the Book of Mormon as a summary of the theological logic of the suzerain-vassal treaty covenant type in which God sought to secure the fidelity of his people, who would receive in exchange continued prosperity in His appointed promised lands.




Have I already alerted you to these two articles?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Just in case, though, here are the links to them:


“Spencer Kraus challenges Neville’s translation theories”


“Rian Nelson rejects charges of Heartlander apostasy”




On a brighter note, here is an article that you might find of interest:


“5 facts about one of the most influential and ‘forgotten’ Latter-day Saint apostles: BYU professor publishes biography detailing the life of scientist, educator and apostle Joseph F. Merrill”




And here’s something that contravenes current fashionable wisdom and outrage:


“Are LGBTQ+ Students Really Worse Off at Christian Colleges?”




Finally, for an eager and always voracious subset of my readers, it’s been quite a while since I’ve supplied them with a life-saving dose of horror at the evils of theism.  I apologize.  I’ve been busy.  But here’s a small but satisfying and sustaining little morsel from the Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File©:


“Latter-day Saint” Charities helps fight Type 2 diabetes in Kiribati through garden project”


Posted from Rapid City, South Dakota



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