“Where Much is Given, Much is Required”

“Where Much is Given, Much is Required” July 14, 2021


Luxor sunset
Sunset in Luxor, Egypt (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)




A group of us met together last night to discuss the series of lectures that we intend to put on leading up to the Interpreter Foundation’s November tour of Egypt.  More information on the lecture series will be forthcoming.  We’re hoping to do occasional Interpreter tours to various significant locations.  We’ll see how this one goes.


Tonight, a different group of us met to discuss distribution options (including, but not limited to, possible broadcasting) for the Interpreter Foundation’s forthcoming documentary or docudrama, the second phase of its overall “Witnesses” project: Undaunted: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon I expect the documedrama to be ready to go public, in one or more forms, by sometime in early October.  But I shouldn’t be held to that.


Good stuff continues to approach over the horizon.




Two new items went up today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:


Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 30: Where “Much Is Given Much Is Required”: D&C 81-83

The Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 30, Where “Much Is Given Much Is Required” on D&C 81-83, features Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen. This particular roundtable was extracted from the 13 June 2021 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show. The complete program can be heard at The Interpreter Radio Show is broadcast every week on Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640, or, alternatively, you can listen to it live on the Internet at


And here are some notes that have been kindly supplied by Jonn Claybaugh:


Come, Follow Me — D&C Study and Teaching Helps: Lesson 30, July 19–25: D&C 81–83 — “Where Much Is Given Much Is Required”




The Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), which I conceived and founded at Brigham Young University, continues to produce — though no longer via Brigham Young University Press.  Here are the two latest volumes:


  • Gerrit Bos, trans. and ed., Maimonides: Medical Aphorisms: Hebrew Translation by Nathan ha-Me’ati (Leiden and Boston: E. J. Brill, 2020).


  • Gerrit Bos, trans. and ed., Maimonides: Medical Aphorisms: Hebrew Translation by Zerahyah ben Isaac ben She’altiel Hen (Leiden and Boston: E. J. Brill, 2020).




Finally, here is a news story that I confess I had not expected.  Some will welcome it, of course, and some will be dismayed:


“Survey: White mainline Protestants outnumber white evangelicals, while ‘nones’ shrink: The ‘unprecedented’ dataset also suggests that white Christian decline, which accelerated in recent years, appears to have slowed.”



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