“If you seek his monument, look around”

“If you seek his monument, look around” January 16, 2024


St. Paul's, London
Aerial view of St. Paul’s Cathedral, in London, by Mark Frosh
(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

These three items went up today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:

Nibley Lectures: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 3 “Come and Partake of the Fruit”: 1 Nephi 6-10

During 1988, 1989, and 1990, Hugh Nibley taught Honors Book of Mormon classes for four semesters at Brigham Young University. The lectures were video-taped and audio cassettes and printed transcripts were made of the lectures. We believe these recordings will be interesting to listen to and valuable to your Come, Follow Me study program this year. Each week, we will include the lectures covering the Book of Mormon chapters being studied that week.

This week, we have lectures 12, 13 and 14, covering 1 Nephi 11-15.

All 112 lectures are immediately available in PDF, audio, video, and electronic formats, as well as in paperback books that are available for purchase. Links for all of the available online sources can be found in the Complete Bibliography for Hugh Nibley at https://interpreterfoundation.org/bibliographies/hugh-w-nibley/lectures/.

The Book of Mormon in Context Lesson 4: “Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God”: 1 Nephi 11-15

In the 31 December 2023 Come, Follow Me segment of the Interpreter Radio Show, Martin Tanner and Terry Hutchinson hosted a special guest, Brant Gardner, for a discussion of Book of Mormon lesson 4, “Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God,” on 1 Nephi 11-15.

Their archived discussion, shorn of commercial and other interruptions, is now available to you at your convenience and at no charge.  The other segments of the 31 December 2023 program can be accessed at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-december-31-2023.

The Interpreter Radio Show can be heard on Sunday evenings between 7 PM and 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640.  Alternatively, you can listen to it live on the Internet at ktalkmedia.com.

Come, Follow Me — Study and Teaching Helps (2024) Lesson 4, January 22-28: 1 Nephi 11-15 “Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God”

Editor’s Note: Four years ago, Jonn Claybaugh began writing the Study and Teaching Helps series of articles for Interpreter. We now have these wonderful and useful posts for all four years of Come, Follow Me lessons. Beginning this year we will be reposting these articles, with dates, lesson numbers, and titles updated for the current year’s lessons. Jonn has graciously agreed to write new study aids for those lessons that do not directly correspond to 2020 lessons.

Iliff school of theology, sort of
Inside St. Paul’s Cathedral, in London, looking from the choir toward the high altar.
The empty churches of the Anglican communion in England offer a glimpse of the possible (likely?) future of mainstream Protestantism in America if it isn’t reinvigorated. (Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0)

We were up very early this morning for our flight from Cairo to London.  Our group continues to fragment, with various flights and destinations, but most of us are still together.  I had a window seat on the right side of the plane and although, for the overwhelming majority of our route, the view below was obscured by thick clouds, they opened up at crucial points.

We flew out of Cairo right over Salah al-Din’s twelfth-century citadel and over Muhammad Ali’s large nineteenth-century Ottoman-style mosque, which sits within the citadel.  (We took our group to both of them.)  I could very clearly see the great fourteenth-century mosque of Sultan Hasan, which sits at the foot of the citadel (and which I regularly included in my Islamic Humanities class at BYU) and the equally large early-twentieth-century Rifa‘i Mosque, which stands directly across the street from Sultan Hasan.  I also saw the very important ninth-century Mosque of Ahmad b. Tulun (which I also included in my Islamic Humanities class).

The clouds parted to provide beautiful views of the Alps.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t determine exactly where we were, but I’m pretty certain that I saw the Dolomites and perhaps even the Bernese Alps (though from the southern side, with which I’m not very familiar).  I also had a great look at the white cliffs of Dover as we crossed the English Channel.

Coming into Heathrow Airport, I enjoyed the best aerial view of London that I’ve ever had.  London was sunny and clear and cold, and I had an excellent look at (among other things) the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, the so-called “Gherkin,” the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Natural History, Royal Albert Hall, the Hyde Park Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (only because I know precisely where it is), and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Once we arrived in London, we went, as a group, into the central part of the city.  There, arrangements had been made for a guide to take us around precisely St. Paul’s Cathedral, the great masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren.  A contributor to such fields as astronomy, optics, the problem of finding longitude at sea, cosmology, mechanics, microscopy, surveying, medicine and meteorology, as well as to the difficult problem of finding longitude at sea, Wren was a friend of Sir Isaac Newton and a founder and early president of the Royal Society.  His cathedral was consecrated in 1697.  (Si monumentum requiris circumspice, reads the epitaph on Sir Christopher’s tomb in the Cathedral crypt.  “If you seek his monument, look around.”)  I’ve been into St. Paul’s on numerous prior occasions, but it was very helpful to have someone point out aspects of the Cathedral that I hadn’t really noticed before.

We closed out the evening with an excellent Indian dinner at Benares Restaurant and Bar, which is located at 12a Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London.  It’s pricey, but I can really recommend it for a special occasion (as this one was).

St. Paul's still standing
St. Paul’s Cathedral on 29 December 1940, during the “Blitz”. (Wikimedia Commons public domain photo)

Incidentally, among the public events that have taken place at St. Paul’s Cathedral are the state funerals of Horatio, Lord Nelson, the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar; Arthur, the Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; Sir Winston Churchill; and Lady Margaret Thatcher.  I think that there have been only four such funerals in the Cathedral, but it was also the scene of the ill-fated marriage between then-Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

Posted from London, England




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