“We Rejoice in Christ”

“We Rejoice in Christ” February 27, 2024


A nice illustration of Plato and Aristotle by Raphael
Raphael, “The School of Athens” (1505)
In this painting, located in the Vatican Apartments, Plato (the older bearded man, shown gesturing upwards) walks with his younger student, Aristotle (who motions downward, suggesting how his philosophical approach would come to differ from his master’s). In the foreground, Michelangelo sits, looking downward, resting his head on his fist. Over toward the right border of the painting, the very young Raphael himself, wearing a black beret-like hat, looks directly at the viewer.  Plato’s Academy is widely thought to have been the forerunner of today’s Peterson Obsession Board.
(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

Some of the polymathic scientists and  littérateurs over at the Peterson Obsession Board like to picture me as a gourmand and a foodie who waddles incessantly between high-end multiple-course meals.  That isn’t actually me at all — last night, we had grated cheese on tortilla chips for dinner, whereas the previous two nights had been peanut butter and jam on fresh French bread — but they enjoy it so much that don’t want to disappoint them.  In fact, I like to feed them a savory bone from to time.  So . . .

As our flight was descending into the airport at Līhuʻe the other day, my wife  asked the teenage boy who was seated next to her — a native of Kaua’i — to name his two favorite restaurants on the island.  He graciously responded by recommending the places where he most enjoys the food:  McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken.  We chose not to act on his recommendation.

John Gee does not appear in this photo at the 2023 Eidgenössisches Jodlerfest im Kanton Zug because he was in the back, holding the Swiss flag.  (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

The Interpreter Foundation website continues to be effectively moribund.  Today, for example, it posted just three new items:

Nibley Lectures: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 10: “We Rejoice in Christ” (2 Nephi 20-25)

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 lecture 20, covering 2 Nephi 25, The Jews and Jerusalem. [Nibley did not have any lectures covering chapters 10 through 24 of 2 Nephi]

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 10 : “We Rejoice in Christ” (2 Nephi 20-25)

In the 11 February 2023 installment of the Come, Follow Me segment of the Interpreter Radio Show, our intrepid hosts Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen discuss Book of Mormon lesson 10, “We Rejoice in Christ,” covering 2 Nephi 20-25.

The other segments of the February 11 radio show can be accessed at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-february-11-2024.

The Interpreter Radio Show can be heard live on Sunday evenings — every single week of the year! — from 7 to 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640, or, if you’re too distant from the center stake of Zion for adequate radio waves to reach your region of darkness, you can also listen live on the Internet via ktalkmedia.com.

But here’s a hint:  The 11 February 2024 recording has been edited in order to remove extraneous commercial breaks and occasional oubreaks of lrish step dancing — something to which Terry Hutchinson is especially prone — or even outbreaks of John Gee’s unexpected bursts into the enthusiastic jodeling that he has picked up during sojourns in the Berner Oberland regions of the Swiss Alps.  They are beautiful, but they can be distracting.  Matthew Bowen has occasionally sought to insert surfing videos into our programs, but they too would be a distraction from our deeply serious purpose of — if you believe the denizens of the Obsession Board — obfuscating, lying, distorting, misleading, and insulting.

Come, Follow Me — Study and Teaching Helps (2024): Lesson 10, March 4-10: 2 Nephi 20-25 “We Rejoice in Christ”

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.


An hourglass
Or, to vary the metaphor, the sands of the wooden hourglass are running out.
(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


I have done a reasonably good job of keeping up the pace of my writing during this trip.  Better, I think, than I’ve ever done before.  My writing goal for this year has been to produce, each week, six thousand words of prose designed for immediate or eventual publication. (I don’t count blogging toward my thousand words, of course.  I don’t consider blogging “publication.”)  Knowing that I would be scattered and jet-lagged and needing to shoulder various responsibilities for the tour that we were accompanying, I made a run at doing more than six thousand words during the weeks leading up to this trip.  And I did pretty well.  Further, I actually wrote some additional materials while I’ve been, er, on the road (which is to say, largely on the water and in the air)    So I’m feeling rather proud of myself at the moment.

I have a lot of things that I want to get out there, and the clock is inexorably ticking.  So it’s absolutely necessary that I pick up the pace.  As Omar Khayyam (AD 1048-1131) puts it or, at least, as he puts it in the creative translation of Edward FitzGerald (1809-1883),

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

Posted from Līhuʻe, Kauaʻi, Hawai’i



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