“The Hello Girls”

“The Hello Girls” May 8, 2024


Last-minute adjustments in Tennessee for filming atop a stagecoach on the set of the Interpreter Foundation’s forthcoming theatrical film “Six Days in August.” (Still photograph by Jason Allred.)

As prophesied by critics, the long-dead website of the long-dead Interpreter Foundation continues to do absolutely nothing and to show no sign of life.  Want proof?  See, for just four examples, these new entries:

“Conference Talks: The Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Moses: An Outpouring of Revelations and the Beginning of Joseph Smith’s “New Translation” of the Bible: 2021 Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses Conference,” presented by Kerry Muhlestein

Kerry Muhlestein spoke at the 2021 Tracing Ancient Threads in the Book of Moses Conference on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

“We often think of the Book of Moses as one set of revelations given to Joseph Smith, and the Doctrine and Covenants as a different set. In reality, they were eventually divided into these categories but the Prophet and the Saints experienced them as one continuous flow of revelations that interacted with each other. This steady stream of revelations affected the Church’s understanding of beautiful and impactful doctrines. We understand the doctrinal development of the Church best when we see how various revelations built one upon another. In particular, an understanding of what it meant to be a prophet, of the Fall, and of Zion were doctrines that developed as the translation of the Bible and other revelations and events built upon each other.”

All of the conference presentations were filmed, and both video and audio recordings of each presentation are available. Videos, audio recordings and transcripts are available at https://interpreterfoundation.org/conferences/2021-book-of-moses-conference/videos/. The videos are also available on the Interpreter Foundation YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/theinterpreterfoundation. A YouTube playlist is available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRMn4gyXMWLtulXZ-y4mAph138aNdAWlw.

Nibley Lectures: Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 20: “A Light … That Can Never Be Darkened”: Mosiah 11-17

This week, we have lectures 33 through 36 from Hugh Nibley’s Book of Mormon classes at Brigham Young University, covering Mosiah 10-18.

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.

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 20: “A Light … That Can Never Be Darkened” (Mosiah 11-17)

For the 21 April 2024 Come, Follow Me segment of the Interpreter Radio Show, hosts Bruce Webster, Kris Frederickson, and Robert Boylan discussed Book of Mormon lesson 20, “A Light … That Can Never Be Darkened,” covering Mosiah 11-17.

Their conversation was recorded.  It has been purged of commercial interruptions.  It has been archived and place online for your listening delight and edification.  It is accessible at no charge.  Moreover, the other segments of the April 21 radio show can also be accessed, at https://interpreterfoundation.org/interpreter-radio-show-april-21-2024.

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

Come, Follow Me — Study and Teaching Helps (2024): Lesson 20, May 13-19: Mosiah 11-17: “A Light … That Can Never Be Darkened”

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 actual photograph from the time!
Left to right: Randy Melton, stagecoach driver/teamster; Quinton Kappel as Heber Kimball; Ted Bushman as Wilford Woodruff.

On Monday night, my wife and I met at a local restaurant for dinner with a group of friends and then, afterward, all of us attended a performance of The Hello Girls at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.  Somehow, I had never heard of the play before, and I was expecting absolutely nothing.

I loved it.  I think that it’s one of the best plays that I’ve ever seen at the Hale.  The Monday-night cast was strong, the ensemble singing was superb, and the story — based upon true events from the First World War — was very good and, to me at least, completely new.  I have no idea whether any tickets are still available, but I recommend The Hello Girls enthusiastically.

I’m also looking forward very much to the move of the Hale Center Theater to its new home in Pleasant Grove, which will take place either this fall or early in 2025.  The new theater will be bigger and, thus, somewhat less intimate.  Furthermore, alas, it will be a little bit further from our house.  But they have needed a new facility for a very long time, and this one will be a huge contribution to live theater — to culture and entertainment — here in Utah Valley.  I’ve said it before, but I don’t mind repeating myself:  This theater and its sister theater in Sandy, in the southern part of Salt Lake Valley, are Utah state treasures.

Szekely near Moab
A Utah sunrise at Dead Horse Point, by Pedro Szekely
(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

My adopted state of Utah is sometimes called Utard by certain critics of its dominant church, who also label the majority of Utah’s population Mor(m)ons and Morgbots.  Obviously, it’s a terrible, terrible place.  And it’s very likely that the state’s unique religious character plays at least some baleful, toxic role in its miserable performance in the latest rankings by U.S. News and World Report:  “Utah ranked the No. 1 overall state by U.S. News and World Report: Utah takes the crown for the third year in a row”



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