October 13, 2021

    ***   The big Deseret Book and Excel Entertainment event for the Witnesses film is tomorrow (Thursday) night, 14 October 2021.  Don’t miss it.  We’ll be reading a list of persons from the lectern who have been called on missions to the new Antarctica McMurdo Station Mission.  Your name may be on it.   For further information, see here.  To RSVP, see here.  For a brief recent television interview related to the film and the event, see here…. Read more

October 12, 2021

    ***   I don’t know whether there are any seats left — I think so, but I’m not sure — for Deseret Book’s and Excel Entertainment’s big Witnesses event this coming Thursday evening, but it received a bit of publicity this afternoon on the Fox-13 television show The Place:   “Meet actors and producers of WITNESSES October 14!”   If you’re interested in attending this event on Thursday night — it’s coming to seem a bigger deal than… Read more

October 11, 2021

    ***   This interesting article was posted in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship at noon today:   Donald W. Parry, “Ancient Sacred Vestments: Scriptural Symbols and Meanings” Abstract: In this essay Parry starts with the symbology of ritual vestments, and then discusses in detail how the ancient clothing worn in Old Testament temples are part of the rituals and religious gestures that are conducted by those who occupy the path that leads from the profane… Read more

October 10, 2021

    ***   I’m hoping that my travel commitments will slow down in 2022, and possibly even this year.  Happily, I’m in a small pause right now, which has given me a bit of time to reflect upon my writing goals and on how, if possible, to achieve some of them before I depart this vale of tears.   As things stand, I’m committed to twenty-six columns for Meridian Magazine annually.  Since by design and promise, they typically weigh… Read more

October 10, 2021

    ***   A new item has gone up on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   Book of Moses Essays #76: Noah (Moses 8) Was Noah’s Ark Designed as a Floating Temple? (Moses 8:22–30; Genesis 6:5–22; chapters 7–8)   ***   Sigh.  When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary to call an individual or a group out for persistent and significant errors, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that the reasons for… Read more

October 8, 2021

    ***   A new article — this one by Taylor Halverson — went up today in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   “Be Ye Therefore Loyal, Even as Your Father Which is in Heaven is Loyal” Abstract: The scriptures are saturated with covenantal words and terms. Any serious or close reading of the scriptures that misses or ignores the covenantal words, phrases, and literary structure of scripture runs the risk of missing the full purpose… Read more

October 8, 2021

    ***   An interesting claim appeared on Wednesday, 6 October, in a post on something called BOFM Blog: Annotated Book of Mormon.  The article is by one Rian Nelson.  I know nothing about him or his blog, except that he is an ardent and vocal advocate of the “Heartland” model of Book of Mormon geography and, now, that he’s a COVID denier.  Someone else called this item to my attention.   The article is titled “Light of Christ… Read more

October 7, 2021

    ***   Today would have been my brother’s — strictly, my half-brother’s — seventy-eighth birthday.  My only sibling’s.  But he only made it to sixty-nine.  His sudden, unexpected death in early 2012 stunned me, and it still wounds me from time to time.  I feared, given his biological father’s own sudden (and much younger) death, that he might pass away before he reached a very advanced age.  But he had been (or so I thought) doing well, and… Read more

October 7, 2021

    ***   I’ve been delinquent in sharing a link to an article that I published three days ago in Meridian Magazine:   “A Historical Case for the Literal Resurrection of Jesus”   I hope that at least a few out there will find it either helpful or useful or both.   ***   On Wednesday, 13 October 2021, I will be delivering a lecture in West Jordan, Utah, in connection with the Interpreter Foundation’s “Ultimate Egypt Tour” the… Read more

October 6, 2021

    ***   I would like to announce an event to be held in Provo, Utah, on Thursday, 14 October 2021, sponsored by Deseret Book and Excel Entertainment.  It is, if you will, an event that is intended to help us make noise about the DVD and the streaming availability of the Interpreter Foundation’s theatrical film, Witnesses. But it won’t merely be a strictly promotional affair,  Rather, we will watch selected scenes from the movie and have a hosted… Read more

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