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Teaching the Gospel in the Savior’s Way

Posted by robf on October 25, 2012

The new missionary age policy announced this past General Conference may have overshadowing perhaps an even bigger and more long-lasting set of changes also implemented by the Church–new teaching guidelines  (Teaching the Gospel in the Savior’s Way) and a new youth curriculum (Come, Follow Me) for Youth Sunday School as well as Young Men/Young Women.  While the missionary guidelines will affect those who serve missions, these new materials and coordinated teaching approach will affect all youth in the Church. Read the rest of this entry »

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Did Eve Get the Memo?

Posted by robf on July 4, 2012

What did Eve know and when did she know it?   Read the rest of this entry »

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What is the Book of Mormon, really?

Posted by robf on January 21, 2012

OK, there are innumerable ways to answer this. But here’s a definition that might deserve more consideration–The Word of God. Read the rest of this entry »

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Taking the Book of Mormon Seriously as History

Posted by robf on December 29, 2011

While we often focus on the spiritual messages of the Book of Mormon, the Book of Mormon itself is not written as a mere collection of sermons or prophetic teachings. In order to take it seriously on its own terms, we need to pay closer attention to the Book of Mormon as historiography–“an account written by the hand of Mormon” and others containing “an abridgment of the record” of at least two ancient historic peoples. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where are all the missing scriptures?

Posted by robf on November 20, 2011

How much scripture are we still missing or not recognizing? If we take Nephi seriously, perhaps quite a bit! Read the rest of this entry »

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Faith and Anxiety?

Posted by robf on September 2, 2011

I’m puzzled by a line in Jacob 1:5, where we are told that Nephi and Jacob had received revelations “concerning our people, what things should happen unto them” and that these revelations had come “because of faith and great anxiety.” What role did anxiety play in the receipt of this revelation in particular, and what is the spiritual role of anxiety in general? Read the rest of this entry »

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Alma the Younger as Proto-Nehorite

Posted by robf on August 10, 2011

In Alma 1 Nehor comes out of nowhere, causes a big scene with Alma the Younger, and is summarily executed. All in less than 15 verses! While this episode may seem like a flash in the pan, Nehor holds the key for understanding Alma the Younger—including his early rebellion and his entire ministry. Read the rest of this entry »

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Harrowing up of Souls

Posted by robf on August 1, 2011

The Book of Mormon uses the term harrow or harrowing 10 times. Harrowing is the agricultural practice of dragging a series of spikes or disks over a field to either smooth or tear up the surface. The practice is mentioned three times in the Old Testament, but only the Book of Mormon mentions the harrowing up of souls or minds. Where does this phrase come from? Read the rest of this entry »

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Obedience is the first law of heaven

Posted by robf on July 8, 2011

We’ve heard this quote over and over. It is repeated several times in official class manuals (see for instance, here and here). But where does this teaching come from? Read the rest of this entry »

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Alma 14

Posted by robf on June 25, 2011

For those of us working on the Alma 14 wiki project, what are some of your thoughts or insights as you work through this chapter?

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