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Two Atonements

Posted by BrianJ on April 11, 2014

Primary General President Rosemary Wixom, in her recent General Conference address (Keeping Covenants Protects Us, Prepares Us, and Empowers Us), said,

“Temple ordinances lead to the greatest blessings available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”

Maybe it was the context of those words—she had just finished discussing baptism and the sacrament—but I balked. You see, when I hear “atonement,” I think about Jesus’ sacrifices in Gethsemane and on the cross, but I don’t think about how those directly relate to temple blessings. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Critique of “Come Follow Me” (the new youth Sunday School curriculum)

Posted by BrianJ on April 4, 2014

I offer my evaluation* after fifteen months of using the new Sunday School curriculum for youth, Come Follow Me (CFM). The purpose of this report is help teachers, parents, and students to capitalize on the strengths while moderating the weaknesses of the new program.
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All or Nothing

Posted by Matthew on January 2, 2014

At times people approach a concern about the scriptures as if their entire testimony depends on resolving the question in a particular way. I think of this as all-or-nothing type thinking. I want to discuss here why I think all-or-nothing type thinking is wrong.

Others here on Feast may not be interested in reading this post. They’ve already helped me work through my thoughts related to this on a couple of different occasions (see for example herehere, and here). The purpose of this post is not to break new ground but rather to sum up my current thinking.

A specific event prompted me to write this post. A Mormon neighbor of mine has had a lot of questions about things that bother her in our church both in the scriptures and with things the prophets have said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Christmas List 2013: Books on Scripture/Theology

Posted by kirkcaudle on December 9, 2013

Because the list I wrote up last year was so popular, I have decided to continue this Christmas list tradition. As was the case last year, I will include a few of my favorite books related to scripture and/or theology along with their corresponding interviews that I conducted during this past year. As the host of The Mormon Book Review, I have the unique opportunity of reviewing a number of books in realm of Mormon Studies. I will include my top 5 of 2013 here (in no particular order). Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

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CFP: American Academy of Religion 2014

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 20, 2013

Call for Papers 2014

PACIFIC NORTHWEST REGION
AAR/SBL/ASOR

Regional Meeting
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta
May 9-11, 2014

SPECIAL TOPICS: MORMON STUDIES
Description of the goals and rationale
-This special topic of Mormon Studies promotes the exploration of a wide range of topics relating to Mormonism. This section seeks to provide scholarly inquiry into Mormon history, culture, belief and practice, theology, scripture, and the role of Mormonism in contemporary politics. This section encourages the study of Mormonism from multiple disciplines and methodologies. This section will better equip those in the academy to teach on the subject of Mormonism and actively promotes opportunities for interfaith dialogue.
Co-Chairs
Kirk Caudle (Brigham Young University-Idaho; caudlek@byui.edu) and Susanna Morrill (Lewis & Clark College; smorrill@lclark.edu) (first term; 2012-2015) Read the rest of this entry »

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Gaining a Testimony: As Easy As Being Saved

Posted by BrianJ on October 10, 2013

A recent conversation about the challenges in keeping youth and 20-somethings in the Church got me to notice a similarity between how we talk about testimonies and how other Christians talk about being saved (or at least, how we talk about how they talk about being saved).

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New Summer Seminar in Mormon Theology

Posted by joespencer on October 10, 2013

Seminar Sunstone

The Mormon Theology Seminar and the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship are pleased to announce the First Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology, “A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire: Reading 1 Nephi 1.”

The seminar will be held at BYU’s London Centre in June 2014. Graduate students, junior scholars, independent scholars, senior scholars, and European-based scholars from a range of disciplines are invited to apply. Full information is included below. A printable PDF of the call for applications can be found here.

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The First Annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology
“A Dream, a Rock, and a Pillar of Fire: Reading 1 Nephi 1”
Brigham Young University London Centre, London UK
June 9—June 20, 2014

Sponsored by the Mormon Theology Seminar
in partnership with
The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

In the summer of 2014, the Mormon Theology Seminar, in partnership with the Neal A. Maxwell Institute at Brigham Young University and with support from the Laura F. Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies and the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding, will sponsor a summer seminar for graduate students and faculty devoted to reading 1 Nephi 1.

The seminar will be held at the BYU London Centre in London, England, from June 9—June 20, 2014. Travel arrangements, housing, and a $1000 stipend will be provided for admitted participants. The seminar will be led by Adam Miller and Joseph Spencer, directors of the Mormon Theology Seminar, with assistance from Brian Hauglid, director of the Willes Center for Book of Mormon Studies, and James Faulconer, a Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding and the director of the BYU London Centre.

This summer seminar will take the Mormon Theology Seminar’s practice of facilitating intense, exploratory, interdisciplinary, and collaborative readings of Mormon scripture and adapt it for a live two-week format. During the first week, the seminar will meet daily to work word by word through 1 Nephi 1 from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (philosophical, historical, literary, anthropological, rhetorical, political, archeological, sociological, etc.) in order to promote theologically rich readings of the text. The second week will workshop conference papers and a joint-report based on the previous week’s collaboration and will culminate in a one-day conference on June 20, 2014. The conference proceedings will then be gathered and edited for publication.

The seminar welcomes applications from a wide variety of academic disciplines, cultural backgrounds, and geographic locations. Graduate students, junior scholars, and European-based scholars are especially encouraged to apply, though applications from senior and independent scholars are also welcome.

Applications should be submitted by December 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2014. Application materials should include (1) a full curriculum vitae, (2) a 200 word statement regarding the applicant’s interest in the seminar, and (3) a 500-750 word essay that demonstrates the applicants ability to offer a close, creative, and theologically substantial reading of 1 Nephi 1:2-3.

Questions and application materials should be directed to brian_hauglid@byu.edu.

For more information about the Mormon Theology Seminar, its mission, and archives of its past work, visit http://www.mormontheologyseminar.org.

For more information about the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, visit http://www.maxwellinstitute.byu.edu.

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Is It a Sin to Annoy God?

Posted by BrianJ on August 26, 2013

When I was about eight years old, I visited a radio station (in the middle of Nowhere, UT) with my father. I don’t remember why we went—he had some kind of business to do there. While there, I heard the station playing Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney’s number one hit “Ebony and Ivory.”

I don’t know if it was the unique atmosphere of hearing the radio while in a radio station, or just the fact that the song is catchy pop at its best, but I couldn’t get the song out of my head. Which also means that I couldn’t stop singing it. Which of course means that everyone at home had to keep hearing me sing it. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar Symposium (July 11, 2013)

Posted by kirkcaudle on June 18, 2013

The Maxwell Institute Summer Seminar, co-sponsored by the Mormon Scholars Foundation and the Jack and Mary Lois Wheatley Institution, will be holding a public symposium on Thursday July 11th, 2013 at Brigham Young University, for all interested parties.

This years seminar has continued the series of seminars on Mormon culture begun in the summer of 1997. The seminar was conducted by Terryl Givens, Professor of Literature and Religion and James A. Bostwick Chair of English at the University of Richmond. Read the rest of this entry »

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Better Searching at lds.org!

Posted by Karen on May 28, 2013

For years I’ve had a hard time finding what I was looking for at lds.org. Typing in a few words from a talk I remembered, even from the title of a talk I remembered, hardly ever got me to the right place. I was concerned that serious improvement needed to be made with thousands of youth leaders looking to find up-to-date, relevant talks on lds.org. Well, it happened! The searching at lds.org has been improved! A lot of work has been put into it and the results are awesome.

For a comparison, here’s one example. Less than a year ago I was looking for Sis. Beck’s talk “Mothers Who Know” for a lesson in Young Women’s. I typed in “mothers who know” and “beck.” Her talk “Mothers Who Know” didn’t even come up on the first page of search results. I also tried just typing in Mothers Who Know. If did come up, but it was the ninth hit! Unfortunately, her talk was listed only after link after link of older, less relevant talks by men. That’s okay in some circumstances, but for a YW leader looking for a talk by a mother about motherhood, it was pretty discouraging.

Today, I searched for “mothers who know.” It was the first hit. It was in a group titled “Top Results,” which also included the same talk on the Mormon Channel and a talk by Sheri Dew. Following the first group of search results was one titled “General Conference.” First listed? Sis. Beck’s talk again. A third group of results was titled “Magazines,” which included a visiting teaching message that quoted Sis. Beck’s talk. The fourth group of results (see how thorough and organized this is?) was titled “Scriptures.” Then came “Manuals” and then “Broadcasts” and then “News and Events” and then “Images” and finally “Music.” Now that’s a great way to show any teacher what resources are available!

So if you, like me, had given up on using lds.org to search for what you needed, it’s time to try again!

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