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King Benjamin Lived in…Uruguay?

Posted by BrianJ on January 7, 2013

“And even I, myself, have labored with mine own hands that I might serve you, and that ye should not be laden with taxes, and that there should nothing come upon you which was grievous to be borne—-and of all these things which I have spoken, ye yourselves are witnesses this day.” (Mosiah 2:14)

“[The president of Uruguay,] Mr. Mujica, 77, shunned the opulent Suárez y Reyes presidential mansion, with its staff of 42, remaining instead in the home where he and his wife have lived for years, on a plot of land where they grow chrysanthemums for sale in local markets.” (New York Times)

(Not sure if Benjamin would have legalized marijuana though….)

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The Nephites were a failure…but when?

Posted by BrianJ on August 16, 2012

Imagine reading the Book of Mormon backwards. Not literally of course, where nothing would make sense, but arranging all the “stories” or segments in reverse-chronological order. This way, instead of starting with a righteous and devoted prophet-king (Nephi), we begin the tale reading about a barbaric, rebellious people who are utterly destroyed. They are wicked and perverse—among the baddest of the bad in all of history—and it isn’t until much later that we find more than a handful of Nephites we would want to emulate.

The question is: At what point would you say, “Here is a model society”?

Or, put another way, knowing that Nephite society is ultimately a horrible failure, at what point did their politics, culture, leadership, etc. essentially doom them to that fate? Read the rest of this entry »

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“The Commandments Written in Your Hearts”; Literary Allusion in Mosiah 13:11?

Posted by BrianJ on May 20, 2012

When chastening the priests of Noah, Abinadi makes an accusation that he may have intended as a literary allusion to Exodus 31:18 Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 10: “The Scriptures, the Most Valuable Library in the World” (George Albert Smith Manual)

Posted by BrianJ on May 19, 2012

For me, this lesson has three parts:

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Is struggle-free forgiveness possible?

Posted by BrianJ on May 5, 2012

Enos cried all day and into the night for forgiveness. At long last, the Lord tells him, “Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed.”

Is this kind of wrestle a prerequisite to forgiveness? Can remission of sins be received more easily?

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Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah: Reading 2 Nephi 26-27 (Book Review)

Posted by BrianJ on February 18, 2012

Spencer, Joseph M. and Jenny Webb, eds. Reading Nephi Reading Isaiah: Reading 2 Nephi 26-27. Salem, OR: Salt Press, 2011.

ISBN: 978-0-9839636-1-5. Pages: 160. Retail: $19.95.


“This series of books is based on a novel idea: that Mormons do theology.” So begins the Series Introduction to the Mormon Theology Seminar published by Salt Press. “[Theology] speculates,” it continues, “it experiments…tests new angles…[and] reads old texts in careful and creative ways.”

I’m not sure how many readers will agree with that definition of theology—I have never considered myself a practitioner or even student of theology—but that is not really my concern here. Rather, in this review I will answer how well the authors of “Reading Nephi” deliver on their promise to “display…theology as a Mormon ideal.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Lehi’s Knowledge of Scripture

Posted by BrianJ on January 21, 2012

A discussion I had this week tangentially got me thinking about Lehi’s knowledge of scripture. Specifically, how much of a “scriptorian” he was prior to his journey into the wilderness and to the promised land. Read the rest of this entry »

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Beautifying General Conference Addresses

Posted by BrianJ on May 25, 2011

So I’ve been thinking: Wouldn’t it be nice if the editors at The Ensign could rewrite General Conference addresses so that the prose was more beautiful? Read the rest of this entry »

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The KJV is the Best

Posted by BrianJ on May 8, 2011

The KJV is the best…of the bible translations published in 1611.

I guess that means, Happy 400th Birthday KJV!! (But now maybe do you think you could take a seat and let someone else have a turn enlightening the English-speaking Christian world?) Read the rest of this entry »

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Babies and the Unchangeable God

Posted by BrianJ on January 18, 2011

Mormon states that babies don’t need baptism, but if they did then that would mean that God is changeable. But he doesn’t explain his reasoning and, well, I just don’t see how he reaches that conclusion. So, if you see it, please explain.

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