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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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Mormon’s Plates

Posted by robf on June 23, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised when I started reading Skousen’s The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text to see that his reformatting of the text provided a new perspective and raised new questions for me from the very first lines of the Title Page. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brought by the Hand of the Lord

Posted by robf on March 5, 2011

While there are other possible interpretations, perhaps the most popular LDS view of Lehi’s promised land is to see it as referring to the United States of America. If we accept that interpretation, what are we to make of Lehi’s prophecy, “according to the workings of the Spirit which is in [him], that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord” (2 Nephi 1:6)? Read the rest of this entry »

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Joseph Smith and Abou Ben Adhem

Posted by robf on May 7, 2010

Not sure how I’ve never heard this poem before, but today I was struck by the similarity between Joseph Smith’s encounter with Moroni and James Henry Leigh Hunt’s poem Abou Ben Adhem (published in England in 1834): Read the rest of this entry »

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Glory of God?

Posted by robf on April 9, 2010

As I continue to ponder 2 Nephi 2, I’m wondering about this line in v.4:
thou hast beheld in thy youth his glory
What is it that Jacob has beheld, and what does it mean to behold it? What actually is the glory of God? Read the rest of this entry »

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Ends of the Atonement?

Posted by robf on February 26, 2010

2nd Nephi 2 is one of the most quoted chapters in the Book of Mormon. Seminary students can quote passages about opposition in all things, and Adam falling that men might be. I think many Latter-day Saints find it profound or beautiful or comforting. But I’ve been reading it every day for the past week, and have decided I pretty much don’t understand any of it! Read the rest of this entry »

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178th Anniversary of “The Vision”

Posted by robf on February 16, 2010

February 16th is one of my favorite days, the anniversary of “The Vision” of the three degrees of glory given to Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon now recorded in Doctrine & Covenants 76.

We cherish this section of scripture, and teach about the three degrees of glory in our missionary discussions, though it seems like we rarely actually read “The Vision” itself. What do we really find when we “feast upon” D&C 76? Read the rest of this entry »

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_The Ignorant Schoolmaster_, Chapter 3: “Reason Between Equals”

Posted by robf on January 23, 2010

As the discussion leader for this chapter, I suppose I should stand ignorantly at the door, pushing you through to enter and explore with no escape from exercising your liberty, all the while asking each of you what do you see? What do you think about it? What do you make of it?

I’ll try to do that, but as for myself, I found this chapter a great adventure, Read the rest of this entry »

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Creation and Science for Mormons

Posted by robf on January 14, 2010

What are we to make of the creation accounts given to us in Genesis and Latter-day scripture? Do they call us to reject scientific findings about our 4.54 billion year old planet and 3.8 billion year evolutionary history of life on earth? Read the rest of this entry »

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Joy to the World

Posted by robf on December 23, 2009

Since this is the time of year we sing about angels coming to proclaim joy to the world, maybe it’s a good time to ask what we really know about joy? Read the rest of this entry »

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