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RS/MP Lesson 20: “Temporal Salvation for Ourselves and Others” (George Albert Smith Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 13, 2012

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When speaking about those in need President Smith said, “They are all [God’s] children. They need us; they need not only our moral support and our religious teaching, but they need food and clothing and bedding and help of all kinds because, in many cases, they haven’t anything left.”

 
The gospel is not just about sitting around a room (or on-line) and talking about doctrine, it is about getting out and doing something. Does this “doing something” save us? No. However, it does show us where our hearts are. “We will discover now whether the love the Savior said should be in our hearts is among us,” President Smith said. I believe that we will discover this when we look inside of ourselves and we are honest about our desire to serve others. We should always be “anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness” (D&C 58:27). Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Lesson 19: “Temporal and Spiritual Blessings from the Word of Wisdom” (George Albert Smith Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on October 10, 2012

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I see a lot of practical wisdom in the Word of Wisdom’s prohibition on alcohol and tobacco. Frankly, I don’t see the wisdom of the prohibition on tea. In Russia, where I served my mission, the prohibition on tea was a big deal, since tea is so culturally pervasive. So, I’d like to reflect on the prohibition on tea, rather than focusing these lesson notes on ideas like the practical benefits to avoiding alcohol and tobacco.

From the manual: Read the rest of this entry »

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Opposition, 6.1 – 2 Nephi 2:11 in French Translation

Posted by joespencer on October 10, 2012

As I announced in my last post, this is the first of four sub-posts on the translation of 2 Nephi 2:11 into languages other than English. Here I’ll be taking up the French rendering.

Four distinct translations of the Book of Mormon into French have appeared over the course of the Church’s history. Read the rest of this entry »

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182nd Semiannual General Conference (Sun PM)

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 7, 2012

So here we go with the 5th and final session of General Conference! Read the rest of this entry »

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182nd Semiannual General Conference (Sun AM)

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 7, 2012

I really love General Conference. When it comes to Church, it is my favorite time of the year. Conference always reminds me how fortunate that we all are to live in a time that we have modern-day prophets and apostles that we teach us true doctrine and give us so much guidance for our lives.

In my notes for this conference I am, more than anything, trying to focus on the scriptures that the speakers are using.  That is why I usually list a scripture first in my notes for each speaker.

I was watching on BYUTV and the channel went dead with about 15 minutes left in the conference…it came back on after about 5 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

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182nd Semiannual General Conference (Priesthood)

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 6, 2012

Historically, Priesthood is my favorite session of conference and I am always sorry that the sister do not have the opportunity to participate. I’m sure that it will be my favorite this year too. Read the rest of this entry »

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182nd Semiannual General Conference (Sat PM)

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 6, 2012

Henry B. Eyring: Sustaining

I am sad to see Elder Marlin K. Jensen go! He will truly be missed by many. Read the rest of this entry »

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182nd Semiannual General Conference (Sat AM)

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 6, 2012

I thought that conference notes would be appropriate for this site because we post notes for Sunday school and third hour manual lessons, but we have nothing for those of you that teach “Teaching for our Times” during the fourth Sundays. Therefore, these notes are less for now, and more for later. Hopefully they can serve as a reference for lesson helps later down the road. In the spirit of the Feast blog, I will attempt to keep my notes focused on the scriptures used by the speakers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opposition, 6.0 – 2 Nephi 2:11 in Translation

Posted by joespencer on October 6, 2012

With my last post, I finished up my review of the literature on 2 Nephi 2:11. But I haven’t yet finished recounting the history of interpretation of this passage. Where else might one look? In a word, to translations.

We often say—and rightly!—that the Book of Mormon is quite different from the Bible when it comes to translations. The Bible has come down to its English readers not only through a complex process of original production, subsequent editing and redaction, and community-driven reshaping, and only through centuries of hand-written reproduction of manuscript copies of bits and pieces of the text, but also through a complicated history of translation into Western (and, of course, other) languages, with our own beloved King James Version being as much a product of the Latin Vulgate and the English Bishop’s Bible as of any original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek texts. And that’s not even to mention the political, historical, aesthetic, theological, and other influences that determined the shape the translation took—as anyone who can read the “originals” can tell you.

The Book of Mormon, however, as we say, leaped over all of that. Read the rest of this entry »

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Opposition, 5 – Recent Philosophical Engagement with 2 Nephi 2:11

Posted by joespencer on October 5, 2012

In my last post, I looked at the relatively few but unmistakably important philosophical analyses of 2 Nephi 2:11 available between the beginning of the twentieth century and the 1960s. The pattern, I showed there, was one of serious philosophical work but without a rigorous investigation of the text itself. In this post I’ll deal with more recent philosophical engagement with the text, engagement which is unmistakably predicated on much closer analysis of what Lehi actually has to say in 2 Nephi 2:11. As I mentioned in my last post, this turn of sorts would seem to have been motivated largely by President Benson’s call back to the Book of Mormon in the first half of the 1980s. At any rate, serious work on 2 Nephi 2:11 seems to have begun in 1989.

There’s a lot of material to cover here, and I won’t be able to do justice to much of it. I will, of course, try my best, but it’s difficult to take the measure of the moment we’re still passing through. And in the end, I really need to be able to take the measure of the moment, since my aim in this series is to begin to work beyond—well beyond, if possible—what’s been done. Read the rest of this entry »

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