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RS/MP Chapter 21: Loving God More Than We Love the World (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on November 8, 2013

This week, I will skip the “From the Life of” section, but make comments on each of the other sections. The lesson can be found online here. 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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RS/MP Chapter 20: Missionary Work: “The Kingdom of God Moves Forward” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on October 17, 2013

Find the whole lesson here.

For this weeks lesson I will focus on a number of the scriptures listed in the “Related Scriptures” section at the end of the manual.  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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RS/MP Chapter 19: Missionary Work: “To Reach Every Human Heart” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on October 8, 2013

This lesson can be found online here. Below, I will write a few comments on each section of the lesson. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Visit of Christ in Third Nephi, 5 – As If

Posted by joespencer on September 14, 2013

3 Nephi 11 opens with a voice from heaven interrupting Nephite conversation. Or so we likely summarize the story. There’s a curious detail, however, that we’re too quick to overlook in the account of this event: “And it came to pass that, while they were thus conversing one with another, they heard a voice as if it came out of heaven . . .” (3 Nephi 11:3). What’s to be made of this as if in the middle of this otherwise straightforward description of an event. The next few verses won’t be so skittish about placing things in heaven. Verse 5 will refer to “heaven, from whence the sound came.” And verse 8 will say that “they saw a man descending out of heaven.” In those instances, the “as if” construction doesn’t appear at all. Heaven is heaven, the source of both the Father’s voice and the Son’s person. We might note further that the phrase “as if” appears only twice more in the account of Christ’s visit (3 Nephi 17:5; 19:14), and the similar phrase “as though” never appears at all. Given its infrequency, it’s a bit strange that it appears in this first introduction of the heavenly voice. What’s to be made of this? Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 17: “Priesthood—’for the Salvation of the Human Family'” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by Robert C. on September 13, 2013

(Apologies this is late.)

The lesson from the manual can be found here. Read the rest of this entry »

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RS/MP Chapter 18: “Church Leadership and Selfless Service” (Lorenzo Snow Manual)

Posted by kirkcaudle on September 13, 2013

Find the entire lesson here.

Find some of my thoughts on what it means to be a servant of Jesus Christ in my notes from reading The Life of Holiness here.

For the lesson notes this week I will provide a scripture and/or quote from each section and then provide a few questions for you and/or your class members to ponder. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Visit of Christ in Third Nephi, 4 – To and With

Posted by joespencer on September 7, 2013

The first verse of 3 Nephi 11 contains two very similar formulas, almost side by side, whose slight difference may be of real importance. Those gathered at the Bountiful temple are described as “marveling and wondering one with another,” and they’re described as “showing one to another the great and marvelous change which had taken place.” Two sorts of relation—being-with and being-to(ward)—are on offer here in strikingly similar formulations. Is there any significance to their joint appearance? How might we decide on the nature (and significance) of their difference? Do they play any role in the larger text of Third Nephi? I think there are interesting answers to all these questions. Read the rest of this entry »

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