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Plain and Precious Things

December 6, 2013
Plain and Precious Things

“Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.” (2Nephi 13:28) One of the common prevailing ideas taught in the LDS Church is […]

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What Should Be the LDS position on Syria?

September 9, 2013
What Should Be the LDS position on Syria?

A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria’s conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a “spiral of sorrow and death.” Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria “a futile pursuit,” led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics […]

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Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

June 10, 2013
Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

The History Channel just produced one of the most successful series dealing with the Bible in a few decades.  I heard so much good about it that I decided to purchase the entire series on iTunes, having never seen the series at all.  I’ve had occasion to watch the first 2 episodes and wanted to […]

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Symbolism of the Passover Points to Jesus Christ

March 29, 2013
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The traditional Jewish celebration of the Passover, which started Monday night, can illustrate the rich symbolism found in the Old Testament and show how the symbolism of the Passover points directly to Jesus Christ.  Please note that the original Passover observance is described in Exodus, chapters twelve and thirteen.  The modern Seder evolved from this […]

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Are there modern Lamanites and Nephites?

August 12, 2012

Seth Adam Smith, a private videographer who creates LDS-themed material and makes it available on YouTube, has written about the political and social connotations of being Nephite or Lamanite in a recent blog post. He makes some compelling connections to modern day with Christians and Muslims using the words of modern prophets, as depicted in […]

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What is Obama’s Plan C?

December 24, 2011
What is Obama’s Plan C?

Plan A was to have the economy humming by now and see Obama cruise to re-election on the success of Keynesian counter-cyclical stimulus. Hope and change would have proven itself superior to the failed policies of the Republican past and the country would eagerly follow Obama into yet more “transformational” policies in his second term. […]

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The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 4 of 4)

October 25, 2011
The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 4 of 4)

Foreword This is the final post of a 4 part series.  Context for this post is provided in part 1, part 2 and part 3. Concluding Observations The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has wisely taken no official position on Book of Mormon geography,89 despite the clear presence of americentric sentiment throughout the Church as […]

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The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 3 of 4)

October 18, 2011
The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 3 of 4)

Foreword This is part 3 of a 4 part series.  Context for this post is provided in part 1 and part 2. Moroni and Cumorah Often the first protest directed at the Malay Hypothesis is the issue of Cumorah, New York, and the irreconcilable distances and settings it would require to get the plates from Asia […]

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Did the Arab Spring Just Come to Washington?

October 15, 2011
Did the Arab Spring Just Come to Washington?

The United States has been preoccupied with economic issues and domestic politics. So it was shocking to have the Attorney General of the United States call a news conference to announce that Iran’s government was implicated in a plot to murder the Saudi Ambassador to Washington while in the city and (from other sources) conduct […]

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The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 2 of 4)

October 11, 2011
The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 2 of 4)

Foreword This is part 2 of a 4 part series.  Context for this post is provided in part 1. Geographic Correspondence At first glance the Malay Hypothesis’ most striking strong point is the peninsula’s correspondence to geographic features mentioned in the Book of Mormon text. The size and relative distances between various points are commensurable […]

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The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 1 of 4)

October 4, 2011
The Legend of the Lost Book of Gold (Part 1 of 4)

Prologue In 1827, Christian missionaries travelled into the jungles of Burma to bring the gospel to an indigenous group known as the Karen people. As the missionaries began teaching the Karens from the Bible, they were astounded to discover that the Karens already worshipped a deity they called “Y’wa”, had a detailed creation story with […]

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Who’s the Better Friend of Israel?

September 23, 2011
Who’s the Better Friend of Israel?

I was listening to the radio yesterday and the topic of Israel was being discussed.  President Obama made a speech the other day to the United Nations defending Israel and warning against the official recognition of a Palestinian State prior to the negotiation of a real peace between the two peoples. President Obama eloquently stated […]

Posted in America, Church Policy, Freedom, History, Holy Land, Israel, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Politics | 60 Comments »

Gangs of New York Again?

June 25, 2011
Gangs of New York Again?

New York is a city composed of five Boroughs that include dozens of neighborhoods with histories often unrecognized by their modern residents. As the city grew from its origins on the southern tip of Manhattan Island over several centuries, it enveloped and altered what had been separate communities and erased the reasons for their original […]

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Migiddos — Part 1?

April 30, 2011
Migiddos — Part 1?

The Scriptures picture the final battle of good and evil happening in a real place because many real battles have happened on that spot. The place is Megiddo,  a city — ancient even in Biblical times — that controls a pass through the Judean Hills (Carmel Range) to connect the coastal plain to the Jezreel […]

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Charity, the Pure Love of Christ

April 24, 2011
Charity, the Pure Love of Christ

Alongside the Atonement, Charity may be one of the hardest concepts to grasp and put into practice. We are taught in the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 8:1 “…Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave […]

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My Impressions of Israel, Part 3 (final)

December 31, 2010
My Impressions of Israel, Part 3 (final)

In this final part, I’d like to discuss the Christian things that I experienced in Israel. I didn’t see very much,  just the Old City, Bethlehem and the Mount of Olives. The Christian population Within Israel and the Palestinian Territories has declined significantly over the last 20 years or so. According to Reuters, the Christian […]

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My Impressions of Israel, Part 1

December 10, 2010
My Impressions of Israel, Part 1

When I was first dating my wife, my future father-in-law said a very strange thing to me. As we were talking one evening, he asked me, “When are you going back?” “Back where?” “To Israel?” “I’ve never been” “Oh, I thought all Jewish people went to Israel?” “Well, I haven’t….yet.” So 29 years later, I […]

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