Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Buried anciently, these metallic plates are bound by rings and written in code. And some of them were sealed. Scholars are excited to open the sealed plates -- as they may provide the earliest look at the ancient Christian church.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Apart from the most rabid fundamentalists among us, nearly everyone admits that the Bible might contain errors ... But is it possible that the problem is worse than that -- that the Bible actually contains lies? ...
Good Christian scholars of the Bible...will tell you that the Bible is full of lies, even if they refuse to use the term. And here is the truth: Many of the books of the New Testament were written by people who lied about their identity, claiming to be a famous apostle -- Peter, Paul or James -- knowing full well they were someone else.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Richard Turley said that the goal of the editors of the JSP project is to present Joseph Smith's papers in an unfiltered, quality format. In the past, most publications have included interpretive context for Joseph Smith words. The JSP project includes only the text, background of that text, and other related tools, leaving interpretation and other scholarly endeavors to other historians.
|Sample from the Book of Commamdments|
Monday, March 21, 2011
Below, an interview with the creators encompass an interesting and (to some Latter-day Saints) an uncomfortable mix of issues -- including Polygamy, feminism, patriarchy, gay marriage, family values and more.
Excerpts of 'Big Love's Creators Deconstruct The Show's Finale, from NPR's Fresh Air (Spoiler Alert!! - don't read on if you want to be surprised by the season finale ending)
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"My Candid Opinion": The Sandwich Islands Diaries of Joseph F. Smith, 1856-1857
Nathaniel R. Ricks editor
For the first time, the earliest surviving diaries of Joseph F. Smith (b. 1838), will be available. Smith, the sixth president of the LDS Church, served from 1901 until his death in 1918. He was also one of the youngest LDS missionaries ever called to serve. He arrived in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaiian Islands) in 1854 at the age of fifteen. For the next three years, he labored to bring native converts into the Church while combating loneliness, depression, a fiery temperament, and doubts about his own competence. In fact, one of the perhaps surprising themes to emerge from the diaries is Joseph F.'s driving quest for self-improvement and intellectual competence. Editor Nathaniel Ricks has carefully annotated these earliest diaries of Joseph F. (earlier volumes were destroyed in a fire) to make them accessible to modern readers. The diaries offer a fun look into the formative years of one of Mormonism's most commanding personalities. "My Candid Opinion" will be a Smith-Pettit Foundation imprint (Smith-Pettit is our sister company).
due: May 2011
limitation: 250 copies
Saturday, March 12, 2011
With 478 pages of documents, plus 52 pages of introductory and explanatory text, Anderson's book is packed with an array of fascinating information, tracing through more than 150 years of developments related to the temple.
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Hauglid, "A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions" (reviewed by Blair Dee Hodges)
Title: A Textual History of the Book of Abraham: Manuscripts and Editions
Author: Brian M. Hauglid
Publisher: Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship
Sunday, March 06, 2011
|Directors and officers of Z.C.M.I, 1880|
It has been pointed out that the title "The Proclamation on the Economy" of an item in circulation on the Internet (posted on this site earlier) was not the original title of the document. It was part of a letter to the Latter-day Saints reviewing the progress of the church's economic cooperative system Z.C.M.I. (Zions Cooperative Mercantile Incorporated).
Z.C.M.I was set up by the political organization - The Council of the Fifty in March, 1868 as a "co-operative covenant" among Mormons to sell goods "as low as they can possibly be sold" with "the profits be[ing] divided among the people [Mormons] at large." Concerns over the economic impact of the transcontinental railroad and economic tensions with non-Mormons prompted its creation.
Brigham proposed a boycott of all "Gentile" (non-Mormon) merchants, which was sustained by the Salt Lake City School of Prophets, and later sustained in General Conference. The church opened the first store in 1869 and the next year began a manufacturing enterprise which became known particularly for their boots, shoes and "mountaineer" overalls.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
To The Latter-day Saints -
"The experience of mankind has shown that the people of communities and nations among whom wealth is the most equally distributed, enjoy the largest degree of liberty, are the least exposed to tyranny and oppression and suffer the least from luxurious habits which beget vice."