Las Vegas Transcript

Las Vegas Transcript

The Las Vegas transcript is up on Scribd. Link is on the right side of the blog under DS Talks.

Messy History

Messy History

History is very messy. While it is lived there are no “themes” the people actually living through the events can detect. The journals of the living record haphazard daily events, never knowing what comes next. These accounts are far more valuable than the later narratives written by historians (and apologists) retelling the events to prove
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Preparation for Phoenix

Preparation for Phoenix

There is one talk remaining. I’m trying to get the transcripts up for the last two. The final talk in Phoenix will mean more if you have read or listened to the first nine talks. All ten are one talk, delivered in installments. The conclusion will presume the audience is already acquainted with what went
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Pacific and Mountain Time Zones

Pacific and Mountain Time Zones

The talks in Las Vegas and St. George this Friday and Saturday will be in two different time zones. Both talks begin at 9:30 a.m. But in Las Vegas that is in the Pacific Time Zone (an hour earlier) and in St. George it is in the Mountain Time Zone. Therefore if you plan to
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Only One Doctrine Left

Only One Doctrine Left

This is a personal message for one of the men on the High Council who advocated my excommunication. He is a friend. I spoke with him yesterday and, after reflecting on it overnight, have something to say to him and anonymous comments on my blog espousing similar beliefs:____________________________In LDS Mormonism there is really only one
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Joseph Smith’s Revelations

Joseph Smith’s Revelations

There is a passage often quoted from the D&C to support the idea that the president of the LDS church is entitled to have his teachings regarded as if they were God’s word. The language is as follows: “Wherefore, meaning the church, thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall
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Today and Yesterday

Today and Yesterday

In Kirtland, Ohio the saints were too proud, foolish and vain for Zion to be established. In Nauvoo, Illinois the saints were too proud, foolish and vain for Zion to be established. In Salt Lake City, Utah the saints are too proud, foolish and vain for Zion to be established. Those who are thinking about
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Mormon In Context

Mormon In Context

Mormon, the abridger of the largest portion of the Book of Mormon, has an important context. He abridged the entire collection of prophetic and historic source materials. From Lehi to the time of King Benjamin, however, the abridgment was translated by Joseph Smith and then lost. That work was replaced by the Small Plates of
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Email Response “Second Time”

Email Response “Second Time”

I received an inquiry about my comment in the Ephriam talk about God’s hand “the second time.”  The inquirer referred to a letter Joseph wrote, directed my attention there, and asked about the “second time.” My response appears below: God may yet set His hand a second time in still another generation (or generations, depending
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Ephriam Transcript – Christ: The Prototype of the Saved Man

Ephriam Transcript – Christ: The Prototype of the Saved Man

The Ephriam transcript is now posted to Scribd. It is an expanded version and will read differently than the recording. It is linked on the blog under DS Talks.

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