Elijah

Elijah

Here is the Elijah talk given at Confetti Books in October.   Elijah Talk

Answer to Inquiry

Answer to Inquiry

I received criticism about using John D. Lee as a source in Passing the Heavenly Gift. My response was this: Though he was excommunicated from the church, convicted of the crime and executed for his role in Mountain Meadows, the church reinstated John D. Lee to full fellowship in 1962. His temple ordinances were restored, and so
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Editing and Expanding

Editing and Expanding

I’ve been working with the transcript of the Elijah Talk for the last week. It is expanding from what was done in the oral presentation. I had a two-hour time frame to speak in that evening. Therefore the material was adapted to be presented in that time. For the transcript, however, I don’t feel the same
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Two Suggestions

Two Suggestions

There are two suggestions I’d offer to you. First, when you read the scriptural accounts of answers to prayer, ask yourself if there is additional information given by God beyond the topic raised by the prayer or petition to God, in the answer received. The prayer or petition is what the prophet wanted to know. The answer,
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Elijah talk not transcribed yet

Elijah talk not transcribed yet

The talk referred to earlier today is still the “First Three Words” or the King Follett discussion.  There are people who still request it. The talk on Elijah given at Confetti Books has not been transcribed yet.  Sorry for the confusion.

Recent Conversations

Recent Conversations

I have a few requests for the talk mentioned on this blog. I will send those out later today to the ones who have requested them. This morning I finished reading the Book of Mormon again. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it through now. Dozens, if not hundreds. It still contains
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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

I’d been thinking of putting something up about Thanksgiving and using some New Testament things I’ve been reflecting on, but it changed today when I got my mail. Now I thought I’d just put up a short comment on another matter. The practice of law is largely just work and the means for providing for
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Christ The Opener

Christ The Opener

Christ is the one who opens the heavens. (Ether 4: 9.) It is at His command the heavens open and close. Those to whom the heavens remain closed and to whom angels no longer minister are practicing a faith which is vain. (Moroni 7: 37.) Nephi warned us against a faith which claims Christ had
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Gospel Study

Gospel Study

There are issues some Saints believe are fully resolved which, upon closer study, turn out to be much less clear. I’m quite comfortable with investigating claims, history and doctrine even when it creates long periods of uncertainty while I research the topic. I’ve spent years following the trail on some issues before reaching a conclusion.
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Bloom’s Article

Bloom’s Article

Harold Bloom is a serious student of religion. He one time admired Mormonism. The article I linked to earlier today is a reflection of his disillusionment because of the changes which the faith has undergone since the 1990’s. What he once thought would be a revolutionary religion, with vitality that would revolutionize the world, is now gone. Mormonism
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