Fellowship Gathering

Fellowship Gathering

Last Sunday there was a fellowship in Provo. The gathering involved people who associate on-line from a large geographical area. People came from Arizona, Texas, Idaho, Utah and perhaps other places. A couple now living in Utah recently relocated from Tennessee. They have helped one another with their monetary donations, and become close with each other through their meetings. This
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Why A Temple?

Why A Temple?

Baptism for the dead first appears in scripture in Paul’s writings where he mentions the practice in passing. (1 Cor. 15:9.) Because it is only a lone-reference and not an explanation, it is not enough of a scripture-basis to build any clear understanding, The idea of work by the living for the dead is not
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Sunstone Symposium 2016

Sunstone Symposium 2016

The annual Sunstone Symposium will be held in Salt Lake City, July 27 – 30. This year’s topic is: “Many Mormonisms and the Mormon Movement.” I will be presenting a paper at this year’s event titled: Was There An Original? All the scheduling is tentative at this point. I am not certain which day I
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Talk in Moab

Talk in Moab

I delivered a short talk in Moab, Utah on Sunday, April 10th. The transcript is up in the “Download” section of this website.  

Signs of the Second Coming

Signs of the Second Coming

I hear comments from a wide variety of people who wish Christ would return. They welcome the idea, as if it were going to solve the world’s problems. I’m always daunted by what will happen immediately before His return. Whatever joy He may ultimately bring, this world will undergo widespread catastrophes prior to the return.
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Easter

Easter

We remember Easter foremost for the resurrection. The Lord remembers it foremost for the suffering in Gethsemane. In 1829, the Lord shared His reflection in a revelation to Joseph: Therefore I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your
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Tangible? Spiritual?

Tangible? Spiritual?

I have exchanged emails with a man who is preoccupied with the distinction between a physical and spiritual appearance of Christ. I sent an email this morning trying to make it clear this distinction is not what he thinks: The problem you are allowing to divert you is the issue of “tangibility” or “physicality.” You
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PTHG

PTHG

In an email exchange about Passing the Heavenly Gift I sent the following: I think it is a more correct account of the restoration than anything else that has been written. The Book of Mormon was not an attempt to give a “fair” or a “compete” account of events. It was selected precisely to accomplish
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1, 2 or 3 Priesthoods?

1, 2 or 3 Priesthoods?

There was a talk given by Joseph Smith on August 27, 1843 where he describes three kinds of priesthood. Here is a quote from the account we have: (See TPJS, pp. 322-323) Respecting the Melchizedek Priesthood, the sectarians never professed to have it; consequently they never could save any one, and would all be damned together.
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Comments on “Marriage”

Comments on “Marriage”

In response to the Recorder’s Clearinghouse article on Marriage, these are some of my thoughts: First, a conference can be called by anyone at any time and include any group that gathers. There has not yet been a “general conference” where everyone has been invited, but that will probably happen at some point. In the meantime,
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