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The name “Christ” in the Book of Mormon

The folks at Book of Mormon Central continue to put out intriguing material.

This post about the name “Christ” as given to Jacob, lays out some very interesting insights into the names used by various prophets in the Book of Mormon.

Check it out by following this link:

Why Does An Angel Reveal The Name Of Christ To Jacob?

As an added bonus, their posts often have fancy little graphics and even recordings of the text!

Number of Names of Christ. John W. Welch

 

 

Joseph Smith: A short look at his writings

Joseph Smith was born in 1805 in Sharon, Vermont. As a youth his family moved to Palmyra, New York looking for a new start following multiple crop failures.

Joseph had, for the most part, a regular experience growing up in that time. He worked on the farm, and picked up odd jobs with his father and older brothers. He suffered from an illness, but recovered. His family suffered loss common to that time, and were generally poor. He received a little schooling, and did some reading with the family, but did not have the opportunity for a solid formal education.

All of that “normal” disappeared once Joseph had a life changing experience in a grove of trees at age 14. The remaining 24 years of his life would be anything but normal.

Joseph was involved, in one way or another, with a significant amount of writings. He brought forth the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price, he received a large number of revelations which are recorded in the Doctrine and Covenants, he was interviewed by reporters, his history was recorded as it happened, and he kept a journal.

This week I had a couple of experiences that highlighted the differences in these works for me, and I thought I’d share some of my thoughts.

The Book of Mormon is 531a)In it’s current typed format including footnotes pages long. There are 15 smaller books that comprise the Book of Mormon. Each named after a primary individual, often the author of that particular book.

The main portion of the book occurs between 600 b.c. and 421 a.d., a period of over 1,000 years. Another portion of the book occurs much earlier, probably somewhere around 2,000 b.c.

The book is largely all original material, with some quotes from the Old and New Testaments. The writing is complex. Many narratives and sub-narratives run throughout the book. Theology and history are interwoven constantly, and the book contains writings that vary from simple statements of faith to deep allegories. The book even contains the use of complex chiasumus.

The book is written by a people who originated in Jerasulem, and contains authentic Semitic constructions in it’s language.

The Book of Mormon contains hundreds of names for people and places. Some names are common, or at least already known, but many of the less familiar names have also proven to have roots in, or at least familiarity with, ancient Hebrew names.

To some the Book of Mormon seems as though it has grammatical errors and a clumsy use of language. However, new studies in linguistics have been able to show that the language in the Book of Mormon is actually much more complex than originally thought and shows evidence of English language structure that predates Joseph’s time by hundreds of years.

Initial Word Print Analysis studies have shown distinct voices associated with the various authors within the Book of Mormon.

Joseph Smith’s role was to translate the Book of Mormon. Understandably most people imagine Joseph engaged in a scholarly style translation where one takes the original document written in “language A” and rewrites the text in “language B”. The scholar is able to do this because of their intimate familiarity with both languages and their ability to read and write in both.

This is not, however, the type of translation Joseph performed. Joseph’s translation came by the “gift and power of God“. It is much more akin to someone receiving a revelation from God, than our traditional idea of scholarly translation.

Joseph brought forth the Book of Mormon by dictating it to scribes while he received the words, through different methods, from God. He did this in a period of 60-90 days, working on the translation for multiple hours each day. The book was produced in a single draft, with out reference material or notes, and with out going back to verify internal references, adjust narratives, match names or geography, and with out the common multiple-draft editing techniques.

With all of this in mind, remembering Joseph’s lack of formal education, and considering the fact that we haven’t even explored the complexities of the Pearl of Great Price or the Doctrine and Covenants, I come to this:

Jospeh Smith first page diary

This is Joseph’s first journal, which begins about 3 years after the translation of the Book of Mormon is complete. Joseph started his journal after being instructed by the Lord that records should be kept by the church.

The first page of the journal (shown above) reads as such:


27 November 1832  Tuesday

Joseph Smith Jrs  Record Book Baught  for to note all the  minute circumstances  that comes under my  observation
Joseph Smith Jrs  Book for Record  Baught on the 27th of  November 1832 for  the purpose to keep a  minute acount of all  things that come under  my obsevation &c- –
oh may God grant that  I may be directed in all my thaughts O bless  thy Servent Amen

The reader can clearly see Joseph struggle with his first journal entry. Crossing out his first, awkward, attempt at a title for the book.

As was common for someone in his position he uses a phonetic spelling for several words: “baught”, “acount”, “servent” “thaughts”.  He also misspells “observation”.

His sentence structure is choppy and less than eloquent. He ends the entry with a plea for help from God. This plea reveals how overwhelming writing was for Joseph.

On the second page of Joseph’s journal he misspells the names of his sister Sophronia, which Joseph spells as “Sopronia”; and his sister Katherine, which Joseph spells as “Catheri(n)”.

Subsequent entries show the same inadequacies.

Joseph eventually abandons writing his own journal entries and starts to use scribes.

Why am I delving into the details of Joseph’s writings? Because the difference between these journal entries and the translation of the Book of Mormon simply astounds me.

Joseph has trouble spelling his own sister’s name, but the Book of Mormon has hundreds of names, some quite complicated.

Joseph has a hard time coming up with a title for his journal, yet the Book of Mormon has an ongoing story line with complex narratives, intricate conflicts, complicated character interaction, long sermons, and minute details.

Joseph makes only a handful of journal entries before abandoning the practice for 10 months, yet the Book of Mormon is dictated in it’s entirety in only 2 to 3 months.

Joseph’s journal entries mostly consist of a few, short sentences, but the Book of Mormon was dictated page after page with out rest.

Joseph begs the Lord for help in writing his journal, yet he dictates the Book of Mormon for hours on end with out reference or assistance.

It is hard to ignore that as a person Joseph struggled with basic writing skills, yet as a servant of God he was able to translate one of the most significant religious texts of all time. A text that has lead to millions of converts. A text that has been translated into hundreds of languages and been distributed across the world. A text that has, as it claims it will do, bring many to a better relationship with Christ.

A text that continues to prove to be more deep and complex than we ever imagined.

 

 

*This post was inspired by a fireside given by Richard E. Turley Jr in April 2015

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#becausehelives

I love talking to people. I love when they share their stories with me and answer all my little questions. Stepping into other’s shoes for a moment can be a very beneficial experience.

With Easter weekend coming on, the church has again launched, what is basically, a world wide testimony meeting. Using the hashtag #becausehelives, folks from all over the world are sharing their love of Christ.

On a special Mormon.org page the church has posted information about the last week of Christ’s life, along with a video about Christ’s role in our lives. A part of the page is displaying all of the #becauseofhim posts that people have posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – from all over the world.

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So the question is: how has Christ changed your life?

Share your experiences, your testimony, with the hashtag #becauseofhim.

And see more at the Mormon.org website.

 

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The Spectrum of Faith

Note: Some edits have been made for further clarification. 

Faith is exciting. Faith can cause a person to make significant change in their life, it can bring them through great trial, it can turn hope into action, and it can produce great strength in a once weak person.

Generally speaking, faith can be directed towards many things. We can direct it towards each other “I have faith that he will do as he promised”, towards God “I have faith that God exists and loves me”, toward a certain event “I have faith that she will heal from her illness”, towards science “I have faith that the treatments can cure my disease”.

More specifically speaking, the gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to have faith in Christ.  Though the scriptures are full of teaching about faith we seem to have developed a simplified view of faith.

We tend to think of faith like this:

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In this diametric view of faith we perceive faith as an “all or nothing” experience, has a “on or off switch”, or as a “got it or not” kind of possession.

One of the biggest problems with this is that we then label ourselves, and our brother’s and sisters in the church, with the same kind of limitations. We tend to split everyone into two groups: either faithful or faithless. And then we apply labels to each group like this:

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This kind of view on faith has serious flaws and even more serious, and damaging consequences. It is further complicated by the idea that someone’s belief in certain things is the same thing as their faith.

Faith vs no faith (minus the accompanied labels) might be a good way teach faith to young primary children. But as more mature saints we need to posses a more complex understanding of faith and it’s relation ship to belief and doubt and the kind of life we live.

One example of this diametric view being wrong is the fact that not even Christ uses it. We know from Doctrine and Covenants 76 that even in his final judgement Christ won’t sort us out into “Group A” and “Group B”. There isn’t just a Heaven and Hell. There are multiple kingdoms of glory and with in those kingdoms there are differing glories even as “one star differs from another in glory”. If Christ does separate us into just two group, then why do we think we can do so?

 Spectrum of Faith

 The truth is that our belief operates on a spectrum. Something more like this:

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As life long investigators of the church, we can exist anywhere on this spectrum at different times in our life. The general idea being that we hopefully, in the end, have more belief then we started with.

However, there may be times in our lives that we move more to the left in the spectrum as our belief is tested or shaken. That is fine, we are allowed to be tested and tried. Always striving for a better understanding and increased belief is what is important.

By looking at belief in this manner we can now apply faith to the spectrum:

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The very left side being someone without faith at all because their doubt prevents it. And the very right side being someone who has moved from having a portion of belief  to “doubting nothing” by exercising faith.

However, the majority of members of the church will be somewhere in the middle section – the “Spectrum of Faith”.

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With this in mind we move from an understanding of faith being so diametric:

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To an understanding of faith existing on a spectrum, and thus much more inclusive:

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Suddenly we see that “the faithful” includes a great many more people than we previously supposed. We see that faith can exist even in the face of serious doubt, and that trying to measure someone’s faith by their belief is more difficult than we thought.

An understanding that faith and belief are strongly connected, but not the same thing, is important. Belief produces faith and faith produces belief, but one’s belief is not a measure of their faith. Faith can exist in the presence of even a small amount of belief.

We then realize that the spectrum of faith is different than our belief:

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We now look around church and see that everyone there believes, everyone is exercising faith, everyone is somewhere on the spectrum of faith. We can also see that many who are not at our church, or any church for that matter, on Sunday can still be on the spectrum of faith.

Even the person whose faith has not brought them to church, still has some faith.

The person who has serious doubts, but came to church anyway, is expressing their faith.

The person who doesn’t have belief in all things, but still shares testimony of the things they do believe, is exercising faith.

So also is the person who is excited for church, and read their scriptures, and said their prayers, and believes all of the doctrine.

We all live on the spectrum of faith.

 Which Faith Really Matters

 At this point it is important to clarify what faith we are really talking about. As I stated before we can exercise faith in a great number of things, which can all have positive effects if exercised appropriately. But the faith we are really talking about here is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. For without this faith, no other faith matters. It is only through him that we are saved from our mortal state, thus all other faith is subsequent to, or an appendage of, our faith in Christ.

All of our faith in the scriptures, and prophets, and doctrine can’t save us if we don’t have faith in Christ. However, faith in the scriptures, and the prophets, and the doctrines can help us better know Christ and exercise our faith.

Living on the Spectrum of Faith

 It is so easy for us to think that we can have a single spiritual experience and suddenly be completely converted and left free of all doubt and with an unbreakable faith. However this is rarely the case.

When we teach from Moroni 10:3-5 we teach that praying sincerely can bring a manifestation of the spirit that something is true. This doctrine of gaining faith is correct, but our interpretation of it has been somewhat narrow. We imagine that Moroni and the other prophets are telling us to kneel down and pray for a “once and done” kind of spiritual experience. But that isn’t at all what is being said. It is simply saying that sincere prayer brings spiritual understanding of the truth. Is that one prayer or is it a thousand? Is that one prayer for all doctrines, or one prayer for each doctrine? The truth is, each individual will have a different experience with how they gain and grow their faith. As we increase our belief so can our faith increase, and as we increase our faith so can our belief increase also.

Alma  expounds upon this idea in his preaching of the seeda)Alma 32. Alma’s comparison of faith to that of a seed gives us great insight into how faith works. Faith may burst from the seed with that first prayer. But it does not burst into a full grown tree. It instead it grows from a tiny seed to a massive tree over time.

Just as the rings of a real tree reveal different amounts of annual growth, our faith too will grow with varying amounts. A drought of water can slow the growth of a tree, a drought of the Spirit can slow the growth of our faith. On the other hand, years with plenty of water or Spirit, both produce accelerated growth.

Alma cautions us to “nourish [our faith] with great care” so that “it may grow”. Just as with a spruce or a redwood, faith takes time and care to grow to full maturity.

Your tree of faith may be taller than mine right now. But over the next year mine might grow more than yours. Mine might have a year of no growth, and in that same year you might have the greatest amount of growth you’ve ever had. Each of us will grow in faith at different periods and in different ways.

Labeling Faith

 When looking at faith as a spectrum it becomes very hard to label someone else according to where they are on the faith spectrum. But it becomes much easier to see where we sit on the spectrum. Our definition of disciple becomes much more broad and our definition of apostate becomes much more narrow. I do not mean to claim that there is no point where someone has lost their faith – there certainly is. Nor do I say that apostasy doesn’t happen – it does. But by looking at faith as a spectrum in which we all move as life goes on, we see that a great many more of us have faith as opposed to being without faith.

We may be a disciple that doubts some, like Thomas b)John 20:24-29. Or we may be a disciple that is working on gaining a perfect knowledge c)Doctrine and Covenants 46:13. Even still we may be a disciple relying on the faith of others d)Doctrine and Covenants 46:14. In any case, we are still disciples.

 Faith and Righteousness

 With the spectrum in mind it is also easier to see that belief does not always directly correlate to righteousness. A very believing person can commit a very grievous sin. The scriptures contain examples of this. On the other hand, a person whose doubt outweighs their belief right now can still live every commandment and produce much good for others.

Faith produces action, and exercising faith on even a small amount of belief can produce a righteous life.

However, Thinking that we are safe from sin because we measure ourselves on the right side of the belief spectrum is a very dangerous practice. On the other hand believing that we can stay on the left side of the spectrum and be comfortable there forever, is also a very dangerous practice.

Righteousness also works on a spectrum in which our obedience increases and decreases. With this we can see that our positions on each spectrum may not always coincide.

We may believe a lot and exercise little faith, thus possibly leading to less obedience:

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Or we could believe little, but still exercise great faith, thus leading to a life of obedience.

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Life is more complicated than getting a single answer to a prayer, and then being “good to go” forever more – free of doubt and sin. Our position on each spectrum can be constantly moving. it can change quickly. We must exercise our faith to improve and refine both belief and obedience in the face of doubt, opposition, and temptation. At the same time we can increase our belief through study and pray so that our faith may also increase. We can also exercise our faith and live righteously allowing the spirit to work with our doubts and help us believe.

 Growing our Faith

 Alma e)Alma 32 warns us that if we “neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.”

On the other hand, if we “nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.”

Alma’s analogy makes it clear that the growth of our tree-of-faith depends largely on our actions, on our choices, and on how we approach our faith. He that doesn’t care for his tree will allow it to wither in the sun, he that does will give it water allowing the roots to follow the water to greater depths – thus finding more water.

Our faith can pull us through times of doubt and temptation.

Doubt, struggles with testimony, fears, temptations, and confusion can all come into our lives for different reasons and in many different ways. Alma directs that a diligent, patient, and hopeful approach to faith, both before and during times of doubt or struggle, can make all the difference between a tree that produces fruit and one that withers.

 Conclusion

 What do we learn from looking at faith as a spectrum rather than a division?

We learn:

  1. That labeling ourselves and others as faithful can be very difficult and is rarely helpful.
  2. That almost everyone is excising faith. We may all be at different places with our belief but we can still exercise faith and live righteously.
  3. We must have an honest idea of where we are on the spectrum, and be willing to make course corrections that will allow us to grow.
  4. We must too, be willing to help others make course corrections. While being careful to not tear down the faith of others.
  5. We should always be striving to increase our faith with patience, and diligence, and hope. Caring for our tree-of-faith with the utmost tenderness.

Faith is too important to be treated lightly. It should be a deeply integral part of our daily lives. No matter where we are on the spectrum of faith I encourage us to continue to help our own tree grow, help others trees grow, and see people for the faith that they do have, and not the faith they don’t have.

 

References   [ + ]

a. Alma 32
b. John 20:24-29
c. Doctrine and Covenants 46:13
d. Doctrine and Covenants 46:14
e. Alma 32

Jennifer, Iggy, Beyonce – Please Don’t Be My Daughter’s Role Model

Recently, Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea released a video for the song cleverly named “Booty”. It was viewed on Youtube over 20 million times within two days of being posted.

I won’t link the video, but here is the synopsis: Two grown women dance in swimsuits and underwear while the camera focuses and pans across their butts, bellies, and other body parts. There is limited screen time for the women’s faces but that is overshadowed by the body shots and the slapping and caressing associated with those shots.

Here is the problem that I have with the video: it is bad for girls and women, not to mention boys and men.

There is an on going battle for women to be treated with more respect, to be seen for more than just their bodies, to not be ashamed of their shape and size. In addition we have campaigns to end sex crimes against women and to save women in sex trafficking. We are trying to change the attitudes and social stigmas surrounding rape – and how we approach preventing it. In general we are pushing for society to stop treating women as meat or the property of others.

All of these ideas I am more than in favor of. I may not agree with every one of the claims or actions of the various campaigns and groups, but I agree that women in our society are not being treated appropriately and that things need to change.

Lately I’ve been feeling like we have been making some headway in improving how women are treated. But my hopes have been greatly damaged by several recent events – this video by Iggy and Jennifer being paramount amongst them.

Think I am being a prude, or passing judgment on a couple of “proud, powerful, independent women”? Well lets take a look at the lyrics:

The way she twerk it, not fair

She got a booty, that’ll swallow a thong

I wanna take that big ‘ol booty shopping at the mall

The entire song is similar, using the word “Booty” 35 times and the word “big” 45 times to describe that booty

But wait, there is more. Remember, we want women to be treated with respect right? We want men to stop looking at women as meat right?

How will we ever accomplish that when two of the most powerful women in music, strip down, slap each other’s butts, and sing:

All the sexy girls in the party

Go and grab a man, bring him to the dance floor

Go on let them jeans touch you while you’re dancing

It’s his birthday, give him what he ask for

What is the message here? What are we telling women and especially girls? We are telling them they are meat! We are telling them to take their “big booty”, grab some random dude, and let him touch them on the dance floor. And why are we doing this? BECAUSE IT’S HIS “BIRTHDAY”?

And how is this message going to affect the attitudes of males? Boys who are trying to figure out how to be men are now thinking: “hey, let me touch you. You should give me what I want, because it’s my birthday”. Jennifer and Iggy say that’s the way it should be. How is a teenage girl, or boy, supposed to argue with them? Iggy and Jennifer are powerful, proud, independent women – right? They are famous, they get 20 million views and tons of money and are given awards on the TV.

Beyond what is said in the video, what is done in the video has a similar message. A 45 year old woman and a 24 year old woman (remember: rich, famous, celebrities) spend 4 minutes half naked rubbing, shaking, caressing, slapping, and teasing for the viewer. If this is what is needed to be popular and loved (something most people, especially young women, want) then why not just make your own video? You’ve got a camera phone and Youtube. In a matter of minutes you could make your own Booty video and share it for the world to see.

Part of the reason all of this this is bothering me is because I recently spent a couple of days in Vegas. Anyone who has been there knows that a quick walk down the strip reveals dozens of instances of women being used for their bodies.

I also, recently, had to listen to several pre-teen girls sing the impressive Niki Manaj lyrics:

My Anaconda don’t…

My Anaconda don’t…

My Anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns hun

These girls, who have not yet even begun to develop the features of a mature female, are already being taught by Niki that they need to have a certain body type to be desirable to men. (And in this case, men that deal drugs, and who expect certain sexual favors). Beyond that they are being taught that the only thing they have to offer the world is their bodies and nothing more.

But the biggest reason that this is bothering me right now, is that we just found out we are having a baby girl. This will be our first daughter. I am very excited and a little terrified at the same time.

I hope I am able to explain to her that regardless of what rich-and-famous people tell her she does not have to follow their lead.

    • She does not have to shake her butt for others (Iggy and Jennifer)
    • She does not have to “give him what he asks for” (Iggy and Jennifer)
    • She does not have to worry about how “sexy” her “booty” is (Jennifer, Iggy,Niki)
    • She does not have to swing naked from construction equipment (Miley)
    • She does not have to crawl around on the beach mostly nude (Beyonce)
    • She does not have to bring her friends to her man’s office to dance for him (Beyonce)
    • She does not have to grind with other women for men to enjoy (Niki)

I will also try to explain to her that she doesn’t have to be skinny, and tone, and have big boobs, and, apparently, also maintain a big butt at the same time.

I will explain that a famous, rich, insecure, exhibitionist woman should not have any bearing on her ideals or self worth.

I will explain to her that her worth isn’t found in her body, or her sexiness, or her brain, or “who she is on the inside”. No I will teach her that her value is found in her as a whole person. Not parts of a person. Not in the eyes or opinions of others. But in her entire self and in her ever growing potential.

But yet, I am worried that I might not even be heard.

How can I be heard over the constant pressure of “powerful, independent women” like these famous celebrities?

I haven’t even dipped into the lyrics and videos produced by the male populace of the entertainment world. I can’t yet fathom how to approach that ludicrous situation.

I support ladies being treated better by men. I really want to see that happen. But how are we going to make any headway when celebrity women are sending the exact opposite message?  How can we expect better of the male celebrities? How can we possibly hope for change? How can young girls know that their worth isn’t found in their booty when the trending topic on their Facebook page is exactly “J-Lo Booty”?

How are young men supposed to know that women aren’t objects, that their value isn’t found in their sexuuality, and that the girls they associate with don’t owe them anything, when the “sex symbols” of our society are acting like objects, claiming value through sexuality, and saying that men should get what they want?

I suppose if we want our society to include the regular use of rape underwear, and rape bras, and rape fingernail polish, then we can just stay on the same path we currently travel. Because the messages we are sending young men and young women are completely inline with promoting a highly sexualized youth environment where the women are here to just give the men what they want.

I have to hold back the vomit every time I think about even a remote possibility of having to take my daughter shopping for her first pair of anti-rape panties.

I refuse to accept that as our future. I refuse to sit back and let my daughter be torn down by the celebrities that our society worships. I refuse to let society teach my sons that girls are here for their enjoyment.

And so, to “J-lo”, and Iggy, and Beyonce, and Miley, and Niki and so many others I have one thing to say: I hope you will never be my daughter’s role model.

I hope that she is able to look at you with compassion, but also understand that what you are promoting is neither right nor good.

I hope that she realizes that she is is an actual person who is glorious and amazing just the way she is.

I hope that she will understand that she can do and be anything she wants, that her dreams and desires can come true.

I hope that she realizes that a man who really has the potential to love her will respect her, not pressure her; he will show her kindness, not indecency; and he will only expect the same in return.

And above all I hope that she will ignore those who tell her otherwise. Even if they say it with a catchy beat.

Through the Eyes of Defectors

One of my favorite parts from this last General Conference was when Elder Andersen quoted someone I miss very much, Elder Neal A. Maxwell. I really miss Elder Maxwell’s way with words.

Here is the quote:

“Studying the Church … through the eyes of its defectors,” Elder Neal A. Maxwell once said, is “like interviewing Judas to understand Jesus. Defectors always tell us more about themselves than about that from which they have departed.”

It has always been interesting to me how often people regard those who have “defected” from the truth as somehow “more enlightened” or “more objective”. When in reality they, like Judas’ 30 pieces of silver, have specific motivators.

Below is the video to Elder Andersen’s talk. And HERE is the text.

I am also excited to review the talk from which the original quote comes: Elder Neal A. Maxwell: All Hell Is Moved.  It contain’s such gems as this:

Remember, however, that while it is possible to have an imperfect people possessed of perfect doctrines (indeed, such is necessary to change their imperfections), you will never, never see the reverse: a perfect people with imperfect doctrines. “

Elder Andersen’s talk:

 

Meet the Mormons

Today Elder David A. Bednar gave a address about social media and other topics, an address I am excited to watch. But one part of the address I didn’t want to wait to share.

Elder Bednar announced a full-length feature fill to be put out commercially by the church, the movie is called “Meet the Mormons” and this is the trailer:

Looks like a great film, can’t wait to see it.

For more information see the LDS Newsroom post.

For additional insight like this “Church leaders have a lot of confidence in their membership, he said. “They never once, not once, ever told us who or where or what to shoot,” he said. “We were tasked with one thing: ‘Try to capture, as best you can, who we really are.’ That is it.” see the Deseret News Article

Excited to see it? What are your thoughts?

A New Path

We are excited to announce that Peculiar Thought has followed the admonition to “ponder the path of thy feet” and we decided to follow a new path! We intend to focus on posts related to the Doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and to the everyday ins-and-outs of being a saint.

We hope to provide posts that will help us to further investigate doctrine and apply them in our lives. Along with honest, faithful, discussions about current events and life in general.

We hope that you will find inspiration and a voice of truth in our posts. We welcome suggestions for posts and insightful, respectful commenting.