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  • Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s “Himig ng Pag-asa” tour in the Philippines | The Tabernacle Choir World Tour – Manila, Philippines
    by Guest Author on February 28, 2024 at 3:29 pm

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  • Elder and Sister Gong’s tender experience dedicating family graves that went unmarked for 150+ years
    by LDS Living on February 28, 2024 at 2:17 pm

    A visit to Sister Gong’s ancestors in the UK taught Elder Gong invaluable lessons about self-worth we can all benefit from.

  • On John A. Widtsoe
    by Chad Nielsen on February 28, 2024 at 1:52 pm

    John A. Widtsoe was an influential apostle and theologian in the Church who came from a scientific background. In a recent interview at the Latter-day Saint history blog From the Desk, biographer Thomas G. Alexander discussed the life and contributions of this apostle-scientist. What follows here is a co-post to the full interview.Read more →

  • Rainn Wilson’s insight into the “hedonic treadmill” and contentment | Finding peace in a material world
    by Guest Author on February 28, 2024 at 1:33 pm

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  • Free “Come, Follow Me” Coloring and Activity Pages for Children
    by Larry Richman on February 28, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    LDS Bookstore offers many free coloring pages and activity pages for children to learn about this year’s Come, Follow Me study of the Book of Mormon. See the free coloring pages and activity pages for children.     The post Free “Come, Follow Me” Coloring and Activity Pages for Children first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • How to Succeed in Your Next Marriage
    by Jeff Teichert on February 28, 2024 at 5:03 am

    In response to last week’s satirical article about how to ruin your next marriage, we want to give twenty suggestions to divorce survivors for how to make marriage better the next time. Divorce survivors who wish to remarry should think carefully and deeply about these ideas and how they might be intentional in the years ahead. If you want to succeed in your next marriage here are a few ideas: (1) Take turns talking, respect each other’s ideas and do not cut your spouse off when he or she is expressing something important him or her. Do not jump to conclusions about what your spouse is saying or implying. Wait until you have heard him or her out completely. (2) Speak respectfully and do not use sarcasm and insults during a disagreement. Do not raise your voice to talk over your spouse. These techniques are tempting but, in an …

  • Human Trafficking: Prepare and Protect
    by Carolyn Nicolaysen on February 28, 2024 at 5:02 am

    Every year millions of people are exploited within and across borders. It is estimated 25 million people are subjected to human sex trafficking and forced labor, which is responsible for an estimated $150 billion annually in profits. Many victims are exploited for commercial sex, adults and children, boys as well as girls. Victims are often forced to work in factories, on farms, in mines, and in private homes, for little or no pay. In 2018 the United States, along with Mexico and the Philippines, was ranked one of the world’s worst places for human trafficking. In the U.S. there is no official number of human trafficking victims, but estimates place it in the hundreds of thousands. Over 150 reports involving human trafficking are reported every day. The most human trafficking cases have been reported in California, Texas, and Florida, according to the national hotline. Every state in the United …

  • I Don’t Speak Spanish
    by Daris Howard on February 28, 2024 at 5:00 am

    My mother learned to speak Spanish in her youth and fell in love with the language and the people. She became so fluent in it that the courts would call her to help them when their regular translator was gone. But we never spoke Spanish in our home, and those of my siblings who learned it did so after they went to college. My mother was ninety-six and was a resident of an assisted living center. I visited her often, but one day, she was particularly upset. “Why didn’t you tell me you could speak Spanish?” she asked me. “I can’t,” I replied. “Oh, come on,” she said. “I watched a program on TV where you were speaking, and you were talking in Spanish. And your Spanish was superb.” “I’m sure they must have dubbed it,” I replied. “Why should they have dubbed it when you were speaking it so …

  • Why Is Ancient Near Eastern History and Geography Helpful for Understanding Isaiah?
    by Scripture Central on February 28, 2024 at 5:00 am

    View the post on Scripture Central. “I, Nephi, have not taught my children after the manner of the Jews; but behold, I, of myself, have dwelt at Jerusalem, wherefore I know concerning the regions round about; and I have made mention unto my children concerning the judgments of God, which hath come to pass among the Jews, unto my children, according to all that which Isaiah hath spoken, and I do not write them. 2 Nephi 25:6 The Know The prophet Nephi declared that in a lengthy portion of 2 Nephi, he would “write more of the words of Isaiah, for my soul delighteth in his words” (2 Nephi 11:2). Following a twelve-chapter excerpt from Isaiah 2–14, Nephi also informed his readers that “Isaiah spake many things which were hard for many of my people to understand; for they know not concerning the manner of prophesying among the Jews” …

  • Every Lost Lamb Will Be Found
    by Larry Barkdull on February 28, 2024 at 5:00 am

    A personal appeal from Publisher Scot Proctor: Please don’t scroll past this 10-second read. Meridian needs reader support each year to help us keep publishing. Will you join in helping? Click here to become a voluntary subscriber. Thank you! Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on Meridian October 18, 2011, we are running it now as part of our “Meridian Classics” series celebrating our 25th anniversary.  Despite our best efforts, one of our children may pass away having never abandoned his wayward ways. Is he lost? Have we failed? Not necessarily. The Lord also anticipated this eventuality, and the work of redemption goes on. “He That Believeth in Me, Though He Were Dead, Yet Shall He Live” To the grieving Martha, Jesus explained that the power of redemption transcends this life. The Lord’s power of redemption can reach deep within the world of spirits, offer the plan of …

  • “Church and Gospel Questions” Replaces “Gospel Topics” As Key Resource To Answer Gospel Questions
    by Larry Richman on February 28, 2024 at 5:00 am

    To read more from Larry, visit LDS365.  The Church has published Church and Gospel Questions to provide resources for those seeking answers to gospel questions. It also provides ideas on how to help others with their gospel questions. Church and Gospel Questions is found in the Gospel Library app and in the Gospel Library on the Church’s website. This new site replaces Gospel Topics, which was the previous site with resources on hundreds of gospel topics. Finding new information about the Church’s history, doctrine, or position on social issues can sometimes lead to questions. God promises to help us find answers. As young Joseph Smith learned, asking sincere questions can draw you closer to Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Within Church and Gospel Questions, be sure to read the following: Topics and Questions. Articles that teach important principles about how to find answers to your …

  • I thought I only wanted friends my age—then older couples invited us into their lives
    by LDS Living on February 27, 2024 at 10:16 pm

    Several years ago, a few months after my husband and I were married, we moved from Provo, Utah, where I had just completed my undergraduate studies, to St. Louis, Missouri for the completion of his bachelor’s degree.

  • Day 1 Recap of Opening Night at ZIFF24 | Zions Indie Film Fest | Orem | Scera
    by dyejo on February 27, 2024 at 8:04 pm

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  • FamilySearch Offers Free Photo Collage Creator
    by Larry Richman on February 27, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    FamilySearch now offers a Photo Collage Creator you can use to make collages of your family photos. Just drag and drop your photos onto expertly designed templates. You can then download the collage to your computer or share it with family and friends. You can upload photos from your computer or use the photos you The post FamilySearch Offers Free Photo Collage Creator first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • The Book of 1 Nephi | Full Version | Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
    by dyejo on February 27, 2024 at 12:41 pm

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  • My Religious-Themed Required Reading List, Part II
    by Stephen C on February 27, 2024 at 9:33 am

    A Celestial Library One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you have the bandwidth to fine-tune your children’s reading and media diet on a level that would be very difficult to pull off if they were gone for half the day.  I’ve read quite a bit in my day (although I’m not currently reading as much as I used to), and whenever I come across a book that I want to make sure my children read I put it on a particular “shelf” in my Goodreads account. Below is part two (of three parts) of my list of “required reading” books that are religious themed or at least have a strong spiritual/existential message.  Columbia Sourcebook of Mormons in the United States, by Terryl Givens and Reid Neilson At the end of the day secondary analyses can only get you so far, which is why primary sources should form a core of any religious education, and this particular collection is as good as any for compiling the essential documents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in one location.  The Road, by Cormac McCarthy Again, not explicitly religious, but one of the darkest books you’ll ever read (set in post-Apocalyptic hellscape with a father and his son doing what they need to to survive) acts paradoxically as a hymn to hope and light in the darkness that could almost be described as subtly spiritual.  How Wide the Divide?…Read more →

  • The Atlantic: “The Awfulness of Elite Hypocrisy on Marriage”
    by Brad Wilcox on February 27, 2024 at 6:18 am

    The following is excerpted from The Atlantic. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.  “Is it morally wrong to have a baby outside of marriage?” “No” is the answer I received from about two-thirds of my sociology-of-family class at the University of Virginia last spring, when I put that question to them in an anonymous online poll. The class of approximately 200 students was diverse geographically, racially, and ethnically. But on questions like this one—asking whether society should promote or value one type of family structure over another—the students I teach at UVA generally say it shouldn’t. Yet when I asked these same students—who are almost all unmarried—“Do you personally plan to finish your education, work full-time, marry, and then have children?,” 97 percent said yes. And when I asked, “If you came home at Thanksgiving and told your parents you (or your girlfriend) were having a baby, …

  • Simple Miracles and Big Blessings in my Journey with Meridian Magazine
    by H. Wallace Goddard on February 27, 2024 at 5:02 am

    Most miracles are subtle. They can only be discerned with the eye of faith. I sat down at a World Family Policy Forum on January 15, 1999. I am always interested in the latest thinking about families. There were a few minutes before the session began and, as I rummaged through my bag for writing materials, the person next to me introduced herself and asked me what I did. “I’m a professor of family life and human development.” She asked me about some of the truths I had discovered in my work.” I reached into my bag and pulled out a one-page summary of myths and truths related to families. “Fascinating!” she declared. We talked about some of the myths and truths, and she looked me in the eyes, “Are you interested in writing articles for our new magazine?” That was Maurine Proctor. And that was the beginning of my …

  • Proctors on a Mission #11—Things We Never Knew We Never Knew
    by Scot and Maurine Proctor on February 27, 2024 at 5:00 am

    Roots In this photo, I am enfolded into a massive, grounded embrace in the roots of a ceiba tree. The roots here are at least 15 feet tall and surprising, giving you the sense that you are standing in something undeniably ancient, as if it grew to surround you and pass on a message. People have passed on this message descending back into time. These magnificent trees grow in a swath of tropical lands, about the same latitudes between Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean Islands and extending all the way south to the Amazon. In the religion of the Taino people, Puerto Rico’s indigenous people, these trees connected the worlds so souls could climb from this world up to the heavens. The Aztec, Maya and other pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures also found sacred significance in these trees which were believed to be a link between heaven, earth, and the world …

  • See exterior renderings of 3 new temples — in Nevada, Texas and United Kingdom
    by Church News on February 27, 2024 at 5:00 am

    The following is excerpted from the Church News. To read the full article, CLICK HERE.  The initial exterior appearances of three temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — two in the United States and one in Europe, all still in planning and design — are now public. The First Presidency has released the artistic renderings for the three houses of the Lord: the Lone Mountain Nevada Temple, the McKinney Texas Temple and the Birmingham England Temple. Site locations for each of the three were released previously, two less than three months ago and the third in late 2022. The exterior images were first published Monday, Feb. 26, on ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Additional information about the temples, including the announcement of each’s groundbreaking ceremony, will be released at future dates. Lone Mountain Nevada Temple President Russell M. Nelson announced the Lone Mountain temple — located …

  • Updates for new temples in England, Nevada, Texas, and Washington
    by LDS Living on February 26, 2024 at 10:10 pm

    Big news for the Vancouver Washington Temple, the Lone Mountain Nevada Temple, the McKinney Texas Temple, and the Birmingham England Temple!

  • The reason for trials we don’t talk about enough—but that makes all the difference
    by LDS Living on February 26, 2024 at 9:33 pm

    Reviewing the bigger trials in my life, I realized that while our personal trials are often for our learning, they can also benefit those around us.

  • Church updates music website in preparation for new hymns
    by LDS Living on February 26, 2024 at 6:37 pm

    These improvements help prepare for the gradual release of newly selected music, which is expected to begin in four languages as early as May 2024.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 11–27 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 26, 2024 at 5:54 pm

    Nephi’s quotations & commentary on the prophecies of Isaiah (2 Nephi 11–27) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 11–27 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Church Updates Music Website
    by Larry Richman on February 26, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    The Church’s music website at music.ChurchofJesusChrist.org has been updated to improve the search, listening, and study experiences. This website redesign includes many of the same features that were included in the major update to the Sacred Music app in July 2023. New features include the following: Matching layout of music collections on the app and The post Church Updates Music Website first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”(Matthew 11:28) | Choose to love rather than to languish
    by dyejo on February 26, 2024 at 12:14 pm

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  • “We are Black History” | Jamal Willis, the former 49er in the NFL, and his wife Leslie Willis embarked on a heartfelt journey to create a video that celebrates unity and resilience
    by dyejo on February 26, 2024 at 3:15 am

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  • “Church and Gospel Questions” Replaces “Gospel Topics” As Key Resource To Answer Gospel Questions
    by Larry Richman on February 26, 2024 at 3:10 am

    The Church has published Church and Gospel Questions to provide resources for those seeking answers to gospel questions. It also provides ideas on how to help others with their gospel questions. Church and Gospel Questions is found in the Gospel Library app and in the Gospel Library on the Church’s website. This new site replaces The post “Church and Gospel Questions” Replaces “Gospel Topics” As Key Resource To Answer Gospel Questions first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • FREE CROSSWORD PUZZLE | Come Follow Me | “His Name Shall Be Called … The Prince of Peace” 2 Nephi 11–19 | Book of Mormon
    by dyejo on February 26, 2024 at 12:21 am

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  • “The Savior’s Healing Power upon the Isles of the Sea” by Elder J. Kimo Esplin | Summary and Study Question from General Conference
    by dyejo on February 25, 2024 at 9:44 pm

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  • “Divine Parenting Lessons” by Elder Valeri V. Cordón | General Conference Study and Lesson Summary with Questions
    by dyejo on February 25, 2024 at 6:41 pm

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  • Watch the highlights of the first performance of the Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square’s “Himig ng Pag-asa” tour in the Philippines!
    by dyejo on February 25, 2024 at 4:02 pm

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  • Consider Conference: Brothers and Sisters in Christ
    by FAIR Staff on February 25, 2024 at 10:00 am

    2023 October General Conference, Saturday Evening Session Brothers and Sisters in Christ Elder Ulisses Soares Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points Prejudiced thoughts and actions have no place in the community of Saints The diversity created by God among his children provides opportunities to value and be blessed by each other in The post Consider Conference: Brothers and Sisters in Christ appeared first on FAIR.

  • My Religious-Themed Required Reading List, Part I
    by Stephen C on February 25, 2024 at 8:21 am

    Depiction of an LDS temple/library combination. One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you have the bandwidth to fine-tune your children’s reading and media diet on a level that would be very difficult to pull off if they were gone for half the day.  I’ve read quite a bit in my day (although I’m not currently reading as much as I used to), and whenever I come across a book that I want to make sure my children read I put it on a particular “shelf” in my Goodreads account. Below is my list of “required reading” books that are religious themed or at least have a strong spiritual/existential message.  The Plague, by Albert Camus  The famous French absurdist’s landmark work is interlaced with religious and existential themes as a town struggles against a deadly plague. Unlike many secular or secular-adjacent authors, Camus is rather bold in confronting the implications of naturalistic, non-religious worldview, and my personal experience with this book was powerful enough that I actually published an article in the Journal of Camus Studies on religious symbolism in The Plague.  The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky This was the book that inspired my wife to go on her mission (in particular, Alyosha’s and the monks’ examples of dedicated holiness). It’s quite long (as Russian novels are), but (IMHO) you can get a lot of the spiritual benefit by reading certain sections. “The Grand Inquisitor” chapter is of…Read more →

  • The Testimony of Two Nations: A Review
    by Chad Nielsen on February 24, 2024 at 5:53 pm

    The Testimony of Two Nations: How the Book of Mormon Reads, and Rereads, the Bible by Michael Austin (University of Illinois Press, 2024) is a delightful and insightful venture into the ways in which the Book of Mormon interacts with the Bible.Read more →

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 11–19 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 24, 2024 at 10:05 am

    The Context of Eternity by Autumn Dickson One of the topics that gets covered this week is the Millennium. Life in the Millennium is going to be a little bit different than we are experiencing now. Nephi quotes the following verse about what life will be like: 2 Nephi 12:4 And he shall judge among The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 11–19 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • The sweet package a Tabernacle Choir member sent to a fan she’d never met
    by LDS Living on February 23, 2024 at 9:01 pm

    This wasn’t a package Spencer planned on receiving. Or that Glenna imagined she would be sending.

  • What if scripture study felt like Christmas? Small ways parents can give gospel habits a special sparkle
    by LDS Living on February 23, 2024 at 2:16 pm

    How about scripture study by candlelight? Simple ideas for how to help your gospel rituals feel special, maybe even a little magical.

  • Artificial Intelligence Is Changing How BillionGraves Transcriptions Are Done
    by Larry Richman on February 23, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way BillionGraves transcriptions are done. In the past, after volunteers uploaded photos of cemetery headstones, they had to wait for other volunteers to transcribe the personal information found on the photos. But now, that work is being accelerated by having machine learning transcribe millions of headstones quickly and then The post Artificial Intelligence Is Changing How BillionGraves Transcriptions Are Done first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • ‘It came to pass’ is actually a very comforting phrase when you study Hebraisms
    by LDS Living on February 22, 2024 at 6:30 pm

    “God has His hand in everything. Every page of the Book of Mormon is evidence of that.”

  • ‘How do I know I’m forgiven?’ Elder Andersen’s beautiful answer to a teen—and all of us
    by LDS Living on February 22, 2024 at 5:27 pm

    When a young man expressed concern that he was still feeling guilt after repenting, Elder Andersen shared this insight on repentance and forgiveness.

  • “I Am” Statements of Jesus in the Book of Mormon
    by Chad Nielsen on February 22, 2024 at 5:16 pm

    When Moses was called by YHWH, he asked the Lord, “when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” In response, YHWH said, “I Am That I Am” (Exodus 14:13–14). This type of “I am” statement is significant and has echoes throughout the Bible. A recent interview with Joshua Matson at the Latter-day Saint history blog From the Desk highlighted the types of “I am” statements that are also found in the Book of Mormon. What follows here is a co-post to the full interview.Read more →

  • Submit Art for 13th International Art Competition and Exhibition
    by Larry Richman on February 22, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    The Church invites you to submit artwork for the 13th International Art Competition and Exhibition. The theme of the 2025 competition is “Lift Up the Hands Which Hang Down” (see Doctrine and Covenants 81:5). Submissions can be made from now until May 31, 2024. The show at the Church History Museum is expected to be from The post Submit Art for 13th International Art Competition and Exhibition first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • Asking Big Questions: How Do I Help Those Going through a Faith Crisis While Staying Strong in My Testimony?
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 22, 2024 at 10:00 am

    by Lyndie Jackson The “Asking Big Questions” series is made in cooperation with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. Isaiah foresaw a time when good would be called evil and evil would be called good (Isaiah 5:20). We live in the time he saw—a time when noisy opinions conflict with what we know to be true. Most The post Asking Big Questions: How Do I Help Those Going through a Faith Crisis While Staying Strong in My Testimony? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 6–10 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 21, 2024 at 2:03 pm

    Jacob’s teachings about the Messiah & the gathering of Israel (2 Nephi 6–10) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class.) Class Notes Additional Reading Taylor Halverson, “‘O How Great the Goodness of Our God’: 2 The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 6–10 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Finnish Bible Now Available in the Gospel Library and Online
    by Larry Richman on February 21, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    Kirkon keskusrahasto, the Central Fund of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, has granted permission for the Church to publish the text of the 1992 digital version of the Finnish Bible. It is now available on ChurchofJesusChrist.org and in the Gospel Library mobile app. This digital publication contains the full text of this version but does not The post Finnish Bible Now Available in the Gospel Library and Online first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • A Book Announcement
    by Chad Nielsen on February 21, 2024 at 9:58 am

    I’m excited to announce that I have a book about the Doctrine and Covenants that is scheduled to be published by By Common Consent Press this December! Read more →

  • Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 1- Seer Stones: Questions & Criticisms
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 20, 2024 at 2:05 pm

    In this episode, Zach, Sarah, and Jennifer go through an overview of the most common criticisms of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones from all sides. They introduce direct claims from faithful members who dispute the use of Seer Stones as well as critics who attempt to use the seer stones to explain away the Book of The post Me, My Shelf, & I – Episode 1- Seer Stones: Questions & Criticisms appeared first on FAIR.

  • Music Video: “Diamond”
    by Larry Richman on February 20, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    The Church’s Strive to Be YouTube channel has released a new music video titled “Diamond.” The lyrics remind us that we are diamonds—treasured and priceless. The song “Diamond” is written and performed by Nik Day. The message of the song is that when life feels hard, we should let Christ in. He can help us The post Music Video: “Diamond” first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • The Doomsday Equation and the Second Coming
    by Stephen C on February 20, 2024 at 10:29 am

    The Book of Zachariah has a prophecy about the Lord splitting the Mount of Olives in two in the last days to save Israel at the last battle. I don’t know if that is how it is going to go down, but I like the symbolism of Christ as the second Moses dividing the land to save Israel from its enemies like Moses divided the water to save Israel of old from its enemies.  The Second Coming and the nastiness preceding it is a somewhat passe topic for more intellectual types (although certainly not for the proverbial high priests in conservative small-town branches), I suspect largely because there has been a long history of crying wolf on the subject. Ever since the early Christians people believed that the Second Coming was nigh (although, if we really appreciate deep history of our species and planet and how incredibly long it is, “coming quickly” could be a relatively long time when measured against our lifespans). We certainly have not been immune to this in our own tradition, including with Joseph Smith, who I have the sense personally thought that the Second Coming was coming sooner rather than later (although others who know more can probably chapter and verse that belief in a primary source somewhere). Outside our tradition, it seems like every couple of years somebody figures out a clever, unique way to recalculate the numbers in Revelations that shows that the…Read more →

  • Your New Go-To Show to Watch on Sundays: Millennium Times
    by Scripture Central on February 19, 2024 at 9:45 pm

    Your New Go-To Show to Watch on Sundays: Millennium TimesPost contributed by Scripture CentralFebruary 19, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Reintroduce the tradition to your family of gathering around the television every Sunday or on family night for entertaining and inspiring programming. Scripture Central is pleased to release Millennium Times, a twice-monthly series of entertaining and inspiring content designed to help families prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Each 30-minute show features a faith-promoting mini-documentary, an inspiring interview with people making a difference, and an educational scholarly-baaed evidence of our faith. The show is rounded out by Signs of the Times—where people worldwide face fear with faith and good works. Hosted by our engaging luminaries Yahosh Bonner and Ali Durham, Millennium Times offers something for every member of the family. Learn more about Millennium Times Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsVideosMillennium TimesInspiration

  • Stuff Wrong with LDS Writing
    by Ivan Wolfe on February 19, 2024 at 9:20 pm

    [Apologies to Jonathan Green] When everything is a Temple Text, nothing is a Temple Text.Read more →

  • “For the Strength of Youth” Pocket Guide and Special Issue of the March Youth Magazine
    by Larry Richman on February 19, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    The Church is publishing a pocket version of the booklet For the Strength of Youth: A Guide for Making Choices, as well as a special issue of the For the Strength of Youth magazine focused on “Jesus Christ Is the Strength of Youth.” These two items will be shipped to wards and branches to be The post “For the Strength of Youth” Pocket Guide and Special Issue of the March Youth Magazine first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • Everything Else Wrong with Mormon Writing
    by Jonathan Green on February 19, 2024 at 4:49 am

    You’re not too punk for Provo. An annoying tic found with some frequency in LDS writing is the enthusiastic confession that some idea or practice is simply too radical for the folks at BYU. As in: “I enjoy drinking Cherry Coke and I quote from the NRSV when I’m called on in Sunday School. That would never fly in Provo!” It’s usually a silly thing to say. BYU faculty members have published their own modern Bible translations. The New English Translation was on the required reading list for a literature course I took at BYU some 35 years go. Do you know the strengths and weaknesses of a particular translation and have valid reasons to prefer it over the KJV? Great. That makes you a nerd, not a rebel. You’ll fit right in. I promise you, no one will blink when you quote from the NRSV. What’s more, the Missionary Training Center is just up the street, and missionary work and academia are two of the primary ways that the Church has interfaced with the modern world throughout its existence. Missionaries have spent some time in almost every corner of the nation and most parts of the world, including the less scenic parts people rarely visit, talking to the kinds of people who are willing to talk to missionaries, who infrequently hail from the professional classes. Coke is merely what you drink after first having talked whoever you’re visiting out…Read more →

  • Consider Conference: How Great Will be Your Joy
    by FAIR Staff on February 18, 2024 at 8:35 pm

    2023 October General Conference, Saturday Afternoon Session How Great Will be Your Joy Elder Ronald A. Rasband, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points The gathering of Israel is what President Russell M. Nelson calls “the most important thing taking place on earth today. Nothing else compares in magnitude, nothing else compares in The post Consider Conference: How Great Will be Your Joy appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 6–10 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 17, 2024 at 10:00 am

    Reproach and Revilings of Men by Autumn Dickson There are many things to fear in this world. Our own prophecies of the state of the world before the Second Coming are not for the faint of heart. Jacob knew this, and he chose to teach his people that they were of the house of Israel and The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 6–10 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Wards to Hold Teacher Council Meetings for Parents
    by Larry Richman on February 16, 2024 at 1:00 pm

    The General Handbook 13.5 instructs that the ward Sunday School Presidency may help parents improve as teachers in the home. “The ward council may organize teacher council meetings for parents to help them improve gospel teaching in the home. Like other teacher council meetings, these are held during the 50-minute class time on Sunday. Teaching The post Wards to Hold Teacher Council Meetings for Parents first appeared on LDS365: Resources from the Church & Latter-day Saints worldwide.

  • What do Members and Former Members Believe About God? Insights from the B.H. Roberts Foundation’s Current and Former Latter-day Saint Survey
    by Stephen C on February 15, 2024 at 10:55 am

    A guest post from Josh Coates and Stephen Cranney This is one of a series of posts discussing results from a recent survey of current and former Latter-day Saints conducted by the BH Roberts Foundation. The technical details are in the full methodology report here.  In the 2023 CFLDSS we asked the standard question about belief in God that is also asked in the General Social Survey, an omnibus survey of Americans asked just about every year that has asked a question about belief in God since the late 1980s. “Which statement comes closest to expressing what you believe about God.” I don’t believe in God I don’t know whether there is a God and I don’t believe there is any way to find out I don’t believe in a personal God, but I do believe in a Higher Power of some kind  I find myself believing in God some of the time, but not at others While I have doubts, I feel that I do believe in God I know God really exists and I have no doubts about it The graph below has the result for our three current member samples, the two former member samples, the 2022 General Social Survey sample of respondents who are “Nones,” and indicated no religious affiliation, and the 2022 General Social Surveys sample of respondents who indicated a religious faith. (And yes, we know that there are agnostics that don’t fit into…Read more →

  • Asking Big Questions: Why Do We Need a Living Prophet?
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 15, 2024 at 10:00 am

    by Lyndie Jackson The “Asking Big Questions” series is made in cooperation with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. Conflicts and differing opinions surround us in this world. All voices—good and bad—are amplified through social and mass media. Thankfully, the Lord has given us a voice that we can and should listen to above all others: the The post Asking Big Questions: Why Do We Need a Living Prophet? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Promptings of the Spirit
    by FAIR Staff on February 11, 2024 at 10:00 pm

    2023 October General Conference, Saturday Afternoon Session Promptings of the Spirit Elder Gary E. Stevenson, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points All gifts, whether spiritual or temporal in nature, require a lifetime of hard work, study and practice to refine. We can take actions that will increase our opportunity and ability to The post Consider Conference: Promptings of the Spirit appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 3–5 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 10, 2024 at 1:44 pm

    Nephi’s Psalm by Autumn Dickson Nephi’s psalm is a classic, and there are a great many things we can learn from it. Rather than focusing on any specific phrases or words, I want to look at the message as a whole. I believe there is something we can learn as we follow Nephi through his The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 3–5 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Asking Big Questions: Why do bad things happen to good people?
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 8, 2024 at 10:51 pm

    by Maddie Christensen The “Asking Big Questions” series is made in cooperation with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. In a world full of natural disasters, instability, wars, and conflicts, many people wonder why terrible things continue to happen. It feels like we are constantly being bombarded with bad news, heartache, and grief. Through our time here The post Asking Big Questions: Why do bad things happen to good people? appeared first on FAIR.

  • The Sariah Dilemma: Finding Increased Faith When Our Children Misplace Their Own
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 6, 2024 at 11:45 pm

    by Vickey Taylor (This was originally presented at the 2009 FAIR Conference. It’s being reprinted here to go along with this week’s Come, Follow Me lesson.) The Book of Mormon begins in a manner that I love. Nephi—a child who never misplaced his faith in God and in Christ—summarizes that he was well educated [because The post The Sariah Dilemma: Finding Increased Faith When Our Children Misplace Their Own appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 1–2 & 2 Nephi 3–5 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 5, 2024 at 9:07 pm

    Lehi’s farewell address; Nephites & Lamanites separate (2 Nephi 1–5) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading schedule, so The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 1–2 & 2 Nephi 3–5 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Tithing: Opening the Windows of Heaven
    by FAIR Staff on February 4, 2024 at 6:48 pm

    2023 October General Conference, Saturday Afternoon Session Tithing: Opening the Windows of Heaven Elder Neil L. Andersen, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points The Lord promises to “open the windows of heaven” to bless us when we are honest in our tithes. The tithes do not belong to the leaders of the The post Consider Conference: Tithing: Opening the Windows of Heaven appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 1–2 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on February 4, 2024 at 7:10 am

    Choosing Liberty and Eternal Life by Autumn Dickson In the chapters for this week, we find Lehi’s family in the promised land and Lehi is dying. He knows he is dying and decides to share some last messages with his family. He pleads with Laman and Lemuel to get it together, blesses his grandchildren to be The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 2 Nephi 1–2 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 16–22 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 29, 2024 at 1:42 pm

    The journeys to Bountiful & the promised land (1 Nephi 16–22) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading schedule, The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 16–22 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Kingdoms of Glory
    by FAIR Staff on January 28, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    2023 October General Conference, Saturday Morning Session Kingdoms of Glory President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency Main Points Our church is different from other Christian churches because we have the fullness of the doctrine of Jesus Christ. The kingdom of glory we desire to inherit is manifested through our choices. The The post Consider Conference: Kingdoms of Glory appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 16–22 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 27, 2024 at 3:37 pm

    The Second Spindle by Autumn Dickson I learned something this week about the Liahona that kinda blew my mind. I want to share what I learned, and then let’s take some principles from it. In a Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Robert L. Bunker describes an engineering phenomenon that I was completely unaware of. The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 16–22 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: The Sealing Power
    by FAIR Staff on January 21, 2024 at 10:00 am

    2023 October General Conference, Saturday Morning Session The Sealing Power D. Todd Christofferson, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points The gathering of Israel is how the covenant promises given to Abraham are realized. The gathering of Israel is the most important thing taking place on earth today. The sealing power isn’t just The post Consider Conference: The Sealing Power appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 11–15 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 20, 2024 at 9:35 pm

    Hell was Prepared by Autumn Dickson When I was younger, I remember being a bit troubled by the judgment and justice of God towards those who choose to do what’s wrong. If He really loved us, I couldn’t imagine Him wanting to be separated from any of us for eternity. It didn’t make sense to The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 11–15 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Scripture Central Expands its International Horizons for 2024: Introducing French, Mandarin, and Urdu Programs
    by Scripture Central on January 19, 2024 at 7:00 am

    Scripture Central Expands its International Horizons for 2024: Introducing French, Mandarin, and Urdu ProgramsPost contributed by Scripture CentralJanuary 19, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook We at Scripture Central are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking milestone in our mission to make the sacred scriptures accessible, comprehensible, and defensible to people worldwide. Our commitment to providing valuable resources and fostering a deeper understanding of scripture has led us to begin producing content in three new languages for 2024: French, Mandarin, and Urdu. This expansion marks a significant step forward for our platform, which has been flourishing with English, Spanish, and Portuguese programs.  This content will be published each week and will correspond with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’s Come, Follow Me program. Leading our new language programs are highly qualified individuals, each bringing a wealth of expertise and passion to their roles. All of them are seasoned Gospel teachers with years of experience teaching the words of the scriptures. Christian Euvrard (France) is leading the French initiative. Felipe and Petra Chou (Hawaii) are leading Mandarin efforts. Patras Bukhari (Pakistan/California) is leading the Urdu initiative. These leaders are dedicated to ensuring that the teachings stay in line with prophetic guidance and help to build and defend faith. Our hope is that through these new programs, we will be able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with a wider audience who desires to engage with sacred texts on a profound level. The addition of French, Mandarin, and Urdu expands our global reach and reinforces our commitment to reaching all of God’s children.  To access the new programs and explore the wealth of content available, visit our YouTube channels: English: https://www.youtube.com/@scripturecentralofficial Spanish: https://www.youtube.com/@CentraldelasEscrituras Portuguese: https://www.youtube.com/@centraldasescrituras French: https://www.youtube.com/@AuCentredesEcritures Mandarin: https://www.youtube.com/@ScriptureCentralMandarin Urdu: https://www.youtube.com/@ScriptureCentralUrdu We invite you to join us on this exciting journey of discovery as we continue to break down language barriers and make scripture accessible to people all around the world. If you want to join us in our efforts to share the Gospel to all the world, please click here to join the cause and/or donate. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsVideoScripture CentralBook of Mormon

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 6–10 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 18, 2024 at 3:31 pm

    Lehi’s dream; Nephi’s apocalypse (1 Nephi 8, 10–15) by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading schedule, so they will The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 6–10 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Jack and Lynne Strike the Perfect Balance with Book of Mormon Matters
    by Chris Heimerdinger on January 17, 2024 at 7:00 am

    Jack and Lynne Strike the Perfect Balance with Book of Mormon MattersPost contributed by Chris HeimerdingerJanuary 17, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Amid the weekly spectrum of talented and charismatic online Come, Follow Me presenters—including others right here at Scripture Central—Book of Mormon Matters with John (Jack) W. Welch and Lynne Hilton Wilson strikes, for me, the perfect balance of accessible scholarship and heartwarming testimony. Not too dry, but also not too reliant on personality. This is not to say that Dr. Welch and Dr. Wilson lack charisma in the slightest. The chemistry between these two PhDs is vibrant yet accentuated with that gritty, hands-on experience that only a genuine frontline scholar can provide, one who has paid their disciplinary dues, expertly culling original sources to uncover (and sometimes unearth!) hidden insights. Yes, they’ll reference the work of other scholars, but Jack and Lynne carry that magical trump card to reference their own research and experiences in the trenches of discovery. Statements describing Book of Mormon Matters suggest Jack and Lynne provide a deep dive into the scriptures that may limit its appeal to everyday audiences. I respectfully disagree. This combination of personalities–Dr. Welch’s encyclopedic braintrust and Dr. Wilson’s infectious enthusiasm–captivated my attention. As I’ve done with some engaging series on Netflix, I found myself binge-watching the first several episodes. I think of myself as a pretty tough customer. My career as an author of Latter-day Saint fiction has immersed me in countless books and articles on Church history and ancient culture. Sometimes it’s hard to surprise me with info I haven’t, in some form, already heard. Yet Jack and Lynne unfolded new surprises by the minute. I found myself frequently clicking back to earlier places in the timeline to re-hear the information. Who knew, for example, that Dr. Welch was instrumental in prompting a search that uncovered Joseph Smith’s original 1829 copyright application for the Book of Mormon in the archives of the Library of Congress? Who knew the “master chess game” (Lynne’s words) that unfolded resulting in the unlikely meeting of Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith? Recent articles I’d read emphasizing a seer stone in the translation process left me a bit foggy as to what part the Urim and Thummin had played. As Jack and Lynne made clear, the Urim and Thummin was the primary instrument of translation after Oliver Cowdery’s arrival. Maybe it’s of no real consequence, but I enjoyed learning that our current Book of Mormon text relied on this sacred ancient artifact rather than some other device. In the second episode I was floored by Jack and Lynne’s discussion of the slaying of Laban. Examining verses from Exodus 21, Dr. Welch revealed the singular exception in Mosiac law that I’d never before heard justifying Nephi’s actions. Since coming into the Church forty years ago, I’ve watched as folks picked apart and overanalyzed this incident ad nauseam. Never has it been so satisfactorily settled in my mind as it was by Dr. Welch’s explanation.  What undergirds Book of Mormon Matters more than any other factor is the faith and humility of both presenters. Let’s face it: these are not traits one generally expects from seasoned academics, who tend to perch themselves above such trivial and “common” matters as religion.  “Details matter,” Dr. Welch declares in episode 2. “Background matters. The record is true.” This really penetrated my heart. It rekindled in me that kernel of excitement that has always defined my experience as a member of The Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints. I’m tempted to quote the professor’s almost childlike closing testimony, but I’ll leave that for the audience to relish in real time.  My heartfelt thanks to Jack and Lynne for bringing us Book of Mormon Matters. The time, energy, and sacrifice it takes to deliver such high-quality content on a weekly basis is no small thing. May others join me in offering them not only our gratitude but also our prayers of support to sustain them throughout the coming year. Book of Mormon Matters is a weekly publication from Scripture Central. For more information, and to view the videos, check out our playlist on YouTube or visit the series’ homepage. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsCome Follow MeVideoReviewBook of Mormon

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 6–10 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 16, 2024 at 5:35 pm

    What does it mean to be worthy? by Autumn Dickson As I was reading through Lehi’s vision this week, I was struck by a verse that I have thought about plenty before. For context, we see large groups of people moving towards the fruit of the tree which represents the love of God. There are The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 6–10 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • New Scripture Learning Resources from Taylor Halverson, Tyler Griffin, and Scripture Central
    by Scripture Central on January 15, 2024 at 7:00 am

    New Scripture Learning Resources from Taylor Halverson, Tyler Griffin, and Scripture CentralPost contributed by Scripture CentralJanuary 15, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Taylor Halverson and Tyler Griffin, longtime hosts on the Scripture Central YouTube channel, are beginning new projects. For the last four years, with the help of their friends at Scripture Central, Taylor and Tyler shared insight and inspiration in their video series “Come Follow Me Insights with Taylor and Tyler,” working their way through all the standard works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During that time they touched thousands of lives. Three new projects this year will build on that four-year legacy: (1) Scripture Study Insights with Tyler Griffin, and (2) Scripture Insights with Taylor Halverson and Mike Harris, and (3) Book of Mormon Insights with Taylor and Tyler. Scripture Study Insights with Tyler Griffin This year Tyler Griffin will continue sharing principles and practices for how to get more out of our scripture study in a 30-minute format published by Scripture Central. Join us as Tyler introduces a wide variety of study tools and approaches, modeling them with examples from the weekly “Come, Follow Me” reading assignment. Tyler Griffin’s new video series presents a thematic, thought-provoking, and easily digestible approach to studying the Book of Mormon in 2024. Watch Tyler Griffin’s Scripture Study Insights Scripture Insights with Taylor Halverson and Mike Harris Taylor Halverson has launched a new YouTube channel called Scripture Insights meant to complement the work at Scripture Central. He is joined by friend and scripture scholar Mike Harris, a longtime gospel educator. Each week Taylor and Mike will utilize their years of insight and gospel teaching experience to illuminate the Book of Mormon chapter by chapter. Their warm camaraderie makes for an uplifting and engaging 40-minute virtual study each week! Watch Taylor Halverson’s Scripture Insights Taylor and Tyler’s Past Videos If you loved joining Taylor and Tyler every week for their “Come, Follow Me” insights over the last four years, all their past videos will continue to be available on the Scripture Central YouTube channel. Additionally, we have re-edited all their Book of Mormon study videos from 2020 and will be posting these re-edited videos during the corresponding weeks of “Come, Follow Me” study throughout 2024. You can find these edited segments on the Scripture Central YouTube channel under the title “Book of Mormon Insights with Taylor and Tyler.” Watch Taylor and Tyler’s CFM Insights Revisited Well Wishes in the New Year All of these are wonderful scripture study series for your 2024 “Come, Follow Me” study, and we heartily encourage you to watch them! We are deeply grateful for the four years that Taylor and Tyler volunteered with us, donating their invaluable time and wisdom. We wish Taylor and Mike all the best in their new endeavor, and we hope you subscribe to their new channel! We’d like to express appreciation to the incredible, talented employees and volunteers at Scripture Central who have made these resources available. Finally, we’d like to thank you for your participation, warm encouragement, and support for these educators and their work to enhance your gospel and scripture study. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsCome Follow MeBook of MormonTaylor and Tyler

  • Consider Conference: In the Path of Their Duty
    by FAIR Staff on January 14, 2024 at 6:57 pm

    2023 October General Conference, Saturday Morning Session In the Path of Their Duty David A. Bednar, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Main Points The real strength of the church is those members who are quietly and consistently trying to live the gospel and do their part, even if they are not well-known. They The post Consider Conference: In the Path of Their Duty appeared first on FAIR.

  • Letter For My Wife Rebuttal, Part 26: DNA
    by Sarah Allen on January 11, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    I know I literally just said I was going to be better at making these posts a weekly feature again and then missed a few weeks, so I apologize for that. My dad was back in the hospital for a bit and there was holiday business. I also filmed an episode of the Come Back The post Letter For My Wife Rebuttal, Part 26: DNA appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 1–5 – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 9, 2024 at 8:44 pm

    by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class. The scripture passages covered in his lessons don’t conform exactly to the Come, Follow Me reading schedule, so they will be shared here where they fit best.) Class The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 1–5 – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 1–5 – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 8, 2024 at 8:53 pm

    Goodly Parents by Autumn Dickson When we read the first seven chapters of The Book of Mormon, we find a great many patterns for how the Lord works with His children. We find patterns of revelation, agency, perfect timing, and the nature of personal progression and testimony. One of the patterns we also find is The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – 1 Nephi 1–5 – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • ScripturePlus: The Ultimate Gospel Study App
    by Scripture Central on January 8, 2024 at 7:00 am

    ScripturePlus: The Ultimate Gospel Study App Post contributed by Scripture CentralJanuary 8, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Nothing can replace the impact of powerful scripture study on one’s spiritual growth and testimony. As we begin a new year of “Come, Follow Me,” let us help you elevate your study with the best free gospel study app on the web! Features The ScripturePlus app boasts a number of invaluable features, from reading plans to charts, videos, and scholarship created by some of the finest modern gospel scholars! Continue reading to understand just why you’ll want to download the ScripturePlus app today! Scripture Versions & Formatting The ScripturePlus app is first and foremost a scripture study app, and on this app, you’ll encounter the scriptures like you’ve never seen them before. The app contains all the Church’s standard works: the Book of Mormon, the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants. Just tap on the “Study the Scriptures” button on the homepage to start reading. In addition to the traditional formatting found on the Church’s app and website, the ScripturePlus app provides scholarship, scripture commentaries, charts, graphics, videos, character biographies, and historical settings for every single verse. To access this additional content, you only need to tap on the blue Study Panel at the bottom of your screen. The app also provides the option to view the scriptures in paragraphs rather than verses (to enhance readability) and the option to turn on “red lettering” (to make the names and quotes from deity appear in red text) in the settings page. Reading Plans No study approach is complete without a plan, so why not let ScripturePlus provide the plan for you? The ScripturePlus app boasts nearly twenty unique reading plans with specific study objectives. Each of these plans are broken down into daily, short, digestible segments. The objectives vary from following the “Come, Follow Me” schedule to studying all the Savior’s parables to completing a survey of Isaiah through the lens of the Book of Mormon. The daily reading assignments contain scripture blocks, scholarly commentaries, General Conference quotes, supplemental video materials, and metrics for tracking your progress in the plan. To find a reading plan, tap on the “All Reading Plans” button on the app’s homepage, tap on the “Explore Plans” tab on the top right of the screen, and then tap on the study plan you wish to view. Check out this article to learn more about the specific reading plans offered in the ScripturePlus app! Scholarship & Commentaries Perhaps the strongest aspect of the ScripturePlus app is the massive reserve of scholarly resources brought right to you. Because the app is produced by the Scripture Central organization, ScripturePlus can provide the best of all content, research, media, and literature ever produced by Scripture Central’s scholars. Among these commentaries are the renowned Book of Mormon Evidences and KnoWhys: highly researched articles that support and defend the historical authenticity of the Book of Mormon through scholarship and archaeology. These commentaries and articles are woven into the app’s reading plans and incorporated directly into the scriptures themselves as expandable insights. To open this expandable content, tap on the Scriptures panel on the homepage, navigate to the passage you’re interested in learning more about, tap on the blue Study Panel at the bottom of your screen and then tap on the lightbulb icon. Homepage The app’s homepage is a treasure trove in and of itself. Directly on the homepage users will find the scripture verse of the day, the day’s “Come, Follow Me” reading assignment (complete with supplemental material), relevant gospel study videos by Scripture Central creators and independent creators, a button to access all ScripturePlus study plans, and a button to access the scriptures themselves. This user-friendly setup provides clear navigation options and allows you to get in your daily dose of scripture study without even leaving the homepage! Video Content Many people find that their favorite way to study gospel topics is through videos and podcasts. The ScripturePlus app contains thousands of videos from numerous creators to supplement your gospel study every day. Open the app’s homepage and scroll down to watch Scripture Central scholars such as Tyler Griffin, John W. Welch, and Lynne Wilson draw out lessons from the scriptures in their weekly Sunday School videos. Scroll just a little further to watch videos from other independent creators, such as Taylor Halverson, Follow Him, Unshaken Saints, Don’t Miss This, Come Follow Up, and more! And if you want to dive deeper into the archaeology and historical context of the Book of Mormon, you will love Scripture Central’s “Book of Mormon Evidence” and “KnoWhy” videos scattered throughout reading plans and scripture passages. There has never been a more cohesive and effective tool than the ScripturePlus app for combining scripture study with engaging video content. To view these videos, tap the Scriptures panel on the homepage, then tap on the blue Study Panel at the bottom of your screen and tap the triangular “play” icon. Charts & Images For those readers who prefer graphics as study aides, the ScripturePlus app contains over 350 charts and over 4,000 images associated with various verses and scripture passages. The numerous charts in the ScripturePlus app come directly from the renowned book Charting the Book of Mormon: Visual Aids for Personal Study and Teaching by Scripture Central founder John J. Welch. These charts outline prophetic genealogies, ownership of different plates, recurring themes in the scriptures, timelines, and maps. These graphics are accessible in the “insights” tab as you read your scriptures; tap on the blue “Insights” bar at the bottom of your screen and tap on the icon of a landscape picture. The images provided in the app consist of both artistic renderings of scripture stories as well as photographs of historic locations and artifacts associated with scriptural events. These graphics add depth and understanding in ways that words alone cannot always provide, allowing ScripturePlus to complement your study experience in a uniquely enriching way. Speaker Bios & Historical Settings Along with the videos, images, charts, and scripture commentaries in every verse, the ScripturePlus app provides information on the speakers and historical settings for every verse. These speaker biographies not only remind readers who the current speaker is in each verse but also serve to connect the different speakers in the scriptures, allowing readers to obtain a fuller vision of the characters and narratives in the scriptures. The historical settings in the scriptures help readers connect scriptural events with real-world locations and cultural contexts. These tools bring the peoples and events of the scriptures to life as real individuals in real places with real messages of divine truth. To access these speaker biographies and historical settings, open up the scriptures in the app, tap on the blue Study Panel at the bottom of your screen, and tap on the icon of a map pin. Additional Features: Language & Donations Not only is the app available in English, but you can access it in Spanish, too! All major features available in English—the reading plans, scriptures, commentaries, scholarships, and speaker biographies—are also available in Spanish! Just head over to “settings” in the menu panel to change the app language from default English to Spanish. Also available in the menu panel is a “Donate” tab. Tapping on it will take you to a site where you can donate to the Scripture Central organization. Scripture Central is a small, nonprofit organization with the goal of sustaining, defending, and illuminating divine truth. This organization is run entirely on donations, and many of our scholars and presenters volunteer their time to help with this goal. Every donation helps support Scripture Central in its aim and allows us to continue developing new scholarship, resources, and features for the app. If the ScripturePlus app has blessed you in your gospel study, please consider hopping over to the “Donate” screen so we can continue this work. We deeply appreciate every donation! Conclusion After four years of academic research, “Come, Follow Me” study, and software development, the ScripturePlus app is the best it’s ever been, and we are thrilled to share the app’s many features with you! If you are looking to enhance your gospel study this year, ScripturePlus is the way to go! We hope you find enrichment, insight, and peace as you study the Book of Mormon with ScripturePlus in 2024. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsBook of MormonScripture StudyScripturesScripturePlusScholarshipCome Follow Me

  • Consider Conference: Think Celestial!
    by FAIR Staff on January 7, 2024 at 7:37 pm

    2023 October General Conference, Sunday Afternoon Session Think Celestial! Russell M. Nelson, President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Main Points “Thinking Celestial” means to view our choices and the circumstances of our lives with an eternal perspective. Gospel Principles taught Obedience, prayer, agency, Law of Chastity, Tithing, Faith, Temple Work Gospel The post Consider Conference: Think Celestial! appeared first on FAIR.

  • Consider Conference: Keeping the Messages of General Conference With Us
    by FAIR Staff on January 7, 2024 at 4:37 am

    Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints look forward to the General Conferences of the church as a time to hear the word of God and listen to His servants as they share messages they have been guided to share. Over the course of the five sessions of Conference, members often feel The post Consider Conference: Keeping the Messages of General Conference With Us appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon – Mike Parker
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 4, 2024 at 5:33 pm

    by Mike Parker (Mike Parker is a long-time FAIR member who has graciously allowed us to use materials he originally prepared for the Hurricane Utah Adult Religion Class) Class Notes Recommended books: Hardy, Grant, ed., The Annotated Book of Mormon. New York: Oxford University Press, 2023.  Skousen, Royal, ed. The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text. 2nd ed. The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon – Mike Parker appeared first on FAIR.

  • The Best Free, Online Tools for Maximizing Your Book of Mormon Scripture Study
    by Jasmin Gimenez on January 4, 2024 at 7:00 am

    The Best Free, Online Tools for Maximizing Your Book of Mormon Scripture Study Post contributed by Jasmin GimenezJanuary 4, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook With the new year of “Come, Follow Me” on the horizon, it can feel tempting to want to stock up on a ton of great books on The Book of Mormon. But those price tags quickly add up, and the reality is that you don’t need to buy extra materials to have an enriching, deep dive into the scriptures. There are a number of free, online tools that can greatly enhance your scripture study experience, either on your mobile phone or Web browser. Here’s a selection of just five of those tools that can really take your scripture study to the next level without having to crack open any heavy books or leave your favorite, comfortable seat. 1. Book of Mormon Resource Guides  Your most comprehensive, go-to source for all things “Come, Follow Me” is going to be Scripture Central’s Resource Guides. These webpages compile all of the best resources around the web for that week’s lesson of “Come, Follow Me.” In addition to highlighting the newest videos from Scripture Central, we pull together the best videos from other creators as well, so if Taylor and Tyler aren’t your thing, you can choose from any number of awesome content creators such as Hank Smith and Jon Bytheway’s podcast Follow Him and many others. More than just videos, we curate the best selection of free articles, images, charts, and commentaries to help enhance your “Come, Follow Me” scripture study. If you scroll down to the Bibliography section of each page, you can find a fairly comprehensive collection of all the free, online scholarly articles that have ever been published on these passages of scripture. This is particularly helpful to teachers, podcasters, and researchers looking to know the literature on a passage of scripture.  Scripture Study Resource Guide  2. ScripturePlus  This app is hands-down the best way to do your daily Book of Mormon scripture study. It can help you dive deep or keep it simple, depending on what you prefer. If you want to immerse yourself in a rich and rigorous scripture study session, the ScripturePlus app allows you to read through the text of The Book of Mormon alongside verse-by-verse commentaries, short videos, instructive charts, artwork, maps, timelines, character bios, and more. If you prefer to simplify your life with a structured guide, our Reading Plans feature short, guided reading assignments for every single day of 2024. Our Reading Plan will take you through the entire “Come, Follow Me” curriculum step by step, with a daily reading from The Book of Mormon, as well as a few supplementary materials to help you understand the scriptures, such as videos or commentaries.  And don’t forget to follow ScripturePlus on Instagram or TikTok to gain scripture study insights from Jasmin Rappleye as she highlights the best of the app’s Book of Mormon gems.  Download ScripturePlus  3. Scripture Central Archive  The Scripture Central Archive is a thorough library of Book of Mormon scholarship and publications that build faith and help explain the scriptures. This page contains a Scripture Filter to help you discover all Latter-day Saint publications that have been published on every passage of The Book of Mormon.  Search Scholarship by Book of Mormon Passage  4. Book of Mormon Onomasticon  This is perhaps the best-kept secret of BYU, especially if you enjoy linguistics and are curious about Book of Mormon names. This website is a comprehensive encyclopedia into all the names of The Book of Mormon. Scholars Stephen Ricks, Paul Hoskisson, and others contributed to this massive compendium where you can look up any name in The Book of Mormon and learn about its possible meaning in Hebrew, Egyptian, and more.  Explore the Onomasticon  5. Scripture Citation Index  This tool is an exhaustive collection of General Conference quotes paired to every verse of The Book of Mormon. If you are preparing a lesson and would like a good, thoughtful General Authority quote on a specific passage in The Book of Mormon, you can look it up to see a list of every time that passage has ever been referenced in General Conference. On the website there are two menus that allow you to navigate through every book, chapter, and verse of the scriptures to find every time a verse or passage has been quoted or cited in General Conference.  Scripture Citation Index  Other great resources  Joseph Smith Papers – This resource is the best way to learn more about the variations in the text of The Book of Mormon for yourself. The Joseph Smith Papers website has digitized and transcribed both the Original and the Printer’s manuscript of The Book of Mormon so that you can compare the earlier manuscripts of The Book of Mormon with what you have in your scriptures today. The Original Manuscript is our earliest copy of The Book of Mormon, as Oliver Cowdery and others penned the words that fell from Joseph Smith’s mouth. The Printer’s Manuscript is the copy that Oliver Cowdery made to take to the printer and protect the original manuscript. Only a portion of the Original Manuscript has survived, but what is extant can be studied for free on the Joseph Smith Papers website.  Gospel Learning App – This app focuses on helping you become a better teacher, with its topical gallery of videos from gospel instructors across YouTube and its classroom feature that allows you to build and share your Sunday School lesson directly within the app.  Book of Mormon Online – This website dives in deep to provide commentary on The Book of Mormon. It features an interactive timeline, multiple interactive maps based on different geography models, and a comprehensive compendium of all the people and places in The Book of Mormon.  We Believe App – This app is for those who want “Come, Follow Me” as simple as possible to help you build a scripture study habit, with daily, 5-minute devotionals that follow along with the “Come, Follow Me curriculum.  Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon – If you ever wanted an exhaustive collection of every change made in the manuscripts of The Book of Mormon, Volume 4 of Royal Skousen’s Book of Mormon Critical Text Project contains six parts that detail the textual variants found throughout the text of The Book of Mormon. The Interpreter Foundation currently hosts digital versions of all six parts of this volume.  Webster’s 1828 Dictionary – The English text of The Book of Mormon wasn’t written in 2023, so sometimes it can be instructive to look up how words were used in 1829, when Joseph Smith translated the text of The Book of Mormon. This website produces the entirety of the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary for free online.  Charting the Book of Mormon – This collection of charts helps to visualize The Book of Mormon in new ways. It contains maps, timelines, explanations of weights and measures, quotes, comparisons between passages, royal lineages, and helpful lists of different prophetic voices.  Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy    

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon – Autumn Dickson
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 3, 2024 at 8:27 pm

    What is Scripture? by Autumn Dickson The title page of The Book of Mormon has me pondering about a couple of things that have actually been on my mind over the past year as I read the New Testament – namely, what really is scripture? Why do certain things get counted as scripture? What does The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR – Introductory Pages of the Book of Mormon – Autumn Dickson appeared first on FAIR.

  • Five New Daily Book of Mormon Reading Plans Now Available from Scripture Central for Come, Follow Me
    by Scripture Central on January 3, 2024 at 7:00 am

    Five New Daily Book of Mormon Reading Plans Now Available from Scripture Central for Come, Follow MePost contributed by Scripture CentralJanuary 3, 2024Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook As we enter 2024 and begin studying the Book of Mormon in the Come, Follow Me curriculum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, there are a wealth of study resources available to you that can enhance and deepen your study of The Book of Mormon. Scripture Central has developed a total of five new reading plans that aim to further your study of and knowledge about the Book of Mormon. To access these plans in the ScripturePlus app, tap the three bars in the top left corner, then tap “Plans” in the menu that appears. Finally, tap “Explore Plans” at the top of the window and tap each plan to preview it. If you’d like to participate in a plan, tap the “Start Plan” button in the preview window.   Comprehensive Reading Plan for the Book of Mormon for 2024 Would you like the best materials on the Book of Mormon we have to offer in a manageable timeframe? This plan is for you. We’ve taken resources like video, KnoWhys, Evidences, commentary, charts, and more and selected our favorites to put into this one, comprehensive reading plan for the Book of Mormon for 2024. In just 15 minutes a day, you’ll keep up with the Come, Follow Me readings assigned by the church while also benefiting from additional information and research from scholars of the Book of Mormon. Our goal is to enhance your study of the Book of Mormon and allow you to dive deep and gain new insights about the keystone of our religion. And if what we have to offer you in 15 minutes doesn’t feel like enough, check out the “Explore Further” tab each day for more. If you’re still looking for something to study, you can check out our additional reading plans or visit our resource guides at bookofmormoncentral.org for all the resources we have to offer. This reading plan can also be found in the resource guide for each week. We hope you benefit from what we can share with you this year.   Verse of the Day Reading Plan Do you struggle with a busy schedule, or do you perhaps just want a little moment of inspiration each day in addition to your regular scripture study? Join our Verse of the Day reading plan for the Book of Mormon in 2024. We’ve selected individual verses and short passages in the Book of Mormon for you to read and ponder on. They will mostly align with the schedule of the church’s Come, Follow Me program, though you may stray from that schedule a little, sometimes getting a few more highlights from one week’s reading and a few fewer from the next. Each verse or passage will also be accompanied by a quote from a general conference talk or another source meant to enhance your understanding of the verse or help you liken it to yourself. Participation in the reading plan should take just a few moments each day, usually less than a minute. We hope you will benefit from this small, daily taste of the scriptures and the teachings of general authorities this year.   Book of Mormon Minute with Brant Gardner Brant A. Gardner is a researcher with a master of science in anthropology and the author of Second Witness: Analytical and Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, as well as several other books about the Book of Mormon and its translation. Brother Gardner has graciously provided us with a simplified commentary on the Book of Mormon that we’re calling Book of Mormon Minute. We’ve divided his commentary into daily readings to accompany your study of the Book of Mormon this year. Please note that this plan will allow you to finish the Book of Mormon in a year, but does not precisely follow the reading schedule of the church’s Come, Follow Me program.   Book of Mormon Evidences A frequent criticism of the Book of Mormon is the claim that there is no evidence for its authenticity. Some critics are inclined to point out, for instance, that we know where Jerusalem is, but no one has ever found the ancient Nephite city of Zarahemla. Our Evidences reading plan explores aspects of the Book of Mormon that point toward its authenticity and ancient origin. Some articles shine a light on things that were previously thought of to be impossible, like the presence of horses in the Americas during Book of Mormon times. Others take a look at textual evidences in the Book of Mormon that suggest it has a Hebrew linguistic origin. Still others explore places like Nihm and Wadi Tayyib al-Ism in the Middle East that share many characteristics of locations spoken of in Lehi’s journey. As you follow the readings from the church’s Come, Follow Me program this year, your scripture study will be supplemented by this scholarship. It should be noted that while none of these things individually are proof of the Book of Mormon’s truthfulness, they disagree with critics’ assessment that the Book of Mormon is a foolish fantasy or fiction. Together they make a strong case that the Book of Mormon is of ancient origin. Not every passage of the Book of Mormon has an associated Evidence at this time. In these cases we have chosen to supplement with KnoWhy articles and/or additional resources in this reading plan. We hope this plan will strengthen your belief in the Book of Mormon’s truthfulness, allowing you to continue to gain strength from the principles it teaches.   Book of Mormon KnoWhys Do you ever wish you had someone next to you who could explain the scriptures? Perhaps you wish you were a scholar, someone who knew about all the things professors and researchers were discussing when it comes to the Book of Mormon. Our KnoWhys reading plan is designed to enhance your study of the Book of Mormon this year with short articles that summarize recent discussion and research around the Book of Mormon. We publish a new one every week at bookofmormoncentral.org, we’ve published over 700 so far, and we’ve gathered at least one for each day of the church’s Come, Follow Me schedule this year. That means at least one KnoWhy for every segment of the Book of Mormon you’ll read. For instance, as you read Zenos’ allegory of the olive tree, you’ll be able to read a few KnoWhys to familiarize yourself with some of the practices of caring for olive trees in ancient times. As you read sermons of Nephite prophets, you might find them accompanied by KnoWhys talking about the timing of those sermons in relation to Jewish feasts and festivals. Not every passage of the Book of Mormon has an associated KnoWhy at this time. In these cases we have chosen to supplement with Evidence articles and/or additional resources in this reading plan. As you explore the scriptures with these articles, we hope you will gain spiritual insights and a deeper appreciation for the Book of Mormon and what it has to offer you. About ScripturePlus ScripturePlus is a fully-interactive scripture study app designed to help learners engage in the word of God more fully. Included in the app are multiple versions of the text, formatting with sub-headings, red lettering to highlight words and names of deity, author/speaker identification, questions and answers, quotations from General Authorities and reliable scholars, charts, images, and Book of Mormon Central’s signature KnoWhys and Evidences. The app also includes hundreds of videos from some of the best faithful YouTube channels online. While we have tried to curate these videos to include only the best content, we do recognize differences of beliefs and interpretations within portions of these videos. The scriptures are peerless and eternal. This enrichment material is curated to help you seek learning out of the best books by study and by faith. You can download ScripturePlus for iOS or Android devices. Tap here to download the app from the Apple App Store, and tap here to download it from the Google Play store. Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsBook of MormonScripture CentralScripturePlus

  • 2023 in review – and what’s coming up in 2024!
    by Trevor Holyoak on January 1, 2024 at 7:23 am

    Thanks to your donations of time, talent, and funds, we’ve been able to accomplish a lot in 2023. Here are some highlights, as well as a peek at some of the things we have in store for 2024. There is more opposition to the Church today than ever before, and there are many more things The post 2023 in review – and what’s coming up in 2024! appeared first on FAIR.

  • By Study and By Faith – Episode 10: Response to “The Gospel for Mormons”
    by Trevor Holyoak on December 21, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    by Zachary Wright As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we often run into people who criticize us for our beliefs.  I served my mission in a place where the Church was often criticized by General Christians who wanted me to abandon my faith and accept what they believed to be The post By Study and By Faith – Episode 10: Response to “The Gospel for Mormons” appeared first on FAIR.

  • Everything You Need to Study the Book of Mormon for Come Follow Me in 2024
    by Scripture Central on December 20, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Everything You Need to Study the Book of Mormon for Come Follow Me in 2024Post contributed by Scripture CentralDecember 20, 2023Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook Getting the most out of “Come, Follow Me” can seem daunting. Let us simplify, expand, and electrify your understanding of the Book of Mormon! Together we’ll explore the breadth and depth of this glorious volume, subtitled Another Testament of Jesus Christ.   Videos & Lessons for “Come, Follow Me”   Book of Mormon Matters with Jack Welch & Lynne Wilson Renowned Latter-day Saint scholar Jack Welch (discoverer of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon) and Scripture Central co-founder Lynne Wilson team up for a scholarly deep-dive of the Book of Mormon’s “Come, Follow Me” curriculum. This 40-60 min weekly presentation takes a more academic approach that may prove challenging for laypersons. Watch Jack & Lynne   Scripture Study Insights with Tyler Griffin Each week Tyler Griffin presents fresh content that explores the Book of Mormon in 10-20 minute increments. The lesson is concise and focused, allowing viewers to easily engage with “Come, Follow Me.” Watch Tyler   Taylor and Tyler Book of Mormon Revisited You are probably already familiar with Taylor Halverson and Tyler Griffin, who for the last four years have taught full-length Sunday School lessons that follow the “Come, Follow Me” curriculum. This year, we will be revisiting their Book of Mormon lessons with newly edited and improved versions for your 2024 Book of Mormon study. Watch Taylor & Tyler       Come Follow Me Mailing List Get the best “Come, Follow Me” resources and study tips directly to your inbox every week.         We respect your email privacy     ScripturePlus Scripture Study App ScripturePlus is a study app designed to help Latter-day Saints and others get more out of their scripture  and “Come, Follow Me” study. Users can read all the scriptures in the Standard Works, with commentaries, videos, historical settings, and more, linked directly into the text. Scripture Study Reading View This approach allows you to read the scriptures at your own speed and consume as many of the links of external information as you wish. Reading Plans for “Come, Follow Me” With this plan you can discipline your daily study to 10-minutes per day, keeping perfect pace with the “Come, Follow Me” curriculum.   Download the ScripturePlus App   Book of Mormon Commentaries & Scholarship KnoWhys Ever pondered a particular question related to the Book of Mormon? It’s more than likely that we’ve already addressed it. Take a moment to scan the titles of hundreds of articles addressing virtually every topic you could ever imagine. KnoWhys use scholarship to answer questions about the Book of Mormon, and they use gospel principles to teach why the answer is important. Read More >   Evidences Historical and scholarly evidences for the Book of Mormon abound! At Scripture Central we’ve published an ever-expanding number of articles (over 400!) focusing on the latest scholarly, scientific, and doctrinal information available. Read More >   Brant Gardner Book of Mormon Minute This verse-by-verse commentary breaks the Book of Mormon up into bite-sized pieces for easy reading, but dives deep into the context and structure of the Book of Mormon. Read More >   John W. Welch Notes The following are texts from an extraordinary lecture series on the Book of Mormon by scholar John W. Welch. Dr. Welch’s priceless perspectives and illuminated insights–compiled over a lifetime of devoted study of this sacred volume will open your mind and magnify your testimony of this sacred volume. You can access the Notes for free on our Archive, or buy the re-edited edition as a book from Covenant Communications. Read More >   Book of Mormon Podcasts   In The Book Host Rebecca Devonas sets out to discover the most extraordinary and powerful stories from converts throughout the world whose hearts were forever changed by the Book of Mormon.   Come Follow Me with Scripture Central Enjoy the audio versions of your favorite Come Follow Me lessons. Taylor Halverson and Tyler Griffin are celebrated as one of the most trusted resources for faithful, in-depth discussions of the Come Follow Me curriculum. Join them every week for new and inspiring content!   Access the Free “Come, Follow Me” Resource Guide   Conclusion Make Scripture Central your “go to” destination for all of your “Come, Follow Me” content in 2024. Let us help you and those you love to ignite an inextinguishable beacon of light and power that will guide all of us toward a holier, and ultimately celestial, destination! Join our Email Family to receive weekly “Come, Follow Me” updates!   All your “Come, Follow Me” study helps in one place Look no further for the finest “Come, Follow Me” resources in 2024! Free Come Follow Me Resource Guide Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsCome Follow MeBook of MormonTaylor and TylerJohn W. 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  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – The Book of Revelation
    by Trevor Holyoak on December 11, 2023 at 4:05 pm

    Evangelical Questions: The Book of Revelation by Jennifer Roach, MDiv, LMHC Oh my goodness, we have made it to Week 50. And we’re almost done with this project. The whole goal this year has been to give you a peek into how your Evangelical friends and family see things differently – and how we can The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – The Book of Revelation appeared first on FAIR.

  • Opinion: The Church Did Not Cover Up Sexual Abuse in Idaho
    by Richard Ferguson on December 5, 2023 at 4:54 am

    Opinion: The Church Did Not Cover Up Sexual Abuse in IdahoPost contributed by Richard FergusonDecember 4, 2023Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook   It should go without saying that under no circumstances should abuse be tolerated, nor should abusers escape accountability under the law. Speaking about the future state of an unrepentant child abuser, Jesus said that it would have been better if that person had been drowned in the sea with a heavy millstone attached to his neck. (Luke 17:2) What are we to make of the latest article from the AP regarding a new case of abuse that occurred between a father and his daughter? The father was a volunteer bishop during the time the abuse took place. Years later, when confronted with the evidence, the father confessed his crime to his current bishop. The church excommunicated him and he has not since been rebaptized. Many of us at Scripture Central, myself included have held voluntary ecclesiastical positions and dealt with cases of abuse. We hope to provide some context around the conversations being had with regards to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and answer such questions as: Why would the Bishop not testify regarding the confessions of an abuser, so the abuser to be brought to justice? Why might the church, or any church, offer money in reparation to the victim? Deseret News Church responds to AP story detailing 2015 Idaho abuse case Let’s Get Real with Stephen Jones Protestant Pastor is Baptized After Surviving Abuse and Becomes LDS Abuse Expert Jasmin Rappleye ScripturePlus The AP Article and Church Sexual Abuse Fair Latter-day Saints Abuse and the Church Public Square Magazine A Misguided Crusade: How Mandatory Reporting Fails Our Children The Realities of Clergy-Penitent Privilege Confessions to clergy have a long history in Christianity and in other religions where confidentiality is respected and strictly maintained. Lawmakers have considered changing laws which protect confidentiality of confessions by penitents to priests. According to a U.S. News and World Report article, in  over 100 instances, state and federal lawmakers have considered mandatory reporting laws but have always opted against requiring clergy to testify against the confessor. This is a wise decision, as painful as it may sound on the surface. Experience and studies have shown that mandatory reporting laws simply do not work and are counterproductive to the interests of law enforcement, of society at large, of victims, and of the perpetrator. Not all religions encourage—let alone require, in serious situations—the confession of sins as a part of the process of repenting and obtaining God’s forgiveness. The law recognizes more strongly the appropriateness of confidentiality in any cases of confessions where the church requires such confessions to one’s ecclesiastical leaders. Such is the case in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requires serious sexual transgressions to be confessed to one’s bishop. It is widely acknowledged that without confidentiality protection, perpetrators would rarely confess for fear of legal trouble. Instead of the clergy helping perpetrators to seek help and take responsibility for their actions, the perpetrators would not confess, maintaining their dark secrets and driving them to abuse again. Involvement of clergy always aims to reverse the cycle of abuse. Are such efforts always successful? Of course not, and unfortunately the result is even more victims in some percentage of these cases. However, without such protection, there would be fewer confessions and additional abuse would occur in almost every case. And even where victims are not able to require the priest or minister to testify in court about the abuser’s confession, lawyers and counselors can often find other ways to achieve just and healing outcomes in these sad and deplorable situations. The Church Settling with Victims As to the reasons behind the offering of settlements generally, potential litigants are often concerned that fault or weaknesses in their cases will be found in a court of law, so they choose to settle now to avoid higher costs later. Some people view such settlements as a tacit admission of guilt, even if legally there may be a stipulation of no-fault. Plea bargaining is widely practiced as a way to make the best of a bad situation. In the case of churches, there may be additional reasons why they may consider offering money even when a lawsuit is not threatened, as appears to be the case in the December 4 article by the AP. The Church and all churches desire to help the victims. Free help, counseling, support, and love are always extended to any such victims. These appear to be among the beneficial reasons The Church of Jesus Christ willingly offered settlement in this case, even though it involved a father who abused his daughter clearly outside of any control of the Church. He was a volunteer bishop at the time of some of the abuse, and he was aware of strict and explicit church prohibitions against any such abusive actions on his part and generally. Whether the settlement is hoping in part to avoid legal risk or whether it is aiming to help a victim, in legal situations, the payment of money will almost always come with requirements of confidentiality. This is important to dissuade opportunists, including unscrupulous attorneys seeking financial gain or the church’s discomfiture, from suing the church and turning its assistance against the church. For clear reasons, the law does not want to discourage churches from offering generous, healing help, by making churches cautious about offering needed help. In hindsight, since confidentiality was not maintained, we may now question the wisdom of the legal department offering settlement in this case. Reporters are now trying to lead readers to believe that hush money was offered to suppress guilt of the ex-bishop or complicity of the Church. That simply is not the case. When the Church learned of this matter, the abuser was promptly excommunicated and has not been readmitted to this day. The church has a remarkable record in its efforts to minimize abuse in its ranks. The Church currently follows well-defined best practices in preventing abuse, from screening and training volunteers to installing windows in all classrooms and requiring at least two adults present in situations with minors. In addition, the Church implements unique protections against abuse not found in other churches or organizations, such as keeping annotated records of church members if there are reasons a member should never be allowed to serve with youth and children. Youth have interviews with bishops at least annually that open the door for young men and young women to privately disclose any concerns. The multi-layered process of calling and sustaining any member in a new church calling also gives members an opportunity to express misgivings if there are any concerns about that member serving with children or youth. What occurs within the walls of the homes of its members is outside the control of any institution to mitigate misconduct or crimes, as tragic as these situations are. The Church regularly works to help confessors repent, to accept responsibility, and to work to repair their sins and crimes. Furthermore, the Church’s clear teachings and positive supports help victims recover from the abuses that have been perpetrated against them. We are all heartbroken when we learn about cases of abuse, especially at the hands of those who are in sacred positions of trust. We are further appalled when efforts have been made to protect abusers from accountability. But such is not the case here. The abuse occurred in a domain outside the Church’s reach, and when the Church learned of the matter, it took swift action. When the Church chose to provide financial support, it did so from the perspective of concern for the victim, not from the position trying to escape from any actual or potential legal risk. In light of these recent events, whether churches will choose to extend such assistance in future cases remains to be seen.   Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsSexual AbuseAbuseChurch News

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – 1–3 John; Jude
    by Trevor Holyoak on December 4, 2023 at 6:17 pm

    Evangelical Questions: Do You Have the Holy Ghost? by Jennifer Roach, MDiv, LMHC Hi friends, and welcome back to Come Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions. If you wondered if you missed last week’s episode, it wasn’t you, it was me. And sometimes life is like that. Several of you reached The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – 1–3 John; Jude appeared first on FAIR.

  • Letter For My Wife Rebuttal, Part 25: Prophecies
    by Sarah Allen on November 30, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Okay, guys, the topic this week is on failed prophecies from the latter-day prophets, but only one of these four quotes he gives is actually a prophecy, and it didn’t fail. The author, Thomas Faulk, also uses an incorrect word as the title, so I corrected it. I won’t correct his usage going forward in The post Letter For My Wife Rebuttal, Part 25: Prophecies appeared first on FAIR.

  • Have you tried our Faithful Answers app?
    by Trevor Holyoak on November 26, 2023 at 6:42 pm

    We have had an Android app available for a number of years on Google Play and the Amazon app store, but we have recently updated it with a fresh new look and name. It is also now available for the iPhone and iPad from the Apple app store! The post Have you tried our Faithful Answers app? appeared first on FAIR.

  • How One Woman’s Scholarship Helps Us Better Understand Church History
    by Wilford Woodruff Papers Foundation on November 22, 2023 at 3:52 pm

    The following is from LaJean Purcell Carruth’s presentation at BYU Education Week 2022 as part of the series presented on what can be learned from the Wilford Woodruff Papers. She also gave a presentation at the 2023 FAIR Conference, which is available to watch on our YouTube channel. Introduction When she was eleven years old, The post How One Woman’s Scholarship Helps Us Better Understand Church History appeared first on FAIR.

  • Letter For My Wife Rebuttal, Part 24: Blood Atonement
    by Sarah Allen on November 22, 2023 at 1:30 pm

    Hey, guys. Long time, no see! This week should hopefully mark the return of weekly segments of this blog series. My life has been insane this summer, and I apologize for being so absent. My dad was dying of pulmonary fibrosis, and then miraculously, got a new set of lungs a few weeks ago that The post Letter For My Wife Rebuttal, Part 24: Blood Atonement appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – 1 and 2 Peter
    by Trevor Holyoak on November 20, 2023 at 8:22 pm

    Evangelical Questions: Priesthood of all Believers by Jennifer Roach, MDiv, LMHC Welcome back to Come Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions. My name is Jennifer Roach and today we’re going to talk about priesthood of all believers. As you know we’re going through the Come Follow Me readings and addressing common The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – 1 and 2 Peter appeared first on FAIR.

  • New Video: Finding Christ in the Ark of the Covenant
    by Scripture Central on November 16, 2023 at 7:00 am

    New Video: Finding Christ in the Ark of the CovenantPost contributed by Scripture CentralNovember 16, 2023Google Plus One Pinterest Tweet Widget Facebook Like Share on Facebook     The Ark of the Covenant is one of the most easily recognized biblical artifacts in modern culture, but how many modern Christians understand the true significance of the Ark and how it teaches us about Jesus Christ? In the newest Messages of Christ video, Daniel Smith powerfully explains the meaning of the Ark’s various elements and how these elements can point us to the Savior, Jesus Christ. Historical Context The story of the Ark of the Covenant begins with the prophet Moses. When Moses communed with the Lord on Mount Sinai, he received the stone tablets with the Law, and a covenant was made whereby the worthy could enter God’s presence for one day a year. However, when the children of Israel saw the lightnings and thunderings on the mountaintop, they were afraid and asked Moses if he would instead enter God’s presence on their behalf. The doubt and fear of the Children of Israel led them to reject this sacred opportunity to enter God’s presence, so the Lord commanded the construction of a tabernacle in the wilderness to teach Israel how to return to Him. With rich symbolism in almost every corner—from the altar of sacrifice to the Ark of the Covenant itself—the tabernacle was made to show the children of Israel how to return to God’s presence by demonstrating how to symbolically enter a sacred space through the mediation of God’s appointed high priest. Physical Description The Ark itself was a box made from acacia wood, which came from an extremely durable type of tree: Acacia trees were some of the only trees that grew in the harsh desert where the children of Israel wandered for 40 years. This box was then overlaid with gold. Atop the Ark sat the mercy seat: a solid gold lid with two gold cherubim on top. On the Day of Atonement, priests would perform a ritual sacrifice for all of Israel, and, using the blood from that sacrifice, the high priest would then enter the Holy of Holies to sprinkle or “cover” the mercy seat. Importantly, the original word for “atonement” comes from the Hebrew word “kaphar,” which means, “to cover.” Thus, in performing this ritual, the high priest symbolized that it was only through the shedding of sacrificial blood that one could find mercy and enter the presence of God. Contents of the Ark Within the Ark sat 3 items which served as constant reminders of God’s covenant with Israel: a bowl of manna, the stone tablets Moses received on Mount Sinai, and the blossomed rod of Aaron. The bowl of manna represented God’s providence, as it reminded the Israelites of the miracle God had wrought in providing daily bread to eat in the desert. The stone tablets themselves contained God’s law and thus symbolized the covenant associated with that law: If Israel would obey God’s laws, He would protect them. The rod of Aaron was to remind Israel of God’s priesthood authority that came only through Aaron, as proved when his was the only staff to blossom after the children of Israel questioned Aaron’s right to be high priest. Perhaps as the most significant feature of all, these three symbolic contents in the Ark were all covered by the mercy seat, symbolizing how God’s mercy can surpass both His law and His justice. Symbolism of Jesus Christ While the Ark of the Covenant served Israel as a powerful symbol of God’s providence, mercy, law, and authority, it can also serve us today as a direct symbol of the atonement of the Savior, Jesus Christ. Anciently on the Day of Atonement, the high priest would enter the Holy of Holies and make atonement for the sins of Israel by sprinkling blood from a sacrificial lamb on the mercy seat. Thus, by the shedding of sacrificial blood, Israel could symbolically enter God’s presence. Similarly, through His suffering and death, Jesus Christ shed his own blood and atoned for the sins of mankind, allowing all to return to the presence of the Father. However, while the ritual sacrifice of the Israelites had to be renewed every year, the shedding of the blood of the lamb of God was a permanent sacrifice for the sins of the world. Thus, through the atonement made by our High Priest, Jesus Christ, we ourselves can receive forgiveness for our sins and “come boldly unto the throne of grace,” finding mercy and grace in the presence of God (Hebrews 4:16). Subscribe Get the latest updates on Book of Mormon topics and research for free       Which lists would you like emails from?   Daily Email   Weekly Email     Signing up for both the Daily and Weekly email lists is not recommended, as you will receive duplicate emails. We respect your email privacy     TagsMessages of Christ

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – James
    by Trevor Holyoak on November 13, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    Evangelical Questions: Perfection? by Jennifer Roach, MDiv, LMHC Welcome back to Come Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions. My name is Jennifer Roach and today we’re going to talk about perfection. As you know we’re going through the Come Follow Me readings and addressing common questions that Evangelicals ask about our The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – James appeared first on FAIR.

  • By Study and Faith – Episode 9: Cognitive Dissonance
    by Trevor Holyoak on November 7, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    by Zachary Wright Introduction For today’s introduction, I’d like to share a story from my own faith journey with you.  In High School, I found myself in a dispute with a classmate who consistently challenged my faith.  He didn’t believe in God, and he was very argumentative and combative regarding why he was right.  I The post By Study and Faith – Episode 9: Cognitive Dissonance appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – Hebrews 7–13
    by Trevor Holyoak on November 6, 2023 at 5:49 pm

    Evangelical Questions: Isn’t Jesus the Only Melchizedek Priesthood Holder? by Jennifer Roach, MDiv, LMHC Welcome back to Come Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions. My name is Jennifer Roach and today we’re going to talk about part 2 of 3 on priesthood. There is so much to say on this and we’re The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – Hebrews 7–13 appeared first on FAIR.

  • Asking Big Questions: Why Is Going to Church Important?
    by Trevor Holyoak on November 6, 2023 at 4:02 am

    by Lyndie Jackson The “Asking Big Questions” series is made in cooperation with the Wilford Woodruff Papers Project. Saturdays and Sundays are safeguarded days for most people. Between school, work and other activities, our weeks get hectic and weekends are reserved for relaxing with family and friends and accomplishing tasks that could not be finished during The post Asking Big Questions: Why Is Going to Church Important? appeared first on FAIR.

  • A Mortal Davidic Servant?
    by FAIR Staff on November 3, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    Some Old Testament scriptures tell about a latter-day “Davidic King,” “Davidic Servant,” or “Marred Servant.” The consensus of mainstream scholarship and teaching from leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that this refers to Jesus Christ, when He rules the earth after His Second Coming. But some claim the “Servant” will be The post A Mortal Davidic Servant? appeared first on FAIR.

  • Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – Hebrews 1–6
    by Trevor Holyoak on October 30, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    Evangelical Questions: Ordain Every Man in the Church? by Jennifer Roach, MDiv, LMHC Welcome back to Come Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions. My name is Jennifer Roach and today we’re going to talk about why in the world ALL men in the church can be ordained as a priest, not The post Come, Follow Me with FAIR: Faithful Answers to New Testament Questions – Hebrews 1–6 appeared first on FAIR.

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