May 22

10 influential LDS books

What books do you find the most uplifting and informative?  We have a list of our favorite books.  Ashley Dickson, a writer for utahvalley360.com has shared some that she has found helpful.  What books are they?  Here are the first two:

Jesus the Christ by James E. Talmage

 Jesus the Christ

Believing Christ by Stephen E. Robinson

Believing Christ

Take a look at the rest of her great recommendations:

10 influential LDS books summarized in one sentence each

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Mar 09

What Do We Know About the Mulekites?

An informative article came to my attention recently regarding the Mulekites.  What is really known about their origin and background?  What information can we glean from their brief mention in the Book of Mormon?  What became of them?  This article from the March 1987 Ensign answers these and a host of other questions that you may not even know you had.

Excerpt:

“A serious reader of the Book of Mormon will at some point likely ask himself how much is known about the Mulekites and about the role they played among Book of Mormon civilizations.

The thirty verses which comprise the Book of Omni, although written by five lesser-known authors, provide answers to many questions.

Just prior to his death, Amaleki completed the Book of Omni by briefly recording the account of King Mosiah’s discovery of the people of Zarahemla—the Mulekites. Without this brief record we would know little concerning the conversion of the Mulekites from an atheistic people into some of the most faithful Saints in the entire Book of Mormon.”

Read the entire article: The Mulekites – by Garth A. Wilson

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Mar 02

What Constitutes True Scripture?

A few weeks ago, a couple of intriguing articles came out addressing some ways to contemplate the origins of different types of text.  Some we know to be historical fiction, as the author of such texts plainly declares them so.  Others claim to be true and authentic.  How can we tell the difference?  These articles give some helpful guidelines and insights.

Here are some excerpts:

“When discussing the meaning of scripture, people often raise the question of historicity. Unfortunately, this is a complicated topic with many distinct yet overlapping issues — issues that are frequently misunderstood or conflated. Historicity essentially means that a person mentioned in an ancient text really lived, that an event really happened, that a place actually existed.

Thus, historicity relates to questions such as, did Moses really exist? Was there really an Israelite exodus from Egypt? Was there a Mount Sinai? Alternatively, one can ask, did a historical Gandalf ever live? Was there really a siege at Helm’s Deep? Was there actually a volcano named Mount Doom where Sauron had his forge and workshop? The issue of historicity is thus an ontological question — a question about the nature of reality as reflected in historical texts.”

Source

“It’s important to realize that not all the books of the Bible present themselves as history. The Bible includes poetry, proverbs, moral exemplars, etc. The book of Job may very well be a work of fiction — a parable of sorts, or a proto-philosophical dialogue. But Job doesn’t present itself as history (though some modern readers have assumed it to be such). That is, if Job is a work of fiction, it’s still authentic, because it makes no internal claim to be historical.

Likewise, in the Book of Mormon, the allegory of the olive tree in Jacob 5 isn’t historical; it presents itself as inspired fiction. The book of Kings, on the other hand, clearly presents itself as authentic history, though it makes no internal claim to inspiration or revelation.”

Source

These two articles present some thought-provoking observations on how we can consider parts of our Standard Works through our careful and prayerful studies.

Thoughts?

 

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