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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Nov 09

Journal of Discourses and History of the Church – Text Available Online

Reading books is such a great thing to do.  Do you know what is even better than that?  Having an electronic copy of the text so that you can search through it!  What’s even better than that?  Having electronic copies of the Journal of Discourses and the History of the Church!  For anyone who may wish to have these texts, they are available below:

Journal of Discourses – The entire text is available in a well-organized, easy to read format. Available Here

History of the Church – The text is made available by the BOAP project.  Available Here

Having these texts means that you can download them, read them, and search through them for specific words.  Should you be a computer programmer, or know someone who is, you might analyze the texts different ways.  Of course, you could also put them on your mobile device for reading on-the-go.

What a treasure these two sets are.  There is so very much that can be learned about the beginning of this Last Dispensation from these two works.  Enjoy your studies of the Gospel!

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Oct 26

The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium is Today

Today is going to be marvelous.  How do I know?  The Sperry Symposium begins tonight.  Attending one of these yearly events has long been a wish of mine.  Unabashedly, the following explanation of this event was taken right off the Symposium page:

Where?

Joseph Smith Building (JSB) Auditorium, and other adjacent campus locations.

Who is it for?

The Sperry Symposium is not just for professional teachers in the Church’s Seminaries and Institutes of Religion and at BYU–it’s for all who study the scriptures. The symposium is free to the public, and no registration is required.

About the Sperry Symposium

The Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, held annually at the end of October at Brigham Young University, features speakers from BYU Religious Education, Seminary and Institute teachers in the Church Education System, and other gospel scholars. The symposium focus is traditionally on the topic for Gospel Doctrine and Church study for the upcoming year.

It begins Friday evening with a keynote address, followed by a selection of presentations. The symposium continues Saturday morning.

Sidney Branton Sperry (1895–1977), a leading LDS scholar of the Book of Mormon and Bible, joined the Religion Department at Brigham Young University in 1932 and retired in 1969. The first Sperry Symposium was held four years later in 1973.

Admission is free

The symposium is free and open to the public. For further information, call 801–422–3611.

The Friday schedule is 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  Saturday, it is from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon.  Should anyone wish to attend and has an interest in carpooling, let me know!

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