Jesus Washes the Feet of His Disciples
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The “Arise from the Dust” Theme and the Unity of Isaiah

In my exploration of the “arise from the dust” theme in the Book of Mormon, published in several articles for Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day saint Faith and Scholarship (see “Arise from the Dust,” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and “Strong Like Unto Moses”) and the topic of my 2018 presentation at the FAIR Latter-day Saints Conference, I noted that passages from Isaiah 49 and Isaiah 53 play an important role in the Book of Mormon. Both involve the theme of dust….

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Another Classic Example of Misleading LDS Apologetics: The Gospel of Philip and Temple Marriage

In the comments to a previous post about LDS garments at Mormanity, I’ve just been called out for an egregious blunder on my part. I am genuinely grateful to Alvin…

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More to LDS Garments Than Meets the Eye

A few days ago I discussed the new video from the Church discussing basics of the LDS garment. Today I’d like to mention some interesting connections it has to ancient…

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Temple Blindness

Ancient Chinese silk showing Nüwa holding a compass and Fuxi holding a square, symbols of order and creation far older than modern Masonry. From the Chinese Wikipedia entry for Nüwa….

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The Priesthood Restored or Snuffed Out? John the Baptist Had It Right, I Think

In Utah especially and some other areas, a few Mormons are being influenced by an eloquent lawyer who claims to have received a special visit from Christ. Some of them…

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Daniel Peterson on the Restoration and the Book of Mormon

While reviewing information related to Cornelis Van Dam’s outstanding book on the Urim and Thummin (he’s a non-LDS scholar whose scholarship regarding that ancient tool should be of special interest…

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“Eye Hath Not Seen”: Understanding the LDS Testimony

For those who want to understand the things of God and eternity only through the lenses attached to their own eyeballs, who can only believe what they can see, I…

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Appreciating the Restoration of Ancient Christian Concepts: Baptism for the Dead and Related Doctrines

Sometimes we Latter-day Saints get too caught up with out day-to-day activities or with our own personal discontents and fail to appreciate just how marvelous the Restoration has been. Some…

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My Insatiable Quest for Power

I have an insatiable quest for power, especially when I’m in airports (that’s where I am as I write). Insatiable because I can walk endlessly sometimes without finding an available…

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Mormon Temples and “Secrecy”

I’ve often received questions about the issue of “secrecy” in Mormon temples. To us, the key factor is what is sacred, not secret, but this still leaves many people confused,…

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