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Do-It-Yourself Doctrine and Covenants

Do-It-Yourself Doctrine and Covenants

Here are some insights I gained when I created my own customized the layout of the Doctrine and Covenants from the files on my Do-It-Yourself Scripture page. I created my own personalized edition of the scriptures that is annotated in a way that made sense to me. Since I am sometimes asked this question, let me clarify: I am not talking about writing your own scriptures, or altering the wording of the current scriptures in order to satisfy your preferences. I am talking about choosing fonts and page size, inserting headings where a new section seems to begin, etc.

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Interview: Joe Spencer answers questions about Isaiah in the Book of Mormon

Interview: Joe Spencer answers questions about Isaiah in the Book of Mormon

In a previous post, I summarized an article by Joseph Spencer entitled “Prolegomena to Any Future Study of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon.” Recently, I had the chance to email back and forth with Joe and ask him some questions I still had after reading his article, and he gave me permission to post our exchange as an interview.

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Joseph Spencer on Isaiah, baptism, and the Godhead in the Book of Mormon

Joseph Spencer on Isaiah, baptism, and the Godhead in the Book of Mormon

I recently read an article that pointed out some interesting patterns. In 1 and 2 Nephi, Isaiah and several themes related to his teachings are used extensively. Then, suddenly, Isaiah goes completely unused in Enos through Helaman (and the first part of 3 Nephi). Then, Isaiah is reintroduced “with a vengeance” in 3 Nephi by the Savior, almost as soon as He appears to the Nephites. Joe Spencer drew some interesting conclusions as to why that might be.

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