Scriptures


Book of Mormon chapter heading changes. The most recent editions of the Book of Mormon have several changes made to the chapter headings, when compared to the 1981 print edition that we use in church every Sunday. This is a side-by-side comparison that I made to highlight the most notable changes.

 

Gospel Topics


thumb_SpiritualDeathChartSpiritual death paper. A research paper I wrote about spiritual death, including many charts and graphics I created to explain some of the finer points of this important doctrine.

Heavenly Mother references. A compilation of virtually all the references to Heavenly Mother in the Church magazines and curriculum from 1971 to 2002.

5 Responses to “Studies”

  1. Thank you. I appreciate your work. I think structurally so much of your work has been very helpful in getting my head around the scriptures.

    • Glad to hear it! Do you have any examples you can share? Where have you been reading in the scriptures? Thanks for the feedback.

      • I am a visual learner so have been using the Mnemonic Major System, which is a way to help memorize numbers in order to be able to recall scriptural clusters with mental images.

        By grouping the sections into geographical locations (New York, Ohio, etc), and then by their thematic subgroups, you have helped me be able to assign images to each group in order to help me recall where a particular passage fits in the greater context. Thanks!

  2. Colleen says:

    I visited your website today for the general conferences notes handout. I stayed for all the other interesting things I found. I was especially happy to see your study on Heavenly Mother. I added the link to a blog I wrote recently so that my readers could make up their own mind to the truth. You can find my blog post here http://colleen-meanderingthoughts.blogspot.com/2014/03/spiritual-wandering-part-ii.html. I would be extremely interested to see if you found any Biblical references to a Heavenly Mother that I could share with a non-Mormon friend. Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

    • Some have drawn a correlation between the Hebrew word “Wisdom” and Heavenly Mother. The word is used frequently in the wisdom/poetry books (Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon), with Wisdom often being given feminine attributes (kind of like how “mercy” is referred to as “she” in the Book of Mormon). See Daniel C. Peterson, “Nephi and His Asherah,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies (v9 n2 [2000] p16–25, 80–81) for more information.

      For me, the most explicit reference is hidden in plain sight, in Genesis:

      God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Gen. 1:27)

      1In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; 2male and female created he them. (Gen. 5:1–2)

      It seems to me that the plain meaning of this verse is that “God” is a male-female pair. I’m sure there are plenty other valid layers of meaning, but the first level of interpretation seemed startlingly obvious when I noticed it a few years ago.

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