A Closer Look

Musings on (mostly) gospel and (some) non-gospel related topics.

Old Testament Reading Charts

Old Testament Reading Charts

I've created a new study aids page where you can browse my printables and visual aids organized by scripture volume or doctrinal topic. In particular, there are two newly created Old Testament reading charts. The StoryGuide Scriptures Reading Chart helps you track...

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Interview with Joseph Smith on the articles of his faith

Interview with Joseph Smith on the articles of his faith

I recently made a rare historical find in the dusty library archives of an unspecified American city (as I recall, it was midway between Lake Wobegon, Mayberry, and Metropolis). I have reprinted below the newspaper article from a mid-1800s issue of The Planetary...

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Wild Pratts: Activate Preacher Powers!

Wild Pratts: Activate Preacher Powers!

My kids are huge fans of the educational PBS show Wild Kratts. It's a fun show where two real-life brothers voice their cartoon selves, who wear hi-tech suits that have "creature powers," giving them, e.g., a cheetah's speed or a gecko's ability to climb walls....

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Saints table of contents aligned with the Doctrine and Covenants

Saints table of contents aligned with the Doctrine and Covenants

This is the table of contents of Saints (volume 1), The Standard of Truth, with section numbers added (right-hand margin), so readers can see which Saints chapters cover the same time period as a particular string of D&C sections. For example, in the time period...

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The Humility Cycle: Handout

The Humility Cycle: Handout

You know that handy diagram that's made its way around Church publications for several decades now? I first encountered it in high school seminary, where it shows a cycle of righteousness and wickedness, pride and repentance. It was in a seminary video depicting...

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Scripture page insert: The family proclamation

Scripture page insert: The family proclamation

A printable version of the Family Proclamation, typeset in scripture-style two-column format with verse numbers and footnotes. Print it two-sided, trim it to size, and paste it into your scriptures, You’ve always wanted to canonize, haven’t you?

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