A Closer Look

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

Structured Edition scripture sample: 1 Nephi

Structured Edition scripture sample: 1 Nephi

Try reading 1 Nephi in this format, and you might be surprised at how you notice new things. Here's a rough draft of the book of First Nephi from my custom edition of the Book of Mormon that I'm working on. I've tried to make it look more like a novel or textbook,...

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Come Follow Me reading schedule: New Testament (2019)

Come Follow Me reading schedule: New Testament (2019)

Track which weeks Sunday school meets, and which reading passages will be covered. This reading schedule takes the weekly reading assignments from the Come Follow Me scripture study curriculum's table of contents and puts them into a weekly chapter...

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Images of motherhood

Images of motherhood

I stumbled across this painting back in autumn 2014 while browsing the LDS Church's art competition. It struck me motionless, I found it so absorbing. It made me think of all the best qualities of motherhood, and I wanted to post my thoughts about it and the meaning I...

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Structural chapter reading chart: The Old Testament, Seminary selected readings

Structural chapter reading chart: The Old Testament, Seminary selected readings

This chart is identical to the structural chapter reading chart for the Old Testament, except I have greyed out many chapters so that only the selected readings from the Seminary Old Testament course are highlighted. I have also added the books of Moses and Abraham. I think Seminary students (and teachers!) would greatly benefit from using a progress-tracking chart like this, because they can learn something about the organization of the books while they read. Becoming oriented is central to understanding and retaining what you’re reading.

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Kings of Judah and Israel: Chart

Kings of Judah and Israel: Chart

I created this chart to help you keep straight the various rulers in the biblical books of Kings and Chronicles, especially because many have the same names. It’s color-coded to match my map and scripture timeline (forthcoming). A few patterns and insights emerge after looking at the chart, which can lead to some useful personal applications.

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Structural chapter reading chart: The Doctrine and Covenants

Structural chapter reading chart: The Doctrine and Covenants

This is a Doctrine and Covenants reading chart that shows the surrounding events of each section. This can be helpful, since this standard work is a bit unique in that it lacks an overarching narrative. This way, you can spend less time orienting yourself, and spend more time gaining insights.

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He’s Been There, a song about Jesus Christ

He’s Been There, a song about Jesus Christ

Guest post by Jelaire Richardson. This is a song I wrote about the Atonement of Jesus Christ while I was in the Missionary Training Center. We usually summarize the atonement by saying, “We are imperfect, so we need a Savior.” But I love how Chieko Okazaki takes a different approach by stating its inverse: “Perfect people do not need a Savior.” I was struggling with learning Dutch and sometimes felt like I didn’t deserve help learning the language because I wasn’t the perfect missionary. …

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