General Conference classics – Marion G. Romney

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In preparation for the upcoming General Conference, here’s one of the classics from President Marion G. Romney of the First Presidency, delivered in the October 1975 General Conference. https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1975/10/americas-destiny?lang=eng Extract: It is my purpose in making these remarks to point out from the record of ancient inhabitants of America that the foregoing decrees have been […]

The land shadowing with wings

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I’ve mentioned before that I think Nephi read Isaiah 18:1 and that’s how he knew which direction he had to sail from the Arabian peninsula; i.e., “beyond the rivers of Ethiopia” according to the King James version, or “beyond the waters of Africa” as an alternate translation. He knew he had to sail west, around […]

DVDs coming out

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A lot of people have asked for recordings of my presentations, so we decided to offer them for anyone interested. I’ve been editing DVDs of my presentations over the last couple of years. They will be available at the Book of Mormon Conference in Orem on April 6-8. I think they turned out pretty well. […]

The Emperor’s new clothes

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The utility of a model or theory in math, science, economics, or any other field depends on its ability to explain the real world and predict how things will work in the future as we obtain more data and experience. In my view, the models of Book of Mormon geography that put Cumorah anywhere except […]

Blast from the past

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I posted on this blog for the first time on June 18, 2014. The post was titled “John L. Sorenson’s 37 objections to North America.” http://bookofmormonwars.blogspot.com/2014/06/john-l-sorensons-37-objections-to-north.html At the time, I assumed that Brother Sorenson didn’t actually write these 37 objections, but I have since been informed that he actually did. I’ve also been informed that […]

Who is the judge?

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In the Federalist Papers, number 10, James Madison made an important observation: “No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause, because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity.  With equal, nay with greater reason, a body of men are unfit to be both judges and […]

Earthquake zones

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I’ve been discussing nuclear energy risks with an environmental science class and the topic of the U.S. came up. https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2003/fs017-03/ This map from the US Geological Survey is interesting from a Book of Mormon perspective. Here’s the explanation from that site: “n the Central and Eastern United States, earthquakes are felt over a broader area […]