Wonderful artwork

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KnoWhy #144 reminded me of the wonderful artwork by Walter Rane. There’s an online exhibit here: https://history.lds.org/exhibit/scenes-from-the-land-of-promise-book-of-mormon-paintings-by-walter-rane?lang=eng#promise I like Rane’s style overall, but more importantly, Rane’s work helps to facilitate a consensus about Book of Mormon geography because it is not so specifically set in Mesoamerica as most of the other artwork on lds.org. Rane’s […]

New introduction to Letter VII book

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In response to reader feedback, I often make changes and adjustments to my books. (My publisher updates the printing notice each time. The Letter VII book is currently in its fourth printing, with the date June 7, 2016.) By convention, a new edition contains about 20% new or different material, so the only way to […]

11 Documents part 3

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Stephens’ Incidents of Travel and the Times and Seasons 6. 1841 Bernhisel letter. This is the thank-you note, purportedly from Joseph Smith, to John Bernhisel, who had given a copy of the Stephens’ books to Wilford Woodruff to give to the Prophet. Brother Hedges infers that the letter is in John Taylor’s handwriting, but so far the handwriting remains […]

11 Documents: part 2

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The Plains of the Nephites and the Hill Cumorah 4. 1834 letter to Emma. This is the letter Joseph wrote to Emma during Zion’s Camp. He was on the eastern bank of the Mississippi and explained how the camp, which had just crossed Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, had been “wandering over the plains of the Nephites, recounting […]

Lesson 21: Alma-Did Judge Righteous Judgments

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This lesson covers Mosiah 29-Alma 4. These chapters address the question of what system of government is most likely to preserve peace and righteousness, a topic covered well in the lesson manual. Alma 2 discusses Amlici’s attempted insurrection. Alma leads the Nephite armies across the River Sidon to battle against Amlici and his army (the […]

Lesson 20: My Soul Is Pained No More

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This chapter covers Mosiah 25-27. In Chapter 25, king Mosiah causes the people to gather together. I find this interesting because I infer the people came in from throughout the land of Zarahemla; this was not only a gathering of the residents of the city of Zarahemla. Alma relates the story of the people of […]