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 […]

Lesson 19: None Could Deliver Them but the Lord

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This lesson covers seven chapters in Mosiah–a lot to cover in one lesson. Most of this discussion is from Moroni’s America. Mosiah 18.  When Alma “fled from the servants of king Noah” (Mosiah 18:1), he didn’t go far. He “went about privately among the people” to teach the gospel. Those who believed him went to […]

Lesson 15: Eternally Indebted to Your Heavenly Father

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This lesson covers Mosiah 1-3. There is a lot of material in here relevant to historicity and geography, but I’m only going to mention two things. First, again from Moroni’s America, “King Benjamin taught his sons the importance of language, but apparently the writing system was difficult. Lehi could read the engravings on the brass […]