Printing Joseph Smith’s Sermons – Redux In Two Parts

Going back in time again to last year. The process of generating imprints of Joseph Smith’s sermons is a complex one and to me, fascinating for several reasons. The source critical issues are important and I do address them in the book, but the point of this (repeat) post is the process of getting them into print. In any case, I hope you find the issues as interesting as I do. Still working on chapter 6. It turned out to be more complex than I imagined. Enjoy!

Parallel Joseph History

Printing the Sermons of Joseph Smith

The Priesthood Revelation of 1978, The Book of Abraham and Missionaries

Growing up in Utah, I had little contact with blacks of any sort, let alone those of African descent. That is until the 6th grade. Read more of this post

Praise to the Man

On the 166th anniversary of Joseph Smith’s death.
William Wines Phelps’ pean to Joseph Smith:

August, 1844.
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A Review Post: Joseph Smith and Catholicism

Nearly a year ago, I put this post up about Joseph Smith and Catholicism. It still gets reads all the time apparently. The subject of church design came up in the post including the history of Protestants and the Latin cross in America (see note 1). This and a few other issues in the post were fun, especially Joseph Smith’s noting a relation between Mormonism and Catholicism. You may enjoy some of the comments too.

Joseph Smith and Catholicism

Joseph Smith’s “David Doctrine” and King Follett I.

As a preacher, Joseph Smith could be adventurous in his interpretations of scripture. In many cases, these interpretations have been impressed on the spiritual engrams of Mormonism.

But in his “first” King Follett funeral sermon Joseph does a very curious thing: he exchanges homiletic objects.
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Maturity. The Evolution of Man.

This evening I was sitting in a small recording studio, listening to a friend’s daughter deliver a vocal recital. During the (very skilled and moving) performance, I began to look around the room a bit, seeing other friends, relatives and siblings of the performer and some who I did not know. That, and the music inspired in me a rather melancholy feeling about evolution. Not the kind that is associated with Darwin however.
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Preexistence: Reviewing the Review of Terryl Givens

So, in the spirit of bringing back the dead this summer, I offer up again my review of Terryl Givens’ book, When Souls Had Wings. It’s a fine book, and deserves a read from anyone who has even a remote interest in religion and its history. The subject is fascinating I think. You won’t find an apology for Mormonism here although the author is a Latter-day Saint, but you do get to peak under the shroud covering some obscure history, discarded by those who perhaps ought to pay some attention to it. The old chestnuts are alive and well. Have some fun:

A Review of Terryl Givens, When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Life in Western Thought

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