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

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

Problems, problems, problems. Bad xml or something. Maybe this will do it.

John Wesley, Methodism and Staking out Mormon Doctrines

W. J. Abraham and J. E. Kirby’s The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies gives some insight into some issues of antebellum American Methodism that play into the shaping of Mormon doctrine, in the sense that Mormonism, at its outset, felt the need to define its positions in the controversies of the day. I quote:
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A Year’s Worth! Thanks!

So’s blog has been up and running for a year (in honor of the anniversary, we changed themes). I’ve really enjoyed doing a little thinking out loud. Some stats from WordPress for the last 12 months:

Total views: 17,659

Busiest day: Tuesday, March 16, 2010


92 posts

Ok, so it’s nothing compared to many other LDS-related blogs. But I think it’s cool. Thanks to all of you who have looked in and especially to the people who have commented. I hope you found it worth some of your time. And if it wasn’t, well you know what Oscar Greeley Clendenning Hammerstein II said about loving Bloody Mary……

Lorenzo Snow, His Pre-Mormon Thoughts at Oberlin

So another review post. I’ve become fascinated by Lorenzo Snow. His thinking was deep, interesting and rather unique among Mormons. An intellectual among New England farmers, his success as a Mormon leader was due in part to remarkable inspiration and considerable hard-headedness.(grin) These two posts relate a letter from Lorenzo to his sister Eliza while Snow was studying at Oberlin College. His frankness and self-confidence show themselves, while ideas that would mark his later religious thought peak through. Moreover, it seems clear that he regards his sister as a worthy sounding board.

Part I

Part II

Erin Burnett and Mormons on Wall Street and in Business

Not the usual thing you will see here!
But being the financial news junky that I am, I heard CNBC’s Erin Burnett’s piece today about Mormons. On her recent junket to China, she spent some time with Jon Huntsman, Jr., US ambassador to China as well as a set of elders (missionaries) there. It was the typically compressed, can’t say much, kind of thing, but generally it was fair and she did an interesting job of linking missionary language skills with future business careers. “If you’re going to do business on the street these days, you better deal with a Mormon first” or something akin to that, was a kind of motto she quoted. She noted the tendency of Mormons to hire Mormons and that at Goldman, the percentage of Marriott School grads and Wharton grads is about the same, at least that’s what I thought she said, from the other room while trying to proof KFD1 ms history text for the book. There! this post is not irrelevant! (g) Anyway, go over to her blog or see if you can get the replay at

She did offer one interesting thing regarding one of the sister missionaries she interviewed. Remarking that most Mormons on the street are male, she said that the sister miss. was planning on being a homemaker, wanted 5 (Erin placed a kind of ! in there I think) kids but actually hoped to use the missionary language skill too.

Resurrection and Blood – Joseph Smith’s Take

Joseph Smith’s ideas about resurrection were derived like much of his teaching, from “hands on” experience combined with exegesis. Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out where one ends and the other begins. Our review of favorite posts over the past year continues with Resurrection and What’s *that* in Your Veins?


The Nauvoo Female Relief Society Meeting of April 28, 1842

We’ve had a partial of these minutes up at in the Parallel Joseph for a long time, but recently we put up the entire transcript. Eliza R. Snow took the minutes. Since her notes constitute the only extensive report of the meeting, it’s impossible to have direct knowledge of how accurate they are. But their form and flow suggest a reasonably careful rehearsal of the day’s events. The minutes are the source of the oft-quoted “turn the key” phrase as well as the pronouncement that the biblical signs (Mark 16:17-18) follow *all* believers, not just males. (See a very different item from these minutes here.) There are some additional details that give us some clues about the operation of the Society, in particular the ongoing expansion of membership. After Nauvoo in some sense, other incarnations of Relief Society never really had the same internal cachet. While the echoes in early Utah ward Relief Societies tried to recruit the glory days, they never had real support from church leadership. But Snow and Whitney and others kept the dream alive, repeating Joseph’s words when the occasion arose. But the auxiliary movement would claim the RS and gradually it became one itself, losing independence and related status along the way.
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On a Recent Winter Night

While I was driving home one evening this past year, these lines came to mind. Since this month is the 21st anniversary of my son’s death, I share them with you.
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