The first twenty-eight pages of A Cultural History of The Book of Mormon walk us through the meta-text generated about The Book of Mormon even before it was published. Daymon Smith extracts excerpts from newspapers at the time that showed how stories surrounding the unpublished book helped form/frame perceptions of it. “Gold Bible” stirred up […]Read more "Volume One: Introduction"
I’ll be re-reading The Cultural History of The Book of Mormon over the next several weeks. It is five volumes and covers a lot more than meets the eye. I’ll do my best to share what stands out and what blows my mind.Read more "Cultural History"
*Previously published on 08/28/2016 – updated/edited today. I should say: I do not believe in the Atonement, capital-A, as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints™. I do not believe in an Atonement where Jesus, God’s favorite and perfect son, is sent to earth to pay for a debt he did not […]Read more "I Do Not Believe In The Atonement"
It isn’t that I don’t want to write, I do, I’m struggling with what to write about. I’m working through emotion or emotions right now. Negative emotions. I label them negative emotions because of the restrictive quality they have to them, tightness of chest, the pressure, and pulsing of my temples, repetition of thoughts that […]Read more "How shall we look?"
As I mentioned in my last post, I am going to be focusing my writing on Words. For anyone who would like to read along with me, below is the reading schedule. Note: The physical volumes can be purchased here and here. If you would like to read them for free, you can access each volume […]Read more "Words – Reading Schedule"
Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, Or your Father which is in Heaven is perfect. Lesser Words of Jesus; 3 Nephi Over the last few weeks (months?), the above quote has come to mind. Jesus delivers the quoted words to those survivors who are gathered in the land called Bountiful after […]Read more "Be Perfect"
Mormons, often unwittingly, participate in magickal ceremonies; also known as rituals. Don’t believe me? Allow me to illustrate. O God, the Eternal Father! We ask thee in the name of thy son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify This bread to the souls of all those Who partake of it. That they may eat in […]Read more "Mormons and Magick"
I’m still working on the direction of this blog – it’ll be random, at best, I believe. I’m hoping to have a new blog post this upcoming week. In the meantime, there is an interactive website regarding The Book of Mormon and ties to Tolkien. https://reimaginingthebom.com/ Take a look. Join the journey.Read more "Reimaging The Book of Mormon Website"
[The Jaredite] history is given near the end of the Book of Mormon. It is that people, among the Faithful exiled from Numenor, whose pre-flight story has now been told in Words of the Faithful. The tales of Izilba and of Zhera’ bring together the world brought into story by Tolkien, and that other tale […]Read more "Reimagination: The Book of Mormon (in three volumes) – 11/01/2018"