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 Daymon Smith extracts excerpts from newspapers at the time that showed how stories surrounding the unpublished book helped form/frame perceptions of it.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"
Just then, Ali, the guy whose side I was agreeing with, snapped at me. “It is not about right or wrong; it is do you understand!” Matthew McConaughey, GREENLIGHTS I’ve been pondering this scene for weeks now. Until coming across that concept in GREENLIGHTS, I had never considered that disagreements shouldn’t be about right or […]Read more "It is not about right or wrong"
There was once a queer old man who lived in a cave, where he had sought refuge from the noise of the villages. He was reputed to be a sorcerer, and therefore he had disciples who hoped to learn the art of sorcery from him. But he himself was not thinking of any such thing. […]Read more "How it still happens today"
It isn’t quite December, yet I find myself thinking about 2021. I feel that quite a few individuals are looking ahead to 2021 due to the insanity that has been 2020. Looking ahead and looking at my bookshelf, I realized that I had squandered so much time this year; there were so many books I […]Read more "Reading Goal 2021"
“Often thought of being led directionally by “the [Holy] Spirit” to drunken Laban, Nephi first foreshadows the influence of “the spirit” later encountered after unsheathing the sword. The talking spirit comes of the sword itself, carried by Laban and which in voice commands Nephi to slay the man. That sword is also featured in Words of […]Read more "Old Sky Hewer"
Nearly every Thursday, a group of individuals gathers in a room in downtown Salt Lake City. I heard of the group from a friend whom I met during my days in The Remnant movement and knew I was reading Daymon Smith’s books. The majority of the group has known one another for years. The group has […]Read more "Tale of Izilba – Thoughts on Words"
A long, strange adventure preceded this tale’s reception, but in the end, I simply wrote what I heard. If there was magic, it was in hearing, then listening, and in trusting. […] Here all I ask is: Can you make room in your world for a new history born from true myth, where gods merciful […]Read more "A few thoughts – Introduction"
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"
In 2020, I want to focus on Words – Words of The Faithful, Words of Them Which Have Slumbered, and The Book of Mormon. I will end up creating a reading schedule for anyone interested in following along. It will be around 22-pages per week, so roughly three pages per day. Each week, I’ll write […]Read more "A Year of Words"