For those of you who haven’t read the biography Hugh Nibley: A Consecrated Life, written by Boyd Jay Petersen, I highly recommend it. It is a fascinating read into the life of one the greatest scholars of the LDS Church. And it is now available as an e-book for reading on your iPad, Kindle, Nook, or other e-reader, for only $9.99. See the links below:
The Interpreter Foundation is sponsoring “The Temple on Mount Zion” Conference coming up later this month on September 22, 2012, and which will take place at the Provo Public Library, in Provo, Utah. To spread the word about this conference, there is a flyer now available to download, print, share, email, and post online. I think this conference will be excellent, and I recommend that you take a moment now to post this flyer wherever you can to help others learn about it.
You can click here to get to the downloadable flyer. Or, if you would simply like to share the flyer on Facebook, please use the sharing buttons below. Click on the “Recommend” button to post the link to the flyer with a comment on your Facebook profile. Click on the “Send” button to send the flyer to a specific person, group, or email address:
If you have not had the opportunity to read David Bokovoy’s inaugural article in the new Interpreter journal, I recommend it. It discusses Nephi’s experience in 1 Nephi 11 when he was caught away to “an exceedingly high mountain” where he had a question and answer exchange with the Spirit of the Lord, and thereafter was given higher spiritual knowledge.
High mountains have always been traditionally associated with temples, and as sacred spaces. Indeed, their physical height and altitude alone contribute to this symbolism; ascending the mount gets one closer to God on high. Many times throughout the scriptures, the prophets ascend high mountains to seek spiritual refuge and converse with God. Such is the case with Moses ascending Mount Sinai, for example. Whenever a prophet or other individual in the scriptures goes to, or is taken to, a high mountain, it is well to pay careful attention to what is taking place, as it is almost always a sacred temple-type experience.
The question and answer exchange format that precedes an endowment of further light and knowledge is also a pattern often found within these scriptural accounts. Bokovoy explains that these exchanges were often to consider the worthiness and faith of the individual who had approached God, and so that there could be a divine witness, or seal by the Holy Spirit of Promise, of such righteousness before higher mysteries were given by God to that individual. At the ancient Israelite temple, such question and answer exchanges also preceded even entering a temple, when those ascending to the temple would encounter the priests at the gate, and be interrogated as to their worthiness to enter there.
I’ve been impressed for some time by the many prophets we read about in the scriptures who have apocalyptic visions of the history of the earth, the creation story, it’s purpose, the reason for our mortal lives, and concluding with visions of the heavenly temple and God’s throne. I’ve often wondered if these prophets were, in fact, witnessing the same heavenly ascent vision, as it almost always includes the same or similar elements. It would be interesting to compare further these accounts.
What were some of your impressions of Bokovoy’s article? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
I had a reader ask me:
I have tried to find a statement or quote about the parable of the 10 virgins that says the parable is about endowed members of the church. [Some General Authorities] say it has to do with members, not necessarily endowed. On the web there are a few folks who say this is about endowed members, but don’t back it up with a reference. Any thoughts?
This was my response. [Read more…]
I usually do not post on political themes, but I could not pass up sharing these words of a prophet of God, particularly when they are so in tune with current political ideologies.
Below is a YouTube video of President Ezra Taft Benson speaking about socialism on April 12, 1977. (post continues below)
Since President Benson’s words are so pertinent today, I have included them below: [Read more…]