The conference “Enoch and the Temple,” which took place on February 19 and 22, 2013, in Logan, Utah, and Provo, Utah, respectively, was filmed. The videos are now available for free viewing in 1080p HD resolution, on the Academy for Temple Studies YouTube channel, the Academy’s website TempleStudies.org, as well as embedded below. [Read more…]
The conference “Mormonism and the Temple: Examining an Ancient Religious Tradition,” which took place on October 29, 2012 in Logan, Utah, was filmed, and some of the videos are now available for free in 1080p HD resolution on the Academy for Temple Studies YouTube channel, the Academy’s TempleStudies.org website, as well as embedded below here. The rest of the presenters’ videos are forthcoming. [Read more…]
Brian Olson has put together a few items of interest for those who love the temple. First is an infographic that shows all of the LDS temples that have been built, side by side, showing how they compare in height, and explaining some of the differences between them. Secondly are 3D models of many of LDS temples, which he has used to make YouTube videos which show virtual flyarounds of each. He also has a good collection of temple photos he has taken.
See Brian’s sites, as he has done some excellent work here, similar to some things I’ve done in the past.
Today we are fortunate to be participating in “The Temple on Mount Zion” Conference in Provo, Utah, in memory of Matthew B. Brown, and sponsored by Interpreter Foundation. Of course, the theme of the entire conference is the temple. There have been some excellent presentations on numerous topics including noah, the ark, divine handclasps, egyptology, creation, Job, the Psalms, Dead Sea Scrolls, the “terrible questions,” Jacob’s sermon, axes mundi, Nephites and Mesoamerica, the Torah, the design of temples, and others.
The conference is being live streamed online, and can be watched here: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/live-video-stream-of-the-temple-on-mount-zion-conference/
YouTube videos of the presentations are available on Interpreter’s YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/user/MormonInterpreter
A printed book of proceedings will be published in the coming months by Interpreter Foundation.
If you are interested in hearing the fireside discussions on the temple we have been having recently as MP3’s, or audio podcasts, instead of watching the videos, the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) has asked and received our permission to turn them into sound files for the FAIR podcast. Each FAIR podcast can be found here. You can subscribe to the FAIR podcast in iTunes here. Or use this RSS feed link to download the FAIR podcasts. They don’t have any of our discussions online yet, but they will be coming.
If you can’t wait for FAIR, and would like to download the MP3 audio of these discussions now, there are a number of websites that will allow you to rip the audio from any YouTube video and download it as an MP3. Here is a sampling: ListenToYouTube.com, video2mp3.net, vidtomp3.com, youtube-mp3.org, mp3ify.com, fullrip.net, flvto.com, etc. There are also FireFox addons and Chrome extensions that will add links to the YouTube page directly for you to simply click to download the MP3.
Some readers have also asked if these fireside discussions are available as transcripts. Unfortunately, because these firesides are live off-the-cuff discussions, we don’t have anything written down, and we don’t have the resources to have someone go back through the recordings and make official professional transcripts. However, YouTube lets us download the machine transcribed captions that we can share. They aren’t perfect transcriptions because they were transcribed by a computer, and you won’t know who is talking, but they are something. I hope this helps.
Here are the transcriptions from the last two fireside discussions. Simply click to view them in your browser, or right-click the links and choose “save as” to save the file on your computer and then open the file in your word processor: