Speaker: Van Hale

Whether There Be One God or Many: A Unified Interpretation of Joseph Smith’s God Concepts

Whether There Be One God or Many: A Unified Interpretation of Joseph Smith’s God Concepts During his lifetime, Joseph Smith asserted contradictory godhead concepts. Conservative scholars downplay these contradictions by asserting that the Mormon god-concept has never changed while others argue that Joseph abandoned his earlier orthodox Trinitarianism in favor of a heterodox polytheism. Neither …

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Exploring The Mind Of Joseph Smith On LDS Diversity

Exploring The Mind Of Joseph Smith On LDS Diversity Joseph Smith was deeply committed to unifying the Latter-day Saints in their basic beliefs and cooperative efforts to build the kingdom of God. Yet he frequently explained, endorsed, defended, and expected considerable, even startling, diversity in doctrine and theology. Regarding doctrine, Joseph Smith saw the Church …

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The Two Jesuses Of Third Nephi

When the resurrected Jesus visited the Nephites, he preached his Sermon on the Mount recorded in the book of Matthew and much more. Jesus commonly uses “verily I say unto you” in both his Sermon and other preaching, but is this a real or a created likeness? Is his other idiom the same in all …

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QUESTIONING BOOK OF MORMON WORDPRINT STUDIES

Based upon the theory that all authors are unique in the frequency of their use of certain words, studies of word frequencies in the Book of Mormon have been conducted to draw conclusions regarding its authorship. A number of questions have been raised. Was Solomon Spalding the author, or Sidney Rigdon, or Joseph Smith, or …

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NEPHI AND ME: PERSONAL JOURNEYS WITH THE BOOK OF MORMON

Book of Mormon studies have broken open in recent decades, leading to many new, and widely different, theories about its historicity, origins, theology, and function. But despite this flurry of activity among scholars, apologists, and revisionists, until recent publicity over DNA studies and the Church’s response caught their attention, very few Latter-day Saints had really …

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Panel. What, Exactly, Is an ‘Anti-Mormon’?

SL03091, This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the March on Washington, at which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, and the thirty-fifth anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. It also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the revelation reversing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ policy of …

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