Tag: Revelation

The Book of Mormon as an Ancient Ascension Text

Many Biblical and non-Biblical sources discuss ancient ascensions into the presence of God. One source for such ascensions, which is often neglected by Latter-day Saints and others, is the Book of Mormon. This paper will discuss the ancient concepts of ascension and theophany, and how the Book of Mormon has as a major underlying theme …

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SW09020: Two Early Mormon Revelations Attributed to Joseph Smith and their Impact

This presentation focuses on two millenarian revelations attributed to Mormon Church founder, Joseph smith, specifically, his 1832 “Revelation and Prophecy on War” and the so-called “White Horse Prophecy.” Both revelations were highly publicized and familiar to both Latter-day Saints and non-Mormons alike. In addition to comparing and contrasting these two prophecies, I will also discuss …

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SL09235 Twenty-five Years Since the Revelation on Women; Women and the Priesthood: The Community of Christ Experience and the Invisible Ties that Bind [Partial]

In April 1984, RLDS Church President Dr. Wallace B. Smith presented to the church’s World Conference a proposed revelation which, among other things, called for the church to begin ordaining women. The issue had been festering in the church for at least fifteen years and was very controversial. Approximately twenty percent of the delegates voted …

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SL09262 From Revelation to Repetition: The Decline of Dreams as Revelatory Experience in Contemporary Mormon Discourse

Historically, revelatory dreams have played an important role in Mormonism, protecting, guiding, and encouraging the Saints—especially during trials. In this paper, I will analyze revelatory dreams as discussed by general authorities since 1971. My analysis will suggest that dreams are still considered revelatory and used in the context of telling faith-promoting stories—but with a difference: …

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The Word of God: Scripture, Revelation, and Authority

The Word of God: Scripture, Revelation, and Authority In the introduction to his book, Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, Bart Ehrman tells how his scholarly studies of early New Testament manuscripts caused him to question the authority of the Bible as the word of God. Because contentious disagreements of …

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Godwrestling: What The Physical Trials Of The Prophets Jacob And Joseph Smith Teach Us About The Mormon Doctrines Of Dualism, Redemption, And Revelation

The Genesis account of Jacob’s all-night wrestle with an angel has traditionally been lumped together with athletic myths of other religious figures such as Elijah, Mohammed, and Job. But a comparison with the physical trials of Joseph Smith allows for a literal interpretation of the event and provides great insight into several LDS doctrines. Rick …

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REVELATION VS. INSPIRATION

Latter-day Saints often claim that they are guided by revelation from on high in a variety of ways, while still holding to a position implied in one interpretation of the First Vision that every other church is directed by the precepts of men. But how accurate is this assessment? How exclusive is the LDS claim …

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Beyond the 1978 Revelation

This panel explores the paradoxical situation of African-Americans within the Church since 1978 and the ambivalence about the roles assigned to blacks. As Church officials attempt to reach out to blacks through missionary efforts in predominantly black areas, many white Latter-day Saints continue to embrace and even promote certain racist concepts. How have these ideas …

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