Tithing, Malachi, Jesus, and the Book of Mormon

I presented a form of the following as a Sacrament Meeting talk in our Stake this past Sunday, February 19, 2012. My assigned topic by our Stake President was Malachi 3:8–10. Our Stake President has taught that it is regularly the case that the stories found in the scriptures can contain greater lessons when viewed […]

The Three Rejected Roles of Satan

 EDIT: This is following is presented as one narrative interpretation, which is not without valid contest. See the discussion in the comments below – especially the comments by aquinas – for how this interpretation may or may not have validity with the history of this text. I believe this narrative reading cam be of interest, […]

Intercession of the Saints

There’s been a lot of discussion around the internet concerning the news of the Roman Catholic Church’s fast-tracking Pope John Paul II to beatification status. Much of the discussion I’ve seen has been centered around the Nun who claims to have been miraculously cured of Parkinson’s disease through the intercession of John Paul II. I’ve […]

“Would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets”

The more I think about and have studied how Prophecy is used in the scriptures, and how our Living Prophets and apostles execute their calling, I have come to see some very strong parallels, which perhaps should (and could) lead us to a different understanding than how we usually think of “Prophecy” and “Fulfillment of […]

The Temple: Part 2 – Three Degrees of Glory (section a, The Bronze Laver)

Apologies for the delay, and still this isn’t the ‘final’ Part 2. This part of the collaboration video with David Larsen from Heavenly Ascents presents the introduction to Part 2, as well as a discussion of the symbolism surrounding the Bronze Laver in the outer courts of the Solomonic temple. Work, Family and other responsibilities have […]

New Temple Video Series: Part 1 – Sacred Space

I’ve teamed up with David Larsen from Heavenly Ascents to present a series of videos illustrating his work which discusses the nature, function, doctrines, and ritual of the ancient Temple, in a manner that will be especially of interest to those desiring to understand the connection with modern Latter-day Saint Temples. Although I’ve posted my […]

The Older Testament & Israelite Temple Mythology

Myth: A Dynamic Teaching Method The word ‘Myth’  has gained a negative connotation among the general public, giving the sense of something that is either a lie, or simply inherently not true. In the ancient worldview, what we view as Myth were teaching devices – a dynamic easy-to-visualize story framework – usually based on historical […]

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The Power of the Name

And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. (Genesis 32:29) And the angel of Yahweh said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? (Judges 13:18) Thou shalt not take the name of Yahweh thy God in vain; for Yahweh will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. […]