Was Noah Drunk or in a Vision? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 6B)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Noah in His Vineyard, Holkham Bible, ca. 1325-1350. Here we see an industrious Noah diligently tending his vineyard, in striking contrast to a later depiction in the same Bible chapter that features him in an inebriated stupor. Scholars have noted the […]

Was Noah’s Ark Designed As a Floating Temple? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 6A)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Thomas Cole, 1801-1848: The Subsiding Waters of the Deluge, 1829 An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 6: “Noah … Prepared an Ark to the Saving of His House” (Moses 8:19-30; Genesis 6-9; 11:1-9) (JBOTL06A). Question: In the Bible, […]

Could Joseph Smith Have Drawn On Ancient Manuscripts When He Translated the Story of Enoch? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 5C)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. George Campfield, fl. 1861: Enoch, Creation Window, All Saints Church, Selsley, England, 1861 An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5:“If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted” (Moses 5-7) (JBOTL05C). See the link to video supplements to this […]

How Does Moses 5-8 Illustrate the Consequences of Keeping and Breaking Temple Covenants One By One? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 5B)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Jan van Eyck, ca. 1395-1441: Offering of Abel and Cain, 1425-1429 An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5: “If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted” (Moses 5-7) (JBOTL05B). See the link to video supplements to this lesson […]

Why Was Joseph Smith Initially Prohibited from Publishing His Bible Translation? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 5A)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Liz Lemon Swindle, 1953-: Go with Me to Cumorah, 1997 An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 5: “If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted” (Moses 5-7) (JBOTL05A). See the link to video supplements for this lesson at […]

Was Adam Meant to “Rule Over” or “Rule With” Eve? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 4B)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Eugène Delaplanche, 1836-1890: Eve, After Transgression, 1869. Photograph copyright by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw. In this poignant sculpture, the vacant, tearless eyes and agonized posture of the solitary figure bespeak the depths of Eve’s utter hopelessness immediately after her transgression. An Old […]

Did Satan Actually Deceive Eve? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 4A)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Jan Breughel, the Elder, ca. 1568-1625: The Garden of Eden, 1612. Brueghel masterfully fills the foreground of the scene with the abundance, happiness, and beauty of newly created life, and then skillfully draws our eyes toward the two tiny figures in […]

Did Moses Write the Book of Genesis? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 3B)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1775-1851: Light and Color: The Morning After the Deluge (Goethe’s Theory) — Moses Writing the Book of Genesis, 1843  An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3B: The Creation (Moses 1:27-42; 2-3) (JBOTL03B), 11 January 2018 […]

What Can the Architecture of Israelite Temples Teach Us About Creation and the Garden of Eden? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 3A)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Michelangelo, 1475-1564: Creation of the Sun and Moon, 1511 An Old Testament KnoWhy for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3: The Creation (Moses 1:27-42; 2-3) (JBOTL03A), 8 January 2018 Question: In reading the description of the seven days of Creation and the layout […]

What Was the Nature of Satan’s Premortal Proposal? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 2A)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. William Blake, 1757-1827: Satan in His Original Glory, ca. 1805. To highlight Lucifer’s perversity, Blake has conspicuously reversed the hands in which the emblems of British monarchy are normally held. Satan’s stubborn nonconformity in this image symbolizes his intent to reverse […]

Why Did Moses Seem to Repeat the Same Experience Twice in His Vision? (Old Testament Gospel Doctrine 1A)

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Joseph Brickey: Moses Seeing Jehovah, 1998 KnoWhy 01A for Personal Study of Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1: “This Is My Work and My Glory” (Moses 1) (JBOTL01A), 6 January 2018 Question: At the beginning of the vision that appears in Moses 1 in […]

FairMormon Conference Podcast – Ben Spackman, “Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation: Some Precursors to Reading Genesis”

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This podcast series features a FairMormon Conference presentation each month. If you would prefer to watch the videos, they can still be purchased here for the 2017 conference. Older conference presentation videos are available on our YouTube channel and FairMormon […]

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East Coast Ignorance, or Using an Emotional Event for Another Anti-Mormon Hit Piece?

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here.   President Thomas Spencer Monson (August 21, 1927 – January 2, 2018).   On January 3, the New York Times published the obituary for Thomas S. Monson, You can find that obituary piece here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/obituaries/thomas-monson-dies.html. The piece was written by the Pulitzer Prize […]

How a Proper Translation of Genesis 1:1 Underscores the Atonement-like Properties of Creation.

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here.     As Latter-day Saints, we believe that the atonement plays a central role across all eternity. And though I don’t understand all the ways in which that is true, I was recently fascinated by commentary on Genesis 1 from […]

FairMormon Conference Podcast – Keith Erekson, “Witnessing the Book of Mormon: The Testimonies of Three, Eight, and Millions”

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This is a new podcast series which will feature a FairMormon Conference presentation each month. If you would prefer to watch the videos, they can still be purchased here for the 2017 conference. Older conference presentation videos are available on […]

Mormon Temples and Freemasonry

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. The video of Scott Gordon’s presentation from the 2017 FairMormon Conference is now available for free viewing. The transcript can be read here. You can purchase access to the rest of the conference videos here. Scott Gordon Scott Gordon is […]

LGBT Youth Suicides: What Needs to Change

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This is a guest post from Debra Oaks Coe, who is a member of the Executive Committee of the Utah Commission for LGBT Suicide Awareness and Prevention and Lead of the Anti-Discrimination Committee for Mormon Women for Ethical Government. “What is […]

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Gay Youth Suicides in Utah

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Every individual lost to suicide is a tragedy, and there should be no room for excluding or ostracizing anyone because of their sexual orientation, including and especially within families. As of 2015, Utah ranks 6th in the nation in suicides […]

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. 10% off at the FairMormon Bookstore [Another FairMormon member, Rene Krywult, has contributed a second review of this book.] “The goal with the Introduction to the Book of Abraham is to make reliable information about the Book of Abraham accessible […]

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. 10% off at the FairMormon Bookstore Publisher: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University and Deseret Book Author: John Gee Number of Pages: 197 Binding: Hardcover ISBN-13: 978-1-9443-9406-6 Price: $19.99 The Book of Abraham is my favorite book of scripture. Mostly […]

What if People with Red Hair Were Denied the Priesthood?

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Scott Gordon as a red-haired boy Note – From the mid-1840s until 1978 people of African descent were generally not allowed to have the priesthood or attend the temple in the LDS Church. (Attending the temple is different from going […]

The Kirtland Temple

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” (Letter to Frank Marshall White by Mark Twain dated May 31, 1897. Published in the New York Journal on June 2, 1897) A meme has been circulating on Facebook claiming “BELOVED KIRTLAND TEMPLE OF […]

Podcast: The JST in the D&C

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This week, Taunalyn Rutherford of LDS Perspectives, reviews the historical background of the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) and its presence in the Doctrine and Covenants with Dr. Kenneth (Ken) Alford. This episode is part one in a special first anniversary […]

Lego Machines and Ancient Menorahs with Daniel Smith

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. As part of the Young Scholars Series, Laura Harris Hales interviews Bible-enthusiast Daniel Smith, creator of the YouTube channel “Messages of Christ.” Smith’s channel is equal parts fascinating and popular, evidenced by its view count of over 1 million. On […]