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Supporting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through scholarship

Supporting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through scholarship

Supporting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through scholarship

Supporting The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through scholarship

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The Interpreter Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization focused on the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Book of Mormon, the Pearl of Great Price, the Bible, and the Doctrine and Covenants), early LDS history, and related subjects.

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Undaunted Witnesses

Explore the history of the Three Witnesses as well as other witnesses of the Book of Mormon with Camrey Bagley Fox, Emma Smith in the movie Witnesses, and Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat, Associate Professor of Church History at BYU. Were the eleven official witnesses—twelve if you include Joseph Smith himself—of the Book of Mormon reliable? What about the unofficial witnesses who interacted with the plates in various ways—including a number of women? Were the plates actually made of gold? How could witnesses really hear the voice of God and yet come to doubt His prophet? Become more familiar with these early saints, none of whom ever denied their claims, but instead boldly proclaimed their testimonies.

UNDAUNTED: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon is a companion docudrama to the theatrical feature film WITNESSES. Produced by the Interpreter Foundation, UNDAUNTED provides a deep-dive into the lives of those who claimed to have seen and handled the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated. Learn more about UNDAUNTED at https://witnessesundaunted.com/.

Undaunted Witnesses is a series of mini-films providing even greater depth into the many insightful interviews during the course of this project. Episodes will be released each Saturday at 7pm MDT on this and other websites, including YouTube. Go to https://interpreterfoundation.org/category/undaunted-witnesses/ for links to all of the released episodes, with each post including the embedded video, an audio recording, and a transcript of the episode. The mini-films are also available on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/c/theinterpreterfoundation.

Interpreting Interpreter: A Prepared Vessel

Interpreting Interpreter: A Prepared Vessel

This post is a summary of the article “Liahona: ‘Prepared of the Lord, a Compass’” by Calvin D. Tolman in Volume 51 of Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship. An introduction to the Interpreting Interpreter series is available at...

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Liahona: “Prepared of the Lord, a Compass”

Liahona: “Prepared of the Lord, a Compass”

Abstract: This study assesses some of the interpretations of the name Liahona, which are unsatisfactory from a linguistic perspective. Since a dialect of Hebrew is the most likely underlying language of the Book of Mormon, the approach taken in this study...

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Interpreter Radio Show — April 17, 2022

Interpreter Radio Show — April 17, 2022

  In this episode, our hosts Martin Tanner, Kris Fredrickson, and Michael Parker discussed Easter. You can listen to or download the April 17th broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show below. It will also be included in our podcast feed...

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Nibley Lectures: One Eternal Round — Lesson 9

Nibley Lectures: One Eternal Round — Lesson 9

In 1990, Hugh Nibley presented a series of twelve lectures on Facsimile 2 in the Pearl of Great Price. The lectures occurred almost weekly beginning on June 27, first in the Maeser Building and later in the Joseph Smith Building auditorium. All 12 recordings are...

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Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Old Testament Lesson 22 (Joshua 1–8; 23–24)

Old Testament Study and Teaching Helps — Lesson 22

Joshua 1 “Be Strong” The name Joshua comes from the Hebrew Yehoshuah or Yeshua, meaning “God is deliverance” or “God is salvation.” It corresponds to the Aramaic name Yeshua, from which we derive the name Jesus (Jesus likely spoke Aramaic as His native language). The...

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Undaunted Witnesses Episode 5: Blessings of Kirtland

Undaunted Witnesses Episode 4: Joseph Smith: Man, Prophet—or Both?

As an uneducated farm boy claiming to see God the Father, Jesus Christ, and various angels, Joseph Smith also claimed to translate an ancient record and receive modern revelation. Experiencing sorrow and failure as well as joy and success in his abbreviated life, he was eventually killed by a mob for his beliefs. Can someone be both very human and also a mouthpiece for God?

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