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Increasing understanding of scripture one article at a time

Increasing understanding of scripture one article at a time

Increasing understanding of scripture one article at a time

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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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Come, Follow Me Resource Index

Come, Follow Me Resource Index

We are pleased to announce the availability of a Resource Index for the 2019 Come, Follow Me curriculum on the New Testament. The index, available at https://interpreterfoundation.org/come-follow-me/come-follow-me-new-testament-index/, provides access to useful...

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2018 Temple on Mount Zion Conference Schedule

2018 Temple on Mount Zion Conference Schedule

Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9:00 am–5:00 pm 251 TNRB (N. Eldon Tanner Building), Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah Sponsored by: BYU College of Humanities, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages The Interpreter Foundation The conference will...

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“By Small Means”: Rethinking the Liahona

“By Small Means”: Rethinking the Liahona

Abstract: The Liahona’s faith-based functionality and miraculous appearance have often been viewed as incongruous with natural law. This paper attempts to reconcile the Liahona to scientific law by displaying similarities between its apparent mechanisms and ancient navigation instruments called astrolabes. It further suggests the Liahona may have been a wedding dowry Ishmael provided to Lehi’s family. The paper displays the integral connection Nephi had to the Liahona’s functionality and how this connection more clearly explains the lack of faith displayed by Nephi’s band during the journey than traditional conceptions of its faith-based functionality.

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Marjorie Newton’s Account of the Faith of the Māori Saints: A Critical Appraisal

Marjorie Newton’s Account of the Faith of the Māori Saints: A Critical Appraisal

Abstract: Marjorie Newton’s Mormon and Maori is a version of her 1998 thesis in which she rejects key elements of the Māori Latter-day Saint historical narrative. This contrasts with her earlier, faith-affirming Tiki and Temple. In Mormon and Maori Newton targets what she sees as Māori/missionary mythology. She has written for different audiences; one was for secular religious studies scholars, while the other was for faithful Saints. Midgley rejects Newton’s claim that a Mormon American cultural imperialism requires Māori to abandon noble elements of their culture. Faithful Saints are liberated from the soul destroying behavior that results from the loss of traditional Māori moral restraints. Midgley insists that Newton has little understanding of the deeper structures of Māori culture.


Review of Marjorie Newton, Mormon and Maori (Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2014). 248 pp. $24.95 (paperback).

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Interpreter Radio Show — November 18, 2018

Interpreter Radio Show — November 18, 2018

The November 18 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster and Mike Parker. Topics discussed include Thomas Wayment’s New Testament study bible and the FIRM Foundation’s annotated edition of the Book of Mormon.

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Interpreter Radio Show — November 4, 2018

Interpreter Radio Show — November 4, 2018

The November 4 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Neal Rappleye, Jasmin Rappleye and Stephen Smoot. Topics discussed included the Church’s musical pageants, the JSP Conference and the Book of Abraham, Book of Mormon geography, and anti-Semitism.

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