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Ancient history Theology

Does Atonement Theory Matter to Latter-day Saints?

Latter-day Saints claim unique understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ thanks to the ongoing Restoration initiated through Joseph Smith. Yet we’re also influenced by Christian traditions that emphasize the very notions of equity and fairness repudiated by Jesus in the New Testament—which can lead to flawed perceptions of salvation. In this interview, Terryl Givens traces the history of atonement theology and explains why it matters to Latter-day Saints.

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Come Follow Me Devotional Quotes

President Nelson Quotes From Every General Conference

President Nelson quotes have the special ability to make your burdens feel lighter. Since giving his first address in 1984, Russell M. Nelson’s talks have covered topics like revelation, testimony, and the coming days. His most recent talk in the April 2024 General Conference was called “Rejoice in the Gift of Priesthood Keys.” Similar to our Dallin H. Oaks quotes page, this article shares President Nelson quotes from all of his general conference addresses, including “Think Celestial!,” “Overcome the World and Find Rest,” and “The Power of Spiritual Momentum.”

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Quotes

President Nelson Repentance Quotes

Many Russell M. Nelson quotes focus on repentance. Since being called as an apostle, Russell M. Nelson has discussed the need for daily repentance, the role of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and attaining joy through repentance. This post compiles President Nelson quotes about repentance from across his ministry.

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19th Century Book excerpts Theology

How Did Early Latter-day Saints React to D&C 76?

Joseph Smith recognized that preparation to receive an expansive view of the afterlife as presented in the Vision was still limited. Later, he acknowledged: “I could explain a hundred fold more than I ever have of the glories of the kingdoms manifested to me in the vision, were I permitted, and were the people prepared to receive them.”

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Quotes

President Nelson Temple Quotes

Many Russell M. Nelson quotes focus on the temple. Since becoming the prophet in January 2018, President Nelson has repeatedly emphasized the need to gather Israel, spend more time in the House of the Lord, and better understand the temple endowment. This post compiles President Nelson’s general conference quotes about the temple from April 2018 to today.

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Ancient history Book excerpts Old Testament

How Did the Urim and Thummim in the Bible Work?

When the Urim and Thummim are identified [in the Old Testament] with the gems of the breastpiece, light is often associated with them. 4QpIsa i 4–6 can be interpreted in this way. Josephus clearly links a miraculous light with the divine revelation. The oracular shining or dimming of a stone on the breastpiece is also found in subsequent Jewish and Samaritan tradition.

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Devotional

Uplifting Books and Talks by Brad Wilcox (2024)

The most well-known talk by Brad Wilcox is “His Grace Is Sufficient.” The Brother Wilcox lecture still holds the record as the most popular BYU Devotional of all time. His profile has further grown since his call to the Young Men General Presidency. This article helps you find Brad R. Wilcox teachings on many topics you see in Russell M. Nelson quotes, including grace, morality, and scriptures. We include his talks, books, podcasts, and more.

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Book of Mormon Theology

What Does Mosiah Contribute to Theology?

The Book of Mosiah is a theologically rich collection of stories and sermons in the Book of Mormon. The sermon of King Benjamin, the story of Abinadi, and the conversion of Alma1 all bring some important thoughts to the table. This interview with James E. Faulconer discusses some of the theological contributions in the Book of Mosiah.

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Bible

Reading the Bible Through the Septuagint

Here is a question. If you are trying to do any kind of serious research into ancient documents, why would you ever prefer to use a translation, rather than the original texts themselves? In the case of the Bible, however, there is one translation that it really pays to know. Often, when we read Scriptures, we might debate exactly how they were read and understood in very early times. In the case of the Septuagint, we have a reliable snapshot of just how Jewish people did just that at a particular moment in time, and the resulting picture is often startling.

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Ancient history Book excerpts Old Testament

Who Is Melchizedek in the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Melchizedek is a fragmentary exegetical work from the Dead Sea Scrolls collection (11QMelch) that may be classified as a thematic pesher.1 The author quotes or alludes to biblical passages2 and reveals their true hidden meaning in connection with his main theme: the eschatological victory of good over evil.