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Book Reviews Theology

Appreciation for Terryl Givens’s When Souls Had Wings

Latter-day Saints ought to think more deeply and seriously about the implications of believing in a premortal life. And there is no better starting point than Terryl L. Givens’s book When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought.

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Come Follow Me Cornerstone New Testament

Come Follow Me 2023: New Testament Resources

The Come, Follow Me 2023 lessons are drawn from the New Testament. The Sunday School curriculum complements the Book of Mormon as a witness of Jesus Christ, and the title is taken from the Savior’s invitation in Matthew and Luke: “Come, follow me.” This article contains scriptural insights from Latter-day Saints and notable secular scholars, along with the Come, Follow Me 2023 schedule.

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Bible

Why Do Latter-day Saints Use the King James Version?

The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible has been used by English-speaking Latter-day Saints since the time of Joseph Smith. However, our commitment to the 400-year-old translation places us in a minority within the United States—and even differs from how the Church translates the Bible in other languages. In this interview, New Testament scholar Thomas Wayment explains why U.S. Latter-day Saints use the King James Version and what might be involved in publishing a new translation.

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Quotes

Latter-day Saint Quotes on Gratitude

Latter-day Saints have been preaching the need for gratitude since the days of Joseph Smith. Whether it’s used as a measure of discipleship, a mark of holiness, or a fruit of forgiveness, the benefits of gratitude are legion. These inspiring Latter-day Saint quotes on gratitude from general conferences and BYU devotionals help make everyday a day of “thanksgiving.”

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Book of Abraham Pearl of Great Price

The Foreordination of Abraham

The Book of Abraham includes an account of the foreordination of Abraham as one of God’s noble and great ones. Latter-day Saints often interpret these verses as a reference to rulers in God’s earthly church, but there are also other potential meanings. For instance, the verses may refer to divine members of God’s heavenly council. In this interview, Stephen Smoot discusses the history, theology, and ancient Egyptian context of Abraham’s foreordination.

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Latter-day Saint History Theology

The King Follett Sermon: A Biography

The King Follett Sermon is one of Joseph Smith’s best-recorded and most controversial sermons. Records and memories of the sermon shaped many of the doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but have also been partly rejected within the Church. This interview with William V. Smith discusses the King Follett Sermon and its history.

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Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History Quotes

Quotes From the Council of Fifty Minutes

Joseph Smith established the Council of Fifty in 1844 to address several issues, including the potential relocation of the Latter-day Saints outside the United States. This article includes a sample of interesting Council of Fifty quotes from Part One of the administrative records, including new teachings from the Prophet Joseph and an account of his martyrdom.

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Come Follow Me Devotional

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 October 2023 General Conference was called “Think Celestial!”. Similar to our Dallin H. Oaks quotes page, this article shares President Nelson quotes from all of his General Conference addresses.

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Devotional

Dallin H. Oaks Quotes From Every General Conference

Dallin H. Oaks has given many talks as a member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of Twelve Apostles. His first address was shared in 1971, and his most recent October 2023 General Conference talk was called “Kingdoms of Glory.” In between, he’s spoken about topics like the Family Proclamation, the US Constitution, and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Similar to our article with Russell M. Nelson quotes and Bruce R. McConkie quotes, this piece includes Dallin H. Oaks quotations from every general conference.

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21st Century Devotional

Elder Maxwell’s Journey of Discipleship: An Interview with Bruce C. Hafen

Elder Neal A. Maxwell’s name is synonymous with discipleship (similar to Latter-day Saints like Truman G. Madsen and Henry B. Eyring). But the term meant different things to him at different times. Initially, it was a designation for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But over time, it evolved to include a wholehearted devotion to the Savior—especially during times of adversity. In this interview, biographer Bruce C. Hafen explains why Elder Maxwell is so closely associated with discipleship.