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Joseph Smith Latter-day Saint History Theology

How Did Freemasonry Influence Joseph Smith?

The relationship between Joseph Smith’s ministry and Freemasonry and the temple endowment has long been a topic of interest. In this interview, Cheryl Bruno discusses some of the ways in which the Prophet may have been influenced by Freembookasonry throughout his life, from Palmyra to Nauvoo.

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Theology

Grace vs. Works: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

Few questions divide Christianity as much as whether we’re saved by grace or works. In this interview, Terryl Givens notes that a recent flood of talks and books by Latter-day Saints have swung the pendulum in the direction of grace. He says that while it’s an open question whether the rhetorical shift represents an overcorrection, Latter-day Saints should beware of forsaking doctrines unique to the Restoration—or embracing a false dichotomy.

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Joseph Smith Theology

Joseph Smith’s King Follett Discourse: Is it Central to Latter-day Saint Doctrine?

The King Follett Discourse is one of Joseph Smith’s most well-known sermons. Many consider it the pinnacle of the Prophet’s teachings, although Joseph had previously taught most of the ideas. Interestingly, the King Follett Sermon rarely makes an appearance in general conference or other official sources. In this interview, James Faulconer says that the sermon’s role in Latter-day Saint theology is an open question.

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Joseph Smith Theology

Open Questions in Latter-day Saint Theology

Latter-day Saint theology has many questions without settled answers. Was Jesus married? Does God progress? How important is the King Follett Sermon? In each case, Latter-day Saint leaders have expressed differing opinions. Editor Eric A. Eliason discusses a new edition of BYU Studies Quarterly devoted to the concept of ‘open questions’ with answers yet to be revealed.

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Theology

Latter-day Saint Scholars ‘Proclaim Peace’

Proclaim Peace: The Restoration’s Answer to an Age of Conflict is a new Maxwell Institute publication by Patrick Mason and David Pulsipher. The authors explain how the book came to be, theorize about the next steps in their theories, and discuss the role of peace in creating a Zion society.

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Book of Mormon Come Follow Me Theology

Brief Theological Introductions to Enos, Jarom, and Omni in the Book of Mormon

Sharon J. Harris is an assistant professor of English at Brigham Young University. She is also the author of a volume in the Maxwell Institute’s Brief Theological Introductions series about Enos, Jarom, and Omni.

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Latter-day Saint History Theology

Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalypse with Christopher Blythe

Christopher Blythe is the author of Terrible Revolution: Latter-day Saints and the American Apocalbook ypse (Oxford University Press, 2020). Blythe previously spoke with FromtheDesk about a newly-discovered Brigham Young revelation.