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International

Who Was the First Native Mexican Missionary?

Andrés Carlos González was the first native Mexican to be called as missionary, as a mission presidency councilor, and as a patriarch. The grandfather of M. Russell Ballard also inquired about his ability serve as a mission president. Gonzalez wrote the lyrics to the popular hymn Placentero nos es trabajar and was a notable resident of the Latter-day Saint colonies in Mexico. This interview with John A. Gonzalez discusses Andrés Carlos González’s life and legacy.

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Book of Mormon

Did Samuel the Lamanite Experience Prejudice?

Stories about Samuel the Lamanite in the Book of Mormon typically focus on what he taught. However, there are many clues suggesting that Samuel was attacked on the wall not only with rocks and arrows, but also with prejudice. There may even be insights in the Savior’s choice to refer to him as “Samuel, the Lamanite.” In this interview, Jan J. Martin reveals how prejudice might be present in Samuel’s story—and explains why it matters today.

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Book of Abraham: What Have Scholars Learned?

The Book of Abraham is a volume of holy scripture translated by Joseph Smith. The text is unique because we possess some of the Egyptian papyri the Prophet may have used during his translation. However, the text on extant fragments doesn’t align with what’s found in the book—and that’s led to many debates. Ultimately, the Church says that the book’s power lies in study, prayer, and personal revelation. This article walks you through some of the latest research findings, including exclusive From the Desk interviews.

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Bible Theology

How Do Latter-day Saints Approach Biblical Theology?

Biblical theology is both ancient and new as an academic field. In recent years, there has been a blossoming of theological work among the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the Old Testament, New Testament, and Restoration scripture. This interview with Joseph M. Spencer discusses the relationship between church members and biblical theology.

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Book of Mormon

What is the Annotated Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a complex literary work with a close relationship to the Bible. Grant Hardy’s work in creating the Annotated Book of Mormon is designed to communicate that complexity and provide insights into the Book of Mormon that appeal to both believers and non-believing scholars. This interview with the author is about his new annotated edition published by Oxford University Press.

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Joseph Smith Quotes

Joseph Smith Quotes

It can be challenging to find Joseph Smith quotes drawn from reliable historical sources. Our quotes page gives you access to his teachings about topics like love, trials, and the Holy Ghost. What makes them especially unique is that every quote is taken from dependable scholarly research such as the Joseph Smith Papers Project.

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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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American West Latter-day Saint History

Who was Martha Hughes Cannon?

Martha Hughes Cannon was the first female state senator in the United States, and her home state of Utah was the location of the first legal vote by a woman. Cannon was mentored by Emmeline B. Wells, studied and became a doctor, fought for women’s suffrage, ran for office in the Utah senate (and won), and lived as a plural wife of a significant figure in Utah. This interview with Constance L. Lieber discusses her biography of Martha Cannon.

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Book Reviews

Mary Magdalene: A Biography (Book Review)

I have never had the privilege of meeting Professor Chilton, but I am aware of his brilliant career and the influence of his writings. Bruce, if I may, has been a force in New Testament and Early Christian studies for the better part of the last 50 years. Anyone not familiar with his work should take the opportunity to read Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography (2000), which I think has been his most far-reaching popular work.