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Nicholas J. Frederick Comments on Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones

In early 2017, I published a short Q&A for the Deseret News on Joseph Smith and seer stones. The article was intended for a general audience and based upon a book by Michael Hubbard Mackay and Nicholas J. Federick, Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones. This is the full text of an addendum interview with Nicholas Frederick from November 5, 2016.

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Boyd K. Packer and the Teton Dam

On June 5, 1976, the Teton Dam in Idaho failed. What began as a small crack spread to a substantial break within hours. As the surrounding area began to flood, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints quickly mobilized and prevented what could have been a dramatic loss of life. Nonetheless, the damage was significant. Homes and business were ruined. Access to water and utilities was curtailed, if not entirely inaccessible. The situation was awful.

In the coming days and weeks, thousands would flock to the area to help with cleanup and rebuilding. My father, Howard Manwaring, was a teenager at the time and among those who traveled to Rexburg, Idaho, from Pocatello, Idaho to assist in the efforts.

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Philip Jenkins Books: ‘Crucible of Faith’ Author Interview

Philip Jenkins is a distinguished scholar who teaches at Baylor University. His work can be found on sites like Patheos, The Christian Century, and The Gospel Coalition, and there are more than a few Philip Jenkins books about the history of Christianity. Dr. Philip Jenkins is an expert in ancient sources such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and Book of Enoch.