Posted by: Ascentury | Monday, 24 May 2010

New CES symposia talks for NAMC

I contacted CES recently to find out about the availability of symposium talks located in more obscure sources that are less accessible. Brent D. Fillmore kindly helped me out, providing links to the following new materials now available on the Neal A. Maxwell Confluence. This duplicates some material that was made available in other sources such as the Ensign, but some of it is now listed for the first time. All are available as PDFs. Thanks, Brent!

The Gospel Gives Answers to Life’s Problems 01 July 1970
The Old Testament: Relevancy within Antiquity 16 August 1979
But a Few Days 10 September 1982
Those Seedling Saints Who Sit before You 19 August 1983
Teaching by the Spirit—“The Language of Inspiration” 15 August 1991
`O How Great the Plan of Our God!’ (2 Nephi 9:13) 02 March 1995
Glorify Christ 02 February 2001
Our Creator’s Cosmos 13 August 2002
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Posted by: Ascentury | Sunday, 7 March 2010

NAMC update.

I have continued to add incrementally to the Neal A. Maxwell Confluence. Some recent highlights include:

“The Education of Our Desires”, with a transcript kindly provided by Daniel R Mower.

“Disciple–Scholars”. Undated. From LDS Forums, courtesy of Hemidakota.

My notes on Andrew C. Skinner’s BYU Education Week presentation, “Neal A. Maxwell: Disciple–Scholar”, 22 August 2006.

Posted by: Ascentury | Saturday, 9 January 2010

White horses.

Although I don’t have any background for this statement, the Church issued it recently in response to an Idaho politician.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is politically neutral and does not endorse or promote any candidate, party or platform. Accordingly, we hope that the campaign practices of political candidates would not suggest that their candidacy is supported by or connected to the church.
The so-called ‘White Horse Prophecy’ is based on accounts that have not been substantiated by historical research and is not embraced as Church doctrine.

What is fascinating about this is that it claims a basis for the truthfulness of revelation which is contrary to much of what we read in scripture and, indeed, are encouraged to do about the Book of Mormon: pray and seek the Spirit of the Lord in order to find out whether a purported revelation is, in fact, from the Lord.

I am neutral with respect to the White Horse Prophecy, but the Church citing historical provenance as the basis for a true revelation is somewhat problematic to me, given our embrace of the Book of Mormon, the King Follett Discourse, and plural marriage. Am I off base here, or is this just a PR move to defuse the apocalyptic fanaticism that tends to crop up in certain circles?

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