Moses’ “Polygamy” (D&C 132)

In D&C 132 we read, "Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having... Continue Reading →

The Christology of the Book of Abraham – Part 1

Polygamy and the authenticity of the Book of Abraham are probably the two most hotly debated aspects of early Mormonism and Joseph Smith's prophetic career. In recent years much has been made of the papyri, the Egyptian Alphabet and whether the BOA is a translation or a revelation. A lot rides on the Book of... Continue Reading →

The Curious Case of Ether 5

Ether 5 has always been a curious chapter to me. The "you" in verse 1 appears to be Joseph Smith: "And now I, Moroni, have written the words which were commanded me, according to my memory; and I have told you the things which I have sealed up; therefore touch them not in order that ye may translate; for that thing... Continue Reading →

The Curious Case of D&C 124

I think if we wish to fully understand Joseph Smith, early Mormonism and the early saints, we have take into consideration their Millennialist worldview. The "second coming" of Jesus Christ permeates everything in early Mormonism. Joseph's impetus to establish the New Jerusalem in Independence, MO is rooted in the expectation that Jesus would shortly return.... Continue Reading →

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