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“This Stone Shall Become the Great, and the Last, and the Only Sure Foundation”: A Nephite Poetics of Dramatic Fusion and Transfer in Jacob 5
June 21, 2024

Abstract: In this study, three intersecting images are traced through the small plates until Jacob 5, where they directly (or by implication) culminate in the final section of Zenoss allegory. The th

An Analysis of the Financial Incentives in Attacking the Restoration
June 14, 2024

Abstract: With the popularity of social media growing exponentially, prominent critics of the Church are leveraging the platforms, particularly YouTube, as a key resource to produce thousands of negat

“Armed with Righteousness and with the Power of God”: Allusions to Priestly Clothing, Priesthood, and Temple in 1 Nephi 14:14
June 07, 2024

Abstract: Nephi saw in vision that in the latter-days the saints of the church of the Lamb and covenant people of the Lord who, though scattered across the earth, were armed with righteousness an

The Seven Women Seeking the Bridegroom: Isaiah 4:1 as Transition Point in a Redemption Allegory
May 31, 2024

Abstract: Nephi laboriously copied many of the words of Isaiah in hopes that his readers would rejoice in Christ. While Isaiah 4:1 (2 Nephi 14:1) is generally not viewed as Messianic, there may be an

The Eucharist of the Latter-day Saints: The Sacrament in the Broader Christian Context
May 24, 2024

Abstract: This paper views the sacrament prayers and rituals of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the broader context of Christian eucharistic worship, focusing on how the Latter-day

“One Drop of Salvation from the House of Majesty”: An Analysis of the Revelation of the Magi and Restoration Scripture
May 17, 2024

Abstract: An early Christian text called the Revelation of the Magi presents itself as a history of the Magi before and after the birth of Jesus Christ. This text offers important insights into how th

Mormon and Moroni’s Rhetoric: Reflections Inspired by Grant Hardy’s Understanding the Book of Mormon
May 10, 2024

Abstract: Grant Hardy has shown that Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni have distinctive personalities, rhetorical strategies, implied readers, and thematic concerns. Mormon lived within history and wrote as a

“That They May Once Again Be a Delightsome People”: The Concept of Again Becoming the Seed of Joseph (Words of Mormon 1:8 and Mormon 7:4–5)
May 03, 2024

Abstract: In Words of Mormon 1:8, Mormon declares, And my prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may once again come to the knowledge of God, yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may

Review of Two New Theories about the Lamanite Mark Recently Presented in Two Different Forums
April 26, 2024

Abstract: T. J. Uriona has offered two new theories about the meaning of Nephis term skin of blackness in 2 Nephi 5:21. He suggests that Nephis term may indicate impending death and/or it may be a

An Exceptional Example of the Richness of Church History
April 19, 2024

Review of Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Emer Harris & Dennison Lott Harris: Owner of the First Copy of the Book of Mormon, Witness of the Last Charge of Joseph Smith (Salt Lake City: Eborn Books, 2023). 235