The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards “The Book of Mormon does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies, and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior. Surely, this second witness should be cause for great rejoicing by all Christians.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Friday, June 24, 2022

Minerva Teichert article

There's a wonderful article on Minerva Teichert in the Deseret News by Hanna Seariac here:

The article includes several useful links for more information. 

Teichert painted several well-known scenes of Book of Mormon events. Although she was influenced by the Mesoamerican theory, her paintings are colorful and imaginative. 

The BYU Museum of Art has a collection of her work online.

Hanna concluded the article with this beautiful passage:

Teichert was a pioneer in Latter-day Saint artwork. She insisted, “I must paint.” She even wrote in her autobiography, “I want ... to be able to paint after I leave here. Even though I should come back nine times I still would not have exhausted my supply of subjects and one life time is far too short but may be a schooling for the next.”


Monday, June 20, 2022

History of the Church in France

Here is a wonderful video documenting the history of the Church in France, starting with the efforts by John Taylor to translate the Book of Mormon into French through the construction of the Paris temple.

FYI, the narration is in French.

Monday, June 13, 2022

New ways of depicting Jesus

At the Mormon History Association last week (where I presented a paper on the influence of Jonathan Edwards), I attended a session on art that included a discussion of new ways of depicting Jesus more accurately, given the setting of the New Testament. You can see some of the examples at these links:

The entire exhibition is here: 

A video about it is here:

What do you think?

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Censorship and intellectual cartels

Censorship is a fatal error, as it destroys the means of error correction.


They want to punish you for your speech because they can’t punish you for your thoughts.

If @elonmusk manages to liberate Twitter, efforts to control free speech will move to the Apple / Google level, and then to the national level.

The best thing about getting older is that you know who you are and you know what you want.