Going It Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 2

By Scott S. Mitchell Underlying Assumptions My interpretation of certain key verses of Revelation 9 is based on these assumptions:  First, John is aware that his audience readers extends beyond the seven churches he names in Chapters 1, 2 and 3.  He's aware that the Lord has chosen him to fulfill the role that the … Continue reading Going It Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 2

Going It Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 1

By Scott S. Mitchell In the latter part of this essay, I will propose that certain words written by John in the ninth chapter of the Book of Revelation refer to Hitler's rise, Hitler's conquest of Europe and the Normandy Invasion in which the forces of good combined to liberate the Jewish and Christian world … Continue reading Going It Alone in Interpreting the Book of Revelation, Part 1

Vulgarity and Plain Words in Scripture and Life, Part 2

By Scott S. Mitchell I ended Part 1 by quoting a statement from the Old Testament book of Malachi, Chapter 2, verse 3, in which the speaker promises to spread dung (excrement) on the face of those to whom he's speaking.  The quoted words are those of Jehovah himself, and he's talking to his priests. … Continue reading Vulgarity and Plain Words in Scripture and Life, Part 2

Vulgarity and Plain Words in Scripture and Life, Part 1

By Scott S. Mitchell I have a long history of loving and hating vulgarity.  Like most devout Christians, I've been disgusted at how vulgarity now dominates everyday speech, and how our crass, dumbed-down society seems incapable of expressing anything without resorting to it.  And many movies, plays and TV shows with compelling stories and acting … Continue reading Vulgarity and Plain Words in Scripture and Life, Part 1

Jacob 2 and 3, Censorship, and Mormonism’s Avoidance of Stubborn Book of Mormon Truth, Part 2

By Scott S. Mitchell   In Part 1 of this essay I included the excerpt below from the LDS Church's Teacher Manual for seminary (i.e., high school aged) students.  This excerpt is taken from the Book of Mormon lesson wherein the content of Jacob 2 and 3 is addressed. Readers may wonder why I didn't … Continue reading Jacob 2 and 3, Censorship, and Mormonism’s Avoidance of Stubborn Book of Mormon Truth, Part 2

Jacob 2 and 3, Censorship, and Mormonism’s Avoidance of Stubborn Book of Mormon Truth, Part 1

By Scott S. Mitchell Two Sundays ago, the lesson in my LDS priesthood meeting centered around a talk by Becky Craven in the April 2019 general conference entitled "Careful Versus Casual."  Predictably, two things occurred during the classroom discussion.  First, the discussion quickly focused on two of the most prominently discussed Law-of-Moses-type items on Mormonism's … Continue reading Jacob 2 and 3, Censorship, and Mormonism’s Avoidance of Stubborn Book of Mormon Truth, Part 1

2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 2

By Scott S. Mitchell   In Part 1, I argued that the specific messages of 2 Nephi 4 in the Book of Mormon go almost completely ignored in the writings and teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (hereafter, "the Church").  This chapter, which is accurately called the psalm of Nephi, contains, … Continue reading 2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 2

2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 1

By Scott S. Mitchell One of my daughters, who loves math and majored in statistics in college, recently challenged me to solve a math word problem to which she had already figured out the answer.  Since I generally enjoy word problems, and believed careful thinking on my part  would reveal the solution, I had no … Continue reading 2 Nephi 4 and the Pain or Exhilaration of Learning What You Thought You Wanted to Know, Part 1

Does the Book of Mormon Corroborate LDS Church Claims of Divine Revelation, and Do Church Leaders Receive More of It?

By Scott S. Mitchell   I feel the need to begin with this short clarification.  Although the second half of this essay argues that leaders of the LDS Church too often claim to have received revelation from God when they actually haven't, I don't believe these leaders are unrighteous men.  Indeed, I consider them generally … Continue reading Does the Book of Mormon Corroborate LDS Church Claims of Divine Revelation, and Do Church Leaders Receive More of It?