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  1. All very good questions. I'm hoping there will be some people here with answers.
  2. On the Wikipedia page for the Joseph Smith Papyri it states that the printing plate of facsimile 3 could have been altered. I was wondering if there is an official or unofficial response to this allegation of tampering with facsimile 3? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Smith_Papyri You can zoom in and see the altered face of Anubis here: https://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/facsimile-printing-plates-circa-23-february-16-may-1842/3
  3. And could only take one Gospel related book with you, other than the Standard Works, what would it be and why? For me, it would be Jesus The Christ by Talmage. I’ve read it several times and always feel inspired and closer to the Savior.
  4. It sounds like this was not a decision that was made lightly. Dan Peterson just clarified some details: "There was definitely involvement at the highest levels of the BYU administration and at Church headquarters." Louis Midgley just commented that he was notified 10 days ago by an Apostle: "I first heard about this from one of the Brethren ten days ago. Fluhman may or may not have known that John Gee would soon escape from his control. Like Dan Peterson, I have also seen a copy of the memo to Fluhman that shifted John Gee, with the Bill Gay chair, as Dan has indicated, to a solid academic department." https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2019/05/john-gees-good-news.html#disqus_thread
  5. It sounds like this is a good change for Professor Gee. I look forward to any future projects he may have in the works.
  6. Dan Peterson has posted an article regarding Professor John Gee parting ways with the Maxwell Institute: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2019/05/john-gees-good-news.html I'm not sure what any of this means or how it will effect Mormon Studies. Thoughts?
  7. "If we see something that we cannot deny is fully, irretrievably, unredeemably evil, does it necessarily follow that there must be something that is fully good? And that that good is G-d?" I'm not sure Mr. Peterson's logic is sound. If we follow it to the logical conclusion, doesn't it mean that if we see something we cannot deny is fully good, does it necessarily follow that there must be somthing that is fully evil? And that evil is G-d?" Maybe Mr. Peterson believes there are both good and evil G-ds? I wish he would expound on this. I've never heard of such a thing.
  8. Blair, Do you think you'll ever have Mpho Tut Furth back on your podcast? I've listened to it several times. There was so much good material. Sorry for the derail everyone. Please carry on about who was involved in Dan's firing back in 2012, or whatever it is everyone is now discussing.
  9. Scott, there is no ambiguity. Here is the statement again, "The Institute's course then as now is shaped and approved by BYU administration and its Board of Trustees, which includes apostles." Explain how this statement is ambiguous to you. I'll try to help you out here.
  10. Scott, Blair's statement leaves absolutely no room for ambiguity. Please read it again. The 2012 change was "shaped and approved by the BYU administration and its Board of trustees, which includes apostles."
  11. I forgot to mention that The Maxwell Institute will be making Elder Holland's transcript available for everyone to read. In addition, the Maxwell Institute will soon be posting the complete video of Elder Holland's talk so that everyone can watch. I really look forward to both watching and reading Elder Holland's talk in its entirety. https://mi.byu.edu/new-2019-disciple-scholars/#_ednref1
  12. I have a completely different interpretation of what Elder Holland said. I thought Elder Holland was very supportive, appreciative and thankful for the Maxwell Institute's direction and efforts. I think it was clear the Maxwell Institute has the support and attention of the 12. In other related news, the Maxwell Institute just announced that Fiona and Teryl Givens and Steven L. Peck will be joining the Institute in 2019. This is great news. https://twitter.com/MI_BYU If any of you enjoy podcasts, you need to be listening to Blair Hodges Maxwell Institute podcasts. They are excellent.
  13. I know the JOD isn’t the most reliable source but this might be where the confusion started. "When they receive their crowns, their dominions, they then will be prepared to frame earths like unto ours and to people them in the same manner as we have been brought forth by our parents, by our Father and God” Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 17:143 "All those who are counted worthy to be exalted and to become Gods, even the sons of God, will go forth and have earths and worlds like those who framed this and millions on millions of others Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 18:259, October 8, 1876 "As our Father and God begat us, sons and daughters, so will we rise immortal, males and females, and beget children, and, in our turn, form and create worlds, and send forth our spirit children to inherit those worlds, the same as we were sent here." Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses 14:242 "They will receive everything our Father in Heaven has and will become like Him. They will even be able to have spirit children and make new worlds for them to live on, and do all the things our Father in Heaven has done." Gospel Fundamentals [2001], page 201 https://www.lds.org/bc/content/shared/content/english/pdf/language-materials/31129_eng.pdf
  14. I know a couple of people here know my story, but I feel impressed to share it today. I grew up in a small East Texas town on the border of Louisiana. Life was hard. It was a poor town and we were poorer still. My father left my mother when I was 7 and my brother was 5. We never saw or heard from him again. I recently found out he died in California shorly after leaving us. After my father left, my mother struggled with alcholism and there was a short period where me and my brother were placed in a foster home until my mother completed treatment. One Saturday when I was 9 the missionaries knocked on our door. I don't remember much about what they said, but I remember being surprised my mother let them in our small apartment. Time was precious and Saturday was the only day my mother could rest and spend time with us. My mother was working two jobs and worked every single day except Saturday. Something resonated with the missionaries and my mother. We were soon baptized and joined a small branch in our town. At the branch, my mother met and married a single Air Force officer from Utah who had recently graduated college and was stationed nearby. He was an honorable man, a great husband and provider to my mother and a great father to me and my younger brother. My mother would not have met him if it hadn't been for the missionaries. He passed away 3 years ago and my mother followed him shortly after. Once my father's commitment to the Air Force was over, we moved to Utah. It has been my home ever since. My brother and I both graduated from college and have families. We've been able to instill in them the importance of education, family and love for the Gospel. When I look back on my life, I am overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and love for the Gospel. I've tried to think what my life would have been like if the missionaries never knocked on our door all those years ago. Every scenario I can think of ends with us being caught in a cycle of poverty, drugs, alchohol and broken homes. Without the Gospel we would have been trapped in that vicious cycle. I'm thankful for those two missionaries who taught my mother the Gospel and the importance of families. I'm thankful for the Gospel in leading my mother to an honorable man who was a great father. In my life there have been times of doubt and moments when I have questions, but can't find the answers. Perhaps we are meant to struggle and I'm content knowing that these questions will probably not be solved in this life. One thing I know for certain and is the Gospel took our family out of the cycle of poverty and made us a family again.
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