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  1. It is one of the main themes of the Book of Mormon. The Gospel or Doctrine of Christ is defined in 3 Nephi 11, 3 Nephi 27, and 2 Nephi 31. In summary it is the good news of Christ and his invitation to follow him as a disciple by entering into the way through faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Despite the fact that people sometimes people use "gospel" to mean doctrines of the church in general, this is not the meaning in our scriptures. This is summarized in Articles of Faith 3 and 4, as well as the third missionary lesson, so this is a fundamental
  2. I know, the restoration is ongoing, we have more to be revealed to us. However, despite the fact that people sometimes abuse the terminology, the Gospel isn't the same thing as truth or doctrines of the church. The Book of Mormon text itself is very clear that the fullness of the Gospel is contained in its text (3 Nephi 11). I'm just assuming that Pres Nelson is aware of this basic teaching of the church. I'm sure he will have things to announce, but it would be hard for me to believe he thinks we now have a fullness of truth or that we no longer are going to receive more revelation.
  3. I wouldn't read too much into it since the fullness of the gospel was restored in the Book of Mormon. I don't think he is talking here about any changes that may be coming.
  4. Duncan, Don Bradley discussed this source in his FAIR talk: https://www.fairmormon.org/conference/august-2019/first-vision-as-endowment-and-epitome-of-the-gospel. He believes it is trustworthy. From what I've heard he is planning on publishing something related to the First Vision and the temple, not sure if it is going to be a book or an article. He also points out the similarity to the account of Abraham 3 where Abraham saw the cosmos in the Urim and Thummim and then the Lord appeared to him in person and touched his eyes so he could see further visions: "Thus I, Abraham, talked with th
  5. He was Fanny Alger's brother. Obviously one needs to take late and second-hand reminiscences with a healthy skepticism, but I don't think there's anything particularly implausible about this account. Mark Ashurst-McGee's dissertation argued that Joseph Smith received his first seer stone around the same time as the first vision, and speculated that the beginning of his career as a seer was during this vision. Don Bradley has pointed out parallels to the 1st Vision to accounts in the Book of Mormon like the Brother of Jared seeing the Lord and their connections to the temple endowment ceremonie
  6. There are certain elements of the endowment that are identical to elements of Masonic rites, but the narrative of the endowment doesn't really have anything to do with Masonry and is clearly based on the Bible.
  7. Sorry if I'm being nitpicky, but I think it is relevant to the topic here. Joseph Smith definitely had some knowledge of Masonry in the 1820s. His brother Hyrum was a Mason in Palmyra, and Palmyra was in the midst of the Anti-Masonry movement in the 1820s, so it is pretty much guaranteed that he had at least a basic understanding of it.
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