"There is so much more in the Book of Mormon than we have yet discovered. The book's divine architecture and rich furnishings will increasingly unfold to our view, further qualifying it as 'a marvelous work and a wonder' ...The Book of Mormon is like a vast mansion with gardens, towers, courtyards, and wings. All the rooms in this mansion need to be explored..."
-Neal A Maxwell

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Prophets as symbols of Christ: Nephi (son of Helaman)

In a recent post, I proposed how Ether serves as a 'type' or 'shadow' of Christ. I submit that Nephi, the son of Helaman, does as well, perhaps more extensively so: 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Unique Voices: King Benjamin, Anti-Nephi-Lehi, and the Zoramites

As Anti-Nephi-Lehi used language unique among Book of Mormon figures when referring to Deity, so did King Benjamin. Five times in the Book of Mormon is Christ identified as either the 'Lord Omnipotent' or the 'Lord God Omnipotent.' In four of those instances--all in Mosiah 3--King Benjamin is the speaker. The fifth instance comes from the unified voice of those who had just heard his sermon. (Recall my earlier post about how the vocabulary of one servant of God can influence those of his associates.) 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Prophets as symbols of Christ: Ether

Latter Day Saints have often been taught in Sunday School and Institute classes that each Old Testament prophet had an event in his life that very closely mirrored an event in the life of the Savior [1]. Class members may even receive handouts like this one. (Seriously, check that out. Good stuff there.) These "types" or "shadows" are examples of how "all things which have been given of God from the beginning of the world, unto man, are the typifying of [Christ]" (2 Nephi 11:4)[2]. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Chiasmus: Mosiah 5:9-12

Just a quick post before I jet off to work today. In my reading this morning, I noticed this chiasmus in Mosiah 5:9-12:


Friday, September 7, 2012

Chiasmus: Alma 46:13-16

In a previous post, I cited Joseph and Blake Allen's usage of Alma 46:39-41 in their discussion of chiasmus in the Book of Mormon [1]. As it turns out, that's not even the only chiasmus in that chapter. 

Beginning partway into verse 13 through verse 16 (with emphases added): 


Saturday, September 1, 2012

Influencing Voices: Abinadi, Alma the Younger, and Elder Bednar

Following Elder David A Bednar's already-classic April 2005 General Conference address, "The Tender Mercies of the Lord" (given when he was still a rookie apostle), you may have noticed the phrase "tender mercies" has figured much more prominently in the Saints' collective lexicon. (This is especially true among the Church's better half, the sisters.)

This has been reflected even in subsequent General Conferences. A search for the term "tender mercies" in all General Conference addresses dating back to 1970 yields hits in 18 talks. Eleven of those talks--including a few from more senior members of the Twelve--were given after Elder Bednar's. (Granted, one was another by Elder Bednar himself, but still...)