Book of Mormon

Potential Literary Patterns in Helaman 5

Nov 26, 2017
5 min read

I was reading the words that Helaman taught to his sons, Nephi and Lehi and noticed some potential patterns. Helaman appears to have taught many things to his sons but we only have a few of these words recorded in…

Insights into Patterns of Isaiah in the Book of Mormon

Nov 18, 2017
14 min read

I have been working off and on since Sept. 2015 with a particular way of analyzing Isaiah in the Book of Mormon using a couple of spreadsheets. Using this method, I discovered some patterns that reveal some impressive things about…

Incomprehensible Joy

Nov 12, 2017
4 min read

I was actually listening to the audio version of the Book of Mormon while mowing my lawn and Alma 28:8 stuck out to me: “And this is the account of Ammon and his brethren, their journeyings in the land of Nephi, their…

Mormon’s Framing of Alma’s Story in the Context of a Vision

Nov 8, 2017
16 min read

I’ve been stuck in the Lehi/Nephi vision lately, not intentionally, I just keep finding things in the vision or other accounts that circle back around to it. I’m not complaining though because I’m having a great deal of fun with all…

Lehi’s Firm Compassion via Junior Ganymede

Nov 5, 2017
4 min read

The following was written by G. at Junior Ganymede on Nov 2, 2017. After Lehi’s boys went off to Jerusalem on their dangerous mission, Sariah, mother-like, started to imagine all that could go wrong. She expressed her worry by attacking…

Shifting the “Because”: Overcoming the Victim Mentality

Oct 31, 2017
2 min read

In 2 Nephi 4, commonly referred to as “Nephi’s psalm,” there is an interesting pattern and reversal that centers around the word “because.” First, here is the list of things Nephi uses to justify his sorrows: my heart sorroweth because…

The Space Between the Rod and the Tree

Oct 28, 2017
4 min read

I was reading Elder Uchtdorf’s Three Sisters talk from this past General Conference and something he said prompted me to look at Lehi’s vision again. I went looking for a particular verse that illustrated the moment the people went from…

Bricolage and Eclecticism

Oct 19, 2017
4 min read

There was a conference that went on recently that my brother-in-law brought back to my attention called New Perspectives on Joseph Smith and Translation (His in-law are co-founders of FaithMatters.org). I was interested to hear what this panel of speakers had…

God’s Justice as Taught by the Book of Mormon, Qur’an, and Joseph Smith

Oct 15, 2017
4 min read

These quotes have been sitting in my notebook for a while and a recent conversation with a friend brought them back to my attention. What I find remarkable is how nicely they fit together and convey this idea that all…

The Lost in Nephi’s Vision

Sep 9, 2017
5 min read

“And I also beheld… a large and spacious field, as if it had been a world. And I saw numberless concourses of people, many of whom were pressing forward, that they might obtain the path which led unto the tree…” (1…

Why the Sons of Helaman Could Not Be Killed via IsaiahInstitute.com

Sep 7, 2017
4 min read

The following is from the Isaiah Institute site and was written by Avraham Gileadi Ph.D. Here is a link to the original and I encourage oneClimbs readers to leave comments for Bro. Gileadi there as well if they feel so…

Behind the Beheading: A Case for Scriptural Knowledge

Sep 5, 2017
5 min read

In 1 Nephi chapter 4 right at the beginning of the Book of Mormon, we encounter a narrative where a young man is instructed by God to kill an unconscious individual. I have to admit, on the surface, this is not…

Certainty and Actual Knowledge

Aug 22, 2017
2 min read

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded…

The Way is Prepared

Aug 18, 2017
4 min read

“Now, the decrees of God are unalterable; therefore, the way is prepared that whosoever will may walk therein and be saved.” – Alma 41:8 Alma said these words to a struggling son named Corianton who had committed some serious sins. There…

Heed Them Not

Jul 2, 2017
5 min read

I can’t think of a more spot-on description of the virtual, media-fueled cloud of blabbering that surrounds us than the great and spacious building mentioned first in Lehi’s vision in the Book of Mormon. The building had the characteristics of…

The Book of Mormon: A New Covenant of Jesus Christ

Apr 30, 2017
4 min read

“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any…

Critical Principles for Vetting Revelation and Avoiding Deception

Feb 1, 2017
17 min read

We talk a lot about receiving and following revelation, but I’ve learned in my experience that the process itself is not as simple at it may first seem. There are real dangers involved because not all revelation that crosses our path…

Isaiah and the Remnant

Jan 28, 2017
3 min read

Credit to JR Ganymede for bringing this to my attention (love that blog) and credit to Albert Jay Nock who wrote this essay in The Atlantic Monthly in 1936 (full essay). While the context of the original essay was political,…

A Proposed Reinterpretation of Jacob 2:30

Jan 5, 2017
47 min read

In Jacob chapters 2 – 3 we find one of the most passionate and heart-wrenching sermons in the Book of Mormon. Jacob, the brother of Nephi, and the Lord himself speaks in condemnation of two major themes; the Nephite’s lust for…

The False Gods We (Still) Worship

Nov 7, 2016
14 min read

I would like to address the subject of modern idolatry in the form of wars of aggression, near-eastern emperor-vassal covenants, and voting your conscience. The following is an excerpt from Spencer W. Kimball’s classic talk The False Gods We Worship….