Origins

Truths that Joseph Smith’s Seer Stone Continues to Reveal

Aug 10, 2015
16 min read

When I first saw the pictures of Joseph Smith’s primary seer stone my first thought was, “Oh, cool, I’m glad they released some pictures. I knew it was a small, chocolate-colored stone but I didn’t realize it had stripes.” and that was…

Mikveh: Jewish ritual immersion in water

Aug 7, 2015
2 min read

A recent post on Junior Ganymede mentions the ritual bath called a mikveh where Jews practiced ritual immersions in pools of water. The parallels to Christian baptism (which means to dip or immerse) are many. In both rituals the purpose of…

An Amazing Creation Sequence With a Surprising Twist

Jul 19, 2015
1 min read

I have not yet seen the film The Tree of Life although the title alone draws my interest. This particular sequence depicts the creation in a manner that is very similar to the creation sequence in the presentation of the…

Constructing the Universe With Four Categories of Number

Jan 23, 2015
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“One and two are considered the parents of numbers, not really numbers themselves. And they give birth to the digits three through nine, in other words, trinity to the trinity of trinities. And with that and zero you can create…

The Rise of Righteous Rulers: An Open Letter to Men

Jan 9, 2015
20 min read

I’ve been working on this particular article for months, maybe close to a year. I can keep tweaking this over and over or I can just share what I’ve got thus far, so that’s what I’m doing. Because I am…

Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

Dec 5, 2014
1 min read

Source: TempleStudy.com The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the presentations given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference which took place on 25 October 2014 in Provo, Utah. Videos of each of the presentations are now…

Yah of the Negev, the American Southwest and the Las Vegas Temple?

Apr 6, 2014
3 min read

In the book The Name of God: From Sinai to the American Southwest, James R. Harris asks the question: “Was the Shepherd of Israel, known as Jehovah, also known as Quetzalcoatl (The Feathered Serpent), as Pahana, as The Great Mystery,…

The 3 Candidates for Nephi’s Egyptian Script

Mar 30, 2014
8 min read

“Yea, I make a record in the language of my father, which consists of the learning of the Jews and the language of the Egyptians.” (1 Nephi 1:2) At the very beginning of the Book of Mormon, Nephi tells us that he…

“The Lady Of The Temple” Conference via the Academy of Temple Studies

Dec 5, 2013
1 min read

This conference which took place on October 23, 2013, in Logan, Utah was filmed and posted here at the Academy of Temple Studies and at TempleStudy.com. First off, let me just say that I was really blown away by this conference; the…

With Sudden Violence

Nov 18, 2013
8 min read

The scriptures often talk about having a broken heart, but what does that mean? Does God want us to be sad? I believe that many of the problems we experience in understanding the ancient concepts contained in the scriptures is…

Happy September 22nd, the Day of the Sign

Sep 22, 2013
3 min read

Today was the day, 186 years ago that the Nephite record known as The Book of Mormon passed from immortal to mortal hands. Interestingly enough, that night as these events unfolded to the knowledge of a few, the Jews blew…

“Enoch And The Temple” Conference Videos Now Available (via TempleStudy.com)

Aug 6, 2013
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The following article was originally published on Bryce Haymond’s TempleStudy.com The conference “Enoch and the Temple,” which took place on February 19 and 22, 2013, in Logan, Utah, and Provo, Utah, respectively, was filmed. The videos are now available for free…

Symbols, Images, Types, Metaphors, Similes, Parables, Motifs, Archetypes and more!

Jul 1, 2013
1 min read

Perhaps most of us throw around the word “symbolism” without understanding the various nuances of the subject. I created ldsSymbols.com with reference to the word “symbols’ because that is what most people understand. Alonzo Gaskill’s book “The Lost Language of Symbolism” defines…

VIDEO: The Mystery of Magenta

Jun 28, 2013
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Sometimes some of the greatest mysteries are right in front of our eyes every day. This morning I came across this YouTube Video called “The Mystery of Magenta” and was really interested in how this guy approached the subject of…

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

Jun 7, 2013
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Awesome Mormon Messages video. I’m constantly impressed with the fantastic media put out by the church nowadays. I really enjoy these short videos with really powerful and touching messages and how they touch on very rich subjects in such abstract…

The Relationship Between The Ancient Israelite Temple And The Endowment via TempleStudy.com

Apr 8, 2013
2 min read

The following article is from TempleStudy.com Professor William J. Hamblin has offered some good starting points in considering the relationship between the ancient Israelite temple ritual and the modern day LDS temple endowment.  It is from this vantage point that we should…

Symbolism of the Bee: “The Deseret Connection” by Hugh W. Nibley

Mar 25, 2013
59 min read

In response to an email question about the meaning of beehives sent in by Cameron to ldsSymbols.com, I dug up some information that I had read several years ago. I located the article I was looking for here, which contains a…

First oneClimbs Documentary: “Reading Temples”

Mar 21, 2013
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Did you know that you can “read” temples? What if all of the temples around the world today constituted a vast library of new scripture just waiting to be read if we had eyes to see? This presentation covers some basic…

The Nephite Interpreters

Mar 18, 2013
7 min read

Pictured above is my latest rendering of the Nephite Interpreters that were in the possession of Joseph Smith for a time. I have always wondered what these instruments must have looked like so I began by creating a few simple illustrations. Over…

The Scale of the Universe 2

Mar 6, 2013
4 min read

Well, I guess this is “brother-in-law” day today at oneClimbs! I owe this post to Brad who emailed this to me a few hours ago, and I also posted The Enchiridion by Epictetus from my other brother-in-law. I’ve seen the older version…