I’ve been reading a fascinating article in the Interpreter journal today, about all the reasons a wonderful harbour on the coast of Oman, Khor Rori, could be the place that Nephi and his family called Bountiful. I’m learning about shipbuilding, harbours, resources, trade, and iron-steel smelting, and the history and archeology of this location. So … Continue reading Nephi’s ‘Bountiful’ on the Arabian coast
I’m re-posting this entry from about a year and a half ago, since it’s continually relevant. Where do you think we are in this process? What is our role, as disciples of Jesus Christ? The rise and fall of the perfect Nephite civilisation in 4th Nephi: it’s always wonderful and kind of magical to read … Continue reading Secrets of a happy society… and how to lose it.
The rise and fall of the perfect Nephite civilisation in 4th Nephi – it’s always wonderful and kind of magical to read about the good years, wish I was there/it was here, and wonder what it would have been like to live then. It’s also always sad and disappointing to read about its decline. Such … Continue reading Secrets of a happy society… and how to lose it.
How Moroni, and the Nephite majority, responded to the power-seekers and Lamanite aggressions Motivations for fighting and other responses The Nephites (Ns) wanted to protect their liberties – their land, families, religion & civic freedoms (43: 9, 29 & 30) Ns knew that not stopping the Lamanites (Ls) would destroy these – and them. They … Continue reading Freedom! Lessons from the ‘war chapters’ of the Book of Mormon, Part 2
The ‘war chapters’ – not so irrelevant as you might think. In considering Alma 43-63, I was hit hard with the repeated similarities between the circumstances among the Nephites and those in our societies right now. There are excellent spiritual-only lessons to learn from these chapters, and we’re pretty well-versed in them, I think. These … Continue reading Freedom! Lessons from the ‘war chapters’ for our time