I have sometimes contemplated what a Mormon movie that depicts how divine or angelic beings interact with mortals would look like. How would such a movie be different from Highway to Heaven or Touched by an Angel? There are a number of movies that follow or satirize a Catholic vision. Last year I watched Inception and found myself drawing parallels between the concepts presented there and my speculation on how inspiration from the Holy Ghost might be received and processed (or resisted) on a semi-conscious level.
In this essay, I will contrast The Adjustment Bureau to what a hypothetical Mormon movie that treats some of the same themes might look like. Some good background is provided in Eric Snider’s review. The Snide one remarks “The film wisely avoids specific talk of God or religion, speaking in terms that allow viewers to apply the ideas to their own beliefs, whatever they may be.”
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New Book Addresses Mormon Polygamy’s Controversial Origins
Answers questions about the nature of Joseph Smith’s marriages to multiple wives and how various factions in the restoration movement have viewed the founding revelation. Continue reading
Ever since Elder Ballard challenged graduating students to take a more active role in explaining and defending the gospel on the internet, I have felt that the time was ripe to develop an academic course designed to do just that. BYU is the ideal place to pilot such a program. Now the average student has a hard time justifying extra-curricular activities with all the other demands on their time. But offer up academic credit that can be used to meet religion requirements for participating on the internet and I anticipate a proverbial Helaman’s army could be mobilized. Continue reading
I have put together a list that may help missionaries explain the apostasy to investigators and new converts. Specifically I want to address what was lost and why in early Christianity after the death of the apostles. Leadership in the early Church transitioned from apostles to local bishops, what happened to the priesthood keys? Continue reading
Apartments that have been rented out to missionaries for awhile often have scans of materials that are designed to help missionaries resolve concerns that may go beyond Preach My Gospel material or its precursors. Perhaps these items were put into circulation by a well-meaning mission president or originally obtained from a parent or ward member and then scanned and distributed widely.
Unfortunately there is little quality control on some of these items and often the most sensational pieces get the widest circulation in the missionary underground. As an example, one of my mission apartments had a copy of Floyd Weston’s 17 Points that creates a fictitious back story involving Albert Einstein. I would be interested in hearing some of the materials that readers have encountered. Continue reading