Plus, lots of pictures. I reviewed jwot quite favorably here and put it on my recommended Old Testament reading list. Scripture Study: tools and Suggestions If were going to be so focused on scripture, we should offer some models on how to do it right, and Jim faulconer does a bang-up job. A brief history of whatever country theyre in (assuming outside the us). For me, i would have greatly appreciated something like a travellers History Of France If in the us, id add The god Who weeps: How Mormonism makes Sense of Life which is doctrinal, practical, preaches well, and can be appreciated by non-lds as well. Perhaps Ill do a follow-up about articles and bibliographies.
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Go forward With faith: The biography of Gordon. Hinckley most missionaries are too young to remember anyone before hinckley. This is the bio of the Prophet essays and President they grew up with, who also shaped much of the Church with his news and reporter-friendly ways. Mormons and the bible: The Place of the latter-day saints in American Religion (Religion in America) If missionaries are familiar with Apostolic interpretation through Seminary/Institute manuals, this book will help them characterize and understand the nature of those interpretations. They will also come to understand that such interpretations are not necessarily revealed or shared by other Apostles, and that there has been a variety of perspectives. A study bible, or at least a modern translation like the nrsv. This might be less necessary depending on the mission. Some missions are using modern foreign-language bibles, some are not. For some justification of this suggestion, see grant Hardys article about how kjv usage has affected missionary work (in dialogue, earlier version here ) and my article on Bible translations, the jst, and study suggestions, in Religious Educator. Jehovah and the world of the Old Testament / Jesus Christ and the world of the new Testament: a latter-day saint Perspective these two volumes are some of the best work to come out of Deseret book in recent years. Great for lighting a spark, and introductory biblical literacy.
The growth of the Church outside Utah, growing racial concerns, the introduction and growth of Correlation, all figure in here. It also shows in many ways the internal workings of the Church, and how Apostles handle disagreements. Lengthen your Stride (Deseret book, biography of President Kimball.) Actually, id want missionaries to read one of the pdfs included on the cd-rom. Again, recent history of import. In-depth looks at the priesthood ban, among other things. One of the reasons I like biographies (and those listed, in particular) is that they make history personal and relatable. Moreover, none of those listed fall into the infallabilist hagiographies. Spencer Kimball actually told his son he wanted a warts-and-all biography.
Book of Mormon Authorship revisited by the hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that launched a new World Religion Glimpses of Lehis Jerusalem The book of Mormon is central to lds proselytizing, and the more missionaries know it and about it the better. The first volume gets into questions and theories of where it came from, the second deals with how its been read inside and outside the lds community, and the third provides the bridge into the biblical history and culture it emerges from. Perhaps too narrow for some, but again, this is a missionary list. Joseph general Smith: rough Stone rolling yeah, i went there. Yes, rsr can be a challenge or boon to faith, or both. But if Im recommending biographies and history, i cant skip Joseph Smith, and cant justify anything but this. Mckay and the rise of Modern Mormonism This isnt just a biography, but a history, which generally picks up where mormonism in Transition ends.
How Wide the divide?: a mormon an evangelical in Conversation. While it has its flaws, hwd models calm and informed theological discussion, helps understand how Mormonism looks from the outside, and introduces the idea that some of what we take as revealed doctrine may be more of a strong tradition than revelation per. The follow-up essays by the authors in byu studies, as well as the lds and evangelical essays in the. Farms review were also highly educational. Encyclopedia of Mormonism (stock in each apartment though from a non-lds publisher, it had Apostolic involvement and predominantly lds writers. Id like to see missionaries start turning to this to get background and references, instead of Mormon Doctrine. Its all online now. Do byu websites fall under the missionary ipad accessibility list?
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So, if I/you were a mission president with a lot of leeway or a pilot project, what would I prescribe or allow my missionaries to read? Would I provide a structured reading program (i.e. Once youve read through the nt and book of Mormon at least once, read these two books)? . I might stock certain books or article collections in every apartment. At minimum, i would provide a bibliography, with a few books/articles highlighted, then a broader bibliography, presumably with a caveat from the mission president about focus on scripture, the nature of these books (introductory, not perfect, not official, etc.).
Lets set ourselves some limitations, and keep it to a library of 15 books to add to the list above. Here are some of my initial suggestions of books (thought about it all of 5 minutes, so reserve my right to revise which cover history, scripture, biography, and other things, meant to give facts but also to shape paradigms early on, with good grounding. Gently expanding and challenging, but also supporting. Mormonism in Transition: a history level of the latter-day saints. Many (most?) of the differences between the modern church and the church of nauvoo or early salt lake take place in this period, many of which play a part in missionary teaching or common questions,. The word of Wisdom, the ending of plural marriage, etc. Reading it acquaints us with the actual history and context of these things, thereby undermining presentism and the idea that the status quo is inherently eternal or written in stone.
It is appalling that on most issues, missionaries can learn more from Internet-informed investigators than the investigator can learn from the missionary. On my mission (Europe, 96-98 you could buy a coherent collection called. A revised, smaller collection is still available to purchase (12 from the lds catalog here ). Old, jesus the Christ, our search for Happiness, the Articles of faith. A marvelous Work and a wonder, truth Restored/Gospel Principles, nEW.
Jesus the Christ, our search for Happiness, true to the faith. Our Heritage, out are, a marvelous Work and a wonder, the Articles of faith, and, truth Restored. Gospel Principles is still available to missionaries via lds. True to the faith and Our Heritage. Now, i have no objection to updating the library per se; some older titles may perpetuate doctrinal expressions or ideas that are inaccurate, ineffective, or just irrelevant. (Sometimes its useful to read older expressions for historical perspective.) But its an awfully basic and narrow library and Im not sure any of these merit being reread or studied closely. (Some of Talmages nt interpretations are quite outdated. He wrote it based on then-current Protestant scholarship.).
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Meanwhile, when physical scientists were polled, the numbers rose.0 and.3. The summary plan originally published. Nature now appears here. As a companion piece to, daves post on missionaries, lets talk about the approved missionary library. I have concerns about what missionaries study, know, and teach. The typical missionary develops far more motivation to read and study the literature of the Church than before the mission, but is far more restricted, although mission presidents have leeway to relax this. Certainly the primary content of missionary study should be scripture and the doctrine, but I think by narrowing the library too much, we miss real opportunities both for the missionaries themselves and the people they teach. My own mission studies greatly affected my life, and missionaries tend to be the front line for questions from non-lds, often about topics theyve never heard. As expressed by a friend, It is just ridiculous that investigators can investigate (research the Church) but missionaries cannot research or study to give answers to questions.
But does staffing staring into the sublime abyss incline them toward a belief in God? Not if you ask the physicists. The University of Nottingham School of Physics and Astronomy, who answer big questions on and, sixty symbols, including "What happens if you stick your hand inside the. Large hadron Collider, the world's largest particle accelerator? The nottingham physicists are in some good company. According to a well-known 1997 study published. Nature, biologists within the, national Academy of Sciences rejected God and immortality at rates of 65.2 and.0.
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