Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show

Episodes of Mormon Miscellaneous, a talk show on Mormon history, scripture, doctrine and many controversial topics, by LDS host, Van Hale, now in its 35th year. All points of view are welcomed.
Jun 27th, 2007 by mormonmisc at 12:22 pm

Bits and Pieces

I presented follow-up comments on several recent episodes:

Am I a Darwinist as frequently alleged by a caller, Art Bulla, who claims to be the Lord’s Anointed, the One Mighty and Strong?

A caller on 17 June made absurd allegations about the origin of the text of the Book of Abraham. I asked for his sources. He gave two. I reported on my findings after checking out his claimed sources.

I made a follow-up comment on two recent episodes covering Joseph Smith’s accounts of the First Vision.

I mentioned a very good brief summary article on Mountain Meadows Massacre by noted historian, Rick Turley, to appear in the Church’s September issue of the Ensign. The Church has pre-released this article and has posted it on its website, http://lds.org/. I highly recommend it.

I commented briefly on the alleged Oath of Vengeance. It has been claimed by several recent authors that a primary motive for the Mountain Meadows Massacre was to fulfill an oath taken by Mormons in the temple endowment ceremony to avenge the blood of Joseph and Hyrum through acts of murder. I did not present the material I had prepared for this episode, but have decided to dedicate a program in the next several weeks to this topic.

Callers frequently ask or comment on my views regarding the Book of Mormon historicity issue. I read a brief summary of my view.

Several callers participated. One, Art Bulla, called in making a false allegation about my procedure. As I tried to respond, he refused to allow it by interrupting and over-talking me with a name-calling attack and a challenge to a fist fight. I assume all this display is intended to demonstrate that he is the Lord’s Annointed - the One Mighty and Strong.   Talk Show host: Van Hale, LDSOfficial website: http://www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/

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This is the 24 June 2007 episode of the Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show, now in its 28th year.

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Jun 20th, 2007 by mormonmisc at 9:45 am

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 Old Testament

My guest was Val D. Greenwood, author of How Often Would I Have Gathered You: Stories from the Old Testament and Related Sources for Latter-day Saints. Val re-tells 229 Old Testament stories placing them in chronological order. He includes notes and sources specifically directed to an LDS audience. His re-telling is to simplify and clarify. Any such approach inevitably includes the author's interpretation.

We discussed some of the differences in our two approachs to the Old Testament.

Are such stories as the creation, Job, Jonah and others to be taken literally?

Decisions must be made regarding theological positions which are contradictory within the Old Testament, or which are contradicted by the New Testament or by modern Mormon sources. We looked specifically at the cause of David's sin in 2 Samuel 24 in contrast to 1 Chronicles 21 and the wager between God and Satan over the degree of Job's faithfulness.

Why use the King James Version which is much more difficult to understand in contrast to modern English Bibles, several of which, among other points, focus on simplicity and clarity for modern readers?

Live callers and email were included in our discussion.

For those interested in Greenwood's book, go to his website: http://newviewoldtestament.com/

Talk Show host: Van Hale, LDS

Official website: www.mormonmiscellaneous.com Podcast address: www.mormonmisc.podbean.com

Talk Show Blog: www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/radioprogramblog

This is the 17 June 2007 episode of the Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show, now in its 28th year.

To listen to future Talk Shows live, go to www.k-talk.com Sunday evenings 5:00 - 7:00 pm MST. If you have a question or comment, your participation is invited, regardless of your point of view. Your voice will be heard around the world.

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Jun 13th, 2007 by mormonmisc at 10:26 am

JDL.jpgMountain Meadows Massacre 2: The Aftermath

In this episode I continued discussion of the Mountain Meadows Massacre I began last week with author, Will Bagley. I discussed the list of proposed motives for the Massacre.

I also referred to two articles on the subject published in the LDS Church News 2 June 2007 reporting the conclusions of Rick Turley, one of three professional historians writing a book to be published by Oxford University Press sometime in the next year.

By phone, my guest Bob Crockett joined me and addressed the aftermath of the Mountain Meadows Massacre. He has written a lengthy review of Will Bagley's book Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows. His review was published in FARMS Review 15/2 (2003): 199–254. We discussed the two trials of John D. Lee, who was tried, convicted and executed for his role in the Massacre. There are a number of issues associated with this process: the hung jury in the first trial, the paneling of the jury for the second trial, allegations that the prosecuting attorney had made an illegal deal with the Church to end further prosecution if it would help him convict Lee, why others were not prosecuted, why the process took so long, legal disputes and others.

Crockett presented a number of sources which have been unknown to, or overlooked by other authors; sources which help to answer several important questions.

Several calls and email were included in the discussion.

Talk Show host: Van Hale, LDSOfficial website: www.mormonmiscellaneous.com Podcast address: www.mormonmisc.podbean.com

Talk Show Blog: www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/radioprogramblogThis is the 10 June 2007 episode of the Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show, the first talk show of its 28th year.To listen to future Talk Shows live, go to www.k-talk.com Sunday evenings 5:00 - 7:00 pm MST. If you have a question or comment, your participation is invited, regardless of your point of view. This is the chance for your voice will be heard around the world.

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Jun 7th, 2007 by mormonmisc at 8:30 am

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Mountain Meadows Massacre 1 

My guest was Will Bagley, independent historian and columnist. His book, Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Massacre at Mountain Meadows, covers a period of Mormon history, 1856-1858, laden with controversy: the Reformation, blood atonement, Utah War, murder of Parley Pratt, the Mountain Meadows Massacre and the trials and execution of John D. Lee (1874-1877). Historians and students are divided on some of the main issues and events of this era and many of the lesser ones. His book adds to the controversy. We discussed Bagley's view that Brigham Young directly ordered the Mountain Meadows Massacre as an act of vengeance precipitated by the murder of Parley Pratt.

Bagley contends that Mormons were committed by a sacred oath in the temple ceremony - the alleged "oath of vengeance" - to avenge the blood of the prophets Joseph and Hyrum murdered in 1844, to which list would have been added the beloved Apostle, Parley Pratt, murdered in May 1857 in Arkansas.

I reviewed some of the substantial evidence which demonstrates that there was no "oath of vengeance" administered in the temple ceremony, that this was a tale manufactured and spread by bitter ex-Mormons. Rather, the long established LDS position left all vengeance in the hands of the Lord. In the lecture portion of the ceremony, the Saints were instructed to pray that God avenge the blood of the prophets, based on Revelation 6:9-10, rather than that the Saints seek vengeance.

We discussed several other points, but did not cover the subject sufficiently. I had hoped to have Bagley back on my next Talk Show to pursue this further, but he is too busy. I will probably have him back in the future, but I have decided to continue the subject without him next Sunday to summarize this historical event and consider some of the many controversial points.

Talk Show host: Van Hale, LDS

Official website: www.mormonmiscellaneous.com

Podcast address: www.mormonmisc.podbean.com

Talk Show Blog: www.mormonmiscellaneous.com/radioprogramblog

This is the 3 June 2007 episode of the Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show, now in its 27th year.To listen to future Talk Shows live, go to www.k-talk.com Sunday evenings 5:00 - 7:00 pm MST. If you have a question or comment, your participation is invited, regardless of your point of view. Your voice will be heard around the world.  

 

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