long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Friday, February 10, 2023

New painting to replace Chichen Itza M2C painting?

Ever since the May 2020 I've wondered why so many chapels we visit around the world still display the anachronous Chichen Itza painting. 

(El Castillo, the stepped pyramid in the background, was built by the pre-Columbian Maya civilization between the 8th and 12th centuries AD. I've heard of people wondering if Christ visited Mesoamerica twice: once after his resurrection, and once 8-1200 years later.)

The May 2020 letter from the First Presidency set out guidelines, including 22 wonderful paintings approved for display. The letter did not include the Chichen Itza painting.  


The Chichen Itza painting reflects a Mesoamerican setting, although it could arguably reflect a hemispheric model (with the clouds representing North America). 

A far better painting now is on display in the Conference Center. Let's hope it gets added to the list of approved paintings and promptly replaces the Chichen Itza painting.

h/t to Gary Boatwright 


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