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, January 12, 2018

Preview of upcoming video with President Monson

In 2017 the most popular post on this blog was "Watching General Conference with your BYU Book of Mormon professor." Next week I'm releasing a youtube version of the post.

As a preview, and in honor of President Monson's funeral today, I'm sharing a still frame from the video that shows young Elder Monson sitting next to young Elder Hinckley. They are in the lower left corner, next to the silhouettes of our BYU faculty who are watching General Conference with us.

It's an interesting shot because there are four Presidents of the Church visible: Kimball, Benson, Hinckley, and Monson.

President Romney is at the podium, with President Kimball to his right and President Benson to his left behind him.

President Hunter was present, but not visible from this perspective.

BTW, sitting next to President Benson behind Pres. Romney are Mark E. Petersen, Delbert L. Stapely, and LeGrand Richards.

In front of them you can see Boyd K. Packer and just a glimpse of Marvin J. Ashton.

For context, here are the members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve at the time. President Monson outlived all the others.

First Presidency

Spencer W. Kimball, President
Nathan Eldon Tanner, 1st Counselor
Marion G. Romney, 2nd Counselor

Quorum of the Twelve

Ezra Taft Benson
Mark E. Petersen
Delbert L. Stapley
LeGrand Richards
Hugh B. Brown
Howard W. Hunter
Gordon B. Hinckley
Thomas S. Monson
Boyd K. Packer
Marvin J. Ashton
Bruce R. McConkie
L. Tom Perry

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