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Monthly Archives: July 2009

In the Shadow of Saint Peter’s

Written on July 30, 2009 at 11:24 am, by

I am finishing co-directing the BYU summer study abroad program in Rome this weekend before moving on to Athens for the final week and half of the summer term. It has been a hot and humid month as Dr. Gary Hatch and I have tried to keep a day ahead of the forty students who

Remembering and Celebrating our Global History

Written on July 23, 2009 at 10:05 am, by

Guest blog by Reid L. Neilson, assistant professor of Church history and doctrine at BYU. Pioneer Day typically invokes images of handcarts and wagons on the westward trail to Utah. Such a myopic view of our Church’s history, however, obscures the pioneering efforts of Latter-day Saints around the world. Thankfully, historian Andrew Jenson did all

An Ancient World Rediscovered

Written on July 17, 2009 at 4:49 pm, by

The BYU Religious Studies Center promotes research and publication through grants and publication venues. One aspect of the RSC’s mission is to help reconstruct the world of the scriptures and the Restoration to provide helpful context. Currently, I am codirecting a BYU Study Abroad program in Rome and Athens for the summer with Gary Hatch,

Seek Learning

Written on July 13, 2009 at 11:47 am, by

Latter-day Saints are fond of quoting a phrase from modern revelation, “Seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (Doctrine and Covenants 88:118). From the beginning of the Restoration in the 1820s, a common theme of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s religious quest was to seek knowledge, light, and understanding. When he went into a

“So We Went toward Rome”

Written on July 7, 2009 at 10:07 am, by

Luke prepared a two-part work known as the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts nearly two thousand years ago, but the stories are as still as fresh and exciting as any modern story. He may be at his best in the last two chapters of Acts, which contain one of the finest first-century

A Patriot’s Dream

Written on July 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm, by

Guest blog by Robert C. Freeman, professor of Church history and doctrine at BYU. Strike up the band, fire up the grill, and get to your favorite fireworks show. This month American Latter-day Saints will join the rest of the nation in celebrating the birth of the United States.  For the past fifteen years, I have