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18 June 2013

Names and Meaning: Zoram as a Case Study

June 18, 2013


The Book of Mormon Onomasticon project, which has long been in the works, has finally been launched online. Although it is still under development, there is plenty of great information and research available already on every single name in the Book of Mormon. Many of the entries provide convenient summaries of the research that has gone into a Book of Mormon name. Some brief time browsing the entries will quickly make it apparent which names have received the most attention from scholars and which names need more work. In any event, it is a great new tool for Book of Mormon study.

Understanding the meaning of a name can shed light on the meaning of scripture, especially since scriptural names can be metonymic. That is, names more relevant to the actions or role of a person in a narrative may be substituted for that actual person’s name. Even in cases where a metonymic name is not in play, authors aware of the meaning of the name may have used it in some way to enhance the narrative. Such word plays on proper nouns are common in ancient Near Eastern literature.


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Mormon Tabernacle Choir delivers a quality concert

June 18, 2013

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Minnesota)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir showed Monday night that it’s the brand name in vocal music for a reason.

The choir, making its first appearance in Milwaukee since 1992, delighted a Milwaukee Theatre audience with its usual mix of classical, folk music, show tunes and hymns.

The precision that 320 voices can achieve is amazing. The singers followed directors Mack Wilberg and Ryan Murphy through every swell and fade and every nuance of tempo, and their diction was clear enough to understand most of the words with no supertitles.

The transparency of Dvorak’s “Gloria” was remarkable, as all four independent lines were clearly audible and balanced.


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‘Book of Mormon’ calls for a bleep of faith

June 18, 2013

Moultrie News (South Carolina)

They’d come up with an extremely fast-paced, witty and extravagantly funny production that had a little something to offend just about everybody. Which is not to say that “The Book of Mormon” is a slam on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or that its raunchy moments are lewd and rude. Quite to the contrary. Mormonism is given many a well-aimed barb throughout, but the scuttlebutt is that the church, rather than attacking the show, now sees it as something of an introduction of their faith to non-Mormons, and even a bit of a recruiting tool. You know, “You’ve seen the hit musical, now read the book.” That sort of thing. And, the snippets of titillation are miles away from obscene and, literally, do serve to advance the plot.

The crib notes on the show are: Two young Mormon missionaries are preparing to head out on their two year quest to bring their faith to the far corners of the globe.

One, Elder Kevin (why Mormon men barely out of their teens are known as “elders” is one of the mysteries of the religion) is an honest, sincere, straightforward young man with a zeal for spreading the good word. His idea of the appropriate “far corner of the globe” for him is Orlando, Fla., which he remembers fondly from a childhood visit to Disneyworld and Universal Theme Park. Somewhere in the back of his mind he probably envisions converting Mickey and Minnie.


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Review: “Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret”

June 18, 2013


Motivational speaker Alexander is dutifully presented as a good Mormon boy conflicted by his frequent sexual encounters with Arias. At worst, he’s leading her on in a situation that will go nowhere, but the script by Richard Blaney and Gregory Small provides plenty of chances for Alexander to make it clear to Arias they don’t have a future together. There’s no hint or suggestion of the physical abuse or other accusations Arias made against Alexander in her case for self-defense during the trial.


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HEMET: Writer hopes to help teens through high school

June 18, 2013

Riverside Press-Enterprise (California)

Partially autobiographical through the eyes of his main character, Marc Ryan, Evan hopes his book will help others who are facing some of the same trials he did find their own strength.

“I’m focusing the series more on being a Mormon, because I feel that the church’s teachings can be of use when dealing with teen issues, but it doesn’t overwhelm them with Mormon culture,” he said. “The principles work for all situations and if kids will just try to understand how to avoid the pitfalls and take some of Marc’s advice, their outcomes can improve.”


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Need Something To Do Tuesday?

June 18, 2013

Boise Weekly (Idaho)

Mormons have a long and storied history in Idaho–it’s just not a story well-known to many non-Mormons.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rediscovered Bookshop, Shawn Vestal will be reading from and signing copies of his new book, Godforsaken Idaho.

Vestal grew up in a Mormon family in Gooding before splitting with the church in early adulthood. Now, after years of writing for the Spokesman-Review, Vestal has written a book about growing up Mormon in the Gem State, the trials and tribulations of the faith, and his insights into the religion and its culture.


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‘Summer Camp’: Meet the cast headed to California for a reality ‘Campathlon’ and watch the promo

June 18, 2013


Brooke Magnum (“The Model”): 23-year-old Brooke was born and raised in a large Mormon family in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a strong believer in being “good to thy neighbor.” Having grown up an overweight tomboy sporting a mullet, Brooke surprised everyone, even herself, when she shed her ugly duckling exterior and started a modeling career. Beware of this hot “girl next door” because not only will she distract you with her good looks but she will kill you with kindness.


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Tuesday’s Religion News Roundup: Zesty Guy * Hollywood Nun * Sikh Soccer

June 18, 2013

Religion News

Admirable commitment to their beliefs, or a monumental waste of time?Non-Mormon Christians are proselytizing in the capital of Mormonism. As its missionaries fan out across Salt Lake City, the Truth In Love Ministry took also out ads in the LDS-owned Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune:

“You have recently been told at [LDS] General Conference that if you love God, trust him, believe him and follow him, that you will feel his love and approval,” it says in the brochure. “But what if you are doing all that and still don’t feel God’s love or approval?”


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Churches split on what to do about Scout sponsorship

June 18, 2013

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

Mormon churches outnumbered all religion-based sponsors on the abbreviated list, at 20 percent. Methodists, Baptists, Church of Christ and Catholic were also represented.

“Sexual orientation has not previously been — and is not now — a disqualifying factor for boys who want to join Latter-day Saint Scout troops,” the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a May 23 news release. “Willingness to abide by standards of behavior continues to be our compelling interest,” the church said.


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