Author Archives: Taylor Halverson

About Taylor Halverson

I love learning. I love connecting. I love interdisciplinarity.

Insights on Covenants from the Five Books of Moses

God’s covenant with Moses and his people provides the structure for The Five Books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy), also called The Pentateuch or the Torah. This covenant required faithfulness from God’s people in return for peace … Continue reading

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Preexistence and Creation: A Perspective on How to Read the Creation Story

The Genesis account of creation does not depict God creating matter out of nothing (what is traditionally called “creation ex nihlo”).  Instead, Genesis narrates God creating this earth out of matter that already existed. The focus is not on the grander … Continue reading

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The Creation and Its Relation to God’s Covenants

The creation narrative in Genesis was not written to provide a how-to manual for how the earth was created. The creation narrative instead serves as a backdrop to the covenant that we are expected to keep. https://ldsmag.com/the-creation-and-its-relation-to-gods-covenants/

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Free Video Resources for Learning about the Old Testament

For many, the Old Testament is a challenge to understand. Layers of changes of time, culture, people, institutions, and language seem to act as stumbling blocks to our understanding of and engagement with the Old Testament. But not to despair. … Continue reading

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Why Suffering Is Good for Us and How It Can Make Us Happy

We all have difficult, challenging, painful experiences in life. Though never pleasant, these experiences can teach us perspective, love, humility, endurance, patience, and ultimately, how to be more like God. When we remember that no matter how far under we’ve … Continue reading

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The Trophies of Our Conversion

What are our trophies that we discard so that we might turn ourselves to Jesus? http://www.ldsliving.com/The-Greek-Meaning-of-Conversion-That-Will-Deepen-Your-Understanding-of-What-It-Means-to-Come-Unto-Christ/s/87188

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Why is the Old Testament an Old Testament?

Why is the Old Testament an Old Testament?  And what do covenants have to do with it? https://ldsmag.com/why-is-the-old-testament-an-old-testament/

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