I’ve published another article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture entitled “Thou Shalt…Offer Up Thy Sacraments Upon My Holy Day: D&C 87-92.“
Back on July 4, 2014, my article “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights” was published by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.
Why Geographical Visual Learning?
Humans are visual learners. The content area of scripture is primarily conceptual and abstract, and thus many readers struggle to master the core fundamentals of history, geography, and themes of the scriptural texts. Without such fundamentals, learners are adrift in an ocean of content without a meaningful map to order and make sense of it all. Visually immersive learning environments can significantly enhance learning gains. Such learning gains are possible when abstract concepts are visually concretized.
Scripture Tools: Introduction to Google Earth and Google Earth Bible (GEB)
In this article I will review several geographical tools that help to contextualize stories, which can aid in understanding the scriptures and drawing out meaning from them. Then using these tools I’ll demonstrate how the meaning of a variety of scriptural passages may be enhanced by reading the scriptures in geographical context. I will conclude by providing other suggested geographical and visual learning with scripture resources.
Learn more at: “Reading the Scriptures Geographically: Some Tools and Insights“
I’ll be presenting this week at Education Week. This event is held annually at Brigham Young University. General dates are Monday, August 18 – Friday, August 22, 2014. There are going to be hundreds of great presentations. The full schedule is here.
My specific dates, times, locations, and themes are below.
Taylor D. Halverson
Studying the Scriptures Geographically
2258–2260 Conference Center (CONF), 4:30–5:25 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19 : Studying the Scriptures Geographically Enhances Contextual Understanding
Wednesday, August 20: Using Scriptures.byu.edu to Study the Scriptures Geographically
Thursday, August 21: Using Google Earth to Study the Scriptures Geographically
Friday, August 22: Using VirtualWorldProject.org, Google Street View, and Other Tools for Studying the Scriptures Geographically
My scripture studies article on D&C 13; 20:38-67; 27:12-13; 84:6-30; 107:1-20; 110:11-16; Joseph Smith—History 1:66-73. Quote from the opening paragraph:
“After hundreds of years God’s priesthood power returned to the earth in a series of remarkable visions and angelic visitations. Oliver Cowdery played an important role in the restoration of the priesthood. He had come to Palmyra, New York in the winter of 1829 to serve as the teacher of a school over which Hyrum Smith was a trustee. Upon his arrival Oliver asked to be a boarder at Joseph Smith, Sr.’s home. In the process of time Oliver began to hear about the golden plates that Joseph Smith, Jr. had in his possession in Harmony, Pennsylvania. Eager to learn more he continued to ask Joseph, Sr. all about the plates until his searching was satisfied. Soon thereafter Oliver received the impression that it would be his opportunity to serve as scribe for the Prophet. As soon as the school term was completed in early spring, Oliver put his affairs in order and set out for the 135 mile journey to Harmony, Pennsylvania with Joseph’s younger brother Samuel. These two brethren were relatively young at the time, being respectively twenty-two and twenty-one years of age.”
My scripture studies article “Be Not Deceived, but Continue in Steadfastness: D&C 26; 28; 43:1-7; 50; 52:14-19.” Quote from the opening paragraph:
“Deception was a reoccurring problem among the members of the early church. Between July 1830 through June 1831 the Lord gave at least five major sections of the Doctrine & Covenants to correct misunderstanding, false prophets, false leaders, false revelations and false spirits so that the members would not be deceived. In most of these situations the sincere, faithful seekers found security in the Lord as he answered their vexing concerns. For those that fell prey to the deceptions of Satan the Lord rebuked them sharply and then returned to them with increased love and compassion. In some cases false spirits or disturbing spiritual manifestations were rebuked by Joseph Smith, who then taught by inspiration from God various keys to discern the truth. In this article we will review the historical context of these various situations as a way to more fully appreciate the sections assigned to this lesson (D&C 26, 28, 43, 50 and 52) and integrate the revealed principles into our lives.”
My scriptures studies article “To Seal the Testimony: D&C 135.” Quote from the opening paragraph:
“June 27, 1844 marks the date of one of the most tragic events in Mormon history—the day the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Patriarch Hyrum Smith became martyrs for the cause of truth at the Carthage, Illinois jail. After reviewing the events that led up to that dark day let us pause for a few moments to reflect upon the magnitude and meaning of the work of Joseph Smith, the Lord’s chosen servant.”