Ascent to the Mountain of the Lord’s House

I apologize for the dearth of posts recently.  I have moved from Wisconsin and am now staying in Utah for the next couple of weeks until I fly out with my family to Scotland.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much time for writing good posts.

I have, however, greatly enjoyed spending some quality time with my family here in Utah. Driving from Wisconsin through the great plains and up into the heights of the Rocky Mountains, it has been great to once again “ascend” to this land of Zion, where the “mountain of the Lord’s house” has been established on the top of the mountains (Isaiah 2).

In the short amount of time that I’ve been here, I’ve been able to see five LDS temples, all within less than an hour’s drive from where I am staying.  I am posting a few pictures that we have taken so far (these are all around Temple Square in Salt Lake City — I will post more later).

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The Salt Lake City, Utah Temple — photo taken from across the street to the North-West

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From a bit further away

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The Conference Center — a veritable mountain in its own right

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To obtain a vision of the deity was a main purpose, I believe, of ancient temples

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Witnessing the ascension par excellence

Other Items of Interest

There are a couple of blogs that I want to point out that I think are worth looking at.

danielomcclellan.wordpress.com — Daniel McClellan is a recent graduate of BYU in Ancient Near Eastern Studies (with concentration on Hebrew with a minor in Greek) and is now headed to Oxford University to do a Master’s in Jewish Studies. Daniel ran the Students of the Ancient Near East (SANE) organization at BYU and will certainly be a great scholar (he already is).  He used to have a blog called “Maklelan” but has now moved to this new address.  We look for great things to come from Daniel McClellan!

visionsofthekingdom.shynaar.net — David Tayman has recently started a blog focused on scriptural symbolism. So far his posts have provided an analysis of the days of creation as presented in Genesis with comparisons to Mesopotamian and other creation accounts. He has also created some great diagrams to illustrate the ancient Israelite understanding of the cosmos, which are very helpful indeed. They are so well done that they have been used by Daniel Peterson in a couple of his presentations. I am not familiar with David’s background, but he likes reading Margaret Barker and seems to know a lot about the Old Testament, so I’m happy to recommend his blog to you.

On another note:

A 3700 year-old wall has been discovered in Jerusalem, inside the City of David. It is the largest and most ancient of its kind ever found in the region. It seems to have been part of a huge fortification built to protect a nearby spring. “This is the most massive wall that has ever been uncovered in the City of David” — to read more, see the CNN.com story here.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted September 5, 2009 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the shout-out!

    The cliff’s notes of my background are that I grew up as the son of an evangelical minister. While in college (Savannah College of Art & Design, majoring in Film & Video) I developed a friendship with a member of the Church. I tried to prove them wrong, and in time, my anti-Mormon research completely backfired, and a reading of the Book of Mormon with a desire to find good in it resulted in a testimony of the Restored Gospel. I was baptized February 28, 2004.

    I’ve since served a mission to Seattle Washington (Spanish Speaking), and been sealed in the Atlanta Georgia Temple, and served as an ordinance worker there before it was closed down for renovation.

    Since joining the Church, I’ve had a particular fascination with, love for, and drive to study the Old Testament, and the rich and powerful truths taught therein. I’m no professor (I do video production for a small technology company), simply a layman who loves to learn, and loves to share what I learn with others in as simple a way as I can. And being a visual guy, I often make visual diagrams to help ME understand concepts as I come across them.

    The website was my way of having an output to my insights, as well as to share some of my visualizations with those who may find them useful in understanding some abstract, or more difficult to grasp concepts.

    Again, thanks for the link, and thanks again for your great site!

    • David Larsen
      Posted September 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

      Thanks so much for the background info, David! I loved your story! It takes a lot of courage to go against everything you’ve been taught and rely on your faith to lead you in the right direction. I look forward to your further insights.

      S. Faux — thank you for your kind words. I feel blessed to be able to study these things full-time and I’m happy to share them with others. Thanks for your comments.

  2. Posted September 6, 2009 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    David Larsen:

    Just know that there are a bunch of your readers who look forward to reading your continuing essays and adventures. You are pursuing a great work, and I look forward to seeing how your wonderful career develops in the future. As you know, formal theological studies are essential. Even us natural scientists have MUCH to learn from your field. (I wish the field as a whole would realize that. Some do.)

    Best wishes…

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