Monthly Archives: June 2012


National Myth In the recently released movie The Avengers, there is a scene where Captain America and Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D.S. are on an aircraft talking. The agent was filling Captain America in on what’s been going on and also talking about the past. He commented that his uniform had undergone a little modification. Somewhat […]

Joseph Smith’s Martyrdom

This painting is Benjamin West’s Death on the Pale Horse, depicting the horrors of Revelation 6:2-8, particularly the last verse, which reads: “And I looked, and beheld a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over a fourth part of […]

Of Cain and Bigfoot

  “She was sitting there and she noticed this person or this thing–whatever it was–coming at her. It was heading at her at this rapid pace and it looked like it was coming at her…. It loooked hairy and kind of tall, you know big in stature, and so she was really sacred. She was […]

The Tree of Life Part 6: The Tree and the Endowment

Part 6: The Quest for the Tree In Ancient Greece, “the victors of the Olympic games were crowned with branches and leaves from an olive tree growing near sacred altars at Olympia. The games represented the ritual process of obtaining the tree of life, a process described in many ancient cultures” (C. Wilfred Griggs, “The Tree […]

Tree of Life Part 5: the Tree and the Temple

Part 5: The Tree and the Temple In recent posts, I brought up some interesting things about the olive trees, the tree of life, and Christ. In lieu of that, let me make note of the olive tree’s use in ancient Jewish temples: “Beyond the… courts of the temple was a Holy of Holies. Two […]