And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. Isaiah 8:17

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Monday, January 23, 2023



 Julie Melville Hite has announced that her OUT OF PRINT BOOK 

THE NEW TESTAMENT with the JOSEPH SMITH TRANSLATION is now available as a digital PDF for only $1!

The book has a Parallel Harmony of the Four Gospels, much like our CFM curriculum, so you get all three versions of the synoptic gospels on the same page.  I have found this book to be invaluable for teaching seminary, institute and Gospel Doctrine classes.

All proceeds go to charity.  All proceeds are donated to TRUE Africa (, Hite's non-profit charity that provides education and humanitarian support to orphans of HIV/AIDS and other socially and educationally vulnerable children.

Hites are sharing their digital PDF of the book ($1). Published 30 years ago, over 80,000 copies sold. A few paperback hardcopies can be found online for sale for about $120 each.

This book has the Four Gospels in parallel harmony -- meaning you can compare each of the four gospels on the same page, including all of the JST.  This text has been used by instructors of CES Institute classes as well as BYU, BYU-I and BYU-H religion courses. 

For your study of the New Testament, you may find this resource useful.  You can download a single-licensed PDF of the book from that you can put on all your devices.  For just $1, you can add and save your comments, highlights and underlining to your personal PDF.  (For $3 or $5, you can add the licenses for printing and copying.)

Please share this post to your friends and groups that may be interested so that they can also access this resource for $1.  

New Testament Classes Have Begun

Henry Owassa Tanner

On January 18th, I taught the third lesson for 2023 New Testament following the order of Come Follow Me.

We meet on Wednesdays at 10 AM. The video of the class usually gets posted within a week or so on the stake website. 

The class physically meets in the Salem Utah Stake center: 470 East Salem Canal Road, SALEM, Utah 84653.    Please be aware that there is significant road construction with many road closings throughout Salem: please check and plan ahead. This construction will last for the next two years. 

The first two weeks, on Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2, were taught back in 2015. These two lessons areavailable three different ways: 
1. Go to the archive of 2015 classes and choose weeks 9 and 10 
2. Go to the 2022 OT playlist, and they are reposted as weeks 26 and 27 
3. When the NEW 2023 playlist posts, they will be weeks 1 and 2

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Christmas from the Old Testament


Arthur Hacker

A reminder that I have two classes looking at the birth of Jesus Christ as told by the gospel writers using images and verses from their scriptures.  The only scriptures during the life of Jesus were the books we now call the Old Testament.

Brian Kershisnik 

Matthew and Luke each emphasize different stories and symbols from the Old Testament.  In 2015, before our refugee mission, I taught a class about each.  Those classes are both available at our archived stake website:

Rose Datoc Dall

Saturday, October 15, 2022

Week 18 : Great are the Words of Isaiah Handouts Available

" Week 18: Great are the Words of Isaiah" has just posted on the website.  This is a direct link to this second class on Isaiah.

To download the handouts, you need to go to the "Comments" below the video.  

Click on "Show More" and you will find links to Google Drive documents.

Four documents are available there: 

Victor Ludlow's chapter divisions and outline

Old Testament Timeline 1

Old Testament Timeline 2
Ten Keys to Understanding Isaiah

Good Luck!

Saturday, October 8, 2022

New Link to Salem Stake Old Testament Institute Classes


The link to my Institute classes on my stake website has changed.  

Changes have been made to the website where my Old Testament Institute classes are posted.
If you have previously bookmarked the page, that URL will no longer work. There is now an 's' after http and that changes everything!
The classes are now on a YouTube playlist, with week 1 at the top and the newest class (from October 5, 2022) at the bottom.
All the YouTube options are functional, including Closed Captioning. You also have the option to download all the closed captions as a word document. See the attached photo and comments for directions on how to do that!
Now when you go to the website, there is a playlist.
When you click on any one of the now 17 classes, the video opens up in YouTube.
Look at this screenshot: 

Notice that at the lower right corner there are some options marked in yellow highlighter that YOU can turn on or off.  

One of those is a box with a CC in it: that is what turns the closed captioning on and off.  After the CC are turned on, you can then click on the three dots (. . . ) lower on the right and another box opens.  There if you click on "show transcript," the ENTIRE TRANSCRIPT is shown on the right.  You can then download that as a word document and print it out.  HOWEVER, for a 1 1/2 hour class, that is lots of pages of printout!
I hope this helps!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Old Testament Institute Class starting again

 The Salem Stake Old Testament class is starting up again this Wednesday, October 5, at 10 AM.

We will be meeting in the stake center chapel :
470 East Salem Canal Road
SALEM, Utah 84653
Our topic for the rest of the year will be the books of the Old Testament prophets, starting with Isaiah.
Please be aware that there is significant road construction with many road closings throughout Salem: please check and plan ahead!
Right now, take 400 north east from 198 to 500 east, then drive up 500 E to Salem Canal road where you will see the stake center across the street.
Woodland Hills drive is posted to be closed tomorrow and Salem Canal drive is closed between 200 E and 500 West.
[Art by my friend, Pamela Done]

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Ten Keys to Understanding Isaiah

 In the October 1973 Ensign magazine, there is a talk by Elder Bruce R McConkie titled " Ten Keys to Understanding Isaiah."  

To help my students apply these keys and actually start STUDYING Isaiah, I made this handout.  

I recommend taking the time to see how McConkie's suggestions will help you understand Isaiah.  

A better copy of the handout is available with this link to my Google Drive