Cameron Mayer

Conspiracy Theories in Isaiah and the Book of Mormon

When truthers in the world warned against dubious measures implemented against the kind of plagues prophesied to occur before Jesus’ coming to reign on the earth, many inside and outside the church cried “conspiracy theory!” Persons who declined to become “good global citizens” by complying with injurious procedures were shamefully mocked and persecuted. But when […]

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Question about What the Gentile Kings Hadn’t Heard or Considered

Question: Do we have any idea from the words of Isaiah what the kings of the Gentiles had not heard or considered, as prophesied in Isaiah 52:15 and quoted by Jesus in 3 Nephi 20:45 and 21:8? Answer: The passage in question shows that it is God’s end-time servant who sets the stage for the

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Question about the Nature of Repentance and Christ’s Atonement

Question: I don’t fully understand the atonement and repentance. If Jesus paid the price for our sins so that we might overcome spiritual death, why is it we have to pay the price for iniquities? Wasn’t the price paid by Jesus already? What is repentance? I know this seems basic but I have had a

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The Effects of Precepts of Men’s Supplanting God’s Truth

Among many things God showed Nephi in his vision of the end from the beginning was the prevalence of precepts of men among latter-day saints—God’s people “in Zion” (2 Nephi 28:24). A double jeopardy of this is that distorting a truth of God not only negates it but also robs people of the power to

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Fruit Meet for Their Father’s Kingdom

The question of yielding fruit worthy of God’s acceptance ought to concern all. As Zenos’ olive tree allegory informs us, prior to the restoration of Israel’s natural lineages—Jews, Ten Tribes, and Lamanites—all the trees of the vineyard, including the mother tree, are producing “evil fruit” and are “good for nothing save it be to be

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Question about Jesus’ Non-Appearance to the Gentiles

Question: Why hasn’t Jesus shown himself in person to the Gentiles, including the Latter-day Saints, as he did to the Jews, Nephites, and Ten Tribes? Answer: To the house of Israel—whom Paul defines as “his people whom he [God] foreknew” (Romans 11:2)—pertain certain blessings that accrue from previous spiritual experience. People have called this preceding

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Works of Darkness and the Manner of the Jews

The paradox of people’s understanding the words of Isaiah only when they are taught the manner of prophesying among the Jews—and yet Nephi’s not teaching it to his people because “their works were works of darkness, and their doings were doings of abominations” (2 Nephi 25:1–2, 5)—has led to many people not searching Isaiah’s words

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Interpreting Jesus’ Twin Chiastic Structure of 3 Nephi 21

In his twin prophetic discourse to the Nephites at Bountiful in 3 Nephi 21 that is based on the words of Isaiah, Jesus again shows the interplay between the end-time Gentiles and house of Israel; that is, between God’s people who are of the covenant today—the Latter-day Saints—and the Jews, Ten Tribes, and Lehi’s descendants.

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Interpreting Jesus’ Chiastic Structure of 3 Nephi 20

In his prophetic discourse to the Nephites at Bountiful in 3 Nephi 20 that is based on the words of Isaiah, Jesus shows the interplay between the end-time Gentiles and house of Israel; that is, between God’s people who are of the covenant today—the Latter-day Saints—and the Jews, Ten Tribes, and Lehi’s descendants. By using

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