47. First Vision(s), and which "Faith" Without Works Is Dead?; Contradiction or Complement?

1h 29m | Nov 13, 2023

In this episode, Brendon and Skyler discuss the forty-seventh lesson in the LDS Come, Follow Me sunday school manual. This week (November 13-19) is titled “Be Ye Doers of the Word, and Not Hearers Only” and covers James. 

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Pastor Brendon's Colossians series can be found here and/or here

Accounts of the First Vision; JSH 1

Seminary Manual: here, here and here 

“Christ Is Risen; Faith in Him Will Move Mountains” (Russell Nelson) 

“The Marvelous Foundation of Our Faith” (Gordon Hinckley) 

"Life Is Eternal" (Ezra Taft Benson)

The New Testament Made Easier by David Ridges 

Doctrinal New Testament Commentary by Bruce R. McConkie 

“What Faith Is” by Dennis Rasmussen; found in The Lectures on Faith in Historical Perspective, edited by Larry Dahl and Charles D. Tate 


An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins by Grant Palmer 

“New Light on Mormon Origins from Palymyra (N.Y.) Revival” by Wes Walters 

“The Significance of Joseph Smith’s ‘First Vision’ in Mormon Thought” by James Allen 

“Another Look at Joseph Smith’s First Vision” by Stan Larson 

“Which First Vision Account Should We Believe?” by Lane Thuet 

Mormonism: Shadow or Reality? by Jerald and Sandra Tanner 

Like A Fiery Meteor: The Life of Joseph F. Smith by Stephen C. Taysom 

By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus by Charles Larson (and here

The Mormon Hierarchy: Wealth and Corporate Power by D. Michael Quinn 

Nelson stories: here and here  

Second Anointing: here, here and here 

M Russell Ballard and Tim Ballard  


WHI: here, here, and here 

Michael Kruger

Notes on Galatians; What Is Faith?; Christianity and Liberalism by J. Gresham Machen 

The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross by Leon Morris 

The God Who Justifies by James White 

James (TNTC) by Douglas Moo 

 The Letter of James; Brother of Jesus, Friend of God by Luke Timothy Johnson 

Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin 

The Letter and the Spirit by Augustine 


Greek Grammar: Beyond the Basics by Dan Wallace 

Biblical Words and Their Meaning by Moises Silva 

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson 

All that Is in God by James Dolezal 

Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth Bailey 

Histories and Fallacies by Carl Trueman 

Jesus' Resurrection and Joseph's Visions by Robert Bowman

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