14 May 2011

Another fireside down and content on Deseret News

Jared and Daniel gave their fireside in Santa Rosa, CA on the first of May. At first, it seemed that not many were going to show up, but before long, more people arrived and kept arriving, so that several more rows of chairs had to be set out to accommodate them all. It had been a while since Jared and Daniel had been able to give a fireside together, so they had a great time and wish to thank those responsible for organizing this event.

Those attending enjoyed it and many stayed afterward to ask about the book and talk about what we had discussed. We are always interested in giving more firesides, so anyone who would like to put on a fireside or other presentation can get in touch with any of the authors to plan the event. Daniel is still interested in doing firesides in Spanish. It looks like his online fireside to Chile is being rescheduled for later this month.

The last post mentioned Daniel's article for Mormon Times about Maya gold plates from Chichén Itzá. That article was also picked up by the Deseret News website and appears on there as well. For a while, there was a link to it on the homepage. The article has received many comments, both positive and negative. Some see it as nothing but PR spin for the Book of Mormon; others see it as important evidence to be considered. Many of the comments touched more on the authenticity of Mormon scripture and why it is important. The information has been shared before, but we are pleased to share it again with a wider audience.

Mormon Times has also completed a review of An LDS Guide to Mesoamerica in its book reviews section. Our book was reviewed by Jarrod Hiatt, who gives a concise overview and says many positive things about it, writing that it is a compelling read for anyone traveling to or interested in Mesoamerica.

Click here to read Daniel's article on gold plates at Deseret News.
Click here to read the Mormon Times review of our book.

01 May 2011

Fireside updates and an article on MormonTimes.com

Sadly, the Chilean fireside was canceled at the last minute. Daniel got a message last Sunday from their bishop that a member of that ward had died and the chapel would be used for funeral services. They are still anxiously looking forward to having it, so plans are underway to do it later this month.

Our fireside in Santa Rosa today is still going on, so please stop by the Yulupa chapel if you are in the area and have time, starting at 7:00 this evening. It has been a while since both Daniel and Jared presented one together, so it should be a good time.

In other news, MormonTimes has published an article written by Daniel. It was adapted from his paper and presentation on gold plates in Mesoamerica, so there is nothing really new there, but we are excited to have something on the MormonTimes website and share our findings with a wider audience. Hopefully, this will be the first of many.

Click here to read Daniel's article on MormonTimes.com.