Three-Nephite Lore and Observing the Sacred: Some Observations

Title

Three-Nephite Lore and Observing the Sacred: Some Observations

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

2014

Authors

Kramer, Brad (Primary)

Journal

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Pagination

192-196

Volume

23

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Kramer, Brad. "Three-Nephite Lore and Observing the Sacred: Some Observations" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 23. 2014:192-196.

Abstract

Modern-day encounters with the Three Nephites (described in the Book of Mormon) are commonly referenced in LDS culture. While such accounts could stand as confirmations of Latter-day Saint scripture, they are regularly described as irrelevant to questions of salvation and exaltation and are relegated to the inessential realm of folklore. Closer anthropological analysis of LDS discourse surrounding the Three Nephites—from humor and its role in figuring Mormon sacredness to connections to Mormon narratives of Christ’s resurrection and millennial expectation—suggests that these accounts are richly significant, that things that seem to matter little can convey a great deal about the Mormon experience of the sacred.

Three Nephites

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