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Gerrit Dirkmaat

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Episode 40: When the Saints Fled America (Gerrit Dirkmaat)

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Although some Latter-day Saints fly American flags on July 24th to celebrate settling in the Rocky Mountains, the irony is that the pioneer Saints were desperately trying to flee the USA. After years of being persecuted, Church leaders concluded that the existing US government would not protect their civil and religious rights as a minority group, and the Saints decided to leave. In this fascinating episode, Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat shares his research on this history, along with lessons learned for today.

59mins

16 Sep 2021

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Doctrine & Covenants 60-62 : Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat Part II

Follow Him: A Come, Follow Me Podcast

Dr. Dirkmaat continues teaching that as the difficulties persist and that the Lord commands the Saints to “be of good cheer,” and reminds us that the Savior is “in [our] midst.” We discuss where much anti-LDS literature has been discredited. Dr. Dirkmaat shares dynamic and compelling personal stories that will endow listeners with power because of and through our difficulties. If you only listen to one podcast this week, THIS IS IT. Show notes: https://followhim.co/episodesYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FollowHimOfficialChannelInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/followhimpodcastFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/followhimpodcast

58mins

30 May 2021

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Doctrine & Covenants 60-62 : Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat Part I

Follow Him: A Come, Follow Me Podcast

Have you ever felt that your efforts fall short? Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat returns and teaches how the elders are called to travel from Kirtland to Jackson County, Missouri, and, “Preach by the way.” In their month-long travels, some work harder than others and the Lord addresses this and us and encourages us to remember that our testimony of the gospel is like a “talent.” This episode encourages us to serve and teach because the Lord is with us, as with the early Saints.Show notes: https://followhim.co/episodesYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FollowHimOfficialChannelInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/followhimpodcastFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/followhimpodcast

1hr 14mins

29 May 2021

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Living Faith Discussion Series: "The Translation of the Book of Mormon" with BYU Professor Gerrit Dirkmaat

Church of Jesus Christ Laguna

A series of discussions on Church history to help us better understand the Restoration and Doctrine & Covenants, taught by leading experts. Hosted by the Laguna Niguel Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Laguna Niguel, California.   Professor Dirkmaat is an associate professor of Church history and doctrine at Brigham Young University. He worked as a historian and writer for the Church History Department from 2010 to 2014 with the Joseph Smith Papers Project and continues to work as a volunteer editor. He is the coauthor, along with Michael Hubbard MacKay, of the award-winning book From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon.    This is the second of several Living Faith Discussions the stake will host this year connected to the church history events highlighted in Come, Follow Me. For more information about this series, visit: http://www.lnstake.org/living-faith

1hr 2mins

1 Feb 2021

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Doctrine and Covenants 3-5 : Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat : Part II

Follow Him: A Come, Follow Me Podcast

Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat is as exciting a  storyteller as his name is difficult to spell! He tells us about the Redemption of Martin Harris, explains how one of the smartest men in the Church gets from Manchester to Pennsylvania, and why we no longer have the plates. Join us for Part II for one of our most dramatic episodes yet.Show notes available at followhim.co 

1hr 8mins

19 Jan 2021

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Doctrine and Covenants 3-5 : Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat : Part I

Follow Him: A Come, Follow Me Podcast

Have you made a mistake that takes 2400+ years to repair? How did the stolen 116 pages affect the relationship between Joseph Smith, Lucy Mack Smith, Lucy Harris, and Martin Harris? Join us for Episode 4 as Dr. Gerrit Dirkmaat dramatically shares details about Emma’s brush with death, Joseph and Emma’s first baby’s passing, and why the pages were stolen and not lost--stolen!Show notes available at followhim.co 

46mins

17 Jan 2021

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FairMormon Conference Podcast #7 – Gerrit Dirkmaat, “Lost Teachings of the Prophets: Recently Uncovered Teachings of Joseph Smith and Others from the Council of Fifty Record”

Latter-day Saint FAIR-Cast

This podcast series features a FairMormon Conference presentation each month. Please join us for the 2018 FairMormon Conference coming up August 1-3. You can attend in person or purchase the video streaming. Gerrit Dirkmaat, Lost Teachings of the Prophets: Recently Uncovered Teachings of Joseph Smith and Others from the Council of Fifty Record Transcript available here. Gerrit J. Dirkmaat is an assistant professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He received his PhD in American History from the University of Colorado in 2010 where he studied nineteenth-century American expansionism and foreign relations. His dissertation was titled “Enemies Foreign and Domestic: US Relations with Mormons in the US Empire in North America, 1844–1854.” He worked as a historian and writer for the Church History Department from 2010 to 2014 as historian on several volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers project. Since taking his position at BYU, he continues to work on the Joseph Smith Papers as a historian and writer. He currently serves as Editor of the academic journal Mormon Historical Studies, published by the Mormon Historic Sites Foundation, and on the Church History editorial board for BYU Studies. He is the author of dozens of scholarly articles and is the co-author, along with Michael Hubbard MacKay, of the book From Darkness Unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon, published by Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University and Deseret Book, 2015. He and his wife Angela have four children. Audio and Video Copyright © 2017 The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, Inc. Any reproduction or transcription of this material without prior express written permission is prohibited. The post FairMormon Conference Podcast #7 – Gerrit Dirkmaat, “Lost Teachings of the Prophets: Recently Uncovered Teachings of Joseph Smith and Others from the Council of Fifty Record” appeared first on FAIR.

49mins

4 Jun 2018

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Episode 22: In Brigham Young’s Words – Gerrit Dirkmaat and LaJean Carruth

Latter-day Saint Perspectives

In our first doubleheader, we present an episode covering the discrepancies between the shorthand versions of speeches of early LDS Church leaders in Utah and their published versions. First, Russell Stevenson interviews Gerrit Dirkmaat about the research he and LaJean Carruth did comparing the shorthand notes of George Watt to some of the speeches in the Journal of Discourses.In their research, they examined hundreds of sermons, and sometimes the sermons and original transcriptions varied by hundreds of words. Dirkmaat points out that when one is talking about doctrine, words matter. While the essence of these speeches are similar in the shorthand and published versions, the words used vary greatly.The Journal of Discourses have historical and religious value, but Dirkmaat urges members to be careful quoting specific passages and to realize that in most cases, there is no way to know the specific words used.LaJean Purcell Carruth has an unusual skill: she can read the shorthand of George Watt, the transcriber of the speeches contained in the Journal of Discourses, his private printing venture.Over the past thirty years, she has learned his distinctive style--the unique upturns and curves he made in his notations. As she transcribed his notes, she noticed that they varied -- sometimes greatly -- from the printed versions of the same speeches. She wrote a poem about what she noticed:There was a man named George Watt,Who could improve Brigham Young, so he thought.So he took out words here,And he added words there,And his accuracy was not what it ought.LaJean Purcell Carruth©LaJean expounds on what she has learned about the speaking styles of early religious leaders. They spoke extemporaneously and without notes and were more prone to engage in speculative theology than current leaders.She emphasizes that Brigham Young was a powerful speaker. He cared about the people, and they knew that he cared about them. When George Watt changed Brigham Young's words, he changed what Brigham Young said about himself. She feels the real Brigham Young has been lost to us as we view him through his discourses printed in the Journal of Discourses.In her research, she discovered that the "one drop" phrase attributed to Brigham Young by Wilford Woodruff did not exist in the original shorthand transcription of George Watt on a speech relating to the priesthood and temple ban.LaJean shares with Laura Harris Hales what she has learned about Brigham Young from the words left out of the Journal of Discourses and other important speeches.Download TranscriptExtra Resources: Episode 22 TranscriptSlavery, Servitude, and Race (Entire Presentation for Free)Speech by Brigham Young February 5, 1852 (FREE)“The Prophets Have Spoken, But What Did They Say" Examining the Differences Between George D. Watt's Original Shorthand Notes And The Sermons Published In The Journal Of Discourses”LDS Perspectives PodcastEpisode 22: “In Brigham Young’s Words,” Part 1, with Gerrit DirkmattRussell Stevenson:    Recording church history does not happen on its own. It demands a process, a technique, and real and diligent labor. Today we have historian Gerrit Dirkmaat to discuss with us the famous, and at times infamous Journal of Discourses , a widely cited compilation of speeches by early church leaders. What did the prophets say? How did they say it? What does it mean for our understanding of the 19th century church? Thanks for being here.Gerrit Dirkmaat:        It’s good to be here.Russell Stevenson:    For those of us who have not had the opportunity to learn about this thing that we call the Journal of Discourses , give us a little bit of background about dictionary level, what is it?Gerrit Dirkmaat:        The Journal of Discourses is a huge source. Actually, it’s hard to wrap your hands around what all of it is, but on the most basic level, this is a 26-volume set that was produced throughout the mid- to late 19th-century of sermo...

1hr 4mins

15 Feb 2017