Defending the Faith: The heavenly council, and some counsel for mortals

Published: Thursday, April 18 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Also writing for “Interpreter,” professor William Hamblin of Brigham Young University proposes that a central element of Latter-day Saint temple worship symbolically represents temple patrons as participants in that divine council. Through their participation, they learn of the “sod,” the plan of salvation, the hidden meaning and purpose of creation and the cosmos.

Accompanying his brief article, professor Hamblin has provided a useful general bibliography for those who would like to read further about the divine council, as well as a separate bibliography of Latter-day Saint writing on the topic.

Both the writings of William J. Hamblin, “The Sod of YHWH and the Endowment,” and Terryl L. Givens, “Letter to a Doubter,” are available at no charge online at

Daniel C. Peterson, a BYU professor of Islamic studies and Arabic, is the founder of and editor-in-chief of the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, and he blogs daily at His views don't necessarily represent BYU.

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