Category: Hugh Nibley

Hugh Nibley One Eternal Round Lectures

I’ve recently added 12 lectures on mp3 that Hugh Nibley gave about his research on facsimile 2, entitled, One Eternal Round. These are quite a gem, and I appreciate D. Norman for sharing these with us. It’s like Nibley has come back to life when I hear his voice speaking. I read his last book, One Eternal Round and this is a great complement. While reading that book, I learned that the facsimile #2 — the round parchment — was placed under the head of the deceased, and was sort of a manual for the after-life. Believe me, you can...

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Hugh Nibley Humor — “And Bring the Brush”

Here’s Hugh Nibley, classic humor, reminiscing about his days in the military on the Eve of Thanksgiving: My first assignment — it was so typically Army you must hear about it: It was the eve of Thanksgiving, and I was scrubbing toilets out with a big brush, with a big scrubbing brush. I was busy scrubbing these latrines out and so forth, and an officer came to me and said,   “come with me and bring the brush.”   So I said,   “come with me and bring the brush.”   It was a huge pile of celery, they...

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How to open the scriptures

Of course we read the scriptures with the intent of receiving personal revelation, which is the vertical approach. However, we can take some pointers. Here is a parable: two men set out to find diamonds in a field where diamonds are known to be found. One man uses his hands to sift through the soft sand, and carefully inspects every handful, and he finds a gem stone here and there after working very diligently. The other man shows up with tools used for digging; a pick, a shovel, and a screen used for separating the fine sand, etc. Who...

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Leaders to managers the fatal shift

Hugh Nibley gave a commencement speech at BYU on Leaders to Managers: The Fatal Shift. It’s one of my favorites. (It’s the one where he refers to the the black robes of the false priesthood. I have it in mp3) Leaders break the mold of mediocrity. They are bold and take a chance, they set the highest example, “‘A ship in port is safe,'” says Captain Hopper speaking of management, ‘but that is not what ships were built for,’ she says, calling for leadership…Leaders are movers and shakers, original, inventive, unpredictable, imaginative, full of surprises.” (Nibley)   They help you feel...

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Nibley’s One Eternal Round

When the Dead Sea scrolls were found in 1947, there was a shroud of secrecy over them and the general public were not allowed to see them. Some Religions of the day thought they might conflict with what they had already set as dogma.   It wasn’t until the 1980’s when the Biblical Archaeology Review began to publicly mount a campaign to have access, that some of the Dead Sea Scrolls began to come forward.   In the Pearl of Great Price, the Lord shows Abraham with the aid of the Urim and Thummim, all the stars and planets, the...

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Unrolling the Scrolls – Hugh Nibley

Unrolling the Scrolls – Forgotten Witnesses by Hugh W. Nibley, 1967: Yesterday I was in Disneyland, and that gives you different views of things. One thing was very impressive: all these exhibits you see about the structure of the universe and their accompanying historical views are drawn from just one source. We have but two sources: written and unwritten. By unwritten I mean the “facts” of science, whether reported in writing or not. By written records, I mean the accumulation of human written records that has been going on for thousands of years. It’s immense, it’s very valuable, and...

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Two new Hugh Nibley talks

I have just digitized two old audio cassettes of Hugh Nibley — one is an interview and the second is a talk that he gave in Anaheim, California in January 1976 on the Old Testament. Thanks to R. Allred who shared these tapes with me so that we could all enjoy more of the Nib. I think you will love the candid Hugh Nibley as he answers gospel questions. You can find them at the top of the list of the Hugh Nibley mp3 page, click...

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Hugh Nibley: Roman Satire and Us

This is a Hugh Nibley talk — BYU Women’s Lecture, October 26, 1991, entitled, Roman Satire and Us. I have it posted on Scribd or you can read it here. Thanks to a new friend that has a love of Hugh Nibley’s wit and wisdom. I appreciate Tom for sharing these little gems with us. May we journey on in this telestial sphere. It just isn’t easy. But there is no other way. Roman Satire and...

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Hugh Nibley — Why Was I Put in This Situation?

  This is one of my favorite Nibley quotes — “Why was I put in this situation?” It’s from the video, Faith of an Observer when Nibley shares his World War II experiences. Hugh Nibley was part of the military intelligence — assigned to the 101st Airborne Division — the Screaming Eagles. On June 6, 1944, D-Day, he was one of the first few to hit the Utah Beach in Normandy. What an assignment of doom. “I’ll tell you if there was anything that puzzled me all the time I was there, I would say, ‘What on earth am I doing...

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Hugh Nibley — Individual responsibility

Hugh Nibley — free agency in his very blunt direct way: This law of free agency and total individual responsibility has one great drawback: it requires that every member seeking to be properly led so live as if he or she was the Pres. – for each one is just as eligible (and therefore responsible) for receiving revelations as he is.   How much more easy, economical, and simple is the Roman Catholic system of identifying infallibility automatically with utterances given from a certain office. Above all, we do not need to ponder things in our own minds, to...

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Unpublished notes of Hugh Nibley — Priesthood

These are some notes made by Hugh Nibley for his article on Priesthood which was published in Sunstone Magazine. and a Dialogue article he wrote on Blacks and the Priesthood: How many times have the LDS got to be told that the Church is led by the Holy Ghost and not by any man?  How many times must it be repeated that a Church led by revelation is a Church led by direct revelation – not by revelation to one man, who then leads the church.  That man is not the Church.   In the current Melchizedek Priesthood manual, President...

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Unpublished notes of Hugh Nibley – Charity

Hugh Nibley was known for scribbling down notes on 3 x 5 cards and filing them away for articles and books. Enjoy these first in a series of notes from Hugh Nibley: Mormon and Moroni, brooding for years on the fate of the Nephites, both came to the same conclusion in answering the question:  Where did they go wrong?  It was in lacking CHARITY.  For Mormon and Moroni charity is everything, the solution to all our problems.  And what is charity?  It is the one absolute in the universe.   It is joy in the existence of others.  ...

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Hugh Nibley Word of Wisdom Commentary

The Word of Wisdom: A Commentary on D&C 89 Hugh Nibley (December 1979 Gospel Doctrine Class, Manavu Ward) The Word of Wisdom is so familiar that we can get through this in a hurry, except for a few neglected patches. First, it’s a greeting, not by commandment or constraint, but a word of wisdom, the order and will of God for the temporal salvation for all Saints in these last days. The covenants you make are eternal, but you’re not going to be worried about tea, coffee and tobacco in the world hereafter. In the ages to come I...

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More light for talking with God

More light and prayer continued from my daughter’s post: “By reason of the Restoration’s wonderful flood of light, our desire to change and improve becomes stronger. So far as our individual spiritual development is concerned, we usually know what we have to give up, what has to go.   Why then do we cling so tenaciously to those things? Such illumination brings the restlessness of incipient righteousness. And we reach a point at which we genuinely say, as did King Lamoni’s father, ‘I am willing to give away all my sins to know God.'” (see Alma 22:18)   (Neal...

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God is in the details of your life

My daughter has been studying light and prayer. This is her story, in her words: “I’m going to share some of my own personal experiences; I consider them of a divine nature because they have taught me some of the principles of prayer. I share them because while we can’t continue forever on borrowed light, some of my most illuminating experiences have been sparked by someone sharing their personal light with me. And I believe that when we share our light it burns a little brighter. After all, this dispensation was brought on by a prayer and a sacred...

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