Latter-day Saints take scripture seriously, and often very literally: as if the events in scripture literally happened. Yet the word “Literal” as it applies to scripture takes on richer meaning when we embrace the “literature” aspect of scripture. Scripture is literature–story, poetry, wisdom sayings, etc.–created by a community in the past, reflecting their experienced with God. It then is accepted by a community in the present, as its symbolic, moral, and spiritual narrative.
This week, while Dan Wotherspoon is on vacation, Mark Crego and Kajsa Berlin-Kaufusi explore together the literal and spiritual experience with scripture.