Elder Tad R. Callister is a member of the Presidency of the Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his General Conference address on October 2, 2011, Callister presented an argument in support of his theme, “The Book of Mormon—a Book from God.” The argument reportedly comes from his great-great grandfather Willard Richards, an apostle in the LDS Church under both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young.
Eschatology (from the Greek word eschatos, “last” or “end”) is a technical term in theology for the study of the consummation of human history and of the events leading up to that consummation. Eschatology is important because what we believe about our destination and the route for getting there will unavoidably shape what we believe about how we ought to live now.
Most discussions of the modalistic views of the founder of Mormonism take for granted he had in mind a sequential, or Sabellian, modalism. However, another form of modalism that existed at the time of Joseph Smith merits further inquiry.