About Jeremy P. Madsen

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Hello! What kind of “about section” are you looking for—a fun one, or a boring one? I’ll give you both and let you pick.

Fun Bio

(my personality)

I love capes! Nothing makes me feel quite as epic as walking down the sidewalk with a cape billowing in the breeze (except for riding a bike with a cape billowing in the breeze, but there the epicness is tempered by the chill of knowing my cape could entangle my back tire and send me crashing to my doom at any moment).

March 10 is Universal Cape Day, by the way. Mark your calendars.

I also love learning! Since being homeschooled as a child, I have delighted in reading books and gaining knowledge. Homeschooling also gave me deep-rooted bonds with my three siblings. We have since scattered to the four winds geographically, but we still work closely together to run the site AtriumOfLight.com, which showcases our various musical and literary projects.

I love the scriptures! I believe they contain powerful, relevant principles for every area of our lives. I also love the teachings of modern prophets and the words of many inspired writers and thinkers, past and present. Sometimes we need to hear the same truth explained in three or four different ways, by three or four different sources, before it finally begins to click.

I love family! I am lucky to spend most of my time with my wife and my darling infant daughter.

Finally, I love the Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the source of all good things, the fountain of life and truth, and the redeemer and king of the universe.

Boring Bio

(my credentials)

I graduated from Brigham Young University in 2021 with a major in ancient Near Eastern studies (emphasis in Biblical Hebrew) and a minor in editing—the former explains the prevalence of Old Testament subjects in my post, while the later explains the prevalence of footnotes.

I have presented my research and ideas at four conferences at BYU, including the Religious Education Student Symposium, and at the Undergraduate Theological Conference in Creighton University. I have published a research paper on biblical narrative archetypes in Studia Antiqua: A Student Journal for the Study of the Ancient Near East and two papers on linguistic subjects in Schwa: Language and Linguistics.

For four years, I worked as editor and then editing team lead for BYU Continuing Education’s online curriculum department, where I helped develop courses ranging from Foundations of the Restoration to Planetary Geology. I also served as the editor in chief of the student journal Studia Antiqua and worked on a research team building a database of mercantile texts from the ancient site of Karum Kanesh, Turkey.

I currently work as the operations manager and conference manager for the Latter-day Saint Publishing and Media Association (LDSPMA), a nonprofit networking organization for writers, editors, publishers, artists, and creators who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I am in the process of completing a young-adult epic fantasy novel about a pyromancer’s quest to save his soul.

About Precepts of Power

This blog explores principles of success in light of my life experiences, the words of great minds and thinkers, and the scriptures and prophetic teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Ideas and interpretations in this blog are strictly my own and do not represent the official doctrines or teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or any other entity. (But please let me know if I’m outside the bounds of true doctrine.)

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Recent Posts

Mar
07

Esau Ended Up with the Birthright (Kind Of)

When we examine the full arc of Jacob and Esau’s story, Jacob’s underhanded obtaining of the blessing becomes a powerful polemic against strife and deceit.

Feb
05

Uruk: A Possible Historical Setting for the Tower of Babel

Does the Tower of Babel story recount an actual historical event? The city of Uruk in early Mesopotamian history bears striking parallels to this biblical tale.

Jan
29

Data: Use of Modern (Non-KJV) Bible Translations among Latter-day Saints

The results of a (very ad hoc) study I conducted on how often Latter-day Saints use non-KJV translations of the Bible, and the main reasons they do or do not.

Jan
22

The King James Version vs. Modern Bible Translations: Pros and Cons

Why is the King James Version (KJV) the official English Bible used by Latter-day Saints? What are its advantages? What are the advantages of supplementing it with a more modern translation? If I do, which modern translation should I use?

Dec
10

4 More Troubleshooting Questions for Prayer

Four self-assessment “troubleshooting” questions to ask ourselves when we’re petitioning the heavens with faith but seem to be getting no response.

Nov
27

Why We Need Angels in Addition to the Holy Ghost

The scriptures abound with promises that angels can attend us. But what role can angels play in our lives that the Holy Ghost doesn’t already fill?