FARMS has released a new audiotape collection of essays by renowned Latter-day Saint scholar Hugh W. Nibley: a two-volume set titled Preparing for the Millennium. Read by Lloyd D. Newell, the audiotapes feature seven essays from Nibleys Approaching Zion (1998) and one essay from another volume in his collected works, Brother Brigham Challenges the Saints (1994).
Volume 1 of Preparing for the Millennium contains four essays that explore the character of Latter-day Saint covenant obligations. In Gifts Nibley cautions, The gifts [of God] do not excuse us from work, they leave us free to do the real work. Breakthroughs I Would Like to See concerns the law of consecration, and Change out of Control considers repentance and the commandments of God as the only constants in an ever-changing world. In Our Glory or Our Condemnation, Nibley observes, It is important in building up Zion and preparing for Paradise to keep an eye on Babylon, because the Saints have always had a habit of subsiding into the ways of Babylon. He points out evidences of Babylon in our midst and challenges us to manage our stewardships responsibly.
In Zeal without Knowledge, in volume 2, Nibley urges us to earnestly seek wisdom and knowledge of the things that matter most. He asks pointedly, Are we here to seek knowledge or seek the credits that will get us ahead in the world? In How Firm a Foundation! What Makes It So, Nibley discusses foundational aspects of the restored gospel, such as testimony and prophecy, and focuses on the law of consecration. What Is Zion? A Distant View considers the nature of Zion and identifies obstacles to its realization. The instant one realizes that Zion is a possibility, Nibley contends, one has no choice but to identify himself with the program that will bring about the quickest possible realization of its perfection. Also related to the theme of preparing for the Millennium is the essay Mans Dominion, or Subduing the Earth, which discusses mans dominion over the animal kingdom in terms of lordship and service.