My Experiences with Hugh Nibley, for his 100th Birthday

Living in South Texas, there were no LDS bookstores within a thousand miles. But we traveled. A lot. And long before I came along, my dad had traveled–to Church history sites. As early as I can remember, we had a closet full of books, most of which, as a young child, looked so boring (that white softback Comprehensive History of the Church set exuded boredom). I came around, though. I discovered most of these books were Church books, gradually collected during our yearly family vacations. I learned to love that collection, and it provided a space for intellectual expansion that otherwise did not seem to exist (unless you counted blind speculation–and yes, plenty of that went on too!).

We were a little later than most of my friends in getting a computer and internet access. But when it came, it opened up a whole new world of interaction. The thousands of miles melted away, and suddenly I was connected with writings and chat groups at my fingertips. It was there, through the internet, that I became acquainted with the works of Hugh Nibley. I couldn’t get enough. I loved his wit, how he had an answer for everything, how fascinating I found his material. When I came to BYU after graduating from High School, my Nibley-love deepened. It was whispered that he lived close to campus. His masterwork, to be entitled, One Eternal Round, was also spoken of (speculated about) in hushed tones.

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