The Church donates the trailers from the Rome Italy Temple construction site to charities

    You might enjoy watching the first video on this site, which has English subtitles:   http://ldschurchtemples.org/rome/video/     [Read more…]

“The problem of beauty”

    Yet another of my angry, vengeful columns in the Deseret News, newly appeared this morning:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685546/The-problem-of-beauty.html     [Read more…]

From two prominent comedians and a famous art historian

    “Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the furthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness: a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say ‘no.’ But saying ‘yes’ begins things. Saying ‘yes’ is how things [Read More…]

“Not by Scripture Alone: A Latter-day Saint Refutation of Sola Scriptura”

    I’ve just ordered a copy of this new book from Robert Boylan — via AmazonSmile, of course.  I’m looking forward to it:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/1548311804/     [Read more…]

“Gadiantonism as a Counterfeit Temple Priesthood”

    I’ve long suspected precisely this:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2017/07/gadiantonism-as-counterfeit-temple.html   I would have to go back, however, to see whether I’ve explicitly said as much, though, or even hinted at it, in what I’ve published thus far on the Gadianton robbers.   For links to my writings on the topic, see “Gadiantonism and Organized Crime?” [Read More…]

Next year in Jerusalem?

    If you’re interested in going to Israel and/or Egypt with me next May, go to the “Cruise Lady” website, and, under “Headliners,” choose my name.   Of course, if you want to do so, you can go with somebody else instead, or at another time.   On another front, I’m disappointed:  I was [Read More…]

“CTE found in 99% of studied brains from deceased NFL players”

    Professional football has been catching a huge amount of flak in recent years, and this story doesn’t help:   http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/health/cte-nfl-players-brains-study/index.html   I’m not a particularly passionate football fan.  If a game is on television, I’ll watch it and even get into it.  As much as the next guy.  I vastly prefer it to [Read More…]

“Most & Least Educated Cities in America”

    Bruce Webster, who brings this to my attention, correctly points out that this isn’t a bad showing for Provo, Orem, and Utah County:   https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/#main-findings   And to think that, according to some exceptionally rabid critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my adopted home state of “Utard” is largely inhabited [Read More…]

The Interpreter Foundation, FairMormon, Book of Mormon Central, and others on lds.org

    Something new.   It may seem a small thing, but it’s not:   https://www.lds.org/si/objective/doctrinal-mastery/gospel-sources?lang=eng   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

What will Paradise be like?

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)   Of course, I also expect that it will be indescribably beautiful.   On another note, I take considerable satisfaction from the fact that I was once able to meet Jorge Luis Borges, one of the great writers [Read More…]