Now is the time.

The Belle of Amherst

  "Forever is composed of nows."  (Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886) I suppose that one of the points to be taken away from this comment by the famous Belle of Amherst is that we shouldn't always be living for the future.  Not that we shouldn't prepare for the future at all, but that we only really ever live -- and only really ever will live -- in successive present moments.  So we shouldn't defer goodness, truth, and beauty for some indefinite time yet (and always) t … [Read more...]

“The Sabbath is a Delight”

A fjord landscape in Norway

  When I've been able to live the Sabbath properly -- and, frankly, even Sabbath-observant Latter-day Saints have a hard time keeping the day sufficiently uncluttered, unhectic, reflective, open for visiting family and the sick and the needy, available for scripture study -- I have loved it. The Sabbath is now an official emphasis of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Proper Sabbath observance has always been a teaching of Mormonism, but it's … [Read more...]

Just a thought or two on being a Mormon

BYU Hawaii meetinghouse

  I was sitting in my high priests group meeting earlier today, and, as I looked around, I thought what a good group it was to be with.  I counted at least eleven or twelve former bishops sitting around me, for example, and I know of many remarkable acts of service associated with most of them.  I've known several of these men for decades now. The lesson for the meeting focused, among other things, on service.  It included a film clip from President Uchtdorf abo … [Read more...]

“Columbus Ledger-Inquirer”: “Longtime Mormon seeks to educate masses with new book”

Aquatic Georgia

  It's a worthy effort.  The article, published by a newspaper based in Columbus, Georgia, has -- as could easily have been predicted -- brought out a number of haters and religious bigots.  But it's a decent article, in and of itself: Of course, neither the book nor the article was written for bigots or haters.  There are sane, decent people out there -- the "silent majority," as i … [Read more...]

“Capernaum bears witness of Christ”

St. Peter's Church, Capernaum

   Here's a column that I published nearly six years ago in the Deseret News, about one of my favorite biblical sites in the land of Israel:   … [Read more...]

“Half-Time” in Ancient Rome

Lion with Christians

  Some propagandists for atheism would have you believe that, in order to be truly evil, humans must be motivated by religion.  This article provides convincing evidence -- though vastly more such evidence could be supplied, from every era and every culture -- that such insinuations are historically unsupportable and, indeed, blatantly untrue:  It was, in fact, only with t … [Read more...]

President Uchtdorf recounts his childhood experience as a two-time refugee

Präsident Uchtdorf, Mitglied der Ersten Präsidentschaft

  A brief article with some still photographs, accompanied by a video that lasts just slightly more than three minutes:   … [Read more...]

BOM 2 Nephi 19

Israel and Judah (and Moab and Syria and etc.)

  Today's reading, 2 Nephi 19 (= Isaiah 9) is full of messianic language.  No wonder it’s been a favorite over many Christian generations. “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (verse 2). From a Christian point of view, Isaiah seems to conflate the first coming of the Savior with his second: “For every battle of the warrior is wit … [Read more...]