A change in temple wedding policies?

A Phoenix sealing room

  Rumor is flying that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints intends to relax its policy (in the United States and some other jurisdictions) insisting on a year-long wait between civil marriage and temple sealing, or even to stop performing marriages … [Read more...]

2 Nephi 28

Decadent Rome

  Today's reading, 2 Nephi 28, leads me to ask a few questions: Is there any religious contention today?  (See verse 3.) Are there theologians and religious studies scholars and ecclesiastical leaders out there who take an intellectual approach to matters of religion, neglecting revelation and the Spirit?  (See verses 4, 15.) Do even many religious leaders dismiss modern revelation and miracles?  (See verses 5-6, 29.) Is ou … [Read more...]

Love is winning!

Progress never faileth!

   Progress toward marriage equality is moving at an increasingly rapid pace, as enlightened judges overturn repressive laws enacted by hate-driven citizens and legislators. But, as I noted in a blog entry yesterday, cultural and legal obstacles to full sexual liberation still remain.  The work isn't yet over. Fortunately, the battle for the redefinition of marriage having now largely been won, the forces of irresistible progress are p … [Read more...]

Forgiving ourselves

Sunrise photograph

  I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves.  Otherwise it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him. C. S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis (19 April 1951) … [Read more...]

Niels Bohr on quantum physics

Niels Bohr on quantum physics

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2 Nephi 27

OC, MH, and DW, by BH

  It's fascinating to see how, in today's reading (2 Nephi 27), Nephi takes the prophecy about Jerusalem in Isaiah 29 and "likens" it to his own people, the fate of the record that would become the Book of Mormon, and the latter-day Restoration (including details about Charles Anthon). I need to be very brief tonight, and simply want to call attention to verses twelve and thirteen, which allude to the calling of the Three Witnesses and the Eight Witnesses to … [Read more...]

Here’s an interesting gay voice on same-sex “marriage”

Ms. Masha Gessen, whose children have five parents

  The speaker is Masha Gessen.  Listen to what she has to say: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9M0xcs2Vw4   … [Read more...]

The Yale Book of Mormon text goes into its third printing.

Royal's Yale Edition

  I'm delighted to hear that Royal Skousen's superb and helpful Yale University Press edition of The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text has just gone into its third printing. The folks at Yale didn't really expect it to make a second printing, so this represents considerable success. And, just in case you missed the announcement, the massive books outlining his arguments for his various text-critical decisions are now up and freely accessible on the … [Read more...]