“Charity: An Example of the Believers”


  This is one of the two Mormon Message videos that I saw this morning in high priests group meeting, and to which I referred earlier: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A-ih_ZkaKC0&list=PLAF19F9A40E87ED75&index=75&feature=plpp_video   … [Read more...]

“Sweet are the uses of adversity”

A red currant bush

  "Mormon Messages," a series of short videos produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and readily available online, are inspirational gems, a small but rich collection of treasures. They're excellent for use in lessons, both at church and in the home, and I would hope that faithful Latter-day Saints who are active online would consider using them, and posting links to them, for others to see.  In most cases, they're perfectly pitched to … [Read more...]

Mark Abernathy and the Sabre Rattlers

Mark Abernathy, of the Sabre Rattlers

  I'm deeply interested in finding (and, to the very limited extent that I'm able, in encouraging) fresh artistic expressions of Mormonism.  To choose one example of many, I love David Johansen's rendition of "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief" at the end of New York Doll, which I also thoroughly enjoyed. So I want to share a Mormon-related musical phenomenon of which I'm very fond:  Mark Abernathy and the Sabre Rattlers. Listen to the hymns on the s … [Read more...]

“Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture”: Volume One is Now Available in a Printed and Bound Version

Johannes Gutenberg and his printing press

  Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture was designed, from the beginning, to be an online publication.  Not a print journal with an incidental online component but, first and foremost, an online publication. We can make the online publication available for free, and that's our preferred model.  It requires no printing and binding costs, no office, no distribution system, no shipping, no complicated bookkeeping, no inventory, no storage space, and, a … [Read more...]

R. Douglas Phillips, My Teacher


   When, on 30 June 2003, my father died after several years of quite unexpected stroke-induced blindness (utterly without precedent in our family history, so far as I know), the words of a hymn that had never particularly been among my favorites kept recurring to my mind: Abide with me; fast falls the eventide.The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide.When other helpers fail and comforts flee,Help of the helpless, oh, abide with … [Read more...]

Think Globally. Act Locally. But ACT!

Do you want REAL hope and change?

  It's commonplace for partisans on my side of the political spectrum (and perhaps on the other) to describe any approaching presidential election as "perhaps the most important of our lifetime," or something of that sort. I'm quite aware of the natural human tendency toward hyperbole, especially in political and certain other matters that we mortals really care about. That said, I do think that this is a really, really crucial election, and that … [Read more...]

Three Lectures by Gerrit Bos (M-T-W, 1-3 October)

Israeli Banknote featuring Moses Maimonides

Gerrit Bos is chair of the Martin Buber Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany, and the general editor of the Medical Works of Moses Maimonides, a series of sixteen volumes published by the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative at Brigham Young University. Proficient in classical and Semitic languages, particularly Arabic and Hebrew, Dr. Bos is widely published in the fields of Jewish studies, Islamic studies, and medieval Islamic science and medicine.All lectures will … [Read more...]

“Charity in Defending the Kingdom”

My discussion of charity has, I suspect, left some in my audience agape.

 The newest article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, posted earlier today, is Daniel C. Peterson, "Charity in Defending the Kingdom." Will we be able to continue posting at least one new article or review each week?  I honestly don't know.  But we've managed it thus far.  Which, considering that The Interpreter Foundation is still, as of now, entirely staffed and run by volunteers, is quite remarkable.   … [Read more...]