See “The Other Holy Land” with Bill Hamblin

The Sultanahmet or Blue Mosque in Istanbul

  I'm pleased to announce that my friend and BYU colleague --  the executive editor of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture -- Professor William J. Hamblin will be leading a tour to Turkey in June 2013: This tour will follow essentially the same itinerary that my wife and I developed, in conjunction with the folks at, for early September 2012's Maxwell Institute trip to Turkey -- … [Read more...]

Hot Off the Press(es): The True Source of the Book of Mormon Revealed!

Objective, skeptical scientists hard at work in their Book of Mormon research lab

   It was obviously plagiarized from Solomon Spalding's Manuscript Found. No.  Forget Manuscript Found.  It was obviously plagiarized from Ethan Smith's View of the Hebrews. Well, forget that.  Its obvious true origin was revealed on 30 October.  Yesterday.  Yes indeed.  The facts have finally come out: "'Hiding in Plain Sight: The Origins of the Book of Mormon' . . .  Who wrote the Book of Mormon? . . .  For much of his langua … [Read more...]

Barack of Benghazi

This is one of the most appalling situations that I've ever heard of.

  I strongly suspect that the presidential race would be over right now if the mainstream media were giving adequate coverage to the Benghazi … [Read more...]

Mormon Scholars and Scientists Continue to Testify

On the campus of Caltech, the California Institute of Technology, near where I grew up

  I confess that, under the pressure of last summer's events, a great deal of travel, other pressing demands, and my regular professional obligations, I've rather let Mormon Scholars Testify slide a bit over the past few months. After all, with close to 350 entries, it's already a pretty substantial site.  Some of the entries are quite short, but a few are rather long and most are multi-page -- which means (although I haven't actually done the math) that, if it … [Read more...]

A Potentially Historic Photo?

Participants in Sunday night's meeting of the Academy for Temple Studies in Logan, Utah

  I've already mentioned the meeting, held on Sunday night, in which a number of us gathered to discuss ways to further temple studies in North America.  Above is a photograph -- perhaps, if the effort goes well, it will someday be viewed as of at least minor historical significance -- of the participants in that meeting. From left:  William Hamblin, David Butler (yes, he really is that tall), Gary Anderson (one of the prime movers of the Academy for Temple Stu … [Read more...]

“Unresolvable: The Kingdom of God on Earth,” Tonight at 7:30

Preview of the film tonight at 7:30 PM

   Some in and around Utah Valley may be interested in the preview of a new film (Unresolvable? The Kingdom of God on Earth) from the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy.  The film deals with the question of interreligious disputes and disagreements. The film will be shown from 7:30 to 8:50 PM in the library of Utah Valley University (UVU). Afterwards, Professor Brian Birch of UVU will lead a fairly brief panel discussion about the film … [Read more...]

Indianapolis This Weekend

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate

   In case anybody out there cares, I'm going to be in the Indianapolis area this weekend. On Friday at noon, I'll be visiting with the director of the Islamic Center there and several of his colleagues.  That evening, I'll be speaking at a small invitation-only cottage meeting that will be catered by a Turkish restaurant (!). On Saturday, I'll be at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, in connection with the "Beauty and Belief" exhibit of … [Read more...]

It’s Time to Help Out If You Can

The Next President of the United States?

  I just received the following note from a long-time friend.  At his request (see below), I'm passing it on: I don't want to look back on this election and regret that I didn't do all I could to elect Mitt Romney.  If you want to make a difference in the final days of this campaign and be part of history, please turn out your friends and family to call for Mitt Romney at his call center in Orem that has a lot of unused capacity.  There is an URGENT NEED!! … [Read more...]