“Life after Death is a Joyful Fact”

The Celestial Room of the Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

   Another past Deseret News column that is relevant, I think, to Easter.  It's draws on a story that my wife and I heard from good friends and neighbors as it happened: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765555334/Life-after-death-is-a-joyful-fact.html   … [Read more...]

“Whither Mormon Studies?”

The Cardston Alberta Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Designed somewhat in the "prairie style" of Frank Lloyd Wright and dedicated in 1923, it has no connection with this blog entry.  I just really like it.

  It's Friday, and Interpreter has published another article: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/whither-mormon-studies/ The author is John Gee (Ph.D., Yale University), who is a senior research fellow at Brigham Young University's Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. That makes thirty-five (35) consecutive weeks.  Pretty remarkable, I think. We had only decided to launch it a little more than a week before … [Read more...]

Elder Neal A. Maxwell on What Would Later Become the Maxwell Institute

Once again, a photograph from a dinner in Washington DC honoring the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), back somewhere in the late 1990s or early 2000s.  From the left:  Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Ambassador Marwan Muasher of Jordan, Senator and Mrs. Harry Reid (D-NV), President Merrill J. Bateman of BYU, and the guy who may or may not, some years earlier, have forgotten to bless the food at another dinner

  An absolutely marvelous quotation -- even a prophetic one -- from the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell, regarding what he saw as the mission of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), which, after his death, became the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship: http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2013/03/todays-maxwell-quote_29.html For what little it's worth, I was present at that banquet back in late September of 1991, … [Read more...]

Some “Evidence of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection”

Think about it.

   Another Easter-focused column that I wrote for the Deseret News quite a while ago: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700179165/Evidence-of-Jesus-Christs-resurrection.html?pg=1   … [Read more...]

We’re right in the middle of “Holy Week,” and I wish that my fellow Latter-day Saints paid more attention.

The focus of all human history

  Oh, said a friend yesterday, is it Easter this Sunday? I find it inconceivable that, three days out from Christmas, any American could be unaware when that holiday was coming. The difference, I suspect, is that Christmas has been commercially hyped to the absolute max -- "Christmas sale" signs begin appearing now just before Halloween, in some places -- while Easter has remained relatively uncommercialized.  Christmas can't be missed.  Easter, ho … [Read more...]

“Egypt’s Coptic Christians Must Be Protected against Sectarian Violence”

The Coptic Christian Cathedral of St. Mark in Abbasiyya, about six miles from Cairo's International Airport

   I am, as I hope I've demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt, not anti-Muslim.  Not even close.  And I don't blame all Egyptian Muslims for what's happening in that wonderful, ancient, and fascinating country right now.  But the current plight of Egyptian Christians is a shame and a scandal: http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/egypt-s-coptic-christians-must-be-protected-sectarian-violence-2013-03-27   … [Read more...]

“Christ’s Resurrection was a Witnessed Fact, Not a Later Fantasy”

The first Easter morning

  My Easter-themed Deseret News column for this morning: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865576869/Christs-resurrection-was-a-witnessed-fact-not-a-later-fantasy.html   … [Read more...]

“Gays to Be Married in the Denmark Temple?”

The Copenhagen Denmark Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

   I have no idea whether there's any truth or likelihood in this article, but I would appreciate hearing from anybody who has relevant information: http://www.mormonchronicle.com/gays-to-be-married-in-the-denmark-temple/ If the situation forecast by the writer materializes, of course, it will pose a real problem to the Church.  But there may be nothing to it. By the way:  The author's language reflects a somewhat harsher a … [Read more...]


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