Kings and Queens, All Dead, and Several Other Things

The Tower of London from the air, with Tower Bridge over the River Thames in the background (click to enlarge)

  This is going to be short and sweet -- or, anyway, short -- because I'm really tired, it's late here, and I need to pack for a relatively early departure from London tomorrow morning. We spent the forenoon and the first part of the afternoon today at the Tower of London.  It was a bright, sunny day, and we were happy to be there, so our experience was distinctly unlike that of Queen Anne Boleyn, St. Thomas More, Lady Jane Grey, Queen Catherine Howard, Sir … [Read more...]

Yesterday, Part One (will there be a sequel?)

The Victoria and Albert Museum

  I only have a few minutes before I need to be out the door, so I want to hit on just a few of the highlights of yesterday's walking tour (about eight miles long) of parts of Old London.  I'm leaving several things out, but may get back to them. We walked by Sir Christopher Wren's monument to the Great London Fire of 1666 -- to which, by the way, Wilford Woodruff climbed to the top for a view of the city during his first mission to England. We … [Read more...]

Taking a Stand for the Freedom of Religion and Conscience

Runnymede, just south of London

  I'm very proud of the fact that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has joined with a number of other religious denominations to oppose the birth control mandate included in Obamacare: I support this 110%.  The state must not be permitted to encroach upon freedom of conscience. We … [Read more...]

Worried about Egypt

The three domes of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Ma‘adi, Egypt, south of Cairo

  My wife and I are very concerned for Egypt, where we lived for the first four years of our marriage. The violence is horrific.  We know those places well.  We know and love the Egyptian people. Here's a factoid that I just ran across, and that I suspect is true:  When King Farouk was overthrown in 1952, Egypt and South Korea had more or less the same Gross Domestic Product or GDP per capita. Today, Egypt’s GDP is about one-eighth of South Kore … [Read more...]

Further resources for students and teachers

Shedding light on the scriptures

  The Interpreter Foundation, I'm pleased to say, has now published two more items on its new section of "Resources for Students and Teachers": My appreciation for this goes to Dr. Taylor Halverson, whose materials have allowed us to launch this new service.  More will follow.  Posted from London, England    … [Read more...]

A Very Good Day in London

Exhbition Road, in London's "cultural center," just past the Victoria and Albert Museum on the right and the Museum of Natural History on the left, with the Royal Albert Hall behind the buildings on the left and Hyde Park straight ahead.  The Hyde Park Chapel is visible on the right, just past the white building.  When this picture was taken, there were barriers between it and the street.

  We walked the few blocks from our hotel over to the 9 AM service at the Hyde Park Chapel.  It was a somewhat unusual sacrament meeting, because the England London Mission president was on the stand, as was the local stake president, as was the governor of Utah (Gary Herbert, visiting with some of his staff as part of a trade mission), as was Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  Elder Cook and his wife are here, 7.5 months late but at the earliest d … [Read more...]

The Tour’s First Day

Windsor Castle from the air

  Quick entry.  No time.  Heading off to church. We drove by Windsor Castle yesterday, and then, after dropping off our rental car, met our group -- most of them, anyway -- at Heathrow.  We also met Peter Fagg, our English LDS guide, and boarded our bus.  We drove down to the London Temple-- which is actually in Lingfield, Surrey -- and walked around the grounds there. Then the drive up to London, past much of the hi … [Read more...]

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   Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is available without cost in various electronic media; hard copies of it can be purchased at cost via print-on-demand. And now, for the sake of convenience, it's possible to subscribe to Interpreter's print edition:  Posted from London, England    … [Read more...]