Tonga, among other things

Tonga, among other things June 9, 2018


Tonga's temple
The Nuku’alofa Tonga Temple     (


The latest installment of the biweekly Hamblin-Peterson Deseret News column is now up:


“Four centuries of Christian devotion in a small Bavarian town”


I get a kick out of the comment from “skeptic” — the first and, thus far at least, the only reader response to the article.  (He’s a regular.)  He can’t, even for a moment, appreciate the venerability of the Oberammergau Passion Play, note the interest of the story behind it, and so forth.  No.  He has to sneer.  I have to say that “skeptic” illustrates nicely, for me anyway, the impoverished and constricted worldview of at least some militant atheists.


I’ll be leading a tour to Oberammergau in 2020:


“Get on the list while you can!”




Don’t miss the Interpreter Radio Show tomorrow (Sunday) night!


The Interpreter Radio Show




Do I really need to mention, by the way, that Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published a new article yesterday?  Really?  We’ve never missed a Friday in more than 5.5 years, and you’re surprised that we didn’t miss this week, either?


Anyway, a new article has appeared:


“Pushing through Life’s Pilgrimage Together”




Are you a Gospel Doctrine teacher or a member of a Gospel Doctrine class?  If you are, but even if you’re not, you may well enjoy and profit from this Old Testament “KnoWhy,” available on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:


What Is the Meaning of the Samuel’s Reply: “Here Am I”?  An Old Testament KnoWhy[1] relating to the reading assignment for Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21: “God Will Honor Those Who Honor Him” (1 Samuel 2-3; 8) (JBOTL21A)




Some of you might be interested in this short little piece, written by the astoundingly productive Jeff Lindsay:


Democracy in the Ancient Americas? Maybe Not So Ridiculous After All




In other Mormon-related news:


“Elder Holland Speaks to Argentine Congress, Meets With Country’s Jewish Leaders”


I’m a bit late.  This was posted four days ago.  But better late than never, to coin a phrase:


“Latter-day Saints Assist in Guatemalan Relief Efforts: Hundreds evacuated following volcano eruption”


Even this has a Mormon connection:


“Actor Jim Caviezel set to play second most important role in O.U.R. story ‘The Sound of Freedom'”


And another story, this one from the South Pacific:


“Mormons Serve Kingdom of Tonga by Cleaning Royal Villa Grounds”


It can be related to a much earlier story, from Tonga in 2016:


“King of Tonga Unveils Monument to Honour Arrival of First Mormon Missionaries”


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