“Joseph Smith, a True Martyr”

    It’s not uncommon for anti-Mormons to acknowledge that Joseph and Hyrum Smith shouldn’t have been murdered by a mob but then, in the very next breath, to deny that they were martyrs.  After all, didn’t they have smuggled guns with them in Carthage Jail?  And didn’t they fire back at their attackers, killing [Read More…]

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“Science and Our Search for Truth”

    This new article in the New Era, the Church’s magazine for young people, is, I think, a rather important statement that’s well worth consideration:   https://www.lds.org/new-era/2016/07/science-and-our-search-for-truth?lang=eng   And it’s made even better than it would otherwise be by the inclusion of someone from Mormon Scholars Testify who also happens to have published books entitled The [Read More…]

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Three passages from John Ruskin

    John Ruskin was the foremost art critic of Victorian England, as well as a watercolorist, social thinker, and essayist.  He was enormously influential in his day, and continues to be read today.  Born in London in 1819, he traveled extensively on the European continent and taught at the University of Oxford.  In 1871, [Read More…]

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172 years ago, today

    There’s no salvific value in his death, of course — although it does seal his testimony as a witness (Greek martyros).   But I still believe that we should remember it:   Along with his beloved and loyal elder brother Hyrum — the fact that his elder brother was loyal to him unto death has [Read More…]

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Trump, Mormons, and the alienation of traditionally Republican voters

    Although a few Latter-day Saints signed on to Trumpism early (which I find troubling and virtually incomprehensible) and even though quite a few more Latter-day Saints  are reluctantly choosing Mr. Donald Trump as the lesser of two evils in the general election (which I cannot personally do, but which I thoroughly understand), on [Read More…]

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“The Orlando shooter Googled my name”

    A thoughtful piece by the important contemporary American Muslim thinker and leader Hamza Yusuf:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/06/24/the-orlando-shooter-googled-my-name-i-wish-he-had-reached-out-to-me/   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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What really counts

    The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.  (William Wordsworth) Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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The future is just around the corner: “California considering bold restrictions for religiously-affiliated schools”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656876/In-our-opinion-California-considering-bold-restrictions-for-religiously-affiliated-schools.html   Nearly ten years ago, I think, I was over in California for a public lecture in Sacramento.  I hadn’t been there in many years — basically, not since I had come for “Junior Statesmen” events at the state capitol building when I was in high school.   So, just before taking [Read More…]

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“Mormon discrimination diminishing on campuses”

    It’s the responsibility of faithful Latter-day Saint academics and students to fix this problem.  It will take time, but there’s evidence that things are changing:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656927/Mormon-discrimination-diminishing-on-campuses.html?pg=all   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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BOM Alma 38

    I’ll highlight one passage from today’s reading, Alma 38:   “See that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love” (38:12).   I heard Truman Madsen point out, many years ago (probably when I heard him lecture at Education Week down in California, while I was still in high school), that [Read More…]

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