“Trump’s America”

The capital city of Malta

  A genuinely brilliant and definitely thought-provoking article by David Blankenhorn, with whose "Malta Forum" I've had some memorable meetings over the years: http://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/02/10/trumps-america/   … [Read more...]


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“The Book of Mormon wasn’t what they expected”

In Mr. Grandin's building

  My latest Deseret News assault on civility and rationality has now appeared: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865647428/The-Book-of-Mormon-wasnt-what-they-expected.html   … [Read more...]


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“Four Accounts and Three Critiques of Joseph Smith’s First Vision”

An image of the First Vision

  In August 2011, Professor Steven C. Harper presented these remarks to the annual FAIR (now FairMormon) conference: http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2011-fair-conference/2011-four-accounts-and-three-critiques-of-joseph-smiths-first-vision   … [Read more...]


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BOM 2 Nephi 23

Neo-Assyrian Empire and its expansion

  Today's reading, 2 Nephi 23, is equivalent to Isaiah 13. In the first instance, it's an oracle predicting the destruction of Babylon -- though it's certainly not difficult to see the divine judgment upon historical Babylon as representing the future divine judgment upon the world as a whole at the end of time.  The Babylonians, who would be responsible for the conquest of the southern Hebrew kingdom (Judah) and for the so-called B … [Read more...]


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Two prominent Latter-day Saints discuss religious liberty in eastern U.S. speeches

SAIS bldg of Johns Hopkins

 1.  "Former US Senator Speaks of Religious Freedom’s Invaluable Contribution to America"   2. "Elder Oaks speaks at Johns Hopkins: Religious freedom essential for free, prosperous society"   … [Read more...]


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Advice for your morning and your evening

St. Teresa Benedicta vom Kreuz

  Let go of your plans.  The first hour of your morning belongs to God.  Tackle the day's work that he charges you with, and he will give you the power to accomplish it. . . .And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God's hands and leave it with Him. Edith S … [Read more...]


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Interpreter takes a serious hit for the good of the Saints and the Kingdom

On the Congo River

  I'm simultaneously delighted and dismayed to report that Jeff Bradshaw, the Interpreter Foundation's to-this-point indispensable vice president, has been called with his wife to serve the Lord, commencing this summer, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa Mission. Jeff intends to continue his involvement with Interpreter, but, very plainly, it will be at a reduced level of intensity for the next while. Those of us who have been content … [Read more...]


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A State That Will Live in Infamy

New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee

  By handing Donald Trump a huge victory and otherwise muddling the Republican presidential waters, New Hampshire has put The Donald back into a dominant position for the party's nomination. Governor John Kasich has practically lived in New Hampshire for the past weeks and months.  He took a distant second in New Hampshire and he would probably be a decent president, but it's doubtful that he has the organization, the funding, or the personal appeal to do … [Read more...]


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