“What people in each state are most thankful for this Thanksgiving, in one map”

Breathing exercises of the Pilgrims!

  Fascinating: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/what-people-in-each-state-are-most-thankful-for-this-thanksgiving-in-one-map/article/2556727 Thanks to Craig Foster for bringing this to my notice.   … [Read more...]

Mormon scholars giving in to “secularism”?

Who Nibley?

  Perhaps you missed this: http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/1872447-155/byu-prof-fears-mormon-scholars-are I share the concerns expressed by my friend and BYU colleague Ralph Hancock. And a really good illustration of the problem comes immediately and obviously to mind.  Which, out of charity and circumspection, I won't explicitly identify.   … [Read more...]

“He is the Gift”

A Giotto Nativity in Assisi

  Please join in the Church's 2014 Christmas project: https://www.lds.org/ensign/2014/12/he-is-the-gift?lang=eng Once again, the Church is providing us with a tool that we can use to share the Gospel. Even if you think that you have virtually no non-Mormon Facebook friends, or whatever -- I've heard precisely that, already -- you may be wrong.  More importantly, if you bring this to the attention of your fellow Latter-day Saints, they m … [Read more...]

Music of Christmas 1

A Botticelli Nativity

  For me, the Christmas season has always begun on the day following Thanksgiving. So, now, I'm kicking my personal Christmas celebration into gear.  And one of the ways in which I intend to do it is to share, every day on my blog, at least one piece of Christmas music that I really like. Here's my first:  Pentatonix, singing "Mary, did you know?"   … [Read more...]

Be patient.

On being patient when the wicked prosper

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An interesting black voice

armed troops in Ferguson

  Thanks to my friend George Mitton for calling this to my notice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpsQwl_19M4 In the meantime, the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, may damage that city and its residents for decades to come: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/11/27/ferguson-is-new-form-of-protest/19348931/   … [Read more...]

Mosiah 21

A scene from Mosiah

  It becomes quite clear in today's reading, Mosiah 21, that the Lord will not sustain an unrighteous people when they go out to seek aggressive battle against their oppressors. Rather, if they will repent, he will deliver them himself, in his own way. This will be a major theme during the downfall of the Nephites at the conclusion of the Book of Mormon.  The prophet-editor Mormon was, himself, a central participant in the final phase of Nephite h … [Read more...]

Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

The United States Capitol as Lincoln saw it

  You could do far worse, today, than to read the brief proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln, establishing a national day of thanksgiving on the last Thursday of November: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/peter-roff/2014/11/27/remembering-lincolns-1863-thanksgiving-proclamation It comes as a voice from a very different past.  It's a voice testifying to the real meaning of the holiday, which isn't merely "Turkey … [Read more...]