We must learn.

    “No one knows anything about Christ’s work simply by being born a member of the Church, and often he knows little about it after years of unmotivated exposure in meetings or classes. He must learn. And learning involves self-investment and effort. The Gospel should be studied ‘as carefully as any science.’ The ‘literature [Read More…]

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“The Yoke of Christ: A Light Burden Heavy with Meaning”

    It being Friday, there’s a new article up in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-yoke-of-christ-a-light-burden-heavy-with-meaning/     [Read more…]

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“National Universities Where Students are Eager to Enroll”

    http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2016-01-25/national-universities-where-students-are-eager-to-enroll     [Read more…]

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“President Obama denounces anti-Muslim bias, mentions anti-Mormon history”

    A few of you, at least, might have missed this aspect of President Obama’s much-discussed visit to a mosque a couple of days ago:   http://www.sltrib.com/news/3495925-155/president-obama-denounces-anti-muslim-bias-mentions   As usual, by the way, the comments following this Tribune article don’t manage to rise to the level of “utterly worthless.”     [Read more…]

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“From exile to eminence: How the alien hunters conquered astronomy”

    An interesting and readable short article on the rise to respectability of the search for life — notice that I say “life,” and not merely “extraterrestrial intelligence” — on other worlds:   http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/02/from-exile-to-eminence-how-the-alien-hunters-conquered-astronomy/     [Read more…]

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“Deification: Divine Inheritance and the Glorious Afterlife in the Book of Mormon and Ancient Mesoamerica”

    Mark Alan Wright delivered these interesting remarks at the tenth annual FAIR (now FairMormon) conference, in August 2008:   http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2008-Mark-Wright.pdf     [Read more…]

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“How the Satanic temple forced Phoenix lawmakers to ban public prayer”

    Nathaniel Hancock has brought the following unpleasant item to my notice, along the way ruefully mentioning the famous comment from John Adams that “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”:     https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/02/05/how-the-satanic-temple-forced-phoenix-lawmakers-to-ban-public-prayer/   Alas, I tend to agree with [Read More…]

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Video Presentation: “‘These Were Days Never to Be Forgotten’: The Witnesses to the Coming Forth of the Book of Mormon”

    http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/video-presentation-these-were-days-never-to-be-forgotten-the-witnesses-to-the-coming-forth-of-the-book-of-mormon/     [Read more…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 17

    Today’s reading — 2 Nephi 17 (= Isaiah 7) — contains, in verse 14, one of the most famous of all messianic prophecies:   Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.   It’s already quoted as applying to Jesus of Nazareth in Matthew 1:23, and it’s actually difficult [Read More…]

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On seeking revenge

    “He that studieth revenge keepeth his own wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well.” John Milton     [Read more…]

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