Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 20

Harry Belafonte (b. 1927) The 1950s "King of Calypso"

   "Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations."  (The title page of the Book of Mormon) “You know, we can quote the written Word all day to our friends, but nothing will touch them like our own hunger and love for the Word himself. It is not dutiful love that attracts but love freely lavished from a heart familiar with the gardens of heaven.”  (Amy Layne Litzelman) Jester Joseph Hairston (1901-2000), a North Caro … [Read more...]

“The Christmas Quest”

Enroute to Bethlehem

  In honor of the upcoming holiday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture reprints a brief article on Christmas first published by Hugh Nibley nearly sixty-four years ago in England:  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

Interpreter’s seventh volume now available

The St. George Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (oldest functioning temple in the Church) Photo by Derrek Sorrells (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  The seventh complete volume of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is now available in multiple formats: And we're well into volume eight.  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“An Outbreak of Lawlessness”

President Barack Obama (One of my readers accuses me of racism whenever I include a photo suggesting that the President might be black.  Accordingly, I've decided to depict him more accurately, as a white man.)   Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 19

The Cosmic Christ

  "He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:6) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his st … [Read more...]

For Josh and Erica and their newborn son, at Christmas

James 1:27

  Many of you have probably heard about the 24-year-old BYU student, seminary teacher, and husband who died after a very brief  illness on Friday, 13 December, in the very hospital where his son had just been born a few hours earlier. A fund has been established for his widow and newborn son.  Even a small gift would be a wonderful gesture at this Christmas s … [Read more...]

“Looking again at one of the greatest of all stories”

Nativity scene at Temple Square in Salt Lake City (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   My weekly column for the Deseret News, and my last prior to Christmas 2013:   … [Read more...]

Three cheers for Prince Charles!


  I'm not an especially big fan, but I was happy to see him speak out on an issue that isn't getting much attention:   … [Read more...]