Orson Scott Card: “Christmas is About a Baby”

    Last year’s Christmas devotional piece in Interpreter was kindly contributed by the prominent Latter-day Saint writer Orson Scott Card:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/christmas-is-about-a-baby/#more-6417   It was the first in a series that has since added generous contributions from Mitt Romney (for Easter) and, now, Clayton Christensen.   You may or may not have noticed this [Read More…]

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Power in swaddling bands

    “Politicians compete for the highest offices. Business tycoons scramble for a bigger and bigger piece of the pie. Armies march and scientists study and philosophers philosophise and preachers preach and labourers sweat. But in that silent baby, lying in that humble manger, there pulses more potential power and wisdom and grace and aliveness [Read More…]

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New Testament 350

    Matthew 27:57-61 Mark 15:42-47 Luke 23:50-56 John 19:38-42 Compare Mark 16:1   1.   Matthew, Luke, and John say that the tomb in which Jesus was placed was a new one, hewn out of the rock by Joseph of Arimathea, who was the Savior’s living contemporary.   This is one of the reasons [Read More…]

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Christmas with the Tabernacle Choir (and others)

    My wife and I had dinner last night with, among others, Laura Hales and Brian Hales in The Roof Restaurant, overlooking Temple Square.  And then, afterwards, we attended the annual Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert with Laura and Brian in the Conference Center.  (Brian was a member of the Choir for fourteen years.)   [Read More…]

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“The Real Trouble with Trump”

    Although this article was written by a former but long-time neighbor and member of my ward, it was Nicol Sorenson-Legakis who called it to my attention:   http://ldsmag.com/the-real-trouble-with-trump/     [Read more…]

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“The Purpose of a Savior”

    Another key part of the Church’s 2015 Christmas campaign, “A Savior is Born”:   https://www.mormon.org/christmas/infographic     [Read more…]

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“Could Queen Nefertiti’s Tomb Reveal Secrets from Egypt’s Shadowy Past?”

    The odds are high that what’s behind the wall will turn out to be reminiscent of Geraldo Rivera’s dramatic, live-on-camera entrance into Al Capone’s vault, which, as I recall it, found a pile of dusty debris and a broken bottle or two.   On the other hand, it could potentially be a remarkably big [Read More…]

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“Latter-day Saints, Baptists worship together at Christmas Jubilee”

    Although I’m reliably informed (by anonymous internet commentators who don’t know me) that I hate, fear, and despise all non-Mormons, I was very pleased to read about this:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-interfaith-christmas-jubilee-los-angeles     [Read more…]

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“How ‘Star Wars’ Was Influenced by a Mormon”

    I’m not sure how convinced I am that a Mormon is responsible for these parallels, but they’re interesting:   http://www.ldsliving.com/How-Star-Wars-was-Influenced-by-a-Mormon/s/80835?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email   Brought to my attention by Blake Ostler.     [Read more…]

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New Testament 349

    John 19:31-37   The gospel of John is here citing Psalm 34:20, where it is said of the Lord that “He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.”   It was important to the understanding of Jesus as the perfect illustration of the Passover lamb that no bone in his body be [Read More…]

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