“Others in the Land?”

    The archaeological record is clear:  The New World was far from uninhabited when Lehi and his party arrived (and even, for that matter, when the Jaredites arrived).  And yet the Book of Mormon doesn’t seem to mention the presence of anybody else.   This seems to be a problem.   But is it, [Read More…]

Of pornography, public health, and Utah’s state legislature: Chapter 48,072 of “Those Crazy Mormons”?

    The resolution declaring pornography a “public health crisis” that was recently passed by the Utah state legislature has drawn considerable attention nationally and even internationally, most of it mocking.   But not all of it:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/05/27/the-anti-porn-movement-is-growing-the-public-is-just-catching-up/   It’s not entirely beyond the realm of possibility that the laughably puritanical and hyper-religious rubes [Read More…]

“Remembering Elder L. Tom Perry one year after his death”

    My wife and I came to know him somewhat, and we miss him still.  In my experience with him, he was unassuming, humble, good-humored, and unfailingly kind.  So I was happy to see this little retrospective item in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865655171/Remembering-Elder-L-Tom-Perry-1-year-after-his-death.html     [Read more…]

“The world is getting more religious, because the poor go for God”

    The so-called “secularization thesis” is, it seems, a provincial myth:   http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2016/may/26/the-world-is-getting-more-religious-because-the-poor-go-for-god?CMP=share_btn_tw   And, while on that topic, you might enjoy this, too:   Louis C. Midgley, “Christian Faith in Contemporary China”     [Read more…]

“We are but a moment’s sunlight, fading in the grass.”

    My wife and I went to a viewing tonight for a young woman who died suddenly and unexpectedly a week ago last Sunday, at only twenty-two years of age.  We didn’t know her, but we’ve known her father for many years and have sometimes worked on shared projects with him.   It was [Read More…]

“HISTORY® Partners With FamilySearch on Freedmen’s Bureau Project”

    This Church project represents a major investment in African-American family history:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/history-familysearch-freedmens-bureau-project   And, as you’ve noticed in the article, it will be pushed in connection with a national television miniseries launching tonight on the History Channel:   http://roots.history.com/identity/reading-for-roots   I’m excited to see it — both the miniseries and the project. [Read More…]

Tupac Shakur to perform live in a special concert with the Tabernacle Choir

    http://lds.net/blog/uncategorized/tupac-live-at-the-salt-lake-tabernacle/?utm_source=lds.net+users&utm_campaign=16049ad5c1-Newsletter_May_30_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_608611419d-16049ad5c1-86348953         [Read more…]

“A Day for Remembering Not to Forget”

    My thanks to my very long-time friend Scott Woolley for calling my attention to this eloquent little piece from Charles C. W. Cooke:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/435993/memorial-day-remembering-sacrifices-ensured-american-freedom?target=author&tid=23105   I wish a happy and fulfilling Memorial Day to all.  May we give at least some thought to the occasion for the holiday, and to those to [Read More…]

“1500 scientists lift the lid on reproducibility”

    Science is a marvelous enterprise that has contributed enormously not only to our comfort, health, and convenience but to our understanding of the universe.  Despite my religious beliefs — and contrary to the suggestions of some — I don’t minimize the value of science at all.  Quite the contrary.  I celebrate it.  I [Read More…]

“Bill Kristol Announces, ‘There Will Be an Independent Candidate'”

    But will there be somebody else to challenge him and Clinton Inc.?   Bill Kristol claims that there will be, although he hasn’t disclosed the identity of the independent candidate he has in mind:   http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/05/29/bill-kristol-will-independent-candidate/   And, along the way, here are some other articles of related interest:   “Trump and Susana: [Read More…]