Political commentator predicts “mass exodus” from Mormonism

Like the building that Lehi saw in 1 Nephi 8?

   Damon Linker, who is not a Latter-day Saint but who briefly taught political philosophy at Brigham Young University a number of years ago, predicts that the Catholics and the Mormons will hemorrhage large portions of their membership in the coming years, and particularly their younger membership, over issues relating to gender such as the ordination of women and same-sex … [Read more...]

“This is the last territorial demand I have to make in Europe”


  A collaborative effort by a former chancellor of Germany, the current czar of Russia, and the estimable Victor Davis Hanson: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/373605/last-territorial-demand-i-have-make-europe-victor-davis-hanson   … [Read more...]

If prophets always agreed with us, what good would they be?

The current Council of the Twelve Apostles, the second-ranking quorum in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge.)

   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705375835/Defending-the-Faith-Keeping-our-eye-on-the-president-of-the-church.html   … [Read more...]

“Mormon’s Codex: An Ancient American Book”

The cover (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  I'm not sure that I've recommended this book enough: http://www.amazon.com/Mormons-Codex-Ancient-American-Book/dp/1609073991/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1395702082&sr=1-1&keywords=Mormon%27s+Codex   … [Read more...]

“It is becoming increasingly difficult to argue with Romney”

Millions of Americans made a very costly mistake in 2012.

  From the Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/0323/Mitt-Romney-Russia-not-an-enemy-it-s-our-geopolitical-adversary.-Huh-video?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Daily&utm_campaign=20140324_Newsletter%3ADaily_Sailthru&cmpid=ema%3Anws%3ADaily%2520Newsletter%2520%2803-24-2014%29   … [Read more...]

“The Era of U.S. Hegemony is Over”

Russian troops seize a Ukrainian army base in the Crimea

  Al-Quds al-‘Arabi ("Arab Jerusalem"), a pan-Arab daily newspaper published out of London: http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/7900.htm Senator Barack Obama, during a campaign speech in Columbia, Missouri, in October 2008: "Now, Mizzou, I just have two words for you tonight: five days. Five days. After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush, and 21 months of a campaign t … [Read more...]

A last farewell


  Mario served as a maintenance worker for the zoo in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, for twenty-five of his fifty-four years.  He cleaned out the animal enclosures there.  Now, though, he is confined to bed with terminal cancer. His dying wish was to visit his animals one more time.  So the Stichting Ambulance Wens Nederland (the Ambulance Wish Foundation of the Netherlands) arranged to take him back to the Blijdorp Zoo and to wheel him around to the various an … [Read more...]

Favorite Sons

Mom and children (Click to enlarge)

  A couple of Sundays ago, during a Gospel Doctrine class about the story of the biblical Joseph and his brothers, class discussion turned briefly to the recurrent theme of parental favoritism in Genesis and the damage that such favoritism can cause. Afterwards, my neighbor Phil LaFleur sent me the photo above as a suitable illustration.   … [Read more...]