Just asking questions?

A flyer apparently distributed to encourage women to try to enter the general priesthood meeting at conference time

I've been told over and over again that Kate Kelly was just asking questions.  I haven't followed her personal case with any particular care, but, honestly, this doesn't seem to me to be merely asking questions:  "Come stare down the patriarchy!" Really?  Just a faithful woman asking a question? And, as a former local church leader myself, I know that I would not have appreciated having my name, etc., circulated in order to bring public p … [Read more...]

“The Work of Miracles in Samoa”

Not a visually difficult place, really

   My wife and I first met Reed and Deb Tolman a number of years ago when they joined us for a tour of Israel.  We've since become friends. A successful lawyer in Arizona, Reed had served as a young missionary in Samoa, and he and Deb served another mission together there during 2009-2011.  Now, they've returned to preside over the Samoa Apia Mission, and we're thoroughly enjoying their blog, "The Work of Miracles in S … [Read more...]

“Come to the House of the Lord”

Many visitors to Jerusalem have sloshed through Hezekiah's Tunnel, which connects the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam.

  Shon Hopkin, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster focus on lesson 30 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual for the newly-posted eightieth (80th) scripture roundtable of The Interpreter Foundation: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-80-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-30-come-to-the-house-of-the-lord/ Lesson 30 concentrates on 2 Chronicles 29-30, 32, 34.   … [Read more...]

“A day for celebration and remembrance”

In Los Angeles

  This link to an older column should really have gone up on the Fourth of July, American Independence Day.  I just didn't think about it. But it's actually quite appropriate, I believe, for the Sunday following Independence Day.  Perhaps even more appropriate, since the Fourth of July in America tends to be a really active round of community breakfasts, boating, family barbecues, beach parties, outdoor fireworks shows, and concerts, rather than of reflection.   … [Read more...]

Tomorrow, Sunday, on KSL Radio

It might be accessible online, too.  I just haven't checked.

   I thought some might care to know that Martin Tanner's half-hour Religion Today program for tomorrow, Sunday, will be focused -- I believe -- on the sixteenth annual FairMormon conference, which is coming up on 7-8 August in Provo. At least, I recorded a ten-minute segment with Martin on Wednesday regarding the conference, and Steve Densley (the vice president of FairMormon) and, I think, Mike Ash (author of the excellent book Shaken Faith Syndrome) … [Read more...]

“He Took Up . . . the Mantle of Elijah”

"Elijah Taken Up in a Chariot of Fire," by Giovanni Battista Piazzetta (d. 1754)

 The ever-dying Interpreter Foundation has just posted its seventy-ninth (79th) scripture roundtable, in which Bruce Webster, Ben McGuire, Dan Peterson, and Mike Parker discuss Lesson 29 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-79-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-29-he-took-up-the-mantle-of-elijah/ And, of course, yesterday marked the hundred and first (101st) consecutive Friday on which Interpreter: A … [Read more...]

“I could care less.”


  Cursed with the mind of a trivia-obsessed pedant, I'm perpetually irked by certain common errors in English. Yes.  I understand.  You're absolutely consumed with curiosity.  So here's one of them: "I could care less." This makes absolutely no sense.  Or, more precisely, it makes sense, but the sense that it makes is almost always the opposite of the sense intended by the person saying it. The typical point of saying it is … [Read more...]

A “do-nothing Congress”? If only!

Each member of Congress should be given one.

  There has been a flurry of attention given over the past week to the realization that only twenty eight -- count 'em!  28! -- working days remain for the United States Congress between now and the November midterm elections. Since, by contrast, ordinary Americanos face roughly eighty (80) working days until those congressional elections, some see this as an outrage. And I get their point.  Our representatives in Washington are not only paid f … [Read more...]