Called to serve, in Norway

Looking toward Kjøsnesfjorden

   I'm delighted that it can now be publicly announced that our across-the-street neighbors, Tracy and Joeen Hill, have accepted the call to preside over the Norway Oslo Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.    It's now their responsibility to convert my relatives there.  I'll be holding them accountable.     … [Read more...]

Elder Maxwell on the Book of Mormon

How he's missed!

  Thanks to John Hancock for calling my attention to this wonderful appreciation, by the late Elder Neal A. Maxwell, of the Book of Mormon, which evidently comes from a speech that Elder Maxwell delivered at BYU in 1986: "I am glad the book will be with us 'as long as the earth shall stand.' I need and want additional time. For me, towers, courtyards, and wings await inspection. My tour of it has never been completed. Some rooms I have yet to enter, and there … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 24

Think about it!

  I shared this one quite a while back, but many may have missed it.  And even if you didn't miss it, it's still very, very powerful.  It hit me all over again, just now:   … [Read more...]

Regarding two soon-to-be-released films

Don't miss it!

  If I'm not mistaken, both Into the Woods and Unbroken will debut in theaters on Christmas Day. I've seen several theatrical productions of Into the Woods.  Most recently, at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City.  They've all been quite well done, and I expect that this star-studded film will also be technically excellent and well acted. That said, I'm not a fan.  Those who might be unfamiliar with the musical should understand that, alth … [Read more...]

“A modern witness to the baby born in Bethlehem”

A clip from a movie, I think.

  Today's installment of my weekly Deseret News column:   … [Read more...]

Why did the Son of God come to earth?

Lewis on Cur Deus Homo

  Ancient Christian writers often used an even stronger formulation:  God became man, they said, so that men might become Gods. Think of that this Christmas.   … [Read more...]

The first Americans

Where Naia died

  The January 2015 issue of National Geographic features an article by staffer Glenn Hodges entitled "Tracking the First Americans." Although the period of which it's speaking -- roughly BC 10,000 to BC 15,000 -- is far too early to be directly relevant to the Book of Mormon, it's fascinating both in its own right and for what it says about the unsettled state of the question of how the Americas were first peopled. Much of what I grew up with is … [Read more...]

BYU discoveries in the huge ancient cemetery at Fag el-Gamous, Egypt

At Fag el-Gamous

  I've been assured by several anonymous but vocal message board anti-Mormons on the basis of . . .  Well, anyway, they've assured me that my BYU colleague Dr. Kerry Muhlestein is nothing but a Mormon apologist, a pseudoscholar and an international academic laughingstock. In that light, this item, brought to my attention by Stephen Smoot, is almost certainly a fo … [Read more...]