BOM Alma 12

    Today’s reading, Alma 12, contains far more than I will be able to discuss here.  But I want to comment very briefly on a couple of passages.   1.   It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the [Read More…]

“Students Banned from Saying Lord’s Prayer at Graduation Push Back with a Big Ol’ Lesson in Freedom”

    “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”  (Thomas Jefferson)   I rather like this story.  Occasionally, it’s good for us to tell our masters to take a flying leap.   Students Banned from Saying Lord’s [Read More…]

“Erdogan’s Self-Indulgence”

    As some of y0u may have noticed, I’m extremely fond of Turkey, one of the most interesting countries on the planet.   Accordingly, I haven’t been pleased as I’ve watched Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the nation’s former prime minister and current president, move Turkey in an Islamist direction while systematically accumulating personal political power.  (Some [Read More…]

“The Apostate”

    I’m grateful to my longtime friend and former Maxwell Institute colleague for bringing this piece from the April 1905 issue of The Improvement Era to my attention.  It was written by Susa Young Gates (1856-1933), a daughter of Brigham Young who rose to prominence in her own right as a writer, editor, genealogist, [Read More…]

George Washington (remember him?) on factionalism and the partisan spirit

    Some remarks on factionalism from George Washington’s famous “Farewell Address,” delivered on 19 September 1796:   Let me … warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party.  The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, [Read More…]

A “super-intellect”?

    Would you not say to yourself, in whatever language supercalculating intellects use, “Some supercalculating intellect must have designed the properties of the carbon atom, otherwise the chance of my finding such an atom through the blind forces of nature would be less than 1 part in 1040000.”  Of course you would. . . [Read More…]

“Mitt Romney, Run for President!”

    First, a piece by David French:   Second, an article by Jamie Weinstein:   Win Or Lose, A Third Party Run Would Be Mitt Romney’s Greatest Legacy   Third, a brief comment by Bill Kristol:   Fourth, an article by Jay Caruso:   The odds of Governor [Read More…]

BOM Alma 11

      Today’s reading is Alma 11.   I’ve already posted recently — here and then here — about Nephite “coinage” as it’s set forth in this chapter, so I won’t return to that topic.   One of the high points of Alma 11 is Amulek’s strong testimony of the resurrection in verses 43-45: [Read More…]

“Ignorance and fear are big obstacles for Muslim start-up founders”

    If I were a businessman or a venture capitalist, I would see this as a potentially huge, underserved market:   Seriously.   There are enormous opportunities here.     [Read more…]

“Jane Eyre”

    With a group from our neighborhood, my wife and I regularly go out to dinner and then attend the latest production at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.   It’s a real highlight for me, to be able to talk with neighbors and then to enjoy good live theater not far from home. [Read More…]