Discussing Religious Liberty

I was in Washington DC just a few days ago, where, among other things, I was able to see this document again.

   Today's Gospel Doctrine lesson in Sunday School concerned the idea of good citizenship.  One of the authorities cited in the official lesson material is Elder L. Tom Perry, of the Council of the Twelve. So it was nice today that we had a visitor in the ward who essentially taught our Gospel Doctrine class:  Elder L. Tom Perry.  He focused on questions of religious liberty, and what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing to protect a … [Read more...]

A satisfying, if long, day — amid the pleasures of community, family, and friends

It wasn't QUITE like this.  But, in some ways, it was analogous.

  My wife and I just returned from the "Celebration of Christ" concert at the Salt Lake Tabernacle, before which we had dinner with friends at the Market Street Grill. The day began, though, with the baptisms of a niece and a nephew, twins, fairly early this morning.  One of my sons performed the baptisms; my father-in-law (their grandfather) performed the confirmations.  A large audience of friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, and cousins attended.  And so too, p … [Read more...]

“A Celebration of Christ”

Instructions for obtaining tickets appear at the bottom of this flyer. I have no idea whether any are still left.

  My wife and I are about to head out the door to meet friends for dinner in Salt Lake City, and then to attend tonight's "Celebration of Christ" concert in the Tabernacle and see the Christmas lights on Temple Square. There may -- I don't know -- still be tickets available for the concert tonight.  If so, I invite you to join us.   … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney’s Son Helps Victims of Major Auto Accident; Draws Fire because His Father Dared to Challenge Obama


  http://gawker.com/mitt-romneys-son-wants-everyone-to-know-hes-a-hero-1473647452 Thankfully, Mr. Obama has ended partisan divisions in America. Kumbaya!   … [Read more...]

Peter Higgs versus Richard Dawkins

This image has something to do with the Higgs boson.  It's not important, just now, to know precisely WHAT.  It just happens to look cool.

  I'm grateful to Ray Agostini -- I think it was Ray Agostini -- for bringing this to my attention: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/dec/26/peter-higgs-richard-dawkins-fundamentalism   … [Read more...]

Joe Bonamassa in duet with Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton, on the right, as he appeared when I first became aware of him.

   I just watched a television broadcast of Eric Clapton playing with Joe Bonamassa at Royal Albert Hall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1mzm6j6Urk Wonderful! This is one of the pieces that I heard from Clapton and Cream in concert when I was a teenager: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZleKo-nXHI    … [Read more...]

Having now looked at it . . .

Increasing the distance

  One thing can be confidently said about the relaunched Mormon Studies Review: It plainly confirms the Maxwell Institute's intention to turn away from a goal that the organization's founders and leaders had long pursued, and with some success -- to speak to and try to "edify" and inform ordinary members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to defend the truth-claims of the Restoration in accessible and relevant ways. The contents of … [Read more...]

“Can a Man See God? 1 Timothy 6:16 in Light of Ancient and Modern Revelation”

"The First Vision" A stained glass window by Tom Holdman in the Palmyra New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  I'm pleased to announce that, as yet another plain indicator of its ongoing descent into silence, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has just published yet another article: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/can-a-man-see-god-1-timothy-616-in-light-of-ancient-and-modern-revelation/ I've lost count.  That's something like seventy or seventy-one weeks in a row.   … [Read more...]