“Pluto Has A Comet-Like Tail, X-Rays, NASA Discovers”

    Okay.  This new little factoid about our distant neighbor, the former planet Pluto, was something I didn’t expect:   http://www.forbes.com/sites/startswithabang/2016/09/14/thats-no-comet-thats-pluto-comet-like-tail-and-x-rays-discovered-at-solar-systems-edge/#2e9346027be5     [Read more…]

The “New Hampshire Union Leader” breaks with a century of tradition

    The Union Leader is disproportionately influential because of its importance for the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire primary, and its voice has historically carried a lot of weight.  So, when the newspaper’s 100-year-long streak of endorsing Republican presidential candidates came to an end yesterday, it was a relatively big deal:   http://www.unionleader.com/editorials/an-editorial—-joseph-w-mcquaid-publisher-a-better-choice-for-president-no-need-to-hold-your-nose–20160914   By my [Read More…]

“The Changing Forms of the Latter-day Saint Sacrament”

    Happy Friday from the Interpreter Foundation!   As you prepare to receive the sacrament on Sunday, you might find this essay to be especially meaningful reading:   The Changing Forms of the Latter-day Saint Sacrament   This new piece represents, by the way, 217th consecutive Friday on which the Interpreter Foundation, which has [Read More…]

Elder Holland at Windsor Castle: Mormon Migration Provides Insights to Help Modern Refugees

    I’m delighted at his words:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-elder-holland-migration-insights-modern-refugees   If you can manage the time, please listen to his impressive fourteen-minute remarks, which represent the second speech that he has given at this conference.     [Read more…]

“On the Morrow Come I Into the World”

    Martin Tanner and Bruce Webster join for the Interpreter Foundation’s 180th scripture roundtable, discussing 3 Nephi 1-7 (which is the focus of 2016 Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36):   Scripture Roundtable 180: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 36, On the Morrow Come I into the World     [Read more…]

The importance of good manners

    “I have a respect for manners as such.  They are a way of dealing with people you don’t agree with or like.” Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American anthropologist     [Read more…]

“How will humans look 10,000-100,000 years from now?”

    An interesting article:   https://www.quora.com/How-will-humans-look-10-000-100-000-years-from-now/answers/1980442   It seems that, in eye-color as in other regards, I’m not only exceptionally desirable but quite innovative.  In a very real sense, I represent the hope and promise of things to come.   Of course, as the late great Danish physicist and 1922 Nobel laureate Niels Bohr [Read More…]

“It’s now time for the NCAA to kick out BYU”

    Thanks to McClain Bybee for alerting me to this article:   http://www.outsports.com/2016/9/13/12905930/byu-ncaa-north-carolina-gay-lgbt   41 ¶And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.  42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself [Read More…]

“2016’s Happiest States in America”

    I won’t spoil the suspense for you.   But please don’t neglect the supporting statistics.  They’re quite interesting:   https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-states/6959/   Thanks to Charles Steinman for calling my attention to this item.     [Read more…]

“Repent and Return Unto the Lord”

    In the Interpreter Foundation’s 179th posted scripture roundtable, Cassandra Hedelius, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster discuss Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35, which is focused upon Helaman 13-16:   Scripture Roundtable 179: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35, Repent and Return unto the Lord     [Read more…]