2 Nephi 1

Where Noel presides

  With today's reading, 2 Nephi 1, we enter into an entirely different book within the Book of Mormon -- its second. That fact in itself is interesting. No great lapse of time separates the end of 1 Nephi from the beginning of 2 Nephi.  No significant event marks the division.  Indeed, the happenings with which 2 Nephi 1 begins seem to occur on the very same day as those narrated in 1 Nephi 22.  They are, perhaps, only minutes apart.  Many chapters … [Read more...]

Evil on the march

Where is Kobani?

  A few weeks ago, someone described ISIS to me as a "joke," saying that nobody in the Middle East takes them seriously. I don't find this funny: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/09/24/kurds-issue-desperate-plea-from-syrian-border-town-as-isis-closes-in/   … [Read more...]

Ann Romney doesn’t altogether rule out a 2016 president run for her husband.

Hillary Rodham, of Clinton

  An interesting interview: http://www.newsmax.com/US/Mitt-Romney-Ann-Romney-2016-presidential-race-Republican/2014/09/24/id/596577/?ns_mail_uid=5388816&ns_mail_job=1587422_09242014&s=al&dkt_nbr=xagozhun   … [Read more...]

An expedition to Lehi’s Arabian Bountiful?

Alternative Lehi routes

  This will be something worth watching: http://www.ldsmag.com/article/1/14933 http://www.ldsmag.com/article/1/14934 I haven't examined the particulars of the project, and we'll have to see how it's actually carried out, but this is an example of one of the general kinds of things that the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies or FARMS, later the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, once sought to foster … [Read more...]

“A Call to Action”

Along the coast of American Samoa, at dusk

  http://samoamission.blogspot.com/2014/09/a-call-to-action.html Are you thinking about serving a senior mission? Read this. Are you not thinking about serving a senior mission? Read this. Do you have access to a computer? Read this.   … [Read more...]

Tauranga Stake, New Zealand: Opotiki Cemetery Makeover 2014

In lovely Aotearoa

   Another "Mormon Helping Hands" service project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4q9ELUS5ezU&feature=youtu.be I really enjoying hearing about these.  Thanks to Immo Beijerling for calling this one to my attention.   … [Read more...]

“How our botched understanding of ‘science’ ruins everything”

OJS in Hertz ad

  I get really tired of imperialistic claims on behalf of Science -- e.g., "Science proves that there is no God," and "Science proves that we should redefine marriage" -- sometimes advanced by actual scientists, but very often trumpeted by people who know little or nothing about any scientific discipline. Science is a wonderful thing, in its sphere.  But its sphere isn't all-inclusive, and some of the very most important things are forever beyond its reach. … [Read more...]

Can Christianity be demonstrated true?

Mr. Sheldon Vanauken, future Catholic

  "I do not think there is a demonstrative proof (like Euclid) of Christianity, nor of the existence of matter, nor of the good will & honesty of my best & oldest friends.  I think all three are (except perhaps the second) far more probable than the alternatives.  The case for Christianity in general is well given by Chesterton; and I tried to do something in my Broadcast Talks.  As to why God doesn't make it demonstratively clear: are we sure that He is even in … [Read more...]