Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 23

The Magi and the Star

  And behold, he said unto them: Behold, I give unto you a sign; for five years more cometh, and behold, then cometh the Son of God to redeem all those who shall believe on his name.And behold, this will I give unto you for a sign at the time of his coming; for behold, there shall be great lights in heaven, insomuch that in the night before he cometh there shall be no darkness, insomuch that it shall appear unto man as if it was day.Therefore, there shall be one … [Read more...]

“The Argument against Gay Marriage: And Why It Doesn’t Fail”

On the campus of Princeton University

   Those who oppose the radical redefinition of marriage may well lose.  After all, elite opinion, the entertainment industry, and the federal judiciary are plainly on the other side. But losing the political battle is not the same thing as losing the argument.  The two are quite distinct:   … [Read more...]

“Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer”

The book

  My father-in-law passed this item on to me. Although, obviously, I don't want to allow the deep and fundamental religious significance of Christmas to be lost, that doesn't mean that I ignore the aspects of the holiday that are simply good fun for children: A man named Bob May, depressed and broken hearted, Stared out his drafty apartment window into the chilling December night. His 4-year-old daughter Ba … [Read more...]

In honor of Joseph Smith’s birthday, today

Joseph Smith's birthplace in Sharon, Vermont (Click to enlarge)

  Today is the anniversary of the 1805 birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith, in Sharon, Vermont. With that in mind, I've assembled links to some of the Deseret News columns that I've published regarding him over the past few years.  I hope that some out there might find them informative and/or faith-promoting: "Joseph Smith's account of the Restoration is difficult to counter" "Joseph Smith's Character" "Joseph Smith was … [Read more...]

I sang in a choir today. Did you?

Singing the melody in unison (Click to enlarge)

  I hope that your Christmas choir was as good as this one.  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 22

"Judea's Plains" (A typical scene in the Judean hill country)

  "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent."  (John 17:3)  “He, the Life of all, our Lord and Saviour, did not arrange the manner of his own death lest He should seem to be afraid of some other kind. No. He accepted and bore upon the cross a death inflicted by others, and those other His special enemies, a death which to them was supremely terrible and by no means to be faced; and He did this i … [Read more...]

“The Creation”

"All Things Denote There is a God" (Walter Rane)

  Jeff Bradshaw, Mike Parker, Steve Smoot, and Martin Tanner discuss Lesson 3 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual as part of The Interpreter Foundation's continuing campaign to provide insightful, informed, helpful resources for students and teachers in the Sunday school classes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   Posted from … [Read more...]

“Thou wast chosen before thou wast born”

The Primeval Council

  Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw, Daniel Peterson, and Martin Tanner discuss the second lesson in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual for this Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable:  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]