President Nelson on being an apostle, and on filling the three vacancies

R. M. Nelson, MD, PhD

  An interesting interview:  Posted from Rochester, New York  … [Read more...]

“Did Joseph Smith take the easy path?”

At Liberty NOT!

  This week's Thursday Deseret News column is up:  Posted from Victor, New York    … [Read more...]

Are the FLDS (and other contemporary polygamists) the true followers of Joseph and Brigham?

Entering Colorado City

  I've heard the claim, many times, that it's Warren Jeffs and his FLDS church (and similar such offshoots) that have preserved the true legacy of nineteenth century Mormonism, whereas the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has "sold out."  Such folks, it's said, are the true heirs of Mormonism's founders. The polygamists themselves make that claim, of course, but I hear it most commonly from hostile unbelievers -- who intend, by it, not to praise the … [Read more...]

Iran seeks to politicize an enormous human tragedy

Makkah from the air

  Tensions continue to mount between resolutely Sunni Saudi Arabia and militantly Shi‘i Iran: This is not good, and, if nuclear weapons sprout up in the region, it will be very bad indeed.  Posted from Victor, New York    … [Read more...]

The collective testimony of the Smith family

On the Smith farm

  Another indication of the Prophet’s sincerity is the striking fact that his own family manifestly believed him.[1] “The parents and all living brothers and sisters of Joseph Smith believed his account of his visions. In fact, the two grandparents still alive in 1830 also believed.”[2] For example, Joseph Smith Sr., the Prophet’s father, traveled two hundred miles—a significant and taxing journey in the frontier America of that period—to carry a copy of the Book of Mormon t … [Read more...]

Historical transparency. I’m very pleased.

The Church's newest visitor's center

  We spent at least two hours this afternoon at the newly dedicated Priesthood Restoration Site in Oakland, Pennsylvania (formerly known as "Harmony"), where most of the Book of Mormon was translated, where the Aaronic priesthood was restored, and in the vicinity of which the Melchizedek priesthood was returned to earth.  (Directly adjacent is the McKune Cemetery, where Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, the parents of Emma Hale Smith, and Joseph and Emma's infant firstborn son are … [Read more...]

Curious to know who the winners of this year’s MacArthur “genius grants” are?

A mailbox.

  Some of them -- the Americans among them, anyway -- are identified here, along with the areas in which they work:  Posted from Victor, New York    … [Read more...]

Inspiring words, even if you’ve read them before

Near the Priesthood Restoration Site

  Now, what do we hear in the gospel which we have received? A voice of gladness! A voice of mercy from heaven; and a voice of truth out of the earth; glad tidings for the dead; a voice of gladness for the living and the dead; glad tidings of great joy. How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of those that bring glad tidings of good things, and that say unto Zion: Behold, thy God reigneth! As the dews of Carmel, so shall the knowledge of God descend upon them!And a … [Read more...]