An interfaith musical celebration of Christ on Temple Square, coming soon

Something not to be missed
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I'm delighted to call your attention to this 30 November interfaith concert in the Salt Lake City Tabernacle, spearheaded and sponsored for the second year now by my friends David and Bianca Lisonbee.  Tickets will be available online tomorrow -- Tuesday, 8 October -- at Temple Square Events.  (I'm not quite sure how that will work -- my wife always handles these things! -- but there are telephone numbers here: … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday to Fox News!

The person who created this faux logo probably considers MSNBC balanced.

    The Fox News Channel launched seventeen years ago today, on 7 October 1996.   Unbelievable how time has flown.  It doesn't seem that long ago.  I've now learned from personal experience that what older people always told me, that time goes by faster and faster the more deeply one sinks into geezerhood, is true.   Often denounced and generally held in utter contempt by people who lean left, Fox News was a long overdue counterpoise to what those of … [Read more...]

“US and THEM: Religious Rivalry in America”

By Norman Rockwell

    I was pleased and a bit surprised to see an advertisement, just prior to the morning session of General Conference today, for the film US and THEM: Religious Rivalry in America.  I had not expected it.   The film was created by the Bryan Hall and Jack Donaldson, in conjunction with Randy Paul -- friends of mine, and associates in The World Table and the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy.   The DVD of the film is available from Deseret … [Read more...]

Flash: Mormon leaders are fallible!

The current First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, from left to right:  Henry B. Eyring, first counselor; Thomas S. Monson, president; Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor.

    Even the New York Times ("All the news that's fit to print") is excited:   "A Top Mormon Leader Acknowledges the Church Made Mistakes"   I suppose it was inevitable, now that we've jettisoned our long-time teaching that our leaders are infallible.   "What long-time teaching?" you may ask.   And well might you wonder.   We've never even taught that our scriptures are infallible, let alone our living, mortal … [Read more...]

Good can come from broken things

Breaking the soil for planting

    I liked the talks in the priesthood session of General Conference this evening.   I'll share one image that I appreciated, from Elder Randy Funk of the Seventy.   He alluded briefly to the value of broken things.   We break the ground to plant wheat.  We break wheat to make bread.  We break bread to create the emblems of the holy sacrament.   Nice series of thoughts.  I could imagine it being turned into a poem, and perhaps … [Read more...]

“General Conference continues ancient traditions”

The Conference Center, just north of Temple Square in Salt Lake City

    This week's bi-weekly Hamblin/Peterson column:     … [Read more...]

Elder Holland on Mental and Emotional Illness

Benjamin Franklin's epitaph

    Several excellent talks today during the two general sessions of conference.  I was very grateful to hear Elder Jeffrey Holland's remarks about mental and emotional illness.  Having spent many (sometimes heartbreaking and difficult) hours counseling with members of the Church who suffer from such challenges, I loved his message of hope and understanding.  And, like him, I take enormous comfort in the doctrine of a glorious resurrection.  Not only the obvious physical … [Read more...]

No new temples?

The nearly-completed Gilbert Arizona Temple

    When I was young, there were something like twelve or fifteen temples, worldwide, in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Today, there are 141.   Moreover, there are twenty-nine (29) either under construction or announced.   In recent years, it has become traditional to announce new temples in the opening, Saturday morning, session of General Conference, and we've come to expect such announcements -- even though, well within living … [Read more...]