“This is My Work and My Glory”

"For behold, this is my work and my glory -- to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moses 1:39)

   The Interpreter Foundation now resumes its series of regular "scripture roundtables," in anticipation of the start of the new Church curriculum year. This particular roundtable, the fifty-first (not counting the special roundtable on early Mormon plural marriage that was posted sometime back), features Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw, Stephen Smoot, and Martin Tanner, and centers on Lesson 1 in the 2014 Old Testament Gospel Doctrine … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 10

  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16) “A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers.”  (Jean Vanier) The Irish "Wexford Carol," named after the county in which it originated, dates back to the twelfth century -- placing it among the oldest … [Read more...]

Celebrating Human Rights Day!


   In 1950, the United Nations declared 10 December to be Human Rights Day.  Today is 10 December. Human Rights Day is celebrated in various ways.  Here are two accounts of how it's celebrated in Cuba: "Human Rights Day in Cuba: A Day of Threats, Arrests, and Beatings" "Cuban Dissidents Detained on Human Rights Day" In South Africa, earlier today, it was celebrated rather d … [Read more...]

Sign the petition to redistribute grades!

Surveys indicate that at least 25% of America's college students suffer from intractable grade problems.  In a nation blessed with such rich abundance, this should not be.

  At this Christmas season, many students are struggling to get decent grades.  Many, sadly, will fail.  For various reasons, often beyond their control, they've missed classes, slept through lectures, failed to turn in assignments, done poorly on examinations.  Perhaps they struggle with inadequate writing skills.  Perhaps they have to work dead-end jobs, often late at night or early in the morning.  Perhaps, desperate for acceptance, they feel obliged to stay out late at n … [Read more...]

Revisiting Nelson Mandela

Willing to reconsider

  Interesting reflections on Nelson Mandela by a black conservative: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/365631/nelson-mandela-rip-deroy-murdock   … [Read more...]

“Meet the Mormon ‘Wizard’ Who Almost Became a Billionaire Teaching Brazilians a Second Language”

A scene in Sao Paulo, Brazil

   Here's an interesting fellow of whom I've never heard before: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ricardogeromel/2013/12/03/meet-the-mormon-wizard-who-almost-became-a-billionaire-teaching-brazilians-a-second-language/   … [Read more...]

When I grew up in California, we kept several of these by our swimming pool.

An elephant can be quite helpful when the pool is a bit too deep. (Click to enlarge.)

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Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 9

The Christus, at Temple Square in Salt Lake City (Click to enlarge.  Click a second time to enlarge further.)

  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6) The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.  (Kevin M … [Read more...]