Providence in a very small thing

Somewhere in Switzerland

  Tom Walker shared this with me yesterday, in fitting response to my post "Sometimes God Does Intervene." It was good to hear Richard Cracroft's voice again -- not only his physical, audible voice but his unique style and approach.  He was the dean who hired me at BYU and a beloved friend.  And it's a small, simple, but moving story. It takes just less than seven minutes.  Please watch it. Although the little piece was plainly filmed i … [Read more...]

Today is Brigham Young’s birthday


  Brigham Young was born on 1 June 1801 in Whitingham, Vermont. It has become fashionable in recent years to denigrate Brigham Young, and even to pronounce him an evil man. To my shock, I've heard such expressions even from a few active members of the Church.  They're embarrassed by him. He was, it's true, a man of his time.  He said some things that make for very uncomfortable reading today.  But I, too, am a man of my time.  And Bri … [Read more...]

Milestones for the Church in Asia

The temple complex of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, commenced in the twelfth century

  The Church has now received official recognition in Vietnam, and, on top of that, the first stakes in Cambodia -- two of them, not just one -- have just been organized. And there are other interesting developments on the horizon.   … [Read more...]

“We owe a debt to God and our predecessors”

Downtown Los Angeles How many people did it take -- carpenters, plumbers, steelworkers, and on and on and on -- to build the buildings shown in this photo?  Can you name any of them?  (I can't.)   … [Read more...]

“State civil rights panel: Colorado baker must bake cakes for gay weddings”

Sounds horrible, don't it? For what it's worth:  I don't believe that a baker should be compelled by the state to provide cakes for gay "weddings." I also don't believer that a baker should be coerced by the government to produce cakes for Black, Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim, atheist, or Methodist weddings.   … [Read more...]

Modest is hottest

I stole t.his from Dave Gardner

  In case you haven't heard about the background to this joke:   … [Read more...]

“Good, Better, Best D-Day Movies”

A scene from the landings on D-Day, 6 June 1944 (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  With the seventieth anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy coming up this next Friday, it wouldn't be a bad time to watch one or more movies that tell all or part of the story. We should never forget our enormous and everlasting debt to those who went before us, and who, in many cases, were called upon to face horrible situations from which we've been spared. Here's a useful item recommending three of the very best such films, providing … [Read more...]

Does Utah really lead the nation in pornography consumption?

Are Mormons self-righteous hypocrites?

  A study released a few years ago clearly seemed to suggest so, and many critics of Mormonism rejoiced to see it. But did it accurately reflect reality? Perhaps not.   … [Read more...]