“Thirteen Hours at Benghazi”

Protesting that video in Benghazi, right?

  I've learned quite a bit from this.  Posted from Depoe Bay, Oregon  … [Read more...]

Elder Holland provides a brief video introduction to the Book of Mormon

playbill ad for the Book of Mormon

  http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=1101418669001  Posted from Depoe Bay, Oregon    … [Read more...]

“Salt Lake City hoping to boost tourism by reminding visitors they’re free to leave at any time”

The Salt Lake Temple

  From The Onion, which is at least as reliable a news source as several major broadcast and cable networks: http://www.theonion.com/video/salt-lake-city-hoping-to-boost-tourism-by-remindin,36744/?playlist=recent-news  Posted from Depoe Bay, Oregon    … [Read more...]

A tiny genetic variance, but enormous differences

Bonobo X 2

  Writing in the September 2014 issue of Scientific American, Kate Wong reminds us that "chimps and bonobos . . . take pride of place [I sometimes wonder whether they would or should actually be proud of it!] as our nearest living relatives, sharing approximately 99 percent of our DNA, with gorillas trailing at 98 percent." "Yet," she continues on to note, "that tiny portion of unshared DNA makes a world of difference: it gives us, for instance, our bipedal … [Read more...]

“Is Islam a primary cause of international violence?”

ISIS killing people (yawn)

  Today's biweekly Hamblin/Peterson column in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865610336/Is-Islam-a-primary-cause-of-international-violence.html  Posted from Depoe Bay, Oregon    … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 5

cross section of Israel

  Of the many things that could be said about 1 Nephi 5, I choose to focus, today at least, on up and down. In 1 Nephi 5:1, Nephi and his brothers come "down" from Jerusalem to the "wilderness" where his parents, Lehi and Sariah, anxiously await their return.  (Cf. 1 Nephi 5:5.) In 1 Nephi 5:6, they're described as having gone "up" to "the land of Jerusalem." Throughout these chapters, while the Lehite party is still in the vicinity of … [Read more...]

“Escaping Death in Northern Iraq”

a map of ISIS/ISIL

  A harrowing (and, be warned, slightly graphic) video account of the barbarous cruelty of the so-called "Islamic State" (ISIS, or ISIL): http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/world/middleeast/surviving-isis-massacre-iraq-video.html  Posted from Depoe Bay, Iraq    … [Read more...]

Ten Ways to Help with Missionary Work

helping the missionaries

   Posted from Depoe Bay, Oregon    … [Read more...]


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