Martin Harris photograph restored in full color

With Oliver Cowdery and David Whitmer, Martin Harris was one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

  Thanks to the efforts of the inimitable Bryce Haymond, one of the most important figures in early Mormon history can now be seen in the most realistic image that we have ever had of him:   … [Read more...]

Pope Francis, Capitalism, the Invisible Hand, and a Polite Dissent

Pope Francis

  As many others do, Catholic and non-Catholic, I find very much to admire in Pope Francis. But I'm afraid I'm going to have to register some reservations about his new "apostolic exhortation," Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel"). The Roman Catholic Church has long had a problem with free economic markets -- not only objecting to them but (perhaps still influenced by medieval suspicions about such things as "usury" and by the dead doctrine … [Read more...]

Recovering lost sermons from early Mormon leaders

Sir Isaac Pitman (d. 1897)

  This is really quite exciting: I doubt that there will be anything dramatically new in them, but they'll add substantially to our knowledge of early Utah LDS history and to our understanding of the personalities and thinking of men such as Heber C. Kimball, John Taylor, and Brigham Young.   … [Read more...]

URGENT: An opportunity to do real good for people in a terrible situation

Tacloban, in the Philippines, in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan

  The situation in the Philippines is absolutely terrible.  But here's a chance to help. Think you can't do much? You can.  And especially in this case. Your $50 here will be worth $100.  Your $100 will be worth $200.  Even a ten dollar donation will instantly become a twenty dollar con … [Read more...]

A Report from Greater Washington DC


  In addition to participating in the tenth annual meeting of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa and in a fireside very generously hosted at their home in Vienna, Virginia, by a Latter-day Saint family, my wife and I were able to do just a few more or less touristy things while here. We visited the National Portrait Gallery, for example, where we concentrated especially on an exhibit of work by the great portrait photographer Yousuf … [Read more...]

Plato and The Archetype of the Good

He is, indeed, the One. And, with this, Victor Davis Hanson reveals himself to be just another in the long line of shallow partisan hacks who dare to criticize Our Leader, and who, thereby, become guilty of the crime of lèse-majesté.  Posted from Arlington, Virginia    … [Read more...]

Because they could

Where it all happens, not far from where I currently sit

  Having been busy with other things for the past several days, I'm not sure whether this story is still out there, with legs, or whether it's been overwhelmed by street celebrations of peace with Iran in our time.  But this article struck me the other day and, so, in the spirit of the holidays, I share it:  Posted from Arlington, Virginia    … [Read more...]

Thoughts for Thanksgiving

Celebrating the harvest (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  I published this column in Salt Lake City's Deseret News on Thanksgiving 2010.  For some reason, it's missing from the Deseret News website.  But not to worry; I have it on my computer: Most modern Americans are so far removed from farming—we get our milk from cartons, our meat neatly packaged at the grocery store, our grains in cereal boxes, our cranberries in cans—that we easily forget the agricultural roots of Thanksgiving Day.  But Thanksgiving is a harves … [Read more...]