“Being Muslim in America”

    A short but interesting article:   http://theweek.com/articles/637390/being-muslim-america   I’m guessing that at least some of what it says will be new to you.  It was new to me.   Posted from Newport Beach, California     [Read more…]

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“Answering one of the silliest arguments against the Book of Mormon Ever”

    In my experience, theistic anti-Mormonism is largely (though not entirely) a conservative Protestant or evangelical enterprise.  (Secularist anti-Mormonism is increasingly visible and influential, but it’s another story completely.)   Although there is some Catholic anti-Mormon activity — heck, I’ve even seen a Muslim anti-Mormon pamphlet — Protestants are, by and large, the folks [Read More…]

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Ideologues and the Open Mind

    An ideologue — one who thinks ideologically — can’t lose.  He can’t lose because his answer, his interpretation and his attitude have been determined in advance of the particular experience or observation.  They are derived from the ideology, and not subject to the facts. James Burnham   Posted from Newport Beach, California   [Read More…]

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“Why are doctors plagued by depression and suicide? A crisis comes into focus”

    Rates of suicide are unusually high among physicians and medical students:   https://www.statnews.com/2016/07/21/depression-suicide-physicians/   Very sad.  And an especially tragic waste of human potential.  So much talent lost.  So much service left unperformed.   Why is this so?  What can be done?   (And how can Mormonism be blamed for it?)   Posted [Read More…]

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“President Uchtdorf Presents Donation to UN Food Program”

    It’s wonderful to belong to an organization that does so much good internationally.   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/president-uchtdorf-presents-donation-food-program   Posted from Newport Beach, California     [Read more…]

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“You Have Come At Last”

    Someone kindly brought this wonderful story to my notice the other day, and I’m embarrassed to say that I don’t recall who it was.  But I appreciate it:   https://history.lds.org/article/pioneers-in-every-land-nigeria-anthony-obinna?lang=eng   May God bless the memory and the family of Anthony Obinna, and the Saints and the people of Nigeria, where life can [Read More…]

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“The Great Plan of Happiness”

    Craig Foster, Mike Parker, and Martin Tanner join together in this Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable for a conversation about 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 30, which focuses on Alma 40-42.  It’s the 174th such roundtable posted by the Foundation.  Despite predictions of Interpreter’s imminent death dating back to 2012, it seems that there may [Read More…]

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On nastiness from a safe hiding place

    I doubt that Mr. Kinsley was thinking about anonymous/pseudonymous posters on message boards and in unfiltered newspaper comments when he wrote this, but he certainly could have been:   “He’s nice enough not to want to be associated with a nasty remark but not nice enough not to make it. Lacking the courage of [Read More…]

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“Give Ear to My Words”

    In the 173rd scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation, Daniel Peterson, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster focus on Alma 36-39, the chapters covered in lesson 29 of the 2016 Gospel Doctrine manual.   Posted from San Diego, California     [Read more…]

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Notes along the way

    We drove through Las Vegas today.  Although, having lived for much of my life in both Utah and California and having family in both places, I once drove through Las Vegas a very great deal, it’s been several years since I’ve done that.  I’ve flown into and out of the city several times in [Read More…]

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