“Richard Bushman Reaffirms his Testimony of ‘angels, plates, translations, revelations'”

    A further statement from Professor Richard Bushman — following on the heels of this one — for those who continue to be interested in the recent “kerfuffle”:   Richard Bushman Reaffirms his Testimony of “angels, plates, translations, revelations”   Thanks to Stephen Smoot for bringing it to my notice.     [Read more…]

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I’m voting for Trump.

    I’ve been informed, over and over and over again, that, if I don’t vote for Mr. Donald J. Trump, I’m effectively voting for Mrs. Hillary Clinton.   “Too bad you’re for Hillary!” I’ve been told by more Trumpists than I can count.  “You’ll be responsible if Hillary wins!”   Well, by Trumpist reasoning, since [Read More…]

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On integrity

    “Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right, decide on what you think is right and stick to it.” — George Eliot   “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd.” Exodus 23:2 (New International Version) [Read more…]

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Seeking photographs

    For a project that I’m working on, I really want to find some photographs of Robert Cundick, formerly a Tabernacle organist, during the time that he and his wife were working in the BYU Jerusalem Center as a volunteer service couple.  (He was the organist at the Center, as well as at the [Read More…]

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“Are Mormons in their 20s and 30s leaving the LDS Church?”

    I failed to note this piece back in April when it appeared.  (I was in the throes of grading final papers, creating final exams, and preparing for a month or so out of the country.)   But it raises an issue that merits examination and reflection:   Are Mormons in their 20s and [Read More…]

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“Ann Cannon: Dear Donald Trump, a history lesson on the Mormon ‘Extermination Order’”

    This piece seems appropriate at this time of conjunction between the Republican National Convention and preparations for Pioneer Day:   http://www.sltrib.com/entertainment/4093151-155/ann-cannon-dear-donald-trump-a   As one nineteenth century General Authority reminisced, thinking of the pioneer trek to the Great Basin, “We came here voluntarily, because we had to.”     [Read more…]

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“LDS Church rolls out ‘Meet the Mormons’ — the sequel”

    http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/4117215-155/lds-church-rolls-out-meet-the?fullpage=1     [Read more…]

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How terrorism is taking a toll on international tourist trade

    http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/18/news/travel-flight-holiday-turkey-egypt-france-tunisia/index.html   It’s obvious that hurting tourism is among the goals of today’s Islamist terrorists, and they’re succeeding.   You might think, at first blush, that this isn’t all that big a deal.  After all, isn’t tourism something of a frivolous and dispensable luxury?   Well, not really.  Significant dips in tourism seriously [Read More…]

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Utahans at the Republican National Convention

    I like Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah).  He seems to me a quieter, less theatrical, more effective, less personal ambitious, and far less abrasive Ted Cruz, committed to the Constitution and deeply knowledgeable about it.  (Given who his father was, that’s hardly surprising.)   A friend and I had lunch with him when he [Read More…]

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A few thoughts on Utah, Mormons, and theater

    “If I were placed on a cannibal island and given a task of civilizing its people, I should straightway build a theatre.” Brigham Young   My wife and I attended a performance, last night, of the musical Peter Pan.  We saw it at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.  Curiously, it’s also playing [Read More…]

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