“The plates of the Book of Mormon: ‘As material as anything can be’”

An artist's conception of the experiences of the Eight Witnesses

  Today's installment of my weekly column in the Deseret News has been posted: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629099/The-plates-of-the-Book-of-Mormon-As-material-as-anything-can-be.html I expect it to irritate at least some people.   … [Read more...]

“LDS Church leaders, missionary couple offer support in Nepal”

Kathmandu's Durbar Square

  Lots of photographs and some interesting information: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865629101/LDS-Church-leaders-missionary-couple-offer-support-in-Nepal.html   … [Read more...]

“How Morocco’s Islamic Women Preachers Are Leading a Social Revolution”

Mahkame Pacha in Casablanca

  Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for bringing this interesting and hopeful article to my notice: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/20/morocco-islamic-women-preachers_n_7310894.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000051   … [Read more...]

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (28)

In India

  Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem would have been sooooo much better if he'd left out the religious stuff:  The world is charged with the grandeur of God. It will flame out, like shining from shook foil; It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod; And all is seared with trade; Bleared, smeared with toil; And wears man's smudge and shares man's smell: the soil Is … [Read more...]

“Death is nothing at all.”

St. Paul's, London

  “Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Call me by the old familiar name. Speak of me in the easy way which you always used. Put no difference into your tone. Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow. Laugh as we a … [Read more...]

New Testament 163

Dore, Jesus healing

  Matthew 17:14-21Mark 9:14-29Luke 9:37-43Compare Matthew 17:9; 21:21; Mark 9:9; 11:22-23; Luke 17:6; John 14:9 1. Again, these passages, with their rebuke of the disciples for their lack of healing faith, demonstrate rather clearly (to my mind, at least) that the Church was not to be built upon the "rock" of mortal human beings -- not even those who had been called to be apostles. 2. I've always loved the … [Read more...]

“Two professors and a university president actually defend traditional marriage. How dare they!”

Two cavemen

  http://chicksontheright.com/blog/item/28871-two-professors-and-a-university-president-actually-defend-traditional-marriage-how-dare-they   … [Read more...]

LDS leaders in Wales participate in Islam-related activity

Wales is wet

  Jabra Ghneim brings this item to my attention: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org.uk/article/church-leaders-attend-launch-of-discover-islam-exhibition I'm pleased at the consistent willingness of Latter-day Saint leaders at all levels, worldwide, to join in such things -- which I've personally observed, as well as read about. Some groups refuse.   … [Read more...]