“How Mormons use the internet to spread the good word”

Global map

  An interesting item from Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshsteimle/2015/04/24/how-mormons-use-the-internet-to-spread-the-good-word/ I hope that even more Latter-day Saints will join in the effort.  There's a lot to be done, but we have a lot of people who could help. Thanks to Eric Ringger for calling my attention to this.  Posted from Jerusalem, Israel    … [Read more...]

“In Argentina, apostle says religious freedom is everyone’s concern”

Second temple in Argentina

   Elder Dallin H. Oaks addresses a theme that is obviously of great concern to him and to others among the highest leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/in-argentina-apostle-says-religious-freedom-is-everyones-concern  Posted from Jerusalem, Israel    … [Read more...]

Marriage definition on Supreme Court docket — don’t turn believers into bigots

Where the Supremes meet

  The Deseret News weighs in, editorially, on the looming decision from the United States Supreme Court: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765672612/Marriage-definition-on-Supreme-Court-docket-2-dont-turn-believers-into-bigots.html  Posted from Tiberias, Israel  … [Read more...]

Inside the new Payson Utah Temple

Utah County's third temple

  For those of you who won't have a chance to attend the pre-dedication open house of the new Payson Utah Temple, here's a really nice video presentation that will take you through important parts of the building: http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/payson/video/ I'll be candid:  I find the exterior of the new temple somewhat busy and chaotic, but the interior looks both quite nice -- the murals in the baptistry are a pleasant surprise -- and … [Read more...]

John A. Widtsoe Symposium and Chair at the University of Southern California

Elder Widtsoe, youngish

  I first heard of plans for a John A. Widtsoe Chair at USC a month or two ago: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/president-uchtdorf-speaks-at-religious-symposium-at-usc It's quite exciting news. Elder Widtsoe deserves more recognition than I think he has received from Latter-day Saints over the past couple of decades.  Posted from Tiberias, Israel    … [Read more...]

“The man who may one-up Darwin”

The dome at MIT

  Here's a curious item, brought to my attention by Robyn Ausseresses Amis: http://www.ozy.com/rising-stars-and-provocateurs/the-man-who-may-one-up-darwin/39217  Posted from Tiberias, Israel    … [Read more...]

A very brief conversation with an Israeli couple regarding Barack Obama

Tiberias and Bashan

  The other night, at the commencement of the Jewish sabbath, my wife and I shared the "Shabbat elevator" here in our hotel with an Israeli couple. The "Shabbat elevator" is set to stop at every floor, so that the riders don't need to push any buttons.  Thus, since our room is on an upper floor (with, by the way, a spectacular view over the Sea of Galilee toward the hills of Bashan and Gilead), we had a lot of time with the man and his wife. They … [Read more...]

More evidence of the Fall

Golan map

  We spent much of yesterday upon in the very northern reaches of modern and historical Israel, near the ancient cultic site of Dan.  (Israel was described as stretching from Dan in the north to Beersheva in the south, or, when it was merely the northern kingdom, from Dan to Bethel.  Jeroboam put calf-idols in both the latter locations.)  And we also spent quite a bit of time in the famous Golan Heights, contested territory between Israel, which has occupied them since the S … [Read more...]