A Samoan village at the end of the nineteenth century

  A report from a mission field in the South Pacific: http://samoamission.blogspot.com/2014/12/sharethegift.html   … [Read more...]

Providing blankets for Syrian refugees

Levantine political map

  I doubt that most Latter-day Saints are keenly aware of the work that their church and their fellow Mormons are doing around the world.  Here's a story from nearly a year ago, now: http://www.ldsphilanthropies.org/humanitarian-services/news-features/syrian-blankets-donated.html I'm pleased beyond expression when I learn of things such as this.   … [Read more...]

The greatest service to humankind?

Clothilde and Elena among the rocks at Javea

  "Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. But here again, because there is nothing to sell, there is a very general disposition to regard a married woman's work as no work at all, and to take it as a matter of course that she should not be paid for it." George Bernard Shaw, The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism and Capitalism (1928), chapter 8    … [Read more...]

Suicide, Mormonism, and young gays

Second temple in England

  Many claims are made about Mormonism and an alleged epidemic of suicides among young gays.  These claims are often made in an effort to suggest that there's something wrong and dangerous about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Do these allegations hold up?  Tom Stringham puts them under the lens: http://virtuoussociety.com/2015/01/26/re-examining-gay-mormon-youth-and-suicide-what-does-the-data-say/   … [Read more...]

Queen Rania of Jordan on Paris terrorism: “The antithesis of Islam”

A portrait of Her Majesty Queen Rania

  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/23/queen-rania-islam_n_6518190.html?cps=gravity_2677_5616166942458616459   … [Read more...]

A reminder regarding 14 March

Original Manuscript page (BofM)

  In case you missed my earlier announcement or have forgotten it, I want to call your attention, once again, to an interesting conference that's coming up in slightly more than a month and a half: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/save-the-date-book-of-mormon-language-conference-14-march-2015/ Some of us will be meeting this coming Saturday to make specific plans for the conference.  When those details have been established, we'll make them p … [Read more...]

Homosexuality and Incest

Cornell's law school building

  (I suspect that this post's title will attract a bit of attention.) A few days ago, I posted a link to the story of a young woman -- an adult, though not by much (chronologically speaking) -- who would like to marry her father, to whom she recently, happily, lost her virginity. I implicitly suggested that, in the current rush to redefine marriage (which I'm plainly on record as opposing), such relationships might constitute the new frontier to … [Read more...]

New Testament 50-51

Piraeus and Athens in map

  Matthew 4:24; 5:1-12Compare Mark 3:7-13; Luke 6:17-23 I have a very great deal to say about the Beatitudes, but not the time to say very much of it right now.  I hope to eventually write a small book on them. For right now, I'll content myself with a brief comment about Matthew 5:6, which reads "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."  There's a story that's told about … [Read more...]