“Tree veneration in India and the Bible”

Norns with world oak

   I've been so busy on the road that I failed to call attention to this item, which appeared on Saturday: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865627745/Tree-veneration-in-India-and-the-Bible.html It's implicitly related, by the way, to the link that I posted here a few hours ago about a current art exhibit at BYU. And, I think, to the tree described in 1 Nephi 8 and 1 Nephi 11. Interesting … [Read more...]

“Heavenly Mothers Day, BYU Heavenly Mother Art Show, May 8, 2015″

Toussaint Tree of Life

  Dianne Hanks La Cour thought that I would like this item, and she was very right: http://www.the-exponent.com/heavenly-mothers-day-series-byu-heavenly-mother-art-show-may-8-2015/ If you look very carefully at the words on the image in the link that I've supplied, you'll see why I like it so much.  Posted from Rochester, New York    … [Read more...]

“Apostle speaks at historic religious freedom event in Brazil”

The first Brazilian temple

  And at a mosque, no less: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/apostle-speaks-at-historic-religious-freedom-event-in-brazil Do you think that the Twelve might really be concerned about religious liberty?  Posted from Victor, New York    … [Read more...]

Inside the new temple in Córdoba, Argentina

Cordoba landscape

  Have you seen this video?  It includes some very nice interior views of the soon-to-be-dedicated temple in Córdoba: http://www.ldschurchtemples.com/cordoba/video/ Yesterday, my wife and I visited the Peter Whitmer farm, near Fayette, New York, where six men organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a small log cabin on 6 April 1830.  Posted from Victor, New York … [Read more...]

Joseph Smith, and one who betrayed him

W. W. Phelps photo

  Being here in upstate New York, in the area where the Restoration began, where Joseph Smith commenced his prophetic ministry, and where such very early converts as the journalist and editor W. W. Phelps joined the Restored Church, I found myself thinking earlier today of an exchange between the Prophet and Brother Phelps. Phelps, who would eventually go on to write such memorable Latter-day Saint hymns as "The Spirit of God Like a Fire is Burning," "Now Let … [Read more...]

Gay “marriage,” the end of the First Amendment, and the centralization of State power?

Ach, Kanada!

  http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/04/14899/ It can't happen here. It can't happen here. IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE! It simply cannot happen here. It can't happen here. Can it? (Thanks to Doug Ealy for bringing this to my notice.)  Posted from Victor, New York    … [Read more...]

An important voice, even where I quibble or outright disagree

"Solid Rock," in Ohio

   Younger people are increasingly disaffected from organized religion.  Why?  What, if anything, can bring them back? Here are some thoughts to consider: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jesus-doesnt-tweet/2015/04/30/fb07ef1a-ed01-11e4-8666-a1d756d0218e_story.html (Thanks to Nicol Sorenson-Legakis and Ross Clark for bringing this to my notice.)  Posted from Victory, New York    … [Read more...]

Joseph Smith, trying to teach

JS Jr. 1842

  It is my meditation all the day, and more than my meat and drink, to know how I shall make the Saints of God comprehend the visions that roll like an overflowing surge before my mind.Joseph SmithPosted from Victor, New York … [Read more...]