Did you hear about that apparent bomb attack on an airliner over Somalia earlier this month?

    Maybe you did, but I never heard the sequel to the report of that attempting airline bombing.   Here it is, though.  And I couldn’t help but chuckle:   http://worldwarwings.com/news-suicide-bomber-on-plane-sucked-out-himself-as-only-casualty   I know.  I know.  I’m not very Christian.  Not very charitable.  I shouldn’t really laugh at anybody’s death.  But . . . [Read More…]

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“Pluto has ‘floating hills,’ NASA says”

    When the weather becomes hot in the summer, this could become an attractive vacation spot.  Think extreme sports, too!  Running in reduced gravity across seas of frozen nitrogen, scrambling to be the first atop a peak of ice . . . Only, I suppose, to meet Dora the Explorer there.   http://www.ksl.com/?sid=38413092&nid=1012&fm=home_page&s_cid=topic   [Read More…]

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“Official ‘Well-Being’ Statistics Show Religious People Are Happier Than Atheists”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/02/02/office-for-national-statistics-well-being-data_n_9138076.html   It’s imperative that we religious people avoid reacting to this with anything remotely like the smug sense of superiority that so many militant atheists direct at us.   That shouldn’t be difficult.  It’s a very low bar.     [Read more…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 20

    Today’s reading, 2 Nephi 20 (= Isaiah 10), focuses again on the international political situation of Isaiah’s day.  I’ll be brief, but I think that a few notes might be helpful:   Verses 1-2 refer once more to the greed and injustice of Judahite society, in which the poor are oppressed by the rich.  Although [Read More…]

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Now is the time.

    “Forever is composed of nows.”  (Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886)   I suppose that one of the points to be taken away from this comment by the famous Belle of Amherst is that we shouldn’t always be living for the future.  Not that we shouldn’t prepare for the future at all, but that we only really [Read More…]

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“The Sabbath is a Delight”

    When I’ve been able to live the Sabbath properly — and, frankly, even Sabbath-observant Latter-day Saints have a hard time keeping the day sufficiently uncluttered, unhectic, reflective, open for visiting family and the sick and the needy, available for scripture study — I have loved it.   The Sabbath is now an official [Read More…]

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Just a thought or two on being a Mormon

    I was sitting in my high priests group meeting earlier today, and, as I looked around, I thought what a good group it was to be with.  I counted at least eleven or twelve former bishops sitting around me, for example, and I know of many remarkable acts of service associated with most of [Read More…]

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“Columbus Ledger-Inquirer”: “Longtime Mormon seeks to educate masses with new book”

    It’s a worthy effort.  The article, published by a newspaper based in Columbus, Georgia, has — as could easily have been predicted — brought out a number of haters and religious bigots.  But it’s a decent article, in and of itself:   http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/living/religion/article58805308.html   Of course, neither the book nor the article was [Read More…]

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“Capernaum bears witness of Christ”

      Here’s a column that I published nearly six years ago in the Deseret News, about one of my favorite biblical sites in the land of Israel:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700038919/Capernaum-bears-witness-of-Christ.html?pg=all     [Read more…]

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“Half-Time” in Ancient Rome

    Some propagandists for atheism would have you believe that, in order to be truly evil, humans must be motivated by religion.  This article provides convincing evidence — though vastly more such evidence could be supplied, from every era and every culture — that such insinuations are historically unsupportable and, indeed, blatantly untrue:   http://www.livescience.com/53615-horrors-of-the-colosseum.html [Read More…]

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