“The Exaggerated Death of Apologetics”

Mark Twain

    A nice blog entry from Steve Densley:   http://www.fairblog.org/2013/12/09/the-exaggerated-death-of-apologetics/     … [Read more...]

Barack and His Uncle Omar


    I haven't paid much attention to this little story, but here's one way of reading it:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/365722/uncle-omar-and-obamas-management-style-stanley-kurtz     … [Read more...]

Mormon missionaries shine shoes and teach the gospel in Harlem.

The Latter-day Saint meetinghouse in Harlem
(Click to enlarge)

    I love this:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591940/Mormon-missionaries-shine-shoes-teach-the-gospel-in-Harlem.html     … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 8

Christmas lights surround the Washington DC Temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

      Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  (Isaiah 7:14)   The evening of my health crisis, I knew something very serious had happened to me. Events happened so swiftly—the pain striking with such intensity, my dear Ruby phoning the doctor and our family, and I on my knees leaning over the bathtub for support and some comfort and hoped relief from the pain. I … [Read more...]

Taking the Proclamation on the Family to the Vatican: A Personal Experience

A memoir by Cardinal Cassidy

    In light of the teaching experience mentioned in my immediately preceding blog entry, I thought that I might tell a story that, so far as I can recall, I haven't told here before.   Many years ago, a small handful of us visited Vatican City in connection with some Maxwell Institute projects there.  One of the people with whom we met was Edward Idris Cardinal Cassidy, who, I was told, was then the third-ranking official in the Vatican hierarchy (after Pope John … [Read more...]

A good Sunday, with more yet to come

The nineteenth-century English poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti used his sister, the poet Christina Rossetti (author of, among other things, "In the Bleak Mid-Winter"), and his brother William as models for this painting of the Annunciation ("Ecce Ancilla Domini," or "Behold the Handmaiden of the Lord").

    We had a wonderful sacrament meeting today.  The theme was prayer, but it was also the homecoming for a sister missionary who had been sent out from another ward but whose parents had moved into ours while she was serving.  So we had a very large congregation.  Happily, the talks were all very good.  And all, by the way, were by women.  (Remember how the all-male priesthood of the Church silences female voices?)   Last week, Elder L. Tom Perry, of the … [Read more...]

“Major New Study of Religion Has Much to Say about Mormons”

In the distance, the Snowflake Arizona Temple
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(Click to enlarge)

    Well, it's not so new any more, but it's not that old, either, by academic standards, and those who've missed it might find it interesting:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/major-new-study-of-religion-has-much-to-say-about-mormons     … [Read more...]

“Musings on the Making of Mormon’s Book: 1 Nephi 13″

Mormon and Moroni's gold plates

    I think I've been remiss in calling attention to the latest of Brant Gardner's entries on the blog of The Interpreter Foundation:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/musings-on-the-making-of-mormons-book-1-nephi-13/   Read and enjoy.     … [Read more...]