“How Charlie Brown saved Halloween, and other interesting facts”

Pumpkin field

  Have you ever wondered how Halloween became Halloween, and why we (Americans, at least) do the rather odd things on it that we do? One of the finest Deseret News writers in my family has contributed a really interesting -- and really timely -- article on the topic: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865614324/How-Charlie-Brown-saved-Halloween-and-other-interesting-facts.html?pg=all#drbpydKPkKhbQbgc.01 Find out why you're spending … [Read more...]

“What Makes Mormonism the Most All-Embracing World Religion”

Temple in Korea

  An interesting little piece: http://www.gregtrimble.com/makes-mormonism-embracing-world-religion/ I've thought along similar lines, and have had similar experiences in the study of other faiths.  Posted from Park City, Utah  … [Read more...]

On the plan of salvation and being sent into mortality

sailing ship on the open sea

 "If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever."  (St. Thomas Aquinas)Posted from Park City, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Scientists may not be very religious, but science may not be to blame.”

Mount Palomar

  I think I may have posted something about this study once before, but it's extremely interesting: http://phys.org/news102700045.html  Posted from Park City, Utah    … [Read more...]

Canceling “Carmen” for — I’m not making this up! — public health reasons

The title character, portrayed by Beth Clayton

  The West Australian Opera Company recently canceled its performance of Georges Bizet's deservedly popular and often-staged opera Carmen because it "promotes smoking."  (The title character works at the first in a cigarette factory, there's a "smokers' chorus," and, in his music, Bizet ingeniously mimics the sight of smoking curling upward into the air.) Of course, at the end of the opera Don José stabs Carmen to death.  But that's apparently okay.  It's smok … [Read more...]

Hamblin Redux

Hamblin in his office

  My irrepressible friend and colleague Bill Hamblin has revisited a couple of his controversial posts -- is it redundant, in Bill's case, to describe his posts as "controversial"? -- from a few days back: "Clarification" "My Fifteen Minutes" "Religious Education Curriculum Change 2"  Posted from Park City, Utah    … [Read more...]

Jacob 4

A temple in Guatemala

  Certainly in its earliest chapters, the Book of Mormon is the chronicle of a small group, essentially of a family. Accordingly, I find inspiration in Jacob 4, today's reading, for compiling personal and family histories, something that Latter-day Saints are strongly encouraged to do:  But we can write a few words upon plates, which will give our children, and also our beloved brethren, a small degree of knowledge concerning us, or concerning their … [Read more...]

“The [Literal] Rape of the Yazidis”


  Jillian Kay Melchior tells how fighters for the so-called "Islamic State" use sexual assault as a weapon of war: https://www.nationalreview.com/nrd/articles/390461/rape-yazidis  Posted from Park City, Utah    … [Read more...]