BOM Alma 35

    One of the things that strike me about Alma 35 is its depiction of a wicked people (in this case, the Zoramites) who are absolutely enraged . . . by goodness.   There may have been a time when I would have found such a reaction implausible.   That time has long since passed. … [Read more…]

“Royal Seal of Hezekiah Comes to Light”

    Some of you may have missed this when it was announced at the end of last year:   There are those who see no historical substance in the pre-exilic portions of the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible.  They’re wrong.   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

Our universe shouldn’t exist   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

“A brief history of LDS charities”

    And, by “brief,” I mean really brief.  It’s less than three minutes long:   But members of the Church can justly be gratified by what their church is doing.   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

“‘Like a Broken Vessel'”

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has issued a video — featuring, among others, Elder Jeffrey Holland — about depression:   It’s all to the good, I think, that we’re discussing such things openly and frankly now.  Perhaps some who suffer from this terrible problem will be helped.   … [Read more…]

“The challenge posed by Jesus”

    The latest installment of my Thursday column for the Deseret News:   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

“I wandered lonely as a cloud”

    One of William Wordsworth’s most famous poems is “I wandered lonely as a cloud,” which was inspired by a field of daffodils on the shore of Ullswater, here in England’s legendary “Lake District”:   I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o’er vales and hills, When all at once I … [Read more…]

It’s a big day here in the United Kingdom.

    As we’ve driven through the countryside, we’ve seen huge banners draped across hay bales screaming “Vote Leave!” and equally large banners elsewhere reading “Vote Remain!”  Newspaper headlines blare advice to vote one way or the other.   The polls are very close, with a slight lead — 51% to 49% in the most … [Read more…]

“To dump Trump, Republicans should withhold their cash”

    As a way to eventually win their party back, should Republican donors keep their money from the Trump campaign?   That, anyway, is what George Will advises:   And, as it happens, it’s what I’m already doing.   It’s unlikely, of course, that my vast financial resources would have made any … [Read more…]

BOM Alma 34

    I cannot begin to do justice to today’s reading, Alma 34.  So I won’t try.   But I’ll mention a couple of quick points:   1.   Our Evangelical Protestant critics like to suggest that we believe that we’ll earn our way into heaven.  And, unfortunately, some of us have spoken sloppily, and … [Read more…]