“The Mormons on Mount Scopus”

    Somehow, I missed this article when it was published way back last May.  I think I was traveling at the time.   Anyway, it’s a nice retrospective on the strong opposition that confronted the building of Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies and a brief discussion of where things stand [Read More…]

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“Vice President Joe Biden receives family history during Temple Square visit”

    It scarcely matters who you are or what office you hold.  Any normal human being would be fascinated by a gift such as this:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/vice-president-joseph-biden-receives-family-history-in-temple-square-visit     [Read more…]

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“Eternally Indebted to Your Heavenly Father”

    In Scripture Roundtable 159 of the Interpreter Foundation, Cassandra Hedelius, Martin Tanner, Bruce Webster, and McKay White join together from Maryland, Utah, and Alberta to discuss 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 15, which is based upon Mosiah 1-3: Scripture Roundtable 159: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15, Eternally Indebted to Your Heavenly Father [Read More…]

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“Did Christie just spark a ‘Draft Romney’ movement?”

    I’m not sure how likely or plausible this really is.  And I don’t know that, even if he were drafted, Romney could win.  The Trumpists, surely, would be screaming about the “Establishment” and probably writing in Bernie Sanders.  But it’s undoubtedly interesting:   http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/270966-did-christie-just-spark-draft-romney-move   Mitt Romney is an adult.  And a decent [Read More…]

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“Earth may be a 1-in-700-quintillion kind of place”

    Earth May Be a 1-in-700-Quintillion Kind of Place   Here’s a related Deseret News column that I wrote back in 2011:   “Is Earth a dump, or privileged?”     [Read more…]

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Donald Trump wants to protect American jobs, right?

    “Donald Trump Thinks American Workers Aren’t Good Enough for the Trump Organization”   “Think Trump Will Be Tough on Immigration? Consider His Company’s Use of Guest Workers” “Donald Trump Turned Down 94.4 Percent of American Job Applicants, Applied for Hundreds of ‘H’ Visas Instead”   [Read more…]

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The King and the Maiden

    A parable from the Philosophical Fragments of Søren Kierkegaard:   Imagine there was a King who loved a humble maiden. She had no royal pedigree, no education, no standing in the royal court. She dressed in rags. She lived in a hovel; she lived the ragged life of a peasant. But for reasons [Read More…]

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“Yes, Trump University was a massive scam”

    Marco Rubio seems to have been quite correct in branding Mr. Donald Trump a “con artist”:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/432010/trump-university-scam   But will the Trumpists care?   In other news:   “Christie Sells Soul”   “Christie’s Conscience”   “Christie Told Newspaper He Would Never Endorse Trump”   Friends, if you’re as concerned as I am [Read More…]

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BOM Jacob 4

    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 [Read More…]

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Elder Ballard on approaching challenging issues forthrightly and head-on

    Last night — Friday night — Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the Council of the Twelve, delivered a fireside address to the seminary and institute teachers of the Church.  What he had to say was striking, and very welcome.   He said, flatly, that earlier Church Education System curriculum was not adequate to [Read More…]

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