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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Judgmentalism

    A sinner died, and, as his coffin passed, A man who practiced every prayer and fast Turned ostentatiously aside — how could He pray for one of whom he knew no good? He saw the sinner in his dreams that night, His face transfigured with celestial light. “How did you enter heaven’s gates,” [Read More…]

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“Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the American Renaissance: An Update”

    This is the second article published by Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture today:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/joseph-smith-the-book-of-mormon-and-the-american-renaissance-an-update/     [Read more…]

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An apology regarding my “Interpreter” article today

    I want to acknowledge a problem in a short essay of mine that was published in Interpreter this afternoon:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/cloud-illusions-and-the-perfect-day/   When I went looking for statistics on the size and mass of the Sun while I was thinking about the essay, I found an online item by Tim Sharp entitled “How big [Read More…]

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“Cloud Illusions and the Perfect Day”

    It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is in publishing mode:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/cloud-illusions-and-the-perfect-day/   I notice, by the way, that there are two errors in scientific notation appearing in the third paragraph of the article proper.  Those will be fixed shortly.     [Read more…]

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BOM Jacob 3

    Today’s chapter, Jacob 3, is relatively short, but hardly without interest.   The promise of ultimate victory, vindication, and comfort given in verse 1 to innocent victims of treachery or betrayal is a comforting one, for example. If you’ve ever felt betrayed by someone you had considered a friend, you know how horrible it [Read More…]

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Mr. Trump garners two important endorsements

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie endorsed his neighbor Donald Trump today:   http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/chris-christie-endorses-donald-trump-219861   Governor Christie’s personal style (brash, outspoken, sometimes insulting and crude, very much in the “Strong Man” mode) resembles that of The Donald, and neither is a serious “movement” conservative, to put it mildly.  And, of course, Mr. Trump’s gambling casinos are [Read More…]

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Another day under the thumb of Utah’s theocracy

    As everyone knows, Utah is a full-blown theocracy — essentially, it’s Iran West — in which the state’s alleged government does nothing without first gaining the approval of the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   This proves how evil and oppressive Mormonism is.   The Utah State Senate [Read More…]

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“When will the universe end? Not for at least 2.8 billion years.”

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2078851-when-will-the-universe-end-not-for-at-least-2-8-billion-years/   Relax!  You’ll sleep better tonight, I hope.     [Read more…]

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“A Rubio-Cruz Ticket Might Be the Only Way to Stop Trump”

      As long as Mr. Trump faces two serious competitors and two other hopelessly marginal but nonetheless vote-draining alternatives — it’s inconceivable that many genuine Carson or Kasich supporters would go to Trump if those candidates withdrew — he’s likely to continue to win with pluralities of the vote, and he will almost [Read More…]

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