“”How a Mormon Mission Prepared Me to Open a Foreign Office”

The LDS Missionary Training Center in Brazil

   Interesting reflections in Forbes on the lasting secular benefits of having served a mission abroad: http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshsteimle/2013/12/17/how-a-mormon-mission-prepared-me-to-open-a-foreign-office/ This 2009 article from the Economist is also relevant: http://www.economist.com/node/14302634  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Why is it OK to mock the Mormons?”

The St. George Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was dedicated by Daniel H. Wells in 1877. (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  An interesting article about an interesting question: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593846/Why-is-it-OK-to-mock-the-Mormons.html  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Of families, games, and religion — but perhaps not as you were expecting”

A Shinto jinja, or shrine, at sunset

   This weekend's bi-weekly Hamblin/Peterson Deseret News column is up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865593924/Of-families-games-and-religion-2-but-perhaps-not-as-you-were-expecting.html?pg=1  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“Once Again: Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of Translation”

The Interpreter Foundation doesn't actually have an office, nor indeed any brick and mortar at all.  But it's busy, nonetheless. (Click to enlarge.)

  I've fallen a bit behind on calling attention to new items on the blog of The Interpreter Foundation.  So here's the latest blog entry, from Stephen Smoot: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/once-again-joseph-smith-richard-dawkins-and-the-language-of-translation/ Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture publishes its new articles on Fridays, typically one per week.  It has been doing this regularly, without fail, since 3 August 2012.  As of ye … [Read more...]

A nice little piece expressing concern about same-sex “marriage”

American marriage is already pretty fragile.

  I missed this, from way back in May of last year: http://www.nationalreview.com/349169/answering-question-again-patiently I think I was out of the country.  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

Introducing the Little Sisters of the Poor

Enemies of the State

  http://blog.heritage.org/2014/01/03/meet-humble-nuns-just-shook-obama-administration/?utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=&utm_content=&utm_source=heritagefoundation&utm_medium=email&utm_content=readthis&utm_campaign=saturday140110 May they prosper!  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

A true Muslim martyr

Mourning (and honoring) Aitzaz Hasan

  This is a sad story, but an inspiring one: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/terrorism-security/2014/0110/Pakistani-boy-who-stopped-suicide-bomber-another-Malala-Yousafzai-video "Do not say that those who are killed in God's cause are dead; they are alive, though you do not realize it."  (Qur’an 2:154)  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

The Church’s statement on same-sex marriage

The Church Administration Building in Salt Lake City, with the high-rise Church Office Building visible behind it

  Some out there may be unaware of the official statement on recent judicial developments regarding same-sex marriage that was issued on Friday by the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here it is: http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-instructs-leaders-on-same-sex-marriage  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]