BOM Alma 50

    Just a few quick notes about today’s reading, Alma 50:    It’s instructive that, even in a time of great peace, Moroni is preparing defenses in case of war.  Moroni finds it comparatively easy to recruit soldiers because his preparations give them a sense of confidence.  When morale is high, when confidence is justified, [Read More…]

“Discovery of Philistine Cemetery May Solve Biblical Mystery”

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/07/bible-philistine-israelite-israel-ashkelon-discovery-burial-archaeology-sea-peoples/     [Read more…]

“As Convention Approaches, Will Romney or Kasich Step Up?”

    Bill Kristol raises an intriguing possibility:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/as-convention-approaches-will-romney-or-kasich-step-up/article/2003227   I would happily support either of them.   And here are three articles for background:   “Neither of the Above”   “What’s Next for the Never Trump Camp?”   “America Is Driving toward the Abyss, and It’s Time We Hit the Brakes”   [Read more…]

“What did President Kimball think about pressure regarding the pre-1978 priesthood ban?”

    http://blog.fairmormon.org/2016/01/12/what-did-president-kimball-think-about-pressure-regarding-the-pre-1978-priesthood-ban/   This isn’t, of course, merely a historical issue.  There are those who believe, or who claim to believe, that the 1978 revelation on priesthood was received, in large or small part, because pressure from dissidents forced President Kimball to take the matter to the Lord.  And they conclude from that historical [Read More…]

“Mormons and Modernism”

    http://wheatley.byu.edu/events/individual.cfm?id=231     [Read more…]

“American Islam: A View from the Suburbs”

    Muslims have been better and longer integrated into U.S. society than many Americans realize:   http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2016/07/11/american_islam_a_view_from_the_suburbs_107124.html     [Read more…]

“The Left Wants to Ban Old People from Voting”

    Really.   Some, anyway.   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437644/left-wants-old-people-not-vote   It’s a bit reminiscent of the old motto of Berkeley’s “Free Speech Movement”:  “Don’t trust anyone over 30!”   And who can possibly doubt that the world would be a much better place if the only voice permitted were the piercing insight and sturdy wisdom of the young? [Read More…]

What it means to love someone

    To love someone means to see him as God intended him. Fyodor Dostoevsky   [Read more…]

The Guardian: “Mormons Pledge to Stay in Russia Despite Religious Clampdown”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/10/mormons-pledge-to-stay-in-russia-despite-religious-clampdown   Under difficult circumstances, it’s fortunate that the Church has able leadership on site.   The area president in Moscow is my old friend Elder Bruce D. Porter, whom I’ve known since we were freshmen dorm neighbors at Brigham Young University.   I have enormous respect for him.     [Read more…]

“The Five Phases of the Sexual and Cultural Revolution”

    Thanks to Nathaniel Hancock for making me aware of this interesting little piece:   http://www.truthandcharityforum.org/the-five-phases-of-the-sexual-and-cultural-revolution/     [Read more…]