The Church’s press release regarding President Eyring at the Vatican

A beautiful modern temple . . . in Rome   … [Read more...]

Two cartoons from Michael Ramirez

Ramirez Nimmer Wahid

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“To be glad instruments”

Phoenix Arizona Temple from the desert

  “We are gripped by God’s will of love, and must help carry out that will in this world, in small things as in great things, in saving as in pardoning. To be glad instruments of God’s love in this imperfect world is the service to which we are called.”  Albert Schweitzer  … [Read more...]

Homing pigeons and gravitational fields

Do they use maps?

  A fascinating article in the 15 November issue of the Economist reports on research by Hans-Peter Lipp of Switzerland and Valeryi Kanevskyi of the Ukraine on how birds navigate. It seems that they use gravity. And that they can be disoriented and thrown off course by gravitational anomalies (caused by such things as bodies of ore and meteorite craters). The sophistication of the internal "gyroscope" that would be required for such … [Read more...]

Starting a new season of Interpreter roundtables

Vorwärts und Aufwärts

  I'm happy to report that Ben McGuire, Mike Parker, Bruce Webster, and I have just recorded the first Interpreter roundtable for the 2015 Gospel Doctrine year (on the New Testament). The game is on. It should be up within a relatively short time.  We want to have several up by the time 2015 begins.   … [Read more...]

The news from Jerusalem

Palestinian joy at murder There can be no justification for, and no acceptable defense of, a crime such as this.  Period. And, to the extent that Palestinians have celebrated it, I'm ashamed for them.  (I hope and trust that those celebrating are a tiny and unrepresentative minority.)  It doesn't help their cause.  But that's the least of the problems with such unholy rej … [Read more...]

Mosiah 12

Walter Rane, perhaps?

  Moving on with our reading of the Book of Mormon, we come to Mosiah 12: I've heard more than a few chuckles about the first verse, in which Abinadi comes into the city in disguise and then immediately identifies himself by name.  But I take it that his goal wasn't to remain incognito, but to gain entrance to the city and begin to preach before he could be stopped.  Once he opened his mouth, people were going to know who he was, anyway.  Not just by his voice, … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney at BYU this morning

The man who should be president

  In company with my wife and our friends Michael and Margie Draper (visiting from Indiana after finishing their mission in New York City a few weeks back), I was privileged to attend a forum assembly at Brigham Young University today featuring Mitt Romney. After the assembly, we stuck around for thirty minutes of student questions and answers with the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Governor Romney, who should be serving as president right … [Read more...]