Thoughts on turning up one’s nose at the City Creek Mall


   Some critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were terribly offended when a member of the Church's Council of the Twelve Apostles -- Elder Dallin H. Oaks, who, before his call to full-time ecclesiastical service was, among many other things, acting dean of the law school at the University of Chicago and a member of the Utah Supreme Court -- dedicated the new office building of Kirton and McConkie, a law firm that often works with and for the … [Read more...]

LDS Church files “friend of the court” brief with other groups

Justice is supposed to be blind.

  In conjunction with several other very substantial Christian organizations, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has filed an amicus brief with the Tenth Circuit Court of the United States in two cases -- one in Utah and the other in Oklahoma -- concerning same-sex "marriage." A link to the brief itself is included in this short article on the topic.  Posted from Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawai’i    … [Read more...]

“Why Religion Matters: The Longing Within”

On the west end of Maui, near where I currently am (Click to enlarge)

  A nice new little essay up on the website of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:  Posted from Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawai’i      … [Read more...]

“An Anti-Mormon Crusade in London”

Do YOU hold  your most fundamental beliefs honestly?  Or, to put it another way, would an English magistrate find your reasons for holding them persuasive?

   The European edition of the Wall Street Journal weighs in on the criminal summons issued to Thomas S. Monson:  Posted from Ka‘anapali, Maui, Hawai’i    … [Read more...]

“Church making strides preserving African family histories”

Local historians in sub-Saharan Africa are aging and dying and, under the pressures of modernity, are often doing so without having passed their knowledge on to a new generation. (Click to enlarge.)

  It has long been a major concern of mine to see people dying and taking their stories with them.  Each individual knows things that nobody else knows, and each death removes memories that can never be replaced. This is true in every family, which is why I'm constantly urging people to record their parents, their grandparents, their aunts and uncles while the opportunity exists, because that opportunity will disappear -- and sometimes suddenly and … [Read more...]

Jesus, Mormons, and Honolulu

The Honolulu Tabernacle

  Responding to my post about the Bible supposedly being tapu at Mormon funerals, Raymond Swenson reminds me of the Honolulu Tabernacle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a large and rather visible building that was dedicated nearly three quarters of a century ago by President David O. McKay. As a 1997 article in the Church News put it, "Perhaps the tabernacle's most identifiable feature is the large tile mosaic representing Christ which adorns … [Read more...]

Quoting the Bible: “Tapu” at Mormon funerals?

We won't be able to get to this temple on this trip, unfortunately. (Click to enlarge.)

  Overheard at the Kahului Airport while we were waiting at the curb for my brother-in-law to pick us up: An Asian guy (AG) speaks to a haole (white) woman (HW) who is standing with her husband (?) and is wearing a (by Hawaiian standards) rather formal dress.  They must both be locals, and he is evidently slightly acquainted with her: AG:  So, you've been away? HW:  Yes.  We're just getting back. AG:  Where did you go? … [Read more...]

“Do NBC sports anchors know anything about communism?”

Joseph Stalin wasn't actually an aberration.

  Sigh. Actually, it merits far more than a mere sigh. Indifference to the crimes of communism, if it isn't the result of complete (and rather mysterious) ignorance, is evidence of serious moral depravity.  Posted from San Francisco, California    … [Read more...]