On depression

    Here is the tragedy: when you are the victim of depression, not only do you feel utterly helpless and abandoned by the world, you also know that very few people can understand, or even begin to believe, that life can be this painful. There is nothing I can think of that is quite [Read More…]

“Ye Shall Be Called the Children of Christ”

    Cassandra Hedelius, Bruce Webster, Martin Tanner, and Craig Foster gathered for this conversation about Mosiah 4-6.  It’s the 160th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation:   Scripture Roundtable 160: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 16, Ye Shall Be Called the Children of Christ   Posted from Monterey, California     [Read more…]

Mark W. Cannon on “Mormon Scholars Testify”

    I’m pleased to announce a new entry on the Mormon Scholars Testify website, for Dr. Mark W. Cannon:   http://mormonscholarstestify.org/3319/mark-w-cannon   Posted from Monterey, California   [Read more…]

“Stanford fellow delves into archival materials that shed new light on the early days of Islam”

    Fred Donner is a very well-regarded scholar, and this is interesting:   http://news.stanford.edu/news/2015/march/early-days-islam-030315.html   Posted from Monterey, California     [Read more…]

“What the media got wrong about Elder Bednar’s comments”

    You’ve probably heard, by now, of the controversy surrounding Elder David A. Bednar’s recent remark, during a question-and-answer session with young people in Chile, that “There are no homosexual members of the Church.”   It was, I think, a response deliberately formulated in order to arrest the attention of his audience and to [Read More…]

Contemplating NGC 4258

    It seems to me that it’s appropriate, on the Sabbath, to consider the sheer grandeur of the cosmos.   O Lord, our Lord,     how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes,     to [Read More…]

BOM Jarom

    It’s amusing to see Jarom, whose single-chapter book provides today’s reading, indicate that he won’t have much to say because, really, everything that needed to be said has already been said.  (See verse two.)   It seems, though, that a few things did remain to be written, since not only most of the Book of [Read More…]

“The Discipline of the Written Word”

    “The discipline of the written word punishes both stupidity and dishonesty.” John Steinbeck     [Read more…]

“Trump puts Idaho Mormons in tough spot”

    http://www.idahopress.com/members/trump-puts-idaho-mormons-in-tough-spot/article_8dc823df-6b35-553b-876f-e14482ae1499.html   Posted from Monterey, California   [Read more…]

“Jacob 1-4. Seek the Kingdom of God”

    If you’re not aware of the aids for study and teaching that Taylor Halverson has been putting up on the Interpreter Foundation website, take a look!  Here’s the latest: Jacob 1-4. Seek the Kingdom of God.   Posted from Monterey, California   [Read more…]


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