Practical Charity

Symbolic statements are nice, but insufficient.  People need real food, actual clothing, and tangible shelter.

   Another inspiring place to look -- see this post, also -- to learn about the sorts of things that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members are doing to serve humanity.  Not the worst sort of site to browse on a sabbath afternoon:   … [Read more...]

“Being a Mormon is hard”

You don't' have to earn it. You CAN't earn it.

   I like this testimony: You don't need to be perfect to be saved. I hope that most Latter-day Saints understand that.  But I know that some don't.  Or, if they do, they don't believe it -- or, perhaps more accurately, they don't believe that it applies to them. "Come, flounder with us."   … [Read more...]

Immortal Words . . . from Me

This image of Saturn, shown today by Professor Jani Radebaugh, was a real hit with the audience (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  For what it's worth, here are the opening remarks that I prepared and (more or less) delivered at the beginning of today's Interpreter Foundation conference on science and Mormonism: First of all, please silence all mobile devices.  And that means you.  And me.  Several years ago, I was speaking to a largish audience in North Carolina when somebody’s cell phone erupted loudly.  And it went on and on.  I began to wonder what was wrong with the idiot.  Why didn’ … [Read more...]

“The Myth of Live-and-Let-Live Liberalism”

"Neti neti," as it were

  Here's a good Jonah Goldberg article that I somehow missed from back in September:   … [Read more...]

One more bit of practical advice regarding Saturday’s Interpreter conference

Some of the conference speakers enjoying their meal together

   My wife and I just now returned from a dinner with most of those who will be participating in tomorrow's Interpreter Foundation conference on science and religion, as well as a few friends and Foundation leaders.  I think this is going to be a very good conference.  I certainly had a very good vibe from those who were there tonight.  And surely that counts as decisive evidence. Here's another word of advice for those who might want to attend even th … [Read more...]

LDS Charities

Clean water in Mozambique (Click to enlarge.)

   An interesting site laying out some of the humanitarian aid in which The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is involved: Browsing through it is quite enjoyable, even inspiring.  There's a lot going on.   … [Read more...]

“Elder Neal A. Maxwell on Consecration, Scholarship, and the Defense of the Kingdom”

Elder Neal A. Maxwell

  It's Friday, so, for the sixty-seventh (67th) week in a row, a new article has gone up for Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: And, incidentally, this article brings to completion Interpreter's seventh (7th) volume since the journal's launch on 3 August 2012.   … [Read more...]

The “Science and Mormonism” conference opens to the public tomorrow (Saturday) morning

There is parking along surrounding streets and anywhere else you can find it.  Quite a bit, really.  But not in a single parking lot or parking structure, as you might have expected.  So plan on that.

  The Interpreter Foundation's first independently-generated conference, "Science and Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth, and Man,"  begins its public event at 8:30 AM tomorrow (Saturday) morning in the Utah Valley Convention Center in downtown Provo.  (The conference will not, please note, be held on the BYU campus nor on the campus of Utah Valley University.)  The address is 220 West Center Street, in Provo. I admit to some nervousness. Not about the cont … [Read more...]