“The center place”

Population center moving

  Renee Contreras De Loach kindly called the item above to my notice.  (I haven't located the ultimate source.)  Very interesting, particularly in view of where I'm sitting right now. She appended this comment: Population center of the U.S. Wouldn't it be interesting if Independence MO literally becomes the center place?For 4 decades the "center" has been in Missouri. In 2010 the census named Plato MO, located 213 miles SE of In … [Read more...]

On Liberty Jail

At Liberty Jail

  Liberty Jail [was], for a time, a center of instruction. The eyes of the saints were turned to it as the place whence would come encouragement, counsel—the word of the Lord. It was more temple than prison, so long as the Prophet was there. It was a place of meditation and prayer. A temple, first of all, is a place of prayer; and prayer is communion with God. It is the "infinite in man seeking the infinite in God." Where they find each other, there is holy sanctuary—a temp … [Read more...]

Reflections, 171 years after the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum

The Nauvoo Illinois Temple from the east southeast

  Every time I come here, I find myself thinking about the remarkable way the history of this part of Illinois has unfolded. Thomas Sharp and his conspirators down in Warsaw to the south, and the mob that did the deed in Carthage to the east, thought that, by murdering Joseph and Hyrum Smith, they had put an end to Mormonism. Now, though, Thomas Sharp and his cronies are completely forgotten -- except as evil footnotes in the history of the Church. … [Read more...]

“Former Ordain Women leader now rallying support for Utah’s Planned Parenthood”

Either the Russell family or NOT the Russell family.

   Just in case you missed it: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865637035/Former-Ordain-Women-leader-now-rallying-support-for-Utahs-Planned-Parenthood.html Nobody, I expect, wants to shortchange legitimate healthcare for women.  But does that healthcare need to be funneled through Planned Parenthood?  Posted from Nauvoo, Illinois    … [Read more...]

“A Muslim goes to church”

BYU and Provo Temple

  http://universe.byu.edu/2015/09/17/a-muslim-goes-to-church/  Posted from Nauvoo, Illinois    … [Read more...]

Was Joseph Smith actually a cynical religious skeptic?

Lawlor's Joseph with lawless guards

  Incarcerated by the Missouri militia at Independence on 4 November 1838, having escaped execution a few days earlier only because General Alexander Doniphan had refused to carry out the order, Joseph wrote to his wife Emma.  The letter concludes with a thoughts of his children and a heartfelt plea to Emma:Tell them that Father is yet alive, God grant that he may see them again Oh Emma for God sake do not forsake me nor the truth but remember me, if I do not meet you … [Read more...]

“Refuting ISIS”

Cover of book from Shaykh al-¥aqoubi

  This book was indirectly brought to my attention by Jabra Ghneim, for which I'm grateful: http://www.amazon.com/Refuting-ISIS-Religious-Ideological-Foundations/dp/1908224126 "Shaykh Al-Yaqoubi reaches the conclusion that this group does not represent Islam, its declaration of a caliphate is invalid, and fighting it is an obligation upon Muslims." The phrase "an obligation upon Muslims" comes from Islamic jurisprudence and -- I'll … [Read more...]

“Chimpanzees love horror films, study finds”

Chimpanzee in striped shirt

  Seriously. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/chimpanzees-love-horror-films-research-finds-10507260.html  Posted from Nauvoo, Illinois    … [Read more...]