Where are the safest college campuses in America?

    I won’t spoil the suspense.  But I will tell you that neither BYU nor BYU-Idaho ranks high in the “party scene” category.   I’m crushed.   http://www.businessinsider.com/safest-college-campuses-in-america-2016-1     [Read more…]

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“Pixar, Star Wars and the fans themselves: Why 2015 was a good-verging-on-great year for movies”

    An item from the ever-insightful young movie writer for the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865644660/Pixar-Star-Wars-and-the-fans-themselves-Why-2015-was-a-good-verging-on-great-year-for-movies.html?pg=all#pFHK5v8O12KRg8Z1.01       [Read more…]

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“The ‘Other Side’ is Not Dumb”

    This is a really wise little piece — advertised as taking six minutes to read, although I think that’s a bit high — and it makes an excellent suggestion:   https://medium.com/@SeanBlanda/the-other-side-is-not-dumb-2670c1294063#.2qsy0c1ii   If only all the depraved idiots who disagree with me would read it and adjust their behavior accordingly!   Posted from [Read More…]

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“Muslim Millennials’ Views on Religion”

    I like Jim Zogby’s comment that this generation is often talked about but seldom talked to:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-zogby/muslim-millennials-views_b_8942060.html   Thanks to my friend and frequent BYU colleague Dr. James Toronto (formerly president of the Italy Catania Mission for three years and currently serving in Istanbul as president of the new Central Eurasian Mission), for bringing [Read More…]

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Visiting the Provo City Center Temple

    My wife and I had the opportunity, tonight, to tour the new Provo City Center Temple prior its fully-public pre-dedication open house.  The building is magnificently well done.  A beautiful homage to the people who built the original tabernacle in the nineteenth century.   By all means, if you’re in the area, go.   (For [Read More…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 18

    A couple of quick comments, today, on 1 Nephi 18:   1.   If one grants Hugh Nibley’s view that Lehi had a background in caravan trade, the names of his children may almost mark out his life’s story.   Laman and Lemuel, his two eldest sons, bear names that seem to come from the [Read More…]

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How kind should we be?

    “Always be a little kinder than necessary.”  (James M. Barrie)     [Read more…]

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” . . . Outside the House of God”

    I like this short piece by the historian, blogger, and Salt Lake Tribune columnist Ardis Parshall very much, and I commend it to you:   http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2016/01/11/outside-the-house-of-god/     [Read more…]

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“ISIS burns fighters alive for letting Ramadi fall”

    These folks aren’t exactly overly saturated with the milk of human kindness:   http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/11/isis-burns-fighters-alive-for-letting-ramadi-fall.html?intcmp=hpbt2   And reports that I heard this morning indicate (a) that the number of foreign fighters who’ve joined ISIS has soared from approximately 20,000, last year, to roughly 36,000 this year, and (b) that ISIS may now be experimenting [Read More…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 17

      In 1 Nephi 17, the self-exiled party of travelers from Jerusalem reaches what, in order to distinguish it from the New World land and city of the same name, is often called Lehi’s Old World Bountiful.  (For some further information, see here and here and here.)   A number of scholars, including myself, are strongly inclined to think [Read More…]

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