“First Trip into Yesterday”

In American Samoa (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  A glimpse into a genuinely unique mission: http://samoamission.blogspot.com/2014/07/first-trip-into-yesterday.html   … [Read more...]

It’s been a month.

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  One month ago today, our first grandchild, Lena Alaia Peterson, was born in Orlando, Florida.   … [Read more...]

George Washington on religion, society, and morality

Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

  "First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen," George Washington (d. 1799) was, as one of his many biographers put it, "the indispensable man."  Indeed, he was the only man on whom the dazzlingly brilliant but opinionated Founders of the United States could agree as a leader (and the only man ever to be unanimously elected by the Electoral College to the presidency of the United States).  Given his unique stature then and now -- and given his p … [Read more...]

A thought for the Sabbath

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“The Twelve were prepared for leadership”

President Brigham Young, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865584292/The-Twelve-were-prepared-for-leadership.html   … [Read more...]

An old man with a soccer ball

I freely grant that it's not as inspiring as the soccer technique of Uruguay's Luis "Fangs" Sanchez.  But it's really good.

  I want to lighten the mood from the immediately preceding blog entry. Perhaps I've posted this item before.  I can't recall.  But I love it, and it seems appropriate in view of the World Cup game tomorrow evening. If you want a few short minutes of hilarious entertainment, this video ranks pretty high, in my judgment: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbu_KLZlCIU&feature=kp   … [Read more...]

Financial needs

The annual conference will be on 7-8 August.

  When I wrote my Deseret News column last week about the approaching 2014 FairMormon Conference, I included a line that the editors of the newspaper excised from the published version.  (Presumably -- they didn't say -- they removed it because they don't want appeals for money in their opinion columns, which I can understand.)  Anyway, here is what I originally wrote: Readers of a column that bears the running title of “Defending the Faith” will scarcely be sur … [Read more...]

“Hug a Muslim!”

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  I can no longer recall where I found this.  But I got a kick out of it. And, while I'm not sure that all Muslims would be thrilled at an unexpected hug from a stranger, I like the sentiment.   … [Read more...]


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