Mosiah 5

Teichert's Benjamin

  The eloquent discussion in Mosiah 5, today's reading, of taking upon ourselves the name of Christ and becoming his children, members of his family and his true disciples, before the Day of Judgment has always spoken powerfully to me: For how knoweth a man the master whom he has not served, and who is a stranger unto him, and is far from the thoughts and intents of his heart?  (5:13)  Posted from Bountiful, Utah    … [Read more...]

This coming Friday night, in Mesa, Arizona

Mesa North Stake Center on a Map

  I now have a clearer idea about the specific program for this Friday's evening's Mormon/Muslim interfaith discussion in Mesa, Arizona: Muslims and Mormons Interfaith FiresideFriday, November 14, 2014 Mesa North Stake Center / 933 E Brown Rd / Mesa 85203 7:00 – 9:00, Friday NightProgram7:00 Opening Hymn, Prayer, Welcome etc.7:10 Introduction by Joe Andersen (while ushers pass out Q&A cards)7:15 Prof. Daniel C. Peterson A Bridge f … [Read more...]

Spectacularly beautiful mosque ceilings

Zayad's masjid

  Thanks to Nicol Sorenson-Legakis for bringing this pictorial essay to my attention:   … [Read more...]

Professional skeptic rattled by seemingly “paranormal” event?

The tunnel of light I've met Michael Shermer.  We spoke together on a program a few years ago.  A nice guy, at least in my experience of him. But I can't say that I'm upset if, once in a while, he has an experience that shakes his dogmatism a bit.  (I take no stand on the origin of this particular event.) I'm reminded of … [Read more...]

“Mission Statement”

A mission statement story

  Try to imagine an organization so busy creating and repeatedly revising its mission statement, and so constantly focused on holding meetings and drafting memos about creating and revising its mission statement, that its ability to achieve its mission (whatever that mission may be) is actually hindered. I don't have to imagine such an organization. Such things happen.  And some of the mission statements created and continually revised by such … [Read more...]

A Federal court gets it right on redefining marriage

Ohio, Michigan, etc.

  A refreshing change:   … [Read more...]

Schweitzer on what matters

Dr. Schweitzer of Africa

  “The only thing of importance, when we depart, will be the traces of love we have left behind.”   (Albert Schweitzer)    … [Read more...]

Mosiah 4

Gary Kapp's Benjamin

  In today's reading, Mosiah 4, we continue with King Benjamin's remarkable address. I'll single out four passages (from among many) that I really like: 1. I love the exhortation to humility in verse 9.  It seems particularly apt in a time and a society in which many seem to think themselves wiser than God, if the poor wretch even exists: Believe in God; believe that he is, and that he created all things, both in heaven and … [Read more...]