An apostolic testimony of Christ

image of SLC temple from Wikimedia Commons (as if the Church would be unhappy with my using a photograph from ITS site!)

   A selection from a speech by Elder Melvin J. Ballard, who served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles from 1919 until his death in 1939:  I recall an experience which I had two years ago, bearing witness to my soul of the reality of his death, of his crucifixion, and his resurrection, that I shall never forget. I bear it to you tonight, to you, young boys and girls; not with a spirit to glory over it, but with a grateful heart and with … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 3

A Nativity scene, from Japan

  In checking, I realized that I failed to make a third entry in my series on "Christmas Cheer."  But I've found a good one to remedy that lack. This wonderful story of surprising generosity was posted just today:   … [Read more...]

Music of Christmas 28

What wondrous love is this, O my soul?

  An exquisitely beautiful choral version of today's Christmas hymn: This is a Christian folk hymn from the American South.  It was first published at Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1811, and has been called a "white spiritual."  That aspect is clearly brought out in these two quite different v … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 31

The latest Mormon Channel video, for Xmas

  Another remarkable young girl: She's twelve years old.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 11

From the Brooklyn Museum via Wikimedia Commons

  Matthew 2:22-23Luke 2:39-40 Matthew's penchant for portraying Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy is on display again here.  There's just one puzzling aspect:  The prophecy "He shall be called a Nazarene" occurs nowhere in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible as we have it. Various explanations have been offered for this -- including the possibility that Matthew is citing a now-lost biblical text -- but no explanation has won general a … [Read more...]

Gratitude at Christmas

GKC am Schreiben

  "When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?" G. K. Chesterton (d. 1936)    … [Read more...]

Science and God’s plan

An image from the field of quantum chemistry

  "The significance and joy in my science comes in those occasional moments of discovering something new and saying to myself, 'So that's how God did it.' My goal is to understand a little corner of God's plan."  (Henry "Fritz" Schaefer, Graham Perdue Professor of Chemistry and director of the Center for Computational Quantum Chemistry at the University of Georgia)   … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 30

Leominster MA

  This is a truly remarkable thirteen-year-old girl:   … [Read more...]