Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 1

In the night sky above Bethlehem (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel" (Isaiah 7:14, KJV). “By the power of the Spirit our eyes were opened and our understandings were enlightened, so as to see and understand the things of God—even those things which were from the beginning before the world was, which were ordained of the Father, through his Only Begotten Son, who was in the bosom of the Father, ev … [Read more...]


"Jerusalem: City of Gold" (Munir Alawi) (Click to enlarge.)

  On Friday, my wife and I went with friends to a showing, at Thanksgiving Point, of the National Geographic Society's 3-D IMAX film Jerusalem: I strongly recommend it.  If you've been to Israel, it will take you instantly back -- at little expense and with no jet lag.  If you haven't been there, it will give you a good visual sense of what Jerusalem is like. The film focuses, as its title s … [Read more...]

Discussing Religious Liberty

I was in Washington DC just a few days ago, where, among other things, I was able to see this document again.

   Today's Gospel Doctrine lesson in Sunday School concerned the idea of good citizenship.  One of the authorities cited in the official lesson material is Elder L. Tom Perry, of the Council of the Twelve. So it was nice today that we had a visitor in the ward who essentially taught our Gospel Doctrine class:  Elder L. Tom Perry.  He focused on questions of religious liberty, and what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing to protect a … [Read more...]

A satisfying, if long, day — amid the pleasures of community, family, and friends

It wasn't QUITE like this.  But, in some ways, it was analogous.

  My wife and I just returned from the "Celebration of Christ" concert at the Salt Lake Tabernacle, before which we had dinner with friends at the Market Street Grill. The day began, though, with the baptisms of a niece and a nephew, twins, fairly early this morning.  One of my sons performed the baptisms; my father-in-law (their grandfather) performed the confirmations.  A large audience of friends, neighbors, aunts, uncles, and cousins attended.  And so too, p … [Read more...]

“A Celebration of Christ”

Instructions for obtaining tickets appear at the bottom of this flyer. I have no idea whether any are still left.

  My wife and I are about to head out the door to meet friends for dinner in Salt Lake City, and then to attend tonight's "Celebration of Christ" concert in the Tabernacle and see the Christmas lights on Temple Square. There may -- I don't know -- still be tickets available for the concert tonight.  If so, I invite you to join us.   … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney’s Son Helps Victims of Major Auto Accident; Draws Fire because His Father Dared to Challenge Obama

images Thankfully, Mr. Obama has ended partisan divisions in America. Kumbaya!   … [Read more...]

Peter Higgs versus Richard Dawkins

This image has something to do with the Higgs boson.  It's not important, just now, to know precisely WHAT.  It just happens to look cool.

  I'm grateful to Ray Agostini -- I think it was Ray Agostini -- for bringing this to my attention:   … [Read more...]

Joe Bonamassa in duet with Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton, on the right, as he appeared when I first became aware of him.

   I just watched a television broadcast of Eric Clapton playing with Joe Bonamassa at Royal Albert Hall: Wonderful! This is one of the pieces that I heard from Clapton and Cream in concert when I was a teenager:    … [Read more...]