A young Mormon flash mob in Zürich, Switzerland

The former mission headquarters

  A group of young Latter-day Saints stage a flash mob in Zürich, handing out "I'm a Mormon" pass-along cards afterwards: http://www.hlt.ch/news/eine-neue-idee-fur-die-missionsarbeit Thanks to Tom Walker for bringing this to my notice.  I like it a lot better than having missionaries accost people walking along the sidewalk, and I think this sort of thing could help the image of Latter-day Saints in my beloved Switzerland -- by which I mean that it … [Read more...]

“A place designed to make saints”

Where Professor Hick taught for a while

  A reflection, in my weekly Deseret News column, on the difficulties of mortal life: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865614809/A-place-designed-to-make-saints.html  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

St. Thomas on conversion

Climbing the mountain

  "To convert somebody go and take them by the hand and guide them."  (St. Thomas Aquinas)   Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

On eating “halal” meat

Compare kashrut

  I received an email a few days ago warning me against eating "halal" meat -- that is, meat from animals that have been slaughtered in Islamically approved ways (i.e., the Islamic equivalent of kosher laws). It saddens me enormously to receive such emails, which increase paranoia, hostility, and mistrust against Muslims on the basis of half-truths, distortions, and outright falsehoods. I began to think that I would have to sit down and compose a … [Read more...]

A new French Foreign Legion?

IS fighters in Raqqa

  According to the 11 October 2014 issue of The Economist, France supplies the largest -- it's not clear whether it's the largest Western European, or the largest overall -- contingent of foreign recruits for the so-called "Islamic State." Surprisingly, nearly twenty percent of them are female.  In some cases, entire families have gone. Twenty percent of them are converts to Islam. Of the 130 families who have contacted authorities for … [Read more...]


Teichert and Mosiah

  Today's reading, the (again very short) book of Omni, briefly mentions a number of extraordinarily important historical items. We learn for the first time, for example, about Zarahemla and its people, the Mulekites.  Mosiah becomes the king of a unified Nephite/Mulekite state.  And we hear of the Jaredites, and of their last king, Coriantumr. I choose, however, to concentrate on something that I find amusing. Jarom, on whom I c … [Read more...]

A tour of BYU’s new Life Sciences Building

Coming down the slope

  I'm reliably informed that we Mormons hate and fear science.  So, watching this, I have to ask myself, "What on earth were we thinking?" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=072lMQyTXbA  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]

That’s right: If you vote Republican you’re probably a racist who favors slavery.

Senator Tim Scott

   Charlie Rangel gives voice to the same  slanderous suspicion with which I've dealt recently here on this blog: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/392116/charlie-rangel-doubles-down-gop-racism-accusations-baffling-wolf-blitzer-brendan  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read more...]