A report from the front lines of the War on Women

A report from the front lines of the War on Women

   Here are some strong words about the shameless lie of a conservative "war on women" from former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/382042/carly-fiorina-war-women-shameless-baseless-propaganda-tim-cavanaugh May her voice be heard, and may the voices of the demagogues on this issue be recognized for what they are.   … [Read more...]

More on merely “asking a question”

Was she, like Oliver, merely asking an innocent and humble question?

  Sorry, but the evidence continues to accumulate that Kate Kelly, however she may have begun her "Ordain Women" activities, has long since left merely "asking a question" behind.  (See also here.) In fact, she's left merely asking the Prophet to ask a question behind. She knows the Lord's answer, and the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to get with the program. Consider, for example, her remarks in a … [Read more...]

“Millions shall know Brother Joseph again”

A statue of Joseph and Hyrum Smith now stands in front of the Carthage Jail in Illinois, where they were murdered on 27 June 1844.

  This column was originally published on 27 June 2013: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865582259/Millions-shall-know-Brother-Joseph-again.html   … [Read more...]

Ideally, it takes the MEN of a village, too.

Blessing a baby: Men who have been ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood each hold the baby up with one hand while the other hand is placed on the shoulder of the man to the left, forming a symbolic circle of shared support. (Click to enlarge.)

  Two babies were blessed in my ward today.  As it happens, both were baby boys. And, of course, the person who performed each blessing was male, as were all those who stood in each circle. This has been a point of discussion (and a cause of indignation) recently, in connection with headlines about Ordain Women and the like.  Why are women denied the opportunity to stand in these circles, and to participate in blessing their babies? As … [Read more...]

Just asking questions?

A flyer apparently distributed to encourage women to try to enter the general priesthood meeting at conference time

I've been told over and over again that Kate Kelly was just asking questions.  I haven't followed her personal case with any particular care, but, honestly, this doesn't seem to me to be merely asking questions:  "Come stare down the patriarchy!" Really?  Just a faithful woman asking a question? And, as a former local church leader myself, I know that I would not have appreciated having my name, etc., circulated in order to bring public p … [Read more...]

“The Work of Miracles in Samoa”

Not a visually difficult place, really

   My wife and I first met Reed and Deb Tolman a number of years ago when they joined us for a tour of Israel.  We've since become friends. A successful lawyer in Arizona, Reed had served as a young missionary in Samoa, and he and Deb served another mission together there during 2009-2011.  Now, they've returned to preside over the Samoa Apia Mission, and we're thoroughly enjoying their blog, "The Work of Miracles in S … [Read more...]

“Come to the House of the Lord”

Many visitors to Jerusalem have sloshed through Hezekiah's Tunnel, which connects the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam.

  Shon Hopkin, Martin Tanner, and Bruce Webster focus on lesson 30 in the 2014 Gospel Doctrine manual for the newly-posted eightieth (80th) scripture roundtable of The Interpreter Foundation: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-80-old-testament-gospel-doctrine-lesson-30-come-to-the-house-of-the-lord/ Lesson 30 concentrates on 2 Chronicles 29-30, 32, 34.   … [Read more...]

“A day for celebration and remembrance”

In Los Angeles

  This link to an older column should really have gone up on the Fourth of July, American Independence Day.  I just didn't think about it. But it's actually quite appropriate, I believe, for the Sunday following Independence Day.  Perhaps even more appropriate, since the Fourth of July in America tends to be a really active round of community breakfasts, boating, family barbecues, beach parties, outdoor fireworks shows, and concerts, rather than of reflection.   … [Read more...]