Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 12

And the Word became flesh

  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (John 14:27) “Bombs have kill-radiuses; churches should have love-radiuses--anyone within twenty miles of a church should know it.”  (Tyler Edwards) Here, without much lead-in, is a pleasant recording by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir -- accompanied by a video depicting events from the life of Christ -- of Mack … [Read more...]

You can depend on it.

The very icon of quality reportage

  I love Graham Greene's black-comic novel Our Man in Havana, and this little bit is a (very) slight gesture in the direction of the spirit of that story:   … [Read more...]

“The collective witness of Joseph Smith’s family”

His parents followed him from New York to Ohio, from Ohio to Missouri, and from Missouri to Illinois, where their journey ended. (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  This week's Thursday column for the Deseret News:   … [Read more...]

Proof of life after death

No comment really needed, I think.

  I saw them in concert when I was twelve. (I think he's immortal.  And what does that say about the nature of the universe?)   … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 11

Easter is implicit in Christmas

  This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.  Amen.  (John 21:24-25) “The human life cycle no less than evolves around the box; from the open-topped box called a bassinet, to the pine box we call … [Read more...]

The St. George Temple, in Snow

I'm planning to be down there soon, to escape the cold! (Click to enlarge.)

  Those out there who know Utah at all will recognize that this photograph is a rather special one.  Not unprecedented, but not all that common, either. Sent to me by Kent Stephens.   … [Read more...]

“The Future of Capitalism: Manifest Destiny on the New Frontier”

I wrote my little essay for the bicentennial of the publication of this great book.

  The very first article, I think, that I ever published beyond student periodicals in high school and college, written back in 1976 when Gerald Ford was still president of the United States.  An ominous indicator of my horrifying political views:   … [Read more...]

“Race and the Priesthood”

A group of LIberian Mormons assembled before the doors of the Accra Ghana Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  There may still be a few out there who are unaware of the Church's important new official statement on "Race and the Priesthood." It's worthy of careful reading, and there are other good materials accompanying and supporting it.   … [Read more...]