A story from your grandmother?

Jølstervatn/Kjøsnesfjord

  My wife contributed a story to this site just this morning, and I can't think of many Sabbath activities that would be more … [Read more...]

From today’s (re)dedicatory service

Ogden's "Temple Square"

  I very much enjoyed the 1:00 PM dedicatory session of the massively renovated Ogden Utah Temple. One of the moments that especially moved me will be easy to guess for those few who both attended the session and know something of my family's recent history: President Henry B. Eyring, who presided over the session, conducted it, and delivered the (re)dedicatory prayer, spoke at one point in his remarks about a cemetery in Ogden Valley where lies a … [Read more...]

Dr. Brian Shirts, at “Mormon Scholars Testify”

UofW Quad

  There's another new entry on the "Mormon Scholars Testify" site.  This one is from a medical geneticist at the University of Washington: http://mormonscholarstestify.org/3272/brian-shirts   … [Read more...]

“Pope Francis: Christians Joining Jews in Suffering Religious Persecution”

Christians driven from Mosul

  http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/francis-christians-jews-persecution/2014/09/18/id/595508/?ns_mail_uid=5388816&ns_mail_job=1586708_09182014&s=al&dkt_nbr=5mbdtbyj In this context, I noted the Church News account of a Church Educational System devotional address given by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve on 14 September: "One obvious and rather sobering meaning of losing one's life by confessing Christ is to use … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 20

The temple in Ogden, rededicated today.

  Today's reading, 1 Nephi 20 (compare Isaiah 48), is the first of the infamous "Isaiah chapters" in the Book of Mormon.  "Infamous," because readers who've been sailing along, thus far, with the fairly straightforward narrative of the book of 1 Nephi now run into prophetic texts that are, to most, as inscrutable as T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets.  Many either skip these chapters or altogether surrender their plan of reading the Book of Mormon. At least one reader … [Read more...]

Converting heathens

an island in the South Pacific

  "If we are to convert our heathen neighbors," C. S. Lewis wrote in a 1940 essay, "we must understand their culture." -- Christian Reflections, "Christianity and Culture, chapter two  Lewis may or may not have meant that literally.  But, these days, it seems to me that our "heathen neighbors" may well be our fellow citizens -- just about as much and as truly as the indigenous, primitive people on some remote and just-discovered island. And the same a … [Read more...]

The hope of full flowering

Eternal progression

  I'm struck by a quotation from Elder Russell M. Nelson that's cited in this month's Ensign: "As seedlings of God," he wrote back in 1992, "we barely blossom on earth; we fully flower in heaven." This is one of the great arguments for the desirability of life after death.  Not for its truth -- it's certainly conceivable that the universe might simply be the kind of place where hopes remain ultimately unfulfilled, where purposelessness and … [Read more...]

Mitt Romney holding Utah fundraiser for Mia Love

Future Rep. Mia Love

  http://www.kutv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/Romney-hosting-Utah-fundraiser-for-Mia-Love-41572.shtml#.VB4wA0s7Ydu   … [Read more...]


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