“Reflections on that letter to a CES director”

the new symbol of the old FAIR

  A transcription of my remarks at the 2014 FairMormon conference, held a couple of weeks ago at the Utah Valley Convention Center in  Provo, is now up online: http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2014-fairmormon-conference/reflections-letter-ces-director I'm grateful for the work of Roger Nicholson, a stalwart at FairMormon, and Jann Cahoon Campbell, an associate for several years at the old FARMS, for their generous work in p … [Read more...]

“The very surprising language of the Book of Mormon”

An important river in LDS history

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865609214/The-very-surprising-language-of-the-Book-of-Mormon.html   … [Read more...]

I myself really, really liked Elder Bednar’s speech yesterday, but . . .

temple in Belmont, Mass

  Some aren't particularly thrilled with exhortations from leaders of the Church (most recently, in yesterday's notable speech from Elder David A. Bednar, of the Council of the Twelve Apostles) to use social media and the internet as means of sharing the message of the Gospel. I, however, was delighted. A subsequent necessary clarification:  A few seem to have had difficulty with the post above, not understanding that, by linking to the article and … [Read more...]

Evil, Open and Unashamed

calligraphic statement

  ISIS, or ISIL ( الدولة الإسلامية‎) -- the self-described "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria" or, in alternative translation, the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant" -- claims to speak for and to represent Islam as a whole. It does not. Islam isn't a nihilistic cult of death.  Neither theologically nor historically. But ISIS is precisely that. It is, surely, one of the most unembarrassed manifestations of satanic evil in … [Read more...]

“Meet the Mormons”

The second temple in Canada

  In his remarkable speech about social media yesterday, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve announced the forthcoming film, produced by the Church, entitled Meet the Mormons: http://meetthemormons.com/#/filter-all/page-1 Church leaders are hoping that the film will be widely seen, and they're counting on bloggers, tweeters, owners of websites and Facebook pages, and others involved in the social media -- ordinary Latter-day Saints, … [Read more...]

Okay lecture, good food, and a supremely important family event

The restaurant's sign

  A rather good day. This afternoon, I delivered my first of four BYU Education Week lectures on historical arguments for the resurrection of Christ.  Today's lecture, "The Witness of the Gospels," went okay.  I wasn't overly pleased with it; this particular lecture is, by a considerable distance, the most complex, and, as it turned out, I had far more material than I could cram into roughly fifty minutes. Afterwards, though, my wife and I went to a … [Read more...]

“Share Goodness”

temple in Venezuela

  Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has just delivered what, to my mind, was a remarkable summons to members of the Church to use social media in an effort to share the restored Gospel worldwide. He also included some practical suggestions and announced certain resources that are, right now, available from the Church for this purpose. His remarks can be viewed … [Read more...]

“Inside the Brilliant Mind of Hugh Nibley”

A pivotal influence on me

  I don't always agree with him, but he was and still is invariably stimulating, and he was unquestionably a genius.  And, for what it's worth, a pivotal influence on my life: http://www.ldsliving.com/story/76468-inside-the-brilliant-mind-of-hugh-nibley?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=related&utm_content=rel2140819   … [Read more...]