Perhaps Ted Cruz’s finest hour

    Ted Cruz was booed, insulted, and criticized for his convention speech last night.   I’ve never been happier with him.   “I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father,” Senator Cruz commented afterwards.   The recently anointed Leader of the Republican Party, Mr. Donald Trump, [Read More…]

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“How to enjoy the peace that passeth all understanding”

    A very nice Deseret News column by a friend who has frequently participated in the Interpreter Foundation’s scripture roundtables:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656437/How-to-enjoy-the-peace-that-passeth-all-understanding.html   I offered some quite different but slightly related thoughts back in April, when I knew that Senator Bennett was very ill:   “Taking a ‘Leap of Faith’ in Bennett’s book on the origins [Read More…]

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Bloomberg Businessweek: “A Mormon Tycoon Wants to Build Joseph Smith’s Mega-Utopia in Vermont”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-newvistas-mormon-utopia/     [Read more…]

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“Republicans Accused of Plagiarizing Entire Convention Scenario from Book of Revelation”

    It turns out that Dave Barry isn’t the only journalist filing high-quality reportage from the Republican National Convention:   http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/republicans-accused-of-plagiarizing-entire-convention-scenario-from-book-of-revelation   Thanks to James Smith for calling this to my attention.     [Read more…]

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What we owe to our posterity

    Let us be sure that those who come after will say of us in our time, that in our time we did everything that could be done. We finished the race; we kept them free; we kept the faith.  Ronald Reagan     [Read more…]

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Linda Hunter Adams, 1941-2016

    Now that her obituary has publicly appeared, I’m free to pay tribute to our good friend Linda Hunter Adams, who passed away on Sunday after a battle with cancer that ebbed and flowed over a number of years.   She was a member of a weekly study group to which my wife also belongs, as [Read More…]

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“There’s a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why”

    All sorts of explanations have been proposed.  Many, inevitably, have sought to blame the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the apparent problem.  Some have resorted to (occasionally quite dubious) statistics in order to lay it specifically at the feet of Mormon teachings about homosexuality.   Here’s another suggestion:   https://mic.com/articles/104096/there-s-a-suicide-epidemic-in-utah-and-one-neuroscientist-thinks-he-knows-why#.tq2jDbVdD [Read More…]

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“Richard Bushman Reaffirms his Testimony of ‘angels, plates, translations, revelations'”

    A further statement from Professor Richard Bushman — following on the heels of this one — for those who continue to be interested in the recent “kerfuffle”:   Richard Bushman Reaffirms his Testimony of “angels, plates, translations, revelations”   Thanks to Stephen Smoot for bringing it to my notice.     [Read more…]

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I’m voting for Trump.

    I’ve been informed, over and over and over again, that, if I don’t vote for Mr. Donald J. Trump, I’m effectively voting for Mrs. Hillary Clinton.   “Too bad you’re for Hillary!” I’ve been told by more Trumpists than I can count.  “You’ll be responsible if Hillary wins!”   Well, by Trumpist reasoning, since [Read More…]

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On integrity

    “Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right, decide on what you think is right and stick to it.” — George Eliot   “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd.” Exodus 23:2 (New International Version) [Read more…]

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