Two prominent Latter-day Saints discuss religious liberty in eastern U.S. speeches

  1.   “Former US Senator Speaks of Religious Freedom’s Invaluable Contribution to America”     2.   “Elder Oaks speaks at Johns Hopkins: Religious freedom essential for free, prosperous society”     [Read more…]

Advice for your morning and your evening

    Let go of your plans.  The first hour of your morning belongs to God.  Tackle the day’s work that he charges you with, and he will give you the power to accomplish it. . . . And when night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has [Read More…]

Interpreter takes a serious hit for the good of the Saints and the Kingdom

    I’m simultaneously delighted and dismayed to report that Jeff Bradshaw, the Interpreter Foundation’s to-this-point indispensable vice president, has been called with his wife to serve the Lord, commencing this summer, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa Mission.   Jeff intends to continue his involvement with Interpreter, but, very plainly, it will [Read More…]

A State That Will Live in Infamy

    By handing Donald Trump a huge victory and otherwise muddling the Republican presidential waters, New Hampshire has put The Donald back into a dominant position for the party’s nomination.   Governor John Kasich has practically lived in New Hampshire for the past weeks and months.  He took a distant second in New Hampshire [Read More…]

“Hundreds of galaxies discovered hidden behind the Milky Way”

    Hundreds of hidden galaxies now finally found.  And each of them unimaginably vast:   http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-02-10/the-great-attractor-milky-way-zone-of-avoidance-survey/7152216   (Thanks to David Wills for alerting me to this item.)   O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes [Read More…]

“Terryl Givens on What It Means to Sustain”

    A short but interesting item from one of Mormonism’s most prominent faithful intellectuals:   http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2016/02/terryl-givens-on-what-it-means-to-sustain/     [Read more…]

BOM 2 Nephi 22

    Today’s reading, 2 Nephi 22 (= Isaiah 12), is very short and, I think, quite straightforward.   Have a look at verse two.  Now look at Psalm 27:1.   Taken together, do they remind you of anything?     [Read more…]

Tolerance and Despair

    “In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair . . . the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which [Read More…]

“Top intelligence official: ISIS to attempt U.S. attacks this year”

    I take this really seriously:   http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/09/politics/james-clapper-isis-syrian-refugees/index.html   I want our politicians and presidential aspirants to take it seriously, too.   As I’ve said previously, one of my reservations about Ted Cruz (with whom I otherwise generally agree) concerns his views on domestic intelligence-gathering.  It was a major reservation of mine with regard [Read More…]

“Do animals feel empathy?”

    A very interesting article about the ongoing debate concerning animal emotions:   http://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2016/2/8/10925098/animals-have-empathy     [Read more…]