Giving women better titles in the Church?

    When I posted my little piece the other day about what titles to give women who serve in the Church, I (of course) hadn’t yet seen this article, which has just been published in the Salt Lake Tribune:   “Mia Maids? Mission prez’s wife? Please, in the name of all that is holy, [Read More…]

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A genuinely inspiring moment from the Olympics

    This article talks about something that’s even better than medal totals:   Runner who helped competitor says she’s fueled by faith   For more on Abbey D’Agostino, see here.   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

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“What a ‘fatwa’ is and is not”

    This newly published Deseret News article may be of use (or, at least, of interest) to one or two of you out there:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865660591/What-a-fatwa-is-and-is-not.html   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

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Friday night in Oslo

    We had dinner at a really pleasant traditional Norwegian restaurant called the Engebret Café.  We ate outside, and the food was quite good.  It is said that the great Norwegian writers Bjornstjerne Bjørnson, Henrik Ibsen, and Knut Hamsun all had regular tables at the Engebret, as did the composer Edvard Grieg — listen [Read More…]

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Patrick Mason at the 2016 FairMormon Conference

    The transcript of Patrick Mason’s remarks at the 2016 FairMormon conference is now up.  Or, perhaps more accurately, I should describe it as the text from which he delivered his remarks, as I think he supplied it for publication:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2016-fairmormon-conference/courage-convictions   I thought it a good talk.  There was a great deal [Read More…]

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“Remembering and Honoring Maori Latter-day Saints”

    It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published a new article.   Seriously?  You’re surprised?   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

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Thankfully, it’s not ours to judge.

    “Do not forget, some give little, and it is much for them, others give all, and it costs them no effort; who then has given most?”  Knut Hamsun (1859-1952)   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

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“The Tragic Transgender Contagion”

    Bizarre cultural trends can have painful consequences for the individuals caught up in them.  Here’s one apparent example:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439126/transgender-teens-parents-rapid-onset-gender-dysphoria-doctors   Posted from Oslo, Norway     [Read more…]

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In which I emit a tiny squeak from my place under the bus

    Among the best parts of the mythic narrative that has emerged in some circles about the Maxwell Institute purge of 2012 is the one that recounts how the Church threw me under the bus.  The Brethren, it is said, expressed their disapproval of me and all my works by repudiating me.  A canker on the [Read More…]

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“Who are the Kurds?”

    A short Deseret News article from the past that some might find helpful in understanding recent headlines out of Turkey, etc.:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865614471/Who-are-the-Kurds.html   Please note that the Kurds are, overwhelmingly, Muslim.  The strife between them and their (likewise overwhelmingly Muslim) neighbors is seldom if ever religiously motivated.   Posted from Oslo, Norway [Read More…]

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