“Right back where I started from”

  It's good to be back in California, which will always seem like home to me.  I grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, eastward of Los Angeles, and San Gabriel and the cities round about (e.g., Alhambra, Pasadena, South Pasadena, Arcadia, South El Monte, Altadena, Whittier, and so forth) were the focus of my first two or three decades or so, along with greater Los Angeles in general (especially Westwood, Santa Monica, and etc.)  But I spent a lot of time along the south coast o … [Read More...]

BOM Alma 53

  Four quick observations on today's reading in Alma 53: 1. The people of Ammon had already shown how seriously they took their oath not to fight, and probably how seriously oaths were taken in their culture (compare 1 Nephi 4:37), by their willingness to die rather than to break it.  In this chapter, the Nephites too demonstrate their seriousness about the oath; they choose to forego help that would have been militarily very useful to their def … [Read More...]

“Science Meets Religion”

  If you're interested in the interface between religion and science -- both generally and from a Latter-day Saint point of view -- you'll find a treasure trove of material on this website, which is run by Dr. David H. Bailey: http://www.sciencemeetsreligion.org  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read More...]

“Being Muslim in America”

  A short but interesting article: http://theweek.com/articles/637390/being-muslim-america I'm guessing that at least some of what it says will be new to you.  It was new to me.  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read More...]

“Answering one of the silliest arguments against the Book of Mormon Ever”

  In my experience, theistic anti-Mormonism is largely (though not entirely) a conservative Protestant or evangelical enterprise.  (Secularist anti-Mormonism is increasingly visible and influential, but it's another story completely.) Although there is some Catholic anti-Mormon activity -- heck, I've even seen a Muslim anti-Mormon pamphlet -- Protestants are, by and large, the folks who set up "ministries," publish newsletters, broadcast radio shows, travel on … [Read More...]

Ideologues and the Open Mind

  An ideologue -- one who thinks ideologically -- can't lose.  He can't lose because his answer, his interpretation and his attitude have been determined in advance of the particular experience or observation.  They are derived from the ideology, and not subject to the facts. James Burnham   Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read More...]

“Why are doctors plagued by depression and suicide? A crisis comes into focus”

  Rates of suicide are unusually high among physicians and medical students: https://www.statnews.com/2016/07/21/depression-suicide-physicians/ Very sad.  And an especially tragic waste of human potential.  So much talent lost.  So much service left unperformed. Why is this so?  What can be done? (And how can Mormonism be blamed for it?)  Posted from Newport Beach, California  … [Read More...]

“President Uchtdorf Presents Donation to UN Food Program”

  It's wonderful to belong to an organization that does so much good internationally. http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/president-uchtdorf-presents-donation-food-program  Posted from Newport Beach, California    … [Read More...]

“You Have Come At Last”

  Someone kindly brought this wonderful story to my notice the other day, and I'm embarrassed to say that I don't recall who it was.  But I appreciate it: https://history.lds.org/article/pioneers-in-every-land-nigeria-anthony-obinna?lang=eng May God bless the memory and the family of Anthony Obinna, and the Saints and the people of Nigeria, where life can be very difficult. I have a distant but particular interest in the beginnings of … [Read More...]

“The Great Plan of Happiness”

  Craig Foster, Mike Parker, and Martin Tanner join together in this Interpreter Foundation scripture roundtable for a conversation about 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 30, which focuses on Alma 40-42.  It's the 174th such roundtable posted by the Foundation.  Despite predictions of Interpreter's imminent death dating back to 2012, it seems that there may eventually be several of these roundtables.  Posted from San Diego, California    … [Read More...]