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    Were you aware that the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is out on tour?  Here are some articles about how it’s going:   Mormon Tabernacle Choir Draws Large Crowds During East Coast Tour   Mormon Tabernacle Choir Sings at Yankee Stadium on East Coast Tour   Mormon Tabernacle Choir Performs Fourth of July Concert at West Point   Posted from Carlsbad, California   Read more

    “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”  (John Bowring, d. 1872)   I was able to join in the blessing of my nephew’s new baby girl Emma today, in the Santa Gertrudes Ward in Whittier.  Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch and good conversation with him, his wife, my sister-in-law, and others at his home, in the house where my parents used to live.   Then, before we left the general Whittier area, my wife and I visited the… Read more

    Social science survey data indicates that they are.   But why?   Posted from San Diego, California   Read more

    Despite the almost instant phone call that I mentioned in my previous installment, that episode didn’t begin a period of constant interaction with Elder Packer.   So this next encounter was quite discrete and unexpected.   First, you need to understand that I’m a living, walking, breathing violation of Doctrine and Covenants 88:124 (“retire to thy bed early, that ye may not be weary”).   I’ve tried to repent for years, but the repentance never lasts.  And I’ve… Read more   Posted from San Diego, California     Read more

    Luke 12:1 Compare Matthew 16:5-6; Mark 8:14-15   “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.”   Just a little bit of leaven affects the entire loaf.  So, too, just a tiny trace of obvious hypocrisy taints a person’s reputation, authority, and moral stature.   Posted from San Diego, California     Read more

    “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.  And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”  (Barry M. Goldwater)   Posted from San Diego, California     Read more   “Our objective is clear,” President Obama declared to the nation from the State Floor of the White House on 10 September 2014.  “We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL [aka ISIS or the “Islamic State”] through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy.”   How’s that coming?   Posted from San Diego, California     Read more

    Things are a bit out of joint here in California.   A few days ago, for example, when we dropped by Ruby’s Diner along the Pacific Coast Highway just below Newport Beach in order for me to get a date milkshake — I’ve been getting date milkshakes there for as long as I can remember — they were out of dates!   That’s what Californian’s get, I think, for putting Jerry Brown back into the governor’s office.   But… Read more

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