June 24, 2024

  A twelve-minute piece that we recorded in Kirtland, Ohio, during the same May 2024 trip on which we filmed much of “Who Actually Saw the Gold Plates? | A Marvelous Work Episode 5” has now gone up online as an “extended cut”:  See “School of the Prophets – Dan Peterson” I returned home from my service in the Switzerland Zürich Mission roughly a century and a half ago, perhaps somewhat less, but my brief recent stay there has led... Read more

June 23, 2024

  This bit of footage, shot back in May at the foot of Torleif Knaphus’s Angel Moroni monument, which stands atop the Hill Cumorah near Palmyra, New York, somehow didn’t survive into the Final Cut of “Who Actually Saw the Gold Plates? | A Marvelous Work Episode 5.”  I can’t imagine why! I want to share a few passages that I marked for my notes during a reading of Lee Nelson, Visions from Beyond the Veil (Springville, UT: Cedar Fort,... Read more

June 22, 2024

  Although I no longer possess public political opinions or interests, I’m reliably informed that a national election is approaching in the United States of America.  In fact, I’ve actually seen apparent political news coverage.  (And somebody to whom I’m as close as anybody possibly can be really, really, really liked this article.)  But I have a complaint about how political issues are covered, at least in this country: Almost all of the coverage is analogous to the coverage that... Read more

June 21, 2024

  I was surprisingly sad to leave Switzerland this time.  As we were packing up to leave the house in which we’d been staying, the couple that takes care of the place arrived to tidy up after us for the absentee landlord, who is a lifelong friend of theirs (but who now resides in the United States and is currently serving a mission with his wife in England).  We ended up talking for quite a while.  They’re long-time temple workers... Read more

June 20, 2024

  Well, the FAIR LDS conferences in Europe ended a week ago (though two or three solo presentations may remain).  They were, I think, reasonably successful.  The in-person attendance in Rome was disappointingly poor, but the audiences in Salzburg and Göteborg were fairly good.  And, in all cases, the talks were recorded, translated, and made available—or will soon be made available—online. One of the obvious benefits of the FAIR LDS conferences, however, is that they provided considerable merriment and a... Read more

June 19, 2024

  First of all, I wish a happy Juneteenth to everybody out there.  It’s a great day to remember. I first visited Switzerland fifty-four years ago.  Yes, I’m that old.  It was a brief visit, on a six-week tour of Europe with a busload of recent high school graduates.  We stayed for a couple of nights in Saas-Fee and visited Zermatt, where we saw the Matterhorn.  I fell instantly in love with the country, and I decided that I wanted... Read more

June 18, 2024

  We headed out this morning along the northern shore of the Brienzersee (through Ringgenberg, which was probably my most important tracting area in the Berner Oberland and perhaps altogether in my mission, and where I had a remarkable set of unexpected experiences with the local Protestant pastor), back over the Brünigpass to Altdorf and over the spectacular Klausenpass.  When we reached Linthal, on the other side of the Pass over in Kanton Glarus, we turned around and retraced our... Read more

June 17, 2024

  This morning, we drove from Zürich down past Luzern and then over the Brünig Pass to Interlaken, where I spent seven months of my mission.  Strictly speaking, we drove to a “suburb” of Interlaken called Matten, where a Swiss friend who earned a doctorate in the United States and who has lived and worked in America for decades still owns the home in which he grew up.  He called me three or four years ago and asked whether I... Read more

June 16, 2024

  I taught the Sunday school class this morning (on Alma 5-7) in what I think is the Västra Frölunda Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The ward meets in the building in which we held the FAIR conference yesterday — though it’s a different ward from where we attended (and I gave a fireside) when we were here eight years for the previous FAIR here.  It still looks new and contemporary, but I’m told that... Read more

June 16, 2024

    I maintain a blog for many reasons.  Irritating a small handful of folks on the Peterson Obsession Board was an afterthought, and it has never been among my primary motivations.. One of those reasons is purely personal:  It’s a kind of journal for me, and, even more particularly, it’s a way of remembering things, and especially of remembering people, whose memory I refuse to allow to be wholly lost. So, for instance, I’m afraid that readers of this... Read more

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