January 24, 2021

    Okay.  If I havn’t been clear enough yet, let me make it unmistakably plain now:  I believe that, consonant with advice from their physicians (in some marginal cases), as many people as possible should seek out and receive one of the vaccines that have been or will yet be approved for use against the novel coronavirus.  And I intend to beat the drum to that end.   I want to get the COVID-19 pandemic behind us, so that… Read more

January 23, 2021

    I’ve already mentioned that the Interpreter Foundation’s theatrical film, Witnesses, will be featured at the LDS Film Festival in Orem, Utah, toward the end of February.  There is another film that will be shown there with which I have a slight connection:  Remembering Heaven includes interviews with, among others, Terryl Givens, Martin Tanner, and, well, me.  I myself haven’t yet seen it; I hope that my participation hasn’t done it too much damage.     ***   I’ve been… Read more

January 23, 2021

    Another development that needs to be achieved, as most Latter- day Saints know, is the construction of a temple in Jerusalem. The prophet Ezekiel saw a vision of a great latter-day temple and its ritu­als and recorded that vision in chapters 40-47 of the Hebrew biblical book named that bears his name. Joseph Smith taught that, although the entire law of Moses would not be restored, the rituals of sacrifice would be restored and carried out (at least… Read more

January 22, 2021

    We know, of course, that the Interpreter Foundation is nearly at death’s door.  Most notably, a critic who called himself Bond James Bond pointed this out almost precisely eight years ago, on 25 January 2013.  And, just this morning, I learned on the same message board where Mr. Bond made his venerable prophecy that the disastrous failure that looms over the Foundation’s Witnesses film project has reduced me to “desperation.”  Despite my fragile state of mind, though, I… Read more

January 21, 2021

    If you would like to see the nearly five-minute interview with Paul Wuthrich that aired this morning on ABC Television ‘s Salt Lake City affiliate, you can do so at the link just below.  Paul Wuthrich is the actor who portrays Joseph Smith in the forthcoming Interpreter Foundation theatrical film, Witnesses:   ABC 4 Utah (KTVX, Salt Lake City): “Portrayal of Joseph Smith in Witnesses shows humanity”   This has been a long time coming, not only because… Read more

January 20, 2021

    Update:  We’re now told more specifically that Paul will be on between 9:35 and 9:45 today.   Just so you know, on Thursday morning, 21 January 2021 — just a few hours from the time I’m writing — the host of ABC 4 “Good Things Utah” will do a live television interview with Paul Wuthrich, who plays the Prophet Joseph Smith in the forthcoming Interpreter Foundation theatrical film, Witnesses.  It is scheduled to last for 3-4 minutes, and… Read more

January 20, 2021

    At least by the time I was in graduate school, evangelical Protestant anti-Mormonism was clearly the single most obvious overt challenger to the claims of the Restoration and to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — as distinct, of course, from the usual tugs of worldly temptation and sheer burn-out.  It was the day of The God Makers and of Ex-Mormons for Jesus.  There was an actual anti-Mormon visitor center in greater Los Angeles — Todd… Read more

January 19, 2021

    If you’re an anti-vaxxer in general or someone who just refuses to receive vaccination against the COVID-19 pandemic in particular, you plainly won’t find much support for your position among the senior leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   “The First Presidency and Apostles Over Age 70 Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine: The Church has helped immunize nearly 117 million people since 2002”   Here’s an official statement from the Church, issued today, Tuesday, 19… Read more

January 18, 2021

    My stay in St. George over this long holiday weekend has been a nostalgic one, in some ways.  Although she grew up here, my mother left for Los Angeles as soon as she graduated from high school.  But I always had maternal relatives here, and we would visit them at least once or twice a year, often proceeding to the greater Salt Lake area, where other relatives lived.  In such cases, St. George marked the overnight stop en… Read more

January 17, 2021

    A few days ago, somebody — I meant to mark it, but I didn’t; I think it was  from Tracy Hall, but I haven’t been able to find it in order to be certain of that — kindly shared a little joke with me.  I hope that nobody will be too angry with me for sharing it; my point is actually not at all political:   It seems that two extremely ardent devotees of Mr. Donald J. Trump… Read more

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