June 18, 2021

    ***   We’re in Logan for the wedding of one of my brother’s granddaughters.  How he would have loved to be here!   As a side benefit, we had dinner tonight at a little Italian restaurant that’s situated in an elegant old house at 129 North 100 East, just below the hill on which the Logan Utah Temple sits.  It’s called Le Nonne, and I recommend it enthusiastically.  Our dinner was absolutely excellent.  I was delighted to learn… Read more

June 16, 2021

    ***   I’m told that, at least earlier today, the Witnesses film website was listing no theaters in Idaho Falls where the Interpreter Foundation’s movie was being screened.  This appears to have been an error:  So, if you’re in the Idaho Falls area and you’re interested in seeing Witnesses — and what on earth is wrong with you if you’re not? — please check with the Paramount Triplex Theatre there.  And  you should do it soon; movie runs don’t last forever,… Read more

June 16, 2021

    ***   I maintain a blog for many reasons.   However, one of them is purely personal:  My blog is something of a 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 blog will have to put up with my regular yearly memorials to my brother and my parents…. Read more

June 15, 2021

    ***   I admire what “Hypatia” has to say in this recently published article — which means, of course, that I agree with it:   “No Comparison Between Latter-day Saint Race and Sex Teachings: It’s become popular to assert that sexual orientation is, and ought to be, analogous to race for Latter-day Saints. That insistence overlooks what prophets actually say.”   ***   Here are a trio of damning items from the Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons… Read more

June 14, 2021

    ***   First, though, this brief excerpt from an interview with Y’r obd’t servant went up today in LDS Living:   “Why the Three Witnesses left the Church, why two came back, and how, despite never coming back, David Whitmer stood by his testimony even at his gravesite”   ***   This article, by my longtime friend, department colleague, and former missionary companion Stephen D. Ricks, was just published a few minutes ago in Interpreter: A Journal of… Read more

June 13, 2021

    ***   Curiously, this is from Illinois News Live:  “A new movie about the witnesses of the Book of Mormon premiere in eastern Idaho”   ***   And here’s something that some of you will find interesting:   “Thinking with Ryan Burge: Concerning young Latter-day Saints, third parties and life post-Trump”   (Please note that I’m not posting about politics.  I don’t do politics here any more.  I’ve heard that the country recently changed presidents, but I can’t… Read more

June 13, 2021

    ***   I published this column in the Deseret News very nearly seven years ago.  It was all that I could do.   She was born seven years ago today:   Some are displeased with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over socio-political disputes, gender concerns, and other perceived grievances. While I seldom if ever share their specific issues, I don’t discount them. I know they can hurt. However, compared with ultimate questions of life and… Read more

June 12, 2021

    ***   I’m happy to see such events as the one shown in the image above, for Mesa, Arizona, on Monday.   Here’s some news for those in Southern California.  Our superb distributor, Brandon Purdie, has been able to book what I’m told is one of the most prominent and prestigious art-house theater chains in the greater Los Angeles area for Witnesses.  It’s the Newhall Laemmle theater in Santa Clarita/Valencia.  Lincoln Hoppe, who plays Martin Harris in the… Read more

June 11, 2021

    ***   Have you seen Witnesses yet?  Are you going to watch it tonight?  Tomorrow night?   ***   Two new articles — in this case, two book reviews — were published today in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   Brian C. Hales, “Seeking a Global Context for the First Vision” Review of Richard E. Bennett, 1820: Dawning of the Restoration (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center at Brigham Young University / Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2020)…. Read more

June 10, 2021

    ***   As you can see from the illustration above, the Interpreter Foundation’s film Witnesses ranked at Number Six on Box Office Mojo for Tuesday, 8 June 2021.  Of course, in the interest of full disclosure it has to be frankly admitted that the box office receipts for Witnesses come in at slightly less than a third of those for Raya and the Last Dragon, which is ranked just above it at Number Five.  But they’re very nearly… Read more

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