President Nelson, Bishop Caussé, Sister Eubank, and Dr. Swift

President Nelson, Bishop Caussé, Sister Eubank, and Dr. Swift September 17, 2019


The Big MAC, as it was once briefly called.
The interior of BYU’s Marriott Center, where President Nelson delivered his remarks.
(Wikimedia Commons)


For what it’s worth, I will be speaking at the September meeting of the Cotton Mission Chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers.  That meeting will be held on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, at the Holmstead Ranch. Meet and greet at 5:30pm, dinner meeting starts at 6pm. Dinner is $15 per person.


President Russell M. Nelson delivered a fairly brief but, in my judgment, a rather remarkable address in the Marriott Center on the Provo, Utah, campus of Brigham Young University.  I trust that what he said will soon be available online in various forms.


He spoke very directly about the leadership role of today’s ordained prophets and apostles, and very specifically about recent policy changes regarding the children of lesbian, gay, and transgendered couples.  I expect that what he said will be met with anger and vituperation in certain circles, but it was offered in sincerity and genuine love.  (I say that with confidence, as somebody who has known and interacted with President Nelson for quite a number of years now.  I don’t want to overstate that: I don’t claim that we’re intimate confidantes or that we spend our free hours doing cardiac surgery together.  But I served for several years on a relatively small committee that was chaired by then Elder Nelson, and I’ve had a number of contacts with him since then, both in person and in writing, and I have every confidence both that he is genuine and sincere and that he is a truly kind, loving, and caring human being.)


I can say similar things about other members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.  I say this not to boast, but I believe that the only one of them with whom I have had no personal interaction (that I can recall) is Elder Ulisses Soares.  Some of those interactions have been more substantial than others, of course, but my experience with them has strengthened my conviction that these are good men, men who sincerely and seriously attempt to discern the will of God for the welfare of their brothers and sisters.




Dr. Hales Swift has prepared yet another video supplement, with an accompanying transcript, for publication on the website of the Interpreter Foundation: “A Video Supplement for Come, Follow Me Lesson 37: “God Loveth a Cheerful Giver.””  It is entitled


“Paul’s Visit to the Third Heaven in 2 Corinthians 12”




Bishop Gérald Caussé, who oversees the welfare and humanitarian programs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was recently joined in Geneva by Sister Sharon Eubank, president of Latter-day Saint Charities and first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency:


“Bishop Caussé Gives Keynote Address at UN Conference in Geneva: Global leaders discuss role of education in displaced populations”




Here’s an item from the invaluable Dr. Jeff Lindsay:


The Book of Mormon’s Interesting Uses of Isaiah 25:8, ‘Death Swallowed Up'”



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