“And for this testimony I expect to give an account in the day of judgment.”

“And for this testimony I expect to give an account in the day of judgment.” August 12, 2020


The Conference Center, etc.
I recorded my 2020 BYU Education Week lecture here — in the Harman Continuing Education Building — last week.
(BYU website)


A few days ago, I recorded a lecture for BYU Education Week 2020 entitled “The Book of Mormon Witnesses: Sincerity and Reality.”  As this news item indicates, it will be available for viewing in October of this year:


“BYU Education Week to be held online in October”




In the interim, though, I let Sic et Non slip briefly into People magazine mode with regard to two public Latter-day Saint personalities based in the eastern United States who have recently made or announced significant transitions:


“NBC10’s Vai Sikahema to retire later this year”


“From gridiron to journalist to pulpit … Vai Sikahema accepts another big challenge”


“General Brent Scowcroft, 1925–2020”


“Fixer Scholar Soldier Guide: The Strategist: Brent Scowcroft and the Call of National Security, by Bartholomew Sparrow (PublicAffairs, 752 pp., $37.50)”


And here is an early Latter-day Saint woman to add into the mix:


“‘Mormon Land’: Newly released diaries reveal the legacy of an early LDS writer and her fight for women’s rights”




“Wayment and Wilson-Lemmon on the Influence of Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the JST”




I’m wondering whether I ever called attention to this item on the website of the Interpreter Foundation  from nearly a month ago:


“Prayer and Worship in Alma 32-34”

A Video Supplement for Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon Lesson 28: Plant This Word in Your Hearts” (Alma 32-35)




I have, I confess, not been keeping my part of the bargain with regard to your Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” Files.  So here are a couple of links (one of them made up of several distinct items) by way of atonement.  Hopefully, they’ll carry you over and get you through this terrible dry spell:


“VIDEO: Feeding the Hungry During a Pandemic: Community pulls together to bring much needed food to families in New Zealand’s heartland”


“Latter-day Saints Around the World: Country Newsroom Websites, July 31, 2020”




“Let us take the Book of Mormon, which a man took and hid in his field, securing it by his faith, to spring up in the last days, or in due time; let us behold it coming forth out of the ground, which is indeed accounted the least of all seeds, but behold it branching forth, yea, even towering, with lofty branches, and God-like majesty, until it, like the mustard seed, becomes the greatest of all herbs. And it is truth, and it has sprouted and come forth out of the earth, and righteousness begins to look down from heaven, and God is sending down His powers, gifts and angels, to lodge in the branches thereof.”  (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, sel. Joseph Fielding Smith [1976], 98.)

“The Book of Mormon is true, just what it purports to be, and for this testimony I expect to give an account in the day of judgment.”  (Quoted by David Osbourne in “Recollections of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Juvenile Instructor, 15 March 1892, 173.)


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