My one encounter, such as it was, with Henry Kissinger

My one encounter, such as it was, with Henry Kissinger November 29, 2023


Cabo scene
The Arch, Land’s End, at Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
(Wikimedia Commons public domain photo)


For a while this afternoon, one of the world’s densest concentrations of sheer cuteness was out on the Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California), bobbing on a small boat that was completely made of transparent plexiglass.  We were also privileged to be on that boat.  We saw lots and lots of fish through its floor.  They were clearly Mexican fish, because the folks on the boat would occasionally toss a flour tortilla over the side and the fish gobbled it down with visible gusto.  We also got a close look at El Arco de Cabo San Lucas (see above), which is at the very end of the Baja Peninsula and which, for obvious reasons, is an icon of the area.


Al Arco, The Arch
Another view of “Land’s End,” including El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

(Wikimedia Commons public domain image)


The Interpreter Foundation is, well, something of a gushing spring, and I really shouldn’t permit myself to fall behind in keeping you alerted to what it’s doing.  Here are some of its recent offerings, which are only made possible by the kindness of generous volunteers and donors:

Conference Talks: “Made Stronger Than Many Waters”: The Purported Sacred Names of Moses as a Series of Keywords,”

This presentation was given on  Saturday, 7 November 2020, by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and Matthew L. Bowen at the Interpreter Foundation’s 2020 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

The idea of names as “keywords” has been associated with temples since very early times. In a temple context, the meaning of the term “keyword” can be taken quite literally: the use of the appropriate keyword or keywords by a qualified worshipper “unlocks” each one of a successive series of gates, thus providing access to specific, secured areas of the sacred space. In this presentation, we will explore how a series of names and titles purportedly given to Moses at various points in his life might relate to accounts of his ascents to heaven.

Interpreter Radio Show — November 12, 2023

In this, the 12 November 2023 episode of the Interpreter Radio Show, regular discussants Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen were joined by Breck England as a special guest. They discussed Come, Follow Me New Testament lesson 50, the use of unapproved materials, and Breck’s new book, The Bright and Morning Star: Finding and Following Jesus in the Book of Revelation, which has now been published by the Interpreter Foundation and Eborn Books.

The “New Testament in Context” portion of this show, for the Come, Follow Me New Testament lesson 50 was posted separately on Tuesday, 28 November 2023.

The New Testament in Context Lesson 50: “Glory, and Power, Be unto … the Lamb for Ever” (Revelation 1-5)

For the 12 November 2023 Come, Follow Me segment of the Interpreter Radio Show, the discussants were Terry Hutchinson, John Gee, and Kevin Christensen, with special guest Breck England.  Their conversation was focused on New Testament lesson 50, “Glory, and Power, Be unto … the Lamb for Ever” on Revelation 1-5.

You can now listen to or download the New Testament in Context segment of the 12 November 2023 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show without fear of commercial or other interruptions and without charge.  The other segments of the 12 November 2023 radio show can be similarly accessed (see immediately above) at

The Interpreter Radio Show can be heard live on Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 PM (MDT), on K-TALK, AM 1640, or you can listen on the Internet at

Come, Follow Me — New Testament Study and Teaching Helps: Lesson 50, December 4 — 10:  Revelation 1–5 — “Glory, and Power, Be unto … the Lamb for Ever”

Once again, Jonn Claybaugh generously provides a helpful though concise set of notes for students and teachers of the “Come, Follow Me” curriculum of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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The Cabo San Lucas area in a public domain photograph from the International Space Station


I saw the news this evening that Henry Kissinger has died, at the astonishing age of fully one hundred years.  And he was remarkably productive virtually to the end.  For instance, along with Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher, he published The Age of AI: And Our Human Future in 2021.  In 2022, he published Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy.  He marked his hundredth birthday on 20 June 2023 by receiving the Bavarian Order of Maximilian, in Bavaria.  In July, he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

I had only one personal experience of my own with Dr. Kissinger.  Not surprisingly, it involves travel.  And, although I’ve told it here before, it’s really short.  So I think that I’ll tell it once more:

Many years ago, my wife and I flew from New York City to Milan, Italy.  Unfortunately, though, our bags did not.  So I had to go downstairs at the Milan Malpensa Airport in order to file a lost-luggage report.  When I arrived at the office, there was one person ahead of me who had apparently also been on that flight and who was there, not looking very happy, to report that his bags hadn’t arrived.  It was none other than Henry Kissinger.  Seeing him there cheered me up all day.  Not because I had anything personally against Henry Kissinger but because it was amusing to see that such things can happen to the mighty and great as well as to peasants such as I.  Our luggage landed on the next scheduled flight and was delivered to our hotel; I expect that Dr. Kissinger’s did, as well.


Joseph Smith Sr., farmer of the Genesee, and his family.
One of the collateral benefits of the work that we did on the Interpreter Foundation’s “Witnesses” film project was a relatively brief terrestrial reunion of the Joseph Smith Sr. family, shown here in a still photograph taken on the movie set by James Jordan.


This is very important.  I found it just beside the Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File™:  “U. Va. sociologist, Deseret News contributor tells BYU students marriage and families are the ultimate source of happiness: 1 in 3 adults will never marry — and Brad Wilcox says the decrease in overall happiness correlates with declining number of marriages”


Posted from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico



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