Monthly Archives: June 2013

How Bad Are Things in the World?

I went to my Ward Sacrament Meeting today.  No this doesn’t signal the advent of the Apocalypse, it’s just that I was asked to give the opening prayer, and I said yes (for reasons that I don’t totally understand). The … Continue reading

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“Questioning Faith” by Dorothy Deasy

In April, when I met with Dorothy and her husband Jim, I extended an invitation to her to be a guest blogger.  She has gracefully agreed. The air is so hot, so still, then, seemingly from nowhere, a sweet, cool … Continue reading

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The Arduous Migration of the Bee-eaters

I’ve taken frequent boat trips up the Nile River to Murchison Fall.  As we motor up the river, the guide always points out the bee-eaters colonies.  These birds dig adits into the sandy banks, adjacent to rivers.  They dart around, chasing insects. The family … Continue reading

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Another LDS Public Relations Snafu

The two recent Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8 have generated a lot of press.  For those on the right, it’s a sign that we are truly in the Last Days.  For those on the left, it’s a sign that … Continue reading

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Tear Down These Walls

I’m tired of walls, fences, borders, anything that divides us.  “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall.”  There are the historic walls:  the Berlin Wall, the double electrified fence around Auschwitz, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Great Wall of China.  And … Continue reading

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“I’ll Go Where You Want Me to Go”

During the recent LDS special session for new mission presidents, missionaries in the MTC, and other interested parties, the hymn “I’ll go where you want me to go” was sung by a missionary choir.  It was very stirring and a … Continue reading

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Suggested Changes in the Mormon Missionary Program

In a recent post on, John F. makes some very helpful suggestions for improving the missionary program: “The missionary program be modified to more directly account for the Church’s recently announced ‘Fourth Mission’–caring for the poor and needy.  Missionaries … Continue reading

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