Category Archives: Entertainment

Charity: How Important Are Motives?

In a recent post on, Stephen R. Marsh is very critical of charity that is used as a form of holiday entertainment: At the same time, there are people with great needs as winter approaches, weather becomes harsh and … Continue reading

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Homage to “Professor” Irwin Corey

Comedian/sage Irwin Corey died recently at the age of 102. I loved his act; he showed up on stage dressed like a disheveled, absent-minded professor and orated in a very sophisticated form of gibberish. Billed as “the World’s Foremost Authority,” … Continue reading

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Homage to Mormonism’s Most Influential Theologian

Who is (or was) the most insightful observer of Mormonism and LDS doctrine?  Is it Richard Bushman?  Is it Terryl Givens?  Is it Elder Dallin Oaks?  Was it Elder Bruce McConkie?  Is it Jan Shipps?  Is it Michael Quinn?  Was … Continue reading

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Lalibela, Ethiopia: 3 Can’t Miss Attractions

In early February (2015), I spent a few days in Lalibela, Ethiopia.  I like small-town Lalibela; this was my second visit.  I enjoy staying at Tukul Village Hotel and visiting the areas ancient rock churches, some almost a millennium old … Continue reading

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Comments About Mormon Missions, Part XV (Rocky Spiker)

by Heidi Hall, The Tennessean, Nov 19, 2014 NASHVILLE–Theatergoers here are getting a low-key dose of real proselytizing when they come for the sold-out Broadway tour of The Book of Mormon. Rocky Spiker–Elder Spiker to his colleagues–holds open the door as ticket … Continue reading

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Let’s Use Drums in LDS Church Services

Let’s face it.  LDS Church services are dull.  The music is rather passive and most organists play the hymns too slowly.  In fact, most congregational hymns sound more like dirges than joyful refrains. So what can be gone? We can … Continue reading

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Gospel Song: “Take My Mother Home”

At an Easter performance of the Orem (Utah) Chorale, I was emotionally touched by the Negro spiritual “Take My Mother Home”: I think I heard Him say when He was struggling up the hill/I think I heard Him say, take … Continue reading

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