Figure It Out Yourself

I was browsing through some old copies of Conference Report (which used to be published by the Church up until a couple of years ago) and ran across the following quote by President Joseph F. Smith. It struck my interest, and I thought it worth repeating:

Libraries and Dodos

I was reading an article this morning about the long-prophesied end of libraries. It raised many good points that got me, once again, thinking about one of my favorite subjects: books. You see, I’ve been a writer for most of my adult life. I write non-fiction books, and I’ve had a wonderful romantic (is that the right word?) relationship with libraries. I love to visit them, as time allows, and… Read More »

Movie Day: Gravity

My life is such that my wife and I are able to go see movies during the day. I count this as a blessing; a nice perk of being completely in charge of my own schedule. So, we often go to see them during the day when crowds are smaller, parking is easier, and prices are lower. The only drawback is that often the popcorn is left over from the… Read More »

Service to Others

In a recent installment on the On Faith blog of the Washington Post, Michael Otterson expressed some thoughts about how the year-to-year increase in the number of LDS missionaries is not only amazing, but also illustrates what “makes Mormons tick.” It was a good read, well reasoned and measured, but there was one phrase he used that struck me as I read it. Service to others is so much more… Read More »

October 2013 General Conference, Sunday Afternoon

Here we go with the last session of General Conference… President Eyring conducted this session of conference.   Elder Quentin L. Cook: Lamentation of Jeremiah: Beware of Bondage Elder Cooks sermon dovetails very nicely with Elder Oaks’ comments in this morning’s session of conference. Here is one of many great quotes: God intended that men and women would be free to make choices between good and evil. When evil choices… Read More »

October 2013 General Conference, between Sunday Sessions

Those who have been to General Conference have no doubt seen the street preachers who stand in public access areas adjoining Church property and shout their message, taking advantage of the protections offered by the free-speech provisions of our Constitution. Their message typically is not about the saving grace of Jesus Christ, but mischaracterizations about the LDS faith and our beliefs. They are quick to condemn and consign their listeners… Read More »

October 2013 General Conference, Sunday Morning

In this post I’ll try to do some real-time blogging about this session of Conference. I’ll update this post throughout the session. I may not have notes here from all speakers, and not all comments may be from inside the Conference Center. Feel free to leave comments if you desire. I’ll try to answer them as (and if) I can. President Uchtdorf is conducting. Opening prayer given by a sister, praying… Read More »

October 2013 General Conference, Saturday Afternoon

In this post I’ll try to do some real-time blogging about this session of Conference. See, also, my notes from the Saturday morning session. I’ll update this post throughout the session. I may not have notes here from all speakers, and not all comments may be from inside the Conference Center. Feel free to leave comments if you desire. I’ll try to answer them as (and if) I can. President… Read More »

October 2013 General Conference, between Saturday Sessions

It is always interesting to walk about outside the Conference Center and take pictures between sessions. Today, as in previous years, there were a number of the same perennial protesters. I’m typically not as interested in the people, though, as I am the signs they bring. The are fascinating. I’ll try to post a few that picqued my interest today. Some of the signs used by street preachers are interesting… Read More »

October 2013 General Conference, Saturday Morning

In this post I’ll try to do some real-time blogging about this session of Conference. (Go easy on me; this is my first attempt at this.) I’ll update this post throughout the session. I may not have notes here from all speakers, and not all comments may be from inside the Conference Center. Feel free to leave comments if you desire. I’ll try to answer them as (and if) I… Read More »