The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards

Thursday, September 29, 2022

How to Zion - more examples

I've been posting on my "how to Zion" blog, here:

There is so much good happening throughout the world. We live in exciting times!


I'm also excited about my upcoming book, The Rational Restoration, which will be released in October. I'll post some announcements here next week.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Being positive

Nice tweet from Hank Smith:

I love being around people who point out the best in others. People who value those around them. They compliment, uplift, & are genuinely interested in everyone. See beyond weaknesses and past mistakes. Point out the good & leave others feeling better about themselves.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Me in the Liahona

There is a lot of room for reaching consensus with fellow Christians who are not Latter-day Saints. 

The Book of Mormon is God's gift to the entire world. Regardless of any individual's religious beliefs, the Book of Mormon will bless lives because it is evidence of God's involvement with all people everywhere throughout history, and because the teachings of the Book of Mormon will being people closer to God.

After all, the purpose of the Book of Mormon, set out in the Title Page, says nothing about joining any church. Naturally, people join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to make covenants, but to the extent the book brings people closer to Christ, it blesses lives.

Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations

(Title Page, 2)


The French (European) edition of the October Liahona magazine published an article by my friend Gabriel Mourier about our visit with Baptist minister Lynn Ridenhour in 2019. 

Here is the original French article.

The translated version:

The print version has photos (see below).

Thursday, September 22, 2022

Making the world a better place

Like you, good readers, I wake up every morning eager to make the world a better place. 

There's so much good to be done. 

If you're working at a full-time job, you're making the world a better place. 

If you're serving in your family, neighborhood, community, or in your ward (or other church), you're making the world a better place. 

If you're helping someone in need, financially, emotionally, spiritually, or physically, you're making the world a better place.

From time to time, I post about these ideas on my blog


Because I'm retired from full-time job commitments, here are some of the things I enjoy doing to make the world a better place. What do you like to do?

- Substitute teaching in local public schools. 

- Teaching Institute online.

- Working with my wife to train Pathway missionaries in South America.

- Teaching for a Chinese university online, representing BYU.

- Blogging about Gospel principles and concepts, Church history, etc.

- Writing books and articles.

- Speaking at conferences, firesides, etc.

Grandkids climbing at Snowbird
- Corresponding with people around the world.

- Painting portraits, landscapes, and historical events.

- Helping someone in need financially, emotionally, spiritually, and/or physically. 

- Golfing, fishing, tennis, basketball, kayaking, swimming, and various other sports/activities with other people.

- Ward and stake service projects.

- Ward callings.

- Having people over for dinner.

- Family activities. For example, last week we had a quick trip to Utah and took our grandkids to Snowbird on the tram, etc.

- etc.


The Scout motto - do a good turn daily - even has an app:

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

all rational points of view

One cause of confusion, mistrust and contention is the suppression by the majority of opinions, points of view, and perspectives of the minority.

President Dallin H. Oaks spoke at the inauguration of the BYU law school when he was president of the university:

The curriculum and manner of instruction in the J Reuben Clark Law School should approach the law from a scholarly and objective point of view, with the largest latitude in the matters being considered.....

It is uniquely important that its students be exposed to all rational points of view on every question worthy of study. Failure to provide this kind of training would put our graduates at a significant disadvantage when they meet the opposing arguments--as they will.

We can assess the legitimacy and productivity of any educational organization by how well it observes President Oaks' admonition.