And the stars shall fall from heaven


From my gospel study this morning on Matthew 24:29 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of …

And the Moon Shall Turn to Blood


Last week in some parts of North America we experienced another total eclipse of the moon. When the earth passes between the sun and the moon, the moon is darkened, but not completely. The brilliant white appearance of the moon is replaced with a distinctly red color caused by reflected light from the earth. This …

Mormon Church is not the fastest growing


According to the National Council of Churches, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not the fastest growing church in the United States. The National Council of Churches produces the Yearbook of Canadian and American Churches. For 2008, it lists the Jehovah's Witnesses as the fastest growing at 2.25%, while the LDS Church …

What is this thing that men call death?


I recently read an article in Newsweek about how others view LDS funerals. I was a little surprised at their surprise of how things usually go in our funerals. Are our funerals so very different? And from an essay found in the LDS Newsroom commenting about funerals after the funeral of President Hinckley, "What is …

So was it good for the Mormons?


I don't think all the press attention that has come to the church in the last year because of Mitt Romney will go away but I am fairly certain we have just entered a lull. The attention seemed to come to a high point with two recent articles in the Washington Post and the Wall …

Do parenting meetings cause you to feel guilty?


I attended the Worldwide Leadership Training Broadcast this morning. It was well worth my time. I'm glad I was there. I've attended every one of them since 2003 and this was one of the best. After Elder Holland's introduction, President Packer read and expounded upon "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." It was wonderful …

Will President Monson change Mormon doctrine?


The Washington Post had a mostly favorable article about President Monson the other day. Actually, compared to some that I have read lately, it was very well done. Jacqueline L. Salmon, the staff writer assigned to the story, did her research and interviewed some of the usual non-Mormon experts like Richard N. Ostling (Mormon America …

Thank you Mitt Romney


Mitt Romney gave one of his greatest speeches today at CPAC - The Conservative Political Action Conference. In that speech he announced that he is suspending his campaign for the candidacy of the President of the United States. Some pundits and commentators lamented, "Why is it that now he comes alive, just to announce he …

What is the source of this latest Mormon rumor?


I have received emails and Google hits on my website from people looking for commentary on the rumor that President Monson was prophesied to be the Prophet when the Savior comes. I don't understand why people are so fascinated with this rumor and have written about LDS rumors before. It doesn't matter if we know …

Thomas S. Monson named President of the Church


Old news already and no surprise to anyone that Thomas S. Monson was named the President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this morning. We will miss President Hinckley but look forward to the direction we will receive from President Monson for many years to come. As the video reports, …