October 2006

This is a great story in today’s Tribune. It profiles a group of LDS Harley riding Temple riders. They are called The Temple Riders, and you can visit their website here. I had no idea such a group existed; but, they have 600 members in chapters all over the country: (more…)

West Africa Ghana MissionI’ve received another incredible email update from the Moncurs, serving their fellow man, and their God over in the West Africa Ghana Mission. Reading these emails, and thinking back to my own mission years in South America puts modern day life here in the well fed and talkative west into some much needed perspective. I’ve posted the email below. After the email are 14 photographs of mission life in West Africa Ghana Mission. I’ve also posted on this same mission here, here, here, and here.  The photos posted at the end are reduced in size.  The full sized photos are even more incredible, and you can see them here. (more…)

For my friends who read the Messenger and Advocate; but don’t get much further around the Bloggernacle, I wanted to point you to two posts I’ve done in the last two days over at the Bloggernacle Times, here and here. They both discuss, and provide additional links to commentary on the yellow journalism and religious bigotry coming out of the Globe, about the Church and Mitt Romney. Any updates will be posted over at the Bloggernacle Times.

constitution.jpgAs Latter-day Saints, we as a Church believe The United States Constitution to be a Divinely inspired document, established by God Himself, and embodying just and holy principles. The Doctrine and Covenants section 101:77-80 confirms this belief: (more…)

hawaii-quake.jpgThis morning’s Deseret News contained a report focusing on Church members in the Hawaiian Islands after their large earthquake yesterday. The line that caught my attention was the hometeaching angle, which if you think about it, makes absolute common sense. Quoting President Eric B. Shumway, BYU Hawaii President, and an area Seventy: (more…)

I am ashamed as an American that this war  continues in my (our) name(s).  As an active and believing Latter-day Saint and Christian I am aghast that a nation founded on Judeo-Christian principles persists in such an unchristian endeavor.  I condemn the political leaders of both major political parties of this nation for not taking some decisive action to end this madness, this death, this destruction, this misery, this unholy and ungodly war.  I pray daily that God will soften hearts, any hearts to end this travesty.

The BYU Jerusalem Center will resume limited student programs beginning Winter Semester 2007. The BYU Jerusalem page notes:


October 9, 2006

Brigham Young University will resume student programs on a limited basis at its Center for Near Eastern Studies in Jerusalem beginning Winter Semester 2007. This program will be limited to current BYU-Provo students who have completed at least two semesters of full-time enrollment at a college or university. All qualified applications received (or postmarked) between October 23 and November 3 will be given equal consideration for the 44 available positions. Future programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with due consideration to the political and security environments in the region. (more…)

I have posted over at Bloggernacle Times a link to this opinion, as well as what I felt to be the most relevant portions of the court’s analysis and opinion. It is a rather long post; however, I have also provided the court’s synopsis so that you can read just the summary of its opinion if you want. This is an important win for those who believe in the importance the traditional definition of marriage. It is important because begins to outline the legal landscape of this debate in California. Now it remains to be seen whether there will be an appeal (likely) and whether the California Supreme Court will hear the appeal (also likely I think).

templeamankwa.jpgI have received further news via email from the West Africa Ghana Mission, Elder and Sister Moncur. Their fascinating email and new photographs are posted below. (The photos follow the email). You’ll read all about the “green bowl”, get an update on the orphan Phillip, and incredible front line accounts from the Ghana Mission field.  Also, if anyone knows about the documentary PBS is doing on the Church in Africa that Paul mentions in his email, please leave a comment with any information you might have. Note that you can view all these photos and other West Africa Ghana Mission photos at my flickr account here and here. If you click on the flikr photos you can enlarge them to their full size for printing if you want. Prior mission posts on this mission are here, here, and here. The email begins below the page break: (more…)

The final session of General Conference is now upon us–it seems like this weekend has just zoomed by. It’s been a wonderful experience to listen to the words and counsel of living Propehts, Seers, Revelators, and Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. (more…)

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