Temples at the Center

June 25, 2008

I like the idea of keeping our temples at the center — of our lives and our cities.

I just noticed green mormon architect’s home run on why it makes sense to locate temples in city centers rather than at the periphery in far-flung suburbs. The reasons are intuitive and persuasive — go check them out. I hope that our temple building will trend in that direction from now on.

Battlefield Germany

April 10, 2008

Last month a potentially controversial essay appeared in Germany’s Die Welt newspaper that is both substantively interesting in its own right and informative about historians’ interpretation of facts and the historical record more generally. Read the rest of this entry »

1,000 Years of Abuse; Millions (Billions?) Victimized

April 9, 2008

I was very disturbed reading this one:
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Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

March 25, 2008

A substantive article in the City Journal (ht:T&S), “Child-Man in the Promised Land”, documents what we have all observed:

Not so long ago, the average mid-twentysomething had achieved most of adulthood’s milestones—high school degree, financial independence, marriage, and children. These days, he lingers—happily—in a new hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence and responsible self-reliance.

It is hard not to agree with the sentiment of the article: that we should be very afraid of what the new child-man will make of our society. Perhaps LDS men who were married with kids by 26 can chime in here. And wasn’t Brigham Young saying something about this 150 years ago? I doubt that Kay S. Hymowitz reads the Journal of Discourses though.

In the article, Hymowitz notes that

Not only is no one asking that today’s twenty- or thirtysomething become a responsible husband and father—that is, grow up—but a freewheeling marketplace gives him everything that he needs to settle down in pig’s heaven indefinitely.

To this I would only say “Have you heard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?”

Would I be correct in assuming that the Mormon Church isn’t exactly the solution that Hymowitz is pining for in this article?

Bemused Observations

March 12, 2008

The shoe shiner at my firm today explained to me that Americans really like getting their shoes shined whereas the British don’t have it done. The reason for this, she explained, can be found in British public (i.e. private) schools where only “fags”, as she put it, shine their shoes and then all the other rich boys beat them up.

Americans, by contrast, she explained, love getting their shoes shined because they are “fond of animals” what with all that killing and beef and skins. Also all the horse riding out and about in the free. “We don’t do all that in England.”

A Tale of Labor Terrorism in Salt Lake City

March 11, 2008

I just noticed a Salt Lake Tribune article about a fascinating episode of labor terrorism in Utah history by Utah historian and Times and Seasons blogger Ardis Parshall. (ht: T&S sidebar) Read the rest of this entry »

Some Still Talk of the Old Gifts, Part II

March 3, 2008

Brother I.C. was baptized last Saturday. Yesterday during Fast and Testimony meeting, he stood to share his most recent miracle — that of finding the Gospel. Read the rest of this entry »

The Fuzzy Line Between Corporate Teambuilding and Waterboarding

February 29, 2008

I found Wednesday’s Salt Lake Tribune article about a Provo motivational coaching business’s technique at corporate teambuilding to be a bit shocking but still had to laugh out of a sense of schadenfreude. Read the rest of this entry »

Sign of the Times

February 27, 2008

“. . . . and when the night came they slept upon their [blackberries].” (compare Ether 15:20)

In my line of work, I periodically — and these days more often than previously — find myself sleeping with my blackberry under my pillow. Is this a harbinger of the imminent collapse of our civilization?

Family Search — On the Road, a Public Genealogy Outreach Effort

February 26, 2008

Has anyone else had exposure to or experience with the Church’s new mobile Family Search unit that travels around providing people in the communities where our chapels are found with the opportunity to do basic family history research? Read the rest of this entry »