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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Mastiffs, Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving

Written on November 25, 2008 at 11:55 am, by

Nathaniel Philbrick’s compelling story of the first English settlers to New England starts out, “For sixty-five days, the Mayflower had blundered her way through storms and headwinds, her bottom a shaggy pelt of seaweed and barnacles, her leaky decks spewing salt water onto her passengers’ devoted heads. There were 102 of the them—104, if you

The Church in South America

Written on November 19, 2008 at 1:19 pm, by

My friend Mark L. Grover is the author of a new book, A Land of Promise and Prophecy: Elder A. Theodore Tuttle in South America, 1960-1965, published by the Religious Studies Center at BYU. When he sent me an early draft of the manuscript more than a year ago, I dove in and read it

“In His Own Language”

Written on November 12, 2008 at 12:31 pm, by

In a remarkable revelation given through Joseph Smith in 1831, the Lord said, “The voice of warning shall be unto all people” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:4). This command may have seemed overwhelming for the fledgling Church of Jesus Christ. Two years later, in 1833, the Lord expanded the Church’s mission, saying, “Every man shall hear

Solitude, Silence, and Darkness" rel="bookmark">Solitude, Silence, and Darkness

Written on November 4, 2008 at 11:07 am, by

I enjoy browsing through National Geographic when it arrives in the mail each month. The cover story of the November 2008 issue captured my attention, “The End of Night: Why We Need Darkness.” Before the dawn of the twentieth century, the world had an abundance of three commodities: solitude, silence, and darkness. “In a very