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Latter-day Commentary has moved

Thanks to all the faithful readers over the years, I have been encouraged into believing that a good LDS blog is worth the time and effort. Therefore, I have moved to a more robust blogging platform - WordPress - on my own domain - and intend to expand the content and the investment of time and energy. I hope you will like the new format.
Please change your bookmarks to the new blog at All new content will be posted there from now on. The feed from this blog has been transferred to the new one so subscribers should not have to make any changes. However, LDS blog aggregators may need to update their permanent links. I'll contact them individually as they send so many readers my way. Thanks for your readership!

Update May 30 2012: LDC has moved once again, but you can still reach it at the link above. A better link is simply A permanant link that should last forever is on Wordpress: http:/…

Latter-day Commentary is moving

I've been thinking for a long time about moving Latter-day Commentary from Blogger to WordPress. This long weekend seems like the ideal time to make that move so I have begun the process. Although I knew there were some things I would lose, it has been a relatively painless process so far. The blog is up and running and all my essays from Blogger have been imported.

I have long hosted my professional domain on Dotster so it was no big deal to add a new domain. I bought it a while back to make sure I owned it. Since I plan on doing more with LDC than just the blog, the domain will point to a page that I intend to become the focal point for my religious studies. The new address for the LDC blog is

Thank you to loyal readers

The difficult part of a blog transition is the possibility of losing subscribers. I have over 200 readers and typically get about that many who visit my blog each day either through Google searches or referrals from the mai…

Church launches LDS Radio - Mormon Channel

The church launched a new online radio station today. You can read more about it in the newsroom at Larry Richman, Director of the Church Publications and Media Project office also writes about it on his blog, LDS Media Talk.

"Mormon Channel, a new radio service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, launches 18 May and can be accessed via the Internet or HD radio affiliates. The newly created 24-hour, 7-days a-week format is available live online at, but content may also be downloaded."

First impression

I have been listening to it for several hours this morning and so far, it has been a glitch-free experience. I plan on downloading some of the podcasts and listening to them as I travel to and from the office later this week. They do not currently have a FaceBook Widget or an iPhone Application but are working on both.

My initial impression is favorable. It's worth taking a look. One of the channels features personal interviews wit…

The teaching and testifying missionary

Although I have previously shared a couple of stories from my mission, I have been wanting for a long time to express how much I enjoyed my mission and how it changed my life. There is no doubt that serving a mission was difficult but it was also a period of unequaled and appreciated spiritual and emotional growth.

I served in the Costa Rica San Jose mission from August of 1976 to August of 1978. The first two months were spent learning Spanish in the LTM in the old Knight-Magnum hall on the BYU campus. We were one of the last groups to be housed there. All the missionaries after us enjoyed the new facilities of the MTC.

The decision to go on a mission

Up until the day I turned 19 years old I wasn’t sure that I would be going on a mission. Although I grew up in the church, I went through a short period of rebelliousness in my late teens in which I did not attend church for about six to ten months. That all changed when I went to Rick’s College in the fall of 1974.

While there I expe…

LDS Group Blog Rankings 2.0

I had a blast today updating my list of LDS group blogs. I confess that although I have visited and read all of these blogs in the past, I have been sporadic in following them lately. That's not because they aren't good reading. It's just that I haven't had the time. Who does? I know some people spend numerous hours each day reading and contributing to these LDS group blogs.

I had a blast laughing and being shocked by the wonderful banter that goes back and forth in these forums. And I learned more than a few things that I didn't know before. It happens every time I go reading on the Bloggernacle. There are some great articles written and shared every day on these blogs, some profound, some historically significant, some touching and some sad.

LDS Group blogs are fun

But for the most part, these blogs are just plain fun. I don't know how else to explain it. You can waste a whole day being entertained and adding to the conversation. But I've got to wonder how t…

Smoothing down that Rough Stone Rolling

I have been listening again to John Dehlin’s interviews with Richard Bushman on my iPod on the days that I travel to the office. Thanks again John, for bringing the archives back. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: those podcasts are now an invaluable part of history. I’ve enjoyed each one and have listened to some of them multiple times, including the Bushman interviews.

I have also been re-reading Rough Stone Rolling, especially the early chapters dealing with the First Vision, the visit of the angel Moroni and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. I have thought deeply about this fascinating part of our early LDS history but John’s probing questions to Richard Bushman have got me thinking again about several of these rather complex issues.

The difficult questions of history

If you’re a student of our history then you know what the questions are and have most likely formulated your own answers long ago. I know I have. Through my blogging activities of the past couple of…

Top LDS Blog Rankings - version 2.0

At Connor's encouragement, I updated the rankings list of the solo LDS Blogs I read on a regular basis. I now have 110 solo blogs in my Google reader and listed on my sidebar. That's an increase of thirty solo blogs since I published the last rankings five-six months ago in November 2008. Click on the image of the screen print below to go to the page and view the list with the hotlinks.

Although I noted several disclaimers at the bottom of the published list, I will include them here as well: This is an arbitrary list of some of my favorite solo blogs. It does not include LDS group blogs. The rankings are based on current Alexa rankings. Some blogs may not be strictly LDS. The top 3 are skewed due to their hosting site. All 9's indicates that I recently added it.

How blogs are ranked

Look for the updated group blog rankings later this week. I classify a group blog as any LDS-themed blog with more than one contributor. In the list above, I have tried to only include those that…

The end of the world is not imminent

Two weeks ago Carol and I traveled to Provo from our home in California to attend a unique symposium on the subject of prophecy and the last days. The presenter was Anthony Larson, an LDS author and publisher of five books on the subject. I read Anthony’s books back in the 80’s when they were first published and again over the last year after he and I started corresponding.

Anthony has a unique view of cosmology that incorporates many of the writings of Velikovsky (Worlds in Collision) and of David Talbott (The Saturn Myth). Some of his most recent work embraces the discoveries of Anthony Peratt and the Birkeland currents. Anthony Larson brings an LDS perspective to these theories, adding relationships between ancient history and prophecy.

Report of the Provo symposium

Anthony claims that there is a connection between scriptural accounts of catastrophic events and the irregular motion of planets in our solar system as recorded in ancient myths. He connects errant heavenly bodies with the…

Online LDS gospel discussion boards

I’m sure you recall Elder Ballard inviting members of the church to be more involved in online conversations a few years back. If not, you can read about it in the LDS Newsroom. He said, “That word conversation is important. There are conversations going on about the Church constantly. Those conversations will continue whether or not we choose to participate in them.

“But we cannot stand on the sidelines while others, including our critics, attempt to define what the Church teaches. While some conversations have audiences in the thousands or even millions, most are much, much smaller. But all conversations have an impact on those who participate in them. Perceptions of the Church are established one conversation at a time.”

Participating in the conversations

There are many places where those conversations are taking place. Hundreds, perhaps even thousands of LDS-related blogs have sprung up since Elder Ballard issued his invitation. Some, like mine, have essays specifically targeted to a…