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Share Oct 22, 2014 By Ronald P. Millett


As was calculated by astronomers, Comet Siding Spring whizzed past Mars at 126,000 mph to within 87,000 miles of the red planet on Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 2:27 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (18:27 GMT).  The spacecraft orbiting around Mars were moved so as to be on the other side of the planet when the comet passed with its increasingly visible coma and tail containing potentially...

Share Oct 21, 2014 By Meridian Magazine


At the Miss Mormon Blog, an atheist's response to the first 31 pages of the Book of Mormon is surprising and insightful: "I just read the first 31 pages of the Book of Mormon, and was entranced by 1 Nephi chapters 8 and 10. I feel as thought I could almost stop there, and come away with something. That something is this: The Book of Mormon should be read by all Christians. As...

Share Oct 21, 2014 By Meridian Magazine


From the Allliance Defense Fund: COEUR Idaho – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed a federal lawsuit and amotion for a temporary restraining order Friday to stop officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from forcing two ordained Christian ministers to perform wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.City officials told Donald Knapp that he and his wife Evelyn, both...

Share Oct 17, 2014 By Ronald P. Millett


A mountain-sized comet (designated “Comet Siding Spring”) will pass within 82,000 miles of the planet Mars at 126,000 mph on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Considered a once in a million year event, it reminds us of the incredible kinetic energy in even very small comets or asteroids, a direct hit from which could destroy much of life on earth. Twenty years ago in 1994, the fragments of comet...

Writers Blogs


Share May 15, 2013 By Ronald P. Millett


During the Sunday School lesson on the law of consecration and tithing, we studied Elder D. Todd Christofferson’s October 2010 conference talk entitled:  “Reflections on a Consecrated Life.”  One passage I read seemed particularly interesting in light of the belief in physical-only chance mutations as the driving force for all biological change.   “A consecrated life...

Share April 04, 2013 By Jonathan Decker


When it comes to resources for family home evening, Sunday School, scouting, primary, youth activities, or Relief Society, more and more Latter-day Saints are turning to Sugardoodle, an increasingly popular website for ideas and materials. One of their most popular products (and one offered for free, I might add), are downloadable pre-prepared packets meant to help maximize the General...

Share Dec 07, 2012 By Ronald P. Millett


As the much publicized and debated December 21, 2012 date arrives, both scientists and Mayan descendants caution against worries of a giant catastrophe happening in a few days. "NASA scientists took time on Wednesday (Nov. 28) to soothe 2012 doomsday fears, warning against the dark side of Mayan apocalypse rumors — frightened children and suicidal teens who truly fear the world may come to an...

Share Nov 12, 2012 By Daniel C. Peterson


Back around 1985 or early 1986, when I was beginning to compose the lengthy essay that would ultimately become the core of my book Offenders for a Word: How Anti-Mormons Play Word Games to Attack the Latter-day Saints, I was watching one of the nightly network news programs.  The last few minutes of that broadcast were given over to a profile of the efforts of the Rev. Henry F. Fingerlin,...

Mission to be Happy


Share Nov 22, 2010 By Michael McLean


First day of Forgotten Carols rehearsals and I’m a happy guy.  Reunited with great friends anticipating the best season ever and already having way too much fun.  As we reviewed the blocking of the show and looked for better ways to bring the story to life we found some really fun stuff that’s been buried in the script for several years but now seems to be surfacing....

Share Nov 08, 2010 By Michael McLean


Three days of chores and I’m feeling “chore’d out”.  Don’t get me wrong.  There’s a great feeling of satisfaction getting an oversized load of stuff hauled off to the dump, getting my dad’s car repaired, moving the fire-pit benches up out of the sure to come snow, putting new tires on Lynne’s car, getting folks to the dentist, the...

Share Nov 01, 2010 By Michael McLean


I did something wonderful today.  I gave my wife and my daughter and my granddaughter a gift.  I gave them a nap.  Put them in their napping spots, closed the doors, plumped their pillows took Bucky on an adventure which took all afternoon. I’m currently patting myself on the back…taking full (and I mean FULL) credit for my wonderfulness.  Not taking credit...

Share Oct 06, 2010 By Michael McLean


I was interviewed today.  Utah Valley Magazine has been around ten years and they asked if they could do an article on me for the November/December edition.  The writer was kind enough to come up to Scotshaven to do the interview and as I reflect on our time together I realize something about myself.  I talk to much. I don’t mean just a little bit over the top, to...