It is our duty to concentrate all our influence to make popular that which is sound and good, and unpopular that which is unsound. ‘Tis right, politically, for a man who has influence to use it. … From henceforth I will maintain all the influence I can get.

Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:286, quoted in Our Divine Constitution


A man at times must compromise. The test is to be found in what he is not willing to compromise, no matter how great the pressure. … This nation cannot go on compromising a little bit of freedom here and a little there without eventually losing it all. It just isn’t good for government to do for people what they can and should do for themselves

Ezra Taft Benson: A Biography, 303, 270, quoted in a Church News article

"Owned" and other BYU Animation Shorts

BYU Animation recently put their recent animated shorts online. The couple I've watched have been fun and full of great talent. It's fun to see this work.

Flyover of DC Temple

What is the Book of Mormon?

Bonus Day of Christmas: Pat A Pan

For you, Elaine.

Merry Christmas 2014

Christmas Nativity

From our family to yours, Merry Christmas! Enjoy a Christmas card of the digital variety on us.

12th Day of Christmas: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Now it's Christmas. You can rest and relax in the glory and merriness of the birthday of the Son of God.

Christmas Nativity

And like most things around here, it was a scene. It was a night to remember -- all good things. :)

There's a point of confusion about 2/3 in where the narrator attempts to find additional scripture to append to the Luke 2 account, which was deemed insufficient for the envisioned play of the evening, which had a promised wise man part. :)

11th Day of Christmas: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Dallin warms up his vocals for this morning's breakfast. Merry Christmas!

10th Day of Christmas: Christmas Medley

Apparently inspired by SImon and Garfunkle's "Are you going to Scarborough Fair", this is a mix of "What Child is This", "We Three Kings", and "Carol of the Bells".

9th Day of Christmas: Angels We Have Heard on High

A duet with Dallin and the the unseen Dad

Christmas is for Sharing

via Clarissa

The Very Book!

... To bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the last days... God always provides safety for the soul.

8th Day of Christmas: With Wondering Awe

Alaura stars in this finale proxy flutolo performance