When it comes to religious cinema, we ought to seek out and support those efforts which excel both in spiritual and artistic quality. These are the films which have power to bring souls to the Savior, because their testimony combines with emotional authenticity. This authenticity allows the audiences to see the real-world applications of faith [...]


I grew up in a home without a dishwasher or microwave. They existed, but my family never bought them. Our source of heat was a wood-burning stove in the middle of the living room, because the electric baseboard heaters were too expensive. Our first computer was purchased when I was in high school, and it [...]


There's no shame in following formula. Haiku and sonnets are formula poetry – and yet they still require craft and beauty. So it's no insult to call the made-in-Utah drama "Forever Strong" a formula sports movie, because director Ryan Little ("Saints and Soldiers") draws so movingly and dynamically within those lines. The sport here is [...]


Once we “learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are his children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part. … “The object of prayer is not to change the will of God, but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings [...]


New York – Broadcast television will have 16 gay and bisexual regular characters in prime-time series this fall, more than double the seven of a year ago, a new study has found. More…


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"BYU Television is a truly unique programming service that has experienced explosive growth since its launch a mere eight years ago," said Derek Marquis, the station’s managing director. "BYU Television has distinguished itself with a mix of both BYU and church programming." More…


One of the strangest attacks on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an assault—of all things—on the Church's art. Critics charge that the Church knowingly "lies" or distorts the historical record in its artwork in order to whitewash the past, or for propaganda purposes. More…


Those of us in the film industry think that movies can actually make a difference in people's life. After all, the reason many people don't go to movies and are selective about what their children watch is because we know that we are influenced by what we see on the screen. Some movies are meant [...]


Dance is something innately human. Down through the ages, practically every culture has come up with ways to dance — and with ways to make those dances their own. More…


It’s good to see the Association for Mormon Letters working to get caught up with publication of its literary journal Irreantum. I always find it a bit puzzling and sad when a new issue is published and is not mentioned in the Bloggernacle, on the AML-List, etc. So I’m going to take a stab at [...]


"We drive it all over like a regular car," even on highways, he told Quinn. "When Henry Ford put these into production, he made them to last a hundred years," Quinn noted. "At least a hundred years!" Chaney agreed. "These parts were made not to wear out. And what did need fixing, you could do [...]


Anne of Green Gables was published more than a hundred years ago and continues to be among the world’s most beloved books. Maud Montgomery would go on to publish scores of novels, stories, and poems. But it all began with her big dream while living on a small island. More…


We talk a lot about improving the art and the artists, but it seems to me that neither will flourish as readily without an equally improved audience. With whom does the onus for changing the perceptions of the audience lie? It is, in my opinion, a necessarily gradual process, but I was hoping we could [...]


LOGAN, Utah — William MacKinnon opened his speech at the 14th annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture by admitting that although this was his first visit to Logan, he could still claim a unique connection to the man the lecture is named after. More…


At a conference for youth that my church hosts annually, we were given the opportunity to share our testimonies with each other. The theme of this year's Youth Conference was derived from the Book of Romans in the New Testament of the Bible and, in short, stated how we should not be ashamed of the [...]


Bruce Roundy Sr. knows he's dying – he's just not going to rush it. About 18 months ago, Roundy, now 78, was diagnosed with AML, a form of leukemia, and was told he would be gone before the following Christmas. But he surprised everyone when he arrived for a Dec. 26 medical appointment. "The doctor [...]


I got a call about a little over a week ago that my aunt had died. My mother gave me the particulars about when the funeral would be held, and I turned to the computer to try and find an affordable flight from Hawaii to Salt Lake City that would get me there in time [...]


Shawn Bentley, a former aide to Sen. Orrin Hatch, started years ago on a bill to allow the use of works whose copyright owners cannot be found. But he died three years ago before it passed. The Senate finally passed it Friday — and named it in honor of Bentley. The Shaw Bentley Orphan Works [...]


For three years, the Computer Science Department's single emphasis has been bioinformatics. However, this fall the department began offering an animation emphasis. The purpose of the animation program is to produce students with strong technical skills and a background in art, design and film. "There is a group of students who has been very interested [...]


For more than a decade, Kenneth Mays has been surrounding himself with Mormon history — whether it's in his office, in the classroom or on vacation anywhere from New England to Nebraska to the Honeymoon Trail. More…


Ryan Little is both a filmmaker and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But he doesn't really consider himself a maker of Mormon films. "There's certainly nothing wrong with wanting to do that, to make movies specifically for the LDS audience. It's worthy work, really," he explained by phone from [...]


7:00 PM on Saturday October 11, 2008 Ogden Valley's fiddler Theresa Ellis will kick-off the three part Celtic "package show" at Peery's Egyptian Theater 7:00 PM on Saturday October 11, 2008. An Evening of Celtic Music and Irish Step Dancing will be filled with jigs, reels, old and new music from the emerald isles, Scottish, [...]


Can I just say how infinitely impressed I am with Jordin Sparks, former American Idol winner. Though she has a great voice, it's not even her singing talent that I'm so impressed with at the moment. It's her courage and her conviction that has me cheering. She's got guts! I love it! More…


Perched atop the Mount of Olives overlooking the Holy City itself, Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies dominates the eastern skyline of perhaps the world’s most sacred cities. The center boasts beautiful arches that adorn its buildings constructed from Jerusalem limestone. An olive and wine press are nestled in gardens of flowers, [...]


It began with a weather vane placed atop the newly completed Nauvoo Temple in 1846. Over the years it has become what is arguably the most recognizable symbol of the Church. And when a statue of the angel Moroni is placed on the spire of the 50-year-old London England Temple later this year, it will [...]


It's a sour note for a Utah County music school. Their investors pulled the funding, leaving more than a thousand students without a place to learn and practice. More…


Without complex jargon and excessive medical terminology, "Matters of the Mind" serves as a guide for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to understand mental illnesses. More…


It is my true belief that those of us who were born and received the Gospel at this time in this dispensation were all given a mission to help prepare the earth for the Second Coming. These missions grow increasingly urgent. More…


PROVO, Utah — J. Kirk Richards had just performed as a soloist with the Utah Valley Symphony when he announced to his parents that he was through with the French horn and intended to pursue a career in art. He was 15 and one of eight musically accomplished children of Claude and Cynthia Richards. More…

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