SALT LAKE CITY — Leo Paur grew up fighting. Every time a challenge would come his way, he felt obligated to respond. None of his siblings reacted the same way, but for Paur, fighting was second-nature. “It was just the way (I) did things,” he said. Continue reading “25 years later, the surprising parallels between ‘Rigoletto’s’ writer and its main character”
I remember listening to hear what guidance President Russell M. Nelson might give in the Sunday morning session of the 2018 April general conference. It didn’t take long before he provided his first piece of prophetic counsel that morning. It was quickly followed by another and another — and another. Continue reading “Easter Sunday was a ‘defining moment’ in my life”
Spencer Fluhman will never forget the summer of 1999. The 26-year-old college student was a participant in one of the first summer seminars ever conducted by Richard Bushman, the noted Columbia University historian and biographer of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Continue reading “New book out of BYU celebrates legacy of ‘disciple-scholar’ Richard Bushman”
SALT LAKE CITY — Every so often, a talented writer will discover a story lost to history with tremendous application for today. Such is the case with Yale University historian Joanne Freeman and her latest book. Continue reading “Think Congress is bad now? New book charts their fist fights, duels — even biting — in pre-Civil War years”
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah author Brandon Sanderson wanted to know what would happen if the bad guy won.
“What if Frodo (from ‘Lord of the Rings’) had gotten to the end of the long journey through Mordor and the Dark Lord Sauron said, ‘Hey, that’s my ring. Thanks for bringing it back,” Sanderson said in an email interview. Continue reading “10 years after the first ‘Mistborn’ trilogy, Utah author Brandon Sanderson reflects on the question that started it”
SALT LAKE CITY — Barbara Jones Brown has a well-earned reputation as a gifted historian and writer, but her relationship with history had a rough beginning. Continue reading “Meet the Mormon History Association’s new executive director”
SALT LAKE CITY — Sometimes, good things come out of unexpected places. In the case of a popular podcast produced by two Utah TV fans, that unexpected place was a shared distaste for a Netflix show. Continue reading “Meet the two Utah women who can’t stop talking about their favorite Hallmark movies”
SALT LAKE CITY — The 2018 midterm elections will be affected by a number of issues, including the Russia investigation, a possible government shutdown, a Supreme Court nominee and more.
Here are five issues that will affect the 2018 midterm elections. Continue reading “5 issues that will affect the 2018 midterm elections”
The Parker Solar Probe is designed to travel millions of miles and get closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. Along the way, it will receive gravity assists from Venus, become both the fastest object and most autonomous spacecraft ever made by humanity, and virtually carry more than a million passengers. Continue reading “10 stellar facts about NASA’s mission to the sun”
DNA is increasingly being used in genealogical research. As the practice becomes more common, unexpected things have begun to happen. Murderers are caught. People long thought dead are found alive. Mysteries are solved. And much more! Continue reading “10 unexpected results of the genealogy DNA craze”