EP 532 – Just Call It an Op-Ed

Emeritus General Authority Tad R. Callister ruffles some feathers by going after government programs, we review "Witnesses," and QAnon among the Mormons!

Kurt Francom of Leading Saints is back! He’s back! We’ve missed Kurt.

The much-promoted film Witnesses, the tale of the Three Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, comes out in select markets this week, and we have the review thanks to the wonderful world of advance screeners. Should you see this film? Is it worth your time?


Elder Tad R. Callister, emeritus General Authority Seventy and former Sunday School general president, writes what should be considered an opinion piece for The Church News, yet no one defines it as such. Elder Callister goes after government programs and endorses officials from the Trump administration – none of which is inherently bad. However, presented in this matter, his words on the nuclear family will be taken as gospel by many. By Common Consent has an excellent thought piece on Elder Callister’s remarks.

Elder Quentin L. Cook dedicates the Temple District of Nauvoo, which is cool, but we’re also still not exactly sure what the Temple District of Nauvoo is and how it differs from existing church properties there.

Three Missionary training centers are reopening in limited capacity. It’s nice to see things moving back to some form of “normal.”

Political leaders from Sudan, a country undergoing dramatic cultural and political changes, visited with leaders of the Church in Salt Lake City. Elder Bednar became the first Church leader to visit Sudan when he went to the capital, Khartoum, in early 2020.

The Church released a rendering of the Lindon Utah Temple, and it’s pretty nice!

Utah is the state with the lowest average amount of retirement savings. Is this due to anything socio-cultural as it relates to the Church? Large families? Single incomes? Bad spending habits?

Latter-day Saints are among the religious groups most likely to believe in the QAnon conspiracy theory. What is it about our people that makes us more prone to believing such things?

We have a new president of BYU-Pathways Worldwide, and Kurt can’t seem to get him on his podcast.

There is a new book about Latter-day Saint survivors of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during World War II.

And Happy Birthday to President Eyring!!

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