About Keller

I was a BYU baby while my parents finished up their advanced degrees in psychology. I have lived in some interesting places growing up: near the Lagoon at Layton; in an old polygamist house in Manti with an upper-story door that opened to the middle of a roof; in Rigby,Idaho, the self-proclaimed birthplace of television; then over to Sweet, a small town north of Boise near some fun river rapids; then for my high school years in Lund (named after a counselor in the First Presidency), Nevada; and full circle back to Utah County for college. Currently I work as an electrical engineering in the defense and space industry in Salt Lake City. I have served in a single's ward elder's quorum presidency and as a hymn book coordinator. I also served a mission in the Bible Belt (Oklahoma City) and to prepare I became an avid reader of FARMS publications. This has lead me to become a volunteer for FAIR as way of furthering my apologetic interests and helping those struggling with tough issues to find useful information. I have also started an interfaith blog to dialog with Catholics and practice "holy envy." I like blogging on historical topics and doing genealogical research.

The Adjustment Bureau

I have sometimes contemplated what a Mormon movie that depicts how divine or angelic beings interact with mortals would look like. How would such a movie be different from Highway to Heaven or Touched by an Angel? There are a number of movies that follow or satirize a Catholic vision. Last year I watched Inception and found myself drawing parallels between the concepts presented there and my speculation on how inspiration from the Holy Ghost might be received and processed (or resisted) on a semi-conscious level.

In this essay, I will contrast The Adjustment Bureau to what a hypothetical Mormon movie that treats some of the same themes might look like. Some good background is provided in Eric Snider’s review. The Snide one remarks “The film wisely avoids specific talk of God or religion, speaking in terms that allow viewers to apply the ideas to their own beliefs, whatever they may be.”

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Is an apologetics class feasible at BYU?

Ever since Elder Ballard challenged graduating students to take a more active role in explaining and defending the gospel on the internet, I have felt that the time was ripe to develop an academic course designed to do just that. BYU is the ideal place to pilot such a program. Now the average student has a hard time justifying extra-curricular activities with all the other demands on their time. But offer up academic credit that can be used to meet religion requirements for participating on the internet and I anticipate a proverbial Helaman’s army could be mobilized. Continue reading

The Apostasy and the Missionary Underground

Apartments that have been rented out to missionaries for awhile often have scans of materials that are designed to help missionaries resolve concerns that may go beyond Preach My Gospel material or its precursors. Perhaps these items were put into circulation by a well-meaning mission president or originally obtained from a parent or ward member and then scanned and distributed widely.

Unfortunately there is little quality control on some of these items and often the most sensational pieces get the widest circulation in the missionary underground. As an example, one of my mission apartments had a copy of Floyd Weston’s 17 Points that creates a fictitious back story involving Albert Einstein. I would be interested in hearing some of the materials that readers have encountered. Continue reading