While touring northern Italy last spring a tour guide pointed out the merlons on a castle. “The shape,” she explained, “showed the allegiance of the inhabitants. The common square shape were partial to the Pope. The M shape were followers of the Emperor.” At one time then, in theory all one would need to do is to look at the castle and know if the people were friend or foe. Continue reading
A hero named Pahoran
Let me tell you about one of my heroes in the Book of Mormon. His name is Pahoran. We know relatively little about him. He was the third Chief Judge for the Nephites after he took his dad’s place. His father Nephihah was made Chief Judge by the prophet Alma after Alma devoted himself solely to the ministry. His sons teach us a lesson about following leadership. One of his sons is indirectly responsible for the birth of the Gadianton Robbers. The same robbers that become the civilization’s doom later on. So, basically relatively little.