Robert Kirby, Salt Lake Tribune

Robert Kirby

Salt Lake Tribune

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Past articles by Robert:

Robert Kirby: The Church of Jesus Christ of Lego-day Saints — a new way to build faith

Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby examines the world of religious toy, including Lego sets depicting Mormon buildings and events. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Riding a bike in traffic can be risky, so it may surprise you why I back a plan to change Utah law

Salt Lake Tribune Robert Kirby discusses the perils of riding a bike in traffic. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Raise a glass to 2020 — bad to the last drop

Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby agrees that 2020 was horrible, with COVID, earthquakes, winds and politics, but his injury at least prevented him from damaging himself any further. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Who else should be in your Christmas Nativity sets?

Salt Lake Tribune columnist asks the question: Who else should be included in your Christmas Nativity sets? → Read More

Robert Kirby: Having a prophet isn’t the same as having a brain

I always hated story problems in elementary school. The idea behind them, presumably, is to get you emotionally invested and make it a bit more imperative to solve the problem. → Read More

Robert Kirby: It’s still all the news you can take

Times have changed. To figure out what was going on in the world more than a hundred years ago took real effort. And a real newspaper. By this I mean one made out of paper. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Vote — for all the good it will do

I voted last week. My ballot came in the mail. My grandson put it on my desk, where I tried to ignore it. After 48 hours, revulsion got the better of me, and I did my civic duty. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Running for — or away from — office

With so much stupidity to occupy the media’s attention, you no doubt have missed the news that Sonny and I are running for the same congressional seat. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Refunding the police

Although I am a former police officer and still have family in law enforcement, I have decided it’s time for a change. I am in favor of defunding the police. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Warning — old guy at play; do not expose to direct sunlight

We arrived home Sunday night from a four-day family vacation in southern Utah. I thought I knew hot. If I ever did, I must have forgotten what it was like. → Read More

Robert Kirby: If not a Brigham Young statue in the U.S. Capitol, whom should Utah pick?

The history of the United States is under fire because of racial protests. It’s not so much our history itself but rather the way we choose to honor it. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Are you a member of a cult? I am, but it’s not the one you think.

For the record, I have met Chad Daybell, the man at the center of that Idaho missing-children mystery. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Come, come — back — ye Saints

After a layoff of more than two months, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced tentative steps for its members to gather once again. → Read More

Robert Kirby: ‘Home work’ after the pandemic

Thanks to the lifting of certain restrictions, many businesses are cautiously reopening offices where people once worked in close quarters. The Salt Lake Tribune is no exception. → Read More

Robert Kirby: This year just keeps getting worse, but screaming won’t help

2020 will go down in history as the year when everything was messed up. The pandemic was just the start. Now it’s just one thing after another, a dog pile of miserableness with no end in sight. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Pets and the marks they leave behind

The world’s dumbest dog died Friday. Daisy, a 10-year-old yellow Lab, jumped up to bark at the guy who came to measure our countertops, had a massive seizure instead and fell over. → Read More

Robert Kirby: The joys of being home-churched

Latter-day Saints have been told by their leaders they can hold services in their homes during the pandemic. It’s been over a month now since I set foot in an actual church. Time for a report. → Read More

Robert Kirby: How I would spend all that Mormon mad money

Although the vast wealth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a reported $100 billion in a rainy day fund) is still a matter of great interest, there were no official comments about it during last week’s General Conference. → Read More

Robert Kirby: The who, why, what and where of LDS General Conference

It happens after every General Conference. Even before the sacred dust has settled, the questions start. Most are emails or texts from nonmembers or people perplexed as to why Mormons do certain things. → Read More

Robert Kirby: Real best friends stay best friends

If you’re lucky, you’ve managed to hang on to your closest friends your entire life. The same kid who sat next to you in second grade eventually became the best man at your wedding and mowed your lawn when you got arrested/shot/cancer/fired. → Read More