Posts about atonement

I can't bear it (and that's okay)

A few months ago, I watched the movie Unplanned, the true story of Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson’s conversion to pro-life. She had spent her entire career working on the administrative side of things, but when they were...

A prison built with our own hands

The battle was fierce, but also short and decisive– despite a huge loss of men and a painful personal wound, Captain Moroni’s had thrown “one of the greatest of the armies of the Lamanites” into complete disarray. But Moroni “did...

Being filled by a tiny bite of bread and a few drops of water

Can you imagine how the Nephites felt when they received the sacred emblems of the Sacrament from the Savior Himself? Just hours before, each had stretched forth his or her hand to feel the wounds in His side and the...

Hello, my name is Corianton

This past week in Come, Follow Me, we read Alma’s words to his son Corianton. Also this past week, my wife and I started watching a new superhero show: DC’s Stargirl. We’re only a few episodes in, so the jury’s...

You are unqualified for your calling (and that's OK)

When I was little, I thought missionaries were basically superheroes. I pictured stalwart, obedient, faithful young men and women going all over the world, guided by the Spirit and teaching the truth in majesty and power, saving souls like a...

What REALLY gets the prophets in trouble?

It’s no secret that the world rejects the prophets. I mean, after all, a prophet’s job is to share the uncomfortable truth about what we’re doing wrong and call us to repent, right? Not exactly a comfortable message. But looking...

Is Christ's grace sufficient for you?

I was reading the last chapter of the Book of Moroni the other day. Moroni is running short on time and even shorter on space on the plates at this point, so you know he’s gotta be really careful about...

They fell that we might be

I was sitting at a crowded airport gate a few days ago, planning out episode 9 of my Small and Simple Things Podcast*. This episode is all about the fall of Adam and Eve. As I researched, I...

Don't try to follow all the Lord's counsel at once

There are many things in our day to day, secular lives that we “ought” to do. Like putting the junk mail in the recycling bin instead of the trash can. Or opting for the salad over the meat lover’s pizza....

The only glad tidings

The other day as I was reading King Benjamin’s address to his people, something new stuck out at me. Right in the part where an angel appears and instructs him to teach the people about the coming of the Son...

Personal Conversion, Personal Savior

Every man for himself!

In this Church, we take seriously God’s command to watch out for each other “both temporally and spiritually.” We contribute fast offerings. We clean yards. We home and visit teach, ahem, minister to each...

The Immediate Atonement

The Atonement of Christ is the center of our faith. But it’s also the principle of our faith that is probably hardest to understand. Not just because it’s infinite beyond the scope of our mortal minds, but because the whole...

Even among the Lamanites

It was 18 BC. Nephi, the prophet, had recently returned from his mission to the land of the North, only to find that the Gadianton robbers had taken control of the government. The Nephites were in a very spiritually low...

Visited in our afflictions

Enduring wrong

Things have been difficult for me and my family recently. We’ve been hit by deaths, cancer, mental health problems, and a lot of other bad news from friends and family we know and love. These situations weigh...

The reachable God

What would it be like to see Christ?

I’ve never seen Christ in this life. My guess is neither have you. I have often wondered what it would be like. Asking myself a lot of questions. The same questions...

When repentance doesn't fix everything

Almost all my recent posts have dealt with the war chapters in Alma. The Nephites, led under Moroni, fought the Lamanites and learned lots of lessons along the way. So many years of terrible war, including 2 civil wars within...

Finding the Atonement in a war chapter

I know most readers usually breeze through the war chapters, but there is a lot we can learn from them. For example, just the other day I found some really powerful lessons on the Atonement in Alma 44– the second...

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