Posts about obedience

The easy way and the hard way

This may come as a surprise to many of you, but sometimes my children don’t listen.

Take bedtime, for instance. At the end of the day, my 4-year-old son and I both know how things are going to end. If...

10 blockers to scripture study

In a previous post, I talked about our responsibility to learn to truly “treasure” the word of God like the Nephites did– specifically, that we need to do better at prioritizing our study of the Book of Mormon. We...

Faith to the last second

I am indebted to a wonderful sister in my ward for her testimony today. From the pulpit, she read these words of Nephi, describing his family’s efforts to start settling once they landed in the New World:

And it...

The Three Degrees of Scripture Study

The other day as I read in Mormon, I saw some really interesting wording that I thought would make a good blog post. But as I started writing about it, I realized that the only way to see the neat...

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 secrets of Godliness

I’ve heard some members of the Church who wish that they were converts to the Church instead of having been born into it. They look back on their supposedly straightlaced childhoods and say, “I wish I could have had my...

The remembrance cycle

I like listening to my dad tell stories from his time in the army. One thing he observed is that the drill sergeants he had were very much like the drill sergeants you see in the movies: insulting, swearing, and...

Something's missing

I’m in the middle of the saddest part of the Book of Mormon. Throughout the latter half of 3 Nephi, Christ ushers in a period of peace and national righteousness that gives us modern readers a little preview of the...

It's never just a little

A few particular points of the law

In 67 or 66 BC, the Nephites had things pretty good. As far as the military goes, they’d been winning wars left an right. And they didn’t even lose a single soldier...

Exerting ourselves in our might to follow the prophets

Today, my stake joined with 108 other stakes in the Southeastern United State to enjoy a stake conference broadcasted from Salt Lake. Apparently, the South is in serious spiritual trouble, because they marshaled the General Authority A-Team. We enjoyed powerhouse...

A New Years Resolution from Captain Moroni

It’s New Years time again. That introspective time where we reflect over the past year and resolve that this year we are surely, most definitely going to start that novel, get that promotion, pay off that credit card, and lose...

Spiritual poison

Another war chapter post today. Enjoy!

Historical Background

It was 62-63 BC. Captain Moroni had received a letter from the evil Ammoron, offering to exchange prisoners. But Moroni rejected Ammoron’s offer, deciding instead to try and take his prisoners...

Lessons on revelation from the five Nephite runners

Who were the Nephite runners?

Remember that time the Nephite chief judge was murdered? No, I’m not talking about the murder of chief judge Pahoran. Or his brother Pacumeni. Or Cezoram. Or Cezoram’s son. Or...

Easier to maintain than to fix

When I was a teenager, my household chore was the burdensome task of cleaning the “tile area” of the house. This included the entire kitchen, the dishes, the bar area, the dining room, the table, and setting/clearing meals. The rule...

Why we bridle

The other day I read this verse from Alma the Younger to his son Shiblon:

Use boldness, but not overbearance; and also see that ye bridle all your passions…

Alma 38:12

I think this is one...

Not to trifle with the words

Shortly before his death, the righteous prophet/king Benjamin gathered together all his people to give them the instructions he had received from God. As I read through the account of this Nephite General Conference, I was impressed by the similarities...

Liberty which binds us

Yet another post about the battle of Captain Moroni v. Zerahemnah and friends. I can’t seem to get out of these two chapters. I’m beginning to think I should have called this blog “Power in Alma 44.” Anyways, here’s the...

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...

To which we owe all our happiness

In a previous post, I talk about how one’s word was paramount to the Nephites, using the battle of Moroni v Zerahemnah in Alma 44 as an example. This posts also covers a lesson I’ve picked up from...

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