Posts about perspective


Missionary work: getting in "the zone"

I pointed out in my previous post that the Lord and His servants have made it clear that when it comes to encouraging member missionary work, we need go beyond gimmicks and corporate management tactics. The Gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t need salesmen. Motivating members to occasionally perform missionary actions is not enough. God wants us to become missionaries in our hearts. We don’t need a new program– we...

Every member a... salesman?

What is the number one complaint among full-time missionaries? Zealous missionaries everywhere are disappointed that members are not inviting their non-member friends to hear the message of the Gospel.

They are frustrated with good reason– members generally are not doing our part to live our covenant to “stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things and in all places.” Investigators, less-actives, and even the random people...

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 still out. But one episode felt especially applicable to this week’s studies.

In this particular episode, we meet Yolanda: a successful, vibrant, outgoing young woman. She’s part of a supportive,...

Remember who the real enemy is

Last week in Come Follow Me, we read the first part of Alma’s mission to the apostates in Ammonihah. It’s there that we got to meet the wicked lawyer, Zeezrom. The crafty Zeezrom tries every trick in the book to misrepresent Gospel teachings and trip up Alma’s junior companion, Amulek. He even tried to bribe Amulek with (according to my math) about a month and a half’s worth of a...

Fun movie. Serious spiritual lessons.

On Friday night, my wife and I were able to get out of the house and go on a date. And despite being really tired, we didn’t just grab a bite to eat and come home to crash this time. It was a real date. Dinner and a movie. It was wonderful. When my wife and I got home, it was pretty late, and we were back to feeling tired....

These are our days

I wrote about the prophet-missionary Nephi in my last two posts about unwearyingness and personal revelation. This week I want to continue to take his awesome story and highlight another important lesson for our lives. Having just returned from his mission to find his people incredibly wicked, he was understandably upset. Kneeling on his garden tower, he poured out his anguish to God:

Marvel, and Marvel Not

2 weeks ago, I intentionally took a word in the Book of Mormon out of context to illustrate an important principle. This week, I wanted to address a word that has multiple meanings: Marvel.

Usually, when I think of the word “marvel,” I first think of Captain America, Agents of SHIELD, and the Avengers. But, this is not that kind of blog (although I think a Marvel edition of...

It had an end

Today is Mother’s Day. But instead of talking about the stripling warriors, Abish, or Sariah today, I want to talk about a few words I found in Helaman 1.

This year, my wife, my sweetheart, and the mother of my son is spending Mother’s Day out of the country on a dream trip across Europe with her sister and some extended family members. She is having a great time,...

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