Posts about repentance

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...

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...

Hello, my name is Gideon

This past week in Come Follow Me, covering Mosiah 29 through Alma 4, we read about the death of one of my favorite Book of Mormon heroes. No, not Alma the Elder. No, not King Mosiah. No, definitely not Nehor....

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....

Rejoice in the trials of the wayward

Sometimes the scriptures are funny. Here’s one example: Alma the Younger. He and his gang of “bishop’s kids” were always causing all sorts of shenanigans and making their parents’ jobs much harder. They were getting into some pretty serious transgressions:...

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...

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...

I'm a son of Levi (and you are, too)

This past week I read the following verse in 3 Nephi 24, where Christ quotes Malachi 3. Lots of good stuff in Malachi. No wonder Christ was instructed to quote it to the Nephites. But one verse, in...

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...

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...

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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