Posts about scripture


Letting God Prevail over Politics

An online forum asked Church members if the Church endorsed Republicans or Democrats. One member’s highly-voted answer essentially said:

The Church stays out of politics. But when you look at our faith’s teachings about family values, sexual morality, drugs, and self-reliance, it’s no surprise that, in my experience, most Church members are Republicans like me.

Another highly voted answer showed a different perspective. Something like:

The Church...

#GiveThanks and #AskNothing

On Friday, the Prophet invited us to “turn social media into your own personal gratitude journal. Post every day about what you are grateful for… flood social media with a wave of gratitude that reaches the four corners of the earth.”

That invitation couldn’t have come at a better time, and I’m grateful to accept it. However, I was also prompted to add a little something extra to my search...

Why the best part of the Book of Mormon is so short

“The crowning event recorded in the Book of Mormon is the personal ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ among the Nephites soon after His resurrection.” This marvelous event was followed by 300 years of idyllic peace. Of those righteous Nephites, the Lord proclaims that none were lost. The closest thing they had to a fight was a disagreement about what to name the Church. Every time I read through those...

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. I’m talking about the penitent patriot, Gideon. He doesn’t get quite the same name recognition as other heroes, but I still think he’s really cool.

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 in the Book of Mormon, time and time again, you see that the threats and the condemnation and the calls to repentance are usually not the main reason people get...

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 need to “level up” our study so that we’re not just reading the words on the page like a novel, but truly study and dig deep.

This is all...

Putting a price on the priceless

Those who know me know I really like economics. It’s a fascinating subject, and even humorous at times. There’s a classic economics joke that goes something like this:

Two economists walked past a Porsche showroom. One of them pointed at a shiny car in the window and said, “I want that.”

“Obviously not,” the other replied.

OK, OK, so while economists may be smart, comedians they are not....

Hello, my name is Moroni

This all started a few weeks ago when our primary president came to me with an interesting request. She wanted the kids to meet a very special visitor: the great Nephite prophet, Moroni. So I found myself this morning standing in front of a bunch of kids, wearing a white nightgown, holding a homemade aluminum foil leaf of the Gold Plates, and telling them “my story.”

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 connection I saw was if you read the selection without regard to the verse markings. So I went on a tangent in my original post about how the verse markings...

When God redirects us

A Tale of Two Covenants

I am constantly amazed at the people of Ammon. These remarkable converts who “never did fall away” are wonderful examples of quiet, determined, humble discipleship. When the Lamanite armies came to exterminate them, they did what no one expected

Modern-day vain repetitions

NOTE: This post is a bit different than most my posts. It’s kind of a two-in-one. The first section talks about a study tip I have found useful in gleaning meaning from the scriptures. The second part is how I applied that tip recently and how it helped me change the way I pray. Enjoy!

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 to our own General Conference.

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