The Book of Mormon

Oct 23, 2019
5 min read

When the opposition rejoices, it doesn’t mean they’re winning

There are a lot of changes happening in the Church today, and for some, it is refreshing, but for others, it is concerning.

I have heard some explain that various groups that have criticized the Church are happy with some recent changes because they think they are getting their way; some more conservative church members agree and are upset.

Some people out there might be hearing church critics patting themselves on the back saying:

Ha! We have successfully forced the Church to change its policies because of the pressure we put on them. The Church is just a human-made organization that is losing members and money and will compromise its doctrine and principles to survive. Let’s see what else we can get them to compromise on next! #TOTALSCAM #WEKNEWIT

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Oct 13, 2019
1 min read

Blindspot: Does God Show Us Our Weaknesses Through Others?

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As I was pondering some scriptures today, the Spirit taught me something that caused a significant paradigm shift in my mind.

Two verses of scripture that are very meaningful to me revealed a blindspot in my perceptions of myself, others, and God. Let’s start with this verse:

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. 

Ether 12:27

How does God show us our weakness? I’ve written about this before, and I’m sure there is a myriad of ways that he does this, but today a new idea hit me pretty hard.

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Sep 6, 2019
3 min read

Book of Mormon Videos Official Trailer

I’m a big fan of the Book of Mormon so of course, I’m going to be interested in anything like this. It looks a little campy but trying to render scripture in film is probably an incredibly difficult challenge.

The makes me think of something Bill Watterson, the creator of my favorite comic Calvin and Hobbes, once said.

He was always really opposed to ever making a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon or movie and one reason had to do with the fact that everyone reads the characters with a voice they have created for them in their own minds.

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Aug 30, 2019
1 min read

The Tragedy of Seeking the Unobtainable

…ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head.

Helaman 13:38

I was listening to the prophecy of Samuel today while driving in my car and this verse stuck out to me.

What struck me was the tragic idea of a person seeking all the days of their lives for something that would be ultimately unobtainable.

How many today are seeking for happiness in iniquity? But what is iniquity?

Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines iniquity as “a particular deviation from rectitude.” But now what is rectitude?

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Aug 22, 2017
2 min read

Certainty and Actual Knowledge

The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he already knows, without a shadow of a doubt, what is laid before him.

Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You

There is a school of thought out there that I have come across that frowns upon certainty or is at least highly skeptical of it. Tolstoy’s quote points out how hard it can be to change one’s mind if they are “firmly persuaded” that they “already know”.

“O that cunning plan of the evil one! O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men! When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves, wherefore, their wisdom is foolishness and it profiteth them not. And they shall perish. But to be learned is good if they hearken unto the counsels of God.”

2 Nephi 9:28-29

“Wo be unto him that shall say: We have received the word of God, and we need no more of the word of God, for we have enough! For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have.”)

2 Nephi 28:29-30

The scriptures from the Book of Mormon likewise talk about “know[ing] of themselves” and thinking that you “have enough” knowledge.

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