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Downloadable PDF Presentation About How to Create Your Own Small Plates

Feb 19, 2020
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I created this for our first Activity Days class. It was a bunch of 7 to 8-year-old rowdy boys and I realized all too late that I had over-prepared. Feel free to use it for your own study or any…

My Favorite Isaiah Translation

Feb 16, 2020
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Joseph Smith once wrote that we believe in the Bible (and any other scripture, I’d imagine) as far as it is translated correctly. For years, I have enjoyed the Isaiah Institute Translation of Isaiah which was created by Avraham Gileadi….

The Lens Through Which We See

Feb 9, 2020
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Joseph Smith’s use of a seer stone was described in a trial, it was said that when he used the stone, “all intervening obstacles were removed, and that he possessed one of the attributes of Deity, an All-Seeing-Eye.”  (Purple account, Joseph…

Speaking Hard Things

Jan 27, 2020
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I’ve noticed that pop culture has influenced us at church where we feel more inclined to walk on eggshells, afraid to offend others. True, we value kindness, but I think we err in thinking that it means that we must…

There is no iron rod to the great and spacious building

Jan 26, 2020
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In the vision of the tree of life that Lehi and Nephi witnessed, a “great and spacious building,” prominently juxtaposed the righteous seeking to find their way to the tree of life. The tree had a path and an iron…

Parallels Between Jesus’ Temptations and Nephi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

Jan 22, 2020
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In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we find an account of Jesus being tempted by the devil while fasting in the wilderness. The scene parallels, in at least two significant ways, Nephi’s vision of the tree of life….

Toddler Jesus!

Dec 25, 2019
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This was the best comment on the church’s new video The Christ Child which I highly recommend. The characters are speaking Aramaic, the inn situation is more historically accurate and the wise men show up at the right time! The…

Stages of Faith Notes

Dec 10, 2019
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Recently I listened to the Stages of Faith presentation again but this time with my wife and daughters and it was a wonderful experience. I wanted my wife and kids to hear these ideas to see how we can help…

40

Dec 8, 2019
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This past week, I turned 40 years old; wow, that’s how long the Israelites wandered in the desert. The number 40 is tied to the themes of “probation, trial, and chastisement.” [1] Hopefully I am on the other side of the…

Some Thoughts About Understanding What Priesthood Is

Nov 26, 2019
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The priesthood is a big topic and much has been said and written about it throughout time. It seems to me that there are a lot of misunderstandings out there about what the priesthood is. I think there is some…

Intelligence requires ideas to act consciously

Nov 24, 2019
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This is a thought I had today as we were discussing the topic of temptation in church. I was thinking again along the lines of another recent post about the source of ideas. Intelligence alone cannot progress without ideas. Ideas…

Fear and Faith are Both Based on Ideas

Nov 17, 2019
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This story is from September 2015 As I went to announce to my kids that it was bedtime I noticed that two out of the three were fast asleep on the couch. I was tired too and decided to just…

Everything Will Be Okay…

Nov 13, 2019
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Some recent quotes and ideas that I found interesting. Everything will be okay in the end. If everything’s not okay, it’s not the end. -via Jeremiah NTJ and Bookslinger, jrganymede.com The discomfort one feels from the scornful mocking coming from…

Lectures on Faith Hardcover Edition Available for Purchase

Nov 11, 2019
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I just completed and published a 6×9″ 94-page hardcover version of the Lectures on Faith which I think is the nicest-looking edition ever made! While you can always access this version for free at LecturesOnFaith.com, this version was created especially…

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

Oct 23, 2019
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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…

Study & Share: A “Come Follow Me” Story

Oct 15, 2019
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As part of our ongoing experimentation with the Come Follow Me initiative as it pertains to home study as a family, I had a nugget of inspiration that bore some good fruit. We had been trying to fit in a…

Blindspot: Does God Show Us Our Weaknesses Through Others?

Oct 13, 2019
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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,…

Highlights from October 2019 General Conference

Oct 6, 2019
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Not every speaker is represented here. There was probably a ton more that I could have included but these were some of the highlights that were particularly meaningful to me personally. I’ll include some commentary here and there at the…

Where Does Blessing Begin?

Sep 8, 2019
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Recently I wrote a post about how God prunes our lives when they bear fruit. Pruning involves damaging the plant, traumatizing it, and triggering a healing response. The intent is to improve the plant in the long run so it…

Book of Mormon Videos Official Trailer

Sep 6, 2019
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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. This…