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The Tragedy of Seeking the Unobtainable

Aug 30, 2019
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…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…

Getting Corrected

Aug 24, 2019
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How do you feel when someone corrects you? I am grateful when someone points out that my fly is down, but when the correction is about me personally, it is a bit harder to appreciate. Intellectually, I know how important…

“There isn’t anything to be forgiven”

Aug 20, 2019
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“There is a limit to human charity,” said Lady Outram, trembling all over. “There is,” said Father Brown dryly, “and that is the real difference between human charity and Christian charity. You must forgive me if I was not altogether…

Putting the “Mini” back into Ministering

Aug 17, 2019
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I came across a brother recently who mentioned that he lived in a rural area and had 13 families to minister to. He felt like this was a heavy burden to bear and was laden with guilt. I’ve been overwhelmed…

False Doctrine Beautifully Sung

Aug 17, 2019
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The more beautiful the music by which false doctrine is sung, the more dangerous it becomes. I appeal to all Latter-day Saints, and especially to our choirs, never to sing the words of a song, no matter how beautiful and…

Visualizing the Sources of Ideas

Aug 10, 2019
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As I was meditating upon the various sources of ideas that influence man, my thoughts converged upon a simple model that I have been finding useful. Ultimately, the mind of God is the source of all light, truth, and knowledge….

Veiled Idolatry

Aug 7, 2019
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There were a few verses I came across in my study of the New Testament recently that have been on my mind. It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it,…

oneClimbs Belated 9 Year Anniversary Announcement

Aug 4, 2019
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On July 1st, 2010, I started this blog, and I forgot to post about it. If I am in the habit of forgetting any anniversaries, I hope this is the only one! We are barely into August and my 10th…

How God Deals With Us

Aug 4, 2019
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Do not murmur, my son, for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner. D&C 9:6 The Lord spake these words to Oliver Cowdery after explaining why his attempts to translate were unfruitful. No…

Alma 5:57

Jul 29, 2019
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And now I say unto you, all you that are desirous to follow the voice of the good shepherd, come ye out from the wicked, and be ye separate, and touch not their unclean things; and behold, their names shall…

Asked about my favorite scripture

Jul 23, 2019
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A friend of mine who recently retired is building a home and called me recently to ask for my favorite scripture. He is collecting favorite scriptures from all of his friends and family and writing them on the beams throughout…

Talk: Pioneers and Principles

Jul 21, 2019
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This is a talk I gave today (July 21, 2019) in my ward. Being a member of the Church in the 1800s had its perks; there were revelations and miracles, but it also involved people mobbing you and setting your…

Can you have sacred without sacrifice?

Jul 20, 2019
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Can you have truth without sacrifice? Can you have empathy without sacrifice? Can you have happiness without sacrifice? Can you have love without sacrifice?

Should I hold a meeting?

Jul 16, 2019
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Administration of Blessings

Jul 11, 2019
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Administering to someone is still somewhat of a foreign land to me. I still have many questions that I grapple with on this subject. There are several kinds of blessings that are performed by the laying on of hands. Most…

“’Cause what consumes your thoughts controls your life.”

Jul 11, 2019
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I’ve always liked this lyric from the Creed song What if. I think about them in the context of King Benjamin’s words: But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch … your thoughts, … and observe the…

Two Branches

Jul 9, 2019
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I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. John…

Whining

Jul 7, 2019
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Whining shows what has power over us. Whining, in many ways, is the opposite of worshiping the Lord. Worship is when we glorify God for who he is and acknowledge what he has done for us, but whining is ignoring…

BS Dad

Jul 4, 2019
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I got all the good feels when one of my daughters gave me this keychain which originally read, “Best Dad.” After a few weeks, I noticed that two letters had broken off and my keychain now implied that I was…

False prophets despise free speech

Jul 3, 2019
2 min read

And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out. Behold ye are…