Atonement

“If it hasn’t happened to you—it should.”

Mar 17, 2018
7 min read

“If it hasn’t happened to you—it should.” [1] That’s what President Ezra Taft Benson had to say about the changing of the human heart and being born of God.  I would argue that if this has not happened in your life, then it should rise immediately…

Talk: The Lord’s Sheep, Bread of Life, and Living Water

Nov 27, 2016
11 min read

The following is a post created from a talk I gave in church this morning. There is an idea in thermodynamics that everything in the universe eventually moves from order to disorder. The Book of Mormon is a window into…

Willing to give up

Oct 23, 2016
1 min read

Joseph Smith once said: “I am at all times willing to give up that which is wrong for I wish this people to have a virtuous leader.” This quote has always been a source of personal motivation for me, especially…

Forgiveness

Sep 25, 2016
2 min read

I really enjoyed this quote from George MacDonald about forgiveness: “…unforgivingness to our neighbour; the shutting of him out from our mercies, from our love—so from the universe, as far as we are a portion of it—the murdering therefore of…

Eyes to See

Sep 19, 2016
7 min read

I love the story of Elisha and the servant when they were surrounded by the Aramean army. Early the next morning, when the servant of the man of God arose and went out, he saw the force with its horses…

The Course Which They Pursue

Aug 4, 2014
5 min read

Of the seven Lectures on Faith, Lecture Sixth is perhaps my personal favorite. It is the only lecture that has this footnote: This lecture is so plain, and the facts set forth so self-evident, that it is deemed unnecessary to form a…

The Greater and Lesser Arches

Mar 1, 2014
5 min read

This week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a new gospel topic titled Becoming Like God. Personally, I thought they did a great job with this piece, hit all the right scripture verses, and explained the doctrine…

…And Say Unto You, ‘Receive the Mind of God’

Oct 30, 2013
11 min read

The Lectures on Faith is a fantastic addition to the doctrinal knowledge base of the Latter-day Saints. They were part of the Doctrine and Covenants for almost 100 years and were separated from the canon on the grounds that they…

Repentance: a process of addition not subtraction

Oct 1, 2013
1 min read

I came across this post the other day that had some interesting perspectives on repentance. How many Saints are focused way too much on the “subtraction” aspect of the repentance process? How many are locked in guilt-laden cycles focused on ceasing behavior…

The Power of Doctrine

Sep 22, 2013
3 min read

In his book Increase in Learning, Elder Bednar teaches that principles arise from doctrines. If we take any principle of the gospel such as faith, repentance, obedience, etc and ask the question, “Why is this necessary?” the answer will always…

“Have You Been Saved?” by Dallin H. Oaks

Jul 18, 2013
12 min read

By Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, May 1998 What do we say when someone asks us, “Have you been saved?” This question, so common in the conversation of some Christians, can be puzzling to…

What Does “Saved by Grace After All We Can Do” Mean?

Jul 18, 2013
14 min read

I’d like to thank my good friend Mike King for being the catalyst that inspired this article. The Bible verses are all from the New American Standard Version just for kicks, thanks, Andrew T.  There’s a verse in the Book…

Thoughts on the Five Core Sacramental Symbols

Jul 12, 2013
2 min read

There are at least five core elements that are used in the ordinance of the sacrament. Back on June 16th of this year I took down some ideas in my notebook concerning them so here they are. I will also…

Saved by Grace, Judged by Works?

Jun 17, 2013
6 min read

I was thinking about the whole grace/faith/works debate that seems to endlessly rage between the faiths. Now we all technically believe in salvation by grace, or in other words, salvation is impossible without grace through the atonement of Jesus Christ….

Nephi’s Psalm, a Life Preserver to Drowning Souls

Apr 28, 2013
4 min read

The following is taken from 2 Nephi 4:16-35, with some headings that I inserted to identify four key steps of transformation and if I were as awesome as President Monson I’m sure I could make them rhyme somehow ;) Behold, my…

“The Gospel” by Elder John M. Madsen

Apr 14, 2013
18 min read

My dad contacted me today about a quote that mentioned something about the atonement not being a part of the gospel but the gospel itself. I Googled the phrase and found this talk by Elder Madsen. Now I had first…

He Lives and Loves

Mar 31, 2013
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There are a lot of things that I believe are true and a lot of things that I do not believe are true. There are also things that I “know” are true like the existence of the city of Jerusalem….

Video: The Purifying Power of Gethsemane

Feb 1, 2013
1 min read

Yes! I’m glad that someone has finally uploaded to YouTube a decent version of Bruce R. McConkie’s last testimony in General Conference. I don’t quite know the full story behind this talk, but I do know that he did, in…

His Grace Is Sufficient

Jan 20, 2013
17 min read

Brad Wilcox was serving as a member of the Sunday School General Board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a BYU associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the David O. McKay…

How Cockroaches Taught Me About the Atonement

Nov 19, 2012
1 min read

To some of you, this article might just be the most disgusting parable that you’ve ever read, but please, bear with me. When I was a teenager, I volunteered to sit at a booth for our city zoo at a…