Atonement

Churches, Terms, Covenants and Joy

Sep 20, 2012
2 min read

Churches In the battle of churches, everyone is promoting their church as the gate that stands between you and your salvation. Other say that you don’t need a church, you can just go to God himself. There are many other…

Justice and Mercy: A Unique Teaching Moment With my Kids

Aug 26, 2012
7 min read

Meet “Peter” the Lego Friends character who also happens to be the object of the latest source of contention in the Reed household. I’m going to try my best to accurately capture a discussion that just transpired minutes before writing…

Salvation: Where does one begin?

Aug 19, 2012
25 min read

I have felt lost at various points in my life; for different reasons and in different ways. I would like to focus specifically on the question of “Where does one begin?” in the context of finding the point in which…

The Founding Fathers were Overwhelmingly Religious Men

Mar 12, 2012
9 min read

Some claim that the United States was founded by secularists, others claim that all of the founders were Christians that founded a Christian nation. Well what does all this mean? Are both these claims just opposite extremes?

The Book of Mormon Really Teaches This?

Feb 26, 2012
10 min read

Here are several teachings from the Book of Mormon concerning salvation through Jesus Christ that Latter-day Saints and the rest of the Christian world can appreciate together.

Challenging some peculiar ideas about peculiar people

Feb 3, 2012
6 min read

What is most peculiar to me is how we each have our own peculiar understanding of what the word peculiar means? Are you one of those who thinks peculiar means ‘odd’ or ‘weird’? Think again.

Receive the Holy Ghost by David A. Bednar

Dec 13, 2010
10 min read

These four words—“Receive the Holy Ghost”—are not a passive pronouncement; rather, they constitute a priesthood injunction—an authoritative admonition to act and not simply to be acted upon.

Atonement and the sacred thou at the center of Joseph Smith’s Revelations by Blake T. Ostler

Nov 22, 2010
64 min read

This is a great paradigm-shifting article that I discovered years ago by Blake T. Ostler. There is some really great stuff in here ranging from the atonement and our private relationship to God and then some fascinating insights on sacred rites, sacrifice and even plural marriage. This is not a casual read, so make sure that you set aside the time!

Sacrament: The Witness of the Willing

Nov 8, 2010
21 min read

I’ve been thinking about how we refer to the sacrament as an ordinance that “renews” our baptismal covenants, but is that all there is to it or is there more? Of course there is more! The more I learn about any gospel topic or doctrine, the more I find incredible depth and richness.

Understanding the atonement by understanding the body

Nov 1, 2010
6 min read

There is something unique about our bodies that can give us insight into the workings of the atonement with incredible implications.

How are we “Saved”?

Oct 3, 2010
26 min read

What is salvation? What does it mean to be ‘saved’? I think if you asked a thousand people, then you would get probably a thousand different answers. Is it really that complicated, or is it really simple? Where do we go to find the answers?

Cut a Covenant

Aug 11, 2010
11 min read

We usually think of the word ‘covenant’ as simply meaning ‘a promise’ or ‘a promise between two people’, but a deeper study of the word reveals that there is much more happening when we speak of covenants and their implications.