Jellyfish and Temple Teachings

Sep 18, 2012
1 min read

My father has worked for most of his life in residential marine construction and I used to spend a lot of time on job sites throughout my childhood. We worked down by the Gulf of Mexico and were well-acquainted with the sea…

Is there a God and can he be known?

Sep 16, 2012
3 min read

Some are so sure that God exists while others are so sure that he doesn’t and then there is a vast spectrum of those in-between. Over thousands of years, where has all of the debating got us? If God does…

Gandhi’s Resolve For the Day

Sep 6, 2012
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“Let, then, our first act every morning be to make the following resolve for the day: I shall not fear anyone on Earth. I shall fear only God. I shall not bear ill will toward anyone. I shall not submit…

The Mountain and the Climb

Sep 3, 2012
2 min read

The symbol of a mountain is a common archetype in religious traditions and is it any wonder? Their everlasting stability, their untouchable heights and the way the light paints them in quiet mornings and sets them afire in evenings have…

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…

There are two consequences in history…

Aug 24, 2012
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There are two consequences in history: one immediate and instantaneously recognized; the other distant and unperceived at first. These consequences often contradict each other; the former come from our short-run wisdom, the latter from long-run wisdom. The providential event appears…

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…

What Do You Do in Private Unobserved Moments?

Aug 13, 2012
1 min read

I enjoy Denver Snuffer’s books and his blog where you can glean some wonderful little nuggets from time to time. I thought the following quote was great advice: “It is in the private, unobserved moments when you learn the most…

Receiving Knowledge From God

Aug 8, 2012
2 min read

These insightful words from Brigham Young are interesting to ponder in light of the responsibility that comes with receiving revelation.

TempleStudy.com Fireside Discussion on Andrew Skinner’s book “Temple Worship”

Aug 5, 2012
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My good friend Bryce Haymond of TempleStudy.com hosted a Google Hangout discussion on Andrew Skinner’s book “Temple Worship”. It was fantastic to participate in this event and enjoy the fascinating information that was shared. I think we’re going to do this…

Taste

Aug 5, 2012
3 min read

In Sunday School today, I was browsing through Alma 36 and the word “taste” caught my attention again so I decided to do a little digging.

The Test Has Begun

Jul 29, 2012
5 min read

I can’t remember quite when I first read of the Heber C. Kimball’s “Test” prophecy but it has always intrigued me. The intrigue has grown to deep concern as I have pondered the deep implications of a future he saw,…

Isaiah Explained by Avraham Gileadi

Jul 22, 2012
4 min read

I’ve recently begun a study of the Avraham Gileadi translation of Isaiah. I’ve found his site, Isaiah Explained a surprisingly rich and interesting resource. Not only do you have a parallel translation of Isaiah with the KJV translation to the left, but audio…

A New Artistic Rendering of Izapa Stela 5: A Step toward Improved Interpretation

Jul 16, 2012
33 min read

For the past 46 years, the carved stone monument known as Izapa Stela 5 from southernmost Mexico has been discussed as a possible depiction of Lehi’s dream reported in 1 Nephi 8. From this the stela has come to be known in some Latter-day Saint circles as the “Lehi stone.”

Plato, The Allegory of the…Living Room

Jul 10, 2012
5 min read

Below is an excerpt of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave” with a few minor edits I’ve introduced. [Socrates] And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: – Behold! human beings living…

LDSSymbols.com is now live!

Jun 26, 2012
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  LDSSymbols.com is a new site that I just launched today to help anyone become more literate in the alphabet of LDS symbology. While not exhaustive, it provides a starting place to begin to identify potential meanings in some of…

The Strength God Gives

Jun 3, 2012
7 min read

In Ether 12:27 the Lord tells the prophet Moroni: And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men…

A Message for Fathers

May 20, 2012
9 min read

I gave a talk today in my old ward with one of the members of our local High Counsel. I was asked to speak on fatherhood and thought I’d share the talk as a post today on oneClimbs.

Woman’s position in the eternal economy of the Creator

May 7, 2012
4 min read

Here is an excerpt from a chapter written by LDS apostle James E. Talmage in October of 1914. Writing to a female audience, he focuses on the dynamics of gender and the relationships between men and women in this world…

Wilford Woodruff on Preaching the Gospel

Apr 23, 2012
2 min read

A good and wise friend of mine, Mitchell Colver, sent me this wonderful quote from Wilford Woodruff about preaching the gospel.