One: The Exploration of Archetypal Symbols Series

Feb 16, 2011
5 min read

This will be the first in a series of posts exploring basic archetypal symbols and their meaning within a doctrinal context. This first post will focus on the number one and some of it’s many meanings.

Natural Rights and Civil Rights as Taught by Thomas Paine

Feb 14, 2011
0 min read

I’ve been reading and enjoying Thomas Paine’s “Rights of Man” and pulled a few great quotes on natural and civil rights – good stuff.

The “All-Seeing-Eye” Symbol and the Urim and Thummim Connection

Feb 6, 2011
8 min read

I’ve noticed a connection between the familiar “all-seeing-eye” symbol that adorns everything from our money, to occult and Masonic imagery and the Salt Lake Temple. All this aside, there’s another connection that I find far more fascinating.

Documentary: That Promised Day

Jan 30, 2011
0 min read

In 1972, a monumental project was initiated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to publish an LDS edition of the King James Bible.

Has the final thread snapped?

Jan 23, 2011
4 min read

We have all probably heard some variation of the idea that the constitution will one day “hang by a thread”. What is that last thread and how will we know if it has snapped or not? Here is something to consider…

The Gospel Vision of the Arts by Spencer W. Kimball

Jan 16, 2011
7 min read

This talk was always very inspiring to me and is pretty much a call to action to all LDS artists to produce greatness in the arts with the gifts of the restoration.

A Visit to the Decalogue Stone at Hidden Mountain

Jan 10, 2011
4 min read

I’m a sucker for OOPARTs; (that’s short for “out of place artifacts”) archaeological artifacts that shouldn’t exist in a certain part of the world but do anyway. Most are frauds but there are a few that the jury seems to be still out on. The decalogue stone is one of these strange artifacts and I got to track it down and visit it.

Parley P. Pratt’s call to the Apostleship

Jan 2, 2011
16 min read

This is an excerpt taken from the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt in which his call to the apostleship was recorded. The charge given by Oliver Cowdery to Pratt and the twelve is nothing short of amazing and has always impressed me.

The Constitution—A Glorious Standard by Ezra Taft Benson

Dec 31, 2010
15 min read

In one of my personal favorite talks on the Constitution by Ezra Taft Benson, the simple principles of truth regarding man’s freedom in these last days are outlined.

The Sower, the Tree of Life and the Degrees of Glory

Dec 27, 2010
6 min read

There are several similarities between the the parable of the sower, Nephi’s vision of the tree of life and the LDS doctrine of the degrees of glory, I’d like to point out a few.

The Inner Life of a Cell – Amazing!

Dec 19, 2010
0 min read

This is an amazing video of the inner workings of a cell. The complexity is astounding and the people who put the video together really did a great job of showing these processes in action.

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.

But If Not

Dec 6, 2010
6 min read

A powerful excerpt from a Martin Luther King speech that is very inspiring and definitely worth sharing.

Flash Mob Signs Hallelujah Chorus in Mall

Dec 4, 2010
0 min read

This video is a total must see to get you in the spirit of the Christmas season. Every now and then true goodness just spills out into the open and it is amazing the effect that it has.

Defining and understanding “Charity”

Nov 29, 2010
4 min read

Have you ever wondered what “charity” really is and what it means? Have you ever wondered how you can ‘get it’ and why it is so important?

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!

Holocaust

Nov 15, 2010
3 min read

To most living today the word ‘holocaust’ is not a very pleasant word. But like many words today that make up our vernacular, this word has very ancient origins that take us far beyond World War 2.

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.

Mormon 8:12

Oct 25, 2010
2 min read

One particular verse in the Book of Mormon should be taken note of by those who believe its divine origins and those who do not.