Fear and Faith are Both Based on Ideas

Nov 17, 2019
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This story is from September 2015 As I went to announce to my kids that it was bedtime I noticed that two out of the three were fast asleep on the couch. I was tired too and decided to just…

Everything Will Be Okay…

Nov 13, 2019
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Some recent quotes and ideas that I found interesting. Everything will be okay in the end. If everything’s not okay, it’s not the end. -via Jeremiah NTJ and Bookslinger, jrganymede.com The discomfort one feels from the scornful mocking coming from…

Lectures on Faith Hardcover Edition Available for Purchase

Nov 11, 2019
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I just completed and published a 6×9″ 94-page hardcover version of the Lectures on Faith which I think is the nicest-looking edition ever made! While you can always access this version for free at LecturesOnFaith.com, this version was created especially…

When the opposition rejoices, it doesn’t mean they’re winning

Oct 23, 2019
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There are a lot of changes happening in the Church today, and for some, it is refreshing, but for others, it is concerning. I have heard some explain that various groups that have criticized the Church are happy with some…

Study & Share: A “Come Follow Me” Story

Oct 15, 2019
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As part of our ongoing experimentation with the Come Follow Me initiative as it pertains to home study as a family, I had a nugget of inspiration that bore some good fruit. We had been trying to fit in a…

Blindspot: Does God Show Us Our Weaknesses Through Others?

Oct 13, 2019
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As I was pondering some scriptures today, the Spirit taught me something that caused a significant paradigm shift in my mind. Two verses of scripture that are very meaningful to me revealed a blindspot in my perceptions of myself, others,…

Thoughts About Temple Recommend Interviews

Oct 7, 2019
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The Church recently released an updated/clarified version of the temple recommend interview questions. And for the first time that I can remember, the President of the Church read them out loud over the pulpit in General Conference. It used to…

Highlights from October 2019 General Conference

Oct 6, 2019
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Not every speaker is represented here. There was probably a ton more that I could have included but these were some of the highlights that were particularly meaningful to me personally. I’ll include some commentary here and there at the…

Where Does Blessing Begin?

Sep 8, 2019
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Recently I wrote a post about how God prunes our lives when they bear fruit. Pruning involves damaging the plant, traumatizing it, and triggering a healing response. The intent is to improve the plant in the long run so it…

Book of Mormon Videos Official Trailer

Sep 6, 2019
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I’m a big fan of the Book of Mormon so of course, I’m going to be interested in anything like this. It looks a little campy but trying to render scripture in film is probably an incredibly difficult challenge. This…

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…