Asked about my favorite scripture

Jul 23, 2019
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A friend of mine who recently retired is building a home and called me recently to ask for my favorite scripture. He is collecting favorite scriptures from all of his friends and family and writing them on the beams throughout…

Talk: Pioneers and Principles

Jul 21, 2019
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This is a talk I gave today (July 21, 2019) in my ward. Being a member of the Church in the 1800s had its perks; there were revelations and miracles, but it also involved people mobbing you and setting your…

Can you have sacred without sacrifice?

Jul 20, 2019
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Can you have truth without sacrifice? Can you have empathy without sacrifice? Can you have happiness without sacrifice? Can you have love without sacrifice?

Should I hold a meeting?

Jul 16, 2019
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Administration of Blessings

Jul 11, 2019
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Administering to someone is still somewhat of a foreign land to me. I still have many questions that I grapple with on this subject. There are several kinds of blessings that are performed by the laying on of hands. Most…

“’Cause what consumes your thoughts controls your life.”

Jul 11, 2019
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I’ve always liked this lyric from the Creed song What if. I think about them in the context of King Benjamin’s words: But this much I can tell you, that if ye do not watch … your thoughts, … and observe the…

Two Branches

Jul 9, 2019
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I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. John…

Whining

Jul 7, 2019
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Whining shows what has power over us. Whining, in many ways, is the opposite of worshiping the Lord. Worship is when we glorify God for who he is and acknowledge what he has done for us, but whining is ignoring…

BS Dad

Jul 4, 2019
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I got all the good feels when one of my daughters gave me this keychain which originally read, “Best Dad.” After a few weeks, I noticed that two letters had broken off and my keychain now implied that I was…

False prophets despise free speech

Jul 3, 2019
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And now when ye talk, ye say: If our days had been in the days of our fathers of old, we would not have slain the prophets; we would not have stoned them, and cast them out. Behold ye are…

“Stake centers and chapels are a luxury”

Jun 30, 2019
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This is an excerpt from a book by Sheri Dew about President Nelson [1] and I wanted to share it along with some commentary. As President of the Quorum of the Twelve, President Nelson encouraged frequent conversation with his Brethren…

Distinctions are required for things to exist

Jun 28, 2019
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I saw a video where Dennis Prager pointed out five distinctions that he says are at the core of the Biblical worldview: The difference between man and God. The difference between man and animal. The difference between man and woman….

Bringing Peace to Dietary and Other Discords

Jun 2, 2019
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One of my go-to apps is the Bible app by YouVersion which offers a myriad of different Bible translations. Among my favorites for personal reading are the NASB, NIV, and the CEV for kids. Today I came across another version…

Our Challenges Through the Lens of Zenos’ Allegory

May 12, 2019
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In Zenos’ olive tree allegory quoted in Jacob 5 of the Book of Mormon, there are four particular things that the Lord of the vineyard and his servants do to nourish the tree so that it can bear tame fruit….

Couples Married Civilly Now Authorized for Immediate Temple Marriage

May 6, 2019
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https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/couples-married-civilly-authorized-for-immediate-temple-marriage I rarely comment on current events or things like this on my blog but I’ve been waiting on this announcement for quite some time. My family has a lot of members and a lot of converts as well. Being…

He is a good man…or no?

May 1, 2019
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There was much grumbling among the crowds concerning [Jesus]; some were saying, “He is a good man”; others were saying, “No, on the contrary, He leads the people astray.” John 7:12 NASB It is always interesting to see how people…

Symbolism on my mind.

Apr 29, 2019
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I love symbolism so much. I spent years buying books and diving deeply into the subject almost obsessively. I found a way to ‘flip a switch’ in my mind to where I started looking at everything differently and it constituted…

Jesus’ Teachings Concerning Stumbling Blocks

Apr 24, 2019
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If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast…

Mustard Seeds and Leaven

Mar 24, 2019
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There is quite a bit packed in to the chapters from Come Follow Me this week and I could write dozens of posts about so many little details but one thing has stuck in my mind. Among other things, Jesus…

Entering the Darkness

Mar 23, 2019
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The one component of Lehi’s vision that I have been thinking about for a while now is the mist of darkness. There have been many satisfying things I have learned from meditating upon this part of the vision and pondering…