Indian Slaves “Purchased into Freedom”

Mar 20, 2019
2 min read

I came across this story recently and it reminded me of the tragic complexity of history. We tend to look back and history through the narratives crafted by historians often get a glimpse of how hard some situations were to…

Contention, False Flags, and Repeating the Past

Mar 15, 2019
8 min read

Contention must be avoided at all costs. The entire media industry exists off of creating and distributing stories that stir people up into contention for the sole purpose of selling advertising or getting gain. They are like Zeezrom and the…

Bednar and Keeping Things Simple

Mar 5, 2019
3 min read

On Feb 28, 2019, at a Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction, there were some great things that Elder Bednar had to say. Teaching In a very informative and entertaining unscripted role play with a real ward council, Bednar started off…

Detecting False Prophets

Mar 3, 2019
4 min read

“But behold, if a man shall come among you and shall say: Do this, and there is no iniquity; do that and ye shall not suffer; yea, he will say: Walk after the pride of your own hearts; yea, walk…

Receptacles

Feb 25, 2019
1 min read

Sometimes we limit what God can give us by the “receptacle” or “vessel into which something is received” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) we bring to him. We may come to God begging for spiritual food while holding out a single finger…

Some “Come Follow Me” Experiences

Feb 20, 2019
3 min read

My feelings about the Church’s new Come Follow Me plan for families has been a little mixed. I’ve gone back and forth about it but have been willing to give it a shot and see what happens. Initially, I felt like…

Matthew 4: The Temptation of Christ and the Vision of the Tree of Life

Feb 9, 2019
4 min read

I’m not sure if anyone has made this connection before, but in studying Matthew 4, I noticed that there were some pretty striking similarities to what Jesus went through in the desert and the vision that Lehi and Nephi had….

Prosper / Cut Off

Dec 5, 2018
3 min read

Lehi obtained an explicit promise from the Lord (2 Nephi 1:9) concerning his people, and in its concise form it reads: Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye…

Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Dec 2, 2018
8 min read

Bishop Dean M. Davies begins by sharing a story that involved the selection of a temple site with Gordon B. Hinckley. While on the surface the story itself isn’t all that impressive to me personally. One side of my mind…

The Why of Weaknesses

Nov 20, 2018
4 min read

This past weekend I attended a conference at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX where President Nelson and others spoke. He made a particular point of talking about the weaknesses that we all have to one degree or another and…

Firm and Steadfast in the Faith of Christ – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Nov 14, 2018
8 min read

Elder D. Todd Christofferson is someone that I look forward to hearing from and his talks always seem to have some very rich ideas in them that are worth pondering. He started off talking about Elijah and the priests of…

Truth and the Plan – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Nov 10, 2018
10 min read

I really loved this talk. I like most talks from Dallin H. Oaks because he doesn’t share a lot of touchy-feely stories, he sticks to the doctrine. One of my favorite quotes is “great leaders kill ambiguity” from Scott Belsky the…

David A. Bednar – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Nov 7, 2018
4 min read

“Please do not focus primarily upon the logistical aspects of what has been announced. We must not allow procedural details to obscure the overarching spiritual reasons these changes now are being made.” This is an important statement because it is…

Be Not Troubled – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Nov 1, 2018
6 min read

“Some years ago, one of our young married daughters and her husband asked Sister Rasband and me a very important, life-influencing question: ‘Is it still safe and wise to bring children into this seemingly wicked and frightening world we live…

Truth is not found within

Oct 30, 2018
4 min read

There is an ideology today that I hear quite often and it is poor in principle and flawed in doctrine. You may recognize this ideology as it appears in the following forms: “Live your truth” “Be who you really are”…

Laying the Foundation of a Great Work – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Oct 27, 2018
3 min read

This year our grandchildren wrote the topic of their message on stones and then, one by one, buried them next to one another, representing a sure foundation upon which a happy life is established. I think it is cool to…

Lift up Your Head and Rejoice – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Oct 22, 2018
4 min read

Frequently, our first reaction to hard things is “Why me? This is true, but why? Hard things happen to everyone all the time, so why don’t we anticipate them? Why do we feel that somehow we should be shielded from…

Deep and Lasting Conversion to Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Oct 12, 2018
6 min read

Elder Quentin L. Cook expanded on the details of the new changes to the Sunday Schedule and numerous ways that it can help impact the lives of the saints for the good. I’m thrilled about this new direction, the loss…

Opening Remarks by President Russell M. Nelson – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Oct 10, 2018
3 min read

In keeping with the purpose of this blog as my personal study journal, I’m going to be doing something new. This last General Conference was particularly inspiring for me, as I’m sure it was for many. I want to dig…

“Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

Sep 29, 2018
1 min read

Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has…