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Trouble and Passions, Alma 38

Aug 14, 2020
3 min read

When our identity is framed first and foremost as a child of God, and his doctrine and principles become our foundation, we then invoke the principle of sacrifice to bridle our passions so that they are within God’s bounds.

There is a Curse Upon This Land

Aug 5, 2020
1 min read

There is a lot of evil in this world from low to high places and it is enough to cause great concern for many. However, the only ones that should fear are those workers of darkness who refuse to change…

Patterns of 4 in Alma’s sermon to the Zoramites (Alma 32-33)

Jul 23, 2020
4 min read

In a Come Follow Me study session with my family, we pointed out the four aspects of what planting the word/seed would do and how the first letter of each aspect formed the word S-E-E-D. Most people are aware of…

Avoiding Accumulating Scales of Darkness Over Our Eyes

Jul 7, 2020
2 min read

Nephi prophesies that the seed of his people will one day become a pure and delightsome people “and their scales of darkness shall begin to fall from their eyes;” (2 Nephi 30:6) One definition for scale in the The Webster’s 1828 Dictionary…

Blessed in Chaos

May 24, 2020
3 min read

Mosiah chapter 26 is packed with a number of great things. It all begins when the younger generation becomes rebellious and refuses to join the church. The dissensions grow, and it becomes a big problem, something the church had never…

Enos is how old?

Mar 26, 2020
2 min read

Near the close of Enos’ record he states: And it came to pass that I began to be old, and an hundred and seventy and nine years had passed away from the time that our father Lehi left Jerusalem. Enos 1:25 He…

Vlog #3 – Outward Performances and Inward Transformation

Mar 24, 2020
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Wrapping up Jacob 7 with understanding scriptures, the doctrine of Christ, hope, anointing our efforts, and inward transformation. *Sorry for the background noise, there are new houses being built nearby and there is a lot of heavy equipment around.

Jacob’s Sermon Condemns Having Many Wives and Concubines

Mar 12, 2020
11 min read

I know that some of what I have to say here is controversial. I’m not an authority on anything except my own opinions. This is a massive topic and I do not address all of the views and perspectives. This…

Vlog #2 – 2 Nephi 31 – The Doctrine of the Father, Son, & Holy Ghost

Mar 8, 2020
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Downloadable PDF Presentation About How to Create Your Own Small Plates

Feb 19, 2020
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I created this for our first Activity Days class. It was a bunch of 7 to 8-year-old rowdy boys and I realized all too late that I had over-prepared. Feel free to use it for your own study or any…

My Favorite Isaiah Translation

Feb 16, 2020
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Joseph Smith once wrote that we believe in the Bible (and any other scripture, I’d imagine) as far as it is translated correctly. For years, I have enjoyed the Isaiah Institute Translation of Isaiah which was created by Avraham Gileadi….

Speaking Hard Things

Jan 27, 2020
5 min read

I’ve noticed that pop culture has influenced us at church where we feel more inclined to walk on eggshells, afraid to offend others. True, we value kindness, but I think we err in thinking that it means that we must…

There is no iron rod to the great and spacious building

Jan 26, 2020
2 min read

In the vision of the tree of life that Lehi and Nephi witnessed, a “great and spacious building,” prominently juxtaposed the righteous seeking to find their way to the tree of life. The tree had a path and an iron…

Parallels Between Jesus’ Temptations and Nephi’s Vision of the Tree of Life

Jan 22, 2020
1 min read

In the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, we find an account of Jesus being tempted by the devil while fasting in the wilderness. The scene parallels, in at least two significant ways, Nephi’s vision of the tree of life….

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

Oct 23, 2019
5 min read

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…

Blindspot: Does God Show Us Our Weaknesses Through Others?

Oct 13, 2019
1 min read

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,…

Book of Mormon Videos Official Trailer

Sep 6, 2019
3 min read

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
1 min read

…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…

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…

Asked about my favorite scripture

Jul 23, 2019
1 min read

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…