Book of Mormon

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
0 min read

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…

Our Challenges Through the Lens of Zenos’ Allegory

May 12, 2019
4 min read

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….

Entering the Darkness

Mar 23, 2019
3 min read

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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”…

The Serpent and the Liahona: Look and Live

Aug 27, 2018
12 min read

I have compiled a list of parallel themes between Moses’ serpent and Lehi’s Liahona that occur in Alma 33:19-23 and Alma 37:38-47. I’ve been studying this for a little while now trying to figure out how many of these parallels…

When the Precepts of Men Get Placed Above the Commandments of God

Aug 21, 2018
6 min read

Nephi prophesied that in the last day groups would contend with one another and that they would be built up “not unto the Lord” (2 Nephi 28:3) These groups have authorities that will “contend one with another, and they shall…

God Stepping Down

Jul 15, 2018
3 min read

“Knowest thou the condescension of God?” This question was posed to Nephi in a vision by one he refers to as the Spirit of the Lord. (1 Nephi 11:16) I’ve read this verse many, many times and I’ve often heard young people…

The Three Things Required to Build Upon The Rock of Christ

May 18, 2018
13 min read

There are 3 things that Jesus taught that enable one to build upon what he called his “rock.” Building upon his rock is critical to find safety from the floods and winds that cause one to fall and be received into…

The Simplicity of Scripture: Information, Interpretation, and Inclination

Mar 18, 2018
7 min read

In Alma 37, Alma the Younger describes the meaning of certain relics to his son, Helaman who is about to come into possession of them. The Liahona, Interpreters, and Gold Plates were among the items placed in Moroni’s box that…

The Conditions of Moroni’s Promise

Dec 17, 2017
3 min read

Moroni chapter 10 is just excellent in many ways, but I wonder if we are too quick to gloss over some important points. We love Moroni 10:3-5 and even call it “Moroni’s promise,” and indeed it is a kind of…