Church History

The Motto of the Church of Latter-day Saints

May 17, 2016
1 min read

The Constitution of our country formed by the Fathers of liberty. Peace and good order in society. Love to God, and good will to man. All good and wholesome laws, virtue and truth above all things, and aristarchy, live forever!…

Truths that Joseph Smith’s Seer Stone Continues to Reveal

Aug 10, 2015
16 min read

When I first saw the pictures of Joseph Smith’s primary seer stone my first thought was, “Oh, cool, I’m glad they released some pictures. I knew it was a small, chocolate-colored stone but I didn’t realize it had stripes.” and that was…

“Who is wise? He who learns from everyone.”

Jul 30, 2015
6 min read

Many are concerned with truth and how to obtain it. There are many ideas about what truth is, where it can be found, and how it can be discerned. There are deep concerns about being misled by false ideas and false prophets. Just…

How to Obtain a Knowledge of God – Lectures on Faith

Jul 18, 2015
4 min read

What testimony have men, in the first instance, that there is a God? Human testimony, and human testimony only. (2:56) What excited the ancient saints to seek diligently after a knowledge of the glory of God, his perfections and attributes?…

Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference

Dec 5, 2014
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Source: TempleStudy.com The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the presentations given at the 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference which took place on 25 October 2014 in Provo, Utah. Videos of each of the presentations are now…

…And Say Unto You, ‘Receive the Mind of God’

Oct 30, 2013
11 min read

The Lectures on Faith is a fantastic addition to the doctrinal knowledge base of the Latter-day Saints. They were part of the Doctrine and Covenants for almost 100 years and were separated from the canon on the grounds that they…

Happy September 22nd, the Day of the Sign

Sep 22, 2013
3 min read

Today was the day, 186 years ago that the Nephite record known as The Book of Mormon passed from immortal to mortal hands. Interestingly enough, that night as these events unfolded to the knowledge of a few, the Jews blew…

“Let Them Govern Themselves” by Boyd K. Packer

Jul 3, 2013
9 min read

I’m a fan of Boyd K. Packer. Behind that gravely-sounding voice is a fascinating mind that has provided some powerful insights and refreshing commentary on the latter-day work and Church. Currently, I’m serving as an elders quorum president in my…

On Mysticism, Transcendence, Meditation, Seers & Stones

Jun 30, 2013
32 min read

Originally posted at TempleStudy.com What is mysticism? That is the million dollar question. It is incredibly difficult to define. Wikipedia defines it as the “pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth,…

When church leaders speak, is the thinking done?

May 26, 2013
16 min read

There are so many levels that this subject can be explored on but I will only be addressing the few that I think are the most interesting at the moment. The drama begins when a particular article was published in…

The Three Tests We Must Pass?

Jan 20, 2013
13 min read

I have been having a great time digging through Avraham Gileadi’s book “The End From the Beginning” which analyzes Isaiah’s apocalyptic vision of the last days. My favorite kind of books are the ones that help me connect the dots,…

Receiving Knowledge From God

Aug 8, 2012
2 min read

These insightful words from Brigham Young are interesting to ponder in light of the responsibility that comes with receiving revelation.

The Test Has Begun

Jul 29, 2012
5 min read

I can’t remember quite when I first read of the Heber C. Kimball’s “Test” prophecy but it has always intrigued me. The intrigue has grown to deep concern as I have pondered the deep implications of a future he saw,…

Woman’s position in the eternal economy of the Creator

May 7, 2012
4 min read

Here is an excerpt from a chapter written by LDS apostle James E. Talmage in October of 1914. Writing to a female audience, he focuses on the dynamics of gender and the relationships between men and women in this world…

Wilford Woodruff on Preaching the Gospel

Apr 23, 2012
2 min read

A good and wise friend of mine, Mitchell Colver, sent me this wonderful quote from Wilford Woodruff about preaching the gospel.

“They Are Among the Ancestors”: Origins of the Native American People

Apr 2, 2012
13 min read

A recent change in Book of Mormon introduction gives heavy support for the long suggested idea that when Lehi arrived at the promised land here in the Americas, that he was not alone. Who were these others and where did they come from?

Video: Joseph Smith’s Last Dream

Jun 26, 2011
4 min read

Here is a great video that was produced that presents an account provided by William W. Phelps of what he allegedly heard Joseph Smith tell him about the last dream he had before he was martyred.

Joseph Smith on Three Truths

May 9, 2011
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A simple quote from the prophet Joseph Smith that emphasizes in a unique way the divine origins of our Constitution.

Parley P. Pratt’s call to the Apostleship

Jan 2, 2011
16 min read

This is an excerpt taken from the Autobiography of Parley P. Pratt in which his call to the apostleship was recorded. The charge given by Oliver Cowdery to Pratt and the twelve is nothing short of amazing and has always impressed me.

Atonement and the sacred thou at the center of Joseph Smith’s Revelations by Blake T. Ostler

Nov 22, 2010
64 min read

This is a great paradigm-shifting article that I discovered years ago by Blake T. Ostler. There is some really great stuff in here ranging from the atonement and our private relationship to God and then some fascinating insights on sacred rites, sacrifice and even plural marriage. This is not a casual read, so make sure that you set aside the time!