Doctrine

…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…

The Power of Doctrine

Sep 22, 2013
3 min read

In his book Increase in Learning, Elder Bednar teaches that principles arise from doctrines. If we take any principle of the gospel such as faith, repentance, obedience, etc and ask the question, “Why is this necessary?” the answer will always…

How Prayer, Creation, Returning and Reporting Can Make Life Awesome

Aug 31, 2013
6 min read

What if there was a doctrinally-based way to make every single day of your life significant, meaningful and amazing? Well, there is and it is so simple. I’ve only been doing this for a few days now and am still…

The Path to Theophany, commentary on 1 Nephi 11

Aug 16, 2013
12 min read

The following is simply a personal commentary on 1 Nephi 11 and how it relates to theophany. These are my own observations and overlook many, many other important doctrines and principles contained in these verses. My object was to explore…

Elder Bednar Wishes We Would Get Rid of the Word “Meeting” And I Agree

Aug 8, 2013
1 min read

The following is a really interesting excerpt from a 2010 Worldwide Leadership Training Meeting panel discussion. I really like Elder Bednar for his very clear approach to gospel doctrines and efforts to force out useless traditions from the Church while he reorients…

What are Doctrines, Principles & Applications?

Aug 1, 2013
3 min read

Ever find yourself thinking “I’m not quite sure I really know the definition of that word”? If not, then you are amazing and I applaud you. I’ve found it to be valuable to quiz yourself continually as to your knowledge…

The Tomb and the Grove

Jul 22, 2013
19 min read

The Tomb In the what is today the first book of the New Testament we have an interesting account at the very end of Matthew. Here, it appears that Matthew is attempting to debunk an anti-Christian rumor that was going…

“Have You Been Saved?” by Dallin H. Oaks

Jul 18, 2013
12 min read

By Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, May 1998 What do we say when someone asks us, “Have you been saved?” This question, so common in the conversation of some Christians, can be puzzling to…

What Does “Saved by Grace After All We Can Do” Mean?

Jul 18, 2013
14 min read

I’d like to thank my good friend Mike King for being the catalyst that inspired this article. The Bible verses are all from the New American Standard Version just for kicks, thanks, Andrew T.  There’s a verse in the Book…

Thoughts on the Five Core Sacramental Symbols

Jul 12, 2013
2 min read

There are at least five core elements that are used in the ordinance of the sacrament. Back on June 16th of this year I took down some ideas in my notebook concerning them so here they are. I will also…

Goliath, Laban and the New World Order

Jul 7, 2013
8 min read

What do Goliath, Laban and global, latter-day secret combinations often referred to as the “New World Order” all have in common? Their stories all end the same way and the scriptures show us exactly how. Goliath The Philistine champion, Goliath of…

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,…

Through the Veil: Pondering the Temple Experience Through Scripture

Jun 24, 2013
1 min read

I’m excited to announce the official publication of a little temple-related project that I’ve been working on. It all began with this idea: “What would it look like if you reconstructed the temple experience purely from scripture alone?” As I…

Saved by Grace, Judged by Works?

Jun 17, 2013
6 min read

I was thinking about the whole grace/faith/works debate that seems to endlessly rage between the faiths. Now we all technically believe in salvation by grace, or in other words, salvation is impossible without grace through the atonement of Jesus Christ….

Understanding the Justice and Mercy of the Degrees of Glory

Jun 15, 2013
7 min read

Today in church we had a lesson on the doctrine of the “three degrees of glory”. A comment seemed to indicate a feeling that inheriting a particular lower degree of glory as your eternal home with no chance of progression…

The Heavenly Gift

May 12, 2013
1 min read

“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if…

Notes From the Climb: April 2013

May 5, 2013
1 min read

“The Savior wants us to understand his willingness to forgive” – Craig A. Cardon “Procreative power & priesthood power are shared by husband & wife” – M. Russell Ballard “I am a witness of the Resurrection of the Lord as…

Nephi’s Psalm, a Life Preserver to Drowning Souls

Apr 28, 2013
4 min read

The following is taken from 2 Nephi 4:16-35, with some headings that I inserted to identify four key steps of transformation and if I were as awesome as President Monson I’m sure I could make them rhyme somehow ;) Behold, my…

“The Gospel” by Elder John M. Madsen

Apr 14, 2013
18 min read

My dad contacted me today about a quote that mentioned something about the atonement not being a part of the gospel but the gospel itself. I Googled the phrase and found this talk by Elder Madsen. Now I had first…

Notes From the Climb: March 2013

Apr 1, 2013
1 min read

“Rust ruins more tools than overuse.” – Anonymous “I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love.” – 2 Ne. 1:15 The priesthood is the means whereby things are organized and exalted. “Repentance is not a turning away,…