Faith

Fear and Faith are Both Based on Ideas

Nov 17, 2019
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This story is from September 2015 As I went to announce to my kids that it was bedtime I noticed that two out of the three were fast asleep on the couch. I was tired too and decided to just…

Talk: Pioneers and Principles

Jul 21, 2019
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This is a talk I gave today (July 21, 2019) in my ward. Being a member of the Church in the 1800s had its perks; there were revelations and miracles, but it also involved people mobbing you and setting your…

Truth is not found within

Oct 30, 2018
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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 Mechanics of Priesthood, Power, and Faith

May 11, 2018
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What is the priesthood? What is the power of the priesthood and how does that work? What is the difference between authority and power? I come across questions like these regularly from friends, family, at church, and in online forums;…

“Belief aims at Truth”

Feb 21, 2018
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“The claim that “belief aims at truth” was first coined by Bernard Williams (1973)” link Well said.

The Symbiosis of Faith and Hope

Oct 6, 2017
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In Neal A. Maxwell’s 1984 general conference talk Brightness of Hope he said the following: “In the geometry of restored theology, hope has a greater circumference than faith. If faith increases, the perimeter of hope stretches correspondingly.” Elder Maxwell points…

Seeing Sin

May 13, 2017
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What are we? Are we this tabernacle of clay composed of water, carbon, and a host of chemicals and bacteria? These atoms that existed long before our birth and will continue long after our death? As I have pondered questions…

Faithful Co-existence With Gamaliel’s Counsel

Aug 7, 2016
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We live in a world with billions of people and each one of us has ideas on how things should be. Whether it is how governments should operate to where the family should eat for dinner, we all have different ideas….

Love, works, and faith

Jul 11, 2016
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“Jesus says, ‘If a man love me he will keep my words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings.’ As…

Tithes, Stones, and the Hand of the Lord

Mar 4, 2016
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OneClimbs commenter Chip recently asked: “…just curious if you have any insight or analogy for tithing. I love the whole symbolism of climbing the mount that you apply to principles. So was just curious if you had examples or ideas…

Audio: Stages of Faith With Jon Paulien

Aug 13, 2015
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If you aren’t familiar with James W. Fowler’s research on what he calls the “stages of faith” then you might be missing out on some good stuff. There has been a lot written about Fowler’s research and I think it…

How to Obtain a Knowledge of God – Lectures on Faith

Jul 18, 2015
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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?…

Commentary on Lecture 1:18-24

Feb 27, 2015
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Just some thoughts on the following verses from Lecture 1. (Lectures on Faith) 18 The Savior says, (Matthew 17:19-20), in explaining the reason why the disciples could not cast out the devil, that it was because of their unbelief: “For…

Cry unto the Lord

Nov 9, 2014
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The inspiration for this article came from an observation I made today during an Elders quorum lesson on prayer. We read the following portion of the sermon from Amulek in Alma 34: 17 Therefore may God grant unto you, my brethren,…

Room For Doubt Respects Agency

Sep 15, 2014
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I recently started the Book of Mormon over again in audio form while I’m at work. Chapter 6 of 1 Nephi caught my attention and led to some significant thoughts about agency. And it mattereth not to me that I…

Lectures on Faith.com is now LIVE!

Jul 8, 2014
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Well, today was like Christmas for me when I noticed that a domain that I have been wanting for quite some time had dropped! I’m now the owner of “LecturesOnFaith.com“! You can find the Lectures online, but the websites are pretty…

The Shelf vs. The Garden

Jun 28, 2014
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There is a phrase I hear repeated every now and then among members of the church. Typically when there is an issue they come across that challenges their faith, they are able to either reconcile that issue one way or…

Saved by Grace, Judged by Works?

Jun 17, 2013
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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….

The size of your faith is not the issue…

May 21, 2013
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“The size of your faith or the degree of your knowledge is not the issue—it is the integrity you demonstrate toward the faith you do have and the truth you already know.” (Lord, I Believe, April 2013 General Conference) What…

How Will Governs the Cosmos

Apr 22, 2013
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I like to understand how things work. I do this by trying to see relationships and patterns between things to see if they make any sense. I’ve been pondering the subject of desire for quite a bit now and in…