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The Rise of Righteous Rulers: An Open Letter to Men

Jan 9, 2015
20 min read

I’ve been working on this particular article for months, maybe close to a year. I can keep tweaking this over and over or I can just share what I’ve got thus far, so that’s what I’m doing. Because I am…

Sharing the Gospel, a Sacrament Meeting Talk

Oct 4, 2014
10 min read

Recently, I was asked to speak in sacrament meeting with my wife on the subject of loving others by sharing the gospel. I thought posting the talk here might be beneficial to someone out there. I attempted to make the point…

The Holy Priesthood After the Order of the Son of God

Jun 6, 2014
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An LDS Meetinghouse in American Fork, UT Emphasizes 8

Feb 18, 2014
2 min read

I was up in Utah for a wedding and while driving around American Fork I stopped my car when I saw this LDS meetinghouse. I was immediately reminded of a chapel here in Nevada that I really like. Just like…

With Sudden Violence

Nov 18, 2013
8 min read

The scriptures often talk about having a broken heart, but what does that mean? Does God want us to be sad? I believe that many of the problems we experience in understanding the ancient concepts contained in the scriptures is…

…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…

Early Analysis of the Potential Symbolism of a New South Jordan Meetinghouse

Oct 16, 2013
4 min read

Link to the Deseret News article I was listening to the This Week in Mormons Podcast when I heard this chapel mentioned. As I looked at the photos, some things stuck out to me. I wish there were some better photos…

Repentance: a process of addition not subtraction

Oct 1, 2013
1 min read

I came across this post the other day that had some interesting perspectives on repentance. How many Saints are focused way too much on the “subtraction” aspect of the repentance process? How many are locked in guilt-laden cycles focused on ceasing behavior…

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…

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….

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…

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…

“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,…

He Lives and Loves

Mar 31, 2013
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There are a lot of things that I believe are true and a lot of things that I do not believe are true. There are also things that I “know” are true like the existence of the city of Jerusalem….

First oneClimbs Documentary: “Reading Temples”

Mar 21, 2013
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Did you know that you can “read” temples? What if all of the temples around the world today constituted a vast library of new scripture just waiting to be read if we had eyes to see? This presentation covers some basic…