Joseph Smith

Bricolage and Eclecticism

Oct 19, 2017
4 min read

There was a conference that went on recently that my brother-in-law brought back to my attention called New Perspectives on Joseph Smith and Translation (His in-law are co-founders of FaithMatters.org). I was interested to hear what this panel of speakers had…

God’s Justice as Taught by the Book of Mormon, Qur’an, and Joseph Smith

Oct 15, 2017
4 min read

These quotes have been sitting in my notebook for a while and a recent conversation with a friend brought them back to my attention. What I find remarkable is how nicely they fit together and convey this idea that all…

Willing to give up

Oct 23, 2016
1 min read

Joseph Smith once said: “I am at all times willing to give up that which is wrong for I wish this people to have a virtuous leader.” This quote has always been a source of personal motivation for me, especially…

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!…

Margaret Barker Transcript from The Worlds of Joseph Smith Conference

Mar 30, 2016
21 min read

I love reading anything by Margaret Barker, if you don’t know who she is then you need to look her up and buy some of her books or read some of her articles online. She’s a Methodist scholar and has brought some amazing…

All that he seeth fit that we should have.

Oct 4, 2015
6 min read

In the Southeast part of Las Vegas where I live, there are some foothills that are within walking distance from my home. Occasionally I will hike up to a certain spot and look out over the city at sunrise. From my…

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…

Appropriate Appropriation

May 20, 2015
3 min read

Just to be clear here, I’m not talking about the adjective, “He was wearing appropriate attire for the occasion, but the transitive verb where one might say, “Christians appropriated the cross symbol to represent the faith.” Here are some definitions to consider:…

A Collector of Truth

Jan 30, 2015
2 min read

“…lay hold upon every good thing, and condemn it not…” – Moroni 7:19 “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:21 The scriptures encourage us to seek after that which is good and there are ways explained…

Terryl Givens – An Approach to Thoughtful, Honest and Faithful Mormonism

Jan 20, 2015
3 min read

I transcribed the following from the third part of an interview with Terryl Givens on the Mormon Stories podcast. I can’t remember how I came across this interview, but I remember seeing Terryl Givens’ name which immediately drew my interest. I’m a…

Joseph Smith on Truth

Jan 16, 2015
4 min read

Receiving truth “One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may.” (Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 199) The best way to obtain truth and wisdom “The best way…

Joseph Smith Explains How God Will Judge the Nations

Apr 22, 2014
3 min read

I love this quote from Joseph Smith on how mankind will be judged. The truths expressed are so clear and plain, you cannot help but stand in awe at the incredible balance of justice and mercy God extends to each…

Understanding the Character of God and Revelation

Mar 3, 2014
1 min read

There are but a very few beings in the world who understand rightly the character of God. The great majority of mankind do not comprehend anything, either that which is past, or that which is to come, as it respects…

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…