Parables

Jesus’ Teachings Concerning Stumbling Blocks

Apr 24, 2019
4 min read

If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than to have two hands or two feet and be cast…

Mustard Seeds and Leaven

Mar 24, 2019
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There is quite a bit packed in to the chapters from Come Follow Me this week and I could write dozens of posts about so many little details but one thing has stuck in my mind. Among other things, Jesus…

Spices, Gnats, and Camels

Jan 24, 2017
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Zeal isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I think it tends to amplify our actions whether they are misguided or on point. Sometimes we can focus too much on the letter that we miss the spirit, or the weightier matters. Those…

Talk: The Lord’s Sheep, Bread of Life, and Living Water

Nov 27, 2016
11 min read

The following is a post created from a talk I gave in church this morning. There is an idea in thermodynamics that everything in the universe eventually moves from order to disorder. The Book of Mormon is a window into…

Two Brothers and “Never Needing the Lord”

Oct 19, 2016
2 min read

I attended a nice baptism the other day. A woman was baptized by her husband who had grown up LDS but drifted away for many years and had just returned to full activity. The next day she was confirmed during…

A Modern Parable: The Bull and the Jackrabbit

Jun 19, 2016
2 min read

I love the modern parables that often appear over at jrganymede.com. They often feature common animals such as bulls, parrots, rabbits, etc. Over time, I’ve started to see patterns in these parables of which animals represent different aspects of our…

The Parable of the Crack

Jun 5, 2016
1 min read

There was once a craftsman who built a fine house. As the years went by it served him well until one day he noticed a crack along the ceiling. He was disappointed to see this flaw in his otherwise exemplary…

The Parable of the Two Debtors

May 22, 2016
2 min read

Jesus once told a parable about two debtors. The first debtor owed the king 10,000 talents, but when the time came to pay up, he didn’t have the ability to. The king commanded that this debtor’s whole family and property were to…

Surviving the Void

Jan 28, 2016
8 min read

It’s happened to me several times, in fact, the first 17 years of my life were lived without any real sense of the presence of God; at least that was my perception at the time. Time went on, and God did manifest…

From a Garden to a City

Nov 10, 2015
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The was posted over at Junior Ganymede and I just loved the ideas it inspired in my mind. There are building metaphors in the scriptures and there are husbandry metaphors in the scriptures. Christ is the building block, for example, and…

A Hypothetical Look at Life Through the Lens of Jacob 5

Oct 25, 2015
1 min read

Why does my life feel like there is nothing but crap get dumped on me? “I have digged about it,… and I have dunged it; and I have stretched forth mine hand almost all the day long…” Jacob 5:47 My…

Thirst

Oct 10, 2015
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THIRST, verb intransitive 1. To experience a painful sensation of the throat or fauces for want of drink. 2. To have a vehement desire for any thing. When one is thirsty, but just barely, they will refuse perfectly clean water on account…

Stained Glass

Oct 8, 2015
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Picture in your mind’s eye a beautiful stained glass window where light from the sun passes through a collection of colored panes that transform the light into something wonderful. Church is like the window and we are like those colored panes. When we come…

The Path to God is Strewn With Shattered Paradigms

Sep 20, 2015
10 min read

Every single one of us, right at this minute, believes things that are wrong. There is an idea that you cherish, some way of seeing the world that seems so clear to you, but it is wrong, or at best,…

Leaven

Oct 5, 2014
6 min read

The dominion of God’s people upon the earth seems to have been numerically small throughout most of history. I’ve often heard people question why that is. Of the billions that have lived, very little have had access to God’s commandments…

The Shelf vs. The Garden

Jun 28, 2014
11 min read

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…