Perspective

Micro, Meso, Macro in Scripture Study

Mar 19, 2020
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One of the things that I enjoy most about God is how he works in patterns; everything is ultimately connected and part of one eternal round. You have the macrocosmos, the universe and everything within it and then the microcosmos…

Whining

Jul 7, 2019
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Whining shows what has power over us. Whining, in many ways, is the opposite of worshiping the Lord. Worship is when we glorify God for who he is and acknowledge what he has done for us, but whining is ignoring…

BS Dad

Jul 4, 2019
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I got all the good feels when one of my daughters gave me this keychain which originally read, “Best Dad.” After a few weeks, I noticed that two letters had broken off and my keychain now implied that I was…

History

Nov 23, 2017
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A few quotes have been on my mind lately. The first is from Hugh Nibley: “History is all hindsight; it is a sizing up, a way of looking at things. It is not what happened or how things really were,…

What does it mean to “live after the manner of happiness?”

May 8, 2016
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2 Nephi 5:27 includes this intriguing verse that is always a delight to ponder. Manner: 1. form, method; way of performing or executing. 2. Custom, habitual practice. (source) Sometimes I think of happiness in terms of how I happen to feel at…

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…

An Amazing Creation Sequence With a Surprising Twist

Jul 19, 2015
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I have not yet seen the film The Tree of Life although the title alone draws my interest. This particular sequence depicts the creation in a manner that is very similar to the creation sequence in the presentation of the…

Gospel Knowledge vs. Gospel Know-how

Mar 4, 2015
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Just because someone seems to know a lot about something, doesn’t mean that they can properly execute in that arena. Someone may know a lot about baseball; they may know all the rules and regulations, they may know all the…

Korihor, Elsa, Cain, and Karl

Feb 22, 2015
17 min read

What if we modernized Korihor’s philosophies and compared them to the kinds of things we hear people saying today? For morning study a couple days ago, I started off reading about the sons of Mosiah but then felt like reading about…

David O. McKay Temple Address

Feb 16, 2015
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An address on the Temple ceremony by President David O. McKay given Thursday, 25 September 1941, at 8:30am, Salt Lake Temple Annex (Manuscript in BYU Library Collections.)

The Questions the Temple Creates

Feb 14, 2015
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“In God’s great wisdom he has deliberately made the symbols of the temple unique, because their very uniqueness demands the mind ask the questions: Why do we do that? What’s the meaning of that? What’s the significance of this? These…

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…

Lies and Testimony

Dec 27, 2014
4 min read

Every fast and testimony meeting I can’t help but ponder what people mean by what they say. I suppose that only the person themselves really understands what they are trying to do by going up to the stand and speaking. One person…

Taken Home

Dec 19, 2013
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I usually wake up slowly and roll out of bed at around 7:20am…ish. My morning routine hasn’t been anything special, but today, I woke up right at 6am and was wide awake. Last night I had the idea to go…

The Struggles of Approaching Symbolic Learning

Dec 3, 2013
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I’d like to give an internet high-five to the Church for this great page they put up for the youth called “Symbolism and Temple Preparation“. We do a great job of teaching “that the teaching in the temples is done in…

Keep the Temple Sacred, but Don’t Keep it Secret – by J Washburn

Oct 23, 2013
5 min read

The following is a guest-post from J Washburn: In December of 2012, I toured the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Washington D.C. (thanks to having recently read Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol). Our guide led us upward through that Masonic…

The Power of Doctrine

Sep 22, 2013
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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…

Teaching Principles by Aaron L. M. Goodwin

Aug 13, 2013
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The variety of opportunities for teaching in the Lord’s kingdom are expansive. Each member of the church is commissioned to “…speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world” (D&C 1:20). Mormon explained that the…

Karate Kid Perspective on Ordinances

Aug 9, 2013
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For those who have seen the original Karate Kid movie you’re probably familiar with the famous “wax on, wax off” lesson that Mr. Miyagi taught Daniel. I like the updated version of this lesson presented in the new Karate Kid movie…

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…