Plan of Salvation

How God Deals With Us

Aug 4, 2019
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Do not murmur, my son, for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner. D&C 9:6 The Lord spake these words to Oliver Cowdery after explaining why his attempts to translate were unfruitful. No…

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…

Truth and the Plan – Conference Notes Oct. 2018

Nov 10, 2018
10 min read

I really loved this talk. I like most talks from Dallin H. Oaks because he doesn’t share a lot of touchy-feely stories, he sticks to the doctrine. One of my favorite quotes is “great leaders kill ambiguity” from Scott Belsky the…

The Three Things Required to Build Upon The Rock of Christ

May 18, 2018
13 min read

There are 3 things that Jesus taught that enable one to build upon what he called his “rock.” Building upon his rock is critical to find safety from the floods and winds that cause one to fall and be received into…

“If it hasn’t happened to you—it should.”

Mar 17, 2018
7 min read

“If it hasn’t happened to you—it should.” [1] That’s what President Ezra Taft Benson had to say about the changing of the human heart and being born of God.  I would argue that if this has not happened in your life, then it should rise immediately…

For This Cause: Why Marriage Matters

Feb 22, 2017
19 min read

“I then remarked that marriage was an institution of h[e]aven institude [instituted] in the garden of Eden, that it was necessary that it should be Solemnized by the authority of the everlasting priesthood,” (from a Joseph Smith journal entry, Nov….

Forgiveness

Sep 25, 2016
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I really enjoyed this quote from George MacDonald about forgiveness: “…unforgivingness to our neighbour; the shutting of him out from our mercies, from our love—so from the universe, as far as we are a portion of it—the murdering therefore of…

In Defense of Perfection

Jun 26, 2016
15 min read

I’ve been observing two things (one good and one bad) being conflated into a single topic and then dismissed altogether. This is much like the proverbial baby being thrown out with the bath water and I want to take a shot at…

Mercy and the Mother

Feb 22, 2016
6 min read

  I have put the words that I believe are related directly to the divine Mother motif in ALL CAPS AND BOLD. The following verses in this article area all connected to each other and certain key points have been emphasized….

Boundaries & Becoming

Aug 30, 2015
4 min read

Boundaries define everything that exists. Boundaries are where chaos ends and existence begins. Boundaries tell us what something is and what it isn’t. “[Christ’s] salvation depends on his being precisely what he is and nothing else;”  Lecture 7:9 If we read…

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…

David O. McKay Temple Address

Feb 16, 2015
16 min read

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 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…

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…

The Course Which They Pursue

Aug 4, 2014
5 min read

Of the seven Lectures on Faith, Lecture Sixth is perhaps my personal favorite. It is the only lecture that has this footnote: This lecture is so plain, and the facts set forth so self-evident, that it is deemed unnecessary to form a…

Definitions: 4 Verses of Alma 5

Mar 19, 2014
4 min read

One of the most powerful scripture study tools I utilize is a Webster’s 1828 Dictionary. I have a free app version on my iPhone (sorry Android users, I don’t think there is one quite yet, but you can use this…

The Greater and Lesser Arches

Mar 1, 2014
5 min read

This week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a new gospel topic titled Becoming Like God. Personally, I thought they did a great job with this piece, hit all the right scripture verses, and explained the doctrine…

Deliverance & Rebirth: Hidden Treasures in Alma 5

Feb 14, 2014
8 min read

I was preparing an Elders Quorum lesson and felt particularly drawn to Alma 5. I fell in love with this chapter during my full-time mission days and when I really, really read it, I was highlighting so much that I…

Taken Home

Dec 19, 2013
2 min read

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 Lady Of The Temple” Conference via the Academy of Temple Studies

Dec 5, 2013
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This conference which took place on October 23, 2013, in Logan, Utah was filmed and posted here at the Academy of Temple Studies and at TempleStudy.com. First off, let me just say that I was really blown away by this conference; the…