Plan of Salvation

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…

“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…

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…

Through the Veil: Pondering the Temple Experience Through Scripture

Jun 24, 2013
1 min read

I’m excited to announce the official publication of a little temple-related project that I’ve been working on. It all began with this idea: “What would it look like if you reconstructed the temple experience purely from scripture alone?” As I…

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….

Understanding the Justice and Mercy of the Degrees of Glory

Jun 15, 2013
7 min read

Today in church we had a lesson on the doctrine of the “three degrees of glory”. A comment seemed to indicate a feeling that inheriting a particular lower degree of glory as your eternal home with no chance of progression…

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

Jun 7, 2013
0 min read

Awesome Mormon Messages video. I’m constantly impressed with the fantastic media put out by the church nowadays. I really enjoy these short videos with really powerful and touching messages and how they touch on very rich subjects in such abstract…

God’s Plan is Only Messy From Our Perspective

May 16, 2013
2 min read

I don’t know who wrote the following story but I remembered hearing it a long time ago and it has always been a powerful metaphor for helping me through rough times. I was thinking about it the other day when…

The Scale of the Universe 2

Mar 6, 2013
4 min read

Well, I guess this is “brother-in-law” day today at oneClimbs! I owe this post to Brad who emailed this to me a few hours ago, and I also posted The Enchiridion by Epictetus from my other brother-in-law. I’ve seen the older version…

His Grace Is Sufficient

Jan 20, 2013
17 min read

Brad Wilcox was serving as a member of the Sunday School General Board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as a BYU associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education in the David O. McKay…

Churches, Terms, Covenants and Joy

Sep 20, 2012
2 min read

Churches In the battle of churches, everyone is promoting their church as the gate that stands between you and your salvation. Other say that you don’t need a church, you can just go to God himself. There are many other…

Ever knowing but never changed?

Sep 20, 2012
1 min read

I’d like to expound a little on some thoughts that were expressed in an email exchange with a friend of mine this morning (Thanks, Chris!). Attend any LDS sacrament meeting on the first Sunday of the month and I can…

Is there a God and can he be known?

Sep 16, 2012
3 min read

Some are so sure that God exists while others are so sure that he doesn’t and then there is a vast spectrum of those in-between. Over thousands of years, where has all of the debating got us? If God does…

Justice and Mercy: A Unique Teaching Moment With my Kids

Aug 26, 2012
7 min read

Meet “Peter” the Lego Friends character who also happens to be the object of the latest source of contention in the Reed household. I’m going to try my best to accurately capture a discussion that just transpired minutes before writing…

Salvation: Where does one begin?

Aug 19, 2012
25 min read

I have felt lost at various points in my life; for different reasons and in different ways. I would like to focus specifically on the question of “Where does one begin?” in the context of finding the point in which…

Receiving Knowledge From God

Aug 8, 2012
2 min read

These insightful words from Brigham Young are interesting to ponder in light of the responsibility that comes with receiving revelation.

The Test Has Begun

Jul 29, 2012
5 min read

I can’t remember quite when I first read of the Heber C. Kimball’s “Test” prophecy but it has always intrigued me. The intrigue has grown to deep concern as I have pondered the deep implications of a future he saw,…

Woman’s position in the eternal economy of the Creator

May 7, 2012
4 min read

Here is an excerpt from a chapter written by LDS apostle James E. Talmage in October of 1914. Writing to a female audience, he focuses on the dynamics of gender and the relationships between men and women in this world…

The Meaning of the LDS Temple and its Ordinances

Mar 18, 2012
4 min read

In Denver Snuffer’s book, “Passing the Heavenly Gift”, he gives some great commentary on the meaning of the temple and its ordinances.

A Powerful Message From Baptist Pastor Paul Washer

Feb 27, 2012
11 min read

Baptist Minister Paul Washer preaches a powerful sermon to a group baptist youth with some wise words on the topic of salvation.