Repentance

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…

“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…

Potential Literary Patterns in Helaman 5

Nov 26, 2017
5 min read

I was reading the words that Helaman taught to his sons, Nephi and Lehi and noticed some potential patterns. Helaman appears to have taught many things to his sons but we only have a few of these words recorded in…

The Three Duties of the Gentiles

Oct 1, 2017
2 min read

At the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, Joseph Smith offered a prayer he received by revelation, “Now these words, O Lord, we have spoken before thee, concerning the revelations and commandments which thou hast given unto us, who are identified…

Seeing Sin

May 13, 2017
6 min read

What are we? Are we this tabernacle of clay composed of water, carbon, and a host of chemicals and bacteria? These atoms that existed long before our birth and will continue long after our death? As I have pondered questions…

Forgiveness & Repentance

Jan 27, 2017
0 min read

Forgiveness is the loudest praise, repentance, the greatest peace.

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…

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…

Forgiveness

Sep 25, 2016
2 min read

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…

Eyes to See

Sep 19, 2016
7 min read

I love the story of Elisha and the servant when they were surrounded by the Aramean army. Early the next morning, when the servant of the man of God arose and went out, he saw the force with its horses…

Lessons Learned From (Almost) Five Years on a Plant-based Diet

Sep 4, 2016
11 min read

Back in 2011, I wrote a post about the Word of Wisdom. I had some things that were bothering me personally and decided to face them head on. I did a lot of study and research combined with soul-searching and…

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…

Born of God?

Jun 25, 2016
1 min read

And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? … And now behold, I…

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…

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….

Legal Repentance and Evangelical Repentance

Feb 12, 2015
1 min read

If you look up repentance in a Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (the fifth “standard work”): 2. In theology, the pain, regret or affliction which a person feels on account of his past conduct, because it exposes him to punishment. This sorrow…

Resisting temptation – C.S. Lewis

Oct 16, 2014
1 min read

“No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to…

Sharing the Gospel, a Sacrament Meeting Talk

Oct 4, 2014
10 min read

Recently, I was asked to speak in sacrament meeting with my wife on the subject of loving others by sharing the gospel. I thought posting the talk here might be beneficial to someone out there. I attempted to make the point…

The Bible Dictionary and Hard, Old Gum Under the Table

Apr 1, 2014
4 min read

When I was bored in middle and high school (which was very common) I would often read dictionaries, which sounds boring, but I loved discovering new words and ideas. When I was a teenager, I read and studied the entire Bible…

Awesome Quote From Joseph Smith on the Power to Become

Mar 26, 2014
1 min read

We consider that God has created man with a mind capable of instruction, and a faculty which may be enlarged in proportion to the heed and diligence given to the light communicated from heaven to the intellect; and that the…