Revelation

Publish peace

Nov 2, 2020
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I woke up this morning and there was a bright beam of sunlight peeking between the curtains.  The first thought to come to my mind the words “Glory to God in the highest” like the hymn. I offered my thanks to…

A little…

Feb 29, 2020
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For behold, thus saith the Lord God: I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an…

Receptacles

Feb 25, 2019
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Sometimes we limit what God can give us by the “receptacle” or “vessel into which something is received” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary) we bring to him. We may come to God begging for spiritual food while holding out a single finger…

The Conditions of Moroni’s Promise

Dec 17, 2017
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Moroni chapter 10 is just excellent in many ways, but I wonder if we are too quick to gloss over some important points. We love Moroni 10:3-5 and even call it “Moroni’s promise,” and indeed it is a kind of…

Critical Principles for Vetting Revelation and Avoiding Deception

Feb 1, 2017
17 min read

We talk a lot about receiving and following revelation, but I’ve learned in my experience that the process itself is not as simple at it may first seem. There are real dangers involved because not all revelation that crosses our path…

A Mystical Mind

Oct 8, 2016
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George MacDonald wrote: “A mystical mind is one which, having perceived that the highest expression of which the truth admits, lies in the symbolism of nature and the human customs that result from human necessities, prosecutes thought about truth so…

No one knows except…

Oct 22, 2015
1 min read

“but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love him.” For to us God…

“Who has known the Mind of the Lord?”

Sep 15, 2015
3 min read

1 Corinthians 2:9-16 But as it is written: “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him,” this God has revealed to…

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…

The Eye of God or Man?

Jul 21, 2015
4 min read

I was looking at this picture of the Salt Lake Temple the other day and had a thought. Typically, the “all-seeing eye” of God is depicted within a triangle and not an oval. This version also has a veil-like curtain…

Climb

Jul 16, 2015
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CLIMB, verb intransitive 1. To creep up by little and little, or step by step; to mount or ascend, by means of the hands and feet; to rise on any fixed object, by seizing it with the hands and lifting…

The Right Questions…to Answers We Cannot Comprehend

Jun 19, 2015
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The other day I was driving with a couple of my kids and my 4-year-old asked me, “How many miles till we get home? What time are we going to be there?” If she was an adult I would have had no…

Spiritual experiences

Jun 1, 2015
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Any “spiritual experience” I have ever had doesn’t feel theatrical or disconnected from reality. While many such experiences are not part of what can be considered possible in general experience, when they happen they are as real and tangible as…

Meditation and Pondering, Revolving and Weighing

May 15, 2015
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MEDITA’TION, noun [Latin meditatio.] Close or continued thought; the turning or revolving of a subject in the mind; serious contemplation. PON’DER, verb transitive [Latin pondero, from pondo, pondus, a pound; pendeo, pendo, to weigh.] 1. To weigh in the mind; to…

Faith, Fiction and Going Beyond First Impressions

Mar 29, 2015
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“I had the same good feeling while reading scriptures and while watching a fictional movie, how is that possible?” I have heard this question or something like it asked time and time again. I’ve heard this example used to illustrate how ’emotions…

Profane

Mar 1, 2015
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Consider the origins of the word “profane”: Profane: late 14c., from L. profanare “to desecrate,” from profanus “unholy, not consecrated,” from pro fano “not admitted into the temple (with the initiates),” lit. “out in front of the temple,” from pro- “before” (see pro-) + fano, ablative of fanum “temple” (see feast). Related: Profaned; profaning. The…

“The word is very nigh unto thee…”

Feb 8, 2015
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“For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it…

A Model of Mormon Spiritual Experience

Jan 25, 2015
4 min read

Here are a few excerpts from a document titled A Model of Mormon Spiritual Experience by Kevin Christensen. It’s pretty fantastic and has some wonderful things to ponder and many interesting observations. I highly recommend a reading of the entire thing because it’s…

You Might be a Mystic if…

Jan 18, 2015
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Just thought I’d share an old quote I came across again from “Thomas” who was a commenter on a post at TempleStudy.com. I don’t know who this guy is but I like the way he thinks. He shared some very profound truths…

Joseph Smith on Truth

Jan 16, 2015
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Receiving truth “One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may.” (Discourses of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 199) The best way to obtain truth and wisdom “The best way…