The Spirit

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…

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…

Beautiful Literary Patterns in Alma 19:6

Sep 13, 2015
3 min read

I was doing a search today in the Gospel Library app for the word “mind” because I was looking for particular themes related to the mind in the Book of Mormon. As I looked at Alma 19:6, the repetition of the…

Spiritual experiences

Jun 1, 2015
1 min read

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…

Profane

Mar 1, 2015
0 min read

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…

A Simple but Powerful Pattern for Study That Leads to Change

Dec 9, 2013
3 min read

Here’s the simple pattern for study that leads to change: Determine content & context Discover doctrines & principles Ponder to reveal personal applications Record what you receive Change your behavior Yep, that’s it! You probably want a little background and explanation though, huh?…

With Sudden Violence

Nov 18, 2013
8 min read

The scriptures often talk about having a broken heart, but what does that mean? Does God want us to be sad? I believe that many of the problems we experience in understanding the ancient concepts contained in the scriptures is…

…And Say Unto You, ‘Receive the Mind of God’

Oct 30, 2013
11 min read

The Lectures on Faith is a fantastic addition to the doctrinal knowledge base of the Latter-day Saints. They were part of the Doctrine and Covenants for almost 100 years and were separated from the canon on the grounds that they…

Karate Kid Perspective on Ordinances

Aug 9, 2013
3 min read

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…

Basic Rules for Keeping “Small Plates” From Jacob

Aug 9, 2013
6 min read

A few years back I wrote an article about how to keep your own “small plates” and why it is important. I even started posting excerpts of my own “small plates” that I deemed appropriate for the public to offer…

The Lord’s People Receive Revelation by Bruce R. McConkie

Jul 26, 2013
9 min read

The following talk is from an April 1971 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Bruce R. McConkie. A commenter named “Thomas” at TempleStudy.com mentioned this article and I have reposted here for oneClimbs readers….

The Tomb and the Grove

Jul 22, 2013
19 min read

The Tomb In the what is today the first book of the New Testament we have an interesting account at the very end of Matthew. Here, it appears that Matthew is attempting to debunk an anti-Christian rumor that was going…

How to Get Focused and Clear Brain Fog: Meditation

Jul 3, 2013
1 min read

Man, I’m on a video kick right now. I’ve been coming across some pretty intriguing things in the last few days. I’m starting to like this guy, Emil Ihsan-Alexander Torabi and this particular video that addresses simple, practical approaches to…

On Mysticism, Transcendence, Meditation, Seers & Stones

Jun 30, 2013
32 min read

Originally posted at TempleStudy.com What is mysticism? That is the million dollar question. It is incredibly difficult to define. Wikipedia defines it as the “pursuit of communion with, identity with, or conscious awareness of an ultimate reality, divinity, spiritual truth,…

Notes From the Climb: Feb 2013

Mar 3, 2013
2 min read

The bread prepares us for the cup, signifying the way that the earthly prepares us for the heavenly. The resurrection fuses the two while grace purifies the whole. Revelation comes to us not only as fast as we are able…

Looking forward without your eyes

Nov 27, 2012
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Don’t worry about tomorrow

Nov 12, 2012
4 min read

First off, let’s start with the word “worry”, it actually doesn’t appear anywhere in the King James Bible. In Matthew 6, however we see the phrase “take no thought” which is often translated as “don’t worry” or something along those…

Be worthy, be there

Sep 23, 2012
1 min read

I have been thinking about priesthood service; what it means and the principles upon which it operates. D&C 121:36 reveals a simple truth: …the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven…

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…