Wisdom of Men

A Modern Parable: The Bull and the Jackrabbit

Jun 19, 2016
2 min read

I love the modern parables that often appear over at jrganymede.com. They often feature common animals such as bulls, parrots, rabbits, etc. Over time, I’ve started to see patterns in these parables of which animals represent different aspects of our…

The Parable of the Crack

Jun 5, 2016
1 min read

There was once a craftsman who built a fine house. As the years went by it served him well until one day he noticed a crack along the ceiling. He was disappointed to see this flaw in his otherwise exemplary…

Rage Against the Machine via Junior Ganymede

May 6, 2016
6 min read

This is an interesting read from MC over at Junior Ganymede. The original post can be viewed at it’s source here, but I’ve included the entirety of it here below: My oldest will be old enough for Kindergarten in the…

Columbus?

Jan 31, 2016
8 min read

Today at the beginning of Sunday School I was handed a little white slip of paper with some scripture verses to read. Here’s what I read in class: And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated from the…

Experts

Oct 27, 2015
0 min read

There is truly opposition in all things isn’t there? Name absolutely anything and *poof* there will be someone with a reason for opposing it. Where there is an object and visible light, there will be a shadow. It’s all good though, that’s…

The Path to God is Strewn With Shattered Paradigms

Sep 20, 2015
10 min read

Every single one of us, right at this minute, believes things that are wrong. There is an idea that you cherish, some way of seeing the world that seems so clear to you, but it is wrong, or at best,…

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…

O That I Could Just Fix Everything in the Whole World

Mar 27, 2015
10 min read

I was reading Alma chapter 29 recently and I thought I’d share some observations that I think are particularly relevant to today’s world. I love how you can keep coming back to scripture to find new things. As we age, mirrors reveal changes,…

Korihor, Elsa, Cain, and Karl

Feb 22, 2015
17 min read

What if we modernized Korihor’s philosophies and compared them to the kinds of things we hear people saying today? For morning study a couple days ago, I started off reading about the sons of Mosiah but then felt like reading about…

Lies and Testimony

Dec 27, 2014
4 min read

Every fast and testimony meeting I can’t help but ponder what people mean by what they say. I suppose that only the person themselves really understands what they are trying to do by going up to the stand and speaking. One person…

“They think they are wise…”

Sep 8, 2014
1 min read

“When they are learned they think they are wise, and they hearken not unto the counsel of God, for they set it aside, supposing they know of themselves…” 2 Nephi 9:28 Does knowledge equal wisdom? When we think we have things…

The Shelf vs. The Garden

Jun 28, 2014
11 min read

There is a phrase I hear repeated every now and then among members of the church. Typically when there is an issue they come across that challenges their faith, they are able to either reconcile that issue one way or…

Questioning the Comma in Verse 13 of the Word of Wisdom by A. Jane Birch

Jun 19, 2014
23 min read

The following article was published at Mormon Interpreter. I’ve been waiting for someone to do the research and put together some good information on this subject and I think Jane did a great job. She’s the author of the book Discovering…

“In this Church, you don’t have to believe anything that isn’t true.”

Mar 14, 2014
0 min read

“I dunno why you always have to be judging me because I only believe in science.” – Esqueleto, Nacho Libre I love this video, I came across it the other day and it is awesome on so many levels. It was put up on…

Overcoming Traditions and Preconceived Ideas

Mar 12, 2014
2 min read

“The Latter-day Saints are in many respects like other people who are not Latter-day Saints. We are apt to entertain views which are not very correct, and which may be the result of our traditions and preconceived ideas. This is…

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…

I know the _______ is true.

Jun 4, 2013
5 min read

Fill in the blank. Say it back to yourself. What does it mean? Traditions are things we repeat; sometimes they’re great, other times they aren’t. It seems to me that as Latter-day Saints, we have a settled into a tradition…

When church leaders speak, is the thinking done?

May 26, 2013
16 min read

There are so many levels that this subject can be explored on but I will only be addressing the few that I think are the most interesting at the moment. The drama begins when a particular article was published in…

“And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh?”

May 19, 2013
5 min read

“And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh?” This sentence is from 2 Nephi 4:27, part of what is known as “Nephi’s Psalm”. I’ve been studying it for a few weeks now off and on and it seems that…

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…