The Plague of This World

Imagine the following dialog. “I just heard the bubonic plague is infecting tens-of-thousands of people all across the northern part of the state. In fact, this morning the outbreak is just 60 miles north of us. What are you going to do? “Well. I have some Christmas...

The Fearless Cycle

Mormons have often learned about the Pride Cycle in the Book of Mormon. A community lives righteously, then they are blessed and enriched, then they become prideful. When people are prideful, God finds a way to humble them. When the people are challenged with war,...

Why Does God Let Us Suffer?

This article was previously published in Abby's blog on Patheos.com. I have a friend who has cancer. It's pretty advanced. He's suffering a lot. He already has 4 kinds of cancer, and last week they found a cancerous brain tumor. Cancer number five.  After a quick...

Making Your Sunday Classes a Revelatory Experience

A purpose of the new LDS Relief Society and priesthood quorum first Sunday council meetings is to provide a set apart time and place for participants to have a revelatory experience. The first week allows an opportunity to receive collective inspiration by truly...

Choosing for Ourselves

If you are a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, you are familiar with the premortal “War in Heaven”. It was all about choosing for ourselves. If you're unfamiliar with it or need a refresher, here it is in a nutshell: Before this world was,...

He Took Our Licking

Every one of us has what I call "Nephi moments." You know, those times when we cry out in our hearts, “O wretched man [or woman] that I am.” We see our weaknesses and recognize our own failings and imperfections and feel almost overwhelmed. We find ourselves, too...

Nephi’s Psalm

We live in a crazy world filled with daily pressures that change on a dime. Each time I stumble, I look to the scriptures or Church history for the strength I need to continue. I remember to kneel in prayer and offer sincere humility in requesting forgiveness for my...

Baby Steps of Character

Every day we face decisions that challenge our character.  Often these challenges aren’t direct or obvious, they are small and almost inconspicuous.  Sometimes it’s as simple as making the last fix on a report at work when the deadline is closing and everyone else has...

Personal Testimony

The scripture stories in the Book of Mormon have always been a treasure to me. Honestly, I didn’t know why the experiences of Nephi and his family were positioned right at the beginning of the book. I don’t wonder about that anymore.   Building a ship .. persecution...

How Much of Church Really Matters?

When my son was baptized, he was so excited. His little friend, also on the Autism Spectrum, watched with bright eyes as he saw his friend braving the water. For both these boys getting water on their faces was a huge deal. Both of them dreaded getting wet. But for a...

Adulting and Peer Pressure

As you seek to be a friend to others, do not compromise your standards. If your friends urge you to do things that are wrong, be the one to stand for the right, even if you stand alone. You may need to find other friends who will support you in keeping the...

Seeing the Light in Times of Darkness

In Chinese philosophy, there are two principles, one negative and dark (yin) and one positive and light (yang). These opposing forces are actually complementary, interconnected, and interact to form a vibrant system in which the whole is greater than the parts.   Keep...

Abraham From Whom Three World Religions Have Sprung

Abraham of the Old Testament lived an extraordinary life. Born to pagans, Abraham still longed to follow the one true God, Jehovah. He wished to have the priesthood ordained upon him. Although knowledge of Adam and Eve and all that had transpired from the beginning of...

Where Were You This Christmas?

A question looking for an answer … why are you writing about Christmas a month after the holiday? No. That is not the question, but it is a perfect segue into what I would like to discuss today.     Tragic events this year may prompt some to look heavenward and ask...

Refining Prayer

Sometimes when I’m praying, I realize that I’m speaking, but not conversing. I don’t think I’m alone in this. Prayers are sometimes said when we are tired, run down, stressed, or spiritually drained. Occasionally, it is all of the above. We say our prayers because we...

Has temple work already been performed for my Ancestors?

As I’ve mentioned before there is some additional genealogy work for Latter-Day Saints to complete. can be performed we have to find out which ancestors need those ordinances. In Gospel Principles, Page 258, Fifth Paragraph, we read: “Temple Ordinances have been...

Basic Sunday Meeting Terminology

Here are some basic terms that a new member or visitor will encounter when attending Sunday meetings at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:   Ward: a congregation. Wards are organized according to the number of active members within a specific...

This Is Just a Phase

During our holiday movie-watching binge, a particular sentiment was expressed and hung in the air begging to be discussed.  A young woman dying of cancer left her lover telling him that the only way she could live on was to live in his memory, and she wanted that...

Jesus Christ, Savior and Redeemer

Jesus Christ. That name evokes such emotion, power, strength and unmatched love. He is known by so many names: Immanuel, Shiloh, Son of God, Son of Man, Prince of Peace, Wonderful, Counselor . . . they go on and on, every one testifying of the divinity of our Lord and...

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