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Religious Thoughts

Sharing my favorite scriptures and ways that I see scriptural passages and the gospel of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

A Year of Book of Mormon Study

A Year of Book of Mormon Study

As we dive back into the Book of Mormon this year let us take a look at what I would consider Nephi’s thesis statement of the Book of Mormon. *But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because...

Failing Connections

Failing Connections

Over the weekend, I attended a cousin’s funeral. My family on my mother’s side is extensive. My mother is the youngest of seven children. When my Grandmother passed away nearly a decade ago, she left a legacy of love behind but also a family that consisted of these...

Is Being a Disciple of Jesus Hard?

Is Being a Disciple of Jesus Hard?

“I grieve for those who leave the Church because they feel membership requires too much of them. They have not yet discovered that making and keeping covenants actually makes life easier! Each person who makes covenants…and keeps them—has increased access to the power...

Refined by Affliction

Refined by Affliction

Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Hard Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not easy. There are many promises that we will be blessed if we keep the commandments. We...

A Covenant of Peace

A Covenant of Peace

”and after they had entered into a covenant with him of peace they were suffered to depart into the wilderness.” Alma 44:20 It always amazes me as I read through the Book of Mormon to see how stout the people were with their covenants between each other. When a...

The Grace of Christ Works In The Darkest Places

The Grace of Christ Works In The Darkest Places

I will open rivers in high places and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. – Isaiah 41:18 The Prophet Isaiah often gives us these beautiful images as he strives to portray prophetic...

A Prince of Peace

A Prince of Peace

When we celebrate the Christmas season we tend to recite various names of our Savior. As Handel made the words of Isaiah famous, the term Prince of Peace has, justifiably, become synonymous with Jesus Christ. However, he is not the only Prince of Peace that we learn...

Overcoming the Virus of Dualism

Overcoming the Virus of Dualism

One of the gravest affects of our time, and of history, is the effort to reduce another person, or class of people, to something other than human. It is this effort to dehumanize that has been the purpose behind so much of the troubles of society. It destroys...

By Way of Exhortation

By Way of Exhortation

As Moroni finished up the compilation that we now know as the Book of Mormon, he sealed it up with a promise. Amidst the promise of being perfected in Christ are a few things that he left behind as challenges to each of us. Moroni understood that it is not enough to...

My Favorite Christmas Story

My Favorite Christmas Story

For many of us, we may recall Christmas Eve gathered with our family and reading over the words in the Biblical account of the Savior’s birth as recorded in the second chapter of Luke. This was my childhood. I love the story of the babe in Bethlehem wrapped in...

Maintaining Hope

Maintaining Hope

And I would exhort you, my beloved brethren, that ye remember that he is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and that all these gifts of which I have spoken, which are spiritual, never will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to the...

Receive the Holy Ghost

Receive the Holy Ghost

Among the most marvelous of all events as recorded in scriptures is when one receives the Holy Ghost. This is the promised gift that was pronounced by John the Baptist as would be brought by one who was mightier than he. It was the gift that was to be obtained by...

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