David Christensen YouTube

David Christensen YouTube

My friend David Christensen has done yet another video on YouTube.  He asked that I put it up on the blog.  Below is a link to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KWGzSSCgoo This is how David works to present a message he believes in to the world.  His talent and passion for this is undeniable. The time is indeed far
+ Read More

Unique and individual experiences

Unique and individual experiences

Every life is a miracle.  Every lifetime unique. How amazing is life and the wondrous experiences we are privileged to receive while here. We cannot really see what is inside another person because their experiences have been unique to them and cannot be shared.   We should resolve all doubts about someone’s motivation or heart
+ Read More

Encouragement and example

Encouragement and example

All the prophets can do is offer encouragement to others.  They can affirm that the path back to God exists and can be walked even in a day of sin like today.  They cannot do the walking for anyone other than themselves.  Each person is obligated to walk on the path for him or herself.
+ Read More

“What it Means and What it does not Mean”

“What it Means and What it does not Mean”

I was asked about the meaning of receiving the Second Comforter.  There is a chapter in the book (The Second Comforter: Conversing with the Lord Through the Veil) titled “What it Means and What it Does Not Mean” that summarizes the matter.   Life here is complex and sometimes difficult.  You have both moral and
+ Read More

Moderator Comment

Moderator Comment

Comments, when posted, are posted as written.  We do not vouch for their accuracy, their doctrinal soundness or anything else.   Some comments are personal and are not meant to be posted.  We read each and every one.  An honest attempt is made to address each one.  Thank you for your patience.   Some comments disagree
+ Read More

Section 132

Section 132

I have written that it is my view that Section 132 is not a single revelation, but as many as five.  I was asked about how I divide Section 132.  Before I respond a few words of explanation: First, the version we have was written in 1843 at the request of Hyrum.  He (Hyrum) intended
+ Read More

Creation Ceremonies

Creation Ceremonies

I was asked about the creation account being tied to ritual initiation ceremonies.  All the ancient accounts of creation were given in connection with initiations or ceremonial rites.  That is true of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Israelites, Babylonians, Hopis, etc.  The ritualized explanation of the origin of human life is tied together with the meaning of
+ Read More

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

We returned from Las Vegas.  I have an assortment of observations: They didn’t have a law school there just a few years ago, and lawyers were scarce.  They’ve been able to make up for the shortage I can tell from the billboards.  Lawyers do traffic tickets for $50 and DUI’s for $700.  They get catchy
+ Read More

Ideas and thoughts

Ideas and thoughts

Ideas are things. Real things. They come into existence as we create them. They will become subject to the judgment of God, because our thoughts are perhaps the most real part of us. (See Alma 12: 14.)We should guard our thoughts as we guard the lives of our children. Our thoughts hold the key to
+ Read More

Where do your fast offerings go?

Where do your fast offerings go?

The ward I live in has been an exporter of fast offering donations for decades. I don’t think there has been a time since it’s beginning when we haven’t exported fast offering donations. Two weeks ago in a meeting with the Priest’s Quorum, our bishop remarked that we are using nearly all the fast offering contributions
+ Read More