Twelve Oxen

Twelve Oxen

The Temple of Solomon had a “sea” for washings of the priests.  The description of that “sea” is found in 1 Kings 7: 23-26.  Significantly the “sea” sat upon the backs of twelve oxen. (verse 25.)  Three were facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east.  In the time of the
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Nicodemus

Nicodemus

When Christ taught publicly and could be heard daily, there was no need to approach Him at night in private.  However, Nicodemus, a Pharisee member of the Sanhedrin, came to Jesus to examine Him “by night” without his peers knowing that he was making this contact.  Christ knew the heart of Nicodemus, and put the
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Strangers and Angels

Strangers and Angels

Here was my thought to the kids last night as they were getting ready to for bed:   “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  (Heb. 13: 2.)   I believe that.  I think it happens more often than people generally believe or even think possible.

It is enough for one to seek him

It is enough for one to seek him

The Gospel of Jesus Christ, in a fullness, with power to save and exalt, remains intact on the earth.  Whenever there are those who come to Him, He will quickly come to them.   Since salvation is always an individual event, the failure of others to search for and obtain the great blessings which He
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Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve

Adam and Eve could not have children while they were in the Garden of Eden.  They lacked the capacity to bear children in the innocent state in which they then existed.  See 2 Ne. 2: 23.    They had been given the gift of childbearing as an endowment from God.  The endowment of the capacity
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Faith, belief, knowledge

Faith, belief, knowledge

The psalmist’s words, “by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer[.]” (Psalms 17: 4) refers to all the words of God.  Not just those in scripture alone, but also those that came from “thy lips” O Lord.  The Lord visited with the psalmist as he recorded: “thou
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Ask, seek and knock

Ask, seek and knock

James promised the Lord would answer those who lack knowledge and ask with a sincere heart (James 1: 5-6). The Prophet Jeremiah made a similar promise.  In Jeremiah’s promise the words are a quote from the Lord.  He said: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all
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Valiant

Valiant

Those who receive a Terrestrial estate include “they who are not valiant in the testimony of Jesus; wherefore, they obtain not the crown over the kingdom of our God.”  D&C 76: 79.  This means that they actually did have a testimony of Jesus, were on the right path, received the Gospel and accepted it, but
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Why a teleprompter?

Why a teleprompter?

My wife and I were watching a KBYU broadcast of a speaker using a teleprompter to deliver a talk to students there.  What a remarkable difference there is between an extemporaneous talk, given from the heart, and someone reading a teleprompter.    I think it is high tribute to President Obama that his use of
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Common consent

Common consent

My car insisted it was 5:36 this morning as I drove my daughter to Seminary.  The Honda was not yet in on the collective conspiracy to sustain the loss of an hour by our common consent.   My daughter got out the owner’s manual while we were driving and helped me convince the car to sustain the new
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