Dumbing down?

Dumbing down?

I had a friend suggest to me that the Lord was requiring the church to “dumb down” the curriculum. I absolutely reject that idea. It’s just preposterous. The Lord always offers light and truth to any who come to Him. It is men who turn away from what is offered.

Weekend movie

Weekend movie

I watched a new DVD we bought from Deseret Book titled “One Good Man.” If it was satire or intended as irony then it was quite good. If it was just a straight up drama then I hated it. Since it was an LDS product, and sold at Deseret Book, I assume it wasn’t meant
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How I study the scriptures

How I study the scriptures

I was asked about how I study.  It was a good enough question I thought I ought to address it here. First, I spent over 20 years teaching Gospel Doctrine weekly.  To prepare for a class I would read the assigned scriptures on Sunday evening.  Beginning Monday I would research in commentaries what others had
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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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