Christ’s touch

Christ’s touch

Ceremonial uncleanness under the law of Moses could be spread from the unclean to the person who came in contact with them.  Uncleanliness could be spread.     A tradition grew among the Jews that the altar of the Temple could not be profaned, and that if an unclean person came into contact with it, the altar did
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Disgraced

Disgraced

Both the Republican leaders of the Utah Legislative Senate and House were forced to resign this year.  The Senate leader because of a DUI.  The Representative leader because of a sexual relationship with a minor many years ago, which he paid $150,000 campaign money to buy her silence.  In connection with the latter scandal, the
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Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings

We celebrated Daylight Savings by neglecting to reset the clocks and missing Sacrament Meeting.  Apparently this was a widespread celebration in our ward, with less than half making it to the meeting on time.  I sense a family tradition in the making here.

Amos was no prophet’s son

Amos was no prophet’s son

In a vision given to Amos, the Lord showed him a plumb line. This was the method used to establish a straight wall.  (Amos 7: 7-9.)  When Amos delivered the message he received, the king threatened him.  Amos’ answer was succinct: “I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an
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Shepherds of Israel

Shepherds of Israel

In Ezekiel 34: 11-12 it is written: “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds: woe be unto the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?  Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you
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Explanation

Explanation

Just a short word of explanation: I write all the posts and the reply comments which go onto the blog.  However, I do not have time to maintain the site itself.  My wife does all the posting, editing, maintaining, etc.  She takes the comments I write and puts them into the blog itself.  Therefore, when
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Concourses of angels

Concourses of angels

The object of this mortal existence is to develop faith.  We need adversity and a sense of isolation from God in order to develop the character necessary to be like God.  There is a test underway.  But it is conducted by a benign and friendly heavenly host, whose primary purpose is to develop in us
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True and living

True and living

The Lord’s reference to the Church in a revelation received on November 1, 1831 as “the only true and living church upon the face of the whole earth” (D&C 1: 30) was true for the following reasons:   First, the Church was established by revelation, visitations from angels, and delegation of authority.   Second, it
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Different traditions, different interpretations

Different traditions, different interpretations

In Stephen’s testimony just prior to his martyrdom in Acts, he gives an account of Moses which does not appear in our version of the Old Testament.  In Stephen’s explanation, he attributes to Moses the knowledge that he was going to be a deliverer of Israel even before he killed the Egyptian.  (See Acts 7:
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Sampson

Sampson

I teach the Young Men tomorrow and will be discussing Sampson’s life and example.  He conforms to one of the great patterns of men sent by the Lord to deliver His people.  That often repeated pattern includes: – A couple or woman who cannot bear a child because of some infirmity,  age, infertility, barrenness, or lack
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