His Words are Commandments

His Words are Commandments

A great resource for understanding how to gain eternal life is found in D&C 1: 38.  The Lord’s word is law.  What He says will not return void.  It will all be fulfilled.  Immediately following his father’s death, Moroni writes concerning the plates his father had made, which he was then completing.  He recorded that the plates
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The Sacrifice

The Sacrifice

Abraham’s great test in sacrificing his son Isaac was all the more difficult when you consider he was nearly sacrificed when he was younger, by his father, on an altar, in a false religious practice.  When the true God whom he worshiped asked him to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac, Abraham was put in the exact
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Cool Change

Cool Change

I think Cool Change was Little River Band’s greatest song.  I found this video on YouTube which couples the song with video of swimming dolphins and whales.  These are mammals in the video.  They are warm blooded and breathe air. Because they must breathe they are required to return to the surface.  But in the video
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Keep the Commandments

Keep the Commandments

I was asked about a list of “commandments” to keep.  The person was sincerely trying to keep the commandments, but lacked a comprehensive list of them. It is not possible to list all commandments.  In one sense there are only two:  Love God.  Love you fellow man.  All others are extensions of those. If you
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Elder Oaks

Elder Oaks

My wife also suggested I add something about Elder Oaks’ talk at Harvard, since some readers may not have access to the information:   When discussing our beliefs he explained that personal revelation is fundamental to Mormon beliefs.  “some wonder how members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accept a modern prophet’s
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Trials

Trials

On Friday Marie Osmond’s son died in LA of an apparent suicide.  My heart goes out to her.  Some trials in life are not meant to be understood, but only to be endured.  The suffering from unexplainable ordeals can bring us closer to the Lord, who alone can comfort us in such extremities. In Chile
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Trials

Trials

On Friday Marie Osmond’s son died in LA of an apparent suicide.  My heart goes out to her.  Some trials in life are not meant to be understood, but only to be endured.  The suffering from unexplainable ordeals can bring us closer to the Lord, who alone can comfort us in such extremities. In Chile
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Missionaries in Chile

Missionaries in Chile

According to this morning’s Deseret News, all LDS missionaries in the affected areas of Chile are safe and accounted for.  My wife suggested that there are readers outside Utah who may want news like that put onto the blog.  

Becoming One

Becoming One

The idea of being “one” (as Christ put it in His great Intercessory Prayer in John 17: 20-23) has been oftentimes misunderstood and the source of abuse.  There should be nothing compulsory about this process.  “Oneness” is a byproduct, and not an end.  When we seek it as an end, then we have missed the opportunity to
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Elder Oaks at Harvard

Elder Oaks at Harvard

Elder Oaks spoke to law and divinity students at Harvard this week.  The talk was recorded and may be broadcast between General Conference sessions.  He spoke for about 45 minutes then took questions.  Among the comments he made was that neither the Church nor Evangelicals would identify Mormons as Evangelicals.  He also noted the hostility
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