New Book

New Book

I will have a new book out soon and want to clarify a few things in advance of its release.  First, this is not a book for everyone. Some people have become aware of problems in church history. They have struggled with what they’ve learned. As a result there have been crises of faith among
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No Man Will Save You

No Man Will Save You

There isn’t going to be any man or group of men who save you. There is literally a single way, and a single source. That is Christ. (Mosiah 3:17.) Whether you are able to receive salvation or not is entirely dependent on how you respond to Him, not to other people. (2 Ne. 9: 41.) There
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We are the Gentiles

We are the Gentiles

I had an interesting question asked about the “remnant” I thought worth addressing here. There should be no confusion about the identity of the “remnant” spoken of in the Book of Mormon. It refers to the descendants of Lehi (at times further divided into those descended from Nephi, Jacob and Joseph– all Lehi’s sons). The
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Charity in Teaching

Charity in Teaching

It is both unkind and ineffective to teach truths to those who are unprepared to understand them. A person who has learned and accepted a truth has an obligation to be as kind and patient with those she explains it to as the Lord was in bringing her to the understanding she was given. You
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Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

Luke preserved this now familiar parable of the Lord’s:   And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered
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Distracted

Distracted

There are too many distractions. We’re like small children whose eyes are captured by every shiny object passing before us. We lose focus.   The Gospel has a core we don’t even understand. We think we’re getting somewhere when we debate environmental issues in light of Mormonism, or immigration policy, or conservative versus liberal political
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Forsake, come, call, obey, keep, see, and KNOW

Forsake, come, call, obey, keep, see, and KNOW

I had a discussion about the difficulty of rising above the sins of this world. It was provoked by the recent post on adultery. It has in turn led to these additional thoughts.   It is impossible to become altogether clean in this fallen world. We can do our best, but in the end we’re
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Adultery

Adultery

That’s a title that ought to get readers. I’ve been thinking about adultery since the 4th, when my wife, the bishop’s wife and I were talking about the abysmal job we do of teaching anything on the subject. The bishop’s wife is a nurse, and she does rape-kit exams at local hospitals. Her view of
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Joseph The Prophet

Joseph The Prophet

Although Joseph Smith revealed many, previously unknown things, his ministry was devoted primarily to bringing others into fellowship with God. The ordinances, scriptures, revelations, and teachings restored through him were not intended to titillate, but to instruct on how to reconnect with God. From his emphasis on the promise in James 1: 5 (“if any
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Guidance from the Spirit

Guidance from the Spirit

I’ve been reflecting on a commonly held belief concerning the Holy Ghost. Among Latter-day Saints the assertion is widely believed that the Holy Ghost will always leave a “good feeling” as the evidence of a message coming from God.  This is in contrast with Joseph Smith’s correct description of the Holy Ghost as delivering “intelligence”
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