The Trial of Their Faith

Ether 11 (Éter 11) In times of wickedness or righteousness, the answers are the same: faith in God and repentance. However, in times of wickedness, the Lord calls on prophets to go remind the people of the way home, a token of mercy. During times of righteousness, the inherent mindset is one of repentance and …

And They Were Exceedingly Industrious

Ether 10 (Éter 10) Lo primero que me impresiona de esta lectura es que Shez salió de la casa de su descendiente Het. No fue un hijo de Het, sino un nieto, or tal vez, un biz nieto. Y dice el registro que todos lo demás de su familia o de su casa se habían …

Nourishing and Bearing Our Testimony

“Nourishing and Bearing Your Testimony,” By Elder Gary E. Stevenson, General Conference, Oct 2022 Questions: Why is it important that we take responsibility for the cultivation of our personal testimony? Why does it seem like this is not a relevant or issue of priority? How are testimonies gained? How are they cultivated? Why is there …

The Son of Righteousness

Ether 9 (Éter 9) It impresses me at the start of this chapter that 1) the Lord was able to warn Omer and his household to leave his throne and remove themselves far enough away that they would not be impacted by whatever was able to happen as it pertained to the affairs of the …

General Conference, Oct 2022

Saturday Morning: President Oaks – caring for the poor. Sister Browning- quoting Pres. Nelson, nothing brings the spirit more strongly than focus on Jesus Christ. Listening to Elders Pino and Montoya, feeling peaceful reassurance in the Gospel of Christ. The Spirit often felt in my mission, that I am now realizing that I did feel …

Secret Combinations

Ether 8 (Éter 8); See also Moses 5:18-52 In the course of his Jaredite narrative, Moroni uses this chapter to expound upon the diabolical tactic of secret combinations. I have found in the footnotes in verse 9, multiple references to secret combinations throughout the scriptures, and how their author is the devil and the origin …

Family History is Personal

I don’t want to forget what I have learned today. So before we sit down for dinner, I am taking time to type up what has happened. I have received my commission into family history in a most extraordinarily personal way. We are coming out of a weekend of stake conference and I’ve just recovered …

[They] Did Execute Judgment in Righteousness

Ether 7 (Éter 7) In the first five verses of the chapter, we are three generations removed from Jared and his brother. That’s all it took for their children to be brought into captivity. It was the king who was brought into captivity. Perhaps this is why everyone except Orihah rejected the opportunity to be …

Stones to Shine in Darkness

Ether 6 (Éter 6) I am struck by the profound significance and symbolism of verse 3: And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness. This conjures up the symbolism or spiritual definition of Light in …