The City of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel

Isaiah 60 (This morning in prayer I was tasked with the assignment to write a description of the city of Zion. Then I came to realize that this is what I am studying presently.) This chapter starts with a command to “Arise, Shine” but the source of the light that we are to shine is …

Some Thoughts on Baptism

(See also Baptism and John the Baptist) I am grateful for the invitation to speak this evening on a few core doctrines of our our faith. You hardly know me, and I hardly know you. But we can both make some general assumptions because we are both together in the same space on this specific …

There Was No Intercessor; Therefore, His Arm Brought Salvation unto Him

Isaiah 59 This chapter starts off with two very simple statements of fact: the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: So the Lord is capable of both saving and hearing. The next verse then states: But your iniquities have separated between you and your …

Is Not This the Fast that I Have Chosen? To Loose the Bands of Wickedness…

Isaiah 58 (I am much more intimately acquainted with the content of this chapter, probably more so than any other chapter in Isaiah. This chapter offers foundational promises and instruction in regard to fasting and Sabbath day observance.) It strikes me as very important that two of the strongest tools that I have at my …

There Is No Peace… to the Wicked

Isaiah 57 This chapter starts with a consideration of the state of the righteous at the point of death. Isaiah points out that none really give the demise of the righteous much thought. But the blessings that follow the righteous, this is the end of it all, or in other words, this is the point …

My House Shall Be… For All People

Isaiah 56 The chapter starts with a call to righteousness. It doesn’t expressly say to “keep the commandments”. Rather it says to keep judgment, and do justice. Then there is the reminder that the Salvation of the Lord is near at hand. There is a second distinguishing characteristic of those who would do righteousness: they …

Neither Are Your Ways My Ways

Isaiah 55 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me this morning, as is also memories of the “Glory” soundtrack from my youth. This points me to the African nation and peoples of African descent, while also considering the words of this chapter that invite all to come and buy freely. God is not a …

In Righteousness Shalt Thou Be Established

Isaiah 54, See also 3 Nephi 22 (Unlike other chapters of Isaiah, referenced elsewhere in the Book of Mormon, I have not made a detailed study of chapter 54 yet.) This chapter starts with this premise: “more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife.” The meaning that I give …

Lessons Learned from the Pandemic: What We Are Learning and Will Never Forget

“What We Are Learning and Will Never Forget,” President Russel M. Nelson, April 2021 General Conference – Priesthood Session God is optimistic about my future? And He has ever and always been that way? How? How can one be optimistic and then been saddened when we don’t choose right? Or what does God know about …