Progress of Commandments

Matthew 19:16-26 It is interesting to note the progression of the commandments that the Savior notes here in the conversation with the Rich young ruler. They are listed here in order of grossest offense to most exalted behavior. Thou shalt do no murder Thou shalt not commit adultery Thou shalt not steal Thou shalt not …

Gratitude and Humility: Two Sides of the Same Key

Through a series of thoughts that culminated in a family home evening lesson last evening, I am brought to consider the two-sided key, or two-sided coin, of gratitude and humility. I say two-side because, on comparing the definitions, they are the same thing only in different contexts. Here’s how I’m defining the two terms: Gratitude …

“I and My Brethren,” Alma 27

The reference is to Alma 27:15 where Ammon consults with King Lamoni about what he can do to help liberate the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi. He offers to take the lead among his fellow servants to go back to the land of the Nephites to negotiate lands for their protection. I read this at a time …

“Be Your Best Self”

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2009/04/be-your-best-self?lang=eng Here’s the promise from President Monson: In the world today we face difficulties and challenges, some of which can seem truly daunting. However, with God on our side we cannot fail. As we bear His holy priesthood worthily, we will be victorious. Prior to this, in his remarks he gives simple instructions on the …

Coordinating the Spiritual

2 Nephi 32 and John 3:2-21 I’ve spent the past few days working on implementing more organization into my life. Selecting organizational tools that will help me to unify the different aspects of my life. My concern was the lack of the Spiritual in the process. These two chapters have been a re-orientation of sorts, …

Defining Myself: Father

The definition/title of a father has held little meaning for me. Thus the term of Heavenly Father, though this is the title of all the titles that God has choosen to assign himself,  holds a lesser significance to me because I do not understand it. I am fairly confident that I am not alone in …

23 Years of Christian Discipleship

I’m reviewing a talk by Elder Jeffery R. Holland entitled “Knowing the Godhead” this morning. Near the end is this good apostle’s witness of Christ and His ransom for our sins. I bear witness of Jesus Christ, the living Son of the living God, who paid the liberating ransom for your soul and my soul …