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 …

In Whose Heart Is My Law

Isaiah 51, See also 2 Nephi 8 The audience for this chapter is defined in verse 1: Those who follow after righteous, who seek the Lord. (This picks up where the last chapter left us, that if we are trying to do what’s right and we still in darkness, then place your trust in the …

Strait Is the Gate

3 Nephi 14:13-14 (see also Matthew 7:13-14) In these verses, the strait gate is not defined. But Nephi clearly defines it in 2 Nephi 31:17-18, “For the gate by which ye should enter is repentance and baptism by water; and then cometh a remission of your sins by fire and by the Holy Ghost. And …

Then Shall They Know Their Redeemer… and Then Shall They Be Gathered In

3 Nephi 5 This book was given for the gathering of Israel, or the house of Jacob, and chapter 5 clearly demonstrates that its author, Mormon, was fully aware of the covenant and that purpose for its creation. How important is it to understand that God keeps his promises, and so much of what is …

This Was Their Secret Plan, and Their Combination

Helaman 2 Combination – an alliance of individuals, corporations, or states united to achieve a social, political, or economic end; two or more persons working as a team Combination, Merriam-Webster.com See also Moses 5:18-31 Helamán 2 (in Spanish) Al contemplar el propósito de convenios y pactos, es para fortalecernos en nuestros debilidades. También nos polariza …

Among the Number Who Where Slain

Helaman 1 This morning I’ve read the first 13 verses and am drawn to the fact that wickedness was protected by covenant or oath. But then I’m also asking the question, why do we see it as such as wrong thing (we = modern culture) to bind ourselves by covenant especially in matters of righteousness. …

The Gathering of Scattered Israel

“The Gathering of Scattered Israel,” by Elder Russel M. Nelson, October 2006 There is such a strong spirit about what I am studying this morning. I cannot tell its purpose yet.  As I read about the Lord telling Abraham to get thee out of the land of his father’s inheritance, this resonates deeply and strongly …

“By the Blood of Thy Covenant,” Zechariah 9

“by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.” (vs. 11) Sweet spiritual impressions cause me to consider that region of the world. This chapter also talks of Ephriam and Judah as instruments in the Lord’s hand and as jewels in the Lord’s crown …

The Covenant of Daily Scripture Study

First, let me be up front. I don’t know that anywhere is there a direct covenant made to study the scriptures.  What I’m trying to figure out is why I feel such a direct responsibility towards daily scripture study, and why is it that I seemed to be bound by covenant to this practice if …