For the Lord Hath Spoken It

Mormon 8 (en español) Chapter 8 of the book of Mormon starts with a sudden shift in narration from Mormon to his son, Moroni. It come unexpectedly, though chapter 7 is a fitting farewell tribute for Mormon. One get the sense that there was more that Mormon had intended to write. What stands out to …

Unto the Fulfilling of the Covenant

3 Nephi 29 A sword of justice? Are we now experiencing this “sword of justice” as a society? Does the Father really wield a sword over the heads of his disobedient children? What are the effects of such sword play? Division, woundedness, hurt, separation? Mormon, the prophet, is now offering commentary. He points to the …

Unto the Lord an Offering in Righteousness

3 Nephi 24 (see also Malachi 3) It’s hidden in the footnotes and the context of this chapter, but the offering, that the Sons of Levi are to offer, is a book of remembrance. It’s a completed family pedigree of the history of the world. How will this happen? It seems impossible without Divine influence …

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. …