We Are the Clay, and Thou Our Potter

Isaiah 64 There are several verses from this chapter that are already familiar to me: For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. Verse 4 But now, O …

Welcome Message

“Welcome Message,” President Russel M. Nelson, April 2021 General Conference – Saturday Morning Session Not even having read this message yet, the only thing that I have done is prayed to understand the words of the Prophet. In reading the title, which appears mundane and unimpressive, there is a micro-sermon on inclusion. Everyone is welcome …

Because I Am a Man of Unclean Lips

Isaiah 6 Isaiah sees the throne of God, whether literally or symbolically, the effect is the same. Isaiah becomes aware of his uncleanness and the uncleanness of his people. He consequently laments his state having been brought into the presence of God. Subsequently, Isaiah is symbolically cleansed with a live coal from the alter of …

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 …

Delivered Out of the Hands of Those… Robbers

3 Nephi 3 Contemplations on the Boldness of a Robber Giddianhi, the governor of the robbers of Gadianton, makes a very interesting proposition. At one point he sounds as if he is proposing a united order, or a communal society. However this proposal is mixed with demands of compliance and union to their secret society. …

Repent and Prepare the Way of the Lord

Helaman 14 Samuel the Lamanite starts this chapter with a prophecy or sign of the Savior’s coming: …For behold, there shall be great lights in heaven…And behold, there shall a new star arise…And behold this is not all, there shall be many signs and wonders in heaven. vs. 3,5,6 I have only focused on the …

Restored Unto Grace for Grace, According to Their Works

Helaman 12 The doctrine of change, the doctrine of repentance, brings about the purposes of God and reason for our existence. Second morning, I am going back and reviewing the references at the beginning concerning prosperity: 10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon …

That Joy Which is Unspeakable

Helaman 5 Here at the beginning of Helaman 5, we have Nephi doing a similar thing to what Alma did years earlier in Alma 4. He delivers up the judgment seat to another and confines himself wholly to the preaching of the word of God. The footnote in Alma 4 ends by stating that he …