Miracle of Protection: David O. McKay Saves Tahitian Saints

"Sunday Sermon" The miracles of divine protection occur frequently among the Latter-day Saints and other people of faith. Most believers have personally experienced or witnessed such miracles. In July 1959, thirty Tahitian saints had worked, saved, and sacrificed, to raise enough money to finance a trip to the Hawaii Temple. It had taken a lot … Continue reading Miracle of Protection: David O. McKay Saves Tahitian Saints

America’s Founders and Other Famous People Were Baptized for the Dead in 1877-The Details

"Sunday Sermon" for July 4th Founding Fathers Appear to Wilford Woodruff Wilford Woodruff was a spiritual giant. He received more visitations, visions, promptings, and revelations than anyone in this dispensation other than the Prophet Joseph Smith. Most members of the church have heard that the Founding Fathers appeared to Elder Wilford Woodruff in the St. … Continue reading America’s Founders and Other Famous People Were Baptized for the Dead in 1877-The Details

Blacks & the Priesthood – A Personal Perspective

In Honor of "Official Declaration-2" and "Juneteenth" My Personal Struggle Joseph "Billy" Johnson of Ghana, "Greatest LDS Missionary" I have always struggled with the LDS Church policy denying the priesthood to men of black African heritage. We are all God’s children. After all, the Book of Mormon proclaims that “all are alike unto God,” including … Continue reading Blacks & the Priesthood – A Personal Perspective

Simeon Stylite Became a Saint by Sitting on a 50-foot Pillar for 37 Years

I learned about Saint Simeon Stylite (390-459 A.D.) in a college history class. He was memorable because he was the world’s first “pillar hermit.”  He sat on a tall pillar 24/7 for 37 straight years. Simeon was born in modern-day Turkey in 390 A.D. He joined a monastery, but he was kicked out because of … Continue reading Simeon Stylite Became a Saint by Sitting on a 50-foot Pillar for 37 Years

A Prophet’s Lifelong Battle with Depression and Anxiety: George Albert Smith

"Sunday Sermon" Our Mental Health Struggles As one who has suffered from anxiety and depression, I take solace from the life and struggles of Apostle and Prophet George Albert Smith. His experience dispelled the harmful myth that if your are living the gospel you won't suffer from anxiety or depression. He destroyed the pernicious myth … Continue reading A Prophet’s Lifelong Battle with Depression and Anxiety: George Albert Smith

Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience

"Sunday Sermon"             "I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him.             "I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders … Continue reading Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience

Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

After their deaths, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young visited their successors. Joseph Smith appeared to Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff. Brigham Young appeared to John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. Here are some accounts: Visitation of Joseph Smith to President Brigham Young On February 17, 1847, while at Winter Quarters, three years after his … Continue reading Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

Brigham Young -“Transfiguration” and Succession to Lead the Church

            After the murder of Joseph Smith, several men claimed they should be the next president of the church. Sidney Rigdon made the most vocal claim. He was First Counselor Presidency. He returned from Pittsburgh where he had gone into self-imposed exile contrary to the counsel and revelation of Joseph Smith.  (Sidney seemed to have … Continue reading Brigham Young -“Transfiguration” and Succession to Lead the Church

God’s Church is a Church of Miracles

"Sunday Sermon" God is a God of miracles. Hence, God’s church is a church of miracles. There are countless miracles surrounding the restoration and operation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here are a few: The miracle of the church being founded in undeveloped America It doesn’t make much sense that the Lord … Continue reading God’s Church is a Church of Miracles

David O. McKay: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Worldwide Expansion of the Church David O. McKay was the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during the 1950’s and 1960’s.    He presided over the worldwide expansion of the church. Until his administration, the church was perceived as a Utah church.  President McKay dedicated temples in England, Switzerland, and New Zealand. … Continue reading David O. McKay: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff