I had a couple personal encounters with Satan during my mission in Britain. These confrontations gave me a strong testimony of the existence of Lucifer. I know that he lives. One Sunday evening, my companion Elder R. and I went to a social gathering at a member's home in Cheltenham. Several missionaries, investigators, and … Continue reading My Shortest Prayer – One Word
The scriptures foretold the return of Elijah the prophet before the Second Coming. Malachi 4:5-6 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord [Second Coming]: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to … Continue reading Return of Elijah and the Connection to the Jewish Passover and the British Parliament
A distinctive fdoctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the belief in continuing prophetic revelation and personal revelation. The Lord’s church recognizes that both church leaders and church members can and do receive revelation to guide them in their stewardships and lives. ("Two lines of communication with God." "Priesthood Line" and … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 1/5): The Right to Receive Personal Revelation
"Modern atheism" has destroyed the faith of countless youths and young adults, in and out of the church. The problem of human suffering is the primary contention. It needs to be addressed. LDS doctrine provides the answers. The Prime Mantra of Atheists The question of human suffering has been debated by theologians, philosophers, and thinkers … Continue reading The Difficult Question of Human Suffering
My Traumatic Childhood Experience As a boy I stood in long lines at our elementary school waiting to get our compulsory smallpox and polio shots. My first vaccination was traumatic. With dozens of classmates watching, on reflex I jerked away from the nurse, and she accidently shot the vaccine into my eye. That caused a … Continue reading In Praise of Vaccines
I was serving as a young high councilor when our stake president was released, and a new stake president called. Bruce R. McConkie, of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, was our conference visitor. Elder McConkie was a spiritual and intellectual giant. He was a “Lion of Righteousness” at the pulpit. His talks and texts … Continue reading My Stake President Was Reprimand by an Apostle for Using the Phrase “Only an Elder.”
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
Spirit and Emotion The church website addressed the following question: “A lot of people cry when they feel the Spirit, but I don’t. Is there something wrong with me?” This question highlights the possible confusion between a spiritual experience and an emotional experience. The most common type of personal revelation does come from thoughts accompanied … Continue reading Testimony and Tears: Spiritual or Emotional?
The saints in Jackson County, Missouri, experienced severe persecution in 1833. They were driven from their homes and forced across the Missouri River into Clay County. Joseph Smith received assurances from the Governor that if the saints raised an army to help the Missouri militias, the saints would be restored to their land. Based on … Continue reading Was Zion’s Camp a Failure?
Crabs in a Bucket A single crab can easily escape from an open bucket. However, if there are several crabs in the same bucket, none will escape. When one crab claws its way to the top of the bucket the other crabs grab it and pull it down. Each crab could easily escape, but because … Continue reading Destructive Envy and the “Crabs-in-a-Bucket Syndrome”