Exaltation and Deification — Becoming like our Heavenly Father

"Sunday Sermon" "Doctrinal Commentary" One of the many distinctive doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that man can become like God.  As sons and daughter of our Heavenly Father, we can become His heirs, and joint heirs with Christ. As his children, we can inherit and share His divine nature. … Continue reading Exaltation and Deification — Becoming like our Heavenly Father

Latter-day Charity – Worshiping God by Serving Others

"Sunday Sermon" Humanitarian Relief and Welfare LDS Church humanitarian efforts, whether local, national, or international, primarily help those in need who are not members of the Church. This major endeavor is independent of the massive welfare program intended for struggling Church members and operated by local Church leaders. We Worship God by Serving Others “Pure … Continue reading Latter-day Charity – Worshiping God by Serving Others

Understanding Human Suffering Pt 1 (Eternal Progression, Nature of God, Book of Job)

"Sunday Sermon" (Long Article-13 min: You may want to skim, and then download for future reference.) The Book of Job "Hast thou considered my servant Job." (Job 1:8) The entire Book of Job is in devoted to one issue: human suffering. The book gives insights into the causes of adversity, and emphasizes the importance of … Continue reading Understanding Human Suffering Pt 1 (Eternal Progression, Nature of God, Book of Job)

Have Fun In Your Church Callings — But Not Too Much Fun

"Sunday Sermon" - Personal Experience Have Fun in Your Callings I was young and inexperienced when I was called as a Bishop and given the responsibility to organize a new singles ward. I had a new career and four small children. I felt stressed and overwhelmed. I dreaded my first stewardship interview with the Stake … Continue reading Have Fun In Your Church Callings — But Not Too Much Fun

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

Covenant Pattern: A New Birth, a New Name, and a New Beginning

"Sunday Sermon" When Abram entered into a covenant with the Lord, he was given a new name - Abraham.  This represented a new beginning, symbolic of being born again. (Gen 17:1-8) Likewise, Sarai was given the new name of Sarah. (Gen 17:15-16) When Jacob entered in a covenant with God, he was given a new … Continue reading Covenant Pattern: A New Birth, a New Name, and a New Beginning

Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #6: Complex and Amazing Human Body

"Sunday Afternoon Sermon" “God created man in his own image.” (Gen. 1:27) The Psalmist pondered: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him?” ”For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.” “Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; … Continue reading Existence of God and the Rise of Atheism #6: Complex and Amazing Human Body

“A Tale of Two Gods” — Old and New Testaments

Superficial readers of the Bible sometime conclude that the God of the Old Testament is very different from the God of the New Testament.  The Old Testament has a "God of wrath." The New Testament has a "God of love." God of Wrath Mark Twain described the Gods of the Old and New Testament as … Continue reading “A Tale of Two Gods” — Old and New Testaments

Favorite Quotes of Brigham Young (Birthday Anniversary)

In Honor of his Birthday June 1, 1801 Crying babies “Crying babies are like good intentions: Both should be carried out immediately!”  Education of women "You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation." Fools take offense “He who takes offense when offense was not intended is a … Continue reading Favorite Quotes of Brigham Young (Birthday Anniversary)