Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany

Dream and Visions Some revelations come "through the dreams of sleep or in waking visions of the mind."  (James Talmage) As the prophet Lehi wrote, "Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision." (1 Nephi 8: 2) How do we tell the difference between a mere dream and … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany

Personal Revelation (Pt 3/5): “Seeking and Obtaining Revelation”

Personal revelation comes as a gift of grace and as a reward for striving to live the gospel and hearkening to the voice of the Lord. Personal Revelation Comes in the Lord's Time and Manner, Not Ours We cannot control when or how personal revelation comes to us. Thus, we must be patient in seeking … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 3/5): “Seeking and Obtaining Revelation”

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

20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

"Sunday Sermon"  The Church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Here is a list of just 20 of the church’s distinctive beliefs: 1. Living Prophets and Modern Revelation   “We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet … Continue reading 20 Distinctive Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Personal Revelation (Pt 2/5): Types of Personal Revelation

"Sunday Sermon" A wonderful distinctive feature of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the belief in continuing personal revelation.  Baptized members of the church receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  This gift entitles every member to receive the constant guidance of the Holy Ghost and personal revelation. There are different types … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 2/5): Types of Personal Revelation

My Shortest Prayer – One Word

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

Return of Elijah and the Connection to the Jewish Passover and the British Parliament

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

Personal Revelation (Pt 1/5): The Right to Receive Personal Revelation

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

The Difficult Question of Human Suffering

"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

In Praise of Vaccines

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