“I must decrease”- John the Baptist

"Sunday Sermon" After baptizing Jesus, John the Baptist announced, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) John shared, by his teaching and example, an essential gospel principle.  John had been in the limelight for years. He had lots of admirers and followers. But now, John had fulfilled his mission. His ministry was winding down.     Christ’s … Continue reading “I must decrease”- John the Baptist

“Do Justly,” “Love Mercy,” “Walk Humbly with Thy God,” Micah 6:8

"Sunday Sermon" The Lord rebuked His people for their faithlessness and their plethora of sins. They asked, "How can we get back in your good graces?" "How about we offer you 'thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil?'" "Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins?" (Micah 6:3-7 NLT) … Continue reading “Do Justly,” “Love Mercy,” “Walk Humbly with Thy God,” Micah 6:8

God made me Fat

In Honor of Thanksgiving Feasts The 5-Year-Old Who Called Me "Fat" I was waiting at the checkout stand in my grocery store when the five-year-old boy behind me shouted, “You’re fat!”  (I love children’s honesty.) Me at the Beach, looking Happy and "Prosperous" His flustered mom tried to shush him by saying, “No, he’s not … Continue reading God made me Fat

Vote for “Good” and “Wise” Leaders – D&C 98:9-10

"Sunday Sermon" The midterm elections are upon us. As citizens, we have the right, and the duty, to vote. The Lord has given us insights into selecting and supporting civic leaders and voting for political candidates. Doctrine and Covenants 98:9-10:            Nevertheless, when the wicked rule, the people mourn.            Wherefore, honest men [and women] and wise … Continue reading Vote for “Good” and “Wise” Leaders – D&C 98:9-10

Friendships are Sacred – “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”

"Sunday Sermon" "A friend loveth at ALL times." (Proverbs 17:17) The Prophet Joseph Smith cherished friendship. He declared, "Friendship is one of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism." (Teachings, p. 316.)  “If my life is of no value to my friends, it is of no value to me.” (Essential in Church History, p. 374) C.S. Lewis, … Continue reading Friendships are Sacred – “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”

The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

"Sunday Sermon" Rabbi Jacob Milgrom, Dean of Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, concluded that Hosea 6:6 was the most important verse in “the Prophets” in the Old Testament. (See: “Jacob Milgrom,” Wikipedia.)    I was surprised, because I had no clue about Hosea 6:6. But he may have been right. Hosea 6:6: “For I … Continue reading The Most Important Old Testament Verse: Hosea 6:6

The Role of Counselors – Moses, Aaron, and Hur (Exodus 17:8-13)

"Sunday Sermon" Moses instructed Joshua, his military commander, to prepare the Israelites for battle against Amalek and his people. While Joshua fought in the plains, Moses oversaw the battle from a hill top. “I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.” Aaron and Hur accompanied Moses. … Continue reading The Role of Counselors – Moses, Aaron, and Hur (Exodus 17:8-13)

God’s First, and Most Important Questions, to Mankind

"Sunday Sermon"  Genesis Account: "Where art Thou?" In the Genesis account, after Adam and Eve transgressed by partaking of the forbidden fruit, God asked them the all-important question. “Where art thou?” (Gen. 3:9) In other words, “Where are you?”  God was not asking Adam and Eve where they were located physically.  He already knew that. They … Continue reading God’s First, and Most Important Questions, to Mankind

“It is Impossible for a Man to be Saved in Ignorance.” – D&C 131:6

Scripture Gem Doctrine and Covenants 131:6 -- “It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance.” My Awful Misinterpretation When I first read this scripture as a youth, I thought it meant that "ignorant," “slow,” and “uneducated” people were doomed.   I equated the three degrees of glory with the three college degrees.  … Continue reading “It is Impossible for a Man to be Saved in Ignorance.” – D&C 131:6

“Be Wise as Serpents” (D&C 111:11) “Don’t be a Victim”

D&C 11:11 warns: “Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin.” The Lord is alerting us to the dangers of being naïve, gullible, and too trusting. “There’s a sucker born every minute.” (P.R. Barnum, 19th Century American showman.) Sadly, not every enough Latter-day Saint follows this counsel. For example, Utah has the … Continue reading “Be Wise as Serpents” (D&C 111:11) “Don’t be a Victim”