Prophet Elisha Sends Bears to Attack Annoying Children

"Sunday Sermon" The Prophet Elisha grew up in the desert. When his mentor, the Prophet Elijah was translated, Elisha became the prophet and adviser to the kings of Israel. He performed mighty miracles during his ministry. Renaissance Painting - Mocking Children in "Modern" Attire: Even the Lord’s “anointed” isn’t always treated with respect. As Elisha went up to … Continue reading Prophet Elisha Sends Bears to Attack Annoying Children

Balaam’s Talking Ass: The Funniest Scripture Story

"Sunday "Sermon" There once was a Prophet Balaam. He was famous through the Middle East. When hordes of Israelites fled Egypt and invaded the Middle East like locusts , they destroyed everything in their path. When they pitched their tents in the plains of Moab, King Balak was terrified that he and his people might … Continue reading Balaam’s Talking Ass: The Funniest Scripture Story

Beware Social Media -Warnings from a Prophet

"Saturday Sermon" Social media and cyber tech provide countless benefits and blessings. Taylor & Tyler Podcast Benefits and Blessings Tool for sharing the gospelLink to virtual church meetingsAccess to family history research and temple workConnection to general conferenceLink to church websitesGateway to gospel research,Link to “Come Follow Me” podcastsMeans of “staying connected,” facetime with family … Continue reading Beware Social Media -Warnings from a Prophet

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

BYU Student Forged My Bishop’s Recommendation

While serving as a singles ward Bishop I received a unique telephone call from a BYU administrator. He explained, a confidential informant said that another BYU student falsified my Bishop’s Recommendation Form and forged my signature. The administrator gave me the student’s name and asked if I interviewed the person and signed the recommendation. With … Continue reading BYU Student Forged My Bishop’s Recommendation

In Praise of the King James Version

"Saturday Sermon" The King James Version of the Holy Bible is my favorite book. Its poetry, stories, wisdom, inspiration and insights are unparalleled. Early English Translations and William Tyndale’s Monumental Contribution During Medieval times, the “Age of Faith,” the Roman Catholic Church proclaimed that the Latin Volgate Bible was the only authorized version. Translating the … Continue reading In Praise of the King James Version

Is the Number “40” in the Bible Literal or Figurative?

One of the challenges of studying the Old Testament is knowing which verses were meant to be interpreted literally and which verses were intended to be interpreted figuratively. Studying ancient literature, I learned that certain numbers were not meant to be taken literally.  They were intended to be figurative, symbolic, or even magical. I discovered … Continue reading Is the Number “40” in the Bible Literal or Figurative?

The Age of the Earth – “Science vs Religion”

"Saturday Sermon" - Commentary “The scriptures do not say how old the earth is, and the Church has taken no official stand on this question. Nor does the Church consider it to be an issue for salvation.” (Encyclopedia of Mormonism, “Age of Earth,”) The belief that the earth is only 6,000 or 13,000 years old … Continue reading The Age of the Earth – “Science vs Religion”

“Eve and the Choice Made in Eden”

Book Review Essay and Commentary "Eve and the Choice Made in Eden," by Beverly Campbell Restoring Eve to her rightful place Latter-day Saints can’t wait to give Mother Eve a big hug, and thank her for her courage and her vital role in the plan of happiness.  She selflessly chose death, pain, suffering, and the … Continue reading “Eve and the Choice Made in Eden”

Genesis is Unique Among Ancient Creation Stories

"Saturday Sermon" and "Doctrinal Commentary" The Genesis Account Genesis in unique among ancient creation stories. The Genesis is poetic and beautiful.  It is sophisticated and inspirational. In Genesis mankind is God’s masterpiece. Men and women are the crown of creation.  Humans are made in the very image of God. The Genesis author’s theme and purpose … Continue reading Genesis is Unique Among Ancient Creation Stories