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

Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

What if the Church Leaders Denied Their Testimonies? I asked my seminary students and gospel doctrine classes this question: “Suppose that the prophet announced at general conference that the church is not true. Therefore, the prophet asked that the members sustain the general authorities and officers in dissolving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … Continue reading Joseph F. Smith – An Unshakable Personal Testimony, Even at Gunpoint

Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience

"Sunday Sermon"             "I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him.             "I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders … Continue reading Brigham Young Condemns Blind Obedience

“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

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

“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”

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

God’s Church is a Church of Miracles

"Sunday Sermon" God is a God of miracles. Hence, God’s church is a church of miracles. There are countless miracles surrounding the restoration and operation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Here are a few: The miracle of the church being founded in undeveloped America It doesn’t make much sense that the Lord … Continue reading God’s Church is a Church of Miracles