Grace and Works

Christmas Sermon -- Doctrinal Commentary BYU Religion Professor Robert Millet recalled That before leaving from Louisiana on his mission, he asked his LDS father, "Dad, what does it mean to be saved by grace?" He answered quickly, "We don't believe in that." "We don't?" I said. "Why not?" Without any hesitation he replied, "Because the … Continue reading Grace and Works

Gifts of the Spirit

The extraordinary gifts of the Spirit are described in the New Testament (1 Cor. 12), Book of Mormon (Mori. 10), Doctrine and Covenants (D&C 46) and Articles of Faith (Article 7). These gifts include: Gifts of the Spirit: Scriptural List Testimony from the Holy Ghost of Jesus ChristBelief in testimony/witness of othersKnowledge of differences of … Continue reading Gifts of the Spirit

“Grace” in the Doctrine and Covenants

This year's scripture focus is the Doctrine and Covenants. "The Doctrine and Covenants is a collection of divine revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the kingdom of God on the earth in the last day." (Introduction) Like the Book of Mormon and Bible, the Doctrine and Covenants "abounds in the … Continue reading “Grace” in the Doctrine and Covenants

“Grace” in the Book of Mormon

"We Don't Believe in Grace" Prominent BYU Religion Professor Robert Millet recalls: "I was reared in a Latter-day Saint home in Louisiana, where most of my boyhood friends were Protestant. Just before leaving on my mission, I asked my father -- a lifelong Southerner and member of the Church -- a few doctrinal questions. One … Continue reading “Grace” in the Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (15): Profound Doctrinal Discourses

Some of the strongest internal evidences of the Book of Mormon’s divinity are the profound doctrinal discourses. Impressive theological discussions  can be found in: Jacob's analysis of the infinite atonement (2 Nephi 9), Christ’s ministry among the Nephites (3 Nephi 11-26), Moroni’s summary of his father’s teachings (Moroni 7), Mormon’s first doctrinal letter to his … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (15): Profound Doctrinal Discourses