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

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

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

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

“Show and Tell” – 2 Nephi 32:3,5

Scripture Gems There is a subtle, but significant, difference between 2 Nephi 32 verse 3 and verse 5. Verse 3 reads, “Feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do” (2 Ne. 32: 3) Verse 5 reads, “Receive the Holy Ghost, it will … Continue reading “Show and Tell” – 2 Nephi 32:3,5