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

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

C.S. Lewis – Favorite Quotes and Concepts

            I have been a fan of C.S. Lewis since the early 1970’s when I set the goal of reading everything he had written.  The following quotes and concepts are the highlights of that project. Clive Sinclair Lewis (1898-1963) One of the greatest Christian apologists/defendersBorn in Ireland“Culture shocked” upon moving to the “hated” EnglandWounded in … Continue reading C.S. Lewis – Favorite Quotes and Concepts

“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

The Book of Mormon Contains the “Fulness of the Gospel”

As we conclude our year-long study of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants declares that the Book of Mormon contains “the fulness of the gospel.” (D&C 20:9) How can that be?  The Book of Mormon does not contain many wonderful doctrines, like: Premortal council in heavenDegrees of gloryTemple ordinances for the deadEternal marriage … Continue reading The Book of Mormon Contains the “Fulness of the Gospel”

A Formula for Special Blessings – Jacob 3:1

Scripture Gem I personally enjoy scriptures that contain checklist formulas. As we have studied the Book of Mormon this year, we have noticed that there are a lot of these formulas.  Jacob 3:1 is such a verse. “To the pure in heart: [If]:You look unto God with firmness of mind, andPray with exceeding faith[Then]:He will … Continue reading A Formula for Special Blessings – Jacob 3:1

Major Anti-LDS Allegation #2: My Personal Reply

Antagonists' Major Allegation: LDS Church Leaders Made Mistakes or Misstatements The internet is full of anti-Mormon articles and videos. Some are by former members who left the church, but who cannot leave the church alone. Most of the anti-LDS websites make the same allegations. They point to something a church leader said, or a mistake … Continue reading Major Anti-LDS Allegation #2: My Personal Reply

“Jesus is My Lawyer”

When criminal defendants appear in my court by themselves, I ask, “Do you have an attorney?” Most defendants request a continuance, so they can hire a lawyer, or they ask me to appoint the public defender to represent them. Occasionally, I get a defendant who stands erect and proudly proclaims, “God is my lawyer!” or … Continue reading “Jesus is My Lawyer”

Raised from the Dead: Lorenzo Snow and Ella Jensen

The Miracle of Raising the Dead The miracle of raising the dead is one of the most exceptional and sacred miracles.  During his mortal ministry Jesus raised several people from the dead, including, the daughter of Jairus (Mark 5: 22-42), the widow’s son in Nain (Luke 7: 11-17), and Lazarus (John 11: 1-46).  Of course, … Continue reading Raised from the Dead: Lorenzo Snow and Ella Jensen

Raised from the Dead: Wilford and Phoebe Woodruff

The miracle of raising the dead is one of the rarest and sacred miracles.  During his mortal ministry Jesus raised several people from the dead. Of course, these miracles foreshadowed the greatest miracle of the universal resurrection. Christ also promised that his prophets and apostles would also have the power to raise the dead. Here … Continue reading Raised from the Dead: Wilford and Phoebe Woodruff