“I must decrease”- John the Baptist

"Sunday Sermon" After baptizing Jesus, John the Baptist announced, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) John shared, by his teaching and example, an essential gospel principle.  John had been in the limelight for years. He had lots of admirers and followers. But now, John had fulfilled his mission. His ministry was winding down.     Christ’s … Continue reading “I must decrease”- John the Baptist

“Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

"Sunday Sermon" Overview A. Foundational Fallacy: Children are born in sin, having inherited sin and guilt from the fall of Adam and Eve.  Therefore, they are at risk of eternal damnation from birth. B. Logical Extension #1: Since baptism is necessary for the remission of sins and for salvation, infants must be baptized or else … Continue reading “Original Sin” and Infant Baptism

Baptism, a Commandment. By Immersion for the Remission of Sins

"Sunday Sermon" “We believe that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are: first, Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; second, Repentance; third Baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, Laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Articles of Faith, 4) The Bible proclaims there should be “One … Continue reading Baptism, a Commandment. By Immersion for the Remission of Sins

New Testament: Introduction and Overview

"Sunday Sermon" Last year, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints emphasized studying the Old Testament.  This year, the Church is emphasizing in-depth study of the New Testament. New Testament: The Most Important Book of Scripture            The New Testament is the most important canon of scripture because it contains the entire mortal ministry of … Continue reading New Testament: Introduction and Overview

Joseph Smith’s Birthday -Major Accomplishments (List)

In Honor of Joseph Smith's Birthday, December 23, 1805 Ranked #1 -“Most Influential American Religious Figure” Established and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (16+ million members) Organized a missionary program resulting in millions of converts Organized and taught the duties of church membership and leadership Expounded on and expanded the meaning of … Continue reading Joseph Smith’s Birthday -Major Accomplishments (List)

“A Mother’s Love”- A Poem: Did Judas’ Mother Love Him Like Mary Loved Jesus?

"Poetic Wednesday" A mother’s unconditional love is a wonder to behold.  Her selfless sacrifices are truly inspiring. A mother’s love gives us a glimpse of the pure love of Christ (agape, hesed). This poem ponders the question, “Did the mother of Judas love her son as much as Mary loved Jesus?” A MOTHER’S LOVE Long, … Continue reading “A Mother’s Love”- A Poem: Did Judas’ Mother Love Him Like Mary Loved Jesus?

“Am I a True Disciple of Christ?”

“Sunday Sermon” True disciples of Jesus "love the Lord with all their heart, might, mind, and strength." His disciples manifest their love for Him by striving to keep His commandments. "If ye love me, keep my commandments." True disciples of Christ "love their neighbors as themselves." His disciples demonstrate their love for Him by loving … Continue reading “Am I a True Disciple of Christ?”

Jonah fled out of HATRED, not FEAR

"Sunday Sermon" Growing up, my Sunday School teachers explained that Jonah ran away from the Lord and the Ninevehites out of fear for his life. I recently learned that was wrong. A careful reading of the text shows another motive for Jonah's actions. The Assyrians were infamous for their brutality. They took sadistic delight in … Continue reading Jonah fled out of HATRED, not FEAR

My Plea at the Final Judgment: “Guilty” and “I Beg Your Pardon”

"Sunday Sermon" When I am "arraigned" at the Final Judgment, I will enter a plea of “guilty.” I willingly, and publicly, confess that I am a sinner.  However, I will immediately beg for a full pardon. I will say: “Pardon me." Or, "I beg your pardon.” I will not seek commutation.  To "commute” merely reduces … Continue reading My Plea at the Final Judgment: “Guilty” and “I Beg Your Pardon”