Joseph Smith Rescues the Runaway Stage Coach

Joseph Smith was very strong and fit. He grew up performing physical labor. He loved wrestling and pulling sticks.    This strength and fitness aided him in his ministry. He survived being beaten, poisoned, tarred and feathered, and imprisoned.  He survived several life-threatening illnesses, including food poisoning, malaria, and cholera. Joseph Smith was also courageous. This was … Continue reading Joseph Smith Rescues the Runaway Stage Coach

Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation

The Church course of study for 2021 is the Doctrine Covenants, Church History, and the Life and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith was far from perfect. He was the first to recognize and confess his flaws and mistakes. In fact, in 1828, he publicly announced that the Lord had severely rebuked him … Continue reading Joseph Smith: A Self-Evaluation

Joseph Smith: Man of Compassion

(In honor of Joseph Smith's birthday, 23 Dec. 1805) The Prophet Joseph Smith is often described as: strong, brave, faithful, inspired, obedient, loyal, playful, and cheerful.  But he is also a man of great compassion. Here are just a few examples of his kindness and charity. Joseph Gives the Coat Off His back In 1836, … Continue reading Joseph Smith: Man of Compassion

“Thoughts, Words, and Deeds” – Mosiah 4:30

Zoroastrianism is the religion of ancient Persia. It is the second oldest monotheistic religion, after Judaism.  It was founded about 1000 B.C. by the prophet Zoroaster (Zarathushtra).  Zoroastrians worship the “one universal, transcendent, all-good, and uncreated supreme creator deity, Ahura Mazda, or the ‘Wise Lord.’” The official motto of Zoroastrianism is “Good Thoughts, Good Words, … Continue reading “Thoughts, Words, and Deeds” – Mosiah 4:30

Profound and Inspired Book of Mormon “One-liners”

As we studied the The Book of Mormon this year, we noticed it is overflowing with “one-liners.”  These are very short profound and memorable quotes. Each of these one-liners can be a motto or slogan to guide our lives. Each of these one-liners can be a topic for a sermon. These one-liners not only inspire … Continue reading Profound and Inspired Book of Mormon “One-liners”

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

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (23B): Diverse Writing Styles

Anti-LDS antagonists, after a superficial reading of the Book of Mormon, sometime conclude that that there was only one author – Joseph Smith. A casual reader of the Book of Mormon could easily reach that conclusion. Likewise, a superficial reading of the King James Version would lead a casual reader to the same conclusion about the … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (23B): Diverse Writing Styles

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (23A): Complex Structure of the Metal Plates

The structure of the metal plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated is very complex and yet totally consistent.  The organization of the metal plates is so complicated that the church has published an insert in the introduction entitled, “A Brief Explanation About the Book of Mormon.”   The Plates of Nephi “The … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (23A): Complex Structure of the Metal Plates

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (20): Memorable Profound Verses – Mosiah

The Book of Mormon is filled with memorable verses that contain profound truths and rich doctrine. These verses are a powerful witness of the Book of Mormon divinity.  Every chapter includes verses and phrases worth highlighting. Each of these profound verses can, and have been, the basis for talks and lessons.  Many of these verses … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (20): Memorable Profound Verses – Mosiah

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (21): Memorable Profound Verses – Mormon & Moroni

The Book of Mormon is filled with memorable verses that contain profound truths and rich doctrine. These verses are a powerful witness of the Book of Mormon divinity.      Every chapter includes verses and phrases worth highlighting. Each of these profound verses can, and have been, the basis for talks and lessons.  Many of these … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (21): Memorable Profound Verses – Mormon & Moroni