General Conference: A Time to Hear the Voice of the Lord (Scriptures and Quotes)

"Sunday (On Monday) Sermon" Importance of Hearing and Obeying the Voice of the Lord One of the major themes of the scriptures is the admonition to listen, hearken, hear, and heed the voice of the Lord.  This is a divine mandate.  Significantly, “listen,” “hear,” “hearken,” and “heed” are mentioned over 4,100 times in the standard … Continue reading General Conference: A Time to Hear the Voice of the Lord (Scriptures and Quotes)

Miracle of Protection: David O. McKay Saves Tahitian Saints

"Sunday Sermon" The miracles of divine protection occur frequently among the Latter-day Saints and other people of faith. Most believers have personally experienced or witnessed such miracles. In July 1959, thirty Tahitian saints had worked, saved, and sacrificed, to raise enough money to finance a trip to the Hawaii Temple. It had taken a lot … Continue reading Miracle of Protection: David O. McKay Saves Tahitian Saints

Balaam’s Talking Ass: The Funniest Scripture Story

"Sunday "Sermon" There once was a Prophet Balaam. He was famous through the Middle East. When hordes of Israelites fled Egypt and invaded the Middle East like locusts , they destroyed everything in their path. When they pitched their tents in the plains of Moab, King Balak was terrified that he and his people might … Continue reading Balaam’s Talking Ass: The Funniest Scripture Story

Words of the Prophet – Russell M. Nelson

"Sunday Sermon" President Russell M. Nelson has given inspired and inspiring counsel to the saints and the world. As the living Prophet, we must hear him and follow him, as he hears and follows the Lord. "In this, there is safety and peace." Those who "follow the prophet" are always blessed. Here are some of … Continue reading Words of the Prophet – Russell M. Nelson

A Prophet’s Lifelong Battle with Depression and Anxiety: George Albert Smith

"Sunday Sermon" Our Mental Health Struggles As one who has suffered from anxiety and depression, I take solace from the life and struggles of Apostle and Prophet George Albert Smith. His experience dispelled the harmful myth that if your are living the gospel you won't suffer from anxiety or depression. He destroyed the pernicious myth … Continue reading A Prophet’s Lifelong Battle with Depression and Anxiety: George Albert Smith

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

Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

After their deaths, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young visited their successors. Joseph Smith appeared to Brigham Young, John Taylor, and Wilford Woodruff. Brigham Young appeared to John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff. Here are some accounts: Visitation of Joseph Smith to President Brigham Young On February 17, 1847, while at Winter Quarters, three years after his … Continue reading Visitations of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Their Successors

Return of Elijah and the Connection to the Jewish Passover and the British Parliament

The scriptures foretold the return of Elijah the prophet before the Second Coming. Malachi 4:5-6            Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord [Second Coming]:                And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to … Continue reading Return of Elijah and the Connection to the Jewish Passover and the British Parliament

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (3): Geography and Journeys

Geography: Overwhelming Complexity and Consistency The Book of Mormon contains over 600 geographical references to over fifty separate geographical locations. (See: Mormon’s Codex, John L. Sorenson, p. 119) The book often describes the relative locations of these places with their directions and distances from other locations.  For example, Bountiful is south of the land Desolation, … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (3): Geography and Journeys

Jesus Appears to Lorenzo Snow

One of the most sacred and rare spiritual experiences is a personal visitation of the Lord. This is not to be confused with a "mere" dream, dream-vision, or vision.  (See: previous article on dreams and visions). This is an actual visitation where the Lord is personally present.  At least two dozen prophets, and others,  in ancient … Continue reading Jesus Appears to Lorenzo Snow