Hear the Lord: 3 S’s

After becoming president of the church, Harold B. Lee was asked by an annoying reporter, “What qualifies you to be prophet?” President Lee responded, “I am just a good listener.” One of the major themes in the scriptures is to “hear,” “hearken,” “heed,” and “listen” to the voice of the Lord. These words are found … Continue reading Hear the Lord: 3 S’s

Tips for Talks and Lessons #10: Teach “By the Spirit”

The key to gospel teaching has been, is, and will always be the same: “Teach the doctrine from the scriptures by the Spirit.” 1 Cor 2:4-5            “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing word of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit of power; “That your faith should not stand in … Continue reading Tips for Talks and Lessons #10: Teach “By the Spirit”

Tips for Talks and Lessons #7: Lead Meaningful Class Discussions

The best gospel lessons include class discussions. Edifying uplifting discussions are an integral part of a good lesson. We all learn best when we are actively involved. We can all learn from others.  No teacher has a monopoly on gospel knowledge and insights. Only God is omniscient.  Every student has something to contribute. Pure lectures … Continue reading Tips for Talks and Lessons #7: Lead Meaningful Class Discussions

Personal Revelation (Pt 5/5) – Prophetic Insights

Joseph Smith: No one can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelation No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving revelation.  The Holy Ghost is a revelator. (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith p 328) Joseph Smith: Receiving revelation is a privilege of the priesthood One great privilege of the priesthood is to obtain … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 5/5) – Prophetic Insights

Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany

Dream and Visions Some revelations come "through the dreams of sleep or in waking visions of the mind."  (James Talmage) As the prophet Lehi wrote, "Behold, I have dreamed a dream; or, in other words, I have seen a vision." (1 Nephi 8: 2) How do we tell the difference between a mere dream and … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 4/5): Dreams, Visions, Visitations, Theophany

Personal Revelation (Pt 3/5): “Seeking and Obtaining Revelation”

Personal revelation comes as a gift of grace and as a reward for striving to live the gospel and hearkening to the voice of the Lord. Personal Revelation Comes in the Lord's Time and Manner, Not Ours We cannot control when or how personal revelation comes to us. Thus, we must be patient in seeking … Continue reading Personal Revelation (Pt 3/5): “Seeking and Obtaining Revelation”

The Difficult Question of Human Suffering

"Modern atheism" has destroyed the faith of countless youths and young adults, in and out of the church. The problem of human suffering is the primary contention. It needs to be addressed. LDS doctrine provides the answers. The Prime Mantra of Atheists The question of human suffering has been debated by theologians, philosophers, and thinkers … Continue reading The Difficult Question of Human Suffering

Testimony and Tears: Spiritual or Emotional?

Spirit and Emotion The church website addressed the following question: “A lot of people cry when they feel the Spirit, but I don’t. Is there something wrong with me?” This question highlights the possible confusion between a spiritual experience and an emotional experience. The most common type of personal revelation does come from thoughts accompanied … Continue reading Testimony and Tears: Spiritual or Emotional?

I Disobeyed the Spirit Out of Sheer Stubbornness

(I recently shared the experience when I wore a different colored tie based on the promptings of the Spirit. The following experience reveals that I am not as righteous as some people might think.) Over forty years ago, during my lunch break, I rushed to the bank near the DA’s Office where I worked. I … Continue reading I Disobeyed the Spirit Out of Sheer Stubbornness

My Personal Revelation — “Don’t Wear the Red Tie”

When it comes to minor matters, the Lord usually let's us do "as seemeth you good, it mattereth not unto me." (D&C 60:5; D&C 62:5; D&C 80:3) However, sometimes even the most trivial things matter to the Lord. As a recently returned missionary, I was assigned to speak with a high councilor in another ward. … Continue reading My Personal Revelation — “Don’t Wear the Red Tie”