Resisting Temptation and Overcoming Sin – Scriptures and Quotes

“Sunday Sermon” The "Temptations of Jesus" give great insights on confronting Satan and resisting sin. (Matthew 4: 1-11) Center your life in Christ and Follow the Savior’s Example Christ Resists Temptations             The Savior “suffered temptations but gave no heed unto them” (Doctrine and Covenants 20:22). When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, the Lord … Continue reading Resisting Temptation and Overcoming Sin – Scriptures and Quotes

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

8 Special Insights on the Sacrament

(Based, in part, on a talk by Elder James E. Slaughter, of the Seventy, Santa Margarita Stake Conference, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022) 1. The sacrament is for renewing all our covenants, not just baptism We often hear that, by partaking of the sacrament, we “renew our covenants of baptism.”  That is true. However, it is … Continue reading 8 Special Insights on the Sacrament

Understanding Human Suffering Pt 1 (Eternal Progression, Nature of God, Book of Job)

"Sunday Sermon" (Long Article-13 min: You may want to skim, and then download for future reference.) The Book of Job "Hast thou considered my servant Job." (Job 1:8) The entire Book of Job is in devoted to one issue: human suffering. The book gives insights into the causes of adversity, and emphasizes the importance of … Continue reading Understanding Human Suffering Pt 1 (Eternal Progression, Nature of God, Book of Job)

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”