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How do My Sins Contribute to My Salvation?

The title is an odd question, isn't it? Aren't my sins supposed to block or prevent my salvation? Aren't sins supposed to be the enemy to all righteousness? Sin is the big taboo. Sin...

D&C Lesson 35 – A Mission of Saving

For your sake, I hope your Gospel Doctrine teacher doesn't just turn this topic into a history lesson of the Willie and Martin handcart companies. That would be a monumental loss of a great...

D&C Lesson 34 – Faith in Every Footstep

The objective of this lesson requires an entirely new approach to the way I have always thought about the pioneers as they left Nauvoo. I have relatives that this lesson even discusses in that...

7 Ways to Follow the Spirit

We often feel less than adequate when it comes to following the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I am among those who feel like I could be doing much better than I currently am...

What is the Difference Between Living in Poverty and Being Poor?

This is an opinion piece. With that said, I know that there will be those who disagree with me. That is why it is an opinion. I have many friends who are impoverished. They...

Does God Always Spare His Prophets?

The title of this article is, of course, not fair. Anytime someone uses always or never as the basis for a question, the answer is pretty consistently, no. But the question is based on...
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Wielding Influence in Your Marriage

I don't often dispense marital advice. Anyone who thinks they have all the answers for every marriage is either quoting platitudes or they are delusional. But I do know a little bit about how...

D&C Lesson 33 – Brigham Young Leads the Saints

The double topic for this lesson combines the succession in the Presidency and Brigham Young's efforts to move the Saints west to the Rocky Mountains. Brigham Young is at the heart of both topics. Organized...

3 Lessons I’ve Learned From Cleaning the Chapel

One of our many blessings in this ever-changing Church is the responsibility for cleaning our own chapels. As I participated with other ward members I began reflecting on the quality of the job I...
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D&C Lesson 32 – “To Seal the Testimony”

In this lesson your class teacher will, no doubt, discuss the events surrounding the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. So I would like to take this opportunity to have a brief look at...