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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...
seal the testimony

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...
spiritually disadvantaged

Help! I’m Spiritually Disadvantaged!

There is a Sunday School lesson on eternal marriage that talks extensively, and exclusively about the blessings of being sealed for time and eternity. In the article I wrote about it I mentioned that...
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D&C Lesson 31 – “Sealed for Time … and for All Eternity”

The whole point of mortality is to prepare us to return to live with God once again. The laws that make that possible were set up before the world was created. This plan requires...
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D&C Lesson 30 – “The Prisoners Shall Go Free”

It is normal to view something you have always had as trite or commonplace. I have never given baptism for the dead a second thought - it was always there, like the temple or...
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D&C Lesson 29 – Building the Kingdom

The saints in Nauvoo were a unique lot. Most of them had been driven from home to home, city to city, and from county to county. Many had lost the lives of their loved...