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Why the “First Fruits of Repentance” is Baptism

  Moroni 8:24-26 talks about why we need repentance and baptism, as opposed to little children who need neither repentance nor baptism. The flow of a logical argument in the culture of the Book of...

The Fear of Being a Zion People

  If you have been in the Church for very long you have, no doubt, heard references to becoming a Zion people. That sounds like a grand and lofty goal, but when someone defines being...

Mormon Weddings, the Horse of a Different Color

  Weddings are weddings, no matter what culture you hail from. But among Christian weddings, Mormon weddings are the "horse of a different color." Much of the traditional American expectation for what happens at a...

Spiritual Holdovers

  I've been thinking about my grandparents and what made them special to me. When I went into my grandma's bathroom it always had a particular scent. It took me years before I realized that she...

Bending the Rod of Iron

  In the  Book of Mormon the prophet Lehi has a dream, in which he sees an iron rod that leads to the Tree of Life. Those who grab hold of this rod of iron,...

Trying to Speak the Unspeakable

This is one of those times when I will either soar with the eagles or drag myself through the mud. We have all had times in our lives when we have felt or experienced...

What to do When the Heavens Withdraw

  I was asked to write about the experience we all have on occasion, that of feeling like no matter how much we try to communicate with the Lord sometimes, it is as though the...

Why Was Job Considered Perfect?

  Sometimes I am uneasy about my standing before the Lord. Am I unworthy enough that when I meet him I will want to bury myself under a mountain to hide from his face? Am...

What and Who is God?

  This article is long, but only because I have quoted extensively. I thought it would be interesting to place the three main definitions of "what and who God is" next to each other. As...

How to Fall Short of Eternal Glory in Three Easy Steps

Sometimes we beat ourselves up because we are not good enough or we never quite reach our potential. I am here to show you how easy it is to take that potential and maximize...