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Family Financial Management and Section 48

As I studied section 48 of the Doctrine and Covenants today, I noticed that the Lord instructed members of the church to do three things in relation to their assets: give generously, save aggressively, and buy carefully. Joseph Smith received this revelation after asking the Lord what to do about the influx of members of… Continue Reading →

Spiritual Gifts

Moroni exhorted us to “deny not the gifts of God” (Moroni 10:8). Paul counseled us to “eagerly desire the greater gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31, New International Version). And through Joseph Smith, the Lord admonished us, “Seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given” (Doctrine and Covenants 46:8). All three of… Continue Reading →

The Gift to Be Healed

When Paul and Moroni listed some of the gifts of the Spirit, they both referred to healing in the same way: “the gifts of healing” (1 Corinthians 12:9, Moroni 10:11). When the Lord reaffirmed those lists in an 1831 revelation, He identified two separate gifts related to healing: To some it is given to have faith to… Continue Reading →

“According to His Desires” – Alma 41:5-6

Ammon told King Lamoni that God “knows all the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Alma 18:32). Alma explained to his son Corianton that we will be judged not only according to our works, but also according to our desires: The one raised to happiness according to his desires of happiness, or good according to… Continue Reading →

“Ye Shall Not Cast Him Out” – 3 Nephi 18:22-32

Our Heavenly Father loves all of His children, and His Church is meant to be a welcoming place for all people. On the first day of the Savior’s ministry on the American continent, He taught this principle clearly to the people gathered at the temple in the land of Bountiful: Ye shall meet together oft; and ye… Continue Reading →

“Diversities of Operations”

The apostle Paul introduces the gifts of the Spirit with three parallel statements: “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.” “There are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.” “There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6) These three statements are even more… Continue Reading →

“Fools Mock”

Included in Alma’s list of soul-searching questions to the people of Zarahemla was the following: “Is there one among you that doth make a mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions?” Alma added, “Wo unto such an one, for he is not prepared, and the time is at hand that he must repent or he cannot… Continue Reading →

A Standard for My People

Isaiah prophesied that the Lord would one day erect a standard which would attract people from all nations: Thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. Isaiah 49:22, 1 Nephi 21:22, 2 Nephi 6:6… Continue Reading →

“Armed with Righteousness” – 1 Nephi 14:14

In an 1831 revelation, the Lord reminds us of the city of Enoch, a group of people who were “separated from the earth,” and lifted up to heaven, because of their purity, charity, and unity (Doctrine and Covenants 45:11, see also Moses 7:21). He said that they would remain in heaven until “a day of… Continue Reading →

That They Might Have Joy

If you can have hope for the future, then you can have joy today. When Lehi taught his son Jacob that men (and women) “are that they might have joy,” he wasn’t talking about an easy life, free from adversity. There must be “opposition in all things,” he said. Jacob himself had endured significant trials,… Continue Reading →

Names and Titles of Jesus Christ

In March, 2019, I studied 20 different names or titles of Jesus Christ which appear in the Book of Mormon. I was particularly interested in the way each name was used, both in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible.

Sermon Summaries

In 2018, I wrote summaries of many of the sermons in the Book of Mormon. Each summary describes the setting, the purpose, an outline of the sermon’s content, and my takeaways from the sermon.

In 2019, I used the Book of Mormon to study 365 questions—one per day. Here is a list of those questions, grouped by category, with a link to the blog post for each question.