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“If Thine Eye Be Single” – 3 Nephi 13:22

Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye.” Therefore, He added, “if…thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” But He added this warning: “If thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness” (Matthew 6:22-23, 3 Nephi 13:22-23). The Greek word translated as “single” in… Continue Reading →

Virtue

In Doctrine and Covenants 4:6, the Lord invites us to develop ten Christlike attributes. Today, I decided to study the second of those attributes: virtue. Here are some of the insights I gained: Insight #1: Virtue is power. The word “virtuous” appears three times in the King James Version of the Old Testament, always as… Continue Reading →

One Eternal Round

After losing the first 116 pages of the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith was devastated. “All is lost!” he exclaimed to his family. “What shall I do?” (Lucy Mack Smith, History, 1845, page 131). Shortly after, the Lord reassured him that His work would continue to move forward. God emphasized this point by saying that… Continue Reading →

“Ask in Faith” – Enos 1:15

Many times in the Book of Mormon, we are promised that God will answer our prayers. An essential element of effective prayers is faith—the belief or confidence that God will answer us. The Lord promised Enos, “Whatsoever thing ye shall ask in faith, believing that ye shall receive in the name of Christ, ye shall receive it”… Continue Reading →

“The Heart of the Children” – 3 Nephi 25:6

Strong family relationships can help us weather storms. Malachi wrote that, in the troubling times preceding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Elijah the prophet would return to the earth, “and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6). This prophecy was so important that Jesus Christ recited it to… Continue Reading →

King-Men and Freedom of Speech

Words matter. Words have an impact, for good or for evil. Jesus said, “Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36). And Alma warned the people of Ammonihah, some of whom were guilty of deceiving others, “Our words will condemn us” (Alma 12:24)…. Continue Reading →

Old Testament Scriptures Quoted by Moroni to Joseph Smith

When Moroni, the last author in the Book of Mormon, appeared to Joseph Smith on Sunday, September 21, 1823, he quoted a number of passages from the Old Testament, most of which also appear in the Book of Mormon. Here is a list of four of those passages, as recorded in Joseph Smith—History 1:36-41, with… Continue Reading →

“I Will Explain” – Alma 41:1, Alma 42:2

Corianton had done wrong. He had not only committed a serious sin, but had done so while representing the church as a missionary under the leadership of his father, Alma. His actions had embarrassed his father and had weakened the credibility of his fellow missionaries (Alma 39:1-12). As you might expect, Alma reproved his son…. Continue Reading →

“With Their Lips” – 2 Nephi 27:25

Through the prophet Isaiah, God explained the problem which would be solved by the publication of the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ: Forasmuch as this people draw near unto me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their hearts far from me, and their fear towards me… Continue Reading →

Stirred Up

What would possess a group of people to invade and occupy their own Capitol Building while their elected representatives were conducting official government business on their behalf? How could they convince themselves that this action was morally acceptable, or that it was even helpful to their cause? The troubling events this week in the United… Continue Reading →

Truth

Our relationship with the truth is a fundamental part of our moral character. The prophet Jacob defined “truth” as “things as they really are, and…things as they really will be”(Jacob 4:13). (See also Doctrine and Covenants 93:24.) The Lord revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith that “All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed… 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.