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“There Shall Be No Disputations Among You” – 3 Nephi 11:22

Avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. Titus 3:9 The sad reality is that most of the things we argue about aren’t that important. They certainly aren’t as important as the relationships we damage in the process. When we argue, we can easily lose perspective. A minor… Continue Reading →

“Whosoever…Borroweth” – Mosiah 4:28

I wrote a few days ago that temporal things have spiritual impacts. One of those temporal things is our financial well-being. After teaching his people to give generously to those in need, King Benjamin reminded them to do all things “in wisdom and in order.” Then, perhaps as an example of the kind of “order”… Continue Reading →

“All Things” – 2 Nephi 32:3, 5; Moroni 10:5

Our continuing role is to receive continuing revelation. Joy D. Jones, “An Especially Noble Calling,” General Conference, April 2020 Near the end of his writings, Nephi pleads with us, his readers, to learn to receive personal revelation. “I suppose,” he said, “that ye ponder somewhat in your hearts concerning that which ye should do.” Pondering… Continue Reading →

“At All Times” – Mosiah 18:9

The credibility of a witness depends on their consistency over time. If they testify that something is true one day, you would expect them to stand behind what they said at a later time. When Alma invited a group of people to be baptized in the waters of Mormon, he told them that they were… Continue Reading →

“Temporal and Spiritual” – Mosiah 2:41

Don’t underestimate the value of temporary things. On at least two occasions, Nephi’s brothers, Laman and Lemuel, asked him whether the principles of the gospel related to temporal things or only to spiritual things. They seem to have wanted to keep different parts of their lives separates, with their daily decisions being disconnected with their… Continue Reading →

“My Grace Is Sufficient” – Ether 12:26-27

When the apostle Paul struggled with feelings of inadequacy, the Lord reassured him with these words: “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). When Moroni expressed similar misgivings, the Lord responded with the same affirmation: “Fools mock, but they shall mourn; and my grace is sufficient for the meek, that they… Continue Reading →

Declare Repentance

Both John Whitmer and his brother Peter asked God many times what they could do which would be of the greatest worth. His response to both of them was the same: The thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with… Continue Reading →

“Behold, Thou Art Nephi” – Helaman 10:6

I’ve been thinking this week about a simple statement in an 1829 revelation directed to David Whitmer. After affirming who was speaking (“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God”), the Lord affirmed whom He was talking to: And behold, thou art David, and thou art called to assist; which thing if… Continue Reading →

“The Greatest of All the Gifts of God” – 3 Nephi 15:36

The central symbol in Lehi’s dream was “a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy” (1 Nephi 8:10) After eating some of the fruit, his greatest desire after that was to help others experience that same joy, beginning with his own family. When one of Lehi’s sons, Nephi, prayed to understand his father’s dream, he experienced a… Continue Reading →


The word “baptism” comes from the Greek word baptisma (βάπτισμα), which refers to dipping or submerging something. Jesus instructed His disciples on the American continent how to perform baptisms. They should stand in the water with the person being baptized, call the person by name, pronounce some specific words, and then “immerse them in the water,… 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.