Enlightened

God can not only reveal information to us; He can also help us improve our ability to acquire knowledge and to use it wisely. The prophet Mormon indicated that we already have these abilities: "The Spirit of Christ is given to every man [and woman], that he [or she] may know good from evil" (Moroni... Continue Reading →

Spare Not

The Lord told Isaiah to preach the gospel whole-heartedly, holding nothing back. "Cry aloud," He said, "spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet" (Isaiah 58:1). In another passage, he instructs the children of Israel to prepare for massive growth and prosperity: Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the... Continue Reading →

Purse nor Scrip

It's good to be prepared and conscientious, but it's also important to make room for other people to serve. When Jesus called seventy missionaries and sent them out, two by two, to preach the gospel, He instructed them to travel lightly. "Carry neither purse, nor scrip," He said, "nor [extra pair of] shoes." He told... Continue Reading →

Rest

The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years before they were ready to enter the promised land. God was ready to help them enter that land long before they were ready to receive His assistance. One of the psalms quotes God looking back on that time: Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people... Continue Reading →

The Power of Godliness

In 1832, the Lord invited church members to receive priesthood ordinances, explaining that "the power of godliness is manifest" in them (Doctrine and Covenants 84:20). An ordinance is "a sacred, formal act or ceremony performed by the authority of the priesthood" (Gospel Topics, "Ordinances"). Some examples of ordinances are baptism, confirmation, the temple endowment, and... Continue Reading →

Widows and Orphans

In April 1832, the Lord provided specific instructions to the church on caring for those "who have lost their husbands or fathers." If they lack the resources to support themselves, the combined resources of the church—the Lord's storehouse—is available to them. "The storehouse shall be kept by the consecrations of the church," He said; "and widows and... Continue Reading →

Maintenance

In 1832, the Lord clarified some principles of caring for the poor and the needy. One of those principles was that parents have the primary responsibility to provide for the needs of their children. "All children have claim upon their parents for their maintenance until they are of age" (Doctrine and Covenants 83:4). Maintenance refers to financial support, but more broadly... Continue Reading →

Bound

An important characteristic of God is that He is perfectly reliable. As we strive to become more like Him, He gives us opportunities to emulate that characteristic. "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say," He told a group of church leaders in 1832 (Doctrine and Covenants 82:10). Is His agency limited... Continue Reading →

Needs and Wants

When Alma organized the church at the waters of Mormon, he instructed members to "impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had." They were to give "both temporally and spiritually according to their needs and their wants" (Mosiah 18:27-29). The word "want," when used as a noun, usually refers to a... Continue Reading →

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