Gazelem – Alma 37:23

The record of the Jaredite people was engraved on twenty-four plates (Ether 1:2). The Lord gave the brother of Jared two stones to store with the plates. He explained that those stones would enable future readers to understand the words he would write. For behold, the language which ye shall write I have confounded; wherefore... Continue Reading →

The Arm of Flesh – 2 Nephi 4:34

Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.... Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is (Jeremiah 17:5, 7). As Nephi lamented his own sins and weaknesses, he recognized the need to turn to God and... Continue Reading →

What Are “Gifts and Callings of God?”

Near the end of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Moroni provides a mini-handbook for how to administer the church. Among other things, he explains how priesthood authority is given, how to bless the sacrament, and how to conduct church meetings. In his discussion of priesthood authority, he uses the phrase "gifts and callings:" And... Continue Reading →

Lessons from the Writings of Nephi

As I've studied the writings of Nephi over the past 7 weeks, I've learned the following principles: Callings When we receive an assignment from our Heavenly Father, we need to take full responsibility for fulfilling that assignment. However, we need to be aware that He is willing to help us fulfill that assignment. He has... Continue Reading →

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