Josiah and Benjamin

Today I've been thinking about the parallels between two kings: Josiah, who reigned over Judah just before the Babylonian captivity (640-609 BCE), and Benjamin, who reigned over the Nephites about 500 years later. Both kings led their people in a spiritual reawakening. Here are some of their common experiences: ExperienceJosiahBenjaminInspired by the scripturesWas horrified when... Continue Reading →

Permanent Promises

How long can you sustain a commitment? This may be one of the great challenges of mortality. Do you promise to do something one day, but change your mind later when you feel differently? Obviously, if you only do what you feel like doing at any given moment, you're unlikely to accomplish anything of any... Continue Reading →

Joshua and the Book of Mormon

This week, I reviewed the book of Joshua, summarizing the content of each chapter and identifying related Book of Mormon passages. The book can be divided into four parts: The children of Israel prepare to enter the promised land (chapters 1-5)With divine intervention, they conquer various cities in the land of Canaan (chapters 6-12)Land is... Continue Reading →

With One Voice

After Moses relayed to his people all of the laws which God had revealed to him on Mount Sinai, they responded "with one voice:" "All the words which the Lord hath said will we do" (Exodus 24:3). Years later, the people of King Benjamin responded to his final sermon with a longer declaration. Once again, we are... Continue Reading →

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, He didn't introduce Himself as the Creator of the Universe or as the Father of all people. He didn't say where He lives or what He is trying to accomplish. Instead, He introduced Himself in terms of three of Moses's ancestors: I am the God of thy father, the God... Continue Reading →

“My Covenant”

A covenant is an alliance, a formal relationship, with a promise that the relationship will endure. When David and Jonathan became close friends, "their souls were knit together," and Jonathan loved David "as his own soul." As an acknowledgement of that love and as a promise of continued friendship, they made a covenant with each... Continue Reading →

The Covenant Path

In April 2007, Sister Elaine S. Dalton used an expression which had never appeared in a general conference talk before. Quoting a recent article by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, she said: Beginning with our baptism, we make covenants as we follow this path to eternal life, and we stay on the path by keeping them....The... Continue Reading →

Walk in the Ordinances

As Brigham Young led thousands of church members into an unknown frontier, he received a revelation teaching them how to organize themselves for the journey. Near the beginning of that revelation is a concise statement encapsulating the standards of behavior expected of this group of travelers: And this shall be our covenant—that we will walk in all the ordinances of... Continue Reading →

Three Covenants

One of the purposes of the Book of Mormon is for us to "know the covenants of the Lord" (Title Page). The Savior emphasized three of those covenants during His visit to the American continent, following His death and resurrection: Israel will be gathered: "Then will I gather them in from the four quarters of the earth;... 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 →

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑