The High Council of the Church of Christ

Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.Proverbs 11:14 Alma was troubled. As the high priest over the church, he had taught church members "that there should be no contention one with another," but that they should have "their hearts knit together in unity and in love one towards another" (Mosiah 18:21). He taught them... Continue Reading →

“I Know” / “I Know Not”

Recognizing the boundaries of our knowledge is an important element of self-awareness and a prerequisite to wise decision-making. Nephi opens the Book of Mormon with a testimony of its truthfulness: I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.1... Continue Reading →

Dead Works – Moroni 8:23

Some things we do simply aren't worth our energy. In a letter to his son, Mormon discussed an issue that had caused some contention in the church: Do small children need to be baptized? Mormon responded that baptism is for people who are old enough to know right from wrong. "Little children are alive in... Continue Reading →

Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

In the last general conference, Elder Dale G. Renlund encouraged us to follow this counsel from the prophet Micah in order to understand what more we can do to draw closer to God: What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?Micah 6:8 Alma gave a similar admonition to his... Continue Reading →

The Jaredite Generations

Thirty generations in fifteen chapters: in the Book of Ether, Moroni provides a sweeping history of the rise and fall of a civilization. At first glance, the book appears to be the story of the Jaredite people from the perspective of their kings. But upon closer consideration, it becomes clear that the narrative follows a... Continue Reading →

Rashly

Alma counseled his son Shiblon to "bridle all [his] passions, that [he] may be filled with love" (Alma 38:12). He told another son, Corianton, to "cross [himself]" and to "counsel with [his] elder brothers in [his] undertakings." And he added, "give heed to their counsel" (Alma 39:9-10). While our gut reaction to our circumstances may... Continue Reading →

How Can I Make Wiser Choices?

As I've pondered 2 Nephi 2 today, I've had the following insights about how to make good decisions: Start by reframing your circumstances as opportunities instead of obstacles. Lehi told Jacob that God would consecrate his afflictions for his gain (2 Nephi 2:2) and that the Fall of Adam and Eve made happiness possible (2... Continue Reading →

How Can I Make Better Decisions?

Today, I learned that the word "prudent" is a contraction of the word "provident," which is related to the word "provide." All of these words descend from the Latin compound word providere "to look ahead, prepare, act with foresight." (The prefix pro- means "ahead" or "in advance," and videre means "to see.") (See "prudent," Online Etymology Dictionary.)... Continue Reading →

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