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 →

Lessons from Sermons to Hostile Audiences

During July, I studied sermons which were delivered under less favorable circumstances. In all of these cases, some people in the audience did respond favorably to the message, but the majority of people were not willing to listen. And in every case, the prophets knew that they were in danger because of the hostility to... Continue Reading →

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