Alma’s Advice to Shiblon

I love the passages in the epistles of Paul where he offers rapid-fire advice: a series of pithy statements, any one of which would be worth a sermon, but which, taken together, describe the character of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Two examples of these passages are Romans 12:9-21 and 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22. Alma's charge to his... Continue Reading →

Fruit

In Alma's analogy of the seed, we plant the word of God in our hearts. As it starts to grow, we recognize that it is good, because it begins to enlarge our soul, enlighten our mind, and be delicious to us (Alma 32:28). This is a good sign, but it is not the final goal.... Continue Reading →

Go and Do – 1 Nephi 3:7

For many of our daily activities, we can be successful by simply doing two things: Showing up ("going") Participating ("doing") It sounds simple enough, but how easy is it to avoid attending the activity, going where the action is? And even when we do make it there, how easy is it to be passive and... Continue Reading →

What Should I Do When I’m Worn Out?

Nephi had served as chief judge for about nine years, and he was absolutely exhausted. This wasn't physical fatigue. It was something harder. He "had become weary because of their iniquity" (Helaman 5:4). He had witnessed the deterioration of faith among his people with a consequent erosion of peace and prosperity. He saw them electing leaders... Continue Reading →

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