As Jared and his brother traveled with their families and friends through the wilderness, they carried many supplies with them which might seem unusual, including bees and fish. To carry the latter over land, they prepared a "vessel," which I envision as a large waterproof container, something like a portable aquarium (Ether 2:1-3). When they... Continue Reading →

Sixteen Cities

After the destruction which coincided with the death of Jesus Christ, while the survivors sat in darkness and pondered what had happened, they heard the voice of the Savior. He listed sixteen cities that had been destroyed, and explained why this had happened. There is a lot of repetition in this passage, including a refrain... Continue Reading →


As they grappled with "signs and wonders" which called into question their unbelief (Helaman 16:4, 23), many of the Nephites, and even some of the Lamanites, resorted to high-pressure arguments to rationalize their inflexibility. Here are some of those arguments: "Some things they may have guessed right, among so many" (Helaman 16:16). If you predict... Continue Reading →


Jesus said, "An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign" (Matthew 12:39). (See also Matthew 16:4, Luke 11:29.) On two occasions in the Book of Mormon, antagonists of the church are rebuked for requesting signs (Jacob 7:13-14, Alma 30:43-45). We might reasonably conclude from these passages that signs are a bad thing. Except that there... Continue Reading →

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