Waiting Upon the Lord

At the end of Isaiah 40, the prophet draws a sharp contrast: The strongest among us will eventually fail. "Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall." Our strength and our endurance is limited, and we will all face challenges we cannot overcome on our own. But if... Continue Reading →

Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters

The writer of Ecclesiastes teaches us an important principle through a vivid metaphor: Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Ecclesiastes 11:1 I don't have a lot of experience throwing bread into water (other than feeding ducks) but this metaphor rings true to me. There is something uncontrollable about water,... Continue Reading →

Trust in the Lord

One of the most frequently quoted scriptures in general conference is this one, from the book of Proverbs: Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 The message is straightforward. It is also rich with implications. Consider some of the conclusions that general conference speakers... Continue Reading →

My Fortress

Based on: Psalm 46 Core message: "God is our refuge...a very present help in time of trouble." He is not distant and detached. He is aware of us and willing to help.. Related Book of Mormon passages: Helaman 5:12, 2 Nephi 4:30

“I Uttered That I Understood Not”

We often think of the book of Job as a dialog between Job his friends, but perhaps the more important conversation is between Job and God. Elder D. Todd Christofferson highlighted this exchange, beginning with Job questioning why God allowed these terrible things to happen to him. For clarity, Elder Christofferson quoted from several different... Continue Reading →

Finding God in the Book of Esther

There is no mention of God in the book of Esther. None of His names appears in the book. The miraculous events of the book are shared with no attribution; it is up to the reader to recognize God's hand in these events. Perhaps this is appropriate for the story of a woman who had... Continue Reading →

It Fell on a Day

Three events from the life of a Shunnamite woman are introduced with the phrase "it fell on a day:" The first time she saw the prophet Elisha and persuaded him to eat dinner at her home (2 Kings 4:8).When Elisha and his servant came to stay at her house, and he promised that she would... Continue Reading →

“I Will Go Before Thee”

At the end of Moses' life, he encouraged the children of Israel to move into the promised land with courage and faith: "The Lord thy God, he will go over before thee," promised Moses (Deuteronomy 31:3). And he reiterated this promise to Joshua, who would lead the Israelites after Moses' departure: "The Lord, he it... Continue Reading →

“There Failed Not Ought”

The author of the book of Joshua summarizes the message of the book in this way: The Lord gave unto Israel all the land which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and dwelt therein.And the Lord gave them rest round about, according to all that he sware unto their fathers: and there stood not a man of all their enemies before them; the Lord delivered all their... Continue Reading →

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