Called and Chosen

Twice in the Gospel of Matthew, the Savior makes a distinction between being called or invited (kletoi in Greek) and being chosen or selected (eklektoi). "Many are called," He says, "but few are chosen" (Matthew 22:14; see also Matthew 22:16). Several Book of Mormon passages emphasize the principle that a person can be called without... Continue Reading →

Be a Light

Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world" (Matthew 5:14). To His disciples on the American continent, He phrased it as an imperative: "I give unto you to be the light of this people" (3 Nephi 12:14). God had previously given a similar message to the prophet Isaiah: I will also give thee for... Continue Reading →

A Multiplicity of Blessings

God made the following promise to Abraham: In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore.Genesis 22:17 The Apostle Paul later reminded the Hebrews that these promises weren't fulfilled all at once. The multiplication... Continue Reading →

“Be Still”

Near the end of the 46th psalm, there is a curious sentence. The rest of the psalm is narrated by a person who reassures us that God is has all power. Even though terrible things might happen—"the earth be removed," "mountains be carried into the midst of the sea," "the heathen [rage]," and "kingdoms [be]... Continue Reading →

All Things Work Together for Good

After affirming that we are children of God, and therefore His heirs, the apostle Paul testified that the afflictions and sorrows we endure will be overshadowed by the joy God has promised to the faithful. It's true that our perspective is limited. We don't always even know what to pray for. But a perfect Father... Continue Reading →

Be Believing

After Thomas expressed skepticism about the combined testimony of his fellow apostles, the Savior appeared to him, showing him that their testimony was indeed true. He then gave Thomas the following admonition: "Be not faithless, but believing" (John 20:27). The prophet Moroni gave us the same admonition. "Despise not, and wonder not," he said. "Doubt... Continue Reading →

Times and Seasons

When we truly have faith in God, we trust His timing. The author of the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that many of our experiences occur on a schedule beyond our control: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a... Continue Reading →

The Brass Serpent and COVID-19

Moses and the Brass Serpent, by Judith Mehr There is a brief but dramatic story in the book of Numbers. The children of Israel are being bitten by poisonous snakes. Moses heals them by means of a small sculpture mounted on a pole: And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people... Continue Reading →

“I Will Make Thee Mighty” – Helaman 10:5

An awareness of our potential can energize us to action. After preaching to an unreceptive audience in Zarahemla, the prophet Nephi was discouraged. His listeners had heard his words and seen a miracle which they could not deny. But instead of changing their minds at that point and accepting his message, they "divided hither and... Continue Reading →

Wheat and Tares

In one of the Savior's parables, a farmer plants wheat in his field. In the middle of the night when no one is watching, his enemy plants tares in the same field. A tare is "an injurious weed resembling wheat when young" (Oxford English Dictionary). When the farmer's servants realize what has happened, they ask... Continue Reading →

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