None of us is an island, and the impact of our lives is not limited to people currently living. We operate in a multigenerational space, and our decisions affect "generations gone before" and "generations yet to be." (See "Turn Your Hearts," Hymns, 291.) An awareness of that reality can help us feel connected and can... Continue Reading →
“Ye Sons of Jacob”
Elder Dale G. Renlund taught, "When God directs us to do one thing, He often has many purposes in mind. Family history and temple work is not only for the dead but blesses the living as well" ("Family History and Temple Work: Sealing and Healing," General Conference, April 2018). The prophet Malachi understood this principle.... Continue Reading →
Obadiah was unhappy with the Edomites. They stood by and watched as their neighbors in the kingdom of Judah were conquered and carried away captive. "On the day that you stood aloof," he said, "on the day that strangers carried off his wealth and foreigners entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were... Continue Reading →
The Spirit of Elijah
On the day Elijah was translated, he visited three locations: Beth-El, Jericho, and then a location on the far side of the river Jordan. Each time, he urged Elisha to stay behind, and each time, Elisha answered the same way: "As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee" (2 Kings 2:2, 4, 6). After they miraculously... Continue Reading →
We Need Our Ancestors—and They Need Us
The word "fathers" appears 182 times in the Book of Mormon, usually meaning "ancestors." For example: On the title page, we read that one of the purposes of the book is "to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers."Lehi was delighted to find... Continue Reading →
One of the purposes of the Book of Mormon is for us to "know the covenants of the Lord" (Title Page). The Savior emphasized three of those covenants during His visit to the American continent, following His death and resurrection: Israel will be gathered: "Then will I gather them in from the four quarters of the earth;... Continue Reading →
The first sentence in the Book of Mormon is about the importance of keeping records. Nephi tells us that, because the Lord had blessed him with "goodly parents," who taught him, and because he had been "highly favored of the Lord" in spite of enduring many afflictions, "therefore I make a record of my proceedings... Continue Reading →
Why Is Family History Important?
Heavenly Father wants us to build strong relationships with each other, and those relationships are not limited to people who are currently living. After Lehi left Jerusalem with his family, He sent his sons back on a dangerous mission. They were to acquire a valuable spiritual record engraved on brass plates which were in the... Continue Reading →
How Did Elijah Turn the Hearts of Fathers and Children Toward Each Other?
In the last two verses of the Old Testament, Malachi prophesied that, "before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord," the prophet Elijah would come to "turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers." He indicated that, if this didn't happen,... Continue Reading →
What Offering Will the Sons of Levi Make in Righteousness?
The last prophet of the Old Testament, Malachi, prophesied that "the messenger of the covenant" would "suddenly come to his temple." This sounds like a reference to the Savior's Second Coming, especially when Malachi asks, "Who may abide the day of his coming?" He tells us that this messenger will refine and purify the sons... Continue Reading →