Accepting Feedback from Family

When Mordecai asked Esther to plead with the king on behalf of their people, her first response was simple: I can't do that. It's not possible. No one can approach the king without being invited, not even me, and I haven't been invited in over a month. (See Esther 4:11.) Mordecai's response was stern: Think... Continue Reading →

Jacob, Ammon, and the Prodigal Son

What could be more joyful than to be with loved ones? And when you've been separated for a time, how joyful is your reunion? After more than twenty years apart from his twin brother, Esau was enthusiastic to see him again. He had been angry the last time they were together, but his heart had... Continue Reading →

Happiness

When Nephi and his people found it necessary to leave their first home on the American continent, they worked hard to establish a new city of peace and security. Nephi lists the activities that kept them busy: Planting crops and caring for livestock (2 Nephi 5:11)Forging weapons to defend themselves (2 Nephi 5:14)Constructing buildings, including... Continue Reading →

Mother Eve

Among the biblical characters Joseph F. Smith saw in his vision of the Redemption of the Dead, was "our glorious Mother Eve" (Doctrine and Covenants 138:39). In the Hebrew Bible, her name appears as Chavvah (חַוָּה), which means "life." She was given this name because she was "the mother of all living," or in other... Continue Reading →

Not Separated

An Israelite woman named Naomi lived in Moab for many years. Both of her sons married Moabite women. After her husband and both sons died, Naomi decided to return home, and she encouraged both of her daughters-in-law to return to their families. One of them, Orpah, agreed and affectionately bid farewell to Naomi. But Ruth... Continue Reading →

“Especial Care”

On July 9, 1841, Joseph Smith visited Brigham Young at his home in Nauvoo—a log cabin his wife had built in his absence while raising and caring for their children alone. Brigham had returned a week earlier from a mission to England and had immediately gotten to work helping her with a job which was... Continue Reading →

The Ancient of Days

With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.Job 12:12 There are many reasons for us to love and respect Adam and Eve. As the first man and woman on the earth, they pioneered the way for us, learning by experience so many things which we take for granted.They made our mortal experience possible, making... Continue Reading →

“The Heart of the Children” – 3 Nephi 25:6

Strong family relationships can help us weather storms. Malachi wrote that, in the troubling times preceding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, Elijah the prophet would return to the earth, "and he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers" (Malachi 4:6). This prophecy was so important that Jesus Christ recited it to... Continue Reading →

Lehi and Sariah’s Family

The Book of Mormon begins with a family. Not a blissful, idyllic family, but a troubled one. A family with sibling rivalry, parent-child discord, and even marital conflict. In other words, a real family. With God's help, this family achieved miraculous things: they escaped certain destruction in Jerusalem, traveled through the wilderness and across the... Continue Reading →

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