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 →


Five talents, two talents, one talent. The wealth was not evenly distributed. But it didn't matter, because this wasn't a permanent gift. The owner was merely leaving town, and he had entrusted three of his servants to look after his wealth in his absence. What were they to do with all this money? He didn't... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Gifts

Moroni exhorted us to "deny not the gifts of God" (Moroni 10:8). Paul counseled us to "eagerly desire the greater gifts" (1 Corinthians 12:31, New International Version). And through Joseph Smith, the Lord admonished us, "Seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given" (Doctrine and Covenants 46:8). All three of... Continue Reading →

The Gift to Be Healed

When Paul and Moroni listed some of the gifts of the Spirit, they both referred to healing in the same way: "the gifts of healing" (1 Corinthians 12:9, Moroni 10:11). When the Lord reaffirmed those lists in an 1831 revelation, He identified two separate gifts related to healing: To some it is given to have faith to... Continue Reading →

“Diversities of Operations”

The apostle Paul introduces the gifts of the Spirit with three parallel statements: "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.""There are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.""There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all." (1 Corinthians 12:4-6) These three statements are even more similar in... Continue Reading →

Gifts and Callings

We all have capabilities (gifts), and we all have opportunities to serve (callings). The apostle Paul encouraged the members of the church in Ancient Rome to be patient with their friends who were non-believers. Perhaps these friends were not currently using their gifts and fulfilling their callings, but "the gifts and calling of God are... Continue Reading →

The Gift of Aaron

To every man [and woman] is given a gift by the Spirit of God.To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby.Doctrine and Covenants 46:11 When God called Moses to free his people from slavery in Egypt, the task seemed unfathomable. Although Moses had been raised by... Continue Reading →

“Every Good Gift” – Moroni 10:18

One of Moroni's exhortations in the final chapter of the Book of Mormon is to "remember that every good gift cometh of Christ" (Moroni 10:18). This echoes the testimony of James: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.James 1:17 We're in gift-giving season. In addition... Continue Reading →

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