The Jaredite Generations

Thirty generations in fifteen chapters: in the Book of Ether, Moroni provides a sweeping history of the rise and fall of a civilization. At first glance, the book appears to be the story of the Jaredite people from the perspective of their kings. But upon closer consideration, it becomes clear that the narrative follows a... Continue Reading →

Finding Our Amuleks

After being forced to leave the city of Ammonihah, Alma saw an angel who commanded him to go back. The angel didn't explain how things would be different this time, just that he should return and preach to the people of Ammonihah again. In response, he returned "speedily" (Alma 8:8-18). Arriving at the city, Alma... Continue Reading →

Regulate – Mosiah 26:37

To "regulate" something is to govern it using rules (Merriam-Webster). The word comes from the Latin word regula, which refers to two kinds of rule: Literal: a straight piece of wood, used as a guide to draw a straight line Metaphorical: a standard of behavior, used as a standard to ensure consistent conduct While serving... Continue Reading →

“I Have Been Suffered” – Mosiah 2:12

According to Mormon, God "appointed" Benjamin to be king (Mosiah 2:4). But Benjamin himself doesn't say that. He doesn't call himself the king, and he doesn't say that he was chosen by God. What does he say? Three times, he refers to himself as, "I, whom ye call your king," (Mosiah 2:18, 19, 26), suggesting that... Continue Reading →

“Grievous to Be Borne” – Mosiah 2:14

The Apostle Paul taught an important principle in his epistle to the Romans: Disciples of Christ must strive to reduce the burdens other people must bear: We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1) And in his epistle to the Galatians, he emphasizes... Continue Reading →

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