“They Followed Vanity, and Became Vain”

Among the sins committed by the northern ten tribes which led to the Assyrian captivity, one stands out to me. The author of 2 Kings writes, "They followed vanity, and became vain" (2 Kings 17:15). The Hebrew word hebel (הֶבֶל), which is translated "vanity" in this passage, means literally "vapor" or "breath." The word habal... Continue Reading →

Needs and Wants

When Alma organized the church at the waters of Mormon, he instructed members to "impart of their substance, every one according to that which he had." They were to give "both temporally and spiritually according to their needs and their wants" (Mosiah 18:27-29). The word "want," when used as a noun, usually refers to a... Continue Reading →

“It Mattereth Not”

The heavenly messenger who appeared to Joseph Smith as he went to procure wine for the sacrament taught him an important principle: We can completely miss the most important aspects of our experiences when we are focused on less-important details. Quoting Jesus Christ, the messenger said: It mattereth not what ye shall eat or what ye shall... Continue Reading →

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