Some things can't be measured in monetary terms, because they will outlast money itself. Jesus refused to worship Satan in exchange for all the kingdoms of the earth. On a smaller scale, Amulek refused to deny God in exchange for six onties of silver.
A promise of protection is not a license to do stupid things. When Satan urged Jesus to leap from the temple, he was asking Him to focus on the wrong thing: the promise of safety instead of the work He had been sent to do.
We make better decisions when we inherit priorities rather than manufacture them. Jesus exemplified this principle. When He asked His parents at age twelve, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" He clarified that His goals and actions were in support of His Father's priorities.
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 →
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 →
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 →
Mormon had access to a large library of sacred records, describing 1,000 years of history (Mormon 1:3-4). From those records, he made an abridgment of the history of his people, focusing on events and teachings which would help us understand God's covenants and increase our faith in Jesus Christ (Title Page, Words of Mormon 1:3-5).... Continue Reading →
At a critical moment in the largest war recorded in the Book of Mormon, Moroni, the commander of the Nephite army, became aware that something was wrong. One of his subordinates, Helaman, had questioned in a letter why the government had not sent more troops to bolster the strength of his armies. He had even... Continue Reading →
This week, I'm going to ask some questions about translation. Here are a few of the questions I'm planning to tackle: Why is it important for people to hear the gospel in their own language? What is the Urim and Thummim, and what role does it play in translation? Why is the Book of Mormon... Continue Reading →
The prophet Alma had lots of questions. Not just the rhetorical questions he asked the members of the church in Zarahemla, but also soul-stretching questions which he worked and prayed to resolve. In Alma 40, he shares with his son Corianton some things which he learned by "diligently" asking God the following question: "What becometh... Continue Reading →