Nicodemus was tentative and cautious. Jesus taught him that people who are born of the Spirit exercise faith. They don't have to know everything before they are willing to do something. Like Nephi, they embrace uncertainty and move forward.
How Did Jesus Use Questions?
In January 2023, I reviewed and categorized the 190 questions asked by the Savior, as recorded in the four Gospels and in 3 Nephi. Here's what I learned about the ways Jesus used questions.
Asking Better Questions: Learning from Alma 5
A few years ago, I prepared to participate in a general conference of the Church by writing a list of questions. Some were quite open-ended, such as "How can I be a better father?" or "What can I do to minister to others more effectively?" Others involved specific projects I was working on or specific... Continue Reading →
When God showed Moses the earth and its inhabitants, Moses replied with a question: Tell me, I pray thee, why these things are so, and by what thou madest them?Moses 1:30 In response, God explained that this earth was created by His Only Begotten Son, that it is one of many worlds which He has... Continue Reading →
Why Is It Important to Prioritize Our Questions?
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 →
What Are the Characteristics of a Good Question?
In the Book of Mormon, many questions are asked, with different purposes. Here are some of the types of questions found in the book: Requesting guidance or direction: "What shall we do?" (Alma 32:5) Requesting information: "What becometh of the souls of men from this time of death to the time appointed for the resurrection?"... Continue Reading →
Why Is It Important to Ask Questions?
During 2019, I'm going to organize my study around questions. Each day, I'm going to ask a question and see what I can learn from the Book of Mormon about that question. I have received a number of questions from readers, and I would love to have you submit more questions (anonymously) on my Questions submission... Continue Reading →