Overcoming Dreariness

Lehi's dream opens with a depressing scene: a "dark and dreary wilderness" (1 Nephi 8:4). A heavenly messenger beckons him forward, and then for several hours he walks through "a dark and dreary waste" (1 Nephi 8:7-8). The concept of a "dreary" wilderness must have resonated with some members of Lehi's family, who had unfavorably... Continue Reading →

Until the Time Should Come

Joseph Smith had to wait a long time to obtain the plates containing the original text of the Book of Mormon. When the angel Moroni appeared to him on the evening of Sunday, September 21, 1823, even before showing him in a vision the place where the plates were buried, he indicated that it was... Continue Reading →

To My Readers

Each year, I have chosen a different organizing principle for my study of the Book of Mormon. In past years, I have studied sequentially, by topic, by author, by type of content, and as a series of questions. In 2020, I will use the manual "Come, Follow Me—For Individuals and Families" to organize my study.... Continue Reading →

What Is Meekness?

Mormon identified meekness as the foundational virtue: [A man] cannot have faith and hope, save he shall be meek, and lowly of heart. If so, his faith and hope is vain, for none is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lowly in heart, and... Continue Reading →

What Can I Do to Feel More Joy?

When Ammon and his three brothers were reunited with their good friend Alma after fourteen years of separation, they were all filled with joy. Ammon, however, had an unusually dramatic reaction to this meeting: He was swallowed up in the joy of his God, even to the exhausting of his strength; and he fell...to the... Continue Reading →

Why Are Reunions Important?

After serving as missionaries among the Lamanites, the sons of Mosiah returned home. While en route, they encountered their good friend Alma, whom they had not seen in fourteen years. "Alma did rejoice exceedingly to see his brethren" (Alma 17:2). He was delighted to see how well they had done and how much they had... Continue Reading →

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