Rolling Waters

In his epistle from Liberty Jail, Joseph Smith used the imagery of moving water to illustrate the principle that continuous revelation helps the gospel remain current and relevant in our lives. "How long can rolling waters remain impure?" he asked. "What power shall stay the heavens?" Then he went on to compare the powerful current of... Continue Reading →

Ascension, Descension, and Comprehension

In the sixty-eighth psalm, King David offers the following words of praise to God: Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.Psalm 68:18-19 Verse 19 is somewhat ambiguous in the original Hebrew. It... Continue Reading →

Living Water

The ancient prophet Jeremiah bemoaned the spiritual state of his people, which he attributed to two poor decisions: Forsaking "the fountain of living waters"Building for themselves "cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water" (Jeremiah 2:13, Jeremiah 17:13) Lehi, who was a contemporary of Jeremiah, had a dream in which he saw the tree of... Continue Reading →

“I Know” / “I Know Not”

Recognizing the boundaries of our knowledge is an important element of self-awareness and a prerequisite to wise decision-making. Nephi opens the Book of Mormon with a testimony of its truthfulness: I know that the record which I make is true; and I make it with mine own hand; and I make it according to my knowledge.1... Continue Reading →

John the Baptist

The prophet Isaiah spoke of a prophet who would prepare the way for the coming of Jesus Christ: The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.Isaiah 40:3 After studying the brass plates, which contained the writings of Isaiah, and while living in the wilderness himself, the... Continue Reading →

Son of God

It is ironic that we believe in an all-powerful Being called "the Son of God." Book of Mormon prophets repeatedly emphasize this irony as they discuss the birth of Jesus Christ. Just before describing an expansive vision he experienced, Nephi introduces the term "the Son of God" for the first time, explaining that the term... Continue Reading →

Mary

When Nephi needed to understand God's love, he saw Mary. About 600 years before the birth of Jesus Christ, Nephi's father shared with the family a dream he had experienced while they were traveling in the wilderness. The central symbol in that dream was "a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy" (1 Nephi 8:10). Intrigued by... Continue Reading →

Hosanna

Psalm 118 contains the following poignant expression of adoration and pleading: Please, LORD, please save us. Please, LORD, please give us success. (Psalm 118:25, New Living Translation) This pleading is followed by an expression of confidence in the one who can provide this salvation: "Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord"... Continue Reading →

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