How Can I Make Better Decisions?

Today, I learned that the word "prudent" is a contraction of the word "provident," which is related to the word "provide." All of these words descend from the Latin compound word providere "to look ahead, prepare, act with foresight." (The prefix pro- means "ahead" or "in advance," and videre means "to see.") (See "prudent," Online Etymology Dictionary.)... Continue Reading →

What Does It Mean to Be “Puffed Up?”

The Greek word phusioo (φυσιόω) means "to puff or blow up." It comes from the word phusa which means "bellows." Some form of the word appears five times in Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians and once in his epistle to the Colossians. In the King James Version of the Bible, it is always translated as "puffed... Continue Reading →

What Should I Do When I Feel Guilty?

Today, I spent some time looking at the passages in the Book of Mormon that talk about guilt. Here is what I learned: There is a human tendency to suppress feelings of guilt. We know intuitively when we have done something wrong, but because feelings of guilt are unpleasant, we often ignore or deny them... Continue Reading →

What’s Wrong with “Costly Apparel?”

People are more important than things. We all know that. But at times we are all tempted to prioritize things over people. Why is that? Here's one reason: We all want to be appreciated and respected. In our world, appearances matter. The things you own, including the clothes you wear, influence the way other people... Continue Reading →

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