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 Is Lust?

The Greek word epithumia (ἐπιθυμία) means strong desire, passion, or eagerness. The connotation is of a desire so strong that it overpowers reason and produces poor decisions. When this term appears in the New Testament, it is translated into English as either "lust," "desire," or "concupiscence." James identified lust as the reason that temptation leads... Continue Reading →

When Is Violence Justified?

"Thou shalt not kill" (Exodus 20:13). The sixth of the Ten Commandments which the Lord gave to Moses on Mount Sinai is clear and uncontroversial. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus expanded the commandment: Not only is it wrong to kill. It's wrong to be angry. It's wrong to call people names. These small... Continue Reading →

Why Did Jesus Tell Us to Be Perfect?

During His mortal ministry, the Savior gave this counsel: "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48). This guidance is similar to an admonition in the book of Leviticus: "Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy" (Leviticus 19:2). When the Savior visited... Continue Reading →

How Will the Meek Inherit the Earth?

Why do dishonest, unkind, and undisciplined people succeed in life? All around us, we see decent, hard-working people with more than their fair share of suffering, while people who should be penalized for their actions appear to get off scot-free. This temporary injustice has been a cause of consternation throughout history. King David warned his... Continue Reading →

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