Thorns and Thistles

Eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden had immediate consequences. One of them was that it became harder to eat. Instead of living in a garden full of beautiful trees with delicious fruit, Adam and Eve entered an existence which would demand more from them. "Cursed is the ground for thy sake," said God;... Continue Reading →

“Every Good Gift” – Moroni 10:18

One of Moroni's exhortations in the final chapter of the Book of Mormon is to "remember that every good gift cometh of Christ" (Moroni 10:18). This echoes the testimony of James: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.James 1:17 We're in gift-giving season. In addition... Continue Reading →

What Is Wisdom?

Near the beginning of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Jacob gives us the following counsel: "O be wise; what can I say more?" (Jacob 6:12). Near the end of the book, the prophet Moroni advises us, "Be wise in the days of your probation" (Mormon 9:28). The words "wisdom" and "wise" appear exactly 100... Continue Reading →

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