How Can I Be a Better Missionary?

One of my daughters returned home last week from serving as a full-time missionary in Brazil. As we have heard about her experiences and seen first-hand her enthusiasm to continue sharing the gospel with others, I've asked myself this question: What can I do to be a better missionary? To answer this question, I've thought... 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 →

What Does It Mean to Be “Caught with Guile?”

Clever isn't always bad. The 1828 Webster's Dictionary defines "guile" as "Craft; cunning; artifice; duplicity; deceit," and then it adds, "usually in a bad sense." The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word as "Sly or cunning intelligence." The word only appears once in the Book of Mormon, in a decidedly positive sense. After Ammon singlehandedly... Continue Reading →

What Are the Purposes of Fasting?

Yesterday, I wrote about how the Savior's sacrifice sanctifies us—makes us holy. I also wrote that we receive the blessings of that sacrifice by offering our own sacrifices to him in a spirit of humility and contrition. Today, I've studied a specific kind of sacrifice which both predated the Savior's atonement and continues today: fasting.... Continue Reading →

What Is Authority?

authority The power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience. A person or organization having political or administrative power and control. The power to influence others, especially because of one's commanding manner or one's recognized knowledge about something. (Oxford English Dictionary) The Book of Mormon speaks about authority in multiple ways, some... Continue Reading →

How Can I Be a Better Employee?

Many of us spend a large amount of time at work, contributing to the goals of an organization and interacting with peers, subordinates, and managers. Today, I found the following principles in the Book of Mormon to help me be a better employee: Principle #1: Take ownership. Three days after Ammon accepted the assignment to... Continue Reading →

How Can I Be More Patient?

The Guide to the Scriptures defines patience as "calm endurance; the ability to endure affliction, insult, or injury without complaint or retaliation." After the four sons of King Mosiah—Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni—were converted, they felt a deep desire to share the gospel with their enemies, the Lamanites. They pleaded with their father "for many... Continue Reading →

How Can I Be a More Effective Leader?

We are all leaders, whether we have a formal position of authority or not. We all have the opportunity to influence others and to inspire them to positive action. Here are some principles of effective leadership I have learned from the Book of Mormon: "I trust there remaineth an effectual struggle to be made." Great... Continue Reading →

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