Accepting Feedback from Family

When Mordecai asked Esther to plead with the king on behalf of their people, her first response was simple: I can't do that. It's not possible. No one can approach the king without being invited, not even me, and I haven't been invited in over a month. (See Esther 4:11.) Mordecai's response was stern: Think... Continue Reading →

Another Spirit

A shoe manufacturer sends two employees to a remote region to evaluate prospects for expanding its business. The first employee writes, "Situation hopeless. No one wears shoes." The second employee writes, "Glorious business opportunity! They have no shoes!" (Adapted from The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander, Harvard Business School Press,... Continue Reading →

The Song of the Sea: Gratitude Builds Faith

Many times in the Book of Mormon, people offer thanks and praise to God after receiving a blessing. For example: The family of Lehi "did rejoice exceedingly" and offered sacrifice to God when the sons returned safely from Jerusalem with the brass plates (1 Nephi 5:9-10). They did the same after the sons returned with... Continue Reading →

Responding to Difficult Callings

Callings can be intimidating. We may question our ability to fulfill the responsibilities. We may worry that others won't respond favorably to us. Moses expressed both of those concerns when God called him to deliver Israel from captivity. "Who am I," he asked, "that I should go unto Pharaoah, and that I should bring the... Continue Reading →

Lahai-Roi

When Sarah mistreated Hagar, she ran away. An angel found her by a well and told her to go back and submit herself to her mistress. The angel promised great blessings, including numerous descendants. After that experience, Hagar called the Lord "El-Roi," which means "the God who sees me." The well became known as Beer-Lahai-Roi... Continue Reading →

He Laughs

Is it good to laugh? According to the Mayo Clinic, laughter relieves stress by releasing endorphins, stimulating blood circulation, and aiding muscle relaxation. (See "Stress relief from laughter? It's no joke" on mayoclinic.org.) And laughing with other people is correlated with strong relationships and good feelings toward one another. (See Laura E. Kurtz and Sarah... Continue Reading →

“Slow of Speech”

Enoch was shocked when God called him to preach the gospel. "Why is it," he asked, "that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?" (Moses 6:31). Communication effectiveness can't be measured, and it's easy to be hypercritical as... Continue Reading →

Glory

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.Psalm 24:9-10 What is glory? The word appears 225 times in the King James Version of the Old Testament,... Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving

Many of the psalms encourage us to express our gratitude to God. For example: "I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving" (Psalm 69:30)."Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms" (Psalm 95:2)."Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,... Continue Reading →

Let Your Hearts Rejoice

As Ammon and his brothers ended their fourteen-year mission to the Lamanites, Ammon expressed the joy he felt with such spontaneity and passion that his brother Aaron corrected him. Wasn't he boasting, and wasn't that wrong? In response, Ammon listed many of the blessings they had received and said: Let us glory, yea, we will glory in the... Continue Reading →

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