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What Are the Roles of Persuasion and Punishment in Motivating Good Behavior?

This is the third of three posts in response to a question I received last week. The first post discussed God’s love for us. The second discussed why God would “inflict” things on us. Today’s post discusses the roles of … Continue reading

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What Does the Book of Mormon Teach About Abraham?

Near the beginning of the Book of Mormon, Lehi’s sons risk their lives in order to obtain a set of brass plates which contains, among other things, the five books of Moses. A central character in those books is the … Continue reading

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What Should I Do When I Feel Inadequate?

Nephi wrote poignantly about his failure to live up to his own expectations. “O wretched man that I am!” he said. “I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me” (2 Nephi 4:17-18). … Continue reading

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What Does the Book of Mormon Say About Complacency?

The word “complacent” doesn’t appear in the Book of Mormon, but warnings against complacency are pervasive: “Arise from the Dust” Near the end of his life, Lehi pleads with his sons to “arise from the dust…and be men.” He tells … Continue reading

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Was It a Sin for Alma to Wish He Were an Angel?

There is an unusual chapter in the Book of Mormon in which Alma reflects on his missionary experiences. Mormon quotes this passage (Alma 29) without introduction, and it is only from the text itself that we can tell it was written … Continue reading

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Alma Desires to Speak with the Voice of an Angel – Alma 29

Setting Alma the Younger was overjoyed to be reunited with the sons of Mosiah, who he hadn’t seen for fourteen years (Alma 17:1-4, Alma 27:16-19). These four friends had been with Alma when an angel appeared and called him to … Continue reading

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The Success of My Brethren – Alma 29:14-16

14 But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi. 15 Behold, they have labored exceedingly, and … Continue reading

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