What Is a Covenant?

A covenant is a formal agreement between two parties (Oxford English Dictionary). The word comes from two Latin roots: com ("together") and venire ("to come"). So the word literally means to "come together" (See Online Etymology Dictionary.) God loves all of His children. He wants us to achieve our full potential, and He will send blessings... Continue Reading →

What Is the Liahona?

When God commanded Lehi to leave the city of Jerusalem, he obeyed immediately. He took his family three days' journey into the wilderness and set up camp by a river in a valley. The family camped in that valley for a long time: long enough for Lehi to send his sons back to Jerusalem twice—once... Continue Reading →

How Can I Be More Humble?

It’s hard to feel that you are sufficiently humble. If you did, you might not be. — Henry B. Eyring, "Come Unto Christ," BYU Speeches, 29 Oct 1989 The word "humble" (or "humbled") appears 68 times in the Book of Mormon. About 2/3 of the time (42 occurrences), the word functions as a reflexive verb:... Continue Reading →

What Does It Mean to Be Sober?

Throughout the Book of Mormon, people who are responsible, disciplined, and serious are referred to as "sober." Nephi and Jacob both tell us that they taught the gospel with soberness (1 Nephi 18:10, Jacob 6:5). Jacob explains that God expected him to "magnify [his] office with soberness" (Jacob 2:2). King Benjamin urged his people to... Continue Reading →

What Is the Urim and Thummim?

Shortly after the Lord confounded the language of people at the tower of Babel and scattered them "upon the face of all the earth" (Genesis 11:9), a group of people led by a man named Jared and his brother traveled to the American continent. As they prepared to board barges to cross the sea, the... Continue Reading →

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