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 →

How Can I Make Better Decisions?

Today, I learned that the word "prudent" is a contraction of the word "provident," which is related to the word "provide." All of these words descend from the Latin compound word providere "to look ahead, prepare, act with foresight." (The prefix pro- means "ahead" or "in advance," and videre means "to see.") (See "prudent," Online Etymology Dictionary.)... Continue Reading →

What Does It Mean to Be “Puffed Up?”

The Greek word phusioo (φυσιόω) means "to puff or blow up." It comes from the word phusa which means "bellows." Some form of the word appears five times in Paul's First Epistle to the Corinthians and once in his epistle to the Colossians. In the King James Version of the Bible, it is always translated as "puffed... Continue Reading →

What Is Pride?

Today, I reviewed the 77 appearances of the words "pride" and "proud" in the Book of Mormon. Here is what I learned: Pride means thinking too highly of yourself, failing to acknowledge your limitations. Throughout the Book of Mormon, prophets use phrases like "lifted up" or "puffed up" to describe proud people. For example, Nephi... Continue Reading →

How Can I Be More Hopeful?

Hope is an expectation of a positive outcome. When we have hope, we believe that good things will come. Hope empowers us to persevere when we encounter obstacles and to avoid discouragement. In daily conversation, the word "hope" often conveys substantial uncertainty. "I sure hope that happens" often means "I doubt it will happen, but... Continue Reading →

What Is the Spirit of Prophecy?

While the children of Israel traveled in the wilderness toward the promised land, an incident happened which demonstrated Moses's understanding of prophecy. Moses held a council at the tabernacle with the seventy elders who had been selected to govern the people. All who participated in that meeting were filled with the Spirit of the Lord... Continue Reading →

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