In the Day of Their Peace…

Why are we so prone to be complacent? Speaking for the Lord, the prophet Jeremiah expressed frustration with people who had failed to listen when everything was going well: I spake unto thee in thy prosperity; but thou saidst, I will not hear. This hath been thy manner from thy youth.Jeremiah 22:21 The prophet Mormon lamented our tendency to... Continue Reading →

“Whom I Love I Also Chasten”

In June 1833, the Lord provided corrective feedback to church members in Kirtland, Ohio. He opened the revelation with the following explanation: Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you whom I love, and whom I love I also chasten that their sins may be forgiven, for with the chastisement I prepare a way for their deliverance in all things out of temptation, and... Continue Reading →

Grace for Grace

Near the beginning of the Gospel of John, there is an unusual statement which describes how we receive the power of God: And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.John 1:16 The Greek word rendered "for" in that passage—anti (ἀντί)—actually means "in place of" or "in exchange for." What does it... Continue Reading →

Wisdom’s Paths – Helaman 12:5

I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in the right paths.Proverbs 4:11 King Limhi lamented the fact that people are often unwilling to put forth the effort to gain wisdom. He further sorrowed that people often failed to follow the wisdom they had already received. "They will not seek... Continue Reading →

What Is Wisdom?

Near the beginning of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Jacob gives us the following counsel: "O be wise; what can I say more?" (Jacob 6:12). Near the end of the book, the prophet Moroni advises us, "Be wise in the days of your probation" (Mormon 9:28). The words "wisdom" and "wise" appear exactly 100... 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 →

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