Endowed with Power

The Greek word enduo (ἐνδύω) means "to clothe." In the New Testament it is sometimes used literally (Mark 1:6: "John was clothed with camel's hair." ) and sometimes figuratively (Galatians 3:27: "As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.") In the King James Version of the Bible, the word... Continue Reading →

The Great Commission

After His death and resurrection, Jesus gave His disciples an expansive assignment, often called the Great Commission. He told them to preach the gospel to everyone in the world, and He promised to bless everyone who believed in Him. Here is the commission, as recorded by Matthew and by Mark: Matthew 28:19-20Mark 16:15-18Go ye therefore,... Continue Reading →

“Clean But Not All”

At the Last Supper, when the meal was finished, Jesus washed the feet of each of His apostles, apparently without explaining why. When it was Peter's turn, he refused to allow the Savior to wash his feet. Jesus responded, "If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me." Peter responded impulsively: "Lord, not my feet... Continue Reading →

Holy

To ancient Israel, the Lord said, "Sanctify yourselves...and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God" (Leviticus 20:7). The apostle Peter later reiterated this admonition: "As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [and behavior]. Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy" (1 Peter 1:15-16). And Moroni described an... Continue Reading →

The Two Great Commandments

After delivering the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, the Lord gave them many commandments through the prophet Moses. Here are two of them: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might" (Deuteronomy 6:5)."Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself" (Leviticus 19:18). A couple of observations about these two commandments: The... Continue Reading →

Spiritual Gifts

Moroni exhorted us to "deny not the gifts of God" (Moroni 10:8). Paul counseled us to "eagerly desire the greater gifts" (1 Corinthians 12:31, New International Version). And through Joseph Smith, the Lord admonished us, "Seek ye earnestly the best gifts, always remembering for what they are given" (Doctrine and Covenants 46:8). All three of... Continue Reading →

The Gift to Be Healed

When Paul and Moroni listed some of the gifts of the Spirit, they both referred to healing in the same way: "the gifts of healing" (1 Corinthians 12:9, Moroni 10:11). When the Lord reaffirmed those lists in an 1831 revelation, He identified two separate gifts related to healing: To some it is given to have faith to... Continue Reading →

“Diversities of Operations”

The apostle Paul introduces the gifts of the Spirit with three parallel statements: "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.""There are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.""There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all." (1 Corinthians 12:4-6) These three statements are even more similar in... Continue Reading →

Sanctified

To ancient Israel, the Lord issued a challenge. "I am the Lord your God," He said. "Ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy" (Leviticus 11:44, see also Leviticus 20:7). In 1831, shortly after revealing "the law of the Church," the Lord reissued this challenge. By following this law, He said, "Ye shall...be sanctified by that which ye have... Continue Reading →

Paradise

As He hung on the cross, the Savior spoke words of compassion to a man being crucified beside him: "Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise" (Luke 23:43). The Greek word paradeisos (παράδεισος) comes from an ancient Persian word for a garden or a park. It specifically refers... Continue Reading →

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