God Gave Them Knowledge

It's tempting to think of physical health, mental/emotional health, and spiritual health as separate categories of well-being, with separate practices required to maintain each. But we know it's not that simple. All of those categories of health are interconnected. For example, it may be impossible to hear the voice of the Spirit, which speaks to... Continue Reading →

Incline Your Ear

In the 55th chapter of Isaiah, we receive important instructions about listening to messages from God: "Incline your ear, and come unto me," He says, "hear, and your soul shall live" (Isaiah 55:3). Listening requires intentional effort. We need to eliminate distractions and focus our attention on His words. "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found," says... Continue Reading →

“Thou Art My Servant”

To be a servant of God is a great honor. King Benjamin reported to his people that God had preserved him so that he could serve them. Then, he added, "Because I said unto you that I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for I have only been... Continue Reading →

Preparing My Heart

Samuel spoke to the Israelites before a significant battle against the Philistines. "Prepare your hearts unto the Lord," he said, "and he will deliver you" (1 Samuel 7:3). When King David's people donated materials to build a temple, he asked God to help them remember that day and "prepare their heart unto thee" (1 Chronicles... Continue Reading →

Josiah and Benjamin

Today I've been thinking about the parallels between two kings: Josiah, who reigned over Judah just before the Babylonian captivity (640-609 BCE), and Benjamin, who reigned over the Nephites about 500 years later. Both kings led their people in a spiritual reawakening. Here are some of their common experiences: ExperienceJosiahBenjaminInspired by the scripturesWas horrified when... Continue Reading →

“I Will Build Thee an House”

Sometimes we need to be reminded just how unequal our relationship with God is. King Benjamin taught that if we serve God with all of our souls for the rest of our lives, we would still be "unprofitable servants." God has already given us far more than we could ever hope to repay, and the... Continue Reading →

Gleaning

The law which God gave to the Israelites included a provision for caring for the poor among them: When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not wholly reap the corners of thy field, neither shalt thou gather the gleanings of thy harvest.And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave... Continue Reading →

“Wells…Which Thou Diggedst Not”

It's easy to take the good things in our lives for granted. Gratitude helps us stay humble and reminds us of our obligation bless the lives of others. At the end of Moses' life, as his people prepared to enter the promised land, he warned them not to forget the source of their blessings: When... Continue Reading →

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