The Hebrew word meshubah (מְשׁוּבָה) means "turning away." It appears twelve times in the Old Testament: once in Proverbs, nine times in Jeremiah, and twice in Hosea. In the Jeremiah and Hosea appearances, the King James translators rendered it as "backsliding." Other translations use words like "apostasy," "faithlessness," and "waywardness." I like the word "backsliding,"... Continue Reading →

It Fell on a Day

Three events from the life of a Shunnamite woman are introduced with the phrase "it fell on a day:" The first time she saw the prophet Elisha and persuaded him to eat dinner at her home (2 Kings 4:8).When Elisha and his servant came to stay at her house, and he promised that she would... Continue Reading →

The Voice of the People

When the prophet Samuel was old, he tried to appoint his sons to succeed him as leaders over Israel. But the Israelites were not willing to follow his sons, and they requested that he appoint a king. Samuel was troubled. He didn't think it wise to give one person that much power, and he thought... Continue Reading →

Joshua and the Book of Mormon

This week, I reviewed the book of Joshua, summarizing the content of each chapter and identifying related Book of Mormon passages. The book can be divided into four parts: The children of Israel prepare to enter the promised land (chapters 1-5)With divine intervention, they conquer various cities in the land of Canaan (chapters 6-12)Land is... Continue Reading →

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, He didn't introduce Himself as the Creator of the Universe or as the Father of all people. He didn't say where He lives or what He is trying to accomplish. Instead, He introduced Himself in terms of three of Moses's ancestors: I am the God of thy father, the God... Continue Reading →

They Hearkened Not

Before Noah boarded the ark, he warned his neighbors: Believe and repent of your sins and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, even as our fathers, and ye shall receive the Holy Ghost, that ye may have all things made manifest; and if ye do not this, the floods will come in upon... Continue Reading →

The Image of God

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.Genesis 1:27 How much are we like God? We see daily evidence of how far we—and the people around us—fall short of perfection. So how can we think we have anything in common with a perfect Being? The... Continue Reading →

An Effectual Door

In his first epistle to the Corinthian saints, Paul promises to spend some time with them in the future, but not right away. "I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost," he says. "For a great door and effectual is opened unto me" (1 Corinthians 16:9). The word effectual means "successful in producing a desired or... Continue Reading →

Speaking with the Voice of Hope – Mosiah 7:18-19

Soon after the search party led by Ammon arrived in the land of Lehi-Nephi, King Limhi understood the significance of the event. After multiple unsuccessful attempts to free themselves from captivity, his people had a renewed reason to be hopeful (Mosiah 7:1-15). As he gathered his people to share the good news, Limhi encouraged them... Continue Reading →

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