Courage to Stand Alone

Courage to Stand Alone

In April 2014, President Thomas S Monson spoke in LDS General Conference on the topic of courage. This talk highlights teachings from both modern-day leaders as well as scripture on the topic and example of courage. The talk quotes President J. Reuben Clark as saying: Not unknown are cases where [those] of presumed faith … have felt that, since by affirming their full faith they might call down upon themselves the ridicule of their unbelieving colleagues, they must either modify or explain away their faith,…

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A Pure and a Delightsome People

A Pure and a Delightsome People

The Book of Mormon tells the story of two major civilizations that emigrated to the modern-day Americas. The first group is called the Jaredites, and their story occupies less than 15 chapters in the Book of Ether. The second group is known as the Nephites and Lamanites. Both groups emigrated to the Americas via boats built through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Both civilizations experience periods of apostasy and righteousness as they struggle to keep the commandments and follow God’s laws. The Book…

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Oh Say, What is Truth?

Oh Say, What is Truth?

In the English version of the LDS Hymnal is a beautiful hymn entitled “Oh Say, What is Truth?”. The lyrics are as follows: Oh say, what is truth? ‘Tis the fairest gem That the riches of worlds can produce, And priceless the value of truth will be when The proud monarch’s costliest diadem Is counted but dross and refuse. Yes, say, what is truth? ‘Tis the brightest prize To which mortals or Gods can aspire. Go search in the depths…

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New and Everlasting Covenant

New and Everlasting Covenant

I recently attended the sealing of a close family member and I was struck by the language provided in the sealing. Additionally, I was intrigued by the counsel that was given, which was to study D&C 132. Why this counsel struck me is that I’ve read D&C 132 a number of times, and each time I was consumed with the focus on polygamy. Believing that the sealer was not encouraging polygamy, I have decided to examine the scripture one more time. First I read the LDS.org…

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Is the LDS Church Hurting for Cash?

Is the LDS Church Hurting for Cash?

Recently two stories broke that show a clear dichotomy within the Church. The first article of interest came from the Church’s newsroom and touted the generous gift of $3M to the United Nations. While every dollar counts, this seems like a fairly small donation considering the substantial sums the church receives each month in fast offerings. The next article came from the Dallas Morning News discussing the recent acquisition by a company called Property Reserve Inc. which happens to be a wholly…

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