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January 31, 2023

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Becky DouglasJanuary 30, 2023

I absolutely loved this insight into the story of Peter's call to be one of Jesus's Apostles. What a humbling thought for all of us to contemplate. Thank you!

AnnaJanuary 30, 2023

The law of sacrifice and consecration can be tested when our nets are full. However, I know people who accept church callings, because they have been told to “never say No”, and then do nothing to magnify that calling, not showing up to commitments, claiming no responsibility and making other excuses. There are times when the test is to be honest with the Lord, the Bishop, and ourselves and to let go of that calling rather than bring condemnation upon ourselves by not fulfilling the calling.

Marla SmakaJanuary 30, 2023

I never understand the need some adoptees have to search out a biological parent. I am an adoptee, as are all of my siblings. One day my brother, Scott, said he wanted to know if I could give him copies of pictures I have of him as a child growing up so he could share them with his sister. The absolute kick in the gut. Foolishly I assumed he felt I felt he and I were brother and sister. In his mind the women he was planning to meet was his sister. I gave him the pictures and he shared them with his birth sister. My brother is now deceased. At the end of the funeral a woman came to me and introduced herself as Scott's sister. To my knowledge, this woman had physically been my brother's presence one time. I am 14 years older than Scott. He came into our home when he was just two days of age. I was present in the Mesa Arizona Temple when Scott was sealed to our parents. Does anyone feel my pain? In the current time, it seems the accepted thing to do is gush with joy over adoptees seeking their biological families. The other accepted attitude is basically to say thanks for the relationship, but I need my real family. I advise my childless friends to adopt a cocker spaniel unless they have hearts of cast iron so they can face the moment when their loved one says they want to find their real family.

RachelJanuary 29, 2023

I bought an Alexa for my husband for his birthday so he could easily listen to his music (he is disabled). A couple of months ago, a friend came over with a new gadget to show my husband. We never looked online for any information regarding this gadget. It was only the conversation between my husband and his friend that contained any interest in the gadget. The next day in my FaceBook feed and Amazon advertisements, there were all kinds of testimonials and advertisements regarding this gadget. I'm convinced Alexa was listening to the conversation. Otherwise, why would this have happend?

Corey D.January 29, 2023

As scared as she is of being lonely or affecting the family she needs to divorce this guy and when any family members ask her why, she needs to concisely and honestly tell them why. He needs to be shown to the family what he really is, a serial adulterer, dishonest and a liar. A one time honest mistake with sincere repentance is a whole different thing than what this guy has done. No one can blame another for breaking their covenants. Being in a sexless or non-adventurous or non-affectionate marriage, which is what the comment by H North is implying does not justify infidelity or breaking ones covenants.

EmJanuary 29, 2023

I can understand that therapists like Dr. Hanks, when walking with someone one-on-one, may need to find ways to meet them where they are. I've experienced this in some of my ministering experiences. Each person's journey is unique, and since I believe God meets us where we are, I think we can model that in one-on-one situations. But as the saying goes, God never leaves us where we are. And when it comes to public positions, I think the risk of doing harm by undermining doctrine and commandments is very real. "Christlike love is the greatest need we have on this planet in part because righteousness was always supposed to accompany it. So if love is to be our watchword, as it must be, then by the word of Him who is love personified, we must forsake transgression and any hint of advocacy for it in others. Jesus clearly understood what many in our modern culture seem to forget: that there is a crucial difference between the commandment to forgive sin (which He had an infinite capacity to do) and the warning against condoning it (which He never ever did even once)." -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Don LJanuary 29, 2023

It's not news to learn we are living in the final days of the last days. If I were the adversary, I'd be blurring the lines between light and darkness, good and evil, truth and lies, and how we can safely navigate these perilous waters. Elder Boyd K. Packer once warned the youth that they are being raised in enemy territory, and it is no less true for each of us than it is for our youth. My concern about Julie's podcasts and social media posts is that in her attempt to position herself as a helpful social counselor, she is part of the blurring that is taking place. The gray area in the middle of questions becomes enlarged and more murky. There are no moral absolutes. I am not her judge and I do not know what is in her heart. I understand she is a popular speaker and social media presence. I'm sure she helps a lot of people with complex problems. But she cannot be both a mainstream secular counselor and a faithful spiritual one at the same time. And although I hope I'm wrong, it seems to me that she's trying to do exactly that.

MeaganJanuary 28, 2023

Very well done. Thank you! A few years ago I started following her Instagram account, but it ended shortly after because I quickly realized it was not a place for me to grow as a disciple of Christ. Her posts just left me with very negative feelings. I officially unfollowed her when she said the Family Proclamation wasn't doctrine, when it clearly is.

CassidyJanuary 28, 2023

As a convert of just over 5 years, coming from a non-religious family, Dr Hanks has made me feel truly seen in dealing with more complicated issues of faith, culture and family that I have not been able to get from a typical religious-background family that is most often found in bishops and church leadership. I have wondered often if I truly do fit in with the church, but when I see a community such as Dr Hanks, I realize that humans are beautifully and deeply complex, and feeling less alone on the edges of the church has helped me to stay. If you cannot relate, you simply CANNOT RELATE and that is the whole point. There are different people with different backgrounds and they all should have a place in the lords church. My question to these authors is, if you have never had experience or wrestling with many of these issues presented, do you realize that criticizing and disregarding or discouraging these things will actually nudge more people AWAY from the church? Do you realize that marginalized members are being saved by this more open minded, nuanced thinking? When I see this article, it again makes me wonder if I’m truly not as welcome as I’d hoped. And perhaps I do need to find a place that my whole self, nuance and complicated background and all, can feel I have a space. Dr Hanks is creating a safety net for people who need one. If you are asking her to cut the net, you will lose cherished brothers and sisters in this church. I hope you can ponder and pray and find the softness in your heart for these kinds of members, members like myself.

CherieJanuary 28, 2023

It’s really so bizarre to ask questions to Julie and then answer all of them yourselves. It’s pretty revealing that you never meant to listen to her responses if she had agreed to be interviewed. So many of her critics want her to be a church leader instead of a therapist. The whole mid section of your article was disparaging psychologists as having ulterior motives. But it’s actually very dangerous to tell people that therapists are all suspicious and that you can only trust your bishop. Some people genuinely need mental health services and if your bishop is a farmer or an accountant, he’s not going to be of much help with mental health issues no matter how much priesthood he holds. I’ve actually seen pretty neutral responses from Julie when people try to get “permission” from her to do something contrary to church commandments. (Not something she claims any authority to grant to people) One time a person asked her about whether or not drinking coffee is a big deal. She simply answered that the word of wisdom is on the temple recommend interview and you won’t be able to get a recommend if you drink coffee. The person had to choose for themselves what to do next. That’s classic therapist. If you want her to dictate to people exactly what to do in every situation, a bishop might do that, but it is not how a therapist would work. The questions you’ve asked her are all ones she has answered repeatedly in several different settings. Again, it seems pretty odd, and misleading to publish this as a conversation with her when it is clearly just a chance for you to use her name and photo(!) to pontificate your own views. For example, if you believe women should only aspire to be mothers and not seek out any other work outside the home unless it’s an emergency, just say it instead of shuffling around some strange pseudo question to Julie that she isn’t even here to answer. I was surprised to see such a weird hit piece like this on Meridian.

HuguetteJanuary 28, 2023

I love Julie Hanks and the work she is doing on internet ! She helped me feel less alone in my views and understanding of church related issues and has played an important role in the fact that I feel there is a place for me in this church. It seems to me that the people who wrote this article are also very biased even though they write that their questions are just " sincere questions", you can easily see their own opinions and despite the efforts they are making to look "nuanced" they really seem annoyed by what Julie Hanks is doing and saying. It doesn't seem that they have understood the messages Julie Hanks is trying to convey, which are deep and based on psychological knowledge of the human mind. To me her work shows great respect, understanding and trust for people. She helps people connect with God and value this aspect more than the relationship we Can have with an imperfect institution and with imperfect leaders. What a blessing it is, it helped me reinforce my personal relationship with God and pushed me to connect more with the divine. Overall I feel a better disciple of Christ, a more loving and compassionate person. Isn't it what it's all about ?

Judy PetersonJanuary 28, 2023

This is an excellent article which gives hope. However, I assumed there would be some hint as to what people have done to permanently overcome their depression. This was a teaser without anything that could really help me or give me direction towards healing. Is that coming after years of addition research? It was hollow hope for me.

KristynnJanuary 28, 2023

Such a well written article and one that is informative.

EricaJanuary 28, 2023

These points are very needed. Thank you for putting this together.

RebeccaJanuary 28, 2023

Thank you, thank you, thank you for addressing this. It's just a bonus that you did so in a very thoughtful and sensitive manner. Now I have something to share with friends and family that fully explains the concerns I have had over her ideology.

JulieJanuary 27, 2023

Thank you!!

AnneJanuary 27, 2023

Excellent article. Thank you for doing your homework and asking questions that require answers and discussion. Julie has a huge following and it’s too bad she wouldn’t weigh in on these questions herself.

EveJanuary 27, 2023

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Marie RJanuary 27, 2023

I'm not sure you are adequately addressing the membership of the church as a whole. There are members on a wide spectrum. The idea seems to be posed that following one's personal internal thoughts and feelings about what is best for them and their life is wrong, and I see that causing more harm on member's mental health than good. Just a different perspective. There's a place for everyone in the world and we're all children of God with unique needs and life maps.

BobJanuary 27, 2023

My, my, my said the spider to the fly. . . Thanks for the needed, probing, considerate, spot-on discussion.

Karell BinghamJanuary 27, 2023

I love that whenever God the Father introduces His son, he says, "This is my BELOVED SON!" Not this is my Son. My BELOVED SON! How the Father must love this being that sacrificed so much for the rest of his children. He is indeed Beloved!

CindyJanuary 27, 2023

H North's comment is disgusting! Don't blame the victim. Even if his statement were true, lack of affection, or anything else a wife may or may not do, does not give a husband the right to cheat nor excuse his behavior. There are many ways to handle an unhappy marriage and cheating is never ok.

KateJanuary 27, 2023

Oh my, H North's answer is the classic spiel of an adulterer--it's always the wife's fault: "I couldn't help myself, you weren't meeting my needs!" What a bunch of self-serving baloney. I wonder if he (and i'm 99% sure H. North is a he) is aware of how clearly and obviously he outed himself? I sincerely hope there is not still a MRS. H North. Yikes.

DianeJanuary 27, 2023

I'd love for Julie Hanks to explain her pro-abortion stance

S. HillJanuary 27, 2023

Thank you to Meridian Magazine for publishing such an important and needful article and for whomever took time to transcribe all of these Instagram or Podcast videos. It's extremely useful to see exact quotes. Every bishop, stake president and stake and ward RS/YW/Primary presiency needs to read this article.

Shelley RhoadsJanuary 27, 2023

Loved the article and how it balances views on many important aspects of Julie’s social topics. I’ve often felt there are more nuances to the issues being discussed than Julie powerfully asserts. When people are struggling with these important values & decisions, it’s human nature (natural man) to want someone who is credentialed and socially supported to advocate for the inclined path of the individual(s) facing that challenge. As a Church member, I know I came to earth to be tested in many ways, to choose the sometimes less inclined path, at times to be offended, to be judged & scorned as I am offered the opportunity to choose repeatedly to validate my faith and develop my divine greater self. I value that Julie brings hard topics about faith, sociality and the church for open discussion. I’ve often wondered about her testimony and commitment to gather Israel as we covenant to contribute to. At times I feel her over validation (as you put it) of one viewpoint thoroughly & drastically omits the various other viewpoints - especially for individuals who are not only developing their faith, but also their intellect and emotional maturity. The boundaries topic is an excellent example of this. I’ve seen & heard individuals leverage this as a way to avoid important discussions that should remain open within family or other valued relationships (sans abuse or coercion). There are ways to set boundaries around how we talk about topics versus if we talk about them at all. I’ve often thought Julie (perhaps inadvertently) usurps parental and other roles to eliminate the various influence options individuals can have at their disposal to exercise their agency in making personal decisions and choices. Thanks for asking some hard questions.

H NorthJanuary 27, 2023

Oftentimes, an unfaithful person's actions are initiated by long-term lack of affection from one's spouse. It takes two to tango. It's tiring to hear one spouse complain that the other cheated, without taking any responsibility for their actions, or inactions, that contributed to the situation. A spouse who receives more love and affection than they can take in will seldom stray, and will have no motivation to do so. There's an old saying: a woman marries a man hoping to change him, and he won't; a man marries a woman hoping she won't change, and she does. Don't throw stones in glass houses.

Kerry FarrJanuary 27, 2023

GREAT article. Thank you!

Nina EJanuary 27, 2023

Thank you for this. As a former YW President, I had followed Dr. Hanks, but started feeling uncomfortable with the things she was posting. Your questions to her and explanations are valid and worth asking.

Marilyn HaddJanuary 27, 2023

What an awesome insightful response to a most painful question. Bless you, dear sister. Heal.

Ann-Marie JensenJanuary 27, 2023

Thank you for this thought-provoking article. I especially appreciate your kind approach to asking excellent and vital questions and for sharing your own thoughts in a positive way.

JulieJanuary 26, 2023

By virtue of His moral life, as well as the Atonement which he wrought at its end, he was able to know how to succor us I just wonder if this sentence has a meaning for moral life over mortal life?

Kerry FarrJanuary 26, 2023

Such good thoughts! I have been telling grands how amazing they are. Now I see it differently. They are receiving Heavenly help. Praise belongs to God !

LynnJanuary 26, 2023

Alexa helps with everyday tasks. Turns on or off lights without getting out of bed, Turns on/off fans and opens/closes my driveway gate. Reads me daily verses from the Book of Mormon every morning, completing it every year. (done it for several years now). Gives me a "Flash Briefing" weather and national news from CNN, FOX and Public Broadcast Radio while I'm getting dressed and shaving. Indispensable!

LexaGraemeJanuary 26, 2023

Thank you, Brother Hess. Thank you to those who have opened up and shared their experiences. My heart alternately wept and soared.

LexaGraemeJanuary 26, 2023

Thank you.

Mimi WJanuary 25, 2023

A brilliant analogy. We must first learn obedience in order to progress. Thank you so much Kimberly for making the connection and sharing the wisdom you learned.

JJJanuary 25, 2023

I think ministering can be important, but we also need to do better about respecting peoples boundaries and not visiting if they don't want us to do so. I've heard numerous talks where the speaker shares a story about how they continued to visit someone who clearly wasn't interested and didn't want them there. Its always framed as being a feel good story, (like they should be patted on the back for repeatedly ignoring this persons wishes), but its really not! It always makes me cringe. Showing up at someone's house when they don't want you to is actually really inconsiderate. If someone asks you not to visit or says they are too busy, LISTEN to them and respect that! Otherwise you will just irritate and drive them away. We are all different and have different needs.

DebraJanuary 25, 2023

Amazon does assure us that unless you say the wake word (Alexa)she does not respond nor is she hearing your conversation. You can try asking a question without the wake word, but there will be no response. Logically if Amazon were listening in on private conversations that would entail a huge lawsuit that would ruin the company. Of course you would have to prove that, but I'm sure there are employees who would gladly speak up if that was going on. That's my belief.

MaryannJanuary 25, 2023

I don't believe I could ever make it back home to my Heavenly Father without the support of the Church, Prophets, Seers, and Revelators, and my ward family. The church and the temple are a refuge from the world, and we are enabled with power from Jesus Christ through our covenants to overcome our weaknesses and the storms of life. We cannot do it alone.

MaryannJanuary 25, 2023

Great analogy. There are people who have been seriously injured or even lost their lives because someone did not train their aggressive dogs. We, too, can suffer spiritual injury or even lose an exalted, Eternal Life if we do not submit to the Savior reigning us in.

MaryannJanuary 25, 2023

I can't wait to get Alexa. I am not worrying about somone discovering my secrets. I certainly won't be discussing account numbers, etc. AND--you can always turn her off.

Diane IrwinJanuary 25, 2023

I totally agree! Too creepy.

CynthiaCJanuary 25, 2023

Amazing and thoughtful analogy to our life experience!

AnonymousJanuary 25, 2023

I was at a friend's house who had recently bought a couple Alexas for the house. A few minutes after I arrived, another friend arrived. She came in exuberant and laughing and the Alexa immediately says "I love when (name of the friend) comes so I can record her laughing". It was insanely creepy and we asked if somebody from another room had told the Alexa to say it, but they said they didn't.

Sally SmithJanuary 25, 2023

WOW. What a comparison. There are times when I felt the Lord wasn't listening or I didn't deserve a blessing. This article gives me a whole new understanding. I will not complain.

Donald CyrJanuary 25, 2023

So many thoughts can be said and written with an infinite use of words and arrangements like music and songs for the enchantment of our whole soul's... I really appreciate this inspiring idea and comparison about "Breed ", responsibilities and patience that are required : to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. (Moses 1:39)

Paul HJanuary 21, 2023

Here's two more witnesses: Paul (See I Corinthians 15 as he lists several others bedides himself) Joseph Smith's account of the First Vision

Boanerges RubalcavaJanuary 21, 2023

Although I enjoyed discussion like this, and it is important all the data shown, to tell us if the Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, what anybody really wanting to know it, just follow the admonition from James: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed."

Jennifer ChurchillJanuary 20, 2023

Thank you for such a well-thought-out and laid-out article. I was intrigued from beginning to end. I have not reached a conclusion yet on Legend. While it is true, I am not sure that I want to throw Christ out with the like of Marvel Legends and Heroes. That is my drawback and such a modern one at that. For if you take it in the context that you have given it really is not an issue. Thus, why I have no conclusion currently.

HelenCJanuary 20, 2023

Wow, wow and WOW! Thank you, Dr. Peterson, for such confident illumination! I’m keeping this article for future reference.

DavidDJanuary 20, 2023

"Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls" (John Bergsma 2019) is an extremely interesting and well-documented book in which the non-LDS author argues convincingly that recent analysis of the Dead Sea Scrolls -- written contemporaneously with the life of Christ -- undermines the argument that the Gospel of John was written long after Christ's ministry.

Julie MajorJanuary 18, 2023

I appreciated your willingness to share the struggles you have experienced with ministering. As a RS president, my sisters will often share with me similar struggles with ministering. But I have truly learned the importance and blessing of ministering. Thank you for this story!

CynthiaJanuary 17, 2023

I LOVED this article. I am preparing a talk for this Sunday and have felt prompted to speak about ministering. This popped up in my in box today and it was perfect to complement my message. Thanks so very much for your message. I also leaned the importance of ministering aka visiting teaching years ago when I was serving as the Relief Society president. I knew the bishop couldn't possibly keep up with everyone in the ward and I calculated that between visiting teachers and home teachers there were many who would be available to help any one family. It was a real eye opener. Such a gift to members of the church to have this blessing in our lives.

Lee HillJanuary 17, 2023

Wonderful article, thank you!! I just got a new ministering companion who is young enough to be my son. He is inexperienced and I am physically handicapped, but together we have had some wonderful experiences with the families we minister to. Just like missionary work, consistently praying and seeking for inspiration has been critical in our ministering service.

Arne HedbergJanuary 17, 2023

Very insightsfull and helpful. It inspires me in my duties. Your words also makes me thankful that there are people like you who respond to the Spirit in challenging matters. Thank you!

Becca HowardJanuary 17, 2023

No matter what you call it, I have a very difficult time ministering by assignment. I am so much better at being spontaneous, for example taking a meal to a friend who posts on social media that she is overwhelmed with her children’s activities, or calling or sending a note to someone who is ill. My partner and her husband are the “ministering couple” to two or three of my assigned sisters, so these ladies are mostly off my radar, while I spend quite a bit of time helping a sister and neighbor who is disabled. Though I do a lot I still feel guilty for all that I don’t do or could be doing for those to whom I am assigned.

Kay RookhuyzenJanuary 16, 2023

My brother instructed us docremation due to his size and it was a blessing.

KCJanuary 15, 2023

Thank you! Love this perspective. One minute little change I would make, that is just "semantics". I would change the "Why? Because They want us to have what They have." to "be". Too many of us mortals want our children to "have" stuff or opportunities or lifestyles. If we're honest, we really want them to "be" more like the best parts of ourselves and the things we also aspire to. Having means you can also have not. Being is something that becomes a part of you never to be taken away.

Becky S.January 15, 2023

That was long, but worth the read, in fact it kept getting better each new point that was made. The eternal perspective and staying on a covenant path really does help us understand Gods love and will for all mankind.

Richard EyreJanuary 14, 2023

Several have asked for discussion questions for this article so that it can be discussed in study groups or book clubs. So I am providing those below. Also, I would welcome your comments directly to me since I know that this is a sensitive subject and you may not wish to comment publicly on Meridian. You are welcome to email me at [email protected] (this is the most private email that I have.) Discussion questions: 1. Does your current perception of what the Church is match better with Paradigm 1 or with Paradigm 2. 2. Do you agree that one who views the Church as a "means" rather than an "end" would be less susceptable to faith crisis? 3. Does thinking of the Church as a "means" rather than ad "end" raise or lower the importance of the Church in your mind? 4. Did you find yourself in agreement with the bullet points about what the Paradigm 2 causes both within our minds and within the Church? 5. Was the article helpful in better understanding the relationship between families and the Church? Please send any other questions or comments to me at the email at the top of this message. Thans for reading, and thinking, and perhaps commenting, Best, Richard Eyre

Amy PetersenJanuary 14, 2023

I would love and appreciate an article that doesn’t assume that the “staying” family member isn’t still striving to love and accept, despite the very real heartache and pain of another “walking”away. An article that validates that very deep sorrow in the present. Yes ultimately all things will work for good in God’s great Covenant plan and Love, but it is incredibly difficult to deal with unkindness, hurt, and angry accusations from the family members who “walk no more with” the words of eternal life. Who feel it’s ok to persecute and mock the believer. I’d be so grateful for help on this because it happens. Yes be loving and patient and listen thoughtfully to those who leave, but some who leave are at least unkind, at most verbally and emotionally abusive. It’s no easy thing to “just love them”and deal with this for so many. I see many articles about loving those who leave, few about the very real pain for those who stay. Sometimes that feels painfully invalidating.

Dave MyersJanuary 13, 2023

Thank you for this! A really helpful way to see the evolving circumstances of not just family members, but also dear friends. A companion paradigm that has helped me is the realization that it's not my job to try to 'fix' things because that usually makes things worse. My job is to love, without judging.

Maureen GaleJanuary 13, 2023

The Eyres can always be counted on for a fresh, enlightening viewpoint that explains, enriches, and is timeless in it's perspective.

MaryannJanuary 12, 2023

Brother Goddard--I love your suggestion of validating the feelings of each child and then asking compassionate questions to help our children think about what the other person wants or is feeling. Blaming only makes everyone defensive and strengthens the barriers that already exist. Helping our children to learn to get along by inviting them to take an active part in solving their differences is a golden key. Sometimes we are too quick to deal out punishment, rather than to use these situations as learning experiences.

MaryannJanuary 12, 2023

All of us have a need for words and gestures of love and reassurance. However, if we are in constant need of reassurance because we don't love ourselves, or because of deep insecurities, there may be other issues we need to address. Our spouses will become drained very quickly if they are the only source we have for feeling good about ourselves. We each need to gain a sense of our own self-worth. Understanding our relationship to our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, is a giant step in that direction. If we often feel anxious about our worth and need constant reassurance from others, a good therapist can help.

MaryannJanuary 12, 2023

Yes! AND--loving "humanity" begins at home. Running around to political rallies or screaming our heads off on social media will never even approach the importance of loving, being kind to, and serving the people living right under our own roof, or in our neighborhoods. It seems to me that some people measure their "goodness" by how angry they are about their pet issues. We need to refocus on what is really important in life.

Randal GibbJanuary 12, 2023

Dear Steve, Thank you for sharing this Mental Health Minute! I have been blessed by many of them in our shared service in Africa! God bless you!

Earl ParksJanuary 12, 2023

Lots of depth. Well done.

ShaunaJanuary 12, 2023

Excellent article, thank you. It reminds me of why it's so important to have relationships, ideally in a family setting, where all our ideals meet reality. It is another of Satan's ploys to suggest that the most important lessons of life can be learned another way.i.e. by becoming an activist, or just having a group of friends instead of marrying, and getting a dog or pet instead of having children. None of these things are bad in and of themselves, but they are a poor substitute for forming a family

SageJanuary 12, 2023

Thanks for this insightful article. You reminded me why The Brothers Karamazov is one of my favorite books.

Charles McClellandJanuary 12, 2023

Excellent and very timely article.

Corey D.January 11, 2023

It's all summed up in that great revelation we know as Hymn 195 "How Great the Wisdom and the Love", verse 3, " by "strict obedience Jesus won", something really hard for most of us, at least it is for me. In today's world the word strict more often than not is seen as negative but so important.

Kay RookhuyzenJanuary 11, 2023

SO TRUE!!! A wonder narrative about an important principle.

DaveJanuary 11, 2023

Excellent article. Motivated by King Benjamin, I decided as a young father to also implement a zero tolerance for contention with our children. My technique for handling quarrels was to put both children on chairs in the middle of the living room and tell them they had to stay there until they came up with a solution to their problem that was satisfactory to each child. It worked magic. But, a word of caution - for this technique to be successful, you have to have a reputation with your children that they know you absolutely mean what you say, otherwise they will wait you out until you give up and let them go without solving the problem.

ShaunaJanuary 11, 2023

Terrific. what a great example of personal scripture study using a specific focus or lens. This method can yield great fruit. I love your focus on Lehi and Sariah and their family, including the rarely mentioned sisters. Truly this study yields clues as to how we can be more faithful and "steadfast," which is the word I studied in my personal scritpure study today:)

RebeccaJanuary 10, 2023

Yes, it's possible to have a *mostly* conflict-free home. I've found it begins with an adjustment in mindset on the part of parents. Many parents feel conflict between siblings is inevitable and unavoidable. High expectations and consistent follow through, along with thoughtful teaching, bears fruit eventually.

FrankJanuary 10, 2023

I was married for over 30 years when I became a widower. After a bit I remarried, and my new wife asked me to write my autobiography so that she would have a better idea of what the 55+ years before I met her were like. She suggested that I make a file for each year of my life and write a bit about my memories of each year. When I remembered something, I wrote a few paragraphs about that event and filed it by date. A bit at a time, memory by memory I succeeded in preparing a book of a little over 300 pages. Arranging to have it printed at a vanity press was easy, and it took care of Christmas presents for the year.

AnonymousJanuary 10, 2023

I really enjoyed this podcast and it was exactly what I needed to hear after a few hard years. In the past few years I have wondered if God was there or if He had forgotten about me. Hearing the honesty and rawness of emotion in this podcast reminded me that sometimes you just have to keep pushing through dark times to understand the meaning behind it. Thanks for sharing Becky!

TimJanuary 10, 2023

Thanks for this wonderful article. For me death is nothing to be afraid of. I am grateful that I know the plan of salvation. I know what waits for me behind the veil. So I am not afraid of death. But I am very afraid of dying. I refer to the process of going from life to death. I am afraid of the physical challenges. The fear. The pain and everything that is associated with death on the physical level. So there is indeed a big difference between being afraid of death and being afraid of dying.

Boanerges RubalcavaJanuary 10, 2023

No, he was not joking, He was right, he was not saying "zero tolerance" (although that also should be a parental teaching) but teaching the right things to do or not to do, and then proceed to help the children. If we follow your approach (judging you as you judged King Benjamin) then our children interpretation would be that they can do whatever they want, and then no other help will reach them and we will have what is happening in this hedonistic world where everything is valid and this brings the unfortunately thought of Today and bring the consequences that evil is good and good is evil.

George PembertonJanuary 10, 2023

Thirty years ago we wrote two unpublished volumes entitled "Peaceful Parenting" that fully addressed this subject. We ended up giving each of our eleven children the two for Christmas. Vol. 1: Peaceful Parenting, the Way God Probably Intended It. Vol. 2: Peaceful Parenting Resources. All was based on Scripture and statements of latter-day prophets as we two parents tried to apply "correct principles" with our children.

LoraJanuary 10, 2023

I have often used this quote (reading it from The Book of Mormon) to my sons and visiting grandchildren. ("Do you want to serve the devil?") I often reminded them that "Grandma's house is the happiest place on earth! Now get happy!' When my sons were little and fighting, I didn't ask "who", I just knew "what". I sent them each to a separate corner and they couldn't come out until the other one set them free. Peace restored. As for balls inside the house, that was forbidden. Balls are for outside, which can prevent plenty of conflict, not to mention breaking things. I've heard of fathers quoting the section about "not suffering your children to go naked" to daughters who wished to be scantily clad.

Marsha LangJanuary 6, 2023

My sister and I had an "angel" experience shortly after I joined the church.He actually rode in the car with us.

Kayleen A HunsakerJanuary 4, 2023

Thank you for this Podcast with Roger Connors. I try to read scriptures & uplifting talks & other things every day. My sweet husband of 36 years died in June of 2022 & staying close to the spirit & attending the Temple every week, gives me joy in the journey. The comment about God being in the details of our lives [even though I know that] has inspired me one more day!

John H. BurtgonJanuary 4, 2023

Pres. Connors was my Stake Pres. and I had the privilege of working with him. I remember one night I was in my office and feeling quite distressed over matters when he came walking by and stopped and asked if I needed a blessing? He gave me one and then went on his way. It was just what I needed at the time and I am so grateful for the blessing of the Lord through His servants

Diane IrwinJanuary 4, 2023

I have truly enjoyed this episode! It has increased my testimony that God is in the details. Thank you for all you do!

LoraJanuary 4, 2023

There's a reason why we women speak like this. With other women, if we make a direct statement about what we want, we are seen as offensive and demanding. We learn to drop hints in order to get along with our mothers and other girls. As a wife, and the mother of three sons, I finally realized that dropping hints is too confusing. I learned to be more clear and direct. This habit has gotten me into trouble with other women, but at least I'm getting along better with the men in my life. (Saw an example at church. Sister: "Is there a wastebasket near you?" Brother: "Yes." Every woman there knew that she wanted him to hand her the wastebasket so she could throw something away. He answered the question he was asked.)

Ron BarnesJanuary 4, 2023

My wife used to do that, and it drove me crazy. For example, she would never ask me to mow the lawn. She would say that if I wanted to mow the lawn, she would help. Several times I told her that, if she wanted something, to say so instead of asking me if I wanted it. Instead of doing that, she just started doing what she wanted without asking me. She was an impulse buyer, so that created some minor problems, but nothing major.

Ann SiggardJanuary 3, 2023

Roger Connors was our Stake President in Murrieta, CA. When my son was sent home from his mission due to depression (in 2000, he was out 5 months), I will never forget what he said to him a he was released: ":You have completed a faithful mission ( he baptized a family there) and you are honorably released. That statement changed my son's heart and gave him hope after such discouragement of thinking he had failed his mission. Thank you, President Connors.

LoriJanuary 3, 2023

Hi. I am interested in this podcast however, I am deaf and prefer a transcript of this please. I am sure there are many hard of hearing and deaf people wanting to read it also. Let me know when you post the transcript.

Shelley S.January 3, 2023

Will this become available on Apple Podcasts?

Scot ProctorJanuary 3, 2023

Debrah, This is a new podcast which is in addition to the Come Follow Me podcast we do. We will continue to do Come Follow Me each week and have the How I Know podcast as well to strengthen faith and inspire our readers. Blessings.

DebrahJanuary 3, 2023

I think I answered my own question. I just found this week’s podcast. The holidays were ery. Busy for this grandma and I had no time for anything but grandkids and more grandkids. I did not even look for the podcasts, ,barely got the church lessons in. Time to join the world again!

DebrahJanuary 3, 2023

Will this replace your weekly Come Follow Me Podcasts?

Robert David StarlingDecember 30, 2022

WOW! Thanks VERY much for this list. It's great to see what interests other readers the most, and I'd missed a number of these great articles that I can now go back and read.

JuliannDecember 30, 2022

Thank you for sharing your Christmas journey and helping me reflect on daily blessings. Good job with adjusting your expectations and making the most of a very frustrating adventure.

Michele SundstromDecember 27, 2022

Loved this peek into the church in Croatia! We were a part of this trip and felt it a privilege to meet these faithful saints. What an incredible example of dedication and faith. Highly recommend this trip! Cruising along the Croatian coast and exploring her islands brought many unanticipated delights! It was the adventure of a lifetime!

Diane IrwinDecember 27, 2022

Scot, my heart ached as I read such a powerful, personal story. The atonement is real. I am so grateful for your testimony, and sharing it with the world.

Tracy TippettsDecember 25, 2022

Today is Christmas day. I am in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Yesterday I read the story about the terrible accident while rafting the river in Idaho. Today I read the story about fire on the farm. Both stories very dramatic and powerful, with inspiring spiritual message. I had a similar experience with a forest fire in San Diego, California in 1989. I was in the hospital recovering from a recent motorcycle accident, when the Elders Quorum president called to inform me that a large fire swept through the area where my home was located, and it was gone! I thought of my two dogs that were there. My two cars. All my clothes and belongings. The fire consumed 400 acres. It burned the poles that were supporting power lines. It was a painful night in the hospital, thinking about all that I had lost. The next day the president called back to say that my house was spared. My dogs were safe and alive. My cars were covered with chemical fire retardant dropped from the aerial tankers that flew overhead. The agony and then relief from escaping a very unpleasant outcome. I was impressed that your father took time to say a family prayer, in the middle of such an urgent crisis and panic situation, and then the resulting miracle that followed. It obviously made a profound impression and experience to an eight-year-old boy! Thank you for sharing it. I will now forward the Spanish translation to 30 members of the Church here.

Harold RustDecember 24, 2022

Having experienced several harrowing moments while rafting, I deeply felt the emotion and anguish and...deliverance from this personal story. Thanks, Scot, for sharing such a powerful reminder of what really matters.

Rochelle HaleDecember 23, 2022

I served back in the dark ages when we could not call home or get packages because of sketchy mail service. When our youngest son served we learned that some missionaries never receive gifts from home because their parents are not supportive or because they can’t afford it, so we always sent extra things for our son’s companions. In our mission we have contributed when missionaries won’t be getting packages from home (somehow the mission president knows), we have contributed gently used clothing to the mission office rather than donating to charities, and we always fill a stocking for our ward missionaries who visit or share a meal with us on Christmas Eve. When I write to missionaries I tell them to forget the traditions of home and what they may be missing. They should make memories with the Christmas or two ( and birthdays or other occasions) that they are away. They may learn some new traditions or eat foods that they want to incorporate into their own families someday.0

David DDecember 22, 2022

For those who have had "bad" surprises that never (at least on earth) seem to evolve into "good" surprises, the heavenly explanation may be a tough one to accept.

JamesDecember 22, 2022

Thanx for your service and caring. And thanks for sharing your testimony in what must be a life caring, sacrifice and loneliness. May your hours, days and weeks grow your soul and sustain your service.

Ed RehderDecember 21, 2022

Thank you, a wonderful story, a sacred event.

Dave HansenDecember 21, 2022

Since they've become *woke* in the recent past, I've stopped watching Hallmark altogether. Instead, I've found Great American Family (GAF) to be more to my liking.

Robyn JensenDecember 20, 2022

I looked up my district's SEL policy. What a load of BS--nice sounding words with very little meaning. When they started talking about equity is when the alarm bells started ringing. I do not understand how a district in the lowest quintile in a state near the bottom in terms or student accomplishment can spend time, money and resources on such drivel.

Becca HowardDecember 20, 2022

I'm a combination viewer and look forward to new films all year, not just during the holidays. Some storylines are very predictable, yet some catch glimpses of other well-known films, and it's fun to see the new interpretations using familiar quotes or even music. I do have some concerns about films that may be less friendly to all families. If a questionable character is a neighbor or best friend and not a major character, then I am not as concerned (I have them in my circle as well), but when a non-traditional family is not the focus, I tend to not watch.

MaryannDecember 20, 2022

I love the Hallmark Christmas movies because they are a light in the often dark world of media. They are simple in a world that is complicated. They are sweet in a world that is sometimes bitter. They teach that people really can have happy relationships, despite some bumps in the road. They focus on family unity. They often portray characters who are willing to put someone else before themselves. What more could we ask for?

DaleDecember 20, 2022

I am not pleased when they add LGBTQ relationships into the shows. It ruins family values.

James ScottDecember 20, 2022

It seems those in education go to great lengths to keep curricula confidential, that “they know how to instruct the kids but don’t want parental intrusion. Yet there so many that don’t come away knowing how to read or do simple arithmetic.

CarolynDecember 16, 2022

What a wonderful memory. It made me tear up, thinking of those kind, thoughtful people who treated you like family.

HelenCDecember 16, 2022

So much love. Thank you.

KathyDecember 16, 2022

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story.

Dave HansenDecember 14, 2022

I found this to be a compelling story of how we need to love all of our brothers & sisters, even though we may disagree with their decisions in life.

CrystalDecember 14, 2022

Thank you for this. One of the best you have done in a while. So wonderfully said!

GwendolynDecember 12, 2022

Thank you for this wonderful message. During our studies on this lesson, we looked for a Book of Mormon scripture to round out our understanding of holiness and came across a fascinating one in 2 Nephi 2:11 where Lehi places holiness in polarity to misery: “For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so…righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad.” Truly holiness is happiness.

WallyDecember 12, 2022

Beautiful and inspiring!

DebrahDecember 12, 2022

Thanks for sharing. That was amazing, and yet so much typical of the Lord.

HelenCDecember 12, 2022

Once again I receive what I need to hear. I’m Kevin’s to visit my disabled sister in England for the first time in years and everything send to be visiting against my going. My husband is violently ill and my daughter’s flight home was canceled yesterday so she has to find another way home to get to work and take care of her dog before her stepfather is well enough to leave town for his job. He has told me to go, anyway. This article is reminding me of the protection I am entitled to for my entire non-member and less active family because my 10%covers them all. Thank you.

Juan CandiaDecember 12, 2022

Por qué no está la transcripción?,hace mucha falta ,por favor . Gracias

MaryannDecember 12, 2022

I am 71 years old and have been blessed with many callings and opportunities to serve in the church. Above all else, seeking out my ancestors and doing their temple work has been one of the most satisfying and spiritual experiences of my life. There is just nothing like it! The more I go to the temple, the more I want to go. I am so grateful that the Lord has given us this marvelous work to do. It is both humbling and exalting to be a part of such a glorious work. If you have been apprehensive or fearful about getting involved, visit your Family History Center. The workers there will help you so much! Remember that you are not alone, and you CAN learn how to do this work and to rejoice in it.

MaryannDecember 12, 2022

I am so grateful to be engaged in the holy work of the temple by seeking out my dead and performing their ordinances vicariously. What a blessing to have this marvelous opportunity to serve the Lord and to love His children. My experience has been that the more I attend the temple and seek for greater knowledge regarding the temple experience, the more I love the temple and understand the purposes of these holy ordinances. I have grown in my understanding that we are truly endowed with power in the Lord's holy house that will enable us to become a holier people.

MaryannDecember 12, 2022

When I am asked to do something I'm not sure I want to do, I find it really helps to say, "I need to call you back this afternoon," or "I'll get back to you about this tomorrow." Then I have time to make a decision without feeling pressured. If it is something I KNOW is not going to work for me, it's better just to say no at the outset, rather than deal with the stress of procrastinating my "no." Also, when people say, "I need to ask you a favor," avoid giving an answer like "sure!" before they tell you what the "favor" is. We are under no obligation to anyone to agree to anything without first knowing what we are committing to.

JuliannDecember 11, 2022

Your story is certainly not too late. Thank you for the amazing person you are and for the amazing people you work with and help.

DeloresDecember 10, 2022

For me, the decision is clear. If the influencer begins to criticize the church, or the leaders of it, or to rationalize why they don’t have to follow the prophet’s counsel, I stop following them. There is one particular Youtuber that I initially liked, but over time I have felt his pride get in the way and he has begun to criticize church policies, general conference talks, and prophetic guidance. I’m done following him. There are many better choices of influencers

Lisa CorcoranDecember 9, 2022

Becky, a wonderful story. So glad we are a part of Rising Star. You do amazing work. Lisa

ShaunaDecember 9, 2022

excellent, insightful article, on so many points. I find that the scripture to not judge, is rarely quoted in its entirety--i.e. the injunction to "judge righteous judgement." We have to judge--actions at least, or as you say, "the fruits" which I like. And the gift of "discernment" is another gift we receive from the Holy Ghost and from living our temple covenants. Thus, surely there is a need for it and we should use it

Kerry FarrDecember 9, 2022

This still confuses me at age 75. Didn’t Christ teach that the needs of others DO come first. And especially the will of God comes before our own will to be righteous??

Neal ChristensenDecember 6, 2022

If faculty will not uphold the ideals and teaching methods of the school, fire them and replace them with someone who will.

ShaunaDecember 6, 2022

Thank you Br. Hancock. as a BYU alumni and the parent of 2 BYU students (currently on missions) I applaud and welcome your assessment and critique of the current academic culture at BYU and especially for your determination to take the prophets and apostles seriously and to start a conversation about what a "Gospel methodology" might look like. Wouldn't that be exciting to see where the Spirit can actually lead professors and students as they study and learn about true "intelligence" which is the glory of God-- and what other ideas, theories etc might be added to the world of thought, as they incorporated the basic tenets of the gospel, including the natural, nuclear family and the resistance to labels other than Child of God, Child of the covenant and disciple of Christ in their research, and teaching? I am passionate about BYU and it's mission and am so grateful for Elder Holland's clarion call back to BYU's unique mission, articulated earlier by President Kimball. I welcome your brave and crucial lead on these issues and look forward to further analysis and suggestions. If BYU cannot be unique and reflect the values and tenets of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, in my opinion, it can no longer justify its existence. I pray for the way forward that you suggest

Rick JeppesenDecember 6, 2022

Very nice article; thank you! I love your use of the story of Joseph for the topic of faith. My wife and I wrote a song called "Remember the Story of Joseph of Old". What a remarkable story to always trust in God.

Wally GoddardDecember 6, 2022

Good counsel! Thanks, Jeff.

SageDecember 6, 2022

Br. Goddard, thank you for this uplifting article. I look forward to what you write as it always brightens my day.

MaryannDecember 6, 2022

I love, love, love this article. How absolutely essential it is that we embrace the light in every possible way. Searching the scriptures, praying, enjoying the company of uplifting people, and avoiding dark influences around us will bring more light into our souls. In the midst of a very dark world, we all need to be so aware of our thoughts and to reject the angry, contentious influences in our current society. I am so often strengthened by the positive attitudes of our Prophets, Seers and Revelators. They radiate a calm attitude filled with hope for a glorious future.

John SowaDecember 4, 2022

Thank you for sharing your painful and sacred experiences. They are resonant to me. When we talk about coming to earth to obtain a body, I believe that it is sometimes viewed too simplistically. Check, I've done that. Yet, to be a soul is so much more than just being born. To come to know who we are and in whom we've trusted, truly does require experiences that allow us to come to understand more completely how we function. Thank you again for sharing one of yours.

DebrahDecember 4, 2022

I have had friends who had Shingles and I felt sorry for them, but now, even sadder. Aweful! I did not like my shingles vaccine, but now I think it just might have been a good decision. Years ago I had what was supposed to be minor surgery, a subcutaneous cyst. It wasn’t. It was a ganglion wrapped tightly around the main nerve in my wrist. The doctor had to scrap if off, and the myalin sheath below it. Without general anesthesia. It took6 weeks to heal, used no pain meds, and found out I could fall to sleep while keeping my hand and arm high up on the wall, the only way I could ease the pain. Some years later I needed a hysterectomy. Afterwards I was put on self administered Demerol. I prayed, telling the Lord I was willing to suffer, but if it would be allowable, would he take the pain away. He reminded me of the earlier time where I experienced such pain, the same nerve that had been pierced and torn in his hands. Then told me that I had suffered the pain I needed to and that it would be removed. The next day the doctor came in and I asked if they would take the Demerol thing out as I did not need it. The nurse jumped in and said, “no, you need this.” The doctor looked at the machine and says, she has only had two doses yesterday, and gone all night without. She doesn’t need it. He pulled it. That is only a small part of the story as the Lord supported me through it. But I learned something. Pain is a part of our earth test. Each person gets his own prescription. He did not lift my pain for the scrapped and battered nerve in my wrist, but I learned what I needed from it and needed no more, if I had the faith to ask.

Ann-Marie JensenDecember 4, 2022

Thank you so much for sharing how you changed your prayer for help. A very valuable example for us all.

Kathy SandersDecember 4, 2022

How I love you and your choosing Christ in every conscious minute of your life. The power of those choices magnified over time allows you to witness for Christ in amazing and influential ways. I thank God for you and your example of faith in my life. I’m so sorry for the trial you have gone through and rejoice in the discoveries you made about the nature of God. Thank you for sharing this intimate story. I too have come to know Christ because of intense pain. I marvel that that kind of overwhelming pain can reside at the same time with overwhelming joy in Christ. How that happens I do not know but I know it to be true.

Brad LDecember 3, 2022

You might want to look into getting a D-Dimer test, which can detect micro clots when methods used to detect normal clotting fail. If they were happening in brain, perhaps the cause of the immense head pain you were experiencing. There is evidence micro clots can appear in a high percentage of those who have had the mRNA shots and boosters. And the shingles point to an activated viral infection, which maybe exacerbated by the same shots.

Darwin DavsDecember 3, 2022

You are a hero. Thank you.

Linda Starr WinansDecember 3, 2022

Hey, Maureen. I am so sorry you had to go through that ordeal. I truly appreciate your tender insights and your positive response. What a blessing that you have come out of this trial as you have. I can tell you have lost some weight over it --hopefully you feel as good as you look . May you enjoy God's richest blessings for both you and Scot!!!

Kristin KleinDecember 3, 2022

Such a poignant and tender testimony of the goodness of Light, and a loving Heavenly Father and Savior. I’m so grateful for women like yourself who can articulate these mercies and share with so many. Thank you!!

Koni hunterDecember 3, 2022

Sweet Maurine, As I was reading this, I had two thoughts come to me. 1- you told a story on a podcast episode when your daughter was injured and far from home. You knelt to pray. The only words that came were “help”. A few months ago, I was in a similar situation and as I knelt to pray in my bitter agony, I thought of you. Through my tears, I could only utter “help me”. That day, I experienced a miracle. Help came through a very inspired bishop. 2- As scot prayed specifically to know why you were passing through this agony, he was given a specific answer. I remembered the time our bus broke down and you said the most fervent prayer. After, you said to all of us on the bus “I’ve learned that specific prayers receive specific answers”. You continue to teach me and inspire me. I adore you! You are a rock and a pillar of faith!

Tom ObenchainDecember 2, 2022

Thank you for sharing your story Maurine. I love the reminder that no matter our circumstances our ability to choose, to choose Him, is never taken from us.

JanDecember 2, 2022

Maurine, so very sorry to hear about this terrible affliction. I offer you this: While on our mission in New Zealand, I was in the Hamilton temple to perform proxy initiatory ordinances. There was no initiatory waiting room in the temple, so I was invited to sit in the workers' preparation room. Two lovely workers were chatting there about a mutual acquaintance who had been suffering with shingles. One remarked that the suffering sister had found no relief in western medicine, so she went to a the traditional Maori healers for help. The healer told her to apply balsamic vinegar to the eruptions, and her relief had been immediate. I have mentioned this to a few shingles patients here in the states. They confirm the balsamic vinegar was very beneficial, but one cautioned he'd learned the hard way not to use it on any mucous membranes, just the outer skin. It can't hurt to try it on a little patch. Worst case, you'll just smell like a salad.

AimeeDecember 2, 2022

Thank you. Thank you so much for sharing this. I cried through the entire article. I have been through my own versions of this experience, and I can say with certainty, yes. It is refining and redefining. I have often wondered how I could ever possibly fully express to someone how unshakeable my testimony is. But I know it became so unshakeable *because of* the pain and suffering I've gone through. There is no way to explain it and have it fully understood, like you said about redefining your pain threshhold. But when you have been through the fire, and chosen the Lord through it, you know. It changes you forever. And there is no going back. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me, a complete stranger, who both cannot understand what you went through and yet can completely understand what it meant to you and the way it redefined your relationship with your Savior. Thank you for touching my heart and helping me feel more understood.

Breck EnglandDecember 2, 2022

I agree completely with Brother Steurer. I want to go further, though. How to deal with family members and friends who are clearly under the spell of views that are not only questionable but outright lies? These fraudulent ideas are in a good many cases causing them intense anxiety--I worry about their health and even their sanity. When a total lack of critical thinking endangers their families and their health, what is my responsibility?

ShaunaDecember 2, 2022

Bless you for all you do and for your example. I am a pain wimp and don't knot that I could have endured what you have. So grateful for your absolute steadfastness to remain true to God and to not murmur. You are a special person and witness of God's goodness. Thank you for sharing your ordeal and prayers that you'll recover from shingles quickly

Laurie PollardDecember 2, 2022

Wow, Maurine! Every article you write is powerful, but this is phenomenal. What a poignant lesson and inspiring trust in the Lord you have shared with us. I can only imagine the depth of pain you have endured, and I am saddened you suffered so...but is seems the more intense the trial--as we turn to God humbly as you have done--the more potent the sanctifying effect it may work in us. You comprehend the Atonement of Jesus Christ on a deeper personal level than ever before. Thank you for blessing us with your gratitude and penetrating insights. You and Scot are stalwart disciples and your devotion to do the Lord's work blesses untold souls. I'm thankful to be one of them!

Craig FrogleyDecember 2, 2022

I am so very sorry for your suffering even knowing that it is refining. Some people just already seem refined so their suffering seems redundant. But even the Sons of Mosiah were called to suffer that they might be examples to those they would influence! (Alma 17:11 be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.

MaryannDecember 2, 2022

I am a little confused about exactly what Mike Lee's amendment entailed. What specifically did it add to, or take away from, the Respect for Marriage Act? This is not a criticism--I really admire the man.

LoraDecember 2, 2022

Decades ago, when I was a young teen, my mother and uncle got into a heated political argument at Thanksgiving that seemed to go on for hours. We never went to Thanksgiving at grandma's house again. And what for? Nobody changed their minds. A while ago, my brother asked me a direct political question, which I answered, and he yelled, "ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" I responded calmly, "You can out-yell me, but it probably won't change my mind. But what matters here is not my opinion, but that we love each other. What matters more to me than anything happening in current events is our family." That calmed him down, because we share this value: family is more important than anything political. We don't have to agree with each other to love each other. There is so much name-calling in politics. I like the "Tell Me More" approach--where you seek clarity over agreement. If we ask questions seeking to understand Why people think what they do, we will at least gain understanding. I recognize that my opinions are not gospel truth. I've even been known to change my opinions. Opinions are not eternal. When we can love each other, no matter what, there will be peace on earth.

Sandy GatesDecember 2, 2022

Maurine, I’m so sorry that you had to go through this. I know your pain. I too suffered this same pain in a very similar experience which left me with temporary paralyzation for over 6 months, slight hearing loss and minor permanent nerve damage on the right side of my head. It was an experience I will never forget. It drew me closer to my Savior than ever before and the experience that I had with Him was so sacred. I too know that these things are not thrust upon us by Heavenly Father or our Elder Brother, but they can be used for our growth and to draw us closer to them. If you would like to know more about my experience, I can share through email. Take care Maurine. You are doing a great work and are infinitely loved!!!

MaryannDecember 2, 2022

The best way to solve the problem of contention regarding political opinions is to make a mutual agreement that you will not discuss politics or make any political comments in the presence of one another. This is often the ONLY way to avoid contention regarding political viewpoints. I have also pulled back on reading so much about politics. It's like an ongoing soap opera, and it can become an obsession. Much of the reporting is designed to stir people up and to promote contention. I, too, have had a very difficult time understanding why some members of the church support political agendas that are in direct opposition to gospel principles. However, when we are engaged in scripture study, prayer, enjoying uplifting friendships, using our talents, and service, we will be much less likely to be stirred up in rage over politics. Our minds will be on a higher purposes. We CAN learn to CHOOSE to focus on more positive thoughts and to overcome unbridled anger.

KimDecember 2, 2022

Maurine* Names are important.

Kim EggintonDecember 2, 2022

Oh, dear, sweet Maureen... my whole being sorrows and joys for you!

DougieDecember 2, 2022

Excellent! Part of His work might be the inspiration your story gives to readers who are suffering, and gain power to go on because of your experience.

Beth TDecember 2, 2022

So grateful to God that he and his angels were at the ready to help you, your family and the doctors discover the true problem of your pain. And how beautiful that through questions we can find the answers we need from our beloved father in heaven. Thank you for sharing! Grateful you are healed!

vickieDecember 2, 2022

i have had many times of agony from pain or mental illness. depression so hard it brought my body down that my skin hung on my body. i took no meds and was taking care of my 4 of 5 children at that time. i also was helping a family stay in our home. the anxiety i had was so awful i cant describe it...well, we moved from england bk to the usa. my baby fell from a slide on the playground ...when we got bk to the states all my kids broke out in blisters on their skin and no dr knew what was going on..they figured it was the move from england to the usa and they had some virus. also i had pain after a hysterectomy. not with the surgery but being allergic to premarin a harmone and no doctor would listen something was wrong. i went through months. many times in my life i was bedridden. i had seizures starting at 46yrs old and went through things i cant describe. all along i trusted in the Lord and reminded myself of gethsemane that Christ knew what i was going through. i have no idea what im being prepared for, but i trust in the Lord as He knows best....

SFISCHDecember 2, 2022

I stand all amazed at your ability to share your experience and illustrate your true devotion to the Savior during your recent time of stress. We love to follow your weekly Come Follow Me podcast. Thank you for your insight and faithfulness. One question? When did you have your shingle shot? Many would be interested why you ended up getting such a painful shingle episode after your vaccine.

KJBDecember 2, 2022

Let me guess, the person being written in about is a Democrat who thinks Biden is doing a good job...

Tiffany GoodwinDecember 2, 2022

What a beautiful story that testifies of our loving Savior and Father being with us always. I know of His love and being with me in the mental/emotional pain of loss and anguish. This story reminded me of things I knew and needed to be reminded. Thanks you Maurine!

R AlldredgeDecember 2, 2022

This is such an inspiring experience for you to share with us. Tender, personal and inspiring. Thank you for your testimony. It really struck me to think of the hard trials going on around us are the very experienced we need to prepare us to meet Christ. I needed this insight. Thank you. Bless you and prayers for your recovery.

Lorraine QuillonDecember 2, 2022


KarlaDecember 2, 2022

Thank you for sharing your story, it has answered my prayer.

Buffie BarkdullDecember 2, 2022

Oh, dear Maurine. Thank you for this gift that came at such a high cost. Through your talent of writing and expression, you have put into words the deepest desires of my heart. To be called a friend of God. You have earned that title. I will strive to remember your experience and declaration of allegiance to God in your extremities as I soldier on in my life.

Doc FullerDecember 1, 2022

My personal research shows that Americans will cohabit without marriage at the rate of over 70%, sometime during their lifetimes. Google it yourself! While 'Homosexuality' is at a rate of no more than 2-3% max. Do you get my obvious point? Please focus on the 70% and not on the 3%. Society is not threatened or endangered in its morality by the 3%! It's a smoke screen by the adversary. Far too many waste 100% of their efforts worrying about the 3%, instead of the real threat of 70% = playing right into the plans and schemes of Satan. We don't see the real threats until it's too late.

BillDecember 1, 2022

In the year 2000, our beloved prophet Gordon B. Hinckley wrote a wonderful book entitled “Standing for Something”. In its epilogue entitled “The Loneliness of Moral Leadership” President Hinckley stated: What we desperately need today on all fronts—in our homes and communities, in schoolrooms and boardrooms, and certainly throughout society at large—are leaders, men and women who are willing to stand for something. We need people who are honest; who are willing to stand up for decency, truth, integrity, morality, and law and order; who respond to their consciences even when it is unpopular to do so—perhaps especially when it is unpopular to do so. That is the job of the leaders in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Its not to be politically correct. It is to speak eternal truth, to stand up for the gospel of Jesus Christ, no matter the cost. That is important not only so the world knows where we as a Church stand, but also so that the people of the Church know where their leaders stand. On November 15, 2022 the Church announced its support for the so-called “Respect for Marriage Act”. In that announcement the Church reiterated that “The doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints related to marriage between a man and a woman is well known and will remain unchanged,” while also stating that the Act “includes appropriate religious freedom protections while respecting the law and preserving the rights of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.” Senator Mike Lee of Utah , an attorney and constitutional scholar, indicated that those religious liberty protections touted by the Church “can only be described as severely anemic." His proposed amendment to shore up those religious liberty protections were never taken into consideration before the Senate passed the bill. For more information on the problems with this Act see and excellent article by Roger Severino on the Heritage Foundations website entitled “Fact-Checking 7 Claims by Defenders of Democrats' Same-Sex Marriage Bill”. I note in the final part of the Family Proclamation, “We CALL UPON responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society.” Apparently, not only does the Church no longer call upon officers of government to protect the family, they are no longer willing to do it themselves. In my opinion, the Church should have stood with its convictions and denounced the measure. It would have been a strong and welcome message to the world, our other religious allies and to Church members that we stand for the principals and doctrines outlined in the Family Proclamation. I note that this approach may, to some, seem like Abinadi bulldozing into the city. However, as shown in Mosiah 12:1, the Lord commanded Abinadi to go into the city and to prophesy, and that Abinadi went into the city in disguise, that they knew him not. No bulldozer there. But when he was captured and brought before King Noah, he then boldly taught and testified. He was Standing for Something. Sometimes you do have to stand up and let the chips fall where they may, then trust upon the Lord to see His eternal purposes fulfilled.

KathleenNovember 30, 2022

Touching article, as always. Loved the seemingly effortless sacrifice in the name of music, when it certainly had to have been a hardship.

JenNovember 30, 2022

I've noticed in the OT, and footnote references to other scripture, that Ephraim is too proud. What I understand to be the US/promised land will be given to Manasseh next. The "remnant" of the sons of Jacob will be the ones to build the New Jerusalem after the proud (even church members) are no more. The temples will then be theirs to care take and work in. Your article makes me wonder if prior to that time those of us in the US will, at some point, have to choose to go abroad to temples if ours will be closed for a time. Like many temples in various areas closing for safety sake, we're not above them. Violence comes in many forms, like even digitally.

BoBNovember 30, 2022

Very well said.

JuliannNovember 30, 2022

Beautiful examples of following the promptings of the spirit. My biggest regrets in life have come from not following those promptings. I am so grateful that God is willing and wanting to help us if we will just listen and obey.

CubbyNovember 30, 2022

Thanks for posting that article. I have thought and posted exactly the same thought, Ceaser’s coins. It is powerful. But you went beyond to examples where he made different choices. I appreciate your wisdom. These perilous times really give us opportunity to read the scriptures and reference them over and over! Thanks!

Tacey BurnhamNovember 30, 2022

A careful reading of the wording of the church statement will show that it was not a statement of support for a very flawed bill, but another call for honoring religious freedom. What the leaders were supporting were the efforts of those working to "include appropriate religious freedoms protections" in the bill. Amendments which, by the way, were voted against by the majority of the senate (including Mitt Romney) and not included in the bill. The wording "we believe this is the way forward" is in reference to working together to allow the LGBTQ+ community their ever-expanding rights without negating the protection of religious liberty guaranteed in the constitution.

Roberta CamargoNovember 29, 2022

A muito tempo atrás senti o desejo urgente de visitar uma pessoa da família, o espírito praticamente me empurrou para ir No outro dia essa pessoa faleceu Vários membros da igreja também tiveram essa impressão e o visitaram, foi como uma despedida , foi a última vez que o veríamos com vida

WM CALVIN HUGHESNovember 29, 2022

So wonderful! Love that when we frequently, intentionally and thoughtfully ponder on spiritual things, our thoughts and insights and wisdom 'multiply exceedingly'. Truly a gift of the spirit! Always look forward to your writings! What a blessing!

Kary NelsonNovember 29, 2022

I was there at Group that night too!! It was Br. Gee who told that story and it has stuck with me ever since as well! I was a freshman at BYU, a non-member who had grown up in a very liberal part of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, and who was wondering why I had ever thought that Ernest L. Wilkinson's BYU was the place for me to attend college when my roommate and I were invited to attend Group. It was in Group that I learned the gospel, where I felt free to ask questions (in my BofM class, not so much), and where I met the man who ultimately baptized me and who has been my husband for nearly 50 years. It's so fun to see Br. Peterson to also remember such a pivotal moment in my testimony growth. Obviously, I did not make this up!

JimNovember 28, 2022

Bodascious! An outstanding article! I wish that the last book by Brother Larry would be published so that I could more easily refer and reread it. Awesome.

ShaunaNovember 28, 2022

Thank you. I appreciate the quotes about covenants you referenced. I am so grateful for the recent increased attention that covenants are receiving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We must move beyond the superficial idea that covenants are "a promise between ourselves and God." And while I am positive that God is more loving and merciful than I can imagine, and that He will do everything He can to bring us back to HIm...He won't violate our agency. "The covenant path is all about our relationship with God—our hesed relationship with Him. When we enter a covenant with God, we have made a covenant with Him who will always keep His word. He will do everything He can, without infringing on our agency, to help us keep ours." President Nelson, "The Everlasting Covenant" October Liahona, 2022 also an important article to reference acknowledging the tension between agency and covenants of parents regarding wayward children is found in the March 2014 Ensign by Elder Bednar

Chris HowellNovember 28, 2022

Fits nicely w Bushop Causse GC talk

Jeri E GilstrapNovember 27, 2022

Thank you Holly for your book recommendations for children. I give my younger grandchildren a Christmas book every year. I wait until I see your book reviews before deciding, Thanks again.

Debrah RoundyNovember 27, 2022

Another request for the "script"

Corey D.November 27, 2022

A well written and needed commentary, I know a lot of members of the church and non members who see announcements like this and do feel confused or let down or troubled but as is pointed out, the way the media present these things is most often very skewed. It's so important to be or get informed because the media is exceptionally biased anymore and just because the church makes a public statement doesn't make it doctrinal.

Bonnie Lee DanielNovember 26, 2022

When I did my DNA Ancestry check I discovered that my 9th great-grandfather was Resolved White. I am eternally grateful that God saved him through the difficult times he and his family endured during the first few years here in America. I hope to meet him some day.

Colleen StoutNovember 26, 2022

I Just read this older book and loved it! I am so glad you are featuring it on Meridian. We all need to read it and apply these Christlike ideals.

ShareeNovember 25, 2022

Thank you for sharing this. It is one of my favorite Josh Groban pieces and Vocal Point did a great job with it. I had goosebumps and tears

Corey D.November 24, 2022

I have picked up hitchhikers since I was a teenager and I keep $40 in fives in my wallet for the homeless, I don't give all the time because some of them I recognize as regulars but if they have a dog with them I always give just can turn down those with dogs.

Micky BowersNovember 24, 2022

Love the ending!… But then again, I love all of your stories…they make my heart smile. Keep them coming!

Anna HargreavesNovember 24, 2022

Love Jody Moore! How to manage and have a healthy relationship with your brain and your emotions. They don't teach this in schools! Thanks for filling this void and showing the world how!

LexaGraemeNovember 23, 2022

What a lovely story! Part of me is horrified that her children felt the way they did about the cookie jar. In my family, it might be the item we would fight over afterwards. Thank you for this.

Luana Mallett (then Holzworth)November 23, 2022

Thank you Brother Goddard. Always remember a small encounter with you and your wife in Australia some many years ago. Maybe 2003/4. That I will never forget your kindness. And discovering your written work. Amazing!

Jim BrownNovember 23, 2022

The most important takeaway from this article is that the Pilgrims were chosen and truly inspired by God to set the stage for the restoration of the Gospel. "Thanks be to God!"

KathrynNovember 23, 2022

I respectfully disagree with the previous commenter. There are hugs... and then there are hugs. It's very different for a woman to give a guy a quick arms-around-shoulders-hug versus an arms-around-the-waist-and-head-on-his-chest embrace that lasts for a few moments. I agree with the husband who wrote the question that this type of physical contact isn't appropriate for people who aren't married to each other. It's likely to stir up or increase inappropriate feelings. It's so much better for everyone to stay on the safe side of the line.

MaryannNovember 22, 2022

I have had trust in the Hallmark channel, and this is very disappointing. I haven't seen any of this departure from traditional family values yet, but it is obviously coming. I will have to look into how to watch the GAC Family channel. Maybe some of us need to speak up and write to the Hallmark officials! Three cheers for Candace for standing up for her principles! I have LOVED watching her "Aurora Teagarden" series.

MaryannNovember 22, 2022

I think this has been a great lesson for all of us. DO NOT get your news about statements from the church by reading newspapers, the internet, or outside sources. If you want to know what the Brethren actually said when they release a statement, read it on the church's website. The statement was so simple and, for me, it just reiterates the fact that we respect the basic rights of all people, AND sexual relationships outside of marriage are STILL immoral. The media has been creating a "tempest in a teacup" over this issue, and members of the church need to avoid being deceived by the false interpretations and incorrect conclusions that have been published by them.

MaryannNovember 22, 2022

I am fully expecting my beloved dogs who have passed on to be waiting for me with tails a'wagging when I cross over. If you listen carefully in the temple, you will also hear about God's divine plan for our animals.

PatNovember 22, 2022

Beautiful, painful, understandable, helpful, and necessarily important for believers and others.

tfNovember 22, 2022

No, there are hugs, and then there are HUGS!

Margaret B. YoungNovember 22, 2022

Wonderful report! The DRC is on its way to becoming a haven of peace rather than a land of war. Church growth there is miraculous.

Gordon J HensleyNovember 22, 2022

I have had dogs, cats, mice, birds, frogs, turtles, ants, fish, and hamsters share my sphere. People I know keep horses, pigs, opossums, monkeys, snakes, and chickens. Each of these animals serve as pets and/or food in various human cultures around the world. Humans sometimes serve as food for animals, (including worms.) Will we all live together as companions once again? No more surf and turf?

Ronald H SnyderNovember 22, 2022

There were Church members (including an apostle) who didn't believe that we should abandon "The Principle" when Wilford Woodruff released the "Manifesto". And members who hated that Bruce McConkie had to withdraw his assertion (in Mormon Doctrine, original edition) that the Catholic Church was the church of the devil. There were those who thought President Kimball had lost it when he gave us the revelation on priesthood. It is not easy for old men to embrace change. I respect the "Brethren" so much for their willingness and ability to see beyond the fray and embrace correct principles like being unified and granting respect to those whose beliefs and practices are different from our own. By doing so, they obtained a similar respect from those others.

Rick RutkowskiNovember 22, 2022

Mariah, I was very touched by your Nov. 21st article on "Where Does the Dog I Lost Fit Into the Plan of Salvation?" I am sorry about the loss of your dog Scout. My wife and I recently lost our dog Pepper, but had 18 wonderful joyous years of companionship with her. We have had similar feelings and questions that you expressed in your article. We take comfort that there is a Plan of Salvation, and although we don't know all the answers of eternity, we know that we have a kind and wise Heavenly Father who will make all things right, including our dogs.

H NorthNovember 22, 2022

"We have NO obligation to reconcile with the children of the Devil." - Bruce R. McConkie

Connie SchraderNovember 22, 2022

Thank you for this comforting article. My sweet dog is getting elderly. I had a most interesting experience a few years ago. I rescued a beautiful Steller Jay who was injured and hiding in the shrubs in our yard. It was late in the day so I put her in a large box and took her in the house. My plan was to take her to a bird rehab center in Ogden the next morning. I checked on her several times. The last time, as I opened the box I could see she had died but the most amazing thing happened. As I looked at her lifeless body I "felt" her spirit fly past me. It was beautiful to experience that sensation. I am grateful to have been allowed to feel her leaving.

MeganNovember 22, 2022

This beautiful article made me cry. Our family adopted an older Maine Coon cat years ago named Hermione Granger, and she was the delight of our lives--the most gentle, patient, dog-like little soul. Two summers ago I herniated a disc in my neck and was in such agonizing pain I couldn't sleep. One night I was writhing in bed, sobbing and praying for the Lord to just help me find rest in the midst of searing pain when I felt Hermione's little footfalls on my comforter and felt her lay down in the crook of my arm and nestle against my body. I thought to myself, "Hermione's here--I can sleep now," and fell into a restful sleep for the first time in a long while. Hermione had been dead for over a year--we'd lost her two Christmases before. I knew Heavenly Father had sent her to me when no other comfort was in reach. I have absolute confidence that our beloved furry companions will greet us in the next life and we'll have a loving friendship that exceeds even the joys in this life. Hugs to you and your family.

StephanieNovember 22, 2022

For some reason this week has been especially difficult regarding the own traumatic and unexpected passing of my doggies a few years ago. I couldn't eat eat or sleep for days after they we're gone. It is true grief. This article was so timely and I'm so thankful for these small moments in our life where we see evidences of our heartaches being known to our Heavenly Father. I wanted to share with you a speech given by Elder Marlin K Jensen where he talks about having our pets with us after this life. Thank you for your sweet and comforting words that were so needed and timely.

Paul HNovember 21, 2022

This "journalistic spin" is no surprise. That has happened for two centuries now regarding Church doctrine. The next item they will take on will be abortion. The Book of Mormon refers to people calling good evil and evil good. The media embodies such an approach.

Maureen GaleNovember 21, 2022

Very well stated! I like the (paraphrased) thinking: "If God is willing to fight our battles, perhaps we should let him pick them, too".

Heber Blake Garside Jr.November 20, 2022

What a PROFOUND essay on HOW Faith empowers us with the promise of Restoring that which we have lost through the Restitution of all things. I try to ask myself through my trials, what is the lesson that the Lord wants to learn through this experience? That knowledge does not often come immediately but through increments of time and the process of experience!! So much here to appreciate and ponder. THANK YOU!!

Martha PillingNovember 20, 2022

This is perfect for teaching about apostasy today in my youth Sunday School class. Wilford Woodruff's journey to the gospel has always fascinated me, and I didn't know he had a brother that fell away. Thank you for your time researching and preparing this article, and for sharing it with us.

Sherry EthridgeNovember 19, 2022

Please have the audio printed so we can follow better

LCBNovember 19, 2022

It’s gotten harder and harder to find the texts of the podcasts. Now it’s impossible. I guess those of us that are hearing impaired will just not be able to enjoy them anymore. Thanks for those in the past.

ShareeNovember 18, 2022

For heaven's sake, it was a hug! I hug my friends, male and female, all the time. i think something else is going on with this guy if he is upset because his wife gives a male friend a hug.

AnnaMaeNovember 17, 2022

I am grateful for Candace Cameron Bure and her strength in standing up for what she believes! I love her movies and I will be watching GAC Family. I, too, wish to watch faith and family based movies and I'm so happy to have found a channel on TV where those beliefs are important.

Jaynie BrowderNovember 17, 2022

How can I get the transcript for this podcast?

Ronald SmithNovember 17, 2022

We have loved watching Ms. Bure on Hallmark for many years. We were sad to read she was leaving. However we are also sad and dismayed that Hallmark has chosen to abandon their largely Christian based viewers to follow the "woke" crowd. We are one of a large number of previous Hallmark viewers who will happily follow Ms. Bure to her new home and are anxious to see the results of her influences there. Bye bye Hallmark.

Tammy lindstromNovember 17, 2022

Loved this!!!

vickieNovember 17, 2022

this is very hard. i raised 5 kids. all are married youngest is gay and is married to his partner. i went to his wedding. it was odd. however, i love my son and i know that he wanted a companion. someone to love and be loved by. im a member and believe the same thing the church does that marriage is between a man and a woman. i also have a nephew who is married to his partner for many years. i also have a cousin who has been married for 30 or 40yrs...or were together that long and then got married. they believe in marriage and i think that when they get married its to make sure that they do not go for another partner. this way they are not having many partners. my children are old people now...i just love them and pray for them.

HeatherNovember 16, 2022

Such a relatable struggle, oh how we all long to be set free. I find Atlas a comfortable friend. We are fellow travelers, both seeking relief from our bondage. So grateful Jesus Christ is my patient and skilled sculptor. I weary of this work, but He never does.

Lorene E. WalkerNovember 16, 2022

I, too, have been inspired and uplifted by hymns that have come at a time when I really needed them. I am our ward chorister and have the opportunity to choose they hymns for Sacrament Meeting each week. I always pray before choosing the hymns for each month, and there have been several times when a particular hymn touched either mine or another person's soul. I love your suggestion about singing a hymn before praying. Thank you for sharing your story!

Becca HowardNovember 16, 2022

There is often confusion that "respecting" means condoning the actions or behaviors of others. We would not accomplish any missionary work if we looked askance at those who drink, live together before marriage, have tattoos, or experience same-gender attractions. All of God's children were given the great gift of agency. Our job is to embrace and be examples of His teachings, whether or not we approve of those who (for now) may live differently.

George AngerbauerNovember 16, 2022

This is beautiful. As I read, I have a desire to strive to be born again daily, and not be that man I was yesterday. I also relate more to Atlas, and think he, rather than the "perfect" David, ought to be our focus for ourselves as well as how we see others. Thank you!

GTONovember 16, 2022

My mother had Narcissistic Personality Disorder and abused both my father and her second husband, both men forgiving her daily. It was my mother who filed for divorce from my father since people with NPD cannot see that anything is their fault. I asked my father how he felt after the divorce, and he said, "Like I've been released from a concentration camp."

Debrah RoundyNovember 16, 2022

I like the clip you have of of President Nelson. He looks vibrant. This, and every podcast is so good and I sure do appreciate them. Thanks

ElaineNovember 16, 2022

The issue of narcissism wasn't addressed in this article. It's the worst form of abuse. I have a son and grandson who are victims of this awful abuse. This article is totally correct that men are victims of abuse, too.

Edward M.November 16, 2022

Abuse doesn't have to be physical, many times our spouses use mental abuse. Men are "fixers" and women are "nurturers". Each plays a vital role in the family. That is the way Heavenly Father set it up. I have found that Women like the mind-controlling approach. "You hold the Priesthood and this is what I want you to do" attitude. Heavenly Father set the standard of walking side by side and helping one another and neither shall walk ahead or behind the other. In all the cases I have seen, Women think that they have to have the upper hand and be in control. Men give in because of love.

Annette AtwoodNovember 16, 2022

Love this article. There’s so much I relate to. Thank you for sharing these stories.

LewisNovember 16, 2022

I continue to be grateful for your ability to turn simple stories into profound insights. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us!

karell binghamNovember 15, 2022

When I read President Nelson's talks I come away with insights that I have never had before, even though I study and study. I pray for him every night! We need him so deeply in these days!

JohnNovember 15, 2022

My first experience with girls in my ward was in 5th grade, when one of them told me (with no provocation or previous interaction) that I was ugly, she hated me, and I'd never have a girlfriend. And of course she was the popular girl who had lots of influence over the other girls. So my "all or nothing" choice was "nothing". This created a poisonous atmosphere between boys and girls that persisted through our YM/YW years. None of the leaders noticed it, and if they did they didn't know what to do about it. One YW President's answer was to try to force the boys to ask the girls in the ward to prom. You can imagine how that went over with the boys. Myself and many of the other boys grew up socially stunted and even severely damaged due to bullying from this group of girls. It affects my life to this day, and I've never had a desire to date or marry. It doesn't feel safe to me.

Annette AntonelliNovember 14, 2022

Thank you for inspiring me to study the things this man taught. I’m looking very forward to learning.

KarenNovember 14, 2022

Not only is this article beautiful and inspiring, it is motivating! I desperately needed this message, and find that after years of emotional apathy, I am ready to “focus on forgiveness.” I know “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me”, but haven’t yet cared enough to be proactive. After reading another well-written article by you, Sister Pratt, I feel grateful for your inspiration and encouragement to turn to Christ. Thank you!

Mark ChildNovember 14, 2022

So true John, so true! How wonderful to read your article this morning and feel a connection to home. Thank you!

Corey D.November 13, 2022

My heart goes out to this woman, almost incomprehensible circumstances to go through especially at the same time. Even almost as incomprehensible is that the atonement of Jesus Christ applies and is for exactly these types of trials, he knows exactly what this woman had gone through.

Lisa TurlyNovember 13, 2022

In the past, I have been able to find your shows notes for your wonderful podcast. There I was able to find a scripture reference, etc. I'm not sure where to find these show notes, or have you stopped typing them up? I would love to be able to reference your commentary. Thank you.

Kerry BlairNovember 12, 2022

What wonderful ideas! A couple of years ago I put together a family recipe book with all the stories and genealogy behind the food traditions we'd had all our lives. I included pictures and memorabilia then had it professionally printed with spiral binding. Total success!

SallyNovember 12, 2022

This article pierced my heart! How glad I am that I am striving to live on the covenant path and strive to hear him. The consequences are huge when. I don't.

MaryannNovember 11, 2022

Beautiful counsel here. I, too, hope this woman will be kind and gentle with herself. She experienced two major events that would devastate anyone. I agree that our Heavenly Father and our Savior need to be the foundation of our lives for support, and I also hope this woman will seek for a good relationship with a friend who will be there for her. If her husband hasn't made any attempt to change in this past year, I hope she can find a good therapist who can help her cope with his betrayal. She can also attend the Spouse and Family Support Group sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is an amazing program to help people who have family members struggling with addictions.

HelenCNovember 11, 2022

I wept when I read the words, “Father, I paid for her.”

Frank Webster JrNovember 11, 2022

There are some wonderful ideas here for us to contemplate this Christmas season. I have been working on my personal history for several years as our daughter wants me to have it printed up for her and our other loved ones. I've compiled my stories and pictures in hopes of soon having it printed. Our Stake Patriarch has already compiled and had printed two books on his life and it was a wonderful story to read. Please consider doing so, as you're the best source of this information before it becomes lost

Loren DaltonNovember 10, 2022

What a beautiful story and message! Thank you for sharing it!!

LorieNovember 10, 2022

Sending our love this Thanksgiving!

PamNovember 10, 2022

Thank you Brother Grenny. I do so much enjoy your perspective in this an other articles you have written. So needed to read this today- it was a "rescue" article in many ways. l'll read it again, then again. And again.

SteveNovember 10, 2022

I love this story. I sing in our Stake Choir and it is my favourite part of my Sunday worship.

Lawrence N.November 10, 2022

I saw this report on You Tube. The slant was totally biased. No interviews from other side of the story. Half truths galore. Good part of the interview given by a former member who appears to be overly self absorbed. "Tax Laws are followed, and because they are followed the Church steals money from the people of Australia." Talk to your legislature about that. If that is your argument every tax deduction you take is also cheating the people of Australia. Satan is having fun with half-truths.

R. JensenNovember 10, 2022

About five years ago, I bought up frame ornaments after Christmas and started putting photographs of living family and ancestors in them. It was quite a project, as I needed to resize several pics and it was a trial and error process. I had to go through boxes of pics and scan the best. FamilySearch trees were a good source of pictures of my husband's LDS ancestors, and we also added pics of newly deceased individuals to their database.. Now I have over eighty pics and have my family around for Christmas season. It is an opportunity to tell my children and grandchildren about them.

Cynthia CarlsonNovember 10, 2022

Thank you for sharing this inspiring story! Prayer and hymns do seem to go hand in hand.

Valiant JonesNovember 10, 2022

You are spot on! Pres. Benson frequently taught that we are under condemnation for neglecting the Book of Mormon (see D&C 84:57). Near the end of President Benson’s life, then Elder Oaks, summarized all of President Benson’s sermons and writings about the Book of Mormon and concluded, “The subject I believe we have neglected is the Book of Mormon’s witness of the divinity and mission of Jesus Christ and our covenant relationship to him.”

Annette AtwoodNovember 6, 2022

I am an active Member of my LDS Faith however, I have struggled some with the Christ I have been taught, I've always felt like I could never measure up. After watching The Chosen I gained a new relationship with Christ where I KNOW I measure up and I am loved as I am. This had renewed my faith and desire to love, learn and grow. I also learned how to love and accept Gods love for me through and amazing program called Heart of a Woman ( for women) or a Warriors Heart ( for men). I highly recommend both. Thank you Dallas for showing a side of Christ more people can relate to.

MickeyjNovember 6, 2022

I was thinking trauma too, before it was even mentioned in the question. The book The Body Keeps The Score would be an excellent read for this brother. EMDR and some forms of massage can be extremely effective at helping to resolve trauma.

T PaceNovember 5, 2022

Very well said!

Gail BowmanNovember 5, 2022

I’m a 42 yr member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and I LOVE THE CHOSEN!!! My whole family loves The Chosen!! I believe it has brought me closer to Christ in different ways and I Love the Spirit it brings into our home! And because we believe in it so much we have “put our money where our mouth is” and have donated/gifted $1000’s of dollars to the work! I am prepared that at some point there may be a difference of opinion for me as a Latter-day Saint, (though it hasn’t really happened ye)t, however the over all message of Christ, His Love and His mission is so powerful in bringing people to Christ that it doesn’t matter! Dallas truly is sharing Jesus Christ with the WORLD!! Atheist’s are believing the message! How can we squabble over that if we truly love the Lord? It makes me sad that some of our Christian brothers and sisters questions Dallas’ motives and give him such a hard time in fear that he is “too close” to Our Faith! I would hope that we could all just see the Big Picture as Dallas and his team have and just rejoice in the fact that he is taking a Personal Loving Savior to the world and he’s making a difference in peoples lives!! Heavenly Father needs ALL Believers on deck in this crazy world we live in and we should unite and not let the adversary attempt to weaken us by dividing us, one of his favorite tactics. Let’s help in the work to bring the Light of the World to the world in what ever way possible! I Praise the Lord for it all!

Stephanie BillingsleyNovember 5, 2022

Amen! Been LOVING The Chosen for years and it, just like any of our 'tools' (prayer, scripture, church, temple, etc) points or connects us to JESUS. My husband and I firmly believe JESUS wants his sincere believers everywhere to come together, which should be easy, since we agree on the most important thing - JESUS the CHRIST alone is our Savior. I think it's ignorant to believe any one group of believers has the monopoly on all truth - as if man has all knowledge God could bestow. Wherever truth is found, there God is (truth is one great whole, and He is the Father) and we all have much good (of God) to offer. I think it would benefit all of us members of The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints to focus more on being converted unto (changed by) JESUS rather than testimonies of the ancillaries - the Church itself being the vehicle for delivering the good news of JESUS CHRIST. "When we put God first, everything else falls into it's proper place..." I cherish my covenant relationship with my JESUS, and I do not dismiss, rather learn much from the beautiful relationship those of other faith traditions have with their Savior as well.

AnonymousNovember 5, 2022

Biggest problem there is in marriages, even President Kimball said something to that effect, hence the proliferation of books, articles, blogs, etc about sexual intimacy especially in the LDS and Christian realm. I'm no expert other than having been married for 45 yrs but I would say to this brother sounds like his wife may very possibly be depressed, unfortunately most often the fix for depression is medication, which makes the problem worse because most medication prescribed for depression kills sexual desire or libido, especially in women. It also sounds like there are cultural, social issues of abuse which has probably left her with low self esteem. I'm sure many including the columnist would recommend counseling for her or both but it may or may not help, in our case it made things worse.

Pam BundersonNovember 4, 2022

I grew up in a protestant faith and learned to love Jesus as my Savior and redeemer. When I was 21, I took time to investigate the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I learned that Jesus is still my savior and redeemer as well as my exemplar and teacher. I am grateful to have the opportunity daily to seek to know him better. The Chosen has given me an opportunity to see Christ in a realistic setting as a man on earth who God sent to teach us and bring us closer to our Father in Heaven. I find that he is still the same Jesus who loves each of us and wants us to guide us back to our heavenly home.

LindaNovember 4, 2022

Thank you!

KayNovember 4, 2022

A mother who cannot have physical relationship with her child--hugging, cuddling, being physically close--will do serious damage to her child. This is more than the husband's problem, it is a problem for her children as well. I hope she will agree to seek professional help.

Haze KompelienNovember 4, 2022

I feel The Chosen has been a gift to the world. Whether it is 100% biblically accurate or not, it has served its purpose well by bringing Jesus into conversations and hearts. It is not intended to replace LDS church videos. It is not intended to be 100% verbatim words of Christ. It IS, from my perspective, intended to encourage viewers to develop an understanding of the time He lived on earth and His human relationships to others. The staff of The Chosen pray that their efforts will encourage viewers to go to their scriptures and believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and the son of God. I hope more people watch their efforts. I pray people will be less critical and derisive.

MeganNovember 4, 2022

I have loved the portrayal of Jesus in The Chosen. I grew up in the Catholic Church with a Methodist-raised mom and grandparents, and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with my family when I was a teen. I have always loved the LDS portrayals of Jesus in film, and I've always appreciated their careful adherence to scripture when giving the actors portraying Christ opportunities to speak. But there is something so intimate and personal about Christ's portrayal in The Chosen, an intimacy more familiar to Protestant faiths than to ours, that has really drawn me in. I don't have to contend with potential doctrinal differences because I know and have a testimony of what our Church teaches. But I believe Dallas Jenkins' creation is truly a gift to the world, led by what I believe is the visitation of Holy Ghost (having experienced it myself as a nonmember), and I'm very excited to see what good it will do as the seasons roll forth. He is coming! And He has faithful followers doing His work throughout the world!

Toni LyonsNovember 4, 2022

I absolutely love The Chosen. I love to share it on social media along with The Book of Mormon movies. I love my Savior and anything that draws me closer to Him is alright with me!

Linda WinansNovember 4, 2022

Perfect article!!! AMEN!'

Chris CNovember 3, 2022

I read this book recently and thoroughly enjoyed it! LC Lewis did an excellent job expressing Michelle Naget's "voice" as a child and young woman! I fell in love with her and her remarkable family. Their love for each other, as well as their resilience, is breathtaking. At the heart of this story is the Christlike service of the Naget family, which extended well beyond their immediate family to include others in their community. Despite the unbearable conditions they were forced to endure, the Nagets never failed to live as they believed This story is astonishing and humbling!

Liz G.November 3, 2022

Thank you for this beautiful article. It really touched and moved me.

Stephen FennNovember 3, 2022

Susan, while I was on my way from Peru to Uruguay to serve my mission, I stopped in Tucuman to visit my family that was serving there as construction missionaries. John, at the time, was in the North Argentine Mission under President Richard G. Scott, serving in the city of San Juan. I hadn't seen him for almost a year and a half, and knew I wouldn't for another couple of years, so I took a 19 hour bus ride to visit him. Early in the trip, the question came to my mind, "what would I do if I I saw that a head on accident was about to occur during the bus ride". I decided the best thing to do would be to lie down quickly onto the adjacent seat so I would have the seat in front of me to absorb the impact. I arrived without incident and didn't think about it further. After an enjoyable couple of days visiting with John, I boarded the bus for the return trip. At about 6:00 am the next morning I had awakened and was looking forward as we were driving on a narrow road. I saw a dump truck approaching, which was unconcerning, but suddenly the truck swerved directly into our path. Instinctively, I flopped over onto the vacant seat next to me just seconds before the impact. Exactly as imagined, I bounced up against the seat in front of me and was not injured. Many on the bus were injured, thankfully not seriously. God's miracles don't need to be like the classic biblical ones to make us appreciate His loving hand in our lives.

HelenCNovember 3, 2022

I am struggling with doubt over my decision to “comfort the weary” by becoming a Grief Coach to women who have lost a child to cancer. This morning’s reading has caused me to think on the miracles in my life that pointed me in this direction in the first place. Just last Saturday I was at a luncheon with breast cancer survivors when we sang a song together and I felt my beautiful oldest daughter, who succumbed to this disease, standing behind me, singing with all her might as my own voice faded to tears. Father sent her, and she agreed, to strengthen me for today and tomorrow.

HelenCNovember 3, 2022

Thanks again, Dr. Dan, for enlightening my confused mind which was drifting away from its purpose this morning. Fear and confusion are NOT Heavenly Fathers tracing tools!

LoraNovember 3, 2022

I don't think that this prompting "went awry". The effort was to bless her daughter, and it did. I think that we need to be careful about equating "answered prayers" with "wishes granted". I believe that all of our prayers are answered, even when our wishes don't come true. One person fasts and prays for a miracle and gets it, and another person, just as faithful, fasts and prays for a miracle and doesn't. The Lord is in the character-building business, and characters aren't built by having easy lives. What's nice about this story is that Mom followed the prompting, and Daughter felt supported and loved. Clearly, the message inside the package was inspired! It would not have gone over well if she'd written something like, "I'm so sorry. It will work out next time." No, she must have written something like, "I believe in you. I love you." You can never go awry with a message like that.


I have yet to hear an explanation of what constitutes "worthiness." At what point do we become worthy and unworthy.

Marsha NewmanNovember 2, 2022

I love this discussion on the apostles and prophets. It is so carefully worded and contains many gentle cautions about “judging “ them from our own personal bias. The youth of the church are often hasty and highly influenced by social norms of our day. Many times only the perspective of years sheds light on the truthfulness of prophetic teachings. The Proclamation on the Family is one of those instances. Thanks for carrying this excellent article!

Sherrie AnthonyNovember 2, 2022

Steve what a great article. This is the perfect month for us to find even greater happiness by being grateful. Thank you.

Becca HowardNovember 2, 2022

It is a sad day indeed when parents must “opt out” on what is being taught in school. When I was young, parents had to “OPT IN” by signing permission slips for sex Ed, immunizations to be given at school, field trips, or anything else that was outside of the normal curriculum or schedule. Parental teachings, especially anything of a religious or moral nature, should come first. Schools need to return to teaching academics.

ChrisNovember 1, 2022

Great, great article. Thank you! We all know someone who is not "happy" unless they are suffering in some way...and have something to complain about. Of course suffering can be very real, but much of the time we suffer because we make up a story in our mind about the unfairness of it all, we live in the past and worry about the future. You're in the present, letting go of the past, and choosing to "live in the grace of the day" works so much better...

LoraNovember 1, 2022

This article came at the right time! I sent it to my granddaughter who just started working at a hospital and has rejected the church. Since this is scientific, rather than religious, I hope that she will be able to deal with the inevitable life and death that goes on around her in her new job. My mother-in-law was raised as a secular Jewish woman, and now that her husband has died, she's having to face her thoughts about life after death. I've sent it to her, too. It may open the door to some deeper conversations. Thank you for writing this. I like David D's comments, too.

CherylNovember 1, 2022

Anita... I would love to hear more about how you did the scavenger hunt. I'm planning a family activity in Nov 2022 and that would be fun to include. Cheryl

AvaNovember 1, 2022

Not by chance, my prayers this morning were to help me overcome the constant disappointment and hurt I feel from my family. It's been a lifelong experience. I am grateful in all things. I have found much joy since my conversion of the church. I serve and love and give yet this this one thing just hurts. Yet I know it's not my fault. And I know there's nothing I can do about it but love them just as the Lord loves us. I always read your articles, Annie, because they're wonderful. And I appreciate so much your insights. Your wrist suggestions give me more to chew on, pray about, think about and hopefully accomplish. Thank you

Kathleen N JonesNovember 1, 2022

I am 74 years old. When I was 7 years old and in very bad health (heart) I left and visited Heaven and sat upon the Lord's lap upon His throne. I so plainly to this day can I still see his face, as I placed my hand on his cheek and looked into his un-describable blue eyes. There is of course more to the beginning and end except to say I returned and later left the hospital without any clue to the doctors how I had healed completely. I have also been privileged to witness other events of seeing others enter Heaven more than once. My "job" is not done but I cannot wait to go. No, I do not share this much, but now may be the time.

TanyaOctober 31, 2022

We hosted a youth activity using Dia de los Muertos as our underlying theme. We had three stations in the cultural hall where the rotated three groups through. Using the Family Tree Memories App. Why Family Stories? What is Dia de los Muertos. Each station was interactive. The final station was in the RS room where everyone gathered together. We created an Ofrenda where youth and leaders could place photos of their ancestors. Our Stake Patriarch talked about the importance of gathering Israel on both sides of the veil, and the importance of doing the temple work for our ancestors. It was a wonderful activity.

Gary AndersonOctober 31, 2022

Wonderful message! Thank you!

PhilOctober 31, 2022

Thank you, Daniel, for this interesting article. I am very interested in that book now and will order a copy of it. Regarding the skeptics, I'm convinced they will disbelieve in the afterlife no matter how much positive evidence there is, aside from having a NDE of their own.

MaryannOctober 31, 2022

Shortly before they died, both my great-grandmother and also my father had visitations of their loved ones on the other side. My great-grandmother said she could see her husband "waiting for her at the gate." My father had conversations with my mother. He also said that his father had come to him. My husband's grandfather also told us of family members who had visited him shortly before his death. I don't think this is unusual and perhaps is the loving preparation of our Heavenly Father to help us pass from one realm to another.

DavidDOctober 31, 2022

An extremely interesting, comprehensive, scientific and current study of "near death" experiences was reported earlier this year by the New York Academy of Sciences. Their goal was not to prove or disprove life after death, but rather to be able to help medical professionals better anticipate and address the experiences that many patients are likely to have as our medical technology continually advances in being able to "bring back" individuals who would traditionally be considered dead. One portion of the study has been summarized by a commentator as follows: "The recalled experiences surrounding death are not consistent with hallucinations, illusions, or psychedelic drug–induced experiences, according to several previously published studies. Instead, they follow a specific narrative arc involving a perception of (a) separation from the body with a heightened, vast sense of consciousness and recognition of death; (b) travel to a destination; (c) a meaningful and purposeful review of life, involving a critical analysis of all actions, intentions, and thoughts towards others; a perception of (d) being in a place that feels like “home”; and (e) a return back to life."

Corey D.October 27, 2022

The article mentioned Ms. Meloni the new Italian premier, almost the second she was elected the liberal establishment and media were criticising her, calling her right wing, biased, etc. I read her remarks and thought they were wonderful and excellent, I did not see one word of hate or bias or anything like that in her remarks, in fact half of what she said sounds like it was pulled from the Proclamation on the Family, just goes to show Satan will oppose anything good whether from religious sources or political. If she was a US citizen and lived here in the US I would vote for her in a heartbeat.

Becca HowardOctober 27, 2022

My husband and I raised our children with the traditional dos and don’ts, and I’m sure we heard plenty of the “lists” in our classes. We had to meet the challenges of business trips or visits to relatives of other faiths who wanted to eat out on Sunday. As empty nesters, we believe we are pretty good about doing the right things. For me the joy comes when I turn off a Hallmark movie or a BYU program and devote more time to Come, Follow Me or family history. A recent study challenge given at our stake conference has especially helped me feel an extra spiritual boost on the Sabbath and that I am spending my time well.

Beth TOctober 27, 2022

Thank You for strengthening our faith & testimonies in Sabbath day worship. My heart is FULL!!!

HelenCOctober 26, 2022

Thank you for encouraging me to press forward with Faith that Father knows my gifts and how best to use them. His will be done is all that matters to me.

MaryannOctober 25, 2022

This is very disturbing--how can any member of the church support a political party that clamors for abortion? And, I don't even need to say WHICH party it is, do I?

Harold RustOctober 25, 2022

Thanks to you and to other brave heroes who are speaking out as a thoughtful professional in addressing issues which are very pertinent for our society. I have been spared that bullying because I’m still just learning about the landscape.

HalOctober 24, 2022

Thank you for this thoughtful and insightful article. I have some Facebook "friends" who seem to thrive on regurgitating unfounded, undocumented, vitriolic rhetoric against some of my most deeply held beliefs. I usually choose to ignore their posts and scroll past them. Unfortunately, they can't seem to give me the same respect when I post some deeply held belief. These "friends" seem compelled to respond to my posts with a bitterness that far exceeds the loving intent of my original post. It is hard not to respond, so I try to just try to assure my detractors that I meant no offense, (and include them in my prayers), but I still stand firm on what I had written.

ChristineOctober 24, 2022

I am so sorry that you (or anyone) has to face this silencing tactic. Not only is this incredibly unkind and unfair, but to try to silence another's opinion through manipulation and deceit is a very slippery slope to anarchy. I love to read your thoughtful comments, and while I don't always agree with everything you (or ANY one in the public discourse) says, I learn so much and gain a greater understanding for all opinions. If it is any comfort, your book The Power of Stillness has been such a profound blessing to me! I especially loved your narration!! Thank you and keep writing and keep challenging our thinking!

Jan NielsenOctober 24, 2022

Yeah for you. I cheer you on! Thank you for your courage.

Jill CleaverOctober 20, 2022

I love this article. Thank you Anne!

David Lee SalyerOctober 20, 2022

Jesus Christ and His gospel are the only true remedies for any temporal malady. "Mental Health" has usurped this jurisdiction at the peril, trauma, and tragedy of those who rejected His scriptural admonitions to "Come unto me". We are told within a single verse in the Book of Mormon the simple, obvious cause and resolution for all that "mental health" attempts to address. It is obvious, but has just as obviously been overlooked, greeted with unbelief, and under-utilized, to our collective demise. It is this verse: "And if ye have no hope ye must needs be in despair; and despair cometh because of iniquity. Moroni 10:22 We need to stop looking beyond the mark. Only then can we become clean and experience the miracles the gospel promises us we will obtain through simple obedience and repentance. We should stop behaving as one of the Israelites who refused to simply look and be healed. I testify this principle is true!

Renee HardingOctober 20, 2022

Wow, great insights. Loved these gems of wisdom.

MaryannOctober 17, 2022

I highly recommend the Spouse and Family Support Meetings which are part of the Addiction and Recovery Program of the church. The principles taught there would have helped this woman recognize the false things she was being told. She would have learned divine principles that would have greatly helped her in a very difficult situation, and also gained support from the group leaders and other participants. This is a divinely inspired program and mental health specialists have helped to design it, as approved by church leaders. I hope everyone who has a family member with any kind of addiction will speak to their Bishop about attending these meetings. They are strictly confidential.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryOctober 14, 2022

This is so fascinating. It is amazing what has been discovered. Thank you for sharing.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryOctober 13, 2022

Very well written with good quotes and explanations. We constantly must be aware of Satan's tactics to keep us from staying on the covenant path. We have much greater power than he has because we have Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ on our side. Satan will never win.

Paralee EckmanOctober 13, 2022

This is such a timely article, that it should be read by all people -- not just members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! It a person doesn't believe in the power and intentions of Satan, they can't even believe the truths in the Temple Ceremony! It is basic, and something we fought for in our pre-existence life! Thank you for writing this!

shaunaOctober 13, 2022

Well done. Thanks for the many references to talks and scripture. Surely, the Book of Mormon is the most powerful "witness' of Satan and lists many of his traps, snares, false arguments etc. I am grateful for the inclusion of the anti-christs, Korihor, Nehor and Sherem for instance, and the recounting of their false philosophies, so that they can be identified and avoided. He never has anyone best's interests at heart and will abandon any who follow him.

Ron StandageOctober 13, 2022

An excellent explanation of why we must understand Satan so we can be successful in becoming who we must be to live with Father eternally. Thank you very much!

HelenCOctober 13, 2022

I renege clearly the day a friend of mine told me, almost 50 years ago, that she and her mother had both decided there was no such being as Satan. Within six months they had left the Church. He’s THAT good (at his job, of course!). I recently came to the decision that, while I despise his chosen profession, I will put him but not hate him. Hate only damages me and he hasn’t earned that right.

RyanOctober 12, 2022

Nothing like taking time to enjoy life at the beach! Great reminder as to the importance of storytelling and reflection.

CindyOctober 12, 2022

Beautiful! I might share it with my college composition class!

KathleenOctober 12, 2022

Welcome back, I've missed reading your articles unless they've been printed and I haven't seen them. I find your logic and adept ability to express yourself, refreshing. There would be a lot less conflict and hurt if the adage, "is it true, is it kind, is it necessary?", preceded our words.

SarahOctober 11, 2022

Talk only via those court approved aps. Record any phone conversations, not that it'll help, as they will say u manipilulated the recording but for your own sanity! Go no contact, except via the ap. Don't engage, explain, defend or personalise. See them as 9 Yr olds baiting you for a fight, don't take the bait. Don't validate your feelings, they don't care. Save your breath. Answer with 'whatever' and walk away/hang up. You are their feed, give them nothing

GenOctober 10, 2022

Beautiful. I too have had my understanding enlarged through the Come, Follow Me study of Isaiah. What a gift these last few weeks have been!

LewisOctober 10, 2022

Two words: "simply extraordinary." You have such a gift for wrapping divine principles into meaningful and memorable stories. Please keep this up. And I hope someone helps you put these extraordinary articles into a book.

HelenCOctober 10, 2022

Thank you, dear friend in Christ, for showing me the PERFECT way to launch my Grief Relief Support business. I trust I will hear His voice in the help that He requires of me.

R. StarkOctober 5, 2022

As an former educator, I know that writing is such an important part of learning and thinking. I am wondering if our digital world will cause this important aspect to become obsolete.

RaLee HallOctober 5, 2022

This is excellent advise. Thank you.

HelenCOctober 5, 2022

Just what I needed as I get ready for my first webinar tonight on dealing with the loss of a child. Thank you!

Jim LimOctober 4, 2022

Thirty five years age I got a bible (Old and New Testimony) on microfiche. It was 2"x2".

Kathy SandersOctober 4, 2022

I felt an overwhelming theme was the importance of developing an ever deepening relationship with Christ. To live with Him as our daily companion, counselor, friend, and savior. I want to learn how to BE in that intense relationship with such a perfect friend more faithfully and trustingly. I was struck by the urgency to make and keep covenants with God. This is our only hope of surviving the days before us. And lastly for me was the sweet blessings our dear prophet bestowed upon us in his Sunday morning and afternoon talks. I want to claim each one of them and I love the power and authority he has to give us those blessings straight from God.

Dave HansenOctober 4, 2022

OK......I like this idea! When can I go to Deseret Book and buy one....??? :-)

MaryannOctober 3, 2022

LOVED the poem you shared. Beautiful!

MaryannOctober 3, 2022

I loved President Nelson's continued encouragement to focus on the temple in ways that we never have before. He has repeatedly stressed this in his past addresses as well. He gave a great PROMISE to all of us in his final talk on Sunday that increased time in the temple will bless our lives in ways that nothing else can. This promise has already been fulfilled in my life. I have focused much more on the temple, studied about the temple, increased my temple attendance, prayed and read the scriptures in the temple, and prepared myself with prayer before attending. I have also searched for my ancestors and received the ordinances for my own ancestors in the temple. As a result, my understanding of the temple has unfolded like a beautiful rose. I have felt close to my Savior, and also greater love and appreciation for the reality of His atonement for me. I feel that I know Him better and have sensed that I have access to his continuous power and strength. I continue to have new impressions and to gain more knowledge, faith, trust in, and commitment to my Savior.

Paul HOctober 3, 2022

God is always aware of us and desires to help us because He loves each of us as an individual and distinct son or daughter.

Doris WilliamsOctober 3, 2022

Wow! These are so beautiful. Almost makes me want to be back on Facebook so I could share them...but at 89 and still busy with family and temple work, I can't keep up with all the technology. Just don't have the words to express my gratitude for conference, for the counsel, for our blessed leaders, for this precious church.

KarenOctober 3, 2022

Build your relationship with Christ. He is the answer to everything

TJOctober 3, 2022

What has stood out to me is the way God shows his great love for us. Broadcast ability to reach the world. Translators to allow all to hear in their own language. Messages of instruction to restore hope. Love on display.

CodgerOctober 1, 2022

At your age it really doesn't matter. Take it out of his inheritance. In some cases he is going to have to pony up the money to pay for your care at a retirement home and that costs more than children. If you are still pretty healthy and live long enough, your grand children might be in a place to care for you. Think of that as a high risk, long term investment and do the best you can to stay in the game for them.

RobbSeptember 30, 2022

We have the opposite problem. My daughter and son-in-law refuse to accept any gifts we spontaneously select for our 3 grandchildren. For birthdays and Christmas, my son-in-law texts us the name of the one gift we may order for the children. They live across the country and we only see them every other year. We think the grandchildren will remember us as being ungenerous because of their father's restrictions on this matter.

Dave BallSeptember 30, 2022

Thank you, Scott! I'm using the statistics about most-referenced scriptures in my Seminary class this morning, as we focus on General Conference. We'll look at each of them and talk about why they might be so often referenced.

Wendy RojasSeptember 29, 2022

Beautiful and insightful writing. Thank you for sharing your perspective of healed old wounds through Jesus Christ.

StephSeptember 29, 2022

I enjoyed reading. :) <3 (warm-hearted smiles) ^v (God is greater than the highs & lows)

BrentSeptember 29, 2022

Enjoyed reading of your meaningful thoughts/memories. Welcome home!

Taylor StonelySeptember 29, 2022

What a profound story! I have been thinking a lot about returning home to where I grew up in the East Millcreek area and this touched me as I too recalled many memories of my childhood. Your larger point of how the Savior’s Atonement can heal all wounds is so true! Thank you for sharing your experience and putting life in context of past, present, and future…

Maurine Jensen ProctorSeptember 26, 2022

Jeff Bradshaw has written two articles on these chapters that will appear in Meridian this week. He may include the Jewish story there, or you can contact him.

Maurine Jensen ProctorSeptember 26, 2022

We do not have transcripts when we have a guest, but we will not have guests very many more times this year, and will resume with the transcripts.

Maurine Jensen ProctorSeptember 26, 2022

We only have transcripts when we do not have a guest with us. Most of the rest of the year, we will have transcripts.

Maurine Jensen ProctorSeptember 26, 2022

We do not have a transcript for this podcast, but we will be publishing two back-to-back articles by Jeffrey Bradshaw on Meridian this week, so you can watch for them.

JudySeptember 25, 2022

I love this episode, Isaiah 50-57, as well as the many, many others that I have learned from this passed while and was wondering if there is a transcript of this podcast? I have the opportunity to speak in Sacrament Meeting and would like to use some quotes from the podcast.

Marjorie BaileySeptember 25, 2022

I also miss the written transcripts. I do not have a phone and rely on my computer. The written word makes it possible for me to take notes for further reference. I am very hard of hearing and miss so much of the audio. could you please consider returning to the previous way? Thank you for all that you do to allow us insight into the scriptures.

Corey D.September 25, 2022

Excellent, excellent article. What you are saying would have been almost universally agreed upon years ago but sadly no longer is and even sadder and I know others who feel the same, I feel like there is no hope that it will change.

Gordon J HensleySeptember 25, 2022

This concept never occurred to me until I read this article: The fields are burned after the harvest, not to punish the fields or the straw, but to prepare the fields for next season's planting. Likewise, the burning of the earth at the coming of the Lord is not to punish the earth or the people on it, but to prepare earth for it's next season. (Paradisiacal glory.)

marytarbetSeptember 24, 2022

I can’t say thank you enough for educating us and being willing to read books that have such offensive language and graphic content. You are a saint!

LupineSeptember 24, 2022

Unfortunately, not all abusers were victims of abuse themselves. Those who were, obviously need some attempts to help them. But some abusers are mentally ill in other ways and attempts to help them fail. Others are just evil. My husband learned about sex from the brothels of Havana, Cuba when the US Navy used to put in there for "R&R". Then he went home to Indiana and married the neighborhood slut who continued to cheat on him and he on her. Obviously, they ended up divorced. And then he wondered why I didn't act like a prostitute in our marriage and the abuse began.

Nathan DemersSeptember 24, 2022

11 of 17 prophets and additional apostles have clearly stated that fish is a healthy option and should be utilized. Brigham Young made a statement that people were confusing the subject and made an attempt to simplify it. Brigham Young “…But we can eat fish…Fish is as healthy a food as we can eat, if we except vegetables and fruit, and with them will become a very wholesome diet. What hinders us from surrounding ourselves with an abundance of those various articles of food which will promote health and produce longevity? If it is anything, it is our own neglect; or, in other words, which will answer my purpose better, the want of knowing how.” - Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses Vol. 12 Necessity of obeying counsel, April 6, 1868 Position: President of the church

Emma McKenzieSeptember 24, 2022

I, too, have appreciated and taken for granted the wonderful transcripts that come with the lesson each week. I copied them weekly and sent them to my husband, who is in prison. He has been in prison 4 years and still has 4 more to go. Your lessons are filled with the spirit and inspiration he and I both need to get through each week. Your lessons are wonderful. I hope all is well with your family. You're in my prayers.

CarolSeptember 23, 2022

Is there any way to get a copy of Jeff Bradshaw's Jewish friend's testimony when he read Isaiah 53? Or, a book where it is written. Very powerful.

MaryannSeptember 23, 2022

When we focus only on the trial, we will be swallowed up by it. When we continue to recognize the beauty around us and spend more time focusing on our blessings, the scriptures, and the many witnesses in our lives of God's eternal, ever present love, we will have more peace. We can also remember President Hinckley's counsel that things WILL work out. We may be tired of waiting for that to occur, but we can choose to place our faith in our Savior and use that faith to remember that He is with us and will help us get through the hard times. We can humble ourselves and ask others for the help we need, instead of shouldering our burdens alone. We can remove great weights from our bodies and spirits by accepting the fact that we cannot solve the problems of others. As we continue to show love for family members, sometimes we just need to let go of trying to change things and, in faith, let our Heavenly Father take our burdens.

HalSeptember 23, 2022

Great article, thank you! It is amazing how devious people try to sneak destructive material into our children's minds under the guise of "inclusion" or even "art."

Steve GattenSeptember 23, 2022

It’s always interesting ready convoluted reasoning by therapists. While this article touches on some realities it pushes aside one of the obvious explanations. That is that the accusations we totally and intentionally made. I personally believe that is the case here as it was in all the other examples the author pointed out. There was motive and many, including Duke have in the end ignored the truth.

ElizabethSeptember 23, 2022

Excellent article. Thanks for taking the time to be so thorough and specific.

CASSeptember 23, 2022

This was very well written! Thank you for your time to put this crucial and detailed matter together. Informed families: take action!

MSeptember 23, 2022

Don’t forget this is in a context where public libraries in the US are also being targeted and forced to remove books about LGBTQI characters and by LGBTQI authors. I’m sure the situation is complex, but it is disingenuous to suggest that it’s just schools that this is happening in. Hopefully that is the case in Utah, but it is easy to see why people are becoming concerned about outright censorship in public and schools libraries in the US. There should also be discussion of options such as restriction by age or parental permission rather than by complete removal.

CarolSeptember 22, 2022

This is also the night of a marvelous heavenly manifestation of armies marching across the sky that was seen by Heber C. Kimball and family, Brigham Young, and others in Mendon, NY.

Kristen OpenshawSeptember 22, 2022

I posted this video two years ago during the Covid mandates. Funny how it seems to be making a comeback now, but I'm not sure that people view it the way I did then and do now.

Paul HSeptember 22, 2022

It is my belief and experience that God uses Priesthood Blessings to help us understand His will, and that through that means He does not test our faith, but rather He reinforces our faith. I've had similar experiences to the ones in this article. They also increase our focus on God's love for each of us.

Joy LundbergSeptember 22, 2022

I really enjoyed this article. It brings comfort and peace. Thanks again for another great article, full of meaning and insight. Your writing always uplifts me.

HalSeptember 22, 2022

This story reminds me of our honeymoon 37 years ago. We spent the first two nights in a nice, reasonably priced hotel in a quiet little town with amazing scenery right outside the door. My wife was very frugal (a good attribute) and decided the hotel we were staying in was too expensive and suggested we could get a cheaper one in the next (larger) town up the road. I reluctantly cancelled our remaining three nights in the nice hotel and packed up to head to the next town. Upon entering the town, we found a string of "No Vacancy" signs at each hotel we drove by. The hotel room we finally got at the edge of town was indeed cheaper. It also reeked of cigarette smoke and alcohol. We also noticed that the parking lot began to fill up as the day wore on and realized it was the first day of the elk hunt in that state. We were awakened at 4:00 a.m. the next morning to the sound of 4-wheel-drive pickups starting up, headlights shining through our window, the loud clomping of hunting boots on the wood walkway outside our room, and loud voices shouting out "Hey Jake, you got the beer?" Short story, after two nights of this we decided to cut our honeymoon short and just go home. We look back on this event and laugh, but it wasn't very amusing at the time.

GaleSeptember 22, 2022

Another wonderful event is the giving of the keys of the restoration to Joseph Smith (with Oliver Cowdery present) in the Kirtland Temple on Sunday, April 3rd, 1836. The brethren saw the Christ and received keys from Elijah, Moses, and Elias. This day was the Jewish holiday of Bikkurim, or first fruits (Bikkurim refers to "honored son"). This wave offering occurs during Passover week and is meant to guarantee a perfect harvest for the coming year. This is the day that Christ rose from the dead!

ObserverSeptember 21, 2022

I appreciate these stories. It seems faith is very rare to be found these days.. sometimes even amongst many church members. Faith is real and the FIRST principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

CarolSeptember 21, 2022

Yikes!!! That was a funny story - I hope it wasn't true!!! It's a great lesson in cheapest is not always the best choice!!

ShaunaSeptember 21, 2022

Fantastic--thank you for this even handed, eye opening, wise article about raising children in an increasingly secular world--and some of the "woke" terms used were new to me. My kids are now college age and on missions, but I think young adulthood is also a time of incredible challenge as they strive to be adults and feel wise in their own eyes and are excited by new ideas etc. and are still so influenced by their peers. We have found that the Church's emphasis on having pre missionaries become ordinance workers in the temple, is an incredible foundation to ground them. I love the author's distinction between rejecting ideas but not rejecting people and for her belief that our kids are not here by accident at this time and in this place

LOSeptember 19, 2022

Your photo shows the signing of the Declaration, not the Constitution

Jo Ann McVey OkelberrySeptember 19, 2022

I agree with this article.

HalSeptember 19, 2022

Great article, thank you! I have long feared that our inspired Constitution is only a single administration away from "hanging by a thread."

Ben JonesSeptember 19, 2022

Winston Churchill once said that "Democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others." One of the things I admire about our country is that we do try to make up for past mistakes from time to time. Sometimes, people get impatient and wish that a slight majority ought to be able to do what it wants but then all it takes to undo it is a slight majority in the other direction. Then again, sometimes a lop-sided majority will do the wrong thing in the heat of the moment and then see things go awry. Constant course correction is needed.

Corey D.September 18, 2022

This first thing that should have tipped people off that something was wrong was the fact that it was "women's volleyball" , people who go to women's sports and/or volleyball are not troublemakers or people who say those kind of things. Second, it was at a BYU event, while BYU students and fans are not perfect they are not the kind of people who would say those things or tolerate it being said.

RASeptember 18, 2022

This story could have been about our son and his soon to be ex-wife. All we could do was stand helplessly by and support our son while he decided on his own when he had enough of her controlling personality. What is missing in this story of controlling spouses, that the control in one form or another still goes on even after the marrige splits up. When there are children involved. Truly the patience of Job is involved with these relationships.

WendySeptember 18, 2022

So sorry for the pain you have suffered. I’m glad you are healing and that you have stayed with the gospel. Thank you for helping others who have had the same dreadful experience.

PhilSeptember 17, 2022

The victims need to start suing these newspapers for slander and blatantly sloppy reporting. That's the only way to make this nonsense stop.

Vira Ann JohnsonSeptember 16, 2022

I can get the full podcast with writing on my phone but not on my computer. I am deaf and so need to see the written work. I love what you do and like to run them off so I can digest them more. Thank you

LoraSeptember 16, 2022

I've greatly missed the transcripts to these podcasts, so I want to express my gratitude for them in the past. Without the transcripts, I've been motivated to purchase Dr. Muhlestein's book, Learning to Love Isaiah, and it has been very helpful in my understanding of the scriptures. I recommend it highly. Thank you to those who have provided the transcripts in the past. We miss you, and we hope you are in good health. We look forward to your return.

vickieSeptember 16, 2022

when ever someone is like this daughter in law its because of fear and things that happened in her life and doesnt want to happen again. so i think the mother does need to develope that close relationship with the daughter in law which i think will ease her fears.

Patsy SwinsonSeptember 15, 2022

I think a main problem is that most people just don't want to believe that such atrocities are happening to people they know, and being committed by people they know. They block it out and sometimes won't believe it even when told about it. It's time to stop assuming that just because someone seems to be such a nice person that they are incapable of horrible behavior behind closed doors.

Rebecca PinegarSeptember 15, 2022

Yours is a heartbreaking story. Thank you for sharing and adding such a faithful and enlightening message of hope. Life is very complicated and the answers often are even more complicated. Blessings to you and hopefully countless others who may learn from your helpful and loving counsel.

Beth TSeptember 15, 2022

Thank you so very much for your insightful and encouraging words. I speak peace and truth to my heart. I pray they may do the same for others.

V HamiltonSeptember 15, 2022

Thank you for this article. I'm a victim of abuse but strongly disagree with the lynch mob mentality against offenders as I believe they too were abused and never received the help they needed. They too can repent and heal through the atonement of our Saviour. I choose to forgive lest I be judged the same.

Rob McGhieSeptember 14, 2022

The spirit children of Heavenly Father were given their first chance at exaltation in the pre- existence, the second chance came in this earth and most of them will get a third.chance is the post mortal Spirit World. How many chances do you want to give them? Unlimited? Where’s the justice in that. Just like the mortal law “Three strikes and you’re out”.

Becca HowardSeptember 14, 2022

Your travel tips are so important. Years ago our flight was diverted to another state due to weather, but our luggage was in limbo. My husband had to be on a job site at 7 a.m. We got a car and arrived at our hotel, and were lucky to find a 24-hour Walmart where he could get work clothes. I had enough to get by in my carry-on until our luggage was delivered. Another time we sat on our flight for several hours before they closed the airport due to snow. Fortunately, we were able to get our luggage, but we couldn't get another flight out for two days. Fortunately, we were able to get a hotel. Every bit of preparedness helps.

Cyndi H.September 14, 2022

Thank you for your insights. I agree with you. Our time of probation here on this Earth and in the Spirit World ends at the time of our resurrection with either a telestial, terrestrial, or celestial body. We receive the body for the glory that we feel most comfortable with. Yes, I believe that we can all eternally learn and grow. However, I believe those opportunities reside in each of those kingdoms and that’s where they stay.

brettSeptember 14, 2022

I have given a lot of thought about this over the years and the comments in this article make sense. What I struggle with reconciling is the family situations. An enormous focus is put on uniting families forever and I can see the real possibility that earthly families would be in different kingdoms after a final judgment. In my limited earthly view I don't see how I could enjoy a celestial life while loved family members are in a different kingdon.

John CrowderSeptember 14, 2022

Thanks for sharing that update. I totally agree with your son's question about how can we be so passive about such a tragedy and how important it is to keep that memory alive. Kudos to him for his efforts.

HalSeptember 14, 2022

What a wonderful, thought-provoking article! Prior to my reading this article, I have harbored some very unkind thoughts toward those who initiated and perpetuate false accusations. I am beginning to see now that their actions may have been based on some very real prior injuries. I will likely continue to stand up for myself when I feel I'm being attacked, but I will try to do so in a way that takes into consideration what the other person may be feeling.

John PetersenSeptember 14, 2022

Excellent article Jeff! From the beginning of this incident I thought both sides were too quick to rush to judgment, but the BYU response was what our society demands now. I feel bad for the poor guy wrongly accused. I hope they offer him season tickets as reparations. I especially liked your explanation that Rachel really believes she heard what she said. And I know from personal experience that people can hear what was never said. People hear what they want to hear.

BoBSeptember 14, 2022

I believe there is a lot of truth in what you are saying. I do not believe that everything you are saying is necessarily true. It is possible, I believe probable, for the parent(s) to provide to their children what they need and what they merit without providing everything they could have received. There are too many scriptures and revelations to simply say, "you will get everything that will make you the happiest forever." I do not believe that. I am not Presbyterian; I do not believe some are simply created for this glory and some for that. I believe, as a child of God, each has divine potential. We will become what we choose, not what we are. Yes all of the Kingdoms of Glory are for joy, but not all will receive a fullness of joy and they will be aware of that. Everything to the left of the Celestial Kingdom is a degree (we Latter-Day Saints teach and believe in degrees) of damnation; everything to the right of outer darkness is a degree of Salvation. Yes they will have joy, but yes there will be some sorrow as well.

IanSeptember 14, 2022

Let me add that NO ONE will arrive at the resurrection with anything less than an absolutely full understanding of the kingdoms and what they entail. If someone chooses the Telestial or Terrestrial (or even one of the lower levels of the Celestial), it is because they have no desire for anything else. If someone has an honest desire to become Celestial, then they will achieve their goal BEFORE the resurrection, no matter how long it takes or how much repentance it requires. It is, after all, an infinite Atonement. In other words, no one in a lower kingdom will desire to go to a higher kingdom because they already made their permanent, full and open, all information included, no deception or misunderstanding involved choice.

Boanerges RubalcavaSeptember 14, 2022

Very good article, for helping us as individuals. However, for us as a nation, it does not help, since as we can see from ms. Richardson, she as well as many people in this country are constantly bombarded by what the author is telling us: "we are all racists" not only that, I believe the worst is that because society trying to repair one evil (racism) creates even more and more damaging situations. For instance since we want "diversity" they now have most if not all the public environment (films, commercial, press, tv, etc) full of the "past oppressed" and none of the "past oppressors", and this is the "diversity" they the "saviors" of those maligned in the past, has given us: the rest of the nation. From this comes the "lynching" of the police man who put his knee in the neck of the "oppressed" who was intoxicated with 3 (or maybe more) lethal doses of a toxic substance that causes his death (according with the initial forensic reports), and this independently of the (for sure) police brutality shown by the police man. This is al over the nation, "diversity" or that matter "racism or anti-racism" is rampant and therefore, more and more, lack of love is shown everywhere. This is sad, very sad.

Boanerges RubalcavaSeptember 14, 2022

I think the author is setting limits to ETERNITY. Of course, we do not know if there are really progression from one glory to other, but, the mortal examples he uses are by far less important than the ETERNAL PROGRESSION and of course the immense love of God for His children. After all, I strongly believe that although "...this is my work and my glory to bring to pass immortality and eternal life for man.", due to His eternal love for us actually I believe He wants Eternal Life for all His children, unfortunately many of us did not appreciate it and simple accept the other glories. But still I think He wants Eternal Life for all, and as a matter of fact He has been helping us throughout our mortal existence (and very likely after it) to gain precisely Eternal Life.

Herm OlsenSeptember 14, 2022

Bro. Goddard offers a wonderful insight into a perplexing question. I can take a deeper, more relaxing breath on the issue based on his observations. Thank you much for these insights. You’re amazing!

MarySeptember 14, 2022

I think this is a nice thought, but since there hasn't been a lot reveled I think it is safer to say that we just don't know. I personally lean more towards that there will be mobility between kingdoms. I think a loving God will give his children as many chances as he can to have them back. I once was stressed about being at the " celestial" level that God was by the time the final judgement came I then had a thought that maybe God didn't just become God over night, but through progressing throughout time which took away my anxiety. So I like to think about the eternities of one of constance growing and progressing.

Becky L RoseSeptember 14, 2022

I have never believed this is possible.

KcSeptember 14, 2022

If we are the same people and enjoy the same socialites I believe we will deal with regrets that we might have chosen better. That’s likely true if we’re missing family members in other kingdoms. If you’re in say terrestrial then you can be visited by a celestial family member. A terrestrial family member can visit a telestial. Visiting isn’t the same as living together and working for common goals. Spouses who love each other but weren’t valiant enough for exaltation might be celestial but not exalted as husband and wife. Despite the happiness of working to fulfill our eternal selves there will be regrets by those not exalted—they will wish they had the powers others have. There will even be sorrow on the part of exalted beings that people they love aren’t anywhere near, just like our Heavenly Father has for us. I have a friend who said she’s perfectly content being an angel to a god. Yet she’s so intensely invested in the work of her family, esp wayward family. Why not shoot for the moon so you can have power within yourself to effect change in their behalf?

Craig FrogleySeptember 13, 2022

One of your very best...insightful and touching!!

Michael GoodmanSeptember 12, 2022

"Vice is a monster of so frightful mien As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace." Alexander Pope Too many people it seems are at the pity/embrace stage. When the robbers of Gadianton came among the Lamanites, they cast them out, so the robbers went to the Nephites and corrupted the whole nation. When shall we stand up and remove unrepentant corrupters from our institutions? Hopefully soon, or we will lose a generation.

Ed GayhartSeptember 12, 2022

What do you expect from the sources mentioned - fairness, integrity and honesty? Those items have not been seen at CNN, ABC for 30 years.

DanSeptember 12, 2022

The evidence would show this is like a Jesse Smolet claim, or like the Duke LaCross rape accusation, You cannot bury the truth, put all the facts out there. This Media group are known liers. False accusations only make race relations more dificult. It destroys trust

Kristen OpenshawSeptember 12, 2022

This whole episode is troubling. "Innocent until proven guilty" has been abandoned, even by BYU's athletic department and Utah's governor.

Maralyn DotsonSeptember 12, 2022

Oh Wow! Thankyou so much for capturing thoughts that are so hard to define and to express! Putting them together in this article makes them shareable. I love your insight and depth! Thankyou!

Susan MarkhamSeptember 9, 2022

Thank you Maurine. You learned from your wonderful father and mother and have lifted all around you!

Becca HowardSeptember 8, 2022

There have been many modifications in women's temple dresses, and many styles available, including skirts and blouses, from many distributors. As an ordinance I sometimes chuckle that we "are the same, all dressed in white" when I see the fashion show of so many styles of white dresses. However, there is something for everyone. It is wonderful that many types of shoes are allowed, as a simple white slipper did not support the feet of many sisters. I even have a pair of heels that I sometimes wear on my shift because one of my dresses is on the long side. My sadness comes when observing how sacred clothing has been cared for by not ironing or by carelessness in packing in temple bags.

JimSeptember 8, 2022

I LOVE how you think! Thank you for yet another uplifting article.

Fellow workerSeptember 8, 2022

In the Raleigh Temple, in North Carolina, one of the workers wears a bow tie. I'm a bit jealous since I don't have the first clue how to tie one.

Gale BoydSeptember 7, 2022

Interestingly, during the first Gulf War, when we were living in Israel, the code word for incoming missiles was, in Hebrew, "fiery, flying serpents," and we heard the quote from Isaiah 14:29 often, with the cockatrice used to typify Saddam Hussein--"Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent."

Rosa IngramSeptember 7, 2022

Like the author, I was a tomboy and loved hunting, fishing, climbing trees, wearing blue jeans and flannel shirts. I was envious of the boys because of all they good do, that I couldn't do. At times even wishing I was a boy! I am so glad that I was allowed to go through puberty and become the woman I am today. I eventually grew curves and wasn't sure I liked them. But those curves enabled me to bear children and become a mother and receive blessings beyond measure.

HelenCSeptember 7, 2022

Perfect timing as usual from these articles. Thank you.

vickieSeptember 7, 2022

IM glad this is being dealt with. i think there must be a difference between people who are homosexual then people who have gender dysphoria. i have a homosexual son and he doesnt want to change his body into a girls. neither does his partner. i myself believe that it all is a disorder in the body itself. that somehow in the genetic make up while the child is in utero, something happens. my son started exhibiting his homosexuality when very young. he didnt know it but his brothers and sister noticed it. then when puberty hit he noticed it and had to live with it. he didnt come out until he was in his 30's but he told us he knew when he hit about 11yrs old. i wish there was more investigation into a physical disorder that causes any of these things.

Robert StarlingSeptember 6, 2022

Thanks to Jeff for highlighting some of the strongest logical evidences of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Of course the strongest and most impresive is the witness of the Holy Spirit, but for those unwilling to humble themselves yet and ask God if it's true, these are good building blocks to construct a jumping-off point for that leap of faith. I provided some of these and other evidences in the Meridian article published in January of 2020 called "10 Things the Devil Does Not Want You to Know About the Book of Mormon". To find it, just type the first few words of that title into the search box at the top of the Meridian Magazine main page.

Lorene E. WalkerSeptember 6, 2022

Very interesting! I hope to be able to read some of the sources cited.

JemezblueSeptember 6, 2022

Thank you for this article. It is sad to see so much worldly activism in the Lord's university. I am a grad student at another university in the Southwest. My university has a LGBT Resource Center with some activities during the school year, but I do not see this type of activism that was reported above in my university neighborhood. This is disturbing. Please do not let this get a hold of BYU.

Carlos RoundySeptember 6, 2022

Joseph Smith simply did not have the capacity to write the Book of Morman on his own. He could not have written one chapter of the book of mormon. He was a transmitter not a translator. He said, by the gift and power of God, it was accomplished.

Lawrence RookhuyzenSeptember 6, 2022

Great article but the best "test" will always be the one found in Moroni 10:4-5.

MaryannSeptember 6, 2022

Wow--who knew? I thought all I had to do was sincerely read it and then ask our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ if the Book of Mormon was true. I was promised by Moroni, that great Book of Mormon Prophet, that if I would ask with a sincere heart and with real intent, having faith in Christ, that the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon would be manifested to me by the power of the Holy Ghost. If a person does not take those steps, no amount of information will convince them and, sadly, A genuine testimony will always be beyond their reach.

MaryannSeptember 6, 2022

Unless EVERYONE who had ANY involvement in the creating and distribution of this pamphlet to BYU students is promptly expelled from BYU, this disgusting behavior will continue. There are MANY young people just waiting to step in, obey the rules, and enjoy an education at BYU with GRATITUDE! Looks like the administration is going to have to RAISE the standard for those who wish to attend, and Bishops are going to have to be very searching in their interviews with prospective students.

Jenifer OylerSeptember 5, 2022

Thank you for this article! Thank you for bringing this sleaze into the light. Anything that persuades people to live contrary to the commandments is not helping but harming others.

Judy ShumwaySeptember 5, 2022

thank you for sharing we MUST stand for the teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and not follow the world. thanks keep on

Rob McGhieSeptember 5, 2022

I am a littlest confused. How can this exist in a church school. We have standards, we have revealed truth. These anarchists Should not be tolerated at BYU. There are many other liberal universities that they can attend if they want to express these outrageous beliefs. If student cannot adhere to Gospel standards they should be asked to leave. Enough is enough.

JeniferSeptember 5, 2022

Thank you for this very informative article! It is absolutely horrifying and disturbing to see these young adults get sucked into these lies! Thank you for exposing this pamphlet and the groups behind it for what they really are.

Sue HaberSeptember 5, 2022

Excellent article. Thank you for sharing this information. Needs to be shared with others.

Robert StarlingSeptember 5, 2022

Only one commenter has mentioned the silver lining underneath this "rainbow" topic (pun intended). When the issue was brought to the attention of the BYU administration, they STOPPED the distribution of this insidious pamphlet. Yes, BYU needs to be more vigilent in "defending truth and right", so the that the "youth of Zion" do not "falter", and yes, the activists need to be escorted to the edge of campus and invited to find an educational institution better suited to their preferences and their world view. But lest we throw out the baby with the filthy bathwater, remember that my beloved Alma Mater is still the Lord's University (NOT the activists', although they claim it is theirs). And having attended another college back East for two years before going to BYU, believe me, it is still a MUCH better alternative.

Barry HSeptember 5, 2022

Thank you, Cassandra, for providing the details, photos, screen shots and research that the major news outlets should have provided. And thank you, Meridian, for featuring Cassandra's article. I figured BYU had good reasons for removing the pamphlet from the welcome packet. Now I know exactly what they were. Too bad it got as far as it did. But there are devious people around who manage to get past the safeguards sometimes. Thankfully some good folks at BYU caught it before it went to more freshmen.

SSSSeptember 5, 2022

Thank you for your work

Duane BoyceSeptember 5, 2022

A great article about a tragic reality--and Hedelius had to do what others, in the actual news business, either couldn't do or wouldn't do. On multiple levels, the entire situation is sad beyond words.

SylviaSeptember 5, 2022

Amen! This needs to be sent to church leaders! I do not want my tithing to be used to pay people who seek to destroy my child's faith.

LindaSeptember 5, 2022

This is disgusting and outrageous. Kick those nasty groups out of BYU!

Harold RustSeptember 5, 2022

It is truly sad that the LGBTQ community are willing to resort to such "bait" tactics for supposedly pursuing broader respect among all elements of society. It seems obvious to me they have learned the smart, clever tactic of delivering sensational headlines that are snapped up by media reporters eager to overcome the dwindling number of readers or watchers of their news. As such, they prey on the most vulnerable element of our religious culture: our desire to love others and always reach out to help the lost sheep. Consequently, they draw in some of our youth to become antagonistic against the Church because they now think we don't love and respect others different from us---especially those not following the commandments of God. Somehow, through this morass of devilish deception, we Church members have to be more "compassionately clever" and take a firm but well-thought-out response that can expose what is really going on. Only then will some of these youth who have been drawn away see more clearly where the truth actually lies. I hope we can find a way to be as "socially smart and clever" as the other side is while still retaining our faith in our prophet and Church leaders.

Paul HSeptember 5, 2022

The powers of darkness never rest whwen it comes to the youth, our families, or even ourselves. It is disgusting to hear what is happening on the fringes at BYU. Hopefully is gets rooted out and never becomes mainstream. I simply cannot feel anything of value or light in a drag show and those who do would qualify as confusing good and eveil. Baalam indeed.

JoshSeptember 5, 2022

To the credit of BYU, they tried to stop this when they found out.

JoshSeptember 5, 2022

The is disturbing and sickening. BYU has some cleanup to do…starting with faculty or administrators who support and encourage students to participate in this garbage. This is so sad. Why is Deseret News defending this? With the current political climate, those who see this are afraid to speak up for fear of being fired or labeled racists homophobes. This has NO place whatsoever and a church sponsored institution.

JimSeptember 5, 2022

They certainly love to use the word "pride" a lot. As the Good Book says, "Pride goeth before destruction..." Not only the LGBTQ+ community, but there are reports of many BYU professors who are preaching false doctrines, setting themselves up as authorities, or as the Book of Mormon calls it, "priestcrafts". I'm glad none of my children chose to attend the Y, if this is where this Church-owned school is heading.

JacklynSeptember 5, 2022

Carol: I 100% agree with your comment!

ElizabethSeptember 5, 2022

To borrow the author's word, this step-up in gay and transgender activism at BYU (and the Church-owned Deseret News) is "horrifying." Thanks to the author for doing the unpleasant work necessary to make this public.

LindaSeptember 5, 2022

Thank you for your thorough analysis. For us folks not aware of BYUs actions due to distance from Utah, we appreciate the info do we can respond to queries accordingly. We also do not want our tithing to support such trash activities and deceptive communications. What is going on at BYU??? Someone(s) needs to be held accountable!!!!!

Jan ChilsonSeptember 5, 2022

I totally agree! Both my children have attended "Church" schools before this was a big thing, but the adjustments etc. even at that time (20 years ago) were sometimes overwhelming. I cannot imagine adding all these "causes" to the adjustment. I do believe we need to be loving and understanding of people who accept this kind of life, but WE do not need to accept it. Plus, I do not accept my tithing supporting this movement!!

Gail HeathSeptember 5, 2022

All of those groups who were promoting the lies should be kicked out of BYU. How long are we going to be tolerantt and understanding of lies??

Gail HeathSeptember 5, 2022

All of those groups who were promoting the lies should be kicked out of BYU. How long are we going to be tersnt and understanding of lies??

SylviaSeptember 5, 2022

Amen to Carol's comment!!

Gary LindnerSeptember 5, 2022

I wonder how many of the ‘resources’ in the pamphlet were detransitioning support and information. Thousands regret transitioning and the UK, which was ‘Ahead if the Curve’ on trans treatment just closed their largest trans facility. I weep for the poor children at the school where I teach who are pursuing this damaging attempt to find happiness.

Pamela BiggerSeptember 5, 2022

Thank you for writing a very informative article….i appreciate your courage to write and share the truth about about these groups that are trying to destroy good peoples lives with lies and deception…i can only hope that these truths will be brought to light and that the Board of Trustees will do more in their power to stop this disinformation and be more courageous in protecting their students and defending true gospel principles

CarolSeptember 5, 2022

I hope someone on BYU's Board of Trustees gets this info. This is very disturbing, and I’m one who does NOT want my tithing money used for pro-LGBTQ causes at BYU.

L NielsonSeptember 4, 2022

Have you permanently done away with the transcripts of your podcast. They make it so much easier to find thoughts I want to share with others

MlbsSeptember 4, 2022

Where is the full transcript? I like to use it to refer to later.

Megan T.September 2, 2022

My fabulous RS president had us put together neighborhood clubs at a Relief Society activity. There's a hiking club, an exercise club, a playgroup club, a dinner-or-movie club, a book club, and a learn-new-skills club. So far, in the skills club, I've taught or been taught breadmaking, emergency preparedness, gardening, and earring making, and a class on at-home manicures is coming up. It's open to everyone--ward members and neighbors alike. And sometimes a class is held both during the day and in the evening to catch sisters with different schedules. It's been really fun and has brought us closer together.

HamiltonSeptember 2, 2022

Wow. Great insight. I've learned something valuable from every one of this writer's articles. I'm so happy she has joined the Meridian crew!

LoraSeptember 2, 2022

I want to offer my thanks to the dedicated person/people who have made the transcripts possible in the past. Now that it isn't there, I can appreciate how blessed we have been. I hope that the person/people who did the transcribing is in good health or will be, and that we can be blessed by the transcripts again in the future.

Lanny SheaSeptember 1, 2022

I love how you put this story in reality. We are all trying to work through our grown children. If we are smart we never compare them to anyone else’s children because each family has a different style than another’s and each child has a different style of receiving what ever the parent is giving. With grown children they are living their lives as they have been taught and with their own little twist. Some have sorrows that can not be healed with a hug and a kiss but with patience and unconditional love. As parents we are there to help and always be in the wings sending out love and kindness at all times. We will never not be parents that is a role we were given when that first child was placed in our arms and every child after that. We don’t have to hover over them if we know we have taught them well, just be there.

Craig FrogleyAugust 31, 2022

In light of this excellent and insightful assessment of our cultural change, we need to do a better job of teaching agency including self-governance, than we do. We are inclined to do all we can as parents to control and limit choices rather than helping our children understand choice, accountability and consequence.

LexaGraemeAugust 31, 2022

I have seen dogs react tenderly to the elderly and infirm. I am looking forward to reading what this precious dog does next.

PattieAugust 31, 2022

Grandparenting is an art that is very hard to learn. One would think after 25 years with our first grandchild it would be easier but it isn’t. Sometimes as a grandparent we had emergency situations that called us to do difficult things. (Not life and death situations but was spiritual life and death). Helping and knowing when NOT to help has been a challenge.

Larry NielsenAugust 30, 2022

There are beautiful spiders and beautiful butterflies. For the most part, both beasties do a wonderful job of fulfilling the measure of their creation. I hope that as Children of God, we are doing as well as both these creatures do in fulfilling the measure of our creation. By the way, both spiders and butterflies come in varieties that eat disgusting things and are vicious is their actions.

Noel JensenAugust 30, 2022

Joseph Smith taught, "It is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God," and it seems to me that knowing how He feels about His children is a vital part of that knowledge. It's also no accident that the Restoration Proclamation begins with the proclamation that, "God loves His children in every nation of the world." Thanks for sharing this new analogy that expresses a positive that God might view us as we are while at the same time seeing what we might become.

KimAugust 30, 2022

Enjoyed your message

ConnieAugust 28, 2022

Is there a full transcript available for this podcast?

MlbsAugust 28, 2022

Where is the full transcript? I can only find the first paragraph.

Corey D.August 28, 2022

This is one of the best, most insightful and I would say inspired articles I have ever read in church related literature. Every member especially the youth and young adults should read this. A lot of people I know who no longer go to church should read this. The author has learned something so very few have learned or realize. God bless you for your heartfelt thoughts, feelings and testimony.

JulieAugust 28, 2022

Such a timely and relevant reminder to claim ownership of our spirituality, and to reject the temptations of victimhood and blame. Made me look forward to General Conference, where we’ll be reminded AGAIN to turn to Jesus.

Phoebe HallAugust 28, 2022

This sister’s perspective is beautiful and so true. The Church and its wonderfully flawed members have been the vehicle for me to know Christ and how the Atonement and covenants work in my daily life. While turmoil and heartbreak surrounds me, I have found peace and comfort in my relationship with God. He is the only one who truly knows what I am going through and how to comfort me.

KathyAugust 27, 2022

Thank you for your insights! This is wonderful to remember.

MaryannAugust 26, 2022

WOW! I wish everyone could read this. Have you considered submitting it to the Liahona church magazine? When we say "the church let me down" we are usually really saying that an individual let us down. As you pointed out, members of the church are often not trained to deal perfectly with every one of our problems. Often we ask for help from "the church" when we need to turn to the Savior first. Trusted family members or friends can also be resources for us. There are certainly times when we need to counsel with our Bishop, but we should not expect him to perfectly "solve" all our problems. As far as children and our youth are concerned, this article is a reminder that we should be observant regarding their moods, behavior and needs. We need to keep our eyes open and report any abuse to the proper authorities.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryAugust 26, 2022

Everyone should read this. I have had sorrow for not understanding someone's problem, but I did pray and encourage and support others.

Ann-Marie JensenAugust 26, 2022

Excellent! Thank you for clarifying the purpose of the Church.We all know too many lovely Saints who have left, disillusioned because their expectations were not met.

HalAugust 26, 2022

Thank you for your wonderful insight. I, too, have felt let down when following the counsel of leaders did not have the desired effect in my life. I was promised things like "if you read scriptures and have family prayer daily, your children will never go astray and your marriage will never end in divorce." Despite faithfully following that counsel, my first marriage ended in divorce and only one of my four children has embraced the gospel (to date). Still, the gospel of Jesus Christ continued to bless my life in other ways - most of which were completely unanticipated. While mortals often fail us, the Lord never will. I have seen His love manifest in my life over and over again.

John SowaAugust 26, 2022

Thank you for your perspective.

JJAugust 26, 2022

I completely agree with the article. Its not the church's job to solve all our problems. In my twenties I was struggling with a number of overwhelming trials, and my mom kept urging me to go talk to the bishop about it. Over the years I talked with three different bishops and all of them were completely and totally unhelpful. One in particular seemed really burnt out and like he couldn't care less. Later, after reflecting on this, I realized it had been silly for me to expect these men to be able to help me. They had absolutely zero training and experience with the trials I was struggling with. As for the bishop with a negative attitude, I can't blame him. Imagine being a bishop and having everyone in the ward coming to you, expecting you to magically have all the answers! Since then I have never gone to the bishop for anything, instead I seek out people who are actually qualified and able to help. I go directly to Heavenly Father when it comes to spiritual matters, and I have been much better off for it.

Harold RustAugust 26, 2022

This article is a very uplifting and positive reminder of the fundamental sources we should rely on while working our way through challenges and experiences requiring decisions and actions on our part. Thanks for the lift.

Kate MerrillAugust 26, 2022

Incredibly well said as too often the purpose and expectations of the church are erroneously believed to be our refuge, our fail-safe from all troubles, our answers to all questions. As an adult convert, I started my spiritual awakening and search by reaching out to a God I was not sure existed. When His loving kindness brought me relief, light, and answers I realized this new source of direct and personal guidance, correction, and care needed forever nurturing. The church is my school, my hospital, and my access to Priesthood powers to guide me home. Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are the counselors, Savior, and conscious needed to make that happen.

PennieAugust 26, 2022

Amen Sister

JOHNAugust 26, 2022

As a person who has served in multiple callings which required me to meet and counsel people, I am sure I "let them down" on occasion. There were times when I didn't feel the Spirit as I should have even though I had prayed and sought counsel prior to the encounter. I often felt inadequate to address the issues at hand and that was always a difficult time for me. I appreciate this perspective because even though it is not what people want to hear, or what I expected of myself in those situations, it is the reality of life. I am a fallen person and frequently didn't have the answers someone was seeking. I am also very thankful that for the most part, those whom I talked with recognized my fallibility and lack of expertise, took what advice I had to give, and then approached the Lord for the best guidance. I believe that we all let each other down on occasion, but like some many things in this life, it encourages us to seek answers and grow.

RD CarpenterAugust 26, 2022

Excellent article. Very wise and insightful. For someone who writes about not having received the counsel she needed, she gives great counsel here that we all need!.

Barbara WalkerAugust 22, 2022

I loved this article. I couldn't help but think, "I know who the Gadiantons are" and also thinking that someone I know and love is also saying the same thing, however their Gadiantons are on the other side of my Gadiantons. Yes, we need to study our leaders carefully, to see who the real Gadiantons are. Thank you.

LindAAugust 22, 2022

This article is right on! Be careful who you vote for!

Julie SavilleAugust 22, 2022

Awesome! Brad, this is Julie Saville, formerly of Topeka. I was surprised to see your name as the author of this great article. I just ordered your book. I would love to hear about your family... Where do you live now, etc... Please give Jan my love, and reconnect.

David PerryAugust 20, 2022

The urge to serve is foreign to our natural man and woman instincts, but your loving, spiritual insights are marvelous in motivating! Thank you. We love you and appreciate your example of service and your thoughtful words teaching us how to serve more like the Master Servant.

Helmut A. WorleAugust 19, 2022

Explain this: When you have a servant's heart you serve even when it is "unpleasant". How an it be unpleasant when it is supposed to be "a pleasure to serve Thee"?

Boanerges RubalcavaAugust 19, 2022

Very good article. We must study read, and comment about our REPUBLIC and the Founding Fathers. How the Constitution allow us to be defended from The government! This is of the utmost importance, and we must watch not only the Supreme Court when they begin to legislate from the bench, but also the other two branches to ask them to follow the great Constitution of the USA.

AnnieAugust 19, 2022

Thanks for the clarification of the boundaries of The Supreme Court.

Kayleen A HunsakerAugust 19, 2022

My husband died a couple months ago...and I have been SO blessed by SO many during the entire time before & since his death. Those around me have truly had a "servant's heart"!

Mark W MinerAugust 18, 2022

So grateful to read this and feel the spirit of service, which is truly the Spirit of our Savior. My heart is full.

Joy LundbergAugust 18, 2022

I love this article. Thanks for theses inspiring examples. They inspires me to do more for others. I feel so blessed by all the love and service that friends and family have shown to me. Because of their countenance I sense it is a pleasure for them, that they truly love serving me and so many others. I feel surrounded by people with "servant's hearts".

Herm OlsenAugust 18, 2022

Excellent suggestions. I’m surprised you didn’t include “Since Cumorah” by Hugh Nibley.

Ornella BrennaAugust 17, 2022

REFLECT the image of Christ

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Cheryl BurtonAugust 16, 2022

"R" could stand for "Receive". When we put the Lord first in our lives we are not only thankful for the Lord's Atonement but actively use His Atonement and receive those blessings. Receive His peace. Receive His comfort. Receive His countenance in our image. Receive His tender mercies and miracles that fortifies our FAITH. Receive His revelation so we know how to be an INSTRUMENT in His hands. Receive strength beyond our own so we can endure.

John LakerAugust 16, 2022

My Acronym for faith is Father Always Invites Trusting Him

TiffanyAugust 16, 2022

Wonderful beginning to the acronym you began! The next word should be the word Receive.

KAndersonAugust 13, 2022

I am in the middle of my sixth miscarriage, preparing to deliver my lost angel this week. I knew when I saw the email from Meridian that there would be something in there for me, and there was your article. Thank you for sharing your story and for your beautiful insight about reacting in trials.

Terry MontagueAugust 12, 2022

Thanks, Brother Goddard. That was a great message for anyone at any time in our lives.

Laurel DraperAugust 12, 2022

Wonderful perspectives. I ALWAYS enjoy Bro. Goddard's articles. This is another insightful gem to remember and keep in my heart as I face adversity and the many challenges of life. Thanks also for the reminder about the books written! I think I will go avail myself of one of them right now. Thank you, Bro. Goddard for sharing your wisdom and love of His Gospel.

DrewAugust 12, 2022

Thank you for your very insightful article, Wallace. My heart was touched as I read it, and I feel more able to continue on the path before me.

PamelaAugust 12, 2022

That was so uplifting and insightful! Thank you!!

PamAugust 12, 2022

I always enjoy your articles Brother Goddard and I especially enjoyed this one. I too, read and watched while preparing to teach to 12-15 year olds. Especially challenging to make it applicable to their lives. Thank you for your insights! Ofttimes, we can feel alone in our trials- or not handling them well enough or I wouldn't feel this way but the human experience of fallen earth life is, well, very "human." I'll work on trusting more. Thank you so very much.

Becca HowardAugust 12, 2022

I also teach Sunday School. Our general consensus was that none of us has experienced anything close to the trials of Job. I reflect on challenges I have had, and how they were made sweeter because I chose to walk hand-in-hand with the Lord. My pain and anxiety were not immediately removed, nor were my problems solved swiftly. I look back now with gratitude for those things that helped me grow stronger and helped me grow closer to my Heavenly Father. My heart breaks for those who turn from the Lord during times of duress, then find that their problems and pain seem to increase rather than diminish. Now, when I try to recall very difficult experiences, I am blessed to hardly remember the heartbreak and pain, but I do recall how the Lord walked me through every step.

MaryannAugust 12, 2022

Thank you so much for your enlightening comments, especially emphasizing turning to Christ for comfort and trusting him. He has helped me so much in my own struggles and I am so grateful. Sometimes I wonder if we focus too much on our trials and not enough on the comfort we can receive from the Savior, our families, and also our ward family. It is good to know we are NOT The Church of Adversity--we are the Church of Jesus Christ.

AprilAugust 11, 2022

Great advice as usual Joni! And I always welcome the humor!

Shane SmithAugust 11, 2022

I STUDY the scriptures daily not just read them. I am finding thoughts and understanding coming to my mind as I study. I KNOW Heavenly Father hears my prayers as I have seen and heard about them being answered. One goal is attending the Temple more regularly with my wife. I KNOW I have to work daily on my testimony and conversion as the adversary loves to pull our Fathers children down to his level.

WallyAugust 11, 2022

Lovely and insightful article!

Becca HowardAugust 11, 2022

As parents of a son, a returned missionary, whose pull towards same-sex attraction was stronger than his testimony, I commend Ben for making the "non-dating" choice. We tried to explain to our child that many people never marry, and even in marriage, sexual intimacy may not be possible for very many reasons, nor is intimacy the only foundation of a marriage. We are all on a path where our future is not always clear yet we pray that our LGBTQ brothers and sisters can stay focused on the eternal promises of our Savior.

Sharon LynnAugust 11, 2022

I’m following President Eyring’s counsel from a few years ago to write down, at the end of the day, answers to the question: “How have I seen the hand of God in the lives of my family or my life today?”

MistyAugust 11, 2022

Thank you for this article. I think many parents, myself included, fear the growing trend of homosexuality for the children, not out of bigotry and hate, but because we don’t feel knowledgeable of how to help them navigate the struggles safely while still promoting gospel principles and Christ’s teachings. Yes we can and always will love them, but when they’ve got questions we may not have the answers to it creates fear that they’ll find those answers in dark places. I appreciate Ben Schilaty for writing his story as it gives not only people who share similarities with him, but also similarities with his parents, hope and guidance.

jaredAugust 10, 2022

Thank you for writing this article! So true!! Even as memebers of the church, we take this for granted. So many of us are moving away from these true principles slowly because the world is now moving so quickly in that direction.

Karell BinghamAugust 10, 2022

So perfect for these strange days!

MaryannAugust 9, 2022

The nine tips Maurine listed are golden, and I hope they will help these young adults. I am extremely curious to know HOW these drastic changes regarding meeting people and dating have come about. It was all so much more simple when I was dating. Some of the comments made by the students in this article reflect more of a high school age perspective.

Rochelle HaleAugust 9, 2022

I still remember this angst almost 50 years ago. I met my first husband through our singles' ward FHE group, but I had my eye on someone else. I began dating my soon-to-be husband, and my other friend spotted us in the jewelry store before we could break the news to anyone (or before other guy could ask me out). My fiance and I had our ups and downs, but it was confirmed to me by the spirit that we should marry. Nevertheless, some years later we ended up divorcing. My current and forever husband and I have now been together almost 33 years. We also met when we were older, and hopefully much wiser, singles.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryAugust 9, 2022

I could have written this article myself. I also can remember sitting there as the Proclamation on the Family was read and wondering why it was necessary for a proclamation when everything that was said was common sense. I am amazed at how many of my friends and I sensed that something was coming when the Come Follow Me program was introduced to the members of the Church. Now we know why.

Ruth JamiesonAugust 9, 2022

This article was so good and so sad. But the date that it was issued was very interesting. Sept. 21, 22,23 have so much meaning, so much history attached to those days.

Carla PattonAugust 9, 2022

Beautifully stated.

GTOAugust 9, 2022

High school graduate of 1964 here. It's sad to see this happening now. We dated constantly and had a blast! I never did have a list except for something vague in my mind and expected help from the Spirit to get me through, which worked very well. Depending on the Spirit meant to feel promptings as I dated and that means you have to date and date certain people way more than once or twice. I think group service projects are a good way nowadays to just get people together while avoiding the current dating conundrum.

MaryAugust 9, 2022

Having gone to Byu I wish the emphasis on the ward was not to date, but to focus on Christ and serve others. I feel like the church thought that marriage would keep people in the church, but I don't think that is the case. Marriage won't, but having a testimony and relationship with Christ will. Also, there are more women than men and men think they can get women who are 10 when they are only a 5 so that results in only a few girls getting asked out and then they cry that no one is saying yes to them

Lexie StatonAugust 9, 2022

Fantastic summary of the state of affairs - as well as a wonderful testimony to the inspired nature of the Proclamation. Thank you!!

Lorie WaltersAugust 8, 2022

This truly hits home! Thank you so much!!! Sending LOVE!

CCAugust 8, 2022

I hope there are changes being made. I was told I would go to hell if I left the abuser who was abusing both me and my children. Counseling was done, but he told lies to the counselor. After leaving The Bishop's office just outside the door he took my arm and twisted me till I was flat on the floor I yelled but bishop didn't hear. Other times police were called about the abuse but he would good old boy them, and they didn't file a report. After separating, I also got a protective order and a restraining order, but when I went to church activities he would come and nobody in charge would remove him so I would leave and go home. Unfortunately I've talked to other women who have had the same issues more recently.

SusanAugust 8, 2022

What a fantastic article! Teaches the lesson, drives home the point, relates to readers on a personal level, and makes it pretty much impossible to walk away after reading it without wanting to become a better person and follower of our Savior.

Helmut A. WorleAugust 8, 2022

Everybody agrees that helping the abused and preventing further abuse must be the primary concern. But ecclesiastic leaders have no legal standing to bring this about against unwilling perpetrators. Only the legal authorities have the power to remove children from a home in order to end the abuse. How does an entity such as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints "do everything it can" to prevent further abuse? Only a government agency can do that.

MistyAugust 8, 2022

This article is one of the top articles I’ve ever read anywhere that has caused me to stop and reflect. Thank you!

RC89August 5, 2022

I really enjoyed reading this post! Thank you so much!

ALISON HERRONAugust 5, 2022

I was thrilled to read this article. It felt to me as if my thoughts and feelings about the principles of quantum physics being connected to eternal gospel truths regarding the power of faith were well-founded. Divine love and light from God really are the forces that holds the universe together.

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Jennifer BrownAugust 5, 2022

Excellent parable and article! Thank you for sharing!

Jennifer BrownAugust 5, 2022

Such a thoughtful and well-written article and a great parable in reminding us that there are always ways to be the Lord's hands without being asked. It reminds me of the hymn, Have I Done Any Good. Thank you so much for sharing!

Merlin FreiAugust 4, 2022

I loved this article Sister Clayton. Thank you so much. We became acquainted with one of your daughter's, who served in the Canary Islands as a missionary. We came to love and respect her very much. Thank you again for such a well-written article.

Diane MortensenAugust 4, 2022

I thoroughly enjoyed your teaching and writing. Thank you so much for sharing.

Mark W MinerAugust 3, 2022

A couple of inspiring stories here, with some wonderful insights. Thank you for sharing!

Cindy SteenblikAugust 3, 2022

Beautifully written!

Jana DeardenAugust 3, 2022

The comments are interesting. Because when I saw the photo, I thought, yes that is Joseph! He has the piercing gaze that they talk about. He seems confident and humble. I feel a great love emanating from him. Life was much harder at that time to survive, I also see trials overcome.

HelenCAugust 3, 2022

A much needed reminder that there is a need for the path I have chosen as a Grief Coach. Thank you.

Valiant JonesAugust 3, 2022

Thank you for sharing all these descriptions of the Prophet. What a wonderful resource to have in one place, irrespective of the question of the photo.

Valiant JonesAugust 3, 2022

This article is full of so much good wisdom. Thank you. I have never seen reprimands from Church leaders have a positive long-term effect.

Debbie KentAugust 3, 2022

Wonderful article and observations. Thank you for sharing your talents of teaching, observations and story telling.

Debra PeckAugust 3, 2022

What a great article. Thank you!

Yves ValenAugust 2, 2022

Looking at the death mask of Joseph Smith, I don't think that this photograph represents him. Many descriptions mention a rather thick upper lip, which seems to corroborate with what we can see on the death mask ... but not on this picture. On the contrary, I would tend to see more resemblance between this photo and Hyrum's death mask, In any event, what matters most is to have a testimony of the restored gospel.


I certainly does not look anything like the death mask of Joseph. It does very much resemble Hyrum's death mask. I think it is very likely Hyrum.

GloriaAugust 2, 2022

Faith in Redeemer starts today (and every day)

David KingAugust 2, 2022

No it isn't. It doesn't even look close to the portrait of Joseph Smith nor the death mask. This is just wishful thinking

Wayne AAugust 2, 2022

This looks much more like I would expect Hyrum to look, not Joseph, and in fact that was my first impression, this is Hyrum. Furthermore, this looks nothing like the features of Joseph's death mask, particularly the mouth, nose, chin, or eye shape. Additionally, when I look deep into this man's face, it does not feel like the face of a man who has "seen" God, nor his Savior, face to face, and had that experience engrained into his every fiber & countenance. Therefore, I do NOT feel this is Joseph.

LauraAugust 1, 2022

I loved reading the descriptions of Joseph Smith. However, I think this photograph is not him but maybe an older relative. The eyes droop a little on the outside edges. This person could be easily about 50 years old.

Catherine DoddsAugust 1, 2022

This is the testimony and observation of my own great great grandfather, George Spilsbury, who met and knew the Prophet Joseph Smith: "The question may be asked by some of my grandchildren, "Did you feel disappointed when you saw him the first time?" I will tell you. All my troubles, and privations of leaving my father and mother, brothers, sisters and my native land seemed nothing compared with the joy of my experience when I first saw and heard him, the Prophet Joseph Smith preach. I felt greatly blessed of the Lord in having such a glorious privilege. The first Sunday after we arrived we went to a meeting on the first floor of the Nauvoo Temple. The walls of the building were about half-way up, and loose boards were laid on the joists and home-made benches to sit on, for it was a day of small things. We were early in our seats, and so the leading men of the Church began to arrive. It was no trouble to tell which was the Prophet, not because of his fine clothes, but there was something grand and noble and innocent about his appearance. His very eyes seemed to look right through you. His very countenance beamed with intelligence. He was as bold as a lion, but as humble as a child. He knew no fear." This experience and others from the life of my great great grandfather has had an important impact on my life. Whether the photo is actually of Joseph Smith is not important to my testimony that he is the Prophet of the Restoration. But, I like the photo and it looks like what has been described by other who knew him.

ShannonAugust 1, 2022

That can't be Joseph Smith. He's too old.

LoisAugust 1, 2022

These are wonderful descriptions and to me, fit the newly discovered photograph very well. When I saw it, my feeling was "Yes, this looks much more like I would think of Brother Joseph," especially the eyes.

Rochelle HaleAugust 1, 2022

As I have been studying Job and preparing my Sunday School lesson, I think of the great faith that he was able to maintain in spite of losing so much and facing so many obstacles. In Chapter 19:28 he considers the "root of the matter," and does not blame God. Yes, many of our afflictions are not of our own making, but it is our choice to follow the Lord when faced with adversities. I would much prefer to walk with God during my adversities than walk away from Him and still face the challenges and/or consequences.

MaryannAugust 1, 2022

I love reading comments by people who actually saw and knew the prophet, Joseph Smith. I don't think we will ever know if this is an actual photograph of him until we meet him one day. My first gut reaction when I saw the photo was "This is NOT the prophet, Joseph Smith." Talking with my husband later, he told me he had the same response.

AnnJuly 25, 2022

One word I have noticed pronounced by many speakers in Utah is ‘Brothren’ for ‘Brethren’. Is that pronunciation peculiar to Utahns or do all Americans say it that way? I am from New Zealand.

H NorthJuly 25, 2022

Race only matters to racists. So much for "healing"...

Bob TaylorJuly 25, 2022

i agree with the article- common definitions matter. the bigger problem is getting people to agree on a common terms - and how to you engage someone who does not want to have common terms?

HeatherJuly 24, 2022

My husband has been living with depression most of his life and for over 25 years has been treated for it. A little over a year ago he had a blessing and felt it was time to go off his medications. He was on quite a mix and been taking many of them for 20 years. He had some physical side effects and as I researched them I found that many of these medicines were only meant for short term. When he was taking them he had kidney stones almost every month. He talked with the family doctor and he thought he must have an STD! No real answers! Since stopping the medications he has had maybe one or two kidney stones in over a year. Emotionally he has found a new therapist and been discovering childhood trauma that has been covered up. The road to healing isn't over but I feel we are making more progress than ever. The therapist he saw just last year (before the one we have now) told him that because he had been diagnosed with bipolar in the past she wouldn't treat him unless he was on medication, that it was ethically wrong to withhold medication from him. I agree that there is a time and place for medications. I'm sure it saved his life in the past, but doctors that shove more and more pills to those seeking help are not helping! Thank you for seeing this and sharing.

Corey D.July 24, 2022

I retired a year ago after 43 yrs at a major Defense and Aerospace Company, in those 43 yrs the original company was bought, sold, spun off or merged 7 times, ultimately becoming part of the 2nd largest Defense company in the nation, over those 43 yrs I witnessed and experienced a lot of management changes and philosophies both at the corporate level and the local level, many different "purpose" or "mission" statements as they like to call them. Most over the years were about providing the best quality product at the best value to the customer (which was mostly the US government), thereby hoping to contribute to National Defense and also contribute to the local economy by providing jobs and provide a good return/value for the stockholders (used to be the main purpose of most businesses/company's).That was the overall goal of the "purpose" of the company, that is until the last merger. That is not now the goal or main purpose, the company's "mission" now is to be part of the "Great Social Reset", with hiring practices and employee goals, etc., not to be on getting the best and most qualified people who want to work in the Defense and Aerospace Industry and rewarding employees for hard work, creative ideas leading to better and innovative products at the most value laden price but whether they are supportive of and meet the social and environmental goals of company management. Anybody who reads this article should go the Heartland Institutes website and read their editorials on ESG.

MaryAJuly 24, 2022

Simply acknowledging the past for what it was isn't being "woke" nor is it wrong. Jefferson and Madison did great things, but also were involved in horrible and unjust things as well. It isn't right (or accurate) to pretend they were saints who never did wrong. We need to acknowledge both sides and stop throwing hissy fits when unpleasant facts are brought up about their lives. There is much to learn from their mistakes. As the saying goes, if we don't learn from the past we are doomed to repeat it. I wonder, if your ancestors were among those kept as slaves, would you still feel this information should be swept under the rug just so the leaders involved wouldn't look bad?

Ayse KOCHJuly 24, 2022

The spirit was so strong as I read this article; all the truths that you related were so crystal clear through the allegories and through your personal experiences with troubled souls. Thank you for sharing this knowledge. It is an article I know a few people who speak other languages would want to read. I will try my best to translate it for them if it is ok with you.

MickeyJuly 24, 2022

Excellent advice! Something that got missed is the husband’s lack of loyalty to his wife by defending his parents, and therefore their abuse, instead of giving his wife the emotional support she needs and deserves.

KathyJuly 24, 2022

Anti-depressants saved my life.

Colin Van OrmanJuly 23, 2022

I never saw a response to the questions regarding a recording of this fireside. Was a recording made and can it be viewed?

FrankJuly 22, 2022

A good story with a moral about changing other people's mind about yourself, and caring about their opinion too much is Guy de Maupassant's short story, "A Piece of String". Don't defend yourself, your real friends will do so for you.

Lowell SteeleJuly 22, 2022

Powerful, consequential stuff! I was led to this area of study 10 years ago in an intriguing series of events, which culminated in a poem on the topic which I treasure for the truths it teaches. Perhaps we'll get a chance to discuss in more depth as we sail the Adriatic next month.

HalJuly 21, 2022

Thank you for your insight. More than once I recall promises from church leaders assuring us that if we had daily family prayer and scripture reading, faithfully held family home evening, attended church, and served faithfully in our callings, that our marriages would never end in divorce and our children would never go astray. Despite following that counsel as best I could, my first marriage ended in divorce and three of my four children have disassociated themselves from the church. Fortunately, I realized that faithfulness does not guarantee a trouble-free life and even the most stalwart prophets had difficulties in their own families. When troubles arose, I redoubled my personal efforts to "hold to the rod" and serve as faithfully as I can. I am remarried to a wonderful woman and I still have hope for all my children that some day they will "come to themselves" and return to the fold. In the meantime, I see the Lord's tremendous blessings poured out on my family and me every day.

MarenJuly 21, 2022

This is intriguing information. We were having a discussion about mental health in Relief Society recently. One sister commented that she needed to be on medication to be able to function day to day with her small children, but that it made her less able to feel the Spirit. I’ve noticed that when I have taken medication in the past, that I feel less overall. I care less overall. I’ve wondered if that is the reason behind some medications leading to an increased risk of suicide - because if you don’t care about anything, why would you stay? Relationships and connection seem to be the answer, but if medications remove the need for those things, could that be a reason why long term outcomes aren’t as good?

Michael LawrenceJuly 21, 2022

The use of a few Ketamine treatment sessions has been shown to be highly effective for treatment-resistant depression.

Pam BlairJuly 20, 2022

A TRUE BREATH OF FRESH AIR!!! Thank you SO MUCH for giving me 'permission' to not store what I would never use just because a "list" says I must do so - and store lots of it, to boot!

Lee HillJuly 20, 2022

Thank you for this article. I was severely injured a little over a year ago and, while I have undergone a miraculous recovery, I still lack the strength and agility to serve as I used to. It has been discouraging for me to not be able to participate in helping people move or engage in other activities that require physical strength. However, I get little whisperings now and then reassuring me that contributions I make, however meager in my own eyes, are acceptable to the Lord.

RebeccaJuly 20, 2022

This article and your previous one, "Are We Losing" have been a balm to my soul. I sent the link of "Are We Losing" to my husband, who loved it, and to a friend who sent it to her family members. They all said it was just what they needed. Thank you for writing about your experiences with a perspective so many of us need!

Helmut A. WorleJuly 20, 2022

There are hymns in our hymnbook that express the same thought. Hymn 169, in the second verse says: With hands now pledged to do thy work we take the sacrament. There are others I can't think of right now, but a faint memory remains.

Karell BinghamJuly 20, 2022

I always wondered if lifting hands during a prayer indicated "surrender". As in movies, they always have someone raise their hands when surrendering.

MaryannJuly 19, 2022

My husband and I will be celebrating our 52nd wedding anniversary next week. As we look forward to this special day, we are so grateful that we found each other early, that we were both committed to the gospel when we married, and still are, and that we were taught about temple marriage and the sacred nature of marriage while we were young. The joy and peace that comes to a married couple who are committed to the Lord, as well as to one another, is the greatest of all joys. Buying into Satan's distorted version of "love," including living together outside of marriage, or sexual promiscuity will NEVER bring the precious joy found in a marriage that is sacred.

SBellJuly 19, 2022

What is the title of this book and can we preorder it somewhere?

cateJuly 17, 2022

Harsh truths beautifully said. Sadly, I'm seeing more and more friends uncomfortable with the Family Proclamation; as if present "wisdom" is somehow superior to thousands of years of experience and learning. Our modern perspective is actually naive and short-sighted. We somehow have confused compassion with narcissism and ingratitude.

MaryannJuly 17, 2022

The security, comfort, and peace I feel in the counsel of our Prophets, Seers, and Revelators would be lost to me if I demanded a proclamation of "Thus saith the Lord." Choosing this course of disobedience is simply a rationalization for "doing your own thing." I am filled with gratitude for the Spirit of the Lord, which so firmly declares to me and millions of my fellow saints: "Follow the prophet." We have this sure, true light to guide us through the most difficult circumstances and a darkening world. I am reminded of the Prophet Elijah's words in our recent "Come Follow Me" lesson: "How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him." (I Kings 18:21) Every one of us can accept with all our hearts these words from the Lord: " word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or the voice of my servants, IT IS THE SAME." (D&C 1:38) If we refuse to embrace this essential truth, we are left to ourselves, ever "halting between two opinions," and never finding the deep peace that comes through choosing to follow our prophets.

stevie maireid mckennaJuly 15, 2022

Interesting article however, I'm not sure why you chose to use Evangelical preachers as an example of prophets. They do not even have the restored gospel and are preaching from their own flawed understanding of the scriptures. I don't know if they even think of themselves as prophets, per se. As we know true prophets are called in a very specific manner within the Lords church. You don't just assume such a position. I would use examples of true prophets who gave direction but the members were not wholly onboard to follow their directives. One example was when Joseph Smith had the vision of the three degrees of glory. There were many members who were shocked and had a hard time believing it because they were raised with a background of a heaven/hell teaching from other churches. Also, when Brigham Young stated that the Salt Lake Valley was the place the Saints should settle there were factions that thought California was a better choice. This was because of the lure of the gold rush that was going on at that time. There are many examples from Church history that show division among the members on many questions, especially today with regard to wearing the mask as protection from covid. Some bulked at the idea even when the first presidency sent out the directive to wear the mask. Many within the church didn't want to wear it because they thought it was politically motivated. Absurd to think that but people are imperfect.

HelenCJuly 15, 2022

As relevant as it is deep. I appreciate Flannery’s observation tag pushing ourselves fully aside takes Divine assistance.

JiJuly 14, 2022

Already looking forward to the book!

Jay SessionsJuly 14, 2022

You bring so much Cheer to everyone. Your new seminary students will be cheering you. You are a cheerleader!!!

HelenCJuly 14, 2022

And for me it seems to come to my Inbox (although I, too, am most definitely a talker)! From another article on todays Meridian Magazine I got this: “ There is another kind of faith, rare indeed. This is the kind of faith that causes things to happen. It is the kind of faith that is worthy and prepared and unyielding, and it calls forth things that otherwise would not be. It is the kind of faith that moves people. It is the kind of faith that sometimes moves things. Few men possess it. It comes by gradual growth. It is a marvelous, even a transcendent, power, a power as real and as invisible as electricity. Directed and channeled, it has great effect…. “ Boyd K Packer

HelenCJuly 14, 2022

Once again my prayers have dropped into my Inbox. Thank you!

EveJuly 14, 2022

I am eagerly looking forward to next week's article. I have loved everything Larry Barkdull has written, and this is something I have been particularly pondering lately. Thank you for publishing this!!!

Cathy FinchumJuly 14, 2022

Such a good article and the Scripture perfect thank you..

vickieJuly 13, 2022

something i have noticed mainly because i watch UTUBE...a animals getting along ...dogs and cats and other types of animals that we would never think of getting along do. i got to see this up close. maybe God is preparing us all for the Second Comming.

LewisJuly 13, 2022

These are extraordinary stories! You are such a gifted storyteller, I can’t wait to read your articles. We are all wounded. The reliance on the love of our Savior can both heal our wounds, and allow us to be instruments in His hands to help heal others. Thank you for your insights.

HalJuly 13, 2022

I love dog stories, even though I know how they are going to end. Thanks you!

Tracey GJuly 13, 2022

Thank you for this clarifying article on abortion.

Karell BinghamJuly 13, 2022

How come when we speak of abortion we never speak of accountability and responsibility. Those two traits are seemingly disappearing in our society. We have choices before we get pregnant, but after we have chosen to ignore the choice, we then have responsibility. This rule applies to so many things today. Why is it never mentioned? Men, there are condoms out there, use them or be responsible. Women, if you must have sex, insist on condoms or accept the responsibility! Please! For the sake of the baby and the sake of society!

Rob McGhieJuly 12, 2022

Thank you for this article. I wish it could be read from the rooftops for all the world to hear. I personally hate profanity and crude language. Consequently my repertoire of acceptable TV shows is very limited. But I would rather watch reruns of old (clean) shows multiple times than watch newer offerings that would drive the Spirit out of our home.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryJuly 12, 2022

I so totally agree with this article. I am so sick of the vulgarity and bad language that abound on the radio, TV, books, etc. I feel that people do not know how to write or talk anymore and use swearing and vulgarity as a way to hide their inadequacies.

JimJuly 12, 2022

It all comes down to what is taught at home at a early age and parents reinforcing it along the way with also teaching them good manners. I am old 86 and was taught by a wonderful mother whose grandparents came from England good manners. She came to me when I was about 14 or 15 when she heard me say a word PO and told me how bad that hurt her and asked if I would promise not to say that word again and I honor that promise today. And also it helped all of us boys and girls from the same branch ran around together all through are school years together and held the same values. Them were the days they gave there teacher a apple now it is just a free for all. Sad but true.

Dane HansenJuly 12, 2022

I really like reading through a post that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

Carlos RoundyJuly 12, 2022

Yes we actually sign contracts and promise to do certain things in this life, because each of us have different talents and abilities developed in the pre mortal life there is a great variety of paths that can be taken in this life.

Patricia WintersJuly 12, 2022

Decimated means reduced by one tenth. If the Assyrians were decimated, only18,500 Assyrians would have been dead corpses.

HelenCJuly 12, 2022

Thank you for the reminder! A recent convention that I did not attend was reported as being a “swear fest” as the speakers, mostly women, many with advanced education, declared their success in business largely through their freedom to use whatever language they chose. Sad.

CASJuly 11, 2022

Thank you for not mincing words in describing abortion and what it means for the defenseless unborn child whose right to life is denied! One detail not mentioned is the very lucrative business of selling these aborted baby parts on the black market for medical use.

TraceyGJuly 11, 2022

Waiting on the Lord can be excruciating when our own children are at stake. We pray, we stress, we pray some more, and sometimes we do more than will be good for them. I am learning to hold back and wait for God to do his work with them. Thank you for bringing into perspective the joy that will eventually come because we finally learn to wait and see the miracles.

Doris WilliamsJuly 11, 2022

Oh my goodness, what an upper this is. Thank you so much to Josh for putting together this inspirational video. It just melts my heart to hear a young teenager express his gratitude for his blessings and Brody is a stellar example of a beautiful voice put to a beautiful use of reminding us all of our Savior and what is right in this mixed-up world today.

KJBJuly 11, 2022

A ten year old girl was raped in Ohio and was forced to go to Indiana to get the medical care she desperately needed (and which will probably be illegal there as well by the end of the month.) Tell me how this is okay. Please. (Source: )

Sarah HinzeJuly 10, 2022

I am not sure if this answers your question Richard, but through our research, it does appear that some miscarried children may return to their mothers in a later pregnancy. That is determined because of encounters the mother reports, such as dreams and other experiences where the previous child/spirit lost in a miscarriage returns. I report this in The Announcing Dream as well as in a previous Meridian article:

Dr. Craig R. FrogleyJuly 10, 2022

I have loved everything that you have written but this is the best, most skillfully crafted, and spiritually touching of all. Thank you for both the article and the mission you have undertaken!

PhilJuly 10, 2022

Along with all who have commented, I thank you for this wonderful, life-changing article. I needed it so much. It confirms the hope I have had that the Lord knows what He is doing and when is the best time to do it. Thank you.

Rochelle HaleJuly 9, 2022

I will have to re-read this article several times. As parents, we have seen one child struggle immensely due to turning away from the Church. He was not anti-church, but the lure of the world won out until finally devastation and tragedy brought him to his knees with nowhere else to turn but the Lord for the ultimate peace he was seeking. He is a changed and happy man today. Sadly, another son succumbed to traps he tried diligently to avoid to the point he abandoned the gospel and his family because "we were to blame." Our children are on loan to us from a loving and wise Heavenly Father who has given us all the great gift of agency. Our hearts are full of love, compassion, and concern as we pray daily for those who have lost to, once again, enjoy God's full measure of blessings in this life and forever.

JeNee HutchinsonJuly 9, 2022

What a beautiful article about the Lord's anointed and their great sacrifices to bring us the truths of the restored gospel. Blessed be the names of Joseph, Hyrum, John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff, and the prophets, seers and revelators of the Restoration! God be thanked for His love and the devotion of His prophets that bless us so much today! #GiveThanks

BelindaJuly 9, 2022

When the "transcript" only contains a small part of what the podcast says, it is very difficult to keep track of where you are and what is being said. Some of us need to read as we listen to get it all. I enjoy your podcasts but get aggravated when they aren't actually "transcribed" so I can understand everything said. I thought you should know about this problem.

Carol CrosbyJuly 9, 2022

Beautifully sung!! What an amazing voice this handsome 13 year old has! Keep singing please!

Stephanie BillingsleyJuly 9, 2022

Amen! Thank you for your courage to be bold. There is a difference in loving one another and sanctioning, encouraging, celebrating evil influences and lifestyles. I am thankful for all willing to publicly easily identify the real & true root causes of society's problems...Come Lord JESUS, come!

Linda SmithJuly 9, 2022

EXCELLENT!!! Absolutely wonderful perspective on how Heavenly Father and Christ teach us. Patience is SO important!!

JeanJuly 9, 2022

I don’t see where in Luke 19 it says that Jesus climbed up into the tree. Where did you get that idea from? Luke 19 says Jesus went to the spot, looked up, and called for him to come down.

MickeyJuly 9, 2022

I think there’s something more going on here. The author doesn’t want him around his kids—perhaps he’s not safe or not a good influence. That’s very different from the brother just being hard to be around. This is what I would be exploring.

Corey D.July 9, 2022

Good article but with one possibly mis-leading, misunderstood point. Olena is correct, the demise of America will come from within, we know that from history, both secular and non-secular and particularly as members of the church familiar with the Book of Mormon we understand that or should. The writings of great church members/patriots such as President Benson and Cleon Skousen teach that and anyone who has read Solzhenitzen's writings should understand how Communism/Marxism/Socialism progresses but I'm going to assume Olena is maybe referring to Jan 6th since that is probably what she is familiar with because that will be all she has seen in the news and that media portrayal is a very biased, one sided affair.

AllisonJuly 9, 2022

Video of Hymn to America for those asking for a copy. Could not find where to buy it, but maybe this will help.

AnnetteJuly 9, 2022

That was simply amazing! I will never read Jacob 5 the same ever again! Thank you!

DKEJuly 9, 2022

Thank you for this! I have a daughter who left the Church some years ago and is a lesbian. We love her so much and we've been as supportive as we can. The pain we feel has been so hard. Your article gives us hope.

Teri N.July 9, 2022

We have been enduring some excruciating trials with our oldest, who left the Church, the Family, all that was good and turned to some evil practices, the Wiccan ways, and identifies as non-binary queer. She seems to delight in taking "jabs" at us, and her emotional and mental stability we question, as her yo-yo life continues. The Spirit has guided us, but one thing He told me, in particular, 11 years ago was to "let her go completely", just stand back and have nothing to do with her. Well, in today's society most well-intentioned folks (the few we shared it with) all encourage me to hang in there, don't lose hope and "make sure" to keep the door open and extend that hand and keep contact. I felt guilty if I didn't do that. So I did. Just about 3 months ago, the Lord took matters into His own hands, and she has broken off all contact. (Mind you, this includes no contact with our grandchildren too.) And I know it's ok. It's what He told me to do 11 years ago, but my mother's heart found it too hard. Now it's happening. This week, in particular was hard, as some things resurfaced. I've been praying for patience and understanding. This article came just 1 day after our latest 'fiasco.' And I cannot tell you how grateful I am for it. It is perfect timing, and exactly the answer to my prayers and the yearnings of my heart that I've been asking for. This is for me, as much as it is for our daughter, too. Thank you for writing this. You have helped greatly. By the way, about 2.5 years ago, we looked into The Other Side Academy as a possible place for my alcoholic brother to go to, as we searched for rehabs and programs after rehabs where he could attend. He's not ready yet. I will continue to wait in patience for both my daughter and brother, as the Lord helps prepare them for the digging, pruning and dunging.

Joy SchmidtJuly 8, 2022

The insights, perceptions, experiences, scriptural interpretations, and spirit of this article have buoyed me up in a way I so needed. Hope has been brightened, faith bolstered, and confidence in the truth that charity never faileth refreshed. I can actually claim joy in my promises which have seemed so impossible. The temptation to believe I just haven't persuaded well enough, lived perfect enough, has made me weary. I am 84 and waiting to claim the promised desire of my heart as the fractured nature of my family keeps assuring me its just a pipedream. I love seeing the parable of the Oive Tree in this new way that encourages me to wait on the Lord with faith in His timing as I dig, prune, and nourish where I can and as I am directed. Thank you thank you thank you.

Mary-Rose McMullinJuly 8, 2022

What a mature voice and a beautiful song! Thank you so much for all the work that has gone into this!

Tanya NeiderJuly 8, 2022

Inspiring! I loved it!

KathyJuly 8, 2022

Beautiful message of hope and patience. Thank you.

ChrisJuly 8, 2022

Awesome insights! Thank you so much... As a recovering addict and now an ARP missionary I know through experience everything you've written is true. It's never too late and we're never too far away from His grace...

Lisa CorcoranJuly 8, 2022

Absolutely beautiful.

Janna MorrellJuly 8, 2022

Absolutely a must-read for every member of the church and for those who may have lost hope. I am renewed in my conviction to “Wait upon the Lord”.

Gale BoydJuly 8, 2022

This is a masterpiece and something I really needed to hear. Thank you so much.

LuettaJuly 8, 2022

Reading this article was my opportunity to experience the lessons of the Olive Tree when I needed the reminder that God is in charge. I must learn the value of patience. Thank you.

Lawrence BarryJuly 8, 2022

Thank you so much for your wisdom, insights, and testimony. 3 of my 5 children and all of their children have wandered off the covenant path. After reading your article, the Holy Spirit confirmed that God is not finished with my family nor will He ever be.

Ronald BarnesJuly 8, 2022

One of my favorite success stories is that of Eldridge Cleaver. He did some very wicked things, but God turned him around and put him on the straight and narrow path. You can look him up on Wikipedia.

Amy LeachJuly 8, 2022

Brother Grenny, thank you for this amazing article! The Spirit was with you, my friend, when you were authoring this. I wholeheartedly agree with your words! Being given the chance to use my free agency to fail and grow and learn is how my testimony has been born. There is NO other way while we are in this mortal life, that one can obtain that 'personal' knowledge for themselves- unless it be through that God-given agency. May Heavenly Father bless you and your family! You have much great work to do!

DBJuly 8, 2022

Thank you for this beautiful sermon of truth. As the mother of four faithful and four who have left the path and wounded us deeply, this was medicine to my soul. I have had eyes rolled at me when I say that I know the Lord will turn their hearts back to our family and to the covenant path. I feel it in my bones and I'm grateful for a gospel that gives us faith in His relentless redemptiveness. I would have learned that no other way than to walk the path of a worried mother.

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AshleyJuly 8, 2022

What a beautifully inspiring article. This is just what I needed to hear today. Thank you.

Rochelle HaleJuly 8, 2022

My family and lived through the Y2K experience. We had always had some storage items, but we ended up buying a package deal which did not include all quality ingredients. We found some products mislabeled. The company moved three times, but we tracked them down to get the remaining items we had paid for. We learned and modified our preparedness plan after this experience. Fast forward twenty years. We had toilet paper (and other food and non-food items) stocked. We didn’t have to endure the Covid-frenzy. Because of our previous preparation we had the luxury of restocking as TP, yeast, meat, and other items went on sale or became available.

Milagros KaiserJuly 8, 2022

Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great post on our site. Keep up the great writing

Rita MillerJuly 8, 2022

Thank you for this different perspective on two of my favorite stories in the Book of Mormon. They are usually presented as having a national, collective warning and meaning, and I had not seen the intensely personal, individual side before.

MaryannJuly 7, 2022

There is so little information given by the writer of this question that it's very difficult to know what is really going on. His statement that he doesn't like having his wife's brother around his kids raises all kinds of questions. Essential info missing on this one.

Shauna McConkieJuly 7, 2022

I always enjoy anything written by Kathy Clayton! Thank you Kathy!

Rochelle HaleJuly 7, 2022

We have had several family members and friends leave for various reasons ranging from questions of testimony or preferred lifestyle or Church doctrine, etc. One relative was very vocal when another family member decided to attend another "generic" church, but we maintained our relationship through our common testimony and belief in Jesus Christ, though not necessarily agreeing on details of doctrine. We try to "love, share, and invite" while respecting our friends and family who are not of our faith, so why wouldn't we do the same with those who have departed? Of course, we may be sad or disappointed, but continued love and example will prevail in the long run.

HeidiJuly 6, 2022

Such a wonderful article. I have a hard time keeping my kids accountable for not cleaning their bathroom and owing me money if they don’t do it. What brave parents to do what they did. I’m dying to know what happened to their son. Thanks for the beautiful example in the scriptures that I’ve never thought of in that way before. It takes so much courage to let the consequence follow. Thank you.

RozyJuly 6, 2022

The Pilgrims of the 1620's had to learn the same lesson. Socialism or collectivism just doesn't work. Individual liberty and property rights does. May we vote out of office those who don't believe in the Constitution of the USA and the principles of the Declaration of Independence. May we retain our liberties and prosper to worship the God of this Land, Jesus Christ.

Ed GayhartJuly 6, 2022

Kudos to the Chinese for the good they have brought to the world but their current circumstances are due mainly to three items: Chinese leaders recognizing that capitalism is a superior business model to their communism that could not feed their own people Our preference in the west (specifically leadership in the US) to have cheap stuff rather than jobs for our kids. One could also call it mindlessly praying at the alter of free trade Chinas’s shameless stealing of any technology they are allowed to see. (Take it from me, I worked for a company that was thus violated).

Richard HillsJuly 6, 2022

It's rare but not uncommon for expectant mothers to lose babies during pregnancy. Do we have any insight as to the role of choice here that would console them? Are all babies lost before birth automatically saved in the Celestial Kingdom?

Allison Parker DunlapJuly 6, 2022

As a young 14 year old, I was cast as a bratty child in the short--lived run of Threads of Glory in 1976. I listened to my LP of Lex's inspired music every year around the 4th of July until it warped and then many years later, I found a tape cassette for $20.00 of it which then I then had transferred to a cd. (Very poor sound quality but I loved the music so much, it was better than nothing! ) The message of this play was so ahead of it's time, this was pre-President Benson. The Book of Mormon and the Pride Cycle played heavily into the climax. I am now a 60 year old woman and I just listened once again to the Hymn To America this year along with Freedom Has A Price, This Is My Country, and many others, all of them beautiful and soul stirring. Thank you Lex, to share the back story, it was no surprise to me you were inspired on these songs!

MaryannJuly 6, 2022

As a mom of 7, I can relate to this article. We need to be gentle with ourselves and recognize that we are doing Heavenly Father's most important work--taking care of his children, loving them, teaching them. Having said that, I find it hard to accept the idea that mothers don't have time to pray or read scriptures. I just don't buy it. How about nap times? Most children do NOT need 100% of your attention all day long. Most kids spend some play time on the floor with toys. Sit down in a chair in the same room and read the scriptures--sure, you may be interrupted, but that's ok. Same thing with prayer. It is great for our children to SEE US do these things. Perhaps we need to let go of the false idea that we need to pray or read the scriptures "perfectly." But there IS time to do it.

MaryannJuly 6, 2022

Grocery shopping online can save you a LOT of money--no impulse shopping! I just go and pick up my groceries--don't even need to get out of the car. My store often doesn't charge me for this service, and even if they did, it would be worth the savings. Impulse shopping is probably the number one reason people spend too much.

MaryannJuly 6, 2022

It sounds like this couple has spent enough time talking and going around in circles already. The time to see a counselor is now, especially since the wife describes her husband as needing to be more kind and fair. Sounds like there may be some individual past issues that need healing; perhaps his father was harsh and he is mirroring that. I have personally seen that happen.

ColinJuly 6, 2022

Amen to that, Olena.

Bob TaylorJuly 6, 2022

thank you for sharing your research. you may not be aware of this book - Tilly, by Frank Peretti - short, 128 pages, it was first published in 1988. very moving story about abortion, and the consequences.

MikeJuly 6, 2022

This is an amazing article. We demonize China and anyone else who does not accept the U.S. role as sole superpower. Our press is corrupt so articles such as this are so refreshing.

LisJuly 6, 2022

This is something I have struggled with in my children. They are young, and I am still learning. I am so glad I read your article. I fear that my own selfish feelings of bait wanting to watch them suffer makes them suffer more in the long term as they aren’t learning from their mistakes. Thank you for helping me to find a better path as a parent! I think it will have great future outcomes!

Cathy McGreevyJuly 5, 2022

All my life I've heard the two types of priesthood referred to as "the Melchizedek priesthood" and "the Aaronic priesthood." Why is "the" omitted when referencing them in this article? Just wondering if there has been some change I'm not aware of.

Rob McGhieJuly 5, 2022

Thank you for this very informative article. I wouls slightly caution against comparing Aaron as a presiding Bishop or Mises, Aaron and Hur as a First Presidency. These things are indeed presages of the restoration of all things. Similarly, in my research, i have found at least three of the tokens given in the temple today were presaged by rituals in the ancient temple, but not the same. Even in the meridian of time in Christ’s church they did not have the fullness of the restored Gospel.

C MinerJuly 5, 2022

Interesting. Where did John the Baptist come into play, as he was the one who restored the Aaronic Priesthood to Joseph Smith? Do we know how he got it? I ask sincerely. Thanks for the great article.

Vivian M AdamsJuly 5, 2022

Thank you for the research on this wonderful article.

SKJuly 5, 2022

First, I am sorry about your son. You didn't write if those consequences helped him. It's none of our business, but I hope he did turn his life around. I have a brother who actually did, once my parents realized he needed to get out of the house and take care of himself. It was a long, long road, but he did it. Second, bringing up Captain Moroni made me think of our country today. Consequences have been removed from dangerous actions and given mercy where it is not deserved. The prophecies of good being called evil and evil good are results of not giving or accepting consequences. In this way, our own government has withheld justice for much too long. I hope and pray our country (government) will turn around soon and see that bad choices that hurt the nation need to be punished, rather than showing mercy to the criminal. And by not doling out punishment where deserved, we do, indeed, take away agency from the criminals. They are unable to see the light of their ways. Thank you for your insight. I have been thinking about justice and mercy and how it's turned around right now. You've written my thoughts beautifully and I understand so much better.

Julie A. IsmaelJuly 5, 2022

Thank you.

Harold RustJuly 4, 2022

I appreciated the careful explanations of why the common theme of abortion being safer than childbirth is not only incorrect but probably a complete reverse of the actual facts. I will say, though, that when I did a google search using the name of Reardon study on death by abortion, his study was number one on the list. Thus, it wasn't as "censored" as would be implied in this article. I came away feeling that, at least this time, Google led me to the most pertinent and accurate of all responses to my search criteria.

Gene JJuly 4, 2022

According to part of the article... If one is forgiven of their sins, they will never know the consequence of their actions...

WendyJuly 4, 2022

Dear Brother De Azevedo, You’ve written some of my favorite music. For years I have tried, unsuccessfully, to obtain the written music to Messengers of Light II, or even a recorded copy, tape, CD, LP—anything—that would allow me to share with my children the music of my youth that helped shape my testimony. Could you please direct me where I might find your work? I’d be forever grateful.

RossJuly 4, 2022

Just finished listening to the book on Audible - fascinating, especially for Latter-day Saints, but much more than just an LDS book!

Laura BodreroJuly 4, 2022

Beautifully written article Patrick Degn! I couldn’t pass up this link when I saw the Liberty Bell photo reminding me of my Church history adventure last July; and then I saw the author and couldn’t pass up reading from a favorite author, tour guide, & teacher from last summer’s tour as well!♥️ Happy 4th of July!!

Nancy Lofgren AllredJuly 4, 2022

I was blessed to be in the orchestra at then Ricks College when this work was done. I can still sin gf the words to the song “America”. At each performance, the audience was so moved by it and felt the sacredness of it. It B always took them a few seconds to clap….everyone was in tears. Elder L. Tom Perry came for one of our performances. Listening to this on this Fourth of July reminds me that our nation will rise again and be great once more.

Corey D.July 3, 2022

One of Paul Harvey's favorite quotes was, it's not always what we say that counts but how we say it.

Corey D.July 3, 2022

You have no idea what an excellent article this is and so many who never fully grasp the principles you discuss, especially now with all the emphasis and attention given to suicide, so many people can't let the loved ones in their lives learn from the consequences of their actions or choices because they are afraid that individual may take his own life and in some cases there are those who use it as a threat to get what they want.

Harold RustJuly 2, 2022

thanks for the important insight into a view of this conflict as seen from a distant star. The lesson we learned with Germany was that, unfortunately, many "good people" could be led to do very bad things when they felt cornered. When we open doors to freedom and respect and cooperation, we are at our best in fighting Communism, Nazis, and persistent socialists. To do that, however, we have to be strong, clever, and consistent. Our current commander in chief is, sadly, none of those. Maybe if enough good people like we read about in this article can come together, there just might arise opportunities to find friends among the Russian population.

MichelleJuly 2, 2022

I have also heard/felt shouts of joy after sealing family members. I was surprised at the thought that it was more a moment of celebration than of quiet reverence

Doris H CrockettJuly 2, 2022

This man is fantastic and surely has "true grit." Way to go, good luck in all the future activities you have planned. You are amazing!

Jennifer HansenJuly 2, 2022

I think it would have been Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) of which Rex E. Lee spoke approvingly as having established the right to privacy – not Roe v. Wade as claimed in a previous comment.

Tim CurtissJuly 1, 2022

This guy and his rafts should be in your Hall of Fame. I got a copy of his book and it is remarkable.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryJuly 1, 2022

Thank you so much for this article. This has given us positive and informative knowledge about the impact of having an abortion has upon women. I am grateful that I was never taught that a fetus is not human and just a blob of cells. I am ever so grateful that I was never faced with even thinking about an abortion.

Gary AndersonJuly 1, 2022

Thank you so much for writing this article! It is very informative!

Leo LewisJuly 1, 2022

Lex was my first missionary companion in Brazil. Even at that age he was an amazing musician. I have admired and looked up to him all my life. He is a true patriot with god-given skills and abilities that he has developed over the years. This was a very inspirational tribute to our wonderful country and the ideals for which it stands. May we each do what we can to sustain it during these tumultuous and troubled times.

Jeff LindsayJuly 1, 2022

I have updated the original paper to discuss what Dr. Reardon points out about the complex issue of the cause for the increased deaths. Violence is an important contributor, but does not account for all the increase in deaths. Reardon suggests that the women most at risk for the suite of adverse health effects related to mental health might be those who are coerced into abortion. I also observe that in spite of the China study, the preponderance of evidence does not support a significant increased cancer risk due to abortion. The updated also gives the specific citations for the 11 studies considered in the Reardon meta-analysis.

HelenCJuly 1, 2022

Thank you, Bro. De Azevedo, for all you have done to lighten MY life, not just with your music but with this sacred counsel. I shall look for the light more carefully from this moment on, especially as I seek the path He would have me follow.

Steven GattenJune 30, 2022

I enjoy your article. We lost a wonderful son to addiction at 34 years of age. Co dependence, enabling and other subjects related to anyones association with an addict are important subjects that take all of us a long time to learn. However there are times when mercy and compassion are important and necessary. Getting your son into a safe place like a warming shelter or recovery program falls into that catagory. We had to find other alternatives at times than our home. The sad sad fact however is that 90%+ never recover from the disease of addiction. And agency no longer is in play. No more than someone with a terminal case of cancer. Agency plays no part. So I personally appreciate the lessons in the Book of Mormon you point out. But they really aren’t the same. My personal take on addiction is that agency gets one there but once there agency is lost in most cases. So prevention in the form of education and helping people see better alternatives.

MaryannJune 30, 2022

Love this! It's so nice to read things on the lighter side. We need lots more smiles.

Debbi M.June 30, 2022

This is so powerful. I had tears as I read this article. We had a wayward child that we had to ask to leave--the most painful thing we ever went through. This article is spot on! We worried for some time that we were choosing the correct balance between enabling at her expense vs. what we were really teaching our other children. DShe continued on a self=destructive path for many years, alternating periods of ups and downs. We always told her we loved her, despite herself!

NancyJune 30, 2022

I watched your story on Saints Unscripted. WHERE IS YOUR IRISH ACCENT? I heard it slip through ever so slightly in a couple words. But why are you speaking American English?

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryJune 30, 2022

I think allowing consequences is one of the hardest things we have to do with people. I always want to help, but many times helping just causes more bad consequences. Thank you for writing this column.

Jerome CaniddaJune 30, 2022

In cases of rape and so forth a friend pointed out to me that no woman that is raped is going to wait 2 months to see, ...they are going to take the morning after pill. Even the states recognize this issue and almost all have adapted exceptions for all the concerns. We will always see extremes on both sides but I'm certainly more sensitive to laws that end life. Barbaric is the word I can muster right now.

HalJune 30, 2022

Thank you, Joseph. We currently have a particularly difficult situation with one of our children and this series of articles has convinced us to stay our course of "tough love" and continue to hold our child responsible for her actions.

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Diane IrwinJune 30, 2022

Of COURSE angels have deep feelings! They once were humans who lived on this earth. Thanks, Anne for this thought-provoking article. You are amazing...keep them coming~~

DebrahJune 29, 2022

That was the best story, absolutely. Those strong youthful angels did not even know what angels they were! Best laugh I've had in a long time. Love your stories.

Winslow KJune 29, 2022

Thank you for sharing your experience and pointing out that, when taken to heart, the gospel of Jesus Christ is meant to make men (and women) good to the core. The best men are those who understand a woman’s worth in the eyes of God and treat each woman with respect and kindness. Thank you also for shedding light on the self-proclaimed “advocates” that do more harm than good by loudly “speaking for” those they don’t even represent or understand.

MaryannJune 28, 2022

The full statement is so brief that I am disappointed the entire text was not posted here. It is good to review the doctrine of the church on the subject of abortion. The reasons given that MIGHT possibly justify an abortion are very rare. The vast majority of the millions and millions of abortions that have occurred are performed as a result of irresponsible adults attempting to escape the consequences of their poor choices.

MaryannJune 28, 2022

I absolutely love the counsel given in this article. I am so glad the author reminded the woman that she does not deserve a sense of entitlement, nor should she put pressure on her husband, or try to make demands that she be accepted by his children. She is the one who made choices that have brought about hurtful results. She needs to respect the adult children of her husband and stay in the background. She wanted another woman's husband and she got him. She did NOT get his family, too! A woman who has had any part in destroying a marriage certainly does not have the right to expect the be considered family by his children. To recognize her in any way as a "grandparent" would be extremely disrespectful to the real grandmother. This situation is a good reminder about how costly and hurtful adultery is--even for generations.

CindyJune 28, 2022

I agree with all of the previous commenters, except for one thing: Their father is just as guilty of wrecking their family as she is. Why are the adult children now willing to have their father in their lives but not his wife? They are equally to blame. I dislike when I see women referred to as "homewreckers." The men are at least active participants and need to be held equally accountable.

HalJune 28, 2022

I very much appreciate these articles that clarify and debunk allegations of what the Prophet Joseph Smith or the other early brethren of the Church allegedly taught. I look forward to the day when all truth will come to light and we will all see, eye-to-eye, things as they really are.

Carlos.June 28, 2022

What a beautiful and powerful article. Thank you for reminding us, and for pointing out to men what we must be.

HalJune 28, 2022

This was a tremendous article, thank you! I have tried my entire adult life to honor and protect the women in my life. It is wonderful to see an opinion of a sister who appreciates the positive influence the Gospel of Jesus Christ has on men and boys. I agree that there are many noble and virtuous men outside of the Church with like values. I would venture to say that there is a strong correlation between good men and strong religious values.

JulieJune 28, 2022

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and knowledge. It helped me.

Julie TreadwellJune 28, 2022

I appreciate this perspective from the author. Her life experience gives her a clarity on this topic that many of us lack. I have been raised in the church my whole life and have seen cultural changes for good in many ways. It has changed in the US culture as well. (I recently was part of a conversation regarding our experiences over jobs lost and blatantly unequal pay due to gender preference. There has been vast improvement from the outset of our careers compared to now.). I fear that there will always be the selfish and sexually driven underbelly of society, within and without the church, that will perpetuate the horrific treatment of others. And while the upper elements of society at large has more improving to do, it’s nice to remember that Good changes have occurred! Sometimes in our journey, we see the effort of the climb ahead and forget to acknowledge how far our efforts have brought us. Sometimes, being only on the INSIDE of a thing limits one’s views, understanding and experience. That often enhances the flaws and makes them feel unbearable. It may take help from OUTSIDE the thing to see the relative difference. Sometimes that “outside help” makes things seem worse. It’s refreshing when it helps us recognize how, as a whole, things are better than we realized. And reminds us that there are solid reasons why that is. I am grateful the author pointed out that the church culture isn’t the gospel. The church’s purpose is to help bring us to Christ. He will heal us. He will help us. He will improve us. WE are better when we, as men and women, want that for ourselves, and are willing to “do the work” necessary to obtain it.

LisaJune 28, 2022

Thank you for the heartfelt sharing of your story.

MichelleJune 28, 2022

My childhood had some similarities to yours though not as difficult. Due to some early abuse, I was left with a lot of confusion, guilt (tho I had done nothing wrong) and pain. I was painfully shy and afraid of everything. The boundaries and standards taught were a lifesaver for me. and the activities, dances and youth conferences gave me a window at least of what I could be. The sweet elders on my mission showed such a humility and respect for priesthood power that it was what was engraved in my heart instead of the pain and abuse. I am 52 and just now seeing the mission God has for me. Because of what I experienced I can relate to a very wide range of people. I have found that power comes in sitting with individuals and listening to them, hearing their story, loving them where they are. As in the Book of Mormon, society is trying to push people into categories, groups and getting them to dig in and scream opinions and condemnations. No matter how right or justified a certain viewpoint is, it doesn't matter if it is not delivered with the love and space and patience required to let that principle be received. Love truly does conquer all. As we love, God will work out the details.

PaulineJune 28, 2022

What noble aspirations! May you blessed in your search for peace and happiness as you serve as the Savior does.

LincolnJune 28, 2022

Here’s another bit of essential reading brought to us by MERIDIAN. My thanks to the editorial staff and the eloquent writer for creating and disseminating this thoughtful, insightful, sometimes heart-wrenching document. In addition to her personal story, the writer’s observations about our larger culture are true, revealing, and cautionary. Thanks to all.

SageJune 28, 2022

Thank you for sharing your insights. I agree with your assessment of how the church shapes men. I am Daily blessed by a man who takes his priesthood seriously who can clearly show it was the church's influence that made him who he is.

Taylor StonelyJune 28, 2022

Thank you for the courage to tell your story, and what an incredible perspective you offer. I appreciate you taking the time to provide a valuable counter-argument to the vicious attacks made by those who wish to harm the Church and its teachings of Jesus Christ. While none of us is perfect, it is important to know and to describe the path that we should all be walking, toward heaven, instead of pointing fingers and mocking those who are clinging to the iron rod.

Sasha KwapinskiJune 27, 2022

I also contribute in support of National Right to Life (NRLC), as well as 40 Days for Life, Lifenews, and other pro life organizations. I also appreciate and support the broadening out or diversification in the pro life movement in recent decades. This is reflected in such organizations as Secular Pro Life (SPL), Democrats for Life of America (DFLA), and Pro Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians (PLAGAL).

Margaret BourneJune 27, 2022

Thank you for this article and the amazing video. Whilst I do not live in the USA I know that this momentous and brave decision will affect lives everywhere. I have often wondered why we don't recognise a child's right to life as well as a woman's right to govern her own body. Who will stand up for the unborn if their mothers don't? All I can hope for now is that the States see sense as well. Of course there are valid reasons for abortion but these are very few and far between.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryJune 27, 2022

Thank you for your courageous article. I have been so amazed at the number of active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have posted on Facebook that women should have the right to have an abortion. How can these people forget that lives are eternal and decisions now can effect our eternal lives. Babies are so precious. it feels as if Satan is rampaging with such strength throughout the world to destroy the eternal lives of God's children. I pray that we can be strong against him.

Kathy SandersJune 27, 2022

Thank you for this fine article and the historical context you’ve given. It defies reason how anyone can approve the.barbaric culture of abortion and justify it in any way. Satan has done an amazing job to desensitize so many to their own humanity. I’m so thankful for the thousands of good people who have kept up the good fight for life these last 49 years and never gave up. Thanks for urging all to speak up and get involved. We can make a difference!

Rob McGhieJune 27, 2022

Although i am against abortion in most caaes, there has to be exceptions for rape, incest and the health of the mother. Also, have we ever stopped to consider how Heavenly Father feels about sending a beloved child to a mother who doesn’t want the child, who may be a lousy parent, who might be condemning that child to a life of drugs, crime or gangs? We are sometimes obsessed with just the birth but not the social problems that child will have to endure.

DavidDJune 27, 2022

As former BYU President and U.S. Solicitor General Rex Lee observed years ago, Roe v. Wade did something that was very crucial. It established a Right of Privacy that is found nowhere else in the Constitution. Without this Right of Privacy, there is absolutely zero to prevent Congress from enacting laws setting limits on how many children a couple can have, requiring couples to engage in oral intercourse, requiring couples to get government permission even to have sexual relations, prohibiting spouses from sleeping in the same room together, on and on. And by the way, even the Church recognizes that the lives of unborn fetuses are not equal to the lives of living humans. If there were total equality, the Church would not condone abortion in cases of rape.

JulieJune 27, 2022

Alliance defending Freedom

vickieJune 27, 2022

i wouldnt accept abortion in the case of rape or incest...a baby is a baby...unless it make take the life of the mother...adoption is the answer if the mother doesnt want the baby...

EmilyJune 26, 2022

It sounds from your letter like you feel that you have done enough over the years to mend fences, and by now your husband's children should be adjusted and forgiving and kind. Divorce is like a death, though, especially when there's been infidelity, and grief is cyclical. It surges up again at tender and vulnerable moments. Your stepdaughter's grief is likely to surge again with this new birth. Please set aside your own feelings here. I've never experienced anything harder and more raw than new motherhood. Don't make your stepdaughter have to deal with this drama when she's adjusting to being a mom. Eventually that may change, but only if you're able to sincerely put her needs before your own.

MadisonJune 26, 2022

This only happens when the child is going to die soon after birth. The parents would rather hold their baby till God takes them than have doctors put tubes into the baby in order to try to resuscitate a child that will die.

Cristy NewcombJune 26, 2022

Why can’t your wonderful lessons be printed as before? I love to read them but it’s just not the same without your personal feelings/experiences included. Thank you.

Robert SteverJune 26, 2022

The responses would be more useful if they where divided gender. Because so far, it looks as if the women think I am porn/video game addict rather than the Engineer that I really am.

Rob BarnettJune 25, 2022

More covid deaths for 5 and under than flu deaths, even if compared to really bad flu years.

Lizzie GirlJune 25, 2022

Accept the fact that nobody over there will ever like you or want to see you, and allow them complete access to their father without clamoring to be part of it. You will always be the person that wrecked their family. Your "good marriage" will have to be reward enough. They may well have forgiven you in the sense of allowing the Lord to be the judge, but they will never want to hang out with you so stop trying to insinuate yourself into the mix. This is never going to change. You have nothing to offer them except the reminder of what you did. Be cool. Be humble. Stop with the neediness.

EmilyJune 25, 2022

His children treat you as the other woman because you are the other woman. If you actually regretted having an affair, you would get a divorce. This baby is not your grandchild and never will be Get over yourself and your rights. You have none here.

RobJune 24, 2022

More covid deaths 0-5 than flu deaths, even compared to worst flu years

Debbi M.June 24, 2022

Wonderful and honest advice. Divorce is such an unfair situation, as you said, especially with infidelity. Spot on for telling this sister she has no right to entitlement, and should not make her husband choose. I take it she did not have children from her previous spouse? Maybe she would understand more?

Debbi M.June 24, 2022

What a story! The Lord's hand is manifest once again. Bless all the family members here to get through this trial and press forward. The gospel is true!

BeckyJune 24, 2022

I love this story. I know that we had relationships in our pre-earth life. What a beautiful testimony of listening to and following the spirit.

vickieJune 24, 2022

OH MY GOSH, THIS STORY WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND SAD AT THE SAME TIME. i do believe that the spirit in a person knows and recognizes things from our life with God before we come to earth. i had this experience once and wrote about it regarding seeing the conference before i joined the church. while seeing it on tv way back in the mid 70's i felt as though i heard it before. i told my husband who was reading the newspaper...that what was being said seemed like something my parents told me....but then i said....its not exactly like my parents telling me confused i know it was my heavenly parents telling me these things...i recognized it..

Judith GrantJune 24, 2022

I love this answer. Not being pushy and understanding what you have done in the past has caused this to happen and showing understanding, will do a lot more to create harmony than being offended or hurt bc you’re not included. Be the grownup!

Janet WiseJune 24, 2022

Adam, it is indeed a beautiful story! The strength of family beyond the veil! How wonderful that family is forever, and that the Lord has a loving way of micromanaging our relationships. I wish your sister and her brood much love and blessings--until you are all united again,

Julie CooperJune 24, 2022

I needed this perspective. I feel lifted. Thank you.

DonJune 24, 2022

The reason you are being treated like the "other woman" is that you ARE the other woman. You helped break up her family. You aren't entitled to the forgiveness you seem to demand.

HelenCJune 24, 2022

Thank you. As I complain about being the only active member in my and my husband’s families I shall now remember Elijah’s aloneness and count myself blessed to be where Father wants me to be, striving to be who He wants me to be. After all, I have yet to be fed by ravens. :-)

WendiJune 24, 2022

Sorry, lady. You don’t get to decide “boundaries” when you were intrusive to “boundaries” that were set to protect a marriage commitment. You don’t get to decide how his children feel about you. You don’t get to decide to be welcome in their lives, especially during the joyous time of his new grandchild (not yours). How dare you use the birth of his daughter’s baby to intrude into her life again and demand to be “respected.” You won—you have the man you both wrecked homes to be together—and this is The prize of your “victory.” Leave his children alone. You have no place in their world just because you became his wife. Deal with it. Leave your husband alone about wanting him to take a stand for you with his children. This is a consequence of your atrocious decision to wreck this daughter’s home to steal her dad. You made your bed nine years ago, now go and sleep in it.

Lisa MurphyJune 24, 2022

1. F Friendship with God/Faith 2.. I. Interest in goals or Intimate Communion with God. 3. R. Remember or Read or Repent 4. S. Serve or Seek to make His will your will, 5. T. Treat everyone you meet like a Son or Daughter of God or Tidy

MistyJune 23, 2022

This is a wonderful article to prompt self reflection with our testimony. I haven’t given much thought to the rest of the letters but my first impression for F was Father… which goes long who your F.aith refers to. A & I have me currently stumped but I think T would be together, representing not just our own family but how God desires all of His children to help each other return together. H for me is easy… Home… with Him is our ultimate goal & desire.

Kay RookhuyzenJune 23, 2022

This moral has been pointed out to me by others uncounted times during my life. It is so true!

Lana JohnsonJune 23, 2022

Faith was I first thought as well.... I had no idea of all of the faith names of our Heavenly Father and Jesus. I knew all of the characteristics but not what they were called! Thank you so much for sharing this!!

LoraJune 23, 2022

As a young woman, I heard the acronym SOAP: Scriptures, Obedience, Appreciation and Prayer. The idea was that every time you use soap, it would remind you to read scriptures, obey the commandments, show gratitude to Heavenly Father, and pray to communicate that gratitude to Him.

CHuckJune 23, 2022

"The outbreaks have been attributed to an increasing number of Americans who choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children." Or, dare I say, attributable to an increasing number of illegal immigrants from around the world who have brought those diseases with them without being vetted, as happened at Staten Island formerly. Has anyone done a study on this factor?

Kathy DouglasJune 23, 2022

1. Faith 2. Inspiration-personal revelation 3. Repentance 4. Stay on the covenant path, or submit my will to HIS 5.Trust in the Lord

KathleenJune 23, 2022

It takes courage to allow consequences. Thanks for showing by example that it's worth it.

M SmithJune 22, 2022

Thank you, Meridian, for publishing this article. We need to be able to hear both sides and make our own decisions.

JSJune 22, 2022

Now it’s time we apply that same logic to all of the childhood vaccines- especially the dozens added in the last 30 years. Is what we’ve been told by the FDA and CDC similarly skewed data and information regarding other childhood diseases? I don’t think that blindly trusting the three letter government organizations regarding our health and well-being is a wise choice & more digging into the recommendations is definitely worth the time and energy spent finding truthful answers.

David Watson,DDSJune 22, 2022

Vaccines are not and never have been 100%. They are an adjunct to medical help. People should be free to decide for themselves how they want to protect themselves. I agree we are trusting too many people and agencies to make our decisions for them.

Bob MartinJune 22, 2022

Australia regularly immunizes {vacinates} young children,ie infants for all manner of diseases including hooping cough, measles, polio etc. I am surprised if other countries do not do this.

Diane IrwinJune 21, 2022

WoW! I have enJOYed your articles over the years, and this one hits it right out of the park! I can't wait to share it with my daughter-in-law. (It has been a blessing that we are so close!)

Bonnie LiversidgeJune 21, 2022

What a gathering of traditions combined with wisdom and pure truth of the Heavens brought together in thought, deed and actions. Brilliant!.

JAMES P FOLEYJune 20, 2022

Most mortals possess a longing for order that seems strange in the world of chaos. How could we long for something we never knew existed? Order is an eternal principal that feels like home and is part of what we knew in our premortal existence. THUS I CONSIDER THE LONGING FOR ORDER THAT MOST OF US EXPERIENCE A FORM OF HOMESICKNESS.] [Sherri Mills Johnson, “The Restoration of the New and Everlasting Covenant of Marriage,” in Joseph Smith and the Doctrinal Restoration: the 34th Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2005, p240]

Dale E. Breckon, U.S Army (Retired)June 20, 2022

Sentinels at the U.S. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier are Soldiers from the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Regiment, and always have been since 1948. Members of the U.S. Marine Corps do not serve as Sentinels at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

BonnieJune 20, 2022

Have enjoyed so much the transcripts of your podcasts. Now we seem to only be getting the notes from it. Will we again be able to see the transcripts?

DeniseJune 19, 2022

Excellent article and insights! Well done, Lynne!

Aleesa SolbergJune 19, 2022

How can I get the portion of transcript of ‘We have enough women of …. We need women of ….?

TreverJune 19, 2022

One thing that greatly helped our family to work towards acceptance and understanding was to all read Carol Turtle’s book It’s Just My Nature. It was a game changer for us, and especially my wife who is a pre-planner/get it done type of person too.

KathleenJune 18, 2022

. . . and what an incredible golden lifetime it becomes! Thanks for another uplifting, thought provoking article.

Becky L RoseJune 10, 2022

One of my favorite books is confronting the myth of self-esteem. It's LDS and talks about abasing ourselves. That is scriptural.

Tom BaxterJune 10, 2022

As a retried professional having dealt with SSA issues in the past, I also have been disappointed with the imbalance with which this issue has been celebrated by the media, including Church-owned media outlets. Some have deliberately or unintentionally promoted the love and acceptance side without addressing the doctrinal and moral realities.. I also compliment Brother Bennion's courage, ,especially in light of his unique and valid personal perspective. He effectively articulated the disconnect between how reporting has been handled and the fundamental doctrines of the Church. As an emeritus general authority repeated to me, "God's truth, God's laws and God's justice will never be man's truth, laws and justice." I recall the then Elder Oaks being interviewed by a CBS reporter who was seeking to characterize the Church as discriminatory towards members dealing with homosexuality. When the reporter tried to challenge the church's position, Elder Oaks repeatedly said, "Sex outside of marriage is a sin". At that time there were no gay marriages. The position now includes defining marriage as only being between a man and a woman. It is imperative that parents make the home the primary source in promoting gospel principles. The evidence is clear that children coming from such homes are much more clear, less deceived and better grounded in God's ways as to what is moral and immoral as contrasted with the world's ways. Parents cannot rely on outside sources to instruct their children. God's laws and commandments regarding what chastity and identity really is must be taught and exemplified in the home. .

Rob McGhieJune 10, 2022

I remember Bro. Keith Wilcox came to the Miami stake center in 1974 or 1975 to give a presentation on the Washington DC Temple at a fireside. I remember him saying that the mindset he had when designing this temple was “Enlightenment “. It was just before I went to the temple with my wife and children to be sealed for all eternity.

GoingTo100June 10, 2022

Great article - thanks for the thorough analysis of all the lies and malicious deceits depicted in the series. I only disagree with the last premise concerning the loss the series may cause to the Church, its members, and other individuals in search of truth. As the article states: "In the eyes of the law,... when libel or slander leads to serious material loss..." then it counts as "illegal defamation". The church will not experience any material loss from the series free-for-all malicious attack. The people who will resonate with the series are the apostates and the those who hate organized religion especially the LDS religion. Anyone with some degree of the light of Christ will see through the deceit and the hypocrisy of the apostates and religion haters involved with this series. Some may be fooled for a time, but in the end the Church will be strengthened, not weekend by this series.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryJune 10, 2022

This is so uplifting and beautiful. I am so grateful for their sharing of such great talents.

JoJune 10, 2022

Beautiful, brings me peace this morning.

DavidDJune 10, 2022

How does it work to "embrace conflict" when one segment of society seems to not only embrace but militantly support lies? Lies about events. Lies about science. Unless and until those people become more committed to truth, how can I possibly come together with them? Embrace their lies?

GingerJune 10, 2022

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

SfischJune 10, 2022

I loved hearing this story. What a marvelous opportunity to be part of the Lord’s design team. What an honor-what a blessing! I believe Brother Wilcox daughter was in my college of family living. -specifically - Interior Environments at BYU.

T. EarlJune 9, 2022

Thank you! THANK YOU!! I have to admit that moving from the San Francisco Bay Area to Utah I’ve been surprised that the rhetoric and the rainbow flag seems to be even stronger in the Salt Lake Valley. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints I admit that I have been left confused at times on where my leaders, sunday instructors and fellow members stand as we often attempt to straddle the line so we don’t offend. But instead we are leaving so many confused and swimming in the grey! The church media hasn’t helped. What is happening at BYU in Provo is alarming. I do agree that posting the rainbow banner does seems to be a symbol of announcing that “I’m not a hater“ instead of standing up and saying” I am a believer” in loving all my brothers and sisters while doing our best to support The Proclamation to the world on the doctrine of The Family. We would do better to raise a banner the would unite all (instead of divide us) “in the name of our God, country and our families!” Thank you for this well written plea to seek out those who live with same sex attraction and strive to keep their covenants and also the reminder that we can love one another but also to keep our footing in the doctrines and expectations of God.

MaryKaren SolomonJune 9, 2022

Br. Bennion, thank you defending what is an unfortunately unpopular stand right now. We need to love our LGBT brothers and sisters, and accept them into fellowship. However, I know from my own experience the following the covenant path will help keep a couple together. I married a bisexual man when I was young; we had been counseled by church authorities to trust each other and get married if we loved each other. We both received testimonies that we should marry each other, and we did, in the temple. For the first few years , we remained very active in the LDS Church, and things went well. We had a daughter together, and three years later, a son. At that time, my husband started experiencing same-sex attraction and was in faithful to me. Our bishop counseled my spouse and worked with him regularly. It was a great help to him! Then we moved to South Carolina and I became pregnant again, and my husband had worries and concerns that caused him to act out on same-sex feelings again. This time our bishop was not supportive; he scheduled a church court, and my husband was disfellowshipped. I was at the court as a witness for my husband, and I do not feel it was a court of love. I feel it was a court of disgust, and I think he felt the same way, because he then became inactive and fell away from the church. He became interested in Christian science and we attended the LDS church one week and Christian science church the next. Our lives begin to fall apart and in three years he was out of the church, and we were divorced. I raised the children on my own, and they were not close to him, even though we made efforts to see him every year. He lived a gay life, and it was a lonely one. I can't help but feel it would've been a much more fulfilling life for him, had he stayed faithful to his covenants and resisted same-sex temptations. I greatly appreciate your taking the Church's stance seriously, because I feel it is the only pathway that can help marriages to work and keep families together.

MarcieJune 9, 2022

Thank you for your words. They are one more puzzle piece in my quest to "always remember Him"

CASJune 9, 2022

There are some strong opinions cited here. I share mine. I believe and adhere to the Proclamaition of the Family and all that it promotes. I believe that God created man and woman for the purpose of bringing children in the world and creating a family unit within the confines of matrimony and building that man and woman's healthy sexuality which binds them together. I believe in the covenants that we renew in the temple every time we attend. Today there are too many ideas out there today that want to destroy the family unit. That's Satan's plan. This is very disturbing to me. And, Susan, a possible response to your granddaughter could be: The only flag we fly is the Stars and Stripes for the United States of America to which we adhere!

John PetersenJune 9, 2022

Excellent, excellent thinking and reasoning and explaining. As you wrote, "There is more than one way to foster inclusion and compassion." I have struggled with my own experience in loving and accepting LGBTQ people, although I have family members who struggle with same sex attraction and I have no problem loving them. But I could never plant a rainbow flag in my yard or march in a Gay Pride parade. I loved the way you encouraged more acceptance of the Proclamation on the Family than the societal river currents of LGBTQ acceptance. Well thought out and so well explained.

CarolJune 9, 2022

I have written to personnel at the Deseret News regarding their allowing attacks on the Church and their support of policies that the Church opposes. I have gotten no response. If Church-owned media does not support the doctrines of the Church, why do they even exist? We need a supportive media voice, not another Expositor or Tribune. Everyone needs to listen to Elder Holland's talk to BYU faculty again. We cannot let "love" and "tolerance" be mistaken for approval of ideologies that oppose God's plan.

ShaunaJune 9, 2022

Thank you Br. Bennion, for your steadfast commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You are inspiring and so brave. Your voice is SO needed in this conversation and I am hopeful that the dominant, monolithic narrative surrounding either "choosing the Church, or choosing to be LGBTQ--or 'authentic'" can be expanded and challenged, as you demonstrate. Thanks for as Paul says, "fighting the good fight and for keeping the faith."

BennyJune 9, 2022

A really outstanding article and analysis of the tropic. As a church member who is experiencing same sex attraction myself I can affirm every sentence in this article. I have nothing in common with the LGBTQ movement. But I have a lot in common with people who are also struggling with same-sex attraction. And especially as a member of our church it is hard to have same sex attractions. I know the covenant path. I know the plan of happiness. As somebody who has been experiencing same sex attractions his whole life I know that certain things like a marriage are highly unlikely for me to ever experience in my mortal life. Of course I know what apostles and prophets have said. I know that ultimately no blessings will be kept from me. But as with so many others who are also experiencing same-sex attractions that does not help all the time. So showing me a rainbow flag will not help in any way. It does however show me that the person who is showing this flag to me should maybe invest a little bit more time in searching out what this flag and its movement is really all about. So yes it is well meant. But it is not good. What does indeed help is showing affection, showing love, and showing interest. This is best done in a personal way and not by showing off some symbols. Everybody has his own burdens. But knowing that the one thing that is so important in the plan of happiness cannot be reached in my mortal life is a very, very, very heavy burden. Every day in my life I am thinking about whether or not my Heavenly Father loves me. Because one of the most central parts of the plan of happiness is kept from me. So I would appreciate if other members of our church recognize the struggle and sympathize with it. If somebody is doing this most certainly love and understanding will come out of it.

J.T. McKayJune 9, 2022

Thank you for the reminder that the "covenant path" is the path of happiness -- for everyone, regardless of orientation. Love and kindness are essential, but any response that leads away from the covenant path will always dilute our happiness -- both in this life and in the next. Your efforts to point this out are deeply appreciated.

DavidJune 9, 2022

Tithing is paid with faith, not money.

Harold RustJune 9, 2022

Thank you for such a heart-felt and well-expressed view on a subject that is so often pressed down to a simple "are you a good person or not" rather than "I will respect you but I also have fundamental teachings I believe are sacred and true". The waving of a pride flag or the displaying of a "I love..." sign may to some seem like an appropriate way to support others. I see it as more likely an indicator the individual is trying to "prove" how kind and wonderful they are and it smacks of self-centered marketing of "rightenous") . For example, what if all of a sudden a large percentage of the U.S. population saw a great advantage in showing they were great supporters of "Mormons" and started displaying signs our their lawn that read , "I love Mormons. If you don't, you have something wrong with you". Would we feel better about our membership in the Church and would this show of support lead us to believe they really did understand us and were genuinely interested in our spiritual welfare? Or would it highlight a sense of opportunism on their part because they sensed the wind was blowing in the direction of helping themselves look better if they showed "love" of Mormons? Something to think about for those who want to gush over the 'brave souls' now coming out of the closet. Be respectful and understanding, but be thoughtful about how to display that respect.

G. Randall in IDJune 9, 2022

The word “gunman”, itself’, conjures up in the mind images similar to those of recent events. It implies malicious intent. A “man doing target practice” (in the story) is NOT the same as a “GUNMAN” (in the headline). I am becoming increasingly wary of headlines in the media, as they seek to sensationalize stories just to raise our heart rate and hopefully get more clicks. I expected better from Meridian Mag.

Trish NordstromJune 9, 2022

It's a very long article and at the end I still don't know what is expected of "straights" in relation to "gays." So many of us "feel damned if we do and damned if we don't" in our behavior. It's exhausting.

BrookeJune 9, 2022

Thank you for being brave enough to be this voice. I am deeply moved. God bless you and strengthen on your journey.

ScottJune 9, 2022

I found this article to be very refreshing as I have been confused by much of the LDS media, while still feeling that there was a conflict between true doctrine and permissiveness in the name love. The author has put into words what I have only had in unexpressed thoughts. Thank you. As an aside I would say that it is unfortunate that this was not published far enough ahead of the North Star Conference to bring attention to it before the day that it began.

LindaJune 9, 2022

4thanks for a great article!

BruceJune 9, 2022

Finally a voice of well thought-out reason in a wasteland of misinformation and distortion.

Michael ChandlerJune 9, 2022

A well reasoned article that explains the tyranny of so-called ‘progressive’ politics, that does not allow for different beliefs and perspectives. Jeff’s focuses on sexuality, but the same can be said for any of the social controversies in our culture; abortion, homelessness, critical race theory, etc. All of our current social maladies have been enhanced by ‘progressive’ solutions that fail to see problems truthfully and obstruct fair discussion of the problems. It is the great a spacious building occupants pointing their fingers and deriding the seekers of truth, and too often the lovers of truth get embarrassed and turn away from the truth. Better that we give them no heed.

Momof6June 9, 2022

I read your article and it really is how I feel about the whole situation. I have two daughters who have found an aspect of the church unrelated to denounce and therefore condone their lifestyle choice because the church “couldn’t possibly be true”. That’s a different story than yours completely but hearing your story gives me hope that things could turn out someday. The one thing that I would suggest editing out is the name of specific people and pointing out why their way of choosing to live the lifestyle doesn’t work. I think it would be fine to list specific examples of issues that may make it hard to stay a faithful church member, but naming people outright is inappropriate. Thank you for your article. I do like your perspective and admire how you are trying to be faithful in the church teachings.

Mardonne NeimanJune 9, 2022

Thank you dear brother for your clear and thoughtful message, and shared with us as one who stands for the doctrine of the church and strives to keep his covenants. Elder Bednar has shown us how to answer questions by quoting doctrine. His pattern has made a clear and simple pattern for faithful members to follow. When asked at the National Press Club, Can you envision a day when LGBTQ Church members can marry and be sealed within the Church? He quoted the proclamation. “We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, and that the family is central to the Father’s plan for the eternal destiny and happiness of his children.” Whether single, married, divorced, widowed, LGBQT+, we "further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife." We believe in the promises that we can overcome the world through the atonement of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life.

LindaJune 9, 2022

Wow! What an outstanding, well written article with a refreshing perspective. I haven't delved deeply enough into this subject to recognize the communication complexities involved. Thank you for your enlightening us to a better way of approaching and viewing this tender topic. I believe so many of us have family or friends that are same gender attracted that we have become so focused on accepting them that we inadvertently abandoned our own highly valued principles. What a delema! I shall continue to ponder your well expressed thoughts and suggestions. THANK YOU!!!

Susan RoylanceJune 9, 2022

I am grateful for this article, for Jeff's willingness to speak out in a very helpful way. When children ask (as did my 9 yr old granddaughter), what is "pride" -- and why don't we want a rainbow flag in our yard -- what do we say? Are we teaching the children that becoming gay or lesbian, or choosing to be transgender, is OK? That choosing to not have children, or promoting physical changes to a body, to change the appearance of a different sex, and taking dangerous medicines, will assure that that person will not have biological children. It's the ultimate effort by Satan to destroy the family unit.

Virginia GowerJune 9, 2022

Jeff is right on target about Deseret News, Deseret Book and KSL. Is there anyone who we could contact to complain about the rubbish these 3 come up with. And it's not just about LGBT - also their political views and commentary on other subjects. I'm over 70 years old and I'm not alone. I only get online to read the Church News because you can't believe what you read in the Deseret News and KSL.

BryanJune 9, 2022

Bravo, bravo, bravo! The DNews and other LDS owned media left the reservation long ago. Just as ‘white guilt’ affects people’s actions towards blacks and other peoples of color, so ‘heterosexual guilt’ makes people think they need to show acceptance of behavior directly in opposition to divinely revealed gospel principles. Too many in the church think they are being Christlike in advocating for or supporting homosexual behavior. Instead they are being deceived by Satan and dragging others down with them.

Neill MarriottJune 8, 2022

Kathy, Thank you for the relatable and profound examples in your article. Your mastery of words made it a delight to read. I am going to include the Savior more in my daily work, thanks to your insightful testimony.

KalliopeJune 8, 2022

Just need to know if this is based on a true story, or a figment of imagination.

MaryannJune 8, 2022

Ah, yes--there are a lot of women out there who can relate to this story, including me. Thanks for the chuckle.

Janet ChristensenJune 8, 2022

Excellent article! These inspired words ring true for anyone with political, philosophical or religious differences. I have close family that are not on speaking terms - they can't handle ideas that are different from their firm - "how dare you think I'm not right" - ideas.

DenieseJune 8, 2022

I very much enjoyed this story. It got my day started. We all need to remember that the Lord is/will be with us if we just learn to recognize His presence.

Susan D’AndreaJune 8, 2022

Mom’s irises: Purple irises were my mother’s favorite flower. After she and my father passed away, my sister Lynn dug up the iris bulbs and planted them in her garden. The next year when they bloomed, my sister took pictures and sent each of my parents’ six children an 8x10” print to frame and hang in our homes. It has been almost 20 years, and Mom’s irises are still blooming in Lynn’s garden. Each June she texts us a picture.

Sasha KwapinskiJune 7, 2022

I submit that a good part of the issue is understanding the difference or distinction between love and relativism -- a distinction that many in today's society seem to have a problem with.

Rochelle HaleJune 7, 2022

We will always be at odds with those who oppose us or have differing opinions. One prefers yellow; another blue. One eats meat; another is vegetarian. One is a couch potato while the other is an extreme exerciser. One of the great issues regarding sexual preference is that Latter-day Saints (Catholics, and many others) believe that intimacy is only appropriate within the bounds of marriage. They are NOT our rules; they are God's. Nevertheless, just as we embrace those who enjoy different hobbies or foods, we can embrace our fellow beings who feel differently about sexuality outside of traditional marriage. That, then, is the conundrum, because often those living opposing lifestyles don't want our love or even our association unless we can totally condone and support them. The interpretation then becomes that we "hate them" rather than respecting that we can love and leave any judgment to God.

GaleJune 7, 2022

Thank you for this. I am of Jewish descent and have a special connection to Ruth. This was really enlightening.

Ronald BarnesJune 7, 2022

At the age of 67, I’ve thought about those things, too. Of course, I want to stay as young as possible for as long as possible. Only time will tell. I would love to leave some kind of lasting legacy, but I know that I won’t. I’ll be satisfied to be remember in a hundred years. Of course, I want safe and successful lives for all of my descendants. I just doubt that I’ll have much influence on that. As for being surrounded by loved ones: My children and grandchildren have their own lives to live. I would love to see them as often as feasibly possible, but they have more to do with their lives than being overly concerned about me. I will have lived my life and I want them to have the same privilege. Let them live it while they can.

JillJune 7, 2022

That upsets me. I married late. I had one child, who identifies as gay and does not want children. Grandparenting will likely never be a reality for me.

ColinJune 6, 2022

I'm with you, Wally, in being concerned by well-meaning efforts to reduce everything to self-esteem—especially because if that's the problem, then the solution looks like increasing self-esteem and this leads to terribly misguided efforts like giving hollow praise and trophies for everything. Loving God and feeling loved by Him are a lot closer to core solutions. I've often heard people claim that the second great command, "Love thy neighbor as thyself," is somehow a command to love ourselves. If that's what Jesus meant, it's surprising that the parable he told to illustrate the principle described a man, the Samaritan, who never once that of himself. Not for a moment.

MaryannJune 6, 2022

I love your statement: "Self-affirmation must not replace heavenly attestation." As a bookseller for many years, I noticed so many books being released that present alternate routes for achieving happiness, peace, and self-esteem, INSTEAD OF trusting in the Lord and following HIS path. It seems that every month new books are released claiming to be the magic formula for "feeling good" about ourselves and our lives. As you stated, In order to have true peace and joy, we must combine our understanding of our divine worth with a spirit of humility, a willingness to repent, and deep gratitude to the Lord for enabling us to accomplish good things. When our motivation is to please our Heavenly Father and our Savior, we will feel that divine attestation from the Spirit that we are on the right path. There is no greater joy.

Tom BaxterJune 6, 2022

In King Benjamin’s profound and life-changing sermon to the Nephites, the power of the Holy Ghost bore witness of his words and brought about a change of heart in his listeners. Mosiah 4:3 tells us they experienced a “peace of conscience “ “3 And it came to pass that after they had spoken these words the Spirit of the Lord came upon them, and they were filled with joy, having received a remission of their sins, and having peace of conscience, because of the exceeding faith which they had in Jesus Christ who should come, according to the words which king Benjamin had spoken unto them.” In my opinion this is God’s definition of the non- scriptural term self esteem.

Andrew J CurrieJune 6, 2022

I've always thought D&C121:45 is the best explanation of self-esteem and how to obtain it. It has no hint of self-concern or, even, self-awareness: "Let thy bowels ... be full of charity towards all men … and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God....” What better description of meaningful self-esteem than 'being confident in the presence of Deity'?

Bonnie MJune 6, 2022

This article is amazing. Such clarification that is so important. Thank you so much! Bonnie

Joy PorterJune 6, 2022

This is an interesting article and has some thoughtful interpretations of self-esteem. However I disagree on some level with the idea of denying ourselves the ability to reprogram the negative beliefs that we have received from our childhood. As a member of the church's 12-step Addiction Recovery Program, I have learned that we can do nothing without the grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Addictions and negative beliefs cannot be changed without His intervention and help. As was mentioned in the article... it is true that we are nothing when it comes to making changes in ourselves. However as Professor Sandberg, at BYU, so beautifully put it: change really takes courage + action + Grace. For myself, I have learned that I have spoken so critically to myself for the last 65 years that there must be some reprogramming of my mind. So, every morning and evening I tell myself that I am a beautiful child of God. That I am worthy of love and respect. That I am a fallible human being who makes mistakes but I'm a worthwhile and lovable human being. Many of us carry terrible "stinkin thinkin" which sadly lies to us, telling us we are not worthy of our Saviors grace, love and atonement. This is where the action step of reprogramming my mind has made a great difference. I have felt more worthy to approach My Savior, to ask him to change my very heart, to turn my life completely over to him and trust that he can do more with me than I can do with myself. I've seen literal miracles using this approach. I think there's room for both in this negative, critical world we live in.

Donald CyrJune 6, 2022

What's a revelation ! This article bring me to a profound re-evaluation of the concept of self esteem that I am fighting for so many years... It's a relief to understand this principle in a different perspective for now on... Thanks for this enlightenment in your today publication.

Bera SautuJune 5, 2022

Great article! Inspiring too. Thank you.

LaceyJune 5, 2022

"self-centered charitable giving" If you are paying tithing because you believe you will receive blessing from it, THAT is self-centered charitable giving. Your 'fire insurance's money is about you rather than about others.

MaryannJune 4, 2022

The #1 way to solve our water shortage? Repent and call upon Heavenly Father for the rain needed.

Connie MurdochJune 4, 2022

I loved this article. It gives me great hope and has broadened my faith. As I increase my service in helping to gather Israel, I have every expectation that God, who is very good at His job, will be assisting me with that which I so desperately pray about. Thank you for this very informative message.

Amanda PerkinsJune 3, 2022

It was a year ago tomorrow that the Proctors stopped on their walk in the Poppies by their home to hear my daughter Naomi Perkins and Jacob Parson singing "Your Hands" one of Josh Sales Christian Cover Official songs. The kids performed and they took a picture with them, and learned of this amazing service that Josh does to help bring others to Christ through music! We have become friends with a girl in the Philippines that has joined the church, making contact with me and my daughter after hearing her Christian Cover. The powere of good music is amazing.

OwenJune 3, 2022

Simply put, God has commanded us to pay tithing to Him through His church. My wife and I do so. Blessings truly come as we keep this commandment, leaving us in a position to pay Fast Offerings and other donations to church causes AND donate to charities of our choice. So thankful that God keeps His promises!!!!

IndaJune 3, 2022

I believe someone should sue these movie producers for lies and slander.

JuliannJune 3, 2022

I went to school with three of the younger Lafferty brothers. They were leaders, intelligent and accomplished. Good looking too. I can’t imagine how painful it must be for their families to have this painful period portrayed in such a twisted manner. Persecution toward the Church has always originated from apostate members. History may repeat itself.

MarciaJune 3, 2022

Singer provides great enunciation to the wonderful words.

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryJune 2, 2022

This article was very well written and easy to understand. Thank you for the great effort and time that all of you spent to write this. I haven't watched this production because I am tired of seeing and reading what those who have left the Church have to say since I know they are not saying my truth.

MaryannJune 2, 2022

Thank you for this article. I think it is so important to remember that no one truly knows what goes on in a marriage other than the two people in the marriage. Speculation and side-taking are hurtful forms of unrighteous judgement. I hope your words will help others to offer love and support for those who divorce.

MaryannJune 2, 2022

Thank you so much, Joni. As I am growing older, I am feeling the sting of being labeled as "old." Sometimes when I am conversing with someone, it becomes very apparent they don't see me and they are not talking to ME. They are talking to and "old" person. I think we sometimes shrug off labeling, gossip, and criticism as minor sins. They are not. They destroy love and unity, and create contention, which the Savior condemned. If we are to be a Zion people who are prepared to meet the Lord, we must rid ourselves of these divisive practices. One of the great blessings of having the Spirit with us is that we discern the strengths in one another and rejoice in them.

CaryJune 2, 2022

Did I read that correctly? That the character played by Andrew Garfield is entirely fictional and does not exist anywhere but this televised series. That in itself would entirely invalidate this series as credible. Especially when presented without any artistic or other context as such. What were they thinking? What was Garfield thinking?

Phillip SmithJune 2, 2022

It makes me sad that those with hatred or animosity toward the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attack those of us who believe in it. The leader of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, said the following (Matthew 5:11-12) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Helen CondonJune 2, 2022

And missionary work goes on being the veil, too! We had had my father’s work done in 2000 when I visited my mother in Australia. They were divorced in the 1960s and dad had remarried. We had him sealed to both of his wives. In 2010, when my 24 year old son died from brain cancer, the only active member among my five children, I felt his presence in Sacrament meeting a few weeks later. My father was with him and he was telling my dad not to worry about being in “that Mormon Church” but to come and listen to his little girl sing.

vickieJune 2, 2022

i didnt read all of this. i joined the church in 1977. i worked on myself for over a year to stop cussing. i wanted to go to the temple. by changing my life and life style i did say heavenly Father and called everyone brother and sister but also used their last name instead of mr and mrs. i will not appologize for this and feel it is okay to do. i remember people better that way by using their last name and that they are either my sister or brother in faith. when someone chooses to make fun of what i do or my church does. ...i remember one thing....i choose to be other than of this act and believe outside of this world. i dont want to be like all the other worldly people. i want to be like Christ. i dont wear pioneer dresses...i do believe they were trying to make fun of the church....and trying to make fun of how we think and feel. what matters more to me what i believe ....and that is in Christ. we have to expect that this is going to happen. what it makes me wonder is it going to be because another mormon is going to come forth to be involved in this countries governance. and the devil is working hard to defame and create a false narative in peoples minds about latter day saints. i will be watching...

vickieJune 2, 2022

i joined the church in 1977 with my husband. we attended the temple when we could because there werent that many temples back then. we had to travel far. we went to the temple off and on and lived near one where we became the special couple. i loved it. then down the road husband had cancer surgery to remove his prostate. they nicked a nerve and he is now totally incontinent and cant go. when he rises from sitting it flows everywhere. im in continent in a different way. its amazing how we are like this and together. anyway i feel such an urge to do online temple work. i do things like grave work on finding graves and other websites and also on family search. i love it. there are many ways one can do temple work. i feel the presence of angels or family when doing these things.

RebeccaJune 2, 2022

This article was full of grace and understanding, which is very needed for parents today. It clearly offered hope to many. At the same time, I wish there was more of an emphasis on what we CAN do to fight for our children. I don't think the Lord's people really understand what we are up against, and we are not doing enough to stem the tide. What has worked for past generations is NOT enough today. Godly parenting needs to be completely revamped. Perhaps that was simply not the scope of this article. But let's not give up. We are at war, and we need to armor up and get on the battlefield.

NJune 2, 2022

America imports only 15% of its food. This crisis is man-made by our corrupt government and the world elites. Please reread the constitution, know your rights and stand up for them- It’s time to wake up! REPENT-PREPAREand PRAY

Howard & Rosalie Madsen PiersonJune 1, 2022

Definitely Not a read aloud story! Couldn't stop laughing!

DebrahJune 1, 2022

I have found when I pay my tithing I always seem to have a little extra at the end of the month to give to a charitable cause of my choosing. The Lord stretches my money to meet my needs and to consider an occasional want, too. Faith! How many times has the Lord feed me, clothed me, found me a bike for my child that I could afford, put shoes on me as a child because my parents paid tithing? I should write a book! I have been blessed with adequate for my needs and to donate to others, if I pay my tithing.

Sally SmithJune 1, 2022

I have been watching the signs for quite sometime. I have been preparing by obtain ing food, clothing , shelter, and water. Don't have enough water. Thank you for this article.

Doris WilliamsJune 1, 2022

Elder Bednar really hit it out of the park with this address to the press. My heart just swelled with his perfect answers to difficult questions, leaving no doubt as to the church's position and the reality that Jesus Christ is the head of the church. Mr Courageous, Mr. Articulate, A true Apostle of Jesus Christ.

Wendy H WoodJune 1, 2022

How can I say, "This is God's only true church," and say, "but I don't trust His representatives to do what's right?" I am among those who think that financial reserves are a good thing, and that the "rainy day fund" may be able to ease the coming deluge, which has already started.

Adam from OhioJune 1, 2022

I've started paying on my surplus properties as it says in the scripture. As I am still in debt for my education and my home that equals zero dollars. I do not have a surplus. Change my mind.

Cindy BJune 1, 2022

Jules Verne's "Around the World in Eighty Days" also had a very misinformed segment about "Mormons" when they were crossing America. As much as that book is fun, its inaccuracy is misleading and disappointing. A lesson we can learn is perhaps we shouldn't believe all we read about others cultures or beliefs until we use reliable sources, not sensationalized snippets.

Richard NelsonJune 1, 2022

This sounds like the story of Cain and Able. Cains sacrifice was rejected because it was not precisely what the Lord commanded.. it was this act that began his apostasy from God.

PatrickJune 1, 2022

There are some months I pay up to 12%, just to be sure. I love the blessings I receive and the feeling I get when I pay tithing.

Michael WidemanJune 1, 2022

Our offering (tithing) is laid upon the Lord's altar. He determines and directs its use through His called agents. What we give and what remains was already His and was His gift to us. What we give, He gives to us again "...good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over..."

Paul HMay 31, 2022

Many years ago President Spencer Kimball told of a man that had spent his "tithing money" on something other than tithing, all of which were good things, and then asked "What do you think of that?", to which President Kimball replied, "I'd say you were very generous with someone else's money." Good luck keeping the admonition to attend the temple regularly if you aren't a full tithe payer as that's a requirement to hold a current, valid recommend. . This also suggests an arrogant attitude that you know better than the Lord's servants where the funds should be allocated.

MaryannMay 31, 2022

I had not heard of this "trendy tithing" practice and I'm pretty shocked. Thank you for the reminder of the necessity and also great blessings of paying tithing in the Lord's way. I guess that's what it all boils down to--are we going to keep the commandments in the Lord's way? OR-- or are we going to trust in the "arm of flesh," accepting false doctrines, and then justifying ourselves in our own reasoning and rationalization? I am reminded of President Nelson's counsel to "Let God prevail" in our lives. There are no alternate routes to God's presence, other than the straight and narrow path. Thank you for your insights.

Neal ChristensenMay 31, 2022

Sounds like Trendy apostacy.

Ronald H SnyderMay 31, 2022

While I had never heard of this idea, the article certainly points out the flaws in the logic. I would say, in defense of the "national columnist" (whoever it is), that the people who do this were not likely to pay tithing to the Church anyway and therefore, encouraging them to give a similar amount to worthwhile charities is certainly a good idea, To presume that I am better suited to determine how the Lord's funds should be allocated is the height of effrontery. God already had sufficient resources, financial and otherwise, before instituting the law of tithing. That does not exempt us from proving our faithfulness and devotion by complying with a straightforward commandment.

Megan PickettMay 31, 2022

Well written article that expounds perfectly on the reason tithing is necessary and why people may think that trendy tithing is the way to go, but it’s not! Great job!

CallieMay 31, 2022

I think of my tithing as the Lord's money. I do not choose what the Lord does with His money.

SherylMay 31, 2022

The sifting continues. I can testify wholeheartedly to the blessings that come when you pay full and honest tithing.

Barbara ReedyMay 31, 2022

The widows mite was a true a kitchen amount but Christ did not give her the ok to use it for what or who she chose. Also it says bring all of your tithes into the Bishops warehouse. Will not be your choice if its for the poor in our wards, overseas for food, meds, water, The is a place for every dime, here or abroad.

ShaunaMay 31, 2022

I was not aware of this trend. what next??? Such thinking brought to mind a quote from President Hinkley that he gave in 1995 when introducing "The Family, a Proclamation to the world.": “With so much of sophistry that is passed off as truth, with so much of deception concerning standards and values, with so much of allurement and enticement to take on the slow stain of the world, we have felt to warn and forewarn." "Trendy" tithing, is flat out sophistry,, and deception." It also reminds me of a pattern I see in the Book of Mormon...that it is the "dissenters" of the Nephites who are the cause of much wickedness. Truly a house divided against itself cannot stand. The most pernicious attacks on our faith are those who pretend to share it

Keith WilsonMay 31, 2022

Very well stated, Joel. Some of my research of other religions has taken me to study the path of the RLDS, now Community of Christ. Recently, their leadership has bought into this trendy tithing practice and now any charitable contributions that their members make to any organization can be counted as their tithing. It is sad to see how their church currently has really been struggling financially to make up some serious shortfalls in tithing donations. Tithing blesses thrice. Once when we pay it, twice when the Church receives it, and thrice when the Church uses it for good purposes.

James LittlejohnMay 31, 2022

I find it troubling, to say the least, that there is a voice proclaiming "trendy tithing". Have we not been admonished both by the living Prophets in recent times and scripture that the concept of tithes and offerings is one given to us by a loving Heavenly ZFather so we may be allowed to participate in the blessing of Israel in these the latter days? I would no more fail to adhere to the wishes and commandments of Father than to deny my testimony of the Lord., nor deny His mercy.

HalMay 31, 2022

Great article, thank you! I'm reminded of a statement I heard years ago (I forget who said it), wherein someone told a friend that he contributed his "tithing" to causes he deemed worthy. When he asked his friend his thoughts, the reply was: "I think you are being very generous with the Lord's money." Personally, I get great satisfaction in contributing to worthy, charitable causes. However, I don't ever use the Lord's money for such contributions. I love the blessings I receive from paying tithes and other offerings. Being obedient sometimes is its own reward.

Rochelle HaleMay 31, 2022

My late stepsister was a good Christian woman who believed in tithing, but she followed this trend long before it was "trendy" and would pay percentages to people or causes of her own determination. My late mother-in-law was scrupulous in paying her tithing to the Church through the Lord's program, but she "spent our inheritance" by giving to many worthy causes as well. No matter the accolades of the world, nothing can compare with the spiritual (and sometimes material) blessings that the Lord will give us as we tithe to Him.

Ann CMay 31, 2022

Many years ago, a friend told President Kimball that instead of paying tithing to the church, he gave 10% of his income to groups or individuals who he felt needed it more. He asked President Kimball what he thought about that. President Kimball's reply was "I think you are very generous - with THE LORD'S MONEY." Enough said. If you want to donate to these causes - please feel free to do so, but do it with your own money, not that which belongs to the Lord.

Ronald BarnesMay 31, 2022

Our tithing does not belong to us to do with whatever we please, it belongs to God to do with whatever He pleases. If we give our tithing allotted money to other causes, we are doing what we please with God’s money. We are determining for Him, how His money is to be spent. We would not be pleased if someone else decided how our money is to be spent. Why would God be any different? As we sing in church: We give thee but thy own, Whate’er the gift may be, For all we have is thine alone, A trust, O Lord, from thee.

JimMay 31, 2022

I hadn't yet heard of this trend; very disturbing. Reminds me of the story of a general authority (wish I could remember who) who was approached by a wealthy member who basically said, "Want to know how I pay tithing? I put that money in a special savings account, then when someone in the ward needs some help I use that account to help them. What do you think of that?" And this general authority's wise reply: "I think you're being very generous with the Lord's money."

ShareeMay 31, 2022

I'm sure there are a lot of people throughout the world who have been very happy that the Church has had a lot of money socked away for a rainy day.

HelenCMay 31, 2022

Wow! I’m so sorry this has to even be discussed! The Law of Tithing has nothing to do with the Church’s financial standing and everything to do with the Law of Obedience and Sacrifice! It was the Pharisees who ignored the widow and her mite. It was the Savior who applauded her. It’s not about the money, people!

Andrew CurrieMay 31, 2022

In a General Conference talk way back in the 1970s (I was new in the Church, so it really stuck with me), President Kimball shared a story of a friend who explained that he "tiithed" by giving 10% of his income to charities of his own choosing. When the friend asked President Kimball what he thought about his approach to tithing, President Kimball' candidly replied, "I think you are very generous with somebody else's money." It's the Lord's money; and He has already designated how tithing is gathered and distributed (i.e., The Council on the Distrbution of the Tithes).

Dr Lynn D JohnsonMay 31, 2022

It is not their money, it belongs to God. Glad to know about the latest version of apostasy.

Tom ShawMay 31, 2022

When people comment on the wealth of the church do they understand the massive commitment that the church is required t to fulfill in building up the kingdom of God on the earth? Do they understand that there will be a new city of Zion requiring to be built on the American continent. Imagine building a city for say 10-15m people with the housing, utilities & transport network. This will cost billions when it happens.

JulieMay 31, 2022

Throughout reading this article it seems those professing this new way to pay tithes have actually missed that fast offerings are the funds the church receives for the described misdirected funds. . Many years ago I was asked to donate to a specific charity through my work. At that time I made the choice to allow the leaders of my church to decide which international charities should receive my funds, because they had a much wider view of what areas of the world needed the help over my tunnel vision of the small area of the world view I could see. And I knew 100% of my donation went to better the world not someone’s salary.

LouAnne JohnsonMay 30, 2022

Josh, you are awesome! I admire your example to all of us in following the Spirit. The far reaching effects of your work will be felt by many. Your generosity will change lives. The gift you are giving is so precious. I agree, the Lord does not act randomly. He goes to great lengths to reach all of his children. What joy you must feel to be a part of the rescue. Thank You, Brother

JuliannMay 30, 2022

Wonderful article, got chills reading about this great young man and how he is using his gifts and talents. I prefer listening to Christian music and I’m 69 years old. The passion and testimony that comes through the sincere lyrics and the uplifting orchestration/beat never fails to calm my troubled heart. I hope you find great success Josh. I believe you will.

MaryMay 30, 2022

Thank you, Josh! I felt the Spirit so strongly while reading your story and listening to and watching this video! Everything about it stirred my soul! Thank you! The song is extremely powerful! I love everything about it! You and the artists are so talented! I needed this so much!

Richard HillsMay 29, 2022

NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES All my life I’ve had wild dreams. As a kid, I’d holler at top of my voice while asleep. I don’t understand how my mind manufactures these bizarre or scary dreams even after doing some readings in oneirology where interviews and measurements on brain electrical activity have accumulated .vast amounts of data and developed impressive theories. Oneirology seems to show that we have dreams without getting any signals from outside our own minds. So it’s completely reasonable to me that NDE’s could be a completely natural phenomena that doesn’t require miraculous explanations. Good science must of course try to eliminate bias, eagerness to find or dismiss evidence for the existence of a spirit world. If faith is required beyond science, I note that faith is something you have to have to believe in something you wouldn't believe in if you didn't have it.

Christian V MinerMay 28, 2022

Your thoughts are spot on, Kim. Excellent insight and I love the parallels you made. For me, this is a perfect assessment of the differences between the power of the priesthood and the stuff made up by Simon Magus. Brava. Thank you for your enlightening article.

TracyMay 28, 2022

I am going to think back on this when my hope lessens and remember that others are experiencing similar things and Our God is mindful of us and is Our Help. Nothing has helped me so much, comiyfrom the perspective of great hope and circumstances we are sharing together.

Allison BinghamMay 27, 2022

Yep. It is very important to follow the latest power grab by WHO which a small unelected body is amending the 2005 treaty and pushing perhaps the greatest power grab yet. These International Health Regulation Amendments dissolve our national sovereignty, our US Constitution and is positioned to over ride state and county governance. 1) 2)

Joe BrightMay 27, 2022

"Centralized Planning", in short, centralization of authority, authoritarianism and collectivism are the most dangerous of ideolgies the world has come to know. This mindset is responsible for the greatest death tolls in that history. It is mutually exclusive with "capitalism", or true free market economies, and with liberty and life itself. Why does man repeatedly return to, appeal to, and embrace, concepts of "supreme authoriy" to solve his problems? Is it an easier solution than taking accountability himself? Does the temptation to relinquish accountability, individual volition, agency, for a "guaranteed outcome" ring familiar? Liberty is essential to the eternal progress of man. There is no compromise to liberty that is not tyranny. And all tyranny must be met with resistance.

MaryannMay 26, 2022

I have come to accept the fact that the doctrine of plural marriage is just something I will never fully understand in this life. Because I have a testimony, it doesn't matter. I am committed to Jesus Christ, His gospel, and His church. I don't need to understand everything in order to treasure my testimony. I hold fast to what I understand and love. Joseph Smith was a valiant prophet of God. He translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. He was valiant and endured to the end, and I owe him so much. In the midst of so much light and truth, it would be a mistake for me to focus on my confusion regarding the principle of plural marriage. "Let us all press on!"

Jo Ann McVey OkelberryMay 26, 2022

Thank you for simply stating the facts. One of my childhood friends married at age 12 around 1955. My parents and others thought that 12 was way too young to be married, but it was legal. One of my classmates in 8th grade was married and expecting a baby. I am glad I did not choose that path. I had too much fun as a teenager and enjoyed being a teen.

JackMay 26, 2022

Didn't the Prophet just say something about treating those who leave with respect? My spouse has left the church because of issues she feels strongly about and I dont believe in any way it was to sin or anything suggested here. This is perpetuating the idea that there aren't any problems in the church or its history and that those who leave are somehow immoral.

NateMay 26, 2022

Interesting article. I don't know you so why should I give your thoughts about Joseph Smith any more weight as someone else's thoughts about Joseph Smith out there on the Internet? I was wondering, if one reason for polygamy was to "raise up seed", why didn't Joseph Smith have children with any of his polygamist wives? Where does agency come into play when an angel with a sword appeared to Joseph Smith and commanding him to practice polygamy or be destroyed? I just read about this in the church essay on polygamy, excerpt below. "During the third and final appearance, the angel came with a drawn sword, threatening Joseph with destruction unless he went forward and obeyed the commandment fully." Seems to me that the principle of agency, which Satan wanted to remove as part of his plan, was for some reason superseded by the requirements for polygamy to be restored.

DavidDMay 26, 2022

If Joseph didn't have offspring with any of his 30 to 40 additional wives, then clearly his purpose was not to have "seed." And if Joseph's purpose was to give support and welfare to single women, then wouldn't he have limited his new wives to older women? Do we really think that teenage girls needed support and welfare? I honestly don't think Joseph was a pedophile. But I also don't believe for a second that an angel would have really slayed Joseph with a sword.

S. PorterMay 26, 2022

The correct link for the Hales' website:

Claudia Henderson SmithMay 26, 2022

Great information.

KathleenMay 25, 2022

Harmonious in voice and purpose!

Ann MullenMay 24, 2022

The similarities are so close that it took me several readings to understand the differences between religion one magic. Great article. Thank you.

Susan MorrisMay 24, 2022

"A 'magical' society doesn’t care about morality, kindness, or compassion, but only cares about outward behavior." An accurate description of the thoroughly corrupted ruling class of Pharisees and Sadducees during the earthly ministry of Christ. They--like the child-sacrificers of former times--maliciously slew the innocent Lamb of God in an attempt to maintain their ritualistic power over the people of occupied Israel. Thanks to the author for the thought-provoking insights.

Dave B SmithMay 24, 2022

Kim, Very well said!

JanMay 20, 2022

Love your words, love JBP. Love it all. Thanks for the reminder of the purpose of parenthood.

G K MarksMay 20, 2022

Just beautiful!! What a powerfully useful way of looking at our choices. I have been pondering this ever since I read it today.

Sandra Baird PattonMay 20, 2022

What an outstanding "read". Thank you for sharing about the grandson and then going on to quote scripture, etc. Everything you said is so true. I enjoyed reading the first article you wrote for Meridian and this one.

WallyMay 19, 2022

It is not clear to me what a parent should do as a result of the ideas in this article. It would be much stronger if it cited good parenting research and God's counsel on the subject.

HalMay 19, 2022

This is the best! I can relate to how hungry you get doing farm work. I don't recall complaining much about what we had for meals because I was always hungry after working all day. (In fact, my dad routinely said, "If you don't work, you don't eat." We knew he meant it.) I'm now in my sixties, but I still try things I know I don't like. My wife loves Brussel sprouts and makes them regularly. I always take two, eat them and think "Yep, still as nasty as they were 50 years ago." My wife and I routinely let our kids go without eating. When they complained about being hungry, we replied, "Well, you can eat what we have on the table or the next meal is breakfast (lunch, or dinner) and you can decide then if you want to eat." They were typically hungry enough to eat the next meal and none of our children ever died from missing a meal.

Laurie WhiteMay 19, 2022

I love this article! My children are raised, and I can honestly say it was a good experience. There were frustrating days. There were HARD days. The overall experience, however, was wonderful and a growing experience for both of us as parents, and for our children. I would have liked to have seen examples of fatherhood in this article, as well -- especially since the example in the beginning was an exasperating tweet from a father. Parenting is a partnership. If I had not had the support of my husband, it would have been quite a different experience. I've often said that I don't know how single parents do it. Fathers, we love you!

DavidDMay 19, 2022

For casual readers of the second edition of The Earliest Text, it would be great to have a "redline" version, showing in-context changes to the official double column version of the Book of Mormon. Any chance of that?

JayMay 19, 2022

in order for someone to even consider having an abortion for any of the reasons above... it actually needs to be legal so that it can be performed by competent doctors

C MinerMay 18, 2022

I sustain both the church's stance on abortion in the handbook, as well as giving money to whomever the First Presidency and Quorum of the 12 apostles deems worthy of it's funding. This is all about discernment. The Spirit whispers to those holders of the keys of the priesthood when it is necessary. In the Book of Mormon, the Prophet Nephi was commanded to kill Laban for God's purposes. It is no different in my mind.

Kathleen SchadeMay 18, 2022

You've done it again, Lynne. I always enjoy your articles, and this is no exception. Thanks for sharing your gifts!

LAMBMay 18, 2022

A lot of teen girls don't want to go out with their dads anymore just like some teen boys don't want to go out alone with their mom anymore. If she feels uncomfortable being out alone with an older man, it should be family going out, not alone with dad anymore. Teens start separating themselves to become individuals.

MaryannMay 18, 2022

Elder Bednar's conference talk about not heeding mocking or false reports against the church lightens the load we may sometimes feel when we hear of these things. Because we love the gospel so much, our first impulse may be to become defensive or argumentative. I love that we can "heed not what the wicked may say." Our best course of action is to live the gospel and love one another, so that people have so many reasons to respect members of the church that they dismiss false information.

MaryannMay 18, 2022

I think one of the funniest things I ever read was Dave Barry's comment that we all know brussell sprouts are really the severed heads of martians. I think there can be a fine line between encouraging our children to eat healthful foods, or becoming fanatical about it. We have enough eating disorders without being too forceful about kids eating foods they truly hate. Sometimes kids hate foods because they are actually allergic to them. Of course. cutting out junk food snacks is a good idea. But, If a child consistently hates peas, wouldn't a good alternative to offer another green vegetable? Would an adult want someone to insist they eat something they dislike?

MaryannMay 18, 2022

All I had to do was read the first 3 words: "Should I force...?" No matter what the problem or subject matter is, the answer is "no." You cannot force anyone to do anything, nor should we try. The greatest influence is love.

H NorthMay 18, 2022

"Members must not submit to, perform, arrange for, pay for, consent to, or encourage an abortion." However, it's apparently completely okay to donate millions to pro-abortion organizations like the UN and the NAACP...

stevie maireid mckennaMay 18, 2022

The repelling of the advancing Russian troops was due to the army of the Ukrainians, which was aided by NATO weaponry, not the citizens totting guns with a "cowboy" mentality to shoot em' up like we find in the US.

Doris WilliamsMay 18, 2022

The heavenly combination of Dallyn Bayles, Jenny Oaks Baker and that wonderful orchestra brings to life the inspired words of Orson F. Whitney. So grateful for our resident scholar, Daniel Peterson, who brought the complete experience to us.

AXLMay 18, 2022

This was so beautifully and eloquently taught. I love the examples and simplicity. Thank you for helping soften my heart.

CarolMay 18, 2022

This is a topic I've wondered about for a long time - how many nudges have I missed because I am too "busy" to hear. Your article has inspired me to listen better and actually follow through on my nudges. Thanks!

tfMay 18, 2022

A fine article, and the link to the musical presentation was a beautiful illustration. Jennie Oaks Baker always presents something nice. One thing that was missing was credit to the composer of the musical score, which is Rob Gardner. I've been sharing this article with friends.

CarolMay 18, 2022

Love your articles whatever they are about! This one brought back lots of memories. Another thing to try when introducing new foods is to only give a very small portion - sometimes only a bite. A kid will be more likely to eat 1 bite than a whole pile of something. It worked in our family along with all the other suggestions you gave. Love your daughter's inventiveness of putting the green beans in your sleeve. :)

CarolMay 18, 2022

Thank your for this video it truly shares the feeling of family history work and the blessings in the temple. Taking a family name to the temple is the best feeling ever!

zeke abramsMay 18, 2022

My Heavenly Father gave me talents and abilities to use for the Glory of the Kingdom of God during my probation on Earth. In 1994 I became a member of His Church; in 2001 I moved to Brasil where I have been ever since. In the twenty-one years, I've been here, I have never learned the Portuguese language. Instead, I spent nineteen years teaching English to professional men and woment, the lessons for whom I composed myself. I did not teach from the available books and texts which propound the British English; nay, I taught American English, which is a bastardized replication of the True English language from Britain. I am a teacher; I was called to teach in 1972 while sitting in the car, waiting for my wife to leave her floor as a nursing assistant, to let me take her home. The Lord spoke to me so clearly as I patiently waited in the car. "You're going to teach. Get an education in the Scriptures." I sort of did that... but now, the value of that calling on my life is a reality. But I need to learn the language of this people, in whose midst, I expect to see the last day of my life on planet Earth. The testimony I read in Lynne Perry Christofferson's short message is a true inspiration for me to get off my duff and learn Portuguese, that I may offer something to the Ward of Believers here in Assis, a medium-sized community of farming and industry, in the countryside of Sao Paulo state. Thank you, Lynne...

Alexander PowellMay 17, 2022

This fear of an approaching nationwide abortion ban is all the Dem's have going for them at this point. Every policy of Biden's has been an abject failure and yes, there's a global recession coming brought on by Jo printing money like it's toilet paper to meet a pandemic shortage. Given there is nothing polling for the Dem's other than this fear, this won't go away before November mid-terms. Hmm, the Chinese can see all the munitions, howitzers and assorted equipment flowing to Ukraine and you can bet they will strike Taiwan while *the USA doesn't have the weapons to fight another conflict*, It's all coming together now, forming like a perfect storm...

Howard & Rosalie Madsen PiersonMay 17, 2022

So beautiful! Thanks for the back story, too. The setting is perfect!

Annie JensenMay 17, 2022

Thanks for the reminder of what the Supreme Court’s role truly is.

JuneMay 16, 2022

Thank you so much for this article! The Lord knew exactly that I needed to read this. I appreciate the peace, insight, clarity, and comfort this article has bought me. Thank you again!

Naida koellikerMay 16, 2022

Love this. Thanks

Annette MillerMay 16, 2022

Beyond marvelous. Stirring. Lovely. Thank you most ardently.

MickeyMay 15, 2022

So many red flags here. The dad wants to repair his relationship with the child by forcing her to engage in activities HE likes, and that kids should please adults. He sounds emotionally empty and self serving. I think the mom needs to protect her daughter from her father. He doesn’t sound safe. I would not require my child be alone with him at all.

Angela MannMay 15, 2022

I can’t love this article enough. This is exactly what my heart and soul know as truth. Ya know when you’re in the ocean at the beach, and the water isn’t very clear and something bumps up against you and you get that icky feeling like you need to get out of the water now….the lack of gospel doctrine truths being taught or supported in church and at home feels a lot like that.

Robert StarlingMay 14, 2022

I value greatly not only spiritual inspiration, but also reason and logic. This author has combined both in a masterful essay, that in my humble opinion should be required reading (and required discussing) for all Christians, and especially all Latter-day Saints. We sing "We Thank Thee O God for a Prophet", but what is the value if we are not valiant in obeying and teaching to our children and to others the truths that God has revealed through our prophets? Our Father has given us revelatory guidance for our happiness and our benefit, that we might not be "tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine." Copy and forward this message to parents and others, everywhere. Amen, and Amen.

ElizabethMay 14, 2022

“Should I force my daughter to do activities with her dad?” Are you joking? Why would anyone do such a thing? You must be aware that your daughter may have very good—-even self-protective—-reasons for avoiding him. Why, then, would you force her into a potentially harmful situation?

Kristene LindorfMay 13, 2022

Wow... I love it. Where do I sign up?

Kate PiersantiMay 13, 2022

I was recently challenged about teaching my children the whole gospel as they grew up. Why didn't I expose them to other philosophies as they grew? This article is so timely and one I will share with all that think I am brainwashing my children, when I know I am doing what is my responsibility as a parent.

Claudia Henderson SmithMay 13, 2022

Very interesting article and great logical conclusions!! Good job, Scot.

Duane BoyceMay 13, 2022

Amen. A wonderful article.

Web TasarımMay 13, 2022

I just like the helpful information you provide in your articles

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 11, 2022

Thank you for making me feel better. Four of my seven children have left the Church, and I always beat myself up by assuming all responsibility for not teaching my children correctly. Now I do feel better.

Craig FrogleyMay 11, 2022

You always say it with power and truth. Thank you, once again. What you have written is TRUE!! At ONE ment!

Candy Lee HuntMay 11, 2022

Excellent, hopeful, insightful and inspiring article, from a parent who has been there. Thank you! I have already shared it with friends.

katyMay 11, 2022

This is brilliant. Thank you!

Rebecca BMay 11, 2022

Thank you so much for this article. Despite all we know in the gospel, it’s so hard for my spouse and I to not blame ourselves. Were we too strict? If we hadn’t pushed so hard to get them to go to church, etc… This article gave me both comfort and perspective. Well done!

HalMay 11, 2022

Thank you for this article, Joseph! This is a tremendous help to my wife and me as we navigate the varying levels of apostacy of our beloved children, siblings, nieces / nephews, etc. We determined long ago to stay the course regardless of the choices our other family members make and have found joy in knowing we have the Greatest Power in the universe who is aware of our struggles and is helping us on a daily basis.

KarenMay 11, 2022

I loved this article! Spot on for me, it rings true.

LaurieMay 11, 2022

Thank you for writing and sharing this. These topics have been on my mind frequently for years and I appreciate this perspective on Atonement and the the insights that came to me while reading it.

Chuck DeWittMay 11, 2022

Great article but,,, BYU has a few teachers pushing Critical Race Theory and other junk. Be cautious. They are trying to clean things up but quite a few parents have been devasted. What happened to Elder Holland last year after his talk. Cwik on youtube is informative.

John R CarpenterMay 11, 2022

The reality of mortal life is that it is not easy. It was never designed to be easy. It was designed to help us experience mortal existence and how to over come things based on FAITH in Our God and His Son, Our Savior. "And if we should die before our journey is through, Happy Day! All is Well!"

CPMay 11, 2022

Profound and important points, written with an enlightened perspective Thank you for sharing your experiences and thoughts with us.

MarieMay 11, 2022

I can't tell you how much I needed this! Thank you. Nothing has touched my heart for a long time like this article has. You've helped me. You've done Atonement work.

PennieMay 11, 2022

Amen! This war is real and at times viscous. But it's true, Christ is with us, so what or who can be against us. Twenty plus years of prayers and pleading for a lost son, resulted in a terrible injury that left him disabled, but finally humbled. In the intervening years he has done so much good. When the day came that I walked through the temple doors with him, I could hardly believe it. If the Savior can redeem this lost soul, He can redeem anyone. They need faithful parents who are determined to follow Christ no matter what.

Linda Van CottMay 11, 2022

An AMAZING article for bringing peace to so many hurting families. I felt hopeless before, but now see things differently--in a way that helps me move on with hope and comfort. Thank you for these empowering insights.

Kimball RasmussenMay 11, 2022

Brother Grenny, This is excellent and so very well articulated. Thank you. One particular line of your words inspired me to write this short stanza: Life is our school, And pain is our teacher, With much better sermons, Than we get from a preacher! I also liked your perspective on “The Plan.” It is helpful to recognize that “The Plan” is associated with “Happiness” only twice in the scriptures; yet, “The Plan” is associated with “Redemption” ten times! Faith in the redemption of Christ comes first.

Lexie StatonMay 11, 2022

Thank you Brother Grenny. There is nothing more important to me than the gospel and building an eternal family. What you wrote has helped me to continue to change my perspective. I have had some personal experiences similar to yours that have helped me find peace and clarity amid disappointments experienced within our family; your article helped me to clarify some things and receive a boost, which is always welcome.

Tom TomenyMay 11, 2022

Wow, what a great article. I needed this, today, and every day, and I suspect everyone else does as well!

JuliannMay 9, 2022

Love the analogy. Powerful and humbling. Thank you. The day after Mother’s Day is the perfect time to post and read and share.

MaryMay 9, 2022

Thank you for this reminder. I laughed and cried at the truth of your descriptions. Watching my daughter recently enter motherhood for the first time, I had a shiver of trepidation for the life of servitude and labor that lies ahead. But there is no greater or more worthwhile labor. Your words add a reminder of the spiritual value of our maternal efforts.

ShayMay 9, 2022

Tremendous article. Thank you!

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 6, 2022

This article makes me appreciate my own mother and my Heavenly Mother even more. Thank you for sharing your story. I am sure your mom is smiling and proud of you.

Mary janeMay 6, 2022

Love you

lindaMay 5, 2022

Heartbreaking and heartwarming.

KathleenMay 5, 2022

Refreshing to highlight the positive!

G WyneMay 4, 2022

Thank you for this! Understanding and believing the doctrine of a Heavenly Mother has been essential for me personally to feel the depth of God's love. I am so grateful to know of Her existence, and that She loves me!

Vivian McConkie AdamsMay 4, 2022

Very funny. Always love your column.

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 4, 2022

This article is so fascinating. I learned so much. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and understanding with us.

Linda LMay 4, 2022

Thank you, for this beautiful article. It is precisely what I needed at this particular time. While I am a strong believer in miracles, your article gave me a clarity and inspiration that will expand and direct my faith experiences in more effective directions. My random discovery of your article has been a miracle to me this very day.

RozyMay 4, 2022

Is there any other way to buy your book? I refuse to purchase through Amazon, but would like to have a copy.

Julie Coulter BellonMay 4, 2022

Thank you so much for the recommendation, Patti! I will definitely check it out.

Sarah HinzeMay 3, 2022

Our ticket app is working now at

BillMay 3, 2022

Interesting article if your a middle aged divorcee. What have you got for a widowed senior citizen?

Grant NicholasMay 3, 2022

I have noticed, particularly with widows and widowers, that if the wife dies first, it's tougher on the man. He is in a sense a loner except for his partner. If the man dies first the wife quickly grasps onto her network of friends. They all sit together at church

Ronald BarnesMay 3, 2022

Almost your entire article was about being single after divorce. That is not my case. I am 67 years old and have been married for 45 years. Within a few years I will also be single again; not because of divorce, but because my wife is dying of a terminal disease. I went from high school to the mission field to marriage two months later. I have never lived alone either and I do not look forward to it. While I can relate to some of the things you mentioned, many others I can’t. Maybe you, or another contributor, will someday post an article addressing us (or in my case, future) old widows/widowers.

HelenCMay 2, 2022

I recently felt the power of this change when I responded to a thread from an evangelical friend suggesting I would be safer as a “true Christian” by stating I was convinced that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was precisely that. The conversation ended with no further argument.

MatthewMay 1, 2022

This is pretty common in lots of marriages. 50% of which end in divorce for the same reason. They don’t know how to communicate. I’d reference a serious study of Ammon in the BoM and the movie “Fireproof”. If you understand these principles, you’ll heal your marriage or end it. Either way, you’ll learn a lesson and have better results going forward. I’m rooting for you saving the marriage though

DarrelApril 30, 2022

Will it be made into a DVD to buy?

Susan GraceApril 29, 2022

how and where can Californians see this movie?

Susan GraceApril 29, 2022

Oh this sounds like a wonderful movie. I have several people who would benefit from seeing it and a grandson that needs to see it. But we live in California. How to see it?

DWBApril 29, 2022

Ticket purchase app doesn’t work properly

Connie ComptonApril 29, 2022

I’ve always been conscious of the Lord’s tender mercies, but your expression of “Love Notes” truly warms my heart. It seems to pinpoint exactly what my heart feels towards my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ as I remember they know my name…and my heart. Thank you for the reminder.

Erika PechacekApril 29, 2022

I know that these experiences are real. When I had a deadly form of cancer, I experienced my arrival in the Spirit World. A large number of people, all dressed in white, were dancing and celebrating my arrival. One lady came up to me and said "finally, finally you are here to teach us. We have been waiting so long already". Then my grandfather came and said "Not so fast, you know that we have to have permission first". With that he took me somewhere and then talked to someone, came back and said "sorry, but it is not your time yet. You have to go back to earth to do some important work".With that I recognized my environment again and lived (now 5 years) after that experience.

Rebecca WardApril 29, 2022

For those of us not on Utah, any plans to put this out on DVD?

PattiApril 29, 2022

I have some of your books and love the stories. I wish I lived in Utah to be able to see this movie. When will it play elsewhere or pay online for viewing?

Beverly Barnt MooreApril 29, 2022

Yes last week I received a love message from my Lord in a strange form. I awoke to find the tiny diamond birthstone missing from my mother's ring. I was heartbroken. My daughter gave me the ring with my birthstone and mother's and her and her brothers over 30 years ago. Later I noticed something on the bathroom floor and picked it up but without glasses I wasn't sure it was even more than cat litter. Later I went back with glasses on and looked again.......yes? maybe? I taped it to a paper and took it and the ring to a jeweler who confirmed it was my tiny diamond. Now if that isn't a message of love I just don't know what is. HE also answers my prayers for more time to do family history every time I get sick. I KNOW HE LOVES ME!

Bette R HarpApril 29, 2022

When can I buy this? I'm nowhere near Utah. Please, my family needs to see it!

HalApril 29, 2022

I loved this article, especially the story about little Alan. Many years ago my friend told me a similar story about his adopted son. Once when they were having a family home evening lesson on temples, my friend showed a photo of the celestial room in the Salt Lake Temple. He asked his then 5-year-old son if he knew what the picture was. His son answered, "Yes, that's where you and mom got married." My friend was startled because neither he nor his wife had ever had this discussion with their young son before. My friend said, "That's right! How did you know that?" His son pointed to a window in the picture and said, "Because I was standing right there and watched you." I have had similar experiences with my own children. I have no doubt that we have memories of our heavenly home buried deep in our souls.

Debra M.April 29, 2022

Loved this! The idea of a love note is so special. I had an experience maybe 4 years ago that stands out--I have a granddaughter that was due to receive her Young Womanhood award in her sacrament meeting, Her mom was not active, and I was told to meet her at the building--she had a ride with a neighbor. I got there, and no granddaughter. The meeting started and she had been told by the bishop he would give the award before the sacrament. I saw him looking at the doors watching for her. The sacrament had just finished when she walked in , almost in tears. Her ride had been late, and she was sure it was too late. I was about in tears also, because this award meant so much to her, and she had persevered to get it despite the difficulties in always needing rides to meetings and activities. I just keep looking at the bishop, willing him in my mind to call Zoe up and praying mightily that he would see her. After the speakers were done he called her up to the podium and gave her the award--then I really did cry with relief and gratitude that there was a bishop who listened to promptings and our hearts. My granddaughter and I had a private joke whenever we witness these tender mercies--"The Church is true!" and that was the first thing she said when she sat down after receiving her award. Maybe a small thing, but to us it was great! It was a witness to us that Heavenly Father knows us so well.

Dorrie KeithApril 28, 2022

I feel compelled to share a couple of "love notes from the Lord. It was morning, I had hit rock bottom, emotionally. After watching my husband's mind dwindle away from dementia, going through the Paradise fire in a very intense way, being isolated because of the covid pandemic, being a full-time caretaker and then widowed after nearly 70 years of marriage, I had reached the end of my endurance. I tearfully and desperately prayed for some relief, something to pull me out of the despair I was sinking into. Soon, the phone rang, and it was a representative from Social Security telling me she had cut through the red tape and obtained my survivor's benefits plus back pay. I had been struggling with them for several weeks and had almost given up. Of course, that brightened my spirits considerably but within an hour I could feel myself sinking again. I glanced out the window and right in front of it was a wild tom turkey, looking up at me with his scrawny neck stretched out. He was trying to figure out if a real person was there, so I stood very still. Along came his hen and four adolescent poults, acting like typical teenagers. The family then put on such a comedy act that I dissolved into tears...of laughter. What strange angels the Lord sends sometimes to do His work!

Loren DaltonApril 28, 2022

Great article! Thanks for reminding us all just how much God is aware of us and that He is constantly sending us these little reminders and you have done a wonderful job of reminding of these little things that we may otherwise overlook are really messages from Him to us!

Taylor StonelyApril 28, 2022

Thank you for sharing your experiences! I laughed and I cried, because I can totally relate to how the desires of my heart were seemingly crushed, only to have the Lord intervene with his love note to me.

Elaine MathewsApril 28, 2022

Your article made me smile all the way through! I now know what to call the little but amazing personal reminders that tell me my hopes and thoughts are known to the Lord. Just as you said- they’re not earth-shattering, desperate pleadings but more ‘if only I could, wouldn’t it be lovely’ musings that when they come to pass, feel like a warm hug from home that remind me I’m loved. I also feel that in acknowledging and thanking Him for sweet treasures enables me to see His hand each day more clearly.

ColinApril 27, 2022

This is beautiful and rings with truth. Thank you.

Ronald BarnesApril 27, 2022

I have read and heard many near death experiences. One of the most profound, was a woman who had been born blind, but who was able to see what was happening around her body during her experience.

Mariam KitchenApril 27, 2022

Thank you!

Marjohna MadsenApril 27, 2022

Thank you for being willing to share and help. Some traumas are long, slow corrosive patterns of aloneness, abandonment or negative relationships. There is hope in Christ’s message of worth to each soul. He atoned first each one.

Linda SpoonerApril 26, 2022

How about an article regarding the men/women that are left behind after many years of marriage. A stage that many of us have never gone thru before of being alone.

Paul HApril 26, 2022

With plural wives being a celestial principle and the diversity we see among the races of our Heavenly Father's children, is it not possible that there are Heavenly Mothers, and not just one from which all our spirits sprang? The scriptures teach there was a spiritual creation before a physical one and children look like their parents. This concept strengthens my faith; it does not offend it.

KathleenApril 26, 2022

Very well told and thank you for sharing. It's the same time in my life that I found the gospel, 50 years previously. Sure glad that I said, "Yes," to being baptized! It's made all the difference to my blessed and rich life on the Gospel/Covenant Path.

CarolineApril 26, 2022

This is excellent. And truth be told we don’t really know that much more about Heavenly Father and it is enough. What we know we can love , and we can trust that we have all eternity to become reacquainted with our Parents. .

Roger ConnorsApril 26, 2022

Seth, thanks for the comment and reference to Gospel Principles--one of the best and most reliable sources, ever! I have a chapter devoted to "why" we obey and you hit the nail on the head--the love of God.

Roger ConnorsApril 26, 2022

Hello, Ann! Yes, one in the same. Thank you for your comment!

Kimberly AnneApril 26, 2022

Great article and profound thoughts! God’s timetable is divine and perfect - we just need to be willing to have faith that the right things will happen in His timing.

Beccah GerberApril 26, 2022

Thank you for this beautifully written article! I love the inspiring truths you shared about Heavenly Mother.

Seth ConnorsApril 26, 2022

Great article. While we can’t forget the Lord loves effort, we also need to remember that our efforts don’t work in the “cosmic vending machine” way. It’s no wonder Gospel Principles proposes the obedience motivation hierarchy as 3- Fear of Punishment 2- Want of Blessings 1-Love of God. Often external punishment and blessings come far after the effort has been given which might demotivate the obeyer. But internal love of god is a source that doesn’t go out nor need immediate results.

Richard ScottApril 26, 2022

Jessica, thank you for your wonderful article. I’m sitting in a cafe in Lisbon, Portugal casually thumbing through my emails when the title of your article caught my eye. I am a lifetime church member from “pioneer stock” and to your point have never fully considered or pondered the wonderful doctrine you have written about. It truly is a great thing to ponder upon our Mother in Heaven. You raise many points that have heightened my perspective and broadened my horizon. I knew the Gospel Topics essay was there, but until now have never read and pondered it. Thank you for your gentle encouragement to give this doctrine the attention it deserves!

Laurie PollardApril 25, 2022

This is a very inspiring article. I was thrilled to learn more about the life and heart of Wilford Woodruff. I was overcome by the Spirit while reading it. Thank you for sharing your valuable research on this extraordinary man of God.

JeanieApril 25, 2022

Ideas on how to act, based on general church teachings might include getting ready by drawing closer to the Savior, being kind, and remembering that everyone on this earth made the right decision in the pre-existence, and deserves the chance to hear the truth taught, humbly and lovingly.

Laura BeauchampApril 23, 2022

Thanks, Dr. Peterson. Your insight and advice are always right on!

NicoleApril 23, 2022

Thank you for this beautifully written article. I've been praying for a way to help someone I love, this information is an answer to that prayer.

DebiApril 23, 2022

Thanks for justifying my life. 52 years in virtually the same situation. Your advice was healing for me.

MaryannApril 22, 2022

I appreciate the spirit and message of this article, but I wish the author had expanded a little more on his suggestion that we should be prepared and that we should act. Suggestions on HOW to do this would be helpful.

MaryannApril 22, 2022

I think this woman has answered her own question regarding whether she can have a happy, rewarding life in her loveless marriage. She obviously does NOT have a happy life, or she wouldn't be asking the question. There is a huge difference between having a happy life as a single, widowed, or divorced person and having a happy life in a marriage where she states there is no emotional intimacy, NOR any effort on her husband's part to have a close, loving marriage. The children are grown, so the fact that he is a "good father" doesn't seem applicable to keeping the marriage going. I feel sad that this woman doesn't end this marriage and seek for companionship with someone who cherishes her. Living in these conditions would be hell on earth for many.

AshleyApril 22, 2022

This is exactly what I needed. So hopeful and inspiring! Thank you for always sharing such a real, relatable message!

Carbine WilliamsApril 22, 2022

As always it's best to just ignore the advances of the adversary, past history has shown that anything anti LDS just strengthens our position and allows the opposite forces to just whither and die. On the day of Judgement those that wrongly persecuted the Church will gain their eternal rewards.

Gloria BarrettApril 22, 2022

It sounds like this might be something worth taking a look at. Possibly foster opportunities to do some missionary work.

RaLee HallApril 21, 2022

Thank you for this touching, well thought out article. I appreciate the time and effort you put into it.

MelodyApril 21, 2022

Beautiful singing & great msg.

BertApril 21, 2022

The message of this article was exactly what I needed today. Thank you Anne.

Diane IrwinApril 21, 2022

This quote from Jeffrey R. Holland really spoke to me, followed by your closing remarks. This article is very empowering!!!

KathleenApril 21, 2022

Talk about "all's well that ends well" and "happily ever after." Thank you for continuing this story to the end. Love your down to earth writing style.

KathleenApril 20, 2022

How incredibly timely and filled with symbolism was your experience. Thank you for sharing the story through words, pictures and testimony.

Ann SiggardApril 20, 2022

Is this the Roger Connors who was Stake President of Murrieta? I love this explanation of divine compensation! I also love to see the many patterns in the scriptures of God's dealings with his children. Thank you for your article.

HalApril 20, 2022

What a great story with a "Hallmark" ending! I loved this mini-trilogy and all the other stories you tell. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Hans S.April 20, 2022

Brother Bradshaw, I truly hope that the absence of comments to your article is not an indication that it wasn't read. I am astounded as to the volume of notes and sources you used and amazed at the time it must have taken you to put this all together. Very interesting and scholarly, to say the least. Thank you for your dedication in presenting this. For me, it was time well spent.

JaneApril 20, 2022

I find it interesting that the year 2020 ( 20+20=40)

Karell BinghamApril 20, 2022

Beautiful and tender! Thank you for your amazing understanding of the love of God!

Amy Ludwig VanDerwaterApril 20, 2022

Thank you so much for including our new IF THIS BIRD HAD POCKETS on your wonderful list! I welcome your readers to visit me at my blog, The Poem Farm, where I have been sharing poems and writing ideas for young writers since 2010. This month (April 2022), I am sharing a new poem inspired by a popular proverb each day. Happy National Poetry Month! Peace, Amy LV

Kathleen N JonesApril 19, 2022

I know for sure we have a Heavenly Mother, my second daughter when only almost 4 years old, asked me a question as to why I didn't do a certain thing, "like my other mother." When I replied I was her mother, she corrected me saying "No, my mother in heaven she use to . . . . all the time." I have left out what it was she did in respect of such holy things. That daughter is now 48 years old.

Patti HouseholderApril 19, 2022

If you really like this book, then you should listen to her Podcast, Sunday on Monday, at LDS Magazine. I have listened each week for a year and a half as she and two guests discuss the Come Follow Me lesson for that week. Since she's studied Hebrew, she brings new light into the meaning of many Old Testament scriptures.

BonnieApril 18, 2022

This is such a phenomenal idea and I really love it. Just one question. Is it too late if our 10 grandchildren range in age from 14-23? We have good long-distance relationships but want to learn & do more.

Barbara MattatallApril 17, 2022

I am responding again. I was asked to participate in our Easter Sacrament Meeting today chosing any subject concerning Easter. Elder Hafen's podcast was great fodder for my presentation. I would not have been able to do this without the written word. He gave me much to think about and research for my presentation. Thank you.

SherryApril 16, 2022

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Having the transcripts back is wonderful!

Mary DobbsApril 16, 2022

For hearing impaired, transcripts are such a blessing. Very few podcasts are available to us. It was a blessing to have a transcript.

Peter F SchlegelApril 16, 2022

Wally - thank you for being so open and brutally honest. Not only that, but also reminding each of us who to turn to and how. I too served as a bishop and had that same experience- more than once! I truly enjoy your thoughts and experiences and firmly believe they are a great help to many.

Jim TerryApril 16, 2022

To me the real question is “our there Heavenly Mothers.” If a man can be sealed to multiple wives on earth, it would make sense that God would also have multiple wives and that our spirits didn’t all come from the same mother. Just a thought.

Marsha NewmanApril 16, 2022

Thank you for this excellent piece of history and for being to my awareness the spiritual quest of General Gordon. I know that God values humility and simplicity and I feel certain He would have wanted the sacred tomb of resurrection to be a quiet, simple place for spiritual reflection. I thoroughly enjoyed this Easter offering!

DavidApril 16, 2022

Thank you brother Peterson. I can never get enough of the witnesses of our Savior. How glad I am for those who honor our Lord and defend truth under any circumstances.

KathleenApril 16, 2022

Too true! Probably heard a lot of, "Are we there yet?", as well.

OscarApril 15, 2022

I couldn't stop clicking.....the photos and essay are very profound and provoking. Muchas Gracias

Murray ChristmanApril 15, 2022

Hello, A friend of mine recalls his father using a medicine for bronchitis and on the bottle was an image of Brigham Young. He can't recall the name of the product. Can you shed light on this? thank you

JosephApril 15, 2022

As you so eloquently stated, " our mortal landscape is littered with gems". We seem to pass them by focusing on the dross, when our treasures are left aside forgotten or unnoticed when they are accessible and for the taking.

Beth TeeplesApril 15, 2022

I accept! Thank you so much.

MaryannApril 15, 2022

In some instances, maybe it would be helpful for this couple to speak privately together before disciplining. This wouldn't be possible all the time, but if they could come to an agreement BEFORE disciplining, they could show a united front. They might even say to their children, "Your mom (or dad) and I need to talk about this." This allows time to cool off and shows unity. Carefully Avoid words that make the other parent the "bad guy" or one to be feared.

Marion PomeroyApril 15, 2022

I once heard a recording of a talk by President Kimball's doctor who had accompanied the prophet in a later visit to the Holy Land. When the party was standing outside the Gatden Tomb a photgrapher wanted to take a picture of President Kimball alone in that setting. As the others in the group were moving away from the prophet, and noticing the unevenness of the ground, Arthur Haycock, President Kimball's secretary said, "Be careful, President!" The prophet replied, "It's OK, Arthur. I'm used to walking on holy ground."

KBApril 14, 2022

Oh, my goodness. I’ve been in this man’s shoes and nearly threw away my marriage over a work infatuation. It was a huge eye-opener to me about my coping mechanisms, weaknesses, and faults. My husband and I were working odd shifts and rarely saw each other. He was in law enforcement and was often tired and worn out when had a moment together. I was in an auxiliary presidency and the responsibilities were taxing and often deprived my husband of my attention. I allowed boredom and loneliness to invade my marriage when a man paid me intense interest at work. At first it was just familiarity; then it became flirtation and fixation. I resented my husband and his minor faults and relished the compliments and attraction from a man I had nothing in common with and who would not have crossed my mind or my heart in any other circumstance. I finally realized it had to stop and asked for help from my bishop and my husband. We began working on improving the trust in our relationship and I began to actively avoid any and all situations where temptation was present. I left my job. I recommitted not just my heart but also my mind to my husband and shut down my tendency to fantasize about anyone else, ever. My husband got a different job, somewhat miraculously, that allowed us much more time together. Out of the ashes we have built a much more positive, loving, trusting relationship. And that began when I asked God to help me want to repent and to recognize my inherent weaknesses, then got to work on changing my mental and emotional habits. Also, I understand depression and anxiety - deeply. Your wife needs more help with her mental health than she is getting, and she won’t be able to be there for you until she is healthier. Make her health a priority and actively pursue it.

Amy FoxApril 14, 2022

I was deeply moved by your article. We have children who suffer from mental illness, including bipolar. It's a vicious disease and I'm so thankful that you have honored your daughter and helped bring meaning to her life. Thank you for sharing that there can be beauty, even in darkness.

Judy PetersonApril 14, 2022

This is so exciting! I’m grateful that good people of the world are sharing and appreciating the light that our Father has given to all nations according to His wisdom!

BonnieApril 14, 2022

I enjoyed the analogy! Wonderfully written and a message to remember! Thank you!

Carlos RoundyApril 14, 2022

The perfect model of Heavenly Mother is Mother Eve, the mother of all living. Joseph Smith always referred to Eve as glorious Eve. He saw Adam and Eve in vision. He said Adam was a perfect man and Eve was a glorious woman.

HelenCApril 14, 2022

A powerful parable! Thank you.

Robert HalesApril 13, 2022

Thanks for the transcript. This message helped to confirm and reinforce my recent thoughts on the atonement.

maryApril 13, 2022

Our Lord and Savior taught with simplicity using parables to reach everyone. But I am always so impressed by the vocabulary and command of language when I read the words of those who have come before us....what a beautiful way to defend our disciples and hopefully we will defend them too. I thank you for your inspiring message.

Kathie CudeApril 13, 2022

Thank you for sharing! I needed this today and this is such an important message for us all to keep in the back of our minds.

Boanerge RubalcavaApril 13, 2022

I do not want to write of the electrical cars, that for sure will be good for all of us, as well as many other things, but believe me we can go to those things with the help of the fossil fuels, and we will NEVER accomplish anything in that sense if we insist in the idiocy of blaming the CO2 (fossil fuels) and banning their use. Please, stop for a moment, read, think, ponder and act accordingly without IGNORANCE AND WITHOUT FEAR. Blame if you want of being a little bit malicious if I tell you: if you want to stop the global warming, just TURN THE SUN OFF. ADDENDUM What follows are examples to show the absurdity of putting the blame in the CO2 For 128 years the temperatures in different cities of the world have been measured; these are the data for three od those cities: New York, Albany and West Point. In New York in those 128 years the temperature increased in 5 degrees Fahrenheit In Albany NY, the temperature decreased in 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit In West Point the temperature DID NOT change. Albany is 140 miles from New York, West Point is in the middle. If it is a global warming, and the CO2 is in the atmosphere equally distributed, how come New York increased its warming, Albany decreased it and West Point did not change? A football court is made of 100 yards. Think about the gases’ concentrations in the atmosphere (the football court). With just the Nitrogen and Oxygen we would reach the 99 yard, leaving the last yard mainly for Argon (O.8 yard) and the rest of the gases among them CO2, only in the painted line. Actually, the CO2 would be just 3/8 of an inch, and its increase in more than 60 years, 1/8 of an inch.

Roberta HarrisApril 13, 2022

Another beautifully written article by Becky. Yes... those small things done can be like small stones flung into a pond that results in ever enlarging rings of water going on and on. That is how good is spread. Thank you Becky.

RoZann BakerApril 13, 2022

Thanks for these beautiful insights! I enjoy all your articles but don't let you know how much I appreciate them and learn from them. Happy Easter Brother Peterson!

LewisApril 13, 2022

In many ways, your thoughtful and beautiful articles are small things that have created tremendous ripples in the lives of others. I am grateful that you take the time to share your experiences and insights with us. Bless you for the good you do.

PaulineApril 12, 2022

I agree. I copy it for highlighting. Love your insights and Bruce Hafen is a favorite of mine!

Margaret DomanApril 12, 2022

Becky, your article inspired me to re-read a similar sentiment that my beloved father had posted on his closet door: KINDNESS. … I shall pass through this world but once. If, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. Love and admiration from your Rotary friend and Rising Star Outreach volunteer.

Gloria PopeApril 12, 2022

Becky, beautiful article. Thanks for reminding us of the "ripple effect". Bless you!

Marcia MorganApril 12, 2022

Nice article. Also, Tauyna is great and I love hearing her testimony alongside yours.

Doug GouldApril 12, 2022

Thanks, Robert, for this insightful article. I was one of your aficionados that bought your "Nothing Down" book, and admired you in more than one of your seminars. Though I'm sorry for what you went through when you lost your Sundance home, it's good to know how well you recovered as you worked through that tragedy with your hand in the Lord's.

Haze KompelienApril 12, 2022

I join with many others, thank you for the transcript returning.

StefanieApril 12, 2022

Thank you so much for listening to your readers and putting the written transcript back!!! It’s WONDERFUL!!!

GrannyApril 12, 2022

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and Bro. Hafen's thoughts. And THANK YOU ffor the transcript. Your column is one of my favorites--so insight filled-- and I've mourned not being able to read it.

HelenCApril 12, 2022

Your indictment of modern exposure to death is well justified. As I study the grieving process I realize its impact on modern mental health. One question. Are you referring to “pseudo-Clement” or Barnabas as the elusive witness?

Enlightened one.April 12, 2022

I really wish LDS people would stop using the word "Easter" which is a version of "Oestre" the pagan goddess of fertility. Easter is pagan! Bunnies and eggs are part of the pagan celebrations used for centuries. Time to call it what it is...Resurrection Day!

Barbara MattatallApril 12, 2022

Thank you. It is so much more meaningful when I can read it and ponder the contents.

Barbara FApril 11, 2022

How beautiful and inspiring.

JeanApril 11, 2022

I so totally enjoy any article written by Becky Douglas. I was about to close without writing anything but then felt I could do "that small thing." Thank you for your articles!

HalApril 11, 2022

Thank you for this insightful article. I have never given a second thought as to how my donations to the Church were spent. If anything, I have occasionally felt the Church was overly-generous. I have sometimes been guilty of un-Christ-like judgement of those who received Church assistance. Especially (in some cases) where the recipients appeared not only ungrateful, but even critical of the assistance they had received. I am grateful for Church leaders' financial wisdom in receiving and dispensing sacred funds.

Linda JaffaApril 11, 2022

I have loved listening to your podcast so much. They are inspiring and enlightening. I just went to your website and am shocked that I can't print out some quotes to use as I am teaching my class! I am really disappointed....

Joni HiltonApril 11, 2022

I absolutely love this article-- the far-reaching effects of that one idea to play the violin! Becky, you are such an example to all-- you have been through great trials but have turned your life into an instrument of good (no pun intended).

Beth CampbellApril 11, 2022

Out of Small Things

Meagan AndersonApril 11, 2022

Meagan, I know how much you love the painting hung over your fireplace and it's message. I thought of all the sweet things you do to make a difference in the lives of your kids, husband, neighbors, friends, both old and new, students and ward members and me. I know you will love this article. Mom

Patricia WintersApril 11, 2022

This article was so beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Helen HederApril 10, 2022

Why can' I see the printed parts of the podcast?

DenApril 10, 2022

I believe that those on the other side of the veil watch over and comfort us. I had a dream of my mother and aunt (sisters) many years ago. We we're in my aunts living room and it was so real I actually asked them if I had died and were we in heaven. I still remember the feelings of love that washed over me. It was a hard time and their love and support really comforted me.

JocieApril 10, 2022

Advice about not running around and gossiping is EXCELLENT, but wondering why on earth you didn't recommend him to tell his friend's wife? Seems pretty brutal to me to leave her in the dark.

YvonneApril 10, 2022

This movie idea is such a fun missionary tool! I would love to get information on how to get started with this.

Anete JohnsApril 9, 2022

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Enjoyed READING your great message. Always appreciate your testimonies.

AdamApril 9, 2022

Agree with the above. Wonderful podcasts, but please bring back the transcripts! They really help to go back and focus more on segments that catch your attention while listening. Thanks for considering.

KathleenApril 9, 2022

Indeed He IS great! Thank you for sharing that testimony through song.

Robert HalesApril 8, 2022

I use both. Only audio or only the transcript usually ends up with a nap. I listen to the audio and there is enough activity reading the transcript to stay awake. Even with my hearing aid, I miss words but catch them in the transcript.

Rochelle HaleApril 8, 2022

Thank you, thank you. I’m going through my storage now. Even dry tomato powder is in bulging cans. Who knew???!!!

Patricia WintersApril 8, 2022

That was lovely! Thank you!

Patricia WintersApril 8, 2022

Thank you a hundred times for printing the transcript! I never would have been able to sit and listen to the podcast! I gained so much from reading it!

Pat ThomasApril 8, 2022

It’s difficult to stop and write notes on the audio presentation and then start the audio again. The written transcript makes it easier to ponder without losing my place. Please provide the written transcript. You bring in wonderful people with so much to share.

Melinda TalleyApril 8, 2022

I feel that among all His miracles, this may well be the most significant. In my moments of fearing I or those I love may never overcome our weaknesses, knowing that the Savior has the power to change our very natures drives that fear away.

Corey D.April 5, 2022

On one hand a very good and insightful article but a few things that were said left me wondering if it was also a subtle political message ?

Heather SmurthwaiteApril 5, 2022

Maureen, this was so well written! I'm an avid reader of your articles -- impressed not only by the beautiful quality of your writing, but even more by the depth of understanding and insight that they offer. Thank you.

MaryannApril 5, 2022

While it is interesting to consider what our Savior may have looked like on earth, or what he looks like today, the most important factor to me is that he was literally and physically Heavenly Father's Son. Because of this, we really don't know what he looked like. I take comments that he was not attractive with a grain of salt. Beliefs about what is or is not beautiful are subjective, and opinions on beauty change drastically throughout different periods of history and cultures. I appreciate Mariah's comments that she is not trying to convince us of anything, simply giving us some things to think about. I absolutely believe that when we see the Savior we will see that he looks very much like his Father. He will be gloriously beautiful in every sense of the word.

RaLee HallApril 5, 2022

Thank you for this article. After I read it I said, "Wow! This so pertains to our day.

WallyApril 5, 2022

Very wise! Thank you, Jeff.

Toni VanWormerApril 5, 2022

This article is an immediate answer to to my prayers this day. Thank you!

Marilyn MeinzerApril 5, 2022

I love to READ your podcasts each week and often copy parts of the transcripts to save and refer back to - can't do that with audio!! Without transcripts I don't have time to listen to the audio!!

Brent A OlsenApril 5, 2022

Excellent article! Puts a different meaning on the word FEAR! Enjoyed this very much. Thank you!

Robert RieckhoffApril 5, 2022

I must admit that I do appreciate the text copy of the podcast. I can read faster and also take notes and lt allow me to ponder the point longer.

KathleenApril 4, 2022

We too like having the transcripts but have very much enjoyed the recent discussions with guests. Thank you for sharing by both formats and expanding resources.

Gary LawrenceApril 4, 2022

A very good selection of insights and advice from our leaders relating to today's dynamics. When hearing or reading an address, we should remember not only what was said but also analyze why it was said. Yes, difficult times will continue, but magnificent times also await us. Thanks for your good work, Maurine.

Janice GoimaracApril 4, 2022

When we lived in a ward with high turnover, we learned to say "I haven't met you yet," instead of, "Are you new?" That way, one avoids the awkwardness of asking a person who has been in the ward for two years, "Are you new?"

Jeanette WithersApril 4, 2022

My husband was on a co-ed soccer team one year. A woman was accidently kicked by one of the men on the opposing team. I was on the other side of the field and heard her leg bone break that far away. It was a terrible incident for both teams to deal with.

JanetApril 4, 2022

Thank you. My current goal is to cherish the gift of repentance and change something every day. Your article provided some clear understanding and motivation. I really appreciate your insights.

Colleen McDonaldApril 4, 2022

I am hearing impaired and therefore I read much better than I hear! Please go back to giving us a transcript that I can read! I would appreciate that so much!!

HalApril 4, 2022

Thank you for this article. I, too, am perplexed at detractors who defame the Prophet and yet cannot explain how a largely uneducated farm boy could produce such marvelous revelations that are consistent in their narrative and doctrine. They claim Joseph Smith to be merely a man, and so he is. However, his detractors fail to recognize that they and their sources are merely men as well, and far less inspired.

Julie Coulter BellonApril 4, 2022

Thank you so much for your comments everyone! You are so sweet. It's wonderful to meet more book people to chat with! You are my kind of people. *waves*

MimmieApril 4, 2022

I couldn’t agree more with the above comments. I feel the exact same way and would again request that you would reconsider posting a transcript of your Podcasts.

Kathleen KimballApril 3, 2022

Very astute and timely comments and suggestions. Thank you!

Howard HillApril 3, 2022

There are accounts written by Pontius Pilate and others who describe Him as having golden hair and blue eyes. The descriptions can be easily found using an inter net search.

DBNormanApril 3, 2022

Just as Bob Martin related, we indeed need to keep in mind that Jesus said, if you have seen me you have seen the Father. Jesus’s father was not Joseph, so Jesus would have some characteristics inherited from Mary, but equally from God the father, So unless God the father was Jewish, Jesus would indeed be unique among other men of his time, and maybe even have red hair.

DBNApril 3, 2022

Just as Bob Martin related, we indeed need to keep in mind that Jesus said, if you have seen me you have seen the Father. Jesus’s father was not Joseph, so Jesus would have some characteristics inherited from Mary, but equally from God the father, So unless God the father was Jewish, Jesus would indeed be unique among other men of his time, and maybe even have red hair.

LoraApril 3, 2022

I remember Jack Anderson, and I lived on the East Coast. Thanks for this fascinating account of history.

Lisa J NemrowApril 3, 2022

I don't even bother to listen to the podcast since you don't put it in text. I enjoy reading it and contemplating it. The recording goes by too fast and find it difficult to go back to a part that I wanted to make sure I understood it correctly as well as to think more about it. Could you PLEASE go back to printing it out? I love the things you have to share and have learned so much from you.

Carol NApril 2, 2022

The painting of Jesus that speaks to me, is "Prince of Peace" by, Akiane. The first time I saw it, I felt like he was looking into my soul... and it feels that way every time.

ShaliApril 2, 2022

I appreciate the way this advice was given, caring and without judgment. I chose to step away from a situation exactly like this, not because I didn't love him but because I couldn't see myself spending the rest of my life with someone who thought it was ok to not share something so important. I hope whatever decision you make, it will turn out to be the best one for you.

Douglas E NadybalApril 2, 2022

As bad as the "boyfriend" lying is, he is also an adulterer. Assuming the relationship did not devolve into illicit acts, the only eternal consequence in this situation is the state of this mans soul should this behavior go un-repented, he will eventually suffer the judgment outlined in the bible. If this reality is not enough to prompt the victim into dealing with reality, going back to him would then become a willful transgression. He is an adulterer. She should know that the pain in going back into this would be far worse than the first because she could no longer claim ignorance.

DougieApril 1, 2022

Third one of these in a row with no transcript. This podcast is 46 minutes long! Who has that kind of time? I can read the transcript in 10 minutes. What the heck?

Pam PurnellApril 1, 2022

The Historian Josephus gives an account of what the Savior looked like. I am surprised that you did not reference his account.

AnnaApril 1, 2022

Jesus dressed and was groomed like a Roman of the day. Everyone in the Roman empire adopted the Roman look, from the English Isles to Africa, meaning short hair, roman toga and the sandals, along with that roman robe without seam( meaning a circular robe) the roman soldiers at the crucifixion scene were gambling over. These circular robes could hide a dagger, like the one Peter suddenly pulled out to cut off an ear. There have been 1st century christian churches unearthed in northern Africa whose frescoes consistently depict Jesus as a dark haired baby faced very fair skinned man who is slight and somewhat short statured. If this depiction is ball park accurate it would an an HORRIFIC dimension to the pains he endured in Gethsemane and the cross, and could explain why he couldn't carry the cross and had to be nailed to it in the wrist as well as the hand for fear the hand would tear through.

KA MillerApril 1, 2022

His wife deserves to know how deeply her husband has disrespected her so she has all the information she needs to know regarding how to proceed in her life. No one deserves to have a lie of this magnitude withheld from them.

Paul HApril 1, 2022

Pardon another comment, but Jesus wouldn't look like a 1st Century Jewish Peasant. His father was not Joseph. Trying to convince others that he should look like Jewish peasants is false doctrine---He was the "only begotten of the Father" and looked so much like him that He stated that whoever had seen him had seen the Father also. It was like Seth and Adam. I've known fathers and sons that looked identical except for their age difference. Art is speculative at best and in this case, likely far from being accurate. Every painting has Him with bare feet or sandals, too, and clothing wrapped around Him like a bed sheet. They had shoes back in Old Testament times and John the Baptists talks about loosing the latchet of the shoes on His feet.

AnnApril 1, 2022

She has been put in a difficult position and surely has many conflicting emotions. The counsel to let the head prevail is wise. She should get as far away from him as possible and cut off all contact. I found myself in a similar situation many years ago when I was single, although not nearly as much time had elapsed. Nothing good can come of continuing in a relationship based on dishonesty. Following Gospel principles will always keep us safe.

Duane BoyceApril 1, 2022

An outstanding interview and a thoughtful and thorough statement. By comparison, various other statements, news reports, and published opinions appear incomplete and shallow. A very valuable contrast.

HalApril 1, 2022

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this interview / article. The media has not been very forthcoming in providing all views concerning this issue and have fueled even more rancor and malevolence by not reporting the full story. Thank you to Rep. Birkeland for her dedication to doing what is right and thanks to the author for conducting the interview in a skillful way that covers every issue.

RobynApril 1, 2022

I couldn't reply better than Barry Hansen who already expressed my thoughts so well. Thanks to all AND Meridian for publishing this.

Mary-Rose McMullinApril 1, 2022

My heart goes out to Rep. Birkeland and her family. Thank you for setting such an example of standing for truth despite persecution. Thank you!

Mariah (author)April 1, 2022

@Marlund, that is a good point about them being transplants in Nazareth. As far as I know though, Mary was born in Nazareth and they returned to Bethlehem because Joseph's family was from there, not necessarily Mary's. (I might be mistaken on that). The two places are only 19 miles apart so it's interesting to wonder how much contrast or distinction that would create in the development of physical characteristics.

MicheleApril 1, 2022

Thank you Geoff for your comments to this writer. Events softening my heart and leading up to my baptism years ago were similar. Although I knew he was separated, I equated separation with available. I didn't have the gospel standards yet. I found out he'd gone back to her while still having me in his life. It's been validating to read this; but mostly I want to echo your advice and pray this person is able to access it and follow the Spirit. It's a painful experience no matter what she chooses, but the Spirit will never lead us astray.

Haze KompelienApril 1, 2022

What percentage of your audience are upset at the lack of transcripts? I fear you are loosing a bunch of us/ I am very sad and really do miss your insights. No, I won't listen to the podcasts instead, as I am NOT an auditory learner.

RozyApril 1, 2022

Of course Jesus would look different after resurrection with a perfected body! Except for being way too old, I like the look and manner of the Jesus in The Chosen. We do tend to forget that He was a young man, much like we forget that Joseph Smith was also a very young man.

Paul HApril 1, 2022

Brother Coltrin's comments indicate if he "looked like His Father" as the New Testament says, he would have blue eyes. Only one artist has ever depicted Him thusly and it was in a painting in a Church magazine. Based upon that, the popular paintings of Him used throughout the Church are less than accurate, not to mention all those used by others with halo's etc surrounding His person. If you really want to know get the information from the Prophets and Apostles who have seen Him; no one ever seems to want to check with them. They are "eyewitnesses of His majesty." The last point, is that it doesn't really matter exactly what He looks like for us to embrace His gospel and follow His commandments.

Paul HemingwayApril 1, 2022

I was in Promised Valley with him. I was picked to sing the short "This is the Place" solo. Right after the show was over, Pat Davis picked me to play Rolph in The Sound of Music. Broadway. Then I have been in over a dozen musicals across the country. Yesterday at my credit union. I met a girl who Robert & his wife babysat. He gave her singing lessons as a small girl. She since gas been in many musicals on and off broadway. I wish I had gotten the girls name.

Ted CrowtherApril 1, 2022

I think the reason Joseph Smith described Jesus as with fiery eyes and white hair is: Have you ever taken a picture of a face with the sun shining into the camera. the whole picture is changed like a white out. Everything is so bright that the face has white hair and fiery eyes. You can not tell the color of His eyes and his hair is white as the light is so blinding. The Savior always appears in brightness like that.

Marlund HaleApril 1, 2022

To me it seems odd that we would compare Jesus to a Galilean when Joseph and Mary had to return to Bethlehem in Judea (area of their birth and ancestry?) to pay their Roman taxes and where Jesus was born. He would certainly have been influenced by speech and mannerisms in the area he grew up in, but his physical appearance would seen to have been determined more by his parentage, including being the son of a celestial father.

Claudia Henderson SmithApril 1, 2022

Mariah, I loved your article. I had read that Jesus wasn't "comely," but I think the sheherd/actor in your Dad's picture is! So, I hope Jesus does look like him. Of course, not everyone is beautiful on the outside. It's what's on the inside that counts, right?

DBNApril 1, 2022

I was told a story about Elder Spencer W Kimball staying with a family as he was assigned to conduct a stake conference. While in that home a young girl with red hair climbed up on his lap. She asked him "Have you seen Jesus?" He answered "Yes I have." She asked "What does he look like?" He answered, "He has hair a lot like yours." This of course was shared many times before it was told to me. Perhaps someone who reads this knows first hand. I have four children with red hair and like to think of Jesus with reddish hair but I suppose it goes against what this article implicates. Perhaps Elder Kimball was referring to her curls and not the color. Were their any people of that time and place that had reddish hair?

Ann PriceApril 1, 2022

These are the same people who save turtle eggs, beached whales, elephants, homeless pets, stately trees. Where is the heart when it comes to a human life? Why is there not an ammendment to take the live baby to a hospital for nourishment and offered up for adoption?

Robert StarlingApril 1, 2022

As you say, we don't have to know what our Savior looked like physically in mortality to recognize him when he comes in glory. But the question does present a challenge for artists and filmmakers. I like the person cast as Jesus in "The Chosen", because he is probably the closest anyone has come to portraying him as he was then. When I was doing research on the screenplay for the film "In Search of Historic Jesus", I studied the Shroud of Turin, which many believe shows the image of the face of Christ, singed into the surface fibers of the linen cloth that covered his body, by a brief flash of light or energy that may have accompanied the resurrection. That process is known as "flash photolysis". According to forensic scientists, the image on the shroud portrays the face of a Sephardic Jew who was about 5'11", weighing about 175 lbs. There are marks on the face consistent with being beaten and wearing a crown of thorns. Some of the specific marks are included in artistic representations going back to the 6th century AD as seen in many Byzantine paintings. This may be faith-affirming to some, if the singeing effect that put the image on the cloth was indeed caused by some sort of burst of light or energy, since that sort of thing does not normally happen to a dead body.

Boanerges RubalcavaApril 1, 2022

I believe that the Jesus or any other person saw in these latter days, is different than the one when he was on earth in Palestine, since the former was a resurrected being.

Bob MartinApril 1, 2022

I am now 77 years old and I distinctly remember being called into my 3 year old's bedroom, Daddy,she said solemnly, Jesus came to see me last night and He sat on my bed and talked to me.Thinking that she had a dream I said. Emily, that is wonderful. What did Jesus look like? I expected a description not unlike those in Primary but she astounded me with her reply. Daddy, He looks like His Father. I was lost for words. Out of the mouths of babes.

Barry HansenApril 1, 2022

Thank you to the author for providing the details and background behind this legislation. And thank you to Rep. Birkeland for her careful, thoughtful research and courageous efforts over two years to stand up for Utah’s girls while still respecting the rights of transgender athletes to be involved in activities in a way that doesn’t harm girls.

MaryannMarch 31, 2022

When you stated that "the new barbarians currently control the executive branch of government," you said it all. Trampling on legal immigration laws that help to protect American citizens from deadly drugs coming across the border (as well as convicted barbaric felons), supporting millions of brutal abortions, encouraging and normalizing the mutilation of our bodies and erasing natural gender, blurring and confusing the roles of fathers and mothers, husbands and wives--These are just a few of the "barbaric" practices of our day, many of which are supported and promoted by some government officials. But the most barbaric evil of all is the brainwashing of our children--filling their minds with misinformation and enlisting them in "causes" that they are not ready to shoulder. Instead of letting them be children, we heap burdens upon their backs to promote our own personal, politically correct or philosophical agendas. Hitler did this with the young in Germany. Evidently, we haven't learned our lesson.

MaryannMarch 31, 2022

If we want to focus a spotlight on the corruption in government, there is so much of it going on in the here and now. We can't do anything about what Nixon and his cohorts did 50 years ago, but we can speak out about the corruption in our government officials today, and choose candidates, and uphold laws, that will help to cleanse our nation of these current evils. I am much more concerned about the laws and political party that support millions of abortions in our nation, and also President Biden's and Hillary Clinton's evil actions TODAY, than I am about what Nixon did 50 years ago.

MaryannMarch 31, 2022

I really love your suggestions of using humor and taking the opportunity to laugh and reach out with fun conversation. Joni, you are not on a "pretend mission." It is very real, and I appreciate you sharing it so that we can use your examples to inspire us to do likewise.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 31, 2022

I love "godly becomings." Thank you for this lively and encouraging article.

Janie BrayMarch 31, 2022

So agree with what you have said. I had a talk with a friend the other day about not serving a mission. We talked about how we were serving missions as visiting teachers (sorry I’m still old school) , in our ward callings, helping the missionaries when we could (not just in their dinners) , and when we see opportunities to help someone (families, friends and others).

CarolMarch 31, 2022

I love your use of humor to break the ice with people - most people love laugh and feel more connected instantly. I have been on the secret mission of greeting strangers. I've been serving in a YSA ward for almost 3 years and am now back in my home ward so most everyone looks like a new person to me so I get to introduce myself a lot!

Rochelle HaleMarch 31, 2022

Though I teach Gospel Doctrine, it is often difficult for me to engage in one-on-one conversations. A few years ago, however, I had one of the best missionary moments because I listened to the little angel on my shoulder reminding me that I promised to greet new people. My new friends turned out to be a raised-in-the-church-as-a child-only sister and her non-member husband. Soon they were both active and he was baptized, and within a year they brought other relatives into the gospel. We also help a handicapped sister who lives down the street. "Oh, no, please don't assign her to me just because she's my neighbor," were my first anxious thoughts, but she has become a dear friend and a delight to serve.

Dave HansenMarch 31, 2022

Thanx for sharing such a good idea.......I REALLY like that kind of thinking, Joni!!! :-)

Erik HansenMarch 30, 2022

I'm so glad the Spirit led him to the truth and gave him fervor enough to push forward against the power hungry in our government. The Lord hedged up the way for his enemies. I'm glad for his family. So many scriptures reflect the sincerity of The Lord to protect his people from death by their enemies. I'm sure these things happen today, and I'm not surprised there is such corruption in the US government though I'm saddened. The Lord continues in helping good people overcome their awful circumstances and protect them from death by their enemies, until they have finished their work - although we may not have awful things removed entirely. (What will happen to the people of the USA if we don't pull down the super-rich, proud and power hungry?)

vickieMarch 28, 2022

wow, i never knew that president nixon was involved in so many bad things. i lauded him later for coming back and helping out with china. he didnt give up. i had no idea that he was that scheming.

James RawsonMarch 27, 2022

Never thought I’d see the day that the Lord’s university would require such an office! I don’t know whether I should shout for joy, weep or be angry at such a need already found in state run schools! Sign of the times!

James RawsonMarch 27, 2022

Touched my heart deeply! Thank you!

thou tranMarch 27, 2022

hi have authentic piece 1ichby 1.5ich gold plate I believer from king Daris. is it worth anything?

TMMarch 27, 2022

It sounds cliche, but it is possible that the pattern of infatuations that has plagued his marriage speaks to a deeper pattern of coping formed when young because of not getting the quality and quantity of love he needed from his own mother. Was his mother emotionally distant? Was she known as a mean mom? Did he get punished a lot? Was there any abuse? Did she have her own mental health issues she struggled with? One way to assess this could be to see when the pattern of infatuations started. My hunch is it began well before he was married.

Rae GreenstreetMarch 26, 2022

To Arthur Cornett, to "fold" the whipped eggs "until fluffy" means to stir or mix them into the batter slowly or gently.

KathleenMarch 26, 2022

Heart warming. You'll have the rest of your lives to remember this and build upon the experience. May the Lord bless and keep you.

T. DorenboschMarch 26, 2022

For those who wonder why there is no transcript, this is what Scot answered me: Dear Thijs, First of all: Thanks for the service you've been doing for that group of Dutch members. We've done some interviews without pre-written scripts to accommodate our upcoming travel schedule of leading tours in the Middle East and Europe. We're going to try to use some Ai programs (starting tomorrow) to see if we can get a reasonable script from the audio. If we can do it, we will publish it as soon as possible. Blessings, Scot.

tfMarch 25, 2022

From what this man has written, i don't think he is actually temple worthy. But it sounds like this type of thing has happened several times in his life. I wish a talk by Carlfred Broderick entitled "It came out of the Blue, Like a Scheduled Airline" that was available on tape, could be re-issued on CD. It could help in this type of situation.

SarahMarch 25, 2022

You hired her/she got a job with you less than a year ago. Because of covid you don't work in an office, but at home but you can travel with her? Correct? You talk on the phone a lot when you aren't travelling, and each night and on weekends your wife hides in her room... Are you in seperated rooms? All your married life you have been infatuated with someone... But not your wife. You travel a lot, so are hardly there and when you are, your wife is hiding!? Your wife is depressed because of the above, which started when you put a ring on it. If you love your wife, start kissing her! Invite her out of the room.. To travel with you, if she can a few times a month. At 22yrs married your kids can maybe fend for themselves a few nights. If your wife works, then do things on the weekends with her. Stop this hiding cycle, by helping her trust you and your thoughts. Change your behaviour, and then help her change to trust and love you. If you are not bothered, then let her go, so she can get well and thrive. This is not a way to exist.

Travus AllenMarch 25, 2022

I enjoy all of your articles. I read them all. I really really enjoyed this one. Very good insight and counsel. Thanks again.

BKMarch 25, 2022

Hopefully a transcript WILL be available for future podcasts. I count on them!

LoraMarch 23, 2022

Did something happen to the person who transcribes your podcasts? I hope that you will be able to get another transcriber soon. I miss the written transcripts!

Todd MorrisMarch 23, 2022

nah....much quicker to read. What happened?

Arthur CornettMarch 23, 2022

Excuse my ignorance, I don’t mean to “fritter” away anyone’s time. In step 4 of the 2nd recipe, what does it mean to “fold” the egg whites into the batter?

Annette BellMarch 23, 2022

Thank you for this article. I am a Master Gardener assigned to volunteer at the Pioneer Herb Garden here at our learning garden in Beaverton, Oregon. I have been studying pioneer ways of growing, obtaining and fixing food. It's great to have this insight into Emma's role in this huge undertaking.

Janice HiestandMarch 23, 2022

I can' t underline, write comments, scribble thoughts in the margins of a podcast. Is there a reason for this, if so why?

Sherry EthridgeMarch 23, 2022

The oats are not listed in the instructions. Are they added with the vanilla?

SusanMarch 23, 2022

I, too, like to read the transcript. I listen to the podcast, then read the words. Please put the written word back to be enjoyed.

Dave MorganMarch 23, 2022

Helaman 8:18 fits in nicely to your article, any thoughts on that.

LindaMarch 23, 2022

Where is the transcript for this week?

Steve LombardMarch 23, 2022

Every week my wife and I read the transcript to help us understand the lesson and it helps very much. Why no transcript this time? Has this site been hacked?

AllanMarch 23, 2022

Thank you for sharing these stories. Truly inspiring. Just what I needed to hear today.

KathleenMarch 23, 2022

Such truth in these words and beautiful music.

MaureenMarch 22, 2022

Yes, please bring back the transcript, for those of us who learn visually (the vast majority, BTW).

AlexMarch 22, 2022

Please add transcript. Thank you.

JoyceMarch 22, 2022

good article, but what about divorced parents? how does a mother help her child learn about love between a mother and father if it doesn't exist?

LibertyMarch 22, 2022

Beautifully written

Jayne JohnsonMarch 22, 2022

Thank You Kathy. As I read your article, I was impressed with the thought that a person doesn't need to travel far away to do what you did on your assignments with your husband. We each can receive that inspiration right where we are. Thank you for the reminder that we are the Lord's hands and voice. God bless you!

Patricia WintersMarch 22, 2022

In my noisy home, I seldom can find a quiet time to listen to podcasts. If I can read the transcripts, I can understand and feel the message being sent. Please make transcripts available for all your podcasts.

Charmaine McKaskleMarch 22, 2022

I prefer to read the podcast. I hope you will make it available again.

Kimberlee RottweilerMarch 22, 2022

I’d rather read the transcript than listen as well

B. DolbergMarch 22, 2022

Yes, PLEASE add the transcript. We read them together every week and discuss them as we go along.

vickieMarch 22, 2022

my son went to west point and grad in 1995. he later worked there and i went to baby sit my grandkids. what a wonderful place. so historic. i loved west point. i took my gkids to church and there wasnt a dedicated chapel then. i am so glad that there is one now and its a long time coming. praise the Lord and Amen...

Marilynne LinfordMarch 21, 2022

I wrote a book on the Pearl of Great Price that I have not punished. I send it in manuscript form to anyone who asks. If you feel comfortable, send me your email address through columnists on the Meridian cite.

T. DorenboschMarch 20, 2022

I miss the transcript of this lesson. Every week I translate the transcript for friends here in Holland who do not speak English to understand. Please help!!

Cristy NewcombMarch 20, 2022

I'd rather read then listen. Why can’t I get to written word like every other week?

Deborah BatesMarch 20, 2022

We have Ukrainian friends and some of them have parents still in Kyiv. We have been to Ukraine and spent a week in Kyiv. . We are heartsick about what is happening.

Corey D.March 20, 2022

When the George A Whalen Veterans Home was first opened I was called to be the branch president, I tried to be more than just their church leader, I also wanted the residents/veterans to know I was their friend. I would try to visit at least once a week other than Sunday with one of my counselors and I would go often by myself to visit and sometimes with my wife, heard lots of interesting stories, not just about war but also about life, many times inspirational, sometimes humorous. One of those inspirational stories shared with me was Brother Jay Bachman a retired Air Force Colonel, wonderful, humble, spiritual man, who I got the impression from had not always been active in the church. He was serving in Vietnam when Elder Spencer W. Kimball came to visit and I think this may have been when Brother Bachman may not have been fully active in the church. Anyway and I don't remember all the details ( my one regret about my service at the Veteran's Home is not keeping a journal of stories and experiences), Brother Bachman said that after meeting with the LDS servicemen and what few members there were, Elder Kimball asked if there was some place they could go where there might be some privacy, they ended up on the rooftop of a building where Elder Kimball proceeded to dedicate the land of Vietnam to the preaching of the gospel. Brother Bachman said it was an amazing experience and he was honored to be asked to be there, if I remember what he told me there was just maybe 4 or 5 people there. If I remember correctly what I've read over the years I'm pretty sure Vietnam and the other southeastern Asian countries have been dedicated since then but the 1st time would have been during the Vietnam War by Elder Spencer W. Kimball.

Renn CrumpMarch 19, 2022

I would love to see your entire list of favorite topics in the Pearl of Great Price. I completely agree that the PofGP is not emphasized nearly enough in our gospel study. Thank you for this article.

Tanya NeiderMarch 19, 2022

Abby Christensen, Thank you for the simple outline and printable sheets!

KathleenMarch 18, 2022


CarolMarch 18, 2022

For some of the older readers. I have been giving my granddaughters a "Heritages Box" containing a few of my special items from our home that I want to pass on to them now not after my death. I write a letter letting them know where the item came from, why it is important to me and a family group sheet showing where they fit in the line These have been so very special for me to prepare.

Robert StarlingMarch 18, 2022

Thanks for this article. I would love to read the rest of it. Will the ending be published? I had never heard of the Ukrainian holocaust. Many tears and prayers for those brave and suffering people.

MaryannMarch 18, 2022

My husband served a mission to Ireland in the late 1960s when the conflicts and violence taking place there were extremely serious. When Londonderry was burning, he was assigned to get the missionaries out of the city. Preaching the gospel there was like walking uphill through mollassis. The people were warned by religious leaders to avoid the "Mormon Missionaries." It would have been easy to feel that very little progress was being made. However, when we visited the country many years later together, we witnessed the growth of the church there, and the wonderful changes that had taken place. One of the areas we visited had a new chapel and the people were thrilled. It was very humble--nothing like the buildings we have in the U.S., but they were so very grateful. It was a lesson to remember that where seeds of the gospel are sowed, growth takes place.

Peter CrosbyMarch 17, 2022

This is disgusting, how can this be allowed!

BarbaraMarch 15, 2022

I received my patriarchal blessing when I was 12. There was one paragraph that just did not make sense--until I was divorced and remarried.

Mary Ann KershisnikMarch 15, 2022

Thank you, Sister Linford! This article is beautiful and inspiring!!!!!

LewisMarch 15, 2022

I find your example of love and openness more than inspiring. I think of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables, where the pastor took Jean Valjean into his home, and showed incredible love and compassion even after the theft of his silver. Yes, there are risks with bringing people into your home. Yes, some people will take advantage of you. Yes, there will be experiences that will not be positive. But yes, yes and yes again, we are commanded to love, not judge. The Savior opened his arms to all, even those that reviled, abused and crucified him. We don't all have to bring strangers into our home. I don't think that is the point of your story. But I think the lesson you are teaching is that we all can do something to live the law of the fast as Isaiah has explained it so beautifully by reaching out to help our brothers and sisters here on the earth. I am so grateful for your gift of telling compelling stories that can bring us closer to Heavenly Father.

Myrna LiddellMarch 15, 2022

Thank you for this insightful glimpse. Thank you for your efforts and Thanks be to God for the other incredible volunteers both the named and un-named.

Sharen BerryMarch 15, 2022

My husband and I have been married 32 years. We are so much more now then we could have been if we stayed in our first marriages.

Becky L RoseMarch 15, 2022

My patriarchal blessing mentions before leaving I talked with my heavenly mother and she reminded me to come back and tell her how I gained my testimony.

Jim WinebrennerMarch 14, 2022

Thank you so much for an honest and thus naturally disgusted response to the abhorrent changes that are being pushed on so many of the states, and certainly the whole country at the federal level. I'm happy on every (albeit too rare) occasion that I find an article on one of the Church news Web sites that actually demonstrates clarity of mind. Thank you!!

Linda MecklerMarch 14, 2022

No No No No No. This baby after birth is a individual person.

KCMarch 14, 2022

If statistics hold true, at least 10% or more of those holding signs up offering a place to stay were human traffickers who prey upon refugees. I wish there were a way to keep tabs on those who accept the kindness of strangers. Some way to vouch for the host and track the guest. If someone could come up with a solution like that, it not only would be a deterrent for traffickers but help keep refugees on their toes, out of harms way, or provide an avenue of rescue from bad situations. Unfortunately the fog of war makes that difficult but if even one life were saved from that horror, it would be worth it. Maybe those who haven't found their niche in the humanitarian realm might be "watchers", angels on earth taking notes and checking in.

JuliannMarch 14, 2022

My husband and I took in a woman and her four children, who had been living in their Suburban, when my husband managed a Bishops Storehouse. We arranged missionary lessons, found her an apartment and the Stake members furnished the apartment, paid her utilities and found her employment. She lied, stole, was kicked out of the apartment and within a short time was back living in the Suburban. Her son beat up my daughter and the mother taught my 10 year old daughter to smoke. We learned to follow Gods plan for taking care of the poor and needy. Not venturing out on our own. Over the years we did, through a government program, open our home to 10 youth addicts and unwed mothers. Those experiences were mostly positive. You put forth a worthy principle, but it needs to be entered into with a great deal of prayer, preparation and caution.

SherriMarch 14, 2022

Wow, Becky! I’m truly amazed at all you have done in your lives to take in poor and weary travelers. Thank you for your article and challenge to invite others into our homes.

Dave HansenMarch 14, 2022

WOW! These folks are not just Saints......they are ANGELS!!! God bless them for their love of others in need.

MickeyMarch 12, 2022

Nothing is going to change here until the husband stops reacting to the ex wife and daughter’s manipulations. I don’t agree that something is better than nothing here. Their behavior is abusive and he doesn’t have an obligation to tolerate it. If dad stops reacting and allows daughter to fully experience mom’s behavior, perhaps something would change.

HelenCMarch 11, 2022

My husband and I have been married almost 28 years, now, and my ex-husband still believes her is the one who broke up the marriage. However, over time he and our children have accepted that we are happy together. Each of my children has come to me and expressed past frustration along with present acknowledgement that he is a good man and I am happy. While it is easy to fall into the trap of needing validation for ourselves and our choices, the truth is we owe our happiness to no-one but ourselves. As the late psychologist Wayne Dyer put it, “Your opinion of me is none of my business”.

Martha ScottMarch 11, 2022


tfMarch 11, 2022

Geoff: I'm surprised that you didn't mention that the ex-wife is obviously mentally ill. The troubles described seem to be a clear indication of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, if I am not mistaken.

ShawnyMarch 9, 2022

Thank you, Brother Peterson, for this wonderful article. Truly the closeness we feel to God here on earth is based on the reality of His ability to feel close to us. We feel His love and experience it personally in so many precious and sacred ways. We truly have a FATHER in Heaven, and we are truly bound in love to His Son.

Kay RookhuyzenMarch 9, 2022

This was just a lovely read that brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing!

Nerita PetersonMarch 9, 2022

Lovely story.... Eternal life is too good not to be true!

Carol AnnMarch 9, 2022

These wise words are more pertinent today than ever.

Karell BinghamMarch 9, 2022

It is the first time I have read your amazing and touching testimony! Thank you for your deep insights!

HelenCMarch 9, 2022

Two of my five children have preceded me Home. I render feeling (and still feel) that greeting the Savior will be wonderful, but being hugged by George, and now also by Larissa, will be Heavenly, indeed.

HelenCMarch 9, 2022

Spot on! And yet so many non-Latter Day Saint Christians insist on “solar scriptura”, claiming that the only truth we can abide by is in the written word presented to us in the Bible as it now stands. If they cannot accept God has feelings, how accurate can their philosophy be?

RussianwolfeMarch 9, 2022

With this article, the claim that is often made against the LDS, is shown to be completely false. Our doctrine of an embodied God is truly Biblical while the critics claims that God does not have a body is revealed for the Greek philosophical contortions that I have always thought they were. Are there any books or articles that discuss this contrast in more detail?

LoraMarch 9, 2022

When I was a teenager in the 1970's, "sex-change operation" meant that the lower half of the body was surgically altered to match the chosen sex. A person making the transition was required to undergo a year of therapy to prepare for the change. Now it appears that an individual only has to "identify" as the opposite sex, take some hormones, change the hair and clothing style, and we're all supposed to believe that now he is a woman and she is a man. And yet, if you ask the question as Matt Walsh recently did, "What is a woman?" none of the transactivists can answer. In our open-mindedness, women are losing their very definition. The puberty blockers that they use on children are the same drugs used in chemical castration of sex offenders. Apparently, those drugs are "cruel and unusual punishment" for criminals, but perfectly acceptable for minors with a clear psychological problem. If "Full Disclosure" was practiced, trans individuals would be required to read the Trans Regret website to hear the stories of people who regret making the transition. Transition can render the person sterilized, with irreversible damage. If men and women are so equal, why is it that we never hear about transmen trying to get into men's sports? A transwoman in boxing can nearly kill the biological female opponent. Transwomen swimmers and runners leave biological women way behind. When it comes to sports, people with XY chromosomes are just plain better, stronger, with more upper body strength and better hips and knees for forward propulsion. While I have compassion for people who feel like strangers in their own bodies, I am concerned that they will find that the problem doesn't go away with transitioning to the opposite sex. For transwomen who want to occupy the women's locker room, I challenge them to really be "one of the girls" and have the male genitalia removed. Why is it that a man exposing himself in public is a crime, but if he identifies as a woman, it's acceptable in a women's locker room? Or in a women's prison? Is it acceptable for women to go to prison with biological men? It's a good thing that I am retired, because these sentiments of mine would get me fired from my employment. None of this is good for women.

Sage GallagherMarch 9, 2022

Great article, Dan. Thank you. What a difference to our human hearts it makes to see God as a caring father! The choice of turning to an emotionless entity versus looking to a loving Father seems pretty clear.

Diane PetersonMarch 9, 2022

Beautiful! How grateful I am for our God of feelings, emotions, and love. Brother Peterson, your work is always brilliant and inspiring. Please continue to share your incredible insights!

Ed RehderMarch 8, 2022

Thank you for this article. I'm a 70 year old that barely missed being drafted into service for the Vietnam war. Something didn't seem right to us in those days but many of my friends had to go. Now to hear these details about that war as well as the others things start to make sense, and am not surprised somehow. Thank goodness for the Book of Mormon and it's warnings to us. Thanks again for your work on this.

JoeMarch 8, 2022

Thank you for your clear vision. There are many who will not agree with this. So many want to draw a line between Russia and Ukraine/US when the "sides", the line should be drawn, between people and government. The people of Russia are not our enemy except for the single feature, they have allowed their tyrannical government to exist and to continue. But are we not guilty of the same? Upon serious introspection of the genocide delivered at the hands of our own government a rational person must recognize this truth. The best thing we could do would be to focus on cleaning our own house. It is our greatest responsibility.

BevMarch 8, 2022

We are so devastated to see the Leaders f many countries being unable to see that Putin will never stop and the war is already declared war n all of us eventually!

SandraMarch 8, 2022

Thank you for the thought provoking and pertinent information.

Paula GermondMarch 8, 2022

I'm not sure how you characterize "mid-singles" but that status surely is a faith-building position and can be a sweet communion with our Lord. Thus we are loved and esteemed beyond measure BUT. due to the focus on the ideal family structure within the church, I think there is an unavoidable feeling of "otherness." When we enter the church family, no matter how much we are loved, if we are placed in the guest room instead of the heart of the home, will it ever feel like a main course Instead of left overs? I think perhaps it seems more like a side dish! My only solution is to become and remain as close to the Lord as possible on a personal level.- to love and serve those around you from your unique life. Not everyone is called to wear the mantle of singlehood so trust the Lord to have your best interest at heart while He is trusting you to carry that mantle for whatever His unseen purposes are can be pure dessert!. Blessings to each..

Linda AyreMarch 8, 2022

I am very grateful for this article which articulates and validates concerns that have been growing in me for decades. It is disheartening that so many people will not even question the narrative being blasted at us from every mainstream news source. Thank you, Brother Lindsay. I always appreciate your articles.

DougMarch 8, 2022

Thanks! Just found this. It should probably be noted that the overwhelming majority of the plates were actually written by Moroni--if you count the sealed portion (Ether 5:1). Just an interesting fact that he did more writing than any of the other authors, including his father before him.

LBMarch 8, 2022

You are about to become an "untrusted source". Thank you for stating clearly some of the vital problems Americans and Church members face. We have been lied to and betrayed by those we trust.

Debra WellingMarch 8, 2022

AMEN to both previous comments!

ElizabethMarch 8, 2022

Heroic work, Millers, Sheltons, Max and Masha. What a Providential sequence of connections! Thanks to Lisa Badger and Meridian Magazine for getting the word out with such specific info. about we can help. Bravo!

William R ToftMarch 8, 2022

Excellent article. When he mentioned his mistrust of medical authority one name came to my mind, Anthony Fauci.

NinaMarch 8, 2022

Thank you so much for your article. I can relate to so many of your experiences. I agree with every issue of your article. My parents lived in eastern Europe during WWII. Experiences that they shared with me taught me to always ask questions. Things are far more complicated then what we are told in the "one liner" headline. We should never stop asking questions.

SandraMarch 8, 2022

Wow! I’ve learned so much. Thank you

Geoff BiddulphMarch 8, 2022

Jeff, great post. We need more calls for peace at this time when so many people seem to be anxious for war. Will we not heed the warnings of the Book of Mormon? We truly seem to be a war-like people after all.

A. BinghamMarch 8, 2022

Weighing in from many government and private sectors, and from different countries, insiders are crying out that the US, as well as global governing bodies, are NOT trying high-level diplomacy to end the armed conflict in Ukraine. Those of us with foreign diplomatic experience see only too well, there is a complete dearth of committed and competent statesmen and women in the public eye. This is looking more and more like what we just went through, deception and betrayal, with so much damage. Perhaps behind the scenes, but in the public's eye, it has been a shameful spectacle. Complete silence from our own state department. Where are they?

Ken and Lynne HeinholdMarch 7, 2022

Our Granddaughter-in-law is Inna Timm, and she is from Ukraine and lives in SLC with her husband Jake Timm. This is a tense time for her and all of our family as we are fasting, praying, and hoping for the safe journey of her sister and family who are at this time traveling from Poltava, Ukraine to Poland. They are very frightened, but hopeful of starting a new life in SLC, Utah, USA. So, we join with all of you in prayer for the safety and welfare of these many good people in Ukraine.

Vickie SmithMarch 7, 2022

Fun things to put on my reading list! I love clean historical romance! But of course I love so many kinds of books... basically I'm addicted!

Amanda PurnellMarch 7, 2022

Thanks for this article! Super helpful! My family will be rotating our kits twice yearly, during General Conference weekends! I heard that a friend's family does this successfully and wanted to share the idea.

Heather B. MooreMarch 7, 2022

Thanks for reviewing! I'm excited for future reviews as well :-)

Harold RustMarch 7, 2022

Oh that we could all join in their worship service and show them personally our respect for their efforts to remain free and our willingness to help support them in whatever way we can best do.

Pania HeimuliMarch 7, 2022

Absolutely beautiful!

Jean GenteroneMarch 7, 2022

When there is no peace on earth...... there will always be peace in Christ .

JodiMarch 7, 2022

I’m looking forward to reading both of these books! Good reviews!

K R HofhiensMarch 7, 2022

Hello Julie, I enjoyed your review and the podcast too. I wrote a book series for kids about the Mound Builders of Ohio being a part of the Book of Mormon people. It isn't a time travel book like Chris Heimerdinger wrote. The story lines only touch through the artifacts found in the kids' backyard. If you are ever interested, I would love to do a pod cast with you. Sincerely, K R Hofhiens

Jim WinebrennerMarch 7, 2022

I certainly agree with John R Carpenter's comment. I'd also like to pose a question: Are you sure the attack was unprovoked? Are you really sure about that? (That's one question, just repeated for emphasis.)

DonnaMarch 7, 2022

Beautiful and heart rending. We are praying for you, our dear brothers and sisters across the world. Never fear.

Jim WinebrennerMarch 7, 2022

Combine the content if this article, which starts off extremely well even though the ending tries to take away much of the real power, combine this content with the scriptures that talk about faith, and you'll begin to see the real meaning and application of true faith, and its real power.

MaryMarch 7, 2022

I am so excited to add these to my TBR list! I love hearing about good recommendations, and look forward to more that Julie has to offer.

Andrew SilskiMarch 7, 2022

It's great to pray for our brothers and sisters, but what are we going to DO for them? I've signed up online to sponsor a family, but that might take months. Is the Church or an LDS-affiliated NGO doing something to facilitate placement of these families in other LDS homes and families?

Gisele MarsanMarch 7, 2022

Thank you so much for writing about this legend. The story really touched my heart. I have often wondered if other countries had similar experiences after Christ's crucifixion. Very interesting

MandJMarch 7, 2022

Video and message brought tears to my eyes. Ukraine has been in our thoughts and prayers daily. We watch everything coming in on the news and feel heartbreak for them as they go through this, it is all so shocking. We pray for peace for them, their country and leaders and know the Lord is aware of this miserable and terrible trial and especially pray it will end.

John R CarpenterMarch 7, 2022

Condoleezza Rice is an amazing person. If she had run for President, I would have voted for her. She however saw the rat's nest in the Washington swamp and wisely avoided that mess. Now she teaches and educates hearts and minds. Her talents and impact on others contine to grow and influence others positively.

Richard D LoosliMarch 7, 2022

I am sure there are countless prayers for this country. I pray that this unprovoked attack will soon be over and peace will prevail.

HalMarch 7, 2022

Thank you for this article. I have always been a fan of both Sister Baker and Condoleezza Rice. As a side note, I wish Condi Rice would run for president. She is an amazing woman.

Leslie NighMarch 7, 2022

I did fast for the Ukrainian saints yesterday. I know that our bishop did as well, as he spoke of it in his testimony. May God bless and keep us all in His capable hands.

Jesse WilsonMarch 7, 2022

Just beautiful!

ShaunaMarch 7, 2022

Thanks for sharing this. It made me cry. My heart and prayers are absolutely with you and it was a privilege to fast on your behalf yesterday. God bless the Ukraine and the world. I know the Lord sees you and is working behind the scenes

Miriam CottamMarch 7, 2022

Just to clarify, this video is of the BYU Singers, the BYU Slavic Choir, and Ukrainian RM's (my son is in this group). They are singing in Ukrainian to show love and support for Ukraine but are not Ukrainian refugees in Germany.

MGBrooksMarch 7, 2022

That is the combined BYU choirs singing in Provo Utah as a tribute to the Ukrainian Saints. :-)

A.L. CastroMarch 7, 2022

This beautiful video is members of the BYU choirs and “other friends of Ukraine” and was filmed in Provo on the BYU campus. I saw it several days ago on the BYU Singers’ Facebook page. I thought you might want to correctly label this video.

SAGEMarch 7, 2022

Last Sunday and yesterday I have fasted and prayed for them. Their song will play in my mind throughout the week. Such a hard time.

MicaMarch 6, 2022

This is really interesting. I liked it! By the way, I found this Facebook page named Honeymoon Mindset Academy which is similar to your content. If you want to know more about this one, please check this link. Thank you.

Corey D.March 6, 2022

I'm sure the family and others know this but it was no accident that no one was home.

Terry ManningMarch 6, 2022

Absolutely love this.

DorisMarch 5, 2022

Thank you for these reminders on finding answers to our concerns! We've all had times we needed help, including prayers. Haven't we had answers to our concerns during Conference. scriptures, or Sacrament meetings. Thank you for your suggestions!

JoshMarch 4, 2022

Exceptionally well written article. To my brothers and sister who suffer this pain I would like to add something. I cannot share the amazing spiritual experience that leads me to saying this but I know it to be true. Children lost, no matter when they are lost, are still a part of your eternal family. I know I will see my mother and grandmother again, both have passed in the past few years, but I also know that with them I will get to see my older sister, who passed in the womb, and learn who she is. I know that while my mortal eyes have not seen her, that her face is familiar to my spirit and I look forward to that reunion greatly. It is a driving force to keep my on the righteous path, amongst many others. You will also get to see the children that you were not permitted to raise in the flesh. No one can say that they understand your pain, except Christ, but I hope you find those that can comfort you while you recover.

KateMarch 4, 2022

I have also experienced miscarriage, and while the spiritual experience that accompanied it is too sacred to share on the internet, I'll give my opinion that when the body that spirit intended to use was not viable, there will be another body provided which will give him or her the opportunity to have a mortal experience. I cannot imagine our Heavenly Parents saying, "whoops, sorry, your body was miscarried (or your parents decided to terminate the pregnancy or your mom was in a car accident and your body died or whatever) so you are out of luck! No further progression for you!" Obviously not. I'm sure that every spirit that is slated to come to earth will come, and in a situation that will give them the experience that they need. Maybe even to you in a future pregnancy.

Melissa MarkhamMarch 4, 2022

I'm so sorry to read about your loss. It was sweet to read about the love you felt already for the baby. It's true that there is no official doctrine on the status of babies who have been miscarried. While I used to see this as frustrating, a friend helped me see it in a different way that has been comforting. I hope you don't mind my sharing this. Perhaps the spirit, itself, has a choice in whether to accept that mortal experience and family heritage or not. Some may opt to try again for a mortal body while some may go on into the eternities. I believe that the parents can receive guidance and know how to understand their individual experiences. My husband and I have felt strongly that at least one of the babies I miscarried has accepted his place in our family and passed into the eternities. We have felt his presence profoundly at times and eagerly await our reunion with him. During other miscarriages, I have tried to connect with the spirit and form a similar bond, only to come up empty. I see these as "chemical pregnancies" not necessarily associated with a spirit. I hope none of that comes off as awkward or contrary to church teaching. The important part to me is that a loving Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ want to comfort us and help us understand. They know where our babies are! As I've been reassured in many blessings, they are intimately concerned with sending spirits to the earth and will help us work through emotions, questions, and anything else the experience brings. May they be with you now.

AnonymousMarch 4, 2022

I know that, if it is His will for you, you can receive personal revelation about this, and know whatever details He sees fit to grant you. It will come in His own time and way for you, but you can come to know His beautiful truths about your own family in this regard. We have seen it happen.

TammyMarch 3, 2022

Thank you so much for your insights. I have loved studying about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I feel so connected to them, and I feel so grateful for the covenants we have that connect us to God.

MistyMarch 3, 2022

A very beautiful song with a simple but powerful message of our Savior’s love for us! Thank you for sharing their video with us!

Harold RustMarch 3, 2022

A most inspiring and insightful article. Many thanks for the details between those details which I already knew. Other than one mis-typed date (1834 is when he first met Brigham), this is a true keeper for all of us members who need to more fully follow WIlford's example of seeking deeply for the truth.

Lisa SottileMarch 3, 2022

Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your talents and the wonderful message of this song!

CarrieMarch 2, 2022

Absolutely inspiring. Thank you for this masterpiece.

DougieMarch 2, 2022

Hard to identify with Elder C facing financial “ruin” and getting a “no” when asking Heavenly Father for help. We need specifics. How bad was it? Was he on Church welfare? Had he moved into his parent’s basement? Was he living on his food storage? Did he file bankruptcy? For some people a financial crisis is actually quite mild, but they think it’s really bad. Some of us know and have experienced what “back to the wall” really means. Add Stage 4 cancer for a spouse to the mix, lose your job and health insurance, and then let’s talk.

John R CarpenterMarch 2, 2022

In March of 2005, a twenty pound 105mm artillery shell used for avalanche control hit the backyard of a house in Pleasant Grove, Utah. It missed its target by over 3 miles. A young child who was watching TV excaped harm despite being covered with debris. See story at:

SayshaMarch 2, 2022

The legend also states that "the spirits of long-dead Gaels appeared to the terror-stricken assembly." So fascinating! Thank you for sharing!

LisaMarch 1, 2022

My heart echoes what others have said they felt in reading this beautiful story and testimony. Thank you SO much for lifting our spirits today. Very well written!

Rochelle HaleMarch 1, 2022

I can't tell you how many times I have started journals, then let them gather dust. I love making digital photo albums for our family each year, and these have become our memoirs as well, as I highlight key events, people, etc. I have also found the "memories" section of FamilySearch invaluable to record family stories (not the entire elephant) and some sacred experiences. The privacy settings allow me to determine when and with whom to share.

Debra McCrackenMarch 1, 2022

TY for sharing this "Irish conversion story! I married into the McCrackens in CA, and so love hearing of Irish myths and legends, as I am "adopted Irish!" I love hearing how adults come to the gospel, having been a life-long member. I often wonder if I would have been wise enough to recognize truth.

NiallMarch 1, 2022

❤️ Fantastic Stephen

HalMarch 1, 2022

Wonderful article, thank you!! Even in Utah County our children are being bombarded with propaganda that their confused emotions during adolescence are likely because of gender confusion. Our own daughter was troubled by this for about two years. Fortunately, with maturity, she is realizing her roiling feelings and emotions during adolescence were a normal part of maturation and that mastering her passions during that time rather than giving into them helped her to realize that she really was attracted to young men. She is now embracing her femininity. The difference is night and day - she is now so much happier than she was when she was allowing society to convince her that she was the wrong gender.

Ken HazelbakerMarch 1, 2022

My wife suggested I just take some islands of time and just list bullets - whenever they occurred. It's the capture that is so important. Another time just take one - put the flesh on that skeleton and at another time, do it again. I can take care of order or other details later. She showed me how my smart phone will convert my talking into text!! Wow, it doesn't get any easier than that! (It took some time to learn how to talk slower for better text conversion accuracy - but what a miracle!)

Robert D. BellMarch 1, 2022

I feel this article is RIGHT ON TARGET! Thank you, thank you for your conscientious wording and citing of applicable scripture.

Sally WibleMarch 1, 2022

Why do your life stories have to be woven together? For the past nine years (minus 2 Covid years) I have hosted a group ladies where we write our Life Story in short stories. We read our stories and discuss them - we learn from one another. Many of us are now doing StoryWorth - so our stories will be in book form. Much more interesting to read a short story than one long Life Story. Thank you for your article, very good, need more like it to prompt people to write their Life Stories

HalMarch 1, 2022

This is painful for so many parents. While I think the advice given is good, I think maybe there is too much blame placed on the parents and we need to understand that the child bears some responsibility as well. Despite our continuous efforts to reach out to him, out oldest son cut us out of his life over ten years ago, but his younger brother and his family remain close to us. We also adopted two girls. Again, our oldest daughter rebelled against everything we tried to teach her. Her younger sister, however, embraced our family values and we have a wonderful relationship. Our two children who have distanced themselves from us love to use catch-phrases similar to "Toxic Positivity" to excuse their behavior. I'm sorry, but such phrases smack of "junk" psychology and seem to be a convenient way to avoid taking responsibility for one's own actions. Parents make mistakes, no doubt about that. However, I think we sometimes blame parents (and parents blame themselves) for ALL the problems in a family and forget that the children also play a huge role in family dynamics - especially as they grow to adulthood. The scriptures provide similar examples - Cain and Able, Esau and Jacob, Laman/Lemuel and Sam/Nephi/Jacob/Joseph. I'm sure Adam and Eve, Isaac and Rebekah, Lehi and Sariah loved all their children but some choose to abandon their families and there's not much we can do about it except to continue to love them, pray for them, and keep reaching out to them. Beating ourselves up, however, will never make the relationship better.

Annette MillerMarch 1, 2022

Wallace Goddard you are heaven-sent. You always hit the nail on the head. I love how you love and show us the wY.

MaryannFebruary 28, 2022

I really appreciate Brother Steurer's comments about allowing others to experience what they are really feeling, instead of trying to gloss it over. When someone immediately begins with "positive" preaching in these situations, I feel like the reality of my painful situation is being denied. Instead of trying to "fix" me, I just need to be understood and to feel someone's compassion for my unhappy feelings.

Russ ParkerFebruary 28, 2022

Great Story Stephen, I served my mission in Ireland in the mid 70's and never heard that story. Given what happened there at the death of Christ it would indicate that The Irish are of lost Israel - no surprise to me or any others who served there. I too miss that rainy green Island (I don't miss the cold rainy winters in Dublin though - I shiver just thinking about it)

Kathleen BirdFebruary 28, 2022

Thank you for this beautiful story that resonates in my Irish heart. I've always wondered where are the cultural stories of the earth's upheaval 2000 years ago. Now I know Irelands story because of you.

TimFebruary 28, 2022

Regardless of where one stands religiously or politically, it is unconscionable to allow a child to be killed who is capable of being born alive. What makes such a killing less objectionable just because the child has not drawn a breath?

Jo Ann OkelberryFebruary 28, 2022

This was so delightful, uplifting, and spiritual. Thank you so much for sharing your life and this beautiful story.

Marie H.February 28, 2022

Thank you for sharing your faith journey, conversion and your testimony! I traveled to Ireland in 2019 to meet relatives my mother found in the late 1970s so I love reading anything about that beautiful country.

HmomFebruary 28, 2022

Thank you for sharing such an inspiring conversion story!

Debbi BaileyFebruary 28, 2022

I truly loved your article today. “The One” is so important to the Lord… and He will miraculously micro-manage ways to bring souls to Him. My ancestors are from Ireland and I was touched by your beautiful story of your life growing up and your conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ because of your reading the Book of Mormon. Thank you again.

Ovala ToiaivaoFebruary 28, 2022

What an amazing article! Quite a testimony to the truthfulness of the BoM and Joseph Smith's role as a prophet. I mean how on earth could a young and poor farm boy in New York knew such things unless of course it was revealed to him by an angel of the Lord as he claimed? Amazing, truly amazing!!!

Leslie Pearson ReesFebruary 28, 2022

I love that you shared the story of King Conor and the signs of the Savior's death given to the people of Ireland! It truly does give testimony of the fulfillment of prophecies in 1 Nephi 19. A number of years ago when I published my book on the "Lost" tribes of Israel, I included that account because it touched me deeply. Thanks for sharing your story!

RosieBFebruary 28, 2022

Thank you for this thoughtful article. My sister has been having a horrible time dealing with the fact that her only son hasn't spoken to her for the past 2 years. She & I were raised in a family that practiced toxic positivity & gaslighting. We both became single mothers at age 18. It's difficult to change family patterns when you're in survival mode. Just being honest with my children, instead of defensive, has kept our communication open. I'm praying for healing for my sister & my nephew.

PaulineFebruary 28, 2022

Oh this is such a wonderful and beautiful story! Inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

Priscilla J OwenFebruary 28, 2022

I loved reading this article, and as I was reading, I felt the whisperings of the spirit confirming to me of my own testimony concerning Joseph Smith and his ministry. I am so grateful to be a part of this great gathering... I loved the tale of this great Irish King. Thank you

RhondaFebruary 28, 2022

Thank you for sharing your wonderful conversion story. It touched my heart!

brian stubbsFebruary 28, 2022

Very inspiring Stephen. I greatly appreciate hearing your account--the legend, your story, open-mindedness, and diligence in seeking truth--all too often lacking in today's great-and-spacious-building derisions instead of diligently digging into details.

James ScottFebruary 28, 2022

Having an Irish ancestry I was intrigued by the “olde” stories and legends my grandfather related of faerie circles, the little people , the battles of kings and the bravery of the heroes and how God was such an important part of their lives. What a wonderful narrative of your life and the connection of your early life and how the Book of Mormon connected to your early church lessons.

Alex WrightFebruary 28, 2022

Stephen, you truly have the story teller’s gift. Thank you for sharing. I absolutely love this story you experienced. My family and I lived in Dublin for 2 years and we read many fairy tales. We never heard of this one, but now we have and will read it together. Cheers.

Dora, SloveniaFebruary 28, 2022

Beautiful testimony, thank you!

John C. GreeneFebruary 28, 2022

I am also an Irishman (born in America) who was a Catholic and was baptized a member of the Church at age 32. Because of my love of and interest in Ireland, many years ago I started reading "The Story of the Irish Race" by Seamus MacManus. When I read the story of the death of Conor Mac Nessa on pages 26 and 27, I immediately recognized that it paralleled the account of the prophet Zenos in 1 Nephi 19:12 "The God of Nature suffers." I highlighted and cross-referenced the two books. There is also a footnote to that story which says that an Irishman, Conal Cearnach, was in Jerusalem and witnessed the Crucifixion. "A representative of every race of mankind," says the legend, "was on the Hill of Calvary at the dreadful hour."

Terry Montague Rupert IdahoFebruary 27, 2022

Thank you, Jennie.

Jeanette Goates SmithFebruary 27, 2022

What a gift you have given so many for so long. Hope to stay in touch.

Rex LoweFebruary 27, 2022

Really movingly similar to several strengthening experiences I’ve had, which have come at times when I needed them most. Thanks for your writings, you’ve got the talent to write so that at times you hit the soft spot & I get a little testy eyed.

Nada WilliamsFebruary 27, 2022

I Love your reviews and I am also a Clair Poulson fan. I think I have read everyone of his books. It's been a great ride so far. Enjoy these next years. Also, I love your own books!!

JanieFebruary 27, 2022

Lol. Loved it

Corey D.February 27, 2022

Thanks Meridian for having the courage to reprint articles like this. It's pretty much the end of democracy in Canada and I don't think people realize how far along this same path we are here in the US.

Melinda ScottFebruary 26, 2022

Thank you for sharing your wonderful insight! I will look forward with curiosity! :)

Gwen G KrumpermanFebruary 26, 2022

Thank you for your reviews over the years. I value your recommendations. Best wishes in your future adventrues!

John R CarpenterFebruary 26, 2022

There shall be wars and rumors of war ...

Susan HansenFebruary 26, 2022

Thanks for you dedication to sharing literature!

Rochelle HaleFebruary 25, 2022

Thank you for a beautiful article. I wish I had had this much insight forty years ago. Thankfully, I was able to maintain my faith during a long emotional and physical struggle, after which one child miraculously came into our family. My middle name is Rebecca, my sister's is Rachel, and had I a daughter she would have been called Sarah Elizabeth. These are remarkable women whose examples we can look to for how they dealt with a number of challenges.

MicheleFebruary 25, 2022

I applaud the writer for reaching out to this wonderful resource. Geoff has such healthy advice. My daughter cut me off without much information; interactions were indeed painful. I chose to give her the space she clearly wanted, wrote her a letter of love and support. She eventually moved through it.

LoriFebruary 25, 2022

Oh Thank you, Thank you for your beautiful article!! Yes, I have cried my face off, and sooo get the other emotions and inquiries you have shared. Thank you for so eloquently reminding us of the gift of motherhood that is ours, even if we have not born children.

JimFebruary 25, 2022

Thank you for addressing this. I'm the father that had a temper at home, and have two sons that won't talk to me, despite repeated efforts to reach out to them. Both have withdrawn from other members of the family (including siblings and both parents - divorced now)

P.L. WhitmanFebruary 24, 2022

Thank you for 20 years of wonderful reviews! i have often purchased books based on your recommendations. You will be missed!

Marti ScottFebruary 24, 2022

I always looked forward to your reviews. I will really miss you and them.

Sharee HughesFebruary 24, 2022

I am also a Poulson fan and read this book some months ago. Great story. I am sorry you will not be reviewing any more. While I don't always agree with your reviews, especially of romance novels, which I tend to dislike, You have led me to some great reads. I was thinking of sending you one of my books to read. I hope Meridian gets a new reviewer.

James ScottFebruary 24, 2022

Congratulations and good luck for your future. Thanks for your commentary and evaluations and the encouragement to be reading.

Mariam KitchenFebruary 24, 2022

Thanks for your wonderful reviews! Good luck with your future!

Teri N.February 23, 2022

Would you might be able to please list the nutrition information for this recipe? It looks delicious, but my we have some diabetics in our family and I'm interested in knowing the fiber, sugar, and carb content. Thank you!

Scot ProctorFebruary 22, 2022

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AnnaFebruary 22, 2022

You nailed it again! Thank you.

Ed GayhartFebruary 22, 2022

Must be another one of those conspiracy theories!

R. BiddulphFebruary 22, 2022

No one would have believed that the Government's chief immunologist would have been funding the Wuhan virus. Half the U.S. would have not believed that the losing 2020 presidential candidate would have funded a seditious conspiracy to overthrow the winner.

Gary BealFebruary 22, 2022

Hess: I love your balanced and thoughtful manner in handling such a sensitive topic as secret combinations. Thanks for your effort in publishing this. May more of us read and integrate the counsel you put forth!

Ronald BarnesFebruary 22, 2022

I'm glad that you mentioned Isaac's age at the time of the sacrifice, although Josephus gives it as 25. In either case, when people tell the story they always mention the faith of Abraham but neglect the faith of Isaac. He was not a child as he is often depicted to be. He was an adult who could have refused to go along with it. According to Josephus, after Abraham explained the situation, "So he went immediately to the alter to be sacrificed." Abraham's faith was great, but Isaac's faith may have been even greater.

Helen A HederFebruary 21, 2022

Why is it so hard to find the latest podcasts? I have not been able to fine the podcast for Genius 24 - 27. Podcast 9

MaryannFebruary 21, 2022

Please know you are not alone. Thousands of us are experiencing the sorrow of having our children decide to leave the church. It broke our hearts when my son took this course, but we continue to pray for him and I know that the prayers of parents for their children are very powerful. I also pray for him when I attend the temple. I believe the Lord will keep calling after his children, and when I am sorrowful I can find some peace by trusting Him.

ChrisFebruary 21, 2022

Thank you Joni...honest discussions about sexual addiction and recovery unfortunately are rare in our wards and stakes. Some leaders get it but most don't, and we need more training, more discussion, and certainly more understanding in the church. I'm a recovering addict and with my wife serve as ARP missionaries, specifically in a couples' meeting. It's the best meeting in the church. Why? Because everyone is open, honest, and vulnerable. There's no hiding our problems or pain, and there's so much understanding and love. And there's awesome celebration in recovery! Grace is real, the Atonement works!

HelenFebruary 21, 2022

I never realized how little we read of him. It is comforting to know that our “smaller” lives are no less honorable than the “greater” ones around us.

Alisi Iongi FiliagaFebruary 20, 2022

Cannot thank you enough for this podcast. Weekly I would cut and paste the transcript and save it to a weekly file. If in case my week is so hectic I did not want to miss out. It would be a quiet moment of the week to re-read and dig deep. I am blessed thank you for sharing your podcast. Light receive on this end remarkable!

MikeFebruary 19, 2022

Geoff, why aren't you telling this lady to get out of this relationship? This kind of behavior on the part of the husband is NOT excusable under ANY circumstances. Twenty years of this behavior should make any sane person realize he's NOT going to change unless something drastic happens. Maybe her leaving him will make him wake up, but either way she shouldn't have to put up with this. Definitely get legal counsel and make a plan. You deserve better!!

judy fosterFebruary 19, 2022

Thank you so much!!! This is exactly what I needed to read today and want to reread later!!!

Kathleen WoodburyFebruary 19, 2022

What about Helaman chapter 4?

Charlene HeatonFebruary 19, 2022

I love the colored picture of Abraham about to be sacrificed. Can I get a copy? Also, are there color renditions of the other two hieroglyphics? I love the insights and knowledge you share in your podcasts. Sincerely, Charlene

DeborahFebruary 18, 2022

Bless you Sister Linford for sharing your insight and testimony refined through your experiences. You have added a drop of oil to my lamp.

Cynthia NielsenFebruary 18, 2022

Many thanks for this remarkable gathering of Abrahamic sources to bring to the eye a beautiful portrait of an eminently honorable man. His life has truly blessed the whole earth!

Susan DuttonFebruary 18, 2022

Great in-depth article. Thank you for your careful research and thoughtful discussion

Ron BarnesFebruary 18, 2022

I knew my wife was ‘the one’ from our first date. We are not ‘perfect for each other’. We are not ‘soul mates’. We both have things that we would change about each other. I’m sure that we have both given the other reasons for divorce. In our day to day living, I seldom get those ‘loving feelings’. However, every once in a while, something happens that bring those feelings to the surface and out into the open. Even when I don’t feel them, I know that they are there. We’ve been married 45 years.

Jewel AdamsFebruary 18, 2022

I know you think that participating in this is a good thing, but truthfully, to me, as a black woman, this month is always very degrading and actually makes things worse than better.

JanelFebruary 18, 2022

Thank you for sharing these stories and your testimony of gratitude. I can’t wait to share this with my family, especially my three teenagers. Perspective and gratitude are everything!

Dave HansenFebruary 18, 2022

Brother Halvorsen has set an example of Christian behavior that will forever be remembered!

Ronald PolsleyFebruary 18, 2022

Satan is breathing down our necks, can't you smell the sulfur? We must fight or it is over, me, you not someone else.

Kathleen AnnaFebruary 17, 2022

I was reminded again recently by a brother in his Sacrament meeting talk, that we are not here 'to fix' people but to love them and never give up hope.

PattyFebruary 17, 2022

This article is enlightening and motivating. Thank you!

Scot ProctorFebruary 17, 2022

The article has been updated to reflect the answer to your question.

KathleenFebruary 17, 2022

Our first experience with ARP was perhaps 14 years ago when my husband provided transportation and support for a ward member, to meetings. My husband returned home saying how incredible the program was and that it would help anyone with any problem. Seven years ago we were called as Addiction Recovery Missionaries and were so impressed with the spirit of the program, as well as the steps and process. Thank you to the Church for providing not only spiritual direction but hands on, practical, nuts and bolts tools such as ARP and the Self Reliance Programs.

Steve KittelsonFebruary 17, 2022

Great article! As a professional counselor and former leader of an Addiction Recovery group, I encourage everyone struggling with addiction to let go of shame. That comes from the adversary. Recovery is possible! Addiction does rewire the brain, but studies have shown that the brain has a quality described as "neuroplasticity" and it can rewire the brain back into a healthy state. And, of course, the cleansing and healing power of the atonement of Jesus Christ works miracles! With Him, there is always hope!

RuthFebruary 17, 2022

I signed up and really wanted to participate in this but when I tried to get in Zoom I was told it was full and I could only participate if someone left the site. I was not late! Are you going to present a summary of that meeting???

KathrynFebruary 17, 2022

Thanks so much for helping expose the myth of the "gospel according to Disney." When we see couples with lasting marriages who truly adore each other (Richard G. Scott and his wife Jeanene come to mind) we tend to assume they found "the magic." But I suspect they'd be the first to say that their happy marriage came about through following Christ and making the choice to love each other and nurture their relationship every day.

Leo WinegarFebruary 17, 2022

I also experienced a crisis of faith, but I've found a way to reconstruct my beliefs and I'm once again a happy and active member of the Church. For anyone who is looking for additional support, please check out Uplift Community of Faith on Facebook. We provide a loving community and resources for those who question, and also for church members who are trying to minister to questioning loved ones.

KathleenFebruary 17, 2022

This article could not have been more timely. Just yesterday in a phone conversation with my youngest daughter, she informed me that she never going back to church. Although she has been inactive for a while, she and her husband have allowed the missionaries to visit on occasion. The pain in my heart is excruciating, and the sorrow is deep. But I know the Lord is in charge and I have to depend on his timing.

John R CarpenterFebruary 17, 2022

OH! I forgot to mention that some other states allow hunting to start on private land a few days ahead of the public land hunting season. This targets nuisance animals and drives others away from private lands and increases yields on public lands. Again none of this is new! Just a new generation rediscovering old knowledge using "new" technology!

John R CarpenterFebruary 17, 2022

I find it strange that this information is seen as unusual. Hunters have known the last several hundred years that firearm use announces to prey animals that a deadly hunter has arrived. And the smart animals move away from the noise. For experienced hunters and older researchers, this is seen as common sense. Previous studies such as in the American Hunter or American Rifleman documented this behavior in the 1950s and those articles referenced even earlier works. Hunters learn that prey animals generally dislike sudden increases in other things like an increase in people noise and vehicle traffic. Over time, the normal use of the land, without harm to prey animals, allow those animals get used to that level of “noise.” But, a sudden increase of “noise” makes them nervous and many move away from such disruptions. Again this is nothing new! My guess is that this study is nothing more than a re-discovery of behavior seen repeatedly over time. But sadly, non-hunters and those ignorant politicians and intellectuals will likely miss use such a new study for anti-hunting or anti-gun purposes.

Andre J. MostertFebruary 17, 2022

My wife and I live in the Dutch Fields area of Midway, Utah. Each year we see an increasing number of deer and moose moving into our and adjoining yards during the hunting season. We love to have them. So far, we have not seen any elk in this settled area.

ShaunaFebruary 17, 2022

Thank you--clearly Abraham understood, as the Savior did, that obedience is the first law of heaven." And thank you for sharing your personal story. It takes great courage to be vulnerable. loved the definition of priority

PattieFebruary 17, 2022

Thank you for your thoughtful, well-written from your heart, and love for God and family, experience.

Debbi BaileyFebruary 17, 2022

Thank you for your beautiful insights and wisdom!

Thank you!!February 16, 2022

I sent this to Jacob, the author. Jacob, thank you for being a direct answer to prayer. I tend to want to find ways to enhance my marriage but in the end I end up getting disappointed from the way things turn out. I compare what the media portrays a relationship to look like and think it always needs to be that way or there’s something wrong with me. I asked God to speak to me and help me sort out my feelings and the next day, you publish this. It was exactly what I needed to hear. Your words were his for me. Thank you! I’ve always enjoyed your articles, but this one was phenomenal for me.

VaLoye OlsonFebruary 16, 2022

Would have loved to watch the meeting but the Zoom connection said the meeting was full. I hope it was recorded and that it can be watched sometime soon. (Zoom on my phone said that there were a total of 100 allowed. I don't believe that.)

ThanksFebruary 16, 2022

Jacob, thank you for being a direct answer to prayer. I tend to want to find ways to enhance my marriage but in the end I end up getting disappointed from the way things turn out. I compare what the media portrays a relationship to look like and think it always needs to be that way or there’s something wrong with me. I asked God to speak to me and help me sort out my feelings and the next day, you publish this. It was exactly what I needed to hear. Your words were his for me. Thank you! I’ve always enjoyed your articles, but this one was phenomenal for me.

JoJean LoflinFebruary 16, 2022

Is it possible to watch a recorded version of this?

Phillip C. SmithFebruary 16, 2022

A very thoughtful article worthy of serious consideration

Becky S.February 16, 2022

That was an article full of interesting ideas that just make sense when looking at relationships. Thank you. I have three marriageable ages children and one is getting married and the other two are just stuck in this idea of the perfect person. They can’t get past the first steps in a relationship and I wish they would see beyond Disney happily ever after and Hallmark movie love. It takes time and effort to be with someone. It is worth all the ups and downs for a deeper connections we don’t see in Hollywood portrayal of relationships.

C. PetersonFebruary 16, 2022

"Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just ordinary people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. . . . "Life is like an old-time rail journey—delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride." —Gordon B. Hinckley

Peggy WardFebruary 16, 2022

Love your insight. I know your article isn't meant to cover all aspects of "being in love" but I'd like to add that I personally have to choose to love, pray to love, work at being loving - always. Of course that's with those who are not abusing me or pushing boundaries or harming my well-being in some way. Another critical issue I have discovered in not having that "wow" loving feeling is plain ol' stress in life, also, hormones, tiredness, too many demands, too much of anything. With enough effort, I can have sparks and warmth and desire. And it's worth the effort.

ColleenFebruary 16, 2022

Infatuation fades, love is a decision,serve one another.

Ivor HoldenFebruary 16, 2022

Will this be recorded so those who are unable to join the presentstion tonight might be able to watch it at a later date? Many thanks

Ron KjarFebruary 16, 2022

As the great Clint Black wrote and sang: Love isn't someplace that we fall It's something that we do

KathleenFebruary 15, 2022

Good reminders of our human sides and experiences - put to music so beautifully.

KathleenFebruary 15, 2022

Thank you for presenting the facts about membership with the musical groups. I'm often asked about the process. Kudos to this sweet African Sister who opens our gratitude perspective.

JamesFebruary 15, 2022

People can't say whatever they want and then blame others for "getting offended" Even Christ says that in Matt 12:37.

Martha ClantonFebruary 15, 2022

Thank you so much for this wonderful teaching about gratitude. It has helped me to see just how the Lord is guiding me through similar struggles. When I feel myself drifting through the treacherous shoals of depression and anxiety, He prompts some of the wonderful women in my life to reach out to me even after they have moved far away. Their loving kindness buoys my spirit and helps me paddle just a little farther each day. With their help, I can feel my Savior reaching out to me. He has the Holy Spirit guide me toward safer waters. I may not see the way my path turns, but He dies. With His help, I know I will get there eventually.

SimplicioFebruary 15, 2022

When I was single, I seldom found dating advice useful—except for this, which transformed my experience: "You can be 'right,' or you can be effective." Too often we focus too much on the former, often in the form of, "I shouldn't have to...." That's probably 'right.' But is it effective?

RaLee HallFebruary 15, 2022

I loved this! Thank you.

RaLee HallFebruary 15, 2022

I loved this article. Thank you for taking the time to post it.

Amy FoxFebruary 15, 2022

What a wonderful story of gratitude! Thank you for sharing this.

Jacque BrownFebruary 15, 2022

This isn’t just good, it’s great! I hope this team continues to work together and produce more beautiful music.

LewisFebruary 15, 2022

There are so many wonderful lessons here, not just about gratitude. As I ponder the story of the hotel owner, I think about how rich and full his life became as he opened his mind and heart to a group despised and hated. As we seem to live in a time when spite and hatred of those "not like us" is so rampant, we too should open our hearts and minds. It is, after all, one of the great lessons we glean from the life of the Savior. I, for one, am extremely grateful that you share your wonderful gift of telling meaningful stories with us all.

Robert SpeakmanFebruary 15, 2022

Looked him up on FamilySearch. There are 2 Jason Macks in FamilySearch which appear to be the same person. Neither is sealed to a spouse and both indicate that SS is unavailable. Where did you get your sealing information?

HalFebruary 15, 2022

Thank you for this article! I had to take a hard look at myself and realize I am often guilty of this foible. I catch myself wanting others to accept my opinions as their own and being miffed when they don't. I will try harder to step outside myself and try to observe such conversations as a third party to see if I can become more aware of how my words and actions might be affecting the person I'm communicating with. Thanks again!

Jervae HornungFebruary 15, 2022

Amazingly wonderful story of true love! With God nothing is impossible!

Jervae HornungFebruary 15, 2022

What a wonderful reminder to be grateful for every situation we find ourselves in during this life. Thank you so much for sharing- I needed this today!

HollyFebruary 15, 2022

Thank you for preparing and sharing this. I didn't know I needed to read this today, but I did.

IreneFebruary 14, 2022

I LOVE this story!

Kathy ThatcherFebruary 14, 2022

Loved reading your thoughts and becoming lost in the beautiful quotes. Great read for Valentine’s Day. I’m in awe that that great kid of long ago who frequented our home has become such a romantic. Did living around fireworks have anything to do with this outcome?

Sarah HinzeFebruary 14, 2022

This is a powerful and sad story but I love that they are sealed and are together in the eternities. They were tricked out of being together on earth and yet God did prevail in bringing them together at last.

JoWoFebruary 14, 2022

Thanks for sharing this. I’d never heard this story. I love how Lucy Smith wrote of the broken hearts and how you followed up and learned that wonders never cease.

Lisa ReisingFebruary 14, 2022

This is such beautiful doctrine, thank you for putting together all the quotes and thoughts about the great work we all have opportunity to participate in!!

LexaGraemeFebruary 14, 2022

Thank you for this. I love finding chiasm in the scriptures, and this seems to have been hidden in plain sight. Wonderful! As for the chiasm not blending perfectly, there are a couple in the Book of Mormon that fit that description, too.

Corey D.February 13, 2022

I appreciate Meridians willingness to publish these articles. I haven't read this ladies book but I recommend to everyone who read or reads this article to read two other books, "The Economic Theory of Sex, Industrialism, Feminism and the Disintegration of the Family" and "Sex Scandal the Drive to Abolish Male and Female". Satan's attacks always are directed two ways, getting us to misuse our agency and our physical bodies, two things he does not have and what better and clever way than to confuse people especially the young about gender.

Sherry EthridgeFebruary 13, 2022

What is the reference for Wendy Ulrich’s statement please? We so enjoy these lessons. Thank you!

Deb LIeningFebruary 13, 2022

I appreciate this article very much and the comment by K. Chin. This issue of emotional resilience and maturity comes up frequently in the mission health councils where we serve. I was thrilled to hear your YSA sons have completed the inspired Emotional Resilience course prior to serving. This idea was floated as something that might be helpful mission preparation in one meeting recently. <3

CorinaFebruary 13, 2022

Una clase superior, gracias.

Merlin FreiFebruary 12, 2022

Thank you for an inspiring article about Wilford Woodruff. Zerah Pulsipher is my Grandmother Cramer's Great Grandfather. We are pleased with Zerah's efforts to leave for a mission and be guided to the Woodruff home. It is another story of how the Lord guides his people who rely on inspiration and revelation.

Rosalie Madsen PiersonFebruary 12, 2022

We are envious that you will be able to take your tour to Petra! The tour we took a few years back (with another business) did not include this site of the " New Wonders of the World"! I will google that to see them! You always have amazing photos, Scot & Maureen, even in the ads!!

GrannyFebruary 12, 2022

Elder Carlos Godoy visiting our stake related a story about Elder Eying. They were in the church building cafeteria eating lunch and someone asked Elder Eyring who he though thought would win the presidential election. Elder Eyring's response: It doesn't matter. The things in list 1 strike me as Martha Worries. Some are not important in the long run, some feel important but we don't know the answer to. Better to choose the better part and focus on list 2, keep the two great commandments, and wait on the Lord.

L.N.February 12, 2022

I agree with the author of this article. I have had multiple encounters with BYU Grad students at a major University, whose feelings were hurt by me while teaching a Gospel Doctrine Class. Instead of just walking out, we had to hear about their tender feelings unable to live with my comments. If they were my kid (I have Grandkids their age) I would have verbally straighten them and taken away their cell phone for a year. What self centered babies are being raised and educated these days.

L.N.February 12, 2022

I live in a town with a major university, we get a dozen or two BYU grad students move here to finish their degrees. What doctrines of the gospel are they being taught at BYU? Besides their educational arrogance, they bring with them a gospel learning that is mixed with the theories of men. In discussions, their arrogance leads them to override us who have less formal education. I am seeing Satan's teachings mixed with gospel truth's everywhere with these 'kids'. Are the Brethren aware of this?

Andrew CurrieFebruary 12, 2022

Sounds to me that at BYU we might be seeing the tares separating themselves from the wheat. Also, we're witnessing the fulfillment of Elder Ezra Taft Benson's prophesy that the day would come when a college education was worthless.

Carol BridgesFebruary 12, 2022

I don't know who first said it, but only a fool takes offense where none is intended. That is very true. My question is what does that make those who embrace the current tendency to look for excuses to be offended?

SimplicioFebruary 11, 2022

Good piece! "Outrage Masquerading as Virtue" was the technique used by the Lamanite kings and most of the other anti-heroes in the Book of Mormon to stir up the people unto anger and conflict. "Now when king Noah had heard of the words which Abinadi had spoken unto the people, he was also wroth; and he said: Who is Abinadi, that I and my people should be judged of him, or who is the Lord, that shall bring upon my people such great affliction? I command you to bring Abinadi hither, that I may slay him, for he has said these things that he might stir up my people to anger one with another, and to raise contentions among my people [Abinadi is being 'divisive!']; therefore I will slay him." Mosiah 11:27-28

Robert BellFebruary 11, 2022

Remember, His Church is an international church (not just a Utah or USA church), and my informal conversations show that many LDS members outside the USA view our politics as ridiculous, unbelievable toward the fair treatment of people and not very Matthew 25-like. We in the USA should re-focus our daily behaviors to match the Big Ten Commandments and the many related Christian (and human) virtues and quite worrying about one-up-man-ship, inhumane treatment of others, contentions, and divisions among us (read the BofM). If we are not being Christlike minute-by-minute, then we have yet a lot to learn in this mortal probation.

John R CarpenterFebruary 11, 2022

In the beginning, “… an angel of God who was in authority in the presence of God, who rebelled against the Only Begotten Son whom the Father loved and who was in the bosom of the Father, was thrust down from the presence of God and the Son, And was called Perdition, for the heavens wept over him—he was Lucifer, a son of the morning. Doctrine and Covenants 76:25-26 Lucifer, aka Satan, wanted all to be save al collectively and the glory of such would be given to him. Since the beginning of earth’s time, he has pursued this agenda in Heaven and on the Earth. “Our individual salvation depends on collective salvation.” This is what Satan, the Devil, teaches to man. Those that profess this are Anti-Christs denying the individual salvation of the only begotten son of our Father in Heaven. Many members have voted for and supported such believers of collective salvation. Christ Jesus teaches, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 In the Last days before our Savior’s second coming “…there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24 King James Version Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “…are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;” Doctrine and Covenants 29:7 But not all members of the Church of Jesus Christ will be saved in these last days. They will seek other paths like collective salvation before individual salvation. Collective salvation is a quasi-contract religious concept that is the antithesis of individual or personal salvation. It is a mandate of social justice which projects rights not normally given by the laws of a country or state. Its premises are based on dialogue, not accepted doctrine. It supports the perpetual Marxist class struggle for the self-claimed “divine plan of a socialist nirvana under the concept of progressive millennialism. Those that believe in collective salvation often claim Christianity and other religions as their base religion, but see all religions as one of many paths toward salvation. They stress that any form of salvation must be first a collective action of society becoming one in equality by overturning the past sins of human society and the pillage of the environment.

RandyFebruary 11, 2022

The Earth does not need another Savior. D&C 104:17 For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves. We did not create the earth. We cannot destroy the earth. The earth will serve God's purpose regardless of what we do. The scriptures are full of instructions on how to behave and where to look for guidance. When the questions have already been answered in the scriptures' why do you keep asking hoping to receive another answer? Are you occupied with unprofitable meats? Hebrews13:1-9 1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. Follow the Prophet: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Conspiring Men and Women are all around you. Follow the prophet. D&C89:4 Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation Learn to follow God's plan for you rather than expecting God to embrace your plan.

Stewart LangFebruary 11, 2022

Things can be so simple - but we make things so HARD! The Prophet Joseph Smith said “We teach Correct principles and our people govern themselves. Our Primary children learn a wonderful song “Follow the Prophet and don’t go astray. Personally our family “follows the Prophets” and we don’t have anything close to your lists -it’s quite easy actually! I have been a convert of the Church since 1971 and I wavered ONCE when it comes to Church history, doctrine and conflict. A wiser older member at the time gave me some excellent counsel to me when questions came up: “for those of us that don’t believe in revelation, there is no adequate explanation and for those of us that do believe in revelation we stand by until the Lord speaks!” We have found this excellent counsel time and time again. .

Dennis HorneFebruary 11, 2022

There are some intriguing thoughts expressed in this piece. I think it largely accurate. And there is no question that this world's/society's values and beliefs are largely corrupt and is corrupting LDS youth. I do disagree with one minor matter. I do not think transgender surgeries and social transitions or people that have done those things should be "supported" in that area. It is a matter of supporting and tolerating and accepting a lie they have told themselves and that has been told to them. God has never made the mistake of putting a male spirit in a female body or a female spirit in a male body. The relevant scriptures state: D&C 93:24: "And truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come." “The Spirit speaketh the truth and lieth not. Wherefore, it speaketh of things as they really are, and of things as they really will be; wherefore, these things are manifested unto us plainly, for the salvation of our souls” (Jacob 4:13) To go along with someone living a lie is to me to buy into that lie and support it. Men are men and women are women. This is another reason for the gift of discernment. So I disagree with the author on that point. Otherwise, some excellent food for thought. I have a daughter that the internet activists and her school peers ruined in the same way as one person described in the article. Wrapped down her chest until she could afford the elective surgery to have it removed; takes hormone shots; has a low voice; dresses like a man. She also breaks most every commandment in the scriptures but murder. Her life is a disaster zone. As Elder Badnar said: When any of Heavenly Father’s children misuse their physical tabernacles by violating the law of chastity, by using drugs and addictive substances, by disfiguring or defacing themselves, or by worshipping the false idol of body image, whether their own or that of others, Satan is delighted. To those of us who know and understand the plan of salvation, any defiling of the body is rebellion and a denial of our true identity as sons and daughters of God.

Ocean AnsleighFebruary 11, 2022

I loved hearing about the choir audition process. I'm thankful for all of those volunteers. We listen every Sunday from the other side of the country.

H Christman HowellFebruary 11, 2022

I can relate to many of your statements. We've been trained to see and know right from wrong, so it's easy to line up with those ideas that make up what we believe to be our core values. The counsel to focus on the realization that most of us are family centered is a great help. The other help is to focus on the bigger picture of mortal life and our eternal life. A lot less time consuming the headlines and more time in the Book of Mormon has been the greatest relief to this distraction.

KarenFebruary 10, 2022

My three year old brother, George, was prepared for his death by an angel. She came to him several times before our house burned down and he died in the fire. The night before he died he told me that she had visited him and told him she was going to take him to Heaven. He had been there a few months earlier when he drowned, but was brought back by an older brother giving him CPR. The night before he died in the fire, he talked to me about what Heaven was like and that he had his own white horse there. He had told others in our family of his angel, "Maralee - you know, the one who sings so pretty."

Kay MitchellFebruary 10, 2022

What an amazing journey you have taken us on. I have always felt a special spirit each time I visit Hawaii from either Australia or New Zealand (lived in both) & definitely my heart is there. I went to university when I was 60 & incorporated an Hawaiian project as part of my curriculum. Of course this project reflected in depth of the Hawaiian History. I was so saddened to learn how the Queen was treated. But didn't she have such a positive attitude. I love how you wrote about the events of her asking President Cannon for a blessing. What a humble moment for them both. Every time I think of Hawaii my heart becomes full. Thank you so much for the warmth you shared as you wrote about this treasured history. Aloha.

Wayne KalamaFebruary 10, 2022

Bro. Peterson, your well written articles on the Middle East have always been informative and inspiring to me. I am from Laie. When I was born our family lived on Moana street where the road from the Temple now runs uninterrupted to the sea. Thank you for your informative article. It brought back wonderful memories from that almost forgotten time and place.

Stephen J, KelseyFebruary 10, 2022

Thank you for this. My great grandfather, Hyrum Smith Woolley, went on a mission the then Sandwich Islands in 1873 and while there re-built the boilers for the sugar factory. His account of his experiences is fascinating.

Karell BinghamFebruary 10, 2022

Best Yet! Everything seems clear now! Blessing on you!!!1 Love karell

MaryannFebruary 10, 2022

Joni, thank you so much for the reminder that we need to seek after humility and avoid any feelings or expressions of superiority. I am wondering, though, about the example you gave of the word game. I love word games and It is common to hear someone say: "Oh, I don't know if you guys are going to be able to get this." I think it often means that it is a difficult word for the clue-giver and they are doubtful about whether they can come up with good clues. Of course, I wasn't there and did not see facial expressions or body language. I do think it is beneficial to give people the benefit of a doubt regarding their intent. I know there are times when I have made comments and realized later that I may have given a false impression of what I really meant. Perhaps, along with avoiding pride, we can also be charitable about how we interpret what is being said.

BrookeFebruary 10, 2022

Beautiful description. They are a special group!

GemmaFebruary 10, 2022

I agree completely. Get outta there.

LexaGraemeFebruary 9, 2022

This is funny, adorable and oh-so-believable. Thank you!

Curtis RasmussenFebruary 9, 2022

Beautiful. Thank you for bringing to light such heart-warming and refreshing insights. I could feel the love and faith of the Queen who knew there was real Power in the Priesthood. (And now I have the theme of Hawaii 5-0 playing in the back of my head!)

Nerita Flake PetersonFebruary 9, 2022

I enjoyed you humble and honest perspective

F. SidneyFebruary 9, 2022

Great article, and I totally agree too. As a therapist I once worked with a teen girl who felt unhappy as a girl, did internet searches and came out with the grand idea that she must be Lesbian. She then met up with highly motivated school people who convinced her she is actually trans. She started to constrict her breasts and wanted people to address her using all those fancy pronouns. Her mum asked if I could help her gain clarity. During the session it turned out that since she was young, this girl had family issues that resulted in her losing confidence, and at school she had repeatedly been told not to run, be loud, jump, and to make noises in the bus to school 'because she is a GIRL and only boys CAN do these things'. She had built the false belief that only by being a boy she would be free to be energetic.... And yet she was super depressed as a trans. Once the session was over she was starting to put thing together...I will say no more but may we open out eyes to what the movement is doing to our precious children. We need to let them be children.

DorrieFebruary 8, 2022

How grateful I am to have not grown up in this generation! Since I'm pushing 90, I was able to be what they called a "tomboy" I played football with the neighborhood boys, climbed trees and used my dolls for target practice. I never identified myself as a boy, I just thought they had more fun. I still do but managed to fall in love, get married at 17, bear 4 sons and enjoy playing football and climbing trees with them.

Jacki HunlowFebruary 8, 2022

Thank you for this well written fact filled article. I am sharing it far and wide!

JFebruary 8, 2022

I appreciate your approach to this topic, it's so terrible to see that medicine and even the truth has become politicized. I'm saddened that many physicians no longer take their oath seriously. No doctor would go along with the delusions experienced by a patient with schizophrenia, yet everyone should go along with a delusion a child is experiencing that is most certainly related to a mental illness? It just doesn't make sense, nor is it healthy for that to happen. It's the ultimate act of arguing against reality.

James ScottFebruary 8, 2022

A most remarkable treatise on the publishing of the Book of Abraham. It appears from the text that Wilford Woodruff carved the woodcuts of the facsimiles under the Prophet’s tutelage. As a teenager I wondered at the facsimiles and how they were reproduced for publishing. I wonder today if these wood blocks are in possession of the Church of Jesus Christ or if any of the printers prep pages are still extant?

Rita in TexasFebruary 8, 2022

My 7th great grandfather, Pauline Weaver, would have known James Ferguson very well. He was hired in Santa Fe to be the Battalion's guide to the West Coast. Not a member of the Church, Pauline left his wife and young daughters to take the "Mormons" to California, then stayed there to build a new life in Sacramento. He never came back to Santa Fe.

K. Chin, Modesto, CA North StakeFebruary 8, 2022

Thank you for your article! I am very glad for the new Emotional Resilience course that is now available through the Self-Reliance program. (Talk about an “inspiration” to develop this!) My YSA sons are just finishing their 10-week course in our stake.They have appreciated it, felt it is useful, and have gladly looked forward to their weekly group meetings! It has helped them, each, overcome some emotional hurdles and hesitations to serving missions. (They both received their mission calls last week!) Their group facilitator has been wonderful! I am looking forward to joining a new Emotional Resilience group at our stake’s next Self-Reliance kickoff meeting on March 6th. I’ve often wondered if the scriptural predictions of “…men’s hearts [failing] them…” in the last days is more about various mental and emotional challenges and illness—now facing millions of people on earth—rather than actual heart diseases? (Of course, many skilled and brilliant doctors surgeons, scientists…have made huge strides in the treatment of heart diseases and malfunctions—President Nelson included!) Perhaps, the latter day “failing hearts” are due to the complexities and emotional toll of our modern lives, and Satan’s overwhelming attack on individuals by attacking families? Without an understanding that comes from the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ (and sometimes even with it) our hearts can metaphorically “fail” as things get worse before our Savior Jesus Christ returns to earth. Again, thank you for your very timely article—and especially for the resources and “helps” you include!

KathleenFebruary 8, 2022

Clever and affective.

H PelessFebruary 7, 2022

I'm not sure why you claim women never sit in ward councils. In every ward I've served in, women have sat in council, led the important discussions, and often took lead in solving problems. I can't imagine I've been that lucky to be in unique wards. There is no way, I as a man, can do all the Lord's work without the compassion and empathy and sheer abilities of the women I am called to serve with and around. I gr up i n home were Mother was truly a Help Meet for Father and was every bit as important in our wards. Her example and service have been proof women are a vital component to everything we do as a Church. You sisters have more power than you realize, and more Christ-like attributes than most men could hope to gain. I doubt my experiences are unique, or that I've been in perfect wards. The contrary, many of the wards I've been in are small, struggling, and full of single mothers or only the woman is a member families. These women have been rock stars of service and leadership.

Jo Ann OkelberryFebruary 7, 2022

Thank you for this article. I just wish I were younger and could do more to persuade others that we are all children of God and should be treated as such. I think these medical and mental things that are done to children are a form of child abuse.

MaryannFebruary 7, 2022

It is truly a tragedy that this poor woman has endured abuse for the entire 20 years of her marriage. Her husband's abuse also extends to emotional adultery for their entire marriage. Yes, this woman needs counselling, but she also needs to go to a lawyer TODAY and find out what her rights are, and how to secure them. Then she needs to move out before the abuse escalates. She may have to stay with family or friends before she can live on her own, but this is an extreme case, and requires extreme measures. Since the husband has demonstrated for 20 years that he cares nothing for his wife's feelings, it is highly unlikely that he is going to change. It sounds like he has been physically abusive, so she also needs to file for a restraining order when she moves out. I hope she will find the strength and courage to take these needed actions. There is a better life waiting for her when she frees herself from her husband, gets counselling to heal her low self-esteem, and begins a new life. This situation needs to be taken seriously.

Harold RustFebruary 7, 2022

Thank you for your insight, for your very respectful approach, for your clear delineation of what is truth and what is a dangerous lie. I appreciate you reminded all of us to be respectful and supportive of transexuals while standing up to the movement pushing young people toward a very dangerous and bitter path.

Harold RustFebruary 7, 2022

Incredible and so genuine! His first letter is just 35 days after the Bear rebellion in Sonoma and two weeks before the Brooklyn arrived with 240 Saints into Yerba Buena (6 months later it became San Francisco). His vision of what was really the purpose of the Mormon Battalion is clearly laid out at this very early date. This one letter explains more that dozens of articles I've read about really were expectations for the Battalion. Thanks for an original artifact with real context.

SQJFebruary 7, 2022

Thanks you thank you thank you!!!. This will get the conversation going in LDS circles. LDS people are too scared to talk about this. It needs to be exposed so that people can get APPROPRIATE support and help and not affirmation. Keep talking!!

Annette BEllFebruary 7, 2022

Thank you for publishing this informative article

Robert StarlingFebruary 7, 2022

Beautiful Joni, just beautiful! I love your enthusiasm about sharing the gospel. Indeed, there is nothing more exciting or satisfying that we can do than participate in the glorious gathering of israel.

Sherry BrownFebruary 7, 2022

James Ferguson is my husband's 2nd great-grandfather. James had 4 wives total. Jane ended up being his 3rd wife (and rumored to be his favorite). My husband's grandmother was James' first wife Lucy, who he married in San Francisco in 1847. They had 7 children. He married Margaretta in 1849 (divorced in 1852, 0 children). He and Jane were married in 1851 in Salt Lake (5 children), and he married Phyllis in 1857 in SLC (2 children).

Paul EbbsFebruary 7, 2022

Every single point being advanced by this BLM action are what we were warned about in the Proclamation Of the Family. The tearing down enduring institutions has become commonplace in today’s wold. “ For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers having, having itchy ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.”

Louise smithFebruary 6, 2022

Do not purchase anything from a company that contributes to BLM.

Tammy LindstromFebruary 6, 2022

Loved this, especially the references you used that are from Middle East tradition, Jewish & Muslim. I learned a lot. Thank you.

Tony and Jeanette Ford, Nottingham EnglandFebruary 6, 2022

Every week we come home from church and listen to, and talk about, your podcast. It has become a part of our Sabbath day and we are so grateful for it. Thank you.

DJFebruary 5, 2022

Thanks for your wonderful insights on the interrelatedness of the 3 books of scripture. I have printed your article to refer to again in my future studies.

Romney BiddulphFebruary 4, 2022

Sacred clothing from New Testament times were different, but related to that mentioned in the Old Testament:

Dallas EricksonFebruary 4, 2022

The fact that our youth are addicted to social media and that so much of it is evil makes me think we are worse off than they were in the time of Noah when their thoughts were evil continually. The availability of media, especially for our youth, concerns me and makes me feel the Lord's return is near. Come Thou Oh King of Kings!!

Kay HamiltonFebruary 4, 2022

I absolutely agree that the goal is Heavenly Parents. However, when we have been running a car with only half the wheels, we need the other set of wheels in order to work optimally. It is not affirmative action to fully embrace holistic doctrine.

Reese JohnsonFebruary 4, 2022

The Old Testament does NOT exaggerate its numbers! It is true that some numbers are symbolic, but there is no evidence of exaggeration! None whatsoever. I noticed that the author failed to mention several others on the matter of the ages of the patriarchs, including Josephus, Elder Bruce R. McConkie, and several Protestant scholars.

Corey D.February 4, 2022

I understand what is trying to be said here and it's interesting and I know the author is attempting to show how faith and science can be reconciled in this instance to help those who might be struggling with this or other potential dichotomies in the scriptures particularly the Old Testament but we never should forget that God has all power, confounding the languages all at once while appearing unbelievable or even unreasonable to us is completely possible to God.

Douglas EideFebruary 3, 2022

I thought the article was well thought out and reasoned, but has any Apostle ever hinted that the numbers in the Bible were exaggeration for effect?

Corey DinsdaleFebruary 3, 2022

It's all part of "calling good evil and evil good". One of Satan's tools is semantics, pro-abortion became pro-choice or the newest version, " reproductive freedom". Pornography became adult material, gay marriage became marriage equality and many more examples, all of the latter terms have a much nicer sound or appeal than the former descriptions. Just like Euthanasia now usually referred to as Death with Dignity.

Erik HansenFebruary 3, 2022

Thanks--Well studied and of course there are all kinds of hidden secrets in the history, culture and language of ancient writings that quick reading never tell. So there are those who try to protect the idea that they get the all meanings immediately and it's all literal, etc. Or the people who really don't read but listen to others and modern cultural interpretations. BUT trying to disprove Old Testament dates, events and characters like this is biased to making it comfortable for everyone... easy to explain to modern people. There is no reason we need to grasp at straws to be apologetic for studying and believing in a kind of world that was much different. We also have to feast on modern man's science and spit out certain theories to make some things work out.

HalFebruary 3, 2022

Wow! Loved this article - it was just what I needed today.

RandyFebruary 3, 2022

Another excellent perspective article!

Michele JuniorFebruary 3, 2022

I loved this comment/article so much. As a 76-year-old woman I sometimes feel frustrated that I have such a difficult time to stay awake during the session. But, I’ve worked hard to stay awake also. I have hadConfirmation that it is important for me to be there and that my relatives appreciative of the effort. Thank you so much!

Doris CrockettFebruary 3, 2022

You have made very many good points. Thank you for keeping us aware of what we should be doing. It isn't going to let up for quite a while.

KenFebruary 3, 2022

If the shedding of blood is death, what does the body represent?

HalFebruary 3, 2022

Thank you for this kind, but direct, response to an issue that keeps coming up despite counsel from inspired leaders that the doctrine of eternal marriage between a man and a woman will never change. As mentioned in the article, I was always taught that the Priesthood would eventually be available to every worthy male. I rejoiced when on my mission, we received word that this blessed day had arrived. In contrast, I have never been taught that marriage would ever divert from the divine union of a man and a woman in the House of the Lord by the appropriate authority. True happiness lies in embracing the truth.

HalFebruary 3, 2022

I also love reading the Old Testament. The symbolism, imagery, and the powerful prophecies touch me every day - especially when I see those prophecies being fulfilled. For example, Isaiah warned against the prevailing trend of today of finding fault with someone for making an innocent comment that can be twisted out of context. "That make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn aside the just for a thing of nought." (Isaiah 29:21). Or Isaiah 5:20 - "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" There are score of examples of this every day. The Old Testament is full of sound doctrinal advice to help us detect and avoid evil and prepare for the Coming of the Savior.

HMCFebruary 2, 2022

there is no such thing as "the" Ukraine ... it's just "Ukraine"

Bonnie M.February 2, 2022

Thank you so much for this. My husband and I have been talking about this as we have seen more and more empty shelves. We have a lot stored but are interested in investigating and implementing your suggestions.

DaveFebruary 2, 2022

How long before we stop this group!!

Jo Ellen NymanFebruary 2, 2022

Considering the Church stand on marriage, the Family Proclamation, and our understanding of our Father's plan--has anyone entertained the possibility that same gender attraction is only a mortal phenomenon?

JFebruary 1, 2022

This is such a difficult subject to navigate because there are so many feelings involved, but one thing that I see that is not always acknowledged is the very likely possibility that the feelings of same sex romantic attraction is a condition of mortality and that those feelings may not continue on in a perfected body when we are no longer living in a fallen world.

MusicFebruary 1, 2022

You have proved that goal setting is what everyone needs to succeed in this life. Thank you for your outstanding achievements not only in soccer but also for our love for the Savior, Jesus Christ so we may return to live with him someday.

Sandy DildineJanuary 31, 2022

It is possible, even essential that there are real facts in the Old Testament along with the rich symbolism. There has to be a real framework for the symbolism to rest on. The symbolic numbers of multiples of 12 and 40 etc., can be true as well as the prophets of old actually living longer before the flood than after it. Not all numbers are symbolic in the scriptures. Jacob did really have 12 sons; they were named. I have been taught that God was giving the people before the flood time to repent. Also, that the earth was baptized and that would necessitate a full immersion. I don't think it is necessary to have all symbolism or no symbolism.

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 31, 2022

This was really interesting and informative. I do like the idea of the Hawaiians buying grain from the Egyptians. I love your humor.

BoBJanuary 31, 2022

Thank you Jeffrey. I have loved 1 and 2 Enoch, and since reading your articles, I have loved learning about Manichaeism. The religion itself reminds me of an apocryphal book; there are wonderful gems inside as well as interpolations. I see them as an attempt to stitch back together isolated truths that had been scattered. Now, Mani was not the prophet of the restoration, and I believe that some of his assumptions or premises are definitely incorrect, but watching him/them attempting to patch back together what had been scattered is very interesting. Obviously they were able to preserve some pearls that otherwise had been vaguely remembered but discarded.

rex infangerJanuary 31, 2022

I am kind of wondering if the earth was baptized at the time of the flood seems like that interpretation would have to be literal. Plus it is hard to get an ark from the new world to the old world if you don't have a literal flood.

Katrina DonaheyJanuary 31, 2022

Thank you so much for this article. I learned a lot and appreciate the insights shared. It was super helpful in expanding my understanding of the importance of contextual, historical, and cultural understanding as we read the Old Testament. Well written, well supported article. THANK YOU!

LexaGraemeJanuary 31, 2022

Thank you, Dr. Peterson. I am happy to say that I am a Latter-day Saint that has loved the Old Testament from my high school seminary days, and continue to love it more and more as I continue to study and teach it. You have laid forth points that I never consciously thought of, but truly appreciate now that I have.

Michael ScrimsherJanuary 31, 2022

For the flooded house scenario, all that stress and damage and hassle could have been 100% avoided if the home owner had turned off the main incoming water supply whenever they leave the home for a vacation or extended time. Any wise home owner does this to simply and easily avoid the exact scenario that you described. Most homeowners insurance companies encourage a wise homeowner to do this as it saves both parties a big hassle if pipes freeze, burst, or etc.

LexaGraemeJanuary 31, 2022

Thank you for this! It goes along with another article posted on Meridian; the Bible was not written for our day, and we have to understand where the writers were coming from in order to understand it completely. When I teach Isaiah, for example, I will be sharing with them the different styles of poetry used at the time. Explaining numbers and their significance is the same.

Lisa CroftJanuary 31, 2022

If there are huge losses and the insurance company says you don’t have coverage, I recommend a consultation with a lawyer experienced in such cases. Sometimes state law supersedes the terms of the policy. Also, the insurance company has a duty to explain the coverage options. What the insurance company says, isn’t always the end of the story.

craigJanuary 31, 2022

Thank You! More people need to understand scripture better, and that means knowing that the people of A.N.E. didn't see the world as we do. Much of scripture is symbolism or allegory, not the simple recording of facts.

Jeanne GuinnJanuary 31, 2022

OH WOW! Amen.Very well put.There has to be enough of us to see the missile in order to save this country.

Lexie StatonJanuary 31, 2022

Thank you Carolyn for your article! The information was helpful as were the real life examples. I'll be passing this along to my grown kids.

Oakley EatonJanuary 31, 2022

Thanks for sharing this valuable information. We experienced a flood in our home when the water source to the frig ice maker broke and flooded the kitchen, dining, family room and most of the basement. We have USAA insurance and carpet and sheet rock were replaced mostly, but upstairs they only dried the carpet. There was a mold smell downstairs for a couple of years after. I’m definitely going to review our coverage. Luckily we only paid a $500 deductible, but I will be more assertive if there’s ever a next time.

BryanJanuary 31, 2022

Thanks for sharing! I didn't know of that cultural aspect of numerical exaggeration. I'll be interested to find out, when not limited by mortal misunderstanding, what really happened with a lot of the seeming inconsistencies. I like to point out that the Hebrew "yom" may be interpreted as "day" or "time." Some think that the Creation consisted of 7 24-hour periods. I think that view doesn't take into account that the Creation narrative itself talks about the invention of the 24-hour day, which doesn't happen at the beginning, and that "yom" doesn't have to mean "day."

Debrah RoundyJanuary 30, 2022

That snowballed Bishop was delightful!

Debra M.January 30, 2022

I love your articles, and the quotes from Camilla Kimbell and Patricia Holland! You are such a breath of fresh air for me, and also you bring such comfort and assurance about our Heavenly Mother.

Corey DinsdaleJanuary 30, 2022

One of my Pandemic discoveries is Meridian Magazine online and in particular your stories, the first of which I read several months back and now have been going back through the archives of your stories. They gladden my heart and cheer me up. This story in particular made me smile and reminds me of a lot of similar stories, little kids are great, especially grandkids, wished I could have seen more humor when my own kids were little. Thanks for your stories, you are what I would call the spiritual Patrick McManus or the LDS version of Robert Fulghum.

Corey DinsdaleJanuary 30, 2022

First a comment about why longevity changed after flood, my wife will say "environmental contaminates", I say mold and mildew which introduced disease, but that's conjecture. Secondly your comment in the heading for today's discussion about increasing wickedness and are we recognizing it or not. Years ago a co-worker who was retired military went to a lecture that was giving by a former POW from Vietnam, he had been shot down in the early days of Vietnam and was in captivity longer than almost any other, I believe he was also a member of the church. My co-worker shared the following, he said after the lecture he and several others who had all been to Vietnam went up to talk to this guy, he looked at the group and said, " I'm going to share something that I think this group will understand, I'm a modern day version of Rip Van Winkel". He then explained what he meant, he said that he was basically cut off from the world for 10 yrs, knew nothing about what was going on in society. He said he had been back in the States about a week and decided to turn the TV on, said he was shocked by what he saw and heard and what was being allowed on TV and said "and you all don't even realize the change because it's all been gradual for you but for me it's all at once and I can recognize it". Pretty strong and telling statement.

CindyJanuary 29, 2022

Since when does the "Government" produce anything of quality????

Helen KlannJanuary 29, 2022

This story (or parable) is profound. I'm looking for a ceramic pig to paint purple and give to my grandchildren along with the story and your beautifully written article. Thank you so very much!!!! Such a timely piece.

AnnaJanuary 28, 2022

I so appreciate your efforts and words. I’m really struggling with why the church structure/policies are not making more adjustments to reflect this. Why are we still stuck in complementarianism and can’t move into egalitarianism? I am struggling with wanting to stay in a church where I don’t feel good raising my daughter here. I’m curious your thoughts on this. Thank you!

Patricia WintersJanuary 28, 2022

Thank you so much for the transcript! I would not be able to have this instruction without it!

Debrah RoundyJanuary 27, 2022


Peter vdGJanuary 27, 2022

I have always been so uncomfortable with those devices and services that take out objectionable material from movies. 1) You're supporting those who create such things; 2) You can still see their lips mouthing the words and the mind fills it in; 3) They take you to the bedroom, then cut away-where is your mind going? I say "leave it alone."

John R CarpenterJanuary 27, 2022

We teach our children a little here and there. The world teaches our children everytime they go out into it. A little here and a little there over time makes a big difference.

John R CarpenterJanuary 27, 2022

ANYTHING with Federal money attached requires such day cares to support the Federal Ageneda like teaching Critical Race Theory and other Non-Reiligious teachings. Teach a child when they are young ...

BZJanuary 27, 2022

This is all well and good. However a piece that is missing is the relationship piece. Family are not “items”. When children make choices quite inconsistent with the Gospel, this would suggest we “move on” or past that since they don’t meet our standards. While I do not agree in the least with my children’s choices- no matter that we didn’t miss an fhe or church meeting or etc etc- this is their mortality. Their time to choose. They are not inanimate objects. Let us not forgot if we choose to only be around “perfect” acting people, we miss so many opportunities to be blessed and bless others who are not so “perfect” in their actions. The Savior strode among the sinners. As we are all sinners....

Richard GrowJanuary 26, 2022

I agree that having one or both parents or possibly relatives provide child care is the ideal situation for everyone!! But some parents don’t have that luxury, either because of being single parents or because there some situations where both parents must both work part or full time. The child care in the legislation is designed to supplement the child care that parents are able to provide!!

Sharlene CorbridgeJanuary 26, 2022

The plan sounds a lot like a program to take the children away from parents to Indocement them in policies that would be harmful to society.

Kandace HardenJanuary 26, 2022

In a perfect world kids would stay home with a parent until school age. However, nearly 50% of families have only one parent- how does that work? Our economy is built on 2 working parents at this point. The Child Credit that just expired helped address this issue by giving parents a large enough tax credit that one parent could stay home - at least part time. But now that is gone and Sen Machín is afraid it encouraged people not to work. Really? Staying home with children is work! There is so much hypocrisy in the political arena that it is almost comical. Sen Romney’s plan to pay family members to care for kids is certainly one to explore. However, there are many many families out there with no extended family around them. So doesn’t having good quality child care with licensed teachers make sense for them? And let’s pay those teachers what they are worth - thus we need some subsidy from the government to cover the $1200-$1500 it costs per child in good child care. Over and over I see statistics that show a decline in the US birth rate , a decline in the LDS birth rate. Our economy is built on new workers entering the work force - we need more babies born here. Sen Lee pointed that out on the senate floor a few years ago. But the government doesn’t what to help out families as other first world countries do with financial incentives. Providing quality day care is not PUSHING kids out the door. It’s providing a safe healthy place for them to go when parents go to work.

KA MillerJanuary 25, 2022

In the many Ward Councils I have recently attended, the Women who are present dominate the dialog, and propose most of the actions to be taken. And, this has been the case for a number of years through three different Bishoprics and three different Stake Presidencies. Am I living in an unusual place?

Sasha W KwapinskiJanuary 25, 2022

One factor which helps me to better understand this matter is the fact that the LDS priesthood is a priesthood of the laity. This is rather obvious actually, but many observers seem to miss it. In most other denominations which have a Priesthood, it is a comparatively small, select body of men, who are separate and distinct from the laity by years of theological and seminary training. In our church, however, being ordained to the priesthood does not separate one out from the laity. An LDS priesthood holder is, and remains, a layman. As a single father who raised my children alone during most of their growing up years, I can testify to the importance and value of women, partly from the active welcoming, care and involvement which my children received from many of the women in my ward.

LaFonda MerrickJanuary 25, 2022

I don't know if "women are more spiritually minded than men" is true. It's really not for me to say, but I am grateful I have always known of my Father in Heaven's love for me as his daughter. As a strong female business leader, I am often asked about my "not having the priesthood" and have tried to explain many of the same reasoning in this article. Women are different, not less. Men are different, not less. We all have something to learn on earth. Great article.

Joe BrightJanuary 25, 2022

This is one of the most powerful articles I have ever read, clear, based on fact and solid reason in a great time of need. We may not have all the answers but we do have enough. We know that our heavenly father is one of absolute love. He loves his children and has an absolutely special place in his heart for his daughters, who mirror his mate, and so should we. If we as men do not embrace this fully we fall short. This is enough for me. I will do everything I can to promote this confidence and the care it instills in me for my sisters and brothers. The pain in the world is the enemy to our peace. Let us take refuge in the love of our father. Thank you!

Colleen AndersonJanuary 25, 2022

Thank you for posting this article.

Kate PhoenixJanuary 25, 2022

Excellent article! Well spoken. This has been a hot topic the past 18 years of my life as I have researched and studied what my Priestesshood means to me. I believe that this mortal life started with a woman (Eve) and will end with us women coming to the knowledge that our church culture is just that, a skewed version of personal beliefs, rather than actual the doctrine of Elohim's Priesthood (Their Priesthood).

Sandy DildineJanuary 25, 2022

This was a great article that opened my eyes to the problem that the younger generation of women has with church leadership issues. It is a product of the current culture and women's own feelings of inadequacy that take confidence to overcome. I am a female temple ordinance worker and agree that women have Priesthood Power. There is work enough to do for everyone in God's kingdom and women tend to step up and do it. Men having a different role than women is not because women aren't capable. Women have the role of nurturing and teaching and leading also in many capacities. Wanting the spotlight is very different than wanting to serve...

John R CarpenterJanuary 25, 2022

This article is something that all members of the Chruch need to read or to be aware of. I will reccomend the principles of this subject be taught in Priesthood and leadership meetings.

ClarkJanuary 25, 2022

Many years ago, we were on a cruise that included a Church group and were invited to attend their Sacrament Meeting. They had not brought any trays, but the cruise line had provided dinner plates to be used for the bread, and small paper cups to hold the water. The paper cups were obtained from the coffee bar, and were imprinted with the message "Seattle's Best Coffee." So it was memorable for more than one reason.

Carol KendallJanuary 25, 2022

Wow! I have NEVER seen this issue expressed so clearly - and from a position of faith! I have faced these concerns since my marriage in the mid-‘70s, relying solely upon my faith in the Restoration. I’m so glad my daughters and friends can be strengthened by your perspectives.

Harold RustJanuary 25, 2022

It is always helpful to be guided through the process of gaining insight into the perspectives that another individual may have regarding an experience that can look very different to them than it does to you. Thank you for that insight. As a male priesthood holder, I developed my own explanation for why men only hold priesthood keys: I simply visualized what the Church would be like if men didn't feel a special need to attend Church, to visit other members, and to stand in front of the Congregation each Sunday and administer the Sacrament: from my perspective and limited experience, the result would be a Church with women doing all the work and most of the men out enjoying a game of golf or out fishing. Women seem to be more spiritually inclined on their own while men need others expecting them to be spiritual before they rise to that full involvement. Whether my view is actually correct or not, it has always been my guide to recognize a Priesthood calling is given to me to make me a better person than I would otherwise be while women seem far more inclined to do that without being called. When my wife asks for a Priesthood blessing, it boosts my spiritual awareness so that it just might approach the level of her faith. I think she also feels that.

T. LarsenJanuary 25, 2022

This is an excellent article. I have been pondering how I can contribute to creating feelings of equality and inclusion for sisters in the church. Small ideas have come, like thanking God in public prayers for the service of relief society and other female presidencies instead of always thanking Him for the bishopric and other male leaders. Your article has given me great additional food for thought. Thank you!

Ricki GibbonsJanuary 25, 2022

This article was not just for the men. I have had difficulty understanding why some women struggle with the things this article discusses. It was “not my baby”. I intend to print this off and refer to it and study it. Thank you!

RobertJanuary 25, 2022

This is a wonderful article. My wife and I went through a somewhat similar child story, other than ours began shortly after we where married. I’m not sure if it is common as it used to be, however it became rather stressful and depressing to my wife. We would often get the question of when are you going to have children. I found it quite unsettling as when we first attended church together shortly after we began dating. Many of the comments upon introducing her, and yes, you probably guessed it had something to do with tying the knot. I’m sure many have gone through it before. “When, where, how”, or one that would really irritate me was the “Are You going to get married.” The times it was the first thing out of someone’s lips, I should of introduced her as my sister or cousin. We did get married about two and a half years later. Like I said my wife would get depressed when asked about children, especially as it was a few years before we had a child as my wife had severe endometriosis which can narrow the chance to have children for some. She struggled with her emotional mentality as the years went by trying to have another especially when her sisters or she would see others with newborns. When someone would ask about having more was even worse than before our daughter was born. It was about 14 years later when she became pregnant again. We were so happy, especially my daughter as she was excited to have a baby brother or sister. Then came the day she miscarried. It just about destroyed her. She eventually would have to have a hysterectomy to get rid of the endometriosis. Today it’s still difficult to look back sometimes, Her patriarchal blessing states she would bare and raise more children and we accept that as knowing that we still have an opportunity during the millennium to still have and raise more and hopefully get the chance to meet and be with our son. I say son as my daughter really wanted a brother and my wife, daughter, and I hold onto the faith and believe it. I realize the questions about marriage or children may not affect others as much even if that at all, however they are still questions I myself may hesitate or attempt to ask someone right off the bat or at least choose how and when is the right way or time or if it is a question that is really necessary to ask or possibly even know at all.

MaryannJanuary 24, 2022

Love your sense of humor--thank you so much for sharing it with us. A good laugh is much needed in our society today to help us put things into perspective.

MaryannJanuary 24, 2022

Oh, yes, those of us with children have all experienced moments of embarrassment, and not just on the telephone. I remember one evening when the missionaries came for dinner and my young daughter burst forth with the exclamation that the salad bowl we were serving from was our "barf bowl." Parenthood is NOT for the faint-hearted!

LexaGraemeJanuary 24, 2022

Yes, they are. Thank you.

maryJanuary 23, 2022

I am grateful to have these books exposed for parents who are trying to protect their children at such a very young and impressionable age. These books target children at a vulnerable age when they need to be free from subliminal yet powerful suggestions that lead them to believe that their sexuality is something they need to be aware of. I feel like the plan of salvation is being thwarted when we embrace teachings.

Corey D.January 23, 2022

not long after I got home from my mission many years ago, the elders quorum instructor, who was in banking, shared an interesting story, he said he had been to a conference and one of the lecturers who was not LDS made the following comment, "you Mormons have this built in way to teach your kids about money and budgeting, this tithing thing I think you call it", it was an interesting observation, usually peoples reactions to tithing, at least in my experience is negative.

James ScottJanuary 20, 2022

An illuminating treatise, congratulations on a encompassing subject. I’ve always wondered at the comment regarding the language given to Enoch that the very elements gave attention. This is the language of creation. I also enjoyed your list of 31 words never before used and can help but wonder where and what concordance you used for this research. Transgression and righteous are words used throughout the canon, how did you so discreetly divine your list?

I'm a believer!January 20, 2022

When you wrote in Oct. 2019 about the pandemic, my husband and I went out and bought more medications and a supply of food that's easily eaten for us and our four kids, to add to our large food storage. We were NOT sorry! I listen to you and take your advice on everything now!

Cynthia M. MoorheadJanuary 20, 2022

In Dr. Parry's article he says there was no baptism for the dead in the ancient temple. But the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29 (a verse we often quote to investigators), he makes it clear that baptism for the dead was not something new--he expected the Corinthians to be familiar with it. Did baptism for the dead then start immediately after the Lord's death and resurrection? We know the ancient Jews were familiar with baptism -- when John the Baptist was baptizing in the Jordan, they all knew and understood what baptism was. Did the early Christians baptize for the dead, perhaps outside the temple?

Michele NoelJanuary 20, 2022

Clarity, yet again! Thank you Vivian!

Christine BerryJanuary 19, 2022

The UK might have problems with waiting lists for planned surgeries but are well known for their excellent emergency care. Sometimes anecdotal accounts can screw reality.

Harrison Bryant.January 19, 2022

I have heard information like this before. Never has it meant so much to me as now. And mg heavenly father takes time out to listen and help me on my needs. I cant just love him now. The is the most wonderful father I have ever known

Kristen OpenshawJanuary 19, 2022

Satire, yes, but thank goodness he and his wife are both "double vaxxed." I wouldn't feel safe reading this otherwise.

LolaJanuary 19, 2022

If you don't like the books, don't read them to your kids. And in the meantime get to know people with gender dysphagia and educate yourselves (for example there is not just xx and xy).

Amanda PerkinsJanuary 19, 2022

I'd say to these moms...then don't read these books to your kids. It's wonderful to have these books for kids that are transgender. They need to feel accepted and acknowledged. And if you have a family member or neighbor where this is the case, then these books can help teach so there is compassion, kindness and understanding.

Robert van BruggenJanuary 19, 2022

I agree with much of your article about socialism and communism. The way farmers and other business receive assistance in the US from the government it appears we are well on our way to a socialist society. There are two areas where a social system benefits all of society, that is education and health. A well educated nation will be a successful nation. And regarding health care Mr Stoddard, please take some time to read up on US vs, Canadian health care. You will find many similarities and many differences. Do not overlook the fact that Canadians do have a longer life expectancy than US citizens. While it is true that there are wait times for some non essential procedures, Heath Care in Canada is available to all and no one has ever lost their home or had a bankruptcy due to medical debt. Nor have Canadians ever had to borrow money from relatives to pay medical debt. When health care is available to everyone regardless of their income, the US will likely be a healthier nation. It may be that US health care corporations and doctors raking in billions of dollars are resisting a change to universal health care system for all,thereby neglecting the poor and middle income earners. The US health care system is sick and only works well for the wealthy and those with employment that will cover their health care insurance.

Bob LJanuary 19, 2022

Brilliant! Our first natural reaction to the Tribune suggestions is disbelief and anger, but responding with satire and ridicule is much more effective. Nothing infuriates totalitarians like being laughed at and their ideas ridiculed, and the Tribune deserves that label. Bravo!

Diane QuustJanuary 19, 2022

I’m excited to study the OT. - to get the big picture of the Twelve Tribes etc. it’s our beginnings. It’s where we come from.

E M RedelfsJanuary 19, 2022

Thank you for this magnificent and faith promoting perspective, once again I stand all amazed at the majesty of our God!

Thomas Y Jesus TomenyJanuary 19, 2022

What an inspiring article, to put forth all of our motivators so succinctly. Thank you!

KathleenJanuary 19, 2022

MARVELOUS! If there is a way to bring forth this message of truth OUR missionaries can and will DO IT!!

MaryannJanuary 18, 2022

The voter fraud taking place in our nation is outrageous and I am deeply disappointed that the government has been so slow to take drastic measures to put a stop to it. It is not good for the morale of a nation to feel their vote doesn't matter when it is so easy for fraud to take place. I agree with requiring a picture, but sometimes people don't look much like their pictures (if I really look like my driver's license picture, I may have to kill myself!) I think everyone should be required to be fingerprinted and their fingerprints should be scanned before they vote and then marked with indelible ink. And, for heaven's sake, abolish absentee voting, except for the military and disqualify all votes that are late. It saddens me to have to say this--it seems like common sense to me, but NO ONE who is not a legal American citizen should be allowed to vote under ANY circumstances.

MaryannJanuary 18, 2022

Thank you so much for some much needed humor on a touchy subject. Although, like you, I had both vaccines, I certainly do not condone suggestions that we persecute or shame people who choose not to be vaccinated. These diseases are very tricky--I know that people who have been vaccinated still get the disease. The other mystery is that vaccinated members of the same household get it, and other family members living with them do not. This happened in my own family, as well as countless others. I believe it is wise to be vaccinated and, if you can't maintain a safe distance, to wear a mask. But, I sometimes wonder if you're going to get it, you are going to get if, and if you're not, you're not. There doesn't seem to be any logic, but better to be safe, than sorry.

Sylvia MilnerJanuary 18, 2022

Anne, I remember your mother telling me of an experience she had in researching her family. Your mother had spent the day researching and felt like she had completed a family for sealing. When she went to bed that night, your mother could not sleep. The mother of the family she had researched was not content and happy. Your mother finally got up and reviewed her research work. She found an infant daughter that she had overlooked. Your mother added the baby girl to the family record for sealing to the family. When your mother finally retired in the wee hours, she felt the mother's joy and peace that her whole family would be together.

DAVID GIANFREDIJanuary 18, 2022

Rachel, with this video sharing your life view, you are fulfilling just one of the many reasons why you came here to be with us. You are a beacon of light to those still in darkness. Much Love

FrankJanuary 18, 2022

I am not in the health profession. I can fix an engine; I can build one. But my judgement of heath affairs is small. I trust Pr. Nelson not as a doctor, but as a prophet. If he set an example for us of being vaccinated, it should be because Heavenly Father told him to do so. If he set such an example without being commanded of God, then on his head be the responsibility for those of us who followed him, being likewise vaccinated and then contracted COVID. My wife and I both have had it since obeying that example. I am sure that there is a reason that we will understand at some point. In the meantime, I just scratch my head and keep following.

MelJanuary 18, 2022

I blame ignorant people for the article. Perhaps living in an actual totalitarian country would be a good “re-education” experience.

Gary LawrenceJanuary 18, 2022

Well done, Jeff. Just the right touch of ridicule.

RichardJanuary 18, 2022

Excellent article and discussion. I couldn't agree with you more concerning the need to be "transparent with our assumptions" regardless of which side of the discussion and theory of thought they may fall. Thank you!

Phil MacLennanJanuary 18, 2022

Two points I would add that may influence the widespread acceptance of the notion that vax is the right thing to do is that firstly, when you have many people with a wide variety of opinions, rigorously debating, there can be a need felt to finally arrive at plan of action, otherwise there is endless analysis paralysis, which can be tiring and costly. Perhaps the vaccine is strongly pushed, because it allows us to think we are finally doing something to control or fight back and reduce risk in response to a raging pandemic, and after all, it vax does no harm. (or so we are told) Also, out of empathy for the front line health care workers and not wanting to contribute to their burden if we become hospitalized. Secondly, there was a recent gen conf quote (that I couldn't find) that said something to the effect that the doctrine is proclaimed by the unanimous voice of the Brethren, and not from any one particular statement from one single individual. Perhaps we follow this line of reasoning, and feel more comfortable doing so, when accepting professional advice from a wide range of experts, such as with accepting the COVID vaccine.

Richard TarinelliJanuary 17, 2022

Thank you for an astounding peek into our most astounding physical realities. Most impressive is the manner that these facts do not intimidate our personal realm, but supports discipleship and faith in God's love.

Katrina DonaheyJanuary 17, 2022

Becky Douglas, I love you. From India to Idaho (where I live), you are about the business of blessing lives. God be thanked for you! Like you, I have discovered the transforming power of gratitude. My life is so much sweeter and so much more meaningful because of choosing daily gratitude. Thank you dear sister in Christ for another beautiful article.

Margaret BourneJanuary 17, 2022

We have a copy of Joseph Smith's Translation of Genesis 5:5 relating to the death of Adam and it doesn't vary with the King James Version "And all the days that Adam lived were 930 years and he died." See also Moses 6:12. Can you give us any reference to this revelation that says he died at 1000 years old please?

Katrina DonaheyJanuary 17, 2022

Another winner, Jacob! Your points are powerful. Collectively, we are not well positioned. Oh Father, please help us!

BillJanuary 17, 2022

A great way to teach kids about money is check it out, it really works.

DianeJanuary 17, 2022

You are beautiful and an inspiration to all women. What a great response! I can't begin to imagine why someone would say anything different or to hurt another person. No one deserves that. Thank you for your beautiful insight, your humility and gratitude.

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 17, 2022

I enjoyed reading this, but I felt a bit overwhelmed. I have trouble just keeping up with my own family. I cannot even visualize keeping up with billions of people, of stars, of planets, and eternities.

KatJanuary 17, 2022

I love this podcast! Such a wealth of information and insight. I wanted to read the articles that were mentioned in the podcast but when I read the transcripts I wish that the articles were linked so that I could just click on them and read them to continue my learning. If that is possible it would save lots of time copying and pasting to try and find the articles mentioned. Thanks for all the work you put into this!

Dan ShewellJanuary 17, 2022

Thank you! What marvelous insights on many levels! I see this malfunction in our national discourse as just another example of the subtlety employed by Satan to subvert, deceive and distract us into ignoring what the real questions need to be and the direction in which the real answers might be found.

Anne PrattJanuary 17, 2022

Oh yes!, It is wonderful- to be everything- to Him... Beautiful reminder of who we are and who He is!

ChrisJanuary 17, 2022

Great article Jacob. You don't have to be a conspiracy theorist to see what's been happening in this country in science, healthcare, and only have to be logical. But very few people are. It continues to be amazing how fear can drive most of an entire society to abandon many of our core values and principles...simply asking honest questions is no longer allowed. Both crazy and scary...

ChrisJanuary 17, 2022

Great article...and so true! I read an article a couple of weeks ago about a massive explosion the Hubble telescope recorded that was 57 million light years away. That's mind blowing! Traveling at the speed of light we could see that "happen" 57 million years later. God's creations are unexplainable to us...

M SmithJanuary 17, 2022

Thank you! That is all many of us are asking for. Please just listen to and hear both sides. Stop the censoring. Listen to our fears of losing our freedoms. Listen to doctors and scientists on both sides of the issues. Allow discussion so that it doesn't have to divide us but can help us to find solutions. The Savior's return is nigh. Don't let this destroy testimonies. God bless all!

Mary SchmittJanuary 17, 2022


Theodore BrandleyJanuary 17, 2022

When a political or financial agenda is the primary concern, truth is usually irrelevant or detrimental. Ten days after receiving the second Pfizer COVID shot, I was hit with debilitating Rheumatoid Arthritis, which continues 11 months later. Recently I asked my Rheumatologist if I should take a booster shot? He went over the pros and cons and then said, “That would have to be your decision.” If my doctor cannot advise me whether to take the vaccine how can the government presume to know what is best for me?

Albert SchindlerJanuary 17, 2022

What a wonderful and inspiring article! I have had three so-called Near-death experiences and during my experiences have witnessed many of the things you mention in this article. Yes, stand in awe — not worship: but in total, tear-inducing, speechless wonder at Creation!

Harold RustJanuary 17, 2022

A very awe-inspiring vision of the majesty of our Father in Heaven and of the infinite depth of what there is yet to learn about life and God's creations! This life is but step one in preparing us to be able to comprehend God's wonders; it will be step two to begin the creation process ourselves. Most of us are simply unaware of this potential as we wander from day to day. Thanks for nudging us from our sleep.

Janna MorrellJanuary 17, 2022

Such a beautiful and awe-inspiring article! Thank you!!

JeffJanuary 17, 2022

Fabulous read! My mind is blown! Just once again humbles me and here I sit “All Amazed” !! Thank you!

Almandos Aristides IRIGOYENJanuary 17, 2022

I read the book Visions of Glory. I think it is amazing. To have an open mind is essential. Do not forget the testimonies at the end of the book referred to similar events. I am not afraid of new perspectives, I want them and I did not find anything that offend me. 100 points to this book

Mary TarbetJanuary 17, 2022

Thank you a trillion times ! Thank you for this amazing perspective to strengthen my knowledge and understanding. Wow!

DennisJanuary 16, 2022

I am one of them who was COVID free until I received the vaccine. I consider myself healthy, with good eating habits and regular exercise. I avoided the vaccine until we were urged to get it. I am not going through a faith crisis because of it, but I discovered for myself that the vaccine was not the answer for me. I beat the sickness with ivermectin and prayer. I only wish we can listen to the voices of dissent without judgment.

Karla MenhennetJanuary 16, 2022

Thank you for sharing. My Mother had dementia for 5 years and it taught me so much. She endured terrible abuse as a child and I firmly believe that affected her deeply during her life. I put her on a natural drink called memory matrix and it helped her, but soon, I could no longer get it. The nurses were amazed how much it helped. I pray a cure can be found!

Corey D.January 16, 2022

I just now I'm seeing this story/video, it's the 16th of Jan and my immediate answer to this question is, yes ! I doubted that at one time or questioned how it could happen here in America but the last couple of years has changed my view and understanding but if there is any doubt in anybody's mind about the possibility, what has happened the last few years with covid especially in liberal run areas should erase that doubt and all doubt should be erased with what the Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board just published today or yesterday. Trump doesn't worry me (I do hope someone else is the candidate though), the Jan 6th so-called riot doesn't worry me, a lot of things that are in the news don't worry me, what worries me is that there are people like the Tribune editorial board and people who think like they do.

Corey D.January 16, 2022

I served as the Branch President when the George Whalen Veterans home was first opened here in my area. During one of my monthly interviews with the stake president he once asked, "I hear you say when asked that it's a wonderful calling and experience, what makes it so great " ? I replied "because there is such a spirit of gratitude there, the veterans are grateful, their families thank us, the youth and their leaders who come to do Sacrament Meeting thank us, I've even had some of the staff thank us for what we do and they are the ones who should be thanked, those who work in those facilities are underpaid and underappreciated". Never met anyone who had a true deep testimony of the gospel and also wasn't a grateful person.

Linda CovellJanuary 15, 2022

Thank you for standing up in a Christlike manner. We all need to be kind to others & to ourselves.

Karla MenhennetJanuary 15, 2022

You are beautiful inside and out! Kindness is so easy and does so much for the giver and receiver. Thank you so much for showing us the way. May Every blessing be yours!

PaulineJanuary 14, 2022

What do you think of using Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication techniques or strategy for overcoming walls?

Kathy BlosilJanuary 14, 2022

This is an absolutely inspiring life story. A friend of mine who served with President Poecker sent me the link to this article. These stories will long remain a source of faith for me. FYI...Walter Kindt's FamilySearch profile includes his personal history broken down into chapters.

Tanya NeiderJanuary 14, 2022

Thank you, Matt! I am working on those dispelling fear and seeking truth. I appreciate your insights.

Fiona RogersJanuary 14, 2022

Whoever made that comment about you should be so lucky to be as beautiful as you. Unfortunately for them it would only be in the outside ! May you live to be as old as can be and continue to share your beauty inside and out .

KathleenJanuary 13, 2022

Your stories continue to inspire me. I have put into motion my mother's work, who passed away a year ago. (Baptism/Confirmation in Seattle Temple last weekend, our son baptizing one of our daughters, and tonight I did the initiatory work in Pocatello Temple. It will all be complete, shortly. What a joy to participate in this great work.

Margaret Y. DyalJanuary 13, 2022

I can't wait to get my copies of this great book. I saw some of the pages and I am so impressed with it. Hope that it hurries to my home.

Gwen LeglerJanuary 13, 2022

You have astounding wisdom and insight as a result of what you have experienced. I hope many women read or hear what you had to say, then they will accept others for who they really are!

Marilyn JackmanJanuary 13, 2022

Absolutely not! How can an ordinary citizen help with this effort?

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 13, 2022

It is hard to believe that someone would write something so cruel to another child of God, but she handled it beautifully and in a Christ-like way. The world seems to have forgotten how to be nice and kind and sweet and gentle. There is so much body-shaming in today's society. We need to love ourselves even if our bodies aren't perfect.

jJanuary 13, 2022

You're beautiful! Thank you for being okay with who you are and not bending to worldly ways! Shame on the person who said that.

Diana BinghamJanuary 13, 2022

You are a rock star and amazing. If only; if only we could all love ourselves the way we should; the way God does and they way He commanded. Bless you.

D. HillJanuary 13, 2022

Thank you Rachel for your personal story of triumph over self. You are a shining beacon to women everywhere to love and accept themselves for the beauty and light God has given them. Thank you for showing what a good husband, father and help-meet can be. We all need to encourage, lift, and inspire each other and remember we are made in our Heavenly Parents image and have inherited their characteristics.

Travus AllenJanuary 13, 2022

She is a great person with a great message. I will try to be a better man.

Jan H NielsenJanuary 13, 2022

Amen and hallelujah! Thank you for the wise and true words.

KathieJanuary 13, 2022

What a beautiful story of courage, faith, truth and wisdom. And what a beautiful daughter of Our heavenly Father you are. I am 75 and have felt like a misfit my entire life, having been bullied from Kindergarten all through high school just because I was painfully shy. Thank you for helping women see what really matters. What a great example.

Priscilla OwenJanuary 13, 2022

Fabulous...well done you. You are inspirational, an absolute gatherer.... thank you.

Jeff JohnsonJanuary 13, 2022

What a beautiful and intelligent young lady! God had a unique “recipe” when he made you! Thank you and your husband!

Susan LeggieriJanuary 13, 2022

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing your story, your words of wisdom, and your example! I believe you are blessing many lives in what you are doing. You are as beautiful as they come, inside and out. Keep being “that person”!

Scott BevanJanuary 13, 2022

What a powerful response! You are exemplary with beauty inside and out. Thank you for sharing.

StaceyJanuary 13, 2022

Love, Love, Love her!!! Thank you for being real! Thank you for being vulnerable! You are beautiful!

Patricia Hernandez ArnazziJanuary 13, 2022

You are an absolutely gorgeous young woman, with a beautiful face, hair and body, but most of all a beautiful spirit, wisdom and keen intellect which helps you very charismatically express your sentiments. Thank you for your example of tolerance, humility and forgiveness. You Rock!

Mary Ann McConkieJanuary 12, 2022

For any women who feel "less than", your article clearly illuminates the divine role of women. Thank you, Vivian.

Katherine FagerstenJanuary 12, 2022

You continue to be a light to me and a blessing. Thank you for your example, faith and light. My life is forever changed because of you. I am grateful.

MattJanuary 12, 2022

To your list of wonderful ways to find peace and hope and overcome the darkness caused by Covid, may I add these two: Dispel fear and seek truth, they will set you free.

tfJanuary 12, 2022

I think we need to start mentioning the possibility of Heavenly Mother in these types of articles and discussions.

Shawny LeeJanuary 12, 2022

Brother Harper, I think I understand that God created all things out of matter and intelligence that already existed, and that these cannot be created or made, but did God organize intelligence to create our spirits, as in "God is the Father of our spirits. We are the offspring of God." Something in your wonderful article sounded like spirits always existed. We you equating intelligence with a spirit? Did I misread something? Certainly, for me the hardest thing to comprehend is where all this began, but I love Joseph's teachings, and his invitation to come to know God, REALLY know him. I appreciated your article so much. Thank you.

Dan ShewellJanuary 11, 2022

I sure appreciated your insights! My own thought have led me to similar observations and conclusions but I am not nearly as adept at putting those ideas into words. Thank you.

MaryannJanuary 11, 2022

Love this, but I wanted it to be longer! Thank you.

Harold RustJanuary 11, 2022

Great article...but I felt it was just a prelude to what I had hoped to read regarding the biblical reflections on the broader purpose of human sexuality and why our identity is first of all that of a child of God rather than I see myself as male or as female or as something else. When that identity of our relationship with God is firm in our beliefs and our perspectives, then everything else is tied to following the commandments which God has given for all mortals regarding the fundamental purpose of procreation and family.

Colleen StoutJanuary 11, 2022

Dear Vivian, I read the other article first, and it reminded me of reading a mystery novel. You know that everything will turn out all right, but nevertheless you close the blinds and turn on all the lights. The semantics of it left me feeling dark and unsettled. Then I read yours, and I came away feeling joyful and light. Thank you, Colleen

Michele NoelJanuary 11, 2022

Thank you, Vivian! I have been following your work for thirty years and been uplifted and blessed by it. The timing of this article could not be more glorious. Just as recent TV programs, garnered as ‘doctrinal’, intimate that the origin of man can easily be embraced in the theories of Darwinism, we are gifted with clarity about our first parents here. Well done Vivian and thank you, Meridian Magazine!!!

LewisJanuary 10, 2022

What a beautiful, thought-provoking article. It requires you to think deeply about the Lord's plans for us. Surely His ways are higher than our ways. I am grateful that you take the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us.

Kay RookhuyzenJanuary 10, 2022

I found this article extremely interesting and educational! Thanks for sharing.

Jan JohnsonJanuary 10, 2022

I’ve been through a series of repeated surgeries, making life quite difficult at times… and currently. I’ve learned to be grateful that I understand God has a plan for me, and if this is His plan for me, why would I want it to be any different?

ColinJanuary 10, 2022

This was a deeply inspiring funeral service. Imagine the missionary opportunity of having current and former presidents and other government leaders hear the testimony of an Apostle and feel the Spirit in the meeting!

Helen CJanuary 10, 2022

I sent this to my non-believing husband in hopes he will discuss it with me. He loves science but sustains religion as, among other things, an excuse for war and an emotional crutch. You never know what will turn on the lights. Your Oregon friend.

Marsha AndersonJanuary 10, 2022

This has made a profound impact on me! The other things you have published here have also touched my heart. You are such a great example of a Christ-like person. Thank you!

Anita EJanuary 10, 2022

What a lovely article. Thank you for sharing and for giving greater insight into gratitude.

vickieJanuary 10, 2022

this writing is complicated to read. it sort of goes round and round. i have one son who is homosexual and married another man. yes it was hard for me when this happened. i have four other children who are not homosexual and are married to the opposite sex. my one son who is, knows that we love him but we do not understand how this can happen. i believe what God says and the family proclamation as to what is right but i also believe that a person has to make their own choices. all we feel we can do because we dont understand how this can be is love my son. to just enjoy him for his character or personhood. He is a son of God as his partner is. i respect that.

Mark StoneJanuary 9, 2022

Thanks so much! This is great. I guess I still don’t understand thought how the creation is a temple text..? Can someone explain or point me to additional resources so I can better understand??

RoxanneJanuary 9, 2022

thank you for sharing your knowledge. i have had questions answered and learnt much from this pod cast.

Jose M CapellaJanuary 8, 2022

Hello, Scot and Maurine. I have been a listener of your podcast almost since the start of Come, Follow Me, and have thoroughly enjoyed your many insights as I study the scriptures. However, I feel the need to comment on a few points in last week's discussion on the Creation. With all due respect to Hugh Nibley, he uses a rather simplistic interpretation of entropy. A wise college professor taught me that it is in fact through the amalgamation of ever more complex structures that the universe manages to catalyze its matter at an ever greater pace. The immortal Gods may have ultimate power over entropy, but they have no need to micromanage the development of the life that they nurture. Another often overwrought notion is trying to create a cosmological model with too literal an interpretation of the Biblical creation story. To imagine God personally igniting the light in the universe, then placing Earth in the Solar System, as well as the lights in the firmament, is again defining Him as a micromanager. An enlightened astronomer could easily see that the Earth and other planets would have already begun to accrete before the sun they orbited shone brightly on them. A migratory period eventually cleared dust and debris, finally settling us into a stable orbit. And from the surface of our planet, only after a very long time would the thick clouds finally part sufficiently to reveal the sun, moon and stars. I actually came to that understanding while watching the newer temple videos - go figure! Then there is the notion of fine-tuning. While a pretty sentiment, it is unfortunately used by people of little faith as "proof" of intelligent design. It reminds me of the Anthropic Principle, which is often misinterpreted to say that only a “designed” universe could have the perfect parameters for life. In fact this is meant to convey the idea that ONLY in the rare corner of the multiverse that allows life to exist can there be anyone present to wonder if it was made just for them. Those minor points aside, thank you for your commitment to helping people understand the scriptures more thoroughly. I look forward to continuing to hear from you. Also, please don't ever change your theme music, as Come Thou Fount is one of my favorites, and hearing this arrangement always fills me with anticipation and a surety that I'm about to learn something new. Take care and have a wonderful 2022.

BobJanuary 8, 2022

Don't show up at their house if there is an emergency.

Corey DJanuary 8, 2022

Excellent. Reminds me of the story a college professor told our class one evening, seems an employee at a large company wanted to prove the point that nobody paid any attention to the constant stream of memos, announcements, policy changes, etc, especially the ones filled with acronyms that flowed down from upper management and that vice versa was true that management never paid attention to reports, memos, etc that flowed up. This employee proceeded to write a totally made up memo really embellished it, seems it made it all the way to the President before anybody questioned anything in it.

MaryannJanuary 8, 2022

I am wondering what you have said to your parents to make them believe you feel they "have gone down the road of fanaticism." Sounds like there is criticism going on here on both sides. I am wondering if it would help heal these "troubled waters" if you show forth an increase of love for your parents and come to an agreement that this is just not a subject that you want to discuss. Then change the subject and talk about something you think they would be interested in.

MayJanuary 8, 2022

Fantastic response to a common question. Thank you!

Gregg LukeJanuary 8, 2022

THANK YOU SO MUCH, Jennie. I am overjoyed you liked Red Cicada. Being more of a discovery writer than a hard-core plotter, it was a thrill to write. Thank you for the great review!

L RawlinsonJanuary 7, 2022

Do you have the first hand account of Warren Foote from his journal? He and his father visited Joseph Smith, saw the mummies and saw the papyri and gave a limited description of the writing.

Boyd TuttleJanuary 7, 2022

I want to say this was excellent. Well-written, interesting, and remarkably well-researched article. Thanks for all those insights, Brother Bradshaw. This treatise has enhanced, for me, this year's study in the Old Testament immeasurably.

Shirley GriffinJanuary 7, 2022

He also mentioned "worlds without number" that were created--at a time when that concept was not even considered by men of science.

Ron BarnesJanuary 7, 2022

Part of the reason some Americans think socialism is so good is because they mistake social programs for socialism. All governments have social programs in some form or another, but socialism is something totally different. They need to be educated as to what socialism actually is. I noticed, while reading the comments, the only disagreements concerned health care. While our system has its problems, it does have advantages that other systems don't.

Pennie KnottJanuary 7, 2022

Thank you for your research, books and articles on this subject. I have never been able to figure out what all the fuss was about regarding the Book of Abraham. A real tempest in a teapot.

Ann-Marie JensenJanuary 7, 2022

Thank you for such excellent and helpful clarification.

Emily Jensen PorfiriJanuary 6, 2022

Amen. My experience (Romania, Poland, Italy, has shown me the same thing.

Theodore BrandleyJanuary 6, 2022

To paraphrase one of Euclid’s geometry axioms, things equal to the same thing are equal to each other. If we are all in tune with the Holy Ghost, we will all be in tune with each other.

SpanishbakerJanuary 6, 2022

Inspiring. From personal experience, I know that if we sincerely ask Heaven what that “unity” looks like, Heaven will show us. We don’t have to compromise our identities when our values/perceptions conflict. Heaven WANTS to teach us how a Zion people behaves. We have to be willing to submit.

Darlene NelsonJanuary 6, 2022

I am a Canadian and have been served well by our socialized medical plan. Your example from two friends didn’t give the true story of the Canadian Health Care system. I’m not saying it’s perfect, but our family would have been bankrupted dealing with my health care issues had I been a resident of the USA. Using that example doesn’t give credence to your article.

John R CarpenterJanuary 6, 2022

More inhumanity to man, since 1918, has been done in the name of Socialism than any other cause. Socialism is NOT Freedom, it is control of the people.

George NielsenJanuary 6, 2022

Thank you for confirming the conclusion I reached independently about the character for Righteousness. I often contemplate this character as I look at my CTR ring that uses it to represent choosing the right. It deepens my understanding of Christ's atonement and how the Lamb of God can overcome my natural, defensive, nature. I served in Taiwan from 1966 through 1968.

George NielsenJanuary 6, 2022

Thank you so much for confirming the conclusion I came to independently many years ago about "Righteousness." I often contemplate the meaning of this character as I look at my CTR ring that uses it to represent Choosing the Right. It deepens my understanding of Christ's atonement. I served in Taiwan from 1966 through 1968.

Laurel Lee PedersenJanuary 6, 2022

Powerful lesson on these concepts, Diana! I'm keeping a pdf copy to study again. Thanks so much!

RitaJanuary 6, 2022

This gives a new context for "a new heart", found in Ezekiel and other OT verses. When God creates in us a new heart and spirit, He is bringing order to disorder, making a temple fit for His presence. I never thought about it that way before.

John WaitingJanuary 6, 2022

Thank you Mark for an interesting look at these topics

Sally SmithJanuary 6, 2022

After reading this article, I can feel the love of Bro Goddard as he writes this. I knew him when I lived in the North Little Rock Stake. This is the eternal answer to my divine identity. I am so happy to better understand who I really am.

Roberta HarrisJanuary 6, 2022

As a Canadian I can assure you I have never had to wait for any medical services and that goes for ALL of my family and friends over all of my adult years!! We have excellent doctors all over our country. I am disappointed at the slant your article took on our health care system.

Gary SmithJanuary 6, 2022

I am curious about the Canadian hospital shut down in 1993. I was living in Canada then and live in Canada now and do not remember that "Canada closed all hospitals". In fact that doesn't make sense, since each province runs its own health system. Perhaps one of the provinces temporarily cut back services at their hospitals but I don't remember it happening. Wait times for some surgeries are a problem and some provinces have more difficulties than others. On the other hand, I have never had to wait, here in Canada, more than 15 minutes after the appointment time for the doctor to see me. In fact, just this last monday, the doctor was ready for me 15 minutes before the appointment time. When living in Provo, my wife routinely would have to wait 30 to 90 minutes past the appointment time to see the doctor. Of course these are just anecdotes and don't paint the whole picture.

Karell BinghamJanuary 6, 2022

Such a great article! A real eye opener! Thank you so much, I love you both!

RobertJanuary 6, 2022

When discussing socialism/communism it is important to mention the deaths that are the result of the implementation of those systems of "government." Under Hitler's National Socialists in Germany/Hungary, etc, my father-in-law had his entire family murdered in the concentration camps. I knew a man who lost all his relatives in the Ukraine under the direction of Stalin. If in the United States, if we continue to permit our march towards socialism/communism, I think we will see similar results.

Iam Con CernedJanuary 6, 2022

This article seems so logical, but in fact, it isn't what people want to hear. Today, people want to hear how someone else (the government) should provide everything they thought they need FOR them: Health care? Should be a right, not something you buy. Opposing opinions? Should be regulated lest someone disagree. Gun ownership? Should only be in the hands of the police or military, not, heaven-forbid, my next-door neighbor. Morality and LGBTQ issues. Should be that no one judges anyone for we're all equal and there is no wrong. And the list goes on-and-on, seemingly so very logical and desirable on the outside, but fraught with difficulties as Brother Stoddard so aptly represents. I am concerned that in our rush to not be judgmental, we have forgotten that we must, --absolutely must-- judge and make judgments each and every day lest we fall for perverse and unethical scoundrels who are more than happy to lead the foolish and whomever else along.

John PearceJanuary 6, 2022

While I agree with the overall statements in this article I question how good the health system is in the USA The cost is enormous High cost, not highest quality. Despite spending far more on healthcare than other high-income nations, the US scores poorly on many key health measures, including life expectancy, preventable hospital admissions, suicide, and maternal mortality. And for all that expense, satisfaction with the current healthcare system is relatively low in the US. People can be bankrupted by the cost of health issues and many people order their medications from over countries because of the high cost here. My own daughter even though she was insured is still paying off for her surgery many years later.

Maria ClaytonJanuary 6, 2022

I have met many in the church who tell me that living in a communist country has its benefits… Sorry to burst their bubble but if you have never lived in a communist country you have no idea… The sacrifices each individual goes through everyday to survive for even a line to receive a loaf of bread… And much more Thank You for your article Hospitals that look so amazing is for those in the regime… But for the everyday people it is not… They only show the best when you are visiting but go to the real areas in different neighborhoods you will have a rude awakening… Our Parents left Cuba for The United States of America the Land of the Free!!! I still remember how we were treated when we were leaving Cuba My Parents were treated horribly they would throw rocks eggs etc. by the committee in our neighborhood, they had 6 of the Regime come to our home to take inventory because they tell you everything belongs to the Country as well 2 were waiting at the car 2 at the front of our home and 2 came in our home we had 2 luggage and when one of the guards saw the second he said only one luggage you are allowed to take they took my parents wedding rings and said that belongs to the country they took my doll and took it apart looking for jewelry which the doll was empty they did not care they took inventory of everything in our home then the drove us to the actual stairs of the Airplane (Freedom Flights 1970) I still remember the Pilot going around the Cuban Island and my Father reading in his broken English the Constitution of the United States of America The Land of the Free Never take Freedom for granted!!! This is Gods country Cherish it and do not allow no one to destroy it by any ideology…

Robert CowartJanuary 6, 2022

Thanks for the LIGHT. Great job.

Mark MathesonJanuary 3, 2022

I like the idea I heard recently that too often we mislabel anxiety. What is just the normal stress of life we too quickly call it out as anxiety.

DeAnn JensonJanuary 3, 2022

I love your podcasts for content and spirit. So informative and so well spoken. But, partly and importantly, I like to make a printed copy o f the script to study and underline important contributions so that I can refer back at times to refresh my memory. I have four binders each one for a year of Come Follow Me lessons. But, today, to my dismay, when I printed this podcast, eacg page was covered by a picture of the Old Testament Calendar rendering the page unreadable. I am a subscribing member and hope this can be remedied.

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 3, 2022

Thank you so much for this article. My husband had dementia, and he wasn't as difficult as you describe your mother, he really had become a different person or persons. I am sending this article to a friend whose husband has dementia. Perhaps it will help her.

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 3, 2022

I really learned a lot from this article. Thank you.

Helmut WorleJanuary 3, 2022

This is extremely valuable (and new to me; after membership in the Church for well over 50 years). I had often wondered in my younger years why the temple endowment spends so much time retelling a story with which we are all very familiar. Similarly, I had puzzled over a statement supposedly made by president McKay toward the end of his life indicating that he was only just beginning to understand the temple ceremonies. Thank you for clearing some things up. I've just celebrated my 74th birthday and I believe I may just be beginning to get a glimpse of understanding the temple and the scriptures a little more. Thank heavens that there is indeed an eternity before me to grow and learn.

Craig FrogleyJanuary 3, 2022

Excellent, true, and most significant. Thank you!!

Becky L RoseJanuary 3, 2022

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ShaunaJanuary 3, 2022

Thank you Br. Degn. I still don't understand all of what you said but it helped shift my paradigm, or ideological or cultural lens as you call it, for understanding the Creation narratives. I'm excited to begin our study of the Pearl of Great Price, Old Testament this year, and of course this pertains to understanding Temple experiences.

Linda Starr WinansJanuary 3, 2022

Great job expounding valuable concepts. Your approach was thorough and well thought out. This is a great article to share with others, especially those of different faiths! Thanks!!!

Gary ArnellJanuary 3, 2022

Great read. Thank you!

Alan Forbes FlemingJanuary 2, 2022

Enjoyed your article. How coincidental for I just finished reading "Leadership in War from Lincoln to Churchill" by Correlli Barnett, and have just started reading a comparative biography of "Lincoln & Churchill" by Lewis E. Lehrman. My office/study has apart from pictures of my family, the Saviour, Joseph Smith, and Pres. Nelson, my only other pictures are of Lincoln, Churchill, and Don Bradman. All studies in leadership. (ps I had lunch with Don Bradman and he signed the photo, that's why he's there! Also, because he was the world's greatest cricketer).

KathleenJanuary 1, 2022


watkahJanuary 1, 2022

Isn't it interesting that every plan to harm the Church by the Adversary is turned upon him. The transparency issue brought up at the time of these forgeries perhaps informed the Church to be especially open and transparent about the Joseph Smith History project.

Nancy NewmanDecember 31, 2021

It seems every week i have trouble finding the written script for the podcast. Is there some way you can connect it to the week before so we can click on a arrow, picrture, date something to go straight to the lesson. We love the lessons and we three sisters in 3 different states read them together. Help

Chuck SanfordDecember 31, 2021

I thank you for your podcast, and for the work you both do on your website. This is one of the ways I try to keep on top of things. My precious `15-yo grand-daughter was recently diagnosed with Leukemia[; that is where my focus is right now.. Again, thanks.

Sarah HinzeDecember 31, 2021

Thanks for the inspiring article!

Kay RookhuyzenDecember 30, 2021

We have listened to your podcasts for the previous two years. This was indeed a rip roaring beginning of our study of this wondrous group of scripture! Thank you so much!

frankieboyDecember 30, 2021

at my daughters Catholic elementary school in southern CA they did an event for the 5th grade class "Taste of America", where each kid had to bring a dish from the state they were assigned. All the kids who were assigned Utah brought Jello dishes. I guess stereotypes die hard :)

Kay RookhuyzenDecember 30, 2021

As usual your writing inspires me and makes me want to BE BETTER. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I LOVE your column.

Carolyn MadsonDecember 30, 2021

Thank you for the reminder of another year of wonderful articles that added clarity to a world of confusing and sometimes harsh commentary. I look forward to once again reading them.

MargaretDecember 30, 2021

Thank you for these words it has helped to see things about i have not considered before

KathleenDecember 29, 2021

Thank you for good reminders through great examples and in an inspiring way.

Patty BrightDecember 29, 2021

Thank you for sharing! This info motivates me.

KathleenDecember 29, 2021

Kudos to 'Santa!'

Old AbeDecember 29, 2021

Let's see. Ronald P. Millett thinks Christ was born on a passover in the BoM year 92. That would have been the 14th of Nisan, the year being 14 days old. Since the Nephites kept the law of Moses, proper dating was important. Nonetheless Jesus Christ died on the forth day of Nisan according to 3 Nephi 8:5. So the Nephite calender somehow was 10 days off. How is that possible using a lunisolar calendar? Differing one day is possible, but 10 days is not. In any case - if Christ was born on 14th Nisan, everything that is written about in 3 Nephi 1:4-13 happened in thirteen days. Aw, come on!

Jo Ann OkelberryDecember 29, 2021

This is a very informative and powerful article. I have never thought abortion was right, and this article really backs up my belief. Thank you.

Jo Ann OkelberryDecember 29, 2021

You have written some great one-liners. I especially liked, "Satan likes to masquerade as God."

Ben JonesDecember 29, 2021

A few days before Christmas, my wife got a call from a friend at Church who had to go to the emergency room and was worried about her 93-year-old mother, whom she had been taking care of. My wife organized a number of Sisters to help her accomplish the thankless task of dealing with a 93-year-old with dementia, exhausting herself in the process for several days. I exclaimed, "There are those who complain, 'Why doesn't the church help out?' They don't realize, the Church is YOU !" Which is to say that all those who are encouraged and organized by the Church to go about doing good, are the Church.

CarolDecember 29, 2021

Thank you for writing such great stories, I never miss reading your stories even when I pass on all the others! You never preach, just always have a point that touches my heart and helps me come unto Christ.

KathleenDecember 28, 2021

Thank you for that rip roaring start. I was having trouble transitioning from the Doctrine and Covenants. Now we're off and running!

Ann SiggardDecember 28, 2021

When I was in Qingdao, China teaching English with the BYU China Teachers Program, one day during the Christmas season my co-teacher and I went shopping at the mall and there were Christmas trees and lights everywhere and over the the loud speaker, in English, was the hymn "O Holy Night"! And...there was snow falling, which was also rare. It was a magical moment in a country that did not allow us to proseletyze and we were allowed to feel the magic and Spirit there!

HelenDecember 28, 2021

Merry Christmas and a FANTASTIC New Year, Doctor Dan!

Leah ThompsonDecember 27, 2021

This is an excellent article. I have been thinking lately about fence laws and principles and these thoughts have helped me better understand the how to use principles to help me live the gospel better. I love how you clarify that Pharisaical thinking is focused on how they can excuse their own disobedience and lower standards for themselves NOT hold others to a higher and holier way of living.

Troy WilliamsDecember 27, 2021

This is very well written! I read multiple articles last week about Mr. Green and his departure from the church. Each of them, as you mentioned, were so one-sided. But isn’t that typical for the majority of today’s media. I’m grateful that more truth was shared through your article. People need to see that the church and more importantly the people within the church are doing good things around the world. We are not perfect… But neither is anyone else. Merry Christmas

al barrettDecember 27, 2021

Excellent article. Scatter radar is more accurate and less susceptible to weather and technical issues than gps.

DJDecember 27, 2021

Beautiful arrangement beautifully sung and put together! Thanks for sharing your talents and message!

DonnaDecember 27, 2021

What a wonderful collection of Nativities Sam and Carol Raines accumulated! Thanks for sharing this event. Even though Sam is "gone", his goodness and sharing will go on and on blessing those who will see his nativities. Thanks for posting!

Don McClureDecember 27, 2021

Is climate change having a significant impact on the icebergs?

MJ Darnel IIDecember 26, 2021

Some parts of this may provide some possible perspective, but remember this cuts both ways. The husband could actually be a controlling, narcissistic momma’s boy. And that would deem be considered abusive. And as a marriage counselor only see similar behaviors get worse over time. Verbal and psychological abuse can weigh a heavy burden for a spouse to carry by themselves. Yes the red flags as another commentedsuch as “ he will miss me” as an excuse stands out. ‘

Douglas E NadybalDecember 26, 2021

Suicides amongst males in the United States is triple the rate of females and that is not atypical for the rest of the world. Any article that fails to shine light on this gender disparity is of no more worth than a review of a restaurant that glosses over the quality of the food on the menu. To talk about the altitude as a causative factor deftly takes the reader around the issue while giving cover Utah and the Church. How about we discuss what on earth we are doing to our male populations?

ConcernedDecember 26, 2021

I enjoyed this well written article in response to Mr. Green’s public leaving of the Church. I really hate it when folks leave the Church; I worry for their souls and the souls of their posterity and friends. They know not what they do. Years ago I read this little booklet written by Truman Madsen entitled,”Christ and the Inner Life”. In it he tells the story of when he was a bishop and a recent RM announces to him he is leaving the Church. Bishop Madsen then follows with an probing quick list of questions to the RM. “Do you feel the spirit when you partake of the sacrament? Do you feel the spirit as you study the Book of Mormon? Do you feel the spirit when you pray? Do you feel the spirit when you go and ponder in the Celestial room after an endowment session? Etc etc” The RM answers no to all of the questions and actually states he does not read the Book of Mormon nor go to the temple or come to Church. Bishop Madsen then tells him he never was “in” the Church to which the RM complains and reports that he had served in all these callings as a YM and had served a mission. To which Bishop Madsen pointed out that he (Bishop Madsen) always felt the spirit when doing those things and worked to feel the spirit. Well, he challenges (can we say that?) the RM to read the Book of Mormon every day, pray and go to Church and seek the spirit. He does and he changes. Beethoven commented he wished he could be like Mozart and be “drenched” in music. When we are baptized we are drenched.

Deeper seekerDecember 25, 2021

I recently learned of another exciting insight to add to this beautiful article. I may have some of the details a tad off, so correct and forgive my errors, but as I understood it, the shepherds would have been the shepherds that cared for the sheep that were used for the temple sacrifices in Jerusalem. They would take the first born male lambs and clean them off in a manger with special swaddling cloths given them by the temple priests. Those special lambs were for passover. Jesus IS the passover lamb. When the shepherds saw Jesus in a manger (it would have been stone) wrapped in swaddling clothes used for sacrificial lambs prepared for sacrifice, that was how they knew HE, the baby, was the fulfillment of Isaiah 53. That is why it was a sign to them.

AJ CurrieDecember 25, 2021

As Elder Bruce R. McConkie sais in one of his most famous General Conference talks, "...the caravan moves on."

Craig WoodfordDecember 24, 2021

I have learned, through sad experience, that the adversary chooses this traditionally festive time of year to distract us from celebrating the birth of our saviour, Jesus Christ's. The devil and those who follow him are bitter, petty creatures because they know their story ends in misery and woe. They strive to make all miserable like unto themselves. Let's not make their story ours. Let us rather look to Christ, learn of him and do his works in blessing the lives of all around us.

BonnieDecember 24, 2021


DonnaDecember 24, 2021

We LOVE your nativities! I wish we could see them all. We too have traveled and collected a few precious nativities that bring joy when we get them out. Consider showing us more of your nativities in a future addition! Thank you for the gift of your newsletter all year, which reminds me, it's time to contribute. Merry Christmas!

Sasha W KwapinskiDecember 24, 2021

It's interesting how those who believe that the LDS Church should become "politically correct" have apparently forgotten that those religious denominations which have gone the politically correct route are the ones which have been declining the fastest (not only in percentages, but in actual numbers ranging up into the millions) for well over half a century. I was around during the 1960's to see the beginnings of that trend, and I was a part of that "out-migration."

Denise Blackburn ChristensenDecember 24, 2021

oh how I loved looking at your Nativities! Thanks so much for sharing. They are beautiful and the one from Germany brings back memories of our recent trip and watching you and Maurine joyfully purchasing gifts for your children and grandchildren. Merry Christmas!

Raymond Takashi SwensonDecember 24, 2021

How in the world does this non-event qualify as "news"? The only reason for news media to publicize his statement is that they worship the wealthy. They are publicists for the expensively dressed great and spacious building crowd that ridicules the humble followers of Jesus Christ. Their actions demonstrate their fear of the effectiveness of millions of Latter-day Saint Christians who demonstrate daily that there is a powerful alternative to the self-appointed elites who denigrate the intelligence and integrity of those who do not worship the rich and influential. They do not believe in actual democracy, but use the word hypocritically like Lenin and Stalin to justify their control of the allegedly ignorant masses of people.

KathleenDecember 24, 2021

Thank you for bringing it all closer through your beautiful sound.

LindaDecember 23, 2021

From the book Beloved Bridegroom by Donna Nielson: Meanwhile, the bride was also busy making preparations for her future and the new life she would share with her husband. There was wedding clothing to prepare, including much elaborate colorful embroidery. Swaddling bands were also to be embroidered with symbols indicating family history and genealogy. According to ancient and modern custom, the embroidery, to be acceptable, must be exactly the same on both sides. This was a type showing that the outward life and the inner life were the same-they were never to have a "wrong side" to their character. Under the wedding canopy, these decorated bands would be tied around the clasped right hands on the bride and groom; hence the saying, "They tied the knot." These bands would later be used to fasten the swaddling clothes of their children. Nielsen, DOnna. Beloved Bridegroom . Onyx Press. Kindle Edition. Location 551

JonDecember 23, 2021

I love this article. Made me think of teaming up with my ancestors. Kind of like missionary companions helping each other out on both sides of the veil.

CASDecember 23, 2021

This was absolutely delightful.

Paul HDecember 23, 2021

And yet how many artists paint the new-born infant naked? Even the painting for this story has Him with bare shoulders and chest. And of course the Wise Men never appeared at the manger either, but that's a whole different subject. Thanks for the information in this article.

AEatonDecember 23, 2021

Great article and a much needed voice to break through the confusion of the day.

Irene BlackDecember 23, 2021

Wonderful article!! Thanks for your insights and stories. I am alone this Christmas and you touched me deeply. Merry Christmas.

James ScottDecember 23, 2021

Yours is a very interesting and maybe significant essay. Certainly a good study. I wouldn’t wonder that in preparation for the birth Mary may have decorated some of the swaddling strips with embroidery or symbols of the tribe of Judah or even woven with Judah’s colors for certain wrapping positions, the head piece for example. A Star of David may have been too bold but she knew he was David’s heir. Today’s receiving blankets seem to be for the same purpose and are colored for the gender, blue and pink. We think white, but linen would have been a poor cloth for warmth, more likely wool therefore earth colors. Thanks again for your thoughtful contribution.

Pennie knottDecember 23, 2021

Mr. Green is so annoying. If he thinks his money makes him smarter or more special than the rest of us, he is wrong. What sets him apart is his purposeful effort to harm the work of the Lord. If he thinks he and his billions can do that he is wrong again. It’s a sad thing to kick against the pricks and pit yourself against the Almighty. I would not want to be him.

Patricia WintersDecember 23, 2021

Thank you so very much for this article, and for printing the transcript! It is very early in the morning now, and I don't want to wake my husband, who has health issues and is asleep a few feet from me. Being able to receive the content of this article without sound is a great blessing. I'm sure that Deaf persons appreciate this as well.

ObserverDecember 22, 2021

Phenomenal! Carry on!

MaryannDecember 22, 2021

Love it! Definitely the FIRST ONE!

LynnDecember 22, 2021

Beautiful article Mariah! Your perspective reinforces that God's ways are not man's ways. God seems to love a paradox--and there are so many examples in His plan.

karell binghamDecember 22, 2021

I absolutely loved the insights from "The Trill of Hope...! There is one scripture that kept coming to mind, one that I just love: "He telleth the number of the stars: he calleth them all by their names." I always think to myself when I read that, "If he even knows the name of all those stars, surely he knows his children, even me. I might have come across that scripture by reading one of your tremendous editorials, but I sure love what it implies!

T. BarrettDecember 22, 2021

Thank you, Brother Givens. Your words are always like rain in a desert to my soul.

EveDecember 21, 2021

Very thought provoking. Thank you!

Taressa E.December 21, 2021

I am again inspired by your words. Thank you Brother Callister!! The world would like us to think that being compassionate is to lower our expectations, give people a break, not put demands on others or reduce requirements for select groups. Thank you for reminding us that it is truly LOVE, COMPASSION and RESPECT for others when expections are set, the bar remains high, and we believe in their alitities to succeed! I am grateful for parents, leaders, teachers and friends that helped me achieve hard things and didn't make it easier but supported and believed in me! That is love. That is compassion.

Susan RatherDecember 21, 2021

I recommend people consider becoming members of Deseret First Credit Union. Of course, Deseret First must comply with all federal requirements for financial institutions. But beyond that, Deseret First does its best to support the unique values and lifestyle of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Reid EverettDecember 21, 2021

Very interesting and stimulating thoughts. Perhaps in the modern church, the familial or surname is more important than the given name when blessing infants. My familial name has generations of honor and goodwill attached to it that I have tried to grow into, support and sustain.

Pennie knottDecember 21, 2021

Very well said. I have her book. She is to be admired for her courage.

Patty ListonDecember 21, 2021

I am in awe of the truth and beauty of your words. Thank you for affirming the great gift of a name and the profound Joy of being able to take upon us His.

Deana BradenDecember 20, 2021

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

David CormackDecember 20, 2021

Great article! I have another thought on the Crown of Thorns. It was a sign of Christ breaking the curse set in Garden of Eden so the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.

Kent PorterDecember 20, 2021

I appreciate the insights and also thought of the shepherds who watched the flocks of sheep. I understand a protective ring of thorn bushes (thorns) would be made to protect the flock from the wolves or other predators that may try to get at them during the dark hours of night or rest. It came to me we might look at thorns as being "protective" as we learn of their potential with life's experiences and can use such lesson to avoid the many "predators"trying to get at us as we continue the "good race". It's good to know both edges of the sword in order to avoid being "cut" too deeply.

Sonja ErvinDecember 20, 2021

The lovely song was beautifully sung! Such a pleasure to hear it and yes, it definitely brightened my day! Thank you for sharing your talents.

AllisonDecember 20, 2021

Since Passover was and is celebrated in the spring, the leaves would be freshly opened on the crown of thorns tree.

karell binghamDecember 20, 2021

Perhaps one could say that the thorns were a symbol of the fall of man. That being said the crown of thorns that the Savior had on his head could very well mean that He took upon him our mortality as well as our sins.

Oakley EatonDecember 20, 2021

Beautiful Christmas rendition of ‘Far Away’ It makes the Savior feel so close. Thank you Elders and Sisters. Love this!

J. DicksonDecember 20, 2021

The myrrh tree may very well have been the source for the crown of thorns. Googling “myrrh” will result in images of the tree’s cruelty thorny branches. If so, this would make yet another gift of the wise men extremely symbolic and prophetic.

JobDecember 19, 2021

Thank you Brother McCallaster for this excellent article! Have a great day.

Anna PowellDecember 19, 2021

Lovely, just lovely, thank you!

BeraDecember 19, 2021

Very inspiring article. The Lord indeed will not forsake us, even in our times of trial and affliction. Thank you for reminding us.

Maryann TaylorDecember 18, 2021

What beautiful advice! This is applicable for everyone beyond the subject of infidelity. We can allow our sad emotions and thoughts to flow past us without vigorously fighting them. We can call upon our Savior to help us put them in proper perspective and to let them go.

Cyndi H.December 17, 2021

Excellent article! We have the divine abilities to become as our Heavenly Father and Mother, but, we need to rise to our capacity and potential. Expecting less doesn't help anyone in this life or the next!

Gary OliverDecember 17, 2021

Geoff, having experienced a very similar thing in my life (for over 40 years) I am amazed at how inciteful and helpful is your counsel. "Loose ends" are most difficult to endure and resolve while grieving. Please continue to "lift the hands and [heads] that hang down" and dry as many tears as you can.

Marla SmakaDecember 17, 2021

I totally agree with everything in this piece. There have been many, many articles written in the old Ensign, and I remember only one article that spoke of the absolute joy of children receiving material gifts at Christmas.

WendyDecember 17, 2021

This is so totally appropriate in the USA today. I want to exceed my own expectations after reading it, and I’m 74!

BlueDecember 16, 2021

Your mind and spirit are so beautiful. Thank you for the example of both these traits that you exhibit so consistently.

Maryann TaylorDecember 15, 2021

My husband is certain that we were close before coming to earth and that our marriage was decided there. I would like to believe that--however, there are just too many variables. People die in accidents or wars who never had the chance to marry. People marry and divorce, then marry and divorce again. There is just too much human error, and also events we cannot control, for me to believe that EVERY relationship was foreordained. On the other hand, I think we did have SOME choice about the family relationships that would be formed here, especially children and parents. Then again, some people may have chosen to have 5 children in the premortal realm and when faced with limited resources only had 3. Those other two children have to go somewhere, right? Again--too many human variables. I DO very much look forward to being reunited with all my friends and the people I was close to in my premortal life. I won't be surprised at all to find I interacted with them both in the premortal world and on earth.

HalDecember 15, 2021

Thank you for this article! I have often felt I knew someone the instant I met them. My hope is I can look at each person I meet and think "I may have known this person in my pre-mortal life."

RPDecember 15, 2021

I have always known that this is the case. More recently I have come to understand that we had close siblings in the Pre-earth life. When I was seventeen I became good friends with someone through seminary. Then we went our separate ways to college and then marriage. I didn't talk to her for 30 years. Then she came back into my life and ended up being a Personal Care Attendant for a couple of my disabled children. Having her at my house nearly every day has been a total joy. The really funny thing was that right from the beginning, even after 30 years, we had similar quirks. We could tell what the other one was thinking and our opinions on most everything were the same. It drives our children a bit crazy when we are together. We prayed about it and both received a confirmation that not only were we siblings in the same household, but that we were twin spirits - sent to separate households on earth to help the people in those families. Heavenly Father brought us back together at a time when we both desperately needed each others support.

Ron BarnesDecember 15, 2021

Ever since I was rather young, I always knew that there was one woman that I was destined to marry. When I asked my future wife for a date, I wasn't really interested in her, I just needed a date. The day after that first date I began telling people that I had found the girl I was destined to marry. We were both 17. I have always honestly believed that we arranged it before we were born.

Maryann TaylorDecember 14, 2021

My husband's humor has saved me from feeling weighed down on many occasions. Laughing together has brought so much joy to our marriage. It is so easy to take ourselves too seriously. Humor dispels gloom and gives us a fresh perspective. We focus so much on the topic of adversity in church discussions---sometimes I think it is overkill. We need to lift up our hearts and rejoice more.

Linda WillisDecember 14, 2021

Speaking of gifts, thank you for this thought provoking article that rings so true to those stumbling along the path to exaltation. The vision you share and the honesty in which you reveal yourself gives us seekers of Jesus some additional light. Love your sense of humor, your mind, and your heart. Your words have touched my soul.

MaryannDecember 14, 2021

One of my favorite scriptures is 2 Ne 2:2 where Lehi reassures his son, Jacob. "...thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain." No matter how difficult our challenges may be, our Heavenly Father can bring about miracles to bless us. As so many of us are seeing some of our children wandering away from the gospel path, we can have a hope in Christ that he will continue to call after them and that miracles can occur to help them return.

C. SavageDecember 14, 2021

Well said Brother Teichert. It is good to read articles like this one, reminding us that when we walk through the valleys of heartache and disappointment, we are still walking, moving forward. The valleys are temporary. Your insight reminds us to keep our eternal perspective in all things. Thank you.

LewisDecember 14, 2021

What beautiful thoughts! As I reflect on the life of the Savior, it was a life of giving, of service and of love. Sometimes I think we can get all wrapped up in the minutia of doctrine, or law, or tradition, and lose sight of the purity and beauty of his life. Thank you for reminding us.

Kay CoxDecember 14, 2021

I enjoyed this article and loved the comparison of pacemaker and peacemaker. I do enjoy all of your articles. You have a unique perspective that causes me to ponder and ask questions. Thank you for your insights.

PatDecember 14, 2021

While you are very much an earthling, your words are very much heavenly. This article is beyond beautiful, just as those you have previously written wor Meridian Magazine. Thank you so much.

JulieDecember 14, 2021

I really really like this. I have found it to be oh so true in my life. Thank you for sharing.

Joy LundbergDecember 13, 2021

Thank you for this inspiring article. Bless you for all the good you bring into the world. My prayers are with you and all those who serve others in need. You are not "trying to be like Jesus", you ARE being like Jesus.

Claudia Henderson SmithDecember 13, 2021

This is a wonderful article with lots of great quotations from General Authorities. We're having a problem with a child who wants to change gender, and it's been very difficult for us. However, we love her even though we do not accept her decision to change. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Richard EastwoodDecember 13, 2021

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Claudia Henderson SmithDecember 13, 2021

Wonderful article. The book by Arduini must be very interesting. I wonder if it's been translated into English. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us.

Ron BarnesDecember 13, 2021

The more knowledge a person has, the greater their capacity for finding humor. Having ultimate knowledge, exalted beings would have an ultimate sense of humor. They would laugh at things that we don't, and they would not laugh at things that we do.

Elizabeth SmithDecember 13, 2021

Thanks, Gary. I needed a chuckle today.

KCDecember 12, 2021

Yes, it would make things much cheaper and easier, more convenient and I believe the young would feel more understood. The elderly may have a more difficult time w/it because learning a new language late in life is tougher. I've observed over the years the deaf community is fiercely protective of itself. I've been told by deaf persons that they are a unique group, one that doesn't let in outsiders. The understanding was they are not disintegrated from society at large. They said because of their condition they understand the world so very differently than the rest of us, they would not want to be integrated and lose what makes them special--their unique way of experiencing/processing the world. I've lived with deaf individuals and taken ASL classes, I applaud the efforts but I know some deaf persons who might balk at them.

MaryannDecember 12, 2021

I am confused as to how he is hoarding if he won't "spend a dime."?? However, I agree with Bro. Steurer that hoarding is difficult to treat. We have acquaintances who ended their marriage because of this issue. I hope this woman will think long and hard before committing herself.

Rosalie E. StoneDecember 12, 2021

The way that you developed the idea of "The Articles of Faith" being a call to action as well as a statement of beliefs is so beautifully energizing! I'm grateful that I can use daily repentance to help me follow the practical suggestions you offered for each one––because I know I will often fall short. But I will persevere, feeling certain that those suggestions will help me to be more sensitive to spiritual promptings that can bring blessings those around me as well as myself. Thank you for this inspiring Sunday school lesson!

MarkDecember 11, 2021

Some of the comments to this story are so clueless it is painful to read them. Reducing women to body parts? How about just recognizing that breasts, legs, and derrieres are visually stimulating to men. Remember, we didn't wake up one morning and think to ourselves, boy, I'd sure think it would be great to involuntarily give a significant chunk of my self-control to any reasonably attractive woman who wants to dress immodestly. Our visual sex drive came from Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother but that doesn't matter to modern women because they really aren't into reality, they think they can make things be what they want them to be. So, men are supposed to learn how to see female immodesty and still have self-control. Great, but forget about getting married--yes, most men aren't getting married if their sex drive doesn't push them to it. What children and a husband to help raise those children. Then be glad men have a visually based sex drive. It is a kindness to men who are interested in chastity to dress modestly and to do otherwise is proud, arrogant, and shows that you don't care what God thinks about it all. Yes, men can control their thoughts--but for most of us, that consists of avoiding women who are dressed immodestly. Typically, if a man can avoid being aroused to one degree or another by an immodest woman, it is because he consumes pornography on a regular basis and has difficulty being aroused in a normal manner.

MaureenDecember 11, 2021

Good answers and advice Jeff. I live with and next door to hoarders, both of whom have, because of those they live with, learned to curb, or at least partition their "stuff" to their own space. If he's really got lots of money, too, a separate storage or even apartment, just for his accumulations ought to be easy enough to arrange. But it's probably the bigger issues of OCD, etc. that aren't as easily tucked away and may cause friction in closer, longer interaction. Good chance, at this age, the emotional/mental issues underlying the hoarding aren't going away, even if the clutter gets managed. I'd check out the veracity of the vast wealth, too. Somehow, I doubt it.

Harold RustDecember 11, 2021

This newspaper clipping is a reminder that there are so many "stories behind the story" regarding those who lived several generations ago. Imagine the details of such a situation where the rumors were so rampant and vicious that Alvin's father would feel compelled to exhume his grave and personally check the status of his body in the casket. One does not do that unless there is overpowering evidence that someone might have done such a dastardly deed. This is the environment the entire Smith family endured for their decade living in Palmyra following Joseph's vision from God.

BobDecember 11, 2021

Gave it a try and couldn’t finish it. Just too cliche and kind of dumb. And no magic among the leading characters.

Debbi M.December 10, 2021

Wonderful and thoughtful article. TY for sharing. We all need to be aware of women in this scary position and learn how to direct them to real help and support.

tfDecember 10, 2021

Reading the title chapter of "Andy Warhol was a Hoarder" by Claudia Kalb (subtitled "Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities") may be an interesting exercise. I'm sure there are many other things out there on the subject. She probably doesn't want to marry this guy.

BrynnDecember 10, 2021

I would add an additional thought… You said this man has millions but “won’t spend a dime”. A friend of mine married a man who also fit that description. While she knew about this tendency when they were dating, she had not fully thought through what it would mean during their marriage. It has become highly challenging for her as he has refused to spend any money, not only on things she might hope for, but also for things she needs. Even though she works and has an income of her own, he is always arguing with her about issues like why she can’t get less expensive lenses for her glasses than what her eye doctor recommended or why they need to replace household fixtures that are broken (even though they can afford it). It has caused her to feel she isn’t important to him and he doesn’t perceive her to be a full partner in the marriage. And constantly dealing with different perspectives of how to use their financial resources has been emotionally draining and harmful to their relationship. Be aware that while this might seem to be merely a tendency towards thriftiness or a personal quirk while dating, if he has a drive to “hoard money”, that has the potential for becoming a much deeper issue if you marry and view the use of financial resources very differently. And as Geoff describes if he has a mental drive to "hoard" money, that will likely not be easy to change.

LexaGraemeDecember 9, 2021

I also add my thanks for this article.

Pam RoderDecember 9, 2021

This article was most informative and I very much appreciate Dan Peterson for writing it. I learned a great deal from his research and thankful he took the time to write for Meridian Magazine. Thanks so much Daniel. I've learned so much from you.

Mark R BischoffDecember 9, 2021

I am the great-grandson of Mariner Wood Merrill and I have never heard this story before. There are other very interesting stories about him that have been shared and passed down in the family but I'm a bit shocked that this hasn't been one of them. What a fantastic experience. Thank you for printing this!

Paralee EckmanDecember 9, 2021

This is an especially fascinating article, and I am thankful to Daniel Peterson for preparing it, and Meridian for printing it.

Dixie BarlowDecember 9, 2021

Thank you for these ways to enlarge the Christmas Spirit in our families.

Harold RustDecember 9, 2021

A tender story regarding faith, trust, and challenging relationships. A very interesting parallel story can be found in the Autobiography of Mary Woolley Chamberlain (my grandmother's sister) who also married a man who had wives and children still living. In Mary's case, however, she was married a decade after the Manifesto rather than a decade before it was declared. Her testimony of the Gospel and of the principle of plural marriage as well as her praise and respect for her husband are a wonderful post-script to the words of Lorena Larsen. Both examples highlight the deeper purpose of such an Abrahamic sacrifice.

KristenDecember 9, 2021

This is a well-written, beautiful compilation of quotes and testimonies of the importance of eternal family ties. Thank you.

Lisa G.December 8, 2021

Lorena Larsen is my great-great-grandmother. I stumbled upon her autobiography in college while browsing books in the library at BYU. Often I wanted to share her story when discussions of plural marriage came up online, but I received impressions not to do so because I could not guarantee that her story would be used for good. Later, when the Church shared her story in Saints, Vol. 2, I understood why I had felt impressed to wait until her story could be shared in the right way. I was also pleasantly surprised to see this article in Meridian Magazine. To the commenter previous who wanted to know "the rest of the story", if you click the link in the footnotes to Lorena's autobiography, you can read in her own words everything that happened afterward.

Linda WillisDecember 8, 2021

Thank you Brother Thayne for an article filled with truth and compassion. It seems like we are all being given an abundance of opportunities to search our hearts, stretch our minds and call into the action the gift of discernment to understand all gender issues. We have the tools if we choose to listen carefully and read constantly the words of our leaders. It is never wise to get in front of them while claiming to follow them.

Nancy H.December 8, 2021

My mother always pieced together quilts for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She then hand quilted them. This article brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing.

13th a of fDecember 8, 2021

This movie creates a new category- COMrom! So much comedy with the romance! We laughed all through it! Every time you watch it, you catch more funny moments! A MUST see.

HalDecember 8, 2021

Thank you for your courage and for this thought-provoking and compassionate message.

TandartDecember 8, 2021

Excellent message! I am convinced that self-pity is our most negative and destructive emotion. We are here to act, not be acted upon. Dealing with depression for much of my 75 years has blessed me in ways I could not have otherwise have received.

PennieDecember 8, 2021

Thank you for so much clarity on a subject that is confusing to many. I would wish we all could comprehend and apply what you have expressed here.

Douglas NadybalDecember 8, 2021

Yes He is unscripted and unpredictable...or so it seems to us. To one, he beckons to come unto Him, to another He says "go and sin no more." We should just content ourselves in being happy to understand His commands and forget about trying to thing we have Him figured out. Man cannot comprehend God.

KathleenDecember 7, 2021

Thanks for the reminder. It's been a lot of years and I forgot the scene and it being used in President Monson's talk. We all have situations to rectify.

Ed GayhartDecember 7, 2021

Wow The Good News of the Savior never fails!

JANEEN FULLERDecember 7, 2021

this is one of my favorite christmas hymns...this is a job well done and I am sure that the Lord is well pleases with his ambassadors

Kenny MazzantiDecember 7, 2021

Another good reason that having Americans who will exercise their right to keep and bear arms is appropriate inside of our church buildings. Three years ago a member in Fallon Nevada murdered another member during Sacrament Meeting while other members watched helplessly. I prevented an armed robbery in my own ward 10 years ago because the robbers did not want to deal with an armed member who stood up to them. They simply left the building when confronted. No harm was allowed to be done.

Carlos RoundyDecember 7, 2021

Jesus took the Holy Spirit for his guide, he led a unscripted life, he did what the spirit told him to do.

Jo Ann OkelberryDecember 7, 2021

This rendition is so touching and inspiring. Love those missionaries.

MickeyDecember 7, 2021

Why does everything have to be about losing weight? Being fat is not a medical condition! And In fact BMI 27 has the longest longevity. Our bodies are programmed to gain over time as we age; this is actually how our bodies were made by Heavenly Father. Healthy bodies can happen at many sizes. This push to be losing weight at all times is contributing to a huge problem with deadly eating disorders. You do not need to be “less” to be a worthwhile and valuable child of God.

karell binghamDecember 7, 2021

I love the spirit that I have felt reading this great essay! Thank you so much for your time and effort! May you have great blessings because of your testimonies!

Douglas E NadybalDecember 6, 2021

This is a wonderful instruction on what to do for and specifically how to pray for and on behalf of those in our circle upon which the Lord has made His decision to take something precious away. Be it marriage or even death, our comfort is ultimately that Person in the Godhead entitled, The Comforter. That said, and I am a bit surprised that such an accomplished scholar and editor would omit the rest of the story, and leave us to wonder what ever happened to Lorena Larsen after her marriage was forcefully terminated. Was she indeed cast out as was Hagar? Did anyone help her and her children? Did the Church do anything for her and others like her?

Gary AndersonDecember 6, 2021

Thank you Brother Harper! I come from plural marriage pioneers who traveled to Utah in the 1800s on both sides of my family and without them, I wouldn't be here. I love them all so much. They were extremely brave and obedient to Heavenly Father's will.

James ScottDecember 6, 2021

I read many accounts of such separations, including that of my own gig other with sadness and disappointment. I’ve never read an account save one of how these women coped with being cut off or how the father related to his children of the abandoned families. Did they visit, did they provide for them? I do know many refused the government edict and the Manifesto and continued in their course of polygamy and the Endowment House had to be raised. Are there reports of the fate of these women that abandoned the practice and remarried?

BeckyDecember 5, 2021

This is an incredibly vulnerable question and I appreciate you recognizing that there is potential for things to go too far.

David SampsonDecember 5, 2021

Very inspiring and enlightening. Thank you so much for taking the time to dig into the details of this topic. As a side comment... just for your understanding... there are several areas where your use of pronouns is confusing about whom you are speaking. For example, when you spoke of President Nelson's ancestors I often didn't know to which relative "his" was referring.

LoraDecember 5, 2021

When my children were in public school, I came up with mental health days for their sake. They needed a break from the relentless pressure of crowd control, daily homework, certain bad teachers, and the over all chaos. Meanwhile, I considered longer-term solutions. We ended up leaving public school and that has made all the difference. I shudder to think of what children are being exposed to these days. Parents need to be aware and responsive. If your vacation is merely a run-away-from-life, then it will do little for you on any level. But many vacations can be very different from that: enrichment, not denial. Purpose- in education, in vacation, anywhere- makes the difference.

Maryann TaylorDecember 4, 2021

Wow! What great articles. We so often struggle, looking beyond the mark, when some of our suffering can be lightened by applying the basic principles of the Word of Wisdom. As one who has suffered from varying degrees of depression for most of my life, I recognize that I need to get to bed earlier, eat a more healthy diet and get more exercise. I appreciate your gentleness in urging that we can start with small steps and work from there. Otherwise, it becomes overwhelming and just another way of feeding the depression. I have found great strength and power in meditating on the scriptures and attending the temple. We need to bring as much light into our being as possible. I have felt the Savior carrying my burdens and I am so grateful for him and his power manifested in my life. My depression is not gone, but it so much better than it was.

RaLee HallDecember 4, 2021

Thank you, Jacob Hess, for all of your articles. I learn so much from them and have sent some of your thoughts and ideas to a son who suffers from depression. Your articles are always worthwhile reading

WallyDecember 3, 2021

Wise counsel, Geoff.

Lorena HolmsteadDecember 3, 2021

This is one of the most valuable resources for healing (mental, physical, emotional and spritiual) that I have ever come across. The resources shared, the insight, the compassion, the truth - all of it - deeply moving. I will share far and wide, because this is a deep-seated passion for me too. Thank you, Jacob!

vickieDecember 3, 2021

i understand what david is talking about. i have a son who is gay and got married to a partner and forgoing the church. he was a missionary and he knows the truth, but what i saw was him searching for love. he was 35 when he came out. the only thing i can do is pray for him and his partner. but i love him very much and will continue to love him that much. his father feels the same way. so i am sypathetic to the LGBTQ group because to me that would be the hardest thing in the world to cope with.

zCatLadyDecember 3, 2021

Thank you for insightful articles that are filled with hope and honesty. I have suffered with mental illness for almost 50 years without hope of getting better. I am learning to accept that I won't truly be whole until the next life, yet now I see that I can make improvement in this life.

HeatherDecember 2, 2021

Such a wake up call! It’s so easy to be complacent when our own needs are met and we have enough to eat ourselves! Thank you for the invitation to think more of those who are suffering♥️

pam roderDecember 2, 2021

I will echo Joy Baird's praise. Thank you, thank you.

A.S.H.December 2, 2021

Emma Somerville was my 3rd great-grandmother and her story is incredible. Oftentimes, learning about her life has been a source of faith, and hope for me. I'm so grateful that I know this story, and that I can try to apply it to my own life and I know that by serving others I am serving Christ. Thank you for sharing this.

Rita MillerDecember 2, 2021

I, too, have Pilgrim ancestors, through Capt. Myles Standish and John Alden. The fact that tens of millions of other Americans have similar ancestry is somehow very comforting. The troubles we are currently going through will not defeat us; our family ties bind us, even if we aren't currently aware of them. Those on the other side of the veil are always with us, cheering us on.

KJBDecember 2, 2021

There's a simple test for those who claim that they're "advocating for life": If Roe is thrown out next year, then you should immediately insist that any fetus is conceived during a calendar year is now tax-deductible. The instant a woman becomes pregnant, she can declare a new dependent and reap the benefits on her next return. If an unborn child is really "alive", this should be a no brainer. Put your money where your mouth is, guys...

Joy BairdDecember 2, 2021

Thank you, thank you ,thank you for this outstanding article! I will share this with many and watch for more information coming.

Maryann TaylorDecember 1, 2021

Thank you for confirming my thoughts that one of the reasons that Emma stayed in Nauvoo was probably because the Prophet's mother, Lucy, was not strong enough for the journey. I hope that none of us are ever critical of Emma for any reason. We cannot begin to really understand all that she endured. Perhaps, through her many great sacrifices and obedience, she had already secured her exaltation. Perhaps it was better for her to remain with Lucy and she was not required by the Lord to go to the Salt Lake Valley. Whatever the case, I believe she is still "An Elect Lady," as recorded in D&C 25:3, "Behold, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou art an elect lady, whom I have called."

Carlos RoundyDecember 1, 2021

Joseph and Emma also baried 4 or 5 children in the Nauvoo area.

Candace J BarrowsDecember 1, 2021

This tender story has really touched my heart, We need to be reminded often of our Heavenly Father's love for us

Herm OlsenDecember 1, 2021

Excellent article. In my youth, it was common practice in the Church to criticize Emma (which reflected the Brigham Young interpretation of life). But I was always cautious about any such criticism, because I knew how passionately devoted Joseph was to Emma. And I feared I would have to face Joseph one day to answer for any criticism I might have otherwise made. I still believe that, and am pleased that the Church has taken a rather more sympathetic view of Emma in recent decades.

Anna Louise HetzelNovember 30, 2021

Thank you, Vivian, for a wonderfully written article, with much to ponder.

KathleenNovember 30, 2021

Thank you for sharing such tender things. They enlarged my heart.

Spencer McConkieNovember 30, 2021

Thank you for this beautifully written article.

RC H.November 29, 2021

“Boundaries” has become such a trigger word. How about greater focus on love-based bridges as the first resort?!

Maryann TaylorNovember 29, 2021

It is a very small world!!! I am also a descendant of William White, through his son, Peregrine, the first baby to be born from the Mayflower party in America. It is so exciting to read of our ancestors, and their strength and endurance help to bolster my courage. It also enlarges my gratitude to our Heavenly Father for giving us this great, choice land, and for all the comforts we enjoy that our ancestors did not.

Mark Deppe, descendant of Thomas Winward buried in Nauvoo.November 29, 2021

Wonderful pictures and family history content. How could I get a copy of this original article?

Rochelle HaleNovember 29, 2021

Congratulations on your bead piece being accepted into the art competition. My hoped-for dancing and singing talents were side-lined a number of years ago due to age and surgery, though I still hope for some opportunity. Now my creativity mostly comes through writing. I was recently asked to write a Christmas story that will be the theme of our church holiday dinner. Talk about weight on my shoulders!!! Nevertheless, in one afternoon, through the inspiration of the Spirit (and maybe Heavenly Mother?) I was able to knock off a draft, then polish it up within the week. I don't usually pat myself on the back, but when I read this piece I can hardly believe I wrote it. I know it came through inspiration.

DennisNovember 28, 2021

My daughter started raising chickens a few years ago. They all became members of the family. She named them after her favorite Beatles songs. Lucy, black bird, Elinor, Prudence, etc. As Soon as they get into their new house she's going back into the chicken business. She loves her girls!

Karyl MorganNovember 28, 2021

I feel this virus, vaccine, masks, etc is about the journey you all have taken not about your destination. Maybe it's not about taking a vaccine but about growing closer to the Lord by following counsel to read scripture, pray, fast ponder, etc to find the answer that works for your body. No one on this earth is 100 percent following the prophet. We all need to reassess ourselves about our daily gospel "habits." Everyone needs repentance daily. Perhaps the Lord wants us to learn to make our own spiritual decisions and not judge or persecute others who make different decisions. We are all God's children and his love for the billion plus people who have taken or are now taking their earthly journey now is unconditional.

Grandma GigiNovember 27, 2021

I believe boundaries are what people with “control” issues seem to need. The Scriptures don’t show the Savior “controlling” people. You also won’t find the words “toxic”, “dysfunctional” or other nonsense spoken of in General Conference. My daughter-in-law uses these terms all the time. Her parents are both Psychologists. It’s always awkward to be around them and experience the manipulating behaviors.

Vivian M AdamsNovember 26, 2021

Thank you for a beautiful article on The Vision of the Redemption of the Dead.

JONATHAN ATKINSONNovember 26, 2021

Why??? Americans entered the war in 1917 by declaring war on Germany. This was due to the attack on Lusitania, the unrestricted submarine warfare on American ships heading to Britain, and Germany encouraging Mexico to attack the USA. A British passenger ship that was sunk by a German U-Boat on May 7, 1915.

Pat HarkerNovember 26, 2021

Wonderful article; thank you!

KatrinaNovember 26, 2021

My maiden name is Holden. Alot of my dads family are from Manchester, England.

Scott BrownNovember 25, 2021

D. Herrin - Thank you. I would like to work with the LDS Citation Index and contacted them two years ago. At that time, they told me that there was no one actively working on the project and thus no one for me to work with. I remain interested in collaborating with them.

Stephanie tollerNovember 25, 2021

Thanks for the article. I just read Tim Ballard’s book and it is excellent. I know we all look to the Mayflower passengers as the ultimate American pedigree but I also love those that came on the Fortune in 1621 and the Anne in 1623. They stayed behind to help raise more money and make more preparations. They were needed reinforcements for those that went on the Mayflower. We have ancestors that were on all three and I stand in awe with a heart full of gratitude for who they were and the sacrifices that they made. Happy Thanksgiving!!

GrannyNovember 25, 2021

Thank you for the article! I'm grateful for Meridian Magazine and people who write. A lot to THINK about and give THANKS for today and everyday. Wishing you a blessed and joyful day.

Justin MNovember 24, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed "The Pilgrim Hypothesis". Full of things to think about and ponder. Many areas to be thankful for.


I really enjoy reading Daris Howard's articles, both here in tthe Meridian and my local news paper. They are always fun.

JenniferNovember 24, 2021

While this is good general advice, it is not always true. Especially if your family member has a severe mental illness or personality disorder. Sometimes they are trying to destroy your life. You are not required to stay married to an abuser. You are not required to have them to your holiday celebrations. You are not required to let them have you arrested. If you think this is not happening, get some divorced friends.

HalNovember 22, 2021

Thank you for this powerful and informative article. I am still astounded by the number of people, even today, who think the persecution of the early Saints was solely due to opposition to plural marriage. Because the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were not firmly entrenched in the still young nation, it was easy for mobs to form to enforce their idea of "freedom" by violence. Sadly, we have seen this recently as well as a method of forcing ideas of racial equality without due process. I believe the Civil War was a direct consequence of the general populace of the nation refusing to uphold the rights of individuals regarding religion and slavery. I hope we don't relive that horror, but it looks like we are headed down that road.

CDNovember 22, 2021

His wanting sex more than her sounds like a normal guy and her response sounds about normal for a woman, particularly an older woman with a religious background. What troubles me about this, especially from a guys viewpoint is that he doesn't seem to be doing anything else but asking for sex or waiting around thinking about it. Not helping with the yard work or around the house or having any activities or hobbies is not normal or healthy, even more so if he's not doing it because he's not getting sex. He needs to talk to counselor and/or a doctor. For her I would recommend reading Sister Laura Brotherson's book or the book Real Intimacy or The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands and any of Sheila Wray Greg life's articles or books.

Beverly Barnt MooreNovember 22, 2021

I was an only child living most of my young life in the country with no neighbor children to interact with so I learned from early on how to entertain myself and my own happiness. I was married and first widowed at 18 and then after another marriage and he left me I finally ended up of retirement age alone and now over 30 years alone I had learned how to be happy alone so the pandemic "stay at home" time was no big deal for me. No loneliness, no depression, no anxious times. Just peace and joy to be healthy and alive and loved even when the family couldn't come to visit. So my take on good mental health is to love yourself and learn to enjoy life alone.

Wendy EllisNovember 22, 2021

Thanks for the "thorns" story. We all need to be reminded that it takes challenges in order for us to grow. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous for obvious reasonsNovember 22, 2021

It is unfortunate that more people do not understand the physiological effects of chronic aging and disease on the act of intimacy on both men and women. To be brief, when sexual difficulties are encountered, a man will become hypersexual attempting to "burn" through and fix the problem where a woman will become hyposexual and retreat from the problem. I realize that this description is a generalization and that situations outside the norm are a given. I returned from my mission, got married and soon developed acute prostatitis that soon developed into a deep chronic infection that made completion of intimacy painful. I too, became hypersexual making excessive demands on my wife. Diabetes, injuries with neurological damage, an improper circumcision, hypertension, hormonal disorders are some of the things that can affect sexual sensation that is experienced. Love, consideration, care and understanding are needed by both husband and wife in such situations. Such things are experienced by both sexes as we age and as "opposition in all things" is experienced. Again, it is indeed unfortunate that such things are not understood because if they were, I know that much frustration and unhappiness in this mortal existence could be avoided.

MichelleNovember 21, 2021

That’s some amazing breakdowns—thank you so much for taking the time to share your insights. I’ve often wished I could index my family history journals the same way. I’d love to see the pattens and themes in my ancestors lives as well.

Debra AlticeNovember 21, 2021

H North ... I understand your frustration however if you listen carefully to the principles in his address... President Oakes address was NOT about abandoning any values. If anyone has a right to speak about where lines should be drawn... it is this senior apostle of the Lord and he was not asking us to reconcile sin at all! But he was advocating for loving our fellow men and being willing to sit down together to work out issues as peacefully as we can. God Himself has a right to be as extreme as he wants when he sees the need but not us. We do not have the right to get on our self righteous "high horse" and turn to vigilantism in the name of religion but neither do those who see differently than us or are non religious have a right to impinge our basic religious freedoms which are God given and enthroned in our Constitution. He was calling both sides to come to the table and negotiate peacefully where possible. In this imperfect world there must be some level of compromise in order to live together peacefully.

Jessica WhitakerNovember 21, 2021

Sounds like the husband may be viewing pornography, have a history of sexual abuse, and/or lack developmental maturity. The wife may be wisely stearing clear of any creepy encounters.

Jill A.November 21, 2021

Wow I wish I could have had this counsel when I was married and several different counselors recommended committing to sex three times a week, which I did, and of course didn't help. This counsel makes so much sense. Thank you

MickeyNovember 21, 2021

This man sounds extremely selfish and like he is addicted to pornography.

ClaudiaNovember 21, 2021

Beautiful voice and beautiful song. This calms my soul.

Anonymous for obvious reasonsNovember 20, 2021

I would like to add this…. As a man feels like his sexual stamina if waining, he may behave is ways to desperately to stave off the inevitable decline. Trust me on this. As I have aged, I have felt increased desire for sexual fulfillment just to prove to myself that “I am as good as I ever was.” (To borrow a line from Toby Keith.) I would recommend that along with Mr. Steurer’s recommendations, you compliment him on his love-making as well as other things even when you are not going to fulfill his desires. Reassure him that he is fine, loved, and desirable whether or not you are having sex.. So those occasions that you do not of cannot meet his needs, he doesn’t take is as an affront or a rejection. My wife has done this and we enjoy healthy intimate relationship both sexually and emotionally, with a lot of love and laughter. And it’s okay as I age. It isn’t like it was. But I am literally head over heels devoted to her and the attention she can and does give me.

tfNovember 20, 2021

Is he addicted to porn?

Linda WillisNovember 20, 2021

It's unfortunate that a world-wide pandemic (health issue) has morphed into a political/ my freedom protest. As a health educator I have supported mandatory safety belt use, a variety of legislation limiting tobacco use, and laws against drunk driving and vaccines to protect children from small pox and polio. When a private choice has a public consequence, then legislation is needed to protect the population. Compassion requires that we protect each other and replace our "rights" with our responsibility to be good world citizens.

D. HerrinNovember 20, 2021

Nice work. I am curious why you weren’t able to use like data out of the LDS Citation Index curated by the team at BYU? Appears to be a major duplication of effort. Thanks.

Myrna LiddellNovember 20, 2021

We have enjoyed everything from Thrive as do our friends who introduced the products to us. This recipe sounds and look yummy and who knew it only uses "1/4" cup of Water! Remember drinking water is your number one item for storing! Some folks seem to think it will magically appear...when we need it? (It is the easiest to store, in the USA at least.)

Carlos RoundyNovember 19, 2021

There is progress on the other side. There are many examples of people who have dreams of relatives who request that there temple work be done so that they can progress on the other side of the veil. Those who have passed away still are able to seek light and knowledge beyond the veil. Progress is eternal.

Cecilie LundgreenNovember 19, 2021

HAPPY THANKFUL GREETINGS!! In response to a number of enquiries, for cash donations… 1. Checks are to be made out to ‘Charity Vision’ (with EYES4ZIMBABWE written in the bottom left corner of the check). 2. Charity Vision is a 501(c)(3) organization and are deductible for U.S. income tax filing. 3. Please be sure to include your postal address in order to receive a tax receipt. 4. Please either give the check to Cecilie Lundgreen (CC) at the ‘LDS Humanitarian Center’….OR…Mail the check to: Cecilie Lundgreen, c/o Ronda Goodell, 1540 East Millbrook Way, Bountiful, Utah 84010 We are HAPPY to answer any additional questions that you might have As we say in Zimbabwe…TATENDA or THANK-YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR KINDNESS!!!

JacobNovember 18, 2021

Thanks RaLee!

Reeve Nield EYES4ZIMBABWENovember 18, 2021

As we say in Zimbabwe...TATENDA!!! TATENDA!!! TATENDA!!! (THANK-YOU SO MUCH!!!) We are VERY, VERY GRATEFUL!!!

LoraNovember 18, 2021

For those of us who do not live in Utah, is there some way that we can contribute monetarily to this worthy cause?

Ellen D. LovettNovember 18, 2021

What a tender message. I am delighted to read it and sent a small donation. My husband and I served an 18 month mission in Liberia and Sierra Leone in 1990-91 and I have seen the poverty you talk about. I am so thrilled that a temple is in Ghana, but wonder how the members even can get garments. Bless you for your efforts to help those beautiful people.

Geri CampbellNovember 18, 2021

I am reading this story in Australia but I come from - and joined the Church in - South Africa many years ago. Why does the above story assume that only people in America will read the story and respond appropriately? Meridian is received all around the world. Why cannot provision be made for people everywhere to respond?

Gaye WillisNovember 18, 2021

What a wonderful story! What a great mission these sisters are accomplishing and how many people they are blessing! Can you please clarify the address if we would like to mail a donation to help with this? Is the address listed in the story just the physical address to participate or is that a mailing address that could receive checks? Thank you!

Judy GibsonNovember 17, 2021

Thank you for this excellent article! I have begun a Gratitude Journal at the end of my regular journal since the beginning of this month. It's amazing the thoughts and memories of God's goodness that have come back to me in remembering my blessings.

RaLee HallNovember 17, 2021

I always learn so much from you articles. Thank you for taking the time to post them.

H NorthNovember 17, 2021

How far does one have to bend over backwards to compromise one's values before it constitutes an abandonment of those values? Where is the line? Was God "extremist" when He destroyed Sodom and Gomorra? "We have NO obligation to reconcile with the children of the Devil." - Bruce R. McConkie

carolyn nicolaysenNovember 17, 2021

Maryann, I love that. Do you have a picture you could share with me? I'm trying to get photos of great ideas to share on the Totally Ready website and facebook page. You can contact me at [email protected] Great reminder about hot air rising too!

Steven Adams GoodwinNovember 17, 2021

Thanks Vivian for the reminder and the subtlety of how God's plan unfolds by the small and simple things that the world holds in contempt.

RmcNovember 17, 2021

It shocks me to realize, as some of these comments prove, that there are still many who believe that being vaccinated stops the spread of Covid. The evidence is in. The studies are published, most recently in The Lancet, that one has nearly the same chance of contracting Covid from a vaccinated person as an unvaccinated. The CDC has conceded the fact, and now (with the evidence too overwhelming to ignore) Dr. Fauci is conceding this, as well as waning effectiveness. To condemn the unvaccinated, to call them selfish and petulant, to blame them for a child contracting Covid is just so wrong in so many ways. Some obviously didn’t read the article, preferring to stay ignorant as to the evidence plainly laid out herein.

Mark StoddardNovember 16, 2021

Kathy, Thank you for your thoughts. I love discussing the Gospel. You are so right. I was quoting Christ and his terse conversation with the "lawyers" trying to trap him. Marriage is certainly ordinance happening in this life and during the Millennium. Not sure after that where it fits. Either way, the Restored Gospel amazingly accounts for every broken heart, every effort that doesn't pan out, for whatever reason. So beautiful in its comprehensive Plan of Salvation.

LGNovember 16, 2021

I’ve felt strongly our family should memorize The Proclamation to the Family. There are so many anchoring doctrines that help kids understand truths about these topics!

Alan WildNovember 16, 2021

Very good article

Gordon J HensleyNovember 16, 2021

Well said, brother.

E SmithNovember 16, 2021

Thanks, Maryann Taylor, for adding that. I was thinking of elder Bednar’s talk all the way through Givens’ article.

Melia Rios-LazoNovember 16, 2021

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LindaNovember 16, 2021

Parents definitely need to concern themselves with their children's education. It is a more difficult thing to do in blue states. Don't allow this trash in schools or homes!! Even if it means you have to home school.

Sonya WashburnNovember 16, 2021

This article was so well stated...I appreciate you taking time to lay this argument out. I have highest regard for those that are standing for God given freedom, they are pledging their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor...God bless us to humble ourselves and seek His help as we do all we can to preserve our freedoms.

Boaneges RibalcavaNovember 16, 2021

Why I am not hearing anything about one of the facts that have been known since the first quarter of 2020, that healthy children WILL NOT die due to this virus? For that matter, that although it is true about the lethality of the virus, it is mainly in a specific group: people over 60 years and/or with some underlying conditions. If this is correct, and the data from all countries even the CDC here, confirm this, why are they mandating children to get vaccinated, since they are NOT TO DIE due to the virus, and exposing them to unknown risks, that even if rare, this risk is greater than the virus itself.

WallyNovember 16, 2021

Disappointing. Compassion is vital. But we must have compassion for the COVID-vulnerable as well as the vaccine-reluctant. And, along with the scientific evidence in favor of vaccination, the strong encouragement of the Brethren is decisive for me.

Marla SmakaNovember 16, 2021

I agree that we must treat all people with compassion. However, my view is that a person who will not accept vaccination is lacking compassion for those who cannot be vaccinated. Yes, it is a matter of choice to accept vaccination, but what about the little children who become ill with Covid, contracted from people who will not accept vaccination? My fellow ward member is asking for prayers on behalf of her 8-year-old granddaughter who is literally fighting for her life due to Covid infection. The granddaughter's family who are elligible have been fully vaccinated. The child likely contracted Covid from nonvaccinated people. Whether one accepts the opinion of Russell M. Nelson as a prophet, seer and revelator may not be relevant. But the opinion of Russell M. Nelson, M.D, world-renown physician and surgeon should be relevant. This gentleman strongly urges vaccination. Would such a person, whether prophet or physician, ask another human being to accept something harmful? Central to tenets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is freedom to choose. However, when one chooses, there is no escape from the consequences. A person who opts out of vaccination is opting in to possibly cause premature death of himself or herself, as well as friends, loved ones, and unknown contacts. I read an article in the Deseret News about an emergency room physician in St. George, Utah. He talked about how those who refused vaccination are burdened with intense guilt when they discover someone they care about has been afflicted with Covid and/or death from Covid. Those same people realize these deaths and times of extreme sickness were ever so preventable. So I will be polite to all, try to extend charity to all. But my belief is that those who rejection in vaccination are swathed in the selfishness of the our culture of "being true to my authentic self."

MarkNovember 16, 2021

If one does a word search in the scriptures of “earn” or “earned” you will not find them. There is zero reference to “earning” one’s Salvation. Salvation is a gift. But, one has the choice, the agency to accept or reject that Gift. Once accepted thoughts, desires, and actions turn to Christ, who is the Giver of that Gift.

Becky S.November 16, 2021

I was surprised at some of the books my children had in their Utah school library too. The intense descriptions of sexual acts of minors in books for children was shocking. “These sources violate Utah obscenity laws found in criminal code and health education code.” They sure do and the first step is knowing what your child is reading and visit your library. Speak up, we don’t want our children being exposed to this illegal filth because someone else thinks it is appropriate for educating the young minds of our children. It is wrong and my children are precious to me as a parent. I don’t want them reading or being exposed to pornography. These books are against the law in Utah.

KJBNovember 16, 2021

I'd rather save my compassion for the vulnerable people who caught COVID thanks to the petulant crybabies who refuse to think of anybody but themselves. I love how the people who normally insist that the discussion is over after the Prophet has spoken are now trying to justify disobeying him. Anything to own the libs, right? Mah Freedom!!!!!

RobertNovember 16, 2021

I hope church members follow the urging of a prophet of God, regardless of the outcome. Our pioneer ancestors were asked to cross the plains and some suffered greatly for it, even cost some their lives. Will they be blessed for their decision to follow the prophet? Absolutely, for God is good. We still ought to be kind to those who choose not to follow though. Compassion is required of us just as faith and hope are. Thanks for the insights in the article.

C.November 16, 2021

Thank you for the work, research and effort you put into this article. This is a perspective that is so needed right now. I pray more people will lead out with compassion and not judgment for someone else’s circumstances.

Jeff LindsayNovember 16, 2021

When I read about porn being promoted pn some of the databases you mentioned, I was skeptical. But using Duckduckgo to search, I searched for "Follett Destiny Discover parental complaints pornography" (without quotes) and quickly found an article from Nov. 11, 2021 in the Tennessee Star where a parental complaint at a school board meeting indicated that the Destiny Discover app, at least as set up for her child's school, was giving kids a list of recommended books that were highly inappropriate. The first page of recommendations or books near the top of the list were sources of great concern. It wasn't like there was a hidden book somewhere that a child would have to actively seek to get exposed to risque material, but rather, the databases seems to be pursuing an ugly agenda or promoting material that would be damaging to children. See Parents need to be alert and not naively assume that reasonable adults are in charge of what their child will be exposed to. Thank you for this valuable article!

JAmesNovember 16, 2021

My ancestor practiced plural marriage, but she was the third wife. Who am I going to lose in my family line? My forefather or foremother? Who is going to be kicked out into another family and no longer able to associate by choice and marriage whom they chose in this life? My forefather and 4 foremothers loved each other and were happy. They were sealed by authority with the promise that the ordinance was "bound on earth and in heaven." You are suggesting, even if they choose each other willingly in this and the next life, that they do not get each other, and in fact the sealing power here on earth is null and void on a grand scale in the eternities. Also polygamy is not a term the scripture uses. You use the term as though polygamy itself is a type of marriage order, "an exception." In reality, all marriage takes the exact same order. Every single marriage is between one and and one woman. Every marriage can only be consummated between one man and one woman. Anything else is biologically impossible. Hence the term plural marriage, which is a term denoting the plurality of monogamous marriages. Three wives = three marriages. So I think the idea that polygamy is a sacrificial exception outside the eternal order of God is a big stretch. And you have overlooked the nature of the sealing power on earth tied to heaven and overlooked God honoring those agents who desire their plural marriages to continue as was promised in the authorized marriage ceremony.

Jann BradfordNovember 15, 2021

As a frrshman at the U. Of U. I was privileged to be in the chorus of Madam Butterfly with Ariel Bybee in the lead role. I had never seen/heard an opera before and her extraordinary voice and powerful performance brought me to tears. And to my amazement, backstage she was so kind; humble and approachable. I have never forgotten that experience. It was one of the highlights of my young life.

Maryann TaylorNovember 15, 2021

There is probably not a ward or branch in the church where parents are not struggling with the heartache of rebellious children. I agree with all the sentiments expressed here about continuing to love and to express that love. There are few things that are more powerful in softening a child's heart. However, if your daughter decides not to respect the rules you set down in your home--especially if she brings drugs or other harmful substances into your home after you have made your rules clear, you have an obligation to protect your younger children. If that means she must leave, then she has made that choice. There is no such thing as agency without accountability and consequences.

Maryann TaylorNovember 15, 2021

Elder David A. Bednar, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gives us great enlightenment on this subject in his address: FAITHFUL PARENTS AND WAYWARD CHILDREN. He writes: "The statements of Joseph Smith and Orson F. Whitney are construed by some members of the Church to mean that wayward children unconditionally receive the blessings of salvation because of and through the faithfulness of parents. However, this interpretation is moderated by the fact that the most complete account of the Prophet's sermon was not available to Church historians...In the more complete set of notes recorded by Howard and Martha Coray, Joseph Smith is shown to have qualified his statement to make the promised blessings conditional upon the obedience of the children: 'When a father and mother of a family have [been sealed], their children WHO HAVE NOT TRANSGRESSED are secured by the seal wherewith the parents have been sealed.' "This clarification is more consistent doctrinally...the concept of unconditional salvation for disobedient children would contradict many foundational teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, including the second article of faith that 'men will be punished for their own sins.' Elder Bednar goes on to affirm the powerful influence of righteous parents in the lives of their children, however, he also states "Mercy will not rob justice, and the sealing power of faithful parents will only claim wayward children upon the condition of their repentance and Christ's atonement. Repentant wayward children will enjoy salvation and all the blessings that go with it, but exaltation is much more. It must be fully earned. The question as to who will be exalted must be left to the Lord in his mercy." A thorough reading of Elder Bednar's article is very illuminating on this subject.

Maryann TaylorNovember 15, 2021

Thank you SO MUCH for doing this--it is going to help me a lot in teaching my Gospel Doctrine class. This is truly the most thrilling event we will ever experience on this earth!

Becky DouglasNovember 15, 2021

Dear Katrina, Of course! Let's all spread the joy of Gratitude with others. Thanks for all you are doing! Becky

amaryNovember 15, 2021

I think its important to not blow this out of proportion. What they described sounds pretty tame compared to other things she could be doing. I also went to a church school, and let me tell you this is extremely common. Way more common than people think. Especially with kids who grew up in very strict households where they felt constantly controlled. Once they are living on their own and finally have some freedom they go a little overboard. They just don't usually tell their parents, which makes me wonder how they found out and if she told them as a bid for attention or to rile them up. Who knows. When interacting with the daughter, just act with love and compassion. Resist the urge to lecture or guilt trip, this will just push her further away. Her feeling unconditionally loved and maintaining positive connections with family will make a big difference in her future choices. She already knows the parents stance on the matter, there is no need to keep repeating it. As for the younger children, maybe have a discussion as to why we try to abstain from drugs, alcohol, and other things. Explain what the negative consequences could be if they make certain choices. Some times we focus so much on the "Don't do that!" that we provide little information on the reasons behind it. Also resist the urge to become more controlling with the younger kids in an attempt to keep them from making similar choices. Often the more controlling and overzealous we become with religious matters, we cause the opposite effect than intended. I wouldn't worry about the younger kids too much. I had older siblings and friends that made poor choices but I felt no need to follow in their footsteps.

ShaunaNovember 15, 2021

This incident has left me heartsick and concerned. My daughter just arrived in Mexico a week ago to serve her mission, and although she's not in the mission where this occurred, this crime hit close to home. I know that missionaries are in the Lord's Hands, but I also know that bad things happen to missionaries sometimes. Having served a mission myself, I know that missionaries are sometimes in areas they would never be in otherwise, at times of night etc., but this was in a Chapel with 70 missionaries and their mission President. One would assume that they were safe. I just pray that God will compensate those there and pray that the Spirit was with them during the ordeal, and that somehow this incident will become a rallying cry for their mission and will serve to strengthen them overall. God is good and He is in charge

Patricia WintersNovember 15, 2021

When videos and podcasts are posted, it would be beneficial to me, and I am sure some others, if a transcript could be included. For several reasons, it is difficult for me to sit and listen to a subject, but I can read the same matter with ease. Having a transcript would allow me to obtain the information without problems.

Tami TaylorNovember 14, 2021

This is by far the most beautiful, insightful article I have ever read. I have struggled, oh how I have struggled with polygamy. Fearing that God really did not love me and would ask something so heartwrenching and so wrong of me goes against everything I have known and felt about him..This talk brought so much peace. I feel happy and hopeful and like my greatest dreams and desires really can be realized. So many women struggle with this. So many. Are we just lesser people in God's eyes that he does not care for our sorrow and dreams? I can not believe that. It can not be true. 3 Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. 4 For after much tribulation come the blessings I think all those who sacrificed so much will receive a hundredfold of blessings, the greatest being they will be sealed to one man and one man only.

Mary Ann T McConkieNovember 14, 2021

Vivian, thanks ever so much for weaving our kitchen tables with many of our most effective learnings. I have fought for the dinner hour, because rarely do families eat meals together in our face-paced society. You say it so well and as I listen to your children teach and expound, I know you and Carlos provided what you have described above. You've passed the baton and the race will be won!

MikkoNovember 14, 2021

I for one am very grateful someone had the courage to tell me about my wife and her affair. I was the one who had no idea and tried to defend her. The truth came out. So glad I am no longer living in that false sense of reality.

Kathy McFarlandNovember 14, 2021

Haven’t our leaders always taught that those who do not have the opportunity to marry in this life will be given that blessing in the next life? Just wondering about your comment that marrying only takes place in this life.

Anita B. AnonymousNovember 13, 2021

I rarely make comments of any kind to any sort of article. But this article has impacted my life and my eternal destiny. I am a convert of 4 years. I grew up with an abusive, violent, misogynistic father and I survived an abusive husband. Being completely fed up with men, and still needing a primary relationship, I married a Lesbian woman. That marriage too, ended in disaster. I concluded that if there was any love at all on this earth, it had to be coming from a Divine Source- humans are just too messed up and life is just too hard for love to survive here. An honest look at my life led me to admit that I had indeed seen and felt evidence of love. Therefore, there had to be some kind of “Source of Love” somewhere. And I was determined to find it or die trying. I was shocked and surprised when my quest led me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Here, I found more peace, joy, hope, and love than I had thought possible. I was baptized, confirmed, & endowed. A year after my endowment, I was blessed to be sealed in a Temple marriage with a wonderful, loving, righteous man. When I encountered beliefs of Latter-Day Saints around the issue of polygamy in the Celestial Kingdom, my trust in God as well as my joy and peace, began to crumble. I had actually believed all that stuff about marriage partners being equally yoked; polygamy in the Celestial Kingdom is NOT being equally yoked. I had believed that Heavenly Father loves all his children equally. How is it that a man sealed in the Temple can be commanded to take on 50 more wives? Would God command my husband to take on 50 more wives in the Celestial Kingdom? As a result, I would spend a day with my husband to do this? What kind of God does that? That doesn’t sound like Heaven- that sounds like hell. So it must be true- “women are “less than”, dirty, unworthy creatures and they are allowed in heaven only because they provide sexual pleasure to men and produce babies. I am not a beloved daughter of God after all, I am a piece of dirt. My destiny is to be in a harem and spend the eternities changing diapers and burping a billion babies. I want to be destroyed. I don’t want to be a woman. I want to be broken down into the basic elements and be obliterated. Even the sons of perdition are entitled to this escape. Can’t I have the same out? I was in dangerous territory and sinking fast. I was a mess. My relationship to the Godhead, my relationship to my husband, and my relationship to all things Spiritual was crumbling. With anguish I prayed and relentlessly searched scripture for greater Light and Wisdom on this matter. I had just a spark of hope that maybe, just maybe, my understanding was faulty and incomplete. Maybe my perceptions and understanding were colored by my childhood in the brutal earthly culture of Satan, coupled with incorrect teachings of imperfect (but well meaning) mortals. I continued going to the Temple and beseeched the Godhead for further Light and Wisdom. For a long time, I spoke to no one about the heavy darkness and gnawing fear inside me. Then with our “Come Follow Me” studies on D&C 132 this week, I confided my feelings and fears to my husband. While he was kind, loving, and patient, I remained enveloped in fear and darkness. We prayed together and individually. I saw no reprieve. This article was like the first light following a brutal dark arctic winter. It brought a glimmer of light and hope. The heavy darkness has begun to recede and I feel trust in Heavenly Father, hope in Jesus Christ, and joy in the Restored Gospel beginning to return. I want to thank you for this carefully researched, well thought out, logically constructed article. It has played a crucial role in the process of restoring peace and trust in my relationship to the Godhead, my husband, and all things Spiritual.

Ronald BarnesNovember 13, 2021

Ever since I was rather young, I had always felt that there was one person who I was destined to marry. It had already been arranged in the pre-mortal existence. My future wife and I had our first date when we were 17 years old. The next day I began telling people that I had found the girl I was going to marry. That was 50 years ago. After all of that it would be devastating to me to spend eternity without her. It’s a great comfort to me to know that our marital relationship will not die when one of us does.

HMCNovember 13, 2021

While the scriptures teach that we are ... • “free to choose” (2 Nephi 2:27), and • “free to act” (2 Nephi 10:23), and • “free [to] act for [ourselves]” (Helaman 14:30) ... some mistakenly believe that have something called “free agency.” You will NOT find the term “free agency” anywhere in the scriptures. HOWEVER ..  in D&C 101:78 you WILL find the term “moral agency.” AND ... there is a significant difference between these two terms. I invite you to go to the Gospel Library App to investigate this subject ... just search for “moral agency.”

CC WilliamsNovember 12, 2021

Thank you for this! I truly appreciate the understanding this treatise on obedience and sacrifice. I couldn't help reflecting on how this discussion might, in some way, apply to what took place in Eden

TrudyNovember 12, 2021

We are going through his with two of our children. You can make a choice to love them or ostracise them. We choose to love. How else will they learn that we as parents and church members are Christlike. It’s been 13 yrs for our daughter but now she has a partner and 3 children of her own and we notice her softening each year and it’s wonderful! Everyone has their own conversion, and time to learn. Some learn by faith and faster than others. Some learn very slowly and the hard way… and that’s painful but their way of learning. Also on the flip side this has been a refining process for us as parents, we have had to learn to respect the process and love our children - and sometimes loving them is hard when you are being treated poorly. But we need to dig deep and remember that as parents we need to continue to set the example and just continue to keep the channels open and LOVE. Continue to fast and pray. We have lessons to learn as parents and this is as much a learning curve for us as it is for them. I look at my parents who had 7 children, all very different and they survived the trials of raring a family :) so it must be possible ♥️♥️

Sandra WhiteNovember 12, 2021

My oldest teen son was a rebel during high school years along with friends used drugs, etc. His 3 siblings knew what he was doing and realized it was not for them but his behavior did cause problems even to the point I had to call the police as he was cursing & destroying furniture....they found drugs hidden in a cut out in a book and he spent the night in jail. Was not easy for me as a single mother but had to be done. Eventually i had to have him leave the house but told him I loved him and if ever he needed anything I would be there for him.....he struggled but eventually found Christ and turned his life around. He is now 62 and has lived a life for Christ and I am proud of him. Suggest this mother not be too concerned about the siblings as they too can see what she is doing is wrong and if she just loves her wayward daughter, they will not follow in her path.

Rebecca M PinegarNovember 12, 2021

So incredibly beautiful and well written. Such a flood of memories. I stepped back to that place of total security. Thank you for so beautifully weaving in the profound blessings of such a setting. I want to go back, sit again, listen better, marvel at what my mother did and was so gifted at. A job that sometimes overwhelms me, yet I never heard or saw any reason to believe that it wasn't just effortless for her, though it could not have been. Then the discussions, and the horrible music that we still try to mimic and wonder why no one understands, and why it is so unspeakably funny. You have transported me to a place I pray I have created at least a sliver of in my own home. A place, I believe we will once again sit at, only with even grander implications. So priceless!

SimplicioNovember 12, 2021

The ultimate purpose of the Restored Gospel is not to leave us "as the angels which are in heaven." (Matthew 22:30) "But to which of the angels hath He said at any time, 'Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet?' Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:13-14)

MaryNovember 12, 2021

Excellent article, very well thought out and backed up with logic and actual scripture. The idea of polygamy and that I may be forced to live it at some point tormented me for years, ever since I was a girl. Its only been in recent years that I have found a little peace on the matter after the spirit reassured me. I know many women who still are tormented by this idea, its pretty common. I find that the conversations and rationalizing surrounding polygamy always seem to involve warped and sexist thinking. Hopefully as a people we can begin to evolve and view things with more logic and clarity, like in this article. If you truly believe that God loves his daughters and sons equally and wants them all to be happy and saved in the eternities, the old ways of looking at it fall apart. This article gives me hope for my ancestors that practiced polygamy, I always mourned the unfairness of it all and how much pain it caused the women back then.

James W ScottNovember 12, 2021

I’ve read with interest your essays on polygamy and commend your views and conclusions on the three mystery versus in D&C 132. I tend to agree with your conclusions re the somewhat obscure meaning of the tenets taught in these versus. I’d like to offer a few comments on the idea that motherhood and child bearing are a sacrifice of similar import as the atonement. The Lord’s sacrifice and even Abraham’s obedience are horrendously more horrific than the sacrifice of having children. (And I’m certainly in awe of my own wife’s suffering 5 times for our children.) In the vernacular of today’s attitudes toward child bearing it seems, at least in America that anyone having more than two children are the exception and in some cases an imposition on the resources of society and that the woman that has children is making an enormous sacrifice of opportunity and beauty. Many women in the 19th century gave birth to 12 or more and seemingly forgot Eve's ‘curse’, the pain and acceptance of 18 or more years of responsibility. The separation of the sex act and having children has become a major issue. President Spencer W Kimball complained the “veneration of the orgasm” (Conf Report, Nov 1974) has replaced the intimacy of giving birth to and caring for and bringing children to ‘the joy and happiness of a posterity’. ‘Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” Ps 127:3. In taking umbrage to that sacrificial view can I point out that Eve after hearing the curse of child bearing testified that were it not for her transgression they would not have had children and she gloried in that ‘curse’, that sorrows would multiply AND conception. In fact not having children became a major stumbling block for many in the scriptures: Rachel and Leah, and their handmaids, entered into a major competition to see who could provide the most offspring, even to prostituting Jacob over some mandrake stems. Hannah plead with the Lord for Samuel over the shame of not having any children while her wife mate did. The struggling of single women in Isa 4:1 where seven women vied for a husband’s name and attendant child bearing. Tamar prostituted herself with Judah for children when he refused to marry her to his son Er. Even Emma had trouble having and keeping her offspring alive and healthy. Mrs. Thomas Kane, the peacemaker, in their journey to Salt Lake to defuse the US Army’s entry into the SL valley overnighted in a polygamous household. She wrote that while she was outraged over the idea of polygamy commented that there was no animosity between wives and that they got along well and the household was run in a wonderfully efficient and peaceful manner.

Judy PetersonNovember 12, 2021

Wow! This is SO GOOD! “Mormon myths” abound, particularly in my generation (I’m 80 yrs old) of lifelong active members. I have come to many of these truths on my own, of course under the guidance of the Spirit) and it’s so encouraging to see them in public print. Thank you !

Lorie N DavisNovember 12, 2021

I've just read that article on the sacrifice of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, and found it wonderfully intelligent, analytical, logical, and uplifting.  One thing did bother me slightly, though, how come the "sacrifice" of polygamy is more attributed to men, when it is actually the women who suffer the most?  Simply in a physical sense, in the pioneer days of polygamy, the women often had to support themselves and their children with little aid from the father, who was usually on a mission or tending to his other families.     It doesn't seem such a sacrifice to men to have multiple sexual partners (which has always been billes as a thrill for men), or very many children born to them (unless the worry to men is about how they can support such a huge number of persons financially and emotionally). On the other hand, actually living with a number of wives may be confusing to men in trying to adjust daily or weekly to all the differing personalities of the wives -- since men claim they can never understand an individual woman in the first place. I'll bet there is a lot about the sacrifice of Sarah that remains unrecorded, since it is men who write the scriptures.  What were HER revelations from God?  Yes, she wanted children for her beloved husband, but to GIVE him another wife to be the mother of his children?  HOW UTTERLY WRENCHING if (as I believe) the Lord spoke to Sarah and actually commanded her to give Hagar to Abraham! Might that not have been a sacrifice to Sarah, equal to Abraham's command to sacrifice his son?  And what were the humiliations of Hagar, handed over like a bought brood-are to an old man?  Was she, too, commanded by revelation to accept this sacrifice? Interesting, too, that Sarah's sacrifice was commanded YEARS before Abraham's sacrifice was commanded.  But Sarah met the command, sacrificed her sacred, intimate relationship with her husband to give him another woman as a sexual partner, AND for that other woman to be the first mother to her beloved Abraham's promised seed.  Talk about a double, agonizing sacrifice!  You and I might appreciate the depth of that sacrifice, but could ANY MAN understand what two such sacrifices would mean to an loving and faithful wife?  I do not think so. Someday we will be able to view all these scriptural stories from the woman's point of view, physically and emotionally.  It will be a final assuaging of all women's painful dismissal in men-written scriptures, and a COLOSSAL eye-opener for all the men in the world!

gary bealNovember 12, 2021

My wife and I read both of these articles and were greatly blessed and uplifted. We completely “bought” the interpretation and reasoning of the first article and found it sound and doctrinal. I do have a couple of issues to raise with the “implications” put forth in the second article, though in general concurrence with its logic and conclusion. On the topic of a “sex ratio” in the afterlife, I’m not sure I agree with the assertion that there is no doctrinal basis for assuming more women than men. If we assume that in the pre-existence the sex ratio was 1 to 1, what happened to that ratio when the Sons of Perdition were cast out? Some posit that this portion was as many as one-third of God’s spirits who were cast out of heaven. They were not “sons and daughters” of Perdition, but only sons. And after this life, only men will be assigned to outer darkness. Brigham held this view, as do many (but not) all of the brethren who have spoken on the topic since then. In our Temple endowment, women are pronounced clean in ways that men are not; it doesn’t seem reasonable that all men will overcome their uncleanness in this life. These doctrinal observations argue against the 1 to 1 sex ratio in the resurrection. The article states that if one believes polygamy is “ubiquitous” in the celestial kingdom, there must be at least twice as many women as men. In the history of the church 1840-1890, polygamy was “ubiquitous” (everywhere present) yet only about 3% of the men practiced polygamy. It didn’t require that there be twice as many women for it to work. For me, the logic of that position just doesn’t hold up, nor comport with early church experience. The third area that raises questions is in the arena of a man in this life, who after his wife dies, marries another wife “for time and all eternity.” Whether this constitutes a sacrifice or not for the 2nd wife, she nevertheless freely enters that covenant without being commanded. You point out that the brethren anticipate consequences of Temple covenants in the hereafter by not requiring a child of faithless parent(s) to be sealed again. If plural marriage is always a sacrifice akin to Abraham’s, why would the brethren not facilitate stopping that unnecessary sacrifice? I have read (not nearly as much as the author[s] of these articles) about some of the experiences of polygamous wives in the early days of the church. My observation is that not all of them saw or experienced polygamy as a painful, singular Abrahamic-type sacrifice. I fully agree that many (perhaps even most?) saw polygamy that way, but the interpretation published seems to allow little room for actual participating women to see it as something other than sacrificial. Lastly, the second article seems to allow no need or requirement for ever requiring a woman in the hereafter to live “the Law of Sarah” (D&C132:65). My understanding is that God never gives a law or commandment that is strictly temporal or worldly. For reasons that are too sacred to be discussed here, it is my belief that polygamy does have a role to play in our eternal progression, but perhaps in a situation similar in context to the one the author so beautifully explains in the first article. Please know that nothing I have written above should detract from the beautiful and profound discussion of polygamy in the first article, but only perhaps quibbles with some of the implications of these profound insights in the second article.

JudyNovember 12, 2021

I agree with the advice about always honoring agency. I feel the most important thing is to let the child know of your love and NEVER GIVE UP! Our family experienced a situation like this, but our child eventually came back and is a strong member and an example to many.

Catrina GarnerNovember 12, 2021

Thank you for your article! I 100% agree! Could I possibly share your article on Facebook with others? I am currently posting daily gratitude quotes every day and will for the month of November and I would love to share your article on Thanksgiving Day with your name of course credited to the article. But if this isn’t allowed I understand. Thank you

JeanNovember 12, 2021

I love the advice you gave to this concerned mother. I love how "agency" is part of the gospel plan. It was so important that God chose it over Satan's plan of forced obedience. I also love the knowledge that we have a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother who is more concerned about our children than we are. I had an experience with one of my children when he was a teenager. He got into some serious trouble and had to have a probation officer. I was so upset with him and ready to read the riot act to him. However, I decided to go to the temple first. For me, the veil is very thin in the celestial room. It was there that I prayed fervently for this child and asked Heavenly Father to give me revelation for him. I felt impressed to show him an increase of love. This was opposite to how I felt. He did turn his life around and after many years has come back to the gospel. I know every child is unique but I highly recommend asking Heavenly Father, who loves your child deeply, for revelation on how to treat your situation.

Colleen StoutNovember 12, 2021

Thank you Vivian for the wonderful analogy and reminder about tables in scriptures, and our own lives. When our large family talks of where they would like to be once again, it would be around our family table. We would not leave in a hurry, as it was too much fun to stay and talk and enjoy one another. No other place in our home could qualify for that special bonding. Colleen Stout

Michele NoelNovember 12, 2021

Thank you, Vivian, for a refreshing view of our need for familial connectedness as a strengthening paradigm about our place in the plan of salvation. Beautiful! I have followed your written and audio work for decades and shared them with my family endlessly. We are still waiting for your book on the garden story. God Watches!

Harold RustNovember 11, 2021

Thank you for a lengthy, carefully referenced, deeply thoughtful, and powerfully emotional discussion of the most universal of all social relationships on earth that just happens to be so greatly misunderstood by many. I look forward to the "continued" discussion because the over-riding question in today's world where lots of different arrangements between men and women are socially acceptable is: "If a man can have more than one wife, why not the reverse?" I have formulated what for me is an answer consistent with all other doctrine of the Church but which I have not seen written or spoken anywhere in scriptures or by the prophets. I'll therefore be interested in what author Cassler has as an answer.

Kay Wiemer GerkeNovember 11, 2021

Beautifully written and inspiring article. Thank you for sharing this.

Judy PetersonNovember 11, 2021

This article effectively supports the idea that we have A Mother in Heaven, not an assortment of mothers, an idea which I’ve heard expressed by some people recently as we’ve started having discussions about our Mother. I’ve seen several other sources saying the law of marriage is a man and a woman. As the author points out, this does not preclude an alternate interpretation, but i think the Lord intends to be clear on key doctrines and would be explicit if plural marriage were the law of Heaven. I think that’s a misconception left over from “the old days:” Policies regarding sealing of deceased couples with multiple spouses has changed over the years. It would be helpful to know more about the principles behind our current policy of sharing every possible combination of spouses, as well as living men sealed to both deceased and living spouses.

Sophia McLaughlinNovember 11, 2021

I'd like to make another clarification. "Only if we acquit ourselves well in the roles of spouse and parent in this probationary state are we entitled to perpetuate those roles in an eternal marriage state in the hereafter." Omit the "only", and I'll agree with you fully. According to modern-day prophets, marriage in the hereafter will also be made available to righteous men and women who lived under circumstances that prevented them from receiving this blessing in mortality.

Sophia McLaughlinNovember 11, 2021

I'd like to make a correction. You say that tv ose who do not qualify for the fullness of the celestial kingdom will remain single. Perhaps you meant "fullness" to stand for exaltation, and in that case we do agree. I did want to point out that there will be those who inherit the celestial kingdom singly, marrriage is only required for exaltation within the celestial kingdom, but it is not required to enjoy living with the Father and the fullness of his company.

Phillip C. SmithyNovember 11, 2021

Very thoughtful and insightful. Thank you.

karell binghamNovember 11, 2021

Abraham was to be the great head of a chosen nation. Would he obey? He had been given the promise that his posterity would be as the sands of the sea. Did he have enough faith to believe beyond mortal understanding that the Lord would keep his word, even if he killed his only son? That is why the Abrahamic test is often called the test of incongruity. A test that flies in the face of what has been understood. To my feeling, polygamy was this kind of test for Joseph. He truly was a great man of God! Thanks for your help in understanding this sometimes troubling commandment!

James ScottNovember 11, 2021

I enjoyed your exposition and illumination of D&C 132 re polygamy, and I’m looking forward to the continuation. Commenting on Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac. This represention of the Lord’s own sacrifice, (Jacob 4: which is a similitude of God and his Only Begotten Son.) is horror filled and mortifying in its conception as was the crucifixion of the Lord. Could I point out that the faith of Abraham was strengthened by the teaching that he knew the promises could be fulfilled by Isaac being raised from the dead. The lecture on faith in Hebrews 11 show his expectation. 17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, 18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: 19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. The same figure Jacob understood. He had to have understood the doctrine of resurrection and glory to have had the faith that God could raise Isaac from the dead to fulfill the promises. Hagar and Ishmael: the promises given to Abraham apply equally to Ishmael and Abraham saw to the welfare of his son. Ishmael helped and attended the burial of his father, (Gen 25:8,9). Moreover, Ishmael had twelve sons mirroring the heritage of Jacob’s twelve sons. However, Abraham knew that Isaac was the son of promise, (Gen 17, Gal 4,5)

Michele NoelNovember 11, 2021

Fantastic! Worth the read! Thank you Valerie.

Maryann TaylorNovember 11, 2021

This is beautiful. I have always known that my marriage isn't just between two people, but that the Savior is an essential third partner with us. Thank you for reminding us of the symbolic meaning of the altars in the temple.

AJ CurrieNovember 10, 2021

I can think of no better definition of self-esteem than D&C 121:45. And, that verse even explains the one sure way to obtain true self-esteem: "Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God;...." How could anyone have more self-esteem than to be confident standing before God?

brooks sNovember 10, 2021

Wow. Would love for you to write another book. Let me know when your next one is published. Love your writing style.

Jeff LindsayNovember 10, 2021

Thank you for this valuable information and for your informed perspective. It seems that it's increasingly important for parents to pay attention to what is happening with their kids at school. I think you made a wise move to turn to homeschooling for the beginning of your child's education.

Sandy KerrNovember 10, 2021

Thank you for sharing this inspiring story and brightening my day!

Maryann TaylorNovember 10, 2021

My husband installed shelves on the inside of my pantry door. I didn't think there was enough room to do this and still be able to close the door. Oh, boy, was I wrong! I can't believe how much I can store on these shelves. I like the reminder of how much room is between the tops of kitchen cabinets and the ceiling in many homes--dead space that can hold a lot---keep in mind that it will be warm up there, so store things that you rotate more often.

Gail KNovember 10, 2021

Wonderful story of a good man. Thank you for sharing this, it reminds us during tough times, that there are other's who have it tougher. God bless this man, I would give him my last $5.00 to feed his daughter. This has opened my eyes to be more aware of those around us, and look for that sadden eye that is waiting for God's blessing that I can assist him with. May I be God's hands to bless others.

Scot ProctorNovember 10, 2021

The film is available on DVD from Seagull Book. We've now added that information above, thank you for asking!

Ronya SimmonsNovember 10, 2021

Will this film be screened outside of Utah? Can it be ordered on DVD or is it available through live streaming or some other media?

Pam RoderNovember 9, 2021

Always grand to hear/read Patrick Degn. Brilliant mind that causes me to smile agree and wish I could say things as well as he. Thank you for the wonderful insight from our paltry human view of God and His "Alpha and Omega" perspective. Thank you Patrick.

BoBNovember 9, 2021

I offended an investigator recently who used this, where's the blood question, for his pretext to not put any serious effort into examining the Book of Mormon or its claims. I offended him because I just could not understand what the problem was. We do not have a detailed step by step drawn out picture of the precise events of that evening. By the way, the Book of Mormon is a book of doctrine not court room minutes. Nephi is explaining God's instructions and reasoning for why and how they were to proceed. He is not performing a dramatic reenactment. If you read the pertinent verses in 1 Nephi 4 you should realize this was not a thirty second mugging. Nephi spent time there with drunken Laban and with the Lord. He took time to ponder, pray, respond, deliberate. What verse 19 does not say is I cut off Laban's head and then proceeded to remove his clothing ( Wow. I really did this in the wrong order. Gosh. That was stupid.) What it does say is after I cut off his head, I took his clothes and put them on. Why was Nephi holding Laban's sword prior to having any thought about killing him. The most logical/reasonable answer is he was removing drunken Laban's clothing. Remember the mission is to get the plates. This is simple (I really don't mean to be a jerk, but) pretty obvious, and based on the fragments of information concerning what happened that evening, the most logical and rational idea concerning how Nephi proceeded. There was lots of blood. Of course there was, but not on Laban's clothes. They had been removed. This is far more economical than saying when Nephi says, 'I picked him up by the hair of his head and cut it off.' that he doesn't mean 'I cut it off'. No, Nephi cut off Laban's head and put on his clothes, just as the passage relates. My investigator friend was troubled that I would insinuate Nephi took his clothes off first. "The passage doesn't say that." Neither does it say he took them off after the head smiting." It also doesn't say he put on his sandals in the morning and ate his mush, but I bet he did. It also doesn't say he dragged Laban to a dark nearby area so as not to be seen, but I bet he did. If someone rejects the BOM because of 'where is the blood?' They really aren't very interested anyway or have other issues with the BOM or the Church or our religion because frankly that's just pretty weak.

Doris WilliamsNovember 9, 2021

Made me laugh out loud! Loved it. Thank you

PaulaNovember 9, 2021

Thank you so much for expressing/validating the feelings I've had for 40 years. Your thorough, well-thought-out and articulate essay will give others pause for thought.

Dan EllsworthNovember 9, 2021

I'm glad this article was helpful for you, friends. MAbernethy, yours is a good question, and I'm not sure why we don't have specific instructions for exorcism. I performed two on my mission, and I basically did what I heard other missionaries and members had done: raise the right arm to the square and command it to leave in the name of Christ. But I personally think a simple command in the name of Christ is sufficient. As to why we don't see more open manifestations of possession? It's very common in other parts of the world; in Western societies, Satan seems to want to leave us with the impression that he doesn't even exist.

Todd RNovember 9, 2021

I found more scriptural support for why Nephi was justified in killing Laban in Doctrine and Covenants section 98:23-38. It says in effect don't react to your enemy when they "smite you" two times, and if you spare them after the third time you and your posterity would have eternal rewards, "31 Nevertheless, thine enemy IS IN THINE HANDS; and if thou rewardest him according to his works thou art justified; IF HE HAS SOUGHT THY LIFE, AND THY LIFE IS ENDARGERED BY HIM, thine enemy IS IN THINE HANDS AND THOUGH ART JUSTIFIED. 32 Behold, THIS IS THE LAW I GAVE UNTO MY SERVANT NEPHI, and thy fathers, Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, and all mine ancient prophets and apostles. Nephi's account explicitly lists two times that Laban tried to kill them, and we can easily deduce that as and "elder of the Jews", Laban had tried to kill his father, just like the elders of the Jews killed the Savior. (No wonder, Laban and Lemuel said "it was a hard thing" to ask them to go back and face Laban when he had already tried to kill their father) Nephi stated twice that "Behold THE LORD HATH DELIVERED HIM INTO THY HANDS" which is the same wording as the D&C. Nephi wrote this account approximately 30 years after it happened and due to the difficulty of writing on plates, it is not surprising that he would not give every little detail of what the spirit may have told him, but what he did write is absolutely consistent with the law in the D&C, and the Lord told Joseph Smith that this was the law that he taught Nephi.

LewisNovember 9, 2021

You know what I am grateful for? Your articles! They bring such joy and happiness into my life. Please keep writing. You have such wonderful insights, and tell such beautiful stories.

Bradley J. KramerNovember 9, 2021

Along these lines, I think of the sealing altar as the modern ark of the covenant--the sealing room being an extension of the celestial room (or holy of holies) and the participants being the cheribim on opposite sides of the altar leaning over the altar with their faces towards each other (Exo. 25:9-20). Our sealings, therefore, reflect the everlasting "marriage" covenant God made with Israel and show how integrally involved he is with them (Lev. 26:9-13; Isa. 54:4-6; etc.)

Maxine McCoyNovember 8, 2021

This was one of the best articles I’ve read for a very long time. Well written and the wisdom it contains is so needed for our times. Good job!

ElaineNovember 8, 2021

That was a beautiful meaningful story. Thanks for the reminder to let our lights shine:)

Wally GoddardNovember 8, 2021

Excellent insights! It is worth noting that the scientific community turned squarely against self-esteem in 1983 with Susan Harter's review of research. Any continuing enthusiasm for self-esteem is primarily driven by pop psychology.

Haze KompelienNovember 8, 2021

"If He is the Alpha and Omega, doesn’t that suggest a beginning and an end, or are those words also gateways to more iconoclastic shenanigans?" Smiled so much at this line! And I think I would really love your mom, after reading "One of the many gems she dropped on me was, “Look, son, the church comforts the disturbed and disturbs the comfortable.”

Maryann TaylorNovember 8, 2021

This is a great reminder for people who are dating to really check out their potential dates. An acquaintance of mine was dating through a website for church members. They soon discovered that some of the potential dates were involved in divorce proceedings that were not yet final. Unfortunately, people need to be extremely cautious and get as much information as possible about potential dates. As to the question of whether to alert the woman who has a husband that is straying? I would certainly want someone to tell me!

S LambertNovember 8, 2021

I really enjoyed your article. Just FYI, the correct attribution for the "old time rail journey" quote is the Unitarian Minister Jenkin Lloyd Jones as quoted by President Gordon B. Hinckley.

Cynthia DeckerNovember 8, 2021

Love the post...had to look up some of the Latin but it was a pleasure. Thank you.

Sandy KerrNovember 8, 2021

Great insight, beautifully expressed! Thank you...

LexaGraemeNovember 8, 2021

Marvelous read! Thank you very much. I love the Chesterton quotes.

Will KimlingerNovember 8, 2021

Well said!

GTONovember 8, 2021

President Hinckley was quoting Jenkin Lloyd Jones. Great article! Thanks.

Breck EnglandNovember 8, 2021

Heather, you are right. I had a feeling I should include this point and failed to do so. As you say, the plan of God applies to every stage of life, premortal, mortal, and postmortal. It is a plan of mercy for everyone. I should also have added that God deals with every one of his children separately and individually. In his omniscience He takes every one of their circumstances into account in determining the degree of glory to which they will attain. This concept is particularly important for those who for one reason or another don't seem to "fit" into the eternal pattern of exaltation. We are in no position to judge the eternal destiny of anyone. That is our Savior's job.

Ray CooperNovember 8, 2021

Honestly, one of the best posts I have read. You absolutely nailed me to a tee. Thank-you for your thoughts.

Ken ButlerNovember 8, 2021

My this way that way thoughts too, but exceptionally well expressed. Kudos. .

Lisa CroftNovember 8, 2021


Jacob HessNovember 8, 2021

Two other responses I've received: (1) Thanks for this analysis. I work in the pharmaceutical field, but not in Drug Product, in which this gene therapy jab is associated. I’m also not a bio or pharmacology specialist. But I still get questions from many people. I have been advising everyone who has asked, and my entire family, that they should not have this shot administered to any children (18 and under) unless that child has severe health issues that are likely to result in severe reaction to the Covid infection. The World Health Organization still has the official position that, since children almost never have any significant symptoms, and almost none who don’t have other huge health issues have died, there is no justification for subjecting them to higher risk by administering the so-call vaccine. I am appalled that the CDC, the FDA and the manufacturers have by-passed all the protocols that have been required for many decades for a drug to be approved. I was able to accept “emergency authorization” for adults, especially those in high risk situations. The rest is just plain irresponsible. I can only assume the following: some have great delusions of power and are now addicted to that; some feel compelled to take this position in order to maintain their positions and jobs (giving in to peer pressure); or greed for the money involved. Remember that reportedly 20 to 25% of medical professionals have not received the jab. Most of those will be or are already out of a job because of their own ethics. If anyone, as a parent, has even an inkling that perhaps his or her child should be administered this vaccine, please fast and pray after as much study of the test results (not just what is touted by the FDA, CDC, and medical establishment). ************* (2) Given what was presented in this post (and it seems to have been done in a fairly even handed manner) I would agree the studies were too small, and the time periods involved too short. Additional clinical studies seem to be justified/needed. I think one point the government administrators and the companies seem to be avoiding is that the main benefit to be derived from vaccinating millions of children is the herd immunity aspect of the process. It needs to be well proven that we wouldn’t be putting those millions of children at an unnecessary level of risk to obtain that benefit – I agree the submitted studies are not rigorous enough to prove that no significant harm is being done.

Lynette NicollNovember 8, 2021

Bravo!! I’m so grateful for this article!!! Thank you! I will be using this information again and again!

Frank E MerrillNovember 8, 2021

Far too many people are willing to serve God in an advisory capacity.

Gordon ManvilleNovember 7, 2021

I have been touched lately as I have found 5 second and third cousins that were imprisoned In Auschwitz. They were wonderful people. One was a first world war veteran. He and his wife volunteered to drive ambulance for the French army until that army fell. They were put to death at Auschwitz within 24 hours of arrival. The other family was a mother and her adult son and adult granddaughter. They were Jewish. Another one was trnsferred to Bergen Belsen and lived ot be liverated.

Leroy HaleNovember 7, 2021

I have experience many times the blessings of prayer. We as a heavenly family are so tied to our Father in Heaven. Praying in the name of Jesus Christ is so important. Sometimes individuals will rush when closing their prayer and not realizing how important the closing in THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST is.

Bonnie CaldwellNovember 7, 2021

Beautiful article! Thanks for sharing!

Becky WilliamsNovember 7, 2021

I am trying to find out when the church first introduced the concept of a year's supply. I would love to read what was said at the time. Did it start out as a general principle and then get more detailed? I did find this article in 1976 but would like to go back further:

Debra HessNovember 6, 2021

No Shots for children, that would be risking their lives for too many unknowns.... many deaths have occurred and many teens now have life long heart problems after getting it. Why risk your children's health when the recovery of the virus is almost 100 %! Thank you for the article, and for NOT following the lies from the CDC and from's not about safe guarding the children, it's all about making billions for the drug companies and for those tied into them.

BoBNovember 6, 2021

Wow. Thank you.

Jacob HessNovember 6, 2021

Megan – you’re right to be concerned about this. I have too – and any faithful Saint should be. You’re right that prophetic counsel will increasingly “break from what the noisy, contentious world tells us is true.” In this case, of course, prophets have agreed with what the world is saying. Regardless, it hasn’t been easy for many to follow. You’re right they have encouraged members embrace vaccination for many things, including COVID-19. But it’s also the case, as they state in their message, that this is predicated on the vaccine being truly “safe and effective.” They simply wouldn’t advise the course if they weren’t assured it was – hence the relevance of this due diligence inquiry. My primary concern throughout this has been its impact on our faith and unity – and I’ve written about it elsewhere extensively: (In my experience, Meridian Magazine editors and contributors constantly speak of sustaining the prophet). Clod Doc – I’m sorry to hear about the health issues you’re having post-vaccination. I do think you’re right we need to have a more transparent, forthright public conversation about that – as Senator Mike Lee and others have called for. Hoping the Lord can lead you to healing. B. H. Murray – in the very same moment you lay out these stats, others will quote official sources saying “no deaths have been officially connected to the vaccines.” Who is to be believed? Even the post-vaccine deaths and injuries are subject to competing interpretive frameworks and narratives. It’s downright confusing! But post-treatment confusion is something others have explored in great depth (see “Is it me or my medicine” by Boston sociologist David Karp. I’m working on another piece on exactly this – would love to hear what you think. Tandart – The purpose of this is not simply to spread doubt, but to raise honest questions about data on which millions of parents will not only get their children vaccinated, but likely be forced to. If there were ever a public issue worth critically examining fully, this would be it! Alan –The financial incentives are obvious. But I do think it’s going too far to say it’s “not about saving the children.” I believe most people on all sides of this really do want to keep people healthy – young and old – they just have very different beliefs about the best way to pursue it. Really important question, Kevin. It’s true that what we’ve almost always heard is if we don’t act quickly to vaccinate, that failure will *allow* the virus to mutate. The other line of thinking (that you don’t hear as often, but which deserves a lot more consideration) is that it’s precisely when a virus runs into a mass vaccine barricade, that it’s forced to mutate. From the latter view, it’s the mass vaccination itself that prompts escalating mutations – rather than being the key to stop them.

RanaeNovember 6, 2021

The vaccine is what forces the virus to mutate into something the vaccine does not protect against. Natural immunity appears to be protective against all forms of the virus. Without natural herd immunity, the strains that bypass the vaccine are the ones that survive to spread throughout the population.

SandyNovember 6, 2021

The Prophet has "urged" adults to get the vaccine but he has also told us that we need to "hear Him". I think that is what we are being encouraged to do --get our own revelation for ourselves and our family. In order to "study it out in our minds and then ask" we need to have facts such as these presented to us.

RoseAnn BensonNovember 6, 2021

Diane-I loved the context and lessons you drew out of this!

Ronald PolsleyNovember 6, 2021

It must be understood that members of the CDC staff resigned in protest over giving this jab to children. Thousands of nurses that insist you get the flu vaccine say no thanks to this truly unproven new system, they are not ignorant and they are not sheep. We are commanded to not blindly follow anyone.

Linda WillisNovember 5, 2021

Few doctrines make more perfect sense than the fact that we have Parents in Heaven. The use of the term Heavenly Parents in General Conference the past 10 years far exceeds all previous conferences. President Ballard referred to Moses 1:39 (most frequently quoted Conference scripture) by saying, "For behold this is 'their' work and 'their' glory..." Hallelujah!

Clod DocNovember 5, 2021

After having the shots, I now have Atrial fibrillation. I have never had heart problems before and when I went to the doctor and suggested that my problem might have been caused by the vaccine he replied that sh*t happens. I don't like that answer and the medications I have to take to prevent a stroke or death. I may just be the 1% that are affected this way, but my quality of life matters. Since then my wife, immuno-compromised and unvaccinated, tested positive for Covid. She was miserable for a couple of weeks, but survived. I had cold symptoms for 3-4 days. Did the shots prevent me from worse symptoms?? Who knows, but I'm concerned about my grandchildren being forced to take the shots.

Lawrence J SteimleNovember 5, 2021

Glad to see this article and the comments supporting skepticism. And to Tandart, there are experts on both/all sides of this issue. How do you choose an expert? I would rather get the virus than the shot.

Steve DoneganNovember 5, 2021

We have a sign that says: Satan knows your name, but calls you by your sin. God knows your sin, but calls you by your name.

Heather RiemanNovember 5, 2021

While I understand the purpose of your article to focus our attention on eternal progression the way it is presented missed one very important teaching from many general authorities. There are many who do not have the opportunity in mortality to make the covenant associated with eternal marriage. Those people have been promised that they will be given that opportunity after they leave mortality. I feel like you missed the opportunity to point out that the order of progression will extend after we leave mortality.

Lexie StatonNovember 5, 2021

After watching the Nov. 2 roundtable discussion about vaccine injuries and mandates led by Senator Ron Johnson, and hearing the testimony of Stephanie de Garay regarding the life altering health consequences her 12 year old daughter Maddie experienced by participating in a Pfizer vaccine trial for 12-15 year olds and the lack of reporting/coverup of these incidents by those who conducted the trial, I was left seriously doubting the integrity of the data we are given regarding the efficacy and safety of these vaccines. Additionally, Dr. Suneel Dhand has a video on YouTube detailing disturbing issues in how the Pfizer trials are conducted in some places, and again, I was left with the feeling that these people cannot be trusted. VIGILANCE is needed when it comes to our children and grandchildren.

MeganNovember 5, 2021

My biggest concern is that the prophet himself to us to get this vaccine. I don't see that mentioned here. The counsel we received from the prophet will increasingly break from what the noisy, contentious world tells us is true. And it won't be easy to follow. I wish we heard more of the prophet's counsel from Meridian Magazine.

TerriNovember 5, 2021

This is a beautifully sculpted essay on a subject that is extremely valuable to know about and understand in our day to day routines. Demonic reign is everywhere. once it is recognized, with a clear understanding of their multiple tactics and their motivations, their power and influence can be drastically reduced in our lives. So thank you for sharing your wisdom.

David SampsonNovember 5, 2021

I agree with the analysis although nothing is said about the possibility that the woman's motive may be anger and retaliation on this man. Motives are seldom simple and she may have many aspects to her reason for wanting to tell the wife, but if part of her motive is to retaliate against him, hoping to hurt him back then, in my opinion, that would indicate to me that she should walk away and work on her own need for repentance.

GregNovember 5, 2021

Fauci has obfuscated on so many levels, he is untrustworthy. Big Pharma is in it for the money, can we trust them? Do I have to even mention politicians? You do you and I will do me.

HalNovember 5, 2021

I wonder if there are any studies to determine how well children are taught to deal with the inevitable disappointments in life and the effect that has on suicidal thoughts. When I majored in psychology some 40 years ago, there seemed to be a lot of evidence to indicate that children who were protected from disappointment, hardship, and struggles in childhood never learned to cope with these normal life events. When these protected children were later faced with unpleasant situations during their adolescent years, (that the parents could not shield them from), these children were overwhelmed to the point of attempting suicide because they had no experience in coping with the normal stresses of life. The case that stood out to me was a young girl whose parents made sure she was never disappointed. If it rained the day of a planned picnic, they took her to a movie. They did everything they could to protect her from any and all events that might make her sad or anxious. When this girl reached her mid-teens, she became romantically involved with a boy who later rejected her. This was a disappointment her parents could not protect her from and, because she had never learned to deal with disappointment in her childhood, she was devastated and attempted to take her own life. This may be an over-simplified example, but I believe children need to be taught to deal with unpleasant events throughout their lives. Doing so makes them resilient and better able to cope with the "slings and arrows" that inevitably come in life.

B. H. MurrayNovember 5, 2021

We hear that the Covid vaccines are SAFE and EFFECTIVE. How effective? We were told that the Pfizer vaccine was 95% effective. Now scientific studies from Israel are telling us the Pfizer vaccine is only 42% effective. People are asked to take two vaccines. Then they found out that those who are fully vaccinated can still get Covid and can still spread Covid, and they are still required to wear masks. Now we are also told we will need to get booster shots every 4-6 months. For how many years will we be asked to take boosters every 4-6 months? Do you call that EFFECTIVE? Now let's talk about how SAFE these covid shots are. Between December 14, 2020 and October 15, 2021, there have been 818,044 adverse events reported to VAERS (an arm of the CDC for reporting adverse effects and deaths from the covid vaccines.) There have been 17,128 deaths. 117,399 of the adverse events were serious injuries. VAERS only reports 1% of actual vaccine effects. There were 1,200 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis in 16-24-year olds. The highest rates are in the youngest kids according to Dr. Meryl Nass. Does that sound SAFE to you? Maybe these numbers are considered statistically safe, based on how many millions of doses have been given out, but when little children have a statistical chance of 0% of dying from Covid, why would anyone want to take any kind of a chance on these vaccines? It is impossible to know what their long term effects will be in many areas, including fertility which will matter to these kids in the future.

JessNovember 5, 2021

I think also honest enough is a valid question- the pharmaceutical company making many of these vaccines has just been caught (again) lying about trial safety data. That’s a hard thing to trust when all of the pharmaceutical companies have paid out billions of dollars in criminal fines and settlements because they were intentionally dishonest and bribed doctors, hid or destroyed critical information from safety trials multiple times. That kind of trust once broken is hard to win back- but here again, there is evidence of dishonesty in the all of the clinical safety trials- but especially the pediatric trials. How can we trust not only our health but our children to serial offenders?

Dale TerryNovember 5, 2021

Thank you for publishing an article that asks questions that many parents have about the data and how it is used. Seems like anyone could take the same data sample and justify any result they are looking for.

Lynn JohnsonNovember 5, 2021

I disagree with the analysis. The question is, what would the young woman want if positions were reversed? Would she want to know? If she decides the answer is yes, then she has a moral duty to approach the wife, and try to figure out what the wife wants. So if it were me, I would want to know and so I would approach the wife and at least offer information.

TandartNovember 5, 2021

I'm not sure what the purpose of this doubting opinion is. It sounds like a group of penguins who know a sea leopard is out there, but I won't be the first one into the water. So they wait until one of the community falls or is pushed into the water. Then they know whether the predator is there or not.Or maybe one is there but just not hungry at the moment. When I hire an expert to give me an opinion, I plan on taking that expert's advice. Get the shot or get the virus.

Alan WildNovember 5, 2021

The key thing here is what Fauci said, "Even though the chances of (a child) getting sick and seriously ill are small," This isn't about saving the children. It is about making additional billions for those purveying these troublesome shots, including Fauci himself. It is time to push back.

KevinNovember 5, 2021

I understand what you are saying. And thank you for the article. But could you address the issue of viral mutation if millions of children are allowed to naturally get the virus and build immunity? Aren't we risking this virus mutating into something that the vaccine no longer protects against?

Mary StosichNovember 4, 2021

After reading this article, I feel I have brushed against genius. It is easier to see the demonic in myself and race to visualize the patheticism of my state. Only then am I able to change. Thank you for an interesting and motivating article.

Ronald BarnesNovember 4, 2021

Without going into details, I have had direct confrontations with demons so I have first-hand knowledge of their existence.

lucy casablancaNovember 4, 2021

great article, thanks. I had always heard-read that the freezer method was to freeze 72 hours but you say 2 weeks. can you please clarify? What do you do to avoid food sweatting afterwards and going bad?

Maryann TaylorNovember 4, 2021

What a great article! However, I certainly don't "forget to turn" to the Lord or the scriptures for strength and guidance in family matters, and I have a hard time believing other saints "forget" as well. In fact, I think most of us are praying for our families, relationships, and problems on a regular basis! I have noticed that a lot of Meridian articles have titles that take a somewhat "finger-pointing" approach. It would be nice to have a more positive approach instead of titles that introduce the article with the idea that "You have fallen short here, and it's my job to set you straight!" Instead, let's have faith that most of the Saints are already trying to keep the commandments and to build their faith. The articles in Meridian are very valuable in strengthening that resolve and teaching gospel truths without the assumption that we are always failing.

Maryann TaylorNovember 4, 2021

This is so very timely right now! I believe that discouragement is probably the number #1 way that Satan sneaks into the minds of Latter-day Saints who are truly trying to be righteous. It is ironic that he uses the very gospel that will save us by twisting our perspective into believing the gospel is too hard-- that it is our burden to endure, instead of OUR HOPE! The healing key for me is feeling the love and deep compassion of Christ, manifested to me by the power of the Holy Ghost. It has been revealed to me through reading the Book of Mormon. We can be richly blessed through praying to feel the love of Christ in our hearts.

HelenNovember 4, 2021

A powerful, thought-provoking essay. Thank you.

Patricia WintersNovember 4, 2021


MAbernethyNovember 4, 2021

Excellent. So many thoughts I had never considered. I have one question, why was the casting out of evil spirits such a common part of Jesus' and the apostles' experience and not ours, or as you mention, that of the Book of Mormon peoples? Casting out evil spirits is something we never discuss with regard to our use of the priesthood, neither is there any reference to it in the Handbook of Instructions or previous Priesthood manuals that I'm aware.

KathleenNovember 3, 2021

. . . If I only had a brain!

LexaGraemeNovember 3, 2021

Good story. It must have looked like a parade!

HalNovember 3, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful insight. I, too, have had many "stings" in my life that resulted in wonderful blessings. Some of these "stings'" were so emotionally painful, I thought I would never recover. It is wonderful to have a testimony that we have a loving Father who knows what is best for us even if it is painful and may temporarily leave us wondering why we have to go through such a trial.

Vivian M AdamsNovember 3, 2021

This was a wonderful and instructive article. Thank you so much.

TerryNovember 3, 2021

I feel this article really portrayed those who were interviewed. It was a second witness both of my own struggle and how Heavenly Father spoke to me through it. Even through all the pressure around me, I felt peaceful and knew Heavenly Father gave me time to seek His will and come to understand more fully. It has been a significant, spiritual experience which i will draw on and cherish. I believe in and experience personal revelation and other's right to it as well. What a blessing it is for us to have a prophet who leads us and a Savior who died for us that we may repent and come to know Him better and be like Him!

Beth TeeplesNovember 3, 2021

Thank You for your description of Daniel & Nebuchadnezzar‘s dream. My heart was truly touched. I am so grateful for your insights for they’ve increased my desire to improve the tension I feel between truth and love. You’ve articulated the thoughts I’ve had for many years yet could not put down on paper. You are a fine and brilliant son of God!

Robert CowartNovember 2, 2021

I was baptized in Newport News Virginia in 1961 while serving in the USAF at Langley AFB. A few months later on a Sunday evening at the Sacrament meeting I was sitting in the back of the chapel and for the first time I was singing the words to "Oh My Father".When we came to" in the heavens are parents single,no the thought makes reason stare truth is reason truth eternal tells me I've a Mother there." I was not a person who cries easily but I was so overcome with that truth I started crying and could not stop until the meeting ended. I shall never forget that experience. Robert Cowart

Shauna PetersonNovember 2, 2021

Oh how I wish every Primary child (girls and boys alike) could be taught and internalize this doctrine so that for the next generation of Latter-day-Saints it is not some fringe, hushed doctrine, but an inclusive, valued and implemented culture where all can feel of their divine nature and worth as a child of God(s).

Annie JensenNovember 2, 2021

Nice, thanks.

stevie maireid mckennaNovember 2, 2021

That was a great article and a topic that should be more openly taught in Church. I joined the church when I was 14 and knew it was all true, everything that I learned. However, I began to feel this taboo about speaking of Heavenly Mother. I heard crazy non-sensible reasons why this idea developed. One was that she is so holy that Heavenly Father wanted to shield her from the knowledge of the sins that Her children were committing on earth. That implied that she was such an emotional weakling that knowledge of the sins we commit on earth would devastate her. That isn't a perfect being. There were others just as ludicrous. The fact remains, as you stated, that God or Elohim is the plural form. God is the exaltation of two beings Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother. Thanks for writing about this truth.

RitaNovember 2, 2021

My favorite memory of Halloween was the year my mom and I went to see Disney's "Fantasia". The "Night on Bald Mountain" piece, with its massive demon being overcome and subdued by Christianity, in the form of a line of lantern-bearing priests, the sacred music, and coming of dawn (the Light of Christ), made a huge impression on a 10 year old girl. We were Lutherans at the time, but I don't remember my parents mentioning anything about the Reformation. I left that church a few years later, hunting and searching for the answers neither it, nor any other church I looked at, could provide. When I found the CJCLDS, I again remembered the impressions I'd had as a child. 45 years later, I still love Halloween (I was a wood elf this year), but have an adult's understanding of just how that demon was conquered.

Charles (Russ) NickelNovember 2, 2021

For years I have been talking about Faith vs. Fear. I created sort of a meme where FEAR is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real and FAITH is an acronym for Full Acceptance In The Heart. I may not be original in this but I think I am. I'm happy to see your comments.

Bonnie A. CaldwellNovember 2, 2021

I loved this article, McArthur. Thank you for writing and researching this needed perspective. Loved meeting you in Chiang Mai!

Debbi M.November 2, 2021

TY once again for a beautiful and enlightening article! Truth resonates here, and clarifies so many of my thoughts and feelings. I am so thankful that you are willing to speak up and de-mystify so many concepts that our church culture (vs. the Gospel) has muddied. You go, girl! I cannot wait for further truths to be revealed about our Heavenly Mother.

Bonnie CaldwellNovember 2, 2021

Thank you for this article, McArther. It needed to be written!! Loved meeting you in Chiang Mai!!

CBroNovember 2, 2021

Heavenly Mother was essential to bring into existence the First Born, Jehovah, our Savior Jesus Christ. For that first birth there were only the three; Jehovah, Our Heavenly Father, and Our Heavenly Mother. After that I don't know how long it took for all of the rest of the inhabitants the earth to be born. We are all children of our Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother born to them in the same manner as their First Born.

Rita MillerNovember 2, 2021

A beautiful way of thinking. It appears reasonable and right to us, but to the rest of the Christian world, it's a rank h heresy. I have many friends, Baptists, Methodists, and others, who are quite averse to even the thought of God being both male and female. They see it as pagan Goddess worship, especially those who believe in "sola scriptura". Are there any books or articles that address their concerns?

Concerned MemberNovember 2, 2021

Point 1: When this comes up most members are really concerned about the reverence that needs to be shown to all our heavenly relatives. God the Father and Christ have been mocked and denigrated in speech and art for years. It’s not some secret we have a Heavenly Mother or that she has a role. What is more concerning is that members are using this Mother in Heaven approach in other mediums to justify praying and worshiping Heavenly Mother. Several members of my stake are actively praying to Her against the council from modern prophets and Christ himself who taught us how to pray. Additionally it is being used by some more progressive members as a way to say Heavenly Mother sides with me and Heavenly Father is just “Patriarchal”. People are trying a bottoms up approach to revelation and are trying to use this as a hidden catalyst to move members to justify other progressive ideologies. Most members who push this agenda want to change the definition of marriage and have issues with our binary gender construct. Point 2: This is life eternal is to know God the Father and Jesus Christ John 17:3. We barely even know much about God the Father. Our focus should be on Him and His Son. I think 600 references is a stretch as I have read most of the work on this and think writers are using confirmation bias. There are also over 500 references to Bread and 500 references to the Rivers. It doesn’t mean we need to be focusing more attention as a church on Bread and Rivers. We all acknowledge Her existence and believe She has an important role. Exactly what that role is has not been revealed. Heavenly Grandparents and Uncles and Aunts may also play a role. Point 3: Our relationship with Christ should be the focus in this life. Most everything else is a distraction. With all of the “references” you cite we really don’t know much let alone how many Heavenly Mothers we have and that we all derive from the same one. What are Her physical characteristics what does her voice sound like, what is Her role in the Heavens? Is She a member of the Godhead or something else? We really don’t even understand at this point all the implications and details of what God is and the Godhead. Our Mother may play a more intimate role in our lives in the next life but in this life our purpose is to get to know The Father and the Son.

Warren AstonNovember 2, 2021

THANK YOU Meridian Magazine for publishing this excellent reminder of the "other half of Heaven," the Mother of all our spirits, and thank you McArthur for expressing these neglected but infinitely eternal truths so beautifully! My grandchildren have your books introducing our Mother in Heaven at a child's level, but we adults need to keep her in mind every bit as much.

Happy grandmaNovember 2, 2021

Most of us don't live close to our grandchildren, to do such wonderful things. Yes, we have cell phones and texting, but one has to find the time for these events. Not easy when we see them so seldom -- even in the same state. And, their families are so busy, it is hard to find any alone time.

vickieNovember 1, 2021

i didnt read the entire thing but i disagree with conclusions that come to blaming religion for depression. any religion that is. before i ever joined the church i went through my first episode of major depression and anxiety disorder. it was painful and i didnt take medication. i joined the church a few years later. i found that being a member of the church helped me through my depression episodes. i havent had any in a long time. my depression comes from my genetic makeup. my mother had it and i had it and my daughter had it. my mother was a catholic and i know that being a catholic didnt cause her depression. maybe people who suffer from depression are more sensitive and that sensitivity is a good thing because it humbles you to be able to be comforted by the HOly Spirit. My Faith is what sustained me. i thank God every day for being a member of the church.

Laurie PinegarNovember 1, 2021

Great article Diana! Loved this one!

DonnaNovember 1, 2021

Thanks for dispelling this old and inaccurate myth. I only read the article because of the headline. I DID believe Utahns were more depressed, based on that very old and inaccurate info. This is a very encouraging article, and I especially agree with the list of 10 near the end. Thank you!! Very relevant!

Theodore BrandleyNovember 1, 2021

Although there are some reasonable arguments for Christ being married during his mortal ministry I don’t find any of them compelling. What I do find compelling is the following: “The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19) Jesus was “the only begotten son” of the Father (see John 3:16), so the Father obviously did not have any offspring while He was in mortality. Therefore the Son would not have done so either. Also for the following reasons I do not believe that Jesus was married in mortality: It would have been irresponsible for Him to have done so because He had no home and knew that He would not be around to support His wife nor to raise His children. Jesus was sired by the Father and therefore had the seeds of immortality within him. He gave up His own life, no one took it from Him (John 10:17-18). If Jesus had children in mortality would some of them carry this “immortality gene?” No, that would not happen. On the cross he asked John to take care of His mother but said nothing about a wife or child, who would have been His first responsibility. Jesus obviously was or will be married, but I believe that it was or would be after His resurrection. Perhaps He was sealed to Mary Magdalen during the 40 days He was on the earth subsequent to His resurrection?

James ScottNovember 1, 2021

While I can agree Jesus was married, Jewish custom usually require young men to marry typically arranged by parents. However the idea that there are quarter children of God on the Earth doesn’t make sense. The declaration of generations is covered in Mosiah 15: 10 And now I say unto you, who shall declare his generation? Behold, I say unto you, that when his soul has been made an offering for sin he shall see his seed. And now what say ye? And who shall be his seed? 11 Behold I say unto you, that whosoever has heard the words of the prophets, yea, all the holy prophets who have prophesied concerning the coming of the Lord—I say unto you, that all those who have hearkened unto their words, and believed that the Lord would redeem his people, and have looked forward to that day for a remission of their sins, I say unto you, that these are his seed, or they are the heirs of the kingdom of God. This verse indicates his generation will be AFTER the atoning sacrifice. Having blood children by resurrected individuals is not possible. His children therefore are those believing and worthy followers and covenant keepers and not blood relatives.

Scot ProctorOctober 31, 2021

See the response to the comment above.

Scot ProctorOctober 31, 2021

This is the title from a Non-Latter-day Saint publication.

ChrisOctober 31, 2021

Thank you for sharing this article. We read and hear that His grace is sufficient, but so many of us really don't believe it. But it's true...His grace is sufficient. It's enough, no matter how huge or how small our mistakes and poor choices might be. There is a reason the Savior is referred to as our Healer.. it's because only He can heal our wounds and our brokenness, and He is always willing to do that if only we are willing to allow it.

EneffceeOctober 30, 2021

Amazing! Your question sounds as if I had written it myself. Obviously Dr. Steurer has a stable and working marriage and relationship with his wife and hasn’t experienced the loneliness that develops over years of this type of treatment. I have tried kindness, patience, suggestions and communicating skills for so many years that yes, I finally do feel unloved and unlovable (53 years of marriage) and have given up on having a fulfilling commitment together. My testimony is solid that I am worthwhile in the Savior’s eyes, but it doesn’t preclude the need for human validation and attention from my mate on this side of the veil. At this stage in life I am praying for endurance and long-suffering and a better suited, more compatible partner for the eternities. The Savior’s comfort attends me daily—that’s all I can hope for for now, and am grateful and blessed for that.

Pam BlairOctober 29, 2021

Oh, to have been able to film it all --- alas! Cell phone cameras were still in the future. I laughed - even as I read it for the third time!!! Sugar beets- must have been in my area of Idaho...

Sherelyn CuretonOctober 29, 2021

Thank you both for sharing this great message about this beautiful Temple. I just love listening each week to your Podcasts. They fill my heart with gladness.

Jo Ann OkelberryOctober 29, 2021

Thank you for this article. It was very interesting and informative.

Jo Ann OkelberryOctober 29, 2021

This was so delightful to read. What a family memory!

Maryann TaylorOctober 29, 2021

What a great story--especially for this time of year. My husband I and love walking through cemeteries. As we read the markers, great stories unfold. I think about their experiences, their heartaches, their family ties. Often parents outlived their children. Sometimes it is obvious from the death dates that an epidemic must have raged through the community. Recently we visited a cemetery where many graves were arranged along a circular path. It was a memorial to many men who had lost their lives in fighting a huge fire in that area. Cemeteries are sacred places to us--where people are honored and remembered.

Maryann TaylorOctober 29, 2021

I think you meant "Why are so many of the most influential moms on the internet members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?" Right?

Kary NelsonOctober 29, 2021

Are you serious?!? She asked how to reestablish connection to her self-absorbed husband, and your answer was, "improve your relationship with Jesus Christ and everything will magically fall into place"? What if her self-worth is just fine, what if she already has a strong relationship with Jesus and her Heavenly Parents? Then what? I have read your column for years and generally agree with or learn from your answers, but this one is not helpful at all. It sounds like victim-blaming, and gives NO counsel for connecting with her spouse beyond a vague 'I'm sure you'll figure it out....'

Valerie LuntOctober 29, 2021

I met Jerry in 2009 at the Books for Young Readers Symposium at BYU. Upon hearing of his passing, I got out and hugged my autographed copy of Sam and the Tigers, a wonderful retelling of an old folk tale. He was funny, creative, personable, and definitely nice! So grateful for the opportunity to meet and chat with him.

AdinaOctober 29, 2021

Just a friendly reminder that we are asked to remove "Mormon" from our identity as a church! An interesting article for sure, thank you!!!

Greg RicksOctober 29, 2021

"Clearly, we must work, but what we work for determines if the work is telestial or celestial." This is the best comment in the whole article!

Diane QuistOctober 29, 2021

That’s a funny story. I love how it was written.

SarahOctober 29, 2021

Check out Dr ramani on you tube, she may also help you see if this is the type of relationship you are in and give you some tools.

Celeste TipianiOctober 29, 2021

That was an interesting article you wrote. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Wow, I bet that was incredibly painful when you got stung by that stingray. I had a similar situation with the housing situation and we bid on this house and so hopeful we would get it, but that did not happen. I was so disappointed when our bid was turned down. But we ended up building our home and that turned out to be the best thing we did. This was 28 years ago and I am grateful we did not get that original house that we wanted. Sometimes greater blessings come if we just be patient!

Maryann TaylorOctober 28, 2021

I LOVE the Harry Potter books and there are so MANY good lessons in them--love and loyalty to friends, importance of family relationships, the quest for learning and growing, personal sacrifices to bless others, and on and on. I highly recommend them.

Maryann TaylorOctober 28, 2021

I would be less concerned about stepping on the ex-husband's toes and more concerned about what strong actions to take to protect the children from his possible continued addiction to pornography. It would be a very good idea for the wife to consult a lawyer regarding what legal actions she can take IF the ex is still engaging in this kind of behavior. She might also seek out professional counsel regarding how to engage her children in conversation regarding this subject so that they will be able to open up and tell her what goes on at dad's house.

Helmut Worle (native of Germany; adopted, by naturalization, U.S. citizen)October 28, 2021

I realize this may sound petty, but I must offer a small correction: One can adopt a country for the purpose of citizenship, but one cannot adopt a country to become a native of it. The word native means the place you were born. You can be a native Swede, but if you were not born in Sweden no amount of love or affinity will make you a native of that country. It would violate grammar.

JON COOPEROctober 28, 2021

Ty, Thank you for a tremendous insight into this topic and situation. A key word you used to help understand each of these positions is 'empathy'. This is an incredibly difficult emotion to develop since it requires the individual to do what you suggested: try to understand where the other person is coming from to then better show forth greater love. All this without sacrificing truth. I feel this is obtainable through the influence of the Holy Ghost as we try to love and serve one another. Thank you for a great article.

Melanee PhillipsOctober 28, 2021

I've always loved Jerry Pinkney's beautiful books...his kindness makes it even better.

Carol AnnOctober 28, 2021

Where and what time will you be in Herriman, UT, on Nov. 9th? What exactly will you be addressing?

SharOctober 28, 2021

I agree with Kenny. It's truly an attack the closer you get to Salt Lake. I appreciate the deep dive into the data. I do feel Utah has a preoccupation with body image-which is unfortunate. I never felt it was the teachings of the church about women but rather the increase of problems with pornography. If I remember correctly a few years back Utah declared pornography a health crisis or something like that. Even though the cause of pornography use or addiction isn't due to inadequate appearances of husbands/wives/significant others Satan's war is to try to convince us otherwise. I see the attacks of Satan when I drive the freeway in Salt Lake. I appreciate this post but still have such a heart for those (including myself) who struggle with body image.

CarolOctober 28, 2021

I would love to have the phrase: " Well done, thou good and faithful servant". Matt25:21 used for my funeral.

MeridenOctober 28, 2021

Will Deseret Book be carrying this book?

Michele NoelOctober 28, 2021

This is a well thought out article yet the statement that ‘sexual addiction is rare’ is completely out of line. I have been highly involved with LDS Addiction Recovery for a decade. The resources referenced on that issue defy reality. In the trenches of this work we do a terrible disservice to addicts and those who love them when we minimize the realities of this plague. Bishops and Stake Presidents are being overwhelmed by the volume of need for COMPETENT 12 step groups and professional counselors. See Elder Hollands 2016 address to the Utah Coalition Against Pornography. The ideas regarding developing a shame-free environment in our homes is right on and we would do well to employ them in our wards and stakes. Please a see Dr. Donald L. Hilton Jr. fantastic book He Restoreth My Soul.

CoreyOctober 27, 2021

I appreciate your well written article and your emphasis on being Christ like no matter the situation. I personally received the vaccine but only because the Pfizer was available, I have a brother who has not had it and his company which is also the same company I just retired from has given them until the 1st week of December, so 35 yrs of service may just get thrown out the door for him but he believes the principle is greater to stand up for. I have great concerns about the vaccine for anybody under twelve, there is just not enough long term data. Can you imagine the outcry if schools/universities required testing for venereal disease or AIDS or required HPV vaccinations even though statistically they could show a need. Federal Law prohibits any employer from not only discriminating because of religion but they can't even bring it up but they are able now because of Covid to ask for a document which basically shows your religion ?

CoreyOctober 27, 2021

There are more plastic surgeons per capita along the Wasatch Front than anywhere else in the nation.

James RawsonOctober 27, 2021

I enjoyed your article on repentance! Reminds me of the three years I worked with prisoners at the Utah State prison! At that time I was teaching 20 of them all former LDS who were serving time for murder! We were all involved in the family history research program called name extraction and this group extracted hundreds of thousands of names of our black brothers and sisters! One prisoner with whom I worked was in for life! One night he received a dream from one of his ancestors that his temple work needed to be done. Over a period of time he compiled the names I’ve nearly 45,000 of his ancestors and submitted them for temple work! One day when President Kimball and his counselor who was over all of the prisons housing LDS and former LDS members was visiting with him and he asked the prophet will the Lord ever forgive me and his answer to this good man was you have been and are a Savior on Mount Zion for your ancestors! To me personally, There is no doubt in my mind that the Lord forgives all who truly repent of their sins no matter the gravity!

KaryOctober 27, 2021

I would suggest reading the book, "Jacob, a brief theological introduction", by Deidre Nicole Green (published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute). In chapter 3 she discusses Jacob and Sherem and has a different take on this topic, which, honestly, I find far more inspirational and in keeping with Jacob's Christlike personality. Highly recommend this book--and all of the books in this series! They are very insightful..

Kenny MazzantiOctober 27, 2021

Drive north or south on I.15 in the Salt Lake City area, and you will see more billboards advertising various forms of body sculpting, surgical enhancements of female body parts, facelifts, and "youthful" regeneration than on the rest of the entirety of I.15 in CA, NV, ID or MT.

MaryOctober 27, 2021

Thank you for this thoughtful and well articulated response to a perpetuation of a stereotype. And let’s continue our individual and collective journey to honor our divine natures in creating love, truth and beauty in all dimensions of our lives as Latter-day Saint women.

SHOctober 27, 2021

I am not from Utah but do have family there. I do always feel bombarded when I enter Utah --the closer to Salt Lake I get the more bombarded I get with billboards promoting plastic surgery. I appreciate the breakdown of data here. But I have always assumed Utah had a bigger problem. My assumption (which is just that: an assumption) has always been not that teachings of women in the church lead to this infatuation with appearance, but the increase in problems with pornography. I do think these two things are related. While a husband/ viewing pornography does not have anything to do with a woman's appearance or "lack" in any way, women can still feel as though that's the case. Satan can lead women astray with the implications that they are not enough.

conOctober 27, 2021

one of the culprits resulting in osteoporosis is refined foods, especially 'healthy' vegetable oils, probably worse than candy. "eat foods as close to the way God made them as possible." Ezra Taft Benson

KathyOctober 27, 2021

I love labeling life's disappointments as 'stings' that often bring forth greater blessings.

Sally SmithOctober 26, 2021

I was thrilled when I heard the announcement if a temple in Ephraim. Being from Manti I was also somewhat surprised. But then I said to myself, "The Lord has great things in store for these two historical towns in t