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November 27, 2020

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Charles HarperNovember 27, 2020

During a storm enroot a young servant of Governor Carver went upside for some fresh air. The ship lurched heavily in a huge swell and he fell overboard. This was John Holland, who would later inherit his master's estate, marry another passenger, Elisabeth Tilly, and have ten children. John had managed to grab a halyard from the ship and survive in the storm until someone missed him. One of his children was a direct descendent of Lucy Mack Smith, Joseph's mother.

MargieNovember 27, 2020

Beauty and power in both the words and music. Filled my heart and soul with instant comfort and peace. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us.

Debi AndertonNovember 27, 2020

In your printed verses in the second verse you have omitted the next to the last line. Beautiful song! Thanks for your spiritual guidance.

Tanya NeiderNovember 27, 2020

Beautifully written hymn! Thank you for the music, the words, and your thoughts of discovery.

Joel MarksNovember 26, 2020

God bless the Pilgrims a chisen peoples of the Abrahamic civenant. The Pilgrims fulfill thevtruth of Mormons salient prophecies.

Jean LazaneNovember 26, 2020


Myrna LiddellNovember 26, 2020

Thank you for this tender message today. It touched our hearts.

Robert D StarlingNovember 25, 2020

Henry Sampson was one of those Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving. According to Family Search, he was my 8th great-granduncle. I just learned about Henry this week, so Thanksgiving will have a new meaning for our family this year.

Ron BarnesNovember 25, 2020

I recently learned something strange about my ancestry. I am descended from a couple who came over on the Mayflower. However, I am descended from their son who did not make the voyage. He arrived decades later.

Daniel LarsonNovember 25, 2020

Of course, what is not written is that the Pilgrims, for all their virtue, were intolerant of anyone else who did not believe as they did. The history of the rest of the New England colonies is fully about those who fled their colony or were expelled by them because of their differing beliefs. Yes, we should celebrate the Pilgrims. But, yes, as well, we should know them fully, not just their mythical history.

Karen C NewsomNovember 25, 2020

After I read William Bradford's autobiography, I lightly referred to it as Book of Mormon Part Two. An incredible read.

Gary BikmanNovember 25, 2020

Great message/reminder. Striving to identify God's hand in my life each day, allows my evening prayers of gratitude to be specific and, I believe, more meaningful to Heavenly Father and to me. Recording these instances in my own journal strengthen my faith and testimony and allows me to more readily recognize "promptings" and have the courage to act on them.

AJ CurrieNovember 25, 2020

We truly are living in a day when the great question is"Where can I turn for truth?" We have 'studies' advocating for masks and isolation and ones advocating against both. We get conflicting news reports from discredited outlets about the successes or failures of countries locking down. We have so called 'scientist' flip-flopping around on their 'expert opinions'. We have politicians--whose hands and pockets are always open to whomever will give them a payday--demonizing anyone who sincerely questions their wisdom or authority to make the extreme dictates emanating from their offices. We have medical doctors who when asked give the feeble answer, "What can wearing a mask hurt?" So trite suggestions to "do our own research and decide for yourself" are really of very little value. If there has ever been a time in our history when we should not/cannot "trust in the arm of flesh," it is now. This is truly a time when one had better have developed the skill of listening to the Spirit, because we cannot trust in the arm of flesh.

Robin PrestonNovember 25, 2020

Definitely a chosen people. I wonder why they experienced so much death? Was it a cleansing? It seems that God would have protected them. Ver excited the read this book by Tim Ballard. I have already read the Washington and the Lincoln Hypotheses. They are very well researched and written.

Dirk Steenbergen, JrNovember 25, 2020

Coincidence doesnot exist ! Chances are, Joseph SMITH was assassinated, because he was a serious candidate of the Reform Party, for the presidency of the United States ! On 29 January 1844, Joseph SMITH held a meeting in the mayor's office at Nauvoo with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and others. It was unanimously decided that Joseph would run for president ! On 11 March 1844, Joseph SMITH organized the Council of Fifty, a deliberative political body to promote his candidacy. Sidney Rigdon, a Pennsylvanian, became his running mate. Brother Joseph favored a constitutional amendment providing for capital punishment of public officials, who refused to assist those denied their constitutional rights. He wrote, "The state rights doctrines are what feed mobs." Obviously, Robert KENNEDY was assassinated in the similitude of Joseph SMITH !!!

Maryann TaylorNovember 25, 2020

Oh, how many of us needed this article! I think it is a universal struggle for so many of us to feel discouraged and like we will never be quite good enough. Often we mistake discouraging thoughts about ourselves as messages from the Holy Ghost to whip us into shape. Thank you for reminding us that Heavenly Father and our Savior send us invitations to come to them. They do not weigh us down with discouragement or hopelessness. The Holy Ghost will uplift us and encourage us to keep going--even if we feel like we are moving at a snail's pace. I loved President Nelson's counsel to remember the positive things we have done when we take the Sacrament--not just the things we need to repent of. This will help us have a truer vision of who we are and the goodness that is in each of us.

Maryann TaylorNovember 25, 2020

I hope you will be very kind to yourself during this painful time. Don't make the mistake of overthinking what you might have done, or not done, to save your marriage. I promise you---Life WILL get better and you CAN find happiness again. It will take time, but the day will come when you will feel joy again. When you pray, try and hold the truth in your heart of how much Heavenly Father loves you. He still has a plan for your happiness and will strengthen and guide you.

Maryann TaylorNovember 25, 2020

Thank you so much for this article! I am a direct descendant Of Perregrine White who was born aboard the Mayflower as it sat near the American shore--the first baby from this group to be born in America! I hope I can somehow live up to these great people who showed such courage. I am grateful to know that the feast of that first Thanksgiving so long ago was not just a party with the American natives. It was a celebration of gratitude to God.

Carole GNovember 24, 2020

This is a totally hilarious story! Keep them coming!

Jo Ann OkelberryNovember 24, 2020

I love puzzles, and they keep me sane. My son gave me an Elvis Presley puzzle which was a lot of fun to put together. I lent to a couple in our ward. They really enjoyed putting it together, but the wife has become tired of her husband's singing Elvis songs a lot. My younger brother used to keep a piece of a puzzle in his pocket so he could always put in the last piece. His children say he still does that. I enjoyed your article very much.

Charles HarperNovember 24, 2020

"Peace be unto you."

ShaunaNovember 24, 2020

I have actually done this very puzzle, and I also get mine at thrift stores. I"m glad to hear of the many benefits. My 86 year old Mom is in assisted Living and has been in quarantine for over a week because some residents tested positive. Puzzles are keeping her sane! thanks

Richard EyreNovember 24, 2020

Thanks for reading, and for thinking with me about the greatest of all subjects--love. This is certainly the time of year to do so, and we have never needed it more! Please add to the conversation with your own comments about love.

ChrisNovember 24, 2020

Thank you, Wally. We all need to put our efforts in proper perspective and feel Fathers abiding love and mercy!

Virginia RockwellNovember 24, 2020

What a wonderful start to my day! Thank you!

Leah HawksNovember 23, 2020

Feelings and strong unusual impressions can also come that indicate someone is ready to receive the Gospel. Those feelings subside as the temple work is done.

Christine JohnsonNovember 23, 2020

Your forgotten author is Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf in October 2010 gen conference talk, Pride and the Priesthood, or Nov 2010 Ensign.

Elizabethe WaltonNovember 23, 2020

I don't have any social media so I am grateful to be able to post something here. I am grateful that we had twelve years to live in a beautiful home in Palmyra NY. I am grateful for the many friends I made there, for the opportunity to walk the Sacred Grove whenever we wanted, to share our home and out faith with so many guests, family, and friends over the years. I am grateful that when my husband got sick and we could no longer do that, that our loving Heavenly Father prepared a way for us to live safely and comfortably near family, and that we will be able to build a house to meet his needs. I am grateful for a wonderful husband, who was an active and talented professional photographer, and had to completely change his life in ways he really did not enjoy. But he did sayo with grace and faith and patience. His art and his photography endure as a testament to his talent and his faith. He is so good to me. I am forever grateful that Heavenly Father brought us together! Elizabethe Walton #GiveThanks

DianeNovember 23, 2020

One of the greatest things our stake president taught, was to learn to say "our church" instead of "the church" when talking to people of other faiths. I am the only member in my immediate family so I can understand how others can get offended when we make bold statements as our church is THE church. I focus more on the Gospel of Jesus Christ and share his teachings to those wanting to know more about us.

Richard OrangeNovember 23, 2020

Dear Lenet Reading, I'm pleasantly surprised to see more and more Mormons take an interest in their possible Hebrew heritage. I would like to know the primary source which stated that the Welsh called the Irish Jews. Thank you very much, it will be a great help to my personal research! God bless you.

Tina GavedNovember 22, 2020

Maureen, this Story about beginning your writing career was a true miracle. Changing the subject ... I have thought about your biking accident so much as my husband and I also rode the Hiawatha Trail. That first tunnel was frightening! I felt your emotions. I pray you have made a full recovery. I absolutely love your weekly podcasts. Thank you for sharing your talent and testimonies each week.

Scot ProctorNovember 22, 2020

PDF has now been added to the bottom of the article, thank you for bringing it to our attention.

KathyNovember 21, 2020

Please . . . where is the downloadable PDF on decluttering? Loved the article! I've known for a long time that I'm a tortoise!

Charles McClellandNovember 21, 2020

Thank you for this great article! My wife and I raised our children to understand the inclusivity of the Church, but have many times felt that we were a distinct minority among our church friends. As an adult convert to the Church, I personally know that many other denominations have wonderful truths available to them.

LexaGraemeNovember 21, 2020

Well written. Thank you. I did not know the root of his name, which makes the hope of his mother and his reality such a sad juxtaposition.

TNONovember 21, 2020

Nice job as usual Geoff. Sure enjoy reading your column, it always leaves me feeling better.

Cheya WeberNovember 21, 2020

Such a wonderful video. Loved hearing the stories and seeing the different dioramas. The story of the street sweeper was a great lesson. Thanks for sharing this, Wally.

LaDona QuixoteNovember 21, 2020

Just happened upon this film as I continue to wait out the pandemic in Alaska. What an inspiration. I will be sharing the link to the film with all those I know who need to hear its message in this time of desperation. (November 2020)

Maria AllenNovember 20, 2020

I understand the hurt, the pain, the tears, because I to experienced a divorce 13 years ago myself. I also know and don’t doubt it for a moment that our Father in Heaven is fully aware and is watching over each and every one of us every day. Please, give yourself some time to heal, especially do it for yourself so that you can be there for your family in time. Look yourself in the mirror every and remind yourself that you are loved by our Father in Heaven and you are His daughter. I promise you that in time you will have peace in your heart. Please do not beat yourself up over the “what if’s or should have done this” your Heavenly Father needs you now more than ever. It’s ok to have your tears and moments. Remember to strive to be positive even when life throws you challenges or difficulties, You can do this remain true to yourself and trust and have faith in the Lord. Honor your covenants love yourself so that you can be there for your children. The best and most precious gift that I learned and received from my Heavenly Father is the gift of being forgiving. I promise you will be alright and you will come to know this and who you truly are. Live the gospel and read and study your scriptures every day so that the Lord can speak to your heart and mind.

SaraNovember 20, 2020

OK and now what? How to deal with the constant mental and emotional pain? If a person is in enough pain to murder themselves just stopping medication and saying 'you're not broken' is somehow enough???

Vivian AdamsNovember 20, 2020

This was a wonderful article. The beautiful thing is that the Lord knew you would use this great ability to bless others for the rest of your life.

Susan MeierNovember 20, 2020

I love this family! My very shy granddaughter played her violin with them in the Temple Square program they do with the young students. My granddaughter dropped her music during a practice song and ran off the stage embarrassed. Hannah talked to her and boosted her confidence and helped so much! I sat so close on the balcony during the performance at the tabernacle and loved watching the families expressions and love for each other and these young performing kids.

SarahNovember 20, 2020

Great answer! Been there, done that, bought the t shirt. 30 yrs on, it's still sad. But the waves eventually calm down and some days I don't think of him... Amazing! When you are abandoned it's quite different to you both deciding to call it quits. The pain is unbelievable. Widowhood looks so much better.. Than this!?!! Whatever this is suppose to now be. As much as you love him, you can't bring him back or make him change his mind. Just start pretending to be happy and enjoying life, and eventually miracles will happen and you won't have to pretend anymore. You will be where you need to be. Whenever you see him, act happy even if it's the last thing you want to do... Screaming and crying at him, or being 'quiet' will not make him see what he's thrown away. May not bring him back.. But will make him see you don't need him to be happy and have joy. Even if it's a mask for a while. Fake it.. Till you make it and are feeling it in every cell of your body! Start listening to Jack Canfield, Bob proctor, Louise hay etc do some self development, become the person Christ will help you to become. And yes, it sucks!! All the best, hugs from New Zealand.

Adam TimothyNovember 20, 2020

Cheryl - thank you for your kind words and yes the editors of Meridian do an amazing work! The artist behind these pieces is Eva Koleva Timothy.

Elmer GuevarraNovember 19, 2020

1 Nep 17:35 "Behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one; ( this is the INCLUSIVITY ) he that is righteous is favored of God." ( this is the EXCLUSIVITY )

Robyn HobbsNovember 19, 2020

I too am not finding the pdf to download the declutter chart.Please advise, thank youl

Beth FreemanNovember 19, 2020

I'm not finding the PDF, love the Article!!!

Cary HolmquistNovember 19, 2020

If the display of my little iPad Mini-version is giving me an accurate version of the online web page showing your sunrise photograph of the Nauvoo Temple with background of the Mississippi River and Iowa bank and skyline on the river’s west bank, it appears you have also captured the final waning moments of another atmospheric phenomenon. It is popularly known as the Belt of Venus or antitwilight arch, and often goes overlooked because it is short-lived and easily obscured or hidden by tall trees that can block the true horizon as seen from ground level. It is visible only in the twilight moments in the west before sunrises and after sunset in the east. In your photo, there is the barest hint of blue right along the west-bank skyline, if my display correctly reproduces the image, that would then qualify the moment and view as the very last remains of a Belt of Venus. Which is partly defined as a pink or yellow-orange glow band above the horizon with blue lighting both above and below the pink coloration. Perhaps it is a small distinction in the big wide world of so many phenomena in the skies. But it is one that I see also from time to time in the Big Sky Country of Montana (due in part to our vistas that often lack close-by tall trees, both east and west of the Continental Divide of the Rocky Mountains) and I am always captured, as you were, by the beauty of the contrasting and ephemeral colors. Well done and thank you, Brother Proctor. —Cary Holmquist, Frenchtown, Montana. (P.S., I am looking forward to receiving the Nauvoo Diary soon.)

Brian PalmerNovember 19, 2020

I have benefited from refering to the definition of true that is used in construction and engineering when I read D&C 1:30. Instead of a measure of the amount of truth it refers more to accuracy of position, or alignment. When a wall is perfectly true all the corner meet precisely and it is square and level. When an axle or shaft is true it spins smoothly and without vibration, in harmony. When you are constructing something you make adjustments until the thing you are making is "trued" up to the specifications, then it is "finished". I believe this is a helpful way of viewing the restored church. It is constantly being trued up by the guidance of the Lord and His prophets. Eventually it will be perfectly true, and its people will be one.

Maria AllenNovember 19, 2020

I have fun with people when they are trying to guess my age and I think it’s sweet when they think I am 10 years younger than I look. You should see the expression on their face when I finally tell them. Here’s the fun part. They then ask me how I manage to look so young. I tell them Oil of Olay and water. Now I just simply say Oil of Olay and the word of wisdom. Makes for a great missionary moment.

BrynnNovember 19, 2020

I once sat in a class with several new converts and those investigating the church. When asked if any of them had any questions about the Sacrament Meeting we had attended, one of them finally admitted, “It hurts me every time I hear someone say that he or she knows this church is ‘true’, because it sounds to me like they are saying the church I grew up in is false.” Every other newcomer immediately shook their heads in agreement and stated that phrase greatly bothered them. While that statement is meant to be an affirmation of the truthfulness of restored gospel principles and continuing revelation, reducing our testimonies to just that one-line cliché has the potential to create a perception of spiritual superiority within our congregations. And it can sound very judgmental and exclusionary to visitors. I grew up in another faith and am grateful to that faith for teaching the truth of a loving and redemptive Christ and for giving me the foundation of relationship with Him. The truth that they taught me was what prepared me to listen to the additional messages of this church. I wish we would stop using that cliché and instead bear our testimonies of our belief in Christ, in restored gospel principles, in continuing revelation through prophets, or whatever about the gospel is meaningful to us individually, instead of simplistically checking the box that we can say we know this church is “true” or teaching that phrase to our children. I agree with the article that ultimately insight and power does not come from checking the box that we, too, can make that statement. Instead, it comes from continuing to learn, yearn for, receive, discern, live and act upon the Lord’s truth wherever we find it.

Cheryl BrallierNovember 19, 2020

you guys are amazing. Thank you so much for your efforts on our behalf, and Maureen, sell me your bike!! No more accidents I would love to know who the artists are in this podcast on charity, they also would make wonderful Christmas gifts. I already have several calendars!

Scot ProctorNovember 19, 2020

Randy, I was an account holder at that bank for many years so I felt okay about borrowing the roof for a few minutes long before they were open!

Maria AllenNovember 19, 2020

Thank goodness I have a hobby that is more fulfilling than wasting my time with so called reality tv. I’ll take sewing over anything like this.

Scot Facer ProctorNovember 19, 2020

Wally, I love what you have shown us. Your example of how you love your parents and extended family is the same as how you have treated and loved us for these many years. The shadow boxes are fabulous and generated a lot of potential exciting works for me with my own parents who are both living on the other side of the veil now. Thank you again for this heart-warming, wonderful video for us in this Thanksgiving week.

Richard EyreNovember 19, 2020

Join the dialogue on this question by commenting with your "take" or questions. And thanks for reading!

Chuck SanfordNovember 19, 2020

TO: Lexa Graeme: Decades ago, right after I joined the church, I asked two women at church when each was due to have her baby. The very ICY answers I got were " I'm not pregnant." I quickly learned.

Mark MathesonNovember 19, 2020

Fine insights! I am going to go back and read your earlier material and see what nuggets I have missed!

Gaye BreillattNovember 19, 2020

Love this. So important and timely. Needs to be shouted from the rod tops.

Ron BarnesNovember 19, 2020

I often read the literature of other churches. We do not have a monopoly on truth. One of the best definitions I have found of the path to salvation came from a Protestant minister. Paraphrased: While salvation can not be earned, it must be qualified for. We do not have a monopoly on gifts if the spirit. Pope John Paul II definitely had the gift of tongues, being able to speak at least 15 languages. An uncle of mine was a protestant minister. Once he was asked to preach to a friends congregation. He felt the Spirit inspire him to call them to repentance and he came down hard on them. He later discovered that, without his friend knowing it, half of the congregation were engaging in mass immoral activities. We do not have a monopoly on miracles. This same uncle has cast out demons and raised a woman from the dead. The only thing we do have a monopoly on (in my opinion) is authority. No other religion has the authority to preform the ordinances necessary to return to The Father. I believe that this is the only thing that really sets us apart from everyone else.

Lawrence Barry Chaplain Colonel (Ret)November 19, 2020

Wonderful article! Over the years I have cringed at some members mistaken mindset that suggested that “If you ain’t Mormon, you ain’t.” Also, Pres. N. Eldon Tanner was once heard to say when hearing a member testify that “this is the only true and living church” “I wish they wouldn’t say that.”

EdNovember 19, 2020

"God is using more than one people for the accomplishment of his great and marvelous work. The Latter-day Saints cannot do it all. It is too vast, too arduous, for any one people.... Again I say, the Lord's Work has need of auxiliaries outside as well as inside, to help it along. Because of their worldly influence—which would depart if they connected themselves with the Church— many are kept where they are, where the Lord has placed them, and can best use them for the good of all." -Orson F. Whitney, 1828 Conference.

Debbi M.November 18, 2020


Carol AnnNovember 18, 2020

Excellent reminders. Thank you!

LexaGraemeNovember 18, 2020

Oh goodness! This reminds me of the Never-Ask-a-Woman-When-Her-Baby-is-Due. Sometimes it’s just best to keep the mouth shut!

Angie MannNovember 18, 2020

Very insightful article! Can’t wait to read the next part.

Norma J W PellettNovember 18, 2020

There was a twenty year difference in age between my husband and I. Tom and I got to spend 45 years together before he was called home. Most of the time, other people figured that Tom was ten years younger than he was and that I was ten years older than I am. It's a good thing that I always thought that to be funny.

Helen MeekNovember 18, 2020

Very interesting. I have always wondered how someone who is in the presence of God, actually choose to leave. Thanks for your insights and I am looking forward to the next instalment.

Clifford HolmesNovember 18, 2020

I always enjoy your stories! Thanks for sharing!

Diane IrwinNovember 18, 2020

I don't see the link to the pdf. I asked to join the Facebook group; is it through that?

RandyNovember 18, 2020

Excellent article and so appropriate for our present geo political conditions. Satan's reasoning has not changed. His methods have not changed because his methods still work. Giving a reward to someone who is NOT worthy of it is the same violation of agency as withholding a reward is from someone who is deserving. The Savior's role in the Plan of Salvation stands in stark contrast to Lucifer's optional plan. The Savior was willing to do our Father's will and offer Himself as The Lamb Slain Before the Foundation of the World, one Sacrifice to redeem all willing and repentant souls with our agency intact. Lucifer required every soul to sacrifice their individual agency - no choice in mortality, good or bad - would have any consequence. In addition, requiring Heavenly Father to surrender His Glory to Lucifer without any mortal experience of trial or sacrifice.

Justin HNovember 18, 2020

My wife and I are less than 6 months difference in age and when people see our wedding photos, they say my wife hasn't aged but I really have. I tell them you take 2 cats, keep one inside all its life and the other one outside for its whole life. I'm the outside cat. And 24 years in the military doesn't keep your body looking young, either. After 30 deployments it starts to show.

Steve Colin ZeiglerNovember 18, 2020

What a marvelous article! I'm looking forward to the rest of it. Great insights1

ToniNovember 18, 2020

I can’t seem to find the Clutter Buster PDF attachment? Could you point out where I should be looking? Thanks!

Phil WasdenNovember 17, 2020

Dan Bell beat me to my suggestion. The shot you got is beautiful and knowing the sacrifice you made, gives it even more meaning. Thank you!

Sue TowheyNovember 17, 2020

President Benson was sounding the alarm to prepare us for this day. He was a patriot and a defender of our Constitution and a fine example for each of us. The book's author has an agenda and isn't trying to hide it. Thankfully, we have discernment. Thank you for your article and review of this book. Faith and religion is in the cross-hairs today. We have to find the strength to hold firm to the values we have been taught, especially now.

Randy CookNovember 17, 2020

The photograph is beautiful. My Hyde and Cook ancestors lived in Nauvoo and helped to build the first temple. Their temple marriage covenants are recorded there. I visited there last in 1981 before the second temple was constructed. I stood at the large depression in the ground where the temple had stood.and felt my ancestors presence there. I hoped then that a new temple would be built. Just one question. How do the Bank building owners feel about your clandestine use of their building?

Bera SautuNovember 17, 2020

So very true and inspiring.

Pat MerrickNovember 17, 2020

I have also found that some of the greatest growth I have had is after struggling for hours after the Lord has "opened the door". Thank you for sharing all your insights.

DebbieNovember 17, 2020

This is a spectacular picture! Thank you for sharing the tender mercy that allowed it to happen. The Lord is in the details of our lives.

Marsha NewmanNovember 17, 2020

What a beautiful and timely commentary! I’m going to listen many times! Thank you, thank you!

Candice RailNovember 17, 2020

Your podcasts are wonderful. The most recent ones on Ether have changed the way that I pray, and my faith has increased. Thank you. Your language is sublime, your insights are beautiful (I often think, "I never thought of that!"), and your research is fresh to me. The spirit is wonderful and I look forward to listening every week as part of my scripture study. Thank you, again. I cannot imagine the work to create these week in and out. Love you both.

Steve LoyNovember 17, 2020

Beautiful shot! Great work and what an effort to get that shot!

Dan BellNovember 17, 2020

Beautiful shot Scot. Just a thought: have you ever considered a drone? I am getting pretty good shots from mine... At least maybe a little less risky... Keep up the good work.

Richard WinmillNovember 17, 2020

For me the story of Ezra Taft Benson is beautiful and I love it precisely because it is also a story of repentance. Skousen's most important statement Is this: "...Church counselors and colleagues eventually succeeded in softening Elder Benson’s political views when he became president of the Church in late 1985. ...the Lord guided him in a different direction; his focus as President of the Church was reading and distributing the Book of Mormon, not fighting Communism, and opening up missionary work in former Iron Curtain countries. " I love President Benson the better, because he "re -pented" or re-thought his work and we are the better for that re-thinking. I love Elder McConkie for the same reason. That these men as apostles, prophets seers and revelators were able to say: "I was wrong." blesses our lives two-fold. First in the example of reprentence and second in the beauty of their prophetic work.

Mary J BellNovember 16, 2020

Theresa, I will be a "hugger mugger" with you forever, and proud to wear the badge! Love you so much, sister of my heart!

Judy A MaldonadoNovember 16, 2020

I love these messages. I bought the puzzle for each of my children's families and I want to print these messages out for them. Do you know when 9-11 will be published? Thank you.

Dave WindsorNovember 16, 2020

We could sure use President Benson today as .more and more otherwise good .members of the church are being deceived by secret combinations who seek power by any means and seek to destroy our freedom to worship God as our conscience dictates.

MadelineNovember 16, 2020

Since we have been asked to truthfully relate our life experiences, I add this. I had to give up attending the temple for most of my adult life because of the despair I felt after attending. The doctrine taught there until recently about the relationship between men and women just could not be reconciled with what I knew to be true. I am grateful for the changes and the correction, but extremely sorry so many decades of my life passed before the truth was fully taught there. Fortunately, God has richly blessed me with the ability to feel His spirit in many places and situations outside his temple. But how sorry I am that I was made to feel unwelcome in His house.

John R. CarpenterNovember 16, 2020

Not surprisingly Matt Harris gushes overtly in his book: "Hugh B. Brown: Mormonism’s Progressive Apostle." His socialist leaning political views are becoming more and more pronounced with each class and book he produces. He is no longer even trying to be objective.

RenaeNovember 16, 2020

I have seen a decided turn to the right in Utah politics during my life. But most zi attribute to the Demicratic Party's support for abortion rights. I believe what extremism attributable to President Benson's comments remain could be better fought by more widely publishing stories of the efforts of other Church leaders counter his more extreme political beliefs. Also, to trying to educate our members as to all the beliefs we espouse, not just to a few. It is easy to ascribe secret combinations to the other political party if we are unaware of the errors in our own party. And, as current events are making clear, some education on personality disorders such as narcissistic personality disorder, would be helpful. The constitution just might hang by a thread because of the mental illness suffered by a Republican president.

MichaelNovember 16, 2020

Elder Holland's talk quoted in the podcast:

Maryann TaylorNovember 16, 2020

I have mixed feelings about this article, and the title bothers me. Posing a question with a negative connotation suggests a judgement of guilt. The title also invites us to be suspicious of wrong doing. I hope everyone read the entire article to understand the details of the situation. The intent of this article was obviously to give President Benson a fair "hearing." However, I wonder if it only added fuel to the fire for those who are constantly seeking to criticize the leaders of the church.

Maryann TaylorNovember 16, 2020

I am hearing the phrase often lately regarding seeking to understand another person's "point of view." Generally, that is good advice, but in our current society it is often fruitless. Can you imagine Captain Moroni sitting down to discuss "points of view" when his nation was being seriously threatened by those determined to destroy their liberty? I was stunned after my most recent study of the Book of Mormon to see so many similarities in our society regarding the usurping of our freedoms. Yes, we are commanded to love our enemies, but we must also stand boldly and courageously for truth, our constitution, and our freedoms. I liked the outcome of the story in this article, but I don't think I would have encouraged my husband to go to a potentially dangerous place where he may have ended up losing his life.

Wayne AllredNovember 16, 2020

So sad how many people vote with their feelings on their sleeves, rather than the brain given to them by God. By their fruits shall he know them. Promises made, promises kept.

Maryann TaylorNovember 16, 2020

The points made in this article are exactly why the Equal Rights Amendment was never passed. I suppose the term "feminist" may mean different things to different people, but it has most certainly been a term that does not unify women. It divides them. However the greatest danger of so-called "feminism" is that it radically divides men and women. It has become politically correct to criticize and mock all men--to paint them as the enemy. Satan would like nothing more than to create enmity between all men and women.

Maryann TaylorNovember 16, 2020

This article reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures in the Book of Mormon. The prophet, Mormon, wrote to his son, Moroni, relating the extremely sinful circumstances of the people. This was the very darkest period in the Book of Mormon, shortly before the final great battle which annihilated most of the Nephites. However, Mormon counseled his son in Moroni 9:25: "My son, be faithful in Christ; and may not the things which I have written grieve thee...but may Christ lift thee up, and may...the showing of his body unto our fathers, and his mercy and long-suffering, and the hope of his glory and eternal life, REST IN YOUR MIND FOREVER." This article is so timely because some of the most powerful "fiery darts" of the adversary are stressful, angry, discouraging, hopeless thoughts. They suck the spiritual life from us and weaken us. They fuel enmity, divide us, and hurl us into a downward spiral of negativity. We need to focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ and to commit ourselves to serve him and his children. Never has the world needed the light of faithful Latter-day Saints more than today.

Dave WindsorNovember 15, 2020

It's sad that so many good members of the church have been deceived by secret combinations. My heart aches for them and I pray to God that they will see the light before it's too late.

JoeNovember 15, 2020

The people have spoken.

Deanna SasserNovember 15, 2020

I too would like a link to Wally Goddards article in Prayer. Thank you!

WallyNovember 14, 2020

You can find Wally's original article on Meridian at:

Theresa OliverNovember 14, 2020

Thank you for this lovely reminder, Mary. What a gift that you appreciate the same things that I do. Thanks for being a “hugger mugger” with me.

Maryann TaylorNovember 14, 2020

Attending the temple has been a key to an outpouring of the Spirit in my life. As we ponder and seek for further light, it is a sacred place to obtain it.

Maryann TaylorNovember 14, 2020

Until the election is certified, it is incorrect to call Biden a "winner' of anything! Unfortunately, "unkind remarks" are a hallmark of politics today. I am much more interested in the fact that President Trump keeps his promises, has strengthened peaceful negotiations in The Middle East, and has been a blessing to the American economy--we now depend on oil from NO country other than our own. I could go on-but the list of what President Trump has achieved for our nation is endless.

Melissa MarkhamNovember 14, 2020

I'm so sorry for this difficult experience. I salute and admire you for the care you take for your daughter. I don't know if this is any comfort, but I feel like your inability to see her because of the pandemic is a metaphor for our inabilities and weaknesses in this life. Just as Heavenly Father knew about those, knew they were even necessary, and provided a Savior for us, he knows about the pandemic and has provided a Savior to make up the difference after all we can do. I will pray for you and your daughter-that the Savior will be with you to comfort you and ease your burden.

LeslieNovember 14, 2020

When our hearing impaired, vision impaired mom was in assisted living and we couldn’t visit, even through an open window, my sister bought and had staff set up an Alexa Echo View. We could video call her without her having to manage a tablet or get staff to assist in opening a zoom call. We could just call in and it automatically opened for her, showed her sitting in her usual command center chair. She could see and hear us and we could see and hear her. You could read and show your daughter storybooks, let her see you making dinner at your house, share music. Thankfully we were able to bring mom home to live with us this summer, but still use video calls for grandkids to call her.

Craig FrogleyNovember 14, 2020

Thank you, Maurine...That was even more significant to me knowing that you write it while struggling with the consequences of your bike accident. You and Scott are such examples to all of us in the details of our lives.

AnnaNovember 14, 2020

Several of your well-expressed thoughts, in well-crafted sentences, met a specific need for me today. Thank you for sharing. We were a young family in Chicagoland beginning in 1979, The climate then was not warm toward our way of approaching life as women. I would love to read those articles and your insights.

Harold RustNovember 14, 2020

Absolutely beautiful, uplifting, informative, and powerfully presented as a gift to all of us whether men or women.

Allan HillsNovember 14, 2020

We really enjoy the podcast,it has changed the way we study the gospel. Unfortunately, I have heard others who have become less enthusiastic about it because of the ads for merchandise at the beginning of the podcast for calendars and appointment journals. Consider moving them to the end of the podcast as those interested can continue to listen and those who are not will stop. Web based videos allow the watcher to skip ads after a few seconds and this option would benefit your podcast. Otherwise you have produced one of the best podcasts available. Thank you for your dedication

Kevin RNovember 13, 2020

Really appreciated this article. Got me thinking about the times when the Lord intervened on my behalf.

IlaNovember 13, 2020

Of all the comments so far, I am with and agree with the very first one, from Nadine Anderton. I dislike Trumps rudeness and name calling and how much he Loves himself, but he did as he promised, he did everything for the LOVE of our Great Country !!! I sincerely hope he has learned a lesson for his loss in 2020 and will run again in 4 yrs. to try and do it right this time. !!!

Leah WNovember 13, 2020

I would love to read the article by Wally Goddard. Do you have links to all sources cited in your podcast?

Andrea BartleyNovember 13, 2020

I send my hugs and empathy to you! My husband was in an accident in July and they would not let me in the ER. then he was in surgery for hours and no one called till 4:30AM. 7 weeks in the hospital with 9 surgeries and after most of them I found out I was allowed one hour after each surgery. That helped but he was mostly sleeping during that hour. His leg was amputed in August. Finally he went to rehab and got multiple infections in the stump. Back to the hospital and then he got Covid. back to rehab and 10 days quarantine and he couldn't take it anymore. He is now home. The whole time I cried every night as all family are in other states. The travel restrictions prevented them coming to us. So what did I do? With lots of prayer and fasting (myself and others for us) I decided to march myself up to the hospital and say I wanted to see him - he had been so upset under meds and in so much pain I couldn't take it anymore. The security guy called up to talk to the head nurse of the floor that noon hour and she said "send her up." they were plain tired of dealing with him and I got to be with him for 10 hrs. Another time on the night before leaving for rehab he was once again filled with major anxiety. By then I was able to visit 2-6PM every day but when it came time to leave I just said "this is not going to work, I won't leave him like this." And they brought me in a cot. Both of those times were gifts from God - the rest of the time I just took one day at a time and felt so grateful for all the prayers and ministering moments that came my way. We also did the technology thing and got Tablets and visited by messenger. And that helped so definitely see if the hospital is providing the equipment to do that. They were at our hospital but we bought our own anyway. After my experiences, and they wouldn't let me in anymore, I begged God that He would let someone have the same experience I did and have a reprieve and visit their loved ones. Though I'll never know for sure I believe with all my heart the Lord helped others also. So many have suffered so. You are a saint and I will pray that you might have a reprieve. Hugs to you!

MarnieNovember 13, 2020

I was disappointed there is no link to Wally’s original article

Diane QuistNovember 13, 2020

President Monsen said there were no coincidences. I remember this comment whenever things come together nicely or unexpectantly. The Lord has a hand in these “coincidences”.

Lincoln C OliphantNovember 13, 2020

I'm the author. Thanks to those leaving comments, particularly the Arizonans. They show the divisions in that State and the country. If only we had a Muse of Irony! Lincoln Oliphant

KathrynNovember 13, 2020

Two other ideas in addition to the wonderful ideas that have already been shared. There is power in united prayer. I'm guessing you've been praying constantly, but what about asking family, friends, and ward members to join you in prayer? I've seen specific, united prayers bring about amazing blessings. Another idea is to make a recording of yourself talking to your daughter--video would probably be best if possible, but audio would work too. Express your love. Tell her a favorite story. If you sing or play the piano, sing her some songs she loves. Then see if the staff could play the recording from time to time on the TV in her room (if there is one) or on a tablet or other device. I'm adding you to my prayers that you and your daughter will be comforted, guided, and encouraged. We love you!

Chuck SanfordNovember 13, 2020

I agree with Bro. Craycroft---he was my Bishop when we lived in Provo in the fall of 1972 (my wife, baby girl, and I lived in the ward---the rampant immorality in these shows is also offensive)

Pauline HarryNovember 13, 2020

No long-term safety has been proven in this 2-month trial. The study reports only .02% of the study group from ALL OVER THE WORLD which doesn’t take into account how many cases are there are there, nutrition, weather, or lifestyle. And now they’re ready to start vaccinating millions! Throw tons of money at it and see if anyone sticks around?

Mary J BellNovember 13, 2020

I love that Ed. My heart goes out to him. I'm glad he knows you. Great idea!

Nadine AndertonNovember 13, 2020

Instead of party or personality or manner, if you are a follower of Jesus Christ (as are surely most of the readers of Meridian) I suggest you measure campaign promises and direction according to "which candidate is more in line with the Gospel teachings?" Yes, there are voters and candidates of both major parties and platforms, and each has the agency to choose. But the whole country has to bear the consequences of the prevailing choice. Thie election, one party stands for socialism (or outright communism), taking away agency and substituting the will of the party leaders, and many other things that I am quite certain are opposite of what Jesus taught quite clearly. I have quite lost mt respect for Mitt Romney, whom I avidly supported in his previous runs for office, for letting personal dislike for Trump get in the way of his Christianity. Yes, Trump has many flaws. But he believes in America and has done things for Americans and the country that will be done if the other side's plans are successful. I held my nose when I voted for him in 2016, but I was happy enough with his presidency to happily support him in 2020. I don't think I've slept well since election night. I fully expect to be on some blacklist, but at age 76 I don't expect it to matter to me and since there were so many other frank comments I couldn't help adding mine. I have family in Arizona, including my oldest grandson who has joined many of the Millennials in supporting Socialism. My son, and I hope the others, have followed the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Norma PellettNovember 13, 2020

Dear sister, is there a way you and your daughter can both have a tablet? There are simple ways for her to connect to you. If you ask, someone on the staff should be able to help her. Your other children, grandchildren, or someone in your ward should be able to help you set up both tablets. Call your contact person at her care center and talk to them about setting this up. Arrange a time when there will be someone available to take your daughter's tablet and help her with it. Take someone with you for support. You and your family are in my prayers.

VAL C. LEWISNovember 13, 2020

Thank you, Maurine, that was wonderful! I love hearing stories of God working in our lives. My first story like this happened in 1962 and is titled, "Walk through that building". The result was miraculous and has led to many more.

RBaconNovember 13, 2020

I really loved this article, thank you so much. Yes He has been there for me also in the details of my life and I give thanks to Him everyday.

Douglas ZimmerNovember 13, 2020

You mentioned how we can't usually 'see' this intervention at the time of occurrence. The Jewish sages say this is a shadow or type of Exodus 33:22-23: 22 And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: 23 And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen. The Lord 'covers' our understanding and allows us a glimpse later when we must decide if the event was coincidence. The Jews also say that calling something a coincidence is akin to blasphemy, for obviously good reason.

Maryann TaylorNovember 13, 2020

I agree that the phone call was not random nor a coincidence. You had a beautiful answer to prayer that cannot be denied. I think so many times we receive help from the Lord and we just don't recognize it at the time. Perhaps we can train ourselves to immediately offer thanks to the Lord WHENEVER ANYTHING GOOD happens by remembering we are to acknowledge the hand of the Lord in ALL things. We can also acknowledge his hand in our lives even in our disappointments or sorrows--He knows what we need.

Sharon Lee BrownNovember 13, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this. It is wonderful. Sharon

Maryann TaylorNovember 13, 2020

I think many of the claims you mention in the article you referenced are false. For example--- the old, tired out lament about guns, but no mention of the MANY lives that have been SAVED because innocent Americans had guns to defend themselves??? I have read of many accounts of this fact, some in my own home town. These criticisms of America are not new and will continue to circulate. Yes, we have challenges--but our nation is still blessed beyond measure. It is ALWAYS a good idea to evaluate our family relationships and work at strengthening them, but the continuous criticisms of America causes much more harm than good. We live in a time when it is "politically correct" to keep up the "'ain't-it awful" rhetoric, and I believe it is a technique used by our enemies to destroy our patriotism.

Phil HarrisonNovember 13, 2020

Thank you so much for this tender story. It is such a good reminder that the Lord is always mindful of us, even when we fail to remember Him. As I look back on my life, I can see so many times the Lord directed my path, through jobs I got and jobs I didn't get, to move me around the country to put me where I needed to be to have certain experiences and meet certain people. I've been writing a personal history which I am calling "In His Hands," because I recognize that's where I have been through all seven decades of my life. Three years ago I was diagnosed with ALS, an incurable, degenerative, terminal disease. As I become more and more dependent on others, and simultaneously more dependent on Him, I asked the Lord almost constantly, what He wants me to learn from this experience. I'm sure I won't understand fully until I get to the other side and He can explain it to me face-to-face. But what an adventure in the meantime! Thank you again for sharing your story.

Maryann TaylorNovember 13, 2020

I can't think of a single reason you could not see her through the window whenever you want to. You could also draw some colorful pictures to hold up for her to see and mimic a hug. I think the day is coming when COVID is going to be just one more risk in life we are going to have to accept and go back to our normal activities. We cannot continue this way indefinitely.

PaulNovember 13, 2020

Over the last few years, thanks to Bernie Sanders' poor choice of words, Socialist Democracy has been confused with Socialism. Northern European countries are NOT socialist. I have lived there and done business there for many years. They are CAPITALIST countries with wide social safety nets. Yes, they pay higher taxes to achieve this, but apparently the people like it. And they look over in dismay at the United States, with Capitalism run amuck, where unscrupulous people at the top do everything they can to keep the bottom tier at the bottom.

DianeNovember 13, 2020

My heart breaks for this mother and daughter! Could the staff at the facility help them to connect via skype, face time, zoom, or some other platform? Even a simple phone call so the daughter could hear her mother’s voice might help.

DianeNovember 13, 2020

What a cool story! Thank you for sharing it!

Robert D StarlingNovember 13, 2020

Thanks Maurine, for reminding us all that our Heavenly Father is indeed "in the details" of our lives. If we can just recognize those "tender mercies" for the blessings they are, our lives will be filled with much more joy and happiness.

DianeNovember 13, 2020

My heart breaks for this mother and daughter! I wonder if the staff at the facility could help mother and daughter connect via skype, face time, zoom, or other format? Or maybe even a simple phone call.

MicheleNovember 13, 2020

I cannot assist, but my heart goes out completely to this dear woman. My 70 year old sister still has her youngest 29 year old down syndrome who additionally has a psychotic disorder, which only my sister recognized. I am so grateful for Geoff's tender words in this situation to this dear woman. I will be forwarding the letter to my sister, as she's looked at group homes for my niece but is very distraught about the decision.

Judi EnglishNovember 13, 2020

What an amazing miracle! Thanks for sharing.

Maryann TaylorNovember 13, 2020

No surprise here. I could have guessed this from the title of the show. Anything that says "Real Housewives" is suspect.

James ScottNovember 13, 2020

Certainly one of the most extraordinary events in the Book of Mormon I’ve always been intrigued by the truth so evident there. May I also point out the importance of Isaiah’s declaration of, “and who shall declare his generation?” Most don’t realize the significance of that question, and it’s finally answered in Abinadi’s explanation of the Savior’s mission as Father and Son. See Mosiah 15:1-11. Jesus Christ becomes our father when we become his children through our own acceptance and obedience to his commandments. We become his children and he then is Father to us, his generation fulfillment.

K HardenNovember 13, 2020

Insightful article. I also think Biden got a lift from Scott Kelly. It’s obvious many Republicans voted for him so my theory is as they were in the voting booth just went ahead and voted D all the way through. Although my state overwhelmingly carried Trump I am grateful to all the voters who were willing to stand up to the bully and send him packing.

ShareeNovember 13, 2020

Maybe the facility staff could set up Zoom meetings between the woman and her daughter.

Buffie BarkdullNovember 13, 2020

The spiritual insights you shared from your sacred life experiences spoke pure truth to my soul. Thank you for sharing your gift of writing and expression. It blessed me in a profound way today.

Sue WynneNovember 13, 2020

I understand to a certain extent. Our 29-year-old son has autism and is also living in supervised housing. We bought him an iPad and we visit every single day via FaceTime. He’s anxious for a visit, but he loves that connection. He’s not a good communicator so sometimes he just hangs out and watches while I work from home, cook or clean kitchen...sometimes we even watch a movie or video together. These are the times when we have to be creative. I would be really shocked if someone at the care facility wouldn’t be willing to help you set that up. Even a five minute daily Facetime call could make all the difference for you both. God bless

Rebecca McCauleyNovember 13, 2020

I was so touched by this article. You are a wonderful Mom! I am sure you have thought of this, but could you meet virtually on Zoom? Or FaceTime over the phone? Talk with the leaders of the facility- everyone is having to communicate differently because of Covid19. Maybe they have made accommodations that are unknown to you. You are a wonderful, strong, woman and a Mother’s love is some of the strongest in the world! You will find a way! Heavenly Father is aware of you, your daughter, and this entire situation. He loves you both. My prayers are with you! Keep trying!

Jan StrongNovember 13, 2020

I love this story! Thank you for sharing. Looking in the rear view mirror, we can clearly see the Lord guiding and leading us along, even miraculously opening that Red Sea for us. This story is a lovely reminder of the goodness and greatness of God. Thanks for the beautiful memory and timely reminder.

Deanna SasserNovember 13, 2020

Maureen, I loved this article and I know, especially as I get older, that God is in the details of my life and my family. I have learned patience and learned to be still and I am able to look back and see the struggles we have gone through and know that they helped me to grow, have more faith and trust the Lord. I still struggle but, yes, He loves me and I love my Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit that guides me. Now, I would love to read that first article that you wrote years ago if you still have it. Thank you to you and Scott for your amazing job as editors of The Meridian Magazine. You are both wonderful and I love your Podcasts that my husband and I listen to each Sunday together. May the Lord continue to bless you and your family.

K HardenNovember 13, 2020

I agree with the comment that selfishness is the root of all problems in this country. The decline of the family doesn’t lead people to build a wall on our southern boarder or deny a person health care. Recent research has brought to light in the past 50 years reviewing published literature the word ‘I’ has replaced ‘we’ significantly. Personally, I feel the ‘baby boomer’ generation of which I am a part has been a disaster as far as leadership. We are leaving our children with war, debt and abounding in crime and still no health care. Shame on us. Thank you for this article, very thought provoking. i agree that America the promised land is all of North and South America not just the USA. I also question this oft repeated quote that the Constitution will hang by a thread prophesy. The only reference I can find if that is a third hand account in a journal entry. Please enlighten me if you can find a first hand document.

SkepticalNovember 12, 2020

@Splink, what is your source on the claim that the standard of living has been generally in decline for decades? That seems like an unsubstantiated thing to say. According to economist Ed Yardeni, "I have taken deep dives into the data on standards of living and income inequality. Nowhere can I find a credible series that confirms a 30-year drought in standards of living for almost all Americans. Instead, the data show that Americans have never been better off. I’m not making a political statement, just a statement of facts (which, I acknowledge, do have political implications)." He explains his reasoning in this article:

CyndiNovember 12, 2020

Neither McCain nor Flake is universally loved by many Arizona voters who feel betrayed by their willingness to change sides regardless of their campaign promises. It was so easy for them to blame their lack of loyalty on conscience. I am glad Flake left. I would never trust him again. Trump is not perfect, neither are they.

kathy FlinnNovember 12, 2020

DITTO! Richard Craycroft

MikeNovember 12, 2020

The final comment is the crux of the article. Be kind to those you pass up (and down) the greasy poll. Not many places people of different and strongly held political positions can come together in fellowship and compassion. Hopefully our church is one of them. At least 4 comments about this article seem to be leaning in that direction, but all of the votes have not been counted yet..

Harold rustNovember 12, 2020

I'm not an Arizonian and I voted for Mitt in 2016 while admiring what Jeff Flake said when he chose not to run again. That was then. Since then I have been very disappointed in each of these men who contrived a moral position that was based on personal hate of President Trump and a sense of righteous indignation when they each should have addressed the fundamentals from the standpoint of our country. Not one of Biden's principle points of planned policy will be good for the country: more severe lockdowns with government mandatory regulations; less protection of the border; more support for bad financial and political plans in blue states; wasted money spent on picking winners in the race to help our climate while many of them will turn out to be losers and it will have ignored the free market options which would probably finally come up with nuclear as the energy of the future; and finally strong support for abortion, more legislative judges, and possibly more witch hunts against anyone who disagrees with them. All because President Trump is narcissistic, blasts out at people way more than seems nice, and has gone through a lot of high level cabinet folks. I believe the Republicans can keep him from doing real harm while not one Democrat will have the courage to speak out against any Biden/Harris/Bernie/AOC wild agenda effort. Supporting your country sometimes means you've got to hire an irascible personality. And yes, President Trump brought some of this on himself....but that isn't good enough reason to turn your back on him.

KimNovember 12, 2020

I’m a native Arizonan and long time republican. For the first time in the almost four decades I’ve been eligible to vote I supported a democrat in the presidential election. Why? Donald Trump bullies, lies, manipulates, threatens, attacks, blames, belittles and rages. He consistently uses and abuses people and power narcissistically. His toxic divisive presidency has torn our nation apart and four more years of his special brand of crazy would have been disastrous. Jeff Flake and John McCain have my utmost respect and admiration.

Dave MyersNovember 12, 2020

Actually, it seems to me, the decline of the family is another symptom, and the real root cause is selfishness - the individual puts himself and his interests and desires before those of his family, his neighbor, his community and nation.

SamNovember 12, 2020

"Scripture teaches us that America is a “land of promise,” a phrase used dozens of times in the Book of Mormon." Must remember that America is not just USA. There is more to the promised land than them. Many problems have arisen in the USA. Church members need to get back to living the values of the Book Of Mormon. Humble. Repentance. Service to one another.

Wade BeaudreauNovember 12, 2020

I live in Arizona; I am a member of the same church as Jeff Flake. No one I know in AZ cares for Mr. Flake and in fact, wish he would just 'flake off' into oblivion, if you catch my drift. He has not done himself any good in his endorsing Biden. Kind of like Mitt also hasn't helped himself in recent times criticizing the President. I realize Utah Latter-day Saints are different from Arizona ones, and we all have our agency, but, 'come on, man', can't you all see the likelihood of serious societal problems once Biden/Harris get in? Can't you see the pre-Covid improvements in our country? Country over party, indeed! My choice was for the country. Thank you for listening

SplinkNovember 12, 2020

I'm a materialist. People's relationship to their material conditions determine their lives. It's inevitable. You have all of this completely backwards. This is one of the most maddening things in the church, although I know you can't acknowledge this, because then people would realize they don't need the church. The reason for the decline in marriage, and people having children in marriage, and general home stability, is that the standard of living for people has been in general decline for decades. People aren't getting married because they lack economic stability and means. People aren't having children in wedlock because they lack the means to do so. If you want the family to be strengthened, then people's economic position has to be improved. If that doesn't happen, the realities of family will continue to decline.

Richard EyreNovember 12, 2020

I would welcome your comments, questions or feedback on this article. Thanks for reading.

Pauline HarryNovember 12, 2020

Pfizer's CEO cashed out 60% of his stock on the same day the company unveiled the results of its COVID-19 vaccine trial. Could end up helping to spread the virus.

Jim PetersonNovember 12, 2020

Mark, Another wonderful and relevant article born out of the reality of universal forces that push against all of us. I miss our daily chats over lunch. I am inspired by the consecration of your spiritual gifts to helping others understand the restored gospel of Jesus Christ more deeply. Thank you for sharing the personal whisperings of sacred truths like " I will heal him... in the resurrection". Great perspective and powerful teaching!

Deanna SasserNovember 12, 2020

Just wanted to say how I enjoy your stories about children and that I share them with my grandchildren. I especially loved the “cow” story. It made us laugh for days! Thanks for the love of children that you have and for all your teaching moments. You are a great story teller!!!

Diane IrwinNovember 12, 2020

This is spot on! Truly the demise of families has been the demise of this country! "Me, me, me. It's all about ME!" is the thought process for so many. Selfishness is the heart of so many social ills.If people would forget themselves and their needs, then reach out to others, allow others in, marriages would be the majority instead of the minority and family life would flourish!

Joel MarksNovember 12, 2020

Dr Eyre is correct in his prescient evaluation of America as ‘the promised land’ and strong families as the solution. Mss Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Lincoln and Nelson would all concur. God bless America as the much prophesied Promised Land.

Steve ZeiglerNovember 12, 2020

As our love of Jesus Christ has declined, so is going the true strength of this still great nation. The love of the Lord fosters strong families while socialism requires that the government be worshiped instead of God. Look at the founding principles of BLM for example. It's estimated that 40% of Christians in this country attend church weekly. Even many Christians feel that when two men love each other, it's alright for them to marry. Many also believe in a woman's right to choose. What was wrong 2000 years ago is still wrong today, regardless of how modern society is changing. Right and wrong don't change. This country has lost its footing as we have forgotten our Lord, as Universal Law dictates its effects. In the Book of Mormon we see example after example where the Lord brings nations to their knees as they have forgotten the provider of all that is good. We are most likely entering this phase. I hope we all keep our eyes on the Lords prophets and that good people who are not yet aware of prophets will keep their eyes on God for deliverance from the trials that await us.

Edward HessNovember 12, 2020

America is in decline, not just because families are in decline, or that there are more people living out of wedlock, or that the rising generations are being dumbed down, but because belief in God is no longer the focal point of society. In my youth the majority of families attended church on Sunday, but now days only a handful of churches have more than a hundred people in attendance, and many of those old churches now stand empty. The disintegration of families and neighborhoods, the dumbing down of societies, allowing politicians, judges and lawyers to have the power to tell us what is right and what is wrong, what we can and cannot do according to the doctrines of "political correctness," rather than adhering to the laws, ordinances, and commandments of the Lord is why America is in the decline. There needs to be a call for this nation to repent, to believe in God, to believe that He is, and for each of us to become our brother's keeper, but if we continue to rely on government to be the solution to everything, then, "Yes! America will no longer be a Land of Promise, except for those who still believe in God and worship Him; and if we continue in the direction we're now going, then there will come a time, probably in the not too near future when the people will separate into tribes and each will appoint their own leaders and establish their own laws to be united against those who are corrupt and lawless." That is the promise and the prophecy concerning the fate of America when Jesus Christ is no longer worshiped or honored as the God of this land. Never in my lifetime has this country been more corrupt and more self absorbed than it is at this time, and it is just a matter of time when prophecies will be fulfilled concerning it's demise. Those who still believe in God need to rise up and to raise a clarion call for America to repent, otherwise we will continue down this path until even the earth itself will rise up and say, "Enough is Enough!" and like Sodom and Gomorrah the people will perish in their sins. Nevertheless, it will still be a "Promised Land" for the righteous, and only the righteous who will be reserved to be caught up to meet the Savior during His Second Coming. As we draw closer to the end of time as we know it, things will only grow worse; however, the Constitution will still hold, but it will hang by a thread as was prophesied. I firmly believe these things, and I say this in the name of Jesus Christ..

Wayne C FletcherNovember 12, 2020

America is still the Land of Promise by the Lord’s standards. Scriptures tell us where we are going in the near future. That is why President Nelson has given us the cautions and guidelines he has. At the present time the secret societies are in control(Ether 8:22-26). America will be cleansed as it was in 3 Nephi 8. Few living today will be then. Then with the return of the 10 tribes, Enoch and Melchizedek, the New Jerusalem will be established. There is more but that is enough.

Susan RoylanceNovember 12, 2020

Loved this article by Lincoln Oliphant -- truly, what goes around comes around.

Robert MartinNovember 12, 2020

What a thought provoking article. As I reach my middle seventies I look back to when I was a child and to my parents our nurturing was the most important thing. Mother stayed home and father worked. We forego a motor car, and the single bedrooms for each child, and an annual overseas vacation. Our welfare and education was the most important goal for most families. We have lost that now. Young couples want to move in together, sometimes marry, and buy a new home with 4 bedrooms and a study and also a media room. All new furniture and appliances. And they lose the freedom to raise a meaningful family. They are in debt for the rest of their lives and both have to work to pay off that debt. We should in the future, maybe through tax relief, allow our mothers the freedom to raise their children to be worthwhile citizens of the future. I have a large family with now 16 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren and as I reach the end of my life I realize how blessed I am and that accumulated wealth is not the goal but our treasure is tied up in our families. Good luck everyone. Have a great life.

Robyn GeantilNovember 12, 2020

I thought the same about John McCain. I lived in Arizona for 25 years and John McCain was respected and genuinely liked by the people. President Trump has learned (or maybe not) that unkind remarks are remembered. Especially about people who spend seven years of their life as a POW.

Richard CraycroftNovember 12, 2020

I avoid all "Real Houswives" shows because I don't want to actively kill brain cells.

PaulNovember 11, 2020

When talking to someone about my favorite scriptures and describing why they are so important to me I often find myself choked-up with tears.

JeannieNovember 11, 2020

Get out now. If you leave, yes the road is unknown, but you have possibilities and a chance to find someone who truly loves you. If you stay--the road is known--you know you can't trust him and you know there will be days and even years of heartache. If you leave, know you will heal and find happiness; if you stay you will not have healing or happiness until he changes. Don't expect him to change. Take control of your future. You can do this; be strong.

LARRY KENT ANDERSONNovember 11, 2020

Thank you for your post. Just before my mission call 53 years ago) I made good friends with the Holy Ghost. I had dozens of experiences there. I built some shelves in my crawl space a while ago. After getting started I was guided in how to do the complete project. Just like Nephi building the ship. I not only believe I know that he is real.

Nerita Flake PetersonNovember 11, 2020

Thanks so much for revealing your authorship of one of my favorite books. I bought it twice after )losing the first one, on purpose I fear, having found the truth of it being too painful. I love the insight in this article and am convinced that the bridle is essential to both the horse and rider.

Tawna F.November 11, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this example of making the choice to choose to be kind, even when fear or anger might seem justified (in the rabbi's case) - a reminder of how we can choose the higher and more Christlike way. Reminds me of the scripture Alma 31:5 where the preaching of the word (in a spirit of sincere love and brotherhood) had "a more powerful effect on the minds of the people than the sword or anything else." I think that examples of kindness and love - when you can tell it is sincere,is how God helps us to change hearts. Anger and hate never help change people for the better. Thanks for sharing this timely reminder!

Jessica EricksonNovember 11, 2020

I found the music for Happy Birthday Song by Norma G. Jacobsen. It was published in The Children's Friend in January 1953. It's on page 48/60 on the PDF (page 34 in the magazine). It's in the church archives if the link doesn't work. Enjoy!

Becky DouglasNovember 11, 2020

Richard, Aaahhh!! Your comment panicked me. We are always so grateful for readers that keep us all honest! I went to your reference to TIME Magazine but unfortunately was only able to get the first few lines, since I am not a subscriber. My husband and I tore our library apart the night I wrote this article, looking for the book of Inspirational Jewish stories that inspired it. I had literally copied the story for an Education Week talk, but unfortunately, the author’s name was cut off in the footnotes. Hopefully a reader will recognize her telling of the story and write me, allowing me to give proper credit to the real author. We also searched the internet for the name of the book I had once owned and once again, came up empty handed. I did today read the following articles and get all the same details (many of them word for word) for this story. These articles included New York Times, Lessons from a Rabbi Who Knows Hate and Forgiveness (Jan 4, 2009); another version from the Queens Gazette (Oct 29, 2008), and another from (Feb 21, 2019). The Queens Chronicle (Oct. 30, 2008) has the account of the rings story (not contained in the other articles). All elements of the story with the exception of the synagogue praying are in these versions. An entire book called, Not By the Sword, has been written by Katherine Watterson about this story. I have ordered a copy and fully expect to find the last element in this book. I have learned from doing my own interviews with the press that my words are edited tremendously by the editors. Some interviews for TV are edited down from a 30-minute interview to a 5-minute piece! Given the TIMES orientation, it is no surprise to me that the spiritual elements of this story did not make the article.

ShelleyNovember 11, 2020

Thank you for this great article. I, too, have wondered over the years about what it means to have the "constant" companionship of the Holy Ghost. This article helped clarify this for me!

Edward Rehder IIINovember 11, 2020

Great stuff Mary. I'm now thinking of a man I have been ministering to for a couple years. No Family. Few friends if any besides we ministers. And it occurs to me that he probably hasn't had a hug in forever. I wonder how one might change his perspective and attitude neither of which are very positive. Thanks for an idea.

ReidNovember 11, 2020

Excellent thoughts, simply expressed. Thank you.

Becca BirkinNovember 11, 2020

Thank you for your thoughts presented in such a beautiful way. So often the impressions I receive are small and come in a way that make it too easy to forget or question their power. Your words affirm my choice to believe that the Spirit is near us. Thank you for lifting my spirit today.

Chuck SanfordNovember 11, 2020

I am a father, a grand-father, and a great-grandfather. I very well know how precious children are. Now we have another Justice of the Supreme Court who understands this.

CharlesNovember 11, 2020

Thanks for the great podcasts. I was very interested to hear that there were actually 24 volumes of plates instead of just 24 plates. How do we know that?

Lynn D JohnsonNovember 11, 2020

Always good to hear from Bro. Goddard

Scot ProctorNovember 10, 2020

As mentioned, Dan Jones was in Carthage, but left before the mob stormed the building. Those you named were the only others left once the mob arrived.

Bruce BartonNovember 10, 2020

Nice story with a happy ending. But life isn’t always that way, and not because we don’t try. For example, remember in the story Rabbi Michael wasn’t so “nice” with Nazi Larry at first. In fact, he may never have been nice to Larry without his wife’s continuing counsel. A shout-out to good wives. But what if Larry had not changed after the rabbi was nice to him? Then what? Would the story still have a happy ending? Yes, in part. Because Rabbi Michael changed. You see, sometimes in life, to "win," you don’t always need a win-win ending. You just need to change yourself—to be a better self. Remember, we stand alone when we stand before God.

Georgi SmithNovember 10, 2020

The church website only names Willard Richards and John Taylor having been in the room with Joseph and Hyrum. Therefore I am confused. Georgi

Laurel JorgensenNovember 10, 2020

Excellent article! In trying to look good to and please our critics, we sometimes go too far. I appreciated the additional insights from the novel Elder Cook used to make his case.

RichardNovember 10, 2020

Well written article but seems to be overly embellished and miraculousized when compared with a first persons interview with Larry Trapp and Michael Weisser By Daniel S. Levy/Lincoln Monday, Feb. 17, 1992 published in Time Magazine.

Sharon LeighNovember 10, 2020

That is just beautiful. Thank you so much!

Tim ErnstNovember 10, 2020

I suspect that missionaries are not the only ones warded by angels, although I must agree that they are probably the ones most apt to be consistently guarded and probably the most apt to discern their presence, also. I cannot say that I've ever seen an angel, but I have seen evidences that they exist. Perhaps that is "good enough" for me.

Ron BarnesNovember 10, 2020

Is Mortality about a Test or about Joy? I think of mortality as a school. Being tested, and the joy that comes from passing a test, are both part of the learning process. In this school we are given lessons. Being tested shows us how well we have learned them. If we fail a test, we can learn from it and correct it. I believe that most tests are not designed, but are natural components of the school.

RobynNovember 9, 2020

I'm putting together a Book of Mormon for my son to have later in life with all kinds of visuals in the margins (Line Upon Line scriptures are AMAZING, just saying). Anyway, I'd really like to do a side by side comparison of Mormon and Joseph Smith Jr. Any chance you have one I could print out?

Tom WoodNovember 9, 2020

Another thoughtful lesson, Breck. I believe that one of the most important steps mortal man can make in order to gain salvation and earn exaltation is to establish a relationship with God through prayer and your lesson brings that importance into sharp focus. Thanks for your lesson my friend.

ChristianNovember 9, 2020

Great article. Kathy and Steve, perhaps you could love until you see evidence of your concerns. Christ asked/commanded us to love; who is telling you to hate?

Becky DouglasNovember 9, 2020

Kathy, thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for reminding us all of courageous Captain Moroni! He is one of my favorite prophets and a great source of personal inspiration. I love how he so often tried to reclaim and rehabilitate the Lamanites. I also love how Moroni, a man of impeccable honesty and unassailable morality, never vilified the Lamanites, but referred to them continually as "our brethren, the Lamanites", as a reminder to everyone in that war that they were all literally from the same parentage. This same respect was afforded to the Lamanites later in the Book of Mormon by his remarkable namesake, Moroni, the son of Mormon. This Moroni also not only often characterized the Lamanites as "our brethren", but he also spent his life trying to guard the plates, all while being hunted down by the Lamanites. He informs us that they had killed his father and all his family members. Yet, still he sacrificed greatly so that the descendants of the Lamanites, his enemies, would have the ability to learn of Jesus and His Atoning sacrifice and love for them. All this sacrifice was not for his OWN descendants, but for the descendants of those who were his enemies. Truly there has never been a book brought forth by so much personal sacrifice and love than the Book of Mormon! I completely agree with you that there are times to push back! I don't think anyone would ever think that Moroni failed to push back against evil. He choose to fight it, as his father had given his life doing. I believe there is a choice in the way we push back. I believe if we do it with love, we bring the power of the Savior into the equation. I hope one day I can look back and say that I tried my best to be like both great Moroni's in the Book of Mormon. I know I fall far, far short, but I'm so grateful for their examples that inspire me to want to be better!

LewisNovember 9, 2020

While I have heard this story before, it is a powerful message to all of us. It is particularly important now as we come together as a country to heal, unify and move forward to address real challenges. It is a gentle reminder of the Savior's admonition to "love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you, that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven." I greatly, GREATLY, appreciate your reminding us of the importance of love, forgiveness and compassion.

RGKNovember 9, 2020

We'd been married just over a year when my husband and his ex-girlfriend began communicating with one another over the phone. He couldn't understand why it bothered me. This went on for a number of years - phone calls, then emails. How often? I’ve never had a straight answer. I was pregnant with my fourth child when I received a call from her husband asking me to ask my husband to stop contacting his wife. I thought it would finally end there, but then came cell phones and social media with other ways to secretly connect. Although he never said that he still loved her, his actions showed that she was more important to him than me. He's had one foot in our marriage and one foot always somewhere else - ex-girlfriend, his family, others. As a consequence, I have never felt safe in 29 years of marriage. I was made to feel it was all my fault - "you're so suspicious, too selfish, scared of everything and everyone, unkind, angry"; I was lied to, manipulated, and gas-lighted so often that I began to think that I was the problem, that was overreacting and must be a truly horrible, un-Christlike person. My self-esteem plummeted, confidence in myself disappeared and anxiety appeared.With Heavenly Father's help, I came to my senses a year or so ago and received counseling for myself and then we began marriage counseling together. I have chosen to stay (with incredibly strict boundaries) but I know, had I chosen to leave, Heavenly Father would stand with and support me. The heartache and insecurity from this type of infidelity is terrible to bear. If this happened to my daughter, I would counsel her to leave; to be confident in herself and in her principles, believe in and trust HER temple covenants, forget gossip and embarrassment, disappointment or judgment from others. Be strong, find a support group, know you are worthy and loved and that Heavenly Father will stand by you, whatever you choose.

Maryann TaylorNovember 9, 2020

This is so very sad---my heart goes out to this woman. Having said that, she should not have to feel like she is playing "second fiddle" to the woman her husband says he still cares about. The wife here deserves better, and if her husband doesn't love her, there are men out there who WILL love and treasure her. I hope she won't get trapped in a loveless marriage.

Peppi McIntoshNovember 9, 2020

I agree there is a time to fight, but it is only after we have done all we can. You will never change someone else's mind with retaliation or anger or hate. I have seen the powered that returning love for hate can have. It truly has the potential to turn enemies into friends. Friends are more likely to stand up for our rights and help protect them.

Maryann TaylorNovember 9, 2020

What great advice! Fear and panic only increase the obsession. Stay calm and focus on the positive things about this person that have nothing to do with sexuality.

Wendy BrownNovember 9, 2020

Thank you, Carolyn. Shall be trying these.

DebNovember 9, 2020

Profound spiritual application as well! Thanks!

kathy FlinnNovember 9, 2020

Yes, we are to love one another...…but when there are secret combinations trying to destroy our liberties, we have NO choice but to push back! SAD..... but true! Remember Moroni's title of liberty!

Stephanie GalleyNovember 9, 2020

I am also a descendant of John Carling and am so thankful for your work. I am sure he is also grateful for all you have done to help memorialize him!

Steve ZeiglerNovember 9, 2020

Eventually the Nephites acquiesced to the Gadiantons. Again, can good compromise with evil and stay good? Can we allow overt corruption to stand and assume everything will be ok because we want to get along? There is a time for people to stand up for what is right and good in our country and not give in to the temptation to get along at any price. Since this won't be printed, know that it is for you editors of your mostly wonderful organization. Wake up and help us keep our constitutional republic.

Pat ChildersNovember 9, 2020

A heartfelt compassionate and inspiring story, with pictures to boot. There are many such stories abounding; however, opposition is much more prominent. Hurrah for LOVE!

Neeltje ArdonNovember 9, 2020


DenieseNovember 9, 2020

The thought I had was that the tree sprung upright after neighbors had helped clear away the overgrowth. The friends helped and then the tree ( lost person) was then able to stand again.

Patricia G. SchellNovember 9, 2020

I served a Nauvoo mission.2006-07. My heart will always be filled with memories of my fellow missionaries and Nauvoo. I'm a convert so imagine my surprise to find I had more than one Nauvoo ancestor who left there and crossed the plains.

Janet McCulloughNovember 8, 2020

Such an inspiring message of hope; a message wth eternal perspective.This is so needed ! Thank you, both, for the way you express these truths so clearly. Truth is beautiful. Truth is freeing! We love your podcasts.

BeckyNovember 8, 2020

I know this is true. We have been promised that we could have angels to help us. I remember reading a book by Elder F.Enzio Busche that talked about how angels helped the saints so much in Germany in WWII. It was so inspiring. Though I don’t remember it, I had an experience with them as a child. This made me realize how close those who have passed on are to us and want to help us. Heavenly Father is aware of each of us. Thank you for sharing.

Maryann TaylorNovember 8, 2020

At this time there are so many of us who need to be reminded of the truths you have written here. I just keep remembering that the Lord holds us in the palm of his hands. I am also uplifted by Elder Holland's prophecy that the church WILL STAND until our Savior comes again, no matter what else is happening in the world around us. Thank you so much for your beautiful healing words at a time when we need them so much!

Shelley StevensNovember 8, 2020

I am trying to find a source that states that the Rod of Aaron was in the box but have not had success. Can you share your source?

VardellNovember 8, 2020

Brother Eyre, Thanks for your series of articles. I love that you ask for thoughts and comments. One of the reasons you don't receive more comments is because Meridian is terrible at posting them. Over the years I have noticed that maybe half of my comments ever get posted, and those are not posted quickly. So since this is not a good medium for a conversation, would you care to have an email discussion? [email protected]

CoreyNovember 8, 2020

You are going to have pain and anguish and wonder how could my prayers have been so wrong but it's not you that's the problem and don't forget that, it's your spouse who is making that decision and it's also obvious he hasn't been totally honest, cut your losses now before children are involved.

MikaelNovember 8, 2020

I was in a marriage for 25 years, when I was told she never loved me. After 2 affairs and so much gaslighting I lost over 70 pounds. I feel I am stuck here, and don't have the courage to divorce. She claims now she loves me, but still blames me for her affairs. Take care of yourself. It is better to end it now than to have years of gaslighting and betrayal. I am so sorry.

Tim WeldonNovember 8, 2020

Why do we even need new hymns? There are plenty of amazing, traditional hymns in existence that, criminally, aren't even in the current book - Lord Of All Hopefulness, The Lord's My Shepherd (Crimond), Love Divine All Loves Excelling, At The Name Of Jesus, etc, etc. I'm afraid our hymn book is in grave danger of becoming a book of camp fire songs.

Sarah HinzeNovember 7, 2020

Thank you Maurine and Scott. This is an inspired and hope filled message. What a blessing you and are to all of us!!

John W DalyNovember 7, 2020

Love the picture that goes with the message. It says it all in one view

John W DalyNovember 7, 2020

One of the best messages ever to appear on Meridian! A classic and inspired reminder for us all

RochelleNovember 7, 2020

My second marriage literally began to fall apart on our honeymoon. We had married in the (LDS) temple, pledged to care for each other's children, and found a home to build our life together, but little wedges began to sneak in. I sought direction from our bishop who practically referred me to an attorney. My husband seemed to have no interest in addressing our challenges. A year and a half later I was sealed to my now husband of over thirty years.

JNovember 7, 2020

Anyone can stir up feelings if we let ourselves. Acknowledge them, acknowledge they’re wrong to act on, acknowledge what’s right, choose the right. My concern would be less with the feelings (although difficult) and more with the commitment to covenants of the marriage (which I believe would resolve much of this). Life is not a romance movie and he seems to think he has no say in what happens next.

Gordon J HensleyNovember 6, 2020

I know people who have pet snakes and I fear that my wife will not want to join me in heaven because she is afraid of snakes, including pictures of them.

Diane StewartNovember 6, 2020

I'm a huge fan of your and Maurine's work and talents. I can't wait to have my own copy of the Nauvoo calendar. It's the perfect accessory to the upcoming Doctrine and Covenants study.

Bev StoutNovember 6, 2020

We love your podcast, especially hearing your applicable personal experiences, and listen to it every week. A quick question: Please help me understand, what is Moroni's part in Mormon 7? II have always thought Chapter 7 was Mormon's conclusion to his own writings, hence the "Amen" at the end.

Heather PoelmanNovember 6, 2020

You always have such wise counsel and advise. Love your contributions. Thank you!

DianeNovember 6, 2020

IN the first months of my marriage, my husband told me that he loved his ex-girlfriend more than he loved me. My heart aches for this young wife! I think you gave her great advice, and I hope she can find peace in the decisions that lie ahead for her.

Andrew CurrieNovember 6, 2020

I think a major point has been missed in the counsel given this woman. "Invite him to open up about how he arrived at this decision. Make sure you do more listening than talking so you can really understand why he’s making this declaration." He doesn't know why he's doing this. The Bible (1 John 2:4) tells us: "He that says, I know Him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." Some Bible translation describe such a person as "a liar". So what possibly could be the benefit of 'carefully listening' to his excuses to find out what he's thinking? This is a typical defect in the "counseling process". It is useless to listen to someone so deep in sin that the Spirit has no place in them! He has already revealed his heart. Cut your losses before you end-up with an STD from this unfaithful husband or you bring a child into this pathetic situation.

Maryann TaylorNovember 5, 2020

I am finding that I have to withdraw, at least for a time, from listening to or reading about political subjects. It has caused too much anxiety, anger, hopelessness, and contention in my heart. Praying and reading the scriptures give me strength and more peace. While I recognize I have a responsibility to vote for good candidates, and to support propositions that uphold the values of the church, my power is limited. Heavenly Father still holds us in the palm of his hands, and I am trusting him to protect our freedoms if we keep the commandments and trust in him. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland has promised that the Church WILL STAND until the coming of our Savior, despite what is happening in the world. That is a great comfort for me and I hold on to his promise.

Maryann TaylorNovember 5, 2020

We have two dogs we dearly love and others that have died. The grief we felt was deep, and I have been comforted by the knowledge that they will be perfectly resurrected and that we will have our pets in the next life. I believe one of the reasons Heavenly Father gave us pets is for comfort. When my husband is away, my dogs are a great comfort and company for me. Pets can also have a wonderful unifying influence in families. Hearts are softened through the love we feel for our pets, and families are united in our affection for them. I also feel gratitude to my Heavenly Father for this great gift.

Hildegard EralieNovember 5, 2020

I feel so gratified to read your article which confirms all my feelings and beliefs. i avoid the ants on the sidewalk, carry the earwig outside that happened to come in with my fruit, and love and mourn my pets past and present like the people I love. I have to change the channel when animal abuse is about to be reported, and can't stand watching anything that involves apparent suffering of animal on any kind. The older I get the more I have become aware that ALL animals, reptiles, even insects can feel love and return love. This knowledge has enriched my life, and made me more aware of the wisdom and love of all creation, and makes me so much more grateful for all living things, plants, trees, EVERYTHING.

David BrownNovember 5, 2020

A wonderful perspective. How fortunate we are that our ultimate leader is incomprehensibly great. I will ever be grateful.

Charles D McClureNovember 5, 2020

As good things often happen, I found myself studying and reading over and over Mormon 7. A peace came over me and as the election results came in I remained calm. God is in the details of our lives and this article reiterates that! Thank you for this article or rather testimony!

Cheryl BrallierNovember 5, 2020

I love your insights and have been following you from Burke to Utah. I am so glad that your injuries were not any more serious than they were. I wonder what your thoughts are on the Hopewell Mounds. I find them very intriguing

Sally SmithNovember 5, 2020

Oh our republic!!! When did we lose our sense of democracy and our belief in God. Now God is the only person who can save this nation. The people have become so indoctrinated with evil They can no longer see "the good"

Jan FlorieNovember 5, 2020

I have been feeling anxious because of this election. This helps to calm my soul. My Heavenly Father knows what will be and I just need to leave it in His hands. Thank you for this reminder.

William SnyderNovember 4, 2020

Thank you for this uplifting message! It is so good to be reminded that we can place our trust and hope in our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mary SchiltzNovember 4, 2020

Excellent article. I recall the videos of people screaming and having fits when President Trump was elected. It was puzzling to us because we were raised in the years when we respected the Office of the Presidency and the voice of the people. We who proclaim Christ, must drop down and draw in the sand before we respond, no matter what. It's the moment of quiet which encourages a quick prayer and wisdom in dealing with others. I have been mocked, shunned and spit on for being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ. This strengthened my testimony and caused me to face forward. We will not always be happy with those who are chosen to lead us, but we need to use dignity and graciousness and work to teach others correct principles. Then we govern ourselves well.

Mary SchiltzNovember 4, 2020

Great articles. How do we deal with the fact that our older, son (anRM who has been ill for 20 years after he got parasites during his mission and now suffers from Crohn's disease) does not ever have a ministering brother, or formerly, Home teacher, visit him? How do we, who are active, older and have been ordinance workers, and have held many callings in the Church deal with the fact that we NEVER see Ministering sisters or brethren? The man who is assigned to our family is old, has had a stroke and is not very cogent; his son, his companion, suffers from severe autism. We see no one. Granted, we are under some sort of quarantine, on and off, but this has gone on for years, and we don't know why. We have approached, EQ pres, supervisors, etc, and there is no response. As we read other members' postings, we see they are visited and cared for. What to do? Even a phone call would be welcomed. Someone once told me that we shouldn't feel badly because we are so strong we don't need to be visited. Huh?

Jenee LindnerNovember 4, 2020

Judge Elias Higbee was my 3rd great uncle. Here is a story from his journey with the Prophet. We are still, at times, trying to be heard. Religious Liberty is such a precious gift to us. Taken from Journey to Washington DC: Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, (Judge) Elias Higbee, Orrin P. Rockwell: On October 29, 1839, Joseph Smith, the 'Mormon Prophet,' wrote: "I left Nauvoo accompanied by Sidney Rigdon, (Judge) Elias Higbee and Orrin P. Rockwell...for the city of Washington to lay before the Congress of the United States, the grievances of the (LDS) Saints while in Missouri. While on the mountains some distance from Washington, our coachman stepped into a public house to take his grog, when the horses took fright and ran down the hill at full speed. I persuaded my fellow travelers to be quiet and retain their seats, but had to hold one woman to prevent her throwing her infant out of the coach. The passengers were exceedingly agitated, but I used every persuasion to calm their feelings: and opened the door, I secured my hold on the side of the coach the best way I could, and succeeded in placing myself in the coachman's seat, and reining up the horses, after they had run some two or three miles, and neither coach, horses, or passengers received any injury. My course was spoken of in the highest terms of commendation, as being one of the most daring and heroic deeds and no language could express the gratitude of the passengers when the found themselves safe and the horses quiet. There were some members of Congress with us, who proposed naming the incident to that body, believing they would reward such conduct by some public act: but on inquiring my name, to mention as the author of their safety, and finding it to be Joseph Smith, the 'Mormon Prophet,' as they called me, I heard no more of their praise gratitude, or reward." Joseph Smith

Diane KriloffNovember 4, 2020

I was feeling quite discouraged in watching the election results, then I came across your beautiful article. Thank you for the hope and uplift it brought to my heart.

ScottHNovember 4, 2020

It's a good thing to have our idealism about what political systems can achieve humbled to reality. When we no longer see the state as a magical fairy godmother, we can better appreciate appropriate limits on political systems and governmental power.


Hello Joni, now I have run into the second woman I know who has so much compassion for animals that she cannot stand seeing them suffering in a movie. The first one is my wife, who told me, shortly after we had married, that she did not enjoy the movie "Dance with the Wolves," which I thought was rather very nice, because of the wolf being shot at the end of the movie. I am grateful for your article, which I will forward to one of my childless good friend, who just lost his 10-year old dog and is grieving it as if it were his child.

Boanerges RubalcavaNovember 4, 2020

Although from the practical point of view what she has written is the important points, from the theological point of view, is his answer to the question the president asked him: what is the difference between your faith and all others? Joseph answer: the Gift of the Holy Ghost conferred by the laying of hands.

WallyNovember 4, 2020

Very consoling! Thank you Maurine and Scot!

James PelessNovember 4, 2020

Excellent! Well said and done. Thank you!

Phil HarrisonNovember 4, 2020

Thank you. Just what I needed this morning!

ShaunaNovember 4, 2020

Absolutely--I look forward to the day when the Savior will reign. But until then, I continue to put my trust in HIm and His servants, the prophets and apostles. So grateful to have His Church reorganized and the fulness of the Gospel on the earth. It's promises are glorious if we can continue to repent and endure. thanks for the beautifully written reminders

Leah Jane BrowerNovember 4, 2020

Thank you so much for this timely article. This sweet reminder makes me want to extend myself in love to those who do not share my political beliefs. All is well.

Joline WalgamottNovember 4, 2020


Sara GrovesNovember 4, 2020

Great article! This will be such a beautiful world to live in. And I know that I have the same road to follow, the same advantage as the next person, the same hope in Father's government as each of His children. Thank you for this wonderful explanation.

CynthiaNovember 4, 2020

This is so inspiring! Totally love this! Thank you for sharing.

Suzi FlandersNovember 4, 2020

I was just now watching the election news and felt so discouraged about how our lives could change in a matter of hours....then I found your article and it gave me hope like I’ve not had in awhile! Thank you for writing this article.....I want to print it and hang it in my home somewhere so that I can always have the feelings of hope and love this article gives me....thank you so much for writing this wonderful message....May the Lord always inspire you to write these messages of hope for those of us who really need them❤️❤️

Karen BrimhallNovember 4, 2020

This morning this article was a great comfort to me. Thank you

Chris HowellNovember 4, 2020

Praise to the man, who communed with Jehovah!

Cynthia MoorheadNovember 4, 2020

This is beautiful, and I need to remember it. Thank you.

DaphneKNovember 4, 2020

So well said! Thank you Scott & Maurine for recentering my political angst to the eternal perspective and our most loving Heavenly Father's watchful care over us all.

DTNovember 4, 2020

I giggled when I read about Tammy's experience. Exactly mine. I got up and got out earlier than usual to get the coveted toilet paper bundle at the big box members only. I was shocked to find the line to the TP at the back of the store, starting at the front door. WHAT??? And as I waited with my fellow citizens, there seemed many in line who seriously did not seem to qualify as a senior citizen. Hey, I'm a young one, and I should know. Turns out many "came along for the ride" with Mom and Dad, or Grandma, to get the coveted item. No one was getting scrutinized or turned away. The whole thing was ridiculous. By the time the store opened, there would be little TP and no disinfectant wipes left. The workers came along putting one huge multi pack of wipes in everyone's cart. I didn't know I was shopping for any or that I needed any, but decided resistance was futile and kept quiet, thinking of our self reliance stores. They soon ran out.

LadawnNovember 4, 2020

Thank you for this sweet reminder of in whom we can trust. A wonderful and timely message for today!

Sonia SmithNovember 4, 2020

I needed this today. It's comforting to my spirit knowing I live under Heavenly Father's administration. Praise His holy name!

Jackie RichardsNovember 4, 2020

Although I live in the UK I am very fond of your beautiful country and the American people. This article is so comforting, for us all, wherever we live. heavenly Father is in charge, this is His world and we are His children safe in His care. Thank you for a lovely magazine.

DesNovember 4, 2020

I would have thought the unintended consequence would have been a store full of elderly people "catching up" with their friends, and wasting too much of their senior hour talking, rather than shopping. much like how they now all congregate in the chapel foyer gasbagging and catching up with each other after months away from meeting.

David ShafferNovember 4, 2020

Thank you. This is a positive, uplifting, encouraging treatise. It lifted my spirits at a time they needed lifting.

David BrownNovember 4, 2020

Excellent! We only have so much energy for change at a given time, personally and collectively. The friction that attends such struggle must be weighed against the likely benefit. We need activities that sustain us individually and those that reinforce social cohesion. We need wisdom, courage and self-restraint.

Maryann TaylorNovember 4, 2020

President Gordon B. Hinckley taught the following in an address entitled "Daughters of God. "In light of the instruction we have received from the Lord himself, I regard it as inappropriate for anyone in the Church to pray to our Mother in heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ set the pattern for our prayers. I have looked in vain for any instance where any President of the Church has offered a prayer to 'Our Mother in Heaven.' I suppose those who use the expression and who try to further its use are well-meaning, but they are misguided. The fact that we do not pray to our Mother in Heaven in no way belittles or denigrates her." President Hinckley includes many scriptures in this address where the Lord instructs us to pray to our Heavenly Father. President Hinckley's counsel is clear and the scriptures are clear--We pray only to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. This article can be found on the church's website.

Maryann TaylorNovember 4, 2020

Several years??? I thought the plan was to have a new hymnal much sooner than that.

HarryNovember 3, 2020

This was amazing and insightful. I don't have any political or cultural "side" to belong to because I was too isolated and oblivious to absorb others' cultures or perspectives most of my life. If the walls go up completely, dividing everyone between "Us" and "them" I'll have nowhere to go. I feel very lonely very often. But I have faith that we can make it through this storm and come out the other side stronger and wiser. We just need to put in the work to make it happen.

Jo Ann OkelberryNovember 3, 2020

This article is so fascinating. I am grateful that I took the time to read it. Thank you for adding the sources to the article.

NeiceNovember 3, 2020

I was yelled at by multiple members for supporting Trump as he is not a baby killer. It goes both ways. Each was wrong. Not for their beliefs but for how they chose to express it. It is hard to turn the other cheek and I am learning just how hard it is.

Claudette TaylorNovember 3, 2020

I would like to buy a copy of the music and lyrics. Please tell me how I can.

Randall M SmithNovember 3, 2020

Nobody seems to want to argue against this. I'd say there's no argument to be made.

CANovember 3, 2020

Thank you Suerh! You expressed my exact thoughts when I read this talk in October. I also was very disturbed that Pres. Oaks said he supported Black lives matter (BLM) which are trigger words for riots, destruction, and defiance of law and order in our country at the present time.

TNovember 3, 2020

It takes more than 2 months off porn for the effects to fade.

GeorginaNovember 3, 2020

This article is so inspiring to me. Thank you!

Richard EyreNovember 3, 2020

I hope my love for the Savior shines through in this piece, and I would love to have you share your comments and feelings.

Scott SorensenNovember 3, 2020

In Mormon 7:10 Moroni says, “ ye are numbered among the people of the first covenant”. Who are those people and what is the first covenant?

Bob spielNovember 3, 2020

Your insights are always so valuable. With the modern locust we have now in the form of a virus the Lord can do the same thing as we exercise even greater faith and obedience. Zion must roll forth.

SBNovember 3, 2020

Some commenters apparently missed the point of the article and are still angry, pointing the finger at others, and pushing their own views, perceptions, and narratives. Sigh...

Scot ProctorNovember 2, 2020

I just checked the site at and it appears to be working. It may help to clear your cache and try again. So glad you enjoy the podcast!

Toni PalmerNovember 2, 2020

I tried to pre-order your new Nauvoo diary but it wouldn't come up when I put the reference you posted. Is there another web address? And by the way, I really enjoy your podcasts!

Harold RustNovember 2, 2020

I have learned over the years that most important public policy issues raised by our children, grand children and friends are best answered by addressing what that policy will do to impact freedom of speech and liberty to act. It is as though the more free we feel, the greater the potential there is that we could be deceived into giving away some of that freedom. We must be very alert to any erosion of that freedom. Thanks for your additional alerts.

Valiant JonesNovember 2, 2020

Excellent post, Jeff. Our judicial system assumes innocence until proven guilty, erring on the side of preferring to let the guilty go free rather than wrongly imprison an innocent person. We need a similar approach on information.

Robert D StarlingNovember 2, 2020

Thank you for your eloquent -and humorous- analysis of what should be obvious, but tragically has been forgotten by many. The discussion of politics and religion has its place, but not while we're birdwatching. There is a time and a place to "let it be" and enjoy our common interests.

J. HamiltonNovember 2, 2020

I really appreciate this article Cindy. Reading about your interaction with your son makes me think: "out of the mouths of babes" great things can come. For those of you who would like to learn more about mindfulness meditation practice, I highly recommend the book "The Power of Stillness" (available at Deseret Book) and the FaceBook group "Mindful Saints." Thank you again.

Juliann BradshawNovember 2, 2020

Excellent article. I wish people would realize we have more than a two party choice. And I do not feel that in voting my conscience and voting for “the proper role of government “ that I am wasting my vote.

Mary TarbetNovember 2, 2020

Very well written. Persuasion using common sense. Einstein would agree with all you’ve written.

KJBNovember 2, 2020

You might want to tell this to the multiple members of the Church who have yelled at me on Facebook about how Biden is a senile pedophile and that CNN stands for Communist News Network. Trump has spent four years governing with threats, tantrums, and outright lies. Anyone unwilling to call him out for what he is doesn't get to tell anybody else to "keep cool."

Bernard BadeNovember 2, 2020

To have a good government requires a degree of self regulation. This is often lacking and more so in this day.

Geoff-AusNovember 2, 2020

So if you have a leader who says he will not accept the result unless he wins, as Trump has. Should you still vote for him?

Jessica WhitakerNovember 1, 2020

Inspirational and insightful, thank you!

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MJNovember 1, 2020

I wonder if the therapist this brother is currently seeing truly has the capacity to help him. What purpose does wasting time beating yourself up in search of a years-ago elusive cause, actually serve? How will that help? Perhaps he simply got exposed to pornography innocently and unfortunately became a regular user of it. Wouldn’t it be more helpful simply to say, here’s where you are now, and let’s focus on helping you claim the future you want?

J. StenquistNovember 1, 2020

This makes complete sense, I don’t think our Heavenly Mother is off cleaning Her celestial mansion while our Heavenly Father councils His children, it makes me picture both parents together, United, counciling Their child.

Ronald "Ted" LautsNovember 1, 2020

If you play in mud the dirt and water is going to get on you. Your mother didn't tell you to stay out of it simply because she didn't want the job of cleaning you up again but also to allow you to have more time to enjoy being free to enjoy the process of living, learning, making friends and being a friend, making friends of supposed enemies and gaining the skills necessary to live to a "ripe" old age as peacefully and as lovingly as possible while always being as true to yourself and family as possible.

Lisa ReisingNovember 1, 2020

I really liked this statement in the article: “Viewing the pandemic in the future from a 30,000 foot perspective, I would not be surprised if 2020 is recognized as a difficult but critical junction of the Restoration, a positive accelerant of the Second Coming.” It reminded me of what President Nelson said - that 2020 would be a “hinge-point” in the history of the church. It is important to reflect on our resilience to adversity at every stage, but the most telling perspective will be yet to come.

Lisa ReisingNovember 1, 2020

I have sometimes wondered why I am not more depressed at the tragedy that is in the story of The Book of Mormon. You’ve neatly laid out all the reasons we find hope and receive guidance and inspiration from it instead. It is a marvelous book for our time. Doesn’t the Lord always know exactly what we need!

KatNovember 1, 2020

I love this podcast. I love listening to it, and I love reading it. Ya'll do an amazing job. Each week, I learn so much from you. I feel so much as I listen or read. Just love what you do. Thank you. I am also confused by the mention of Mormon moving the records from Shim to Cumorah and then talking about a Hill Cumorah in Mexico. I likely do not know my history well enough, but will you please further explain this? Kind thanks.

GrandpaOctober 31, 2020

This is a very kind and gentle answer. I commend your thoughtfulness and gentleness.

Nancy HoytOctober 31, 2020

Perfect! You demonstrated with wonderful examples the dangers of "politicizing" and the issues facing society as a whole because of it. Thank you.

Elizabeth SextonOctober 31, 2020

I have the same question regarding Shim/Cumorah and the movement of the plates - how did they go from Mexico to New York?

Ben JonesOctober 31, 2020

There are songs that were once political that now seem like everyday folk wisdom. The song "This land is your land" is often sung by the Tabernacle Choir but it was written by Woody Guthrie, a union organizer, who used it as a social critique back during the Great Depression.

K RossOctober 31, 2020

Fantastic article! Excellent points made that readers can use to support their own efforts at avoiding the rancor that inevitably results from politicizing non-political associations.

NED SCARISBRICKOctober 30, 2020

I'm not sure how our suffering physical, mental, emotional and spiritual can make us more than wounded. Wounds can heal of course but the scars stay long after the events that caused the injury in the first place. I'm sure that Job's scares were a constant reminder of the vicissitudes in this life we call mortality. What about the wounds that Hosea suffered (Hosea 1:2) because of Gomer? What I do know is that the day will come when all the suffering will stop and our bodies, our minds, our hearts and our spirits will be healed and even the scars will disappear just as if they never had happened. The agency of mankind is a necessary part of this life and the choices we make and the consequences of our choices do lead to growth. We approved of this plan before we came to earth so are volunteers of the Father's plan of perfection. The day will come when we can see the total pattern of our mortal telestial life as the Father says, "well done my good and faithful servants." I don't remember volunteering for this life but evidently you and I did.

Richard EyreOctober 29, 2020

Just a personal thank you to all who are following this "12 Purposely Provocative Questions" series. As I mentioned in the introduction, I use "provocative" in the positive sense of provoking us to think and study harder. I feel that using our mental energy to ponder the doctrines of the Restoration is almost always a faith and testimony building effort, while using that energy to pick at odd details in Church history or look for human imperfections in our prophets can undermine our faith. The Lord said "By their fruits shall ye know them" and it is the restored doctrines are the fruits of the prophets of the Restoration. Thanks for your time and mental energy in reading this series, and please comment with your thoughts and questions.

Haze KompelienOctober 29, 2020

"You may have noticed that I like to capitalize divine pronouns" Just letting you know that I appreciate this "little" thing. I always do it. I think it demonstrates an increased level of honor and reverence. It elevates the One that the pronoun represents. When authors do NOT do this, I find myself turned off by their casualness towards Deity. I hope more will make the effort.

Maureen GaleOctober 29, 2020

What an interesting question to ponder! And I love Brother Eyre's ultimate answer. I confess I have never thought of that, yet it makes perfect sense. I find I make my best connection in prayer as I fill to tears with gratitude for this incredible world and ALL of its experiences They have given us to learn and grow from. And for the fullness of the gospel with which to make sense of it all. My top priority in prayer is for the missionaries (myself included) to be able to bless the lives of more of His children with that understanding so they can better, more happily, navigate this mortality before returning to Them.

David MillerOctober 29, 2020

God tells us "the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads." Interesting, isn't it, that we all are so very comforted when singing/praying: "When I leave this frail existence, When I lay this mortal by, Father, Mother, may I meet you In your royal courts on high?"

Erik HansenOctober 28, 2020

Remember the Jews and The Romans were on different sides of their political spectrum and both were terrible and were punished. Nephites and Lamanites left the Lord and again the religious side was wiped out. WE ARE ALMOST THERE!

Erik HansenOctober 28, 2020

There is obviously a wicked man on one side and a terribly worldly man on the other. One agenda is God-fearing and the other merciful and helpful in defense of good people. We seem to be unable to have it all. I will vote independently because my vote goes to neither of the corrupt sides of our current "System". Why can't LDS bring in their own candidate and system? Are we afraid to do so?

Lizzie GirlOctober 28, 2020

Here's what I don't understand. Why can't in-utero videos of the abortion process be screened? Nothing else has a hope of being as effective as a video of the ugliness actually transpiring.

Karen R.October 28, 2020

Thank you Brother Givens for a thoughtful, well researched and careful analysis of a sensitive subject. I could not agree with you more.

Ellen BaggaleyOctober 28, 2020

Thank you for expressing my feelings so well.

CJBOctober 28, 2020

Thank you for publishing this. I had read it the other day when Nathanial Givens discussed it on his blog, and, as a everything written or spoken by him and his parents, it builds understanding and faith in our loving Savior.

ShaunaOctober 28, 2020

thank you for your thorough thought and research. I am deeply troubled by feminist arguments, in particular, that continue to victimize and demean women and life, in the name of 'women's rights." I was "trained" as a feminist during my work on a Ph.D. and I can say--that while clearly there was/is a need for a women's movement, much of current feminist thought is based on faulty premises. In short, much of it is a lie.. And so many young women have bought into it:(

jemezblueOctober 28, 2020

Thank You.

SuerhOctober 28, 2020

Pres. Oaks gave an excellent talk. Unfortunately, most of what he said will take a back seat to his perceived support of black lives matter. Someone in his position should have been far more clear about standing for truth. Black lives do matter but BLM is an evil and destructive movement in complete contradiction to the Church’s doctrine on the importance of the family unit. I truly hope he clarifies this so members won’t be deceived.

Cynthia MoorheadOctober 28, 2020

Amen. Best article I have read to date on this issue. The longer abortion is accepted in this country, the longer we will be denied heaven’s blessings. We are as wicked as China, India, or any other country that sacrifices its young on the altar of inconvenience. Half the Black babies in the US are aborted, thanks in part to the ubiquitous abortion clinics that fulfill Margaret Sanger’s goal of eliminating the Black population here. Black lives do matter, and so do all babies’ lives. Use birth control, or don’t have sex! Rape and incest are the only possible excuses for abortion, and adoption is always a better choice.

Larry JensenOctober 28, 2020

Excellent article! Thank you

Irene BlackOctober 28, 2020

Thanks for the thought provoking article. We do still need to be grateful for what we have and realize we can deal with hard issues. I'm a caregiver giver and can't get out much. Being a social person myself has been challenge but I try to reflect on what my grandparents endured and press forward with faith. Love all your articles Richard and Linda!

Karell BinghamOctober 28, 2020

We have a statue of Liberty, we should have a statue of Responsibility standing next to her. Americans increasingly shy away from taking responsibility for any action they take.

Jerry R PaceOctober 28, 2020

I have never been a bishop, however I have always wondered how someone could answer question number seven on the temple recommend interview and support abortion for thee but not for me. Also it would be interesting to see how the demographics of this country would be different if only half of the abortions performed became Living sons and daughters of our heavenly father as they were intended to be.

Jaime PerezOctober 28, 2020

I have loved The Forgotten Carols since I saw my first one in 2006! This is the most wonderful story that could ever be told. Thank you Michael Maclean.

C CalkinsOctober 28, 2020

Deeply thoughtful, powerful, comprehensive! Thank you for your erudite and touching! (almost an oxymoron) explanation of what is becoming a not-so-slowly dying discussion. I will study this and arm myself for future encounters. And, I will pray for us all. As a nation, we seem to be slowly losing to "Satan's grasp".

Amy HoffmannOctober 28, 2020

Thank you for writing this article! I have been struggling to see so many of my Latter Day Saint friends saying they are Pro-choice. I have read numerous talks from President Nelson and previous Prophets that speak very clearly against abortion. It’s quit simple...follow the Prophet. We will all be help accountable on whether we actively stood against sin (the world) or if we just stood passively by while millions of babies were killed per year. Even the elect will be deceived in the last days.

Jennifer WallOctober 28, 2020

So well stated! Thank you for putting into words thoughts and reasoning behind what I believe on this issue. As an RN who works with data, quality and reporting I also appreciate the literature, statistics and data presented surrounding multiple aspects of abortion, especially the long-term effects on the women who undergo these. I am going to share and save this! Thank you again!

SKOctober 27, 2020

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject. I could have written it myself. I remember the day I forgave my mother freely. She related a time in her childhood when her drunken father came home, pushed my grandmother down the stairs, brandished his gun, and was threatening to shoot her. My mother was seven years old at the time, jumped on his back and screamed at him to not kill her mother. I'm sure he didn't even remember it the next day. I never knew until she told that story, what kind of childhood my mother had. People of that generation rarely spoke about unpleasant or difficult things. My mother was physically abusive to all eight of us kids, as was my father. Being the oldest, I resented all I had to do to take care of my siblings. I brought it up one time as an adult and she said, "Who do you think took care of them when you weren't around?" I knew then that I wouldn't ever get an apology, or something like, "I know it must have been hard on you too" from my mother, so I gave up. At least I tried. When I heard her childhood story for the first time, I frankly forgave her on the spot for the abuse in my childhood. She has told me several stories since. She had nothing to work with. Thankfully, I joined this church, hoping it would show me how to be a loving mother. It was the best decision I ever made. She still isn't a very loving mother, but she's my mother. We're supposed to honor our parents. My siblings have all forgiven her but one, that one needing to hear some loving concession from my mother, and still hasn't, but we all keep tabs on her now. She's in her late 80s, fiercely independent, and strong willed. That's just who she is.

Chloris MullinsOctober 27, 2020

Thank you for sharing your story and testimony! God's ways are truly not our ways, but the blessings and understanding come through His wisdom.

RyanOctober 27, 2020

Such a beautiful piece, may we all seek to unify as written so eloquently here.

AJ CurrieOctober 27, 2020

There's a political party that voted in 2012 to drop the word "God" from its party platform. It's the same one that always makes a candidate's religion a litmus test for a seat on the US Supreme Court. It is time for the adherents to that party to wake-up to the words of the Prophets in these latter-days.

J. ConklinOctober 27, 2020

There seems to be a group missing from the people discussing these questions -- those of us who are single, and even more so, those who have no family members who are also church members. I am most fortunate in having families in the ward and neighborhood who take care of my grocery shopping so that I don't have to go out in crowded situations or get up at very early hours to go when only seniors are allowed. But other than groceries, I have continued to do my shopping online, and I also find that there are items which simply aren't available in that method. I am looking at this from a "coastal" view, living in California. But I still am able to read scriptures daily with a friend in Idaho, as we have done for over six years, using FaceTime. Many of the members of our ward have moved to Utah or Idaho; our ward has been one with lots of move-ins and move-outs, but it has become much more common in the last six months.

Edward Rehder IIIOctober 27, 2020

Thank you. And thank God for prophets to lead and guide us if we have ears to hear.

Gale PhillipsOctober 27, 2020

Thank you for the quotes that take us back to the foundation and help clarify confusion. And thank you for the links to other Christian groups that are giving specific helps in condensing information.

Becky COctober 27, 2020

Thank you!! This is exactly what I needed this morning. Definitely an answer to prayer.

ShaunaOctober 27, 2020

thank you for the reminders:)

CindyOctober 27, 2020

I love this! It fills my heart with hope and love just to read these words!!! I look forward to more!!!

Sharma AndersonOctober 26, 2020

When my ex left, I celebrated my anniversary with my children. They are the best thing that came from the union. I want them to know I do not regret the marriage, the marriage gave me four children and now 2 grandchildren!

BurbidgeOctober 26, 2020

Thank you for your story. I felt like you were telling my story. For years I have been asking the Lord to help me have loving feelings towards my parents. It’s hard . At times I think I’ve done it, then A memory will resurface all my sad feelings, and I have to start forgiving all over again. You have encouraged me to keep asking, keep forgiving and keep trying

Maryann TaylorOctober 26, 2020

My sister was the youngest in our family of 7 children. She had four older brothers. When she was about 5 she decided that she wanted to be a boy. She told us we had to call her "Bobbie." (I don't know where she came up with that name.) This phase did not last long and she grew up to marry and have children. I can only imagine the undue attention this phase would have stirred up if this happened today. Children do not have the maturity or wisdom to "decide" their gender and that should be very obvious to everyone.

GTOOctober 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. My mother had NPD, as did her mother, and both left a lot of wreckage in the family. Though I was always respectful and courteous, I had to distance myself, since she was a sinking ship. Heavenly Father did tell me she had done the best she could, and since she passed away she has been actively involved in trying to mend the damage and support the grandchildren she only cared about in principle. Miracles have happened.

LexaGraemeOctober 26, 2020

Wow. Thank you for sharing something so tender.

Pattie SOctober 26, 2020

Thank you for your heart-felt article. I, too, had a struggling relationship with my mom. She and I never really bonded and I will always feel sad about that. I bonded with my Grandmother at a very early age. There are times that I cannot see my mother in my life until 5 years of age when my mother remarried. I have come to the conclusion that her first marriage was a tremendous hardship to her. She was beat by her first husband many times. I will always be forever grateful for her making that call to my Grandmother and leaving that abusive relationship. I was only months old and my brother was 2. Mother had a breakdown and my Grandmother cared for me during the nights because mom didn't hear me even though I slept in the same bed as her. All and all, I believe we need to forgive our mother's for their imperfections for I know I have even many imperfections and need to be forgiven from my children. I love forgiveness!!!

DavidOctober 26, 2020

None of us escape childnood unscathed to at least some degree. All parents have shortcomings. As we also do as parents and spouses. Christ's wise teachings were of forgiveness rather than righteous indignation, which applies to those who are close to us as well as the stranger. Thank you for the reminder the forgiveness contains blessings for all concerned, including the forgiver!

PatriciaOctober 26, 2020

Although I think you have far more issues more important than your anniversary, the advice to spend it with your children is the right one. I'm divorced as well. My husband after 15 years of marriage decided that he had been miserable and that the Gospel and I were the problems in his life. After a few years, I was able to realize that I had a great marriage. We held temple recommends, attended regularly and I was faithful to my covenants. His issues, were not my issues. His life has spiraled out of control, and our children are the ones most effected. I still love him, but he isn't interested in that, and I've been able to make a very happy life with what I have to deal with. Eternity is a long time, and he still has the opportunity to repent and get his life back together. Will it happen in this life? Probably not, but then, I've long ago forgiven him. Next year would be our 40th anniversary, and I will spend it with my kids. They are still our children, they will be until or unless Heavenly Father decides otherwise, and it is a milestone for them in a way.

SheilaOctober 26, 2020

What a wonderful testimony to the goodness of God

pam Morgan RoderOctober 26, 2020

Your story is amazing! I cried while watching! Wow. I felt your power of being a victor. Thank you for sharing.

Juliann BradshawOctober 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing your journey. I’m currently trying to make sense and peace with my own mother. She is deceased but the healing can still occur. You’ve given me some insights and hope. Thanks for the Light.,

Michael JonesOctober 26, 2020

My mom and me did not get along for 10 years. It all started when I was a child about 3 years old. My mom was a single mom and she eventually married a man who, as far as I was concerned, was nothing but than the adversary personified. He abused my mom, he abused me and he abused his two daughters and his son. Most of my youth was spent running away with my mom and my step-siblings to escape his drunken rages which occurred on a bi-weekly basis. I blamed my mom for what was going on but my mom could not divorce the man because she had 4 children to raise. We eventually all grew up and fled our childhood home leaving my mother on her own. She finally divorced him and ended up being thrown out of her home with the barest minimum and at the age of about 50 she had to start all over again. Then my life fell apart as I was unable to get myself going with what I had been dealt with. I finally called my mom in 2000 and she told me to come home, without hesitation, which I did thankfully. And so began the road to reconciliation. My eldest step sister ending up committing suicide in 2007 and my other two step siblings cast my mother out of their lives and wanted nothing to do with her. Then in 2014 my mother began to deliver excruciating pain, that resulted in her being unable to continue earning an income. She could not even walk anymore. I then took over her newspaper delivery business so that I could support her and sustain her. In March of 2019, in a fit of pain, my mother thanked me, in tears, for being there for her and at the age of 75, for the first time in her life, she told me that she loved me. On 30 March 2019 my mother passed away and to this day I cry, as I am right now, for her loss. I grew to love my mother and I beg everyone who has an issue with their mom, please fix things. The pain of losing your mother is something that is almost unbearable.

Marsha LangOctober 26, 2020

What a beautiful, beautiful story. Forgiveness is a MIRACULOUS thing!!! Thank you for sharing.

KipOctober 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing this tender experience. I am sure many can relate and we always underestimate the power of forgiveness. Many times we think we have forgiven, but we haven't forgotten and President Kimball indicates that's the ultimate. Our best is all we have and we do not know what that is for others because we don't know all the circumstances. "Hearing Him" is always the answer.

Sage GallagherOctober 26, 2020

Thanks for sharing this beautiful account. We are blessed by our prophets counsel. And by the example of good friends.

JimOctober 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful experience in learning, accepting and forgiving. I've had smilar experiences with regards to feelings about my mother due to an abusive childhood and mental illness. I couldn't think of anything good to say about her at the funeral, and instead read "Like a Broken Vessel", pausing midway to express my desire to have a mother who was mentally there. I learned later of the abuse she suffered as a child and I slowly started to feel compassion. But I'm not as far as you are yet. I'm grateful for your sharing what that journey and destination looks like.

HeidiOctober 25, 2020

Thank you for sharing your story and process of receiving personal revelation. It’s very helpful to hear experiences like this.

Gaye WillisOctober 25, 2020

Thank you for sharing the beautiful and tender experience. This is a wonderful example to all of us and the power of healing that comes to our lives and as Hear Him. #HearHim!

Eunice S. HallettOctober 25, 2020

The Meridian Magazine is a daily read for me through the week...It "Makes my Day" and gives me something to think about on the Week-ends...I sure did miss it when it was down there for a short while. God Bless! ESH

Anthony FordOctober 25, 2020

Thank you for sharing, a moving and inspiring story that will be retold again and again as people hear it.

Maria GardinerOctober 25, 2020

I'm a little confused about the discussion about how Mormon moved the records from the Hill Shim to the Hill Cumorah in New York and then the Hill Cumorah you mentioned in Mexico. Can you explain it to me? We love listening to your Podcast every week. Thank you for all the time you spend getting it ready for your listeners.

Gary LawrenceOctober 24, 2020

To Robert K Wagstaff: Thank you for those comments. Best wishes to you as a contributor to the creativity and prosperity of capitalism.

MargaretOctober 24, 2020

This is a beautiful, important essay. Thank you. I needed to read this today.

DianeOctober 24, 2020

Thank you for sharing this. Just thank you!

J L GuinnOctober 24, 2020

Thank you so much for this article! I will be sharing it with my sister who unlike me holds resentment towards our mother. I and my siblings was raised by a stepmother who married my dad at age 19 and took on 3 stepchildren. I am now able to look objectively at what she faced but my sister has not been able to put the past in a box and leave it alone. Maybe this article can help. I am lucky enough to still have my parents at age 91 and 84 and I can look at them as people who had no handbook and did their best. I love them dearly.

Myntillae NashOctober 22, 2020

This was a great article. Thank yoU!

Arouma MatautiaOctober 22, 2020

Thank you Bro Eyre for sharing this truth..

Chris HowellOctober 22, 2020

Richard, we’ve been at odds over furniture and painting rooms. Thank you for reminding me it’s about us not me!

Chris HowellOctober 22, 2020

Ann, this is what I needed to hear today. Thank you. If all could see one another as we can become we’d live a Zion society. Thank you for the recommendations on how we can do this! I’m reminded of Paul and Zeezrom. We never know but one most wicked may be our greatest ally.

Allison DunlapOctober 22, 2020

Thank you Brother Eyre for these magnificent insights! I am in complete agreement with them and thrill at the possibilities. I feel so blessed to have a "magic" marriage, it is a 2nd marriage for both of us when our first temple marriages ended in divorce. We are so grateful for Christ's Gospel of 2nd chances!

Maryann TaylorOctober 22, 2020

Whatever you do, do NOT marry him until he has overcome his bitterness and is truly ready for a committed relationship. If he is unwilling to get some counseling, you cannot heal him, and I would move on. Otherwise, you will spend your life suffering as a result of his suffering.

Maryann TaylorOctober 22, 2020

RE: Pamela Sanders comment: Just for your interest---This is a stanza from a poem by Carol Lynn Pearson.

Maryann TaylorOctober 22, 2020

Thank you so much for continuing to post articles by Darla. She has touched my heart through her words in the past and again with this article. I am not ill, but I have friends who are and I want to pass these truths on to them. I think it will be a great comfort to be reminded that the Lord loves them, even when, or maybe ESPECIALLY when, they feel they can't "accomplish very much."

Maryann TaylorOctober 22, 2020

I LOVED this article. Thank you so much for giving us such a clear perspective regarding death and the aging of our bodies. In the resurrection we truly are all healed forever, and every promise is fulfilled. I wonder sometimes if our loved ones who have passed to the other side are feeling sorry for US and the things we still have to deal with while still alive.

Maryann TaylorOctober 21, 2020

Excellent points here. However, I do think we can do a better job of learning to find new ways, or using different scriptures, to teach the gospel. I have been a member all of my life and am now almost 70. I can tell you what scriptures are going to be used for a lesson before it even begins. There are far more than one or two scriptures for any given subject, and yet we continue to hear the same scriptures used to teach the same subjects--over and over again. Let's do some real scripture searching and try to bring a fresh approach to gospel teaching!

Melanee PhillipsOctober 21, 2020

The only unkindness I see is Mary unkindly judging this woman for wanting things to be perfect. Like when I put on my son and daughter-in-laws wedding reception because I anctiously wanted her to feel welcome to our family.

Leslie SaundersOctober 21, 2020

Looking for the story about the man who is well know and loved in Egypt that said you could use his name over there if you needed anything and then you tied it into us taking full advantage of the gift that the name of Christ is in our lives. It was an absolutely powerful way of explaining the importance of Jesus’ name for us.

Richard EureOctober 21, 2020

Thank you all for your comments! As we progress through this series, I hope you will never hesitate to comment or to ask a question or to express your feelings. This will make this experience a learning experience for all of us as we learn from and teach each other


When I was six, my parents sent me away to live with my Grandparents over several months because I was badly affected with the tropical climate of the African country where my father had been assigned. I greatly suffered from the separation, and the thing that mattered most to me at the time was the doll I had been offered by one of my relatives. This never kept me from feeling like a boy, and it looks like modern society has reached another level of insanity trying to define a child's true gender.

LexaGraemeOctober 21, 2020

Lovely words. Thank you.

JackiOctober 21, 2020

Sometimes experiences are so traumatizing that what we walk away with is a combination of rage, that the people we had been taught to respect because of their positions of authority within the Church, did not protect us but instead let us down or actually caused the damage to be worse, and helplessness, because we were told to submit to abuse. And if it is God who commanded us to marry that abusive person, our entire worldview is shattered. I do not know how to proceed. Experience at what price? Loss of our faith in God's love for us?

Simon PownallOctober 21, 2020

As a person who first heard the missionary discussions at age 17, the doctrine of a Pre mortal existence more than anything else touched me. I could never be part of a church that didn’t believe in this. It was wonderful for you to confirm with me this pivotal doctrine 46 years later. Thank you.

SherryOctober 21, 2020

Thank you so much for this timely message. It’s what I needed to hear. It is a balm... there is nothing we can not overcome without our Heavenly Father, and our Saviour by our side. It’s surprising what we can live through... we may be battered and bruised... but we will survive and be made stronger.

Ken McGowanOctober 21, 2020

Good. Article. However, there is another technical point (in addition to one raised by another) and that is your statement concerning the “one third” of the spirits rejecting the Plan. Actually, the scriptures do not say that; they say, rather, “one third part.” This is a significant point. Consider a circle divided into three segments of varying degrees: one being 230d, another 90d and another 40d. Each can be described as having a “one third part” (of the circle) but containing a larger or smaller part of the whole. It is unimaginable to me that our Heavenly Parents would have lost so many as a full third of their children in their premarital existence. That there was rebellion there is no doubt but “one third” seems unreasonable to believe. Far more reasonable to believe that that the “one third part” consisted of a “kind” rather than a number. It could well be that the group who rebelled was (though large in number) was a relatively small group.

phil ShermanOctober 21, 2020

Thanks for putting this podcast together Thanks for the calendar Thanks for coming to photograph the historic homes here in Nineveh NY Take care & enjoy the ride Phil

Geri CampbellOctober 21, 2020

Nice one Daris!

Kay RiceOctober 21, 2020

That was just a bunch of warm fuzzies all in one. Good fall story; thank you.

Richard EyreOctober 21, 2020

Thank you all so much for these enlightening comments! Keep them coming! Part of the fun of this series will be this comments section and finding out how others feel about each "purposely provocative" doctrine we discuss. Feel free to ask questions in your comments as well, and chances are that other commenters will have ideas or answers. Interchange and conversation on the doctrines of the Restoration is exciting and stimulating as well as faith-promoting. And it inspires in us so much gratitude for the Prophet Joseph's ability to ask the right questions that solicited revealed answers from God.

ShaunaOctober 21, 2020

Thank you so much--I think information is power and it's important to hear both sides of an issue. I am absolutely alarmed at the emphasis put on gender as a "social construction" these days. How are kids supposed to develop healthy relationships when they don't even know if they are a boy or a girl?? And when they're encouraged to "experiment" with different sexual orientations? I used to think Satan's big plan was to attack the family, but now I think it's to attack gender, without which, there is no family. Having said that, I have a nephew whose child is going through gender dysphoria and they are currently doing the puberty blocking hormones. I cannot imagine how difficult it would be to make these decisions as parents, and my heart goes out to them. But they have also left the Church over these issues and that makes me even sadder. I only want good things for them and their family but I wish they had hung on to hear and seek counsel from the Lord and His servants. Such heart wrenching issues

Joel MarksOctober 21, 2020

I believe God as well: “All these things will give us experience.” Repentance and discipline mentally, physically and spiritually are all essential in understanding Joseph’s Liberty....and ours.

timecOctober 21, 2020

It's possible to understand the pain of people seing this temple leveled by fire. Mormon communicants were very sad. Perhaps today a new temple is completed. I'm a LDS Church member but a mainline protestant, but I find sad for this disaster.

Ron BarnesOctober 20, 2020

Our two daughters came into this world with two very different personalities. Where did these diverse personalities come from if they were not developed before birth? How could they develop so different coming from the same womb? Having a life before birth answers these questions for me.

Keith MillerOctober 20, 2020

What wonderful thoughts and insights. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Robert K WagstaffOctober 20, 2020

I was stimulated by your comments. I am blessed to be an inventor and now have eight personal patents plus my name on several other patents that were created when I worked for various companies. I have also lived outside the US on two different occasions where I observed the effects of governments that do not allow freedom of thought nor action. We are so blessed here in the United States to be able to create and develop new ideas. I am a product of this system and am thankful for the opportunity to live here.

Robert K WagstaffOctober 20, 2020

I was interested in your treatment of the pre-existence as the number one item of the restoration. I do not disagree but compliment you on your choice. Yes, we are eternal and the implications of this are driving me to strive to find my place in the eternities. I look forward to reading your next contribution.

P. MaguraOctober 20, 2020

After reading the Book of Mormon I became a convert. Years later I was the mother of 3 children(2 boys and 1 girl). My daughter called one day. After years of marriage, she wanted to have children and "Could I pray about it?". I asked several questions in prayer about her having a child and I got positive answers... who the child would be and what the solution was to her question. I tended the little one for several years and while reading a book with her she stopped and said....".Grandma, you saved me." I didn't know what she was referring to so I asked "What was I doing?" "Oh, you were just being a grandma" she then continued...saying.."I (she) had been an angel in Heaven." She never brought the subject up again. Later, she wanted to be baptized but her father ( a Catholic) would not give permission. She attended her little cousin's baptism... and as I looked over at her, tears had filled her eyes. Her father moved them to another State and I have not heard from them for 4 years.

David BrownOctober 20, 2020

As a friend but not member of the LDS, I admire the superior morality of the concepts presented here. Many other Christian presentations have underestimated God's mercy, wisdom and patience. Thank you for your article.

Shirley TongOctober 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing these inspired thoughts and your meaningful song! You have the talent like your sweet mother!

Shirley TongOctober 20, 2020

Loved your article because as an investigator (as a high schooler), having been born of Japanese-American parents, I avidly studied the missionary pamphlets I found in the foyer of a chapel. The most important doctrine I learned of was the true understanding of the Godhead, which expanded my mind and spirit and gave birth to my testimony! For me it truly was pivotal to finally know that I have a Heavenly Father, His Son who is my Savior, and the Holy Ghost who are three separate beings but united in purpose. I felt like I had come homed, at last!! Secondly, I was privileged to meet your daughter in SLC (and your wife) the year she was selected as Mother of the Year (I was Utah's MOY in 2010.) and I have always enjoyed your articles on parenting over the years. Thanks for the good you do!

GTOOctober 20, 2020

I had the missionary lessons when I was 16, coming from a Jewish/intellectual background. When the missionaries taught this doctrine, it was the single, most wonderful thing I had ever heard. Absolutely transforming.

DoraOctober 20, 2020

I am blessed to know that I am a spirit offspring of my Heavenly Parents who sent me to this Earth to obtain a physical body, learn, improve and find my way back to Them through their Son Jesus Christ, my Saviour! This trully is the most important doctrine, that we lived with our Heavenly Parents before being born to our earthly parents, that they love us more than our earthly parents ever could and want us to return back Home one day, to live with them and our earthly families forever and become like they are! So grateful for this knowledge. Thank you for bringing this doctrine and its importance up!

Jerry CareyOctober 20, 2020

As a very young investigator of the church, I had a hard time with the concept of “The Pre-existence “. However, after a spirited discussion, I was sitting in our dorms common room which had a great view of the night sky. As I meditated and prayed concerning this new concept, I had, what was to be the first of many moments of light. With perfect clarity I could see that eternity could not just start in one point in time and go forward. It had to go eternally in the other direction also. By the way, I had one discussion on Monday and one on Wednesday, and was baptized Saturday.

John P. PrattOctober 20, 2020

Very perceptive to recognize the importance of the knowing of life before life! Loved the story of the Christian who became Hindu because of reincarnation. A version of that belief called "multiple probations" was also taught by early LDS leaders, so there is a version of Christianity with that teaching also. See

ScottOctober 20, 2020

Beautifully written article. My guess of the most pivotal doctrine was God still revealing doctrine to prophets and was surprised it was the doctrine of pre-existence. But the author convinced me in a well-written fashion that made me appreciate that doctrine more.

CH (COL-Ret) Lawrence M. BarryOctober 20, 2020

Wonderful article, thank you. In my 23 years as an LDS Army chaplain, I came to realize from my many associations with people of other Christian faiths, that there is an inherent faith and belief that marriages will endure beyond the grave, similar to your comment on belief in a premortal life although there is no creedal or doctrinal support for either belief, it seems to be intuitive in most believers.

shirl s. jacksonOctober 20, 2020

Great article! One technical point: If we claim existence that goes back eternally and forward eternally, we cannot correctly speak of a pre-existence; we can of course speak confidently of a pre-mortal or pre-earthly existence. I know it is semantics but in a world where every concept and word of doctrine is judged, nuanced and challenged by those seeking a contrary foothold, we are obligated to technical clarity. Looking forward to reading your series about "What was restored?"...a much needed study. Thanks for your work. ssj.

Hildegard EralieOctober 20, 2020

Thank you for wonderful article. I am a convert to the Church (1977). Learning that we had a pre-mortal life was an exceedingly joyful/yes-moment that made me want to dance. Other such moments followed, even more spiritual, heart-expanding, and full of gratitude. They form a circle of joy: The revelation that God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ live and are "real" men with tangible bodies, the amazing, all inclusive, love-filled opportunity of the atonement, (and with that the personal revelation that He didn't "have" to do it, His Father didn't "order him", the after-life: families for ever of long ago and ever after, and the experience that we are "known" body and soul, good and bad, but loved anyway, -- and cared for every moment. I could go on, but you are better at writing than I am :-) Let me just say that the joy, and gratitude has never left me. Thank you for contributing to that joyl

EdOctober 20, 2020

This doctrine is very intuitive. I had a catholic co-worker who has two sons. He told me, unsolicited, that his sons are so different, there had to be some sort of pre-earth life for this to be so.

Sally SmithOctober 20, 2020

Dear Brother Eyre, I am thrilled to see this series of articles. The one I have just finished was so clear on the basic doctrine of premortal life. I always thought other Christian religions at least had some concept if a pre earth life. Thank you, Sally Smith

Jan KingOctober 19, 2020

Coming to the realization of the choice I made that day in the pre-mortal world, after being shown the possibilities, both good and bad, which earth life would hold, has forever removed any need to blame others or to cry, "why me? why did this happen to me??" I chose it. Confidence was high that day with my Savior and Heavenly parents standing nearby, reassuring me of the divine help which would always be available. I was surrounded by Angels all making the same commitment, some of whom became family and many who have been and are faithful friends.

Rochelle HaleOctober 19, 2020

This is article is both comforting and easily spells out gospel principles. I have lost loved ones, but I have not experienced profound grief. Perhaps it is one of my spiritual gifts. I do miss my loved ones, but not in a way that I cannot function. I miss more a living relative who has put a wedge between the family. That is a difficult loss, I suppose similar to the grief of someone who passes. To the person who commented regarding the death of a spouse and quoted C.S. Lewis, I offer this (also attributed to Mr. Lewis or his wife) “The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That's the deal.” I was the last family member to see my grandmother before she passed. Though difficult, it was also a sweet, tender time for me to express my love and tell her it was "ok" to go, especially knowing what she had to look forward to.

MaryOctober 19, 2020

Thank you so much for your article. I have what some call brain fog. I didn't realize until reading your article that my feeling "dumb" was because of the the fog. It has changed how I'm looking at myself.

BenOctober 19, 2020

What a beautiful and powerful article. The doctrine of the gospel of Jesus Christ is so reassuring and comforting.

Bonnie JOctober 19, 2020

Thank you so much for doing this work to help the world be a better and safer place. I live in CA and it has been a nightmare. God bless you to find huge success in your worthy endeavors!

Trish MOctober 19, 2020

The remarks of the father to the son about how God could let him have a heart attack reminded me of my doctor telling me about a diagnosis he had to give an elderly woman. Her tests came back positive for an aggressive cancer. She said, quite angrily, "I've been a member of the church my whole life and lived the Word of Wisdom! Why is God letting me get cancer?" My doctor responded, "Ma'am, you're 89 years old. How long did you think God would let you live? Something's gotta give!" Ok, he wasn't the most tactful doctor, but I always remembered that. Something's gotta give. Bodies aren't designed to live forever in the state they are in. This life is merely temporary--we've always known that. We just frequently don't choose to believe that. But all trials and separations are only temporary, and later we'll look back and realize how short those separations really were in the eternities

Kurt FrancisOctober 19, 2020

All doctrinally correct, but comfort still very hard to find with the death of a spouse after many wonderful years. The loss still seems too great for words to express. I find myself as CS Lewis expressed: "Don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect you don't understand."

Cary HolmquistOctober 19, 2020

Thanks. This was reassuring to read and have cogent thoughts to express feelings that confirm truth about our mortal condition and hope and faith for immortality and nature of our immortal spirits.

David DurfeeOctober 19, 2020

Astrophysicists (e.g., Paul Davies) acknowledge that the likelihood that a "life friendly" universe such as ours could randomly pop into existence would be infinitesimally small. The only theory that scientists can come up with to avoid the conclusion that there must be an "intelligent creator" is the Multiverse Theory, which postulates that ours is simply one of an infinite number of universes. This theory itself, however, requires one to accept a number of very strange concepts -- including the notion that it is most likely that we are all just part of some gigantic computer program. So the next time Richard Dawkins or some other scientist insists that religion is just silly mythology, you can be sure that they simply do not understand how bizarre and preposterous science has to get in order to explain away God.

Barbara CasadyOctober 19, 2020

THANK You for giving us a sweet, eternal perspective.

DianeOctober 19, 2020

This is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing. One tip, though, would be to call them “burn survivors” NOT “burn victims.” Two of my children are burn survivors, and in the burn community, this is how they prefer to be called.

Sherry SimisterOctober 19, 2020

No skeptic here! Why? Because I’ve been home on 3 occasions... and while recovering from a serious fall, my hospital bed was surrounded by my Ancestors!! They stayed with me until I was out of the woods... this wasn’t the first time that they surrendered my hospital bed... yes, our family is still a part of our lives.. we just can’t see them like we use to... but they are very much part of our lives

Sherry SimisterOctober 19, 2020

Absolutely loved your article! I have been blessed with the opportunity to return home on 3 occasions and each time I was allowed to see more and more. You are so right when you say that we continue to work.. on my last return home I saw spirits being taught the gospel, and others anxiously engaged in the Lord’s work. I was also allowed to see the “Book”... it was massive.. yet while the man was writing down everything he saw on earth, you never saw a page turn. But you could see the thickness of the book. The love that awaits us in literally breathtaking! It consumes every part of you including the strands of your hair, and the tips of your nails. Also there’s no speaking.. you automatically know what the person is saying... there was so much more... going home is literally as the scriptures say.. “ when you drink of the living water you will never thirst again!” It’s exactly what happens... you automatically know... your faith becomes knowledge... there is no more choice... you just do it! Why? Because it literally changes you... So thank you for sharing your article...

Sherry SimisterOctober 19, 2020

Hi Cindy. I was intrigued with your article because I’ve had four serious brain injuries... the last of which took away everything I knew how to do... reading, writing, organization, seeing ( I use to make most of my clothes, and my granddaughters when she was little. A customer with a stolen credit card threw me 10 feet and my head slammed onto the floor in which my brain slammed into the back of my head, and then into my forehead.. the whole back of my head swelled up, and I suffered severe migraines daily for 18 months... six years ago I pleaded with Heavenly Father to help me learn to read again with the Book Of Mormon. I desperately missed reading it.. He answered my prayer and I have read it cover to cover many times. However I still struggle to remember what I just read. I suffer from short term memory loss. Long story short... through this brain injury I have learned to rely on HF, and my Saviour... they have blessed me immensely! I could not be where I am today without them by my side. So thank you for sharing your story with all of us, and I will go to your FB page... Thank you again.

LynnOctober 18, 2020

So inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

Sherry SimisterOctober 18, 2020

What an inspiring message! I love the song! Is there a way that I can download it to my music file?? I’ve passed it on to a friend who is struggling with prayer... this article is a must read for all of us!

MrShortyOctober 18, 2020

I, too, am looking forward to this series, but perhaps with a little more trepidation than others. I think it will boil down to whether the series ends up being a good foray into "the glorious doctrines of the restoration" or more of a deflection to try to distract from "The Imperfections of the Prophets". As I look at my own and others' troubled relationships with the Church, so many of the difficult issues boil down to how to understand the imperfections of prophets and apostles and the revelatory process that is so foundational to our epistemology. A series that is merely an attempt at deflection or distraction from these difficult issues is going to be a lot less useful than a series that will eventually integrate into a solid understanding of how prophets can bring forth truths (like this series wants to cover) and also present some mistakes as if they were truths. I think Ben Spackman encapsulates the concern so well in his Gospel Doctrine post on the book of Philemon. Dealing with the issue of slavery and why the Biblical authors seemed so unwilling to condemn slavery, he writes, "Scripture simply doesn’t reflect the eternal ideal, as we understand. How do we account for this? What model of scripture, revelation, and prophets allows “God’s word,” God’s prophets, and Jesus himself to do or allow something so… inhuman?"

Gwen BruingtonOctober 18, 2020

Thank you for this article. In the discussion about routing out the Gadiantons, you failed to mention that another way they were eliminated was with the help of natural disasters. When Nephi in the book of Helaman asked the Lord for a famine, the people repented and "swept away the band of Gadianton from amongst them." And of course, at the time of the Savior's death during all that incredible destruction, the wicked were all killed. Obviously, we would prefer an elimination of evil BEFORE the 2nd coming!

Harold RustOctober 17, 2020

This made my day. I really miss not mingling every Sunday with fellow members and this song made me feel right at home---like I was back to Church already. Great creativity and fabulous harmony. My Bishopric could have never done that because none of us could carry a tune, let alone harmonize.

Maryann TaylorOctober 17, 2020

This is great! Love it! We all need to lighten up a bit, and this was such a happy way to encourage us to come back into church attendance.

Robert SteedOctober 17, 2020

I know the Willams when I worked with Darrin with the State. Such a wonderful story and what a wonderful family.

Susan J GraceOctober 17, 2020

Wow! You are to my soul in the midst of adversity! Love, love, love this. Thank you. Bishopric in my ward take note.

cHUCK mCcLUREOctober 17, 2020

It always amazes me first, that these great leaders of the church deal with the same issues I experience from time to time and second, that they are so resolute to quickly return to the path that draws them near to the Savior. I take comfort in knowing that I can do the same!

Been There!October 17, 2020

Someone who has been as damaged as this boyfriend is so busy protecting themself from further harm that they often don't have the ability to form a healthy relationship. If you accept him as he is today then he will see no reason to change. He needs help in seeing that he is passing on the damage done to him, thus making him an abuser. He needs this help before your relationship continues on, or it will be a case of "what you see is what you get." I assure you, marrying him now would be the same as signing an agreement to spend the rest of your life as an abuse victim.

Susan Harmon-PayneOctober 16, 2020

Great account! Wonderful testimony of our Lord! Thank you for sharing.

Robyn BoyleOctober 16, 2020

We served in Canada with Elder Williams and LOVED getting to know him!! When we first saw the picture of him as a future missionary assigned to our mission we noticed his physical scars but it wasn’t long before those scars were no longer a focal point because what we saw was a confident young man with a great sense of humor and a strong love for the Gospel and his Savior Jesus Christ. We love you Elder Williams!!

Judith La MontagneOctober 16, 2020

What fun! Kudos to the bishopric's should-be professionals who had such a lot of service in their hearts and a beauiful message and melody in their hearts!

Sherri HollomanOctober 16, 2020

Marilyn- Thank you for this soul- stirring story. It helps one put into Perspective the daily trials we face. Blessings, prayers, and good wishes to Amber and her son For their faith, their courage, and their examples to those who know them or who are blessed To read about them.

Joy LundbergOctober 15, 2020

What a truly inspiring article. Thank you, Lynne. And thanks for your beautiful song. You are such a blessing to Meridian readers. Keep those articles coming!

Sandy DildineOctober 15, 2020

This is thought provoking and makes sense for work product It looks like the opposite of cancel culture, but it all hinges on if all ideas are treated this way. Can people bring their religious identity with them? Will what they say or do online be used against them, especially if it is the opposite of the majority in that field?

DoraOctober 15, 2020

Awesome article. I fear we are ripening for destruction as there is pride everywhere. I am so sad! We can do better than that!❤❤

Pat ThomasOctober 15, 2020

Looking forward to this series. I have a child who no longer “believes.” My heart aches. I’m hoping I’ll have better understanding. Thank you

Becky BurtonOctober 15, 2020

Thank you for this article!

Lisa ReisingOctober 15, 2020

Beautifully conceived series - I look forward to it! It thrilled me to the core to read the comment about Joseph Smith and the quality and sincerity of his questions I have often thought how wonderful it seems that he retained throughout his short life such a childlike approach to a relationship with God - it was all about trust. And honest, sincere questions. This is the debt of gratitude we owe him. The described conversation with your daughter is likewise beautiful. Someone in our overly sophisticated society we need to discover how to trust each other with heartfelt questions again.

ReedOctober 15, 2020

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. Anthony Jay

Alexander ForsythOctober 15, 2020

You—REALLY—only know someone after you live with them! Or, you don't know someone until you live with them!

Pamela SandersOctober 14, 2020

I know only as much of God and the world as a creature with two eyes must. What I do understand I love, what I don't understand I trust.

Dora Bingham BinghamOctober 14, 2020

What a beautiful testimony and lesson for all of us. God bless you and keep on healing you.

ShaunaOctober 14, 2020

thanks for sharing your testimony Daryl. I appreciate anyone who is open about their faith and I intentionally seek out things/people/articles, etc., that bolster mine. I'm in my late 50's and not on social media, but I must say that it has struck me as odd that people would "announce" they're leaving the Church on social media. What purpose does that serve? what kind of attention are they seeking? I know that for many, they announce everything on social media, but declaring their distance from the Church has struck me as particularly misguided and hardhearted.

Lorraine AndersonOctober 14, 2020

Elder L Tom Perry did the same thing when he visited our Stake 2 years before he stepped through the veil. After a beautiful talk, and giving the congregation an apostolic blessing, he asked the parents to bring their children to the aisle so he could shake their hands on his way out of the building. This act greatly impacted me.

Linda WardleOctober 14, 2020

You are beautiful by divine design. Thank you for sharing your very personal journey and recovery! You have great courage and are an inspiration to those that will take the time to listen to your words of hope!

Richard SkousenOctober 14, 2020

Great article! These are some good warning flags to watch out for in ourselves and our loved ones.

Diane HugginsOctober 14, 2020

I’m looking forward to these articles ! Today’s talk was a great read!!!

kim mossOctober 14, 2020

What is the coating on the calendar? Many times a pen or pencil will not write on certain coatings. Thanks

CarolOctober 14, 2020

Thank for telling your story! You have encouraged me to redouble my efforts to 'see' every person I encounter and treat them as the child of God they are and give them positive, uplifting interaction even if it's just a passing smile and looking them in the eyes.

Lucius VersusOctober 14, 2020

Sounds SO much like our little Pepper (a Morkie)! She's brought so much happiness into our lives. Its been a challenge tho having a 'baby' in our mid 70's; like being parents all over again. Patience, frustration, pride, joy, happiness and the strumming of our heartstrings in those moments of her looking up into our eyes and giving us a kiss with her little nose and petite little tongue (however wet!). Always wanting our undivided attention; bringing us sticks, rocks and the occasional dirt clod into the house to play with and clean up after her play time is finished. All creatures great and small; what a joy - what a joy.

Gail W. OckeyOctober 14, 2020

Thank you so very much for sharing your story with us. It was both heart wrenching and inspiring. Bless you for your courage in dealing with your losses and gains throughout your recovery. I am dealing with repercussions of a stroke at 85 years and your example has given me hope and energy to keep moving forward in my rehabilitation. You are inspiring to me and I will try to follow your example. You are remarkable in every way. I pray that you will continue to have the needed blessings from the Lord.

Kennen Steinagel Van WagenenOctober 14, 2020

What a beautiful example for all of us. Thank you for sharing your story of difficult trials, and then courage, resilience and faith.

DianeOctober 13, 2020

Maurine - So happy with your continued recovery and thank you for your messages of faith amidst anguish and the peace that you feel. Your writings are always an inspiration.

Maryann TaylorOctober 13, 2020

Emailing adult siblings to "warn them" that the family relationships are "toxic" is pretty extreme. The fact that those siblings have let the mom know they do NOT feel that way suggests that the extremely critical daughter is attempting to poison the rest of the family with her own disastisfaction. This daughter desperately needs counseling. At this point, I don't know if anything her Mom says would make a difference.

Maryann TaylorOctober 13, 2020

Thank you so much for reminding this woman that she doesn't need to do anything to protect her daughter's marriage or her children, and that they are capable of working out their own problems. My husband and I do not wear masks at home, and I know that the VAST majority of people who get COVID do recover, often with only mild symptoms. However, this woman's situation is different. She is not only helping her daughter and grandchildren, but she is also caring for her elderly mother. If she were to pass on the virus to her older mother, it could be a case of life or death. Perhaps if she gently reminded her daughter of the need to protect the elderly, she would soften a bit.

Herm OlsenOctober 13, 2020

LOVE Wally Goddard and his valuable insights. He is a treasure. I hope you pay him well!

Steve DoneganOctober 13, 2020

Thanks to the US Army I’ve been to Martin Luther’s church and have thought a lot about the Reformation. Your statement showing the difference between that Reformation (man) and the Restoration (God) shows your depth of thought is much deeper than my own. I will cherish the time I get to spend at your feet/side learning.

Richard EyreOctober 13, 2020

Looking forward to reactions, responses, and resulting questions as this series begins next week. Don't hesitate to comment on whatever comes to mind because there are no bad questions, and unasked ones don't do anyone any good.

MaryOctober 12, 2020

She should have just packed their food in to go boxes and called it good.

MaryOctober 12, 2020

I loved this article but some of the issues presented seemed small. Issues such as squeezing in one extra person to the table? What did the apostles expect you to do? Buy a new table? I know I don't know the person who wrote the article so I don't know what issues she deals with but she could have been a little kinder to herself. I understand wanting everything to be perfect but apostles are also people too and if they had issues with what they were eating on then she should have just broke out the paper plates and called it good. I guess I am just tired of women worring about issues that shouldn't be an issue and how basic kindness somehow deserves to be put on a pedestal.

Gale PhillipsOctober 12, 2020

Columbus called himself an "instrument" in the hands of God. He was spiritual enough to realize the Lord was using him for a divine purpose. Many who denigrate the legacy of Columbus fail to realize that the Lord uses imperfect men and women to accomplish his purposes because imperfect humans are the only type of humans he has to work with.

KathrynOctober 12, 2020

I absolutely love this video, not just for the great harmonies and clever lyrics, but especially for the look on the bishop's face when he sings to his ward members, "No other friends we'd rather be with than with you for the longest time." The message of genuine care and inclusion are, for me, the highlight of this video. Thanks, Highland 19th Ward bishopric!

Gale PhillipsOctober 12, 2020

It is great to see this insight from a young adult. So many of our young people (and older as well) have been taken in by causes and groups that they really don't understand.

Richard WinmillOctober 12, 2020

HAPPY INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY! It is certainly possible for someone who has been selected for a mission from God to be found with feet of clay. Saul, David and Solomon come to mind. I do not doubt that Columbus was such a man. It is not necessary to only venerate or only vilify Columbus. It is better to understand and deal with the foibles of people rather than ignore them as inconvenient to our cultural views. Foibles of people often develop in the extremities and often revolve around money. It was in fact, the "Columbian Exchange" not Columbus himself that scattered and killed the indigenous people of the Americas. The estimates of the pre-contact AmerIndian population are as high as 60 million in 1492. . In any case, the native population declined to less than six million by 1650. The cause? "Guns, Germs and Steel " in the words of Jared Diamond. It is a known fact that "Columbus’s governance of Hispaniola could be brutal and tyrannical. Native islanders who didn’t collect enough gold could have their hands cut off, and rebel Spanish colonists were executed at the gallows. Colonists complained to the monarchy about mismanagement, and a royal commissioner dispatched to Hispaniola arrested Columbus in August 1500 and brought him back to Spain in chains. Although Columbus was stripped of his governorship, King Ferdinand not only granted the explorer his freedom but subsidized a fourth voyage." It is also worth note that Columbus' four voyages took him to the Caribean island, South America, and only as far North as the Yucatan in Mexico, but never close to the contiguous United States. The promised land must therefore be the America's and not just America.

LewisOctober 12, 2020

What a beautiful, inspired story. I look forward to every one of your articles!

Darlene NelsonOctober 12, 2020

Thank you so much for this outstanding article. I am going to send it to my children and grandchildren. I have been accused of being the rose coloured glassed person and have learned to be more humble and compassionate through prayerfully seeking God’s guidance on who needs my help. Those experiences have helped me to love without judgement. All your points resonated with me and will help me as I serve others.

ShareeOctober 12, 2020

This was awesome, hilarious! Loved it!!!

Pauline HarryOctober 12, 2020

Well done!!

H NorthOctober 12, 2020

What about the spouse that betrays their partner and refuses to uphold their spousal commitments by refusing to have sex? How does one protect oneself against that?

LindaOctober 12, 2020

Exactly what I have been thinking and feeling. Thanks for articulating it so well.

Adrian MartinOctober 12, 2020

What a wonderful occasion! What a tremendous example from an Apostle of the Lord! Thank you for sharing this wonderful true story!

Margie KawamotoOctober 12, 2020

Such a day brightener! Thank you all for sharing your talents with us and creating such a fun and uplifting "welcome back!" With love and gratitude,

DanielaOctober 12, 2020

Great article! Being born and raised in Italy I prefer to call him by his Italian name, Cristoforo Colombo, rather than Cristobal Colon, which apparently was its Spanish version. Who would ever thought that today this would be such a controversial topic!

Jacob HessOctober 11, 2020

Thank you for the responses I have received since publishing. This one struck me: Laura’s story is my story, too. I tapered myself, probably too quickly, but God kept his promise to help me as I promised to take the first leap of faith against everything friends/family/medical community said to me. All were ignorant, but not as ignorant as I was to accept going on medication the first time. It’s time for the Saints to get off of their psychiatric medications. It’s time to feel sad again; it’s time to feel happy again; it’s time to just feel again.

GinaOctober 11, 2020

Thank you for adding these awesome Alexa skills! I would love to be able to ask Alexa to play talks for LDS youth (BYU ed week youth speakers, John Bytheway etc). Or another one: the Hope Works series.

Jackie RichardsOctober 11, 2020

That was beautiful guys. Thank you from the UK!!

Michael HogganOctober 11, 2020

I have pschizoaffective disorder. That condition is a reality and is a combination of paranoiz schizophrenia and clinical depression. This is a biological condition that does involve physical problems with the brain. Neurochemistry is part of it, but brain damage or miswiring in the brain are likely also factors. I don't know if this particular girl is genuinely mentally ill, but it is very dangerous to think that bipolar disorder is an illusion.

jim spensOctober 10, 2020

I worked in public education and in a 1986 a group came from Boston to tell us that in the Salt Lake area we were in pre-gang state. Measures could have been taken at that time to prevent gangs from coming , but they would have been severe. Now over 30 years later gangs are rampant in the Salt Lake area and are prime examples of the expansion of secret combinations that are literally around us. The gadiantian robbers are not in the mountains, they are here in our valleys.

jim spensOctober 10, 2020

Have you ever thought of the reasons why the Lord directed or commanded Adam to till, subdue, keep and dress the garden that he was placed in? Has that directive ever been rescinded? There is definite purpose in all of the commandments!

PaeaOctober 10, 2020

Thank you so much for this article...I think this is the answer to my problems now.

Linda HydeOctober 10, 2020

Thank you. What confuses me is that people on either side of American politics claim secret combinations in the opposite party.

PaulineOctober 10, 2020

This is an interesting story. It would also be relevant to learn about the impact of heavy metals and gut health on the brain.

GrandpaOctober 10, 2020

Good answer. I would only add that the daughter needs to understand that her mother is doing her a favor and can stop coming any time she wishes. A little more appreciation is in order. The daughter has absolutely no authority to "tell" her mother what to do.

MayOctober 10, 2020

Very compelling story. This piece touched my heart and helped me feel hope for the many I love who are facing similar challenges. I am grateful that Laura was brave enough to share her experience with 12 step processes as a part of her courageous journey. I too know the value of learning to connect to a Power Greater then myself in order to rediscover the innate Power and Wisdom within. How grateful I have been to participate, for more than 25 years now, alongside so many others who have found a similar path as Laura and have learned to - live life on life's terms. I have watched time and time again as myself, and so many others, have made a connection to a Higher Power of our Own Understanding and in so doing unlocked the secret of living -one day at a time- in acceptance of the complexities of life and with a renewed hope in the deep and abiding resilience of the human spirit. Thank you for stepping into the role of storyteller Jacob Hess. In my humble opinion... it suits you.

Crazy ClydeOctober 9, 2020

We need to think creatively. Example: Buy a large transparent umbrella and a clear plastic paint cloth, both available for under 20 and 10 bucks respectively. Cut the paint cloth to the diameter of the umbrella and about 5 wide. Attach it with file binder clips or cloths pins to the ribs of the umbrella. You will have built a bubble that you can breath in for several hours. It protects your eyes better than a face shield. Since infectious droplets don't have wings, they can't fly 5 feet up from the floor to your head. Neither can the droplets you produce. As good as social distancing many yards. You can touch high contact surfaces such as door knobs using the bubble like a glove. You express your freedom, having it both ways, safe and independent. I recommend most people over 60 and those with any serious health problems stay in their bubble while around other people. Schools could be safely opened if students and teachers stayed in bubbles. I won't go so far as to suggest your risk is zero in any situation, but it is extremely low. Women in Hong Kong where it rains torrents, and car access is inconvenient and long, modest, expensive dresses are commonly worn, use "full-length umbrellas" often which are basically what I am describing. Google it.

Joleen BrimhallOctober 9, 2020

Right on! As ward music chair, I am choosing one beautiful hymn that goes with the topic but they don't know well each week that can just be listened to. They are encouraged to read along and learn! Wish I could play prelude.

Fiona mcglashanOctober 9, 2020

This was excellent and I hope to keep this for reference over the next stages of life raising my own children. Thank you for writing this!

LexaGraemeOctober 9, 2020

Thank you.

Valiant JonesOctober 9, 2020

Scot, thank you for sharing your tithing story. What a testimony of the power of God and the power of your family keeping their covenants including the paying of tithing.

Margery HuntOctober 9, 2020

Right on, especially with the middle name.

Omar AlghaliOctober 9, 2020

A wonderful article indeed. By the number of comments I wonder how many have read it. A great number of Latter-day Saints are not awake. They are slumbering. Moroni, plead with us to awake to our awful situation. Perhaps when freedom is lost then we will awake as a people. The Lord's servants have warned us long enough. Have we given heed to their teachings concerning this matter. Nevertheless I'm very hopeful for the future. The Lord will help us win this great spiritual war.

VelineOctober 9, 2020

Thank you!!! I have been one of those organists/pianists for much of my life. I LOVE the hymns, and have been mostly grateful for all the callings and opportunities I have had to accompany. I have often felt that the music--especially prelude and postlude-- isn't even noticed by most of the congregation; so your article is very validating!!

LexaGraemeOctober 9, 2020

Growing up, my siblings and I had to spend at least one Saturday a month weeding our yards in front and back. One year, when we had a garden, that was added. I hated it at the time, but as I have grown up, the urge to get out and pull up stuff I do not want has stayed with me. I look forward to hearing the next installment of this story.

CiceroOctober 9, 2020

Because evil conspirators call evil good, and good evil, many good people naively support evil, believing what the conspirators say. This is cause for both great sadness and great alarm. Please dig more deeply and understand what is happening.

DebrahOctober 9, 2020

This was an excellent and insightful read. I especially like the advice at the end to compare using your own core values. Thanks for your work!

Michelle CoxOctober 8, 2020

who was was the national commentator comparing core values to political platforms? where can that be found

Heather GroseOctober 8, 2020

This gave me the chills. What a reality check! But basically, as she mentioned, the prophets have been giving us reality checks and warnings all along. We need to heed and pay close attention to what they are saying. Thank you very much for all of the citations and information you gave to align with the signs. Wonderful article.

CarolynOctober 8, 2020

We are not allowed to sing yet either. We don't realize how much we miss singing the words of the hymns until we are not allowed to do it in Sacrament meeting. I like to take my small hymn book with me and read the words as the pianist plays.

Martha ClantonOctober 8, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful article. It concisely identified the evidence that reinforced the whisperings of the spirit that I had not been able to convey to my children without causing them to dread the future. I believe I will be better able to convey what I am feeling to them.

CatherineOctober 8, 2020

Spot on!! Thank you!

Brenda HighOctober 8, 2020

Wow! Excellent article.

Diane MortensenOctober 8, 2020

This is an excellent analysis. Love the way the Book of Mormon illustrates our current circumstances.

RitaOctober 8, 2020

Thanks, Joni. Our musicians do put a lot of time into their work, and your article should encourage more appreciation for them.

Cyndi HaddockOctober 8, 2020

Beautifully written. I feel we are watching those secret combinations unfold in our government and judicial system. As you stated, the best way to know how to choose is to follow the values we hold dear, and ask ourselves, does the candidate follow those values? Do they uphold life, liberty, free speech and right to worship as we please? Do they uphold the Constitution or prefer judges who interpret and make or change laws, which is against the Constitution? It's critically important for us to discern - to have eyes to see, ears that hear, and a heart open to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost.

Ingrid LOctober 8, 2020

We are witnessing this exact thing--call evil good and good evil--on the national scene. It's critical that we study and seek discernment in the face of many lies and tactics to mind-control the public.

PennieOctober 8, 2020

My sentiments exactly! I hope we are all pleading for the nation in our prayers along with every good person of faith. We are indeed standing at the edge of the cliff. And following issues and all candidate, national and local closely. Thank you for the articulate article.

Elizabeth SOctober 8, 2020

Excellent article. Thank you.

Sara GrovesOctober 8, 2020

This is so straight forward and I hope eye opening! You spoke the words I have been feeling, but didn't know how to express myself! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Gloria SchickOctober 8, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful rotten article!

Gary EdmondsOctober 8, 2020

Excellent evaluation. However, with wickedness so firmly entrenched in so many places, I have very little hope that it can be routed out in time to save us. I believe the only thing that will save us now is the coming of the Lord. We shall see how long the Lord allows this wickedness to prevail before he puts a stop to it.

SUE OSBORNEOctober 7, 2020

Are you sending them to other parts of the world? I am in the UK and would love one!

Diane L IrwinOctober 7, 2020

Such inspiring stories! Thank you, Anne. Your articles continue to amaze me.

ElizabetheOctober 7, 2020

My husband was hit by a drunk driver. He remembers going down and seeing the undercarriage of the car. Then his next memory is sitting on the curb with his broken leg. No one was there, but someone had pulled him from under the car before he was crushed. His leg was broken, so he didn't do it himself. Later after coming home from the hospital, he found bruised fingerprints on his arm just as if someone had grabbed him hard and dragged him. But no one was there. I know divine intervention saved him from dying.

Lemuel FigueroaOctober 7, 2020

Steven Wright was my branch president in the MTC at the end of 1980. I remember the first time we all met as an MTC branch. He asked me to speak to the missionaries about my conversion. I met with him regularly because I was the branch secretary. He also assigned me to be flight leader when the time came for my group to leave for Peru. I had very good conversations and counseling with Pres. Wright. I remember his kindness and love. I spent the holidays in the MTC (Thanksgiving and Christmas). We met his beautiful family. I remember that his kids made Christmas cards for all the missionaries. I miss those days, and this good president.

RustyOctober 6, 2020

Great Carolyn, thanks. I kind of understood longer than 72 hours way back in the 80's, so my kit would last at least 4 days except for the water! However, there is plenty more water in the cupboards ready to go. Our city council also advocates a 24 hour or thereabouts grab and go kit which I also have. I occasionally ask supermarket cashiers if they have a survival kit and so far not one has said yes. Seeing we are the "shaky isles" one would think preparation would make sense

LindseyOctober 6, 2020

Two months ago I gave birth to my sweet baby girl Élodie. Four days later I held her to my chest and cried as she slipped off to the Spirit World. It is truly the worst thing we have ever experienced as a family. I long for the temple to be open again so I can go there. The only way we are all surviving is through the grave of our Savior Jesus Christ. He is truly the way.

John TonksOctober 6, 2020

I too was touched by your story. We lost our 24 year old daughter to epilepsy. We were heartbroken beyond belief. But we know that she still lives and that we are sealed together by our temple covenants. We still miss her every day even though she has been dead seven years. So I say to you, we know that little children when they die are saved in God's celestial kingdom. Now it is up to you to live so that you can be with them once again. Please live your life lovingly and beautiful. You will be together as one eternal family in the life to come.

Rochelle HaleOctober 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing. I hope time has comforted your grief. I have been through hardships but I never felt they would rock my testimony or I would blame God. When I listened to President Nelson at Conference relate the experience of his granddaughter-in-law who was conflicted over the terminal illness of her father and her testimony, it was difficult for me to ponder that this would be an either-or situation. It taught me that even good and faithful people may experience challenges that can shake us to our core and leave us with so many questions. I know, in time, these questions and all our grief will be swallowed up in the wonderful Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Gale PhillipsOctober 6, 2020

The first 2 political parties to emerge were the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. The election of 1800 was a harshly contested one, with name-calling on both sides. Jefferson's Inaugural Address sought to heal those wounds and bring people together: "But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle," he said. "We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists." The same message applies today; let us learn to see ourselves as Americans and the principles of the Declaration and the Constitution as the glue that holds us together.

Mom of 10October 6, 2020

Ten years ago today I lost my 28-year-old son. No matter the age the heart is broken. I treasure the time with him....he's with me every day....October conference weekend I look forward to hope that is promised and blessings to be given. There are days with tears but there are also days with happy laughter of memories. God is good.

Sherylynne O'DwyerOctober 6, 2020

Thank you so much Terrah for sharing not only your pain, loss & grief, but also your strength, hope & testimony.

Davi CostaOctober 6, 2020

Thank you very much, for sharing this sacred experience. I pray that your family keep in peace.

PaniaOctober 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing your tender story and your (and your husband’s) examples of incredible faith.

carolynOctober 5, 2020

Rusty, We still encourage larger kits but not 72 hour, 120 hours instead. All major government agencies and first responders now agree 72 hours is not enough. A night flight kit is meant to help in case you need to exit your home quickly in the middle of the night. A 120 hour kit is great but probably would not include charging cables, prescription medications and so many of the other items in a night flight kit. If you need a list for a good 120 hour kit please visit totallyready,com and you can print off articles there.

Toni LyonsOctober 5, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your most agonizing, exhilarating and spiritually uplifting moments. We all are indeed going through difficult times and knowing that we are being watched over by loving heavenly parents is a much needed consolation. Heavenly Father has given us this time to reflect on our blessings and helped us delve deeper into our search for what we must do to prevail. THANK YOU.

Virginia PartchOctober 5, 2020

I so looked forward to all the talks! The Women's broadcast as well as all of the talks are so important for us to hear now and I felt blessed to hear them. Thank God for T.V. and the rest of technology.

John R McMinnOctober 4, 2020

That was a tough pair you were riding with! Can you believe it's been a year already! Love all 4 of you!

GrandpaOctober 4, 2020

Excellent answer. The daughter is old enough that if she wanted a mature, adult relationship then she should be putting forth some effort in that direction.

Jeanette MOctober 3, 2020

My Parent's house was red. My dad painted one side each year so it always looked great. Was not a great big house though.

Lana JohnsonOctober 2, 2020

Sending hugs and prayers to both of you!! I love your podcasts and felt so bad when I heard about Maurine's accident. May God be with you and heal you completely. Thank you for your spiritual faith that blesses all who hear the good news from you❤

Denise ChristensenOctober 2, 2020 are such an inspiration to us all. This article was beautiful and such a true testimony of the power our Heavenly Father can have in our lives if we just maintain a positive perspective and trust in him. I am so thankful that you are on the road to recovery and you will remain in our thoughts and prayers.

RustyOctober 2, 2020

Whatever happened to the 72 hour survival kit? I know we are still being taught to have one organised and ready to go. Are church members falling behind in this preparation? I still have my kit, which needs inspection now for possible updating, but it would function well if needed today.

Gale BoydOctober 2, 2020

Thank you for sharing this. It will inspire many people. What a painful ordeal. You have been in my prayers.

Pattie SkousenOctober 2, 2020

How grateful we are to a most loving Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ, who loves us and knows us by name. They know our problems and they know our happy times. They are cheering us on just like our family on the other side of the veil. I feel their love and devotion as days and weeks pass through this time of stress and upheavals in our society. We are loved and cared for by the Almighty Creator. Thank you for your beautiful story. It helps strengthen all of us in this time of need.

Delia HawkinsOctober 2, 2020

I am so amazed to see this, and thrilled! My father-in-law was USMC and captured by the Japanese in the Phillipines during WWII. He was sent to the Davao Penal Colony, where he eventually escaped with several others and 2 filipinos. It was the only successful escape in that theater of war. He would be so excited to see this. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 96. Hurray for Davao!!

Harold RustOctober 2, 2020

These articles on Meridian are the spiritual energy drink I consume daily. As a great supplement to the scriptures, stories and articles like this one provide tangible and real examples of the most valuable aspects of mortal existence. Thanks for being so down-to-earth while sharing heavenly experiences.

L CurtisOctober 2, 2020

I am confused about the timing of Christ's appearance to the Nephites. Here you are saying it is clearly 50 days after the death of Jesus. However , the Book of Mormon seems to say while Christ died ".in the thirty and fourth year, in the first month, on the fourth day of the month," (3 Nephi 8:5) His appearance seems to occur in the ending of the same year: " it came to pass that in the ending of the thirty and fourth year, behold, I will show unto you that the people of Nephi who were spared... did have great favors shown unto them, and great blessings poured out upon their heads, insomuch that soon after the ascension of Christ into heaven he did truly manifest himself unto them—Showing his body unto them, and ministering unto them;" 3 Nephi 10:18-19. This seems to place Christ's coming almost a year later, in the ending of the year. How do you interpret Mormon's comment since he seems to give a clear indication of the timing of both events?

Linda Starr WinansOctober 2, 2020

Ohhhh, soooo sorry to hear, Maureen! But so grateful for good medical care, a terrific personal caregiver, and especially for your tenderly written thoughts. You are always so very insightful! It gives me great thoughts to ponder. Hoping you have a VERY speedy recovery! We are sending hugs and prayers! Enjoy conference weekend! P&L

Linda Starr WinansOctober 2, 2020

Spot on! Great read!!! Thanks for the detailed analysis. I did not realize the increase that exists. It confirms my enthusiasm and excitement to hear what our leaders have to inspire us with this coming weekend.

KathleenOctober 2, 2020

You always give me food for thought, encouragement to stay on the covenant path and in a positive way I see my need to stretch and do better/more.

Susanne DavidsonOctober 1, 2020

Onlistening toaweekly podcast by the Procter’s as we always do, I was so sad to hear of Maurines accident and felt a great sense of loss that she was not able to be in that podcast. Our prayers and thoughts were with her. Sohappy to hear her voice the next week. So thankful for these wonderful podcasts each week. We learn and feel so much.

Renate McKendryOctober 1, 2020

Thank you so much, Maureen, for sharing your testimony with us! I do love listening to your and Scott’s podcast each week. I learn something new every time! Thank you both for taking the time to do that! I hope that you have a speedy recovery, and that your arm will be as new!!

Stephen W. GibsonOctober 1, 2020

Great telling of a real calm and assurance. I had one a bit similar when I was diagnosed with melanoma cancer a couple of years ago. It is almost heard to explain. The calming seems so unnatural, yet it can not be denied by the person feeling the Holy Spirit saying it is going to be okay. Thanks so much for telling your story.

Maryann TaylorOctober 1, 2020

For those of you who are not yet married---pay attention to the behavior of your date!!! If there are signs of trouble, it won't get better after you are married.

Maryann TaylorOctober 1, 2020

Great suggestions! We had a very serious wind storm in my city a few years ago and were without power for several days. There were downed trees everywhere. The day it hit, my manager told all the employees to go home. I almost didn't make it. Power lines were shooting off sparks and fallen trees made roads impassable. Once home, we were prepared with alternative heat, food, candles and lanterns, and a way to cook. We were so grateful that we had prepared for this emergency. We thank thee, Oh God, for a Prophet!

Luana WellsOctober 1, 2020

My spouse HATES painting! He said the first four letters in the word are appropriate....rather like the last 4 letters in 'touch'. I'm sure he'll never paint the house we're in...I'm not fond of the trim color.....the house is tan/ beige/sand.


Dear Maurine, Very sad to read the news about your accident. But you did turn "irritation into a pearl" that will translate into thousands of lives - including mine - being blessed through your testimony and good example. We will all pray for your recovery and resuming your wonderfully productive life.

Sandy ReddishOctober 1, 2020

This is such a beautiful article. Thank you for sharing. Our family has been through some huge medical challenges lately too. I have been listening to the new church youth music when we drive to our medical appointments and I go to work. It is helping me keep the perspective you talked about. There are few quiet moments in our chaotic family life ! I am so thankful for the resources of the church to lift us up. I hope your recovery goes well.

KelliOctober 1, 2020

Thank you for this. Sometimes we need someone else to articulate what we too are experiencing. I sought a priesthood blessing following some particularly bad news. While the healing I so desired was not promised, I have felt a peace much greater than I have felt in years. And that has been so important at this time. I had struggled following April conference to hear as we had been counseled. I could not hear because I was so conflicted. And while I still feel no direction from God, I feel able to move forward again. I too have heard Him but I needed your story to recognize that fact.

AnonymousSeptember 30, 2020

My parents had "the talk" with me when I was 8, then did their best to avoid mentioning the topic ever again. Consequently, when I had questions about sex, I went to my friends and the Internet for my information. I'm ashamed to admit that I was drawn into sexually explicit books and, gradually, pornography, in an attempt to satisfy my curiosity and confusion about sex. My parents, when they found out, made sure to lay on the shame, but never addressed my concerns or gave me any positive talks about sex. Years later, I'm still trying to figure out healthy sexuality--in a healthy relationship with my husband. I struggled trying to overcome feelings of guilt for feeling sexual urges, and I went into marriage not even knowing the proper terms for parts of anatomy--including my own anatomy! My point is, your daughter has been gaining information about sex for a while, and likely feels uncomfortable or even afraid to ask you for more information because she's picked up that sex is shameful to you. If you'd rather her get the information from you (as I wished I could have gotten it from my parents), then please be open with her and don't shame her. Remind her that sex is beautiful and creates a special, powerful bond between people, which is why Heavenly Father has commanded us to save it for marriage. It's a natural and wonderful thing. Don't be afraid of her curiosity, but help her understand that the world wants us to utilize sex outside of marriage, and often mocks its sacredness.

JLDSeptember 30, 2020

You have strained my brain, but it is interesting to consider all the points you have made. How does an ignorant person recognize humility and compassion? It seems that you called out the areas which we as a society need to improve but give us only general advice on how to address it. Be humble and compassionate. If I am rooted in the things you have presented, I may have no clue as to what your are referring. I guess you know your audience, so some will understand, but I know for some of my friends that you just walked right over their heads.

CarolSeptember 30, 2020

I love your stories!! I always read them even if I don't read anything else, they always make me smile. And I agree about painting. The prep work is the worst especially if scrapping and caulking are involved.

KateSeptember 30, 2020

One serious problem with this concept is that plenty of people work VERY hard and are still hungry, and some people work hardly at all and grow fat from the work of those hungry people. Unfettered capitalism is as much of a problem as unfettered socialism. Capitalism focuses the individual on the self and undermines community, socialism encourages community but can diminish the individual. There has to be a way to ensure that people are not starving or homeless but still preserve the creativity and hard work of the individual. That is what we should be working to figure out.

ShaunaSeptember 30, 2020

Thank you--absolutely crucial. Gratitude for freedom and our Consitution are key. Recently I heard a teenager telling her younger siblings that there was absolutely nothing special about this country. I wanted to say, "well then why have so many other countries tried to adopt our Constitution?"

Barbara MattatallSeptember 30, 2020

My husband and I attended that dedication of the Nauvoo Temple and also sat in the seats alongside President Hinckley and the Apostles. His family was directly across the aisle from us. And yes, it was just as you said. The Spirit was so strong, the choir so beautiful and powerful, as if the Angels of Heaven were with us. And we also felt as you described it, an experience never to be forgotten.

Richard TarinelliSeptember 29, 2020

Thank you for very novel and useful insights into crisis and understanding and a novel repentant mindset than I, myself would ever have connected. Once again there is a wholeness greater than disparate conditions on this earth.

Robert StarlingSeptember 29, 2020

BRILLIANT! Nice summary that anyone can understand. Except the "more intelligent" intellectuals, as you say.

NDHSeptember 29, 2020

Yes, we need to use our resources wisely and conservatively, but there is a lot of false information in this article. The earth is not dying. And what everyone keeps calling "Global warming" is a natural swing that has been going on through the entire history of the world. The fires are severe because of the mismanagement of land and the misinformation of those who espouse to be environmentalist, but really do not understand what they are doing.

Elizabeth SmithSeptember 29, 2020

Gary links socialism and loss of agency is a clear and powerful way. Great article, great book.

cdSeptember 29, 2020

Beautiful and inspiring, thank you!

ESeptember 29, 2020

What a great article, thank you!

Zon EllefsenSeptember 28, 2020

This is the most beautifully written and heart felt explanation of this hard and not well understood principle! I have been trying to unlock resentment etc, and could closely identify with these “senerios”. I could feel the spirit teaching me as I read these precious words! Thank you for this, I will keep this close and re read this many more times!❤️

JoJean LoflinSeptember 28, 2020

Another "Frankly pathetic," attempt to explain away the Book of Mormon, to quote Elder Holland.

Gale PhillipsSeptember 28, 2020

Although I am not a fan of some of the SC rulings that she supported, her friendship with the late Justice Antonin Scalia should demonstrate to us that disagreements in policy/politics should not make us enemies. In the current age of social media, we hear of family and friends cancelling/ unfriending each other over differing political/social views. Ginsberg and Scalia showed us a better way to disagree.

T BlackSeptember 28, 2020

Grateful for a little snarky humor. Thank you.

Rita in TexasSeptember 28, 2020

An exhaustive (and exhausting!) intro to Joseph Smith's brilliant ability to plagiarize the most arcane and obscure sources. His dizzying intellect has been totally overlooked by his naysayers. 'Tis a pity Toponce wasted so much effort on such thin gruel. Thank you for the vigorous exercise this afternoon!

G.HatchSeptember 28, 2020

Also, I’d recommend Dr. Weiss “Intimacy Anorexia” book and workbook. There’s activities for each of you to do alone and with your spouse. Just wonderful.

PhilSeptember 28, 2020

Good article. I think that it is sometimes just as hard to be humble enough to seek forgiveness from someone that we've hurt in some way.

Mark BishopSeptember 27, 2020

Yes, David, things have never been perfect and many advances have been made over time. However, to me, it seems that there is a move away from decency, civility, brotherhood, and God that has made people unhappier. Until we, as a society, repent and come unto Christ we will never achieve the society for which so many people yearn.

Jacob R.September 27, 2020

This was a fun piece. The scary part is you see more and more people choosing a biden because he seems nicer, or choosing Anyone but trump rather than truly voting for policies they care about. Economy, Taxes, Immigration, abortion, public education, redistribution of wealth, national security, privacy laws, etc... there are hundreds of areas you can be concerned about. How you order their importance should dictate who you vote for, not someone's smile on camera.

Bonnie ThomasSeptember 26, 2020

The only thing I disagree with in this article is the depiction of the 2 political parties. One party’s platform is exactly the same. Not one thing is different from the fifties or sixties. The other party has radicalized beyond description and is responsible for destroying our institutions, our moral code, and nearly everything I hold dear. All this in the name of social justice. These 2 words make me shudder. Our constitution guarantees equal justice to all its citizens. It does not guarantee a different justice because of the color of your skin or your identity group, perceived or otherwise.

I D BasoahSeptember 26, 2020

After reading your article, I pray that I’ll be susceptible to the whispering of the still small voice. Thanks for the experiences.

KaySeptember 25, 2020

Having been married to a man for 32 years and years of counseling, I could no longer ignore what type of person I had become. At the end of our marriage I asked our counselor if it was possible that my husband was on the autism spectrum. The counselor said that he had known for quite awhile that my ex showed classic signs. He didn't feel that my ex should know because it would give him an excuse for his behavior. By that time I knew that things were over and that I had done every possible thing to make the marriage work. But it was at a huge expense for me emotionally and mentally. Thirty two years of severe depression and anxiety which have still carried over since we divorced. No one addressed the real issue. Although early on it may not have been diagnosed it is my belief that it may have been suspected during the last 20 years of our marriage. I also believe that it was a huge disservice to both of us not to discuss it.

Lora KinderSeptember 25, 2020

I like your answer. I'd like to encourage the wife to think about why she married him in the first place. Maybe she liked the way he was able to handle difficult situations without falling apart. Maybe she thought he was a good (quiet) listener. There must have been something she didn't think she could live without. As for him, he may have been attracted to her easily expressed emotions, which no one in his family seemed to be able to do. If she can remember why she fell for him (even if those qualities are annoying now), she'll be more motivated. When I learned to accept my husband the way he is and not expect him to change, we both got a lot happier and connected.

C. SinclaireSeptember 25, 2020

An article both distressing and encouraging. It provides a lot to think about. I wish those who cause pain and damage in the world could know and embrace the concept that they are hurting the world -- the Earth -- itself emotionally as well as physically (odd as that would sound to them). -- If possible, please share the title of the book where "Spencer" is the protagonist.

Tired and WearySeptember 25, 2020

I am left wondering if the husband in this letter has the same issues as my wife. Twenty-five years ago my wife was receiving therapy for her childhood. When her memory recalled the extent of the abuse she'd endured, her emotions and feelings shut down. Every physical, affectionate, and intimate thing a couple could do suddenly carried abusive memories, and she rejected ever doing such things again. She left therapy when she got to the point of forgiving her abusers, but she sees no need to get past the rest and begin having a married relationship again. Today our hugs consist of one arm around a shoulder and sort of bouncing off each other. Kissing is barely allowed. She will give me no compassion or emotional support – not even through heart surgery. And, she literally pushes me away when I try to give her comfort or support. The only emotion she will show is anger. We have initiated couples counseling in the past, but she feels she is doing nothing wrong and cancels it. She is also a mental health professional and believes that receiving counseling would ruin her reputation. She claims that I should not be weak enough so as to need help. And now she wants to get a dog so that someone/something will be giving her affection. The affection she has not allowed me to show her for twenty-five years. Again, I am left wondering about the husband in this letter; wondering if he has a past as terrible as my wife's past. Is there a trusted counselor who could get him to open up?

HalSeptember 25, 2020

Great article, thanks! Our family has been astounded in our daily reading from Alma, Helaman, and Third Nephi. The situation in many parts of our country seems to parallel what was happening in this hemisphere in the years just prior to the Savior appearing to the people in Bountiful. A little scary, but mostly exciting!

Bob JonesSeptember 25, 2020

I was raised during the depression, spent 20+ years in the military, and dearly love this country with all it problems but with hope for its future. During President Obama's run for the president he said "If elected I will fundamentally change this country" and so he did. Now can we find someone who can fundamentally change it back?

Nicole MSeptember 25, 2020

This article perfectly sums up my own scattered thoughts on this topic. I have notes scribbled in my scriptures next to the verses about burning at the end of the world that draw a parallel to the secular version of that story - climate change. Someone once said to me, "The best lie is the one that's closest to the truth." And in this case, I think Satan is the best liar. He knows how to use truth to twist us in a different direction, one that will turn us away from God and towards him. The people suffering from "climate despair" are proof of that. Great article!

Gale PhillipsSeptember 25, 2020

This article gives hope to those whose children have been indoctrinated in our universities. Tragically, this post modernist relativism is common on most campuses. Parents must give their children a framework of understanding in correct principles and a forewarning of what they will encounter, so that they can recognize and resist these false teachings when they are sent off to college.

PattieSeptember 25, 2020

What an interesting question, I had the same one myself many years ago. My husband and I have been married over 45 years and I have felt like a robot too. (Amazing analogy). Just last year my husband brought home a framed picture with the words, “I have found the one whom my soul loves.” Never in our married life have I found any kind of emotional deep ness from him. He didn’t like to say I love you and he didn’t like to hold hands in public. My expectations must have been too high for him to reach and so my needs had to be adjusted. Now at this point in our lives, I feel like we have been connected all along, just in different ways.

PattieSeptember 25, 2020

Thank you for so eloquently telling us the truth. We, as a people, continually are being lied to about climate change and unfortunately some are believing the distorted way of thinking. It saddens me that some feel they are doomed to suicide. I am grateful for President Nelson and his continual smile and encouragement to hang on.

ColleenSeptember 25, 2020

My Bishop suggested we call it Global Warning

SheilaSeptember 25, 2020

So interesting-thoughtful and SPOT ON! Thank you for your insight!

Gina McDougallSeptember 25, 2020

Thank you very much for your article. I have never been sure whether or not global warming was a real thing or whether the world has always experienced these weather patterns as told of in the Scriptures. I know that the Earth is a living thing and that she too is dying, but I hadn't realised until in recent years just how much man has been the cause of so much destruction. I am grateful therefore for the knowledge that I have received through this article. Thank you.

Geoff - AusSeptember 25, 2020

If you put this scripture in the context of the preceding verses, they are all about loving our fellow man/woman. We are being encouraged by the saviour to live the commandments to love God by loving our fellow man..

SiouxSeptember 25, 2020

Ellis: my white son was shot in the face and killed at a traffic stop by an arrogant, incompetent cop. Please stop thinking that it only happens to black guys. The cop claimed it was an accident, so he had immunity from punishment.

Anna S.September 24, 2020

I just listened to "The Profile of a Prophet" in Hugh B. Brown's own voice and it touched me to my very soul!! I am so grateful for him and all the church leaders who have shared their testimony of The Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith and the restoration. It's true.

Anne H PrattSeptember 24, 2020

Lovely article! I love the after-joy of repentance! Burdens light and filled with the Spirit.

HalSeptember 24, 2020

Really enjoyed this series, thank you! I will be forever grateful to my parents who gave me tedious, difficult tasks to do on our little dirt farm in Montana. I cussed my dad many times, but my siblings and I have never been out of a job for long and we have all become successful adults with happy families.

HalSeptember 24, 2020

Thank you so much for this article. I am hoping one of our children will find your thoughts on repentance to be illuminating.

Gale PhillipsSeptember 24, 2020

Communications from the Spirit may come to us in many ways. It is part of our responsibility as we journey through life to learn to 'hear' in any way that the Spirit may chose to communicate with us.

Leigh Ann SmithSeptember 23, 2020

I thought to myself, how fortunate that those little girls are so close in age and can be together often and are sisters!! It appears that they have been together often all their lives and they would likely be lonely if they didn't see each other very much. I married my current husband and had a 3 & 1 year old son already and he & I raised them and our 4 sons that came after with no differences by ourselves. 41 years later, they are all married and we expect our 22 grandchild in Dec. If the husband works full time, & mom is home, then he will not be there after school as much and at other times, but he should not be off "with the guys" on his weekends unless it is activities the family will enjoy with him. Since the girls are only children and sisters, I think all possible efforts should be made to help them spend as much time as possible together. That would be my major goal, for their present and future happiness.

Roxanne dupliseaSeptember 23, 2020

Get well soon Maurine Scot thank you for sharing how you hear the spirit.

Harold RustSeptember 23, 2020

Our family has completed TWO puzzles....well, I completed the first 80% of two different puzzles and then at two different family gatherings, my grandchildren helped complete the last 20%. I did find that for the last 100 pieces, family excitement and eagerness to spend time searching for a match gradually drew in young kids, teens, and even parents and visitors. I suggest to all that they keep that in mind and don't let difficulty of the first 80% restrain you from pursuing the puzzle. With regard to this description of a youth with conviction, I appreciated the depth of the discussion around such a challenge for Joseph or any young teen. We hope each of our descendants can build up the same reservoir of conviction. It's not even too late for us to do the same!

Ron BarnesSeptember 23, 2020

September 12, 1974. I was serving my mission in Ireland. While teaching a discussion, our investigator had a friend who was sitting in. The friend stated that all churches change their doctrine over time and that ours would too. I told him that he was wrong, because ours was led by a true prophet of God. At that moment, I was given pure knowledge that what I had just told him was absolutely true. It came with such power that I, too, can never deny it.

ShareeSeptember 23, 2020

I used to usher at venues in Salt Lake city where some of the performances were dance concerts featuring young girls. I and several of my fellow ushers were appaled at the overtly sexual movements in these dances. It is not good. Thanks for this article. I know I won't be watching Cuties and I hope Netflix loses lots ore subscriptions over their showing of it. They should be ashamed.

Joshua EricksonSeptember 23, 2020

An excellent article! I am persuaded that Rosh Hashanah is a better setting for the timing of Lehi's departure than my previous assumption, which was Passover. One interesting clue perhaps, which I just noticed, is that they reach the Land Bountiful 8 years after leaving Jerusalem (1 Ne 17:4). This could be understood as exactly 8 years (or nearly exactly). If they left Jerusalem around Rosh Hashanah, this would put them arriving at Bountiful around then too. This is an intriguing possibility because the next verse mentions fruit and honey! Shana Tovah!

David DurfeeSeptember 23, 2020

Interesting. Here's the America I knew when I was a kid. Black kids had different drinking fountains and couldn't eat in the same restaurants that I could. On the sitcom the Honeymooners, Jackie Gleason would clench his fist, raise it in a striking position and say to his wife, "I oughta knock you to the moon." And everyone would laugh. Pedophilia by clergy was common and accepted. The crime rate was much higher than it is now. The rate of illegitimate births was higher than it is now.

Richard SkousenSeptember 23, 2020

Great story! Thanks for sharing.

John R. CarpenterSeptember 23, 2020

YES! With all my heart, mind and soul. Let us keep our American Mission Statements in front of us as an example for us as Citizens of the USA. Let us teach, show and live them to our family, to our neighbors and demand that our educators and politicians uphold those American Mission Statements. Mission Statements of the United States of America We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Declaration of Independence 1776 We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Constitution of the USA 1789

Gale PhillipsSeptember 23, 2020

"America is one of the greatest 'ideas' in history...the idea that you and I are created equal...the idea that life is not meant to be endured, but enjoyed...this country was the first to claw it way out of darkness and put that on paper..." from Bono's Georgetown speech. The fact that America/Americans have not always lived up to the ideals on which the nation was founded does not disparage the ideals, but attests to the frailties of mankind. Many who view America through the lens of negativity have not travelled to other countries and seen the abject poverty, oppression, brutality and hopelessness endured by our fellow human beings. America has never been and will never be perfect, but freedom has given us the power to work to do better. Gratitude will grant us the ability to appreciate what we take for granted.

Vardell TaylorSeptember 22, 2020

Thanks for the article Brother Frogley. We seldom hear lessons that tackle justification and sanctification. Would you be interested in having a conversation about those subjects? If so please email me. [email protected]

Gale PhillipsSeptember 22, 2020

Socialism has always been a ideology of force, violating the core of LDS faith. With the use of Orwellian language, it is made to sound appealing as a way to help those who are in need. In reality, it institutionalizes a rigid caste system in which the ruling elite prosper and the citizens suffer. In that sense, everyone is then equal; equally miserable. Churchill said of socialism, "there can be no doubt that Socialism is inseparably interwoven with Totalitarianism" and that it involves the "equal sharing of misery". Many well-intentioned people who support socialism, fail to see where it leads

James D WynderSeptember 22, 2020

What a beautiful article! And cobbled together from different experiences of people who have gone beyond the veil and come back. And how it melds with the Doctrine and Covenants and the gospel of Jesus Christ, truly wonderful!!

James D WynderSeptember 22, 2020

A much needed article. Thank you very much! God bless America and her democratic institutions!!

John R. CarpenterSeptember 22, 2020

I believe that before we came to mortality that there was a War in Heaven where a third of the host were exiled and became followers of the son of the Morning Star also known as Lucifer or Satan. The rest of us followed the plan given by our elder brother Jesus that we would learn goodness from evil and learn to choose for our selves. And all Glory would be unto the Father. And that Jesus would come to mortality to take upon the sins of man and for those who believe in him. The son of the Morning Star had proposed that ALL would be saved collectively and that not one would be lost. And the Glory of this would be his and not the Father’s. This lead to his downfall and he was expelled from Heaven. Socialism and its "Liberation Theology" teaches that there must first be a “Collective Salvation” before any “Individual Salvation.” As a Christian, I believe that Jesus the Christ is my personal Savior. He is the way and only path to a Christian Salvation. Jesus Christ proclaimed, “I am the Way, and the truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6). Those that teach “Collective Salvation” over “Individual Salvation” deny that Christ Jesus is the first and only path in Christian Salvation. Those Christians that deny that Christ is their only Salvation and support or teach “Collective Salvation” over “Individual Salvation” deny Christ. Thus they are Antichrists. If I vote for anyone supporting the socialist “Collective Salvation” then I too would deny Christ. I can not and will not do that.

WAYNE ALLAN SUMNERSeptember 22, 2020

Glad to hear you are still riding electric bikes. We really miss ours. We loved your analogy! We really miss you, too! Best wishes, Wayne and Janet Sumner

John GibbonsSeptember 22, 2020

Thank you for your very eloquent vindication of those of us who have long been accused of lacking compassion or of being selfish and "unchristian" because we disagree with the idea of collective charity by compulsion that is gaining such momentum in the U.S. A careful review of the War in Heaven should adequately clarify to all which type of "charity" is intended for the Plan of Happiness to be most effective and exalting.

Lynn D JohnsonSeptember 22, 2020

Great analogy, although I love my mountain bike, and even at 74, I am willing to do all the work pedaling. This was an inspiring article, all thanks. Several years ago, our friends went to Italy with us on a bike ride, and being a bit stronger in those days, I was able to give people a push as we rode up over some of the Italian hills. The law of the gospel means we give each other pushes when we can and they are running low on gas.

Rita in TexasSeptember 22, 2020

Interesting you should use an organ transplant idea as an example. I just read yesterday that Canada is using their assisted suicide laws to harvest fresh organs from people with no desire to live. Feel like this life is too much? Great! Sign here, and by the way, we'll use your organs to save someone else. No suicide prevention, just cut them up the minute the heart stops beating. I remember a documentary I saw years ago, had the word "green" in the title.....

LisaSeptember 21, 2020

I was a bit shocked by this review. The statement - "A great deal of attention is given to the restaurant decor and menus. Readers looking for action won't find much in this book. This story deals more with introspection, food, and clothes than with actually doing anything." - speaks volumes that this reviewer didn't finish this book. There is no way someone who read the entire book could have walked away with this final impression.This book made me laugh, cry, and I found myself thinking about it for weeks. To the contrary of this review, this Love, Life, and Lucille is about life (more than food and clothes), and has extremely deep meaning. I HIGHLY recommend it.

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MJSeptember 21, 2020

This is me 2020. Recently released as Stake President and this is my situation almost to a T. My will to live has been bleak but I’ve got strong support from family and friends for which I’m grateful. The weight of same sex attraction is so very heavy. For all those out there who see or know someone in this struggle, love them don’t judge them. The struggle on its own is plenty of judgement.

HalSeptember 21, 2020

Great article, thank you!

JeaNetteSeptember 21, 2020

What a fresh perspective! Ultimately we should not think “everything is about me” because that’s the essence of pride. Let people post freely without always turning it into something personal

Gale PhillipsSeptember 20, 2020

Thank you for publishing this important statement and thank you to the many notables who signed it. Many good people are being swept up by emotion and hysteria during these times. Sadly, few understand our history and are easily deceived into accepting doctrines/ ideas that may sound good on the surface. This statement cuts to the heart of what we face today.

Isaac D BasoahSeptember 20, 2020

Absolutely! As the name of the third member of the Godhead suggests. If we are not striving to be holy, we forfeit His companionship and loose our way just as we get lost without a navigator.

Margie MansellSeptember 19, 2020

Pray or be prey. Prayer gives us hope, faith and strength and without It we the natural man’s and Satan’s prey. Prayer is also the world’s greatest wireless connection.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 19, 2020

There is a big difference between forgiveness and resuming a relationship with someone who betrayed you in the very worst way. It is also dangerous for the wife and the man she cheated with to be together. In order to completely release the sinful situation and feelings involved, they should not be around one another at all. Ever. Period. It is extremely unfair to ask the husband who was betrayed to resume the friendship. I don't know where the wife's friend is coming from, but this suggestion is nuts! If the wife gives him ANY pressure, I would suspect she doesn't have a clue about how much pain she caused him, and I would doubt her repentance.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 19, 2020

When you enter into a relationship with someone who has a child, that child will be a part of your life. There is a lot of information missing here. Is she upset because she cares for the daughter while her partner is at work? He can't take off work every time it's his turn to have his daughter. If he and the mother of the child are splitting custody, and his current companion is at home during the day, of course she would be watching the child during the day. Too much information missing here. The fact that she refers to him as her "partner" makes me think they are not married. Maybe real commitment is the true issue here.

SaraSeptember 19, 2020

Some people are in abusive situations, and need help getting out. Sometimes that help is someone else reaching out and caring about them. There's a culture in the church that there is no reason to end a marriage. But sometimes there is. Not all reaching to others is wrong.

Roxanne dupliseaSeptember 19, 2020

I enjoyed the gospel perspective on mindfulness in this article and article 2. Thank you for the insights

Kara DunkelSeptember 18, 2020

I love these verses and enjoy your insights that stretch my understanding. Thank you!

mbbellSeptember 18, 2020

I had two step children. My husband spent 4 or 5 hours with them when they visited every other weekend. I resented it and it was HARD because they wanted their dad's attention and were naughty! I also had a child from a prior marriage. When I told him it wasn't fair for him to leave them with me, he said he put up with my child 100% of the time. He never changed. But I treated those kids kindly and showed them love. Our home was a safe haven for them. They are adults now and thank me for being there for them.

John R. CarpenterSeptember 18, 2020

Mission Statements of the United States of America - Words to live by. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Declaration of Independence 1776 We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Constitution of the USA 1789

Gary A GarvinSeptember 18, 2020

Please Love and care for her, She IS YOUR DAUGHTER!

Buffie BarkdullSeptember 18, 2020

Your beautiful article touched me deeply and rang with truth. It’s just what I needed to hear today. Thank you for sharing your holiness with me.

vickieSeptember 18, 2020

I AGREE he needs to spend time with his daughter while she is at his home...that is the reason he has his daughter at different times. however, i feel a resentment towards the daughter and him because she has to take care of the daughter and him of course because he dumps off that responsibility to her. i was thinking about myself and i would want to make that little girl feel like she is at home irregardless of the father. she is the half sister of their child. but with all that the father needs that time with his own daughter.

Alan AndrusSeptember 17, 2020

Wonderful perspective and suggestions for handing betrayal, finding forgiveness, and moving to a place of gratitude for our Savior. Skills we all need to master.

Kanesa Laumea FueSeptember 17, 2020

Whatever or Howerver the Prophet looks like - it wont change my testimony that he is truly a true prophet of our Lord. It wont change my testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon Joseph Smith is the true prophet of God - with or without a portrait he will always be the true prophet of God. One way or the other it wont change anything of the past, now or future..

ElaineSeptember 17, 2020

I find it difficult to believe that God has time to watch me all day and send those kinds of signals to me. I think He only does that when I ask. He is surely way too busy with many, many more important and vital things than keeping track of all I do.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 17, 2020

I really loved the statements you made reminding us that WE have all at times been the offender. Sometimes when I am hurt at what someone has said or done, I ask MYSELF, "Have YOU ever done that?" Often the answer is "Yes!" I want so much for forgiveness from others, so I also need to forgive. It puts things in perspective.

DeniseSeptember 17, 2020

Simply--thank you!

JulieSeptember 17, 2020

A liar is not always a cheater but a cheater is always a liar. Don't waste any more of your time with these liars, cheaters, and deceivers. Leave the cesspool and save yourself. You deserve better!

TerrySeptember 17, 2020

I loved this video.

MikeSeptember 17, 2020

I think of the example of our Savior. When he was alive in mortality, he was repeatedly scorned, beaten, stoned, etc. etc., and he forgave these people, but in many cases didn't associate with them later on. Same here - we all need to forgive (and I hope this brother in this story can work through the devastation and forgive his wife and the other couple), but absolutely no way would I trust his wife and the other man to be around each other, especially so soon after the affair.

CW2SADSeptember 17, 2020

A retired psychiatrist who was teaching a college class stated a profound truth to his students: sooner or later you have to give up your hope for a better past. I so appreciate the reminder that we too are sometimes at fault. Many thanks to you, Sister Hilton

Becky DouglasSeptember 17, 2020

Beautiful!! Some of my current dearest friends are the same who at an earlier time turned against me. I have learned that forgiveness towards others is one of the most healing principles that has been given to us to bless our lives. Another precious gift of the Atonement!

Jeanette Goates smithSeptember 17, 2020

Such a thoughtful perspective. Great way to apply mindfulness concepts

TamraSeptember 17, 2020

This was the most insightful article I have read in a long time. It helped me to conceptualize the various components of a "faith crisis" and be at peace with my unanswered questions. I appreciate the practical tips for mindfulness techniques as well as strategies to challenge and reframe cognitive distortions that may undermine one's faith. Thank you!

Gloria SchickSeptember 17, 2020

Thank you! Thank you for all of your labors to produce this beautiful magazine---and especially the podcasts! They are amazing! The last two (#36 & #37) were especially moving to our family, since we too rode the Hiawatha Bike Trail last month (on Aug. 28th).. We were right there with you as you related your experience, Maurine!---the beauty fo the area, but also the "terror" of that first one and a half mile long tunnel! Balancing a bike in the near darkness and trying to dodge the puddles and ruts brought a horrible picture to my mind of this grandma doing the same thing that you did----running into one of the deep ditches and walls on the sides! It seemed like it took forever to get to the end!--- And then for you to have to walk that long way back with a shattered arm! Wow! That must have been excruciating! But then you spoke of the comforting companionship of the Hoy Ghost that you experienced---and we were all very moved by your testimony. Thank you! What a great gift we were given, at baptism, to help us find joy amidst the lessons of this mortality! Have a wonderful week, and know that you are truly in our prayers, dear friends! Gloria Schick P.S. After that first tunnel, the rest of the ride was really fun!---and beautiful!

RobertSeptember 16, 2020

Thank you for the article, so much truth. Many of our youth today and I am sorry to say have a a very different view of freedom to what we had as youth. Freedom is not given up all to obtain, but holding onto what you have. Truth will always be truth, no matter what our so called modern day activists say. Freedom does have rules and boundaries that's what makes us free. Today's thinking of anything goes has lead us this immoral situation we now have. Modern day thinking cannot make things free, truth make you free.

NED SCARISBRICKSeptember 16, 2020

The article is primarily about building a "relationship" with the ever living God instead of focusing our efforts on being "busy" in the community of believers. Efforts are important but they come natural as our relationship with the Almighty increases not the other way around. The second part is where we "live." If we live in the past or the future we miss the here and now which is the only real thing have. The past is but a memory and the future is not known. So do we live in memories or some hoped for future that may be totally different from what really happens? To be "present orientally" is a common phrase that is used in real healing because it is the only real thing we have. God gave us time and the choice to experience life in the here and now to build a relationship that will never end.

Marsha NewmanSeptember 16, 2020

I loved this article! We all know we will leave this world one day and the prospect can be intimidating. It’s good to be reminded of that world of light from whence we came. “Trailing clouds of glory...” is my favorite vision of entering the next world.

Marie GSeptember 16, 2020

This article seems even more pertinent today! So cool to read this over two years later and see where we are at now and how important and applicable the teachings and commandments of our prophets are. Just wow. Very sobering as well.

MakaylaSeptember 16, 2020

A wonderful article. I will try to focus more on what I can ascertain from the present!

KaySeptember 16, 2020


Ben JonesSeptember 16, 2020

My wife went inactive several years before I met her, on account of her divorce from her first husband. She had a lot of negative stories about Church members who did not live up to the high ideals that we hold dear. After we were married and I adopted her three children, she began to change her stance, emphasizing more positive aspects of the Church. Two years after we were married, her 16-year old daughter decided that she wanted to go back to Church. My wife admitted that she did too. My initial reaction was "What kind of a hold do THESE people have on you?" She explained that within a couple months of our getting married that she wanted to return to Church but didn't tell me for fear of scaring me off. She asked me to read a book about the Church (A MARVELOUS WORK AND A WONDER) and within a week I was ready to be baptized. She then warned me not to expect everyone at Church to be saints. I said, "Don't worry, you've already disabused me of that notion." That has helped me weather the storms of life for over 38 years, including her death 17 years ago, some of our children going inactive, a successful second marriage, and a step-daughter going inactive for almost the same reasons my first wife did. The Gospel is true but human beings aren't always true. An apostle once summed it up in Priesthood session thusly: "You're looking for the perfect wife but what makes you think she'll want you?"

Carol AnnSeptember 16, 2020

Excellent advice. I am sending this article to those who need it now.

Jackie M WassmanSeptember 16, 2020

Thank you for this article, I especially love the last part, the poem, it really touched my soul. I am making a copy of it so I can reread it a lot to remind me that He is always close if I will take the time to pause and listen. Thank you again.

vickieSeptember 16, 2020

there are always people like that...they dont read the signs and if they are new to something they complain alot instead of just watching and learning....its like many people today who get a new item and it has to be put together...there are instructions but they choose not to read the instructions and start putting the thing together and after awhile realize they made some kind of mistake..i say instructions are there for a reason hahah....eventually they learn..

Lana JohnsonSeptember 16, 2020

How do I join? I agree with the wonderful message of this article.

JuliannSeptember 16, 2020

Too many words. I’d like someone to translate this into common English.

JennieSeptember 15, 2020

Friendship must be ended. Not just temporarily but forever. Has no one else read President Kimball's advice on this? Someone who had an affair with your wife is not your friend. Ever, ever again.

Janet SSeptember 15, 2020

If this is ever to become reality, the men who hold priesthood leadership responsibilities will need to make some serious changes and do some serious repentance. The damage they have done to the women will not repaired in any other way.

Rosalie M PiersonSeptember 15, 2020

We are trying to declutter and Pres. Nelson motivates us by his comments: Don't look back; I did the best I could, and look forward now! Thank you President Nelson! On with the recycling!

Gina McDougallSeptember 15, 2020

A very insightful talk. Thank you. I will certainly be more attentive each day.

Lindy BSeptember 14, 2020

thank you for sharing! Enjoyed your article!

Richard GarrisonSeptember 14, 2020

Becky, thanks so much for sharing this and other stories of "reminders of life" and how the Lord would have us all live. You continue to inspire me and have done so over the many years I have known you, your wonderful family and the great work of your organization!

Gabi KupitzSeptember 14, 2020

Great insight. Thank you!

Joy and Gary LundbergSeptember 14, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with Maurine. Please tell her we love her and are praying for her. Your podcast was so very informative and inspiring. Thank you so much. We appreciate your knowledge and the way you rely on the Spirit. Thank you for teaching us. Thank you for loving us enough to keep on teaching.

Georgina Cuadros de JooSeptember 14, 2020

Gracias muy buen resumen , me ayudó mucho su enfoque. Dios lo bendiga

RobertSeptember 14, 2020

What amazing insights on so many topics. Your lesson clarifies so many questions that many of us fail to understand. Thanks for the effort and knowledge you put into your article. I look forward to both past and future lessons from you.

Kit and DeniseSeptember 13, 2020

Thank you for a wonderful Podcast Scot and Maurine. So sorry to hear about your accident Maurine. We will keep both of you in our thoughts and prayers. Good luck with your oral surgery, Scot. We love you both and are looking forward to our trip to the British Isles in June. Be of good cheer enjoy this beautiful fall weather.

Nadine AndertonSeptember 13, 2020

I had my own experience on that Hiawatha Trail! Although, thankfully, I didn't break my arm or get caught in the wheels - I just lost my balance right away and rolled into the wall and sat in the ditch of water. I discovered that unless I could see the light at the end of the tunnel, I had to walk my bike. There must be some kind of a lesson there . . . Fortunately some of the tunnels were short enough to see the other end of the tunnel from the start. I loved you story!

Guy GardnerSeptember 12, 2020

Not trying to be morose but I have thought that the death mask may have an elongated chin and maybe even made it less protruding for two reasons: 1. In death the jaw may partly open and froze there 2. He fell on his face and jaw was broken and when the mask was taken the jaw may have been misplaced if the bones were broken through.

AlexanderSeptember 12, 2020

This is potentially the daguerreotype in question. This one wasn’t taken of a painting. We’re not 100% sure, but it’s the best candidate.

Becky DouglasSeptember 12, 2020

It may seem a little strange to comment on my own article, but I received a beautiful note from a friend, after he had read this article. I thought it was a message worth sharing. "I had an incident four years ago where I have been walking by these homeless men for months on my daily walk and something told me to go over and talk to them. Anyway I made friends and took them to the Visitor's Center. To make a long story short, one of them ended up joining the church and is very active today and now has his own place and is off the streets. He had been homeless for 14 years." And from another friend: "Especially liked the subway story. I've had a few random situations like that where I'm trying to avoid some street person/beggar and they're the ones who end up giving me good directions or telling me that the ticketing police are coming!" Several people have written similar comments to me. Oh, if we could only see who these people really are in God's eyes! I love what I learn from my readers! Becky

Jackie M WassmanSeptember 12, 2020

Thank you for this lesson. I have had so many questions answered for me and new ones have come for me to study more of. There was so much in here that I will be going it again and again to digest it all. I am using small bits and pieces for my husband and my gospel study together. Thank you for you in depth research it has really helped me and exited me to study more.

Catherine GardnerSeptember 12, 2020

No just absolutely no. That friendship went down the toilet from the first moment the betrayel happened. You are kidding yourself if you think forginess will heal a wound that deep. Whilst this couple continue to be around you and your wife the wound will never heal. Forgive but do not stay in their lives.

Anna S.September 11, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about your sweet wife Maurine! My prayers are with you both for a speedy recovery. I missed her tonight but know that you miss her more. Thank you for a wonderful podcast as always. Arise and Come Forth Unto Me!!!

D. S. EwellSeptember 11, 2020

I think you should both let this "friendship" go...As the two of you work on your marriage, the last thing you need are thoughts (or memories) of what went on between the two of them! Just because a recovering alcoholic may feel like the bartender is a friend, it doesn't mean the bar should be frequented so they can visit together! Too many temptations and thoughts of the past to be able to resist and move on!

Jim ScottSeptember 11, 2020

I’ve considered your counsel to couples in the past as being encouragingly valid but take umbrage with that given in this case of horrible and monumental violation of trust. As the last to discover the traumatic events there had to be conversations of which he had no part, agreements of which he didn’t agree,, meetings to which he wasn’t invited, words spoken to conspire illicit activities so as to ameliorate the impact on the poor cuckold. The over weening betrayal, compounded by three against one crushed any effort to reconciliation and future friendship. The only course of action would include ostracization of the violators and ending of association. Reassembly of trust between the man and his errant spouse would have to be a clean break so as to eliminate the exclusive conversations of what appears to be a ménage de trois. Any conversation with the wife of the corrospondant would appear conspiratorial as an effort to assuage the anger, frustration and humiliation of the husband. This event is on the very cusp of dissolution and would require revelatory advice and direction. The Lord Jesus Christ could only direct such a reconciliation.

GrandpaSeptember 11, 2020

Forgiving your supposed friend and continuing the friendship are two different actions. God commands that you forgive him, but He doesn't say a thing about continuing a friendship with someone who has betrayed that friendship in the most horrible and awful way possible. His wife also betrayed you by going to your wife but not to you - as if she thought you had no need to know. This isn't Downton Abbey - in real life men have a right to know. They both betrayed you - time to cut ties and make new friends. I apologize for the harshness of my post but this is what I feel.

vickieSeptember 11, 2020

i didnt bother to read this i feel that there is no way this can be....he can forgive the man but never ever trust him to be around your wife...and same with the takes two.....forgiving is one thing...but trusting...sorry nope...

Mary Jane McCaySeptember 10, 2020

Another wonderful lesson, thank for your insights and research on the subject. You always put your heart into every lesson we love you Sister Diane Webb.

Mariah (author)September 10, 2020

@Sheila I believe that black and white photo is someone's photo of a picture and it is unclear whether that original image was a photograph or a painting and how much it was altered in the process of taking it (they used to draw in alterations directly onto to the plate once the image was stamped there--if I understand correctly). As for his hair color, I read in an Ensign article from 2005 that they have a lock of Joseph's hair still and that it was very, very light colored.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 10, 2020

You have mentioned so many sacred gifts in this article that the Lord has given us to prepare and guide us for future events. OR--as much of the future as we need to know. I am so grateful for the Lord's guidance and warnings to us through our Prophets and also to us personally. Even in the midst of the uncertainties about the future regarding our current pandemic, we do know of glorious events in our future. We look forward to the Savior's coming, and we know that until then we can rest securely on the rock of Christ. He doesn't move when the rest of the world is in turmoil. Our faith that our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ are immovable and constant for us, in a world where the only constant is change, will give us peace. As we seek to follow their counsel, we have no need to fear the future.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 10, 2020

I loved reading about and looking at these pictures that might possibly be close to the appearance of Joseph Smith. I think those of us who love and admire him will recognize him immediately when we see him! What a great day it will be to hear him speak and to actually see him.

Sheila WallSeptember 10, 2020

Interesting article Mariah! In the collage of photos at the top, I have always been told that the black and white photo on the bottom right is an actual photo of him. So wouldn't the actual photo be more factual than people's descriptions? Interesting that one describes him as having brown hair, a few others say he had light hair, and his profile painting is dark hair, but the LDS depiction of him is usually light haired.

Sonja SchanzSeptember 10, 2020

This is a great story Brian. It is good to know about valiant people that are good examples for us to hopefully follow.

Mary NooseSeptember 10, 2020

I have 3 incidents in my life where it had to be angels that saved me!! If you do another story, I would be happy to tell you of them.

Geraldine W CampbellSeptember 10, 2020

Consider that we have no accurate portrait of Jesus either, only the New Testament accounts. Nevertheless, those of us with a firm testimony of the gospel itself, know Him to be the Son of God and second person of the Godhead. So what does it matter if we have no reliable portrait of Joseph Smith? We have, in our own time, the record of his work. More significantly, we have the restored Church. More than enough said!

CarolSeptember 10, 2020

I loved the story. Lessons learned the hard way hopefully stuck.

Deanna SasserSeptember 10, 2020

I like the portraits of the prophet that show his true personality—where he has a twinkle in his eye; where he is around people laughing and loving. I do not care for the portraits of that day when they were so serious and looked grave and unhappy. So many pictures of my ancestors are that way. I never have pictured the Prophet Joseph in that light.

T. RatherSeptember 9, 2020

Very good story and definitely will capture the attention of youth! Looking forward to the continuation!

LarsSeptember 9, 2020

Life has a way of teaching us, whether or not we want to learn the lesson. Excellent story.

Jo Ann OkelberrySeptember 9, 2020


Maryann TaylorSeptember 9, 2020

I agree with the comment that "political correctness is actually censorship." So true. We cannot allow fear of what others may think of us to censor us from speaking the truth.

KathrynSeptember 9, 2020

Wow. This is beautiful . Learned so much just from this article (and I am a grandma!) I am going to save it and share it with my daughter, who has five adopted kids.

PattieSeptember 9, 2020

When will God decide we have reached the end of our rope, like the Nephites, and let the destruction begin. This just leaves me with chills thinking about these last days.

PattieSeptember 9, 2020

When reflecting back on our lives in the hereafter, we will witness many seen and unseen power of angels who helped us through life.

JoyceSeptember 9, 2020

I remember on my mission many years ago I and my companion were driving along the freeway when a car in front of us decided to back up on the side of the road. Thinking I should get out of the way because we were going to be hit, I turned the wheel sharply. The car was headed towards the guardrail and I was sure we would hit it hard. But then the car suddenly veered away. It felt like someone had turned the wheel to avoid hitting it. My comp said she felt someone turning it too. I'm sure it was an angel. I had been promised I would come to no harm on my mission.

IvonneSeptember 9, 2020

These angel stories are my favorites! Thanks!

Rochelle HaleSeptember 9, 2020

I have kept up "teaching" my adult Sunday School class during the pandemic, and I always end with a brief testimony. My husband and I often bear testimonies in our discussions. I correspond with several of our ward missionaries and always end with a testimony. Had I not been doing these things I think the Pandemic would have taken on a much different perspective.

Anna PowellSeptember 9, 2020

Autism does NOT need to be “cured”, we are NOT broken. What is needed is understanding and assistance. Thank you.

Judith WilsonSeptember 9, 2020

Love this story. So many good teaching moments.

DiannaSeptember 8, 2020

My granddaughter, 6 years old, lives in constant chaos and hollering. My son does his best to defuse the chaos but his wife and step children holler as a means of communication. Often when I visit I can not even communicate a idea or thought without repercussions. I see changes in my granddaughter but can't say anything because it isn't my home.

Scot ProctorSeptember 8, 2020

13 1/2” wide by 12” high. So when you hang it, it is 24” high with the full spread open and 13 1/2” wide.

Scot ProctorSeptember 8, 2020

13 1/2” wide by 12” high. So when you hang it, it is 24” high with the full spread open and 13 1/2” wide.

Judith GrantSeptember 8, 2020

This is such a lovely story. I’m especially impressed by the love shown to Brother Wright by his ex wife and her husband. Not everyone is able to go that extra mile.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 8, 2020

After intense long-term counseling with a great Psychiatrist, who was also a Bishop, after taking different medications for many years, and after countless prayers, I don't believe I will ever be completely free from the symptoms of depression. I am SO very much better than I was, and I am grateful for that. But, for some of us, some depression just may be the "thorn in the flesh" we are called to endure. Yes, there are many tools we can use, but we should not consider ourselves failures if the depression does not leave completely. That is the LAST thing we need. While there is much knowledge that has been gained regarding this subject, we are probably only scratching the surface regarding what there is to know about the human brain and mental or emotional illness. Meanwhile, all the Lord expects is that we do what we can, and continue to keep our faith and hope in Him alive. He DOES help us, but he does not always remove this affliction completely.

Sally WibleSeptember 8, 2020

Liked your article. However, I and many of my friends find it easier to write our "Life Story" in "Short Stories". We have been meeting for over six years - twice a month (before Covid19) where we share our stories and learn from one another. We are leaving a legacy of stories for our descendants. Reading short stories ancestors are much easier than reading one long life story. Sally Wible

Banana RepublicanSeptember 8, 2020

Excellent article. And no we cannot have just a little bit more socialism than we have now, where will it end? It’s a slippery slope that inevitably leads to full on socialism and eventually communism. It’s naive to say or believe anything to the contrary.

Becky DouglasSeptember 8, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing the beautiful and healing insights you gained through personal suffering. These are the insights that go deeper than any lesson we may hear at Church or in an institutionalized setting. To me, the Church lessons are meant to INVITE us to find ways to internalize the truths taught. Until internalized, they don't really become a living part of the Gospel to us. It's not until we need to live these truths through all trials and challenges that we begin to realize how precious they are. The truths you shared were bought with tears and faith. Than you for deepening my own understanding!

Geraldine W CampbellSeptember 8, 2020

My autistic grandson is now approaching his 21st birthday. He was slow to talk and to become mobile. Since we already had deafness in the family, it occurred to me that he might have a hearing problem but, since he was my son's first child, I was reluctant to suggest there might be a problem. However, an older son of mine already had three older children whom I had helped care for and, as a teacher myself, I was aware of autism myself but we generally knew little of it in those days. Eventually, when the child was 18-months old, I suggested to his mother that perhaps we should have his hearing checked and was very relieved to be told she - a childcare nurse herself - had already expressed concerns and, when the child reached 2-yrs of age, he was going into a "Full development" assessment. This process took 6-months and covered every aspect of child development at that age. The outcome was that my now 30-month grandson was assessed "...... high performance autistic..." and immediately began age-appropriate therapy with great results. Bottom line though, we found that physical direct engagement was hugely supportive of the therapy, which developed appropriately with the child. The outcome has been a well-developed, socialized young man with no apparent symptoms of his condition. Unless you have known him since infancy, you would not know he is on the spectrum. Our boy completed high school, engaged in some technical training, has undergone work experience and is better than competent on a computer. Autism cannot be cured but it can be managed.

Charlotte McLaughlinSeptember 8, 2020

What is the size of this calendar? I need it to fit in a wooden holder. Thanks. Charlotte McLaughlin

Pat ProffitSeptember 8, 2020

Thank you for posting this story. I personally am close to several who have been excommunicated; some because of same sex attraction. Regardless of the cause, it causes heartbreak, disrupts families and causes guilt, shame and anger. Hopefully this article will help us all to more compassionate and supportive as our friends and family members suffer through these ordeals.

Brent Allen OlsenSeptember 8, 2020

Enjoyed this article very much. No doubt that the Doc Barrowes Family took care of medical needs, but removed a dark cloud away from the area of Warsaw and negativity toward Mormons. Warms ones heart! Thanks

DTSeptember 8, 2020

This is wonderful! There are so many ways to "do Family HIstory" and this is one of my favorites, especially for those of us who have fully filled out family trees in every direction. The "Memories" section of Family Search is just waiting to be clicked on and added to. Pictures, autobiographies, biographies, articles, mementos....but most important -- What is OUR story? Why wait to let someone else tell it? And the time is now for getting those stories from our relatives in their waning years. Thank you for this awesome help! Let's go and do!

DTSeptember 8, 2020

I appreciate this article very much. My most heart breaking, heart wrenching endurance trials in this life center around my children rejecting the way they were raised. I feel for this sister and fellow Mother who lost her dear son. I have learned much from what she has learned. I would love to hear more of her thoughts. Thank you.

SueSeptember 8, 2020

Question: What are the dimensions of your calendar?

Linda Jean millerSeptember 8, 2020

I got an email from the family history dept. that Charles Rich and I are related so I am guessing this mission president and I are also related which makes this story personal to me. It’s a sad story but also shows the power of the Atonement. How grateful I am Brother Wright has returned to activity in the church for there is no other place to go once you know the truth. How courageous he is to let this be published. Perhaps his journey will save another traveler along the way.

Michael HogganSeptember 7, 2020

I'm glad Sister Oakden was able to receive a diagnosis for her pschizoaffecrive disorder. I am also glad that she is respinding well to the medication. I happen to be a pschizoaffective myself. I wish her well.

Tom WoodSeptember 7, 2020

Very good lesson, Brother. I enjoyed your parallels between protecting our families and Lachoneus protecting his people. You are an insightful teacher, Breck. Thank you for the lesson.

Janice O. BennionSeptember 7, 2020

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Nina OwnbySeptember 7, 2020

Once again your inspired and inspiring podcast shared insights and experiences that enrich our life-application of the scriptures. Thank you for these many weeks, months, you have faithfully expanded understandings and brought greater light to our study. We love you and pray that blessings of healing and strength ever continue with each of you.

Joceleen B TuaimeiutaSeptember 7, 2020

This was a beautiful and inspiring story. So glad I chanced upon it to read it.

AnonymousSeptember 7, 2020

I am genuinely very happy for this man. He has certainly paid the price to be re-baptized a member of the Church. I did have a feeling of sadness as well for his children and posterity whose lives were inadvertently and needlessly publicized. I especially pray for their exposure to have to go through the after-shocks of this intensely private matter for this family. My love to them!

Chuck SanfordSeptember 7, 2020

I've been LDS for over 49 years. I grew up in the Catholic church, where I met wonderful people, wonderful priests, and wonderful nuns. I've been in 18 other nations as a representative of the U.S., and have met more wonderful people. I learned decades ago not to criticize other religious beliefs, but, rather, to just explain what we truly believe (my 16 years as a Seventy coming out...).Being truthful and dignified truly count.

Helen LeonSeptember 7, 2020

Thanks Dan, your article is 100% right. How boring it would be if we were all exactly the same, my friends are from many different religions and races and I love them all. and we are able to talk about our differences and practices and respect them.

KathleenSeptember 6, 2020

Impressive and inspiring family.

AaronSeptember 6, 2020

I sincerely thank Dr. Muhlestein and the facilitators of this site for providing this presentation. Such endeavors require more effort than meets the eye. I also appreciate its faith promoting spirit. I believe that historicity itself does not affirm the Divine nature of Scripture. It is my deep belief that, like all other things He brings forth for the benefit of His children, our loving Heavenly Father reveals the Scriptures to build our faith, for faith is what makes our relationship with Him possible. And - the divine depth of that relationship is infinite. We live in an ever-dividing world, where values like faith in God are under continual dismissal and attack. Ironically, the very fabric of our society was built on this value. Never - never - in the history of humanity has there been a world as just, egalitarian, and free as the world we live in today. True, our society has a deep, diverse array of serious problems, injustices, and wrongs - and - these issues must be righted - but - such things occur as we learn how to right them, just as we always have. The very principles of equality, freedom, and the divine sovereignty of the individual are rooted in the faith which so many pursue to end. Those who dismiss Scripture like the Book of Abraham because of seeming historical or Egyptological inconsistencies forget that - even the Scriptures we have a swath of archaeological evidence to support regarding the cities, culture, events, and or people they contain - still remain conclusively unproven regarding the very thing that makes them Scripture: the Presence of the Divine. Were this not the case, the number of faith rejecting individuals would very few. History, indeed, helps us better understand the time and circumstances in which Scripture was written, and it deepens our appreciation of those who acted as God's instruments in bringing it forth. Yet it is the Divine revelation contained in Scripture that sets it apart. In short, our relationship with our Creator is a matter of faith, and that, I believe, is the whole point.

Renate McKendrySeptember 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing your story!

carolyn madsonSeptember 6, 2020

Dear Scot and Maurine, I am so very sorry to hear and read of your recent physical trials from accidents and surgeries. Thank you for another wonderful podcast that you have presented, especially as you have dealt with physical pain and trial. Your dedicated efforts are appreciated by so many! Wishing you both a very speedy recovery!

Linary KingdonSeptember 6, 2020

I enjoyed reading this. Thanks for doing the research and publishing.

Mar June Payne ScheierSeptember 6, 2020

My parents Junius & Marguerite Payne served in Bolivia with Steve & Sug Wright and loved them & were grateful for the time spent serving with them. Such good news Pres Wright.

Don ShillcoxSeptember 6, 2020

Brother and Sister Proctor, Thank you so much for your weekly "Come Follow Me" podcast on the Book of Mormon. I admire your dedication each week to put together this podcast, especially this past week when you have been beset with your own personal trials. Please know your efforts are appreciated and have brought new life to the scriptures, at least for me. Your podcast is something I look forward to each week.

Christina SmithSeptember 6, 2020

Thank You for sharing your story!

KarenSeptember 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing your personal journey through your many difficulties. It is inspiring hear your story of personal faith! It is another testimony that the love of God plus long-standing support from loving family and friends, can bring us back to Him in the midst of our own need for growth and the extreme messiness of mortal life.

AudreySeptember 6, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this journey.

Anderson DestroSeptember 6, 2020

Socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else!

Sela PauuSeptember 6, 2020

Samuel the Lamanite prophet taught that all mankind will be redeemed....Helaman 14:16-17

J. GilstrapSeptember 5, 2020

Thank you. I found this enlightening.

TriciaSeptember 5, 2020

Your insights into these chapters speak for my soul. Thank you so much for sharing!

Natalie PrattSeptember 5, 2020

This was a fantastic article. I enjoyed it immensely. I appreciate the reminder to be the mom I would want for my girls

SarahSeptember 5, 2020

It was a privilege to read about Steve Wright's courage and faith. Thank you so much for sharing this!

MylesSeptember 5, 2020

Thank you for writing this article perfectly. It’s what I always believe. I vote for principles not color.

Lorena Whetten HolmsteadSeptember 5, 2020

Steve Wright was my mission president, and he was wonderful! He listended to me, understood me, and gave me confidence and trust. It was difficult when I found out he had his membership withdrawn, but it didn't stop me from loving him - not in the least! We have kept in touch over the years, and I was overjoyed when he was baptized in 2016. I am so grateful for his kindness and friendship to me, and for all that he has taught me, even through his mistakes. I love him dearly!

Elaine BaldwinSeptember 4, 2020

What a difficult but beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. I am sure it will help all who take time to read it. Stay strong.

Jan KingSeptember 4, 2020

Elder Ballard's statement "he knew what you are when he called you" also applies to us. What an assurance!

Bob PowelsonSeptember 4, 2020

I came to know a man while teaching English at a Korean University. His problem through most of his adult life had been similar. He had after a long struggle returned to activity and temple endowments in the Church. Then after several years his University had not renewed. I helped him find a new position and then he got ill. He returned to the US and we corresponded by Email for a time. His brother wrote me that my friend had died and added "he considered you his best friend. I expect to see him again before a long time (I am well over 80). The Church's new emphasis on ministry should help situations like his.

Kristynn Wright RunyanSeptember 4, 2020

Welcome back cousin!

John OvardSeptember 4, 2020

Sadly we are seeing contention, anger and hatred growing around us in so many ways, and the scriptures point out that this is Satan's goal. He would have us all battling and destroying each other in every corner. So grateful that our leaders focus on working with everyone with patience and love and civility, and thank you Dr. Peterson, for that message here. Seeking to understand and work with everyone feels so much better than than the opposite of constant criticism and battle. Love will also win over hate.

Debbi McSeptember 4, 2020

I have known Steve for many years in Las Vegas (same ward), but never knew his story. I have known him as a kind, gentle and talented organist who has always been positive. I am only further amazed and strengthened as I read his story. Truly the Lord knows each of us!

Sylvia EngleSeptember 4, 2020

His story gives me hope for my loved ones. I'm thankful he endured so many rejections and finally was rebaptized.

Diane G HaggartSeptember 4, 2020

See people can come back if not judged Wonderful storyline.

LornaSeptember 4, 2020

I wish more people would tell their personal stories like this. It helps so many people who think they are alone in their trials.

D. EwellSeptember 4, 2020

Be aware that E.T. has some very foul language! I hadn't remembered that, and fortunately watched it myself before sharing it with the kids! It is now at the back of the shelf!!

DanSeptember 4, 2020

Fantastic "never give up" story - very inspiring.

JanieSeptember 4, 2020

WOW! What a journey. So grateful this brother was willing to share his experiences. This gives me hope for my children who are less active and one who’s taken their name off the records of the church. An inspiring story. God’s not dead. He’s surely alive and this story just proves His love for us. Regardless of the journey and how hard things seem to be going right now, knowing that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us makes all the difference in the world

Betty Lou MannSeptember 4, 2020

Reminds me that every soul is precious to Heavenly Father. Detours from the path happen, but we are never lost from the sight, or love of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Nancy Miller MendenhallSeptember 4, 2020

Brother Wright is a great example of talent determination and perseverance. I was his neighbor. Nancy Mendenhall

ShaunaSeptember 4, 2020

thank you for such a profound and moving story. My brother served in Bolivia shortly after President Wright. what a difficult tragic time for all concerned in the deaths of those Elders. And to Br. Wright for his courage in allowing this story to be told. We all "fall short of the glory of God" and need His grace.

HelenSeptember 4, 2020

Having been through this soul-searing process and redemption myself my love goes out to this stalwart Saint. It all comes back to one sweet thought Heard or read somewhere, “It’s true, isn’t it?”

Melissa MarkhamSeptember 4, 2020

Wow!!! What a powerful and heart-breaking story. An affirmation of the power of the atonement and of the need to love and forgive. Steve Wright is a beautiful example, as is Sug, her 2nd husband and their family. I'm reminded of an impression I had recently to pray specifically for members of the church who experience same-sex attraction and desire to live a lifestyle consistent with the teachings of the Church. The voice of the world is so loud concerning their situation, and often urges them to choose a different way. We all need strength and guidance, but perhaps they need an added measure. Thank you for this story!

Patricia H. ArnazziSeptember 4, 2020

What a moving story, and invaluable message of Hope. We all fall short of perfection, but our Heavenly Father knows us, and He and our Savior love us beyond our comprehension, and in most instances worthiness. I commend brother Wright for his courage to press on and especially in sharing his life story to demonstrate these facts. Thank you ❤️

DTSeptember 4, 2020

Thank you for this redeeming story. It is a representation of all of our struggles through life. For a lot of us, things don't go how we've planned, or even as we've lived...children don't follow our script. Bodies age and develop disease & conditions. People let us down & break our hearts. Steve took the high road ultimately and he is an inspiration to me. Thank you!

DianeSeptember 4, 2020

Thank you for this article. Very uplifting, touching, and also heart-wrenching.

GarySeptember 4, 2020

Great article. Thank you!

Ron BitterSeptember 2, 2020

Thanks Gary, Another great distillation of facts. Ron

Robert StarlingSeptember 2, 2020

Excellent article Gary. You've eloquently explained our Father's Plan in a way that should be understandable to all. Now if we can just get that message to more of Father's children! Too many are seduced by the lies of Satan to think they can relax, sit back, and be "equal"in all things.

Sailor GirlSeptember 2, 2020

It was a great article and I understand what your saying. I think it would be great to have Social Security, free college available (not all collages free) and health care for all. I think that is what people really want. We can have those with our being a socialist country. Back in the fifties we have more socialistic values then we do know. lets dial it back a bit to help society. That doesn't mean monthly checks for all(:

Joanna StrainSeptember 2, 2020

What an awesome explanation.. Thank you..

Brian VuinovicSeptember 2, 2020

Great article. Thank you.

Judy PetersonSeptember 2, 2020

I have observed that there is a great reluctance for striving, active, believing Latter-day Saints to “presume” to be “good enough” to make it into the Celestial Kingdom. I believe this is one of Satan’s powerful ploys to discourage the righteous. Of course we, ourselves, are not sufficient, but as this article points out, our Savior know our heart and our desire to be like him. Let us have the confidence to rejoice in our future as promised by our Savior and Redeemer! Not to boast, but to have increased humility and gratitude!

Carol AnnSeptember 2, 2020

I have been warned and helped others to be warned for years and years by Carolyn. The advice is always well taken. I will continue to sound the alarm again as I forward this message to friends and loved ones. Emergency Preparation is not an event; it is a journey that all of us should be taking and updating continually. Thanks for the challenge to keep on, keeping on.

JoneelSeptember 2, 2020

A Good read Brian. I’ve enjoyed both of your recent articles

Jim BrownSeptember 2, 2020

After 39 years of medical practice and my own battle with depression, my opinion is that we who treat patients with depression absolutely need to help them have hope. Medications do not always have bad side effects. Some of the time we choose a medication because the possible side effect would benefit the patient.

Karen L.September 2, 2020

This article os typical of someone who has no idea what its like to be a POC. When you have your young women’s president call you a racial slur and other members of the church lump you into a category of other minorities, without getting to know you, then you can write with some weight. The second commandment is to love our neighbor. Don’t throw out all the goodness that is being brought about by just looking at the negative aspects.

Justin HallSeptember 2, 2020

I just finished reading the History of Warsaw. Excellent book, it brought out the other side's perspective and evolution of the area. Next time we go to Nauvoo, we'll stop in Warsaw and have a look around.

Debbie HamiltonSeptember 2, 2020

Beautiful story and lovely analogy! We have a cabin and love to watch the many hummingbirds with our grandchildren. I loved the imagery of likening the whisperings of the Holy Ghost to hummingbird wings- so fleeting; yet there if we listen for it and don’t let the busyness of life drown out the still, small, sometimes subtle whisperings, we will hear it. Thank you for your beautiful story- maybe it could become one of your songs?

Brian FalslevSeptember 2, 2020

It's a great interesting story.

Jo Ann OkelberrySeptember 1, 2020

I have had people try to get me to tear down another religion, but I always just say that there are a lot of good people out there and that we should learn about other religions. Thank you for being so outspoken.

Eliza AldousSeptember 1, 2020

So beautifully said!

SuzieSeptember 1, 2020

Where could I get help with the healing process especially help with communicating difficult issues appropriately?

Steve WilsonSeptember 1, 2020

Val, Great job in clarifying this. I have had the question for years, exactly what is the law of the gospel. Your article is great at delineating this. Thank you

DianeSeptember 1, 2020

What a beautiful, comforting article! Thank you.

DianeSeptember 1, 2020

I am happy about that, too! Thanks for the article.

ShaunaSeptember 1, 2020

thank you--this was super helpful, and I'm not ashamed to say that I have wondered exactly what this law means as I have made covenants in the Temple. Now I will make them in a more informed, and thus more useful way:)

JG WSeptember 1, 2020

I love this thought. I think it's something I'll remember and hold dear. "She's with me." And it's a great image to envision as we stand at the veil of the temple.

Wally & Nancy GoddardSeptember 1, 2020

Thank you, Barbara, for your insight!

Phil AndrewsSeptember 1, 2020

Thanks for sharing this. It is one of the many things that I love and appreciate about our faith. I also have the most respect and admiration for those members of other faiths (or no faith at all) who don't criticize other peoples' religious faith, but look for the positive and praiseworthy things. After all, it is in our 13th article of faith!

Newell HarwardSeptember 1, 2020

Thank you Valiant for an answer I have been looking for for many years. We love your family. Your father And mother are great friends of ours. I served in the bishopric with him many years ago. Love to get a copy of the book.

Linda WestoverSeptember 1, 2020

Nice analogy! Too many folks have the mindset that the gospel is a check list that we can never hope to complete. Their doubt/fear causes them to miss the whole point of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

Louise smithAugust 31, 2020

I cannot believe you see no problem with mail in voting. Requesting an absentee ballot is not the same as ballots mailed out to everyone. I have lived in 4 states. Do I get to vote 4 times? Only cheaters want ballots mailed to everyone.

Anna FeatherstoneAugust 31, 2020

Yay go you guys!! Great to hear your professionally endorsed positivity... As someone who has helped two friends through depression and suicidality and out the other side to hope and a brighter future, I fully support what you say. There is a way through..... it may not be easy, but it is possible, and a truly worthwhile journey.

JoanAugust 31, 2020

You are so wrong. Please read the following article, written by a person who has actually done voter fraud for years. Copy and past this link into your address bar:

WeezieAugust 31, 2020

I have always admired Jane Clayson. I was excited to read the book. Sadly it made me too sad and I had to stop. I was hoping one of the doctors would list all the new treatments out there.

Geoff-AusAugust 31, 2020

So not the Donald. Honest and wise. No

KerryAugust 31, 2020

I found this book to be the most validating one I have ever read. And I have read lots! Had a 5 year tough trial with clinical depression. No one can understand who hasn’t felt it. Have any of you 3 experienced it? It is complicated. You feel lost, abandoned, stupid, helpless, vulnerable... a different person, confidence and motivation gone. Why doesn’t prayer, scriptures, temple, priesthood blessings help?? The things I had always relied on... I desperately did not want to take meds. After trying 7 or 8 different ones and 5 therapists, the med that worked was my “ savior”, as well as the real Savior. I have decided HOPE is critical, as you suggest. It’s what is easily lost in the dark pit. Some friends lost hope and ended their lives. Jayne’s book is so important for family and friends of sufferers to read to have a glimpse of understanding.

ConnieAugust 31, 2020

These are wonderful cookies. If anyone has extra zucchini, I suggest that you try them. Just great!

MichaelAugust 31, 2020

My son will be embarking upon home-centered, Church supported, missionary training in October for a Spanish language mission to Virginia. Suffice it to say we are a bit worried. Help our unbelief, anyone?! Any best practices to share?

Georgia NicholsAugust 31, 2020

Thank you for this balanced view! Though the book is good about one woman's experiences, I felt like it was almost a dead end kind of response. I have children who suffer from depression, some attributed to OCD, and their early physician said "that's the way their genetics were wired". That was in the 90's. Yet over time--and GREAT effort on their part--they continue to move forward. Though some periods of time have been excruciating for them, they have persevered through help of medication, encouragement, many of the tools listed such as journaling, etc. But mostly they share that they lean on the Atonement of Jesus Christ to get them through the most difficult times that seem dark and limitless. Thank you for getting the word out that those mainstream concepts are not valid when so much research has been done into better helping those who suffer from depression--whatever the source.

HalAugust 31, 2020

My wife and I saw this movie Saturday night and quite liked it. We thought the use of actors of all races was a little odd at first, but the acting was so good that a white man with a black mother and an Asian man with a black daughter did not seem out of place once the relationships were established by the dialogue. Having previously read David Copperfield, we enjoyed the movie but agreed that our teenage children would likely be bore out of their minds.

Mary J BellAugust 31, 2020

Thanks so much for these comments friends. Namaste and virtual hugs to you great people.

RosieAugust 30, 2020

As a 14 yr old girl many years ago I was given a cheap novel by an acquaintance, took it home & read it and meant to throw it away as it was crude. My mother found it, over reacted to the point of ridiculousness and stamped on me for most of my lifetime that I had a basically evil nature. My mother had underlying issues, which this woman seems to have about sex. I found out later my mother had been sexually abused as a girl. She never taught us appropriate sexual attitudes and I was "punished" for this act beyond what was reasonable. Interestingly our Jr. High at the time (the early 70's) was a cesspool with all things exposed and promoted. I wonder if parents spent one day with their children at school if they would be so naive. What a loving talk instead of over reaction would have done for me I wonder.

LAMBAugust 30, 2020

Ever watched a movie and you are almost screaming at the guy to put his arm around the lady or tell her what happened or how he feels? Instead he just stares blankly or walks out of the room. Anyway some people have no capacity to care for others if it takes more than a day or two. With two big health crisis in a year, he is obviously overwhelmed. Too many people marry for physical attraction and not because they truly care for the other person and want to be there for the bad as well as the good that happens in life. In sickness and in health is a marriage vow.

LAMBAugust 30, 2020

Some people like to give, some avoid it, and some are martyrs. My elderly father lived in a mobile home park and when he got too old to change the oil on his car or smaller stuff like spark plugs, the truck driver next door would come over and do it for him. My dad paid him for the oil/parts and a just a little for the labor... he didn't have much living on about $900 a month social security. But Jimmy happily took care of my dad's car for years. My dad appreciated him so much and Jimmy liked helping my dad.

LAMBAugust 30, 2020

Most of the Presidents have done things that as a church we are not in agreement with. For a long time, I have felt I have had to vote for the lesser of two evils rather than for anyone I really respected. That often leads us to vote for party rather than a person. For many. our current President was a break from that since he wasn't a politician. I am amazed at how closely our Come Follow Me BofM lessons are correlating with the way society is today. Our society is very divided and we are easily marketed by false promises, lies, and flattery. Jesus is the Christ and the Savior of the world. He is the way, the truth, and the light. We follow Him and treat others the way we want to be treated. We do good and help others along. We vote our conscience and hope for improvement. At the appropriate time, He will fix this. It is not our burden.

LAMBAugust 30, 2020

Too many people are hooked by emotionalism. As some have commented, Black Lives Matter is a Marxist group. There are black people being killed by blacks and they ignore it. Their purpose is to get rid of the police and promote rage and chaos, not lift up their people. Recently their website was changed from bluntly proclaiming their Marixst and Communist platform to eliminating that, and now there are glowing bios of the three women founders. If you go to donate, it shows you that money is actually going to ActBlu not BLM. If you go to the ActBlu civics page and ActBlue financial reports, the money is being directly diverted to far left liberal organizations and candidates. See for yourself how easy it is to get snookered. We are too easy swayed by flattery and sad stories.

ReeneeAugust 30, 2020

Thank you for a great lesson!

Mark WadsworthAugust 29, 2020

Great article! Jesus Christ loves and knows us as an individual. To Satan we are commodity, like a herd of cattle or sheep. The better follow Christ example the happier we will be.

LeslieAugust 29, 2020

I sure hope you’re writing a book. I’d definitely read it!

Gary OliverAugust 29, 2020

As comments by Ziegler and Miller point out you if you start with the wrong hypothesis you will arrive at an irrelevant conclusion. Absentee mail-in ballots must be requested by a legitimate voter with proof of residence and a verifiable signature. Mail-in ballots the Democrats want are sent to an address where "once upon a time" a registered voter may have resided, who now, may have moved, not voted in years, is incapacitated or dead. Anyone receiving that ballot, or as many ballots as are delivered to that address, can vote as many times their supply of ballots allow. This opens the way for voter fraud on a scale we have not seen before. Just look at the mail-in failers in 2020 Primaries in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, etc.

GrandpaAugust 29, 2020

Good movies, all. But I must note that "The Greatest Showman", however awesome it is, isn't even close enough to fact to be called "based-on-a-true story." It is my favorite musical ever, mind you, but read about the man's life on Wikipedia first so that you know that you are watching something that is probably 95% (or more) fiction . . . but 100% inspirational and uplifting. I watch it at least once a month.

Carol WaymanAugust 29, 2020

Love the article! Bonnie Heidenreich is a dear friend from when we lived in Tucson. She raised a great bunch of kids!

EugeneAugust 28, 2020

Give the mother some real advice. She has her head buried in the sand if she thinks her 11 year old daughter hasn't already entered puberty, she will soon. Unless the mother has her daughter locked in a one-person home school, the daughter is already being exposed to a lot of things at school. The reason the girl didn't have much reaction to the story is that she has already been exposed to much more. Promising to review a book for her daughter, putting it on a top shelf (like she can't stand on a stool) and forgetting about it, put Mom as much as fault for not following through as the daughter for reading it "without permission."

Denise CottrellAugust 28, 2020

Thank you for sharing this. I am moved to tears and felt the spirit as I was imagining these strong and courageous people while reading this beautiful story. As we know, though OUR trials may not be wolves, handcarts,or tossing seas, we, if we have faith and turn to the Lord in all things, will not only learn lessons, but in fact be drawn closer to Him becoming as God would desire us to become. The question is, will we stop, ponder, heed, learn and grow? That is a question for all of us to ask ourselves.I am grateful for the example of so many stalwart people that provide me with courage and strength.

[email protected]August 28, 2020

Of course I have heard of them! I am part of them! My great-grandfather, Caniel Stark, and his wife were part of that voyage. Dorthea Swensen Kendall

HollyAugust 28, 2020

Thank you so much for giving me a kind and non-combative way to encourage truth seeking and responsible voting practices for me, my family, and my facebook friends. It is so much easier to post a link to these two articles than try to change their minds about whatever they want to argue, and it gives me accountability too.

Constitution LoverAugust 28, 2020

Very interesting article! Very timely and needed. We are on that thread to lose our constitutional government and freedoms. I will be sharing this article with many!

I D BasoahAugust 28, 2020

Many thanks for categorically stating the truth! “He shall know the truth and it shall set you free”. The Holy Ghost has already confirmed this to my soul. LDS claims this privilege without boasting!

Diane StubbsAugust 28, 2020

I hate to say it, but sounds like he is cheating.

MJAugust 28, 2020

Thank you for this, I’m grateful for those who stand true to what they know is truth.

GrandpaAugust 28, 2020

Good and thoughtful reply

Robert W CowartAugust 27, 2020

Anne I love what you do. My angel wife of 53 years after 2 1/2 years on Hospice care finally went home on the 12th of August,exactly 8 years to the day when she had her first stroke. Together we raised 9 children. What a growing experience we had. My oldest son born on our first anniversary in Provo grew up with a non member boy who was a neighbor in Savannah. About 2 years ago his friend succumbed to cancer and extracted a promise from my son to look after his wife and 2 children. Within minutes after my wife left her body in Lehi my sons friend appeared to my son in Savannah, no vision just sound, and said Steven your mother has passed on do not worry I will take care of her. He was the first to find out about his mother before anybody called.

Shelli DimigAugust 27, 2020

You write the best articles! Every hard-working parent needs this important message! Thank you!

PresleeAugust 27, 2020

I needed this. All of this. Thank you so much

Kayleen HunsakerAugust 27, 2020

I love ALL your inspired writings, and this one was especially uplifting!

CecileAugust 27, 2020

In 1997, the Santa Rosa California Stake produced a pageant - the first half told of the Pioneer Pilgrims who came to Yerba Buena on The Brooklyn. The second half of the Pageant told of modern day Pioneers who had found their way to Santa Rosa, California. There were 300 people in the cast, and it was shown for four or five nights over two weekends. So, there is a group of people in Santa Rosa who know this history very well!

Tanya NeiderAugust 27, 2020

I needed to read this today! Thank you!

LoraAugust 27, 2020

I really needed this article this morning! My grown children told me to get a life, and I did. Then, at the age of 60, I found myself providing childcare to my infant granddaughter, which caused me to give up the life that I had. They are now 5 and 3, and getting easier, but my other projects have had to go by the wayside. The message from Grandma Anderson has helped me to have an eternal perspective, which has made it all worthwhile.

Theresa OliverAugust 27, 2020

Thank you! What a wonderful reminder of what our greatest focus should be. I am disliking the physical distancing required of us at this time (contributing to our “off” days), so let’s give each other “spiritual“ hugs and make sure we’re always connecting with heaven!

ArbyAugust 27, 2020

I can't believe that people are using the comment section after this article to make a case for either candidate. If that is you, I think you are missing the point. My husband and I are not on the same page when voting a lot of the time, but we still share a deep abiding love for one another. This article can help couples like us. Thank you for this article.

ConnieAugust 27, 2020

Thank you Isaac. This one hit me right on the head. I don’t want to face the Lord and find that after all the help and guidance He gives me, there was little alteration.

Stephen ZeiglerAugust 27, 2020

The difference between your research and what the Democrats want now is sending ballots to every registered voter on voter rolls that are corrupted and haven't been updated for years. This leaves voter fraud real potential to affect election results.

Rita MillerAugust 27, 2020

From my POV, the study looked at the wrong thing. It seems to me that letting people vote in a convenient manner would benefit all parties is fairly obvious, and not the problem most critics are pointing out. The potential for massive fraud, which has gradually shown itself to be a reality most had never considered possible, is a much greater threat to our electoral system. While this has been revealed mostly in local elections (mis-counted or uncounted votes, nefarious behavior by election officials and others, inaccurate voter rolls, etc.), the potential for fraudulent activity in national elections is there, and I don't see much of an effort to remedy this situation.

Wally GoddardAugust 27, 2020

Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you.

Norrin LauAugust 27, 2020

Your article does not mention the instances of voter fraud....where there are more votes cast than people living in the area. Voting in person will cut down on voter fraud. Your reasoning that mail-in voting does not favor one party or the other is not relevant.

Kathy GibbAugust 27, 2020

Thank you so much for this weekly feast. I appreciate the insights, stories, and inspiration you share. Today’s focus on personal revelation filled my soul to overflowing. Thank you,

roxanneAugust 26, 2020

Great Article on Pride thank you

JBAugust 26, 2020

This is a magnificent article. Its too bad that so many comments are entrenched in the "I'm right, you're wrong" attitude. I am a Democrat and sometimes it's really painful to be a Democrat in the Church. I tell people that I am anti-abortion personally, but pro-choice for others. I've had clients who have suffered great pain from decisions they've had to bear because of rape, incest and the possible loss of a mother's life with 5 living children. This is painful beyond measure, both physically and spiritually. We need to have more compassion. There but by the grace of God go I.

DavidAugust 26, 2020

Brigham Young prophesied that Sam Brannan would suffer the consequences of his bad behavior if he didn't repent. After founding Calistoga in the Napa Valley, he ended up losing everything financially, and ended up being buried in what was then a pauper's grave in what is now Greenwood Cemetery in San Diego. Among other things, he apparently collected tithing as leader of the church in California, but never got around to sending it to Salt Lake City. Brannan St. in San Francisco's financial district is named after him.

Jill CleaverAugust 26, 2020

I DO feel loved and honored by those sweet words. Thank you, and namaste.

Wayne LinesAugust 26, 2020

One thing that should be mentioned: in a capitalist society, no one will starve, even if they are less productive. Capitalist people tend to be more charitable when they have left-over production; and when they see people in need, capitalists are far more willing to share. So, no one really goes without in a capitalist society. Historically, the same cannot be said of a socialist society.

Vicky Jo SmithAugust 26, 2020

This was a wonderful story and proof that a person can turn their life around! I would love to hear more about how this young man is doing!

GlouAugust 26, 2020

After learning about modern socialist countries in Scandinavia...I am not certain that they are the model America should follow...they are turning more and more to privatization of education, health care and other common practices in the US. It is one of the top ranked free market economies. Prager U has a great educational video, see “Is Denmark Socialist?”

GailAugust 26, 2020

An outstanding article with quotations that support the basic truths taught by Nephi and President Nelson. Illustrates so well the scriptural injunction that adversity can be a means to spiritual growth and blessings that far outweigh the challenges themselves. Thank you for sharing your wonderful applications about dealing with Mortality.

TWhiteAugust 25, 2020

There have been apostles who were Democrats. Even a past member of the first presidency. My husband and I were sealed by one. So yes, you can be a good mormon AND a Democrat. One issue voting is a cop-out. The author got it right when discussing the difference between a value and a policy, and being able to discern between the two. Timely words indeed.

KathleenAugust 25, 2020

Well written and documented. I believe that we can make this statement without offense, if done so with the Spirit.

SylviaAugust 25, 2020

I appreciate this article. I do believe that it is the true church with the fullness of the gospel. We just need to be careful how and when we say it.

vickieAugust 25, 2020

it is true....that i myself avoid telling people we are the only true church...some have told me that they believe that their church is the only true church and then they say so we all have the only true is difficult indeed to say that to someone...i believe it only because it has the restored priesthood.....that is what makes our church so unique...we have the priesthood power...i thank God for that...restored gospel

GARAugust 25, 2020

The way I see it, it boils down to one commandment - "Thou shall not kill". I believe abortion on demand is evil and not pleasing to God. One party advocates for that. You can add euthanasia to that. Ultimately, we will all have to stand at the judgement bar of God and deal with it. The choice is ours and only ours.

Edward Rehder IIIAugust 25, 2020

I like it! Short and to the beautiful point.

Fred DychesAugust 25, 2020

D&C section 123 also explains our responsibility to share the restored gospel with those of other sects.

ScottAugust 25, 2020

Great insight.....good thoughts......I always enjoy your thought.

Mark DonaldsonAugust 25, 2020

Well said! This is a perfect article to share with family and friends who have either strayed from the gospel or are seeking the truth. Thanks!

RGJAugust 25, 2020

Sadly, while I would go for many Democrat policies in regards to education and even some raising of taxes to pay for things all can enjoy, supporting Dems means supporting abortion and advancing ideological ideals that destroy the family unit. I just can’t do it. If you are part of that party, whether you agree personally or not, you are supporting positions that get babies murdered and weaken families and the moral fiber of society. It is totally clear and has been in the party platform for two decades.

CSAugust 25, 2020

Can you write an article about how capitalism is Satan's counterfeit? Korihor was well versed in it and preached it and we know how he turned out. The USA is drunk on her own wealth and self righteousness, they have billionaires while homelessness is increasing. Thank you!

Sheila WallAugust 24, 2020

Scot and Maurine, THANK YOU for running this, commemorating her passing. This year has been so stressful for the world, it seems like it passed in the blink of an eye. It's hard to believe it's been a year since she passed. In some ways it feels like a blink, but some days it feels like a very long time. I miss her terribly. I was so comforted to see this today. Bless you both.

S LindsayAugust 24, 2020

Thank you for running this article again. It was a lifeline for me today. I'm grateful for Darla's faith and for the faith it takes to keep Meridian going.

RaNae HealyAugust 24, 2020

I read this article with hope, as generally, this Magazine tends to lean Right. However, the comments helped to clarify. Thank goodness I can see we have some critical thinkers out there. The current state of politics is so divisive and chaotic and certainly Trump's administration is the antithesis to what the Church believes. Let's not demonize the Democrats as that is what Trump does. This election is about the cult of Trump, not about whether one is a Republican or a Democrat. Regarding socialism, please understand we already enjoy many socialist programs already. No one is advocating communism. One must read, research, & listen intently as this is the most important election in our lifetime. This time around we are voting for the soul of our nation. "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men. . ." (13th Article of Faith) -Registered Independent

JAugust 24, 2020

Thank you for not walking away!! We addicts truly love our Heavenly Father and love the atonement, it keeps us going through the hard times. I know my Father in Heaven loves me despite my weaknesses. Sadly, my ex spouse chose not journey with me, and I don't blame her. I am grateful there are those who will journey with us rather than relegate us as damaged goods. I'm grateful your husband is honest and willing to do the work. I do not regret my decision to repent and do the work even if it cost me my marriage.

Meghan DeckerAugust 24, 2020

Thank you for a thoughtful and engaging invitation to engage with others in a more respectful way. I've found in the last few days that deciding to be curious rather than certain (in spite of deeply held political opinions) allows me to feel more compassion for others, and relieves me of always needing to be right. I've been praying to discern truth from error, and I'm open to believing that I may not be right in my perspective of which is which.

Theodore BrandleyAugust 24, 2020

Brother Lawrence, I agree with your article and your position on socialism. However, I must point out one very important point that needs to be recognized by the Latter-day Saints as we move forward in our preparation for the coming of the Lord. You quoted D&C 104:17 regarding the Lord preparing the fullness of the earth. The previous verse states: “…behold this is the way that I, the Lord, have decreed to provide for my saints, that the poor shall be exalted, in that the rich are made low.” (D&C 104:16) The system by which the Lord has decreed to provide for “His Saints” is the fullness of the Law of Consecration and Stewardship, which is being explained in this section and in several other sections of the Doctrine and Covenants. The fullness of this law must be lived in New Jerusalem prior to the Lord’s coming. (D&C 105:4-5) The point I wish to make is that Marxism/socialism is not the Law of Consecration. It is Satan’s counterfeit for the Law of Consecration. It is implemented by force upon the individual. It is as you have well explained, anti-agency and therefore anti-Christ.

C HortonAugust 24, 2020

Thank you for this well written article. I hope many will read it and gain greater understanding as I did.

Larry TippettsAugust 23, 2020

Even if it turns out we are right in what we say, we can be absolutely wrong in how we say it.

Denny MahrAugust 23, 2020

A very thoughtful article. Thank you for taking the time to help members in the church. One application of the ideas presented will help those who struggle with Trump’s bombastic, arrogant, egotistical way of delivering the message. Hopefully some of the points made in this article will help folks to look past Trump’s persona and understand that he’s supporting the very values we espouse— Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Principles of hard work, respecting others’s property, the sanctity of life, the family and our religious liberties. He’s pro-Israel. Contention and chaos is of the devil. The Family, a Proclamation to the World is from Jesus Christ. It’s the fundamental unit of society. Study for yourselves and be prayerful about which party works to build up the family and which one is working actively to destroy it.

DalenAugust 23, 2020

I'm pretty much a one-issue voter. If one candidate is pro-life and the other is pro-abortion, I will always vote for the pro-life candidate.

RoraRayAugust 22, 2020

Thank you for a thoughtful, unbiased article in a publication that I’ve found to be quite politically biased. Interestingly, the ad that popped up when I clicked on the comments was a Trump/Pence ad. Ha! And clearly a number of the commenters missed the point and are pushing a Republican agenda. I’m registered as an independent because I don’t feel that any political party always gets it right, but to those commenters, please educate yourselves on social democracies like those in Scandinavia. They’re actually functioning quite well compared to the US and their’s are the kinds of policies that Democrats are trying to emulate; it’s actually not true Marxism/Communism/Socialism.

LewAugust 22, 2020

I shouldn’t have read the comments. I was all warm and fuzzy and hopeful and then? Then I read that Democrats are okay with killing babies, that they embrace socialism and communism, yada yada. They will vote en-masse for a man who lies and cheats and the proof comes out of his very own mouth. I despair once again.

Wendy B.August 22, 2020

A timely article. I’m sad to see that some of those who commented either didn’t read it or didn’t absorb it. Neither political party owns the corner market on righteousness.

Alice CoveyAugust 22, 2020

I agree that we can debate with civility and should be able to express our opinions without hate or discord on either side BUT our opinions should NOT be expressed at church!

Paul HAugust 22, 2020

Interesting that so many responses to an article about voting and withhollding judgement has so many comments trying to justify how to vote. It reminds me of the sacrament meeting many years ago in a student ward where the assigned topic was the scriptures and not one speaker out of four read or referenced a single scripture. In my view, wehen we tell someone else how to vote we have either eliminated or discounted their agency because we assume we know better than them for whom to cast a vote. Lease let others view this position and then they can agree with it or not. I think the article is general in application and not specifically issue-based. Others apparently felt otherwise.

David S HedrickAugust 22, 2020

Good article, but I would like to add this.... I believe it is Herm that "just doesn't get it". Tony hit the nail on the head. Who is to say a person is "honest and wise" and yet they fight for the "right" to murder 64 million babies while in the womb. I can not find any place in the scriptures or in the Constitution that supports that. Likewise, is a person "honest and wise" that supports Black Lives Matter and Antifa whose goal is to destroy our country and establish Marxism? Black Lives Matter is an appropriate statement as well as ALL Lives Matter. However. . . the BLM movement is evil. Read their stated goals! It was founded by a "trained Marxist", her words, not mine. The Movement wants to "redefine" the institution of marriage!!! If there are church members that believe in unlimited abortion or abortion on demand, Antifa, BLM movement, then we should pray that they might repent! Those stances can NOT be justified by scripture or our Constitution.

Ed GayhartAugust 22, 2020

When it goes from a difference of opinion to open rebellion against a free government - what would Captain Moroni do?

Ronald Polsley Manchu BravoAugust 22, 2020

As a child your father tells you, don't ever hit anybody. Later on is life you encounter a guy hitting an old woman trying to steal her purse. Which law do you follow? GOD HATES EVIL Stealing is Evil, taking that which does not belong to you is stealing. All of God's commandments involve stealing. e.g., stealing Life, stealing Honor.

GEOFF -AUSAugust 21, 2020

Most of the commenters get the point of the article. A couple of ideas seem strange to me. Perhaps someone might explain. Theodore is convinced that Democrat = marxist. What are they proposing that would indicate this? Do Canada, Australia, already have these, and have not become communists? JanetAugust 21, 2020 I can’t support any candidate who believes killing unborn children is acceptable. You might want to consider that under Republican presidents the number of abortions do not reduce, but they do reduce markedly under Democrats. The number of abortions have halved, and all under Democrats. Does that make you question? These are the 2 ideas above, that are sold by the right to convince people they should vote for a President who is the opposite of the13th article of faith And the opposite of Christ. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men;

Neal ChristensenAugust 21, 2020

First of all, the party and candidates that espouse socialism are basically saying they will eliminate your personal agency...Satan promised to do that. A second and last, but not the only point. I cannot understand how a believing Latter Day Saint can support a party that advocates and allows unrestricted abortion, up to and including live birth abortion.

Jim CarlsruhAugust 21, 2020

Great article. It reminds me to swallow my desire to express my opinions, history lessons or attempts to sway others. Yes, be less prideful. I enjoy diversity of political opinions but need to listen and love. Thanks Kim.

Joyce Hathaway BairdAugust 21, 2020

A timely and thought provoking article. It helps to clear up some of my questions about what is going on now and as I prepare to vote in Nov. Thank you.

Larry NielsenAugust 21, 2020

Thank you for writing and sharing this.

Herm OlsenAugust 21, 2020

Excellent article. Tony still doesn’t get it. I think the only specific guidance we are given is in voting for women and men who are honest and wise. Pretty good touchstones - especially in this election.

D ChildAugust 21, 2020

Prophets and the scripture have taught clearly against Marxism, Socialism, and Communism, and the taking of innocent life, all have been embraced and are part of the today's Democrat parties platform. O Be Wise, What Can I Say More? – Jacob 6:12

Sue HAugust 21, 2020

While I understand the good intentions of this article, I feel it misses the mark. We are in the last days, we are at war with evil. This is not a time for singing Kumbyah. We need warriors, we need to turn tables as our Savior did when faced with evil practices. When a political party has a spoken agenda of immorality, I.e. destroy the family, destroy the individual, kill the unborn up to full birth, devalue men, legalize sex work, push pedophilia into the mainstream, sexualize children, transgender children without parental consent, remove agency, reward crime, and so on...there’s no justification as a member of the church for that party’s support. You say church leaders remain neutral on politics. I say no they do not. We have been taught over and over than all these evils are wrong and cannot be justified in any way. Wake up! This is a war against evil and evil is the platform of the Democratic Party in 2020. How to vote this year is an easy choice.

Frances DalleyAugust 21, 2020

So well said and what I feel and think, but did not have the articulate language to do so. Thank you for expressing social justice and cancel culture in terms that provoke critical thinking so as to not confuse the philosophies of men with scriptural doctrine. Marxism is a great concern right now, and needs to be.

Toni StephensAugust 21, 2020

I appreciate your articulate presentation on this subject. The comment are good, too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. As we know, the Church is always neutral in political matters. Whenever I hear “members of the church should vote——“ I am uncomfortable. While we need to study the issues and prayerfully decide what we think is right, I think when we share with others, we should encourage our friends as friends not as “members of the church.” We should leave the church out of PUBLIC discourse. The only person who has the responsibility to tell members of the church what they should do is our dear prophet. We should not try to speak in his place. I don’t mean this rudely. I am thrilled that people are involved whichever side they are on. Voting is a great American privilege.

Ryan KatusAugust 21, 2020

Nice article. Unfortunately, there are many members of the Church who have decided the opposing party is of the Devil and will not give an inch on any policy. In my job I deal with various people throughout the country. Many of them do not belong to any faith but we have some conversations on many topics. One friend now says he wants nothing to do with Christianity since many religious leaders and followers say the President is a Christian. He figures if that is the type of morals and values that are taught by the faith, he'll avoid it. I think that the Church has enough vocal members that whether it officially endorses a specific party, it has become tied to one. That will impact its efforts in future. I see the current government mirroring Helaman 6. I also think we're going to live to see the Lamanites retaking all of their lands.

Julie DunfordAugust 21, 2020

Such an important article! I am circulating this as much as possible. Much needed information, if we are to achieve unity!

maxAugust 21, 2020

I was very disturbed by this behavior as well. we are all following Christ and trying to use a worldly thing like politics as a wedge to drive between Jesus Christ and his followers seemed very foolish to me as well as being a cause of great contention.

Pam BlairAugust 21, 2020

If my friendship with a person hangs on whether we agree politically, or any other view, I might suggest that this is NOT real friendship. Continue to LOVE one another and ignore the things we disagree on - simple? The Savior loves each of us - a good thing to remember.

JanetAugust 21, 2020

I can’t support any candidate who believes killing unborn children is acceptable.

Sasha KwapinskiAugust 21, 2020

This article is absolutely spot on! One additional factor to keep in mind is that the majority of church members now live outside the United States, spread throughout dozens of different countries, each with their own political spectrums (spectra?) and sets of issues. This issue hits home with me. Some decades ago (before becoming LDS), I left my previous religious denomination mainly because of their over-politicization and pushing political agendas at me. I happen to be a life-long active Republican, but I recognize that a political party is exactly that -it is a political group, not a religious denomination. I do not impose any partisan agenda on being a Latter- day Saint, nor to I impose any theology or denominational affiliation on being a Republican.

Romney BiddulphAugust 21, 2020

Judge candidates and parties by the Title of Liberty: "In memory of our God, our religion and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children" Any candidate who allows us freedom of thought (agency) should have our vote.

Richard D LeahmanAugust 21, 2020

A Great Article - deserving of my THANK YOU !

Carol AnnAugust 21, 2020

Thank you, Theodore Brandley! Your comment mirrors my feelings completely. Very well stated! This IS the most important election of our lifetime! I pray that people will vote to sustain the Constitution of the United States. Socialism-Marxism has never worked anywhere in the world. (see Venezuela) Our President has stated, "I will never allow socialism to rule our beloved country." Now, it is up to us to support that as voters on November 3rd!

Kathryn SomersAugust 21, 2020

I think section 38.4.34 of the Church Handbook of Instructions clear instruction how members of the church should vote, and those instructions have nothing to do with specific candidates or parties.It would be good for every member to read and follow the counsel in that section. If anyone were to ask me who I was voting for, I would quote the following from the handbook: “In accordance with the laws of their respective governments, members are encouraged to register to vote, to study issues and candidates carefully, and to vote for individuals whom they believe will act with integrity and sound judgment. Latter-day Saints have a special obligation to seek out, vote for, and uphold leaders who are honest, good, and wise (see Doctrine and Covenants 98:10).“

TryTryAgainAugust 21, 2020

2 Timothy 3:1-4 Does your candidate possess the "qualities" that Paul warned us about? If so, why would you want this person as our leader?

LindaAugust 21, 2020

Thanks for writing this, as I really needed it!

Tony A. ReillyAugust 21, 2020

I appreciate this article. I believe that we should not judge others for how they vote just as I would not care to be judged by how I vote. Having said that, I think that is important to elect good men and women who are Constitutionalists meaning those who would protect our freedoms and rights under the Constitution and not take them away. Socialism and Communism seek to control and remove our freedoms and rights allowing most or all control to be in the hands of the government. So, in my opinion anyone who supports bills, laws, principles and regulations that remove the God-given rights of the people should be opposed be they a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Socialist or Communist of any other political persuasion. I am also for the candidates who wish to make government smaller,reduce my taxes, and are of good moral character. If it is obvious that candidates are ok with the rampant chaos in Portland and Seattle and other U.S. cities and think that it the way to change our country then I believe those candidates are not worthy of anyone's votes because they are against the rule of law in the Constitution and will obviously lead to Anarchy and eventually no government and then a dictatorial government. Under the Constitution we are given the right to "peaceably assemble" not "violently assemble" such as we have seen lately. Therefore candidates I will vote for will be conservative will high moral values who support and defend the Constitution in every way. Thanks for letting me add this comment.

Marilyn JacobsAugust 21, 2020

Thank you for this article. When I read the title, I was on guard, thinking someone was going to tell me they had the answer to all of the world's problems and knew who to vote for. Instead, I was thrilled to read an article of true value to me personally. The article stated several key elements of pure Christ like traits I am seeking in my life. I'm especially grateful to be reminded of humility and the value of every human being.

Theodore BrandleyAugust 21, 2020

This is all good advice to follow good principles. However, for those who may not be aware, Marxism is the antithesis of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Marxism is professed anti-Christ. According to Karl Marx, existing society, including religion and families, must be destroyed, and then his followers can “stride through the wreckage and create a new society.” Couple this with the fact that Marxists have totally permeated the Democrat Party. This is not a theory nor an opinion, this is plain fact. November 3 is the most important election in American history since the Civil War.

SaraAugust 21, 2020

I've been struggling with this issue for sometime. You gave great information and motivation to do the right thing among so much uncertainty! These latter days certainly are not easy, but using scripture, prayer, knowledge and direction from the prophet and the influence of the Holy Ghost does help me understand my discipleship and responsibility as a child of God. Thank you for this timely article. I think we are playing into Satan's hands when we act in the negative...proud... "my way is right and the only way" attitude.

SteveAugust 21, 2020

Kim, I appreciate your reminder to treat each other kindly. In the next to last paragraph when you said we should not "dehumanize our enemies," maybe you meant not "dehumanize those who disagree with us." Overall, though, a wonderful reminder to us all.

Wendy WoodAugust 21, 2020

Thank you so much for this! I have become increasingly alarmed at the divisions in our country and our world, and the hateful language that accompanies those divisions. We are generally not being fully thoughtful and reasonable. I occasionally find myself thinking, "Oh, that can't be true because __________ said it." I am striving very hard to overcome that tendency. I am afraid for our country and for the unity of the church members.

Ronald BarnesAugust 21, 2020

I must admit that I often feel that way, but I would never say so. I don't claim to be right, I just claim to have my opinions and I try to respect the opinions of others.

Craig NelsonAugust 21, 2020

Studying this weeks CFM - as I read Helaman 5:51 I fear and I hope or have faith that the inequalities in our world today are because of the “traditions of our fathers” and that we will lay down our weapons of war and our hatred....

Leilani CookAugust 21, 2020

Perfectly timed article for our daughter who is struggling with being verbally abused by one with differing opinions. Thank you so much for this insight. Beautifully stated. Just awesome!

John TrevorAugust 21, 2020

What a thought-provoking article. Maybe it can be summarized by the statement "We should try to constantly increase a sincere heartfelt love, for all our brothers and sisters"

PattieAugust 21, 2020

When going through life or death instances we do feel vulnerable and helpless. At those times we need our spouse beside us and give us courage to go on. Interestingly, we see movies where the husband is sitting by the wife in the hospital bed holding hands and the husband has a deep concern for his wife’s health. That is the example we want to have by our husbands, but some husbands have a hard time showing sympathy or empathy. I know because I have one of those types of husbands. When I had my pulmonary embolism, it was scary. My husband took me to the hospital. I was in the hospital for 5 days. He went back to work, never sat close or held my hand. I felt abandoned, but I didn’t want to say anything to him because his job was more important than me. As I look back now, I feel selfish. He did the best he could to be with me. When I found out I had cancer the year before, it was the same situation. He did take me to my first chemo appointment but then after that I was responsible to getting myself there for my treatment. I had to be independent, I couldn’t tell him about my fear Of being like my mother who had died of the same cancer many years previous because I didn’t think he would understand. I truly believe that when we feel emotionally abandoned by our spouses, we can always rely upon the Lord to comfort us in those times of helplessness. Forgiveness, true forgiveness is the only way to help relationships heal.

Rob GAugust 21, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful piece, I approve, and anyone that comes to a different conclusion than a beloved child of Heavenly Parents with a limitless potential to become like Them through the grace and love of Jesus Christ. I used to be (and I still slip on occasion) exactly like the people described in this article. My pride really came into play on certain moral issues for one big reason. I know, because I follow the living prophets of God who receive guidance and direction from Him, that I am "right". However, I was not acting right nor treating people right when I chose to regard those that disagree as fundamentally evil.


Exhaustive message that hits the nail on the head. It would have been good to have it when America was preparing to go to war in Iraq and our international membership was divided over whether to go or not. I was even labeled as an Apostate by some of this magazine's readers for suggesting that this war was not justified...

Lana JohnsonAugust 20, 2020

Single for 40 sex for 40 years, I'm very happy

Vicki RobbinsAugust 20, 2020

Love your articles so much. Always gives me something to think about. The commercial that says "We all go, why not enjoy the go" well,we all have problems, why not enjoy them and learn from them? Love you,

HalAugust 20, 2020

Thank you for this article. I had to do some serious self-examination about what I post and why.

Wally GoddardAugust 20, 2020

Beautifully written, Lincoln. Have your read John Welch's study of the good Samaritan in BYU Studies? It is powerful!

MickiAugust 20, 2020

Thank you so much for this sweet reminder, it's exactly what I needed today. My faith is being tried in ways I was not prepared for, and this reminds me I need to dig deeper and look for the blessings that for now seem hidden.

Ben JonesAugust 20, 2020

Right in this paragraph is an expression of the double standard that 1848 Women’s Rights Convention complained about: "But it’s women’s own behavior creating the situation ... Women give their power to men who are trained by culture and experience to regard females as interchangeable objects instead of beings of equal worth."

Allen AAugust 20, 2020

Many years ago I made the decision to not buy a TV set. I had seen the increase in evil influences in programming between the time that I left on my mission and when I returned. Programs that my parents were watching had been subtly changed and they had not seen the difference. When I went back to college, I didn't have the money for a set, but I didn't miss it. Now I see what having a TV continually in their home has done to my sister and her family and I regard it as a poison as bad as internet pornography. The people who control content on TV are in service to Satan and it shows clearly if you want to see it.

Linda WestoverAugust 20, 2020

What a powerful reminder that life's experiences are for our growth, if we choose to recognize the Savior as our strength and peace. Beautifully written, as always.

Haze KompelienAugust 20, 2020

love the closing note: always good to acknowledge our humanness, and room for improvement. Makes the reader (aka, us sinners, works in progress) relate better to the author (or teacher)


Thank you for this article .I keep coming back to it to on meditate on some comments .It makes me realize how this part of the book of Mormon is so deep as the parallel between the events mentioned and our tumultuous times is blatant and more than ever we need to follow the narrow path which is more and more narrow ,and let us guide by the spirit Today , I reread the "man of Christ " comment Thank you for helping me Elisabeth Conesa

Richard SkousenAugust 19, 2020

Delightful story! Thanks for sharing.

LexaGraemeAugust 19, 2020

This is precious and hilarious at the same time. I will remember these whenever I see a cow. Thank you!

LexaGraemeAugust 19, 2020

Thank you.

David WhiddenAugust 19, 2020

Doug and Joan Magin drove my wife and I from Ontario to Salt Lake so we could be sealed in the Temple in april 1964 I worked with Gord Finnigan in Sudbury awsome Folks

KimAugust 19, 2020

Excellent advice. Thank you

JenniferAugust 18, 2020

Thank you for sharing these amazing experiences. I love how our Heavenly Father is in the details. Tender mercy upon tender mercy. Miracle upon miracle. I can't help but think of Helaman 5:12 where Nephi and Lehi are admonished to "remember." When our faith feels weak we can remember the times we have seen God intervene in our lives. Experiences such as these strenthen my faith in a loving God.

Gloria HicksAugust 18, 2020

Excellent and insightful article! It is spot on. I'm saving and sharing this with my kids and grand matter our age or circumstances, we fall into this trap so easily and willingly! Especially find the reference to devices so interesting and timely!

T.H. MoultonAugust 18, 2020

This so comes to the heart of every issue -- the only lasting answer that has the power to heal and strengthen and unify us individually and collectively. May all that is happening aid us to humbly seek and draw upon that most cherished blessing.

Russ LAugust 18, 2020

Very much appreciated. I would also appreciate a more detailed follow-up article. It seems that much more could be said and shared. Regardless, I was very grateful for what was offered here.

Sasha KwapinskiAugust 18, 2020

I have had the opportunity read some of the scholarly books by Jenkins, Bart Ehrman, Ramsay McMullen and others. Very informative and well worth the time. The trinity was one factor which turned me away from traditional Christianity. I found it to be unbiblical and nonsensical.

Janice GneitingAugust 18, 2020

For a little praise to the author, genuine flattery if you will: This was an eye-opening, well written, informative, scripture based and soul search promoting article. I love the Old Testament insight in Daniel. You touched on so many aspects of flattery and gave us a challenge to introspect and to share in conversation with others. Thank you.

BrookeAugust 18, 2020

Great read! I think a further way of looking at the portion of scripture that you interpreted as possibly being fulfilled through profit-sharing would be to consider that it might include the notions of wealth redistribution or universal basic income—notions which don’t include only the rich and which are touted more and more frequently in politics today as something everyone “deserves.” Thanks for writing this!

James BrownAugust 18, 2020

I think that the beauty of the melody and lyrics are totally drowned out by the loud and disruptive accompaniment,

SamAugust 18, 2020

You do know that BLM is a marxist organization and their platform includes destruction of the family. I ask the same question as others: If black lives matter, then why isn't anyone protesting the innocent black lives in Chicago, Detroit, and New York that are being taken? The statement "Black Lives Matter" is absolutely true. But then so is the statement "All Lives Matter".

Joseph ShumwayAugust 18, 2020

Love this❤️

Sonya WashburnAugust 18, 2020

This is an eye opener article. I share riddles with my grandchildren so this is going to be a good one!!..I can see how we as a society have been lured into the flattery of social media. Thank you for bringing to light these truths so we are not deceived and can use social media for sharing the gospel and being careful in its use for personal aggrandizement.

Theodore BrandleyAugust 18, 2020

This message is clear, except, sincere complements and praise are expressions of love and appreciation and are essential for proper human interaction. We are commanded to praise God. We also sing, “Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah,” etc. The key to the difference is in the given definition, “flattery means offering praise strategically, for gain.” If we are praising others with the intent to manipulate them for our benefit, then it becomes flattery.

Donald HoffmanAugust 18, 2020

Plain and simple: only two races exist, good people and bad people, and only the Lord can change the nature of those who are willing.

Geoff-AusAugust 18, 2020

Laura, as this post is about Truth can you provide a reference for "Jesus Christ promised the First Presidency of the church will never lead us astray." As far as I am aware it was first said by Pres. Wilford Woodruff, October 1890, after the announcement that polygamy would no longer be practiced by Latter-day Saints

CarolynAugust 17, 2020

Very disappointed to see so many people using this piece to validate bigotry. Arguing that “social justice ideology” or the current civil rights movement is in any way antithetical to the gospel of Christ is extremely dangerous, as I’m seeing too many people weaponize this idea into racism in the name of the Church. Remember that Christ left the 99 for the one; we should do the same.

JoyceAugust 17, 2020

I agree completely w this perspective. Thank you for sharing this.

David StokerAugust 17, 2020

Thank you for this article. I believe if people would read it through the lens of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they would understand the truths you brought out. The basic, golden rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you would solve so many of societies problems. I have read some of the comments and am convinced that they are missing the mark of what the Lord would have us do in being free from the destructive philosophies of mankind and rely on the spirit of the Gospel.

WilliamAugust 17, 2020

I am glad that you reminded me of what the Lord has said through the doctrine and Covenants to Joseph Smith's Oliver cowdery and many other church leaders about listening to the spirit seek valuable information to make a discern choice in our lives

WendyAugust 17, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring article! Well done.

Marilyn JonesAugust 17, 2020

This article was like a breath of fresh air to me. Finally an answer to racism that I can support. I became curious about Black Lives Matter and, asl often, took it to Google. I opened the Black Lives Matter Utah site and learned that this organization is not affiliated with the National Black LIves Matter group, and does not support all of the extreme positions taken by the National Black LIves Matter organization. They focus on eliminating police brutality and racial targeting through police training, body cams, and other enforceable means. They work to eliminate discriminatory practices in the workplace such as unequal pay and discriminatory hiring practices. lI seems to be focused on meaningful reform working within social and legal systems.

Mary SchmittAugust 17, 2020

Love this story Daris

Sudie BradleyAugust 17, 2020

I am a Black saint who believes black lives matter. I agree with Issacs. How do I show it? I show it by serving a second mission with my husband in Jamaica. I show it by living as the Savior would have me. I do not believe in violence and destroying property, wrong is wrong. May we all live in a manner that exemplifies the teachings of Jesus Christ. May we all love one another and find a way to show it and respect our brothers and sisters. We are all children of God.

RobertAugust 17, 2020

Absolutely true and consistent with the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The sad part of this whole thing is that not all will see the problem as the heart of man (the natural man), nor see the solution as Jesus Christ. They will be blinded by the cunning arguments and lack logic spouted out by loud voices.

marybeth richardsonAugust 17, 2020

I think Isaac hit the problem square on the head. To live a Christlike is truly the best and only answer to the world’s problems. What a place to live if we all would follow a Christlike life. I’mTolerance patience kindness niceto each other Brotherly love caring service would replace violence and hate. Martin Luther King “Returning violence For violence multiplies violence,adding deeper and deeper darkness to a night devoid of stars.Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that “. We all need to practice being kind and thoughtful

Diane BrushAugust 17, 2020

I still miss the old Relief Society Magazine.!!!!

Gabriele I. KupitzAugust 17, 2020

I read this story out loud to a family member who has significant health issues after a life of service. We are both returned missionaries and we know exactly where we were on 9/11 so this "missionary miracle" was a beautiful story to read. Thank you for sharing. The Lord loves His missionaries--young and older--and all the peoples of this beautiful world. The work goes on...

Jim RodgetsAugust 17, 2020

Excellent article; THANKS for sharing!! Personally, I think the author was spot-on in her analysis...but did not go far enough in her fundamental conclusions. To wit: critical race theory, social justice, et al, are not just flawed social constructs or models for social behavior. They are far worse than that. The author was perhaps seeking to be polite. In fact, those ideological constructs are expressly designed to further three fundamental goals: 1. DESTROY religious values and standards. 2. DESTROY the traditional family order ordained by God. 3. OVERTHROW the existing Constitutional government and our Constitution itself, and implement Communism as the new ruling form of government in the USA. There's no need to be polite or gentle in our characterization of critical theory and its variants: THEY UNALTERABLY OPPOSE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER'S PLAN OF SALVATION. Thus, critical theory, in all its variants, is simply another tool of the Great Deceiver, the Father of All Lies...Satan himself. There is no laudable goal offered by these man-made ideologies that is not better achieved through fullybliving the True Gospel. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ should not, MUST NOT, be deceived by these man-made ideologies. Down that path lies dilution of Gospel principles, a withdrawal of the Spirit and, eventually, apostasy. Be strong and careful, Children of our Heavey Father. Choose wisely. Choose love. Choose Christ!!!

John R. CarpenterAugust 17, 2020

I read this article with some judicious circumstance. I agree that Black Lives matter, but I do not support the radicalized Black Lives Movement. As a Christian, all lives are important and precious unto God. As an American, I believe that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Black Live Movement is run by trained Marxists teaching Liberation Theology. They teach that there must be a "collective salvation" before any "individual salvation." I believe that there is but ONE salvation and that is through Christ Jesus. IF I would accept that there must first be a "collective salvation" before any "individual salvation" then I would be denying the Christ and become an anti-Christ. I will NOT deny that Jesus Christ is my personal savior. Period.

Claire AuatinAugust 17, 2020

I can’t NOT comment again about this article. Our baptismal covenant is to mourn with those who mourn. This doesn’t mean just to have sympathy or empathy for those suffering in the world. It means acting upon the problems, disparities and injustices of the world. Yes, many races are racist, but does that mean we should be? I am a white privileged woman who just wants to learn from others, then help them make their lives and systems better. I will continue to be involved in social justice.

JenniferAugust 17, 2020

Excellent article! Thank you for so meticulously laying out each point. Satan wants a little bit of scripture mingled with the philosophies of man so that he can lead us astray... and that is exactly what I believe social justice is. The BLM mission statement is in complete opposition to the Family Proclamation. Marxism is Satan’s plan!!

Miriam SmithAugust 16, 2020

Whatever issues one may have with the philosophies of those who have written about social justice, we have been commanded to practice social justice--to love our neighbor as ourselves and to "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." We should be doers, not complainers. As Elder Holland taught, may we be equally committed to freeing the world from the virus of hunger, freeing neighborhoods and nations from the virus of poverty. May we hope for schools where students are taught—not terrified they will be shot—and for the gift of personal dignity for every child of God, unmarred by any form of racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice. That is social justice.

Martin LutherAugust 16, 2020

Critical social justice pursues and evangelizes many false ideas. First, that equality of outcome is the goal. Second, that the only way to get there is to attack people as privileged or not black enough. Third, that the country and flag have to be disrespected to take a stand. Fourth, that capitalism must be set aside to be replaced by Marxism in spite of its complete lack of success. Fifth, that misbehavior should be lauded and celebrated. Sixth, that there is no conflict of interest in accepting donations to fight racism only to be used for purchasing political power. Seventh, that the racist practices and past of Planned Parenthood should be ignored. Eighth, that generational control of inner cities by one political party has not been a complete failure. And finally that groups like BLM have any desire to correct the racism that it milks for donations, sponsored by popular news media which does the same--milk it for viewership, ratings, and dollars.

David GlennAugust 16, 2020

Thank you for writing this. Something always seemed off about these movements, and the more I saw what they championed the more I wanted to stay away from it. The messages and means they use to enforce their ideology upon the rest of the world just never seemed to resonate with what Heavenly Father has taught. I'm just glad I chose to stand with what I had been taught in the church.

Jeannette HelveyAugust 16, 2020

I printed this story when it came out and today I read it. I noticed that my printer had printed page five with an ad right in the ending of Teiva and Haunui’s story. I was devastated. Went on LDS Living and looked for it. Said a prayer at the beginning but couldn’t find it. I was unhappy and next thing I know my prayer was answered and I was directed to your magazine and found the article. Needless to say I was excited to have the full article. Thank you for this inspirational piece. I loved it!!!

Steven WatsonAugust 16, 2020

This article is worrisome because a casual or un-careful reading by (particularly white) LDS readers could easily sway them into believing any active social justice efforts are antithetical to the gospel. This belief will stifle our progress toward better Christian discipleship as individuals and as a Church.

Jason McElprangAugust 16, 2020

This is perfect! I wish my discussions with friends and family had been this articulit, thank you for sharing this! I had never thought of the "original sin" perspective, that struck me as a perfect example of why I should not be ashamed of being born into my circumstances.

Laura from UtahAugust 16, 2020

It is true that some of the elect will be decieved. Not all the elect. Jesus Christ promised the First Presidency of the church will never lead us astray...they will not be deceived because they will prepare. Everybody will need to prepare in order to avoid being deceived, not just the elect. I think the intent of that scripture is to warn that Satan will use deception so well in the last days that even some of the most righteous will not see through Satan's lies. Overall, great article!

SandyAugust 16, 2020

This article nails it head on. I appreciated the well thought out and honest views. Yes, many will disagree. I think those that disagree have chosen to follow perhaps a portion of this movement. But, they've got their foot in the door down a very shady path. I believe progress was already being made before this movement was slammed in our faces. Perhaps others do not think it was moving fast enough. Change takes time and this life is not our only chance to progress (although it's the most preferred). People have to be allowed their agency... meaning many (even in the church) will choose other paths. That is their right, and we should have ours as well to follow Christ. Our freedoms are being stripped away at an unprecedented rate. I hope other wake up in time.

Sherri EinfeldtAugust 16, 2020

Spot on! I have been thinking all those things for a very long time but it was nice to have someone actually publish them. Thank you for a clear and accurate perspective.

John ScheidAugust 16, 2020

In reading through both the article and the comments there many good points made for both sides of the social justice ideology being put forward. Christ should be the center and focus of all we pursue. The philosophies of men/women without the perspective of a Christ centered life open the door for Satan to influence and lead one astray. The thought comes to mind that “the very elect will be led astray” Should be uppermost in the mind of any who study these philosophies lest one find themselves succumbing to feelings of anger that is rationalized as “what would Jesus do?” Some who have been the victim of racism, sexism, etc experience strong feelings based on those experiences. What one does with those experiences and associated feelings will likely determine your personal views. Having been a victim myself of stereotypical things experienced during my lifetime I could have chosen completely different paths for my life. I’m far from perfect but I believe that judging on the side of mercy and recognizing that others view the world through the lens of their life experiences has helped me. I have a long way to go. That said individual responsibility and accountability are core and key parts of the mortal journey. To allow the philosophies of men to sway your thoughts otherwise place you at the mercy of Satan. He has no mercy and his only goal is your misery become like his. Standing up against those philosophies is standing up against the father of all lies. Giving in to anger and justifying it denies Christ and His teachings regarding the source of all anger. Speaking out against lies, deceit, anger and the philosophies of men do not make one guilty or ignorant of social justice.

JaLeen MurphyAugust 16, 2020

What a beautiful story to begin the Sabbath day. These miracles illustrate how our heavenly father is working in our lives every single day. September 11 was a very scary day and to have Missionaries return home on that very day how do you have been an added level of fear. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story

Joel WashburnAugust 15, 2020

I appreciated your ideas, especially ways we can go about important societal change without resorting to violence and having to become part of an ideology that runs counter to my own beliefs. Racism in all of its forms is always horrible and should always be fought against but in the right way. Keep up the great work!

JpAugust 15, 2020

It focuses on social salvation rather than individual salvation.

ZedAugust 15, 2020

I’ve found that men that fit these standards get stuck trying to find a woman who values these things and end up settling for someone who doesn’t actually want these things or values other qualities more. I’d be interested to read one for woman of what men value, because both genders tend to really struggle on being solid people with good values intact.

JaNice TaylorAugust 15, 2020

I don’t feel that I am better informed after reading these summaries; there is nothing stated we aren’t all ready wrestling with. What are some real facts supporting the opinions to help one weigh conclusions about probable truth here? Wearing a mask is such a small thing that has become such a huge issue; it amazes and disappoints me! I’m not going to wait for conclusive facts on this. I don’t know if it’s effective, but I wear one in public places as a preventive measure, just in case it protects me and others. I regard it as responsible citizenship in present circumstances .

EllisAugust 15, 2020

We have black brothers and sisters struggling right now. Why are we getting a feel-good article nitpicking everything wrong with social justice, instead of maybe some tips on how we can better mourn with those who mourn, and help our black brothers and sisters? Sorry, this is all very close to me. My black friend’s brother was shot and killed by a cop recently. Routine traffic stop, the cop had his gun pulled because he was nervous around a black man. Accidentally pulled the trigger. And now this good black father is dead, all because of the color of his skin. This story never made the news here in Utah, but these sorts of stories are well known in black communities. It scars them. The last thing they need are their white brothers and sisters lulled into inaction by articles like this one.

Kimberly SmithAugust 15, 2020

Love the article. I have thought that Satan is using 10% truth and 90% lies to counter the Plan of Salvation with the social justice movement as it is displayed currently.

Warren HessAugust 15, 2020

By their fruits ye shall know them.

Debbi M.August 15, 2020

What a miraculous story! I live in Las Vegas also, and well remember the events of that time. The Lord truly blessed you for your efforts and trying to align yourself with His will.

Kathleen FulmerAugust 14, 2020

A series of miracles, is just that - a miracle!

Laura PendorfAugust 14, 2020

Love one another as I have loved you.

Pam TooneAugust 14, 2020

“we can recognize that any secular belief system that appears to substitute for religion can only lead us away from Christ.“ This is an important part of this article. The social justice movement, by and large, does want to substitute religion for this secular group. It absolutely will take you away from Christ so subtly, you won’t recognize it until it’s too late. Great article, thank you!

Wendy JensenAugust 14, 2020

Thank-you for your research and well thought out presentation as to the problem of well-intentioned efforts to solve critical issues of our day. Many have been shamed, bullied really, when they attempt to add thoughts or considerations that do not fit the “acceptable ideology” on important matters. We are losing when we cannot counsel together and when we close off free speech and refuse to hear others through bullying tactics.

Ruth TautuaaAugust 14, 2020

I love these kinds of stories. They inspire me and help me feel loved and blessed in this chaotic world. Thank you for sharing.

Kamalani KauiAugust 14, 2020

What a beautiful story during a tragic and confusing time. Miracles truly happen in these days and if we are willing, we are able to have a hand in those miracles. Truly, Heavenly Father allowed for the windows of heaven to open for so many people. He is mindful of us and hears our prayers. I love that we can truly be disciples of Jesus Christ through our sincere efforts and when we listen to the promptings of the Spirit. The scripture 1 Nephi 3:7 comes to mind when I read this story. The gospel is true.

Dorothy ThompsonAugust 14, 2020

Oh, goodness!what an amazing experience!! The Lord was truly with you on that day!! Thank you for sharing this with us....I know the Lord answers prayers....and He certainly answered yours that day!!

KellieAugust 14, 2020

What an amazing story! I was still on my mission when 9/11 happened and I served in the Vancouver mission. The mission president at the time was President Robert P. Haight.

Bob PowelsonAugust 14, 2020

The panic factor induced by the one size fits all approach to controlling Covic (the China Flu). has caused nearly as many problems as the Flu itself. That, plus making it a political issue to sway the upcoming election has created a great deal of disunity.

Marsha NewmanAugust 14, 2020

Amazing story! We have also had remarkable things happen when we make ourselves tools in the hands of the Lord!!

Melissa D. B.August 14, 2020

Good article. Good comments. Another thing that occurred to me is that these beliefs interfere with the Plan of Salvation because you take repentance and forgiveness out of the realm of each individual and you say it's a group requirement. So the "oppressor" group cannot receive forgiveness (for things they may not have even done themselves, and the "oppressed" group are told they are not in need of repentance for the things they do. A counterfeit that mixes good ideas w/very damaging ones.

Lawrence HigginsonAugust 14, 2020

Amazing how the Lord will let us be His Hands and messengers if we let him

Daelyn SkousenAugust 14, 2020

Such a great story! And a great reminder about who's in charge, if we'll just listen & follow. We are instruments in His hands. He answers our prayers, often through others.. Thank you for sharing!

PattieAugust 14, 2020

I love missionary experiences and yours tops the list.

Doris WilliamsAugust 14, 2020

Oh, wow! What an upper to start the day. Thank you Mark Albright for your stories of missionary tender mercies (I call them miracles!) Cliff Rogers was truly guided and blessed that day....incredibly so, to find those people and to have the events unfold like they did....It just brings me to tears. The dear Lord is so mindful of us and of the good we can do if we follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Thank you again.

Harold RustAugust 14, 2020

I really appreciated the wisdom and "calmness" in this article. As I read those responses which seemed to condemn the essence of your perspective, I felt a rise in the hatred and finger-pointing and self-righteousness which so often accompanies those out to see others as either a perpetrator or a victim. As I shared with a close neighbor of mine, my experience has taught me that if you really want to improve how others show respect and compassion, then give them ten stories of when individuals demonstrated that trait for every one story in which injustice or some "ism" occurred. We improve each other when we seek out what works, not when we taunt others with an example of what didn't work or wasn't fair or just. I would hope that those who vocally oppose this article will actually look inward and ask themselves if they aren't creating more hatred when they look for and highlight what they think are hateful actions in others. And, yes, I will do the same and might write this response differently in the future by highlighting important lessons I've learned from others who initially think differently than I do.

ReeneeAugust 14, 2020

Thank you for sharing that! story.

James HarrisAugust 14, 2020

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we ought to do all we can to redeem others from suffering and burdens. Even so, our greatest redemptive service will be to lead them to Christ. Without His Redemption from death and from sin, we have only a gospel of social justice. That may provide some help and reconciliation in the present, but it has no power to draw down from heaven perfect justice and infinite mercy. Ultimate redemption is in Jesus Christ and in Him alone. I humbly and gratefully acknowledge Him as the Redeemer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. D. Todd Christofferson, “Redemption,” Ensign, May 2013

Jennifer BrennerAugust 13, 2020

I think that what your article suggests in its totality is that nothing should be done. That we ignore the injustices of oppressed people over the course of history which has resulted in unfair conditions in the present under the guise that a few scholars are off by a hair or two from our theology as you interpret it. How convenient a position a position for the dominant group? They don't support my view completely, I am out. Take the broad view, that is what Christ would do. I believe that He expects us as his disciples to move to right the wrongs, the biases, the hurt, the lost opportunities of so many minority groups. No one is asking your swear allegiance to a cause, they are simply asking you to love your neighbor.

ScottHAugust 13, 2020

Perhaps the assumption that there are primarily two sides to controversial issues is an even larger problem than the fact that the two stated views draw radically different conclusions. It is as if vast public and private forces are bent on forcefully herding people into one thought cattle chute or the other with little appreciation for the nearly endless expanse of thought range where fertile minds roam and graze.

Claire AustinAugust 13, 2020

Social justice is so often associated with socialism or communism. It seems to me that social justice is what Christ wants us to live and foster in the world. . Just as God wanted the early saints to live the united order in order to give all the benefits of social justice to everyone, we should work for the same unity today. Dependence relies on interdependence. God relies on so many institutions and churches other than ours to further His work. Let’s all work to make a better world. more articles that divide us politically.

Sandra K. FolsomAugust 13, 2020

And a little child will lead them. Very enjoyable story


Nice idea, but I'm not sure I learned anything new here. This would be more helpful if the arguments were tested for accuracy. Maybe you could add a third element to the two sides: what the actual data shows. If the data is inconclusive, tell us what we do and don't know for sure.

Doris CrockettAugust 13, 2020

Absolutely beautiful!! How does one get on the list that receives announcements like this?

Sherry McMullinAugust 13, 2020

Thank you for today's teachings. Several quotes will be incorporated into our teaching about the 12 steps and 12 principles in the addiction recovery program. They are most applicable.

I D BasoahAugust 13, 2020

Brilliant piece! What an enlightenment! I have great admiration for intelligent women

HalAugust 13, 2020

Thank you for this article! Sadly we sometimes not only live IN Sodom, we invite the influence of Sodom into our very homes. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find entertainment that does not depict and even glorify promiscuity, infidelity, violence, blasphemy, and every type of vile sin one can imagine. We see evidence that we truly live in the last hours of the last days. Thank the Lord for a living prophet, inspired leaders, the scriptures, and personal revelation.

Scott WoodburyAugust 13, 2020

Great article. I see "social justice" as just another method of the great counterfeiter. Change must first come from within each individual. Comments from some about how God should or would act (and as an extension to try to force others to behave or believe the same way) is part of that counterfeit - similar, in a way, to someone telling me to stop paying tithing, and to give that money to some other charity that they deem is "worthy".

Mike DenosAugust 13, 2020

Due to subjective impressions and feelings towards this issue and other current issues it would appear that facts from reliable sources would be helpful for discussion guides. In this case a good place to seek facts would be the state health agency and a national government institute such as CDC. Unfortunately, it appears that many I try to communicate with have fairly firm beliefs derived from other (I perceive) less reliable sources such as news organizations or even political leaders. It makes for very difficult to impossible areas of understanding. For example, past pandemics or ongoing threats that have occurred for years and years hold little credence.

Dave GAugust 13, 2020

I think this article is very confusing. There are so many contradictory statements in the article. Social Justice Ideology as it's called in the article is mixed bag there are some good things about it and some bad, but I don't think we should throw out the good just because bsome are doing bad things in the name of Social Justice Ideology. As long as long as you stick to what good 8n the Ideology the bad shouldn't be an issue.

Geoff - AusAugust 13, 2020

You have laid out each sides points of view as if they are equally valid they are not. One side is about people and lives, the other is about the economy.and business. I don't remembernChrist ever saying it is the economy not the individual? In America the virus has been politicized by the President, who has contributed to a disaster. 150,000 more deaths than should be. Australia with a population of 25million has similar figures to Utah with 3 million. You should be outraged but adding to you list One side says its a disaster contributed to by conservative ideology. The other side its a hoax, and all sorts of other justifications.

Shannon WixomAugust 12, 2020

Great article!! Totally agree with these thoughts, scripture references, etc. Especially as I have been seeking for the Holy Ghost to help me discern between truth and error. In this current age of much confusion, contention and misinformation, we must do as our prophet counsels, to do whatever it takes to hear Him.

MarshaAugust 12, 2020

This is an exceptional article. The "social justice" movement as it exists today is highly destructive and not what many members of the church,who naively support it, believe it to be. Just look at the BLM movement (part of the "social justice" family). It's insisting on and teaching people they must acknowledge their "white privilege" which is teaching people there is something fundamentally wrong with their skin color. That is, by definition, racism.

Emily M.August 12, 2020

Thank you for this! It's so helpful to step away from our biases and try to be balanced. I love the emphasis on seeking truth as something that requires WORK--it doesn't just automatically happen.

MarenAugust 12, 2020

Thank you for putting into clear form the thoughts that have been percolating in my head and heart. Having moved through the era of Civil Rigjts in the ‘60’s, I find this new ideology one of very subtle tokenism. Thank you for your clarity. Your use of parallelism is beautifully written, by the way!

Nancy CarterAugust 12, 2020

no, it doesn't say the very elect will be, but were it possible, they would be. It is not possible in God's justice for the very elect to be deceived. Read your scriptures again. Check it out. That's why the elect need to be prepared. Enjoy

Nancy CavanaughAugust 11, 2020

I think some of the premise you define as social justice is a faulty narrative and does a disservice to a serious social issue that needs the support of Christians who believe that loving our neighbor is more than words.

Don SearleAugust 11, 2020

Excellent! Thank you, Rebecca.I plan to share this.

M. HomerAugust 11, 2020

Please read the whole statement from the BLM website regarding "families." They are opposed to the idea that a family unit be so rigidly defined, not that families should be dismantled. This statement is a simple way of saying everyone is part of our family and we will fight for everyone. From BLM: "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable."

Bruce HassAugust 10, 2020

It is a shame that a William Wilburforce never appeared in America. The selling of land in the Louisiana Purchase could have not only provided recompense to slave owners, but provided a space for the newly freed slaves to populate.

Michael Van WormerAugust 10, 2020

Outstanding article! Interestingly, the tactic of classifying people as the oppressed and the oppressors has been at the heart of Marxist ideology since its onset. It has been used to incite class warfare and to topple existing power structures. It is being used today by those that are ignorant of history and encouraged by those who have sought to implement their agenda for decades.

Daniel LarsonAugust 10, 2020

No mention of social justice in the Roman Catholic tradition. Perhaps some value may be found there. It’s a disservice to ignore other approaches to social justice if readers believe that this article covers the issue thoroughly.

AlysonAugust 10, 2020

Great article. I would be lost at this time without the gospel of Jesus Christ. I would be like the foolish man who built his house upon the sand, but instead, I I have the rock of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the prophets and apostles who are not blown by every wind of doctrine. I love the primary song, “Jesus said love everyone, treat them kindly too. When your heart is filled with love, others will love you.”

Merrill Van LeuvenAugust 10, 2020

Well written, well stated. These are my thoughts, just expressed so much more eloquently with experts weighing in. I appreciate this examination of critical social justice. Thank you!

Oliver NesbittAugust 10, 2020

A very positive and informative article, but not everyone is a member of the church and indeed knows nothing about the church. Where do we turn for social justice because we know not where to find it

TannerAugust 10, 2020

While this makes some good points regarding cancel culture and the importance of the family. I fundamentally disagree with the content and rhetoric of this article. I feel that it takes many points out of context and is misleading in its connections to the gospel. I don’t understand how striving to overcome a racist past as a society or a church is inconsistent with coming unto Christ. I believe Christ would stand up for the marginalized and would seek the fair treatment of others. This article has undertones of justification and rationalization. White members of the Chirch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are not the victims of the current social injustice at hand and we should not seek to justify our privilege. Again, just one mans opinion, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Alyssum DunnAugust 10, 2020

Rebecca Taylor, you are spot on in what you have written about Social Justice Ideology. I don't think you need to be an "educated" person to understand what you have written. I have personal experience of how this ideology is man made, that it doesn't reflect how Heavenly Father feels and Jesus Christ feels about us and how we treat each other. It only creates more division than harmony. I try to share my experience and I am shut down when I do so. I appreciate you putting it into the perfect words to show how this ideology isn't in harmony with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Theodore BrandleyAugust 10, 2020

Social justice ideology is an integral philosophy of Marxism, which is the antithesis of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Marxism is the foundation theory of Communism and its modern version called Progressivism.

Elsa DuboisAugust 10, 2020

I’ve held my tongue but this!!!!!! Thank you for unashamedly pointing out the truth. People accuse you if spoke up against the movement ( not the slogan!) for being unfeeling and unkind for expressing the same principles we’ve been taught using basic gospel doctrine in their attempt to steer and stress the very same principles but by using the pseudo subversive vernacular of the time. It really made me feel that the adversary’s power overcame people ever do subtly and deceivingly under this great cloak of pretense.And yes, as prophesied even the elect fell for it!!!!

Heather DubachAugust 10, 2020

I loved this article!

Becky BuxtonAugust 10, 2020

Thank you for this. I have objected to "social justice" because of the reasons you articulated, but I wasn't able to. Thank you for the research and facts.

Nerita Flake PetersonAugust 10, 2020

this was thoughtful, reasonable and logical. Thanks you so much.

Laura BeeymanAugust 10, 2020

Excellent! Thank you.

Aleisa EatonAugust 10, 2020

Wonderful article! Well researched, succinct and understandable.

Judith SmithAugust 10, 2020

Glenn Beck warned against social justice Y E A R S ago.

Carol AnnAugust 10, 2020

Thank you for an outstanding and strong voice of reason!

R BluthAugust 10, 2020

Very well written. Thank you for your content

David DurfeeAugust 10, 2020

Another view is that for the very first time in 2000 years we have a broad social movement that at its core (its core, mind you) is completely in synch with the Savior's Second Great Commandment. To me that feels inspiring. And maybe even inspired.

Robert StarlingAugust 10, 2020

While this article requires careful reading to gain its full impact, the author is spot-on with her analysis and comparison of this man-made ideology with the perfection of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "Social Justice Warriors" amongst us are mis-informed and deluded by the "philosophies of men". As usual, the way to find truth is FTP - Follow The Prophet. And the truth will make us free.

ReedAugust 10, 2020

Exceptionally well researched and presented.

CarolineAugust 10, 2020

Thank you for this well-written and well-researched article. I’m saving it!

NanetteAugust 10, 2020

My question is why do only white people have to recognize racism? What about the Blacks addressing their racism against white people? Thank u for this wonderful article I know we needed.

PattieAugust 10, 2020

Thank you, thank you and thank you. I have been trying to make this statement to others but you have said it so well. Social Justice is only for the minority and is truly Satan led. I have contemplated the phrase “BlackLives Matter” , it is a racist phrase fueling the fire of hatred between races. The young lady who died because she said, All Lives Matter” didn’t have the opportunity to raise her son because of this racial phrase. She was ambushed and killed by men whose only thoughts were to destroy anyone who doesn’t think like us. What a great topic for you, you need to write a book on this very subject.

Cynthia PAugust 10, 2020

What an excellent, thorough treatment of this sensitive subject! I loved the sources you quoted - especially James Lindsay.

Lawrence M BarryAugust 10, 2020

Thank you for putting to words what I've been thinking and feeling about the social justice movement but was unable to understand until I read your article.

Kayleen HunsakerAugust 10, 2020

What a great article! It puts all the truth about this situation of "Social Justice Ideology" in a comprehensive and easily understood format. It helped me to understand why I was feeling so many "red flags" about everything going on-knowing it was not following Jesus Christ. Thank you for all your research and time to write this.

D. GoodwinAugust 10, 2020

I think this article was written for academics, and for the rest of the Meridian audiance, I thought it will be confusing and in some instances, misleading. Perhaps I just don't have the background in social psychology that I needed, but I was not convinced that I should be "concerned." To oppose an injustice (even through the lens of hindsight) is the same as condoning it, in my mind.

LewisAugust 10, 2020

I love your stories. They show the difference between “someone should do something about this” and “I am someone; what can I do about this.” Thank you for the light you spread.

CW2SADAugust 10, 2020

I noticed something in your article that I would like to highlight. When the Israelites were preparing to cross the Red Sea, the water didn’t part until it was touched by a sandal. When President Joseph Smith, Jr. blessed people, he said to first rise, then be healed. First show your faith, then the miracle comes...

Heidi FeuzAugust 10, 2020

Great Article!

DonAugust 9, 2020

This has so nothing to do with racism that it's painful to read

Scot ProctorAugust 9, 2020

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Jan WolfAugust 9, 2020

If the husband is bringing it up all the time, that is the problem. They worked through it at the time, why does he feel the need to bring it up and disclose more of it? That reopens the wound, every time. And, pours salt in it. I wonder if he would agree to counseling.

Joe JonesAugust 9, 2020

Universal healthcare is socialist. There's no way around it. All governments are socialist by nature. This is why the American Constitution is designed to restrict government and keep it as small as possible. If you're really interested in helping the poor and all Americans with better healthcare, then you should move to break the monopolies granted by government to healthcare providers. For instance, hospitals are given regional monopolies so there's little competition and insurance contracts don't allow for cash or direct payment. It's not unusual for a medical charge to start off as $200.00 with an insurer deduction of $160.00, $30 paid by the insurer and a $10 charge to the patient. Why not just have the patient pay the $40 directly?

Anthony FordAugust 9, 2020

Maybe he has felt safe to share like never before? f things are good why rock the boat for what is in your head? Do some supported counselling together, clear the decks and move on with the rest of your life, either together or apart, and have joy

[email protected]August 8, 2020

A real find

BrendaAugust 8, 2020

Dump him for Pete’s sake

John MarinerAugust 7, 2020

Would love to donate to the purchase of a generator . What would be the best way to do that?

Judith La MontagneAugust 7, 2020

This woman's hope and self-respect has been destroyed. I wonder why we keep counseling women to put up with this type of behavior. I do believe in forgiveness but the reality is that this man cannot be trusted.

ElizabethAugust 7, 2020

How do we contribute help?

Darrel C.August 7, 2020

I would like to have the movies base on true stories.


what is up with all these church members having affairs? it really makes you wonder.

Lee HuntAugust 7, 2020

I think I would want to know why new details are coming out. Is the hubby disclosing stuff in drips and drabs? Why on earth does he continue to do this when he knows it upsets his wife? My X would do this to control me. He wanted me unstable. Hubby needs to stop telling stories about it.

Mardonne NeimanAugust 7, 2020

Thank you for the difference you have made. This is an outstanding and inspiring account of love in action.

Carolyn AllenAugust 7, 2020

What a magnificent article and experience! This needs to be published internationally as a bright spot and true inspiration for all that everyone is going through. Hope, smiles, optimism and a truly better future. Oh, how we need these messages at this time! THANK YOU BECKY for sharing this today!


Thank you for this article which deeply touches me ..We are all children of God and we need to remember our brothers and sisters wherever they are .Here they do teach us a wonderful lesson on helping one another and taking care of our planet ...

JoyAugust 7, 2020

The woman married a jerk! He seems to take pleasure in bringing up the many details of how he wounded his wife and how he deceived her. And years later he can't keep his mouth shut but must blather on and on to his wife. He must still be thinking of his lost affairs while still with his wife. No wonder she feels betrayed again and again because this man has no core respect for his wife. His apology(s) is worthless when a decade later he can't get his unfaithful acts out of his mind and wants to continue to zing his wife with 'new details'. HIS past is very important to himself and he wants to share it with his wife. What a heel!

RaNae ShoafAugust 7, 2020

What a hope-filled story of the miracles brought about by resourcefulness, cooperation, and patience. Your work is amazing!

HeatherAugust 6, 2020

Although Utah is a lovely place to live, the cost of living has gone WAY up in the past few years, and the average wages made here do NOT come close to supporting the cost of housing here. Unbelievably, the minimum wage is still $7.25! So buying a home has become very difficult.

ShannaAugust 6, 2020

Not having one

Gary AndersonAugust 6, 2020

Thank you Joni! I really needed to read this article to help me serve as a new counselor in the bishopric.

LexaGraemeAugust 6, 2020

Bless you both.

Kathy FordAugust 6, 2020

I watched the National Geographic special about Lidar a few years ago. The whole time I was watching, I was talking to the TV scientists, "Haven't any of you read the Book of Mormon?" I enjoyed it so much, I recorded it and had my kids and even a few of my neighbors over to watch it. The science is amazing and I can't wait to see what the extended research shows us. It makes me want to be the Indiana Jones of Central America. :D

DGAugust 6, 2020

Has your husband tried indexing?

grace whitnahAugust 6, 2020

Excited for those who live in Honduras. What a blessing to them. They will not have to travel as far as they had. So happy for San Pedro Sula!

Margaret G CaudleAugust 5, 2020

Wonderful and well said article.

Tony McKenna (New Zealand)August 5, 2020

Well said! Makes absolute sense. Abortion is a sad indictment on our humanity or lack thereof.

Gary WoodAugust 5, 2020

Although those are 5 good reasons to move to Utah, here are 3 more: -Taxes and cost of living are lower here than where we came from 7 years ago (California). - Family was already here. - We escaped the insane politics in California.

Lynette BlueAugust 5, 2020

Thank you for your article. I too definitely feel that we are in the last days before the second coming of Christ. And part of the reason I believe that is because we read in Revelations that Satan is going to be tied up for 1000 years after that happens and he is out to get everything he can before that happens, thus all the evil, etc. that we see going on. And on the other hand I see some of the finest youth that I have ever seen to help counteract the evil. Interesting times for sure.

Rochelle HaleAugust 5, 2020

The recent years' counsel to store both foods we like (3 mos) and long-term storage makes sense. Consideration also must be given to what is available or legal to store, particularly in other countries. Then we get down to finer details such as cooking in our normal kitchens, using camp stoves or fireplaces, refrigeration, etc. When the Covid pandemic hit, my family thought we were well-stocked, but this has given us an opportunity to re-assess and re-supply where needed.

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Veronica MarlowAugust 5, 2020

Thank you so much for insightful article! I really to read this today. When I talk about getting prepared for the Second Coming with my family and friends they think that I'm delusional. I know things will get worse before it will get better but I'm so excited about the future. I feel so blessed to be party of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. For being part of a living church with a living prophet who leads and guides us.

TeresaAugust 5, 2020

Thank you so much for this follow-up article. I read the original article 2.5 years ago and it helped prepare me for a couple weeks later when a guy I was dating disclosed his pornography addiction. I knew I needed more resources and help to navigate through the situation, so I reached out to the Hope and Healing LDS Forum that had published the post. I got connected with SA Lifeline and I cannot tell you how important that was for me. The relationship did not survive, but the introduction to 12-step healing for anyone (not just addicts) has changed my life. Your original story was a big part in kicking that off for me. Thank you for sharing. ♥️

LarsAugust 4, 2020

If you think about, Christ has already returned "like a thief in the night", as far as the world is concerned, starting with the first vision and His acceptance of the Kirtland temple. The prophets have told us that he would visit his people multiple times before revealing himself to the world.

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CharlieBrown2292August 4, 2020

You are such a beautiful individual and so is your husband. Despite the challenges, you also have a wonderful marriage that will turn them into a blessing through the Lord's atonement and grace.

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Paula BryantAugust 4, 2020

I am so grateful to have joined the Church in my early 20's (1968) and have watched the "signs of the times" unfold. As I just finished Alma and Helaman recently, it becomes clearer each time I read the Book of Mormon that we are living in the times that Moroni said, "I have seen your day!" Your article was so refreshing. It was to the point. We can't sugarcoat what is ahead; yet you remind us of the glorious things that are yet to be. Thank you for your insightful writing, Jacob!

Renaissance NerdAugust 4, 2020

The way I put it: we are saved by faith, but faith without action isn’t faith at all. It doesn’t even rise to the level of opinion if it doesn’t prompt action. If I have the opinion that inoculations are bad for children, I would not have them inoculated. But if I believe in the law, then I will do it because it’s stronger than an opinion, so I follow the law. Faith is the pinnacle of belief. It is action based on taking a risk; it’s jumping out of a plane with faith your parachute will open and you’ll land safely. It’s taking the ultimate chance by putting trust in a being we have not seen and cannot KNOW exists, without long and careful practice of faith FIRST. Faith without works is dead because it’s not faith, and calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it so.

rex Donald loweAugust 4, 2020

Anne, was thinking about you last Thursday I started writing to you and was just getting into the Spirit of Christ, which has become another anchor to my Faith, since I’ve studied and prayed for more Light, I’ve had my understanding opened, my senses sharpened, the scales taken off my eyes and knowledge poured into my soul. I will complete the message to you if I can find it on my iPhone. Meanwhile your article was pure inspiration, describing what a defining moment it is to be in His Presence, it’s etched into your brain mind body spirit and consciousness which are your soul to the extent that it’s an unforgettable defining moment which is becoming life changing, the more you think and read about it in your journal the more meaningful it becomes. I bet you were thinking about your article last Thursday, talk to you tomorrow.

Albert Erwin SchindlerAugust 4, 2020

This article should be required reading for all Latter-day saints! It has always amazed me to see so many people fear the "Last Day(s)." Yes, those earthly souls who have evil in their hearts need to fear, for their nefarious deeds will be exposed, as we see already happening, and this will only increase as we get ever-nearer to the "Last Day(s)". But for the Saints--that is, all life, including humans--who have adopted the Gospel and follow its principles, *should* rejoice, for the time of suffering and pain is coming to an end!

Harold RustAugust 4, 2020

I see an even broader aspect of this issue of faith and works. First of all, the most important "Work" we do is strengthening and purifying our spirit. When we help others, we are really doing good work on ourselves. When we sacrifice the temporary for the long term; when we stand up for truth and integrity; when we willingly partake of ordinances that commit us to serve the Lord; when we work to improve our mind and our body.....all these elements of work contribute their greatest value in what we are becoming. Thus, when we say, as members, that faith without works is dead, we really are saying that having faith--in something hoped for or having faith in Christ such as believing that His prophet is guiding us--provides changes in us that can be considered an aspect of work. I believe we should combine that concept of what work really means with a recognition that at the day of judgment it is what we have "become" rather than what we have done that will be the factor in determining the degree of glory we can embrace. The role of grace or the Atoning Sacrifice of Christ will then be to make possible the complete elimination of those impure actions and thoughts from which we have repented but which would otherwise preclude us from a celestial glory. That is why we cannot be saved except for the Grace of God and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. But if we haven't been willing to keep changing and repenting until becoming one with Christ, then His atonement simply can't do away with those aspects of our own spirit which are unwilling to align with His will. In other words, it is then our "Works", (our true self) that makes possible eternal salvation and the saving power of the Atonement.

Anne PrattAugust 4, 2020

Fabulous article! Thank you for your insights!

Evelyn Neidert RussellAugust 4, 2020

Thank you for an excellent article! You have expressed my feelings exactly. As things have gotten worse and worse, my prayers have grown exponentially that the Savior will come. I yearn to live in a righteous society. I miss the temple deeply. We should prepare and then stand still and have faith in what we already know. I think it is natural to feel anxiety when there is so much chaos. But don’t forget that we still receive revelation from our prophets, seers and revelators for our benefit today. The gospel is going to remain on the earth. This story has a happy ending. I absolutely trust in the Lord.

Mark DonaldsonAugust 4, 2020

Well said, Jacob! Thanks!

Julie DunfordAugust 4, 2020

Thank you! This is beautiful and timely! I too, look forward to Zion and Christ’s return. Learning more about priesthood power, and the fullness of priesthood power that will be available to ALL worthy Saints, and all that entails, helped dispel all my fears about the tribulations that will happen between now and then. My focus is on becoming a Zion person and inspiring others to become a Zion people! As we each, individually, foster and maintain an ongoing revelatory relationship with God, We will have nothing to fear, and everything to look forward to! And thank you for referencing the important work on racism, among other things. We are proactively involved in this important work. It is painful at times. But my message is always to look to Christ and his teachings, to listen and learn with empathy, and resolve to help ease the suffering, Instead of being so eager to change the subject and retreat to comfort. We have a lot of work to do in many areas. But in all things, Christ is the answer!!

Capri RobisonAugust 4, 2020

Thank you for this, it really puts the future in perspective. I have enjoyed getting prepared for the "great and terrible" days ahead in hopes that it will help keep my fear in check and my faith can continue to flourish.

Lu BrowerAugust 4, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful, uplifting and timely message. It’s reminder that one should focus on the good and not the evil going on right now is what I needed right now! I love taking the positive perspective because it is sooo true.

SusanAugust 4, 2020

Thanks, Jacob, for the invitation and reminder on balancing my beliefs. And to stay positive, that the good triumphs over the hard things. Good points!

Gina CarononganAugust 4, 2020

Your marxist friends will surely want to see change but surely not the way the second coming changes that will take place. Marxists don’t believe in God, they’re just another shade of communism. Most young people are indoctrinated by liberal schools. I hope you don’t equate these events as such.

DonnaAugust 4, 2020

I always like your thoughtful comments, Jacob. Thank you!

RLLAugust 3, 2020

Great share. I hope you are attending LOTS of S-Anon meetings. It will help your efforts be even more effective, and to see "your side of the street." Also, the post about Dr. Amen is spot-on. His testing is pricey, but worth every penny.

ShaunaAugust 3, 2020

Addiction of any kind is painful for the one addicted and for those that love them. Wishing you and your husband the best in overcoming this monster.

Doug HollowellAugust 3, 2020

My wife and I have known Steve and Sharon since the early 1980’s. They were as kind then as they are now. In my book, anyone who goes out looking for children, with the intent to help them live their Christmas fantasy, has a great reward waiting for them when they leave here!!Thank you Steve and Sharon for your selfless service. Doug &Suzanne Hollowell

Stephanie GibsonAugust 3, 2020

I love your outlook and faith. I also agree with the honesty part. It really is the only way to walk this difficult path. I realize addicts think hiding addictions will help everyone, but having had relationships with addicts I can tell you that the only reason that these ended were due to dishonesty. I loved them with all my heart and wanted to work together on our problems. But by sweeping them under the rug there wasn't a way to work on them. Thanks for your honesty in sharing your struggle. I'm sure it will help someone.

annblackAugust 3, 2020

Thank you for coming back 5 years later to update, so many partners experiencing this progress just kind of disappear as things improve in their life and you have lifted many hearts with this article. It was beautifully written. I also married a man with an addiction and a record - hardly the returned missionary Eagle scout I expected I"d find when I was growing up. In every way but the addiction and his ADHD complications he is a wonderful partner and has the strongest testimony of any one I've met. He still hasn't kicked his addiction after 15 years which brings in the no control of the timeline that you talk about - but I stick around because he's transparent, humble, and he's trying. So often I feel helpless and like to slip into victim mode but I like what you said here, "Either way, I’ve come to learn that I am in a position of power in his fight and I have to be loving and deliberate (and brave) with how I use it." This is going to be my motto for the next stretch of my life. Thank you!

ElizabethAugust 3, 2020

Thank you for the update. When I read your first article, I had recently broken up with someone who struggled with porn addiction. Your article made me feel horrible about myself because I felt like I should have been more like you. I now realize that this kind of situation is complicated and personal, and only the person in the relationship can decide what to do. My ex was working hard to overcome his addiction, but there were still too many red flags for me: he frequently objectified me and tried to persuade me to lower my standards. It just didn’t feel like he respected me. At the time I saw porn addiction as the reason I broke up with him but now I realize that the problem also had a lot to do with his attitude towards sexuality in general and the way he rationalized his behavior. I’m now happily married to someone else. My husband doesn’t have any issues with addiction but he struggles with some serious mental health issues, and a lot of the lessons we’ve learned together are similar to what you’ve written about here. I think your approach to his addiction is both Christlike and practical. It sounds like you and your husband are both great people and it sounds like you are letting the hard things bring you closer together instead of separating you. Thanks for sharing your story!

ChrisAugust 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing your story. Your husband is so very fortunate to have your continuing support and love...that doesn't always happen, even when a husband is working recovery. What's awesome is your, and his, opportunity to experience Grace and the Atonement in ways that many never get to experience, and to share with others who struggle. I'm in recovery from both porn and sex addiction, and the recovery journey both my wife and I are on is amazing! Your opportunities to share and to love are limitless...

TerryDAugust 3, 2020

This reminds me of C. S. Lewis' book, The Last Battle. In one of the last scenes a couple of dwarves are prisoners in a hut with Lucy. Lucy finds an opening and is able to leave for freedom. She comes back to tell the good news to the dwarves but they don't/won't believe her. Their reality was being a prisoner and they simply refused to look. Annnnd this reminds me of the foolish Israelites who refused to look up to the standard and be healed from the fiery serpents that Moses set up.

Frankie HallAugust 3, 2020

I loved this article. It is powerfu;l!

Robert PrinceAugust 3, 2020

I'm like Shauna, Professor Peterson. I'd love to hear how you responded to Craig's assertion about the lack of credible witnesses to the truth of the Book of Mormon! Thanks for all you do.

Karen SmithsonAugust 3, 2020

Thank you, thank you for sharing all you've learned. I cried through the whole thing because I've walked your road like you have and learned all the same things you have. It is clear you are married to a great man with a with a weakness, as are we all...just different weaknesses. My husband had the same weakness but was also a very, very good man! I don't even know where to begin with my thoughts, but would love to talk with you, and maybe even your husband, to share my understanding and ASSURANCES that I have received since he passed away. I LOVED this article and admire both of you for your righteous lives. I'm including my email if you would like to contact me.

ChrisAugust 3, 2020

I have never seen the topic treated better. Thank you for writing this, and sharing. This is blessing lives! I think people spend entirely to much energy thinking what they are dealing with is more shameful than what others are dealing with, and judging others for sinning differently than they do. Addiction is HARD; it's addiction! Lust addictions are harder because you carry the "substance" with you, it's in your brain! However, these distinctions do not separate these sins from others, in terms of our universal desperate need of the atonement. We need both the redeeming AND the enabling power of Jesus Christ in our lives. And we all need it(.) You have treated this topic with such light, love and clarity as to humble me. I appreciate so much your courage, and example. Thank you!!! God bless you both!!!

LeslieAugust 3, 2020

My friend's brother struggled with pornography addiction for many years. He did a couple of expensive cognitive therapy type treatments but kept relapsing. Finally, out of sheer desperation he went and saw Dr Daniel Amen. Dr. Amen studies the brain and does special scans of the brain. He told him that his brain was actually damaged, worse than a heroin addict from the addiction. Dr. Amen said that pornography is one of the worst drugs out there. He put him on medications-one that blocks the pleasure center in the brain-this is often used for chronic smokers, alcoholics etc, and then he put him on two other medications to correct serotonin levels and anxiety. He is now been a few years out without a relapse. Of course the therapy, a great wife, supportive family, and the atonement helped him, but this is so much more than that-it's medical for serious addictions and needs to be treated that way so that they can finally find the success they are seeking. I love the things you have learned and that you are sharing. You might consider looking into healing the brain as well,if you haven't already, and that combined with what he is already doing will hopefully bring him and you more years of peace.

L.S.August 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing. I recognize the road you're walking and I know how difficult it can be. Supporting my struggling spouse through many years of marriage has taught me that recovery is an active thing, which is why addicts are referred to as "recovering" rather than "recovered." Keep doing what you're doing to love and support your husband. The Lord knows his struggles, and He knows yours, and He will strengthen and support you both as you rely on His grace.

AnonymousAugust 3, 2020

I am so impressed with your faith in your husband. You are right that he struggles more than you do. I have to share that I am a woman that struggled for years with pornography. It was around me growing up and I couldn't shake it. About 15 years into my marriage I was so filled with shame and regret that I couldn't stand it one more second. I decided to pray, which I had done before. But this time I really prayed. I shared everything. I pleaded and begged. I kept getting distracted. Satan didn't want me to pray that prayer. But I was finally able to really pray. After some time I had the most incredible experience. It was the grace of God. I actually felt the Lord's arms come around me and just hold me. I no longer needed to have porn in my life. However, I have to be careful what comes into my view and run from it if it pulls at me. I have been blessed in this. I pray for you and your husband to conquer this demon. Thank you so much for sharing. More people need to come out on this topic. Although, I was into the hard core stuff I want to warn women that many romance novels and even some musicals and operas are pornographic, and they need to realize that it is an addiction. It doesn't have to be blatant to be pornography!

BrianAugust 3, 2020

Christine, what a wonderful article. Thank you for sharing your perspective about pornography addiction. I think it's helpful to not only those who struggle with porn but for those close to them. There is a new approach to overcoming pornography addiction that many are having success with: Power Over Pornography. It is a very different approach that uses advanced cognitive behavior methods and gospel principles, so that willpower and white-knuckling are not required. Your husband and others may benefit from its methods. You can check it out on Amazon or get a complementary copy at I hope it's a blessing to your husband and others who struggle with a porn habit.

One who knowsAugust 3, 2020

In my experience pornography addiction is just a symptom of much bigger problems. It also causes its own problems. As with any addiction it is a coping mechanism, usually employed to deal with some sort of trauma, but also just stems from one’s inability to self-regulate which can be caused by other mental illnesses such as aspergers, ocpd, narcissism, or just undiagnosed anxiety disorders among others. If the trauma is properly dealt with, often with professional help, healing is more likely, but will still require constant vigilance because those neural pathways will always be there. When a person is dealing with even a high functioning mental disorder, overcoming it is slower. They may be able to stop with the pornography, but will often just find another more socially acceptable addiction to take its place. Sexual compulsion might still be manifest and they’ll look to sexual partners to help them self-regulate which even if it doesn’t lead to infidelity can put the wife in a managerial position and will undermine true intimacy. Not only will the relationship suffer because of that, but if there has been secrecy or dishonesty that is a form of betrayal that is very difficult to heal. It takes hard work and dedication to rebuild trust. Whether it’s a symptom of a developmental delay or simply that time spent in addiction causes the addict’s emotional development to be stunted, often the biggest red flag of an addiction is one’s inability to have empathy. Addicts are notoriously selfish—even if they seem generous it can be in self-serving ways. And they can be very good actors, becoming exactly what you want in order to earn your love and approval. They can even become experts at addiction-recovery as long as it gets them the validation they crave because that is very regulating for them. One of the few waysto know if healing is happening or possible is the addicts‘ ability to connect in empathy and authenticity with other people and to self-regulate regardless of the actions or emotions of those around them. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection. True healing is possible, with God’s help nothing is impossible, but unfortunately it is rare and takes a lot of work, a lot of help, a lot of humility, and a lot of patience. So don’t ever encourage someone to step into or stay in a relationship with an addict, even if they are actually up front about it. Encourage people to first get educated about the realities of it, and above all to get their own revelation about it. It’s their only hope of surviving the hell that is being married to an addict.

BrianAugust 3, 2020

He is so blessed to have you. I struggled for many years. This can end and will end through the power of Jesus Christ. It can't be done any other way. Don't give up. There's a way out and a way up. Give yourselves completely to Him and I mean COMPLETELY. He changed me. The Lord will change you. I've been free for over 13 years. Best 13 years of my life.

An encouragerAugust 3, 2020

I remember reading the first article you shared, when I was living with the impacts of pornography myself. And I have learned a lot since then. An expert in pornography addiction personally told me that recovery looks like Mosiah 3:19. Another said that it looks like honesty, humility, and accepting responsibility. From everything you shared, I would absolutely think your husband is actively working recovery. My situation didn’t work out so well because that was totally absent. There were words, but patterns of behavior never meshed. 2 other friends had a similar situation as you and have healthy marriages of 15-20+ years because of the honesty, humility, and responsibility. I appreciate your perspective and willingness to share your own experience because this is such a pervasive issue - far more than I ever would have guessed. You were very vulnerable and honest in what you shared - and that has the potential to help a lot of people. I have seen a huge variation with this issue, and I just want to say, this is a great example of a healthy recovery and relationship and applaud you both!! Unfortunately, there are so many who don’t have that, and it feels very different than your experience, so you get plenty of naysayers. Which is hard for them and for you. The only other thing I would personally say, which it sounds like you are doing, is to work your own recovery and support him in his. I know a lot of people who want to work the addict’s recovery for them and ignore their own, which never works. And in my situation, my addicted spouse ignored his own recovery and wanted to work mine. Which also never works. What is happening in your marriage relationship is actually a beautiful thing.

Jan KingAugust 3, 2020

This is stunningly beautiful! My husband and I served for 6 years in the Pornography Addiction Support Group and I hold dear the experiences I had there. I led the family support piece while my husband led the addict's meeting. I saw wonderful success with husband's overcoming their addiction and happy marriages moving on. I saw wives and girlfriends realizing "I didn't cause this and I can't fix it". I saw women in long term marriages being beaten down after being told it was their fault that "they weren't good enough", gaining the courage to move on to happy lives. I consider them all success stories. I wish I'd have had this beautifully written story to share in those groups.

C.S.August 3, 2020

Good for you for trying. Addicts by nature are manipulators. Their partners often justify, rationalize & minimize what's going on. I wish you all the best in the years to come. Thanks for sharing.

PJLAugust 3, 2020

To start with, I want to let you know that I was married to a porn addict, but my situation was quite different. While he would occasionally admit his addiction, usually he denied it and tried to make me a surrogate for the 18-year-olds he saw on the computer. He never seemed sorry and I saw no effort to overcome it. You are truly blessed with a wonderful husband, and if mine had behaved the way yours has, I wouldn't have gotten the divorce, at least for that reason. It's so much easier to understand and be patient, and forgiving when someone is truly sorry and is doing his best to repent. While I forgave my husband, I could never trust him because he proved untrustworthy by his refusal to deal with his problems (which were many besides the addiction). I'm glad for you. As long as your husband is doing his best to overcome, that is all he can do and Christ's loving Atonement will make up for what he cannot overcome. We are all dependent on that same mercy. We do our best and Christ covers what we truly cannot do. My prayers are with you, but your love for your husband and the gospel shine brightly through you already.

JenAugust 3, 2020

Thank you for the update! That was beautifully written. We all struggle with something and as a married couple we are meant to help each other. I want to wish away many things, but try to remember that this is what will make us more empathetic to others. It's messy, complicated, and inconvenient, but it is our life to live as well as we can. Thank you again for putting this out there, you are brave and so is he. I've no doubt that you've helped many by sharing the burden.

Steve Colin ZeiglerAugust 3, 2020

I've facilitated 3 pornagraphic recovery groups and I have to tell you, YOU ARE JUST SO FULL OF AWESOMENESS!

HelenAugust 3, 2020

“ This is Still His Journey and I Can’t Force Him to Get There Any Faster” really hit home. My husband of 26 years still shows no inclination to return to the Church which he left within a year of coming home from his mission, several years before we met. Wanting him back in the Savior’s arms is nice, but it really isn’t my calling to be anything other than ready to help him when and IF he makes that choice. Thank you.

Tom KAugust 3, 2020

You are an angel and an incredible blessing in your husband's life and every single person that takes the time to read this. His grace is sufficient!

Brian JamesAugust 2, 2020

The vast majority of the studies were published in 2020. Where are the hundreds of studies published prior to 2020 on mask efficacy and why were they not used? 115 studies primarily done in 2020 after mask mandates leads to a biased conclusion.

GeorginaAugust 2, 2020

Thanks Isaac for this article. As with your other articles I find it very easy to read and understand. I plan to remember this sentence you wrote 'Alone you may be weak, but with the Lord, the power within you can be awakened and you can accomplish anything.' Georgina

Linda MAugust 2, 2020

Although I can understand the analogy of the light bulb and the laser to a certain point, here is an analogy that works better for me in the current situation: You live in a house with a very dark basement, lit by a single 25-watt bulb that has grown dimmer over time. Your landlord has employed you to work on various projects in the basement, and insists that the light bulb not be changed. As your eyes grow accustomed to the dimly lit basement, you are able to avoid furniture and boxes to carry out the work. Then another tenant moves in, and randomly stores a lot of his stuff in the basement. Unfortunately, his belongings include a variety of sharp objects that could injure or even kill you if you fall against them. The landlord insists that there is not a problem and orders you to continue your work as before. A little while later, a scientist working with modern technology comes on the scene and starts illuminating the dangerous areas with a 100-watt light. This makes the landlord look bad, so he gets out his trusty pea-shooter and shoots out the brighter light bulb. But more and more scientists start bringing 100-watt bulbs to the house. The landlord locks them out of the house and orders you to continue working in the dimly lit basement. In contrast with events in the national arena, I am very grateful that the Church is led by a man who not only listens closely to the Lord, but whose life included years of training as a skilled medical professional before he was called to full-time ministry. President Nelson was well prepared to see the pandemic coming and took immediate action to protect the lives of the people he serves. After shutting down meetings for a time, he has directed us in carefully re-opening our buildings in a way that will continue to protect the most vulnerable among us. We may have to accept the fact that our lives might never return the "normal" we once knew, but led by an inspired prophet we can walk with him into a much brighter future.

Ed GayhartAugust 2, 2020

No one is turned away from a hospital in this country. And yes - one party is promising unfettered socialism which is not only control of commerce but the power of the state to punish you for whatever it decides is a crime. Look to those who paint over racist grafitti on the street or those who brandish arms to protect their lives and property against the mob. Truth and justice are whatever is deemed such by the "leaders" and socialists will use the full force and power of the government to punish these people by bankrupting them or putting them in jail. You see it is a lesson from history. Nothing undesirable is done without the threat of force. For socialism to work, those same police who are now being called pig opressors will become the spear tip by which socialism is enforced. To believe in socialism as an acceptable form of government is sad and indicative of a failed education system or the desire for a king. Will the lessons of the Book of Mormon never be learned!

Bruce WilliamsonAugust 1, 2020

Three statements by former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker made more than half-a-century ago, underline why the freedom of speech is so critical, now as then. 1st, "The reading of history proves that freedom always dies when criticism ends.", 2nd, "Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.", and 3rd. "Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent... The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words." Pre-war Germany might be a good model for what happens when good people see what is going wrong with their society, but are frightened into silence by threats to their lives and livelihoods.

JohnnoAugust 1, 2020

I agree with Geoff-Aus that the cost of health care in America is a major problem. Many friends and family members struggle with the high costs of paying for their health care. Some even going bankrupt or are left with huge medical bills that they have to pay off over many years. Australia is not a socialist country but has a universal health system that works well..

Margaret BourneAugust 1, 2020

I am very sad to hear that Ted Gibbons has passed away. He never knew it but he helped me so much with his lessons on the BOM when I was teaching youth Sunday School many years ago and I have read his other lessons from time to time and always found his insights and comments highly thought provoking and trustworthy. My condolences to his family and friends. I know he will be sorely missed

Liz R.August 1, 2020

If she is still sending risqué photos and is offended that you won't countenance them, and even thinks it's indicative of you failing to appreciate her beauty, then I suggest that she does not have a testimony of sexual morality or of heeding prophetic counsel on important matters. It is likely that she has low self-esteem and is using sex to "cement the deal," so to speak. Is that whom you want influencing your children? Or whom you will be able to trust with your heart (fidelity) through the vicissitudes of life and marriage? If you were my son, I'd be worried, particularly as distance keeps you from observing how she responds to many other situations.

KathrynAugust 1, 2020

I have wanted to see this movie since I first read Margaret Young's articles about it on Meridian. I generally don't buy DVDs, but is the movie being streamed anywhere? I think it would get much broader exposure that way.

Erwin RothAugust 1, 2020

This article about SOCIALISM is totally misleading. It reminds the reader that the late Ezra Taft Benson wrote a book entitled "An Enemy Has Done This". As a non english speaker I write off the cuff, without correction - so please bear with me: The term SOCIALISM is used wrong, by insinuating that socialism equals COMMUNISM. COMMUNISM like in the USSR and the former East-Block Countries. And the writer declares that the GDP of the US is 15 % higher than in Sweden, Norway, Denmark ... , in a try to describe the US system as superior. But what about Switzerland, Austria, Germany - my german speaking Europe, or the Netherlands ... These and other countries follow since decades the SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY, many times mistaken by US authors as a form of socialism, in the communist meaning of the word. Social Market Economy regulates what the voters want to have regulated by the state/government e.g. healthcare, pensions, drinking water, power, roads, railways ... to name a few and leave the rest to the free market. With great success. The wealth is more equally distributed among the populations, avoiding starvation and death due to the lack of social systems. The incometaxes are on average 3-7% higher and loopholes for companies to avpid taxation are rare, compared to the US. One result: Covid - 19 deaths eg in Germany with 100 million inhabitants total ca. 9000 (!) per July 31/ 2020. In the US with 350 million people + 150.000 per July 31/2020. Austria with 10 Million: 750 (!) And the federalist systems of Germany and the US are comparable. One main reason is: In European Countries (Western Europe) populations have learned that the Government has to play its role, and in certain rare circumstance the people - such as COVID - 19 ,ought to be obidient. And in most cases we the people govern themselfs according to true principles such as supply and demand, fairness, cooperation, follow your dreams... SOCIALISM is not a bad word such as COMMUNISM SOCIALISM has proofen very successful in SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY In 2020 we are not discussing "An Enemy Has Done This" - Communism in the fashion of the `late`USSR has proofen wrong and vanished. CAPITALISM in the many shapes and forms of the USA could well share the same fate. SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY SYSTEMS have an excellent track record, in Sweden, Denmar, Finland, Norway, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland ... with a GDP calculated for the entire population far exceeds the GDP of the US (if you subtract AMAZON, MICROSOFT, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK and other superperformers first) Erwin Roth, Editor in Chief of `Latter-day Saints NEWS`

Fred TanquaryAugust 1, 2020

An article as great as this should be out where all can read it. That would be in a place where those who cling to their devices might read it, thereby making them think about their future. Great article.

RingAugust 1, 2020

Socialism is a system that advocates for the poor. Britain is socialist. Russia is communist. I think socialism is more what Jesus would do than capitalism which is all about selfishness.

EricJuly 31, 2020

Great article. I hope this provides some hope and thought correction for those that are so convinced that our leaders are making these decisions for our benefit. My fear is that it will not. They have picked the side you are countering. They are convinced that people dying is a bad thing and that we have the power to stop such an event.'s part of the plan of salvation. It's a necessary part of our eternal existence!! I pray that my wife and I and our 3 teenage children can live a long healthy life. My prayers guarantee me nothing. Although I have a testimony that prayers are answered. Still doesn't change the fact that it may be my time to go tomorrow, heaven forbid. At least I know where I'll be if that happens to happen.

Russell CannonJuly 31, 2020

Daniel - Thanks for the great story and reminder of the 11 witnesses to the Book of Mormon. For Shauna (previous comment) and other visitors to Missouri, we not only have the Three Witness Monument that you show in your article, but an Eight Witness Monument near the Liberty Jail. During the Pandemic, virtual tours of Liberty Jail and the Independence Visitors’ Center are available. Thanks, President Russell Cannon (Missouri Area Historic Sites)

James RawsonJuly 31, 2020

Gary, I appreciate your thoroughness and simple explanation of Socialism and its underlying destructiveness!

Ray GunapalaJuly 31, 2020

Geoff-Aus Thank you for your comments which I agree with, well said

Dave HallJuly 31, 2020

(Not sure why you're not posting my perfectly good comment. Here it is, basically again. Do you only post complimentary comments? I think it would be good for people to think about this, that maybe this prophecy is being fulfilled. It's actually a comforting thought when we see prophecy fulfilled.) It looks to me like John the Revelator prophesied about the cancel culture in Rev. 13:16-17: “And he causeth ... that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” This is exactly what is going on. They're saying that unless you go along with their agenda, they're going to have you fired or boycotted.

MicheleJuly 31, 2020

I always appreciate Geoff's column, and the comments are also appropriate so far. I want to note specifically the fact she is comfortable sending semi nude photos of herself. This may or may not still be related to earlier trauma, but if so, it indicates she is not in enough recovery from that, and/or sexually addictive behaviors. I'm so glad the writer is seeking assistance for this very serious concern regarding the consideration of entering into an eternal marriage and the issue of prior immoral behaviors, as it seems to be the pattern that once we've given our heart, we'll look the other way regarding less than ideal behavioral patterns.

Cyndi H.July 31, 2020

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the cancel culture, which is happening all around us right now. Those that speak up are silenced and discredited, and others who would like to speak up are afraid of the same repercussions, so are silenced in fear.

ShaunaJuly 31, 2020

Professor Peterson, you left us hanging--did you respond to the claim that there were no where near that many witnesses for the Restoration? also, would love to visit those graves. Thanks for alerting me as to their whereabouts

DaveJuly 31, 2020

I love Geoff's columns, and here I admire him for trying to be kind and non-judgmental to your fiancé, but, as he points out, when we are contemplating marriage, we have to judge. And what I am seeing here are some serious red flags, and you need good answers before going through with this marriage. I have two points. First, it looks to me like your fiancé may never qualify for a temple marriage. To get there, she is going to have to talk with a bishop about her sexuality. Second, the reasons for our behavior are rarely simple or singular. There is usually a complex network of reasons we do or don't do certain things. And I can't help wondering, based on what you are saying, if part of the reason your fiancé doesn't want to talk to her bishop is that she really doesn't want to change. She's giving you other signals that this may be the case. I speak from experience with a failed marriage and a successful one--you see your partner's best side before marriage. Afterward, you get comfortable with each other and the true character of each of you begins to come out. Take these little clues seriously. Little clues turn into big problems once you are married. My advice would be, as Geoff encourages you to do, be patient and understanding with her. If she means a lot to you, wait her out and hopefully she will come around. But I think you would be smart to ask for complete repentance in the Lord's ordained system before you marry her.

Roberta HubbardJuly 31, 2020

Beautiful article, Spot right on! Thank you, much needed today.

DTJuly 31, 2020

Very very good advice. So often before marriage, our prospective partner sends up 'red flags'. It would have been good for us to see them beforehand, and would have saved a lot of misery and heartbreak, especially the tender hearts of our future children. Yet, being single, and not experienced we overlook what should be very important points. This girl is showing her true colors and actions speak louder than words. I would hit the pause button and take a break from the relationship. Your heart and the Spirit will direct you.

BryanJuly 31, 2020

Agency is one of my favorite topics, because it is so central to achieving our eternal potential and so underrated by the world. I think that it's Satan's doing -- that he hasn't given up on his original plan to remove our agency:

GrandpaJuly 31, 2020

When I was a young missionary many years ago, one of the final steps in the Repentance process that we taught was forsaking that which you are repenting of, which sometimes even includes the necessity of forsaking those who would keep you associating with the action and/or lifestyle you are repenting of. No matter how much you love this woman, your association with her will keep you tied in some way with with the actions/lifestyle you are forsaking in order to reconcile yourself with Heavenly Father. What sort of moral compromises are you willing to make to maintain a relationship with her? The fact that she will not even begin the repentance process with her bishop tells you she is not ready to return to the Lord. This may be one of the hardest and morally difficult choices in you to make in life -- also one of the most important! I pray that you seek the Lord and listen carefully. God bless you as you face these decisions.

Calvin GarvinJuly 31, 2020

Excellent write Gary Lawrence.

DJJuly 31, 2020

I have the impression it is more difficult than ever to work in customer service right now which is good motivation to be extra patient these days. A child abuse prevention program I worked with in the past taught kids to counter bullying and learn to stand up for themselves and others (peer support), listen to their feelings and go to trusted adults for help if needed, among other concepts. The program was for kids and the adults in their lives. Another side of this issue is that holding someone accountable for abusive behavior sets a boundary and signals the need for change. Everyone should have such a manager!

Chad FranciscoJuly 31, 2020

I am all for wearing masks, but I don't understand why the article talks about spreading COVID-19 by breathing. From the NIH: "Droplet transmission occurs by the direct spray of large droplets onto conjunctiva or mucous membranes of a susceptible host when an infected patient sneezes, talks, or coughs."

Chad FranciscoJuly 31, 2020

Some better clarity, please. The CDC website does not state that COVID-19 is spread when we "breathe" -- only "when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks" and only if "these droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people ...nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs," From the CDC website: "The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

Geoff-AusJuly 31, 2020

So the only countries that fit your definition of Socialism are communist. By your definition, There is no political party offering socialism in America. Universal healthcare is not socialism, and costs the country less than the current system, and with the virus, imagine you are poor, you have no health insurance, but might have the virus. If there was universal healthcare, you would get treated. YOU COULD HAVE JUST SAID WE DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT SOCIALISM, BECAUSE NO POLITICAL PARTY, IS ADVOCATING FOR IT.

Nancy LundquistJuly 30, 2020

The comment about using the word 'bravest' instead of brave made me realize I probably wouldn't have read the article with the word 'brave' and I'm glad I did. Writers have to make the right title word for this reason, and the fact that there's thousands of stories of bravery doesn't diminish them at all. .

Dave HallJuly 30, 2020

I believe this was prophesied by John the Revelator in Rev. 13:16-17 where he wrote: “And he causeth ... that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Having the mark of the beast seems here to be a metaphor for those who are promoting the interests of the beast.

Arlene WelkerJuly 30, 2020

Beautiful leading a pure, repentant life and being integrous will ultimately take you where you want to go. Back to our Heavenly Father! I can't think of anything better!!

Rich ZollingerJuly 30, 2020

I have discussed with my family of sharing our food storage during the time of tribulation coming sometime and if we protect or share it. Your piece was certainly an answer to my prayers. After pondering about your words I remembered this principle is taught in I Kings 17:1-16 where Elijah asks a mother and son preparing their last meal before they die to give him the food - there it is the scriptural equivalent so I renamed your instruction: The Principle of Perpetual Food Storage. I am going to teach this this Sunday in my virtual Sunday School with my family. Much thanks.

Denise StorckJuly 30, 2020

I think it was Albert Einstein who said something to the effect of "You don't fail until you quit trying." I also like this from Abraham Lincoln: "I don't like that man. I must get to know him better." And finally, Walt Disney said: "It's kinda fun to do the impossible."

Joseph ShumwayJuly 30, 2020

I can relate to the hot water problem. I take baths and when the water coming out of the bathtub faucet turns cold I use hot water from the sink to fill up the tub. My dad can fix the tub faucet but it never lasts

Sally SmithJuly 30, 2020

Thank you, Joni for writing this article. I read a book back in the 90' s about a civilization that lived underground and then two children found the light. That was when I started looking at my reality.

LindaJuly 30, 2020

I love this story!! More people should speak up when someone is being wronged.

Kathleen JonesJuly 30, 2020

Beautiful story. I liked it. Thank you.

Leanell M. SumagpaoJuly 30, 2020

This article makes me filled with truths of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for sharing! It is through knowing and loving the Savior that we will have a feel of what true joy is even living in this weary world at this fear- filled time.

Leanell M. SumagpaoJuly 30, 2020

How I am spiriually filled with the truths shared. Thanks a lot! It is through knowing Jesus Christ and feeling His Love that joy can be felt truly, even in this weary world at this fear-filled time.

GardenickJuly 30, 2020

Interesting article. It certainly gives some things to be more aware of.

GeorginaJuly 30, 2020

This article filled me with joy! I will more often Imagine Jesus Christ in my life. I will save this article and read is often.

GeorginaJuly 30, 2020

This is such an awesome article. I really felt the Spirit as I read it. I enjoy all of your articles Joni.

Kathleen FulmerJuly 29, 2020

I've always felt that everyone should work in the food industry or retail early in their life, so they know how to be a better customer.

Margaret BourneJuly 29, 2020

One I picked up years ago: Sheryl Sandberg (CEO of Facebook): "If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on."

Margaret BourneJuly 29, 2020

The quote I have on my workstation and I see every day is "If you don't sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice" Not sure where I heard it but I try to live by it each day

Margaret BourneJuly 29, 2020

One of my favourite quotes from Oprah Winfrey: "Go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground." Oprah looks at what most people consider failure to be a chance at seeing things from a new perspective, learning a new lesson, or finding a new route. "Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction."

Maryann TaylorJuly 29, 2020

Thank you so much for this account and I hate to be nitpicking, but when the word "bravest" is used it suggests a comparison to all the other faithful early church members. There are countless unwritten stories of brave, courageous members, as well as hundreds that have been recorded. We don't really need to compare their efforts, do we? The word "brave" is sufficient.

BrianJuly 29, 2020

There is so much wrong with this analogy and argument that it's hard to know where to begin in responding. I do like the analogy of the dark room and agree that the 25-watt bulb is the most useful. However, the author mixed up the cast of characters. The public health experts are the ones with the 25-watt bulb. They can see the door and they know where the key to the door is located. They're trying to share this information with others if they'll only listen. The ones with the laser light (at least at a U.S. national level) are our political leaders, whose only focus seems to be doing what they can to be elected (or reelected). As a result, our leaders with the laser lights are ignoring the big picture. Other countries have fared much better than the U.S. For example, if we had responded as Germany, we would have 36,000 deaths from COVID-19 compared with our actual total of 150,000. Even better, if we had responded as Korea, we would have fewer than 2,000 deaths, based on our national death rates. The extreme case is Taiwan, a nation of 24 million people with just 7 COVID-19 deaths. If we had responded like Taiwan we would only have 100 deaths in our country. These are all examples of nations which actually listened to their public health experts and as a result had relatively few deaths and minimal impact on their economies. My friends in Taiwan cannot understand how a country like the U.S. could have responded so poorly to this emergency. One big advantage the Asian countries have is their sense of community and an intense desire to care for one another -- traits that we as Church members should fully understand.

Janet KuesterJuly 29, 2020

Thank you for your thoughtful, clear, and very thought provoking, if not chilling article. I agree with the signatories of said letter as well as with the famous Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, "what we do at THIS moment in time matters. It will determine the kind of world we will live in It is an existential moment for journalism; an existential moment for democracy.The evidence is in front of us. It is time to act."

Missy Hoggan GroppelJuly 29, 2020

True every day: "God does notice us, and he watches over us. But it is usually through another person that he meets our needs. Therefore, it is vital that we serve each other in the kingdom." Spencer W. Kimball, 1974 talk, "Small Acts of Service." I misquoted it for years as I received its paraphrase on a magnet, that is still "on my mirror." Thanks, Lincoln

Denise CottrellJuly 29, 2020

This is an amazing story that I hope will be read and pondered over and over again. We all need to read stories like this one. Thank you for all your work and for sharing.

Denise BolewareJuly 29, 2020

I love this story. I believe this story and it makes me happy!

Brandon GainesJuly 29, 2020

Actually, one more. Stein's Law says, "If something can not go on forever, it will stop." Coined by Ben Stein's father.

Brandon GainesJuly 29, 2020

And finally, a classic thought from my paternal grandfather, Warren C. Gaines: "There's more than one way to skin a cat!" It took me forever to figure out that he meant a catfish.

Brandon GainesJuly 29, 2020

Some good quotes from Henry Ford: "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success." "I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible." "Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!" "There is no man living who isn't capable of doing more than he thinks he can do." "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." "I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?"

Brandon GainesJuly 29, 2020

"Only the best is good enough." - Ole Kirk Christiansen, founder of the LEGO Group

ShaunaJuly 29, 2020

Absolutely there's a "cancel" culture--I feel it everywhere I go and in an online neighborhood website--where for instance, people were harassed if they posted any kind of support for police officers, during the protests. I am sometimes hesitant to speak about my faith because God and religion are so taboo these days. It smacks of McCarthyism to me--political correctness is a club that is used to beat people into submission. And I was especially dumbfounded and sad when a 21 yr old female posted on the website that she had moved here recently and was looking for friends--but only BLM and LGBT friendly people need reply. So now even friendhsips are based on politics? And yet is someone had posted, only people of faith and college educated (or whatever other groups) need apply--I can only imagine the backlash

Michael Shea, MDJuly 29, 2020

The problem is that the media have made it possible for anyone and everyone to speak so loudly that the noise is intolerable. I’m so tired of “activists” that I could vomit blood. I have found there are far more noisemakers than thinkers in the world.

David Clarke PrudenJuly 29, 2020

This is an excellent article and "dead on" target. Thanks to Public Square and all you do!

Londa HeatonJuly 29, 2020

Thank you very much!

Karen HannemanJuly 29, 2020

"The way to get rid of an enemy is to make them your friend." Primary CTR 6 Lesson 28

Charles DefranchiJuly 29, 2020

Dearest Maurine, An avalanch of challenges beset me over the last four years, including health and family-related ones. I felt pretty much like you and Darlene in recent times, wondering whether God did not let me down, and whether all this was going to end with my passing away. I therefore bless the Lord for "stumbling" into your article that revives my confidence that He cares and just expects me to be patient and carry on. Thanks and many blessings to you and Scot, my special friends, for your example of faith and service.

Karen HannemanJuly 29, 2020

"Only you can create your own happiness. You decide how you will react." Roland V Wise

Karen HannemanJuly 29, 2020

"Life you see, is never so good or so bad as people think" Guy de Maupassant

Karen HannemanJuly 29, 2020

Never ascribe malice when ignorance will suffice

Karen PrisbreyJuly 28, 2020

Find the good and Praise it! Alex Hailey

Maria AllenJuly 28, 2020

The Past is a Foreign Country- They do things differently

LorraineQJuly 28, 2020

“I believe I am always divinely guided. I believe I will always take the right road. I believe God will always make a way where there is no way.” As quoted by Gordon B. Hinckley in October 1971 General Conference talk.

LincolnJuly 28, 2020

Thanks for your replies. I very much enjoyed reading some of the words that readers find inspiring. I hope to see enough more to get us to 25 Lincoln Oliphant, the author

Lincoln HydeJuly 28, 2020

I'm with Kate. It is obvious that using the 25-watt bulb that we have nowhere near enough restrictions - as witness the 1918 flu pandemic, which was much worse when restrictions were lifted too early. The states which refused to put restrictions in place are now reaping the rewards of insufficient controls - and you will note that the Prophet closed down a world-wide Church before most states were closed down. He is not only the mouthpiece of the Lord but a physician and surgeon - and is being VERY cautious about reopening.

MarciaJuly 28, 2020

“We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training.” ― Archilochus “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.” -Augustine

KristenJuly 28, 2020

I really appreciate Kate’s remarks. You basically said what I was thinking. I wonder if the author of this article knows anyone personally who has lost their life and/or has been hospitalized and ventilated. Hmmm...if so, maybe his opinion would be different.

LarryJuly 28, 2020

While perhaps well intended, this reads as nakedly political...

Harold RustJuly 28, 2020

Great logical diagnosis of the "disease" with which our country has been inflicted. If I followed the rules of many of our leaders right now (I live in Oregon), I would demand that my son and his family immediately stop driving to visit us and, instead, go to a hotel and wait until we both know the traffic flow is so minimal that his odds of having an accident are reduced to what they were 100 years ago. As the author points out, we live with risk every day. Instead, we move forward and have faith that if something bad happens we can deal with it. The alternative is to give up on living.

MaralynJuly 28, 2020

Inhale Gratitude; Exhale Charity

AliciaJuly 28, 2020

Don't give up what you want most for what you want at the moment.

Rebecca McCrayJuly 28, 2020

Kneeling in prayer, having faith in the Lord that he is there. I know he hears each of our prayers. I know we have comforting, and healing angels by our side. Each one of us. Please do not give up on the Lord! He hears you! I had a special experience when kneeling in prayer. I testify the Lord loves each and everyone of us! Angels and our Saviour are closer than you may realize.

Still StrivingJuly 28, 2020

Very much appreciated article, with an excellent summary of what has transpired and what needs to change. Thank you.

Lona MillerJuly 28, 2020

Well said!!

Megan K McQuiveyJuly 28, 2020

"Twenty years from now you'll be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." H. Jackson Brown Jr. P.S. I Love You

Megan K McQuiveyJuly 28, 2020

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Ghandi

Megan K McQuiveyJuly 28, 2020

“The true spirit of conversation consists more in bringing out the cleverness of others than in showing a great deal of it yourself; he who goes away pleased with himself and his own wit is also greatly pleased with you.” -- Jean de La Bruyère, “Of Society and Conversation,” The Characters of Jean de La Bruyère

Megan K McQuiveyJuly 28, 2020

“You can’t run alongside your grown children with sunscreen and ChapStick on their hero’s journey.” -- Anne Lamott, “Twelve Truths I Learned from Writing to Life”

Jenni JohnsonJuly 28, 2020

Every man has an atmosphere which is affecting every other. Man cannot escape for one moment from this radiation of his character, the constant weakening or strengthening of others. ~ David O. McKay The effect of your words and acts is tremendous in this world. Every man has an atmosphere or a radiation that is affecting every person in the world. You cannot escape it. Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or for evil. It is simply the constant radiation of what a man really is. David O. McKay He talked about this on a few occasions. These are two variations.

Pam BiggerJuly 28, 2020

Sounds like good common sense to me... thank you for thinking about this mess we have gotten ourselves into and sorting out real possibilities.... personally I am extremely tired of the new “stupid”.

Keith StottJuly 28, 2020

Here are three thoughts to start you off. The goal of living is to grow. --e.e. cummings The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn; the bird waits in the egg. Dreams are the seedlings of realities. --James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Men differ only in the size and shape of the mountains they must climb. --Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881

KateJuly 28, 2020

So if only 1% of the population dies of Covid-19, and the population of the US is about 300.3 million people, that means 3.2 MILLION people dead (not counting all those hospitalized who survive, all those who survive with permanent heart, lung, or neurological damage--that would be many times that 3.2 million). Is that acceptable to you? Don't you think that would affect the economy in a profoundly negative manner? Sounds like a dim bulb idea to me.

Sue Cain McFarlaneJuly 28, 2020

This an excellent, well-written article, describing the situation in which we now find ourselves. The author raises excellent questions deserving of answers. This has given me much to ponder. I am very grateful to Carl Herstein for expressing in a clear and relevant manner, issues troubling each of us. If we are not troubled by our current circumstances and loss of freedoms, we should be.

Patricia lambJuly 28, 2020

Thank you for adding light to a darkened subject. I appreciate your insight and wisdom and agree with you totally.

Natalie NicholsonJuly 28, 2020

One of my favorite quotes comes from the 80s TV show "MacGyver". "If you try hard enough to make the best of a situation, the situation will not get the best of you." Many of us have tried to do this during the pandemic. One thing I've done is go on a virtual vacation (aka google a place) every Friday night. I've gone to Fiji, Austria, etc. It's free, safe, and I don't even need a passport!

Janet SchoenJuly 28, 2020

Many years ago, as a mother of many (8) children and no dishwasher except the human hand, I found this poem, though I have no author to attribute it to: "Thank God for dirty dishes, They have a tale to tell. While others many be hungry We are eating very well. With home, and health and Happiness, i shouldn't want to fuss; For be this stack of evidence God's been good to us." It's framed and stands next to the kitchen sink as a daily reminder of His goodness to us.It may not come from a great author, but it's message is so important, especially in these days.

Carolyn BarnardJuly 28, 2020

There is something sacred about living with dignity. We need not quarrel or compete with those who promote and encourage controversy. Doing the will of God on a daily basis leaves no time for contention or confrontation. -- Marvin J. Ashton

ScottHJuly 28, 2020

While this is a cool feature, it appears (on my Android phone anyway) that text-to-speech always plays at 1x speed, regardless of what speed you choose in the audio settings. If text-to-speech is incapable of playing at other speeds, it seems that the audio speed setting should be disabled for text-to-speech. Text-to-speech provides a mediocre listening experience complete with pronunciation and timing quirks that give it an inhuman feel. It's no match for a real voice over reading.

Chris DoanJuly 28, 2020

Well said!

David HendersonJuly 28, 2020

Thank you for this very well thought out article. I appreciate and admire your courage for putting it out there.

Edward RehderJuly 28, 2020

Excellent, well put and spot on!

JZJuly 28, 2020

Exceptional piece of work.

Laurie WhiteJuly 28, 2020

As a child, when I was upset about something, my mother (Margaret (Bernard) Janes) used to say, "Everything always comes out in the wash." To this day, that reminds me that no problem is permanent, and that everything can be worked out. My grandfather (James Nichol Bernard) used to say, "Even a jackass never bumps his head more than once." It reminds me to learn from my mistakes and not repeat them.

Barbara HassardJuly 28, 2020

Great article in teaching generosity and caring for those in need! I do wish you had elaborated more on this sentence: "Also, in true pioneer spirit of thrift, industry and hatred of the dole, those in need who were able bodied would expect and be expected to work for what they received." (found in the "Self-Reliant AND Generous" Section).

Cathy HumphreyJuly 28, 2020

“If thou of fortune be bereft, and in thy store there be but left two loaves, sell one, and with the dole, buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.” John Greenlead Whittier

Kelton ToblerJuly 28, 2020

Excellent, balanced perspective, useful analogy, and wise counsel. Thank you.

Dan MorrisJuly 28, 2020

You have touched on significant facts. Returning to normal is critical for the survival of our democratic republics. We have many other problems that create more deaths than COVID-19. We need to get back to common sense.

Rodney L RiversJuly 28, 2020

THANK YOU for finally saying succinctly what I have believed from the onset of this so called Pandemic. Our lives are frought with risks from the time we wake until we sleep; Oh wait, the risks continue even while we sleep. This is life on planet Earth. Can we all agree that there are more or less risks in every breath we take and every step we make? Let's get on with the business of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! We all will find our way in this sometimes dim lit world.

ScottJuly 28, 2020

We all believe in the resurrection....I would just like to know a little more about it . Are we all the same are there different races ? Short , tall , is it before the judgment of after ,will learning be easier , when will we all go to our different kingdom ? Thanks for your insight , Scott

ArleneJuly 28, 2020

I found this over 50 years ago and tried to remember to follow it: He who looks for a brighter tomorrow, And finds no beauty today, Has somehow missed the joy of living, Somewhere along the way.

Fred H.July 28, 2020

You are right on. Somewhere we let common sense leave the room. Responsibility for self is required. Local governments exercised control never before seen. Let’s not for get to vote. Unfortunately, election year politics have muddy’d the water.

KATHLEENJuly 28, 2020

From THE LITTLE PRINCE: It is only with the heart one sees rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.

Nerita Flake PetersonJuly 28, 2020

When I was a young girl I was very critical, my mother took me aside one day and said "If you continue soon you will have no friends." I loved my kind and generous mother so much I took her advice to heart. When I became a mother I searched for something to remind me to remain positive. I finally came up with... "Assume the best, look for the good.". I put this up on the fridge and it became my lamp and changed my heart, and influenced my children. I now see it in their homes and in my grandchildren's homes.

AndyJuly 28, 2020

The author conclusion, “ The goals need to be specific, numerical targets. As every business student has learned ‘You can’t manage what you can’t measure.’ The public needs to know and agree on what those who have taken over the management of our lives are using as the test (articulated in specific and understandable language), for when it is necessary for us to cede control over our political institutions, our laws, and our lives.” Is so ambiguous and equivocal that it is worthless. He complains that elected officials have taken over our lives by their decision making, but then suggests that we as a public need to “know and agree” on what the elected officials are using as a test. Is he proposing that before any government official makes a decision in a crisis situation that we hold a special ballot to vote on whether to go ahead with the official’s proposed measures? How does that work if we are suddenly attacked by foreign military forces? Should we hold up retaliation waiting for proposals “articulated in specific and understandable language” are presented and we then vote on them? The idea is so absurd as to be laughable. We vote to elect our political representatives, if we actually exercise our right to vote. And yes they represent us whether we like them or not and whether we voted for them or not. But the idea of each time their is a major decision to be made that the country has to come to a halt so that we can be especially informed is nonsensical. What constitutes a major decision necessitating this type of action? Or is it just necessary when the decision making doesn’t align with the author’s opinion? This would essentially be proposing that we as a people vote on every single decision that lawmakers face. How’s that going to work? No we vote every and vote regularly for those who represent us, and if we don’t like their decision making then we need to do what we can to vote them out.

Harold RustJuly 27, 2020

I made an earlier comment and then left my email for anyone interested in obtaining my collection of stories about character quality. Unfortunately, my address included a typo !!! My real address is [email protected] I've already had one request for my collection. Feel free to email if you are interested. As a side note, it is stories like this one that I like to collect. They have a very short time-span of occurrence with some great details to make them come alive. Usually fill up half a page or so type-written words.

David PerryJuly 27, 2020

Lynne, your wisdom partakes of the Pioneer heritage you have. Thank you!

Wendy RojasJuly 27, 2020

Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story.

Alan FlemingJuly 27, 2020

Whenever I hear someone say they are a failure I remind them that failure is an event not a person. They are may have failed but they are not a failure. They can learn from the event and try again. Many warehouses and factories have a board that has statistics which include number of days without an accident or injury. The number increases and gets very high, but one day an accident occurs and the number go back to zero. When this happens the company doesn’t close down or give up. They investigate what went wrong. Was it inadequate training, poor safety procedures or warnings, or carelessness. Then they rectify it and try again. Failure is na event not a person.

Scot ProctorJuly 27, 2020

Thank you for the feedback, Tacy. We're so glad you enjoyed it!

Glenda R PeckhamJuly 27, 2020

This story is so good that I even read it to my husband so he could enjoy it. It is so faith-promoting. How quickly we can forget the good that comes from God when we are having hard times! This is a wonderful reminder of His love and His mercy as He watches out for us through our good and our bad times.

Bob JonesJuly 27, 2020

I just keep saying I don't think he will come soon. That way he does come soon, since Matthew 24:44 says he will come at a time when I think not.

Taylor StonelyJuly 27, 2020

Thank you for the reminder that events don't always turn out the way that we planned! The Lord may have a higher purpose by teaching us lessons that we might not have learned without experiencing the failure firsthand.

Celeste McclainJuly 27, 2020

Thank you for this! You have absolutely no idea why I needed this, at this time and this place in my life but I did need this teaching and very badly! Thank you! I love the touching story about your father and mother and his last moments in this life. Thank you so much for sharing that! It was so touching and a wonderful share!

Tacy MuzzyJuly 27, 2020

Just wanted to leave a quick review on the Restoration puzzle, which we recently purchased. (I tried to leave a review on the Meridian Shop Web site, but there was not an option to do so. If you want, you have my permission to copy this review to a more appropriate location.) This is a very nice puzzle. The pieces are well-cut, heavy-duty, and the picture quality is excellent. The puzzle completion itself is of intermediate skill level. It was “just right” in terms of difficulty: hard enough that it was challenging, but not so difficult that I felt frustrated. My family had a wonderful discussion about the points of interest in the picture, and the additional articles the Proctors have published are a great addition to that discussion. This puzzle is well worth the $20 price tag. Thank you for providing such a fun resource to supplement our study of the Restoration this year!

Kat (Gille) TilbyJuly 26, 2020

Thank you, Mark, for a well-thought-out article. When I saw your name at the top I knew this would be worth reading in its entirety. Excellent points presented logically and thoroughly.

Steve FairbanksJuly 26, 2020

How I love President and Sister Conforte. Reading this article over a year later is bringing tears to my eyes. I served with the Confortes as a missionary in Catania from 87-89. The love that I felt from President Conforte each time I met with him was profound and life changing for me. It taught me true Christlike love.

ChrisJuly 26, 2020

Such a faith promoting story of paying it forward. God bless my dear friends; the Proctors.

TruJuly 26, 2020

Thank you for this article! I have faced this problem for many years and its nice to find that it isn't my fault!!! It wouldn't be as bad if he would say something nice about me once in a while ???? And I have said that to him over and over and over and over again. I lost my trust in him many years ago when I found the porn stuff I'm a very deflated woman, now illness has come I can't go nowhere. I know that my Heavenly father really likes me xx And his incredible son died for us, that he is our Saviour

KateJuly 26, 2020

I sure hope that when the temple restoration is complete SOMEBODY will do a book and include photos of all those symbols. I’ve never seen or noticed them but now that they’ve been pointed out here I’m very very interested in seeing them. Thank you for such an interesting article.

Brent OlsenJuly 25, 2020

How do the “Carthage Greys” fit into this story? The history I have read indicates they are responsible for the attack on the jail, not a mob from Warsaw. What am I missing? Thanks for the clarification. Amazing story.

Anne PrattJuly 25, 2020

Important to remember that the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost and Angel's are all on the same team.

Maryann TaylorJuly 25, 2020

I really like the advice given here. The man who demeans his wife needs to experience immediate consequences for his behavior. Perhaps if she immediately leaves the social event every time he speaks unkindly about her, he might finally get the message and stop this unacceptable behavior. If this means leaving him stranded without a car, so be it.

Rhonda HairJuly 25, 2020

The Salt Lake temple is a truly astonishing reminder of the sacrifices and efforts of those who came before. There is a clarification that perhaps ought to be made, however. The article states, "The building’s architect Truman O. Angell, who had previously worked on the Nauvoo Temple, was called and sustained as Architect for the Church in the April 1867 session of General Conference." He was originally sustained as the Architect of the Church in 1851 after the man everyone thought would be the architect left the Church and the area. Trumann had worked on the Nauvoo Temple, but only as the foreman of the 'joiners' (carpenters). This new assignment terrified him. and he was sent on a mission to Europe to study architecture. He designed many buildings before resigning in 1861. In 1867 Brigham Young asked if he would be willing to take that burden again, which he did. His "poor worm like me" statement was made on his second week back at the job. All of this is documented in the BYU Special Collections website, under "Supporting saints : life stories of nineteenth-century Mormons"

ShaunaJuly 25, 2020

Thanks to Brian for the research and writing and Meridian for publishing it. Thanks for bringing this faithful young sister Saint to our attention

Harold RustJuly 25, 2020

A remarkable story and very well written with powerful details to empower the story with emotional energy. Truly an example for all of us in being willing to stand up and speak truth regardless of the opposition. I have included this story in my personal collection of great stories about human character qualities (I have over 500 in my collection) and would like to be able to share this with friends and family as well. My email is [email protected] I'll even send you my file of collected stories. Thanks

Loretta BensonJuly 25, 2020

This was an event of which I had never heard. Thank you for bringing the courage and fortitude of Eliza to light.. Her valor in testifying, is an example to all of us.

Anna StruthersJuly 24, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful article.

Brian StutzmanJuly 24, 2020

Thank you for your kind comments. I visited Warsaw Illinois about 5 years ago and just wanted to buy a history of the town but there was none. I spent most of the last few years researching and writing and learned of Eliza Jane Graham. Her story (and that of Dan Jones) brings tears to my eyes often. I have 3 boxes of research including journals, newspaper articles, and books. Please forgive the mention, but this and other stories are in my book on Amazon called "The History of Warsaw, Illinois." My email address is my last name then first name at no spaces or dashes. All the best,

Sandy ReddishJuly 24, 2020

This is an inspirational article about someone I have never heard of before.Thank you for publishing this!

Dave HansenJuly 24, 2020

That is a wonderful story of a grim situation that I'd not heard before. It motivates me to do what is right in this chaotic world, even when knowing the results may turn out wrong. Thanx Brian for enlightening us with this thin slice of Church history.

AlasterJuly 24, 2020

The Lord will answer us in His own time and in His own way. We must have patient and faith in His Omniscience. I needed to read this story. Thank you. Godspeed all.

HalJuly 24, 2020

My wife and I are both jovial people and used to make wise cracks in the company of others at each other's expense. We both realized some of these remarks, though meant in fun, were actually hurtful. We learned to deal with this by saying something like, "Honey, I feel like you are criticizing me," or "Sweetheart, I feel like you're putting me down with that comment." We say this aloud regardless of who is present. That pulls us back into focus and, while momentarily embarrassing, helps us remember who it is we are talking about.

HalJuly 24, 2020

Wow! What a great article! I have read quite a bit about the actual martyrdom and the events that led to it, but I had never heard of this aftermath. What a brave young woman! Would that I could have such courage.

Pattie SkousenJuly 24, 2020

I have loved George Washington's history and who he was. I have always admired him as a general and as a founder of our nation and as the first president of the United States. I, too am thankful and grateful for his continual efforts for our great nation. He IS the most honored president of our nation.

Jean RyggJuly 24, 2020

Thank you, Brother Brian Stutzman, for the great article on Eliza Jane Graham! I was very surprised to hear that Governor Ford sent a messenger to the Warsaw "Mob" to go home. I LOVED the Story you Told so well! Will you please either post or at least send me your sources? I had never heard of this story before. I want to share it with others, but before I do, I would like to be able to tell my friends what your sources were. Thank You Sincerely, Jean Rygg

carolynJuly 24, 2020

Susanne, I hope more are doing this! Good for you. It is so important for our posterity to know what we dealt with and how we dealt and that we came thru.

Pattie SkousenJuly 24, 2020

Eliza Jane Graham is now a hero in my eyes. She is a truly a strong young woman who knew what she believed and stood up for it. She had courage beyond measure. I have witnessed a few trials my husband (a prosecutor) was involved in. When the jury announced guilty and they were removing the defendant from the courtroom, he yelled, "I will get out of jail and I will come and find you and kill you!" He referred to my husband and then he pointed to all the jurors, "and you too!" There were no guns in the court as they had been banned for years; but it was still caused a great amount of concern to the the jurors and myself. I am so proud of Eliza Jane Graham!

Moroni LeashJuly 24, 2020

David Barton is the historian who, with a congressman and others, created two outstanding video series: "Constitution Alive" and "The American Heritage Series" - the first, to teach key principles of the Constitution, and the second to teach the role of God in the founding of our nation - using original source documents and books of the era. Both should be required viewing in schools, and for every elected official. Watch them, they are truly excellent. Easily found via Amazon and elsewhere.

Chuck McClureJuly 24, 2020

Thank you for including this article of this remarkable woman.

Bill MorrisonJuly 24, 2020

Very well written and extremely entertaining.

Lawrence HigginsonJuly 24, 2020

Thank you for sharing this faith promoting and testimony building memory of a wonderful sister in the gospel.

Vivian AdamsJuly 24, 2020

Thank you for the work and research that brought us this valuable and remarkable story.

Ronald BarnesJuly 24, 2020

Wow! What a remarkable woman. May we all have her courage if we have our own trial of faith.

Kathleen FulmerJuly 24, 2020

So glad to see Brother Albright's contribution again. I have missed these inspiring stories.

LexaGraemeJuly 23, 2020

Thank you for sharing.

Gary AndersonJuly 23, 2020

Thanks Joni for this wonderful article. It got me thinking as to what I need to repent of and make a change for the better.

Bob PowelsonJuly 23, 2020

What goes around comes around, being helpful and generous is very re-warding in ways we could never suspect. My wife and I as newly weds bought a shack on an acreage 9 miles from town. Our closest neighbors were Jehova's Witnesses but wonderful, kindly people. They helped us to make our "shack" livable and many other things. We gave them a van that to help them get around. Their religion does not celibrate Christmas and about three years later our small Branch was having a Christmas pageant and our five year old daughter was Mary, but we needed a baby Jesus. Our friend "loaned" us a baby for the pageant. The friendship lasted a very long time, God has his ways of helping making use want to help each other. Besides it feels so good when you are doing so.

RodJuly 23, 2020

I certainly look forward to the day when scripture comes out about God's dealing with the people of Central America, it will be fascinating no doubt. For now I will stick with Book of Mormon scripture that I humbly believe only took place in these the United State, the promised land as the Book of Mormon state over and over again, that does not ever seem to be Central America, thanks for the research however.

Robert StarlingJuly 23, 2020

And yet ignorant masses now want to tear down statues of this great man! I pray that that same Divine Providence who protected Washington will now protect our nation and our Constitution from the mob violence and the political strife that now engulfs America.

DL AndersonJuly 23, 2020

If I may? I've always included in "Gluttony" not only the sin of eating too much, but also hoarding. NOT preparing for any eventuality such as a year's food storage, but real hoarding with the intent to either drive up prices (connecting it with Greed) or as a type of Lust (to satiate bodily appetite of any form). All of them really are interconnected and feed (possibly no pun intended) off of each other. As C.S. Lewis might have pointed out in "The Screwtape Letters", if your patient cures himself of one sin, quickly replace it with another.

Kathleen ZamorJuly 23, 2020

What a wonderful story. I was glad there was an epilog, but I had hoped it would include an explanation about why "Darlene's" first husband had removed almost all the furniture from the home! I was aghast when I read that part of the tale. Did he suffer any consequences from his selfish actions? I am glad that the three named principals in this story--Maurine, Scot, and Darlene--had such powerful and uplifting experiences but can't help but wonder about this unnamed father of 10.

Carol Ann ShepherdJuly 23, 2020

Thank you for publishing this account! I have related this powerful story to many, many fifth grade classes over the years. It is not in the school history books! God certainly protected General George Washington in battle which then preserved him to be able to later lead the Continental Congress by the power of God to adopt the U.S. Constitution and establish our Constitutional Republic, our United States of America. His humility and strength was powerful as he, without guile, was elected to be the first President of our country. How painful to me that this story is not taught to youngsters as part of our history as evident when present-day protesters are senselessly and evilly destroying statues in remembrance of him! At this time, we, as citizens of this great nation, need to humble ourselves, remember our sacred duty, and vote wisely in November to preserve our Union from being destroyed from within!

Russell CannonJuly 23, 2020

Thanks for sharing this review. It comes during a time when the fathers of our country are under attack. The true miracle of the Revolutionary War is how the Lord worked through imperfect and flawed humans to accomplish the founding of a new nation necessary for the Restoration of the Gospel. We should not hide those human frailties and foibles, but we should teach future generations about the great things accomplished by men and women who were willing to sacrifice all for freedoms we now enjoy.

mary tarbetJuly 23, 2020

This is such valuable infomation especially for these times many many thanks!

Susanne DavidsonJuly 23, 2020

A great article Thank you so much! Great comments from so many. If I may, I want to add to all that has been said. As for me, I decided to write up (to add to my life history and for others) what the pandemic , is and how it impacted my life. This way, my posterity will have something to read, to see what I, as their grandmother, great, great ,great grandmothe lived through in 2020. I entitled my writing REMEMBER OH! REMEMBER. I have had great joy in writing this!

Karla H CampbellJuly 23, 2020

May we, as Americans, never forget the divinely inspired origins of this mighty nation. This is the promised land-one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

M HanebergJuly 23, 2020

Body positivity is so important. For anyone who is supporting a loved one through an eating disorder, the group is very good. And if you yourself struggle with weight-related body image issues, is a good group. I hope this helps someone.

LexaGraemeJuly 22, 2020

There are Book Smarts, and Life Smarts. Both are important, but as these stories show, don’t denigrate the Life Smarts!

JanineJuly 22, 2020

This young man is a true super-hero! He didn't need a cape or crazy "super powers" - just the knowledge that his sister needed to be saved at all costs and the courage to act in the moment on her behalf.

PaulineJuly 22, 2020

I've heard quite a few NDEs through IANDS and its common knowledge that the spirit does leave the body during extreme trauma.

O. ParkJuly 22, 2020

BLM movement was not founded on truth. The young black man was not holding his hands up or saying, "Don't Shoot" in Ferguson a few years ago. Check out the facts and do lots of homework. Check out their website. They stand for destroying the nuclear family unit. That's the father, mother, & children. There are many other evil goals there. It is not about police reform. It is Marxist. Even the leaders clearly state they are Marxist. They want to destroy our Constitution, Bill of Rights, & Freedoms. Let us unite against this.

C. W.July 22, 2020

The owners did put down the dog as reported in the original news article, even though the little boy didn't want anything done to the dog. (Another testament to this boy's big heart) This article was highlighting the faith and courage of the little boy so it wasn't mentioned.

Candace BarrowsJuly 22, 2020

This article gave me such hope that the Lord does hear me. I need to be patient and trust in Him!

Maurine Jensen ProctorJuly 22, 2020

Angel, We are not quite sure what article you are talking about. You don't have to pay to read the articles on Meridian.

HelenJuly 22, 2020

While I recognize NDEs as an affirmation of faith, I never thought of them previously as a Tender Mercy in times of extreme pain. Perhaps this is where my beloved daughter spent her last days on earth. Thank you again, Dr. Dan.

Patti W.July 22, 2020

Thank you for such an uplifting article! I always learn from your column and appreciate your positive, sensible advice, which is in line with church doctrine and counsel.

Sheryl B.July 22, 2020

I don’t care how good of friends you neighbors are, this dog needs to be put down to prevent another attack to your children or someone else. It obviously has an attack personality and cannot be trusted around people, particularly children. Our family dog who was always playful and loving with our children, suddenly out if the blue, jumped up and bit a little neighbor friend in the face when he was coming to play with our son. We had to put her down. There was no way we would take a chance of her injuring another child.

SusanJuly 22, 2020

Is there part of this article missing? I feel like I have only read a small part of it when it ended.

angel BusathJuly 22, 2020

You shouldn't publish articles on Meridian that you have to pay to read - or at least advertise them as being a commercial venture.

Donald HoffmanJuly 22, 2020

I have learned that the people will be given evil for truth, that they may be put into bondage, while the Constitution will hang by a brittle thread in these now the latter days, and if we do not do our homework and speak out, we will not be the latter day saints that brother Joseph said would be the saviors of this great country.

Janice GardnerJuly 22, 2020

Thank you Anne - these are such inspiring stories. I know that people are not always saved from tragedies - I have friends whose son recently passed tragically (along with friends) - he was a worthy priesthood holder. I hope that someday (if not already) they will feel their son or other angels to console them in their loss... I would love to hear some stories about experiences with angels after people have died in seemingly tragic ways...

Margaret FisherJuly 22, 2020

Love this letter, so real.

AmandaJuly 21, 2020

This is my favorite article that Meridian Magazine has published. I have seen some of these quotes from the past prophets, and while they haven’t shaken my testimony, I know people who have really struggled with the idea that prophets could have said or believed something wrong. I love the idea of responding with faith and humility. We are all imperfect, and prophets are not exempt from mortal flaws or the ideas of their day and culture. Luckily, God can use us and inspire us in spite of our flaws.

BruceJuly 21, 2020

Great article, thank you!

Bonnie McMillanJuly 21, 2020

Thank you for sharing such an inspiring story emphasizing the miraculous means the Lord uses to bless us and deliver us. Your ability to write down these tender mercies in such beautiful detail constantly amazes me!

Maryann TaylorJuly 21, 2020

I think the majority of people reading this article are probably having the same feelings I am which are: Why not me? Although I do not deny the experiences people have had, I believe we would be wise to develop our sensitivity to the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives. We are entitled to have this member of the Godhead--a God--with us always, if we are striving to be obedient. I think we need to use caution in replacing our faith in HIS presence with seeking angelic guidance.

Natasha PalaganoJuly 21, 2020

I could not have read a better story for my life right now. So beautiful. The Lord is a beautiful God endowed with absolute knowledge and wisdom. This story teaches to not let our minds get in the way by thinking we can predict the future. We never know the blessings that await us.....

H NorthJuly 21, 2020

We also once donated a car to a needy family in our ward. We were surprised when the wife sold it for drugs.

Donald HoffmanJuly 21, 2020

great story..loved it/1

AnonymousJuly 21, 2020

I thought this was a wonderful message to share with all of us! I had never known before this that Scot was your second marriage and that you brought several children to that marriage. I thought it was very brave of you to share that detail. You are such a ideal couple and have blessed so many lives with your wisdom and gift of writing!

Carol AnnJuly 21, 2020

I deeply feel that this nation needs to turn to God again! He has shown us in the Book of Mormon-the pride cycle. It was repeated over and over in the scriptures. There seems to be a lot of people right now who deny God. Nothing saddens Him greater than for people to deny Him and get caught up in their own self-righteousness. In my opinion, we need to humble ourselves before the Lord, ask for his forgiveness, and plead for his mercy to be upon our great nation at this time to heal our land and bless us to be able to return to Church and His holy temple and resume our lives. He is all knowing and merciful when we do our part and revere Him as our God and Creator.

vickieJuly 21, 2020

this was a wonderful story.....i have had so many instances where this happened to me and my husband and to my own grandchildren as well....i thank the Lord for blessing all of us...

ReeneeJuly 21, 2020

Thank you!

Nancy FranceJuly 21, 2020

Thank you Maureen for this story. Both my husband and I had tears reading it together.

Robin ScottJuly 21, 2020

Definitely had a hard time reading this article, due to the tears, happy tears, in my eyes. Thank you for this awe inspiring story, it has uplifted my Spirit and thus blessed my day. And as I’ve been house bound since early March I needed to see the Lord’s hand in all of this craziness. Sincerely, thank you.

Gary BlakelyJuly 21, 2020

The concerns expressed here are very valid and the actions of extremists should not be condoned. However, it is regretful that in condemning these extreme responses, we give cover and comfort to our tendency to dismiss the very valid issues that have given rise to the BLM movement. This article claims that "it is all just smokescreen". That is NOT TRUE. Although some may try to use it as an excuse for extremist actions, the sad truth is that our society has not valued the lives of people of color. We are guilty of discriminatory thoughts and actions and need to repent and become better at living up to our doctrine, which teaches that God loves and values all of His children. The same people who quickly use the "few bad apples" argument to dismiss the need for law enforcement reform quickly also condemn this movement based on the actions of a few. We need to condemn the extremism while at the same time acknowledging and acting upon the legitimacy of the original issue.

ShaunaJuly 21, 2020

Thank you for sharing this--what an amazing story of God's hand in our lives. And I loved the point about "stewardship" of the car. A good lesson for me to remember that everything I have comes from the Lord

HelenJuly 21, 2020

I am now reassessing my blessings and perceived scarcity in the light of your experience. It os already changing my heart and my life. Thank you.

LoisJuly 21, 2020

What an inspiring story. To be able to see the promises made and fulfilled by the hand of the Lord and all that occurred to bring this about ! Yes God is in control and we must just learn to trust and rely upon him! Thank you for sharing this amazing story

Ann-MarieJuly 21, 2020

Thanks for recounting a story with so many excellent lessons and for your faithful examples of seeking and living His will.

Robert W CowartJuly 21, 2020

Thanks for the story Maurine and more fuel for my spiritual gas tank. Scot proved when he asked for someone to help that that is one of the most effective prayers anyone can ask. President Eyring learned that from his dad. I have often wondered how closely Scot and I are related. My maternal grandmother was a Proctor from Georgia. Keep up the good work guys.

LisaJuly 21, 2020

What a beautiful story that brought tears. You and Scot are such beautiful story tellers and you also tell the best stories in the come follow me podcasts. Thank you for sharing.

Phil BrueckJuly 21, 2020

Response to Christopher Blythe: I honestly don't know of a person that came away from the meeting in which Elder Featherstone wrote his "temple letter" feeling that he was trying to predict a specific time for the Second Coming. I felt that he had fasted and prayed about how the gospel could be spread and affect the South prior to the Lord's return. The "21st Century" seemed like a long time away and he directed our thoughts toward all that might be accomplished by the Lord and His people before He returned if we stepped up to live more righteously and contribute to that effort. It was not unlike the perspective of Elder LeGrand Richard and other church authorities who often talked about the potential growth of the church throughout the south.

Melissa MarkhamJuly 21, 2020

When I began reading this article, I thought the LDS approach to truth would be simply Revelation--with a sprinkling of authority. Thank you for showing how all methods of acquiring knowledge are put to use. Using our empiricism and reason as well helps us grow and learn for ourselves. I would have thought intuition the least important or reliable source of knowledge--but of course! When supported by the other four, it's the most personal and therefore perhaps the most long lasting and relevant to us personally. Thank you for this new knowledge!

Nicholas WolffJuly 21, 2020

This is very scary. The COVID lockdowns play into this because the closing of churches has and will likely weaken all Christian religions. A perfect storm; for the Adversary.

Robert SiskJuly 21, 2020

I can't remember the quote exactly, but wasn't it Hugh Nibley that said something to the effect that the earth is a living being? And when 'man' becomes wicked enough the earth's 'immune' system generates plagues, pestilences and natural disasters much like our bodies develop immunizations when we get infections.

Gayle R.July 20, 2020

Excellent article!! No man knows the day or the hour and it does not matter!! What matters is; Are we communicating with our Heavenly Father through daily prayer, scripture study, loving and serving those around us, magnifying our callings and growing in obedience? Are we becoming more like our Savior, Jesus Christ a little more each day?

J HamiltonJuly 20, 2020

Not sure if "Vickie" will see this (or anyone else interested), but despite repeated research, so far there is no record of the Prophet Joseph ever receiving a revelation barring blacks from the Priesthood or temple ordinances. In fact, early black Saints were ordained & received temple ordinances (i.e. washing & anointing). Suggestions: first, please look at the Church's website "Gospel Topics" (I know it's easier to read an article and call it good, but please learn to do your own research) under "Race and the Priesthood". Also suggested is Faith Matters podcast by Terryl Givens and Paul Reeve "The Real Story of the Priesthood". Finally, please, please realize that when a man is called as a prophet, the Lord does NOT take away his free agency. It is INCUMBENT on each of us who value our faith, our testimonies, and all we hold dear, to pray, study and ponder about everything that comes across the pulpit. If nothing else, 2020 should teach you that you can no longer idle along on cruise control. Your relationship is with the Savior; others are here merely to help you on the journey.

Rebecca HesseyJuly 20, 2020

I wish they came to help me when I requested it.

pamJuly 20, 2020

You said that the D&C 89 section did not say it was a commandment, but yes it is. The D&C student's manual says: Later on, it was announced from this stand, by President Brigham Young that the Word of Wisdom was a revelation and a command of the Lord. [See Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, pp. 183–84].” (Joseph F. Smith, in Conference Report, Oct. 1913, p. 14.) President Heber J. Grant emphasized that the Word of Wisdom was a commandment and warned those who did not obey it that “the day is gone by when the Lord will trifle with the Latter-day Saints. He has said that His Spirit shall not always strive with man.” (Gospel Standards, pp. 55–56.) Although the Lord allowed a time of adjustment for those who were already members of the Church when the Word of Wisdom was given, today it is expected that all Saints adhere to the commandment.

HalJuly 20, 2020

Thank you for this article. I firmly believe both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution are Divinely inspired documents and should be revered as such.

Sara KeiserJuly 20, 2020

When I went for my patriarchal blessing at age 12 I sought for the blessing of wisdom as did Solomon. My blessing was very short, but that blessing was given to me. I have been a lifetime trying to understand that gift of wisdom. Thank you for your article and additional understanding.

Christopher BlytheJuly 20, 2020

Hi Phil, In that meeting was your impression that he was specifically pinpointing the second coming to before 2033? Or was it more about the success of the work in the South?

Ronald BarnesJuly 20, 2020

Like Brother McConkie, I have considered the half hour of silence and the possibility that the beginning of the signs mentioned could begin taking place in 2021. Many Jews expect their Messiah to appear during Passover. Many Christians expect Christ to appear on Easter Sunday. Many of our people expect Him to appear on April 6. Just for fun; I determined when April 6 would be on Easter Sunday during Passover. I found it in the year 2043. I do not really expect Him to come on that date. It was just for fun.

MichaelJuly 20, 2020

Abolitionism in the United Kingdom was the movement in the late 18th and early 19th centuries to end the practice of slavery, whether formal or informal, in the United Kingdom, the British Empire and the world, including ending the Atlantic slave trade. It was part of a wider abolitionism movement in Western Europe and the Americas. The buying and selling of slaves was made illegal across the British Empire in 1807, but owning slaves was permitted until it was outlawed completely in 1833, beginning a process where from 1834 slaves became indentured "apprentices" to their former owners until emancipation was achieved for the majority by 1840 and for remaining exceptions by 1843. Former slave owners received formal compensation for their losses from the British government, with the slaves receiving no reparations.

DoreenJuly 19, 2020

Thank you for this article. I feel it’s important to look to our present day prophets for direction and past prophets are also witnesses of true doctrine. The Lord works with imperfect people and I’m grateful he is still willing to work with me. This article gives me some direction of how to approach discussions of what may appear to be contradictory statements from prophets or maybe are. I so agree with how the past needs to be understood in the time period of which the direction was given and that the Lord works with us where we are at. I have found that studying the doctrine of the church I look to many sources, prophets, conference talks, scripture, prayer, and my own personal experience and revelation, along with priesthood blessings, to come together as a witness of the truth. Not just one statement. . . This is a big topic to ponder on.

Jennifer WalkerJuly 19, 2020

Thank you Jane for this profound article as well as the rest of your work! I finally get it and am ready to not look back. Much love and gratitude!

vickieJuly 19, 2020

I JOINED the church in 1977 just before revelation regarding all worthy males receiving the priesthood.. i had heard that joseph smith never had any problems accepting anyone who was worthy. . i can imagine how hard it was for him to accept the revelation given to him that not all men could join the priesthood. i had an experience myself regarding this, and when i heard this revelation my heart lept for joy. i dont understand why it did but it did. i called everyone i knew and told them and how exciting this was. I had had a sort of premonition that this was going to happen prior to the news of it. i wont go into detail about it...but it grew my testimony of the church.

Robert W CowartJuly 19, 2020

Thanks Anne,you are my favorite on Meridian. It seems like the older one gets the more they feel closer to the other side. These stories really touched me. I am living with my youngest daughter and her husband in their basement apartment taking care of my stroke victim wife who has been on Hospice home care for over 2 years. The Doctor says she is close to leaving. I know there are many thousands on the other side who are anxiously waiting to greet her.We once calculated she had prepared names for well over 20 thousand of her and my ancestors for temple work. I long to be there for that meeting But I may have to settle for a replay.

Becky DouglasJuly 19, 2020

Carlie, I have been a great fan of your father's for years, even though I never met him!! As a young missionary, one of my companions had a tape of the Stake Conference where he gave his famous 17 Points of the the True Church Discourse. We played it for so many investigators that we completely wore the tape out! His amazing story and testimony were the "closers" for us when we had an investigating family close to baptism. Two of those families from Richmond were ministers, (one Methodist and one Episcopal). Both families joined the Church after hearing your father's testimony. They later both served in a Bishopric and one served in the Stake Presidency. I suspect your father's testimony played a part in an amazing number of conversions over the years. I also used his story for years as I taught early morning seminary and in the Young Women's organization. What a pleasure to hear from you! Becky Douglas

Dave McEwenJuly 19, 2020

Scott, I was touched by your river experience because also had one similar. I didn't understand the 17 hour time of prayers for a miracle for Kirk? Also, you must have seen the time Kirk fell out the boat as you blinked your eyes in the Sun. Karen and I have followed all of your podcast and Lives the past 35 years. Love you and God Bless your work. Tell Maurine Hello. From Phils last friend-Dave


What a beautiful article. I especially love the quote by Bruce R. McConkie; if a man like him can accept that light and knowledge are given line upon line, precept on precept, who are we to say otherwise?

Jason SpiesmanJuly 19, 2020

Excellent!! Simply excellent compilation of many gems for which we will either learn to appreciate in faith or kick ourselves out of Christ’s church, hurting so many in our path! We truly need to be “That person is not truly converted until he sees the power of God resting upon the leaders of this church, and until it goes down into his heart like fire.” (HBL) so that we can be useful in the Lord’s hands. WAY TOO MANY of our good brothers and sisters are mislead and deceived. Hopefully, we can be helpful. What greater effort can exist????

Cynthia LigouriJuly 18, 2020

Also, just to clarify regarding the opening of the 7th seal; It is reported that Pres. Hinckley in between sessions saying that the 7th seal was now open. And the math works out that 1/2 hr. of the Lord's day is 20.8 years. It doesn't really matter what we believe. The greatest tester of truth is time. We don't need to know in advance, only prepare ourselves so that if/when things happen, we will be prepared and safe. The thing about a prophecy that has a 50 year date, ending on April 6, 2033, we will know by April 7th, 2033, if not before. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have all of the horrible things behind us and to be living under the Savior's reign? But if it doesn't happen by then, that's ok too. It never hurts to be prepared.

Cynthia LigouriJuly 18, 2020

The very best way to know the truthfulness of anything is to follow Moroni's counsel in Moroni 10: 4 & 5, which is not just for knowing the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, but the truthfulness of ALL things, including Elder Featherstone's letter. That is one thing I truly appreciate about the church and the gospel, we are not to rely on any other human being for our knowledge of truth. 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would aask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not btrue; and if ye shall ask with a csincere heart, with dreal intent, having efaith in Christ, he will fmanifest the gtruth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may aknow the btruth of all things.

EvelynJuly 18, 2020

Hola Scot & Maurine. Quiero agradecerles profundamente por el podcast de cada semana. Mi estudio del Evangelio se ha vuelto mejor. Disfruto cada semana de escucharlos e incluso tengo muchos de sus comentarios en mis escrituras digitales. Dios los bendiga siempre!

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Mary BellJuly 18, 2020

Rita, I agree-"manna from heaven, a tender mercy from a loving Father." Yes! Theresa, a single mom with five children-Wow!! What a faithful saint!!

pamJuly 18, 2020

Thank you most graciously for this very important and inspired article. So many examples of living in this fallen world. It helps to not be alone doesn't it! I have read the words of Brother Brigham about death. It simply is not to be feared when we have more understanding. To be set free from this life- what a gift. Thank you again.

Mary J BellJuly 18, 2020

Julie and Renae, these are Excellent comments. Sorry for my delay in responding. We've had a couple of marriages over here! Thanks for inspiring readers, and me!!

Julie JJuly 17, 2020

I don't have any expectations when it comes to helping someone. I want to help if I can, if I can't I can't. So I never feel used. When it comes to teaching someone to fish, that person can end up breaking their pole accidentally into little pieces and/or the fish won't come to them no matter what they try. So I wouldn't do that, Jesus says there will always be poor in need of help among us.

Patty BrightJuly 17, 2020

There is so much to digest here!

Tom WoodJuly 17, 2020

Great lesson, Breck. I very much enjoyed the read and its personal notes. Your lessons seems to always add dimension to my personal scriptural reading. Good job.

Layle HarmonJuly 17, 2020

When Elijah delivered the keys of the Priesthood for sealing families he said : By this you may know the coming of the Lord is near; even at the door. --- We can look for the signs of the Times to know when the Savior comes, but be careful not to become obsessed with it and forget to prepare for that great and dreadful day. -- If we are prepared it won't matter which day it is.

Jim ThorleyJuly 17, 2020

I have recently read a new (to me ) word, presentism: judging the past by present understanding. An extreme example: Why did the pioneers have to suffer coming across the plains. Why didn't they just hop on a 737 and land at the SLC Airport? Ridiculous? Yes, but no more ridiculous than some of the statements about historical people and events I hear on today's TV News.

Wally GoddardJuly 17, 2020

Great counsel, Geoff!

AndrewKJuly 17, 2020

Thanks for this. Very helpful. Sharing now.

JoyJuly 17, 2020

Folks like to assume that Christ's birth started a new 1000 year period, placing the 7th seal around year 2000. But remember that the new dispensation of Christ's law (not the law of Moses) began following his Atonement and Resurrection. So if we reckon from this MOST important event in the "meridian of time," then the 7th seal is WAY more likely to be closer to the year 2034. Also, when John mentions 1/2 hour passing after the opening of the 7th seal, people love to interpret/calculate that as 21 years. I personally doubt that's what was meant, but if you add 21 to 2034, we're looking at 2055. My personal bet is that there's still time to breathe and do some serious ministering/missionary/temple work, folks!

DL AndersonJuly 17, 2020

Thank you for this timely reminder and reigning in of speculation.

DigitalDustJuly 17, 2020

After watching the presentation and reading Featherstone’s letter I was never under the impression that he was saying it was official Church doctrine, sanctioned by the Church, etc.. Simply is what it is. I see no reason to beleaguer the point in this extensive article, but would only point out the warning by President Nelson a couple of Conferences ago to acquaint ourselves with truth, convert to it, and to “... do it now. Time is running out.”

MicheleJuly 17, 2020

I was raised to be a caretaker and it's difficult to know the line. I've found myself in this situation and burnt out. The Book of Mormon scripture where the poor had nothing to give but would if they could applies. That helped the sense of shame I had around letting go. There's also a great nationwide resource called Nextdoor, you sign up locally with your city. I learned about it when my daughter's furnace went out during a winter freeze. She received enough wood to burn until the furnace was replaced.

L. AkersonJuly 17, 2020

It hasn’t been 50 years yet. By 2033 this may come to pass.

Maralyn DotsonJuly 17, 2020

“Sleepless in Seattle” is NOT a family movie.

ShareeJuly 17, 2020

I watched that video and when the presenter said he felt that the Hosanna shout at the dedication of the Nauvoo Temple was what opened the 7th seal because that dedication had been broadcast to a lot of stakes, I thought it ore likely to be the Hosanna shout at this past April's General Conference, when many millions more would have participated. However, I believe the whole 7000 years thing is just a symbolic number. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon--I can't remember exactly, but it is when CHrist has come to visit the Nephites after his resurrection--that implies that there are many generation between Adam and Noah or Adam and Christ that we don't know about. While I think we should all live as if the Second Coming is just around the corner, I don't think it does any good to speculate as to exactly when it might be.

Phil BrueckJuly 17, 2020

I attended the meeting where Elder Featherstone read this letter in a leadership meeting in Birmingham, Alabama (the same meeting where John Enslen was also in attendance). We were there with our wives and this letter was read at the end of his talk that night. His only introductory comment was that he had been asked along with a few other General Authorities to write a letter that would be placed in the cornerstone of the Atlanta Temple when it was dedicated and that he felt impressed to read it to us that evening. As he was reading it, he made several comments along the way. For example when he was describing places where he could envision temples and named "Arkansas" after previously listing specific cities, he stopped, looked up at us and said, "I just wasn't sure where you would put one in Arkansas." The Spirit was strong in the meeting and we marveled and pondered for some time after the meeting as to the content of his letter. He described the last part of his letter as "personally accounting to the Savior" as to how he was fulfilling his responsibilities as a General Authority. It was personal and private, and I don't remember anyone feeling that he was speaking for the church in the way of prophesying as to exactly when the Savior would return. I left feeling a great need to repent more often and to be a better husband, father and son of God!

Richard Dee WinmillJuly 17, 2020

Thanks for publishing this essay. This End Times slide show on YouTube released during the pandemic has cause even normally level headed faithful Saints to lose perspective on the more comforting aspects of the Gospel of Christ and become fearful.

Anna StruthersJuly 16, 2020

That song was wonderful. LOVED it!!!!

PhoebeJuly 16, 2020

Amazing talent. You can’t watch this video without smiling the whole time.

CarleneJuly 16, 2020

Thank you for that great thought to ponder!

ScoutHJuly 16, 2020

I am grateful that you found something that worked for you. There are many approaches that work. I was able to reduce overall cholesterol from from 446 to 164 (yes, I really mean 446 to 164) over two months by following the Rosedale Diet. It's not rocket science; it's just very Word-of-Wisdom-y. No expensive supplements, just some common sense guidelines. My doctor was absolutely stunned. Had I not had two cholesterol tests within a week that conformed my sky-high count before beginning the process and two tests within a week at the end, my doctor would have thought that the lab had made a mistake. He said that this kind of thing simply isn't scientifically possible. After all, our best cholesterol improvement drugs can only be expected to drop total count 18-30 points, he said. Actually, you can get radical results when you're willing to make radical lifestyle changes. It's just that most people aren't willing to make the major changes needed to effect wildly better outcomes.

VardellJuly 16, 2020

Why is it that when we discuss Alma’s redemption story we always call it a conversion story? When Alma himself recounts it, in Mosiah 27 and Alma 36, he never once says he was “converted”, but rather he says he was born again, redeemed, changed from the carnal man to a state of righteousness. These are important words! In a word Alma was saved. So why don’t we used these words? Wouldn’t it help us to understand the meaning of re-birth, and redemption, and reconciliation with God, if we used the very words that Alma himself used?

ALJuly 16, 2020

A great talk on the differences between socialism and the United Order was given by Marion G. Romney. It saw first given at a BYU devotional and later at the April 1966 General Conference. I remember reading it and thinking how clever Satan is. He takes a law of God and twists it into something evil. He does this by taking out the very thing we fought to defend, agency.

CJuly 16, 2020

Due to the computer and social media accounts including Facebook and messaging and easy access to talk and text away from the home, many psychologists believe that this adds to making it easier to have emotional affairs and more. When A change is sudden from my experience and some of my friends experiences, it was due to cheating emotionally and sometimes leading to physical cheating. In relationships both male and female need to be transparent with each other. There are too many Temptations otherwise..

Darrell WestoverJuly 16, 2020

Sen Lee's mistake was to use the political phrase, "cancel culture". In this time of divisive, hate-filled power struggle, words no longer mean what any normal person would think at first reading. He used a buzz word. We clearly have mob supporters in the Senate and some who, without thought or hesitation, will oppose any statement from a member of the opposing party. We are in desperate need of term limits and leaders who are honest supporters of the founding principles of the United States.

Marsha LangJuly 16, 2020

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! FOR SHARING THIS ARTICLE!!! I shared it with my family and now more and more stories are coming out. Hopefully reminding my less active children how real and true all that I have taught them.

Dan R MorrisJuly 16, 2020

I continue to admire and appreciate the work you are doing at Book of Mormon Central. The results are I done a great deal more to increase my study and understanding of the word of God in the scriptures. Keep up the great work.

Marsha LangJuly 16, 2020

I could tell you many stories that have happened to me or one of my children. I know this to be true. It is REAL!!!! The veil is thin.

Jesse L. DunnJuly 16, 2020

For a deeper dive into this interesting subject I suggest LDS scientist and author David Allan's book "It's About Time."

Rochelle HaleJuly 16, 2020

Thank you, Anne, for another great article on this topic. I hope you will continue to share experiences from your readers. There are people in our own extended family who could certainly use a nudge from visiting angels if this is what the Lord deems appropriate.

HalJuly 16, 2020

Thank you for this article. I have felt the presence of deceased family members several times in my life. My mother's presence at the birth of our second child, my mother-in-law the evening she passed away, as well as other experiences. These are sacred and precious experiences for me that I will always treasure. They help me to look forward to the blessed reunion we will have when I pass to the other side of the veil.

Birdie RipiJuly 16, 2020

These stories are life changing and true. I know in my heart that family angels are always near. I know they love us and are watching over us. I have had my own personal experiences with them so I bear testimony of that.

Sandra L DabneyJuly 16, 2020

Wow! I was just sitting here, too angry to go to bed. I'm tired of the covid virus and all the fears we face daily. I'm upset with my almost grown grandchildren who are spouting nonsense about BLM. I'm just tired of all the hatred and controversy. Then I read this article and things started falling into perspective. Thank you.

SherylJuly 16, 2020

Thanks so much for all the time. thought and energy that you have put into writing all these articles on revelation. They have been enlightening and given inspiring, helpful comments. I have admired you both for a long time for the many articles and books that you have written about the family. Now we as families are extremely under attack by the adversary, We need the gospel more than ever in our life, and your articles are helping.

Carlie Weston ArntsenJuly 15, 2020

Love the article and the reminder to be grateful every day for tender mercies. Floyd Weston is my father and I appreciate you sharing one of his lessons.

Alan FlemingJuly 15, 2020

History is a different country they do things differently there.

KateJuly 15, 2020

Every time I see someone condemn Brigham Young or the apostle Paul or anyone else for opinions they held in their lifetime, I think about the fact that those people are still alive in the spirit world. Surely they feel heartbroken about the limitations of their understanding when they were alive on earth and are so grateful when we correct the errors that they made (as we will be when our great-grandchildren fix our blindspots!). Let's apologize for what we've gotten wrong, make the necessary changes, and move forward with energy to fix the damage done! Thanks for this article.

pamJuly 15, 2020

Thank you for this article. I agree with Andy Schow, "very timely and important." I hope more will read this and be enlightened or perhaps at least reminded about these differences of antiquity.

Helle Hirschmann, DenmarkJuly 15, 2020

It's so true: every day alive is a blessing. And when you have limitations little acts of kindness make the world of a difference. I have my share of limitations. I have looked at my bathroom for some days and tried to find the strength to clean it. Earlier this evening i had to go and found that my husband had cleaned it. I was so happy I almost cried. When I thanked him he said: Honey we are in this together. I felt so blessed.

HalJuly 15, 2020

I'll have to admit I've been a little hit-and-miss with wearing my mask in public. I would wear it when it was expected and not when the majority of shoppers weren't wearing it. I think it remains to be seen how effective masks are, but I started faithfully wearing my mask in public as soon as it was recommended by church leaders. Regardless of my personal opinions, I believe great blessings come from obedience.

HalJuly 15, 2020

Loved this article. I am aware every day of tender mercies in my life. The time our car broke down, but in a major city instead of the open, empty miles that surrounded it. Capsizing our canoe in choppy water but successfully getting back to shore and my cell phone still worked after being completely submerged for nearly and hour. Blessing are poured out on us daily - if only we have eyes to see them.

Mary Beth CragunJuly 15, 2020

Thank you for sharing this information. It was very helpful to me and helped to be more educated and understanding of past history in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints as well as our world.

Doug YanceyJuly 15, 2020

Wow! Was that while you lived in Clarkston?

Judith La MontagneJuly 15, 2020

Many persons who have fallen from the Church have done so because of presentism. They fail to realize the different situations motivating our leaders and other Saints 200 years ago from what we are experiencing today. As one example, it was not unusual for a young woman to marry at 15. Modern Saints condemn this practice because it is no longer common. But to truly understand the situation of women at that time, we need to be aware of the differences between our times and theirs in this respect, which is grossly unfair to all who lived in the past under different expecetations and circumstances.

Gina McDougallJuly 15, 2020

Thank you for sharing your experience. I too am grateful and for the intervention of the Holy Ghost who spared my life more than once. It does remind me often that I am loved, I am being watched over and that I have a purpose.

ScoutHJuly 15, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful article. We have much to learn from history in its proper context. But the mobs destroying monuments today are using presentism only as an excuse. Their actual purpose is to eliminate markers of a social order that they have judged to be irredeemably flawed so that they can usher in a their Utopian order. They don't really care that Lincoln didn't do enough for the cause of black Americans or that Jefferson owned slaves. They want to discredit and erase the foundational myths of America in the belief that they can bring about something better. What chance does their cause have of actually producing a superior social order? By their fruits ye shall know them.

LewisJuly 15, 2020

An interesting story of the tender mercies of the Lord. Occasionally we are aware of them; often we are not. I am grateful for your sharing of your perspectives. Your stories are always thoughtful and thought-provoking.

Diane BrushJuly 15, 2020

I love his stories have been following them on Wednesdays for several years. Thank you

Merlene EllingtonJuly 15, 2020

I have followed many of your stories with interest, Becky. We have friends in common, the Norman's who also have memories with John. As I read I always wonder if you are still using your wonderful talent with the violin. Both of us have taken many different worldwide turns in life since our days in Georgia.

SJJuly 15, 2020

This is such an American article. Having lived through Thatcher’s government the only word I can think of is evil. Many church members here in the U.K. and Europe strive for a socialist government, where people are not judged on their wealth but strive for a more equal society for the benefit of all. Think it is so amusing to read of the evils of socialism that only exist in the minds of those in the USA.

CarolJuly 15, 2020

I love your stories about Scouts. I both my boys were avid scouters and did a lot of camping and had some crazy adventures but not having a bear come into camp. Of course they never were so stupid as to bring a cub into camp and tie it up :(

Patty ListonJuly 15, 2020

Becky I love reading your article. It is so true that we need to remember and not forget the tender mercies that the Lord has bestowed upon us. Rodger and I have been living in Ghana this past year. Home in the US for a short time and then will return when everything opens again. Believe me I understand tender mercies and miracles. Thank you for a lovely article. I wish you the best.

Maurine R McLeanJuly 15, 2020

Hello, Becky-- This was an amazing story. I was totally surprised to see you quoting Floyd Westin, who was our first bishop in Woodland Hills, California in 1957-8. Were you there then?

JudyJuly 15, 2020

Thank You Becky! your article could not have come at a better time for me. I agree....the Atonement is indeed our answer. JW

D. ChandlerJuly 15, 2020

Yes, I do believe our religious freedoms have been violated. Elder Bednar made great valid points about religious freedom. What can we do to prevent this from happening again?

Andy SchowJuly 15, 2020

Very timely and important. All needs to read and adhere. Thank you.

KeenanJuly 15, 2020

I literally love to hear babies cry. In fact, I think it’s a challenge to get babies to calm down and soothe them. Once in a while I am called the baby whisperer. Now that I’ve your story about your son crying just in the nick of time to save you and him from probable doom, I will never hear the sound of a baby cry again in a different light. It’sa beautiful nose!

Gaye WillisJuly 15, 2020

Becky, I am so inspired by you. This story is amazing and you are amazing for all you have done for Rising Star. Thank you.

KathyJuly 15, 2020

Gratitude is a key to JOY!!!

Scott PugsleyJuly 15, 2020

Napoleon said that it is religion that keeps the poor from murdering the rich. Same idea.

LesJuly 15, 2020

I agree with Jolean. Learning to follow the Word of Wisdom is a wise choice.

SherryJuly 15, 2020

Isn’t it wonderful how Heavenly Father always knows our needs long before we do! Just as He watched over you and your son that day, He watches over us all continually... sometimes protecting us from something we never knew was about to happen. What a joy to have Him and our Saviour in our lives..

vickieJuly 15, 2020

i have to say i enjoyed reading this....her own story of a near miss and how grateful she is that this happened the way it did. this guy was a murderer and rapist...and she is a woman...awful things could have happened to her but i think that he was in a hurry and wanted to just get away. the timing of that babies cry was spot on and literally to me saved her life...i can see God's hand in her life. also the other woman who got polio reminded me of one of my cousins who got polio. out of 6 kids mostly girls in the family herself being one she got polio. we played outside when my family went to visit and we hardly noticed the braces she had to wear on her legs. over time those braces came off and she was normal ...then in her old age the polio started to bother her but she didnt let that stop her. she is like that little battery that keeps on going. i believe that when hard times hit the best thing to do is keep on going even if its not in the same direction and some changes have to be made. i believe that this is God's way of teaching us and helping us to grow in spirit and other ways.

LindaJuly 15, 2020

My friend told me her story. In rural Minnesota around 45 years ago and was driving on the highway toward town with her baby secured in the back seat. In front of her was a big logging truck with a trailer full of 8' logs. The speed along that highway was 45 mph and everyone went just a little faster. The sleeping baby suddenly cried out, which was unusual. Her mom pulled off to the side of the road to see what the problem was, but the baby was fast asleep again so she started out on the road again. Just a couple of miles up the road she found the logging truck stopped, A chain holding the logs in place had broken and the entire load of logs had been loosed upon the highway. Had she been following at such a speed, she and the baby would have been under those logs. Tender mercies, indeed!!!

AngieJuly 15, 2020

Thank you for this timely reminder to find joy and gratitude for the many tender mercies of the Lord. Question: can you recall the name of the author of the book, "Every Day Above Ground Is A Good One!" I've been searching and can't find it.

HelenJuly 15, 2020

A perfectly times reminder. Thank you.

TimJuly 15, 2020

Very powerful reminders in this article. Going to bookmark this so I can read it often.

Charles KrautJuly 15, 2020

How dearly I wish that we would eliminate the word democracy from our vocabulary. Democracy is one of the very worst forms of government, for it inevitably leads to tyranny. Under tyranny there is no rule of law; there is only the will of the majority. If the people choose evil . . . All the Founding Fathers abhorred the concept of democracy, and some, like John Adams, were particularly vocal about it. The United States of America has a Constitution. That document initiated a constitutional republic, a government as far removed from a democracy as the Andromeda galaxy. The fact that none of our leaders or judges have ever read their job description does not change the facts. Replace the word "democracy" in Bro. Christensen's excellent remarks with the term "constitutional republic" and you have a good presentation. We have the rule of law. We have separation of powers. We have a balance of power. We have elected officials and judges at every level of government who have taken a solemn oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. In all my political dealings I have seldom met a Congressman or Senator (or a judge) who understands and applies this concept. Those who do not should, of course, be removed from office.

KarleneJuly 15, 2020

This article is so on point right now. So many things I hadn’t really thought of. Thank you for the John Newton story. I love that hymn and even more now.

Janene ZimmermanJuly 15, 2020

Great story with a happy ending and a reminder of all the good we have to celebrate. This pandemic has changed our perspective and we can use it as a time to remember and reflect on the good in our life or whine at the loss of planned vacations or life events. My sister has battled cancer through this, missed graduations and weddings of her children, but continues to remain grateful and positive. She’s a light to me. Thank you for these reminders.

Robert W CowartJuly 15, 2020

Daris you are cruel. Making us wait for the rest of the story.

Jan KingJuly 14, 2020

As a mother of children who have made choices which have incurred painful consequences, in the which I have suffered along with them, this is a very tender message testifying of the love which comes to us from heaven.

GaryJuly 14, 2020

Thank you so much Brother and Sister Eyre for this inspired article. I thoroughly loved and enjoyed it. It really helped me a lot and answered many questions I had. You're wonderful!

Ron SnyderJuly 14, 2020

I look forward to the next installment. I hope that you take time to focus on #1 of your list, control of the means of manufacture and distribution as the easiest way to distinguish socialism from a broad social net. Most Utahns don't understand the difference.

Heather ArnettJuly 14, 2020

Well written article. Thank you very much! I loved how you mentioned Elder Oaks referring to presentism and the dangers in that thinking. I feel that is how Satan is attacking our country and its former leaders today. I know we will all be grateful for the mercy for which Heavenly Father affords us, who understands the full context of our hearts, when we are judged for our words, deeds, and actions. He will be kinder than we have been to each other.

Mark C DonaldsonJuly 14, 2020

Great article! Looking forward to future installments! This is information everyone needs in our day in order to divide truth from error. Thanks!!!

Peter StanfordJuly 14, 2020

How does the law of consecration relate to this article . Is it not a form of socialism ?

MaxximusJuly 14, 2020

Excellent, truthful article. An 8th "feature" should be added and it is not an assumption. All of the first 7 features listed are eventually ENFORCED at the point of a gun. Socialism always results in the FORCED redistribution of wealth.

Robert W CowartJuly 14, 2020

Thanks Wallace, I needed that today!

Anna StruthersJuly 13, 2020

I loved this video!!! You guys did a great job. Great message.

Lisa CorcoranJuly 13, 2020

Loved this and live this family. Such talent!’

JoJeanJuly 13, 2020

I brought my cholesterol down from over 200 to 127 by just giving up meat, dairy, and eggs. That was only one of the astonishing benefits from going whole food plant based, i.e., following the prescriptions in the Word of Wisdom.

A. BinghamJuly 13, 2020

While seemingly encouraging, the central question still remains, why do we need a vaccine for a virus w 99.9 survival rate? There still has not been, to date, an effective, even partially effective vaccine for a coronavirus. This new technology, developing using genetic manipulation (RNA sequencing) is highly experimental, and will forever alter one's genetic make up. The rapidly with which this vaccine is being developed, skipping the step of important animal trials, makes anyone with any basic understanding of how vaccines are developed, genetics science, and virology, very suspicious and nervous if any vaccine is pushed out this year (former vaccine researcher). The safety issues are HUGE. Best to focus on therapeutics, protection of the vulnerable, and building healthy immune systems. Danger danger danger.

Ralph OhmJuly 12, 2020

Great article - gave me some better understanding of what takes place in developing a vaccine. Wear a mask when going to the grocery store and try to keep a distance from others. Say your prayers for those working on a vaccine solution that they may be successful very soon. Behind and patience with others during this stressful time.

RoxyLynneJuly 12, 2020

So calming to hear information with a Gospel perspective as well as a scientific perspective and with none of the political agenda attached. It does offer a feeling of peace and security when we approach from faith. Thanks so much!!

Sharon EarlyJuly 12, 2020

Thanks so much for doing this. I'm in Spain and it's very comforting to know that Heavenly Father has an "insider"! Not by chance I'm sure!!

Delia CesponJuly 12, 2020

Truly inspiring! Thank you! The divine plan of a loving Father in Heaven includes some details that we cannot easily comprehend. Let us keep our faith and be trusting. Thank you, indeed.

SusanJuly 11, 2020

Thanks for a positive outlook. I don't pay attention to a lot of the news because it's conflicting and because it's so negative. I don't want to be that doom and gloom person, or have that life. This kind of article is exactly what I needed to read. Keeping a spiritual outlook is the important part of my survival.

Rick BallJuly 11, 2020

Outstanding article. Very informative and extremely encouraging.

Linda Cash ClawsonJuly 11, 2020

Approx 2 years ago the science and systems were accelerated rapidly, the Church leaders emphasized quality Sabbath day observance, deeper study in the Book of Mormon, a reverence for our Temple attendance, shortening All meetings on Sunday to spend more time with family, and the life changing development of the Come Follow Me home teaching program; God is ever near and our watchmen on the tower are listening! ❤️

ColetteJuly 11, 2020

I was so hoping that someone in the church would recognize that our health is our responsibility and that we should nourish it like the Word of Wisdom and the Lord recommends we do in these last days.

Kusina JuliaJuly 11, 2020

Great article. thank you for your powerful insights.

Sarah WalkerJuly 11, 2020

Rich Hutchins is a personal friend of mine and I would trust him with my life 100%. He is so close to the Spirit! I work in the Environmental Services part of the medical field and it is so rough out there! His words have brought me sure comfort with knowledge that there IS an end to the madness.

JojoJuly 10, 2020

Rae Greenstreet, I agree, there have been many Drs. Using Hydroxychloroquine with great success especially when given at the beginning. No hospital stays, no ventilators, etc.

Mike MooreJuly 10, 2020

It feels like the news is full of scare tactics and hardly any optimism. Why have we not heard more about these specific details (about vaccines and treatments becoming available as early as this Fall) that offer hope in broader media outlets?

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KatieJuly 10, 2020

Thank you for sharing this medical and spiritual information/update. As a nurse who works in the emergency department, your information is very helpful, but even more so it is hopeful! Thank you to all who so selflessly give their time and talents to the betterment of all humankind. Easing the suffering of our fellowman is truly following in the footsteps of our Savior Jesus Christ.

Shaun Lorraine BrownJuly 10, 2020

great article. Thank you for doing this interview and sharing it online.

DanielleJuly 10, 2020

This was just one the best articles I’ve read in a long time. Held me very captivated at the scientific, philosophic, and spiritual level!

Todd LillywhiteJuly 10, 2020

I especially like your boiling down the three-pronged attack on Agency. Very helpful.

Rae GreenstreetJuly 10, 2020

What about hydroxychloroquine?

VirginiaJuly 10, 2020

This is so hopeful! I will keep the fasting and prayers going for this vaccine to be safe and available soon. While there has been great purpose in this particular virus, I believe the answers to stopping it are also at our disposal. And I am so grateful.

GrandpaJuly 9, 2020

We had a stake president once literally demand that all men give their wives all their passwords and codes. I told my wife that I would exchange passwords and codes; it had to be a two-way exchange. Ten years later she still doesn't want me to have access to her accounts. On the bright side, we absolutely trust each other.

Ronald PolsleyJuly 9, 2020

“We don’t have a professional clergy–a paid ministry that gives official interpretation of the scriptures–as we’ve always said we don’t. There’s no office in the Church that qualifies the holder to give the official interpretation of the Church. We’re to read the scriptures for ourselves, as guided by the Spirit.” -Hugh Nibley

Margaret BatesJuly 9, 2020

I appreciate the suggestion of conceptualizing past quotes by church leaders of long ago. I even believe that current-day church leaders can speak either Apostolically, or as a person with a bias in one direction or another. We must always use our own gift of revelation to discern the one from the other. I appreciate this article greatly as I am currently reading "Saints" and am gaining a greater understanding of actions and statements and policies made in the context of their time. Thank you

Oliver KauderieJuly 9, 2020

There is a huge difference between “making mistakes” and teaching false doctrine. Yes we all make mistakes because of our human weaknesses, but teaching false doctrine is what qualifies you as a false prophet.

Chuck SanfordJuly 9, 2020

Decades ago, shortly after my baptism, I recognized that I am a perfect example of how the Lord uses the imperfect things of this world to accomplish His perfect principles. I am so very grateful for what I have learned in His gospel about how to treat other people.

Gregorio BillikopfJuly 9, 2020

I believe that these men of God were called by inspiration and acted by inspiration. The more I read and study their lives the more I am convinced of it. I believe these men were mortal men who, like all of us, made mistakes. Whatever the mistakes, however, when we think we know what those mistakes are, we truly are on the road to apostasy. So my favorite line in this excellent paper is “ ... consider to be flaws ‘may turn out to be divinely sanctioned and divinely directed from an eternal perspective.’” Best wishes from Chile.

JasonJuly 9, 2020

Is it appropriate to do a home dedication when renting your home? In thirteen years of marriage, we have not lived in the same place for more than two or three years.

Ronald BarnesJuly 9, 2020

Many prophets ago I was given knowledge, pure knowledge, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint is lead by a true prophet of God. What past prophets have told us is important, but not as important as what the current prophet tells us. By that I don't mean Russell M. Nelson only. I mean every man that is the President of the Church at the time, who ever he may be; past, present, and future.

RussellJuly 9, 2020

How do you reconcile this nuanced view of past prophets inaccurate teachings with teachings like? "Prophets are rarely popular, but we will always teach the truth.” - Russell M Nelson, BYU Devotional September 2019 "whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same." - D&C 1:38 If the prophet acts as the mouthpiece of God (literally the same as His voice) and always teach truth, how can you feel good about discarding what prophets have taught in their official capacity even if those teachings don't appear valid in your personal view?

MimiJuly 9, 2020

I think we tend to idolize our leaders and forget that they can have blind spots. I believe they are inspired and have appreciated and followed their counsel all of my life. But as I have gotten older I have realized all humans have flaws. Studying church history has been eye opening for me and strengthened my testimony of the gospel. Church leaders (like the founding fathers) were passionate and at times disagreed with one another. Recognizing mistakes and past failures helps us to move forward and grow. Let's acknowledge our past mistakes and build the kingdom and become better.

RitaJuly 9, 2020

Our June 28th Church meetings were cancelled--again. There is no word on when we will be able to attend. But we have good ministering brothers to bring us the sacrament, and access to Facetime and the Internet in order to keep in touch with family and friends. If the powers of the earth have their way, our lives may have to adjust to a 'new normal' of isolation, but we don't have to be isolated in spirit or mind.

Jeff ThomasJuly 9, 2020

A well grounded article that puts concerns in proper context. Thank you.

Ken LongmoreJuly 9, 2020

I taught this precept to my children many times over the years and it has been a saving grace to them that has allowed their testimonies flourish, unhindered by attacks from those who would “seek to destroy.” Well done. Thank you.

LeaniJuly 9, 2020

Thank you for writing and sharing this. I am about to share it with my family because we discussed this issue just a few days ago. Well done!

Milliejean Cook RyggJuly 9, 2020

Thank you for publishing this article. It occured to me while reading this article that if would do all people in our country, and yes the world, to study both sides of issues as does the Supreme Court before we protest or demand or force our beliefs and ways on others.

Maurine Jensen ProctorJuly 9, 2020

Annette K, Let me explain how this works. Since on this kind of non-binding resolution it takes unanimous consent to pass, all it takes is one senator to scuttle it. The Republicans were all on board with this resolution, but not all of the Democrats, Sen. Menendez came to the floor of the Senate to voice his complaints and there were rumblings that other Senate Democrats felt the same. It isn't correct that all of the other Senators, Democrats and Republicans were against this resolution against mob violence.

Bonnie Hart MurrayJuly 9, 2020

I am grateful to have a patriot like Mike Lee in our Senate. The things that are happening in our country are shocking. We have two or three generations who have not been taught correct principles in our schools. It may be too late, but I hope and pray for a Pathway program designed for grades 8-12, (it already exists for grades 9-12) where our children can learn the truth about our divinely inspired Constitution, where they can go to our church buildings and associate with their peers. Non-members could also possibly attend if they would sign an honor code, upholding certain good and true values. The things that are being taught in our public schools in sex education courses, and in social studies are shocking and evil. Freedom is always just one generation away from being lost.

AshleyJuly 9, 2020

My heart has been searching for answers that are specifically addressed in this article. This article has brought me peace. Thank you!

TamiJuly 9, 2020

Very well explained and inspiring.

AliJuly 9, 2020

Excellent thoughts. It is the totality of the gospel and miraculous progression that shows God is over this work. So grateful for the trust God has in imperfect me and each one of us.

Janet K CookJuly 9, 2020

This is a well written article, thank you for posting it. What we need to turn our attention to is how we can change the attitudes of people of the church so they are less racist. Racist attitudes abound throughout the church. Granted, they are probably worse in Utah, but there are still people throughout the world who hate people of other races in their country. It would be really, really helpful if we had a church-wide anti-racism curriculum for a year or two so that we could improve the Christlike behavior of our entire church.

Lynn D JohnsonJuly 9, 2020

Timely and astonishingly well researched. You have pulled together some great resources. I think this should be published in the Ensign.

Edward Rehder IIIJuly 9, 2020

Amen and Thank you!

Melissa MarkhamJuly 9, 2020

Thank you so much for this beautiful and insightful discussion of prophets and truth. Like Maeser, I am grateful for the "sticks" that keep us on the path!

Ronald KjarJuly 9, 2020

That's as good and timely an article as perhaps I've ever read. Thank you!

Gloria HouseJuly 9, 2020

Thank the Dear Lord that my salvation will not depend on what any man will say or do. Or what people think. My only judge is the Father of us all.

Taylor StonelyJuly 9, 2020

Thank you for an inspired article! I appreciate you reminding us that our past church leaders were imperfect, and yet, the Lord's purposes were still accomplished.

GilesJuly 9, 2020

Wonderful perspective, nuanced and informed in its explanation. An excellent piece in response to the cancel culture of recrimination and doubt. Thanks.

Kathy GivensJuly 8, 2020

I love Mike Lee and have watched him year after year consistently, courageously, and sometimes seemingly alone stand for truth and the constitution and let the chips fall where they may. We need many more Americans (including ourselves) like him...people of courage and willing to die for truth if need be. Thank you Senator Lee.

Annette K.July 8, 2020

It is so scary and hard to believe that not one senator, Democrat or Republican, would not agree with Senator Lee's resolution. Mobs are destroying our cities, killing innocent people, breaking law after law and the Senate does nothing. What are we paying them for? They are only interested in the retention of their seats of "power" What was it Joseph Smith said about power? Senators can be elected for term after term and accomplish little to benefit the nation. Corruption reigns rampant and destruction of this great nation looms. The 2nd coming must not be too far distant. Grateful for our knowledge of the gospel to get us through all satan's plans.

Susan J RowlandJuly 8, 2020

A wonderful article

BeverlyJuly 8, 2020

My oldest daughter used to put her arm around me and lay her head on my shoulder-even as an adult. She passed away in 2006 and since then I've felt her head on my shoulder many times. I once gave a talk in sacrament meeting and mentioned my daughter. A sister who had not known my daughter came up to me afterward and described her perfectly. She had seen her standing beside me as I spoke. That is a precious memory for me.

AnitaJuly 8, 2020

I love that suggestion of making that list and crossing a bunch of the truly unnecessaries OFF!! Really helpful ideas. Great post!

Linda ChristensenJuly 8, 2020

What an excellent example to remind us to research carefully. Thanks Tanya

A. BinghamJuly 8, 2020

It is now the time that citizens, assertively and firmly must stand up and remind their elected leaders that we are still a government by the people and for the people. The time for idly sitting watching is over. With the forced lockdown this has given us added opportunity to use social media to let our elected officials know that it is the citizen, not the political party, the citizen, not campaign coffers, the citizen not blackmailed politicians, who govern and not an elite faction that does not represent the majority. Senator Lee cannot do this alone.............. Nor can Senator Romney. Principled senators need our support now, more than ever.

Maurice Henderson McBrideJuly 8, 2020

Excellent advice, Tanya! Excellent!

Neal ChristensenJuly 7, 2020

The phrase "ripening for destruction" comes to mind.

Carolyn HuntJuly 7, 2020

I so agree, Thank you Mike Lee. I am afraid the day of those willing to stand up for what is right is slim to nothing.

DJ StaufferJuly 7, 2020

I am a couple of weeks behind in my come follow me study and I thought about skipping ahead to where I should be. I am so glad I didn’t. This podcast was so wonderful! Thank you for sharing the touching stories of missionary work :-)

WeezieJuly 7, 2020

THANK YOU 1000 times for giving me some hope in the middle of a time where I see our nation crumbling. Thank you for bringing to light something positive. I really needed it. I am soooo happy for this poor father. I can’t imagine having to drop off my child at the “boyfriend’s” house. UNBELIEVABLE that was even a possibility.

Carol AnnJuly 7, 2020

I call that a COMMON SENSE ruling! Anything else would have been a travesty of justice!

DeniseJuly 7, 2020

My brother, I hope you will consider the word menial, in referring to the work Joseph was raised to do (farming), each time you eat for the next few days. Honest work is enobling.

Dr. HJuly 7, 2020

Politics by its very nature involves compromises. Though not personally a fan of President Trump, what is the alternative? A favorite quote: "Those who have regard for the law or sausages should watch neither being made." I enjoy Senator Lee's carefully thought out comments and positions and his willingness to abide by the principals I embrace. I wish Senator Romney was as consistent!

AJ CurrieJuly 7, 2020

So, what recourse is available to rid ourselves of these aggressive, activist judges? As in the Book of Mormon times, evil judges are way too frequently inserting themselves into our families and our lives!

ShaunaJuly 7, 2020

thank you for a fine analysis and analogy

Jennie RounsevilleJuly 7, 2020

I have enjoyed these articles and look forward to having them in my tool box (or my spiritual well) for when I’m searching for more understanding. I appreciate the confirmation of the gospel truth and light I have found as I have read them. I thank the authors for taking the time to explore the issues of family revelation. I appreciate the length they have gone to not to shame the reader. It feels good to know that you are ok and that the “struggle” (with all its imperfections) is what is needed.

Julie ArcherJuly 7, 2020

You have provided many great clarifying thoughts. Thank you.

Dan GawthropJuly 7, 2020

I have to admit that it's extremely unlikely that you will ever find me standing in a line for 30 minutes to purchase a serving of tasty vegetables served up on a sugar cone. I strive to be valiant, but...

Thadeus HartmanJuly 7, 2020

In cases like this one (sensitive, blatantly obvious, blatantly wrong) the overturned judge's name should be mentioned every time the case is referred to. Incompetency (or, in some matters perhaps narcissism) is responsible for too many problems and loss of freedom. Look at our country today, consider the behavior and rhetoric of so many of our governors, mayors, police chiefs, judges, city councils, congress, media figures, etc.). Anonymity should not shield these persons.

Wendy LanderJuly 6, 2020

That speaks volumes to non Americans, but will Americans understand it !?

Ryan KatusJuly 6, 2020

I think the day of the gentile is over in the US. The Book of Mormon says that when the gentiles have reached a stage of unrighteousness that is great enough, the Lord will remember his promises to the Lamanites. It will be interesting to see how the Lamanites repay all the experiences they've received from the gentiles in the last 500 years.

Maryann TaylorJuly 6, 2020

It is incomprehensible to me that ANYONE in the Senate would withhold support from Senator Lee on the issue of condemning mob violence. It is just one more startling evidence of the growing outright evil that exists in the Democrat party. There are no "shades of gray" on this issue. If we cannot unite in condemning mob violence, we are in very serious trouble.

JaneJuly 6, 2020

Thank you Senator Lee for speaking up. The time has come to speak out against violence. Hopefully other leaders will do the same. Silence does not make America strong!

Maryann TaylorJuly 6, 2020

Unfortunately, we live in a day when too many seek escape from the consequences of their actions. They will even resort to murdering the unborn to avoid dealing with the challenges that arise from the choices they have made. It is ironic that they seek relief and a way out, but guilt and anguish of soul are the final results.

pamela Morgan roderJuly 6, 2020

Well said. Thank you for the great article. Hoping to see changes. Elder Bender's speech was most welcome. Such hypocrisy in this nation.

Marilyn GrahamJuly 6, 2020

Black or White doesn't matter. It is the character of a person that speaks for itself, regardless of color. I love my black and white citizens and friends who stand up for justice, kindness, good neighbors, citizenship, etc. and I deplore those who riot, steal, murder, rape, ruin other people's property, etc. no matter what their excuse happens to be. Thank you Senator Lee for standing up for justice and accountability.

Robert StarlingJuly 6, 2020

To KJB - Analysis of video of the riots shows that 6 out of 8 of the "peaceful protesters" who burn, loot, occupy, and beat up innocent civilians are **white**. They are radical agitators (mostly from out of town or out of state) using a "black" cause as an excuse to advance their Marxist-inspired anarchy in their attempts to destroy America. God bless Senator Lee and President Trump for calling it like it is! Now lets see if our politicians can get a spine and back them up!

MichaelJuly 6, 2020

Excellent article, now write another titled "What a man wants in his future wife" which I'm sure will be equally enlightening for women.

Joy LundbergJuly 6, 2020

Welcome to Utah! Thanks for the tips. I fell several years ago and broke my hip. I was walking fast and didn't look down, slipped on a patch of ice and down I went. Since then we have a year-round motto that we say when we go out the door: Look down and walk slow. And hang on to railings.

Jo AnnJuly 6, 2020

Right On, Spot On Sir. I applaud you for Your Strong speech. Wake up America.

Gail BJuly 6, 2020

I’m sorry Alec but Romney doesn’t STAND for anything! Though I originally voted for him he has unfortunately proved to be a self-serving two-faced, coward in Congress. Andrew C is right about him. BRAVO to Sen. Lee, however this article is so revealing. The senate is too corrupt to do anything right and when the left has the majority nothing right will happen! I’m afraid this is the beginning of the end......Another civil war over rather to start over as the liberals want to or get back to our Godly founding principles! The chaos and disrespect for law and order pretty much tells you which side will win; there is no going back!! They will win until the Lord the Second Coming!

Maggie HarlineJuly 6, 2020

As always thank you for standing up and speaking out ! I hope there will be plan to create change for this issue.

Maurine Jensen ProctorJuly 6, 2020

Violence by any ethnic group must be condemned.

Maurine Jensen ProctorJuly 6, 2020

Alec, Actually the ads that come up on Meridian are from Google and reflect what you have been viewing. They don’t reflect us.

EdJuly 6, 2020

Good for sen Lee for trying. Shame on all the rest of them.

Mark JankeJuly 6, 2020

Good call James. When the prophet speaks...the post script is always: “Thus saith the the Lord.”

Carol AnnJuly 6, 2020

Thank you, Senator Lee, for talking strong common sense? Where are the listening ears? I pray every day that God will heal and bless this great nation. It needs to not only come from our citizenry, yet from our halls of Congress. "Is there not so great a cause" as freedom and liberty in our land? Partisan opinions should not be an option when we see lawlessness, violence, and murder on our streets! This is a call for decency, law, and order in our country. We need to keep the American Covenant with God!

Annie LouJuly 6, 2020

I have waited endlessly to hear even one leader of this nation come out against the anarchy in the streets of American cities. Bullies are now running America! Anti-everything good is running the Congress. The one good thing I have heard beyond Senator Lee's impassioned plea for law and order or pay the consequences, is Pres. Trump's oratory from Mount Rushmore on July 4th. I wanted to stand up and cheer for Sen. Lee AND the President for finally speaking out and speaking up for what 90% of America is feeling. We know full well what these mobs are trying to do - we have seen it coming for years. I personally will be putting my limited money where my feelings are and that includes supporting out of state senators and representatives as well as my own who support the American Constitution, law of the land, and Declaration of Independence. Thank you Senator Lee. And thanks to the President for having the courage to speak out and take action.

Alec AndrusJuly 6, 2020

It is instructive that when I tried to post a comment, an ad for Trump for President popped up. Senator Lee took the unfortunate position of doubling down on the labeling of very principled protesters as rioters. Throwing the baby out with the bath water ,he looked beyond the mark. Institutional racism by a militarized police system is antithetical to our nation’s values and has not provided equity or respect to many of God’s beloved children. I choose to stand with Senator Romney who is working to unite NOT to support the divisive practices of the Republican Party toadies who have sold their soul to Trump.

Duane BoyceJuly 6, 2020

Amen. I see nothing to disagree with in Senator Lee's comments. In this atmosphere, they exhibit courage and I hope more public figures will follow the same course. Silence neither impresses nor helps.

Andrew J CurrieJuly 6, 2020

We already know that Liberals in Congress will never condemn what is going on. And we've always known Republicans will stay silent as long as possible so they don't risk losing a voter. It's time for Americans to finally admit that elected officials are not looking out for our safety and benefit. Congress's number one concern by far is getting re-elected. Just as Democrats "know" they have the black-American vote 'in the bag', Republicans know they have Conservatives 'in the bag'. They don't fear Conservatives are going to vote for a Democrat, so why worry--Mitt Romney is living proof!

AJ CurrieJuly 6, 2020

And California just prohibited chanting and singing in church?!? I'm just positive it has invaded mosques to ensure nothing untoward is going on! So I'd like to hear more about what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is doing to stand-up for religious freedom against these liberal despots. And what should its members be doing?

RobertJuly 6, 2020

The soul of America is being destroyed. It no longer has a history. It no longer has guiding principles that are followed by its citizenry. The American people seem no longer to care. Our elected officials take steps to dehumanize it; to challenge the very concept of freedom. They allow, even encourage, the mobs to run rampant over the rights of others. And we the American people sit back and watch it happen, then exercise our right to vote and put the same people, who are creating this chaos, back in charge. As this unfolds before our very eyes, we sit back and say: “this is America. It can’t happen to us”. The “woke” society has an agenda to destroy America as we know it. True Americans, patriots, better form their “wake up” movement before it is to late. If not, God help us!

SheilaJuly 6, 2020

We are blessed to have such a statesman in the Senate. He is doing the peoples work and trying to save our Constitution as it is being shredded by the tyrants in Washington that bow to the misguided few. Let us pray America can gain a spine like Senator Lee and bring back sense and sensibility to Congress for the good of America. God Bless Senator Lee

KJBJuly 6, 2020

Where was Meridian's outrage when protesters were waving guns outside of state capitols and even preventing the Michigan legislature from being able to function? Oh, that's right, those ones were white...

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Frank MerrillJuly 6, 2020

Thank you, senator Lee, for putting a voice to our feelings. There are reasons why the Book of Mormon tells us about people like Captain Moroni and also about Amalikiah.

Charles McClellandJuly 6, 2020

Carolyn, I remember meeting your mother. What a delightful lady! You not only looked like her, but followed her Christ-like example.

Pauline HarryJuly 5, 2020

I liked your article Maureen. It seems Jefferson was favored somehow by God but I believe he was of a pro slavery mindset based upon what I’ve studied on the presidents and pilgrims who were against it, but foisted repeatedly upon them by the British. Maybe it’s a Laman/ Nephi time issue - opposition in all things!

Kathleen FulmerJuly 5, 2020

SPOT ON as always, Maurine. What a thought provoking article and tribute to great men and women with a righteous cause.

Janet McCulloughJuly 5, 2020

Thank you for this most enlightening article. I am Canadian but have a very strong interest in American history and feel very patriotic. As brothers and sisters I feel no borders between us. The love for freedom has been etched in my soul since a child and so our "Canada Day" and your " July 4th Day of Independence" (which are only a few days apart) are very stirring to my soul.We are blessed to live in these choice lands which must be protected. I learned so much from your article which has added to my understanding of these two great leaders under God's direction.Thank you!

Ann S PapworthJuly 5, 2020

Yes, the article brought to my attention some informative and very specific facts of which I was not aware. Love finding new information such as that! Thank you.

Treena ParkerJuly 5, 2020

Beautifully written article -- timely and inspirational.

CDJuly 5, 2020

A nice article which managed for the most part to avoid blatant political correctness and social rhetoric but still was a little on the socially correct side. There is and has been social injustice and inequality probably since the beginning of time. Racism in this country has become a business almost for some, others move on and try to improve their lives and others lives. A black man who lived down the street from me year's ago once told me when I asked him about prejudice and racism, "there's a whole class of poor white people in this country nobody cares about". What I personally am bothered about sometimes is when I hear people who make it sound as if blacks in America are the only group of people who have ever suffered injustice, there are many others who have suffered much or even worse, millions died at the hands of the Nazis, tens of millions died under the communist regimes in China and Russia, black on black violence in Africa has been horrendous not to mention the black on black violence in so many of our cities seems out of control. It all boils down to this as said by Leo Terrill a former NFL player and ordained minister, "we have forgotten god".

LeslieJuly 5, 2020

This made me think of the Iroquois "Great Law of Peace" and their seal, which includes a tree, with the image of a weapon buried beneath it.

A.BinghamJuly 5, 2020

Could it be, post-mortem, that the inspired words of great American leaders Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King, can pave the way forward for America, if we the people choose to listen.

Gail BJuly 4, 2020

If God be with them, who can be against them? As members of Christ’s church on the earth I hope each of us understands that our Founding Fathers were chosen and set apart by God our Heavenly Father. I pray that each of us will be found on the Right side of the line that is being drawn for us! We must defend our Founding Fathers and the God-Given Principles they proclaimed, Freedom and Justice for ALL!

Carol Ann ShepherdJuly 4, 2020

Thank you, Maureen, for your well-written words. These two men were outstanding patriots to the end of their lives for our great country. We, too, need to be patriots today and help preserve the heritage of those who went before us. The torch has been passed onto us. Let us always remember and keep sacred the American Covenant with Almighty God.

Frankie HallJuly 4, 2020

This is a wonderful, thoughtful, inspiring message. Thank you so very much for sharing. I love it!

Dr. HJuly 4, 2020

I'm a member of the LDS Academy of Dentists. When President Nelson came out with his request regarding the name change, the Academy leadership polled the members on a list of possible names. None communicated that nature of our organization, and/or its affiliation with the church. The attempt was finally given up, and we continue with a name which mow violates church policy. There are good reasons for condensing names into identifications which are of a useable length in normal conversation and written forms. Is there an abbreviated form of the church name which would allow an economy of language? "Mormon" and "LDS" worked for many years, but they're now no longer acceptable in the eyes of current church leadership.

Jane HyteJuly 4, 2020

I absolutely loved reading this touching story of these great men! Thank you Maurine!

Bradley J. KramerJuly 4, 2020

Also, on July 4, 1846, Henry David Thoreau "went into the woods" near Concord, MA to begin his two-year experiment in stripped-down living that eventually produced his book Walden. As he wrote., " I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

vickieJuly 4, 2020

YES INDEED....HAVE A DNA TEST FIRST...THEN GET AN ATTORNEY. this boy your husband a grown man now. both never knew him. wife shouldnt be too upset because this was before she married her husband the boys father...the young man now probably just wants to have closure as to who he is.

JanineJuly 3, 2020

Thank you for these beautiful words of hope. I will read the books you've mentioned because in the end, I want the current stressful experiences we're going through to make me stronger and better in the end.

MaryJuly 3, 2020

I thought Jefferson owned slaves?? Why is there no mention of that in your article? Yes, I believe we need to honor their works but they were flawed human beings and history is history. They were brutal in their treatment of their brothers and sisters. God worked in spite of their flaws. We cannot heal as a nation if we do not face the facts. Just as Jesus restored the gospel through Joseph Smith. We can restore unity and healing by acknowledging the past and making restitution. God bless America.

Lawrence JohnsonJuly 3, 2020

I have been leaning towards becoming a "Republican", because of Pres., Lincoln! However, I will not vote Republican because of the current regime, when I vote! Pres., Lincoln apparently was a faithful servant of God! I hope, and pray that one day, we will have a president once again who serves, heeds, and obeys God!

Lisa CroftJuly 3, 2020

As you noted, we shouldn’t paint with broad brushes. We should take the middle road. So many generalize about racism, but in fact, it was only a portion of our country that ever practiced it. And although Jefferson was a slave holder, he wrote the foundational document that would eventually eliminate slavery. I don’t think that was by accident. The Republican Party was established to fight slavery. Many in the United States (white and black) fought vehemently against slavery. Just maybe, Republicans flight so hard for liberty for all and the great great America ideal (without excuses) because we don’t harbor the white guilt so many liberals do. After all, it is there policies that have and continue to get in the way of true equality. Republicans don’t assume that blacks are incapable, but offer them all the opportunities of American citizenship. It is so important to look at the root causes of the problems. How long are we going to keep looking back, instead of forward.

David ShieldsJuly 3, 2020

Thank you for this outstanding article. You made my day. Thank you for all the research and the contemplation and study.

John Melvin DoddJuly 3, 2020

Thank you for this brilliant and intensely passionate defense of our heritage as expressed in The Declaration of Independence and our annual celebration of our nation's birthday on July 4, 1776. Jefferson and John Adams were friends, became political enemies, but in their older years realize the were forever linked together in a greater common cause and renewed their friendship and admiration for each other. Today we should thank our God for Jefferson and Adams and what they helped create.

Isaac C. "Ike" FergusonJuly 3, 2020

I was emotionally moved by this thoughtful piece. Thank you. Through all the turmoil of agitation and hate, I too cling to the Lord's promises that this great nation was set up for a purpose beyond mortal ambitions. Jefferson and Adams, and many others, including the thousands who sacrificed their lives to preserve North America, did indeed have that "divine spark" that led them on in a greater cause. Our duty is to follow through on the Lord's intentions by being active citizens, voting and acting in the spirit of freedom and independence, and living our lives in a righteous manner so as to witness to our creator that we understand His plan and cry out in support of it by our daily actions.

Ruth A KingJuly 3, 2020

Thank you for this stirring message that is so needed at this time in our country.

Patricia MerrickJuly 3, 2020

I've often thought that it truly was providence that these two patriots both died on the 50th anniversary of Independence Day. Your article is very well written and thought-provoking. Thank you!

JKJuly 3, 2020

How can there be systemic racism in our country when most elected Obama for 2 terms? There are some racists (bad apples) in our country, but most Caucasian US citizens are definitely NOT.

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Gordon SwensenJuly 3, 2020

With all the tumult and uncertainty in our world today, this article gave me increased hope and understanding! A great way to begin the 4th of July weekend! Thank you for the historical insight and reminder into the both the concept of freedom, and the divinely inspired vision of the Founding Fathers!

joel MarksJuly 3, 2020

Sister Prictor: Nothing short if amazing. Moreover Mr Adams and Mr Jefferson were amazing. Long live what they are but most of all what they did, bequeath freedom to unborn millions. This generation needs to take a lesson from the dead, before they extinguish the liberties some of their and our ancestors lived for. God bless America, from sea to shining sea.

Jan KingJuly 3, 2020

I'm disappointed that Geoff did not mention that this relationship began before this woman's marriage. It's not like he cheated on her after they married. Also this father did not abandon his child, the girlfriend chose not to inform him of a baby. And doing a DNA test is simple, reasonably inexpensive, and private. Involving a licensed therapist doesn't always need to be one of the first things you rush to!

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CarolJuly 2, 2020

True discipleship! recognizing and finding comfort in the hand of God in their lives midst the pain and heart ache that comes from losing a child. They did not allow that loss to totally consume them; they did not turn away from God and so were able to feel His love.

Joann DelamareJuly 2, 2020

I love these stories because they are so true and "Family Angels" are real and I am so grateful for these blessings in our life. Thank you for the stories. Your cousin JoAnn

James BeelerJuly 2, 2020

Thank you for honoring President Thomas Jefferson. He deserves the praise of all men who wish to live in freedom and worship their Creator who inspired this sacred document.

Sheryl BattyJuly 1, 2020

The name should be changed to Church of Jesus Christ. The current name is too long.

Paul HJuly 1, 2020

I was told back in the 1960’s that a new stake center has been built in California and when then-President McKay went to dedicate it he noticed the sign on it said “LDS Church” and he told the local authorities to open their Doctrine and Covenants books and read what the Lord named “His Church” and to get that name onto the building, replacing what they had done. I am sorry I have no reference to cite but it makes sense.

KLTJuly 1, 2020

Having read a number of Ms. Reiss's articles I question whether this Church is really her faith. All she does is complain and criticize about the Church, its leaders and its practices.

JanineJuly 1, 2020

This was exactly what I needed to read today. I miss the temple so much, but realized in my scripture study this morning that one thing I can do is family history to be all the more prepared when the temples do reopen. Thank you!

JulieJuly 1, 2020

This is a beautiful article, and has deeply touched my soul. Thank you so much for sharing this experience of love, care, and reparation, and for reminding me of the wondrous work to be continued on both sides of the veil, when our Temples reopen.

DavidDJuly 1, 2020

Regarding references to the full name of Church, I don't understand how absolutely no one seems to be concerned with the scriptural reminder in D&C 107:4 that the Holy Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God is called the Melchizedek Priesthood "out of respect or reverence to the name of the Supreme Being, to avoid the too frequent repetition of his name." And while we as members of the Church are very much used to the term, "Latter-day Saints," referring to ourselves as Saints to others seems arrogant and prideful to me. The same as if we used the term "Almost Gods."

Margie KawamotoJuly 1, 2020

Such a beautiful experience this must have been for ALL involved on both sides of the veil! Thank you ever so much for sharing this experience with us!

Lisa ReisingJuly 1, 2020

Beautiful thoughts - thank you for sharing this story. As we also read this week’s section of The Book of Mormon, about the reparations the sons of Mosiah and the Lamanites sought to achieve, through the grace of God, we can sense how anxious the Lord is to help us with repairing the wrongs of the past. This takes great humility to know how to be a healer in God’s capable hands.

James BlackJuly 1, 2020

Since when is 'Following the Prophet ' idolatry of any sort?

Arlene WildeJune 30, 2020

I honour and support President Nelson as a prophet of God, but I think we need to acknowledge that the Lord's preparation of His people -- and church resources/programs -- has been underway for many years. As an example, although the Come, Follow Me program was introduced world-wide by President Nelson, the program was developed and piloted before he became President. We fail to see the greater view when we attribute announced "adjustments" exclusively to the current leaders without recognizing that the Lord began the work well before the announcement.

David PerryJune 30, 2020

This is terrifically congruent with the counsel from President Nelson. Thank you, Lynne.

Earl UnderwoodJune 30, 2020

As usual, clearly and uniquely stated Gary. I stand with you. I am forever grateful for the beautiful gift of agency. Miss seeing you and Jan.

Ruth AllenJune 30, 2020

I am old and am in favor or anything concerning technology that is simplified so I can use it too!!!

Donald CyrJune 30, 2020

I am thankful for your questions and I am grateful to feel the willingness of my heart to face life problems differently from now on... it's a matter of a conscious decision process for a better peace of mind and real thrust in the Savior... I should not react but act like Christians should. THANKS brother. (At Gethsemane Peter show up a sword but the Lord gently teach him, a different way for our remission).

RobynJune 30, 2020

Thank you for sharing your insights. I had not caught that in my own reading and it was eye-opening when I went and reread with your views in mind.

RobynJune 30, 2020

I really enjoyed this well laid out explanation. I learned quite a bit from the process of thinking through each of its components. Thank you for sharing your insights with us!

Elaine B KempJune 30, 2020

Oh how very precious is this window into Joseph's loving heart! Thank you for sharing, Brent! Through all your treasure sharing, you too nurture a loving heart!

Helmut A. WorleJune 30, 2020

There is a very useful form available on the church website: the Self-Reliance Plan. It can be downloaded and printed and could be used by anyone helping others to navigate budget questions.

Jenny SvendsenJune 30, 2020

What a blessing to be able to read the Prophet's own handwriting, it brought me to tears of gratitude for what he said, I felt the spirit again letting me know that he truly is a prophet, thank you for sharing, so precious!

Jenny SvendsenJune 30, 2020

WOW! What a life changing article! I really made me think of what I can 'bury' in my life, thank you so much for these thoughts!

Mardonne NeimanJune 30, 2020

Alma 6:5-6 Now I would that ye should understand that the word of God was liberal unto all, that none were deprived of the privilege of assembling themselves together to hear the word of God. Nevertheless the children of God were "commanded" that they should "gather themselves together oft," and join in fasting an mighty prayer "in behalf of the welfare of the souls of those who knew not God."


It is the same old "rights and responsibility" problem. Everyone wants rights, no one wants responsibility. ie "I have a right to have children or not." That is true, but if you have sexual intimacy, and become pregnant, your rights end, and your responsibility begins. It is a slippery slope to want rights without responsibility, but in this day, many Americans seem to want just that. Sad.

ShaunaJune 30, 2020

Thank you

RyanJune 30, 2020

I strongly doubt he cut an arm off of more than one living combatant. Severing the brachial artery would lead to death in minutes, and Mormon clearly states Ammon only killed one raider with his sword. I think it’s more likely that he knocked most of their weapons out of their hands. This article does lead me to believe that they removed the arms of those who Ammon killed (mostly with his sling) to take to Lamoni.

Theodore BrandleyJune 30, 2020

Points well made. However, we need to remember that they then had to rely on the Nephites for their defense and send their sons to fight their wars.

Bliss TewJune 29, 2020

When an ostrich sticks its head in the sand because it fears the lion approaching, then the lion has an easy meal.

MichaelJune 29, 2020

Certainly those who are sick or immunocompromised should wear a mask to protect themselves but why should everyone else? I'd rather die a free man than live the rest of my life in self-imposed isolation and fear.

LynneJune 29, 2020

You assume, like most artists, that the flocks that were scattered were sheep. However, there are no sheep in Central or South America. However, the people there do keep flocks of turkeys or other fowl. I believe that goats are another possibility. Thinking of Ammon & the others gathering the scattered flock, it seems much more likely to me that the flock was turkeys, not sheep. It makes for a much different feel to the narrative if the flock were fowl..

KJAJune 29, 2020

Great article! I'm sending this to our granddaughters who are in their 20s. I'm been in a second marriage for 8 years, my husband is 81 and I'm 72. He had a good 1st marriage; mine had some of the problems you've mentioned that got worse, not better. My 2nd husband "passed your test" with flying colors; we've both helped each other become better people than we were before. LOVED the quote about rushing toward God and if you meet someone on the way, introduce yourself!

Cynthia CarlsonJune 29, 2020

Thank you for this encouraging post!

Gabriele I. KupitzJune 28, 2020

Super uplifting story! Thank you!

Lisa RauzonJune 28, 2020

With home church we would have much more time to serve the community when we open up again. Also, with technology we can keep in touch with the ward and stake. No need to gather again in person.

John MatthewsJune 28, 2020

Thank you for the article. We are now seeing mob rule because the elected government officials will not act. It truly is a time in our country‘s history where right and good are declared wrong and evil.

Douglas AustinJune 28, 2020

Maurine, you talk about the "horrific murder of George Floyd" but no one has yet been convicted of murder and it will be difficult to do that unless the prosecutor in the Derek Chauvin trial can prove that Chauvin has malice aforethought or premeditation to kill Floyd, in other words he put his knee on Floyd's neck specifically knowing it would kill him. Did Chauvin kill Floyd? Yes, no question but he likely was guilty of negligent homicide, not murder.

MicheleJune 28, 2020

It is a only by listening to those who disagree with us that we will be able to influence them. Telling them what to do won't change their minds.

MicheleJune 28, 2020

Additionally, this wasn't English we're talking about, even if arms is used in two different chapters as mentioned. We can't go by the 1828 version of Webster's dictionary, because Joseph Smith didn't use that, he translated by the power of the spirit. I often find articles which shares the actual meaning if the original words, and explains the connotations.

MicheleJune 28, 2020

I think CJ is confusing hemp, it CBD oil, with actual marijuana that gets one high. Hemp does not activate the same pathways. If the dog is still energetic, then there's been no overdose. CBD is detoxed through liver pathways. The dog would get very sleepy if his liver was functioning below par or the hemp was too high a dose.

ShellyJune 28, 2020

Same with podcasts app on apple. 5 min and cut off

NettieJune 28, 2020

Well written and a great guide for both men and women. I'd like to add, and you touched on it, is the use of profanity. No woman (or man) wants to hear the "F" or the "B" word used every other word. It's not attractive at all. Want to know something that is attractive?? Men who use and honors their Priesthood.

MarilynJune 28, 2020

You always inspire me! Hope you will continue to share your successes and your life with us.I will try harder to LOOK UP when I m down.

Kara DunkelJune 28, 2020

Thank you so very much, Taylor! I am inspired by your insights and share them with my husband and others. Your life too has been a stream that has turned into a mighty river giving much nourishment to other spirits. Thank you.

Penny UtleyJune 28, 2020

We use your podcast to kick off our CFM study for the week. Thank you for all our insights and tender stories.

A. BinghamJune 28, 2020

A timely and well thought out article. Thank you.

Earl ChantrillJune 27, 2020

What a succinct summary of the overall question of the how and why of human existence. The Bible is the best answer to these questions, with input from the Book of Mormon and other thoughtful and inspired sources.

Phillip DrinkwaterJune 27, 2020

Katrina : This is an attention grabber and should be posted and shared everywhere. You’ve covered most everything very thoroughly. I have found that women value men who make and keep promises (or at least make their best effort to do so). They also appreciate integrity to God by making and keeping covenants made ‘before God, Angels and other witnesses. That is the highest kind of integrity and is irreplaceable by any other quality. Among those kinds of promises are “I will see you @ 5:00 pm at Jamba Juice or wherever you say you’re goin to do and be at. Don’t be cheap and take a young woman out and buy her a hot chocolate because you don’t want to spring for the cost. A woman is a queen and a treasure. Peanut butter sandwiches ware for later when she knows you care more about her than the cost of the evening. Don’t be the person who indicates they might be interested in meeting up with you - only to find that he/she had you stacked on a pile of “possible activities” and that being with you became a lesser priority “ooops at the last minute”. Like that person is not going to know that you ditched them for someone or something else higher on your stacked list of activities. I’m 61, I am the father of 5 girls and a former bishop. I married my high school sweetheart; I served an honorable mission and she went to school and dated a few guys while I was gone - but just to pass the time. We made and kept commitments and covenants made to one another and God thus gaining trust that our word meant something reliable. Life and marriage are extremely difficult and unless you are an “all in” type of character, your promise won’t be strong enough to get you through the hard times. Skip Drinkwater (from Jersey - we say what we are thinking).

MelissaJune 27, 2020

I am with you except the abortion issue. We all need to do what we can to end abortion. We need to ask ourselves why am I indifferent to what is happening with the killing of babies and why am I not adding my voice to the fight to end it.

Maryann TaylorJune 27, 2020

Elder Bednar's comments are a wake-up call for all of us. I only wish this was given in a General Conference, so that everyone would hear or read it. We must cherish and uphold our freedom of religious expression, and we must speak out against religious oppression.

Maryann TaylorJune 27, 2020

Yes, we do need to be careful of either/or thinking and we need to be cautious of the division contention creates. Having said that, there are many things that truly ARE black and white. We live in a society where the line between good and evil is getting pretty blurry. As members of the church, we need to take a stand for truth and righteousness, even when it's not popular. When Moroni hoisted the Title of Liberty I don't think he was concerned about anyone getting their feelings hurt.

HaileyJune 27, 2020

This is one of the best articles I’ve ever read! Excellent thoughts and truths!! I’m saving it for my teenage boys to read ;)

Rita in TexasJune 27, 2020

Kent, if the verse had said, "gathered up their arms", I would agree with you. But it clearly states, "smote off their arms". "Arms" can be used either way in English, depending on the context, and as the article states, cutting off body parts as proof of victory in battle was an accepted practice in both the ancient Old and New Worlds.

W EvansJune 27, 2020

Thank you for your comments and insights. I am reminded of a couple of talks from Hillsdale College on this subject. Here are the links: and I am so disappointed that people are rushing to remove the history of people who have been beneficial to the creation and improvement of this nation. Did Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Grant and other leaders have faults? You bet they did! But look what they accomplished in spite of their faults in creating a nation where we could pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Property destruction, defamation of good and honorable people only promote hate; it doesn't resolve anything. To say that certain peoples' lives matter, and then destroy public property, or to destroy the livelihood of people make them liars and hypocrites. I pray that we will be wise in our choices and decisions and look to promote life, liberty and happiness which was granted to us in our Constitution. Without these, we are nothing.

Maria AllenJune 26, 2020

May I reach to you and give you a hug for being so up front and honest and so spot on?! Everything and I mean everything you said is 100% the truth. I have dealt with a few grown men (45-?) Who sit in front of the computer playing games or surfing the web. One in particular when married to for very short time (1 1/2 years) also either printed out articles and made me read them pointing out that this was I needed to be in order to fulfill his needs. This was pretty much on a constant daily basis. Very few of these articles ever came from a general member of the and even if they did, they would twist things around to make it as if they were the victim. Or, I wasn't constantly lectured of what I needed to do and take full responsibility of their needs saying I was to blame for their grief. Don't get me started on the Single adult dances. Talk about pathetic. I ended up walking away years ago and I have never looked back. For a person at my age (58), yes unfortunately it does happen, it seems to me either the brethren and sisters who are single still feel that the main importance for them is that the person to look a certain way. If they feel the person doesn't live up to their standards physically then adios. Never mind being righteous or spiritual, that is not a priority to them. Please don't misunderstand me, yes it is attractive to do the best that you can with what you been blessed with to be presentable and taking care of one's self. But most important as you so eloquent out it, if Heavenly Father isn't placed first above anything or anyone, it will not work for me. You cannot live a life with one foot out the door and the other one in and expect that a relationship will work out for you. Like a beloved Prophet once stated, "you are either all in 100% with regards to living the Gospel or a relationship or not, there is no gray area." President Gordon B Hinkley.

Judith La MontagneJune 26, 2020

I found this article to be very enlightening. In fact, I have taken several linies from it and entered them into my quotation file. You are a gifted writer, and I hope I will see more articles from you on human relations.

KayJune 26, 2020

You give these spoiled brats way to much credit. They want destruction and chaos - pure and simple. They are anarchists who've been brainwashed in our schools and universities. It's so distressing to see our leaders condone this behavior. This isn't democracy- its anarchy.

Donald HoffmanJune 26, 2020

There is nothing like the TRUTH to obtain balance

BradJune 26, 2020

Anyone awaken to their awful state yet? Such a sad state of affairs going on.

Miriam CottamJune 26, 2020

The statue in Seattle can't be taken down because it sits on private property but to honor Lenin the private property the statue is on should be ceased since his first day in power he abolished private land ownership. If anyone objects have them killed or interned in a concentration camp. Also, don't report any of these actions in the media since Lenin strictly censored the press. If the people in Washington truly want to honor Lenin they are going about it all wrong.

Paul HJune 26, 2020

Wow, what a checklist. If any man can measure up to all this, where will he find a woman to meet that does as well? I think focusing on about three things would be more helpful that dumping the whole load on single guys. The reason I say that is I was a single guy once myself, many years ago, and was blessed to marry well. Even back then there was no lack of advice for young men and what they needed to do to become "husband material." These are good thoughts---there's just so many of them.

Bob PowelsonJune 26, 2020

Some good points made. On being romantic, an incident from years ago gives me some insight. Once in a while I would phone a florist and have ONE red rose delivered to my wife at home. She liked it. One day I was quite busy and had my secretary make the call. She did with one small change! I arrived home and was met at the door by an irate wife; Who asked me "What did you do this time?" My secretary had made the change from one red rose to a dozen red roses. Ooopsie! My wife had thought I had don something "bad"!

Jennifer LarsenJune 26, 2020

EXCELLENT ARTICLE!! And...I'm a woman and saw personal weaknesses that I have and areas where I need to improve in EVERY one of your points. This advice is not just for men but for all mankind! I'm printing this one and I'm going to study it and mark it up and take it as scripture in my own life. Thank you for your insight and inspiration and motivation to make my life better from the inside out!

Maryann TaylorJune 26, 2020

If your father is spending his money on luxury purchases, it doesn't seem like he needs your financial help. Because you have allowed him to take advantage of you, it's going to be challenging to change the pattern you have established. It's called tough love. If he can pay for his own essential and basic needs, you owe him nothing financially. He needs to recognize that you are all grown up and will not be taken advantage of or manipulated.

Doris Hansen CrockettJune 26, 2020

This is a great contribution by the Church for all of us to enjoy. Thank you!

James RawsonJune 26, 2020

There is no legitimate reason for the anarchy of these rioters! And, why the rioting and destruction now! We’re fools to not believe this wasn’t organized for the moment! A crybaby uneducated generation that lives off welfare is leading us further into a Socialist/Marxist philosophy of daily living!

CJune 26, 2020

I agree that there are certain prejudices we don't recognize in ourselves. But I have never felt like a racist. I have a Hispanic, a Filipino, and a Navajo sister-in-law. I have a black son-in-law and three black grandchildren. I love them all dearly. I have worked globally with many different cultures and peoples I also recognize that there are certain types of changes that do need to be made and that effort should be ongoing so that respect is universal. But I am concerned about using the feeling of marginalization to explode, to Riot, or to threaten, or undermine others is so very wrong and not the right way to handle changing Prejudice where it exists.

JoeySJune 26, 2020

Thank you, Katrina, for a most enlightening and inspiring article. Might I say that this advice holds true for not only those looking for that special someone with whom to spend eternity but also for those of us who have found that we have slipped in many of these aspects in our later years of marriage. You have provided a great roadmap for all of us to see where we are and hopefully change our course if needs be.

Jeff DrakeJune 26, 2020

Interesting argument, Kent. So what did people in 1830 call the upper limbs of the human body? Thanks!

Colleen ShieldsJune 26, 2020

Great inquiry, as we try to sort out the implication of recent actions in our fragile country; whose constitution is surely, 'hanging by a thread'.

Ronald PolsleyJune 25, 2020

Thomas Jefferson once said that "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death"

Sasha KwapinskiJune 25, 2020

And one suggestion for women who are dating: Do not talk down to men, and assume that we are all dumb.

Valerie GaylordJune 25, 2020

Thank you. This touched my heart. I pray for all of us to learn how simple this is.

CPGJune 25, 2020

One question - who is the "they" and who is the "us"? The very title of the article is divisive and does not seek to understand the core of the issues on the table which is needed in order to resolve the problems.

Terry ManningJune 25, 2020

I do not care about the fine lines being drawn as to whose statue is worthy to remain and whose should go. I worry about the total lack of respect being shown for the rule of law. Why are some justified in choosing for the majority? Why is this violence being allowed? These are decisions that need to be made by the people as a whole, not mobs. We are rapidly losing all pretence of a civil society.

Joseph ShumwayJune 25, 2020

Eye opening!

ron reedJune 25, 2020

Make no mistake the leaders of black lives matter and antifa are radical marxist revolutionaries and want to destroy the constitution. No amount of social justice reparations or defunding police or kissing their behind will satisfy them. The majority of the others have been taught that socialisim and marxisim are good. The Book of Mormon is for our day, as i read it every day i fear we are at the point of civil war

Bob SJune 25, 2020

Talk to people Listen to the Spirit Don’t have “an agenda” — just talk

SJJune 25, 2020

I am sorry but I cannot agree with this article. When we speak of slavery no normal thinking person would think of slavery in ancient history but they think of the terrible transatlantic slavery based on the colour of a person’s skin. As a result the past of some who were involved in this injustice needs to be examined. I am not suggesting the random destruction of statues is acceptable. I agree with the Mayor of London who has suggested the establishment of a commission to review statues in public places and if necessary organise their removal to a museum where their full history can be explained and understood. I think we need to recognise the pain the history of some of those we remember with statues causes our brothers and sisters. Reflecting on this may help us see things differently and behave differently as President Nelson has asked.

Julie KJune 25, 2020

Overall I agree with the article. I believe it was well thought out and covered a vast majority of statues etc. It's hard to cover every single statue or monolith that has been raised into existence. Karen Weitz, is unfair in her personal assessment of the article. Each statue should be (and was) based on the ultimate achievements of the individual. If said individual has had a dark past all the more reason to keep them up. No one person is perfect except for the Savior and I don't see any statues to him on public grounds. If a monument or statue is identified as one that people no longer want, there is a Much better way of handling it than by mob rule. It's legal to gather information of said statue and asking people to sign a petition to have it taken down in an orderly and non-violent way. Period.

Dave HallJune 25, 2020

I believe this is the fulfillment of Nephi's prophecy in 2 Ne 28:20 - "At that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good."

DavidJune 25, 2020

I can't help but be amused in 1910, former President Barrack Obama delivered the eulogy for Senator Robert Byrd, who was a KKK organizer and later a chapter leader. No mention of his Klan background during the speech, but lots of praise for the help he gave his party in helping run their agenda through the senate, and similar praise for his ability to bring government largesse to his state of W. Virginnia. Seems like political memories can be highly selective!

Ralph Gallini, JDJune 25, 2020

We have been having a home sacrament meeting with an Elderly widow in our ward at her home. We have an opening prayer, a hymn, the Sacrament, and a spiritual thought, then a closing prayer. On Fast Sunday we bear testimonies. It has been a blessing to all 3 of us. To me, this is the true and pure Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mirin NelsonJune 25, 2020

I really don’t think this is about race or toppling statues. This, in my opinion, is a political movement. It is about trying to remove anyone or anything that is “American”. These people who are toppling statutes aren’t peaceful protestors. The leaders of these groups are left wing radicals who want to take our freedoms from us. They don’t care about laws, especially The Constitution. They don’t care about our “rights”. They only care about their political agenda and will do anything to get what they want!l... in my opinion...

Richard ParsonsJune 25, 2020

It is all a bunch of BS. No pride in America and what it stands for. We are headed to socialism.

DonnaJune 25, 2020

“There are sins America must make restitution for.” Ummmmm, how about all the Ives sacrificed in the battlefield during the Civil War? How about families sacrificing to send their loved ones? Major difference between those toppling statues and our founding fathers—the founding fathers struggled and worked their way to make right choices and sacrificed and left the world a better place. It would be a very interesting thing to lay bare the personal life of those who are so quick to condemn Jefferson and Washington.

Lorna BantaJune 25, 2020

And there in Seattle stands a 16 foot statue of Lenin. Maybe energy would be better used to end slavery where it exists now. Which person of color living in the United States today would choose to return to the country of their heritage? Is the goal a better life going forward or enjoying the opportunity to be lawless and destructive today and damn tomorrow.

Joan PferdnerJune 25, 2020

This was a wonderful project. I was happy to be a small part of it, but would like to make more for personal use. Where can this medical grade polypropylene mesh be purchased?

Craig HarveyJune 25, 2020

If the Book of Mormon is truly a parallel to our day, I don't see any way we cannot avoid another civil war in this country. The real question is if it is a parallel...are we approaching Alma 43 or are we coming up on 3rd Nephi 6? I lean towards the later. To quote one of my favorite characters from literature "The time will come when we have to choose between doing what is right and what is easy."

Janie BrayJune 25, 2020

Thank you for this article. Why some expect perfection from others when we are not perfect is something that I don’t understand. The state of our time right now is not only shameful but incredibly sad

rogerJune 25, 2020

"Let he who is whit out sin cast the first stone." Those who are pulling down these symbols of our history are also those who are sucking on the teat of welfare provided by this great nation. They do not understand what it has taken to build this country or what it has cost to defend it. Thanks, educators!

John TrevorJune 25, 2020

I really 'FELT' your article entitled "What could make you be a better missionary?" I am the high councilor responsible for missionary work in our stake. Would you please give me permission to have it printed and hand it personally to members of our stake? PLEASE!! You encapsulate my personal feelings in the article but although I have expressed those feelings when bearing testimony I have never attempted to write them down. Thank you sooo much.

Jonathan JamesJune 25, 2020

So God had the amelikites and ismaelites and other desert dwellers killed by the Hebrews, should the Middle East tear down God ? Moses and the Ten Commandments? Once you start down this road where do you stop?These children doing this have shed no blood for their beliefs when they have toppled this country lets see how they feel when the killers come and take from their families, should hear no whining for what they really did not want.

Arthur CornettJune 25, 2020

Thought provoking! Thank you

Minerva MillerJune 25, 2020

Excellent article to make readers see no one is perfect-- not even the best of our heroes and leaders and idols. Only one lived a perfect life on earth-- our Savior Jesus Christ. The annals of history are filled with only imperfect people. Not only should we learn from the mistakes of others and the past, but also acknowledge the power of good even imperfect people are capable of doing. The Founding Fathers were by any standards all imperfect but their contributions to establish the foundations of freedom and democracy in this country should be acknowledged.

HelenJune 25, 2020

And here we have it again; another answer to the prayer I was humbling offering less than 10 minutes ago! “Father, please help me reach out to my Christian friend [who refuses anything outside the Bible to be his guide] in a way that pleases Thee.” Thank you.

Karen LundstedtJune 25, 2020

We are all at the mercy of the mobs now. This is now America. My father who left communist Cuba said it would happen here and it has. Neighbor vs neighbor. "Mask shaming" you're a "racist" for any reason. It's all a power grab to destroy this country make no mistake.

Kent BucknerJune 25, 2020

I don't believe body parts were removed. The first definition of 'Arms' in Webster's 1828 dictionary is "Weapons of offense, or armor for defense and protection of the body." In other words, their weapons and/or armor were removed. In fact, not one of the definitions in Websters 1828 has anything to do with body parts but all are about weapons and war. Examples of the use of 'arm's' is in Alma 43: 11 "11 Yea, and they also knew the extreme hatred of the Lamanites towards their brethren, who were the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, who were called the people of Ammon—and they would not take up arms..." Also, Mos. 20:24, (can you imagine going somewhere without your body parts?) Alma 27:3, Alma 53:11, 1 Ne 22:6, and there are more.

John TrevorJune 25, 2020

You have so beautifully summarized, how we all need to feel, in order to be better missionaries. Than you so much,

porn picsJune 25, 2020

Looks good!I like this!

Janene ZimmermanJune 25, 2020

We return to church this Sunday. I have missed our instruction and the unified hearts meeting together to worship and partake of the sacrament. Home church has been wonderful and we all know how to do it now. It’s time to fortify our communities once again.

Maryann TaylorJune 25, 2020

It is not unusual for antidepressants to interfere with sexual desire. Perhaps you could try a different one. I sure hope your husband isn't having to wait a month for sex. If so, he is very vulnerable to infidelity. Men need sex! It is unreasonable to think they will be satisfied with only "cuddling."

LexaGraemeJune 24, 2020

I have truly enjoyed this Community Series. It’s how it should be for all of us. May we do all we can, wherever we live, to make it so.

LexaGraemeJune 24, 2020

That is prolonged, laugh-out-loud funny! Great story!

Dana kingJune 24, 2020

It is absolutely true that the atonement changes us. I have observed that the most empathetic people toward blacks, actually walk the walk with them and experience their life with them. I’ve seen and experienced systemic racism in many forms. And have many different blacks friends of different backgrounds. Empathy is born of experience. Listening and believing their stories is about the most important thing we can do.

JoanJune 24, 2020

I agree with Elizabeth. Mental gymnastics.

Grandpa ClydeJune 24, 2020

I think for COVID-19 there is a very important point that the author just glossed over, and that is that flattening the curve has nothing to do with people catching the virus. It only has to do with making sure that the number of cases don't exceed the capacity of medical institutions. We have somehow turned that around in our heads and discussions to mean that no one else should get the virus, which is NOT going to happen.

CJJune 24, 2020

I cannot believe this story was posted. Anything given in higher than prescribed doses can be toxic to pets or people. This is not a funny story. Nor is hearing about a 2 year old who got in to medication. Would it be so funny if the child had consumed the pills?

Char ValentinerJune 24, 2020

I really appreciate your careful handling of a difficult subject at this singular time. There is such a need for the nuanced thinking that you propose and I’m grateful for your strong advocacy. May we all seek to work together for the common good.

Randy H.June 24, 2020


Wally GoddardJune 24, 2020

A wonderful invitation! Thank you.

Wally GoddardJune 24, 2020

What a beautiful message! We certainly have important things to talk about!



Still StrivingJune 24, 2020

A much appreciated, thoughtful article. Thank you.

AnnaJune 24, 2020

Thank you for this timely and well-written article. Balance is such a difficult thing to find and achieve, but it is the hallmark of ethical and emotional maturity.

JessicaJune 24, 2020

The idea that chastity before marriage creates an environment of more beautiful powerful sex after seems like a lovely idea and a motivating one. I’m wondering what the data shows about that. Is my sex life that much more fulfilling because we waited until we said I do? Furthermore...this excerpt essentially says that communication is the key to beautiful powerful sex. So which is it?

HelenJune 24, 2020

“Wherever two or more of you are gathered in his name, there is love.” The Wedding Song Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary

Pam DunfordJune 24, 2020

So beautifully expressed! Each person is a vital part of the Lord's work, and we all need to work together. It's all part of His plan. Thanks for sharing your insights.

Colleen ShieldsJune 24, 2020

Insightful! Thanks for verbalizing what I have intrinsically felt for years...that everyone has a legitimate perspective. We must find our common ground if we're ever going to overcome the father of all contention.

SharmaJune 24, 2020

Thank you. I have just been lamenting the fact that too many people are not listening anymore. There is too much divide. Your article is timely for the thoughts I have been having.

SharmaJune 24, 2020

That was a great laugh out loud story!

A. Denise HeathJune 24, 2020

Perhaps , too , all the families might remember the single sisters in their ward , who are unable to have the sacrament . We are hurting and need that strength that comes from partaking of the Lord’s supper . It is hard not to have that inter reaction with other ward members and friends .

A. BinghamJune 23, 2020

Sadly the statue of Brigham Young at BYU was vandalized this week with the word 'racist' written on the statue using red paint. This wave of vandalism, attempts at canceling culture needs to end.

AmyJune 23, 2020

Read, and have your husband read, And They Were Not Ashamed and Knowing Her Intimately by Laura M Brotherson. She does an excellent job in teaching, giving resources and tools about female sexual health. It’s so important for both husband and wife to get what each need from their relationship.

AmyJune 23, 2020

Read, and have your husband read, And They Were Not Ashamed, and Knowing Her Intimately by Laura M Brotherson. She does an excellent job in teaching, giving resources and tools, both to husband and wife, about female sexual health. It’s so important for both of you to get what each of you need to feel the closeness you and Heavenly Father want for your marriage.

Robert W CowartJune 23, 2020

Thanks,Mariah I had learned about Dan Jones before and had admired his faith. He was fearless. The 3 D's had talked about him in their music,the Mormon Heritage album. Thanks for your research. It was a joy to read especially his sucess in his mission to wales.

Diane IrwinJune 23, 2020

This is the BEST marriage advice! I wish I had it when I first got married, or when my children were married. Using these principles would have eliminated a few divorces, including mine! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

AprilJune 23, 2020

Diana, I loved your compilation of insights, both your own and those of others. I prayed last night to be able to receive some additional insight into these chapters I've read so often. Your article was the answer to my prayer and as I pondered received some further insight. Thanks again for your thoughtful article.

Elizabeth LeBlancJune 23, 2020

I appreciate your intellectual application; however, I did stop reading because you don’t need to prove faith unto me. Who is your reader audience and what do you hope to accomplish with this article? Truth is simple and this reads to make it very convoluted and much too technical to ever get there. I hope you find an audience with this piece,

Karen LundstedtJune 23, 2020

All I can say is please Lord hurry up and get here! I am so sick of the wickedness in this place.

Franzez E. SorensenJune 22, 2020

Oh, and God bless the father's that stay, stick it out, do their best, do their fatherly jobs, and partner with the mothers to get it all done right! Dad's are vital, mom's are vital, a balance, a partnership, and having Father in that partnership makes it good. Bless the poor moms who have to step in when a father/husband steps out! One day I surely hope we all get it right.

CherylJune 22, 2020

Just read Alma 17-18, and this was a good analogy to go along with it.

PaulaJune 22, 2020

The best one I've heard is fair to partly cloudy.

David FinkJune 22, 2020

Missing the point, for a Christian: "Where there is grace there is no place for Race". Gal. 3:28. The only way racism can be seen or exercised is through the prism of Identity Politics. ie: Ku Klux Klan or Black Lives Matter. Both objectify the individual person. Both have co-opted the individual into a mass weapon. David

Margie MJune 22, 2020

Loved this article. Loved how inspired and insightful your ideas are. I especially resonated with your insight to change to the positive. I have been feeling strongly this past week that we have had so many negative examples of racialism and I want to see as many examples of loving kindness between races. It seems time to see, hear, and experience positive examples so we can learn from each other ways to change for the better.

Gary OliverJune 22, 2020

This is what Nephi meant by "feasting on the words of Christ". Well done Sister Linford. Thank you for showing me the depths of what may be found in "the Word" when seriously and prayerfully considered including its application to my own life.

Steve ZeiglerJune 22, 2020

To an extent we are all judgemental, and I'm not sure that is always bad. Being aware would be a good thing before one wandered through some of the seedier areas in Chicago or Baltimore. How wonderful it is to sit in our safe and secure environment and decide how racist we might be. If we ignore progress, having just elected a black president for two terms with a overwhelmingly white voter base for example, it is easy to say yes, we are all racists. There is a reason the world still flocks to this least af all racist nations in the world. Are we perfect, no. Do we have traits and generational predujuces that we can work on to become more Christlike? Of course. Realizing that we are all literally brothers and sisters and spirit children of God is vital in our understanding of all of those around us.

NicholeJune 22, 2020

I listen to your podcast through “Stitcher” and this weeks episode is not completely there. Only 5min, 17 seconds is recorded and cuts off. I love listening, but glad I can still receive the message here in full on the website.

Karen WeitzJune 21, 2020

I cannot agree with you and the remainder of those in this echo chamber who support your article. There are two major issues with your article. First, the "slavery" of other races was not the same as the Trans Atlantic Slave trade. The former was based on an economic structure of indebted servitude whereas the latter was based on white supremacy. To overlook that fact is to be complicit with treating Black people as second class citizens to whites, which is offensive to God. Secondly, you're not referring to statues in other countries in your arguement. Were you against toppling the statues of the Third Reich in Germany, Stalin and Lenin from the USSR, or Saddam Hussein from Iraq? Can you not agree that we can learn from mistakes in our past without holding onto symbols which are so deeply rooted in white supremacy? This is the real issue here: Addressing the implicit biases we all possess. For most white LDS, we have a lot of work to do to recognize how our biases, our prejudices, and cultural beliefs, which have no truth in the Gospel, perpetuate the racial divide. Ask any Black member of the Church about their experiences enduring macro or micro aggressions because of the color of their skin. Ask them how they feel about monuments glorifying people who ripped apart families, defiled, and murdered their ancestors. They may have a vastly different opinion than yours. Until we can all prayfully commence meaningful dialogue using D&C 50 as an example of how to communicate one with another, we cannot have the same heart and mind as God. There's a reason this is all happening now. You are advocating holding onto the status quo. But this is the mortal existence. It has been imperfect since the fall. All of these monuments will be dust at the Second Coming anyway. If we want to prepare ourselves for the Second Coming, we have a lot of work to do. Otherwise, we will not be prepared to receive Christ when He comes again.

SteveJune 21, 2020

A most excellent article that all Americans should read. I feel the 'Silent Moral Majority', supports your line of thinking. Its the Gadianton style combinations that are working to destroy the rule of law, our peace and our nation.

SteveJune 21, 2020

Great article. Very well written. I agree wholeheartedly

Karen AdamsonJune 21, 2020

I love this! The spirit has been teaching me many if these things. Thank you for such a wonderful and timely article!

Sandy MemmottJune 21, 2020

Your podcast is always wonderful—so much to “absorb and digest”! But this week’s was especially good. You covered so much, (but not too much), I was overwhelmed! Thanks so much for the time and effort you put in to this podcast! It is truly appreciated. Also, a question: I would love to buy your new book, Scot, but I don’t do Kindle. Is there some other way to access it?

T. MansanarezJune 21, 2020

Beautiful tribute! What a blessing to have a good man as a father. Not all do. But I do. And I am grateful every day.

AlanJune 21, 2020

A: If the relationship is not good, then fix that. If it is see B below. B: Young men have a GOD GIVEN intense need for regular sex. It is not wrong and nothing to be ashamed of. If a wife does not respond to that, in the mood or not, she puts her relationship at risk and perhaps her entire marriage. Go to the doctor if you have to, but be available for your husband. Feminists will hate this but it is wise.

John BJune 21, 2020

Thank you Peter, a very articulate answer to the current PC bandwagon. We cannot erase the past, it’s what makes us who we are today. Many unfortunately see these historic individuals through their 21st century eyes and make no allowance for what was reality at the time. That view does not make me a racist but a realist.

Jen PrzedpelskiJune 20, 2020

I always love reading anything by Ted Gibbons! I am sorry to hear of his passing. If someone in his family sees this, I hope they know how much his work has impacted lives, including my own.

TruthJune 20, 2020

Very true and eye opening. Thank you. Candace Owens touches very well on this subject that I think would help many understand more that are not really seeing the full picture in this comment section. Thank you for your article.

Linda JohnsonJune 20, 2020

When you "don't feel like it," responding to his advances will make you "feel like it" and you will both be glad you did.

WendiJune 20, 2020

I taught a Relief Society lesson a few years ago on a Conference talk entitled Religion and Government. If you really think about it, we can’t have one without the other. They compliment each other.... But, freedom to choose or free agency must be first respected.

Tim WeldonJune 20, 2020

To Stargazingmommy. So are you saying that everyone should be perfect - that no matter what good a person has done their sins should cancel them out as people? If so you're treading a very dangerous and judgmental path. For example: if it weren't for Winston Churchill all of us Europeans would be speaking German now. You cannot critique history by today's standards.

DonnaJune 19, 2020

This is the first article I have read addresses the heart of our troubles. For me, this article defines the 'false dilemma' situation we face with so many issues. The 'this OR that' mindset divides us and won't help us find answers to serious issues.

JeanJune 19, 2020

That is music that touches the heart! I felt a father's love and how it can affect generations through listening to this song. Thank you!

Jay SJune 19, 2020

Rumor has it that sisters are hesitant to be called ministers. Some in Utah call themselves Minis

Ed DeusenberryJune 19, 2020

I often respond to the how are you questions with “fit as a fiddle, out of tune.”

Pauline HarryJune 19, 2020

WOW! This is REALLY BEAUTIFUL! What a lovely tribute and such a beautiful family! I LOVE your voice!

Lin AtkinsonJune 19, 2020

Thanks for sharing this well written and thought out article. It is very human and for me, part of it's value and worth is that I have such memories too. In the world where there is so much push to divide us, having common, positive and uplifting experiences we are is a source of strength and support.

KathyJune 19, 2020

I have experienced the same feelings in my otherwise happy healthy marriage..I was prompted to go to a doctor I trusted who tested my hormone levels. My results showed a very low level of testosterone in my body. I now have a testosterone pellet implanted every few months and that not only has brought back my sexual interest but it has greatly enhanced our marriage.

Get off the antidepressants. They could be the reason you do not feel like having sex.kayJune 19, 2020

Get off the antidepressants. They could be the reason you do not feel like having sex.

dave hicksJune 19, 2020

Hence, my conclusion that intimacy between husband and wife is somebody's idea of a bad joke. Cheers

DeniseJune 18, 2020

Thanks, Lynne, for another excellent, thought-provoking article.

TiffanyJune 18, 2020

Yes, if we follow this line of thinking we need to abolish the declaration of independence and US Constitution because their writers owned slaves. This is such dangerous "logic."

J MeikleJune 18, 2020


KennaJune 18, 2020

I second Beverly’s comment, in this article felt personal in an uplifting way with confirmation from the spirit - which lately I’ve been hard pressed to find. Thank you for your preparation and willingness to write and share!

RachelleJune 18, 2020

Love this!! So much better than surface conversations. Thank you Joni!

WeezieJune 18, 2020

Fabulous article. Caught my eye right off from the title. I hate the whole how are you fine garbage! Thanks for the great ideas. I copied and pasted them in my phone so I can always have them.

MaralynJune 18, 2020

I like to say “Good, sometimes!”

BeverlyJune 18, 2020

I feel as if you were writing this article JUST FOR ME. Thank you for following the spirit and your heart as you wrote. You gave me the tools and encouragement I need to move forward.

Steven PerryJune 18, 2020

Thanks, Lynne, for this thoughtful article, and the past preparation that makes you able to write it.

Mary Ann KershisnikJune 18, 2020

Oh Yes!!!!!!!

LexaGraemeJune 18, 2020

Thank you.

D ChandlerJune 18, 2020

Amen! Changing history does NOT make it better Thank you for this great article.

NicholeJune 18, 2020

Your insights and parallels are keen. Thank you for sharing! I admit I ended up here because of the root picture; I’ve never seen such an excellent example of a false root system. If I may be permitted to share and expound on the analogy, I wrote about adventitious roots here:

Robert StarlingJune 18, 2020

Very well said, Gary. Nice summary of a growing problem. Now, what can we do about it? You've sounded the alarm, now we need a plan.

Kenn RasmussenJune 18, 2020

When I saw the title “not so secret combinations” my first thought was “that sounds like something insightful Gary Lawrence would write.” Good job again Gary.

Carolyn ThelerJune 18, 2020

Thanks for an insightful article.

John MarshallJune 18, 2020

"Yes, Angels are near us." Good ending to an inspiring article. Well done.

KatelynJune 17, 2020

true repentence requires us to forsake our sins. We cannot just say we are not racist, we must forsake it. This is a symbolic forsaking of the sin of racism and the sin of glorifying those who contributed to it's spread in our society. it's not about you. 2 Ne 12:12

PeterJune 17, 2020

Excellent article.

Ron DotyJune 17, 2020

I have always loved the book of Moroni, and recall a time reading his words being struck by his loneliness and grief, but never saw how he dealt with it. Being in the middle of a pretty tough time, this is a real blessing. Thank you.

Jason OlsonJune 17, 2020

Richard Whaley, I served as a Latter-day Saint Navy Chaplain from 2014-2020. Served in Japan, on a cruiser, and with Marines in North Carolina. It was a wonderful ministry!

AmyJune 17, 2020

Thank you so much for this excellent article. Very well said!

SylviaJune 17, 2020

Well said.

Cynthia CarlsonJune 17, 2020

Awesome, inspiring article! Thank you!

Anna StruthersJune 17, 2020

Very well written!! Amen to that.

StargazingmommyJune 17, 2020

They are modern thoughts though. Most of these statues being ripped down are modern history. Removing them is only removing an honor to the person that performed the atrocities. It is no different than if there were a statue of Thomas C. Sharp, Mark Aldrich, William N. Grover, Jacob C. Davis and Levi Williams and governor Ford built at carthage jail. There would be people offended at that, especially church members. But it's history! It shouldn't be forgotten! No, it shouldn't, but it should be taught in text books without a memorial to these types of people. We can purge some elements of evil from our lives, and this constant, never hidden reminder of the torture and deaths of millions of innocent souls needs to go.

Martha ClantonJune 17, 2020

What a wonderful community you have built. I hope we can do the same in our community.

ShannonJune 17, 2020

Thank you for this lesson. I’ve learned so much from your sharing and also helped me to prepare the topic” the middle of life” to discuss with my kids. The happiest moment for me is to study your teaching every week. Thank you very much.

AyseJune 17, 2020

I agree wholeheartedly. You’ve elucidated this issue quite well. And it applies to other countries as well. Taking down statues and erasing the human element in history smacks of what we know often happens in authoritarian run countries even today. Let us preserve democracy by keeping our imperfect heroes. Thank you for speaking out.

DianeJune 17, 2020

Very well said, and I quite agree with you! Thank you

CammyJune 17, 2020

Great article. All people everywhere should read this. Thank you.

wmtelsr1June 17, 2020

I am from the last century, I thank you for your insight. We can not learn from the past if the markers or sign posts of history are not there to guide us.

Susan DickmanJune 17, 2020

Thank you for your thoughts on Moroni and how he girded up his loins and took fresh courage to continue on the way he did. I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and when I saw your title, I thought--great, another article on dealing with depression and could be from someone who does not know what depression is. I am grateful to you and the way you presented how Moroni overcame being the only Nephite left and continued the work he had yet to fulfill. Your words are thought provoking and definitely gives me ideas on how I can work through some of my depression.

Allison BinghamJune 17, 2020

Thanks for reposting this and allowing for commentary. And so Google just threatened to blacklist and demonitize the Federalist. Google also turned off the Federalist's comments silencing the virtual public square for Federalist articles. Apparently these truthful articles are threatening to the public.

Sandy ReddishJune 17, 2020

It is amazing to me how the Book of Mormon holds the solutions to many of our problems. Thank you for sharing we have multiple family members with depression.

Sandy ReddishJune 17, 2020

This is wonderful thank you for sharing. It is amazing to me how the gospel in by he Book of Mormon provides answers to so many of life's challenges.

Tanya NeiderJune 17, 2020

Love it! Insightful. Whenever I read Moroni's account of aloneness, I weep for him, yet, seeing all he accomplished after his desperation brings comfort & joy. The way you have laid out how to "liken the scriptures unto yourself" in this simple, step-by-step fashion will certainly give others hope and direction. Thank you!

Diane IrwinJune 17, 2020

Amen! I shared on Facebook the other night an article about General Custer's monument, that was posted by my son-in-law, with the caption, "SAVE!" An onslaught of negative comments ensued. Even after I commented, "HANDS OFF! If it is not your property, you have no right to touch it.", the melee continued. The historical items should not be defaced or removed. History should not be changed or erased!

E ColleyJune 17, 2020

I for one completely agree with all you have said . We need to learn from our past so we can move on with our future. Thank you.

Claudia Henderson SmithJune 17, 2020

This was a great article. I agree whole heartedly. Leave our statues alone! Thanks for writing this and sharing your views

CarolineJune 17, 2020

What a wonderful article! It helped me so much with a seemingly endless challenge in my life. Thank you for sharing this insight.

Sasha KwapinskiJune 16, 2020

Mixing religion with politics is tricky and problematic, for various reasons. (1) People may imply (or openly state in so many words) that those who disagree with them on a political issue are, in some fashion, morally deficient or less than "Christian." (2) Emphasis on a political matter or issue can rise to the level of becoming an obsession, displacing religious teachings and doctrines that are of more permanent importance. (3) Partisan disagreements can blind us from seeing those more basic beliefs and factors that we share in common (within one denomination or among various denominations). In short, it carries the danger of reducing religion to little more than political advocacy or activism. Some decades ago, before becoming LDS, I ended up leaving my previous denomination mainly because of the continual political advocacy that was being put forth and pushed at me.

Scot ProctorJune 16, 2020

Yes, it is manufactured in Indiana and shipped from Utah.

JulieJune 16, 2020

Is this a US made product (manufactured in the US)? Thanks.

Harold RustJune 16, 2020

Wow! That is music for creating amazement, excitement, and deep appreciation from anyone who loves real music. The harmony adds to the depth of the song while the fundamental melody carries the song without having it buried in over-poweringly harmonious sounds.

Melanie NewmanJune 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing this! I ask those similar questions during my personal morning prayers, but have never thought to do the same with my family. Thank you!

HalJune 16, 2020

Great insight. I fear we are seeing a similar situation unfolding in our country at this moment. The current violence and calls for "defunding the police" appear to be based on the same evil designs that the people of Ammonihah had for the entire Nephite nation.

HalJune 16, 2020

Powerful article, thank you. I've been saying the same thing for years, just not as elegantly.

Paula KernsJune 16, 2020

This is a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing your insight and experiences.

Still StrivingJune 16, 2020

It may be helpful to distinguish "visits from" and "visions of" in the matter of heavenly beings. The former refers to the physical presence of a heavenly being on the earth, and the latter refers to heavenly beings seen in vision without necessity of being physically present. Both are sacred and profound, though very different in context. This is a much appreciated article.

CatherineJune 15, 2020

A fine article well peppered with zingers.

Scot ProctorJune 15, 2020

Scot ProctorJune 15, 2020 Here is an article detailing the visits and references.

Bob JonesJune 15, 2020

The first comment out of my statistics professor's mouth was "statistics don't lie but people do." This is the problem with using "models" to explain " a situation. They are only a theory until verified by actual circumstances. The problem with a theory is it starts with the personal biases of the author who just wants to prove "their theory" is correct. Thus, in recent years we have seen not everyone is to be trusted proving what my professor said is true.

Carey CannonJune 15, 2020

Bro. Proctor, Hi. In 40 years of reading church history I have never heard of "at least five visits from the Father and the Son" to the Prophet Joseph. Can you point in the directions of where I can find that information? Thanks. Carey Cannon

Joel Robin MarksJune 15, 2020

I have now read Joseph's announcements of how to pray for the second time and will take this wisdom into my bosom for the rest of this veil of tears into the light bright tunnel of eternity. Thanks you Scot for such a triumph!!

Brian VuinovicJune 15, 2020

What are the sources used to discover that Joseph was visited by so many heavenly messengers? I have done some study of his life but had no idea that the Father and the Son visited the Prophet five times or that of all the Nephite 12 apostles visited him as well.

Joni HiltonJune 15, 2020

Great article. In researching this culture some time ago, I learned that archaeologists have found counterfeit cacao beans made of clay in burial sites. You don't think of ancients counterfeiting, but swindlers abound throughout history!

Margie MJune 15, 2020

My children have criticized me for not understanding and being for rioting. I Am in support of peaceful protests. From the beginning I said that the slogan should be ‘All lives matter’ and they think that is racist. Thank you for your Article. I think and feel as you do. I love my children and I also worry about the false doctrines being enforced in Society. I see Gadianton style combinations fully at work against our nation and our peace.

MargieJune 15, 2020

My children have criticized me for not understanding and being for rioting. I Am in support of peaceful protests. From the beginning I said that the slogan should be ‘All lives matter’ and they think that is racist. Thank you for your Article. I think and feel as you do. I love my children and I also worry about the false doctrines being enforced in Society. I see Gadianton style combinations fully at work against our nation and our peace.

Bradley AndersonJune 15, 2020

I enjoyed these insights very much. I was a little surprised, however, that you included a quote from Lectures on Faith and attributed it to the Prophet. Your own magazine published an article some time ago making it clear that the Lectures were written by Sydney Rigdon and not Joseph Smith. The point made was accurate, and appropriate, but it would be good to get some clarification on that small matter

Charles McClellandJune 15, 2020

Thanks, Scot, for this insightful article on prayer. You have described aspects of prayer that we all need to be aware of.

Been thereJune 14, 2020

As President Hinckley‘s father said, forget about your self. Make everything about her. Make her as comfortable as you can, cater to her every whim, do everything you can for her.. Never miss a chance to give her a kiss or tell her you love her. Give her all of your attention. I think you will get the idea.

Teressa MoultonJune 14, 2020

Some of us need to be taught in a way that even a child can understand. Thank you from an old couple willing to receive this beautiful message and having sweet experiences immediately and consistently because of it. It truly opens up an added assurance to feel and know that He goes before us in all that may lie ahead.

Analilí BurrowsJune 14, 2020

Great read. Morgan Freeman, Larry Elder, Candace Owens, Kanye West, and many others are speaking against the narrative of victim mentality and systemic racism. This is an election year and the only thing the left has to offer is fear, racism, hate of America. We need to be brave in our convictions and unafraid to share. Thank you!

Bob FordJune 14, 2020

This piece and your more recent piece about burning our own house down articulate what has been in my mind about these tragedies. Thank you for that. To those who would complain that you didn’t focus enough on George Floyd or the plight of African Americans, etc., I would point out that those were not the main topic of the piece. I thought you struck a perfect balance in both pieces.

Ilene BrackenJune 14, 2020

Thank you Maurine for your article, I really enjoyed reading it. It made me think.

Robert Bohacz PowellJune 14, 2020

Another great article. Have you folks ever wondered why so many people have such a variety of opinions on this issue? Please take Sister Proctor's last 2 articles and cross reference them with a General Conference by Elder Delbert L.Stapley of the Council of Twelve Apostles titled, "The Evil and Designs of Conspiring Men." Conference Report, October 1961, p. 20-24. I found it in a "pdf" format on Google. You start putting these 3 articles together, and you will see the bigger picture enfold. A review of the recent General Conference talk by Elder Quentin L. Cook: "The Blessings of Continuing Revelation to Prophets and Personal Revelation to Guide our Live" would be the icing on the cake. Dr. Ben Carson said, it best when he stated, "We, the American people, are not each other's enemies. The enemies are those people behind the curtain jerking everybody's chains and trying to divide us up by age, by race, by income." Let's find out who the Wizard of Oz & Desolations is behind the Curtain and let's take care of that and let's move forward together because "All Lives Matter" to a loving Father in Heaven.

Noah BergevinJune 14, 2020

"He (the devil) always sends errors into the world in pairs--pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of one to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them." ~ C.S. Lewis "It is the orthodox orchestration in applying the gospel of Jesus Christ that keeps us happy and helps us to avoid falling off the straight and narrow path, for on the one side there is harsh legalism and on the other syrupy sensualism. Little wonder that man needs careful and precise help, the guidance of the Spirit, in order to navigate under such stressful circumstances." ~ Neal A. Maxwell

Angie MannJune 14, 2020

My heavens, we are no different today, are we? Everything going on in the world is a distraction from the Savior Jesus Christ. I loved hearing the call to repent through the words of Alma and Amulek. Their mission at that time, does indeed sound very familiar to our time.

Peter SteimleJune 13, 2020

Yes! He is helping us! We just need to trust Him and keep our sacrament covenants. ...Jesus says: "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." And "See the nail prints in my hands and feet." ...Touch me and feel. And: I do not condemn you, go thy way and sun no more. (All in D&C, section 6).

Cliff JolmJune 13, 2020

I noticed many similarities in this book and the priestcraft peddled by Chad Daybell, as shown in official court documents. This bunk is very dangerous, and highly addictive. Please, the canonizes scriptures and teachings of modern prophets; not this stuff.

Pattie SkousenJune 13, 2020

I have read all your comments and am saddened how this time of confusion in the United States has left us all feeling vulnerable. Your article helped me to understand more fully how people without the gospel of Jesus Christ can always presume the worst. I know that when we as a nation, go back to remembering our God and only serving Him, will we be able to live together in peace. The Book of Mormon proves this over and over again. I have just read the wars again and have tried to see them in our days. Those who didn’t want to live the laws established by the people were destroyed or sent home without their weapons. They had to promise to never come to war with the Nephites again or be destroyed. It was a tumultuous time for Moroni and his army. When do we learn that serving and worshiping our God is the answer.

JulieJune 13, 2020

Those of us who have been doing family history since before the advent of computers remember the stories in the family history magazines. Stories written by LDS and non-LDS people about the miracles they had witnessed as they did their family history work. Some had dreams or saw their deceased relatives in the churches or graveyards they visited. Others experienced help that was so far from reasonable they knew they were being aided. The deceased wish to be found. They know where their records are located and they will help you to find them. Make your research a matter of prayer, step forward to begin, and you will receive great spiritual blessings. I can promise that because I have.

Lisa GillJune 13, 2020

I have always loved my country and the principals of freedom that were constructed, even if I know it is not a dream fully realized. I am patriotic and feel I live in a land with promise. As a child we would recite the pledge of allegiance, I always changed it to liberty and justice for some. As I have grown older I have become saddened by how lost we have become as a country and ignorant. We get our news from Facebook or news outlets full of opinions and short on facts. Why are people more enraged by looting, than murder. Why are people outraged they feel they have to feel guilty, because they want to go back to saying that is a shame and turning a blind eye to things. Why are people saying we have made George Floyd a martyr, he was on drugs? I could try to explain things, but your eyes and ears are closed. Vandalism and Looting is wrong. However, Agitators, Agressive Police Officer, and White Supremacists have turned peaceful protest and despair in to looting/vandalism. It is working, because your focus has shifted. Victims are turned into villains, so a blind eye is turned to their suffering. The article seems well reasoned but falls short in understanding the issue. The article wants to fight collective and forced guilt. The comments of indivuals are still black and white, everyone needs their descriptors. I am sorry you feel your rights are being infringed upon and you feel inviting racial activism into your home will burn it down. The reverence you feel for the flag, anthem, and monuments is not wrong. What is wrong is not understanding why someone else sees them as a sign of oppression or a promise not delivered.

Cal MomJune 12, 2020

It’s interesting that the church will never force people to vaccinate, but commenters on here are all for forcing it. Why blame unvaccinated when most vaccinated are not current. Many vaccines have to be repeated to be effective and adults are the worst “offenders”. Many on here suggest for others to study and get educated, travel and see less fortunate countries etc. Very naive to assume non-vaccinators have not done that. In fact, they have to study more because it’s easier to follow the crowd and have most drs backing you up. Fortunately, our M.D. stayed current with the research -past and present- and cared more about our health than his profits. One day we will look back and see this was the biggest fraud perpetuated on humans.

AllisonJune 12, 2020

I agree with those who have expressed sympathy with the experiences of black Americans and called for greater compassion and awareness of the injustices and violence they have faced through the years. In my mind, step one is listening and learning, rather than fixating upon the riots. One of the most impactful things I have heard in the past two weeks is the reminder that America itself is a result of rebellion against oppression. For those who heartily condemn the current violence, but idealize America and her ideals, don't condemn one while glorifying the other. Let's make the current focus of our efforts listening to and learning from our black brothers and sisters.

Jo Ann OkelberryJune 12, 2020

I so thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. What a great story! I remember Jack Anderson. His column was not too popular with some people.

DianeJune 12, 2020

I knew a similar family several years ago. He emigrated to the US, but wanted to convince the cousin he lived with that her LDS church was false. He read the Book of Mormon, but was afraid to tell his Catholic wife that he wanted to be baptized. She was unable to get permission from the Chilean government to immigrate. The missionaries miraculously discovered her, but she was afraid to tell her Pentacostal husband that she wanted to be baptized. He finally told her about his conversion and baptism. She told him about her conversion. Within a few weeks (after 3 years of waiting), she and the kids got permission to immigrate. He became an elder in time to baptize and condirm her.

Pauline HarryJune 12, 2020

What a great story! I loved it!

RenaeJune 12, 2020

If each church member would add 100 names to familysearch, we would double the size of the tree. Think this is a lot? You could probably do it in 10 to 20 hours. We need you. And you need the spiritual blessings that come with the work. You need to experience the little miracles that make people devote some many hours to expanding the tree. You need to experience first hand the personal intervention of God in your life, something genealogists have been testifying about for generations. So if your tree seems done, expand the tree to the side. Pick a spouse of someone in your tree and construct their tree back a few generations using the hints.. You cannot do the temple work, but you can make a big difference in the research.

GrandpaJune 12, 2020

Beautiful reply.

LexaGraemeJune 12, 2020

This is beautiful. This is community. This is family.

JemezblueJune 12, 2020

Many Thanks for this article! It just answered a question I had about how is missionary work going on in this topsy turvy world! God's work will not be stopped!

Bryan PattersonJune 12, 2020

Awesome article! So much truth that I will share with as many as I can!

JanieJune 12, 2020

Inspiring story. Thanks for the positive message It was truly a blessing to read. Hugs

Justin MJune 12, 2020

Thank you for sharing such a rich and spiritual experience with us! There is a great deal of symbolism and wealth of knowledge to be found within their ceremony!

Taylor StonelyJune 12, 2020

The Savior’s work will go on regardless of the world and the circumstances that we find ourselves in. Such an uplifting story, thank you for sharing!

MadelineJune 12, 2020

Such an inspiring story! The same parallel conversion story happened with my grandparents in Australia, except they were living together and both secretly meeting with different companions of missionaries! The Lord definitely works in mysterious ways. Amen.

Pania HeimuliJune 12, 2020

What a beautiful, comforting thing to know — that God loves all His children and sends answers to prayers even in the seemingly darkest times. Thank you for this article.

BEV TAYLORJune 11, 2020

I am always amazed by the portrayal of the "grove" by artists! It was SPRING :) There wouldn't be any leaves on trees...just blossoms! Wouldn't it be even more LOVELY with colorful blossoms?

JackJune 11, 2020

I appreciate your articulating the sentiment that rioting has no place in the lives of those who believe in the Restored Gospel of Christ. I just wish you had spent half the time of the article articulating the importance of the protests and less time on the rioting. The few sparse sentences of sympathy toward George Floyd seemed really almost like token mentions, and doesn't really address or even scratch the surface of the terror Black Americans grow up with. I think you missed an opportunity.

AndrewKJune 11, 2020

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CarolynJune 11, 2020

Becky, The mylar strip glitter in the sunlight and the birds are frightened off without hurting the birds.

Russ NickelJune 11, 2020

Enjoy your thoughts so much, but please cite the sources of quotes you use, or indicate a link because we often may wish to read more of what your quoted source has to say.

Angie MannJune 11, 2020

Really good read! You have a knack for bringing the simplicity of the gospel messages to the reader, just like the quote from Richard G. Scott you included at the end, how simple and yet profound is that message? ( I must admit that I totally had a Whoville moment while reading that quote. It may be my new favorite. )

Shelley S.June 11, 2020

Thank you for this! I needed this message in my life right now. Trials DO help us turn to the Lord. And you are right, some of my greatest growth has taken place during trials; the greater the trial, the greater the growth.

BEV TAYLORJune 11, 2020

I’m always amazed that no one actually takes into account that it was SPRING when the vision happened. There would be no leaves on trees, just blossoms. I’d love to see an artist capture it as it really was

GinnyJune 11, 2020

I love when my feelings are put into words!

Kayleen HunsakerJune 11, 2020

I love this quote: “The future of this world has long been declared; the final outcome between good and evil is already known. There is absolutely no question as to who wins because the final victory has already been posted on the scoreboard. The only really strange thing in all of this is that we are still down here on the field trying to decide which team’s jersey we want to wear!” [cited in John Bytheway; When Times are Tough; 30] This comes from Jeffrey R Holland

HeatherJune 11, 2020

Sadly the people that are causing most of the problems in our country don't understand the concept being so eloquently described in this article, much less would even read it because it's easier to jump on the band wagon than to use critical thinking skills and reason to be able to think for themselves. It all comes down to one basic concept: human decency. No we aren't perfect, but what other country can you live in where being able to disagree with the government and protest is a protected right? No, racism is not okay nor is police brutality, but having a police force to protect is better than not having one. We have to learn to take the good with the bad and always be working on improving because that's what we're here on earth for: to learn and grow. But we can't change the fact that people have free agency. We can make laws to govern actions, but we can't stop someone from doing something unlawful if they choose to. All the rioters and people who are wrongfully expressing their anger, are examples of exactly what they are against, ironically, by choosing to break the law. Yes, African Americans have definitely been dealt a pretty bad hand when it comes to racism in U.S. history (my heart breaks the more I learn about it), but there are so many more examples of peoples and groups dealing with racism and prejudice throughout history, not to mention the religious persecution people have endured (regardless of race or color), so they certainly don't have the corner on the market. What has happened can be argued and rehashed forever, but just like any good therapist will tell people who are having communication issues, you can't dwell on the past but learn from it to help you decide where to go from here and look to the future. We've solved a lot of the problems from our past and can continue to solve problems, but we have to start by having respect for others and property and treating everyone with dignity, not tearing down but building up. Thank you for these inspiring words in this article.

TomJune 10, 2020

Well said. Recognizing false dilemmas is essential to rational action.

Carolyn HubbardJune 10, 2020

I love this! Two simple words with so much meaning and love for our Father in Heaven. We will definly use these two simple words.

CubbyJune 10, 2020

That has got to be one of the most beautiful coolers in the world. I note that it is sturdy and strong. Having done humanitarian service myself, I wonder if steps are being taken to help the fishermen replace these when they eventually wear out.

John GrierJune 10, 2020

A most excellent response . . . well formed, and explained. Like simple geometry (where a line or point has no thickness), yet is the basis of trigonometry, or Fermat's last theorem/proof (that for over a century worked, but no one could solve). Desire to do experimentation, exercise faith, and trust in the results --- can be stronger than proof.

StephanieJune 10, 2020

Thank you for your article and how if you don’t agree with BLM a you are a racist. As I was researching some information the other day I read that in NYC there are more AA babies aborted then born alive. If BLM matter why are some many of their future generations being aborted. These babies could have been future scientists who could find a cure for cancer, a future teacher that educates the future kids in a way to change the world or even a future President. When you kill your future what are you doing to your race and country.

jkcookJune 10, 2020

In the middle of your article is really questionable, although your conclusions are decent. Most people are like me, they do not agree with the violence, but do agree with the reasons for the demonstrations. I don’t think there is any reason for despair or either/or situations. I feel that we all have to come to terms with our privilege and make changes so that all people can have opportunities.

L StatonJune 10, 2020

Love it! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

Toni LyonsJune 10, 2020

Well don't stop there. I was really into the story.

Pam L.June 10, 2020

I love this story! Thank you so much for sharing it. I will not hesitate when I see a need, even if it is such a small offering.

Haze K.June 10, 2020

Little things matter so much more than we know. But I'm pretty sure that Heavenly Father and Jesus smile when we do them.

Mark and Julie S.June 10, 2020

Thank you so very much for this article--and thank you to Meridian for continually speaking truth with discernment. Keep on keeping on. You are doing incredible work!

Jolyn hallJune 10, 2020

where can i find the actual op-ed of president nelson and the naacp leaders with their signatures?

DJJune 10, 2020

Very moving -- thank you for sharing your experience and the reminder of the significance of small and simple acts of kindness.

Mark WhiteJune 9, 2020

My response to this story:

Judith La MontagneJune 9, 2020

This article should be printed in prominent newspapers everywhere, and you should be invited to share your thoughts on TV news programs. What we are seeing on TV is the death throes of the greatest country ever to be formed on this earth. I mourn for its pain, and I pray that our leaders may be able to check the mayhem.

David BirdJune 9, 2020

I thought the piece was one sided, but that's not necessarily a fault. We can't expect everyone to embody every side of every argument. I think the side the author takes is well enough though out and coherent; it takes a side that someone ought to voice. I think the most important thing to understand as members of the Church of Jesus Christ is that we can have very different political ideas, and all still be faithful disciples. We can defend our political ideas vehemently, but keep in mind just because someone else reaches a different conclusion doesn't mean they're not as compassionate or smart as you are.

Mama LizJune 9, 2020

This article says what needs to be said. These are dangerous times and anyone who dares to speak that the emperor is not wearing clothes is at serious risk. Our family has been sucked into this nightmare as one of us made comments that were deemed bigoted for the very reasons you explain in the article. As a result our son's business was targeted and threatened with his livelihood put at risk because someone didnt like what was said. Very hard to stand for truth and righteousness when it's not politically correct.

Joyce M. WestphalJune 9, 2020

Thank you for your well focused and succinct article.

Fay KlinglerJune 8, 2020

Thank you, Maurine. Very much appreciated. Your comment at the end is of great importance. It is something my son has stressed to me. We need to look at many sources and weigh things out for ourselves. One of the gifts of the Holy Ghost is to help us see things as they really are. A great blessing to all who work to be worthy and seek His companionship. "In our quest to be charitable and humane and save our nation, we will have to use our intelligence to sift through narratives and see as clearly as we can. It is not a small task, but it is a necessary one."

Curtis MurriJune 8, 2020

Jared Allen I get your basic view point. Unfortunately you chose the wrong example in Collin Kaepernick. He did it to himself as he was wearing his views literally on his sleeves. When you wear socialism and it's messaging not once but may times on your person as you are protesting some made up affront you are going to be criticized. The men he was honoring with his protest did not die because of police brutality. They died of their bad choices when they aggressively responded to the law enforcement officers that responded to their crimes. It is well documented now. Period! He fell for the very thing that Maureen is highlighting in this article. And by the ridiculous standards that have been set by these ideologies Mr. Kaepernick is "white". He is sadly one of the very first casualties and victims of the foul nonsense he has unwittingly espoused.

TerryJune 8, 2020

Thank you Maurine for a beautiful article. It rings true with me. I appreciate the work that you are doing to help us know that the thoughts and feelings which we have at this time are shared by others. Thanks again.

VivianJune 8, 2020

As a Black woman in the Church, I too have a hard time, Luana Wells. My home has been repeatedly broken into by the white criminal element in my neighborhood. My belongings have been stolen, my peace stolen from me. My neighborhood is not poor, nor is it predominantly Black or White, but a mix of the two. Yet White men took a crowbar to my front door to pry it open so they could rob my home while I was at the grocery store. A White man pushed open a ground floor window and took my credit cards, expensive camera, videos and DVD's while I was on vacation. And a White man drove down my driveway one night because the garage door was open and he saw something he thought he could sell. The White men in the apartment building that overlooks my parking repeatedly got drunk and threw food and then glass bottles off their balcony onto my car below. Fortunately, a Black policeman took my complaint and made a visit to my neighbors to demand they stop this destruction. Is this really about race? Should I be blaming all my White neighbors for the criminality in their hearts? Because obviously I have many extremely dishonest White neighbors.

DanJune 8, 2020

Interesting article with a good perspective, although it provides only general acknowledgment of the underlying issues. The history of America is replete with racial issues, from the slave markets of the South to the New York traders who aided and abetted the practice. The underlying discriminatory undertones of American daily culture remain in place throughout the South, the North, the Midwest, and beyond. The return of black soldiers from World War 1 gave rise to tremendous challenges in post-war assimilation, of soldiers and of black men. Also, what is the responsibility that we bear for Tulsa and Wilmington and Ocoee and the hundreds of other times that black people were brutalized just for being black. It would be interesting to read your article about those associated issues. The history of Latter-day Saints in Missouri and Illinois, much less in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania should give us pause and then impetus about how best to help America move forward. What response do you have for any of these issues?

ShaneJune 8, 2020

Perfect! Thank you!

MartyJune 8, 2020

I am reminded of President Benson's talk on pride. But in this case, pride to used to justify racism because it allows the proud person to feel superior and to demand superior rights and privileges because of the color of one's skin. I have witnessed that in the Church. I have seen too much of it within the wards where I have lived to ever deny its existence. I have also seen an increasing pride in wealth and education. Unfortunately, within the Church we also like to practice feeling superior to others based upon our pioneer ancestry or the church callings our family members hold. BYU is famous for its young men who wish to date and marry the daughters of the General Authorities, because that places them within "the elite" of the Church. I have heard certain families in the Church, the Marriotts, the Romneys, the Osmonds, referred to as LDS royalty. I even know someone whose child resides in the ward of a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and whenever that child is teaching Gospel Doctrine, her wealthy father flies in from out of state to help her prepare her lesson so she can impress that General Authority with her extensive Gospel knowledge and astute questions. Perhaps it is time for us all to reread President Benson's talk and ask "Is it I?"

NancyJune 8, 2020

I understand that the culture of law enforcement needs changing, but it's not going to happen overnight. In the meantime, is our society going to give way to anarchy? Will those with selfish intent see license to do as they please? Personally I cannot thank law enforcement for "saving" me from an assault, a violent home break in, and domestic violence. What if I was black? Would THEY be the handcuffed ones, unwilling to do anything legal for fear of being condemned? Thanks for having the courage to speak up.

Kristen OpenshawJune 8, 2020

Thank you for this article and your explanation of false dilemmas. An example we just read today is from a CNN commentator: "Pick a knee. The one that knelt on a neck or the one that knelt to try to prevent it."— S.E. Cupp (@secupp)

Duane BoyceJune 8, 2020

There is so much to be said, but I will settle for a simple "thank you." You are providing an excellent voice in a time when excellent voices are not easy to find. So again, thank you!

Jared AllenJune 8, 2020

This article started with so much promise, but quickly devolved into disappointing one-sidedness. Reliance on this Peggy Noonan assertion was the first major misstep: “Most everyone concedes the problem—that black men are profiled and cannot feel safe in their own country. Walking while black, driving while black—Tim Scott of South Carolina has been stopped for trying to impersonate a U.S. senator, which is what he is.” Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. I’m bombarded with messages denying that profiling is a legitimate problem or suggesting that, to the extent it exists, it is justified because minorities are more likely to commit crimes. If most everyone conceded the point, we wouldn’t be where we are. The second misstep was the one-sides emphasis on false dilemmas. Both sides play that card at risk of burning our country down. I’ll give two examples from the other side. The False Dilemma that You Must Condemn Collin Kaepernick or You Are Anti-America Kaepernick engaged in the most American of activities, speaking out against the shortcomings of government. For his efforts, he was branded a pariah and his career was destroyed, not because his employers disagreed its his message, but because the audience base demanded it. Ironically, he was speaking out against the very injustice you now assert that “most everyone concedes.” Constitution loving Americans would be justified in lauding his actions. The False Dilemma that You Must Condemn Protests or You Hate Law Enforcement and America Protesting government abuse is the most American of activities. It is foundational (remember the Boston Tea Party) and it is codified (remember the First Amendment). Supporting the efforts of bona fide peaceful protestors should not be considered anti-American or anti-law enforcement. False dilemmas are most certainly creating problems, but the decision to present only one side of the issue in this article is disappointing.

Robert StarlingJune 8, 2020

Thanks to Maurine for a very well reasoned and well thought-out article. And most of the comments of course are very supportive, as they should be. The thing I don't understand is the presence on this page of a long, drawn-out rant by Marilynne Linford that is mostly drivel quoted from a Black Lives Matter website propaganda piece. I don't see how comments advocating for a "queer-affirming network" (their words, not mine) should have a place in a publication dedicated to the work of our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, which is clearly the opposite of the hatred expressed in that rant. I'm sure that Martin Luther King, Jr. is turning over in his grave at the way his honest work to bring about racial harmony has been hijacked by the left. Today these BLM radicals would be calling *him* a racist! We all need to go back and read his classic "I have a dream" speech to see -as he taught- that ALL lives matter. Any other attitude is "systemically racist".

Ron HancockJune 8, 2020

Interesting that Joseph said he supported the Whigs. Who were the Whigs. At this time in British politics there the Whigs (Liberal) and Tories (Conservative). In the U.S. the Liberals were the Republican and the Whig Parties. The Democrats were the Conservative parties. The Whigs were the more Liberal and most opposed to slavery of the parties and latter united under the Republican banner.

JuliJune 8, 2020

I was so excited to see the article on food allergies! I found it to be very accurate. I hope it will help people to understand the seriousness of anaphylactic food allergies.

Jason OlsonJune 8, 2020

Dear Becca, thank you for sharing you story. How lovely. The Mission President who presided over Scottsdale, Arizona, when I was baptized, Tracy Watson, gave Elder Christofferson my story. Elder Christofferson was searching for stories about the Book of Mormon and conversion.

Susan StoddardJune 8, 2020

Your insight has given voice to many of my feelings Thanks for this great article.

EmilyJune 8, 2020

This was a perfect way to put into writing all that I have been feeling. It is crushing when it comes from people you care about. I don't like the divisive language in Black Lives Matter. Of course they matter but we need to be better together. But I can't say that our I am misusing my privilege. My thought is YOU MATTER. Every individual matters, shouldn't that be inclusive and account for the differences.

bonnie lynnJune 8, 2020

Thanks for your extremely well phrased and logical article. Over simplification of our tragic times appeals to simple-minded folks. May we hold strong as we empathize with others and choose the right.


Thank you for your insightful article! It really put a clarifying lens on how I feel about what is happening to America!

Rebecca HinckleyJune 8, 2020

It’s rare when an article expresses exactly what I feel, and this is that article! My heart is broken, not only for our country and the false narratives being foisted upon us, but personally by my own children who criticize me in just these ways. Thank you Maureen for sharing your inspired, intelligent insights, and for your courage.

Karen BellistonJune 8, 2020

Thank you for printing truth. Truth matters! And All Lives Matter. I lie in bed worrying about our wonderful country and the destruction that is happening to it. Surely we have government leaders with sense enough to stand up for truth. But I'm starting to wonder.

Becca HowardJune 8, 2020

How did Elder Christofferson know of your story? I am glad that you had an amazing experience that led to your eventual baptism. I am also a convert, and fortunately, my mother gave permission. I still recall her exact words and feel extremely grateful that the Spirit of Christ acted strongly upon her that day. The gospel has blessed my life for over 5 decades.

Sandee CarsonJune 8, 2020

Amen. Thank you for putting into words exactly how I feel.

Buffie BarkdullJune 8, 2020

Thank you Maurine for your thoughtful and well researched article. I know I need to do better. There are definitely more options and alternatives to this deeply troubling issue of racial inequality than burning down our own houses. May the hearts of all of God’s children be softened to come together for rational solutions to these horrific injustices that cannot be tolerated anymore. The present anarchy cannot be tolerated anymore either.

GoogleJune 8, 2020

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Pania HeimuliJune 8, 2020

I am very grateful for your thoughtful and inspired perspective. Please continue to share. I share meaningful content with my children to combat the one-sidedness prevalent on social media.

America’s founding PrinciplesJune 8, 2020

Thank you so much for this very insightful piece. You are a patriot! I fear America is walking a fine line. Don’t be surprised is the 4th of July celebrations end this year-all so very depressing!

Old Tired and praying for strengthJune 8, 2020

I posted an anniversary picture on social media Yesterday and was immediately “educated” about my racism and white privilege because of the composition of the wedding party...and by more than one member. After reading part of the “Educational” recommended reading list, I was sad and without hope that all we have tried to do to work and serve in our lives was useless and our intentions are suspect. Your article gave me hope that individually I was redeemable but I fear America is not. My husband and I will stand firm, alone and isolated. At least we haven’t many more years to live.

Coral WeaverJune 8, 2020

Is there a reason that the difficulty of Those with hearing loss using cochlear implants and hearing aids is not addressed ?

BethJune 8, 2020

Thank you for your words. I have felt many of the emotions you describe here because of white privilege. You have articulated my dilemma. I love all people and I value my friends who do not succumb to these false dilemmas.Thank you for articulating this in such a beautiful way.

GinnyJune 8, 2020

This is excellent!!!

Kathleen NewtonJune 8, 2020

Excellent excellent article!

DebbieJune 8, 2020

Thank you for such an enlighting article.

Luana wellsJune 8, 2020

This is a very difficult time for me. I have taught my children to be kind to everyone, I have had their friends in my home and pool. I love my black Ward members and the black sisters I work with in the temple. I have fed the homeless. I have no problem with individual people. Where I have problems is forgiving the young men who took baseball bats to my car, or the two men who mugged my stage 4cancer patient daughter and stole her purse, identity, credit cards she had paid off and her car that she had paid for the month before. Financially challenged because of her health she lived in a mostly black apartment complex. She noticed children without anything to do so she gathered toys, games, jump ropes and chalk for their entertainment....until someone stole it all. I am fearful for the United States and ready to see the end of this turmoil.

ElizabethJune 8, 2020

I'm sorry you and your son had to go through this. I just wanted to add that, as a recently returned sister missionary, I don't think that most potential spouses would see self harm scars as a dealbreaker in a relationship. Self harm (and mental health issues in general) are unfortunately very common among our generation; statistically, 15% of college students use it as a coping mechanism. It's certainly an unhealthy way of dealing with things, but there's nothing shameful about it– it just means his ability to cope didn't match the things he had to cope with at the time. I have struggled with self harm in the past but I am confident that I will never do it again, because therapy has helped me find safer, healthier coping skills. I am still working on opening up about it with people, but I've found that my experiences have led me to be able to help several friends to quit self-harming as well. I hope that he will be able to heal from this painful period of his life and see it as a growth experience that helps him empathize and reach out to others. I'm sorry that his mission took him to such a difficult place emotionally and I pray that he and you will find healing and happiness ahead.

James DJune 7, 2020

This is great! When we study the terms "stir" and "anger" in the scriptures, it provides meaningful insight into what is happening in the world today and the motivations behind the manipulations. The only part I wished the author had left out is advocating the use of the government's unjust surveillance powers to discover the rabble-rousers. We don't need to take unjust shortcuts to right their wrongs. We shouldn't be using evil to fight evil (the very premise of this article). Investigatory due process (within the limits of the 4th amendment) is the right way to go.

Kit ChristensenJune 7, 2020

Hi Scot and Maurine. Love your podcasts. I'm learning and enjoying each week. Quick question for you. Are the New Testament published transcripts available for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? I haven't been able to find them if they are. Thanks, ….. Kit

CarolJune 7, 2020

This series is amazing! Thank you for your insights. Truly an answer to my prayers!

Mike RileyJune 7, 2020

Thank you. My father's mother's family were German Jews. They 'gave up' the jewishness when they came to America, but did not replace it with the truth of the restored gospel. I regret that and love my Jewish heritage. And I've taught my '1/8th jewish' children to respect their heritage.

AnnaJune 7, 2020

I appreciate your insights. The art work is beautiful!

Corey DinsdaleJune 7, 2020

Just read your article, excellent and well written. Lot's of political, emotional and intellectual rhetoric in society right now. One of the best things I've seen or read recently was by Jack Brewer, a former player in the NFL, he is black, is a professor of business and an ordained minister, he said that the riots and lack of response to curtail or stop them is a result of the progressive ideas and philosophies that have been permeating our society, especially in education and particularly at the university level but most importantly he say's we have forgotten God. Pretty much sums it up. I would also recommend reading the recent comments from Burgess Owens, also a former NFL player and currently running for Congress in the 4th district of Utah.

SimplicioJune 7, 2020

I'm very impressed with this: “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. ... In spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers." The Quest for Peace and Justice, Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Lecture - December 11, 1964

RichardJune 7, 2020

I love to see what the Book of Mormon has to offer about the events of our day! The Book of Mormon amplifies the Christianity in a person and then society.

Christine ColeJune 7, 2020

This is amazing insight! I've read the book and the details are even more amazing, especially Brother Jones's personal experiences or applications.

A Healing SoulJune 7, 2020

I hear a strong wave of shame in this mother's words, and I want her to know that she can heal from that. Cutting scars are no different from car accident scars or surgery scars. How we react to them can add negative body image to our young people when they already need extra help accessing their divine identity. I would focus on how to work these feelings out of myself. What social expectations am I clinging to? Are these more important than a powerful mother's love for my child? What lingering feelings of betrayal, pain, embarrassment, and shame am I carrying around? How can I let go of these and let Christ heal my child, heal me, and heal my family? These are just beginning questions. I would read anything from Brene Brown for a beginning to my personal healing. Some therapy might help, too. These are real feelings and yet they don't have to be permanent. Everyone in this scenario can access the grace of God which is far more powerful than anything they have suffered through. It is a journey, not an outpatient procedure.

Angie MannJune 6, 2020

Thank you once again for a wonderfully expansive lesson. I always find that I take a page of notes from your lessons to add to my own study notes.

Alece ReynoldsJune 6, 2020

Just wondering, Vaughn and Bruce, if you noticed that the information about Joseph using a single seer stone (one which the Church still has in its possession) was published in the Official History of the Church -- Saints -- Vol. 1, which was just published two years ago BY The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.. Thus, I think that your thought that this information comes from Mormonism Unveiled is a bit problematic! Not only that, the Church has published recent videos and pictures that illustrate Joseph using this stone, which he placed in a hat to exclude the light. I doubt they would be doing that if the information was inaccurate!

Michael PetersonJune 6, 2020

This very difficult situation can eventually work for his good once he has healed. The scars will be his story, although an unpleasant one, and he can use it to help people as mentioned in the author's counsel. I found that the best way to handle the questions is to be completely honest about what happened and what he learned from it. My worst emotional scar is unseen. It was the death of our second oldest son at a young age. It was the worst time of my life and took a very long time to get stronger where I could carry my pain rather than the pain carry me. What has been interesting is that when people are going through a difficult time, they ask my wife and I for advice. You can always tell when a person who has come out on the other side of a very difficult situation. They know the counsel to give and they have credibility because of what they have been through. Please remember, no one understands that kind of pain better than someone who has been through it and came out on the other side stronger, which is only one of the reasons we can turn to the Savior himself. He suffered literally everything and he knows how to heal your son and will guide you to the right people. God bless you,

Chuck SanfordJune 6, 2020

In late 1978, I was serving as the stake mission president, and went to my stake president for the second half of my interview. I shook hands, and sat down. He asked, "How is everything going?" I replied, "Everything's going great." He signed my interview slip and returned it. I said that was the shortest interview I had ever had. He replied, "Well, when you know all the right answers, it's quick." He was obviously listening to the Holy Ghost.

NancyJune 6, 2020

— -- An on-duty New York City police officer was killed early Wednesday after a gunman walked up to a police vehicle and fired one round through a window, authorities said. Officer Miosotis Familia, a 12-year veteran assigned to the New York City Police Department's 46th Precinct's anti-crime unit, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. ET. She was 48 years old, according to police sources. At a press conference Wednesday morning, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said Familia was shot in the head in an "unprovoked attack" while sitting with her partner in a marked police command vehicle on the corner of Morris Avenue and East 183 Street in the Bronx around 12:30 a.m. He told reporters the vehicle had been parked there since March because of increased gang activity in the area. Familia's partner radioed for assistance while other uniformed officers chased after the suspect, who took off on foot. As the officers confronted the suspect, he drew a revolver, and the officers shot and killed him, according to O'Neill. The shooter has since been identified as Alexander Bonds, 34, of New York City. The .38 caliber revolver recovered from the crime scene was stolen in West Virginia in 2013, police sources told ABC News. Moses taught an eye for an eye. Jesus taught. Do unto others as you would have others do to you. Alma 5:60 And now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you, and if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold, and ye are his sheep; and he commandeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you, that ye may not be destroyed. Maybe if we started posting all the good in the United States your daughters might see things differently. If all you watch and read is the news or media they might see things differently. Instead, we are following the ravenous wolves around and highlighting his-their exploits. Look for the good in the world. I've been told He is going to win. "HEAR HIM"

Merlyn de la MelenaJune 6, 2020

This is right on!!!! I think about that each time we've had our Minister come to bless and give us the sacrament. And the note saying that it is doing the best it can like the rest of us is perfect!!

IleanaJune 6, 2020

Not to be contrary but I truly wonder what you would say about the narratives coming from the president of this country. Is he one of the “elites” you speak of? I certainly don’t see any love, kindness and understanding coming from him. Where is he leading and why are so many blindly following his hateful rhetoric?

John MarshallJune 6, 2020

Amen to Diane's comment. Good work.

Maryann TaylorJune 5, 2020

I have also been enlightened by the scriptures in reinforcing my understanding of temple covenants. If we look for symbols or teachings about the temple experience in our reading, we will find them! What a wonderful blessing!

Melanie AlfredJune 5, 2020

Thank you for such a thoughtful article. I apopreciate the study that has gone into this.

CPGJune 4, 2020

Please please please. A man was murdered in plain sight by 4 police officers and initially no one was arrested. Without video, it would have been fake news being spread. There would have been no arrests. Can we take a moment and talk about the cruel, violent murder that occurred. Why does this keep happening? What is the false narrative that has been perpetrated?

Kayleene DriggsJune 4, 2020

That sums up what the Democrats are like today! Thank you Joseph for your insight to them

Denise ChristensenJune 4, 2020

Maurine, I so appreciate your comments and insights. This is a very well written article that explains and clarifies what we as a people should do in response to the recent circumstances in our country. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint based on doctrinal truths.You are truly a wise woman.

Jason SchliermanJune 4, 2020

One of my personal American heroes is Jackie Robinson. He put up with so much garbage, and it wasn’t always peaceful, but he personally held his ground, stayed peaceful and kind himself, and just played baseball. His example lead to not just professional baseball opening up to all athletes, but to all professional sports. God bless that man and people like him!

Jane E BrayJune 4, 2020

Thank you all for your words and thoughts each week. They are not only inspiring, but also uplifting. As a widow, I miss taking the Sacrament each week because I do not have a priesthood holder in the home. However, reading the blessings given when the Sacrament is administered, is a great gift.

Le LarsenJune 4, 2020

After a little research, I found that many/most of the looters are organized, professional thieves taking advantage of the situation. The many/most of the rioters are white supremacists determined to ignite their ‘race war’. Most protesters are simply using their first amendment right to protest injustice.

Elizabeth LeBlancJune 4, 2020

Such pertinent and vital truths you've shared for our time. We could accomplish so much more if we could just overcome one small thing everyday and work out our salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. Oh, how we need revelation. President Nelson has said, #REVELATION - But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. "Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost." It is my hope that I will yet see many nightly miracles in my families life and that the Church will blossom like a rose. Thanks you again for such effort to publish this writing.

Jim HarrisJune 4, 2020

Brent, thank you for sharing this!

Sherry ScoffieldJune 4, 2020

A wonderful article that articulates what we want to say. The Book of Mormon is fur our day!

Diane IrwinJune 4, 2020

Anne. as usual, your writings pierce me to the core! You are so encouraging. Thanks for all you do.

Janice MyersJune 4, 2020

Wonderful article! But with a critical error. The Floyd "murder" was a staged event. Watching all the videos makes it easy to establish. It's entire purpose was to cause the emotional response which it has gotten from all of us (me included until I learned more) and set up the entry of Antifa and the riots. Before you decide, do the research so we're not guilty of what Maureen is talking about in this great article.

KarenJune 4, 2020

Thank you, Loved this article

MarieJune 4, 2020

This was an outstanding and well thought out article! Thank you so much for speaking what so many are feeling right now.

Diane KriloffJune 4, 2020

What an insightful article! I wish I could broadcast it to the world to hear. I join with so many in heartfelt prayer that this violence will stop and peace can be restored. Violence, as you so eloquently pointed out is never a solution.

John C. GreeneJune 4, 2020

Excellent and insightful commentary. Especially your observations about narratives. For many, narratives are an easy substitute for the hard work of searching out the truth. And I see that even among the Saints, which is very troubling to me. One of the distinguishing criteria that divides the wise from the foolish virgins in Section 45 is that the wise "have not been deceived." Narratives can be very deceptive. Thank you.

Patience EkpoJune 4, 2020

Thank you for this write up. We can only find peace in Jesus Christ who is our perfect example. Satan always stir the heart of men to contention. May we be watchful and avoid the craftiness of Satan. Consider what President Nelson has said and be wise "Never has one wrong been corrected by a second wrong. Evil has never been resolved by more evil.”

Moroni McConkieJune 4, 2020

I have seen footage of severe abuse of peaceful protesters by the militarized police. Obviously there is a level of abuse out there that I was not aware of, if this is what is happening when the cameras are on. This has been an underlying infection in this country, and now the scab has been pulled off. We can either lance the infection, or go back to the way things were. While the riots are painful and will be expensive to repair, it has certainly brought a level of attention to this matter that was not getting through before. At one point, I had honestly thought that this level of vile bile was left in the dustbin of history along with Bull Conner, Ross Barnett and George Wallace. But I was wrong. We still have a way to go. It's time for those of us who cannot empathize to be quiet and listen to those who have experienced this for their life-- the fear of sending your teen son out to go get some milk, or to BBQ, or to bird watch, or whatever. Will you see them again? Living with that constant fear and stress is why they kneeled but got ignored, and now they must shout so we can hear.

Fay KlinglerJune 3, 2020

Thank you Maurine. I very much appreciated your article and passed it on to several of our children.

LynetteJune 3, 2020

Having been a seminary teacher through two years of teaching the Old Testament, I grew to love the foundation of our beliefs as LDS, which is the Jewish faith. I loved reading your conversion story. It would be so wonderful if more youth of the world today were involved with religion as much as you were.

Alan FlemingJune 3, 2020

Well expressed. I wish it only more widely read.

Jarrah Lyn GeraldJune 3, 2020

You make some very valid points in this article which I appreciate. Violence should never be justified or condoned. However, I think this article is grately lacking in compassion and understanding for African Americans. There is absolutely no attempt here to mourn with those that mourn or comfort those that stand in need of comfort. George Floyd is a very small tip of the iceberg. Black people were brutally kidnapped, tied to chains, beaten and drug across the ocean to be slaves who were whipped, beaten, and raped. Even when they were "freed" they continued to be lynched and mistreated. Dr. King was amazing, but lets be honest, the civil rights movement helped but it did not stop racism. Do you know how many black people who have wrongly sat in jail for years for crimes they did not commit? Do you know how many black people who have been killed by police but there was no camera footage taken? Where is your desire to understand or listen to those who are hurting? Where is your desire to love your black brothers and sisters? I absolutely do not condone violence or rioting. I condone being a voice for change. You have the ability as writer to influence your audience for good, for change. I don't believe in this case anyone's hearts were turned in love towards those who are crying and weeping daily. Sometimes we are so busy judging that we more importantly miss the loving. When accusers brought the woman taken in adultery to Jesus, his focus was not on condemning, but loving.

Rosanne McCallJune 3, 2020

Thank you so much for these well chosen and inspired have articulated so clearly what is at stake here. I appreciate your insight.

CABJune 3, 2020

Thank you!

bluewaterJune 3, 2020

Thank you Maurine.Really good thoughts, well expressed. Too bad so very many who need to hear what you say will never be reading it.

CapriJune 3, 2020

Excellent piece of commentary Maurine. Thank you for post this!

Myrna AndersonJune 3, 2020

Thank you for your well-written thoughtful words. The Book of Mormon tells of events such as are occurring here but the only battle plan given is to live the commandments and a righteous life. If we die in the process - "Happy Day! All is well!" But what will be left for those who are left behind? There is NO better plan for a country than our God-inspired Constitution which is thrown to the curb by those who deem themselves above the common man.

Richard MusterJune 3, 2020

I have been looking for someone to call out this hysterical, fanatical craziness that is going on in our county. No one who saw the video where George Floyd was murdered by a terrible police officer could condone such conduct and all of us are outraged. But my gosh, burning, looting, doing harm to our police and fellow citizens is not the way to respond. How can you rationally condemn a whole nation of good police people who protect us and put their lives in harms way every day. The bad apples are few and maybe some real leadership can figure out a better way to either train them better, or just weed them out. Thank you once again for your enlightening article.

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SamJune 3, 2020

This piece is very insightful. Thank you for sharing. Everything that’s happening around us has been prophesied. Didn’t think we would live in this time where evil is right and right is evil.

Bill FreezeJune 3, 2020

Maurine...thank you for having the courage to say that just because the talking heads say something doesn't mean it will turn out that way. We have a wonderful country that is the envy of every nation on earth. We know we are not perfect and must do better, but those that burn, steal and harm others are evil and don't want things to be better...they are destroyers of liberty, goodness and charity. Once again they will learn that Americans and people of faith will not give up on give in in regards to American values....the PRICE of FREEDOM is NEVER PAID!

Jenny Flake RabeJune 3, 2020

I also thought of how the Lamanites attacked the people of Limhi because they though they'd stolen their women. And before asking, before understanding, they attacked and slew many. This only weakened the tie they had with them and eventually the people of Limhi had to flee, away from the oppression of the people who felt the need to suck these people dry to make up for what their fathers had lost.

CheriJune 3, 2020

Thank You for your powerful article! I couldn't agree with you more❤️

DeeJune 3, 2020

Thank you so much Brother McKay Christensen ! This was one of the most heart touching, and significant articles I have read in quite a while. Every day I pray for a 'change'. A change to become a better person than I was the day before. I am indeed a 'dimpled golf ball' and my goal is to just fly straighter and further each day. Thank you for providing my mind with a spiritual meal that will take me through the day and many more.

VAL C. LEWISJune 3, 2020

Thank you, Maurine for this article! We are indeed living during the "last days". The Book of Mormon is truly a blue print for the second coming. I believe we should interpret the "news" of the day through a gospel lens and not through the lens of modern "elite" journalists. Certainly, Isaiah 5:20, is at work here! There is only one question Latter day Saints need to ask God about the Riots: "Should I participate in burning down cities, loot stores, or attack my fellow citizens or the police to bring about change?" The answer you receive will reveal who you are....kind of like answering all the questions in Alma 5.

Gary andersonJune 3, 2020

Thank you Maurine and Meridian Magazine for all the good you do! It is much appreciated!

Karen C NewsomJune 3, 2020

Beautiful. Thank you.

KathiJune 3, 2020

This is a great article... Thanks!!

Grandpa ClydeJune 3, 2020

Great article. It is presentations like the one you shared in the article that have been making me crazy for the last three months. All the fear mongering is made even worse when we are told that to be good citizens everyone has to be treated as if they are in one of the hotspots, such as NYC. Would they do the same to NYC if the only hotspots were in WY or UT?

ScottHJune 3, 2020

The real problem is not the math. It's an excessive belief in the power of coercion to provide safety. The question should not be whether elitists of any stripe have good math. It should be whether coercive approaches are superior to liberty. Liberty certainly comes with risks. But I think this article makes it clear that those risks are preferable to the risks of living in a state of fear and coercion. Under liberty, we trust that people (as well as businesses, churches, nursing homes, etc.) have sufficient incentives to sufficiently manage the risks with which we live without excessive coercion. Besides, bad actors in free systems tend to still be bad actors under coercive systems.

Cynthia CarlsonJune 3, 2020

Thank you for voicing so clearly what many of us feel but cannot express or put into words, or fear to, as emotions around us boil over and threaten even more destruction. I pray for every brother and sister of every color and creed to come together and put equal energy into peacefully solving problems.

Michael EdwardsJune 3, 2020

So once again,how does one reconcile this with the fact that a black man could not hold the priesthood until 1978? I would appreciate your thoughts. Don’t censor free speech and the exchange of ideas and opinions.

Alece ReynoldsJune 3, 2020


Vickie WagstaffJune 3, 2020

Thank you. You have put into words so many thoughts and feelings going through my heart this morning. Silence is NOT compliance, even though so many would suggest otherwise.

MIKEYJune 3, 2020

U r da voice of reason & logic. thx a ton

JamesJune 3, 2020

Better to be a fool on one's own account than a wise man at the approval of others -Nietzsche

AyseJune 3, 2020

Another insightful article. Thank you for its clarity and true facts.

AyseJune 3, 2020

Thank you for this well formulated article. If we truly believe what the Book of Mormon teaches us, we cannot support anything or anybody that encourages violence or silencing of the voice of the people. To have a voice doesn’t mean violence, but rather to vote in moral people and to work towards a better path. But then that means taking responsibility, doesn’t it?

JeanAnn ShuldbergJune 3, 2020

Thank you.

J KuesterJune 3, 2020

I agree completely and continue to pray in faith that the cleverly clad and deceptive sophistry will be recognized and exposed for what it is- lies and false arguments which are leading, not to needed changes in our society, but to destruction, greater ignorance, and wider divides rather than honest change and improved relationships, opportunities, and peace.

Shep KuesterJune 3, 2020

Follow the prophet’s counsel. Violence is never the answer. When emotions run high, and hot anger is all around us, it’s very difficult to hear the calming voice of the prophet, who says what the Savior wants to us to say and do.

Virginia PartchJune 3, 2020

Thank you for your statement, President Nelson! The world needed to hear this. We pray every day for all who are suffering because of the unnecessary riots and the families who are hurting.

Virginia PartchJune 3, 2020

I am so glad to read your article! It says all that is in my heart. We have what I call a "rainbow" family - a couple of nationalities are represented among my children's mates as well as my grand children's mates and they are all excellent God fearing people who work hard and teach their children. We are so blessed because of all of them!

Judy WheelerJune 3, 2020

Wonderful commentary, thank you.

Linda S.June 3, 2020

I agree with the author. This whole situation has been entirely blown up and has been fodder for liberalism. I don't agree that this "doctor" is an intelligent person. If so, she would have done much more research than she actually did, if indeed she did any.

Robert W CowartJune 3, 2020


Jim McKinneyJune 3, 2020

Why didn't you mention the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost? That is how you obtain the mighty change and are born again (2 Nephi 31:17-18).

Duane BoyceJune 3, 2020

Well said, Maurine!

KathrynJune 3, 2020

Amen! Thanks for having the courage to point out that the narrative emperor is naked. Not only are the riots orchestrated conflict (as Jeff Lindsay pointed out in another Meridian article), but they are *exactly* the same type of action as Chauvin took against Floyd: violence toward those who are innocent.

JuliannJune 3, 2020

“Evil has never been resolved with more evil”, that says it all. God is love. Love is the answer.

David Clarke PrudenJune 3, 2020

Thank you for this thoughtful article Maurine. A logical and calm voice in a conversation too often characterized by shouting.

John B HewlettJune 3, 2020

What an EXCEPTIONAL essay on our current horrific events. Where is the respect for personal property of the unfortunate bystander. How have the standards of law and order become so compromised? Unwinding of historical injustice is a process of understanding and experience. Government has made it worse through ineffective programs, and initiative destroying subsidies to buy voting control. Agency, with obedience to God's law, will heal the land and it's people. Reform is needed in law enforcement, but quality education about core values and civility are important areas to address. Communication with the agrieved parties, and constructive remedies with definable outcomes versus poverty and welfare dependency is necessary. Charities, churches, and service groups are better equipped than inefficient government to find and implement solutions.

JuliannJune 3, 2020

Thank you for an excellent article. I will reflect on my own propensity to judge before knowing all the facts.

KarenJune 3, 2020

Wow! Thank you! I have had a couple of days of mind blowing encounters with young adults that have been sucked into the whole of distorted perspectives. To the point that I am stymied, and sick to my stomach. It’s like someone flipped a switch and ignorance exploded in our nation. I needed to here sanity so I could breath again. Thank you!!!

Linda RJune 3, 2020

What a great thought,-provoking article. It caused me to examine my own attitudes and see where I can make changes. Thank you very much! I needed this.

Joanne WagstaffJune 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing this most insightful summary of all history of those Book of Mormon days...and ours of today.

Lisa ArnoldJune 3, 2020

Thank you, Maurine.

Mark DonaldsonJune 3, 2020

Great article! We can be against both racism and senseless violence! Thank You!

RaNae SHOAFJune 3, 2020

Maurine, thank you so much for this article. It helped put into words all that I've been feeling.

Shauna SJune 3, 2020

Well written and thought provoking and I especially appreciate the ties to The Book of Mormon. I also remembered vaguely that President Benson's classic talk "Beware of pride," mentions "riot(s)" as a form of pride. Here's the quote "Another face of pride is contention. Arguments, fights, unrighteous dominion, generation gaps, divorces, spouse abuse, riots, and disturbances all fall into this category of pride." This quote has given me much food for thought. Thank God for the Book of Mormon, and prophets, past and current, to lead us through this time.

Rod BeachJune 3, 2020

Well put, thanks

Amy H.June 3, 2020

It is my understanding that the majority of the protests have been peaceful. I have heard numerous liberal leaders criticize and express their frustration with the violence and looting that have taken place in a few areas. The President of the United States has been the strongest advocate of violence of all the voices in the public square.

CPGJune 3, 2020

This is quite an extensive article about false narratives and the condemnation of protests. I do not condone riots. However, where is an extensive article about the about the senseless, horrific and heart breaking killing of black people on a regular basis with no justice? Perhaps I missed it? Your article made me look at the Book of Mormon in a new way. Perhaps the Nephites did have their knees on the neck of the Laminates (figuratively speaking) and they were subjected to various forms of injustice. That would certainly explain the constant wars which I never understood in the first place. Thanks for this article. It did open my eyes.

Gary ArnellJune 3, 2020

Excellent commentary. Thank you.

Pene HortonJune 3, 2020

Thank you, maurine...great article! As members we are told to pray with all energy of heart for the pure love of Christ. He said, as I have loved you, love one another. Love, not hatred, is the answer.

Marlyce JeanneJune 3, 2020

Thank you for putting into words what has been in my heart and on my mind. We have been discussing in our family how we are seeing Book if Mormon scenes including secret combinations on full display.

Jane HallstromJune 3, 2020

"Evil has never been resolved by more evil." So true. We have many examples in the Book of Mormon where "Good" armies try to quell "Bad" people and it does not resolve anything. Sadly many of our country's civil police forces in recent years have been trained to exert vicious military like power against their fellow citizens in the name of law enforcement. I love America, and I know that God gave us her ideals and all the good that has come from our form of government and our beautiful land. But simplifying today's turmoil as a result of a false narrative promoted by "Elites" is to miss a great deal of context and nuance in our history and society. Plenty of "Elites" have begged the rioters to stop, and there is evidence that some of the riots are fueled intentionally by some who would discredit the cause of justice. I appreciate your convictions but in these outbreaks I do not see a simple black and white divide between truth and falsehood. I see evidence of a great dissolution of decency from all quarters which has been brewing for generations.

Kim BurnsJune 3, 2020

Well Said and so true. Thank you Maureen once again for articulating What I would like to say.

Melissa HardmanJune 1, 2020

Thank you for these powerful stories. And thank you for the link, Janet. I’m only sorry I didn’t think of joining sooner.

Gary AndersonJune 1, 2020

Thanks Jason for your Interesting story! I truly enjoyed it!

Sally AllredJune 1, 2020

Thank you for sharing the positive! That's very needed right now.

Richard WhaleyJune 1, 2020

When did you serve as an LDS Chaplain and where were serving?

Fay KlinglerJune 1, 2020

Thank you, Mariah. This article was truly what I needed to read this morning. Rather than instilling fear, seeing these positive movements calmed my heart and brought into focus what the protests were all about.

Pattie SkousenJune 1, 2020

What a beautiful conversion. Your story moved me to think and ponder on my own conversion story. We all are in need of being converted in our our own way as we walk the path back to our loving Heavenly Father and Savior. Your story pricked my heart. Where was my heart and mind at your tender age? If I hadn’t been raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would I have been so adventurous to seek it out? I have questioned this part of me over and over again. I would like to believe I would be like you, enlightened by the Spirit. Interestingly though, I have been enlightened by the Spirit, “line upon line, precept upon precept.” Thanks so much.

Janet K CookJune 1, 2020

Show Your support and willingness to affect change by joining black lives matter. Here’s the link for their Utah group: I joined as a “white ally.” The more we all get educated and involved, the sooner the problems will get resolved.

LeslieJune 1, 2020

The protests in my town were peaceful also! So awesome to hear of the goodness of people and officers building bridges and understanding.

Juliana Hutchins AshMay 31, 2020

It’s so wonderful to hear this woman’s wonderful story, especially when news is so bleak these days. You lifted me. Oh, and I was a Red Cross disaster nurse back in the day, so hearing this story reminded me of many life changing memories. Thanks!

John HillMay 31, 2020

You have eye-catching examples of the many rules to which we are subjected. Since governments in most countries see their primary role as protecting the lives and property of their constituents, we can expect an abundance of rules that protect us from aggressive foreigners, authoritarian tendencies in our own government, insensitive and selfish neighbors, etc. So, here is my question! On Saturday, May 30----the officials of Salt Lake City imposed a new, albeit temporary, rule regarding a curfew in the city to subdue unlawful rioting. Was that a good thing---or just another rule imposed by a city government? The reality is that most rules stem from a crisis, an encroachment or a threat to others. It would be nice if people governed themselves, but....

Andrew CurrieMay 31, 2020

DavidD, You have failed to understand that even infants promised exaltation still must and will learn much during the Millennium. Their early suffering is not wasted upon them nor without exalting benefit!

Becky WilliamsMay 30, 2020

I just wanted to ask, how did the mylar blanket strips protect your blueberries from the birds?

Liz R.May 30, 2020

I don't mean this comment to diminish the valuable contributions made by nurses who traveled to NYC for COVID staffing. My own daughter left her Salt Lake City hospital for three grueling weeks of 12 hour shifts in an all-COVID Bronx hospital and she, too, gave her heart and soul to her patients. However, to call this work volunteering is a stretch. These nurses were paid at a minimum $10,000 a week (yes, ten thousand dollars a week, and some specialties even more) for three weeks, plus roughly another $3600 a week for two additional weeks of quarantine back home afterwards. Plus a free room at a nice hotel, free transport to/from work, and $90 per day for food. Many nurses wanted these jobs and some made literally thousands of phone calls in vain hoping to secure a spot. Many who went to NYC eagerly extended their duty additional weeks because financially speaking, it was the gig of a lifetime. So let's not liken this to, say, going to Iraq. Yes, it was emotionally draining and physically demanding, but it was also extraordinarily well paying. That's not what one customarily thinks of as "volunteering," and particularly not when many others were involuntarily thrown out of work and desperately worried about making ends meet. So please, a little balance here...

Dail BlankenshipMay 29, 2020

I have read that Joseph Smith translated the BofM with the use of a stone which he placed in his hat and the stone revealed the translation. I have seen a picture of the stone, which the church has in its possession, and a picture of Joseph with his face in his hat. I would like to hear the honest truth

Ronald BarnesMay 29, 2020

Women do use priesthood power in their callings. Ordinances of salvation are performed by women in the temple. A priesthood holder cannot use the priesthood for his own benefit; only for the benefit of others. It does not make him any better than anyone else.

ChristineMay 29, 2020

I always appreciate the thoughtfulness and thoroughness you exhibit with your responses. I have recently taken on a lot of family responsibilities lately including the return home of all my kids plus one and caretaking of my recently widowed mother. There are times I’ve been feeling emotionally drained yet feel the pressure to put on a good face. Though my situation is different your advice was helpful to me too. I think I feel responsible for everyone’s happiness and well being and I shouldn’t and it’s OK if I need to withdraw to regroup and gain emotional strength to be able to handle life’s demands without breaking me.

vickieMay 29, 2020

it sounds like she has other children.i cant even imagine how she is handling this at all. her adopted son is an adult and he does have a mental illness because of his past. she raised him for part of that time...probably dealing with his behaviors then. it sounds like he needs more extensive therapy. and it also sounds like he can be her and to maybe the other siblings...i hate to say this but as long as he is around....she will always be stressed ...mainly because she isnt getting what usually happens when children grow up to be adults...they leave and do things for themselves. apparently he is still too insecure to move out and be on his own. more than likely he would be in trouble all the time. i can feel her worn out feelings...she doesnt have anything else to give....maybe they need the family that is to go to family therapy together and discuss everything...if he has to have medication to act normal....then that might mean she has to always ben in his life...monitering him to make sure he takes his medication....lots of people forget to take it or get tired of taking it and quit...when is her job looks like never....i feel for her...its about the same as when parents have a handicapped child ...and that child lives with them their entire lives until they die. prayers for her going through this..

Mom of 5May 29, 2020

Great question and answer. Did you perhaps mean, at the end of your article, for the Mother to excuse herself WITHOUT explanation when she feels the need? Not sure she owes others an explanation.

Michael ColleyMay 29, 2020

That's Satan's law, govern the people with hard laws so there is a law for everything thus taking away bit by bit man's freedom.

Patricia PetersoonMay 28, 2020

Thank you for your insights. I typically read ahead, but come back to re- read sections after listening / reading your podcast. I always pick up a little more insight for myself after your podcasts are released. Thank you again.

ShirleyMay 28, 2020

Wonderful! You are so creative.

CherishMay 28, 2020

I'm pondering my way through this series. It's great. I appreciate the note about one spouse receiving revelation. There have been several times when I receive a prompting about something we should change and feel almost guilty that I am the one to tell my husband the direction I've been given, because I'm the step mom. But we do counsel together and pray about it if it's a big change.

DJMay 28, 2020

Love it! thanks for your important yet lighthearted message.

MichelleMay 28, 2020

Understanding this principle drastically changed my experience as a parent for the good. Trying to control everything so that nothing bad happens or so that no one will suffer anything just eventually creates what you were trying to avoid in the first place.

CarolMay 28, 2020

I loved Gary's whole comment - the funny part and the serious part! If I didn't have chocolate life would be very hard! I would have had more cleaning supplies stored, especially rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. When we moved I got rid of a ton of fabric I had been storing for ever and am rethinking getting a small supply again and more sewing machine needles! and regular sewing needles ( cross stitch needles don't work well for sewing on buttons and repairing tears.

Joseph ShumwayMay 28, 2020

Wow we do live in a crazy time.

Paul HMay 28, 2020

While shocking, this should not be surprising to anyone that follows every State's Legislature each year they meet. In Utah, they pass hundreds of laws EVERY YEAR. People run for office with the idea that they are going "to fix things" and legislation is their solution to every issues. Never is there any thought about eliminating laws, only writing new ones. Our lawmakers (indeed, every last one of them) need to drop two or three older laws before they are allowed to write any new ones. THen we need to elect some of those types of folks to the federal system and have them repeat the exercise. Maybe in 50 years we could cut the number of laws by a third. Sadly, it will never happen.

Jan KingMay 28, 2020

Each morning as I receive my Meridian Magazine issue, and scan the articles, when I see that one is by Ted Gibbons that's the one I read I know that's the one I most "deserve" (translation, need!)

Deb CraneMay 28, 2020

This made my day! Thank you for the humor and reminder that we separate ourselves into category but our Father in Heaven sees us as His children.

Joseph ShumwayMay 28, 2020

Funny story of my life: I just realized while reading this that I have been trying to fit all the good Christian music out there in my collection. I love gospel centered media and I also have a tendency to obsess over things. Strangely enough I have been trying to fit everything in my collection

Daryl GibsonMay 28, 2020

I'm frankly quite comfortable with laws that prohibit selling one's children, making nuclear weapons and even letting one's dog harass wildlife in national parks. Call me crazy.

Beagle Lover in SouthMay 27, 2020

Animal owners & pet lovers please wake up! All critters need to be fed on a schedule and fed regularly. I realize this story was humorous but take a minute to think about your pet if you have one. They are dependent on we humans for their needs. Proverbs has one of my favorite scripture quotes: "A righteous man hath regard for the lives of all of his beasts". *Take care of your critters and treat them with kindness and proper care. Animal cruelty and neglect is on the rise in America - don't be part of the problem. As a rescue group president (non paid) I have seen more sad stories from abused animals than I could possibly relate. Many times it's from educated, middle class owners who neglect or abuse them. Love your pet!

Bob PowelsonMay 27, 2020

Many years ago my wife and I were asked to attend a special "marriage strengthening class. At the time my income was around $20,000 a month and were lived in a pretty nice home. One of the questions that was presented was: Your last child has just finished university and now you can have the home of your dreams what would you have. Others in the class had grandiose ideas of several bedrooms each with its own bath, a swimming pool, a kitchen that could feed a multitude . . . etc. I awaited my wife's explosion with ill concealed glee. She said; "We have a home with 4 bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a half bath, two fireplaces and a 4 car garage. . . " I would sell the darn thing and buy something half the size. The response were shrieks of horror and a so many but, buts it sounded like a motor boat. I grinned ear to ear and gave her a hug. There really is a lot more to life and the gospel than gratifying our pride and our vain ambitions.

Paulette KirkhamMay 27, 2020

One of the most thoughtful comprehensive articles that touches on salient points that I've read in a long time. This is what should be on the front pages of the newspapers and passed along on social media as an invitation to engage in "Public Discourse 101" and "Humanity 250." Well done.

MacMay 27, 2020

Good article with many things to think about with today's news or lack thereof. I think one of our problems as you pointed out is this 'sweeping generalization'. Not everything contained in a valid point of view is completely good or perfectly bad. Your point about discernment is excellent. We really need discernment about 'fruits'. There exists plenty of dialog that calls good fruit bad fruit and bad fruit good fruit as Isaiah prophesied. By knowing what is 'truely' good fruit, we can make good judgements.

SimplicioMay 27, 2020

The Book of Mormon repeatedly speaks of ambitious men who "stirred up unto anger" their people for the purpose of gaining power and influence, often resulting in war and conflict. (Alma 48:3;51:9;63:14;...) Lamanite kings are not the only ones to employ such tactics. Today, wildly popular pundits speak not what is true, but whatever will get the biggest knee-jerk reaction. The emotional kick engenders conspiratorial followership and millions in advertising revenue.

Ben JonesMay 27, 2020

Many conspiracy theories tend to be self-contradictory. Anti-semitism is one of the worst examples. People could simultaneously believe that the Jews were controlling everything, while yet rounding up and killing 6 million of them during the Holocaust, which should not have happened if the Jews were indeed controlling everything. Then we have Holocaust deniers who say that the Holocaust never happened, while still saying, in effect, "Good riddance!" The thing that gives it away is the fact that conspiracy theorists paint their enemies in the darkest colors rather than arguing their own positions on their merits

Alec AndrusMay 27, 2020

Started reading with some suspicion as I do much of what is written. As a liberal in a sea of conservatives, I find it difficult to have an uplifting conversation with many of my fellow saints... whenever current events are discussed. When I hear conspiracy theories about COVID 19 or my beloved President Obama and on and on, it is easy to be dismissive and walk away. As a bishop, I ministered to persons with same sex attractions and find it hurtful to hear other saints condemn them without having empathy. And on and on. Dialogue about life beyond “Sunday school” answers is often painfully difficult. Hearing people demean my hero Mitt Romney does cause my blood to begin to boil. Thanks for reminding me that I was a soldier for the USA and am a soldier for Christ to facilitate conversation that uplifts and builds community. And for reminding me it is worth the effort!

Carol AnnMay 27, 2020

I have been an avid follower of yours, Carolyn, for years now! Thanks for all the sage and practical advice! And, it just keeps coming! Being prepared is not just an event--rather a way of life for me. I advocate others to become believers as we travel through this test-trial of a pandemic! I've learned what I need to be more diligent of having in my supplies. Also, preparedness gifts to family and friends from us at Christmas time are expected. Maybe this year they will be even more appreciated!


When I think of the power of the Priesthood and women, I like to think of the definition of Priesthood. Some people will say that it is, "The power of God on earth." I have read many times that it is 'The power of God on earth for the salvation of mankind." When you read this definition, it is much easier to see how women are involved and use the priesthood power. Not to perform the formal ordinances of salvation, but to use their influence in their homes and at church as loving teachers of the principles of salvation. Men perform the living ordinance of baptism, women perform the living ordinance of birth.


All who cannot read Greek just love to read what you have to say, Dr. Peterson! Everyone else celebrates the fact that someone will take time to write it!

Adrea AndersonMay 27, 2020

DavidD- I have been pondering your exact question. I believe the answer has to do with the agency of the perpetrators of those crimes. God must allow everyone, including those who choose wickedness, to use their agency. I'm reminded of the story of Alma and Amulek (Alma 14:9-11) who were forced to watch women and children be consumed by fire. They stated that those who were burned were innocent. Alma explains to Amulek that the Lord would receive those innocents unto himself in glory (as you stated). And that he allowed that wickedness to occur at the hands of their enemies (who were acting out of agency) so that he, the Lord, could exercise a righteous judgment upon them at the last day. I believe that Alma and Amulek were still heart broken for those who suffered and we can be too. But we can also hold on to the knowledge that God is just. Those who commit wicked acts will be brought to justice in the end.

des bromilowMay 27, 2020

you forgot to mention shed/ workshop... some people's hobbies mean they need a bit of space/ workshop. If you are looking to downsize, you need to think about if you have space for your hobbies, or if you have to downsize those as well. - there is a mental health aspect to that decision.

John GilmoreMay 26, 2020

Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama are on the North American continent. So are Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Speaking English is not a requirement to be part of North America.

Allen A.May 26, 2020

One of my brothers selected a Religious Studies curriculum at a University of California campus in the 1970's and eventually left the Church to become a Hindu. He never came back to the LDS faith and died a couple of years ago. That is what can happen, even if the curriculum sticks strictly to religion. The evolution of religious studies into Marxist indoctrination is a contributing factor to the more than 50% approval of Socialism among young adults in the US now. We know that President McCay and President Benson both regarded Socialism as a soul destroying tool of Satan. We should guard against it today.

John KammeyerMay 26, 2020

I've heard a lot of prayers that had to be repeated--but in my 55 years of membership, I've never seen a tray get dropped.

DavidDMay 26, 2020

Of the 25% to 40% of all humans who have ever lived and who have died as children before the age of accountability, and who will go directly to the Celestial Kingdom (D&C 138:10), a high percentage of them suffer incredibly, often for years and in many ways, before actually dying. From starvation. Disease. Abuse. Physical, mental and emotional harms of all kinds. What is the purpose of all of that suffering that does not actually cause the death of the child?

Darlene NelsonMay 26, 2020

Thank you so much for your superbly compiled article with all the references to study. I appreciate you sharing your insights that inspired me to set goals and take a serious look inward.

Gary AndersonMay 26, 2020

Thank you Brother Frogley! I really enjoyed reading this article! Keep up the good work!

Sue WinmillMay 26, 2020

Great story. I was wondering who "Paul" is, he is quoted from a book he must have written but I do not recognize the book nor the author. I'm sure it isn't Paul the Apostle in the New Testament!

LisaMay 26, 2020

Having spent time in China teaching university age students, I spoke with students who didn't feel the need to marry, or if they did, to have children. Most of them having been the only child have a selfish attitude about what they want in life. Siblings or even having children takes away from what they want in life. Sad to see the attitude of selfishness take away from the ancient values of China that have made a great people.

CarolMay 26, 2020

I'm so glad there are people in the world like Ben that can make me appreciate all the good things in life I sometimes fail to see!

Linda PatalonMay 26, 2020

How I wish I could get this message out to my family and friends who do not know the truth. . I see the situation unfolding and know it is the last days. The time is short and we need to be preparing for spiritual warfare.

Jodi Augustine-EvansMay 26, 2020

How wonderful it is to be part of a church community that serves all people. I love Joyce and Ken and feel blessed to have been served by them in the past. They are truly loving Christ-like members of our church.

DavidDMay 26, 2020

That's the pretty typical response in our Church to the question of why do bad things happen to good people. It's necessary for our salvation and progression. Except that it isn't. Not for everyone. Over the history of mankind, scientists estimate that between 25% and 40% of all humans who have ever lived on earth have died before they reached the age of 5. Worldwide, even in 2020, that's not far off the mark. Our doctrine says that all of those spirits go directly to the Celestial Kingdom. Question: what percentage of those who end up in the Celestial Kingdom do you believe will then be those who died in childhood? It's just a guess, of course. But might that be 60%? 75%? 90%? Pretty clearly, for most of those who end up in the Celestial Kingdom, suffering on this earth will have had no purpose whatsover -- other than to actually kill many of them off so that they automatically go to the Celestial Kingdom. I'm just a little tired of people rationalizing or even glorifying suffering on earth, especially when it happens to innocents, when it really, truly doesn't make sense.

Linda WillisMay 25, 2020

Elder Asay, Your Dad and Mom were my Mission President and Companion in Texas in 1972-3. Oh how I loved and admired them. I was a recent convert and athlete in college before serving my mission. He gave me permission to run around the block of our house in Lubbock without my companion who was not interested. I loved him for that as I am now 70 years old serving a Senior Mission in New Zealand and still running. He had a profound effect upon me and his straight arrow approach to living the gospel stays with me today. It's wonderful to hear of your work in the Middle East. Sister Foxx and I served a mission in Africa from 2016-18 and now find ourselves at the bottom of the world in the middle of nowhere and love it.

Joyce M PooleMay 25, 2020

When I was at BYU in an apartment of young women we always had morning prayer. One morning Linda was the one giving the prayer. I had a vision while she was praying. We were in a large circle in a beautiful green meadow, surrounded by trees and flowers. There was 50 to 100 people there, her boyfriend was saying the prayer there, the other person I recognized was my boyfriend and I knew it was their time to come to Earth. The vision ended and I was kneeling with my roommates. I have a painting painted by Michael Wheeler and it is a view of the meadow and walking through flowers to reach it. Also I have meet 10 or 20 people who I know were there. It is a wonderful memory and I can look at my painting and bring it to mind.

Laurie MorelandMay 25, 2020

Love your thinking outside the box... or rather, inside the costume box. Anyone would be lucky to have you as their ministering sister or friend or family!!!!

Lani ReynoldsMay 25, 2020

Thank you for your example of service!

AspenMay 25, 2020

I have had anxiety and ptsd for several years. I'm so glad you addressed this topic. For a while the Priests were coming to my house to bring me the sacrament and even that would stir my anxiety. Today I read another article about how faith and anxiety can be complimentary. Here's one of the scriptures shared Jacob 1 5. For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made manifest unto us concerning our people, what things should happen unto them. 6. And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of much prophecy; wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come. It's strange to think they could be complimentary but in this case I suppose they are. If you want to read the article here's a link, Thanks again for this article! It really put some important things into perspective for me.

ShareeMay 25, 2020

Not all of us have the opportunity to partake of the Sacrament in our homes. Those of us who are older single sisters living alone have now gone 10 weeks without it. I asked my Bishop if,now that we will soon be starting up again, but some of us still advised not to attend, if priesthood members will be able to bring us the sacrament. He doesn't have an answer on that for me yet.

MarcMay 25, 2020

Prior to their mission call, Ken and Joyce served as President and Matron of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. They served patrons, temple workers and volunteers with that same spirit of love and service, always teaching Christ's principals by example. We love you Ken and Joyce

Elizabeth WilcoxMay 24, 2020

Exactly what I needed today. Such great wisdom and depth!

Eugene R HadfieldMay 24, 2020

My wife and I traveled to Izapa in 2012 with Garth and Cheryl and learned so much and were very impressed with the area. We believe that these people are related to the Book of Mormon peoples.

Thomas P. ArmitageMay 24, 2020

I have felt this way for years but obviously am not trained to express it as you have laid out in this article. It seemed to me self defeating to say this is how it has to be so deal with it. And yet when I suggested "attacking" the problem, looking for ways to improve and get over it in a sense I was often told that was demeaning to the person suffering with the depression. Even so it just did not seem to square with my observation in other areas. A young Boy Scout, Astmatic, frail and yet highly Intelligent. We never gave into the mentality of not trying hard things. As a result this young man learned to function with his asthma, completed a 50 mile hike, 50 mile bike run, 50 mile canoe trip and today, married and successful competes in marathons with his wife often. He still has asthama. I think of men who served in combat with my sons, returning home withsevere injuries. They now have learned to function highly despite seemingly insurmountable odds. I think of friends that suffered injuries to one side of the brain and the other side of the brain took over as time passed. They now function very well although differently. So why not with issues such as this.

Helena LemonMay 24, 2020

This is such a great story! I had heard a lot about New York and the devastating Covid numbers there. This brings it back around to how medical volunteers on the front line from other states are truly so valuable. Caring for the one patient that she was meant to help made such a huge difference! Thank you Carly!

JonathanMay 24, 2020

Lawful parents have the right to visit, comfort, and serve their children in a hospital or asylum. That does not give the children the right or ability to leave whenever they wish. I have asked many people over the years whether those who choose the Telestial Kingdom, or even Outer Darkness are still God's children. What do you think? The answers to me thus far have been quick and unanimous. If we choose the Covenant Path and exaltation, but our children choose one of the other options, we can go visit them as often as we want. We'll be gods.

Debbie HenckeMay 24, 2020

Timely article for our day. Thank you! I appreciate your insights and stories that shine light into the principals being taught.

Tristan BaierMay 24, 2020

It is no surprise that your article received the negative responses that it did, Dan. Thanks for your poised and informative response and for steering a straight course, as you always do.

Larry WalkerMay 24, 2020

Thank you for sharing the details of the inspiring efforts of this good man.

DavidMay 24, 2020


ToniMay 23, 2020

Thank you Carly and Michaela for this truly inspiring story. Sheltering as a lot of the country re opens it is easy to forget just how bad things are in other places. Thank you for your example of what a daughter of God looks like.

Cynthia AbbottMay 23, 2020

We had a sacred experience with our first born child. He began talking at a very early age. By ten months there were several words he could say fairly clearly. When he was 19 months old, we had just moved into a new house and his nursery was at the end of the short hall with our room on the left side. One night we were walking down the hall (we'd just come home from somewhere) and he stopped in the middle of the hall (he was walking in front of us), and pointed down into his nursery. He said, pointing, "Look! Spirits!" (the word Spirits was not in his vocabulary). Then he shrugged his little shoulders and said, "Spirits gone. Spirits gone home." We both knelt down there right in the hall and asked him what the spirits looked like. He smiled at us and said one word. "Smoke." And then he continued walking into his room. That was on Saturday. On Monday we decided it was time to do a real Family Home Evening and so I had a photo of Jesus in a frame...the one we use in church with the red cloak. We started off by showing him the picture and said "Jonathan, this is Jesus." He smiled and patted Jesus's picture and told us, "Jesus hold me and talk to me." We were so overcome, and we still take that experience as the closest thing we will ever have in this lifetime to sure knowledge that the Savior is real and that the pre-mortal existence is real. Nineteen month old children are not capable of making up untruths and the spirit was so strong with us. I have since had many, many more experiences (especially with doing family history) that have testified to me of the reality of the veil spoken of here and the closeness we have with those on the other side of it.

debMay 23, 2020

How did the children of Amulon and the wicked priests of King Noah get to Zarahemla? I thought they joined with the Lamanites?

Lori Finlay HamiltonMay 23, 2020

Micheala, Thank you for writing this beautiful article I broke out sobbing for some time responding to the sacrifice of dear Carly and of the extraordinary loss of life!!! I was brought immediately back to the feelings I had so often as a critical care nurse as we lost patients! I was brought back immediately to a particular patient, whom I have everything I could to save her life. 100 units of blood, and a 14 hour shift (along with 2 doctors and 2 other nurses all night long) left me praying a mighty prayer that this young mother would be there when I returned to work that night. Oh the gratitude when indeed she lived, and was rolled out of the ICU in a wheelchair. Oh dear Carly, I can only imagine the heartache that you felt night after night. And, the joy to meet this dear patients husband. I can only imagine the loving bond that you all will share for eternity. God Bless You!!

Mei SohMay 23, 2020

How wonderful! You are truly the Lord's worker. Mei

Chuck SanfordMay 22, 2020

Bill Monahan was baptized in Shreveport, Louisiana in early 1972 (it was COLD!) He had taken the missionary discussions at my apartment; I was privileged to baptize him. As we were changing our wet clothes, while shivering, someone came in to tell us we had to perform the baptism again, as Bill's foot had partially stuck out of the water while being baptized. As we got back into our cold wet clothes, he said, "I guess the Lord wants to see how much I really want this." He was then re-baptized, and the rest is history.

Michael G. BeckstrandMay 22, 2020

One time on Fast Sunday a priest with autism had to say the sacrament prayer 3 times before getting it right. His mother in the front pew was really stressed her son was going to freak out. But he made it through it. The first testimony that day was a woman who said she was thankful for the young man having to say the prayer 3 times. It made her pay much more attention and understand better the covenants and promises made. You could see the mother relax and feel so thankful for that woman's testimony. I was able to see the whole exchange as I was sitting on the stand as a member of the Stake Presidency. I too was thankful for the renewed emphasis of the sacrament prayers.

Mary Beth CragunMay 22, 2020

Thank you Carly for your sacrifice for another woman in another city. You are truly a daughter of God with a heart of pure gold. I pray that this new friend has recovered and returned to her family. Thank you so much!

Katja KlepaczMay 22, 2020

Thank you, Michaela, for describing what it is still like out there, while much of the country is slowly reopening.

KeithMay 22, 2020

Our President gave Congress the opportunity to make the dreamers Americans, but they chose not to. It is not the conservatives who are fighting immigration. We are a government of laws and immigration needs to be done per the law. We can change the law but is it fair to allow those who break the law citizenship?

Anne DeArmonMay 22, 2020

My take from the church manual was we were to share the gospel with others and help them come back. I actually wrote in my journal about how 2 of my 3 children have left the church. I made great sacrifices to be able to teach them the gospel so my thought was how would I do this for others when I was not able to even in my own family. Your podcast answered that question. Thank you.

LaVona LewisMay 22, 2020

Carly, thank you for your unselfish service. We all love and thank you for doing something we can't do. Thank you for representing love, Utah and God. All I have been able to do is sew masks but I pray that will help others. Your story was amazing

John KammeyerMay 22, 2020

We are so brainwashed into the idea of a separation of church and state that we don't see the Book of Mormon as a political text. "Faith without works is dead," and so is doctrine unless put into effect. The Gospel is to be lived, and we are to become a Zion society, which requires a social ("political") structure. The Book of Mormon is also obsessed with politics, what makes a good or bad society. I went through some of the political writings of the classic Greek writers, and was astounded to find how many of the same concepts are jammed into Mosiah 29.It turns out the concepts were also part of ancient Israelite political thinking.

TammyMay 22, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing! You are a blessing! Thank you for serving!

TracyMay 22, 2020

This is so touching. Each life is so important and it is comforting to know that patients are being cared for by such caring people as this young nurse.

SMay 22, 2020

I loved your article! I felt this feeling once at RootsTech a few years ago. There’s no way I could have ever met before, in this life, the man who felt like a brother to me. He was from France and I am from California. We compared a bit of our family history and ethnicities, but that was not the connection. We’re both sure that we were good friends in the premortal world.

Ann T TerryMay 22, 2020

Philo Taylor Farmsworth's family have a story about who they think is Victor Hugo. When Philo came to Nauvoo he was kind of adopted by Franklin Dewey Richards who was the Pres of the Twelve. Philo took care of his family as he was asked to spend time away from them. Just before the Saints left Nauvoo. Pres Richards left for a Mission to England and Europe. While there he went to France and through a member of the Church was able to get a permit to hold meetings. During one such meeting a man burst in through the door, very upset. He had lost his PG daughter and son-in-law in a boating accident. No one could comfort him, not even his Church.. They took him into another room and were able to calm him down. Years later this French Church member came to Utah and stayed with Philo Taylor Farmsworth's family. One day as he was out walking he came upon a little girl who had lost the money her mother gave to her to buy some bread after she had gotten some water. This Frenchman calmed her down and gave her money to buy the bread. Does this story sound familiar, It is in Les Miserables.. If you study Victor Hugo's writings you will find bits and pieces of the gospel. Was he the upset man who heard the gospel in that Church Meeting in France?

JeanneMay 22, 2020

Carl Rahner, a revered theologian, also spoke of the "infinite horizon" as God. This was because one looks forward at a horizon but never reaches it. It is always just out of our reach but as we walk it calls us forward in our travels. Looking through this lens I consider the perfection of God as my infinite horizon. Here in mortality I will never reach perfection. But the call of God for me to become like him keeps me striving forward toward it.

Nancy DoutreMay 22, 2020

May your work continue to touch lives .

MarkMay 22, 2020

I miss you Brother McConkie.

Pauline HarryMay 22, 2020

I do like the premise "love over fear". I hope you stick with that motto.

Ronald R. Crittenden (Reynaldo)May 22, 2020

For 40+ years I have guided 1000's of interested Book of Mormon readers to see the horse panel carving at the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Yucatan, Mexico. It shows an 'animal' with it's back at chest height of the person standing to the side. I know of no other animal with such height dating back to the dating of Chichen Itza. Also, I took many into the Loltun Caves of Mexico where the bones of horses have been found with dates long prior to the Spanish horses arrival into the Americas.

conesa elisabethMay 22, 2020

Thank you for your article .I do agree and as a member of the church it comforts me t o realize how close I feel to your movement especially nowadays ...and more than ever we must pray to instil Love around us

Jan KingMay 21, 2020

I've had the privilege of being present when Bob Hilton served as a Home Teacher in my daughter's home. I've been blessed to have Joni be the speaker at our Visiting Teaching Conference when I served as a RS President, and I always enjoy her articles. This one caught my attention as well as my heart. My husband struggles with speech and memory issues and faced the responsibility of blessing the sacrament in our home with some trepidation. I know of his heart and of his worthiness to officiate in that ordinance, and in spite of some stumbles, I'm confident that his efforts are acceptable before the Lord.

Ayse KOCHMay 21, 2020

It is such a relief to read that there are indeed more LDS women who feel as I do about the US government and the great need we have of cleaning up what a mess it is in now. Thank you for starting this group and I hope we can make a difference. Best regards.

JanMay 21, 2020

What a wonderful reminder to me of the sacrament meaning of the change for renewal we all need daily. Thank you.

AnnaMay 21, 2020

This may not fit into your "pairs," but I have personal remembrance of the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake in southwestern Montana, eastern Idaho, northwestern Wyoming. It measured 7.2 in magnitude and caused a huge landslide resulting in over 28 fatalities . $11 million in damages and creation of a new reservoir when the landslide dammed the Madison River.

vickieMay 21, 2020

this was a beautiful story. i have had times and so has my husband where we feel we know a certain person when we never met of my last one...i really wanted a girl...i had one daughter who was my oldest and then 4 boys...but the last one, i wanted a girl...before i got pregnant for him...i had lost a baby...then when contemplating this pregnancy i was sitting under a tree near our house...and i felt the spirit when i was thinking about having another was as if the spirit was letting me know i would have problems with this child and it was up to me if i wanted to have this baby...well, after the last experience of losing that child...i decided yes i want to have this baby no matter what. i did get pregnant...i was 33 at the time...he would be my 5th live baby...towards the end of the pregnancy...i had a dream...i dreamed that the cord was around his shocked me and i called my sister abt it..she said oh sometimes women have dreams like that ...its not true....well, the last 6wks of my pregnancy i went into early labor....they rehydrated me and sent me home to stay in bed the rest of the pregnancy. i didnt like that but it was a good thing i had already bought school clothes and things my other kids needed for school. i went into labor and had so much trouble...the drs said my labor stopped...with all this upset going on my babies heart was stopping as well....with all the confusion i decided to tell the dr about my dream...he said you know what after talking to other drs ..they believe this is the more things were being done to save his life and he was delivered by vacuum extraction...he lived and had a high apgar score..but he had bumps on the top of his head..he indeed for a long time had the cord around his neck...i thought well this must mean what the spirit was talkign wasnt...when i took him home...i noticed his breathing was erratic and his body jerked around a lot...later i discovered he had SIDS...sudden infant death syndrome. i nearly passed out when i heard this...he was put on a machine which i kept him on for 2yrs...then i noticed he wasnt talking in the same language we were...i took him in and discovered he had an audio processing he started going to school 3yrs old..over time i realized he was such a good child and smart ....he had other illnesses over the years...dividing cellulitis and then polynoidal cysts...things that drove the family crazy...meanwhile i had to have a hysterectomy no little girl for me...through the years i discovered that he was so smart and then he could sing like a bird and he played piano...and he could act...what a wonderful child...and so good looking the girls were always bugging him.....i thought things were over with that i had to worry over....but they werent....he was the baby of the family...he always obeyed us...he was a good kid....but he had some issues with his audio processing problem...delayed maturity...then a year ago ...he got a man....he came out and let us know he was was hard for me to over come husband helped me a lot husband said no matter what .how do we feel...we agreed we love him so much.....his patriarchal beautiful...and what i have learned is isnt over...till its over...he will be 35yrs old this year...his blessing said..God will have His hand on his head...and many other things...he did go on a mission....he was diligent in the church....i imagine this was so hard for him as well....he didnt show it ...but its like i isnt over yet....i will watch and wait...and pray...his partner is a good person as well...who loves his family...we need to obey God's command to love one another ...

Ann S.May 21, 2020

This was a wonderful article!! Well written. Great work with your organization. Thank you.

Alan FlemingMay 21, 2020

I first saw my wife when I was engaged to another girl. We at a YSA activity when she walked in and I thought “What did I get engaged for. I would love to take her out on a date.”. Well, three months later my fiancé wanted to break up the engagement. I asked why. She said, Because of the way you keep looking at Margie Cockburn.”. Like a true male I replied, “What way!”. Well, I finally at a church dance asked Margie up for a dance. When we looked into each others eyes, we both knew. A month later I proposed and six months later we got married. We have been married for 40 years. While there are many coincidences that occurred through our lives, I will one. When we had our first son, and had to decide a name. I thought now we are going to have a disagreement. I told her I always wanted to have a son named Michael. She looked back in great surprise and astonishment and said, “So have I.” I have had missionary experiences and there is one in which I became frustrated with someone who didn’t want to have the missionaries teach him. I said I can’t tell him any more. I remember as he looked at me and said, “You must tell me more.” Finally, he agreed to meet the missionaries and was baptised. He served a mission and as a bishop. My son married his daughter and we share a grandson.

Tamra D DodgeMay 21, 2020

These lovely stories bring tears to my eyes. They take me back to a special moment my husband and I had with our two and a half year old toddler. We were having our family bedtime prayer. Little Alex was in a big boy bed now. After the prayer Alex said, “I want my real family, and my real Father.” My husband assured him that we were his family, “No,” he said. “I want my real Father.” It was a defining moment. Alex remembered where he came from. His vocabulary was limited.. but he expressed his hearts desire.

Ann HedrickMay 21, 2020

I had an experience like this when I was a BYU student. There was a young man in my ward who seemed very familiar to me. We became friends and he said I was also familiar to him. We reviewed our lives and travels, we came from different areas of the country, and there was no possibility we had ever crossed paths. But we knew that we knew each other!

MindaMay 21, 2020

I was touched with your story brother Pooly. Do you know that I feel sorry for all the Natives who once upon a time that they owned this land but they are being thrown in a reservations? I am so glad to read and know that there is you and your family are reaching to them. I would like to see them all prosper in the land. May you be blessed with health and strength and live long. You are the light among your people. You and your family are their earthly angels. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

WendiMay 21, 2020

I could not LOVE this article any more than I do!!! Thank you for sharing

Dave MMay 21, 2020

I applaud and thank you for your leadership and what you're doing. And thank you for this timely and much-needed article. It's time we all stand up for the values Jesus taught, and replace hate, division and partisanship with love, compassion and unity.

Mary JurgaitisMay 21, 2020

I have - many times. I appreciate it because I get to hear the words again. Next time I will keep in mind what was said in the article about being able to fix things when we make mistakes.

NIhla JuddMay 21, 2020

I can testify to the truthfulness of the experiences in this article. I have a challenging relationship from which I have tried to walk away many times. I cannot because I am always reminded that we have a connection to the world of spirits where we once loved and cared for each other. This mission is to continue through the trials and challenges of this telestial experience. One day I know that I will rejoice that I remained.

Ralph W. HouseMay 21, 2020

I have very fond memories of my time at BYU in a married student ward where Gary was the Bishop. I was the ward clerk so got to spend time with him regularly. My memory is of a gentle, deeply spiritual man would was completely dedicated to his God and his family. I loved going to his house and seeing all the artwork in various stages of completion and I felt the same sense of reverence that Janice mentions. I want to own an original of his art some day.

Bob WellsMay 21, 2020

I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you for writing that. One more thought that has occurred to me is that some people might wonder if the ordinance is valid if a mistake is made and not corrected, or if someone performing or assisting with the ordinance isn't "worthy" for some reason. I have come to learn that, yes, the ordinance is valid for those who partake of it. In the first place, the atonement prevents us from being held accountable for other people's sins or mistakes. In the second place, when a leader approves an ordinance, he does so under full authority from Jesus Christ (that's one thing that Priesthood and acting in the name of the Savior accomplishes). Therefore, as I understand it, if the leader says it is good enough, the Savior accepts and ratifies it as having been done under His delegated authority. And if the Bishop authorizes someone to perform the ordinance in a home, the same principle applies even though the Bishop himself is not present. I love what you taught about the atonement being about correcting mistakes. YES!

BobMay 21, 2020

For those who are determined to ignore the warnings of the Book of Mormon concerning the existence of Gadianton Robbers and the accompanying skulduggery, in our day, I can understand their considering the John Burch Society an organization of fear rather than education and knowledge.

Patricia WintersMay 21, 2020

Once, a prayer had to be given three times. By the third time, the prayer had added significance to me, as I hung on every word. The sacrament prayer was especially valued to me after that time.

Elliot MorrisMay 21, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful essay, and for everything you and your organization are doing. You've expressed so well my own feelings and thoughts about what is happening in our world and our nation.

HelenMay 21, 2020

Poignantly relevant to our lives today. Thank you for affirming and detailing my own thoughts. May love win!

Roberta HubbardMay 21, 2020

Thank you, Anne, it was the perfect spiritual food to read this morning, thank you for sharing the light of Christ into our lives.

Des BromilowMay 21, 2020

no set prayers, but every ordinace of salvation (and exaltation) has either a set wording, or a set of "must have inclusions" followed by "as the Spirit dictates"... if it's linked to a covenant, Heavenly Father sets the terms, and as such we must use the wording he has given so we are compliant in setting up those covenants. Baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, Sacrament, temple, ordinations... they all have sections dictated by the source of the covenant. I think it was Grant L Harris (Drawing down the powers of heaven" was the first time I recognised the precedent of others making covenants with the terms set in consultation, rather than set from on high.

Charles McClellandMay 21, 2020

A very timely article. Thank you for sharing it.

Helena LemonMay 20, 2020

We are all waiting for the Lamanite people to blossom and claim their divine destiny! Brother Pooley is an instrument to make this happen! I can't wait, because it will be amazing!

Faye GirsbergerMay 20, 2020

Al Pooley is doing a wonderful thing. Thank you.

IngridMay 20, 2020

I teared up reading this article. It is so true. We come from greatness. If every individual on the earth past present and future sees this truth, there will be amazing miracles for us to witness. God is love. He created us to be happy. He's happy when we choose light. He is light. Thank you Bro. Pooley for your great work of awakening a people of their origin, potential and destiny. Jesus heals. He's returning soon.

Jenine SnarrMay 20, 2020

Thank you for this fun article. It made my day. I may try doing that too!

Jean Cook RyggMay 20, 2020

I have also read in the Book of Mormon that the descendants of the Lamanites will become great again. I am very grateful for the great work All Pooley, his daughter Amy, and others are doing and I hope his work continues to flourish! Keep Going!!! and may the Lord Bless your work.

Julie MckinneyMay 20, 2020

I sat and laughed! This was worth more than GOLD!!! Thank you for sharing. I guess the old adage is true, when the going gets tough, the tough get going!!! May we all be blessed with looking for the ‘good’ even when things are tough! Thank you again for sharing your ‘sanity’ gifts!!

Jerome TewMay 20, 2020

I did a program on history of the American Indians to a Historical Society in Clinton N. C. There were about 60 members there. I told how they were the children of Israel and descend from Joseph of Egypt. One person ask, how long have you known this and another ask if i was going to publish this story. At the a lady came up to me in tears.She said that her only daughter married an Indian from Roberson Co. and she said that now she knew that her grand children would be part of the Children of Israel.

Larry DuncanMay 20, 2020

I would like to contact Al. I knew & had such respect for he and his family as a Freshman at BYU Provo in 1965.

Diane DaleyMay 20, 2020

I really liked this story of this man Al Pooley. I wonder if he is related to George Pooley. If so I wonder if Al could help George. George is probably about 69 years old now. I am 66 years old now, and I knew George in high school. He lived in Provo, Utah with the Hofhiens family. But I think he was from Arizona. I don't know what has happened to George. I heard that he had started drinking. But he did go on a mission for the church years ago. Please try to find him and let me know. Thank you, Diane Daley (Whatcott)

Celia DilleyMay 20, 2020

What a great Idea! You are very creative!! Humor in times like these is so refreshing. Glad you finally posted these photos on Facebook.

Jennifer larsenMay 20, 2020

I don't know anything about this tradition or the past events other than was has been presented here, but it made me wonder if the day that the sons of Lehi went to get "Wives" (the daughters of Ishmael) was also done on the fifteenth day of Av?

TamiMay 20, 2020

I have learned much in this topics by reading the book Seer Stone v. Urim & Thummin by Hanna and James Stoddard. It seems clear through Joseph Smiths words and the words of the Lord that he used the Urim and Thummin, not the stone.

Jennifer LarsenMay 20, 2020

When I logged onto Meridian Magazine today and scrolled through the list of articles I might want to read, I saw your article. As I usually do, I love reading your articles/stories because they are usually funny and get me to smile and chuckle. I clicked on this one today expecting/hoping I'd have the same response. However, this story, today insighted from me a different feeling and response...a tear. Not of sadness but of joy and reflection. Thank you so much for sharing this today. I guess Ben (and Steve) brought a little happiness into my life today too!

CubbyMay 20, 2020

The 8 days of quarantine was a hoot! Thanks for sharing.

LewisMay 20, 2020

What a beautiful article. You are an incredible story teller.

Jan KingMay 20, 2020

#goldmedalingincreativity. Great job!!

Diana BaerMay 20, 2020

What a beautiful and touching project that enriches and changes so many lives. My heart was so full as I read this wonderful work of Brother Pooley and his family. I know we can each be guided to minister to others by the Holy Ghost and that we can make a difference for good.

Martha ClantonMay 20, 2020

What an excellent article. This message resonated with me, even though I am not Native American. I think everyone needs to hear this.

Haze K.May 20, 2020

What a great man with an uplifting message to his people, and to all of us.

Chris ArmstrongMay 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing Al's wonderful vision for his people. His is further evidence of the power of one to change lives.

C. CampbellMay 20, 2020

I loved this article and am so impressed with the Pooly family, their inspiration and initiative. Thank you for making us aware of them, their organization, and how true principles change lives.

Jenny SvendsenMay 20, 2020

Blessed be this wonderful brother and his daughter, for the service they are giving to heavenly Father's children, our brothers and sisters.

Still StrivingMay 20, 2020

A wonderful story, filled with truth. So very much appreciated.

Diana ChambersMay 20, 2020

I did quarantine birthday videos, that were from my Halloween stash of costumes. They were fun and really lightened the load for many.

Margie MansellMay 20, 2020

Love this article. We know of another Navajo woman wanting to do the same for Native Americans. How could they meet? I would love to have them join forces. May God bless t