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June 23, 2021

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P. WintersJune 22, 2021

This is an enlightening article. I can use many things that were mentioned. However, in number four, the word "from" is used twice. This makes the sentence lose its meaning.

Charles DEFRANCHIJune 22, 2021

Ha dear Wally! I do have a testimony that you belong to the people the Lord placed on my path to provide me with the light and guidance I needed, especially to make it through my own challenges. A few days ago, I found two old films from the time I did not have a digital camera. I got them developed and got to see our lives when our three kids were small, along with their lovely mother. This gave me another perspective on the challenges I am going through now with teens and current marital issues. The perspective was indeed that I was immensely blessed through this marriage and family, no matter what my issues today may be.

Neil CJune 22, 2021

Labelling a person without seeking to understand the core problem is guaranteed to prevent forgiveness, healing and even strengthening the marriage which can happen when the core problem is understood and addressed. The Saviour message of hope to the adulteress makes clear that even adultery can be fully recovered from. The adultress wasn't immediately forgiven as she needed to take part in the process of repentance. To "go and sin no more" was the start. Those who participate in an act of betrayal are able to fully repent and gain forgiveness of self and by the affected wife/husband. Those who are affected by the betrayal can also be healed - provided the reasons for the betrayal are understood. Adam was commanded to "cleave unto Eve" i.e.: to sever any and every relationship, hobby, interest, work - anything that would prevent him from being completely united with Eve. Of course, we can have all of those things, so long as Eve remained the priority. Adultery can be added to that list. To not forgive places us in the same company as those seeking to stone the Adulteress. That in no way diminishes the anger, hurt and devastation that is experienced! When the core (non-sexual) basis of the betrayal is understood, it can be addressed. Affairs are often a crisis of identity, a desire for an alternate reality in which the 'betrayer' can reimagine and reinvent themselves. Unfulfilled expectations, unspoken resentments, and unmet longings, feeling important, feeling desired, all play a part. Affairs are not about the other person, they are about being a new you, an escape from being the person you have become or the situation you are in. It is not about leaving the person you are with (Abusive relationships excluded). Sex is usually the medium, but it is not what is being sought. The commandment to love others wasn't conditional. The very real feelings of being hurt, betrayed and devastated will take time to heal, but they can heal. Here again, the Saviour showed us the way to forgive, when he asked Heavenly Father to, "Forgive them for they no not what they do". In a similar way, those that commit adultery, don't fully realise what they are seeking as it is an emotional course of action.

Neil CJune 21, 2021

There are few topics more raw and devastating than infidelity. There is a clip on YouTube by Esther Perel that I would recommend viewing where infidelity is addressed, recognising and addressing the reasons for infidelity without excusing it. Most importantly, on how to heal from it and how a marriage can actually become stronger despite it.

Maryann TaylorJune 21, 2021

The author here is giving great advice. I would take it one step further--You may need to move. I know that is extreme, but it is probably very painful for your husband to still have these people in living in your area, and having the wife at your work is going to be a long term reminder of what happened.

LBJune 21, 2021

I'm the same way--going back to hiding in my basement during game six of the 1998 Finals as a twenty-something! I just get too emotionally involved and it's painful even though I tell myself every time--whether it's the Jazz or my Aggies (and even BYU)--this outcome doesn't matter in the eternal scheme of things, not one bit. But oh, how we love our sports teams and want for them to succeed! I've learned to adapt and even pivot as I've gotten older. Still emotionally attached caring about the outcome BUT instead of watching the games anymore (waiting until the final buzzer to check the score to put off that agitation), I spend those game nights doing something that matters more of an eternal nature: I focus on serving other people by indexing for FamilySearch. It's something I love just as much as (at times more than) I love the Jazz or Aggies but brings me more peace, joy and satisfaction, I think. :)

JoJune 21, 2021

Perhaps the impression you give is not accurate, but you sound rather selfish. I think you do owe it to this wronged woman to humbly put up with her anger toward you. You deserve it. She did not deserve what you did to her. Be flippant about it and all the women who know you will not trust you.

KateJune 20, 2021

Please, all of you commenters that are recycling the tired old saw that "Heavenly Mother is just too sacred to speak of", please just STOP. That is condescending and insulting, not just to our Heavenly Mother (who is a powerful God, co-equal with our Father in Heaven, and certainly plenty strong enough to withstand such nonsense), but also to women in general. We do not need to be protected; we are capable, intelligent beings. Kindly stop the Victorian practice of treating us like children. It does not reflect well on those who do so. Also, thank you, Br. Eyre, for such an insightful article! I very much appreciate your thoughtfulness on this important topic.

EJune 20, 2021

Beautiful article. Thank you for publishing this, it's a breath of fresh air.

Corey D.June 20, 2021

I have not seen the movie but will probably order it and share it with my family, in particular because one of my children and their spouse has stepped away from the church, the spouse has lots of struggles with lots of things, personal, family and church. Church wise this individual struggles with church history one of those being about blacks. My second comment, I came home from my mission in the spring of 1978 and went to work for a bricklayer/contractor, one of the brick layers was a man named Howard Kennedy who was black. On the day the church made public the announcement one of the guys came around to the side of the house where I and a couple others were working and excitedly said the church had just made the announcement that blacks could receive the priesthood at which point one of the other brick layers said "well that will make Howard's mom happy", I said " why is that" and he replied that Howard's mom was a member of the church. Many years later I went to visit an old neighbor who was in the hospital, as I entered the room there was his wife and an elderly black woman who was introduced to me as a Mrs. Kennedy, I said "nice to meet you" and then said I had worked with a Howard Kennedy some years before and did she know him. She said Howard was her son. I came to learn she was one of the first, maybe the first, don't remember all the details, but one of the first blacks to join the church in the Ogden/Northern Utah area. She has since passed away I believe but certainly her story/conversion should be part of the black history in the church.

Corey D.June 20, 2021

One Sunday in Priesthood meeting, pre-pandemic, the discussion was on the Proclamation on the Family, one of the brothers said, " when I first read that I thought to myself, this is common sense, doesn't everybody think this way" and then he said "hasn't that turned out to be prophetic". Sex, sexuality and everything that goes along with it is one area were Satan has done a masterful job of deceiving people. We are a society driven by technology and science and that technology provides instant and enormous amounts of information and opinion, too many, including members of the church get caught up in that and get persuaded by the information and opinions especially if there is PhD that follows the name. Too many view the church as a societal organization or a democratic institution where things are put to the vote and change based on the majority vote or society's acceptance or none acceptance of something. There are some truths that are eternal and unchanging.

MelbaJune 19, 2021

I loved the courage and decency of Jack Anderson. I never met him but admired his work. Also, my father had a personal story about him from an experience of seeing him in Ogden, Utah on leave from the military during World War II. You are lucky he was your father. A great and a good man.

KellieJune 19, 2021

I believe you are seriously underestimating the anger and hatred this woman has for you and rightfully so. Your behavior was disgraceful. You might consider some serious remorse and acknowledgement of the wrongfulness of your behavior and the long-lasting damage it has done to her life. This is something that may haunt the rest of your life. There will be other people whom she tells, or her husband does, or her sister or mother or best friend. Someday it will probably get back to your family, your friends, your children. The cost has just begun to be paid. I wish you the best, but have you considered moving across country where you can start afresh?

JowoJune 19, 2021

Jack Anderson was a household name when I was growing up. It’s nice to hear it mentioned again.

Q. Wayne ThorntonJune 19, 2021

I would just add a clear difference between sexual preference and one’s race: sexual proclivity is a choice and race is determined by DNA. Sure, a person may be born with same sex attraction just as one may be predisposed towards alcoholism. However, the person of color had/has no power to choose that component of their being. As with all impulses, we have our agency and are responsible for the choices we make.

K. B. HardingJune 18, 2021

He a fascinating man and I was honored to have gotten to know him. I buy every copy of his book, "Peace, War, and Politics : An Eyewitness Account" whenever I find one on Ebay.

BonnieJune 18, 2021

I believe! I am raising my grandson and he once asked, "Why are there so many angels around the temple?' It was in Manti during the week of the pageant. As we talked about the angels and what they were doing, I asked him what he knew about angels. He said, "The ones dressed in white surround me when the ones dressed in black are near by." And before I could ask him any more about it, he ran off to play with the dog. Tears of gratitude and love still fill my eyes.

Marilyn GoodworthJune 18, 2021

Thank you. Now I know why I read his columns regularly and learned.

Sarah HinzeJune 18, 2021

Years ago I had the great privilege to talk to Jack Anderson concerning my books and my mission as a writer. He gave me invaluable advice that became the core of my mission statement. He was a great man who took time for someone like me who was a budding writer and a bit of a dreamer. Thank you so much Jack for your kindness and wise counsel!

Mtutuzeli NyokaJune 18, 2021

Thank you Tanya for your touching recollections of your dad. We salute our fathers for the many sacrifices they make for us their children.

Diane MortensenJune 18, 2021

What a loving tribute to your father. I didn't know him, but as a result of your article, I want to.

Kathy ThatcherJune 18, 2021

I’d like to know how the story ends with Sheila. I loved the mother and Timmy and the young man but am not too crazy about the self concerned Sheila.

Ken BergJune 18, 2021

Pres. Nixon and the Vietnam War are indelible memories from my teenage and young man years. I would have been drafted if I hadn't gone on my mission. Watergate and the beginning of the Vietnam pull-out happened during my mission. And Jack's column, I think, was published by the Deseret News, because I remember seeing it in that paper. Thanks, Tanya, for sharing those personal insights about your Dad.

KIM BOSLERJune 17, 2021

Beautiful article. I hope you never underestimate the power of the service of your gifts you so willingly share, Lynne. You've touched thousands of souls through your music and writings when some might just idle away their time or say, "someday." How I love your music and your voice! And the way you can write and stir our souls. Thank you for being humble too. What a beautiful woman you are in every way. Love, Kim Woolf Bosler

Linda WillisJune 17, 2021

All of your articles are excellent! This one reminds all of us that the only way to live the gospel is to venture out of our comfort zones consistently. Living it is the natural outcome of loving it and takes more energy and faith.. Great analogy on the differences clams make.

David DurfeeJune 17, 2021

To Susan - the fullness of God's DOCTRINE -- that is, truth -- cannot change. Of course. But how and when God reveals the completeness of His doctrine -- all truth -- is totally at His discretion. I think we err when we put limits on what God may or may not reveal down the road. Ask Bruce McConkie if he was surprised and humbled by any particular revelation given to President Kimball in 1968.

Diane L AndersonJune 17, 2021

Excellent article. Indeed, loving and living the Gospel go hand in hand. Thanks for the reminder!

Janet DoiJune 17, 2021

This sounds like a fantastic patriotic concert for all of us to see. I would love to be there, but I live near Austin, TX. No way for us to be able to see such a great event to give meaning to the coming Independence Day celebrations that, thankfully we can still celebrate at present. May I suggest some kind of filming or video being made of the concert for those of us who live far from Draper, Utah to join in this festivity. I would be willing to pay for such a film or video, and I am sure others would too. I am not sure if in some places, July 4th parades will even be seen during these times in which we live today. Thank you for reading my comment, and I hope someone will be able to grant my wish.

GTOJune 17, 2021

Someone who reads these wonderful accounts will have a child who was NOT saved by angels and was killed, wounded, or passed away from some infirmity. I heard a phrase once, "Some He warns, some He comforts." God is ALWAYS with us in some way, in His wisdom. Sometimes He rescues us and sometimes He comforts us after a devastating loss. By using the Holy Spirit, we must discern what His gift to us was.

Christine B.June 17, 2021

Beautiful insight. As I listen to and read general conference messages, my mind fills with inspiration and insight but I find myself reflecting, “but now what … how will I actually move forward and implement these things.” I agree with your message that the application of these things is where we will find satisfaction.

SherryJune 17, 2021

My grandson was playing on the window ledge in his second story bedroom when the screen gave way. He was 4 at the time and told me the white birdies caught him just before he landed on the concrete driveway, a fall of about 20 feet. Not being raised with religion, he didn’t know what angels are.

Seeker of TruthJune 16, 2021

There is a music video called "So Many Sisters", that came out the end of March this year. You can find it on YouTube. It was written to celebrate all women of the church around the time of Mother's Day. One of the writers, I happen to know very well, felt a great impression to add a line about "Heavenly Mother". It is a beautiful insight, I believe, into part of the nature of our Heavenly Mother. However, until we as a church and society stop the sick and twisted use of God's name in vain, and the utter mockery of our Savior and Father in Heaven, we can be sure that further light and knowledge, of our Heavenly Mother will be restricted among the masses, and left to only those ready to receive who can be trusted. She is too special, too beautiful and too sacred...she is the living edifice of our Sacred temples.

HalJune 16, 2021

Thank you for this article. I am also concerned with the number of people using these new, false definitions of "Bravery" and "Courage" to hide a myriad of self-destructive behaviors. I know several young people who are embracing non-traditional lifestyles (that, incidentally, benefit no-one but themselves) who are using their "brave" declarations as an excuse to avoid responsibility. In many cases I'm aware of, these people who so bravely declare their "true selves" fail to mention that they are also declaring their freedom from responsibility. Many have dropped out of school, are chronically unemployed, and are using their new labels for themselves to justify their actions and portray themselves as "victims" of prejudice. They're not kidding anyone but themselves.

Maryann TaylorJune 16, 2021

This story has softened a lot of hearts today, including my own. Thank you so much for the insightful reminder to replace judging others with an increased awareness of how we can help.

Maryann TaylorJune 16, 2021

Our scriptures can take on a whole new meaning when we focus specifically on applying them in marriage. For example: " not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great." ( D&C 64:33) How might our marriages be strengthened if we read the scriptures for a whole month with the entire focus being only on how to use those teachings in our marriage? "Small things" can be little love notes, unexpected texts of love to a spouse at work, sincere compliments, greeting your spouse with a hug and smile, expressing gratitude--the list is as endless as your imagination. I have found these "small things" truly DO bring about "that which is great" in marriage.

Alfredo VegaJune 16, 2021

This is a beautiful story. I lived in Chile at that time, so I met the Bolivar family and was deeply moved by the fact that doctor Nelson (now president Nelson) had been an instrument in restoring brother Bolivar's health. My family and I were also blessed by the missionary service from elder Lebaron and his companion.

JillJune 16, 2021

Really interesting discussion. I recognised a lot of the topics that occured in my marriage. I wonder what your take is on reclaiming sexuality after becoming widowed? It is difficult to be a single adult again after being married for nearly a quarter of a century!

SusanJune 15, 2021

To David Durfee---The DOCTRINE of the gospel will never change. The PROGRAMS for how the doctrine is implemented do change as appropriate, and when the Lord reveals it so. Listen to what the prophets are saying, and you will find that it is not doctrine that is changing, but rather the policy by which the gospel for all mankind is to be implemented.

CubbyJune 15, 2021

What a beautiful, wonderful story. The Lord was sure in charge on that on!

Maryann TaylorJune 15, 2021

I know that forgiving others is required by our Savior, and the sooner we can do so, the sooner we will experience relief. However, to counsel a woman has been sexually abused by her father to ask him for HIS forgiveness for her hard feelings toward him is extreme, to say the least. Sexual abuse can take years, even a lifetime, for healing. Complete forgiveness is also often a process that takes time, depending on the seriousness of the abuse. A letter to him to let him know she had forgiven him would have sufficed, but to ask HIS forgiveness for the time she needed and deserved to work through this nightmare? NO!

HalJune 15, 2021

Thank you for this article. I have been saying the same thing for years. Furthermore, in our current society we seem to be confusing sex for love. I've heard many people struggling to maintain their sexual purity (both hetero and homo sexual) say something to the effect of " I'm being persecuted because I love someone." We should all understand that love and sex are mutually exclusive. While it is true that intimacy can and should be a sacred expression of love between husband and wife, it more common to love someone deeply and never have sex with them. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it is possible to have sex with someone and have no feelings of affection whatsoever. God's plan is, indeed, the plan of happiness. Again, having sex with someone does not necessarily imply love for that person. Keeping God's commandments regarding sexual purity will bring greater joy to His children than disregarding those laws.

Richard EyreJune 15, 2021

Thank you all (including those who commented to me directly and privately at the link provided at the end of the article. Please go back to the first of the article and read the "AUTHOR'S CLARIFICATION" that I added a few hours after this article was published. I want to be sure everyone knows unequivocally that I know that Christ is the God of this world and our advocate with the Father...and I don't want anything I say to detract or distract from that!

MichelleJune 15, 2021

Why could there not be only One Mother in Heaven? Adam and Eve alone, during their life time, populated this earth with thousands of children and this was done with earthly limitations. Why then, could it not be possible for our Heavenly Parents, (just the 2 of them), who have no Earthly limitations, to create trillions upon trillions of spirit children to populate this earth. Also, look at Noah and his small family who entered the Ark and were saved from the destruction of the flood. How did such a small group of people re- populate the earth? And again they had limitations given them by the earth... I think it's possible to have One Heavenly Father and One Heavenly Mother who created every human spirit that has ever lived and ever will live on this earth. Food for thought....

Gerald J LeBaronJune 15, 2021

I love this family so much. What an incredible blessing to have been in Chile and meet them. They are Chilean Pioneers. My heart is continually tied to them as to many others in the beautiful nation of Chile

Gerald J LeBaronJune 15, 2021

From my missionary journal, June 18th, 1979: Tonight, we had a beautiful Family Home Evening with a remarkable family that we have been teaching. They are all progressing towards baptism, and I have every confidence that they will become a very strong family in the Lord's kingdom. For our FHE treat, Sister (Eleanora del Carmen) Bolivar (Riquelme) made a superb cake. Very delicious! (It seems to me that all the many Chilean women that I have met are fabulous cooks!) We played some fun games, laughed, sang songs, and cracked some excellent jokes. (I'm still learning about humor in the Spanish language) I feel that we have labored particularly hard with this family, because they have been a very devoted Christian family in the Catholic faith. The Spirit has been working with them miraculously. In a very short time, they have read much of the Book of Mormon, and received a witness of its truth. Despite some lingering anxiousness, if all goes well, they will be baptized Sunday (June 24th, 1979) as a family. I feel that the adversary does not want them to be baptized, because they will become such strong members of the church. Brother Bolivar and Silvana wanted to be baptized almost from the moment we began teaching them. Corina and her mother were at first a bit more hesitant for baptism. In fact Corina had been giving serious consideration to becoming a nun in the Catholic church. June 24th: A most beautiful baptismal service. The Bolivar family along with Sister Maria Soledad Calderon were all baptized members of "La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos dias." What joy! What a blessing! I of myself take no credit. It is the Spirit and the prayers of the family that allowed them to arrive at this point. It was the testimony gained through intently reading the Book of Mormon. Two days earlier I had pled with Corina and her mother that they prayerfully consider being baptized with Silvana and her father. They agreed to do so. At the waters of baptism, there were some emotional moments, but they all got there, and it was wonderful to see all of the family dressed in white. This is a grand day on earth and in heaven!

PaulineJune 15, 2021

Good for you!

Carlos RoundyJune 15, 2021

I believe that Eve is the great prototype of the heavenly mother. Joseph Smith saw Adam and Eve in open vision. Joseph always referred to Eve as glorious Eve. She is a resurrected glorified daughter of God, just like our heavenly mother.

Boanerges RubalcavaJune 15, 2021

The question raised by your granddaughter are valid, and I appreciated your answers. However, I felt that as a sign of our times, in some way, we are trying to be "politically correct" in many aspects, and this is one of them. I do not like to be politically correct, and I do not like The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to be either. However, I am nobody to correct the trends, but at the same time I am somebody with some intelligence to have opinions. For instance the author left aside the answer that apparently had been around and is that Our Heavenly Father has our Heavenly Mother is such respect, as we must have our own wife, that He simply doesn't want She to be exposed to the evils of this world. This is, of course, a kind of "protection" given by Him to Her, and that, is NOW "NOT politically correct"; nevertheless, I strongly believe that this could be the real answer, together with the one that the mysteries of God have been revealed step by step. The Apostle Paul speaks of "mysteries" among the important one Christ himself, who came to be known only in the Meridian of Times, and not to all men. In the same way that mystery of our Heavenly Mother would come step by step until we (although not all) would know Her. Meanwhile, we will continue to be poisoned with "politically correctness", "wokeness", "Critical Race Theory" the non-accepted "binary gender" the eradication of our own culture, the hate of the USA Republic-Free Market, Religion itself, of course the no use for "family" and many other stupidities, that of course, there is no time (our time) for the great majority of people in this world and even in the Church to simple discuss Her existence and I for one, do not like to hear anybody (who are nobodies) to speak disrespectfully not only about Her, but in the way we often hear about Our Dear Heavenly Father and Christ.

DaveJune 15, 2021

While understanding the Eternal nature of the family and the reality of Heavenly Parents is crucial to the Gospel Plan, I wonder whether the discussion of Heavenly Mother's role is productive, or whether it's a diversion - like 'looking beyond the mark' or speculating about answers to questions that we don't need answers to, and when we do need answers, they will be given to the Prophet. When I was much younger I thought a lot about 'the signs of the times' or the location of the Lost Ten Tribes. Now, many years later, I have come to realize that when I next come face-to-face with Diety will be on that not-too-distant day when I die - the signs won't have mattered, and studying them will have been a mere academic exercise. My time would have been better spent focussing on relationships and learning to love God and my neighbor as fully as I should. I don't think my Heavenly Parents will care whether I said 'brothers and sisters' or 'sisters and brothers,' but They will care how I kept the commandments and how I treated other people. They will care if I 'always remember Him' and 'always have His Spirit' to be with me. Let that be my focus.

HrothiusJune 15, 2021

To LexaGraeme: The territory of Wyoming enacted women’s suffrage in December 1869, but because of the timing of elections, women in Utah were the first to actually go to the polls, having received that right two months later in February 1870. So it depends on how you state the facts as to whether Wyoming or Utah was the first to allow women to vote. This article is not incorrect. It is important to note that Utah women had their right to vote taken away in 1877 by the Edmunds-Tucker Act, which was passed by Congress and disincorporated the church, changed marriage and inheritance laws and revoked all Utah women’s voting rights. www [dot] washingtonpost [dot] com [/] outlook [/] 2020 [/] 02 [/] 14 [/] utah-women-had-right-vote-long-before-others-and-then-had-it-taken-away/

Judy PetersonJune 15, 2021

This is a very thoughtful article and it has generated some useful pondering and consideration. Thank you. While we know very little about our Mother in Heaven, there may be some erroneous assumptions in these comments. There are numerous spiritual as well as secular reasons why men have been sealed to more than one woman, none of which suggest that specific relationship will be eternal. In a change from previous policy we now seal deceased ancestors to all spouses. I suggest we view sealings in a broader spiritual context in order to understand this principle. Deceased wives may be sealed to multiple husbands. We know that isn’t an eternal model, so there must be something else about the value and purpose of the sealing ordinance. The Proclamation on the Family defines marriage as between “one man, one woman.” While that can be construed to fit a man with multiple families, we have no reason to do so since we have been given all the requirements for celestial marriage that apply to everyone. The truth is we don’t really know. And that’s the point. Just my thoughts.

J. Bayard MyersJune 15, 2021

I loved this article and the comments it has generated. I believe that our Heavenly Mother is "hiding in plain sight"! She (they) is (are) revealed to us via the gift of the Holy Ghost! Think of one of the Holy Ghost's main roles: that of a witness of both the Father and the Son. Only a wife and a mother knows for sure who the father of her son is, and of course, a mother is uniquely qualified to identify her own son. If there were ever a perfect representative of the Divine Feminine, she is the Holy Ghost! (And there may be more than one: even the word "feminine" contains the number "9", an important number in history.)

Maryann TaylorJune 15, 2021

I attended a class on the subject of repentance at BYU education week years ago. The teacher stated that his class would be one of the least attended, and this article beautifully explains why. Repentance is often associated ONLY with deep shame, humiliation, failures and hopelessness. I appreciate the reminders in this article that Repentance is FIRST about our relationship with our loving Savior, and trusting that He will enable us through His own power and grace to repent and become more like Him.

David DurfeeJune 15, 2021

In the Church, we know that things will never change -- until they do. And arguing that something won't change is just as creepy as arguing that it will. I think the best bet is to follow with all our heart a living Prophet and what he says today and not give in to a desire to speculate about what he may or may not say tomorrow.

Camille CornabyJune 15, 2021

I really appreciate all that you have expressed. I know there is an ongoing restoration and that we will shortly learn so much more. I have also learned much my own self on this subject. I have been given insight, revelation, and at least four of my priesthood blessings mention Heavenly Mother and her role in my life. This knowledge is very sacred to me. I know there is much we can know if we ask in faith and are willing to receive.

Harold RustJune 15, 2021

This series of articles is particularly uplifting by raising important questions, offering possible explanations, emphasizing those few fundamental truths we do know, and then reminding us of what we probably will not know or comprehend while still in a mortal state. We have a natural desire to describe all heavenly relationships in terms and interconnections we experience here on earth; however, there will certainly be a fourth dimension--and maybe a fifth and a sixth--that will seem very natural then but is completely invisible to us now in this state. Somewhat akin to imaginary numbers which really are "real".....but only when viewed from that additional dimension. All in all, a very rewarding series dealing with sacred gifts within the doctrine of Christ's restored Church.

Been ThereJune 15, 2021

With what little that we know of this story, it appears that the wife is so wrapped up with her thoughts and feelings that she may be totally unaware of HIS thoughts and feelings. She needs to get to the point that they can both share thoughts and feelings and needs and feel as if the other heard them. Then they can work on meeting their shared needs. She may need a therapist to help her sort out and examine her thoughts, but it would be a worthwhile journey for her.

Pete Pasquali IVJune 15, 2021

My guess is that she actually has much to do with the heavenly realm and not so much this one. I also suppose that Heavenly Father hasn't spoken about her very much to us because we already take his name in vain - and he doesn't want his children disrespecting our Heavenly mother in that fashion.

John R CarpenterJune 15, 2021

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.” James 1:5–6 Like the Pharisees of old, men argued that faith must be like case law. One ruling influences other judgements until case by case conforms to the wishes of men. Modern Pharisees ought to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Mark 12

ShaunaJune 15, 2021

Thank you for this sound analysis. Race and sexuality cannot be conflated. I guess it would be instructive for all of us to ask "Am I listening to what the prophet says in revealing the Lord's will, or am I just waiting for the Lord to change His will via His prophet?" We live in a society that has become dangerously enamored of controlling things through "crowds," crowd funding, viral posts etc and seem to expect that the Lord can be controlled the same way. As President Nelson says, we need to learn how to 'hear HIm," and stop listening so closely to the voices of the world.

Trinity OlsenJune 15, 2021

Doesn’t it stand to reason that since we, should we attain the highest glory of the celestial kingdom and become gods and goddesses of our own world, would also be expected to live the celestial law of plural marriage? And would it not also stand to reason that if we are created in the image of our godly parents, one woman alone would have a difficult time populating said world in a timely manner being the only woman? It would literally take forever. God would not give us an eternal law if He himself were not living it. So while we may all have the same Heavenly Father, we do not all share the same Heavenly Mother. Yes, thousands upon thousands of us do, but not all of us. My Heavenly Mother is more than likely not the same as yours. One woman would not be appearing to us all as our shared Father does.

LexaGraemeJune 15, 2021

Three things. First, Utah was not the first state or territory in the United States to give women the vote; Wyoming was. Second, Another theory. Maybe there is more than one Heavenly Mother. Third, “day” is *not* capitalized in “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”. There is/was a church with “Day” capitalized—it was an offshoot sect informally known as the Strangites. Thank you for the article; I add my bits in the hope that it will help future articles.

MaureenJune 15, 2021

As always, your thoughtful, thought-provoking insights are appreciated and enjoyed (our family used the Joy School curriculum through two generations, too). I couldn't help wanting to add to the flip side of polygamy, too, though. It should be remembered that during the time of the restoration, unaccompanied or unattached women were very limited in their social and economic opportunities. There were apparently more converts among women than men, so the practice of polygamy was often practical as much as spiritual and benefited many. Of course, there were abuses and uncomfortable realities, too, but it certainly wasn't a net negative overall, we can hope.

RexJune 15, 2021

As I have pondered the question of a Heavenly Mother, I have come to the distinct possibility that while we all have a Heavenly Mother, we may not all have the same Heavenly Mother. This would easily explain why she/they have not revealed themselves. My belief in this scenario is the fact that men can be sealed to more than one woman (e.g., President Nelson and President Oaks).

Mark DonaldsonJune 15, 2021

Though polygamy is often a sore and controversial topic, I have wondered if couples have the freedom to choose whether or not they will live in monogamist or polygamist relationships in eternity. My wife and I have already made the decision that if given the choice, we would choose monogamy. However, if sanctioned by God, certainly there would be no judgement placed on a couple for making the choice to live in eternity in a polygamist relationship. That being the possible case, could it be that there is more than one Mother in Heaven? Nothing wrong with this thought, as it could explain the reason for a singular Mother's name not having been revealed. The full truth and understanding of this topic will be revealed during the Millennium. I enjoyed this article very much! Particularly the possible definition of churches as those who are family oriented versus those who are not. Insightful!

vickieJune 15, 2021

when i think deeply about my Heavenly Mother, i realize a few things. since she is in heaven with Her Husband our Father...she is part of the Godhead. i remember being told that when we die and when the Savior comes back and those of us who are resurected shall be part of the Godhead with our husbands. so to me our Heavenly Mother is part of the God head but as far as what he job is i dont know because we havent been taught and God has chosen for us not to know everything yet...

Camille McCauslandJune 15, 2021

Thank you so much for this insightful and thoughtful article! Your granddaughter is very blessed to have a grandfather who is willing to take the time to ponder such a deep question and give such a measured and thought-filled response. Your answer to her has blessed us all.

Lexie StatonJune 15, 2021

Thank you for that wonderful story. It helps me to remember that even when it feels like Heavenly Father isn't aware of what is going on with us personally, He always is. This is a great story of faith and how it can affect generations.

Jim WinebrennerJune 14, 2021

Truly great article!! Thank you for publishing this!! We deeply, desperately need more people like Ben Shapiro and Candace Owens. We seriously, desperately need people in the Church (of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) to stand up like them, and make a clear difference in no uncertain terms.

Jim WinebrennerJune 14, 2021

While I understand the apparent superiority of always taking a loving, gentle approach, I cannot understand how to deal with people such as Becerra, that refuse truth, common sense, logic, or any other basis for actual reasoning. Obvious even in the exchange provided in the article (Thank you very much for the article, by the way!), is the fact that he has not even the slightest willingness to reason through it in the first place. He simply evades the questions about the text that he has ostensibly written himself. Even if he did not write it himself, there's clearly no need to review anything prior to answering the intelligent questions posed by the Senator James Lankford. While we are commanded to respect the position, it is surely impossible to respect a lot of the individuals that hold those positions today. It's high time that we all stand up and say, "NO MORE!!! Take back common sense and truth; throw out the lies and ludicrous stupidity!!!" We cannot just keep thinking that anything so idiotic as this surely cannot continue. It WILL continue until we stop it.

Patty BrightJune 14, 2021

Thank you for sharing Mjones. I get what you are saying.

MjonesJune 14, 2021

I have endured many difficult things in my life including making the decision to remove my 2 year old daughter from life support and then hold her while she took her last breath and that wasn’t even the most difficult thing I have done. While this article does a good job of discussing solutions for normal anxiety it lacks understanding of pathological anxiety. Of all the challenges I have dealt with in my life the anxiety and panic attacks that hit me after the death of my daughter have been the worst. Even though I have battled depression for most of my life, I never understood how someone could consider suicide until I had chronic panic attacks. The hardest thing about anxiety is the way it comes on you for no reason leaving you feeling totally out of control in addition to the feelings of panic. My attacks would wake me from a sound sleep. What people need to understand is that’s these severe anxiety issues are largely from physical causes just like most diseases. If we put koolaid in our cars we wouldn’t expect them to work well. Considering how much more complex the brain and human biology are than a motor we shouldn’t be surprised when children raised on a processed food diet don’t have properly functioning brains. The human mind and spirit are indomitable by nature. If we give our children a healthy unprocessed diet along with a loving spiritual home anxiety would largely be a nonissue. Changing my diet was key to my own recovery from chronic anxiety.

John R CarpenterJune 14, 2021

Good article! I found the FamilySearch wiki article on Reunions helpful also. See:

Julie archerJune 14, 2021

This is wonderful refreshing truth. Thank you for writing this article.

Tanya NeiderJune 14, 2021

Thank you, Marilynne. I love the analogy and the simple, yet direct counsel.

MaureenJune 14, 2021

Is it recorded anywhere what is supposed to have happened to the stone box and flat-bottomed boulder cover where the plates and other items were held? Surely by now these have been located. Will there be a trail and marker to this location, as well?

Rawlen RawlinsJune 14, 2021

An important truth that needs to be exposed is there is no such thing as race. Biologically we are all the same race; the Human race. Race as discussed here is strictly a social construction. In Ibram Kendi’s book “How to be an Antiracist” he acknowledges this but then goes on to say that that biology doesn’t matter. It does matter! There is no race so the term should be dropped. The CRT is built on totally false premise. What it is about is the social structure of our society. We must not stick our heads in the sand, our society has prejudice and unfair policies. What needs to be done is remove the term race and replace it with correct term bigotry no matter what their skin color. If our skin color was all the same this battle would still rage on because the “the natural human” wants rule over others. CRT should be replaced with Critical Bigotry Theory, CBT and stop claiming there is a some innate difference between all of us. We are all the same, the human race, God’s children trying to all get along.

Ronald BarnesJune 14, 2021

Perfect timing. This coming Saturday will be my mother’s family reunion. This has been happening for about 50 years. Only two of her sisters survive from her generation. All of my siblings will all be there this year from up to 2,000 miles away. As a surprise to them, I have compiled what I can remember from our father’s war stories and have assembled them into a booklet. Each of them will get a copy.

BertieJune 14, 2021

It doesn't change the fact that there are places where racism happens and goes unchecked. These aren't subtle, benign, and ambiguous like "Where are you from?" Or "What's that you're eating?" But are instead specific and persistent moments like the ones detailed in the NBC article from members of this community. How would you respond if your children were at the recieving end of those experiences? Shut down whatever harmful "ideologies" you see running contrary to belief, but don't ignore the legitimate hurt and actual racism that is occurring, and if you don’t like how they proposed to address those instances of racism, that's fine. But let's talk about other ways.

Walden BarneyJune 13, 2021

Hello - I make this comment hoping that perhaps bro. Daniel C. Peterson will run across it, and might take note. Some time back, I read somewhere that that at present there are now more Spanish speaking members of the church than English speaking members. If this is true, and knowing that a substantial portion of those Spanish speaking members are, as we currently understand things, also descendants of the Book of Mormon peoples, I would like to admonish brother Peterson and the others involved in this project to consider also working on making a version of this movie (and any future ones as well) available in Spanish! I have numerous friends from Mexico and other parts of the Hispanic/latin american world who I would dearly love to be able to share this with, but all I can do is comment to them about it; most of them aren't fluent in English, and at present are therefore unable to truly experience this for themselves! We need a version done in Spanish voice! I hope you will consider doing this! Thanks for considering it.... Walden Barney (currently residing in the Salt Lake City area)

Tora Sue KniselyJune 13, 2021

I find it offensive to remove the word Mother in reference to those who have the ability to give birth.It is an offence to ALL mothers by not using the word Mother. Can men give birth? Their plumbing is different from women's for good reason.

Blake GarsideJune 13, 2021

Along with the Rawson's (Richard and Carol) we saw the Witnesses in our local Harkings theatre here in Gilbert this week. We joined many in the theatre clapping at the conclusion. Very well done Dan !! The actors did a great job, especially with Joseph Smith. My favorite part of the movie is at the end when Martin Harris said, "It is enough" after receiving confirmation he was loved by the Lord." NOW, what's next? You can't stop now, bring us more light and truth!!

TMJune 13, 2021

No, nothing like this is being implemented at BYU-Idaho.

Bera SautuJune 12, 2021

What an Inspiring story of courage!

Viola Joyce MilesJune 12, 2021

As a mother who could not "give Birth" to my four adopted children, I have found this change in wording very offensive.... Joyce

George WingJune 12, 2021

I certainly appreciated your efforts in helping us understand the blessings and energy needed for repentance to be practiced for our personal relief. One of the "R"s was titled "Recite" or confess to our Heavently Father and to those who have been affected. . . From my former days as serving as a "judge in Israel", I recalled that one of the more challenging of the necessities of repenting was the encouragement to confess (recite) our sins to those we have wronged. One particular challenging admonishment was to a young man who committed adultery with a member of his extended family. His wife knew nothing of this encounter. You can only imagine the ramifications that might occur with the acknowledgement of this sin and the expectation that "reciting" the sin to ones most offended by this transgression would not be done without trepidation. I have often reflected on the counsel I gave to this repented sinner and occasionally wonder why I don’t hear more about the requirement to confess (recite) our sins to those we have affected. By making other people aware of our weaknesses we can add their assistance in helping us understand how to be on guard and avoid temptation.

Dave MyersJune 12, 2021

I appreciate the fact that this article identifies specific policies and procedures that are undesirable or potentially harmful. That is fair and helpful. But it also falls into the trap of generalizing and using labels to discredit an entire movement that has elements that are also fair and helpful. Labels like Marxist, Woke, Socialist, Cancel Culture, Critical Race Theory, etc. carry such bias that they can lead to book burning or throwing the baby out with the bath water. I think we're better off sticking to ideas for discussion instead of name-calling. For example, my American History class textbooks (many years ago) were written by and are mainly from the perspective of the winners (white northern European men) - nothing from the perspective of Native Americans or slaves or Chinese railroad workers or southern European explorers, etc., and very little about women. That's just plain incomplete. Let's start with things both sides can agree on, avoid the labels, and try to have a fair, constructive and productive conversation. Let's set an example for our children that we're trying to educate. Give them a chance to be better than we were. They might surprise us with the world they create.

Pamela SmithJune 12, 2021

Many people, even in the Church, confuse the concept of Critical Race Theory (CRT) with basic efforts to decrease racism in our society. They are two very different things. CRT, in reality, promotes racism. CRT teaches that whites are biologically flawed toward racism, cannot be redeemed, and are responsible for all injustice throughout the world. CRT is an attempt to create MORE divisions in society rather than unite all God’s children. BYU is NOT “implementing CRT” but is examining their own long-held policies to be certain they are fair to all students.

Raymond Takashi SwensonJune 11, 2021

No disrespect to Paul H, but Moroni's promise is conditional.on the reader actually reading the Book of Mormon, and wanting to know whether it is true or not. Understanding the reality of things the witnesses attested to can motivate people to get on the path so they qualify themselves to hear the still small voice of the Holy Ghost. Including to know that Moroni, the prophet who made that promise, is a real resurrected being who was seen by the Three Witnesses.

Stephanie GJune 11, 2021

This is beyond sense and compassion for all people. What amazes me is that this can happen without the vote of the people, what does democracy mean these days!!

ShirleyJune 11, 2021

1. CRT is trying fix long-standing problems in society but is going about it all wrong, and of course, has its own Marxist agenda. They originally pitted class against class but today it's race against race. 2. Ample documented evidence exists to prove white people have indeed been the oppressors and minorities are still the oppressed. Both sides are now the pawns of Extremist groups at both ends of the spectrum. Visit You don't need to be a member to take the 21-Day Civil Rights Challenge. Also, see for oppression of Asian and Pacific Islander groups. 3. People are still being "marginalized," even if some of us prefer different terminology. Just ask the LGBTQ+ community, who finally made themselves more visible. 4. If we're going to use less-common words in Comments, let's make sure we're using the correct version of two or more that only sound the same. 5. California has already mandated that CRT now be taught in even the youngest school grades. So "fireworks" are pending if parents truly want to fight it. They'd probably all move to Utah, except that you don't want any of us there!

Robert D StarlingJune 11, 2021

Thank you Maureen VERY much for this excellent "call to arms", and the resource links that you provide. This is a "Captain Moroni" moment in our society, and we must be willing to get out of our comfort zone and enter the fray as Hanna has done. We must hoist our own Title of Liberty in our communities ... "And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, AND OUR CHILDREN —and he fastened it upon the end of a pole. This is the only way to defeat the "secret combinations" of the Adversary.

Alece ReynoldsJune 11, 2021

This kind of fight needs to be fought at BYU where CRT is being implemented -- under the direction of the President of the University and the rest of the administration. CRT has NO place in the Lord's university! Since it is being implemented there; I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't also being implemented at BYU Idaho and BYU Hawaii!

Jenee LindnerJune 11, 2021

Maurine, Great article and timely. I am adding myself to the mix from Fairfax in an Opinion piece that was published yesterday in the Sun Gazette News. Please feel free to use it here in comments or as a separate article (adjust as necessary). I called it - The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rules the World. They called it “Parents are the Final Arbiters of Education, no Matter What Leaders of FCPS (Fairfax County Public Schools) Might Believe” Pg 6. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Rules the World In the response to the Opinion piece on “Marxist Propaganda has no place in FCPS” by Ed Wenzel on May 27, the author received a rebuttal on June 3 called “Telling Our Whole History Benefits Everyone” by Tom Carrier. Some points I agreed with, especially teaching the whole story, but some I did not. I could not help but notice that in the excitement surrounding educating our children, there was no mention of the role of parents, grandparents or other significant people in their young lives. Who is really in charge of their education? Parents! A wise theologian Jeffrey Holland said this recently: We must not pull away from our children. We must keep trying, keep reaching, keep praying, keep listening. We must keep them “within the clasp of our arms.” Parents need to be involved instead of after the fact. This new racial curriculum has been served on a platter without them knowing what it is really until their children started coming home with assignments or a school administrator announced it. This has been dumped on them in the name of equity. What happened to equality? I am confused. Concrete examples are much better than slogan’s or catch phrases. Banning classics, introducing concepts before they are maturely ready, only offering one viewpoint, concerns me. And I will go so far to say, the way it has been introduced is a Marxist approach. (They do not believe in the family structure. Running it by parents is not in their vernacular). And yes, I agree, as the rebuttal spoke, bless the children. As we teach the next generation life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, be mindful of the parents. I personally believe the greatest role in all the world is to be a mother because we are raising the next generation. My world for many years was to get my kids to school every day and to all their activities, homework support, doctor appointments, etc., they needed. I was the chief chauffeur. With a MA in Education from Stanford University to teach history, this was not what I planned for. I remember traffic, task accomplishments and arriving from point A to point B. My (now, grown) kids see it differently. I was surprised to realize their favorite memories were riding around in the car with me. They remember the journey of going and seeing the world outside in the safety of our car window. No distractions. Living, discussing, and teaching about life lessons was discussed in that moving fortress. Both my husband and I had them listen to books on tape, explained to them “my generation’s music”(my husband was good at that as a trivia Rock and Roll king!) and a hundred other things. I implore the school board to have conversations with people like me before you decide exactly what needs to be done in such a consequential manner. I am all in for the conversation. Do not dictate to me how to teach race theory to my kids. You say you are an expert, but so am I. I am living it. We just celebrated the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Women’s Right to Vote. The 19th Amendment would not have been ratified if a Tennessee State Representative, the youngest at 24, named Henry Burn, had not changed his vote in favor of ratification. He was asked why? He stated he received a letter from his widowed mother, one of the most capable women he knew, was in favor. So, he voted. As he said, “Remember your mother.”

Loran BloodJune 11, 2021

One quibble: no one is presently being "marginalized," and no one has, as a group, for generations. Secondly, please stop using the Left's ideologically weighted meta-language and vocabulary. There is no such thing as a "person of color" as a discreet demographic group. The term is a tautology, like "water of liquid." All of us are "people of color" to one degree or the other. Its also bad English, but politicized language has little need of such conventions.

TraceyJune 11, 2021

Your first paragraph. Unfortunately while people weren't looking, warning shots were indeed fired across the bow. Those who did so, were called "crazy conspiracy theorists" and all sorts of other names and labels meant to shut them up. This happens both outside and often within and by The Church. When I read about "secret combinations" in one of our most important books of scripture, I wonder how this can happen. I am dumbfounded by it. Thank you for a very well written article on one of the most serious issues of these latter days.

James ScottJune 11, 2021

When competent and favorite instructors are being replaced because the school is heading in a new direction it is a sign of the accumulation of power by proletariat wanna bees. An examination of the NEA need to be concluded and their power curtailed by the state legislatures. Let’s reclaim the schools!

PaulineJune 11, 2021

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Kathy SandersJune 11, 2021

Thank you Maurine for bringing this great article to us. I appreciate warriors like you in the fight for truth, families, and moral society. Thanks for the links at the bottom. I'm excited to have them. I've been feeling I really need to get involved with the school board and these links will be a great help to do that.

Shep KuesterJune 11, 2021

Silencing opposition and discussion violates the Constitution. Open honest discussions about differences, about similarities, and helping each other to succeed is what this country needs. CRT not only shuts down discussion, it instills fear of expressing an opinion. Evaluating each other based on skin color will not fix anything. Evaluating each other on character, as espoused by Dr. King, will bring us to a better society. Many students in inner city schools are failing. If we put more effort into fixing that, we would be on a better path. Education is liberating. A good education leads to better jobs, stable families, and gives the gift of critical comparative thinking. CRT is specifically designed to eliminate all that, instead instilling a Marxist hive mind attitude.

Karen BellistonJune 11, 2021

Thank you for publicizing this governmental change. (Yes, it is ridiculous.) We need to fight this type of action taken by the Left and stand up for what is right.

Allison TullisJune 11, 2021

This just makes me sick to my stomach. The devil is definitely at work here trying to destroy the family but we can’t let him.

Doris WilliamsJune 11, 2021

Geoff's article each week is one that I look forward to. I am simply blown away by his compassionate mountain of knowledge and his insightful, kind way of offering it. Just wish he could be duplicated somehow into thousands to help all the suffering brothers and sisters who profit from his advice and the help he gives us all just to read about it.

JuliannJune 11, 2021

Very good counsel, thank you. I am tactile and love to touch things to feel texture or just discover how an object feels. One day I automatically reached up to feel a friends beard. My son quickly chastised me, “ Mom, you didn’t ask permission. You don’t touch someone without permission”. He was right. I had not meant to be inappropriate, but I was.

CASJune 11, 2021

When I first read this account, my first thought was, "Now they are trying to throw common sense out the window!" This whole notion of dissolving the words Mother, Father, Family, etc. is a leftist movement. It lines right up there with taking, "In God we Trust!" out. We must fight back from this "woke" ideology that is, frankly, insane!

Dana WelchJune 11, 2021

We are not drowning in knowledge, Futurist Alvin Toffler wrote, " We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge." Information has a shelflife. Applied knowledge begets wisdom. Knowledge may be cross-collateralized. Knowledge has permanent value, to one degree or another. Moreover, present knowledge may be transcended.

LincolnJune 11, 2021

I have met Ms Smith once or twice, and I am generally familiar with her professional accomplishments. She is a national treasure. Texas should thank it’s lucky Lone Star that she moved there — and just in time, too. I do not know where she gets the energy to accomplish her daily tasks, but I thank her and her family for making it all possible.

CASJune 11, 2021

I hope this is one of MANY articles on the extreme dangers of implementing CRT (Critical Race Theory) in our schools, businesses, and society. This is wholly a movement to divide and pit one race against the other and divide families. It's Marxist in fact! The more articles we can have like this one to educate people the better!

ShayJune 11, 2021

What a wonderful article and model for so many of us parents who are simply aghast at what is happening in our schools. Thank you for these resources at the end.

StephanieJune 11, 2021

Amazing. Hannah was a person who was in the right place at the right time. Please keep up the good fight the country depends on men and women like Hannah.

Paul HJune 11, 2021

"We care if there were witnesses" because we live in a secular world where proofs are critical to resolving important questions. Regarding the Book of Mormon, the strongest witness we can have, however, is from God. The Lord said in the Doctrine and Covenants that the Book of Mormon is true. (See D & C 17:6.) The Book of Mormon itself invites the reader to ask God if it is true. (See Moroni 10:4.) I have never heard a single person testify that they knew the Book of Mormon was true because of their reading of the written accounts from either the Three Witnesses or the Eight Witnesses, as important as their written testimonies are, because a greater witness no one can have than from God. (See D & C 6:23.) Church History is fascinating; it perks interest for certain, both positive and unfortunately also negative at times, but the strongest witness is from God through the Holy Ghost. That is the rock of revelation that is unique to the Restoration and sets it distinctly apart from secular scholarship.

ChrisJune 10, 2021

Don't miss the point of the article...repentance is about relationship with the Savior...a way of life and an attitude of self awareness, introspection, honesty, and humility. We're asked to "become a new creature" become as a little child, and to experience a change of heart. It's not a four step one-and-done's a life long process to develop a real partnership with Jesus. Great article!

Kenny MazzantiJune 10, 2021

My wife and I have had a very "successful" 52 years of marriage. We share all of the blessings and benefits of that relationship. We don't have any separate bank accounts, vehicles or home ownership. Our names are both on everything we own. We have equal access to everything. However, I do not want to be "equally yoked" with her. That analogy is troubling to me. I really don't want my dear wife to have to shoulder some of the burdens, problems, troubles and difficulties of mortality that I may be able to spare her of bearing if it is at all possible. I have capabilities that she simply does not have just like I do not have the motherly nurturing capabilities that she uniquely possesses in our relationship. Her artistic talents are something I envy because mine are absent. I can cook but she creates. I have tried to be a good dad, but that does not make me a good mom. The jobs are different. God created men and women for a reason. We are different. We are not the same. I do not want to be equally burdened with her. I want to carry as much of the "load" as possible so that she does not have to. I believe that is a reflection of how much I cherish her. So, this whole modernistic approach of men and women being the same is a falsehood that undermines the true elevated nature of men and women, and their role in life and marriage, not only now, but in the eternities. So, I am not going to concern myself with Heavenly Mother(s), her/their job descriptions or how they fit into the big picture. When I am "promoted" from mortality to the spirit world and eventually to a resurrected being one day, they can let me know what I need to know about her/them in that stage of my progression. In the mean time, I will continue to enjoy mortality with my beloved wife.

CASJune 10, 2021

Thank you, Carolyn! This information is timely and helpful...ONLY if we heed it and prepare!

CASJune 10, 2021

We have seen the film, "Witnesses!" It was indeed wonderful and very moving! We loved the choice of actors, especially Joseph Smith and Martin Harris. They were outstanding and very believable, especially Joseph. This is no glossed-over account! Its profound message has stayed with me for days! It follows Church History quite accurately. The photography is gorgeous! Thanks to all who made this film possible. We, as members of the Church, need to support this film! I have spread the word to all my family and friends!

Mary Ann KershisnikJune 10, 2021

I loved the beautiful movie, and appreciate your fine work!

Nina EJune 10, 2021

Cheering you on Chelsea!! Grateful for your courage to stand up for this fight.

Starlyn PetersonJune 10, 2021

I appreciated the many insightful thoughts expressed in this article. I find it difficult to know correct boundaries in discussing Her openly. I look to our leaders' examples and since they have not frequently spoken outwardly about our Heavenly Mother, I feel it is wise to follow that pattern. If and when that pattern changes I will excitedly go along with it. But for now, it does not stop me from thinking about Her and acknowledging in my mind that She is as constantly aware of me--loving, guiding, and helping me--as my Heavenly Father is. I am only comfortable praying directly to God, our Eternal Father. I address Him in prayer as my Heavenly Father. I feel strongly that we need to carefully and intentionally follow the pattern of prayer established by our Savior by praying only and directly to our Father alone, both in the verbal words we choose to address Him by, and in our thought processes while we are praying. If Heavenly Father wanted it otherwise I believe He would have included our Mother in Joseph Smith's First Vision. She knows of our prayers without a doubt. Those are just my personal feelings. Thank you so much for your thoughts!

Reuben DietzJune 10, 2021

I’m listening and received a direct answer from the spirit…

Newell HarwardJune 10, 2021

We saw the film. Very well done. I plan to see it again. So much packed in an hour or so. Need to see several times to fully appreciate its significance. Thank you for making these historical events available for the public.

Timothy D. JohnsonJune 10, 2021

This good sister is right. The prophets have spoken and the words of the Lord will be fulfilled. Do everything that you can to prepare. Even if you can only affordto buy a few extra cans of food each time you go to the store. Do all this you can as quickly as you can. I have purposely kept canned good for years to see how long they would last in the Phoenix area when kept in temperatures realistic for an average house with air conditioning. I am using canned chicken and beef stored since 2010 and upon opening it, it looks brand new and tastes perfect. Canned chili does very well also with an eight year plus life. Canned potatoes and corn last for several years also. But do not worry about long term items at this time. Work on your three month supply of things that you use on a daily basis. The Lord is being very merciful to His children who heed His voice by shortening the days for the elects sake. Do not forget you longer term storage once you have that three months supply built up. Food first then every other needful thing as mentioned in the above article. Do not let anyone deceive you by saying to concentrate on the spiritual first, that food storage is temporal. In D&C 29:34, the Lord states the He has never given a command that is temporal. Again, fellow Saints, do not delay in obedience to this commandment! You want to be among the wise virgins as illustrated in the Lord's parable.

Mary ScannellJune 10, 2021

Really loving this series! I will say that it makes absolutely no sense to only be "allowed" to pray to one heavenly parent. This is not directed at the author, just stating the obvious. At least, it really feels like it should be obvious. I like the idea of addressing our prayers to "God in Heaven" or something along those lines to take in both of our Heavenly Parents.

Duane BoyceJune 10, 2021

The film is both cinematically and spiritually stupendous. It is a highly significant and impressive accomplishment, and everyone who sees it will love it. I believe "Witnesses" is a genuine "must-see" for all Latter-day Saints and I fervently hope that many others will see it as well. Don't miss it!

DianeJune 10, 2021

LOVE this! It is so true! Thank you.

tfJune 10, 2021

I suspect, after the last vacation together, a jealous ex-wife said "no more", if you see him and your (blank step mother again) you're out of here. (Home, support, me). and he made a choice.

Jim WinebrennerJune 9, 2021

People need simply to stop pretending that living beings have "gender" in the first place. Sex is the word to refer to your being either male or female, every individual is either one or the other, and certainly not as a result of their own choice. There is no such thing as a "trans" woman or a "trans" man. There are only men and women, in spite of the tragically unfortunate fact that some men and women like to pretend they are the other. Everyone needs to stop patronizing the confusion.

Jim WinebrennerJune 9, 2021

Thank you very much for such an insightful article, and perspective on several points. One of the points I personally appreciate in particular is the point (you implied without stating directly) you cannot achieve a better balance by indulging the opposite extreme for a time. I speak of course, in reference to the idea of focusing on Heavenly Mother to make up for lost time of focus on Her. When mortal beings discover that they've been indulging an extreme, they too often want to attempt a balance by indulging the opposite extreme. Of course, it may turn out all right in the end, if, like a pendulum, they gradually stop being quite as extreme in either direction until they finally settle in the middle with the actual, proper balance. It would make more sense though, simply to focus immediately and always on the actual balance, or in other words to stop swinging from extreme to extreme and instead follow the divine guidance, "Be still."

DeniseJune 9, 2021

This touched my heart, and I shed tears. Another poignant reminder of the importance to not judge. Perhaps this will encourage us all, not only not to be so quick to judge, but to seek the spirit to guide us as we look for opportunities to gently inquire and possibly help our wounded and struggling brother and sisters. Thank you for sharing.

JulieJune 9, 2021

I have often thought that what we refer to as the "steps" of repentance should be more accurately called the "fruits" of repentance.

Charles McClellandJune 9, 2021

Thanks, Daris, for this touching story about how we need to be less judgmental. I will try to be more empathic today.

Becky DouglasJune 9, 2021

Dear Doris, thanks for pointing out the typo in our address. The correct address is A special thanks for your willingness to help!

Arlo H JuddJune 9, 2021

"God moves in Mysterious Ways, His Wonders to Perform'' From your picture, I would guess that Chandler is now married to a beautiful lady.. Sometimes we don't know when our ancestors or familyon Paradise, are hoping the spirits of our loved ones would return to be with them..

Lee ArscottJune 8, 2021

We have a very similar situation in our family. I love this estranged family member deeply. To not have this person active in our family circle leaves a tremendous gaping hole. We pray every day for this person to have a softening of the heart and the courage to reach out to our family again. And of course, we pray for his protection. We love and miss this family member dearly

Erik HansenJune 8, 2021

I like "repugnant". I'm anxiously awaiting the day I can say to myself, "I now find any type of sin repugnant no matter how much I loved it." - and then say that to The Lord. What a joyous day that will be! Currently I just seek to have “...virtue garnish my thoughts unceasingly.” And that’s hard enough!

Erik HansenJune 8, 2021

How long before our country experiences such things? When the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. Our leadership is currently not turning out too well. The majority of our Christians in our leading nation are losing their Christianity. The work of missionaries is slow to convert Evangelicals who are the majority. Violence is on the lips of the Christians. D. & C. 49: 30-33 That "overflowing scourge... desolating sickness" is coming in some form as this Nation, that leads the world, becomes crippled Christians. Much of it is about the worship of politics and men who want power just like in the BOM. Then we are done AND WE WILL HAVE TO START PRACTICALLY FROM SCRATCH TO BUILD THE CITIES OF ZION. Christ Himself is the only power to create a safe society. Are we worthy yet? Or do we need to become sicker first?

David and CarolineJune 8, 2021

We do agree with this article. The only R of repentance we really need to know is that it is REDEMPTIVE!

Wayne LarsenJune 8, 2021

Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

GJune 8, 2021

Thank you for sharing this beautiful, miraculous story which is so close to your heart. Praise God for the healing that He so liberally gives to us!

Jean ShifrinJune 8, 2021

Wow, thanks Becky for sharing this information. I knew Covid would be devastating for India, but you really put the situation into perspective - especially how it affects the leprosy colonies.This is not news we will get from regular media. The work that you and others at RSO are doing to help the people in the colonies is incredible. Thanks for sharing this story and for all you and RSO are doing. I'm going to hit 'Donate' now...

Gerrit SmithJune 8, 2021

A very touching story of God's tender mercies. The rest of the story...what about Chandler and his medical problem? How is he doing?

Marie AndersonJune 8, 2021

Oh my Scot….we are cousins! It's that whole 6 degrees of separation thing, that in the church is like two! The story you related about your grandfather and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico really touched me. Imagine my surprise and delight when you mentioned your grandmother’s name…Martha Holbrook. I am a direct descendant of Joseph Holbrook from his first wife Nancy and their first child Sara Lucretia….and, if I am following the genealogy correctly, your grandmother was josephs granddaughter from his third wife Caroline Frances Angell. I have been pouring over Joseph’s journal and aligning it with what we are reading in D&C so he has been ever present in my mind of late. I have been a listener of your podcasts since the New Testament series and I very much enjoy yours and Maureens insights and thoughts and stories. I wish I could join one of your tours….I think it would be a tremendous experience. Thank you for all that you do and share! Sincerely Marie Anderson williamsburg va

Boanerge RubalcavaJune 8, 2021

This article is very good dealing with the great importance of our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives. However, I 'd like to call your attention to the 4th Article of Faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that dealing with the first principles and ordinances of the Church summarizes it as follows: 1. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, 2. Repentance, 3. Baptism (meaning forgiveness thru the atonement of the Lord) and 4, The Gift of the Holy Ghost. The author, I think trying to emphasize the atonement, deals with the way that many people use to help themselves with the second principle, repentance, using the 4 Rs: 1. Recognize 2. Remorse, 3. Resolution to NOT repeat the same wrongdoing, and 4. Restitution (as far as it is possible) or with some other variants but with the same meaning, that the author tried to dismiss with 67 additional Rs. As I said many people use these Rs o maybe 100 others to help themselves to really repent, but it is important to note that FAITH in the Lord Jesus comes first, then a true and complete repentance in order to be forgiven of the wrongdoing through the atonement of the Lord to be ready to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost. This can happen many times in our lives, as a matter of fact we have this opportunity to exercise (after baptism) the whole circle (Faith, Repentance, Forgiveness and the Holy Ghost) at least once a week by partaking of the bread and water. I believe that all of us do these circle trying to convert it in a spiral to gain more and more faith every week until we achieve the goal to have a "perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel". As I said, repeating the mention that the author did from Elder Christofferson's, of using the 4 Rs, is a way for many to help with the wonderful principle of repentance; but we have to repeat that repentance is not an easy principle to comply with, and using this or any other method to help ourselves is valid if the person is trying the many Rs the author is (wrongly) adding, but that must have the same meaning than the one expressed above, when that person has real intent. Remember that the Lord himself told the woman caught in sin, "go and SIN NO MORE"; He knew that she needed to repent (sin no more, i.e. [R]esolution) for the atonement to take effect in her life to be forgiven and later on receive the companionship of the Holy Ghost. To dismiss this way of achieving Repentance is NOT fair for those who are truly trying to repent, and to add 67 Rs without really taking seriously that the person(s) is sincere in his desire to receive forgiveness I think is tremendously incorrect.

LewisJune 8, 2021

It is to my mind another sign of the times in which we live. I think Moroni truly saw our day, and described the tumult and turmoil we are experiencing. It calls upon all of us to give and serve. I am grateful for all you are doing and the example you are setting, and hope it inspires each of us to find ways to help our brothers and sisters, wherever they may be.

Nikki SlavenJune 8, 2021

Thank you, Carolyn, for your very insightful article about the role that vitamin D can and should play in our lives! We could conclude that vitamin D is essential to life and health. Perhaps you covered this aspect of vitamin D, but if not, here is something else very important to know. This comes from a government site, but many alternative health sites concur. ABSTRACT: Evidence from observational studies is accumulating, suggesting that the majority of deaths due to SARS-CoV-2 infections are statistically attributable to vitamin D insufficiency and could potentially be prevented by vitamin D supplementation [...]. (

GTOJune 8, 2021

I bawled all the way through this and can't stop. I learned long ago to wear waterproof makeup. It served me well today. What a precious, positive outcome. Thank you for sharing this miraculous journey.

Mandy KimballJune 8, 2021

Laura- what an amazing (and horrific) journey to go on! Such a blessing to receive those dreams and understand how the Lord knows you, your family, and your every situation. Even to the tiny detail of losing the blood results! Thank you for sharing this with us. Truly amazing!

Kay RookhuyzenJune 8, 2021

We viewed this movie just last night and I give it 5 stars. It was moving, it was well-acted, cinematography was outstanding! Obviously the topic was special to me and I know these were true.

Amanda PerkinsJune 8, 2021

Thank you Proctors! We loved meeting you, and felt there are no coincidences in us filming just at that time when you were on your morning walk! Naomi's guitar teacher is always asking her what she wants to learn next, and at times I've made suggestions. Naomi came to me, and said how the Anne LeBlanc cover of JJ Heller's Your Hands was what she wanted to learn. It spoke to her, and When I heard JJ Heller have a beautiful harmony added, I asked Christian Covers Official if they would like to do another sister/missionary duet (Josh Sales had filmed The Affleck Family singing I'm Trying To Be Like Jesus with their missionary). Then my son got to return to Cote d'Ivoire so her friend Jacob from RUCC stepped in beautifully! Check out all the other uplifting songs Christian Covers Official has produced and subscribe! We are very grateful to them, and all the other helpers in making this video happen!

Doris WilliamsJune 8, 2021

When you click on the Rising Star outreach in this article (to donate), the site can't be reached and I think it is because there is a comma instead of a period in their website. I will type their name in with Google as I want to help. It's just agonizing to know of their intense suffering.

Janie BrayJune 8, 2021

Oh my goodness. Such a miracle. Tears as I was reading this. Thanks for sharing. In spite of the challenges in our lives, this story proves that our Heavenly Father loves us and is aware of us

C. WeissJune 8, 2021

I went last night with my wife and teenage daughter. Everyone was affected by the strength of the story. It was very well done. The acting was strong, but not over the top as in some church based films. It really shows some of the struggles of the 3 witnesses and what they were confronted with in the infancy stage of the Church. I truly respect and honor their testimonies and the integrity with which they kept their covenant to be witnesses. It inspires me to strive to stand as a better witness myself. Beautifully shot and directed.

GeneseeJune 8, 2021

My husband and I saw Witnesses and loved it! The movie had me teary many times! I am sorry to hear about the reviews on rotten tomatoes and the no doubt false ratings. I am not one to go off of other peoples ratings of movies. I review them for myself. Thank you for making Witnesses! I learned a few things I didn’t know!

Steve DoneganJune 8, 2021

I’ve always said I am too lazy. Working towards repentance takes too much effort. So what do I do? Just not sin...

Patty BrightJune 7, 2021

Thank you for sharing this marvelous true story.

Meridene LindseyJune 7, 2021

Incredible movie—Transported us to the time & place & people in a very moving experience. Not to be missed ! You will leave the theater understanding & having compassion for these incredible men & their wives & will be inspired by their faith & courage.

JordynJune 7, 2021

This is absolutely beautiful! It brought me to tears. I need to read more stories like this as they boost my faith and inspire. I truly believe there are more miracles taking place around us than we even remotely realize, and if we share them when prompted, we will be filling our world with even more light, faith, joy and peace.

PeggyJune 7, 2021

Thank you for sharing your beautiful, tender mercies and healing. We don't always get healing, but it is wonderful when some do. The Lord loves us all, and has different plans for each of His children.

MimiJune 7, 2021

I appreciated reading your article and am glad you want to start a dialogue about this issue. I think just realizing we all need to do better when it comes to race is a start. I think it is important to acknowledge their pain. (Mourn with and comfort) Self reflection in ways that oneself may be prejudice, for example, do I automatically dismiss their anger, do I think about what it would be like to walk in their shoes? Read and study black history. I remember listening to a black professor speak about how negro spiritual music came from the sadness in their souls but also expressed their hope in the resurrection. Throughout history increased racism seems to go in cycles. For example, even though I didn't vote for Obama, when he was elected, I felt like it sent a message to the world that race wasn't an issue in our nation. It gave many minorities hope to be able to serve in higher positions. Unfortunately, we have had a setback and more people feel comfortable with expressing racist sentiments. For me it has been a wake up call. I worry that too many members feel they are the chosen ones and look down on minorities. My mother in-law acknowledged that while growing up in the 50s it was just understood that blacks were second class and that is the way it was. She knows that is wrong now. We even see racism in the Book of Mormon. I think it is part of the natural man that we will always have to fight. Critical Race theory is just that, a theory, and I believe it should be studied in higher education. As a school teacher I have never been urged to discuss theories with my students. We need to stop making excuses and follow Christ's teachings to love one another. It should be that simple.

Kent LarsonJune 7, 2021

Daniel, you need to read Galatians 4:16

Becky DouglasJune 7, 2021

Dear Laura, Thank you for sharing this beautiful story with us! I'm so happy for your whole family for the tender mercies granted by God for both Chandler and Canyon. Thanks for sharing your family's picture. So beautiful! Becky Douglas

Douglas ThompsonJune 7, 2021

Unfortunately, there are people out there that are truly negative. You can find them in all industries (I'm in hospitality) and I have found that what they post says MUCH more about themselves than about the item they are reviewing. Keys for discerning folk would be if the review is balanced. One can ALWAYS find good/bad in anything. Another key would be timing - as you said, it's not likely that a number of people independently "Dis" you at the same time (I've had reviews of 1 out of 10 but they can't back up allegations and I can legally prove reasons why they are 86'd from my establishment). These "very bad" reviews usually come from folk looking for a free stay - and you can find them here and there among numerous reviews with a "10" rating and other balanced reviews listing real problems that can be addressed - compliments - and additional suggestions which they feel may be beneficial to the business (these reviews are usually in the 6-9 range). While I have not yet seen "Witnesses", I now have it on my radar for a viewing in the near future. Don't let the haters get you down.

Kay YeamanJune 7, 2021

Enjoyed your article, but the general premise is wrong right off the bat. You and I might be interested in unity and reconciliation, but the proponents of CRT are not. Just a cursory glance shows that CRT is about anger, bitterness and revenge. Even supporters of Martin Luther King are derided. CRT can only further the divide and bring about more hatred and mistrust - not less. The fact the BYU professors couldn't add there names for fear of retribution tells us all we need to know. How red do the flags need to be? Call me simple minded, but wouldn't encouraging an environment of acceptance and mutual respect be much more positive?

Earlene McDonaldJune 7, 2021

I cried my way through this story. Our son had a similar experience and it was like reliving it. If this disease doesn't strike before age 8 it occurs between 12 and 14. Our youngest son was 13 and had several symptoms. It too was a nightmare until that final test eliminated adrenoleukodystrophy. We too were so blessed to have priesthoood blessings and a path opening up to find what was causing his problems. He is in his 40's now, excelling at a good job and is the father of two wonderful children. Jesus is so good and so generous with his blessings!

DianeJune 7, 2021

Wow, just wow! What a beautiful story of God’s love and grace! Of course, not everyone is healed, but we know our loving Father is aware of each of us.

Sherry BrownJune 7, 2021

We saw the movie on Saturday. It was well worth the 2 hour drive to the nearest movie theater. I'd go see it again tomorrow...

DarylJune 7, 2021

Any parent in this situation should humbly search their own soul to see if there is something they might have done to trigger this alienation. What seems inexplicable may not be. The parable notwithstanding, there is rarely only one side to such a story. I was that niece whom an uncle turned to for end-of-life care and estate management. The hardest part was dealing with the pain of the broken relationship between father and son. Apologies all around are a good beginning.

Patricia L HatchJune 7, 2021

Whoa! What a story. I am so happy that your son was healed.

Doris WilliamsJune 7, 2021

Oh my goodness, Laura. Your story was so difficult to read, but I had your assurance that things would turn out, so I continued. Just how you got through this time in your life when so MANY things were going on at once is a confirmation of the strength you received from the Savior, and the true miracle of healing of Canyon and Chandler are a real upper for all who were aware of your struggle. Your husband, Derek (sounds like an amazing father) and you have been greatly blessed. I rejoice in your well-being and I'm grateful too, for all those who supported you along the way. Thank you so much for sharing.

Victoria KrommenhoekJune 7, 2021

Not only is the author a wonderful writer, but a light to so many of us as to how to handle the wilderness we are in. Her strength, perseverance, and faith in her Savior is a wonderful example to us all.

Adrian MartinJune 7, 2021

As a grandfather to 2 autistic grandsons, I rejoice in the miracle the doctors said not to expect. I hope Chandler regains full health. What an inspiring experience it has been to learn of your trials and tribulations and the miracle wrought by our Saviour!!

Charles McClureJune 7, 2021

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story! What an incredible experience and blessing this is for all who read it!

Frank MerrillJune 7, 2021

Thank you for your report. I look forward to viewing the film when it becomes available in my area. With regard to your observations about what people post in various online forums, I'll add that I do not choose to visit social media systems because I learned several years ago that such places are not my friend, do not provide useful content to me, and do not uplift my spirit. That said, I will continue to defend a person's right to visit and participate in social media should they choose to exercise their agency to do so but it is similarly my right to choose to avoid it.

David ShafferJune 7, 2021

"In God’s universe, there are no coincidences." Amen!

Jennifer MackleyJune 7, 2021

@Steve Donegan Thank you for commenting on the sentence regarding Wilford's revelation about who could help him complete the proxy ordinances for his ancestors. It is difficult to provide the complete story in a short article, and this is a very brief overview of four decades that led up to Wilford's service in the St. George Temple. To ease the mind of any reader about whether or not Wilford, as President of the St. George Temple, was acting with the approval of and under the direction of Brigham Young, as President of the Church, I would like to add another quote from Wilford Woodruff's March 1, 1877 journal: "I have never taken this Course without consulting President Young. When this thing was manifest to me I said to some of the sisters that I would like to have them Come on my Birthday and make me a present by getting Endowments for some of my dead, and as a testimony to me all were willing. When I saw the magnitude of this I spoke to President Young about it." Thank you again for your comment and the opportunity to clarify that sentence in the article!

K. ScottJune 6, 2021

Can we as Saints of God start a new trend in how we write and read The Things of God? For far too long the Truths and Principles in Scriptures are minimalized and full glory neglected by using the "world's" Rules of Grammar. Can we not seek to change how we write (my suggestion): The Law of Christ The Gospel The Holy Temple The Lord..... If it is a key PRINICPLE Truth, Person Place Ought we not to finally give those things people and Places the same attention regard and consideration we do to The names of historical Figures, Countries States and Cities ??? We should be writing The Holy Priesthood not in lower case EVER ! The Lord needs the 'T' in the to be Capitalized - for us Jesus Christ is Principle unique and there is ONE of Him. Can we not give Him The due respect and holy consideration by actually use initial Caps?? Please give this some thought and prayer. Our Scriptures given are printed by people trained in the world's schools - following the world's grammar traditions. We in The Church have learned The Mysteries of Godliness in The Restored Church- finding that 'Religion' is the philosophies of men mingled with Scriptures. Can we not now -- elevate our consideration of TRUTH and never ever again refer The LDS Faith or Church as a 'Religion' ?? It is not a philosophy of man (and certainly not of Satan) mingled with portions of The HOLY Scriptures !!! Ergo can we not use this same effort of justified honor and name our Church as The True Faith or The True Church or The Lord's True Church. I hope this conveys in part- my thoughts and desires that we start Treating that which is Eternal and Holy and Beautiful with the regard in our printing and writing - that would please both The Father; His Beloved Son; and open a pathway for The Holy Ghost to act in His Holy Position to plant Truth inside us and apply The Powers of The Infinite Eternal Atonement and The Godhead into our lives. Thank you for your patience and consideration of my suggestion yours truly p.s. Try using your pencil or post-it and insert notes to show the following: 2 Nephi 26:1 1 And after Christ shall have arisen from The Dead He shall show Himself unto you, my children, and my beloved brethren; ((all of us)) and The Words which He Shall Speak unto You of Christ Shall Be The Law ^ which Ye Shall Do. We Need to SEE "The Law of Christ" come into our minds each time we see such references. And each and every time that we see the word GOSPEL we would be well served to read in our mind "The Law of Christ" /// PLUS /// we call the Priesthood of Christ the Melchizedek Priesthood but in our minds we need to hear the resounding beauty of "The Holy Priesthood After The Order of The Son" Dear ones, we have The Fullness set before us can we not aspire to live unto that Fullness in preparation for The Savior's Return - so we can be a part of His Work and Glory in the body as well as in the realm of The Spirits

JuliannJune 6, 2021

Paul Wuthrich portrays Joseph Smith better than anyone has ever done. His demeanor, his focus, his facial and body expressions , and the sincerity in his eyes, all truly bring Joseph Smith to life. I hope he has future opportunities to portray Br. Joseph. The Paul who portrays the Senior David Whitmer is also to be commended.

LKTJune 5, 2021

There are no showings anywhere in Missouri. As a group of senior missionaries , we’d love to see it come to the Liberty, or Kansas City area!

A. MannJune 5, 2021

What a fascinating deep dive into the personal relationships of the early church leaders/members. It’s good to have these as an example for today, as I see some division ripping through our Lord’s church.

Maryann TaylorJune 4, 2021

Pray that his heart will be softened toward you. I did this and the results were amazing. The family member actually reached out to me to make restitution for his coldness, and it was clear the Holy Ghost had pleaded my cause with him. Sadly, this is not always the result because people have their agency to choose. However, it is certainly worth the effort to try.

Erica BentonJune 4, 2021

Try using a burner phone to call. He won’t recognize the number. This worked for me once when a different family member worked to sabotage a relationship and we were able to reestablish communication after talking it out and hearing what was going on in their half of the relationship. There is injustice and hurt in this old world, sometimes lies cannot be undone no matter how illogical. I’d give it a try. Then what I do repeatedly is sending all of the love and goodness I feel thwarted in giving out into the universe in some symbolic form. Create an image and send it out with all the love and kindness and compassion in your heart. It honors your heart and instead of staying inside you causing pain, just extend it out with open arms and a heart that can still love. Easier said than done,but it helps me. I do this repeatedly, once was not enough for me. Best wishes to the writer of the letter.

CASJune 4, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful review. I wasn't sure I wanted to see this film when it was first advertised. However, after studying "Come, Follow Me" and especially the YouTube "Follow Him" Doctrine & Covenants series with Hank Smith and John Bytheway this year and learning more about these early leaders during this period of time, I most assuredly will be going to see this film. Thank you again!

Betty Lou MannJune 4, 2021

Thank you for a good chuckle before facing my day of, "old age." Accurate description of the aging process. Never the less, life is good and I thank Heavenly Father for each day.

John Charles PearceJune 4, 2021

My LatterDay Movie Club hosted this movie last night to a large socially distant audiance in a private screening ahead of the public release today. In my opinion "Witnesses is the best movie ever made about the history of the founding events of the church. The acting was superb. I was very impressed with Paul Wuthrich portrayal of Joseph Smith as well all the great support of all the cast members. It was at times raw and displayed the humanness of Joseph and the three witnesses. I think it captured the loneliness that Joseph felt before the witnesses were shown the plates. I highly recommend this movie for all Latter-day Saints and their friends.

JulieJune 4, 2021

Go see him in person and find out why he is turning his back on you. Express to him face to face your love for him and all you have done to try to be a good father to him. Stop and LIsten to him and what he tells you. You may find out you have not been the father you think you have been or you may be able to clear up misconceptions on his part. Never let your child go without giving it your all.

essayJune 4, 2021

Unfortunately, the film is not showing in my area, but I'll be among the first when it's available for purchase.

James ScottJune 4, 2021

These acts of casting bread upon the water are the true test of faith and hope.may the spirit find ways to bless these lives.

Kathleen N JonesJune 4, 2021

I also had an adult child "disown" me for over 10 years! I was grateful when I sent notes telling her I was sorry for what it was I had offended her with and I loved her dearly. Nothing more, nothing less and I prayed for her and that Heavenly Father would do what need be done. I always kept the faith that I knew one day she would return and kept praying and never once when speaking of my family ever exclude her. Then just a little less than 5 years ago, I received a message to contact her. I did. As she answered the phone, we both said at the same time I love you. As I said I have missed you so much, she returned with I have too. Now we keep in touch and what the problem was that began all this is "erased" as if it never happened. I truly thank the Lord for the faith He gave me. In fact I had my other 2 children also walk away from me (due to divorce), but I knew in my heart I had taught them all I could and put my faith in the Lord even though many told me they would never return I knew they would and it wasn't very long that now they have all returned. Please keep the faith. The Lord will take care.

Allison DunlapJune 4, 2021

My heart goes out to this man as his experience mirrors my own. I too was shunned by two daughters nearly 7 years ago in a divorce situation. Your words of wisdom to him still apply to me. It has been a grieving process but the best thing I finally did was place the burden at the Lord's feet and ask Him to carry it for me. This gave me the ability to carry on and have a happy life and disposition. I do have faith that the Lord can repair the splintered branches of our family tree and I am comforted by His promise that all losses will be made up if we stay faithful to him. Nothing about these situations are fair, but with strength from God, we can endure infuriating unfairness.

Robert D. BellJune 4, 2021

Thank you very much for this “right on” article and counsel to ensure that our loving arms stay wide open until an estranged child returns to a loving father.

PattieJune 3, 2021

I was the worried gardener always wanting/wishing perfection from my children. It wasn’t until I listened to General Conference talk after General Conference talk year after year and finally gave it all to the Lord. Love of children and plants are basically the same. Some grow in good soil and others don’t grow as well. They are still nourished. Love this valuable lesson.

Masked MikeJune 3, 2021

Get a dog. Seriously, they are more reliable and less trouble than most men. After acquiring this companion, take the dog walking where other people do the same. Use common interest in pets to expand your social circle. You might meet some one who is great for you. Or do something else that forces you to meet new people.

Robin PrestonJune 3, 2021

Very insightful. I appreciate the remeinders that coming to Christ is a continual life long search. Discouragement is really waiting in line to tear us down. Thank you for your thoughts. By the way, I thought it was interesting that you used the term "taking pride" following President Benson's quote. Perhaps the term "taking courage" would have been more apropo...?

TiredJune 3, 2021

It's good to laugh at your self some times. I'm not sure if this wants to make me laugh or cry right now though as I am living this with my mother and myself and it is hard plus having a painful autoimmune disorder and still raising my last and helping raise 2 grands because their parents are on the autism spectrum.

Jennifer MackleyJune 2, 2021

@Marie H. I am not a descendant of Wilford Woodruff. My best connection is my 3rd great grandfather Theodore Turley who served as one of Wilford Woodruff's mission companions in England in 1840.

Jennifer MackleyJune 2, 2021

Thank you @Steve Donegan for your comment. You are absolutely correct in pointing out that "only the president of the Church can set down prophecy for the Church." That sentence could be misconstrued out of context. The entry in his journal for March 1, 1877 includes this explanation: "I have never taken this Course without consulting President Young. When this thing was manifest to me I said to some of the sisters that I would like to have them Come on my Birth day and make me a present by getting Endowments for some of my dead, and as a testimony to me all were willing. When I saw the magnitude of this I spoke to President Young about it." Brigham Young, as President of the Church, and Wilford Woodruff, as President of the St. George Temple, worked together almost every day to record the temple ceremonies and refine the temple practices from January to April 1877. There is much more of the story to share!

JAMES P FOLEYJune 2, 2021

The miracle of turning water into wine could possibly be Jesus’ greatest scientific miracle. In healing the sick, the body just re-organizes / re-orders itself. In raising the dead, the lifeless body is simply brought back to life. In killing the fig tree, it’s the opposite... no great scientific changes have occurred. But consider Cana: It is estimated there are from 800 to 1,000 different organic chemical compounds in wine. And yet, water consists of no organic compounds and just one inorganic compound: two-parts hydrogen to one-part oxygen. The scientific miracle, then, was “Just how did that plain ol’ inorganic water become 800-1000 organic compounds?" That’s pretty neat!

Steve DoneganJune 2, 2021

Simply perfect. Well written. Oh the gems we find when we look with spiritual eyes...

Andrew J. CurrieJune 2, 2021

He didn't purify the water. If that is all He did, it would still have been water--one hydrogen molecule and two oxygen molecules--pure, but merely water nonetheless. What Christ did was change the very nature of the liquid. He did not merely make the water into wine, but into the best wine at the feast! He promises to replace our 'stony hearts' with hearts of flesh--hearts like His. Through His Atonement our very natures will be changed into something unlike what we are today.

Z CoxJune 2, 2021

Hilarious! Getting old is not as fun as it used to be!

James ScottJune 2, 2021

The JST certainly adds an important element of explanation to a rather cryptic group of verses. Furthermore, the listing oft the Savior’s assistance and relations with women is illuminating. Every human is a child of God.

Harold RustJune 2, 2021

Thanks for sharing these wonderful insights. In a monetary world, these well-honed truths so carefully organized would be worth millions or billions; instead, they are worth the full value of a soul.

Doris WilliamsJune 2, 2021

So hilarious! And a nice break from all the news of the day. Thank you for sharing this story!

Helen CondonJune 2, 2021

Thank you but the illustration of my style being turned from water into wine by my Savior. It truly is His work and His glory.

Diane StonehockerJune 2, 2021

With all due respect to Brother Howard, including in your daily offerings humorously-meant articles that reinforce all of the negative stereotypes of aging is not helpful to anyone. Fear of aging is the primary factor that feeds ageism in our world along with all of the devastation that it causes. Please seek out articles that promote positive aging just as your other articles promote positive gospel living. Thank you.

RitaJune 2, 2021

My grandmother lived a very long time, and her biggest complaint at her 100th birthday was not being able to hear or see the party we held for her. Losing her senses of sight and hearing left her unable to participate in daily life, and, at her death 5 years later, she was so grateful to be finally leaving to rejoin her husband. Grandpa had passed 40 years before. Old age is not for the weak, but for those strong enough to endure heartache, loss and physical/mental decline after a lifetime of work. At 68 myself, I am beginning to understand.

Blake GarsideJune 1, 2021

Jennifer, I can't thank you enough for this incredible and insightful look into HOW Temple doctrine developed and is realized for us today. Some of this information I knew about but so much that I didn't. I NOW have a great love and a greater appreciation for Wilford Woodruff's immense work for the dead and for us living today. As was the pattern in the early days of the Restoration, the NEED came about by INQUIRING of the Lord, PONDERING with FAITH then the Revelation was given. As we are pushed out of our Comfort Zones we are thankfully thrust into Growth Zones. For there is little comfort in growth zones and very little growth in comfort zones !! Looking forward to your Parts 2 & 3 for further light and knowledge.

RebeccaJune 1, 2021

We don't condone killing of toddlers or teenagers or elderly people who are inconvenient, or expensive. Why are babies different?

Steve DoneganJune 1, 2021

I’m concerned about this sentence, “ It is noteworthy that this revelation came to Wilford – one of the apostles – rather than Brigham Young, who was the Prophet and President of the Church.” The statement could remove from the mind of a reader the earlier statement that this was done with Brigham Young’s approval. The Bible Dictionary definition of “prophet” includes the idea that all of us can be prophets, but ... Only the president of the Church can set down prophecy for the Church. I would hate for someone to misconstrue the one sentence to believe Woodruff could set policy.

Marie HJune 1, 2021

How interesting. Is the author also a descendant of the Prophet Wilford Woodruff.

Harold RustJune 1, 2021

A most revealing historical account that connects each phase of restoring the Lord's way of uniting families through all generations. This story should be told more frequently by families to their children and by ward members to each other. A very unifying message regarding the fundamental purpose of life: prepare of to live eternally with our Father in Heaven. Thank you.

Beth CampbellJune 1, 2021

When I first read the heading, I thought that "more honest" was a ridiculous term. You are either honest or not. You know a half lie is still a lie. But as I listened to the podcast I realized that we all live in the grey area and that it's important to evaluate and make changes until we can honestly say we are less grey and walking towards a bright white.

Ronald BarnesJune 1, 2021

I have been a temple worker for 24 years. During that time, I have witnessed several adjustments to the ordinances and to temple procedures. I recently informed our Temple President that I will not be returning when our temple reopens. My wife’s health is declining and I felt inspired that I need to stay home with her. Not only do I encourage members to attend the temple, I also encourage them to become temple workers themselves..

Michael ColleyJune 1, 2021

Looking forward to reading more about this servant of God. Very inspiring.

David ShafferJune 1, 2021

Beautiful. And thought provoking. Thank you.

David Earl PerryMay 31, 2021

Frances and I believe, Lynne, that your gift from Heavenly Father is a blessing to us all. Thank you. May we all strive to have the image of purest love on our countenances.

Pattie SMay 31, 2021

I love love these stories. They are so inspiring.

Kerry FarrMay 31, 2021

A few years ago I was very anxious and depressed. One of my sons started sending me a joke every morning. At first I thought it was dumb, After a few days, I chuckled just a little. Pretty soon I was allowing myself to laugh out loud! A lot of things helped me, but this was one of the best

KathleenMay 30, 2021

Good summary of the past year+, and conclusions. We reap the benefits and peace of what we feed and how we choose to serve.

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 30, 2021

I was so interested reading about your Grandfather Facer in Texas. My father-in-law served in the Central States Mission from 1912-1914 or 15. He was also in the Houston area and especially Galveston. His name was David Cleveland Okelberry. I wonder if they knew each other.

Kari BurrMay 30, 2021

My husband and I enjoy your podcasts weekly. This one was particularly poignant, as we are all working on that purity of heart, bringing Zion into our personal realm. It's not easy! Elder Maxwell's talk was worth listening to, and I'd also especially love to find Pres. Oaks' talk, which was not easy--can you help me? Thank you for your insights. They always bless us immensely. So glad you followed that inspiration to put Meridian Magazine many years ago!!!

Mary Ann TaylorMay 30, 2021

A grandson just expressed interest in Buddhism, and I recently heard a lecture that helped me explain the concepts you used above. And my stake is just south of the area where the two missionaries were killed in Texas. The interconnectedness of everything always amazes me.

JeanMay 30, 2021

You need to move on from hoping he will change and bring your life peace and joy. You've listed many reasons that this relationship is not healthy for you or your family. It seems like you are choosing misery and a companion. I hope you find the strength to be happy and single. Appreciate that you've invested years and keep the good memories, but move on towards creating new and healthy memories for your future without the pain he brings into your life. You can do this!

RoMay 30, 2021

I have been pondering on this very principle--that to love is to suffer; But love is also the catalyst to joy. Perhaps one of the most defining attributes of Divinity is the ability to absorb pain with those who suffer. I am in awe with how our Heavenly Parents must anguish with each of their children!

Bonnie CaldwellMay 30, 2021

It would be good to get the Palestinian perspective from someone like Saher Qumsiyeh, who teaches at BYU-I. Her book, Peace for a Palestinian, is an excellent read. We met her, as I’m sure you have as well, when we visited the Jerusalem center and also attended the Bethlehem “twig”.

Kenneth Stevens, MDMay 29, 2021

The word "galaxy" comes from "galacto" which means "milk". The Greek origin is "galaxias". Milky way Galaxy uses "milky" twice.

Mark DonaldsonMay 29, 2021

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we of all people should recognize the turmoil caused by those who hate Jews and Israel as a sign that we are truly living in the latter times. We know the Savior will one day return and set his foot again on the Mount of Olives and ultimately recognize the Jews (Judah) as a chosen people...along with the other tribes of Israel. When I place my support for Israel and the Jewish people, I believe that I am standing up for a people who have been bullied and picked on unjustly for centuries. Last, I also hold that if I support the political party in America that supports Israel and the Jews, then I belong to the right party.

Ann-Marie JensenMay 28, 2021

Thank you for sharing your personal knowledge on this topic. I especially appreciate your quoting of Hamas’ charter.

Erik HansenMay 28, 2021

I'll say plainly and simply, "Good Job Brother Hess". From my experience this article is plain and correct and it was nice to meet your friend and see his accomplishment.

Jacque BrownMay 28, 2021

I enjoyed this article so much! It filled in the blanks of my knowledge of Brother Cowdery. My love for him has grown from our study of the Doctrine and Covenants this year, and this article really served to increase my knowledge in a way that brings me joy.

Blake GarsideMay 28, 2021

Thank you Maurine for your article. For 2 weeks, I trained in Migdal Haemek for an Israeli company where I worked and got to know my fellow associates in a very personal way. Their concerns and fears became my own for those 2 weeks and they even got to know all about my LDS faith, I was adopted into their culture especially when they found out my first name was Heber a real Jewish bibical name. I become pretty emotional when I hear Washington lawmakers use hate speech against God's chosen people and I see the faces of those I came to love and respect. I take comfort in Isaiah's words, Isaiah 49:13-17 THANK YOU MAURINE !!! . . .

Maryann TaylorMay 28, 2021

The mistake commonly made regarding our Heavenly Mother is the same mistake we make regarding the roles of men and women on earth. Their roles are NOT the same. Yes, they are one in purpose and their goals are identical. However, male and female roles are both very sacred, but different. Our Heavenly Mother is very engaged in bringing forth Spirit Children and preparing them for earth. I am sure she is also involved in MANY other sacred creative works as well. I have absolutely no doubt that she loves us and looks forward to our return (which to her is less than a day's length in time). However, we have been counseled by our leaders that we do not pray to her. The scriptures and our living prophets could not be any more consistently clear in their counsel that we pray ONLY to our Heavenly FATHER in the name of Jesus Christ. This clear pattern of prayer was repeatedly given to us by our Savior.

Maryann TaylorMay 28, 2021

I think there is a great lesson in this account. Don't enter into serious relationships with people that you are not compatible with. You may be actually shutting the door on the opportunity to find someone that you can truly love. I hope this woman can end the relationship and find someone she can find happiness with.

Michael Shea, MDMay 28, 2021

Having studied and practiced Buddhism (Theravada) as a lay person for years before returning to the Church, I firmly believe that the doctrine of non-attachment is not understood and not properly taught by many Western practitioners. In fact, Buddhists believe very strongly in love, compassion, empathy, and so on, and if one has those characteristics, grief is almost inevitable. The doctrine of non-attachment is more akin to the teaching of Paul, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” (Phillippians 4:11-12, etc.)

Laura KellerMay 28, 2021

Thank you for being brave enough to speak truth and share your knowledge, experiences, and insight into this sad situation.

Barry HMay 28, 2021

Thank you, Maurine, for your clear and sensible defense of Israel, Jews, and peaceful Palestinians from your perspective of much experience and many friends in the area. I have forwarded it on to others.

Karell BinghamMay 28, 2021

Some say that God rules the earth, and Satan rules the waters. This is ludicrous. God rules the world, the whole world, even the very dust of the earth and all the oceans and seas. Every drop of water is under his authority.

PjalMay 28, 2021

I think that tbe best option for both of you is to just be friends. Also, from someone who learned the hard way, if in doubt, don't.

Karell BinghamMay 28, 2021

I fear that President Nelson is right: "There are emissaries of Lucifer implanted among the people!" Is it just me or are there more emissaries than usual lately?

Teri K JohnstonMay 27, 2021

Excellent- thank you!

Maryann TaylorMay 27, 2021

The decision to no longer perform marriages for time only in our temples makes so much sense to me. I never could understand why it was done because our temples are places for eternal covenants.

Maryann TaylorMay 27, 2021

I closed my facebook account several months ago and have significantly limited my listening to, or viewing of, news or political programs. I am enjoying listening to more music, and I am feeling so much more peace. It is wonderful to be free from the constant drama in news and the clashing, raging opinions that change from one day to the next.

TamraMay 27, 2021

Thanks for sharing the numerous great things that many charity related organizations are doing to help so many people throughout the world. I might also add that a local charity organization, Hearts Knit Together provides many donated items to Domestic Abuse Shelters here in Utah.

Chuck SanfordMay 27, 2021

A few years ago, I held this calling in my stake: Addiction Recovery and Healing. I met some wonderful people in my class. Addiction to many physical and emotional things is the reality for many people. I am so very grateful to my Lord for helping people to endure and overcome these addictions, if they truly want to. For those who haven't reached that point yet, please turn to our Savior and keep at it. I so appreciate this account by this great guy, about him and his wife.

KerryMay 27, 2021

More likely the candy bar was named after the galaxy

PollyMay 27, 2021

Doing good. How are we furthering the New World Order agenda through COVID and vaccines? This is very ambiguous to me because it seems like a guise of humanitarianism. Through the COVID trauma they have made much progress in mind control. Are we upholding secret combinations? Why didn’t we donate life saving drugs like Ivermectin or hydroxcloroquine?

Richard SkousenMay 27, 2021

A delightful story! Thanks for sharing.

Marchia MariaMay 26, 2021

Pro Choice not Pro Abortion - an intended choice of words no doubt. All anti abortion legislation should insure that all avenues have been made available to women to receive assistance from youth to adulthood, education, medical and financial, to insure all pregnancies are cared for both mother and baby, and that all babies might come to full term should be the goal.

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 26, 2021

This is a very powerful story. It makes me even more appreciative and grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ and to know that we have Heavenly Parents who love us and care for us and rooting for us.

RealityMay 26, 2021

Only in America is this a political issue. In the rest of the first world it is between a woma n and her doctor. And it is so much more complex than you mako out, but it is good that you are not throwing stones or calling people baby killers. For example 70% of abortions in America are to women who are living below the poverty line, which means they can't afford birth control. 40% are morning after pill. There are about 600,000 abortions in America a year, but there are 248 million abortions in third world. When republicans are in power they cut funding to family planning services (aid) in third world countries. When democrats are in the fund this aid for birth control, which saves 48 million abortions a year. The best way to reduce abortions is by providing sex education, and affordable birth control. There are countries that have one third the rate Americas. They have universal healthcare, which provides free birth control. So America could reduce its number of Abortions from 600,000 to 200,000 a year with universal healthcare, and respect for and support of women.

JAMES P FOLEYMay 26, 2021

Another source is Donald Q. Cannon, "Latter-day Visions of the Savior," in Hearken, O Ye People: 1984 Sperry Symposium, Sandy, UT: Randall Book Co., 1984, pp119-131, where 22 people are named.

John B HewlettMay 26, 2021

Karl , you are such a blessing to the Kingdom. Thank you for sharing the miracles of Kirtland for the past 5 decades with members and others alike. It is a MOST significant part of the RESTORATION, and truthfulness of the RESTORED GOSPEL. Thank you

Frank MerrillMay 26, 2021

Our interpretation of GEM is "Give Everyone more." When our youngest son was about 9 years old he started a lemonade stand alongside a popular walking and biking trail in our area. He intentionally mixed the lemonade a little bit stronger than usual for extra flavor and froze a batch of mixed lemonade to make ice for the next day so the resulting lemonade wouldn't get watered down. He made a big sign that said something like "Best Mix on the Trail!" and sold his lemonade for 25 cents for a larger-than-normal 10 oz. cup. He also had a large rubbish bin nearby with a "recycle your cup here" sign. He kept a big transparent plastic jar on his table, "salted" with various coins and a few bills, that read "tip jar." As you might have guessed, his business was very popular, and he made more from tips than lemonade.

MaryMay 25, 2021

I love that as members of the LDS church we view life and the ability to create life as sacred. I do however wish that we as a community would take it a step further and be active in helping prevent abortions. There are things such as sex education, health care, and the reduction of poverty- all which reduce abortions. I feel like we have the understanding part down, maybe now we can get the action.

Deborah SummersMay 25, 2021

Great podcast ... enjoyed it very much.

Peter F SchlegelMay 25, 2021

Apparently the folks responding to this have NOT read the bill completely through- do not understand the constitution or both. It would totally destroy any bit of states rights we have left. Maybe read the articles of confederation and the amendments to the constitution. Too bad no of this is taught in a civics or govt class these days

D.L. AndersonMay 25, 2021

I firmly believe that its many of the Gary Wilsons in mortality who are more capable at times to get a point across because they are perceived as folks without any agenda but the truth of a subject/cause. I'm quite sure Gary received that embrace, enjoyed that parade, and indeed is being filled in on the things he missed out on in mortality

Kevin TheriotMay 25, 2021

Jacob, Thanks for posting this, and thank you for your excellent work as well! BFF Kevin Theriot PhD

Karell BinghamMay 25, 2021

I agree with what you have written, it was wonderful. I also might add that Adam (and all of us) were created in the image of God. Not only physically, but with the indication that we should live our lives that we indeed might grow into becoming the express image of (a) God, just like the Father and Mother!

Geoff SteurerMay 25, 2021

Thank you, Jacob, for this powerful and much-needed tribute for Gary. His work has had a huge influence on my thinking as well.

Helen CondonMay 25, 2021

As you may recall, I have lost 2 children to cancer. As I continue my journey towards becoming a Grief Life Coach I see so much material here. Thank you.

Kathleen N JonesMay 25, 2021

Thank you for acknowledgment that Oneness Relationships can be obtained in certain earthly marriages. I find I believe I had such a marriage. Many expressed how my husband and I were such a couple that truly expressed all aspects of teamwork and work separately equally together. The love and mutual respect and regard for one another was amazing. He now has gone ahead and I am still here learning, yet I feel his presence when needed. Yes, we do have heavenly parents. My question is why are we seeking more knowledge of them just now?

Sally SmithMay 24, 2021

An article to deeply reflect upon and to gain knew insight about eternal life. Thank you

AnnaMay 24, 2021

Thank you for articulating the major lesson we are to learn in this life-- to love even when it hurts. When I saw the article this morning, I, didn't know that by the time I read it, my firstborn would have left this life, our second child to die in five months. Grief is the price of having loved. May we live well and abide in faith until those tears are dried and hearts are healed. .

BeccaMay 24, 2021

What a beautifully written and passionate article. Thank you for enlightenment!

Dave RMay 24, 2021

"God, the Father of us all, uses the men of the earth, especially good men, to accomplish his purposes. It has been true in the past, it is true today, it will be true in the future." - Elder Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference April 1972 Elder Ezra Taft Benson "Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints", Ensign, July 1972, p. 59 where he quoted Elder Orson F. Whitney from a conference address delivered in 1928: "Perhaps the Lord needs such men on the outside of His Church to help it along. They are among its auxiliaries, and can do more good for the cause where the Lord has placed them, than anywhere else. . . . Hence, some are drawn into the fold and receive a testimony of the truth; while others remain unconverted, . . . the beauties and glories of the gospel being veiled temporarily from their view, for a wise purpose. The Lord will open their eyes in his own due time. 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 arduous for any one people . . . We have no quarrel with the Gentiles. They are our partners in a certain sense." (Conference Report, April 1928, p. 59.)

Helen CondonMay 24, 2021

Thank you for shining a light on a most remarkable man. I didn't even know he existed until today. I should tell you my own daughter left the Church when she was 18 & ended her life as a practicing pagan when she died from cancer 3 years ago. After her passing, one of her friends came to me & said she had dreamt of Larissa & wanted to give me the message that she understood me, now. So Gary understands you, now. :-)

LauraMay 24, 2021

Carolyn, Thank you for this excellent reminder, of something I’ve known but had trouble with “making myself” drink enough water. I wanted to share a recent simple discovery that has made it very easy for me to drink more than enough water. This is to drink warm water, not just room temperature. I heat the water up in the morning, put it in insulated containers (with a straw) so it stays warm all day. It’s amazing how much my body loves and craves this. Everything in my body is functioning better, including my eye sight!

Herm OlsenMay 24, 2021

One of my favorite all-time songs - beautifully done! But PLEASE also read the book ‘Amazing Grace’ by Eric Metaxis. Thanks for your great talents!!

Joyce WoolfMay 24, 2021

Thank you for this article. I too had a sorrow-filled week. I learned of the sudden passing of my wonderful cousin, Dave Babbel, a tremendous professor and mission president, and of the passing of Lynn and Perry Carter’s grandson. My sister, Cheryl, introduced the gospel to Lynn when they were in high school. I’d been pondering the pain that comes with caring. I appreciate your insights.

JaneMay 24, 2021

Well said, Brother Hess. Thank you for your beautiful tribute to a well-deserved soul and for allowing the rest of us to "meet" Gary Wilson and his great work.

Ronald BarnesMay 24, 2021

I once had a conversation with a non-member friend about "the rapture". I told him that, when the time comes, there will be many Christians standing on the ground watching their non-Christians neighbors being taken up; and wondering why.

Barbara FallickMay 23, 2021

Love is the great equalizer in life. Whether rich or poor, from any country, in any circumstance, we can all choose to love.

RebeccaMay 23, 2021

"I’m an enormous mountain of good with a few bad pebbles." It takes a lot of self-confidence to state something like that.

AlexMay 23, 2021

My thought is she believes you are valuing something more than her or not listening to her enough. Perhaps you should work on understanding her instead of judging her. Ask her what she needs and fulfill those needs and hopefully she'll return to a loving person.

Sirpa GriersonMay 23, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful article. The center does hold and Christ is at the center. I was moved by your thoughts and grateful for your scholarship and commentary on this great and dreadful time that we are blessed to experience.

Pamela L RehderMay 22, 2021

Excellent article Mary, lest we forget or get lost in what we truly should be about.

CathrynMay 22, 2021

This study makes a case to never again enact lockdowns! I've often thought that many of the covid deaths that occurred in nursing homes could have been avoided with a family advocate and support for many patients. Already anxiety prone, alzheimer's & dementia patients were denied visits from loved ones, which likely caused greater anxiety, contributing to additional deaths. The Lord created us to need human connection spiritually, emotionallly, and physically. It is cruel to have kept loved ones apart this long time.

Greg HobbsMay 22, 2021

Thx you for your God inspired sermon on what it means to always remember Him. What a Supernal gift from a Loving Father.

Lana.WellsMay 22, 2021

Thank you so much for enlightening this person of little doctrinal knowledge.Tomorrow's Sacrament will be different. Now I truly have food for thought.

Dr. Trina Boice (Movie Review Mom)May 21, 2021

Yay! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! It's one of those hidden gems on Netflix. Thanks for your comments!

Cap CresapMay 21, 2021

To remember someone you must know him or her first. To truly remember the Savior Alma 37:9 is a requirement. Strangely this scripture about knowing the Savior is never quoted or refered to except in the 4th article of faith.

Helen MeekMay 21, 2021

As my "remembering surges and wanes, I appreciate your article to ponder about my relationship with My Saviour. Thankyou

Loraine WhettenMay 21, 2021

In addition to Wendy Nelson, who would you invite to speak at UVU Campus? Just asking.

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

I feel bad for this brother. He doesn't give us very much information, and it would be interesting to hear his wife's point of view. If she is truly unwilling to work on the marriage, I can't help but wonder why he chooses to stay. It seems like self-inflicted unhappiness for the rest of his life. Somewhere out there is a good single woman who would truly love him.

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

YES! We are here to learn to love. There is an even higher law of love for our fellowman than "Love they neighbor as thyself." The highest law of love that Jesus gave to love one another is: "Love one another, AS I HAVE LOVED YOU."

RFMay 21, 2021

One of my favorite quotes related to this topic comes from a talk by C. Terry Warner. He said something like this..."Satan does not need to overpower us to win the war, he just needs to get us to adopt his way of fighting it."

LindaMay 21, 2021

CRT is being taught in schools almost everywhere, except in red states. Even then, it can creep in by liberals. Don't think it's not taught at BYU because it certainly is by some professors. Open your eyes, people!

Joanne KappMay 21, 2021

In the last few years, I have been more deeply yearning to "Remember Him" and to "Hear Him". I have struggled with that because I felt as though I wasn't finding the success I wanted. This article, Brother and Sister Frogley, gave me a completely different perspective. I thought to myself, "I can do that". Thank you.

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

HA! Oh, how true! I need Him EVERY second!

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

Thank you so much for your great courage and humility in being willing to share this with us! You are a beautiful example that the Lord has power to change every one of us and we should never give up. Thank you for reminding us that we are ALL of great worth--more than we can even fully comprehend in this life.

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

Your words reflect the great yearning in my heart, and the hearts of many, to be more like our Savior and to reflect his light and love. It gives me great comfort when I am so aware of my own imperfections and weaknesses, to know that the Savior IS perfect and I can draw from HIS perfection and HIS great power and strength.

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

I think the phrase "that in patience ye may possess your souls" is an interesting one to contemplate. To me, it also suggests that as we seek to follow our Savior, we must also be patient with ourselves and our weaknesses, while continuing to strive for improvement. I am comforted by the fact that the Sacrament prayer speaks of being "willing," not perfect: "..that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them..." (D&C 20:77) As we repent and prepare to partake of the sacrament, it is encouraging to know that there is a different between worthiness to partake and absolute perfection.

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

Sweet story---anyone who would be so patient with a cranky Grandma sounds like a real winner. I hope the future holds great things for them!

LauraMay 21, 2021

Thank you Scot and Maurine for this rich and encouraging discussion. I am so grateful for the archetypes that we have access to—of language, history and example—in our restored gospel tradition, that truly show us the Way to go. O Zion, dear Zion. My heart is inspired by your discussion to keep repenting and purifying myself, so I can be of some small service in the building of Zion right where I stand.

CJB againMay 21, 2021

I’m pondering the beautiful example of not having the heart to engage in the conversation because of your tender concern for your daughter.

Terry DickensMay 21, 2021

What a wonderful article. Likening our memories of our earthly father is most helpful in understanding a little better "remembering Him." Thank you for this thought provoking and powerful article.

Karell BinghamMay 21, 2021

I just love you two! I have thought lately that Zion is a Holy City filled with a holy people. The definition of holy is, "set apart for a sacred purpose." That seems to help me align my path: If am worthy to live in Zion, I am set apart for a sacred purpose: God's purpose. Now if I could just keep that in mind in my daily life! Thanks!

Karl FarnsworthMay 20, 2021

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is pressed againgt the earth's sweet flowing breast ; A tree that looks at God all day And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools (men) like me, But only God can make a tree. (Joyce Kilmer)

EthelMay 20, 2021

Thank you so much for your testimony. God loves us no matter where we are or who we are. I wish you the best. It is great that you were brave enough and had the courage to share with us all. Only until you want in someone else's shoes do you really know what it is like... thank you

Wendy J BrownMay 20, 2021

Thank you for creating such a beautiful piece of music - and for making it able to be downloaded. A copy is now sitting on our piano - and the music is filling our hearts (on this snowy day in May!) - reminding me to keep an eternal perspective - and to try to reflect His image in my countenance. Thank you. Our lives are enriched by you, your gift and your sharing of this gift!

cdMay 20, 2021

Love her wisdom and example. Thank you for sharing!

Diane L AndersonMay 20, 2021

One of my first reads this morning was this wonderful article My heart resonated with the author and all she had experienced. Indeed, being in the midst of nature brings one into the presence of God feeling His joy, power and love. Thank you~

PaulineMay 20, 2021

So sad Martha, and Washington state passed it as mandatory; so sad.

Linda WetoverMay 20, 2021

What a lovely new hymn! I have long enjoyed your music, but this one really touches a chord deep in my heart. Thank you so much for sharing your gift to bless the lives of others!!

ChrisMay 19, 2021

I'm excited for this series of articles. I learned late in life that my belief in Heavenly Parents didn't change the way I lived my life until I finally had experiences with them. Experience changed my heart and changed me... This belief is the most basic and foundational of the restoration, but it seems that so many of us don't live our lives like we really believe it. We can't understand God, we can only experience Him...and we can know that "God is love". Most of the time that's good enough.

Alece ReynoldsMay 19, 2021

Amen, Martha. I have been appalled to learn about BYU administrators and professors — including the President of the University—adopting principles of CRT at the Lord’s University. CRT is Marxist and replaces class with race in order to divide populations and cause chaos.

tfMay 19, 2021

Somebody's just making this one up, right?

Louis MidgleyMay 19, 2021

Professor Peterson's careful attention to the work of R. Lanier (Lanny) Britsch makes certain that his comments are based on solid scholarship. Lanny is the leading expert on the Church of Jesus Christ in Hawaii. and also on the the places in the Pacific where there are Latter-day Saints, including also Australia and New Zealand.

APRIL FEARMay 19, 2021

Communist countries always want to get the children away from their parents as early as possible, because beliefs and behaviors are instilled during the first 5 years of life. If the government controls the child's beliefs, parental authority and religion can be stomped out.

ShaunaMay 19, 2021

Thank you for your courage in sharing your story. Agency is sacred to our Heavenly parents but so is accountability what an amazing dream/revelation you had.

Anna KeoghMay 19, 2021

Thank you, thank you for every sincere word you wrote that went right into my heart.

Chuck SanfordMay 19, 2021

I'm very glad this sister has turned her life around by becoming closer to her Heavenly Father. Sometimes church members in this situation don't change, and remain locked in destructive behavior cycles. I was a home teacher for three men incarcerated in a federal prison. Despite the efforts of our Heavenly Father (and my efforts), they did not change, although one guy was starting to change when he was transferred from prison in Texas to prison in California. I truly hope he repented and made the change.

PamelaMay 19, 2021

Loved this article!! She described the truths that we all need to come to understand in our life’s journey.

JRyMay 19, 2021

Thanks you for sharing your experiences. I kept thinking of what God tells us. That all these experiences shall be for your good. I am sure he will use your experiences and you can help many people. I have an aunt who went to prison. She could have helped others. Instead, she lives a very solitary life. How much better it is too help other people by sharing! Thank you.

Helen CondonMay 19, 2021

Fascinating! Scott and I knew a man named Clayton Kalaenuimanomano Woolley in Portland. He was my Bishop at the time and his youngest son was our Best Man. I wonder if he was related to the Woolley mentored in this story?

TraceyMay 18, 2021

Maryann Taylor-----I'm fairly sure she used her clothing to help drive home her point. I don't think it was a random choice from her closet. I took a class once on rhetorical techniques and I remember color usage as being one of them. It's been quite a while. We had to write essays on how color was used in visual presentations, movies, videos, music videos, commercials, etc. It's quite interesting to notice it and analyze what they are trying to say, non-verbally.

DaveyMay 18, 2021

Excellent article. We must fight against CRT, and idea that most likely came from the adversary given its potential to seriously harm our nation.

Vivian M AdamsMay 18, 2021

An amazing, well thought out piece of work. Thank you for your study and inspiration.

Tom SchumannMay 18, 2021

Critical Race Theory is a Marxist inspired doctrine, which has been deliberately injected into our society to set people against each other. The point is to lead to the societa division and chaos necessary for communist takeover to be successful, much as 'agrarian reform was successfully used in China.. Add to this the 1619 project, which teaches that the founding of this nation was based on slavery rather than on freedom, create in our youth loathing of rather than love of our country and its founding princess. These are both elements of the 'unrestricted warfare' launched against this country by those who seek its overthrow.

vickieMay 18, 2021

wow what a read. thank you. i have to share this that i have noticed. i have seen a sort of tribalism coming about where people who are of like cultures even and especially in America want to band together. instead of becoming American and united they want to separate themselves off from the rest of the population. when i speak of cultures i speak of many different cultures i see doing this. i remember going to germany as a child and to england as an adult. in germany the language separated us. in england the language was the same but the culture was different. in both cases the americans sent there for military duty banded together whether they were black or white or hispanic or anything else. as long as they were sent form america we were united. in america however, we are not united these days. we are so divided, each one fighting for their own culture declaring racism as their reason for doing so. i wish it werent so, but it is and its happening more and more.

Andrew R.May 18, 2021

I await the series with anticipation. However, the underlying belief appears to be that there is one Heavenly Father and one Heavenly Mother for planet Earth. Whilst this may very well be true, it does not have to be. How would it change things if there was more than one?

DMTMay 17, 2021

I love this true story! I love how this young woman felt the Spirit and went with it, instead of questioning and doubting, and putting off what turned out to be life changing opportunities. I love how an American family sponsored and helped this eager and enthusiastic young woman! Americans have so much more than most in the world. As 3 times ex-pats, we love getting to know people around the world. Thanks for this uplifting article!

DaveyMay 17, 2021

Very insightful article. CRT will only increase race-based contention between people. It is such a bad idea on so many levels that I am surprised that certain politicians think it is a good idea. I honestly think Satan is putting this idea into people's minds -> broad sweeping bad ideas that are viewed as 'good' usually come from the adversary.

SherriMay 17, 2021

This is fantastic! I love it so much! My granddaughter loved the first video and can’t wait to watch more!

StephanieMay 17, 2021

Great story. Very inspirational. Where is Irina today?

Martha GutierrezMay 17, 2021

This is such a good article but it’s contradictory to what BYU is adopting for their standards. I just read their CRT adoption policy and their desire for equity. It’s almost like a a double standard don’t you think? I’m a BYU alumni and I can’t understand what’s really happening with this CRT theory. We need to stand up for more Christ love and not conform to the theories of the world.

AyseMay 17, 2021

This is such an inspiring story at this time of history. With all the negative news, this one is not and a thrill to read. Thank you.

Helen CondonMay 17, 2021

So much “wisdom born of pain.” (Helen Reddy, “I Am Woman”)

ToriMay 17, 2021

Amen, Nicholeen. Thank you for pointing out the immediate harm this ideology has on our children and on our society.

Helen CondonMay 17, 2021

As I seem to pursue my own dreams of beginning a grief Coach these are the words I needed this morning, “if it was right, her Heavenly Father provide.” Thank you.

Pauline HarryMay 16, 2021

Wow Seattle! We live in Kent. Great hearing your story and jealous about the Jerusalem opportunity. Inspiring though and very happy for you and yours!

Maryann TaylorMay 15, 2021

This was so sweet and beautiful. I have to chuckle a bit--I wonder if she thought about the fact that she was wearing black and white?

MaryMay 15, 2021

Great article, thanks for sharing! I have so much respect for this woman.

Pauline Bennion HarryMay 14, 2021

We need to be "wise as serpents, harmless as doves."

Maryann TaylorMay 14, 2021

The fact that the husband admits he still has feelings for his old flame is the deal breaker here in establishing a relationship with her daughter, who is now an adult. This man needs to concentrate on his own wife and children. Period. Most likely this woman knew the man was married and she may try and use her daughter to get to him. NO WAY!

CCMay 14, 2021

Right on. Someone who pursues someone else's husband or wife will not give up easily, and so the responses to her have to be firm and strong and then block her phone numbers and emails.

RuthMay 14, 2021

This story really touched me. How amazing that such an awful day could turn out to be one of the best, with a shift in perspective. Also, I love that Becky had homeopathic medicines to help with the diarrhea!

Julie ArcherMay 14, 2021

Thank you for all of these inspiring articles! They have been incredibly thought provoking and are priceless wisdom treasure for our day.

Catherine GardnerMay 14, 2021

Alarm bells are screaming in my head at this request from an old fiancé. The advice given is absolutely spot on. This lady is not reconnecting for a passing nod and a wave. She has blatantly stated she wants to meet up and renew the relationship she had with your husband. Of course both he and she won't look the same but it only takes one determined person to wreck your marriage. If your husband cannot accept the past is the past then you have a fight on your hands.

Dennis the MenaceMay 13, 2021

Perhaps it would be helpful for those of us passing judgement on those who have or have not had the Covid shot to read and ponder Doctrine and Covenants Section 64 verse 9.

L. PetersonMay 13, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful article!

Linda WillisMay 13, 2021

It's unfortunate that Dr. Nelson was rejected for who she is rather than the content of her address. How ironic that a beautiful message on avoiding contention in our personal and public lives was not heard by those in need of it.

Nancy LundquistMay 13, 2021

I remember comments that while on earth it is not her mission to comfort, teach or be involved while here in our earth life. We are in a wicked world, to expose her to the vileness and evil would be wrong. Her mission is different, we are not to pray to her, she's for a different time and place, that's the way I understand it. Just think of the curse words used for God, Jesus and any holy figure. She's too holy for exposure in any way.

PatMay 13, 2021

Narrow minded people do not like anyone’s opinion except theirs. We can only get to know each other better if we listen to others. We DON’T have to always agree with them.

LindaMay 13, 2021

So the "left" is in favor of identification proving that a person has been vaccinated? Hmmm. What about voter i.d.? That's even more important a d they won't stand for it!!! Hypocrites.

Michele BaerMay 13, 2021

Very well written. The calm discussion to appreciate all sides of differing views is the path to bring succes and happiness. Thank you for expressing this so eloquently.

Maureen GaleMay 13, 2021

That is the most compelling, cohesive, and persuasive article I've read in a long time. Let's be for shedding full light on each argument (or better stated, point of view) and see where it leads. Jesus never shied away from letting His truths be known, even when it led to martyrdom. He only stopped lovingly persuading when he knew no hearts would be softened.

Elizabeth SmithMay 13, 2021

I'm a picky reader--former English teacher and editor. This is a powerful series. Four months after finishing it, I still find it helpful and hopeful. It fleshes out some scripture, is consistent with prophecy, is deftly written.

DanielleMay 13, 2021

I have enjoyed these articles so much and reread each of them several times. Becky and Jolanta are both truly extraordinary! (I look forward to learning more about Thomas n future articles too.) Thank you so much for sharing with us!

David DurfeeMay 13, 2021

Extraordinarily interesting. That same council would have probably excommunicated Emma Smith. It was a difficult and uncertain time for everyone, and no one was perfect.

Karell BinghamMay 13, 2021

Scott and Marine, you always inspire me, I would love to meet you some day! Here is one little thought that I have about kneeling across the altar. The altar symbolizes sacrifice. This perhaps indicates that those who are being sealed across the altar of sacrifice are to remember that they are expected to sacrifice for each other. AND when a sacrifice is made for the other, she or he needs to recognize that sacrifice with gratitude!

LewisMay 13, 2021

I continue to be incredibly impressed by Jolanta and her courage. To be taken from the life you have known and be uprooted, carried to a strange country with strange people must have been terrifying. She is an example to all of us. As are you, Becky. You didn’t have to do any of this, but you answered the promptings of the spirit. May God bless your life, as you have blessed the lives of so many.

Becky DouglasMay 13, 2021

Thank you for your kind words, Robert! Anyone with nine little ones is a hero of mine! I think I can personally vouch for how challenging that is, and also, for how rewarding that is! You have a good eye. Thomas, Jolanta's brother is, indeed, the second from the right in the picture. We've been focusing on Jolanta's experience in these past few articles. One more article on Jolanta, and then we will focus on Thomas's experience, which in many ways was the polar opposite. Just making sure that we never got bored . . ..

HarrietMay 13, 2021

This is a well thought out perspective. Thank you for writing it. I agree with the article, we need to come back to the time when ideas can be freely expressed. It is amazing what we can learn from one another when we are willing.

Frank MerrillMay 13, 2021

Perhaps my life is too simple. If someone whose opinion I don't wish to hear is speaking at an event, I don't attend the event. Should I decide to attend the event anyway, perhaps in the interest of widening my horizon, my reaction to that event is purely my own and I have no responsibility or prerogative to express my own reaction to anyone else. Continuing that simplicity and exercising my agency, I may decide to watch another film or television program in the event I do not choose to view or hear any more of the event I had been viewing, but exercising that agency does not authorize me to express my decision to anyone else.

John BerenyiMay 13, 2021

What a great article. I learned much from this. Thank you!

AnonymousMay 12, 2021

When your spouse takes joy in causing you pain then it's time to quit. Told my soon to be ex that he hurt my feelings and he laughed in my face. Video games and porn very much killed my marriage.

withheldMay 12, 2021

Jason is an amazing teacher. I have great memories of him teaching our small group of songwriters, at our local chapter of NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Assoc. International) , a couple of times. His work with Nashville Tribute has been a blessing in my life.

PatMay 12, 2021

It is always special for me to read of remarkedly good events as well as to read and feel the writers' emotions pertaining to stories like this one. By the same token, testimonies are always welcome to my mind. Knowledge of the gospel has given me the opportunity to smile, cry, wonder, as well as enjoy its truthfulness. Thank you for this example of strength and fortitude.

Timothy D JohnsonMay 12, 2021

When Brigham Young fist announced the food storage program, he said "seven years food storage". In my grandfather's time is was three years. In the 70's, one year good two years better. In the 90's, one year. Then in the early part of this century we were told to reduce it to three months but still keep working on the one year supply. Where else in the scriptures did God keep lowering the standards before He finally sent the "kaboom" down. I worry that He has given us reduced amounts out of patience. But patience only goes so far when so many members of the Church who have the means to obtain their food storage dismiss it as unimportant. One man argued that we need to concentrate of spiritual things rather than temporal things. But remember it says in the D&C that all His commandments are spiritual. In closing, Brigham Young also said "even if we do it half right we will have enough bread to feed ourselves and all the gentiles who come to us". Quotes from Brigham Young are from Discourses of Brigham Young

Linda WillisMay 12, 2021

This article is packed full of wisdom from on high and can be a game changer for many. I have read Wally's articles for years and everyone has been a winner. This one is a home run!

Allison TullisMay 12, 2021

I hapoen to work for Head Start as a preschool teacher. We are a high-quality preschool program, not a daycare. This has always been a misconception about Head Start. And to say it is a failure is not at all accurate. The good we do to help our families, as well as our children, is the definition of success, not failure. I would like to know where you came up with calling our program a failure.

Nancy Holley JolleyMay 12, 2021

My Great Grandfather was also part of the same Hunt Company. The sacrifices they made strengthen me today...I can do hard things! Grateful for those who kept journals and strengthen us.

DaniMay 12, 2021

First, thank you to those that are willing to give kind, loving care to those children whose parents do not have the option of having at least one parent able to stay home. I was blessed to be able to be a "stay at home mom" for a number of years. Instead of using these huge amounts of money to push children out of the home, why not use it to enable one parent the option to stay home and raise their children in a loving, caring environment. This makes future generations who are a positive influence for their communities and society in general. Selfishness and greed have become increasingly the norm and therefore encouraged behavior. It was truly irritating and disappointing that if I sent my children to daycare there was a tax break, however in choosing to be at home with my children there was no additional tax advantage. Yes, it was a struggle financially, but I was there. No one will love your children as much as you. A "basic income" would be more useful than pushing children out of their homes. Again I know all too well the struggle for single parent homes, and homes where both parents are forced to work, just to make ends meet-- sometimes even that is a terrible struggle. So again, I am so grateful to those loving souls who are truly CARING for the children who need them while parents are unable to be there. Thank you and so much gratitude. I pray we can come together and push for families to have the ability to care for and nurture their children. I pray for them and for those who willingly and compassionately step up to help those who sincerely need that extra help and support.

SebMay 12, 2021

Another contributor to the increased inflation has not been mentioned in the article: The printing of trillions of dollars. The FED has printed more than $10 trillion in the last twelve months. Guess how inflation is defined. It’s not an increase in consumer prices but an increase in the supply of money.

John R CarpenterMay 12, 2021

"Educate and arm yourself and your children with the truth. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” It’s time to call out critical race theory for what it is, employ every means possible to end its use, and model the true rejection of racism by building “bonds of genuine friendship” through love and service to all." AMEN AND AMEN!

Gaye Jones WillisMay 12, 2021

Clark, thank you for this wonderful article. Mary was an amazing example to all and her posterity need the world. I hope you and your family are well.

StephaniMay 12, 2021

This movie was hilarious! My kids have watched it every day since we watched it as a family. My husband and I laughed through the whole thing. At the end, I appreciate that they weren't in your face about her being a lesbian. Just a brief mention of a potential girlfriend. Most kids won't even catch it. Mine certainly didn't.

David BarkdullMay 12, 2021

Br Hinkley, enjoyed your story. I come from a very similar heritage. My great great grandparents, Thomas and Ann Oakey were baptized by Wilfford Woodruff, emmigrated in 1856 and travelled with the Willie company. Their 11 year old daughter was the last to die in that company the night before they entered the valley. As yours is, their story too is humbling for all that they went through. Like you, in 2006, my father, brother and I honored their names by spending 4 days out on the trail hiking between the Ice Slough and Rock Creek Hollow on the days, 150 years later that they did. It was an amazing experience and mother nature did not disappoint us providing an ice cold snow filled night with straight line winds. Even though we camped in our tent, we had a gas heater and plenty of extra wool blankets and good food. Like yours, It was an experience we will always remember. I have also just finished my own book, 428 pages of my Oakey ancestors and their trip to Utah and Idaho and their lifes here. I was the logical lead for three stake treks in the past 12 years and know that stretch of the pioneer trail well. One year Jolene Alphin arranged for some of your Pace relatives, two sisters to Margerie (and their names slip me now) came to our stake and spoke to our youth about their family's experiences on the trail. They even brought a large visual display object for everyone to see. It was quite a memorable evening. Thank you for sharing your family's story. It is nice to read about others who share the same passion and convictions.

Maryann TaylorMay 12, 2021

Beautiful article about the depth of our Heavenly Father's love for each of us. The more messed up our lives are, the more He wants to help us! How sad when we withdraw from Him because of embarrassment or guilt. I have come to sense who my Heavenly Father is through the Holy Ghost as I read the scriptures and pray. I also feel His love reflected through the love and kindness of others. I feel his love when I ponder the beauties of nature and all that He has provided for us. Every breath I take is a gift from Him. He is constantly proclaiming His love for us every day if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Maryann TaylorMay 12, 2021

Great advice! As we learned in the pandemic, it doesn't take long for shelves to empty. We need to be prepared--especially with food and water. It is very comforting to know that in the event of a disaster, you will not go hungry or suffer from thirst. The Lord has given us counsel to prepare and we need to act.

Maryann TaylorMay 12, 2021

I realize some woman have no choice--they must work to support their families. I respect and admire them for the heavy burden they carry. However, those who do not really need to work are missing out on so much. It breaks my heart to think of so many little ones spending long hours every day away from home. NO ONE can love or care for children the way a mother can. When our children were growing up, we often were stretching to make ends meet, but I am so grateful I was able to care for my children at home. Looking back, it gives me peace and great satisfaction to know I was able to put my children first. I was the one to see them take their first steps and say their first words. I was the one who was there for them when they were afraid, sick, or just needing a mom's touch. What a blessing.

Maryann TaylorMay 12, 2021

My husband and I have been married almost 51 years. Yesterday he sent me a text: "I love thinking about you." Little things like this melt a woman's heart! I believe that continually expressing love and appreciation is a key to a happy marriage. I also loved the advice here in this article about having your notebook ready during prayer to write down inspiration for your marriage. This is in harmony with President Nelson's counsel. One of the great truths I have learned over the years is that it is not my job to "fix" my husband. My job is to love him, encourage him, and overlook his weaknesses.

Donald E.May 11, 2021

The First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The church is spending sacred funds to help other nations afford the vaccine for their populations. The church encourages vaccinations per the Handbook: Vaccinations administered by competent medical professionals protect health and preserve life. Members of the Church are encouraged to safeguard themselves, their children, and their communities through vaccination. Ultimately, individuals are responsible to make their own decisions about vaccination. If members have concerns, they should counsel with competent medical professionals and also seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost. I've followed the Prophet's example on this one. People who are willing to put the health of so many others at risk for their own political views do not get my sympathy when they are called out for it.

Earl P Chantrill (Please withhold my name)May 11, 2021

I and several of my family members have not been vaccinated for COVID because of an inherited medical condition. I resent being told that I am a "holdout" and putting others a risk. We have taken this action because of medical advice. We have no reason to believe that we have been exposed to COVID.

SherryMay 11, 2021

You can not base the effects of childcare solely on Quebec’s experiences. There’s is vastly different than BC where we have excellent childcare enabling Mother’s and Father’s to go to work confident their children are safe. The problem lies in qualified child care... one must have the qualifications, and the facility must meet requirements. My daughter ran a childcare and those children grew up well established. She had to meet federal guidelines and expectations... my niece also runs one... childcare is often the only way a family can work. To label childcare centres breeding grounds for ill behaved children or children with social issues is so unfair. I’m assuming you chose Quebec because it met the criteria for your article. Had you chosen to truly investigate you would see that BC is vastly different on all levels... in Quebec children with special needs are not allowed in public school... here they are and are given aides to help them. Had this been the rule for my hearing impaired child, he would had to have gone to s Special school and not known how to interstate with regular society nor would other children know how to form friendships with him. He now has a very good job and you would never know he was hearing impaired. Had he gone to a Special School I truly believe he would be on Federal Aide... even our healthcare is far better than Quebec. So please if your going to write an article on childcare look into more than one example... I always value the articles here but this one disappoints seriously... Mom’s and Dad’s especially single need our help. What would you expect them to do? Leave their kids alone at home? Employers won’t pay for childcare... nor should they...those of us who can afford to pay the taxes to help out those who struggle are doing exactly what the Saviour asks us to do!! What you should be suggesting is making sure this money isn’t squandered, and misused. Not condemning the children who need it to a life that by your view is doomed. I’m so very disappointed. Why don’t you come and inspect the childcare system here in BC? Then rewrite your article.

David DurfeeMay 11, 2021

If anti-vaxxers were putting only their own health and lives at risk, it would be one thing. But they are not. It is truly the same as someone who, despite gentle rhetoric and kind encouragement, steadfastly insists on having the freedom to drive while drunk around my family members and friends. Tell me again how I'm supposed to respond. After orchestrating worldwide fasting and prayers for God to help in the effort against Covid, President Nelson got vaccinated. I'm following the example of a true and living Prophet of God.

PamMay 11, 2021

I have chosen at this time to wait to receive the vaccine. I had Covid in January and it was just a mild cold for me. 1) I have had 2 heart Ablations to cure heart arrhythmia, so that makes me very hesitant to risk taking a vaccine with that side affect. 2) I have Multiple Sclerosis that is in remission. For me the risk of an immune changing vaccine is not worth it. Would you risk being paralyzed to avoid a cold? I do not get flu shots or pneumonia shots because of the risk of my MS going out of remission. We need to not judge others when we do not know all their issues.

Karell BinghamMay 11, 2021

I just remember reading once of a daycare teacher who sat the little ones in a circle around her. She then asked each of them their favorite place to go. The most unanimous answer given: home.

Branna ParkMay 11, 2021

I agree that abstaining from getting the vaccine for political reasons would be foolish. However, EVERY person I have spoken to who has refused the vaccine or is waiting to get it is doing so based on science, not politics. I know both liberals and conservatives who are not getting the vaccine. (And I know both liberals and conservatives who have.) Many (most?) of the unvaccinated have spent months following the research, studying the science, learning all they can about this vaccine. I'd like to add, too, that a vaccine itself can create a breeding ground for mutations. The unvaccinated will always be blamed for outbreaks and mutations, but so often it is the vaccinated that is at fault. Most people have absolutely no understanding of this, however, and simply trust the narrative rather than doing the research. And I don't fault them for that, because they simply don't know that there is an alternative narrative to research. I like to compare it to missionary work. The investigator says, "I know the Book of Mormon isn't true." "How do you know? Have you read it?" "No, I don't have to read it. I just know." Well, you don't just know, and you'll never know the truth unless you actually read it. Some people might say that their pastor tells them it's not true. Well, how many pastors have actually read it? And here is where it gets a little touchy. People trust their pastors, just like people trust their doctors. But what most people don't realize is that most doctors haven't studied vaccine safety and efficacy. They, also, are simply quoting the narrative. One has to actually question the narrative and do the research before he'll get any real answers to the question.

Ed GayhartMay 11, 2021

Pretty simple. People running a kiddy kennel don’t love your kids.

MaryMay 11, 2021

Some women don't have a choice but to work so I would see Bidens proposal benefiting them. As much as I would love to believe in a perfect world where where life works out perfectly, for some that just isn't the case. Life can be convoluted and messy. As for Josh Hawley, I would be interested in an article where you do present some of his policies.

Robert W CowartMay 10, 2021

Becky as the father of nine little ones I find it hard to find the right words to express my admiration for your Christ like love and action for Yolanta and her brother. I know there will be some special times later when as a family on the other side you all reflect on these mortal experiences.I have to ask is that Yolantas brother in the middle of the 2 bigger boys. He looks like her.

Edi WinbergMay 10, 2021

What a beautiful story. Thanks so much for sharing. What a beautiful family you have and what a blessing you and your husband are in their lives. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless you and your family.

DorrieMay 10, 2021

I did ordinance work for an aunt who had been the "black sheep" of her family-rebellion, alcoholism, you name it. In doing her initiatory work, I felt her spirit there, joyful and full of gratitude. The veil is very thin but not only in the temple. I lost a son when he was 47. He was the "go to" guy who could fix, build or invent just about anything. and his hand was always extended to help others. There have been times when I've been stymied by a mechanical or technical problem and I've said" Son, this would be so easy for you, could you give me a little help?" And, somehow things would go together. Did I pray to him? Of course not, I just said what I would have if he were still here. Did I worship him? Absolutely not! He's just another of the Lord's angels who has always been willing to do His work.

Jackson BartonMay 10, 2021

Thank you for sharing. My heart has been filled with overwhelming love and compassion. Brave w omen!

Terry MahaffeyMay 10, 2021

Thank you for the thoughtful article. People can be hateful when not agreed with. As one who has decided to wait to learn what the long term consequences of the "vaccine" turn out to be I am grateful for your reasoned approach to the discussion of the pros and cons of the "vaccine". The general public has been brainwashed by the lack of clarity on what they are really putting into their bodies.

P HMay 10, 2021

I'd like to say, from a perspective of having had two serious virus infections in my life, one causing effects over 66 years (and to which only the resurrection will ultimately resolve the issues inflicted) that there is another reason not mentioned. That is, if people have been vaccinated against the mumps, measles, small pox, polio, shingles, and any other number of diseases and their resistance to the Covid vaccine is due solely to political ramifications (because they took their que from politicians rather than medical professionals), then they are not really selfish---they are foolish. When Moses held up the Brazen Serpent people refused to look at it at their own peril. It's easy to think they were foolish and I can't help but feel this is similar. It's their choice and I would never force any action upon them, but that doesn't mean they have chosen wisely in making their decision. Those (like me) who know of personal friends that have perished from Covid have a difficult time seeing the prevention efforts being ignored in favor of some assumptions that are political in nature. That's the nature of personal freedom, though. Defensiveness isn't necessary on either side to try and convince the non-convincible. It is what it is..

JessMay 10, 2021

It’s strange how the people who feel like this- that people who are hesitant about the vaccine won’t acknowledge the why behind the hesitation. The fact that the pharmaceutical companies have each been fined what adds up to Billions of dollars for fraud and covering up adverse clinical trial results in order to get a drug to market- then later been sued (and lost) because of the harm the drug caused and this same scenario has played out multiple times- so they’re repeat offenders & clearly not remorseful of the the lives that were affected or taken by the blatant dishonesty, doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in a vaccine. Especially when they would now not be held liable for any harm or deaths caused by this vaccine. The lack of honesty and accountability should give everyone pause to consider- even if they eventually chose to receive a vaccine, but it is something that should be taken into consideration.

KarinaMay 10, 2021

I love this story!!! Thank you so much for sharing. Wow!!! and to think about how many times I've complained about doing chores around the house and taking care of children. I have no troubles at all after reading your story. Thank you for being a great example of Christ-like love! Blessings for you and your family.

JustinMay 10, 2021

Thank you for posting this here! I've seen the level of this vitriol in comments made in more liberal publications, and was just STUNNED at how we've gotten to this point. I have not been vaccinated, after having looked hard at the science relating COVID and not seeing any benefit to myself or others over my contracting and fighting it naturally, and having seen a politicization of (and freedom of liability from) the vaccine. More concerning is the effort to squelch the negative side effects of the vaccines, minimal as they may be in numbers, which paints a rosy picture, diminishes honest research into the vaccine, and tosses aside any consideration for long-term effects. We are the human trials. We should give some consideration for the "control group". And nobody is professionally allowed to point out that the vaccine does not prevent you from getting COVID, or that it doesn't cover mutations - akin to a flu situation. I fear that "fear" has taken hold, and is being exploited politically and emotionally.

JowoMay 10, 2021

So much hatred, anger and vitriol over a shot. And what about the next plague and the next one and....Satan is clever, very very clever. Part of the concept of infinity is an infinite number of ways to attack agency. Thank you for this article.

PaulineMay 10, 2021

I guess I can deal with what I have to deal with. Thanks for the story.

Michael EdwardsMay 10, 2021

based on his column there certainly seems to me to be a fair number of church members cheating on their spouses. after all how many spouses who have been cheated on aren't writing in.? so again i think that there are a lot of church members who cheat on their spouse simply based upon how many of his columns center on that issue.

ShaunaMay 10, 2021

It all goes so fast--enjoy it. These are such precious years My 17 and 18 year olds still aren't quite at the thanking me stage. It's more of a separation time for them from me. It's all good

CherylMay 10, 2021

This really helped me to see many more of my spiritual gifts, thank you!

Lawrence HigginsonMay 10, 2021

Thank you for sharing. You all are special examples of God like pure love and charity❤️

Lori Finlay HamiltonMay 10, 2021

Excellent!! Thanks Carolyn :) I actually surprised my 90 year old mother yesterday with a visit this week. I looked around her little addition to my sisters home and saw enough "stuff" and things "she loves" to fill 4 homes!!! Marie Kondo would have a Hey Day!! I asked her if she would consider going through some things so that it's not quite a burden when she does go, and unfortunately she said "nope, that' my sister's job. I am going to enjoy all of my pretty little things for as long as I can". Really? We've just downsized and I've already begun to get rid of stuff, so our kids do not have too. I totally agree- our tastes are different. They may keep some things, or may donate of whatever. I'm grateful for your list of things to consider!! I'll start working on the rest of the list. Certainly staying as healthy as possible is one gift I'm passionate about, too

Cindy MartineMay 9, 2021

Marilyn (a.k.a. Sister Taggert), little did I know while we served together, that you had talents as a writer. In my defense, we didn't really know each other for very long. You have a wonderful talent and skill. Your writing reminds me a little of Erma Bombeck. Though I am not married, I can still relate to the spring cleaning recital. It comes every year and you would think we would get use to the routine and do everything we could to avoid the messes that have to be cleaned up; but no, we seem to be caught in the web of endless spring cleaning. Great article.

CherilynMay 9, 2021

A theory that is based in degrading one race to promote another is not coming from the Creator of us all. In fact it is of the adversary. As a teacher in a California performing arts public charter school, CRT and using everyone's preferred pronouns and honoring diversity are the main themes. None of it coming from any place of forgiveness. It's got a "revenge" edge to it. A BYU professor delivered a recent devotional about racism, which was in a very positive tone and in keeping with Gospel principles. But when he explained that we must all atone for the sins of others in the past, as the Savior did, with reparations, it took a detour doctrinally. First, it was the Savior's singular fore-ordained role to be the Savior of the World and to atone for us. We are Saviors on Mount Zion by being temple worthy and redeeming the dead with saving temple ordinances. The Second Article of Faith declares that we are not punished for other's (Adam's) transgression but only for our own sins. Moreover, my ancestors fought in the Civil War for the North. They opposed slavery. I cannot find any logic in the argument that I'm guilty of systemic racism. If we truly believe we are all children of God, then we will follow the Lord's simple commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves, to follow the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. No law or government mandate can change the hearts of people, and is more often the cause of increased discord. Being examples of the Lord's way and promoting those ideals in the public square in non-religious language will go a long way to help our brothers and sisters understand and model our examples of that better way as we go forward.

Truman ProctorMay 8, 2021

Being a father of 2 kiddos, one now 3 years old (son) and the other about 14 months (daughter), I identify with your sentiments so much. On Saturday mornings when I usually get up with kiddos so my wife can sleep in a bit (after having gotten up with them every morning during the week so I could get in the shower to get ready for work), I find more and more how extraordinary Mother's really are, and that sometimes there's just some comforts that Dad's can't provide and that's OK! I also believe I can work on improving my responses to my kiddos reactions to little things that really don't matter much in the grand scheme of things (i.e. Brother took my toy from me), but much more applicable is those teaching moments (me to my kids) and learning moments (my kids to me). On to another wonderful day! Bless you, Mom's...everywhere.

Margaret B. YoungMay 8, 2021

My husband and I saw it yesterday. I was glad to see a good audience--maybe 35 people. The first story (which is also the fourth) moved me most deeply. Because we know the hard path of addiction in my family, I was grateful to see it so realistically addressed.

Margaret B. YoungMay 8, 2021

My husband and I were looking at opportunities to serve in the DR-Congo two days ago, and found that only missions in the USA were listed. Nice to know that the world is open again.

Laura M. Brotherson, LMFT, CSTMay 8, 2021

Well said Jeff!! As a fellow all-in member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints myself and a certified sex therapist I would have said much of this myself!! Thanks for spelling out so many important points here!

Laura M. Brotherson, LMFT, CSTMay 8, 2021

Just a quick response to Michael Edward's question - We don't really know for sure that "a lot" of members are having affairs, but a few reasons people do is that they don't carefully nourish their marriage (i.e. making each other a priority with date night, daily couple time, attending to each other's love language, etc.). That leaves marriages vulnerable to external influences and temptations. This is not unique to members of our church. My "infidelity formula" can apply to anyone: Vulnerability + Opportunity + One Dumb Decision = Slippery Slope to Disaster (Infidelity) And well done Geoff as usual!! Sure appreciate all your great insights on marriage and family issues!

MarieMay 8, 2021

Beautiful story of true love, thank you!

WeezieMay 7, 2021

My guess on why there are so many affairs are: porn, social media secret accounts, and terrible boundaries with anyone of the opposite sex. You should never engage in relationships with them, no matter how harmless they may seem at first. It never turns out positive. Your spouse needs to the the one and only person in your life.

CharlieBrown2292May 7, 2021

Wonderful article! The power of the Adversary has been indeed unleashed like never before, and only being diligent in seeking the power of the atonement into our lives can save us from this terrible evil. Latter-Day Saint pioneers were faced with persecution and having to cross the plains under harsh conditions. Our fights against adversity may not be physical but spiritual, but just about as intense.

Old GuyMay 7, 2021

She says that she knows her husband is being faithful and yet still has such severe triggers. This dear sister has insecurity issues that have probably never been addressed and need addressing before she can progress..

LauraMay 7, 2021

Childlessness in a family-centered church is indeed difficult. But you can find comfort in the emotional, spiritual, physical, and financial support of your husband – something that thousands of single women do not have, in addition to being childless.

stevie maireid mckennaMay 7, 2021

Excellent subject. I think both mothers and fathers should address this with their sons but also their daughters as well. Fathers may have a stronger influence with this subject than mothers would as they can relate from their own experiences when they were an adolescent boy. Also, a boy may feel more comfortable discussing this subject with dad and a little uncomfortable with talking about it with mom.

Barbara BlackburnMay 7, 2021

High Nibley influenced my life profoundly. I watched FARMS diligently and read, I think, all but three of his books. My understanding of the gospel has soared because of Hugh Nibley and Abraham Gileadi..

Alisa HallMay 7, 2021

Thank you for your vulnerability! This is a topic that needs more light and open discussions especially regarding how to respond and love unconditionally those close to us who struggle with pornography. One of the best books a therapist suggested I read regarding pornography is titled “The Language of Recovery” by Gordon S.Bruin M.A., L.P.C. (Amazon) His book helps you understand the “why” and how to relearn your responses to loved ones in a compassionate and hopeful way. I also feel we need to be very careful throwing the word “Addiction” around when someone is struggling with pornography. Most individuals who struggle are not addicted based on the psychological definition.

Linda WestoverMay 7, 2021

You have beautifully expressed a truth about mother/child relationships that we tend to overlook. Mother is our anchor, our "safe place." Even now as I approach my 79th birthday, I often call out in my heart for my sweet mother to help and comfort me in the hard times -- and the wonderful thing is that the help and comfort come!

Michael EdwardsMay 7, 2021

there sure are a lot of members of the church having affairs. why is that? anyone brave enough to have an opinion on that?

Kristen OpenshawMay 7, 2021

I resonate more with some of the comments here than I do with the article. I also wonder why this and a few Come Follow Me podcasts I've listened to gloss over D&C 42:43-44: "And whosoever among you are sick, and have not faith to be healed, but believe, shall be nourished with all tenderness, with herbs and mild food, and that not by the hand of an enemy. And the elders of the church, two or more, shall be called, and shall pray for and lay their hands upon them in my name; and if they die they shall die unto me, and if they live they shall live unto me." With as much physical and emotional trouble I've had wearing a mask when I needed to, I can't imagine the effect a vaccine like this may have. "One size fits all remedies" do not fit all, and that's okay.

Debbi M.May 6, 2021

Love, loved LOVED THIS! Beautifully spoken. I yearn to know my Heavenly Mother, and think this young lady is pretty insightful. Why we do not yet know her like our Father I do not know, but reject many of the reasons offered as "Church culture." We will one day know, yes, but I so hope for sooner than later. This is a topic I liken to putting into a box, waiting for further light and knowledge, and concentrating on what I do know, for now.

ChrisMay 6, 2021

I sometimes ask Heavenly Father to allow my ancestors to help answer a specific need I may have, if it be His will. I have found and performed temple ordinances for hundreds of my and my husband's relatives, and know that they have been allowed to assist me and my family on occasion.

Kristen OpenshawMay 6, 2021

I'm not offended or worried about the examples of asking those on the other side of the veil for help. I don't think Timmie Lynn prayed to Matilda, she communicated with her. She posed a question and received help through the power of the Holy Ghost, surely authorized by the Lord, in my opinion!

EPHMay 6, 2021

My fight covered several decades. I've had in my life a lot of circumstances that have made the fight almost impossible. Mental health can be a big component. But it all has kept me more humble before the Lord and in a state of continual gratitude for His mercy. Surprisingly this article already addresses most of the things I could talk about. Good job!

MaryMay 6, 2021

I don't think the stories shared in the article came across as "praying" in the traditional sense or is an example of idol worshiping. I read it as having a conversation with them. If they do indeed feel their actual presence there in the temple and like in some of the example we can hear actually voices, than I see no reason why they wouldn't be able to understand our thoughts and feelings (even if they are non-vocal). To say that it is form of prayer or idol worshiping is ridiculous! Also, If we needed help and were to ask someone who was physically with us, I don't think it different than what they are doing and no one would condemn others for it.

Michael HogganMay 6, 2021

Mothers also need to be self-aware about any women's magazines, clothing catalogues and "romance" novels they might have in the house. Do they watch soap operas? I suspect many women have a double standard about risque material. They only object to risque material targeted at men.

Timothy D JohnsonMay 6, 2021

I have explained to my female friends that, for a man, it becomes a hunger that drives to be fulfilled. Not many women can understand this but it is the method that drives us to unite ourselves in marriage. Otherwise why would a man want to take the responsibility for a wife and children (from an old missionary discussion, "j", I think) ? That is why a woman should be sympathetic to her husbands needs. Another thing that is not widely understood yet is that women have much more Oxytocin, the hormone that create bonding and love. It has been proven that the only time a man gets a surge in his Oxytocin is when he has an orgasm through intercourse. Hence because of that he bonds with his wife and love grows between them. Deny him this and tragic circumstance may follow. But as Priesthood holders, we need to learn how to practice self control as is dictated in the Scriptures and be courteous to our wives also!

Yves ValenMay 6, 2021

Excellent article. Something every father, mother, and Church leaders should read. The description she makes of the world in which we live is so accurate. But there is hope, absolute hope in the rescueing power of the Lord to help all of His children overcome temptations. That is the reason why He asked His disciples (which all of us are) to pray always in order to overcome them.

ShaunaMay 6, 2021

Thank you so much for this gutsy, brave and enlightening article. It does indeed seem that young men in our society are being attacked from every side. I am raising girls and just pray that there are some worthy young men out there for them to date and marry someday. You have helped me at least understand what those young men (and now frequently, women) are up against.

stevie maireid mckennaMay 6, 2021

What a lovely presentation! I too have wondered why we don't hear much if anything about Heavenly Mother. My thought is that it may be detrimental in terms of missionary work. It would be too different for non-members to hear that we worship both or at least believe in both a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. For the culture that we live in it just wouldn't bode well and may be too foreign compared to mainstream Christianity for the world to know this. Although it is stated in a left handed way that we are children of Heavenly "Parents" in the Proclamation to the World. There may be a concern that if Heavenly Father allowed us to know and engage with Heavenly Mother that it would end up being a point of division, some members feeling closer to a Heavenly Mother and others to a Heavenly Father. My guess is that at least in the Millennium we will know all things. We will know the part that She has played and continues to play. Thank you for your insightfulness!

StevenMay 6, 2021

I am a former bishop, and have seen the effects of pornography on individuals and families. How remarkable to hear a woman express what every normal mortal human male since Adam has experienced! This is as significant as if a man had experienced, hormonally, what it is like to be pregnant. It is almost unbelievable, yet her descriptions of the raging hormonal torrent are right on the money. Every male I have ever known is tossed into the river at puberty and remains there until disease or geriatric decay pushes him into the eddies and slower side currents. No one I know has ever actually gotten out of the river. Society has always just expected us to "bridle your passions" and learn how to body surf in the rapids. This article is wonderful for mothers of sons. What might it mean for wives of husbands?

Wayne LarsenMay 6, 2021

Terrific article! I hope many others read it.

Barbara MattatallMay 6, 2021

This exact thing happen to me in March only it was my phone, not the lap top. The results were exactly the same. Thanks for sharing. Now I know I am not the only one who does something like this. And in fact, I am teaching the Relief Society class this Sunday on "I Am A God of Miracles" and this will be an excellent lead into the class. I had completely forgotten about my own experience.

Maryann TaylorMay 6, 2021

I have never felt a yearning or great need to know more about my Heavenly Mother. I am content that the Lord has revealed, and continues to reveal to me, what I need to know. I do not feel any less validated in my worth because there is not more information about her--- because I am secure in the knowledge that I am a daughter of Heavenly Parents. I have also noticed there is a growing trend among some women suggesting we should pray to our Heavenly Mother, even though the scriptures are very clear that we pray ONLY to our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Prophets have also openly discouraged this practice.

Maryann TaylorMay 6, 2021

I, too, have felt the beautiful spirit that comes when performing temple ordinances for my family. My blessings have come in the knowledge that I am doing the Lord's work, opportunities and inspiration to find information, and the increased love I feel for my family. This is the second article I have read where people have requested favors from those on the other side of the veil. There is a thin line between doing this sacred work and ancestor worship. Making requests of our ancestors is nothing less than praying to them. Doing so cuts our Heavenly Father out of the equation. We make our requests known to him, and him only. We also do not take it upon ourselves to make assignments to those on the other side of the veil. That, also, is the Lord's right.

Name WithheldMay 6, 2021

This essay is important and perhaps essential. Thanks to MERIDIAN for regularly publishing articles on sex, by which I mean passion and sometimes sin. Hooray for the editorial policy. Few topics are more timely and important, and silence is not the answer. The author deserves a gold medal . In the mean time, she has my thanks. The YM general presidency should find out who she is and put her on their board. (No, not the YW.) Whoever she is, she had to take time and energy and courage to produce her article, and I, for one, am grateful, both personally and because I think she has performed a moral service to the Saints.

BecMay 6, 2021

Thank you for this article. I have had boys that struggled with this and I felt terrible for them. I know it is so tough for them. You brought out some really good points.

Jan KingMay 6, 2021

This article this morning is truly an answer to my prayers! My adult son who lives with us, who served an honorable mission, married in the temple, has done a great deal of family history research work, and who has wandered in and out of the church for a number of years, no longer believes the Joseph Smith story. He apparently has read some stories such as the one described here, and his belief has faltered. This article confirms for me that one cannot take such stories and allegations at face value without investigating and reading farther. There's always "more to the story"!!

Jim ScottMay 6, 2021

I’ve always felt prayers can only be to God and that appeals to others beside God is on the cusp of idolatry vid a vis the Catholic habit of prayers to Mary. Yet here are examples of spiritual communication outside the approved method. How do we categorize such prayers and appeals.

A. BinghamMay 6, 2021

A hearty effort to lay out a case for vaccination at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic. But sadly, these gene therapies are not one size fits all. Some people simply cannot tolerate this type of therapy and risk outweighs the benefits. Unfortunately you did not address a growing evidence base globally on the effectiveness of therapeutics in the prevention and early treatment of COVID like symptoms, and, efforts by scientists and practitioners to refine protocols that are currently being used in hospitals globally, endorsed by governments, globally and used extensively and successfully by practitioners. A one sided discussion. Many people are not able to take these gene therapies as the risk for adverse events and side effects simply outweigh the benefits. Therapeutics have far fewer adverse reactions and may be the safer option for some people. Thank you.

LaurieMay 6, 2021

Thank you for this enlightening video. I'm so grateful for this discussion about the first spiritual gift mentioned in Section 46. Surely that must be the key to being able to recognize and obtain our personal spiritual gifts and then learn how to use them to bless the lives of others as well as our own.

E.PetersonMay 6, 2021

I appreciate that this void is being revealed. I wonder how many invisible females with great influence have been veiled in scripture. Your article was timely, appropriate, that many women have identified with. May our daughters & sons get to realize their total divinity going back & moving forward in the Gospel.

vickieMay 6, 2021

I DID ENJOY HER SPEAK about what she feels about a Heavenly Mother. i think that in the church we all believe in a Heavenly Mother. i was raised catholic and was taught that mary the mother of Jesus is more or less our heavenly mother and to pray to her and that she is an intercessor to God. i no longer believe this. i believe that the virgin Mary was chosen beforehand to come to earth and be the mother of the Christ Child. I believe we have a Mother in heaven and that She loves us. we use to say we dont know Her Name because the Lord doesnt want us to blaspheme her name, unfortunately like our Father in heaven and His Son's names are done so. I dont think about these things very much. i am a woman and i am satisfied with what we have already and i dont need the reassurance that there is a Mother in Heaven because i believe that God is a person of ORDER. i will look forward to seeing things again because im sure we all knew these things before coming to the earth.

MarkMay 6, 2021

Talking about racism and it’s impact on our fellow brothers and sisters brings it to light so that it can done away with. History is full of examples of using religious teachings in a way that perpetuates racist systems. We would be wise to seek to understand those whose lives are impacted by racism. We would be wise to listen to the President Nelson and follow his example in taking the lead in ending racism.

JaneMay 5, 2021

Congrats! This sounds like such an innovative program and you'll be great!

Boanerges RubalcavaMay 5, 2021

Few months go I posted a comment saying that the reason Heavenly Father seldom refers to Her is because He is protecting her for the stupidity of man. somebody here felt that "protect" was a kind of chauvinist expression that denigrates Her. I am sorry but it is a principle for me to protect my wife from anything in this world because I LOVE HER. It is very likely that she also feels that she needs to protect me because she loves me.

HeidiMay 5, 2021

Thank you. Your article has given me a lot to think about as I am trying to change my perspective on my trials. I also find myself questioning whether I have really been forgiven of certain sins and your experience helps me work on that also.

Christine PartnaMay 5, 2021

Ok. This is a lovely depiction of true love. However, who chose the photo that accompanies this story? The woman described was younger than 60. The photo clearly depicts a woman much older than that.

Karell BinghamMay 5, 2021

The Book of Mormon stands on its own as a witness of truth to those who take the time to read and study it. It is an amazing complex study of a civilization as well as a testimony that God lives. I find it quite amusing what folks come up with to try to dissuade others of its veracity and of the knowledge that Joseph Smith was who he said he was!

ScottHMay 5, 2021

Thank you for this article. We live in a time a great fear and mistrust. While the vaccines may seem like a godsend to some, others regard them with great suspicion. There are good reasons for this. Many of the institutions involved (big government, big pharma, big media, etc.) have trustworthiness issues due to power differentials, deliberate misinformation, demonstrated incompetence, and conflicting incentives. Many are also concerned about the long-term effects of the vaccines, which cannot be studied until enough time has passed. Institutions opposing the vaccine also have ulterior motives. Fortunately, we have living prophets who speak for the Lord, and we have access to the Holy Spirit to help us make decisions, even in the face of imperfect information and perverse incentives. Being vaccinated when moved to do so by divine counsel and whisperings of the Spirit does not have to mean that one trusts untrustworthy institutions; it only has to mean that one trusts God. The Lord can use any means at his disposal to work miracles, including corrupt and imperfect institutions.

vickieMay 5, 2021

in reading this i find that the story abt martin harris is just that a story. martin harris believed in the book of mormon and the devil had to discredit him so no one would believe the book of mormon existed.

Jim WinebrennerMay 5, 2021

Thank you very much for addressing this extremely timely and important issue. Thank you very much also addressing (at least slightly) some of the aspects of it that cause great concern to anyone paying attention to the real state of things. Unfortunately, there are also other issues desperately needing to be addressed that you did not, and I've yet to find anyone addressing them at all within the framework of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Namely, the facts that there has never been any virus-based epidemic anywhere, let alone a pandemic; there was no need for any vaccine in the first place for a "disease" that amounts at most to a seasonal flu; we know that governments and non-government organizations and individuals are simply using this propaganda in an attempt to generate enough fear to get people to relinquish their freedoms, as is in fact happening already to a great degree; and so on, and so on. Someone needs to address these issues and explain why the Church is not only ignoring the real problem, but the leaders themselves are actually getting unnecessarily vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same. I, for one, am desperately seeking an understanding of this, and have yet to receive any explanation from anyone.

Wally & Nancy GoddardMay 5, 2021

Beautiful! Often we don't recognize the miracles God delivers through familiar means. Thank you for your faith and your insight.

Michael DetrickMay 5, 2021

Very one-sided argument, totally ignoring the fact that there are thousands of medical doctors all over the world being censored as they attempt to educate us on safer methods of attacking the C0VlD pandemic. Too bad you chose to ignore all those doctors. See AmericasFrontLineDoctors dot org

Boanerges RubalcavaMay 5, 2021

"Anti Americanism" is greatly overused, but in the case of Critical Race Theory, is needed with great urgency. We must be aware of what is happening all over the Country destroying our PRINCIPLES, OUR VALUES, and eventually the USA REPUBLIC/FREE MARKET.

Andrew J. CurrieMay 5, 2021

Reverend Clark’s unnamed “gentleman” has all the earmarks of a NYT, WaPo, CNN exclusive story.

L. J. BrowerMay 5, 2021

This saddens my heart. If these pholosophies are being taught and espoused at BYU, where can we send our children to avoid these damaging philosophies of men? I hope the classes these woke professors teach are not required. It feels like they are trying to weaken the fibre of the doctrine of Christ.

Ted WinderMay 5, 2021

What a sensible approach to receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. I've been surprised and disappointed to hear some of my family and friends who feel vaccination doesn't apply to them, violates their rights or that it is a hoax. Thank you Dr. Bates for your thoughtful approach to this important and life-saving issue.

E SmithMay 5, 2021

Perceptive, clear, and brave article. Thank you.

ElizabethMay 5, 2021

Excellent and brave article. I wrote a letter last fall to president Worthen and the board of trustees regarding critical race theory and BYU, but did not get a response. I realize they are busy people and do not control all the details of the various departments, but I am saddened and alarmed that CRT has been so widely adopted at the department level across the University.

Kathleen JonesMay 5, 2021

Covid did not take my husband in August, but it did keep us apart for over two months before he came home in hospice. During that time, we were only able to speak with one another perhaps once a week. When he came home, it was only for a week before he left to his heavenly journey, but during that time he expressed his deep love for me and how glad he was to have me. As I sat next to him cradling him as he began his journey I made sure he heard me tell him how much I loved him, that it was okay to go we would be ok and we loved him. He did leave and I was so thankful I had found him, and that he knew it also. He watches over me I know along with our faithful dog we had to put to rest a month before his leaving. I have that love always and yes it was hard, but I committed for it for him as long as I could. Not sorry just thankful to the Lord.

Bruce FelixMay 5, 2021

I am wondering how you take into account "D&C 84:97 And plagues shall go forth, and they shall not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work, which shall be cut short in righteousness---" ?

David DurfeeMay 5, 2021

It took us as a Church 126 years to overcome certain racial assumptions and views and be ready to accept people of color as having full Priesthood rights and responsibilities. It has taken a similar period of time for our Church to overcome the traditional but wrong Christian view that the Godhood is comprised of 3 male members only. It's hard not to wonder what if anything else we are getting wrong.

ColinMay 4, 2021

Hear, hear!

Frank StarkMay 4, 2021

More confusingly, If Ryan Gabriel is allowed to preach something that is against Church Doctrine at BYU how do we know what to believe or do? This is when we need the Board of Directors to either fire him or endorse him. “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" This is when we pray for guidance and an example from our leaders.

Morgan SolomonMay 4, 2021

This is lovely. It is difficult to grow up in the church with a personal testimony of my divine nature but not have and meaningful acknowledgment of our Heavenly Mother, a divine women. It makes you rethink your potential for divinity at times. Wish we spoke of Her more to better show the equality of men and women in eternity and here on earth.

LFPMay 4, 2021

Yes, it's great we are beginning to have open conversations about Her. Wouldn't it be great if men also found more worth and value by recognizing they are sons of a Heavenly Mother?

Sue ParkerMay 4, 2021

Hello Marilyn, That you for writing this oh so humorous article. The spring cleaning of our garage in Pocatello also included lots of dirt and gravel from the snowy and icy roads. I’m thankful for a clean garage where we can hang our extra artwork! Love to both of you, The Parkers

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 4, 2021

I have been reading a lot about the Critical Race Theory. It seems to be in opposition to learning about the divinity and potential of each and every person. We should learn to value all people as Children of God and as our sisters and brothers. It seems as though Critical Race Theory wants to bring out the worst in people rather than the best.

Barbara BlackburnMay 4, 2021

Eve was taken from the rib of Adam. A mother in heaven has come about in recent years. We don't know all, so much is yet to be learned. Mary was enveloped....I don:t understand that full meaning, but she was a virgin. When we get more records it may tell us for sure. Logically, we think in terms of a man and a woman creating because that is how we create a child. We will find out eventually, but in the meantime I am satisfied in my role as a woman and helpmate.

AnonymousMay 4, 2021

As a Latter Day Saint therapist I was so sad to read about the difficulties fellow members have had. However, I would have preferred to read a more balanced article. I am in private practice and don’t work for LDS Services, but I find myself bearing testimony so frequently in sessions, I have come to view my profession is a sacred privilege. I know many therapists who feel the same. I pray daily that my clients of all persuasions will feel Christ’s love through me and have a desire to seek Him, knowing He can heal them. I would suggest that any member seeking therapy ask neighbors and friends for a referral. They should also make their beliefs known in the first session, along with their desire to prioritize spirituality as a tool for healing. Ask if your therapist agrees with ALL Church teachings. If you feel the relationship is not a fit, it is appropriate to say so and ask if the therapist knows someone who may be a better fit. Remember, when you are paying for a service, you are the boss. If you find yourself in a situation where the spirit cannot speak to you, either inside or outside the therapy room, LEAVE. Much love and happy healing. ❤️

ShaunaMay 4, 2021

Wonderful--thank you for this brave and informative article. As a BYU grad, and someone who has a student there and one on the way next year, I can attest that BYU is not immune from worldly ideas and philosphies. The Gospel absolutely must be the lens through which all manmade ideas are viewed and not the other way around. I love BYU and I love that the authors of this article are fighting to keep BYU unique. Bravo

Daryl GibsonMay 4, 2021

Thank you for tactfully calling out the mistaken notion that our Heavenly Mother is too fragile to be exposed to her children. Can you imagine your earthly mother hiding from you to avoid possible insult? My Mother in Heaven is powerful, resilient and, above all, eager to be known.

Karell BinghamMay 4, 2021

As usual, very enlightening. Thank you so much for your amazing ability to teach us!

Diane IrwinMay 4, 2021

I can soooooo relate to this article!! You would think that I wrote it, except the 'evil eye'. Thanks for bringing a sense of familiarity and humor to my day!

Gale E PhillipsMay 4, 2021

This is a very well-articulated explanation of Critical Race Theory and it's dangers. It is disturbing to know that Critical Race Theory, along with other critical theories, are being taught in our universities, including some universities where you might not expect it.

Michael ChandlerMay 3, 2021

Thank you for your intelligently thoughtful explanation. While skin color will always be a factor dividing some people, the bigger factor is the difference in culture and values. While different cultures can be valued for their good aspects, not all cultures are equal in value in contributing to improving happiness and the human condition. It is NOT. wrong to place higher value on those cultural qualities that improve happiness.

Mark TurnerMay 3, 2021

As one who has been subjected to the attempted brain-washing associated with attendance at mandatory diversity training provided by my employer, I can attest to the veracity of the descriptions and warnings provided in this article. I praise these individuals for taking the time to work out their arguments and for the courage to state them publicly. We are entering another dangerous time in the history of this country and I hope an pray that many will have their eyes opened soon to the reality of these dangers, that we may avoid them and continue to live free.

liaMay 3, 2021

Intrusive thoughts are a hallmark of obsessive compulsive disorder. It is treatable.

CarolMay 3, 2021

Wow! The last thing I want is for my tithing money to support the evil of critical race theory. For an eye-opening explanation of the theory, watch the PragerU video on the topic.

A.M. WestMay 3, 2021

Your article reminded me of something I read in the Recommendations Section of View of the Hebrews (1823): “One of the impressions which this work is calculated to make is, the awful guilt and danger contracted by a rejection of Jesus Christ as our atoning Saviour." [Christian Watchman, published in Boston] I believe there is a common theme in your article. Interestingly, my sister has had that painting of the Second Coming (featured in your article) in her living room for 40 years. When I first expressed some doubts about The Church, she read Alma 1:24-25 to me. (I think this scripture would go well in your article). She read this scripture to me, I believe to shame me because I was starting to question things. But she wouldn't allow me to share the definition of three words with her: 1) Bias 2) Indoctrination 3) Uncritically Regards, A 64 year-old member struggling with faith, and being alienated by the the five people closest to me: My wife, two sisters, a brother-in-law, and a close friend of 40 years. (Their treatment of me does not reflect a Christianity I understand).

Karell BinghamMay 3, 2021

Well I guess! If we can't get it right on this campus, where can we get it right on any campus? Let us pray.

JULIE DAVISMay 3, 2021

It sounds like you may be going through a mid-life crisis. I would get a thorough physical exam and make sure your hormones and vitamin levels are normal. Certain vitamin deficiencies cause anxiety and intrusive thoughts. Plus, hormone imbalances at mid-life can cause many issues especially anxiety and insomnia. God Bless you and don't give up your family you will regret it.

Peggy McFarlandMay 3, 2021

Thank you so much for this timely and vital article.

Scott GardnerMay 3, 2021

This is an intriguing article. I'm struck by the authors opposing the quote from Kendi, "As Kendi states, “One either believes problems are rooted in groups of people, as a racist, or locates the roots of problems in power and policies, as an antiracist … There is no in-between safe space of ‘not racist.’” That quote sure does seem to make a complex issue into a false dilemma. Perhaps in the spirit of the week we should remind ourselves that "Only a Sith deals in absolutes." Where does culture fit in? If there are aspects of my culture that are not in harmony with the gospel, is it racism to encourage me to change those parts of my culture?

A. LeeMay 3, 2021

The application of Critical Race Theory is just one tool the Adversary uses to force all individuals to think and act in one forced modality. Personal responsibility and choice is ignored. Manipulating and forcing individuals was Satan's plan in the pre-existence and continues plague all of us as we live our life on Earth.

Suzanne BowenMay 2, 2021

So well said and straight to the point...stop making excuses and start making covenants. Thank you.

MLBMay 2, 2021

I at one time had thoughts that really bothered me which were as disconcerting as yours and considerably more dangerous to myself and others. I have found one thing that I got from a TED Talk (of course I can't find it) that really helps me. It's this--when unwanted thoughts come I don't fight them, I just mentally stand back and look at them without judging them and without engaging. I find that after a short while the thought goes away. Eventually, they don't come back. The fear and the disgust you feel because of your thoughts keep you engaged with them. Remember that you are not your thoughts. Remember to quit judging yourself for these things because that judgement creates the fear that keeps them lodged in your brain. Hope this helps!

Bruce ForbesMay 2, 2021

Thank you for this article!

BeraMay 2, 2021

Wonderful article. The Lord’s standard is the only sure foundation in changing world and it’s philosophies.

BeraMay 2, 2021

Wonderful work on the well loved scholar Hugh Nibley. Love his works and will fondly remeber his great contributions to gospel scholarship.

RichMay 1, 2021

As Elder Oaks recently said, "Black Lives Matter" is a fundamental truth. We can eliminate racism in our society while not becoming Marxist. I worry that this article is so bent on conflating the two.

TerryMay 1, 2021

Is it correct to call Mark Hoffmana "fellow" prisoner? Doesn't that imply Hugh Nibley was a criminal ?

JoyMay 1, 2021

I feel the same way in my marriage of 35 years! I wish we could talk. Maybe the similarities of our experience would uncover the tormenting source.

JoyMay 1, 2021

I feel EXACTLY the same way in my marriage of 35 years! I wish we could talk. Maybe the similarities of our experience would uncover the tormenting source.

laverl wilhelmMay 1, 2021

It's an amazing account of a young boy who simply knelt in prayer to ask how he could achieve forgiveness of sins!

AnnaMay 1, 2021

I went through a hard time a few years ago. In pure desperation I spent every available waking moment reading scripture, singing hymns (Peace in Christ on repeat", and praying. I felt very neurotic and stressed but I just kept my head down and prayed and prayed. After a few weeks of this, I had a beautiful spiritual experience that brought spiritual peace. My mind quieted down significantly. My body still felt stressed but I was ok. I could keep going. These feelings won't last forever. Get a blessing. Confess to a bishop. Do whatever you need to do. It is possible to heal.

Doris WilliamsMay 1, 2021

Geoff Steurer is a godsend. I have to read his counsel every weekend. His advice this week hits it out of the park (as he always does). I hope this dear sister heeds his inspired advice and holds her husband and kids close as she heals. She will come to understand that the dear Lord's forgiveness is for us too...whatever she feels she has done wrong...heartfelt prayer, asking for His guidance is so important; and I pray that she may be able to find a counselor who can help her through this trying time so she can find the joy she so desperately desires. Bless them all.

Abbie VianesMay 1, 2021

As an adult convert to the Church, i learned of Hugh Nibley through many missionaries - who had lived in my missionary apartment - talk about classes they later took with him at BYU. So I began purchasing all the FARMS articles I could find at BYU by him and purchasing his books. I quickly understood the GREAT gift to the Church and the world that Hugh Nibley is. He learned all the ancient languages we never could and read all the ancient manuscripts we never could and then opened them up to us. He gave us access to a world I would /could never have known. It built my testimony tremendously. Remember his beautiful translation of the ancient Hymn of the Pearl? I am so thankful for his mind, his intellect, his will to learn and to share, his dedicating his life to enlightening us. Hugh Nibley concentrated on the essential questions - those of eternity. Soooo what did Plato and Aristotle do to be remembered so long - that Hugh Nibley did not?

Tom WoodApril 30, 2021

This is a very fine lesson, Breck, especially for those that become fearful of the coming signs. You have shown how the Lord can defuse those fears if we remember the promises we've made with Him. I very much like how you've focused on those aspects of Section 45 instead of amplifying the darkness and unsureness that may lurk in the future as warnings. Good lesson, my friend!

Sandra HalesApril 30, 2021

Well spoken and spot on! Thanks Bro Lawrence

Bonnie CaldwellApril 30, 2021

Thank you for your excellent article abd for sharing your feelings!! I relate and empathize as I have been there too!!

Lane WolfleyApril 30, 2021

I enjoyed the article. I feel you're quite confused, hough. This article concerned Joseph's charisma, not his character. The two have nothing to do with each other. Thanks for your thoughts, though.

CandyApril 30, 2021

Great job Sydney. We are not alone!

Maryann TaylorApril 30, 2021

What beautiful advice! I loved being reminded that just because our minds tell us something, that does NOT mean it is true. In fact, we have many thoughts we need to dismiss as false. One of my prayers is that the Lord will help me discern between the true and false thoughts that come into my mind. I believe reading the scriptures helps. The sister who wrote this letter needs to find the right therapist to help her get to the root of her problems. I really don't think it has anything to do with her marriage. It sounds like she has an inner unsolved conflict, and is suffering from self-abuse through her self condemning thoughts.

Still StrivingApril 30, 2021

Thank you for a message we all need to hear!

ShannaApril 30, 2021

Thank you for sharing your story, Sydney! You are absolutely not alone and are actually part of a prestigious club of amazing women! I am 12 years into marriage and in my 40s with no kiddos, so I get it. You beautifully outlined what it is like. Join us at Childless Sisters of the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints if you're on Facebook!

AnnaApril 30, 2021

I once went through a difficult time. I was st the end of my rope and felt like I was hanging by my fingernails. I chose to spend every waking moment reading scriptures and singing hymns and prayed nonstop for help and relief. I felt crazy and I sounded crazy but I was attempting to keep my mind focused on God. It took several weeks of living in pure adrenaline and desperation but relief did indeed come in a spiritual form. I still went through many struggles and when that time ended I grieved for a year from the loss and pain. But because Christ came and supported me through that time my love of God and my testimony of his goodness grew leaps and bounds. Now that the pain has ended it is almost a cherished time. The song Peace in Christ on repeat may help. Blessings may help. Repentance and confession to your bishop may help. I'll pray for you too.

Michael HogganApril 30, 2021

My mission president once told me that Satan would put any thought into my head thst he could. I've reflected on that wisdom many times.

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

No, you don't have to spend time around your daughter's affair-partner. Just stay close to HER. She may be in a swinging-door mentality and this new guy may be gone soon. Love her, and wait. Forgiving someone does NOT mean they have to become a part of your life.

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

This is very disturbing, however, I do NOT believe the vast majority of LDS therapists would give counsel that is not in harmony with the doctrines of the church. Suffering from depression, I was very fortunate to find a Psychiatrist who was a member of the church and also a Bishop. I went to him because I needed to be able to trust that any counsel I received would not be in conflict with gospel principles. He was such a blessing and helped me greatly. We must be spiritually self-reliant so that we immediately recognize when someone is teaching us something that is not harmonious with the gospel. There are many wonderful therapists who are devoted members of the church. Keep looking until you find the right one.

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

It is time for members of the church to stop smiling bravely when ignorant people ask them about when they are going to have children. We are only encouraging this unbelievable rudeness to continue when we pretend it is alright for them to ask such questions. The best response is to look at them with shock and ask: "Oh, My! Why would you ask me such a personal question?!" If enough people start doing this, maybe we can stop this kind of rude behavior.

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

I am so glad you commented on the twisted focus on "diversity." We have become a nation that seems to place diversity on a pedestal and worship it. It is wonderful that we are each unique, but we are far more alike than different. The fact that we are ALL children of a loving Heavenly Father is what will unify us--NOT the obsession with the ways we are different.

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

When we stop believing it is our job to "fix" our husbands, a great burden drops from our shoulders. Our job is to love and encourage. It is the job of the Holy Ghost to correct and guide them. What a relief!

Kari MoultonApril 29, 2021

What a well written article! I really loved it. I have been married for 21 years 19 of them childless. We adopted our baby girl in 2019. I really wish people would never ask child related questions to people. Just ask them to tell you about themselves, and let them share what they want. The trial of infertility is really painful and 1 in 4 women have it. I hope that through articles like these it can help others see our pain and find ways to include us and support us. For so so so so many years I felt on the outside looking in. I really felt like people where not befriending us / including us. As soon as I adopted suddenly we were included. Also, please don’t tell adoptive parents that now that they have adopted they will get pregnant easily and have their “real” children. Can’t tell you how many times people actually said that..... I was floored!

Lawrence James NielsenApril 29, 2021

Thank you for writing this. For many of us who have already spoken out on the great lie that is critical race theory and have been silenced and marginalized on social media, we lack a forum for speaking out and exposing the false Marxist Dogmas and "New Speak" of this growing evil.

Amanda DuPontApril 29, 2021

With no known cause, my husband and I went almost 10 years with bearing children. We then decided to adopt a son, and a year later another son, and our joy was complete. Later in life, we began taking in troubled children through Family Services and Family Court and always had a houseful. When that stage of our lives ended and we turned to serving missions, we counted up and realized we had helped to raise 34 children. We then felt that that was Heavenly Father's plan for us.

Keith WilsonApril 29, 2021

Thanks for a very poignant read. I loved reading about those things that anchor your soul in times of uncertainty or discouragement. I just hope that more of us can develop greater sensitivities to each other's burdens and challenges. We need each other in order to go forward in His work..

CathyApril 29, 2021

Thank you for explaining it so well. I did not realize it was being "taught in schools". I knew the pendulum had swung to people of color, I did not see the Marxist aspect. I hope others will become more aware. "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing" Thank you again for doing your part to end this!!

Sasha KwapinskiApril 29, 2021

Critical race theory could be described as a modern-day, updated version of the Doctrine of Original Sin. Like Original Sin, it assigns collective inherent guilt for alleged events and actions over which a person had no influence or control - thus denying people their right to be judged by their respective character and attributes. We believe, as is stated in A of F No. 2, that men are punished for their own sins and not for Adam's transgression, Likewise, we are accountable for our own actions and not for a fictional, imaginary concept of guilt which is attributed to one's race or ethnicity.

Laurie ConlinApril 29, 2021

Hello Brother Anderson, I was a part of a BYU Nauvoo travel study group that came to Kirtland in 1997. You were our tour guide around the area, as I see you have done for so many others. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your love of the Savior and teaching about these significant years. I have held a deep love for Kirtland and all the miraculous and marvelous events because of your willingness to spend the day teaching us. Thank you for your faithfulness and devotion. (I still remember loving your delightful laugh!)

RhianApril 29, 2021

Thank you for the beauty of your message!

KatieApril 29, 2021

Oh my darling sister. You and I share a very similar story. I have now been married for 20 years- with no babies. Being a member of this gospel is sometimes hard when you're not a mother. But you'll find your place. And when you find that place, my darling- you will not only fly, but you will soar. You will change the world. And you have the power- as a childless woman- to influence SO MANY and to love SO BIG. Tap into that power and change the world. That's the only way to survive this trial. Keep the faith in the hard times and love bigger than you ever thought you could. It won't make it easier or better- but it will change your heart. I promise.

Richard SkousenApril 29, 2021

This makes my heart ache for my county. May God bless us each to stand up against these evil combinations in our day! I love the author's suggestion of using the "Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race." Anyone who pre-judges me by the color of my skin, no matter what color that is, and who assumes that I have racist attitudes simply because of the color of my skin, is in violation of the law.

ChrisApril 29, 2021

Great article. My confusion rests in institutions that understand the true value of America and why they continue to say that Democrats (who support and push this agenda) should be a valuable and legitimate party to vote for. IF this Marxist ideology truly is as dangerous as you portray it to be, and I believe it is, then why don't churches who espouse the value of America and the protection of free religion, speak out against the Democratic party and this Marxist regime? Has this Marxist ideology infiltrated strong conservative religious organizations???

ShaunaApril 29, 2021

I"m absolutely with you on every point. as a former academic, I have seen these theories pulled out of academia and turned into public policy. It's chilling. And now it's here in my small school District in Murray, starting in the elementary schools of all places. we absolutely must stand up--parents in particular--and make it clear that our children are not guinea pigs for this pseudo Marxist indoctrination. The goal with critical race theory, is an inversion of power--not harmony or unity or learning to all get along. The time for naivete is over

CASApril 28, 2021

As always...great ideas! Thanks Carolyn for always being on top of it! I struggle with rotating older foods out of my emergency kits. I am such a procrastinator!

vickieApril 28, 2021

this is so true. the way i learned to embrace the hit when i saw it coming or was heading straight for it, was to remind myself that God was watching me and He knew it was going to happen, so why should i worry. relax and dont strain so much, trust in Him which means i am not alone.

ChelsApril 28, 2021

I could have written this question myself. Every detail, down to the near 15 years of marriage, multiple children, whispers of “it’s not right”, first terrible few months of marriage spent crying, apply to my situation with my husband. I feel lost and alone most of the time, and my husband’s dedication is to his work. I feel for you sweet sister, and although I’m sorry to hear that you are in the same boat as me, I’m glad to know I’m not alone. I wish I could talk to you.

Diane IrwinApril 28, 2021

This is sooooooooo unsettling! I am having a hard time wrapping my head around such ideas. How can this be stopped???!!!???

Scot ProctorApril 28, 2021

Gina, Karl's first book is: Joseph Smith's Kirtland. Here is a link to buy it: Karl's second book on Kirtland, The Savior in Kirtland can be purchased here:

KathrynApril 28, 2021

TRUE Gospel Message! Many of us spend our entire lives in "natural man mode" by trying to correct family members. We RARELY realize that the Myth is keeping us from living the more critical parts of the Gospel by demanding "I am RIGHT! Change and do it my way!" I"m in my 70s; that message is "just dawning" on me. Thanks Br. Goddard!

AliceApril 28, 2021

Hear, hear!

JaneApril 28, 2021

I think this is a great conversation to have. I realize that you gave reasons for why people think they should see an LDS therapist, but I think those reasons are not as important as the quality of the therapist. I saw a non-LDS therapist for years, and in all that time, she never imposed her own values on our conversations. In fact, she did that so effectively that I didn't know what her religion was (if any), her political beliefs, or even whether she was in a relationship. That's how I think it should work, and if done well it doesn't matter what the therapist's religion is.

DorisApril 28, 2021

Way to go, Carly. You truly blessed many lives, and I'm sure this is just the beginning!

R CApril 28, 2021

Outstanding and right on!

Chris HowellApril 28, 2021

What a wonderful story of kindness and generosity. Clearly this is the kind of service and "hear him" that we need to all be about.

Linda HaywardApril 28, 2021

I have known this sweet girl since she was little. Giving her “Ellen “ car to help someone else doesn’t surprise me at all. Carly is a beautiful girl inside and out. She is a great example of Christ like actions and love.

Deborah SummersApril 27, 2021

I enjoy your podcasts very much. I am a little confused about this episode. Quoting from the podcast: "Pieces and parts of the JST are added as an addendum to the scriptures or can be found in your gospel library under Study Helps ... and then "At that point, at the conclusion of his studies, the JST was put back into our scriptures in the appendix." So do we have ALL the JST revisions SOMEWHERE in our current scriptures? Or is there more somewhere else? Thanks.

ScottHApril 27, 2021

My dad grew up in Nazi Germany. The approaches the author describes are chillingly similar to the tales Dad told of school and public life in Germany during those years. I know this post validates Godwin's Law, but in this case it is factual.

Virginia RockwellApril 27, 2021

Wow. I thought we were the only ones with a bad experience with a chauvinist LDS therapist. This is very sad.

AmyApril 27, 2021

In response to Spencer: Parents have a responsibility to educate their children in love and wisdom. The author of a recent article I read shared their opinion that the difference between indoctrination and education is that "education points out that there are different solutions, often to the same problem. Indoctrination poses the belief that there is only one solution to a problem." Because children are taught to learn how to receive inspiration from God in how they should conduct their lives and how they can approach any difficulty they might face, I can't think of a better example for true education than primary and church.

ToddApril 27, 2021

Having had experience with psychology classes (yes in a Utah university), been through multiple types of therapy, had family members and friends share their experiences of therapy, and personally know several therapists. There have been both good and bad, but based on my personal experience at least 80% of these "active" LDS therapists defaulted to "the philosophies of men" (the standard practice of their profession) rather than use the gospel doctrine and principles to guide their therapy practice. There was a "we've now learned more and understand better than God how to fix this" attitude and one BYU psychology professor actually admitted that he did not believe the church or the gospel, but he did what he needed to do to keep his recommend so that he didn't loose his job. It may anger a lot of LDS psychologists, especially in Utah, that I say this (and it's not limited to psychologists, but in other professions as well) but, many keep up the appearances of church membership and activity because they use their church membership as a bridge of trust to their business clientele, and they are afraid of loosing business if they showed their true colors.

ShaunaApril 27, 2021

thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have had no qualms about persons seeking out a therapist, but I see that this is complicated. Sad to think that so many who advertise as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, don't see the need to fit their training into the Gospel lens, but instead see the Gospel through their "professional" lens, and feel therefore, empowered to leave Gospel principles out if they seem inconvenient or contradictory. Christ says "I am the way, the way, the truth and the life." I believe Him

Dennis ThompsonApril 27, 2021

In 1975 I served as a missionary in and around Kirtland. Back then there were no Church history sites open to the public, except the Temple. I firmly believe it is holy ground as I experienced the most holy experience of my life in "the land of Kirtland."

SpencerApril 27, 2021

Indoctrination and brainwashing are awful. We need to firmly put our kids in situations where they aren't told what to think and what is truth. Places like Primary and Church.

Name WithheldApril 27, 2021

Thank you for this very timely article! It has helped me understand the confusion I felt for many years after my husband and I received marital counseling from a well-intentioned LDS therapist. My initial hopes soon turned into dread for those three-way visits because I knew I had to be careful of what I said, fearing repercussions from him later. However, I trusted that she would eventually recognize the dynamic of our dominant-submissive relationship because of her training. Thankfully, those exhausting (for me) sessions came to an end within the year because of our cross-country move for my husband's new job assignment. Our therapist's final advice to us was that I begin treatment (and antidepressants) from her colleague, a well-respected but non-LDS psychiatrist who practiced near our new hometown. We both agreed -- my husband with triumphant enthusiasm and I with a hopeless sigh of last resort... Dr. T's office visit began with an in-depth interview and ended with a wake-up call: "You aren't depressed and you don't need antidepressants. You have been gas-lit!" He did not send me home with any pills that day, but his "diagnosis" was far more empowering than anything I had felt for a long time, and our follow-up visit two months later helped launch me in my journey toward healing and dealing with my husband's narcissism. (For that part I am grateful to our LDS therapist.)

Mrs. Noah FenceApril 27, 2021

We have to remember that Heavenly Father does NOT interfere with man's/woman's/children's free agency to choose. When they abuse us, or trials prevail over us, or accidents happen that take away a life, it has nothing to do with Heavenly Father "making" it happen. The individual's choice was there, and they chose. Then the consequences of their choice follows, no matter who it affects, or how many it affects. BUT...He is right there with us, before it, through it and after it. That is WHY we CAN trust Him. Great article! We have to remember the City of Enoch--completely and totally anti-gospel, but then totally and completely turned themselves around and became SO strong in their faith/trust/actions of living it, they were taken into Heaven! That's what we all need to be focusing on and doing in order to establish the City of Zion! Stop treating ward members (and non-ward) like criminals and apostates over masks and vax because it "appears" they aren't following the Prophet and the medical profession. We've been through this before, many times since 1830ish, without the intensity of the past year's events changing our life styles and economy in modern-day times, but we've always bounced back before. We've got the unity and anti-discrimination going in the right direction, so let's not let Satan destroy what we're building.

jgerberApril 27, 2021

I would like to know who signed the letter. Is there a way to find out?

ColinApril 27, 2021

“No one is arguing against reasonable actions for cleanliness, careful management, and proper use of resources.” I see that happening every day in the conservative press. Every day.

kathy FlinnApril 27, 2021

This article is correct. There are "therapist" practicing today that teach false doctrine. There are latter-day saints that religiously follow the "therapist", instead of church doctrine.

NicoleApril 27, 2021

I do managed care for a bunch of therapists in UT and a few other states. We regularly talk to bishops who are helping ward members get help for various reasons - sexual addiction, infidelity, marriage problems, etc. These bishops pay for the sessions with fast offerings, in many cases. They seek out LDS therapists, as do other clients who are LDS. This article made me sad to think that some of these therapists are leading people astray spiritually. As someone who speaks daily to the clients seeking help, I hear their struggles in short form, and I ache for them. I have even prayed for some of them. I want them to get the help they're seeking, and I trust that these therapists are helping them heal and have healthier, happier lives. In many cases they do, but I wish they would read this article to be more aware of the great influence they can have for good or bad in a client's life, specifically when it comes to their spiritual safety.

Harold StuartApril 27, 2021

This is a much-needed article and I commend Brother Cunningham for publishing it. Sadly, more than one friend of mine has been sent to hell by a "therapist". One of them ended up committing jaw-dropping heinous acts because of a therapist's encouragement to leave gospel values behind. I would ask those who signed the letter a simple question: are you sure that you are right? Encouraging your brother or sister to sin is in and of itself a serious sin. Do you worship God or your so-called "professional ethics?" We should fear God more than man.

Charles DefranchiApril 27, 2021

There is no contradiction between gospel ideals and mental health. The only issue is acquiring the correct understanding of what they stand for and helping others in developing the same understanding. Latter-Day Saint therapists who see a gap between the gospel and the way they should provide their patients with help have given a significant portion of their faith and testimony to worldly ideas and the science of men, in opposition to that of God.

GGApril 27, 2021

This is very insightful. I have tried to find a list of the therapists who signed the letter you refer to but although I can find the letter itself, they don’t have their names attached to it. Does anyone have a link to the letter with the actual therapists names who signed it so we know who, in therapy, would advocate for behaviors opposed to church teachings?

Tracey GrowApril 27, 2021

Perhaps if all parents pulled their children from school a message would come across loud and clear. Perhaps, instead parents need to storm the school with objections to this kind of horrid nonsense and insist that the school administrations stop this. They work or US. We pay them to teach our children. Do we want to watch America go down the path to communism? Stand up and shout STOP!

Beth TApril 27, 2021

Thank you Breck! Your insights and questions feel my soul reading and studying section 45. I feel lifted!

Michael HogganApril 27, 2021

As a paranoid schizophrenic, I need a therapist who will encourage me to avoid self-destructive behaviors. It deeply concerns me that any therapist, who is presumably being paid for their time, would view that as "not their job". For the therapist in question to be a self-identifying Latter-Day-Saint is only more disturbing.

StefanApril 27, 2021

It’s great that you shared all of the experiences of people who have had poor outcomes related to therapy with LDS therapists, but why don’t you share any of the thousands of other experiences that people have had with these same LDS therapists, myself included. I can tell you first hand that I have been to therapists who are not LDS, therapists who are LDS from LDS Family Services and are required to stick to strict LDS standard therapy and a therapist who is LDS but allowed thoughts that some LDS people think may push the boundaries. By far, the third option was the one who kept me in the church, not pushed me away. This is the case for MANY members of the LDS church. These therapists often push boundaries related to cultural norms within the church that are harmful and not doctrinal. This article is simply poor journalism.

Michael JonesApril 27, 2021

There is an interesting note here with regard to Father declaring the work of each day as "good". There is one day, with the situation of the waters, where there is no reference or comment about it being good.

Gina McDougallApril 27, 2021

What a wonderful article. I had no idea that Kirtland was so sacred. Where may I get a copy of Karl Ricks Anderson's book about Kirtland? Thanks for this article, it has been an eye opener and has made me more determined to pay closer attention to our CFM lessons this year.

K LApril 26, 2021

Sounds like Nazi Germany coming to our shores. I fear for the future of our grandchildren.

Paralee EckmanApril 26, 2021

I'm sorry to say it isn't just in New York! I live in Utah and from what I hear, children even in youngest grades are being indoctrinated in many other ideas we don't want them exposed to. I am a great grandmother, and if I now had a school age children, I would do whatever I had to , to home school them!

JEMApril 26, 2021

I visited Kirkland in 1983 and very much want to go again now that the church has built it up so much. I just finished Brother Anderson’s book on the Christology of Kirtland. I would recommend it to everyone. It was an in depth and very well written book of the education of the Saints as they gathered in Kirtland on the Divinity of Christ and the difference between fact and generations of fiction.

Rosie BApril 26, 2021

Thank you Sarah! It's so important to share this message with the world at this time. There is a lack of knowledge of the pre-earth life among those who consider themselves Christians, and we need to educate everyone.

Pamela BiggerApril 26, 2021

I thank you for your courage ...oh what a world that we live in today.. it is just shameful what is happening to our society and freedom to use our intelligence...

DMTApril 26, 2021

Thank you for such a glorious article. Thank you for bringing all this very pertinent and amazing info to our attention, at just the right time, of our reading and study in the Doctrine and Covenants and the Come Follow Me program. This is so much appreciated!

JillApril 26, 2021

It's time for ALL parents to either continue to home school or begin immediately! Thanks for the warning!

Ronald BarnesApril 26, 2021

I'm intrigued by the use of vinegar on feet. I wonder if it would work on toe nail fungus also.

Helen CondonApril 26, 2021

As I have struggled to understand a dear friend who denies all messages not contained in the pages of it current version of the Holy Bible I find myself increasingly in aware that God would allow me, a sinner with a decided predilection for rebellion, to witness His Grandeur at several pivotal moments in my life. What a glorious privilege! Thank you.

Doug ShumwayApril 26, 2021

It sounds like a wonderful chance to interact with Elder Andersen, President Bingham, and Sister Eubank. Each is a powerhouse example of faith we can learn much from! I noted that President Bingham was recognized as Relief Society President in the introductory paragraph but was otherwise referred to as "Sister Bingham". I find it confusing, but wonder if there might be official usage guidance that you can direct me to. Thank you!

Rita in TexasApril 26, 2021

In the 1990s, I lived in southeast Michigan, and our ward Relief Society would sponsor trips to Kirtland. I went on two of those trips, and on one of them, had the signal honor of singing in our choir during a meeting in the temple. The RLDS Church, as it was then called, graciously gave us permission to be in that sacred edifice. I have never before or since been so aware of angels surrounding us, singing with us "The Spirit of God". It is a precious memory.

PaulineApril 25, 2021

I agree with you G. Rutter

PaulineApril 25, 2021

Why not treat with the known drugs to stop it and save lives?

Grant HarrisApril 25, 2021

Thank you for the courage to share first hand the brainwashing in schools. This suppression of free thought, shaming tactics, and indoctrination of our youth happening throughout our schools is concerning.

RobynApril 25, 2021

What a scary situation for you, your students, and society as a whole. There are many very valid concerns about racism that need to be addressed but silencing questions, thoughts, and dissent is a very dangerous slippery slope.

RebeccaApril 25, 2021

What strange times we live in. Races must tip-toe around one another, fearful of saying the wrong thing, stereotyped by the self-righteous "woke". What does this artificially-created animosity do for race relations? Who does this help?

LindaApril 25, 2021

That is outrageous! Communism. Brain-washing our students. Not allowing free thought and punishing those who disagree. I would never allow my children to be abused in school in that way,, or any other way.. Shame on that school and any other liberal thinking institution!

LorettaApril 25, 2021

Thank you for your courage and for your determination to protect your students in your calling as a teacher. We need more teachers like you. My family will be praying for you.

MatthewApril 25, 2021

I came across this lady, Helfer, in social media. I found it, immediately, destructive to anyone who struggles...with anything really. I am glad there are faithful therapists that save lives and families using the principles of love and understanding as taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In such a time as we live, it’s important to understand that a good therapist can also give us great tools to deal with the world around us in a variety of spaces. Bringing us back from the edge of insanity.

Donna LeavittApril 25, 2021

She is amazing and an inspiration to all of us.

Helga SilskiApril 24, 2021

Throughout our life we experience so many different layers of understanding. Our individual and intellectual growth and development changes our perspectives, it is just little by little or one by one we come to comprehend purity and truth that will lead us eventually to the throne of God and with Christ's help of polishing us only will we make it. Faith and complete trust in God is the finest act of complete love and total surrender. Thank you Brother Peterson, always admire and love your messages and perspective.

Grant HarrisApril 24, 2021

Thank you for the courage to share first hand the brainwashing in schools. This suppression of free thought, shaming tactics, and indoctrination of our youth happening throughout our schools is concerning. This is truly alarming, and is reminiscent of "re-education" camps in history that focused on brainwashing the youth.

Informed citizenApril 24, 2021

A great example of the pervasivel attempt to sofen this country for overthrow by communism. What nonsense! These children are all spirit offspring of a heavenly father who loves them all equally and without respect of persons, as should we all. Read or reread Ezra Taft Bensons 1969 book "An Enemy Hath Done This" to understand what is going on here, and why.

Grant HarrisApril 24, 2021

Thank you for the courage to share first hand the suppression of free thought, shaming tactics, and indoctrination of our youth happening throughout our schools. This is truly alarming and is reminiscent of "re-education" camps in history that focused on brainwashing the youth.

Carl StephaniApril 24, 2021

Martin Luther King had a great vision for this nation. To the contrary, many of our current leaders seem to "have a dream that ... children will one day live in a nation where they will ... be judged by the color of their skin NOT by the content of their character."

DJApril 24, 2021

Tough situation. Stay strong.

FellowWrongThinkerApril 24, 2021

Thank you for your bravery good sir! I'm continually stunned by the quick adoption of punishment and banning attitudes for people guilty of 'wrongthink'. This is not an American value Americans should be espousing. It's frankly frightening and becoming ubiquitous. I think that conservative thinkers believe that those they disagree with are simply misguided and mistaken...we live and let live...however, what do you do when those you disagree with think you are pure evil. Would you want to share ideas and discuss with 'pure evil' ? Would you want to entertain and find 'common ground' with 'pure evil'? That's those of us who dare to think for ourselves are labeled and dismissed and cancelled. Keep up the good work!

AApril 24, 2021

Thank you for shrining this story. We all need to be educated in critical race theory going on in schools and society. How can we fight it?

Sheryl ParsonsApril 24, 2021

Thank you for speaking out. We wonder why so many youth and young adults struggle with their self worth, and yet the answer is right here, in the indoctrination they receive at schools.

LindaApril 24, 2021

You are SO CORRECT in your beliefs and observations. It is horrible what the children are being taught in school about racism, being told not to speak proper English as it makes others feel badly, that they should not listen to their white parents, only black parents. We are in Wisconsin and these conversations have been heard by adults as the Zoom calls go on. Children are NOT happy with the information they are receiving and are very confused. It is just plain WRONG. If people don't start standing up for what is right and STOP this actual discrimination from going on, we are going to end up in one huge internal war between good people who are being lead astray. And that is exactly the goal of these awful curriculum pushers! Parents - pay attention, close attention to the critical race theory, etc. that is being taught to your vulnerable children! PLEASE!

Herr Todd KnauppApril 24, 2021

There's nothing like looking at a beautifully colored, dialogue boxes to help follow the flow of the story, pick it up in your hands over & over, read wherever you want, in whatever room, whatever position you're comfortable in, comic-graphic book. I've enjoyed mine for many months now, not only in front of a PC monitor.

JuliaApril 24, 2021

I can hardly believe what I am reading! Could this really be happening in the land of the free?!

Kay YeamanApril 23, 2021

I would never in a million years let my child be exposed to this poison. Parents beware - this is coming to a school near you.

vickieApril 23, 2021

i didnt notice if they had children. i would presume if she was 29 yrs old that she might have. the way she did what she did was so evil and unsuspecting by both her parents and her husband. i would have shamed her if she were my daughter. if i had to forgive her then it would take a long long time. she sinned and knew what she was doing. she chose to do it. she more than likely planned it. if i were the dad i would still be in contact with the ex son in law and let him know how this hurt him as well. they were all a family once. divorcing like that gets my blood boiling. i know there i a God and only He can judge but the father in this case was hurt by this. and he has a right to his own feelings. and can say how he feels about it to her.

Mark MathesonApril 23, 2021

Thanks for always giving us great new insights!

CarolApril 23, 2021

This is appalling. I'm glad I was able to retire from teaching last year. I admire the author's courage, and suspect that before long, teachers with Christian values will not be able to teach in most of this country's schools.

Maureen GaleApril 23, 2021

That is just horrifying! I can't understand how this kind of repression and thought control can be part of an educational institution's basic framework of going forward... especially in today's environment, not because of it! Open and honest discussions are the only way any real change can be made. Why does this all remind me somehow of "Animal Farm" and even a little "1984"?

Kay RookhuyzenApril 23, 2021

This was a fascinating article. I believe all I have read. We know we were somewhere else before our birth and we will go elsewhere after e die. I wish I remembered.

Mike GriffithApril 23, 2021

This anti-religious freedom lawsuit is being spearheaded by the Religious Exemption Accountability Project, a far-left group that views many religious practices as "bigotry" and "intolerance." The vast majority of the group's members are Democrats or liberal independents.

Robyn GeantilApril 23, 2021

This is the 'Cultural Revolution' of America. Read what Mao did to his population and how he indoctrinated the youth, especially to turn in their parents.

PaniaApril 23, 2021

Thank you for your courage and influence on our future leaders!

Anne H PrattApril 23, 2021

Such wonderful stories. Thanks so much for sharing! Our little people are often our greatest teachers...

Norma PellettApril 23, 2021

Thank you for standing against this programming of your students. I really don't understand how this totalitarian philosophy is being swallowed whole. This is very reminiscent of the indoctrination of students that was carried out by the Nazi brown shirts. People are not stamped out like cookies. To label any group as completely homogeneous dehumanizes the whole group. That is the very basis for racism.

VelineApril 23, 2021

Thank you for writing this and exposing the Orwellian agenda of your school and others like it. It is truly terrifying to contemplate the future of our nation when the youth are being thus indoctrinated.

Harold RustApril 23, 2021

Thank you. It always helps those of us who know very little about the technical aspects of a profession to receive insight from someone who does and who can explain in calm, deliberate explanation the shortcomings in those whose application of those technical skills have thrown away logic and sacred foundations in the name of publicity and self-aggrandizement.

Ronald BarnesApril 23, 2021

Many years ago I bought your book Life Before Life. (I remember that story about Grandpa Robert) By the time I was reading the fifth story I could hardly see because of the tears in my eyes. I was especially touched by the stories about adoption, because my wife was adopted. Had her mother not given her for adoption, I might never have met her. We also had experiences about or with our children before they were born. If you send me an e-mail, I'll be glad to share them.

CASApril 23, 2021

We need more brave teachers in our school systems like you to speak out on the damage that is being done today to young people in our society. Free speech is still a guaranteed right! Thank you!

JonApril 23, 2021

3 Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down; 4 And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice. - Moses 4:3-4, Pearl of Great Price Make no mistake, this tyrannical social “justice” dogma is just the latest battle in Satan’s war against God and the Lamb. It seeks to destroy the agency of man by separating him into oppressor/victim groups based solely on immutable characteristics: all whites are irredeemably racist, while all blacks are forever their victims; all men are misogynists, while all women are victims of the patriarchy, etc. Thus, everyone is denied their agency. Satan’s divide and conquer strategy is as cheap as it is effective. Sooner or later, we all must choose a side in this war – just as we did in the premortal world. There never will be – and never has been – a middle ground.

kathy FlinnApril 23, 2021

It seems this father easily excuses his daughter...... She is as guilty as the guy she did the adultery with!

SandyApril 23, 2021

Thank you very much for writing this article. It’s true that we are living in strange times, where evil appears to be good and good appears to be evil. The oppression openly shown by the administration at this school, and in many other halls of education as well as city councils, etc, is frightening. Where is freedom of speech? Thank you for not allowing your voice to be shut down, and for being an example of standing for the right to your students, and all of us reading your article. If possible, I plan to share your insightful message.

Phillip WeyersApril 23, 2021

Very well thought out and explained. Seems some agendas are only motivated by atheistic intolerance and bias. All power to you in these difficult times. As someone who has experienced these challenges in life before I found God, I can fully agree with your observations. An important part of life is self control or mastery over our failings, it's how we grow. Self indulgence never was happiness.

Bob TaylorApril 23, 2021

this is a truly difficult and heart breaking situation for the father. i have never been placed in this sort of situation. each person has to make - as you say - their own path thru this process, independent of the path others in the situation choose to do - easier said than done,and as you and the prophets have told us, this can only be healed and softened by the Atonement of Jesus Christ. that said - i know this is possible, my sister in law has been divorced 2x, and she has been blessed to be able to remain good friends with her former spouses and their families - perhaps pretty unique in todays world, but she has been able to do this. you get to field some pretty tough problems, and i appreciate your keeping the answers provided by the Restored Gospel at the top of the list for answering questions. keep up the good work.

GrandpaApril 23, 2021

Forgiving the daughter while being angry with the man she slept with is a double standard. She is equally guilty; you should be as angry at her as with the man. Or as forgiving. I think it would be a long time before I let either one of them in my house, and when I did it would be when I could let both of them in.

WeezieApril 22, 2021

Hear hear!!! This author is a brilliant writer. Such wonderful, concrete and complete truth. Thank you for using your talents to defend the Word of God

vinelionApril 22, 2021

Lynn Vinilus - some may not know that if there is active disciplinary action going on for someone, they are not allowed to move their membership records. So even though she moved to Utah, her records remained in KS until she followed through on prior discipline actions. Receiving a letter to a disciplinary council is not ever the first step taken but happens after people have had many chances to stop doing what they are doing that is harmful.

RitaApril 22, 2021

My grandad used to say, "Everything is more complicated than it looks at first. " Building a solar system appears to be something like rearranging the tiles in a puzzle tray or a rubiks cube; each piece has to move repeatedly in a set pattern before the final picture emerges. The moves look random until it starts to fall into place. I love how Father put all these clues out there for us, out of sight until we're ready for them.

Pete Pasquali IVApril 22, 2021

Unfortunately, they created a new religion in this global warming thing and a vast amount of people are so deeply entrenched in believing it that they filter the gospel through science rather than the other way around (including many who call themselves Latter-day Saints). The whole "science", so-called (an excellent example of what is referenced in 1 Timothy 6:20) has removed people from recognizing that the earth is in her elderly years and her passing away and resurrection is nigh. Instead, they have led people to believe that it is mankind's fault and that the answer is to throw tragically vast amounts of money at it - preferably in their direction..

RaLee HallApril 22, 2021

Amen! Thank you for sharing your insights.

Andrew J. CurrieApril 22, 2021

This is a well written and thorough article. I like it; and would sum it up thusly: 'Be really careful choosing a therapist, because most of them are godless, thus devoid of divinely inspired insights.' One might ask how being godless would diminish a therapist's effectiveness? The author gives the first clue when he wrote "Therapists are trained to believe our clients. We accept the stories they tell us because those narratives have immense power over their lives." Christ's disciple John said this about those who have and share such stories: "He that saith, I know him (i.e., Christ), and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1 John 2:4) So the first thing a therapist--especially and LDS therapist--should understand about what they are hearing is that no matter how strongly the patient believes what he is saying, it's a lie. If a therapist truly believes in believing lies, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to help a sinful person. It's even more difficult for anyone (e.g., a spouse, a parent, a friend) to help a sinful person when one chooses to 'participate' in their lie. I also find alarming his observation that "The goal of therapists aligned with this point of view (i,e., AASECT) isn’t to change these behaviors, but rather to reduce shame and increase acceptance, both among the clients themselves, and society at large." That sounds like the LGBQT+ organization's sole purpose, and we are seeing the detrimental effects all around us. It was less than a generation ago that homosexuality was deemed a mental health problem, not a favored character trait.

Maryann TaylorApril 22, 2021

Your article is a stark reminder that the things of God are only understood by the Spirit of God. Sadly, there are still those who are ever learning, but never coming to a knowledge of the truth. The word of God through His Prophets and through the scriptures is so clear. When we abandon truth for the popular and ever-changing philosophies of the day, the results are confusion and darkness.

John R CarpenterApril 22, 2021

AMEN & AMEN especially to the following ... Third, beware of those who attribute all climate problems to man’s improper actions. Climate-change activism uses scary apocalyptical predictions to rally people to contribute time and money to advance a political agenda. Be suspicious. As President Russell M. Nelson expressed it in last month’s General Conference, “It takes faith to follow prophets rather than pundits and popular opinion.”

JFApril 22, 2021

Thank you for your positive advocacy for the counseling with faith.

Doug YoungApril 22, 2021

Belittling the accuracy of climate science is not helpful to solving the problems that we as a species are creating. We should be good stewards of our planet and do all we can to take care of it.

BOBApril 22, 2021

Extremely well thought and written. Thank you very much. What kind of contrarion joins an organization with no desire to adhere to the organizational standards but only wants to destroy those standards? Also, using masturbation to treat behavioral and psychological issues is like using bloodletting to treat arthritis and influenza.

Maryann TaylorApril 22, 2021

I have an acquaintance who had an interesting dream that taught her about her self-worth. She dreamed she was purchasing something to drink, and that she was going to become the drink as she swallowed it. She was terrified of the darkness she would discover inside herself. However, to her great surprise, she discovered she was full of beautiful light!

Maryann TaylorApril 22, 2021

Amen! These prognosticators have been wrong for centuries. We need to spend more time looking inside ourselves for the changes we need to make, rather than obsessing about the changes in the earth.

Maryann TaylorApril 22, 2021

Your song beautifully reflects the deep emotions in the heart of every parent when their children leave home. WHERE did the time go?

M ScottApril 22, 2021

Thank you so much for speaking out and clarifying these important issues.

AnnaApril 22, 2021

Great explanation of a complex issue. Thanks for sharing.

HelenApril 22, 2021

Clear and insightful. Scary, And of Days stuff, too! Thank you

Carol GrossApril 22, 2021

I agree with and appreciate how you addressed this difficult problem. I am licensed as both a mental health professional and as a behavior analyst and have been doing work in both fields as an active member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have felt supported by and have supported the leadership of our faith for many years. There is no joy in unrighteousness because we all have a divine nature and it is so easy to become blind to who we truly are and lose our way . Thanks for not only what you are doing but also for the way you are behaving and sharing.

Jervae HornungApril 22, 2021

Thank you for having the courage to write this piece! Stand steady!

Mary Elizabeth HollettApril 22, 2021

This was incredibly beautiful. Thank you for expressing, for many of us who do not have the eloquent words, what we feel. Counselors have a great deal of power, and can better, or ruin, a life. Thank God for inspired standards, and thank God for counselors like you who can help support therapy that is really beneficial.

L J BrowerApril 22, 2021

Excellent, thoughtful and courageous article.

PjalApril 22, 2021

What Helfer fails to understand is the very practical wisdom of repentance and how wonderful it makes you feel. Following God’s advice creates a peaceful, happy feeling about yourself. Your self esteem rises and conflicts with conscience disappear! To get rid of shame, stop doing shameful things. That’s the solution.

Michael DenosApril 22, 2021

Thank you to this opinion author for clarifying and expressing of support to orthodox LDS beliefs. Points made can be applied in many of the constantly drifting man-made theories we are constantly living with and seeing. My own adult life experiences noting the radical changes in the Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) over the past several decades has been rather shocking. Again, thanks for the time to state your well founded thoughts.

JanApril 22, 2021

I loved this. Thank you for addressing it so thoroughly.

Bruce ForbesApril 22, 2021

Excellent article. As the spouse of an LCSW, I see great wisdom in the article.

Ivy SadApril 21, 2021

Let's say I despise myself, as a hypothetical situation. How am I now going to love anyone?

Bob HiattApril 21, 2021

Thank you. What a beautiful song for a wedding dance!

MUMApril 21, 2021

Truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Lynn VinilusApril 21, 2021

I agree with what you say here but the issue I don’t understand is why leaders from the stake she left a year and a half are the ones calling her in. Also, why was she required to travel to Kansas with 1 week notice. All of that seems a bit strange to me.

Laurie PollardApril 21, 2021

Absolutely perfect, Jason. This will be a cherished song for many! Thank you for blessing the world with your talents!

BOBApril 21, 2021

"They may be the ones doing 'spiritual violence.'" Meanwhile, in secular society, Those who keep the peace are called violent. Those who foment violence are called peaceful. All the while, criminals are called victims.

Jo Ann OkelberryApril 21, 2021

So very sweet and touching. As I am now a grandmother and even great grandmother, I often ask myself, "Where did the time go?"

Charlene RhodesApril 21, 2021

I live in Round Rock, Texas, north of Austin.

Rosalie M. PiersonApril 21, 2021

Such honesty and integrity from our favorite "teacher": Daris Howard!! Thank you for another outstanding story/example!

David Clarke Pruden, Sr.April 21, 2021

It is always unfortunate when any individual's personal life choices, which could have remained private, become fodder for public debate. However, in an age when social media is a daily vehicle for such discussions - often at the behest of the individual themselves - a reasoned response is sometimes required. Thank you to the authors for providing some balance on this challenging subject and may we feel prompted to exercise compassion and consideration for all involved.

Enn EfceeApril 21, 2021

To the bishop whose comments tend to glorify the husband through making excuses that he has a bad habit rather than an addiction problem, perhaps he needs to educate himself on what constitutes a sexual addiction and how the brain is adversely affected by pornography, in order to counsel both wife and husband in that situation. His never having been on the receiving end of the lies, abuse, broken trust and disrespect a wife is dealt, he can’t possibly know or understand the damage and havoc those behaviors wreak on a woman’s self respect, worth and trust. It truly is a traumatic and far-reaching experience that takes thoughtful and delicate help in order to achieve proper healing. It is a very evil, ugly component in a marriage which can and will totally destroy without proper counsel and follow through. And yes, it is a sin next to murder—it murders the spirit and the Eternal covenant of marriage if not addressed and eradicated.

Su,anneApril 21, 2021

Beautiful! Where are the kleenex?

Andrew J. CurrieApril 21, 2021

Thanks for a wonderfully thorough discourse on the need for and nature of church councils. Well done! I'm always fascinated people who proclaim that, before taking any course of action, we should ask "What would Jesus do?" always conclude Jesus would tolerate any form of sin. After all, didn't He accept the woman taken in adultery? They can never reconcile His violence towards the money changers in the temple or the violence of the god of the Old Testament (e.g., The Flood, the Canaanites, the priests of Baal, the Egyptians at the Red Sea, In his succinct declaration, Elder Richard G. Scott explained Jesus's different behaviors and taught the first question one should in determining "what would Jesus do?" He declared, "The Lord sees weakness differently than rebellion". That is the crux of the matter. If one is merely "weak", they will repent when their membership is on the line. If they are "rebellious", they are apt to go public in their search for validation. Of course, determining whether one is merely "weak" or "rebellious" requires a spirit of discernment, hence, the caution to not judge unrighteously. It has been my experience as a clerk and as a judge in these councils that the person for whom the council was convened always makes that decision very simple. In her case any "spiritual violence" that might have taken place occurred when she tore herself away from the Holy Ghost.

ShaneApril 21, 2021

One thing that is so important to understand about excommunication, is that sometimes it’s the most merciful thing to happen to a person who is not keeping their covenants. When we are baptized we make a covenant with God. When we receive our endowment we make additional covenants with God. When excommunication occurs, those covenants are removed from the individual. They are no longer bound by the covenants. This is merciful! Because they are no longer breaking the covenant, they are not as condemned in the eternal perspective. If they are continually breaking the covenants, what a relief to no longer be bound by the covenants. Church discipline is a blessing and an experience of pure love of God. Sometimes the best way to show that love is excommunication.

Daryl GibsonApril 21, 2021

I found it telling that at the end of the Washington Post story, this LDS therapist refers to Church members as "they, " not ,"we."

Janelle C. BatesApril 21, 2021

Would't accommodations for those without a religious affiliation also be unconstitutional?

TDApril 21, 2021

Social justice warriors must encounter “conflict and suppression” in order to advance the activist agenda of forced conformity where it presently doesn’t exist—there should be no mistaking that much of this is planned, coordinated, and well funded to advance the rights of a few over the silent majority. This is the era we live in. I agree with the above sentiment—religious schools like BYU need to put greater priority on gauging the strength of an applicants testimony and affiliation with the religion than they do secular parameters. BYU has been turning away a significant and growing percentage of applicants for years. Time to overhaul the admissions requirements before those being admitted Trojan horse these institutions.

LexaGraemeApril 21, 2021

Very good.

DeeAnn CheathamApril 21, 2021

As a homeschooling mom who will "retire" in a few years as my last child graduates, I agree with everything you have said. As I look back on the difficulties and sacrifices made to homeschool, they pale in comparison to the blessings that have come. I feel no regrets for the decision we made to homeschool and lots of gratitude that we were able to do so. It took us a few years to figure out what we were doing, but figure it out we did, with the help of the Lord. I can't agree more with the statement that the Lord will guide you in what/how to teach your children. I will greatly miss homeschooling when we are done and I'm already telling my kids if they want to homeschool their kids, I'm volunteering to help. :-) And I will keep on learning, as homeschooling has taught me that learning never ends.

JanessaApril 21, 2021

My husband really needs this. I do too, because don’t all?? Thank you for saying what many cannot articulate. Your words are a brilliant reminder of how God continuously gives and gives and gives some more when we honestly and earnestly seek Him. Thank you!’

LoraApril 20, 2021

This is an interesting article, and I'd like to add some more encouraging words. My aunt is a certified teacher, and for years she homeschooled her 8 children (6 boys and 2 girls). Years later I learned that it wasn't her--it was her husband. He only spent 2 hours a day at it. His secret was to follow the interests of the children. They are all grown now, and they've gone to college and done well. It doesn't take as long to home school as it does in a government school. I love to see this trend toward home schooling.

vickieApril 20, 2021

I AGREE WITH ''JESS....on this....if a person or parent wants a school to not have these particulars dont go or send the student to that school. we have loads of colleges. My only son in law said ...who is a MD by the way that he went to small colleges and finished up in the military and he is still an MD...radiologist. you can get your learning and degree in many colleges not just the prestigious or religious colleges. dont cause problems for those who want to go there and are willing to do what is required.

DJApril 20, 2021

Beautiful performance of beautiful song and beautifully produced. Thanks for sharing your testimony and talents!

LawrenceApril 20, 2021

To echo Rochelle Hale's comment above, this article seems to ignore the second great commandment, 'love thy neighbor as thyself'. If I'm loving my neighbor as myself and I don't love myself then I won't be able to love my neighbor either. Loving God is obviously significant (first and greatest) but to ignore and/or dismiss the second great commandment which this article seems to do is very short sighted and not very helpful

April WallaceApril 20, 2021

Yahosh! His voice is like BUTTER. So easy on the ears and I just love his rhythm. AND this song is timeless. You go Elder Dansie... way to bring the spirit!

FrankApril 20, 2021

The line in the sand, what set off the war, was when the government attempted to disarm the citizens and render them powerless to defend themselves. When a government or a thug attempts to disarm some or or some group, it always ends badly for those disarmed. Those patriots knew that was when they had to resist.

CASApril 20, 2021

I understand that BYU and BYUI require a Bishop's recommendation and signature to even be able to be admitted to these schools. Maybe those brethren need to scrutinize the applicants more closely, same as they would if those applying were going on a mission. These schools are NOT for those teens whose parents are hoping for a miracle to change their child's character or lifestyle. I agree; youth, don't apply to one of these schools if you cannot abide by the Honor Code. If you sign it, then live up to it or go somewhere else!

Jill PalmerApril 20, 2021

Thank you so much Brother Peterson. I always admire your insightful writings, common sense and faithfulness to the Gospel.

Heather RiemanApril 20, 2021

Thank you for your insights. I too was drawn to President Nelson's talk. I am intrigued by another word for faith being trust. My mortal life experiences of bullying, emotional abuse, infidelity, and personal failure has led to a profound lack of trust. Yet, through it all the Lord has taken care of my every need and has been closest in the darkest of times. Knowing this you would think giving Him my trust would be an easy thing. It isn't. Over the last year I have pondered this issue in my life. I have tearfully prayed about it. I have made it a matter of study. And one tiny step at a time the Lord is revealing His love, mercy, and grace in my life. I have taken President Nelson's counsel seriously and hope over the next year to either climb the mountain of distrust, with the helping hand of the Lord, or have the mountain removed entirely. Whatever happens I am putting my trust in Him to heal me from the consequences of every mortal experience which destroyed my trust in people, myself, and Him.

Gary AndersonApril 20, 2021

Thanks Brother Peterson!

JulieApril 20, 2021

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

RebeccaApril 20, 2021

Thank you for this insight.

Barbara MattatallApril 20, 2021

Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the performance

okcmomApril 20, 2021

This song has been a favorite of mine since Mercy Me released it. The songwriter made a movie by the same name of the story of the song, which is a beautiful story of forgiveness, reconciliation and redemption. Most of the movie was filmed right here in Oklahoma. Have a box of tissues nearby-it’s a beautiful story!

JessApril 20, 2021

It seems that the simplest and in this case most reasonable solution would be for those offended by these policies is to choose to attend a non-religious school. It's ok if there isn't agreement on what religious classes should or shouldn't be required, or whether dorms should be separate, students have plenty of schools to choose from that if one finds those rules intolerable there is always another choice. It's so strange that the "live and let live" applies to everything but religious institutions.

Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

I cannot even begin to express how needful this article is for me at this particular time in my life. I am committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ, to His church, and I have a firm testimony of the Book of Mormon. Unfortunately, I recently watched a podcast by a well known speaker and author regarding alleged events in early church history that shook me to the core. It addressed a subject that has always been painful for me, and I was vulnerable to the speaker's comments, which planted doubts into my mind regarding certain issues. This has been a time of tears and unanswered questions and your article has helped me greatly. I, too, was especially impressed during conference in President Nelson's counsel to CHOOSE to believe. Thank you so much for your inspired words. You have helped me more than you will ever know.

Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

Argggg! The bull-puckie that is being slung becomes so tiresome. It sounds like BYU needs to be even tougher on admittance restrictions. Only those with very sound testimonies and religious convictions should be admitted. I realize people can change in their loyalties, but I think it would help cut back on these attacks by former students.

Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

Oh, how I want to shout out a BIG cheer for this mom!!! As a bookseller, I have sold many books to homeschooling moms, and it makes me so happy to see this trend growing. Barnes & Noble gives a discount for materials used in homeschooling, so be sure and check that out if you are a homeschooling mom. All you need to do is fill out a simple form and provide one of your lesson plans as evidence that you are homeschooling. You do NOT need to be a certified teacher. I believe you are doing the greatest work of your life---what a blessing for your children!

Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

The mother in this account doesn't say whether her daughter is receiving therapy, which she desperately needs. Obviously, she cannot force her to seek that kind of help, but she can certainly suggest it, and perhaps even meet with her daughter with the rest of the family in an intervention. As a mother of grown children, I know there is a fine line between being supportive and carrying our children's problems until they deplete and exhaust us. For our own health we need to set boundaries. When attempted suicide has been an issue this greatly complicates the situation, but NO ONE is responsible for someone else's attempted suicide. Our actions should not be based on the false belief that we can somehow control that sad choice. It can be very difficult for a mother to accept that her children are responsible for their own choices and the consequences that follow. I hope this mom will follow the advice given and continue to love and reach out to her daughter, while at the same time protecting herself from becoming overly involved, constantly trying to save her daughter, or carrying her problems.

James ScottApril 20, 2021

I fail to see a problem with these exstudents. With the number of available colleges and universities they could have chosen any they felt fulfilled their needs. Freedom of choice in all aspects of life doesn’t require “your” choices to be observed by everyone else.

Oliver JApril 20, 2021

My personal observations (plural) when Bishop, High Council, and other leadership- Husbands tend to forgive their wives; Wives turn to multi-year husband contempt, making severely defeated/empty priesthood holders. Again, just many unscientific views from good flock shepherding. Honestly, I think addiction is a poor word for compulsion or habit... and sins contrary to Law of Chastity aren't the sin next to murder (which sex crime is).

Steven SwarthoutApril 20, 2021

Nicely said. Thanks

margie stewartApril 20, 2021

Profoundly written and so inspiring! Thank you for this beautiful summary of things so many Americans know so little about...which is the tragedy that will be our downfall. This should be the lesson in every American student's history class today.

HelenApril 20, 2021

Thank for clarifying such a beautiful doctrine as taught by the Prophet. It gave me pause then and does so again, now. I find myself astonished at how little I exercise the faith I claim to have, particularly as “a principle of power”.

PattieApril 20, 2021

This IS our time to learn to exercise faith. We learned to exercise faith as a child when we learned to walk, ride a bike, swim, and trust in our parents. It is the same principle to learn trust in faith in God the Eternal Father and his son Jesus Christ. It takes faith to repent from our sins that have plagued us for years and recognize we can do better. Our prophet has been our stalwart leader to help us repent and choose to have faith. Thank you for your insights and poignant view that helps me remember my dedication to my Lord and King Jesus Christ.

SYDNEY H WHEADONApril 20, 2021

So beautiful! I loved it.

BPApril 20, 2021

Duh, don't apply to a religious school with which you disagree! Plenty of education options out there.

Sue MelserApril 20, 2021

Absolutely beautiful way to start my day!!! Thank you for sharing your talents.

Mark DonaldsonApril 20, 2021

Well said! Thank You!

Robert CowartApril 19, 2021

Thanks ,Becky for a heartwarming story. You left out one part though. The need for tissues. My eyes just got a good washing.

RONALD L BASSETTApril 19, 2021

Sudbury, Mass., home of many of the "minute men" that are buried in a special graveyard. Several years ago we visited that sacred place and walked past headstone after headstone bearing the names of those families we are descended from. As a retired military veteran I more than just remember their service, I honor each that put their lives on the line for freedom for future generations.

RebeccaApril 19, 2021

What a wonderful reminder and beautiful examples! I find my large journal with endless blank pages overwhelming, but also would love to record these mercies every day. Can you share with us where you get your five-line dated journal? I can't seem to find one.

Beth T.April 19, 2021

Thank you for sharing this with us. It is Marvelous!!!

Vivian AdamsApril 19, 2021

Superbly done. Every member of the Church should read and contemplate this beautifully researched and wonderfully written article. It is a masterpiece, and a vital telling of this prelude to the Restoration.

Stewart LangApril 19, 2021

Thank you Maurine - just a great read. I am Canadian and I was interesting to see some of the comments when President Ballard spoke about the American Constitution at General Conference - like many - at first I was thinking - hmm why would he speak about this at General Conference but that thought only lasted a few seconds as the spirit spoke to me - because it set the stage for the Restoration of the Gospel! So besides April 19th being my wife Joy's and I 46th wedding anniversary I have now learned a new piece of your wonderful history. There are so many within both the U.S. and Canada that are tearing down our history instead of learning from it - it really is so sad. We all need to learn and be reminded of our history because in most cases we have continued to remove forward because of the sacrifices of others! I found your recap of this historic day so penetrating that we all depend on God our Heavenly Father and HIS son Jesus Christ and when we hear our brethren remind us to "HEAR HIM" it really means something. Thank you again for writing this - I have sent out to many of our friends today.

Susan GApril 19, 2021

Stirring! Having read The Washington Hypothesis by Timothy Ballard, I am more aware than ever before of all the "tender mercies" and miracles that helped this country come into being. What we need right now is a movie that portrays the spiritual component of our founding, so that ALL Americans could be reminded of God's interventions.

Patsy WagstaffApril 19, 2021

This is wonderful. We need to hold strong to God. To pray to him. Need to not forget our history what our forefathers stood for and fought for. The constitution tells it all.

Jan ParkerApril 19, 2021

Today on my very own birthday of April 19th I'm moved to tears to recollect the power of God and the sacrifice of lives lost to preserve the liberty I today enjoy. May we all continue to pray for our country.

Michael EdwardsApril 19, 2021

yeah. Texas is very much in the west.


Thank you, Maurine, for this very interesting and touching article---and for reminding us of Elder Ballard's admonition that we should pray consistently for our nation. As I read your article this morning, I felt that we must also put some action to our prayers. Yes---America has many strengths, but also some serious sickness, including the never-ending gun violence and mass-killings in our schools, churches, stores and workplaces. Is this on-going destruction of human-kind consistent with the God-inspired revolution you so eloquently wrote about? Americans, including many LDS Church members, believe that we have the right to bear arms (like our early American patriots) , but we seem unable---perhaps, even unwilling---to take the necessary political steps to manage and control our pathetic gun culture. Why would foreign countries see the hand of the Lord in America's destiny when the daily news coverage is dominated by mass-killings of innocent people? Yes, we need prayers! We also need a citizenry that is willing to be "reasonably governed"!

Sara GrovesApril 19, 2021

This is a great article! I feel inspired and wish that I had paid more attention to history when I was in school. As I read the article, I felt proud to be an American, but more importantly, humbled to see the hand of the Lord with those defenders of religion and country! And the message for today is as important ro heed aff it was for those defenders of Good and country! April 19 has for many years been a significant day in my life and now I know April 19, 1775, a significant day in this country's life... that made it possible for my April 19 significant day! Thank you for that powerful article!

Kimberly KirschbaumApril 19, 2021

Perfect timing! Great message! Thank you!! Karate Kid was on last night. Though I've seen the movie many times since I graduated in 1984...and have been a martial artist ...this part of the movie, that you liken to Scripture, for the first time ever...caught my attention last night. I dozed off soon after that part. What a blessing to wake up to the magazine article email today see the title linking the Karate Kid..and Gospel commitment. I think anywhere a person is with their walk with should be acted upon...not middle of the road and "Squish"!! I've been squished..and walking on my own for a long time. I visit the church from time to time...that middle of the road. And have visited other churches. I've gone from being firmly on the one side...or the other...and I have to sure beats middle of the road "Squish!" Though my beliefs have changed...and I'm no longer a member...the message is powerful in our relationship with God!! Your message has touched me. I will be reflecting on it for a long time. Thank you! Kim in Kentucky

Richard JukesApril 19, 2021

Thank you, Maurine, for reminding us of the solemn spirit Marie and I felt as we stood on Lexington Square, visited the nearby old cemetery, and the inn. We stayed in Lexington for about a week and were impressed with the significance of that day, centuries ago, that brought our ancestors into the fray for freedom. Thanks for the stunning photos and memories. They remind me of our special time in China.

Debra L.April 19, 2021

Very inspiring, Maureen -- thank you. Mr. Gragg's comments RE: America in its weakness, youth, lack of experience was made strong by trust in the Lord -- a truly resonant insight. I wonder if you can give me the citation for the quote RE: Liberty as "the daughter of God, excepting His Son, the first-born of heaven"? Thank you again!

FranzApril 19, 2021

Great work! The actual spelling is Velluto....

RichardApril 18, 2021

Surely the idea that there's a "third implied commandment: to love thyself" is an encouragement for the narcissist and another burden for the depressed.

AnnaApril 18, 2021

I think this was a very good response. And helpful to all parents no matter the circumstance.

Marsha WilsonApril 17, 2021

We are all children of our Heavenly Father. Even though this man was a German he had his prayer answered and he kept his word to God. All wars are horrible but each person who is drafted has to do as their country asks. I agree the people that fought back to try and win there freedom are heroes too and also children of God.

DorisApril 16, 2021

This is so wonderful, and it was great to read that so many organizations in the area have suggested working together. For you Texans, you will love having a DI in your area!

LewisApril 16, 2021

An amazing story of courage. You must be very proud of Jolanta. We can never quite know the burdens others have to bear. I was touched by her first tentative steps out of her protective shell and by the sweet way she tells her own story.

Le/Roy SoderquistApril 16, 2021

What a wonderful, positive article. I have often observed to others who complained about how bad life was that it was their own fault for not being happy. I suggest to them that they spend to much time worrying about the things they don't have and not enough time enjoying the good things they do have. Having the right attitude sure helps.

Diana BinghamApril 16, 2021

I loved everything about your story and the hardships everyone went through to help these children is heartbreaking. Bless you. I especially loved your statement “When we reach out to serve God’s children, He opens the windows of heaven to us.” How true this is. A lesson I have also learned first hand. May your children continue to blossom.

Nicola in nzApril 16, 2021

Wow, just wow! No words... But thanks for sharing. Amazing

Chuck SanfordApril 16, 2021

I thank both of you for posting this. The horror the precious children went through, and the trials the adults went through, touch my heart and those of many others who read this. It is so wonderful that Heavenly Father is involved in your lives, and always has been; His time table is not always easy, but it is always there.

Mary J BellApril 15, 2021

I love this. Thank you so much for sharing!!

BusybeeBeccaApril 15, 2021

What about your driver’s license? Where does the mark of the beast begin? Why did the vaccination, all of the sudden, start the marking?

Jo Ann OkelberryApril 15, 2021

I am so glad I read this. Sometimes I find myself questioning, and I have to correct myself. We can find help and direction from the trials of others.

Kay RookhuyzenApril 15, 2021

This story had a HUGE impact on me. I cried while reading it. I have known people like that lamb that were beaten down by other people's comments, left out of games, not invited, etc. My mom used to make me invite then over to play, watch a movie or something. I always laughingly say I'm not a real kind person but this story made look deep inside my soul and decide to PURPOSELY be kinder. NOW. TODAY. Thank you for rocking my world!

Julie FApril 15, 2021

Thank you Brother Goddard! In response to some comments, I would say that sometimes loving ourselves means being self-centered and prideful, as Brother Goddard indicates. Other times we might use the same phrase, as was mentioned that Elder Gifford did in General Conference, but mean accepting our identity and purpose, and the Lord's love for us, which is quite different from the myth Brother Goddard was referring to. I personally don't think most anyone needs to work at loving themselves in order to know how they'd like to be treated; that comes quite naturally to the natural man. The hard part is to look beyond ourselves, loving God and others, to know how to treat them!

Marie CellaApril 15, 2021

Your story made my day. So beautifully written. I felt like I was right there with you. You spoke great truth and wisdom. Thank you.

Evelyn UzzoApril 15, 2021

Vaccine passports may not seem like the mark of the beast, however, this will most likely morphe into the very mark that is prophesied in the book of Revelation.

SueApril 15, 2021

Why are we so willing to give up our rights? Why is it so difficult to believe that all our leaders do not have our best interests at heart when it has happened throughout history time and again? D&C 121:39--" We have learned by sad experience that it is the anature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little bauthority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise cunrighteous dominion." Believe it!

tfApril 15, 2021

What happened to his Cambelite membership and leadership, is that just included in Baptist at this point?

GregApril 15, 2021

Good morning. Love your articles. However, I would prefer that if an article includes cursing, that you just blank out the entire text. Including characters (even with XXXX for most of the text) that lead us to speak the curse word in our head is not what I expect when I read an article in MM. Might be a little prudish perhaps, but it caught me off guard. I expect it in mainstream news articles but not here. Thanks again for your great articles.

Alicia DavisApril 15, 2021

Elder S. Gifford Nielsen said it best: “Our Heavenly Father wants us to love ourselves—not to become prideful or self-centered, but to see ourselves as He sees us: we are His cherished children. When this truth sinks deep into our hearts, our love for God grows. When we view ourselves with sincere respect, our hearts are open to treat others that way too.” We love God because he first loved us. When we know he loves us, we naturally start to love ourselves more, and then turn our feelings of acceptance, peace, and joy to serving others. Genuinely loving and serving others comes because we love ourselves, since God loved us first.

Carolyn A.April 15, 2021

What a lovely, tender story. My heart aches for Carol Ann, who is all of us at different points of our lives. And for Lucky, who once again, is all of us when we forget, or don't allow, the Savior's Atonement that facilitates our ability to forgive and progress past the pain incurred by others. Thank you! I am blessed by this powerful and important reminder of what I can do today, and every day, to be kind.

Buffie BarkdullApril 15, 2021

Your article spoke to my soul. I was reminded of the Lord’s opening statement when He describes the holiest kind of love. “Charity suffereth long and is kind.”

Jan KingApril 15, 2021

I have lamented the lost opportunity to thank a wonderfully kind nurse who took me into her home and cared for me about 76 years ago after I was released from 2 weeks in the hospital when our home burned down. I sustained bad burns on my legs, but my mother's burns were much more severe, requiring grafting and a 6 week hospitalization. I had no clothing and I remember the beautiful little dresses this stranger sewed for me. Thank you for enabling me to realize that I WILL get to see her again, as well as others who came to my aid during that time!

Maryann TaylorApril 15, 2021

I am really excited to hear about this book. I was counselled in a blessing that I should study the life of the Prophet, Joseph Smith, and I especially enjoyed the one by Truman Madsen. I look forward to reading this new book with updated information from the Joseph Smith Papers. Thank you for the info!

Maryann TaylorApril 15, 2021

I think the key to staying positive is to always be aware of your thoughts. When you repeatedly tell yourself how hopeless things are, your brain believes it. When you remind yourself that the Lord loves you, and will enable you to face challenges with courage and faith, you feel greater peace and hope. We all need to practice holding positive "faith thoughts" in our minds and hearts. That is one of the reasons we are counselled to read our scriptures. We must constantly let the light into our minds and hearts.

MEBApril 15, 2021

Thank you! This is a wonderful testimony that we need not doubt but continue in faith, while doing our part. We know Heavenly Father will do His, and I, for one, will not weary him further, by asking for confirmation of that which I already know to be true. I appreciate this reminder.

Maryann TaylorApril 15, 2021

Is someone in my life hungry for kindness? Yes! Every single one of them. There isn't a person we pass by in our everyday lives who doesn't need to be lifted by kindness. Every heart carries some sorrow.

Maryann TaylorApril 15, 2021

I appreciate this very real and down-to-earth article. I am also reminded of President Nelson's talk in conference regarding faith. He taught that we can CHOOSE to believe. I love that.

AubreyApril 14, 2021

That is beautiful, thank you.

DJApril 14, 2021

Thank you for your efforts and sharing your experiences.

David GrossApril 14, 2021

Many years ago, our then 18-month-old daughter tumbled down a flight of stairs ending on the concrete floor in the basement. It was obvious (listless and pupils pulsing between large and small) that she had severely injured her brain. I blessed her and after a trip to the hospital, where they checked her and found no treatment was needed. In summary, she was fine a couple of hours after the accident and is now 35.

Mary J BellApril 14, 2021

Thank-you for this inspirational story Kim-so sorry about the challenges-but you came through them with your family and even stronger for them. Wow!

Kelly AllenApril 14, 2021

This was great information! It was helpful to hear the lessons learned from people who experienced the Texas freeze. Thank you for sharing such important tips to getting totally ready for emergencies.

AnnaApril 14, 2021

Loving yourself is a feminist psychofad that some have tried to elevate to scriptural status with the commandment to love others as you love yourself. President Monson made it clear that there is no such thing as self love. He said the source of love is God not yourself. The love of God is pure, unselfish, never self seeking, and the more selfless you become, the more this love can flow through you to others.

D.L. AndersonApril 14, 2021

When my mom went into the care facility (she had dementia), I began writing to her on Sundays so she'd get the letter mid-week and then I'd visit on Saturday mornings. Even when she could no longer truly read or comprehend, the folks at the care facility would hand her her 1 piece of mail that she'd clutch on to. I don't know what she "read", but I know she knew she was alive, remembered, and loved. Glad the seed catalogues do the trick!

Dennis SchleicherApril 14, 2021

I think this article is much needed. As an LGBT convert, author, and fireside speaker for our church. I can see the triangular moral dilemma of both sides. This shares the psychological ramifications that we often forget about. I.e. being boisterous, prideful, etc. Thank you, Dennis Schleicher @DenSchleicher

Debra JonesApril 14, 2021

I love this article. After reading all this woman went through, I can imagine I would have a LOT of doubts about the church too! Her decision to quit questioning after receiving numerous assurances helps me to look at my questions as well. Maybe it's time I put those questions to rest too!

CarolineApril 14, 2021

I’m grateful for this article. I think we could be good friends! I’ve been studying mercy too, and highly recommend Mark Wrathall’s contribution to the Maxwell Institute’s series

CarolineApril 14, 2021

I posted a link to this on my IG and sent it to friends and family. Spiritual growth is slow, thoughtful and very personal but the Lord always remembers us and keeps His covenants. And looking back I imagine she is grateful for the stolen groceries and laundry, as I am for my “hardships” from my vantage point of old age. Well done article!!

Richard PedersenApril 14, 2021

I felt a little uncomfortable when I heard these words in the last General Conference, "I don’t know about you, but when I read these two great commandments, I detect a third implied commandment: to love thyself. Have you ever thought of loving yourself as a commandment? Can we truly love God and love His children if we don’t love ourselves?" I may have mistakenly taken these words out of context or missed the point of the talk. It does feel awkward or contradictory from what I believe and what this excellent article teaches. Perhaps there is another learning opportunity or perspective that I don't understand?

LexaGraemeApril 14, 2021

Thank you for this.

Kay RookhuyzenApril 14, 2021

WOW! Your experiences were mind boggling! But you survived, became stronger and by sharing your experience and the knowledge gained also strengthened me! THANK YOU!!

AnnaApril 14, 2021

Very helpful. This has been on my mind lately too.

Davod C HobsonApril 14, 2021

Could the mark of the beast refer to placing chips like they currently do with dogs and cats? It would be sold as a "convenience" but would allow easy tracking of individuals by commercial or government agencies who might require it as a condition of doing business?

AnnieApril 14, 2021


Susan MorrisApril 14, 2021

Well said. The question is not whether the Lord is true and faithful but whether we are. The restored gospel is not on trial as some assert: we are.

Pennie KnottApril 14, 2021

Amen Sister! I made a personal promise many years ago to follow Christ, be an active Church member, and follow the prophet. Never revisited that decision. I have been richly blessed and mentored by the Lord, no matter the challenges, for the last 50 years

AnnaApril 14, 2021

I liked this story very much. Thank you!

Penni C BrownApril 14, 2021

All great advise, thank you! We live in earthquake and fire country. I will add the following: -> Purchase and keep a large fire extinguisher charged and ready. Schedule the maintenance to make sure it is ready if you need it. Read how to use it and have each member of the family learn where it is stored and how to use it properly, practice using it at least once to get the feel of what to expect when using it during a panic situation. -> Make sure you have the tools to shut off your utilities (if needed) where they are shut off. No one should waste precious minutes searching for that shut off wrench! Get a small clip and chain and tether it the wrench to the shut off valve handle. -> Buy a water storage bag that fits inside your tub that can be filled/inflated with fresh water as soon as you think you may need to save water for a short time. Using a water safe bag keeps that tub water clean from other contaminates (from flushing toilets, pest, etc.), "Water Bob" is one brand to search, I am sure there are others. -> If you are currently storing water or worry that available water might not be the best, get a water filtration pitcher and store an extra filter or two. If you have available water but just want better taste, this is a much more economical source for clean water than cases of bottled water. -> Toilet paper takes up a LOT of storage room, and during the pandemic the cost and availability made it extremely rare. Instead, store small personal hand held water bottle bidets, flushable wipes and doggy doo bags. Use the bidets *if* you have the water. Wipes take up less storage space, and the dog bags are for placing them in after use, as most sewers and septic systems recommend not flushing them in the first place. Wait before flushing, sounds gross, flushing after a BM only! -don't waste precious water flushing what can be easily and hygienically done otherwise. *If* absolutely necessary, you can use a bucket lined with heavy duty trash bags and rimmed with a cut and slit to fit pool noodle as a toilet, not fun, certainly not choice number one, however it will save water and still be useful -channel your inner ancestors. Keep baby wipes *and* hand sanitizer on hand as well to wash hands, again, saving water. Any personal hygiene wipes can be refreshed if they dry out with a very small amount of water. Keep Lysol or other non bleach *sanitizing* wipes in your storage for cleaning. If these wipes dry out, you can refresh them with and liquid disinfectant cleaner to restore -do not mix bleach with *any* other chemical cleaners. And a final warning about using gas, flame, wood, cookers, certain heaters, fire places, coal, oil, and many other things as a heat source: *Make sure* you have ventilation when doing so other wise you run the very real risk of carbon monoxide poisoning which can damage your organs in the least and cause death within a matter of an hour or two.

Nihla JuddApril 14, 2021

Does not a vaccine passport absolutely strip conscientious objectors of their God given right to agency - over which the war in Heaven was fought?

Anita EApril 14, 2021

What a series of unfortunate events. Oh my. Thank you for this wonderful article about your life and how you found a way to turn things around in your relationship with the church and Heavenly Father.

Gaye WillisApril 14, 2021

Thank you for sharing your powerful experience, which is a great reminder to hold fast to our faith. I was very inspired by it.

Meg H.April 14, 2021

To many people self-love means allowing themselves to feel God's love for them. It is not selfish, self-centered, or narcissistic. On the contrary, it is an act of faith, humility, and surrender. To me Jesus is the greatest example of that kind of self-love.

Rochelle HaleApril 13, 2021

What happened to the second great commandment, love thy neighbor as thyself (Matthew 22:39)? When did this become a Latter-Day or an American myth? The golden rule is found in most cultures. If we understand how we want to be treated (love ourselves), then we will be more inclined to love and respect others and desire good for them. Loving and respecting ourselves is not selfish. It is a key to loving our neighbors as God would have us, and shows our love for Him as well.

Gary WitteApril 13, 2021

Thank you immensely. If we were more interactive with prayer our motivation would raise to a higher level. I liked what Jared Halverson said (See Matt 22:36 - 39), that loving ourselves should be the third great commandment. I loved the spirit and poignant spirit of your article.

Marcia SmootApril 13, 2021

Thank you, Bro. Goddard, for addressing this topic. I have never been comfortable when I've heard taught the myth that we must love ourselves before we can love others. I prefer to consider the glorious truth that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me, and it is my duty to spend my life striving to become more like His Son.

Sally SmithApril 13, 2021

Sally Smith Such an all encompassing message about consecration. Thank you for sharing it. It brought me new insight and joy.

Geoff SteurerApril 13, 2021

Thank you, Wally, for not only reminding us of these important truths, but also living a life that illustrates these principles.

JessicaApril 13, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful insight! It is exactly what I needed to hear today!

Valiant JonesApril 13, 2021

This is so good. Thank you for setting aright a philosophy of the world that has, as you say, inverted God’s well-being pyramid and stood it on its head. Amen.

Reed FinlaysonApril 13, 2021

Excellent article. I would add, however, that my experience with working with victims of abuse for 30 years is that some struggle desperately to find anything of worth in themselves to even feel they can approach God. Especially one that did not seem to be around when the abuse was happening.They need a little push in the form of learning to see their strengths in order to feel that maybe they have enough worth for God to care about them. In that sense, they do need to love themselves. I have always interpreted that scripture from that perspective.

Kerry FarrApril 13, 2021

Thank you Brother Goddard❣️ This is one of the most enlightening articles I’ve read in my 73 years. I have really enjoyed your previous articles also. You have a fine mind, inspired by the Lord to share truth with us.

Frederick SmithApril 12, 2021

The individuals who sabotaged the aircraft were most likely prisoners of war, abducted foreign citizens or ethic minorities that were used as slave laborers. The Germans used these people across all industries. These were the real heroes in this story. The war criminals are those that enslaved them. 15 million slaves make up 20% of the labor force at its peak during the war. There was great heroism in their efforts to fight the enslavers. They also prayed to stay alive.

Lois MiddletonApril 12, 2021

This story is fantastic!! It is reminiscent of the stories that my brother-in-law told about his time in the army spent in Germany during WW 2!

Kathleen FulmerApril 12, 2021

WOW! Indeed, the Lord DOES keep his promises.

Grace Christophersen ChumleyApril 12, 2021

When this fire happened, my sister who has not gone to church since high school, let me know about it. I was worried along with her and others because this was the camp of our youth in the 70's. So many memories. For three sisters from an inactive family this camp was our introduction to many gospel principles. I never heard the out come of what happened to Camp Liahona but was reminded about it today and did a search. I was so glad to come across this article. Thank you for sharing your experience.

Rochelle HaleApril 12, 2021

Thank you, thank you Elder Holland for saying that you "dabble" in your Book of Mormon reading. It is difficult to keep up with our Come, Follow Me studies, Conference talks, etc., and regularly study this precious book. I am thankful for audio capabilities and all of the resources made available through the Gospel Library. Thank you for your example.

TiffinyApril 12, 2021

Mine also said the email was invalid. I had used the auto. I typed it in manually and it worked. I hope this helps.

Michael BrashearApril 12, 2021

I am always uplifted by stories of faith and answered prayers in the lives of all of God's children, regardless of faith, circumstances or worthiness. If it were not the case I fear we would all go with prayers unanswered. God is eager to bless all His children. His request is that we go about doing good.

Corey D.April 11, 2021

Well written and well said and I agree, courageous from someone as young as he. I am about to retire after 42 years at the 2nd largest defense and aerospace contractor in the nation. Just before Christmas my coworker who is a young returned missionary was on the company Intranet said to me "come look at this", somewhat hidden in the announcements for the day was a corporate policy stating that they would no longer be hiring from BYU because BYU did not foster a climate of being supportive of LGBTQ+ rights, policies and teachings. We have not been able to find that since so possibly it was deleted, there are a number of executive positions at my division that are held by people who are BYU graduates and hopefully they stood up to that. Our church leaders and others not of our faith have warned about what has been going on in academia, particularly at the university level for many years. All that is now coming into play but the real danger is that corporate America has become part of that and when you yield influence over peoples jobs, their livelihoods, how they support their families you have real power.

Chuck SanfordApril 10, 2021

And I'm right there with YOU, Martha. The were 13 temples when I was baptized in March, 1971.

Ronald BarnesApril 9, 2021

When I was on my mission in 1974, we used pictures in our discussions. One picture showed all 16 temples at the time. This included the, yet to be dedicated, Washington DC Temple; of which was an artist rendition, not a photograph.

Bonnie HamiltonApril 9, 2021

I, too, wonder what diet is best to avoid AD. I've always thought the Keto Diet to be unhealthy with it's concentration on animal products, especially fat and its avoidance of healthy fruit, vegatables and whole grains. It seems like it's the opposite of a Word of Wisdom diet. (Please understand I'm not criticizing tor judging those who think it's wonderful.). I mostly follow a whole food plant based diet, but, since I love a good dessert, I think I eat too much sugar. Is sugar the real culprit here? If so, for sake of brain health as I age, I can cut out sugar!

RitaApril 9, 2021

When I joined the Church in 1976, there were 16 temples around the world. I decided I would visit every temple once my children were grown. Yea, the best laid plans....I've worked at/visited a total of 6 temples, all in the US, and at this rate, I'll have to visit the rest as a spirit.

Donna MaxApril 9, 2021

Wow - I am so impressed with this article and with all of you who responded upholding righteous principles.! Its people like you who give uks all hope that there are truly others out there who are willing to actually speak out against wickedness and perversion and put your names to it!! God bless you al!l

Martha ClantonApril 9, 2021

I'm right there with you.

Carlos RoundyApril 9, 2021

Life is tailored for each of us. In the premortal life we each agreed to experience our trials and difficulties, for our personal growth.

Lisa Simonsen PowellApril 9, 2021

I love this article. It makes so many things more clear. I have always wondered why I have had to suffer so at the hands of abusive parents who profoundly affected my life in so many ways. However, I have learned so many lessons on compassion and self love that I wouldn't have learned any other way. I want to turn that horrible abuse into helping others who have suffered as well.

Carlos RoundyApril 9, 2021

Elder Holland is a fine example of finding light and truth in many places, and with a variety of other good people.

Steven SwarthoutApril 9, 2021

The only thing I would add is to focus on reinforcing the son's positive behaviors. I really enjoy and admire this column.

LexaGraemeApril 9, 2021

This reminds me of the cowboy story of the cook who made a lovely pie, using moose or cow instead of rabbit. Thank you. Hubby and I enjoyed it.

Carol NApril 8, 2021

I was actually quite stunned when I heard this announcement.

Gary LawrenceApril 8, 2021

Well done. Stay strong.

HelenApril 8, 2021

Thank you! During my engagement to my first husband I was excommunicated, striving for rebaptism. During one moment of agony I asked Father why he didn’t take me home before I did more damage and heard the distinct “thought”, “Because your children want you to be there.”

Maryann TaylorApril 8, 2021

Interesting! I had never thought of our national debt in this context, but yes, I can see how Satan would use this to divide generations.

vickieApril 8, 2021

i enjoyed reading this. i will use it for a lesson on sunday. since we are homebound i will teach this to my husband. my kids are all grown and gone. reading this gives me a sense of power. that sense of power is how unimportant our diseases are compared to the glory of God. How we can over come and not have whatever we go through be so important over anything else. and whatever our trials are, we chose them knowing we would suffer which lightens our burdens.

Jon SpencerApril 8, 2021

This is an articulate and well written article.  The LGBTQ+ group gains adherents by scooping up those who lack self confidence, are lonely and who feel, rightly or wrongly, that they exist in a different world than the rest of their group (in this case, BYU students).  I don't think these new members actually believe the rhetoric that their leader espouses, but they go along because they are now members of a gang where they feel welcomed.  The Marxist groups in America (including at least one major political party) seek to separate people into victim groups, because while in one of these groups, in one of these gangs, individuals can be indoctrinated, can be controlled.    So, is Jesus indeed transgender?  That statement is so insipid, so devoid of any rational arguments, it makes reason stare.  Do all members of the BYU LGBTQ+ gang really believe this?  I sincerely doubt it.  And this is the hook by which some, maybe many, of the "victims" can be brought back to reality, and into fellowship with the rest of the campus.  This approach is nothing more than servant fellowshipping and ministering by the rest of the campus.  The goal of the BYU campus should be to become one with each other (and that goes for every community). I pray that every member of the BYU community will seek to find common  ground with every other member of that community.

Anna G PowellApril 8, 2021

Thank you for writing this.

Lisa M CroftApril 8, 2021

Thank you for your courage to speak up. I’m concerned how Satan’s plan of forced compliance with virtue signaling movements has permeated BYU. You may add Professor Ryan Gabriel’s speech at BYU and his introduction of critical race theory to the list of BYU Marxist movements. Professor Gabriel proposes that I am sinful because I am white and deserve to pay for the sins of people I never knew and to whom I am not related. Alternatively, my ancestors fought against slavery. America’s “original sin” of slavery is to be heaped upon my shoulders because I was born white. This, while BYU won’t allow a pro-life club on campus because it would be “too divisive.” I am saddened at how President Worthen passively allows atheist doctrine to permeate the campus.

Kirsten SchwendimanApril 8, 2021

Wow, that was a good one. Somehow I feel better now...thanks!

Andrew J, CurrieApril 8, 2021

I don't know what is going on at BYU, but to understand something is seriously awry one only need to read Elder Ezra Taft Benson's General Conference address of 4 Apr 1969 "To the Humble Followers of Christ". Among several grave warnings about post high school education, he said, "The precepts of man have gone so far in subverting our educational system that in many cases a higher degree today, in the so called social sciences, can be tantamount to a major investment in error..... President Joseph F. Smith was right when he said that false educational ideas would be one of the three threats to the Church from within." As noted recently in the local news, a 26 year old BYU senior was arrested for several molestations on Campus. At the time I wondered why the Church was underwriting the education of a 26 year old undergraduate! If he graduated from high school at 18, served a two-year mission, and took five years to get a bachelors degree, he'd only be 25. Instead, we are paying to continue the education of a 26 year old pervert? Is something seriously wrong at BYU? Elder Benson further observes: "Now hear this test proposed by President George Q. Cannon: If the breach is daily widening between ourselves and the world...we may be assured that our progress is certain, however slow. On the opposite hand, if our feelings and affections, our appetites and desires, are in unison with the world around us and freely fraternize with them...we should do well to examine ourselves." Today we have on BYU an LGBTQ+ proudly advocating other than seeking the Lord's help in changing? Elder Benson concludes by saying, "To repeat again from the Book of Mormon, "...they have all gone astray, save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.(2 Ne 28:14)."

Harold RustApril 8, 2021

I appreciate your willingness to discuss the ramifications of a general tendency for even our own grandchildren who want to be "kind and understanding" of those who are different. After all, that trait of compassion is at the heart of being a member of the Church. Consequently, if we speak out against someone or some group who "claim" they are being charitable we can be looked down upon. However, giving in to someone else's demands is often not charitable if what they seek counters basic freedoms or goodness for others. I have learned through all this the value of basing all my conversations with grandchildren on fundamental truths and objective goals which they can agree to. That way when we talk specifics about the purpose of a particular "peaceful protest" of the posting of signs that basically say "I respect science and so don't you dare say anything against my view of whether a man is a woman or factors besides carbon dioxide influence climate." When they understand the basic truth, then they are generally open to hear concerns about why someone who is demanding compassion might really be demanding subservience to their ideas instead.

ShaunaApril 8, 2021

Good for you Sheaums. I am a BYU alum with a daughter there now and one admitted for next year. Ironically, about 30 years ago, while pursuing a Master degree in English at BYU, I learned about postmodernism, Marxism etc. as part of literary theory criticism. I worked on a Ph.D. elsewhere, where I learned more--including some Gay Studies theories. It is absolutely stunning and horrifying to me, to see that these "theories" are now driving public policy and have become widely accepted as "truth." They are ideologies with a capital "I" and need to be dissected, examined and rebutted like every other theory out there. I read about the lighting of the "Y" but was not familiar with the social media comments of it's leader etc. From his tone, it seems he's headed for a fall, as we all are when we become puffed up with pride. I pray for you, my daughter, and all BYU students who are seeking a broad based education within the context of the Gospel, that you'll be able to get an education that aligns you with the mission of the Lord's Church. Thanks for being bold in standing for truth and righteousness

A. BinghamApril 8, 2021

This article highlights the massive brainwashing campaigns that Americans are being subjected to in which Satan so craftily orchestrates. This is also a call to the importance of staying spiritually in tune. We need to pay much more attention to the little personal warnings and promptings that come to us and our children through the spirit if we are going to raise up a new generation worthy of the blessings of continued liberty. And if we can't turn around a majority of people, which is unlikely given their downward moral trajectory, at least we must be prepared to raise up a remnant of righteous people willing to stand together and resist what is coming. So many people and institutions have succumbed to this brainwashing, political correctness, and rarely take a stand anymore on the core issues that are causing this precipitous decline in morality and enlightenment in America. More and more of us are 'awakening to the awfulness of our situation'. As a graduate of BYU, I continually shake my head in disbelief and with increasing sadness at the path the institution is taking. Being in tune with Still Small Voice of Conscience is ever so critical in these times.

AnneApril 8, 2021

Very astute observations articulated by a brave young man. Let’s hope he won’t incur the wrath of the mob for speaking truth. Kindness and compassion do not have to be used as a disguise for Marxism.

Leah Jane BrowerApril 8, 2021

Thank you for this timely article. You have articulated the uneasy feelings many of us have but are increasingly afraid to express for fear of being labeled intolerant. There will probably be responses challenging you, but I for one appreciate your refreshing frankness.

MelanieApril 8, 2021

Thank you for your courage to bring our attention to this. I have seen this coming to BYU over the years, and sometimes even among LDS congregations--a buyin to liberal, marxist culture under the guise of love.

Lora KinderApril 8, 2021

My mother was afflicted with Rheumatoid arthritis that flared up greatly after her last child was born. The medications led to osteoporosis which led to a broken hip, which left her bedridden the rest of her life. (She had a hip replacement, but the other hip broke and she wasn't strong enough to endure another surgery.) She spent 20 years managing her pain with various medications with devastating side effects, until she died of a massive heart attack at the age of 60. During that time, I came across the story of an early Latter-day Saint man who had a vision of the pre-earth life, and how he had chosen his own life of pain for the sake of greater glory in the hereafter. I shared it with my mother, which helped her to see that what she was enduring wasn't wasted. In fact, she did make good use of the time. She monitored the emergency channel on the CB radio, and saved at least one life. (This was back before cell phones were invented.) A baseball coach needed her to call for an ambulance for one of his players who was hit in the head. He couldn't leave the other kids, and all he had was his CB radio. "Thank God you were there, lady. Thank God you were there!" As I look back on that time, Mom had no strength, but she could lift your spirit. I could count on her to be there to listen and advise. Just "being there" was enough for her life's mission.

LoraApril 8, 2021

I'm a grandmother who is actually afraid of what my grandchildren will be learning at American universities in the last days. I've seen them go from places where free speech is encouraged to places where only one viewpoint is tolerated and all others are considered evil and dangerous. I remember when the Marxists were willing to brainwash our youth for free. Now we get to pay for the privilege. Sending your son or daughter to college now is playing Russian roulette with their values. I hope that BYU can resist this trend.

Marcia AndersonApril 8, 2021

Bravo for your well-researched thoughts and analysis. I too have faith that BYU (my school decades ago) will not lose its “lighthouse in the storm” status over all this going on as you so eloquently describe.

Michael DenisonApril 8, 2021

Thank you for posting this. While I have never struggled with feelings of homosexual attraction or other letters in the LGBTQ+ etc, I do know the feelings of being ostracized all too well, and some of my closest friends wear the neon-rainbow. I suppose I exist on "both sides" of this issue, and I hope that I can reconcile the two, pointing to what is right and true.

Bruce ForbesApril 8, 2021

Well said; thank you for writing.

KathleenApril 7, 2021

Wow! Beauty and talent come naturally in this family.

Pamela JacksonApril 7, 2021

So, its been five years (some including covid). What happened? Where are the final results? I can't seem to find anything on this subject that has a later date.

DoreenApril 7, 2021

I miss the connection that we enjoyed before this pandemic hit. I feel that we should be happy and practice smiling more and greeting everyone with interest and love!

J. Matthew PhippsApril 7, 2021

Then now is the time to make the major step. Ditch the name of the racist the school is named after. Ditch the name of the man who perpetuated the LIE about the sons of Caine and the mark.

Kay RookhuyzenApril 7, 2021

I'm with you! I hate self checkout. We are already distanced enough physically on a daily basis. I crave small connections hen I get out!

LexaGraemeApril 7, 2021

I took Dr. Nibley's Book of Mormon class in 1990. The first day was certainly something else. As was the rest of the term.

LexaGraemeApril 7, 2021

My mother's neurologist recommends a plant-based diet. He has been saying this for the four years she has been seeing him. He understands that not everyone can follow this, but recommends low-fat cheese, minimal pasta (his family would rebel if that got cut out) and sugar.

LexaGraemeApril 7, 2021

Agreed. Thank you.

DianeApril 7, 2021

This was a timely and excellent devotional!

ShaunaApril 7, 2021

Thank you--I agree. Covid has brought so much fear into our society--so that we're literally afraid of each other. I have refused to conduct myself that way. And I always greet people--to me it is a recognition of our common humanity

ShaunaApril 7, 2021

Thank you--I found this really helpful. wish I would have done this much earlier with my kids

Ruth JamiesonApril 7, 2021

So sweet! What a wonderful way to start my day! Thankyou!!

RochelleApril 7, 2021

This is already coming about with the EGS. Our credit score will be based on our actions politically instead of our payment history etc. It is wise to stay informed but at this point I see no alternatives being offered by anyone.

Russell HembrowApril 6, 2021

I am happy to accept the word of a Prophet and celebrate April 6th, whether it was exactly 1830 years to the day is not of any consequence to me though, I am happy with April 6th; but did you know 'Our Calendars Skipped 11 Days in 1752'. Yes, that is right, Six and a half million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752 and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750, you don't believe me, just 'Google' it; we did it to catch up with Europe who for hundreds of years had already caught up their callender, Only Russia remained behind and fixed it by skipping days in 1918. So, it is a bit moot in my opinion, it also means the Sabbath is not really on the Sabbath if you are stickler for 7 days, but we can celebrate Christ's Atonement on any day, can't we?

GoogleApril 6, 2021

Wonderful story, reckoned we could combine a number of unrelated data, nevertheless really really worth taking a look, whoa did one particular study about Mid East has got much more problerms too.

Wes BrewerApril 6, 2021

I like President Nelson stating the "likelihood" of Christ's birth but not declaring it as for certain and absolute. The D&C scripture as I read it is not specific enough to declare that day as Christs birthday, but referencing the general year known and accepted by mankind. This is a good example of a revelation coming through men with limited knowledge and that limitation being included in revelations. It does look like April 6th is a "commemorative date" but I am not seeing a certainty enough through scripture or prophetic revelations to draw that Christs birthday is on April 6th. I'm not seeing that any of the prophets are confirming it is that date. There comments seem more "general reference of dates.." To me, this idea of April 6th seems more plausible but isn't at this time doctrinal. Which I think is what the author is exploring.. maybe I'm seeing this wrong.. ?

Calvni GarvinApril 6, 2021

Being a fan of history, read/learned (forget where) that if you were an early Christian and celebrated Christ's birth on his actual birthdate, the Romans would send you to the Circus (kill you). But during the Feast of Saturnalia, which was the last two weeks of December, you could openly celebrate Christ and the Romans wouldn't bother you. Thus Christmas evolved into Dec 25th. To celebrate otherwise makes you a fool, the orgins of April Fool.

Melissa FeldApril 6, 2021

Jesus most likely was born in the spring, since that is when Shepherds gathered sheep. However, D & C 20: 1 was originally a preface written by Joseph Smith's scribe Oliver Cowdery; it was later added as verse one in D & C 20. And "the day of our Lord" was a formal way of saying what year it was. It could have been the day Jesus was born, but we cannot conclude for sure that it was, since it wasn't dictated by Joseph Smith directly.

Joan LeachApril 6, 2021

An ancient stele in Central America gives Christ’s birthdate as April 6. My former bishop, David Handy, and his brother annually search the jungle ruins and he presents slides and a talk about their explorations. Bishop Handy is an attorney in Orem.

Joan LeachApril 6, 2021

David Handy and his brother can show you the photos of a stele in Guatemala dating hundreds of years old that give Christ’s birth date—as April 6. My former bishop and an attorney in Soren, these brothers have for years searched the jungle ruins in Central America every summer. I’ve watched Bishop Handy’s presentation twice and have come away in awe both times. I especially love the one that shows three “picture representations” of God with the one picturing the Holy Ghost as blank!

Yvonne AstonApril 6, 2021

Interesting study. If this hypothesis is correct then eating to prevent brain malfunction needs to start early on in life.

Ray CongerApril 6, 2021

A shout out to my long ago friend at BYU in about '88, John Devitry-Smith. Hi John!

Harvey HiggsApril 5, 2021

I read articles similar to this article and find the research interesting. However whether Christ was born in December or April makes little or no difference compared to the fact that Christ was born and died for our sins.

Maryann TaylorApril 5, 2021

Wow--total temples in operation and those announced--251. We are certainly living in glorious times of fulfilled prophecy! I am so excited and hope we will all work harder to prepare our ancestor's names for ordinances. My experience has been that performing the temple ordinances for them is the most joyful and satisfying work in the church. What a loving reunion we will have one day with all of them.

Maryann TaylorApril 5, 2021

Amen to Susan G.s comment!

WhatToEat?April 5, 2021

Based on this, what kind of a diet should be recommended for those who have a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's?

KathyApril 5, 2021

This is really fascinating to me, because a couple of my grandparents had AD before their death. What's your bottom line for prevention and reversal? Will your recommendations also improve brain clarity and function?

Nancy M. SmithApril 5, 2021

It says my email is invalid

Cleve AlldredgeApril 4, 2021

I tried to leave my email for the app, but it said its not valid.

Jacob HessApril 3, 2021

Thank you for the kind comments, everyone. These are challenging questions, and whatever we decide, I hope we can remain united as brothers and sisters seeking the Lord. To Dr. Lynn D Johnson's question, I sent my draft to Sally Linford prior to publication. So, it's not true she would have been shocked, because she was very encouraging of my moving forward. The woman on Facebook whose post prompted this piece (and who I kept anonymous on purpose) expressed concern that she had been portrayed as angry. Despite her contention that she was not motivated by anger, I maintain that her post and comments she and others made throughout the thread functioned to stir up people in opposition, suspicion and enmity towards our presiding leaders. Call it what you want, it's something I raise concern about without apology.

charles casbionApril 3, 2021

when you are going through times in your life , its always good to know our heavenly parents are near us ,and our brother jesus christ and angels of our heavenly father, they are always by our side and never leave us , even in the storms of life

JenApril 3, 2021

I feel a major theme was anti-racism am quite disappointed you did. It mention that at all. That is much more specific than just unity. The prophet gave us a call to lead out against prejudice and racism... and his talk was not the only talk to address it.

LindaApril 2, 2021

Love this. Such a great reminder!

Ann S PapworthApril 2, 2021

I too agree that these are lovely traditions. Wish I'd had some of these for my 7 children but hopefully I can pass them on to some young grandchildren!! I may try a couple of these although now alone. Thanks

Marsha NewmanApril 2, 2021

Excellent article! All the missionary experiences - old and modern - were inspiring. I have a missionary grandson working in Iowa with the spanish speaking people. He's very new, but full of the spirit and so anxious to find a really good "golden contact." I'll be sending him encouraging quotes from this article. Thank you.

Lana JohnsonApril 2, 2021

The new app says my email is invalid so please please please sign me up!!!!!

Sandra W RawlinsApril 2, 2021

This is full of such passion, adoration, love and testimony!! I am drawn to come back and listen over and over. I shed tears of wonder and joy!! Thank you David!!

ShariApril 2, 2021

Is thus app available for android? I am having issues signing up for it.

Sharon L. MayApril 2, 2021

Darned funny--and perceptive. I expect miracles from President Nelson everytime he speaks to the Church. Can't wait for Saturday morning. Hang on!!!!

John R CarpenterApril 2, 2021

There is nothing more consistent in life than change. In heaven, Love and Consistency is a standard.

Matthew GlosengerApril 2, 2021

Please keep the personal political agendas out of this space. Many members of the church DO NOT agree that racism was any part of the riots. You saying it was, doesn’t make it a reality. At NO time, from ANY speaker, did we hear counsel on the riots and racism. The messages of unity would have been completely nullified had they connected actions to motivations. Using the term “racism” automatically separates groups into value positions of being “LESS THAN”. We should shun that word as deeply as we shun any position that classifies Gods Children, collectively, as being less worthy.

David R JacksonApril 2, 2021

Will I be able to add it to my iphone via a download from the Apple istore?

Joan TurnerApril 2, 2021

Thank you loved this article from Hosanna to Hallelujah of Holy Week followed readings and ideas everyday

Helga SilskiApril 1, 2021

Dear friends, let us not knock Facebook or other Social Platforms, if we add what we know to be true, sharing our testimony born by the Holy Spirit, then even there truth and beauty can be found. The Spirit will always lead the honest in heart to see, hear, understand what is truth. We must be selective yes, but it also is up to us to present the positive and good for better understanding and clarity to the masses.

Susan G.April 1, 2021

Who cares and why is this important? Actions speak louder than words or other people's thoughts on the subject!

Christy RutherfordApril 1, 2021

When I attempt to sign up for the app, I get a message when I put in my email address that says, "email" is not a valid email address, even though I am putting in my regular gmail address.

LindaApril 1, 2021

The man is a total jerk, plain and simple.

Joyce TerryApril 1, 2021

Your app is saying my email address is not valid

PeneApril 1, 2021

This is such a beautiful podcast...thank you both for being such devoted disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ and for your heartfelt testimonies. Love you and thank you for all you do.

Mary HillApril 1, 2021

FYI - the app is not appearing yet in the App Store. The Meridian app that is there is Meridiani Magazine which is NOT what we are looking forward to getting.

Judy PerryApril 1, 2021

Brilliant article, Diana. I consumed literally every word. Thank you.

Judi EnglishApril 1, 2021

A beautiful talk that spoke peace and hope to me. Thank you

Carlos RoundyApril 1, 2021

The same question could be asked of each of us. How religious am I? Am I willing to forsake the world for a better world? Am I willing to lose my life, and follow Christ?

Harold StuartApril 1, 2021

There need to be severe penalties for people who file frivolous lawsuits. The courts need to be left open for those with legitimate complaints.

Maryann TaylorApril 1, 2021

Thanks for the chuckle!

Mary-Rose McMullinMarch 31, 2021

I always smile when science catches up with revelation! I'm looking forward to your articles.

MikeMarch 31, 2021

The only flaw I see in this balanced article is the assumption on his part that the intentions are noble of those developing and distributing the vaccine. If so, then things are much less risky. But, most have a proven track record of deception and immoral pursuit of wealth. We won't know for years the real effects of this medical experiment.

Karell BinghamMarch 31, 2021

Good job Mariah! wonderful insights that I had never before thought of! I love to read your articles!

Chris HowellMarch 31, 2021

This article seemed somewhat meaningless unless it substantiates that those that like the President believe he is God fearing and those that don't don't. I think the true measure of religiosity is how closely ones actions squares with the 10 commandments.

Kathy Hall SpransyMarch 31, 2021

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your talent of vocal music with such a PRECIOUS song!! This BEAUTIFUL HARMONY and heartfelt message is just what was needed in my life today, and THANK YOU AGAIN for sharing!!!

Linnell FowersMarch 30, 2021

Yay! Thanks:) I’m a family studies major and although I’m not employed in the field, I love it. I’m excited to hear about good research backing Gospel principles.

Robert GatesMarch 30, 2021

Sadly, it sounds like he "excommunicated himself" (quoting a Prophet) and has deliberately gone over to the try life in the Great and Spacious building for at least a while.. Lesson for us. Whether its masks, vaccines, wealth of this world or other don't go wondering off towards the Great and Spacious building. Even though it may seem right, worthwhile, titillating and exciting In the end you lose . Its truly a fools errand!


I was going to suggest you provide us with examples on how popular culture can be misleading when it comes to solving marital relationship issues, and I am looking forward to reading your inspired advice. Always very grateful having you sharing your wisdom and experience with the Latter-Day Saint community.

ScottHMarch 30, 2021

Good food for thought. I am fine with people having differing ideas and opinions, even on serious issues. I become concerned when people begin using coercive measures to attempt to force those with whom they disagree to behave as they demand.

southern mamaMarch 30, 2021

Our own family is being torn apart by the divisive and polarizing politics of the day. Our adult children have called us white supremacists and have told us they are ashamed of us--and our only "crime" was voting differently for president than they did. We stopped discussing politics or any other potentially controversial subjects for years before this election, knowing that there could be disagreements. There was no discussion or warning--when the terrible events happened at our nation's capital in January, we were somehow responsible in their view. We weren't even there and have never condoned or supported any kind of violence! We are devastated by the breakdown of our family--and these are temple recommend holding adults who have done this!! We pray daily for hearts to be softened and that our relationships can somehow heal. I am praying daily that the brethren will address the contention and evil tearing everyone apart.

Autumn CookMarch 30, 2021

Great article! Very balanced, very thoughtful. The Lord can and does lead people to do opposite things, because He knows our needs and we're all different. We must be patient with those who see things differently and not expect that following the prophet looks the same for everyone. The prophet's role is to lead people to Jesus Christ. Those who listen to the prophet will have heard him tell us repeatedly that personal revelation is crucial in these confusing times. Boy, are we seeing that! It seems a huge part of the "big test" is whether we can love others who see things differently when so much is at stake - life and liberty.

Kathy SandersMarch 30, 2021

I look forward very much to reading your articles on this subject. I am constantly amazed (I shouldn't be) at how eternal principles and truth always shine through any field of research or endeavor if we keep the foundational truths in the scriptures as the base camp. Thank you for all your articles.

Doris WilliamsMarch 30, 2021

SOOOOO beautiful. I share Sonja's feelings as the tears just come with hearing these incredible voices speak His name in music. Thank you, thank you, guys. Your spirit and harmonies just make the world a better place.

Kerri DavenportMarch 30, 2021

Thank you for inviting readers to what looks to be an exciting study!

Carol N.March 30, 2021

This is just a stunning rendition of Hillsong's message of praise and worship. I have loved this song for years and now have this arrangement, featuring David Archuletta and Vocal Point, to love, too. Thank you!!

Blake GarsideMarch 30, 2021

Unfortunately, the Source for many has become Facebook, Google and other Social Platforms, etc. How about the New Mormon Google being LDS.ORG OR even better PERSONAL PRAYER for answers and guidance !!

ScottMarch 30, 2021

I believe the Lord's hand is helping us during this pandemic. For the first time ever, we have a prominent medical doctor who is our prophet, giving us counsel. We have next generation vaccines, which have been in development for 25 years, ready now just when needed most.

April CarolMarch 30, 2021

Might I suggest that we leave mental illness out of the picture. Just because someone has negative feelings and exhibits retribution against a person does not mean they have a mental health issue. People sometimes hold a grudge when they are offended and there are any number of other causes. Blaming terrible things that happen in society on people with mental illness is unjustified and simply inaccurate. Discrimination, stigmatism, physical abuse, isolation, and a serious lack of accessibility to medical treatment (let alone knowledge) all contribute to the intense burden of a demographic greatly misunderstood. Mass shootings seem to be the fault of people with undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. It's time to face the facts - some people are vindictive and some are simply evil.

Karell BinghamMarch 30, 2021

I am very interested in hearing what you have to offer! Thanks for your insights!

prbMarch 29, 2021

When truth cannot be ascertained and extensive evidence is not available and conflicting voices clamor for support, where do I put my trust and faith? What does it mean to have “confidence in leaders” and a “testimony of a living prophet”? For me, it means follow their example. How often will my personal revelation conflict with the recommendations of my prophet? For me, the common good is more important than personal beliefs. Love your neighbor is high on the list of commandments. Humility doesn’t capture the essence of the solution, but responsibility and civility are good choices. I agree with Dave Myers.

Sister Clarisse TateMarch 29, 2021

This is such a beautiful article! Thank you for sharing your experiences & providing some wonderful ideas to create meaningful Easter traditions & lessons about our Savior.

D. MackeyMarch 29, 2021

The murals are already well preserved and much appreciated in the most appropriate of places--one of the Lord's holy temples! What would be wrong with their remaining in the context and setting for which, under Heaven's inspiration, these works of art were created?

Sherelyn CuretonMarch 29, 2021

I would love a picture of that lighted stairwell. Thank you for sharing this podcast each week. I anxiously await for them!! I cry when you share an experience that just touches my soul.

Sonja ErvinMarch 29, 2021

All I could do was was SO beautiful! Amazingly spiritual and moving. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 29, 2021

When I saw a picture of President Nelson wearing a mask, I had a very strong feeling that I should follow. It was the same way when I saw the picture of him getting vaccinated. I pray all the time to know what to do, and I follow those strong feelings I receive to "follow the Prophet."

MeagenMarch 29, 2021

Hello! Can you please share the picture of the open door with the stone staircase? If you still have it? Thank you!

ShaunaMarch 29, 2021

I really appreciated this article. This has been a difficult time for me with lots of questions and conflicting ideas. This gave me some new ideas to think about how I can approach how I’m feeling. Thank you so much!!

JimMarch 29, 2021

I appreciate this article very much. I never thought about it being an act of humility. I just thought it was common sense and good manners. For those who feel that doctors have all the answers they should read "Confessions of a Medical Heretic".

Synthia C.March 29, 2021

Thank you for this well thought out and much needed article! I have been troubled over this vaccine issue and am not convinced it is something I should do. However, I feel pressure from many around me demanding conformity. And I have gently pushed back so that I have room to continue to gather information and think things through. In the process, my husband and I have had to caution ourselves from falling into the contention that surrounds this issue. Contention is clearly a weapon of the adversary; we need to keep his purpose clear in our sight and not get blindsided. He has cast fear for our physical well-being into our midst and we need to take care that we don’t jeopardize our spiritual well-being in exchange. And through this all, we should exercise grace and humility one with another.

Lona MillerMarch 29, 2021

Bro Hess, THANK YOU!!! So well said.

TaraMarch 29, 2021

Thank you. These are much needed words in the world today and especially for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is from a marginalized and persecuted non-mask wearer and reluctant vaccination patient that has had to regularly self-reflect and repent for returning judgement with judgement, anger with anger and prejudice with prejudice. The peace and joy that comes from humbling myself before the Lord, hearing Him and then forgiving myself and others has been my refuge. Every. Time.

Blake GarsideMarch 29, 2021

Thank you Jacob for taking a sensible and rational approach to what has become a very polarizing issue. Down here in Arizona, the border crossing of thousands being released into small border towns has many feeling very uncomfortable. The local news is reporting as high as 50% infection rates among those who crossed. Unfortunately, they are dispersing across Arizona with Zero tracking, etc. I definitely, respect those who wear a mask and those who do not, those who have been vaccinated and those who have not. One thing I'm definitely sure of is, Satan's influence is taking its toll on individuals and families. Oh, do we need this week to focus on the Savior's atonement and to hear inspired counsel from the Brethren !!

Rita in TexasMarch 29, 2021

As a senior citizen who's been in the Church a good long time, I've had many opportunities to argue about the pros and cons of many issues. My takeaway has been "be patient until there is clarity". All of us are mostly blind on virtually every subject, no matter how much we think we know. The biggest problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and tend to misunderstand what we do know. I had the virus a year ago, came through it unscathed, and will not consider getting the vaccine until after the Pfizer trials are complete, on January 31st, 2023. I will make a decision then. But your results may vary, and I will not presume to dictate what anyone else should do. What you want to do is none of my business. I chose long ago to not live in fear of anything but displeasing my God. He is the source of clarity.

Dave MyersMarch 29, 2021

I think the answer goes a step further than you have described. I've been vaccinated and I wear a mask because I think it's the right thing to do to help stop the spread of the virus. I understand how some people may have questions about the safety of the vaccine, but that doesn't absolve them of our common responsibility to help stop the spread of the virus. So what can they do? Stay home, wear a mask, stay distanced, have groceries delivered, attend church on Zoom, etc. We pay fast offerings because some other people need the help. It may not always be convenient, but we are in this together and we need each other to be able to get out of it. It won't work if everyone doesn't do something to help. Objecting and complaining won't help, and being civil (or humble) isn't enough.

Maryann TaylorMarch 29, 2021

My baby died just 5 hours after she was born. The teachings of the gospel are so comforting regarding our infants and little children. I have one friend who joined the church because her LDS doctor shared gospel truths with her after the death of her baby. What a great blessing to know that little children are saved in the Celestial Kingdom and that we will have the gift of raising them and loving them. How great is our God! How great is our Savior!

Maryann TaylorMarch 29, 2021

Beautiful! It is so obvious these men love the Savior and express it so beautifully through this wonderful song. Love David!!!

Maryann TaylorMarch 29, 2021

I can understand the resentment of many toward government officials because of their actions to usurp our freedoms. Elder Bednar's recent article regarding protecting our religious freedoms in the midst of COVID addressed this subject beautifully. However, we must never allow ourselves to lose our faith and trust in our Prophet or other general authorities of the church. I just read recently in the Doctrine & Covenants 107:22 about the specific ways we support our chosen leaders: "...upheld by the CONFIDENCE, faith, and prayer of the church..." This scripture is so timely. It is essential that we hold fast the iron rod right now, consistently feeding our spirit with truth so that we will not be deceived by having a rebellious spirit. Satan is doing everything he can to divide us--especially from our Prophets and Apostles. We MUST NOT allow the storms around us of doubts, confusion, or angry debates to shake our confidence in the Lord's chosen leaders. Everything within me revolted from getting the COVID immunizations. However, when I saw pictures of President Nelson and other general authorities receiving it, and when I read his counsel for us to also get the immunization I followed that counsel as an act of faith.

David DurfeeMarch 29, 2021

I like the take of the Givens in "All Things New," that the importance of Christ's shedding of his blood and the Atonement goes beyond just paying some price for sin in a business transaction. But it enables and encourages a healing from our sins.

Dr Lynn D JohnsonMarch 29, 2021

Jacob, I sent your link to Sally Linford; she was shocked to see you feature her comments. Since I quit Facebook 2 years ago, she must bear the burden of defense of the anointed while I remain in blissful ignorance. Some seeds fall on good ground, and some fall on rocky soil where they fail to put forth roots. That's the way it's always been and always will be.

Judy PerryMarch 29, 2021

Wow! Thank you for this article and addressing my pain over this issue. As I have studied food and nutrition my whole life, I have observed that what is recommended in one period is totally reversed in another and then reversed again. My peace is in the hands of the Lord that ultimately he is in charge and all truth will be revealed in time. Whether anyone chooses vaccine or not chooses vaccine I have no need to be militant about it. I have had to make peace with death and dying and conclude that there are worse things than death. We will all die when it is our time. I just want to be ready when it is my turn.

Kate PiersantiMarch 29, 2021

This is an excellent article. I see this issue about the vaccine a way Satan can use us to do his will. If it comes to determined arguing it makes him happy. He knows our weaknesses and he is playing on them. We need to back up and simply share opinions and respect one another. "Beauty for ashes."

Carol WhitecarMarch 29, 2021

I believe in personal revelation that we have for ourselves and our immediate family. I love that the Presidency has given us an example we can follow or not on vaccines. We can feel safe to know he has chosen that and we can follow- or if we have complications like pregnancy or other health compromises we can choose to not get the vaccine. I believe he is showing us the way for personal agency on the vaccine. Whether or not we get it has NOTHING to do with church DOCTRINE. The prophet is still our Prophet and the church is still true! We need to make that distinction and not be caught up making mountains out of molehills.

AnnaMarch 29, 2021

Very worthwhile for us to read and consider. Thank you.

Roberta PalmerMarch 29, 2021

Thank you for this article! Beautifully written. Agency, which was fought for in the war in heaven, will never be taken from us. Only with humility can one be respectful of others “choices” or “opinions”. It is the peace that comes to the heart which matters most. Once received, it should not matter what others may think...a very personal relationship with the SAVIOR - who gives that peace - is the most important goal in this life and for eternity.

Kathleen JonesMarch 29, 2021

I am older, with health concerns, yet I have lived a very hard life, but with no regrets. When the decision to have or no to have arose, I decided to talk to the one person here on earth who would have the last choice--myself. Knowing that the good Lord would also be attending. As I presented cases for and against having the shot, it was finally decide that, I trust more in the Lord, but also know He is sending knowledge so it was decided. I took the shot. Whether or not it is good or not, I really still cannot say. I know President Nelson did it, and if he trusted in it and surely in the Lord, so can I. My hard life is such that I know the Lord has also helped me through it and allowed easier times in also. No, I don't like masks, but I'll error on both sides.

DorothyMarch 29, 2021

Thank you for this reasonable message. It pains me to read of others willing to villify our Prophet or consider leaving Church membership over things where we have agency to believe what we will . Our Prophet and membership are worth so much more than the complaints listed. I feel our Prophet knows more than I do, so I am going to follow the Prophet.

Jane NelsonMarch 29, 2021

So beautifully written. Why don't we see this for the test that it is? Pride rears it's ugly head in times like these and divides us from one another and from our God. I especially love your final point. Our spiritual well-being is our chief concern here. Thank you for bringing clarity to this confusing topic.

Philip LeaningMarch 28, 2021

I read Jennifer Mackley's book a couple of years ago and found it absolutely fascinating.

Scot ProctorMarch 28, 2021

The sources are hyperlinked in the article. Click through for the link. For example "As Elder Neal A. Maxwell put it" is clickable and it will take you to talk where the quote comes from.

Aaron BaileyMarch 27, 2021

The earliest reference to authentic Christianity as a ‘cult’ that I know of comes from Tacitus, who lived in the first Century. That’s how real Christianity looks from the outside. A real Christian gets called a cultist and just smiles, remembering the Beatitudes (Mathew 5). If you are doing the religious persecution, you are outside Orthodox Christianity.

Christine JohnsonMarch 27, 2021

Please site your sources for quotes!

Debi-Ann CaseMarch 27, 2021

My husband is at extreme risk for dying from Covid-19 if he gets it. He can't breathe with a mask on. He barely breathes easily without a mask. He practices social distancing, which is the best and most he can do. We both take natural food-based supplements, including Vitamin D. We grocery shop in-store, go to meetings with others in our senior age category, and thank God, despite his CML leukemia, he is doing very well. A little common sense goes a long way toward staying healthy.

T. GilbertMarch 27, 2021

When I've seen something like this before: the illogical, rambling, excessively long letter of baseless accusations, written in anger..., it was due to the beginning stages of mental illness, which quickly got worse, thus proving itself to everyone. Just a thought.

Sasha KwapinskiMarch 26, 2021

The term "cult," for all practical purposes, has come to mean whatever anybody wants it to mean.

SusanMarch 26, 2021

Over many years of nursing and during those years dealing with healing as Sister Marshall expressed, I learned that immediately after trauma is seldom the best time to force ones self to deal with painful memories. My suggestion is to download all those images onto some form of external storage device. Put this together with other tokens of the relationship ( wedding ring, special gifts, etc) and store them together in a box or perhaps a safety deposit box. This requires intentional discovery. There will come a time ( for me it took many years) to come to an emotional place that I could revisit my memories and I was thankful I had preserved them for that experience. Healing takes it own course for each of us as we deal with loss in our lives. It is a universal teacher.

tfMarch 26, 2021

I had info on a thumb drive go bad in just 2 years. burn a dvd also. in 30+ years of working with PC's, I've seen numerous back-up media abandoned, the media may still be good, but try finding a drive that will run it. A hard drive is least preferable, for long term storage. The Cloud hasn't been around long enough to know how it will turn out. I would trust Family Search to keep stuff forever, or at least until the mellinium!

Cary HolmquistMarch 26, 2021

Kevin: you really nailed it with this one! And the church foyer setting—classic! This is a keeper!

GrandpaMarch 26, 2021

This gentleman needs to put all those photos on to a thumb drive or an exterior hard drive, label it, and then put it in a drawer where it is out of view and out of mind. Years from now, he will rediscover it and just maybe have some fond memories.

Shane HatchMarch 26, 2021


Karen CasosMarch 26, 2021

The photos are a memory for you not just for your ex wife. There is no need to get rid of them. Enjoying seeing them by remembering the good times, days, friends and family .

Theron LarsenMarch 26, 2021

I feel sad for the late father Jon Huntsmans to now have his name to be drug thriugh the mud by a son when his father is not here to defend his good name !! As for him leaving the church it will go on as it alwasys has to complete it's mission here on earth till the Savior comes again !!

Maryann TaylorMarch 26, 2021

Truly beautiful advice regarding the healing process. I wonder if it might help this brother to put the photos away and wait for some time to pass before going through them. Right now he is very raw and time will help, although it doesn't feel like that right now. I have always loved the scripture Brother Steurer quoted from Lehi to his son, Jacob: "..The Lord will consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain." I find that so comforting. The Lord can, and DOES, work miracles in our lives, even in our suffering.

Maryann TaylorMarch 25, 2021

When people make untrue comments about the church it is an excellent opportunity to gently teach the truth. I think the best way we can do this is to share our personal feelings about our Savior and how much we have learned about Him and FROM Him in the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost will attend us if we do this and help people to feel the spirit.

Maryann TaylorMarch 25, 2021

I am glad for this happy ending, however, we need to remember that we do not EVER pray to anyone other than our Heavenly Father.

Kevin LeeMarch 25, 2021

Actually, the prayer reads "O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this water to the souls of all THOSE who drink of it," not SOULS."

Maryann TaylorMarch 25, 2021

Thank you for this Joni. I treasure our sacrament covenants, and the sacred reminder that the Lord certainly did shed his blood for me. However, I doubt if very many of us "take it for granted!"

Maryann TaylorMarch 25, 2021

Wow--does he also want his blessings returned to the Lord?????

Ayse KOCHMarch 25, 2021

this is such a sweet song with powerful truths. thank you for sharing. I hope we canning it all together some day.

HN GwynMarch 25, 2021

I noticed that Bob must have read it wrong the first time when he added words not in the prayer. He said in reading the prayer that "to the souls of all the souls who drink of it". It should have been "to the souls of all those who drink of it." Just saying!

Ron BarnesMarch 25, 2021

When reading the prayer the way he wrote it, I did not see what was left out. It wasn't until I recited it in my head, without reading it, that it became obvious. His point is well received.

Ron BarnesMarch 25, 2021

A protestant friend once told me that many Christians consider us to be a cult. I told him that the word "cult" is used by one group as an excuse to persecute another. By usage, a "cult" would be any religion that you don't accept.

Tim ErnstMarch 25, 2021

I love the concept of preserving the works of Wilford Woodruff. If after the end of our lives, we, too, have been diligent in keeping the journals and records of our lives, but we see that nothing has been done to preserve the writings of someone as important as President Woodruff, then what reason should we continue with our own record keeping? But inasmuch as something is being done, then it gives validation to our own individual efforts and regardless that we are not Prophets, Apostles but barely just Elders and members, our efforts are, indeed, acceptable to the Lord.

Jeanne GuinnMarch 25, 2021

Thank you for this article. It reaffirms an experience I had. When I was 21 yrs. old my husband was shot and killed in front of me. As he lay dying I distinctly felt arms around me, comforting me. I don't know if it was my dying husband's spirit or an angel but 50 yrs later I can still vividly remember the experience. I have learned much since then from the teachings of the church to understand what the experience was. I will be ever grateful to my Heavenly Father for his loving kindness in my grief. I am just sorry that my daughter (who I was pregnant with at the time) did not know her father. She has also felt him near when needed.

Robert CowartMarch 25, 2021

Anne as always I appreciate and thank you for your time and effort in sharing with us these inspiring experiences. I think I told you about my wife who passed away after 53 years of marriage on August 12 2020. She had her first stroke on Aug 12 2012 and left mortality exactly 8 years later. I am certain this is not just a very unusual coincidence but as yet have no explanation for it. Maybe one of your readers does,

C.J. ZIEGLERMarch 24, 2021

Thanks for providing an opportunity to read this timely article. I believe that this virus that has not been isolated, has been the opportunity of a few individuals, with evil intent, wating on the sidelines, to get the power and control that they crave.

Tamara ZanderMarch 24, 2021

my eyes are FULL of tears and my heart is FULL. of emotion and gratitude! I too served in Peru and got head lice in my long hair. I LOVE the faith of this mother!! what an incredible story of asking for help and trusting. thank you so much for sharing this special experience with us.

vickieMarch 24, 2021

when one pays tithing its a donation. donations should not be returnable. no matter what the money was used for, in his heart he was paying tithing. God was watching him pay his tithing at that time. its tithing a law consecrated by God. He needs to complain in prayer to the Lord

Jeanene LeBaronMarch 24, 2021

I, too just love her articles and never miss reading them. In fact, I look for them! I am grateful for her depth and wisdom ~ I always feel blessed after reading.

t. b.March 24, 2021

Interesting story, but you obviously didn't get to choose the picture that accompanied the feature :)

Linda HaningMarch 24, 2021

On the side line point about DC becoming a state. My understanding is that the current proposal is to give the citizens of the district a voice and not to give the federal government a voice in both entities. Any further information would be welcome on this.

James ScottMarch 24, 2021

I can envision a man whose business is financial trouble, as film distribution business’ have been eroded by streaming, is looking for a quick source of cash. He may be strapped for cash, he gave, and that’s the watchword freely, and wants to choose how tithing offering is spent. For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift, wherefore he is counted evil before God. Moroni 7:8.

MaryMarch 24, 2021

Thank you for sharing this inspiration happening and giving us hope that others xan come to our rescue

Guy WilcoxMarch 24, 2021

Love every one in the Bonner family. they came to our 55+ Residential apartments in Riverton a few years ago and did a personal concert for us! they have endeared themselves to us all!

Debra L.March 24, 2021

Thank you for the interesting perspective. As someone with a life-long interest in politics and civics who has served as a legislative board member for a professional organization at the local and state level, I've come to believe that the most important politics happens closer to home. Local and state leaders are more accessible, and your voice is more likely to be heard.

Gary LawrenceMarch 23, 2021

To Alisa Dunn: Good question. I can only say that we will then work to replace them or make sure they don't become a majority. To Patty Bright and D. Herrin: Thanks for your interest. Will continue to address related topics as they become visible.

Pam RoderMarch 23, 2021

I always love to read Sister Isackson's articles. I'm so happy you all are still sharing these with us. Thanks you for that. Keep them coming please.

Robbi LarsonMarch 23, 2021

Phenomenal - albeit scary - article. This needs to be spread worldwide.

David DurfeeMarch 23, 2021

With few (and maybe no) exceptions, federal, state and local governments throughout our nation install stop signs at intersections and impose laws restricting our freedom to drive past those signs without stopping, even when there is no other vehicle in the vicinity. But in my entire life I have never heard of a single person, let alone an academic, protesting the government's encroachment on our divine freedoms with such signs and laws. But in a health crisis that has taken the lives of over a half million of our citizens in the past one year alone, we criticize our governments for trying to stop the carnage if it means requiring masks? Why not tell the government to take down all the stop signs and let individual drivers decide if they are going to stop at intersections or not, especially if no other cars are coming?

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 23, 2021

I love the Bonner Family. I met them at a performance in Los Angeles several years ago. They sing so beautifully and radiated love for all.

JoannaMarch 23, 2021

Thank you for this article. As someone from the UK , our rights and freedoms have already gone. We are not allowed to protest freely and our government is passing laws left right and centre without debate while Covid19 emergency powers hide what is going on. We have not be able to attend church for over a year. We are praying.

D. HerrinMarch 23, 2021

I would be very interested in hearing more about your remaining twelve possibilities. One might suspect issues on many concurrent fronts.

Karell BinghamMarch 23, 2021

I love you all!!!! Thank you!

Patty BrightMarch 23, 2021

Thank you for this powerful information and encouragement.

James ScottMarch 23, 2021

I’ve always considered the rainbow as the end of creation, that while the plants were watered from the mist that rose from the ground it had never rained. Never had the sun refracted to moisture in the air, but that this was the occasion for the Lord to reveal this wonder as the covenant of his promise to Adam and Eve.

Patty BrightMarch 23, 2021

This is thought provoking. Thank you for sharing.

Alisa S DunnMarch 23, 2021

I find this very interesting. My question is what if those leaders, for example in the state of Utah DON'T support the Constitution?

Dr. Craig R. FrogleyMarch 22, 2021

Thank you, Doctor. Bravo. Finally a scientist speaking scientifically!

LauraMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for your thoughtful and comprehensive reminder of the true symbolism of rainbows. I look forward to a time when the real meaning replaces the worldly perversion. By the way, the expression is a "friend of Dorothy," not Judy.

Tony RossMarch 22, 2021

In Australia, we went early and hard with lock down. With some exceptions it has worked. Our compliance rate has been very high and we have had few deaths and within our bubble we have enjoyed a near normal life style for most of the last year. We are only just starting a voluntary immunization program but there is no panic. We had an election in our state of Western Australia and the existing government swept the polls because of their management of the pandemic. There is only a very small number who oppose how things have been managed here in Australia

Merrill SellersMarch 22, 2021

Thank you Dr Atlas, for your article. The only question I would have is , do you believe the cov-19 vaccines are safe? There are videos made by scientists that tell a story of dna / rna issues with 5G.

Arlene WildeMarch 22, 2021

I find this article a bit disturbing as it doesn't mesh with my personal experience. I live in Alberta, Canada, and there has been a very definite correlation between government mandated restrictions and lowering of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Our government leaders tried encouraging citizens to act in accordance with recommendations without imposing restrictions, but far too many people say "If it's legal I can do it." Even with mandated restrictions there are a few who refuse, but enough complied to make the restrictions effective. As far as masking goes, I have never understood why this would be considered a violation of rights and freedoms. I have family in health care, including a front line ER doctor, and I think it is a pretty established truth in medicine that wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of a lot of things. Do you really want a surgeon working on your body with the entire medical team unmasked? I realize different people have different experiences, but the "facts" presented in this article definitely do not align with my lived experiences.

Carl StephaniMarch 22, 2021

This is a very important article clearly and concisely written. Everyone should read and think about it..

Tom PrittMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for this richly informative and inspiring essay! So true, all things do denote the glory of God.

JimMarch 22, 2021

I love that Gods symbol is all inclusive of His children and not exclusive like man's symbol.

minda lubbenMarch 22, 2021

Mr. Scott W. Atlas, sir I am so thankful for your article. I agree with you 100%+ I am so glad to see article like this in the Meridian Magazine. My husband and I do not comply with this none sense mandatory. America is in the verge of losing the freedom that we cherish in this land of the free and the brave. Where are those brave men and women? Thank you so much sir, reading this article of yours made my day. I will post this on face book. God bless you Sir.

DanaMarch 22, 2021

I love the rainbow as a sign of God's love toward all of his people. There are many in the LDS community who also belong under the LGBT rainbow and are God's people. People who were biologically born with LGBT tendencies or intersex, etc. I have a child with a genetic deletion who falls into this category. There are so many more than you think. For others who need support and love while remaining in the church, please contact NorthStarLDS.

Rey LainMarch 22, 2021

Will truth prevail? I dont have those credentials but have felt this way from the beginning. I dont feel the mask issue was completely explained. Is a cloth mask of whatever material really a safety precaution, whatever the circumstance? Meridian-thank you for this scientist's expert coverage.

WilsonMarch 22, 2021

Excellent article. It takes real courage to tell the truth these days, in the face of the critics of any views countering the established and enforced media controlled "official" dogma. Our country is on the brink of losing free speech.

DeAnna MurphyMarch 22, 2021

You have hit the nail on the head with this article! THANK YOU! I have a sweet disable daughter who reminds us all the time that we can "see with our hearts" what our eyes cannot see. A recent talk she gave suggested that we can "see the Savior with our hearts" and it can be as real as though it had happened with our eyes. I have a sense that she knows! D&C 67:10 also reminds us that “… it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you … that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fear … the veil shall be rent, and you shall see me and know that I am – not with the natural mind, but with the spiritual.” I know this is true!

PaulineMarch 22, 2021

Interesting thought and opinion he shares. The number of deaths and efficacy of vaccinating I believe are false however.

Jan KingMarch 22, 2021

I'm especially grateful for this podcast today and the technology to receive it as I'm traveling in Costa Rica and didn't have access to a church meeting yesterday. It's been a blessing to make it part of my study today!

Carma HuggardMarch 22, 2021

Excellent perspective. Thank you.

Michele NoelMarch 22, 2021

Finally! Clarity and intelligence! Thank you!

G RutterMarch 22, 2021

From a non scientific, but highly educated practitioner in my own field.....too many so called experts giving differing opinions. Politicians either banging their own drum or trying to juggle conflicting opinions while trying to keep their respective economies going. TOTALLY insane conspiracy theories.....(thanks for sharing the love America.)...and a media on both sides of the pond seemingly doing their utmost to muddy the water and frightening the life out of people in the process! Just what, exactly are people supposed to think? Totally unprecedented times, there is NO textbook on this! A plague on all your houses!

Chris A.March 22, 2021

Thank you for having the courage to share this article. Our civil liberties are crumbling and we need to wake up. Freedom is the essence of our existence - it's what we fought for during the war in heaven.

Tim FosterMarch 22, 2021

Dr. Atlas, you are a ray of light in a darkened world. Most of the people that I am able (during the shutdown of America) associate with agree with your science and comments. Rationality and civil discourse has been limited and supplanted by politics and crowd hysteria. It is, unfortunately, history repeating itself. We must labor to save this nation and the freedoms which have been so costly to achieve.

Joy BairdMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for expressing what many of us have felt for months now.

Garfield CookMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for your insightful article and reminder of the covenant God made with Enoch and Noah. In addition to the promise made to Noah, the semi-circular rainbow is a visual reminder of the promise made to Enoch that as his city was taken up from the earth before the flood of Noah so shall it return to earth in the last days. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this article. Garfield Cook

Paula RomrellMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for printing this article and showing a fair and unbiased approach.

Michael HogganMarch 22, 2021

I'm glad my old college buddy, Brian Shirts, is involved in tthis.

Bill CoulamMarch 21, 2021

I am glad the JST meaning of the rainbow from Genesis 9 was highlighted here. So few know that it was originally given as a promise that the city of Enoch would return and Zion would be built. Can't help but wonder if elements of Norse mythology (bifrost - rainbow bridge with Asgard and the realm of the gods at the other end, YggdrasilI - kind of like the tree of life) originated with truths the ten tribes carried with them to the north countries.

Ann-MarieMarch 21, 2021

What a strengthening personal example of the need to call upon those angels who are near us and waiting and wanting to help!

Gordon J HensleyMarch 21, 2021

The token of the rainbow was placed in the sky after the survivors of the flood disembarked. Animals and humans, they had one thing in common: they were all reproductively fertile matched couples. If you were on the ark, and you were not paired, you were food. It is odd that someone not in this category would adopt that symbol. But then again, the early Christian church adopted a torture device for theirs.

ShannonMarch 20, 2021

For me this was such an insightful and well-written article!!! I really love the symbolism of the covenant, and that God has not forgotten his children.

DJMarch 20, 2021

Great insight and perspective. Thanks for your article.

LexaGraemeMarch 20, 2021

Thank you for a beautiful article.

Kerry FarrMarch 20, 2021

Thank you! How wonderful and enlightening. Was not aware of much of this information.

Robert D StarlingMarch 19, 2021

Thank you for this thoughtful and eloquent reminder of the real meaning of the rainbow. It is lamentable that this symbol of God's love for man has been co-opted by those who center their lives on man's love for man (and women's love for women) instead of centering on Christ and his doctrine, and the blessings of eternal marriage and family life that are Heavenly Father's gift and plan for ALL of us. Jesus said it all, when he told the woman found in sexual transgression - - "Go and sin no more."

Maryann TaylorMarch 19, 2021

Thank you so much for the reminders of the sacred covenant symbolism of the rainbow. Satan is so obvious in his attempt to thumb his nose at our Heavenly Father by seeking to pervert and twist the meaning of this sacred covenant symbol for his own evil purposes.

D DrakeMarch 19, 2021

I, too, have seen a round rainbow while flying. I thought it was incredible.

Diane BlakelyMarch 19, 2021

About 1987 I was driving through the Virgin River Gorge in Utah and drove through the end of a rainbow. It felt like a blessing.

Tyna WoodsMarch 19, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful article this morning!

MBakerMarch 19, 2021

Thank you for this informative, inspired article! I was not familiar with the origins of the gay-pride rainbow. After having learned more about the moral conditions of the world during the time of Noah, I have felt like the gay-pride movement taking on the symbol of the rainbow was a mockery of God and the covenant He made with His people.

BMarch 18, 2021

This is so beautiful! I love the painting, I love the temple experience, I love your inspired song. Thank you for sharing.

Sally SmithMarch 18, 2021

Shawn I know you have True Grit and tenacity. Most of all the Lord is with you and your wife. So when the rehab gets tough and the tears start to flow, remember He is always with you.

Mary-Rose McMullinMarch 18, 2021

Thank you, this is beautiful! Who is the artist of the "Unity" painting?

Pat HarkerMarch 18, 2021

Beautiful thoughts and music. Thank you!

Chris CalkinsMarch 18, 2021

Your observations make me want to do better! Thank you for your thoughts and encouragement to do so. And thank you for the lovely song!

Marina SpenceMarch 18, 2021

How much I appreciate the depth of your article and the richness of its invitation for us to unite as our Heavenly Father's daughters in blessing and helping one another. And your inspired music is now filling my mind with its beauty. Thank you for sharing your light with us today.

Melissa AndersonMarch 18, 2021

Great article! Thank you for sharing not only Shawn's current circumstances, but also much of his past experiences, good works, attitude, and faith. It helped me have hope for Shawn and inspired me in my own personal challenges.

Juliann BradshawMarch 18, 2021

I don’t follow sports but Shawn sounds like a great man. The question “Why” comes to my mind, but life presents so many unanswered questions. My prayers are with Shawn and his family. This will be a great challenge; lost ability, lost expectations. May they experience miracles and may they stand amazed with new doors of opportunity.

Heather GriffinMarch 18, 2021

Love the tender stories of strong women going about doing good. Their individual & collective efforts remind me that God has a mighty work for us to do. There is undeniable power that emanates from a devoted woman serving in Christlike ways.

Susan SchumacherMarch 18, 2021

Revelation comes in many ways. Heavenly father blesses us in our talents where we are and this is truly a gift of revelation. To sister Christofferson I express heartfelt gratitude for sharing your gifts and giving voice to this eternal truth. I especially appreciate your examples of women Who have made the effort to educate themselves politically so they can be a faithful force in declaring righteousness without being combative. That is a true gift indeed. I look forward to hearing this beautiful hymn become popular as it is performed in holy settings giving both men and women more insight into the relationship between heaven and earth.

CarolMarch 17, 2021

You are missing the point! The regulation of elections is given to the states. This bill is completely un-constitutional

SteveMarch 17, 2021

I agree with Mary & Victoria. I think we should try to get as many votes as possible. Apparently this bill, in contrast to what the biases National Review has to say, it to allow more people to vote which is part of our heritage. It would be nice to see an unbiased review of this bill.

JimMarch 17, 2021

According to another source (Cecil E. McGavin, "Historical Background of the Doctrine and Covenants"), Hiram Page did not destroy his seer stone, but it was kept as a souvenir in the Whitmer family, handed down through generations until it is now in the possession of the Reorganized Church (Community of Christ, as they now are known).

StarlynMarch 17, 2021

Thank you for your wonderful insights. This is so well thought--out and expressed. I couldn't agree more about the importance of making sure we love the Savior not only because He can make us more comfortable and happy physically and temporally, but more importantly because of the love and power He has to bring us spiritual joy regardless of our physical or temporal contentment or discomfort.

ShaunaMarch 17, 2021

Thank you for this article with additional information on the life of Hiram Page. I"m reminded of a quote from Anthony Sweat, " Church history is full of mortals, and no mortal (individually or as a group) are either perfectly good or perfectly bad, flawless heroes or devilish villains." (from interview with LDS Living)

David SylvesterMarch 17, 2021

I am thrilled beyond words that this project is under way. I have been fascinated with President Woodruff since I learned of him in home study Seminary back in about 1978. I was so intrigued by his driven desire to record his journals. When I finally saw one of them open, in a glass case in a Church Library while visiting Salt Lake one time, I could hardly believe I was looking at his own writing. I couldn't take my eyes off of it. The tiny writing to save paper I guess and the meticulous way in which he wrote! I wondered then why they weren't published and now, a dream is coming true for me. This will truly be an asset beyond description for the Church and for the World to read these writings of a truly amazing man and prophet. I wish I could help!

Sydney WheadonMarch 17, 2021

I really enjoy your stories. They bring a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing.

BeccaMarch 17, 2021

I completely agree with the other two comments below. We have to look beyond the extensive politicking and see the real issue of voting as a basic human right, offering it to every American citizen.I signed up twice for my vaccine because a closer spot was available and I received several calls until they confirmed my agreement to cancel the repeated first shot. I was impressed with how thorough they were in learning my intent and seeking my ok to cancel it. Thank you state of Utah! :0)

DeeMarch 17, 2021

This article reminded me of a lesson I have learnt from the COVID legislation changes to how we run church activities and classes around food. It became clear to me what an opportunity we had to focus on the true bread of life in our activity, instruction and classes. I noted the stress that some leaders felt when they couldn't pad out an activity or lesson with food. They didn't know how to connect, inspire and validate those in their care without food. My thought was, how wonderful. This situation will provide an opportunity of growth. However, that hope was short-lived when methods were used to try and re-introduce food into activity and classes as quick as possible. I look forward to the day when we can come together and be satisfied with the true Bread of Life and Living Water.

CoriMarch 17, 2021

What a great family history story to preserve for posterity. Thanks for sharing.

Douglas E NadybalMarch 16, 2021

It is a great article but at the same time I worry that many people would view this type of spiritual communication with the dead as a form of necromancy. I think we need to be careful in telling of our experiences that these type of communications are a by product of doing family history that just happen usually according to our need at the time.

Nancy GoddardMarch 16, 2021

So beautifully and wisely said. I know it is true! We need our ancestors and they need us!

Carol KendallMarch 16, 2021

Utah is now on DAYLIGHT time.

Maryann TaylorMarch 16, 2021

Love this message! I truly believe that if we study the scriptures daily, and pray sincerely daily, that we will not be deceived. If we keep the Holy Ghost with us, Satan cannot deceive us. The truth will be written in our hearts and we will clearly recognize falsehood.

Maryann TaylorMarch 16, 2021

Sadly, continued misrepresentation of the church will be even greater as we approach the second coming of our Savior, and persecutions will increase. I appreciate your review of this program. The goal of the producers was an obvious attempt to cast a shadow on the church with the media's consistent "Drama-Queen" approach. While it is good to shine a light on these twisted and false portrayals of the church, I am often reminded of Lehi's statement regarding those who were mocking from the large and spacious building. He said, "We heeded them not." Those who criticize the church will blow away like chaff in the wind. There are so many, even in recent times, who have come out in open defiance against the church and most people cannot even remember their names. Kate WHO???

Maryann TaylorMarch 16, 2021

The key issue here is the safety of the children and they are NOT safe in this environment. I hope this man will follow the advice given and get help NOW. Her violence is a very serious issue. How does he know she is not inflicting violence on the children when he is not present? I would also contact a lawyer and seek full custody of these children with a restraining order until this woman seeks professional help and is recovered from her violent tendencies.

Anne O'BrienMarch 16, 2021

That reminds me of the article by Hugh Nibley ; A Strange Thing in the Land: The Return of the Book of Enoch, Part 8

Win BroadhurstMarch 16, 2021

And? So? Is that all you have? Am I missing something???

Nancy LeeMarch 16, 2021

These truths speak to my spirit! Thank you so much for sharing.

StkabuMarch 16, 2021

"This documentary is almost less about Hofmann than it is about Mormonism and not in an even-handed or even educational way. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is a minority religion in the United States, has been targeted and misrepresented too many times already" ...Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm so tired of the cringe-inducing portrayals of my religion. I'm so disappointed in Jared Hess. His talent is wasted. For someone who likes to be original, he took the easy road on this one.

Christopher CardenasMarch 16, 2021

Satan is subtle with these biased, misleading documentaries. The Lord's work will prevail as we speak up articulately. Thanks for this little article.

NanMarch 16, 2021

Your lifetime of study and travel is proving to be such a blessing to me and all those who read or listen to your "Come Follow Me" podcasts. I always learn something new and fascinating that I had never heard before. Thank you for your service.

Norma OlsenMarch 16, 2021

Thanks Wally. So many good thoughts to enlighten and inspire. This pandemic has made lots of people reevaluate how we use our time. Your message fits with many of the inspirations I have received, perhaps from family angels, to write my stories and never again take a nearby temple for granted.

Diane IrwinMarch 16, 2021

Wow! This blew me away! Well done; the music and the video clips were perfect. Thank you.

G HarrisonMarch 16, 2021

I agree with the article. I was surprised at the tone of the documentary and not sure what they were really trying to achieve. I remember the events well and it was interesting to look up the people being interviewed....come to your own conclusions when you have done that! Not an over reaction, it’s a fair comment about a disappointing documentary. I’m quite calm by the way....

Senior citizenMarch 15, 2021

Talk about your over-reactions! Almost every sentence sounds like a hysterical cry for pity. I saw the whole thing and learned a lot I did not know. I never suspected the leaders did anything wrong--and I still don't. Calm down!

Sherelyn CuretonMarch 15, 2021

I eagerly await your Podcast each week. It fills me with love. Thank you for teaching me these sacred scriptures along with your experiences that fills my heart. I have keep tissues handy because tears will flow.

Susan StoddardMarch 15, 2021

I would love to see Israel but want a longer trip - 2-3 weeks. Do you ever do a longer trip? I was on your Church History tour in October 2019. I would love to do a longer tour of the Holy Land with you.

PeggyMarch 15, 2021

Soup is delicious, we decided to leave it chunky and not blend it. Thanks.

Dave HallMarch 15, 2021

Pres. Kimball, in his BYU address, "Peter, My Brother" nowhere suggested that the Savior commanded Peter to deny him. Rather, he suggested that Peter, in his mind, may have been worried about what would happen to the church if something happened to him. The idea that Peter was commanded or inspired to deny Christ doesn't square with the intense remorse he felt over the incident.

Oscar MuñozMarch 15, 2021

The Savior was aware of discerning who and who not to trust when He gave instructions to his Apostles as they went preaching the gospel. He said: Matthew 10:16 16 ¶Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. It’s a balance we all need to learn.

MaryMarch 15, 2021

I have a question about the need for lengthy/expensive detoxes. When you get a colonoscopy, you get completely cleaned out the night before pretty easily. I don't get the need for ongoing detox products.

Heather BMarch 15, 2021

My husband and I saw Lamb of God this past weekend. It was beautiful in every sense. I was familiar with the music but to see it performed by these incredible vocalists and musicians up so close was truly wonderful. Like having a front row seat to a concert. Even more, the way the music makes you feel is almost unearthly. My husband and I couldn’t control our emotions. Only 90 minutes and certainly appropriate for children who can sit that long. If you want to experience what Easter is all about, don’t miss it!

Kathy SandersMarch 15, 2021

We saw Lamb of God on Friday at the theater and it was WONDERFUL! Please don't miss this moving and profoundly beautiful concert. Thank you to Rob Gardner and all who performed. Such inspired music that touches the soul.

Laura ClaytonMarch 15, 2021

I hope you share this opportunity several times, for those who aren't able to attend tomorrow evening or were too late to be one of the 100! What a wonderful opportunity to be able to help Jimmy!

VictoriaMarch 14, 2021

I agree with Mary...comment above. I just don’t see all the problems you do with voting rights. Why, with something as basic to America as voting rights would you make it more difficult for people to vote. Very wrong. These are things that would set us back over 50 years! Does not pass the smell test.

Charles D McClureMarch 14, 2021

As soon as I saw her picture I wanted to hear her story! It was completely different from what I was expecting! I knew it would be amazing but it was much more amazing then I could imagine. Thank you for your sweet testimony!

Janet DoiMarch 14, 2021

Brother and Sister Proctor, My husband and I do so enjoy your weekly podcasts that you have been giving us here on Meridian Magazine. The knowledge and inspiration coming from your unique insights are invaluable to we Church members, who are older, and unable to travel anymore--due to health or the COVID pestilence. My husband is 80 and I am 75. We, as many others, have always had a desire to visit Israel and see the wonderful sites where our Saviour walked. Besides age and lack of funds. We will not see this beautiful country in our lifetime. Having said that, may I suggest something that you could do to fill that gap for elder Church members. During this coming tour, could you take a film crew with you to film the places to will visit? And, the audio of the inspirational remarks you give to those with you at each site? You could make DVD's. One for each place and sell them to the public (Church members), I'm sure. It would be a blessing for us to purchase such wonderful depictions of the Holy Land. I look forward to your response to my message. Thank you for reading my comments.

LeahMarch 14, 2021

Thank you for teaching us about Emma this week. Could you share the sources for all of the information about Emma that you used? I would love to learn more about her.

MaryMarch 14, 2021

I don't see the issue with some of the problems you listed. Changing information yes,but same day registration no. I think the goal is to get as many people to vote and to make it easier. I also don't see a problem with registering online and if states are not smart enough to provide through that process safeguards than maybe they do need to be regulated. This is 2021 not 1950.

Michael PetersonMarch 14, 2021

How much verbal and physical abuse should one person take from another? Two years ago I made a solid resolve that if a person, any person, treats me in an insulting or demeaning manner, I would let them know immediately that it is NOT all right and that I would not tolerate it. I’m so glad I did! How much abuse should one person tolerate from another? NONE!

GTOMarch 13, 2021

You are not a narcissist. My mother was a narcissist and behaved like your wife. I don't know if she is a narcissist, but you definitely are not. The fact that you are examining your own motives and behaviors proves that. I hope you're able to extricate yourself and your children from this situation.

Bette HarpMarch 13, 2021

Hold on a minute! I was in the same situation. I stayed. I don't regret it. My husband is a good person, worked every day, remained faithful and did the best he knew how. He still has problems that he brought into our marriage. He never was and never will be the guy that I felt that I needed. I decided that my husband isn't responsibly for my happiness. That's a choice that I make. I chose to surround myself with good friends and to turn my problems over to God, who has greatly sustained me. Have you considered that you may never find this person that you long for , that many men wouldn't take on four children of another man, that single mothers are far more likely to end up in poverty? Maybe you believe in fairy tales, as I did for a long time. As President Uctdorf said, a lot happens between Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After. Don't give up on your marriage. Hold on. It may work out, as mine did. By the way, we just celebrated our 63rd anniversary.

MaeMarch 13, 2021

March. 13, 2021 Could it be possible that this is a one sided view of an abusive situation? She may be responding to her husbands subtle abusiveness to her by demeaning her in front of others with derogatory humor or questioning her knowledge on a certain subject or any other way of making her fell less than she is in order to make himself feel superior.

Sheri KowalMarch 12, 2021

This is beautiful , thanks so much for sharing!

Michael MartinezMarch 12, 2021

What a great and inspiring story! It is so good to listen to someone who is so intelligent and put the BOM to the test. Those of us who, in our own trials, did the same in adult life, completely understand this beautiful ladies' conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ! All that is needed is to have a open mind and a need for something better, and question and listen to the Spirit as you study the Book of Mormon! Thank you for sharing this story!

PamMarch 12, 2021

She sounds like she needs counseling and/or psychiatric intervention.

KathrineMarch 12, 2021

This is one of my favorite episodes becasue of your portrayal of Emma Smith. It carefully and beautifully captured her essence, showing us her struggles and strength, making her more relatable. Thank you for your examples to help us honor Emma.

BradMarch 12, 2021

Nothing brings more joy than to discover that your Heavenly Father loves you and cares deeply about you. I see this again, when I see see you give that same love to these precious kids at the time they most needed it. Such a dark place to come back from. Thank you for sharing such a tender time for your family with all of us.

Marcia SmootMarch 12, 2021

I can't get into Peter's head but I, too, believe Peter was no coward. I feel it is entirely possible that he was commanded to deny the Christ that he would be preserved to lead the Savior's flock following our Lord's atoning sacrifice.

I grew up this way . . .March 12, 2021

I grew up with an abusive mother--screaming, blaming, manipulating, hitting--and in 5th grade started asking my dad why we didn't leave her. He didn't want to break his covenants, but as a kid I really didn't want to be around her anymore. It would have been better for me as a child to be in a different home. "Staying together for the sake of the kids" can be far worse than removing them from a dangerous, mentally ill mother (and she sounds mentally ill).

Shannon Norgord, Mountain Shadows Ward, Colorado Springs, COMarch 12, 2021

Dear Sister Webb, I teach an online Come Follow Me for Individuals and Families meeting. I wanted to thank you for your through lesson regarding D&C 23-26. I used several references from your article and feel that I gave my best lesson ever. I have been praying for additional resources to liven up my lessons and I was so very grateful for your article. Thank you! Warmest regards, Sister Shannon N.

Robert D StarlingMarch 11, 2021

Those extreme corporate giants need to be sent a message in the only language they understand - money! In the few months left while we still have a conservative (?) majority in the US Supreme Court, those whose businesses have been attacked by the left should bring as many multi-million-dollar lawsuits as possible. This is the way we fight for our freedoms in the world today. Many conservative legal aid organizations will support that effort. They will be paid well when they win in court, just as Earnest L. Wilkinson earned 10% of the $200 million settlement he won for a native American a young lawyer.

D. PetersonMarch 11, 2021

Will there be a live performance this year?

LewisMarch 11, 2021

You know, this is an incredible story, both of your love and patience, but of those brave children. With so many things stacked against them, they ventured forth into a very challenging world. We should never underestimate how difficult the transition was for them. I know you must be incredibly proud of them!

Harold RustMarch 11, 2021

Thanks. The first question to be addressed should be: "What is our goal---to change some actions, laws, rules, or regulations which have been harmful to one or more minorities (whether that group is of one race or just one particular common interest) or is it to change attitudes and belief systems? These are two completely different approaches. In the former we can recognize many past laws and social actions which discriminated in ways that were very hurtful--and both parties knew it. Gradually, the laws, rules, and actions have been improved significantly. With regard to attitudes, however, I believe the only real improvement comes when we show people a better way. In classrooms as a sub teacher I have learned I never change attitudes by showing a student what they are doing wrong--whether it is their attitude toward a math problem or their attitude of defiance when asked to turn off their phone. When I can show them something they are doing RIGHT or WELL (I carry many puzzles or interesting questions which, through hints, they always ultimately accomplish and then can be complimented) I create a setting where their attitude and mine both change for the good. Show me a story of some white man who found a sincere and meaningful way to help a black youth and I'll show you an improvement in my attitude. If the news never reported anything but positive experiences between racial groups you would see a far greater change in attitudes, laws, and actions than will ever come from protests up and down the street demanding change. That's because we are all of the same human race.

Lincoln WhiteMarch 10, 2021

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful message. I would really like more information about the 56 different angels in 86 visits. Do you have more resources available that I could study?

JacquelineMarch 10, 2021

Jolanta, your words were deeply moving and I’m in awe of your strength and courage. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us; I think you are incredible and am certain Heavenly Father likewise stands in awe and tenderly watches over you and Thomas.

KatieMarch 10, 2021

Jolanta, Thank you for your bravery in sharing your story. I hope we can all follow your example and internalize your 3x5 card truths.

Nicole SheppardMarch 10, 2021

Jolanta, thank you for sharing your remarkable story— how courageous!! So inspiring to learn about all you have overcame, how you have adapted, and how you continue to grow!! Can’t wait to see how you continue to bless the world!

LexaGraemeMarch 10, 2021

Bravo, Barbara!

SKMarch 10, 2021

I am so saddened that the Hill Cumorah Pageant is gone forever. My family had plans to attend in 2020, flight booked, and ready to book hotels in the area, when it was cancelled. My family participated in the 2000 pageant, and it would have been our 20th anniversary. We live all across the U.S. now, and it would have been a family reunion for us. We were planning to attend in 2021 as consolation. I don't know why this pageant is forever cancelled because it brought in up to 10,000 people every night, all prospective investigators, and gave attendees the chance to visit the Sacred Grove, Smith homestead, and Palmyra. When I lived in Pennsylvania, we attended every year from 1982, when we joined the church. I know it's probably the cost. I am just so devastated that the pageant is nevermore.

Been there and Living itMarch 10, 2021

I just now saw this today. I am sooo sorry for your pain and I can honestly say I have felt exactly the same way. I was considering writing, but then saw your letter. I have been (re)married for 6 years. There is a lot I can't fully explain here, however I have often felt (and expressed) that I am on a shelf and just get taken down when he wants something. He spends all day on the internet (interspersed with working) and continues on the computer until 2,3 4,sometimes 5 am only sleeping 2-4 hours. He often chats with people online and posts a lot of commentary on our neighborhood site. Has even messaged women his phone number so he can "counsel" them about their "spirituality" or something else related to something he has posted or come about in online conversation. I am definitely not a top priority. I'm not even in the top 5. I often get yelled at over insignificant things. It is draining trying to avoid and navigate the hostility. He often acts like nothing happened minutes later. I am not an argumentative person and don't like who I am becoming in this marriage. I try not to engage, but when I do, in defense of myself, I don't feel any better. I usually feel worse. He has had a history of very poor boundaries with women and when I try to talk about how I feel about certain situations he created, he will yell at me and tell me that he can talk to whomever he wants and he doesn't care how I feel about it. He also says he won't live his life in fear worrying about how something looks or what "may" happen. He tells me I am not rational. It leaves me feeling very insignificant and used. I left a previously abusive relationship quickly, after 4 months although it took almost 2 years to stop him from contacting me at all. I guess this one has been harder for me because I am older now, almost 60 and not sure how I will make it financially among other silly things, like, I'm really embarrassed about it and don't really want to let my family in on the drama. He knows he has mental health issues but will only state he has anxiety & depression caused by ADHD. He is not proactive in getting medical help. He has a family history of Bipolar disorder and denies he has it. It is very frustrating, but for many reasons I have not been able to leave, although deep down I really want to. I do a lot of avoiding conversation just trying to keep the peace. I'm in survival mode.

MikeMarch 10, 2021

The text of President Kimball's talk can be found here:

SGHMarch 10, 2021 There is another theory to the “why” of Peter’s denial. In order to protect the Chief Apostle, Christ himself commanded Peter to deny knowing Him. When we read the account in Matthew, what we perceive as a prophecy could, in fact, be a command.

CatherineMarch 10, 2021

I never believed he denied in the way he was always betrayed. And later years ago is saw in old institute Manuel in the appendix was article that Spencer w Kimball. . expressed a different perspective . that I agreed with . lets look at different perspective. We need to look from the beginning. Not be going in detail. There is too much To point out Here is a few . Peter was going to be the Prophet. He risked his life cutting the soldiers ear. They could of right than and there be killed . we need reread the whole conversation at the Passover. And how does the commanments start Thou shalt.? just another way to see the whole picture. . I appreciate your thought. I personally believe he was told to deny.him. and the type of man Peter is a disservice to his testimony .

Lisa ReisingMarch 10, 2021

This is awesome! Thanks for giving me something to smile about and agree with wholeheartedly. Simple analysis usually hits home in ways we can't deny.

christineMarch 10, 2021

This is wonderful! Our ward has been encouraging our ward members to make a monthly home temple day a priority by dedicating the time we normally spend in the temple to learning about temples, participating in family search research and indexing, and turning our hearts to our ancestors. We encourage them to dress in Sunday clothes, pray as they begin and invite the spirit of Elijah into their homes and lives in an intentional way. There are so many beautiful promises for those who will participate in gathering Israel.

Tom BaxterMarch 10, 2021

i once had a conversation with an emeritus General Authority who emphatically declared "God's truth, justice and laws will never be man's truth, justice and laws". President Nelson in his September 2019 devotional at BYU reiterated the same point. "Some things are simply true. The arbiter of truth is God—not your favorite social media news feed, not Google, and certainly not those who are disaffected from the Church". Living in these times, my sense is that many of our parents - member and nonmembers alike - are derelict in their efforts to teach their children what God's truth, laws and justice really are. The pushback that President Nelson received is evidence of that. President Nelson went on to remind us that "God loves every one of us with perfect love and there is a strong connection between God’s love and His laws." That being said the recommendations of a diversity committee must be founded enough in the Gospel that these correct principles prevail in whatever recommendations they make for change. Can we do better? Yes, but we must never forget our unique mission statement as an institution, "To assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life.That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued." In the end we are all 100% responsible to make choices and use our agency in ways consistent with that mission. Personal morality comes from within, not to be dictated from without.

Rochelle HaleMarch 10, 2021

My husband and I were serving as ordinance workers when Covid began. As the pandemic progressed, my most cherished time was spent working on family history or studying and preparing for my Come, Follow Me lessons. Although I organized cupboards and found other much-needed projects during lockdown, nothing was more rewarding than seeking spiritual things daily. A certain website has recently come out with a feature that gives movement to old portraits. Many find this creepy, but I found a deeper connection to those who I know are “still living.”

Kay RookhuyzenMarch 10, 2021

I love your real life stories and have used them for years to help students learn English. I started tutoring on my couple mission to Tokyo and found their realism easy for students to understand and learn from. I continue to send your articles to former students still! Keep up the great stories.

Susan GillmoreMarch 10, 2021

I believe it was President Spencer W. Kimball who proposed that Peter denied knowing Jesus because Jesus asked him to. Peter was to become the head of the Church. It was important that Peter not be arrested and killed with the Savior. Having to deny knowing Jesus went against Peter's character and testimony. Perhaps this is why he wept so bitterly when he had fulfilled this commandment given him by Jesus.

Dave MyersMarch 10, 2021

Nice article Stephen, thanks. As to your political concerns, I think the key is when you say "giving up individual rights and letting someone else pack our lunch." You don't have to give up your rights and let someone else pack your lunch. You don't have to take those drugs or checks, but it seems rather harsh to deprive others of the help they need just because you don't need it. For example, we have decided as a society that it's worth providing 'free' education to everyone up through high school, but there are some who choose to send their kids to a private school and pay the tuition themselves. Good for them. But many of us can't make that choice and so for the good of society, free education is available for the rest of us. And we pack our lunch.

kim mossMarch 10, 2021

I personally like to think of that night as President Kimball did as he proclaimed while giving an address at BYU. I believe the address was titled "My brother Peter" or "Peter my brother?" "He said that Peter was no coward. This is the bold man that was a scrapper and ready to fight and protect the Savior at any moment regardless of the consequences. Peter was the one that would take over the Church following the Saviors crucifixion. He needed to be there to take over and if he admitted to being with the savior he would have suffered the same fate. Therefore Christ gave Peter a commandment, "Thou shalt" deny me thrice!. In other words, "Peter you had better deny even knowing me or you will be killed as well and all will be lost." He then obeyed the command and battling against every fighting instinct he had, he obeyed his orders.

Cynthia CarlsonMarch 10, 2021

Incredibly eye-opening! Inspired! Thank you for sharing this amazing story of the power of Christ-like love.

Howard CollettMarch 10, 2021

More than 20 years ago I had lunch with Stephen Gibson. I was at a crossroads. I had several middling talents and was trying to discover what I should do for the rest of my life. Steve helped me discover my passion--in essence changing what I had for lunch. Thank you, Steve!

Mark BishopMarch 10, 2021

One of the problems with establishing an office of diversity and appointing someone over diversity is that it puts the problem into a corner and absolves responsibility in general. Treating everyone of every ethnicity or race in a Christ-like manner is everyone's responsibility and can't or shouldn't be given to any one person. That being said, the discomfort that people of color feel on Church campuses is likely based on the fact that whites are the predominant race there. I have extensive experience with Church education and I have never witnessed intentional discrimination or unkindness towards anyone. However, I think it might get difficult to live in a place that is somewhat foreign to one's self. And there will always be a few people with strong (and wrong) opinions who are unkind to others. That said, these things will happen anywhere and cannot be erased by an "office of diversity". The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way to address these things.

Mark BishopMarch 10, 2021

I sure hope the Church provides mission presidents with very good life insurance. It would be very bad in many ways if his wife were to be left without needed resources because of him dying during their service.

BryanMarch 10, 2021

I had never thought of the parallel between the three denials and the three affirmations, but you led up to it beautifully and I was there with you right before you said it.

Gary LawrenceMarch 9, 2021

To Steve L: Thanks for your interest. Hope to address the questions you ask, plus similar ones, in future articles. I feel a lot is about to happen.

Maryann TaylorMarch 9, 2021

I have learned through experience many times, and especially as a seminary teacher, that less is more when teaching the gospel. Keep it simple. The gospel is not complicated. When you focus on too many principles, the core truths of the gospel can be watered down. People also have their attention scattered and cannot retain what you teach. Always, always, make Christ the center of your teaching. If you are not teaching Jesus Christ in every lesson, you are not teaching the gospel.

Maryann TaylorMarch 9, 2021

Great advice! Taking this conversation OUT of the bedroom and conversing in a different setting is key here. Taking a walk or sitting on a bench in a beautiful setting would be very helpful. Nature is a calming influence and helps restore perspective.

Julie Ann TreadwellMarch 9, 2021

So grateful there are people and families in the world who are making a difference to these kids. Just so incredible and pure. And so grateful for the inspiration you received and acted upon to turn this around for Jolanta! Huzzah!!! May God continue to bless you all!!!

Steve LMarch 9, 2021

I really like this article and feel we would do well to remember it in our trying to understand our voting responsibilities. I would also be curious as to how you, personally, or others think how our just past and current presidents are affecting such policy? (Especially in relation to Problem 1) Where do we seem to be headed, what we do about it? Thanks

JaredMarch 9, 2021

What an amazing, wonderful story! I appreciate your willingness to share it, realizing that others will be blessed by it. I hope you write the book! I'm looking forward to seeing what these wonderful kids accomplish!

Kathryn AmesMarch 9, 2021

Have seen and sung in choir in local presentations. LOVE listening! Have tickets for the 16th in Lehi UT

LexaGraemeMarch 9, 2021

Heartbreaking, and the joyous. Thank you for being willing to share your vulnerabilities with us. May I remember the ways people can be wounded, and do what I can to heal.

Sheila LiddleMarch 9, 2021

I loved the Lamb Of God. I've seen it performed 3 times. I bought the cd. I hope the movie will be in my area.

Kathy ThatcherMarch 9, 2021

Such a sweet story of love and constancy. Love to Jolanta and to the family who saw her as who she was and loved her so dearly. It is a reminder to us all to love and lift and be careful to to crush those around us. Much love to you for not giving up and fir turning to the ultimate source of love and understanding fir direction.

LexaGraemeMarch 9, 2021

Thank you for this article. The documentary, overall, was well done, but there were some dangling threads that should have been resolved. This article helps with that resolution.

Harold RustMarch 9, 2021

Thank you, thank you....for some power and yet simple examples of how to speak to someone's heart and soul rather than to what we assume is their need.

Ruth JamiesonMarch 9, 2021

I cannot wait to see this film! It looks and sounds so beautiful!! So so so grateful for this kind of entertainment. There's a bunch of family friends seeing it opening night in Layton Utah. Thank you thank you for Sharing your gifts and talents in strengthening us in our testimony of Jesus Christ and for sharing your testimony of the Savior as well.


I never read such a sobering story, a least in Meridian Magazine, a Helen Kellerlike story that SHOULD be made the object of a book, because he could tive hope to so many people and change so many lives. Please write the book! And thank you for your incredible example of faith, love and perseverance in the face of adversity. This made me realize that even people in reasonably good physical and mental shape such as me, born from "goodly parents", do have wounds to hear from, but so do also so many around me that I should not judge negatively.

Janet Lee WiseMarch 8, 2021

Joseph stated that future events would prove him right (about the truth of the Book of Mormon). These correlations are wonderful to hear of, but not as powerful as the testimony of the Holy Ghost. May we have faith to withstand the slew of mocking and criticism we will continually face until Christ Himself will come and set the record straight.

Carol KendallMarch 8, 2021

I discovered yesterday (5/7) while preparing for Sunday School that D&C 20 follows the classic Covenant outline! Not having found ANY mention of that anywhere, I've written it up on a blog post:

Sharon SMarch 8, 2021

Isn't this long overdue? How many children's mental and emotional health issues could have been helped or avoided altogether if we had lawmakers with more backbone willing to defend what we know is a growing addiction in our young and older population as well. Such a shame we have let it go on for so long! You say, "Well, everyone has a choice!" How many men and women, let alone children who can avoid this temptation when it's right in their hand. Shame on us as a state and as a nation! So sad

Scot ProctorMarch 8, 2021

All of the Book of Mormon episodes are listed here: Most if not all of the links include transcripts.

Harold RustMarch 8, 2021

This article is a "must read" for anyone who plans to watch or who has already watched the NetFlix documentary. I agree with the author because I had the same feelings when I watched the movie: first, I knew the Church was fully transparent in every one of these transactions and so why would the movie "hint" otherwise? ; Second, why would the producers allow to go without context that statement by an investigator that the Church made it hard for them? The Church being careful about opening their files is far different from an organization that closes all doors that could embarrass them.

Pauline IsaksenMarch 8, 2021

One of the best rebuttals of the lies surrounding the Church's involvement with Hofmann is the talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks given at Brigham Young University, 6 August 1987, entitled, "Recent Events Involving Church History and Forged Documents".

prbMarch 8, 2021

What a sad day…becoming so easily offended by a drawing in a children’s book that we think we should change it or correct it or cancel it. Do our “brethren” promote censorship? Dr. Seuss stories, rhymes and illustrations are treasures of creativity. For me, they contain great messages and are not offensive. When I was a teenager, an artist drew my caricature at my request. It’s a prized possession that I can smile at.

Sarah HinzeMarch 8, 2021

Thank you for your comments and stories you have shared. I would love to hear your stories in detail. I do not publish them unless I have permission from the contributors. Our film Remembering Heaven is doing very well. We hope to bring it to you soon in theaters and DVD's. Friend me on Facebook at Sarah Hinze or Tom Laughlin (the filmmaker) or for more info. where it is showing. Michael Jones email me please at [email protected]

Nancy WillisMarch 8, 2021

Thank you for your beautiful commentary and stories regarding Emma Smith! She has been greatly misunderstood over the years. Your podcast will help many to see her more clearly. She is an amazing woman who endured much. I look forward to meeting her one day!

Michael BrashearMarch 8, 2021

Thank you for posting this story. I remember these events but had no idea how prolific a fraud he was, nor was I aware of his fraud against other entities, including the United States. All that genius wasted.

rcook52March 8, 2021

I wonder what the distinction is between physically killing the Prophet Joseph Smith and killing through forgery the Message of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I also wonder whether Mark Hoffman was actually trying to damage the Church or simply trying to make himself famous and rich? Either way the result of his choices has had the effect of damaging Joseph's claims in the eyes of some people. Even Alma laments: Yea, and I had [murdered] many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction . . . Mark Hoffman also [murdered] many. How complicit is the new media and Producers of this movie that only wants to perpetuate the fantastic claims of the original albeit forged documents?

Ron KjarMarch 8, 2021

What a great summary! I still see that great lie—that the Church is somehow hiding something—having a huge impact in the world, and among my own family today. Once a lie has been perpetuated, it takes on a life of its own and is difficult, if not impossible, to callback.

NancyMarch 8, 2021

As a rebellious post-teenager, I left home thinking the world had to be better than my parent's religious views. However, my mother visited me with a Book of Mormon and instructions to read and pray it! With a terrible attitude, I did. Later, on my knees, I asked the Lord to tell me the book was NOT true. His shocking answer, "It's true!" I continued, "It can't be! Tell me it's NOT true" ... three times the spirit whispered, "It's true!!" ...and I added, "What do you want me to do about it?" The reply, "Go back to church!" Though reluctant, I did as directed -- and that has made all the difference in my devoted life.

MistyMarch 8, 2021

This is wonderful news! I hope other states, if not all, will follow this heroic action in defending children.

Becky WilliamsMarch 8, 2021

And I descended from Zeus! But there must be something to some of these legends

MjMarch 8, 2021

Is there a way to help this Elder’s family?

Sherry McMullinMarch 7, 2021

Every week brings a blessing from you. How can I get text from last year's Book of Mormon podcasts? I hunt in vain, and need several. Thanks

AnonymousMarch 7, 2021

I believe some of the advice given here was good and some missed the mark. I asked my husband how he knew to be a generous lover and he said that he gets pleasure from my pleasure. He said it’s important to not be selfish in intimacy. He also stated that he has worked on being considerate and open to asking me what I like. “That will increase competence and confidence.” I will only add that he is conditioning his wife on what to expect each time he touches her and it is imperative that he takes the time, and effort to make it a wonderful experience for her. Then she will have a hard time turning it down because why would she. They should see a sex therapist. Or at least read books about it together.

Steve BrownMarch 7, 2021

So disheartening! Without any knowledge of Dr. Seuss, his history or intentions, I can only say, that his innovative way of teaching tolerance and affection has charmed and influenced my family for good and I am certain that will continue to be passed on to their future generations. Perfectly suited for entertaining young children and keeping their attention while introducing them to a world of differences, his fanciful stories demonstrate how alike we all are below the surface.

Bonnie lu ZoBellMarch 7, 2021

Interesting about yams or sweet potatoes. I really do need to know which someone is serving because I am allergic to sweet potatoes --causes hives--while yams do not. Great article on listening and not having to be right--especially to keep peace and that is more important in the eternal perspective.

MickeyMarch 7, 2021

This sounds like abuse.

Joel WhiteMarch 7, 2021

As one who is seriously doubtful about the integrity of the election system these days, all I want is the truth. No court has looked at lots of evidence, that perhaps could be disproven to support election fraud. But the unwillingness to explore that, gives me an increased level of distrust. Let's seek truth, and not shut down that quest!

Tammy LindstromMarch 7, 2021

Loved this, Breck. I find more and more, that it is hard for people to see the need for organized church, and it’s hard for people to see the need to minister to others. But we are so empty without both. We can become inspired at church and as we minister we put what we learn into action.

Chelsea SpilsburyMarch 7, 2021

Beautiful! Sarah, you are a part of God's work that is so important I can feel it in my bones. Babies are one of his most precious gifts. Thanks for all you are doing to protect them! You and Brent are reminding the world of our spiritual heritage. It brings me great comfort to know we can align our hearts with our Father in Heaven through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have felt the presence of heavenly messengers and leaned upon the gifts of the spirit throughout my life. I love the knowledge that we each have unique assignments and missions to fulfill that help guide each other safely home. I am so very touched by your words tonight. Love your family so much. Biggest hugs to you guys.

Kristen OpenshawMarch 6, 2021

I find it disturbing that comments here are attacking Donald Trump's character and calling names. It does nothing to promote or validate the main point of the article, which everyone should be able to agree with.

Andrew J. CurrieMarch 6, 2021

Like every other Trump hating commenter that I read, there's the unsupported claim he is a liar, but no fact or example is given. And these opinionated political lightweights act as if any politicians they support is not also a liar. Heaven help us! It would be nice to hear an intelligently supported opinion rather than merely the venom of a angry, emotional person. Your dislike of the man does not make him a liar, but your comments are an insight into your souls.

Geoff-AusMarch 6, 2021

Jim, Has it occured to you that removing discrimination so that one group has the same rights as others, is very different from giving them rights no one else has. It was illegal to be gay in Utah before 2003. Do they now have priveledges you dont?

Ron BarnesMarch 5, 2021

According to Family Search, my wife is descended from King Arthur, a man who's existence cannot even be proven.

JanieMarch 5, 2021

After reading this wonderful book, I feel I understand covenants, their meaning, and importance, in a way that I have not understood before, and that makes beautiful sense. As President Nelson has asked us to study the blessings promised to covenant Israel, this is the perfect book for that study. I can't recommend it highly enough!

A. BinghamMarch 5, 2021

Thank you for posting this. The amount of dis-information being passed as fact or truth is stunning and at a premiere university even more tragic..the lives that were destroyed because of one person's dishonesty is also a tragedy. That this dis-information hasn't been detracted from the media is also tragic. I find it very disheartening that some readers are choosing to use this post as a way to personally attack Meridian magazine creators. A cheap attack. Appreciate the magazine and the thoughtful news postings.

dave hicksMarch 5, 2021

After forty plus years with the same women and by talking with other couples I've concluded that intimacy between husband and wife is somebody's idea of a bad joke. Cheers

Kristen KMarch 5, 2021

Is that 7pm Eastern Time? Mountain Time? I don' t want to miss this!!

Wayne B CrawleyMarch 5, 2021

Wow I am really surprised by the 2 comments. A person does not have to think very hard to understand how the election stolen. House of Representatives passed HR 1 so that the whole country will have the same voting laws as California. HR1 is unconstitutional and a clear grabe for Power. And Georgia made new voting laws to fix the problem it had. The problem with so called liberals is they rather us name calling such as comparing Donald Trump to the devil "the father of lies" it all about feelings then logic

LindaMarch 4, 2021

"revising what they thought they knew" is one of my favorite lines in your article! Which was such a good reminder to continue on the path of trying to be humble and teachable. Thanks for the boost.

George CarmenMarch 4, 2021

Wow, I find it so interesting that you spew hate upon someone you likely have not or will not ever meet. It is interesting how many people allow the person that has no influence in their lives to take them over because of their own focus on him or whoever. To let anyone control you is sad.

CBDBMarch 4, 2021

Thank you Bother and Sister Givens for all of your books, articles, and intelligent, insightful, reverent and joyful teachings. We share your love for the Restoration and for our dear gentle Jesus, and The New and Everlasting Covenant — we just don’t know how to articulate it all as well as you— so we appreciate your words. ( you seem to have found a way out of the ‘prison’ of words!)

Arlene C WelkerMarch 4, 2021

I saw a sign on a billboard once that said, "Never miss the chance to shut up." Works great!

Ovala F ToiaivaoMarch 4, 2021

I have thoroughly enjoyed your podcasts and look forward to it every week. Thank you so much for taking the time to prepare and share these with us. I too would love to have a copy of your 43 Faith Scriptures to memorize if it's still available.

David DurfeeMarch 4, 2021

The Givens are among my favorite LDS authors. And their new book -- like this article -- is wonderful, well thought out, and full of hope.

JimMarch 4, 2021

Our national debt is now $28 trillion. 28 trillion seconds is 887,266 years. It would take light traveling at 186,000 miles per second approximately 4.8 YEARS to travel 28 trillion miles. This is longer than it would take light to reach Earth's nearest star, Proxima Centauri, which is 4.2 light years away.

Gramma CrowfootMarch 4, 2021

Oh please. Everyone makes mistakes and isn’t it nice when someone cares enough about our memory/legacy to help correct it? In this case, Dr. Suess can’t so his organization has acted proactively (just as the church has stopped publishing things from ‘a time before’ because they ‘were not aware’ or had been ‘insensitive toward’ or had ‘misinterpreted’ something previously. The loss of these books does nothing to undercut the gifts of Dr. Suess and will most likely open up a wider market of readers (whereas before MANY had GOOD reason to question his intentions based on these titles alone). I don’t understand what is so hard/offensive for mainstream to change some of the cultural landscape that perpetuates division, especially when better/safer/kinder/more appropriate & sensitive options & gestures are possible. Nostalgia is no reason to perpetuate hurt/pain/offence. To quote the brethren, “when we know better we must DO better.”

Robert D StarlingMarch 4, 2021

Thanks Joni, for reminding us all that "Nobody like a smart alec" (or is it "smart alek"?) - Dilbert

John PearceMarch 4, 2021

While this is an interesting story I think that there is a more relevant story involving lying and that is "The Big Lie" of former President Donald Trump. His lying has damage the Republican party, the confidence of voters in US elections and the international standing of the US as an example of democracy. This is a lie that has been rejected by over sixty courts and every state official but many Republican politicians are still promoting this untruth. For me the saddest concequence is that many millions of people still believe that the 2020 election was stolen including many of my church member friends.

SRMarch 4, 2021

I feel completely blessed that my child who is a graduating high school senior this year. Has changed their mind about attending BYU and is now choosing a different school. Equity and social justice are part of liberation theology and Marxism. They have no place in the gospel of Jesus Christ nor in an education from a private church school paid for by our collective tithing. BYU has been were we wanted all of our children to attend. We wanted them to have the best education taught with the power and majesty of God’s holy gospel. Were they could see the importance of all things through the lense of the plan of salvation and where the Holy Ghost is sought after to be in each class so that truths of the lessons could be testified of. Sadly each day we are learning that this is no longer the type of education being obtained at BYU. We are a bi-racial family and find this study disheartening, disturbing and wrong. We are all children of God. None of us were able to choose our sex , nor our race. No one is better than anyone else or more deserving. We are all less than the dust of this earth. Yet Christ came to this earth and lived for us all and then suffered all things for all of us so that we could return to him and our Heavenly Father. What are we doing to each other. We are being created and morphed into each other’s enemies. For what ? For the color of our skin, for the places where we were born. We had no part of that and can own none of it. For the way we think. We have been taught this past year to look at others as viruses as someone with a diseased body whose very breath is wrong and that they may kill you if you get to close. We are being taught that if you are white you were born evil and racist and there is literally nothing you can do about it. We are being taught that to be a woman is meaningless because gender is meaningless. And if you want to be a woman all you need to do is believe that you are one. And the world is desperately trying to teach that if you are a person of color (whatever that means because we are all made up of multiple colors )That you are victim. My children are not victims. They were fearfully and wonderfully made by God Almighty. As were each of us. Let us stand for no more of this nonsense and return to God. Please this is all becoming almost to much to bear. And studies like this are doing more harm than good.

Jared ChristensenMarch 4, 2021

Very good article and information! Thank you for sharing this I have always felt it was a dangerous addiction that anyone can get hooked on. I have intentionally chosen not to play video games because I have seen how addictive it can become.

BobMarch 4, 2021

No place says "one third". It says "a third part".

LexaGraemeMarch 4, 2021

Bravo to them all for making the best of an unfortunate situation, and finding the humor in it, too!

Bradd C HayesMarch 4, 2021

While I agree facts (and truth) matter in the news, I find it astonishing that Meridian Magazine, which openly supported Trump, the father of lies, has the audacity to demonstrate moral outrage on this subject.

RaNae ShoafMarch 4, 2021

I love this! So true and so right. Sometimes I talk myself into staying silent (for instance when my husband is telling a story and getting the details wrong, at least to my memory, which of course is "right" haha), is to realize that if I wasn't there at that moment, the story would stand as told, and no one would be hurt by it.

JoanMarch 3, 2021

I was married for 15 years in a destructive relationship. I determined to stay in the marriage until my children reached age 18, wanting to give them a stable family and at least the illusion of a happy family. I stuffed my unhappiness, I thought successfully until my 11-year-old told me that it was time to get a divorce. Later he was angry with me because, he said, I had waited too long to leave and if I had divorced his father sooner, he could have believed that his father was a good man but now he knew how bad he was. Both of my sons have suffered more than the divorce with the concept of what it takes to be a real man, a good man. They’ve tried out being the abused and the abuser, believing that sons should learn to be men from their fathers. They still struggle decades later in determining their role. I meant to help my children by staying in an emotionally destructive relationship, and staying was the worst decision I could have made, not only for me but for my children. How many times do women stay for the children and cause more pain and confusion than they could imagine. Children hear and see and know much more than we think.

Been thereMarch 3, 2021

Could he be on the autism spectrum?

KenMarch 3, 2021

The goal for a court hearing to to determine if law was broken, not to celebrate diversity.

AmyMarch 3, 2021

How is this article related to the LDS church?

ayseMarch 3, 2021

This is such a inspiring exercise! Thank you for sharing how to start.

Diane JarmanMarch 3, 2021

Thank you for approaching this subject and for the link to find help for video game addicts. Very informative article.

Mom of manyMarch 3, 2021

I feel completely blessed that my child who is a graduating high school senior this year. Has changed their mind about attending BYU and is now choosing a different school. Equity and social justice are part of liberation theology and Marxism. They have no place in the gospel of Jesus Christ nor in an education from a private church school paid for by our collective tithing. BYU has been were we wanted all of our children to attend. We wanted them to have the best education taught with the power and majesty of God’s holy gospel. Were they could see the importance of all things through the lense of the plan of salvation and where the Holy Ghost is sought after to be in each class so that truths of the lessons could be testified of. Sadly each day we are learning that this is no longer the type of education being obtained at BYU. We are a bi-racial family and find this study disheartening, disturbing and wrong. We are all children of God. None of us were able to choose our sex , nor our race. No one is better than anyone else or more deserving. We are all less than the dust of this earth. Yet Christ came to this earth and lived for us all and then suffered all things for all of us so that we could return to him and our Heavenly Father. What are we doing to each other. We are slowly turning each of us into enemies. For what ? For the color of our skin, for the places where we were born. We had no part of that and can own none of it. We have been taught this past year to look at others as viruses as someone with a diseased body whose very breath is wrong and that they may kill you if you get to close. We are being taught that if you are white you were born evil and racist and there is literally nothing you can do about it. We are being taught that to be a woman is meaningless because gender is meaningless. And if you want to be a woman all you need to do is believe that you are one. And the world is desperately trying to teach that if you are a person of color (whatever that means because we are all made up of multiple colors )That you are victim. My children are not victims. They were fearfully and wonderfully made by God Almighty. As were each of us. Let us stand for no more of this nonsense and return to God. Please this is all becoming almost to much to bear. And studies like this are doing more harm than good.

Kate B.March 3, 2021


Maryann TaylorMarch 3, 2021

This is almost as troubling as the addiction of so many adults to their smart phones. Instead of communicating in restaurants, so many couples are glued to cell phones, completely oblivious to their companions. Perhaps we need to consider curbing our own addictions as we seek to help our young people do so.

CynthihahMarch 3, 2021

We the people of the United States need to stop blaming everything on our government and step up and take responsibility for our own freedom. May I propose the way to do this is to "clean up our own back yards." When was the last time you read the United States Constitution, and do you know what it actually says and means? Freedom is only as free as we make it. We the people make America great!

Jane HalesMarch 3, 2021

Glad to hear Scot sounding like himself!!

Juliann BradshawMarch 3, 2021

Geoff, I usually enjoy your counsel but this time it was vague and unhelpful. “Man [woman] is that ‘she’ might have joy”. This dear sister has been miserable from her wedding day. I can’t imagine that the children are faring any better. Since the husband is obviously taking care of himself, he will continue to do so quite nicely. This female slave needs to break free. She is obviously capable, and the dark cloud she currently lives under could dissolve into sunshine. This relationship will not be sealed in heaven. Dear sister, recognize your mistake, accept responsibility, stop being a martyr and move on.

JoanMarch 3, 2021

I was married for 15 years in a destructive relationship. I determined to stay in the marriage until my children reached age 18, wanting to give them a stable family and at least the illusion of a happy family. I stuffed my unhappiness, I thought successfully until my 11-year-old told me that it was time to get a divorce. Later he was angry with me because, he said, I had waited too long to leave and if I had divorced his father sooner, he could have believed that his father was a good man but now he knew how bad he was. Both of my sons have suffered more than the divorce with the concept of what it takes to be a real man, a good man. They’ve tried out being the abused and the abuser, believing that sons should learn to be men from their fathers. They still struggle decades later in determining their role. I meant to help my children by staying in an emotionally destructive relationship, and staying was the worst decision I could have made, not only for me but for my children. How many times do women stay for the children and cause more pain and confusion than they could imagine. Children hear and see and know much more than we think.

RebeccaMarch 3, 2021

Hate it when I get sick & start talking with the deep tones of a man (it's disconcerting for a woman )

Karell BinghamMarch 3, 2021

Cancel Dr. Seuss? Tip over the statue of George Washington? Part of the nation is losing its historical bindings! Enough is enough! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, oh, by the way we are cancelling 6 of your books. Brother!

CASMarch 3, 2021

One blessing for us during this pandemic has been not shopping so much in person. Often times, trips to a store will include items that we did not intend to purchase. Online shopping has also been curtailed. As a result, we find ourselves with more cash on hand for emergencies. An unexpected brake replacement on our vehicle last week was easily met because we had the money in our bank account instead of adding it on our credit card. Also, we have a rule to only charge on our ONE credit card with the commitment that we can pay the balance off in full every month! This saves a LOT of money in finance charges! We have learned this by the "school of hard knocks!"

Chip WhitmerMarch 3, 2021

The idea that "I will be your God, and ye shall be my people" is indeed the core of the Covenant, repeated frequently in Scripture, including twice at the end of John's Revelation. In this passage, the promise is first expressed in general language: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." (Rev 21:3) Then it is reiterated in language that is very personal and individual: "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." (Rev 21:7) This is the culmination of the Covenant, for those who are faithful.

D OnnaMarch 3, 2021

A stellar article ! My Eternal Thanks for giving voice to this unfoldment of His Truth. I have come into the Church for 'such a time as this'.

AnonymousMarch 2, 2021

A commenter was rather negative about the expense of the beautiful displays created by the author. However, the trivia games and family activities take no money and modest amounts of time. Our family has been researching and writing histories for years and shari g them as Christmas presents. Trivia games sound like a wonderful addition.

Maryann TaylorMarch 2, 2021

The key words in this statement are "protection of people and institutions of faith." We do NOT support the so-called "rights" of gay or transgender people when it imperils religious freedom.

MHNMarch 2, 2021

Have you even considered how the non-member white kids feel? What is being done to help them with belonging?

Larry TippettsMarch 2, 2021

Thanks so much for focusing on the power of writing. I like to use my journal as a means of helping me develop Jesus' qualities of character. I pray for inspiration. As it comes I record it in my journal, along with specific plans for improvement. I reread my journals regularly and write about my growth (and my lapses). It's a powerful tool for recording personal revelation and then acting on it.

CamMarch 1, 2021

@Billy-Our gay brothers and sisters have been persecuted much longer than members of the church have. I hope you aren't saying that the LGBTQ community can't be an average American citizen or a believer in God. Someday the church will realize the damage ghey have done and things will change, if the church wants to maintain any sense of relevancy anymore.Can you even name how our church is being legally discriminated against?

Without a home . . .March 1, 2021

On one hand, this is sweet and delightful to watch. On the other, it's hard and sad to watch, because people like me have no "home." My parents were immigrants and I've never been to their home towns, which were bombed into oblivion during WWII. My husband and I have had to move around so much for work and family needs that six states in this country have been "home" yet none of them feel like it. We wander, without roots, wishing we had places to take our children back to yet having no place, then also again realizing it was God who sent us wandering and has assured us, "Wherever you worship me shall be your home."

Jennifer MackleyMarch 1, 2021

@T Rawlinson. Yes, children were first sealed to parents in the Nauvoo Temple. Some were sealed to living parents and some by proxy to a deceased parent. Sealing of children to parents was then suspended until the St. George Temple was completed in 1877. However, the focus of adoption into priesthood lineage (rather than generational family sealings) continued until Wilford Woodruff received the revelation in 1894 to end the practice of adoption. (A timeline of temple ordinances is on pages 372-373 in Wilford Woodruff's Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine. The law of adoption is explained in more detail in Chapter 16.)

TafiatMarch 1, 2021

Speaking of sealing cords, Bednar has said, "However, righteous parental influence (1) does not replace in the life of an individual the need for the redeeming and strengthening power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, (2) does not overrule the consequences of the unrighteous exercise of moral agency, and (3) does not negate the responsibility of an individual as an agent “to act … and not to be acted upon (2 Nephi 2:26)." March Ensign 2014

Lois TuckerMarch 1, 2021

Last week lesson was so amazing. The worth of a soul. My heart was touched, softened. I loved your story about the airport with Michael. I couldn’t stop crying, I was over come with the spirit. Thank you for that. I love your podcast.

Arty JMarch 1, 2021

"But I know, that once the kids are gone, if life continues this way, we will end up divorced anyways and I will have lived another 15 years unhappy." That line says it all. I think deep down, this woman already knows the husband wont change and that divorce is only a matter of time. She has spent 13 years pouring more and more effort in and getting nothing back. She has already very clearly discussed her unhappiness with the spouse, and they have even gone to counseling. He changed nothing, which tells her everything she needs to know. If you tell someone that their behavior is hurting you and needs to change, and they don't do anything about it, they don't respect you or value your relationship. And they definitely aren't a good person. PERIOD. It takes two people to make a marriage work. The woman says she wants to keep her marriage covenants, which is honorable. But she seems to be ignoring the fact that if she continues this course and makes it to the celestial kingdom, this guy definitely wont be there because he is incredibly selfish and not a good person. So she wont have an eternal marriage anyway, and will need to find someone else to make that happen. It takes both partners honoring their covenants and being good people to achieve a celestial marriage. Its time for this woman to leave and find a good man who will reciprocate her efforts, love, and appreciate her.

T RawlinsonMarch 1, 2021

It has been recently stated in a podcast that children not born in the covenant were not sealed to their parents until AFTER 1894. I would like to have additional information as my 2 grgrandparents went to SG temple (only temple available) from SL and were sealed. They had some of their younger children with them, but none of their 10 children were sealed to them in the late 1870's. One child was born after, which is BIC. This article states children were sealed before 1894. What exactly does it say in Wilford Woodruff's journal. Our ancestors are also those of an Apostle and the explanation was that children were not sealed (unless BIC) until 1894. This article appears to be contradicting our family explanation of events.

Jim ScottMarch 1, 2021

Giving any recognition to any other than being a citizen is to make that person, group or belief given super citizenship. Laws fashioned to favor one over another reduces the value of those not in the vale. The claim of being Irish, for example, or red headed, or left handed all could claim some especial consideration. There are only political favors by elected officials to be re-elected rather than recognizing the ramifications of such legislation.

BillyMarch 1, 2021

Just another protected class to divide the country more. It appears every fringe group has a protection act. The average American citizens and Christians are the only groups that can be legally discriminated against.

Jennifer MackleyMarch 1, 2021

The colored images of Wilford Woodruff featured in this article are the creative work of Josh Christensen. The original images were made by Lucian R. Foster in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844 and Charles W. Carter in Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1880s.

ChrisFebruary 27, 2021

I love this new book by the Givens, and love their other writings as well. As I read some of these comments, they seem to indicate that all members of the church "get it"...and understand God's love and the Savior's Grace. But they don't. Growing up in this church I was taught repeatedly to "work out my own salvation" and to put my shoulder to the wheel...that somehow the atonement would just make up the difference between how I finally ended up and "perfection". All of that helped to make a mess of my life... I have learned that my Father, Mother, and Savior love me...and each of us...equally and more than we can possibly understand, and that their love can only be experienced, not explained. I've learned that "salvation" doesn't happen in a vacuum, only in a family and community, and I can partner with Jesus every day...I never have to go it alone. I do not ever, and cannot, earn Their love. And I cannot do anything to make them love me less, nor can I run away from Their love (I tried). I've learned guilt and shame don't work, and the Savior always "invites", and that the commandments are Their boundaries to keep me safe and to help me choose joy. Realky, there are only two God and love people. If I can successfully live those two, everything falls into place, and it's easy to live inside the boundaries. Living in fear of God, of some eternal punishment, or of disappointing God doesn't work, and it never has. God is love...literally. If we are to have joy, even while "losing" our life helping others, we must quit trying to be "perfect"...and we wonder why so many young people are leaving the church. As the Givens say, it is always our choice, and as we choose Jesus every day life is so much better! And yes, we are wounded...programmed by parents, teachers, friends, church leaders, social media, and many others...and above all else, the Savior is our Healer.

Old GuyFebruary 27, 2021

The writer of this letter could probably learn from my friend. I have a good friend who is into 40+ years of a marriage to a woman who is exactly like the husband described in this letter. He is the loneliest man I know. Even when he had major surgery, his wife took care of his body, but there was no emotional support. No sympathy or compassion. He has held on and hoped all these years that she might come around, but in truth as his body gets older and he can't do as much for her as she requires, she is turning away from him even more. When I ask him if he ever wishes he'd got out of the relationship while the was still "time". All he says is that there won't be another major surgery because he could not do that again without emotional support and someone to care about him. He will die never knowing the unconditional love and charity that is supposed to happen in marriage.

KristenFebruary 27, 2021

I'm sorry - but this husband is *not* a "nice person", and that needs to be exposed. Look at the substance of his behaviors towards his wife, not the surface. "Wolf in sheep's clothing" as a simile comes to mind. Nice guys don't demand their wives do everything to please them (re: treat them like a servant), while they do nothing to please their wife. Based upon his "substance" - I would urge this wife to learn about narcissistic spouses. There is a LDS narcissistic abuse survivors FB page she might find very enlightening, and support that only comes from those who've "been there" because we understand how these "nice" people - really aren't. (and just how vicious they can become to their immediate family members - while appearing such a "nice" person to outsiders.)

Maryann TaylorFebruary 26, 2021

This advice was so vague that I don't think it's very helpful. A few suggestions or ideas about HOW to "change patterns" that are destroying her happiness would have been more productive for this sister.

Penny LFebruary 26, 2021

Any ideas on how to stay cool when the weather is 110 degrees and no power? found the article to bring back lots of memories of living off a generator for 11 days following Hurricane Juan. Keeping food cold in the fridge and freezer was the hardest part, along with tolerating the noisy generator. It kept my nerves on edge.

Bruce YoungFebruary 26, 2021

"Heart of Africa 2: Companions" is now in theaters, starting Friday, February 26. You can see it at several Megaplex theaters in Utah: Geneva, Thanksgiving Point, Jordan Commons, The District, Legacy Crossing, and The Junction.

Corina bolivafFebruary 26, 2021

Scott y Marine, nos han hecho llorar a mi esposo y a mi con su hermosa y emocionante clase. Desde Chile, saludos. Corina y Marco

Nicola MillsFebruary 26, 2021

Great answer!

JennFebruary 26, 2021

Leave him. He's a narcissist. He isn't concerned about you and probably never will be. Eternity isn't some distant future, it is now. If you can't imagine eternity with him then you should leave him.

K PonderFebruary 26, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful article. I too have come to understand the importance of seeking a higher level of spirituality through our spiritual eyes, We truly can see him everywhere.

Ben GiffordFebruary 26, 2021

Thank you

Boanerges RubalcavaFebruary 26, 2021

This article shows one aspect of the times we are living. However, a very important one is missing, i.e the preparation for marriage. It has been said that one of every two marriages end in divorce, but this is not true, when the preparation for marriage is in the family since the very beginning of life for those to be married. When this happened the divorce is seldom the result. Not only that, the lives of those children born of that "perfect" marriage are completely different than those coming either from divorced "fathers" "mothers" or "couples". In turn these children for sure will have a greater chance to have themselves happy marriages with happy children.So Families are the important aspect that must be stressed since the birth of all of us.

Charles HarperFebruary 25, 2021

Years ago our stake established a prison branch. I and a few others were privileged to be called to serve there. Those of us involved were greatly blessed by our service in this capacity. We enjoyed great spiritual experiences and I know that Heavenly Father loves all His children.

JulieFebruary 25, 2021

What a lovely and uplifting article. Thanks for making my day better by reminding me I can find God even when it's dark.

Helen CondonFebruary 25, 2021

My brief experiences with His touch can never be denied. The reminder of them Jerrod me going through the vicissitudes and doubts that come with life.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

Sometimes our trust in God can be inconsistent--we trust him when things are going fine, but when problems arise we question whether we can trust him. Trusting God does not mean our problems will all be solved, that he will protect us from every injury, or and he will remove all our pain. It helps us to trust God when we remember Lehi's promise to his son, Jacob. Jacob had "suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren. Nevertheless...thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain." (2 NE. 2:1-2) If we are striving to follow our Savior, God has the power to consecrate all that we experience for our good. This wonderful promised miracle to each of us is something that we can hold onto during hard times.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

I love this truth that we DO see the face of God. The Doctrine and Covenants speaks of the beautiful creations of God in the heavens--the planets, sun, moon and stars. "Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any of the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power. " (D&C 88:47). I do see God everywhere--in plants, animals, and especially in people. He reveals himself to us every day if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

What a beautiful experience and a reminder we can all be part of lovely relationships with those who need us. How essential it is to listen to the promptings of the Spirit!

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

Kenny's comments are excellent, especially this statement: "Do not confuse legal, lawful, and moral defense with personal animosity." I am tired of the simplistic approach that we just need to listen. No--I do not need to listen to people in the media nor in person who want to talk about promoting abortion, or supporting more and more blatant attempts to make laws limiting our freedoms. Areas of gray have, indeed, become starkly black and white. I am not going to listen to evil ideologies and smile sweetly, thereby compromising the very principles of the Lord.

DL AndersonFebruary 25, 2021

Thank you for this. I'm sure I'm not the only one who now understands just HOW much I've already "seen" our Heavenly Father's and Jesus' face.

Kay YFebruary 25, 2021

Lovely story. Thank you for sharing.

Kay yFebruary 25, 2021

Lovely story. Thank you for sgaring.

KarlSFebruary 25, 2021

While this article brings up some important points, let’s not lose sight of the more influential picture, stated by renowned family advocates Linda and Richard Eyre in the Deseret News 7/28/2015: “The percentage of the U.S. population that is gay at between 2 and 4 percent. Meanwhile, among the 96 to 98 percent of heterosexuals, most seem to be devaluing or completely disregarding the value of marriage…less than half of cohabiting relationships last five or more years, and the divorce rates of women who cohabit are nearly 80 percent higher than for those who do not… The largest threat to our society and to our economy is not the way people define marriage, but how enthusiastically and committedly they participate in it. Sadly, and particularly among the millennial generation, fewer and fewer get married while more and more choose the lower-commitment option of cohabitation. And that huge threat it is being largely obscured and ignored because of the debate over same-sex marriage. …People vigorously fighting same-sex marriage but doing little or nothing to advocate or promote traditional marriage are like a defense with no offense. But whatever our personal position, each of us should ask the question of what we should be most concerned about — the emergence of same-sex marriage or the disappearance of traditional marriage.”

Ben JonesFebruary 25, 2021

As an adoptive father of 3, a natural father of 3, a widower, and a step-father of 3, I am personally aware of disruptions to the natural order of things caused by divorce and death not to mention disruptions caused by war, disease, and man's inhumanity to man. The ideal is certainly to be desired but the reality is that we all have challenges in life and I don't think there is anything to be gained by stigmatizing certain groups of people who are trying to do their best with the hands they were dealt in life. We can all strive to be the best children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, mentors, surrogates, etc. that we can be.

MICKIFebruary 25, 2021

Thank you for posting this wonderful story - gave me goosebumps! Sometimes we never know why we're drawn to someone - sometimes we get to find out why...and the miracles behind the why.

Margaret Hafen Archibald (another Knight descendant)February 25, 2021

That cane was donated to the Family History Library from members of the Knight family on May 29, 2009.

vickieFebruary 25, 2021

I LOVED this story. thank you for telling it or sharing it with me and many others.

Chuck SanfordFebruary 25, 2021

Back in the mid-1990s I was a home teacher for three men incarcerated in a federal prison. Within the narrow confines of imprisonment, I was able to do some good, because far and above anything I did, my Lord was involved, whether they believed that or not. Good people are needed to rescue these folks, and show them someone cares, to assist them in recognizing that God truly loves them.

JoanFebruary 24, 2021

This is an interesting situation. Although she is his sister, she is actually a stranger. However, she is a stranger that he is supposed to love because she is actually a family member. He would have a hard time processing what his reaction to her should be. There would be excitement because of finding each other, but it would be as a man and woman getting to know each other as adults who were sharing thoughts and feelings. Maybe both would find this appealing and new after being married for a long time. It is more on a romantic level since they have no history of growing up together as brother and sister. It is sad that they don't have the maturity to see it for what it is, and recognize that their first responsibility and loyalty should be towards the one that they have promised to love and cherish forever, and who has stood by them all these years. Joan

Jo Ann OkelberryFebruary 24, 2021

This is an excellent article. I listen to a lot of podcasts while I sew, quilt, clean, etc. I have listened to several podcasts given by men and women who proclaim that our earth gets better and better as we do better with farming, organizing, building, etc. One of their prime concerns is that people are not having enough children to replace deaths. I have seven children, and I am grateful for everyone of them. They have served me, my deceased husband, and others and given much help and support.

JamesFebruary 24, 2021

The Freedom of Speech is just that...Free and Protected, and also freedom from the consequences of that speech, with a few exceptions. The 'woke' community wants consequences, censorship and the complete and total loss of livelihoods as punishment for any (to them) disagreeable speech, and they are getting away with this nonsense by using non-government entities to do it! I really hope that the courts will see this and extend the unconstitutionality of censorship to any organization that allows speech, especially social media and allows for people to sue for a clear violation of their Civil Rights. I also hope that the bills, that are being proposed around the country, that puts being fired from a job for disagreeable speech, up there with all other forms of discrimination are passed and become enforceable law. However, I really hope the Second Coming of the Savior will happen soon and that He can put a definitive stop to it for good.

Michael ChandlerFebruary 24, 2021

It is also important to note the great bet made by Erlich and the economist Julian Simon in the 80’s. Simon bet that certain commodities would decline in cost over the period of a year, while Erlich claimed they would rise in cost over the same period, because of increasing scarcity. Simon won the bet. His mantra, the most valuable commodity is the human spirit. Time continues to vindicate that belief.

Margaret CorkranFebruary 24, 2021

Thank you. We all need to be reminded how much we are loved.

Susan SpearFebruary 24, 2021

Thanks for this thoughtfully considered article that not only includes personal experience and historical context but also RELEVANT DATA that debunks popular dogma. I especially appreciate the chart that clearly illustrates famine mortality rate and world population. I am a nutrition professor and will use this chart in my next course (in two weeks) as we discuss hunger and food issues. Beautifully done and easily understood. Another great resource that I'd like to recommend - and use in my course - to discusses the "real" cause of famine or insufficient food today (which is political unrest and the subsequent inequitable food distribution) is contained in the forward written by esteemed nutrition professor, Marion Nestle, in the beautiful photo book, Hungry Planet, by Peter Menzel. The picture documentary book about how the world eats is fascinating! Children and adults relate immediately - highly recommend.

TimFebruary 24, 2021

Not heard of the movie Heart of Africa before. Glad to say that I have tracked down a DVD copy

MHolmesFebruary 24, 2021

I hope and pray people start to wake up to the reality of this, which is that this is the long sought after result of careful planning and patience by those who desire to overthrow Christianity to replace it with communism. Deconstruction of the family is one of the central tenets of communism. Communism cannot exist while the people are bound together in family unity and love of God because the two "ideologies" are polar opposites. We need to recognize that communists have been effectively distracting us with the irrelevancy of party politics when in fact, we are facing a battle of freedom vs bondage, good vs evil, the right to exist and worship Almighty God as we see fit vs living under a tyrannical and oppressive government regime who sees it's people only as cogs in a giant machine. Yet many people seem to be content to plunge their heads into the sand and pretend that what's happening, isn't happening. When Prop 8 failed to pass and was later overturned by an activist "Supreme Court" under the O administration, the deconstruction of the traditional nuclear family as the central building block of society rapidly accelerated and it's only getting worse. This is just one of many of the consequences. What is it going to take to wake people up?

Name WithheldFebruary 24, 2021

My daughter had an experience with many parallels. She was adopted through LDS Family Services as a baby. With encouragement from both my wife and I, she found her birth parents. To make a long story short, she became very enamored with her birth father and moved in with him and his family a week after meeting him/them. They were everything to her and she started to treat us like we were someone she used to know. I found out through a relative that there is a thing called genetic attraction. It can be sexual or not sexual, and it can be a slippery slope. Fortunately, her birth father's family was going under a lot of changes due to building a new home, living with another family, extended family drama, etc., that there was no privacy and her birth father and birth step-mother had a good marriage. There was a lot of conflict over the whole situation and my daughter wouldn't speak to me for a year. After that, she wouldn't speak to my wife for six months. For a long time, I felt like the father's version of "my wife dumped me for another man." Only, my version was "my daughter dumped me for another dad." Another long story short, over several years things finally settled down and we have a much better relationship with her. I'd suggest that you check out Genetic Attraction or Genetic Sexual attraction to see what it's about, and if there is a support group online, it would be a good place to learn more about it. I'm so sorry for what you and your husband are going through. It's very painful and can be enormously heartbreaking. Approach this very prayerfully and if your husband refuses to go to counseling, you go by yourself so you can learn how to handle this. God bless you! I will be praying for you.

Linda WestoverFebruary 24, 2021

What a refreshing outlook! "And it came to pass..." has long been one of my favorite Book of Mormon scriptures.

Ronald BarnesFebruary 24, 2021

This is from a personal study. With a population of 7.5 million, if every man, woman, and child on Earth was given one acre of land, which is a population density of 640 people per square mile, the entire population could live in an area the size of the continent of Africa. That's only 6 percent of Earth's land mass.

Jason PetersonFebruary 23, 2021

Don't accept the premise of those who argue mankind is destroying the planet. We are not. The world is getting richer and cleaner, life span and quality of life are improving. Those who wish to control others and limit choices have been around since Lucifer sought to force upon all of us the outcomes he wished. Seek out facts, not emotional reactions to hyperbole of those claim we are destroying this world.

Kathleen ChinFebruary 23, 2021

I agree with you 100%! Also, we can choose NOT to take offense as easily as we can CHOOSE to take offense. Here’s another challenge...when I’ve tried to apologize for giving offense, yet the other person does not accept—or even acknowledge—my apology. Over the years, when this happens (which fortunately isn’t too often) I’ve learned to find my peace in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. These types of situations used to eat away at me. Then, one day, I realized it was my own lack of faith in our Savior’s Atonement that was keeping me from finding “...the peace which passeth understanding....” K. Chin, Modesto, CA

Allison TullisFebruary 23, 2021

I was recently diagnosed with cancer and have so many feelings going through my mind every day. But I have also had so many tender mercies this past month that I know the Lord is aware of me and loves me. But it’s still hard. Thank you for your words and insight It was exactly what I needed!

LauraFebruary 23, 2021

What a great scholarly article written in such a clever engaging way! I appreciate the writer’s fresh approach and her non-apologetic style. It is clear. God’s commandments time and again prove to be for our benefit. They are the path to eternal happiness.

LaVerl WilhelmFebruary 23, 2021

Orson Pratt’s report on the Prophet Joseph Smith’s explanation of learning to use the “gift” of translation without needing any mechanical means goes a long way in helping us understand how he translated most of the Book of Mormon without ever even opening the gold plates and translating the scroll writings of Abraham without ever having an actual hard copy in front of him. If we as mere mortals can send copies of manuscripts in a certain language all the way around the world and in seconds have the reader see it written in a different language, surely the Spirit of God can do as much and more!

Pat HarkerFebruary 23, 2021

Wonderful podcast, thank you so much!

PaulineFebruary 23, 2021

Really great article and good for thought. Easier said than done. Takes practice right?

Michael JonesFebruary 23, 2021

What destroys me is the costs involved in being able to experience these things. In the Country where I live, if I want to get involved in seeing these things or reading books written by people, I have to take the dollar price and multiply it by 17 to get the price in my local currency. Where I live this is an extraordinary amount of money. Not everyone has the privilege of transacting with the US Dollar and so I and my fellow travellers lose out.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 22, 2021

Joni--we have ALL done it--many times not even realizing until the words are out of our mouths how inappropriate they were. I agree we need to lighten up and forgive one another. HOWEVER, you brought up one comment that needs to be nipped in the bud among church members. Members of the church should NEVER, and I mean NEVER, ask someone when they are going to start a family. This is an extremely personal question and is sometimes asked in a manner that suggests the people are really failing or sinning because they don't have children yet! This needs to be unacceptable, and if that means replying with, "Oh, my! Why would you ask me that?! That is an extremely personal question." Sometimes people DO need to be corrected.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 22, 2021

I feel uncomfortable when people share detailed accounts of unusual sacred experiences. I am sure the General Authorities of the church have had many sacred experiences, but they do not often share the details of these experiences because they are so sacred. They do share their experiences and testimonies to strengthen us, but they don't generally speak of detailed grand visions they have had. In sharing so much detail about something that was given privately, there is also a danger of sensationalizing personal, sacred experiences. I have also been unable to accept some of the details in the many books that have become popular in bookstores around the country in the last several years regarding near death experiences. Some of them clearly contradict gospel principles. I think these accounts need to be read with caution and with the discernment of the Spirit. I have a testimony of our premortal life because the Lord has taught me this doctrine through the scriptures and the words of modern day Prophets.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 22, 2021

As a very emotional person myself, I really appreciate the points you made that we have a choice to stop our emotions from getting out of control and, instead, try to remain calm. In fact, when I have been able to remain calm in heated situations, it is a sign to me that I have the Spirit with me. I love these words from the great Prophet, Isaiah, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth thee." (IS 26:3) If I focus on my Savior, He will help me to be calm. However, I am very disappointed that when you spoke of CHOOSING various emotions, you casually threw depression into the mix. Certainly, learning to guide our thoughts and emotions will help in the battle with depression. However, the leaders of the church have been working diligently to teach us that depression is often a clinical illness, just like diabetes or other diseases. People do not CHOOSE to have chemical imbalances in their systems. They also did not CHOOSE the complicated and difficult experiences they have had as children that may contribute to depression. It would be simplistic and unrealistic to believe that we can just dismiss clinical depression. It is far more complicated than that, and deserves the proper treatment, care, and compassion that we give to other diseases of the body.

Margaret BourneFebruary 22, 2021

All this is well and good - if you have the money for it. Many of our members are low income or on a benefit of some kind. May I suggest for those who cannot afford sometimes even the necessities of life, that we can at least follow the Prophets' advice and have a picture of the Temple and of the First Presidency (which are both free) in our homes, then if and when we can afford more, maybe we can add to our collection.

RANAE C SHOAFFebruary 22, 2021

What a wonderful topic and I hope to get to see it when it is finished!

MaryFebruary 22, 2021

Sometimes before my neices and nephews are born I would have dreams about them. They are always around age two and they look exactly how they do in my dreams when they get to that age. I always know when one of my siblings is going to announce a pregnancy.

FredFebruary 22, 2021

I belong to a local gym and during this COVID crisis they have established a policy whereby each member who uses any apparatus must wipe it down with supplied antiseptic wipes. I mean all machines, free weights, bikes, etc. Members have taken this seriously and willfully have committed to adhering to this policy. I support the meaning and intent of the cartoon "No Unclean Thing" but for the sake of precious time being used between speakers to have someone come up and do this task, who better to do this but the speaker themselves is in my opinion a better solution. Oh by the way lets not skip wiping down the microphone as well.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 22, 2021

My husband and I made these for our emergency storage. We were so glad we had them when we experienced a severe windstorm. It was winter, very cold, and our power was out for several days. These little "heaters" were such a blessing. If you buy the small paint cans, they come with a paint can lid so you can seal them, and you can reseal them when you are finished for later use. We taped a quarter on the bottom of the paint cans to open the lid. Perfect! If you have children, you CANNOT leave these unattended ever. Obviously, care needs to be taken to light them in a very open space without any curtains near or anything else that could ignite. They need to be extinguished before you go to bed, of course. Some of the comments here reflect unnecessary fears. They are very safe to use indoors.

Duane BoyceFebruary 22, 2021

Terrific! I look forward to seeing this.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 22, 2021

I think the statement Geoff made that your husband cannot love you with all of his heart if he is giving her his deepest affections and affirmations is so true. I can understand your husband's excitement about finding his long lost sister. However, his behavior is extremely inappropriate. If he continues to refuse to go to therapy with you, I would tell him you cannot continue in the relationship as it is. Even if he stops his disloyal conversations with her, there is something very wrong in his mind, and he definitely needs counseling. His problems began long before his sister came into it.

CraigFebruary 22, 2021

Every. Single. Day. I often don't realize I have said something that was stupid, crass, or uncaring until after I had spoken the words out loud. Because it always sounds more funny, thoughtful, logical, or inspiring in my head, but somewhere in that vast distance from my brain to my mouth, it gets lost in translation and comes out cringeworthy. We are all human and making our way down the path like everyone else, only some of us trip on our feet more often than others and that is just fine.

JacobFebruary 22, 2021

Wow! Fascinating article. I am curious to see where Romney goes after this.

Margaret B. YoungFebruary 22, 2021

So eager to see this, Sarah!

Jacob B.February 22, 2021

What a fascinating article. I am curious to see where Romney goes after this term.

Marilynn LJ ChongFebruary 22, 2021

What happened to your husband?

E. RedelfsFebruary 22, 2021

Yes, there is room for all of us to disagree, but the truth is that there is nothing refreshing for Mitt Romney to try to impeach a former president.

Barbara FallickFebruary 22, 2021

Just read your excellent and inspiring story. My daughter just had a still-birth at 31 weeks. It has become a very spiritual experience for the whole family. I dreamed of this baby about the time he was conceived. That being said, there is a god who is so small he can dwell in our pockets and so large, he (or it) fills the universe and we almost all worship it universally. We call it the internet.

Wendy KillpackFebruary 22, 2021

I was very excited to read about this documentary. From the time I was a young child I have had spiritual longings and have come to realize that I was homesick for heaven. My fifth child appeared to me in the temple and let me know that he was anxious to come to Earth. I saw him wrapped in a blue shawl that I had used for each of my other was a beautiful and humbling experience for me.

Julianne HamillFebruary 21, 2021

We had a similar experience during a cruise in 2019 at Christmastime. We went on an excursion on the island of Hawaii and sat next to a gay couple. We had a great time and when we were getting off the bus, I had an overwhelming desire to give one of these young men a big hug. He seemed surprised, but was receptive. Later, on the cruise ship (which was huge) we ran into them two more times - what are the chances??? The young men told me about how much he missed his mother and my husband and I both knew that was the reason for the desire to hug him. We communicated after the cruise and I told him that I really believed that the hug I gave him was from his mother, so that he knew how much she loved him.

LisabeeFebruary 21, 2021

Romney is the only reason I am still a republican. I salute someone who stands up for what is right. Our political system needs to change if members of congress will only vote along party lines instead of what is right and wrong.

Vicki RobbinsFebruary 21, 2021

Thank you Lynne for your wonderful words. So glad Brad is doing good.

Susan D. Whitiker M.D.February 21, 2021

I think that while Romney has every reason to disagree and voice his own opinions, he should not be able or ethically enabled to contradict himself year after year depending on which way the wind is blowing in the political arena. Its distasteful.

David S.February 21, 2021

Interesting read!

E M RedelfsFebruary 21, 2021

There is nothing refreshing for Mr. Romney to vote to convict a former president, to act against constitutional guidance and further more to align himself with house managers that stated that Mr. Trump had no first amendment protection and a long list of other unconstitutional maleficence. Mr. Romney had the right to vote against former president Trump but at what cost? Indeed there is nothing refreshing about his actions.

ReeneeFebruary 21, 2021

I love these short insights! Thank you.

B SmithFebruary 21, 2021

Romney is an embarrassment and I regret voting for him as president. Maybe his age is the reason he votes against Trump. He is a classic RINO.

Ann Blake-TracyFebruary 21, 2021

Good for you in knowing to turn to the Savior for the answers you needed! Too many do not. I went through something similar as a child but did not have answers for decades later. My younger sisters would talk aboit our mother as such a wonderful & kind mother. And I would wonder who they could possibly been talking about! Why would they think that when the mother I had was so mean? Could this be the same woman I overheard laughing with our neighbor over a scheme they hatched to call the pound on each others dogs while us kids searched & searched for our best fruend? (Only one of many similar things.) But then after my mission I came home to discover I had some very serious health issues & the doctors in "treating" me almost killed me. From there i learned to study health on my own to recover & became an expert in cases involving the use of prescription drugs. Because of the extensive knowledge I gained I began asking questions & learned my mother had been given steroids by a doctor when I was young but came off them before giving birth to my much younger sisters. I knew that steroids were invented at the request of Hitler who wanted to turn his troops into "lean, mean killing machines"! And that is how my mother was transformed into this woman I could not stand to be around. The doctor's prescription had destroyed my relationship with my mother, robbing us of happy years & memories, while my 2 sisters shared with her many happy years along with loving memories. Sad but it has helped me to be more compassionate with thise I work with going through the same. And it certainly has helped me forgive my mother. Yes what she did caused a lot of pain but had she been told the truth about the drugs given to her that were supposed to help would she have ever taken them? I do not believe she would have! She made the mistake of placing her trust in the Arm of Flesh rather than the Savior, just as I had done when I almost lost my life doing so! We were told the whole world would be decieved by prescription drugs in our day Rev 18. We need to know far more about them to survive this!

Ann Blake-TracyFebruary 20, 2021

What you describe rings a bell for me as one of the Facebook group i head is called Antidepressant-induced Divorce Epidemic & we deal with some extremely bizarre situations where couples after being happily married for many years suddenly split due to bizarre situations forming quickly in their lives after being on an antidepressant even a short time. I watched Utah go from the lowest divorce rate in the nation to over the national average of divorce in 7 years after the introduction of the first SSRI antidepressant. One couple from Idaho reported to me in the late 90's being in an LDS marriage group for counseling where each of the nine couples were highly encouraged to go on one of these drugs. This couple refused & they were the only couple out of that group of nine to remain married! Then LDS Singles wanted me to come & lecture for them because they had noticed that those on these drugs were in what they called their "Revolving Door" group where they would join, find a mate, marry & come right back in no time divorced & ready to go through the same process all over again & again & again! The drugs change who you are. They are mind altering & can produce psychosis. Even Osama Bin Laden's son, Omar, has been diagnosed with Antidepressant-induced Schizophrenia. So I do believe it is important to make sure he is not on any "medication" that could produce this type of behavior. And if so you may want to read through this warning from the Apostle John about prescription drugs in our day, but keep in mind that the warnings to NEVER EVER change the dose of these drugs abruptly whether increasing or decreasing. Generally half the time spent on these drugs is what time is needed to withdraw safely. They say heroin withdrawal is nothing in comparison! :

GaryFebruary 20, 2021

The flash point of isopropyl alcohol or any alcohol is so low that in my opinion this is a very dangerous use of the product. Your fire department and homeowners insurance would probably never approve of this.

C BargerFebruary 20, 2021

What a wonderful article to leave me really “thinking” about how I can be a more Christlike disciple as I seek to serve in the brick and mortar church of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Such thoughtful insight. I love a “thinking” article. Thank you.

ChristineFebruary 20, 2021

I always love your insightful messages that are so well written and woven with the spirit of faith and doctrine.

pamFebruary 20, 2021

Having seen the concert in person in AZ, and have listened to the oratorio more than 1,000 times, not an exaggeration, I'm thrilled to see this film. This music is stunning in scope and importance. Thank you Rob Gardner.

pamFebruary 20, 2021

Thank you for this article. I will read it a couple of times since the content is very pertinent to me! At least I'm not alone in all my blunders. Pam

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Erica BarbosaFebruary 20, 2021

Thank you for sharing your insight. Life is so much more pleasant when we assume that other people's intentions are usually good.

Diane K.February 19, 2021

I have seen this in a live concert. Magnificent! Can't wait!

JaniceFebruary 19, 2021

Great comment by Kenny M. The last 2 sentences really resonated with me. Thanks.

Bob PowelsonFebruary 19, 2021

There are some differences that a beyond "being nice and understanding" about. The is nothing to debate, I would not want such in my home or any where near me, including some relatives in serious intentional apostacy.

Harold RustFebruary 19, 2021

Thank you. I've always felt the best response to "Black Lives Matter" is not just "All Lives Matter", but rather "The most important race to respect above all others is the Human Race". Only when we stop singling out specific races to be treated better (which is very different from focusing on eliminating laws with negative consequences that single out specific races) will we be continuing the great improvements regarding Blacks and other minorities that have been made since World War II. It is the very highlighting of differences between races that eats away at what most of us really want to see: a society in which it is one's actions and not one's appearance which are evaluated on their own merits which are appropriate measures of how one should perceive others around them. The BLM movement is based solely on pushing an elevation of one race; it excludes Asians, Latinos, Indians, and so forth and wants everyone to pledge their support of those who are "Black". Not a healthy theme.

Roger KentFebruary 19, 2021

Thank you for this article in particular but also for the other many inspiring articles. Wish I knew how to get this to the youth. All they hear from the propaganda machines is negativity and hate.

Lynne ChristoffersonFebruary 19, 2021

Since people have asked about my husband's recovery, I'm happy to report that he is recovering nicely and will hopefully be back to full strength within a few weeks. We feel very blessed.

Linda PatalonFebruary 19, 2021

Thank you for this article! I have been so full of fear and anxiety. This was just the reminder I needed.

Joyce Hathaway BairdFebruary 19, 2021

I found this article to be very helpful. Thank you

Janet Lee WiseFebruary 19, 2021

Thank you so much for your recommendations. As a researcher in Liberation Psychology, I recently remembered a quote from the Persian poet and Sufi Master Rumi, who said, "You think because you understand 'one,' you understand 'two,' because 'one and one is two.' But you don't understand 'and.' "Good grief!" I thought. "If we don't understand 'and,' how can we possibly wrap our heads around 'equal'?!" So here's to reading and teaching our children (and ourselves) how to understand "and," in the hope that it will help us to understand "equal!"

WeezieFebruary 19, 2021

Clap clap clap! Thank you for addressing the true motive of BLM. They are very sneaky. It’s not what they want you to think it is. Of course we agree Black Lives Matter, as well as ALL other lives. But they are doing more damage to divide and to promote racism than to help it.

RonFebruary 19, 2021

Any flame that glows yellow is evidence of incomplete combustion resulting in carbon monoxide creation. As evidence, place the blade of a metal table knife in the flame for a few seconds and remove it. Note the unburned carbon deposited on the blade as black soot. With complete combustion, the flame is be quite a bit less bright and will form carbon dioxide. Just be safe!

KEFFebruary 19, 2021

Nothing refreshing about his article at all. Like Trump says, Romney needs to lash out at the Democrats which he has never done, rather than at the leader of the GOP which he belongs. It is very evident that Romney cannot get over his disdain for Trump and he has to vote against him each chance he can to show it. I agree with Lawrence, Romney is in the wrong party and needs to man up and change. I would have more respect for him doing that than pretending to be a Republican.

JeannineFebruary 19, 2021

WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your perspective. What a great reminder! And I sincerely hope your husband has recovered. God Bless!

EdFebruary 19, 2021

PLEASE no lit liquid fuel in any open spillable container. THINK, THINK, THINK.

J. HamiltonFebruary 19, 2021

Excellent response. I ALWAYS enjoy reading Geoff's insights and suggestions. While the situations each time may not apply to me, I learn so much and have great "take aways" that are enlightening in my life and relationships. Thank you.

Helen CondonFebruary 19, 2021

After losing two of my five children to cancer, I was recently reading through my old blog when I found this: Found my old diary; opened to a random page and got this from April 4th, 2010: ". . . the thought came to me that Heavenly Father doesn't always ask us to do what we think we can, sometimes He asks us to do what we know we can't. That's how He gets to touch and strengthen our lives."

carolynFebruary 19, 2021

Doris, Yes some cities have restrictions on the amount of fuel you can store. If this is the case you can store the allowed amount of several forms. Store charcoal, wood, propane, gasoline, candles (yes they can provide heat) and even rubbing alcohol for a paint can heater. Charcoal, wood and propane can be used for cooking in a fire pit or barbecue. Remember propane and charcoal should not be used inside your home and wood only in the fireplace with the flue open. Thanks for the reminder.Thanks for the reminder.

Lisa TompkinsFebruary 19, 2021

I've been taking Cardio Miracle now for almost over a year. I will be 54 very soon, and I honestly can say I feel like I'm 30. I am very active, work out 5 days a week, and I feel strong when I DO my workouts. It doesn't hurt. I sleep better, and I definitely don't have issues with memory. When I was around 50, I was a mess and it took a while to figure out what I was lacking. I love this product, and would recommend it to anyone struggling with "aging issues " Sometimes we need to remember we are NOT 20 anymore, and our bodies need to be handled a bit differently. And it's okay!! The longer I am on Cardio Miracle, the more I feel it's benefits.

Sydney WheadonFebruary 19, 2021

Our deacons do this job so happily and efficiently!

Annette WilkesFebruary 19, 2021

This is a lovely brain-based way of approaching a heart-breaking topic. I would like to propose that what needs changing most are hearts (including mine). Here are some thoughts to consider that move from thoughts to opening up the heart to greater levels of trust. They are from The Colossian Forum. "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17 (NIV and other versions of the KJV of the Bible) "Conflict is the discipleship gift you've been waiting for -- not the disruption you've been dreading." Some Christians (including me) are either terrified of conflict or hate it. We are often the ones who shut down and fail to stand for what we believe. Others are so outspoken that they alienate others. Each of us can go either way at different times. More commitment to Christ and his ways is needed. How do we gain that greater commitment, allowing what is going on around us politically to actually spur it? This is a question I have. Political division is only going to grow in America in the days before the Savior's return. We need the skills to become true Christians now more than ever. This website brought me great peace one Sunday when political rhetoric entered a church meeting I attended, leaving me sad and feeling discouraged (and a bit frightened, truthfully). This can happen to someone at any time in any church where there is a diversity of thought. Speaking for myself, I need to embrace the thought "Conflict is the discipleship gift you've been waiting for -- not the disruption you've been dreading." I trust that the Lord is going to keep it all together; I need to trust I can.

Arlene C WelkerFebruary 19, 2021

Beautifully written. Thank you. I would like to know for sure that your husband is ok? It always comes to the point of your article. Trust in the Lord. Elder Richard G Scott's talk called "Trust in the Lord"....Ensign November 1995 (October 1995 General Conference) is still my favorite talk ever. I highly recommended it. Elder Scott details why adversity and how the Lord takes us through it. I've never heard a better explanation than this talk.

Jan KuesterFebruary 18, 2021

This was a very informative article and tremendously appreciated. To prevent misinformation from being promulgated about solar power and the batteries being used/charged, I would humbly share the following couple of points I suspect that the friend who had a disastrous but blessed week must not have had a solar power system designed with an adequate charge controller/inverter and also perhaps had solar panels which were receiving minimal solar gain on a daily basis. As one who has had quite a bit of experience with living with solar power in very cold and snowy north central Washington state and who lived 100% off grid in a very modern 2200 sq ft home with an average family size of 5, I want to reassure all readers that a well designed solar power can be easily lived with and indeed, that the batteries can deliver power for household use while they are also being charged. For the past 18 months my dear husband and I have been (and will continue to be) full time RVers with a wonderful off grid solar system Because we are mobile, we must be careful to avoid parking under shade trees - a very different experience from living in a house! Bless you Carolyn for all you do and all you share. <3

calFebruary 18, 2021

Crucial Conversations is one of the most beneficial training that I have had at work. Equally valuable are the principles taught by the Arbinger Institute, especially the Anatomy of Peace and the Outward Mindset. I encourage all who are not familiar with the principles taught by these books to add them to Crucial Conversations.

Maurine Jensen ProctorFebruary 18, 2021

This article is not about whether one agrees or disagrees with either senator. It is that in this angry world, where people are canceled and denigrated, there is room for us to disagree. We have to stand by that freedom.

Haze KompelienFebruary 18, 2021

Thank you for the "reminder" in this article. I love the intellectual learning part of Gospel study. You know, the historical background, the meaning of words in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, etc., the chiasmus, the poetry. So much so that I sometimes get caught up in the STUDY of the Gospel and not the MEDITATING on the Word of God.

Angelle LordFebruary 18, 2021

Appreciate this, Joni! We are Louisianians and know all about hurricane prep but this Feb 2021 arctic weather is new. We need some skills!

Joni HiltonFebruary 18, 2021

I’d like to add that it’s always smart to make sure you are in a large, ventilated room with any flame. Although it’s a tiny amount, any flame can create carbon monoxide.

Joni HiltonFebruary 18, 2021

This heater will burn for over an hour. It is safe in a home, but like any flame uses oxygen so I wouldn’t use it in a small tent, for example. It does not create carbon monoxide at all. And it should be placed on flameproof surface, such as tile, stone, brick, or metal.

WayneFebruary 18, 2021

This heater should NEVER be used indoors! Carbon monoxide is an odorless killer and families are dying in Texas because they are using open flame heaters indoors. There is nothing worse that going to sleep and never waking up.

Lawrence RookhuyzenFebruary 18, 2021

"Utah's Refreshing Message After Lee and Romney Vote Separate Ways" Nice spin job--but it's not refreshing when the two senators belong to the President's party. Unfortuately Mitt got his feelings hurt and ego bruised by Trump years ago and never got over it. We all thought Mitt had thicker skin. There is just no justification for him voting to convict the President: no evidence in the first trial and unconstitutional in the second. If Mitt wants to be "refreshing" we encourage him to try running as a Democrat in the next election.

DorisFebruary 18, 2021

In our small town of 12,000, we are only allowed to store 10 gal. total of any fuel. Even if it's for lawnmowers, snow blowers, grill, etc. I think probably you can't store fuel in the amounts you said you used unless you were in a more rural area. Everyone needs to check their city codes. My neighbor had a propane tank blow up a few years ago and the blast was felt a block away!

SteveFebruary 18, 2021

As a sealer in the temple, I have always recognized that I am pronouncing and sealing upon the couple the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant, the ultimate promise being exaltation itself. In fact, Elder Bateman taught that in the sealing ordinance, our exaltation is sealed upon us five times. More recently, I have come to appreciate and believe that the Patriarchal Blessings I am privileged to pronounce on members of my stake are also a declaration of the same promises and obligations of that great covenant. Every one of the saving priesthood ordinances we receive seem to be a restatement of God’s promise to bring us back into His presence and our part in seeing that promise is fulfilled for us and all our brothers and sisters.

Linda BrownFebruary 18, 2021

How long will this burn?

CASFebruary 18, 2021

Since this method of heating uses oxygen in the room, it's important to point out that this heater must have proper ventilation from the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning as one tries to provide heat inside.

PaulineFebruary 18, 2021

I find it helpful to listen for what the other person needs based upon their feelings. If I’m uncertain I ask questions like, “You feel angry because you need...?” Sometimes I guess in order to get clarification, listen actively, find common ground, or to figure out what they want. Blame, shame, guilt, fear provoked, I back up. NVC

PeggyFebruary 18, 2021

Thank you Joni for sharing this. How long would one TP roll last as the wick? How often would you refill the alcohol? I'm trying to figure out how much to purchase. I noticed that you have a granite countertop. I don't. What other surfaces would you recommend putting the can on to prevent burning?

Kenny MazzantiFebruary 18, 2021

Rattlesnakes are a beautiful member of God's creations that most folks are not fond of, but they are part of the balance of nature. I don't put my hand in their face because I know what will happen. That does not imply that I dislike them or don't respect their place in the creation. While a law enforcement officer for 30 years, I was assaulted many times and several people tried to kill me. Threats were made to burn down my home with me and my family in it. I never once hated any of those people, but I did defend myself from their attacks. God inspired the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ could be spread throughout the world and God's children worldwide could all enjoy liberty and freedom from oppression. Today, there are the equivalent of Gadianton Robbers in our land actively trying to fulfil Satan's plan to dethrone God and enslave His children. I don't hate those people but I am going to defend my liberty to my last breath against their attack. There are members of public and members of this church who are on the wrong side of God's Plan of happiness. I would never judge them morally, but I will defend myself and my family from their actions. Do not confuse legal, lawful, and moral defense with personal animosity. They are separate issues. One can hate the sin without hating the sinner. That applies to strangers as well as family members.

Myrna LiddellFebruary 18, 2021

Remember the surface under the alcohol heater needs to be protected. Joni shows her heater being lit on a granite? Surface Formica might not be so forgiving?

Pat BluthFebruary 18, 2021

Thanks Maurine and Ron! Good reminders. Helps me to take a deep breath too.

Elmer GuevarraFebruary 18, 2021

Mr. Daris Howard, Sir: I am always looking forward to reading your article. You are my favorite writer here. I especially like the wit you are putting in every article that you made.

Doug YoungFebruary 18, 2021

Won't the flame produce carbon monoxide? Will it be safe to use indoors?

JeanFebruary 18, 2021

Thank you for the tip on the diy heater. How long would that last.

H NorthFebruary 18, 2021

"Blind conformity" doesn't justify being wrong. One senator voted correctly, and the other did not.

LexaGraemeFebruary 17, 2021

Well, my room just got dusty. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for making this story possible.

HalFebruary 17, 2021

Fantastic article, thank you!

A ChipmanFebruary 17, 2021

If shopping for a generator, it is my experience that an inverter generator is best for running and protecting electronic equipment. Resistance-type equipment fares best when using common generators, whereas electronic equipment may be damaged by common generators.

BradFebruary 17, 2021

The other option we should push for to change Big Tech, is the right to privacy of our own data. Tech companies should not be allowed to gather and sell all our data without explicitly opting in. They should also have the details spelled out on what they collect that is not an 80 page legal document.

GBFebruary 17, 2021

Thank you for your article tackling a very complex issue. One thought on just one item. Adoption. Statistics show that more women are keeping their babies, so there are fewer available for adoption. Unfortunately, adoption has become big business and the cost is astronomical for young couples who cannot conceive. One of the big reasons for higher costs is unscrupulous scammers on the internet preying on couples desperate for a child. Couples are forced to go through an adoption agency to avoid the scams. It needs to be less complicated and far less expensive to adopt a child a mother can not or does not want to raise.

LeAnnFebruary 17, 2021

That was full of excellent advice and gave me several ideas of things to check on with our ow preparations.

Lori Finlay HamiltonFebruary 17, 2021

thank you Carolyn for this timing, informative article!

RachaelFebruary 16, 2021

I like this article. I think that what we put on our walls and in our homes design is incredibly important and can have a powerful influence on our children and others. Interestingly enough, I had an interior design related business for about 25 years. I was in all types of homes and in some very expensive homes. One particular client lived in a very exclusive and expensive area; they have homes in various places around the country. I was involved in designing their entire home in a neighboring city. I did not find out until after the job was completed that the family was LDS. There was NOT ONE SINGLE THING in that home that indicated that they had any affiliation with any organized religion or that they had any faith whatever. It was profoundly illuminating. Their faith/allegiance to the Restored Gospel was extraordinarily difficult to discern. It gave me pause to ponder then and since. While we have not used the family heritage approach to our interior design as much as the author, but we have words and design elements in every room that proclaim our faith. I think we are blessed by that evert single day.

HappilyMarriedFebruary 16, 2021

Loved the article. I have found what you said to be true with my own experience. I enjoyed the use of fairytale characters to get the point across. Their use added a familiarity that made it fun to read. Keep writing. The world needs more of your ideas and comments.

MaryFebruary 16, 2021

Why is it ok to give companies tax breaks, but when it comes to giving help to people during a pandemic- no we can't have that. Why do people pay fast offerings and say it is ok for the church to financially help people. I live in a stake where the church is starting to feel the burden of people seeking help. Maybe some live life of privlage and are unaware of what is happening to those around them or they just decide to close their eyes. If we are going to complain against government spending let's start with the tax write-offs for executives lunches that were given or the billions of dollars that is given to the military or the lack of spending given to education.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 16, 2021

Joni--you are such an example of faith to me! I LOVE the song and it expressed the feelings of my own heart, about how blessed I am to have found my wonderful husband. When you speak of humor, it made me recall a day when my Mom and I laughed together about all the things she could get out of doing by just saying, "Sorry, I can't do that because I have cancer." We thought of so many silly examples and the laughter was healing. She is gone now, but my love for her continues and I can't wait to see her. Thank you for giving us an eternal perspective regarding the heart wrenching subject of Cancer.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 16, 2021

It is disheartening to hear that 70% of couples live together before they marry. Satan has certainly planted a great deal of fear in the hearts of these people, and somehow convinced them they will be saved from pain by not marrying. The decision to live together before marriage screams out: "I am not really committed," or "I am afraid you are not really committed." The ironic fact is that living together without being married greatly weakens the relationship because God cannot be part of it. When we marry, we make a covenant with our spouse AND with God. We must continually strengthen the foundation of marriage by committing our lives to living his commandments and striving to make Christlike love the very heart of marriage.

Janet PreeceFebruary 16, 2021

I also reverend my ancestors so have some of their treasures diplayed: a great grandfather's oak sideboard, a hand made flower arrangement by his wife in a globe on the sideboard, another grandma's rocking chair with my needlepoint coverings, all near the Al Rounds picture of old SLC at the corner of So Temple and State St. I love my ancestor's corner in my home. Ron, I tended your kids many years ago in Emerson Ward.

HalFebruary 16, 2021

Jennifer - gay marriage is not the issue here. We do have a child who recently announced she was gay. We did not express shock, judgement or anger. We were "supportive" by reminding her that, while we all have our challenges, to achieve true happiness we are all required to keep Heavenly Father's commandments regardless of our weaknesses. One of those commandments is sexual purity. The plan of happiness is so named because it is, indeed, the plan that - if followed - will bring us the greatest joy both in this life and in the eternities. Sometimes that includes sacrificing our greatest desires. We told our daughter that we love her with all our hearts and that is why we expressed our sincere belief that keeping the law of chastity would bless her life more than giving in to physical drives that would likely prove to be destructive.

HalFebruary 16, 2021

This obviously cuts both ways. My precious wife lost interest in intimacy some years ago (we are not anywhere near 70). She was still responsive to my overtures until about a year ago when intimacy became increasingly painful for her. We tried a variety of remedies (lubricants, positions, etc.) to no avail. She is still willing to try other options even though her drive is non-existent. For all that, I feel very loved by my wife because of her deep consideration for my feelings. She loves me in many other ways that do not involve intimacy, so this is not a deal-breaker for either of us.

HalFebruary 16, 2021

Wow! Thank you for this article! I was a health science major over 40 years ago and it still amazes me some of the nonsense regarding diet and exercise that has been put forth by "experts" over the years. I've always held that, if you eat sensibly by listening to your body, keep the Word of Wisdom as written (and interpreted by prophets), and don't do anything stupid, you'll live a good life as long as the Lord sees fit to let you hang around.

Gary BealFebruary 16, 2021

I have read the Givens' previous books (though not this new one) and find their perspective insightful, relevant, and comforting. However, like Bro. Hancock, sometimes it feels like they stray too far in re-framing what the scriptures say about the nature of sin and man's proclivities to go contrary to God's commands. For instance, in previous books they seem to downplay the distinctions regarding being "saved" in the Telestial kingdom, or the Terrestrial kingdom, versus being "saved" in the Celestial kingdom. I haven't decided for myself if this is a trivial or fundamental concern about their theology, but I do credit them with helping me to understand better the traditional Western Christian paradigm of guilt and depravity that does (wrongly) influence some of the ways that otherwise faithful Latter-Day Saints misapply the Gospel of Christ.

HalFebruary 16, 2021

Thank you for this article. Despite the current trend to demonize our founding fathers - including Thomas Jefferson - I believe they were truly inspired in the founding of this nation and will share in the glory of exaltation.

Sandy ReddishFebruary 16, 2021

Thank you for clarifying the difference about contention versus other negative emotions that is very important to understand. I am afraid I sometimes have judged what is happening too harshly but will try to do better. I appreciate the suggestions so much as a mom of five there is a lot of drama and arguing in our home.

Dennis HorneFebruary 16, 2021

As I read the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Prince and study the teachings of the prophets, I find in them more than sufficient and glorious teachings about what the Restoration is and means. It is a return to the Church that Jesus and His apostles set up, and to the Abrahamic Covenant. I see in these teachings sufficient and complete vocabulary--scriptural vocabulary--for any and all true and edifying gospel purposes. When we speak from the scriptures, we get our doctrine right. My scriptures, the standard works, and the teachings of the prophets that I read, tell me that the core of the atonement of Jesus Christ is repentance from sin, whereby my guilt is washed away by the blood of Christ. As for love, in a recent Conference address President Oaks taught: “The kingdom of glory to which we are assigned in the Final Judgment is not determined by love but by the law that God has given us.” There is no such thing as universal exaltation, while any church can deliver salvation (immortality) in the Telestial or Terrestrial Kingdoms of glory. So also taught Pres. Oaks. A multitude of reasons convince me to get my doctrine from the prophets instead of these authors. I don't believe the Church needs a course correction (steadying of the ark) unless it comes from Jesus, who is the head of the Church, through Russell M. Nelson who is its current mortal president and director. He tells me to repent of my sins, not ignore guilt or heal "woundedness." I am so glad I have prophets to look to instead of academics whose views I can't square with the scriptures.

Marti ScottFebruary 16, 2021

The problem with the relief bills is all the other things they add to them like gender studies in Pakistan. This time it's funded abortions. I'm sure there's a lot of other things as well.

anonymouseFebruary 16, 2021

Thank you for this compelling, enlightening article. I will say though, I highly discourage people from tackling dragons. The tried and true approach to slaying dragons together is to go to the top of a tall tower that hasn't already been burned down by the dragon's fire, then have one person stand straight up (assuming they're the proper height, otherwise they might have to squat, or get a stool) and use their shoulder to support a large 6 foot black metal arrow, while the other person pulls back the bowstring that's been previously detached from their bow. They wait until the precise moment, and launch the arrow into the dragon's underbelly, and then pray desperately they survive the fall when the dragon's dying body knocks over the tower they were just standing on.

Britt FranklinFebruary 16, 2021

Fascinating! Unfortunately, the Gadianton robbers are alive and well in 2021, with a significant number of people--especially in America--giving them support and seeking to profit from their depredations on society.

Sonya WashburnFebruary 16, 2021

Excellent article. Thanks for bringing to light more truths. I love the quotes from Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon, and the latter-day Prophets. Thank you thank you!!

I've needed thisFebruary 16, 2021

@Boanergest Rubalcava--congratulations on "getting" it! But for many members, myself included, the Givens' book promises to be a fantastic guide for those of us who are subject to Augustinian tendencies, who are members but sucked in by the Protestant ideas and don't even realize it. Their book is meant to be liberating and consoling for those members who can't quite delineate between true and counter gospel. I look forward to reading the full text. It's an answer to prayers.

CubbyFebruary 16, 2021

I always enjoy reading Jeff's posts. His attention to small details is fascinating. Thanks, Jeff.

Gary A GarvinFebruary 16, 2021


KJBFebruary 16, 2021

Funny, I must have missed the article you guys published when Trump and the Republicans blew a two trillion dollar hole in the budget for the sake of tax cuts...

Harold RustFebruary 16, 2021

I agree with Boanerges Rubalcsvs that this article stretched out in repetitive intellectualism what to many members of the Church is a very simple summary of our relationship with God: He wants us to follow the Savior and become perfect. While it is within our agency to either keep working toward that goal or quitting at some point, He will patiently support us as long as it takes if we do keep trying. He won’t take away our responsibility to repent fully; but the atonement is that final step in perfection when we have proven a willingness to keep changing in all respects until completely aligned with our Savior.

Pat HarkerFebruary 15, 2021

Fascinating! Thank you.

Gaye WillisFebruary 15, 2021

Wonderful insights! Thank you!

Boanerges RubalcavaFebruary 15, 2021

I do not understand the worries either of the Givens or of the author of this article. The restored gospel is very simple and clear, we are here because of love not because of fear.I and I would say most of the converted people to the restored gospel understand it perfectly and we do not need to fill so many pages with "intellectual" repetitions of what Joseph Smith taught us since 200 years ago. The best part of this article is the last statement: "And better not give undue place to taste for intellectual innovation..." I strongly believe in : "This is my work and my glory to bring to pass immortality and Eternal life of man". Actually I strongly believe that They, Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ want for us ALL Their children not "immortality" but ETERNAL LIFE.

dave hicksFebruary 15, 2021

For what it's worth, I don't have a problem with marriage. My problem is living together. Can you think of a more distasteful activity for two people to do than living together? Cheers

VivianFebruary 15, 2021

Thank you for the beautiful song. My husband had a stroke Jan. 25 and is slowly recovering. Your song expresses my feelings so well.

Marsha NewmanFebruary 14, 2021

I love these podcasts! They are so well researched and presented with great reverence and tenderness. Thank you so much for your analysis and insights. Marsha Newman

Corey D.February 14, 2021

I am a deeply patriotic individual who loves his country very much. I generally have not agreed with a lot of Mark Cuban's political comments but this is one where I do, the simplest way to put these athletic protests to rest, is stop playing the national anthem. We don't do the national anthem at plays or concerts or movies or any other large public gathering, why do athletic events seem to have the corner on the market so to speak ? The National Anthem should be sung at political events or military events, once in a while at church or some type of community event but lets stop at any other, especially sports events.

Nobody SpecialFebruary 14, 2021

3 Nephi 9: 19-20 19 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings. 20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.

LoriFebruary 14, 2021

Also watch "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix. Former employees of big tech admit that these companies are influencing and manipulating people's thoughts.

MaryFebruary 14, 2021

These articles have been very interesting. I think many pro life advocates echo all that was said in this article. I would be interested in seeing your views of other actions we can take as a whole in society such as sex education, affordable health care, and the reduction of poverty- all which have been proven to reduce abortion numbers. Also, there is a lot of discussion specifically surrounding women, but if agency like you said does play a role I would be interested to know your thoughts about the role of fathers and what role they play and how they fit into this picture.

LindaFebruary 13, 2021

Newsom is a non-believer and therefore despises religious liberties . It is scary to think what is going to happen to our country now that liberals are in charge. Keep the faith and trust God!

Ronald SandersFebruary 13, 2021

We just watched a great program on Netfilx called "The Social Dilemma". It was very similar to the information that you have published. Thank you for your very informative article!

joeFebruary 13, 2021

Many questions, the first being how many of those now happy in marriage are in their second or third go around and so is my wife. We enter marriage with such rose colored filters that failure is almost guaranteed. Yes if we change and don't do any of the common errors our marriage is more likely to succeed, but then we will not be being as most of us are.

DanilaFebruary 13, 2021

Excellent article. Thank you.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 12, 2021

Thank you for a very well thought out article! We live in a world where many perpetuate the idea that exercising your freedom of "choice" means doing what you want without any consequences. There is no such thing as using our God-given agency without the God-given consequences that eventually follow. I also do not consider supporting pro-life as taking a "position." It is a commandment from God. Truth is truth.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 12, 2021

I don't know which phrase is the biggest lie perpetuated to excuse murdering the unborn--"Family Planning," or "Women's Reproductive Health." What Bunk served up by proponents for abortion! Thank you for a great article.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 12, 2021

Thank you so much for the encouraging information! It is hard to understand why someone would make disparaging remarks about marriage, even in jest. Certainly these negative comments fall in the category of "light mindedness." I loved the comment you made that bad marriages can also go good! I heard someone give a very touching personal account of making a bad marriage into a wonderful one. The key was developing true love and applying Christlike characteristics in the marriage. I heartily agree with the truth that a happy marriage is a grand key to a happy life.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 12, 2021

What wonderful, compassionate advice from Brother Steurer! It helps so much to remember our limitations, and to remember that God is mindful of every person and their suffering. He truly will minister to those who, tragically, decide to end their lives, and healing does take place on the other side of the veil. In the meantime, we can give love and compassion to those in need, but God has not given us the power to take away their agency to make very sad choices. This situation reminds me of President Nelsons counsel to see the big picture. In the end, all will be healed, and we can hold fast to that hope in Christ.

ScottHFebruary 12, 2021

In the run-up to and during the American Revolution, people who failed to share the prevailing opinion in any given area (and this shifted throughout the war) were often compelled to silence, often by the overt or subvert threat of violence. Following the war, many who had supported the British were obligated to flee to Great Britain, a place that had never been their home. The cancel culture phenomenon Brother Hess describes is not new to our times. The natural man within us is prone to tribalism that, without proper control, can lead us to do very inhumane things under the guise of doing right.

P PetersonFebruary 12, 2021

Thanks for this insight to the three witnesses. I found the background and detail very touching.

craigFebruary 12, 2021

MGTOW all the way.

SharonFebruary 12, 2021

Amen The family is the most important “group “ we can belong to. This is where we learn to work through our problems, how to treat others, & love others and love ourselves. It all begins in the family Prayers to you

LoriFebruary 12, 2021

What a beautiful reminder about the power of righteous routines in our home. When kids are crying and dishes pile up in the sink it’s hard to recognize the fruits of our daily efforts. Thanks for reminding us that that these daily attempts add up and bless our home... even when we can’t always see it! :)

EmilyFebruary 12, 2021

Can you make this shareable on pinterest?

Harold RustFebruary 12, 2021

It is fun ...really read such an uplifting message from someone from the "Young Married" generation. I have learned again and again through life that when I go out of my way to do something special for others that only a portion of them will express some tangible thanks at the time----but every now and again it can make a big difference in their life, whether they happen to thank me or not. And those few cases of where it really helps them far outweigh any of the others that maybe didn't really make much of an impact. So, let's all keep giving out valentines.

Herm OlsenFebruary 12, 2021

Tender account beautifully told. Thanks so much for sharing recollections of this Great Man. Oh that we had more Lincolns . . . .

RitaFebruary 12, 2021

If you add Pete's 34 years of time between Christ's visit and complete Nephite unity and peace to the time of our founding (1776), that takes us to 1810. Not much happened historically that year in the US (we acquired Florida), but the young Joseph Smith, Jr. turned 5 that year. Having survived infancy, Joseph's survival to adulthood was much more probable. The nascent life of the Lord's Prophet was the biggest event in world history since Christ's birth.

Lisa ReisingFebruary 12, 2021

There is so much to be learned from this account - thank you for sharing it here today. Happy Birthday President Lincoln, a true respecter of all mankind! I admire his humility, his gentle powers of discernment and logical thought and expression.

Kristine BrownFebruary 12, 2021

Sweetest article!

Penelope Anne JohnsonFebruary 12, 2021

I was so moved by this account - it brought a ray of sunshine into my day. Thank you.

Sylvia Spicer WardFebruary 12, 2021

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this video! It is so motivating and inspirational for us as we travel through this earthly experience. So many beautiful life lessons taught here. Thanks for sharing.

ScottFebruary 12, 2021

Lincoln and Washington, our greatest presidents. I always love to hear and read the stories about the "little moments" that show the greatness of these men.

S. EllisFebruary 12, 2021

Great Article. Thank you. I also agree with G. Johnson’s comments about schools and our children. In the early 90s I had to put my foot down (so to speak) on school teachings for my daughter. I told the school to accept my daughter’s decision to leave the class when sex education was taught. I felt is was my responsibility to do so. I even refused to send her to school with a calculator. Thankfully my daughter supported my concerns, as young as she was then. Today she is grateful for our choices and is raising her children with the same awareness. We see shoppers in the grocery stores with calculators when rounding up to the nearest dollar and mental tallying would suffice. Without a cash register or calculator or exact payment at fruit stands or such places, the money collector is stressed in making change. I appreciate our learnings and standards of the past. Learn from the past and, with the Lord’s guidance, we can live in the present and face the future.

Charles McClellandFebruary 12, 2021

Thank you, Maureen for sharing this beautiful and touching story from the life of Sojourner Truth and Abraham Lincoln.

JaniceFebruary 11, 2021

How are we going to take control back? My question, exactly. All I am hearing is complaints about the way every thing is being destroyed that relates to our democratic rights. Who and when will there be a committee or government entity that will get together and push back on all the extreme programs that are being initiated? As a senior citizen I'd like to help, but don't know what to do. Any ideas?

James GreenFebruary 11, 2021

Excellent advice!

JoAnnFebruary 11, 2021

What a beautiful song! I can’t wait to hear more! So sorry about the cancers you and your husband are fighting. I’ll pray for peace and healing for both of you.

Jonathan WoodFebruary 11, 2021

Big Tech manipulates not only political thought but religious thought as well. President Nelson was prescient when he warned: "In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost." Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives

Barbara WalkerFebruary 11, 2021

I don't think I have a fear of speaking my mind, I don't comment on what I consider left wing hate speech because I don't want to add fire to the discussion. It's Thumper's mothers advice "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all". By disagreeing, it opens the door to further rhetoric that I disagree with and on and on it would go. No one changing their minds but building their wall higher each time. It's good to analyze the other view point though, just in case I'm wrong in mine.

Pete PetersonFebruary 11, 2021

244 years is an interesting comparison, but I'm not sure it applies in this case. It was 34 years from the sign of Christ's birth until the Nephite society turned completely from wickedness. I would think 210 years would be the better number.

DorisFebruary 11, 2021

Beautiful story. I wish I had known this to do on Valentines when my children were growing up. Thank you for your wonderful example of taking care of the other children.

SaraLynFebruary 11, 2021

Thank you for all you do, even while sick!!! Is there any way to get the source of some of these comments? I’ve always been curious about Jewish baptism. Thanks!

MEBFebruary 10, 2021

In my dealings with members, face to face, I compartmentalize that relationship apart from dissenting opinions I know they hold on a variety of issues, and instead love them as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.

JenniferFebruary 10, 2021

Michelle, what are your views on gay marriage? How would you feel if one of your sons or daughter came out to you? Would you be supportive? I hope so!

SherryFebruary 10, 2021

Thanks so much! We love the Spirit we feel in your lessons

Sherry ScoffieldFebruary 10, 2021

How very much this article was needed and appreciated....for such a time as this when there is so much evil around us. It surely lifted me up.

Cornelia MadsenFebruary 10, 2021

Thank you for your examples of ways to better use our time and energies. Also, as we are helping we will be guided in ways that are more helpful.

Cornelia MadsenFebruary 10, 2021

Thank you for continuing to encourage us with messages that are giving us more than hope; our faith is strengthened with history and current spiritual helps!

Suzan BruceFebruary 10, 2021

If the towns people waited, maybe the Marauders would have passed them by and they would be safe!

DFRDFebruary 10, 2021

In humble tears, touched to the core! We are so blessed to be a part of this beautiful Gospel of Jesus Christ. May our light ever shine, as this father’s and his household of children who not only knew they WERE loved, but followed their parents’ examples, by accepting and loving of themselves, their friends in need, welcoming them in love and in the charity of the Savior their goodly parents had taught them with. Beautiful beacons on a hill we should all strive to be!

HannahFebruary 10, 2021

What a beautiful and honest story about the change of heart that the Savior offers to us.

ShaunaFebruary 10, 2021

Wonderful--I love Doctrine and Covenants Central and am grateful to Meridian for pointing this out. What a blessing the Knight family was to Joseph and the Restoration. Surely, they were placed in Joseph's path by God to help sustain him. The food, paper etc were clearly invaluable but I can't help think that the friendship and loyalty to Joseph, for the duration, meant more to him than anything

Juliann BradshawFebruary 10, 2021

I wish there were thousands more just like you. What great people you and your wife are. Wonderful story.

Glen S. HopkinsonFebruary 10, 2021

As an artist who has often depicted scenes of Church History and the Restoration it seems that recent depictions by artists is to portray John the Baptist as ordaining Joseph and Oliver separately as seen in the Church History Museum and some publications. Joseph Smith states about the messenger from heaven (John); “and having laid his hands upon us, he ordained us , saying: ‘Upon you my fellow servants...’ “. That has always indicated to me that John the Baptist laid his hands upon Joseph and Oliver simultaneously. The more recent painting depicting laying on of hands individually is a nice painting but do you know if there has been a change from earlier art work depicting John laying his hands on their heads at the same time? And if so, why?

Suzanne Turnbull AlderFebruary 10, 2021

How amazing you are Becky!

ScottHFebruary 9, 2021

Thank you for this article. I have found that the more I care about individuals, the less my political differences with them matter. The differences still exist; it is even OK for us to advocate for different sides of issues and opposing candidates. A small dose of humility goes a long way too. The more experience I gain in political matters, the less certain I am that my views are as universally correct as I had previously imagined. I have much to learn from those with differing views. But I learn those things best when I interface with them in nonpolitical venues such as church classes and service projects.

MashaFebruary 9, 2021

I had so many thoughts while reading this article. The biggest, overarching one was, "This is me. Such different circumstances, but this is me." This article isn't an Answer, though many people who have read it seem to feel it is being presented as such. It's more like a friend saying, "This is where I am in my mental health journey, these are my thoughts and experiences, maybe they can help you?" Doctors are not omniscient beings, they can help, they can guide, but they are not the source of complete truth. Don't leave the decisions entirely up to your doctor without giving any thought to them yourself. The understanding and treatment of things pertaining to mental health is constantly changing.

Ronald BarnesFebruary 9, 2021

My sister was recovering from jaw surgery and her jaw was hurting severely. She prayed for relief. Three men appeared and gave her a blessing. The spokesman was our father, who had died many years before. The pain left her immediately.

G. JohnsonFebruary 9, 2021

I agree with A.BINGHAM's comment but would like to add that we must be equally vigilant regarding what is taught to our children in their schools. This lies basic to the radical/progressive agendas of the Left. Some would call it indoctrination of our youth when programs and subjects are openly taught in schools that should remain the province of only parents and guardians of our children. Legally, our "children" remain as such until their legal age of majority and under our care. Of note also, is that school boards are often the seed-bed of future politicians who utilize their board seats to launch careers in politics from which they continue to foment an agenda contrary to our God-given and Constitutional rights.

Tori BlackFebruary 9, 2021


Chris HowellFebruary 9, 2021

Thank you, Anne. I know that those that are with us are more than those that are with them, but it's a powerful witness to cite examples.....thank you, thank you.

Diane IrwinFebruary 9, 2021

Michelle - Excellent article! I especially liked the paragraph about giving differences too much power. Thank you for teaching me.

Diane IrwinFebruary 9, 2021

Anne, you continue to amaze me! I completely skipped over the story about Rhonda Hair the first time I read this!! It is so delightful that she had the ability to see what was going on, and God prevailed!

Carlie ArntsenFebruary 9, 2021

Thank you but I always wonder about the “errand of angels” and why scriptural angels are never women?

Miguel SanchezFebruary 9, 2021

Thank you for posting this video!!

Juliann BradshawFebruary 9, 2021

Currently studying the Book of Revelations and with so many challenging things ahead it is comforting to be reminded that those that are with us are greater than those that be against us. Many from the heavenly realms are and will be helping us. Thank you for this great insight.

LisaFebruary 8, 2021

What great counsel and advice!

Juliann BradshawFebruary 8, 2021

I will not be led as a sheep to the slaughter willingly. I am polite but refuse to be intimidated or silenced. I feel no need to force my opinion on anyone but if the opportunity presents itself I speak up. As long as we still have first amendment rights I will exercise them respectfully. Excellent article. Needful and timely.

A. BinghamFebruary 8, 2021

I mostly agree with the contents of this article. Problematic are those well-sourced pieces of information that are truthful and disturbing - not edifying but awaken us to the reality of our situation. Life is not always edifying, nor are events of the day that are troubling or meant to deceive. It is also our duty to face sometimes well-sourced and troubling truths and share information that impacts our lives even though it may not be edifying. I cite an example of the prevalence of child/sex trafficking in our communities and the awareness that all people should have of these practices in order to protect our children and communities.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 8, 2021

I have given up on trying to "discuss" important issues with people who are members of a different political party from mine. Unfortunately, it only engenders animosity. I was very Interested in the high percentage you gave indicating so many Republicans are afraid to vocalize their beliefs. That is very telling regarding the persecution encouraged by the extreme left media, and also the "shaming" by corrupt government officials.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 8, 2021

Thank you! Biden showed his true colors long before the election. None of us should be surprised at this sexual identify fiasco.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 8, 2021

When I was young, I used to think people over 70 lost interest in sex. Now that I am approaching 70 this year, I have a whole new attitude! Older couples can and DO enjoy sexual intimacy. I think the advice in this article is excellent, but there is another important avenue for you to explore: VIAGRA!!! Encourage your husband to get a complete physical and ask your Dr. about it. Don't give up. You do NOT have to sacrifice this important part of your relationship.

Bob SFebruary 8, 2021

Excellent essay! Well-put! Thank you

Claudia GassinFebruary 8, 2021

Two living angels held me and comforted me in the parking lot of the Provo temple at BYU graduation in 2011. I would love to learn their names and contact them.

C. T. H.February 8, 2021

I agree with your article. There are far too many of us who don't speak up out of fear and I believe that in society today many of us are not taught how to speak up or respect someone else's opinion. However, I found myself wishing that your article had focused more on what we should do instead of what the problem is. Many of us are witnessing the problem and wishing that there was some way that we could address this problem. The most common advice seems to be "learn to speak up" or "be brave". If you have spent your whole life not speaking up, that advice is like getting your very first smartphone and having no prior knowledge on how it works. While eventually you might figure it out, you might be doing everything the hard way.

WeezieFebruary 8, 2021

I was interested in this subject and was intrigued how it would read? Thank you for putting words to how I feel. I hate conflict and I’m scared to death to say what I believe for fear of being verbally attacked. Although, lately my husband and I are realizing if we want to hold onto our freedoms we no longer can fear man, only God. He is all that matters. And when things go against Him and His plan, that’s when we will come alive. We have to. Or all we have will be taken away.

PaulineFebruary 8, 2021

So good, so true. Thank you for speaking up, for speaking the truth!

CarolFebruary 8, 2021

I'll add my desire to all the others for the rest of the story about both the children and their new family!

Russ WilsonFebruary 8, 2021

Great Article! Thank You

Kathy CouchFebruary 7, 2021

Wow Becky, for as long as I’ve know you and John and the kids, I’ve never heard this story. We love y’all so much! Thanks for sharing.

Pam BlairFebruary 7, 2021

I would love to hear the story of how BOTH children fared after their adoption.

Susan RoylanceFebruary 7, 2021

Great article Tori -- to show what is happening with the new "sex" definitions. It will drastically alter our society, and make it difficult for our children to move through the many anti-family actions.

Chuck and Gail McClureFebruary 7, 2021

I would also love to hear the rest of this story! My wife and I wept with humility and awe as we read this amazing account! We laughed out loud when John held up 2 fingers! We wept uncontrollably when you shared Mother Teresa's story!

Gail GrovesFebruary 7, 2021

Just go into Meridian Magazine & click on Come Follow Me Heading at top of page & podcasts 1-5 are listed. Easy to find & enjoy!

Ken and Pattie SkousenFebruary 7, 2021

Thanks for all the time and energy you and your staff spend putting together this wonderful podcast. My husband and I always feel your spirit as you present the gospel material in a reverent manner. We feel your love and witness that you too have trials that have been overwhelming. Maureen’s bicycle accident and Scot’s COVID, the loss of family members. We all have trials that are for our learning. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. May you have the healing of our Savior so you may carry on.

Nate GarrisonFebruary 7, 2021

Becky you are amazing!!!!

Sage GallagherFebruary 6, 2021

Such an example of selfless love. Thanks for sharing your change of heart. It went from so good to golden. I'm grateful to be involved with Rising Star. I hope volunteers will be allowed to go again.

CubbyFebruary 6, 2021

Oh, what a wonderful story. You are amazing. The picture of your Jolanta today is beautiful. I hope there is a continuation of this story. Her beautiful smile tells me there were many trying things you were able to overcome. I am sure glad the doctor had a bit of inspiration. You sure needed it.

DavidFebruary 6, 2021

I want to know what happened to both children. The story just got good then i was cut off knowing what happened.

LexaGraemeFebruary 6, 2021

What a beautiful gift to give a little girl. Bless you and your family.

LindaFebruary 6, 2021

Thank you for this article. This President is truly a divisive non compromising president and is out to destroy this country. We need to stay faithful and trust in the Lord or we will get sucked in to this liberal nonsense.

Jewel DoxeyFebruary 6, 2021

How can I hear podcast 1-5

JanieFebruary 6, 2021

This article was a gift to me today. I have been struggling with some things, but nothing like Sister Douglas. After reading this article I've learned to not give up, that Jesus' love for us is unconditional and that we should be unconditional in our love for others too.

Kathy SandersFebruary 6, 2021

This talk was something I've been thinking about a lot in the spirit and how to do that better...How thankful I am for Elder Bednar and his powerful teaching gifts and for living the things he then teaches. Thank you Meridian for your great work.

Bonita RottweilerFebruary 5, 2021

So thrilled to see this come to life. Can't wait to take my family and friends to witness the witnesses. Thank you so much!!! We will give you all the help you need to get this out.

Kristin MannFebruary 5, 2021

Wow! I really needed to read this today. Thank you for sharing this tender story.

Gaye WillisFebruary 5, 2021

Becky, I am so inspired by your life. You are my Mother Teresa, my example of Christ upon the Earth. Thank you for all you are and all you have done. Thank you for sharing your story. You have blessed my life.

Gaye WillisFebruary 5, 2021

I think I have listened to eight podcasts on these sections so far. and I learned things from you I didn't get any other place. Thank you for your willingness to share all that you know. I was praying for you, Scot, and didn't know Maureen was sick too or I would have been praying for her. I'm so grateful you're doing better and are out of the hospital. Bless you both for all that you do.

happy wife at 70February 5, 2021

My husband had surgery to remove a prostate because of cancer about 12 years ago. No more erections unfortunately but NOT the end of our sex life. Bless his heart he tried everything pump, injections, pills that gave him massive headaches. Nothing worked so we accepted our limitations and decided to work with what we had....our love and desire for each other. I don't want to be inappropriate here but I want to help...we both still reach satisfaction but it is done manually.

Karen DavisFebruary 5, 2021

Such a touching story, Becky! But I would love the rest of the story,. How are Jolanta and Thomas doing today?

KarenFebruary 5, 2021

Thank you very much for the ideas. I hope to do several of them this coming week.

Lana JohnsonFebruary 5, 2021

I LOVE everything Joni Hilton ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

MistyFebruary 5, 2021

Thank you for sharing this with us. My current experience isn’t even remotely close to the extreme circumstances you lived through, but I’ve had similar feelings of just not wanting to deal with it anymore. I’ve tried a few times to pep talk myself into just living and serving as the Savior would, but it clearly hasn’t lasted long. But perhaps if I were to change positions wi to them, not viewing myself as the Savior serving, but instead serving the Savior, I would hopefully indeed change my attitude regarding what I’ve been asked to do and willingly said I would do. Thank you for the change of perspective.

Doris WilliamsFebruary 5, 2021

Oh my goodness, if there ever was a story that could put our own challenges in perspective, it is this one. I have always thought that a change of heart is the greatest miracle we can experience, and Becky Douglas's response and action is light years beyond anything I ever imagined. So stirs us all to greater efforts in serving the Savior by serving His children. Thank you for sharing, Becky. Makes me think I would like to grab your heels as you go up to heaven!

Karell BinghamFebruary 5, 2021

It is inspiring to read about women women with such amazing grace and courage!

DawnFebruary 5, 2021

Beautiful story!

RitaFebruary 5, 2021

The Oracle didn't say "do nothing"; it said "do nothing for one month". The bridge could still be built, but after the peril (that the villagers had no clue about) had passed. We are also given counsel to wait sometimes, to work other times. The important thing is that we obey, not only the spirit, but the letter of the counsel. We work when the Lord commands, and wait at the same command. Taking things into our own hands, with our limited sight, generally results in pain and suffering, no matter how good our intentions.

Rich BeckFebruary 5, 2021

"Come on Man!" Did anyone really expect unity with this party in power?

Jon SpencerFebruary 5, 2021

What can one say to a story like this? How can one express in simple words how one has been touched by the love and strength and power of this woman and her dedication to what she knows is true. This is why years ago I decided our family needed to take a very small step and help Rising Star support just one child, then two. But I have cleaned up the bathroom at the infusion center where my father was being treated for end stage lung cancer, s as nd denied him a cigarette he craved do strongly on his last intake to Thad hospital. I remember the last hug I gave him that day and his settled response to me. I believe that if we try Er can conjure up the strength to love someone enough to see Christ in our arms. We can only do the best we can do and for Christ that is more than enough. Our own heroic moments are more than enough.

Wayne ThorntonFebruary 5, 2021

You, Sister, are a true example of the believers. Reading this accounting was akin to reading scriptures. I am grateful for examples like you that inspire the weak like me. Thank You!

Old GuyFebruary 5, 2021

Ouch! The word "perform" should be outlawed when talking about intimacy between husband and wife! It denotes to many that he is putting on a "performance," as opposed to jointly participating in an intimate activity in which both persons involved are actively expressing their love for each other. A husband who is expected to "perform" is usually a man who has been demoted down to the same social standing as a well-trained family dog who does tricks, or even the family cat who spends hours chasing a laser light for the family's amusement. Respectfully, the one worried about their husband's "performance" should perhaps be evaluating her own "performance" or lack of. Perhaps her "performance" needs to be updated in such a way that it will motivate him to rejoin the circus and once again "perform."

Juliann BradshawFebruary 5, 2021

You are a Mother Teresa too. Thank you for sharing every painful detail of a sacrifice few can imagine. I would like to say, “May God bless you for your service”, but I know He is exalting you. You are a savior on Mt Zion.

D. T.February 5, 2021

I appreciated your article on how Biden’s executive order will, in fact, affect us in America on the whole, and how it abolishes a safety net for people believing in traditional views on gender, as outlined in the scriptures. It doesn’t allow for anyone to have beliefs other than an extreme few, which is speedily taking control over all of America, as well as a global agenda. Our whole world is being turned upside down, with especially the inability to maintain freedom of speech and expressing ones views, without being called homophobic, or racist, or whatever the issues surrounding these topics. I am horrified that anyone could support leaders who want to also. support abortIng more babies, as well as having American citizens being forced to accept and pay for abortions in America, as well as other countries, etc. Without freedom of thought and speech, to be able to speak out freely without fear of ridicule & prosecution, we have set the foundation for a world such as Hitler. Communism will become the new rule of law. When this becomes global rule, there will be no place to flee to, we will only be thrown into jails or camps, set up for “trouble- makers” who don’t agree. If anyone only listens to the lies & distortions of the mainstream media, they will never see the horror of what lies ahead. Already there is condoned book burning, etc.

FrankFebruary 4, 2021

y my reading of D&C Sec. 8/9, in April 1829 Oliver Cowdrey was given the opportunity to translate a portion of the Book of Mormon. He failed, but my question is this: In order to translate, didn't he need to see the plates at this time? That would mean that he was allowed to see the plates before the incident that resulted in the "Testimony of Three Witnesses". Does my supposition that Oliver saw them previously make sense? Thank you.

Sandra CoxFebruary 4, 2021

I would like to comment on the supposed Capitol attack. Unfortunately you are believing the propaganda. There was no attack on the capitol. A few people were ushered in by police. Photo ops were staged. Unfortunately you can't believe the main stream media.

Earl ChantrrillFebruary 4, 2021

I believe that we have people among us inside and outside of our government who have no respect for our constitution or the Judeo-Christian foundations of it as described in the Federalist Papers and letters between the founders and their correspondents. This government was established by God for the purpose of establishing the Church and spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world. Satan is diametrically opposed to all of these things and has been working to establish his counter-religion during this same period of time. Communism and its analogous organizations such as Nazism, Fascism, etc. that have been conquering governments and spreading their false doctrines based on lies. One of the major parties in the United States is preaching and practicing those false doctrines and using practices of oppression both through official and unofficial organizations and through extra-governmental organizations and businesses to subvert the will of the majority of the people and to make it very difficult for individuals who oppose their tactics to make their voices heard. This is corrupt.

Ann CFebruary 4, 2021

Your article is fear mongering and your example of the poor girl athletes having to compete against boys is really lame. Is that really your greatest fear? I don’t think so.

Bob SFebruary 4, 2021


Maryann TaylorFebruary 4, 2021

I wholeheartedly agree that we must follow our Prophets and Apostles for our direction, especially in current conditions where the world has drifted so far away from truth. However, I have a problem with the title of your column. My politics have EVERYTHING to do with gospel teachings. You cannot separate them. We do not "check our religion at the door" of the voting booth. Because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I do NOT support laws that promote or support abortion. I do NOT support many of the inappropriate government "handouts" that cripple self-reliance, where the need is not genuine, thereby creating welfare families for generations. I do NOT support breaking current immigration laws, thereby putting American citizens at risk for drug and human trafficking, and disease. I do NOT support any attempts to destroy the constitution or the Bill of Rights. I do NOT support evil endeavors that apply the absurd term of "separation of church and state" in order to thwart religious freedom. I do NOT support today's current mindset that puts the "rights" of any minority or special interest group above the good of all. I do NOT support any law that promotes or supports in any way the belief that gender is a "choice." A reading of the Doctrine & Covenants and the Book of Mormon make it clear that we have a responsibility to preserve laws that are in harmony with God's laws--unless we want to be "swept off' the land. I don't know how the Lord can make it any more clear.

Chad & Judy HamiltonFebruary 4, 2021

Thank you for sharing another magnificent Podcast. We look forward to studying with you each week. So sorry you have both been hit by the Covid. We will add you to our prayer list. .

CarlosFebruary 4, 2021

In the Book of Mormon, the Savior said and they knew it not, referring to the Lamanities, who had the Holy Ghost,but knew it not. Or it became common place.

Kevin FFebruary 4, 2021

It seems we now have a new discrimination that is openly being practiced by corporations and governments. That is political party affiliation. If you are a Republican, your speech should be stifled, you should not be able to work where you want, you should be put on a black list and your opinion is automatically wrong and not worth listening me, that discrimination is just as bad as others.

Barbara JohnsonFebruary 4, 2021

This article was inspiring. It made me want to be more of an angel to those with whom I have been placed here on this earth, and to my ancestors, those who are not here on earth. I also gained a greater understanding of the big picture; the purpose of the temple in our own salvation, the salvation of others, and the work and glory of Heavenly Father.

PeterFebruary 4, 2021

The Neal A. Maxwell quote is wrong. Elder Maxwell is quoted in the conference talked by Elder Oaks that was earlier quoted, “Desire,” General Conference, April 2011. The quote “To achieve our eternal destiny..." is not Elder Maxwell, but President Oaks. The Maxwell quote terminates in the preceding paragraph.

Denise CottrellFebruary 4, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are for you all and especially Scot. It was our joy to get to know you as we traveled with you in Europe. This was a wonderful podcast. Until the next one, be safe and God Bless.

JOHN RICHARD HILLFebruary 4, 2021

To be frank, I have been greatly disappointed in the community response to Mr. Trump's efforts to overturn his election loss. Clearly, he had the right to challenge improper voting in the courts, but when that failed, he turned to efforts that undermined our democratic norms and values, including being impeached for inciting insurrection when he followers attacked the Capitol. During the post-election assault on our Constitution, my community (neighbors, FB friends, relatives, ward members, etc.) remained remarkably silent---not even publicly expressing outrage about the Jan. 6th assault on the Capitol. That might be explained by the fact that I live in Utah County, where (according to official data) two-thirds of the votes were cast in favor of Mr. Trump. So, I ask myself just who will speak up in defense of our Constitution? Apparently not the "silent majority" in my community!.

Rosie BFebruary 4, 2021

I love this parable. I'm also grateful that we are studying the Doctrine & Covenants this year. What was going on in the background all during the time that the original revelations were received? Mob violence as a result of evil and designing men with a hidden agenda based on greed. What will be the result of refusing to see our neighbors, including the ones that disagree with us, as children of our Heavenly Father? According to the Book of Mormon, endless wars even to the point of annihilation.

Di CowleyFebruary 4, 2021

I wish you would put a disclaimer at the top of the article that you are endorsing a product. The information is good and worthy of the read. However, the question as to whether you will received financial remuneration from readers going through your "affiliate" site is uncomfortable. Please let us know ahead of time you are encouraging a specific product.

Sasha KwapinskiFebruary 4, 2021

The concept of giving to others presumes that we do, in fact, have something to give. We hold up the Good Samaritan as an example of virtuous service or giving, but we tend to forget that he came from the perspective of having some substance and capacity to give.

CarolynFebruary 4, 2021

Van, again canned foods after good long beyond the expiration dates. companies that produce foods and medications are required to keep a stock of items they produce in case a recall should be necessary. these products are tested and can not be discarded until the pull date leaving cases of product in a warehouse. You can see why they prefer a short best buy date. So do the test, no dents, no rust, no bulging, no strange smell and they should be good.

CarolFebruary 4, 2021

All people need some to talk to that will listen, it's the best 'medicine' ever!

Rochelle HaleFebruary 4, 2021

In Mosiah we read, "I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give." I believe anyone who is sensitive to others will want to give even if their offerings are meager. Of course, we can grow into sharing greater time and means as our circumstances improve. On my church mission, we gave service to an elderly couple who lived in a corrugated shack with little creature comforts. While we read scriptures to the blind husband (no Braille at that time), the wife would go to the small store a block or so away and spend her hard-earned earnings on treats to express her gratitude to us.

MarcFebruary 4, 2021

If you have ever split wood or used a chainsaw, you will know that an afternoon of cutting, lifting, and stacking firewood can be exhausting. The Smith family would have been doing that (minus the chainsaw) for hours, day-in and day-out. Lifting 45 pounds is not impossible. How many moms pick up their young kids at that weight? Joseph Smith with his size and strength could have done that easily. Keeping the plates safe: The original CrossFit!

CarolynFebruary 4, 2021

Van, again canned foods after good long beyond the expiration dates. companies that produce foods and medications are required to keep a stock of items they produce in case a recall should be necessary. these products are tested and can not be discarded until the pull date leaving cases of product in a warehouse. You can see why they prefer a short best buy date. So do the test, no dents, no rust, no bulging, no strange smell and they should be good.

Karell BinghamFebruary 4, 2021

I never thought of revelation in this light, thank you!!

Byron JespersenFebruary 3, 2021

I love your podcast and all the insights you share. It's a wonderful addition to my personal study. I would like to offer a clarification to your explanation of the date of the revelation contained in D&C 10. According to Dr. J.B. Haws, Associate Dean of Religious Education at BYU, after much research in the Joseph Smith Papers, the Church has updated the heading to D&C 10 and corrected the date in the current edition, indicating that it was received in April 1829, although some portions may have been received as early as Summer 1828.

Rusty TaylorFebruary 3, 2021

Some of us have been studying the Hebrew covenants and the 7 festivals for years. They all tie into what we understand of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our temple ordinances and scriptures. The Lord has not forgotten His sacred calendar. And understanding what He gave the ancient Hebrews really enhances our modern covenants, especially the temple. Very nice article.

Michael VanhilleFebruary 3, 2021

Why did you pick this issue for "disuity"? What about the former President's inspiring insurrection? What about a current US Rep espousing the assassination of other government leaders? Don't those issues seem more critical right now???

Mary TarbetFebruary 3, 2021

Thank you for this very important information on this issue which most people do not understand the far reaching consequences

Katelon GilbertFebruary 3, 2021

Amen to what @Tedfullerton and @pakundo said! There has never been a more important time to stand fast in the liberty by which we have been made free!

RachFebruary 3, 2021

@TedFullerton, I think WHAT the oracle said in this story is of minor importance. It was a just a story element to help present a point. The point of the story is how people interpreted what the Oracle told them, and that they each claimed that their misinterpretation was what the Oracle wanted, when it actually wasn’t. There are problems with both political parties in our country.

Karen GreeneFebruary 3, 2021

Ted Fullerton, have you heard of Cleon and Joel Skousen. Look them up and their books. Cleon is deceased. Joel has podcasts and briefings. Some free , some pay for subscription. Talks about very things you are referring to. I think you will find these things informative. They are also members of the Church.

CarolynFebruary 3, 2021

Remember best buy dates are just for the convenience of the producer. Canned goods are safe for years beyond the date unless the cans are bulging, dented, rusted or the food smells stranger.

Robert D StarlingFebruary 3, 2021

I love this analogy. It reinforces God's word when he said in Isaiah 55, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." We are SO blessed in these "perilous times" to have a living prophet who can tell us what the Lord's "higher thoughts" are for our time. And whether he says we should wait with patience as Alma was told in Mosiah 24, or whether we should act as Helaman and the stripling warriors, our best guide is - - FTP - Follow The Prophet.

MSJonesFebruary 3, 2021

I just need to vent my disappointment and frustration. I was very excited on inauguration day, relishing in the feelings of peace and unity that filled the day. Now I feel betrayed by a president who says what he thinks the people want to hear and follows with systematically ignoring everyone except those who agree with him. So, so disappointed and sad for our country.

Mary E PettyFebruary 3, 2021

This was a very thought provoking article, including the comments. They led me to review the prophecies and Latter-day Saints’ responsibilities related to the US Constitution. I recommend the following readings to all interested in our prophetic role in civil society. 1. Conference Report of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 94th Semi-Annual Conference October 1923, accessed 2/3/2021 on Oct. 6, 1923 Morning Session talk given by Presiding Bishop of The Church, Bishop Charles W Nibley, pp 58-62; 2. Conference Report of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 94th Semi-Annual Conference October 1923, accessed 2/3/2021 on Oct. 6, 1923 Morning Session talk given by Elder Stephen L Richards, pp 44-48;). 3. › ensignWeb resultsDid Joseph Smith say that the Constitution would hang by a ... 4. Elder David A Bednar spoke June 17, 2020 at the Religious Freedom Annual Review, hosted by the Brigham Young University Law School. From 32:27Elder David A. Bednar begins speaking

Sally SmothFebruary 3, 2021

The prophet speaks to his saints ok n a regular and rightnow is is saying to trust in the Savior, hear him, which means we follow him in all we do. The Prophet and his apostles are our oracles. They are the only ones we can trust.

pakundoFebruary 3, 2021

The headline is misleading: politics and the gospel are intertwined, because they both concern how we live our lives. One cannot be separated from the other and be true to both.

Kelly H.February 3, 2021

Just to be clear, there is a distinct and powerfully backed difference between our opinion and a revelatory experience from God. This is for any mortal, of any station. I think of Nephi. I don’t think this article makes sense unless that distinction is made.

Robert E JonesFebruary 3, 2021

When the Prophet changed Sunday services from 3 hours to 2 hours how many understood that the change was from a "church centered concept" to a "home center concept and what it meant for the future.." How many thought that a pendemic was in the future and all church services would be stoped but our "home center" services would continue without a problem. What lies in the future? I don't know but I think I will relie on what our general authorties have to say of the future "as for me I will follow the prophets." Bob Jones

Denton L KimballFebruary 3, 2021

There is a real easy solution to this problem of males competing against females. Where it is recognized in a given competition, ALL females refuse to compete. If this is done everywhere, then the problem will be fixed. A male desiring to compete against females will look pretty silly if he is the only one on the track.

pakundoFebruary 3, 2021

How does this article align with the previous one titled, "Your Politics Are Not the Gospel"? Seems to be a disconnect there...

Shep KuesterFebruary 3, 2021

As the whirlwind roars around us, we are to remain at peace. The Natural Man within me wants to react to this legal action with anger. However, that won’t fix anything, just make it worse. So, what am I supposed to do? I don’t have a perfect answer. I’m going to put down my anger and listen to the First Presidency. I’m going to pray mightily for guidance. As for those caught in the middle of all this, the people, especially youth, who are going through gender confusion, I’m going to love them. I firmly believe that Heavenly Father makes no mistakes, but for these people, it’s very hard to remember that. Don’t turn them out. Don’t forget, we are all imperfect in so many ways. Actively supporting candidates who you agree with, and urging people to vote, can make a difference. People who refuse to get involved or vote have put us where we are today. We need to change that. At the same time, we must give the affected people our love. We live in the Last Days. This is, as promised in the scriptures, no picnic! We need to keep our eye on the objective, follow the prophet, and encourage as many as we can to join us. I want to be angry, but that is not the Spiritual Man I need to be.

Maria Luisa TorresFebruary 3, 2021

I was guided by the words of President Oaks last October Conference, right before the election.” We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” (Articles of Faith 1:12). This does not mean that we agree with all that is done with the force of law. It means that we obey the current law and use peaceful means to change it. It also means that we peacefully accept the results of elections. We will not participate in the violence threatened by those disappointed with the outcome. In a democratic society we always have the opportunity and the duty to persist peacefully until the next election.” Those Church members who participated in the Washington insurrection and support those endeavors, DID Not heed the council of our oracles from God.

Gail GrovesFebruary 3, 2021

Thank you for this amazing podcast and particularly the part about the "fiery darts of Satan" that he uses to darken our mind and hearts. I really needed help on this today and found help in your podcast. I feel your pain as my husband and I also got hit with covid. Wishing you both a speedy recovery with prayers for you! Thank you for all you do to enlighten us with truth and your testimonies!

Joan Girvin SmithFebruary 3, 2021

In my opinion, the author was simply relaying a pre-existing story which made a point... "Listen to the Prophet" and don't rely upon your particular bias. Even Christ's parables were not intended to be extended beyond the apparent lesson.

M J BlackFebruary 3, 2021

I have sent 1 email and one IM to people I have special feelings for, but haven't connected with in a good while. Their response was so amazing. I really should just do this ALL year! Good idea!

Patty K.February 3, 2021

The parable is not about whether to take action or do nothing, but about listening to the Prophet and following his council as opposed to following the dictates of ones political party.

CASFebruary 3, 2021

I have a permanent marker handy and mark the month/year of the purchase date on the top of every canned good, bottle, or box of food before placing anything on my shelves after shopping. This helps me use and rotate older items first. Once in a while I find expired canned items in my storage. These are actually still good for years after the recommended expiration date, I have found. Use the smell/look test before using.

Michael HousemanFebruary 3, 2021

The warnings from our "oracles" have been blatantly plain. Ezra Taft Benson warned us of the evils of communism and we now have members of Congress espousing these diabolical principles openly. Listen to "Stand Up for Freedom" and it will be abundantly clear that the Constitution and the ideology of communism cannot stand together. Communism is Christianity stripped of God, while the Constitution is based on "Christian principles" and the two can't exist equally together. If we adopt what our prophets have warned us against then we will reap the whirlwind. It is folly to believe they can coexist. No communist country has ever allowed Christians to live in peace. We should listen to our "oracles" and we have been warned.

E SmithFebruary 3, 2021

Great idea. I copied your calendar suggestions. Thanks

Jane NFebruary 3, 2021

I am interested to know if a whole food, plant-based diet is sufficient to keep our glutathione levels high enough. I am a firm believer that Heavenly Father placed everything our bodies need to be healthy into the plants He provided for us. All of the manmade foods and substances are what are not healthy for us. I have been eating WFPB nutrition for over three years and have not even had a cold. I am 67 and am the healthiest I have ever been.

Juliann BradshawFebruary 3, 2021

Someone who sincerely listens too.

Ronald KjarFebruary 3, 2021

Ted, the article simply said to follow the living oracle or prophets. That's it. I didn't see that it said that there was a particular position that was either correct or incorrect. Just follow the prophet. What a great analogy!

DavidDFebruary 3, 2021

There's a lot of "Satan this" and "Satan that" in these posts. As Jennifer so eloquently and compassionately reminds us, LOTS of people are born with and cannot change their same gender attraction. Scientists have now identified specific genes that contribute to the condition. For Jennifer's son and others who are born with this, it has nothing at all to do with Satan. This is not the 1600s in Salem, Massachusetts. Show some love and tenderness.

Eugene BergmannFebruary 3, 2021

Bravo! I am thrilled to see a serious production on this subject. Thank you all for efforts.

Juliann BradshawFebruary 3, 2021

I believe the authors intent can be summarized with President Nelson’s story about his family member being “myopic”. Don’t read the parable with an agenda. Just read it with an open heart. My own current conflict is the “vaccination” being encouraged in order to be good citizens. But there was also agency allowed, and I know my body, my medical history and past reactions to vaccines. What I don’t know are the ways and mind of God concerning the future, an unpredictable government and the hearts of evil and conspiring men. God always knows. I do know that we have a prophet, seer, and revelator.

Rochelle HaleFebruary 3, 2021

My husband and I both brought food storage into our marriage, but we were "old school" - wheat, powdered milk, etc. Over the years we added freeze-dried items plus regular canned goods. The Coronavirus pandemic gave us another reason to assess our preparedness. As we were able, we stocked up on meat for the freezer, added additional and perhaps hard-to-get items such as extra yeast and flour, plus extra sanitation supplies and otc meds. My kitchen pantry is very small, but one of my quarantine projects was to organize it in a new way. I now know exactly where to find things such as cooking oil or condiments, how much I have on hand, and which to use first. We routinely rotate our "storage" into our daily meals, and leftovers are almost always planned for lunch or a freezer meal for the future.

Van B CutletFebruary 3, 2021

What do you recommend when can foods best used dates expire? Most canned goods only have a shelf life of 1-2 years.

Tammy LindstromFebruary 3, 2021

Loved this. I loved the messages we had during October conference. We just need to live what we were taught by our leaders.

Ted FullertonFebruary 3, 2021

I think thats a wonderful parable and has some valuable lesson or application we have seen played out in history before. I am confused by the title and how it specifically applies to our situation today. Did I miss a warning somewhere by our Prophet that says do nothing? The way I understand our Oracles, defending the Constitution is the very essence of the Gospel. The Book of Mormon practically shouting at us, trying to warn us of our awful situation when we see the Secret Combinations that would be among us in the last days. Modern Apostles and Prophets like Charles Nibley, David O McKay, and others: Conference Report Charles W. Nibley October 1923 "Brethren and sisters, let me say in closing that we have it of record, that the prophet Joseph Smith said the time would come when, through secret organizations taking the law into their own hands, not being governed by law or by due process of law, but becoming a law unto themselves, when, by those disintegrating activities, the Constitution of the United States would be so torn and rent asunder, and life and property and peace and security would be held of so little value, that the Constitution would, as it were, hang by a thread. But he never said, so far as I have heard, that that thread would be cut. I believe, with Elder Richards, that this Constitution will be preserved, but it will be preserved very largely in consequence of what the Lord has revealed and what this people, through listening to the Lord and being obedient, will help to bring about, to stabilize and give permanency and effect to the Constitution itself. THAT IS ALSO OUR MISSION. That also is what we are here for. I glory in it. I praise God with all my heart and soul that I am a member of it." (almost 100 years ago) I have not verified this account with the actual record of that session of General Conference, however, I have seen other quotes by David O McKay who also said defending the Constitution is almost as much a duty of the Saints as preaching the Gospel (just as Elder Nibley did). Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy both warned boldly, plainly, in great detail, of the dangers of secret organizations that they said were among us in their day and were a serious threat to our freedom. President Benson spoke as plainly as can possible be plain and was seen as an embarrassment by many of the Saints with his "Conspiracy Theories.". So, again I am confused by the title of this parable. Our Oracles that come to my mind have said it is the Gospel to be politically astute and aware of our awful situation and to take action. What am I missing? Do we have an Oracle who is saying to do nothing? If so I have missed that.

Little_NauvooFebruary 3, 2021

Unfortunately items on sale are often nearing their best before date. I always grab items from the back of the shelf to check use by dates.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 3, 2021

Finding good, wholesome books is a challenge sometimes! I wish we could have more book reviews on this website. I really enjoyed the recommendation of The Paper Daughters of Chinatown. Wonderful!

Maryann TaylorFebruary 3, 2021

The big push in society today is to "normalize" everything. Although people who are attracted to the same sex are a small percentage of our population, I am noticing them showing up increasingly in books, television and conversations. The more Satan can entice us to focus on abnormal behavior, the more accepting we become. I realize that there is a huge difference between someone with same sex attraction who is keeping the Lord's law of chastity, and someone who is acting on it. However, PLEASE let us not join the world in normalizing the behavior.

Harold RustFebruary 2, 2021

Such a powerful and yet simple recipe for lifting up others. I was reminded of a situation in our community just a year ago when the city opened up their yearly invite to nominate someone for a "Hero Award". My neighbor had lost his wife a few years earlier and had put in lots of volunteer time since then to help folks looking for employment. I wrote up the nomination and he was selected along with one other person. The day of the awards in city hall, I noticed in the audience a woman who volunteered for a variety of "dirty jobs" at the local elementary school where I had substituted one time. I had been so impressed by what she did that I mentioned to the staff at end of the day my impression that they should find some way to honor her. Wouldn't you know...the other person called up as a hero for the year was that woman! It made my day.

JenniferFebruary 2, 2021

When my son came out to me as gay I was so very sad, especially for the challenge it would pose to him throughout his life. One of the first things I did was to schedule an appointment with a therapist. He shared with me numbers from his personal therapy practice. He said that 25% of those experiencing same-sex attraction struggle because of childhood abuse which has skewed their feelings. Another 25% have viewed same-sex pornography. This is a group that he sometimes can help overcome their same-sex attraction. The other 50% truly are born with those feelings and nothing can change that. There are those who successfully marry but they are the exception, not the rule. There are many stories of those who attempt to marry someone of the opposite success and it leads to deep heartache. This therapist said that dealing with same-sex attraction is second only to schizophrenia in difficulty among his patients. The point I want to make is that those of us who don't have these feelings haven't the slightest idea of what it is like. Instead of judgement, perhaps we should extend kindness and compassion. "Mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort." My son is one of the kindest and most service-oriented people I know. He is bright and talented. He is also struggling to find his place in the church he grew up loving and served a mission teaching others about. There are those that say that these people should just live their lives alone. For many that is not a healthy option due to depression. I don't know what path my son will take but he will always have a loving place to come home to. I would remind us all of the words of the Savior, "He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone." Let's worry about keeping our own covenants and the commandment to "love our neighbor as ourselves."

Rich HoganFebruary 2, 2021

Thanks Norm for that very thoughtful review and discussion. You do a great job outlining the challenges, opportunities and some real keys to success that not only missionaries but all of us can have holding meetings and interacting with each other remotely. Your writing here is worth not only reading, but practicing over time . . . these can be happily used and critical skills going forward, worth the cost to develop.

DbcbFebruary 2, 2021

We’re signing up! Bravo and prayers!!

Lincoln B.February 2, 2021

Thank you Dan for all you do! I agree that in today’s Age of doubt the testimony provided by the three witnesses is both compelling and powerful. I look forward with anticipation to seeing the film when it comes out.

NicoleFebruary 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this article! It was an answer to a prayer. I've been teaching classes on Zoom for my church callings, and I know firsthand how people (including me) struggle with this new way of doing things. Thank you for your sharing your experience and insights, it sheds a whole new light on the topic of suffering through new technology.

SusanFebruary 2, 2021

I love this encouraging council. I would love to share it with my family and I will pray for inspiration to bring “what are your desires?” up in conversation. I think the vision Rawlston had was simply remarkable. Another example that the Lord can do anything.

David HallFebruary 2, 2021

I agree with Richard Eyre in his criticism of the article and of the lack of a display of faith in that article. However, I depart from the criticisms expressed in one respect, in that I feel that the article did much good, especially considering the audience for which he was writing in The Atlantic. I think it helped soften the feelings of many in that audience toward the Church, and for that I applaud Coppins. I feel that The Atlantic would not have published an article that bore fervent testimony of the gospel. For those inclined to criticize, remember that it was the apostasy, with its easy-to-swallow doctrine, that enabled Christianity to spread as far as it did and which paved the way for the acceptance of the restoration of the gospel.

Helen CondonFebruary 2, 2021

Clarity above all, as always. Let’s hope our central Oregon peeps will weigh in in the viewing. Glad you’re both championing this cause. As you say, the beginning is the jet to everything that follows.

Duane BoyceFebruary 2, 2021

Outstanding! Dan Peterson is a treasure.

Rachel OliphantFebruary 1, 2021

I think Brother Eyre missed the point of Coppins' piece. I've followed Coppins for several years so I may have a better idea of his "motives" and I find him a highly respectable and wise voice. I also understand the need to discuss the nuanced parallels between the "Mormon" and "American" ideal. Among my middle-aged LDS contemporaries, there is an awakening/realization that as much as we can desire and strive for the "ideal", it is becoming harder and harder to achieve.

Val HFebruary 1, 2021

I’m sorry to hear about this missionary passing. I have a son serving his mission so far away from me and I pray a lot for his health and protection. May Elder Dortilus family be comforted by the knowledge of eternal families. Deep thoughts of sympathy to you.

Concerned MemberFebruary 1, 2021

This is a nice sentiment that on the surface sounds nice to people...but it is not Christlike to love unconditionally. Our own prophet said in his address called "Divine Love" - "While divine love can be called perfect, infinite, enduring, and universal, it cannot correctly be characterized as unconditional. The word does not appear in the scriptures. On the other hand, many verses affirm that the higher levels of love the Father and the Son feel for each of us—and certain divine blessings stemming from that love—are conditional." God has NEVER instructed us to love unconditionally, he doesn't either...If God loved unconditionally why the need to send his only begotten son? Does he not love us enough to save us outright 'no matter what'? Why have the 3 kingdoms of glory....why have outer darkness. We are expected and commanded to love but never unconditionally. Then Elder Nelson also said : "Understanding that divine love and blessings are not truly "unconditional" can defend us against common fallacies such as these: "Since God’s love is unconditional, He will love me regardless..."; or "Since 'God is love,' He will love me unconditionally, regardless..." These arguments are used by anti-Christs to woo people with deception." D. Todd Christofferson said : "At another level, however, the question might be, “Can’t God do whatever He wants and save us just because He loves us, without the need for a Savior?” Phrased this way, quite a few people in today’s world would share that question. They believe in God and a postmortal existence but assume that because God loves us, it doesn’t matter so much what we do or don’t do; He just takes care of things." One orthodox Jew Dennis Prager says : "The source of my understanding of God, the Hebrew Bible, which originated the idea of a loving God, does not hold that whether we are the torturer or the torturer's victim, God loves us the same. Indeed, it implies that God's love is conditional (see, for example, Exodus 19:5, where God's love of His people is conditioned up on their keeping His covenant). I believe therefore that even with regard to God, we must try to grow into adulthood. God's love of us is immense and forgiving (if we repent) but not unconditional. In fact, I would have a difficult time loving a God who loved everyone equally. It would mean that God's love was unmoved by anything we do, and I cannot love that which cannot be moved." and finally he said these wise words : "Moreover, unconditional love stymies growth into mature adulthood. If we will be loved no matter how we act, why should we act in a way that earns love?"

Janet KuesterFebruary 1, 2021

What a beautiful and meaningful article. Thank you for it. I wear a special necklace to remind me that I am a daughter of our loving Heavenly Father and love He, our Savior and the holy Scriptures. <3 I do want to say, in the most genuine and loving way possible that Dr Emoto’s “research” is pseudoscience and has never been able to be duplicated. It is a lovely story and certainly fits in with our understanding of all things being created spiritually but that is all it is so I hope people will not take it as fact.

Linda PatalonFebruary 1, 2021

Thank you for your diligence. I am alone when I study and your insights have made me so much less lonely. I am grateful for you.

LarissaFebruary 1, 2021

To those who are saying being gay or transgender is “not normal”,or “not the way that Heavenly Father intended them to be”. Please consider the viewpoint that being gay is separate from having a physical relationship with someone of the same sex. There is more to being gay than romantic relationships to the same sex. For example, My feminine qualities as a straight woman influence more than my physical attraction to the opposite sex, my feminine qualities also include being organized, nurturing and compassionate. Please take some time to attempt to see things from a LGBTQ persons framework, they are as much a child of God and worthy of His love as you are. I would recommend the book, Without The Mask by Charlie Bird for a unique religious LDS perspective on being gay. Even if it doesn’t change your views it makes you better informed and thus more qualified to interpret the complexities of the challenges of being LGBTQ.

RobynFebruary 1, 2021

Waiting in store checkout lines is a good time to watch for people next to you that might need a little friendly conversation. Listen to the Spirit for a topic. It can be so simple but that person will feel noticed. It is a bit harder with masks & distancing, but it can still be done. I have seen peoples' whole personas brighten up dramatically. Hopefully, it carries through their day.

JaNaeFebruary 1, 2021

I'm so sorry for the loss of this missionary. I pray the Holy Ghost will comfort his family and loved ones.

Patricia CarrFebruary 1, 2021

Sending prayers for Scott's complete and speedy recovery! And how is your recovery coming after your horrific accident of last year?

DavidDFebruary 1, 2021

Is it "normal" for someone to be born blind or missing a limb? If the answer is no, do we shun and persecute them? We know that for many people who are gay, it's truly not a choice any more than being born blind is a choice. So, if a person is born blind or with same gender attraction, did God make a mistake?

Ruth JamiesonFebruary 1, 2021

We're so happy you stayed. Thank you for sharing this beautiful message of hope.

Jim AFebruary 1, 2021

3rd Attempt to post. Is there a problem? I have enjoyed Geoff's column in the past and the topics have sparked good conversations. This is a case where he should have been more careful in his reply. To jump to the conclusion that the boyfriend is cruel, harsh, and dehumanizing is just wrong. I would be curious how Geoff would have responded if it had been the boyfriend asking if he should marry someone who is not committed to raising children to walk the covenant path and honor the doctrines of the gospel. Or, my girlfriend wont allow us to hang "The Family a Proclamation" in our home. Being loving and kind does not mean being accepting of immorality, adultery, and indulgent sexual practices. This was two people having a discussion of basic feelings and doctrines. The boyfriend wasn't in anyone's face. Geoff omits the fact that as loving and kind the Savior was, he always called those he taught to repentance. The first principles of the gospel are faith-repentance. They go together. In this case, it is best to remember that "the study of doctrine does more to change behavior, then the study of behavior changes behavior".-BK Packer While there may be things to iron out between these two in their path towards marriage, it is a two way street, the boyfriend has some legitimate concerns as well. A lesson to all members of the church during these cancel culture, amoral, and a-religious times is to hold to the doctrines and follow the prophet to the temple and to gathering Israel by teaching that happiness comes through walking the covenant path. Future generations deserve our commitment to stand firm and immovable.

Winona and Stephen ElliottFebruary 1, 2021

We're so happy that Scot is out of the hospital and wish you both a speedy recovery. We thank you for the diligent and hard work you do to enhance our weekly scripture study. We much appreciate it.

Lana JohnsonFebruary 1, 2021

This is an answer to prayers! I have been longing to serve others and now you have given me a way!!! Thank you so much for your insights and suggestions, I Love, Love,Love this challenge!!❤❤❤

Jeff HillFebruary 1, 2021

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful family! I am sure that in the Spirit World they are grateful someone is remembering them, and still learning from their example. I am emulating your example by having a weekly family story time on Zoom with my 34 grandchildren!

LauraFebruary 1, 2021

This is a beautiful way to deepen the holiday of love, and enliven what can feel like a dreary month that drags on a bit. Thank you for the thoughtful inspiration!

BillJanuary 31, 2021

Transgender and gay is not normal. Satan wants to destroy families. We can be civil to them but saying it is normal is dilusional.

Jack RossJanuary 31, 2021

I believe Eyre and those who have commented here have missed the point. Copping was not writing an article for a church magazine or Meridian. He was writing for a secular magazine. We can’t expect him to say the things he would say if he did write for a church magazine. The article wasn’t perfect, but for the venue he was using, he did a decent job. I’m sure it was a struggle for him. Any of us, including Richard Eyre, would struggle to do as well if given the opportunity.

Janet GundryJanuary 31, 2021

It always saddens me to hear of a missionary passing on while serving his or her mission. Prayers and love in behalf of the family of Elder Dortlus.

Mike GriffithJanuary 31, 2021

Homosexual conduct is not normal. The apostle Paul called it "unnatural." It is also physically unhealthy conduct. However, the boyfriend's statement that if any of his kids told him they were gay he would cut them out of his life is going to an unhealthy extreme. "Love the sinner, hate the sin" is a wise saying. We should also consider the fact that liberals have been using gay rights to launch a frontal assault on religious freedom. Gay rights groups and their allies have filed numerous lawsuits to try to force private religious schools to abandon their moral codes. They have also tried to get private religious schools stripped of their eligibility to receive federal education dollars in the form of Pell Grants and federal student loans. In addition, they have filed lawsuits to try to force churches to hire gays as clergy and to force them to perform gay weddings against their will.

Bonnie HoltJanuary 31, 2021

You expressed my feelings exactly. The author missed a wonderful opportunity by being afraid (in my estimation) to stand tall for Jesus Christ and His prophets and correctly state their motivation! I fear he is straddling the world view versus the church with his employment as a journalist needing to please his employer. He should have declined the assignment. Sad.

Julie Carling DeGrawJanuary 31, 2021

I love reading these comments from fellow descendants! My dad told us the story of the oxen and the temple dont our whole lives. It is a special and sacred story. I am a descendant of John Carling through his son Isaac V, and through his son John Henry. What a wonderful example he was for us all.

CorinaJanuary 31, 2021

Desde Chile estamos orando por ustedes. Nuestra familia sigue regularmente sus enseñanzas inspiradas. Muchisimas gracias.

VictoriaJanuary 30, 2021

Great ideas I will share with our ward’s teachers. I would like to add that as missionaries listen carefully as each investigator shares his or her concern, they include them by name and concern in their prayer, thus, creating a spiritual connection.

Victoria GroskreutzJanuary 30, 2021

Praying for Scot’s recovery. You are a much-needed, special family

Rochelle HaleJanuary 30, 2021

This was very encouraging. As a temple worker on pause, I have been spending many covid-restriction hours working on family history. We have some relatives with special concerns, so I will gladly welcome (and have prayed for) any help that the Lord might send from the other side.

New EnglanderJanuary 30, 2021

McKay doesn't like Trump and hasn't since Trump first ran for president. He apparently had a rather ill-fated trip to Mar-a-Lago during the 2016 election that I don't think he'll ever forgive Trump for. His political bias was apparent (and irrelevant) in the article--way too much politics, and way too much of a focus on approval. Why? Because that's what gets the clicks, I guess. These things are secondary to what really matters. Jesus Christ was very much missing from most of the article, as was President Nelson. But that's what The Atlantic and its readers would have wanted. BTW, I knew McKay when he was young and am friends with his parents.

Linda Lambert MelvilleJanuary 30, 2021

My mother spoke often of her first cousin, Bessie Louise Johnson Bailey, who along with two young sons, Glen Elwin Bailey and George Haren Bailey, died in October and November 1918 of the 1918 Spanish Flu. They were living in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States at that time. The mother, Bessie, was 32 and her sons were 3 and 7 years old. It was so tragic for their families.

JulieJanuary 30, 2021

People who think they're gay aren't the way Heavenly Father intends His children to be. But I believe they can be treated the same way as straight single for life people. We can encourage them to be the best aunt or uncle there is, put their all into their calling and their job. It doesn't have to mean that they can't do good things still. And live the law of chastity. There are people in my stake who consider themselves gay and just keep living the Gospel because that's what's most important to them.

Tamara A. EvansJanuary 29, 2021

Thank you so much for another great podcast. It was nice to hear from Mariah. I do hope that Scot is recovering. My prayers will certainly be with him, and with all your family.

Geoff-AusJanuary 29, 2021

I would be wanting to know his attitude to his wife achieving her potential as a human being equal to him. If he is enthusiastic about discriminating against lgbti children, that is often part of a package of beliefs, that will manifest in other areas.

Ed GayhartJanuary 29, 2021

I don’t get it. Being gay or transgendered is not normal. No amount of political correctness or cancelling changes that eternal truth. I ask - how do you teach children being gay is normal without teaching them the behavior is acceptable? You must teach children to love every one and still instill in them eternal morals, principles and perspectives.

Ruth TautuaaJanuary 29, 2021

I agree. I read the article and thought he was still trying to fit in with friends or co-workers. It took him a while to even introduce the correct name of the church, let alone use it properly. He kept saying 'Mormon' throughout the article, when he should have known the prophet has emphasized that we need to use the proper church name. If WE don't use it, how can we expect others to use it? It was generally positive, but in my view, lacking conviction. Instead of inspiring me, it left me disappointed.

AndrewJanuary 29, 2021

My heart goes out to all those that loved him and I am so sorry for his families loss.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 29, 2021

I agree heartily with your comment about the dangers of our society "catering to every person's feelings and desires." Many have built their very feelings into an idol. Some have their "feelings hurt" when they are taught truths that force them to reevaluate their lives and their choices. Others have their "feelings hurt" when not everyone agrees with them. The real problem often arises when inappropriate demands are made to appease their "feelings", or even to "pay for" what was done to their ancestors long ago! Our feelings are not weapons to use for selfish purposes. It is interesting that the Lord told us he would reveal truth to our hearts AND our minds. Emotions are tricky and can be deceiving. The Lord has given us safety net by instructing us to use the knowledge he has given us in our MINDS, along with the feelings of our hearts to keep a spiritual balance in our lives. One of the reasons we are taught to read the words of our living Prophets, and also the scriptures daily, is to keep us from making decisions that are based ONLY on our feelings or emotions.

Joline WalgamottJanuary 29, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful article. It is one that I will print out and save for future reference and strive to adopt the attributes outlined myself!

Penelope Anne JohnsonJanuary 29, 2021

It is my understanding that any attempts to be accepted into our communities and to gain credibility is so that we can more effectively serve those communities, particularly with our unique ability to respond in emergency situations.

LeeJanuary 29, 2021

I read the article in the "Atlantic" and was quite interested in reading an article about the church, knowing that Mr. Coppin was both a member of the church as well as a journalist for the well respected magazine, the "Atlantic". I was disappointed in the direction the article took, with our so-called drive to "fit in". If anything, we have never been encouraged to "fit in", but to do things that will have an impact for good. It's never been about "fitting in". Perhaps it's his goal though. Disappointing article.

LexaGraemeJanuary 29, 2021

Awwwww. Good for her. Good for him.

LexaGraemeJanuary 29, 2021

Thank you for posting Dr. Peterson's comments and remarks. I learn something each time I read them, even if it's a new perspective on a story I've heard before.

BrendaJanuary 29, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that Scot has been hospitalized for Covid-19. We will pray mightily for a speedy recovery. We are grateful for your Come Follow Me Podcasts. Thank you for the constant inspiration you give us.

LoRie ThomsenJanuary 29, 2021

Thank you Maurine & Mariah for getting this podcast to us in spite of the love and concern you have for your Scot. I hope his recovery is quick and complete. Thank you for your time and effort to help all of us

DCJanuary 29, 2021

I thought I was the only one who didn't like the article! After reading all the comments, I am glad to have company!

Robyn GeantilJanuary 29, 2021

Many years ago we had a relative managing an apartment complex for us in Arizona. We always had the tape from the ten key (ancient adding machine) attached to the list of rents in the bank deposit. I discovered one rent which was listed but not added into the total (you could put it with a # next to it). That rent had not been added in for several months. When we confronted the relative she promptly moved out. The next day the tenants of that apartment were arrested for running drugs through the apartment.

Laurie PollardJanuary 29, 2021

Excellent response!!!

CharlieBrown2292January 29, 2021

For a variety of reasons I married someone out of the faith, but who was committed to invetigating the gospel with me and for raising our children as Latter-Day Saints. But when one my sons engaged into a pre-marital relationship with his girlfriend,at 18 she was adamant that his behavior was acceptable and that I should go along with it, including allowing her to stay overnight with him, which I refused. This happened 24 years after we were married, and it came as a surprise to me that all she had learned about the gospel and its blessings did not necessarily change her views about premarital beware, because as much as people may be nice and good-willing, change over time is never guaranteed!

Bob PowelsonJanuary 29, 2021

The young lady who is worried about the attitude of her boyfriend on LGBT people related that the boyfriend did not think such people were "normal". She then added that his idea on raising their potential children in a hardline way to believe the same. I have a similar view to the boyfriend. Such people are not normal, that is a simple fact. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are all about moral and good and evil. That does not mean we persecute them but it does not mean that we accept conduct as normal. As evidence of that is the divine creation of God's people. Put very simply; "male and female, created he them". The boyfriend's desire to teach and "insulate" your future children from that conduct is a good thing.

Boyfriend sounds afraidJanuary 29, 2021

Great advice. The boyfriend also sounds scared. Some men seem to have a deep-seated fear about gays and try desperately to find ways to make sure nothing like this happens in their families, believing it's caused somehow. If you "fight" enough, it stays away. How does he treat his girlfriend's sister? That would be telling.

vickieJanuary 29, 2021

sometimes in doing our missionary duties i think we work at trying to attract people to the church by trying to appear every day and regular. we are not every day nor regular. We believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in that realm it makes us different. i believe we need to attract people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.....and if their soul is ready and aided by the Holy Spirit ...they will go that way....and then they will be different.

KenJanuary 29, 2021

This one I have some disagreements with. I too believe Trans or Gay is not normal. Neither of these can reproduce and continuation of the species is normal. If he's young, life experiences can change him. The same goes for her. Why does she believe he is deficient and that she is not? If he has rough edges (as we all do), he will have experiences to polish those edges. Agreed, how he reacts to others matters, but opinions can be held while treating others kindly.

Lincoln!January 28, 2021

This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you!

CarolJanuary 28, 2021

I was disappointed in the article by Coppins. I thought it had "attitude," and not in a positive way. I thought Coppins was trying to pander to journalist colleagues and an elitist audience.

Kathy WilsonJanuary 28, 2021

Coppins’ article left me uncomfortable and your response articulated the reasons why. Thank you!

RalphJanuary 28, 2021

Don't feel bad Penny O. Meridian never publish my comments. Maybe one has to pay money to them to have their comments published. Oh well, That is their loss.

Sasha KwapinskiJanuary 28, 2021

If the main purpose or intent of our faith is to accommodate ourselves to the socio-cultural trends of the day, then I would suggest that there are several "mainline" denominations which have already been following that route. Interestingly, these are the same denominations which have been declining, not only in percentages, but in actual numbers ranging up into the millions, since the mid-1960's. Could this be an example of the salt losing its savor, or the trumpet giving an uncertain sound?

Gail J FoutzJanuary 28, 2021

Herm Olsen, Scot is in the hospital with Covid. I'm impressed that this Podcast has happened at all. I hope you received more "light" from it than your comment would suggest.

VickiJanuary 28, 2021

Thanks for another great article. I always look forward to reading what you have written.

Allen AJanuary 28, 2021

Like others who have commented, I was struck by the lack of introspection that lead Coppins to assume that the Church of Jesus Christ is somehow an "American" church. The Church is lead by Jesus, through His prophets. It really has no nationality. Most Catholics don't regard their faith as an Italian church, so why would the author of the Atlantic article say that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints must be "American" and strive to be accepted under American social and political norms?

TeresaJanuary 28, 2021

To be honest, I didn't know what to think about it, but the further I read the more I didn't feel good about it. Like mentioned above, whether Coppin really believes these things or was just writing for his audience, he missed the mark for me. Thanks Elder Eyre for pointing these things out.

ScottHJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you for your extensive and thoughtful review of the Coppins article. While I share many of your concerns, I believe it is important to consider where it was published (who paid for it) and its target audience. The typical reader of The Atlantic would likely fail to identify with many of the implied suggestions for improvement. While The Atlantic gave Brother Coppins a free hand, I suspect managers would have required many changes had the article been written as many faithful Latter-day Saints would like. And while the article focuses on "lesser" matters, more than a handful of faithful saints have at least found these issues worth contemplating. Perhaps those who are most displeased with the article are setting the bar too high for an arguably Left leaning national publication. Frankly, we should probably be grateful the article was much better than a great deal of stuff written about the Church.

Juli BoydJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you. This was perfect for today.

Barbara MattatallJanuary 28, 2021

I did NOT care for his first article. I found it offensive. I thought it would be something good in promoting the image of the Church but as I read, I felt so many negative vibes I had to stop reading it.

Cyndi H.January 28, 2021

Thank you for this response to his article. That was my feeling as I read his article, that he was trying to figure out how the Church fit into the world and that our goal was to assimilate and be accepted. I felt exactly as you, as that has never been the goal of our Church. Our goal is to follow Christ and do what He would have us do. Now, do we want to be good neighbors? Yes. Do we recognize and offer humanitarian aid around the world to help our brother and sisters? Yes. Do we support loving others the way that Christ loves us? Yes. And the best way we can love others is to help them come to Christ and feel His love by being an example and helping them find their path to His restored Church.

Jan NielsenJanuary 28, 2021

After reading Mr. Copplin's article I also came a way with the same feelings your expressed in your article.

Elaine LaytonJanuary 28, 2021

Very good information.

R C CopelandJanuary 28, 2021

Nailed it, Richard! Nailed it! All except the gurp about Mutt Romney....

Gary LawrenceJanuary 28, 2021

Very good insights, Rick. Thank you.

Penny OJanuary 28, 2021

I wonder why my comment was not published. Narcissism is much different than Pride. Once you have been targeted by a Narrsisst, then you know the difference. It is not just about promoting themselves. It is about controlling others. They talk about you to everyone, to destroy your character. I learned about this from 'Surviving Narcissism'. Look it up. It saved me after being targeted by a Narrsisst. One of the hardest trials of my life.

David MJanuary 28, 2021

"It is always dangerous, and by definition judgmental, to make assumptions about motives—." Are you talking about Coppins, or your commentary? But thank you for raising an interesting point for discussion. While your assessment of what drives the Church is ideally correct, we can't deny that most of us individually long to be accepted by friends, neighbors and society, and that drives some behaviors (such as Pres. Hinckley's Mike Wallace interviews, or us happily inviting neighbors to the ward halloween party, but avoiding inviting them to sacrament meeting or to meet with the missionaries). There's nothing wrong with that. It's ok if what motivates our public behaviors is less aggressive than what drives our private worship (you know, milk before meat). I think what Coppins described is what many non-LDS Americans would perceive (if they care). I'm not offended by that because I believe that my closest non-LDS friends over the years would judge my behaviors to be driven by my desire to follow the Savior. I think that's what matters most to me and to them. 'All politics are local.'

BrianJanuary 28, 2021

Rather than presenting us with a thoughtful, reflective, and honest commentary of McKay’s piece, the author has given us knee-jerk reactions that were obviously taken from a critical reading of the article. It seems plans were laid out to argue against each point rather than reading and reflecting. For me, credibility was lost in the first point against the author when referencing our prophet’s message on gratitude, which were given to us months after the interview occurred on “a gray spring morning”. This article misses the undercurrent of the original that a once rejected population of “peculiar people” now emulates what America has lost and so desperately needs.

MickiJanuary 28, 2021

We all have adversity in life and I really appreciate the perspective change this has caused me to think about - thank you so much for this uplifting article.

ShannonJanuary 28, 2021

I so needed this exact message today. Thank you for this reminder and the things you shared. I ALWAYS love and appreciate your articles.

Herm OlsenJanuary 28, 2021

Why do you perpetuate false impressions by using that painting of Joseph and Oliver in translation? That doesn’t depict the reality, and you shouldn’t imply false information.

Dick HerrinJanuary 28, 2021

Sadly true. Coppins had the opportunity to say important things and share insights about the church and the gospel, but he missed it. His perspective that the Church seeks to be a part of the mainstream can only become more perilous as that mainstream moves further away from the values and principles that are heart of the gospel that members work hard to live each day. That gap will widen and we simply can’t go there with him or anyone else.

MaryJanuary 28, 2021

When did Jesus focus on the perfect family? If He were to come and walk on earth today as he did 2000 years ago, I see him comforting the outliers. Those who feel alienated in the church because they don't fit that perfect family mold. I see him comforting the homosexuals and the transgenders and the single and divorced because the church makes them feel less than due to their fixation on the idea of the perfect family. You resent the author's accusations of the church's motives and then you accuse the author of less than honorable motives, instead of just disagreeing with his conclusions.

Duane BoyceJanuary 28, 2021

This perfectly captures at least part of my reaction to the article. Very well said and very much appreciated.

MaureenJanuary 28, 2021

Well stated, Bro. Eyre, and I might add an observance of mine after 73 years of membership in both the LDS Church and American society:. I've watched with gleeful surprise as entertainment swung noticeably in the direction of family values following, not preceding, LDS public statements and positions. Likewise, the trend toward use of "gosh" rather than its previous common sacrilegious exclamation. Who is following whom when spirits and conscience kick in? We must never lose sight of our real goals and stick firmly by the Savior's standards.

steven gaisfordJanuary 28, 2021

I appreciate your take on Brother Coppin's article. I was raised in the church and taught to strive to be like the Savior, not to strive to fit in. We are taught to be in the world but not of the world.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you. I needed a laugh. Plus your great stories motivate me to search out my own scoundrels.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 28, 2021

I have to conclude that it is Coppins who is auditioning—for full acceptance into his secular brand of modern journalism I felt the same way. I did not find the article edifying or uplifting and perhaps that was because it felt self serving. He had the audience and the opportunity. It could have been so much more.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 28, 2021

Beautiful article . Hindsight is a wonderful teacher of how God has used every trial to stretch me and use me to bless others and therefore myself. And his timing is impeccable. But what happens when you get tired of constantly being challenged? When you’re just plain tired? When you just want to curl up in a ball and say “No more.”

Candy HuntJanuary 28, 2021

Well said. I was not impressed with the article, having read it before all the commentaries came out. In addition to your accurate perspective, I thought it was meandering and that it trivialized sacred things.

SarahJanuary 28, 2021

Thanks for sharing...I agree completely.

PennieJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you. That was my gut reaction as well. I was somewhat appalled that he made himself a voice for the Church. He is really out in left field

Linda HardyJanuary 28, 2021

This reminds me of an experience from twenty years ago. My daughter was taking an American History class in college, where the students had to write a weekly short essay. one week my daughter wrote about the reasons the Latter-day Saints left Nauvoo and crossed the plains. Her teacher said that she was wrong about the reasons. Religious persecution was not a valid reason. Apparently, all history has been about economic reasons. I guess we all have blind spots and tunnel vision about something.

KCJanuary 28, 2021

As a member of a stake Communications Committee, formerly public affairs, we are such a small part of the function of the church. However, the Church was tasked early on by the Lord to reach out to those in positions of influence as well as befriend those of all stations. Fulfilling our duty as a church to take care of the needy, spread the gospel, safeguard our families and freedoms, etc requires a massive effort to partner with individuals and organizations, governments and businesses. This happens on individual, family auxiliary/quorum, ward, stake, regional, and church wide levels. Every one of us makes inroads and impressions. We’re not going to make many friends by trying to “look hip” as they used to say, or even just “fit in”. We must “reflect righteousness and articulateness” and be “seen as distinct and different [from]the world. “ Our goodness and reflection of Christ draws people and comes from the same Spirit, but how each of us acts and who we reach is unique. Collectively that may have looked Rockwellian in contrast to the world, but we shouldn’t allow stereotypes, or labels—even “Mormon”. We are a peculiar people because we are His.

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Patricia (Floyd ESM) SchellJanuary 28, 2021

Good job Elder Eyre. I hope his article wasn't "editorialized" by someone making it fit the magazine. I'm hoping we can stop being concerned by how we look and BE who we are.

LoraJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you! The many good points of that article melted away as I considered the underlying misinformation. I don't know if Coppin truly believes these things or was just 'writing for his audience', but his work was terribly misleading. I'm glad you have taken the time to point these issues out. Our modern media will require greater and more careful discernment for processing it as we move forward in this dispensation.

KathleenJanuary 28, 2021

The continuous question - Why do bad things happen to good people? Answer - because they do. Amazing things come out of adversity. Thanks for the reminder.

Craig BounousJanuary 27, 2021

Thank you for writing this article. I have had many of the same struggles and, in a round-about way, came to the same conclusions you did about them. It was meaningful to me to see that I was not alone in those conclusions. I used many parts of your article as inspiration for a talk I gave in sacrament meeting last Sunday on Finding Joy in Christ. Thanks again

JaNae NaumannJanuary 27, 2021

Thank you Brother Goddard. I always enjoy reading your articles.

LisaJanuary 27, 2021

Reading this article was like receiving some life-giving water after the thoughts and feelings that arose in my mind from the Atlantic article. I felt it was a shallow perspective, even though good and honest intent was evident. I couldn't put my finger on what was lacking. It was - as pointed out by Hancock - the larger perspective of a prophet of God, and that it is Him we want to please and serve. It is the WHY. The words of President Nelson were there to contemplate - thank you for pointing that out! I purposely waited to see what some of the comments to this article would be, and am so heartened by the thoughtful ways members of the church (represented by these few) consider the words of others and express their thoughts compassionately. Thank you to all who responded! It is validating to know my thinking is in line with people of faith.

Gary BikmanJanuary 27, 2021

Thanks. Love this, as I do all your essays. I'm trying to share memories in similar ways.

CarolineJanuary 27, 2021

Wonderful article. We as a people do shy away from vocalizing scriptures such as “washed in the blood of the Lamb” and yet, it’s very clear in the Sacrament prayers, and in the Temple , that remembering Him includes remembering the blood that He shed on the cross. The official image for everything the Church publishes is the image of the Living Christ with His holy wounds very much in evidence.

Tammy MartinJanuary 27, 2021

We are loving Audiobiography books for this ❤️ we get to hear the stories anytime we want to and are able to share them so family and friends can get a first account telling from the voice of our loved ones

DanielaJanuary 26, 2021

Thanks for this excellent article and for being able to eloquently give voice to my thoughts on the article by McKay Coppins.When I first read it I felt like it started well but then the author took a definite detour. The point is that when we try to rationalize the church and our faith the result often sounds grotesque, the spirit leaves and the outcome is almost a caricature of the initial portrait. Thanks for putting things into the right perspective.

Charlie ChanJanuary 26, 2021

I am a member from Singapore. I don't understand why the restored Church must always be viewed from an American lens? In God's divine scheme of things, I am not sure if He has intended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be an American church.

Irene BlackJanuary 26, 2021

Maureen you were inspired to write this insightful article. There are so much treasure in the Book of Mormon. many lessons for us today. Thank you! Love Meridian. Magazine.

Joel MarksJanuary 26, 2021

The Second coming will surely come but only AFTER the confligrations previous. 2Nephi 25-29 and Daniel 7-12 plus much else must take place first.

CAJanuary 26, 2021

The 1776 Project was created to tell the authentic story of the history of our country as opposed to the fabricated and distorted version of the 1619 project promoted by The New York Times and the Left. We need to be able to speak out now about any misinformation about our great country which would be put in the history books for our children in school. I strongly supported the 1776 Project and still do! It was wiped out by a recent "presidential" regulation. Our nation is now seriously at risk!

Jenine SnarrJanuary 26, 2021

This is probably my favorite of all of your articles! Thank you for your valuable insights. We all need to remember to choose moral leaders because when we don't God will no longer protect us.

ChrisJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you. While I was generally pleased with the fairly uncritical reporting in Brother Coppin's article, I appreciate your thoughtful analysis ! I, too was struck with how little there was of President Nelson and how much there was of the author and others - especially since it was "billed" as an interview with the Prophet. I, myself, am, guilty (from time-to-time) of being pleased when we are "liked" by contemporary society, but I don't believe that desire is the driving force in my view of myself, or the Doctrines of the Gospel. The journalist seemed to imply that mindset throughout his article. The Mormon he described, wasn't the Mormon I know. Most of us are too busy trying to be like Jesus, to be bothered by what the world thinks of us.

Cynthia NielsenJanuary 26, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Scot! He is in our prayers!

Melanie SteinJanuary 26, 2021

Very thoughtful commentary. Thank you for taking the time to think and write deeply, not superficially, about the article in The Atlantic. The Atlantic article was a "feel good" article, but as Bro. Hancock helped me see, we should consider our religion more deeply--how it fits in God's grand design, not how it fits in the design of social progressivism. I could go on, but Bro. Hancock says it far better than I.

Lynn BennionJanuary 26, 2021

This was a great insight into the Atlantic article. I so appreciate the way I was pointed toward Pres. Nelson's view that The Lord's Church has a purpose - and being popular, accepted in a modern, messed-up America or the World, for that matter, isn't it.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 26, 2021

Having read Coppins article I believe Mr. Hancock has done a masterful job of reviewing honestly and truthfully what was written. Thank you, I would encourage you, Mr. Hancock , to use as open and analytical an eye to really evaluate what happened on January 6th. It has not been honestly and truthfully portrayed.

Marsha NewmanJanuary 26, 2021

I believe our church leaders are refraining from political issues because they do not want to give our enemies ANY reason to close down our temples or meeting places. We have no idea the thin line the church is walking in order to “fly under the radar.” God gave us all the information we need years ago when our President Benson warned us that the enemies of democracy were already infiltrating our government. He was scorned by many members of the church. Hang on tight - bumpy roads ahead! Don’t lose faith in our leaders.

Mike SheehanJanuary 26, 2021

I wholeheartedly agree with the proposition that Coppins' article is was undertaken from a politically progressive mindset. There seemed to be more focus on the needs of "natural man" vs. a person's spiritual and eternal needs.

Linda HardyJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you! I read the article at the time and came away confused by what I saw as “snark”. It almost felt like the writer was slyly mocking the church. Sometimes we need to control our sense of humor. (I share that problem.). At the same time, really explaining our thoughts clearly can be HARD! I appreciate your helping me better understand why the article bothered me, and why I should be less critical of the author.

Shelley StevensJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you so much for this wonderful podcast! I really needed to hear all that you shared. So many times I have felt like President Dalton's missionaries! I am trying hard to recognize and understand when I receive personal revelation. I received a lot of clarity in your podcast and even had a couple of "Bing" moments! Thank you! Prayers for a speedy recovery for Scot!

TammyJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you for publishing this article. I came away from reading Coppins article very unsatisfied and feeling that our entire faith had been reduced to nothing but a quest for popularity. I do not feel that he represented my feelings and beliefs in his article and wished for a more genuine review of the “Marvelous Work and Wonder” that this gospel is.

Alexander LarkinJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you, Lincoln! Your beautiful talk and testimony lifted me this morning and I am sure your words will help many others who have, and many continue to struggle. Alex

AnnaJanuary 26, 2021

Thanks for such an excellent article, for which I have been hoping since Coppins' article appeared. Framing the majesty of divine work in human and sociological terms may be good journalism, but leaves one spiritually thirsty.

BenJanuary 26, 2021

This is absolutely fascinating. I’m sorry I’m just reading this now.

FrankJanuary 25, 2021

As long as two good, active members of the Church can feel that they are inspired to vote for two different parties and political philosophies, where is the unity? We get little advise on the matter from our leaders, due in part to the tax setup that is designed to reduce religious leaders from speaking out on politics, not to mention that in a world-wide church advice that is good in one country may be illegal in another. Nontheless, I miss Pres. MacKay's, Smith's and Benson's outspoken clear speaking.

Maryellen JenningsJanuary 25, 2021

I will use my free agency to refuse the vaccine. Since the fatality rate of the virus is just 0.26%., while the adverse effects are 2.79%. In 1948 the United States signed the Nuremberg Code where we are given informed consent. This means they cannot force something that is still an experimental vaccine.

Lani LarkinJanuary 25, 2021

PRIDE - destroys societies! 'PRIDE GOES BEFORE THE FALL'. But most of all (to me) destroys the individual. I try to wrap my head around Narcissism and the damage to the individual and to society. Seems they are closely related like the article educates about pride vs narcissism but certainly much more intrusive to relationships - therefore society? Seems as I watch leaders among us we have a lot of Narcissists in control.

Ronald BarnesJanuary 25, 2021

Their numbers are few, compared to the whole, but many Jews have accepted Jesus as their Messiah. Some of them have joined the church. Still, it appears to me, that most of them will not accept him until he returns.

ShaunaJanuary 25, 2021

thank you--wonderful comforting words, with a great perspective from my great, great grandfather:) We must put our lives in order and realize that God is ultimately in charge

SueJanuary 25, 2021

If you were the adversary, and you wanted to stop the rescue on earth and in heaven, what would you do? Isn't it interesting how the pandemic scare has led to Temple closures, masking, social distancing and fear? If there is any place on earth where faith and deliverance are manifest, it is in the Temples of God. Are we lacking in sufficient faith to defy the arm of flesh (the government) and flock to the Temples to engage in the work of salvation and deliverance for our ancestors? Are we lacking in sufficient faith to trust that God has the power to cleanse His House from any pathogen and make it a safe place for His children to come and participate in His work? Thanks for a very thought provoking article.

Wayne R.January 24, 2021

In additional to food storage, we have been counseled repeatedly to get out of debt and stay that way. If you lose your job, how long before you lose your car? We are near an economic peak and the bubble could burst at any time in the next year or two.

carolynJanuary 24, 2021

Thank goodness there is a better plan now. Those would sustain life but not very happily. We have much better methods of preserving food now to last much longer and our knowledge of nutrition is also much improved. Much more fun to have a supply with variety. On the TotallyReady facebook page we began the year with a program to post a food to store each week and the first week was dessert! A not so appealing meal is made so much better when you know dessert is coming!

John ChaseJanuary 24, 2021

The fate of the nation has already been sealed and the Lord knows the outcome. What we are called to do and should do is assist or be the angels in gathering the wheat from the tares. I do not like the decline of the moral fabric of our nation, which I fought for. However, I realize that the treasure laid up in Heaven is the work we do for the Lord. While Mormon and his son, Moroni, saw the decline of the Nephite nation they looked for souls to save from a field nearly overrun with tares.

Mike GriffithJanuary 24, 2021

You can put a parental control program on his phone that will keep record of any website he accesses on his phone. Some such programs will also block inappropriate content, based on the settings you choose. The worst mistake I've seen some parents make is to refrain from using anti-porn software for fear of "offending" their kids and for fear of "making them feel like we don't trust them." Trust has nothing to do with it. You are protecting them from a deadly poison.

Frankie LimJanuary 24, 2021

I really love this article. It has increased and strengthened my faith and will treasure it for life. Thank you so much.

LyndaJanuary 23, 2021

There is an amazing group of parents and professionals that are a blessing and a resource (personal experience with one of my boys brought me to them theuna referral from our Bishop to an LDS therapist). Check out Sons Of Helamon. They support parents and youth.

StefanieJanuary 23, 2021

To Janine Snarr- as the 2nd coming draws nigh, you will see a sifting take place. Those members that want to “ leave the church” will find any excuse. It’s depressing the wheat & the tares.

Debra WoodsJanuary 23, 2021

Loved this article and LOVED the book, by the author, that it came from. I highly recommend it!

Ken ButlerJanuary 22, 2021

The pendulum of thought swings right then left. Rarely does it stop in the middle. But we should work to see that it does. It helps to ask about policies or proposals this question. Is this ok, or is it discrimination in reverse?

TamJanuary 22, 2021

I disagree with Pam. The video is not demeaning and accusatory. It simply states facts about what the Illinois school curriculum is and what it seeks to achieve. What is demeaning is the assumption that everyone who is white is racist. It is demeaning to be judged by someone to be racist because of my skin color. The fact that this type of indoctrination is acceptable in the most racially fair country on earth is demeaning. I do not accept the idea that I have held racist attitudes. I have always tried to live the gospel of Jesus Christ wherein I treat people with respect and kindness no matter what their skin color. If I have fallen short it is not intentionally. I will continue to do my best to live as Jesus Christ taught. The school curriculum described in this video does not allow people to do this.

Joyce TerryJanuary 22, 2021

We were advised in the 60's to put away wheat, honey, powdered milk, salt, rice, corn. We had a ton of wheat put away. We were to have a two year supply so we would share with others.

Diane IrwinJanuary 22, 2021


PamJanuary 22, 2021

Thank you! I agree with Alece. Fearing for his life and on such an important errand from the Lord, he would definitely have the strength to do such a feat.

Jenine SnarrJanuary 22, 2021

I was hoping for an article that could really help with the political contention happening within LDS wards that is causing people to stop attending meetings. I would also like you address the issue some people have about the Prophet advising us to wear masks. Some people are leaving the church over it. In my eye, that's a medical issue which our prophet is very competent to advise on. He's just wanting us to stay healthy.

GordonJanuary 22, 2021

Emily,I loved the article. I understand so much about you and appreciate you even more. Continue the work.

Ronald BarnesJanuary 22, 2021

Another interesting fact: During Passover, the Jews set aside a cup of wine for Elijah. They expect him to arrive during Passover in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. It was on the 2nd day of Passover in 1836 that Elijah appeared to Joseph and Oliver in the Kirtland Temple.

Elaine LitsterJanuary 22, 2021

What a marvelous researched article. For seven years I taught at a private school associated with Church of the Living Word. (a relatively new Christian Church) They celebrated Biblical festivals and I vividly recall the day long activities wherein the children were divided into tribes for the Feast of the Tabernacles and spent their day in their family tent. I look forward to sharing this article with them!

AngieJanuary 22, 2021

Thank you for putting this down in writing, powerful ideologies that need to be made aware. Also enjoyed the comment by ‘Shauna’- spoken like someone with first hand experience.

Gary LawrenceJanuary 21, 2021

Were Alma and Amulek evil for pointing out the pride of the followers of Nehor?

N. AndertonJanuary 21, 2021

I consider myself a fairly educated person, having a politacal science degree from BYU with a 3.9 GPA, an avid reader and a life-long desire to always expanding my learning - and yet I could not understand most of what was said in this article! I am 76 years old, and perhaps I have just not kept up with the changing language of the times? It would help if you could remember the broad background of your audience so the average Latter-day Saint member could relate these important concepts in a manner that we could help! I do believe we need to all we can to teach our children at home as much as possible - it was newrly impossible when my children were growing up and often illegal unless you had a teaching certificate - but it seems quite common now in some of the wards I have lived in where parents band together so they can contribute their different areas of expertise and the students can have the socialization that was often lacking in the earlier home-schooling period. If you have followed some of the more radical political goals of the newly-elected administration, they propose it being illegal to have private schools or for any chile to not attend their public schools, and their curriculum will include de-programming. It will be more important than ever to know what the children are being taught in school and to counteract by whatever means feasible outside of a possibly forced school setting. And pray a lot for the Lord's assistance!

Joanne S KappJanuary 21, 2021

Loved this article. Especially related to the Primary/RS - RS/Primary experience. As I look back on my life, I realize more and more the richness added to my life through the association with my fellow ward members. A treasure to me.

ShaunaJanuary 21, 2021

Thanks for the heads up. I grew up in Illinois and am currently living in Utah, where some of these same issues are surfacing in my school District and I'm alarmed to say the least. I studied these theories as a Ph. D candidate in the late 90'--they are ideas and philosophies--theories, full of academic speak. But to see that they are now becoming public policy has been surreal to me. Make no mistake about it-- this is a zero sum game narrative, complete with "villains, " and "heroes," There is no attempt for reconciliation or harmony. Influenced by Marxist theory, there is the Bourgeoisie or the ruling class and the Proletartiat or the working class--the aim is simply inverting those 2 groups. Feminist, racial and gay studies and theory also each have a 'winner' and a loser: women over men, black or color over white, homosexual over heterosexual and eventually the complete dismantling of gender, positing that all of these categories are "socially" constructed. It is a lie that these are attempts to promote "equality" or "equity" in our society--the narrative is based on a power struggle framework and seeks to take power from one group and give it to another. We desperately need alternate ways of thinking to this dogma. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am seeking ideas that promote "unity amid diversity." --not diversity over unity

John SowaJanuary 21, 2021

I appreciated how you cited President Nelson saying that one could grow into the principle of revelation (Jan 2021 Liahona). As I understand it, this comes from the following Joseph Smith quote. “A person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; (i.e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus.”

Elaine LaytonJanuary 21, 2021

I am old and I do not remember the prophet who said this, however I remember it very clearly. He said: The day will come when it will be necessary to teach your children at home. This is not an actual quote but how I remember it. I don't believe this was meaning the time of COVID 19. I did at one time teach one of my children from home for a few years. I ordered what I felt like were good books and taught from them. It was a positive experience for both me and the child.

JeanneJanuary 21, 2021

Great article with this summary it is easy to share this hope with other people in this day and time people are actually coming to hear words of hope

Michael RobertsJanuary 21, 2021

A lovely article, but I would add that it is important to keep a sense of balance and proportionality. For example, seeing all of politics strictly through the Book of Mormon can lead to some odd and inappropriate applications of Captain Moroni.

Karell BinghamJanuary 21, 2021

Most importantly: Ordinances. That which offers a ratification of the blessing promised!

A. BinghamJanuary 21, 2021

I enjoyed reading this article. Interestingly, just after reading this, I flipped over to Quillette, a writer's blog site I follow, and this article was just posted. The writer provides an indepth literary analysis of the growing Birthstrike Movement that is sweeping across Europe and among the 20 somethings' here in the US. It is real and is/will transform our society, economically, socially, and politically, at all levels.

SteveJanuary 21, 2021

As an independent with moderate leanings to the right, I am a bit concerned by the force of your arguments. Surely you recognize that bias and racism exist in our society; and that we need to strive towards the constitutional ideal of "all men are created equal." Obviously we are not there yet in "racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, Eurocentrism.” While I do not advocate dire mechanisms to get there, I firmly believe that, as God's children, we desire to improve in these areas. We should be involved in offering alternatives that lead us in the right direction without being radical. I don't know how to make progress on systemic racism without some work toward addressing: "The new Illinois standards also mandate that teachers embrace ideas like 'systemic racism'.” Please offer ideas on what we can do effectively without becoming radical on either side. Thanks.

Colleen FreebornJanuary 21, 2021

Absolutely loved your article. The Blessings are real. I just wish all Wards did as much as others.

Candace NielsenJanuary 21, 2021

As always, Lynne, wonderful ideas, beautifully expressed.

Jane doeJanuary 21, 2021

Please write an article about how singles have learned to deal with life without "the church ".... it doesn't mean singles don't have a testimony or they don't live their Savior or they don't keep covenants but the reality is there are No callings ( especially for elderly single women) ministering is done over the phone,getting priesthood blessings is done over the phone, studying come follow me is done alone( maybe over the phone if someone let's you in on zoom) singles don't feel a need for church other than getting the sacrament .... could you get a different perspective on how one does or doesn't need the church?

Harold StuartJanuary 21, 2021

This article is a somber reminder to not believe everything you read, especially when it comes from anti-mormon literature. There is too much at stake.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

Perhaps one of the greatest evils of pride is labeling OTHERS as prideful. Worse yet is pointing it out in our conversations. Regardless of what we see or hear, the reading of another's heart should be left to the Lord. I like SPW's comment: "Let us always look at ourselves first before pointing fingers elsewhere." I would add to that--if we really feel the need to shine a spotlight on pride, let's use examples of our OWN pride, rather than someone else's. The only pride we need concern ourselves with is the pride in our own hearts.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

I was a little reluctant to return to our Sacrament Meetings at church because I had been enjoying the wonderful spirit of our home worship meetings so much. I was also frustrated because the speakers wear masks, even though there is a plexi barrier around the pulpit. Because I have a hearing loss, this makes it impossible to hear very much at all. However, I have found that it is such a blessing just to be WITH THE SAINTS! I am also able to enjoy the music and the renewing of my Sacrament covenants. I love pondering the words of our hymns. I am so grateful to be part of a congregation who love the Lord and want to follow Him. I continuously find that joining with the Saints every Sunday and covenanting with the Savior is a great strength to my soul.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

Even though I know it isn't possible, my heart always yearns for a different ending every time I read the Book of Mormon. It hurts when I read of a people who had been given so many choice blessings, and yet they fell into such deep sin and eventual self-destruction. As we witness many today who are turning away from God's laws, I am seeing a spiritual numbness taking place. True followers of Jesus Christ need to be a shining, positive influence more now than ever. Those who are seeking the light will be drawn to what we have when we live the gospel and reach out in love and kindness. Our light will shine even brighter in contrast to a darkening world. I am so grateful for the counsel of our Prophets and Apostles, and also the assurances we have that the Church will stand, and there will be a righteous people prepared to receive the Savior when he comes again. Consistently reading the Book of Mormon is essential to help us press forward in fulfilling the great responsibilities the Lord has given o us to prepare ourselves and those around us for this great event.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

I just recently read a scripture about judging that touched my heart so much. It is D&C 82:23 "Leave judgement alone with me, for it is mine...Peace be with you; my blessings continue with you." This verse makes it so clear that our Savior wants us to have the peace that comes when we are kind and withhold judgement. He doesn't want us to experience the heaviness that comes with judging another. He is taking care of a righteous judgement, and He has relieved us of carrying that burden! What a gift and blessing! I completely agree with you, Joni, about the energy that comes from kindness. When I do something kind, even if it's just a phone call, I feel spiritually lifted and energized.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

I will be 70 this year and have struggled with fear about being immunized with the COVID vaccine. This article really helps me have the courage to go ahead with it. Thank you so much for this message from President Nelson!

Brent BartonJanuary 20, 2021

Maureen, what a wonderful and inspired article! Your message as well as the summary are spot on for us today and especially for me. I also followed your link and enjoyed listening to the entire talk from Neal A Maxwell which was truly prophetic and timely even back in 1978 but really for us today. His remarks in the same talk on foreordination were also important words for us all to hear and remember especially today. Thank you!

SPWJanuary 20, 2021

Pride can show up in many ways and affects all of us. Let us always look at ourselves first before pointing fingers elsewhere.

Angela MannJanuary 20, 2021

Your words speak to my soul! This article and the one you wrote for Independence Day, have reached inside of me and shaken me. Your website has been instrumental in helping me to focus through that scriptural lens spoken of, to Follow the Savior and to commit to building a Zion society, starting in my own home.

Laurie SomesJanuary 20, 2021

I want to be as smart and as inspired as you when I grow up.

JoJanuary 20, 2021

Judge not for ye shall be judged

Sue PrueJanuary 20, 2021

Thank you McKay for the wonderful reminder of the truthfulness of the Restoration and what a blessing it is to be the recipients through so much sacrifice.

Elder OJanuary 20, 2021

This great man was my mission president in the California San Jose Mission. I was not aware that he had these issues. He was always so upbeat and positive and encouraging to us Senior Missionaries. He was so much of an influence on the young missionaries as well. I am grateful for the fact that through all his troubles, he was a driving force in that mission and did so much for everyone he touched. I am blessed to know him and his awesome wife.

Lois MiddletonJanuary 20, 2021

Thank you for sharing these important truth, Sister Maurine!! It is so sad to me to see what is happening in our country. Thank Heavens for the Missionaries and for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!!

Karla MenhennetJanuary 20, 2021

This hits the truth 100%. I had not been focused on the right things, so now, I am off of social media and most news. I realized that this world is temporary and what is truly important to me is Eternal. So grateful for the Gospel, that steers my life. Blessings!

CMJanuary 20, 2021

Love this article. I can relate- I had awful anxiety for the better part of 15 years. I was never really medicated but as a way to control the anxiety I would not allow myself to feel much of anything. I used physical tension, situation avoidance and many distractions as a way to avoid feeling any emotion that was intense. This led to even more anxiety and more efforts to block it. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing- and also unfortunately, if you don’t allow yourself to feel emotions, it’s much harder to feel the Spirit. Fortunately, the Spirit was able to break thru my haze a few times to help me understand that “my problem was not anxiety...I was afraid to feel.” In hindsight, I know that my crazy struggle with anxiety was all part of some hands on experience for some much needed lessons. Feelings are important. Our thoughts create our feelings (subconscious thoughts included) and knowing exactly what is going on in our minds is vitally important. Many of us are carrying around literal emotional baggage in the form of unprocessed emotions, false beliefs and negative thinking patterns that are affecting us in ways we aren’t even aware of. Uncovering this stuff is incredibly freeing and it has solidified my belief that God is fully aware of us and loves us so much. Though we can’t see the full picture, these painful experiences are ultimately for our good. Don’t give up!

Karell BinghamJanuary 20, 2021

Also, by Sommerset Maughan If a nation values anything more than freedom, he will lose his freedom. And the irony of the matter is, if it o is wealth that it values more, it will lose them too!

Excellent article with profound truths.January 20, 2021

Excellent article with profound truths.

KarenJanuary 20, 2021

I found your statement "People who experience depression and anxiety have a hard time feeling the Spirit" to be an answer to me in how to understand myself better and my inactive daughter. I now have an idea of how to approach her! Thank you!!

Deanna SasserJanuary 20, 2021

Thank you so much for your insight and thoughtful wisdom. We don’t know what to pray for anymore—just blessings that our freedom will be preserved!!

Diane MortensenJanuary 20, 2021

Maureen, what a great article! We are fighting for righteous principles. When, we, as a nation no longer support God and his laws. When we fail to elect those who value God's laws. When we divide ourselves and teach hatred of any kind. When we are religiously intolerant. When we silence voices who disagree with us. That pretty much sums up a nation ready for destruction.

Ruth JamiesonJanuary 20, 2021

So true! Wonderful words.

James ScottJanuary 20, 2021

First response: exasperation! Then I thot, she could have had a wonderful wry response about how well he acted but that she had failed in her communication and also that the exhausted but accomplished ice ballet dancer obeyed his sweetheart so well.

RobertJanuary 20, 2021

I call it "Boasting by Posting"

KJBJanuary 20, 2021

You've described Trump to a tee. Kudos.

PrestonJanuary 20, 2021

This is such a great reminder full of Book of Mormon examples. How blessed we are to know/remember these things! Neal A Maxwell has some prophetic insight speaking back in 1978. Wow, he describes our day in which we live 40 years previously. There is no doubt in my mind of the truthfulness of the Lords Prophets and Apostles. This article was really well written.

CarolineJanuary 20, 2021

Thank you for this article. It speaks so much to my life too. I call the past experiences I have had where I have KNOWN God was with me and heard my prayers my Ebenezars and remember during times of darkness to "raise my Ebenezers." My best to you in the future!


Dear Anne, Oh how comforting this reading was to me! May the Lord bless you for relating such stories. Those are troubled times and it helps so much being able to "see beyond the veil". May you be greatly blessed for your stories.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 20, 2021

You nailed it. I am amazed at good Latter-day Saints who will not liken scriptures unto our day. We must awaken to our awful situation because the Book of Mormon gives us the blueprint for our future if we do not see things as they truly are. Thank you for a great resource in helping others to see.,


So true, and one of the most remarkable speeches on the subject was, "Are Ye Stripped of Pride" by Elder Kim B. Clark. Now I wonder what is meant by, "we have seen a recent example". Who are we talking about? Or would this be left to readers to figure? Thanks!

vickieJanuary 19, 2021

I didnt read the entire thing..i didnt have to. i suffered from major depression and anxiety disorder. i didnt take medication for many years until i had a hysterectomy and was put on a tricyclic antidepressant. this antidepressant helped me with sleep and eating. without taking medcine for so long i had to watch myself constantly not to get too anxious or take on too much. when i was put on the medcine low and behold i discovered i had really bad social anxiety ..because it took it away. i was able to do more that i was never able to do go to college at 38yrs old..i actually felt normal and could feel the spirit...the reason i didnt take meds for so long was because i didnt want anything to control me or my feelings. well, it didnt...i actually felt normal...i stayed on. until i was told i dont need to take that ...when i tried to get off i had seizures. i tried several times and each time i had seizures. so now im on seizure meds...that scared me too. now im on the newer drugs ..which helps mainly anxiety disorder. i feel fortunate i am to have something that helps me to feel like myself and to have the spirit with didnt take that away from me...there are some meds that can cause problems and you have to realize that and try another. i did learn that spending time suffering for so long with no help isnt worth it...i also did talk therapy...when its genetic inborn....its different then being depressed over something...i actually dont have a problem with that...i have learned its good to have a good doctor...and the right medication and sometimes talk therapy....and prayer is always at the start guiding one to the correct treatment. im so happy that most of the stigma is going people can get the help they need. I thank the Lord for every moment in my life He has helped me. i am a mother of 5 kids and a husband who was airforce.

HeidiJanuary 19, 2021

I have also had the experience of not being able to feel the spirit while being medicated. I am so glad to know others have had that same experience.... meaning, I'm glad to know I am not the only one. It is true. Medication can help and hinder us. I appreciate your article. I thought I might be going crazy because I couldn't feel the spirit... no one talks about this. I am glad to see this finally addressed!

Shauna StephensonJanuary 19, 2021

We need to be very careful about what we say, making sure our words are correct and truthful. While it has been widely reported that the House has forbidden the use of gender specific terms, such as Mother, Father, Sister, brother, instead using gender neutral terms such as Parent or Sibling, that is not true, even though it comes from a partial nugget of truth. At the beginning of each session of the House, a document of rules is drawn up. It is true that this document uses only gender neutral terms. It applies to THIS DOCUMENT ONLY. It would have no bearing on the continued ability of House members to use gender-specific language in drafting legislation and resolutions, making speeches, or conducting a debate. While it is regrettable that the leadership of the House found this necessary to do, and it may forecast more restrictive rules in the future, let us not be guilty of spreading hysteria and and divisiveness unnecessarily. Let us choose words carefully that convey the truth. The General Handbook of Instructions (38.8.45) titled “ Seeking Information from Reliable Sources” cautions us: “In today’s world, information is easy to access and share. This can be a great blessing for those seeking to be educated and informed. However, many sources of information are unreliable and do not edify. Some sources seek to promote anger, contention, fear, or baseless conspiracy theories (see 3 Nephi 11:30; Mosiah 2:32). Therefore, it is important that Church members be wise as they seek truth. Members of the Church should seek out and share only credible, reliable, and factual sources of information. They should avoid sources that are speculative or founded on rumor. The guidance of the Holy Ghost, along with careful study, can help members discern between truth and error (see Doctrine and Covenants 11:12; 45:57). In matters of doctrine and Church policy, the authoritative sources are the scriptures, the teachings of the living prophets, and the General Handbook.”

PamJanuary 19, 2021

I would suggest anyone who watches this reread President's Oaks conference talk Oct 2020: Just a portion: "In public actions and in our personal attitudes, we have had racism and related grievances... “racism thrives on hatred, oppression, collusion, passivity, indifference and silence.” As citizens and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we must do better to help root out racism." Please notice the words "indifference and silence". As Latter-day Saints, we cannot remain indifferent or silent on this issue - this applies to schools. President Oaks has asked us to "do better" We need to do everything we can to change the climate of racism that exists in our country. If the way they are going about it in your school, then bring influence for good and follow the counsel of President Oaks and President Nelson. They spoke boldy to us about what we need to be doing as members of the church - LOVE and RESPECT for everyone came out clear and strong. We need to model that in our words and actions. This video does not reflect this attitude. Instead of giving suggestions for accomplishing what has been asked of us, it is very accusatory and demeaning.

Lana WellsJanuary 19, 2021

I, thankfully do not suffer from depression, however I do have many acquaintances that do. I find myself so concerned about them and their spiritual well-being, but not able to truly help them. Through your article I now, at least, can more fully understand what they are experiencing and in tiny ways help them to know that although they may not be feeling the Spirit, the Spirits is still abiding with them and ready to help.

Harold RustJanuary 19, 2021

Thank you. As illustrated in this article, recording a special spiritual experience is, indeed, an important source for retaining the spirit. The first time I felt the heavens open in a genuine and sweet way for me, I assumed such an experience would now be fairly common. And yet only one other time in my life have I felt that all-powerful direct connection to the spirit world. I've felt inspired many times, but only twice when I knew it was a distinct window into spiritual communication. I'm glad I wrote those experiences down at the time because I can feel again that influence when reading them later.

JamesJanuary 19, 2021

I suffer from depression too. This article brought to light some of the issues I have had where it felt as though the Spirit had stopped talking to me despite my pleadings for communication. Those were also the most darkest times of my life and it came to the point of either I got stronger medicine (for the worsening depression) or did something drastic like checking out of life. After I had what used to be called a 'nervous breakdown' my Doctor felt like I should switch to a completely different type of medication (used to mainly treat anxiety). Within a few days it felt like the light was turned back on in my life and the depression began to fade. Because of this article I realize, looking back, it was the medication. I am grateful that the Lord heard my plea and inspired my Doctor to know what help I needed to treat the depression, but most of all, to help me hear him once more. It is amazing how I was blocked from hearing him, but had no problem hearing the adversary. Through all of this, even though I was struggling to hear the Lord, I still kept my faith, still went to Church, and still kept my covenants. I went through the motions and although I felt many times that I should just walk away because my testimony was waning, I stayed. God still heard my prayers even though I couldn't hear the answers.

NanJanuary 19, 2021

Scot and Maurine Thank you so much for these podcasts. We love studying with you each week. Your background and experiences have added a rich historical and geographical dimension to the scriptures. We are especially enjoying this new year, where the podcasts have been void of advertisements of products for sale. As much as we have loved the podcasts and your insights into the scriptures, we haven't felt that we could recommend them to our friends and family, for that one reason. If this continues, we will stand on the rooftops and tell everyone. Could those products be advertised on the website instead?

PamJanuary 19, 2021

Thank you for your timely article. As a sufferer of depression and anxiety, it was good to read your comment about the difficulty of feeling the Spirit while on medications for these things. One can sit through a meeting and feel pretty much nothing. It's very discouraging so I was very pleased to read your words! Thank you, thank you. This will be printed and re-read!

Maryann TaylorJanuary 19, 2021

Without any doubt, the transgender ideology is a blatant attack by Satan on the family, and also a deceptive ploy to confuse people regarding their identity. I love President Nelson's address "Let God Prevail" from our most recent general conference. He said "Satan is no longer even trying to hide his attacks on God's plan. Emboldened evil abounds." He then counselled us to "let God prevail in our lives." In the midst of so much deception in our world today, our only hope is to consistently seek the Spirit, and to make sure that the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives PREVAILS over every other influence. The scriptures promise that as we take the Holy Spirit for our guide, we will not be deceived.

Stewart LangJanuary 19, 2021

My wife made the comment that try carrying a 10lb -20lb baby along with a car seat and getting from point A to B and opening doors!!! LOL P.S. Our oldest of 4 was 9lb 15oz at birth and she is 5ft too - check those arms on our young mothers!

Maryann TaylorJanuary 19, 2021

The truths in this article are needed desperately right now in our time of unique trials. I especially appreciate the validation for my struggle that it is sometimes hard to feel the spirit when you are depressed. I agree that reviewing our lives can help us see our blessings and remind us of the times we HAVE felt the spirit. I find keeping a journal is invaluable for this. When we feel the Spirit, we need to write down our experience! It will strengthen us on the days we are struggling.

IngridJanuary 19, 2021

Beautifully written and gives me hope for the future, knowing that today’s young people are wise and kind.

WandaJanuary 19, 2021

Excellent message! There are so many questions that I don't know how to answer...but there are far more answers than I'm fully able to comprehend. Trying to implement what I do know is a joyous journey!

Haze K.January 19, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences of having difficulty feeling The Spirit. I thought I was the only active, believing member who has this difficulty. Your description is perfect: "I suffer from depression and take medication so that I can have a decent quality of life. Sometimes I feel pretty good, other times I just close my eyes and try to survive the day, hoping that after the long night, the sun will rise and tomorrow will be better." I become frustrated when others describe "quick" inspiration and I feel numb and out of touch with The Spirit. I hold on tightly to the times when I do feel the Spirit testifying to me. Cherished moments. Some say, don't take your psych meds and you will feel the Spirit more easily. Perhaps this would be true. But I've tried that. I become unable to work, deal with daily life. It isn't a realistic option for me. As I said, thank you for courageously sharing your story. So relieved to know I am not alone.

CarolJanuary 19, 2021

Are brown, black and any color people racist? It sure sounds like it!

CarolJanuary 19, 2021

I have copied your article and will read and reread it. I never knew that depression and taking meds was the reason that I have such a hard time feeling the Spirit. I thought it was me and my hard heart. Thank you for your insight you have lighten my soul!

Susan CarterJanuary 19, 2021

Thank you for being so candid!! I have mild depression and anxiety. I struggle to recognize the spirit. BUT I know even though', that God loves me and helps me!

Linda NeubauerJanuary 19, 2021

Thank you for sharing this message. It helped me understand and bolstered my faith. I printed it so that I could refer to it again and again.

GinaJanuary 18, 2021

It’s just like picking up my 6 year old to play with him or carry him around. 45-60 isn’t that much, esp with adrenaline going, and momentum (he was running downhill, after all).

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 18, 2021

My husband could have done all that with little effort. He was farm boy. He used to carry heavy bales of hay and throw them on the hay truck. He carried 100 pound sacks of potatoes. When we served a mission, the missionaries were so astonished at his strength. Not one of his students could ever beat him in arm wrestling. Of course, Joseph could do all that heavy lifting and running. He was farm boy.

Alece ReynoldsJanuary 18, 2021

I remember a set of young male missionaries who were helping our daughter move. They repeatedly carried packed, Rubbermaid 18 gallon tubs -- one under each arm -- up a set of stairs -- while nearly running up those stairs. The rest of us were gobsmacked watching them as we had trouble carrying one tub at a time up those stairs at a walking pace! The Bishop who had been watching this chalked it up to bottled up testosterone run amok! I think that fearing for his life would have given a very strong young Joesph Smith enough adrenalin to get the job done!

Judy BrooksJanuary 18, 2021

Ken Mazzanti, thank you for your comment! I agree wholeheartedly. I well remember President Ezra Taft Benson in general conference, telling us to "study the Constitution". It was so odd to me at the time...Our ...Watchman on the tower delivered such an amazing message, as he so prophetcally foresaw this day and time!

Sasha KwapinskiJanuary 18, 2021

by migrating out west in 1846/47, the saints essentially removed themselves or got themselves out of the way of the fury which was to soon vex the nation. That fury certainly did vex the nation just over a decade later .

Corey D.January 18, 2021

excellent article, I have heard some interesting and maybe almost horrifiying stories recently about people losing businesses or business opportunities or getting death threats or their family being threatened or scholarships being pulled because of political or social opinions they have voiced or in one case somebody found something in a high school yearbook from way back and posted it and it destroyed the individuals business. Cancel Culture/Political Correctness is most prominent right now with politics but it has a part that is very specific to religion, particularly to Christian religions which also includes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, especially those who follow scriptural teachings on morality, especially marriage. A personal example, just a month or two ago a co-worker said, "come look at this". It was a policy announcement on the company's intranet site that said they would no longer be hiring from BYU because BYU did not have an LGBT+ policy that fit their company policy. There are quite a few BYU graduates, some pretty high up in my division, I had to wonder if any replied to this or they just let it go.This is a very large company, a multinational company who's work is mostly with the government, a direct violation of the 1st amendment, but people are scared for their jobs and the Cancel Culture know this and they wield tremendous influence in corporate America right now. Like one of my co-workers said one day, it was corporate America that killed the Boy Scouts.There is also a Cancel Culture specific to the LDS church, there is a concerted effort (guess you could say renewed) that has been going on for a couple of years now, aided by the internet, it seeks to discredit Joseph Smith and some other leaders of the church, notably Brigham Young, Spencer W. Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, Bruce R. McKonkie and a few others. There is a reason the leaders of the church have been emphasizing strong personal testimonies for a some years now and encouraging family and home study and President Nelson emphasizing personal revelation and the church posting essays etc. We need to diligently and correctly study it all out.

Harold RustJanuary 18, 2021

Thanks. This article professionally and methodically reviews the unknowns for those taking the vaccination. Society as a whole has a larger issue to sort out: when we take into account what we "know" about the vaccine and what we "know" about consequences of continuing our current social distancing and disengagement, at what stage do we allow more local freedom of movement and individual choice/discretion? If we place far more emphasis on waiting to "know" more about the vaccination than we place on moving ahead to minimize the negative aspect of distancing, then we have lost our sense of balance. At some point General Washington concluded he needed to go ahead and vaccinate his soldiers in the winter of 1775 despite the reality some just might die from that process. His decision saved the army and our country.

David BoardmanJanuary 18, 2021

I really appreciate this article. In a lot of ways I feel that our out going President has been treated much the same way as the Prophet Joseph Smith. The forces of evil and deception have been combined to destroy him and the so many good things that have been accomplished and as the young boy Joseph was silenced in the Grove so to has our President been silenced in the media. So many parallels in our society by the government to the Book of Mormon are being played out before our very eyes of power and corruption.

Ken MazzantiJanuary 18, 2021

It is evident from the very Declaration of Independence that after seeking a redress of grievances, there comes a time when the yoke of bondage and repression must be thrown off. Our Founding Fathers did not have the benefit of a living prophet to signal when that time might be, but they did have the Light of Christ to guide their conscience and their actions. I have that same light. I have the gift of The Holy Ghost. I will defend my God given liberty against all oppression. I, for one, will not be in bondage to anyone or any government. I will die on my feet before I live on my knees. If you want to be a sheep, that is your privilege, but I am a sheepdog. I will protect and defend the flock.

Laurie SomesJanuary 18, 2021

Thank you for your insights Maurine. I really needed this article to help me with my "going forward attitude".

Lora KinderJanuary 18, 2021

We might add that God DID punish the nation. Just two decades later, the United States experienced a terrible civil war that affected nearly every family in the country. The battle deaths were on Book of Mormon levels. Abraham Lincoln came to realize that "God wills this contest" and urged the nation to hold days of prayer and repentance. If we look at the civil war in scriptural language, it could look like this: "For behold, they did murder the prophet, they did drive out the righteous from among them, the temple of God they did destroy, and they did grind the faces of the poor (slavery)." When Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address, he might very well have been concerned that government of the people, by the people, and for the people might very well perish from the earth. Had they not repented, God might very well have swept this nation from the earth as He did the Jaredites and the Nephites.

Russell Rich CannonJanuary 18, 2021

This critical time in Church History is so relevant to our times right now in the United States. Thank you Maurine for putting in words the thoughts that I have had as I sadly watch anarchy in the streets of Washington. We can all learn from Brother Joseph and how the Lord directed his prophet to respond to the outrageous Extermination Order. What an important time to be studying the Doctrine & Covenants and Church History!

KelJanuary 18, 2021

Great timely article!! Thank you.

KathleenJanuary 17, 2021

Thank you - refreshing, positive, thought provoking, with great documentation and quotes.

Linda WillisJanuary 17, 2021

This was a brilliant article packed with thought provoking comments that rang true. I will share it with many friends.

Jeanette S. PaulJanuary 17, 2021

My husband and I faithfully listen to your excellent podcasts every Sunday. I always learn something new (and take lots of screenshots to review when I have some down time). I'm always drawn to your very informative (and sometimes life-changing) articles. Thank you for your great work!

Nadine AndertonJanuary 17, 2021

There are many things that can be said about the events on Jan.6 ay the Capital. Most, if not all, is one-sided from the main-stream news outlets, which speak with one voice. The voice of one side is mostly silenced. Have you noticed that? Thankfully we will always have the voice of the Lord through our Prophet and other church leaders whom we can rely on and should always follow. We also have our scriptures. Can we look at this from a non-partisan viewpoint? We just finished a year of intensively studying the Book of Mormon. We learn that America was designated as a "Promised Land" which was reserved for those who served the Savior, and we read of times that even the formerly righteous became so wicked that they were utterly destroyed. We know that that we have been blessed with a sacred Constitution which was written by men inspired by the Lord himself to preserve the agency and freedoms that we were blessed to have if we kept coovenants and commandments that came with having this Promised Land. We have been told of a time when this Constitution would be endangered by the followers of Satan and we were charged with protecting it. I have been reading and watching old addresses by former Prophets and Apostles and other church leaders about Communism (and Socialism, which is the same) and the dangers it presents to us. So to simplify this a little, because it is a very complicated story, we have on one hand a party whose leader loves America and the Constitution, who has taken great steps to strengthen our country in many ways (and like many Book of Mormon leaders, at no salary!) On the other hand, we have a party whose leaders have strong ties with the leading Communist country in the worl at the present time (which has profesed intentions to rule the entire world and bring down America) and these leaders have plans which would destroy the very freedoms we have covenanted to protect. Of course every member of either party is not committed to that party's goals. No one is claiming that. Back briefly to the election. Forget about whether or not election fraud can be proven. The opposition on Jan.6 came down to whether the Constitution was violated. The US constitution stated that ONLY the legislators of each individual state could make the rules as to how their elections could be conducted, and in every questionable state, at least, the rulesn had been changed illegally, which made fraud possible and impossible to determine. That was what was being contested, not who actually won. One side wanted to protect America, the other side wanted to radically transform it. Each of us should seek, through much sincere prayer and through following the counsel of our Prophet, to receive a testimony of the Holy Ghost how we should conduct ourselves. We should not make a blanket judgment on the actions of others based on what the "winning" side says, or on what the media says. I'm sure you realize that a lot of members voted for the "losing" candidate? Even he said supported the peaceful transference of power and condemned the violence (which he did not incite, if you actually look at his speech and that it was given hours before the break-in occurred). No, I have not made up my mind. I am still praying to know. But "by their fruits ye shall know them."

pamJanuary 17, 2021

Thank you for sharing these beautiful experiences with the readers to lift us and remind us how think the veil can be! I have "felt" my own grandmother come to me and knew she was near and watching out for me. It was a remarkable experience. Thank you for the uplift today Anne.

PamJanuary 17, 2021

I loved your article! Thank you for taking the time to write it. It's welcome for us to look inwardly and be a cause for peace, not discord. There is enough political discord isn't there. We shouldn't bring it to "church" if you will. I have printed a copy and it will be re-read and highlighted. Thank you.

DON WATKINSJanuary 17, 2021

Grant you live what you preach! What you preach is the plan and love of God. Thank You.

CB DouglassJanuary 17, 2021

The Davidic Servant is a person who will be raised out of David's lineage and will inherit David's throne, and blessings. The Marvelous Work and a Wonder is not really a reference to the BoM per se, it is a reference to the end-time gathering of Israel.

Wayne R.January 17, 2021

Thank You for your review and recognition that their are unknown risks along with the potential benefits. After your thoughtful review, will you be getting the vaccine?

Kate B.January 16, 2021

It seems it should be noted that Dr. Arthur Henry King passed away 21 years ago, on January 15, 2000. I admired him very much.

JessJanuary 16, 2021

This is a well thought and written article. It's so hard to know if the vaccine is actually able to do what is hoped for, and do it safely, especially when the vaccine makers are habitual and repeat offenders when it comes to illegal and corrupt marketing practices and suppressing adverse trial results- and have been criminally convicted of and fined over 3 billion dollars for doing so.

DianeJanuary 16, 2021

I love your description of the spring forest! I'd love to see pictures! Thank you.

ColinJanuary 16, 2021

Amen and amen!

Melanee PhillipsJanuary 16, 2021 your making me feel old!

SautuJanuary 16, 2021

Very inspiring! This is a very timely reminder about what matters most.

Gene F. DanforthJanuary 15, 2021

Thank you very much I have noticed that when I expel any feeling of contention in my heart and mind, I feel a warm glow come over me. A feeling of peace.

Jan HathawayJanuary 15, 2021

Wonderful comments about this great puzzle. We purchased it and now it is hanging on our wall downstairs. It is such a delight and so very interesting. We are still wondering what significance the whale has - lower left side of the puzzle. We are puzzled? We would like to know!!

Rodney Wells MDJanuary 15, 2021

Thanks for your perspective. As a physician who has worked with Covid patients and knowing many people who have been infected, I think the more we all know the better. There is still much unknown about this viral infection, especially about its long-term consequences, but we have learned much in the past year. I for one am thankful for the rapid development of a vaccine which, as your article points out, substantially reduces the risk of becoming ill from SARS-CoV-2. I had the jab when it became available and have had my second as well. For me (n=1), a sore arm for a day was the only side effect so far. I admit to being an unabashed pro-vaccine advocate. I think most well informed individuals will choose to be vaccinated as well. Time will tell.

Diane AndersonJanuary 15, 2021

What a wonderful idea. Loved hearing these children recite what they had memorized. That will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

ron reedJanuary 15, 2021

Thank you for the effort put into this article. I very much needed it today

Scot ProctorJanuary 15, 2021

You can email your question to him at [email protected]

FriedaFreudaJanuary 15, 2021

How do I reach you to ask a question?

JoannaJanuary 15, 2021

I normally really like your articles but take great offense at your characterization of the patriots attending the Trump rally in Jan. 6th. It was NOT them that attacked the police or stormed the capitol but the same ilk who participated in the riots all summer long in cities like Portland Seattle SF Minneapolis that no one seems to remember happening now. Unfortunately I couldn’t stomach reading the rest of your article knowing the slant you have taken on this unfortunate event. Maybe I’ll go back and read it later. I could go on about the about the loss of our freedom and liberty and AGENCY and the rise of socialism /communism that will occur with this new administration.,but I won’t because half the country has neither eyes to see nor ears to hear the truth about what is really happening.

Charles HarperJanuary 15, 2021

Thanks Anne. I am reminded of the time my two sons and I gave my mother a blessing before her cancer surgery. Afterward, my oldest son, whose hands were the last placed on her head commented that he felt as if other hands were on too of his. My father,who had passed away earlier, had assisted in the blessing. The surgery was successful and mom lived a long life.

Anita EJanuary 15, 2021

This was awesome! I loved what she did and said about her dear grandma never letting a moment pass her by. We could all use a little more fun in our lives right now. Yay Elizabeth!

Erek EreksonJanuary 15, 2021

I agree with Lynn Chapman. We, as disciples of Christ, have a higher standard. We have to look beyond those who would stir us up to controversy, division, and riotings. The question is not which side started what violence. The better question is "Have we always been this divided?" If not, who sent us down the road to division? In Book of Mormon times Alma and Amulek were up against a group of people who "did stir up the people to riotings, and all manner of disturbances...that they might have more employ, that they might get money..." (Alma 11:20) In their day it was lawyers. In our day who is it? Might it include the news media? I think that the news media is driving a wedge between people today. They are stirring up controversies to get more people to watch, and thus get more gain. For example, George Floyd died while in direct contact with a police officer. True. But did the news media give equal coverage to his autopsy that showed that he had 3 times a lethal dose of Fentanyl? Or would that have calmed the controversy? After election night, the media covered the fact that President Trump did not concede. Fair enough. But after election night, did they also cover the fact that before the election Mrs. Hillary Clinton admonished Joe Biden never to concede. If not conceding was good for one side, why was it wrong for the other side? Or did they just want to keep controversy alive? I could go on and on. Here is something to think about: "But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.” (D&C 45:32) We should be looking for truth, and not controversy, for truth and not who to blame. We should be looking to be one and stand in holy places.

Anita EJanuary 15, 2021

Thanks for your thought provoking article. Very informative for our current circumstances!

A. Denise HeathJanuary 15, 2021

I love how missionaries have become so creative . An Elder from The Chorley ward in the London England Mission creates videos on gospel principle which led to two young ladies in South Africa getting baptised . Awesome .,

Wendy HillJanuary 14, 2021

Thank you for these beautiful stories. Our families are closer than we know.

Lazy MikeJanuary 14, 2021

If my wife refused to wash my cloths I'd just keep wearing them dirty. I've worn the same cloths while backpacking for 3 weeks. Pioneers wore the same set of cloths for 6 months. If she didn't wash her cloths he might sooner notice. This wife could ask him to move the washing machine out on the driveway next to the trunk.I would be more apt to do that than carry small boxes. Another option is to squirt a bunch of dish washing soap in the washing machine with his cloths. This will cause it to make too many suds and it will flood. Then lazy husband can clean up that mess while rooster-pecking his wife for not helping. Role reversal is an option. Call the home teachers to come over and carry the laundry box into the house. If more people had done this more often, it might have saved that inspired program. a

Jill CleaverJanuary 14, 2021

Yes! I love these words! Thank you, Mary.

Rochelle HaleJanuary 14, 2021

You may fret about those plastic grapes forever, but in the end you were married, and hopefully, you can be sealed soon. My first marriage was in the temple with my husband's parents and a few friends, but our reception was hundreds of miles away with my non-member family. No internet, Pinterest, or Zoom in those days. Suffice it to say, my mother did her best, but the cultural hall decor and refreshments were definitely not what I had in mind. Even my musicians canceled last minute. Most distressing was the photographer (family friend) took awful pictures. My dream of a large family photo like my cousin had was totally dashed to pieces. The physical trappings of a dream wedding weren't there, but when I was sealed to my second husband we had some amazing spiritual experiences, confirmed by some of his relatives who were in attendance. On a daily basis, we hope it is the covenants we've made and why that sustains us.

Linda MastersJanuary 14, 2021

Thank you, Mary. This is such an inspiring article and a great reminder that we can find peace as we listen and “Hear Him.”

Ronald BarnesJanuary 14, 2021

Thank you for sharing my story. Last year, my sister was recovering from jaw surgery and traveling away from home. One night, her jaw began hurting until it was almost unbearable. After praying for relief, three spirits appeared to give her a blessing. The spokesman was our father, who had died many years before. Her pain disappeared immediately.

CaroleJanuary 14, 2021

Thank you Anne. Your inspired articles seem to come at the time I need them. They are beautiful, uplifting, and a blessing to my life.

L WestoverJanuary 14, 2021

Lovely article! Our oldest daughter is single, with single adult daughters. Yet she is unquestionably the favorite aunt of most of our 22 grandchildren -- because she is so engaged with them. She would rather be with the kids than with their parents. Her life may be hard, but she finds joy as she "plays" with the children. What a blessing that joy goes two ways!

Tom KunzJanuary 14, 2021

Such a wonderful and genuine article about how to the gospel Virtually. Thank you Br Hill for Taking the time to put this together!

Lani LarkinJanuary 14, 2021

I love your writings Diana. You teach us much and your personal experiences are so interesting. I can see how the Lord has prepared you to teach and especially influence many with the understanding you have because you know the gospel of Jesus Christ. You love God and His son you know so well. Thank you ... Lani

JustinJanuary 14, 2021

Your husband invited our family to a Sunday dinner with your family in 1996 (Iowa) when traveling across the country with 4 kids under 8. I've been grateful for that simple act of kindness decades ago. You two are truly special people! We live a few short miles away from you, and are thrilled you both bless our area with your influence and service.

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 13, 2021

This article is much needed by the world. I don't even read some articles in the newspaper because they are so contentious. The contention in our nation upsets my whole system. It especially sad when I see members of the Church being contentious on Facebook and other media.

Becky DouglasJanuary 13, 2021

You can find it at Amazon. Put in Gross National Happiness, by Arthur C. Brooks. (Oops!) Lana--I'm astounded at your 900 hours of volunteer service a year. You go, girl!!

tom glassJanuary 13, 2021

PBS,CNN?I think you need some different networks of information!

Merlyn T de la MelenaJanuary 13, 2021

This article describes clearly to to start connecting with our ancestor! Thanks for sharing this article and your feelings and how you became engaged with your ancestors.!! It's a good prompting for us to do likewise.

Saundra GatesJanuary 13, 2021

Awesome article Bro. Goddard! It was just what I needed today as I was fasting and thinking heavily about family history. I look forward to your coming articles.

AlisaJanuary 13, 2021

Contentious vs. Competitive? Interesting. I don't like either one! I suppose when it comes to sports one is competing.. I love the thoughts expressed here about avoiding contention though!

Patricia G. SchellJanuary 13, 2021

I especially love the idea if tuning out by turning off any "entertainment" that brings contention on any form into my home. I live alone. I'm 78. I've found myself doing that automatically when suddenly something that appeared to be pleasant, turned into a "drive the Spirit out". There's no one to be contentious with so it sits like a brick in my heart and the contention is within. So, off it goes.

Herm OlsenJanuary 13, 2021

As always, an excellent reminder. My less-active brother has been FOCUSED and COMMITTED to our ancestry, despite his lack of interest in the Gospel. I’ll use some of these suggestions to further encourage him. Thanks so much!

AnnaJanuary 13, 2021

It is too bad that in a church where marraige has been placed on the highest of all platforms, many churchmembers do not see marraige as anything but a worldly arrangement that they can reject whenever they are unhappy and disappointed. Like the rest of the world, we put individual happiness ahead the relationship on which the rest of society is based, In my opinion, the husband shouldn't have left for any reason, but neither should the wife be so ready to dump him because of it. My hope is that at least one of them gets committed to the marraige and tries to salvage it.

Laurie PollardJanuary 13, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful article, Mary! You already are "one of those people"--there is not a contentious cell in your soul. I have always appreciated the integrity you exhibit between your inspiring writing and your uplifting behavior.

K. PiersantiJanuary 13, 2021

How can you say the group at the capital dispersed with little or no violence People were killed and many had to go to the hospital. Also, they were rallied on by the president. This was not just a demonstration, it was an attack on our democracy--on my capital! I felt like I was watching a newsreel from South Amermica! It was domestic terrorism and should be dealt with as such!

ShaunaJanuary 13, 2021

thank you for these additional insights from additional sources. Do you have a citation for the Kent P Jackson article? sorry if it's in plain sight in the article

LAJanuary 13, 2021

I understand peacefully doing things. But should we not work to protect our rights?

Geoff TJanuary 13, 2021

Wonderful, reasoned article from a very well educated person - impressive. As an "older" person, I was also encouraged to see that Arthur King did not join the Church until he was 56 years of age - there's time for me yet!!

Joanne VorkinkJanuary 13, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this article! Its timeless message motivates me to do better, recording stories from my parents and relatives as well as my own. Many thanks!

pamela RoderJanuary 12, 2021

I am so sad to read of Darla's passing. I have loved reading her articles as they are full of insight and wisdom. Thank you Proctor's for sharing and I hope you continue to do so.

J. JensenJanuary 12, 2021

"Blessed are the peacemakers" is an injunction straight from the Savior. I pray that we will each examine our own role in the polarization that led to so much disrespect of one citizen to another and to the representative government outlined by the Constitution. It is our country, defined by laws. Let us stand for peace and work to make positive changes through the rule of law as counseled by President Oaks. Thank you for reminding us of the parallel to the destruction of the Jaredites should we continue down this road.

Ed GayhartJanuary 12, 2021

Our leaders tell us violence is not the way. Unfortunately bad guys do not follow our leaders and will do whatever works for them. Satan doesn’t follow rules. We know how this will end but it will be sad to witness the injustice and the downfall of this once great country.

LewisJanuary 12, 2021

I love this article. There is so much wisdom in these stories. As I reflect on the Savior's life, i see a life of love and service. You have captured the essence of "pure religion and undefiled." Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful words.

Erika P.January 12, 2021

I believe that Elder Smith was needed on the other side of the veil and was welcomed with open arms. Maybe he has to teach some family members that passed on and did not know anything about the Church. Four years ago I had a deadly form of cancer and was between life and death when I had a dream when I found myself in the Spirit World where a very large crowd of relatives waited for me. One lady came up to me and said "finally you are here to teach us" then my grandfather came up and said "not so fast - you know that we have to have permission first. He took me away and asked for it, but did not get it. I was told that I had to return to earth because some important work needed to be finished here. I woke up after this and felt great. I can see Elder Smith having to do something similar. May the Lord bless his Family.

MicheleJanuary 12, 2021

Addenda to my prior comment. In further support of this writer, my limited understanding is the Savior will return when he has a righteous enough people, not when wickedness grows so out of control He has to step in.

Patricia MerrickJanuary 12, 2021

It is such a pleasure to read the analysis of Joseph Smith’s vision in this unique way, from a literary aspect.

MicheleJanuary 12, 2021

I also watched PBS and was surprised later by the cries of violence. I think there were many social media pictures which came later, posted by the people inside the capitol themselves, which demonstrated their intent. It is a crime to simply have gone inside, with no legitimate reason to be there. There were some who indeed intended violence. However, aside from my opinions on the event, I had the same reaction as I read Ether; all that occurred in this book is and will continue to play itself out. The author uses the capitol event for comparison, but the deeper issue he attempts to make us aware of is how we personally will serve the Lord and his purposes by our own actions.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 12, 2021

I am so happy that you continue to run Darla's articles. They are so timely and she has such wonderful insight. It was our loss when she passed, but a blessing to still have her writing.

Merilee CummingsJanuary 12, 2021

Thank you, Lynn. Though you didn't exactly spell out how we will let God prevail in our lives, we know how to get personal revelation and that will guide us. Revelation happens in moments of peace, so we should be able to distinguish those moments from times when we are stirred up in turmoil and anger. Cooler heads (not passive, though) make better decisions. That needs to become our mantra.

Pattie SkousenJanuary 12, 2021

The Book of Mormon is a second testament of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ. I testify it is true. Thanks for your article. I, too, know studying the Book of Mormon at this time is inspired from our Prophet.

SherryJanuary 12, 2021

I loved this article!

John PearceJanuary 12, 2021

Trump certainly must bear some responsiblity for what happened. If he hadn't made false claims about the election being rigged this would not have happened. After more than sixty court cases being lost, William Barr saying there was no evidence to change the results of the election, Chris Krebs saying this election was the most secure in US history and many other Republicans such as Chris Christie saying he lost he still continues to say falsely that he won.

Patricia WintersJanuary 12, 2021

I saw a rioter bearing the Title of Liberty! The man with his feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk was a returned missionary! How is this going to affect investigators and those already disillusioned with the Church. None of the members who joined the rioters were following President Nelsons advice of a few weeks back. I am so disappointed!

DJJanuary 12, 2021

A very good article! I think in our comments we need to be careful of who we are condemning of having insatiable desire for power. Both parties have fault here & certainly so does the media, but if this election had not been labeled rigged & stolen, then there probably wouldn't have been anyone protesting.

Kaylene ReddJanuary 12, 2021

Excellent, inspired article. An answer to prayers. I look forward to future articles in this series. Thank you, Brother Goddard!

GBJanuary 12, 2021

I am sad and confused. Many well meaning members of the LDS church read counsel by the church leaders and then interpret it to justify the actions at the capitol on January 6th. How can the words of the church leaders who advocate love, patience, peace and unity be applied this way? To quote Elder Oaks: “This does not mean that we agree with all that is done with the force of law. It means that we obey the current law and use peaceful means to change it. It also means that we peacefully accept the results of elections. We will not participate in the violence threatened by those disappointed with the outcome.” It's called Generous Civic Engagement. Please. Let's try it. .

Rochelle HaleJanuary 12, 2021

I wish my "child" would know that he is loved no matter what. Agency plays such a huge role in our lives, and I totally respect the decisions or perspectives of others, though they might not be my own. Nevertheless, love--especially a mother's love--endures forever.

David PearceJanuary 12, 2021

I think the author stated his position when he began this opinion piece by his description of one news source. It’s possible “slant” could be debated. That opening was completely unnecessary to the point he may have been trying to make. However, the author made a very significant observation that may have been missed by some readers. Trump supporters vs Democrats. Comparing an organization with millions of members from all walks of life and faiths vs one individual as though no one in the Republican Party-also with millions of members from all walks of life and faith-was completely absent. We are down the very wrong path when one individual has so much unaccountable power. Those who committed those terrible act at the nation’s capital should be held accountable for their actions but those also (maybe according to the author one) should be held accountable who created the web of lies and encouragement that led to those actions and for other lawlessness currently being threatened. Yes, we seem to be a nation on the brink and it is time for unity. But that does not absolve the most accountable from the consequences of their actions. With out responsibility we truly do descend into anarchy and eventually destruction as the author points out.

Marcela Riveros StaceyJanuary 12, 2021

Elder Gong in his fireside this last Sunday made reference to a Netflix documentary called “The Social Dilemma.” There’s much information in the documentary that describes one of the most likely drivers behind our political discord and growing polarization. Elder Gong’s fireside and the documentary have added so much more depth to the Book of Ether and its relevance to these latter days. I would encourage everyone to watch both.

JulietJanuary 12, 2021

On our wall we have a sign that says "Forever, For Always and No Matter What". I always tell my children, "I love you forever, for always and no matter what!" Even when they get into trouble I make sure to tell them that I love them...they may be loosing privileges or are grounded but I make sure they know that I still love them and give lots of hugs and snuggles. Even as my children get older I think it is important to give them the verbal messages as well as the physical messages of love.

Michael GJanuary 12, 2021

Lynn Chapman was my Stake President back in the day. I always appreciated his council. His council and recommendation to "Let God Prevail", "Generous Civic Engagement', and "Remain Hopeful" is also appreciated.

ScottJanuary 12, 2021

Newly married couples are going to miss that reflecting pool for pictures.

Mary SukerJanuary 12, 2021

Cancel culture is fundamentally about condemning someone because of behaviors “they” consider unforgiveable or unacceptable. This has been going on forever but now has a catchy name to make it seem new and relevant. Think of the widow who spends her life hating the drunk driver who killed her spouse. The child who forever hates his alcoholic parent. I hope that those who believe in cancelling others will one day come to know Jesus Christ and how He can set us free-with forgiveness- through a kind and loving heart. Because He has forgiven us of all our wrongs, we cannot, rightfully, harbor an unforgiving heart against anyone. It’s helpful to remember that everyone is imperfect. The cancel culture is Satan's work. It is mean, unforgiving, and full of hate.

Denise ChristensenJanuary 11, 2021

This photo essay is a perfect compliment to last week's Come Follow Me Podcast! Thank you Scot for that long drive to capture such stunning photographs. I felt like I was there! And thanks to both you and Maurine for our weekly podcasts. We look forward to our time listening and studying with you each Sunday!

Maryann TaylorJanuary 11, 2021

I think we need to be very careful about defining who this group WAS that erupted into violent actions. They were small in number compared to the VAST peace loving crowd who were present. Neither President Trump, nor anyone else, is responsible for their actions. ONLY the people who committed those actions are responsible. The whole event has been maliciously twisted and manipulated beyond all truth by the media and Democrat officials, attempting to satisfy their own insatiable desire for power.

V. BriggsJanuary 11, 2021

To access the beautiful photos on the Sacred Grove, run your cursor upward toward the cabin, and over the right edge of the screen and an ARROW should pop up indicating to click and "go" to the next photo.


Wish everyone could read your article. Trump talked about false news and many condemed him for it. He is right there is much false news and secret combinations. Faith will guide us. Thanks for your article.

Richard GarrisonJanuary 11, 2021

Becky, thanks for sharing these wonderful thoughts, stories and challenge for 2021! You always inspire me!

Carla BarnumJanuary 11, 2021

Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing.

Merlyn de la MelenaJanuary 11, 2021

This is an excellent read, again, about the experiences of Joseph Smith. Thanks for taking it in sections, making it easy for us to remember and understand.

Barb McDonoughJanuary 11, 2021

The Rod of Aaron?? Why has this artifact not been mentioned before? How did it get to the New World? Joseph received the Gold plates but left all the other sacred items in the box? Just a few questions.

Merlyn T de la MelenaJanuary 11, 2021

What a fabulous article!!! Thanks for sharing your family story about India and your beautiful daughter.

Kate NobleJanuary 11, 2021

I've been interested to read the comments regarding this situation, different angles on the scenario. Whatever went on with the husband it was strong enough for him to leave and then have no contact. I've been married for 50 years and my guess was an affair. Now that's burned out and he's back apparently thinking he can just go on as normal. In the meantime, the wife has been t-boned and left as a wreck on the side of the road. I've seen this several times in my life, believe it or not. The reality is that it will take FIVE good years for him to get himself straightened out to the point where she can actually trust him again, and that's IF he can do the work needed. Legal counsel is essential for utmost protection as well as counseling for her own mental health, and without prayer and guidance from the Spirit the road is steep indeed.

Tom ThorkelsonJanuary 11, 2021

The Savior taught us that in losing our lives in the service of others we will find joy. Thanks for this uplifting message!!

Patti WhitmanJanuary 11, 2021

Stunning photographs and so Spirit-filled. Thank you so much!

Chuck SanfordJanuary 11, 2021

You cannot trust this man. Whatever his positive traits are, he is still a dishonest liar---and will remain so, unless and until sincere repentance takes place. Please don't make decisions about this without involving your bishop. And his repentance does not mean you should take him back---it merely means he has taken a vital step for himself---not for you. You deserve happiness, too.

KJBJanuary 11, 2021

Five people died due to the siege on the Capitol (Six if you count the officer who has committed suicide since.) "Little to no violence"? Really? Armed insurrectionists attempted to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States of America. If that's not domestic terrorism, I don't know what is.

L RasmussenJanuary 11, 2021

So good! Will definitely be sharing this. Thank you!

JulieJanuary 11, 2021

Wonderful article. I can’t seem to find the book you cited. Could you tell me where to find it?

Lana JohnsonJanuary 11, 2021

This is why I volunteer 900 hours a year! I'm a member of Americorp and have found much needed joy and love in serving. I'm addicted to finding the greatest need and putting forth my greatest effort to fulfilling that need.... I'm elderly and alone but serving helps solves any issues.

Elmer GuevarraJanuary 11, 2021

from the Philippines

SistaGirlJanuary 10, 2021

To Sissy: My blessing tells me the same exact thing. That I will live to see that day. I'm the same age as you are. My family mocks me about it. But that's OK, it's not their blessing. It's mine.

MikaelJanuary 10, 2021

I have been in this same situation but as a Man. To say that Men never change is incorrect. It can be both sexes. In my case it was affairs that she had after 25 years of marriage. I am so sorry for what you are going through. Only you know what you have to do to protect yourself. Don't stay if it will be unsafe for you. Get lots of help. Know you are not alone. Trust is very hard to earn back.

Marta HarrisJanuary 10, 2021

How do I access the photo essay? I only got the explanation of their access to the sites and how spiritual it was to be at those sites.

Geoff-AusJanuary 9, 2021

I'm with David above. Most of the quotes given, are telling us to be better people. I find it amusing that "the sound of a trump" is required. Though I am rather concerned that how we have responded to donald trump might be a sheep and goats sifting/moral judgement time.

JeannieJanuary 9, 2021

Without having more details, it appears this marriage was over before he left--a spouse does not walk out of a healthy covenant marriage and have no contact for 6 months out of the blue. There must have been other red flags showing that he can't be trusted before this. Him leaving is the end. I would also advise her to work with her lawyer, continue on the path to divorce and carve out some happiness for herself. If she stays in this marriage there will be more heartache heaped upon the trust that is already destroyed. I hope she has the courage to move on and that she knows she deserves better and can find happiness with her own healthy choices.

Lincoln HoppeJanuary 9, 2021

I am so glad to be a part of this film. Playing Martin Harris was eye opening in a way i could not have imagined. I feel like i was able to understand Harris on a different level and have a greater respect for him that i didn’t have before. We went to great lengths to preserve authenticity and i think it will show on screen in an inspiring way.

GrandpaJanuary 9, 2021

I'm going to express the thought that everyone is going to disagree with. None of us know what went on behind the closed doors of this marriage. Yes, he left, but was he driven out? Did he leave to protect his sanity? Sometimes God-fearing men have to protect themselves, too. Did he claim midlife issues simply to keep the peace? We as readers do not know. Yes, this woman needs to protect her interests, but there is still too much we as readers do not know. I do hope and pray there is some serious marriage counseling going on!

Sheila WallJanuary 8, 2021

THANK YOU Maurine and Scot X 1000 for sharing one of Darla's articles. This one is timely for many reasons. I am grateful for the wisdom she left behind.

SteveJanuary 8, 2021

I'm not sure what the author of this article is implying we should think when (s)he posted this article. At the time of Pres. Ballard's statement that we needed prayer was because of the lack of truth coming from our national leaders at that time.

SissyJanuary 8, 2021

My Patriarchal Blessing states I will LIVE to see the day when Christ returns to the earth in great glory to rule and reign. Many people are skeptical when I share this, even my own daughter-in-law, but I feel it is true. I'm 60.

Marilynne LinfordJanuary 8, 2021

To Betty Lou Mann, Yes. I just posted it on Facebook or you can email me at [email protected]

BarbaraJanuary 8, 2021

Thank you for your article. Rather than look at our spouse for his/her shortcomings in the marriage, we should first examine our part in it. I find I read something and think "so & so really needs to read this" when in fact I need to study it deeper and implement it in my own life. Thank you again.

Wendy BentleyJanuary 8, 2021

Thank you for examining the words of the prophets in connection with the second coming. This has been on my mind a lot as we have observed the happenings of the last few days. I appreciate your insight. It is comforting to know that as we follow the words of our prophet and learn to listen to the voice of the Lord all will be well.

Betty Lou MannJanuary 8, 2021

A dear friend emailed me of how frightened she is with all the commotion that is going on in our country and in the world. Sending her your article, "What Prophets Have Said Recently" may comfort her and strengthen her faith. May I please have a copy to send to her? Thank you.

DL AndersonJanuary 8, 2021

There are many who are...unintentional "fear mongers". You, I'm pleased to say, are NOT one of them. Sensible. I LOVE your Mom's advice to you when you were young. Appropriate and timely no matter "what time" it is. And I loved how you mentioned we'll see the Lord's return "in real time" and not on a recorded loop. Again, thank you for this calm and uplifting (& sensible) message.

David DurfeeJanuary 8, 2021

Just one observation. Everything that we should be doing to prepare for the Second Coming is exactly what we should be doing without regard to whether the Second Coming is near or distant.

Melanee PhillipsJanuary 8, 2021

Hahaha....I don't feel old, but I am turning 58 and you bet I know what a muumuu is ! They are also refered to as house dresses or morning robes. Walmart does still carry them in the pajama section.My grandma wore them all the time after her rheumatoid arthritis got bad. Every time I walk by them I think of her...I think I'll take the bunny outfit though!

John R CarpenterJanuary 8, 2021

My patriarchal blessing given many decades ago clearly states that I shall not see the Second Coming in this mortal life. But, if I remain worthy to the covenants that I have made in the Holy Temple, then I shall return with Him at his Second Coming. The key is to remain faithful and to do what is right. Then endure to the end of this mortal probation. It is not easy, but it will prepare us for to be more like He is.

Ken MazzantiJanuary 8, 2021

I heard Elder Holland answer the question by stating the "We will be closer to the Second Coming when there is a Stake in Pakistan." The Gospel must yet be preached to, and established in, all the world. The world is certainly wicked enough, but we do not have enough worthy Priesthood holders to govern the world wide church that will exist in the Millenium.

Dora Glassford RobertsonJanuary 8, 2021

I feel he needs to explain himself on a much deeper depth than midlife crisis. If that means he left you for a younger woman and now she kicked him out, let him stew in his own juice. I certainly would not trust him again. I have experienced in my life that men never change. Only the gospel can change them if they sincerely repent. But if he was a God fearing man before, he would never have abandoned you in the first place. Of course it all depends how he behaves if you put him on probation for 6 months. I would certainly not buy him anything or let him in my house. He owes you lots... you don't owe him anything. An act like that would mean you forgive him just because he is back. I don't think he deserves forgiveness so easy. And of course, ask Heavenly Father.! My best wishes! Dora ❤❤❤

ShaunaJanuary 8, 2021

Thank you so much for doing all this legwork for me and for your synopsis but most importantly, your testimony. I try to fill my soul, day and life with the glorious truths of the Gospel--but I also must live them. How grateful I am for prophets and apostles living on the earth today

Bob PowelsonJanuary 8, 2021

I hope it comes sooner rather than later. I am well over 80 and have been expecting it for better than 60 years. At my age about all I get to do is watch it, and trust I won't get in the way of more needy than I.

Deanna SasserJanuary 8, 2021

Thank you for this great article that brought clarity to this topic of the Lord’s Second Coming. It helped me to desire to read the conference talks more carefully and to look and learn His word for me.

CfJanuary 8, 2021

This song has been a comfort to me in so many situations. For me, it has always been the Lord that I’m pleading to “stay with me.” From a mysterious illness on a mission in a far away land to caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s disease, it has given me hope and faith that the Lord will truly stay with me. So many of Michael McLean’s songs have spoken to my heart and helped me feel that I am truly “not alone.” So grateful that he has magnified his talents and shared them.

Allison DunlapJanuary 8, 2021

The admonitions and warnings were there for those with ears to hear. Thank you for summarizing all that our leaders have said. I'm quite amazed when some say they heard the same old messages. As for me and my house, we are hearing them loud and clear and we are preparing for His coming by fleeing Babylon and letting God prevail.

Chris HowellJanuary 8, 2021

Marilynne, thank you for providing a concise summary of the words of our prophets from the latest conference to put the signs of the second coming into context and giving us clear directions.

Larry GuntherJanuary 8, 2021

Wonderful article to put it all together--sort of a "cliff notes" of the October General Conference. I enjoyed the review of these profetic statements distilled down to such an easy-to-read understanding. Thanks!!

RaNae ShoafJanuary 8, 2021

Absolutely beautiful summary. This really clarifies a vital theme of this conference. We're awake and need to arise! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

RobertJanuary 8, 2021

Danielle, cancel culture is not about stopping bad behavior. It is about shaming unpopular behavior with no chance of redemption. If it was about stopping bad behavior then abortion would be a target, but since abortion is popular in the cancel culture it’s permissible and even applauded. This isn’t about creating a more civil society. Cancel culture has one goal: speak only what is popular and lie about the rest or risk being shamed for life. That is antithetical to our values as a country and is edging closer to Orwell’s 1984.

Deborah SummersJanuary 8, 2021

I appreciate this article very much ... just what I need because I'm not doing so well in this area lately. It makes me sad and disappointed in myself or in my husband. This article is spot on with really great advice and lots of wisdom. I always sit up and take notice with your articles. Thanks so much.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 8, 2021

Oh, this is such a great story! I LOVED that she recovered, and I LOVED the bunny outfit. This story was just too good to keep, and I am so glad he gave you permission to share it. We need more smiles in these dark days of winter, Covid, and other upheavals. THANK YOU!!!

Maryann TaylorJanuary 8, 2021

I hope this woman will immediately take the advice in this article to see a lawyer NOW. She needs to protect herself financially and find out what her options are. Her husband's comment that his abandonment of her was a "midlife crisis" is a very poor excuse for his behavior, and suggests he feels no remorse or personal accountability for his extreme cruelty to her. It would be very difficult for me to take back a spouse who had completely cut me off for 6 months. That is a very long time to abandon your spouse and to make absolutely no attempt to make contact. I hope she will get the emotional support she needs and prepare herself for the very real possibility of this marriage ending.

Victor MillerJanuary 7, 2021

Thank you for putting this in writing! I, for one, believe the truth and personal responsibility do matter. This "modern" trend to minimize the value of truth is part of the evil one's plan to lead souls away from their Father's Plan.

David H.January 7, 2021 reading these comments from the women in this thread makes me happy I am not married to any of them. Yikes...lots of judgement and thinking they are perfect. Too much in this culture of the husband is lazy and always in the wrong...things go both ways.

Chuck SanfordJanuary 7, 2021

Back in the mid-1990s, I was a home teacher for several men incarcerated in a federal prison. They, and probably most of the men imprisoned with them, believed heavily in situational ethics, and not concrete, unchangeable Godly laws of behavior---probably why they were in prison.

TeriJanuary 7, 2021

The reason that we should treat our spouses with compassion is not because we love them. At times they will give us many reasons not to, and our feelings of affection will wane. We should do it because we love God.

Jane E BrayJanuary 7, 2021

Sadly, it's what we're living in and experiencing today.

Doreen WadsworthJanuary 7, 2021

It makes a lot of sense. We are told we just don't want to believe it can happen in our life time. Thank you for this article.

MaryJanuary 7, 2021

I did not misunderstand what the point of the article. If the guy was dealing with underlying mental issues I would be more understanding with his choices,but I still stand with my original statement. There are some people who through time develope being lazy and there are some people the attribute had always been there. If laundry detergent man is the first,then the advice that was given should absolutely be followed. If the second, then we should teach people not to marry lazy people in the first place. My dad happened to fall in the second category so I couldn't help but jump to my original statement.

Kenny MazzantiJanuary 7, 2021

It is not the peaceful transition of power that I am concerned about. Whichever way the November election we were going to see some angry outbursts. What I am concerned about is the turn to Marxism in our House, Senate, courts and Presidency. We are now surrounded by the Gadianton Robbers of our own day who will lie, cheat ,steal and murder to have their way. They are now infiltrated into our government, our courts, our justice department, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, etc. This nation has voted, or submitted, its way into Marxism. This nation will now have to fight its way out to once again experience liberty. Where is Captain Moroni when we need him the most?

TerryJanuary 7, 2021

I know you excluded the truly abusive but may I open your eyes to the reality that some of the truly abusive are mentally ill. I do not recommend personal intervention but could we care enough as a society to seek better medications?

MichaelJanuary 7, 2021

Abraham Lincoln's win of the 1860 election caused the immediate secession of several states and escalating events which developed into the American Civil War. Southern states viewed Lincoln's election as a strengthening of Federal government and erosion of states' rights to govern themselves.

ShaneJanuary 7, 2021

Amen! Great and true article! Very well done! Thank you

Eric M ChaseJanuary 7, 2021

Thanks for stating concisely the way Satan carefully leads us down to hell. We must guard against these philosophies creeping into our way of thinking and cling to the truths of the gospel.

SpencerJanuary 7, 2021

Terrific insights and exactly correct.

Virginia RockwellJanuary 7, 2021

Thank you for your wise warning.

PG PrattJanuary 7, 2021

Blessed is Elder Iseh who have passed away in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ, his name and priesthood will be honoured until the end of time and into the eternities. Sincerest condolences at this sad time to family and friends.

FayeJanuary 6, 2021

I love that she went out and got what she needed and did not inable him to avoid his responsibility. I would have added, "You carry this baby and I'll bring in the detergent."

JillJanuary 6, 2021

As a caregiver coach, spouses often reach out to me when they're ready to throw in the towel. They may judge their loved ones as not "adulting" or as being lazy, mean, not "emotionally available," or any number of things. I appreciate your advice to be compassionate and loving no matter what. "Adulting" can also mean being responsible for your own emotions instead of letting someone less capable dictate them for you. And it's usually work to flip your interpretation of your spouse's "lazy" behavior and get in their shoes for a minute. Everyone in every story is doing their best. D&C112:10

DianeJanuary 6, 2021

While I agree with Becky and Mary, if you find yourself in such a marriage, this advice is excellent. I have learned to think before I speak, and choose words carefully. It has avoided a lot of contention. Your heart must be at peace toward your spouse for the best results. Thank you for this article.

Grandma GigiJanuary 6, 2021

This just makes me sad, especially considering she is pregnant. She could have done his laundry too. If he feels “nagged” (hen-pecked is what MY father called it), then maybe he should try a little harder. My father laid around drinking beer every week end. My mom would ask for help. He refused to do much after his 5-day workweek. Women don’t get a day off or help unless the husband really cares.

JoanneJanuary 6, 2021

I loved this article. You shared great wisdom. All marriage partners would do well to humble themselves and apply the steps you suggested. Thank you

CharlieJanuary 6, 2021

Not sure, but I think Mary and Becky missed the whole point of the article.

LesJanuary 6, 2021

It is quite evident that the qualities of the Savior are missing. It is also quite evident that the Lord did not have a hand in the marriage. My two first wives passed on due to terminal illnesses, and my present wife is just as great...the Lord had His hand in putting us together. Harmony should be expected from each spouse, a celestial attribute!

Erik HansenJanuary 6, 2021

Mental illness and severe dysfunction, sometimes from abuse in peoples' childhood, does exist in the families of Latter-day Saints. This was my situation. We separated through divorce though we were resistant to that. The Lord wanted us to move away from each other's situation and become healthy. We have come back to each other in a more limited way, we ARE sealed and consider each other not just loved ones or friends but husband and wife of the future!

Helen KlannJanuary 6, 2021

Absolutely beautiful and filled with the Spirit! Thank you for sharing your gift of photography and knowledge and testimony!

BeckyJanuary 6, 2021

No one should walk on eggshells or have to cajole their (adult?) spouse to carry in a heavy box of laundry detergent in the example given. It is absurd to have to remind an adult of what they have agreed to do. Choices have consequences...And we are talking about choices, not "distractions." Adults don't need to be reminded, children might. "We teach people how to treat us by what we are willing to accept." What is the popular phrase these days? I believe it's called "adulting." It should be embraced, not avoided.

MaryJanuary 6, 2021

The laundry detergent guy sounds lazy. Maybe step one is to not marry a lazy guy in the first place

CarolJanuary 6, 2021

I love your stories!!! The usually make me laugh and there is often a great lesson in them too. Not so much lesson in this one but a great laugh. The wife was a good sport and she gave a lot of people some to laugh about that day!!!!

Geoff SteurerJanuary 6, 2021

Thank you, Wally, for organizing these eternal truths into actionable steps for struggling marriages. I'm so grateful for your hard-earned wisdom gained from years of dedicated study and application.

JamieJanuary 6, 2021

Thank you so much for this article! I have been struggling with a crisis of faith for many years. Articles like these are so helpful in knowing that this is a real thing and I’m not broken or being rejected by God. It’s also so comforting to know that I’m not the only one who is going through something like this. I’d like to learn more about dealing with faith crises, does anyone know of any resources on the topic? I’m having a hard time finding any relevant information.

Deanna SasserJanuary 6, 2021

I went through a very difficult time in my marriage and the book that helped me the most to take a better look at myself and to change myself was Wally Goddard's little book on marriage. I have come to appreciate all his articles for Meridian Magazine and want to express my gratitude to him for his love of our Savior and for his wise words of wisdom. (And to his wife who has helped to shape him, as he gives her so much credit!). Thank you!!

Janet WiseJanuary 6, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing this stunning photography! Keep sharing your temple photos, as I love to Pin them and reflect on their beauty and the glory of Temples!

Sydney WheadonJanuary 6, 2021

This is hilarious! Thanks so much for sharing!

Amey ZeiglerJanuary 6, 2021

Thank you as always for your reviews!!

RebeccaJanuary 5, 2021

I wonder if Jimmy Galligan is condemning the rappers/musicians who continually use the ‘n’ word as swiftly as he did with Mimi Groves?

JemezblueJanuary 5, 2021

How ironic that people allow Cancel Cultural bullying as a way to make people behave the way they want, but call it "psychological abuse" when a marriage partner or parent does it in their family. If you don't like psychological abuse in a marriage, then don't accept it in regular society. BTW, as a student at a local university I am already lying about my political beliefs because I am afraid that my graduate work will get canceled if I do so. AND other university students assume that my political beliefs coincide with theirs. I just change the subject.

Ronnie BootheJanuary 5, 2021

I lost a grandson to suicide a few years ago. I felt that I could have reached him and helped him if I was not so far away. I felt that I had failed him. Your article was a tremendous help in my journey to forgiving myself, thank-you for sharing a baring your soul.

Tracey L. CarpenterJanuary 5, 2021

Excellent points.

LorettaJanuary 5, 2021

I am over 70 years of age. And even as a young teen I knew that saying the "n"word was offensive and wrong. Mimi can't excuse herself because of her age and not knowing. We are all born with the light of Christ that will let us know that something we are doing is wrong.

Vicky YeatesJanuary 5, 2021

How do you answer the critics who claim that there were not horses at the Book of Mormon time?

Jan KuesterJanuary 5, 2021

Amen!! I agree wholeheartedly. Many years ago, having gone through a short but emotionally brutal marriage, I had a period in my young life where I proudly proclaimed “A woman within a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” Fortunately that chapter of my life was a short one as I met some missionaries, had a quick, profound tutelage from the Holy Ghost and came to love and embrace the truth of the restored Gospel. I am the only member in my extended family and am grateful that none of my family or friends have ever used my foolish, ignorant proclamation against me, especially when I testify to them of the sanctity of marriage, the meaning of temple ordinances and so forth.

KJBJanuary 5, 2021

And how many times have conservatives called for bans and boycotts? Ah, the hypocrisy...

DanielleJanuary 5, 2021

I have to sit a moment to savor what was written. I noticed this piece alluded cancel culture was reserved for those of power, but now that everyday individuals have this power to use it, it is considered dangerous from the viewpoint of the author. Maybe the author meant it was also dangerous in the hands of those who are with power or belong to the elite and maybe the practice should not belong in those hands either. I do appreciate how the article points to the need for forgiveness in certain situations can be hard to do when someone is feeling the sense of shame for a set action(s). I think the way the article, maybe unintentionally, is written validates errant behavior as culture. Behavior that lacks taste, respect, and choses to denigrate is simply bad behavior and should not be confused with culture. I am sure Adolf Hitler wouldn’t have been moved into the direction of leadership that he took on if someone did shame him into the basic concepts of love and respect for one’s neighbor that are found in the Bible, Torah, and many other religious traditions and sacred works. Instead, many decided not to challenge his actions and words that sought to divide people by race, physical handicaps and abilities, and religion. Should the punishment be proportionate to the crime supported by context, by all means yes. However, one should never give a platform for bad behavior.

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TomJanuary 4, 2021

I too am a grandson of 'Ok Port and have long tried to find solid information about him. I honor him and respect him. Heck, i became a notorious lawman too. Thank you John for writing this and greetings from Nauvoo.

CoreyJanuary 4, 2021

I have read pretty much everything President Benson has written and have found nothing racist, ultra right wing or conspiratorial in his writings. Nothing but love for God, church and family and a great love and respect for the US constitution and a warning of things to come which has proven prophetic. But most of all and most important is that the Holy Spirit has confirmed to me that he was a chosen servant of god, witnessed and strengthened one day as I was traveling to Star Valley Wyoming shortly after President Benson died, as we were approaching Preston where the turnoff to Whitney is we could see flowers everywhere and my wife said lets stop and see Pres. Benson's grave, so we turned of the highway and went to the cemetery in Whitney, there were literally hundreds if not thousands of flower memorials and other things but as we got out of the car and approached the gravesite the spirit that was their was unbelievable, one of the most powerful spiritual experiences, feelings of my life and I knew that he was a man of god.

Harold RustJanuary 4, 2021

It seems to me that a better solution would be a two-fold approach: First, every person or group posting comments or photos of any kind be clearly identified. This would be that all subscribers/contributors have some unique identity that ties the content directly to them. Even if it is a group response, one or more specific individuals must be identified. The consequences would be that the person submitting the information would be personally liable just like they are now if they write in a book or say something on radio or TV which causes grave harm to someone else. In other words, this would be a distinct form of accountability for everything on the internet without imposing liability on the site itself. In conjunction with this would be some form of civil fine (via arbitration) in which repeated offenses by a contributor could be taken to court of some kind. Anything that could make those who post pornography or outlandish statements would be held accountable and fined if they can't defend accuracy and truth of what they said. The second step would require the platforms to allow all material except for very specific descriptions of offensive material that is clearly offensive to a reasonable person. This would reduce the nit-picky and biased selections they now make in blocking content because one small group of people don't like what is being said. The key is accountability for both what content is included by contributors and also what content is eliminated by the platform organization. The second step

LarryJanuary 4, 2021

This was a well reasoned article that looked at both sides. One aspect of social media that wasn't addressed is the control the platforms exert on what information gets shared and what gets suppressed. The last election was a great example of this. The social media companies, two in particular, were clearly hostile to the conservative portion of their customers and exercised blatant censorship. Much has been written, by academics who have studied it and insiders who help reate it, about the power that social media exerts on attitudes and even behavior.

Jerel DoxeyJanuary 4, 2021

Beautiful, amazing photography. Thank you.

DJJanuary 4, 2021

After reading your article, I dug out my (grown) children's copy of The Long Winter, which lead me back to the original "Little House in the Big Woods". It's been a great way to spend my blah days while contending with COVID symptoms. Just

Elaine LaytonJanuary 4, 2021

I also thank him for his service. I am sure he will have the opportunity to again serve in the spirit world. I am thankful for all those who have this wonderful opportunity.

Grandma JaneJanuary 4, 2021

Thank you for your interesting and thought provoking program. I love your idea for studying the D&C. It will be a treat to find the one liners!

KathleenJanuary 4, 2021

This was most informative! I have read news articles about this, but wondered about all the implications. Thank you for this!

DawnJanuary 4, 2021

This made me laugh! I was wondering what the author would receive from his mother. I was not expecting that. Happy New Year!

CubbyJanuary 4, 2021

FINDING A NEEDED/USEFUL GIFT was hilarious. Love your articles!

Garfield CookJanuary 4, 2021

My wife and I remember Michael when he first started his career. We had him over to our home to perform at a Christmas gathering with our company executives. His talent was obvious from the beginning and he has only gotten better. We knew he would accomplish much and so he has. He has blessed the lives of many for good. May the Lord continue to bless him. Garfield Cook

Alysann CollotziJanuary 4, 2021

Hi Brother Stariing! This is Alysann Collotzi, in your ward. I just discovered this today. I loved it and will share it with my children!

Nada - January 3, 2021January 3, 2021

Beautiful! I have never heard this song done so beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

pamelaJanuary 3, 2021

Thank you so much Sister Isackson for this article. I'm so sorry for the loss of your son and the inevitable pain it has caused. You wrote things I myself feel everyday of holding onto pain, anger, resentment over things from the past. I feel many of us do, so I appreciate your candidness in writing about a difficult subject. It helped me very much and I will now re-read and try to overcome my own faults in this area. I love how your write. Thank you so much.

Mary JaneJanuary 3, 2021

Excellent article and so true for many of us! I am going to share this with my daughters....thank you for your insights.

tfJanuary 2, 2021

Tell him you are about to have a nervous breakdown, and he will have to take care of them all himself. (Maybe a note from your doctor to that effect) Ask his MIL to come and help?

Jeff LindsayJanuary 2, 2021

Does the existence of the Mona Lisa point to an artist? The more I learn from science, the more stunned I am that life and the universe was even possible. It is so breathtaking, so complex, so elegant, so artistic, from the folding of proteins and the endlessly marvelous machinery of our cells (ATP synthase and the spliceosome for starters) to the bizarrely balanced fundamental forces that keep the stars so delicately poised on the knife's edge between collapse into oblivion from their own gravity and catastrophic explosion from the massive nuclear forces raging within -- and more than just surviving to give life to planets, they are also tuned with a remarkable mathematical coincidence built into the nature of matter that allows them to be highly productive engines of creation, cranking out carbon and heavier elements that allow solar systems to abound in much more than mere hydrogen and helium. So much brilliance and beauty. Just figuring out how some of the endless inventions around us work earns scientists fame and Nobel Prizes, but woe unto those who say such marvels are anything but meaningless random coincidences.

Win BroadhurstJanuary 2, 2021

Beautiful! Truth masterfully written! Sweet encouragement in times of spiritual need for strength! Thank You!!

Dennis LisonbeeJanuary 1, 2021

This insightful article comes from the president of Hillsdale College, a Christian school. The Brigham Young University/Alpine School District Partnership, was responsible for spearheading the movement in Utah that took these Jefferson principles out of K12 curriculum. Thus, our children in Utah have become ignorant. And now Utahans have to go to an Eastern Christian school to gain this information.

Denise CottrellJanuary 1, 2021

would you be so kind as to send me a pdf file? [email protected]

pamela Morgan roderJanuary 1, 2021

I will echo the previous comments. Thank you for sharing this article. You used the word "authentic" and is a perfect word in contrast to the blasting Christmas music in the stores saying "its the hap happiest season of all..." Well, not to everyone, no. I will print this article and re-read to remind myself many of us struggle at this time of year. It's about Christ and what He brought to all of us. Thank you so much.

Linda WillisJanuary 1, 2021

This is a must read for all! Brilliant analogy and makes me smile and cringe at the same time.

GrandpaJanuary 1, 2021

May I gently suggest getting a quorum leader or even the bishop involved in teaching this man his duties and responibilites.

DorisJanuary 1, 2021

I wish you would have given some actual conversation ideas -- to not bring on more argumentative stances. The only thing I can think of is, "Okay......Okay......Okay.

LexaGraemeJanuary 1, 2021

Happy New Year.

KateDecember 31, 2020

Excellent advise. I would also strongly encourage this woman to follow Dr. Julie Hanks (drjuliehanks on instagram) who addresses this very topic often in her posts and teaches a class on Creating a Partnership Family, which would be very helpful.

Bob SDecember 31, 2020

A good piece. You touched on several very important topics.

Bruce BelnapDecember 31, 2020

The light of Christmas is in this woman's eyes and the spirit of Christmas is in her heart 365 days a year. One of the choice gifts that has been given to so many of us is Marilyn Hadd.

Rochelle HaleDecember 31, 2020

I like your raisin analogy. Often my husband and I recount the stagecoach story, where the safest driver is the one who hugs the mountain instead of seeing how close to the edge he can get. Sadly, I think too often people get offended by others or possibly question a point of doctrine, and they forget that God is the author. They may seek out ways to justify their actions, rather than strengthening their faith and seeking proper direction or answers to their concerns.

Maryann TaylorDecember 31, 2020

People do not leave the church because someone hurt their feelings. They leave because they don't have a strong testimony. Someone who is close to the Savior and committed to living the gospel does not stay home from church because of something someone else did. While it is true that we need to fellowship, serve, and show love for another, each of us, hopefully sooner than later, is accountable for our own commitment to the Savior.

Maryann TaylorDecember 31, 2020

Although I have compassion for this woman, I think she is in deep denial. "Good husbands" do not habitually verbally abuse their children, nor do they continuously "pout" and refuse to be supportive to their wives. I am disappointed in some of the advice given here because this wife has ALREADY tried discussing these issues with her husband and he isn't listening. She definitely needs outside support and should counsel with her Bishop, especially regarding the verbal abuse. I think this situation is also a wake-up call for all young women who are yet unmarried. Before you marry, discuss with your potential spouse how they feel about sharing COMPLETELY in caring for their children and make sure they really WANT children. Then invite them to babysit with you and observe their behavior. Men are not doing women a "favor" when they care for their children. They have an equal responsibility, which goes far beyond bringing home a paycheck.

Kathy GibbDecember 31, 2020

I study multiple venues of the Come Follow Me study and yours never disappoints. It always gi