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June 25, 2020

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Bob SJune 25, 2020

Talk to people Listen to the Spirit Don’t have “an agenda” — just talk

Dave HallJune 25, 2020

I believe this is the fulfillment of Nephi's prophecy in 2 Ne 28:20 - "At that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good."

DavidJune 25, 2020

I can't help but be amused in 1910, former President Barrack Obama delivered the eulogy for Senator Robert Byrd, who was a KKK organizer and later a chapter leader. No mention of his Klan background during the speech, but lots of praise for the help he gave his party in helping run their agenda through the senate, and similar praise for his ability to bring government largesse to his state of W. Virginnia. Seems like political memories can be highly selective!

Ralph Gallini, JDJune 25, 2020

We have been having a home sacrament meeting with an Elderly widow in our ward at her home. We have an opening prayer, a hymn, the Sacrament, and a spiritual thought, then a closing prayer. On Fast Sunday we bear testimonies. It has been a blessing to all 3 of us. To me, this is the true and pure Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Mirin NelsonJune 25, 2020

I really don’t think this is about race or toppling statues. This, in my opinion, is a political movement. It is about trying to remove anyone or anything that is “American”. These people who are toppling statutes aren’t peaceful protestors. The leaders of these groups are left wing radicals who want to take our freedoms from us. They don’t care about laws, especially The Constitution. They don’t care about our “rights”. They only care about their political agenda and will do anything to get what they want!l... in my opinion...

Richard ParsonsJune 25, 2020

It is all a bunch of BS. No pride in America and what it stands for. We are headed to socialism.

DonnaJune 25, 2020

“There are sins America must make restitution for.” Ummmmm, how about all the Ives sacrificed in the battlefield during the Civil War? How about families sacrificing to send their loved ones? Major difference between those toppling statues and our founding fathers—the founding fathers struggled and worked their way to make right choices and sacrificed and left the world a better place. It would be a very interesting thing to lay bare the personal life of those who are so quick to condemn Jefferson and Washington.

Lorna BantaJune 25, 2020

And there in Seattle stands a 16 foot statue of Lenin. Maybe energy would be better used to end slavery where it exists now. Which person of color living in the United States today would choose to return to the country of their heritage? Is the goal a better life going forward or enjoying the opportunity to be lawless and destructive today and damn tomorrow.

Joan PferdnerJune 25, 2020

This was a wonderful project. I was happy to be a small part of it, but would like to make more for personal use. Where can this medical grade polypropylene mesh be purchased?

Craig HarveyJune 25, 2020

If the Book of Mormon is truly a parallel to our day, I don't see any way we cannot avoid another civil war in this country. The real question is if it is a parallel...are we approaching Alma 43 or are we coming up on 3rd Nephi 6? I lean towards the later. To quote one of my favorite characters from literature "The time will come when we have to choose between doing what is right and what is easy."

Janie BrayJune 25, 2020

Thank you for this article. Why some expect perfection from others when we are not perfect is something that I don’t understand. The state of our time right now is not only shameful but incredibly sad

rogerJune 25, 2020

"Let he who is whit out sin cast the first stone." Those who are pulling down these symbols of our history are also those who are sucking on the teat of welfare provided by this great nation. They do not understand what it has taken to build this country or what it has cost to defend it. Thanks, educators!

John TrevorJune 25, 2020

I really 'FELT' your article entitled "What could make you be a better missionary?" I am the high councilor responsible for missionary work in our stake. Would you please give me permission to have it printed and hand it personally to members of our stake? PLEASE!! You encapsulate my personal feelings in the article but although I have expressed those feelings when bearing testimony I have never attempted to write them down. Thank you sooo much.

Jonathan JamesJune 25, 2020

So God had the amelikites and ismaelites and other desert dwellers killed by the Hebrews, should the Middle East tear down God ? Moses and the Ten Commandments? Once you start down this road where do you stop?These children doing this have shed no blood for their beliefs when they have toppled this country lets see how they feel when the killers come and take from their families, should hear no whining for what they really did not want.

Arthur CornettJune 25, 2020

Thought provoking! Thank you

Minerva MillerJune 25, 2020

Excellent article to make readers see no one is perfect-- not even the best of our heroes and leaders and idols. Only one lived a perfect life on earth-- our Savior Jesus Christ. The annals of history are filled with only imperfect people. Not only should we learn from the mistakes of others and the past, but also acknowledge the power of good even imperfect people are capable of doing. The Founding Fathers were by any standards all imperfect but their contributions to establish the foundations of freedom and democracy in this country should be acknowledged.

HelenJune 25, 2020

And here we have it again; another answer to the prayer I was humbling offering less than 10 minutes ago! “Father, please help me reach out to my Christian friend [who refuses anything outside the Bible to be his guide] in a way that pleases Thee.” Thank you.

Karen LundstedtJune 25, 2020

We are all at the mercy of the mobs now. This is now America. My father who left communist Cuba said it would happen here and it has. Neighbor vs neighbor. "Mask shaming" you're a "racist" for any reason. It's all a power grab to destroy this country make no mistake.

Kent BucknerJune 25, 2020

I don't believe body parts were removed. The first definition of 'Arms' in Webster's 1828 dictionary is "Weapons of offense, or armor for defense and protection of the body." In other words, their weapons and/or armor were removed. In fact, not one of the definitions in Websters 1828 has anything to do with body parts but all are about weapons and war. Examples of the use of 'arm's' is in Alma 43: 11 "11 Yea, and they also knew the extreme hatred of the Lamanites towards their brethren, who were the people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi, who were called the people of Ammon—and they would not take up arms..." Also, Mos. 20:24, (can you imagine going somewhere without your body parts?) Alma 27:3, Alma 53:11, 1 Ne 22:6, and there are more.

John TrevorJune 25, 2020

You have so beautifully summarized, how we all need to feel, in order to be better missionaries. Than you so much,

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Janene ZimmermanJune 25, 2020

We return to church this Sunday. I have missed our instruction and the unified hearts meeting together to worship and partake of the sacrament. Home church has been wonderful and we all know how to do it now. It’s time to fortify our communities once again.

Maryann TaylorJune 25, 2020

It is not unusual for antidepressants to interfere with sexual desire. Perhaps you could try a different one. I sure hope your husband isn't having to wait a month for sex. If so, he is very vulnerable to infidelity. Men need sex! It is unreasonable to think they will be satisfied with only "cuddling."

LexaGraemeJune 24, 2020

I have truly enjoyed this Community Series. It’s how it should be for all of us. May we do all we can, wherever we live, to make it so.

LexaGraemeJune 24, 2020

That is prolonged, laugh-out-loud funny! Great story!

Dana kingJune 24, 2020

It is absolutely true that the atonement changes us. I have observed that the most empathetic people toward blacks, actually walk the walk with them and experience their life with them. I’ve seen and experienced systemic racism in many forms. And have many different blacks friends of different backgrounds. Empathy is born of experience. Listening and believing their stories is about the most important thing we can do.

JoanJune 24, 2020

I agree with Elizabeth. Mental gymnastics.

Grandpa ClydeJune 24, 2020

I think for COVID-19 there is a very important point that the author just glossed over, and that is that flattening the curve has nothing to do with people catching the virus. It only has to do with making sure that the number of cases don't exceed the capacity of medical institutions. We have somehow turned that around in our heads and discussions to mean that no one else should get the virus, which is NOT going to happen.

CJJune 24, 2020

I cannot believe this story was posted. Anything given in higher than prescribed doses can be toxic to pets or people. This is not a funny story. Nor is hearing about a 2 year old who got in to medication. Would it be so funny if the child had consumed the pills?

Char ValentinerJune 24, 2020

I really appreciate your careful handling of a difficult subject at this singular time. There is such a need for the nuanced thinking that you propose and I’m grateful for your strong advocacy. May we all seek to work together for the common good.

Randy H.June 24, 2020


Wally GoddardJune 24, 2020

A wonderful invitation! Thank you.

Wally GoddardJune 24, 2020

What a beautiful message! We certainly have important things to talk about!



Still StrivingJune 24, 2020

A much appreciated, thoughtful article. Thank you.

AnnaJune 24, 2020

Thank you for this timely and well-written article. Balance is such a difficult thing to find and achieve, but it is the hallmark of ethical and emotional maturity.

JessicaJune 24, 2020

The idea that chastity before marriage creates an environment of more beautiful powerful sex after seems like a lovely idea and a motivating one. I’m wondering what the data shows about that. Is my sex life that much more fulfilling because we waited until we said I do? Furthermore...this excerpt essentially says that communication is the key to beautiful powerful sex. So which is it?

HelenJune 24, 2020

“Wherever two or more of you are gathered in his name, there is love.” The Wedding Song Performed by Peter, Paul and Mary

Pam DunfordJune 24, 2020

So beautifully expressed! Each person is a vital part of the Lord's work, and we all need to work together. It's all part of His plan. Thanks for sharing your insights.

Colleen ShieldsJune 24, 2020

Insightful! Thanks for verbalizing what I have intrinsically felt for years...that everyone has a legitimate perspective. We must find our common ground if we're ever going to overcome the father of all contention.

SharmaJune 24, 2020

Thank you. I have just been lamenting the fact that too many people are not listening anymore. There is too much divide. Your article is timely for the thoughts I have been having.

SharmaJune 24, 2020

That was a great laugh out loud story!

A. Denise HeathJune 24, 2020

Perhaps , too , all the families might remember the single sisters in their ward , who are unable to have the sacrament . We are hurting and need that strength that comes from partaking of the Lord’s supper . It is hard not to have that inter reaction with other ward members and friends .

A. BinghamJune 23, 2020

Sadly the statue of Brigham Young at BYU was vandalized this week with the word 'racist' written on the statue using red paint. This wave of vandalism, attempts at canceling culture needs to end.

AmyJune 23, 2020

Read, and have your husband read, And They Were Not Ashamed and Knowing Her Intimately by Laura M Brotherson. She does an excellent job in teaching, giving resources and tools about female sexual health. It’s so important for both husband and wife to get what each need from their relationship.

AmyJune 23, 2020

Read, and have your husband read, And They Were Not Ashamed, and Knowing Her Intimately by Laura M Brotherson. She does an excellent job in teaching, giving resources and tools, both to husband and wife, about female sexual health. It’s so important for both of you to get what each of you need to feel the closeness you and Heavenly Father want for your marriage.

Robert W CowartJune 23, 2020

Thanks,Mariah I had learned about Dan Jones before and had admired his faith. He was fearless. The 3 D's had talked about him in their music,the Mormon Heritage album. Thanks for your research. It was a joy to read especially his sucess in his mission to wales.

Diane IrwinJune 23, 2020

This is the BEST marriage advice! I wish I had it when I first got married, or when my children were married. Using these principles would have eliminated a few divorces, including mine! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

AprilJune 23, 2020

Diana, I loved your compilation of insights, both your own and those of others. I prayed last night to be able to receive some additional insight into these chapters I've read so often. Your article was the answer to my prayer and as I pondered received some further insight. Thanks again for your thoughtful article.

Elizabeth LeBlancJune 23, 2020

I appreciate your intellectual application; however, I did stop reading because you don’t need to prove faith unto me. Who is your reader audience and what do you hope to accomplish with this article? Truth is simple and this reads to make it very convoluted and much too technical to ever get there. I hope you find an audience with this piece,

Karen LundstedtJune 23, 2020

All I can say is please Lord hurry up and get here! I am so sick of the wickedness in this place.

Franzez E. SorensenJune 22, 2020

Oh, and God bless the father's that stay, stick it out, do their best, do their fatherly jobs, and partner with the mothers to get it all done right! Dad's are vital, mom's are vital, a balance, a partnership, and having Father in that partnership makes it good. Bless the poor moms who have to step in when a father/husband steps out! One day I surely hope we all get it right.

CherylJune 22, 2020

Just read Alma 17-18, and this was a good analogy to go along with it.

PaulaJune 22, 2020

The best one I've heard is fair to partly cloudy.

David FinkJune 22, 2020

Missing the point, for a Christian: "Where there is grace there is no place for Race". Gal. 3:28. The only way racism can be seen or exercised is through the prism of Identity Politics. ie: Ku Klux Klan or Black Lives Matter. Both objectify the individual person. Both have co-opted the individual into a mass weapon. David

Margie MJune 22, 2020

Loved this article. Loved how inspired and insightful your ideas are. I especially resonated with your insight to change to the positive. I have been feeling strongly this past week that we have had so many negative examples of racialism and I want to see as many examples of loving kindness between races. It seems time to see, hear, and experience positive examples so we can learn from each other ways to change for the better.

Gary OliverJune 22, 2020

This is what Nephi meant by "feasting on the words of Christ". Well done Sister Linford. Thank you for showing me the depths of what may be found in "the Word" when seriously and prayerfully considered including its application to my own life.

Steve ZeiglerJune 22, 2020

To an extent we are all judgemental, and I'm not sure that is always bad. Being aware would be a good thing before one wandered through some of the seedier areas in Chicago or Baltimore. How wonderful it is to sit in our safe and secure environment and decide how racist we might be. If we ignore progress, having just elected a black president for two terms with a overwhelmingly white voter base for example, it is easy to say yes, we are all racists. There is a reason the world still flocks to this least af all racist nations in the world. Are we perfect, no. Do we have traits and generational predujuces that we can work on to become more Christlike? Of course. Realizing that we are all literally brothers and sisters and spirit children of God is vital in our understanding of all of those around us.

NicholeJune 22, 2020

I listen to your podcast through “Stitcher” and this weeks episode is not completely there. Only 5min, 17 seconds is recorded and cuts off. I love listening, but glad I can still receive the message here in full on the website.

Karen WeitzJune 21, 2020

I cannot agree with you and the remainder of those in this echo chamber who support your article. There are two major issues with your article. First, the "slavery" of other races was not the same as the Trans Atlantic Slave trade. The former was based on an economic structure of indebted servitude whereas the latter was based on white supremacy. To overlook that fact is to be complicit with treating Black people as second class citizens to whites, which is offensive to God. Secondly, you're not referring to statues in other countries in your arguement. Were you against toppling the statues of the Third Reich in Germany, Stalin and Lenin from the USSR, or Saddam Hussein from Iraq? Can you not agree that we can learn from mistakes in our past without holding onto symbols which are so deeply rooted in white supremacy? This is the real issue here: Addressing the implicit biases we all possess. For most white LDS, we have a lot of work to do to recognize how our biases, our prejudices, and cultural beliefs, which have no truth in the Gospel, perpetuate the racial divide. Ask any Black member of the Church about their experiences enduring macro or micro aggressions because of the color of their skin. Ask them how they feel about monuments glorifying people who ripped apart families, defiled, and murdered their ancestors. They may have a vastly different opinion than yours. Until we can all prayfully commence meaningful dialogue using D&C 50 as an example of how to communicate one with another, we cannot have the same heart and mind as God. There's a reason this is all happening now. You are advocating holding onto the status quo. But this is the mortal existence. It has been imperfect since the fall. All of these monuments will be dust at the Second Coming anyway. If we want to prepare ourselves for the Second Coming, we have a lot of work to do. Otherwise, we will not be prepared to receive Christ when He comes again.

SteveJune 21, 2020

A most excellent article that all Americans should read. I feel the 'Silent Moral Majority', supports your line of thinking. Its the Gadianton style combinations that are working to destroy the rule of law, our peace and our nation.

SteveJune 21, 2020

Great article. Very well written. I agree wholeheartedly

Karen AdamsonJune 21, 2020

I love this! The spirit has been teaching me many if these things. Thank you for such a wonderful and timely article!

Sandy MemmottJune 21, 2020

Your podcast is always wonderful—so much to “absorb and digest”! But this week’s was especially good. You covered so much, (but not too much), I was overwhelmed! Thanks so much for the time and effort you put in to this podcast! It is truly appreciated. Also, a question: I would love to buy your new book, Scot, but I don’t do Kindle. Is there some other way to access it?

T. MansanarezJune 21, 2020

Beautiful tribute! What a blessing to have a good man as a father. Not all do. But I do. And I am grateful every day.

AlanJune 21, 2020

A: If the relationship is not good, then fix that. If it is see B below. B: Young men have a GOD GIVEN intense need for regular sex. It is not wrong and nothing to be ashamed of. If a wife does not respond to that, in the mood or not, she puts her relationship at risk and perhaps her entire marriage. Go to the doctor if you have to, but be available for your husband. Feminists will hate this but it is wise.

John BJune 21, 2020

Thank you Peter, a very articulate answer to the current PC bandwagon. We cannot erase the past, it’s what makes us who we are today. Many unfortunately see these historic individuals through their 21st century eyes and make no allowance for what was reality at the time. That view does not make me a racist but a realist.

Jen PrzedpelskiJune 20, 2020

I always love reading anything by Ted Gibbons! I am sorry to hear of his passing. If someone in his family sees this, I hope they know how much his work has impacted lives, including my own.

TruthJune 20, 2020

Very true and eye opening. Thank you. Candace Owens touches very well on this subject that I think would help many understand more that are not really seeing the full picture in this comment section. Thank you for your article.

Linda JohnsonJune 20, 2020

When you "don't feel like it," responding to his advances will make you "feel like it" and you will both be glad you did.

WendiJune 20, 2020

I taught a Relief Society lesson a few years ago on a Conference talk entitled Religion and Government. If you really think about it, we can’t have one without the other. They compliment each other.... But, freedom to choose or free agency must be first respected.

Tim WeldonJune 20, 2020

To Stargazingmommy. So are you saying that everyone should be perfect - that no matter what good a person has done their sins should cancel them out as people? If so you're treading a very dangerous and judgmental path. For example: if it weren't for Winston Churchill all of us Europeans would be speaking German now. You cannot critique history by today's standards.

DonnaJune 19, 2020

This is the first article I have read addresses the heart of our troubles. For me, this article defines the 'false dilemma' situation we face with so many issues. The 'this OR that' mindset divides us and won't help us find answers to serious issues.

JeanJune 19, 2020

That is music that touches the heart! I felt a father's love and how it can affect generations through listening to this song. Thank you!

Jay SJune 19, 2020

Rumor has it that sisters are hesitant to be called ministers. Some in Utah call themselves Minis

Ed DeusenberryJune 19, 2020

I often respond to the how are you questions with “fit as a fiddle, out of tune.”

Pauline HarryJune 19, 2020

WOW! This is REALLY BEAUTIFUL! What a lovely tribute and such a beautiful family! I LOVE your voice!

Lin AtkinsonJune 19, 2020

Thanks for sharing this well written and thought out article. It is very human and for me, part of it's value and worth is that I have such memories too. In the world where there is so much push to divide us, having common, positive and uplifting experiences we are is a source of strength and support.

KathyJune 19, 2020

I have experienced the same feelings in my otherwise happy healthy marriage..I was prompted to go to a doctor I trusted who tested my hormone levels. My results showed a very low level of testosterone in my body. I now have a testosterone pellet implanted every few months and that not only has brought back my sexual interest but it has greatly enhanced our marriage.

Get off the antidepressants. They could be the reason you do not feel like having sex.kayJune 19, 2020

Get off the antidepressants. They could be the reason you do not feel like having sex.

dave hicksJune 19, 2020

Hence, my conclusion that intimacy between husband and wife is somebody's idea of a bad joke. Cheers

DeniseJune 18, 2020

Thanks, Lynne, for another excellent, thought-provoking article.

TiffanyJune 18, 2020

Yes, if we follow this line of thinking we need to abolish the declaration of independence and US Constitution because their writers owned slaves. This is such dangerous "logic."

J MeikleJune 18, 2020


KennaJune 18, 2020

I second Beverly’s comment, in this article felt personal in an uplifting way with confirmation from the spirit - which lately I’ve been hard pressed to find. Thank you for your preparation and willingness to write and share!

RachelleJune 18, 2020

Love this!! So much better than surface conversations. Thank you Joni!

WeezieJune 18, 2020

Fabulous article. Caught my eye right off from the title. I hate the whole how are you fine garbage! Thanks for the great ideas. I copied and pasted them in my phone so I can always have them.

MaralynJune 18, 2020

I like to say “Good, sometimes!”

BeverlyJune 18, 2020

I feel as if you were writing this article JUST FOR ME. Thank you for following the spirit and your heart as you wrote. You gave me the tools and encouragement I need to move forward.

Steven PerryJune 18, 2020

Thanks, Lynne, for this thoughtful article, and the past preparation that makes you able to write it.

Mary Ann KershisnikJune 18, 2020

Oh Yes!!!!!!!

LexaGraemeJune 18, 2020

Thank you.

D ChandlerJune 18, 2020

Amen! Changing history does NOT make it better Thank you for this great article.

NicholeJune 18, 2020

Your insights and parallels are keen. Thank you for sharing! I admit I ended up here because of the root picture; I’ve never seen such an excellent example of a false root system. If I may be permitted to share and expound on the analogy, I wrote about adventitious roots here:

Robert StarlingJune 18, 2020

Very well said, Gary. Nice summary of a growing problem. Now, what can we do about it? You've sounded the alarm, now we need a plan.

Kenn RasmussenJune 18, 2020

When I saw the title “not so secret combinations” my first thought was “that sounds like something insightful Gary Lawrence would write.” Good job again Gary.

Carolyn ThelerJune 18, 2020

Thanks for an insightful article.

John MarshallJune 18, 2020

"Yes, Angels are near us." Good ending to an inspiring article. Well done.

KatelynJune 17, 2020

true repentence requires us to forsake our sins. We cannot just say we are not racist, we must forsake it. This is a symbolic forsaking of the sin of racism and the sin of glorifying those who contributed to it's spread in our society. it's not about you. 2 Ne 12:12

PeterJune 17, 2020

Excellent article.

Ron DotyJune 17, 2020

I have always loved the book of Moroni, and recall a time reading his words being struck by his loneliness and grief, but never saw how he dealt with it. Being in the middle of a pretty tough time, this is a real blessing. Thank you.

Jason OlsonJune 17, 2020

Richard Whaley, I served as a Latter-day Saint Navy Chaplain from 2014-2020. Served in Japan, on a cruiser, and with Marines in North Carolina. It was a wonderful ministry!

AmyJune 17, 2020

Thank you so much for this excellent article. Very well said!

SylviaJune 17, 2020

Well said.

Cynthia CarlsonJune 17, 2020

Awesome, inspiring article! Thank you!

Anna StruthersJune 17, 2020

Very well written!! Amen to that.

StargazingmommyJune 17, 2020

They are modern thoughts though. Most of these statues being ripped down are modern history. Removing them is only removing an honor to the person that performed the atrocities. It is no different than if there were a statue of Thomas C. Sharp, Mark Aldrich, William N. Grover, Jacob C. Davis and Levi Williams and governor Ford built at carthage jail. There would be people offended at that, especially church members. But it's history! It shouldn't be forgotten! No, it shouldn't, but it should be taught in text books without a memorial to these types of people. We can purge some elements of evil from our lives, and this constant, never hidden reminder of the torture and deaths of millions of innocent souls needs to go.

Martha ClantonJune 17, 2020

What a wonderful community you have built. I hope we can do the same in our community.

ShannonJune 17, 2020

Thank you for this lesson. I’ve learned so much from your sharing and also helped me to prepare the topic” the middle of life” to discuss with my kids. The happiest moment for me is to study your teaching every week. Thank you very much.

AyseJune 17, 2020

I agree wholeheartedly. You’ve elucidated this issue quite well. And it applies to other countries as well. Taking down statues and erasing the human element in history smacks of what we know often happens in authoritarian run countries even today. Let us preserve democracy by keeping our imperfect heroes. Thank you for speaking out.

DianeJune 17, 2020

Very well said, and I quite agree with you! Thank you

CammyJune 17, 2020

Great article. All people everywhere should read this. Thank you.

wmtelsr1June 17, 2020

I am from the last century, I thank you for your insight. We can not learn from the past if the markers or sign posts of history are not there to guide us.

Susan DickmanJune 17, 2020

Thank you for your thoughts on Moroni and how he girded up his loins and took fresh courage to continue on the way he did. I suffer from Major Depressive Disorder and when I saw your title, I thought--great, another article on dealing with depression and could be from someone who does not know what depression is. I am grateful to you and the way you presented how Moroni overcame being the only Nephite left and continued the work he had yet to fulfill. Your words are thought provoking and definitely gives me ideas on how I can work through some of my depression.

Allison BinghamJune 17, 2020

Thanks for reposting this and allowing for commentary. And so Google just threatened to blacklist and demonitize the Federalist. Google also turned off the Federalist's comments silencing the virtual public square for Federalist articles. Apparently these truthful articles are threatening to the public.

Sandy ReddishJune 17, 2020

It is amazing to me how the Book of Mormon holds the solutions to many of our problems. Thank you for sharing we have multiple family members with depression.

Sandy ReddishJune 17, 2020

This is wonderful thank you for sharing. It is amazing to me how the gospel in by he Book of Mormon provides answers to so many of life's challenges.

Tanya NeiderJune 17, 2020

Love it! Insightful. Whenever I read Moroni's account of aloneness, I weep for him, yet, seeing all he accomplished after his desperation brings comfort & joy. The way you have laid out how to "liken the scriptures unto yourself" in this simple, step-by-step fashion will certainly give others hope and direction. Thank you!

Diane IrwinJune 17, 2020

Amen! I shared on Facebook the other night an article about General Custer's monument, that was posted by my son-in-law, with the caption, "SAVE!" An onslaught of negative comments ensued. Even after I commented, "HANDS OFF! If it is not your property, you have no right to touch it.", the melee continued. The historical items should not be defaced or removed. History should not be changed or erased!

E ColleyJune 17, 2020

I for one completely agree with all you have said . We need to learn from our past so we can move on with our future. Thank you.

Claudia Henderson SmithJune 17, 2020

This was a great article. I agree whole heartedly. Leave our statues alone! Thanks for writing this and sharing your views

CarolineJune 17, 2020

What a wonderful article! It helped me so much with a seemingly endless challenge in my life. Thank you for sharing this insight.

Sasha KwapinskiJune 16, 2020

Mixing religion with politics is tricky and problematic, for various reasons. (1) People may imply (or openly state in so many words) that those who disagree with them on a political issue are, in some fashion, morally deficient or less than "Christian." (2) Emphasis on a political matter or issue can rise to the level of becoming an obsession, displacing religious teachings and doctrines that are of more permanent importance. (3) Partisan disagreements can blind us from seeing those more basic beliefs and factors that we share in common (within one denomination or among various denominations). In short, it carries the danger of reducing religion to little more than political advocacy or activism. Some decades ago, before becoming LDS, I ended up leaving my previous denomination mainly because of the continual political advocacy that was being put forth and pushed at me.

Scot ProctorJune 16, 2020

Yes, it is manufactured in Indiana and shipped from Utah.

JulieJune 16, 2020

Is this a US made product (manufactured in the US)? Thanks.

Harold RustJune 16, 2020

Wow! That is music for creating amazement, excitement, and deep appreciation from anyone who loves real music. The harmony adds to the depth of the song while the fundamental melody carries the song without having it buried in over-poweringly harmonious sounds.

Melanie NewmanJune 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing this! I ask those similar questions during my personal morning prayers, but have never thought to do the same with my family. Thank you!

HalJune 16, 2020

Great insight. I fear we are seeing a similar situation unfolding in our country at this moment. The current violence and calls for "defunding the police" appear to be based on the same evil designs that the people of Ammonihah had for the entire Nephite nation.

HalJune 16, 2020

Powerful article, thank you. I've been saying the same thing for years, just not as elegantly.

Paula KernsJune 16, 2020

This is a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing your insight and experiences.

Still StrivingJune 16, 2020

It may be helpful to distinguish "visits from" and "visions of" in the matter of heavenly beings. The former refers to the physical presence of a heavenly being on the earth, and the latter refers to heavenly beings seen in vision without necessity of being physically present. Both are sacred and profound, though very different in context. This is a much appreciated article.

CatherineJune 15, 2020

A fine article well peppered with zingers.

Scot ProctorJune 15, 2020

Scot ProctorJune 15, 2020 Here is an article detailing the visits and references.

Bob JonesJune 15, 2020

The first comment out of my statistics professor's mouth was "statistics don't lie but people do." This is the problem with using "models" to explain " a situation. They are only a theory until verified by actual circumstances. The problem with a theory is it starts with the personal biases of the author who just wants to prove "their theory" is correct. Thus, in recent years we have seen not everyone is to be trusted proving what my professor said is true.

Carey CannonJune 15, 2020

Bro. Proctor, Hi. In 40 years of reading church history I have never heard of "at least five visits from the Father and the Son" to the Prophet Joseph. Can you point in the directions of where I can find that information? Thanks. Carey Cannon

Joel Robin MarksJune 15, 2020

I have now read Joseph's announcements of how to pray for the second time and will take this wisdom into my bosom for the rest of this veil of tears into the light bright tunnel of eternity. Thanks you Scot for such a triumph!!

Brian VuinovicJune 15, 2020

What are the sources used to discover that Joseph was visited by so many heavenly messengers? I have done some study of his life but had no idea that the Father and the Son visited the Prophet five times or that of all the Nephite 12 apostles visited him as well.

Joni HiltonJune 15, 2020

Great article. In researching this culture some time ago, I learned that archaeologists have found counterfeit cacao beans made of clay in burial sites. You don't think of ancients counterfeiting, but swindlers abound throughout history!

Margie MJune 15, 2020

My children have criticized me for not understanding and being for rioting. I Am in support of peaceful protests. From the beginning I said that the slogan should be ‘All lives matter’ and they think that is racist. Thank you for your Article. I think and feel as you do. I love my children and I also worry about the false doctrines being enforced in Society. I see Gadianton style combinations fully at work against our nation and our peace.

MargieJune 15, 2020

My children have criticized me for not understanding and being for rioting. I Am in support of peaceful protests. From the beginning I said that the slogan should be ‘All lives matter’ and they think that is racist. Thank you for your Article. I think and feel as you do. I love my children and I also worry about the false doctrines being enforced in Society. I see Gadianton style combinations fully at work against our nation and our peace.

Bradley AndersonJune 15, 2020

I enjoyed these insights very much. I was a little surprised, however, that you included a quote from Lectures on Faith and attributed it to the Prophet. Your own magazine published an article some time ago making it clear that the Lectures were written by Sydney Rigdon and not Joseph Smith. The point made was accurate, and appropriate, but it would be good to get some clarification on that small matter

Charles McClellandJune 15, 2020

Thanks, Scot, for this insightful article on prayer. You have described aspects of prayer that we all need to be aware of.

Been thereJune 14, 2020

As President Hinckley‘s father said, forget about your self. Make everything about her. Make her as comfortable as you can, cater to her every whim, do everything you can for her.. Never miss a chance to give her a kiss or tell her you love her. Give her all of your attention. I think you will get the idea.

Teressa MoultonJune 14, 2020

Some of us need to be taught in a way that even a child can understand. Thank you from an old couple willing to receive this beautiful message and having sweet experiences immediately and consistently because of it. It truly opens up an added assurance to feel and know that He goes before us in all that may lie ahead.

Analilí BurrowsJune 14, 2020

Great read. Morgan Freeman, Larry Elder, Candace Owens, Kanye West, and many others are speaking against the narrative of victim mentality and systemic racism. This is an election year and the only thing the left has to offer is fear, racism, hate of America. We need to be brave in our convictions and unafraid to share. Thank you!

Bob FordJune 14, 2020

This piece and your more recent piece about burning our own house down articulate what has been in my mind about these tragedies. Thank you for that. To those who would complain that you didn’t focus enough on George Floyd or the plight of African Americans, etc., I would point out that those were not the main topic of the piece. I thought you struck a perfect balance in both pieces.

Ilene BrackenJune 14, 2020

Thank you Maurine for your article, I really enjoyed reading it. It made me think.

Robert Bohacz PowellJune 14, 2020

Another great article. Have you folks ever wondered why so many people have such a variety of opinions on this issue? Please take Sister Proctor's last 2 articles and cross reference them with a General Conference by Elder Delbert L.Stapley of the Council of Twelve Apostles titled, "The Evil and Designs of Conspiring Men." Conference Report, October 1961, p. 20-24. I found it in a "pdf" format on Google. You start putting these 3 articles together, and you will see the bigger picture enfold. A review of the recent General Conference talk by Elder Quentin L. Cook: "The Blessings of Continuing Revelation to Prophets and Personal Revelation to Guide our Live" would be the icing on the cake. Dr. Ben Carson said, it best when he stated, "We, the American people, are not each other's enemies. The enemies are those people behind the curtain jerking everybody's chains and trying to divide us up by age, by race, by income." Let's find out who the Wizard of Oz & Desolations is behind the Curtain and let's take care of that and let's move forward together because "All Lives Matter" to a loving Father in Heaven.

Noah BergevinJune 14, 2020

"He (the devil) always sends errors into the world in pairs--pairs of opposites. And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worse. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of one to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let us be fooled. We have to keep our eyes on the goal and go straight through between both errors. We have no other concern than that with either of them." ~ C.S. Lewis "It is the orthodox orchestration in applying the gospel of Jesus Christ that keeps us happy and helps us to avoid falling off the straight and narrow path, for on the one side there is harsh legalism and on the other syrupy sensualism. Little wonder that man needs careful and precise help, the guidance of the Spirit, in order to navigate under such stressful circumstances." ~ Neal A. Maxwell

Angie MannJune 14, 2020

My heavens, we are no different today, are we? Everything going on in the world is a distraction from the Savior Jesus Christ. I loved hearing the call to repent through the words of Alma and Amulek. Their mission at that time, does indeed sound very familiar to our time.

Peter SteimleJune 13, 2020

Yes! He is helping us! We just need to trust Him and keep our sacrament covenants. ...Jesus says: "Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." And "See the nail prints in my hands and feet." ...Touch me and feel. And: I do not condemn you, go thy way and sun no more. (All in D&C, section 6).

Cliff JolmJune 13, 2020

I noticed many similarities in this book and the priestcraft peddled by Chad Daybell, as shown in official court documents. This bunk is very dangerous, and highly addictive. Please, the canonizes scriptures and teachings of modern prophets; not this stuff.

Pattie SkousenJune 13, 2020

I have read all your comments and am saddened how this time of confusion in the United States has left us all feeling vulnerable. Your article helped me to understand more fully how people without the gospel of Jesus Christ can always presume the worst. I know that when we as a nation, go back to remembering our God and only serving Him, will we be able to live together in peace. The Book of Mormon proves this over and over again. I have just read the wars again and have tried to see them in our days. Those who didn’t want to live the laws established by the people were destroyed or sent home without their weapons. They had to promise to never come to war with the Nephites again or be destroyed. It was a tumultuous time for Moroni and his army. When do we learn that serving and worshiping our God is the answer.

JulieJune 13, 2020

Those of us who have been doing family history since before the advent of computers remember the stories in the family history magazines. Stories written by LDS and non-LDS people about the miracles they had witnessed as they did their family history work. Some had dreams or saw their deceased relatives in the churches or graveyards they visited. Others experienced help that was so far from reasonable they knew they were being aided. The deceased wish to be found. They know where their records are located and they will help you to find them. Make your research a matter of prayer, step forward to begin, and you will receive great spiritual blessings. I can promise that because I have.

Lisa GillJune 13, 2020

I have always loved my country and the principals of freedom that were constructed, even if I know it is not a dream fully realized. I am patriotic and feel I live in a land with promise. As a child we would recite the pledge of allegiance, I always changed it to liberty and justice for some. As I have grown older I have become saddened by how lost we have become as a country and ignorant. We get our news from Facebook or news outlets full of opinions and short on facts. Why are people more enraged by looting, than murder. Why are people outraged they feel they have to feel guilty, because they want to go back to saying that is a shame and turning a blind eye to things. Why are people saying we have made George Floyd a martyr, he was on drugs? I could try to explain things, but your eyes and ears are closed. Vandalism and Looting is wrong. However, Agitators, Agressive Police Officer, and White Supremacists have turned peaceful protest and despair in to looting/vandalism. It is working, because your focus has shifted. Victims are turned into villains, so a blind eye is turned to their suffering. The article seems well reasoned but falls short in understanding the issue. The article wants to fight collective and forced guilt. The comments of indivuals are still black and white, everyone needs their descriptors. I am sorry you feel your rights are being infringed upon and you feel inviting racial activism into your home will burn it down. The reverence you feel for the flag, anthem, and monuments is not wrong. What is wrong is not understanding why someone else sees them as a sign of oppression or a promise not delivered.

Cal MomJune 12, 2020

It’s interesting that the church will never force people to vaccinate, but commenters on here are all for forcing it. Why blame unvaccinated when most vaccinated are not current. Many vaccines have to be repeated to be effective and adults are the worst “offenders”. Many on here suggest for others to study and get educated, travel and see less fortunate countries etc. Very naive to assume non-vaccinators have not done that. In fact, they have to study more because it’s easier to follow the crowd and have most drs backing you up. Fortunately, our M.D. stayed current with the research -past and present- and cared more about our health than his profits. One day we will look back and see this was the biggest fraud perpetuated on humans.

AllisonJune 12, 2020

I agree with those who have expressed sympathy with the experiences of black Americans and called for greater compassion and awareness of the injustices and violence they have faced through the years. In my mind, step one is listening and learning, rather than fixating upon the riots. One of the most impactful things I have heard in the past two weeks is the reminder that America itself is a result of rebellion against oppression. For those who heartily condemn the current violence, but idealize America and her ideals, don't condemn one while glorifying the other. Let's make the current focus of our efforts listening to and learning from our black brothers and sisters.

Jo Ann OkelberryJune 12, 2020

I so thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. What a great story! I remember Jack Anderson. His column was not too popular with some people.

DianeJune 12, 2020

I knew a similar family several years ago. He emigrated to the US, but wanted to convince the cousin he lived with that her LDS church was false. He read the Book of Mormon, but was afraid to tell his Catholic wife that he wanted to be baptized. She was unable to get permission from the Chilean government to immigrate. The missionaries miraculously discovered her, but she was afraid to tell her Pentacostal husband that she wanted to be baptized. He finally told her about his conversion and baptism. She told him about her conversion. Within a few weeks (after 3 years of waiting), she and the kids got permission to immigrate. He became an elder in time to baptize and condirm her.

Pauline HarryJune 12, 2020

What a great story! I loved it!

RenaeJune 12, 2020

If each church member would add 100 names to familysearch, we would double the size of the tree. Think this is a lot? You could probably do it in 10 to 20 hours. We need you. And you need the spiritual blessings that come with the work. You need to experience the little miracles that make people devote some many hours to expanding the tree. You need to experience first hand the personal intervention of God in your life, something genealogists have been testifying about for generations. So if your tree seems done, expand the tree to the side. Pick a spouse of someone in your tree and construct their tree back a few generations using the hints.. You cannot do the temple work, but you can make a big difference in the research.

GrandpaJune 12, 2020

Beautiful reply.

LexaGraemeJune 12, 2020

This is beautiful. This is community. This is family.

JemezblueJune 12, 2020

Many Thanks for this article! It just answered a question I had about how is missionary work going on in this topsy turvy world! God's work will not be stopped!

Bryan PattersonJune 12, 2020

Awesome article! So much truth that I will share with as many as I can!

JanieJune 12, 2020

Inspiring story. Thanks for the positive message It was truly a blessing to read. Hugs

Justin MJune 12, 2020

Thank you for sharing such a rich and spiritual experience with us! There is a great deal of symbolism and wealth of knowledge to be found within their ceremony!

Taylor StonelyJune 12, 2020

The Savior’s work will go on regardless of the world and the circumstances that we find ourselves in. Such an uplifting story, thank you for sharing!

MadelineJune 12, 2020

Such an inspiring story! The same parallel conversion story happened with my grandparents in Australia, except they were living together and both secretly meeting with different companions of missionaries! The Lord definitely works in mysterious ways. Amen.

Pania HeimuliJune 12, 2020

What a beautiful, comforting thing to know — that God loves all His children and sends answers to prayers even in the seemingly darkest times. Thank you for this article.

BEV TAYLORJune 11, 2020

I am always amazed by the portrayal of the "grove" by artists! It was SPRING :) There wouldn't be any leaves on trees...just blossoms! Wouldn't it be even more LOVELY with colorful blossoms?

JackJune 11, 2020

I appreciate your articulating the sentiment that rioting has no place in the lives of those who believe in the Restored Gospel of Christ. I just wish you had spent half the time of the article articulating the importance of the protests and less time on the rioting. The few sparse sentences of sympathy toward George Floyd seemed really almost like token mentions, and doesn't really address or even scratch the surface of the terror Black Americans grow up with. I think you missed an opportunity.

AndrewKJune 11, 2020

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CarolynJune 11, 2020

Becky, The mylar strip glitter in the sunlight and the birds are frightened off without hurting the birds.

Russ NickelJune 11, 2020

Enjoy your thoughts so much, but please cite the sources of quotes you use, or indicate a link because we often may wish to read more of what your quoted source has to say.

Angie MannJune 11, 2020

Really good read! You have a knack for bringing the simplicity of the gospel messages to the reader, just like the quote from Richard G. Scott you included at the end, how simple and yet profound is that message? ( I must admit that I totally had a Whoville moment while reading that quote. It may be my new favorite. )

Shelley S.June 11, 2020

Thank you for this! I needed this message in my life right now. Trials DO help us turn to the Lord. And you are right, some of my greatest growth has taken place during trials; the greater the trial, the greater the growth.

BEV TAYLORJune 11, 2020

I’m always amazed that no one actually takes into account that it was SPRING when the vision happened. There would be no leaves on trees, just blossoms. I’d love to see an artist capture it as it really was

GinnyJune 11, 2020

I love when my feelings are put into words!

Kayleen HunsakerJune 11, 2020

I love this quote: “The future of this world has long been declared; the final outcome between good and evil is already known. There is absolutely no question as to who wins because the final victory has already been posted on the scoreboard. The only really strange thing in all of this is that we are still down here on the field trying to decide which team’s jersey we want to wear!” [cited in John Bytheway; When Times are Tough; 30] This comes from Jeffrey R Holland

HeatherJune 11, 2020

Sadly the people that are causing most of the problems in our country don't understand the concept being so eloquently described in this article, much less would even read it because it's easier to jump on the band wagon than to use critical thinking skills and reason to be able to think for themselves. It all comes down to one basic concept: human decency. No we aren't perfect, but what other country can you live in where being able to disagree with the government and protest is a protected right? No, racism is not okay nor is police brutality, but having a police force to protect is better than not having one. We have to learn to take the good with the bad and always be working on improving because that's what we're here on earth for: to learn and grow. But we can't change the fact that people have free agency. We can make laws to govern actions, but we can't stop someone from doing something unlawful if they choose to. All the rioters and people who are wrongfully expressing their anger, are examples of exactly what they are against, ironically, by choosing to break the law. Yes, African Americans have definitely been dealt a pretty bad hand when it comes to racism in U.S. history (my heart breaks the more I learn about it), but there are so many more examples of peoples and groups dealing with racism and prejudice throughout history, not to mention the religious persecution people have endured (regardless of race or color), so they certainly don't have the corner on the market. What has happened can be argued and rehashed forever, but just like any good therapist will tell people who are having communication issues, you can't dwell on the past but learn from it to help you decide where to go from here and look to the future. We've solved a lot of the problems from our past and can continue to solve problems, but we have to start by having respect for others and property and treating everyone with dignity, not tearing down but building up. Thank you for these inspiring words in this article.

TomJune 10, 2020

Well said. Recognizing false dilemmas is essential to rational action.

Carolyn HubbardJune 10, 2020

I love this! Two simple words with so much meaning and love for our Father in Heaven. We will definly use these two simple words.

CubbyJune 10, 2020

That has got to be one of the most beautiful coolers in the world. I note that it is sturdy and strong. Having done humanitarian service myself, I wonder if steps are being taken to help the fishermen replace these when they eventually wear out.

John GrierJune 10, 2020

A most excellent response . . . well formed, and explained. Like simple geometry (where a line or point has no thickness), yet is the basis of trigonometry, or Fermat's last theorem/proof (that for over a century worked, but no one could solve). Desire to do experimentation, exercise faith, and trust in the results --- can be stronger than proof.

StephanieJune 10, 2020

Thank you for your article and how if you don’t agree with BLM a you are a racist. As I was researching some information the other day I read that in NYC there are more AA babies aborted then born alive. If BLM matter why are some many of their future generations being aborted. These babies could have been future scientists who could find a cure for cancer, a future teacher that educates the future kids in a way to change the world or even a future President. When you kill your future what are you doing to your race and country.

jkcookJune 10, 2020

In the middle of your article is really questionable, although your conclusions are decent. Most people are like me, they do not agree with the violence, but do agree with the reasons for the demonstrations. I don’t think there is any reason for despair or either/or situations. I feel that we all have to come to terms with our privilege and make changes so that all people can have opportunities.

L StatonJune 10, 2020

Love it! Thanks for sharing this great idea.

Toni LyonsJune 10, 2020

Well don't stop there. I was really into the story.

Pam L.June 10, 2020

I love this story! Thank you so much for sharing it. I will not hesitate when I see a need, even if it is such a small offering.

Haze K.June 10, 2020

Little things matter so much more than we know. But I'm pretty sure that Heavenly Father and Jesus smile when we do them.

Mark and Julie S.June 10, 2020

Thank you so very much for this article--and thank you to Meridian for continually speaking truth with discernment. Keep on keeping on. You are doing incredible work!

Jolyn hallJune 10, 2020

where can i find the actual op-ed of president nelson and the naacp leaders with their signatures?

DJJune 10, 2020

Very moving -- thank you for sharing your experience and the reminder of the significance of small and simple acts of kindness.

Mark WhiteJune 9, 2020

My response to this story:

Judith La MontagneJune 9, 2020

This article should be printed in prominent newspapers everywhere, and you should be invited to share your thoughts on TV news programs. What we are seeing on TV is the death throes of the greatest country ever to be formed on this earth. I mourn for its pain, and I pray that our leaders may be able to check the mayhem.

David BirdJune 9, 2020

I thought the piece was one sided, but that's not necessarily a fault. We can't expect everyone to embody every side of every argument. I think the side the author takes is well enough though out and coherent; it takes a side that someone ought to voice. I think the most important thing to understand as members of the Church of Jesus Christ is that we can have very different political ideas, and all still be faithful disciples. We can defend our political ideas vehemently, but keep in mind just because someone else reaches a different conclusion doesn't mean they're not as compassionate or smart as you are.

Mama LizJune 9, 2020

This article says what needs to be said. These are dangerous times and anyone who dares to speak that the emperor is not wearing clothes is at serious risk. Our family has been sucked into this nightmare as one of us made comments that were deemed bigoted for the very reasons you explain in the article. As a result our son's business was targeted and threatened with his livelihood put at risk because someone didnt like what was said. Very hard to stand for truth and righteousness when it's not politically correct.

Joyce M. WestphalJune 9, 2020

Thank you for your well focused and succinct article.

Fay KlinglerJune 8, 2020

Thank you, Maurine. Very much appreciated. Your comment at the end is of great importance. It is something my son has stressed to me. We need to look at many sources and weigh things out for ourselves. One of the gifts of the Holy Ghost is to help us see things as they really are. A great blessing to all who work to be worthy and seek His companionship. "In our quest to be charitable and humane and save our nation, we will have to use our intelligence to sift through narratives and see as clearly as we can. It is not a small task, but it is a necessary one."

Curtis MurriJune 8, 2020

Jared Allen I get your basic view point. Unfortunately you chose the wrong example in Collin Kaepernick. He did it to himself as he was wearing his views literally on his sleeves. When you wear socialism and it's messaging not once but may times on your person as you are protesting some made up affront you are going to be criticized. The men he was honoring with his protest did not die because of police brutality. They died of their bad choices when they aggressively responded to the law enforcement officers that responded to their crimes. It is well documented now. Period! He fell for the very thing that Maureen is highlighting in this article. And by the ridiculous standards that have been set by these ideologies Mr. Kaepernick is "white". He is sadly one of the very first casualties and victims of the foul nonsense he has unwittingly espoused.

TerryJune 8, 2020

Thank you Maurine for a beautiful article. It rings true with me. I appreciate the work that you are doing to help us know that the thoughts and feelings which we have at this time are shared by others. Thanks again.

VivianJune 8, 2020

As a Black woman in the Church, I too have a hard time, Luana Wells. My home has been repeatedly broken into by the white criminal element in my neighborhood. My belongings have been stolen, my peace stolen from me. My neighborhood is not poor, nor is it predominantly Black or White, but a mix of the two. Yet White men took a crowbar to my front door to pry it open so they could rob my home while I was at the grocery store. A White man pushed open a ground floor window and took my credit cards, expensive camera, videos and DVD's while I was on vacation. And a White man drove down my driveway one night because the garage door was open and he saw something he thought he could sell. The White men in the apartment building that overlooks my parking repeatedly got drunk and threw food and then glass bottles off their balcony onto my car below. Fortunately, a Black policeman took my complaint and made a visit to my neighbors to demand they stop this destruction. Is this really about race? Should I be blaming all my White neighbors for the criminality in their hearts? Because obviously I have many extremely dishonest White neighbors.

DanJune 8, 2020

Interesting article with a good perspective, although it provides only general acknowledgment of the underlying issues. The history of America is replete with racial issues, from the slave markets of the South to the New York traders who aided and abetted the practice. The underlying discriminatory undertones of American daily culture remain in place throughout the South, the North, the Midwest, and beyond. The return of black soldiers from World War 1 gave rise to tremendous challenges in post-war assimilation, of soldiers and of black men. Also, what is the responsibility that we bear for Tulsa and Wilmington and Ocoee and the hundreds of other times that black people were brutalized just for being black. It would be interesting to read your article about those associated issues. The history of Latter-day Saints in Missouri and Illinois, much less in Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania should give us pause and then impetus about how best to help America move forward. What response do you have for any of these issues?

ShaneJune 8, 2020

Perfect! Thank you!

MartyJune 8, 2020

I am reminded of President Benson's talk on pride. But in this case, pride to used to justify racism because it allows the proud person to feel superior and to demand superior rights and privileges because of the color of one's skin. I have witnessed that in the Church. I have seen too much of it within the wards where I have lived to ever deny its existence. I have also seen an increasing pride in wealth and education. Unfortunately, within the Church we also like to practice feeling superior to others based upon our pioneer ancestry or the church callings our family members hold. BYU is famous for its young men who wish to date and marry the daughters of the General Authorities, because that places them within "the elite" of the Church. I have heard certain families in the Church, the Marriotts, the Romneys, the Osmonds, referred to as LDS royalty. I even know someone whose child resides in the ward of a member of the Quorum of the Twelve and whenever that child is teaching Gospel Doctrine, her wealthy father flies in from out of state to help her prepare her lesson so she can impress that General Authority with her extensive Gospel knowledge and astute questions. Perhaps it is time for us all to reread President Benson's talk and ask "Is it I?"

NancyJune 8, 2020

I understand that the culture of law enforcement needs changing, but it's not going to happen overnight. In the meantime, is our society going to give way to anarchy? Will those with selfish intent see license to do as they please? Personally I cannot thank law enforcement for "saving" me from an assault, a violent home break in, and domestic violence. What if I was black? Would THEY be the handcuffed ones, unwilling to do anything legal for fear of being condemned? Thanks for having the courage to speak up.

Kristen OpenshawJune 8, 2020

Thank you for this article and your explanation of false dilemmas. An example we just read today is from a CNN commentator: "Pick a knee. The one that knelt on a neck or the one that knelt to try to prevent it."— S.E. Cupp (@secupp)

Duane BoyceJune 8, 2020

There is so much to be said, but I will settle for a simple "thank you." You are providing an excellent voice in a time when excellent voices are not easy to find. So again, thank you!

Jared AllenJune 8, 2020

This article started with so much promise, but quickly devolved into disappointing one-sidedness. Reliance on this Peggy Noonan assertion was the first major misstep: “Most everyone concedes the problem—that black men are profiled and cannot feel safe in their own country. Walking while black, driving while black—Tim Scott of South Carolina has been stopped for trying to impersonate a U.S. senator, which is what he is.” Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. I’m bombarded with messages denying that profiling is a legitimate problem or suggesting that, to the extent it exists, it is justified because minorities are more likely to commit crimes. If most everyone conceded the point, we wouldn’t be where we are. The second misstep was the one-sides emphasis on false dilemmas. Both sides play that card at risk of burning our country down. I’ll give two examples from the other side. The False Dilemma that You Must Condemn Collin Kaepernick or You Are Anti-America Kaepernick engaged in the most American of activities, speaking out against the shortcomings of government. For his efforts, he was branded a pariah and his career was destroyed, not because his employers disagreed its his message, but because the audience base demanded it. Ironically, he was speaking out against the very injustice you now assert that “most everyone concedes.” Constitution loving Americans would be justified in lauding his actions. The False Dilemma that You Must Condemn Protests or You Hate Law Enforcement and America Protesting government abuse is the most American of activities. It is foundational (remember the Boston Tea Party) and it is codified (remember the First Amendment). Supporting the efforts of bona fide peaceful protestors should not be considered anti-American or anti-law enforcement. False dilemmas are most certainly creating problems, but the decision to present only one side of the issue in this article is disappointing.

Robert StarlingJune 8, 2020

Thanks to Maurine for a very well reasoned and well thought-out article. And most of the comments of course are very supportive, as they should be. The thing I don't understand is the presence on this page of a long, drawn-out rant by Marilynne Linford that is mostly drivel quoted from a Black Lives Matter website propaganda piece. I don't see how comments advocating for a "queer-affirming network" (their words, not mine) should have a place in a publication dedicated to the work of our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, which is clearly the opposite of the hatred expressed in that rant. I'm sure that Martin Luther King, Jr. is turning over in his grave at the way his honest work to bring about racial harmony has been hijacked by the left. Today these BLM radicals would be calling *him* a racist! We all need to go back and read his classic "I have a dream" speech to see -as he taught- that ALL lives matter. Any other attitude is "systemically racist".

Ron HancockJune 8, 2020

Interesting that Joseph said he supported the Whigs. Who were the Whigs. At this time in British politics there the Whigs (Liberal) and Tories (Conservative). In the U.S. the Liberals were the Republican and the Whig Parties. The Democrats were the Conservative parties. The Whigs were the more Liberal and most opposed to slavery of the parties and latter united under the Republican banner.

JuliJune 8, 2020

I was so excited to see the article on food allergies! I found it to be very accurate. I hope it will help people to understand the seriousness of anaphylactic food allergies.

Jason OlsonJune 8, 2020

Dear Becca, thank you for sharing you story. How lovely. The Mission President who presided over Scottsdale, Arizona, when I was baptized, Tracy Watson, gave Elder Christofferson my story. Elder Christofferson was searching for stories about the Book of Mormon and conversion.

Susan StoddardJune 8, 2020

Your insight has given voice to many of my feelings Thanks for this great article.

EmilyJune 8, 2020

This was a perfect way to put into writing all that I have been feeling. It is crushing when it comes from people you care about. I don't like the divisive language in Black Lives Matter. Of course they matter but we need to be better together. But I can't say that our I am misusing my privilege. My thought is YOU MATTER. Every individual matters, shouldn't that be inclusive and account for the differences.

bonnie lynnJune 8, 2020

Thanks for your extremely well phrased and logical article. Over simplification of our tragic times appeals to simple-minded folks. May we hold strong as we empathize with others and choose the right.


Thank you for your insightful article! It really put a clarifying lens on how I feel about what is happening to America!

Rebecca HinckleyJune 8, 2020

It’s rare when an article expresses exactly what I feel, and this is that article! My heart is broken, not only for our country and the false narratives being foisted upon us, but personally by my own children who criticize me in just these ways. Thank you Maureen for sharing your inspired, intelligent insights, and for your courage.

Karen BellistonJune 8, 2020

Thank you for printing truth. Truth matters! And All Lives Matter. I lie in bed worrying about our wonderful country and the destruction that is happening to it. Surely we have government leaders with sense enough to stand up for truth. But I'm starting to wonder.

Becca HowardJune 8, 2020

How did Elder Christofferson know of your story? I am glad that you had an amazing experience that led to your eventual baptism. I am also a convert, and fortunately, my mother gave permission. I still recall her exact words and feel extremely grateful that the Spirit of Christ acted strongly upon her that day. The gospel has blessed my life for over 5 decades.

Sandee CarsonJune 8, 2020

Amen. Thank you for putting into words exactly how I feel.

Buffie BarkdullJune 8, 2020

Thank you Maurine for your thoughtful and well researched article. I know I need to do better. There are definitely more options and alternatives to this deeply troubling issue of racial inequality than burning down our own houses. May the hearts of all of God’s children be softened to come together for rational solutions to these horrific injustices that cannot be tolerated anymore. The present anarchy cannot be tolerated anymore either.

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Pania HeimuliJune 8, 2020

I am very grateful for your thoughtful and inspired perspective. Please continue to share. I share meaningful content with my children to combat the one-sidedness prevalent on social media.

America’s founding PrinciplesJune 8, 2020

Thank you so much for this very insightful piece. You are a patriot! I fear America is walking a fine line. Don’t be surprised is the 4th of July celebrations end this year-all so very depressing!

Old Tired and praying for strengthJune 8, 2020

I posted an anniversary picture on social media Yesterday and was immediately “educated” about my racism and white privilege because of the composition of the wedding party...and by more than one member. After reading part of the “Educational” recommended reading list, I was sad and without hope that all we have tried to do to work and serve in our lives was useless and our intentions are suspect. Your article gave me hope that individually I was redeemable but I fear America is not. My husband and I will stand firm, alone and isolated. At least we haven’t many more years to live.

Coral WeaverJune 8, 2020

Is there a reason that the difficulty of Those with hearing loss using cochlear implants and hearing aids is not addressed ?

BethJune 8, 2020

Thank you for your words. I have felt many of the emotions you describe here because of white privilege. You have articulated my dilemma. I love all people and I value my friends who do not succumb to these false dilemmas.Thank you for articulating this in such a beautiful way.

GinnyJune 8, 2020

This is excellent!!!

Kathleen NewtonJune 8, 2020

Excellent excellent article!

DebbieJune 8, 2020

Thank you for such an enlighting article.

Luana wellsJune 8, 2020

This is a very difficult time for me. I have taught my children to be kind to everyone, I have had their friends in my home and pool. I love my black Ward members and the black sisters I work with in the temple. I have fed the homeless. I have no problem with individual people. Where I have problems is forgiving the young men who took baseball bats to my car, or the two men who mugged my stage 4cancer patient daughter and stole her purse, identity, credit cards she had paid off and her car that she had paid for the month before. Financially challenged because of her health she lived in a mostly black apartment complex. She noticed children without anything to do so she gathered toys, games, jump ropes and chalk for their entertainment....until someone stole it all. I am fearful for the United States and ready to see the end of this turmoil.

ElizabethJune 8, 2020

I'm sorry you and your son had to go through this. I just wanted to add that, as a recently returned sister missionary, I don't think that most potential spouses would see self harm scars as a dealbreaker in a relationship. Self harm (and mental health issues in general) are unfortunately very common among our generation; statistically, 15% of college students use it as a coping mechanism. It's certainly an unhealthy way of dealing with things, but there's nothing shameful about it– it just means his ability to cope didn't match the things he had to cope with at the time. I have struggled with self harm in the past but I am confident that I will never do it again, because therapy has helped me find safer, healthier coping skills. I am still working on opening up about it with people, but I've found that my experiences have led me to be able to help several friends to quit self-harming as well. I hope that he will be able to heal from this painful period of his life and see it as a growth experience that helps him empathize and reach out to others. I'm sorry that his mission took him to such a difficult place emotionally and I pray that he and you will find healing and happiness ahead.

James DJune 7, 2020

This is great! When we study the terms "stir" and "anger" in the scriptures, it provides meaningful insight into what is happening in the world today and the motivations behind the manipulations. The only part I wished the author had left out is advocating the use of the government's unjust surveillance powers to discover the rabble-rousers. We don't need to take unjust shortcuts to right their wrongs. We shouldn't be using evil to fight evil (the very premise of this article). Investigatory due process (within the limits of the 4th amendment) is the right way to go.

Kit ChristensenJune 7, 2020

Hi Scot and Maurine. Love your podcasts. I'm learning and enjoying each week. Quick question for you. Are the New Testament published transcripts available for Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John? I haven't been able to find them if they are. Thanks, ….. Kit

CarolJune 7, 2020

This series is amazing! Thank you for your insights. Truly an answer to my prayers!

Mike RileyJune 7, 2020

Thank you. My father's mother's family were German Jews. They 'gave up' the jewishness when they came to America, but did not replace it with the truth of the restored gospel. I regret that and love my Jewish heritage. And I've taught my '1/8th jewish' children to respect their heritage.

AnnaJune 7, 2020

I appreciate your insights. The art work is beautiful!

Corey DinsdaleJune 7, 2020

Just read your article, excellent and well written. Lot's of political, emotional and intellectual rhetoric in society right now. One of the best things I've seen or read recently was by Jack Brewer, a former player in the NFL, he is black, is a professor of business and an ordained minister, he said that the riots and lack of response to curtail or stop them is a result of the progressive ideas and philosophies that have been permeating our society, especially in education and particularly at the university level but most importantly he say's we have forgotten God. Pretty much sums it up. I would also recommend reading the recent comments from Burgess Owens, also a former NFL player and currently running for Congress in the 4th district of Utah.

SimplicioJune 7, 2020

I'm very impressed with this: “Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. ... In spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones. Violence is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding: it seeks to annihilate rather than convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible. It leaves society in monologue rather than dialogue. Violence ends up defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers." The Quest for Peace and Justice, Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Lecture - December 11, 1964

RichardJune 7, 2020

I love to see what the Book of Mormon has to offer about the events of our day! The Book of Mormon amplifies the Christianity in a person and then society.

Christine ColeJune 7, 2020

This is amazing insight! I've read the book and the details are even more amazing, especially Brother Jones's personal experiences or applications.

A Healing SoulJune 7, 2020

I hear a strong wave of shame in this mother's words, and I want her to know that she can heal from that. Cutting scars are no different from car accident scars or surgery scars. How we react to them can add negative body image to our young people when they already need extra help accessing their divine identity. I would focus on how to work these feelings out of myself. What social expectations am I clinging to? Are these more important than a powerful mother's love for my child? What lingering feelings of betrayal, pain, embarrassment, and shame am I carrying around? How can I let go of these and let Christ heal my child, heal me, and heal my family? These are just beginning questions. I would read anything from Brene Brown for a beginning to my personal healing. Some therapy might help, too. These are real feelings and yet they don't have to be permanent. Everyone in this scenario can access the grace of God which is far more powerful than anything they have suffered through. It is a journey, not an outpatient procedure.

Angie MannJune 6, 2020

Thank you once again for a wonderfully expansive lesson. I always find that I take a page of notes from your lessons to add to my own study notes.

Alece ReynoldsJune 6, 2020

Just wondering, Vaughn and Bruce, if you noticed that the information about Joseph using a single seer stone (one which the Church still has in its possession) was published in the Official History of the Church -- Saints -- Vol. 1, which was just published two years ago BY The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.. Thus, I think that your thought that this information comes from Mormonism Unveiled is a bit problematic! Not only that, the Church has published recent videos and pictures that illustrate Joseph using this stone, which he placed in a hat to exclude the light. I doubt they would be doing that if the information was inaccurate!

Michael PetersonJune 6, 2020

This very difficult situation can eventually work for his good once he has healed. The scars will be his story, although an unpleasant one, and he can use it to help people as mentioned in the author's counsel. I found that the best way to handle the questions is to be completely honest about what happened and what he learned from it. My worst emotional scar is unseen. It was the death of our second oldest son at a young age. It was the worst time of my life and took a very long time to get stronger where I could carry my pain rather than the pain carry me. What has been interesting is that when people are going through a difficult time, they ask my wife and I for advice. You can always tell when a person who has come out on the other side of a very difficult situation. They know the counsel to give and they have credibility because of what they have been through. Please remember, no one understands that kind of pain better than someone who has been through it and came out on the other side stronger, which is only one of the reasons we can turn to the Savior himself. He suffered literally everything and he knows how to heal your son and will guide you to the right people. God bless you,

Chuck SanfordJune 6, 2020

In late 1978, I was serving as the stake mission president, and went to my stake president for the second half of my interview. I shook hands, and sat down. He asked, "How is everything going?" I replied, "Everything's going great." He signed my interview slip and returned it. I said that was the shortest interview I had ever had. He replied, "Well, when you know all the right answers, it's quick." He was obviously listening to the Holy Ghost.

NancyJune 6, 2020

— -- An on-duty New York City police officer was killed early Wednesday after a gunman walked up to a police vehicle and fired one round through a window, authorities said. Officer Miosotis Familia, a 12-year veteran assigned to the New York City Police Department's 46th Precinct's anti-crime unit, was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where she was pronounced dead at 3:37 a.m. ET. She was 48 years old, according to police sources. At a press conference Wednesday morning, New York City Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill said Familia was shot in the head in an "unprovoked attack" while sitting with her partner in a marked police command vehicle on the corner of Morris Avenue and East 183 Street in the Bronx around 12:30 a.m. He told reporters the vehicle had been parked there since March because of increased gang activity in the area. Familia's partner radioed for assistance while other uniformed officers chased after the suspect, who took off on foot. As the officers confronted the suspect, he drew a revolver, and the officers shot and killed him, according to O'Neill. The shooter has since been identified as Alexander Bonds, 34, of New York City. The .38 caliber revolver recovered from the crime scene was stolen in West Virginia in 2013, police sources told ABC News. Moses taught an eye for an eye. Jesus taught. Do unto others as you would have others do to you. Alma 5:60 And now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you, and if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold, and ye are his sheep; and he commandeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you, that ye may not be destroyed. Maybe if we started posting all the good in the United States your daughters might see things differently. If all you watch and read is the news or media they might see things differently. Instead, we are following the ravenous wolves around and highlighting his-their exploits. Look for the good in the world. I've been told He is going to win. "HEAR HIM"

Merlyn de la MelenaJune 6, 2020

This is right on!!!! I think about that each time we've had our Minister come to bless and give us the sacrament. And the note saying that it is doing the best it can like the rest of us is perfect!!

IleanaJune 6, 2020

Not to be contrary but I truly wonder what you would say about the narratives coming from the president of this country. Is he one of the “elites” you speak of? I certainly don’t see any love, kindness and understanding coming from him. Where is he leading and why are so many blindly following his hateful rhetoric?

John MarshallJune 6, 2020

Amen to Diane's comment. Good work.

Maryann TaylorJune 5, 2020

I have also been enlightened by the scriptures in reinforcing my understanding of temple covenants. If we look for symbols or teachings about the temple experience in our reading, we will find them! What a wonderful blessing!

Melanie AlfredJune 5, 2020

Thank you for such a thoughtful article. I apopreciate the study that has gone into this.

CPGJune 4, 2020

Please please please. A man was murdered in plain sight by 4 police officers and initially no one was arrested. Without video, it would have been fake news being spread. There would have been no arrests. Can we take a moment and talk about the cruel, violent murder that occurred. Why does this keep happening? What is the false narrative that has been perpetrated?

Kayleene DriggsJune 4, 2020

That sums up what the Democrats are like today! Thank you Joseph for your insight to them

Denise ChristensenJune 4, 2020

Maurine, I so appreciate your comments and insights. This is a very well written article that explains and clarifies what we as a people should do in response to the recent circumstances in our country. Thank you for sharing your viewpoint based on doctrinal truths.You are truly a wise woman.

Jason SchliermanJune 4, 2020

One of my personal American heroes is Jackie Robinson. He put up with so much garbage, and it wasn’t always peaceful, but he personally held his ground, stayed peaceful and kind himself, and just played baseball. His example lead to not just professional baseball opening up to all athletes, but to all professional sports. God bless that man and people like him!

Jane E BrayJune 4, 2020

Thank you all for your words and thoughts each week. They are not only inspiring, but also uplifting. As a widow, I miss taking the Sacrament each week because I do not have a priesthood holder in the home. However, reading the blessings given when the Sacrament is administered, is a great gift.

Le LarsenJune 4, 2020

After a little research, I found that many/most of the looters are organized, professional thieves taking advantage of the situation. The many/most of the rioters are white supremacists determined to ignite their ‘race war’. Most protesters are simply using their first amendment right to protest injustice.

Elizabeth LeBlancJune 4, 2020

Such pertinent and vital truths you've shared for our time. We could accomplish so much more if we could just overcome one small thing everyday and work out our salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. Oh, how we need revelation. President Nelson has said, #REVELATION - But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost. "Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost." It is my hope that I will yet see many nightly miracles in my families life and that the Church will blossom like a rose. Thanks you again for such effort to publish this writing.

Jim HarrisJune 4, 2020

Brent, thank you for sharing this!

Sherry ScoffieldJune 4, 2020

A wonderful article that articulates what we want to say. The Book of Mormon is fur our day!

Diane IrwinJune 4, 2020

Anne. as usual, your writings pierce me to the core! You are so encouraging. Thanks for all you do.

Janice MyersJune 4, 2020

Wonderful article! But with a critical error. The Floyd "murder" was a staged event. Watching all the videos makes it easy to establish. It's entire purpose was to cause the emotional response which it has gotten from all of us (me included until I learned more) and set up the entry of Antifa and the riots. Before you decide, do the research so we're not guilty of what Maureen is talking about in this great article.

KarenJune 4, 2020

Thank you, Loved this article

MarieJune 4, 2020

This was an outstanding and well thought out article! Thank you so much for speaking what so many are feeling right now.

Diane KriloffJune 4, 2020

What an insightful article! I wish I could broadcast it to the world to hear. I join with so many in heartfelt prayer that this violence will stop and peace can be restored. Violence, as you so eloquently pointed out is never a solution.

John C. GreeneJune 4, 2020

Excellent and insightful commentary. Especially your observations about narratives. For many, narratives are an easy substitute for the hard work of searching out the truth. And I see that even among the Saints, which is very troubling to me. One of the distinguishing criteria that divides the wise from the foolish virgins in Section 45 is that the wise "have not been deceived." Narratives can be very deceptive. Thank you.

Patience EkpoJune 4, 2020

Thank you for this write up. We can only find peace in Jesus Christ who is our perfect example. Satan always stir the heart of men to contention. May we be watchful and avoid the craftiness of Satan. Consider what President Nelson has said and be wise "Never has one wrong been corrected by a second wrong. Evil has never been resolved by more evil.”

Moroni McConkieJune 4, 2020

I have seen footage of severe abuse of peaceful protesters by the militarized police. Obviously there is a level of abuse out there that I was not aware of, if this is what is happening when the cameras are on. This has been an underlying infection in this country, and now the scab has been pulled off. We can either lance the infection, or go back to the way things were. While the riots are painful and will be expensive to repair, it has certainly brought a level of attention to this matter that was not getting through before. At one point, I had honestly thought that this level of vile bile was left in the dustbin of history along with Bull Conner, Ross Barnett and George Wallace. But I was wrong. We still have a way to go. It's time for those of us who cannot empathize to be quiet and listen to those who have experienced this for their life-- the fear of sending your teen son out to go get some milk, or to BBQ, or to bird watch, or whatever. Will you see them again? Living with that constant fear and stress is why they kneeled but got ignored, and now they must shout so we can hear.

Fay KlinglerJune 3, 2020

Thank you Maurine. I very much appreciated your article and passed it on to several of our children.

LynetteJune 3, 2020

Having been a seminary teacher through two years of teaching the Old Testament, I grew to love the foundation of our beliefs as LDS, which is the Jewish faith. I loved reading your conversion story. It would be so wonderful if more youth of the world today were involved with religion as much as you were.

Alan FlemingJune 3, 2020

Well expressed. I wish it only more widely read.

Jarrah Lyn GeraldJune 3, 2020

You make some very valid points in this article which I appreciate. Violence should never be justified or condoned. However, I think this article is grately lacking in compassion and understanding for African Americans. There is absolutely no attempt here to mourn with those that mourn or comfort those that stand in need of comfort. George Floyd is a very small tip of the iceberg. Black people were brutally kidnapped, tied to chains, beaten and drug across the ocean to be slaves who were whipped, beaten, and raped. Even when they were "freed" they continued to be lynched and mistreated. Dr. King was amazing, but lets be honest, the civil rights movement helped but it did not stop racism. Do you know how many black people who have wrongly sat in jail for years for crimes they did not commit? Do you know how many black people who have been killed by police but there was no camera footage taken? Where is your desire to understand or listen to those who are hurting? Where is your desire to love your black brothers and sisters? I absolutely do not condone violence or rioting. I condone being a voice for change. You have the ability as writer to influence your audience for good, for change. I don't believe in this case anyone's hearts were turned in love towards those who are crying and weeping daily. Sometimes we are so busy judging that we more importantly miss the loving. When accusers brought the woman taken in adultery to Jesus, his focus was not on condemning, but loving.

Rosanne McCallJune 3, 2020

Thank you so much for these well chosen and inspired have articulated so clearly what is at stake here. I appreciate your insight.

CABJune 3, 2020

Thank you!

bluewaterJune 3, 2020

Thank you Maurine.Really good thoughts, well expressed. Too bad so very many who need to hear what you say will never be reading it.

CapriJune 3, 2020

Excellent piece of commentary Maurine. Thank you for post this!

Myrna AndersonJune 3, 2020

Thank you for your well-written thoughtful words. The Book of Mormon tells of events such as are occurring here but the only battle plan given is to live the commandments and a righteous life. If we die in the process - "Happy Day! All is well!" But what will be left for those who are left behind? There is NO better plan for a country than our God-inspired Constitution which is thrown to the curb by those who deem themselves above the common man.

Richard MusterJune 3, 2020

I have been looking for someone to call out this hysterical, fanatical craziness that is going on in our county. No one who saw the video where George Floyd was murdered by a terrible police officer could condone such conduct and all of us are outraged. But my gosh, burning, looting, doing harm to our police and fellow citizens is not the way to respond. How can you rationally condemn a whole nation of good police people who protect us and put their lives in harms way every day. The bad apples are few and maybe some real leadership can figure out a better way to either train them better, or just weed them out. Thank you once again for your enlightening article.

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SamJune 3, 2020

This piece is very insightful. Thank you for sharing. Everything that’s happening around us has been prophesied. Didn’t think we would live in this time where evil is right and right is evil.

Bill FreezeJune 3, 2020

Maurine...thank you for having the courage to say that just because the talking heads say something doesn't mean it will turn out that way. We have a wonderful country that is the envy of every nation on earth. We know we are not perfect and must do better, but those that burn, steal and harm others are evil and don't want things to be better...they are destroyers of liberty, goodness and charity. Once again they will learn that Americans and people of faith will not give up on give in in regards to American values....the PRICE of FREEDOM is NEVER PAID!

Jenny Flake RabeJune 3, 2020

I also thought of how the Lamanites attacked the people of Limhi because they though they'd stolen their women. And before asking, before understanding, they attacked and slew many. This only weakened the tie they had with them and eventually the people of Limhi had to flee, away from the oppression of the people who felt the need to suck these people dry to make up for what their fathers had lost.

CheriJune 3, 2020

Thank You for your powerful article! I couldn't agree with you more❤️

DeeJune 3, 2020

Thank you so much Brother McKay Christensen ! This was one of the most heart touching, and significant articles I have read in quite a while. Every day I pray for a 'change'. A change to become a better person than I was the day before. I am indeed a 'dimpled golf ball' and my goal is to just fly straighter and further each day. Thank you for providing my mind with a spiritual meal that will take me through the day and many more.

VAL C. LEWISJune 3, 2020

Thank you, Maurine for this article! We are indeed living during the "last days". The Book of Mormon is truly a blue print for the second coming. I believe we should interpret the "news" of the day through a gospel lens and not through the lens of modern "elite" journalists. Certainly, Isaiah 5:20, is at work here! There is only one question Latter day Saints need to ask God about the Riots: "Should I participate in burning down cities, loot stores, or attack my fellow citizens or the police to bring about change?" The answer you receive will reveal who you are....kind of like answering all the questions in Alma 5.

Gary andersonJune 3, 2020

Thank you Maurine and Meridian Magazine for all the good you do! It is much appreciated!

Karen C NewsomJune 3, 2020

Beautiful. Thank you.

KathiJune 3, 2020

This is a great article... Thanks!!

Grandpa ClydeJune 3, 2020

Great article. It is presentations like the one you shared in the article that have been making me crazy for the last three months. All the fear mongering is made even worse when we are told that to be good citizens everyone has to be treated as if they are in one of the hotspots, such as NYC. Would they do the same to NYC if the only hotspots were in WY or UT?

ScottHJune 3, 2020

The real problem is not the math. It's an excessive belief in the power of coercion to provide safety. The question should not be whether elitists of any stripe have good math. It should be whether coercive approaches are superior to liberty. Liberty certainly comes with risks. But I think this article makes it clear that those risks are preferable to the risks of living in a state of fear and coercion. Under liberty, we trust that people (as well as businesses, churches, nursing homes, etc.) have sufficient incentives to sufficiently manage the risks with which we live without excessive coercion. Besides, bad actors in free systems tend to still be bad actors under coercive systems.

Cynthia CarlsonJune 3, 2020

Thank you for voicing so clearly what many of us feel but cannot express or put into words, or fear to, as emotions around us boil over and threaten even more destruction. I pray for every brother and sister of every color and creed to come together and put equal energy into peacefully solving problems.

Michael EdwardsJune 3, 2020

So once again,how does one reconcile this with the fact that a black man could not hold the priesthood until 1978? I would appreciate your thoughts. Don’t censor free speech and the exchange of ideas and opinions.

Alece ReynoldsJune 3, 2020


Vickie WagstaffJune 3, 2020

Thank you. You have put into words so many thoughts and feelings going through my heart this morning. Silence is NOT compliance, even though so many would suggest otherwise.

MIKEYJune 3, 2020

U r da voice of reason & logic. thx a ton

JamesJune 3, 2020

Better to be a fool on one's own account than a wise man at the approval of others -Nietzsche

AyseJune 3, 2020

Another insightful article. Thank you for its clarity and true facts.

AyseJune 3, 2020

Thank you for this well formulated article. If we truly believe what the Book of Mormon teaches us, we cannot support anything or anybody that encourages violence or silencing of the voice of the people. To have a voice doesn’t mean violence, but rather to vote in moral people and to work towards a better path. But then that means taking responsibility, doesn’t it?

JeanAnn ShuldbergJune 3, 2020

Thank you.

J KuesterJune 3, 2020

I agree completely and continue to pray in faith that the cleverly clad and deceptive sophistry will be recognized and exposed for what it is- lies and false arguments which are leading, not to needed changes in our society, but to destruction, greater ignorance, and wider divides rather than honest change and improved relationships, opportunities, and peace.

Shep KuesterJune 3, 2020

Follow the prophet’s counsel. Violence is never the answer. When emotions run high, and hot anger is all around us, it’s very difficult to hear the calming voice of the prophet, who says what the Savior wants to us to say and do.

Virginia PartchJune 3, 2020

Thank you for your statement, President Nelson! The world needed to hear this. We pray every day for all who are suffering because of the unnecessary riots and the families who are hurting.

Virginia PartchJune 3, 2020

I am so glad to read your article! It says all that is in my heart. We have what I call a "rainbow" family - a couple of nationalities are represented among my children's mates as well as my grand children's mates and they are all excellent God fearing people who work hard and teach their children. We are so blessed because of all of them!

Judy WheelerJune 3, 2020

Wonderful commentary, thank you.

Linda S.June 3, 2020

I agree with the author. This whole situation has been entirely blown up and has been fodder for liberalism. I don't agree that this "doctor" is an intelligent person. If so, she would have done much more research than she actually did, if indeed she did any.

Robert W CowartJune 3, 2020


Jim McKinneyJune 3, 2020

Why didn't you mention the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost? That is how you obtain the mighty change and are born again (2 Nephi 31:17-18).

Duane BoyceJune 3, 2020

Well said, Maurine!

KathrynJune 3, 2020

Amen! Thanks for having the courage to point out that the narrative emperor is naked. Not only are the riots orchestrated conflict (as Jeff Lindsay pointed out in another Meridian article), but they are *exactly* the same type of action as Chauvin took against Floyd: violence toward those who are innocent.

JuliannJune 3, 2020

“Evil has never been resolved with more evil”, that says it all. God is love. Love is the answer.

David Clarke PrudenJune 3, 2020

Thank you for this thoughtful article Maurine. A logical and calm voice in a conversation too often characterized by shouting.

John B HewlettJune 3, 2020

What an EXCEPTIONAL essay on our current horrific events. Where is the respect for personal property of the unfortunate bystander. How have the standards of law and order become so compromised? Unwinding of historical injustice is a process of understanding and experience. Government has made it worse through ineffective programs, and initiative destroying subsidies to buy voting control. Agency, with obedience to God's law, will heal the land and it's people. Reform is needed in law enforcement, but quality education about core values and civility are important areas to address. Communication with the agrieved parties, and constructive remedies with definable outcomes versus poverty and welfare dependency is necessary. Charities, churches, and service groups are better equipped than inefficient government to find and implement solutions.

JuliannJune 3, 2020

Thank you for an excellent article. I will reflect on my own propensity to judge before knowing all the facts.

KarenJune 3, 2020

Wow! Thank you! I have had a couple of days of mind blowing encounters with young adults that have been sucked into the whole of distorted perspectives. To the point that I am stymied, and sick to my stomach. It’s like someone flipped a switch and ignorance exploded in our nation. I needed to here sanity so I could breath again. Thank you!!!

Linda RJune 3, 2020

What a great thought,-provoking article. It caused me to examine my own attitudes and see where I can make changes. Thank you very much! I needed this.

Joanne WagstaffJune 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing this most insightful summary of all history of those Book of Mormon days...and ours of today.

Lisa ArnoldJune 3, 2020

Thank you, Maurine.

Mark DonaldsonJune 3, 2020

Great article! We can be against both racism and senseless violence! Thank You!

RaNae SHOAFJune 3, 2020

Maurine, thank you so much for this article. It helped put into words all that I've been feeling.

Shauna SJune 3, 2020

Well written and thought provoking and I especially appreciate the ties to The Book of Mormon. I also remembered vaguely that President Benson's classic talk "Beware of pride," mentions "riot(s)" as a form of pride. Here's the quote "Another face of pride is contention. Arguments, fights, unrighteous dominion, generation gaps, divorces, spouse abuse, riots, and disturbances all fall into this category of pride." This quote has given me much food for thought. Thank God for the Book of Mormon, and prophets, past and current, to lead us through this time.

Rod BeachJune 3, 2020

Well put, thanks

Amy H.June 3, 2020

It is my understanding that the majority of the protests have been peaceful. I have heard numerous liberal leaders criticize and express their frustration with the violence and looting that have taken place in a few areas. The President of the United States has been the strongest advocate of violence of all the voices in the public square.

CPGJune 3, 2020

This is quite an extensive article about false narratives and the condemnation of protests. I do not condone riots. However, where is an extensive article about the about the senseless, horrific and heart breaking killing of black people on a regular basis with no justice? Perhaps I missed it? Your article made me look at the Book of Mormon in a new way. Perhaps the Nephites did have their knees on the neck of the Laminates (figuratively speaking) and they were subjected to various forms of injustice. That would certainly explain the constant wars which I never understood in the first place. Thanks for this article. It did open my eyes.

Gary ArnellJune 3, 2020

Excellent commentary. Thank you.

Pene HortonJune 3, 2020

Thank you, maurine...great article! As members we are told to pray with all energy of heart for the pure love of Christ. He said, as I have loved you, love one another. Love, not hatred, is the answer.

Marlyce JeanneJune 3, 2020

Thank you for putting into words what has been in my heart and on my mind. We have been discussing in our family how we are seeing Book if Mormon scenes including secret combinations on full display.

Jane HallstromJune 3, 2020

"Evil has never been resolved by more evil." So true. We have many examples in the Book of Mormon where "Good" armies try to quell "Bad" people and it does not resolve anything. Sadly many of our country's civil police forces in recent years have been trained to exert vicious military like power against their fellow citizens in the name of law enforcement. I love America, and I know that God gave us her ideals and all the good that has come from our form of government and our beautiful land. But simplifying today's turmoil as a result of a false narrative promoted by "Elites" is to miss a great deal of context and nuance in our history and society. Plenty of "Elites" have begged the rioters to stop, and there is evidence that some of the riots are fueled intentionally by some who would discredit the cause of justice. I appreciate your convictions but in these outbreaks I do not see a simple black and white divide between truth and falsehood. I see evidence of a great dissolution of decency from all quarters which has been brewing for generations.

Kim BurnsJune 3, 2020

Well Said and so true. Thank you Maureen once again for articulating What I would like to say.

Melissa HardmanJune 1, 2020

Thank you for these powerful stories. And thank you for the link, Janet. I’m only sorry I didn’t think of joining sooner.

Gary AndersonJune 1, 2020

Thanks Jason for your Interesting story! I truly enjoyed it!

Sally AllredJune 1, 2020

Thank you for sharing the positive! That's very needed right now.

Richard WhaleyJune 1, 2020

When did you serve as an LDS Chaplain and where were serving?

Fay KlinglerJune 1, 2020

Thank you, Mariah. This article was truly what I needed to read this morning. Rather than instilling fear, seeing these positive movements calmed my heart and brought into focus what the protests were all about.

Pattie SkousenJune 1, 2020

What a beautiful conversion. Your story moved me to think and ponder on my own conversion story. We all are in need of being converted in our our own way as we walk the path back to our loving Heavenly Father and Savior. Your story pricked my heart. Where was my heart and mind at your tender age? If I hadn’t been raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, would I have been so adventurous to seek it out? I have questioned this part of me over and over again. I would like to believe I would be like you, enlightened by the Spirit. Interestingly though, I have been enlightened by the Spirit, “line upon line, precept upon precept.” Thanks so much.

Janet K CookJune 1, 2020

Show Your support and willingness to affect change by joining black lives matter. Here’s the link for their Utah group: I joined as a “white ally.” The more we all get educated and involved, the sooner the problems will get resolved.

LeslieJune 1, 2020

The protests in my town were peaceful also! So awesome to hear of the goodness of people and officers building bridges and understanding.

Juliana Hutchins AshMay 31, 2020

It’s so wonderful to hear this woman’s wonderful story, especially when news is so bleak these days. You lifted me. Oh, and I was a Red Cross disaster nurse back in the day, so hearing this story reminded me of many life changing memories. Thanks!

John HillMay 31, 2020

You have eye-catching examples of the many rules to which we are subjected. Since governments in most countries see their primary role as protecting the lives and property of their constituents, we can expect an abundance of rules that protect us from aggressive foreigners, authoritarian tendencies in our own government, insensitive and selfish neighbors, etc. So, here is my question! On Saturday, May 30----the officials of Salt Lake City imposed a new, albeit temporary, rule regarding a curfew in the city to subdue unlawful rioting. Was that a good thing---or just another rule imposed by a city government? The reality is that most rules stem from a crisis, an encroachment or a threat to others. It would be nice if people governed themselves, but....

Andrew CurrieMay 31, 2020

DavidD, You have failed to understand that even infants promised exaltation still must and will learn much during the Millennium. Their early suffering is not wasted upon them nor without exalting benefit!

Becky WilliamsMay 30, 2020

I just wanted to ask, how did the mylar blanket strips protect your blueberries from the birds?

Dail BlankenshipMay 29, 2020

I have read that Joseph Smith translated the BofM with the use of a stone which he placed in his hat and the stone revealed the translation. I have seen a picture of the stone, which the church has in its possession, and a picture of Joseph with his face in his hat. I would like to hear the honest truth

Ronald BarnesMay 29, 2020

Women do use priesthood power in their callings. Ordinances of salvation are performed by women in the temple. A priesthood holder cannot use the priesthood for his own benefit; only for the benefit of others. It does not make him any better than anyone else.

ChristineMay 29, 2020

I always appreciate the thoughtfulness and thoroughness you exhibit with your responses. I have recently taken on a lot of family responsibilities lately including the return home of all my kids plus one and caretaking of my recently widowed mother. There are times I’ve been feeling emotionally drained yet feel the pressure to put on a good face. Though my situation is different your advice was helpful to me too. I think I feel responsible for everyone’s happiness and well being and I shouldn’t and it’s OK if I need to withdraw to regroup and gain emotional strength to be able to handle life’s demands without breaking me.

vickieMay 29, 2020

it sounds like she has other children.i cant even imagine how she is handling this at all. her adopted son is an adult and he does have a mental illness because of his past. she raised him for part of that time...probably dealing with his behaviors then. it sounds like he needs more extensive therapy. and it also sounds like he can be her and to maybe the other siblings...i hate to say this but as long as he is around....she will always be stressed ...mainly because she isnt getting what usually happens when children grow up to be adults...they leave and do things for themselves. apparently he is still too insecure to move out and be on his own. more than likely he would be in trouble all the time. i can feel her worn out feelings...she doesnt have anything else to give....maybe they need the family that is to go to family therapy together and discuss everything...if he has to have medication to act normal....then that might mean she has to always ben in his life...monitering him to make sure he takes his medication....lots of people forget to take it or get tired of taking it and quit...when is her job looks like never....i feel for her...its about the same as when parents have a handicapped child ...and that child lives with them their entire lives until they die. prayers for her going through this..

Mom of 5May 29, 2020

Great question and answer. Did you perhaps mean, at the end of your article, for the Mother to excuse herself WITHOUT explanation when she feels the need? Not sure she owes others an explanation.

Michael ColleyMay 29, 2020

That's Satan's law, govern the people with hard laws so there is a law for everything thus taking away bit by bit man's freedom.

Patricia PetersoonMay 28, 2020

Thank you for your insights. I typically read ahead, but come back to re- read sections after listening / reading your podcast. I always pick up a little more insight for myself after your podcasts are released. Thank you again.

ShirleyMay 28, 2020

Wonderful! You are so creative.

CherishMay 28, 2020

I'm pondering my way through this series. It's great. I appreciate the note about one spouse receiving revelation. There have been several times when I receive a prompting about something we should change and feel almost guilty that I am the one to tell my husband the direction I've been given, because I'm the step mom. But we do counsel together and pray about it if it's a big change.

DJMay 28, 2020

Love it! thanks for your important yet lighthearted message.

MichelleMay 28, 2020

Understanding this principle drastically changed my experience as a parent for the good. Trying to control everything so that nothing bad happens or so that no one will suffer anything just eventually creates what you were trying to avoid in the first place.

CarolMay 28, 2020

I loved Gary's whole comment - the funny part and the serious part! If I didn't have chocolate life would be very hard! I would have had more cleaning supplies stored, especially rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide. When we moved I got rid of a ton of fabric I had been storing for ever and am rethinking getting a small supply again and more sewing machine needles! and regular sewing needles ( cross stitch needles don't work well for sewing on buttons and repairing tears.

Joseph ShumwayMay 28, 2020

Wow we do live in a crazy time.

Paul HMay 28, 2020

While shocking, this should not be surprising to anyone that follows every State's Legislature each year they meet. In Utah, they pass hundreds of laws EVERY YEAR. People run for office with the idea that they are going "to fix things" and legislation is their solution to every issues. Never is there any thought about eliminating laws, only writing new ones. Our lawmakers (indeed, every last one of them) need to drop two or three older laws before they are allowed to write any new ones. THen we need to elect some of those types of folks to the federal system and have them repeat the exercise. Maybe in 50 years we could cut the number of laws by a third. Sadly, it will never happen.

Jan KingMay 28, 2020

Each morning as I receive my Meridian Magazine issue, and scan the articles, when I see that one is by Ted Gibbons that's the one I read I know that's the one I most "deserve" (translation, need!)

Deb CraneMay 28, 2020

This made my day! Thank you for the humor and reminder that we separate ourselves into category but our Father in Heaven sees us as His children.

Joseph ShumwayMay 28, 2020

Funny story of my life: I just realized while reading this that I have been trying to fit all the good Christian music out there in my collection. I love gospel centered media and I also have a tendency to obsess over things. Strangely enough I have been trying to fit everything in my collection

Daryl GibsonMay 28, 2020

I'm frankly quite comfortable with laws that prohibit selling one's children, making nuclear weapons and even letting one's dog harass wildlife in national parks. Call me crazy.

Beagle Lover in SouthMay 27, 2020

Animal owners & pet lovers please wake up! All critters need to be fed on a schedule and fed regularly. I realize this story was humorous but take a minute to think about your pet if you have one. They are dependent on we humans for their needs. Proverbs has one of my favorite scripture quotes: "A righteous man hath regard for the lives of all of his beasts". *Take care of your critters and treat them with kindness and proper care. Animal cruelty and neglect is on the rise in America - don't be part of the problem. As a rescue group president (non paid) I have seen more sad stories from abused animals than I could possibly relate. Many times it's from educated, middle class owners who neglect or abuse them. Love your pet!

Bob PowelsonMay 27, 2020

Many years ago my wife and I were asked to attend a special "marriage strengthening class. At the time my income was around $20,000 a month and were lived in a pretty nice home. One of the questions that was presented was: Your last child has just finished university and now you can have the home of your dreams what would you have. Others in the class had grandiose ideas of several bedrooms each with its own bath, a swimming pool, a kitchen that could feed a multitude . . . etc. I awaited my wife's explosion with ill concealed glee. She said; "We have a home with 4 bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a half bath, two fireplaces and a 4 car garage. . . " I would sell the darn thing and buy something half the size. The response were shrieks of horror and a so many but, buts it sounded like a motor boat. I grinned ear to ear and gave her a hug. There really is a lot more to life and the gospel than gratifying our pride and our vain ambitions.

Paulette KirkhamMay 27, 2020

One of the most thoughtful comprehensive articles that touches on salient points that I've read in a long time. This is what should be on the front pages of the newspapers and passed along on social media as an invitation to engage in "Public Discourse 101" and "Humanity 250." Well done.

MacMay 27, 2020

Good article with many things to think about with today's news or lack thereof. I think one of our problems as you pointed out is this 'sweeping generalization'. Not everything contained in a valid point of view is completely good or perfectly bad. Your point about discernment is excellent. We really need discernment about 'fruits'. There exists plenty of dialog that calls good fruit bad fruit and bad fruit good fruit as Isaiah prophesied. By knowing what is 'truely' good fruit, we can make good judgements.

SimplicioMay 27, 2020

The Book of Mormon repeatedly speaks of ambitious men who "stirred up unto anger" their people for the purpose of gaining power and influence, often resulting in war and conflict. (Alma 48:3;51:9;63:14;...) Lamanite kings are not the only ones to employ such tactics. Today, wildly popular pundits speak not what is true, but whatever will get the biggest knee-jerk reaction. The emotional kick engenders conspiratorial followership and millions in advertising revenue.

Ben JonesMay 27, 2020

Many conspiracy theories tend to be self-contradictory. Anti-semitism is one of the worst examples. People could simultaneously believe that the Jews were controlling everything, while yet rounding up and killing 6 million of them during the Holocaust, which should not have happened if the Jews were indeed controlling everything. Then we have Holocaust deniers who say that the Holocaust never happened, while still saying, in effect, "Good riddance!" The thing that gives it away is the fact that conspiracy theorists paint their enemies in the darkest colors rather than arguing their own positions on their merits

Alec AndrusMay 27, 2020

Started reading with some suspicion as I do much of what is written. As a liberal in a sea of conservatives, I find it difficult to have an uplifting conversation with many of my fellow saints... whenever current events are discussed. When I hear conspiracy theories about COVID 19 or my beloved President Obama and on and on, it is easy to be dismissive and walk away. As a bishop, I ministered to persons with same sex attractions and find it hurtful to hear other saints condemn them without having empathy. And on and on. Dialogue about life beyond “Sunday school” answers is often painfully difficult. Hearing people demean my hero Mitt Romney does cause my blood to begin to boil. Thanks for reminding me that I was a soldier for the USA and am a soldier for Christ to facilitate conversation that uplifts and builds community. And for reminding me it is worth the effort!

Carol AnnMay 27, 2020

I have been an avid follower of yours, Carolyn, for years now! Thanks for all the sage and practical advice! And, it just keeps coming! Being prepared is not just an event--rather a way of life for me. I advocate others to become believers as we travel through this test-trial of a pandemic! I've learned what I need to be more diligent of having in my supplies. Also, preparedness gifts to family and friends from us at Christmas time are expected. Maybe this year they will be even more appreciated!


When I think of the power of the Priesthood and women, I like to think of the definition of Priesthood. Some people will say that it is, "The power of God on earth." I have read many times that it is 'The power of God on earth for the salvation of mankind." When you read this definition, it is much easier to see how women are involved and use the priesthood power. Not to perform the formal ordinances of salvation, but to use their influence in their homes and at church as loving teachers of the principles of salvation. Men perform the living ordinance of baptism, women perform the living ordinance of birth.


All who cannot read Greek just love to read what you have to say, Dr. Peterson! Everyone else celebrates the fact that someone will take time to write it!

Adrea AndersonMay 27, 2020

DavidD- I have been pondering your exact question. I believe the answer has to do with the agency of the perpetrators of those crimes. God must allow everyone, including those who choose wickedness, to use their agency. I'm reminded of the story of Alma and Amulek (Alma 14:9-11) who were forced to watch women and children be consumed by fire. They stated that those who were burned were innocent. Alma explains to Amulek that the Lord would receive those innocents unto himself in glory (as you stated). And that he allowed that wickedness to occur at the hands of their enemies (who were acting out of agency) so that he, the Lord, could exercise a righteous judgment upon them at the last day. I believe that Alma and Amulek were still heart broken for those who suffered and we can be too. But we can also hold on to the knowledge that God is just. Those who commit wicked acts will be brought to justice in the end.

des bromilowMay 27, 2020

you forgot to mention shed/ workshop... some people's hobbies mean they need a bit of space/ workshop. If you are looking to downsize, you need to think about if you have space for your hobbies, or if you have to downsize those as well. - there is a mental health aspect to that decision.

John GilmoreMay 26, 2020

Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama are on the North American continent. So are Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Speaking English is not a requirement to be part of North America.

Allen A.May 26, 2020

One of my brothers selected a Religious Studies curriculum at a University of California campus in the 1970's and eventually left the Church to become a Hindu. He never came back to the LDS faith and died a couple of years ago. That is what can happen, even if the curriculum sticks strictly to religion. The evolution of religious studies into Marxist indoctrination is a contributing factor to the more than 50% approval of Socialism among young adults in the US now. We know that President McCay and President Benson both regarded Socialism as a soul destroying tool of Satan. We should guard against it today.

John KammeyerMay 26, 2020

I've heard a lot of prayers that had to be repeated--but in my 55 years of membership, I've never seen a tray get dropped.

DavidDMay 26, 2020

Of the 25% to 40% of all humans who have ever lived and who have died as children before the age of accountability, and who will go directly to the Celestial Kingdom (D&C 138:10), a high percentage of them suffer incredibly, often for years and in many ways, before actually dying. From starvation. Disease. Abuse. Physical, mental and emotional harms of all kinds. What is the purpose of all of that suffering that does not actually cause the death of the child?

Darlene NelsonMay 26, 2020

Thank you so much for your superbly compiled article with all the references to study. I appreciate you sharing your insights that inspired me to set goals and take a serious look inward.

Gary AndersonMay 26, 2020

Thank you Brother Frogley! I really enjoyed reading this article! Keep up the good work!

Sue WinmillMay 26, 2020

Great story. I was wondering who "Paul" is, he is quoted from a book he must have written but I do not recognize the book nor the author. I'm sure it isn't Paul the Apostle in the New Testament!

LisaMay 26, 2020

Having spent time in China teaching university age students, I spoke with students who didn't feel the need to marry, or if they did, to have children. Most of them having been the only child have a selfish attitude about what they want in life. Siblings or even having children takes away from what they want in life. Sad to see the attitude of selfishness take away from the ancient values of China that have made a great people.

CarolMay 26, 2020

I'm so glad there are people in the world like Ben that can make me appreciate all the good things in life I sometimes fail to see!

Linda PatalonMay 26, 2020

How I wish I could get this message out to my family and friends who do not know the truth. . I see the situation unfolding and know it is the last days. The time is short and we need to be preparing for spiritual warfare.

Jodi Augustine-EvansMay 26, 2020

How wonderful it is to be part of a church community that serves all people. I love Joyce and Ken and feel blessed to have been served by them in the past. They are truly loving Christ-like members of our church.

DavidDMay 26, 2020

That's the pretty typical response in our Church to the question of why do bad things happen to good people. It's necessary for our salvation and progression. Except that it isn't. Not for everyone. Over the history of mankind, scientists estimate that between 25% and 40% of all humans who have ever lived on earth have died before they reached the age of 5. Worldwide, even in 2020, that's not far off the mark. Our doctrine says that all of those spirits go directly to the Celestial Kingdom. Question: what percentage of those who end up in the Celestial Kingdom do you believe will then be those who died in childhood? It's just a guess, of course. But might that be 60%? 75%? 90%? Pretty clearly, for most of those who end up in the Celestial Kingdom, suffering on this earth will have had no purpose whatsover -- other than to actually kill many of them off so that they automatically go to the Celestial Kingdom. I'm just a little tired of people rationalizing or even glorifying suffering on earth, especially when it happens to innocents, when it really, truly doesn't make sense.

Linda WillisMay 25, 2020

Elder Asay, Your Dad and Mom were my Mission President and Companion in Texas in 1972-3. Oh how I loved and admired them. I was a recent convert and athlete in college before serving my mission. He gave me permission to run around the block of our house in Lubbock without my companion who was not interested. I loved him for that as I am now 70 years old serving a Senior Mission in New Zealand and still running. He had a profound effect upon me and his straight arrow approach to living the gospel stays with me today. It's wonderful to hear of your work in the Middle East. Sister Foxx and I served a mission in Africa from 2016-18 and now find ourselves at the bottom of the world in the middle of nowhere and love it.

Joyce M PooleMay 25, 2020

When I was at BYU in an apartment of young women we always had morning prayer. One morning Linda was the one giving the prayer. I had a vision while she was praying. We were in a large circle in a beautiful green meadow, surrounded by trees and flowers. There was 50 to 100 people there, her boyfriend was saying the prayer there, the other person I recognized was my boyfriend and I knew it was their time to come to Earth. The vision ended and I was kneeling with my roommates. I have a painting painted by Michael Wheeler and it is a view of the meadow and walking through flowers to reach it. Also I have meet 10 or 20 people who I know were there. It is a wonderful memory and I can look at my painting and bring it to mind.

Laurie MorelandMay 25, 2020

Love your thinking outside the box... or rather, inside the costume box. Anyone would be lucky to have you as their ministering sister or friend or family!!!!

Lani ReynoldsMay 25, 2020

Thank you for your example of service!

AspenMay 25, 2020

I have had anxiety and ptsd for several years. I'm so glad you addressed this topic. For a while the Priests were coming to my house to bring me the sacrament and even that would stir my anxiety. Today I read another article about how faith and anxiety can be complimentary. Here's one of the scriptures shared Jacob 1 5. For because of faith and great anxiety, it truly had been made manifest unto us concerning our people, what things should happen unto them. 6. And we also had many revelations, and the spirit of much prophecy; wherefore, we knew of Christ and his kingdom, which should come. It's strange to think they could be complimentary but in this case I suppose they are. If you want to read the article here's a link, Thanks again for this article! It really put some important things into perspective for me.

ShareeMay 25, 2020

Not all of us have the opportunity to partake of the Sacrament in our homes. Those of us who are older single sisters living alone have now gone 10 weeks without it. I asked my Bishop if,now that we will soon be starting up again, but some of us still advised not to attend, if priesthood members will be able to bring us the sacrament. He doesn't have an answer on that for me yet.

MarcMay 25, 2020

Prior to their mission call, Ken and Joyce served as President and Matron of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. They served patrons, temple workers and volunteers with that same spirit of love and service, always teaching Christ's principals by example. We love you Ken and Joyce

Elizabeth WilcoxMay 24, 2020

Exactly what I needed today. Such great wisdom and depth!

Eugene R HadfieldMay 24, 2020

My wife and I traveled to Izapa in 2012 with Garth and Cheryl and learned so much and were very impressed with the area. We believe that these people are related to the Book of Mormon peoples.

Thomas P. ArmitageMay 24, 2020

I have felt this way for years but obviously am not trained to express it as you have laid out in this article. It seemed to me self defeating to say this is how it has to be so deal with it. And yet when I suggested "attacking" the problem, looking for ways to improve and get over it in a sense I was often told that was demeaning to the person suffering with the depression. Even so it just did not seem to square with my observation in other areas. A young Boy Scout, Astmatic, frail and yet highly Intelligent. We never gave into the mentality of not trying hard things. As a result this young man learned to function with his asthma, completed a 50 mile hike, 50 mile bike run, 50 mile canoe trip and today, married and successful competes in marathons with his wife often. He still has asthama. I think of men who served in combat with my sons, returning home withsevere injuries. They now have learned to function highly despite seemingly insurmountable odds. I think of friends that suffered injuries to one side of the brain and the other side of the brain took over as time passed. They now function very well although differently. So why not with issues such as this.

Helena LemonMay 24, 2020

This is such a great story! I had heard a lot about New York and the devastating Covid numbers there. This brings it back around to how medical volunteers on the front line from other states are truly so valuable. Caring for the one patient that she was meant to help made such a huge difference! Thank you Carly!

JonathanMay 24, 2020

Lawful parents have the right to visit, comfort, and serve their children in a hospital or asylum. That does not give the children the right or ability to leave whenever they wish. I have asked many people over the years whether those who choose the Telestial Kingdom, or even Outer Darkness are still God's children. What do you think? The answers to me thus far have been quick and unanimous. If we choose the Covenant Path and exaltation, but our children choose one of the other options, we can go visit them as often as we want. We'll be gods.

Debbie HenckeMay 24, 2020

Timely article for our day. Thank you! I appreciate your insights and stories that shine light into the principals being taught.

Tristan BaierMay 24, 2020

It is no surprise that your article received the negative responses that it did, Dan. Thanks for your poised and informative response and for steering a straight course, as you always do.

Larry WalkerMay 24, 2020

Thank you for sharing the details of the inspiring efforts of this good man.

DavidMay 24, 2020


ToniMay 23, 2020

Thank you Carly and Michaela for this truly inspiring story. Sheltering as a lot of the country re opens it is easy to forget just how bad things are in other places. Thank you for your example of what a daughter of God looks like.

Cynthia AbbottMay 23, 2020

We had a sacred experience with our first born child. He began talking at a very early age. By ten months there were several words he could say fairly clearly. When he was 19 months old, we had just moved into a new house and his nursery was at the end of the short hall with our room on the left side. One night we were walking down the hall (we'd just come home from somewhere) and he stopped in the middle of the hall (he was walking in front of us), and pointed down into his nursery. He said, pointing, "Look! Spirits!" (the word Spirits was not in his vocabulary). Then he shrugged his little shoulders and said, "Spirits gone. Spirits gone home." We both knelt down there right in the hall and asked him what the spirits looked like. He smiled at us and said one word. "Smoke." And then he continued walking into his room. That was on Saturday. On Monday we decided it was time to do a real Family Home Evening and so I had a photo of Jesus in a frame...the one we use in church with the red cloak. We started off by showing him the picture and said "Jonathan, this is Jesus." He smiled and patted Jesus's picture and told us, "Jesus hold me and talk to me." We were so overcome, and we still take that experience as the closest thing we will ever have in this lifetime to sure knowledge that the Savior is real and that the pre-mortal existence is real. Nineteen month old children are not capable of making up untruths and the spirit was so strong with us. I have since had many, many more experiences (especially with doing family history) that have testified to me of the reality of the veil spoken of here and the closeness we have with those on the other side of it.

debMay 23, 2020

How did the children of Amulon and the wicked priests of King Noah get to Zarahemla? I thought they joined with the Lamanites?

Lori Finlay HamiltonMay 23, 2020

Micheala, Thank you for writing this beautiful article I broke out sobbing for some time responding to the sacrifice of dear Carly and of the extraordinary loss of life!!! I was brought immediately back to the feelings I had so often as a critical care nurse as we lost patients! I was brought back immediately to a particular patient, whom I have everything I could to save her life. 100 units of blood, and a 14 hour shift (along with 2 doctors and 2 other nurses all night long) left me praying a mighty prayer that this young mother would be there when I returned to work that night. Oh the gratitude when indeed she lived, and was rolled out of the ICU in a wheelchair. Oh dear Carly, I can only imagine the heartache that you felt night after night. And, the joy to meet this dear patients husband. I can only imagine the loving bond that you all will share for eternity. God Bless You!!

Mei SohMay 23, 2020

How wonderful! You are truly the Lord's worker. Mei

Chuck SanfordMay 22, 2020

Bill Monahan was baptized in Shreveport, Louisiana in early 1972 (it was COLD!) He had taken the missionary discussions at my apartment; I was privileged to baptize him. As we were changing our wet clothes, while shivering, someone came in to tell us we had to perform the baptism again, as Bill's foot had partially stuck out of the water while being baptized. As we got back into our cold wet clothes, he said, "I guess the Lord wants to see how much I really want this." He was then re-baptized, and the rest is history.

Michael G. BeckstrandMay 22, 2020

One time on Fast Sunday a priest with autism had to say the sacrament prayer 3 times before getting it right. His mother in the front pew was really stressed her son was going to freak out. But he made it through it. The first testimony that day was a woman who said she was thankful for the young man having to say the prayer 3 times. It made her pay much more attention and understand better the covenants and promises made. You could see the mother relax and feel so thankful for that woman's testimony. I was able to see the whole exchange as I was sitting on the stand as a member of the Stake Presidency. I too was thankful for the renewed emphasis of the sacrament prayers.

Mary Beth CragunMay 22, 2020

Thank you Carly for your sacrifice for another woman in another city. You are truly a daughter of God with a heart of pure gold. I pray that this new friend has recovered and returned to her family. Thank you so much!

Katja KlepaczMay 22, 2020

Thank you, Michaela, for describing what it is still like out there, while much of the country is slowly reopening.

KeithMay 22, 2020

Our President gave Congress the opportunity to make the dreamers Americans, but they chose not to. It is not the conservatives who are fighting immigration. We are a government of laws and immigration needs to be done per the law. We can change the law but is it fair to allow those who break the law citizenship?

Anne DeArmonMay 22, 2020

My take from the church manual was we were to share the gospel with others and help them come back. I actually wrote in my journal about how 2 of my 3 children have left the church. I made great sacrifices to be able to teach them the gospel so my thought was how would I do this for others when I was not able to even in my own family. Your podcast answered that question. Thank you.

LaVona LewisMay 22, 2020

Carly, thank you for your unselfish service. We all love and thank you for doing something we can't do. Thank you for representing love, Utah and God. All I have been able to do is sew masks but I pray that will help others. Your story was amazing

John KammeyerMay 22, 2020

We are so brainwashed into the idea of a separation of church and state that we don't see the Book of Mormon as a political text. "Faith without works is dead," and so is doctrine unless put into effect. The Gospel is to be lived, and we are to become a Zion society, which requires a social ("political") structure. The Book of Mormon is also obsessed with politics, what makes a good or bad society. I went through some of the political writings of the classic Greek writers, and was astounded to find how many of the same concepts are jammed into Mosiah 29.It turns out the concepts were also part of ancient Israelite political thinking.

TammyMay 22, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing! You are a blessing! Thank you for serving!

TracyMay 22, 2020

This is so touching. Each life is so important and it is comforting to know that patients are being cared for by such caring people as this young nurse.

SMay 22, 2020

I loved your article! I felt this feeling once at RootsTech a few years ago. There’s no way I could have ever met before, in this life, the man who felt like a brother to me. He was from France and I am from California. We compared a bit of our family history and ethnicities, but that was not the connection. We’re both sure that we were good friends in the premortal world.

Ann T TerryMay 22, 2020

Philo Taylor Farmsworth's family have a story about who they think is Victor Hugo. When Philo came to Nauvoo he was kind of adopted by Franklin Dewey Richards who was the Pres of the Twelve. Philo took care of his family as he was asked to spend time away from them. Just before the Saints left Nauvoo. Pres Richards left for a Mission to England and Europe. While there he went to France and through a member of the Church was able to get a permit to hold meetings. During one such meeting a man burst in through the door, very upset. He had lost his PG daughter and son-in-law in a boating accident. No one could comfort him, not even his Church.. They took him into another room and were able to calm him down. Years later this French Church member came to Utah and stayed with Philo Taylor Farmsworth's family. One day as he was out walking he came upon a little girl who had lost the money her mother gave to her to buy some bread after she had gotten some water. This Frenchman calmed her down and gave her money to buy the bread. Does this story sound familiar, It is in Les Miserables.. If you study Victor Hugo's writings you will find bits and pieces of the gospel. Was he the upset man who heard the gospel in that Church Meeting in France?

JeanneMay 22, 2020

Carl Rahner, a revered theologian, also spoke of the "infinite horizon" as God. This was because one looks forward at a horizon but never reaches it. It is always just out of our reach but as we walk it calls us forward in our travels. Looking through this lens I consider the perfection of God as my infinite horizon. Here in mortality I will never reach perfection. But the call of God for me to become like him keeps me striving forward toward it.

Nancy DoutreMay 22, 2020

May your work continue to touch lives .

MarkMay 22, 2020

I miss you Brother McConkie.

Pauline HarryMay 22, 2020

I do like the premise "love over fear". I hope you stick with that motto.

Ronald R. Crittenden (Reynaldo)May 22, 2020

For 40+ years I have guided 1000's of interested Book of Mormon readers to see the horse panel carving at the Chichen Itza archaeological site in Yucatan, Mexico. It shows an 'animal' with it's back at chest height of the person standing to the side. I know of no other animal with such height dating back to the dating of Chichen Itza. Also, I took many into the Loltun Caves of Mexico where the bones of horses have been found with dates long prior to the Spanish horses arrival into the Americas.

conesa elisabethMay 22, 2020

Thank you for your article .I do agree and as a member of the church it comforts me t o realize how close I feel to your movement especially nowadays ...and more than ever we must pray to instil Love around us

Jan KingMay 21, 2020

I've had the privilege of being present when Bob Hilton served as a Home Teacher in my daughter's home. I've been blessed to have Joni be the speaker at our Visiting Teaching Conference when I served as a RS President, and I always enjoy her articles. This one caught my attention as well as my heart. My husband struggles with speech and memory issues and faced the responsibility of blessing the sacrament in our home with some trepidation. I know of his heart and of his worthiness to officiate in that ordinance, and in spite of some stumbles, I'm confident that his efforts are acceptable before the Lord.

Ayse KOCHMay 21, 2020

It is such a relief to read that there are indeed more LDS women who feel as I do about the US government and the great need we have of cleaning up what a mess it is in now. Thank you for starting this group and I hope we can make a difference. Best regards.

JanMay 21, 2020

What a wonderful reminder to me of the sacrament meaning of the change for renewal we all need daily. Thank you.

AnnaMay 21, 2020

This may not fit into your "pairs," but I have personal remembrance of the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake in southwestern Montana, eastern Idaho, northwestern Wyoming. It measured 7.2 in magnitude and caused a huge landslide resulting in over 28 fatalities . $11 million in damages and creation of a new reservoir when the landslide dammed the Madison River.

vickieMay 21, 2020

this was a beautiful story. i have had times and so has my husband where we feel we know a certain person when we never met of my last one...i really wanted a girl...i had one daughter who was my oldest and then 4 boys...but the last one, i wanted a girl...before i got pregnant for him...i had lost a baby...then when contemplating this pregnancy i was sitting under a tree near our house...and i felt the spirit when i was thinking about having another was as if the spirit was letting me know i would have problems with this child and it was up to me if i wanted to have this baby...well, after the last experience of losing that child...i decided yes i want to have this baby no matter what. i did get pregnant...i was 33 at the time...he would be my 5th live baby...towards the end of the pregnancy...i had a dream...i dreamed that the cord was around his shocked me and i called my sister abt it..she said oh sometimes women have dreams like that ...its not true....well, the last 6wks of my pregnancy i went into early labor....they rehydrated me and sent me home to stay in bed the rest of the pregnancy. i didnt like that but it was a good thing i had already bought school clothes and things my other kids needed for school. i went into labor and had so much trouble...the drs said my labor stopped...with all this upset going on my babies heart was stopping as well....with all the confusion i decided to tell the dr about my dream...he said you know what after talking to other drs ..they believe this is the more things were being done to save his life and he was delivered by vacuum extraction...he lived and had a high apgar score..but he had bumps on the top of his head..he indeed for a long time had the cord around his neck...i thought well this must mean what the spirit was talkign wasnt...when i took him home...i noticed his breathing was erratic and his body jerked around a lot...later i discovered he had SIDS...sudden infant death syndrome. i nearly passed out when i heard this...he was put on a machine which i kept him on for 2yrs...then i noticed he wasnt talking in the same language we were...i took him in and discovered he had an audio processing he started going to school 3yrs old..over time i realized he was such a good child and smart ....he had other illnesses over the years...dividing cellulitis and then polynoidal cysts...things that drove the family crazy...meanwhile i had to have a hysterectomy no little girl for me...through the years i discovered that he was so smart and then he could sing like a bird and he played piano...and he could act...what a wonderful child...and so good looking the girls were always bugging him.....i thought things were over with that i had to worry over....but they werent....he was the baby of the family...he always obeyed us...he was a good kid....but he had some issues with his audio processing problem...delayed maturity...then a year ago ...he got a man....he came out and let us know he was was hard for me to over come husband helped me a lot husband said no matter what .how do we feel...we agreed we love him so much.....his patriarchal beautiful...and what i have learned is isnt over...till its over...he will be 35yrs old this year...his blessing said..God will have His hand on his head...and many other things...he did go on a mission....he was diligent in the church....i imagine this was so hard for him as well....he didnt show it ...but its like i isnt over yet....i will watch and wait...and pray...his partner is a good person as well...who loves his family...we need to obey God's command to love one another ...

Ann S.May 21, 2020

This was a wonderful article!! Well written. Great work with your organization. Thank you.

Alan FlemingMay 21, 2020

I first saw my wife when I was engaged to another girl. We at a YSA activity when she walked in and I thought “What did I get engaged for. I would love to take her out on a date.”. Well, three months later my fiancé wanted to break up the engagement. I asked why. She said, Because of the way you keep looking at Margie Cockburn.”. Like a true male I replied, “What way!”. Well, I finally at a church dance asked Margie up for a dance. When we looked into each others eyes, we both knew. A month later I proposed and six months later we got married. We have been married for 40 years. While there are many coincidences that occurred through our lives, I will one. When we had our first son, and had to decide a name. I thought now we are going to have a disagreement. I told her I always wanted to have a son named Michael. She looked back in great surprise and astonishment and said, “So have I.” I have had missionary experiences and there is one in which I became frustrated with someone who didn’t want to have the missionaries teach him. I said I can’t tell him any more. I remember as he looked at me and said, “You must tell me more.” Finally, he agreed to meet the missionaries and was baptised. He served a mission and as a bishop. My son married his daughter and we share a grandson.

Tamra D DodgeMay 21, 2020

These lovely stories bring tears to my eyes. They take me back to a special moment my husband and I had with our two and a half year old toddler. We were having our family bedtime prayer. Little Alex was in a big boy bed now. After the prayer Alex said, “I want my real family, and my real Father.” My husband assured him that we were his family, “No,” he said. “I want my real Father.” It was a defining moment. Alex remembered where he came from. His vocabulary was limited.. but he expressed his hearts desire.

Ann HedrickMay 21, 2020

I had an experience like this when I was a BYU student. There was a young man in my ward who seemed very familiar to me. We became friends and he said I was also familiar to him. We reviewed our lives and travels, we came from different areas of the country, and there was no possibility we had ever crossed paths. But we knew that we knew each other!

MindaMay 21, 2020

I was touched with your story brother Pooly. Do you know that I feel sorry for all the Natives who once upon a time that they owned this land but they are being thrown in a reservations? I am so glad to read and know that there is you and your family are reaching to them. I would like to see them all prosper in the land. May you be blessed with health and strength and live long. You are the light among your people. You and your family are their earthly angels. Thank you so much for sharing your story.

WendiMay 21, 2020

I could not LOVE this article any more than I do!!! Thank you for sharing

Dave MMay 21, 2020

I applaud and thank you for your leadership and what you're doing. And thank you for this timely and much-needed article. It's time we all stand up for the values Jesus taught, and replace hate, division and partisanship with love, compassion and unity.

Mary JurgaitisMay 21, 2020

I have - many times. I appreciate it because I get to hear the words again. Next time I will keep in mind what was said in the article about being able to fix things when we make mistakes.

NIhla JuddMay 21, 2020

I can testify to the truthfulness of the experiences in this article. I have a challenging relationship from which I have tried to walk away many times. I cannot because I am always reminded that we have a connection to the world of spirits where we once loved and cared for each other. This mission is to continue through the trials and challenges of this telestial experience. One day I know that I will rejoice that I remained.

Ralph W. HouseMay 21, 2020

I have very fond memories of my time at BYU in a married student ward where Gary was the Bishop. I was the ward clerk so got to spend time with him regularly. My memory is of a gentle, deeply spiritual man would was completely dedicated to his God and his family. I loved going to his house and seeing all the artwork in various stages of completion and I felt the same sense of reverence that Janice mentions. I want to own an original of his art some day.

Bob WellsMay 21, 2020

I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you for writing that. One more thought that has occurred to me is that some people might wonder if the ordinance is valid if a mistake is made and not corrected, or if someone performing or assisting with the ordinance isn't "worthy" for some reason. I have come to learn that, yes, the ordinance is valid for those who partake of it. In the first place, the atonement prevents us from being held accountable for other people's sins or mistakes. In the second place, when a leader approves an ordinance, he does so under full authority from Jesus Christ (that's one thing that Priesthood and acting in the name of the Savior accomplishes). Therefore, as I understand it, if the leader says it is good enough, the Savior accepts and ratifies it as having been done under His delegated authority. And if the Bishop authorizes someone to perform the ordinance in a home, the same principle applies even though the Bishop himself is not present. I love what you taught about the atonement being about correcting mistakes. YES!

BobMay 21, 2020

For those who are determined to ignore the warnings of the Book of Mormon concerning the existence of Gadianton Robbers and the accompanying skulduggery, in our day, I can understand their considering the John Burch Society an organization of fear rather than education and knowledge.

Patricia WintersMay 21, 2020

Once, a prayer had to be given three times. By the third time, the prayer had added significance to me, as I hung on every word. The sacrament prayer was especially valued to me after that time.

Elliot MorrisMay 21, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful essay, and for everything you and your organization are doing. You've expressed so well my own feelings and thoughts about what is happening in our world and our nation.

HelenMay 21, 2020

Poignantly relevant to our lives today. Thank you for affirming and detailing my own thoughts. May love win!

Roberta HubbardMay 21, 2020

Thank you, Anne, it was the perfect spiritual food to read this morning, thank you for sharing the light of Christ into our lives.

Des BromilowMay 21, 2020

no set prayers, but every ordinace of salvation (and exaltation) has either a set wording, or a set of "must have inclusions" followed by "as the Spirit dictates"... if it's linked to a covenant, Heavenly Father sets the terms, and as such we must use the wording he has given so we are compliant in setting up those covenants. Baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, Sacrament, temple, ordinations... they all have sections dictated by the source of the covenant. I think it was Grant L Harris (Drawing down the powers of heaven" was the first time I recognised the precedent of others making covenants with the terms set in consultation, rather than set from on high.

Charles McClellandMay 21, 2020

A very timely article. Thank you for sharing it.

Helena LemonMay 20, 2020

We are all waiting for the Lamanite people to blossom and claim their divine destiny! Brother Pooley is an instrument to make this happen! I can't wait, because it will be amazing!

Faye GirsbergerMay 20, 2020

Al Pooley is doing a wonderful thing. Thank you.

IngridMay 20, 2020

I teared up reading this article. It is so true. We come from greatness. If every individual on the earth past present and future sees this truth, there will be amazing miracles for us to witness. God is love. He created us to be happy. He's happy when we choose light. He is light. Thank you Bro. Pooley for your great work of awakening a people of their origin, potential and destiny. Jesus heals. He's returning soon.

Jenine SnarrMay 20, 2020

Thank you for this fun article. It made my day. I may try doing that too!

Jean Cook RyggMay 20, 2020

I have also read in the Book of Mormon that the descendants of the Lamanites will become great again. I am very grateful for the great work All Pooley, his daughter Amy, and others are doing and I hope his work continues to flourish! Keep Going!!! and may the Lord Bless your work.

Julie MckinneyMay 20, 2020

I sat and laughed! This was worth more than GOLD!!! Thank you for sharing. I guess the old adage is true, when the going gets tough, the tough get going!!! May we all be blessed with looking for the ‘good’ even when things are tough! Thank you again for sharing your ‘sanity’ gifts!!

Jerome TewMay 20, 2020

I did a program on history of the American Indians to a Historical Society in Clinton N. C. There were about 60 members there. I told how they were the children of Israel and descend from Joseph of Egypt. One person ask, how long have you known this and another ask if i was going to publish this story. At the a lady came up to me in tears.She said that her only daughter married an Indian from Roberson Co. and she said that now she knew that her grand children would be part of the Children of Israel.

Larry DuncanMay 20, 2020

I would like to contact Al. I knew & had such respect for he and his family as a Freshman at BYU Provo in 1965.

Diane DaleyMay 20, 2020

I really liked this story of this man Al Pooley. I wonder if he is related to George Pooley. If so I wonder if Al could help George. George is probably about 69 years old now. I am 66 years old now, and I knew George in high school. He lived in Provo, Utah with the Hofhiens family. But I think he was from Arizona. I don't know what has happened to George. I heard that he had started drinking. But he did go on a mission for the church years ago. Please try to find him and let me know. Thank you, Diane Daley (Whatcott)

Celia DilleyMay 20, 2020

What a great Idea! You are very creative!! Humor in times like these is so refreshing. Glad you finally posted these photos on Facebook.

Jennifer larsenMay 20, 2020

I don't know anything about this tradition or the past events other than was has been presented here, but it made me wonder if the day that the sons of Lehi went to get "Wives" (the daughters of Ishmael) was also done on the fifteenth day of Av?

TamiMay 20, 2020

I have learned much in this topics by reading the book Seer Stone v. Urim & Thummin by Hanna and James Stoddard. It seems clear through Joseph Smiths words and the words of the Lord that he used the Urim and Thummin, not the stone.

Jennifer LarsenMay 20, 2020

When I logged onto Meridian Magazine today and scrolled through the list of articles I might want to read, I saw your article. As I usually do, I love reading your articles/stories because they are usually funny and get me to smile and chuckle. I clicked on this one today expecting/hoping I'd have the same response. However, this story, today insighted from me a different feeling and response...a tear. Not of sadness but of joy and reflection. Thank you so much for sharing this today. I guess Ben (and Steve) brought a little happiness into my life today too!

CubbyMay 20, 2020

The 8 days of quarantine was a hoot! Thanks for sharing.

LewisMay 20, 2020

What a beautiful article. You are an incredible story teller.

Jan KingMay 20, 2020

#goldmedalingincreativity. Great job!!

Diana BaerMay 20, 2020

What a beautiful and touching project that enriches and changes so many lives. My heart was so full as I read this wonderful work of Brother Pooley and his family. I know we can each be guided to minister to others by the Holy Ghost and that we can make a difference for good.

Martha ClantonMay 20, 2020

What an excellent article. This message resonated with me, even though I am not Native American. I think everyone needs to hear this.

Haze K.May 20, 2020

What a great man with an uplifting message to his people, and to all of us.

Chris ArmstrongMay 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing Al's wonderful vision for his people. His is further evidence of the power of one to change lives.

C. CampbellMay 20, 2020

I loved this article and am so impressed with the Pooly family, their inspiration and initiative. Thank you for making us aware of them, their organization, and how true principles change lives.

Jenny SvendsenMay 20, 2020

Blessed be this wonderful brother and his daughter, for the service they are giving to heavenly Father's children, our brothers and sisters.

Still StrivingMay 20, 2020

A wonderful story, filled with truth. So very much appreciated.

Diana ChambersMay 20, 2020

I did quarantine birthday videos, that were from my Halloween stash of costumes. They were fun and really lightened the load for many.

Margie MansellMay 20, 2020

Love this article. We know of another Navajo woman wanting to do the same for Native Americans. How could they meet? I would love to have them join forces. May God bless them in their endeavors to inspire true greatness in their people.

NIhla JuddMay 20, 2020

Dearest Lynne, I absolutely loved your story. Early on in the shut down I pondered extensively how to minister to so many. The impression came: "Make them laugh. Laughter is God's gift to a troubled world." I started emailing Corona Virus jokes to most people on my myriad of email lists. It wasn't long before I didn't even have to go looking because they were sending jokes back to me. We have giggled and giggled through our tears. Thanks for hyping it up.

NICOLAMay 20, 2020

Excellent podcast ! And who knew the lads were middle aged ( probably inactive) men!!

Kayleen HunsakerMay 20, 2020

Thank you once AGAIN, for a true story that has brightened my day and my life!

Anna FeatherstoneMay 20, 2020

Beautiful, thank you....

KathleenMay 20, 2020

Sometimes that's all it takes - one person to stand up for or step forward on behalf of another. May we all have the courage to be that one.

Roberta HarrisMay 19, 2020

Oh Becky!! What a wonderful story and to let us share in the anguish you had about the children you loved was so heart warming. The prayers of all especially the children wrought a miracle. Thank you.

AnnieMay 19, 2020

Help rather than snitch; a better option.

KatMay 19, 2020

Jacob Hess, You are a God send to us all. Thank you for your refreshing insights, your committed work, your hopeful talk - THE TRUTH! So appreciated. So so needed. God bless you.

Tanya CannonMay 18, 2020

Great article containing simple truths we all should follow. I need loving reminders every once in a while. Thank you. PS Thank you to CW2SAD for the truths in her kitchen sign! You both made my day brighter!

AnonymousMay 18, 2020

I am just blown away by this narrative and also Mark Butler's discussion about living well with depression. I am the wife of a wonderful man who suffers with an addiction and major depressive disorder. I can now visualize him stepping out of his pain not by use of medication but by beginning with a simple change in how he manages his life. I can also see myself supporting him in this self care. I say this with much gratitude for this positive look at the possibilities!

Dr. HMay 18, 2020

As a health care professional, I tend to view tort liability lawyers with a degree of suspicion. But in this case, legal action was clearly an appropriate way of sending a message to both the doctor and the hospital that deliberate malpractice is not something which can be allowed to stand unchallenged.!

Phyllis HiggsMay 18, 2020

This message is a great way to start my week. Thank you!!

Paul WilsonMay 18, 2020

Wonderful must read article! Thanks. I have three suggestions that might broaden its impact and the good the article does. 1. Write a one page summary for the functionally illiterate of our society who see something this long and immediately say “TL:DR” (Too Long, Don’t Read). We all need to read it because we all have friends and family hurting. 2. Write a youth/single adult version, “Dear Young People, you are not broken”, and submit it for church magazine publication. Keep it short. 3. Consider including an AA-ARP type contrast (AA-“You will always be a broken addict, but you can be sober” versus LDS-ARP-“You can recover and leave this behind you..” What you are saying is so similar with Big Pharm- Medical PC -“You are broken and will always need our medication and therapy.

CW2SADMay 18, 2020

We have a small sign in our kitchen that reads: "Satan knows your name, but calls you by your sin. God knows your sin, but calls you by your name." it's provided, to me at least, great comfort and assistance in listening to the right voice.

Earl WaltersMay 18, 2020

As a 70 year old grandpa who has been married 44 years this would have been a good messsage for me 44 years ago.Thank you for sharing

Ed Rehder IIIMay 17, 2020

I am pretty much doing everything right but journaling so thanks for the reminder, Mary!

Scot ProctorMay 17, 2020

Their website with all donation information is at: I will also add that link to the article, thanks!

Angie MannMay 17, 2020

Great read! A refresher about God’s ‘government’ compared to worldly government.

Andrew CurrieMay 17, 2020

"Despite tragic, horrifying exceptions of parental abuse...." As if the same cannot be said about public schools. Even here in Utah we have too may incidents of sexual exploitation by teachers in the news. What about the myriad of other psychological damage that cannot be measured such as bullying by other students, unqualified & unstable teachers, godless teachers, bizarre educational fads (e.g., New Math, Common Core, the 1619 Project)? I'll take a parent any day! Maybe the real problem is working parents hate the fact that homeschooled kids do way better than their public schooled kids.

Gary OliverMay 17, 2020

Apparently, Ms. Abbott, does not understand the Catholic belief in polygamy. All sisters (nuns) make marriage vows with Christ and wear a ring on their right hand.

Joanne WagstaffMay 17, 2020

I've followed and read you for years! (Even have some of your beautiful books of photography and insights.) You're gifts to those who love the gospel bless so many. I want to thank you for your latest podcast especially, with the research and historical alignment of this particular time in the Book of Mormon. I recognize the work behind these details. Well presented and well done!

Angie MannMay 17, 2020

This lesson is a perfect template to use for today. I love that the Book of Mormon is full of multiple examples of our daily lives and circumstances. Sometimes we try to look at the scriptures like they are from, not only a different time, but maybe they were meant for a different people. Thank you so much for these continued lessons that bring much understanding to our current lives.

Jeremy C HothMay 17, 2020

As other commenters have said, resurrected beings have and can perform ordinances. I don't think you said it in your writing, but I'm sure resurrected beings have many assignments, and it benefits the living members of God's church to perform these ordinances on this earth for the dead. You have explained the benefits to us quite well.

Tony and Jeanette FordMay 17, 2020

Thank you from England. A very moving podcast

Frank PierceMay 16, 2020

There is an old saying: Never ascribe to malice that which can be explained by stupidity. People have enslaved others in every land, every country from the time that some people discovered that they could force others to do work for them. Forced labor, slavery, discourages thought and innovation and to that extent in counterproductive. The Book of Mormon calls a tax rate of 20% 'bondage' and 50% slavery. Socialism depends on force, true capitalism, free enterprise, on voluntary association. But it is certainly, at first glance, easier to make someone do what is wanted than it is to persuade someone to do it, or to even (shudder!) pay them for their time. Socialism and its buddies are the enslavers, capitalism promotes freedom. Freedom is more efficient. It works better, in the long run.

MerrillMay 16, 2020

Can you post an official link for donating to Rising Star Outreach?

James RawsonMay 16, 2020

Thank you for the spot on commentary! She prolifigates her lies and misinformation exactly like the national mainstream media!

Michael Shea, MDMay 16, 2020

The world is overwhelmed with reporters, commentators, celebrities, and social media pundits who imagine that what they believe is good and everything else is bad. This is characteristic of the rampant narcissism predicted by Paul in 2 Timothy (chapter 3, verses 1-5), isn’t it? I believe that most of the current discord in our society can be traced directly to this pervasive and prideful I-love-me-and-everyone-else-be-damned attitude. It’s an attitude that seems to close one’s eyes and ears while opening the mouth wider than ever.

Neal ChristensenMay 16, 2020

Haters's just what they do; truth and facts only get in the way.

Curtis B.May 16, 2020

You should send your article to her and ask for her to be honest fair and follow the rules.

Benjamin T BeasleyMay 16, 2020

This is one of those rare, wise-yet-funny cartoons that is faun to read,yet profound in its deeper message. It is right on target for our current reality!

LKJMay 15, 2020

Mr. Steurer, I appreciate this beautiful and thoughtful advice to a grieving woman who obviously loves her former husband very much regardless of his hurtful choices. I have one question, though, about the idea of "moving on" being connected to finding someone else. It was unclear in this woman's question if her former husband had remarried, but I wonder why the strong undercurrent of "finding someone else" as the sign of moving on? Is this the wisdom of the psychology programs at university or of our loving Heavenly Father?

Jane SMay 15, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this insightful and to-the-point article. I greatly appreciate your thoughts and spelling your message out in a way that we can easily apply it to our lives and in a way that makes us DESIRE to do so :)

Bob CowartMay 15, 2020

Thanks for the article and reminder Gary. I wish there were some way to broadcast this true principle from all the rooftops in the country.

Diane CollardMay 15, 2020

Very well written response to the article by Abbott. It’s very disturbing to read comments that are just meant to put down another’s faith and religion. I was very impressed by your article! Spot On!

Merlyn de la MelenaMay 15, 2020

This is an excellent cartoon!! Loved it!

DonnaMay 15, 2020

Short answer: YES.

EarleneMay 14, 2020

This is a wonderful thing to be able to lift and teach people! Is there a way that computers could be supplied to community centers so the learning can continue? Is internet available? Could small chalk boards and chalk be donated so they could write more easily?

Janice OienMay 14, 2020

Your stories are always inspiring and always remind us how blessed we are,and how much we have to be thankful for.

Jenny M KinsleyMay 14, 2020

How do we donate to help these people. we could donate cell phones or lap top too. any thing else that's needed.

WendiMay 14, 2020

Constitution hanging by a thread yet?

WendiMay 14, 2020

This is a beautiful thing! How can we get involved to help further these efforts?

SMay 14, 2020

I live in California and the liberals here will LOVE this curriculum. It’s tough to counteract the effects of false teachings to our youngest and impressionable children.

Gary & Noy GarvinMay 14, 2020

This is wonderful, please bless him his family and the school. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen

Mary Jane HelmsMay 14, 2020

Thank you for that beautiful update. Love the visual of your remote learning classrooms with people of all ages gathered together to improve their lives.

P. Douglas Kiester, MDMay 14, 2020

The biggest problem with these volcanos is 3Nephi 8:12 But behold, there was a more great and terrible destruction (than in the land southward (verse 11)) in the land northward..... So unless the land southward of the Nephites was in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, or Panama; these volcanos ain't the ones. There are a multitude of excellent candidates in the Ring of Fire for any chosen location for the BoM out there.

MaryMay 14, 2020

Seems like a stretch and not really how the darkness was described. And no mention of the ash. Also Joseph Smith said the events of The Book of Mormon took place in North America. He translated the book and experienced many things in the process. I really doubt he was that confused by the locale. And there is so much evidence found in the Great Lake region.

L. P. ReesMay 14, 2020

What volcano? I have read and re-read 3 Nephi many times- but never seen the word "volcano" anywhere in the Book of Mormon. There are several explanations for what could have caused a "mist of darkness. 1 Nephi 12:4 speaks of a mist of darkness that may have resulted from a terrible earthquake with all the material that could be put into the air from that destruction. It just seems presumptuous to insist it was caused by a volcano.

Evan SmithMay 14, 2020

Causality is not what I understand people who are critical of the church’s theology are trying to prove. Rather, I think they’re trying to make more people aware that the theology causes severe psychological damage for most LGBTQ church members, and so it is therefore a likely contributing factor to suicides. I would appreciate hearing Mr. Cranney’s views about the peer-reviewed 2017 study at the University of Georgia on LGBTQ Latter-day Saints, which showed that over 73% of the participants reported trauma and PTSD symptoms from repeated exposure to basic teachings of the church concerning sexuality, gender, marriage, and family. This stands in contrast to a baseline of 8% experiencing trauma / PTSD from those teachings (trauma / PTSD was not self-diagnosed, but shown through clinical methods derived from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder). The majority of respondents identified as active members with 31% holding current temple recommends. (;

JkcookMay 14, 2020

So on what other thing would you blame slavery than capitalism???

L ElliottMay 14, 2020

Lovely tribute.

BobMay 13, 2020

I have very mixed feelings about the "approved" paintings. We've seen them for years, in our meetinghouses and temple visitor's centers. My gripe is that the majority of them are not art at all, but merely illustrations. Look at the Harry Anderson paintings; there's nothing artistic about them. They don't demand a thing from the viewer. Static and evoking no depth of emotion, provoking no questions, providing no challenge. Contrast them with the Heinrich Hoffman painting "Christ and the Rich Young Man'", on the approved list. It's everything the Anderson paintings are not. Or anything from Carl Bloch. I might use an Anderson painting to illustrate a scripture story, but I'll take Hoffman, Bloch, or hundred others if I want to contemplate who the Savior is, what he did, and what it means.

John HillMay 13, 2020

Well written article! When President Bush and President Obama undertook modest stimulus expenditure to combat the contractionary effects of the "Great Recession", it brought conservative Republican "Tea Party" activists out of the woodwork----screaming and railing about the increased deficit and public debt. Where are those deficit hawks today? Well, many are still members of Congress. Some hold senior positions in the Administration.

Sharon O'DonnalMay 13, 2020

My understanding is that resurrected beings would not be performing those ordinances for themselves; nor for others. These individuals would have already made those covenants. These saving ordinances are necessary earthly requirements/covenants to enter the Celestial Kingdom.

SueMay 13, 2020

Thank goodness for thinking people like Rod Smith. Not only is he 'right on' with his views, but he was our very best home teacher in Delaware!!

Mary J BellMay 13, 2020

Love this article, love family, and love family history! Thank-you!

Alice GreenMay 13, 2020

This was brilliant!

John KammeyerMay 13, 2020

Either one could be correct, but probably "ceremony." The Zeniffite people had already ratified him as their king, and now the rest of the group had to take the oath and swear obedience.

P. RockwellMay 13, 2020

Our Netflix account was cancelled because this no longer serves our family-"Gay Jesus" (aka "The First Temptation of Christ") among them, but there's plenty of other worthless junk. Plenty of free options, and other subscriber services (such as "Living Scriptures" "VidAngel", etc). We work too hard for our $$$ to support that.

Diana HothMay 13, 2020

Here is another related scripture: 1 Nephi 11:18 The angel said unto Nephi: 'The virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh.'

Laurel LayMay 13, 2020

Thank you for your calm, measured, and statistically based article. This is a much needed counter balance to the wildly hateful rumor-mongering by many who leave the Church, but cannot seem to leave the Church alone.

Cary HolmquistMay 13, 2020

Thanks, Tanya, for your wonderful tribute and insights into a remarkable woman’s/mother’s life! It was touching to read and inspiring to become better at emulating and living in the spirit of Christian love that your mother exemplified and really lived. And now, I need to get serious about writing such a tribute of my own mother, taking yours as an example of how it can be done with kindly grace. (Thanks also for including details about how your mother pursued genealogical research—very inspiring!)

David C HobsonMay 13, 2020

Well stated!

Meghan DeckerMay 13, 2020

This is a thoughtful and nuanced discussion of an emotionally-charged topic. Thank you for your insight.

Diana WakefieldMay 13, 2020

No one can make you commit suicide. Most suicides are the person trying to get help when they feel they have no other option. They think suicide will make everything ok. That it will take the pain away or resolve the problem. No pain and no problem is more important than your life. Jesus can heal all. You are a child of God.

KenMay 13, 2020

I forgot to say that the substance of the article is well spoken and articulates what the restored Gospel has to offer all the world. Well done!

Linda RichardsMay 13, 2020

This beautiful story is a perfect example of my favorite saying: "Don't let what you don't have spoil what you DO have". This is not just for big, hard events in life, as in this story, but can be a daily choice.

Johnny PratherMay 13, 2020

What a wonderful tribute to your Mom, she truly was an Angel and I know because she opened her home to a 13 yo boy from a broken family and thru all the antics and scolding he eventually graduated High school joined the Marines went on to have a wonderful life and family of his on using the examples and down to earth life lessons learned from being lucky enough to be welcomed into the Anderson family and home. I would like to add Mr Anderson and the whole family also were just as genuine and big hearted as she was. I know because I was that 13 yo troubled kid and without her and the Anderson family putting up with "one more kid" I wouldn't be the 60 yo family man and had the good life I have lived. Thank you Libby and all the Anderson family for all that they did for me. Love you guys. Johnny P.

A DavisonMay 13, 2020

We're enjoying Living Scriptures Streaming with family friendly movies, scripture videos, and LDS-themed stories.

dave hicksMay 13, 2020

I was in agreement until the end when you said, "If necessary, Americans who were helped during the economic shut down may have to accept tax increases and all Americans will have to resist the allure of spending. That will require sacrifice on the part of all Americans, who must remember, by analogy, that parents are willing to sacrifice for their children’s future welfare." I say no to a tax increase. If you wish to "resist the allure of spending" then start at the top . . . congress. These people act like kings and queens. Let them take the bus. Why are we paying millionaires tax payer money? It is blatantly obvious these people have lost the public trust to manage money. What is the solution to these clowns masquerading as elected officials? They have the attitude of it sure is fun spending other people's money. I implore not to put the solution on the backs of the American tax payer.

KandaceMay 12, 2020

I agree - I am grateful for the women, bitter or not, who pursued this horrible doctor. I hope he lost his medical license. I am sorry for this lady, but she did have a wonderful family and a healthy baby I assume.

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 12, 2020

This is so disheartening. Children suffer so much already, and this will make it worse.

JoanMay 12, 2020

It will be wonderful to have these paintings displayed to remind us of our Savior and the reason we come to worship, and to increase our reverence. The place where no paintings are displayed, is in our chapels. I am told that the reason for this is that nothing is to upstage the Sacrament Table. Partaking of the Sacrament each week is our sacred privilege so that we can renew our covenant of taking upon us His name, and recommitting ourselves to keeping His commandments.

Paul HMay 12, 2020

Rather than say "I don't know" and defer to the nature of ordinances, perhaps the easiest answer is: "YES". Remember that conferring either the Aaronic Priesthood or the Melchizedek Priesthood are ordinances and that a quick reflection of Church History will let one see that Joseph and Oliver were conferred and ordained to the Lesser Priesthood by none other than John the Baptist, who was resurrected because he had been beheaded, and the Greater Priesthood was conferred upon them by Peter, James and John, two of whom had died and one that had remained on the earth as a living person. The answer to that question is simple and clear. The explanation of the need for and efficacy of ordinances both now and in eternity is an entirely different topic. Thank you for your thoughts in that regard.

Mike HiteMay 12, 2020

Beautiful, as always. Thanks.

JanieMay 12, 2020

So agree with this article. Sadly though too many people will either read it and ignore it or else will share it and then be blasted for it because they don't agree with it due to political reasons.

Steve GattenMay 12, 2020

Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdry we’re ordained by resurrected beings. Also Adam and Eve obviously had be be ministered to by resurrected beings.

Victor MillerMay 12, 2020

I am not sure I understand the question you are answering. Is it for the resurrected beings performing vicarious ordinances for others or are they performing them for themselves?

Pete PrattMay 12, 2020

Little Children who die prior to the age of accountability are saved in the Celestial Kingdom. To be exalted in that kingdom, by the very nature of what exalted beings are and do, they must participate in an eternal marriage. Perhaps one of the purposes of the Millennium will be to make that ordinance available to those who want it.

Called to serveMay 12, 2020

I have printed all of these articles out and am studying them intensely. Our daughter in law has decided to go back to school, three hours away from her family. We have voluteered to come and stay with our son and their children to help. Can you give me any additional guidelines or recommendations of how be successful in this grandparent mission?

Kathleen Smith HowlettMay 12, 2020

Read some Royal Skousen and some Stanford Carmack. "Ceremony" translated from original manuscript text was actually "sermon" and was changed by early editors. Early English usage of "sermon" referred to a discussion or conversation, not what we think of as a sermon today.

Wendy BentleyMay 12, 2020

Thank you for listing 23 things the temple is. They caused me reflection. I am thankful to have enjoyed these blessings, and won't it be wonderful when we can return and experience them again.

Colleen ShieldsMay 12, 2020

Love your writing style! AND thought processes, thesis formation and citations. Definitely opened my curious mind with the perspectives you presented and provided me with food for thought!

Vivian AdamsMay 12, 2020

Very good and well reasoned. Thank you.

Bob SMay 11, 2020

What a horrible medical professional. He has violated his oath in such a terrible way. Her choice to refrain from bitterness was such a watershed event in her life, and each of us will have our own time to make such a decision.

K BellMay 11, 2020

Did she also lose a son? The story mentions the loss of a son, but previously only said her grandmother had lost a son, which had left her bitter.

S. StevensMay 11, 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed this--I needed this today. I especially liked your thoughts about how the Lord rejoices in the good in me. Thank you!

David HippenMay 11, 2020

Thank you for the reminder of all that the temple means. It is so much more than the ordinances, as essential as they are. I miss the calm contemplation , the whispered answers to prayers, and the loving communion with my beloved brothers and sisters. Hopefully we’ll be able to return soon.

KarenMay 11, 2020

What an incredible story. I am so inspired by how this woman chose to not be bitter, especially after discovering the dishonesty and evil behavior of the doctor. What a beautiful, faith promoting story of turning to the Lord to heal from trauma and deep, irreparable loss. I am so inspired!

Joyce WoolfMay 10, 2020

For the record, I love when we receive these numbers from you!

A. BinghamMay 9, 2020

Sometimes a message just speaks the truth and reminds me that I am not going mad! Thank you much for posting this!

Anton James L. DalayMay 9, 2020

Thank you so much for so many new insights I've learned from this discussion of yours. I will definitely use this to our home based Sacrament Meeting tomorrow. Again, a big big thank you to the both of you. God bless.

KellieMay 9, 2020

What a wonderful example of trusting in the Lord!

Lisa M CroftMay 9, 2020

May the Lord bless this forgiving woman. But, I am grateful for the women who pursued the law suit against that doctor. They are the ones who thought of those who followed and protected other unsuspecting women. I can only imagine the motivations and ideological underpinnings of the doctor.

Sandy LawrenceMay 9, 2020

I needed to read this article! I have always felt that spouses and mothers and fathers are specially attuned to a spouse or child’s true nature. It feels to me to radiate in my soul through the power of the Holy Ghost that there is “so much more of divinity” inside of them. This feeling has been especially helpful when I became aware of my husbands hidden addictIon to alcohol. I was able to love my spouse and support him instead of chastise and berate him as he worked through the beautiful repentance process.

Gloria M AguirreMay 7, 2020

My husband joined the church when he was 44 years old,after my praying and waiting for 23 years.. . One day we counted how many times his life had been spared before his baptism, most experiences, miraculously by definition. I can only arrive at the conclusion that angels had been with him on all of those occasions, There are no other explanations. Of course, I cannot leave out mentioning that I know his mother and maternal grandmother were always including him in their prayers. He has had several callings but our happiest calling is having served together in Family History.

Cary HolmquisrMay 7, 2020

Joni, thanks for your article, insight and advice. I have a similar problem about the birds—I have adored birds all my life and enjoy them in all their variety. And although my family has no cats of our own, all of our neighbors do and because we live in a mostly rural area, we end up with strays who are dropped off by thoughtless city dwellers. And all of them have an appetite for birds, as cats will, though we appreciate the ground rodent control they provide. However, I have had to give up attracting birds to our house and garden because the cats literally lie in wait for them—and so I often feel destitute for the sights and sounds of feathered creatures...and have to go hiking elsewhere to get my fix—though I also recently discovered some social media webpages that feature other peoples’ pictures of so many more species and settings in my state of Montana, so I am also thankful for that. And I can still see the higher flyers like hawks and geese and swallows who zoom through. Anyway, thanks for being a fellow cat dungeoned bird lover who is willing to share insights and the hopes that the Gospel brings.

Yvonne (Bonnie) BondMay 7, 2020

We are so grateful for the continued updates given us that give us Hope and with Faith will continue to keep church in our homes relying on the Come Follow Me program and continued Scripture study and Prayer and Service as we can do it. My Testimony has grown through this ordeal as I can see The Lord's Plan being Revealed right before our eyes. I feel Charity is being lived like never before as we all do what we can to help out world wide. Looking forward to "The New Normal" and getting back to church and the Temple. Take care, God Bless Yvonne (Bonnie) Bond and Family

CarolMay 7, 2020

Beautifully written! Thank you. So much food for thought.

Susan L RahschulteMay 7, 2020

I had tears of joy in my eyes when I read this. I know the feeling that these brothers & sisters felt when helped. I have been helped by my Guardian Angel many times. I have a strong testimony of their love & protection of our life that they provide. Starting at 7 yrs old, my Guardian Angel has helped me in situations that could have caused death or severe injuries to me or those close by. I have seen them protect my loved ones when they could have died or been severely injured. So, yes, I do believe we all have Guardian Angels protecting us.

Celeste TipianiMay 6, 2020

That is a well written article. It doesn't surprise me at all with all this usurpation of evil being introduced and to twist things. It is a sure sign of dark times. But if we are wise then we shall discern those evil laws, factions, movements, secret societies, and not be duped by them. Thanks for sharing your insights.

Gary CarrawayMay 6, 2020

Pretty site, Blue angels( ANGELS GUARDING THE Temple) Anxious to see the Temple in the light of day of the work completing there. The Christmas landscrape of lights I have on my phone as a reminder of temple and its beauty

ScottHMay 6, 2020

There is a silver lining in this. The leftist secularization of religious studies is tantamount to admitting that the leftist agenda is in fact a religion. It has its own doctrine, moral code, requirements for 'salvation,' ritual observances, and supernatural claims. Thus, it should be treated the same as all other religions.

W. KendrickMay 6, 2020

Thank you! Finally, some words of wisdom on our current situation.

Adrienne ThomasMay 6, 2020

Brilliant! Should be read by everyone. Concise and clear.

Nihla W. JuddMay 6, 2020

Thank you Larry Arnn for making us aware of the agenda and actions of various governmental agencies. This should be a required read (if not memorized) for all U. S. citizens. We have a constitution. Let's keep it.

Judith WilsonMay 6, 2020

Ah yes!! The wisdom of a Mother!

Jim ScottMay 6, 2020

It seems the most famous of winds are those that drove Paul’s Gemini ship to the west has been left Out: Euroclydon A north wind frequently experienced in the eastern Mediterranean, accompanied by terrific gusts and squalls. In the storm mentioned (Acts 27:14), it probably blew from the northeast or east-northeast

Robert BunkerMay 5, 2020

Emma, seconds before her death, reportedly reached out towards empty space as if reaching for something/someone and called out "Joseph! Joseph! Joseph!" I believe it was a sign of great mutual affection! She could see Joseph at that instant—who had come to greet her as she made the transition from this world to the next.

LynnMay 5, 2020

Why is the biblical reference linked to the NIV instead of the KJV?

MelanieMay 5, 2020

Thanks, Wally. Another superb and timely article!

Debbie HenckeMay 5, 2020

While what you say has merit, you are missing some key elements that the Federal government was designed to do. That was to create a mode of conveyance of checks and balances and providing a means of economic/trade balance for the states. Unfortunately, the current executive branch isn't allowing any of that to happen. In France and Germany where the governments payed the people upward of 80% of their salary, I see no evidence of people giving up their agency.

richard eyreMay 5, 2020

Send us your comments, questions, and inputs and we will make this weekly article an interactive dialogue on the important topic of Family Revelation.

JeniferMay 5, 2020

The Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds flew over the Atlanta Temple on May 2nd.

HelenMay 5, 2020

And so, we must finish the work for him. Dear Brother Joseph, what burdens we added to his shoulders.

HelenMay 5, 2020

This isn't just happening in government, it's the credo of modern business.

StephanieMay 4, 2020

Do you have links or at least citations for the research articles mentioned here?

Enjouli ReedMay 3, 2020

Hi. Thanks for this article. One concern is you have glass bottles pictured on the shelf. Best in a box with bubble wrap or cardboard between for those of us in Utah and California that have earthquakes. We bought 15 chicks to add to our 4 laying hens for eggs and meat if absolutely necessary. I recommend stocking up on canned beef, chicken and pork. If you have emergency prep foods, adding a can of meat to that makes all the difference. We ordered extra 5 gallon containers of spring water and distilled water every 2 weeks at delivery time.

Lonna Bryan CropperMay 3, 2020

Maurine, I am wondering if we may have been roommates as freshman at SUSC in Cedar City, in Manzanita Hall. I remember Julie Proctor and Maurine, and but can't remember Maurine's maiden name. Your photo reminds me of Maurine. If she is truly you, I want you to know that I remember you both as kind, gentle and good. We had roommates in our apartment that were challenging, but you both had strong faith and were amazingly inspired examples for me. I wish I knew how I could contact you. These podcasts are a highlight for me and my husband as we study Come Follow Me. We love your insights and your kind voices. Thank you for this blessing in our lives.

PaddyMay 3, 2020

I bought Egg replacer from Bob's Red mill. I've heard about freezing eggs by breaking their shells and putting them in snack-sized bags and then into the freezer. I'm going to try it. I heard you could freeze cream, but that was wrong. You can only bake with it afterward if your lucky. Loved this post! I'm going to add to my garden today.

Debbie BushMay 3, 2020

I really appreciated understanding the editorial techniques used by Mormon. Very interesting....and useful information to have going forward.

MarieMay 3, 2020

I too read that quote by Joseph Fielding Smith in the Institute manual and got confused. Can you help clarify please?

MelanieMay 3, 2020

Mr. Stoddard, how can you not know how Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon? He used the urum and thumum (I don't think that's the right spelling) to translate the writings of the prophets that were on the gold plates.

ChrisMay 2, 2020

I loved seeing this article as I have always wondered why the number 40 appeared so often in the scriptures! I even wrote down every time the number 40’came up. Thank you for your insight!

CarolMay 2, 2020

Great story from Cyrus! Wish everyone could have the same helpful attitude that farmers have for one another. Hopefully the COVID19 quarantine and all that we've learned will make us better at helping!

JaredMay 1, 2020

You should add BYUtv on here. You can mention that Other Side of Heaven 2 is available on demand. Also for my sake you could add FRNDLY tv since I subscribe to that one and you could give me a heads up of whatever dumb hallmark movie is coming out this week.

Carol AnnApril 30, 2020

Wonderful, as usual, Carolyn! When this pandemic hit, as a student of yours for years (and years), I was so grateful to have my "home store" pretty well set up in our home. Being prepared is really a way of life for us. I always purchase at least 2 of anything (mostly more), date it when purchased, use it, and immediately replace it when I run out. I keep 1# packages of yeast in my freezer. Then upon opening the yeast, I store it in my refrigerator in an air-tight container. I've also appreciated more than ever having everything in our storage (wheat, honey, etc.) to make bread through all of this! Also storing water is often over-looked when thinking of food storage, but essential! Thanks again for all your wisdom! You're a treasure!

Andrew CurrieApril 30, 2020

I remember my grandmother in the early 1960s lamenting the fact that one of her two sons had gotten a masters in architecture at Harvard, because he had been dumbed-down by the progressives, socialists, and communists in the Harvard faculty. Harvard's culture is not a recent phenomenon.

EmilyApril 30, 2020

I listen to your podcasts each week and LOVE them! I have learned so much!! Thank you!!! I do have one question about what you shared this week concerning the Urim and Thummim. When I was reading in the Book of Mormon student institute manual (chapter 19) there is a quote from President Joseph Fielding Smith where he explains that the interpreters that Mosiah had were the same ones the brother of Jared had. I am so confused. Can you shed some more light on this? Thank you!!

Claudia Henderson SmithApril 30, 2020

I loved the part of this article about light. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.

KathyApril 30, 2020

Thank you! I needed this today.

Richard EyreApril 30, 2020

We would love to hear from other families with their experiences, comments, and questions about seeking Family Revelation!

Ann StevensonApril 30, 2020

Great article. I, too, would love to share this with my grandchildren who are graduating. Is it ok to copy it and send it to them?

DONALD CyrApril 30, 2020

As everything need's to be relativate to it's real context, so that we can use our discernment, I value your comments very effective and pertinent. I THANKS very much for the effort you've been doing while partaking this related aspects of historical plagues so wisely demonstrated... you teach a valuable lesson of discernment so that we can learn a lesson from the trials of the past generations... Again, THANKS very much.

Liz R.April 30, 2020

Lovely piece. Charming ending. Give Gabe my love.

CarolynApril 29, 2020

Leslie:Please check the April 27th Totally Ready post on facebook. There are directions there. Irene: Yes you can use gelatin to substitute for eggs. There are more ideas in that same April 27th post. Practice now whatever method you choose so you can work out the bugs before you really need to rely on something. Thank you all for your comments.

JamieApril 29, 2020

I agree with jkcook. I think we are babying our teenagers with this concern about the losses they must face. My mother died my senior year in high school so the real loss for me was that she was not in my life anymore, not that my graduation picture would now be different. My father missed his high school graduation because they drafted men six weeks after their 18th birthday and sent them to basic training to fight in World War II. If you were lucky enough to live through the experience, you could submit your training classes to the high school in order to fill in for the classes you missed and get your diploma at the end of the war. So you did not even graduate with the same class you had attended school with. Proms, graduation parties, celebrations? No, uniforms, learning to fire a weapon and considering the possible early end to your life or a crippling injury that would forever foreclose your life's plans. Life is not about creating a picture perfect experience. It is about learning to rely on God for direction and help amid pain and sorrow and loss. It is about growth, something our young people can learn now as well as later.

Colleen ShieldsApril 29, 2020

I've always wanted to change the term 'disabled' person to 'differently abled' person, so it's a POSITIVE thing; validating the individual's creative abilities required for meeting a particular challenge, instead of focusingon what they CAN'T do. When I saw that term used in this article, I was ecstatic and wanted to find out more about why you use it! Can someone contact me and tell me where it originated and what it stands for...some sort of organization...?

kateApril 29, 2020

To freeze eggs you scramble them, then pour them into empty ice trays. Let them freeze, then transfer them to storage baggies. Hope this helps. You can also buy powdered eggs to use in recipes.

AnnApril 29, 2020

Very interesting and well written. Thank you for this comparison and lesson from history. I had no idea about the trials for animals in past years. It sounds almost comical but I'm sure they didn't think so when they had to go through it.

KatApril 29, 2020

Awesome article! Thanks for publishing it and helping get the truth out there. It's really not about the virus at all.

Jen RothlisbergerApril 29, 2020

Can anyone tell me more about freezing eggs? We stocked up on food, including eggs, right when things started to get crazy and we could see the writing on the wall. However, the eggs were a disaster. I had read you could freeze them so we did, but they expanded during the freezing process (as liquid does) and cracked all the shells. So then when we defrosted them in the fridge over night, the whites leaked out of the shells and ran all over. Like I said, disaster. How can I prevent this in the future?

StephanieApril 29, 2020

I would love if primary presidency's could create a playlist for their primary children to listen to.

Shannon FarranceApril 29, 2020

Hi I am wondering if you can provide referances of Zarahemla being North? and the Land of Nephi being south?

MarciApril 29, 2020

Excellent! Exactly how I feel. We are being ruled by dictators, losing our freedoms and our jobs. I feel helpless. I call the Governors office but they won't budge.

Grandpa ClydeApril 29, 2020

Excellent article! I very much agree that what has been done to fight the virus is mostly faith based, and not in God. We are consistently warned not to put our faith in man. As stated in the article, there really is no justifiable reason for not opening the country back up and letting each person decide how they want to protect themselves and their family. This is what Sweden has done, and they are doing very well indeed, and will likely develop herd immunity before the next round of the virus hits. It is pretty obvious that for the rest of us, the cure has already been worse than the disease.

Jenny SvendsenApril 29, 2020

What a wonderful article, loads of information, got me thinking, even though we are ok, we don't have enough for a year, thank you!

Pam BlairApril 29, 2020

THANK YOU! This is indeed a refreshing, heartening look at what sanity looks like when compared to the shotgun panic approach. .

Robert W CowartApril 29, 2020

Anne you have heard from me before. During these trying times with the virus I feel a need to share an experience with 2 angels in the form of LDS missionaries. In 1985 I had carried 2 missionaries to a missionary activity in the country. When I dropped them off and arrived back home I saw a colorful cover on a paperback book on the floor in the back. I picked it up and laid it on the table in the kitchen. This was a Saturday night and since I traveled a lot with my business I used the time on Saturday to do chores. As the evening progressed literally everytime I passed by the book on the kitchen table I had the strongest impulse to sit down and read it. Let me explain something about my life then I was 45 years old with 9 children at home. I had developed a major ulcer and was devouring roolaids by the handful. I was tired all the time. I was driving at least a 1000 miles a week and was falling asleep 2 or 3 times a day while driving and sometimes running off the road. My wife was literally scared to death that I was going to die and leave her alone with 9 children. Back to the book. I succumbed to the influence and read the first 120 pages and woke my wife up at 1 am and told her I know what my problem is. The name of the book was "Fit for Life" by Harvey Diamond. I started immediately following the advice in the book and what happened was truly miraculous. My energy level went through the roof. Not long after my 16 year old daughter asked her mother "Why doesn't dad get mad anymore". In 3 months I lost 30 pounds,Ulcer completely gone.Since 1985 I have not been sick a single day. The book describes proper food combining. The main principle is keeping carbs seperate from meat at the same meal. Mixing meat and carbs will produce toxins and compromise the immune system. The lord spared the Prophet Joseph from learning basic chemistry and just said eat meat only in times of cold winter or famine and then SPARINGLY. I can run and not be weary at all and the destroying angel has deserted me. I truly hope this helps someone like it has helped me. BTW I turn 81 this year.

Vicki HintonApril 29, 2020

I have had so many experiences with Angels in my life! I have been helped, calmed, talked to, and taught by Angels. Thank you for the lovely article.

leslieApril 29, 2020

How do you freeze eggs?

Gitte MerrildApril 29, 2020

Is your community familiar with the origin and the home of this piece of artwork? Bertel Thorvaldsens’s statue is a center piece of the Copenhagen Cathedral, Denmark and The statue was put up in marble in Church of Our Lady in 1833. An amazing symbol.

Rich BApril 29, 2020

I appreciate the article, very much in fact, but would like to make a distinction that is important, which is the difference between "hope" and "faith". We can hope for anything, but faith is hope for things which are not seen, which are true (Alma 32:21). Seems to me that people are hoping for a vaccine (I certainly am), but is that really faith? It would be faith if a vaccine were to be promised by a prophet, for example, or if someone had a spiritual experience of their own that gave them a reason to have faith.

LexaGraemeApril 29, 2020

I think many of us have had variations of that theme in our own homes. Thanks for sharing. I needed that smile today.

Irene BlackApril 29, 2020

Thank u for the great information. You are a good resource. Loved the egg part because that has been a concern to me. What about substituting eggs for gelatin?

michel brunoApril 29, 2020

c'est vraiment très intéressant ,même en tant que non membre de l'église. Soyez béni... au nom du sauveur

C ShieldsApril 29, 2020

Incredible story! Thanks for sharing. It helps verify the fact that there truly IS so much more than meets the eye...literally a different dimension to look forward to! May we always remember how thin the veil really is, and that we are so much more that what houses our spiritual body and soul...

ScottHApril 28, 2020

Yay for healthy heresy! Each person should prayerfully consider how well this message (as well as the messages from the elite ruling class) comport with Pahoran's statement in Alma 61:15, which says that "the Spirit of God ... is also the spirit of freedom."

Robyn GeantilApril 28, 2020

Thank you for this well thought out piece . It has also been my conclusions as I have followed the various opinions, that much is wrong and the damage will usher in a prolonged period of suffering.

Amanda HayesApril 28, 2020

Interesting thought it took 40 years to build the Salt Lake Temple.

Nina HawkinsApril 28, 2020

Excellent article! Thank you for the time, effort and well researched presentation. I agree with everything you have written.

PaulineApril 28, 2020

I believe Harvard has been taken over by corrupt ideas and philosophies of men.

PattieApril 28, 2020

Thank you for your enlightening article. You have brought to light an intellectual understanding of this virus and many other viruses and how this has affected so many areas of society. How sad that some state's governors have become so draconian and trample on our God-given rights. We need to stand up for our beliefs and our rights. I particularly love the part, "teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves" should be a principle taught to governors who think we should wait until a vaccine. You are truly a thought-provoking person with wise advice.

Dan ReeseApril 28, 2020

South Dakota is hardly a good representation for the rest of the country. The reality there is much different from most of the US, so no conclusions can be drawn.

Martha ScottApril 28, 2020

On the other hand Brazil hasn't issued stay at home orders and they have about 69,000 cases

Bonnie GallowayApril 28, 2020

I loved this and would like to copy everything but the pictures to give to two of my grandchildren that are graduating from college. Please let me know if that is possible to email the talk without those darling and fun pictures of your nephew. Appreciate all your podcasts too. Thank you both for everything you do!

Darlene NelsonApril 28, 2020

Thank you for your insights. I invited many friends to join with us in the Good Friday fast. My intention is to give some of those who participated with us a Book of Mormon. Your thoughts have given me insights on where many of them are coming from, arming me with fuel for the conversations ahead. So Grateful for the gift of being an lds woman with priesthood power, guidance from a living Prophet and Apostles, and the Book of Mormon to light my way. PS. I enjoy you columns and look for your insightful sharings

Richard DahlApril 28, 2020

Scot: The best commencement address I have ever read, well done. No. 6, Trust in the Lord, is of extreme importance if we are to stay on the covenant path to return to our Father in Heaven. Two scriptures I like are: Proverbs 3:5-8 and 2 Nephi 4:34 Thank you.

DL AndersonApril 28, 2020

Ahhhh. A voice a reasonableness and science + faith + (un)common sense. Coming from a medical family (REAL front-line, nurses; not members of Christ's church, BUT women of faith), your viewpoint coincides with the practical and pragmatic. As one of my sisters said - please remember a woman of faith AND a nurse (last 20 yrs of her career in Gerontology/Hospice) "God is thinning the herd". What she's really saying is this is just a mutation that will work it's way through. Do the practical things (wash your hands well; social distancing - tho' maybe not 6'); and go on with life. Remember, NONE of us (with the exception of a few) get out of this life alive.

Linda Starr WinansApril 28, 2020

What an insightful commentary. I LOVED the chart -- most enlightening to see the eventual purpose/results of each prophets message. Even though I don't necessarily agree with the degree of shut-down of our nation, I have yielded negative comments as I trust President Nelson's inspiration. It has truly been a blessing to know he is at the helm and I can follow him without concern that he has personally motivated or ulterior motives with negative consequences. Follow the prophet...

Harold RustApril 28, 2020

Thanks for focusing on fundamentals. When so many leaders want to insert their dynamic willingness to "take action", the reality is that we all would have been better off with a trusted source of information (actually, just lots of information where the sources are identified clearly) and let each person, each family, each community do what makes most sense to them in light of their best reading of the information available.

A. WildeApril 28, 2020

I understand what you are saying, but the "teach them correct principles" philosophy is dependent on people wanting/willing to be taught. Witness the hordes of people on the Florida beaches for spring break. Too often employers are motivated by profits (not prophets) and employees are at the mercy of working conditions. I am in Canada, and what we are hearing is that the largest number of infections and deaths are coming from 2 sources: care homes for seniors, with infections in both residents and workers; food processing plants -- 2 poultry plants, 2 or 3 major meat packing plants, and this morning an outbreak at a large greenhouse facility. All of these major outbreaks are probably linked to lack of physical distancing in the work place, and employers pressuring employees to return to work earlier than the recommendation from health authority recommendations/directions. Sad, but true.

John B HewlettApril 28, 2020

Excellent article. A very thorough and logical examination of many issues. I believe in prevention , not through vaccines with their many issues, but through building one's natural immune system. If only our political leaders listened to more than the voice of Big Pharma trained advocates, we would be better served, and could make more informed choices. There are too many financial and control issues involved, and government is filled with Gadiantons unfortunately. God bless our liberties, they are in serious jeopardy.

C ShieldsApril 28, 2020

Wow, excellent inquiry! Thanks for voicing similar sentiments that I have pondered on, and considered, as well. Great observation, and subsequent distinction, of what is actually faith or science based. Like Solomon of old, assessing a situation from a neutral, observational vantage point, without a political agenda, is where the truth of a matter can be seen...

vickieApril 28, 2020

when reading this...I noticed that it was said that revelation only comes to prophets and I forget what else....I believe that God does reveal things to all of us. I do believe the prophet receives revelation from God for us in the church and even the world....but we also receive revelation for our families and for our callings and in warnings ...I have received many revelations in my life..i was surprised when it happened but it was a necessary thing. I am grateful for a prophet here on this earth and I do wish that people not of our faith wouldn't be so afraid of the word is significant. the bible is our connection to other people of faith because it is what they believe in. I studied british literature and it talks about how the bible was taken through many stages and so many people do not know this.

vickieApril 28, 2020

what can I old. my kids are getting older. my oldest will be 50 this year and I had 5 kids. I was a convert to the church in 1977. storage was a big issue back then. I think I talked a lot about it and tried to have storage even though we were military moving around. just because im old doesn't mean I have stopped teaching my kids. most of my kids are active and two are not. however they know about these things because I taught them. I even send gifts like storage items. they know my beliefs and they know what is good to do. I believe that president nelson was spot on when he started changing things around. he could see things we couldn't like having church in the home. I think because of this we were less shocked at the changes made because of the coronavirus. I thank the Lord for a Prophet here on the earth today. I love to say this because so many people fear the WORD PROPHET...they associate it with a cult. and with revelation. I am truly grateful for Joseph Smith not being afraid to continue on and listening to the Spirit so that we now have a living Prophet today.

CJApril 27, 2020

"If he’s stripped you of the security and trust you need to be close to him, it’s okay for you to honor the trauma and loss you’re experiencing by letting him know you’re unavailable to be his primary support during this difficult time." Brilliant. It doesn't mean she couldn't be a secondary support, or offer general compassion, but she gets to honor her feelings, personal hurt, and boundaries. Great advice Geoff Steurer!

JDApril 27, 2020

This article should be printed again. If someone has difficulty with this process it's because they haven't experience it in their own life. It's basically a textbook example of how my spouse's infidelity happened. Thank you to this author.

DuaneApril 27, 2020

Wonderful advice, Scot. What an inspiring read!

Frances DalleyApril 27, 2020

Thank you so much for this far-reaching history and the significance of God's role in our heritage of a country ordained and blessed by God, Our Father. I was moved to tears while reading it and am so grateful I did. I am sharing the article on my FB page in hopes that many others will read it and feel compelled to show their patriotism and pray for our country each and every day, and for our President to make righteous decisions on its behalf.

Brad GrowApril 27, 2020

I so needed to hear this. Thank you brother!

Carol AnnApril 27, 2020

I absolutely LOVED this! Thanks for sharing. This gave me some ideas of my own!

Nathan NewellApril 27, 2020

Thank for sharing! I actually changed my instagram username. It is now

Ronald Adams BitterApril 27, 2020

Hi Gary, Well said as usual. Our best to you and your family.

SueApril 27, 2020

This is the part that is the most scary to me. It is amazing to me how easy we are willing to give up and freedoms and how good we feel about ourselves as we do it. I think of all the blood that has been shed to protect those freedoms and it saddens me to think without any force whatsoever, without coercision we just like sheep blindly follow along. My experience has been that as soon as this kind of power is wielded over our nation it happens again and again. This will not be the last time. I wonder what will come next time to ennoble us into thinking by giving up our freedom and we are doing the "right" thing.

DianeApril 27, 2020

Scot, this should be spoken at EVERY graduation across the world! Excellent advice for ALL! I will save this and share with others. You and 'Mama' Proctor are amazing people. (Love your podcasts, too!)

Lynette LewisApril 27, 2020

Thank You for this 'Graduation Speech'. I will share it with my graduate so she too can learn these 10 Lessons of life as she goes forth.

Claudia Henderson SmithApril 27, 2020

Scot, what a great graduation speech. And ... the pictures were great, too. Thanks so much for sharing this knowledge with us!

Chris HowellApril 27, 2020

Great counsel and words to mold a life.

John B HewlettApril 27, 2020

What an outstanding commencement address. It reminds me somewhat of Robert Fulghams wonderful book, “Everything I know I learned in Kindergarten,” which I have quoted at the couple of commencement type events I have been asked to speak at myself over the years. Sage advice at a significant moment, never to be forgotten, Scot. Congratulations to the graduate, and to his supportive proud wife and in-laws who made lemonade out of lemons!

Glenna AndersonApril 27, 2020

The ideal Pregnancy is for 40 weeks!

Helen DavidApril 27, 2020

If you can get plastic mesh at the craft store you can cut out circles to fit the jar lid. The smaller mesh is good for smaller seeds such as aldfalfa and larger mesh for lentils. Mung beans are good too.

DianeApril 27, 2020

Thank you for this article! The stress of “not knowing” in this recent pandemic has been difficult for me. Your article reminded me to remember to have FAITH!

Denae B HuberApril 26, 2020

Beautiful truths - thank you for this inspiring reminder.

Rick BeardApril 26, 2020

That song was tremendous you did it again Michael! That was absolutely beautiful!

John R McMinnApril 26, 2020

We know the Paces well. They were members of our ward in Tremonton, our kids grew up with theirs. We have worked together in Church Callings and in the School district. Their story of service and talent is one that should be shared with the world. I think Meridian Magazine could do a very insightful piece on them.

John R McMinnApril 26, 2020

I too would like to hear more of Bruder Maas.

Becky OttesonApril 26, 2020

Great insights, very helpful.

K. JohnsonApril 26, 2020

The complete and lifelong mighty change of heart is a process over time, and not a one time point in time. This is of the doctrine and principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ and not a "LDS" belief. While the initial conversion of an individual is often quite a mighty one time event, it is supposed to be an ongoing, lifelong process of enduring to the end. Alma 5:6-31 The Lamanites that received that initial purification they asked for and received, still had to abide by the doctrine and prinicple of enduring to the end. Alma 53:13-15. They were tempted to break the oath they had made to the Lord, but they heeded the word of their Priesthood leaders, and saved their souls from damnation of breaking their oath to the Lord. 3 Nephi 18:15 warns us that the process must be a lifelong event or series of events, or we will lose our promise as King David and so many others who undoubtedly had a mighty change of heart toward God yet did not endure to the end.

Deb LeggeApril 26, 2020

Thank you so much for your Podcasts, they are always insightful and enlightened. I really appreciated the last part of this one. I needed that reminder about how our imperfections are part of the plan! It’s so discouraging at times always falling short. The quote from President Eyring about humility being the foundation to growth really hit home. I have a question about the Brass Plates being written in Egyptian. Were all the records written in this language? It made me wonder what language they spoke, Hebrew? A type of Egyptian? What about the Israelites? Thanks again!

MichelleApril 26, 2020

I've been married 25 years. This is a great article to share and discuss with teens, which is what I will be doing this afternoon with mine.

John E. KammeyerApril 26, 2020

Pontius Pilot would have kept an official record of the trial in the state archives. The account in John of Jesus's trial is full of forensic detail that only a lawyer, which John was not, would know. From it, we can reconstruction the entire course of the trial and Pilot's defense of Jesus. It was unquestionably taken from court transcripts.

Stephane AkokiApril 25, 2020

Thank you all for those lovely comments. God bless you all.

CarolApril 25, 2020

I love the phrase in Tim Ernst's quote I love this part of Tim Ernst's comment: "we are somehow lesser because of their absence, our heart aches to not have them with us, and we wish with all our might that they might come back," I wish I could express this to friends as they decide to leave. We suffer and the Church/Ward suffers for what the person will no long be contributing.

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Karin ThompsonApril 24, 2020

I was a little child in Germany during World War II. We had American occupation for a little while. Afterwards the French took over . We children loved the American soldiers because of their kindness . They always smiled and rewarded us with candy or chewing gum.. I think that was the moment I fell in love with anything American. I have lived in the US for 60 years and still feel that way!!

JulieApril 24, 2020

I would have some tender mercy for him if you ever had any love for him at all. Then you can move on having done the right thing.

Brother and Sister GarvinApril 24, 2020

Semper Fi, Marines, God is Great!

Leslie BanksApril 24, 2020

I love this article I know that Angels attend us when we ask for their help.i treasure my experiences with angels.

BeckyottesonApril 23, 2020

Loved all the insights!!! A great help for my studies!

Jan PalmerApril 23, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talents to testify of the restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!! So beautiful!

Deborah OystonApril 23, 2020

We asked to remain in Ecuador. We've been quarantined for 42 days thus far. We are looking forward to a return to normalcy.

Melissa LivengoodApril 23, 2020

Can you please site the reference for the sword of Laban being buried with the gold plates? A while back I was discussing that with some friends and we thought there were several other things buried with the plates, but we could not find a reliable source to verify. Thank you.

Jean PetersenApril 23, 2020

It would be good to hear how the Lord helped Stephane get out of China. His story must be pretty good to get out of that situation!

Liz GrossickApril 23, 2020

Thank you for this beauiful, thought-provoking and inspiring article.

DL AndersonApril 23, 2020

I like that thought, "what goals we'd like to reach".

Stephanie FrogleyApril 23, 2020

What a wonderfully inspiring story! God truly is in the details. You MUST stop confirming that you are 'old'!!! You two are the youngest, most healthy people on the planet! Thank you for all of the supplement info as well. I'm grateful that you are home and safe and well. I am honored to be your daughter! Well done Papa and Mama; Both on the article and more certainly in the field! God speed! I love you both soooo much!

R GarrisonApril 23, 2020

Excellent article and great perspective! So blessed to have a "real" Savior in every sense of the word.

Marsha NewmanApril 23, 2020

I’ve always wondered who that mummy was that was laid to rest with the personal writing of Father Abraham in his arms. Any chance it was a close family member? Either that or a devoted disciple. Where in Egypt were the mummies uncovered? Do you have any further information?

Roger WhiteApril 23, 2020

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for these today!

Debi, St. GeorgeApril 23, 2020

Well said Jody! A big AMEN‼️

Robert CowartApril 23, 2020

Thank you Anne. I needed to hear these stories this morning. I know they are there for us. It is so comforting to hear others stories as well.

Robert CowartApril 23, 2020

Thank you Joni. I needed that this morning.

LexaGraemeApril 23, 2020

A lovely story. Thank you.

LexaGraemeApril 23, 2020

I think your running with a calf incident requires an essay of its own. What amazing stories you share!

Luana WellsApril 23, 2020

President Eyring was "Pickled " back in September 2019!

AnitaApril 22, 2020

Thank you, Stephane, for sharing this deeply personal and sobering story of how the Lord led you through a number of trials culminating in an especially dark time of tribulation. This reader can sense the gratitude you no doubt will carry for the rest of your life for how He comforted, strengthened and eventually healed you.

Joanne P DeckerApril 22, 2020

Two weeks after Oct 2019 General Conference, I asked my Primary class which talk had made an impression on them. They all said Elder Peter Johnson. When I further inquired why, one young lady said he was loud. When I asked her what she meant by that, she said he was bold. Even now I will ask them what we need to do everyday, everyday, everyday & every week, every week, every week--they know what the answer is!! He really made a lasting impression.

Gerald FullerApril 22, 2020

Indeed, God has a plan for each spirit which He sends or allows to come to this earth. That does not mean that every one will live long and happy lives in mortality. It does not mean that every one will recover from illness. I have no idea why I am in my 91st year of mortality while my oldest son died suddenly at the age of 65. Does this mean that God's plan is sometimes thwarted? I cannot believe so.

Debra, Las VegasApril 22, 2020

Love this! It is my grandchildren who are the seniors, and it has been a whirlwind of uncertainty as they are planning their futures, college choices, scholarships--or what else they may want to be doing with their lives. Resilience is such an important attribute; I think our teens will be well-served by developing it, and this pandemic experience can certainly be a stepping-stone to that, big-time!

Debra, Las VegasApril 22, 2020

What an inspirational story! Thank you for sharing what you went thru. When all is well, you will look back on this experience for the personal growth it afforded you. Your story also strengthens me and all those who know you or are also touched by your story. Thank you, brother. Peace.

Gordon J HensleyApril 22, 2020

While humanitarian programs are important and they do save lives and reduce suffering, the primary mission of the church is not to solve all the problems in the world, but to teach the Gospel, save souls and exalt humanity. We are preparing for the afterlife. Going through hardship will always be part of mortal life, right up until the Millennium starts. If you want someone to make everything all better right now, write a letter to Santa.

LeslieApril 22, 2020

What a fantastic story. Thank you for sharing your testimony of a God of Miracles and Mercy and how important revelation is in our daily lives. God Bless You.

Gary LawrenceApril 22, 2020

Tracy Horowitz: Book should be released the first part of June. Send me your email to [email protected] and I'll let you know exact date when I know it. Thanks.

Karen HaeringApril 22, 2020

I love hearing and reading this story of fear, of blessings untold and knowing you are truly never alone, because he is always with us if we eyes to see, ears to listen and a heart that feels His presence and love in the little things. Thank you for sharing!


well i guess i will have to add this strip to my 4 other strips that i read every day.

jkcookApril 22, 2020

Good grief. This is nothing compared with going through a world war or loss of both parents due to a car accident or all of the other millions of things that have happened throughout history. People are very resilient and our teens will make it through this just like other teens have made it through their problems. We should be very thankful that the prophet has prepared us for this by instituting home church and an increased emphasis on personal preparedness.

C. JensenApril 22, 2020

What a remarkable and unifying t story. Thank you so much for sharing it, and you'll be in my prayers for a full recovery.

Bob and Iantha FolkmanApril 22, 2020

We know Elder Dee Pace -- a remarkable, talented, and faithful man who worked in our Box Elder schools, the Brigham City Temple, the Heritage Theatre, and more. This is a great loss to Box Elder County and the Brigham City area community.

Richard EyreApril 21, 2020

Thank you, We hope readers will share their thoughts and experiences so we can all teach and encourage each other in this critical task of seeking and receiving personal revelation!

BrendaApril 21, 2020

I have been searching for more information and direction with regards to revelation for my family and how to receive it. We do not live in a community with many saints like others do. I have been praying for this. Presently, our family is going in various directions. I am excited and hopeful to read your upcoming articles to be able to further help my family.

KarrenApril 21, 2020

WOW!! Incredible. The harmony is so expressive and beautiful. I could listen to it forever.

Toni Ann StewartApril 21, 2020

Michael McLean never disappoints. He is such a hero to me. I love everything I've ever heard that he's done, and I've tried to own everything I can get my hands on. Thank you MIchael McLean for your marvelous gift and talent and for never ceasing to listen and "look up". You inspire me more than I can say. You have been a life-long inspiration to me and my family. I love your testimony and I hear it in all of your work.

Janet GundryApril 21, 2020

What valuable information! Your father's response to your being bored as a child was exactly right. I especially found Suggestion #6 to be beneficial. We have a chance during this unique time to bond with each other with many of our normal distractions taken out of the equation. I've heard from various family and friends how much their eyes have been opened to the beauty of this. Thank you, Nicholeen, for reminding us to look into each other's eyes, to work and play together. This kind of connection is critical to our well-being! Here's hoping we remember to do this long after our sheltering in place.

K. McClureApril 21, 2020

In a nutshell! Thank you. Now to get the word out.

Tracy HorowitzApril 21, 2020

Nicely stated. When will your next book be published? I don't want to miss it.

JasonApril 21, 2020

I am subscribed to daily emails from the White House. One of them recently said that for the first time in history, his administration is responding by decentralization. More local power, less federal power. Words and actions aren’t always consistent though, especially with politicians. I haven’t paid enough attention to see how truthful his administration is being about that.

ScottHApril 21, 2020

There is presently no shortage of those who willingly sacrifice their agency to assuage their fears. We hear many loud voices clamoring for increased coercive measures to address those fears. And of course, where a demand for coercive power exists, a supply of leaders hungry to wield that kind of power will emerge. Perhaps the Lord has granted us this situation so that we can better understand how one-third of the host of heaven sided with Lucifer.

RobertApril 21, 2020

It’s worse than that. How many give up their freedom in the name of “entitlements”. When one accepts “free stuff”, they unwittingly (or wittingly) give up their right to make their own decisions. They have in effect sold their “agency” to another. They become dependent and place their trust in the arm of man. This, I believe, is the most dangerous threat of all to our way of life, our freedoms.

Marsha SmithApril 21, 2020

I love getting the statistical report! It lets me see How The Church is growing

ValleziApril 21, 2020

I'm 72 years old. I recieved a revelation to get married 46 years ago and since then many others revelation in how to raise our four girls. But I'm very excited waiting for your following articles and learn more about it. Thinking about my grandchildren...thank you for charing your experience.

Sara StephensApril 21, 2020

Yes! I’m surprised by how many do willingly give up their freedom in the name of safety. This has bothered my inner most soul from the very beginning. Thank you for your well spoken opinion piece.

Mero BillApril 21, 2020

we passes our condolence to Elder Pace, may the Lord Bless you for your efforts and time that you have committed to serve the Lord. And we also pass our love to his families members is such a time, we pray that God will bless you all with peace and courage.

Michael Thomas FernandezApril 20, 2020

As a former Church Service Missionary in the LDS Addiction Recovery Program, specifically the Pornography Support Group know as the PASG (passage) group I am very concerned that this group is desperately in need of an overhaul. The meetings are Gender specific. Yet, in the men's 12 step group meetings there is a culture of shame and self loathing that not allowing these poor men to turn away from Pornography and turn toward a healthy view of their own individual worth as a Sexual Son of God. Created in His image with a mortal body that is a sexual body with feelings, emotions, urges and wants. The mantra that is said almost verbatim in every PASG meeting goes like this: Hello, my name is ____ and I am addicted to Pornography , Masturbation and Lust. I tried to tell my patrons in my class that Lust is not an addiction and that we are not here to discuss mastrubation. We want you to stop looking at porn. The other things are not even mentioned in our 12 step book. I was strongly told that it was not my place to say that and that I was to stick to the script that they gave me. I tried to direct these men to self help books about sexuality and mindfulness available at Deseret Book but again was told that any mention of other books is strictly prohibited. I resigned from my mission and am now working one on one with brethren assigned to me by my Bishop and Stake President. These guys are sincerely looking for deliverance. They long for a healthy sexual relationship with a daughter of God yet they are locked in a script that says if you have a lustful thought or an isolated act of self arousal then they are hopeless. Sigh. I would give your books to them but I have been told to stick to my dead end script. Thank you. I am Michael Fernandez, I hold a bachelors degree in Psychology and have worked with substance abuse counselors and taught Youth Protection to adult youth leaders.

Victor & Sherry RamosApril 20, 2020

Sincere condolences for the passing of Elder Pace. May our comforter bless his family.

Pauline Bennion HarryApril 20, 2020

Very interesting! I would like to know what happened to Brother Mass.

Pattie SkousenApril 20, 2020

Thanks be to God for a remarkable prophet, President Russell M. Nelson, and his remarkable insights for the future of the church. I too felt very rewarded from General Conference. It was a tear-filled occasion when President Nelson gave us a blessing. I have re-read that blessing and feel the love of our Savior. The church will roll forward leaving those behind that are sad critics.

MaryannApril 20, 2020

I was not even aware of complaints, and I often think the best course of action is to follow Lehi's example when he was mocked by those in the great and spacious building. He said, "We heeded them not." The Salt Lake Tribune and others will continue to criticize the church. We should not be surprised by this because it is a pattern that Satan will continue until the Savior comes again. We can continue to "Heed them not."

MaryannApril 20, 2020

Most of us will never have the opportunity to see these sacred places in person. Thank you so much for these beautiful photographs and the inscriptions!

Tim ErnstApril 20, 2020

You are not true American if you can read this piece and not come away stirred in the breast at the solemnity of action so proffered by these patriots of old. To link their sacrifice with Pres. Ballard's discourse was timely and ingenious. We all need to consider where our course next lies...

Robyn GeantilApril 20, 2020

My seven grandchildren are all nearby. We have gathered every weekend for a 'party' at grandmothers house. We have games, stories together, and even a karaoke player which was a 'blast! We have really enjoyed each other's company and grown closer. This article has so many good ideas, regardless of this pandemic period, we should use the ideas all year long. Thank you for a great article.

NicoleApril 20, 2020

I couldn’t help notice the comparison between these expectations and those in Christ’s time. They wanted a Messiah who would come in and defeat the Romans, but his mission was far greater. While our church does care about what’s going on with Covid-19, it’s focus will always be on what we need to return to live with our Heavenly Father.

Grandpa ClydeApril 20, 2020

I have seen the same thing in personal relationships, such as when someone who wants to terminate a relationship (usually to pursue another) says something like, "I never loved you," to justify their actions.

Dave KaneApril 20, 2020

Thoughts on this possibly being a fulfillment of Joel's prophecy in Joel 2? Here's the chapter heading and verses 1 and 15. note vs 15 speaks of blowing a trumpet, calling a fast, and calling a solemn assembly. CHAPTER 2 War and desolation will precede the Second Coming—The sun and the moon will be darkened—The Lord will pour out His Spirit upon all flesh—There will be dreams and visions. 1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand; 15 ¶ Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

Diane CogginApril 19, 2020

Your article is refreshing. I love to hear you keep in good health and shape by doing your work gardening. I love gardening as well and much prefer being outside working to an indoor gym. I hope that the calf you carried lived. Your adrenalin likely increases each time you tell the story. It is no small accomplishment running with a 75 pound animal.

Linda SheffieldApril 19, 2020

Thank you for this important article. I truly feel that our American history has been lost and swallowed up in the movement to be one world. Some of our ancestors lived through those times and their spirit has resonated with me. I intend to share this inspirational and informative article with our children.

bluewaterApril 19, 2020

Also noticed the Church architects tried to give a nod to Brasília, Brazil's architecture, a city which was chosen as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the temple's design that reflects that of the city.

bluewaterApril 19, 2020

I was amazed that you got backlash! I know people have their own prejudices but thought they would be smarter than to tell on themselves by saying it out loud in print--and would have just kept their thoughts to themselves. Guess I was wrong. Hope the temple is lovely and speaks to the hearts of those in the land and area where it will stand.

Frank WarnerApril 19, 2020

A good day to re-watch the movie "April Morning", with Tommy Lee Jones. It may be on Youtube. Excellent film.

Andrea BairdApril 19, 2020

This is so touching. I've listened to it over and over again. Thank you Stonehocker family for following your prompting!

Andrea BairdApril 19, 2020

This touches me so deeply. I've listened to it over and over again. Thank you for sharing!

Randal GibbApril 19, 2020

Thank you for your podcasts, we enjoy them every week. Is Brother Maas' story recorded somewhere? If not it should be. What an amazing conversion.

CharlotteApril 19, 2020

Thank you for a much needed reminder. Incredibly well written. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Gary BealApril 19, 2020

I've pondered these events, and wondered if they are somehow connected to the "fulfillment of the Times of the Gentiles." As you suggest, the "surgical" removal of Moroni's horn seems unlikely to be accidental or random. And it coincides with the calling home of missionaries from many of the Gentile nations. And it also coincides with so many incredible changes in the functioning of the church, and Pres. Nelson's continual drumbeat about us preparing for the Lord's Second Coming. It is hard for me to see these as unrelated. Is a "sign of the times" such ONLY if the brethren label it as such? Or are we as members of His church expected to discern those signs of the times for ourselves?

Lisa SottileApril 18, 2020

Brother Lindsay, I agree. It's not about health; it's all about control. And we DO need to educate ourselves. It may be worthwhile to listen to what David Icke shared on London Real. It was pulled from YouTube and Vimeo. What happened to the First Amendment and many other liberties once enjoyed in America? A month ago if someone had told us that in the coming weeks we would be on lockdown, our schools, churches, restaurants, businesses closed, supplies difficult to find, mandatory masks, speakers blaring orders at Costco, our missionaries returned to their home lands, and our economy crashing, we wouldn't have believed it. Yet look how quickly this has a flaxen cord... and how we are submitting as they attempt to keep us in fear.

LisaApril 18, 2020

Brother Lindsay, I agree--it's not a health issue; it's all about control. And we DO need to educate ourselves . . . outside mainstream media which is absolutely censored. It may be enlightening to listen to what David Icke has shared on London Real. It has been pulled from YouTube and Vimeo. What's happened to the First Amendment . . . as well as many other liberties America used to enjoy?

A MannApril 18, 2020

Oh. My. Goodness. This is the most heart string pulling piece I’ve read in a while. It is powerful; thank you.

JaLeenApril 18, 2020

Thank-you. Remembering this brings the Spirit into my heart and gratitude for our God, this country, and all those who sacrificed so much.

WesApril 18, 2020

Thank you for your beautiful article. It brought tears to me as I imagined my 6th ggf, who was at Lexington. It brought his experience to life.

VardellApril 18, 2020

It certainly is LDS belief that, “a mighty change of heart is a process over time, not a point in time.” But I’m not sure why we think that. All of our scriptural examples of those receiving forgiveness of sins–being born again, changed, redeemed, are events. Even in this example, which is one of the most detailed accounts, the people said, “the Spirit of the Lord has wrought a mighty change in us”. That’s past tense, not a goal they hope to earn through their future ministering, but something already done by Christ. And then in verses 13-16 Benjamin states the difference this forgiveness and change will make in their lives. Their hearts were changed at a “point in time” –the exact point when they felt the fear of the Lord, pleaded for mercy and forgiveness, and asked that their hearts be “purified.” They immediately received what they had asked for. This is also what happened with Enos, and Alma, and Lamoni, and Lamoni’s father, and the wicked Lamanites in Helaman 5. And yet we cling to the process theory. Maybe if we don’t believe it can happen for us, it won’t.

JoeApril 18, 2020

With all my respects to DL Anderson, your generalization (an assumption for not "speaking English") about hispanics is a little off line. NOT all hispanics are the same, not everyone who doesn't speak english is hispanic. Besides, she could be dating an American, returned missionary and still have the same situation , if not worse. The key here is to GET TO KNOW that person, find out how he treats his parents (big sign) and follow the Spirit. Lots of prayers.

Rose C. WalkerApril 18, 2020

I think it's important to note here that the boyfriend is clearly on the autism spectrum himself, probably Asperger's, or what some call high functioning autistic. His being awkward in direct communication is a huge tip-off, not to mention having an autistic child. It's often genetic. He may well need the daughter's help with handling his child if he feels at a loss as how to take care of him. It's up to the daughter to decide if she wants to continue in that capacity her whole life or not. It's not for the faint of heart, especially when the child is non-verbal. But what if helping the neurodiverse/disabled is something the daughter has a heart for? Then it wouldn't be seen as such a burden to her after all. That would actually be a topic the parents could ask her about, if it's something she likes doing anyway. All her parents can do is calmly express concern to her, but not make her feel attacked or judged. After that, all they can do is love her, & let her know they are always there for her should she need help with this situation.

Robert CordnerApril 18, 2020

Very well written! Please furnish footnotes or references so we can identify the source of the quote and learn more.

Anna R StruthersApril 18, 2020

Thank you for this podcast. I just love King Benjamin and his wonderful messages. One of my very favorite chapters, probably my favorite is Chapter 5. Every time I read the Book of Mormon, it speaks to me. Love your podcasts and your special insights into the scriptures. I look forward to Friday nights when your podcast is part of my scripture reading. Please stay safe.

K. MortensenApril 18, 2020

Thank you. I will be praying for our nation with added fervor this Sunday, April 19.

Richard CraycroftApril 17, 2020

Concord Hymn BY RALPH WALDO EMERSON (Sung at the Completion of the Battle Monument, July 4, 1837) By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world. The foe long since in silence slept; Alike the conqueror silent sleeps; And Time the ruined bridge has swept Down the dark stream which seaward creeps. On this green bank, by this soft stream, We set today a votive stone; That memory may their deed redeem, When, like our sires, our sons are gone. Spirit, that made those heroes dare To die, and leave their children free, Bid Time and Nature gently spare The shaft we raise to them and thee.

Ovala F ToiaivaoApril 17, 2020

The dogs continue to bark but the caravan will keep on moving forward doing much good in the world as the church continues to reach out to help the needy. I am so grateful and proud to belong to a church that does so much even if in the eye of the unbeliever or the fake believer that are always quick to criticize no matter what or how much it does. Usually these people are often the very ones that will do nothing or give nothing and yet they are quick to criticize the church for not doing enough.

BirthdayPatriotApril 17, 2020

Please give us more descriptions and stories of The MinuteMen. It's the birthday of a loved one today, so please consider it a sacred birthday request. The images of the MinuteMen go STRAIGHT to the HEART... ...with their fierce courage and determination to sacrifice ALL if necessary. They defended the safety, Freedom, dignity, potential for growth, prosperity and religious liberty of all their loved ones and community members, and they were closely bonded with and connected to their families and friends. They epitomize unselfish, heroic, love-motivated Manhood. They followed Christ. Please, we want to learn more about them!

VAL C. LEWISApril 17, 2020

As a person who was born on July 4th. I have often thanked my Heavenly Father for the establishment of this Nation. And as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I thank Him for the Book of Mormon, that testifies of the resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ, and that this Nation is the "Promised Land" that Lehi and his family were given as a "covenant land". Thank you so much, Maurine, for writing such an inspiring account! We will continue to pray for this wonderful Nation!

Lynn CallisterApril 17, 2020

Lynne I was praying fervently fir you and John and trying to comfort your concerned faith-filled mother. What a profound experuence. So glad you are seated and well

JKApril 17, 2020

I would love to see our own Utah Native, and world renowned sculpter Gary Lee Price, sculpt the next Angel Moroni Statue. I know he'd love the opportunity and would create an amazing Moroni. It's in the Lord's hands...but Gary has my vote...though I know that's not how this all works.

Harold RustApril 17, 2020

Another reminder that it is in the details--the human aspects of the story--that the full impact can be felt regarding historical events. It is these personal accounts of what an "average" citizen thought, felt, and did that allows us to place ourselves in their shoes and ask ourselves what we would have done in that circumstance. Many thanks.

DL AndersonApril 17, 2020

2nd comment - full disclosure AND addendum: I am NOT a degreed sociologist (my studies were interrupted and never resumed - yet) AND I said "SOME SUB-CULTURES of Latinos". While true for Latinos, it is ALSO true of MANY cultures. Thanks for letting be transparent and correcting any impressions I may've given

Tim ErnstApril 17, 2020

All of us know someone who was once incredibly committed to the church who has now gone astray. Where once their beacon shone brightly, it is now lost or hidden under some bushel-basket somewhere. Sometimes they attempt to explain away their previously once-held strong beliefs and testimony by denying they ever had them or that they had somehow been deceived. Invariably, the person you knew back then bears little resemblance to the shell of a person, --according to them, they are now the improved version 2.0, the newly "rediscovered" person -- that you now know. You can certainly see the difference, but they are blind to the fact, insisting that now they are "woke" to the realities of the deficiencies of the Gospel, the Brethren, Joseph Smith, the Book of Abraham, Polygamy, feminism or whatever grievance they so skillfully, deftly and wholeheartedly enwrap their new lives around. The light dims within them, and it's almost painfully visible from our point-of-view. Ultimately, we move on, but we are somehow lesser because of their absence, our heart aches to not have them with us, and we wish with all our might that they might come back, but ultimately, we can't stand still, we must move on. Thus are our lives within the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether we recognize it or not, we are always moving forward, growing, developing, being nurtured line-upon-line, precept-upon-precept. It takes a long time to whittle us down to what we need to become. It takes a lot of knocking off of corners to take us to where it is we're destined to end up, but if we can stay upon the covenant path, holding fast to the Iron Rod, we'll one day be grateful we endured. I'm certain we'll still wish that our friends, loved-ones and acquaintances had managed to make the journey with us. I'm somehow certain that someday, they'll wish that they had.

CarolApril 17, 2020

I wish I could show this article to some of my grandchildren who are having this struggle. But they are adults and have to make their own choices without my interference.

Cohleen BischoffApril 17, 2020

Perennial "doomsayers" will - and do - have their reward. Prophets , prophecies, and the resulting endless "impossibles" accomplished can never be popular with them.

DL AndersonApril 17, 2020

Unfortunately this IS an abusive situation. While there is no verbal or physical abuse (except possibly to the autistic son by leaving him with untrained caregivers), there IS sexual and psychological abuse either occurring or in future between the so-called adults (daughter & sex partner). That is what is distressing these parents. There are A TON of "red flags". However, like any addiction/addict, you are correct in that the parents cannot do anything for this daughter. Her choices - however hard on her parents - are hers and hers alone and she is responsible to God for them. Being kind and listening TO the daughter and her thought processes are better than any lectures. Unfortunately, it is also true that the daughter is choosing this relationship because she is receiving some form of recompense - sexual certainly - but also feeling needed, of use, "special". Generally speaking from what little is mentioned, you are correct in that both the daughter and her sex partner (he's certainly NOT a "friend" and it's an insult to the boys I do know to call him a "boy") are immature. But with the fellow, it it societal expectation and upbringing of SOME SUB-CULTURES of Latinos for males to be sexually active and unconcerned with the outcomes of their sexual activity. Thank you for letting me have my say. And yes, I'm no psychiatrist or psychologist. Only a sociologist and an astute observer of human beings and cultures; including my own family and self.

Paul HApril 17, 2020

i would carefully ask your daughter what she knows about this guy and why he is a primary caregiver for a child. Where is the child's mother in this equation? Then I'd ask her if she truly has a different standard about staying over night than what you thought you had taught her. Maybe there's nothing sinister about it. Does she have opportunities to meet anyone else or is she locked in to just this guy? At 28 she might have hit the "anyone is better than no one" stage. and finding love is something she really needs to feel. Does she have a history of breaking up with boy friends or hasn't she had a serious one before? Do you love her enough to accept her choice, even though it might be a bumpy road for her? Have you thought about taking them out to dinner and getting to know him a bit in that type of manner rather than having him look at you as being an interview each time he comes over to see her? Every situation in my family and extended family where parents weren't happy and couldn't wait to express it frequently has been less than a good result.

Jenny M KinsleyApril 17, 2020

I felt the conference was amazing and was more than I expected. The gospel is true and if you don't get it . READ the Book of Mormon. It will change your life.!

DebbiApril 17, 2020

Beautifully and powerfully written. It is poignant to think of these forefathers and how it must have been then for them.

IvonneApril 17, 2020

There's nothing wrong with being Hispanic.

Walter CarsonApril 17, 2020

So well-conceived and so well-written. What a reminder of 1) how important America is to God and 2) His significant aid in the establisment and 3) the fultillment of prophecy!

CarolApril 17, 2020

This is beautiful. Let us pray! as counseled by President Ballard. Thank you for such an outstanding article.

Lawrence HigginsonApril 17, 2020

Thank you so much. Wonderful podcast. Would love to visit with you about your mission to Germany Scot. I have some special stories about some German Saints

Justin MApril 17, 2020

WOW. Wow. Wow... Thank you for sharing this story, and for the sacred way in which it is conveyed! I hope this story is rerun as July 4 approaches. It's certainly worth remembering the early sacrifices of our early patriots. Thank you!

Bonnie BlairApril 17, 2020

Thank you for this article. The information in the caption for the photo of Angel Moroni that is on display in the Church History Museum is incorrect. The Museum Moroni was sculpted by Torleif Knaphus and is not a full size replica of the Cyrus Dallin one on the Salt Lake Temple. It is 2 feet 3 inches shorter and has subtle differences in the eyes, placement of the trumpet, and the muscular structure of the body. This statue was not designed for a temple, but made for the top of the Washington DC Ward Chapel, where it stood from 1933-1976. When the ward was dissolved and the building sold, the Angel Moroni statue was placed in storage. It has been on display at the Museum since 1984.

Still StrivingApril 17, 2020

Missed, it seems, are important questions about the mother of the young man's child: Why are they not together? How did that relationship end? Is she still involved? If not, why not? etc. These things may matter a great deal. Finally, the race issue seemed only pertinent because of its "first-generation" nature, where cultural differences and language barriers can be acute. One hopes it is not simply a racial bias. If it is, it is something for the parents to work on as well.

Lisa ReisingApril 17, 2020

I appreciate this stirring reminder of our spiritual as well as revolutionary and cultural history. My family lived in New Hanover Pennsylvania at this time and father together with sons fought for this precious freedom we need to continue to defend even now. Their German Lutheran and Anabaptist beliefs ran deep and strong until my own father found the restored gospel while serving in the Korean War. Our early Fathers and Mothers had great faith that freedom was an essential part of God’s plan for us. I’m so grateful for their sacrifices. We can continue the legacy!!!

Vivian AdamsApril 17, 2020

thank you, Maurine, for writing this important article, It is vital that we teach these things to our children who so need to understand the heritage of freedom the Lord has given us. This is the Lord's history as is recorded in 1 Ne. 13=14. We need to remember the sacrifice and teach it.

Mike M.April 17, 2020

Thank you so much for this excellent article!

Nola HiattApril 17, 2020

I have learned by sad experience that the feeling in the gut that it is not right is not just our own not liking something. That is a feeling from the Spirit telling us that something is not right and we should listen to that feeling. This mother is being told to just suck it up and here are things you can do to improve the situation. Parents do have a right & stewardship to receive revelation about their children even when they are adults - particularly when it is a marriage and that marriage involves bringing someone new into the family. This family feels uncomfortable with the choice because the Spirit is telling them it’s not right. They need to encourage the daughter to seek the Spirit and to get direction from Heavenly Father if it really is the right choice or if there is someone else out there who would be a better choice.

AnonymousApril 17, 2020

Thank you for your testimony. What a powerful description of overcoming fear with your faith and the faith of others in your behalf.

Sally SmithApril 17, 2020

Unite and stand for truth and justice, no matter the cost. For we live on sacred ground. A land of promised freedom.

Charles McClellandApril 17, 2020

Thank you for sharing this touching story. By the way, it wasn't until the late 19th century that a theory developed that the disease was caused by a mosquito, much later than described in this article. The connection to the Aedis aegypti mosquito was finally confirmed 1900 in Cuba by Dr. Walter Reed's research time. Prior to that period of time, yellow fever was thought to be caused by "atmospheric miasmata" (germs polluting the atmosphere).

CarolineApril 17, 2020

My husband and I were in Lexington last year on President's Day and were humbled by the parade, the mass of people dressed in Revolutionary garb, and honoring their legacy. Through the decades and now centuries, the people of the area truly have stayed committed to their stewardship over this sacred ground made holy by the sacrifice of those who gave their lives for the liberty we enjoy today.

LjubicaApril 17, 2020

Gracias por su testimonio de fe. Gracias!!

Matai2cApril 17, 2020

WOW! WOW! WOW! A well written piece of our role in God's plan. It's quite refreshing to know how the American ancestors and forefathers exercised extensive faith in truly is quite reminiscent of Nephi's days of battle. Every anti God group that's trying to dismantle our right to religious freedom ought to read this article.

SaintlaurieApril 17, 2020

My guess it was a missionary. LOL And you were able to tell which one it was by giving them both the bad breagth test using their ties? (That test where after the person breathes on the tie it withers with the roll of the thumb).

KathleenApril 17, 2020

Incredibly written - so heartfelt

PaulineApril 16, 2020

The fight continues! Please plan to tune in for this international conference.

PaulineApril 16, 2020

Also you are grieving the death of your mother!! I had a very ill daughter and a dying mother too! What do you need right now?? You can push everyone away or ask for what you need without guilt tripping, blaming, shaming, or playing on their fears. Praying for you! I admire that you accepted this daughter and let her in.

Deon HullApril 16, 2020

Just reading your account made my heart pump. Glad that you Nadene it home to your families. You were truly blessed!

Kristi AndertonApril 16, 2020

I love this story which has particular significance for me as John McCarthy, the man who received the vision spoken of by Captain Pond, is my great-great-grandfather. John was a prolific writer and I have many original letters and poetry he wrote to his children and others.

Jonathan DeckerApril 16, 2020

Thanks Melanee!

Cheryl WalkerApril 16, 2020

I have always valued Dr. Peterson’s insights into a world I have never been able to visit. His insights into the culture have always been enlightening. My first entrance into the Arabian peninsula was 1,000 and one Arabian Nights. This hardly makes me any kind of authority. I, for one will be looking with interest at the rendition that the Church planners will come up with. All I can say is “Hang on to your hats”. The changes that we Westerners, accustomed to aUtah centric Church, will certainly be surprising and for some, shattering.

JoApril 16, 2020

Thank you for your account. Delightful. Amazing.

John PaskettApril 16, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to share your personal "deliverance"

LeighApril 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing this experience. God really IS in the details of our lives! I felt the Spirit as I read this account. It's a good reminder that the Lord keeps His promises to us when we keep ours to Him.

Leonard GroverApril 16, 2020

If we use some of the suggestions of this article--we would be less bored and come out of our quarantine more organized and prepared to tackle "normal life" again. Thanks for all the good suggestions!

ChuckApril 16, 2020

Hey---it's the Salt Lake Tribune---what did you expect? Fairness? Not from them!

Marsha NewmanApril 16, 2020

So interesting! It is fabulous to live in this modern age which gives s much focus to exploring ties to ancient civilizations. After all, some time eons from now, WE will be considered an ancient civilization, light years behind our eternal journey!

Sue AndersonApril 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing your story, which was both informative and inspirational.

Susan SchumacherApril 16, 2020

Cheryl & Norm, I really enjoyed reading this article and delving deeper into this study in which I have always had a peeked interest. It's good to know you are still discovering and sharing. Thank you for this insight. I look forward to more articles.

Larry Saunders ( your Mom's cousinApril 16, 2020

Thanks for sharing your story. Always like to see examples of faith rewarded. Our family's example helps me too!

Susan SchumacherApril 16, 2020

Thank you for sharing this faith filled experience. We were desperately try to get our granddaughter home from Germany where she had been attending school. Our anxiety was relieved when her father was able - through an angel travel agent - to get her booked from Amsterdam to Paris to LA and home to SLC. I have been in Arab speaking countries trying to get help w/o the ability to speak - except for a few phrases. SOMEONE has always come to my rescue and I, too, thank God for angels among us. Welcome home.

Ronald MillettApril 16, 2020

Wendy R comment:I saw pictures where part of Moroni’s arm fell off with the trumpet. The picture posted shows only the trumpet is missing. Can you please explain? It seems to me that the angle of the camera which we see from quite different points below, even with or above the statue and from various distances away is the key to understanding those differences you are reporting. In this article, April 14, the second picture shows the arm intact except for the hand location. The camera is mostly level with the statue. Look at the Toone original Deseret News article. It has the first picture showing the statue looking like the arm is intact like my April 14 article. But the next picture taken looking down looks like the arm is close to being entirely missing.

Andrew CurrieApril 16, 2020

As Elder Bruce R. McConkie observed, "Thank God that the caravan moves on!"

Lawrence HigginsonApril 16, 2020

Beautiful Testimony and Witness!!! Thank you so much.

DianeApril 16, 2020

I loved reading your experience and your perspective. Lovely article!

PatApril 16, 2020

Wonderful !! We need all the faith-filled stories we can hold in our hearts. Thank You!

DonnaApril 16, 2020

Thank you for your story of faith! It strengthens mine. We have lived and traveled overseas extensively. We have visited Casablanca and Fez, & all the other places you named. We have stood in over-crowded, small, overseas airport downstairs areas waiting to board when things were close to chaos & the air was heavy with fear. How I identified with your story. Thank you for putting your stone on the pile.

Tom NelsonApril 16, 2020

I'm glad all turned out well, but I was struck by how many warnings and promptings were ignored to put you in your desperate straits.

Cambodia girlApril 16, 2020

One has to wonder if those that criticize our reaching out to their neighbors and their communities to help. It is my belief that we should hold critics accountable for their words. Let’s turn the table and see just what they’ve done to help others. This is the ”mote and beam” syndrome. Frankly, I don’t know of any other church that does so much for others and I am grateful to be a part of the effort.

T. HansenApril 16, 2020

Wow! ...just Wow! Thank you for sharing your experience and testifying of the goodness of God.

KathleenApril 16, 2020


Mark MinerApril 15, 2020

We prayed for you and John as well, and now our faith has been returned to us multiplied as you have shared (to paraphrase Paul Harvey) "the rest of the story." Thank you for always strengthening and blessings others through your faith!

Lorraine AndersonApril 15, 2020

I agree do much with the author. May I cite another example of the Church blending temple designs with the local area. The clean geometric design of the Manhattan Temple blends beautifully with the buildings in Lincoln Center across the street.

Nancy JudsonApril 15, 2020

Nancy Judson April 15, 2020 Absolutely perfect in harmony and presentation. So very beautiful and expressive of the reality of this occasion. Thank you for sharing and helping to reaffirm our testimony of its truth.

MelaneeApril 15, 2020

Great lineup! Some favorites a d something new!

T MortensenApril 15, 2020

When I was a child of mere 5 years old, I dreamed of designing a temple for the Lord. I spent years studying architecture for this very reason. In fact it was the only reason I chose architecture as my major. Life has since chosen to take me down different paths. With this in mind however, architectural design has always taken elements from the local communities. This is regardless of the structure being designed. This is true of our church buildings and especially our temples. Among the various temples already mentioned, I would like to add the colonial design of the Philadelphia Pennsylvania temple, and the elements of Roman design outwardly expressed in the Rome Italy temple and surrounding grounds. In fact The Church is outwardly open about how they had borrowed elements from the surrounding area when designing the Rome temple. The Church and its Architects have always worked to design our temples so that they compliment the communities in which they will be built. They have always worked to have the temple quietly blend in while subtly standing out at the same time. I for one am truly excited to see the amazing design that will come for this truly historic temple.

Alec AndrusApril 15, 2020

Amen to all Dr Peterson said. It amazes me that some folks can be insular and close minded in the Church which is so deeply founded upon love of truth and beauty from all sources. Didn’t we memorize the 13th article of faith to inoculate against such sillyness? Looking up to the beautiful art of a mosque’s ceiling has made me feel I was in a temple annex and grateful to hear prayers of my brothers by other mothers wafting heavenward.

Karen EvansApril 15, 2020

Having lived in the Middle East for several years, I agree with the author. The architecture I saw was stunningly beautiful. To me it would be a slap in the face of the host country to refuse to incorporate any Mid-Eastern designs. It would be like saying you have nothing of value, only our designs are right. There are many good people in the Middle East. Unfortunately, we only hear about the radical part. We (as a church) have the same thing happen to us, when we are confused with the fundamentalists. My life has been so much richer for my Middle-East experiences. I am thrilled that my friends will now have access to a temple. When we lived there, it was an 8 hour flight to Zurich, then travel time to Bern. This is such a blessing for all. Even though they can't do it openly, there are Muslims who are seeking the truth. I met a few. I very, very carefully answered their questions. This temple will be a light to those who see it.

GaleApril 15, 2020

I haven't seen as many examples of Islamic architecture as you have, but after living in the Middle East for 11 years and having visited Turkey often and toured Spain, I am in absolute agreement with you. Islamic architecture is my favorite of everything I've seen in the world.

Betty McHenryApril 15, 2020

I think that all the temples carry local themes, with beautiful results. Just a few others come to mind: Paris, France; Rome, Italy. I hope they do incorporate some similar, "local" themes for the Dubai temple, as well. BTW, I enjoyed the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit you may have brought to the Los Angeles Temple Visitor's Center many years ago.

EApril 15, 2020

I agree! It's interesting to me that you should receive "push back". I had the opportunity ~20 years ago to visit Muscat, Oman as part of a world religions course. The hospitality we received there impressed me. We were given a tour by Muslim petroleum engineers who broke their fast with us with dates on the shores of the gulf of Oman and a power point presentation on Islam in our hotel. I believe Muhammad was inspired by the light of Christ... How much easier will it be for a people who we already have so much in common with to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ because of the foundation they already have?!

Alvin NieforthApril 15, 2020

Very beautiful. This family should record hymns for sale to the public. Very talented people

Haze KompelienApril 15, 2020

"Middle Eastern architecture and design is rich with tools that can meld wonderfully with LDS theological concepts in geometry, Arabic text, and iconography expressed in stone, wood, and inlay. " I agree 100%. Part of the fun of going to different temples around the world is looking at the symbols chosen for that particular piece of architecture and learning about them. The circle in a square, the Rome oval, the stars of San Diego (as best I recall), the olive leaf, the lotus, etc. Blending locale with LDS symbolism is a wonderful thing.

Olivia KingApril 15, 2020

Magnificent harmony in voice and message of this sacred event. Thank you for sharing your musical talents it was inspiring.

Casey P. ClemenceApril 15, 2020

Having lived in the Middle East for over 22 years, having traveled through the Islamic world and with an MA from BYU in Middle Eastern negotiations, I would say that Daniel Peterson has nailed this. Because there are elements of a faith that we may not agree with does not and should not discount that the people of the Islamic world are our brothers and sisters and come from a rich culture full of the roots of our mathematics, language, architecture and philosophy. We were stunned to hear of the temple announcement! The Saints in the stakes there locally will be blessed beyond measure by the ordinances and covenants entered into there. And the temple they walk into will, I'm certain, reflect the beauty and creativity of the culture and the people that surround it.

Ted WinderApril 15, 2020

This article by Daniel C. Peterson and his friend, Jamal Qureshi, is fascinating and insightful. The premiss of incorporating Middle Eastern designs in the new Dubai Temple is congruent with what the Church has done in cultures elsewhere and hopeful. It is disappointing to hear of the closed mindedness of some. An exciting time to be alive!

Wendy RApril 15, 2020

I saw pictures where part of Moroni’s arm fell off with the trumpet. The picture posted shows only the trumpet is missing. Can you please explain?

HelenApril 15, 2020

All excellent points, Dr. Peterson. I am sure your suggestions are highly appropriate and look forward to this astonishing, revelatory design. We really need to grow up as a people regarding our foolish, inappropriate prejudices.

Leslie-MariaApril 15, 2020

Thanks for keeping a good sense of humour whilst bombarded with zingers from the ignorant. May North American Saints recall that the Eternal Gospel is universal and not to be limited by any certain culture. I think evidence of divine inspiration is manifest in every land, including in forms such as architecture.

Shyam AdvaniApril 15, 2020

Well done thou good and faithful servant.. keep in touch

Dick K NantoApril 15, 2020

The Church's architects also may want to visit the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Built in the 6th century, I found it to be a masterpiece Christian church using Arab mathematics and design.

Paul HApril 15, 2020

Perhaps some of the negative push back has come from a perception that the author is trying to dictate the design of the new Dubai Temple rather than trusting those who are in charge of that work. The architects for the Salt Lake Temple traveled to Europe to study the great cathedrals that were constructed there and a few small elements are obvious to those who have studied those buildings in their art classes that some things were included from those trips and reviews. I find it interesting that President Hinckley received inspiration about how to build the Hong Kong and Manhattan Temples in limited space, as well as the concept for the smaller Temples that are now very common to all of us. He dictated that the Vernal Temple have two spires and that they needed to be higher than the existing next door Stake House's spire. The First Presidency must approve any new designs and if they are inspired to make suggestions they will certainly do so. It isn't a first-draft-is-automatically-accepted process. That was true with Salt Lake. Many details in the Kirtland Temple as far as finishes were found in contemporary manuals, yet the Lord showed Joseph the design for that structure. (I found it interesting there has been no discussion about who made the decision that the rebuilt Nauvoo Temple would have the standing rather than the recumbent Angel Moroni. It was President Hinckley.) I am excited to hear about a Temple in Dubai, especially being built by gracious invitation of the UAE government, as well as the concept that has been largely ignored that the Temple in Shanghi will be for local Chinese members only, and require appointments, as approved by their government.. That's as earth-shattering in concept as when the Temples in Germany were built behind the Iron Curtain and I personally think they will be as effective in showing their government that Latter-Day Saints are good citizens. Just remember, these buildings are the Lord's Houses and He will provide input for what He wants to have built. Of that I am certain. Thanks for the thoughtful article as it has caused me to reflect on these issues about Temple building and design.

David GladwellApril 15, 2020

Another example - the Tucson Temple dome design features a dome inspired by the local 1920s-era Pima County Courthouse.

Sharon ProctorApril 15, 2020

I agree with you. I lived in Turkey for two years and was amazed at the beauty of mosques, turbes, etc. that were built that did not use the actual replicas of people, animals, etc, but only used Arabic words from the Koran, some of which were made to look like ships, mosques, or many other things. While I personally would not like to see actual Arabic words from the Koran on a temple, the style of such things could really be beautiful on a temple.

DavidDApril 15, 2020

Great thoughts and comments. Over the last 2000 years there has been a very ugly tendency of Christians to take arrogant, dismissive and frequently destructive approaches to not only other beliefs but other cultures. It is wonderful that we belong to a Church that truly sees itself as a worldwide church, a Church that can welcome and not feel threatened by the beauty and artistry of other cultures.

Pauline Bennion HarryApril 15, 2020

LOVED your article! It’s fascinating! Such a RICH intellectual culture and such beauty to draw upon!! We are being elevated!

Ian MathesonApril 15, 2020

Ultimately, I believe, the planning of a temple anywhere in the world will be directed by the Lord as it will be his House. Could it be that the entire process from architectural renderings to the sound of the front door closing will be carefully determined by professionals whose ideas have been inspired by learning, observation, and prayer. Perhaps we ought not to be as concerned of outward appearance, as compared with what will go on inside. Holiness to The Lord.

Lawrence BarryApril 15, 2020

Well said, Bro. Peterson, thank you. Chaplain (Colonel-Ret) Lawrence M. Barry

Mike & Sher DerrApril 15, 2020

The Abu Dhabi stake center is a fine example of architecture which blends with the city. Dedicated in 2013 and built on land donated by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabai, the stake center is an excellent example of the Church's commitment to honoring the culture of the cities and countries it serves. Thank you, Jamal. We attended a ward with you, your mother and family many years ago and think of you all often.

Sage GallagherApril 15, 2020

Dan, your patience with people's ignorance is exemplary. This temple will be extraordinary. I miss stopping by to chat.

Gill RutterApril 15, 2020

Seriously, some people are just plain ignorant of the contributions the Islamic world has made with regards to art, architecture and science to name but a few areas. Let’s focus on the beauty here, the potential is enormous. The first temple on Islamic soil is an incredible step in spreading the gospel to areas where so many of Heavenly Father’s children do not even know who he is, or their relationship to Him. We have to (and undoubtedly will) get this right. Can’t wait to see the result!

Charles DefranchiApril 14, 2020

Dear Wally, What a blessing to continue receiving your articles in Meridian Magazine! Both of us were severaly challenged healthwise a few years ago and we eventually found that the Lord has still a use for us, certainly you and not sure about me! My father, a Protestant by upbringing, joined the Church when I was seven, because he was on the look-out for living Prophets. We may then wonder why the world does not seize this immense blessing offered by a living Prophet, but such are the mysteries of this world as we experience it...Blessings to you and family, especially during this confinement period.

VardellApril 14, 2020

Brother Frogley, I am so glad that you said this: “faith in the atonement of Christ begins with an awakening to our own fallen state. A sense of inadequacy is a given…it is normal.” Yes! In fact, King Benjamin said it even more forcefully, he said learning of the goodness of God awakens us to our “worthless and fallen state.” 4:5. What? Faith in Christ will make me feel worthless and fallen? That is earth shaking news to most LDS who hear much about the “plan of happiness”, but never hear about the “plan of feeling worthless and fallen.” And yet this too is a blessing. This is the broken heart that the scriptures talk about. The solution to this heart-breaking awareness is not to conclude we must perfect ourselves. The solution is to do exactly what these people did, plead for the mercy and atoning blood of Christ. When was the last time you prayed, “O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified”? That simple prayer gained them a remission of sins! That simple prayer changed them from feeling worthless and fallen to feeling joy and peace. I say that prayer every day, every day, every day. And it works, every day, every day, every day.

HelenApril 14, 2020

Thank you for this. This is the first of three Tender Mercies I have received rusty to help with my discussions with a Trinitarian evangelical friend. I will be teaching all of these references.

Herm OlsenApril 14, 2020

Dr. G points out the weaknesses of the traditional orthodoxy re: post-biblical prophets without demeaning individuals. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

MarciApril 14, 2020

Thanks you for your article. I loved that you said it's about our liberties being taken away now. That is what I have felt. I'm glad I'm not alone. Governors are feeling like dictators. There are so many easy solutions to getting our economy going. I like what Joseph Smith taught "Teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves." I feel the seagulls came, the virus is going away but will the politicians relinquish their power? 51 deaths by car, 15 by virus in Utah but no one has ever said stopped driving. I know many who have lost jobs, businesses. We need to go back to work and we can do it. Trust us to take precautions.

Romney BiddulphApril 14, 2020

Barry Bickmore's book "Restoring the Ancient Church" contains many non-canonical references to Jesus Christ from contemporary writers.

SandyApril 14, 2020

I bought the 2 CD set several years ago, but the on-line sing a long with such mesmerizing artwork, brought the whole spiritual message to life for me. Hosanna and He is the Hope were my tearful favorites. Thanks so much for sharing this behind the scenes article.

NICOLAApril 14, 2020

Finally, some hope!!

Ann-Marie JensenApril 14, 2020

Thank you! I truly appreciate these non-Biblical references and your sharing of this fascinating information.

Taylor HalversonApril 13, 2020

Thanks for reading and sharing Peggy. Yes, your insight is correct. Additionally, in the ancient Biblical world, the accumulation of horses always meant raising a military. From the Old Testament perspective, it was the role of God to raise and lead the military, not any human. God was seen as the divine warrior and so any human king taking over as the military leader was actually evidence of apostasy, as though the human could replace God in His role as the divine warrior who provides ultimate protection. In the Old Testament context, God was the one who provided and safeguarded freedoms. Hope that extra context helps!

Lynette A LewisApril 13, 2020

I loved your idea of creating a family tree and then sharing stories of the ancestors. My grandson is 'creating' the tree drawing digitally for us. We wanted to see how you organized the "Root System" to show rows to the 16 ancestors on the bottom. Would you share a picture of the bottom part of your Tree? Thanks so much for your motivating & inspiring articles.

Becky DouglasApril 13, 2020

Dear Donna, Thank you so much for supporting us in any way!! Every penny adds up! If you'd like to make a direct donation, we'd be both thrilled and grateful. You can visit us at I love how this virus has a silver lining, in that it's bringing us all together. Thanks so much for your caring and your support!

KatjaApril 13, 2020

Geoff, you are guided by the spirit for sure. This was an excellent way of shedding light onto this situation. I loved how you pointed out that much work lies with him to work through his insecurities to show up in this relationship as a higher, best self. Really well done, if I may say so.

Peggy ProctorApril 13, 2020

Taylor, verse 16 may mean wealth. The accumulation of horses and chariots may be akin to acquiring cars and the like, today. An able military was always a necessity in safeguarding their freedoms.

Allison DunlapApril 13, 2020

Dr. Fauci is not a trusted icon. He is Deep State and has hidden agendas. Anything you hear from Mainstream media is also biased and cannot be considered true news. You did alot of research which I can appreciate but I don't trust the sources you used for this article

JuliannApril 13, 2020

Lengthy, but excellent article touching on key elements of this COVID-19 pandemic. People, propaganda, and problems to ponder upon and potential solutions to hang hope on. As a Hospice Chaplain, currently shut out of Assisted Living, Senior Care Centers , and individual homes, I can attest that phone calls, Face Time, letters, decorating doors or windows, any type of human connection can work to lift and encourage. Isolation is causing tremendous stress and even cognitive decline in Seniors and singles. We may not be able to ‘reach out and touch someone’, but we can use creative ways to reach out and assure others that we care.

DonnaApril 13, 2020

We support Rising Star through our purchases on Is there any way we can donate directly or increase our donations? The donation is very miniscule. Can we as a public help?

Laura BreymanApril 13, 2020

Simple but true. I pray each morning to know who needs a phone call or text message. It has resulted in some wonderful discussion and encouragement for both of us.

Liz R.April 13, 2020

Couscous is not a grain; it may visually resemble one but it's actually a pasta made from semolina flour.

Steven TylerApril 12, 2020

Julie Matern is a new up and coming clean regency romance author

EvelynApril 12, 2020

Wow!!!! thank you again for let us make this journey through these sacred places. I am amazed of the love of my Savior. God bless you both for sharing this images and inspiring words that only confirms our testimonies.

JudyApril 12, 2020

This is so beautiful. Is it possible that this is availableas as a book? I would love to have this in my home to read again and again, and to give to family members.

Heber FrankApril 12, 2020

How many are aware that more and more evidences are being found that verify the Andes model for the Book of Mormon?

Scot ProctorApril 11, 2020

President Nelson requested a worldwide request in response to COVID on March 29. The fast requested at general conference was the second fast.

Elaine DavisApril 11, 2020

Becky, thank you for sharing this amazing article. As we think of what results may come of the second world wide fast on Good Friday it is wonderful to see the path that was opened to Rising Star in India. When I read that India was being closed off I wondered how people would survive knowing they have nothing in their homes. I merely thought but you went into action. It will be a blessing to have temples in that part of the world and the influence of the restored gospel. I love what you are doing.

David HarmonApril 11, 2020

Loved what the Lord did for these families stricken by leprosy.

Michelle DeleeuwApril 10, 2020

Thank you for sharing your testimony, your beautiful music and lyrics. My heart fills with so many emotions. The Spirit is strong throughout your composition. I had mixed emotions during the last few songs...first I felt that I wanted to drop to my knees before him...and before I hardly got that thought out, I had overwhelming desire to give HIM a bear HUG. Thank you again for sharing your talents with the world.

Denise MidgleyApril 10, 2020

I enjoyed your article on Covid 19 in Italia. Is there any truth that the Italian leather was sold to the Chinese company with the understand the Chinisees workers would go to Milan or others Italina towns? Could this cause the fast spread of the Covid 19? Thank you. Thank you.

Marilyn JackmanApril 10, 2020

Sister Hutchins, thank you for sharing this article about Rob Gardner. I have loved "Lamb of God" and look forward to the sing a long on Sunday!

L. FitzhughApril 10, 2020

Becky, you saved my family when you taught all of us the Gospel while you were a missionary in Richmond, VA, over 40 years ago. I love how you are still “feeding His sheep”. ❤️

Joanne HoehneApril 10, 2020

Wow! Thank you for sharing! So inspiring

gloria hicksApril 10, 2020

That was so inspiring! Thank you for sharing the story of that miracle, as I would never have known of it otherwise. Truly, Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers and is aware of ALL of His children!

SusanApril 10, 2020

Thank you, Joni. I needed this today. Very insightful!

Kay RookhuyzenApril 10, 2020

Wow! SO inspiring! Prayers accomplish things!

JaLeen MurphyApril 10, 2020

I enjoyed your thought son the fast. Very helpful reminders and new insights. The story of the the swimmer really helped as well.

VardellApril 10, 2020

There is another way to interpret what Benjamin meant in 3:19. He said we must become a saint through the atonement of Christ and become as a child… In chapter 5:7 Benjamin continues with the child topic but says (paraphrasing) because of the covenant ye have made, ye shall be called the children of Christ. Because this day he hath spiritually begotten you, you are born again, changed through faith on his name. Becoming a child "this day", being changed "this day", doesn’t sound like a lifelong effort at changing our behavior. Becoming a child and being forgiven and changed occurred "this day" because they had asked for Christs mercy and his atoning blood, by which they gained a remission of sins, and its companion, a mighty change of heart. All children are innocent, not because they don’t sin, but because they are not accountable. We become as a child when we gain a remission of sins, the mighty change of heart, and are spiritually begotten as the children of Christ. Just like Benjamin said, we become a saint and a child through the atonement.

Carol BestApril 10, 2020

what an incredible story of love, sacrifice, t and the he effectiveness of fasting and prayer. Thankyou

Richard GarrisonApril 10, 2020

Thank you so much Becky for sharing this miraculous story and answer to fasting and prayer. The work you and your organization are doing is truly blessed by the Lord! Thank you!

Blake GarsideApril 10, 2020

Thank you so much Scot and Maurine for bringing back so many memories for me during my visit to this sacred place. The ancient Olive Trees with their twisted trunks were so symbolic of that never to be forgotten experience the Savior must have felt. Your careful and inspiring words brought depth and meaning to this most Holiest of Weekends. Thank you again !!

LewisApril 10, 2020

What a wonderful, inspiring story of faith. You have a gift for telling compelling stories. And I am grateful that you share that gift with the rest of us.

Esmeralda AmosApril 10, 2020

I believe in miracles! My family and I will anxiously await to see how the hand of the Lord will be revealed after this second fast. Thank you for sharing with us your miraculous experience from fasting. I can’t wait to share your story with my children.

S. DoveApril 10, 2020

When did this happen?

CarolynApril 10, 2020

President Harold B. Lee proclaimed that the Garden Tomb is indeed the tomb from which our Lord was resurrected

BeckyApril 10, 2020

What a beautiful reminder of the Lord’s love for ALL his children and the miracle of fasting. Thank you for sharing this story.

Gerald LeeApril 10, 2020

The title of this article seems confusing. "Previous Worldwide Corona Fast," is is not the current fast? or something needs to clarify things better.

Nick WOLFFApril 10, 2020

What an inspiring person; Becky Douglas you and your organisation are amazing

Claudia Henderson SmithApril 10, 2020

Scot, your photos tell such a beautiful story. I’m always amazed at how beautifully you frame each shot. With Maurine’s writing, this is a wonderful way to tell the Easter story. I was taken back to 1963 when I was there, and it was a great reminder of my trip to the Holy Land so many years ago. Thanks to you both for sharing your talents with everyone at this special time of the year.

MegApril 10, 2020

Awe! So cool! We are all brothers and sisters. I love this! :)))))

Jane HalesApril 9, 2020

Thank you for making it so clear as to what fasting is all about. We may understand the how, but not always the why.

DianeApril 9, 2020

Thank you for another inspirational article! I always look forward to your columns in Meridian.

Roberta HarrisApril 9, 2020

What a beautiful, memorable podcast. Spiritually uplifting. We appreciate you both so much and are very grateful for Meridian and the messages we are fortunate to receive. Thank you.

Rommel M. FajardoApril 9, 2020

Brother Larry...Mabuhay! I appreciate many of the articles you wrote especially this one. As a Temple Recorder, I discerned the inspiration of our Prophets as Seers. They actually see our FUTURE. They teach us how to prepare face the forthcoming events.

Ann MoynihanApril 8, 2020

Hi Sister Proctor. I shared your post on the Worldwide Fast April 10 page and did not expect the surge of likes and reactions to it. Not that your post isn’t note-worthy, as it certainly is, but rather the fact that anyone bothered to read a post that had my name as the sharer. No-one reads my posts, not even family , but I’m so glad I shared your piece of journalism and many read and continue to read it. Thank you. Regards from Auckland, New Zealand.

SharonApril 8, 2020

Such good advice. I've found that my teenage grandkids tend to withdraw from family together time, such as meals at our house. I like the idea of one-on-one dates. I text them once in awhile, but often don't get a response.

Richard ShippApril 8, 2020

A Great Milestone for the United Arab Emirates and The Church of Jesus Christ. Both will benefit greatly.

MaryseApril 8, 2020

Thanks a lot for all these moving and inspiring comments from all over the world! If not for the suffering and all the people who have already died, we could rejoice for having this opportunity to develop unity and love among people from different horizons! But really, God perfectly knew this would happen...Isn't it in the hardest trials that we can show who we really are? How marvellous and inspiring so many people do it so well! There's still hope in this world! Love from France

Dave BarkerApril 8, 2020

I have 24 grandchildren and I don't live near any of them. I love many of these ideas. I have been convinced for quite some time that grandparents are more important now than ever. There are so many poor influences in their lives. Often, after making a bad choice or being confused, children are reluctant to go directly to their parents. They need someone, like their grandparent, to whom they can go for help without fear of being judged. If we can fill that role, we truly can help save our grandchildren.

Elaine SeamanApril 8, 2020

We are so grateful for the Perego family and how they are growing and learning during this difficult time. What a blessing that the seminary and institute students were already studying online and have everything needed to make this work so well. Ugo and Jenna, we love you. Hugs from our family to yours. Thanks for sharing!

Neill MarriottApril 8, 2020

Brother Richman, Your summary of the steps the church has taken to provide safe passage in safe and unsafe times clearly indicates the strength of prophecy and leadership in our church. Thank you for keeping such close attention on the progression of these inspired changes over the years. I will keep your knowledgeable article; it is an excellent overview of the work and resultant blessings for families, coming from church leaders and faithful staff. Sincerely, Neill Marriott

EleaceApril 8, 2020

I’ve always heard the interpretation of eating foods “in their season” to be loosely understood as including canned and frozen foods too. I think there’s something to say about eating foods actually in the season in which they grow. We tend to consider the body’s nutritional needs on a 24-hour cycle, but it may be more of an annual cycle. In each season of the year, our body’s needs differ. When are oranges (which are high in vitamin C and have strong antibacterial properties in the rind) in season? During the time of year when colds and flus tend to be in more abundance. That’s just one example, but I wonder how much better our health would be if the fruits and vegetables and plants we consumed were what was actually in season.

Roy PropsnerApril 8, 2020

Render Service to thousands of faithful members worldwide that suffer Parkinson’s. ”The involvement of the Church in the worldwide fight against measles began in 2003. Last year the Church participated in measles vaccination campaigns in Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe.” If your father or grandmother passed away having suffered for twenty years with Parkinson’s disease. You would he heartbroken to learn the Church knew of an outside source but sat on it for all that time. A source that would have saved your family member. “As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have made a covenant with God that we ‘are willing to bear one another’s burdens.’ … This may include becoming informed about Parkinson’s disease. President Nelson: He said “look for opportunities near and far...” Far as in worldwide. Members in far distant communities suffering from Parkinson’s should have the following links at Church web site. added to: Outside Resources Parkinson’s Disease After five years I was disabled. I could not brush my teeth, cut my food, open a jar, and more as you know. I found a news story about Doctor Costantini’s work with Parkinson’s. I am grateful to this day. He does not sell medicine, book, workshop or charge a fee for his online consult with patients that do not want to travel to his office in Italy. His office visits do charge fee. He is currently in recovery from severe heart issue, not available. I adopted his treatment advice just from what I read. Good results and I then emailed. He corrected my dose and I continued to have relief. I wanted others to benefit so on my own I formed a Facebook group. Parkinson’s thiamine hcl Parkinson’s thiamine hcl Google: Doc. Costantini Parkinson’s

Larry BarneyApril 8, 2020

Thanks for this wonderful message of hope Ugo. I believe that one positive thing that has come out of this pandemic is that more and more people are turning to God. How people of all faiths are responding to President Nelson's invitation to fast and pray on April 10th is just one indication of this. Despite the significant worldwide impacts of this virus outbreak, there is hope if we turn to the Lord. All the best to you, your family, and all our friends in Italy!

Janeen PondApril 8, 2020

What a great article for this time or for that matter anytime in our society. I loved this...Led leaders are:" Led leaders are guided by the hand and heart toward the truths they need. After the led leader is drawn toward the truth, they feel a sense of duty to share it. A truth is only good if shared." Thank you Nicholeen

KristynnApril 8, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your view of Covid19 and how it is affecting you and your family. Much love and prayers for you and all of Italy from Meridian, ID>

vickieApril 8, 2020

WHEN IT is said on the Jesus of the old testament who saved them. does anyone know exactly what that means.?? there is a Jesus of the old testament and the Jesus of the New testament. can anyone describe this to me and anyone else reading this. thank you

Richard EyreApril 8, 2020

All the best to all you Grandparents. Stay well and strong!

MaryKaren SolomonApril 8, 2020

I am so shocked and sorry that Italy, a country I love, had to go through such a difficult time with the coronavirus. Br. Perego’s comments help me to feel better; I’m so glad that families are together and protecting each other and that ward members are still in contact and supporting one another. I do hope that the fast on Friday will help people all over the world to clarify values and develop love for one another.

ShareeApril 8, 2020

I had tears in my eyes as I read the comments from these people of various faiths. Surely if the entire world joins in this fast, the Lord will hear us and ease this pandemic.

Haze K.April 8, 2020

Thank you so much for the update from Italy. I especially love the idea of using ZOOM for Sunday School. That would be a nice way to "see" and "hear" each other. Hang in there.

Stewart LangApril 8, 2020

Your article didn’t note that the Meridian Idaho quake was also felt as far north as a Calgary Alberta. It was noted that several in our downtown high rise condos felt the swaying!

Marsha NewmanApril 8, 2020

It's amazing to me how mankind can turn from anger, aggression, and hurtful deeds to virtually throwing arms about each other's shoulders when disaster befalls us! It is a spiritual gift from our Lord to desire to comfort and sustain our brothers and sisters. "Who's on the Lord's side? Who? Now is the time to show!" And He can inspire us to turn evil into good through focusing on His love and our families.

Philip Asay WasdenApril 8, 2020

This article had particular meaning for me because Ugo Perego was my tour-guide for the Rome Temple "Open House." He spent the time to take us on a walking tour of areas in Rome, I had never seen before in previous visits. Ugo is true, a remarkable person.

Christine HannanApril 7, 2020

It has been wonderful to listen to the words of the Prophets and to participate in the Hosanna Shout. I was also most grateful for the Pronouncement of President Nelson's Apostolic Blessing. My daughter asked me to explain more about an Apostolic Blessing. She asked me; "What is the difference between an Apostolic Blessing and my own prayers for 37 years for better health?" I had a bit of a struggle answering. I would love to have someone with more knowledge help with the answer to that.

Zuriel KnowlesApril 7, 2020

You always do such a precise explanation of the issues. And I remember the little boy who lived up the street and whose sister, Joy, was our daughter, Cindy's, best friend. Keep up the good work, Larry, and come see us in Boise when this is all over. Zuriel Knowles

Linda WillisApril 7, 2020

Oh how we are going to miss your articles from Morocco. Keep writing because your ability to paint pictures with words is straight from on high. We were given a choice here at the bottom of the world in the middle of nowhere (New Zealand) to stay on our mission or go home. Sister Foxx and I gratefully chose to stay. The Lord has another plan for both of you.

DeleyneApril 7, 2020

Enjoyed reading about your return from Morocco. Very reminiscent of my granddaughter’s return from Brazil. Glad you are able to relax and catch your breath and get reoriented to the unsettled spring here.

Sharee HughesApril 7, 2020

I, too, love Rob Gardner's" Lamb of God." I first heard it in Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake CIty, then went down to American Fork to hear it again as someone I knew was in it. Wonderful piece of music. And our stake did it this past fall. Even our stake, with a small choir, did a great job. They ad wonderful soloists and terrific narration. I bawled a lot. I didn't just cry, I bawled!

EvelynApril 7, 2020

I read and listen to your podcast every week. This week's was wonderful. Thanks for sharing you experiences and testimony with us. Greetings from Honduras!!!!

MaryannApril 7, 2020

Anyone who is still struggling with doubts after 6 months of dating hasn't found the right person for him. Unless this man suffers from fear of marriage because of divorce in his family or other reasons, he will KNOW when he meets the one for him. No one should have to talk themselves into a relationship.

Marena EvansApril 7, 2020

Thank you for your beautiful words. What great faith the members of our church have. May your dad and his wife have a safe journey. The picture of the missionary brought tears to my eyes as I could see the pain and love in his heart.

Janie BrayApril 7, 2020

Thanks for sharing this awesome testimony of faith! May your family be blessed throughout this interesting time in our country, and all of the missionaries the world over. Bless your Dad and Sue for their willingness to serve. Hugs :-)

ScottHApril 7, 2020

It is wise to be cautious about about assigning divine patterns to natural phenomena, simply due to our finite capacities in light of God's omniscience. This cuts the other way too. Some have used mathematical randomness in observed phenomena as evidence of lack of divine intervention. Apparently many of these ur-smart people fail to comprehend that an omnipotent God must be capable of complex efforts that appear random to even the brightest human scientists.

Ralph LApril 7, 2020

Matt 24: 7 "...and earthquakes, in divers places." vs 8 "All these are the beginning of sorrows." vs 6 "...but the end is not yet." There have always been earthquakes, with worldwide news we hear of more in divers places so earthquakes are hard to judge as being a sign of the last days. Remember it also says the end is not yet, there is more to come.

Kathy BrasherApril 7, 2020

Dear Katherine... such a beautiful article about your dad and Sue. And.. it brought back so many wonderful memories of your precious mom who touched so many lives with her courage and faith. Your dad and Sue will be amazing on American Samoa. What a blessing in their lives and the lives of the sweet, dear people. These are challenging times but also wondrous times when we definitely can see the hand of the Lord in our lives. Thank you!!

Haze KompelienApril 7, 2020

I loved hearing the story of your return. I think your description of this time as a snow day, an extended snow day, a long, drawn out snow day is so accurate. Welcome home.

BeckyApril 7, 2020

I love this article. It gives me hope that the Lord is in charge. It has been a struggle watching my nephew and others return early. I worry for them. I pray that much good will come of this trying time. May God bless us all.

Alan WildApril 7, 2020

It is interesting that this new proclamation is essentially a restatement of the basic facts of the restoration-nothing new really. It makes me think of the proclamation on the family. When it was issued in 1995 many members wondered wondered why it was given because it was something most of society already believed. Now, some years later, many no longer support those basic family values. So...I wonder what the long term purpose of this new proclamation may be. I don't think it is just a nice restatement. I suspect the Lord has in mind something much deeper here. We will know one day.

Blake GarsideApril 7, 2020

I find comfort in the words of Elder Oaks as we study and prayerfully study the Bicentennial Proclamation: "Study and reason can find the truth but ONLY personal revelation and CONFIRM it" !!

Sherry BrownApril 7, 2020

Thanks for your insights Marilynn. I love reading your articles and I'm glad you are home, safe and healthy; we'll try to keep you that way. Our grandson Jake is still undergoing self-quarantine on his Seattle mission.

Ann StruthersApril 6, 2020

I was so uplifted by the words of all the speakers but of course the prophet was just the best. What a wonderful historic conference to be a part of!! We are all so blessed to be able to live at this time, in these last days. Thank you Proctor's for your many ways of service to the Lord.

Anne MarieApril 6, 2020

Thank you so much for this!! I loved reading through everything on this list. So many amazing blessings!!

Philippe ThebaultApril 6, 2020

Love the new Logo. Very appropriate in the context of honoring the Savior. I am sure that Moroni is rejoicing with us that his and our Savior is front and center. I hope in the next life they hold devotionals, I would love to go and listen to his story. Maybe he can put his trumpet down now and rest a bit :).

Philippe ThebaultApril 6, 2020

Our dear prophet is moving the work along in previously difficult areas. Credit is due to his and other leader's ability to work with these countries. This church is becoming truly worldwide. Joseph Smith's prophecy is being fulfilled during our lifetime. What a thrilling moment in the midst of this crisis.

MaryannApril 6, 2020

Thank you, thank you so much, Brother Proctor, for compiling these inspired witnesses of the truthfulness of the divine and foreordained mission of the Prophet, Joseph Smith. Their words brought tears to my eyes. I can't wait to meet the Prophet. We owe him such a debt of gratitude and love.

MaryannApril 6, 2020

I am so excited about the Call to Brad Wilcox. I love him so much! His books and his article "His Grace is Sufficient" have greatly blessed my life.

Helmut WorleApril 6, 2020

I missed that during Conference. What I didn't miss was the annual audit report. Why do we get that? It's wording that seems to be identical each year; it contains NO information. It should be eliminated.

karell BinghamApril 6, 2020

When President Nelson speaks, heaven and earth come together for a few minutes!

Sue CochrunApril 6, 2020

I too will treasure this blessing and all the words expressed in this memorable and UNFORGETTABLE conference. O that all my loved ones especially, and the whole world could hear this message by taking the time to listen. I still feel the spirit and the Love of my Heavenly Parents and Redeemer.

Yvonne (Bonnie) BondApril 6, 2020

It is with Gratitude and Love that I Thank my Heavenly Father for being able to watch General Conference on Television in my home. Having our Prophet, President Nelson to lead us in these perilous times and giving us hope in the announcements of 8 New Temples, a marvelous Proclamation given by Revelation, Marriages not having to wait a year for Sealing, and hope for the Future, so needed at this time. This was a Crowing part of History and we have been Blessed to be a part of it. Our Faith, Our Testimonies, Our Hope, Our Love for our Savior and Heavenly Father has increased greatly as we have been Blesses beyond Measure as we watched all of the Conference Sessions by times Shedding Tears of Joy at the announcements and Talks. As Revelation continues may God Protect and Inspire us All in our Endeavors to Serve and Draw Closer to Him. Take Care and God Bless us all.

Sue CochrunApril 6, 2020

B H Roberts captures most of what I felt having participated in Sunday conference. At the end of both sessions Sunday my heart was ready to burst i was so moved by the Spirit. And as I stood alone in my house I felt a oneness as we shouted with one accord. Thank you for more insight.

Tanya NeiderApril 6, 2020


Kathy GivensApril 6, 2020

Dear Maurine, I thank God for the people in my life who seek and walk with God and in turn, change me, change the world with the insights and understanding God gives them. You are one of those precious people I thank Him for. Thanks for the beautiful help for my soul.

Linda Starr WinansApril 6, 2020

These are wonderful! Where the fabulous job you did. The photography is amazing. So appropriate for these inspired summaries and quotes. Thank you.

Debbie ColsonApril 6, 2020

Thank you my dear prophet, for your uplifting words of encouragement, love and enlightenment to my soul especially at the trying time we find ourselves in. I pray that all who have heard your words this conference will study and ponder them deep in their hearts. This conference has been most informative to me and I will share it with my family and friends.

Sara GrovesApril 6, 2020

Thank you for giving us those beautiful message of love and hope. It is something I want to study, learn from and love! I treasure the messages from this unforgettable General Conference. I'm grateful and humbled to be a member of our Savior, Jesus Christ's only true Church upon this earth. Thank you again for the service you give through this magazine.

Colleen ShieldsApril 5, 2020

Awesome read! Love your commentary and neutral critique, replete with intriguing thought processes and language. If I was still a student - I would definitely take some of your classes!

Karen AspinallApril 5, 2020

Thank-you so much for all your research and all these beautiful examples of the Hosanna Shout and it's meaning. What a glorious and, I imagine, unique opportunity to join with all our brothers and sisters all over the world in this special solemn assembly.

James BerryApril 5, 2020

I haven't listened to all of Michael's songs but really, is anything better than this?

CarolApril 5, 2020

Good choice but I'm glad to have seen the other one too!

Tom holdmanApril 5, 2020

Will the statue replace over time the angel Moroni on the temples? I hope so. Isn’t it interesting the angel was damaged.

ChrisApril 4, 2020

Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift because you Hear Him!

Bryan EllssworthApril 4, 2020

Based on articles you have published here by John Lefgren on the date of the First Vision as 26 March 1820 based on weather patterns and the maple syrup cycle. It happens to coincide with the Solemn Assemby tomorrow April 5, 2020 which is Palm Sunday just like it was on 26 March 1820 !

Clari SmithApril 4, 2020

Thank you for sharing these timely remarks. He lived what he spoke of. I know, I am one of his grateful children.

Susan Van OrdenApril 4, 2020

This really prepared me for a positive conference experience!

Sally MaddocksApril 4, 2020

Such a beautiful song that has brought joy to my life at the start of this Conference weekend. Your music is always so inspiring and this new song is another one to uplift my soul.

Robert W CowartApril 4, 2020

He had finished his 2 year mission on earth. But it is being extended on the other side.

Barbara W. WebbApril 3, 2020

Absolutely awe-inspiring truth.....thank you so much for sharing this tonight .

JillApril 3, 2020

Thanks for the reminder! I needed to hear (read) this.

Bruce YoungApril 3, 2020

As others have noted, HEART OF AFRICA is currently available through Living Scriptures (till April 19) for renting or owning online. Go to DVDs will be available in a few weeks from Deseret Book. I hope all who are interested will take advantage of one of these ways of seeing the film. It's really a moving, eye-opening experience, and it's thrilling to see the wonderful work accomplished by this team who created the first Congolese film to be released theatrically in the US.

GaryApril 3, 2020


CarolineApril 3, 2020

You are absolutely right!! It IS between me (each of us) and God. Thank you.

JanApril 3, 2020

I've always felt that the trumpet represented our declaring the gospel to the world. So tender it would come at a time when our missionaries are being returned to homes and restricted to phone and internet sharing of the gospel. But just as the trumpet will be returned into place, this too shall pass and again we will be able to share our testimonies in full force.

AspenApril 3, 2020

I love the graphic you used! If I may expand your graphic a little I found a neat graphic on a site I use for a scripture study app. it won't let me post the picture so I'll leave a link, but essentially it says that There are eternal laws and doctrines (teachings) rest upon those laws. Principles comes out of doctrines, and “a theory is founded on inferences drawn from principles which have been established on independent evidence” (Webster’s 1828 definition). A theory isn’t a man-made hypothesis like the theory of organic evolution or global warming, but it does feel a lot like holy speculation. What happens if I act on this true principle? What will the result be? A strengthening of faith? To me, I think theory is the perfected understanding that comes from cause and effect relationships. If I do X, then Y happens. I'd love to hear your thoughts! D&C 88:78. Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;

ShareeApril 3, 2020

One thing I noticed about this young man's letter is, he never said he loved this woman. If he doesn't love her, then, indeed, he should end it.

RachaelApril 3, 2020

I was struck by the thought that throughout all of these changes our church has also prepared us for dealing with rapidity of change. We have all needed flexibility and understanding throughout this experience with COVID-19. I am so grateful for living prophets and their ability to prepare and teach us.

Linda Starr WinansApril 3, 2020

LOVED this podcast! I was immediately transported back to our Israel tour with you last year. Between the Garden of Gethsemane, the Tomb, and Peter's song it was a rich, fulfilling experience. (Wish weI could have been there for your sing-along.) Thank you for sharing your hearts and souls with us all. How richly blessed I am to experience and increase my understanding of our precious Savior and the atonement. My cup runneth over!!! Happy Easter, Scot & Maurine!!!!!

Cindy CranstonApril 3, 2020

Our Heavenly Father and Savior love all their children and all these prophecies will be fulfilled until the Second Coming. Let's all do our part the best that we can.

Cindy CranstonApril 3, 2020

I Love the Church so much. I'm so grateful for my testimony of the true gospel, and a living Prophet. Our Heavenly Father and Savior love all their children and all these prophecies will be fulfilled until the Second Coming. Let's all do our part the best that we can.

ShellyApril 2, 2020

When will these great apps be available to Android users?

ABApril 2, 2020

People like Bill Gates are nudging in totalitarian actions. It will be important to watch his motives and how his influence is felt at the government and international levels. He offers security over liberty in his actions through his technology offerings in the name of public health. By design, people are asked to give up consent/right to choice, right to privacy, and personal health decisions.

Scott BrownApril 2, 2020

@Sterling Barrow - Elaine Dalton's talk was given in the April 2007 General Young Women's meeting. Since the church web site includes that session as part of the April 2007 General Conference, I assert that Sister Dalton's talk titled "Stay on the Path" is the first General Conference talk to use the phrase "covenant path". Sister Dalton was actually quoting Jeffrey R. Holland's article from the October 2006 Ensign titled - What I Wish Every New Member Knew—and Every Longtime Member Remembered

WarrenApril 2, 2020

Excellent analysis. I have even wondered if the trumpet falling from Moroni's grasp might be a literal fulfilment of Section 112:25, where the Lord -speaking of the last day destructions - says "And upon my house shall it begin.." Given that a Temple is a House of the Lord and this happened at the headquarters of the Church, could this be a literal fulfilment of the prophecy and the beginning of much more to come?

Linda WillisApril 2, 2020

Knowing that Moses 1:39 was the most quoted scripture is most interesting since both Russell M Ballard and Theodore Burton indicated in Conference talks that it could read: This is Their work and Their glory referring to our Heavenly Parents.

Millie CampbellApril 2, 2020

Perfection!! I am sure all the believers, on this side and the other side of the veil are singing this gorgeous song with you as Joseph Smith looked up at HEAVENLY FATHER and JESUS CHRIST. They are the only two that are going to get us through this as we listen to the world's prophet President Nelson for heavenly guidance.

Mark MathesonApril 2, 2020

"Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. " In all my classes, I have probably shared this part of the Bible Dictionary more than any other principle. Yet, for years I would have sworn that it said "alignment" instead of "correspondence." Now, I see that there is perhaps a large difference between our will aligning with God's and our will corresponding with God. Do you see it the same way?

Susan SchumacherApril 2, 2020

Scot and Maurine, with a humble and grateful heart I thank you for your inspired and inspiring message. You must be so very close to the Spirit. As I listen and read your weekly podcast I don't feel so alone in my faith or in my home. Your messages are soothing. They are also faith promoting. I love the daily articles and keep several as they serve specific needs in my or my children's lives. There are many other resources which are very meaningful but your voices, research, and testifying words give me hope and strength to continue living the gospel the best I can. With all my heart, thank you.

Jodi Augustine-EvansApril 2, 2020

We are blessed to be apart of a church that is always preparing and encouraging us all to do the same. Thank you for this article.

BretApril 2, 2020

That is one cool song.

DilannApril 2, 2020

I am still crying. I know this is true. I am so thankful I have the gospel in my life. This has inspired me to ask several nonmembers to watch General Conference this weekend. Thank you Michael.

Helmut WorleApril 2, 2020

What's interesting to me is that the warnings about the storage of food and other necessities, which we had received many years ago, were largely, not universally, neglected ... up until very recently. Now, many people wish they had heeded the prophets earlier. I'm not excepting myself. I, too, could have been better prepared.

MaryannApril 2, 2020

While I appreciate the reminder of the importance of apologizing, I must also state that humility is an attribute I recognize all the time in my family and also my ward family. I am grateful for that. I wonder if their is a little bit too much generalization in this article.

Jane R.April 2, 2020

Were Joseph and Hyrum together in liberty jail? I think they were together in Carthage hail but not in liberty jail.

JoAnn PhillipsApril 2, 2020

Thank you Maurine for using your beautiful gifts expressions to express my very feelings!

Brian S. HeathApril 2, 2020

Two young men knocked on my door in Banbury, England fifty five years ago and told me about Joseph Smith. My wife, Joy, and I were baptised in June1965 in the Hyde Park chapel in London. Our lives changed for the better. We have visited Nauvoo and Carthage and after all these years my testimony has never wavered, I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet called of God to restore the true church to the earth and that church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

AnitaApril 2, 2020

I love this! Going to look at harmonyharpist right now!

Harold RustApril 2, 2020

Incredibly insightful and timely article. This is the type of guidance we need to review every situation in which we might have an inclination on our own to declare “this must be the end of the world!” Who would have thought in 1833 that almost 200 years (so far) were yet to take place when wars, miracles, revelations, and temples everywhere would fill the history books of fulfilling prophesy. I still remember the talk by President Hinckley when he talked about being prepared for the last days.....and then went on to know there was still time left and the end was NOT immediately imminent. Thanks for our prophets.

Rob moyorApril 2, 2020

Thank you for being who you are and for developing such a profound connection to the Lord that you are able to teach so eloquently of His mission.

JaLeen MurphyApril 2, 2020

I learned so much from your article. Thank you for taking the time to share with us and providing more insight to this glorious restoration.

Ann Blake-TracyApril 2, 2020

Thank you! Absolutely beautiful! Never stop singing Michael because whether you realize it or not it is literally keeping you alive because of its healing affect upon the pineal gland - our connection to the spiritual. I am sorry you have suffered through so much. I had to leave Utah in 2005 because I could no longer bear to witness the destruction of so many members. I am grateful you survived your faith crisis. Congratulations!

Alece ReynoldsApril 1, 2020

Beautifully written, Maurine. I hadn’t noticed who the author was when I began to read it, but I was positive by the time I finished that you were the author!

Alec reynoldsApril 1, 2020

Beautiful song, my only change would be to the scene. The woods in upstate New York at this time of year are still brown and brittle . There is very little , if any greenery around the end of March, and even deep into April. Nearly all those who picture it for us miss this except Walter Rane. In a way, the brown and grey and rust with only tiny bits of green is so much more symbolic of what happened in the grove that day as the world awakened from ages of dark slumber to the beginning of light and newness of life and spiritual growth!

CamalaApril 1, 2020

Wow my children grew up listening to all of Michael's songs. Now as we prepare to have our first grandchild they too will be blessed by his music. This song is amazing and so is Michael's gift.

Pam RoderApril 1, 2020

I just loved this. Thank you so much for writing it. Easter at home this year- missing my Ward family together singing songs of praise and and the truly awesome gift of resurrection! This year, it will be quietly sung in my heart and am so grateful for His gift to us all.

Sterling BarrowApril 1, 2020

Excellent compilation of statements by our leaders regarding the covenant path. The first use of the exact term “ the covenant path“ is found in D Todd Christofferson‘s April 2009 General Conference talk titled The Power of Covenants. “In the covenant path we find a steady supply of gifts and help.“

Ruth A KingApril 1, 2020

And, just as an aside, look at that gorgeous signature!

pam morgan roderApril 1, 2020

This brought tears of joy! A heart connection of all of The Father's and the Son's special servants whom we love and admire. Thank you to whoever is responsible for this uplighting and inspiring video. I humbly offer my profound gratitude.

Kim HatchApril 1, 2020

Beautiful song and message and especially after your crisis of faith that you told of before... See God trusted you to come through and you did. Inspirational. Thank you for your music.

Harold RustApril 1, 2020

Great inspiration from a man whom I admire immensely because of his love of rare books and his dedicated generosity to share with the public an insight into those books and memos. He doesn't keep them locked up in a dark cave; rather, he makes them available for those like me who stop by every chance we get while visiting our family in Orem. Thanks, thanks.

Lucretia RodgersApril 1, 2020

That is beautiful beyond words. I still have chills after listening to this beautiful song. Thank you for magnifying your God given talent.

Debbie MartinApril 1, 2020

Thanks AGAIN Michael!!! I love your music. It has helped me through SO many things in my life for SO many years! Never stop! You're awesome. Thanks for sharing your talents to lift and bless so many lives - especially mine!

Vicki HintonApril 1, 2020

What a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing it.

Elise HowellApril 1, 2020

While visiting the LaBrea Tar Pits in Southern California I observed skeletal remains of horses making any Book of Mormon mention of horses perfectly understandable,

Teresa SanofskyApril 1, 2020

Well done! The numbers are fascinating and the graphs make them easy to understand.  Studying this comprehensive look at trending topics in conference talks and pondering the implications is another way I'll prepare for conference.  Thank you!

Eileen McIntyreApril 1, 2020

I love Michael McLean's music. He has such a wonderful talent and this song - music and words - is so beautiful.

Kit GalliniApril 1, 2020

Thank you for such a wonderful and uplifting story to start my day. I truly appreciate your words and sharing the letter. It is a great reminder of faith and true joy, regardless of the present or future circumstances we find ourselves facing. How wonderful it is to know Our Father lives and guides us always!

Bayard MyersApril 1, 2020

This article may prove to literally be a life saver, God willing... Thanks so very much for being so kind and thoughtful and acting on the inspiration to compose and share such wonderful insights! Very much needed at this very moment...

Aurora BallestrinMarch 31, 2020

That was so beautiful it sent shivers up my spine. Thank you for having the spirit with you to produce such an amazing testimony of the Restoration.

KathrynMarch 31, 2020

Have followed you since Joy School years. Now enjoying your ideas for grandparents. Would love to see the picture of your family tree that you wrote about in article #9. Keep up the good work. Kathryn

Forrest Phelps-CookMarch 31, 2020

Touched me so deeply and brought me to tears. I am so very thankful for Joseph Smith and for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Joseph ShumwayMarch 31, 2020

I love this! Thanks for sharing

Curtis and Joanne HoehneMarch 31, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea on connecting with our children and grandchildren. We look forward to sharing our ancestor stories! We appreciate your keen insights and experiences. Seems like yesterday when we raised our young family on Joy School. Now they are being blessed by you again. Best wishes.

Marcia AndersonMarch 31, 2020

God BLESS Michael McClean . He has done it again! “Gentle”,.....”You’re Not Alone”,....and now “He Looked Up”...and so many more along the way. Michael’s music speaks straight to the heart and blesses and lifts all of us/. Thank you, dear friend.

ChadMarch 31, 2020

Who is the vocalist? Is that Jordan Bluth????

Joy ReeseMarch 31, 2020

I live alone so spent last Sunday a day of Fasting and Prayer by myself. I was blessed with the thought to spend my time writing the history about this particular Sunday (3/29/2020)and the corona virus. I told the story. I then ended my story with my testimony and sent it to my family including my 8 grandchildren. I was so blessed and grateful.

Joy ReeseMarch 31, 2020

I do not usually make comments, but this article is beyond words, it touch me in so many ways. It gave me knowledge, understanding, hope and piece, I printed so I can read it again and again. Thank you so much.

Laurie PollardMarch 31, 2020

These are wonderful insights, Bill. Thank you for sharing your goodness and wisdom with us all at this tenuous time. There is much good that is, and will continue to, come out of this globally-shared trial! My best to you and your beautiful family.

kathleen mortensenMarch 31, 2020

I would love to see a photo of your family tree!

MaryKaren SolomonMarch 31, 2020

Richard and Karen, this is a great idea! And I’m going to get started on it now. I think this would be a lovely gift for my grandchildren.

MarthaMarch 31, 2020

Thanks so much for this.. I have been praying, asking for ideas that I can do for my 15 grandchildren , all of whom are living apart .. and I am isolated . Finding this article is an answer to my prayers. I can make stories about our ancestors for these precious grandchildren. I will look back and read your earlier articles as well, thank you.... could you let us see a picture of your family tree that you described ?

John B. HewlettMarch 31, 2020

Extraordinary article. Perfect for our times, and a very inspired commentary and essay that should be shared with everyone in our spheres of influence. Thank you

Lee GrobergMarch 31, 2020

One of the finest articles for our uncertain times. I was very impressed and will share this with other family members. Thanks William!

Marie ButcherMarch 31, 2020

Beautiful and inspiring. I hope this will be on a CD too so I can buy it.

ShellyMarch 31, 2020

Beautifully expressed! So vital to understand! Thank you.

Larry SmithMarch 31, 2020

Wow, is all I can say. Powerful yet inspiring. I love how you have adapted to the style of music so familiar to youth today. Truly inspirational. Thank you!

ScottMarch 31, 2020

Great article that to me is also a missionary tool as it demonstrates this is a true and accurate restoration of the Gospel and the similar influences of that Gospel and the Lord's presence in both dispensations. Two other parallels I've always noticed: 1. During both dispensations with the Gospel present in the world - unbelievable technological growth, advances in culture, thought, the world influences of the Roman Empire and the United States. 2. The geographical parallels between the Holy Land and Utah.

Mary LMarch 31, 2020

Well researched, but growing up in the area that sap run for maple sugar feels like “late winter” not “early spring”. I can’t imaging young Joseph kneeling in 2 feet of snow to pray. Regardless of what the calendar says, early spring is when the snow is gone and the leaves are coming out. I think the true date would be late April or even early May. That would be worth exploring.

MaryannMarch 31, 2020

This song was very popular when I was a teen. I can't watch this video without tears--very powerful. No matter what happens in our lives, we can take comfort in the fact that our Savior loves us and holds us in the palm of his hand.

MaryannMarch 31, 2020

On fast Sunday as I knelt to pray, I had a profound sense of "being of one heart" with Saints around the world. I knew that millions of us were lifting up our voices to the Lord in unity as we followed President Nelson's request for a special fast. I am grateful he outlined the purpose of the fast so clearly for us. I was filled with a spirit of joy in following our Prophet, and I felt the spirit consecrate my words for a holy purpose. It was such a sacred occasion for me. In the midst of my fears and stress, I cling to these blessings. I am also so grateful to the Lord for the Holy Priesthood and the blessing of being able to partake of the Sacrament and worship on the Sabbath in our homes. Our home Sacrament Meetings are getting better each week! How grateful I am that the Lord has prepared us for these difficult times. It is a powerful reminder of His great love for us.

PhyllisMarch 30, 2020

Love it!

Shelley MerrillMarch 30, 2020

To merely say that the Spirit overwhelmed me as I listened to this beautiful song would be a gross understatement. Absolutely beautiful and soul stirring.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 30, 2020

This is so uplifting. I think I have a different perspective now.

AngelaMarch 30, 2020

Beautiful. Thank you for this. It was just what I needed to read today. ❤️

Mary Helen ParsonsMarch 30, 2020

What a wonderful way to express oneself. Thanks,Michael. Music is what brings the spirit o me.

Jane HalesMarch 30, 2020

Thank you. It is a simply beautiful description of that amazing place and event.

AdrienneMarch 30, 2020

Excellent writing. The work we do in recovery will often reveal the pattern of redemption always in progress in the world around us. Art imitates life. Brilliant piece! Thank you for writing it!

Blake GarsideMarch 30, 2020

Kerry, First off, thank you for this inspirational article on what President Joseph F. Smith, regarded "the Frist Vision as the most significant historical event since the Savior’s resurrection" I really enjoyed reading your book on the 9 accounts of the First Vision and found them ALL fascinating with a NEW found perspective. However, the most touching and heartwarming part of your article was the reference of Heavenly Father touching the eyes of Young Joseph !! What an intimate moment for not only Joseph but for me personally, I keep thinking in my mind from your book, this article, and General Conference, MANY WILL COME TO KNOW BROTHER JOSEPH AGAIN !! Thank you.

Pamela RoderMarch 30, 2020

Thank you Dr. Muhlestein for your wonderful and enlightening perspective on Bro. Joseph. It personally resonated with my heart! Your comparisons were inspired and I saw more clearly in a way I'd not thought of. I always enjoy your Education Week lectures and certainly enjoy your books! Many thanks!

CarlMarch 30, 2020

This is SO beautiful!!!

Becky SMarch 30, 2020

Our prayers and love are with all the missionaries and families. So sorry.

PMMarch 30, 2020

Thank you, it has been to long. Your music and you always touch my soul's heart.

Mary B.March 30, 2020

This was a great article. We used it as part of our worship yesterday. Thank you!

Alisi I FiliagaMarch 30, 2020

Deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Elder Ramírez who have witnessed his valuable contribution among those whose lives he touched.

Alisi I FiliagaMarch 30, 2020

Love thy lyrics and music, your gift reflects on this historic event. A history that brought hope and light to me personally. My faith and testimony has strengthened by the Smith family and especially by the prophet Joseph Smith, I can't wait to thank him personally for his sacrifice! Again thank you for the music!

AliceMarch 30, 2020

Loved this upbeat take on our new circumstances.

Shelley S.March 30, 2020

Beautiful song and beautiful testimony of the Restoration! Thank you for sharing this with the world!

DianeMarch 30, 2020

Beautiful!!!!! So inspiring and insightful.

Ann CapelMarch 30, 2020

Very powerful and beautiful! Thank you.

HelenMarch 30, 2020

The physicality of this sacred event is so important. As I discuss Latter Day Saint theology with my Trinitarian friends I am so mindful of and grateful for it.

HelenMarch 30, 2020

Many thanks for your courageous service and your hope-filled words.

Lovisa LymanMarch 30, 2020

Thank you for your kind words about our Chinese brothers and sisters. I, too, had the privilege of teaching in China and grew to love my students. When I hear the Chinese maligned it hurts my heart.

Julie CookMarch 30, 2020

What a wonderful message! Looking up! Music...powerful songs like this indeed help me to look up and to remember the witness born to my heart of Gods love.

Lynda WrightMarch 30, 2020

WOW I used to listen to Bridge Over Troubled Waters all the time it’s amazing to tie this song to these latter days I look forward to Jesus Christ’s coming and living with him once again in peace and glory amazing tying Song to scriptures

Sara GrovesMarch 30, 2020

Dan Guasp, I think you missed part of that sentence... the gap was basemen Nephi and Jacob, AND King Benjamin! Go back and read that sentence and see if you agree!

LaRae WilsonMarch 29, 2020

Having visited that area in the spring the last two years, I have become aware that depictions of the First Vision, though beautiful, show a green grove and light filtering through leaves on trees. This is how most of us experience the Sacred Grove, as we typically go there in the summer. However, deciduous trees in that area do not have leaves until May. I look forward to depictions that more accurately reflect the grove Joseph entered on an early spring morning. The illustrations in this article for the sugaring process are guides we can all use to create a more accurate setting in our own minds.

Janie BrayMarch 29, 2020

Thanks for sharing this. In these times of uncertainty, the one true thing we can hold fast to are our testimony , and you have certainly bolstered up many with your article. Hugs

JanMarch 29, 2020

I have not read all the versions so your article has set off an alarm in my soul to become more educated about this vital event. I loved the last part about God touching his eyes. Such a tender moment. As a parent, grandparent and great-grandparent, there is nothing like a loving touch, either giving or receiving. It brought to mind 3Nephi when the Savior blessed the children, one by one. My family and I have discussed how it would feel and how it will feel to have His arms around us. I look forward to reading your book.

DJMarch 29, 2020

I had never considered a comparison such as you have- very insightful. Thanks for sharing.

Sherry ScoffieldMarch 29, 2020

This article touched me deeply. As we were asked to study the restoration of the Gospel and the First Vision in depth before conference, you have brought new understanding to what I know to be true. Thank you so much

Frances DalleyMarch 29, 2020

This was such an important explanation of the vineyard and the Lord's work with each of us. Sometimes we think we are doing all the work, but I am witness to all the work He has done with me; I give any and all growth to Him.

Sandy KellyMarch 29, 2020

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how blessed we are to have a living Prophet.

Bruce NormanMarch 29, 2020

I am an ordinance worker in the Logan Temple. A few had been asked to officiate in 3 live endowments on March 26th. As the temple was closing for the evening on Wednesday March 25th, the temple president sent out the directive from President Nelson that all temples worldwide are closed effective immediately. I had been looking forward to privately celebrating the First Vision the following day. When I read this message it was a shock to my entire soul. Two hundred years to the day after Joseph's vision, and now the temples are closed. I think President Nelson, and Joseph, and heavenly hosts must have wept as I. Satan must be jumping with delight. But little does he know we are in no way down and out. The faithful will return with a vengence ... this is only a timeout. We will soon be back in the game to win it, and the score will be amazing.

Tony FordMarch 29, 2020

Thank you that has been a wo fearful Sabbath day message for Jeanette and I to share here in Nottingham, England, it has inspired us and we will pass it on

A. BinghamMarch 29, 2020

The Christian movie, War Room, depicts many of the teachings of 2 Nephi 28 perfectly. Highly recommended.

RachelMarch 29, 2020

What a beautiful and special experience you were finally given As well as a beautiful realization you came to afterwards. I loved that. Thank you so much for sharing.

Steve HillMarch 28, 2020

Thank you for this article. I do not live in the USA, and our government has adopted a semi-totalitarian approach for handling of the coronavirus situation. It has yet to be a week since he strictest measures were put in place, and cracks are showing, with many becoming very frustrated. Severe consequences await anyone who does not follow the protocols in place, but neither is there any mention of strengthening one's immune system.

Faith RalphsMarch 28, 2020

Such a pertinent and enlightening article, thank you Brother Muhlestein! I especially find hope in the comparison with the last days, and the touching story at the end.

ScottMarch 28, 2020

Oh, my goodness. Where to begin? Those commenters citing the need for leaves on the trees because that's how it's depicted in the church films, you obviously have never heard of poetic license. Think of the temple films with different actors portraying the same roles in different ways. Which one is correct, or are they all together wrong? And for the person thinking that leaves were necessary in order to not be seen, do you really think that God times his interactions with mortals to coincide with whether He will be seen or not? "With God, all things are possible," even making what would be visible to one invisible to another. The research that the author has done, though compelling, doesn't necessarily mean that March 26, 1820 was indisputably the date, but the arguments that have been put forth by the commenters are really, um..., silly.

MychelleMarch 28, 2020

I loved this! It was so uplifting and encouraging! Thank you so much! I wish there was a way I could share your whole article (if there is, I don't know how)!

LynetteMarch 27, 2020

Very sweet and tender if that last story is true. Thank you for sharing it.

JulieMarch 27, 2020

What a lovely article. Especially as we, as a church, are celebrating the first vision. I appreciate your insight into some lesdons frim the first vision that we can apply in our lives. I'm sorry you didn't get to give your lecture, but thank you for sharing your wonderful learning

Dan GuaspMarch 27, 2020

These 4 books come after Jacob not in the gap between Nephi and Jacob or did I miss you intent.

Paula BryantMarch 27, 2020

I would ditto everyone's comments. AND I truly believe this new arrangement should be in our upcoming HYMN book to be released next year. Just wonderful!!! Thank you.

Judy E AmarMarch 27, 2020

Thank for for sharing your personal views of the first visit. I found them very inspiring and enlightening. Gave me a lot o food for thought! Loved it.

GTOMarch 27, 2020

We just watched Heart of Africa. Not for kids, but for older teens and adults, it's one of the best films I've ever seen, especially among LDS films. Stunning.

Kay RookhuyzenMarch 27, 2020

This as a fascinating insight! Thank you so much!

Becky DouglasMarch 27, 2020

Wow-I'd never heard this quote from Brigham Young. What a powerful quote! And so perfectly germane to our current situation! Thanks for sharing!

Barbara Van MarenMarch 26, 2020

Great article! I have been trying to think of topics to teach my Primary Girls activity nights and when we get back to meeting again I will work on :Life Skills". Thanks!

MaryannMarch 26, 2020

This article is a beautiful reminder that we need to focus on hope and peace in our Savior, and to have a positive perspective. President Nelson's past counsel that we should all take our vitamins has added meaning now! I, too, am so grateful that he is our Prophet and I have faith that if we follow his counsel we will be blessed and more prepared, come what may.

Bob SpielMarch 26, 2020

Amazing how the Lord uses dates. March 26, 1830 was the date the Book of Mormon was released for sale. That adds another reason to give credence to this date for the First Vision.

Paul HMarch 26, 2020

We should be grateful we don't know the exact day, at least from the Prophet Joseph Smith's accounts. President Hinckley said he did not know the exact location in the Sacred Grove where the First Vision occurred, but that if he did he "wouldn't tell anybody." He said people would want to make a shrine at that location. There used to be a number at the base of the older trees that I once noticed when visiting the Sacred Grove and on a subsequent visit the tags were gone. I inquired why they were removed and was told that people could look up the information about the age of the tree according to the tag number and that became unfortunately a distraction and a focus for visitors. So they removed them. I've observed how when someone thinks something looks like or reminds them of an event they immediately start to tell everyone, seeking for ratification, and then it spawns into a shrine and many persons suddenly have to see it too. Thank heavens we don't know the exact day---can you imagine the clutter that would encumber such a day as we move down the road to now 200 years of restored history? I have no need to know the exact day or the exact location within the many trees where the event occurred---what I need is the Spirit testifying that the even indeed took place. Speculation is fine; not condemning research and a well-written article, but don't want it to become a distraction to worship. It does however reinforce the event, though. Thanks for that.

Lynn CoulamMarch 26, 2020

Wow! Thank you to those who put this together. What an uplifting message for these times. Looking forward to more messages of truth and faith next week.

JerrilynMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful testimony Anne! I can feel how sacred it is to you and your sharing it will touch and bless many lives.

chuck dewittMarch 26, 2020

We can sing, Oh How Lovely was the Morning, with greater understanding. Thanks for this timely testimony

KaryMarch 26, 2020

If it really was 26 March, then those paintings of a green, leafy grove are incorrect. I was in the Sacred Grove on 2 April 2014, and there was not a leaf to be seen anywhere. We drove from Rochester, NY, to Palmyra, to Ithaca, NY (and then home to Colorado), and spring was not in evidence anywhere in the Northeast. I was thinking of Joseph's experience as we traveled, and that there would have been very little privacy in that grove in late March. It was all bare branches and you could see all the way through the undergrowth. Maybe these men need a field trip to the grove next March.

Frank PierceMarch 26, 2020

I didn't really have much concern over it until the Church started to close temples and especially when General Conference was postponed and the venue for it changed. The Prophet and Church leadership is taking it seriously enough to shut down essential Church tasks, such as missionary and temple work. Kind of like a joke we had in the Army: If you see an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist running, you better be running too! I'm glad that we have our year supply saved up and our finances in compliance with our leaders advise!

Mary Ann KershisnikMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing, Ann!!!!!

Dan BellMarch 26, 2020

What a touching, wonderful testimony that so many of us can relate to. We knew it all along, but just didn't know it... Thank you.

RobynMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing. Your experience helped me understand something I have experienced but hadn't quite recognized fully.

Haze KompelienMarch 26, 2020

The series "The Chosen" is such a wonderful way to present the New Testament in a different way to our families. I highly recommend it. DryBar Comedy is so refreshing and so funny. It is good to laugh anytime, but especially now.

ShaunaMarch 26, 2020

What a beautiful testimony of your journey! Thank you for sharing it with us!

David Wayne Toone you may call me DaveMarch 26, 2020

I loved your article… Found it most interesting… You have left “no stone unturned”! My first question when you started talking about “sugaring” was: “what does maple syrup/sugar have to do with the day/date of the first vision? Nearly everything! I grew up on a fairly large farm at the time in Magna, I know what hard work is required when harvest time is on… I am retired from the Navy civil service where I had the privilege as an aerospace engineer in the production of the trident missile. Had no idea about the production of maple sugar! I believe your date is correct!! Thank you for the effort/work that you have done. I am very pleased to have read your article on this very significant anniversary day in our church history!

Tom NibleyMarch 26, 2020

This reminds me of the way Brigham Young lived his life, and taught that we should also. Here is a quote of his from the Journal of Discourses: You who have surplus flour hoarded up, give it to the poor, and say that you will trust in God. The first year that I came into this valley I had not flour enough to last my family until harvest, and that I had brought with me, and persons were coming to my house every day for bread. I had the blues about one day; I went down to the old fort, and by the time I got back to my house I was completely cured. I said to my wife, “Do not let a person come here for food and go away empty handed, for if you do we shall suffer before harvest; but if you give to every individual that comes we shall have enough to last us through.” I have proven this many a time, and we have again proven it this year. I have plenty on hand, and shall have plenty, if I keep giving away. More than two hundred persons eat from my provisions every day, besides my own family and those who work for [me.] I intend to keep doing so, that my bread may hold out, for if I do not I shall come short. Do you believe that principle? I know it is true, because I have proven it so many times. (JD 3:332-333)

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Juidth GrimesMarch 26, 2020

When I first read this article or its predecessor on 2002 I was intrigued as to why that Sunday, why the 26 March 1820. The above article discusses in depth as to how it possibly happened to be that day but not why. May I suggest why. Christ returned and began instructing Joseph Smith how to prepare the world for the day He arrives back on earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His Father acknowledged the significance of that First Vision by introducing His Son to Joseph Smith possibly on the very day He is acknowledged in all Christendom as their Savior and King. What a perfect day and how significant it would be if the day of the Passover, Palm Sunday, which in 1820 was on 26 March, was the date of the First Vision of the Latter Days the very day 2000 odd years ago that he rode into Jerusalem as King of Kings and Lord of Lords as they laid palm leaves before him as he entered Jerusalem.

RaNae ShoafMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing your beautiful witness! You did the "spiritual work" as President Nelson has called it, and were remarkably dedicated to your quest. I loved it.

Becky WebbMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing this beautiful sacred experience.The gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed glorious!

CubbyMarch 25, 2020

Keep the anecdotes coming. I have done a lot of study on how to maximize learning potential and I understand the learning potential of the stories, parables, tales and more. There is a reason Jesus used them. They reach us on multiple levels. That is where the learning grows.

E SmithMarch 25, 2020

Living with someone with Asperger's is extremely hard. I keep the promises made in the temple in my mind. Some days, it is very hard and tears result.

MARILYNMarch 25, 2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful podcasts. They have truly enriched my study of Come Follow Me.

John CarpenterMarch 25, 2020

I am surprised that Llama and the Alpaca are not mentioned in this article. Many Europeans were at first confused with this animal thinking it was a type of horse until they realized it was closer to a camel than a horse. The llama (Lama glama) is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since the Pre-Columbian era. Llamas are very social animals and live with others as a herd. The Alpaca is often confused with, the llama. However, alpacas are often noticeably smaller than llamas and were usually found in the higher elevations of South America. The two animals are closely related and can successfully cross-breed.

DorothyMarch 25, 2020

Thank you for an outstanding lesson. I enjoy your podcasts but I prefer when you focus most on the doctrine and less lengthy anecdotes.

RichardMarch 25, 2020

Wonderful article! I have had so many similar experiences. Any one experience might be explained away, but when one looks at them collectively, it becomes undeniable that God's blessings are upon us when we keep his commandments.

S.E. McCrackenMarch 25, 2020

I would suggest that one read the book "America BC" by Barry Fell. A stone carving of a horses head was unearthed in Vermont (??? memory ?) dating back to early centuries of the 1st Millenium. There is also mention of a message carved in stone in New Mexico (once again memory??) detailing a group of Jews arriving from Europe, BC.

LindaMarch 25, 2020

Wonderful article. Thank you!

Karen W AustrawMarch 25, 2020

Thank you

Cynthia DeckerMarch 25, 2020

Just what I needed today! THANK YOU.

Paul RobertsMarch 25, 2020

In my interview with Ray Yowell A Shoshone Chief (See my self published book:"A Western Shoshone Warrior's Theology: Spiritual gifts, Prayer and the Sacredness of the Earth") he recalls his grandmother mentioning that they had horses in the distant past. I have read reports of native horses in Mexico that are smaller and different from the Spanish horses or English ponies and are still to be found in the back country. Their disappearance could have been a result of a pinch point in the genetics caused by limited numbers and gelding too many stallions so when a stresser like a drought, breeding numbers were too reduced for survival. The kind if horse human selected for useful work is not the same one that best survives in the wild.

JulieMarch 25, 2020

This is true because whatever you give the Lord he multiplies. Just like with the 5 loaves of bread and two fish God can do way more with our time, money and talents because he can multiply them through our sacrifice. I have found that one reason we give the Lord our sabbath days and keep it Holy is so he can increase holiness in us. It is a wonderful day of sanctification if we choose it.

GayeMarch 25, 2020

Becky, thank you for your wonderful testimony if the Lord's economy. I'm moved by your example and faith. You are an inspiration as evidenced by your work at Rising Star. Danny and David A are my nephews. You have been such a blessing in their lives. Thank you for loving the Lord's economy. May he bless you richly!

DTMarch 25, 2020

I love this! I love reading follow up to the Rising Star Outreach, after the Meridian Magazine campaign by Scot and Maurine Proctor. I love supporting Rising Star in a small way with every family purchase on smile.Amazon. (Did you know you can specify a charity to receive a small percentage of your purchase prices on Amazon? Go to smile.Amazon) This leprosy community is a very worthy cause. The Lord is mindful of the needy, and those righteous who seek to serve Him.

MargaretMarch 25, 2020

We have our house for sale in the middle of a pandemic! We close on our new home in 3 days with no offers on our home. I woke up very early this morning in panic mode. I felt a nudging from the spirit to pick up my phone and check my email. I found this article. As I read about your experiences in selling your homes, I was filled with the spirit of peace to go ahead with the purchase. I now know as I strive more diligently to keep His commandments and live His laws, the Lord will do the rest! Your article was an answer to my prayer. Thank you

DianeMarch 25, 2020

AWESOME!! This article brought tears to my eyes. I have long had the “simple” faith that the Lord honors those who honor Him, and I loved the experiences shared in this article!

Kathryn StonehockerMarch 25, 2020

I love this so much! Thank you for the courage to follow your conscience and for the courage to share your conviction and experience. I know this is a true principle.

jillMarch 24, 2020

A Very Moving Video..Played it many times Thankyou

Christie ButtersMarch 24, 2020

I’m a 63 yr old Nana. For the last few years I have been FaceTiming 8 grandchildren, one daughter, and a neighbor everyday reading the Book of Mormon. It has created a bond with my grandchildren that I didn’t think was possible. It takes about 15 to 20 mins a person, so you do the math. I start out talking about their day and sometimes they open up to me before their own parents about how they are navigating life. They range from 9 years to 35 yrs. It’s the best use of my time that I could ever imagine! It has been a great blessing to all of us, and a daily bond that will last into eternity!!!!!

Sister Angela CrosthwaitMarch 24, 2020

I haven't seenmy daughter or her family for 12 years, am so sad but I am here for them. I live my life for them and the granddaughters causeI know things will get better in the future. I am 75, my Marie is 35. I believe your advice will help. My both grandparents set the pattern for me. My grandfather born in 1874, died in1944 when I was born was an orphan. My maternal grandparents came here in 1918 from England leaving parents and 11 siblings after. W.w.I and WW II. My Dad left for France, (Irish) to become an artist after he was in WWII. He hadn't yetmaturedto the family . we are a family in the making - but other things grew in this sort-of family.. We grew into a new Canada, with founding two separate cultures (French and English) and one very wealthy and the other very poor and, because of our circumstances helped to separate the two cultures from becoming two solitudes.!! Now that is pretty intricate but family being held back from evolving. Thank God we met the elders who brought us to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Sister Angela CrosthwaitMarch 24, 2020

I love your idea, just read it now . I do need some help with my relationship with our daughter and her family. I say our daughter because her father and I are her parents. We were all baptized in the church in2000 and then sealed together in the temple. Hope to be in touch with you.

Bob PowelsonMarch 24, 2020

If this pause is too long there is going to be no economy to go back to. It certainly is not easy, but since I am in my 80s and retired I won't be going back to work. If I get the Covid virus it almost certain to be fatal. I don't like be confined to my home where I live alone. Its like being in prison in many ways. So I am a bad boy and I go out and about from time to time.

CynthiaMarch 24, 2020

Thank you for this well written article. I glory in the knowledge that we are guided by a living Prophet. Thank you for sharing your talent in writing. You did an awesome job!

Tommy StuartMarch 24, 2020

This touched my soul today. During this unusual adventure that we are experiencing this couldn't come at a better time. Thank you!

John P.March 24, 2020

Insightful and timely reminder! Thank you for pointing out the positive, functioning elements of American society and government.

AnnaMarch 24, 2020

This video brought me to tears. So precious.


It's specially deeply moving for me as it was my favorite song when I met the church and was baptised in1971 It helps me to deepen my testimony Thank you

Dianna HintzeMarch 24, 2020

We called ours "cousin camp"and it involved whole families and the grandparents. Hard to do now as they are so spread out and the great grandchildren are arriving. I have been most pleased with the closeness of the cousins. Of course the ones who live close are even closer but they all keep in constant touch with the help of todays technology and overcome the distance. For one on ones, for years the grandchildren who live closest receive a date with grandma as their birthday present. Love them all as a group but wonderful to get to spend one on one time with them.

Joy LundbergMarch 24, 2020

I love what you have done with these beautiful words. Your music is so tender and spiritual. It's a perfect fit. Really touched my heart. Thank you, Lynne!

VardellMarch 24, 2020

The focal point of Enos’ story is the same as that for Benjamins people and Alma– they all pled for and received a forgiveness of their sins. In these three accounts we have all the variations of humanity; we have the obedient people of Benjamin, the wicked Alma, and the mysterious Enos. All of them experienced a fearful recognition of their fallen situation. All of them pled for the mercy of Christ. All of them received an immediate remission of sins. So, given the consistency of these examples why is our understanding of the gospel so different? Why do we think the obedient should not feel fear? Benjamins people were the most righteous people to come out of Jerusalem and they felt fear. Why do we think we must perfect ourselves before we can be forgiven? The Lord forgave all of these people immediately, even the wicked Alma. He did not ask them to first perfect themselves. If pleading for mercy worked for them, why isn’t that fundamental in our LDS culture?

Marjorie HollandMarch 24, 2020

I hear him each and every day! This video was very faith promoting, thank you!

Linda and Richard EyreMarch 24, 2020

We welcome your comments on these weeks articles. Lets make this a kind of "forum" where grandparents can be in touch and give each other ideas and insights.

Norma LoveMarch 24, 2020

A video that all can connect with -to the heart.

Bonnie Hart MurrayMarch 24, 2020

I am not an expert, but from my observations, there are no unbiased news sources left. Therefore, in my humble opinion, we need to listen to what any person is saying, and observe the policies they are implementing, and see how their words and deeds line up with Constitutional principles and the principles of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is how I believe we can discern the truth in a time when the press and the politicians all seem to have obvious biases.

CharleneMarch 24, 2020

Thank you!! This is truely a masterpiece in my opinion! I can't share it fast enough.

Graig SmithMarch 24, 2020

I found this scholarly application of the founding documents and events of our democracy surprisingly relevant to today's Corona virus battle! Thank you!

Bruce FunkMarch 24, 2020

Just as the respect shown a Sunday School teacher is a microcosm of the respect we hold for parents, for the prophet and ultimately for the Savior and our Heavenly Father, so is the apparent inefficiency of our Republic and its system of checks and balances. This apparent political system inefficiency is actually witness to the greater efficiency of the rule of law and liberty in our lives. Chaos theory schools us in realizing that what looks like chaos on the surface is actually the result of many measured connections underneath and really is not uncontrolled or random at all. So, those who look only in a shallow manner at our system of push-me/pull-you politics and manner of making decisions will see what seems to be an unordered or random, uncaring interaction of non-connected governmental bodies. Can we do/be better? Oh, yes we can. Could we be more considerate and less selfish in our political motivations? Yes, we could. But it is only with a free-wheeling system unencumbered with central, seemingly-efficient, centralized decision-making that we can truly realize the benefit of a larger efficiency. In choosing to follow the Savior in a preexistent realm we chose this current existence of choice and seemingly random interactions because it was the right choice. We could see the benefit of choice over dictated behavior - that the larger efficiency of happy Eternal Life could only really be obtained with millions of interacting decisions on a much smaller scale. What a great privilege it is to live in a nation where we can most closely aspire to all levels of efficiency!

ChristaMarch 24, 2020

Wonderful thank you for sharing. I will need to read this often.

Gordon SlagleMarch 24, 2020

Very cute

John H OldroydMarch 23, 2020

Spot on, the Lord and the present situation are exactly how he blesses us, not punish but blesses us Having a Prophet to lead us through life's difficult problems God and we as a people know which way we are headed. Listening to the Prophet allows us to feel His influence in all ways.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 23, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. It is a very hard for many, many people, and President Nelson has given us peaceful counsel. Every day I thank Heavenly Father for our prophets. We are truly blessed.

Pauline HarryMarch 23, 2020

I LOVE the painting! It's AMAZING

Lisa MurphyMarch 23, 2020

Thank you. This makes so much sense. <3

G LeeMarch 23, 2020

What a great read! Yet another tender mercy knowing who was needed especially in these unsettling times.

J oldroydMarch 23, 2020

What about the youth who have requested mission service but have not yet received a call; or those about to it thei papers in?

Merlin FreiMarch 23, 2020

Thank you Sister Webb for a very informative and well-researched and written article. I am a Sunday School President and former CES Teacher. Your article helped me more fully understand these last few pages in the Small Plates. I shall share this with my Sunday School Teachers with the hope that it will give them depth and understanding also.

AspenMarch 23, 2020

“The submission of one’s will is placing on God’s altar the only uniquely personal thing one has to place there. The many other things we “give” are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when we finally submit ourselves by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, we will really be giving something to Him! It is the only possession which is truly ours to give. Consecration thus constitutes the only unconditional surrender which is also a total victory.” – Neal A. Maxwell, If Thou Endure It Well, pg. 54. May we all endure it well. Here's a great website I do my scripture study with and they have a corresponding article! Check it out :)

Sharee HughesMarch 23, 2020

President Nelson, is, indeed, a prophet prepared "for such a time as this."

AspenMarch 23, 2020

“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” -Joseph Smith, (History of the Church, 4:461.) I love how you said "p-r-o-f-i-t"! There truly is a great profit in reading the book of mormon. Each time I read I get added insight and guidance in my life. Here's another article with promises from prophets for reading the book of mormon.

Sue MasonMarch 23, 2020

Thank you so inspiring

Beagle Lover in the SouthMarch 23, 2020

"Be Still and know that I am God" - comes to mind. Why all this panic and needless worry?? you should have your food storage, some cash on hand and a month's savings - as we have been counseled to have for literally decades. If you are not quite there, don't stress about it. The Lord knows when we are trying to follow the Prophet and we're doing what we can with what we have. He also knows when we have disregarded Him. If you have not prepared, well get with it! Many more global events will happen before the Second Coming, count on it. No time like the present to follow the Prophet, start today. Keep the faith - we are pioneers in a modern world.

Laurel Lee PedersenMarch 23, 2020

Diana, I'm reading Don Bradley's "116 Pages" book right now and much of what he has to say correlates to these chapters. So interesting! Thanks for your insights and bringing others' insights together as well. Love knowing about the Hebrew ands and alls in the B of M as well.

Kenneth JacksonMarch 23, 2020

This is one of the most touching videos I have ever watched. Thank you.

Kevin RossMarch 22, 2020

Fantastic article! Will share this with my family.

Janelle BatesMarch 22, 2020

Hand him the new baby and take a well deserved nap.

Scot ProctorMarch 22, 2020

Living Scriptures now has it available to rent since its theatrical screening time was cut short.

Scot ProctorMarch 22, 2020

I believe you can rent it on Living Scriptures.

Jeff JacobsMarch 22, 2020

I feel that the President's advance forecasts of this Conference being historic were prophetic and fulfilled already. It's already remarkable and hasn't even started yet! I can hardly wait for the real thing to begin!

RubyMarch 22, 2020

First of all I love love love these podcasts they bring such an awesome prospective into my life, but is there a way that you can have a more readily pause button to click on beside scrolling up to the top of the podcast and lose your place while reading along to pause the podcast so I can write or discussed important information at the bottom or top of the screen in a tool bar setting?

Toni LyonsMarch 22, 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful and inspirational podcast. I really believe that we must be specific in our prayers. Thank you also for all you do.

LaWren BoothMarch 22, 2020

This version captures the sanctity of the event much better! This should replace the version in the old hymn book! Thank you.

Charles DefranchiMarch 22, 2020

Dear Scot, dear Maurine, We have been "distant" friends for more than two decades, and this friendship, as well as the regular reading of your magazine and meaningful exchanges with some of your writers, helped me to deal with many personal challenges over the years, including overcoming an illness that could have been fatal without the Lord's miraculous intervention. Once more, listening to your podcast - and reading the text attached to it - greatly contributed to providing me with hope and vision in this time of prolonged confinement, where, as former French President Jacques Chirac once said, "problems tend to come to you in squadrons."

Vivian and Bill RogersMarch 22, 2020

Thank you -- as usual you are there when we need you. Your stories brought memories of God's goodness and blessings and love. We love you, and know that God is still in charge and loving all of His children.

Debra MackMarch 22, 2020

You guys are really something special. Thank you

DeNile WilliamsMarch 21, 2020

This is after this article appeared, but I feel compelled to raise my voice its behalf. Because of the Coronavirus, the movie houses were shut down thus preventing the film to be shown. It was advertised on LDS Scriptures to buy or rent. I rented it on viewed it March 20, 2020. I was moved to tears in parts of it. It was superbly done and told a story about those people and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love it and thank you for peaking my interest to check it out when I had the opportunity. DWilliams

Carol AnnMarch 21, 2020

Thank you both! That was truly inspirational.

Diane IrwinMarch 21, 2020

What a wonderful podcast. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! Miracles DO happen! This was a great reminder and testimony of that. And we are blessed to have the gospel in our lives. I believe that President Nelson is the living prophet for the world today!

Claudette McClellan RaylMarch 21, 2020

Maurine, I was so surprised to see your telling of the story of MY second great grandfather, James McClellan. My birth name is McClellan. I have known that story all my life. This means we are cousins. I wonder which of James McClellan's children you come through? I come directly from William Carroll McClellan, James oldest son.

Chuck SanfordMarch 21, 2020

It is also amazing that three years ago Pres. Thomas S. Monson, a prophet, asked us a question in conference: "Are You Prepared?" I started storing food to help my children/families, one of my grand-daughters/family, and my great- grandchildren. Today I am able to assist them because of a prophets' guidance. This is certainly not the only time He has watched out for me and mine (I'm 70 yo). I am so grateful.

CecileMarch 21, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your faith promoting experiences. A message of hope and encouragement for u all. I love Meridian magazine ,all the news and positive posts, your podcasts are awesome. Bless you for all the good you do.

ColleenMarch 21, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful, comforting, and entertaining podcast. Now I can get up and face the day.

CarolynMarch 21, 2020

Excellent article. Thank you.

Sharon HowardMarch 21, 2020

A dear friend of my husband’s recently passed away and left him a number of choice books. Among them was the “ AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF PARLEY P PRATT”. I have been reading it these last few days and have been so touched by the great intellect, sacrifice, and faith of this amazing Apostle of the Lord. His great granddaughter lives in my ward. She and her husband Vilo and Gurcharan Gill were the first Mission Presidents to India. I was reading the new faith filled podcast with last book by my side and opened it to page 363 I started to cry, what a stunning photograph through a small broken window. What a miracle . The Lord does hear and answer our heart felt prayers. Everyone needs to read this book. So beautifully done . Thank you for increasing my Testimony during these trying times . Love all the Podcasts.

JaneMarch 21, 2020

Thank you for this timely and calming podcast. It's just what I needed to hear right now. I am prepared and I know I shouldn't fear, but those little doubts just seem to creep in. I'm not going to let them creep any longer. My faith will kick them out :). Thank you for your wonderful examples.

GregMarch 21, 2020

is it on a streaming service?

Mark DonaldsonMarch 21, 2020


GrammyMarch 20, 2020

These are great ideas for families. Could you give some ideas for seniors who are isolated from families because of age and illnesses?

LAURA BAXTERMarch 20, 2020

Would Love to See this Movie and come to understand Africa Better! Here in Canada- what are the opportunities to view it ?

Andrew j CurrieMarch 20, 2020

This is history as it should be written and taught in schools. It is the nobility of men and women in the most trying of circumstances that nurtures interest and encourages noble virtues in the hearts of students. Too much time is spent in school denigrating the actions and motives of a few and memorizing dates and places rather than encouraging the great potential in each student. If stories such as this were shared, would bullying others be such a problem in today's schools?

Susie CraneMarch 20, 2020

Thank you for your insights. They really helped me understand the allegory of the Olive Tree better.

Bob SeegmillerMarch 20, 2020

Um, as a resident of the “ring of fire”, “earthquakes in diverse places” has a more pedestrian quality to it for most of us. The small to moderate ones are good, releasing tension in the accumulated stress of the plates of the earth. We notice them, comment to those nearby, and help calm nervous newbies to the area. Without earth movement, we wouldn’t have our continents, our mountains, our valleys, our plains, the spectacular layers of sedimentation exposed as they are in places, nor would we have rivers, waterfalls, bays, and shorelines. The earth is a pretty incredible place, as is our place around our beautiful star, the sun, our neighboring and familiar planets, and all those stars and galaxies. The bigger earthquakes? Inevitable, but being prepared helps. While not wanting to downplay too much the awe over the your local and mostly quiet Wasatch Fault, earthquakes are nonetheless only one more bit of evidence in the world, from green plants, oxygen in our atmosphere, to mountains, clouds, air movement, weather, that this is a truly remarkable creation we live in.

GrandpaMarch 20, 2020

Kindly and respectfully, I feel this woman is thinking only of her own needs.

Ronnie Aubrey-BrayMarch 20, 2020

Interesting how earthquakes close to one's home turn some minds to the end times, but the daily reports of earthquakes across the earth do not do the same. Worrying about the Parousia is fruitless unless it leads us to conform our lives to the Saviour's. The Lord will come when God will is. The requirements mentioned by Joseph have not yet been fulfilled. “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” With joy and anticipation the Saints look forward to that great day, but foir now we have work to do.

Alyn MitchellMarch 20, 2020

I love this article. Thank you! There is a peace in being 'stuck' at home. Enjoy:)

Cynthia AbbottMarch 20, 2020

This is a beatiful account of heroism during the Civil War. However, you have the date as December 1832. I guess you meant 1862. I had a great-great grandfather who survived Gettysburg. As an elderly man he lived in my grandfather's home when my grandfather and his siblings were small. They could all relate the tales he had told them about the battles he witnessed and he showed them his five scars he had from the war. His first cousin died at Chancelorsville. Such a tragic war.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 19, 2020

So beautiful and spiritual. Thank you for sharing this.

Dorothy SMarch 19, 2020

The Battle of Fredericksburg took place in 1862, not 1832 as mentioned in the very excellent article.

Raechelle BennettMarch 19, 2020

I agree with the comments as well. I see no harm done. The link to families is so strong. I do believe in the three of them reuniting as a family is something that would please our Heavenly Father. I also believe the adversary will do anything he can to destroy families. In this case, I feel the LW, though hurt because of the way the step daughter handled the meeting, should remember to have love in her heart for her husband's past family as well. We are all brothers and sisters of our loving Heavenly Father and He expects us to to remember the deeper meaning of love and family, and certainly forgiveness and acceptance for things we cannot always control. As I ponder how this event was done while the LW was away, I can only feel perhaps it was done that way to avoid hard answers and hard feelings if the LW protested it. This was important closure for his daughter; she's preserving her family memory and history. I see no harm done. Love one another, as the Lord loves each one of us.

Jan KuesterMarch 19, 2020

Thank you Anne, I really needed to see, hear and feel your words. They are wisdom and love just at the time when I needed them. :-)

Debra CoeMarch 19, 2020

This is so beautiful! Thank you Lynne! It did cause me to hear the words with new and deep meaning.

David PerryMarch 19, 2020

Very inspiring to hear the sisters singing about this event. Lovely harmonies,lovely spirit! Thank you.

Marlon SmithMarch 19, 2020

How very beautiful is this new arrangement of that familiar hymn we have grown to love for so many years!

Bonnie Hart MurrayMarch 19, 2020

This is one of my all-time favorite musical numbers to perform! I've accompanied my daughters, and granddaughter, and a wonderful trio of women in my ward in performing this number on several different occasions. (Sacrament Meetings and a Relief Society lesson.) It is one of the most sublime and heavenly settings for these words imaginable! It certainly transports the listener to a higher level.

Elaine LitsterMarch 19, 2020

This is a beautiful treatment of these beloved lyrics. As the harmonies supported, "Joseph, this is my beloved..." the spirit was so evident. This is truly a gentle, inspired composition. Thank you.

CynthiaMarch 19, 2020

Thank you, Maurine, for your beautiful, inspiring words that hit the heart in these troubled times. I, too, feel to make the most and best of it!

K-Lynn PaulMarch 19, 2020

In the late 1950's we were instructed to set a baptismal date on the first lesson. I did one time when I felt the spirit and he was baptized then and I suppose I did it a few more times, but many of us did not. I recall one time when a non-member husband agreed after years to listen to the missionaries. I said to my senior companion that this is one case where we should not try to set a baptismal date on the first lesson, but he didn't listen to me and spent 5 minutes hammering on this poor man trying with high pressure tactics to get him to commit to a baptismal date in a few weeks. The man resisted and of course never let us back. I was not surprised that many members were afraid to refer their friends to the missionaries.

Cathy GaddMarch 19, 2020

I love this idea. I wondered about logistics, such as, do you have other adults helping you? Does the Grammie camp go for 2 weeks? How do you handle meals? Are these details covered in your book "Grandmothering"? I'm planning on buying the book. Thank you for these wonderful articles on Grandparenting !!

Ruth JamiesonMarch 19, 2020

It sounds like angels!

AspenMarch 19, 2020

Another powerful defense is charity. It is literally a shield of faith. Moroni 7:45 “And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Charity is a premium defense. It blocks all kinds of attacks from getting inside our armor. Our mind is clean and clear, our shields deflect careless friendly-fire (ie. ignoring simple criticisms with a Godly perspective), our armor is strong, and we are prepared for spiritual warfare.

BecomingBraveMarch 19, 2020

I am the one who submitted this question. Thank you, Dr. Steurer, for sharing your knowledge and wisdom. I truly appreciate your counsel and questions for me - they have been very valuable. You have shared many things that I had not thought about previously which will help my decision process along the way. It's just what I needed to bring some clarity into my situation. And thank you for your generous service in helping people each week in their struggles. I want to also thank those who left comments. Your kind and honest thoughts have also been very helpful and have given me much to ponder during this decision process.

DeAnna MurphyMarch 19, 2020

As I read your words today, Maurine, I found myself reflecting on Sheri Dew's recent comments about the feeling of grief and loss evoked by this present challenge. The pain it is everywhere. It's in people's faces. There is sadness, worry, disappointment, and fear. It is easy to get lost in such emotions, particularly when the entire world is swimming in them. Your article pointed me toward Alma's comforting words, "And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thirst; yea, and he also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ. Now this was according to the prayer of Alma: and this because he prayed in faith" (Alma 31:38). Your words today brought the same sweet comfort of the Spirit - and reminded me that now, more than ever, we all really are connected - strangely by a new common global enemy, and by the One hope we can all count on to find peace. Thanks for reminding us all that we have the power to shape how this event will shape us!

JennieMarch 19, 2020

I have a great love for genealogy. I have known for years that we as Church members currently have the records available to double the size of the family search database, if only we would devote some serious time to doing so. We have that time available to us now. Will you index a little and group records into families, even if your lines seem to be done. You can help prepare the Italian records by indexing them. We are greatly blessed to be given the chance to host those government records on familysearch. There are about 250 million people in them waiting for us to index and research. Please join us if you are home. I can promise you will feel the Spirit and receive grace to aid you.

Chris HowellMarch 19, 2020

Such a perspective, such words of encouragement. Let us go forward with faith. It’s a wonderful time to be alive.

IanetaMarch 19, 2020

I love this! Thank you President Nelson . We love and sustain you!

Dan GuaspMarch 18, 2020

While the story of Sherem was very important and served a good point to the people then and to future generations. Bare this in mind though, it was not that Jacob included the story, Mormons abridgement did.

Bar-Bar-AhmanMarch 18, 2020

As the old organizations were being taken over by those who are ashamed of having partaken of the Fruit of the Tree Life, these unashamed folks started a new organization, where they are free to stand firm before the mocking and pointing fingers of those in the great and spacious building.

LarryMarch 18, 2020

It never ceases to touch me when someone like this forgets himself and gives service to his fellow beings, in spite of the danger. Bless his memory.

Pattie SMarch 18, 2020

Your story placed in my mind the terrible tragedy of the Civil War and the relentless wages of war. I felt I was there with Kirkland as he administered to the wounded and dying. It amazes me how one, just one, can be such a tremendous impact on those around them. Very well written article. Thank you

Dorica Glassford RobertsonMarch 18, 2020

Such noble drsires and selfless acts surely deserve to be emulated in this present time! We can learn much from them!

Diane CMarch 18, 2020

Having walked that battlefield, I know the reverence that still pervades the grassy knolls. Such sadness filled my soul and tears filled my eyes. The rest of the story includes the farmers and townspeople who suffered for months afterward because of disease that seeped into their water sources. Great sorrow. Great suffering.

Barbara WalkerMarch 18, 2020

My husband and I visited this site and were astounded that such a battle went on as long as it did. It reminds me of the final battle between the Nephites and Lamanites, how they fought until the last man was gone. So, so sad and so futile. Thank you for the reminder that we should all act with compassion for all as this brave young man did.

Anne-Marie HalversonMarch 18, 2020

Beautiful thoughts and ideas Taylor! Thank you for this summary.

Lupe ChavezMarch 18, 2020

The meaning of this chapter has always eluded me until now. I understood at the 50 thousand foot level that God was trying to care for us and save us but now I understand why we have to suffer a little and how important it is to keep coming back to the tree to grow stronger in the gospel. I faithfully rely on you and Tyler each week to help me find those gold nuggets of deep understanding as I read the Book of Mormon. Thanks for doing what you do. I hope you realize the depth of your contribution to our daily study

Jan KingMarch 18, 2020

I'm always so grateful when I see that line "by Ted Gibbons"......thank you!!!

Synthia CarlisleMarch 18, 2020

Thank you for your words—so timely and much needed. Before reading it, the thought came to me that this challenge could be an opportunity to show Heavenly Father and ourselves what we’re really made of. Then I read your words, “Who we are will be revealed by the Coronavirus Crisis.” A tweak in our mindset and a charge to make lemonade out of lemons will get us through.

SynthiaMarch 17, 2020

Thank you for the insightful and comforting words. As my daughter was saying family prayer tonight, the thought came to me that this experience will give us an opportunity to show Heavenly Father what we're made of. Then right after the prayer ended, as I was scrolling through Meridian News, the title of your article jumped out at me—“Who We Are Will Be Revealed in the Coronavirus Crisis,” which further confirmed my small tender mercy. This experience can easily drag us down because you’re so right, life can be flat with no happy events to look forward to. But if we turn lemons into lemonade and tweak our perspective a bit, we will rise to the challenge! Thank you so much!

KathleenMarch 17, 2020

Good One!

Andrea LloydMarch 17, 2020

Thank you for your great insights and background. I always learn something new from your podcast.

vickieMarch 17, 2020


Jerald EricksonMarch 17, 2020

I follow a whole foods plant based diet as advocated in the widely published China Study. Why do you think a mediterrean diet is better?Please be specific. Thank you.

Janet ElsethMarch 17, 2020

I agree with the other two comments. I think the wife is overreacting and not thinking about her husband and his daughters situation. I don't agree with asking the daughter to destroy the picture. It is a picture that means a lot to her. I think it was good for both of them to be together one last time. And maybe some closure for all 3 of them, since they all agreed to meet. I can understand the wife's emotions, but she needs to put them aside for the needs of the others. It was not a threat to her relationship with husband etc. I have an adopted daughter, so I can understand the girls desire to have that meeting and picture.

Susan D'AndreaMarch 17, 2020

Thank you Carolyn, for this inspired article. It strengthens our faith that Heavenly Father loves us and is caring for us, and that President Russell M. Nelson is truly a prophet of God. It gives us hope. Thank you!!!

TinaMarch 17, 2020

This was a wonderful insight into how we are feeling right now. It has really touched me, I have shared it with my family. I look forward and am very grateful for you and Meridian’s inspiring articles each week. Thank you!

vicki kennedyMarch 17, 2020

Thank you, President Nelson

Sandie MixaMarch 17, 2020

Can tomato sauce be used where it says tomato purée?

NeillMarch 17, 2020

Dear Maurine - love your wise thoughts ...'We always have assess to Him" our "narrowed world." Thank you.

Geoff SteurerMarch 16, 2020

Thank you for these encouraging words. I know this is an important time and I don't want to miss one moment of it.

PornDodoMarch 16, 2020

You're great. Learn from you!

DGMarch 16, 2020

Loved this article! Gave me hope after a day filled with anxiety. Thank you!

Scot ProctorMarch 16, 2020

I believe it is the Fort Collins, CO temple.

Carol Ann CrilleyMarch 16, 2020

This is heartbreaking news. We send or love, prayers, and deepest sympathy to his dear family. Anyone who has ever had a missionary of their own far from home will have a glimpse of the pain that his family is going through. We are so grateful for our Savior's atonement, the restored gospel and our knowledge of the plan of salvation. We are so sorry for your great loss.

marilyn MeinzerMarch 16, 2020

I love this and would like to copy those statistics for future use, but would like to know the references they came from !

DaveMarch 16, 2020

I think the LW is being overly sensitive, at this point in time there is no threat to her marriage, nor her future. Not every action by others require her input. Possibility asking the daughter to remove/destroy the picture is extremely poor advice. LW needs to look deep in to her own heart and figure out why she is reacting so negatively.

Lisa StampsMarch 16, 2020

Which temple is pictured at the head of this story? It's magnificent.

HELENMarch 16, 2020


MichelleMarch 16, 2020

Great article, although you did say the news media reports the negative to gain money - but then used other news agencies to site positive articles, so I would say they are making money off of the good, positive news as well.

Char ValentinerMarch 16, 2020

Just what is needed in today’s world! Thank you for generously sharing this very thoughtful advice!

Anne-Marie HalversonMarch 16, 2020

Beautiful thoughts Maurine. Thank you!

Joyce BradfordMarch 16, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful article. There was so much to glean from your inspiring words. I especially appreciate the warning “don’t go diving.“ We should all be on guard from Satan, who would wish us all to dive deeply spiritually, emotionally, socially and any other ways we allow him, while we tread carefully on this journey which is new to the whole world.

ColleenMarch 16, 2020

I love everything you have written and always pass them on. Then I get even more positive feedback. Thank you Joni very much! Keep writing!

HalMarch 16, 2020

What a fantastic article, thank you!

Susan LethbridgeMarch 16, 2020

Ii wish this article were on the front page of every newspaper and was in everyone’s inbox on their news feed. I am a “ the glass is half full” person and was uplifted to read the positive reminders. Thank you for such thoughtful comments. I have been reading books and articles by the Proctors for 25+ years and appreciate all I have learned from them.

Denise ChristensenMarch 16, 2020

What an uplifting and inspiring article. Thank you for all the research that must have gone into this article, Andy. Your grandmother would be proud! We all need to focus on hope and optimism, as well as good self-care and care of others as we move through this very brief moment in time.

Virginia PartchMarch 16, 2020

My prayers go out to his family. I am so sorry!

HeidiMarch 16, 2020

Maurine - I love the way you think. You truly are a gift! So glad my life has been touched by yours. Thank you!

Anita EMarch 16, 2020

This is so comforting and perfect for this time in which we find ourselves - and everyday. Thank you for writing this.

BonnieMarch 16, 2020

Of all that I have read this is by the best one. Thank you so very much, this came in the middle of the night when I could not sleep. Thank you for the beginning of a bright new day!

Kris CunninghamMarch 15, 2020

Our prayers go this wonderful family. I was teaching when the first missionary passed away at the MTC in the early 1980's. I attended the funeral in Heber, UT. i remember distinctly how the General Authority at the funeral said that there was a reason why this elder passed away without being released as a missionary. He was needed on the "Other side" to teach people there and his mission call extended to the Spirit World". I know that this does not offer comfort when we miss so much those who have gone ahead but I do know that the Lord knows ALL things and that everything that happens can be for our benefit. Some day we will understand, in the meantime, we will make it though together. Like Christ and the Apostles in the storm on the Sea of Galilee, we are all in the boat of life together, bailing like crazy becsue we are sure we will sink. However, the Savior is also in the boat and shat is He doing?? Sleeping....why?... because He knows all will be OK. Our love to you. We pray you will feel His arms around you at this hard time and that you will feel His peace and you will also feel the presence of love from your sweet missionary daughter. Love, Kris Cunningham

Gina McDougallMarch 14, 2020

My condolences for this family. My love and thoughts are with you ❤

SandiMarch 14, 2020

Spot on RaNae. We are at least a month behind bc of the lack of leadership at the top. Thankful for the scientists and doctors who spoke out and stood their ground regardless of what this administration was saying.

ScottMarch 14, 2020

Jacob, how is having a goatee not representative of Christ?

Kay RookhuyzenMarch 14, 2020

This is sad, scary and even more so in these scary times. I pray for the family of this sweet missionary.

DJMarch 14, 2020

I would love to see and support this movie, but having a hard time finding out where to do so. Can you provide a link?

CubbyMarch 13, 2020

Sure appreciated hearing the comments from others, It will be a conference like no others. Glad we can attend via internet.

Jesse BrownMarch 13, 2020

I am so very grateful for medication I take that helps me control anxiety and depression. But, I have discovered that the more I strive to be an edifying influence on others, the more God helps to edify me.

RichardMarch 13, 2020

That is a great pun! Well done!

MaryannMarch 13, 2020

This article gave me goose bumps--the good kind! Beautiful story, and now this family can look forward to having this child for eternity. This is such a wonderful example of having an eternal perspective and joy.

Jana SmithMarch 13, 2020

Will temples also be closed?

Robyn JensenMarch 13, 2020

What about temples?

ShareeMarch 13, 2020

I don't really blame the daughter. I'm sure she just wanted to have her picture taken with both of her biological parents. It's not like she was trying to get them back together again or anything.

Alec AndrusMarch 13, 2020

What an amazing story. The trailer touched this old man's heart. I hope to be able to see the movie.

Dr. Ken CurtisMarch 13, 2020

Let’s not make this political! A President does not make a decision without consulting the experts so if there is disagreement with the experts, discuss it with them. Let’s not depend on the significantly split news commentators on any channel but listen to the CDC or HHS experts. This is not a political issue so I would suggest that we stop trying to blame anyone but seek solutions.

Tammy PetersonMarch 13, 2020

Sweet girl, return to you Heavenly Father. Your work is done here on Earth. God bless you and your family.

Elizabeth SmithMarch 13, 2020

How can you watch it if you do not live in Utah?

Denise ChristensenMarch 13, 2020

Thank you Maurine for the review of this movie! Such an important message and I'm very excited to see it when it becomes available. Our brothers and sisters in Africa do need a voice and we need to be able to understand their pain and struggles.

JocelynneMarch 12, 2020

I enjoyed reading, and also would like to view your emergency list.

Colleen OpenshawMarch 12, 2020

Joseph wrote this in 1832 when he was about 27 years old. He was obviously a very intelligent person and this shows in his flowery language, although his punctuation is lacking due to his small amount of formal education. It is a beautiful and inspiring account of a true prophet!

MaryannMarch 12, 2020

I cannot imagine being willing to stay in this kind of abusive relationship. I have too much respect for myself and life is too short. There are GOOD men out there. I would have divorced this man years ago and found someone to share happiness with. I am with Weezie's comments 100%!

MaryannMarch 12, 2020

Please don't use the Corona Virus as an excuse to criticize President Trump or, worse yet, to call him untruthful. That is a very serious accusation. He has been VERY responsible in handling this issue. This is a time to be united, not to be critical or make unfounded statements. I appreciate the accuracy of Ken's comment. Thank you!

MaryannMarch 12, 2020

This article is so timely with the current panic regarding the Corona Virus. We need to remain calm as we follow the guidance we have received from our leaders about how to implement safety measures. This is preparation---not panic.

Alisi FiliagaMarch 12, 2020

This brings tears as I watch but learn to trust in the Lord more daily and He know us more, yes as mentioned in the video He puts us through difficulties so He can put us where he wants us to be. And amid this all it a much better place. Thank you for sharing I need to watch this today!

DL AndersonMarch 12, 2020

Maybe it's just me, but I get the feeling that satan is working however he can to: a) sew seeds of mistrust in others; b) slow traditional (full-time, missionary centered) missionary work; & c) disrupt in any way possible our ability to be physically with each other (traditional meetings, etc); satan "pitching a hissy fit" on a more global scale, if you will. Just an opinion.

TammiMarch 12, 2020

Sister Pratt, I absolutely love this article! Thank you.

Celia DilleyMarch 12, 2020

What a GREAT resource you have provided. Many Thanks.

KatyaMarch 12, 2020

Stories like Margrit’s are precious and timeless! Thank you for sharing about her life and your connection. It is inspiring to hear about those who persevered against seemingly hopeless odds.

Jennie MurdockMarch 12, 2020

Thank you Anne...I really loved . and aligned with your message about light. I'll be sharing it with others. Love, Jennie

VardellMarch 12, 2020

When Benjamins people felt the fear of the Lord come upon them, when Alma felt the pains of a damned soul, when the Lamanites were paralyzed by darkness, they all prayed for the forgiveness and mercy of Christ. They didn't do a hundred little self help things, they merely asked Christ to save them, to have mercy on them. That is how our darkness is turned to joy. It worked for them and I testify that it still works today. How many times have you tried their prayer, Jesus thou son of God have mercy on me?

Robin PrestonMarch 12, 2020

Thank you. This came at a very difficult time for me.I appreciate all that you've shared. I will aim to change my focus.

J. RyMarch 12, 2020

Wonderful Story. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I've wondered through the years what the outcome was and thought of you and your family. I'm so glad things have worked out so well. Thank you for your faith.

Gary C. LawrenceMarch 12, 2020

Brother Frye and Brother Thorley: Thank you very much for your comments. We have, indeed, had similar experiences. Things are changing.


Thank you for your article and writing words about what we feel without understanding really what is happening inside us .Thank you for helping us to feel as sisters in Christ !!...As I had deaf and mute parents I had to struggle hard to understand what's behind words and attitudes but thanks to the Lord I realised how different but rich inside my parents were and as my husband 's eyesight is poorer and poorer I can accept it and focus on how the Lord loves him and turn to others

JanetMarch 12, 2020

Thank You, Teresa M., for taking the time to post your thoughtful comment. I wholeheartedly agree with you. As we face this pandemic, cautious preventive action is far better than regretful reaction.

KeithMarch 11, 2020

Excellent suggestions. I think I would just use the 4 points in the New Youth Program that is based on the scriptural account of Jesus and His development...."and Jesus increased in Wisdom & Stature and in favor with God and Man". Based on this scripture the 4 areas would be Mental, Physical, Spiritual and Social. Emotional kind of gets covered in Mental & Social.

TJMarch 11, 2020

At this time of topping off our pantries, can we find the cash to buy a couple of extra cans to donate to the local homeless shelter or food pantry? When saw we thee we a hungered?

Carol AnnMarch 11, 2020

Yes! I'm happy to report that we have completed our personal and family history, photos, timelines, etc. and distributed to all our posterity! It's a worthwhile journey that takes a while to complete!

Jean PetersenMarch 11, 2020

I would love to hear how she made it to safety. Was she apprehended, what happened to her Mother?

Jerry BorrowmanMarch 11, 2020

Responding to Gail Ockey - I do remember you very well. You were (and I'm sure still are) a great teacher who positively influenced thousands of lives at the Idaho State Institute of religion. I'm glad to know you are out there and that you took time to respond to this article. Jerry Borrowman

Teresa MMarch 11, 2020

I’m afraid I cannot agree with you on this. Worldwide now, as of March 11, the mortality rate for this is at 4%. When the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints decides it’s time to cancel all attendance at general conference, teach incoming missionaries at remote locations rather than at our MTC’s in Utah and London and cancel large gatherings within the church for meetings- that is not panic, it is choosing to be very very cautious of a virus that has now been stated as 10 times more deadly than influenza. Cases are rising exponentially in the United States and it will continue to get worse and more will die because there are so many that think it is just hype. When your elderly parents or family or friends end up dying because their immune systems cannot tolerate this virus then maybe we will be taking it more seriously.

CathyMarch 11, 2020

How do you suggest handling the spiritual facet if there has been a conscious decision to eliminate that from grandchildren’s lives and upbringing? Is it as simple as making it a 4 facet approach?

KenMarch 11, 2020

Regarding the criticism leveled towards President Trump. the following is an excerpt from the CDC website which was recommended.. The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus: Foreign nationals who have been in China or Iran within the past 14 days cannot enter the United States. U.S. citizens, residents, and their immediate family members who have been in China or Iran within in the past 14 days can enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days. On March 8, CDC recommended that people at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel. Additionally, CDC has issued the following additional specific travel guidance related to COVID-19. Please note the use of the word unprecedented. The CDCs use of this word denotes the complete opposite of the inaction that is inferred in the critical comment.

JerrilynMarch 11, 2020

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful weekly podcast! I felt the Spirit so strongly today which started right from the moment I heard the first strains of Paul Cardall's beautiful music and I cried all the way through it. While this is not the only podcast I follow on the Come Follow Me curriculum (I highly recommend David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman's Don't Miss This as well as Tyler Griffin and Taylor Halverson's Book of Mormon Central podcasts), it is one that I never miss. I find that each one has very unique insights into the weekly lessons, showing us that there are layers of meanings and so many messages for us in the word of God. Each time we read the scriptures anew, it can be like reading it for the first time. I appreciate your sacrifice of time and effort to share your background of knowledge with us.

Cindy MerkleyMarch 11, 2020

Wonderful article, I would love a copy of the emergency list also

JulieMarch 11, 2020

Thank you for such a wonderful thought provoking article.

Gaye BeeillattMarch 11, 2020

Beautiful!!! Completely agree. You cannot change another person, only your reaction to them. And that often helps them change!!!!

Phoebe HallMarch 11, 2020

I love this article. Two months ago I read Terry’s book and had the exact same experience. Understanding the truths about “seeing people as people”, “outward approach” has completely transformed two very difficult relationships. Understanding how to love like Christ loves is humanity’s greatest quest.

SapMarch 11, 2020

What a wonderful article! I wish I had met Margrit. She and I might have been kindred spirits.

Robert W CowartMarch 11, 2020

Thanks Daris,A wonderful story of the importance of not judging others.

PattieMarch 11, 2020

When people say, "Life isn't Fair" they need to understand that it wasn't meant to be 'fair'; it was meant to learn how to be more compassionate to those around us and help others on their path--because we are all on that same path.

PattieMarch 11, 2020

Everyone's history is one that needs to be written--our thoughts, our actions, our deeds so we may help future generations understand that our lives matter and so do theirs. We all have a story to tell. Let it be told.

Shelley HinchMarch 10, 2020

So do we study about the priesthood or study the priesthood? Is there a difference?

Chris PutnamMarch 10, 2020

Can you find "The Plan of Restoration?"

Ronald W. FryeMarch 10, 2020

Gary Lawrence is one of my favorite commentators, "hitting the nail on the head" more often than not. I couldn't agree with him more on this subject. For example... Near the end of my mission to Argentina, I was interviewed by Apostle Spencer W. Kimball. He had in front of him a record of my baptisms. "Elder Frye", he said, "this is astonishing. You have three times the average number of baptisms for an Elder in this mission. You're all on the same program, so what's the secret to your success?" My answer? "Not following the program!" Well, he didn't like that answer, but I told him what I was doing different than what was prescribed in the lessons, which included following the promptings of the Spirit by not adhering tightly to the lesson plan outline and not being pushy, especially the latter.

RaNae Healy, PhDMarch 10, 2020

Listen to the medical people, the CDC. President Trump and his administration has not been truthful and has not taken the urgent precautions necessary. They are trying to catch up. Stay off FOX cable news as they enable Trump. Use your critical thinking and be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. Truth matters, facts matter, science matters.

Tanya NeiderMarch 10, 2020

Loved this article Nicholeen Peck! Thank you for sharing these "simple" truths & ideas that take time and practice to achieve.

LisaMarch 10, 2020

We really try to not be bossy with our grown kids. We ask ahead of time if they need help with something being fixed while we're in town so Dad brings tools. We feel free to jump in and clean dishes or mend broken household items... those kinds of things. I saw myself commenting on messy toys everywhere - so I have stopped. I pick up here and there but have learned to live with the way they live. They now realize they have too many toys/books and with baby 2 coming they have been storing and rotating toys. We want to be welcome when we visit - we don't ever want them to feel we're intruding. "Anything we can help with" is always a good approach.

Lisa MurphyMarch 10, 2020

Our grand daughter is almost 2 and we visit as often as we can, which is only 2-3 times a year. So video chats and phone calls on speaker phone are great. This really makes the distance smaller because when we do visit, she recognizes us, is comfortable and happy to see us.

kathryn amesMarch 10, 2020

This is so "ON"! How I wished I'd had this information during a 39 year marriage that finally ended in divorce when my ex-husband's pornography/prostitute/financial infidelity finally was discovered. We women were taught for so long that we needed to stay in marriages that we instinctively knew were abusive. To be divorced and free from the narcissist abuser was RELIEF. Remarrying and finding true joy has been MIRACULOUS! I agree with those women who said "WALK"!

Jim ThorleyMarch 10, 2020

Excellent article. I wish I had understood this when I was a full time missionary. I am making an assumption that you have had experience with this and may have a lot more helpful information. As a salesman, I was in a training meeting that taught that we should point out the "you benefits" of a product rather than just demonstrate features. I believe this would help when "discussing" the Gospel with others. Comments?

Carol AnnMarch 10, 2020

Thank you, Carolyn. You always give common sense assurance when we need it the most!

PattieMarch 10, 2020

What an excellent idea to take parents out to dinner and make plans for the grandchildren in our lives. Thank you

Sharon BakerMarch 10, 2020

Can I get your emergency list if possible?! Sounds like a great list! thank you!

PaulineMarch 9, 2020

Have you heard of Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg? It works like a charm :)

Pauline HarryMarch 9, 2020

I empathize with the whole struggle you’ve described, After 55 years the breakthrough I offer is Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg: books, articles, videos. It’s very simple. This video illustrates its effectiveness

RoxyLynneMarch 9, 2020

Thanks for these great insights into grand parenting!

LizSMarch 9, 2020

DavidD. It may not lead to an actual temple sealing but I think both you and I know that this would be appropriate behaviour as it might lead to an honorable marriage as outlined in the family proclamation.

MariaMarch 9, 2020

Wow! I SO needed this after losing my rag with my children this morning! Thank you so much. The best advice ever on keeping calm amid the chaos!

Neal ChristensenMarch 9, 2020

Those students protesting are already engaging in prohibited behavior, privately. There are plenty of colleges and universities that allow open homosexuality; they should go there. How many of these protesters are actually BYU students, and how many are "bused in" professional protesters? Satan is working very hard to tear down the Church; this is clearly what is happening here.

Daryl GibsonMarch 9, 2020

Well said, my friend!

Sherry AkersMarch 9, 2020

This story is amazing. My mother spotted during her pregnancy with my youngest sister, and abortion was recommended, because they said the baby wouldn’t be normal. My mother, not LDS, refused and my sister was born perfect. I am so happy that her testimony changed the neighbor’s mind. I shared this story to my Facebook friends, in hopes that it might bless someone; she far I’ve gotten a like from a non-member friend.

Karen BergesonMarch 9, 2020

Thank you for the honest articles (and book) you have been writing! it is so good to hear of like-minded saints, open to so much good in the world and also staying true to the gospel. Our family has been through (and still going through) a lot of mental health trials, but I continue to learn so much of what is possible to help! And I too want everyone to have a message of real hope. Way to go! We're happy to support you in your efforts - truly.

Heidi ShafferMarch 9, 2020

It's difficult to write with tears in my eyes--what a beautiful story! All mothers can relate to this story, whether they have lost babies or not! Understanding the Plan of Salvation makes all the difference in the world, and sharing the testimony of it has made a difference in the lives of so many others, I am sure! Thank you, Michaela, for writing this touching story!

Ruth JamiesonMarch 9, 2020

I loved his words they are beautiful!

carolyn nicolaysenMarch 9, 2020

There is evidence the virus has mutated and may have even become weaker as it did. Since all of this is coming from China and we are not being allowed in we really don't know how true this is. In past pandemics the virus has come back in a mutated form causing a second round of illness. Past pandemics have typically last a year.

vickieMarch 9, 2020

his spelling wasn't perfect but even back then some words were spelled differently than we spell them today. it seemed he was wordy for a young man like he was. I guess I expected short choppy sentences instead of run on sentences. He did speak his mind and did give account many times. I am grateful that he did take it serious and paid attention and did share it with us. without this we wouldn't have the restored priesthood and covenants. im also glad he continued even though there was much strife in his life.

BeckyMarch 8, 2020

What a beautiful, inspiring story of how important the atonement of Jesus Christ is and the truths of the Plan of Salvation. I believe this will help many people who are struggling with different challenges. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story.

Jacob HessMarch 8, 2020

Thank you everyone for the input – including those who trusted me to hear thoughtful critique. I’ve been pondering all you’ve said – and want to share a couple of short responses. First of all, I agree it’s far too easy to fall into an attacking, condemning spirit in these matters. The letter was not meant to “malign” or “condemn” this professor, as much as raise concerns about the implications (even inadvertent ones) of his commentary. As far as tone is concerned, I do admit feeling frustration at seeing those we’ve entrusted in this sacred calling of sorts (called a BYU professor) contributing to student confusion on issues already so confusing. I fear this happens more than we might know. But however much it does, I agree that we must respond as Christ would. But what is that? Although I do believe Jesus would have us show softness whenever possible, warning about spiritual threats is a special case. I don’t doubt the good Dr. Brau has done, Ellie, and the positive intentions behind this sharing (thanks to Hunter for the devotional link). Neither do I doubt, Brett, that “this is a deeply spiritual matter over which much pondering, prayer, and study has been done.” I maintain, however, that the audio in question confirms exactly what I suggest: an over-eager imposition of a particular socio-political narrative on top of other ways of thinking that would have been more consistent with prophetic guidance in the past. In other words, this didn’t have to end up so confusing. That is part of the answer to David’s serious question, alongside his comment about praying for such a change for years. There is also background information I gathered in fact checking that confirmed this impression. Lastly, I’d like to respond to the parent’s impassioned comments: I can’t imagine how scary it would be to see your child grappling with the will to live. I don’t begrudge your passion in the least. However, let’s be clear: no one is denying the preciousness of these individuals, however – including active members and prophetic leadership. And especially on matters so sensitive, it’s important that we deal with the full truth. In that respect, I would encourage you to consider that idea that your son is living in a church “that calls him an abomination, that lumps him alongside murderers and pedophiles, that welcomes the day when Christ returns to destroy him and his kind” is simply NOT true. It’s just not. Furthermore, I’m not the only one who has argued that precisely this kind of rhetoric can contribute to suicidality among youth – to the point that they verily believe this bifurcation represents their legitimate choice: “he’d come to a crossroad where he was going to live honestly or he was going to end his life.” That IS a despairing crossroad! But could it be a function of the very narrative I’ve been writing about? One that positions one’s “true identity” against the teachings of Christ’s church? I think so. One thing is for sure, it’s not the prophets telling kids these are the only options. Let’s all be careful what we’re telling these precious children! Lastly, I’ve requested the dreadlock example be changed to goatees. My apologies in advance for the faithful disciples with goatees…(: I recommitted to the Lord this morning a desire to have a soft heart to our critics – and to be careful of speaking as He would have us all. Thank you again for all the feedback.

Joyce WoolfMarch 8, 2020

For more true accounts of heavenly help for missionaries read the book Mine Angels Round About by David F Babbel, former president in Brazil

Bridgette VillarrealMarch 8, 2020

I love this, Krista! I didn't know your full story before. Another ripple you made was almost a year after Candace was born, you knocked on my door with a small angel statue--a copy of one you received--for me. One of my twin boys had died in utero, and you held my hand through the process of funeral homes, cemetaries, and emotional support for losing a baby. I am forever grateful to you. I visit Candace every time I see my Elliott. Thank you. ❤

Beth TMarch 7, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this. We live in a day when Joseph's humble words are ready to be read as they were written and felt as Father in Heaven in tended.

EmptyNestingGrandmaMarch 7, 2020

Geoff - is the advice the same for a covert-victim narcissist spouse who constantly wallows in self- pitty and who blames me for all his misery, including accusing me of being the one who doesn’t want to work on the marriage? The reasons for staying are infinite, with the main two being that he presents himself as the victim to the kids and asks the kids to “help him reach her heart”, and the other reason for staying is the hope that I can become stronger and kinder and be ok in the negative dark environment. That I can develop enough “light” for both of us so that his darkness doesn’t drag me down so much. The narcissism was diagnosed by a Psy PhD during in-person sessions. Thank you for your counsel.

Rylee FrenchMarch 7, 2020

I love love reading your grandparent articles!! Wonderful tips and ideas!! Keep them coming

NinaMarch 7, 2020

Wow. Another unsung virtue of the single woman in the gospel. I cannot imagine a more difficult, all consuming, draining experience than having to live - or choose to live - with someone like this. Living under a bridge is better than putting up with the constant, life-numbing abuse being dumped on you by this guy. Walk sister walk. Positive lonliness is sooo much better than negative company. Get a dog, fill your life with service, develop knowledge and hobbies. Walking alone down the gospel path with a worthy companion would be easy - however, if that companion is a nasty, complaining, mud-slinging, 200-lb weight you have to drag along with you? No. Walk.

HunterMarch 6, 2020

I watched a BYU devotional in 2011 in which a professor talked about the importance of sharing spiritual thoughts in our classes at BYU. He explained that BYU is a special place and he encouraged professors to invite the spirit by beginning class with a prayer and a spiritual thought.This devotional changed the way I teach my classes. Since that time, I have always opened my lectures with prayer and a spiritual thought. I have had many students over the years reach out to me and thank me for what I've shared. Each week is a different thought, based on what I feel guided to share. I pray about it and put a lot of thought into it. The professor who gave that devotional and who changed my teaching and my students' lives was Dr. James Brau. Let's look at all the good he has done and not focus on one thing that you may disagree with. Here's a link to the devotional if anyone is interested:

Robyn JonesMarch 6, 2020

I was honored to attend Candace's funeral. It was one of the most spiritual experiences I have had. Krista and Jon and thier kids are absolutely wonderful and that article was so beautiful!

HelenMarch 6, 2020

The day before my oldest daughter died from breast cancer in 2018 I asked my ministering teachers to come and give her a Priesthood blessing. She had left the Church at 18 but I knew she wouldn't mind. They blessed her with the power to heal - not to be healed - and dozens of her friends are still praising her life.

Tamra KriserMarch 6, 2020

As Krista’s sister, it was a blessing and spiritual experience to be in that hospital room, which seemed suspended in time and wrapped in our Savior’s love—making a mortal impression I will long remember. Candace’s imperfect little body did not allow her to remain long with us, but her passing through each of our lives helped us remember a bigger eternal perspective and feel God’s great goodness, love, and mercy in a personal way. One day, Candace’s imperfections will be made perfect through Christ’s atoning gifts. He has overcome the grave, and promised blessings are sure for these little ones, who are perfect in Him. What a gift to be a part of little Candace’s life and to know of the many wonderful promised blessings ahead. This was sweet and meaningful to read and remember this event—so beautifully written and shared today.

RaNae SHOAFMarch 6, 2020

This was my story too...same feelings, same decision point, same questions, same change in how to prepare to receive this baby, nearly every detail, except she died during her difficult birth. She was our fifth and because of her, because of the change in us from this experience, we had two more. I don't know of any life that was saved or anyone accepting the gospel. I do know our angel baby changed our lives for the good and continues to influence us even thirty years later.

Dennis HorneMarch 6, 2020

The letter from the CES commissioner's office should put this question to welcome rest.

RanaeMarch 6, 2020

Some resources that might be helpful are "How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing with toxic & difficult to love personalities" by John L. Lund, "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" by John Gottman, and "Nonviolent Communication" by Marshall B. Rosenberg. Each of these books teaches different skills that you can use to be loving in difficult relationships, even if the other person is not willing to seek help or change. They have been a huge help to me and others in turning around marriages like the one you described here.

Pauline HarryMarch 6, 2020

There is the mind/body/spirit connection. I believe balancing and healing the body can heal the mind. New science in the field of nutrition can be very helpful. It seems to make sense that we are what we eat, one of the variables we may control, besides the right supplementation.

DonnaMarch 6, 2020

Jacob. I love your sprit and articles. I just finished listening to the book about Silence - Outstanding. But when I read this wonderful article and encounter a word like chronicity....I am a very bright, educated, well read woman & Mom of 5 ( that explains everything, right?), but I don't know what the word chronicity means. It would be helpful to talk in every day language when speaking to the masses, and keep the fancy words for articles for fellow scholars. Thanks.

lheatonMarch 6, 2020

This story has made my day, has lifted me and confirmed that I can do hard things with Christ in my life. Thank you for this wonderful and strengthening confirmation.

Haze KompelienMarch 6, 2020

I cared for a beautiful LDS family with this situation many years ago. Their story of faith has stayed in my heart for many years. Was it this family? I'm not good at names, so I don't know. I will always remember their living testimony of life, family love. If this family, then hugs from your labor nurse. If not this family, know that you have another family out there who lives the same testimony as yours. Hugs

ShShMarch 6, 2020

I also was in this situation and had a child at home (whom I tried VERY hard to keep out of the abusive cycle). I also didn't know what to call what he was doing to me and had it pointed out by someone else (emotional abuse/narcissist). My answer finally came that it was time to divorce. He actually asked for the divorce and after praying, fasting, and going to the temple the answer this time (yes, it was options multiple times) was yes. Unfortunately because we share a child I have not been able to get away from the abuse and it has now filtered over to our child, which is so hard to see. Recently I started therapy and the therapist immediately started discussing narcissism. He said unfortunately the majority of narcissists won't try to get help and there's not a lot that you can do to combat them. I have been working on how I react instead. As to living the gospel, I have had similar thoughts. He often told me to stop paying tithing or to give up things, but I stood strong on all of that. As to treating him kindly, it is hard. I am learning to be true to myself and just not get caught in his anger and other negative emotions and not react with anger or unkindness. I feel that's how I can honor myself is to not fall into his traps and be as kind as I can and realize I did my best. Not easy, but I'm learning. Good luck to you and your journey. Rely on the Lord to give you the best answer for you!

WeezieMarch 6, 2020

I’m extremely perplexed on why she would want to stay married to someone who only uses her for his own sexual gratification and abuses her constantly. Whyyyy??? Get out!!!! Life is not worth all this aggravation. I would think it would be impossible to feel the spirit with him around. I didn’t hear one thing in the article that showed his love and devotion to her. I noted that he’s been this way their whole marriage. Please leave him. You would be so much happier alone. I’m betting he’s a real jerk when she wants to spend time with her kids. I’m guessing her relationship with her kids is strained because of the abuse she has happening on a daily basis. Heavenly Father would not want you to stay married to someone who doesn’t love and respect and honor you!!!! Get out and start living free from his chains of misery.

LindaMarch 6, 2020

What a beautiful story! It just makes my heart happy.

Michael Shea, MDMarch 6, 2020

A woman’s faith; a mother’s love. Thanks for this story.

CortneyMarch 6, 2020

This story is so inspiring, ThankYou for sharing it. The sanctity of life comes from an eternal perspective and helps me realize whether we live for a few moments or for decades every minute counts. No matter how insignificant we feel, we matter to Him and we are a part of His great plan.

ReyLainMarch 6, 2020

Sincerely touched by this thoughtful insight into putting Christ at the center and revolving around Him. Appreciated the reminder of making the Sabbath Day a time of feasting. I agree...much to ponder. Thank you.

Dennis HorneMarch 6, 2020

The letter puts this all to rest, including correcting the activist professor who now looks foolish for imposing his interpretation as the true and correct one.

Bruce NormanMarch 6, 2020

While serving a mission in Johannesberg, S Africa, with my wife in 2003 our President related an experience of two young sisters. They decided the next morning they would like to climb a hill near where they lived for morning worship and view the sunrise. They did as planned, and on the way home two men that were hiding jumped out, threw each of them to the ground and were on top of them when suddenly the men looked up and, with expressions of fright, jumped up and ran off, leaving the two sisters unharmed. They could only imagine that perhaps some Nephite warriors appeared to those men and frightened them off, or maybe and African Lion. But neither of the sisters saw anything or anyone. Needless to say, our President warned all the sisters to please not put themselves in places of danger.

vickieMarch 6, 2020

thank you for your comments. I wrote a long comment but my computer messed it up. yes so much more needs to change with how people who have mental illness are treated. there are different degrees of it and some of its inherited. not everyone is the same so one pill doesn't fit all. there should be no LABELS at all. and there is nothing that is final. questions that are asked when first seeing a doctor need to change. as a matter of fact its best to just ask the patient what is happening. also I think a blood test needs to be prove what is going on or even an MRI. more of an investigation needs to happen because people who have thyroid problems can have mood problems. so many physical things can cause mood disorders and once these are treated some of it goes away. more testing needs to be done then once the test shows something then treatment can begin. I know I suffered because of a lack of testing and other things. I feel if these things aren't done then we are going to see more problems then ever. the stigma has got to go. having faith in God has helped me so much and being a member in the church as well.

vickie cloudMarch 6, 2020

this was such a beautiful story. I knew a sister who had two children like this. I didn't know the first baby. but I knew her for the one she was having at that time. she found out this baby was going to have this anomaly and went through the pregnancy. she was prepared as it had happened to her before. mind you I felt for her because her first baby was like this and she could have given up but she didn't. she had 6 or 7 more kids after the 1st baby. so this would be maybe her 8th child and this child had this condition. she went through the pregnancy and had this beautiful baby girl who actually lived over a week or more until she passed. I went to the funeral and one would have thought I was the mother because I was the one crying my eyes out. the mother was calm knowing that she has this beautiful baby girl who didn't have to live her entire life here on earth. that they would be sealed for eternity. what an experience that was so reading this story reminded me of this and how wonderful the gospel of Jesus Christ is. also I have learned not to fear so much because we are in the hands of our Father in heaven and to trust and rely on Him. loved this story.

RachaelMarch 5, 2020

My sister served her mission in Paraguay in the late 1980's. She told me that at one point she and her companion were alone in the mission home. The mission home was built around a little courtyard. Apparently a man had climbed over the wall into the courtyard and was attempting to break down the door and enter the mission home. My sister and her companion was praying fervently for protection. They were in the room where the man was trying too break in. She said it was a flimsy door, and should have given way with one shove, but he kicked and beat at the door and it held. There was glass transom over the top of the door, and the man had some kind of metal bar, and when he could not breach the door, he began beating the glass with the metal rod. The GLASS BENT, BUT IT DID NOT BREAK. Finally he became frustrated and left and shortly thereafter others arrived at the mission home. This could only be the result of the direct intervention of heaven. ". . . But behold, I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." (1Nephi 1:20)

MonicaMarch 5, 2020

While serving in a foreign country years ago, I struggled greatly with the language. I was so discouraged and had physical ailments because of the mental stress I was enduring. I was on the phone with my parents ready to come home, and my dad told me in this phone call that he had prayed fervently using his priesthood power in my behalf. The night before when I was asleep I woke up because it felt as if someone physically had their hands on my head. I know angels were acting in proxy to my father's hands. I completed a wonderful mission and did learn the language.

MaryannMarch 5, 2020

I think we can universally agree that we should treat ALL people with kindness, compassion and love. This article is supportive of these timeless truths. However, I am concerned about the growing false doctrine I sometimes hear from other sources that love and compassion are justification for sin. They are not. President Spencer W. Kimball taught us something very interesting about how sin makes its way into our lives. He said that we first endure sin, then we pity it, then we finally embrace it. We must not allow our emotions to confuse us about the difference between right and wrong.

MaryannMarch 5, 2020

Elder Paul V. Johnson, of the Seventy, also serves as Commissioner of the Church Educational System. His recent letter clarifies that romantic behavior between same-sex couples is NOT in harmony with the BYU Code of Honor. Period. End of story. There should be no need for further debate, rationalization, or justification for those who break the Code of Honor by engaging in any romantic behavior between same-sex couples.

MaryannMarch 5, 2020

Thank you for clarifying that same-sex romantic behavior is not in harmony with the BYU honor code. I am very grateful for this clear explanation. It would be very difficult to maintain the Spirit of the Lord on campus if students had to witness hand-holding or other romantic behavior between same-sex couples. There is an abundance of other colleges and universities who welcome those who choose to pursue a gay lifestyle.

MaryannMarch 5, 2020

Such great advice: "Just Start!" I find I can trick myself into getting things done by telling myself: "You don't have to do it all---just begin." Usually I get a lot more done than I thought I would just because I have taken the pressure off. I think sometimes we hesitate because the whole job looks so big and we get overwhelmed. Once we simply begin, we usually keep going.

Michelle MechamMarch 5, 2020

I find this to be so true. Having moved from my home country to Utah my homesickness i turned into stories for my children which helped me and them. We would talk about other things too that i learned in school so they were getting a bit of education at home as well as school and they found they had better self esteem and general knowledge. Thanks for this message. I need to pass it on.

Ellie GMarch 5, 2020

I am a student in Brau's class who was there for this lecture and heard it all in context. Jim Brau is a wonderful man who is kind and loving. He supports his students and he was doing his best!! He was conveying the interpretation many made from the change in the honor code. He is a faithful, covenant-keeping man!! He changes the lives of his students. BYU is a better place because of people like Jim Brau!!

JoyceMarch 5, 2020

When a missionary years ago my companion and I were driving along the freeway when a driver ahead of us was slowing down and backing up. I as the driver attempting to avoid being hit, turned the car sharply. We were headed for the guardrail at a pretty fast speed. As the car came to the rail, it suddenly turned. My companion later said she felt someone turn the wheel. I know that I didn't turn the wheel. So we felt someone (an angel) had turned that car so we were safe.

DavidDMarch 5, 2020

If a widow was sealed in the temple to her deceased husband, would she be prohibited from romantic behavior with a man she is dating at BYU because it could not lead to eternal marriage to him?

JOANMarch 5, 2020

thank you...just what I needed to hear today

C HowellMarch 5, 2020

Timely. Sound counsel and advice. True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.

S. LarkinMarch 4, 2020

After recently attending the Roots Tech Family Discovery Day, I feel that your words ring true and affirm the importance of family narratives to build grit in grandchildren. Thanks for your words.

Dennis HorneMarch 4, 2020

Pres. Ballard's BYU devotional address yesterday, and today's letter from Elder Johnson and the Commissioner's office surely put this whole question to rest.

Dennis HorneMarch 4, 2020

Pres. Ballard's address to the BYU devotional on 3/3/2020 surely explains this matter as clearly as it can be, and the BYU honor code letter from Elder Johnson today also clarifies.

carolynMarch 4, 2020

M Neale, Check out this article: You can be outside as long as you stay in your backyard, 6 feet away from those outside the family. I'm jealous of snow. Build snowmen, put up barriers and have a snow ball war and go in and drink hot cocoa.

LeAnnMarch 4, 2020

This was a four laugh-out-loud post. Thank you.

PaulineMarch 4, 2020

We are quite new at grand-parenting and I appreciate your article. I will pass it on and suggest putting up pictures and tell more stories. Stories are very powerful! I know that from my own experience. Thank you!

Jean PetersenMarch 4, 2020

Thank you. I can relate to so many of these conundrums. At 75 I can look back a long way and just wish so much my Grade 2 teacher would have loved students asking questions to improve their learning. It is a tragedy that something so simple could damage a young child in building mathematical skills. I could have done it with help.

Grandpa ClydeMarch 4, 2020

I loved your thoughts and agree wholeheartedly, and note how much more pleasant and informational it would be to read the comments after a political or news article if those making the comments would follow your guidelines even just a little.

CherylMarch 4, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful article. It lifted my thoughts and spirit. I took many notes, much to ponder!

Geri CampbellMarch 4, 2020

That's priceless Daris - keep 'em coming!

GiniMarch 4, 2020

Excellent. You said what's important and you said it so well!

Andrew J CurrieMarch 4, 2020

It begs for a Moroni!

Bob TaylorMarch 4, 2020

well written and clear article - cleared up several questions i had regarding how to deal with COVID 19. i have passed the article along to friends and families. one question - do we yet have any information on how quickly this virus mutates? might fast mutation be part of the reason people are getting the COVID 19 a second time? thank you again for all your work with home preparedness. stay safe.

Cathy TorranceMarch 4, 2020

Another cousin here, James Chilton is my 10th great grandfather through his daughter Isabella.

Linda McFateMarch 3, 2020

I couldn’t make it to RootsTech, so thank you for posting the picture of William Bradford’s Bible; he is my 10th great grandfather. I have enjoyed colorizing my old black and white photos with the MyHeritage technology. It only became problematic when I scanned a picture of myself as a little girl in a dress that I knew was in shades of lavender, and they colored it in shades of orange and peach – ha ha!

Pat ProffitMarch 3, 2020

I have been asked to speak in Sacrament meeting or when I need to present a lesson, I ask one (sometimes more) of my grandkids's opinions, and thoughts on the subject. This gives them an opportunity to think about and discuss gospel , social, and other topicsl They freely give me fresh insights. I take notes and ask for more info and clarification. I actually learn a lot about what is going on in their world! I give very little or no advice, I just ask the right questions and we explore the subject and learn together.

BHIDMarch 3, 2020

Here's my take, for what it is worth. This is a difficult topic because there is so much shame associated with having same-gender attraction. As long as the individual didn't make the conscious choice to become same-gender oriented in their sexual orientation this is a weakness and not a sin. We all have weaknesses and there is no real shame in that. The Lord taught that He gives us weakness to bring us unto Him and He can make weak things strong. So there is purpose in weakness. However, just because we understand weakness, empathize with it, and don't judge others doesn't mean we should condone it in ourselves or others. Same-sex kissing, petting, and such are still against the honor code in that they violate the law of chastity. Even beyond this, one of the questions I am required to ask each time I interview a member of my ward is if they are encouraging others to keep the honor code. Same-sex kissing and petting undoubtedly discourage others from keeping the honor code. Since there is no real difference in whether same-sex romantic behavior is against the honor code I suspect that this wording change was likely made for accreditation reasons. President Ballard and BYU have stated that BYU and I assume BYU-I and the other Church schools will handle these issues on a case-by-case basis. To me, this means that if a student has committed a violation of the law of chastity we will be very careful to assess if they are repentant, if they are predatory in nature, and if they are openly opposing the Church's teachings on morality. This is what we already did. We likely won't expel them if there is any realistic hope that they will repent, which is how they were already treated. However, in more extreme situations students who violate rules of conduct will still likely be asked to continue their education in one of the many, many available alternative universities that don't have our standards. It will certainly be the same with straight students who violate the laws of chastity. The standards of the Church aren't changing, and the Lord still expects us to do hard things and trust in Him even when we are suffering or struggling with very hard things. The Lord also expects us to treat those who are suffering or struggling lovingly and with great respect and to understand that there is no shame in the struggle. I feel that balancing out is these two concepts is one of the tasks of a true saint.

Christie BlairMarch 3, 2020

I guess we're related. Truman O. Angell is my 5th great grandfather. Now I want to go read all those articles. I got a subscription when they did a Black Friday deal. Just another way to feed my family history addiction!

AmyMarch 2, 2020

The direction is to stay 6 feet away from people when in public, not in your own home. If you have a yard that is larger than 36 square feet you can be in it, as long as others from the neighborhood are not coming into it too.

Leon PowellMarch 2, 2020

There is only one way to know if your prepared, just, one day self impose isolation for a week, you will learn really quick what you have overlooked! There are only two of us left a month or two would not be a problem but after that it would be very uncomfortable I think!

JoanMarch 2, 2020

This is in response to Jim who questions the definition of condone as stated in the article. Here is what I found in a quick Google search.. condone. - From Latin condonare, "refrain from punishing," it does not mean "approve of, endorse"; it means "let something pass without interference even though you probably disapprove," or "pardon, forgive, overlook."

Gary RummlerMarch 2, 2020

So what are you saying? If two coeds walk to class holding hands will they be kicked out of BYU? Or if two guys attend a concert together do we insist on knowing if they are dating or just friends who enjoy the same kind of music? Being gay is not a crime against God. It also should not be a crime against BYU.

FredMarch 2, 2020

You selectively quoted President Oaks, and left out an important part of his statement: “Our walk opposes recruitment away from the covenant path, and it denies support to any who lead people away from the Lord.”

LauraMarch 2, 2020

Don’t forget to stock up on feminine supplies! For those with babies in diapers it’s not realistic to store some for a very long time since babies change size so quickly, but investing in a handful of adjustable cloth diapers and knowing how to deal with them might be a good idea.

PatMarch 2, 2020

This is a great article. The one thing I don't understand is the part that says you will need to stay 6 feet away from those that are quarantined. I would have to do this in my own home? Obviously the writer has never had children in their home. My kids wouldn't stay 6 feet away from me ever!

M NealeMarch 2, 2020

Some interesting ideas but not all e.g. outdoor activities- are practical if you are in a winter I.e. snow area. Would like to have seen a list of items that would help sustain the family for the 14 day period. Did not think they would be outside, if in isolation.

NIhla JuddMarch 2, 2020

It has been a struggle for many years to understand the "whisperings of the spirit". It is ever so quiet and gentle, but thanks to our prophet and apostles, I've learned to trust the thoughts that come to my mind - especially solicitations to help others. When I make a decision to trust and then act, amazing things take place. Thank you, President Nelson, once again for nudging us to listen and respond. It works! It really works.

Marie RouseMarch 1, 2020

I read today that a flight attendant on a Korean plane has the virus. I read recently that South Korea has many cases of coronavirus. So why aren't our airports catching these Asian flights and placing restrictions? Someone in charge isn't on the ball!

Kathie KennedyMarch 1, 2020

How many Kings does he know?

Pauline Bennion HarryMarch 1, 2020

I listen to these twice a week usually and am preparing for our CFM FHE lesson so I reread this time. I saw you at the RSO Gala! It was such a WONDERFUL evening! Thank you for all you are doing. You've inspired me and taught me so much!

Tom ArmitageMarch 1, 2020

An excellent rebuttal and one I whole heartedly embrace. Why I ask do we continue to allow Professors who are and have been directly adversarial to the Teachings of the Gospel to remain at a Church Sponsored College? I understand difference of opinions but these people are actively teaching incorrect principles.

PSMarch 1, 2020

This is a long process. I have been trying to work with my daughter for years, she is in her 40's now--same scenario. Sometimes I feel we have gone backwards in our relationship; but I still try to maintain a "love" relationship. I do not condone the many things she does; but I do tell her when she is doing very well. My daughter has issues that are way beyond my scope and I am unable to help her. I continue to place her name on the prayer roll of the temple and am always excited when she reaches out to me for any advice. It is a long road to go down with a child with mental and stressed emotional problems. I have watched my sister-in-law with her son and his alcohol/drug abuse. It is not pleasant to see our children suffer so; but the words of advice you have given are what I have been trying to do. May the Lord bless you in your challenge.

Ann-Marie JensenMarch 1, 2020

Thanks, Proctors! This was excellent and much appreciated. I especially loved the story of "Run!"

JanMarch 1, 2020

That was a kindly-worded and thoughtful article. Thank you. Considering that Professor Brau has gay family member, I understand that his wish for the Lord (and BYU) to change their positions on acting on SSA, but until that happens, he should be removed from his position of direct influence on students who may already be confused on this issue. We send our children to BYU for faith building experiences and to benefit from an environment of open dialogue where questions about the Lord’s plan can be explored with the support of professors of faith. They need counsel that clarifies, not confuses, them.

Sally SmithMarch 1, 2020

I rejoice in the prophets words asking us to read and ponder the scriptures, especially. As I do this I feel how much the Savior loves me and all his people. I am continually receiving revelation about who the Savior really is and how I can be a better disciple. I know he lives and loves and loves us.

Wen RojFebruary 29, 2020

Confusion and division are two of satan’s most effective tools. How he must be laughing at BYU right now.

Nadine AndertonFebruary 29, 2020

I am 75 years od, but it has not been thar many years since I remember being taught that ,due to persecution, disasters, and whatever, that the time would come when ,e,bers would be required to worship at home. Doesn't anyone else remember this? When President Nelson announced the change, I thought how blessed we were to have the opportunity to practice before there was no other option. How blessed we are to have prophets!

Jean RyggFebruary 29, 2020

Thank you for helping us to listen to Leigh Anne Tuohy's story. I have shared it with quite a few people. I LOVED it! And, We also have the DVD:)

RuthAnnFebruary 29, 2020

This is so so good!!! Thank you so much for this beautiful spiritual feast from this article. I want to share it with all my children who think a little sin here a little sin there is ok... it seems like satan is winning in my family. But I can choose to stay strong and be the example. Love this message

JamieFebruary 29, 2020

Dreads are your example for not representing Christ?

Bob TaylorFebruary 29, 2020

"when was the last time you heard from a general authority that we need food storage "-- how do you get to the conclusion it is no longer important just because it is not being talked about? i respectfully disagree. there comes a time when the Lord stops giving warnings and moves onto other things - frx, the current emphasis from our Prophet is learning how to receive personal revelation.

Jerry BrownFebruary 29, 2020

In response to James Watsons response, I will say this: We have been warned for many, many years to have the food storage items we, as a family, will need. Consider this James; President Boyd K. Packer said "we have been warned for a long time. We (Quorum of the 12) talk no more as the Lord will now preach His own sermon." That was said many year ago James. Best you prepare yourself!

Old GuyFebruary 29, 2020

Excellent reply. I hope it helps the person who wrote in.

Grant QuinlanFebruary 29, 2020

It was so great to be at RootsTech and watch Leigh Anne’s presentation! It’s the kind of life changing experience anyone would want to share with their children and grand-children! And with the full video on the web it is easy! Thanks RootsTech

vickieFebruary 29, 2020

yes I see many changes happening in the church....but I don't think I see a lessening of standards. I think that we should stick with the missionary keeping his hair neat and his face shaved. its a cleaner look and I don't see anything wrong with keeping those same standards. what they do when they come back from their mission is their business but while on the mission being Christlike to me means clean shaven and neat and a mother of two sons who went on missions and three grandkids as well.

Peter GilesFebruary 28, 2020

I am surprised and saddened at the anger directed towards Brother Brau. I am a student in his class and he consistently brings the Spirit through daily spiritual thoughts. I wish more professors taught with such a focus on Christ as he does. He also invites anyone struggling with their faith to talk with him and he ministers to them and strengthens their testimony. He is clearly just promoting a culture of love and repeating what the honor code office told him. It is very sad to see how quick some people in the comments are to judge him. This is something that means a great deal to him and to some members of his class - of course he would be enthusiastic in sharing it. He is also very enthusiastic about sharing thoughts about the Holy Ghost, faith, the importance of following the Prophet, having clean language, the power of prayer, and many other gospel topics. I was surprised by the honor code adjustment as well but it is not up to me. I love BYU and will keep attending here and I support any changes by the brethren. I will keep living how I know I should and will support others as they do the same. It is not my place to judge and it never will be.

SueFebruary 28, 2020

I don't appreciate my tithing funds going to promote such ideology as Professor Brau is spouting off. We send our children to BYU so they are in an environment to learn that has Spiritual foundations. This sickens me and I appreciate your editorial and in my opinion an investigation should be done with professors such as this.

JaneFebruary 28, 2020

John, I agree with you. Our family are very supportive of BYU and have sent our kids (and now grandkids) to BYU. However, this is NOT the BYU we knew and loved--a place where students could be taught in keeping with the doctrines of the Church. I do not understand why professors who teach against the stated doctrines of the Church are allowed to teach there. If people want the teaching of the world, they are free to go or send their kids elsewhere. Dean Worthen, where are you? A student reading the Proclamation on the Family being met with opposition, even cursing and hate? What has BYU come to? (Please, don't accuse me of homophobia--I have a lesbian daughter whom I love and she loves me, but that doesn't require me to ignore the teachings of scripture and the prophets or lose my testimony of the Plan of Salvation.)

Sela Pau’uFebruary 28, 2020

I do understand what this article is about and know enough to be grateful that there’s a living prophet among us. I am sure people will use this as a platform to criticize the leaders and the church. I need to hold on to the iron rod and keep walking in the strait and narrow path. Yes, Nephi is teaching us in 2nd Nephi 28 ...that is what is going on right now. President Nelson said “ truth is truth” I have no fear or doubts because this is the Lord’s church He leads and guides His leaders. I trust the Lord and fix my eyes on Him and trust His leaders. That is the TRUTH that I hold on to. CFM is the latter day Liahona we need to listen and do it so we can be guided in this confusing times. The higher law will separate the wheat from the tares. We need to be humble and listen to our living prophet.

LGBTQ+ ParentFebruary 27, 2020

I’m the father of an LGBTQ+ former BYU student who came out to my wife and me last month. BYU was NOT a good experience for him. He said he’d come to a crossroad where he was going to live honestly or he was going to end his life. I’m disgusted by the tone of this article and these comments. My son has spent a lifetime suffering silently in a church culture that calls him an abomination, that lumps him alongside murderers and pedophiles, that welcomes the day when Christ returns to destroy him and his kind. He had earned his place at BYU. He had as much right as any straight student to be there. Rejection like that shown above nearly drove him to suicide. These students are BEAUTIFUL people who shoulder an unimaginable and lonely burden. Where in this article do you honor those righteous LGBTQ+ students for their valiant efforts to make the best of an impossible situation? Where in these comments do members demonstrate a willingness to mourn with those who mourn? I admire Professor Brau for his caring and optimism, for his hope that LGBTQ+ students at BYU can live honest AND chaste lives just the same as straight students. He has clearly mourned with those students in their suffering. He represents the BEST that BYU has to offer its students. I’m thankful for a church that acknowledges that being LGBTQ+ is not a choice and not a sin. This is official church doctrine. In the past, the slightest expression of those feelings at BYU was strictly prohibited (hand holding, kissing). This is no longer the case. If you’d come down off your rameuptoms for a while you’d discover our LGBTQ+ children to be the among the finest of all God’s creations.

Spencer StevensFebruary 27, 2020

As a gay man myself who is endowed and worthy of said endowment, I find it shocking and saddening that a BYU professor would give himself over to such apostate views. Celestial marriage is a path, not a singular event, and our Heavenly Father & Mother followed that path. Being commanded to be as Father is, which is perfect, can anyone legitimately prove that same-sex dating, romance, sex, and marriage are within that covenant path of perfection? Unless you can show, in context, that scripture or teachings of modern day prophets can establish this, then please don't pretend to teach "true doctrine" of another kind that our Heavenly Parents haven't exemplified, as though there is more than one way of becoming perfect as They are. Furthermore, the temple clearly teaches the Father's Law of Chastity, and President Nelson VERY recently just declared that our Father hasn't changed that. If you want to follow the prophet, do so. If not, then it will be to your own spiritual demise. In the meantime, I express my love for those who feel differently and invite you to reconsider your ways in this particular situation. I am not perfect myself. But, I do know what is right. :)

M. CummingsFebruary 27, 2020

I support the leadership of our church in navigating this very personal and sensitive issue. However, the tone of this article lacks compassion for and sensitivity to people who experience life as a gay person. It seems to me that we should speak from a place of love in our church. President Nelson is a great example of this.

Arwen TaylorFebruary 27, 2020

Why can't someone with dreadlocks represent Christ?

Pat VassilarosFebruary 27, 2020

Does BYU Administration know about this? If not, they should.

CindyFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you for great advice. All of our grandchildren are a couple thousand miles away. We get there twice a year, but do you have ideas on how to build relationships long distance, besides Skype?

James WatsonFebruary 27, 2020

For many years the Church has said have a year supply of food etc. Even President Hinckley said at one time perhaps that it was almost to late to get it in time. Yet when was the last time you heard from a general authority that we need food storage. A long time ago. I guess it's not really important any longer.

CuzinFebruary 27, 2020

This is the perfect opportunity to remember to rely on the Holy Ghost for answers, not “the natural man” or professors. We need to be praying, studying our scriptures, attending church and the temple, reading and pondering what our prophet and general authorities teach us. The Lord is sifting the wheat, and those that do not have a testimony will be blown this way and that way in the wind from all the “hot wind” of the “learned”.

Robert PowelsonFebruary 27, 2020

This professor needs to be hauled up very short and soon. His ideas are not those of the BYU I graduated from, nor are the consistent with the doctrines and moral standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of which I am a 5th generation member. The Church that I served a mission for married in the temple and with my wife had four children.

James WatsonFebruary 27, 2020

I read your article but saw no explanation for the change in the BYU code. why was it changed. You do not explain the reasoning. It seems logical to infer that the Church is bowing to the Gay or trans perhaps due to public pressure or other reasons.

B. K.February 27, 2020

Mine is a question rather than a comment: Considering the BYU code of standard/s, why then is this professor allowed to continue to teach? Shouldn't this professor/s be held to the same level of standard in their teaching as the student/s in their behavior? This professor is representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints university and I am appalled that the professor is continuing to teach, and you say, 'others like him', sends a very bad message to those not of our faith.

Emily NeuhausFebruary 27, 2020

I’m a student at BYU and I agree this is a huge problem. I had a professor last week tell my class that the prophets have made many mistakes in our church. That banning blacks from the priesthood was a mistake fueled by racism and we need to accept it as such. A religious professor told my friend that it is not doctrine that children can’t be baptized before 8. There is a serious problem with the professors at Brigham Young University leading students away from truth.

Dennis HorneFebruary 27, 2020

I am not sure that redefining "condoning" is all that helpful; the definition that most people use is still the definition that most people use. I find other words like "support" and "tolerate" to also be relevant to the discussion. I have appreciated these thoughts from a former BYU religion professor: "When I was a young man, tolerance meant treating those with whom we disagreed with civility. It did not mean that we were obligated to accept their point of view. To many young people today, however, it means that we are to be nonjudgmental—holding all men and all ideas to be equal—and that it is morally wrong to say that something is morally wrong. It is not an unusual thing for people to cover willful disobedience with the blanket of God’s love and to advance the idea of a universal salvation that sounds dangerously similar to that advocated by Lucifer in the councils of heaven."

Neal ChristensenFebruary 27, 2020

God gave us a brain and a spiritual intellect, and intends for us to use them to choose the right path without being directed in every minute detail. We have our agency, and if that agency leads us to rationalize (rational lies?) behavior we know is wrong, we will suffer the consequences. Remember CTR...Choose The Right.

RonFebruary 27, 2020

Amen and Thank You!

Monica PhillipyFebruary 27, 2020

Please professor feel free to teach somewhere else. Times are hard enough and what is needed is a teacher student and parents alike should be able to trust with gospel teachings is so very important. At the least make sure you have a complete and spiritual understanding of these principles. Have you not read the Proclamation or understood the basic foundations of the gospel? Teachings based on love and understanding not one on changing moral values and strength to uphold those values is what is needed to be taught.

DanielaFebruary 27, 2020

Thanks so much for writing this article. It was a much needed explanation after this past week confusion. Very well written and enlightening.

Brett OgdenFebruary 27, 2020

You might consider that Professor Brau and others who have been praying for such a change are not wanting the Church to cave to an "insurgent liberal agenda" or a "preferred socio-political narrative". Rather, this is a deeply spiritual matter over which much pondering, prayer, and study has been done.

Raeann PeckFebruary 27, 2020

Consider taking adequate Vitamin D3 or getting plenty of sunlight on arms and legs every least 1/2 hour in the sun. Also, take probiotics, Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C. Get healthy food, adequate sleep, wash your hands. Keep your hands away from your nose and eyes. Avoid people who are coughing or sneezing. Don't be afraid to leave church if rude people show up sick.

Pauline Bennion HarryFebruary 27, 2020

Well thought out commentary. Thank you

Brad CallFebruary 27, 2020

Karen, They ARE wandering around in public spreading the virus. They are saying now that 28 days is required for symptoms to appear in many cases. How many people have been infected by those showing no signs of illness and then those secondary recipients going their way merrily spreading the virus? Put them on an uninhabited island, with supplies and caretakers and let it run its course. Now we have it spreading without restraint through the population. What is the hurry to reintegrate them?

Marla SmakaFebruary 27, 2020

I thought I would die before the final installment of this story came. Just like waiting for Christmas morning when I was 7 years old. Loved it!!!

Lulu ChanceFebruary 27, 2020

Right on my dear Friend! Love your work and insight! Love you too, lulu

ElizaFebruary 27, 2020

This article is much needed and should be widely read. Jame Brau has a trans daughter and I am sure that affects his point of view dramatically.

rustyFebruary 27, 2020

Dear Sis Hilton, Thank you for your love and kindness in sharing your insights. I am inspired(hopefully into doing) by each article you write. Thank you!!

KateFebruary 27, 2020

Well said ! True and righteousness will prevail, regardless of any professors teaching otherwise!

JimFebruary 27, 2020

Sister Decker, While I agree that your comments are well intentioned, I can’t help but read the comments left by your readers and feel disheartened. Especially in light of the controversy now under way at our beloved BYU. I’m not sure how long ago you penned this article but your definition of condone can not be found. No where do I see “withholding punishment”. What is first on the list as I search is “accept or allow behavior that is considered morally wrong”. Loving unconditionally and do not judge have become hot buttons that twist good and faithful members faith into condoning (yes I said it) sin. In welcoming family into our homes, the very place where the gospel is to be taught at it’s very center. The place where true doctrine and principles are taught before even attending church meetings, we must do as Lehi taught, make our way to the tree and the fruit and then never cease to beacon our loved ones to “come and partake” of eternal life. People who come into our homes should make no mistake where our faith and testimony is. AofF #4 Faith and then Repentance move us to love others towards loving the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s not teach the wonderful members of the true church, that loving trumps obedience or that it is not loving to be unwavering in offering gospel truth to those we love. This is the problem with too many of our LGBT family members. They want our love and acceptance with conditions. If we accept those conditions, we are condoning. Remember Lot’s wife!

Ruth JamiesonFebruary 27, 2020

It makes me think that the only safe place where there is peace, strength and spiritual safety to navigate through the false philosophies of the world is in the walls of the temple. People who claim to be good members of the church are particularly confusing when they present such falsehoods.

RobertFebruary 27, 2020

I have been a member all my life. I hold my membership, my God, The Prophet and the Gospel as the cornerstone of my life. Should this Church begin to conform to the mores and cultural vagaries of the progressive liberals (who have almost virtually destroyed our society) I will no longer consider myself a part of this Church. I will continue to worship Christ, follow the teachings of the Book of Mormon, and honor the covenants I have made with the Lord. The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and I do not believe he will bend with the wind, nor do I believe The Prophet will alter divine scripture. The Prophets have warned us that forces will exist that change the practices and customs of society in ways that are in conflict with the laws of God. I believe we are entering these perilous times and only a strong testimony of Jesus Christ will protect us and carry us through them.

DavidFebruary 27, 2020

Jacob – I’ve followed and appreciated your writings for a couple years now, but believe you may have gone too far with this one, and although I’ve never before heard of the Professor, believe you may have unfairly maligned him. I listened to his statement. Where, exactly, do I find the source for your allegation that the Professor is “one who essentially admitted disagreeing with core teachings of these same apostles for years?” I didn’t hear it in what he said anywhere. Yes, he clearly wanted LGBTQ folks to feel free to be themselves and show affection in acceptable and moral ways as straight kids do at BYU. But there was no advocacy by him that I could detect for same-sex marriage, nor for any immoral behavior. I think you have a confirmation bias issue on this one. Listen to it again.

LanceFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A very loving, thoughtful and inspired response to a very serious subject. One that if not carefully and prayerfully considered, will have very dire consequences for so many.

CarolineFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you for an excellent article explaining so well how I feel, but am not able to express as well. I think this might be what Hugh Nibley, or Elder Maxwell would be saying if they were here!!

Linda StricklandFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you Brother Hess for explaining this new policy. We send our children and grandchildren to all the church's educational schools for education as well as protection from professors such as the one in the video. I have a question. Why would you teach or attend a school that goes against a policy they so strongly disagree.

Anne LambertFebruary 27, 2020

Hooray for Jacob Hess and all others like you who know for themselves what real TRUTH is

Melanie SteinFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you Brother Hess, for your much more accurate interpretation of what the change to the BYU Honor Code means. Thank you for speaking out for the many of us who understand that God's laws don't change. We need this support in the face of the incredibly vocal activists who would like to change God's laws. Thank you for not being afraid to stand up for what is right.

Frank MerrillFebruary 27, 2020

By sheer coincidence our seminary students this morning discussed the attitudes about which Nephi cautioned his family and us in 2 Nephi 28. Go read it again, as the similarities are obvious.

GregFebruary 27, 2020

So, the very first question posed, can gays kiss, hold hands, date at BYU? That's what they want clarified. Neither this lengthy article of the change stated in the Honor Code or the honor code itself addresses their question. So can they? Simple question. The best policy changes are those that are clear, not open for hundreds of opinions.

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Justin MFebruary 27, 2020

Wonderful message! And one that is needed for myself. Thank you!

Justin MFebruary 27, 2020

I felt the article was too long to reach the point (more directly) that the prophet spoke plainly on this topic recently, and that the while the policies and handbook are less prescriptive in wording, the commandments and expected behavior has not changed. Was at dinner with my wife's family a few days ago, and one was livid at what he saw BYU's policy changing to (because of this video) and said he wouldn't send his kids there to be confused. I hadn't seen the video, barely heard about the policy change, but know the will of the Lord, and the direction we are taken to exercise more wise agency unto ourselves and in serving others. I keep (or kept, until a recent shaving accident) a trim beard, but remember not being allowed to serve as a veil worker years ago. And so I stopped serving in that capacity. Was I prideful? I suppose. I didn't see the connection between serving and facial hair, but as was explained to me at the time, that people seemed to be more judgemental of what was on my face than in my heart. Hopefully this is the direction we'll be going as a church and as saints, mindful of our own judgements and exercising wise stewardship, while following the Lord's standard in our worthiness.

LauraFebruary 27, 2020

I see the move to change the honor code to be less prescriptive as more of just that. Just like ministering, and come follow me, and the children and youth program... it’s a movement towards a higher law of relying on personal revelation and being proactive in living the Gospel. It’s a weeding out of the tares and it will become more and more obvious and easy to discern between those who are striving to be true disciples and followers of Christ and who are just members checking off all the right boxes but following the world.

JohnFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you fir this article. BYU I and BYU Hawaii still say no acting on SSA. Provo is the only school that interpreted it as being allowed due to wording removal. There are quite a few professors (Brau included) who have been trying to push this agenda for years. The prophet and apostles did not approve of this. The BoT approved of wording removal and BYU Provo had some administrators go rogue to push an agenda. Yesterday a student took a stand and read the family proclamation on campus. He was met with cursing, hate and even a death threat online... all for reading church doctrine on the campus of the churches college. The campus is becoming increasingly unsafe for those who actually do follow the prophet and apostles and who do stand for truth. All because certain professors and administrators have allowed this progressive agenda to grow to the point it has. I pray the brethren step in and fix this soon. Brau and others should be fired.

Bob SFebruary 27, 2020

Excellently put, Shelly!

Norma PellettFebruary 27, 2020

It might help to remember that when Christ called out the Pharisees, He knew their hearts. We cannot know anyone else's heart. We can decry sinful behavior, but we must treat others with love and respect. It doesn't matter if they "deserve" it or not. We are responsible for our own behavior. Support whoever your conscience dictates and discuss your viewpoint without acrimony.

Momi NelsonFebruary 26, 2020

Your article has inspired me to. Look at condoning in a different perspective. More importantly, we have a responsibolity to our LGBT Brothers and Sisters to keep them in our circle of Love that suicide is NEVER an option.

Shannon FarranceFebruary 26, 2020

to answer the question, Alma 22: 28 the west was the land of there first inheritance

BobPFebruary 26, 2020

Tough question. I had dear friends who also had a very large family. One of the girls was involved in lesbian activities and tried the bring one of the other teen children with her. The tried very hard to love but not accept the open SIN. They removed her from the family when she was about 16. It was painful but necessary. "Love the sinner but hate the sin"

tom glassFebruary 26, 2020

my family severed ties with my wife and i because we joined the church and we are straight so i can understand what it is to be left out and shunned.

Valerie BalmforthFebruary 26, 2020

I really appreciated this article. I’m mom to a lesbian daughter and her wife. I couldn’t figure out how to live the law while trying to love. I caused her years of pain. As I prayed to figure it all out...I realized it wasn’t mine to figure out or understand. I wanted to be like Jesus and I knew he loved them as much as he loves me. Thank you for the clarity on the word condone. I have my beautiful firstborn back❤️

VickieFebruary 26, 2020

Yes, they practiced on Samoa.

LauraFebruary 26, 2020

You can be bold and stand up for the truth without being contentious, which is what Christ modeled, and I think the main point the author is trying to make. She notes that we should not be silent in the face of unrighteous behavior but directly address it by speaking "truth without venom." As noted in another comment, Christ did not always show His love in sweet words or actions, but undoubtedly Christ's motivation was always His unconditional love for God's children, and unlike us, He knew perfectly the thoughts and intents of the hearts and minds of those he chastised. So when we engage with those who have opposing views, are we doing so with

DeniseFebruary 26, 2020

Meghan, as always, your insights are beautifully articulated. This will be so helpful to some I know who are dealing with the dilemma of how to treat their LGBTQ family members. Thank you so much.

Molly E WahrheitFebruary 26, 2020

What a great article. I had a very special relationship with my Grandmother growing up and looked forward to that relationship with my grandsons. They are now 16 and 13. They have brought a tremendous joy to my life.

Maurine McLleanFebruary 26, 2020

Thanks Carolyn, this is a fine article--so thorough. I've read every word and will send a copy to my daughter with whom I live here in Layton. I love seeing your name on Meridian Magazine. It brings California a little bit closer!

BeatriceFebruary 26, 2020

Thank you for this article. I have a son who is gay. He is so loving to our family and because of his love, we have understood that he didn't choose to be gay. I have needed to understand how being gay and being a member of the Church and not being accepting of those who are LGBTQ works and now I understand. Thank you so much!

SteveFebruary 26, 2020

I understand how all that is to work, but my problem is that too many LGBTQ are out to convert everyone else to their life style. It is not enough that they are accepted by us, that we condone their life style, we have to become one of them.

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Robert W CowartFebruary 26, 2020

Thank you it was worth the wait. If you had a video of that and put it on Youtube you could be wealthy!!

ShareeFebruary 26, 2020

I don't know how to update my browser and clear my cache.

Gary M OliverFebruary 26, 2020

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! (Mat 23) Love is not always shown in sweet words and actions. Christ openly condemned faithlessness, disobedience, and corruption. He drove the money changers from the temple. Although Christ is the Prince of Peace He told His apostles "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." Mat 10:34 Just trying to bring a little balance to the discussion.

Irene BlackFebruary 26, 2020

I loved your comments and totally agree as more and more of us are faced with these situations in our families. We are finding the true meaning of loving. Thanks for your insights. Your article has helped me immensely.

Rita SingerFebruary 26, 2020

The ventilation system on a plane circulates the air that is already on the plane. A plastic partition does not separate the air.

JulietFebruary 26, 2020

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have a gay sister who recently married. Some in our family have chosen to ostracize her and her new wife. We have chosen to love them both, while also following the gospel. I appreciate this article clarifying "condone" and that what we are supposed to do is love them and work on our own shortcomings. This is exactly how we feel...that the most important thing is that we show love!

vickieFebruary 26, 2020

THIS IS ONLY the beginning.....I am always ill with something or other so I know my immune system is not good. I was told this years ago. im old and my kids are getting older as well. I pray for my grandchildren...two of my grandkids have already done their missions one in Singapore and the other in peru. now I have one going to Chicago Illinois very soon. from what I see what we can do is prepare and pray. the 2 P'S....prepare and pray.

Sandy ReddishFebruary 25, 2020

Thank you for the update! We are planning to spend some extra money from savings to stock up this weekend. We are going to clear out a room the basement and get some more food nd hygiene supplies for our home storage. I always appreciate your articles

MaggieFebruary 25, 2020

To the sister who just stated that the people who were on the cruise ship were not wandering among the US states? I think that you MISSED some important information about the 2 different airplanes they were put on. DHS decided against the Presidents orders that they would send them back to America anyway. Those people were put on 2 different planes with over one hundred passengers with ONLY a plastic partition in between them. That is factual. So they have infected all the other people that were just travelers heading everywhere around the world.

MaryFebruary 25, 2020

My grandsons are all under 5 years old. When We are together I spend time playing whatever games they want to play and listen to what they say. My oldest grandson likes to make up names for me like 'Dramma' and now it's 'Grammaster.' I love these times together and relish each moment.

Been thereFebruary 25, 2020

The parent closed with "Satan is working hard on her." Who is he not working hard on? The parent and I imagine it to be a mother, sounds like perhaps the bigger issue is the daughter's current (lack of) belief than who she is dating. Dr. Julie Hanks just published some infographics on her facebook page addressing things to say or not say to someone having a faith crisis. This could come in very useful to analyze what you are really saying about your daughter. Seek for ways to really connect with them both. Find out what he loves, what makes him tick, why does she think he's so awesome. You can't change anyone else, so work on your own radical acceptance of her (and your) less than ideal situation. If you express a lot of outrage and self righteousness, it will likely push them both away and then you lose the connection you are so worried about. She already knows what you think and believe and hounding her with that is not helpful. Reach out with love and tenderness and support. If there is abuse, then caution her, but ultimately she's going to do what she wants, so let your relationship stay solid so when things get rough she will return to you. You're not her savior, she already has one, just be her mother.

DMFebruary 25, 2020

Thank you for your article. I needed it today--I have a daughter Amber also. Totally different circumstances, other than she overwhelmingly needs help also. I appreciate your perspective and look forward to that next life of understanding why things happen the way they do. Meanwhile. I hang onto hope and faith, sometimes by a thin thread, and endeavor to endure while waiting for that further light and knowledge.

Meghan DeckerFebruary 25, 2020

Excellent insights. President Faust said "When there is contention the Spirit of the Lord will depart, regardless of who is at fault." We can hold different opinions and express them without succumbing to hostility, which clouds our judgment and destroys relationships, on a national as well as a personal level. In the midst of turmoil, it is even more important for me to improve my sensitivity to the prompting of the Spirit, and the way I treat other people has a big impact on that sensitivity. I can also support leaders who show that same restraint and respect to others.

CindyFebruary 25, 2020

Thank you for the article. I find more anxiousness vs. joy. I certainly love them however in small doses for me. My stamina and creativeness does not align with them. How do I work out my introverted self with them and still be true to who I am. I do find I hit a wall with this. I as well noted above you had commented “ you wanted input”.... any answers to what I see above in comments would be so helpful. Thank you

Mary JurgaitisFebruary 25, 2020

What about partaking of the sacrament? My understanding is that the bishop/branch pres. needs to give the ok for that. Will this be an adjustment, too?

JohnellFebruary 25, 2020

Thank you for your timely expression of thoughts many of us have had.

LouiseFebruary 25, 2020

We have served several missions so that not only will we be serving the Lord, but we will be an example to our whole family how important missions are. (Elder Bednar stressed that when he met with young couples in Houston last summer)

SummerFebruary 25, 2020

I love the Eyres. I started reading their books 30 years ago and now have grandchildren too. Thanks for this!

Robert PrinceFebruary 24, 2020

Thank you for a beautiful, meaningful story. We all need this kind of compassion and selfless kindness in today’s world.

Karen ClarkFebruary 24, 2020

All passengers on the plane carrying people from the cruise ship are in quarantine for 14 days. They are not wandering around in public spreading the virus.

Carol AnnFebruary 24, 2020

Personal life story and all Family Histories in my possession: formatted, scanned, saved on thumb-drives, and distributed to posterity. Check! Reward: Peace of mind!

Pattie SkousenFebruary 24, 2020

Revelation by our dear Prophet has been surprisingly quick regarding the home centered learning I thought we were a few more years away from this kind of illness or emergency becoming a reality. When President Nelson said to hang on and that things are coming faster, I should have realized it IS quicker than we can imagine

Ornella Brenna GhezziFebruary 24, 2020

I apologize for my poor English. I am an Italian sister who served as a worker in the Swiss temple in Bern. There have been many occasions when I have learned, seeing the behavior of other Time-goers, what I should or shouldn't have done, so I always considered each brother and sister to be my teacher. Each of them helped me to be better in my service and worship in the Temple and to be more in tune with Heavenly Father. Thanks to everyone I met in serving in the Temple.

AffiliateLabzFebruary 24, 2020

Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! :)

G. SmithFebruary 23, 2020

I second the question posed by Richard Loosli. Where do you read that Lehi landed on the western shore of the promised land indicating he sailed across the Pacific Ocean?

Mapuhi tuko TekurioFebruary 23, 2020

Very true. Two powerful lessons (1) the boy Joseph Smith jr. (2) the glorious manifestation of God the father and of his only begotten son jesus christ. What a powerful doctrine.. Gratitude and thankfulness in my heart and soul.. I'm a member of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. (3 generations)

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MaryannFebruary 22, 2020

While I agree that we need to be kind and charitable, I hope we don't mistakenly use those qualities to justify (thereby encouraging) inappropriate behavior. I recently saw a patron in the temple dressed in cut-offs. He looked like he was dressed for the beach or the park. Our dress DOES detract from the sacred setting of the temple when we dress inappropriately. It would also be helpful if temple workers would kindly remind patrons to be reverent. The feelings of those seeking a place of refuge should be just as important as those who are irreverent. We all remember the story of the Savior's strong reaction to those who did not honor the house of the Lord. Our leaders have also cautioned us about the world becoming too casual. This should not be encouraged in the holy temple of the Lord.

LexaGraemeFebruary 22, 2020

It’s a beautiful story. Thank you. Through small and simple things, great things come to pass.

AnonymousFebruary 22, 2020

Good review.... However; We must be very careful when using phrases like someone would rather shoot themselves…

JayneFebruary 22, 2020

The Church's Addiction Recovery Program is amazing. I have been part of the Family Support Group for years and it has helped me and many others tremendously. It's free, so money being tight is not an issue. It's also completely confidential.

Marsha NewmanFebruary 22, 2020

Great commentary! I’ve been praying about Jacob’s description of Christ as both Father and Son. I have Catholic friends who believe that in a literal and physical sense. I’ve been asking for a true understanding of that dual role so I can discuss it with my friend and also internalizing it myself. Thanks so much for your podcasts. I tell all my children and friends about your magazine!

Gail OckeyFebruary 22, 2020

Always a pleasure to read something you have published. Remember me?

AnnaFebruary 22, 2020

I look forward to Friday nights when I add the Come Follow Me Podcast to my evening scripture study. I love the insight and sweet spirit I receive from it. Thank you so much.

Pamela SandersFebruary 22, 2020

Ahhh. Now I begin to understand Isaiah. It becomes plain when you have the keys. Many thanks.

NaomiFebruary 21, 2020

I'm a "subscribed" member of your magazine, and have been enjoying Meridian and Larry Barkdull for years; thank you for continuing to post his inspired, insightful articles/work! They speak to my spirit and soul.

RebeccaFebruary 21, 2020

In your notes you state about Seldes, Germany. Many people have mistaken S for F in old handwriting. Could this be the case? Because there is a Felde Germany that was occupied by Nazis.

Roberta HarrisFebruary 21, 2020

Thank you Becky dear for such a sad but then uplifting article. Turning Amber's too short life into your determination to make it count for something turned out to be so inspirational for the thousands you have helped. And on and on it will continue with much momentum, giving love, caring and hope to so many who desperately need it.

Pattie SFebruary 21, 2020

Nazi Germany's tremulous affect on the Jews was horrendous; but this act of kindness and thanks is such a remarkable ray of sunshine in such a dismal time. My grandfather had a saying: "There is no sin like the sin of ingratitude." That has stayed with me since I heard it many years ago and now gratitude and kindness became the tool to help reunite old acquaintances in difficult times. The miracle of the letter being delivered to Duluth was in it self a gift from a loving Heavenly Father.

Cindy ClitesFebruary 21, 2020

Seldes may be a German town that was completely obliterated. There were many of those- where no sign of their existence ever happened, especially after the many wars. The museums related to the wars there talk about that.

LorieFebruary 20, 2020

Love this! You have so many talents that bless others! Thank you!

Lydia HandleyFebruary 20, 2020

Where can I get the sheet music that includes the bridge with harmonies? I'm teaching this song to my ward primary for them to sing on Mother's Day and would love to include it. It is beautiful!

Dennis NielsenFebruary 20, 2020

I was in the Celestial room meditating when a large group came through veil and wer noises talking. I listened closely discovering an 84 year old great grandmother of a large posterity was taking out her endowments that day. Most had been endowed a long time and they were excited and happy. I sought the Spirit which told me to look at their eyes and see the light of Christ.

Richard SkousenFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing this touching story! God does bring goodness out of tragedy. We just have to hold on, clinging to our faith. Thank you.

MarcFebruary 20, 2020

Becky, Thank you so much for this article. It has touched me like no other ever has. I now will look for the good that comes out of every tragedy.

Heidi ShafferFebruary 20, 2020

This article is a perfect reminder of the reverence we should observe while we are in the House of The Lord. I serve in one of the temple offices and often have to remind myself to remember that I am in the temple--not just an office. It is true that we don't know the circumstances of those entering the temple, but we need to think of the perfect love the Savior has for us as we try to improve our lives and place ourselves within the sacred walls of one of His temples. Thank you for the examples you shared.

Dane BoundsFebruary 20, 2020

Which temple is second busiest?

Gloria PopeFebruary 20, 2020

What an incredible article, Becky! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story with the world. We all need to hear it.

bonnie lynnFebruary 20, 2020

Beautifully inspirational. Sometimes we just need to hope and hold tight. Time does work its wonder to shed peace and acceptance. Indeed, "we see through a glass darkly." Someday we will see the light and understand our personalized schooling in this life. Thanks for the message and inspiration to many.

MarieFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you for your observations. I have been guilty of one of these thoughts towards another sister, and I have repented of that! After all, we both have a temple recommend and both have the right to be there, regardless of how we are dressed, coiffed, or bathed!

MMFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you Becky for sharing such a tender and remarkable story! I am so touched and simply cannot fathom what you have endured and how you have turned your sorrow into an organization focused on those in need. What a tribute to your daughter, you, your family and those who serve with you all! Thank you so much for sharing this article!!

Daris HowardFebruary 20, 2020

I really liked your column, Joni. Thanks.

PJFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful post. I too am an dorrance worker and have had the same experiences and thoughts. We are All "a work on progress", doing the best we can and striving to do better.

JuliFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing this.

MaryFebruary 20, 2020

Dear Becky Thank you for your faith and love, and commitment through Christ to using your suffering to serve others. You are a beautiful example of the reality that out of darkness can come the greatest light.

Richard MannFebruary 20, 2020

So which temple is the second busiest? And which is first?

Joy LundbergFebruary 20, 2020

I enjoyed reading this article very much. So much wisdom regarding behavior in the temple. It is such a sacred place, a place where we can reach out in quiet love to one another. A place where we can truly commune with our Heavenly Father. I have been ill and unable to attend the temple for five months. I yearn to be there and hope that happens soon. I am grateful that when I have been able to attend the temple I have always been treated with love and respect. Thank you, dear temple workers!

ClarkFebruary 20, 2020

Since the Washington D.C. Temple has been closed for renovations, we have driven to the Philadelphia Temple. This is about a 3-hour drive each way (assuming traffic is good, which it usually is not), and about $20 in toll charges each way. Even when we get there, sometimes the sessions are full and we have to go do something else. Lots of ward members have said they will never complain again about the 1-hour drive to the Washington D.C. Temple. Those who live in areas with multiple temples should count their blessings, even if they have to wait on occasion because of the number of patrons.

JulieFebruary 20, 2020

In fact this is the new normal. And his daughters are his overriding priority. The girlfriend is way down the list of his priorities. Blood is thick and boomers enjoy having their children at home. Boomers want a relationship with few strings and occasional contact.

MarcFebruary 20, 2020

I too have a temper, I am an old guy now and I wonder why a few of my family members still love me. But they do. I struggle just as you and these commenters do to control it because I know it harms other people and me. Thank you for your article. And thanks to the commenters, very touching.

Carolyn DayFebruary 20, 2020

Very touched by your story. You also have been a true blessing in the lives of the missionaries that you served in the DR. My son being on of them.

AnonymousFebruary 20, 2020

This is incredibly beautiful. I also have a son with serious mental illness and who has attempted suicide. This beautiful perspective really touched me today

VardellFebruary 20, 2020

Thanks for your article. It is a perfect analogy for how we miss scriptural messages. It is always surprising to me how we can read the many examples of Christ forgiving and changing people, and yet still conclude that we must first conquer all our sins before that can happen for us. Too many of us LDS read the scriptures with our “keep the commandments” glasses on and that’s all we see, the onerous demand of the law. Maybe we need a new prescription. Maybe a pair of “grace” glasses, maybe a pair of “Christ forgives us and changes us” glasses would help us see that message which is certainly there, but often overlooked.

Jim Von StettenFebruary 20, 2020

This is a wonderful article. As a sealer in the temple, and a regular patron, I can confirm all of your thoughts and observations. Thank you for sharing this. It is a good read, especially for ordinance workers. Are you JKP's daughter?

M. S. LoveFebruary 20, 2020

Oakland has always had Tenderness, Lead by the Spirit, Love, Sweetness , Silent Joy, Comforting Actions as the Temple should be and more so..... Christ like love for the 25 years I’ve served here. Unfortunately the current presidency... if focused on the letter of the law , not the Sweetness of The Spirit. Thus their called “ shift leaders” are the same. Yes Oakland is a “ new Temple” , sadly the President’s & Matrons are unquestionably keeping the love of Christ from filling the workers hearts in The His House. Unfelt love, compassion:(. times 6 Breaks our hearts

Laurel Lee PedersenFebruary 20, 2020

Thanks again for a fabulous array and feast of insight and knowledge! I save your articles as PDF's so I can refer to them again. Love your material you share. . .and YOU!

LindaFebruary 20, 2020

Great thoughts! Thanks so much for sharing. I think we can all identify with your suggestions and encouragement to be better. Great reminder about the Celestial Room also!!!

Adriana RodriguezFebruary 20, 2020

Having my oldest son in a mental hospital at this moment, this is exactly the article I needed to read today. Just one more tender mercy from a Father who loves us.

Bonnie CaldwellFebruary 20, 2020

Beautiful and tear jerking! Thank you for bringing these truths to the rest of us who haven’t lived through what you have. God bless you for what you are doing.

SarahFebruary 20, 2020

I too suffered tremendous emotional and sexual abuse from both parents as a child which left me scarred and emotionally disconnected due to the betrayal and everything else that went with it. When I became an adult and was able to physicaly remove myself from the abusers, I started to see that there were other ways life could be to me. Then I married. I had twenty years of marriage in which the first ten were spent dealing with the abuse of my childhood. My husband was terrific in all of this, then when our twentieth anniversary was coming around,I found out he had strong feelings for another woman. The betrayal I felt even if he never actually acted on those feelings put me right back where I was as a child. I have a difficult time seeing through the betrayal that those who should have been the most trustworthy and protective of me. I struggle each day of my life to hope for something better. My husband keeps telling me that I shouldn't have a hard time with what he admitted to because he admitted it, he didn't act on it, and he says he is not going to act on it or anything like it in this life and that I shouldn't feel betrayed because she didn't even know about it. But, I still feel betrayed and as though I have lost everything I had worked my entire adult life to build. It's almost as though I have been living in a false reality for twenty years and have been thrust back into reality that began as a child and all it's pain and loneliness and hopelessness. I try to remember that Christ suffered not just for our sins but also for our heartache and pain but much of the time even that is hard to get my mind to focus on because the pain in my heart is so great.

Ornella BrennaFebruary 20, 2020

When I went to the USA in 2007, at the end of my son's mission [Mission of Peoria, Illinois], I noticed this situation, which is perhaps more pronounced now. But what I remember most was the love and warm welcome that the poorest members have reserved for me, their effort to overcome my difficulties with English and the love and gratitude that they have shown to my son. One of the verses of the hymn Ye Elders of Israel, in Italian, say "we will go to the poor and like Jesus we will help those who suffer the most, with the sweet message of the holy gospel we will open the doors of heaven to all". There are still Saints whose hearts are filled with the love of Christ! What matters is knowing if we are among those. PS. I apologize for my bad English.

StormieFebruary 19, 2020

I believe I may have helped with one of those moves from Omaha! Maybe I kept, (and fed) , Mugsy for ya! Saved him from scavenging for food. Ha! At any rate...lovely story! (And fb message me when you return home.)

Scot ProctorFebruary 19, 2020

Try updating your browser, then it should work.

Scot ProctorFebruary 19, 2020

Try updating your browser and clearing your cache. Then it should come up.

K-Lynn PaulFebruary 19, 2020

If the Constitution hangs by a thread, some members of the Church may need to be reminded that it is the Constitution that needs to be saved, not a particular individual or party.

RoxyLynneFebruary 19, 2020

So perhaps I'm taking it too literally when it reminds me of many of the women of the church in Utah. Women who now worry so much about their looks they talk about getting the "mommy package", which includes a breast lift and tummy tuck. Women in church who dress to the world's standards, but please, ladies, do not bend over in public. Women so concerned about their giant home, furnished like an instagram picture. Women who are upset about not having the priesthood, or whatever other worldly issues they seem to have taken on. So many fake, insincere women. Truly a sign of the times. (Yes, I know there are still a lot of good, covenant keeping women, but still.)

Andrew J CurrieFebruary 19, 2020

Like many prophets of old, Pres Kimball did not explain "why" when he warned Latter-day Saints against mothers leaving their children in the hands of day care centers while they pursued careers in the workforce. The oft-delayed, unanticipated consequences of disobedience are always fascinating to see.

Sherry Ann Simister (Bonneau)February 19, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful lesson on Isaiah.... I suffered a serve brain injury years ago, and even before that I struggled with Isaiah.. and even more so now. Your article has given me the courage to not be afraid and to just look for our Saviour. I take that approach in my daily life with regards to trials.. when I concentrate on the blessings that come with the trial, the trial is no longer difficult. My greatest trials have given me my greatest blessings... for which I’m truly happy... so thank you again for your wonderful article and now I won’t be so afraid of Isiah.

Marietta Matthews-DeanFebruary 19, 2020

I,also, have clicked and clicked and end up on the frozen page! How do I enter the contest??? Thank you

TimothyFebruary 19, 2020

An excellent set of articles. I enjoyed the information presented enough that I followed one of the links to "," registered there and conducted my first random word-search of the US Constitution! Very informative presentation with additional learning just waiting for me now!

Jann JensenFebruary 19, 2020

I smiled all the way through as I read your beautifully written thoughts on reading. I use a Kindle and my phone, but still nothing replaces the weight of the book in my hands and the ambiance of a room full of books with opportunity for travel through time and space through the thoughts and purposes of a writer who has taken time to share their soul with me through their gift of authorship. Books, books, books are windows to our existence and our connections to this world and the next!

Nancy PlaggeFebruary 19, 2020

I also, have clicked and clicked to enter the contest several times over the past few days, but every time I click it takes me to a frozen page, and I can't enter the contest. Please advise.

JanetFebruary 19, 2020

I loved the article and I loved the humor. You made me laugh as I remembered too many of my own experiences in arguing with God. I'm very grateful He gives us second chances. In response to your additional comments above: I remember one day when I was a teenager, in frustration I "informed" God that the world was a big mess, but I had some good ideas on how He could fix it if He'd only ask me! I distinctly heard His response, "My dear, you can't even manage yourself so what makes you think you can manage the world?" He had a good point. Since that time, I've been less inclined to judge God's ability to manage His children as a loving Father, and I try harder to take counsel from His hand.

Susan GFebruary 19, 2020

This is great!! Anyone who has moved even once will chuckle and relate!. My question is, when did you find the time to write this delightful piece in all the moving and where did you find the pencil and paper?

LauraFebruary 19, 2020

We have moved 24 times in our 14 years of marriage. This sums it up pretty well. I’m looking forward to the end of packing up and cleaning twice a year, but I’m kind of afraid of settling down, because I love the adventure of finding a new place and getting to know it and making it mine... but at the same time, I like stability and building something that will last and feels like home. Luckily, every chapel and every temple I’ve been in does that for me, and every ward becomes my family. I couldn’t have done it without the “un-professional” help of elders quorums and friends and neighbors who would come and help each time. The Church has always been our safety net to catch us every time we’ve been flung to a new place, and I’m so grateful. Now every time I hear of someone moving I am the first to volunteer because I know I owe it to the universe, and I’m thrilled to be that net for someone else.

Donna S.February 19, 2020

Excellent, helpful article! Thank you!

Gordon TaylorFebruary 19, 2020

Guys, Great to read your series. Would love to send your the book Susan and I wrote 'Family Councils - God's Pattern for Parenting. send me your address or you can get it on The book shares our 45 years of using the family council model of parenting our 8 children and now 23 grandchild. Families are wonderful. Gordon & Susan Taylor

LindaFebruary 19, 2020

This was a wonderfully helpful article. I will no longer feel confounded by Isaiah but will understand Nephi’s intent in including those chapters. Thank you!

L RasFebruary 19, 2020

I needed this today- and am anxious to look further into resources shared. Thank you so much!

L RasFebruary 19, 2020

Awesome! I feel more assured already. Christ is the path, the gift and the treasure we should all seek and follow.

Geneil BallentineFebruary 19, 2020

Love Marilyn Hadd's writing. She captures the trials of moving as I laughed my way through.

Just plain "Glenn".February 19, 2020

Learned today of an adult class provision to include us that have callings in Primary and others missing the block. Neat. Nurtured with the good word of God in service covered. Thank you Lord.

Mary Ann JohnsonFebruary 19, 2020

I loved this! I have always loved Isaiah and he is one of the people I most want to meet when I cross through the veil. This article makes me love him even more and I look forward to re-reading those Isaiah chapters.

Scott LawFebruary 19, 2020

Thanks for that perspective. I like the idea of the confusion caused by focusing on a small part of the picture and missing the whole picture. As a photographer and just as a learner of the Gospel this is a lesson I will mentally come back to often. My reading of these chapters will be different from now on because of this good article.

Mary-Rose McMullinFebruary 18, 2020

Is this only open to US residents?

Melanee PhillipsFebruary 18, 2020

We are technologically spoiled! I hrew up on Ray Harryhausen and Disney. Look forward to watching with my family. On another note: why throw in the Trump rant? I stopped caring what actors said a long time ago. Their there to entertain.

ObserverFebruary 18, 2020

I say we should be concerned: During World War II, men were called away to fight. In the emergency, wives and mothers worldwide were drawn into the workforce as never before. The most devastating effect of the war was on the family. It lingers to this generation -Boyd K. Packer

Cindy PurvisFebruary 18, 2020

I have clicked and clicked to enter the contest several times over the past few days, but every time I click it takes me to a frozen page, and I can't enter the contest. I would really love to enter. Thanks!

bluewaterFebruary 18, 2020

Thank you for this article and your intent. Loved many of your insights---the way you stated some things sent my mind on a different pondering path than before. And can see how it can help me in my own quest.

Jeff LindsayFebruary 18, 2020

Thanks for the comments! I should add that in sharing this, I recognize that some will wonder why God would help or attempt to help one individual on their journey while millions suffer, as if small miracles don't count when big problems remain unresolved. Why doesn't he solve global problems now and make everyone better off more directly? In fact, many of us are shocked that God doesn't do things our way. Some conclude that He either must not exist or is simply incompetent based on His failure to accept our arguments and comply with our logical demands. Incredibly, so far He has still failed to stop all disease, eliminate death now (not in the distant future!), ensure high wages for all, prevent climate change, stop tooth decay, provide us with more sustainable packaging materials, reduce traffic jams, redistribute wealth in our direction, and ensure that all students have above-average grades. It takes little more than a third-grade education to recognize the absurdity of God not doing everything our way and failing to distribute unlimited blessings uniformly and immediately. Instead, it seems that He only occasionally works miracles and often rather minor ones, healing a few random people long ago in Israel, for example, instead of providing cures for all globally. So unfair! Believers may opine that His purpose is not to make us as comfortable as possible on earth, but to send us here briefly to learn, grow, face trials, get a body, choose good over evil, etc., however brief the journey. The needs and purposes of each journey may differ, and God's personalized responses may differ wildly from person to person even if they seek Him in faith. For those who view God as a loving parent, some will say that the purpose of parenting is not to spoil kids with all the toys and treats they want now nor to ensure they never have to struggle, study, face consequences, or experience grief and pain, but rather to help them grow, mature, make decisions and realize their own potential, even if it means being sent away from home and facing painful trials, even the risk of failure. Believers will say that each of us are on a unique journey through mortality and that God is there with great love for us and sometimes inspiration, regardless of where our journey takes us or even if we make choices that take us far from His intended path. Some will die or suffer today by His will, others by their errors or the sins of someone else. Some will be guided to avoid a crisis such as a war or a pandemic, while others will be needed to stand in the heat of battle and play a painful role. Some He may try to guide one way or the other, but they may not listen. But many will testify that even in their darkest hours, they found His love and sometimes even tender mercies. We could complain about God allowing harmful viruses to spread at all. We could complain about why millions are trapped in Wuhan and so many are dying. The complaints are many. Answers are few. Certainly we should be concerned and pray for relief and do what we can to help, if we can do something. But whether one is trapped in a prison, a locked-down city raging with disease, or forced to leave home in an unprepared manner, when we turn to Him for guidance, there are blessings that await in our ongoing journey. There may be comfort and peace in times of trial. There may be the "tender mercies" like Nephi experienced on his painful 8-year trek through Arabia that helped shape and prepare him for great things. For some of us, there may be a second chance to get a valuable record that a stubborn soul should have brought. My journey has been a mix of trouble and joy, with many tender mercies but very few of the big miracles that I have wanted. But while His ways are not my ways, I'm gradually learning that for wise and eternal purposes, it's best for me to not criticize His ways and to endure in faith and patience. I fail frequently and am tempted to rail and moan, but am gradually learning that His ways are worth accepting and His gentle, personal whisperings are worth listening to when they come.

Herm olsenFebruary 18, 2020

Beautiful message, Dr. G. Always useful.

Loren SpendloveFebruary 17, 2020

We met Sagit in Jerusalem where she played her beautiful music. After we returned to the US we were surprised to meet her again in our ward where she was visiting. She has a great musical talent and a wonderful spirit. We are so happy that she now is able to serve a mission!

Barbara McConochieFebruary 17, 2020

Very interesting! I am continually surprised by how much there is to be learned from the writings in the Book of Mormon. Thank you for expanding my horizons still further!

Kirk HarropFebruary 17, 2020

Great insightful article!!! It really helped me process through the way I have come to sense how I "see" and "feel" about the darkness in our lives. Gave me the reassurance that I have been able to "see" quite well but doubt sometimes during certain situations that I am truly seeing as Christ wishes us to see.

SamanthaFebruary 17, 2020

There have been numerous times I have started reading the BoM. Too many times I got bogged down in Isaiah and quit. I shall re-read 2 Nephi with the Joy in mind! My father was colorblind. As a child in the '50's, I used to help him sort transistors by color (he built radios and other electronics as a hobby) My son is the lucky 1 in 4 that is colorblind also.

Shirley GriffinFebruary 17, 2020

Wonderful article, perceptive and oh so true.

KimFebruary 17, 2020

Thank you for this article. I used to do my scripture study at night, but I have found since changing it to the first thing in the morning, I am more in tune with the Spirit through the whole day. Now nothing comes before spending time in the scriptures and prayer. It equips me to better meet my day.

Pattie SkousenFebruary 17, 2020

Thank you for your new-found colorful insights. I, too, have read Isaiah and have missed the most important parts that you wrote about, the joy. We do have joy in our lives, we just need someone to point them out to us.

RenaissancenerdFebruary 17, 2020

Thanks for some much needed laughs! I was having a hard day, and it’s still hard, but doesn’t seem so bleak all of a sudden.

VardellFebruary 17, 2020

Jeff, loved how you made your point using humor. I think one reason God is a poor debater is that He is just gullible. You know, when we are in the depths of distress and we negotiate a deal with God, and we promise that we will never sin again. He always believes us and He blesses us. And then we renege on our promise. But the next time we are in distress, we do it all over again. So, take your pick, either God is Gullible or He just has a bad memory. Now that we have proven that God is a poor debater, gullible, and has a bad memory, one thing you will also discover is that although He has a sense of Humor, many members do not. As you are being burned at the stake for blasphemy, take some solace in knowing that you taught us a good lesson and made us smile. Thank you.

DianeFebruary 17, 2020

Wow! Thank you for sharing your experience and insights.

kerFebruary 16, 2020

Mike Kennedy was a better choice for Utah, but most people did not do their homework when it came to looking into the background and voting record of the candidates

D.J. FullerFebruary 16, 2020

The problem with Mitt's vote is something MUCH larger than the comments this far. Romney is NOT elected to vote his OWN conscience!! He is elected to represent the VOTERS of Utah - not himself. Romney represents Utah - not the personal views of Mitt. Huge difference that keeps getting over looked! You elect a Senator or House member to office and they in turn are supposed to represent the will of the voters, not themselves. Get it? All this talk of his own personal opinion misses the mark - he's to vote the will of the people he represents. No idea why that keeps getting lost in the dialogue here. Very important point!

GrandpaFebruary 16, 2020

The fortunate part of this is that the writer knows up front that this issue exists and won't be surprised by it should the relationship progress. She can make her decisions before the relationship deepens.

DougFebruary 16, 2020

The first five comments are true AND say it all.

Andrew J. CurrieFebruary 15, 2020

I have no problem with a person's faith influencing his decisions. In fact, personal faith is one of my main considerations in my voting for the person. What I think the D-news article missed is that many people nation-wide who object to Romney's vote are seriously concerned about his motivation. Given the unfairness of the 'trial' in the House; given the lack of any actual facts or witness testimony regarding guilt (don't forget, we got to watch and hear it all on TV); given the conflation of responsibilities between the House and Senate; given the Democrats' history of lying and vindictiveness throughout the three years of Trump's term; given Romney's repeated, failed, two-faced pandering to get positions in Trump's administration; given Romney's failure to ever cite a single material fact demonstrating Trump's abuse of his Constitutional authority; and given Romney's own abusive way of even getting on the UT ballot by overthrowing the UT Republican caucus process; and given that Romney is nothing more than a modern-day "carpetbagger" who is not truly interested in the people of UT, is it any wonder people are disappointed and ashamed that he represents us? People are not upset because Romney stood for his values; we/re upset because his values appear to be purely self-directed.

Janet KuesterFebruary 15, 2020

I so appreciate this article. 30 years ago, my 17 year search for a Christian church that taught what I felt deep within my soul to be true ended and I was overjoyed to be baptized as a member of the Church if Jesus Christbof Latter-Day Saints. The first vision was and is SO very important to me. Thank you ❤️

Dallas EricksonFebruary 15, 2020

How can a former Stake President who testified to the truthfulness of the Gospel and the Plan of Happiness ever be in favor of killing the unborn? The most horrific crime to ever hit the face of the earth! Millions of little ones that if left intact and left to be born would have had the opportunity God planned for them to have bodies and progress and grow! When he came out in favor of this horrible crime against God's Plan and gay marriage and rights I could never trust his judgement again. His latest decision to make history and side with the pro-aborts was all self serving and had nothing to do with inspiration from God in my opinion. I think the years long effort to unseat a President, one that has been the greatest champion for life in the history of America, is all about abortion. Trump is well on his way to change the judges and the courts that will allow making the killing of the unborn illegal again.

AffiliateLabzFebruary 15, 2020

Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! :)

Read a little closerFebruary 15, 2020

@Frank Pierce, if you click through and read the rest of the article, it DOES say that Mike Lee's vote was also courageous. That's kind of the point of the whole thing.

Scot ProctorFebruary 15, 2020

There was an initial transfer of missionaries out of the country and now the remaining 99 are also being transferred. The lower statement is from a previous announcement, the upper statement is the update.

BwillFebruary 15, 2020

The problem with Senator Romney isn’t his faith, it’s his lack of convictions. Is he the Mitt who supported abortion in his Senate campaign against Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, or the Mitt who was pro-life when he ran for Senate in Utah? Is he the guy who sought an endorsement from Donald Trump and later groveled for a spot as Secretary of State, or the sour grapes “never Trumper” that voted for impeachment on non existent “evidence” A very selfish man. I am embarrassed that he represents Utah and the religion.

BeckyFebruary 15, 2020

What a great article. I’m grateful for the gift that the first vision is to us. Jane, you CAN share this on Facebook. There is a link by the title.

HelenFebruary 15, 2020

In many countries around the world there is only one bathroom in the whole house and everyone must share it!

Eric FraterFebruary 15, 2020

.The Headline says all Missionaries transferred from Liberia, the statement says 99 remaining. ???

Kathy M PitochelliFebruary 15, 2020

This week, I saw a young man working at Wal Mart in Utah, near where I live. His name on his name tag intrigued me, so I asked its origin. He said, with a thick Turkish accent, i'm from Turkey. I then asked him how he came to be in Utah in the U.S. He then explained that at age 19, in Turkey, he decided to do an Internet search to learn about religions. He read the Joseph Smith life story and his First Vision and absolutely believed it to be true, sought out the church and got baptized. I shared my very similar conversion story and what made all the difference to each of us was dispelling the myth that God, Christ and the Holy Ghost are all the same being or a cloud somewhere. That vision is soooo powerful!

KarenFebruary 14, 2020

After having been in a step-parent relationship, (which is incredibly challenging under the best circumstances, if he is not willing to make some major changes, I would say run, don’t walk from this relationship

Frank PierceFebruary 14, 2020

If Romney's vote was courageous, was Mike Lee's vote cowardice? Lee is an expert on the Constitution, and is supposedly just as good a member of the Church as Romney. He has a better conservative record. I suspect that Albert Caldwell has a good point. In the end, who would you rather have for president: Trump or Hillary?

Robert W CowartFebruary 14, 2020

This is what I am trying to get my ward members to do and post these stories in the memories section of their family tree. Stories like these will increase the knowledge of and love for their ancestors.

Meghan DeckerFebruary 14, 2020

This is so powerful! We are not alone in gathering Israel on both sides of the veil--those on the other side reach out to help us, as well.

BabsFebruary 14, 2020

Whether to God or your country keeping an oath or promise is important and what ever religion you follow should not matter. That is what he did, he kept his oath to himself, his God and his country. I would trust that over the many others who make promises but don't keep them because they are afraid to stand up.

LynetteFebruary 14, 2020

I’ll be the first to comment ... although I believe Romney is a good person and vote however he chooses, I don’t believe he had all the facts in this instance. How could he? Nobody does because the democrats wouldn’t let the facts out. Romney should have realized this and instead of going for the “notice me” vote, should have kept his head down.

NDHFebruary 14, 2020

While I appreciate Romney voting his conscience, on his conclusion for the indictment, I can only assume that with all of the hours and hours of repetitive false accusations, he somehow missed the Republican's defense revealing their lies and he didn't watch the testimony from the House hearings that went on an on for months with no real evidence of wrongdoing. I can think of no other reason for the conclusion he came to. A sad day for Romney and the poor example of Mormons.

MaryFebruary 14, 2020

President Trump is a flawed man, so is every other person who walks the earth. He is making a personal sacrifice to clean up “the swamp” He has done a lot of good and the impeachment hearings were a joke. Senator Blumenthal from Connecticut (a Democrat) even said- where is the proof? He was asking for real evidence of wrong doing because there was none- except against Senator Biden lining his sons pockets with political bribes. His debauched drug addicted son who is involved in illegal activities. How so many people could be fooled by the mock trial saddens me. Mitt Romney did not show courage rather jealousy and disdain and a personal agenda. His job is to represent his constituents.

MaryannFebruary 14, 2020

I have always had a hard time with the concept that the Savior 'learned obedience by the things which he suffered." He was the Creator of the world and everything in it. The elements obeyed HIM. He was the God of the Old Testament who GAVE the laws. He did all that his Father asked of him long before his birth. I can understand that he learned how to succor us through having his own mortal experiences of suffering. He learned what it was like to have a physical body and pain. But "learning obedience?" I don't think so. Perhaps the scripture is indicating that he was experiencing obedience in a new way by submitting his body to his spirit. But he had ALWAYS already been completely and unfailingly obedient.

MaryannFebruary 14, 2020

Telling his adult daughters they "can live with him as long as they like" would be a big deal breaker for me. The mother passed away five years ago. One of the daughters is already 26. Why are they still living with him? I can see all kinds of problems ahead for this woman if she continues in this relationship. Look for a man who will be your true partner and who desires the same privacy you want in your relationship with him, not someone who is hung up on his daughters.

MaryannFebruary 14, 2020

There was absolutely no legitimate basis for impeaching the President. I am still shocked that Mitt voted as he did.

Donna Genzer MattinglyFebruary 13, 2020

This is a wonderful article. I so appreciate this, and some of my ancestors who fought for our liberties, and were signers of the Declaration of Independence. Not many people realize by signing the declaration they were putting their lives and those of their families on the line. Most of them lost everything, including their families who were hunted like animals, imprisoned, and were killed. They were in rebellion to the King!!!, which was treason. I love my America and those who gave us our Constitution. I hope this article is read by many and we wakeup as a people.

Douglas WhitingFebruary 13, 2020

I would appreciate footnotes to substantiate your quotes regarding the prophecy. I have spent many hours for a contemporary source which also specifies date and location. I've heard some incredible claims from third hand sources which are totally unsubstantiated and have been issued by well-meaning members who have their own political agendas.

RCook52February 13, 2020

I think you miss one important decision option for Mitt. His motives could have been very selfish and not motivated at all by "pray always". He lost a presidential election to Obama that he should have won. Trump beat him in the next primary. Mitt has been successful in most things he's put his hand to until now. Maybe this time he's feeling sour grapes.

SherrybReimersFebruary 13, 2020

Marvelous message!! Thank you for your incisive comments

Dixie BarlowFebruary 13, 2020

Tanya, What a helpful example of your creative empathy to recognize and fill a need of this man at the end of his life. You shared your unique abilities to help him define and appreciate himself and his history. Thanks for your generous nature and sharing this story and useful information.

Nicolas Castañeda RuizFebruary 13, 2020

Marvelous article. I am a witness of the reality of these principles. I love missionary work

Jan KingFebruary 13, 2020

Cruel yes....but I'm not laughing!!! I'm wishing I could get my hands on that coach! This story had better have an amazing ending, with Curly as the happy hero!!!

Joe Van HussFebruary 12, 2020

Your system for subscribing will not allow me to to use my CC unless I open a PayPal account. I will not deal with PayPal due to history of terrible customer service. Hopefully next your you will allow just a CC without forcing subscribers to open PayPal. Love the Meridian.

Jane TiltonFebruary 12, 2020

As a convert from a "traditional" Christian church, the first vision was extremely important to me. I had never been able to believe in the Trinity as taught by the church to which I belonged, and the idea of a God and a Savior, both with bodies and both with loving concern for an individual was contrary to my childhood teachings, but were what I always felt should be so. I'd love to be able to post this article on Facebook.

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Dane BoundsFebruary 12, 2020

I think the First Vision also showed mankind what salvation looks like and what our potential is.

Linda WestoverFebruary 12, 2020

I am reminded of a quote: "We turn memories into stories, and if we don't, we lose them. If the stories are gone, the people are gone too." Your efforts obviously kept someone "alive".

ShaunaFebruary 12, 2020

Thank you for these podcasts. They are always great. I also like to read and listen. I open the pod cast page in two windows, one showing the recording and the other the weittwn narrative. This makes it easy to pause the recording. I also open another window of my LDS account of the scriptures to enter notes.

Ruth HansonFebruary 12, 2020

This article with it''s inspiring story and helpful hyperlinks is abounding with information to help us tell our family's story as well as stories of those significant people we have met and will meet. in our life's journey. /thank you Tanya Neider for putting this together for us.

MMPJFebruary 12, 2020

My dad did the same thing on our way to Disneyland at a gas station. 5 little kids were so excited to see Dad put the quarter in the machine. Dad said we could put it in the machine, throwing it away like out into the street, or save it for our trip. He put it in and we received $25 in quarters. Great lesson, Dad. :-)

DawnFebruary 12, 2020

You are so cruel to make us wait for another teaser installment of this story. I am dying laughing and waiting for the next part.

Oakley EatonFebruary 12, 2020

This is just what I needed to read today, and it's beautifully said. Brigham Young is my great great great grandfather. I always feel inspired by his words. I shared it with my 6 girls, who are trying to daily influence others for good.

Christine HORNEFebruary 12, 2020

So enjoyed this article. thanks for taking the time to find out about someone's life and making a record for the family. Too many historical treasures are gone and we will not be able to retrieve them. Thanks!

Bonnie CellaFebruary 12, 2020

I agree with Linda. I'm sending a check. Was no place for a guest to pay by credit card, and I don't do PayPal.

Charlotte H.February 12, 2020

Thank you so much for this article! It addresses struggles I've been having lately. Many, many thanks.

Gail BowmanFebruary 12, 2020

Thank you! This article really spoke to my heart. I am being primed right now to take another step up in my relationship with the Lord and understanding how the Holy Ghost works. Just yesterday I watched “A Night With a General Authority” David A Bednar, for seminary and Institute teachers. The topic was basically how to receive the Spirit’s guidance in teaching! WOW! My cup was overflowing! Elder Bednar’s main point was, I believe, perfectly in line with your article. As members of the Lords church who strive to Be good, and Do good we are blessed each week with the words “that thy Spirit may ALWAYS be with them”. The Spirit doesn’t just come here a little, there a little, when we’re Really righteous. He is ALWAYS with us, if we allow Him, guiding us and directing us though we may not even know it. We would do well, as your article suggests, to sense, act upon and acknowledge more often the Holy Ghosts help. It is the “higher and holier way” Pre Nelson has asked us to walk. I am so grateful for the Spiritual tutoring I am receiving through the Holy Ghost right now to have a closer relationship with the Lord!

SusanFebruary 12, 2020

I love being a grandma! It brings so much joy to my life. My grandma was amazing, and I miss her every day even after 23 years of her being on the other side of the veil. It motivates me to be a great grandma! One of the things that our grandkids love is to receive post cards when we travel. At first I was sending one post card per family, but the grandkids started to fight over who got to keep it, so now I send one to every grandchild individually. For Christmas, instead of presents, we give them experiences. We just had a weekend where we went to a local hotel with a great swimming pool with just our grandkids. We stayed the night, ate junk food, played and laughed, then went to see the monster trucks the next day. What a great weekend! It is so much better without their parents around. Haha! I love our alone time. That is when they behave better and are more likely to talk with us. We can be such an influence for good, and it does our own hearts so much good at the same time.

Edward RehderFebruary 12, 2020

Good stuff, once again, Mary. Thanks.

AnitaFebruary 12, 2020

I needed this. Thanks for the STOP.

RobertFebruary 12, 2020

I love a good folk tale.

DonnaFebruary 12, 2020

Two of our daughters met their future husbands at Scholars—as well as other friends that they are still in contact with 35 years later.

AnnFebruary 12, 2020

Thank you, thank you for sharing - these are just the words I needed- you have articulated my fuzzy thoughts into clarity.

WendyFebruary 12, 2020

I do not consider President Trump's lifestyle, speech and communication patterns to be unorthodox, as Albert Caldwell labelled them. The word I would choose would be dishonest or maybe vile. President Trump is a joke, who has done more to lower the level of political discourse in this country than any person I have seen in politics. We will never recover from from what he has done. I too would have voted to impeach him. Senator Romney might not represent all the people of Utah, but he represents me and my conscience and I thank him for his courage and integrity.

NanFebruary 11, 2020

What a great forum, not only for the Eyre's insights and ideas but for the readers experiences and thoughts. Being the grandparent of 24, I find as I get older, time and energy for me can be a barrier to spending the quality individual time I would like with each grandchild. It can be a real juggling act to keep in touch with all families and individuals as well. That said. The times in the car, on the couch, on line, at their school activity or in the pool, whether in a group or just with Nan (and Pop) reinforce how much they are loved and cared about and supported. And hugs and kisses are a given from this grandma always. The icing on the cake is when you get comments like "l love you Nan" or "we have a great family". All family dynamics are different but as long as LOVE is shown in whatever way possible, that is what is so important.

DoniFebruary 11, 2020

I'm anxious to see more! I love this!

Dave HansenFebruary 11, 2020

My slot machine story is a bit different. Decades ago I picked up my brother in SLC when he returned from his mission. The previous week I'd been to Wendover to watch motorcycles race on the salt for land speed records, so after dinner at one of the casinos I had the opportunity to watch gamblers work the one-armed bandits. Near where we ate was a small area of exciting quarter slots that paid off often....if I were guessing, I'd say 40% of the time, or perhaps even more than that. However, despite the bells ringing and lights flashing, the maximum payout was 4-bits. What made it fun was the excitement generated by the lights and bells. I was not at all enticed, but found it curious enough to watch. When I took my freshly minted missionary brother through Wendover, the following week, we stopped at the same casino late at night to eat, and the room of a dozen or so of easy winning slots was pretty much empty. I wanted to show my brother why people get addicted to gambling, and stuck 2-bits into a machine and pulled the lever. Ca-ching! Loud bells & flashing lights indicated I had won big time as 2 quarters clinked out of the machine's wide mouth. I picked them up and quickly stepped over to another machine and plugged it with one of the quarters. Cha-ching again, as the noise and flashing lights indicated I had won another round of battle against the squad of one-armed bandits! Once again I picked up my 'free' loot, and then chose another nearby machine to drop another quarter into its slot. guessed went the bells and lights once again! I couldn't believe I had hit 3 jackpots in a row, but I was going home a BIG winner......all of 6-bits. I collected the unearned rewards and looked up to see my brother awestruck with mouth open and eyes the size of saucers! There was no chance in the world that I would try it again, though. We left for home and I have not risked my hard earned money for gambling since then. Fortunately, my brother did not buy in to the false promise of wealth either and as far as I know has not been at all tempted by gambling. Had he done so, our mother would probably have tanned both our hides. However, I believe it illustrates gambling is not a matter of luck, as much as it is a battle with Satan. I knew I would eventually lose if I kept feeding the ruthless machines, and it might have influenced me (or my brother) to try to beat the machine at Satan's game of offering what he cannot deliver. The real winners of life never get sucked into believing his temptation.

MarkFebruary 11, 2020

Mike, I think if you read the end of the article carefully you will see that I acknowledge the point you made. Thanks for reading!

ColleenFebruary 11, 2020

With 128, and counting, Great Grandchildren, it can be a wonderful challenge, but I will add what I have done. Last year I made a one- page copy of my testimony , added a dollar or two, then sent it in a card to each child on his or her birthday. If I did not have a card, I drew my own greetings with Magic Markers ( funny stuff for their ages) and mailed them. Sometimes I added a note to the parents of the younger ones, to save it for them.

Daniel BakerFebruary 11, 2020

Yes, invitation to look and see deeper meanings. Learning in the restored Gospel goes forever, it's like a diamond with so many facets in the light, is exciting and invigorating. It reminds me of the good book Brad Krammer wrote about studying the Book of Mormon using rabbinic study methods,. But as to depicted audience (investigators) I think the focus has to be on them believing the vision happened, not in using something which they have not yet accepted as proof of some of the other things you have discussed. Do you see where I am going? Audience analysis, see where they are, always. Line upon line.

Mike PrescottFebruary 11, 2020

Actually, although I agree with your article's premise, my understanding is that the early missionaries DID NOT share the first vision while proselyting. I watched a program about the Joseph Smith Papers and they made the point that Joseph considered the first vision personal to him and later appreciated the significance to the membership and non members. He was also bitterly persecuted for sharing it as a young man and kept it to himself as sacred for a time after.

Rebecca DouglasFebruary 11, 2020

I am incredibly proud of Mitt! In these days of partisanship and political expediency we see very little personal courage. America needs more statesmen. Thank you Mitt for standing up for your beliefs!

Mike PrescottFebruary 11, 2020

Mitt's style was not a winning strategy against Barack Hussein Obama / (Barry Sarturo). He was a milk-toast nice guy and finished last and let the dumb lady moderator in his CNN debate with Obama turn him away right when he had Obama on the ropes for Benghazi. Trump is confrontational and aggressive and has a more abrasive style. In our current political atmosphere, he wins big races and Mitt loses. I don't care how Mitt votes really but he was just "uninvited" from CPAC for his "own protection." I think his vote makes him a man without a country in the political sense.

Kay RookhuyzenFebruary 11, 2020

I grew up in Reno Nevada and had the same thing happen TWICE with my mom in a grocery store! Lesson not learned. As I grew older and saw friend's families losing their homes due to gambling, the lesson was leaned really well!

WithheldFebruary 11, 2020

How do you suggest one-on-one grandparenting when the mother is a "Helicopter mom"? We have 3 grandchildren that live 3000 miles away due to military service. They are 5 1/2, 3, and 5 months. When they come home their mom feels like it is a family vacation and they have to do everything as a family. None of the grandparents that live here get alone time with our own child or grandchildren. She is involved in every phone conversation or skype. My son usually calls on his lunch break or when he is driving to or from work so that we can talk without her controlling the conversation. I'm hoping this is because they are small, and as they grow this will change. I recognize that she is insecure and hopefully she will get better as she matures.But until then any suggestions?

Ralph W. GalliniFebruary 11, 2020

I joined the Church in 1968. The two factors that helped in my prayerful decision was what was taught by my missionaries when they taught me about the First Vision. That Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost were three (3) distinct separate beings. The other was the fact that we have living prophets today. The First Vision destroyed the myth of the Trinity as taught and understood by so many Christian denominations. I had always believed that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were separate. The First Vision teaching confirmed it for me. Thanks for an excellent article.

JenFebruary 11, 2020

What if your grandkids are already teenagers and you haven’t been doing one on one dates. How do we start the real now? connection

CarolynFebruary 11, 2020

I’m widowed. I’ve always had the little grandkids sleep with me and I’ve been able to have the most wonderful conversations with them at that time. They have asked some of the deepest spiritual questions and I’ve been privileged to have conversations about life and religion that I may not otherwise have had. It is becoming a bit more difficult as they get older, but I’m up for the challenge. I’m inspired by some of your suggestions.

PAUL CHAPPELLFebruary 11, 2020

There is also the point that most commercial milk is from Holsteins, which have the A1 mutated gene. Humans and some dairy cows have the A2 gene. I'd be curious if, in addition to raw milk, those who drink goats milk, which is A2, like people, makes a difference. I'm guessing that the author also controlled for other factors but may have overlooked that.

Linda EyreFebruary 11, 2020

Yes, lets get this forum going!

HKFebruary 11, 2020

"Have them make a list in your notebook of “things I am sure I will do in my life,” and “things I might do in my life,” and “things I will never do in my life.” This is a great idea...and I love that they should write it down!

Richard EyreFebruary 11, 2020

We would love comments and inputs from all you grandparents out there!

Lisa SJFebruary 11, 2020

Would you mind putting the dates/scriptures in the heading or as a sub-heading? Some of us are just working week-to-week and lose track when authors like you "teach" in advance. Thanks!

Jean PetrilliFebruary 11, 2020

Loved this article. For Christmas last year I gave my grandchildren a card that was good for dates with grandma, one on one. I have been able to do this with 5 of the so far and it has been great. They seemed to enjoy it also. Looking forward to some more dates.

Gary and Noy GarvinFebruary 11, 2020

My wife and I love this. We do this daily and let her know we will always be here for her!

Laura and Scott BreymanFebruary 11, 2020

Thank you! We have 3 grandchildren in 3 different states. We do a lot of FaceTiming with them but loved your idea of doing Grandma and Grandpa dates with them when we visit. Our grandchildren are all 4 yrs and under so we do a lot of singing and reading books together on social media. It’s the best!!

LynnFebruary 11, 2020

I will be a new grandma this summer with my first. Thank you for this article. I have so much to learn and I'm taking notes. At this point it looks like my daughter-in-law will have to return to work and I will be a full time grandma. I plan to do the same with all my grandchildren. I'm excited and scared at the same time.

Sharon StandleyFebruary 11, 2020

I appreciate your comments. I am a lucky grandparent that is near by and you are correct that kids are different when parents are not present. I have been told many "secrets" over the years some funny and some more serious that I was able to help them with. I have been able to take 3 of my grandchildren to church each Sunday because they have allowed me to do that from the time they were sunbeams until now when two are teenagers and one has been married in the Temple. One parent is an inactive member and the other belongs to and is not active in another church. The drives to church have been a time to discuss many things and when they have had problems they will come to get advice. It has been a blessing. I do not go against anything their parents have told them, but offer additional insight, They are now working on a plan to get the parents back to church.

Diane IrwinFebruary 11, 2020

I like the 'REALLY' idea to keep them talking! I love being 'Gram' to 4 boys, ages 6 months to 10. It has been difficult in the past year or so to get the oldest one to talk. Thanks for the idea!

Donald HoffmanFebruary 11, 2020

If we keep the Sabbath Day Holy, we are free from this exposure. The Lord is not in Sunday Sports.

Mary L. NooseFebruary 11, 2020

Love this!! It is so encouraging.

Diane PollardFebruary 11, 2020

Thank you for creating this forum for your insights, instruction, ideas, and encouragement in our grand parenting efforts, and for inviting readers to do the same. My husband and I are committed to being involved with, and supportive of, our precious grandchildren. I loved the idea of having a notebook to record information about our grandchildren, not only by us, but by them.

VickyFebruary 11, 2020

Love this! Great thoughts and ideas!

Celeste McclainFebruary 11, 2020

I love this article! It is so amazing that at 14, a young man would even be interested in the gospel and trying to find which on was the right one. I had that problem throughout my adolescence and my adulthood! I had other religions forced on me as a child and a young lady. Most of them, I never took seriously! I never really got into Them in-depth. I just knew God, created us and love us so much that he gave us his only begotten son, that who so ever loved and believed in him would have eternal life. I always thought to myself how easy that was. That all I had to do was believe in a wonderful man like Jesus and I would be saved! How easy that was, nothing else to do but believe in him. Well I’ll take that and be just fine with that, no worries! But in my heart there were worries and all the time! I always craved to know more and to get more of an experience with God! I always thought to myself that there has to be more! I didn’t know that we all have work to do and that there was so much more to it! I believed that from child to adult! I am almost 50 years old, actually in May of this year I will be 50! I am a converted Mormon for 2 1/2 years now and my oh my, how I have learned! In all of my life I’ve never felt anything as right as this! I am so grateful to Joseph Smith for being that young man who, “asked of God”! I am so grateful that I now know the real truth and We have a profit who gives us the words of God to help us focus more on the things we need to be doing to give praise and give God the Glory and get back to Heavenly Father! I want to do his will and live as he wants us to live! I am so blessed to be apart of a church that Jesus restored back here on earth to help us and to guide us righteously! I am so elated and excited to learn more and become a much more better person in the way that Christ wants me to! I am so ready to do the things that need to be done to assure my own and my families salvation! I am a pioneer when it comes to branching out and pulling my family along with me! The fight and struggles are real, but I’m always praying for the strength to keep going! I believe that Joseph Smith was a true profit! I believe that Russell M. Nelson is a true Profit! I believe that the Book of Mormon is True! I am blessed and thank for the Meridian, because of articles like this that teach and gives wisdom! It helps a convert like me a lot! Thank You! In Jesus name, I am Thankful and Blessed!

Pat VassilarosFebruary 11, 2020

I have handwritten letters to my grandson. He said he keeps them all! I totally believe in personal letters that include funny stories about your life, experiences that you have had as a teen or as an adult that relates to their trial. But the most important thing is to let them know that "this too will pass" as my Mom taught me!

DeanFebruary 11, 2020

I love the insight shared early in the article that we can ask for help to obtain any of the Lord's attributes, not only wisdom.

BarbaraFebruary 11, 2020

I have, though out the years, allowed my children and their spouses determine the type of relationship they and their children will have with us. It isn’t that we do not care but respect our adult children as parents within their own families. The consequence of this has been that we have different types of relationships with each of our children’s children. I’ve also observed with my own children that daughters tend to be more open to your presence than sons. They, in turn, typically are closer to their spouse’s parents. Of course there are exceptions, but my friends have had the same experience. You are correct in saying you love them to pieces. Just as with our children, most of us would walk to the ends of the earth for any one of them (assuming we were able). Each is a blessing to our family.

Former PA lottery playerFebruary 11, 2020

Pretty funny. I tried the same thing in my state with scratch off lottery tickets. I had my kids pick their own $5.00 scratch off tickets from a large, green ticket machine. The first time they won. They plowed their earnings back into more tickets and won again. This went on for a couple of rounds before I decided enough was enough and we left the grocery store-richer than when we entered. Funny enough, they have no desire to continue to play and generally look down their noses at people who play the lottery. That is a combination of basic common sense and unseemly pride, but I will keep on parenting the unseemly pride out of them. ha-ha. For different reasons, my object lesson worked.

Jon H.February 11, 2020

Grand-parenting is an area I have felt weak in. One reason is because I don’t live close to any of my grandkids. I love the information I read in this article and it has given me renewed hope in strengthening my relationship with them. I look forward to more articles on grand-parenting.

Frank & LexiFebruary 11, 2020

We are always a available to help, but we are not interested in taking over.

SallyFebruary 11, 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful advice! We have only 1 grandchild whom we want to grandparent well after having been away from her for 3 years in a foreign country. I excitedly await next week’s column and want you to know how grateful I am for sharing your wisdom. I highly respect you both. Thank you for your guidance!!

Kamalani KauiFebruary 10, 2020

An enjoyable read, thank you for sharing your thoughts about the First Vision! It has helped to spark a desire to get to know the First Vision better for myself as General Conference approaches. Wonderful article, mahalo!

Richard D LoosliFebruary 10, 2020

What are your resources concerning the direction that Lehi's group sailed east across the Pacific Ocean?

james smithFebruary 10, 2020

if only the president has a key, who cleans the room? the president?

Linda Starr WinansFebruary 10, 2020

Fascinating and very insightful! Having studied genetics in college (long ago) I really appreciated the complexity and simplicity of this article. THANKS for sharing!

Letty VFebruary 10, 2020

I'm so proud of senator Mitt Romney... The world needs people who cannot be bought, who put character above wealth, who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular, who can say NO with emphasis, although all the rest of the world say "yes", Who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it"...

Rod HartmanFebruary 10, 2020

I believe we are in a cultural civil war, Trump is the brash, take no prisoners, sometimes distasteful general who has plan to win this war. Romney sits in his pious corner and remarks, I don't like him, he is so immoral and rude etc etc, while our country burns under the leftist progressives. I want the fighter, I did not vote for a religious leader for this war. I want the left defeated and President Trump is doing that. If Mitt were president we would be back to the same of do nothing Republican party. I love the fighter in Trump!

D.S.February 10, 2020

I think you all will like this. Yes, there is a prayer-like unto David's. It is the Salt Lake Temple dedication. Here us the applicable paragraph. Heavenly Father, when Thy people shall not have the opportunity of entering this holy house to offer their supplications unto Thee, and they are oppressed and in trouble, surrounded by difficulties or assailed by temptation and shall turn their faces towards this Thy holy house and ask Thee for deliverance, for help, for Thy power to be extended in their behalf, we beseech Thee, to look down from Thy holy habitation in mercy and tender compassion upon them, and listen to their cries. Or when the children of Thy people, in years to come, shall be separated, through any cause, from this place, and their hearts shall turn in remembrance of Thy promises to this holy Temple, and they shall cry unto Thee from the depths of their affliction and sorrow to extend relief and deliverance to them, we humbly entreat Thee to Turn Thine ear in mercy to them; hearken to their cries, and grant unto them the blessings for which they ask. You can find the whole prayer here:

Rieta EbbertsFebruary 10, 2020

If Mitt would have just said he was voting his conscience and left it at that, it would have been fine. But he made it about God and about religion, which implies that to be a faithful Latter-day Saint you must agree with his higher standard. I live in the Bible belt and resent having to explain that Mitt Romney doesn't speak for me.

Lisa EllsworthFebruary 10, 2020

CJ Williams, my father also was among liberators who first walked into Ordruff. I too have pictures. We should compare!

DJCFebruary 10, 2020

This is by far the best and most accurate article about "climate change" that I've ever read.

Alec AndrusFebruary 10, 2020

Thank you brother Matthews. What a wonderful invitation to each of us to understand our legacy and to glimpse why our Prophet asks us to prepare for a special conference 200 years after the first vision.

Carl OlsenFebruary 10, 2020

I respect those who may disagree with me, but it seems to me that Mitt Romney's vote clearly shows that even the very elect can be deceived. Constitutional experts agree that neither of the Articles of Impeachment met the founder's standard of an impeachable offense.

linda ledesma sotoFebruary 10, 2020

i love love this magazine, have for years!! Incredible & thanks BUT...i have tried 9 ways to Sunday to subscribe this past week, online!!! It won't let me use my CC & Paypal keeps sending me back to your site!!! I really want to subscribe & will probably end up sending a check in the mail. Thanks for an incredible journey in the pages of Meridian Magazine!!

LAMBFebruary 9, 2020

My concern is that when he was running for president, his foreign policy adviser was involved with the same Ukraine gas company that Biden's son was. I hope Mitt wasn't just trying to cover possible political fallout by looking like a good guy. I personally would like to know what was going on over there, read lots about it and it seems to be typical business shenanigans.

Robb CundickFebruary 9, 2020

I keep hearing that Mitt Romney’s vote was wrong because he didn’t represent his constituents. I am one of his constituents and he certainly represented me. How do those who are dissatisfied even know that a majority of his constituents feel the way THEY do? Donald Trump drew less than 50% of the Utah vote in the last election. I suspect there are many Utahns like me who, having now witnessed his antics in office, are even more disgusted with him now than they were then. Thank you, Senator Romney!

TJFebruary 9, 2020

I am from Utah and I appreciate Senator Romney's integrity and courage. He is voting the way I hoped he would vote so he does represent the conscience of some Utahns.

Shirley RicksFebruary 9, 2020

Martha has been a beloved member of our ward for years, and each of us felt individually loved by her. She did indeed make people her business. If we went to visit her, she focused her full attention on us. She was always interested in what was going on around her. I recently found some pictures of families from the ward we lived in while we were in Indiana those many years ago. I was a very young child at that time, but I have known that Martha and I shared that time. After scanning the pictures and posting them on FamilySearch for various families to enjoy, I took the pictures to Martha, who expressed great pleasure in seeing these pictures of wonderful friends and families.

Ed DrebotFebruary 9, 2020

Perhaps everyone has overlooked the integrity of senator Mike Lee who voted for President Trump and also took an "oath to God."

Elaine RazyFebruary 9, 2020

I say "BRAVO" to Mitt Romney for standing up for TRUTH, not party, no matter the consequences!!! This country is sorely in need of people of integrity, like the founding fathers and other statesmen in America's past. Mitt knew before he cast his vote, that he was going to be condemned, but he chose to do the right thing, NOT the political thing. If that's not courage, I don't know what is!!! I am grateful to him and to the people of Utah who voted him into office, believing he would indeed do the right thing, no matter what! May God bless America with more Mitt Romneys!!! We need fresh air and hope for the future.

TerrieFebruary 9, 2020

I enjoyed this article. I have only been grandmother for like a year and a half. She always brightens my day.

Mark KiteFebruary 8, 2020

The short answer is every post millennium temple built has one sealing room specially designated to serve as a Holy of Holies (or Most Holy Place). Tellingly, it will have a locked door, accessible from only within the sealing room, where the Second Sealing (Washing of Feet) ordinance is performed. Only the temple president has a key to this room. For example, Sealing Room 8 in the Provo Utah Temple has such a door. Therefore, any temple can be tasked with providing a Holy Place for the Lord, at any time. It is simply dedicated for the purpose, the work is done, and then it is temporarily "decommissioned" (for lack of a better word), reverting to a standard sealing room again, until needed for its special purpose. Having said all that, I'd imagine the First Presidency would still prefer having a separate, fully-dedicated Holy Place for the prophet to communicate with the Lord, at all times. In such case, it would makes sense to re-dedicate one of the former Holy of Holies in one of the original Pioneer Era temples—Manti, Ogden, or St. George. Or one of the other Wasatch Group of temples—West Jordan, Mount Timpanogas, and Provo come readily to mind. Regardless of where the Lord instructs His Church to move the Holy Place to, I'm quite sure it has been taken into account, and is operating at this moment.

Jan KingFebruary 8, 2020

A possible dialogue might include "of course my fondest wish has always been that you would marry in the temple the way dad and I did, but more importantly that your marriage partner will love and honor you that you may have a happy and healthy life together!"

Noel DuerdenFebruary 8, 2020

It seems odd to me that anyone cannot see that our egotistical president, who blatently lashes out in vile anger at anyone who disagrees with him, cannot applaud Romney for his vote knowing that it would not matter in the end. It needed to be done. Now look at the number of good people who have been dismissed by Trump in his three years because they did not agree with him. Lately, three more who were just witnesses in the bogus House hearings. Yeh, I voted Republican, but Trump is not my ideal as a president, yet I generally agree with his policies, but I blast his style and tell him to shut up. He can't fire me for that..

KwoodFebruary 8, 2020

What do you do when your daughter decides she doesn’t want us to get close to our grandchildren, who we simply adore. We were the kind of grandparents who loved there grandchildren dearly. Now we aren’t supposed to see them. Heartbreaking!

tom glassFebruary 7, 2020

my. wife and I adopted our children,this article was kind of hard for us to imagine,But i know the Lord Will bless us for our inadequacy.

JoFebruary 7, 2020

Thank you for this article. I am having a very similar problem and this has helped me tremendously! Thank you!

Neal ChristensenFebruary 7, 2020

I would only say what I've said to a senator from my state. " We, the voters who elected you, didn't send you to Washington to vote your conscience, we sent you there to vote our represent us."

Rochelle HaleFebruary 7, 2020

I do not live in Utah, nor is Mitt Romney my senator. Nevertheless, I respect his decision. It was difficult to tell from his remarks if he referred to his "oath to God" as his oath upon taking power or if he was speaking about his personal convictions. As Latter-Day Saints we have recently been counseled by President Nelson seek for additional personal revelation. The outcome of Mr. Romney's vote did nothing to change the President's acquittal. I believe he deserves some credit, whether he was voting his professional or spiritual conscience.

KateFebruary 7, 2020

Thank you for this very insightful and respectful answer. I have reread it several times and intend to use it as a blueprint as I move forward with an adult child who has made choices that I wish were different, but that I understand are her own personal path and not mine to determine. I especially appreciate the idea that we both need to honor each other's experience, that both are important.Very well said--thanks again.

Albert CaldwellFebruary 7, 2020

I don't at all believe it was political courage. I believe it was Mitt's deep dislike for our President and our president's unorthodox lifestyle, speech and communication patterns, and on and on.

LexaGraemeFebruary 7, 2020

Hahahahaha! Truth!

jgwFebruary 7, 2020

I'm enjoying your podcasts. It would be really helpful if your TITLE included the DATES for the WEEK that this podcast is covering, not just the scripture sections. It's confusing to try to keep track of where we are in the curriculum and match things up with the book and the podcast. The dates for the WEEK the podcast covers would really help.

Allen AFebruary 7, 2020

I am not a football fan (remember that "fan" is short for fanatic), so I didn't see the middle aged "stars" cavorting in the stadium. However, I returned from my mission in Peru many years ago and was surprised at how much "entertainment" TV had been corrupted at that time. My personal reaction was to never buy a TV set and I have never missed it. Satan has a great hold on the people and the politicians in this country today and much of it has been achieved through the television industry. It is like inviting a porn star to live in your home and practice their shows in front of your family to have a TV set today.

Dana WainwrightFebruary 7, 2020

You two are incredible. I just can't say enough about all the good you are doing in the world. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Marilyn Knight CrandallFebruary 7, 2020

I mailed in my check & it has not cleared my account yet. Are you holding these? Meridian Magazine is the bright beginning to my daily scripture study routine; it expands my time in pursuit of coming to know my Savior in personal ways & I want to be a part of this legacy. Please, let me know if my check was received or not. Thank you for being there on my loneliness days. You keep me company.

CindyFebruary 7, 2020

I am looking forward to more within your up coming posts. Please if you could a question or two. How do I get past my anxious feelings of spending time with the Grandchildren? I never feel like I can measure up to ... how to play with them or finding things to talk about. I am a very introverted person. How to make meaningful conversation with the Grandchildren. You speak about meaningful exchange. This makes me just more anxious. Thank you.

MARY BETH CRAGUNFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Her loving attributes will help me to be a better grandmother. I love being a mother and grandmother and so grateful for the blessings received each day. Thank you again.

Kurt KammeyerFebruary 6, 2020

This is how I have been studying the Book of Mormon recently - Pondering every word, in Hebrew. It brings me about as close as we can get to the original language of Nephi. In four months of "Torah" study, I am now up to 1 Nephi 11. The language of the Book of Mormon in Hebrew is very beautiful and poetic. Starting from the very first verse, it just rolls out: Ah-NEE, Ne-FEE, ben ho-RIM to-VIM... It actually works better in Hebrew than English, which is a testament to me of its authentic, ancient origin.

Grandma CFebruary 6, 2020

What a delightful subject matter. My husband & I have lived in different parts of the world and recently retired in the SLC valley area to be with our children & grandchildren. Our challenge is that our 4 daughter-in-laws have all dug their heals in with choosing to have 90% of their time with their families, not my husband & I (parents of the husbands), While we continue to be active in other areas of our lives, understandably this has left a big hole in our hearts. We are unable to be of any significance to our grandchildren who are all under the age of 7. Any guidance from you would be appreciated, thank you.

LaurelFebruary 6, 2020

Beautiful words full of insight. Very thought fact, I read it twice. Thank you!

Carol H.February 6, 2020

I was a young mother in the Rolla Ward who benefited from Martha's love and wisdom. She was always willing to help in any way. Our friendship lasted through all those years. We last visited her in her home on her 99th birthday last year. We were saddened by her death, but rejoice that we had the opportunity to be a part of her life. God bless you and all the family.

Gary M.February 6, 2020

I have frequently (including today) had the experience where after coming home from the temple, I take a few minutes to locate additional sources for the person and with that process find spouses or more siblings. They are waiting for us to do what can only be done in mortality. Oh, and those who struggle to find available family names, your work with indexing can bless many individuals.

Lowell SteeleFebruary 6, 2020

I hope this doesn't sound too basic or obvious, but I have concluded that, for me, the main activity in productive pondering needs to be asking questions. They might be questions that arise during scripture study, during a temple session, during my workout or driving to the store. The key is to pay attention to the questions as the scoot through our brain. Instead of paying them fleeting, or no attention, I try to treat them as treasured promptings from the Spirit inviting me along a path to greater understanding. Pondering as question-asking thus becomes an extension of prayer. The rewards can be significant.

Gilbert WarnerFebruary 6, 2020

It is easy to break a bow. Simply shoot it without an arrow in place. I had the upper limb of my bow shatter violently when the nock of the arrow split when I released the string. I can see the same happening to Nephi! BTW, wooden bows of over 100 pounds draw were used in war, famously in Henry V's victory at Agincourt. They could pierce the armor of the day.

Janice P. OienFebruary 6, 2020

Your grandma was an awesome person. I got excited and teary see the picture of her on the camel. What a beautiful person she was, and always such an advocate for influencing and teacher those around her in such a gentle loving way. She was a beautiful woman and blessed many lives.

Tracy WareFebruary 6, 2020

I love this tribute to your grandmother. I loved her dearly. She was an amazing woman!!!

LORIN SAUNDERSFebruary 6, 2020

It would be nice if you could write a book loaded with empirical witness. It would be well received.

AbiFebruary 6, 2020

I can't see any of the pictures that go along with this interesting article. Could you have your tech person correct this?

Dave GrandyFebruary 6, 2020

I knew Martha and her family during the summer of 1969 when I served as a missionary in Rolla, Missouri with my companion, Elder Alan Grose. Most Mondays (our preparation day) we would go out to the Proctor home and spend some time. Martha was always very hospitable, as were all the members of the Rolla ward. It was in the home of the Law family (Bro. Law taught Russian at the university) that I watched the Apollo 11 moon landing in July, 1969. I recall that Bishop Proctor was there as well, and he impressed me with his comment about the soil on the moon sloping differently than the soil on the earth.

Lynn HartmanFebruary 6, 2020

Good article. The word ponder comes from the Latin word pondus (I think) and means a weight. So, when you ponder something, you are weighing it out in your mind, and this information and a quarter will buy you a "cup of coffee".

Linda WestoverFebruary 6, 2020

This is a lovely tribute to your grandmother as well as a reminder of how to make one's life beautiful! Having met two of her sons and their wives, I'd say she did a good job of passing her attitudes on to her posterity. Well done, Sister Proctor!

Shauna BrownFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing. I am inspired for another great and positive example . I love being a mother, grandmother and love the insights given. You are blessed in having a wonderful example!

Marsha AndersonFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing this. I too had a beloved Grandmother!

Robyn GeantilFebruary 6, 2020

So inspired! You have so much talent and thank you for creating something so fresh for families. Keep it coming!

KaraFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for your insightful contemporary "translations"...thank you, also, for your thoughts on digging deeper to become all Father has for us to become...we have much to learn from our Jewish brothers and sisters traditions about breaking our own.

Joseph ShumwayFebruary 6, 2020

This is awesome!

Diane IrwinFebruary 6, 2020

What a wonderful woman!! If the world had more people like her, it would be a much better place. :)

DianeFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for reminding us about this important principle.

Donna MalanFebruary 6, 2020

This describes perfectly my husband’s grandma and her daughter, my husband’s mother.

Christine JarvisFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you so much Bradley for this wonderful article! I appreciate The Book of Mormon even more now and will study it more determinedly!

Christine JarvisFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for this lovely remembrance of your dear Grandmother! I'm sure she is still watching over you! Reading this has added something very special to my day...Thank you!

Neil BlackburnFebruary 6, 2020

Marlene and I had to the distinct honor of serving with them in the Madrid Temple (She and Royce lived the apartment next door). She was a delight to serve with and always was offering her advice on matters of health, proper nutrition and caring for us when we became ill with colds, etc. My wife had injured her knee and could barely walk and Martha would come over and rub essential oils and massage her muscles to restore her joint function. She was truly an inspiration and blessing to us and helped us weather some tough times that otherwise might have caused us to come home early from our two-year mission. Her memory will be with us until we can reunite in heaven. Neil and Marlene

Kevin MarlerFebruary 6, 2020

The Story of Joseph Smith Sr. having the vision of the tree of life before the first vision was a new one for me. I had never heard that before. I wonder if he told Joseph Jr this dream at any point before the translation of the BOM?

Marilyn Taggart HaddFebruary 5, 2020

This was truly wonderful. I feel like I know her!

Anna R StruthersFebruary 5, 2020

What a wonderful article That man has a true talent he is sharing with so many!! Loved it!!!!

Sally WyneFebruary 5, 2020

I’ve read this book and loved the many truths I found inside. It changed the way I study. I’m grateful for its author and his reflections

KatFebruary 5, 2020

I've been listening to your podcast for several months now, but today I had to comment. I loved the mind shift from thinking of our sins and good works on a scale to count up how many great things we did on our long list of staying busy to actually sloughing off the rough things and becoming like Him, changing our identity and our true nature shines through and we serve others because that's our identity. It made the song His Image in Your Countenence pop into my head and it brought greater meaning. Thank you for this beatiful imagery you've given me. It was enlightening. Keep up the great work. I look forward to your podcasts every week.

ChristineFebruary 5, 2020

This article is thought-provoking! I have reconsidered my understanding of the word "tradition." We usually think of tradition as the transfer of information or culture from one generation to another. However, in our modern day, I think tradition can also refer to the transfer of information or culture from one person or group to another. Under this definition, some of the traditions that have come into vogue today are social media, and our reliance upon the news media for our understanding of what is happening in the world. Sometimes, these sources of "truth" are in direct opposition to the Lord's sources of truth, which are scripture, prophets, and personal revelation.

GaryFebruary 4, 2020

I thought the halftime show was decadent!

J. JamisonFebruary 4, 2020

One thing I read in article (I live in CA) is that there is a 14 day period before symptoms show and is "spreading rapidly" - also that one does not have to be TOUCHED by carrier :(

J. JamisonFebruary 4, 2020

Twitter had a number of "polls" about the halftime show - one had 73% "too sexual" - a comment from friend "exploitation of women" - had just watched Tim Ballard interview by popular host

Sherryl CoonrodFebruary 4, 2020

I had been waiting since Aug. 17, 2019, after my endowment to start on my family's work. One of my great grandmothers was very important to me because I look just like her and my great grandfather was done and she wasn't so I notified the person and finally Sept. 22, 2019, I got her opened up and printed everything off. On the 25th I went to the Temple. I was just going to baptize her but, I felt this presence, that kept me there. I went on and completed everything with her that day. I knew she was not letting me leave without getting her work done. I sat in my car and smiled and cried at the same time. I am so happy that I was able to help her.

Janice PerryFebruary 4, 2020

As my friends and I watched the broken bow video, we wondered together how he could make a new one (out of wood??) that would be strong enough to kill a large animal??

Pat UllmanFebruary 4, 2020

I remember returning to the U.S in 1974 after living in Korea and having the same culture shock! And life was certainly "tamer' then. The downward incline is certainly steeper now.

Anne MortensonFebruary 4, 2020

I have noticed and marked in the Book of Mormon the many references to covenants, but didn't understand their significance. Your six covenant Ps are immensely enlightening and helpful. Thank you so much for your podcast!

Gordon J HensleyFebruary 4, 2020

They scoffed at us when we said that it would lead to unisex bathrooms.

Gordon J HensleyFebruary 4, 2020

In an interview a few days before the show, the two performers stated that their performances would be "empowering" and they would "spread love."

Shirley ParkerFebruary 4, 2020

My uncle Alan served with the British 11th Armoured Division that liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The horrors he saw there, including the walking dead and thousands of unburied corpses pushed him over the edge mentally. If we are not extremely vigilant, the evil mindset that created those concentration camps will do it again!

Nancy AbbottFebruary 4, 2020

We , indeed, live in a time of evil being called good, and good being called evil.

Megan McQuiveyFebruary 4, 2020

No, you are not taking things out of context and you are not out of touch with America's pop culture. I thought the half time show was vulgar and salacious. It was offensive.

IwonderFebruary 4, 2020

Although we may be like Laman and Lemuel in many ways, I wonder why did they think so often that murdering a family member was the solution? If they were faithful Jews, wasn't murder considered a sin in their religion? I'm not sure how religious they really were.

MelanieFebruary 4, 2020

You were not taking things out of context. That half time show was raunchy and awful. I only saw a few images of it but that was more than I wanted to see. The fact that so many are praising the performers is an indication of how far America has fallen.

Lynn D.February 4, 2020

The Super Bowl half time performance was a diabolically evil & nauseating reminder of moral decay in America. Ripening for destruction? Yes. Depicting a scene from within that ‘great & spacious building‘, porn was served to viewers on the platter of family entertainment. The ‘great fall’ of it is eminent.

Marilyn S. MorrisFebruary 4, 2020

I was reading an on-line newspaper. One of the pictures that accompanied an article was a still photo from the halftime show. We used to call that pornography.

Haze KompelienFebruary 4, 2020

"Anytime we identify only with the heroes of a scriptural story, we may be walking away from an important invitation to grow." Oh dear. I always want to see myself as a good guy! The whole idea of looking for myself and my flaws in the bad guys is painful. The idea of seeing the bad guys as an invitation for introspection and an opportunity to grow is a good one. This is gonna hurt a bit, I fear! Thanks for the idea.

Joseph ShumwayFebruary 4, 2020

I cannot believe it! I am 21 years old and I've never watched the super bowl because it's on Sundays. I just read an article my mom posted on Facebook about this! It is rediculous! I like sports. I remember going to a game at USU as a junior in high school. It was a Mutual activity and it was fun! I was with a girl my age. It's stupid that a sports game would be a chance for greedy people to go to work! What in the world is this world coming to!?

Chris HowellFebruary 4, 2020

We have had this thought too; that we are more like Laman and Lemuel than Nephi. Truly there is a great deal to learn from them.

DianaFebruary 4, 2020

I was disgusted by the porn show at 1/2 time.

C ShieldsFebruary 4, 2020

I, like you, felt that the half time show was out of line and actually bordered 'soft porn'. And, although I am a former dancer and choreographer and truly appreciate the athletic and creative prowess and agility of the performers, it felt like the underlying motive was to be elicit (which is concerning, for many reasons). Why couldn't they have had a class act that displayed musical talent and prowess, instead? (Like they did with Sir Paul McCartney, several years ago?) Sadly, Satan's sensationalism saturates society; selling smut - (not) so smugly.

Kathie DanielFebruary 4, 2020

And what about the cheerleaders?

Joseph ShumwayFebruary 3, 2020

You are awesome! I am the oldest of four kids. Me and my brother Jason both have autism. His mental capacity is similar to that of a two year old. I confess that I often lose it with him. He just seems to drive me up the wall. I love him but I just have difficulty keeping myself under control when I lose patience with him. Your story makes me want to try harder.

Nate CannonFebruary 3, 2020

Nate CannonFebruary 3, 2020

"Scientists in China are saying this virus is ten times the magnitude of the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003 when one in ten people infected died." This is factually incorrect. SARS did have a fatality rate just shy of 10%, but ten times that magnitude would be a 100% fatality rate! The best estimate of the actual rate right now for the coronavirus is about 2-3% of those infected. Much less than SARS. The infection rate is higher, so maybe that's where the confusion is. There is lots of good, sound advice in this article about being prepared for emergencies, but I would advise people against hoarding behavior during times like this. When regular, healthy citizens begin hoarding things like masks, it routinely leads to shortages for health workers who actually need them. Keeping them on hand is a probably a good idea (I do), but best to buy them prior to a "run on the bank."

Reva BowenFebruary 3, 2020

Oh, I so relate to this, only I am still working on containing the blow-up of exasperation. I have a handicapped daughter, 40 years old who can push all my buttons. I have good days, and ashamed days, on my knees pleading for this weakness to be overcome. Headed in the right direction, but not overcome. I too have always admired those "sweet" spirits who seem to have so much love and control.

DianeFebruary 3, 2020

Many of us can relate to your experience! I especially appreciated the paragraph beginning, “Please understand...” I, too, have already blown the “never raising her voice” thing. And it IS good to hear from someone who has blown it like I have, but changed.

DonFebruary 2, 2020

I hope you will address a grandparents role with discipline of grandchildren (teenage) while in the grandparents home! Some disagreement here......I could use some help better understanding our role, please. Issues where we did not tolerate our own kids to behave this way.......should we not expect similar behavior? (consistancy?)

MickeyFebruary 2, 2020

Do not let her or anyone associated with her drive a car you own! If she crashes as a known drug user, you could have a huge liability! It may feel mean to you right now, but the most compassionate thing you can do for your ex is say no. No, you will not take the consequences of her actions away by propping her up during her addiction. Your focus needs to be on your kids right now. You can’t work harder on her recovery than she does and multiple lives shouldn’t be destroyed in the service of one addiction.

Ian LewisFebruary 2, 2020

President Trump is doing more to protect and preserve our Constitution and our rights and freedoms than any other President in decades.

Yearning GrandmaFebruary 2, 2020

I’m grateful this subject is being addressed and explored! I want to be an effective grandparent. My two grandsons are just 3 and 1 year old currently and live on the other side of the country. I get to physically see them maybe 3 to 4 times a year (so far only in their home). My daughter left church activity when she married a Christian young man opposed to our faith. So my grandsons will be learning about Jesus at least, but my particular brand of belief may not always be welcome in my communication of faith with my grandsons. I want them foremost to feel my love, I want to be a part of their lives, But I want to be respected and understood too. So far on this journey I alternate between grief and pure joy. I want to do this right and look forward to your articles. I will be studying them for suggestions about how to proceed. In talking to many of my friends I know I’m not alone in the situation of grandchildren not being raised in and familiar with the beliefs and covenants of their ancestors.

RonFebruary 2, 2020

Thank you for enriching my Come Follow Study. I sure appreciate your all you do. This was my favorite podcast so far!

JanFebruary 2, 2020

This is so full of content! I feel that I have feasted indeed on the good word and on many wonderful things.

Ann-Marie JensenFebruary 2, 2020

So well done! Thank you.

Tania JamesFebruary 1, 2020

Oh, those grandchildren. So darling and cuddly when they are babies and adorably approachable when they are a bit older. But...then...they become teenagers. And then they are pieced, tattooed young adults making immoral choices. And even more challenging, they claim to no longer believe in a God, any God. Let alone the God I know and love. This is when walking the hard road along side of them becomes even more critical. Yes, it's difficult to just listen to them and not pontificate. But I have found preaching to have little to no effect. So mostly I ask questions, let them voice their thoughts, and make sure they know I love them. Occasionally, I gently voice my beliefs. And then I pray...a lot. And hope...a lot. And trust that our Heavenly Father has got this.

Debbie FisherFebruary 1, 2020

I live several hours away from my grandchildren. I am disabled and traveling is difficult. I don't get to see them very often.

Ken FarnsworthFebruary 1, 2020

We often sit behind the Eyre's family in Sacrament Meeting so when Linda and Richard visit their children and grandchildren here, we can see and feel the pure love they share having their young grandchildren sit with them, on them and around them. I have learned as I watch them love and uplift their precious grandchildren. Now I am pleased to learn more from them every week.

Bambi KochFebruary 1, 2020

Thanks for your column on grandparenting; I'm looking forward to it. As to my grandparenting style, with five sons and five grandkids among them, I'm all over the place! Your column has worthwhile ideas for me, and has allowed me to see how I can go about nurturing my little ones, some of them not so little. Thank you!

Jodi EvansFebruary 1, 2020

I love this article! Looking forward to more.

kim hulbertFebruary 1, 2020

Great lesson this week. Thank you.

WhisperFebruary 1, 2020

I can't wait to see what he does with Abinidi.

Debra MackFebruary 1, 2020

I saw my mother in law as a wonderful example of what a grandparent should/could be and have given our grandchildren the same respect and love she had for all of her grandchildren. Now all ours are in their teens it never ceases to make my heart sing when they tell us how much they love us. We love so much spending time with all of them and at times individually. We have always had the greatest fun and I love sharing gospel messages with them along with family stories. Their is nothing that I know of quite like being a grandmother.

Annette LillroseFebruary 1, 2020

I appreciated this insight, 'Even on the days when morning sickness put me into a “life support systems” only mode' God's love for me doesn't change. Many times life circumstances has made it impossible for me to do even the most basic spiritual things and the adversary always whispers God is disappointed in me and my worth to Him is less. I will remember that is a lie. On good and bad days He loves me always with a constant love that does not change. Thank you, it will make my next down day so much better.

ColleenJanuary 31, 2020

Paul, My husband's family goes back to Nauvoo on both sides. He was so discouraged because he was unable to find any family names. We served a mission at the Utah, Salt Lake Headquarters Mission a few years back. As a result of the training he received there, he has now found over 300 family names to take to the temple. I pray you will also be able to find family names.

Debbie Merrill AllenJanuary 31, 2020

“Ordinance ready” on the Family tree app can help you with finding family names to take to the temple. I was given a document years ago and have used it quite often to find family members on my husband side. This week I have gone through with a fine tooth comb and found many names that were missing one or two ordinances. As I completed their sealings I had an overwhelming feeling there’s more out there to find. (I too had a Francis Allen)

Darlene NelsonJanuary 31, 2020

I’m so excited about your about your column on grandparenting. I want to be a great grandparent but could really use some help. I’m going to look forward to Tuesday and some concrete ideas to inspire me on the road ahead. Thank you for addressing this topic. I appreciate the hard copy so I can ponder and create my own file

MichaelJanuary 31, 2020

My ward has about 100 active members. The suburb in our ward boundaries has about 90,000 people. The closest members to our house are 1 or 2 miles away. We would have to drive/walk past literally 100s of other people to visit them. If all of the ward members (including children) had 90 days of food stored, we could only feed 10% of them for 1 day. Much of our ward includes somewhat transient young singles, couples and couples with a child or two. Few of them store food. A realistic estimate is more like we could feed maybe 1% of the people for 1 day. Are we supposed to ignore the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament in the Sermon on the Mount or some of the parables during an emergency? Personally, at my age with my heart disease, facing the real possibility of contracting a nasty virus which could easily kill me, I could not turn hungry people away. Especially knowing I might meet the Lord in a few days. In non-rural places, where we are a small minority, emergency preparedness has to be organized on a community basis, not on an individual ward or church basis. One last, less-than-noble thought: survivors of hurricane Katrina and Camille (Biloxi MS) told me to store lots and lots of one valuable item and plan on bartering for everything else. Valuable items mentioned: bottled water, batteries, disposable diapers. One could not only survive, but actually make money during a disaster. .

Wendy DenosJanuary 31, 2020

We have 30 grandkids, some out of state, and feel like we are not keeping up with our relationships with them the way we’d like. More suggestions would be welcome!

Gail CrawfordJanuary 31, 2020

This was a timely message for me today. Over the years, I’ve done so much “selective neglect” out of necessity, that it’s become an ingrained habit, and now distractions take the forefront every time. Thank you for the eye-opener!

DONALD CyrJanuary 31, 2020

This podcast is enlightening my dark days... THANKS you very much.

Marie ButcherJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you so much for this article. Three of my grandparents were deceased before I was born. My grandmother passed when I was 2 years old. We lived far from either of my parents families. I do not have an example of how to be a grandparent. I have 12 grandchildren. I know I will gain the insight I need to be through your articles. I appreciate the help.

Cheryl MacinantiJanuary 31, 2020

Looking forward to learning with you. I cherish my role as "Mimi"

Laura BeauchampJanuary 31, 2020

Good thing Guy Raz was listening carefully - he nailed it! Good for Jimmy Fallon for allowing him a friendly platform.

A readerJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you both for this article-we are looking forward very much to this series. Our "Joy School" kids are now having THEIR kids, and so the story goes forward.

LindaJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you for doing this series. I have 11 grandchildren and the hope of a few more to come. I’m looking forward to all ideas on how to leave a meaningful legacy with each one of them

DeniseJanuary 31, 2020

I'm excited about this series! With 19 grandkids scattered throughout the globe, I hope to get some ideas in how to stay connected. One thing I started several years ago was to send a letter to one each week. I try to include some story from my childhood at their same age. Hard to remember sometimes!! I'd like to do more though, so send those ideas!

Claudette TaylorJanuary 31, 2020

I really enjoy these podcasts! I listen and read at the same time. I wish there was an easier way to pause the narrative when I want to hear a part again. Thanks for your helping me to understand more.

Connie ComptonJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you for this! I have 21 grandchildren and one great-Grand. I live far away from all of them and you’ve given me hope that I can gather them through texting messages of love and knowledge. I look forward to your articles!

FranzezJanuary 31, 2020

My husband is a disengaged grandparent to the core and wants "nothing" to do with his children or grand children. I "try" to be proactive every chance I get. But it becomes a "problem" with us two at home, and almost a fight. I am in the situation of choosing constantly who to engage with 24/7, husband or my kids and grand kids. I try to keep peace at home and still be a grandparent, but boy oh boy, it's getting harder as he ages. GREAT article and one so many need to read. I am sharing it with everyone I know. Grandparents just aren't mentioned very often and there are situations like mine that are so uncomfortable and unhappy. THANK YOU for this excellent article, loved it!!

Leiann SnyderJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you for this series!! Thank you for your wisdom and willingness to share it with us! I followed you both as a young mother and now as a “young” grandmother. Your influence on my life is greatly appreciated.

Barbara RobertsJanuary 31, 2020

This article teaches to the ideal. For those of us who don’t have such circumstances prayer is often all that is possible. Thank goodness our Heavenly Parents respond to prayers in behalf of those we can not grandparent as suggested

E GJanuary 31, 2020

I enjoyed this article. Will you be touching on “boundaries “ when an adult child and her children ( my grandchildren) live with us? It’s exhausting, even though there are special moments too.

RitaJanuary 31, 2020

When she's ready, she'll seek out the help she needs. Narcotics Anonymous has helped my daughter put her life back together, and she's working on rebuilding relationships with her family. Letting her do it on her own was so hard. But it's necessary.

Susan HillJanuary 30, 2020

Finally common sense prevails!

PaulJanuary 30, 2020

While these are wonderful accounts of assistance with family history, I have yet to have had the opportunity to take family names to the temple. My family history goes back generations in the church. It is discouraging to try to find names that haven't already been done. However I must point out that family history is more than just taking names to the temple. It is knowing our ancestor's stories as well.

Rochelle HaleJanuary 30, 2020

I am an ordinance worker, and many times I have felt, along with the patrons, that their loved ones were close by as they serve as a proxy for their own family members. One day, in a particular ordinance area, it got very quiet - the kind of quiet where even at a party everything seems to stop at the same time - as I assisted a sister with her family name. It was very significant for both of us. I have also gone farther in my own research and have had the opportunity to do more work for my own ancestors while serving.

Michael FlynnJanuary 30, 2020

Love this. When/where can I find the book?

JulieJanuary 30, 2020

I have taken personal notes from many of your podcasts, but probably not as many as from this one! Thanks for your service and time, your insights, your testimonies, your examples of searching the scriptures.... I am so grateful for all you do!!!

HalJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for this article. To me, this is one of the most prevalent signs that we live in the last days. The corruption of our language is a frequent discussion in our family. For example, in Dickens' day, the phrase "making love" meant innocuous verbal flirting. In my parent's day, the same phrase meant cuddling and kissing. Now it means sexual intimacy. I saw a recent political ad on TV that said the candidate was a champion of "women's reproductive health." The implication was, "what could be more desirable health?" Sadly, "reproductive health" and "a woman's right to choose" are just counterfeit terms for killing unborn children. I am very weary of special interest groups hijacking our language and even the general use of words that mean exactly the opposite of the original intent - i.e. "sick" now means desirable or beautiful. Words that previously had a specific meaning now have racial connotations (I can't mention them here for fear of being censured). My other concern is the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy that, in the last days, many will "make a man an offender for a word," (Isaiah 29:21), but that's a whole different discussion.

Cynthia DyeJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for this distraction of my attention. I enjoyed taking the time away from my duties today to be spontaneously enlightened. Sometimes I find that distractions interrupt or confuse my day, but most often they seem to add zest to life - an unexpected visitor, a need to provide immediate service, a sudden burst of inspiration that derails former plans. But I get what you're saying about our time and energy getting zapped by constant, useless, or harmful distractions. It's good to have a handle on it. Thanks for your wise article.

Herm OlsenJanuary 30, 2020

Excellent thoughts. Cute notion about 'buying a ticket on the Pity Boat with Satan at the helm'. Thanks much.

GTOJanuary 30, 2020

My mother (who was not a member of the Church) had NPD but she was also a hurt-hoarder. She hoarded supposed hurts "inflicted" by my innocent father over the years and finally filed for divorce. Years later, she realized that she had had no grounds. She wanted to get back together, but my father could not even consider it after the years of abuse she had inflicted upon him. An interesting thing is that this hoarding showed up in her physical appearance. She looked aged way beyond her years. Watching her, I decided this is a behavior I would never engage in.

Lawrence HigginsonJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for sharing these stories and experiences. I feel the ordinance workers are earthly angels and felt and seen their wonderful spirits add so much to the work being done.

HeidiJanuary 30, 2020

Love this! Thank you for putting it all together! I had never thought of the spirit like learning a language, taking practice and persistence.

Gary DennisJanuary 30, 2020

Good comments, but for many constant use of technology is much more than a habit, but a serious addiction that is very difficult to alter or change. Many do not believe they can function in life, even for a brief time without constant contacts that rule their life and every moment of their days.

Jim ScottJanuary 30, 2020

I so enjoyed your iteration of the word”whore” from a totally sinful person to a person that can be desired in best company. How easily we have been seduced into acceptance of such an ignoble situation. Political corrected parlance forces us to tolerate the worst in humanity at the cost of righteousness without so much as a raised eyebrow. That which is filthy much remain filthy still.

Marianne von BrachtJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for articulating this! It helps me see the sacrament covenant to always remember the Savior in a new light—always remembering the Savior is a way for me to always remember how much a Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me—a continual reminder of my intrinsic worth and potential.

Michael SessionsJanuary 29, 2020

Your article made me think of a wonderful article titled: Growing Up: From Peter Rabbit to Rabbi Goldman by Dennis Jay Packard, Associate Professor of Philosophy BYU Today, April 1983

J. JamisonJanuary 29, 2020

When I am reminded of President Monson's daughter at his funeral service, that as his health was failing "Did I do any good today?" it also reminds me of his number 1 priority he stressed many times: Follow the promptings of the Spirit :)

Laurie JohnsonJanuary 29, 2020

The scariest verse in all scripture is found in The Book of Mormon 1:14--"And there were no gifts from the Lord, and the Holy Ghost did not come upon any, because of their wickedness and unbelief." This is, without a doubt, the very lowest point. While we understand that wickedness and unbelief will cause the withdrawal of the Spirit, just imagine if not even one person had the Gift of the Holy Ghost. What would this world be like? THAT is scary.

Brad AndersonJanuary 29, 2020

I'm a little confused. Why is Lehi's "Promised Land" (Meso America), and the Restoration's "Promised Land" two different places separated by over 7,000 miles?

Ted WinderJanuary 29, 2020

This personal touch story was well-written and inspiring about Clay Christensen. Thanks, John, for taking time to share it!

Sue BarnsleyJanuary 29, 2020

Thank you. I have wondered about this for a long time and always felt that I fell way short, that no matter what I did, it was never going to be enough.

DebraJanuary 29, 2020

Video link to this talk:

kim hulbertJanuary 28, 2020

Excellent,well researched article. Best I've read yet from Diana Webb. Thank you.

CJ WilliamsJanuary 28, 2020

My father's unit helped liberate Mauthausen and Ordruff concentration camps. He was a medic with the 65th Infantry Division in the ETO and treated many of the Jews there. I have his snapshots. What he told me and showed me that happened there is burned into my soul. Hitler and those under him were Evil Walking.

SandraJanuary 28, 2020

My father was a child when the Spanish flue was killing so many people. My grandparents and their six children lived in the very centre of the city and so many people were dying that a cart was sent round the streets each morning to collect the bodies of those who had died during the night. My grandmother had great faith in the power of garlic. She used large amounts of garlic in their meals, cut it up around the house, put it around pillows, down singlets and in socks. It may not have smelled too pleasant but not one of the family got sick.

TrishaJanuary 28, 2020

I have listened to many of your podcasts and SO much appreciate them!! This one really stood out to me. I loved the application and the evidences! I copied much that stood out to me in my come follow me journal as to not forget! Thank you a million times! You truly make a difference!

Nate GarrisonJanuary 28, 2020

Love this ! Great man! Thank you for sharing!

Pattie SkousenJanuary 28, 2020

As I ponder on these thoughts, I realize how much our society has gotten away from telling what the truth is and making sly comments to make one believe things aren't as bad as they are. The prophecy is truly here that was foretold in ancient days. I don't know if my generation feels the same way as I do, but I feel as though my past vocabulary has been tread on heavily and I don't want it to happen. Thanks for giving me more insights.

Laura GaskinsJanuary 28, 2020

Wow, I was just thinking about this kind of thing the other day. Words have power. The world was created by “The Word”. Now so many words have lost or changed meanings. I notice how often I hear or read things that people say, and they don’t even really know how they’re saying things. This is why it is important for us to be articulate; mindful of what we say and how we say it. Thank you for sharing this :)

Stephen HuntingtonJanuary 28, 2020

Throughout my life, I have been conscious of the admonition that we avoid 'vanity' and 'repetition' in praying. Consequently, one of my frequent petitions is that Heavenly Father will teach me to pray. On another note, I have always used the archaic familiar forms of 'thee', 'thou' and 'thy'. Many languages still use formal and informal (familiar) terms of addressing the second person. In those languages (in my own case I refer to the French), the informal is correctly used in addressing the Lord. I have come to the conclusion that the use of the archaic English terms now seems formal, to me, rather than informal (familiar). Consequently, in my personal prayers, I now frequently use the modern terms 'you' and 'your'. That seems to me to be more personal. Old habits, though, are hard to break, so frequently I still use the archaic terminology. However, in public prayers, I still use the archaic terms not wanting potentially to be a stumbling block for another.

karell BinghamJanuary 28, 2020

Another scary verse is the last verse in the Old Testament: "The end of the prophets ." Never want that to happen in my time!

R T LautsJanuary 28, 2020

1984! You is here and all Growed down. One might call George Orwell a prognosticator, a prophet, or a nosy busy body that doesn't know what he's talking about. So said the criticsat the time and their voices got successively quieter till almost nobody quotes "1983" anymore. The prophets, too, have warned us against this encroaching - really a Dumbing Down - of our language. Our melting-pot society has become infestated and is in danger of becoming even more difficult to understand what someone means or is even trying to say. And that leads to misunderstanding, confusion, strife - and - (you fill in whatever you want to blame it for - you'll probably be right!)

John B HewlettJanuary 28, 2020

To read of Claytons pursuit of his testimony of the Book of Mormon is awe inspiring. talk of traveling through the wilderness! My testimony was similar in experience and setting, a cold, damp winter night in a trailer in South Australia , not after 7 readings, but in desperation after being skewered by several ministers in my first mission area. It was a desperate cry to know , which is critical, and had a similar impact on my faith over the years through many different trials. What a great example, he was in so many ways.

kim hulbertJanuary 28, 2020

Thank you for helping us to liken the scriptures to our own lives. I also loved the facts in evidence for the place of Bountiful. Joseph truly is a prophet of God.

CubbyJanuary 28, 2020

This was profound. Nothing more needs to be said. Profound!

DanielaJanuary 28, 2020

I can picture him saying these things In his usual calm and soft spoken tone as I remember the times he said so in person during firesides or talks given at church. I feel blessed to live in the area where he lived and to have known him. Great is an adjective that merely describes him. I have no words to express my admiration for him.

Just meJanuary 28, 2020

Your photos won't change bad people's minds. The Bible says love can. I don't know. And billions won't bring back a loved one. When will people ever understand?

MichaelJanuary 27, 2020

Amen and amen. My wife attends an evangelical church. In order to not let religion divide us any further, we compromise every Sunday. She attends sacrament meeting with me and I attend her worship service with her. It took me a few years to get over the resentment and really appreciate a different church. I won't go into details, but this unique experience highlights the obvious fact that my ward has plenty of room for improvement. Especially in putting Jesus undeniably in the center of our focus, as described above. And our music could use some tuning up, but that is another topic.

Ann S PapworthJanuary 27, 2020

I'm just blown away with these remarkable creations and can't wait to view some of them, although far from where I live. The few that are depicted here just call out to me-So grateful for his persistence in developing and using his talents. We can't wait!!!

Cameron BrooksJanuary 27, 2020

Hey! You strung us along, we need to know where the bullet came from. I hope there is another story that wraps up the mystery. ;) Love your stories!!

Nate GarrisonJanuary 27, 2020

Very well written tribute to an amazing man. Thank you!

roxanneJanuary 27, 2020

love these podcasts. learning so much. have a question that i was unable to find answer for. you talked about they went on a journey that took them 2/3 of the way around the globe. Why didn't they just go the other way - 1/3? was this possible?

Ian FosterJanuary 27, 2020

I hav not been to Auschwitz but I have been with my wife to Dachau and Theresienstadt Ghetto. at both places we felt a terrible feeling of loss horror and evil. Thank you for sharing your pictures and to remind us all of the terrible events of WW2, also to explain to those who do not believe that those terrible episodes that occurred in the 1930's and 1940's.

JennyJanuary 27, 2020

My father was one of the American soldiers who helped liberate Dachau. I am very grateful to those who served so long ago now and risked their lives to come to the aid of others.

Ian FosterJanuary 27, 2020

I have not been to Auschwitz bit I have been to Dachau and Theresienstadt Gheto. Both were places where you feel the terror and coldness of the places with a terrible sense of evil and foreboding. Many thanks for your foresight in taking these pictures to remind those people who may be in an attitude of unbelief that such a horror could actually happened.

HalJanuary 27, 2020

Thank you for this article. It confirms to me that depression and suicide have reached pandemic proportions in the last generation. I feel part of the problem is the lack of the need to struggle to survive. When everything is handed to you, there is no sense of responsibility, no drive to succeed, no sense of purpose, no challenge to overcome. To quote a current popular saying, "I've never met a strong person with an easy past." As humans, we NEED adversity to survive and excel.

Carol AnnJanuary 27, 2020

Carolyn, Thanks for the great reminders! We're checking our kits and making sure we're prepared!

HelenCJanuary 27, 2020

"[P]riorities in order, God, family, church, country, and service to mankind being his staple of core values" is now my updated Life Mantra. Thank you!

Bambi KochJanuary 27, 2020

Thank you for the inspiration! I've always wanted to start a memoir but never knew how. Now I can begin to jot down all those stories I tell my friends that they find so interesting!

Bob SpielJanuary 27, 2020

A giant has returned home. God speed Clayton Christensen.

Ronald PolsleyJanuary 26, 2020

The Almighty gives us instruction on how to build a vessel and how to sail that vessel. It is up to us to choose the correct course and endure, matter not the wind.

Diana ThomasonJanuary 26, 2020

My daughter has seven children. Each year I babysit while she and her husband go on a much needed vacation. I start each babysitting by praying for added strength and endurance. Each year I am amazed at what I’m able to accomplish there. They have two staircases that have 18 stairs each and I am able to carry children up them. I am grateful to be able to call upon angels when needed.

Shelley T MerrillJanuary 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing both the article and the beautiful artwork of Simon Dewey! The insights shared are most appreciated.

AnnJanuary 26, 2020

Such incredible, moving pieces. I eagerly await further news of this garden!

Thelma RamosJanuary 26, 2020

Setting a good example to our children is what I know has worked for our family. I am also a recovering addict and LDS.

George ThompsonJanuary 26, 2020

What you have discribed is not so much a wilderness journey but a RITE OF PASSAGE. A glorious end is before us but first we have to prove and improve ourselves to be worthy of it. Satan takes correct principles and twists them into unrecognizable rituals.

Mark ChamberlainJanuary 26, 2020

What helpful insights! As a psychologist I work regularly with people struggling to overcome addictive behaviors. It's so liberating when they learn, as Geoff suggests, to regulate their nervous systems by paying attention to their emotions and reaching out when they're in need. Rather than beating themselves up when they struggle, we want our kids to view themselves with compassion so they can work in a patient and determined way to improve themselves. That's how we grow best as adults, too, and the way we grapple with our own struggles may be teaching our children more powerfully than anything we say to them. Thank you Meridian Magazine for sharing articles on such important topics.

Annette from EdenJanuary 25, 2020

Thank you for this well-written and entertaining piece. I relate deeply. Years ago a dear friend wrote an article--she titled it "How to Decorate Your Home with Books." Along with the humor, she seriously presented the quandary we book lovers face as we journey through life holding onto volumes that we just cannot carry off to D. I. I wish I had a copy of her masterpiece now, but think of it often as I walk around the house and feel the comfort of being surrounded by books. I only hope we have a similar type of easy access to precious volumes in the next estate. "A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero

Allen A.January 25, 2020

Back in the 1970's, (I know, prehistoric times for many people), the world Communist organizations realized that they were not gaining control of the nations quickly enough with their political movements. They decided that the environmental movement, "the Greens", offered them their best alternative, so they infiltrated most of the environmental organizations around the world. You may have noticed that most of the remedies for environmental concerns, whether real or imagined, involve massive government control and forfiture of free agency by all individuals in society. Whether Climate Change is a natural process, an act of God or a man made crisis, or all three at once, the Communists, inspired by Satan, will and are turning it to their advantage.

Nate PorterJanuary 25, 2020

Where is the funding and land for the park coming from?

Ann RiberaJanuary 25, 2020

LOVED the song from FIDDLER!! Thank-you! Excellent Article!

Penny UtleyJanuary 25, 2020

Where in Utah will it be located?

CubbyJanuary 24, 2020

No words, beyond words. Incredible!

Kayleen HunsakerJanuary 24, 2020

I have his Tree of Life Painting and have had it for a long, long time. I have always wondered what happened to the artist, because it was and is my favorite rendition of the Tree of Life.

Anna R StruthersJanuary 24, 2020

I am so impressed by this article and this man!! Wow. That video was so beautifully done.

Jenny SvendsenJanuary 24, 2020

Reading this article, listening to the beautiful music, was truly a spiritual experience for me, I felt the spirit so strong

RoxyLynneJanuary 24, 2020

He was mentioned to show God's hand and that the unfolding of events was part of a plan. Of course, God knew that evil men in this time would vilify Christopher Columbus but members of the church should know better.

Diana MorseJanuary 24, 2020

Dear Scot and Maurine, This podcast goes in the books as my favorite so far! The reason being, I previously read an article you wrote about your adventures to find the land Bountiful. Love all that you have done to reveal all the wonderful possibilities of the journey of these dessert nomads. I would love to journey there with you one day. Keep up the inspired work you do.

Mitch BordenJanuary 24, 2020

As a man I can hardly be expected to fully empathize with what you and other daughters of Father had gone through in like circumstances, but I have a daughter-in-law who did. 12 hours before labor was to be induced she was informed that a heartbeat could no longer be detected, yet she still had to go through the gut-wrenching experience of natural childbirth living with no expectations whatsoever. But she and her husband (one of my six sons) were real troopers and have remained stalwart and faithful ever since that event. It is my personal belief -- which I expressed to them -- that if the spirit of John the Baptist was already present in the fetus Elizabeth was carrying at age 6 months (as evidenced by his ability to recognize Mary and the baby she was carrying) that they have no need to worry as long as they themselves remain faithful to their covenants.

Harold RustJanuary 24, 2020

It is articles like this that have made Meridian into my first email to check for every day. Keeping up with world news is tough, but through Meridian I have felt a pathway to remaining closely connected to the news that matters most.

ScottHJanuary 24, 2020

Thank you for sharing your vulnerability in such a poignant manner. My parents almost never mentioned the stillborn boy that Mom carried to full term between my birth and the birth of my younger brother. Nor did they often mention the three miscarriages Mom had between the birth of my younger brother and the birth of our baby brother. It is only in recent years that I have begun to grasp the extreme challenges my parents (especially Mom) faced as they grappled with these wrenching trials. Your article has helped expand my empathy. I'm not sure of all the reasons behind the church's records policy on stillborn children, except that there is no revealed doctrine on the matter. Perhaps cases are unique enough that a general policy of inclusion would prove a poor fit. What I can say is that in the case of my stillborn brother, I had a sacred experience with him a few weeks before Mom passed away. Although my parents did not give the child a name, I now know his name and I know that he is actively fulfilling callings in his sphere that include ministering to my family and those of my siblings. Peace be with you.

MICHAEL EDWARDSJanuary 24, 2020

i don't know. i think i will just watch a lot more tv.

Patrick Elliott, Sr.January 24, 2020

It is a bit of a misnomer that Hitler became Chancellor of Germany by a democratic process as he never received over about 36% of the voting public until after he was appointed by Paul von Hindenburg, who was President of Germany. There is another story of Hindenburg having a son named Oscar who was given a 5,000 acre estate in Prussia and a promotion in the army to general-lieutenant, probably equivalent to our Brigadier General to persuade his father to appoint Hitler as Chancellor. It is said in the backwaters of history that this is the tipping point that gave Hitler ultimate power in Germany and on to a dictatorship. Months into his regime, Hitler was given a confidence vote on a vast majority. If one refers to a process that was fill with graft in appointing Hitler to the Chancellorship by Hindenburg's corrupt son as a democratic process, I suppose it can be said of that if only on the surface.

HelenJanuary 24, 2020

All while studying for, and working in, medicine? Wow!

Mike M.January 24, 2020

In his book, The Great Prologue, Mark E. Peterson tells about a critical time in the voyage of Columbus and his crew, most of whom feared they would eventually fall off the edge of a flat world. “After weeks of their sailing with no sight of land, mutiny raised its head. Finally Columbus promised the captains of the Pinta and the Nina, both of whom wanted to stop the expedition, that if no land was sighted in forty-eight hours, he would turn back. “Then he went to his cabin and ‘prayed mightily to the Lord,’ as he expressed it. On October 12, the very next day, they sighted land. Such a prayer was completely in character for Columbus, for he believed his voyage was inspired by God.”

rcJanuary 24, 2020

Thanks forth ought and insights! Hey, I don't know if this is on your radar or not, but the comma between “should not be used” and “only in times of winter” was added in 1921. Removing the comma significantly changes the meaning of that sentence. Here is a recent blog on the subject which I found interesting and worthy of thought/investigation at Only in times of famine

SimplicioJanuary 23, 2020

A "War in Heaven" was fought about whether we would agree come to live and learn in a telestial environment such as this.

Jo T.January 23, 2020

From my point of view, including Pahoran was not a mistake but a MUST because Pahoran and Moroni both benefited from the letter. It was not the guilty ones that answered Moroni giving him such valuable information about what was happening in the Capital. And who else but Moroni could answer with authority Pahoran's questions? Pahoran was the one who could and would inform Moroni that the situation was more desperate that he thought, that he knew who the offenders were; and that he had some loyal forces that could join his when he came. In my mind, the Lord gave Moroni the revelation with the directive to send it to Pahoran so His purposes would be accomplished.

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ScottHJanuary 23, 2020

Perspective is everything when it comes to tribulations. We need sufficient humility to trust the Lord's perspective on pain and suffering. I remember thinking a number of times as a teen that my (truly loving) parents were horribly unfair about certain matters. How different similar matters look to me as I deal with my own teenage children! Mother Theresa famously said, "In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel." While this is undoubtedly true, the anguish we experience in the midst of severe trials is very real in the here and now. Thankfully, we have a God, even Jesus Christ who longingly walks with us, endures our anguish with us, and ensures that we are not required to endure one iota more than will be for our best eternal good.

DavidDJanuary 23, 2020

The question "why do bad things happen to good people" is the single most challenging question in the history of religion. And religion has never had particularly compelling answers. To the pretty standard answer, "we're here to be tested by and to learn from mortal existence," is this additional and difficult question: But why couldn't an all-powerful God set it up so that at least small children and other innocents don't suffer terribly? The real answer -- we just don't know.

RuthJanuary 23, 2020

Thank you!! This is exactly what I have been craving every Sunday when I attend Sacrament meetings. This world is such a mess with so much evil that I - in fact all of us - have a deep need for motivation and inspiration to focus on our beloved Savior. We are hungry for the hope, peace, trust, comforting encouragement and sweet spirit that such talks as you describe can bring us. We actually need this everyday but at least in every single sacred Sacrament meeting!!

DianeJanuary 23, 2020

Excellent article! Lots of food for thought. It gives a great perspective on our trials and challenges.

DianeJanuary 23, 2020

Excellent article! Lots of food for thought. Thank you.

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Awesome post! Keep up the great work! :)

MaryannJanuary 22, 2020

Kristin---I agree! Cinderella never allowed the mistreatment she received to cause her to be bitter. She remained kind and was able to enjoy the good things in her life, even the little animal critters.

MaryannJanuary 22, 2020

My heart breaks for this sister. I understand her feelings about not wanting her children to be without a father, but his behavior will ultimately be extremely damaging to them as well. It is fine to say that she should "heed him not," but that is almost impossible for a woman who hears her husband verbally abuse her on a regular basis. I cannot imagine remaining in such a demoralizing situation. I hope this sister will reach out to her family for support and remove herself from this situation.

Corrine ParkesJanuary 22, 2020

I'm so thankful you wrote this. I'm a woman, and I was told through Father's patriarch, that I'd have to wait for children. The longing of a mothering heart is nothing compared to a mother's pain and longing. I'm so sorry that you must wait to know your daughter. Thank you for the course you found, the anchor of the truths of the gospel. You are an example to everyone who reads this, parent or not.

Geoff SteurerJanuary 22, 2020

Thank you, Tim, for this wonderful article. Fathers matter - I see it in my office everyday as a marriage and family therapist.

roxanneJanuary 22, 2020

i couldn't have said it better. Can one really have enough books? i am always adding to my collection.

RuthJanuary 22, 2020

On the other hand.......I was married for many years to a man I adored and married in the temple that was a secret pedophile and child molester. After 6 daughters and one son and many years I learned of his abuse on all of my children. He was the opposite of all these great qualities in your article. I can't begin to tell you of the horrible life he gave us all that is still awful. The damage is life-long for all. You probably will not share this but you should because it's more common than people realize. There is absolutely nothing more devastating and heartbreaking for any child or mother to face. There are things much, much more painful than death.

John HillJanuary 22, 2020

Thank you, Rachel, for a perceptive article. We also accepted professional assignments abroad that allowed our family to see the beginnings of the Church in several lands---Egypt (two years), Jamaica (almost two years), Zambia (more than three years) and Romania (four and a half years). Later on, my wife and I served missions for the Church in Madagascar and South Africa. Those real life experiences were not easy, but they introduced us to so many faithful people in the developing world. We were greatly blessed to know them---many of whom we stay in touch with today.

Don NesbittJanuary 21, 2020

I love what I found in the Red HandbookII Stillborn Children (Children Who Die before Birth) Temple ordinances are not performed for stillborn children. However, this does not deny the possibility that a stillborn child may be part of the family in the eternities. Parents are encouraged to trust the Lord to resolve such cases in the way He knows is best. The family may record the name of a stillborn child on the family group record, followed by the word stillborn in parentheses.

MaryannJanuary 21, 2020

I am wondering if some of these experiences are too sacred to share. Often the results of circulating these accounts so freely is that thousands are asking, "What's wrong with me? Why haven't I had this experience when I needed it so much?" While we can know that our loved ones who are deceased, and angels, are supporting to us, it seems more important to me that we carefully cultivate a relationship with the Holy Ghost and our Savior for reliance and comfort.

Gordon BrownJanuary 21, 2020

I take considerable delight when non-members present information that reinforces my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Not too many years ago a non-member, metallurgist by profession, but a serious devotee to archeology wrote a book titled, "Black Holes in the Dead Sea Scrolls." In this book, the author, Robert Feather, presented a hypothesis that the temple ruins of Armana Egypt are strongly tied to the Essenes. In books that followed, Feather presented reliefs from the Amarna region that would have significance to me as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One relief showed what Feather believes to be a priest of the temple. The photograph of the relief shows a man dressed in a hat/cap with pleats, tethered with a string to a pleated robe. Where there is no coloration in the relief it may be assumed that the cap and robe were white. As I have watched movies with depictions of pharaohs, I have noticed that their skirts have crisp pleats and have invariably been white. Were these pleated skirts representative of the power of the pharaoh? Or was there some other symbolism?

Vic DietzJanuary 21, 2020

“It is deafening, the silence a dead baby makes.” So eloquent, so poignant. Your willingness to share is an act of ministry at the most tender level. I choose to believe children are ours when they stir with life; the Church made an administrative selection many decades ago that is simply that, an objective,administrative standard based on now primitive medical standards. I look forward to meeting our miscarried child with a peace born of similar searching and a discovery of faith. Bless you.

HalJanuary 21, 2020

I can't believe that there are still people who think it is constitutional to revive the Equal Rights Amendment. There is a 7-year limit to ratify amendments - period. Somehow people think that states can still ratify the ERA almost 40 years after the original legislation. No, they have to start the process all over again. Not that it matters, many of the hidden agendas of the ERA proponents have been covertly made into law one at a time either state by state or via Supreme Court rulings. Truly Satan is binding us with his flaxen cords and leading us carefully (ever so carefully) down to hell.

Karryn HunterJanuary 21, 2020

Thank you for your enlightenment on Nephi's vision of the Tree of Life. I have learned so much, and been given spiritual blessings testifying of. The truths you are teaching

GP SCHATZMANJanuary 21, 2020

Very sad that a man could treat his wife this way, Temple covenants mean everything including treating each other with love and respect. Anyone that expects a woman's body to look like it did before children is just not realistic. Loving someone includes loving them UNCONDITIONALLY and without unrealistic expectations. Keep your love alive and be creative about it! most especially leave outside influences OUTSIDE and stay away from them.

Steve WilsonJanuary 21, 2020

Great insights again Wally and Barbara. I love the idea of looking for insights and inspiration during the sacrament while focusing on the covenant with Christ. Thanks

HalJanuary 21, 2020

Wonderful article, thank you! Disney is far from what I believe Walt Disney envisioned. I remember an interview with Annette Funnicello some years ago. When she left Disney and was cast in the beach movies of the 1960's, she said Walt came to her and personally asked her to not wear a two-piece bathing suit in the movies. He told her that her fans would always associate her with wholesomeness and she would do well to maintain that image. As a result, she wore modest, one-piece swim suits in all the movies she starred in. Now, however, Disney seems to push the limits of what is appropriate for a "family" film and Disney stars frequently go off the rails when they leave Disney.

ShaneJanuary 21, 2020

This is a great article full of truth! As a former Bishop, I dealt with pornography effected relationships almost weekly. Virtually every person I worked with who committed adultery or fornication, watched pornography to some degree prior. I saw men who couldn’t have sex with their wives because of their addiction to porn. They would look at their wives negative features and would not feel that love anymore. They were “past feeling” in their actions and emotions. Pornography truly does kill love. Thank you for this great article!

LMJanuary 21, 2020

I needed this! I've been struggling for a dozen years with a similar comment by my husband. My second marriage, his first, we'd been married about ten years when he told me he didn't like to touch me intimately because he felt I was "dirty" since I wasn't a virgin like him when we were married. Yet I was "good enough" to have sexual relations on a regular basis. I was stunned and devastated. My first marriage dealt with adultery and I had body imaging problems I'd worked through, thanks to thinking my second husband thought differently about me. It wasn't like he didn't know when we were married--he became an instant stepfather. Because of the history of abuse in my life, it took me another ten years or so to recognize that HE too is verbally abusive and controlling--and has been since before we were married. At the time, I realize now, he was just less abusive than my family of origin and my first husband so he looked non-abusive. Years of him blaming me, saying I'm unlovable, barely tolerable, and yes, even abusive towards him (because I don't do the dishes every day) have made me feel like everything is my fault. I'm not perfect and I've made some doozies myself along the way but I see things more clearly now in regards to HIS treatment towards me. It's possible he's never righteously held the Priesthood since we married--and everything makes sense now. Unfortunately, health issues (most likely related to a lifetime of emotional abuse) trap me in this marriage but I'm in therapy to learn skills to "heed [him] not." Thank you!

Judith La MontagneJanuary 21, 2020

Your own inventive and clear writing shouts out that you are a confirmed reader. Nothing improves writing as much as reading. I am also indebted to E. B. White!

Samantha from TennesseeJanuary 21, 2020

I have always called myself 'the bookaholic' -- with bookshelves packed to bursting, stacked on the floor around my bed, under it, in boxes, everywhere! As a child I read every horse book in our branch of the library, then started westerns, histories, biographies. They are my friends, transporting me to other ways of life, other countries, other worlds. When it came to writing papers for school, I'd find myself engrossed in our unabridged dictionary! I resisted new technology -- I love the feel, the smell of a good book in my hands. But, alas! My friends were pushing me out of house and home! I bought a I carry my 1,000+ friends in my purse!

Judi EnglishJanuary 21, 2020

What a delightful article! Thank you for putting into words how I, too, feel about books. I read everything...including mysteries, self-help, nature, animals, travel all the way down to cereal boxes and milk cartons. Thank you again for explaining my love of words expertly put to paper. You are so “right on!”

D. A. HickenJanuary 21, 2020

Thank you for all the work you do to produce this incredible podcast.

Susan B CohrsJanuary 21, 2020

Always I am grateful for the prayful time and attention paid for Temple garments' comfort and practical use. Thanks for this loving care.

Gsry DennisJanuary 21, 2020

There is a much bigger picture to the length of our lives, for the length of our time here is pre-determined, whether we drink milk, with any fat content, or no milk at all. Possibly we should be more concerned about the content of our lives, rather than the content of the milk we may or may not drink.

ERIC CHASEJanuary 21, 2020

All I can say is a huge amen!! This article is spot on. We should leave our sacrament meetings feeling uplifted, inspired, and desiring to more fully follow our Savior. Great job!

Wendy LanderJanuary 20, 2020

LOVE your article, Marilyn!! As a child, I would read a book under the desk in class. I would walk home from school reading. I don't know how I didn't fall asleep I was notorious for 'tripping over a matchstick'. My nickname was Bookworm Bertie (from maiden name Burton). You have made such a life of reading, it makes my efforts look paltry. Congratulations, well done and thank you so much for sharing

Ingrid LJanuary 20, 2020

My home teacher years ago shared that he had served his mission in Africa, Since then I would imagine myself congregating in a simple hut sweating profusely in the heat yet having the biggest smile on my face thanking the Lord for providing us a place to learn His word and will. It just feels so good to gather with fellow saints as Zion.

J COLLINS MEEKJanuary 20, 2020

Dear Kim White, Thank you for sharing the ecstasy and the agony. I don't know what your personal revelation was, but here is mine. Our little one was stillborn, but she got what she came to earth for: her body. So, of course, after a while, we named her, and she is on record with the province's vital statistics and in our family records, and on the records of the Church. We look forward to meeting her on the other side when we graduate. She just graduated stunningly early. All love to you and your little sweetheart. - Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, Jan 20. 2020

Margaret YoungJanuary 20, 2020

Dear Craig--then we will have to see you in Paris! I have heard so much about the good you did in the Congo and am hoping to have a long conversation with you and your wife about your many projects. My feeling on the hardness of this project: it became what it needed to be. I feel that April 14th, 2019 (temple dedication) marked the beginning of a major speeding up of the work in the DRC. This film always belonged to the Congolese. We Americans needed to be in a supportive position, not a directive one. The real work is the Lord's, and He will glorify any of our little offerings. So grateful for you!

Gaye Breillatt.January 20, 2020

We served in Ghana and so miss the beautiful Enthusiasm of the members. My daughter visited and attended church with us 2Sundays and when she returned to ZUtah commented church was so boring compared to Ghana. They sing with such enthusiasm accapella and love to learn from each other do their lessons are filled with inspiration and enthusiasm. You are such a blessing g there and the members will Always remember the joy you brought to them God bless you.

Janene BaadsgaardJanuary 20, 2020

I feel deep sadness for the pain you have experienced. I had three babies die before they were born. I wrote an article for the Ensign Magazine concerning these matters and was told by church authorities that stillborn (those who would have survived if born alive) children can be named and placed on your family group records. Miscarriages (those who would not have survived if born alive) have no set guidance - yet parents may certainly get their own personal answer from God about their precious child.

Doug BlackmanJanuary 20, 2020

Enuf said. Time to read. Then pray.

Margie MJanuary 20, 2020

So beautifully written.Wrenches my heart even though four of mine were early miscarriages. You still feel cheated for a while. I came across a book of a mother who died briefly during her delivery of a deceased little girl and she saw and experienced the other side. It gives hope and some understanding. I recommend it to you. It is 'Led by the Hand of Christ" (a woman's journey to Paradise--and back) by Suzanne Freemans as told to Shirley Bahlmann. May God continue to bless you with choicest blessings in your life. Love and hugs, Margie

Jennie RounsevilleJanuary 20, 2020

I’ve been thinking about your article and the warmth it has filled me with all morning. I love looking at the pictures of those you serve with. From my home in Arizona to your tiny branch in Africa... I am so glad to call you all brothers and sisters.

Joy LundbergJanuary 20, 2020

I loved reading your article, Rachel. I knew you were living in Africa but I didn't know many details. This article filled in a lot of blanks. What a blessing you are to these dear Saints. And, from what you wrote, they are a blessing to you. You are definitely on a mission to bless the lives of the members there and to be a strength to the Church in this remote area. You warmed my heart. You're in our prayers. Sending love and hugs your way.

Bambi KochJanuary 20, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful for the strength you have gained in response to your trial and for helping me to understand. It's been over 25 years since I suffered my final miscarriage; I've had four. It was a girl, after having had five boys. I have few "whys" in life, but this is one of them. Perhaps now I can finally begin to put this away and come to terms with it, leaving the why for Heavenly Father.

Beagle Lover in the SouthJanuary 20, 2020

Slightly amused by the polar opposite reactions to this article. Seems to be a great many people who cannot separate fact from fiction and who have relied heavily on the so-called news media sources to get their facts. Consider the sources carefully for valid facts when gathering info about the "climate change crisis" prevalent in the secular world view. This hysteria was mentioned in our recent stake leadership talks.

V BlackJanuary 20, 2020

6. Do you follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ in your private and public behavior with members of your family and others? No. Children are harmed when they live with a parent that abuses the other parent.

kokoJanuary 20, 2020

What a heart-wrenching and beautiful story. I'm so glad you were able to hold your sweet baby girl. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for putting into words something so difficult. Thank you for helping us understand even a little bit.

AaronJanuary 20, 2020

What can I say but thank you for sharing such a personal and sacred expression of joy, pain, anguish and comfort. God bless you and your precious little girl.

RobbieJanuary 20, 2020

I feel your hurt, angst and all the rest of your suffering having gone through a similar experience many years ago . I never got to hold my baby and there was no counciling. I stumbled on thru tears with family and friends not sure what to do or say. There were no answers but I always knew my heavenly Father was there for me and over time the pain and sadness lessened but the memory has never disappeared.

Allison DunlapJanuary 20, 2020

My brother was an ob-gyn and came across this heart wrenching scenario many times in his work. He wrote several letters to general authorities and while nothing official was given, he was told in reply these children are ours for the eternities. My own mother suffered a stillborn pregnancy and a 5 month miscarriage. As a family, directed by this older brother, we named these two baby boys that are now on our family records. I look forward to the day I get to meet and know these two brothers of mine!, James and Robert!

bettejgaJanuary 20, 2020

So beautifully written that although it has been 36 years since our baby was stillborn, I could feel it as though it were now. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your amazing talent.

Thaylene BarrettJanuary 20, 2020

Thank you for this incredible piece of heart-wrenching truth. It's been 38 years, but every excruciating and wonderful memory was activated by your amazing words.

Debbie HathawayJanuary 20, 2020

Your story is inspiring and uplifting. It demonstrates how you can adapt to new situations in the LDS faith as long as you have a testimony of the restored gospel. How exciting to see the growth of the church membership in Africa. May the Lord continue to strengthen you as you serve in all of the callings you now hold. You are a light to all you serve!

CarolineJanuary 20, 2020

This happened to my son and daughter-in-law a year and a half ago and without their testimonies of the restored gospel I don't see how they would be surviving it. The funeral with the little casket was so comforting because of the truths of eternal families and an eventual reunion with their baby boy Nicholas. So, so sad, but so grateful for the gospel.

Marcela StaceyJanuary 20, 2020

In October of 2019 I was visiting Rwanda, and attended the sacrament meeting and Sunday school hours. It is true. The services are conducted in both English and the native language. I imagined being one of the Rwandan members who did not speak English, and how it might be perhaps frustrating to not understand everything that is being said. As a miracle, that was the first day ever in the history of Rwanda that the first two chapters in the book of Mormon were printed and read in their native language. It was so inspiring to see the members almost breathing out the words from the printed 8 1/2 by 11 inch photocopied pages. They read with such fervor. I can honestly say that I have never read the scriptures with the thirst they showed as they read from those loose papers. What a miracle. Such faith and at what sacrifice for them - much like in this article, these faithful Rwandan members walk miles and hours with their little ones on tow and strapped to their backs to attend Sunday meetings. What a beautiful experience to witness these Rwandan saints.

michael hogganJanuary 20, 2020

I am deeply sorry for your loss.

MikeJanuary 19, 2020

"What about the role of God? Does He ever intervene by sending climate events .... to prod His children to change their ways?" I don't know about world-wide climate changes. But I do know about what happens in my front yard. The summer of 2018 was dry and I was too busy at work to drag a hose around. By fall, the fescue lawn was dead. That fall I over-seeded some annual rye grass. The fall and winter was wet.The grass flourished. I was too busy at work to mow the grass. A city ordinance indicates grass in lawns should not be allowed to grow more than 16 inches tall. I was thinking the rye grass was getting close to being about that tall. A notice from the city indicated my rye grass was 33 inches tall. I measured it myself and they were right. I faced a $500 fine if I did not heed this warning. My neighbor, knowing how busy I am at work, offered to cut it. I said thank you. The rye grass died after being cut so severely. I never got around to planting and watering perennial grass last summer. It was a weedy mess. I planted rye grass again this fall and so far I have cut it back twice. It looks good. The Lord didn't water my lawn during the summer it died. The Lord didn't mow my lawn when it grew too tall. The Lord didn't save my lawn from dying when cut short after being too long. The Lord didn't re-plant my fescue. He didn't stay the hand of city government from fining me. It seems the Lord pretty much lets me make a big mess out of my front lawn and live with the result. I think collectively we, as God's children, are doing about as good of a job caring for the earth as I do with my front lawn. And are making even better excuses for it. The Lord created other earths without number. If we screw this one up, he could easily create another. But he might not let any of us live on it.

SKnightJanuary 19, 2020

I wish I had the knowledge now to help me over thirty years ago to know I was a victim of my husband's verbal abuse. I took it for thirty-three years, in fear of losing my eternal marriage. What I didn't know was that he had already broken our covenants, so we really didn't have an eternal marriage due to his abuse. I never in a million years would have suspected he was into pornography, but I found it, and then my marriage made sense. He was comparing me to the teenagers he was viewing. He once told me, while I was pregnant with our first child (after six years of trying to have a baby), that he didn't realize just how grotesque I would look. He couldn't look at me. Years later, after four kids, he finally told me he lost all desire for me. I wish now that I wouldn't have waited another fifteen years to divorce him. I suffered from so many auto-immune diseases, my doctor didn't give me much hope of ever being whole or healed. Such a burden was lifted from me to not have to undergo all the verbal and emotional abuse I had taken for so long. The auto-immune diseases left my body the week I left him. Please don't let your "eternal marriage" get in the way of your eternal happiness in a normal, non-abusive life. You will still have your covenants as long as your sealing is unbroken. He has broken his covenants long ago. Please heed this advice. Abuse is a good reason for a divorce. I numbly waited until I discovered his pornography addiction and subsequent adultery as his addiction escalated. Abuse is enough, as the prophets have said. It's on him now. Your salvation is intact.

Jenny M KinsleyJanuary 19, 2020

we just watched Jumanji the next level. I was totally disappointed in it. It had so many swear words that I totally lost interest in it. it could have been fun instead of offensive.

SterlingJanuary 19, 2020

For a religion that delights in embracing all truth, I have trouble understanding why our people have such a hard time accepting that climate change is real. The science is pretty simple; a child can understand it. It is not a conspiracy made up by liberals, the media, or Satan. Yes, the climate has gone through historical fluctuations, but not so drastically in a period of 50-150 years. The responsible thing would be for the Latter-day Saints to recognize this issue along with the world community and take the lead in being wise stewards. And what if God wanted to send a message to his children about their excess, extortion, greed, and ignorance by sending a severe weather event? Would He not do it by our own hands?

ErinJanuary 19, 2020

I, too, am so sad to have missed this! I would love to have this hanging in my entry as a daily reminder for my whole family to make a choice each day to hold on to the iron rod.

DJJanuary 18, 2020

Perhaps those who drink low fat milk also make other conscientious health/food decisions which could also attribute to the difference.

JulieJanuary 18, 2020

OmGosh this guy is absolutely lying about porn, an affair or something else. You cannot stay with this kind of man! He must be in counseling and fix himself first then you can think of giving it another try. He won’t change unless he hits rock bottom. Don’t think of it as tearing your family apart but what an awful example for your children! Do you want your sons treating their wives this way or your daughters being treated this way by their husbands? You’re teaching them that this is acceptable behavior! I’m so so sorry you’ve been treated this way. It’s NOT YOUR FAULT and you DONT DESERVE THIS!

HEATHER hansenJanuary 18, 2020

I love the details like the history of the names. They are the kinds of things I would find in a study bible when I studied the New Testament last year. Do you have suggestions for study books to learn more of theses kinds of details for the Book if Mormon?

Sue MaxwellJanuary 18, 2020

I have read many near death experiences,and this is beautiful. In the book I have of these stories, I know one of the people, who did not share his name, but he had a very sacred experience in the hospital.He only alludes to it in the book.

JJ BrownJanuary 18, 2020

The ore that Nephi used should not necessarily be relevant to the weight of the plates that were hefted by Joseph Smith's witnesses. Weren't those plates made centuries later by Mormon for his abridgement of Nephi's two sets of plates and others?

Donald HoffmanJanuary 18, 2020

The Churches Addiction Recovery Program is patterned after the AA 12 Steps Program, with one great difference......healing is taught to come through the power of The Atonement of Jesus Christ. Alma 7:11. The Savior will help us with our character weaknesses, when we are willing.

JudyJanuary 18, 2020

This is pretty reductionist science. There are so many other nutrition and lifestyle factors to consider that this is hardly a soke predictive factor in longevity or overall health. There are far more long term studies showing the consumption of animal protein in the levels commonly found in modern society, having multiple adverse effects on health and longevity. The China Study is a good starting point for research. Also, significant writing and research has been compiled by Jane Birch Ph.D and is well worth searching.

Harold RustJanuary 18, 2020

My grandmother's sister, Mary Woolley Chamberlain, became the first county clerk in the nation (according to her autobiography) to be elected as a woman. Her 1896 election in Kane county was a great victory for women throughout Utah and Susan Young Gates was particularly impressed with this giant step forward for women being properly recognized. By the way, Mary was later elected (1911) as Kanab city mayor with an all-woman city council and they were acknowledged by the men as having done a great job after their two-year term was complete. It is also interesting to note that Mary was a polygamous wife at the time but had to present herself as a woman whose husband had already died. Utah women truly did lead the way and we members of the Church can be especially proud of their legacy.

Craig FrogleyJanuary 18, 2020

Margret, we are thrilled to see this come to fruition. You have endured a lot. We learned first hand while serving there that everything in Africa is hard. I often joked that Murphy had been born there. I have loved following your progress and look forward to seeing the film but are currently serving in the Paris Temple Visitor Center. We will hope to see it upon our return... It has been surprising to find us still gather African Israel here in France where so many have fled.

SuzieJanuary 18, 2020

Very good advice given by Geoff. I would ask this poor sister what advice she would give to her daughter if she were one day in this exact situation. Would it be stay, continuing letting him abuse you or would it be to leave and save herself and her children? What example is she setting for her sons and daughters if she continues to stay and be abused by him? The message relayed to her daughters is it’s ok for your husband to treat you like this, and the example to her sons is it’s ok to treat his future wife like this. Staying will only reinforce to the kids this negative behavior as acceptable and it will cause a toxic cycle of possible future abuse. I would encourage her to break this toxic cycle, if not for her own sake for the sake of her kids!

Cheryl ArendJanuary 18, 2020

I agree with Michael.I doubt this would be the same result with raw milk. Also,I find it odd, knowing you do not absorb vitamin D in milk without fat,and knowing lower fat milk is supplemented with dry milk,something seems off? It naturally seems less nutriious but your results show different.Including Organic milk in addition to raw milk could show different results as it is double pasturized.

vickieJanuary 17, 2020

I remember years ago when I had my first only daughter a woman living in our apt complex came over to see my new baby...I didn't know her. she looked at the baby and then said..her husband hates pregnant women's bodies. he hates the way they look. I felt insulted. I was only 19yrs old. I told my husband when he came home what that guy thought...and my husband said he was stupid. I realize now that this woman must be struggling in her heart because maybe she wanted a baby and couldn't because of how her husband told her what he thought of pregnant bodies. or even maybe he didn't want any children and that is how he was accomplishing this. I noticed in the story the woman said she had 5 kids and then she said he wanted one more child. well, if that is the case and he wanted another child he also knew that when she got pregnant she would be fat again. if that is the case then why encourage her to be pregnant or was it herself who wanted to have another baby. I find when a man who is married and has that many kids says those kinds of tings, it means he is seeing another woman or is into pornography. because he says he isn't doesn't mean he really isn't into either. or he might be having issues with his own self such as mental illness and needs help. what this woman needs to do is throw herself into something she really likes and really get into her kids as taking care of kids can be a lot but also get into something she enjoys and not be so dependant on what her husband says. if she accepts herself as she is just get busy with something she enjoys and take care of the kids...then see how things go with that....

vickieJanuary 17, 2020

THERE Are only 2 sides...maybe 3 ...the third being those who don't really care either way....then there are those that blow it all out of control and some of us wonder if they do that to get raise money or get money from the gov. then there are those who feel that yes we are stewards of the earth but ultimately God is in charge of the climate. I feel we can do our part but cutting keeping things cleaner...picking up trash and or not throwing trash on the ground. however we aren't all alike...I resort to prayer and doing my part to help keep the earth clean.

CharlieBrown2292January 17, 2020

When I met my wife, I was not only drawn to her outgoing personality but also attracted to her good looks. Almost 30 years down the road, and three magnificient children born through C-sections, her weight has nearly doubled. I do certainly miss the slender young woman who shared my life for many years, but I have grown to love and value the beautiful individual she is regardless of her appearance, and suspect that her pain in dealing with her weight issue, both from a physical and emotional standpoint, is far greater than my own frustrations in having to deal with such a significant physical change. I do indeed believe that such are defining moments in the choices we make on whether remaining selfish and superficial or growing into a true man of God through loving our spouse unconditionally. Reading your account does not only make me deeply empathize with your current challenges but gets me to wonder about what keeps your husband from realizing how blessed he is having married such a wonderful individual as you. In a way, this gets me to feel more sorry for him than for you, because no matter what, you will always be rewarded with the company of loving people for all the goodness of your heart, when he may enf up a very lonely individual.

AnnJanuary 17, 2020

I’m so sad I missed this offer. Will there be any more prints available in the future. I’d love to get one.

T. DavenportJanuary 17, 2020

This is a well written observation regarding the Jewish people who were not responsible for Christ's death. It is certainly true, and should be easy to understand, that being a "Jew" at the time of Christ did not automatically make one guilty of Jesus's death. The false accusers, those who unjustly arrested him, and those who incited the mob to send him away to be crucified by the Romans bear responsibility. Judas Iscariot didn't perform the crucifixion either, but he was certainly responsible for beginning the process.

JaredJanuary 17, 2020

I was shocked when I read what this man said to his wife. On the one hand, I really hope this man can change his ways. On the other hand, I don't think he will change unless he sees there are serious consequences for his hurtful expressions. I thought it was very telling that Pres. Hinckley's quote said that we will not be asked about worldly accolades at the final judgment, but there will be searching questions about how we treated our wife and children. This man's behavior is pathological because he's hurting himself by tearing down his wife. Geoff Steurer gave good advice, because it doesn't help anyone for this wife to tolerate this horrible behavior, specifically it doesn't help the husband. And he'll probably have to learn that the hard way. I've gone through some hard things in my life, and I've come to terms with the fact that there are some things I couldn't learn as long as I was insulated from the consequences of my decisions.

Brian VuinovicJanuary 17, 2020

My mother wanted to cover a section of her yard with rock. Over 2,600 lbs. of rock were delivered. It was a hot July day when I moved the rock with a wheelbarrow. It me hours to move the rock. Despite the heat and the physical labor that was required to move all of the rock, I did not find the task terribly difficult. About 45 minutes before I finished I felt the strong impression from my father, who had passed away many years earlier, "Ok, I've helped you enough. You can finish the rest of the work on your own". I was so pleased and touched that he was there to help me with the task.

Rebecca Holmstrom Murrieta, CaliforniaJanuary 17, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful information on Sariah! It was fascinating to read and very helpful for my Stake Primary presentation.

Addie Rushton SimperJanuary 17, 2020

Dear Becky, Your account of Christmas Day 2004 was gripping and moved me to tears. Though alarming that so many lives were lost that day and through the following weeks, my heart soared to hear that your group of little ones were saved from the devastating Tsunami that occurred. Another reminder that our Heavenly Father is certainly in the details and ever mindful of His children. It is He who knows when a sparrow falls. In Him we find safety. In Him we find peace.

LorettaJanuary 17, 2020

I'm so sorry you're going through this. As I read your story and the response, the old poem "The Touch of the Master's Hand" crossed my mind: 'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer Thought it scarcely worth his while To waste much time on the old violin, But held it up with a smile. "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried, "Who'll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar. Then two! Only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three?" "Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice; Going for three…" But no, From the room, far back, a grey-haired man Came forward and picked up the bow; Then wiping the dust from the old violin, And tightening the loosened strings, He played a melody pure and sweet, As a caroling angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer, With a voice that was quiet and low, Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?" And he held it up with the bow. "A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two? Two thousand! And who'll make it three? Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice, And going and gone," said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, "We do not quite understand. What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply: "The touch of the Master's hand." And many a man with life out of tune, And battered and scarred with sin, Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd Much like the old violin. A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine, A game — and he travels on. He is "going" once, and "going" twice, He's "going" and almost "gone." But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd Never can quite understand The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought By the touch of the Master's hand. We can be scarred by life and the terrible words and actions of others. However, your beautiful body bore six beautiful children. It continues to allow you to care for them, to serve your family, and to exercise your talents to glorify the Lord (whether it be music, cooking, running, teaching--God gave us all gifts, and He rejoices when we grow in them). I'm sorry that your husband can't see the beautiful music you play. Hold on to those who can hear the touch of the Master's hand in you, who can see your value. God, above all, certainly does.

KateJanuary 17, 2020

Oh please. If you have read the scriptures, especially the Doctrine and Covenants you should know that we have been given stewardship of the earth by our Heavenly Parents. If we screw it up by not being wise in our use of resources, we WILL be held accountable. God is really good at letting us live with the consequences of our shortsightedness and willful disobedience. We are to "dress and keep" the earth, not plunder it and squander its plenty and gorge ourselves on what we can wrest from it. We will be held responsible.

KarenJanuary 17, 2020

I wish I had known this so many years ago. My husband used words to undercut me whenever he could "find" a reason. Thirty years later I sometimes hear his voice and what he deliberately said to hurt me. It does it easier over time to shut those voices out but the words hurt more than the smacks ever did.

MikeJanuary 17, 2020

For years I just got upset every time someone would spout "Global Warming". Mainly because just a few years prior everyone was spouting "New Ice Age". Those what want to blame us humans are often those that want to tax us for the problem. But those taxes often line their pockets and are almost never used to solve any problems. To blame humans for natural trends, cosmic interference and God's actions to help us become more humble is a little more then just crazy it is sinister. Having said that I will also say that I have come to the conclusion that humans ARE to blame for climate change. Only not in the way that society is trying to claim. We are responsible for climate change due to our actions against God. I believe that it is our collective sinful nature that is causing climate change. If we didn't sin and if we lived all of the laws of God then there would be no need for God to punish us. If we were living like the Nephites around 40AD then we would be living in harmony with each other and the world. We would not abuse each other, nor would we abuse our planet. In my opinion the only real solution for climate change is for us to start living the way God intended, stop sinning and start repenting. Then God can remove the scourge and allow the world to live with us in peace.

Justin MJanuary 17, 2020

I think the entire pre-supposition of this article is addressed with one statement from the title page of the Book of Mormon (this page written by Mormon) referring to the remnant of the house of Israel not being cast off forever, having their covenants remembered, etc

DJJanuary 17, 2020

Unfortunately I am sure many women are in this or a similar situation. As a newly wed, my husband told me, “It’s so hard to love you when you are unattractive to me 90% of the time.” That was 45 years ago, and it took many years for that sting to go away. As to temple covenants, listen to the words of the sealing ceremony and you will see that it is the husband in this case who has broken his covenants. The objectification of women is so pervasive many of us just accept it as normal—but it is not! Thank you for a timely column.

Warren AstonJanuary 17, 2020

Denise, you are correct that the water flow NOW is tiny and none of us would call it a "river." The article, however, was pointing out through photos and commentary by a scientist that the valley has the unmistakable traces of a large and long-lasting river. Granite does not weather easily. So when Nephi describes it as a river, flowing constantly, we can still see the evidence today that in pre-modern times it was.

Chris EdmundsJanuary 16, 2020

Thank you for the great write up and memory. My father is the Elder Edmunds referenced in the article and missionary companion to Elder Suman. I remember him telling this story to us but I didn't remember Elder Suman's name. "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise."

W A LevittsJanuary 16, 2020

@Michael Hirt, I believe you make a very good point. I have drunk milk my entire life. I'm now in my early 60s, most people would think I am maybe mid 50s. (My health is very good too, in fact I take no meds at all... I don't need any). I currently drink 2% daily, and have most of my adult life. However, this is my point in commenting here, from a young child until late teens I mostly drank Raw cows milk, with Raw goats milk periodically.

Carly DavisJanuary 16, 2020

Hi, I got the exact same things from the movie. I did the s-anon program, a 12 step program for people with loved ones in sex/pornography addiction, and would read the healing through Christ manual, LOOOVED IT!! I got so much out of it and I remembered the principle of "do the next right thing" and basically a lot of it was also about co-dependency. Both of those principles have helped me a lot. I REALLY admire your perspective and your bravery to share that because it's needed!!! I'm in a social work master's program to help people with these types of issues and it's nice to hear people with similar perspectives and experiences and that speak out and share!!

Jackie M WassmanJanuary 16, 2020

I found this very interesting. I am amazed at the amount of research has gone into this and that you could find these places just from the Book of Mormon. I realize that you go much deeper than I do, but to me it is fascinating. I really enjoy reading these kind of things. Thank you

Kristin WildeJanuary 16, 2020

I always thought that Cinderella was a real hero - a type of the suffering servant like Christ, but not a victim. She was endlessly kind and charitable and loyal despite her circumstances foisted upon her she was wise to the faults of those around her and annoyed by them but refused to participate in contention. She was ill used but didn’t let her circumstances dictate her mood. This is why Cinderella has been an inspiration to me.

Cheya WeberJanuary 16, 2020

I am so grateful for you, your studying and learning, and your understanding of the gifts of the Spirit, and the important things that deserve our focus. I'm grateful the Lord has blessed you with a keen intellect and the ability to express and share your insights with others. I know you received help from the Holy Ghost in organizing your thoughts and your testimony. The same Spirit testified to me often throughout this article of the truthfulness expressed. What a glorious time to be alive when we can bask in the Light and Love that so freely is offered. I rejoice with you, Wally, and the teaching of the Prophet Joseph and the Restoration of simple, yet glorious gospel principles. Thank-you for being an instrument in the Lord's hand and sharing this with us.

Dan GuaspJanuary 16, 2020

First let me say I am amazed at the time and effort that has been put into finding the possible directions of Lehi's journey as well as the many place Nephi talks about that they stopped. My question is this, what are we to gain be knowing the route the took or this many places or is it what some have choose to do while on this earth. I do not want anyone to think I am down playing the work that has been down.

Cynthia CarlsonJanuary 16, 2020

Thank you, Joni, for always inspiring others through your writing! With warmest wishes for 2020!

Randy CookJanuary 16, 2020

Bro. Lawrence, Great article! With the current political and junk science frenzy of global climate alarmism you are quite brave to even suggest that God is in control of the world rather than man. You may even be branded a heretic by their secular humanistic- scientific religion. Two of my favorite scriptures regarding the last days are Eph. 4:14 and Hebrews 13:9 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Hebrews 13:9 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. I used to consider these scriptures only with regard to religious doctrines of other churches, but now I understand that politicians and the news media have become the purveyors of the junk science of the world ending predictions. These are strong winds of worldly doctrine. There are two other scriptures that has given me confidence regarding the future of the world, D&C 59:20 and D&C 104:17: 59:20 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion. 104:17 For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves. I believe I am responsible for my stewardship use of the earth but it would be heretical to think I could, by my puny effort, overwhelm or hijack God’s intended purposes in His creation of this and many other worlds. I am sure that there was only one Savior of the World and He already saved it and us. God’s prophet, Russel Nelson, has urged us to prepare for the second coming. I personally think the second coming is overdue. God has a larger vision of His Plan than me and I am sure that no one knows when or how the world will end except God.

Denise YoungJanuary 16, 2020

When reading this account I had to laugh about the size of the river. My daughter grew up in Mesa AZ. When she moved to the Eastern U.S. she was amazed at how big a river really is. What we refer to here as river is often time not much more than a creek.

Michael HirtJanuary 16, 2020

Have you considered doing the same with Raw milk? You may find that the pasteurization and processing of milk is the real culprit. The idea that we kill all the natural things in milk and then add back nutrients makes "milk" something else. It's not milk anymore. Please perform your test on Raw milk before you draw conclusions about milk that may not even be there at all.

MerrileeJanuary 16, 2020

I’m grateful for you sharing that perspective of the helpless princesses! I’m also rejoicing today as I’m processing out of my victim position! I fell into it as a child so I didn’t have tools to come out by myself, except for one- a guarding angel repeatedly told me I was a child of God. So I have seen Cinderella in a situation where she needed to overcome difficult circumstances and the fairy godmother as the helicopter rescuer at times and the guide with the right advice at other times. In any case it’s important for all of us to remember that challenges of imperfect characteristics are important for us to have and overcome with Gods help.

sally jo winebrennerJanuary 16, 2020

If one visits the Susan B. Anthony home in Rochester, N.Y. they will see in a preservation case, a Black Silk dress on a form, that was a gift from the women of Utah to SBA. It was made from the silk worms of the Utah women's silk industry. Miss Anthony was very proud of her "sisters" in Utah fighting for the rights of women...

Lynette A LewisJanuary 16, 2020

Thank you for that 're-direction' so that I can help my little grand daughters see the higher example of the One who constantly serves and gives like the fairy godmother.

CW2SADJanuary 16, 2020

This is why, if I was a woman, I would want to be Naomi, mother-in-law to Ruth in the Book of Ruth. Here was a woman who lost her husband and sons, but loved her daughter-in-law enough to not only respect her (Ruth), but to ensure her future would be blessed. A great woman indeed...

michael hogganJanuary 16, 2020

My point in my previous comment was that when people are allowed to self-identify as members of a group designated as underprivileged, the whole thing falls apart. Just to be clear, I would be classified as a straight white dude.

BillJanuary 16, 2020

Wonderful assessment about the hysteria happening about Climate Change. God is in charge and we all need to listen and act responsibly.We must be good stewards of earth. The fires in Australia mostly were caused by dry lightning strikes in inaccessible hill country aggravated by a period of dry weather. Unfortunately little has been done to remove the trash that accumulates under gum trees. Large areas have been locked up for years so making the situation worse. I can report from Australia that the situation has improved --the Area Presidency requested we fast for relief from bush fires and drought and its happened.Some rain has fallen, the heat is going and more rain is coming. Miracles happen if we believe and have faith--Heavenly Father does hear us

Herm OlsenJanuary 15, 2020

God indeed impacts world weather events. But so does mankind! What a load of soggy logic to imply that we have no stewardship over Mother Earth. We have drilled it, dug it, polluted it for generations. Air Quality is OUR responsibility, not God’s. Water quality is OUR obligation. We must not mess in our own nest and pretend we have no duty to the environment, to God - and to mankind! God will do what He will. But he will not excuse us for our own slipshod behavior toward this magnificent gift of Earth which He has given us.

Ed GoldthorpJanuary 15, 2020

I appreciate that there are some, not quite enough, which speaks to why this topic grabs so much attention, we simply live at a time of doubters. A population working hard to dismiss God in the discussion in the first place. As often as in the wisdom of the creator ( God), he does not show up today to refute the idiocy of man. By doing so would minimize the important principle of agency, but rather as the scriptures have repeatedly, through Prophets, establish an important pattern. That pattern is in the revelations, which of themselves, act as he sees fit to reveal in his time and season, the essential heavenly prophetic warnings, whereby man will be required to lean upon the spirit, to learn for themselves what is truth and what is error. Because of these inspired writings, we have sufficient knowledge providing warnings and teachings that offer us the very thing we are witnessing in the political arena, using climate change as the very detractor to the reality and grand design of his making. Just on this topic alone, I recently referenced seasons of time and change and found this scripture in our modern hands. Joseph Smith received this about the sly of man. Please Read D&C 121: 12-14. It offers the foolishness of man to think themselves greater than God.....he answers in his wisdom, they will fail miserably in this oppressive topic, in Climate Change.

HJanuary 15, 2020

The film seemed like it was conditioning children to accept wiccan ideas and practices which were alluded to at various points in the film.

DL AndersonJanuary 15, 2020

This is in response to DavidD - please hear this in the gentlest voice possible. I hope it responds to your question. Modern-day prophets have no need to tell us what is or isn't directly from Heavenly Father. Although we might hear it now and again in various talks (whether in General Conference or no), we were already told by former-day prophets (OT, NT, BofM, D&C) and nothing our current prophets and apostles say negate those prophecies. So no, dear David - we don't need our current leadership to tell us; we know so for ourselves through studying the scriptures and having confirmation given by the Holy Ghost.

Ken LongmoreJanuary 15, 2020

I am reminded of something I read years and years ago in the Improvement Era or New Era Magazine. I wish I could remember which brother was speaking, but the gist of it was this: Would an omnipotent God create a world for his spirit children to come to to gain a physical body and to be tested that was too small or too hot or too cold, for his plan of salvation to be carried out? Obviously not.

Dallas EricksonJanuary 15, 2020

We know the Earth will change from a Telestial type sphere to a Terrestrial type sphere. That will be like the Garden of Eden or like a greenhouse. Do we expect that will happen all at once or will it be a gradual change like the Earth is seeing?

T. WeldonJanuary 15, 2020

A. Bingham - the dis-crediting of the 'theory' about arsonists was the fake news, not the opposite. The media (satan?) wants to keep the CCC (climate change cult) alive.

Nicholeen PeckJanuary 15, 2020

Thank you! Listening with love is a skill anyone can develop, but it takes deliberate action. No Wally, I haven't heard of that book. Sounds interesting though. :) I'd love one!

J. JamisonJanuary 15, 2020

I have used this scripture MANY times to people: D&C 45:25 How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes, and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind, and by the great sound of a trump, and by the voice of judgment, and by the voice of mercy all the day long, and by the voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life, and would have saved you with a everlasting salvation, but ye would not!

DavidDJanuary 15, 2020

But if there is a weather-related event that is to be attributed to God, wouldn’t God let people know that through his ordained prophets? I’m not aware of any of our prophets having warned us that current global warming is to be interpreted as a prod to humans to change our ungodly ways.

Cynthia DeckerJanuary 15, 2020

Sarah Young, the niece of Brigham Young, was the first woman to legally vote in the United States, due to a municipal election held on February 14, 1869 (Wyoming had recognized women's right to vote earlier that year, but had not yet held an election). This according to wikipedia.

Cynthia DeckerJanuary 15, 2020

Thank you for reminding me of the bigger picture when it comes to climate change. After reading that one of my favorite physicists, Richard Muller, had changed his opinion about man caused climate change, I was beginning to waffle a bit. Yes, there's no question we need to be good stewards of the earth, but there's so much more to the equation when you remember that the all-powerful God exists and He has a plan.

Haze KompelienJanuary 15, 2020

What a wonderful story about how the Lord can take simple things and turn them into very great blessings. I wish we had the name of the cook, though, as the beginning of the story started with him listening to the Spirit. I wonder if he ever knew what great things happened from his little moment of discernment? Do any of us?

A. BinghamJanuary 15, 2020

Regarding the theory that Australia's fires have resulted from arson arrests, there is another narrative out there dis-crediting this as fake news. We may never know factually causes.

Dan R. MorrisJanuary 15, 2020

Your article is well stated and right on point. The reciting of the prior predictions not happening reinforce the issue. The natural environment and God have control over what our weather will be on a yearly, monthly and daily basis. We can not control the sun, the stars and God. Predictions which have been made, as to is going to happen, are made by man not God. The hysteria which is created by the false predictions is causing great fear, panic and actions and are counter productive to what needs to be done to help mankind prepare for the future in a positive and productive way.

MichaelJanuary 15, 2020

My thoughts exactly. Man's contribution to so called climate change is minimal. It's mainly down to the sun's activity, nature etc. which is controlled by no other than God. Yes I agree that we do need to manage our activities by respecting our planet earth and limit pollution of the earth and seas and make sure that both plants and animals including birds, insects etc. are cared for and also protected. A lot of scaremongering is also done to make money. I am a marine scientist and it upsets me to see false claims made about our earth.

Janna MorrellJanuary 15, 2020

Thank you for this piece, which calls out the adversary’s plan and helps us to see, more clearly how man DOES contribute to our own demise! Perfectly written!

Albert GrinceriJanuary 15, 2020

Thank you for this great article on climate change. The best article I have ever read, or heard of, on this topic.. We are being fed too many lies by politician in particular on this topic. Everyone should also read Wikipedia's report on the 'Club of Rome', and how they came up with the idea of climate change. . It truly is a big distraction being used by satan.

Carol G.January 14, 2020

It’s a shame that it won’t work on the 3 devices I tried it on, including a fairly new iPad, an iPad mini, also quite new, and an older iPhone .

NicoleJanuary 14, 2020

Actually, it was Wyoming that first allowed women the right to vote, in 1869. Louisa Swain was the first female in the United States to vote in a general election. She cast her ballot on September 6, 1870 in Laramie Wyoming.

HalJanuary 14, 2020

I am grateful for this article! I have an adult son who cut me out of his life more than 10 years ago over a silly misunderstanding. He has repeatedly rebuffed my sincere apologies and attempts to reconcile / restore our relationship. I have a wonderful relationship with his younger brother, but I still mourn the years of separation from this beloved son and wonder if we can ever regain the close relationship we once had. This article gives me hope and I just continue to pray for him.

Jackie M WassmanJanuary 14, 2020

Loved this article I really learned a lot. Some points I sort of knew but it really helped to put things in perspective. Loved it.

Just want toJanuary 14, 2020

Sorry -- I totally agree he is controlling, to the point that he won't even let her visit her family. You have some good points about not comparing amounts of time, but he has her daughter totally controlled.

Gaye BledsoeJanuary 14, 2020

I too died and was brought back. When she told how painful it was coming back into her body, I could hardly contain myself. For this is the same sensation I had. From bliss to pain. Because of my personal experience, I am not fearful of death and know there is a life after this life.

Elizabeth WenigJanuary 14, 2020

What a glorious article! I pray we never forget the things our Pioneer sisters did for us. May we remember their efforts and sacrifices by voting each and every time there is an election and remember their sacred commitment to the gospel by following their example.

K. HaoJanuary 14, 2020

Wyoming was the first to give women the right to vote in 1869. That's why it's call the equality state.

Ann S PapworthJanuary 14, 2020

What an incredible story of Vicky out of the body experience! Other very sacred experiences by a couple of others indicate their gifts of the spirit in having and finally sharing experiences generally too sacred to share. Hope she has continued on with a rich and fulfilling life, although that is not shared here.

LewisJanuary 14, 2020

A very thoughtful message arising from a horrible experience. I am grateful for your articles.

LewisJanuary 14, 2020

What a wonderful history and a wonderful story! Please do more articles.

joyce aurichJanuary 14, 2020

If all is made well in the hearafterthend naturally she could visially see.

Becky DouglasJanuary 14, 2020

The Church has been painted for years as oppressive to women. Nothing could be further from the truth! It enobles women! How refreshing to learn that the women of the Church have been historical champions of women’s rights—leading the way for the rest of the world to follow. Thanks for reminding us of our heritage!

Jan KingJanuary 14, 2020

I'm experiencing greater peace as I've embraced JOMO.....the JOY OF MISSING OUT! When I joined the church almost 5 decades ago I made life style changes which brought peace into my life which I had never known! That has continued as other changes have come about due to health and aging, but the principle remains the same.

Paul MorrellJanuary 14, 2020

I think it’s wisdom to carefully listen and consider counsel from faithful 90 year old women like Sister Stout.

MaryJanuary 13, 2020

Loved this story can't wait to read the rest

Marilyn SnellJanuary 13, 2020

Don't forget to add the Rome Temple!

Wally GoddardJanuary 13, 2020

Such an important subject! Have you read Haim Ginott's Between Parent and Child? The classic! Glad to send you a copy if you are interested.

QuinnJanuary 13, 2020

I choose to believe. And this list is nice to hold on to as a confirmation of what I want to be true. It is always nice to hear positive things and not have to have a long laundry list of things that could challenge my faith. I wish others could just focus on the positive and ignore the challenges. Keep up the good work.

Roland ThompsonJanuary 13, 2020

Very simple and very powerful. Creates such a lasting positive effect on the individual but only takes a little effort on our part. .Thanks for the reminder.

DerwinJanuary 13, 2020

Lovely article. Very applicable in life for me as a father. Thank You

John TerryJanuary 13, 2020

I would like someone to tell me this: Since the Book of Mormon plates were written in reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics, where one little glyph can represent an entire phrase, is it possible that "it came to pass" was written with a single small, easy to engrave glyph and hence was a staple of literary expression in that language, especially when engraving the words on metal plates?

Herm OlsenJanuary 13, 2020

I agree with J.K. and Maya - but am saddened that the publication dismissively utilizes 'liberal' to describe Ms. Rowling. To be 'liberal' is God-like (see Alma 1:30; James 1:5). And Mr. Hoggan notes Elizabeth Warren as self-identifying as 'non-white'. What is "White"? DNA confirms the futility of our self-asserted purity. We all seem to be rather an amalgam of racial identities.

Jeanette WellsJanuary 13, 2020

I feel like this article was written for ME! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this wonderful advice. THANK YOU!

Colleen StoutJanuary 13, 2020

Now that I am in my 91st year, I cn look back and see ( and feel) one great " and it came to pass". After reading your fine explanation, I am more grateful than ever to know each passage was God sanctified. It was His plan for me all along the way. It opens a new perspective of awe and thanksgiving too. Thank you!

Irene BlackJanuary 13, 2020

Fascinating! Thanks for the tour and your service. Can't wait to see when we have our 200th temple dedicated.

Lindsay NuttallJanuary 12, 2020

I cried as i read you told the story of this painting. I love this painting so much. My grandfather (Dale Dawson) was a lithograph printer who lived in Odgen. For as long as I can remember they have had a copy of that painting in their front room proudly displayed (same size as you mentioned). When my grandparents passed my father got it and my children we were excited to see this painting in the manual that holds such a dear place in our family's heart. I dropped everything to get a copy of painting. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

c shieldsJanuary 12, 2020

Great article. Appreciate the scientific references. I echo the words of Michael Hoggan, in his comments, below: "we [certainly] HAVE reached a very interesting conundrum" (my emphasis).

Ken MoakeJanuary 11, 2020

One of my favorite Ensign articles ever has to do with this subject. Very informative and helpful. It's called "Satan's Rebellion."

RobynJanuary 11, 2020

As always, thanks for the laughs. I think this one would go over great in a teenage Sunday School class. I am going to use it as a review at home.

Neal ChristensenJanuary 11, 2020

I am very much concerned about security in our wards, stake centers and temples. I wonder why the Church announced that all buildings would be gun-free zones to the entire world by means of social media as I haven't heard a word about it from our bishopric or stake presidency.

Delores DeVictoriaJanuary 11, 2020

Our church has government permission and is closely monitored. Many Christian churches have not received that permission and are operating illegally. If our church loses permission for some reason, we will discontinue meeting.

Susan CarrollJanuary 10, 2020

I would love to buy the Peanut Parables for my granddaughter, who love dachshunds, and has problems with reading. But the price of over $45 seems really too high.

tom glassJanuary 10, 2020

excellent advise,play it by ear,it's hard but it pays off in the future,stay away from saying nasty things!

Jack DeeJanuary 10, 2020

There is a lot of the New Testament in the Book of Mormon. Not just quotes, but very similar stories (conversion of Alma vis a vis conversion of Paul). How did so much post-resurrection NT end up in the book? Whole phrases and stories from Acts, Corinthians, Revelation etc? Answer: the book was written 400 years after Christ, by a 5th century christian called Mormon. Everyone (critics and apologists alike) seem not to notice that.

Roberta HarrisJanuary 10, 2020

Beautiful writing from your heart Becky about your experiences with the children of Rising Star and the miracle of their lives being spared. Then your wonderful, strengthening words about facing this new year with steadfastness and faith. We always look forward to your articles. Thank you so much. Roberta and Don

Dorothy PittsJanuary 10, 2020

I soso appreciate the depth of your podcast. So much good information, and such a sweet presentation. I feel your love for each other throughout.

KellieJanuary 10, 2020

Keep in mind that if you’re watching the Aeronauts and think it’s awesome because it’s based on a true story, the woman’s character never existed. The other man in the show who had experience flying in a balloon to do weather monitoring was the one who actually went up with him. The woman was added in to make it more “woke.” It’s still entertaining and fun, just not as “true” as they want you to believe.

Cheryl B.January 10, 2020

Thank you for this article that reminds us of the devastation around the world and the sanctuary of our Lord and Savior. How could I have forgotten about this tsunami that killed 230,000 people? We are so fortunate here in the states where we are unaffected by these enormous, life changing trials that others suffer through. Bless you for all that you and your family do. Looking forward to reading more.

Mel ChristleyJanuary 10, 2020

Wonderful blog! I was especially excited to see the additional bible verses quoted by Moroni, mentioned by Oliver Cowdery, which do not appear in the JSH. The blog states that the list and text of all those verses, from the JHS and Oliver, appear in the "blog notes". But, I do not see any hyperlink or other way to access said notes. Where and how can they be found? Thanks!

HelenJanuary 10, 2020

My youngest son, George, died of a glioblastoma at age 24 despite many prayers and blessings. The first one was administered under the hands of every Priesthood holder on our tiny Branch in Sisters, Oregon. In it he was told he would be healed according to his faith and Heavenly Father's will. He died peacefully 5 years later, still hoping to be able to serve a mission. There was nothing wrong with his faith. He has been serving that mission ever since.

Des BromilowJanuary 10, 2020

I will be avoiding Aeronauts due to the pinkwashed revision of history. I cannot give my attention or money to studuos that rewrite history to suit a modern agenda. Probably a nice story etc, but when advertised as true story, it is fictitious.

MARY ELLEN EDMUNDSJanuary 10, 2020

Thank you so much, Becky. I'll never forget ALL the accounts of what happened, as I was in touch wiith dear ones in Indonesia -- particularly Elder Subandriyo, an Area Authority and DEAR friend, who gave significant leadership to all the help given in the area of Sumatra so devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. I thank you for the incredible help you have given and continue to give. Both Leanne (Anderson, now Kirk) and I love and admire you so much! Love, MEE

Scot ProctorJanuary 9, 2020

The link to part one is hyperlinked in the first paragraph. In case you missed it, here it is again:

joel marksJanuary 9, 2020

Thank God for the US Constitution and its separation of powers. Dr Smith has written brilliantly about our most brilliant strategic thinker on the Constitution , James Madison, who deserves to be sculpted atop Mt Rushmore. May it so be. God bless America

JasonJanuary 9, 2020

Hi Rodney, I have been reading your columns on the constitution hanging by a thread. This topic has come up throughout my whole life anytime something controversial in politics comes up. I love history and political science. I majored in American history at BYU and got a political science degree from the University of Utah. During my studies, I came to a simple conclusion. When has it not hung by a brittle thread? I think our LDS culture is misplaced in this topic. I cannot find anything that would show it is in more jeopardy today than in previous times. Sure, most people can't name the three branches of gov't, but that surely isn't the basis for constitutional gov't falling apart. I think it is perpetually at risk just like all regimes are. thoughts?

Richard HillsJanuary 9, 2020

As to the weight of the "brass" plates of Laban versus the "gold" plates of Moroni, expecting that about twice as much material would be required to inscribe about twice as many words is reasonable. But the density of gold is about twice that of brass so the weights would be about the same. However, Reformed Egyptian characters, not Hebrew, were inscribed on the B.o.M. plates (Mormon 9:32-33), otherwise significantly larger plates would have been needed. If Hebrew characters were inscribed on the brass plates, we could significantly up their weight to perhaps 200 pounds. Poor Zoram.

Cassi ReeseJanuary 9, 2020

Hi there! I am in a study group to prepare for general conference and while in discussion of Joseph Smith, I quoted this here from your podcast: Scot Maurine, let’s not forget the fact that every head of a former dispensation came to the Prophet Joseph with his keys and knowledge, including Michael (who is Adam); Enoch; Noah; Abraham; Moses and John the Baptist. Maurine In fact, Scot, we have identified no less than 56 heavenly visitors to the Prophet Joseph with no less than 85 visits that we can find in the historical records. And I’m sure this is not a full view of all the visitors and visitations the Prophet received in his lifetime. We truly do live in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time—the Restitution of all things. What an exciting time to live! I wonder if you have a list of the Heavenly visitors to Joseph Smith. I wanted to share with the group to back up what I quoted. Thank you SO very much for the depth that comes to my scripture study each week through your podcast.

Tina GavedJanuary 9, 2020

This beautiful article also was an answer to prayer. Thank you for continuing to share these excellent articles from Bro Gibbons.

Karen ChristenJanuary 9, 2020

In the late 80's when as a family we were having some financial difficulties, our 2nd child was in junior high. She badly needed to get contacts for her failing eyesight. She was in a large Jr. High in Utah at the time. The first day she went to school wearing the contacts she came out to the car as I picked her up, crying. She had lost one of the contacts. She knew this would be hard for us to replace as we did not have insurance on the contacts. I told her that Heavenly Father would help us if we prayed. We parked the car and went back into the school close to her locker. How in the world would I find a tiny little contact that had been walked over by hundreds of students? Having faith that the Lord would answer my heartfelt prayer, I proceeded to get down on my hands and knees in front of her locker and press my face to the tiled floor. As I scanned the floor, I saw it ! It was undamaged and a wonderful testimony of the power of prayer.

Chuck SanfordJanuary 9, 2020

In the mid-1980s, I was briefly in East Berlin (in Air Force uniform) and was shadowed by the East German STASI (secret police); I assume they were notified by a local living in the area of the American Consulate there. The street was deserted; I was quite uncomfortable until I made it back to where there were a lot of people (hey, crowds are crowds, even in East Berlin). What I experienced was but a tiny, tiny bit of what this good man (and many, many others) have to go through because of Communist powers. Our Saviors' heart goes out to them, and eventually, his justice will prevail.

AlanJanuary 9, 2020

There are LDS branches quietly functioning in most Chinese cities. I find it interesting that we do not have these persecutions. What are they doing that we are not doing? There are things here that are not seen.

TraceyJanuary 9, 2020

I'm confused. Why is she playing piano at a public/charter school if she is "homeschooled?" My homeschooled child received private piano and violin lessons and thus we had no problems come recital time. I gave up fighting the public school system long ago, but kudos to those who keep trying.

Jan KingJanuary 9, 2020

Of all the very many articles I've read on Meridian Magazine this is undoubtedly the most significant. I'm 79 and I've committed to renew and expand my understanding of the Constitution this year, and this information provides the very tools for doing so! Thank you.

David ShafferJanuary 9, 2020

Somehow I missed Part 1. Next month could you please provide a link to it? Thank you.

Sarah HinzeJanuary 8, 2020

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on writing and your experiences in filmmaking. Very profound. I can’t wait to see the film Best to you Sarah Hinze

Nathan SmithJanuary 8, 2020

Thats my math teacher! I had his class the day after the MRI and that story just drove the whole class wild! My mom sent me this article with the caption "is this your math teacher?". I think she must've rmembered me retelling the story to her and realized that the two were way too similar to be different people.

Marsha NewmanJanuary 8, 2020

Wow, this is great! So informative and fun to listen to! Thanks so much for your efforts and insights.

Lisa SabeyJanuary 8, 2020

“We have a right to our anger" is often correct and so damning. Heart of Africa is a film for our day. Our polarized culture depicts the other as wrong and self as valid. What a dangerous world that is--not just because of tribalism, but also because of what it does to our hearts and how it limits our souls' expansion. That we all could watch Heart of Africa and ask ourselves, "Am I willing to give up anger/judgment to be an instrument for good?" I am eager to see this film--hopefully at the LDS film festival.

LexaGraemeJanuary 8, 2020

Oh boy. Can’t wait to see where this one goes. My son was shot by a friend with an Air Soft gun at point-blank range. When I confronted the friend, he pointed to my son and said, ‘But he asked, and said “Please”.’ I let him off the hook.

John KammeyerJanuary 8, 2020

The number of people who witnessed the plates or the translation process is actually closer to two-dozen, including Emma Smith, Mary Whitmer and Joseph Knight Senior.

HelenJanuary 8, 2020

This is the third or fourth time This month that my prayers and concerns have been answered from my inbox or a FB post! Thank you, dear Emeritus Bro. Gibbons.

Jewel A.January 8, 2020

To be continued? Seriously?

michael hogganJanuary 8, 2020

I agree with Helen.

NED SCARISBRICKJanuary 7, 2020

As a active member of the Church and an active Freemason I am grateful that we are starting to see some information coming from Church headquarters. The story is rich with many details that those of us who are Freemasons could offer for more than just a cursory survey. I know many of my brother in the craft and the Church who could benefit from some knowledge. Pleas contact me if you would like further information.

KateJanuary 7, 2020

We currently have a president who is pretty ignorant of what the Constitution mandates, and his partisans do not seem concerned as he regularly ignores the rule of law—indeed they seem to revel in his behavior. I was always puzzled by the Nephite pride cycle—how did they go from righteous to wicked so quickly? Now I understand.

michael hogganJanuary 7, 2020

"Trans rights" is happening faster than I expected, but I'm not surprised it's happening. Sexual feelings of every kind are now considered both immutable and sacrosanct. That includes feelings about one's sexual identity, not just sexual attraction. We have reached a very interesting conundrum. We have established an extensive system to provide benefits and awards to people of "non--white" ethnicity and of the female gender. However, we are increaasingly allowing people to self-identify as "non-white" (see Elizabeth Warren) and as female. I applaud Rowling and other progressives for trying to put the brakes on things. However, they should have realized that this type of thing was just around the bend from what they had been advocatng for years. I also find it humorous that only now, when their own accolades, jobs and social positions are being threatened by men identifying as women, do they see the light.

Sally SmithJanuary 7, 2020

Thank you for printing thisarticle. to gives me a much clearer understan8ng of how the Lord wants me to a0proach this new year and what I can do to be a better disciple.

Angie MannJanuary 7, 2020

This lesson just fuels my desire for the rest of the year in study of the Book of Mormon. Thank you SO much for all the time and energy and resources that you put into helping each of us gain deeper spiritual insights.

MarkJanuary 7, 2020

Mareveli, the Lord took the Urim and Thummim back with everything else that Moroni deposited. The single seer stone was independent and separate from all of that. As for why it was given, the Lord has not explained. The Urim and Thummim was the tool specifically given for translating the plates.

HelenJanuary 7, 2020

The attack on the gains of our courageous suffragettes has not escaped my notice but to be legally condemned for saying so is most certainly a Sign of the Times. :-(

Herm OlsenJanuary 7, 2020

As I read Bro. Goddard's warming message, the impression again hit me that timing is something left to the majesty (and mystery) of God. Sometimes God hits us right in the mouth with the 'Now' of life, like the man who wanted bigger, better barns. Sometimes His answers come slowly, over decades of overcoming a bad habit or personal tendency. His time is not our time. Thanks for the reminder, Bro. Goddard!

Kayleen HunsakerJanuary 7, 2020


Douglas NadybalJanuary 6, 2020

Learned so much here... just wanted to say "thank you." The insight about "grace' is profound and a game changer.

Pam WilkinsonJanuary 6, 2020

This was awesome to read. Especially since we are studying the book of Mormon this year under come, follow me. Thanks so much for your efforts to put these 11 things together.

Susan MorrisJanuary 6, 2020

An excellent summary of many important internal and external evidences of the veracity of the Book of Mormon and its ancient origin and modern translation. As you conclude, this book IS the Lord's evidence of the Restoration--not to mention His great, sacrificial love for each one of us.

Brett NielsonJanuary 6, 2020

Well, here's the deal. The book is not scripture but it is very interesting. Read it, think about it. Come to your own conclusions. I would never think of the book as 100% literal. It's a dream or a vision or both. I just use it as a vehicle to consider things I may not have thought of. I don't quote from it at church. I am not scared of the book. I have a mind. I have a heart. I can discern for myself. I don't need anyone to condemn it or support it. I can use my own judgement. Why should people be up in arms about story told in a book that is not claiming to be scripture but just the experience a man had that he decided to share? Read it or don't read it. Ponder it or don't ponder it. Decide for yourself if you agree with all of it, none of it, or just a portion of it. The sky is not falling. I guess I can't blame some of you who are alarmed by it. I think if you look at it as just a book of one man's experiences or thoughts or even creativity then you are less likely to be upset by it.

AnnaJanuary 6, 2020

Beautiful, thank you....

Gary LawrenceJanuary 6, 2020

Robert: Very good job. Thanks.

DJCJanuary 6, 2020

This is a neat story. But I kept getting distracted because the article uses their last name so much. It was weird and unnecessary!

Merlin FreiJanuary 6, 2020

Thank you for a very informational article. It is well written a concise.

Carolyn DotyJanuary 6, 2020

Great article! I am wondering how to joyfully think ahead to my possible mortal demise in 10 years...while doing my best to take proper care of my health. Detox tea and whole plant foods for sure.

Anne H. PrattJanuary 6, 2020

That was so beautiful, Joni! Thank you for sharing.

LynnJanuary 6, 2020

What a fabulous article that verifies what we already know but to have it so concise and easy to read and understand. I'm going to print it and keep it in my scriptures. Thanks for giving us this kind of information.

NancyJanuary 6, 2020

I also do not like "to be continued".

RosieJanuary 6, 2020

From the beginning of our marriage my husband had such a hard time growing up & breaking away from his family; a mother that used money to buy her children's loyalty,dinners,tv and home comforts (theirs was better, while his dad served him etc. etc. I fell into their family routine only to have it almost destroy me in the end because I was never good enough for them. Leave and cleave involves both partners and the daughter may not have the strength of will (I didn't for many decades) to see the situation clearly and stand up for herself. How I wish both parents would let their children go in a healthy manner when marrying.

Dorinda NicholsonJanuary 5, 2020

This article is even more meaningful having just come from Sunday School class. This is the first time I remember in BOM studies that we started with the title page and not with First Nephi. Thank you for the depth and preparation for our study this upcoming year.

Mark MathesonJanuary 5, 2020

Again, such meaty commentary. Thank you for all your hard work in putting this together for us!

Carolyn MadsonJanuary 5, 2020

Thank you so very much for this most needed and wonderful insight, most specifically regarding the new children's and youth Programs. As one who was sustained last Sunday as the Boys Activity Leader, I have been struggling how to proceed! I now better understand that my first priority will be to go to the Lord with humility and the desire to be directed as to what He would have me do. It is no longer about checking the box, but rather this calling is crucial in helping these young boys develop spiritual qualities and strength as they look forward to receiving the Priesthood in the next few years.

Scot ProctorJanuary 5, 2020

Each podcast has a published transcript to go with it. If you click on the podcast titles on this page, they should take you to the individual posts with the accompanying transcript. Thank you for listening!

Sally SmithJanuary 5, 2020

This article is magnificent. This is all true!! We can be whole!! We can be free, if and when we keep moving forward, falling and getting up again. Time after time. Hold to the rod!

BonnieJanuary 4, 2020

I just listened to my first Book of Mormon Podcast and enjoyed it very much. My problem was I tried to take notes and lost track of what you were saying and because it wasn't in writing to I missed some. Please tell me how and if available your lesson in writing also so I can go back and read what I missed. I was so pleased you put your message in words that I could comprehend. Thank you

J. McElprangJanuary 4, 2020

This made me realize what I have been doing to myself, "We fuss around our spiritual houses trying to get everything in order before we will let Him in. The problem is that everywhere we go, we make things dirtier." I have some repentance to do, thank you!

Evelyn WillmoreJanuary 4, 2020

I learned some new things and ideas from this podcast. Thank you so much for your insight.

LynetteJanuary 4, 2020

I love the ideas expressed here. Thank you so much for your insight. This is a beautiful way to look at our life's journey. I look forward to reading your book.

PattyJanuary 4, 2020

Reading this I saw some red flags. "He would miss her too much"... Spends all of his time with his family--neglecting hers. After 4 years of marriage, I would think she could get away to visit her family. Could it be that he is a controlling narcissist? I have seen these instances too often now to not pay attention to what is "between the lines".

Angie MannJanuary 4, 2020

Wow! I cannot begin to express my thanks for the time and effort put into writing this article. What a golden nugget of resource!

Rob GJanuary 4, 2020

Thank you Brother Hess for a wonderful article that lifted my soul today. To others out there who are struggling with pornography or who know someone who is struggling with pornography, please also visit which is a resource that helped me. The best day of my life while I was acting out is infinitely worse then the worst day of my life while sober. There is hope and freedom through our Savior and with the acknowledgement that my own best-thinking landed me in an addictive cycle that would have killed me and broken the hearts of everyone I love. There is freedom and peace, only through Him.

LeslieJanuary 3, 2020

In spite of the great acting and cinema photography, I honestly like the 1994 version better. The scrambled timeline of scenes was particularly annoying, making it hard to follow if you don't already know the story.

KathleenJanuary 3, 2020

Touching! So did they get the gloves or have to leave them?

WeezieJanuary 3, 2020

Excellent advice. Holy cow, if only every parent could read this. My life would have been so different and f we hadn’t had to try so hard to have the balancing scale of time with each side. It’s never equal and can’t be. I still feel guilty from my in-laws telling us our first year of marriage, that we spend more time with my family than them.

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Sylvia MillerJanuary 3, 2020

I totally disagree with you, he is controlling.

vickieJanuary 3, 2020

okay to be continued isn't good for drives me nuts not to know where that bullet came from or if it even was a bullet....I will be watching..

Sheryl WalkerJanuary 3, 2020

This could have been written by me. I am experiencing the exact situation with my daughter and son-in-law as this woman. So I really appreciate this advice, and know that I am not the only one who is dealing with this type of situation. It is definitely hard to see my daughter, who also lives out of state, when she comes to the county where both her parents & in-laws live, they will spend the majority of time with the in-laws. Reading this brought some peace to my mind and heart. Thanks again for sharing.

AnnaJanuary 3, 2020

The first about the title page could be easily translated into Spanish and would be so useful in many branches and wards.

Miya ClarkJanuary 3, 2020

This is years later, but nobody is talking about what to do when bishops bully members. Given their authority, when they bully those who come to them for guidance or assistance, their abuse is especially egregious, but nobody is talking about it. What to do in this scenario?

Scot ProctorJanuary 2, 2020

The following comes from the official history published by the Church: "Meanwhile, Joseph and Oliver started translating. They worked well together, weeks on end, frequently with Emma in the same room going about her daily work. Sometimes Joseph translated by looking through the interpreters and reading in English the characters on the plates. Often he found a single seer stone to be more convenient. He would put the seer stone in his hat, place his face into the hat to block out the light, and peer at the stone. Light from the stone would shine in the darkness, revealing words that Joseph dictated as Oliver rapidly copied them down." ("Saints" Volume 1, Page 61).

Bruce LloydJanuary 2, 2020

Joseph and Oliver used the Urim and Thummin not a seer stone.

Vaughn LloydJanuary 2, 2020

You have done your research for a terrific podcast. However, you need to jettison the false narrative about the seer stone in a hat translation method. This false notion comes from Mormonism Unvailed by Eber D. Howe in 1834 (He published anti-Mormon articles in Painesville Telegraph from 1831 until 1835) and David Whitmer's 1887 pamphlet, "An Address to All Believers in Christ." David was excommunicated in 1838, started his own church and denounced Joseph Smith and rejected polygamy and the Doctrine and Covenants and the restoration of the priesthood. Why would anyone ever cite apostate references? In the PGP, Joseph Smith History 1:75 * footnote, it says, "Oliver Cowdery describes these events thus: “These were days never to be forgotten—to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, ‘Interpreters,’ the history or record called ‘The Book of Mormon.’" D&C 17:1 clearly states what the Three Witnesses are going to be able to view. It doesn't mention a seer stone. 1 Behold, I say unto you, that you must rely upon my word, which if you do with full purpose of heart, you shall have a aview of the bplates, and also of the cbreastplate, the dsword of Laban, the eUrim and Thummim, which were given to the fbrother of Jared upon the mount, when he talked with the Lord gface to face, and the hmiraculous directors which were given to Lehi while in the wilderness, on the borders of the iRed Sea.

Jean PetersenJanuary 2, 2020

Thank you for these videos. Especially for the Title Page, Introduction and on the Witnesses of the Book of Mormon. Both men gave wonderful testimony from their personal inspiration and it has strengthened my testimony. I will show this in our BofM Come Follow Me Study Group.

KenDecember 31, 2019

Thank you for sharing this wonderful tradition! Many surprises are tender mercies.

CorrineDecember 31, 2019

Covenant. A solemn, holy, promise between you and God. In what ordinance does it say come to church sick? Where is the wisdom in relying on the knowledge of man? (the word human, not gender) The imperfect knowledge on this earth creates imperfect medicines and imperfect vaccines... et cetera... Father knows the desires of our hearts. Worship does not belong solely to a building.

CorrineDecember 31, 2019

The glory of God is intelligence. Period.

HalDecember 31, 2019

When one really researches world history, we find that slavery was almost universal in almost every culture since the beginning of recorded history . It is freedom and liberty that are new concepts and the colonization of America helped to end slavery rather than perpetuate it. The majority of delegates at the Constitutional Convention opposed slavery but agreed to allow it at the time in order to maintain the Union. To do otherwise would have destroyed the United State before it had a chance to begin. Yes, slavery is a dark stain on the history of our country, but it was the norm for most of the world at the time. To single out the fledgling United States of America as the evil poster child for slavery in the 17th and 18th centuries is unfair and disingenuous.

KristenDecember 31, 2019

I wasn't happy with parts of the movie. I thought the feminism was heavy, despite, as stated, the oppression being a sign of their times. Jo's final concession to allowing her character to get married is one example. As for significant quotes, I was appalled when I heard Marmie say, speaking of slavery, that she had always been ashamed of her country. A reply to that was "You should still be," and she added, "I am", or something close to that. This seems to be the popular attitude nowadays, rather than noting the goodness of the only country fighting a civil war to end the horrible practice. It is subtle asides like this that perpetuate growing anti-American attitudes. Yes, lovely film, good acting, but I'm not recommending it.

RobynDecember 30, 2019

I really enjoyed your insights. They reminded me of lessons I have already learned but somehow forgot. Thank you for pointing me back to the higher law.

Chip WhitmerDecember 30, 2019

Is there any connection between "Mary" in the New Testament, and "Marah" (meaning "bitterness") in the Old Testament (Exodus 15:23) ?

LesnKCDecember 30, 2019

I liked this idea when I read it on Day 26 on the Light The World page. I did a search to see if anyone had done anything with the quote, “Turn the challenge to Light the World one by one every day into a New Year’s resolution“. That’s how I got to your article. This has such great ideas to make this resolution possible. Thank you for sharing your take on this New Year’s resolution. I’ll be sharing this on our stake.

MaryannDecember 30, 2019

President Nelson has counselled us to pray to gain a sense what our Heavenly Father thinks of us and how much he loves us. When we really come to an understanding of our worth to Him and to our Savior, the thoughtless or unkind comments from others won't be so hurtful. We can be confident in our individual worth to our Father and His Son. We can all benefit, too, by remembering we need to look in the mirror and cast the beam out of our own eyes, instead of pridefully believing it is our job to straighten someone else out!

Kathleen AndersonDecember 30, 2019

Thank you Meghan Decker. I am going to read and re-read this article until I can feel it is part of my life. I so appreciate that you shared your insight.

Barry BrownDecember 30, 2019

The problem with Euro history is that it does not provide an accurate depiction of african american history and as an African american there has been a drive at understanding Euro history and not their own. So you have young black children being forced to value all the things that whites have done to build this country. So i think the 1619 project should be told will.this upset the dominate culture sure but at least the truth will be told

ShareeDecember 30, 2019

I wanted to read the whole article, but when I went to it, the symbols for Facebook Pinterest, Twitter etc. were along he side of the page and obscured much of the article. So ridiculous. Maybe someone caan clue me in n how to delete those icons? Anyway, since I don't know everything the article said, here is my comment on the topic. If you go to church when you are ill, you are being STUPID! Not only are you not doing yourself any good healthwise. you are exposing many others to the illness you have. If you are sick, stay home. If your children are sick, keep them home (and you stay home with them). Common sense should tell you that.

Debra McCrackenDecember 29, 2019

So insightful. The little granddaughter fighting off that which she needed most struck a chord with me also. As did also the frantic do-good-er inexhaustibly trying to clean up first before allowing Christ as the visitor to enter in. I have found myself so many times falling into that trap, and forgetting that I cannot "earn" salvation. Christ gives it to me freely if I just humble myself and go to him.

Rick ChapmanDecember 29, 2019

Good comments on another wonderful article by Brother Goddard. As for Steve’s insightful comment, above, add to it the scripture found in Hebrews 20:19-20 “19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”

Robyn DenleyDecember 28, 2019

I know exactly what you mean. “ Thither I press with eager feet” It will be so exciting. I almost feel jealous of friends who have gone before and know things I have yet to lear.. Thanks for your thoughts

JF in MODecember 28, 2019

That a disaffected member of the church is unfamiliar with tax law regarding charitable organizations is understandable. Probably should have hired one then. But for a national paper like the Washington Post to not vet the claims they were publishing is just plain shoddy journalism. And something I really doubt they would do. So then the question is, why does a newspaper publish an article knowing its claims are false? It turns out that while our church’s financial status has changed much in the last 200 years, the tactics of its news paper detractors have not.

Colleen StoutDecember 28, 2019

Tearfully Beautifu! It is complete, and nothing can be added to it. Thank you.

DaveDecember 28, 2019

Mind blown.... Why is this not publicized more? Members of the church would be fascinated by this. I know I was. Are there more images of the sanctuary? From the drawings and photos, it's still kinda hard to get an idea of what it looked like.

Liz JonesDecember 27, 2019

Oh Marilyn! You have such a beautiful way of expressing feelings I have had in my heart! I had some similar feelings on our Mission and I was only in Texas! That pull for the familiar was strong at times, and wanting actual physical hugs from my kids and grandkids was an almost weekly feeling! Skype kept it at bay somewhat, but the pull was real! That homesickness for our Heavenly home is something I have felt at times my whole life! I sometimes sing to myself the song from "My Turn on Earth" called "Homesick" I get sort of homesick sometimes for the home I had before my birth. For my other Father and Mother that I left to come to earth. I miss all that Heavenly peace where there is no pain to be found. Where there is no hurt and there is no hate, but only live abounds. Till it's time to go back home, there's just one thing to do, it's clear. I'll try with my heart, I'll try with my hands, to make a Heaven here. Remember that the work you are doing is a truly Heavenly work! Love you!

MEJDecember 27, 2019

Thank you so much for the Come Follow Me podcasts. I have learned so much. I listen while working out in the gym. Such a great way to start my morning. I am looking forward to studying the Book of Mormon with you next year. You have truly enriched my scripture study, the podcasts are something I look forward to each week. Thank you!

Lynn HDecember 27, 2019

My daughter-in-law blocked me on social media years ago right after her first child was born. It’s hurtful since they live out of state. Social media brings out the best and the worst of us sometimes. I continue to show love to her and hope that someday things will change.

Louis CarrDecember 27, 2019

A beautiful testimony set to beautiful music. It strengthens my love and appreciation for The One whose birth and life we give thanks. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and faith with us.

Diane Patrice JohnsonDecember 27, 2019

Marilyn, I was just sitting down to look for an email from you guys and found this article. You do indeed have a gift of penning words to paper for all of us to enjoy. My homesickness for my Heavenly home is real and at times unrelenting. Thank you Diane

Donald CyrDecember 27, 2019

I add to Jason Post...

Tony FullerDecember 27, 2019

I think it's more of a generational gap, the parents-in-law could very well expect to be the first, and maybe the only, persons to see the family pictures. I read in an advice column in one paper, the writer said she wasn't interested in being informed of the birth of her new grand-child by a Facebook post, along with the whole rest of the world. (This was a put-down for everyone to read.) The daughter-in-law could go off social media for awhile, some people are addicted to it. maybe when she goes back on she will use it more sparingly. I've noticed that it can soak up a lot of time if you let it.

pamela Morgan roderDecember 27, 2019

Thank you for such a lovely article about Jesus, and His love for the unassuming and “unclean” people just like most of us. I always enjoy your writing.

Ann CapelDecember 27, 2019

So beautiful! Can we get the recording?

Sandra PasseyDecember 27, 2019

Marilyn, I loved reading this article! And I appreciated the comments so much! It has been such a blessing to see your wonderful photos and read your descriptions of your experience! You have enriched all our lives by sharing yours with us! I still think that you should definitely write a book! I know it would be a best-seller! We miss you here in our little valley, but feel lucky to have been able to visit such an exotic place with you. Best wishes with your laundry until you come home!!

HalDecember 27, 2019

Thank you for this article! I already gathered some factual data to assuage the concerns of my less-informed friends and family members, but this article is much better. Another article mentioned that Harvard has a reserve of $41 billion and a student body of only 20,000 which would be over $2 million per student. Dividing $100 billion by 16 million church members would only be about $6,000 per member. I love the final point that has also be reiterated by other posters - I have been tremendously blessed by the payment of tithes, fast offerings and other charitable donations. Those donations, in turn, bless the lives of countless others. If only our government could operate in this manner.

Rodney RiversDecember 27, 2019

Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents. He is truly the light of the world. I'm so grateful for the message and the Hope in the message that this song brings us. Thank you all and we hope and pray for each of you wonderful and merry New Year filled with the spirit of Christ.

Lyle KoffordDecember 27, 2019

This "idealism" falls short in at least one regard: Some people NEED correction and really are deserving of such "assistance" in life. A bold, quick reproach is sometimes necessary. Read: 2 NEPHI 27: 31 - 35 and D.&C. 121: 43,44. Actually virtually all of the scriptures listed in the TOPICAL GUIDE under "Reproof, Reprove" are instructive in this regard. IF one is offended by reproof, there is a warning: Proverbs 10:17 and 12:1. Also Proverbs 15:10

Becky DouglasDecember 27, 2019

Joni--I love your columns! They nearly always strike close to home, yet always have sound advice for dealing with life's challenges. Even when I'm crazy busy, I somehow find a way to read your columns. Thank you for the way you look at life and for sharing your insights! Becky Douglas

Robert AhnDecember 27, 2019

A great article, thank you. As for tithing or other donations made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it matters not if there is $100 or $100 billion in reserve, I'll follow the teachings and commandments. My heart goes out to the whistleblower and their family for not having faith and a testimony in the church's leadership. Even the very elect shall be left astray. I'm thankful each day for Jesus Christ and all that I have been blessed with.

BobDecember 26, 2019

Comment to a comment. Since none of us have met either Mr Dickens or Mrs Dickens, perhaps we should reserve judgement on who was and who was not crazy. It could be he was a bum. It could be if you had known Catherine, you would ask Mr Dickens, 'how do you live like this?' It could be since she is a woman, she is good; since he is a man, he is bad. It could be we should be kind to both of them, as if they were both still living, especially since none of us really knows anything about it.

VardellDecember 26, 2019

Brother Goddard, Thanks for another excellent article. We LDS need to change our understanding of what it means to come unto Christ. Too many of us think that in order to come unto Christ we must do more and be more and be “worthy” of his forgiveness. But that demand for perfection is exactly the heavy yoke that Christ referred to. When we mistakenly think that we must do all that we can do before Christ will forgive us and change us, then we are demanding that heavy yoke. Paul wrote extensively –especially in the book of Galatians– that the law, the commandments, demand perfection from us, and since none of us are ever perfect, then the law condemns us and curses us. A heavy yoke indeed. Coming unto Christ is a come-as-you-are-party; it is desiring more righteousness than you have and taking that broken heart to him and asking for his mercy–asking him to forgive you and change you. This is what you see in all the scriptural accounts that you mention, a person who is broken-hearted about their sins and weaknesses, and who is forgiven and changed because of their faith in Christ, not because of their self-improvement.

KathleenDecember 26, 2019

Thank you for this beautiful, historical tribute to a great prophet - Joseph Smith.

Linda WillisDecember 25, 2019

Marilyn dear, When you reached out to us at the MTC, we had no idea that we were meeting such a bright star in a celestial sky. Your gift of finding words to describe our telestial experiences is brilliant. Please continue to write our unexpressed thoughts that nourish hearts on the days we yearn for a home we don't remember.

BelindaDecember 24, 2019

You keep saying revelations (with an s) when referring to the John's Revelation. There is no s. The entire book is one revelation to John. This is a mistake that many people make and we need to do our best to correct it. Other than that, I liked your article.

David F. King, CPADecember 24, 2019

Excellent analysis. You covered all the bases. Well done. It is a shame that disgruntled former Church Employees would go after the Church like this.

HalDecember 24, 2019

I really loved this article by Elder Callister. I have several family members, friends, and neighbors who are drifting away or who have left the church. I can say, without exception, that regardless of their statements that they "have never been happier," their despondent countenances and withdrawal from family circles and community tell me otherwise. Despite our many efforts to show our love for them they become more and more reclusive. One family in particular has become so unhappy that it shows in their faces. When we do see them, they look haggard and miserable. We pray for them daily that they can find again the joy they once had in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

MerisaDecember 24, 2019

You are so talented! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with me. What a beautiful song from my beautiful friend, you are truly inspired. Thank you again and Merry Christmas!

Laurel Lee Pedersen :)December 24, 2019

Dear Diana, What an asset you have been in my life! I admire your continual persistence and cheerfulness in the face of adversity, and love you for being my friend and appreciate ALL that you have added. May you have a joyful, meaningful Christmas with Randy and your posterity. Love across the miles!

Steve FennDecember 24, 2019

The image of Christ cleansing us as He embraces us draws my mind to our beautiful concluding experience in the endowment. We all approach the Father in our various stages of righteousness and preparation. We have all made covenants, but have kept them with varying degrees of effectiveness and devotion, yet we are covered by the Savior, even embraced by and with Him as he makes us worthy and fit to enter God’s presence. Thanks for your beautiful thoughts.

Sherri HollomanDecember 24, 2019

Oh Marilyn! How I love and miss you! All your words ring with such clarity and touch me deeply with the pictures they paint! Have a blessed Christmas! ❤️

Bob SpielDecember 24, 2019

While studying the Gospel before joining the church at 18, I recall a comment made by my late mother once about the prophet of the restoration. With some derision in her voice, she said, "Joseph Smith. Why in the world would God call a prophet with two of the most common names?" Years later I found out searching the dictionary and the footnotes in Genesis. The name Joseph literally means in Hebrew: "to add, to take away and to gather" while Smith is related to the word "blacksmith" -- one who shapes and fires metal while it's red hot. Even in his simple name, the Lord foreshadowed his work of adding, taking away, gathering, and forging this work and kingdom.

G. LambertsonDecember 24, 2019

What a terrific telling of sacred understanding in almost secular phraseology. Wonderful analogy of the frenetic grandchild. I shared it with some loved ones who would benefit from reading it. Thanks.

Glenna AndersonDecember 24, 2019

Loved your article. I think you will love this as much as I do: On the Straight and Narrow Way Neal A. MaxwellAugust 1971 New Era ...hurry home where a Divine Parent is expecting us and where, in the words of C. S. Lewis: ... No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes are in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one's temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present to us: it is the very sign of his presence." - C.S. Lewis, in a letter to Mary Neylan, January 20, 1942

Susan (Blackburn) OliverDecember 24, 2019

My son was a seminary student of yours years ago and I remember him coming home talking about Brother Bowman drawing out the Book of Mormon. It was a great way to engage the kids.

KathleenDecember 24, 2019

Great and timely!

BloomDecember 23, 2019

The pizza order call to the police was set up sometime ago to allow persons in a domestic violence situation to get help without tipping off the offending individual. Dispatchers and officers are trained to respond to this type of call. God bless them all!

Gordon BakerDecember 23, 2019

Very well written, and great insight into the meaning and importance of the heart.

MikeGDecember 23, 2019

Very well done, thank you! I pay tithing for the same reason I give to those less is the right thing to do. What happens to my donation from there is on the recipient and I have a clear conscience before God and man.

Susan D'AndreaDecember 23, 2019

I loved this article! Thank you for sharing the joy you feel about Christmas. When my parents married, my father was Jewish and my mother Protestant. My mother shared her joy of Christmas and faith in Jesus Christ with my father and with us, their children. Dad loved everything about Christmas -- the lights, the music, the tree, the presents he gave us, and eventually the Savior whose birth we celebrate. Joy to the world!

S LindsayDecember 23, 2019

When I first read the allegations, I lamented that they were so convoluted that it would take many carefully reasoned paragraphs to weave through the various branches of argument. But this article does a wonderful job of addressing those many angles in a very coherent, logical order. Thank you so much for your many insights, and for your skill in assembling them!

Gary AndersonDecember 23, 2019

Thanks for your wpnderful articles Maurine! I really enjoy them!

Robert StarlingDecember 23, 2019

Many thanks to Aaron Miller for the time and effort needed to research and write this article. It is all well said, and something that needs to be said. A couple of other points could be added or expanded: (1) When Joseph in the Bible told the Pharaoh to save grain during the seven years of plenty, it was a divine blessing given to prepare for a coming seven years of famine. I'm sure there were naysayers in his day, too. (2) Some have pointed out that IRS whistleblower laws award a percentage of alleged misused funds to whistleblowers. It's possible that the motives of Lars Nielsen and his brother are not as "pure as the driven snow" as some might believe, but rather that their actions may be the result of a desire for personal gain.

J JamisonDecember 23, 2019

My top 2 sayings: 1. Its a small world and 2. There is no such thing as coincidence! I went through what Joseph Smith did, searching to find the Bible "Church of Jesus Christ" How wonderful and marvelous is Heavenly Father and the Saviors work - Merry Christmas to all at Meridian!

Sasha KwapinskiDecember 23, 2019

The church is doing exactly what was prophesied and predicted for it originally -- it is going forward "boldly, nobly, and independent," and coming forth "out of obscurity."

Kenneth R. Stevens, Jr.December 23, 2019

The church is setting an example to our governments regarding the importance of not spending more than they receive. Imagine the US federal government being as responsible with our tax dollars and having such a financial reserve, rather than the multi-trillion dollar debt that keeps increasing.

LoraDecember 23, 2019

It is tempting, as they say, to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The movie "The Man Who Invented Christmas" gives us a glimpse of how difficult it was for Catherine to live with a temperamental writer, and how challenging it was for him to try to write with many interruptions. How desperately he feared poverty returning to his life. PBS' series "Victoria" shows how often husbands would fear that their wives were "mad" from real hormonal fluctuations that come with PMS, postpartum depression, or simply the frustration of not being taken seriously. Husbands had all power while wives had none. That being said, none of us have lives that can stand up to close scrutiny. Future generations may look at us with an even more-enlightened eye and wonder at the flaws we take for granted, even as we look at Victorians with a certain amazement (and gratitude that we don't live in the past!) The literary works and the testimony of Jesus Christ that Charles Dickens has left behind are still of value, even if their author is not someone with whom I would care to spend all eternity. I'm sure his character is much more developed now. So thank you, Charles Dickens!

Andrew CurrieDecember 23, 2019

In a prior article it was reported that the "whistleblower" and his brother feel that because the Church has such a large reserve, the members should be given a tithing 'rebate'. I don't know how anyone can work for the Church and have such a distorted understanding of the principles of tithing. As informative as this kerfuffle is, it's just some bitter apostates "kicking against the pricks"--unable to leave the Church alone. As Elder McConkie said many years ago, "Despite the yapping dogs nipping at the camels' heals, the caravan moves on."

essayDecember 23, 2019

One thing this article doesn't mention is the context of the so-called whistleblower - he appears to be motivated at enriching himself (and probably his brother), through whistleblower laws and receiving a portion of the taxes he argues the Church "owes." I wonder how disappointed he'll be when he finally realizes that won't be happening.

Sharon ProctorDecember 23, 2019

I think I see a something quite parallel in the birth of Joseph Smith and the birth of the Christ child. Both were born to obscure parents in extreme poverty. Nothing in their births would indicate how each would change the world. Christ would save the world, and Joseph Smith would make it possible through the restoration of the gospel and its ordinances for Christ's work to be effective for all.

Sandra HaxtonDecember 23, 2019

T.he US Govt needs to understand our Church is diff frm all others. This money was given by al the Members, for the purpose of taking care of each other and the Church buildings. This is all of Our money, and we trust the Church, guided by Heavenly Father to use these funds for that reason. We can see that the US is going to need our help!!!! I hold a Temple Rec so I know this is true.

GREG MUELLERDecember 23, 2019

Thank you for an excellent look at the other side of this case. I am a life-long member of the church living in the Washington DC area. I know how slimy politics can get. And this "whistleblower" is just another opposition politician trying to get traction with a one-sided story.

RC HollomanDecember 22, 2019

To quite the Disney hymn: . . . and a smile [touch] means friendship [love] to everyone. Merry Lovemas to our favorite global carolers.

Freda Van AllenDecember 21, 2019

The comments above are not entirely true. Catherine was not committed because the local doctor would not permit it. Indeed, some researchers have suggested that Dickens himself was mad because he thought himself to be madly in love with the young woman and his thinking became bizarre. He was a typical Victorian husband-gentle appearing to the world, but often brutal to his wife. No. He did not hit her or anything like that, but like men of his generation, he was " master in his own home."

JasonDecember 21, 2019

Outstanding answer to a deeply personal question. Thank you, Geoff!

Darlene HarnessDecember 21, 2019

Oh Lynn this has such a strong message, thank you for sharing your talents, it is just beautiful!

Alex LindstromDecember 21, 2019

Jacob, your words resonate with me deeply...and I’m gay!!! I guess it depends on who you ask whether I’m “convservative” or “progressive.” I’ll say moderate conservative or classic liberal. But I really resonate with your thoughts about “identity politics,” and I think there’s a lot that divides rather than unites. I use “gay” describe aspects of myself, and I know others who use “gay” as well, but they don’t see it as their sole defining quality. It’s an important aspect of who they are, and in my case, it’s brought me closer to God and an understanding of His design for marriage as well as my own covenants. Yet I know others who DO make this their defining aspect and identity. I struggle every time modern-day Pride months) roll(s) around, because although it’s for “the LGBTQ community,” it really just leans progressive. Those who have traditional views on marriage and sexual behavior are kind of left to fend for themselves. Really, I just want to “be myself” (whatever that looks like) within the fellowship of saints. Because really, I’m a human being just like everyone else. Although I’m working to understand what my authentic self really is, I’m not an “outsider” in the Church. In many ways, I choose to believe that. Even if I had a partner, we’d still be two sons of God worthy of love and belonging just like everyone else. Anyway, likewise, I’ve seen other patterns in other minorities. I have ethnic minority friends, female friends and other gay friends who, although they appreciate these things about themselves, don’t make them the sole aspects of who they are. Everyone is so much more (even straight, cisgender, heterosexual Caucasian males!!!). That’s diversity in my mind. We have beautiful diversity on the outside, but inside, everyone is even MORE diverse. You can have a panel full of Caucasian women and still have a breadth of diversity. Back to the gay thing. I know that we can always improve culturally, but when I hear or see “the Church’s position on LGBT people,” I think of all the things I *can* do in the Church. No one has ever said I can love a man in many wonderful ways. I think of all the gay people serving in the temple, in callings, in the Tabernacle Choir. Don’t tell me that we hate gays. Granted...even I have been called homophobic before, so...

Sharon SchmalzDecember 21, 2019

Just found my First Vision calendar in the mailbox this morning! It is BIG & BEAUTIFUL! Thank you! Makes a wonderful gift!! The cover is gorgeous!!

Deborah OystonDecember 21, 2019

Can't wait for Parts 2 & 3!

Mary BellDecember 20, 2019

Thanks to all of you for your excellent thoughts and kind words. We are all on this journey of becoming more Christlike together-and we are cheering each on. Happy Holidays to all of you!! Love, Mary Bell

Karen HaeringDecember 20, 2019

I sooo love this story! What a great gift to his children!! Amazing to leave such a testimony of Jesus Christ for those he dearly loves." No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle... and the hope he gives his children that they will all be together again...and his gentle reminder to do good for others which is played out again and again in his stories. I love Charles Dickens' works... thank you for the background info to a wonderful book.

ClaraDecember 20, 2019

I’m sorry but I can’t reconcile how Charles Dickens treated his wife Catherine. After she bore him 10 children and stayed by his side, he became infatuated with a young woman. In order to justify getting rid of his wife, he conspired with his wife’s sister to have Catherine committed and would not allow her any access to any of her children. She died all alone. I love reading about Dickens love of Jesus Christ that he wrote about, but the actions toward his wife speak a very different story.

Cynthia DyeDecember 20, 2019

What a beautiful message with lovely lyrics and melody. I hope to memorize this and let it be a daily reminde