March 7, 2021

Comments | Return to Story

Bonnie lu ZoBellMarch 7, 2021

Interesting about yams or sweet potatoes. I really do need to know which someone is serving because I am allergic to sweet potatoes --causes hives--while yams do not. Great article on listening and not having to be right--especially to keep peace and that is more important in the eternal perspective.

MickeyMarch 7, 2021

This sounds like abuse.

Joel WhiteMarch 7, 2021

As one who is seriously doubtful about the integrity of the election system these days, all I want is the truth. No court has looked at lots of evidence, that perhaps could be disproven to support election fraud. But the unwillingness to explore that, gives me an increased level of distrust. Let's seek truth, and not shut down that quest!

Tammy LindstromMarch 7, 2021

Loved this, Breck. I find more and more, that it is hard for people to see the need for organized church, and it’s hard for people to see the need to minister to others. But we are so empty without both. We can become inspired at church and as we minister we put what we learn into action.

Chelsea SpilsburyMarch 7, 2021

Beautiful! Sarah, you are a part of God's work that is so important I can feel it in my bones. Babies are one of his most precious gifts. Thanks for all you are doing to protect them! You and Brent are reminding the world of our spiritual heritage. It brings me great comfort to know we can align our hearts with our Father in Heaven through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have felt the presence of heavenly messengers and leaned upon the gifts of the spirit throughout my life. I love the knowledge that we each have unique assignments and missions to fulfill that help guide each other safely home. I am so very touched by your words tonight. Love your family so much. Biggest hugs to you guys.

Kristen OpenshawMarch 6, 2021

I find it disturbing that comments here are attacking Donald Trump's character and calling names. It does nothing to promote or validate the main point of the article, which everyone should be able to agree with.

Andrew J. CurrieMarch 6, 2021

Like every other Trump hating commenter that I read, there's the unsupported claim he is a liar, but no fact or example is given. And these opinionated political lightweights act as if any politicians they support is not also a liar. Heaven help us! It would be nice to hear an intelligently supported opinion rather than merely the venom of a angry, emotional person. Your dislike of the man does not make him a liar, but your comments are an insight into your souls.

Geoff-AusMarch 6, 2021

Jim, Has it occured to you that removing discrimination so that one group has the same rights as others, is very different from giving them rights no one else has. It was illegal to be gay in Utah before 2003. Do they now have priveledges you dont?

Ron BarnesMarch 5, 2021

According to Family Search, my wife is descended from King Arthur, a man who's existence cannot even be proven.

dave hicksMarch 5, 2021

After forty plus years with the same women and by talking with other couples I've concluded that intimacy between husband and wife is somebody's idea of a bad joke. Cheers

Kristen KMarch 5, 2021

Is that 7pm Eastern Time? Mountain Time? I don' t want to miss this!!

Wayne B CrawleyMarch 5, 2021

Wow I am really surprised by the 2 comments. A person does not have to think very hard to understand how the election stolen. House of Representatives passed HR 1 so that the whole country will have the same voting laws as California. HR1 is unconstitutional and a clear grabe for Power. And Georgia made new voting laws to fix the problem it had. The problem with so called liberals is they rather us name calling such as comparing Donald Trump to the devil "the father of lies" it all about feelings then logic

LindaMarch 4, 2021

"revising what they thought they knew" is one of my favorite lines in your article! Which was such a good reminder to continue on the path of trying to be humble and teachable. Thanks for the boost.

George CarmenMarch 4, 2021

Wow, I find it so interesting that you spew hate upon someone you likely have not or will not ever meet. It is interesting how many people allow the person that has no influence in their lives to take them over because of their own focus on him or whoever. To let anyone control you is sad.

CBDBMarch 4, 2021

Thank you Bother and Sister Givens for all of your books, articles, and intelligent, insightful, reverent and joyful teachings. We share your love for the Restoration and for our dear gentle Jesus, and The New and Everlasting Covenant — we just don’t know how to articulate it all as well as you— so we appreciate your words. ( you seem to have found a way out of the ‘prison’ of words!)

Arlene C WelkerMarch 4, 2021

I saw a sign on a billboard once that said, "Never miss the chance to shut up."Works great!

Ovala F ToiaivaoMarch 4, 2021

I have thoroughly enjoyed your podcasts and look forward to it every week. Thank you so much for taking the time to prepare and share these with us. I too would love to have a copy of your 43 Faith Scriptures to memorize if it's still available.

David DurfeeMarch 4, 2021

The Givens are among my favorite LDS authors. And their new book -- like this article -- is wonderful, well thought out, and full of hope.

JimMarch 4, 2021

Our national debt is now $28 trillion. 28 trillion seconds is 887,266 years. It would take light traveling at 186,000 miles per second approximately 4.8 YEARS to travel 28 trillion miles. This is longer than it would take light to reach Earth's nearest star, Proxima Centauri, which is 4.2 light years away.

Gramma CrowfootMarch 4, 2021

Oh please. Everyone makes mistakes and isn’t it nice when someone cares enough about our memory/legacy to help correct it? In this case, Dr. Suess can’t so his organization has acted proactively (just as the church has stopped publishing things from ‘a time before’ because they ‘were not aware’ or had been ‘insensitive toward’ or had ‘misinterpreted’ something previously. The loss of these books does nothing to undercut the gifts of Dr. Suess and will most likely open up a wider market of readers (whereas before MANY had GOOD reason to question his intentions based on these titles alone). I don’t understand what is so hard/offensive for mainstream to change some of the cultural landscape that perpetuates division, especially when better/safer/kinder/more appropriate & sensitive options & gestures are possible. Nostalgia is no reason to perpetuate hurt/pain/offence. To quote the brethren, “when we know better we must DO better.”

Robert D StarlingMarch 4, 2021

Thanks Joni, for reminding us all that "Nobody like a smart alec" (or is it "smart alek"?) - Dilbert

John PearceMarch 4, 2021

While this is an interesting story I think that there is a more relevant story involving lying and that is "The Big Lie" of former President Donald Trump. His lying has damage the Republican party, the confidence of voters in US elections and the international standing of the US as an example of democracy. This is a lie that has been rejected by over sixty courts and every state official but many Republican politicians are still promoting this untruth. For me the saddest concequence is that many millions of people still believe that the 2020 election was stolen including many of my church member friends.

SRMarch 4, 2021

I feel completely blessed that my child who is a graduating high school senior this year. Has changed their mind about attending BYU and is now choosing a different school. Equity and social justice are part of liberation theology and Marxism. They have no place in the gospel of Jesus Christ nor in an education from a private church school paid for by our collective tithing. BYU has been were we wanted all of our children to attend. We wanted them to have the best education taught with the power and majesty of God’s holy gospel. Were they could see the importance of all things through the lense of the plan of salvation and where the Holy Ghost is sought after to be in each class so that truths of the lessons could be testified of. Sadly each day we are learning that this is no longer the type of education being obtained at BYU. We are a bi-racial family and find this study disheartening, disturbing and wrong. We are all children of God. None of us were able to choose our sex , nor our race. No one is better than anyone else or more deserving. We are all less than the dust of this earth. Yet Christ came to this earth and lived for us all and then suffered all things for all of us so that we could return to him and our Heavenly Father.What are we doing to each other. We are being created and morphed into each other’s enemies. For what ? For the color of our skin, for the places where we were born. We had no part of that and can own none of it. For the way we think. We have been taught this past year to look at others as viruses as someone with a diseased body whose very breath is wrong and that they may kill you if you get to close. We are being taught that if you are white you were born evil and racist and there is literally nothing you can do about it.We are being taught that to be a woman is meaningless because gender is meaningless. And if you want to be a woman all you need to do is believe that you are one.And the world is desperately trying to teach that if you are a person of color (whatever that means because we are all made up of multiple colors )That you are victim. My children are not victims. They were fearfully and wonderfully made by God Almighty. As were each of us. Let us stand for no more of this nonsense and return to God. Please this is all becoming almost to much to bear. And studies like this are doing more harm than good.

Jared ChristensenMarch 4, 2021

Very good article and information! Thank you for sharing this I have always felt it was a dangerous addiction that anyone can get hooked on. I have intentionally chosen not to play video games because I have seen how addictive it can become.

BobMarch 4, 2021

No place says "one third". It says "a third part".

LexaGraemeMarch 4, 2021

Bravo to them all for making the best of an unfortunate situation, and finding the humor in it, too!

Bradd C HayesMarch 4, 2021

While I agree facts (and truth) matter in the news, I find it astonishing that Meridian Magazine, which openly supported Trump, the father of lies, has the audacity to demonstrate moral outrage on this subject.

RaNae ShoafMarch 4, 2021

I love this! So true and so right. Sometimes I talk myself into staying silent (for instance when my husband is telling a story and getting the details wrong, at least to my memory, which of course is "right" haha), is to realize that if I wasn't there at that moment, the story would stand as told, and no one would be hurt by it.

JoanMarch 3, 2021

I was married for 15 years in a destructive relationship. I determined to stay in the marriage until my children reached age 18, wanting to give them a stable family and at least the illusion of a happy family. I stuffed my unhappiness, I thought successfully until my 11-year-old told me that it was time to get a divorce. Later he was angry with me because, he said, I had waited too long to leave and if I had divorced his father sooner, he could have believed that his father was a good man but now he knew how bad he was. Both of my sons have suffered more than the divorce with the concept of what it takes to be a real man, a good man. They’ve tried out being the abused and the abuser, believing that sons should learn to be men from their fathers. They still struggle decades later in determining their role. I meant to help my children by staying in an emotionally destructive relationship, and staying was the worst decision I could have made, not only for me but for my children. How many times do women stay for the children and cause more pain and confusion than they could imagine. Children hear and see and know much more than we think.

Been thereMarch 3, 2021

Could he be on the autism spectrum?

KenMarch 3, 2021

The goal for a court hearing to to determine if law was broken, not to celebrate diversity.

AmyMarch 3, 2021

How is this article related to the LDS church?

ayseMarch 3, 2021

This is such a inspiring exercise! Thank you for sharing how to start.

Diane JarmanMarch 3, 2021

Thank you for approaching this subject and for the link to find help for video game addicts. Very informative article.

Mom of manyMarch 3, 2021

I feel completely blessed that my child who is a graduating high school senior this year. Has changed their mind about attending BYU and is now choosing a different school. Equity and social justice are part of liberation theology and Marxism. They have no place in the gospel of Jesus Christ nor in an education from a private church school paid for by our collective tithing. BYU has been were we wanted all of our children to attend. We wanted them to have the best education taught with the power and majesty of God’s holy gospel. Were they could see the importance of all things through the lense of the plan of salvation and where the Holy Ghost is sought after to be in each class so that truths of the lessons could be testified of. Sadly each day we are learning that this is no longer the type of education being obtained at BYU. We are a bi-racial family and find this study disheartening, disturbing and wrong. We are all children of God. None of us were able to choose our sex , nor our race. No one is better than anyone else or more deserving. We are all less than the dust of this earth. Yet Christ came to this earth and lived for us all and then suffered all things for all of us so that we could return to him and our Heavenly Father. What are we doing to each other. We are slowly turning each of us into enemies. For what ? For the color of our skin, for the places where we were born. We had no part of that and can own none of it. We have been taught this past year to look at others as viruses as someone with a diseased body whose very breath is wrong and that they may kill you if you get to close. We are being taught that if you are white you were born evil and racist and there is literally nothing you can do about it.We are being taught that to be a woman is meaningless because gender is meaningless. And if you want to be a woman all you need to do is believe that you are one.And the world is desperately trying to teach that if you are a person of color (whatever that means because we are all made up of multiple colors )That you are victim. My children are not victims. They were fearfully and wonderfully made by God Almighty. As were each of us. Let us stand for no more of this nonsense and return to God. Please this is all becoming almost to much to bear. And studies like this are doing more harm than good.

Kate B.March 3, 2021


Maryann TaylorMarch 3, 2021

This is almost as troubling as the addiction of so many adults to their smart phones. Instead of communicating in restaurants, so many couples are glued to cell phones, completely oblivious to their companions. Perhaps we need to consider curbing our own addictions as we seek to help our young people do so.

CynthihahMarch 3, 2021

We the people of the United States need to stop blaming everything on our government and step up and take responsibility for our own freedom. May I propose the way to do this is to "clean up our own back yards." When was the last time you read the United States Constitution, and do you know what it actually says and means? Freedom is only as free as we make it. We the people make America great!

Jane HalesMarch 3, 2021

Glad to hear Scot sounding like himself!!

Juliann BradshawMarch 3, 2021

Geoff, I usually enjoy your counsel but this time it was vague and unhelpful. “Man [woman] is that ‘she’ might have joy”. This dear sister has been miserable from her wedding day. I can’t imagine that the children are faring any better. Since the husband is obviously taking care of himself, he will continue to do so quite nicely. This female slave needs to break free. She is obviously capable, and the dark cloud she currently lives under could dissolve into sunshine. This relationship will not be sealed in heaven. Dear sister, recognize your mistake, accept responsibility, stop being a martyr and move on.

JoanMarch 3, 2021

I was married for 15 years in a destructive relationship. I determined to stay in the marriage until my children reached age 18, wanting to give them a stable family and at least the illusion of a happy family. I stuffed my unhappiness, I thought successfully until my 11-year-old told me that it was time to get a divorce. Later he was angry with me because, he said, I had waited too long to leave and if I had divorced his father sooner, he could have believed that his father was a good man but now he knew how bad he was. Both of my sons have suffered more than the divorce with the concept of what it takes to be a real man, a good man. They’ve tried out being the abused and the abuser, believing that sons should learn to be men from their fathers. They still struggle decades later in determining their role. I meant to help my children by staying in an emotionally destructive relationship, and staying was the worst decision I could have made, not only for me but for my children. How many times do women stay for the children and cause more pain and confusion than they could imagine. Children hear and see and know much more than we think.

RebeccaMarch 3, 2021

Hate it when I get sick & start talking with the deep tones of a man (it's disconcerting for a woman )

Karell BinghamMarch 3, 2021

Cancel Dr. Seuss? Tip over the statue of George Washington? Part of the nation is losing its historical bindings! Enough is enough!Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, oh, by the way we are cancelling 6 of your books. Brother!

CASMarch 3, 2021

One blessing for us during this pandemic has been not shopping so much in person. Often times, trips to a store will include items that we did not intend to purchase. Online shopping has also been curtailed. As a result, we find ourselves with more cash on hand for emergencies. An unexpected brake replacement on our vehicle last week was easily met because we had the money in our bank account instead of adding it on our credit card.Also, we have a rule to only charge on our ONE credit card with the commitment that we can pay the balance off in full every month! This saves a LOT of money in finance charges! We have learned this by the "school of hard knocks!"

Chip WhitmerMarch 3, 2021

The idea that "I will be your God, and ye shall be my people" is indeed the core of the Covenant, repeated frequently in Scripture, including twice at the end of John's Revelation.In this passage, the promise is first expressed in general language: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." (Rev 21:3)Then it is reiterated in language that is very personal and individual: "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." (Rev 21:7) This is the culmination of the Covenant, for those who are faithful.

D OnnaMarch 3, 2021

A stellar article ! My Eternal Thanks for giving voice to this unfoldment of His Truth. I have come into the Church for 'such a time as this'.

AnonymousMarch 2, 2021

A commenter was rather negative about the expense of the beautiful displays created by the author. However, the trivia games and family activities take no money and modest amounts of time. Our family has been researching and writing histories for years and shari g them as Christmas presents. Trivia games sound like a wonderful addition.

Maryann TaylorMarch 2, 2021

The key words in this statement are "protection of people and institutions of faith." We do NOT support the so-called "rights" of gay or transgender people when it imperils religious freedom.

MHNMarch 2, 2021

Have you even considered how the non-member white kids feel? What is being done to help them with belonging?

Larry TippettsMarch 2, 2021

Thanks so much for focusing on the power of writing. I like to use my journal as a means of helping me develop Jesus' qualities of character. I pray for inspiration. As it comes I record it in my journal, along with specific plans for improvement. I reread my journals regularly and write about my growth (and my lapses). It's a powerful tool for recording personal revelation and then acting on it.

CamMarch 1, 2021

@Billy-Our gay brothers and sisters have been persecuted much longer than members of the church have. I hope you aren't saying that the LGBTQ community can't be an average American citizen or a believer in God. Someday the church will realize the damage ghey have done and things will change, if the church wants to maintain any sense of relevancy anymore.Can you even name how our church is being legally discriminated against?

Without a home . . .March 1, 2021

On one hand, this is sweet and delightful to watch. On the other, it's hard and sad to watch, because people like me have no "home." My parents were immigrants and I've never been to their home towns, which were bombed into oblivion during WWII. My husband and I have had to move around so much for work and family needs that six states in this country have been "home" yet none of them feel like it. We wander, without roots, wishing we had places to take our children back to yet having no place, then also again realizing it was God who sent us wandering and has assured us, "Wherever you worship me shall be your home."

Jennifer MackleyMarch 1, 2021

@T Rawlinson. Yes, children were first sealed to parents in the Nauvoo Temple. Some were sealed to living parents and some by proxy to a deceased parent. Sealing of children to parents was then suspended until the St. George Temple was completed in 1877. However, the focus of adoption into priesthood lineage (rather than generational family sealings) continued until Wilford Woodruff received the revelation in 1894 to end the practice of adoption. (A timeline of temple ordinances is on pages 372-373 in Wilford Woodruff's Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine. The law of adoption is explained in more detail in Chapter 16.)

TafiatMarch 1, 2021

Speaking of sealing cords, Bednar has said, "However, righteous parental influence (1) does not replace in the life of an individual the need for the redeeming and strengthening power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, (2) does not overrule the consequences of the unrighteous exercise of moral agency, and (3) does not negate the responsibility of an individual as an agent “to act … and not to be acted upon (2 Nephi 2:26)." March Ensign 2014

Lois TuckerMarch 1, 2021

Last week lesson was so amazing. The worth of a soul. My heart was touched, softened. I loved your story about the airport with Michael. I couldn’t stop crying, I was over come with the spirit. Thank you for that. I love your podcast.

Arty JMarch 1, 2021

"But I know, that once the kids are gone, if life continues this way, we will end up divorced anyways and I will have lived another 15 years unhappy." That line says it all. I think deep down, this woman already knows the husband wont change and that divorce is only a matter of time. She has spent 13 years pouring more and more effort in and getting nothing back. She has already very clearly discussed her unhappiness with the spouse, and they have even gone to counseling. He changed nothing, which tells her everything she needs to know. If you tell someone that their behavior is hurting you and needs to change, and they don't do anything about it, they don't respect you or value your relationship. And they definitely aren't a good person. PERIOD. It takes two people to make a marriage work. The woman says she wants to keep her marriage covenants, which is honorable. But she seems to be ignoring the fact that if she continues this course and makes it to the celestial kingdom, this guy definitely wont be there because he is incredibly selfish and not a good person. So she wont have an eternal marriage anyway, and will need to find someone else to make that happen. It takes both partners honoring their covenants and being good people to achieve a celestial marriage. Its time for this woman to leave and find a good man who will reciprocate her efforts, love, and appreciate her.

T RawlinsonMarch 1, 2021

It has been recently stated in a podcast that children not born in the covenant were not sealed to their parents until AFTER 1894. I would like to have additional information as my 2 grgrandparents went to SG temple (only temple available) from SL and were sealed. They had some of their younger children with them, but none of their 10 children were sealed to them in the late 1870's. One child was born after, which is BIC. This article states children were sealed before 1894. What exactly does it say in Wilford Woodruff's journal. Our ancestors are also those of an Apostle and the explanation was that children were not sealed (unless BIC) until 1894. This article appears to be contradicting our family explanation of events.

Jim ScottMarch 1, 2021

Giving any recognition to any other than being a citizen is to make that person, group or belief given super citizenship. Laws fashioned to favor one over another reduces the value of those not in the vale. The claim of being Irish, for example, or red headed, or left handed all could claim some especial consideration. There are only political favors by elected officials to be re-elected rather than recognizing the ramifications of such legislation.

BillyMarch 1, 2021

Just another protected class to divide the country more. It appears every fringe group has a protection act. The average American citizens and Christians are the only groups that can be legally discriminated against.

Jennifer MackleyMarch 1, 2021

The colored images of Wilford Woodruff featured in this article are the creative work of Josh Christensen. The original images were made by Lucian R. Foster in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844 and Charles W. Carter in Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1880s.

ChrisFebruary 27, 2021

I love this new book by the Givens, and love their other writings as well. As I read some of these comments, they seem to indicate that all members of the church "get it"...and understand God's love and the Savior's Grace. But they don't. Growing up in this church I was taught repeatedly to "work out my own salvation" and to put my shoulder to the wheel...that somehow the atonement would just make up the difference between how I finally ended up and "perfection". All of that helped to make a mess of my life... I have learned that my Father, Mother, and Savior love me...and each of us...equally and more than we can possibly understand, and that their love can only be experienced, not explained. I've learned that "salvation" doesn't happen in a vacuum, only in a family and community, and I can partner with Jesus every day...I never have to go it alone. I do not ever, and cannot, earn Their love. And I cannot do anything to make them love me less, nor can I run away from Their love (I tried). I've learned guilt and shame don't work, and the Savior always "invites", and that the commandments are Their boundaries to keep me safe and to help me choose joy. Realky, there are only two God and love people. If I can successfully live those two, everything falls into place, and it's easy to live inside the boundaries. Living in fear of God, of some eternal punishment, or of disappointing God doesn't work, and it never has. God is love...literally. If we are to have joy, even while "losing" our life helping others, we must quit trying to be "perfect"...and we wonder why so many young people are leaving the church. As the Givens say, it is always our choice, and as we choose Jesus every day life is so much better! And yes, we are wounded...programmed by parents, teachers, friends, church leaders, social media, and many others...and above all else, the Savior is our Healer.

Old GuyFebruary 27, 2021

The writer of this letter could probably learn from my friend. I have a good friend who is into 40+ years of a marriage to a woman who is exactly like the husband described in this letter. He is the loneliest man I know. Even when he had major surgery, his wife took care of his body, but there was no emotional support. No sympathy or compassion. He has held on and hoped all these years that she might come around, but in truth as his body gets older and he can't do as much for her as she requires, she is turning away from him even more. When I ask him if he ever wishes he'd got out of the relationship while the was still "time". All he says is that there won't be another major surgery because he could not do that again without emotional support and someone to care about him. He will die never knowing the unconditional love and charity that is supposed to happen in marriage.

KristenFebruary 27, 2021

I'm sorry - but this husband is *not* a "nice person", and that needs to be exposed. Look at the substance of his behaviors towards his wife, not the surface. "Wolf in sheep's clothing" as a simile comes to mind. Nice guys don't demand their wives do everything to please them (re: treat them like a servant), while they do nothing to please their wife.Based upon his "substance" - I would urge this wife to learn about narcissistic spouses. There is a LDS narcissistic abuse survivors FB page she might find very enlightening, and support that only comes from those who've "been there" because we understand how these "nice" people - really aren't. (and just how vicious they can become to their immediate family members - while appearing such a "nice" person to outsiders.)

Maryann TaylorFebruary 26, 2021

This advice was so vague that I don't think it's very helpful. A few suggestions or ideas about HOW to "change patterns" that are destroying her happiness would have been more productive for this sister.

Penny LFebruary 26, 2021

Any ideas on how to stay cool when the weather is 110 degrees and no power? found the article to bring back lots of memories of living off a generator for 11 days following Hurricane Juan. Keeping food cold in the fridge and freezer was the hardest part, along with tolerating the noisy generator. It kept my nerves on edge.

Bruce YoungFebruary 26, 2021

"Heart of Africa 2: Companions" is now in theaters, starting Friday, February 26. You can see it at several Megaplex theaters in Utah: Geneva, Thanksgiving Point, Jordan Commons, The District, Legacy Crossing, and The Junction.

Corina bolivafFebruary 26, 2021

Scott y Marine, nos han hecho llorar a mi esposo y a mi con su hermosa y emocionante clase. Desde Chile, saludos. Corina y Marco

Nicola MillsFebruary 26, 2021

Great answer!

JennFebruary 26, 2021

Leave him. He's a narcissist. He isn't concerned about you and probably never will be. Eternity isn't some distant future, it is now. If you can't imagine eternity with him then you should leave him.

K PonderFebruary 26, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful article. I too have come to understand the importance of seeking a higher level of spirituality through our spiritual eyes, We truly can see him everywhere.

Ben GiffordFebruary 26, 2021

Thank you

Boanerges RubalcavaFebruary 26, 2021

This article shows one aspect of the times we are living. However, a very important one is missing, i.e the preparation for marriage. It has been said that one of every two marriages end in divorce, but this is not true, when the preparation for marriage is in the family since the very beginning of life for those to be married. When this happened the divorce is seldom the result. Not only that, the lives of those children born of that "perfect" marriage are completely different than those coming either from divorced "fathers" "mothers" or "couples". In turn these children for sure will have a greater chance to have themselves happy marriages with happy children.So Families are the important aspect that must be stressed since the birth of all of us.

Charles HarperFebruary 25, 2021

Years ago our stake established a prison branch. I and a few others were privileged to be called to serve there. Those of us involved were greatly blessed by our service in this capacity. We enjoyed great spiritual experiences and I know that Heavenly Father loves all His children.

JulieFebruary 25, 2021

What a lovely and uplifting article. Thanks for making my day better by reminding me I can find God even when it's dark.

Helen CondonFebruary 25, 2021

My brief experiences with His touch can never be denied. The reminder of them Jerrod me going through the vicissitudes and doubts that come with life.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

Sometimes our trust in God can be inconsistent--we trust him when things are going fine, but when problems arise we question whether we can trust him. Trusting God does not mean our problems will all be solved, that he will protect us from every injury, or and he will remove all our pain. It helps us to trust God when we remember Lehi's promise to his son, Jacob. Jacob had "suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren. Nevertheless...thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain." (2 NE. 2:1-2) If we are striving to follow our Savior, God has the power to consecrate all that we experience for our good. This wonderful promised miracle to each of us is something that we can hold onto during hard times.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

I love this truth that we DO see the face of God. The Doctrine and Covenants speaks of the beautiful creations of God in the heavens--the planets, sun, moon and stars. "Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any of the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power. " (D&C 88:47). I do see God everywhere--in plants, animals, and especially in people. He reveals himself to us every day if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

What a beautiful experience and a reminder we can all be part of lovely relationships with those who need us. How essential it is to listen to the promptings of the Spirit!

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

Kenny's comments are excellent, especially this statement: "Do not confuse legal, lawful, and moral defense with personal animosity." I am tired of the simplistic approach that we just need to listen. No--I do not need to listen to people in the media nor in person who want to talk about promoting abortion, or supporting more and more blatant attempts to make laws limiting our freedoms. Areas of gray have, indeed, become starkly black and white. I am not going to listen to evil ideologies and smile sweetly, thereby compromising the very principles of the Lord.

DL AndersonFebruary 25, 2021

Thank you for this. I'm sure I'm not the only one who now understands just HOW much I've already "seen" our Heavenly Father's and Jesus' face.

Kay YFebruary 25, 2021

Lovely story. Thank you for sharing.

Kay yFebruary 25, 2021

Lovely story. Thank you for sgaring.

KarlSFebruary 25, 2021

While this article brings up some important points, let’s not lose sight of the more influential picture, stated by renowned family advocates Linda and Richard Eyre in the Deseret News 7/28/2015: “The percentage of the U.S. population that is gay at between 2 and 4 percent. Meanwhile, among the 96 to 98 percent of heterosexuals, most seem to be devaluing or completely disregarding the value of marriage…less than half of cohabiting relationships last five or more years, and the divorce rates of women who cohabit are nearly 80 percent higher than for those who do not… The largest threat to our society and to our economy is not the way people define marriage, but how enthusiastically and committedly they participate in it. Sadly, and particularly among the millennial generation, fewer and fewer get married while more and more choose the lower-commitment option of cohabitation. And that huge threat it is being largely obscured and ignored because of the debate over same-sex marriage. …People vigorously fighting same-sex marriage but doing little or nothing to advocate or promote traditional marriage are like a defense with no offense. But whatever our personal position, each of us should ask the question of what we should be most concerned about — the emergence of same-sex marriage or the disappearance of traditional marriage.”

Ben JonesFebruary 25, 2021

As an adoptive father of 3, a natural father of 3, a widower, and a step-father of 3, I am personally aware of disruptions to the natural order of things caused by divorce and death not to mention disruptions caused by war, disease, and man's inhumanity to man. The ideal is certainly to be desired but the reality is that we all have challenges in life and I don't think there is anything to be gained by stigmatizing certain groups of people who are trying to do their best with the hands they were dealt in life. We can all strive to be the best children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, mentors, surrogates, etc. that we can be.

MICKIFebruary 25, 2021

Thank you for posting this wonderful story - gave me goosebumps! Sometimes we never know why we're drawn to someone - sometimes we get to find out why...and the miracles behind the why.

Margaret Hafen Archibald (another Knight descendant)February 25, 2021

That cane was donated to the Family History Library from members of the Knight family on May 29, 2009.

vickieFebruary 25, 2021

I LOVED this story. thank you for telling it or sharing it with me and many others.

Chuck SanfordFebruary 25, 2021

Back in the mid-1990s I was a home teacher for three men incarcerated in a federal prison. Within the narrow confines of imprisonment, I was able to do some good, because far and above anything I did, my Lord was involved, whether they believed that or not. Good people are needed to rescue these folks, and show them someone cares, to assist them in recognizing that God truly loves them.

JoanFebruary 24, 2021

This is an interesting situation. Although she is his sister, she is actually a stranger. However, she is a stranger that he is supposed to love because she is actually a family member. He would have a hard time processing what his reaction to her should be.There would be excitement because of finding each other, but it would be as a man and woman getting to know each other as adults who were sharing thoughts and feelings. Maybe both would find this appealing and new after being married for a long time. It is more on a romantic level since they have no history of growing up together as brother and sister.It is sad that they don't have the maturity to see it for what it is, and recognize that their first responsibility and loyalty should be towards the one that they have promised to love and cherish forever, and who has stood by them all these years.Joan

Jo Ann OkelberryFebruary 24, 2021

This is an excellent article. I listen to a lot of podcasts while I sew, quilt, clean, etc. I have listened to several podcasts given by men and women who proclaim that our earth gets better and better as we do better with farming, organizing, building, etc. One of their prime concerns is that people are not having enough children to replace deaths. I have seven children, and I am grateful for everyone of them. They have served me, my deceased husband, and others and given much help and support.

JamesFebruary 24, 2021

The Freedom of Speech is just that...Free and Protected, and also freedom from the consequences of that speech, with a few exceptions. The 'woke' community wants consequences, censorship and the complete and total loss of livelihoods as punishment for any (to them) disagreeable speech, and they are getting away with this nonsense by using non-government entities to do it! I really hope that the courts will see this and extend the unconstitutionality of censorship to any organization that allows speech, especially social media and allows for people to sue for a clear violation of their Civil Rights. I also hope that the bills, that are being proposed around the country, that puts being fired from a job for disagreeable speech, up there with all other forms of discrimination are passed and become enforceable law. However, I really hope the Second Coming of the Savior will happen soon and that He can put a definitive stop to it for good.

Michael ChandlerFebruary 24, 2021

It is also important to note the great bet made by Erlich and the economist Julian Simon in the 80’s. Simon bet that certain commodities would decline in cost over the period of a year, while Erlich claimed they would rise in cost over the same period, because of increasing scarcity. Simon won the bet. His mantra, the most valuable commodity is the human spirit. Time continues to vindicate that belief.

Margaret CorkranFebruary 24, 2021

Thank you. We all need to be reminded how much we are loved.

Susan SpearFebruary 24, 2021

Thanks for this thoughtfully considered article that not only includes personal experience and historical context but also RELEVANT DATA that debunks popular dogma. I especially appreciate the chart that clearly illustrates famine mortality rate and world population. I am a nutrition professor and will use this chart in my next course (in two weeks) as we discuss hunger and food issues. Beautifully done and easily understood.Another great resource that I'd like to recommend - and use in my course - to discusses the "real" cause of famine or insufficient food today (which is political unrest and the subsequent inequitable food distribution) is contained in the forward written by esteemed nutrition professor, Marion Nestle, in the beautiful photo book, Hungry Planet, by Peter Menzel. The picture documentary book about how the world eats is fascinating! Children and adults relate immediately - highly recommend.

TimFebruary 24, 2021

Not heard of the movie Heart of Africa before. Glad to say that I have tracked down a DVD copy

MHolmesFebruary 24, 2021

I hope and pray people start to wake up to the reality of this, which is that this is the long sought after result of careful planning and patience by those who desire to overthrow Christianity to replace it with communism. Deconstruction of the family is one of the central tenets of communism. Communism cannot exist while the people are bound together in family unity and love of God because the two "ideologies" are polar opposites. We need to recognize that communists have been effectively distracting us with the irrelevancy of party politics when in fact, we are facing a battle of freedom vs bondage, good vs evil, the right to exist and worship Almighty God as we see fit vs living under a tyrannical and oppressive government regime who sees it's people only as cogs in a giant machine. Yet many people seem to be content to plunge their heads into the sand and pretend that what's happening, isn't happening. When Prop 8 failed to pass and was later overturned by an activist "Supreme Court" under the O administration, the deconstruction of the traditional nuclear family as the central building block of society rapidly accelerated and it's only getting worse. This is just one of many of the consequences. What is it going to take to wake people up?

Name WithheldFebruary 24, 2021

My daughter had an experience with many parallels. She was adopted through LDS Family Services as a baby. With encouragement from both my wife and I, she found her birth parents. To make a long story short, she became very enamored with her birth father and moved in with him and his family a week after meeting him/them. They were everything to her and she started to treat us like we were someone she used to know. I found out through a relative that there is a thing called genetic attraction. It can be sexual or not sexual, and it can be a slippery slope. Fortunately, her birth father's family was going under a lot of changes due to building a new home, living with another family, extended family drama, etc., that there was no privacy and her birth father and birth step-mother had a good marriage. There was a lot of conflict over the whole situation and my daughter wouldn't speak to me for a year. After that, she wouldn't speak to my wife for six months.For a long time, I felt like the father's version of "my wife dumped me for another man." Only, my version was "my daughter dumped me for another dad."Another long story short, over several years things finally settled down and we have a much better relationship with her.I'd suggest that you check out Genetic Attraction or Genetic Sexual attraction to see what it's about, and if there is a support group online, it would be a good place to learn more about it.I'm so sorry for what you and your husband are going through. It's very painful and can be enormously heartbreaking. Approach this very prayerfully and if your husband refuses to go to counseling, you go by yourself so you can learn how to handle this. God bless you! I will be praying for you.

Linda WestoverFebruary 24, 2021

What a refreshing outlook! "And it came to pass..." has long been one of my favorite Book of Mormon scriptures.

Ronald BarnesFebruary 24, 2021

This is from a personal study. With a population of 7.5 million, if every man, woman, and child on Earth was given one acre of land, which is a population density of 640 people per square mile, the entire population could live in an area the size of the continent of Africa. That's only 6 percent of Earth's land mass.

Jason PetersonFebruary 23, 2021

Don't accept the premise of those who argue mankind is destroying the planet. We are not. The world is getting richer and cleaner, life span and quality of life are improving. Those who wish to control others and limit choices have been around since Lucifer sought to force upon all of us the outcomes he wished. Seek out facts, not emotional reactions to hyperbole of those claim we are destroying this world.

Kathleen ChinFebruary 23, 2021

I agree with you 100%! Also, we can choose NOT to take offense as easily as we can CHOOSE to take offense. Here’s another challenge...when I’ve tried to apologize for giving offense, yet the other person does not accept—or even acknowledge—my apology. Over the years, when this happens (which fortunately isn’t too often) I’ve learned to find my peace in the Atonement of Jesus Christ. These types of situations used to eat away at me. Then, one day, I realized it was my own lack of faith in our Savior’s Atonement that was keeping me from finding “...the peace which passeth understanding....” K. Chin, Modesto, CA

Allison TullisFebruary 23, 2021

I was recently diagnosed with cancer and have so many feelings going through my mind every day. But I have also had so many tender mercies this past month that I know the Lord is aware of me and loves me. But it’s still hard. Thank you for your words and insight It was exactly what I needed!

LauraFebruary 23, 2021

What a great scholarly article written in such a clever engaging way! I appreciate the writer’s fresh approach and her non-apologetic style. It is clear. God’s commandments time and again prove to be for our benefit. They are the path to eternal happiness.

LaVerl WilhelmFebruary 23, 2021

Orson Pratt’s report on the Prophet Joseph Smith’s explanation of learning to use the “gift” of translation without needing any mechanical means goes a long way in helping us understand how he translated most of the Book of Mormon without ever even opening the gold plates and translating the scroll writings of Abraham without ever having an actual hard copy in front of him. If we as mere mortals can send copies of manuscripts in a certain language all the way around the world and in seconds have the reader see it written in a different language, surely the Spirit of God can do as much and more!

Pat HarkerFebruary 23, 2021

Wonderful podcast, thank you so much!

PaulineFebruary 23, 2021

Really great article and good for thought. Easier said than done. Takes practice right?

Michael JonesFebruary 23, 2021

What destroys me is the costs involved in being able to experience these things. In the Country where I live, if I want to get involved in seeing these things or reading books written by people, I have to take the dollar price and multiply it by 17 to get the price in my local currency. Where I live this is an extraordinary amount of money. Not everyone has the privilege of transacting with the US Dollar and so I and my fellow travellers lose out.

Margaret BourneFebruary 22, 2021

All this is well and good - if you have the money for it. Many of our members are low income or on a benefit of some kind. May I suggest for those who cannot afford sometimes even the necessities of life, that we can at least follow the Prophets' advice and have a picture of the Temple and of the First Presidency (which are both free) in our homes, then if and when we can afford more, maybe we can add to our collection.

RANAE C SHOAFFebruary 22, 2021

What a wonderful topic and I hope to get to see it when it is finished!

MaryFebruary 22, 2021

Sometimes before my neices and nephews are born I would have dreams about them. They are always around age two and they look exactly how they do in my dreams when they get to that age. I always know when one of my siblings is going to announce a pregnancy.

FredFebruary 22, 2021

I belong to a local gym and during this COVID crisis they have established a policy whereby each member who uses any apparatus must wipe it down with supplied antiseptic wipes. I mean all machines, free weights, bikes, etc. Members have taken this seriously and willfully have committed to adhering to this policy. I support the meaning and intent of the cartoon "No Unclean Thing" but for the sake of precious time being used between speakers to have someone come up and do this task, who better to do this but the speaker themselves is in my opinion a better solution. Oh by the way lets not skip wiping down the microphone as well.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 22, 2021

My husband and I made these for our emergency storage. We were so glad we had them when we experienced a severe windstorm. It was winter, very cold, and our power was out for several days. These little "heaters" were such a blessing. If you buy the small paint cans, they come with a paint can lid so you can seal them, and you can reseal them when you are finished for later use. We taped a quarter on the bottom of the paint cans to open the lid. Perfect! If you have children, you CANNOT leave these unattended ever. Obviously, care needs to be taken to light them in a very open space without any curtains near or anything else that could ignite. They need to be extinguished before you go to bed, of course. Some of the comments here reflect unnecessary fears. They are very safe to use indoors.

Duane BoyceFebruary 22, 2021

Terrific! I look forward to seeing this.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 22, 2021

I think the statement Geoff made that your husband cannot love you with all of his heart if he is giving her his deepest affections and affirmations is so true. I can understand your husband's excitement about finding his long lost sister. However, his behavior is extremely inappropriate. If he continues to refuse to go to therapy with you, I would tell him you cannot continue in the relationship as it is. Even if he stops his disloyal conversations with her, there is something very wrong in his mind, and he definitely needs counseling. His problems began long before his sister came into it.

CraigFebruary 22, 2021

Every. Single. Day. I often don't realize I have said something that was stupid, crass, or uncaring until after I had spoken the words out loud. Because it always sounds more funny, thoughtful, logical, or inspiring in my head, but somewhere in that vast distance from my brain to my mouth, it gets lost in translation and comes out cringeworthy. We are all human and making our way down the path like everyone else, only some of us trip on our feet more often than others and that is just fine.

JacobFebruary 22, 2021

Wow! Fascinating article. I am curious to see where Romney goes after this.

Margaret B. YoungFebruary 22, 2021

So eager to see this, Sarah!

Jacob B.February 22, 2021

What a fascinating article. I am curious to see where Romney goes after this term.

Marilynn LJ ChongFebruary 22, 2021

What happened to your husband?

E. RedelfsFebruary 22, 2021

Yes, there is room for all of us to disagree, but the truth is that there is nothing refreshing for Mitt Romney to try to impeach a former president.

Barbara FallickFebruary 22, 2021

Just read your excellent and inspiring story. My daughter just had a still-birth at 31 weeks. It has become a very spiritual experience for the whole family. I dreamed of this baby about the time he was conceived.That being said, there is a god who is so small he can dwell in our pockets and so large, he (or it) fills the universe and we almost all worship it universally. We call it the internet.

Wendy KillpackFebruary 22, 2021

I was very excited to read about this documentary. From the time I was a young child I have had spiritual longings and have come to realize that I was homesick for heaven.My fifth child appeared to me in the temple and let me know that he was anxious to come to Earth. I saw him wrapped in a blue shawl that I had used for each of my other was a beautiful and humbling experience for me.

Julianne HamillFebruary 21, 2021

We had a similar experience during a cruise in 2019 at Christmastime. We went on an excursion on the island of Hawaii and sat next to a gay couple. We had a great time and when we were getting off the bus, I had an overwhelming desire to give one of these young men a big hug. He seemed surprised, but was receptive. Later, on the cruise ship (which was huge) we ran into them two more times - what are the chances??? The young men told me about how much he missed his mother and my husband and I both knew that was the reason for the desire to hug him. We communicated after the cruise and I told him that I really believed that the hug I gave him was from his mother, so that he knew how much she loved him.

LisabeeFebruary 21, 2021

Romney is the only reason I am still a republican. I salute someone who stands up for what is right. Our political system needs to change if members of congress will only vote along party lines instead of what is right and wrong.

Vicki RobbinsFebruary 21, 2021

Thank you Lynne for your wonderful words. So glad Brad is doing good.

Susan D. Whitiker M.D.February 21, 2021

I think that while Romney has every reason to disagree and voice his own opinions, he should not be able or ethically enabled to contradict himself year after year depending on which way the wind is blowing in the political arena. Its distasteful.

David S.February 21, 2021

Interesting read!

E M RedelfsFebruary 21, 2021

There is nothing refreshing for Mr. Romney to vote to convict a former president, to act against constitutional guidance and further more to align himself with house managers that stated that Mr. Trump had no first amendment protection and a long list of other unconstitutional maleficence. Mr. Romney had the right to vote against former president Trump but at what cost? Indeed there is nothing refreshing about his actions.

ReeneeFebruary 21, 2021

I love these short insights! Thank you.

B SmithFebruary 21, 2021

Romney is an embarrassment and I regret voting for him as president. Maybe his age is the reason he votes against Trump. He is a classic RINO.

Ann Blake-TracyFebruary 21, 2021

Good for you in knowing to turn to the Savior for the answers you needed! Too many do not. I went through something similar as a child but did not have answers for decades later. My younger sisters would talk aboit our mother as such a wonderful & kind mother. And I would wonder who they could possibly been talking about! Why would they think that when the mother I had was so mean? Could this be the same woman I overheard laughing with our neighbor over a scheme they hatched to call the pound on each others dogs while us kids searched & searched for our best fruend? (Only one of many similar things.)But then after my mission I came home to discover I had some very serious health issues & the doctors in "treating" me almost killed me. From there i learned to study health on my own to recover & became an expert in cases involving the use of prescription drugs. Because of the extensive knowledge I gained I began asking questions & learned my mother had been given steroids by a doctor when I was young but came off them before giving birth to my much younger sisters.I knew that steroids were invented at the request of Hitler who wanted to turn his troops into "lean, mean killing machines"! And that is how my mother was transformed into this woman I could not stand to be around. The doctor's prescription had destroyed my relationship with my mother, robbing us of happy years & memories, while my 2 sisters shared with her many happy years along with loving memories. Sad but it has helped me to be more compassionate with thise I work with going through the same. And it certainly has helped me forgive my mother. Yes what she did caused a lot of pain but had she been told the truth about the drugs given to her that were supposed to help would she have ever taken them? I do not believe she would have! She made the mistake of placing her trust in the Arm of Flesh rather than the Savior, just as I had done when I almost lost my life doing so! We were told the whole world would be decieved by prescription drugs in our day Rev 18. We need to know far more about them to survive this!

Ann Blake-TracyFebruary 20, 2021

What you describe rings a bell for me as one of the Facebook group i head is called Antidepressant-induced Divorce Epidemic & we deal with some extremely bizarre situations where couples after being happily married for many years suddenly split due to bizarre situations forming quickly in their lives after being on an antidepressant even a short time.I watched Utah go from the lowest divorce rate in the nation to over the national average of divorce in 7 years after the introduction of the first SSRI antidepressant. One couple from Idaho reported to me in the late 90's being in an LDS marriage group for counseling where each of the nine couples were highly encouraged to go on one of these drugs. This couple refused & they were the only couple out of that group of nine to remain married!Then LDS Singles wanted me to come & lecture for them because they had noticed that those on these drugs were in what they called their "Revolving Door" group where they would join, find a mate, marry & come right back in no time divorced & ready to go through the same process all over again & again & again! The drugs change who you are. They are mind altering & can produce psychosis. Even Osama Bin Laden's son, Omar, has been diagnosed with Antidepressant-induced Schizophrenia. So I do believe it is important to make sure he is not on any "medication" that could produce this type of behavior. And if so you may want to read through this warning from the Apostle John about prescription drugs in our day, but keep in mind that the warnings to NEVER EVER change the dose of these drugs abruptly whether increasing or decreasing. Generally half the time spent on these drugs is what time is needed to withdraw safely. They say heroin withdrawal is nothing in comparison!

GaryFebruary 20, 2021

The flash point of isopropyl alcohol or any alcohol is so low that in my opinion this is a very dangerous use of the product. Your fire department and homeowners insurance would probably never approve of this.

C BargerFebruary 20, 2021

What a wonderful article to leave me really “thinking” about how I can be a more Christlike disciple as I seek to serve in the brick and mortar church of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Such thoughtful insight. I love a “thinking” article. Thank you.

ChristineFebruary 20, 2021

I always love your insightful messages that are so well written and woven with the spirit of faith and doctrine.

pamFebruary 20, 2021

Having seen the concert in person in AZ, and have listened to the oratorio more than 1,000 times, not an exaggeration, I'm thrilled to see this film.This music is stunning in scope and importance.Thank you Rob Gardner.

pamFebruary 20, 2021

Thank you for this article. I will read it a couple of times since the content is very pertinent to me! At least I'm not alone in all my blunders.Pam

AnnieFebruary 20, 2021

Have you ever tһought about adding a little bit more than jᥙѕt your articles? I mean, what you say is imрortant and all. Nevertheless imagine if you addеd some great visuals or videos to give yοur posts more, "pop"! Your content is excellent but with pics and clips, tһis bloɡ coᥙld certainly be one of the most Ƅeneficiɑl in its niche. Тerrific blog!Check out my webpage; lantern

Erica BarbosaFebruary 20, 2021

Thank you for sharing your insight. Life is so much more pleasant when we assume that other people's intentions are usually good.

Diane K.February 19, 2021

I have seen this in a live concert. Magnificent! Can't wait!

JaniceFebruary 19, 2021

Great comment by Kenny M. The last 2 sentences really resonated with me. Thanks.

Bob PowelsonFebruary 19, 2021

There are some differences that a beyond "being nice and understanding" about. The is nothing to debate, I would not want such in my home or any where near me, including some relatives in serious intentional apostacy.

Harold RustFebruary 19, 2021

Thank you. I've always felt the best response to "Black Lives Matter" is not just "All Lives Matter", but rather "The most important race to respect above all others is the Human Race". Only when we stop singling out specific races to be treated better (which is very different from focusing on eliminating laws with negative consequences that single out specific races) will we be continuing the great improvements regarding Blacks and other minorities that have been made since World War II. It is the very highlighting of differences between races that eats away at what most of us really want to see: a society in which it is one's actions and not one's appearance which are evaluated on their own merits which are appropriate measures of how one should perceive others around them. The BLM movement is based solely on pushing an elevation of one race; it excludes Asians, Latinos, Indians, and so forth and wants everyone to pledge their support of those who are "Black". Not a healthy theme.

Roger KentFebruary 19, 2021

Thank you for this article in particular but also for the other many inspiring articles. Wish I knew how to get this to the youth. All they hear from the propaganda machines is negativity and hate.

Lynne ChristoffersonFebruary 19, 2021

Since people have asked about my husband's recovery, I'm happy to report that he is recovering nicely and will hopefully be back to full strength within a few weeks. We feel very blessed.

Linda PatalonFebruary 19, 2021

Thank you for this article! I have been so full of fear and anxiety. This was just the reminder I needed.

Joyce Hathaway BairdFebruary 19, 2021

I found this article to be very helpful. Thank you

Janet Lee WiseFebruary 19, 2021

Thank you so much for your recommendations. As a researcher in Liberation Psychology, I recently remembered a quote from the Persian poet and Sufi Master Rumi, who said, "You think because you understand 'one,' you understand 'two,' because 'one and one is two.' But you don't understand 'and.' "Good grief!" I thought. "If we don't understand 'and,' how can we possibly wrap our heads around 'equal'?!" So here's to reading and teaching our children (and ourselves) how to understand "and," in the hope that it will help us to understand "equal!"

WeezieFebruary 19, 2021

Clap clap clap! Thank you for addressing the true motive of BLM. They are very sneaky. It’s not what they want you to think it is. Of course we agree Black Lives Matter, as well as ALL other lives. But they are doing more damage to divide and to promote racism than to help it.

RonFebruary 19, 2021

Any flame that glows yellow is evidence of incomplete combustion resulting in carbon monoxide creation. As evidence, place the blade of a metal table knife in the flame for a few seconds and remove it. Note the unburned carbon deposited on the blade as black soot. With complete combustion, the flame is be quite a bit less bright and will form carbon dioxide. Just be safe!

KEFFebruary 19, 2021

Nothing refreshing about his article at all. Like Trump says, Romney needs to lash out at the Democrats which he has never done, rather than at the leader of the GOP which he belongs. It is very evident that Romney cannot get over his disdain for Trump and he has to vote against him each chance he can to show it. I agree with Lawrence, Romney is in the wrong party and needs to man up and change. I would have more respect for him doing that than pretending to be a Republican.

JeannineFebruary 19, 2021

WOW! Thank you so much for sharing your perspective. What a great reminder! And I sincerely hope your husband has recovered. God Bless!

EdFebruary 19, 2021

PLEASE no lit liquid fuel in any open spillable container. THINK, THINK, THINK.

J. HamiltonFebruary 19, 2021

Excellent response. I ALWAYS enjoy reading Geoff's insights and suggestions. While the situations each time may not apply to me, I learn so much and have great "take aways" that are enlightening in my life and relationships. Thank you.

Helen CondonFebruary 19, 2021

After losing two of my five children to cancer, I was recently reading through my old blog when I found this:Found my old diary; opened to a random page and got this from April 4th, 2010:". . . the thought came to me that Heavenly Father doesn't always ask us to do what we think we can, sometimes He asks us to do what we know we can't. That's how He gets to touch and strengthen our lives."

carolynFebruary 19, 2021

Doris, Yes some cities have restrictions on the amount of fuel you can store. If this is the case you can store the allowed amount of several forms. Store charcoal, wood, propane, gasoline, candles (yes they can provide heat) and even rubbing alcohol for a paint can heater. Charcoal, wood and propane can be used for cooking in a fire pit or barbecue. Remember propane and charcoal should not be used inside your home and wood only in the fireplace with the flue open. Thanks for the reminder.Thanks for the reminder.

Lisa TompkinsFebruary 19, 2021

I've been taking Cardio Miracle now for almost over a year. I will be 54 very soon, and I honestly can say I feel like I'm 30. I am very active, work out 5 days a week, and I feel strong when I DO my workouts. It doesn't hurt. I sleep better, and I definitely don't have issues with memory. When I was around 50, I was a mess and it took a while to figure out what I was lacking. I love this product, and would recommend it to anyone struggling with "aging issues " Sometimes we need to remember we are NOT 20 anymore, and our bodies need to be handled a bit differently. And it's okay!! The longer I am on Cardio Miracle, the more I feel it's benefits.

Sydney WheadonFebruary 19, 2021

Our deacons do this job so happily and efficiently!

Annette WilkesFebruary 19, 2021

This is a lovely brain-based way of approaching a heart-breaking topic. I would like to propose that what needs changing most are hearts (including mine).Here are some thoughts to consider that move from thoughts to opening up the heart to greater levels of trust. They are from The Colossian Forum."He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17 (NIV and other versions of the KJV of the Bible)"Conflict is the discipleship gift you've been waiting for -- not the disruption you've been dreading."Some Christians (including me) are either terrified of conflict or hate it. We are often the ones who shut down and fail to stand for what we believe. Others are so outspoken that they alienate others. Each of us can go either way at different times. More commitment to Christ and his ways is needed. How do we gain that greater commitment, allowing what is going on around us politically to actually spur it? This is a question I have.Political division is only going to grow in America in the days before the Savior's return. We need the skills to become true Christians now more than ever. This website brought me great peace one Sunday when political rhetoric entered a church meeting I attended, leaving me sad and feeling discouraged (and a bit frightened, truthfully). This can happen to someone at any time in any church where there is a diversity of thought. Speaking for myself, I need to embrace the thought "Conflict is the discipleship gift you've been waiting for -- not the disruption you've been dreading." I trust that the Lord is going to keep it all together; I need to trust I can.

Arlene C WelkerFebruary 19, 2021

Beautifully written. Thank you. I would like to know for sure that your husband is ok? It always comes to the point of your article. Trust in the Lord. Elder Richard G Scott's talk called "Trust in the Lord"....Ensign November 1995 (October 1995 General Conference) is still my favorite talk ever. I highly recommended it. Elder Scott details why adversity and how the Lord takes us through it. I've never heard a better explanation than this talk.

Jan KuesterFebruary 18, 2021

This was a very informative article and tremendously appreciated. To prevent misinformation from being promulgated about solar power and the batteries being used/charged, I would humbly share the following couple of points I suspect that the friend who had a disastrous but blessed week must not have had a solar power system designed with an adequate charge controller/inverter and also perhaps had solar panels which were receiving minimal solar gain on a daily basis. As one who has had quite a bit of experience with living with solar power in very cold and snowy north central Washington state and who lived 100% off grid in a very modern 2200 sq ft home with an average family size of 5, I want to reassure all readers that a well designed solar power can be easily lived with and indeed, that the batteries can deliver power for household use while they are also being charged. For the past 18 months my dear husband and I have been (and will continue to be) full time RVers with a wonderful off grid solar system Because we are mobile, we must be careful to avoid parking under shade trees - a very different experience from living in a house! Bless you Carolyn for all you do and all you share. <3

calFebruary 18, 2021

Crucial Conversations is one of the most beneficial training that I have had at work. Equally valuable are the principles taught by the Arbinger Institute, especially the Anatomy of Peace and the Outward Mindset. I encourage all who are not familiar with the principles taught by these books to add them to Crucial Conversations.

Maurine Jensen ProctorFebruary 18, 2021

This article is not about whether one agrees or disagrees with either senator. It is that in this angry world, where people are canceled and denigrated, there is room for us to disagree. We have to stand by that freedom.

Haze KompelienFebruary 18, 2021

Thank you for the "reminder" in this article. I love the intellectual learning part of Gospel study. You know, the historical background, the meaning of words in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, etc., the chiasmus, the poetry. So much so that I sometimes get caught up in the STUDY of the Gospel and not the MEDITATING on the Word of God.

Angelle LordFebruary 18, 2021

Appreciate this, Joni! We are Louisianians and know all about hurricane prep but this Feb 2021 arctic weather is new. We need some skills!

Joni HiltonFebruary 18, 2021

I’d like to add that it’s always smart to make sure you are in a large, ventilated room with any flame. Although it’s a tiny amount, any flame can create carbon monoxide.

Joni HiltonFebruary 18, 2021

This heater will burn for over an hour. It is safe in a home, but like any flame uses oxygen so I wouldn’t use it in a small tent, for example. It does not create carbon monoxide at all. And it should be placed on flameproof surface, such as tile, stone, brick, or metal.

WayneFebruary 18, 2021

This heater should NEVER be used indoors! Carbon monoxide is an odorless killer and families are dying in Texas because they are using open flame heaters indoors. There is nothing worse that going to sleep and never waking up.

Lawrence RookhuyzenFebruary 18, 2021

"Utah's Refreshing Message After Lee and Romney Vote Separate Ways" Nice spin job--but it's not refreshing when the two senators belong to the President's party. Unfortuately Mitt got his feelings hurt and ego bruised by Trump years ago and never got over it. We all thought Mitt had thicker skin. There is just no justification for him voting to convict the President: no evidence in the first trial and unconstitutional in the second. If Mitt wants to be "refreshing" we encourage him to try running as a Democrat in the next election.

DorisFebruary 18, 2021

In our small town of 12,000, we are only allowed to store 10 gal. total of any fuel. Even if it's for lawnmowers, snow blowers, grill, etc. I think probably you can't store fuel in the amounts you said you used unless you were in a more rural area. Everyone needs to check their city codes. My neighbor had a propane tank blow up a few years ago and the blast was felt a block away!

SteveFebruary 18, 2021

As a sealer in the temple, I have always recognized that I am pronouncing and sealing upon the couple the blessings of the Abrahamic Covenant, the ultimate promise being exaltation itself. In fact, Elder Bateman taught that in the sealing ordinance, our exaltation is sealed upon us five times. More recently, I have come to appreciate and believe that the Patriarchal Blessings I am privileged to pronounce on members of my stake are also a declaration of the same promises and obligations of that great covenant. Every one of the saving priesthood ordinances we receive seem to be a restatement of God’s promise to bring us back into His presence and our part in seeing that promise is fulfilled for us and all our brothers and sisters.

Linda BrownFebruary 18, 2021

How long will this burn?

CASFebruary 18, 2021

Since this method of heating uses oxygen in the room, it's important to point out that this heater must have proper ventilation from the outside to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning as one tries to provide heat inside.

PaulineFebruary 18, 2021

I find it helpful to listen for what the other person needs based upon their feelings. If I’m uncertain I ask questions like, “You feel angry because you need...?” Sometimes I guess in order to get clarification, listen actively, find common ground, or to figure out what they want. Blame, shame, guilt, fear provoked, I back up. NVC

PeggyFebruary 18, 2021

Thank you Joni for sharing this. How long would one TP roll last as the wick? How often would you refill the alcohol? I'm trying to figure out how much to purchase. I noticed that you have a granite countertop. I don't. What other surfaces would you recommend putting the can on to prevent burning?

Kenny MazzantiFebruary 18, 2021

Rattlesnakes are a beautiful member of God's creations that most folks are not fond of, but they are part of the balance of nature. I don't put my hand in their face because I know what will happen. That does not imply that I dislike them or don't respect their place in the creation. While a law enforcement officer for 30 years, I was assaulted many times and several people tried to kill me. Threats were made to burn down my home with me and my family in it. I never once hated any of those people, but I did defend myself from their attacks. God inspired the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ could be spread throughout the world and God's children worldwide could all enjoy liberty and freedom from oppression. Today, there are the equivalent of Gadianton Robbers in our land actively trying to fulfil Satan's plan to dethrone God and enslave His children. I don't hate those people but I am going to defend my liberty to my last breath against their attack. There are members of public and members of this church who are on the wrong side of God's Plan of happiness. I would never judge them morally, but I will defend myself and my family from their actions. Do not confuse legal, lawful, and moral defense with personal animosity. They are separate issues. One can hate the sin without hating the sinner. That applies to strangers as well as family members.

Myrna LiddellFebruary 18, 2021

Remember the surface under the alcohol heater needs to be protected. Joni shows her heater being lit on a granite? Surface Formica might not be so forgiving?

Pat BluthFebruary 18, 2021

Thanks Maurine and Ron! Good reminders. Helps me to take a deep breath too.

Elmer GuevarraFebruary 18, 2021

Mr. Daris Howard, Sir: I am always looking forward to reading your article. You are my favorite writer here. I especially like the wit you are putting in every article that you made.

Doug YoungFebruary 18, 2021

Won't the flame produce carbon monoxide? Will it be safe to use indoors?

JeanFebruary 18, 2021

Thank you for the tip on the diy heater. How long would that last.

H NorthFebruary 18, 2021

"Blind conformity" doesn't justify being wrong. One senator voted correctly, and the other did not.

LexaGraemeFebruary 17, 2021

Well, my room just got dusty. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for making this story possible.

HalFebruary 17, 2021

Fantastic article, thank you!

A ChipmanFebruary 17, 2021

If shopping for a generator, it is my experience that an inverter generator is best for running and protecting electronic equipment. Resistance-type equipment fares best when using common generators, whereas electronic equipment may be damaged by common generators.

BradFebruary 17, 2021

The other option we should push for to change Big Tech, is the right to privacy of our own data. Tech companies should not be allowed to gather and sell all our data without explicitly opting in. They should also have the details spelled out on what they collect that is not an 80 page legal document.

GBFebruary 17, 2021

Thank you for your article tackling a very complex issue. One thought on just one item. Adoption. Statistics show that more women are keeping their babies, so there are fewer available for adoption. Unfortunately, adoption has become big business and the cost is astronomical for young couples who cannot conceive. One of the big reasons for higher costs is unscrupulous scammers on the internet preying on couples desperate for a child. Couples are forced to go through an adoption agency to avoid the scams. It needs to be less complicated and far less expensive to adopt a child a mother can not or does not want to raise.

LeAnnFebruary 17, 2021

That was full of excellent advice and gave me several ideas of things to check on with our ow preparations.

Lori Finlay HamiltonFebruary 17, 2021

thank you Carolyn for this timing, informative article!

RachaelFebruary 16, 2021

I like this article. I think that what we put on our walls and in our homes design is incredibly important and can have a powerful influence on our children and others.Interestingly enough, I had an interior design related business for about 25 years. I was in all types of homes and in some very expensive homes. One particular client lived in a very exclusive and expensive area; they have homes in various places around the country. I was involved in designing their entire home in a neighboring city. I did not find out until after the job was completed that the family was LDS. There was NOT ONE SINGLE THING in that home that indicated that they had any affiliation with any organized religion or that they had any faith whatever. It was profoundly illuminating. Their faith/allegiance to the Restored Gospel was extraordinarily difficult to discern. It gave me pause to ponder then and since.While we have not used the family heritage approach to our interior design as much as the author, but we have words and design elements in every room that proclaim our faith. I think we are blessed by that evert single day.

HappilyMarriedFebruary 16, 2021

Loved the article. I have found what you said to be true with my own experience. I enjoyed the use of fairytale characters to get the point across. Their use added a familiarity that made it fun to read. Keep writing. The world needs more of your ideas and comments.

Janet PreeceFebruary 16, 2021

I also reverend my ancestors so have some of their treasures diplayed: a great grandfather's oak sideboard, a hand made flower arrangement by his wife in a globe on the sideboard, another grandma's rocking chair with my needlepoint coverings, all near the Al Rounds picture of old SLC at the corner of So Temple and State St. I love my ancestor's corner in my home. Ron, I tended your kids many years ago in Emerson Ward.

HalFebruary 16, 2021

Jennifer - gay marriage is not the issue here. We do have a child who recently announced she was gay. We did not express shock, judgement or anger. We were "supportive" by reminding her that, while we all have our challenges, to achieve true happiness we are all required to keep Heavenly Father's commandments regardless of our weaknesses. One of those commandments is sexual purity. The plan of happiness is so named because it is, indeed, the plan that - if followed - will bring us the greatest joy both in this life and in the eternities. Sometimes that includes sacrificing our greatest desires. We told our daughter that we love her with all our hearts and that is why we expressed our sincere belief that keeping the law of chastity would bless her life more than giving in to physical drives that would likely prove to be destructive.

HalFebruary 16, 2021

This obviously cuts both ways. My precious wife lost interest in intimacy some years ago (we are not anywhere near 70). She was still responsive to my overtures until about a year ago when intimacy became increasingly painful for her. We tried a variety of remedies (lubricants, positions, etc.) to no avail. She is still willing to try other options even though her drive is non-existent. For all that, I feel very loved by my wife because of her deep consideration for my feelings. She loves me in many other ways that do not involve intimacy, so this is not a deal-breaker for either of us.

HalFebruary 16, 2021

Wow! Thank you for this article! I was a health science major over 40 years ago and it still amazes me some of the nonsense regarding diet and exercise that has been put forth by "experts" over the years. I've always held that, if you eat sensibly by listening to your body, keep the Word of Wisdom as written (and interpreted by prophets), and don't do anything stupid, you'll live a good life as long as the Lord sees fit to let you hang around.

Gary BealFebruary 16, 2021

I have read the Givens' previous books (though not this new one) and find their perspective insightful, relevant, and comforting. However, like Bro. Hancock, sometimes it feels like they stray too far in re-framing what the scriptures say about the nature of sin and man's proclivities to go contrary to God's commands. For instance, in previous books they seem to downplay the distinctions regarding being "saved" in the Telestial kingdom, or the Terrestrial kingdom, versus being "saved" in the Celestial kingdom. I haven't decided for myself if this is a trivial or fundamental concern about their theology, but I do credit them with helping me to understand better the traditional Western Christian paradigm of guilt and depravity that does (wrongly) influence some of the ways that otherwise faithful Latter-Day Saints misapply the Gospel of Christ.

HalFebruary 16, 2021

Thank you for this article. Despite the current trend to demonize our founding fathers - including Thomas Jefferson - I believe they were truly inspired in the founding of this nation and will share in the glory of exaltation.

Sandy ReddishFebruary 16, 2021

Thank you for clarifying the difference about contention versus other negative emotions that is very important to understand. I am afraid I sometimes have judged what is happening too harshly but will try to do better. I appreciate the suggestions so much as a mom of five there is a lot of drama and arguing in our home.

Dennis HorneFebruary 16, 2021

As I read the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Prince and study the teachings of the prophets, I find in them more than sufficient and glorious teachings about what the Restoration is and means. It is a return to the Church that Jesus and His apostles set up, and to the Abrahamic Covenant. I see in these teachings sufficient and complete vocabulary--scriptural vocabulary--for any and all true and edifying gospel purposes. When we speak from the scriptures, we get our doctrine right. My scriptures, the standard works, and the teachings of the prophets that I read, tell me that the core of the atonement of Jesus Christ is repentance from sin, whereby my guilt is washed away by the blood of Christ. As for love, in a recent Conference address President Oaks taught: “The kingdom of glory to which we are assigned in the Final Judgment is not determined by love but by the law that God has given us.” There is no such thing as universal exaltation, while any church can deliver salvation (immortality) in the Telestial or Terrestrial Kingdoms of glory. So also taught Pres. Oaks. A multitude of reasons convince me to get my doctrine from the prophets instead of these authors. I don't believe the Church needs a course correction (steadying of the ark) unless it comes from Jesus, who is the head of the Church, through Russell M. Nelson who is its current mortal president and director. He tells me to repent of my sins, not ignore guilt or heal "woundedness." I am so glad I have prophets to look to instead of academics whose views I can't square with the scriptures.

Marti ScottFebruary 16, 2021

The problem with the relief bills is all the other things they add to them like gender studies in Pakistan. This time it's funded abortions. I'm sure there's a lot of other things as well.

anonymouseFebruary 16, 2021

Thank you for this compelling, enlightening article. I will say though, I highly discourage people from tackling dragons. The tried and true approach to slaying dragons together is to go to the top of a tall tower that hasn't already been burned down by the dragon's fire, then have one person stand straight up (assuming they're the proper height, otherwise they might have to squat, or get a stool) and use their shoulder to support a large 6 foot black metal arrow, while the other person pulls back the bowstring that's been previously detached from their bow. They wait until the precise moment, and launch the arrow into the dragon's underbelly, and then pray desperately they survive the fall when the dragon's dying body knocks over the tower they were just standing on.

Britt FranklinFebruary 16, 2021

Fascinating! Unfortunately, the Gadianton robbers are alive and well in 2021, with a significant number of people--especially in America--giving them support and seeking to profit from their depredations on society.

Sonya WashburnFebruary 16, 2021

Excellent article. Thanks for bringing to light more truths. I love the quotes from Thomas Jefferson and Napoleon, and the latter-day Prophets. Thank you thank you!!

I've needed thisFebruary 16, 2021

@Boanergest Rubalcava--congratulations on "getting" it! But for many members, myself included, the Givens' book promises to be a fantastic guide for those of us who are subject to Augustinian tendencies, who are members but sucked in by the Protestant ideas and don't even realize it. Their book is meant to be liberating and consoling for those members who can't quite delineate between true and counter gospel. I look forward to reading the full text. It's an answer to prayers.

CubbyFebruary 16, 2021

I always enjoy reading Jeff's posts. His attention to small details is fascinating. Thanks, Jeff.

Gary A GarvinFebruary 16, 2021


KJBFebruary 16, 2021

Funny, I must have missed the article you guys published when Trump and the Republicans blew a two trillion dollar hole in the budget for the sake of tax cuts...

Harold RustFebruary 16, 2021

I agree with Boanerges Rubalcsvs that this article stretched out in repetitive intellectualism what to many members of the Church is a very simple summary of our relationship with God: He wants us to follow the Savior and become perfect. While it is within our agency to either keep working toward that goal or quitting at some point, He will patiently support us as long as it takes if we do keep trying. He won’t take away our responsibility to repent fully; but the atonement is that final step in perfection when we have proven a willingness to keep changing in all respects until completely aligned with our Savior.

Pat HarkerFebruary 15, 2021

Fascinating! Thank you.

Gaye WillisFebruary 15, 2021

Wonderful insights! Thank you!

Boanerges RubalcavaFebruary 15, 2021

I do not understand the worries either of the Givens or of the author of this article. The restored gospel is very simple and clear, we are here because of love not because of fear.I and I would say most of the converted people to the restored gospel understand it perfectly and we do not need to fill so many pages with "intellectual" repetitions of what Joseph Smith taught us since 200 years ago. The best part of this article is the last statement: "And better not give undue place to taste for intellectual innovation..." I strongly believe in : "This is my work and my glory to bring to pass immortality and Eternal life of man". Actually I strongly believe that They, Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus Christ want for us ALL Their children not "immortality" but ETERNAL LIFE.

dave hicksFebruary 15, 2021

For what it's worth, I don't have a problem with marriage. My problem is living together. Can you think of a more distasteful activity for two people to do than living together? Cheers

VivianFebruary 15, 2021

Thank you for the beautiful song. My husband had a stroke Jan. 25 and is slowly recovering. Your song expresses my feelings so well.

Marsha NewmanFebruary 14, 2021

I love these podcasts! They are so well researched and presented with great reverence and tenderness. Thank you so much for your analysis and insights. Marsha Newman

Corey D.February 14, 2021

I am a deeply patriotic individual who loves his country very much. I generally have not agreed with a lot of Mark Cuban's political comments but this is one where I do, the simplest way to put these athletic protests to rest, is stop playing the national anthem. We don't do the national anthem at plays or concerts or movies or any other large public gathering, why do athletic events seem to have the corner on the market so to speak ? The National Anthem should be sung at political events or military events, once in a while at church or some type of community event but lets stop at any other, especially sports events.

Nobody SpecialFebruary 14, 2021

3 Nephi 9: 19-2019 And ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood; yea, your sacrifices and your burnt offerings shall be done away, for I will accept none of your sacrifices and your burnt offerings. 20 And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not.

LoriFebruary 14, 2021

Also watch "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix. Former employees of big tech admit that these companies are influencing and manipulating people's thoughts.

MaryFebruary 14, 2021

These articles have been very interesting. I think many pro life advocates echo all that was said in this article. I would be interested in seeing your views of other actions we can take as a whole in society such as sex education, affordable health care, and the reduction of poverty- all which have been proven to reduce abortion numbers.Also, there is a lot of discussion specifically surrounding women, but if agency like you said does play a role I would be interested to know your thoughts about the role of fathers and what role they play and how they fit into this picture.

Ronald SandersFebruary 13, 2021

We just watched a great program on Netfilx called "The Social Dilemma". It was very similar to the information that you have published. Thank you for your very informative article!

joeFebruary 13, 2021

Many questions, the first being how many of those now happy in marriage are in their second or third go around and so is my wife. We enter marriage with such rose colored filters that failure is almost guaranteed. Yes if we change and don't do any of the common errors our marriage is more likely to succeed, but then we will not be being as most of us are.

DanilaFebruary 13, 2021

Excellent article. Thank you.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 12, 2021

Thank you for a very well thought out article! We live in a world where many perpetuate the idea that exercising your freedom of "choice" means doing what you want without any consequences. There is no such thing as using our God-given agency without the God-given consequences that eventually follow. I also do not consider supporting pro-life as taking a "position." It is a commandment from God. Truth is truth.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 12, 2021

I don't know which phrase is the biggest lie perpetuated to excuse murdering the unborn--"Family Planning," or "Women's Reproductive Health." What Bunk served up by proponents for abortion! Thank you for a great article.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 12, 2021

Thank you so much for the encouraging information! It is hard to understand why someone would make disparaging remarks about marriage, even in jest. Certainly these negative comments fall in the category of "light mindedness." I loved the comment you made that bad marriages can also go good! I heard someone give a very touching personal account of making a bad marriage into a wonderful one. The key was developing true love and applying Christlike characteristics in the marriage. I heartily agree with the truth that a happy marriage is a grand key to a happy life.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 12, 2021

What wonderful, compassionate advice from Brother Steurer! It helps so much to remember our limitations, and to remember that God is mindful of every person and their suffering. He truly will minister to those who, tragically, decide to end their lives, and healing does take place on the other side of the veil. In the meantime, we can give love and compassion to those in need, but God has not given us the power to take away their agency to make very sad choices. This situation reminds me of President Nelsons counsel to see the big picture. In the end, all will be healed, and we can hold fast to that hope in Christ.

ScottHFebruary 12, 2021

In the run-up to and during the American Revolution, people who failed to share the prevailing opinion in any given area (and this shifted throughout the war) were often compelled to silence, often by the overt or subvert threat of violence. Following the war, many who had supported the British were obligated to flee to Great Britain, a place that had never been their home. The cancel culture phenomenon Brother Hess describes is not new to our times. The natural man within us is prone to tribalism that, without proper control, can lead us to do very inhumane things under the guise of doing right.

P PetersonFebruary 12, 2021

Thanks for this insight to the three witnesses. I found the background and detail very touching.

craigFebruary 12, 2021

MGTOW all the way.

SharonFebruary 12, 2021

Amen The family is the most important “group “ we can belong to. This is where we learn to work through our problems, how to treat others, & love others and love ourselves. It all begins in the family Prayers to you

LoriFebruary 12, 2021

What a beautiful reminder about the power of righteous routines in our home. When kids are crying and dishes pile up in the sink it’s hard to recognize the fruits of our daily efforts. Thanks for reminding us that that these daily attempts add up and bless our home... even when we can’t always see it! :)

EmilyFebruary 12, 2021

Can you make this shareable on pinterest?

Harold RustFebruary 12, 2021

It is fun ...really read such an uplifting message from someone from the "Young Married" generation. I have learned again and again through life that when I go out of my way to do something special for others that only a portion of them will express some tangible thanks at the time----but every now and again it can make a big difference in their life, whether they happen to thank me or not. And those few cases of where it really helps them far outweigh any of the others that maybe didn't really make much of an impact. So, let's all keep giving out valentines.

Herm OlsenFebruary 12, 2021

Tender account beautifully told. Thanks so much for sharing recollections of this Great Man. Oh that we had more Lincolns . . . .

RitaFebruary 12, 2021

If you add Pete's 34 years of time between Christ's visit and complete Nephite unity and peace to the time of our founding (1776), that takes us to 1810. Not much happened historically that year in the US (we acquired Florida), but the young Joseph Smith, Jr. turned 5 that year. Having survived infancy, Joseph's survival to adulthood was much more probable. The nascent life of the Lord's Prophet was the biggest event in world history since Christ's birth.

Lisa ReisingFebruary 12, 2021

There is so much to be learned from this account - thank you for sharing it here today. Happy Birthday President Lincoln, a true respecter of all mankind! I admire his humility, his gentle powers of discernment and logical thought and expression.

Kristine BrownFebruary 12, 2021

Sweetest article!

Penelope Anne JohnsonFebruary 12, 2021

I was so moved by this account - it brought a ray of sunshine into my day. Thank you.

Sylvia Spicer WardFebruary 12, 2021

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this video! It is so motivating and inspirational for us as we travel through this earthly experience. So many beautiful life lessons taught here. Thanks for sharing.

ScottFebruary 12, 2021

Lincoln and Washington, our greatest presidents. I always love to hear and read the stories about the "little moments" that show the greatness of these men.

S. EllisFebruary 12, 2021

Great Article. Thank you. I also agree with G. Johnson’s comments about schools and our children. In the early 90s I had to put my foot down (so to speak) on school teachings for my daughter. I told the school to accept my daughter’s decision to leave the class when sex education was taught. I felt is was my responsibility to do so. I even refused to send her to school with a calculator. Thankfully my daughter supported my concerns, as young as she was then. Today she is grateful for our choices and is raising her children with the same awareness. We see shoppers in the grocery stores with calculators when rounding up to the nearest dollar and mental tallying would suffice. Without a cash register or calculator or exact payment at fruit stands or such places, the money collector is stressed in making change. I appreciate our learnings and standards of the past. Learn from the past and, with the Lord’s guidance, we can live in the present and face the future.

Charles McClellandFebruary 12, 2021

Thank you, Maureen for sharing this beautiful and touching story from the life of Sojourner Truth and Abraham Lincoln.

JaniceFebruary 11, 2021

How are we going to take control back? My question, exactly. All I am hearing is complaints about the way every thing is being destroyed that relates to our democratic rights. Who and when will there be a committee or government entity that will get together and push back on all the extreme programs that are being initiated? As a senior citizen I'd like to help, but don't know what to do. Any ideas?

James GreenFebruary 11, 2021

Excellent advice!

JoAnnFebruary 11, 2021

What a beautiful song! I can’t wait to hear more! So sorry about the cancers you and your husband are fighting. I’ll pray for peace and healing for both of you.

Jonathan WoodFebruary 11, 2021

Big Tech manipulates not only political thought but religious thought as well. President Nelson was prescient when he warned: "In coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost."Revelation for the Church, Revelation for Our Lives

Barbara WalkerFebruary 11, 2021

I don't think I have a fear of speaking my mind, I don't comment on what I consider left wing hate speech because I don't want to add fire to the discussion. It's Thumper's mothers advice "if you can't say something nice don't say anything at all". By disagreeing, it opens the door to further rhetoric that I disagree with and on and on it would go. No one changing their minds but building their wall higher each time. It's good to analyze the other view point though, just in case I'm wrong in mine.

Pete PetersonFebruary 11, 2021

244 years is an interesting comparison, but I'm not sure it applies in this case. It was 34 years from the sign of Christ's birth until the Nephite society turned completely from wickedness. I would think 210 years would be the better number.

DorisFebruary 11, 2021

Beautiful story. I wish I had known this to do on Valentines when my children were growing up. Thank you for your wonderful example of taking care of the other children.

SaraLynFebruary 11, 2021

Thank you for all you do, even while sick!!! Is there any way to get the source of some of these comments? I’ve always been curious about Jewish baptism. Thanks!

MEBFebruary 10, 2021

In my dealings with members, face to face, I compartmentalize that relationship apart from dissenting opinions I know they hold on a variety of issues, and instead love them as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.

JenniferFebruary 10, 2021

Michelle, what are your views on gay marriage? How would you feel if one of your sons or daughter came out to you? Would you be supportive? I hope so!

SherryFebruary 10, 2021

Thanks so much! We love the Spirit we feel in your lessons

Sherry ScoffieldFebruary 10, 2021

How very much this article was needed and appreciated....for such a time as this when there is so much evil around us. It surely lifted me up.

Cornelia MadsenFebruary 10, 2021

Thank you for your examples of ways to better use our time and energies. Also, as we are helping we will be guided in ways that are more helpful.

Cornelia MadsenFebruary 10, 2021

Thank you for continuing to encourage us with messages that are giving us more than hope; our faith is strengthened with history and current spiritual helps!

Suzan BruceFebruary 10, 2021

If the towns people waited, maybe the Marauders would have passed them by and they would be safe!

DFRDFebruary 10, 2021

In humble tears, touched to the core! We are so blessed to be a part of this beautiful Gospel of Jesus Christ. May our light ever shine, as this father’s and his household of children who not only knew they WERE loved, but followed their parents’ examples, by accepting and loving of themselves, their friends in need, welcoming them in love and in the charity of the Savior their goodly parents had taught them with. Beautiful beacons on a hill we should all strive to be!

HannahFebruary 10, 2021

What a beautiful and honest story about the change of heart that the Savior offers to us.

ShaunaFebruary 10, 2021

Wonderful--I love Doctrine and Covenants Central and am grateful to Meridian for pointing this out. What a blessing the Knight family was to Joseph and the Restoration. Surely, they were placed in Joseph's path by God to help sustain him. The food, paper etc were clearly invaluable but I can't help think that the friendship and loyalty to Joseph, for the duration, meant more to him than anything

Juliann BradshawFebruary 10, 2021

I wish there were thousands more just like you. What great people you and your wife are. Wonderful story.

Glen S. HopkinsonFebruary 10, 2021

As an artist who has often depicted scenes of Church History and the Restoration it seems that recent depictions by artists is to portray John the Baptist as ordaining Joseph and Oliver separately as seen in the Church History Museum and some publications. Joseph Smith states about the messenger from heaven (John); “and having laid his hands upon us, he ordained us , saying: ‘Upon you my fellow servants...’ “. That has always indicated to me that John the Baptist laid his hands upon Joseph and Oliver simultaneously. The more recent painting depicting laying on of hands individually is a nice painting but do you know if there has been a change from earlier art work depicting John laying his hands on their heads at the same time? And if so, why?

Suzanne Turnbull AlderFebruary 10, 2021

How amazing you are Becky!

ScottHFebruary 9, 2021

Thank you for this article. I have found that the more I care about individuals, the less my political differences with them matter. The differences still exist; it is even OK for us to advocate for different sides of issues and opposing candidates. A small dose of humility goes a long way too. The more experience I gain in political matters, the less certain I am that my views are as universally correct as I had previously imagined. I have much to learn from those with differing views. But I learn those things best when I interface with them in nonpolitical venues such as church classes and service projects.

MashaFebruary 9, 2021

I had so many thoughts while reading this article. The biggest, overarching one was, "This is me. Such different circumstances, but this is me."This article isn't an Answer, though many people who have read it seem to feel it is being presented as such. It's more like a friend saying, "This is where I am in my mental health journey, these are my thoughts and experiences, maybe they can help you?"Doctors are not omniscient beings, they can help, they can guide, but they are not the source of complete truth. Don't leave the decisions entirely up to your doctor without giving any thought to them yourself. The understanding and treatment of things pertaining to mental health is constantly changing.

Ronald BarnesFebruary 9, 2021

My sister was recovering from jaw surgery and her jaw was hurting severely. She prayed for relief. Three men appeared and gave her a blessing. The spokesman was our father, who had died many years before. The pain left her immediately.

G. JohnsonFebruary 9, 2021

I agree with A.BINGHAM's comment but would like to add that we must be equally vigilant regarding what is taught to our children in their schools. This lies basic to the radical/progressive agendas of the Left. Some would call it indoctrination of our youth when programs and subjects are openly taught in schools that should remain the province of only parents and guardians of our children. Legally, our "children" remain as such until their legal age of majority and under our care. Of note also, is that school boards are often the seed-bed of future politicians who utilize their board seats to launch careers in politics from which they continue to foment an agenda contrary to our God-given and Constitutional rights.

Tori BlackFebruary 9, 2021


Chris HowellFebruary 9, 2021

Thank you, Anne. I know that those that are with us are more than those that are with them, but it's a powerful witness to cite examples.....thank you, thank you.

Diane IrwinFebruary 9, 2021

Michelle - Excellent article! I especially liked the paragraph about giving differences too much power. Thank you for teaching me.

Diane IrwinFebruary 9, 2021

Anne, you continue to amaze me! I completely skipped over the story about Rhonda Hair the first time I read this!! It is so delightful that she had the ability to see what was going on, and God prevailed!

Carlie ArntsenFebruary 9, 2021

Thank you but I always wonder about the “errand of angels” and why scriptural angels are never women?

Miguel SanchezFebruary 9, 2021

Thank you for posting this video!!

Juliann BradshawFebruary 9, 2021

Currently studying the Book of Revelations and with so many challenging things ahead it is comforting to be reminded that those that are with us are greater than those that be against us. Many from the heavenly realms are and will be helping us. Thank you for this great insight.

LisaFebruary 8, 2021

What great counsel and advice!

Juliann BradshawFebruary 8, 2021

I will not be led as a sheep to the slaughter willingly. I am polite but refuse to be intimidated or silenced. I feel no need to force my opinion on anyone but if the opportunity presents itself I speak up. As long as we still have first amendment rights I will exercise them respectfully. Excellent article. Needful and timely.

A. BinghamFebruary 8, 2021

I mostly agree with the contents of this article. Problematic are those well-sourced pieces of information that are truthful and disturbing - not edifying but awaken us to the reality of our situation. Life is not always edifying, nor are events of the day that are troubling or meant to deceive. It is also our duty to face sometimes well-sourced and troubling truths and share information that impacts our lives even though it may not be edifying. I cite an example of the prevalence of child/sex trafficking in our communities and the awareness that all people should have of these practices in order to protect our children and communities.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 8, 2021

I have given up on trying to "discuss" important issues with people who are members of a different political party from mine. Unfortunately, it only engenders animosity. I was very Interested in the high percentage you gave indicating so many Republicans are afraid to vocalize their beliefs. That is very telling regarding the persecution encouraged by the extreme left media, and also the "shaming" by corrupt government officials.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 8, 2021

Thank you! Biden showed his true colors long before the election. None of us should be surprised at this sexual identify fiasco.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 8, 2021

When I was young, I used to think people over 70 lost interest in sex. Now that I am approaching 70 this year, I have a whole new attitude! Older couples can and DO enjoy sexual intimacy. I think the advice in this article is excellent, but there is another important avenue for you to explore: VIAGRA!!! Encourage your husband to get a complete physical and ask your Dr. about it. Don't give up. You do NOT have to sacrifice this important part of your relationship.

Bob SFebruary 8, 2021

Excellent essay! Well-put! Thank you

Claudia GassinFebruary 8, 2021

Two living angels held me and comforted me in the parking lot of the Provo temple at BYU graduation in 2011. I would love to learn their names and contact them.

C. T. H.February 8, 2021

I agree with your article. There are far too many of us who don't speak up out of fear and I believe that in society today many of us are not taught how to speak up or respect someone else's opinion.However, I found myself wishing that your article had focused more on what we should do instead of what the problem is. Many of us are witnessing the problem and wishing that there was some way that we could address this problem. The most common advice seems to be "learn to speak up" or "be brave". If you have spent your whole life not speaking up, that advice is like getting your very first smartphone and having no prior knowledge on how it works. While eventually you might figure it out, you might be doing everything the hard way.

WeezieFebruary 8, 2021

I was interested in this subject and was intrigued how it would read? Thank you for putting words to how I feel. I hate conflict and I’m scared to death to say what I believe for fear of being verbally attacked. Although, lately my husband and I are realizing if we want to hold onto our freedoms we no longer can fear man, only God. He is all that matters. And when things go against Him and His plan, that’s when we will come alive. We have to. Or all we have will be taken away.

PaulineFebruary 8, 2021

So good, so true. Thank you for speaking up, for speaking the truth!

CarolFebruary 8, 2021

I'll add my desire to all the others for the rest of the story about both the children and their new family!

Russ WilsonFebruary 8, 2021

Great Article! Thank You

Kathy CouchFebruary 7, 2021

Wow Becky, for as long as I’ve know you and John and the kids, I’ve never heard this story. We love y’all so much! Thanks for sharing.

Pam BlairFebruary 7, 2021

I would love to hear the story of how BOTH children fared after their adoption.

Susan RoylanceFebruary 7, 2021

Great article Tori -- to show what is happening with the new "sex" definitions. It will drastically alter our society, and make it difficult for our children to move through the many anti-family actions.

Chuck and Gail McClureFebruary 7, 2021

I would also love to hear the rest of this story! My wife and I wept with humility and awe as we read this amazing account! We laughed out loud when John held up 2 fingers! We wept uncontrollably when you shared Mother Teresa's story!

Gail GrovesFebruary 7, 2021

Just go into Meridian Magazine & click on Come Follow Me Heading at top of page & podcasts 1-5 are listed. Easy to find & enjoy!

Ken and Pattie SkousenFebruary 7, 2021

Thanks for all the time and energy you and your staff spend putting together this wonderful podcast. My husband and I always feel your spirit as you present the gospel material in a reverent manner. We feel your love and witness that you too have trials that have been overwhelming. Maureen’s bicycle accident and Scot’s COVID, the loss of family members. We all have trials that are for our learning. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us. May you have the healing of our Savior so you may carry on.

Nate GarrisonFebruary 7, 2021

Becky you are amazing!!!!

Sage GallagherFebruary 6, 2021

Such an example of selfless love. Thanks for sharing your change of heart. It went from so good to golden. I'm grateful to be involved with Rising Star. I hope volunteers will be allowed to go again.

CubbyFebruary 6, 2021

Oh, what a wonderful story. You are amazing. The picture of your Jolanta today is beautiful. I hope there is a continuation of this story. Her beautiful smile tells me there were many trying things you were able to overcome. I am sure glad the doctor had a bit of inspiration. You sure needed it.

DavidFebruary 6, 2021

I want to know what happened to both children. The story just got good then i was cut off knowing what happened.

LexaGraemeFebruary 6, 2021

What a beautiful gift to give a little girl. Bless you and your family.

LindaFebruary 6, 2021

Thank you for this article. This President is truly a divisive non compromising president and is out to destroy this country. We need to stay faithful and trust in the Lord or we will get sucked in to this liberal nonsense.

Jewel DoxeyFebruary 6, 2021

How can I hear podcast 1-5

JanieFebruary 6, 2021

This article was a gift to me today. I have been struggling with some things, but nothing like Sister Douglas. After reading this article I've learned to not give up, that Jesus' love for us is unconditional and that we should be unconditional in our love for others too.

Kathy SandersFebruary 6, 2021

This talk was something I've been thinking about a lot in the spirit and how to do that better...How thankful I am for Elder Bednar and his powerful teaching gifts and for living the things he then teaches. Thank you Meridian for your great work.

Bonita RottweilerFebruary 5, 2021

So thrilled to see this come to life. Can't wait to take my family and friends to witness the witnesses. Thank you so much!!! We will give you all the help you need to get this out.

Kristin MannFebruary 5, 2021

Wow! I really needed to read this today. Thank you for sharing this tender story.

Gaye WillisFebruary 5, 2021

Becky, I am so inspired by your life. You are my Mother Teresa, my example of Christ upon the Earth. Thank you for all you are and all you have done. Thank you for sharing your story. You have blessed my life.

Gaye WillisFebruary 5, 2021

I think I have listened to eight podcasts on these sections so far. and I learned things from you I didn't get any other place. Thank you for your willingness to share all that you know. I was praying for you, Scot, and didn't know Maureen was sick too or I would have been praying for her. I'm so grateful you're doing better and are out of the hospital. Bless you both for all that you do.

happy wife at 70February 5, 2021

My husband had surgery to remove a prostate because of cancer about 12 years ago. No more erections unfortunately but NOT the end of our sex life. Bless his heart he tried everything pump, injections, pills that gave him massive headaches. Nothing worked so we accepted our limitations and decided to work with what we had....our love and desire for each other. I don't want to be inappropriate here but I want to help...we both still reach satisfaction but it is done manually.

Karen DavisFebruary 5, 2021

Such a touching story, Becky! But I would love the rest of the story,. How are Jolanta and Thomas doing today?

KarenFebruary 5, 2021

Thank you very much for the ideas. I hope to do several of them this coming week.

Lana JohnsonFebruary 5, 2021

I LOVE everything Joni Hilton ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

MistyFebruary 5, 2021

Thank you for sharing this with us. My current experience isn’t even remotely close to the extreme circumstances you lived through, but I’ve had similar feelings of just not wanting to deal with it anymore. I’ve tried a few times to pep talk myself into just living and serving as the Savior would, but it clearly hasn’t lasted long. But perhaps if I were to change positions wi to them, not viewing myself as the Savior serving, but instead serving the Savior, I would hopefully indeed change my attitude regarding what I’ve been asked to do and willingly said I would do. Thank you for the change of perspective.

Doris WilliamsFebruary 5, 2021

Oh my goodness, if there ever was a story that could put our own challenges in perspective, it is this one. I have always thought that a change of heart is the greatest miracle we can experience, and Becky Douglas's response and action is light years beyond anything I ever imagined. So stirs us all to greater efforts in serving the Savior by serving His children. Thank you for sharing, Becky. Makes me think I would like to grab your heels as you go up to heaven!

Karell BinghamFebruary 5, 2021

It is inspiring to read about women women with such amazing grace and courage!

DawnFebruary 5, 2021

Beautiful story!

RitaFebruary 5, 2021

The Oracle didn't say "do nothing"; it said "do nothing for one month". The bridge could still be built, but after the peril (that the villagers had no clue about) had passed. We are also given counsel to wait sometimes, to work other times. The important thing is that we obey, not only the spirit, but the letter of the counsel. We work when the Lord commands, and wait at the same command. Taking things into our own hands, with our limited sight, generally results in pain and suffering, no matter how good our intentions.

Rich BeckFebruary 5, 2021

"Come on Man!" Did anyone really expect unity with this party in power?

Jon SpencerFebruary 5, 2021

What can one say to a story like this? How can one express in simple words how one has been touched by the love and strength and power of this woman and her dedication to what she knows is true. This is why years ago I decided our family needed to take a very small step and help Rising Star support just one child, then two. But I have cleaned up the bathroom at the infusion center where my father was being treated for end stage lung cancer, s as nd denied him a cigarette he craved do strongly on his last intake to Thad hospital. I remember the last hug I gave him that day and his settled response to me. I believe that if we try Er can conjure up the strength to love someone enough to see Christ in our arms. We can only do the best we can do and for Christ that is more than enough. Our own heroic moments are more than enough.

Wayne ThorntonFebruary 5, 2021

You, Sister, are a true example of the believers. Reading this accounting was akin to reading scriptures. I am grateful for examples like you that inspire the weak like me.Thank You!

Old GuyFebruary 5, 2021

Ouch! The word "perform" should be outlawed when talking about intimacy between husband and wife! It denotes to many that he is putting on a "performance," as opposed to jointly participating in an intimate activity in which both persons involved are actively expressing their love for each other. A husband who is expected to "perform" is usually a man who has been demoted down to the same social standing as a well-trained family dog who does tricks, or even the family cat who spends hours chasing a laser light for the family's amusement. Respectfully, the one worried about their husband's "performance" should perhaps be evaluating her own "performance" or lack of. Perhaps her "performance" needs to be updated in such a way that it will motivate him to rejoin the circus and once again "perform."

Juliann BradshawFebruary 5, 2021

You are a Mother Teresa too. Thank you for sharing every painful detail of a sacrifice few can imagine. I would like to say, “May God bless you for your service”, but I know He is exalting you. You are a savior on Mt Zion.

D. T.February 5, 2021

I appreciated your article on how Biden’s executive order will, in fact, affect us in America on the whole, and how it abolishes a safety net for people believing in traditional views on gender, as outlined in the scriptures. It doesn’t allow for anyone to have beliefs other than an extreme few, which is speedily taking control over all of America, as well as a global agenda. Our whole world is being turned upside down, with especially the inability to maintain freedom of speech and expressing ones views, without being called homophobic, or racist, or whatever the issues surrounding these topics. I am horrified that anyone could support leaders who want to also. support abortIng more babies, as well as having American citizens being forced to accept and pay for abortions in America, as well as other countries, etc. Without freedom of thought and speech, to be able to speak out freely without fear of ridicule & prosecution, we have set the foundation for a world such as Hitler. Communism will become the new rule of law. When this becomes global rule, there will be no place to flee to, we will only be thrown into jails or camps, set up for “trouble- makers” who don’t agree. If anyone only listens to the lies & distortions of the mainstream media, they will never see the horror of what lies ahead. Already there is condoned book burning, etc.

FrankFebruary 4, 2021

y my reading of D&C Sec. 8/9, in April 1829 Oliver Cowdrey was given the opportunity to translate a portion of the Book of Mormon. He failed, but my question is this: In order to translate, didn't he need to see the plates at this time? That would mean that he was allowed to see the plates before the incident that resulted in the "Testimony of Three Witnesses". Does my supposition that Oliver saw them previously make sense? Thank you.

Sandra CoxFebruary 4, 2021

I would like to comment on the supposed Capitol attack. Unfortunately you are believing the propaganda. There was no attack on the capitol. A few people were ushered in by police. Photo ops were staged. Unfortunately you can't believe the main stream media.

Earl ChantrrillFebruary 4, 2021

I believe that we have people among us inside and outside of our government who have no respect for our constitution or the Judeo-Christian foundations of it as described in the Federalist Papers and letters between the founders and their correspondents. This government was established by God for the purpose of establishing the Church and spreading the Gospel of Christ throughout the world. Satan is diametrically opposed to all of these things and has been working to establish his counter-religion during this same period of time. Communism and its analogous organizations such as Nazism, Fascism, etc. that have been conquering governments and spreading their false doctrines based on lies. One of the major parties in the United States is preaching and practicing those false doctrines and using practices of oppression both through official and unofficial organizations and through extra-governmental organizations and businesses to subvert the will of the majority of the people and to make it very difficult for individuals who oppose their tactics to make their voices heard. This is corrupt.

Ann CFebruary 4, 2021

Your article is fear mongering and your example of the poor girl athletes having to compete against boys is really lame. Is that really your greatest fear? I don’t think so.

Bob SFebruary 4, 2021


Maryann TaylorFebruary 4, 2021

I wholeheartedly agree that we must follow our Prophets and Apostles for our direction, especially in current conditions where the world has drifted so far away from truth. However, I have a problem with the title of your column. My politics have EVERYTHING to do with gospel teachings. You cannot separate them. We do not "check our religion at the door" of the voting booth. Because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I do NOT support laws that promote or support abortion. I do NOT support many of the inappropriate government "handouts" that cripple self-reliance, where the need is not genuine, thereby creating welfare families for generations. I do NOT support breaking current immigration laws, thereby putting American citizens at risk for drug and human trafficking, and disease. I do NOT support any attempts to destroy the constitution or the Bill of Rights. I do NOT support evil endeavors that apply the absurd term of "separation of church and state" in order to thwart religious freedom. I do NOT support today's current mindset that puts the "rights" of any minority or special interest group above the good of all. I do NOT support any law that promotes or supports in any way the belief that gender is a "choice." A reading of the Doctrine & Covenants and the Book of Mormon make it clear that we have a responsibility to preserve laws that are in harmony with God's laws--unless we want to be "swept off' the land. I don't know how the Lord can make it any more clear.

Chad & Judy HamiltonFebruary 4, 2021

Thank you for sharing another magnificent Podcast. We look forward to studying with you each week. So sorry you have both been hit by the Covid. We will add you to our prayer list. .

CarlosFebruary 4, 2021

In the Book of Mormon, the Savior said and they knew it not, referring to the Lamanities, who had the Holy Ghost,but knew it not. Or it became common place.

Kevin FFebruary 4, 2021

It seems we now have a new discrimination that is openly being practiced by corporations and governments. That is political party affiliation. If you are a Republican, your speech should be stifled, you should not be able to work where you want, you should be put on a black list and your opinion is automatically wrong and not worth listening me, that discrimination is just as bad as others.

Barbara JohnsonFebruary 4, 2021

This article was inspiring. It made me want to be more of an angel to those with whom I have been placed here on this earth, and to my ancestors, those who are not here on earth. I also gained a greater understanding of the big picture; the purpose of the temple in our own salvation, the salvation of others, and the work and glory of Heavenly Father.

PeterFebruary 4, 2021

The Neal A. Maxwell quote is wrong. Elder Maxwell is quoted in the conference talked by Elder Oaks that was earlier quoted, “Desire,” General Conference, April 2011. The quote “To achieve our eternal destiny..." is not Elder Maxwell, but President Oaks. The Maxwell quote terminates in the preceding paragraph.

Denise CottrellFebruary 4, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are for you all and especially Scot. It was our joy to get to know you as we traveled with you in Europe. This was a wonderful podcast. Until the next one, be safe and God Bless.

JOHN RICHARD HILLFebruary 4, 2021

To be frank, I have been greatly disappointed in the community response to Mr. Trump's efforts to overturn his election loss. Clearly, he had the right to challenge improper voting in the courts, but when that failed, he turned to efforts that undermined our democratic norms and values, including being impeached for inciting insurrection when he followers attacked the Capitol. During the post-election assault on our Constitution, my community (neighbors, FB friends, relatives, ward members, etc.) remained remarkably silent---not even publicly expressing outrage about the Jan. 6th assault on the Capitol. That might be explained by the fact that I live in Utah County, where (according to official data) two-thirds of the votes were cast in favor of Mr. Trump. So, I ask myself just who will speak up in defense of our Constitution? Apparently not the "silent majority" in my community!.

Rosie BFebruary 4, 2021

I love this parable. I'm also grateful that we are studying the Doctrine & Covenants this year. What was going on in the background all during the time that the original revelations were received? Mob violence as a result of evil and designing men with a hidden agenda based on greed. What will be the result of refusing to see our neighbors, including the ones that disagree with us, as children of our Heavenly Father? According to the Book of Mormon, endless wars even to the point of annihilation.

Di CowleyFebruary 4, 2021

I wish you would put a disclaimer at the top of the article that you are endorsing a product. The information is good and worthy of the read. However, the question as to whether you will received financial remuneration from readers going through your "affiliate" site is uncomfortable. Please let us know ahead of time you are encouraging a specific product.

Sasha KwapinskiFebruary 4, 2021

The concept of giving to others presumes that we do, in fact, have something to give. We hold up the Good Samaritan as an example of virtuous service or giving, but we tend to forget that he came from the perspective of having some substance and capacity to give.

CarolynFebruary 4, 2021

Van, again canned foods after good long beyond the expiration dates. companies that produce foods and medications are required to keep a stock of items they produce in case a recall should be necessary. these products are tested and can not be discarded until the pull date leaving cases of product in a warehouse. You can see why they prefer a short best buy date. So do the test, no dents, no rust, no bulging, no strange smell and they should be good.

CarolFebruary 4, 2021

All people need some to talk to that will listen, it's the best 'medicine' ever!

Rochelle HaleFebruary 4, 2021

In Mosiah we read, "I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give." I believe anyone who is sensitive to others will want to give even if their offerings are meager. Of course, we can grow into sharing greater time and means as our circumstances improve. On my church mission, we gave service to an elderly couple who lived in a corrugated shack with little creature comforts. While we read scriptures to the blind husband (no Braille at that time), the wife would go to the small store a block or so away and spend her hard-earned earnings on treats to express her gratitude to us.

MarcFebruary 4, 2021

If you have ever split wood or used a chainsaw, you will know that an afternoon of cutting, lifting, and stacking firewood can be exhausting. The Smith family would have been doing that (minus the chainsaw) for hours, day-in and day-out. Lifting 45 pounds is not impossible. How many moms pick up their young kids at that weight? Joseph Smith with his size and strength could have done that easily. Keeping the plates safe: The original CrossFit!

CarolynFebruary 4, 2021

Van, again canned foods after good long beyond the expiration dates. companies that produce foods and medications are required to keep a stock of items they produce in case a recall should be necessary. these products are tested and can not be discarded until the pull date leaving cases of product in a warehouse. You can see why they prefer a short best buy date. So do the test, no dents, no rust, no bulging, no strange smell and they should be good.

Karell BinghamFebruary 4, 2021

I never thought of revelation in this light, thank you!!

Byron JespersenFebruary 3, 2021

I love your podcast and all the insights you share. It's a wonderful addition to my personal study. I would like to offer a clarification to your explanation of the date of the revelation contained in D&C 10. According to Dr. J.B. Haws, Associate Dean of Religious Education at BYU, after much research in the Joseph Smith Papers, the Church has updated the heading to D&C 10 and corrected the date in the current edition, indicating that it was received in April 1829, although some portions may have been received as early as Summer 1828.

Rusty TaylorFebruary 3, 2021

Some of us have been studying the Hebrew covenants and the 7 festivals for years. They all tie into what we understand of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our temple ordinances and scriptures. The Lord has not forgotten His sacred calendar. And understanding what He gave the ancient Hebrews really enhances our modern covenants, especially the temple. Very nice article.

Michael VanhilleFebruary 3, 2021

Why did you pick this issue for "disuity"? What about the former President's inspiring insurrection? What about a current US Rep espousing the assassination of other government leaders? Don't those issues seem more critical right now???

Mary TarbetFebruary 3, 2021

Thank you for this very important information on this issue which most people do not understand the far reaching consequences

Katelon GilbertFebruary 3, 2021

Amen to what @Tedfullerton and @pakundo said! There has never been a more important time to stand fast in the liberty by which we have been made free!

RachFebruary 3, 2021

@TedFullerton, I think WHAT the oracle said in this story is of minor importance. It was a just a story element to help present a point. The point of the story is how people interpreted what the Oracle told them, and that they each claimed that their misinterpretation was what the Oracle wanted, when it actually wasn’t. There are problems with both political parties in our country.

Karen GreeneFebruary 3, 2021

Ted Fullerton, have you heard of Cleon and Joel Skousen. Look them up and their books. Cleon is deceased. Joel has podcasts and briefings. Some free , some pay for subscription. Talks about very things you are referring to. I think you will find these things informative. They are also members of the Church.

CarolynFebruary 3, 2021

Remember best buy dates are just for the convenience of the producer. Canned goods are safe for years beyond the date unless the cans are bulging, dented, rusted or the food smells stranger.

Robert D StarlingFebruary 3, 2021

I love this analogy. It reinforces God's word when he said in Isaiah 55, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." We are SO blessed in these "perilous times" to have a living prophet who can tell us what the Lord's "higher thoughts" are for our time. And whether he says we should wait with patience as Alma was told in Mosiah 24, or whether we should act as Helaman and the stripling warriors, our best guide is - - FTP - Follow The Prophet.

MSJonesFebruary 3, 2021

I just need to vent my disappointment and frustration. I was very excited on inauguration day, relishing in the feelings of peace and unity that filled the day. Now I feel betrayed by a president who says what he thinks the people want to hear and follows with systematically ignoring everyone except those who agree with him. So, so disappointed and sad for our country.

Mary E PettyFebruary 3, 2021

This was a very thought provoking article, including the comments. They led me to review the prophecies and Latter-day Saints’ responsibilities related to the US Constitution. I recommend the following readings to all interested in our prophetic role in civil society.1. Conference Report of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 94th Semi-Annual Conference October 1923, accessed 2/3/2021 on Oct. 6, 1923 Morning Session talk given by Presiding Bishop of The Church, Bishop Charles W Nibley, pp 58-62; 2. Conference Report of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 94th Semi-Annual Conference October 1923, accessed 2/3/2021 on Oct. 6, 1923 Morning Session talk given by Elder Stephen L Richards, pp 44-48;). 3. › ensignWeb resultsDid Joseph Smith say that the Constitution would hang by a ...4. Elder David A Bednar spoke June 17, 2020 at the Religious Freedom Annual Review, hosted by the Brigham Young University Law School.From 32:27Elder David A. Bednar begins speaking

Sally SmothFebruary 3, 2021

The prophet speaks to his saints ok n a regular and rightnow is is saying to trust in the Savior, hear him, which means we follow him in all we do. The Prophet and his apostles are our oracles. They are the only ones we can trust.

pakundoFebruary 3, 2021

The headline is misleading: politics and the gospel are intertwined, because they both concern how we live our lives. One cannot be separated from the other and be true to both.

Kelly H.February 3, 2021

Just to be clear, there is a distinct and powerfully backed difference between our opinion and a revelatory experience from God. This is for any mortal, of any station. I think of Nephi. I don’t think this article makes sense unless that distinction is made.

Robert E JonesFebruary 3, 2021

When the Prophet changed Sunday services from 3 hours to 2 hours how many understood that the change was from a "church centered concept" to a "home center concept and what it meant for the future.."How many thought that a pendemic was in the future and all church services would be stoped but our "home center" services would continue without a problem.What lies in the future? I don't know but I think I will relie on what our general authorties have to say of the future "as for me I will follow the prophets." Bob Jones

Denton L KimballFebruary 3, 2021

There is a real easy solution to this problem of males competing against females. Where it is recognized in a given competition, ALL females refuse to compete. If this is done everywhere, then the problem will be fixed. A male desiring to compete against females will look pretty silly if he is the only one on the track.

pakundoFebruary 3, 2021

How does this article align with the previous one titled, "Your Politics Are Not the Gospel"? Seems to be a disconnect there...

Shep KuesterFebruary 3, 2021

As the whirlwind roars around us, we are to remain at peace. The Natural Man within me wants to react to this legal action with anger. However, that won’t fix anything, just make it worse. So, what am I supposed to do?I don’t have a perfect answer. I’m going to put down my anger and listen to the First Presidency. I’m going to pray mightily for guidance. As for those caught in the middle of all this, the people, especially youth, who are going through gender confusion, I’m going to love them. I firmly believe that Heavenly Father makes no mistakes, but for these people, it’s very hard to remember that. Don’t turn them out. Don’t forget, we are all imperfect in so many ways.Actively supporting candidates who you agree with, and urging people to vote, can make a difference. People who refuse to get involved or vote have put us where we are today. We need to change that. At the same time, we must give the affected people our love.We live in the Last Days. This is, as promised in the scriptures, no picnic! We need to keep our eye on the objective, follow the prophet, and encourage as many as we can to join us. I want to be angry, but that is not the Spiritual Man I need to be.

Maria Luisa TorresFebruary 3, 2021

I was guided by the words of President Oaks last October Conference, right before the election.” We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law” (Articles of Faith 1:12). This does not mean that we agree with all that is done with the force of law. It means that we obey the current law and use peaceful means to change it. It also means that we peacefully accept the results of elections. We will not participate in the violence threatened by those disappointed with the outcome. In a democratic society we always have the opportunity and the duty to persist peacefully until the next election.” Those Church members who participated in the Washington insurrection and support those endeavors, DID Not heed the council of our oracles from God.

Gail GrovesFebruary 3, 2021

Thank you for this amazing podcast and particularly the part about the "fiery darts of Satan" that he uses to darken our mind and hearts. I really needed help on this today and found help in your podcast. I feel your pain as my husband and I also got hit with covid. Wishing you both a speedy recovery with prayers for you! Thank you for all you do to enlighten us with truth and your testimonies!

Joan Girvin SmithFebruary 3, 2021

In my opinion, the author was simply relaying a pre-existing story which made a point... "Listen to the Prophet" and don't rely upon your particular bias. Even Christ's parables were not intended to be extended beyond the apparent lesson.

M J BlackFebruary 3, 2021

I have sent 1 email and one IM to people I have special feelings for, but haven't connected with in a good while. Their response was so amazing. I really should just do this ALL year! Good idea!

Patty K.February 3, 2021

The parable is not about whether to take action or do nothing, but about listening to the Prophet and following his council as opposed to following the dictates of ones political party.

CASFebruary 3, 2021

I have a permanent marker handy and mark the month/year of the purchase date on the top of every canned good, bottle, or box of food before placing anything on my shelves after shopping. This helps me use and rotate older items first. Once in a while I find expired canned items in my storage. These are actually still good for years after the recommended expiration date, I have found. Use the smell/look test before using.

Michael HousemanFebruary 3, 2021

The warnings from our "oracles" have been blatantly plain. Ezra Taft Benson warned us of the evils of communism and we now have members of Congress espousing these diabolical principles openly. Listen to "Stand Up for Freedom" and it will be abundantly clear that the Constitution and the ideology of communism cannot stand together. Communism is Christianity stripped of God, while the Constitution is based on "Christian principles" and the two can't exist equally together. If we adopt what our prophets have warned us against then we will reap the whirlwind. It is folly to believe they can coexist. No communist country has ever allowed Christians to live in peace. We should listen to our "oracles" and we have been warned.

E SmithFebruary 3, 2021

Great idea. I copied your calendar suggestions. Thanks

Jane NFebruary 3, 2021

I am interested to know if a whole food, plant-based diet is sufficient to keep our glutathione levels high enough. I am a firm believer that Heavenly Father placed everything our bodies need to be healthy into the plants He provided for us. All of the manmade foods and substances are what are not healthy for us. I have been eating WFPB nutrition for over three years and have not even had a cold. I am 67 and am the healthiest I have ever been.

Juliann BradshawFebruary 3, 2021

Someone who sincerely listens too.

Ronald KjarFebruary 3, 2021

Ted, the article simply said to follow the living oracle or prophets. That's it. I didn't see that it said that there was a particular position that was either correct or incorrect. Just follow the prophet. What a great analogy!

DavidDFebruary 3, 2021

There's a lot of "Satan this" and "Satan that" in these posts. As Jennifer so eloquently and compassionately reminds us, LOTS of people are born with and cannot change their same gender attraction. Scientists have now identified specific genes that contribute to the condition. For Jennifer's son and others who are born with this, it has nothing at all to do with Satan. This is not the 1600s in Salem, Massachusetts. Show some love and tenderness.

Eugene BergmannFebruary 3, 2021

Bravo! I am thrilled to see a serious production on this subject. Thank you all for efforts.

Juliann BradshawFebruary 3, 2021

I believe the authors intent can be summarized with President Nelson’s story about his family member being “myopic”. Don’t read the parable with an agenda. Just read it with an open heart. My own current conflict is the “vaccination” being encouraged in order to be good citizens. But there was also agency allowed, and I know my body, my medical history and past reactions to vaccines. What I don’t know are the ways and mind of God concerning the future, an unpredictable government and the hearts of evil and conspiring men. God always knows. I do know that we have a prophet, seer, and revelator.

Rochelle HaleFebruary 3, 2021

My husband and I both brought food storage into our marriage, but we were "old school" - wheat, powdered milk, etc. Over the years we added freeze-dried items plus regular canned goods. The Coronavirus pandemic gave us another reason to assess our preparedness. As we were able, we stocked up on meat for the freezer, added additional and perhaps hard-to-get items such as extra yeast and flour, plus extra sanitation supplies and otc meds. My kitchen pantry is very small, but one of my quarantine projects was to organize it in a new way. I now know exactly where to find things such as cooking oil or condiments, how much I have on hand, and which to use first. We routinely rotate our "storage" into our daily meals, and leftovers are almost always planned for lunch or a freezer meal for the future.

Van B CutletFebruary 3, 2021

What do you recommend when can foods best used dates expire? Most canned goods only have a shelf life of 1-2 years.

Tammy LindstromFebruary 3, 2021

Loved this. I loved the messages we had during October conference. We just need to live what we were taught by our leaders.

Ted FullertonFebruary 3, 2021

I think thats a wonderful parable and has some valuable lesson or application we have seen played out in history before. I am confused by the title and how it specifically applies to our situation today. Did I miss a warning somewhere by our Prophet that says do nothing? The way I understand our Oracles, defending the Constitution is the very essence of the Gospel. The Book of Mormon practically shouting at us, trying to warn us of our awful situation when we see the Secret Combinations that would be among us in the last days. Modern Apostles and Prophets like Charles Nibley, David O McKay, and others: Conference Report Charles W. Nibley October 1923 "Brethren and sisters, let me say in closing that we have it of record, that the prophet Joseph Smith said the time would come when, through secret organizations taking the law into their own hands, not being governed by law or by due process of law, but becoming a law unto themselves, when, by those disintegrating activities, the Constitution of the United States would be so torn and rent asunder, and life and property and peace and security would be held of so little value, that the Constitution would, as it were, hang by a thread. But he never said, so far as I have heard, that that thread would be cut. I believe, with Elder Richards, that this Constitution will be preserved, but it will be preserved very largely in consequence of what the Lord has revealed and what this people, through listening to the Lord and being obedient, will help to bring about, to stabilize and give permanency and effect to the Constitution itself. THAT IS ALSO OUR MISSION. That also is what we are here for. I glory in it. I praise God with all my heart and soul that I am a member of it." (almost 100 years ago) I have not verified this account with the actual record of that session of General Conference, however, I have seen other quotes by David O McKay who also said defending the Constitution is almost as much a duty of the Saints as preaching the Gospel (just as Elder Nibley did). Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy both warned boldly, plainly, in great detail, of the dangers of secret organizations that they said were among us in their day and were a serious threat to our freedom. President Benson spoke as plainly as can possible be plain and was seen as an embarrassment by many of the Saints with his "Conspiracy Theories.". So, again I am confused by the title of this parable. Our Oracles that come to my mind have said it is the Gospel to be politically astute and aware of our awful situation and to take action. What am I missing? Do we have an Oracle who is saying to do nothing? If so I have missed that.

Little_NauvooFebruary 3, 2021

Unfortunately items on sale are often nearing their best before date. I always grab items from the back of the shelf to check use by dates.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 3, 2021

Finding good, wholesome books is a challenge sometimes! I wish we could have more book reviews on this website. I really enjoyed the recommendation of The Paper Daughters of Chinatown. Wonderful!

Maryann TaylorFebruary 3, 2021

The big push in society today is to "normalize" everything. Although people who are attracted to the same sex are a small percentage of our population, I am noticing them showing up increasingly in books, television and conversations. The more Satan can entice us to focus on abnormal behavior, the more accepting we become. I realize that there is a huge difference between someone with same sex attraction who is keeping the Lord's law of chastity, and someone who is acting on it. However, PLEASE let us not join the world in normalizing the behavior.

Harold RustFebruary 2, 2021

Such a powerful and yet simple recipe for lifting up others. I was reminded of a situation in our community just a year ago when the city opened up their yearly invite to nominate someone for a "Hero Award". My neighbor had lost his wife a few years earlier and had put in lots of volunteer time since then to help folks looking for employment. I wrote up the nomination and he was selected along with one other person. The day of the awards in city hall, I noticed in the audience a woman who volunteered for a variety of "dirty jobs" at the local elementary school where I had substituted one time. I had been so impressed by what she did that I mentioned to the staff at end of the day my impression that they should find some way to honor her. Wouldn't you know...the other person called up as a hero for the year was that woman! It made my day.

JenniferFebruary 2, 2021

When my son came out to me as gay I was so very sad, especially for the challenge it would pose to him throughout his life. One of the first things I did was to schedule an appointment with a therapist. He shared with me numbers from his personal therapy practice. He said that 25% of those experiencing same-sex attraction struggle because of childhood abuse which has skewed their feelings. Another 25% have viewed same-sex pornography. This is a group that he sometimes can help overcome their same-sex attraction. The other 50% truly are born with those feelings and nothing can change that. There are those who successfully marry but they are the exception, not the rule. There are many stories of those who attempt to marry someone of the opposite success and it leads to deep heartache. This therapist said that dealing with same-sex attraction is second only to schizophrenia in difficulty among his patients. The point I want to make is that those of us who don't have these feelings haven't the slightest idea of what it is like. Instead of judgement, perhaps we should extend kindness and compassion. "Mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort." My son is one of the kindest and most service-oriented people I know. He is bright and talented. He is also struggling to find his place in the church he grew up loving and served a mission teaching others about. There are those that say that these people should just live their lives alone. For many that is not a healthy option due to depression. I don't know what path my son will take but he will always have a loving place to come home to. I would remind us all of the words of the Savior, "He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone." Let's worry about keeping our own covenants and the commandment to "love our neighbor as ourselves."

Rich HoganFebruary 2, 2021

Thanks Norm for that very thoughtful review and discussion. You do a great job outlining the challenges, opportunities and some real keys to success that not only missionaries but all of us can have holding meetings and interacting with each other remotely. Your writing here is worth not only reading, but practicing over time . . . these can be happily used and critical skills going forward, worth the cost to develop.

DbcbFebruary 2, 2021

We’re signing up! Bravo and prayers!!

Lincoln B.February 2, 2021

Thank you Dan for all you do! I agree that in today’s Age of doubt the testimony provided by the three witnesses is both compelling and powerful. I look forward with anticipation to seeing the film when it comes out.

NicoleFebruary 2, 2021

Thank you so much for this article! It was an answer to a prayer. I've been teaching classes on Zoom for my church callings, and I know firsthand how people (including me) struggle with this new way of doing things. Thank you for your sharing your experience and insights, it sheds a whole new light on the topic of suffering through new technology.

SusanFebruary 2, 2021

I love this encouraging council. I would love to share it with my family and I will pray for inspiration to bring “what are your desires?” up in conversation. I think the vision Rawlston had was simply remarkable. Another example that the Lord can do anything.

David HallFebruary 2, 2021

I agree with Richard Eyre in his criticism of the article and of the lack of a display of faith in that article. However, I depart from the criticisms expressed in one respect, in that I feel that the article did much good, especially considering the audience for which he was writing in The Atlantic. I think it helped soften the feelings of many in that audience toward the Church, and for that I applaud Coppins. I feel that The Atlantic would not have published an article that bore fervent testimony of the gospel. For those inclined to criticize, remember that it was the apostasy, with its easy-to-swallow doctrine, that enabled Christianity to spread as far as it did and which paved the way for the acceptance of the restoration of the gospel.

Helen CondonFebruary 2, 2021

Clarity above all, as always. Let’s hope our central Oregon peeps will weigh in in the viewing. Glad you’re both championing this cause. As you say, the beginning is the jet to everything that follows.

Duane BoyceFebruary 2, 2021

Outstanding! Dan Peterson is a treasure.

Rachel OliphantFebruary 1, 2021

I think Brother Eyre missed the point of Coppins' piece. I've followed Coppins for several years so I may have a better idea of his "motives" and I find him a highly respectable and wise voice. I also understand the need to discuss the nuanced parallels between the "Mormon" and "American" ideal. Among my middle-aged LDS contemporaries, there is an awakening/realization that as much as we can desire and strive for the "ideal", it is becoming harder and harder to achieve.

Val HFebruary 1, 2021

I’m sorry to hear about this missionary passing. I have a son serving his mission so far away from me and I pray a lot for his health and protection. May Elder Dortilus family be comforted by the knowledge of eternal families. Deep thoughts of sympathy to you.

Concerned MemberFebruary 1, 2021

This is a nice sentiment that on the surface sounds nice to people...but it is not Christlike to love unconditionally. Our own prophet said in his address called "Divine Love" - "While divine love can be called perfect, infinite, enduring, and universal, it cannot correctly be characterized as unconditional. The word does not appear in the scriptures. On the other hand, many verses affirm that the higher levels of love the Father and the Son feel for each of us—and certain divine blessings stemming from that love—are conditional." God has NEVER instructed us to love unconditionally, he doesn't either...If God loved unconditionally why the need to send his only begotten son? Does he not love us enough to save us outright 'no matter what'? Why have the 3 kingdoms of glory....why have outer darkness. We are expected and commanded to love but never unconditionally. Then Elder Nelson also said : "Understanding that divine love and blessings are not truly "unconditional" can defend us against common fallacies such as these: "Since God’s love is unconditional, He will love me regardless..."; or "Since 'God is love,' He will love me unconditionally, regardless..." These arguments are used by anti-Christs to woo people with deception." D. Todd Christofferson said : "At another level, however, the question might be, “Can’t God do whatever He wants and save us just because He loves us, without the need for a Savior?” Phrased this way, quite a few people in today’s world would share that question. They believe in God and a postmortal existence but assume that because God loves us, it doesn’t matter so much what we do or don’t do; He just takes care of things." One orthodox Jew Dennis Prager says : "The source of my understanding of God, the Hebrew Bible, which originated the idea of a loving God, does not hold that whether we are the torturer or the torturer's victim, God loves us the same. Indeed, it implies that God's love is conditional (see, for example, Exodus 19:5, where God's love of His people is conditioned up on their keeping His covenant). I believe therefore that even with regard to God, we must try to grow into adulthood. God's love of us is immense and forgiving (if we repent) but not unconditional. In fact, I would have a difficult time loving a God who loved everyone equally. It would mean that God's love was unmoved by anything we do, and I cannot love that which cannot be moved." and finally he said these wise words : "Moreover, unconditional love stymies growth into mature adulthood. If we will be loved no matter how we act, why should we act in a way that earns love?"

Janet KuesterFebruary 1, 2021

What a beautiful and meaningful article. Thank you for it. I wear a special necklace to remind me that I am a daughter of our loving Heavenly Father and love He, our Savior and the holy Scriptures. <3 I do want to say, in the most genuine and loving way possible that Dr Emoto’s “research” is pseudoscience and has never been able to be duplicated. It is a lovely story and certainly fits in with our understanding of all things being created spiritually but that is all it is so I hope people will not take it as fact.

Linda PatalonFebruary 1, 2021

Thank you for your diligence. I am alone when I study and your insights have made me so much less lonely. I am grateful for you.

LarissaFebruary 1, 2021

To those who are saying being gay or transgender is “not normal”,or “not the way that Heavenly Father intended them to be”. Please consider the viewpoint that being gay is separate from having a physical relationship with someone of the same sex. There is more to being gay than romantic relationships to the same sex. For example, My feminine qualities as a straight woman influence more than my physical attraction to the opposite sex, my feminine qualities also include being organized, nurturing and compassionate. Please take some time to attempt to see things from a LGBTQ persons framework, they are as much a child of God and worthy of His love as you are. I would recommend the book, Without The Mask by Charlie Bird for a unique religious LDS perspective on being gay. Even if it doesn’t change your views it makes you better informed and thus more qualified to interpret the complexities of the challenges of being LGBTQ.

RobynFebruary 1, 2021

Waiting in store checkout lines is a good time to watch for people next to you that might need a little friendly conversation. Listen to the Spirit for a topic. It can be so simple but that person will feel noticed. It is a bit harder with masks & distancing, but it can still be done. I have seen peoples' whole personas brighten up dramatically. Hopefully, it carries through their day.

JaNaeFebruary 1, 2021

I'm so sorry for the loss of this missionary. I pray the Holy Ghost will comfort his family and loved ones.

Patricia CarrFebruary 1, 2021

Sending prayers for Scott's complete and speedy recovery! And how is your recovery coming after your horrific accident of last year?

DavidDFebruary 1, 2021

Is it "normal" for someone to be born blind or missing a limb? If the answer is no, do we shun and persecute them? We know that for many people who are gay, it's truly not a choice any more than being born blind is a choice. So, if a person is born blind or with same gender attraction, did God make a mistake?

Ruth JamiesonFebruary 1, 2021

We're so happy you stayed. Thank you for sharing this beautiful message of hope.

Jim AFebruary 1, 2021

3rd Attempt to post. Is there a problem?I have enjoyed Geoff's column in the past and the topics have sparked good conversations. This is a case where he should have been more careful in his reply. To jump to the conclusion that the boyfriend is cruel, harsh, and dehumanizing is just wrong. I would be curious how Geoff would have responded if it had been the boyfriend asking if he should marry someone who is not committed to raising children to walk the covenant path and honor the doctrines of the gospel. Or, my girlfriend wont allow us to hang "The Family a Proclamation" in our home. Being loving and kind does not mean being accepting of immorality, adultery, and indulgent sexual practices. This was two people having a discussion of basic feelings and doctrines. The boyfriend wasn't in anyone's face. Geoff omits the fact that as loving and kind the Savior was, he always called those he taught to repentance. The first principles of the gospel are faith-repentance. They go together. In this case, it is best to remember that "the study of doctrine does more to change behavior, then the study of behavior changes behavior".-BK Packer While there may be things to iron out between these two in their path towards marriage, it is a two way street, the boyfriend has some legitimate concerns as well. A lesson to all members of the church during these cancel culture, amoral, and a-religious times is to hold to the doctrines and follow the prophet to the temple and to gathering Israel by teaching that happiness comes through walking the covenant path. Future generations deserve our commitment to stand firm and immovable.

Winona and Stephen ElliottFebruary 1, 2021

We're so happy that Scot is out of the hospital and wish you both a speedy recovery. We thank you for the diligent and hard work you do to enhance our weekly scripture study. We much appreciate it.

Lana JohnsonFebruary 1, 2021

This is an answer to prayers! I have been longing to serve others and now you have given me a way!!! Thank you so much for your insights and suggestions, I Love, Love,Love this challenge!!❤❤❤

Jeff HillFebruary 1, 2021

What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful family! I am sure that in the Spirit World they are grateful someone is remembering them, and still learning from their example. I am emulating your example by having a weekly family story time on Zoom with my 34 grandchildren!

LauraFebruary 1, 2021

This is a beautiful way to deepen the holiday of love, and enliven what can feel like a dreary month that drags on a bit. Thank you for the thoughtful inspiration!

BillJanuary 31, 2021

Transgender and gay is not normal. Satan wants to destroy families. We can be civil to them but saying it is normal is dilusional.

Jack RossJanuary 31, 2021

I believe Eyre and those who have commented here have missed the point. Copping was not writing an article for a church magazine or Meridian. He was writing for a secular magazine. We can’t expect him to say the things he would say if he did write for a church magazine. The article wasn’t perfect, but for the venue he was using, he did a decent job. I’m sure it was a struggle for him. Any of us, including Richard Eyre, would struggle to do as well if given the opportunity.

Janet GundryJanuary 31, 2021

It always saddens me to hear of a missionary passing on while serving his or her mission. Prayers and love in behalf of the family of Elder Dortlus.

Mike GriffithJanuary 31, 2021

Homosexual conduct is not normal. The apostle Paul called it "unnatural." It is also physically unhealthy conduct. However, the boyfriend's statement that if any of his kids told him they were gay he would cut them out of his life is going to an unhealthy extreme. "Love the sinner, hate the sin" is a wise saying.We should also consider the fact that liberals have been using gay rights to launch a frontal assault on religious freedom. Gay rights groups and their allies have filed numerous lawsuits to try to force private religious schools to abandon their moral codes. They have also tried to get private religious schools stripped of their eligibility to receive federal education dollars in the form of Pell Grants and federal student loans. In addition, they have filed lawsuits to try to force churches to hire gays as clergy and to force them to perform gay weddings against their will.

Bonnie HoltJanuary 31, 2021

You expressed my feelings exactly. The author missed a wonderful opportunity by being afraid (in my estimation) to stand tall for Jesus Christ and His prophets and correctly state their motivation! I fear he is straddling the world view versus the church with his employment as a journalist needing to please his employer. He should have declined the assignment. Sad.

Julie Carling DeGrawJanuary 31, 2021

I love reading these comments from fellow descendants! My dad told us the story of the oxen and the temple dont our whole lives. It is a special and sacred story. I am a descendant of John Carling through his son Isaac V, and through his son John Henry. What a wonderful example he was for us all.

CorinaJanuary 31, 2021

Desde Chile estamos orando por ustedes. Nuestra familia sigue regularmente sus enseñanzas inspiradas. Muchisimas gracias.

VictoriaJanuary 30, 2021

Great ideas I will share with our ward’s teachers. I would like to add that as missionaries listen carefully as each investigator shares his or her concern, they include them by name and concern in their prayer, thus, creating a spiritual connection.

Victoria GroskreutzJanuary 30, 2021

Praying for Scot’s recovery. You are a much-needed, special family

Rochelle HaleJanuary 30, 2021

This was very encouraging. As a temple worker on pause, I have been spending many covid-restriction hours working on family history. We have some relatives with special concerns, so I will gladly welcome (and have prayed for) any help that the Lord might send from the other side.

New EnglanderJanuary 30, 2021

McKay doesn't like Trump and hasn't since Trump first ran for president. He apparently had a rather ill-fated trip to Mar-a-Lago during the 2016 election that I don't think he'll ever forgive Trump for. His political bias was apparent (and irrelevant) in the article--way too much politics, and way too much of a focus on approval. Why? Because that's what gets the clicks, I guess. These things are secondary to what really matters. Jesus Christ was very much missing from most of the article, as was President Nelson. But that's what The Atlantic and its readers would have wanted. BTW, I knew McKay when he was young and am friends with his parents.

Linda Lambert MelvilleJanuary 30, 2021

My mother spoke often of her first cousin, Bessie Louise Johnson Bailey, who along with two young sons, Glen Elwin Bailey and George Haren Bailey, died in October and November 1918 of the 1918 Spanish Flu. They were living in Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, United States at that time. The mother, Bessie, was 32 and her sons were 3 and 7 years old. It was so tragic for their families.

JulieJanuary 30, 2021

People who think they're gay aren't the way Heavenly Father intends His children to be. But I believe they can be treated the same way as straight single for life people. We can encourage them to be the best aunt or uncle there is, put their all into their calling and their job. It doesn't have to mean that they can't do good things still. And live the law of chastity. There are people in my stake who consider themselves gay and just keep living the Gospel because that's what's most important to them.

Tamara A. EvansJanuary 29, 2021

Thank you so much for another great podcast. It was nice to hear from Mariah. I do hope that Scot is recovering. My prayers will certainly be with him, and with all your family.

Geoff-AusJanuary 29, 2021

I would be wanting to know his attitude to his wife achieving her potential as a human being equal to him. If he is enthusiastic about discriminating against lgbti children, that is often part of a package of beliefs, that will manifest in other areas.

Ed GayhartJanuary 29, 2021

I don’t get it. Being gay or transgendered is not normal. No amount of political correctness or cancelling changes that eternal truth. I ask - how do you teach children being gay is normal without teaching them the behavior is acceptable? You must teach children to love every one and still instill in them eternal morals, principles and perspectives.

Ruth TautuaaJanuary 29, 2021

I agree. I read the article and thought he was still trying to fit in with friends or co-workers. It took him a while to even introduce the correct name of the church, let alone use it properly. He kept saying 'Mormon' throughout the article, when he should have known the prophet has emphasized that we need to use the proper church name. If WE don't use it, how can we expect others to use it? It was generally positive, but in my view, lacking conviction. Instead of inspiring me, it left me disappointed.

AndrewJanuary 29, 2021

My heart goes out to all those that loved him and I am so sorry for his families loss.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 29, 2021

I agree heartily with your comment about the dangers of our society "catering to every person's feelings and desires." Many have built their very feelings into an idol. Some have their "feelings hurt" when they are taught truths that force them to reevaluate their lives and their choices. Others have their "feelings hurt" when not everyone agrees with them. The real problem often arises when inappropriate demands are made to appease their "feelings", or even to "pay for" what was done to their ancestors long ago! Our feelings are not weapons to use for selfish purposes. It is interesting that the Lord told us he would reveal truth to our hearts AND our minds. Emotions are tricky and can be deceiving. The Lord has given us safety net by instructing us to use the knowledge he has given us in our MINDS, along with the feelings of our hearts to keep a spiritual balance in our lives. One of the reasons we are taught to read the words of our living Prophets, and also the scriptures daily, is to keep us from making decisions that are based ONLY on our feelings or emotions.

Joline WalgamottJanuary 29, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful article. It is one that I will print out and save for future reference and strive to adopt the attributes outlined myself!

Penelope Anne JohnsonJanuary 29, 2021

It is my understanding that any attempts to be accepted into our communities and to gain credibility is so that we can more effectively serve those communities, particularly with our unique ability to respond in emergency situations.

LeeJanuary 29, 2021

I read the article in the "Atlantic" and was quite interested in reading an article about the church, knowing that Mr. Coppin was both a member of the church as well as a journalist for the well respected magazine, the "Atlantic". I was disappointed in the direction the article took, with our so-called drive to "fit in". If anything, we have never been encouraged to "fit in", but to do things that will have an impact for good. It's never been about "fitting in". Perhaps it's his goal though. Disappointing article.

LexaGraemeJanuary 29, 2021

Awwwww. Good for her. Good for him.

LexaGraemeJanuary 29, 2021

Thank you for posting Dr. Peterson's comments and remarks. I learn something each time I read them, even if it's a new perspective on a story I've heard before.

BrendaJanuary 29, 2021

We are so sorry to hear that Scot has been hospitalized for Covid-19. We will pray mightily for a speedy recovery. We are grateful for your Come Follow Me Podcasts. Thank you for the constant inspiration you give us.

LoRie ThomsenJanuary 29, 2021

Thank you Maurine & Mariah for getting this podcast to us in spite of the love and concern you have for your Scot. I hope his recovery is quick and complete. Thank you for your time and effort to help all of us

DCJanuary 29, 2021

I thought I was the only one who didn't like the article! After reading all the comments, I am glad to have company!

Robyn GeantilJanuary 29, 2021

Many years ago we had a relative managing an apartment complex for us in Arizona. We always had the tape from the ten key (ancient adding machine) attached to the list of rents in the bank deposit. I discovered one rent which was listed but not added into the total (you could put it with a # next to it). That rent had not been added in for several months. When we confronted the relative she promptly moved out. The next day the tenants of that apartment were arrested for running drugs through the apartment.

Laurie PollardJanuary 29, 2021

Excellent response!!!

CharlieBrown2292January 29, 2021

For a variety of reasons I married someone out of the faith, but who was committed to invetigating the gospel with me and for raising our children as Latter-Day Saints. But when one my sons engaged into a pre-marital relationship with his girlfriend,at 18 she was adamant that his behavior was acceptable and that I should go along with it, including allowing her to stay overnight with him, which I refused. This happened 24 years after we were married, and it came as a surprise to me that all she had learned about the gospel and its blessings did not necessarily change her views about premarital beware, because as much as people may be nice and good-willing, change over time is never guaranteed!

Bob PowelsonJanuary 29, 2021

The young lady who is worried about the attitude of her boyfriend on LGBT people related that the boyfriend did not think such people were "normal". She then added that his idea on raising their potential children in a hardline way to believe the same.I have a similar view to the boyfriend. Such people are not normal, that is a simple fact. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are all about moral and good and evil. That does not mean we persecute them but it does not mean that we accept conduct as normal.As evidence of that is the divine creation of God's people. Put very simply; "male and female, created he them". The boyfriend's desire to teach and "insulate" your future children from that conduct is a good thing.

Boyfriend sounds afraidJanuary 29, 2021

Great advice. The boyfriend also sounds scared. Some men seem to have a deep-seated fear about gays and try desperately to find ways to make sure nothing like this happens in their families, believing it's caused somehow. If you "fight" enough, it stays away. How does he treat his girlfriend's sister? That would be telling.

vickieJanuary 29, 2021

sometimes in doing our missionary duties i think we work at trying to attract people to the church by trying to appear every day and regular. we are not every day nor regular. We believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and in that realm it makes us different. i believe we need to attract people to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.....and if their soul is ready and aided by the Holy Spirit ...they will go that way....and then they will be different.

KenJanuary 29, 2021

This one I have some disagreements with. I too believe Trans or Gay is not normal. Neither of these can reproduce and continuation of the species is normal. If he's young, life experiences can change him. The same goes for her. Why does she believe he is deficient and that she is not? If he has rough edges (as we all do), he will have experiences to polish those edges. Agreed, how he reacts to others matters, but opinions can be held while treating others kindly.

Lincoln!January 28, 2021

This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thank you!

CarolJanuary 28, 2021

I was disappointed in the article by Coppins. I thought it had "attitude," and not in a positive way. I thought Coppins was trying to pander to journalist colleagues and an elitist audience.

Kathy WilsonJanuary 28, 2021

Coppins’ article left me uncomfortable and your response articulated the reasons why. Thank you!

RalphJanuary 28, 2021

Don't feel bad Penny O. Meridian never publish my comments. Maybe one has to pay money to them to have their comments published. Oh well, That is their loss.

Sasha KwapinskiJanuary 28, 2021

If the main purpose or intent of our faith is to accommodate ourselves to the socio-cultural trends of the day, then I would suggest that there are several "mainline" denominations which have already been following that route. Interestingly, these are the same denominations which have been declining, not only in percentages, but in actual numbers ranging up into the millions, since the mid-1960's.Could this be an example of the salt losing its savor, or the trumpet giving an uncertain sound?

Gail J FoutzJanuary 28, 2021

Herm Olsen, Scot is in the hospital with Covid. I'm impressed that this Podcast has happened at all. I hope you received more "light" from it than your comment would suggest.

VickiJanuary 28, 2021

Thanks for another great article. I always look forward to reading what you have written.

Allen AJanuary 28, 2021

Like others who have commented, I was struck by the lack of introspection that lead Coppins to assume that the Church of Jesus Christ is somehow an "American" church. The Church is lead by Jesus, through His prophets. It really has no nationality. Most Catholics don't regard their faith as an Italian church, so why would the author of the Atlantic article say that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints must be "American" and strive to be accepted under American social and political norms?

TeresaJanuary 28, 2021

To be honest, I didn't know what to think about it, but the further I read the more I didn't feel good about it. Like mentioned above, whether Coppin really believes these things or was just writing for his audience, he missed the mark for me. Thanks Elder Eyre for pointing these things out.

ScottHJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you for your extensive and thoughtful review of the Coppins article. While I share many of your concerns, I believe it is important to consider where it was published (who paid for it) and its target audience. The typical reader of The Atlantic would likely fail to identify with many of the implied suggestions for improvement. While The Atlantic gave Brother Coppins a free hand, I suspect managers would have required many changes had the article been written as many faithful Latter-day Saints would like. And while the article focuses on "lesser" matters, more than a handful of faithful saints have at least found these issues worth contemplating. Perhaps those who are most displeased with the article are setting the bar too high for an arguably Left leaning national publication. Frankly, we should probably be grateful the article was much better than a great deal of stuff written about the Church.

Juli BoydJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you. This was perfect for today.

Barbara MattatallJanuary 28, 2021

I did NOT care for his first article. I found it offensive. I thought it would be something good in promoting the image of the Church but as I read, I felt so many negative vibes I had to stop reading it.

Cyndi H.January 28, 2021

Thank you for this response to his article. That was my feeling as I read his article, that he was trying to figure out how the Church fit into the world and that our goal was to assimilate and be accepted. I felt exactly as you, as that has never been the goal of our Church. Our goal is to follow Christ and do what He would have us do. Now, do we want to be good neighbors? Yes. Do we recognize and offer humanitarian aid around the world to help our brother and sisters? Yes. Do we support loving others the way that Christ loves us? Yes. And the best way we can love others is to help them come to Christ and feel His love by being an example and helping them find their path to His restored Church.

Jan NielsenJanuary 28, 2021

After reading Mr. Copplin's article I also came a way with the same feelings your expressed in your article.

Elaine LaytonJanuary 28, 2021

Very good information.

R C CopelandJanuary 28, 2021

Nailed it, Richard! Nailed it! All except the gurp about Mutt Romney....

Gary LawrenceJanuary 28, 2021

Very good insights, Rick. Thank you.

Penny OJanuary 28, 2021

I wonder why my comment was not published. Narcissism is much different than Pride. Once you have been targeted by a Narrsisst, then you know the difference. It is not just about promoting themselves. It is about controlling others. They talk about you to everyone, to destroy your character. I learned about this from 'Surviving Narcissism'. Look it up. It saved me after being targeted by a Narrsisst. One of the hardest trials of my life.

David MJanuary 28, 2021

"It is always dangerous, and by definition judgmental, to make assumptions about motives—." Are you talking about Coppins, or your commentary? But thank you for raising an interesting point for discussion. While your assessment of what drives the Church is ideally correct, we can't deny that most of us individually long to be accepted by friends, neighbors and society, and that drives some behaviors (such as Pres. Hinckley's Mike Wallace interviews, or us happily inviting neighbors to the ward halloween party, but avoiding inviting them to sacrament meeting or to meet with the missionaries). There's nothing wrong with that. It's ok if what motivates our public behaviors is less aggressive than what drives our private worship (you know, milk before meat). I think what Coppins described is what many non-LDS Americans would perceive (if they care). I'm not offended by that because I believe that my closest non-LDS friends over the years would judge my behaviors to be driven by my desire to follow the Savior. I think that's what matters most to me and to them. 'All politics are local.'

BrianJanuary 28, 2021

Rather than presenting us with a thoughtful, reflective, and honest commentary of McKay’s piece, the author has given us knee-jerk reactions that were obviously taken from a critical reading of the article. It seems plans were laid out to argue against each point rather than reading and reflecting. For me, credibility was lost in the first point against the author when referencing our prophet’s message on gratitude, which were given to us months after the interview occurred on “a gray spring morning”. This article misses the undercurrent of the original that a once rejected population of “peculiar people” now emulates what America has lost and so desperately needs.

MickiJanuary 28, 2021

We all have adversity in life and I really appreciate the perspective change this has caused me to think about - thank you so much for this uplifting article.

ShannonJanuary 28, 2021

I so needed this exact message today. Thank you for this reminder and the things you shared. I ALWAYS love and appreciate your articles.

Herm OlsenJanuary 28, 2021

Why do you perpetuate false impressions by using that painting of Joseph and Oliver in translation? That doesn’t depict the reality, and you shouldn’t imply false information.

Dick HerrinJanuary 28, 2021

Sadly true. Coppins had the opportunity to say important things and share insights about the church and the gospel, but he missed it. His perspective that the Church seeks to be a part of the mainstream can only become more perilous as that mainstream moves further away from the values and principles that are heart of the gospel that members work hard to live each day. That gap will widen and we simply can’t go there with him or anyone else.

MaryJanuary 28, 2021

When did Jesus focus on the perfect family? If He were to come and walk on earth today as he did 2000 years ago, I see him comforting the outliers. Those who feel alienated in the church because they don't fit that perfect family mold. I see him comforting the homosexuals and the transgenders and the single and divorced because the church makes them feel less than due to their fixation on the idea of the perfect family. You resent the author's accusations of the church's motives and then you accuse the author of less than honorable motives, instead of just disagreeing with his conclusions.

Duane BoyceJanuary 28, 2021

This perfectly captures at least part of my reaction to the article. Very well said and very much appreciated.

MaureenJanuary 28, 2021

Well stated, Bro. Eyre, and I might add an observance of mine after 73 years of membership in both the LDS Church and American society:. I've watched with gleeful surprise as entertainment swung noticeably in the direction of family values following, not preceding, LDS public statements and positions. Likewise, the trend toward use of "gosh" rather than its previous common sacrilegious exclamation. Who is following whom when spirits and conscience kick in? We must never lose sight of our real goals and stick firmly by the Savior's standards.

steven gaisfordJanuary 28, 2021

I appreciate your take on Brother Coppin's article. I was raised in the church and taught to strive to be like the Savior, not to strive to fit in. We are taught to be in the world but not of the world.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you. I needed a laugh. Plus your great stories motivate me to search out my own scoundrels.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 28, 2021

I have to conclude that it is Coppins who is auditioning—for full acceptance into his secular brand of modern journalismI felt the same way. I did not find the article edifying or uplifting and perhaps that was because it felt self serving. He had the audience and the opportunity. It could have been so much more.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 28, 2021

Beautiful article . Hindsight is a wonderful teacher of how God has used every trial to stretch me and use me to bless others and therefore myself. And his timing is impeccable. But what happens when you get tired of constantly being challenged? When you’re just plain tired? When you just want to curl up in a ball and say “No more.”

Candy HuntJanuary 28, 2021

Well said. I was not impressed with the article, having read it before all the commentaries came out. In addition to your accurate perspective, I thought it was meandering and that it trivialized sacred things.

SarahJanuary 28, 2021

Thanks for sharing...I agree completely.

PennieJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you. That was my gut reaction as well. I was somewhat appalled that he made himself a voice for the Church. He is really out in left field

Linda HardyJanuary 28, 2021

This reminds me of an experience from twenty years ago. My daughter was taking an American History class in college, where the students had to write a weekly short essay. one week my daughter wrote about the reasons the Latter-day Saints left Nauvoo and crossed the plains. Her teacher said that she was wrong about the reasons. Religious persecution was not a valid reason. Apparently, all history has been about economic reasons. I guess we all have blind spots and tunnel vision about something.

KCJanuary 28, 2021

As a member of a stake Communications Committee, formerly public affairs, we are such a small part of the function of the church. However, the Church was tasked early on by the Lord to reach out to those in positions of influence as well as befriend those of all stations.Fulfilling our duty as a church to take care of the needy, spread the gospel, safeguard our families and freedoms, etc requires a massive effort to partner with individuals and organizations, governments and businesses. This happens on individual, family auxiliary/quorum, ward, stake, regional, and church wide levels. Every one of us makes inroads and impressions.We’re not going to make many friends by trying to “look hip” as they used to say, or even just “fit in”. We must “reflect righteousness and articulateness” and be “seen as distinct and different [from]the world. “Our goodness and reflection of Christ draws people and comes from the same Spirit, but how each of us acts and who we reach is unique.Collectively that may have looked Rockwellian in contrast to the world, but we shouldn’t allow stereotypes, or labels—even “Mormon”. We are a peculiar people because we are His.

AnnetteJanuary 28, 2021


Patricia (Floyd ESM) SchellJanuary 28, 2021

Good job Elder Eyre. I hope his article wasn't "editorialized" by someone making it fit the magazine. I'm hoping we can stop being concerned by how we look and BE who we are.

LoraJanuary 28, 2021

Thank you! The many good points of that article melted away as I considered the underlying misinformation. I don't know if Coppin truly believes these things or was just 'writing for his audience', but his work was terribly misleading. I'm glad you have taken the time to point these issues out. Our modern media will require greater and more careful discernment for processing it as we move forward in this dispensation.

KathleenJanuary 28, 2021

The continuous question - Why do bad things happen to good people? Answer - because they do. Amazing things come out of adversity. Thanks for the reminder.

Craig BounousJanuary 27, 2021

Thank you for writing this article. I have had many of the same struggles and, in a round-about way, came to the same conclusions you did about them. It was meaningful to me to see that I was not alone in those conclusions. I used many parts of your article as inspiration for a talk I gave in sacrament meeting last Sunday on Finding Joy in Christ. Thanks again

JaNae NaumannJanuary 27, 2021

Thank you Brother Goddard. I always enjoy reading your articles.

LisaJanuary 27, 2021

Reading this article was like receiving some life-giving water after the thoughts and feelings that arose in my mind from the Atlantic article. I felt it was a shallow perspective, even though good and honest intent was evident. I couldn't put my finger on what was lacking. It was - as pointed out by Hancock - the larger perspective of a prophet of God, and that it is Him we want to please and serve. It is the WHY. The words of President Nelson were there to contemplate - thank you for pointing that out! I purposely waited to see what some of the comments to this article would be, and am so heartened by the thoughtful ways members of the church (represented by these few) consider the words of others and express their thoughts compassionately. Thank you to all who responded! It is validating to know my thinking is in line with people of faith.

Gary BikmanJanuary 27, 2021

Thanks. Love this, as I do all your essays. I'm trying to share memories in similar ways.

CarolineJanuary 27, 2021

Wonderful article. We as a people do shy away from vocalizing scriptures such as “washed in the blood of the Lamb” and yet, it’s very clear in the Sacrament prayers, and in the Temple , that remembering Him includes remembering the blood that He shed on the cross. The official image for everything the Church publishes is the image of the Living Christ with His holy wounds very much in evidence.

Tammy MartinJanuary 27, 2021

We are loving Audiobiography books for this ❤️ we get to hear the stories anytime we want to and are able to share them so family and friends can get a first account telling from the voice of our loved ones

DanielaJanuary 26, 2021

Thanks for this excellent article and for being able to eloquently give voice to my thoughts on the article by McKay Coppins.When I first read it I felt like it started well but then the author took a definite detour. The point is that when we try to rationalize the church and our faith the result often sounds grotesque, the spirit leaves and the outcome is almost a caricature of the initial portrait. Thanks for putting things into the right perspective.

Charlie ChanJanuary 26, 2021

I am a member from Singapore. I don't understand why the restored Church must always be viewed from an American lens? In God's divine scheme of things, I am not sure if He has intended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be an American church.

Irene BlackJanuary 26, 2021

Maureen you were inspired to write this insightful article. There are so much treasure in the Book of Mormon. many lessons for us today. Thank you! Love Meridian. Magazine.

Joel MarksJanuary 26, 2021

The Second coming will surely come but only AFTER the confligrations previous. 2Nephi 25-29 and Daniel 7-12 plus much else must take place first.

CAJanuary 26, 2021

The 1776 Project was created to tell the authentic story of the history of our country as opposed to the fabricated and distorted version of the 1619 project promoted by The New York Times and the Left. We need to be able to speak out now about any misinformation about our great country which would be put in the history books for our children in school. I strongly supported the 1776 Project and still do! It was wiped out by a recent "presidential" regulation. Our nation is now seriously at risk!

Jenine SnarrJanuary 26, 2021

This is probably my favorite of all of your articles! Thank you for your valuable insights. We all need to remember to choose moral leaders because when we don't God will no longer protect us.

ChrisJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you. While I was generally pleased with the fairly uncritical reporting in Brother Coppin's article, I appreciate your thoughtful analysis ! I, too was struck with how little there was of President Nelson and how much there was of the author and others - especially since it was "billed" as an interview with the Prophet. I, myself, am, guilty (from time-to-time) of being pleased when we are "liked" by contemporary society, but I don't believe that desire is the driving force in my view of myself, or the Doctrines of the Gospel. The journalist seemed to imply that mindset throughout his article. The Mormon he described, wasn't the Mormon I know. Most of us are too busy trying to be like Jesus, to be bothered by what the world thinks of us.

Cynthia NielsenJanuary 26, 2021

We are so sorry to hear about Scot! He is in our prayers!

Melanie SteinJanuary 26, 2021

Very thoughtful commentary. Thank you for taking the time to think and write deeply, not superficially, about the article in The Atlantic. The Atlantic article was a "feel good" article, but as Bro. Hancock helped me see, we should consider our religion more deeply--how it fits in God's grand design, not how it fits in the design of social progressivism. I could go on, but Bro. Hancock says it far better than I.

Lynn BennionJanuary 26, 2021

This was a great insight into the Atlantic article. I so appreciate the way I was pointed toward Pres. Nelson's view that The Lord's Church has a purpose - and being popular, accepted in a modern, messed-up America or the World, for that matter, isn't it.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 26, 2021

Having read Coppins article I believe Mr. Hancock has done a masterful job of reviewing honestly and truthfully what was written. Thank you, I would encourage you, Mr. Hancock , to use as open and analytical an eye to really evaluate what happened on January 6th. It has not been honestly and truthfully portrayed.

Marsha NewmanJanuary 26, 2021

I believe our church leaders are refraining from political issues because they do not want to give our enemies ANY reason to close down our temples or meeting places. We have no idea the thin line the church is walking in order to “fly under the radar.” God gave us all the information we need years ago when our President Benson warned us that the enemies of democracy were already infiltrating our government. He was scorned by many members of the church. Hang on tight - bumpy roads ahead! Don’t lose faith in our leaders.

Mike SheehanJanuary 26, 2021

I wholeheartedly agree with the proposition that Coppins' article is was undertaken from a politically progressive mindset. There seemed to be more focus on the needs of "natural man" vs. a person's spiritual and eternal needs.

Linda HardyJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you! I read the article at the time and came away confused by what I saw as “snark”. It almost felt like the writer was slyly mocking the church. Sometimes we need to control our sense of humor. (I share that problem.). At the same time, really explaining our thoughts clearly can be HARD! I appreciate your helping me better understand why the article bothered me, and why I should be less critical of the author.

Shelley StevensJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you so much for this wonderful podcast! I really needed to hear all that you shared. So many times I have felt like President Dalton's missionaries! I am trying hard to recognize and understand when I receive personal revelation. I received a lot of clarity in your podcast and even had a couple of "Bing" moments! Thank you! Prayers for a speedy recovery for Scot!

TammyJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you for publishing this article. I came away from reading Coppins article very unsatisfied and feeling that our entire faith had been reduced to nothing but a quest for popularity. I do not feel that he represented my feelings and beliefs in his article and wished for a more genuine review of the “Marvelous Work and Wonder” that this gospel is.

Alexander LarkinJanuary 26, 2021

Thank you, Lincoln! Your beautiful talk and testimony lifted me this morning and I am sure your words will help many others who have, and many continue to struggle.Alex

AnnaJanuary 26, 2021

Thanks for such an excellent article, for which I have been hoping since Coppins' article appeared. Framing the majesty of divine work in human and sociological terms may be good journalism, but leaves one spiritually thirsty.

BenJanuary 26, 2021

This is absolutely fascinating. I’m sorry I’m just reading this now.

FrankJanuary 25, 2021

As long as two good, active members of the Church can feel that they are inspired to vote for two different parties and political philosophies, where is the unity? We get little advise on the matter from our leaders, due in part to the tax setup that is designed to reduce religious leaders from speaking out on politics, not to mention that in a world-wide church advice that is good in one country may be illegal in another. Nontheless, I miss Pres. MacKay's, Smith's and Benson's outspoken clear speaking.

Maryellen JenningsJanuary 25, 2021

I will use my free agency to refuse the vaccine. Since the fatality rate of the virus is just 0.26%., while the adverse effects are 2.79%. In 1948 the United States signed the Nuremberg Code where we are given informed consent. This means they cannot force something that is still an experimental vaccine.

Lani LarkinJanuary 25, 2021

PRIDE - destroys societies! 'PRIDE GOES BEFORE THE FALL'. But most of all (to me) destroys the individual. I try to wrap my head around Narcissism and the damage to the individual and to society. Seems they are closely related like the article educates about pride vs narcissism but certainly much more intrusive to relationships - therefore society? Seems as I watch leaders among us we have a lot of Narcissists in control.

Ronald BarnesJanuary 25, 2021

Their numbers are few, compared to the whole, but many Jews have accepted Jesus as their Messiah. Some of them have joined the church. Still, it appears to me, that most of them will not accept him until he returns.

ShaunaJanuary 25, 2021

thank you--wonderful comforting words, with a great perspective from my great, great grandfather:) We must put our lives in order and realize that God is ultimately in charge

SueJanuary 25, 2021

If you were the adversary, and you wanted to stop the rescue on earth and in heaven, what would you do? Isn't it interesting how the pandemic scare has led to Temple closures, masking, social distancing and fear? If there is any place on earth where faith and deliverance are manifest, it is in the Temples of God. Are we lacking in sufficient faith to defy the arm of flesh (the government) and flock to the Temples to engage in the work of salvation and deliverance for our ancestors? Are we lacking in sufficient faith to trust that God has the power to cleanse His House from any pathogen and make it a safe place for His children to come and participate in His work? Thanks for a very thought provoking article.

Wayne R.January 24, 2021

In additional to food storage, we have been counseled repeatedly to get out of debt and stay that way. If you lose your job, how long before you lose your car? We are near an economic peak and the bubble could burst at any time in the next year or two.

carolynJanuary 24, 2021

Thank goodness there is a better plan now. Those would sustain life but not very happily. We have much better methods of preserving food now to last much longer and our knowledge of nutrition is also much improved. Much more fun to have a supply with variety. On the TotallyReady facebook page we began the year with a program to post a food to store each week and the first week was dessert! A not so appealing meal is made so much better when you know dessert is coming!

John ChaseJanuary 24, 2021

The fate of the nation has already been sealed and the Lord knows the outcome. What we are called to do and should do is assist or be the angels in gathering the wheat from the tares.I do not like the decline of the moral fabric of our nation, which I fought for. However, I realize that the treasure laid up in Heaven is the work we do for the Lord. While Mormon and his son, Moroni, saw the decline of the Nephite nation they looked for souls to save from a field nearly overrun with tares.

Mike GriffithJanuary 24, 2021

You can put a parental control program on his phone that will keep record of any website he accesses on his phone. Some such programs will also block inappropriate content, based on the settings you choose.The worst mistake I've seen some parents make is to refrain from using anti-porn software for fear of "offending" their kids and for fear of "making them feel like we don't trust them." Trust has nothing to do with it. You are protecting them from a deadly poison.

Frankie LimJanuary 24, 2021

I really love this article. It has increased and strengthened my faith and will treasure it for life. Thank you so much.

LyndaJanuary 23, 2021

There is an amazing group of parents and professionals that are a blessing and a resource (personal experience with one of my boys brought me to them theuna referral from our Bishop to an LDS therapist). Check out Sons Of Helamon. They support parents and youth.

StefanieJanuary 23, 2021

To Janine Snarr- as the 2nd coming draws nigh, you will see a sifting take place. Those members that want to “ leave the church” will find any excuse. It’s depressing the wheat & the tares.

Debra WoodsJanuary 23, 2021

Loved this article and LOVED the book, by the author, that it came from. I highly recommend it!

Ken ButlerJanuary 22, 2021

The pendulum of thought swings right then left. Rarely does it stop in the middle. But we should work to see that it does. It helps to ask about policies or proposals this question. Is this ok, or is it discrimination in reverse?

TamJanuary 22, 2021

I disagree with Pam. The video is not demeaning and accusatory. It simply states facts about what the Illinois school curriculum is and what it seeks to achieve. What is demeaning is the assumption that everyone who is white is racist. It is demeaning to be judged by someone to be racist because of my skin color. The fact that this type of indoctrination is acceptable in the most racially fair country on earth is demeaning. I do not accept the idea that I have held racist attitudes. I have always tried to live the gospel of Jesus Christ wherein I treat people with respect and kindness no matter what their skin color. If I have fallen short it is not intentionally. I will continue to do my best to live as Jesus Christ taught. The school curriculum described in this video does not allow people to do this.

Joyce TerryJanuary 22, 2021

We were advised in the 60's to put away wheat, honey, powdered milk, salt, rice, corn. We had a ton of wheat put away. We were to have a two year supply so we would share with others.

Diane IrwinJanuary 22, 2021


PamJanuary 22, 2021

Thank you! I agree with Alece. Fearing for his life and on such an important errand from the Lord, he would definitely have the strength to do such a feat.

Jenine SnarrJanuary 22, 2021

I was hoping for an article that could really help with the political contention happening within LDS wards that is causing people to stop attending meetings. I would also like you address the issue some people have about the Prophet advising us to wear masks. Some people are leaving the church over it. In my eye, that's a medical issue which our prophet is very competent to advise on. He's just wanting us to stay healthy.

GordonJanuary 22, 2021

Emily,I loved the article. I understand so much about you and appreciate you even more. Continue the work.

Ronald BarnesJanuary 22, 2021

Another interesting fact: During Passover, the Jews set aside a cup of wine for Elijah. They expect him to arrive during Passover in preparation for the coming of the Messiah. It was on the 2nd day of Passover in 1836 that Elijah appeared to Joseph and Oliver in the Kirtland Temple.

Elaine LitsterJanuary 22, 2021

What a marvelous researched article. For seven years I taught at a private school associated with Church of the Living Word. (a relatively new Christian Church) They celebrated Biblical festivals and I vividly recall the day long activities wherein the children were divided into tribes for the Feast of the Tabernacles and spent their day in their family tent. I look forward to sharing this article with them!

AngieJanuary 22, 2021

Thank you for putting this down in writing, powerful ideologies that need to be made aware. Also enjoyed the comment by ‘Shauna’- spoken like someone with first hand experience.

Gary LawrenceJanuary 21, 2021

Were Alma and Amulek evil for pointing out the pride of the followers of Nehor?

N. AndertonJanuary 21, 2021

I consider myself a fairly educated person, having a politacal science degree from BYU with a 3.9 GPA, an avid reader and a life-long desire to always expanding my learning - and yet I could not understand most of what was said in this article! I am 76 years old, and perhaps I have just not kept up with the changing language of the times? It would help if you could remember the broad background of your audience so the average Latter-day Saint member could relate these important concepts in a manner that we could help! I do believe we need to all we can to teach our children at home as much as possible - it was newrly impossible when my children were growing up and often illegal unless you had a teaching certificate - but it seems quite common now in some of the wards I have lived in where parents band together so they can contribute their different areas of expertise and the students can have the socialization that was often lacking in the earlier home-schooling period. If you have followed some of the more radical political goals of the newly-elected administration, they propose it being illegal to have private schools or for any chile to not attend their public schools, and their curriculum will include de-programming. It will be more important than ever to know what the children are being taught in school and to counteract by whatever means feasible outside of a possibly forced school setting. And pray a lot for the Lord's assistance!

Joanne S KappJanuary 21, 2021

Loved this article. Especially related to the Primary/RS - RS/Primary experience. As I look back on my life, I realize more and more the richness added to my life through the association with my fellow ward members. A treasure to me.

ShaunaJanuary 21, 2021

Thanks for the heads up. I grew up in Illinois and am currently living in Utah, where some of these same issues are surfacing in my school District and I'm alarmed to say the least. I studied these theories as a Ph. D candidate in the late 90'--they are ideas and philosophies--theories, full of academic speak. But to see that they are now becoming public policy has been surreal to me. Make no mistake about it-- this is a zero sum game narrative, complete with "villains, " and "heroes," There is no attempt for reconciliation or harmony. Influenced by Marxist theory, there is the Bourgeoisie or the ruling class and the Proletartiat or the working class--the aim is simply inverting those 2 groups. Feminist, racial and gay studies and theory also each have a 'winner' and a loser: women over men, black or color over white, homosexual over heterosexual and eventually the complete dismantling of gender, positing that all of these categories are "socially" constructed. It is a lie that these are attempts to promote "equality" or "equity" in our society--the narrative is based on a power struggle framework and seeks to take power from one group and give it to another. We desperately need alternate ways of thinking to this dogma. As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I am seeking ideas that promote "unity amid diversity." --not diversity over unity

John SowaJanuary 21, 2021

I appreciated how you cited President Nelson saying that one could grow into the principle of revelation (Jan 2021 Liahona). As I understand it, this comes from the following Joseph Smith quote. “A person may profit by noticing the first intimation of the spirit of revelation; for instance, when you feel pure intelligence flowing into you, it may give you sudden strokes of ideas, so that by noticing it, you may find it fulfilled the same day or soon; (i.e.) those things that were presented unto your minds by the Spirit of God, will come to pass; and thus by learning the Spirit of God and understanding it, you may grow into the principle of revelation, until you become perfect in Christ Jesus.”

Elaine LaytonJanuary 21, 2021

I am old and I do not remember the prophet who said this, however I remember it very clearly. He said: The day will come when it will be necessary to teach your children at home. This is not an actual quote but how I remember it. I don't believe this was meaning the time of COVID 19. I did at one time teach one of my children from home for a few years. I ordered what I felt like were good books and taught from them. It was a positive experience for both me and the child.

JeanneJanuary 21, 2021

Great article with this summary it is easy to share this hope with other people in this day and time people are actually coming to hear words of hope

Michael RobertsJanuary 21, 2021

A lovely article, but I would add that it is important to keep a sense of balance and proportionality. For example, seeing all of politics strictly through the Book of Mormon can lead to some odd and inappropriate applications of Captain Moroni.

Karell BinghamJanuary 21, 2021

Most importantly: Ordinances. That which offers a ratification of the blessing promised!

A. BinghamJanuary 21, 2021

I enjoyed reading this article. Interestingly, just after reading this, I flipped over to Quillette, a writer's blog site I follow, and this article was just posted. The writer provides an indepth literary analysis of the growing Birthstrike Movement that is sweeping across Europe and among the 20 somethings' here in the US. It is real and is/will transform our society, economically, socially, and politically, at all levels.

SteveJanuary 21, 2021

As an independent with moderate leanings to the right, I am a bit concerned by the force of your arguments. Surely you recognize that bias and racism exist in our society; and that we need to strive towards the constitutional ideal of "all men are created equal."Obviously we are not there yet in "racism, sexism, homophobia, unearned privilege, Eurocentrism.” While I do not advocate dire mechanisms to get there, I firmly believe that, as God's children, we desire to improve in these areas. We should be involved in offering alternatives that lead us in the right direction without being radical.I don't know how to make progress on systemic racism without some work toward addressing: "The new Illinois standards also mandate that teachers embrace ideas like 'systemic racism'.”Please offer ideas on what we can do effectively without becoming radical on either side. Thanks.

Colleen FreebornJanuary 21, 2021

Absolutely loved your article. The Blessings are real. I just wish all Wards did as much as others.

Candace NielsenJanuary 21, 2021

As always, Lynne, wonderful ideas, beautifully expressed.

Jane doeJanuary 21, 2021

Please write an article about how singles have learned to deal with life without "the church ".... it doesn't mean singles don't have a testimony or they don't live their Savior or they don't keep covenants but the reality is there are No callings ( especially for elderly single women) ministering is done over the phone,getting priesthood blessings is done over the phone, studying come follow me is done alone( maybe over the phone if someone let's you in on zoom) singles don't feel a need for church other than getting the sacrament .... could you get a different perspective on how one does or doesn't need the church?

Harold StuartJanuary 21, 2021

This article is a somber reminder to not believe everything you read, especially when it comes from anti-mormon literature. There is too much at stake.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

Perhaps one of the greatest evils of pride is labeling OTHERS as prideful. Worse yet is pointing it out in our conversations. Regardless of what we see or hear, the reading of another's heart should be left to the Lord. I like SPW's comment: "Let us always look at ourselves first before pointing fingers elsewhere." I would add to that--if we really feel the need to shine a spotlight on pride, let's use examples of our OWN pride, rather than someone else's. The only pride we need concern ourselves with is the pride in our own hearts.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

I was a little reluctant to return to our Sacrament Meetings at church because I had been enjoying the wonderful spirit of our home worship meetings so much. I was also frustrated because the speakers wear masks, even though there is a plexi barrier around the pulpit. Because I have a hearing loss, this makes it impossible to hear very much at all. However, I have found that it is such a blessing just to be WITH THE SAINTS! I am also able to enjoy the music and the renewing of my Sacrament covenants. I love pondering the words of our hymns. I am so grateful to be part of a congregation who love the Lord and want to follow Him. I continuously find that joining with the Saints every Sunday and covenanting with the Savior is a great strength to my soul.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

Even though I know it isn't possible, my heart always yearns for a different ending every time I read the Book of Mormon. It hurts when I read of a people who had been given so many choice blessings, and yet they fell into such deep sin and eventual self-destruction. As we witness many today who are turning away from God's laws, I am seeing a spiritual numbness taking place. True followers of Jesus Christ need to be a shining, positive influence more now than ever. Those who are seeking the light will be drawn to what we have when we live the gospel and reach out in love and kindness. Our light will shine even brighter in contrast to a darkening world. I am so grateful for the counsel of our Prophets and Apostles, and also the assurances we have that the Church will stand, and there will be a righteous people prepared to receive the Savior when he comes again. Consistently reading the Book of Mormon is essential to help us press forward in fulfilling the great responsibilities the Lord has given o us to prepare ourselves and those around us for this great event.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

I just recently read a scripture about judging that touched my heart so much. It is D&C 82:23 "Leave judgement alone with me, for it is mine...Peace be with you; my blessings continue with you." This verse makes it so clear that our Savior wants us to have the peace that comes when we are kind and withhold judgement. He doesn't want us to experience the heaviness that comes with judging another. He is taking care of a righteous judgement, and He has relieved us of carrying that burden! What a gift and blessing! I completely agree with you, Joni, about the energy that comes from kindness. When I do something kind, even if it's just a phone call, I feel spiritually lifted and energized.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 21, 2021

I will be 70 this year and have struggled with fear about being immunized with the COVID vaccine. This article really helps me have the courage to go ahead with it. Thank you so much for this message from President Nelson!

Brent BartonJanuary 20, 2021

Maureen, what a wonderful and inspired article! Your message as well as the summary are spot on for us today and especially for me. I also followed your link and enjoyed listening to the entire talk from Neal A Maxwell which was truly prophetic and timely even back in 1978 but really for us today. His remarks in the same talk on foreordination were also important words for us all to hear and remember especially today. Thank you!

SPWJanuary 20, 2021

Pride can show up in many ways and affects all of us. Let us always look at ourselves first before pointing fingers elsewhere.

Angela MannJanuary 20, 2021

Your words speak to my soul! This article and the one you wrote for Independence Day, have reached inside of me and shaken me. Your website has been instrumental in helping me to focus through that scriptural lens spoken of, to Follow the Savior and to commit to building a Zion society, starting in my own home.

Laurie SomesJanuary 20, 2021

I want to be as smart and as inspired as you when I grow up.

JoJanuary 20, 2021

Judge not for ye shall be judged

Sue PrueJanuary 20, 2021

Thank you McKay for the wonderful reminder of the truthfulness of the Restoration and what a blessing it is to be the recipients through so much sacrifice.

Elder OJanuary 20, 2021

This great man was my mission president in the California San Jose Mission. I was not aware that he had these issues. He was always so upbeat and positive and encouraging to us Senior Missionaries. He was so much of an influence on the young missionaries as well. I am grateful for the fact that through all his troubles, he was a driving force in that mission and did so much for everyone he touched.I am blessed to know him and his awesome wife.

Lois MiddletonJanuary 20, 2021

Thank you for sharing these important truth, Sister Maurine!! It is so sad to me to see what is happening in our country. Thank Heavens for the Missionaries and for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!!

Karla MenhennetJanuary 20, 2021

This hits the truth 100%. I had not been focused on the right things, so now, I am off of social media and most news. I realized that this world is temporary and what is truly important to me is Eternal. So grateful for the Gospel, that steers my life. Blessings!

CMJanuary 20, 2021

Love this article. I can relate- I had awful anxiety for the better part of 15 years. I was never really medicated but as a way to control the anxiety I would not allow myself to feel much of anything. I used physical tension, situation avoidance and many distractions as a way to avoid feeling any emotion that was intense. This led to even more anxiety and more efforts to block it. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that’s what I was doing- and also unfortunately, if you don’t allow yourself to feel emotions, it’s much harder to feel the Spirit. Fortunately, the Spirit was able to break thru my haze a few times to help me understand that “my problem was not anxiety...I was afraid to feel.” In hindsight, I know that my crazy struggle with anxiety was all part of some hands on experience for some much needed lessons. Feelings are important. Our thoughts create our feelings (subconscious thoughts included) and knowing exactly what is going on in our minds is vitally important. Many of us are carrying around literal emotional baggage in the form of unprocessed emotions, false beliefs and negative thinking patterns that are affecting us in ways we aren’t even aware of. Uncovering this stuff is incredibly freeing and it has solidified my belief that God is fully aware of us and loves us so much. Though we can’t see the full picture, these painful experiences are ultimately for our good. Don’t give up!

Karell BinghamJanuary 20, 2021

Also, by Sommerset Maughan If a nation values anything more than freedom, he will lose his freedom. And the irony of the matter is, if it o is wealth that it values more, it will lose them too!

Excellent article with profound truths.January 20, 2021

Excellent article with profound truths.

KarenJanuary 20, 2021

I found your statement "People who experience depression and anxiety have a hard time feeling the Spirit" to be an answer to me in how to understand myself better and my inactive daughter. I now have an idea of how to approach her! Thank you!!

Deanna SasserJanuary 20, 2021

Thank you so much for your insight and thoughtful wisdom. We don’t know what to pray for anymore—just blessings that our freedom will be preserved!!

Diane MortensenJanuary 20, 2021

Maureen, what a great article! We are fighting for righteous principles. When, we, as a nation no longer support God and his laws. When we fail to elect those who value God's laws. When we divide ourselves and teach hatred of any kind. When we are religiously intolerant. When we silence voices who disagree with us. That pretty much sums up a nation ready for destruction.

Ruth JamiesonJanuary 20, 2021

So true! Wonderful words.

James ScottJanuary 20, 2021

First response: exasperation! Then I thot, she could have had a wonderful wry response about how well he acted but that she had failed in her communication and also that the exhausted but accomplished ice ballet dancer obeyed his sweetheart so well.

RobertJanuary 20, 2021

I call it "Boasting by Posting"

KJBJanuary 20, 2021

You've described Trump to a tee. Kudos.

PrestonJanuary 20, 2021

This is such a great reminder full of Book of Mormon examples. How blessed we are to know/remember these things! Neal A Maxwell has some prophetic insight speaking back in 1978. Wow, he describes our day in which we live 40 years previously. There is no doubt in my mind of the truthfulness of the Lords Prophets and Apostles. This article was really well written.

CarolineJanuary 20, 2021

Thank you for this article. It speaks so much to my life too. I call the past experiences I have had where I have KNOWN God was with me and heard my prayers my Ebenezars and remember during times of darkness to "raise my Ebenezers." My best to you in the future!


Dear Anne, Oh how comforting this reading was to me! May the Lord bless you for relating such stories. Those are troubled times and it helps so much being able to "see beyond the veil". May you be greatly blessed for your stories.

Juliann BradshawJanuary 20, 2021

You nailed it. I am amazed at good Latter-day Saints who will not liken scriptures unto our day. We must awaken to our awful situation because the Book of Mormon gives us the blueprint for our future if we do not see things as they truly are. Thank you for a great resource in helping others to see.,


So true, and one of the most remarkable speeches on the subject was, "Are Ye Stripped of Pride" by Elder Kim B. Clark. Now I wonder what is meant by, "we have seen a recent example". Who are we talking about? Or would this be left to readers to figure? Thanks!

vickieJanuary 19, 2021

I didnt read the entire thing..i didnt have to. i suffered from major depression and anxiety disorder. i didnt take medication for many years until i had a hysterectomy and was put on a tricyclic antidepressant. this antidepressant helped me with sleep and eating. without taking medcine for so long i had to watch myself constantly not to get too anxious or take on too much. when i was put on the medcine low and behold i discovered i had really bad social anxiety ..because it took it away. i was able to do more that i was never able to do go to college at 38yrs old..i actually felt normal and could feel the spirit...the reason i didnt take meds for so long was because i didnt want anything to control me or my feelings. well, it didnt...i actually felt normal...i stayed on. until i was told i dont need to take that ...when i tried to get off i had seizures. i tried several times and each time i had seizures. so now im on seizure meds...that scared me too. now im on the newer drugs ..which helps mainly anxiety disorder. i feel fortunate i am to have something that helps me to feel like myself and to have the spirit with didnt take that away from me...there are some meds that can cause problems and you have to realize that and try another. i did learn that spending time suffering for so long with no help isnt worth it...i also did talk therapy...when its genetic inborn....its different then being depressed over something...i actually dont have a problem with that...i have learned its good to have a good doctor...and the right medication and sometimes talk therapy....and prayer is always at the start guiding one to the correct treatment. im so happy that most of the stigma is going people can get the help they need. I thank the Lord for every moment in my life He has helped me. i am a mother of 5 kids and a husband who was airforce.

HeidiJanuary 19, 2021

I have also had the experience of not being able to feel the spirit while being medicated. I am so glad to know others have had that same experience.... meaning, I'm glad to know I am not the only one. It is true. Medication can help and hinder us. I appreciate your article. I thought I might be going crazy because I couldn't feel the spirit... no one talks about this. I am glad to see this finally addressed!

Shauna StephensonJanuary 19, 2021

We need to be very careful about what we say, making sure our words are correct and truthful. While it has been widely reported that the House has forbidden the use of gender specific terms, such as Mother, Father, Sister, brother, instead using gender neutral terms such as Parent or Sibling, that is not true, even though it comes from a partial nugget of truth.At the beginning of each session of the House, a document of rules is drawn up. It is true that this document uses only gender neutral terms. It applies to THIS DOCUMENT ONLY. It would have no bearing on the continued ability of House members to use gender-specific language in drafting legislation and resolutions, making speeches, or conducting a debate.While it is regrettable that the leadership of the House found this necessary to do, and it may forecast more restrictive rules in the future, let us not be guilty of spreading hysteria and and divisiveness unnecessarily. Let us choose words carefully that convey the truth.The General Handbook of Instructions (38.8.45) titled “ Seeking Information from Reliable Sources” cautions us:“In today’s world, information is easy to access and share. This can be a great blessing for those seeking to be educated and informed. However, many sources of information are unreliable and do not edify. Some sources seek to promote anger, contention, fear, or baseless conspiracy theories (see 3 Nephi 11:30; Mosiah 2:32). Therefore, it is important that Church members be wise as they seek truth. Members of the Church should seek out and share only credible, reliable, and factual sources of information. They should avoid sources that are speculative or founded on rumor. The guidance of the Holy Ghost, along with careful study, can help members discern between truth and error (see Doctrine and Covenants 11:12; 45:57). In matters of doctrine and Church policy, the authoritative sources are the scriptures, the teachings of the living prophets, and the General Handbook.”

PamJanuary 19, 2021

I would suggest anyone who watches this reread President's Oaks conference talk Oct 2020: Just a portion: "In public actions and in our personal attitudes, we have had racism and related grievances... “racism thrives on hatred, oppression, collusion, passivity, indifference and silence.” As citizens and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we must do better to help root out racism." Please notice the words "indifference and silence". As Latter-day Saints, we cannot remain indifferent or silent on this issue - this applies to schools. President Oaks has asked us to "do better" We need to do everything we can to change the climate of racism that exists in our country. If the way they are going about it in your school, then bring influence for good and follow the counsel of President Oaks and President Nelson. They spoke boldy to us about what we need to be doing as members of the church - LOVE and RESPECT for everyone came out clear and strong. We need to model that in our words and actions. This video does not reflect this attitude. Instead of giving suggestions for accomplishing what has been asked of us, it is very accusatory and demeaning.

Lana WellsJanuary 19, 2021

I, thankfully do not suffer from depression, however I do have many acquaintances that do. I find myself so concerned about them and their spiritual well-being, but not able to truly help them. Through your article I now, at least, can more fully understand what they are experiencing and in tiny ways help them to know that although they may not be feeling the Spirit, the Spirits is still abiding with them and ready to help.

Harold RustJanuary 19, 2021

Thank you. As illustrated in this article, recording a special spiritual experience is, indeed, an important source for retaining the spirit. The first time I felt the heavens open in a genuine and sweet way for me, I assumed such an experience would now be fairly common. And yet only one other time in my life have I felt that all-powerful direct connection to the spirit world. I've felt inspired many times, but only twice when I knew it was a distinct window into spiritual communication. I'm glad I wrote those experiences down at the time because I can feel again that influence when reading them later.

JamesJanuary 19, 2021

I suffer from depression too. This article brought to light some of the issues I have had where it felt as though the Spirit had stopped talking to me despite my pleadings for communication. Those were also the most darkest times of my life and it came to the point of either I got stronger medicine (for the worsening depression) or did something drastic like checking out of life. After I had what used to be called a 'nervous breakdown' my Doctor felt like I should switch to a completely different type of medication (used to mainly treat anxiety). Within a few days it felt like the light was turned back on in my life and the depression began to fade. Because of this article I realize, looking back, it was the medication. I am grateful that the Lord heard my plea and inspired my Doctor to know what help I needed to treat the depression, but most of all, to help me hear him once more. It is amazing how I was blocked from hearing him, but had no problem hearing the adversary. Through all of this, even though I was struggling to hear the Lord, I still kept my faith, still went to Church, and still kept my covenants. I went through the motions and although I felt many times that I should just walk away because my testimony was waning, I stayed. God still heard my prayers even though I couldn't hear the answers.

NanJanuary 19, 2021

Scot and Maurine Thank you so much for these podcasts. We love studying with you each week. Your background and experiences have added a rich historical and geographical dimension to the scriptures.We are especially enjoying this new year, where the podcasts have been void of advertisements of products for sale. As much as we have loved the podcasts and your insights into the scriptures, we haven't felt that we could recommend them to our friends and family, for that one reason. If this continues, we will stand on the rooftops and tell everyone. Could those products be advertised on the website instead?

PamJanuary 19, 2021

Thank you for your timely article. As a sufferer of depression and anxiety, it was good to read your comment about the difficulty of feeling the Spirit while on medications for these things. One can sit through a meeting and feel pretty much nothing. It's very discouraging so I was very pleased to read your words! Thank you, thank you. This will be printed and re-read!

Maryann TaylorJanuary 19, 2021

Without any doubt, the transgender ideology is a blatant attack by Satan on the family, and also a deceptive ploy to confuse people regarding their identity. I love President Nelson's address "Let God Prevail" from our most recent general conference. He said "Satan is no longer even trying to hide his attacks on God's plan. Emboldened evil abounds." He then counselled us to "let God prevail in our lives." In the midst of so much deception in our world today, our only hope is to consistently seek the Spirit, and to make sure that the influence of the Holy Ghost in our lives PREVAILS over every other influence. The scriptures promise that as we take the Holy Spirit for our guide, we will not be deceived.

Stewart LangJanuary 19, 2021

My wife made the comment that try carrying a 10lb -20lb baby along with a car seat and getting from point A to B and opening doors!!! LOL P.S. Our oldest of 4 was 9lb 15oz at birth and she is 5ft too - check those arms on our young mothers!

Maryann TaylorJanuary 19, 2021

The truths in this article are needed desperately right now in our time of unique trials. I especially appreciate the validation for my struggle that it is sometimes hard to feel the spirit when you are depressed. I agree that reviewing our lives can help us see our blessings and remind us of the times we HAVE felt the spirit. I find keeping a journal is invaluable for this. When we feel the Spirit, we need to write down our experience! It will strengthen us on the days we are struggling.

IngridJanuary 19, 2021

Beautifully written and gives me hope for the future, knowing that today’s young people are wise and kind.

WandaJanuary 19, 2021

Excellent message! There are so many questions that I don't know how to answer...but there are far more answers than I'm fully able to comprehend. Trying to implement what I do know is a joyous journey!

Haze K.January 19, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing your experiences of having difficulty feeling The Spirit. I thought I was the only active, believing member who has this difficulty.Your description is perfect: "I suffer from depression and take medication so that I can have a decent quality of life. Sometimes I feel pretty good, other times I just close my eyes and try to survive the day, hoping that after the long night, the sun will rise and tomorrow will be better."I become frustrated when others describe "quick" inspiration and I feel numb and out of touch with The Spirit.I hold on tightly to the times when I do feel the Spirit testifying to me. Cherished moments.Some say, don't take your psych meds and you will feel the Spirit more easily. Perhaps this would be true. But I've tried that. I become unable to work, deal with daily life. It isn't a realistic option for me.As I said, thank you for courageously sharing your story. So relieved to know I am not alone.

CarolJanuary 19, 2021

Are brown, black and any color people racist? It sure sounds like it!

CarolJanuary 19, 2021

I have copied your article and will read and reread it. I never knew that depression and taking meds was the reason that I have such a hard time feeling the Spirit. I thought it was me and my hard heart. Thank you for your insight you have lighten my soul!

Susan CarterJanuary 19, 2021

Thank you for being so candid!! I have mild depression and anxiety. I struggle to recognize the spirit. BUT I know even though', that God loves me and helps me!

Linda NeubauerJanuary 19, 2021

Thank you for sharing this message. It helped me understand and bolstered my faith. I printed it so that I could refer to it again and again.

GinaJanuary 18, 2021

It’s just like picking up my 6 year old to play with him or carry him around. 45-60 isn’t that much, esp with adrenaline going, and momentum (he was running downhill, after all).

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 18, 2021

My husband could have done all that with little effort. He was farm boy. He used to carry heavy bales of hay and throw them on the hay truck. He carried 100 pound sacks of potatoes. When we served a mission, the missionaries were so astonished at his strength. Not one of his students could ever beat him in arm wrestling. Of course, Joseph could do all that heavy lifting and running. He was farm boy.

Alece ReynoldsJanuary 18, 2021

I remember a set of young male missionaries who were helping our daughter move. They repeatedly carried packed, Rubbermaid 18 gallon tubs -- one under each arm -- up a set of stairs -- while nearly running up those stairs. The rest of us were gobsmacked watching them as we had trouble carrying one tub at a time up those stairs at a walking pace! The Bishop who had been watching this chalked it up to bottled up testosterone run amok! I think that fearing for his life would have given a very strong young Joesph Smith enough adrenalin to get the job done!

Judy BrooksJanuary 18, 2021

Ken Mazzanti, thank you for your comment! I agree wholeheartedly. I well remember President Ezra Taft Benson in general conference, telling us to "study the Constitution". It was so odd to me at the time...Our ...Watchman on the tower delivered such an amazing message, as he so prophetcally foresaw this day and time!

Sasha KwapinskiJanuary 18, 2021

by migrating out west in 1846/47, the saints essentially removed themselves or got themselves out of the way of the fury which was to soon vex the nation. That fury certainly did vex the nation just over a decade later .

Corey D.January 18, 2021

excellent article, I have heard some interesting and maybe almost horrifiying stories recently about people losing businesses or business opportunities or getting death threats or their family being threatened or scholarships being pulled because of political or social opinions they have voiced or in one case somebody found something in a high school yearbook from way back and posted it and it destroyed the individuals business. Cancel Culture/Political Correctness is most prominent right now with politics but it has a part that is very specific to religion, particularly to Christian religions which also includes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, especially those who follow scriptural teachings on morality, especially marriage. A personal example, just a month or two ago a co-worker said, "come look at this". It was a policy announcement on the company's intranet site that said they would no longer be hiring from BYU because BYU did not have an LGBT+ policy that fit their company policy. There are quite a few BYU graduates, some pretty high up in my division, I had to wonder if any replied to this or they just let it go.This is a very large company, a multinational company who's work is mostly with the government, a direct violation of the 1st amendment, but people are scared for their jobs and the Cancel Culture know this and they wield tremendous influence in corporate America right now. Like one of my co-workers said one day, it was corporate America that killed the Boy Scouts.There is also a Cancel Culture specific to the LDS church, there is a concerted effort (guess you could say renewed) that has been going on for a couple of years now, aided by the internet, it seeks to discredit Joseph Smith and some other leaders of the church, notably Brigham Young, Spencer W. Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, Bruce R. McKonkie and a few others. There is a reason the leaders of the church have been emphasizing strong personal testimonies for a some years now and encouraging family and home study and President Nelson emphasizing personal revelation and the church posting essays etc. We need to diligently and correctly study it all out.

Harold RustJanuary 18, 2021

Thanks. This article professionally and methodically reviews the unknowns for those taking the vaccination. Society as a whole has a larger issue to sort out: when we take into account what we "know" about the vaccine and what we "know" about consequences of continuing our current social distancing and disengagement, at what stage do we allow more local freedom of movement and individual choice/discretion? If we place far more emphasis on waiting to "know" more about the vaccination than we place on moving ahead to minimize the negative aspect of distancing, then we have lost our sense of balance. At some point General Washington concluded he needed to go ahead and vaccinate his soldiers in the winter of 1775 despite the reality some just might die from that process. His decision saved the army and our country.

David BoardmanJanuary 18, 2021

I really appreciate this article. In a lot of ways I feel that our out going President has been treated much the same way as the Prophet Joseph Smith. The forces of evil and deception have been combined to destroy him and the so many good things that have been accomplished and as the young boy Joseph was silenced in the Grove so to has our President been silenced in the media. So many parallels in our society by the government to the Book of Mormon are being played out before our very eyes of power and corruption.

Ken MazzantiJanuary 18, 2021

It is evident from the very Declaration of Independence that after seeking a redress of grievances, there comes a time when the yoke of bondage and repression must be thrown off. Our Founding Fathers did not have the benefit of a living prophet to signal when that time might be, but they did have the Light of Christ to guide their conscience and their actions. I have that same light. I have the gift of The Holy Ghost. I will defend my God given liberty against all oppression. I, for one, will not be in bondage to anyone or any government. I will die on my feet before I live on my knees. If you want to be a sheep, that is your privilege, but I am a sheepdog. I will protect and defend the flock.

Laurie SomesJanuary 18, 2021

Thank you for your insights Maurine. I really needed this article to help me with my "going forward attitude".

Lora KinderJanuary 18, 2021

We might add that God DID punish the nation. Just two decades later, the United States experienced a terrible civil war that affected nearly every family in the country. The battle deaths were on Book of Mormon levels. Abraham Lincoln came to realize that "God wills this contest" and urged the nation to hold days of prayer and repentance. If we look at the civil war in scriptural language, it could look like this:"For behold, they did murder the prophet, they did drive out the righteous from among them, the temple of God they did destroy, and they did grind the faces of the poor (slavery)." When Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg address, he might very well have been concerned that government of the people, by the people, and for the people might very well perish from the earth. Had they not repented, God might very well have swept this nation from the earth as He did the Jaredites and the Nephites.

Russell Rich CannonJanuary 18, 2021

This critical time in Church History is so relevant to our times right now in the United States. Thank you Maurine for putting in words the thoughts that I have had as I sadly watch anarchy in the streets of Washington. We can all learn from Brother Joseph and how the Lord directed his prophet to respond to the outrageous Extermination Order. What an important time to be studying the Doctrine & Covenants and Church History!

KelJanuary 18, 2021

Great timely article!! Thank you.

KathleenJanuary 17, 2021

Thank you - refreshing, positive, thought provoking, with great documentation and quotes.

Linda WillisJanuary 17, 2021

This was a brilliant article packed with thought provoking comments that rang true. I will share it with many friends.

Jeanette S. PaulJanuary 17, 2021

My husband and I faithfully listen to your excellent podcasts every Sunday. I always learn something new (and take lots of screenshots to review when I have some down time). I'm always drawn to your very informative (and sometimes life-changing) articles. Thank you for your great work!

Nadine AndertonJanuary 17, 2021

There are many things that can be said about the events on Jan.6 ay the Capital. Most, if not all, is one-sided from the main-stream news outlets, which speak with one voice. The voice of one side is mostly silenced. Have you noticed that? Thankfully we will always have the voice of the Lord through our Prophet and other church leaders whom we can rely on and should always follow. We also have our scriptures. Can we look at this from a non-partisan viewpoint? We just finished a year of intensively studying the Book of Mormon. We learn that America was designated as a "Promised Land" which was reserved for those who served the Savior, and we read of times that even the formerly righteous became so wicked that they were utterly destroyed. We know that that we have been blessed with a sacred Constitution which was written by men inspired by the Lord himself to preserve the agency and freedoms that we were blessed to have if we kept coovenants and commandments that came with having this Promised Land. We have been told of a time when this Constitution would be endangered by the followers of Satan and we were charged with protecting it. I have been reading and watching old addresses by former Prophets and Apostles and other church leaders about Communism (and Socialism, which is the same) and the dangers it presents to us. So to simplify this a little, because it is a very complicated story, we have on one hand a party whose leader loves America and the Constitution, who has taken great steps to strengthen our country in many ways (and like many Book of Mormon leaders, at no salary!) On the other hand, we have a party whose leaders have strong ties with the leading Communist country in the worl at the present time (which has profesed intentions to rule the entire world and bring down America) and these leaders have plans which would destroy the very freedoms we have covenanted to protect. Of course every member of either party is not committed to that party's goals. No one is claiming that. Back briefly to the election. Forget about whether or not election fraud can be proven. The opposition on Jan.6 came down to whether the Constitution was violated. The US constitution stated that ONLY the legislators of each individual state could make the rules as to how their elections could be conducted, and in every questionable state, at least, the rulesn had been changed illegally, which made fraud possible and impossible to determine. That was what was being contested, not who actually won. One side wanted to protect America, the other side wanted to radically transform it. Each of us should seek, through much sincere prayer and through following the counsel of our Prophet, to receive a testimony of the Holy Ghost how we should conduct ourselves. We should not make a blanket judgment on the actions of others based on what the "winning" side says, or on what the media says. I'm sure you realize that a lot of members voted for the "losing" candidate? Even he said supported the peaceful transference of power and condemned the violence (which he did not incite, if you actually look at his speech and that it was given hours before the break-in occurred). No, I have not made up my mind. I am still praying to know. But "by their fruits ye shall know them."

pamJanuary 17, 2021

Thank you for sharing these beautiful experiences with the readers to lift us and remind us how think the veil can be! I have "felt" my own grandmother come to me and knew she was near and watching out for me. It was a remarkable experience. Thank you for the uplift today Anne.

PamJanuary 17, 2021

I loved your article! Thank you for taking the time to write it.It's welcome for us to look inwardly and be a cause for peace, not discord. There is enough political discord isn't there. We shouldn't bring it to "church" if you will.I have printed a copy and it will be re-read and highlighted. Thank you.

DON WATKINSJanuary 17, 2021

Grant you live what you preach! What you preach is the plan and love of God. Thank You.

CB DouglassJanuary 17, 2021

The Davidic Servant is a person who will be raised out of David's lineage and will inherit David's throne, and blessings. The Marvelous Work and a Wonder is not really a reference to the BoM per se, it is a reference to the end-time gathering of Israel.

Wayne R.January 17, 2021

Thank You for your review and recognition that their are unknown risks along with the potential benefits.After your thoughtful review, will you be getting the vaccine?

Kate B.January 16, 2021

It seems it should be noted that Dr. Arthur Henry King passed away 21 years ago, on January 15, 2000. I admired him very much.

JessJanuary 16, 2021

This is a well thought and written article. It's so hard to know if the vaccine is actually able to do what is hoped for, and do it safely, especially when the vaccine makers are habitual and repeat offenders when it comes to illegal and corrupt marketing practices and suppressing adverse trial results- and have been criminally convicted of and fined over 3 billion dollars for doing so.

DianeJanuary 16, 2021

I love your description of the spring forest! I'd love to see pictures! Thank you.

ColinJanuary 16, 2021

Amen and amen!

Melanee PhillipsJanuary 16, 2021 your making me feel old!

SautuJanuary 16, 2021

Very inspiring! This is a very timely reminder about what matters most.

Gene F. DanforthJanuary 15, 2021

Thank you very muchI have noticed that when I expel any feeling of contention in my heart and mind, I feel a warm glow come over me. A feeling of peace.

Jan HathawayJanuary 15, 2021

Wonderful comments about this great puzzle. We purchased it and now it is hanging on our wall downstairs. It is such a delight and so very interesting. We are still wondering what significance the whale has - lower left side of the puzzle. We are puzzled? We would like to know!!

Rodney Wells MDJanuary 15, 2021

Thanks for your perspective. As a physician who has worked with Covid patients and knowing many people who have been infected, I think the more we all know the better. There is still much unknown about this viral infection, especially about its long-term consequences, but we have learned much in the past year. I for one am thankful for the rapid development of a vaccine which, as your article points out, substantially reduces the risk of becoming ill from SARS-CoV-2. I had the jab when it became available and have had my second as well. For me (n=1), a sore arm for a day was the only side effect so far. I admit to being an unabashed pro-vaccine advocate. I think most well informed individuals will choose to be vaccinated as well. Time will tell.

Diane AndersonJanuary 15, 2021

What a wonderful idea. Loved hearing these children recite what they had memorized. That will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

ron reedJanuary 15, 2021

Thank you for the effort put into this article. I very much needed it today

Scot ProctorJanuary 15, 2021

You can email your question to him at [email protected]

FriedaFreudaJanuary 15, 2021

How do I reach you to ask a question?

JoannaJanuary 15, 2021

I normally really like your articles but take great offense at your characterization of the patriots attending the Trump rally in Jan. 6th. It was NOT them that attacked the police or stormed the capitol but the same ilk who participated in the riots all summer long in cities like Portland Seattle SF Minneapolis that no one seems to remember happening now. Unfortunately I couldn’t stomach reading the rest of your article knowing the slant you have taken on this unfortunate event. Maybe I’ll go back and read it later. I could go on about the about the loss of our freedom and liberty and AGENCY and the rise of socialism /communism that will occur with this new administration.,but I won’t because half the country has neither eyes to see nor ears to hear the truth about what is really happening.

Charles HarperJanuary 15, 2021

Thanks Anne. I am reminded of the time my two sons and I gave my mother a blessing before her cancer surgery. Afterward, my oldest son, whose hands were the last placed on her head commented that he felt as if other hands were on too of his. My father,who had passed away earlier, had assisted in the blessing. The surgery was successful and mom lived a long life.

Anita EJanuary 15, 2021

This was awesome! I loved what she did and said about her dear grandma never letting a moment pass her by. We could all use a little more fun in our lives right now. Yay Elizabeth!

Erek EreksonJanuary 15, 2021

I agree with Lynn Chapman. We, as disciples of Christ, have a higher standard. We have to look beyond those who would stir us up to controversy, division, and riotings.The question is not which side started what violence. The better question is "Have we always been this divided?" If not, who sent us down the road to division? In Book of Mormon times Alma and Amulek were up against a group of people who "did stir up the people to riotings, and all manner of disturbances...that they might have more employ, that they might get money..." (Alma 11:20) In their day it was lawyers. In our day who is it? Might it include the news media?I think that the news media is driving a wedge between people today. They are stirring up controversies to get more people to watch, and thus get more gain.For example, George Floyd died while in direct contact with a police officer. True. But did the news media give equal coverage to his autopsy that showed that he had 3 times a lethal dose of Fentanyl? Or would that have calmed the controversy?After election night, the media covered the fact that President Trump did not concede. Fair enough. But after election night, did they also cover the fact that before the election Mrs. Hillary Clinton admonished Joe Biden never to concede. If not conceding was good for one side, why was it wrong for the other side? Or did they just want to keep controversy alive?I could go on and on.Here is something to think about: "But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.” (D&C 45:32)We should be looking for truth, and not controversy, for truth and not who to blame. We should be looking to be one and stand in holy places.

Anita EJanuary 15, 2021

Thanks for your thought provoking article. Very informative for our current circumstances!

A. Denise HeathJanuary 15, 2021

I love how missionaries have become so creative . An Elder from The Chorley ward in the London England Mission creates videos on gospel principle which led to two young ladies in South Africa getting baptised . Awesome .,

Wendy HillJanuary 14, 2021

Thank you for these beautiful stories. Our families are closer than we know.

Lazy MikeJanuary 14, 2021

If my wife refused to wash my cloths I'd just keep wearing them dirty. I've worn the same cloths while backpacking for 3 weeks. Pioneers wore the same set of cloths for 6 months. If she didn't wash her cloths he might sooner notice.This wife could ask him to move the washing machine out on the driveway next to the trunk.I would be more apt to do that than carry small boxes.Another option is to squirt a bunch of dish washing soap in the washing machine with his cloths. This will cause it to make too many suds and it will flood. Then lazy husband can clean up that mess while rooster-pecking his wife for not helping. Role reversal is an option.Call the home teachers to come over and carry the laundry box into the house. If more people had done this more often, it might have saved that inspired program.a

Jill CleaverJanuary 14, 2021

Yes! I love these words! Thank you, Mary.

Rochelle HaleJanuary 14, 2021

You may fret about those plastic grapes forever, but in the end you were married, and hopefully, you can be sealed soon. My first marriage was in the temple with my husband's parents and a few friends, but our reception was hundreds of miles away with my non-member family. No internet, Pinterest, or Zoom in those days. Suffice it to say, my mother did her best, but the cultural hall decor and refreshments were definitely not what I had in mind. Even my musicians canceled last minute. Most distressing was the photographer (family friend) took awful pictures. My dream of a large family photo like my cousin had was totally dashed to pieces. The physical trappings of a dream wedding weren't there, but when I was sealed to my second husband we had some amazing spiritual experiences, confirmed by some of his relatives who were in attendance. On a daily basis, we hope it is the covenants we've made and why that sustains us.

Linda MastersJanuary 14, 2021

Thank you, Mary. This is such an inspiring article and a great reminder that we can find peace as we listen and “Hear Him.”

Ronald BarnesJanuary 14, 2021

Thank you for sharing my story. Last year, my sister was recovering from jaw surgery and traveling away from home. One night, her jaw began hurting until it was almost unbearable. After praying for relief, three spirits appeared to give her a blessing. The spokesman was our father, who had died many years before. Her pain disappeared immediately.

CaroleJanuary 14, 2021

Thank you Anne. Your inspired articles seem to come at the time I need them. They are beautiful, uplifting, and a blessing to my life.

L WestoverJanuary 14, 2021

Lovely article! Our oldest daughter is single, with single adult daughters. Yet she is unquestionably the favorite aunt of most of our 22 grandchildren -- because she is so engaged with them. She would rather be with the kids than with their parents. Her life may be hard, but she finds joy as she "plays" with the children. What a blessing that joy goes two ways!

Tom KunzJanuary 14, 2021

Such a wonderful and genuine article about how to the gospel Virtually. Thank you Br Hill for Taking the time to put this together!

Lani LarkinJanuary 14, 2021

I love your writings Diana. You teach us much and your personal experiences are so interesting. I can see how the Lord has prepared you to teach and especially influence many with the understanding you have because you know the gospel of Jesus Christ. You love God and His son you know so well. Thank you ... Lani

JustinJanuary 14, 2021

Your husband invited our family to a Sunday dinner with your family in 1996 (Iowa) when traveling across the country with 4 kids under 8. I've been grateful for that simple act of kindness decades ago. You two are truly special people!We live a few short miles away from you, and are thrilled you both bless our area with your influence and service.

Jo Ann OkelberryJanuary 13, 2021

This article is much needed by the world. I don't even read some articles in the newspaper because they are so contentious. The contention in our nation upsets my whole system. It especially sad when I see members of the Church being contentious on Facebook and other media.

Becky DouglasJanuary 13, 2021

You can find it at Amazon. Put in Gross National Happiness, by Arthur C. Brooks. (Oops!)Lana--I'm astounded at your 900 hours of volunteer service a year. You go, girl!!

tom glassJanuary 13, 2021

PBS,CNN?I think you need some different networks of information!

Merlyn T de la MelenaJanuary 13, 2021

This article describes clearly to to start connecting with our ancestor! Thanks for sharing this article and your feelings and how you became engaged with your ancestors.!! It's a good prompting for us to do likewise.

Saundra GatesJanuary 13, 2021

Awesome article Bro. Goddard! It was just what I needed today as I was fasting and thinking heavily about family history. I look forward to your coming articles.

AlisaJanuary 13, 2021

Contentious vs. Competitive? Interesting. I don't like either one! I suppose when it comes to sports one is competing.. I love the thoughts expressed here about avoiding contention though!

Patricia G. SchellJanuary 13, 2021

I especially love the idea if tuning out by turning off any "entertainment" that brings contention on any form into my home. I live alone. I'm 78. I've found myself doing that automatically when suddenly something that appeared to be pleasant, turned into a "drive the Spirit out". There's no one to be contentious with so it sits like a brick in my heart and the contention is within. So, off it goes.

Herm OlsenJanuary 13, 2021

As always, an excellent reminder. My less-active brother has been FOCUSED and COMMITTED to our ancestry, despite his lack of interest in the Gospel. I’ll use some of these suggestions to further encourage him. Thanks so much!

AnnaJanuary 13, 2021

It is too bad that in a church where marraige has been placed on the highest of all platforms, many churchmembers do not see marraige as anything but a worldly arrangement that they can reject whenever they are unhappy and disappointed. Like the rest of the world, we put individual happiness ahead the relationship on which the rest of society is based, In my opinion, the husband shouldn't have left for any reason, but neither should the wife be so ready to dump him because of it. My hope is that at least one of them gets committed to the marraige and tries to salvage it.

Laurie PollardJanuary 13, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful article, Mary! You already are "one of those people"--there is not a contentious cell in your soul. I have always appreciated the integrity you exhibit between your inspiring writing and your uplifting behavior.

K. PiersantiJanuary 13, 2021

How can you say the group at the capital dispersed with little or no violence People were killed and many had to go to the hospital. Also, they were rallied on by the president. This was not just a demonstration, it was an attack on our democracy--on my capital! I felt like I was watching a newsreel from South Amermica! It was domestic terrorism and should be dealt with as such!

ShaunaJanuary 13, 2021

thank you for these additional insights from additional sources. Do you have a citation for the Kent P Jackson article? sorry if it's in plain sight in the article

LAJanuary 13, 2021

I understand peacefully doing things. But should we not work to protect our rights?

Geoff TJanuary 13, 2021

Wonderful, reasoned article from a very well educated person - impressive.As an "older" person, I was also encouraged to see that Arthur King did not join the Church until he was 56 years of age - there's time for me yet!!

Joanne VorkinkJanuary 13, 2021

I thoroughly enjoyed this article! Its timeless message motivates me to do better, recording stories from my parents and relatives as well as my own. Many thanks!

pamela RoderJanuary 12, 2021

I am so sad to read of Darla's passing. I have loved reading her articles as they are full of insight and wisdom. Thank you Proctor's for sharing and I hope you continue to do so.

J. JensenJanuary 12, 2021

"Blessed are the peacemakers" is an injunction straight from the Savior. I pray that we will each examine our own role in the polarization that led to so much disrespect of one citizen to another and to the representative government outlined by the Constitution. It is our country, defined by laws. Let us stand for peace and work to make positive changes through the rule of law as counseled by President Oaks. Thank you for reminding us of the parallel to the destruction of the Jaredites should we continue down this road.

Ed GayhartJanuary 12, 2021

Our leaders tell us violence is not the way. Unfortunately bad guys do not follow our leaders and will do whatever works for them. Satan doesn’t follow rules. We know how this will end but it will be sad to witness the injustice and the downfall of this once great country.

LewisJanuary 12, 2021

I love this article. There is so much wisdom in these stories. As I reflect on the Savior's life, i see a life of love and service. You have captured the essence of "pure religion and undefiled." Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful words.

Erika P.January 12, 2021

I believe that Elder Smith was needed on the other side of the veil and was welcomed with open arms. Maybe he has to teach some family members that passed on and did not know anything about the Church. Four years ago I had a deadly form of cancer and was between life and death when I had a dream when I found myself in the Spirit World where a very large crowd of relatives waited for me. One lady came up to me and said "finally you are here to teach us" then my grandfather came up and said "not so fast - you know that we have to have permission first. He took me away and asked for it, but did not get it. I was told that I had to return to earth because some important work needed to be finished here. I woke up after this and felt great. I can see Elder Smith having to do something similar. May the Lord bless his Family.

MicheleJanuary 12, 2021

Addenda to my prior comment. In further support of this writer, my limited understanding is the Savior will return when he has a righteous enough people, not when wickedness grows so out of control He has to step in.

Patricia MerrickJanuary 12, 2021

It is such a pleasure to read the analysis of Joseph Smith’s vision in this unique way, from a literary aspect.

MicheleJanuary 12, 2021

I also watched PBS and was surprised later by the cries of violence. I think there were many social media pictures which came later, posted by the people inside the capitol themselves, which demonstrated their intent. It is a crime to simply have gone inside, with no legitimate reason to be there. There were some who indeed intended violence. However, aside from my opinions on the event, I had the same reaction as I read Ether; all that occurred in this book is and will continue to play itself out. The author uses the capitol event for comparison, but the deeper issue he attempts to make us aware of is how we personally will serve the Lord and his purposes by our own actions.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 12, 2021

I am so happy that you continue to run Darla's articles. They are so timely and she has such wonderful insight. It was our loss when she passed, but a blessing to still have her writing.

Merilee CummingsJanuary 12, 2021

Thank you, Lynn. Though you didn't exactly spell out how we will let God prevail in our lives, we know how to get personal revelation and that will guide us. Revelation happens in moments of peace, so we should be able to distinguish those moments from times when we are stirred up in turmoil and anger. Cooler heads (not passive, though) make better decisions. That needs to become our mantra.

Pattie SkousenJanuary 12, 2021

The Book of Mormon is a second testament of our beloved Savior Jesus Christ. I testify it is true. Thanks for your article. I, too, know studying the Book of Mormon at this time is inspired from our Prophet.

SherryJanuary 12, 2021

I loved this article!

John PearceJanuary 12, 2021

Trump certainly must bear some responsiblity for what happened. If he hadn't made false claims about the election being rigged this would not have happened. After more than sixty court cases being lost, William Barr saying there was no evidence to change the results of the election, Chris Krebs saying this election was the most secure in US history and many other Republicans such as Chris Christie saying he lost he still continues to say falsely that he won.

Patricia WintersJanuary 12, 2021

I saw a rioter bearing the Title of Liberty! The man with his feet on Nancy Pelosi's desk was a returned missionary! How is this going to affect investigators and those already disillusioned with the Church. None of the members who joined the rioters were following President Nelsons advice of a few weeks back. I am so disappointed!

DJJanuary 12, 2021

A very good article! I think in our comments we need to be careful of who we are condemning of having insatiable desire for power. Both parties have fault here & certainly so does the media, but if this election had not been labeled rigged & stolen, then there probably wouldn't have been anyone protesting.

Kaylene ReddJanuary 12, 2021

Excellent, inspired article. An answer to prayers. I look forward to future articles in this series. Thank you, Brother Goddard!

GBJanuary 12, 2021

I am sad and confused. Many well meaning members of the LDS church read counsel by the church leaders and then interpret it to justify the actions at the capitol on January 6th. How can the words of the church leaders who advocate love, patience, peace and unity be applied this way? To quote Elder Oaks: “This does not mean that we agree with all that is done with the force of law. It means that we obey the current law and use peaceful means to change it. It also means that we peacefully accept the results of elections. We will not participate in the violence threatened by those disappointed with the outcome.” It's called Generous Civic Engagement. Please. Let's try it. .

Rochelle HaleJanuary 12, 2021

I wish my "child" would know that he is loved no matter what. Agency plays such a huge role in our lives, and I totally respect the decisions or perspectives of others, though they might not be my own. Nevertheless, love--especially a mother's love--endures forever.

David PearceJanuary 12, 2021

I think the author stated his position when he began this opinion piece by his description of one news source. It’s possible “slant” could be debated. That opening was completely unnecessary to the point he may have been trying to make. However, the author made a very significant observation that may have been missed by some readers. Trump supporters vs Democrats. Comparing an organization with millions of members from all walks of life and faiths vs one individual as though no one in the Republican Party-also with millions of members from all walks of life and faith-was completely absent. We are down the very wrong path when one individual has so much unaccountable power. Those who committed those terrible act at the nation’s capital should be held accountable for their actions but those also (maybe according to the author one) should be held accountable who created the web of lies and encouragement that led to those actions and for other lawlessness currently being threatened. Yes, we seem to be a nation on the brink and it is time for unity. But that does not absolve the most accountable from the consequences of their actions. With out responsibility we truly do descend into anarchy and eventually destruction as the author points out.

Marcela Riveros StaceyJanuary 12, 2021

Elder Gong in his fireside this last Sunday made reference to a Netflix documentary called “The Social Dilemma.” There’s much information in the documentary that describes one of the most likely drivers behind our political discord and growing polarization. Elder Gong’s fireside and the documentary have added so much more depth to the Book of Ether and its relevance to these latter days. I would encourage everyone to watch both.

JulietJanuary 12, 2021

On our wall we have a sign that says "Forever, For Always and No Matter What". I always tell my children, "I love you forever, for always and no matter what!" Even when they get into trouble I make sure to tell them that I love them...they may be loosing privileges or are grounded but I make sure they know that I still love them and give lots of hugs and snuggles. Even as my children get older I think it is important to give them the verbal messages as well as the physical messages of love.

Michael GJanuary 12, 2021

Lynn Chapman was my Stake President back in the day. I always appreciated his council. His council and recommendation to "Let God Prevail", "Generous Civic Engagement', and "Remain Hopeful" is also appreciated.

ScottJanuary 12, 2021

Newly married couples are going to miss that reflecting pool for pictures.

Mary SukerJanuary 12, 2021

Cancel culture is fundamentally about condemning someone because of behaviors “they” consider unforgiveable or unacceptable. This has been going on forever but now has a catchy name to make it seem new and relevant. Think of the widow who spends her life hating the drunk driver who killed her spouse. The child who forever hates his alcoholic parent. I hope that those who believe in cancelling others will one day come to know Jesus Christ and how He can set us free-with forgiveness- through a kind and loving heart. Because He has forgiven us of all our wrongs, we cannot, rightfully, harbor an unforgiving heart against anyone. It’s helpful to remember that everyone is imperfect. The cancel culture is Satan's work. It is mean, unforgiving, and full of hate.

Denise ChristensenJanuary 11, 2021

This photo essay is a perfect compliment to last week's Come Follow Me Podcast! Thank you Scot for that long drive to capture such stunning photographs. I felt like I was there! And thanks to both you and Maurine for our weekly podcasts. We look forward to our time listening and studying with you each Sunday!

Maryann TaylorJanuary 11, 2021

I think we need to be very careful about defining who this group WAS that erupted into violent actions. They were small in number compared to the VAST peace loving crowd who were present. Neither President Trump, nor anyone else, is responsible for their actions. ONLY the people who committed those actions are responsible. The whole event has been maliciously twisted and manipulated beyond all truth by the media and Democrat officials, attempting to satisfy their own insatiable desire for power.

V. BriggsJanuary 11, 2021

To access the beautiful photos on the Sacred Grove, run your cursor upward toward the cabin, and over the right edge of the screen and an ARROW should pop up indicating to click and "go" to the next photo.


Wish everyone could read your article. Trump talked about false news and many condemed him for it. He is right there is much false news and secret combinations. Faith will guide us. Thanks for your article.

Richard GarrisonJanuary 11, 2021

Becky, thanks for sharing these wonderful thoughts, stories and challenge for 2021! You always inspire me!

Carla BarnumJanuary 11, 2021

Beautiful photos! Thank you for sharing.

Merlyn de la MelenaJanuary 11, 2021

This is an excellent read, again, about the experiences of Joseph Smith. Thanks for taking it in sections, making it easy for us to remember and understand.

Barb McDonoughJanuary 11, 2021

The Rod of Aaron?? Why has this artifact not been mentioned before? How did it get to the New World? Joseph received the Gold plates but left all the other sacred items in the box? Just a few questions.

Merlyn T de la MelenaJanuary 11, 2021

What a fabulous article!!! Thanks for sharing your family story about India and your beautiful daughter.

Kate NobleJanuary 11, 2021

I've been interested to read the comments regarding this situation, different angles on the scenario. Whatever went on with the husband it was strong enough for him to leave and then have no contact. I've been married for 50 years and my guess was an affair. Now that's burned out and he's back apparently thinking he can just go on as normal. In the meantime, the wife has been t-boned and left as a wreck on the side of the road. I've seen this several times in my life, believe it or not. The reality is that it will take FIVE good years for him to get himself straightened out to the point where she can actually trust him again, and that's IF he can do the work needed. Legal counsel is essential for utmost protection as well as counseling for her own mental health, and without prayer and guidance from the Spirit the road is steep indeed.

Tom ThorkelsonJanuary 11, 2021

The Savior taught us that in losing our lives in the service of others we will find joy. Thanks for this uplifting message!!

Patti WhitmanJanuary 11, 2021

Stunning photographs and so Spirit-filled. Thank you so much!

Chuck SanfordJanuary 11, 2021

You cannot trust this man. Whatever his positive traits are, he is still a dishonest liar---and will remain so, unless and until sincere repentance takes place. Please don't make decisions about this without involving your bishop. And his repentance does not mean you should take him back---it merely means he has taken a vital step for himself---not for you. You deserve happiness, too.

KJBJanuary 11, 2021

Five people died due to the siege on the Capitol (Six if you count the officer who has committed suicide since.) "Little to no violence"? Really? Armed insurrectionists attempted to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States of America. If that's not domestic terrorism, I don't know what is.

L RasmussenJanuary 11, 2021

So good! Will definitely be sharing this. Thank you!

JulieJanuary 11, 2021

Wonderful article. I can’t seem to find the book you cited. Could you tell me where to find it?

Lana JohnsonJanuary 11, 2021

This is why I volunteer 900 hours a year! I'm a member of Americorp and have found much needed joy and love in serving. I'm addicted to finding the greatest need and putting forth my greatest effort to fulfilling that need.... I'm elderly and alone but serving helps solves any issues.

Elmer GuevarraJanuary 11, 2021

from the Philippines

SistaGirlJanuary 10, 2021

To Sissy: My blessing tells me the same exact thing. That I will live to see that day. I'm the same age as you are. My family mocks me about it. But that's OK, it's not their blessing. It's mine.

MikaelJanuary 10, 2021

I have been in this same situation but as a Man. To say that Men never change is incorrect. It can be both sexes. In my case it was affairs that she had after 25 years of marriage. I am so sorry for what you are going through. Only you know what you have to do to protect yourself. Don't stay if it will be unsafe for you. Get lots of help. Know you are not alone. Trust is very hard to earn back.

Marta HarrisJanuary 10, 2021

How do I access the photo essay? I only got the explanation of their access to the sites and how spiritual it was to be at those sites.

Geoff-AusJanuary 9, 2021

I'm with David above. Most of the quotes given, are telling us to be better people.I find it amusing that "the sound of a trump" is required. Though I am rather concerned that how we have responded to donald trump might be a sheep and goats sifting/moral judgement time.

JeannieJanuary 9, 2021

Without having more details, it appears this marriage was over before he left--a spouse does not walk out of a healthy covenant marriage and have no contact for 6 months out of the blue. There must have been other red flags showing that he can't be trusted before this. Him leaving is the end. I would also advise her to work with her lawyer, continue on the path to divorce and carve out some happiness for herself. If she stays in this marriage there will be more heartache heaped upon the trust that is already destroyed. I hope she has the courage to move on and that she knows she deserves better and can find happiness with her own healthy choices.

Lincoln HoppeJanuary 9, 2021

I am so glad to be a part of this film. Playing Martin Harris was eye opening in a way i could not have imagined. I feel like i was able to understand Harris on a different level and have a greater respect for him that i didn’t have before. We went to great lengths to preserve authenticity and i think it will show on screen in an inspiring way.

GrandpaJanuary 9, 2021

I'm going to express the thought that everyone is going to disagree with. None of us know what went on behind the closed doors of this marriage. Yes, he left, but was he driven out? Did he leave to protect his sanity? Sometimes God-fearing men have to protect themselves, too. Did he claim midlife issues simply to keep the peace? We as readers do not know. Yes, this woman needs to protect her interests, but there is still too much we as readers do not know. I do hope and pray there is some serious marriage counseling going on!

Sheila WallJanuary 8, 2021

THANK YOU Maurine and Scot X 1000 for sharing one of Darla's articles. This one is timely for many reasons. I am grateful for the wisdom she left behind.

SteveJanuary 8, 2021

I'm not sure what the author of this article is implying we should think when (s)he posted this article. At the time of Pres. Ballard's statement that we needed prayer was because of the lack of truth coming from our national leaders at that time.

SissyJanuary 8, 2021

My Patriarchal Blessing states I will LIVE to see the day when Christ returns to the earth in great glory to rule and reign. Many people are skeptical when I share this, even my own daughter-in-law, but I feel it is true. I'm 60.

Marilynne LinfordJanuary 8, 2021

To Betty Lou Mann, Yes. I just posted it on Facebook or you can email me at [email protected]

BarbaraJanuary 8, 2021

Thank you for your article. Rather than look at our spouse for his/her shortcomings in the marriage, we should first examine our part in it. I find I read something and think "so & so really needs to read this" when in fact I need to study it deeper and implement it in my own life. Thank you again.

Wendy BentleyJanuary 8, 2021

Thank you for examining the words of the prophets in connection with the second coming. This has been on my mind a lot as we have observed the happenings of the last few days. I appreciate your insight. It is comforting to know that as we follow the words of our prophet and learn to listen to the voice of the Lord all will be well.

Betty Lou MannJanuary 8, 2021

A dear friend emailed me of how frightened she is with all the commotion that is going on in our country and in the world. Sending her your article, "What Prophets Have Said Recently" may comfort her and strengthen her faith. May I please have a copy to send to her? Thank you.

DL AndersonJanuary 8, 2021

There are many who are...unintentional "fear mongers". You, I'm pleased to say, are NOT one of them. Sensible. I LOVE your Mom's advice to you when you were young. Appropriate and timely no matter "what time" it is. And I loved how you mentioned we'll see the Lord's return "in real time" and not on a recorded loop. Again, thank you for this calm and uplifting (& sensible) message.

David DurfeeJanuary 8, 2021

Just one observation. Everything that we should be doing to prepare for the Second Coming is exactly what we should be doing without regard to whether the Second Coming is near or distant.

Melanee PhillipsJanuary 8, 2021

Hahaha....I don't feel old, but I am turning 58 and you bet I know what a muumuu is ! They are also refered to as house dresses or morning robes. Walmart does still carry them in the pajama section.My grandma wore them all the time after her rheumatoid arthritis got bad. Every time I walk by them I think of her...I think I'll take the bunny outfit though!

John R CarpenterJanuary 8, 2021

My patriarchal blessing given many decades ago clearly states that I shall not see the Second Coming in this mortal life. But, if I remain worthy to the covenants that I have made in the Holy Temple, then I shall return with Him at his Second Coming.The key is to remain faithful and to do what is right. Then endure to the end of this mortal probation. It is not easy, but it will prepare us for to be more like He is.

Ken MazzantiJanuary 8, 2021

I heard Elder Holland answer the question by stating the "We will be closer to the Second Coming when there is a Stake in Pakistan." The Gospel must yet be preached to, and established in, all the world. The world is certainly wicked enough, but we do not have enough worthy Priesthood holders to govern the world wide church that will exist in the Millenium.

Dora Glassford RobertsonJanuary 8, 2021

I feel he needs to explain himself on a much deeper depth than midlife crisis. If that means he left you for a younger woman and now she kicked him out, let him stew in his own juice. I certainly would not trust him again. I have experienced in my life that men never change. Only the gospel can change them if they sincerely repent. But if he was a God fearing man before, he would never have abandoned you in the first place. Of course it all depends how he behaves if you put him on probation for 6 months. I would certainly not buy him anything or let him in my house. He owes you lots... you don't owe him anything. An act like that would mean you forgive him just because he is back. I don't think he deserves forgiveness so easy. And of course, ask Heavenly Father.! My best wishes! Dora ❤❤❤

ShaunaJanuary 8, 2021

Thank you so much for doing all this legwork for me and for your synopsis but most importantly, your testimony. I try to fill my soul, day and life with the glorious truths of the Gospel--but I also must live them. How grateful I am for prophets and apostles living on the earth today

Bob PowelsonJanuary 8, 2021

I hope it comes sooner rather than later. I am well over 80 and have been expecting it for better than 60 years. At my age about all I get to do is watch it, and trust I won't get in the way of more needy than I.

Deanna SasserJanuary 8, 2021

Thank you for this great article that brought clarity to this topic of the Lord’s Second Coming. It helped me to desire to read the conference talks more carefully and to look and learn His word for me.

CfJanuary 8, 2021

This song has been a comfort to me in so many situations. For me, it has always been the Lord that I’m pleading to “stay with me.” From a mysterious illness on a mission in a far away land to caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s disease, it has given me hope and faith that the Lord will truly stay with me. So many of Michael McLean’s songs have spoken to my heart and helped me feel that I am truly “not alone.” So grateful that he has magnified his talents and shared them.

Allison DunlapJanuary 8, 2021

The admonitions and warnings were there for those with ears to hear. Thank you for summarizing all that our leaders have said. I'm quite amazed when some say they heard the same old messages. As for me and my house, we are hearing them loud and clear and we are preparing for His coming by fleeing Babylon and letting God prevail.

Chris HowellJanuary 8, 2021

Marilynne, thank you for providing a concise summary of the words of our prophets from the latest conference to put the signs of the second coming into context and giving us clear directions.

Larry GuntherJanuary 8, 2021

Wonderful article to put it all together--sort of a "cliff notes" of the October General Conference. I enjoyed the review of these profetic statements distilled down to such an easy-to-read understanding. Thanks!!

RaNae ShoafJanuary 8, 2021

Absolutely beautiful summary. This really clarifies a vital theme of this conference. We're awake and need to arise! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

RobertJanuary 8, 2021

Danielle, cancel culture is not about stopping bad behavior. It is about shaming unpopular behavior with no chance of redemption. If it was about stopping bad behavior then abortion would be a target, but since abortion is popular in the cancel culture it’s permissible and even applauded. This isn’t about creating a more civil society. Cancel culture has one goal: speak only what is popular and lie about the rest or risk being shamed for life. That is antithetical to our values as a country and is edging closer to Orwell’s 1984.

Deborah SummersJanuary 8, 2021

I appreciate this article very much ... just what I need because I'm not doing so well in this area lately. It makes me sad and disappointed in myself or in my husband. This article is spot on with really great advice and lots of wisdom. I always sit up and take notice with your articles. Thanks so much.

Maryann TaylorJanuary 8, 2021

Oh, this is such a great story! I LOVED that she recovered, and I LOVED the bunny outfit. This story was just too good to keep, and I am so glad he gave you permission to share it. We need more smiles in these dark days of winter, Covid, and other upheavals. THANK YOU!!!

Maryann TaylorJanuary 8, 2021

I hope this woman will immediately take the advice in this article to see a lawyer NOW. She needs to protect herself financially and find out what her options are. Her husband's comment that his abandonment of her was a "midlife crisis" is a very poor excuse for his behavior, and suggests he feels no remorse or personal accountability for his extreme cruelty to her. It would be very difficult for me to take back a spouse who had completely cut me off for 6 months. That is a very long time to abandon your spouse and to make absolutely no attempt to make contact. I hope she will get the emotional support she needs and prepare herself for the very real possibility of this marriage ending.

Victor MillerJanuary 7, 2021

Thank you for putting this in writing! I, for one, believe the truth and personal responsibility do matter. This "modern" trend to minimize the value of truth is part of the evil one's plan to lead souls away from their Father's Plan.

David H.January 7, 2021 reading these comments from the women in this thread makes me happy I am not married to any of them. Yikes...lots of judgement and thinking they are perfect. Too much in this culture of the husband is lazy and always in the wrong...things go both ways.

Chuck SanfordJanuary 7, 2021

Back in the mid-1990s, I was a home teacher for several men incarcerated in a federal prison. They, and probably most of the men imprisoned with them, believed heavily in situational ethics, and not concrete, unchangeable Godly laws of behavior---probably why they were in prison.

TeriJanuary 7, 2021

The reason that we should treat our spouses with compassion is not because we love them. At times they will give us many reasons not to, and our feelings of affection will wane. We should do it because we love God.

Jane E BrayJanuary 7, 2021

Sadly, it's what we're living in and experiencing today.

Doreen WadsworthJanuary 7, 2021

It makes a lot of sense. We are told we just don't want to believe it can happen in our life time. Thank you for this article.

MaryJanuary 7, 2021

I did not misunderstand what the point of the article. If the guy was dealing with underlying mental issues I would be more understanding with his choices,but I still stand with my original statement. There are some people who through time develope being lazy and there are some people the attribute had always been there.If laundry detergent man is the first,then the advice that was given should absolutely be followed. If the second, then we should teach people not to marry lazy people in the first place.My dad happened to fall in the second category so I couldn't help but jump to my original statement.

Kenny MazzantiJanuary 7, 2021

It is not the peaceful transition of power that I am concerned about. Whichever way the November election we were going to see some angry outbursts. What I am concerned about is the turn to Marxism in our House, Senate, courts and Presidency. We are now surrounded by the Gadianton Robbers of our own day who will lie, cheat ,steal and murder to have their way. They are now infiltrated into our government, our courts, our justice department, the FBI, the CIA, the NSA, etc. This nation has voted, or submitted, its way into Marxism. This nation will now have to fight its way out to once again experience liberty. Where is Captain Moroni when we need him the most?

TerryJanuary 7, 2021

I know you excluded the truly abusive but may I open your eyes to the reality that some of the truly abusive are mentally ill. I do not recommend personal intervention but could we care enough as a society to seek better medications?

MichaelJanuary 7, 2021

Abraham Lincoln's win of the 1860 election caused the immediate secession of several states and escalating events which developed into the American Civil War. Southern states viewed Lincoln's election as a strengthening of Federal government and erosion of states' rights to govern themselves.

ShaneJanuary 7, 2021

Amen! Great and true article! Very well done! Thank you

Eric M ChaseJanuary 7, 2021

Thanks for stating concisely the way Satan carefully leads us down to hell. We must guard against these philosophies creeping into our way of thinking and cling to the truths of the gospel.

SpencerJanuary 7, 2021

Terrific insights and exactly correct.

Virginia RockwellJanuary 7, 2021

Thank you for your wise warning.

PG PrattJanuary 7, 2021

Blessed is Elder Iseh who have passed away in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ, his name and priesthood will be honoured until the end of time and into the eternities. Sincerest condolences at this sad time to family and friends.

FayeJanuary 6, 2021

I love that she went out and got what she needed and did not inable him to avoid his responsibility. I would have added, "You carry this baby and I'll bring in the detergent."

JillJanuary 6, 2021

As a caregiver coach, spouses often reach out to me when they're ready to throw in the towel. They may judge their loved ones as not "adulting" or as being lazy, mean, not "emotionally available," or any number of things. I appreciate your advice to be compassionate and loving no matter what. "Adulting" can also mean being responsible for your own emotions instead of letting someone less capable dictate them for you. And it's usually work to flip your interpretation of your spouse's "lazy" behavior and get in their shoes for a minute. Everyone in every story is doing their best. D&C112:10

DianeJanuary 6, 2021

While I agree with Becky and Mary, if you find yourself in such a marriage, this advice is excellent. I have learned to think before I speak, and choose words carefully. It has avoided a lot of contention. Your heart must be at peace toward your spouse for the best results. Thank you for this article.

Grandma GigiJanuary 6, 2021

This just makes me sad, especially considering she is pregnant. She could have done his laundry too. If he feels “nagged” (hen-pecked is what MY father called it), then maybe he should try a little harder. My father laid around drinking beer every week end. My mom would ask for help. He refused to do much after his 5-day workweek. Women don’t get a day off or help unless the husband really cares.

JoanneJanuary 6, 2021

I loved this article. You shared great wisdom. All marriage partners would do well to humble themselves and apply the steps you suggested. Thank you

CharlieJanuary 6, 2021

Not sure, but I think Mary and Becky missed the whole point of the article.

LesJanuary 6, 2021

It is quite evident that the qualities of the Savior are missing. It is also quite evident that the Lord did not have a hand in the marriage. My two first wives passed on due to terminal illnesses, and my present wife is just as great...the Lord had His hand in putting us together. Harmony should be expected from each spouse, a celestial attribute!

Erik HansenJanuary 6, 2021

Mental illness and severe dysfunction, sometimes from abuse in peoples' childhood, does exist in the families of Latter-day Saints. This was my situation. We separated through divorce though we were resistant to that. The Lord wanted us to move away from each other's situation and become healthy. We have come back to each other in a more limited way, we ARE sealed and consider each other not just loved ones or friends but husband and wife of the future!

Helen KlannJanuary 6, 2021

Absolutely beautiful and filled with the Spirit! Thank you for sharing your gift of photography and knowledge and testimony!

BeckyJanuary 6, 2021

No one should walk on eggshells or have to cajole their (adult?) spouse to carry in a heavy box of laundry detergent in the example given. It is absurd to have to remind an adult of what they have agreed to do. Choices have consequences...And we are talking about choices, not "distractions." Adults don't need to be reminded, children might. "We teach people how to treat us by what we are willing to accept." What is the popular phrase these days? I believe it's called "adulting." It should be embraced, not avoided.

MaryJanuary 6, 2021

The laundry detergent guy sounds lazy. Maybe step one is to not marry a lazy guy in the first place

CarolJanuary 6, 2021

I love your stories!!! The usually make me laugh and there is often a great lesson in them too. Not so much lesson in this one but a great laugh. The wife was a good sport and she gave a lot of people some to laugh about that day!!!!

Geoff SteurerJanuary 6, 2021

Thank you, Wally, for organizing these eternal truths into actionable steps for struggling marriages. I'm so grateful for your hard-earned wisdom gained from years of dedicated study and application.

JamieJanuary 6, 2021

Thank you so much for this article! I have been struggling with a crisis of faith for many years. Articles like these are so helpful in knowing that this is a real thing and I’m not broken or being rejected by God. It’s also so comforting to know that I’m not the only one who is going through something like this. I’d like to learn more about dealing with faith crises, does anyone know of any resources on the topic? I’m having a hard time finding any relevant information.

Deanna SasserJanuary 6, 2021

I went through a very difficult time in my marriage and the book that helped me the most to take a better look at myself and to change myself was Wally Goddard's little book on marriage. I have come to appreciate all his articles for Meridian Magazine and want to express my gratitude to him for his love of our Savior and for his wise words of wisdom. (And to his wife who has helped to shape him, as he gives her so much credit!). Thank you!!

Janet WiseJanuary 6, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing this stunning photography! Keep sharing your temple photos, as I love to Pin them and reflect on their beauty and the glory of Temples!

Sydney WheadonJanuary 6, 2021

This is hilarious! Thanks so much for sharing!

Amey ZeiglerJanuary 6, 2021

Thank you as always for your reviews!!

RebeccaJanuary 5, 2021

I wonder if Jimmy Galligan is condemning the rappers/musicians who continually use the ‘n’ word as swiftly as he did with Mimi Groves?

JemezblueJanuary 5, 2021

How ironic that people allow Cancel Cultural bullying as a way to make people behave the way they want, but call it "psychological abuse" when a marriage partner or parent does it in their family. If you don't like psychological abuse in a marriage, then don't accept it in regular society.BTW, as a student at a local university I am already lying about my political beliefs because I am afraid that my graduate work will get canceled if I do so. AND other university students assume that my political beliefs coincide with theirs. I just change the subject.

Ronnie BootheJanuary 5, 2021

I lost a grandson to suicide a few years ago. I felt that I could have reached him and helped him if I was not so far away. I felt that I had failed him. Your article was a tremendous help in my journey to forgiving myself, thank-you for sharing a baring your soul.

Tracey L. CarpenterJanuary 5, 2021

Excellent points.

LorettaJanuary 5, 2021

I am over 70 years of age. And even as a young teen I knew that saying the "n"word was offensive and wrong. Mimi can't excuse herself because of her age and not knowing. We are all born with the light of Christ that will let us know that something we are doing is wrong.

Vicky YeatesJanuary 5, 2021

How do you answer the critics who claim that there were not horses at the Book of Mormon time?

Jan KuesterJanuary 5, 2021

Amen!! I agree wholeheartedly. Many years ago, having gone through a short but emotionally brutal marriage, I had a period in my young life where I proudly proclaimed “A woman within a man is like a fish without a bicycle.” Fortunately that chapter of my life was a short one as I met some missionaries, had a quick, profound tutelage from the Holy Ghost and came to love and embrace the truth of the restored Gospel. I am the only member in my extended family and am grateful that none of my family or friends have ever used my foolish, ignorant proclamation against me, especially when I testify to them of the sanctity of marriage, the meaning of temple ordinances and so forth.

KJBJanuary 5, 2021

And how many times have conservatives called for bans and boycotts? Ah, the hypocrisy...

DanielleJanuary 5, 2021

I have to sit a moment to savor what was written. I noticed this piece alluded cancel culture was reserved for those of power, but now that everyday individuals have this power to use it, it is considered dangerous from the viewpoint of the author. Maybe the author meant it was also dangerous in the hands of those who are with power or belong to the elite and maybe the practice should not belong in those hands either. I do appreciate how the article points to the need for forgiveness in certain situations can be hard to do when someone is feeling the sense of shame for a set action(s). I think the way the article, maybe unintentionally, is written validates errant behavior as culture. Behavior that lacks taste, respect, and choses to denigrate is simply bad behavior and should not be confused with culture. I am sure Adolf Hitler wouldn’t have been moved into the direction of leadership that he took on if someone did shame him into the basic concepts of love and respect for one’s neighbor that are found in the Bible, Torah, and many other religious traditions and sacred works. Instead, many decided not to challenge his actions and words that sought to divide people by race, physical handicaps and abilities, and religion. Should the punishment be proportionate to the crime supported by context, by all means yes. However, one should never give a platform for bad behavior.

Suzanne GriffinJanuary 4, 2021


TomJanuary 4, 2021

I too am a grandson of 'Ok Port and have long tried to find solid information about him. I honor him and respect him. Heck, i became a notorious lawman too. Thank you John for writing this and greetings from Nauvoo.

CoreyJanuary 4, 2021

I have read pretty much everything President Benson has written and have found nothing racist, ultra right wing or conspiratorial in his writings. Nothing but love for God, church and family and a great love and respect for the US constitution and a warning of things to come which has proven prophetic. But most of all and most important is that the Holy Spirit has confirmed to me that he was a chosen servant of god, witnessed and strengthened one day as I was traveling to Star Valley Wyoming shortly after President Benson died, as we were approaching Preston where the turnoff to Whitney is we could see flowers everywhere and my wife said lets stop and see Pres. Benson's grave, so we turned of the highway and went to the cemetery in Whitney, there were literally hundreds if not thousands of flower memorials and other things but as we got out of the car and approached the gravesite the spirit that was their was unbelievable, one of the most powerful spiritual experiences, feelings of my life and I knew that he was a man of god.

Harold RustJanuary 4, 2021

It seems to me that a better solution would be a two-fold approach: First, every person or group posting comments or photos of any kind be clearly identified. This would be that all subscribers/contributors have some unique identity that ties the content directly to them. Even if it is a group response, one or more specific individuals must be identified. The consequences would be that the person submitting the information would be personally liable just like they are now if they write in a book or say something on radio or TV which causes grave harm to someone else. In other words, this would be a distinct form of accountability for everything on the internet without imposing liability on the site itself. In conjunction with this would be some form of civil fine (via arbitration) in which repeated offenses by a contributor could be taken to court of some kind. Anything that could make those who post pornography or outlandish statements would be held accountable and fined if they can't defend accuracy and truth of what they said. The second step would require the platforms to allow all material except for very specific descriptions of offensive material that is clearly offensive to a reasonable person. This would reduce the nit-picky and biased selections they now make in blocking content because one small group of people don't like what is being said. The key is accountability for both what content is included by contributors and also what content is eliminated by the platform organization. The second step

LarryJanuary 4, 2021

This was a well reasoned article that looked at both sides. One aspect of social media that wasn't addressed is the control the platforms exert on what information gets shared and what gets suppressed.The last election was a great example of this. The social media companies, two in particular, were clearly hostile to the conservative portion of their customers and exercised blatant censorship.Much has been written, by academics who have studied it and insiders who help reate it, about the power that social media exerts on attitudes and even behavior.

Jerel DoxeyJanuary 4, 2021

Beautiful, amazing photography. Thank you.

DJJanuary 4, 2021

After reading your article, I dug out my (grown) children's copy of The Long Winter, which lead me back to the original "Little House in the Big Woods". It's been a great way to spend my blah days while contending with COVID symptoms. Just

Elaine LaytonJanuary 4, 2021

I also thank him for his service. I am sure he will have the opportunity to again serve in the spirit world. I am thankful for all those who have this wonderful opportunity.

Grandma JaneJanuary 4, 2021

Thank you for your interesting and thought provoking program. I love your idea for studying the D&C. It will be a treat to find the one liners!

KathleenJanuary 4, 2021

This was most informative! I have read news articles about this, but wondered about all the implications. Thank you for this!

DawnJanuary 4, 2021

This made me laugh! I was wondering what the author would receive from his mother. I was not expecting that. Happy New Year!

CubbyJanuary 4, 2021

FINDING A NEEDED/USEFUL GIFT was hilarious. Love your articles!

Garfield CookJanuary 4, 2021

My wife and I remember Michael when he first started his career. We had him over to our home to perform at a Christmas gathering with our company executives. His talent was obvious from the beginning and he has only gotten better. We knew he would accomplish much and so he has. He has blessed the lives of many for good. May the Lord continue to bless him. Garfield Cook

Alysann CollotziJanuary 4, 2021

Hi Brother Stariing! This is Alysann Collotzi, in your ward. I just discovered this today. I loved it and will share it with my children!

Nada - January 3, 2021January 3, 2021

Beautiful! I have never heard this song done so beautifully. Thank you for sharing.

pamelaJanuary 3, 2021

Thank you so much Sister Isackson for this article. I'm so sorry for the loss of your son and the inevitable pain it has caused. You wrote things I myself feel everyday of holding onto pain, anger, resentment over things from the past. I feel many of us do, so I appreciate your candidness in writing about a difficult subject. It helped me very much and I will now re-read and try to overcome my own faults in this area. I love how your write. Thank you so much.

Mary JaneJanuary 3, 2021

Excellent article and so true for many of us! I am going to share this with my daughters....thank you for your insights.

tfJanuary 2, 2021

Tell him you are about to have a nervous breakdown, and he will have to take care of them all himself. (Maybe a note from your doctor to that effect) Ask his MIL to come and help?

Jeff LindsayJanuary 2, 2021

Does the existence of the Mona Lisa point to an artist?The more I learn from science, the more stunned I am that life and the universe was even possible. It is so breathtaking, so complex, so elegant, so artistic, from the folding of proteins and the endlessly marvelous machinery of our cells (ATP synthase and the spliceosome for starters) to the bizarrely balanced fundamental forces that keep the stars so delicately poised on the knife's edge between collapse into oblivion from their own gravity and catastrophic explosion from the massive nuclear forces raging within -- and more than just surviving to give life to planets, they are also tuned with a remarkable mathematical coincidence built into the nature of matter that allows them to be highly productive engines of creation, cranking out carbon and heavier elements that allow solar systems to abound in much more than mere hydrogen and helium. So much brilliance and beauty. Just figuring out how some of the endless inventions around us work earns scientists fame and Nobel Prizes, but woe unto those who say such marvels are anything but meaningless random coincidences.

Win BroadhurstJanuary 2, 2021

Beautiful! Truth masterfully written! Sweet encouragement in times of spiritual need for strength! Thank You!!

Dennis LisonbeeJanuary 1, 2021

This insightful article comes from the president of Hillsdale College, a Christian school. The Brigham Young University/Alpine School District Partnership, was responsible for spearheading the movement in Utah that took these Jefferson principles out of K12 curriculum. Thus, our children in Utah have become ignorant. And now Utahans have to go to an Eastern Christian school to gain this information.

Denise CottrellJanuary 1, 2021

would you be so kind as to send me a pdf file? [email protected]

pamela Morgan roderJanuary 1, 2021

I will echo the previous comments. Thank you for sharing this article. You used the word "authentic" and is a perfect word in contrast to the blasting Christmas music in the stores saying "its the hap happiest season of all..." Well, not to everyone, no. I will print this article and re-read to remind myself many of us struggle at this time of year. It's about Christ and what He brought to all of us. Thank you so much.

Linda WillisJanuary 1, 2021

This is a must read for all! Brilliant analogy and makes me smile and cringe at the same time.

GrandpaJanuary 1, 2021

May I gently suggest getting a quorum leader or even the bishop involved in teaching this man his duties and responibilites.

DorisJanuary 1, 2021

I wish you would have given some actual conversation ideas -- to not bring on more argumentative stances. The only thing I can think of is, "Okay......Okay......Okay.

LexaGraemeJanuary 1, 2021

Happy New Year.

KateDecember 31, 2020

Excellent advise. I would also strongly encourage this woman to follow Dr. Julie Hanks (drjuliehanks on instagram) who addresses this very topic often in her posts and teaches a class on Creating a Partnership Family, which would be very helpful.

Bob SDecember 31, 2020

A good piece. You touched on several very important topics.

Bruce BelnapDecember 31, 2020

The light of Christmas is in this woman's eyes and the spirit of Christmas is in her heart 365 days a year. One of the choice gifts that has been given to so many of us is Marilyn Hadd.

Rochelle HaleDecember 31, 2020

I like your raisin analogy. Often my husband and I recount the stagecoach story, where the safest driver is the one who hugs the mountain instead of seeing how close to the edge he can get. Sadly, I think too often people get offended by others or possibly question a point of doctrine, and they forget that God is the author. They may seek out ways to justify their actions, rather than strengthening their faith and seeking proper direction or answers to their concerns.

Maryann TaylorDecember 31, 2020

People do not leave the church because someone hurt their feelings. They leave because they don't have a strong testimony. Someone who is close to the Savior and committed to living the gospel does not stay home from church because of something someone else did. While it is true that we need to fellowship, serve, and show love for another, each of us, hopefully sooner than later, is accountable for our own commitment to the Savior.

Maryann TaylorDecember 31, 2020

Although I have compassion for this woman, I think she is in deep denial. "Good husbands" do not habitually verbally abuse their children, nor do they continuously "pout" and refuse to be supportive to their wives. I am disappointed in some of the advice given here because this wife has ALREADY tried discussing these issues with her husband and he isn't listening. She definitely needs outside support and should counsel with her Bishop, especially regarding the verbal abuse. I think this situation is also a wake-up call for all young women who are yet unmarried. Before you marry, discuss with your potential spouse how they feel about sharing COMPLETELY in caring for their children and make sure they really WANT children. Then invite them to babysit with you and observe their behavior. Men are not doing women a "favor" when they care for their children. They have an equal responsibility, which goes far beyond bringing home a paycheck.

Kathy GibbDecember 31, 2020

I study multiple venues of the Come Follow Me study and yours never disappoints. It always gives more depth and understanding. I appreciate the personal experiences you share, they add real life to my study and often times bring back poignant experiences I’ve had in my own life’s journey. I look forward to another year at the well, I’ll be drinking deeply.

Jill WilliamsDecember 31, 2020

Thank you Sister Proctor, for this excellent article. I some how missed it before. I will copy this and send this to others.

Melissa MarkhamDecember 31, 2020

I feel silly adding to this already great advice. But, girl, I HEAR YOU!!! I wish we could meet at a park and let our toddlers play while we kvetch about entertaining small children during a worldwide pandemic--while everyone else binge watches tv shows and takes up new hobbies. (Ok, no one has had it that easy. But still...) Even with a supportive husband, I've been pushed to my limit so many times these past months! The big thing for my husband and me has been communication, honestly telling each other our needs and seeking to understand the others' needs. A wise friend gave me marriage advice once--don't be a martyr in your marriage! We're really trying to balance standing our ground when our needs are not being met, but also sacrificing so that the others' needs can be met. I can't help but wonder if your husband sees the difficulty of having small children during a pandemic and is fleeing--in his own way. Rather than wade into the muck, he rationalizes that it's your mud puddle and you need to deal with it. It helps to break it down into small, do-able steps. With my husband and I, what worked was to schedule specific times when he would have the kids. For us, it works for him to entertain the kids after work while I make dinner. He's also able to get most Friday afternoons free, so we alternate Friday afternoons. He may take our older son out for some "man time" while I may go get a pedicure or do some shopping on my own. It hasn't been perfect and there are still some fights, tears, and yelling at kids. But there's far more appreciation, love, family outings, games of hide and go seek with the kids, and peace! I hope you and your husband are able to work through this because I know you'll be closer than before. I hope he's able to see the joy of fatherhood and not just the burden. Wishing you success...

Elizabeth LeeDecember 31, 2020

Thank you!

AyseDecember 31, 2020

Thank you for sharing your insights with such simple clarity. I love your articles! Happy New Year

ShareeDecember 31, 2020

I think this woman should show her husband this article. He may not even realize what he is doing.

AyseDecember 30, 2020

I get your point but how do you explain our bill of “rights”. I believe as good followers of Christ we do indeed have rights and responsibilities. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And our responsibilities are to tend to the weak and needy not just our family, fellow church members and friends. As a society it is apparent we are not unified and are not ready to care for all in some way, Maybe we need a larger entity to fill that gap. And you are right that someone will have to pay. Are we ready to pay higher taxes? I’m ok with that because the ripples any individual can make with any help they may provide for others isn’t enough for the problems we have in this country. I think that we should at least try the experiment that has worked already in countries like Germany, Denmark et al where citizens do not just talk of caring for others but set up ways to actually help the poor without taking away their dignity; we can always improve on the good foundations already established and build from that. The characteristics of those wicked leaders you mentioned from the Book of Mormon we’ve had a good taste of today : of their deceptions, lies, lack of concern for their fellow man and their self-serving justifications not to mention nepotism. Amalikiah, King Noah pre-shadow uncomfortably some political leaders we see today. The pretense of believing in the constitution yet systematically trying to destroy our democracy has been encouraged by many who follow like sheep the loud raucous voices. Wasn’t it Mosish who warned us of “how much iniquity doth one wicked king cause to be committed “. I hear in the Book of Mormon of being warned against political leaders who lie, desire power at all costs, who incite fear, further conspiracies and basically desire to have a kingdom of one party. Before we already judge too early of the in coming administration maybe we should encourage our politicians to work more together to raise a true title of liberty for all.

Kim BDecember 30, 2020

I didn’t read every comment here so I’m sorry if I am repeating. There is a difference between a value and a policy, and the Church makes a distinction between doctrines and policies. In the article I didn’t see any mention of when a political party opposes a church doctrine - such as the sanctity of life while endorsing abortions. There are others. How do church members reconcile their support for a political party whose actions contradict doctrine?

Garfield CookDecember 30, 2020

David Reimann asks why is the universe expanding if the Steady State Theory is correct. Because it would be pulsating, expanding and contracting. The universe seems to be a pulsating one, with the overall process being adiabatic and isentropic as in all stationary state systems.

Gene RobertsDecember 30, 2020

Thank you for a thought provoking article. I did notice every example used was a country outside the United States, when will people realize that our "Government" is as guilty of these acts as anyone else Groupthink is here and now

Julie Driggs KiserDecember 30, 2020

I am so grateful to have grown up with you “Tag”. Wonderful friends and amazing women have blessed my life and I count you as an extra special influence for me. Thank you for sharing this experience with me and others. My heart has been touched as I listened and reconnected with your beautiful soul these past few moments. Love always.

Andrew J. CurrieDecember 30, 2020

Hallelujah, Bro Fogley! I, too, for decades have searched for a scholarly or inspired explanation of Moroni's curious wording of that all important invitation to know if The Book of Mormon is "not true". It is wonderful to have your thorough and insightful explanation that ties the entire chapter together so well. I had contented myself to conclude: The Lord encourages people to trust Him and experiment on His word; and just prior to Moroni's closing is the injunction "...for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith" (Ether 12:6). Hence, when the Lord does not clearly reveal The Book of Mormon is untrue, the investigator is obligated to act upon the book's teachings as if they are true. In doing so, the investigator opens himself to the gifts of the Spirit and will shortly receive a positive confirmation that The Book of Mormon is a divinely inspired guide to bringing us back to Heavenly Father's presence through the grace of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Thank you again for sharing your scholarly endeavors.

Ken MazzantiDecember 30, 2020

To the author: Regarding the phrase "if these things are not true" The words in the entire book are those of Joseph Smith as he spoke in his own day. Joseph used the French language term "adieu" to bid farewell because it was in common usage in his day. The entire book is a direct transliteration from the reformed Egyptian that changed over 1,000 years of usage to the English language of his time. Imagine trying to communicate with an Englishman in the year 1020? Regarding the term in question, try stating the phrase with the emphasis on 'true' rather than on 'not'. Hence, "If these things are not TRUE" and it makes better sense in our time.

David ReimannDecember 29, 2020

From an astronomy class I took in college in 1967, another theory was presented: The Steady State Theory. In essence, this theory states the universe has always existed. From a Gospel perspective, that makes the most sense. The problem with the Big Bang Theory, is where did the huge mass of matter come from, and what happened before that? The only true logical explanation is that the universe has always existed. Why is it expanding? I don't know, but I can deal with that easier than trying to figure out where a gigantic mass of matter came from some 13 billion years ago.

DorisDecember 29, 2020

Wonderful and touching story. Special are the people in it and the way you told their story. So very touching.... Thank you so very much.

DorisDecember 29, 2020

Thank you for great and simple recommendations. Our city only allows 10 gallons of gas storage, so it makes it hard to justify a generator -- even though I would love one!! Your reminders are great and got my mind going again. Seems we get all excited, purchase, and then let things drop. I need to do better!

Lynne HessDecember 29, 2020

This is an incredible woman. I feel blessed to know her. I wish I had known her when she did this. She truly is one of the Lord's greatest accomplishments!

Stephanie ClarkDecember 29, 2020

I always loved attending this production. Thanks for sharing your experience. I wish the Stake would put this play on again. It always brought the true meaning of Christmas.

John R CarpenterDecember 29, 2020

For anyone who has faced death in the military, as a peace officer or who has rock bottomed on a dependency issue. There is Faith, Hope and Prayer even though one is scared of death both physically and spiritually.Psalm 23:4 King James Version 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.I have felt and faced great evil too many times when I was in the military, as a peace officer and those inner fears where everything seemed to fall apart. Every single time, I knew I could die, for I knew that no one will leave these mortal life alive. I saw people dying and the dead and at times life seemed hopeless that all I could do was cry with the hollowness echoing within.I resolved to myself to do my duty first to God, then Country and my family. I knew that I all of this would be for my own good whether I died then or at some later time.I gave my soul to God and my Savior and went through the motions that I needed to do. And when the danger or evil was past, I thanked Them for surviving to fight another day.It was never easy and no doubt there will challenges ahead until I die the final death of mortality.

Amanda Crane ScottDecember 29, 2020

I remember attending and watching it. It was beautiful. I wish our stake continued this tradition.

Robert D StarlingDecember 29, 2020

As usual, Daniel has created an eloquent explanation of eternal truths. I'm going to print out this article and give it to a family member who is struggling with his faith. But I wonder if some readers might confuse the Big Bang with an ex nihilo "creation"? That is, the springing into existence of something out of nothing? Just as Daniel "created" his article from existing words and quotes, the universe was "created" from pre-existing element, even if that element was in the form of spirit or energy in a "finer" state. (the following is from the Encyclopedia of Mormonism article on "Matter") Addressing the issue of creation ex nihilo, Joseph Smith asserted in one of his final sermons: "Now, the word 'create'; does not mean to create out of nothing; it means to organize; the same as a man would organize materials and build a ship. Hence, we infer that God had materials to organize the world out of chaos-chaotic matter, which is element. Element had an existence from the time [God] had. The pure principles of element are principles which can never be destroyed; they may be organized and reorganized, but not destroyed. They had no beginning and can have no end" (HC 6:308-309). Thus should the Big Bang be described as the Big Organization of physical "matter" out of eternal "element"?

Robert D StarlingDecember 29, 2020

Thank you Michael, for this insight into your soul and your songs. Yes, Jesus came to "claim" us. As I read your article I thought about the word Alma the Younger used, that he was "snatched" by Christ from the jaws of hell and from the "exquisite" spiritual pain that he was suffering. I've often wondered about his use of that term "snatched". I believe our beloved Savior is always waiting and looking for the opportunity to "snatch" us to his bosom. All we have to do is (as you wrote) "let Him in."

Ginger DurbinDecember 29, 2020

Scot and Maurine, Thank you for giving me some excitement about the Doctrine and Covanents. I must confess, this is my least-looked-forward-to book in the study of the scriptures, but I’m hoping to turn over a new leaf this year.

Robert D StarlingDecember 28, 2020

Yes, thank you for re-publishing this article here at Meridian. It is so unfortunate that most young people today have never even heard of "1984" and the warnings that it contains. The older 1956 movie version has been colorized and can be seen here for free: Watch it with your children and discuss how we can protect our freedoms.

Barbara ParkerDecember 28, 2020

Is it possible, or has anyone studied the idea that the Three Wise Men could have been sent from the Lost 10 Tribes? Clearly, they would have been looking for the Messiah, have their own scripture, and be from an obscure origin as well.

Ken MazzantiDecember 28, 2020

I applaud your inclusion of this article from Imprimus. Our nation is under attack by those who deny God, encourage totalitarianism, and the enslavement of humanity-basically, Satan's plan from the beginning of time. We older folks know the meaning of liberty and love of country. Many younger parents do not for they have been schooled in 'groupthink' by our education system, and are passing that same destructive ideology, many times unknowingly, to their children because they simply don't know any better. Perhaps these ideas will stir their thoughts and rekindle the concepts of liberty and love of this great country.

Maryann TaylorDecember 28, 2020

Great article, however, loving someone does not mean you must engage in a political conversation with them. It's my home and I expect the people in it to respect a gentle request that there will be no political discussion. The fact that someone would actually argue about whether you will discuss politics in your home is a surefire sign that if the conversation were to take place, they are not going to be respectful. We live in a day when shades of gray have become very black and white in politics. There is no way to "discuss" issues such as abortion, socialism, or attempts to destroy the basic principles of the constitution, with people who have closed their minds. Better to talk about a multitude of other topics available for discussion that will not engender contention.

Deniese DrakeDecember 28, 2020

There is no doubt the Lord sends the right missionaries to the right place for the right reason.

PaulineDecember 28, 2020

Along with writing things down as you suggest (to find the “story” we are telling ourselves) I find Nonviolent Communication to be very helpful. Feeling angry, frustrated, or annoyed signals an unmet need. Once that has been identified we can ask for what we need without attachment and attend to it ourselves.

Helen CDecember 28, 2020

Thank you for this illuminating exposition on analyzing our minds. It adds a depth to the thought work I am currently studying through Brooke Castillo’s “Model”. Very useful! Regards,

Virginia RockwellDecember 28, 2020

Thank you very much for this thoughtful and informative article. It is so true. I am 75 and I mourn the country in which I grew up. I will send this to my family and post it on Facebook in hopes that others will read and be enlightened or reminded.

RhianDecember 28, 2020


firma de transportDecember 28, 2020

Major thankies for the article. Cool.

Maryann TaylorDecember 27, 2020

WOW! Beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this!

BillDecember 27, 2020

Something to consider about Heavenly Father's spirit children, is that "a third-part" chose to follow Satan. To me that doesn't mean 1/3 followed Satan, but a third-part.They are not the same.

Elizabeth W AthansDecember 27, 2020

You have a great gift of sharing your experiences! This was magical! Thanks for sharing! Liz and Steve Athans

Linda BurnsDecember 27, 2020

I just discovered you!!!! I love your writing! I've only read two articles--the one about the long hard winter and this one BUT I love your talent and thank you for developing it and sharing it! May our Father Heaven bless you and yours..

Bobbi ChandlerDecember 26, 2020

We make a cranberry jello salad ever since I made it for a ward dinner as a teenager. The ward supplied the recipe. It is 1 large box raspberry jello 1 can crushed pineapple u drained 1 can whole cranberries 1 heaping tablespoon tang 1 cup chopped walnuts 1 1/4 c boiling water 3/4 7upCombine boiling water and jello and stir u til dissolved Add the rest of the ingredients and stir, breaking up the whole cranberries. Chill until set.Combine 8 ounces Philadelphia cream cheese, softened and 8 oz sour cream with a hand mixer until smooth. Spread over top of set jello. Enjoy!!!

Woodsinger57December 25, 2020

I have long believed that the wise men from the East were priests/Rabbis living in Babylon. A small percentage of the Jews returned after the Babylonian captivity and right up until the 20th century their was a thriving authoritative Jewish community living in what was the remnants of the Babylonian empire - now Iraq. It would make sense to me that God would send simple shepherds to witness the birth of his son as well as spiritual leaders in the "eastern" community to bring the word back to the people in that part of his kingdom. The fact that we hear little about "eastern" Judaism in the new testament doesn't mean that righteous witnesses were not available there

EveDecember 25, 2020


KarinDecember 25, 2020

Thank you very much for helping to turn a challenging experience into a an opportunity to learn and grow. How easily we judge ourselves for struggling in those difficult experiences instead of seeing in them the love of the Lord in allowing us to grow and learn

Sally SmithDecember 25, 2020

It is 4:18 am Christmas morning and I am feeling down. I picked Meridian Magazine to lift my spirits and found this article. It is a miracle !! It has lifted me up. Thank you.

Jane doeDecember 24, 2020

This is so beautiful to read...such a beautiful comparison to our situation in 2020. Thank you so very much for your insights... this article gave me hope

Jane doeDecember 24, 2020

So grateful for this message!! I'm sitting here all alone on Christmas Eve thinking and praying that I can be with family next year... Plus my mom passed away December 1st 2020, I'm just in the midst of sorrow. Reading this message just now has given me hope and a moment of peace with my Savior. Thank you.

Betty TownsendDecember 24, 2020

Wow! What a beautiful reminder of the Lord's birth and the irony of it being on a wall which was the antithesis of love. Thanks for this great painting.

Anna-Sophia McLaughlinDecember 24, 2020

Thankyou for your astute observations in this timely article! I whole-heartedly agree. Let's just focus on the Savior, proclaim the good news and celebrate!

Dave GrandyDecember 24, 2020

Thanks, Marilyn. I can imagine the play there in the Montpelier tabernacle.

SKDecember 24, 2020

This daddy-daughter duo is a blessing that came from the pandemic. They have blessed my life so much in 2020.

James RawsonDecember 24, 2020

Gary, you’re spot on as usual! Everyone who wishes me Happy Holidays, I always wish them a Very Merry Christmas!

Ken MazzantiDecember 24, 2020

There are many stars in the sky, but they do not lead us anyplace in particular. It is our earth that is rotating round and round. The new star of Bethlehem is mentioned on the night of the Savior's birth. It was proximate enough to lead the shepherds to the place where the baby Jesus was laying in a manger. Our sun is a star locaterd 93 million miles away, but we really don't want that star too close or the consequences would not be good for us. However, the Star of Bethlehem stayed there long enough for the Magi to follow it from the east using visual navigation, and it first led them to Jerusalem where they met with Herod, the Great. The Magi then had to make inquiry sufficient to lead them to the town of Bethlehem to kneel before the Christ Child and present their gifts. As our earth rotates, most stars appear to 'move' in the heavens, but it is this earth that is really rotating and not the stars. The "North Star" is stable enough for navigational purposes, but the wise men came from the east traveling the direction of the rotation of the earth. So, how did the Magi stay on course for those weeks, months, or possibly years following a star in the heavens? God can make the earth stop it's rotation as he did for Joshua (this stoppage is actually taken into consideration by astrophysicists in making celestial calculations). He can make the earth reverse it's rotation as he did in the days of Enoch just prior to the flood. The people of the Book of Mormon experienced a day and a night and a day of light, but did the people of Jerusalem? Why was it not dark for 3 days in Jerusalem following the Crucifixion. That is where the Savior actually died. The people of the New World were wicked enough to have their land completely torn apart with whole cities buried, burned or flooded with millions killed. And yet, the people of Jerusalem, who actually killed the Son of God, were spared those consequences for 40 years. There are so many questions.

ClaudiaDecember 24, 2020

You have helped me in the perfect way. Your suffering has been consecrated for good, as He promised.

JeanDecember 24, 2020

That was beautiful!!! Their voices are so pure. This Christmas hymn is one of my favorites. It has a great message. This rendition was soul stirring. Thank you!

Donna MalanDecember 24, 2020

While Linus was reciting the Christmas story, his security blanket was not In his hand,, but dropped to the ground beside him. While focused on Christ, he did not need his blanket. There is a message there for each of us.

Lisa ReisingDecember 24, 2020

Thank you for sharing these poignant thoughts - I needed to read this today. Perspective is everything. Remembering the things pointed out - key! Comparisons to the experiences of others: poison.

Carol AnnDecember 24, 2020

We need more of the "silent majority" especially in today's world to speak up for truth and light in so many ways! Yes, it was a beautiful thing to return 4 years ago to the greeting from the White House, a sincere Merry Christmas! I pray that we will never again settle again as a country for the secular...happy holidays. Merry Christmas! as we celebrate Christ's birth, and may God bless us, every one!

AnonymousDecember 23, 2020

Thank you for this article! It's exactly what I needed. As a divorced woman whose kids are grown, a temple ordinance worker who is no longer allowed to serve because only a select few are chosen to do so, I'm feeling very alone and forgotten and unvalued. Thank you for this reminder that Christmas is really about the Savior who can heal my hurts and dry my tears.

MargaretDecember 23, 2020

What a sweet reminder!

Keith WilsonDecember 23, 2020

Nicely done, Br. Marsh. I suspect that one reason for your article is because you too have been blessed with a cheery disposition. This coming from one who knows you fairly well. Br. Keith Wilson

SherryDecember 23, 2020

Thank you so much for all you do to testify of Christ and share with so many. May His choicest blessings be yours this Christmas season and always ❤️

Elizabeth SmithDecember 23, 2020

Timely re-read from one of my favorite authors.

Colleen StoutDecember 23, 2020

Dear Brother Marsh, as I read this, I could feel Joseph's hand reaching out to mine. I hope we are all feeling touched by his love and example. Merry Christmas!! You are lighting the world with this article.

Maryann TaylorDecember 23, 2020

I believe that Joseph's cheerful disposition was a sacred gift from God to help him through his trials. Oh, how I pray I will be worthy to meet this amazing Prophet of God one day!

Maryann TaylorDecember 23, 2020

It should be remembered that the prophet's mother, Lucy, was not able to make the trip West and that may be another reason that Emma did not go with the saints. Emma also had a great sense of humor---one time some politicians stopped over to stay in her inn and she served something similar to popovers. She commented that she had decided to call these popovers "candidates" because they were puffed up and full of hot air.

Delores HughesDecember 23, 2020

What a beautiful story. God makes miracles happen.

JuliannaDecember 23, 2020

Loved this. Thanks for the story of your courageous Grandma.

Harrison BryantDecember 23, 2020

This story is great. Many events like this have happened and people still do not believe that there is a GOD. I testify that our father watches over us and h did send his son. In the name of Jesus Christ amen!

Jacqueline RichardsDecember 23, 2020

Happy Christmas Gary! From a very soggy and locked down UK!! I like 'Happy Christmas' because 'Merry'makes me think of people getting tiddly! But 'Merry Christmas' is definitely preferable to that silly 'Happy Holidays'. Keep safe in this very dangerous world and God Bless. Jackie

Steve LawranceDecember 23, 2020

Are Samuel the Lamanite and others from the New World possible candidates for the Wise Men?

Ann RobinsonDecember 22, 2020

I agree with this previous commentator, I was very disappointed in this article which I thought would be about the church and our prophet. Instead it was more of Coppins whining about how he hates Trump. A good opportunity was missed. But I guess I should have expected that, it was,afterall, the Atlantic Magazine. What should we have expected.

HeatherDecember 22, 2020

What an amazing and inspiring man. Where can I purchase a copy of one of the paintings?

Susan D'AndreaDecember 22, 2020

Excellent article, Mariah. There is a wonderful article in the August 1992 Ensign magazine, "My Great Great Grandmother, Emma Hale Smith" by Gracia M. Jones. Her books "Emma and Joseph" and "Emma and Lucy" are great too.

Lynn D JohnsonDecember 22, 2020

Wonderful to read the team, Peterson plus the late Hamblin. Always a joy.The wise men were certainly Nephi, Lehi, and Samuel, all of whom disappear before the sign given of the birth of Jesus. They knew when He would be born.There was reasonable sources of gold and silver in the land of Nephi and around Zarahemla, so it would be logical they took some with them. They could easily buy what they needed. They spoke a version of Hebrew, so it would have been easy for them to master the language and communicate with the folks in Palestine.Who else would it be?IMHO.

SpencerDecember 22, 2020

This was a very inspiring article. Thank you Wally

Charles McClellandDecember 22, 2020

Thank you, Mariah, for this well written and informative article on Emma Smith. I appreciate her more now than ever.

Ron BarnesDecember 22, 2020

Who could blame Emma for staying behind when the Saints went west. She had suffered enough in her life. A man like Joseph needed a woman like Emma to help him endure what he needed to endure. Her own endurance was equal to his, and in some ways it was greater. They made a great team.

Chuck SanfordDecember 21, 2020

Many years ago, I watched an episode on TV about this time. Their friend, made it to their cabin (half-dead from the cold) and gave the girls a small piece of candy cane, so they would have something for Christmas. It was very touching, especially now, as we do things that follow what our Savior would do.

Gladys OwensDecember 21, 2020

Wonderful Article!

Margaret BourneDecember 21, 2020

I can't remember if it was President Kimball or President Hinckley that said, when asked, that we would receive the rest of the gold plates when we had sufficiently read what we already have. In other words, if we don't read what we have, why would we be given the rest? Good point!

Maryann TaylorDecember 21, 2020

I have found that when I cut way back on sugar intake that the natural sweetness and full flavors of fruits and vegetables are much more pronounced. Real food tastes so much better when our taste buds haven't been overwhelmed with sugar or junk food.

AnonymousDecember 21, 2020

I honestly thought this article missed the mark. I was excited at first to read about his interview with President Nelson. However, it consisted of only a few lines at the beginning and the end. Most of this article was a personal reflection on the author's own experience with his religion, "Mormonism," as he referred to it. Even at that, in some places, he straddled the line with his own opinions instead of facts. I personally was offended by his political swipe of President Trump. His liberal politics then exposed himself further with continued "fawning" over his fellow New Englander, Romney. I was left with an unsettled feeling about the true motive of this article which could have been really good, but fell flat!

Arlene BascomDecember 21, 2020

Great advice, Carolyn. This is one of many inspirational ideas I have gained from your articles. Thank you so much for sharing your life and wonderful ideas with us. I love the fact that your ideas are all so practical and usable, but that you always add the spiritual dimension as well. You are a true inspiration to me!

GayeDecember 21, 2020

I really enjoyed this article, but I believe you made one mistake. It was Cap Garland who went with Almanzo, not Almanzo's brother Royal. As this is a story of real people and really events, Cap needs to to be remembered and honored for his sacrifice for the town. I love your suggestion to read this story as a way to teach and build resilience. Family history stories can do the same thing. Thank you for your insights.

Ann SDecember 21, 2020

Scot & Maurine, What a special Christmas podcast. My heart is full, my love and appreciation for all you do to lift and inspire is overflowing at this time. Please have a wonderful and very Merry Christmas and a blessed 2021!!

Mark W MinerDecember 20, 2020

Yes, THIS truly is what the Temple and the Gospel are all about. Thank you for recording such a touching experience, a bright reminder of the Son during the painful losses of mortality.

Ron TitusDecember 20, 2020

His journals and stories like this should be uploaded to checked and only found 4 pictures, but NO STORIES!

Duane and Chris HallDecember 20, 2020

Scot and Maurine - Oh, how we loved this beautiful Christmas podcast. Each word, each story was so carefully chosen and along with the stunning music in the background, touched us and filled our hearts with joy. We feel so blessed to have had you share your knowledge and testimonies of the Book of Mormon with us this past year. Your generous hearts and pure love of Christ continually teach us. May your home be filled to overflowing this Christmas with the same joy and love that you continually share with us

JaredDecember 20, 2020

Definitely not an endorsement and I believe this is an effort to safeguard our freedom to believe.

Rosalie & Howard PiersonDecember 19, 2020

Thank you for another life lesson! How to enjoy the simple things, especially oranges and nuts! We are laughing with your wife about her stretched stocking! Love your stories!

cdDecember 17, 2020

Beautiful! Thank you for pointing us to Christ our Redeemer.

MaryAnnDecember 17, 2020

I do lots of large puzzles. ‘‘Tis is one of the hardest I have ever done. Definitely not for children. We bought it to do with the grand children, but didn’t have the time while visiting. I did it and it’s nowglued and waiting to be framed. I certainly don’t want to do It again.

Gladys OwensDecember 17, 2020


Wanda NovakDecember 17, 2020

My journal arrived today. It is more beautiful than I expected. My one vIsit to Nauvoo years ago needs to be repeated. What an amazing place. While I love journals and planners, the theme of this one pulled at my heart. One of our daughters and her family recently moved to Nauvoo. The hour drive we have enjoyed for the past five years to visit them has stretched to a day and a half. Now each day when I look at this beautiful book I will think of them and imagine them in those very streets and buildings portrayed in the inspiring photos. Thank you for this precious gift.

Marilynne LinfordDecember 17, 2020

If the link doesn’t work, email me and I will send you a pdf. My email is: [email protected] Thanks for your interest.

KathleenDecember 17, 2020

Beautifully worded as usual and once again my heart swells in longing to return to these sacred edifices.

Billie NicholsonDecember 16, 2020

Thank you for all your efforts this year. These podcasts have touched my life and enlarged my understanding.

SusanDecember 16, 2020

You could have stepped through those choices in another order and eliminated the surrogacy leaving no good options, which is what the Catholic church's dignitas humanae says

Holly DudleyDecember 16, 2020

Thank you so much for this great gift & for your spiritual insights. Unfortunately I have had no luck in downloading. Would you mind sending me some instructions. I get as far as the page to manage blogs but when I paste in the link you gave it still does not come up.Thank you so much.

M MansellDecember 16, 2020

On the Christmas Eve that was two months after my mother’s passing, I was retiring to bed and feeling peace and joy about the next day. I felt ready. All things were prepared but I was also realizing it was my first Christmas without my mother. Soon after I was comfortably in bed and pondering, a vision came of my mother and she was standing in the air in glory. She was whole and complete in her temple clothes but without a veil. In her last months of life, she had had her left leg amputated just below the knee due to diabetic complications. Now she was in a most whole and glorious state with bright light all around her and a radiant smile. She did not speak but I received a message of her love for her family. I arose, after the vision closed, and typed up a letter of her love to my children, made copies and rolled them up with a ribbon around them and placed them in each sock to be read Christmas morning.It was also wonderful to relate this experience to my siblings and help them feel at peace with her passing and to rejoice in her graduation to a much better life.

JannaDecember 16, 2020

Thank you. What a delightful party.

Beth TDecember 16, 2020

Thank You!!! I was touched by your gratitude “ I thank Heavenly Father for giving me an exciting idea that produced a tangible positive. ” Grateful He sustained you through your illness & blessed us all through your writings. Fabulous!!!

Dianna PotterDecember 16, 2020

I have a sister in law say " I've never seen a family with a work ethic like your family". My brother, sister and I learned by example and chores all our lives. We were required to have our beds made before we left our rooms by school age. Do I regret these lessons? No, now over 5 decades later that lesson remains. Now my granddaughter at 6 knows grandma's expectation and we do it together.

David ChristiansenDecember 16, 2020

When I was in the LTM (yes, I'm that old) in Hawaii, Cleon Skousen spoke. He suggested the reason we do not have the sealed portion of the plates is that we are not yet good enough students of what we already have. He also suggested that if we had that portion then we would be held accountable for that as well. Where much is given........

Edi WinbergDecember 15, 2020

What a beautiful story. I feel your pain. I moved from Southern California to Alberta Canada. i still haven't warmed up.. Our daughter lives in Virginia and the weather was very nice. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

MarJean LewisDecember 15, 2020

We have so enjoyed your podcasts this year. You have helped us love the Book of Mormon more and more. Thank you for your willingness to share your experiences.

JaimeDecember 15, 2020

So grateful it is Taipei. With Hong Kong closed, we desperately need a temple to perform ordinances where Chinese characters can be read. Grateful familysearch is working on a system to turn these characters into western pronunciations so we can continue if we had to. Pray for the people in Taiwan. China is threatening.

Janna Stout MorrellDecember 15, 2020

This was such a beautiful article and just what I needed today! Also, it is fantastic that you would give away such a book! I’m excited to read it! Thank you, Thank you, thank you!

Linda Starr WinansDecember 15, 2020

AMEN! Strangers no more.... What a marvelous story. THANKS for sharing! Merry Christmas to you both from snowy Wisconsin!

michael edwardsDecember 15, 2020

stop washing their clothes, cooking whatever they want at meal time, and driving them wherever they want to go and then see how quickly they get their little behinds in gear. honestly the parents of today are a joke.

CherieDecember 15, 2020

Thank your for your insightful words, your optimism, and for the free book. I look forward to reading it! I’m grateful for your positive contribution to my day!

Tanya NeiderDecember 14, 2020

For those of you who wish to obtain a pdf version of the flyers/infographs, please message me on Facebook (Tanya Anderson Neider).

C M RonaldDecember 14, 2020

Hi there. I really liked the article. I have one question... Jared, Alma, Amulek were all in the Old Testament. When Jesus Christ came, He taught us how to pray with 'The Lord's Prayer' for example... So I guess I'm a bit confused as to why pray after B.C/Old Testament examples...

LexaGraemeDecember 14, 2020

Readers, please know that not all children of adoption go through some type of devastating primal loss. There are children of adoption that understand their birth parents just might have loved them so much and knew they deserved something better than what they could provide. Their adopted family IS their family. This is the case in my family.

Mike GriffithDecember 14, 2020

More intolerance and exclusion from the crowd that preaches "tolerance and inclusion" to everyone else.

Jennifer L ChurchillDecember 14, 2020

Cindy, Thank you for your beautiful description of what life can be like when the torrential rain and wind seem to be tearing you apart and then the sweet, sweet, comfort of our Savior and loved ones who form this united covering to strengthen and unify and hold you up when all else seems to fail. Despite months ahead of my husband's passing, in which, I prepared myself for this eventuality, you are never actually prepared when the moment happens. In the months that would follow I was again unprepared to lose my apartment and the financial assistance, I had been receiving. I was broke and homeless..Then again this month I have found myself in the same predicament. Through all this, the one thing that never wavered was the love and support of my family. I am blessed with five other siblings and my love for them has grown by leaps and bounds and they have pulled that "canopy" of support and understanding around me. I have chosen to stay close to our Heavenly Father and Savior. I have not once walked alone through this even if at times as I cried myself to sleep over the loss of my dearest companion. I know this is long, but thank you for allowing me to share this with you.

Jeff and Wendy HerbertDecember 14, 2020

It is with great joy I read Elder Dube’s prayer. We were taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Reg Nield shortly before leaving Zimbabwe 42 years ago. I will never forget the beautiful Spirit I felt standing for the first time on that Chapel site in Highlands It comes as no surprise a Temple will built there.

Anita EDecember 14, 2020

Loved your article. I also served in Brazil and know exactly what you meant!

LewisDecember 14, 2020

In many ways, Christmas is the hardest holiday for me to celebrate, because joy of the Savior is far too often lost in the materialism of our hustle and bustle to celebrate in just the "right" way. Your story allows us to refocus our efforts and lift our vision a bit higher. When we studied this week in Moroni about charity, I was reminded once again of the pure love of Christ that must accompany all that we do. Thank you for sharing this gift with us. May all of our Christmas seasons be filled with that pure love of Christ as well.

MichelleDecember 14, 2020

This article brought me a lot of peace and a course correction today. Im dealing w a difficult situation that i cant see being resolved anytime soon and my heart hurts. God does know and love us all. Thank you for these reminders.

ChappDecember 13, 2020

All fiat money fails. Simple as that. If you think that the church can use current money to start a bank, when that money fails, you are dreaming. This article is spot on, but the solution isn't the church. The solution is having real money and real skills that will be in demand. Very good article and timely. Had no idea it was this bad.

Detective Christopher LeGrow--Omaha Police Department.December 13, 2020

I was a missionary in Columbus, Ohio from 1980-1982. Columbus was a cluster city for Cambodian Refugees. We helped them with cars, apartments, clothes. They came to Ohio in winter. Horrible experience for people that have never been cold in their lives. Their stories at first were unbelievable but when the same stories were told by different people the magnitude of their horrific experience became clear. They were a sweet and humble people. Is there some way I can help? Donation etc.

pornpicsDecember 13, 2020

Wish You All The Best In 2021!

KimDecember 12, 2020

Loved this. The sensitivity and tenderness in the authors response, validating and encouraging those in this situation was beautifully done.

Cary HolmquistDecember 11, 2020

That’s what we would all like/need—whether from Santa or someone else on the other side of the veil, the gift would be most welcome. What a great wish from a heart which has turned to her fathers and mothers!

Mark BishopDecember 11, 2020

I truly feel my fallen nature, even as a struggle to be kind and faithful. Didn't Jesus say that only one was good, even our Father in Heaven? I pray for His mercy for myself and everyone else in this world of disappointment and struggle. It is only through the merits of Jesus Christ that any of us have any chance at all.

Becky OttesonDecember 11, 2020

Thankful to Sister Webb for this thoughtful, and thought provoking lesson.

Jane E BrayDecember 11, 2020

Thanks so much for this uplifting and inspiring story of a new way to not only look at, but celebrate Christmas!!! HUGS Kindness matters more than monetary things.

MJSDecember 11, 2020

This is not an easy road. But it can be a consecrating road. My experience is different in origin, but the lessons may be parallel. Her disabilities, and inabilities, whatever they are exactly, are not eternal. How does she show her husband that she loves him? What daily actions or responses demonstrate her heart? Is there substance there, and can he see the eternal future in the joy of that day when all these mortal handicaps fall away? I was just rereading 2Corinthians 4:17 this morning: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." We feel the affliction is not 'light' now that we're living it, but before we came to this earth we saw and understood the 'glory' as we cannot on this side of the veil. That was a powerful insight to me at a point of need.Who is your wife as a daughter of God who will have all losses restored in that glory which is to come? Can you learn to place the burdens of those present losses at the Savior's feet, and through the power of his love and presence find lightness of heart? Ask and keep asking to be able to see her as the Savior sees her. Create, use, and recognize a support system. Get care for yourself, get medical or counseling support grounded in the gospel, remember that your own needs matter--don't just subsume them in being a caretaker, that's unsustainable and not what God requires of you or wants for you--but there may be a path of happiness here still. Prayers and hope go with you.

MatDecember 11, 2020

I'm not sure how Mark Skousen, presumably a relative of Cleon Skousen, is considered an unbiased reviewer. Cleon Skousen's and Ezra Taft Benson's political views have a lot of overlap. Cleon Skousen's politics are something Matthew Harris discusses, not entirely favorably. I appreciate the exhaustive research Matt Harris has done and plan to purchase this book.It is helpful to understand what went on behind the scenes in church leadership and the efforts of Apostle Benson's senior leaders to reign in his political activism which was often done over the pulpit. A recognition that not all church leaders were in agreement helps free me up to develop my own moral frameworks as an active member of the church who sometimes sees political issues differently than some of the church leaders. When we work to create a voting block among church members, creating a cultural attitude that only certain right-wing political views are considered acceptable, we end up losing some of our valued young people, among other valued members. I wish for a big tent within the church where we welcome people with different views and different backgrounds. Matthew Harris points out that church leaders such as Spencer Kimball and many others recognized the importance of remaining politically neutral, allowing church members to consider varied political viewpoints and that this was crucial to the growth of the church. The more the church becomes exclusively aligned with one political viewpoint we alienate members and prospective members.

Debbi M.December 10, 2020

To Patricia: I can only image your pain. You can still be healed--it does not take renewing a negative relationship to do that. You sound much better off without the hurt of that relationship. You are not less because you choose not to be with that man anymore. Be kind to yourself. You are the one in charge of your own happiness, and not a damaged vessel. Be free and positive!

Debbi M.December 10, 2020

I love this! How simple and profound. You have sparked me!

Lynnette BatesDecember 10, 2020

Is there a place where we can actually read or download the handouts (flyers) for the virtual youth temple trip, the "Let's go Family History" and the Kinston Stake Family History challenge? It would be great to be able to see what the activities entailed and how they could be adapted to our ward or stake. Thank you.

TaceyDecember 10, 2020

I don't think this article is a "paranoid conspiracy theory" considering that the entire latter half of the Book of Mormon addresses the devastating effects of conspiracy. What do you think a secret combination is? The Nephite and Lamanite societies were both destroyed by governmental and societal conspiracy. Since the Book of Mormon was written for our day and to help us navigate our modern world is it really so paranoid to consider that this author might have a point? We are told not to be naive. We are told to be wise as foxes. What this author is writing about may not happen, but it will not hurt us to be prepared for it. When ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.

vickieDecember 9, 2020

what can one say. i myself dont believe in doing your embryo's to a place that freezes them and you never use them..or maybe people who have hysterectomys ..the hospital can take those embryo's and save them..and then later put them into a womb to be me its playing God....needless to say i dont think its right....but that would be my opinion for me....

Peter SchlegelDecember 9, 2020

Thank you for your excellent counsel on prayer Br Goddard.i too have had times where I feel my prayers were so lacking and I was just not connecting with my Father in Heaven. Being responsible for many souls at given times he always made His will known but I often felt there could be a much stronger connection. My life has often been a "mess" and it's good to know others have struggled along with me. Your insights and plain speaking are a true blessing to me. Thank you!

Janeen BurkeDecember 9, 2020

I didn’t get the feeling that the author was telling the Church what to do, but I would have liked to have felt more faith in the leadership as prophets, seers and revelators. I have no doubt that the leaders are well aware of this and the greater persecution coming. I truly believe that Christ Himself directs the Church and no doubt they are being prepared and it’s just a matter of time when we receive further instruction. Personal revelation is so important and the Book of Mormon spells out very clearly of the secret combination that will bring an end of all nations and that it will happen before the second coming. Then you have the very clear warnings from several leaders, but especially President Nelson that the second coming is near. He even told us to “repent and do it now, time is running out.” Can’t get much clearer than that! They have been warning us for decades and they have been preparing us spiritually for the law of consecration, which I feel is coming soon. We will be called upon that law just as we have been called upon for the law of tithing as a preparation of the higher law. This is all very important that we should be prepared for and remember if we are prepared, then we “shall not fear”.

Lori ThorntonDecember 9, 2020

Such great insights and food for thought! However, I dont' want to be too quick to throw out the "standard" formula for prayer. Showing true gratitude for what we have first very often changes the rest of the prayer. Sometimes we truly forget about all of the great things we have! It's very hubling to be reminded of all the luxuries of life that we often don't even think about (utilities, clean water, heating and air conditioning, a warm bed, etc). I've been humbled many, many times to tears in this first part of the standard prayer formula. It sets the tone for great humility for the remainder of the prayer, and puts me in awe of His love for me!

A happy wife in recoveryDecember 9, 2020

This was good to listen to now. I bought the book 10 years ago when it first came out. It was scary and painful then. I am so much farther down the road of healing. I just want wives to know that healing is possible through the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. I can't saw where my husband is in his journey, since he is still not ready to share his thoughts, feelings or experiences with me. I have always stuck with him, since we are married for time and eternity. I still have hope for him to change and be happy!. I found that I couldn't change him; I could only change myselt to be a happy person. I have grown closer to the Savior and my husband by accepting him, forgiving him and love HIM, NOT his behavior. Once I could separate the two, I could heal.. Thank you for the book and the podcast. You guys are wonderful!

LexaGraemeDecember 9, 2020


LexaGraemeDecember 9, 2020


PaniaDecember 9, 2020

This treasured memory made me smile! I remember those video rental and pizza stores, and I think everyone can relate to having to go back in and face the same employees! Great times. Thanks so much for sharing.

Dan HammondDecember 9, 2020

Thank you Richard for an insightful description of the Restored Gospel. It was very well written and interesting. I really valued the description of the 12 gifts of the Restoration. We met several years ago on a Book of Mormon cruise. You and Linda were our teachers.! so, I feel like I know you better as a writer. Thanks again!

Tom WoodDecember 8, 2020

A timely and stirring lesson, Breck. As you advised, despite the political morass we find ourselves confronted with these days, we can never go wrong by involving charity as we deal with the issues (or anything in life for that matter).

Patricia G. SchellDecember 8, 2020

Sadly, I do not want to heal, to renew the relationship. Forgiving is enough. I can not put myself in that place again. One of trust that was betrayed not just through pornography but so many little instances over 43 years, that I didn't begin to put together until the meaness became unbearable and extended to our grown children. Do I still care? As for a former friend. I still worry but not to the point of putting myself at further risk and pain. Too many years of broken trust, because I so much wanted to trust. To believe. It's very lonely. A different kind of pain, but still pain.

Mark StephanDecember 8, 2020

I don't find this to be paranoid in the least, or some sort of right wing crazy talk either, as has been suggested.This is all very credible and well researched. Much of what we suspect might happen, has been documented as already happening. And further, the prophets have been preparing us for decades (at least) to be ready for this. Not only is this a subject worth discussing, but it needs to be applied as part of our preparedness efforts.My wife and I have been paying down our debt as hard as we can go, but based on this, I think it's time we start diverting a percentage of our efforts into cash-on-hand as well.Thank you for your research and your well written article.

Maryann TaylorDecember 8, 2020

At the mention of suicide I would have gotten this relative out of that house immediately. It is unlikely the abusive parents are going to change from "talking to them." There is time for counselling and reconciliation later, but the abused individual need to be out of that house, as in yesterday! She is an adult and certainly does not need to explain why she is leaving, nor do her extended family members need to make excuses if she comes to live with them, or if they help her in other ways.

Maryann TaylorDecember 8, 2020

Beautiful, Joni! You have a wonderful Christmas, too! I am going to use your experience as a pattern to open up conversations with others. I loved the simplicity of it.

Maryann TaylorDecember 8, 2020

There is some good advice here, however, #2 troubles me. I do no consider myself "a mess" and I think it would offend Heavenly Father to describe myself in this way. I am also not "evil continually." Heavenly Father know we are weak and that we will make mistakes. There is a difference between genuine repentance and self-flogging.

Gary PrinceDecember 8, 2020

One commenter referred to this article as a conspiracy theory. It is not a theory. The UN secretary-general, António Guterres, recently advocated for all UN members to change to a system where all property is owned by the government. John Kerry has openly spoken of a 're-set' of the economic and financial systems in the world and speaks of a one-world order. These people are advocating that all people's bank accounts and real property be confiscated and redistributed as the elites determine. These goals are being touted to be accomplished by 2030. These are not conspiracies. These groups who advocate these changes are no longer shy about their intents.I believe the author brings up some very valid points. However, it would be necessary for the church to belong to a coordinating organization in order for it to be effective. Since most religions in this scenario would be persecuted, one would have to align all those religions into a cooperative type system and hope they have the ability to communicate. If censorship created an inability to use digital communication, then it would be difficult to establish such a system on a large scale.My recommendation is to follow the prophets' council and teachings. Have food storage and, most important, learn to hear the Spirit's voice and receive revelations. The day may come that most communication within the church and among the righteous will be done through the spirit and through revelation because man's creations will not be available!

Craig R. FrogleyDecember 8, 2020

Thank you for this entire series of powerful insight and edifying examples. All that I have read from your and Linda's pen has been of this same quality and has blessed our lives as a family.

Ruth AllenDecember 8, 2020

I am very familiar with the signs of the times and also that God is in charge of everything. He will expose all evil and destroy them. Each one. We must believe in the loving guidance of our beloved Savior, Jesus Christ and follow the individual promptings that come when we pray for them. Following our Prophet and apostles and the Holy Ghost is the only way to navigate through these times. Fear is not the way to make decisions. Love and trust in our Savior is!!

DDecember 8, 2020

I think this article is very timely. I think there is a distinct possibility this very scenario IS going to happen. Thank you, Meridien, for publishing thought provoking comment.

LorraineDecember 8, 2020

This is not "right wing conspiracy"". It is happening in China. If you think we are immune to conspiracy and bad things happening, look no further than the Book of Mormon.. We habe been told more than once that we will be persecuted in the last days.

WilsonDecember 8, 2020

I can see it coming, although we would all like to disbelieve it. I think there really is no doubt that right wing thought, including religious and patriotic expression, will be suppressed, as it currently is, but it will greatly worsen under a leftist regime.

Richard EyreDecember 8, 2020

Thanks to all for reading and thinking about the incalculable doctrinal blessings of the Restoration. May gratitude reign! Let's stay in touch!

J. HamiltonDecember 8, 2020

Great article. What the author is touching on also has another name-Mindfulness. If this strikes a chord with you, I suggest you read "The Power of Stillness: Mindful Living for Latter-day Saints"; also "Transformations of Faith" with Thomas Wirthlin McConkie. Prayer is such an amazing conduit and during these times of increased revelation (Priesthood, Home based church, etc.) the heavens are truly opened.

DebiDecember 8, 2020

Interesting perspective. Maybe this will bring us all to "have all things in common" where we support each other.

Robert D StarlingDecember 8, 2020

This article has given me pause for thought. We live in a world that seems on the one hand to worship at the altar of "diversity" and "inclusion", while at the same time is quite ready to "cancel" someone with a diversity of thought or speech if it reflects a difference of opinion with which it does not agree. Certainly the Latter-day Saints have suffered terrible persecutions, including un-Constitutional government assaults from the Missouri extinction order to the Edmunds-Tucker Act and beyond. But it seems to me that the examples given in this article of corporate persecution have clear remedies (at least in the US) in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and followup legislation that prohibits discrimination by anyone (including banks, Google, etc) on the basis of many things, including religion as "sincerely held beliefs". It seems to me that the people who have been wronged should get lawyers and sue the heck out of the banks, etc. who have cancelled them. Or am I missing something?

DayDecember 8, 2020

This is an amazing and well thought out article. Anyone who actually studies the persecutions and events to happen before the second coming from the Bible know about those who will or won’t be allowed to buy and sell. One political party’s leader here in the US. has already labeled and sought to classify religious groups as safe harbors for hate. It has already begun. It doesn’t take a genius to see where that kind of label and subsequent policies will go. Brilliant and prophetic article that offers hope in a solution. Anyone who feels this is paranoid or right wing needs to study their scriptures and awaken.

Of the news channels and social media who are afraid to share anything of this sort. Blessings to youDecember 8, 2020

Thank you for your research AND courage to share. No doubt you will be getting many who do not like to hear this kind of thing but when we start to have experiences ourselves and friends also having experiences with the banking system not being able to use cash Etc, it’s concerning. I don’t think this is fear mongering at all as some may say. It’s simply warning and getting informed. The more information we have the better apt we are to making decisions. When we are prepared we won’t fear. Thank you so much for this extensive research and your time taken to write this. And thank you meridian magazine for your willingness to share this. Please do not take it down please do not be like the restOf the news channels and social media who are afraid to share anything of this sort. Blessings to you!

RenaeDecember 8, 2020

Where is the concern for how current banking practices impact the poor? This piece is conjecture. Pay day loans and tax refund advance and lines of credit geared to those unsophisticated enough to be lured in are current reality. Interest rates on these loans, when added to application fees close in on 50%. Tax preparation companies lure in clients, who pay exhoribant amounts for simple tax returns, with promises of zero interest loans that usually get them $500 two to three weeks earlier than they would have. But the cost of the return is $500, so the client actually loses much of the refund amount to tax preparation fees. Legal, yes. Moral, no. But Utah is right in there with its pro-business culture demanding the legislature not act to protect the poor. We do not want Zion. How could the rich get and stay righ without the right to exploit the poor?

TerryDecember 8, 2020

Very happy to hear. Wish more countries were in a position to open. My temple list is long and I will need great help to finish the work. I pray God will send us help.

TerryDecember 8, 2020

Very happy to hear. Wish more countries were in a position to open. My temple list is long and I will need great help to finish the work. I pray Hod will send us help.

essayDecember 8, 2020

I'm not as concerned about the banking issues in this article (people will always find ways to take your money) as I am about the censorship issues. We now live in an era of censorship by those that think they know what's ethically correct and other viewpoints are labeled "harmful," society must not tolerate them and must be "canceled." No one has given them the authority, but wield it they do.

Ronald L. McKimDecember 7, 2020

We already are living in the "days of cancel culture"! Anyone naïve enough to think they are immune, try making a comment on social media, or stating your religious believes publicly, or maybe in a work situation mention that you are Christian/Conservative. Better yet, wear a MAGA hat! Just be prepared for the "Social Brown Shirts" to show up to shame you, cancel you, and shut you up. And yes, they will deny your rights as Big Tech is now doing. This article is spot on, good job!

Andrew ArnottDecember 7, 2020

Digital currency already completely solves this as it eliminates the bank entirely. But most merchants don't take it yet:(

LKDecember 7, 2020

I absolutely don't believe this is premature, paranoid, or inappropriate. On the contrary, what do the scriptures and prophecies warn and where do you stand in your commitment? I've lived in enough university towns with many members who prided themselves on being 'above' risking any appearance of not fitting in with the larger culture. It doesn't surprise me some posters are of this sentiment. I feel a glint of hope reading this article, hope for our futures and that of our children. Thank you and prayers for us all.

RussDecember 7, 2020

Far from being extreme, to have an alternative to the current financial system will be a wise and practical decision. In addition to dealing with discrimination against traditional Christian/LDS values that are rapidly building, there is the "Great Economic Reset" that is coming as well. Many aspects of a social credit score system as seen in China, as noted, are already starting to evolve. To have an alternative and not lose the value of your hard-earned savings is wise. It is not a question of if, but of when the props that have kept our economy going will fail. However, it will be an extremely difficult path to take with opposition every step of the way from the "establishment." Those who think that such events as being described will not happen are seriously mistaken and to not even try to make proactive measures is extremely short-sighted. .

Susan D MarxDecember 7, 2020

I tried to post this to my private family Facebook group it just goes to my kids by pushing on the Facebook button associated with this article and it immediately told me that my Facebook was locked because of suspicious activity. I have never ever had my Facebook locked because of suspicious activity, it's never been locked for any reason. this is crazy bizarre.

NannaDecember 7, 2020

This is so scary to me I am trembling! Please tell me this is unlikely to happen to good honest people. I think this information would come from the prophet. Why would you publish this type of material. Not uplifting at all. If this is a scare tactic it worked.

VAL C. LEWISDecember 7, 2020

Very timely and important article. Thank You!

vickieDecember 7, 2020

I WANT TO KNOW about these things happening in the world ...because these things move along around the world....we and our children are going to have to ever be on watch.....notice what is happening in our own country.....just do what the Lord wants us to do.....prepare...

Scott PugsleyDecember 7, 2020

This I a bad sign - Meridian getting involved in extreme right-wing advocacy of what the Church should do. I urge Meridian to stay on the path and avoid this kind of advocacy.

Pam BiggerDecember 7, 2020

Oh my... sounds possible...sounds a little scary...hope people do not panic....time will tell how it all works out...really glad to know that someday the Savior will be in charge and evil will be bound etc...

Rick ChaddertonDecember 7, 2020

This is a well thought out and researched article and looks to our future when we can no longer "buy or sell" without the mark of the beast, according to John.I am not persuaded however that the Church can create a banking entity to skirt the various bullying (payment) entities that you quote in your article. Even if the Church were to set up a bank of sorts, there are utility service providers that could still cut off the infrastructure needed to run a bank (broadband, power etc). Therefore what?The other side of the coin is even though you have identified that Churches such as ours could quickly be identified as a "hate group" and have bank accounts etc cut off - what about organized crime who survive and use bank accounts to grow their business despite AML laws worldwide. Then there are more nefarious users like Pornhub that Governments and banks seem unwilling to ban.

Glen ODecember 7, 2020

This is an interesting read and offers items that individuals and families should consider. That said, I have no doubt that the church leaders either already are or were at least 20 years ahead of the issues developed here. They have been counseling us to get out of debt and to pay off our mortgages for well more than 100 years. These are probably the best things we can do. We have been asked to store necessary items to sustain life and President Hinckley said on more than one occasion to have a little money set aside at home in case you couldn't access it at the bank. Follow the brethren and the spirit and we will be able to withstand these challenges.

Claudia WilsonDecember 7, 2020

Well said my friend. Thank you for taking a strong stand and sharing it with others!

JimDecember 7, 2020

There are a few credit unions that their field of membership is the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just find one of them and you will not have a problem with your account or getting loans.

GWDecember 7, 2020

If these forces and de-person individuals, can't/won't they all do that to an financial institution trying to skirt their punishment. Will it do any good to have financial access through say a "Zion's" bank if no other bank will work with them? This article is concerning, but I'm not sure the solution would make any difference.

Alan WildDecember 7, 2020

This is a very timely article. Church members will surely face this banking issue one day and now is the time to prepare.

Terry StephensDecember 7, 2020

I have had a growing concern about this very situation. I believe this to be exactly what we will see in the very near future. It fits with prophesy and scriptural descriptions of the final days before Christ returns. It would be wonderful to have a totally independent financial system not just for church members, but for all who cherish faith and freedom. We must also have an independent social networking and communications platform. The church has the basic foundations in place for adaptation and expansion. I hope it is being discussed seriously in the highest councils of the church.

VaDecember 7, 2020

Right on! To keep our money from supporting The Great Reset via the Big Banks would be effective. There seems to be every indication that social censoring is happening and Will become more anti-Christian.

ShaunaDecember 7, 2020

Wonderful--thanks for sharing! so glad you got to go! I cannot imagine a mission without being endowed. And thank you for the "one by one" reminder. My parents are in assisted living and have been in quarantine for over 3 weeks. I NEED to know that the Lord is aware of them

LexaGraemeDecember 7, 2020

Beautiful message. Beautiful photos. Thank you.

George NolanDecember 7, 2020

Wonderful uplifting story, thank you for sharing it.

Edward Rehder IIIDecember 7, 2020

Great article! We need to keep our finger on this pulse. Good ideas as well. Thanks

EDecember 7, 2020

This is incredibly paranoid and I don't think it's helpful to feed that kind of thinking.

RitaDecember 7, 2020

When I first read this article in SquareTwo, I thought about the references in Revelation to the "mark of the beast". We usually think of it as a physical mark, like a tattoo. But in our digital age, it may be a "virtual" mark. The counsel from the prophets to get out of debt, have useful skills, and develop spiritual strength ring louder now than ever.

Valori Foster TreftDecember 6, 2020

Breck, Thank you for this great article . You’ve lifted my spirit today as I have pondered your words and those of the Prophet and Book of Mormon. I engage in political discussion with my grandson. He exemplifies this teaching. No matter how much we disagree no voice is raised in anger, no heart hurt and all ends in love and appreciation for each other. I’ve shared your article with him and other members of my family. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and spirit.

AngieDecember 6, 2020

Empty ourselves of ourselves and let God flood in; I love this.

TMDecember 5, 2020

Mr. Hill, as the saying goes, those who would trade freedom for security deserve neither. Voluntarily compliance with requested and reasonable measures to minimize risk is acceptable yet maintains our freedoms, but accepting unconstitutional government mandates is mere acquiescence.


I am always grateful for Brother Goddard's inspiring comments, but was somewhat troubled by Madeline's comments. Many changes took place in Temple ordinances over the last few decades, but I found them enlightening and empowering at all times. It may just be, as for the Law of Moses, that what is right for one period of time may not be such for another one, and this is why we need constant revelation.

LewisDecember 5, 2020

I sent a comment earlier but it seems not to have been posted, so I will repeat it.I love this story. It shows how small acts of kindness ripple throughout our world, touching the lives of so many more than we can possibly imagine. And I hope this small gift you have given us of this precious story will multiply and touch the lives of more than you can possibly imagine. Thank you for this precious gift you have so generously shared with us.

Carole ManleyDecember 5, 2020

Thank you

Lawrence James NielsenDecember 5, 2020

Thank you. I believe that you are spot on.

JOHN RICHARD HILLDecember 5, 2020

After the 9/11 terrorist attack and the initial preparations for a military response, Pres. Hinckley delivered his landmark October 2001 General Conference address, "The Times in Which We Live". He reminded us that we must do our duty, that peace may be denied us for a season, that we may be inconvenienced, and that---some of our liberties may be curtailed.Today, the world is gripped in a different crisis---the COVID-19 pandemic. Church services and activities, including temple worship, have been curtailed as a reasonable and responsible effort to stem the spread and carnage of the disease---not because government is conspiring to take away our freedom to worship. Let us all be part of the pandemic solution---despite the temporary inconvenience.

Mary-Rose McMullinDecember 5, 2020

Such a great experience! I was so touched by this movie. Just wanted to let everyone know that it is also available on DVD here:

KathleenDecember 5, 2020


KathleenDecember 4, 2020

Thank you. Very well thought out, documented and written.

Lanaia RobertsonDecember 4, 2020

Thank you for a beautifully written article. This country was created for the people, by the people - who are not perfect, but try to do their best. We have learned a lot and have a lot yet to learn. This can be done only if we respect each other and listen to each other and work to solve our problems amicably. God bless us that we will be able to do that.

Jay SDecember 4, 2020

As usual great thoughts and advice See the was something you could....write this timely piece

Denise CottrellDecember 4, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this article. It is just what needed to read today.

MicheleDecember 4, 2020

I think it's more helpful to focus on emotional abuse than on diagnostic labels, since we can't diagnose people ourselves, but the label seems to be a current favorite. I truly admire this wonderfully compassionate writer wanting to assist her young niece.

Newell HarwardDecember 4, 2020

Great article. Thank you. Needed it this morning.

Karen RaffertyDecember 4, 2020

It is true that the inception and foundational documents for the United States of America were inspired; however, the country has strayed from its divine commission. You cannot lock up immigrant children in cages or kill with drones and overlook "collateral damage," read non-combatants. God led the Israelites, the Nephites, and the Jaredites into promised lands, but they all lost their status as exceptional when they flagrantly employed the practices of the Gadiantons.

LewisDecember 4, 2020

What a beautiful story of how small gifts are multiplied! I hope this small gift you have given us will be multiplied many times over during this Christmas season. Thank you so much for sharing, both in the Dominican Republic and now.

MikeDecember 3, 2020

I always enjoy Sister Pratts stories

Jenny PuckettDecember 3, 2020

The story of the Pilgrims is being rewritten to be secular, as is much of US history.

Gale E PhillipsDecember 3, 2020

The common perception of the Pilgrims being intolerant of other religions within their colony is true, but the story is more complex than that. They came to establish their own settlement where they could worship according to their specific beliefs and felt that people of different religious beliefs in their settlement would not only dilute their purpose, but also open the settlement up to contention, which they wanted to avoid as this had been part of the old world they were leaving. They didn't come to create a religious democracy. Their idea was that people of other religious convictions should establish their own settlement. I have thought of it as people creating a chess club and then other people join and want to change it into a checkers club.

richard aw smithDecember 3, 2020

I prefer to think of the Reformation as working the soil which implies that God was involved (not just a man-driven effort) but of course not in the specific way as planting the seeds of His Gospel and Priesthood, where this could only be accomplished by God-driven means. Thanks for your efforts to produce these articles, I am excited to read them!

Gale E PhillipsDecember 3, 2020

This is what happens when the people start to see the government as their caretaker.

Win BroadhurstDecember 3, 2020

If the Book of Mormon is the “most correct book ever written, and the D&C is revelation, why then do we not do many things in them and have changed many others. Now, if your answer is, “modern prophets have received revelation to make these changes”, then revelation is scripture, and why has that scripture not been recorder and given to the membership if this is the true and Living gospel?

Michelle OrndorffDecember 3, 2020

Where can I find this video to save (as your articles are deleted quickly). It’s not on YouTube, that I could find.

Jared SommerDecember 3, 2020

Thank you for writing this article! I have really enjoyed writings of the Catherine Thomas. I wish I knew about her earlier as it would have save me from a lot of wandering. I've never heard of Henri Nouwen until you mentioned him in the list of other authors that you've enjoyed reading. Now I'm hooked on him! Thanks again. These are people who really can change inner spiritual lives because of their own personal integrity.

Lynn HartmanDecember 3, 2020

Thank you. I really enjoyed this article.

Shelli DimigDecember 3, 2020

Anne, thank you for this incredibly valuable and touching article! I can't wait to share it with my family :) I'm grateful that you share people's precious and sacred stories in your articles! Merry Christmas!

Ann De FrancisDecember 3, 2020

This series has been such a blessing to me. Thank you! I have loved the books you and Linda have written since first introduced to them when our family was young. We are close in age and circumstance and have implemented many Eyre suggestions into family life, each time bringing great good. At least one miracle has occurred. I plan to print these final articles (the letters to your friend Rhodes), mark them up, add them to my journal and share them with our six grown children. I wish I could adequately express how grateful I feel that you have taken the time and effort to share your love of the gospel and your use of its power so I can be better in my efforts.

Becky DunganDecember 3, 2020

Becky, Thank you for sharing this uplifting story. "By small and simple things..." Miracles happen when we offer selfless service. We light the world with His light every time we love and care for each other.

Joseph Dee TenneyDecember 3, 2020

I could not find a source for David O McKay's quote. After searching online I found this: Let husband and wife never speak to one another in loud tones, unless the house is on fire.

PaniaDecember 2, 2020

Thank be to God for President Trump and his pro-life leadership.

Sally SmithDecember 2, 2020

I am very surprised are that members are not commenting about how our religious freedom is being challenged. We need to shout from the roof tops that we will fight for our religious liberty, our families, our very lives if need be.

Margaret E. BatesDecember 2, 2020

Wrong! Cuomo's action was an act of public health not an assault upon religion, per se! These are two completely different issues and the one has no bearing, positively or negatively, upon the other. Attending a crowded church service (or any other crowded event) is hazardous at this time. It is not to target church attendance, it is targeting being in close contact with possibly exposed people. Until people get this through their heads, we will continue to see this disease spike and spread!

Andrew J. CurrieDecember 2, 2020

It's like comparing apples to oranges to evaluate recall having witnessed a crime, accident, or some other worldly event to recall of something spiritual. Holding the gold plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated and undoubtedly discussing it with the other witnesses is not the same thing as having an accident or crime unexpectedly flash before you! The metal plates did not 'flash' past unexpectedly; they were examined and touched for a period of time. They were anticipated, not a surprise event like an accident or crime. I'm sure seeing and handling the angel-accompanied and provided plates had an indelible spiritual component. Having had spiritual witnesses myself while investigating the Restored Gospel, all the research for court-related gamesmanship is irrelevant to me. Besides, the Lord didn't intend the existence of witnesses to prove anything! The witnesses exist merely to encourage doubters, like I was, to experiment by asking Him. His witness is reliable!

LexaGraemeDecember 2, 2020

Oh no! Teach your children to do chores!! And to read labels!

Joy LundbergDecember 2, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful, insightful, and inspiring article. So well stated. A great help in teaching others of our core beliefs. Well done, Richard!

ShaunaDecember 2, 2020

thank you Gentrithat made my day! and for promoting Light the Wordthanks for including it Meridian

CADecember 2, 2020

Elections have consequences!

Laura Lee EdwardsDecember 2, 2020

The descendants of John Howland are numerous. The include LDS leaders, as well as political ones. Do. Google search of him for more information.

Michelle CrookDecember 2, 2020

The priesthood power represented in this video by the apostles, all dressed in white, walking down the stairs was awe inspiring! I could see the foundations of hell quaking at the feet of these men. How grateful I am for these, the Lord’s servants!

Georgi SmithDecember 1, 2020

Brother Eyre, Such an awesome message you have written. I certainly look forward to the next parts. I can tell that you were a great Mission President. Georgi

Cynthia C.December 1, 2020

I'm looking forward to the rest of this wonderful article about the gifts of the gospel - how appropriate for this time of year!

DL AndersonDecember 1, 2020

I think now many of us can see how we ourselves - when speaking about or teaching the Restored Gospel - focus more on the "wrapping" than the actual gifts. Thank you.

Anna S.December 1, 2020

I love this article and can't wait for the remainder of it. Thank you so much for saving your letters and for sharing them.

Kay RiceDecember 1, 2020

This is one of the best things I've ever read.

Karell BinghamDecember 1, 2020

Thank you so much for your article, it really adds to our ability to speak to others about what we believe! The restoration has a ring of truth all of its own. Great thoughts!

Jan DysonDecember 1, 2020

Wow! Richard Eyre has so beautifully articulated the basic doctrines of the Gospel of Jesus Christ... Is this collection of letters in book form or available anywhere yet? (I feel like it could be so helpful to those of us who have non-member/non- believing family and friends)

Nerita Flake PetersonDecember 1, 2020

Thank you for this insightful and courageous explanation of the "bare bones' of our beliefs. Your honest, skillful description of our beliefs are the reason that I believe that our doctrine is too good not to be true.

Kate MerrillDecember 1, 2020

Thank you ever so much for these articles with profound and well presented insights about our faith. As an adult convert, I was very much like your friend — desperately yearning for understanding the big picture inside the frame of this seemingly 10,000 piece jigsaw puzzle! I once wrote a note to my sister who had recently taken her own life: “The Gift Unopened”. Like your efforts to (finally!) share the gifts of The Plan of Happiness, many choose to never even open the package. May your “gift” of writing and communicating deeply reach many who are ready to open and embrace the myriad of gifts from heaven, is my prayer.

Robert BoyceNovember 30, 2020

True words always spoken by our prophets

Beth WarnickNovember 29, 2020

So very beautiful and touching. Thanks for letting us hear and watch it.

Teresa HolladayNovember 29, 2020

Direct Descendant John Howland/Elizabeth Tilley John Tilley/Joan Hurst Mr and Mrs Edward Fuller Samuel Fuller

Mary L NooseNovember 29, 2020

My husband and I both needed this, thank you so much.

Ann S PapworthNovember 28, 2020

Yes, this is just what I needed this morning--faith jumped out at me in a new manner, and I felt a need to send your article on to a couple of sisters who are struggling (as are many right??!!) This is one of those times when I am edified to a new degree. Stay Happy!

Marilyn T. HaddNovember 28, 2020

I wish all of the puzzle-lovers amongst us could form a club and exchange puzzles! We could get T-shirts, have a motto, and maybe an annual retreat! Food! Prizes! (puzzles, of course!)

CCNovember 28, 2020

Thank you so much for addressing this situation.!! Your suggestions really help me. I am married to a man who displays Covert NARCISSISM behavior and insists he is not that person so no real diagnosis has taken place. Yet divorce has been an option, even after 34 yrs. Even when I wish they're could be another way. We are empty nested also. I turn to the lord and His atonement to help me navigate the ever perplexing environment. Thank you again

MochelleNovember 28, 2020

I loved both the article and the hymn. Thank you for sharing.

EllenNovember 28, 2020

I am so glad we are finally beginning to talk openly about mental illnesses such as personality disorders. This was not the case when I was young and married to a man with borderline personality disorder. Instead, within the church it was all considered sin and Satan. No help there. Especially for the man. Wives were being taught to just follow and support their husbands. Bishops felt they were inspired to counsel for all problems. It was disastrous. I wish you better luck. I will never be able to actually respect priesthood leaders again because of the way I was treated by them.

Colleen ShieldsNovember 28, 2020

I, too, have rediscovered the love for puzzling due to the pandemic. I hadn't done one since the days of my youth over 45 years ago, and new found isolation exhumed and rekindled that desire. In fact, it seems it's all I want to do now! Housework, exercise, etc... have become foreign past times, in my quest for yet one more puzzle piece completion! Should this new fetish simply be a short-term phase, I'm going to savor every minute/piece of it! Hi, my name is Colleen, and I think I might be a puzzle-holic...?

Robert D StarlingNovember 28, 2020

Wonderful thoughts. I believe it is Covey who says the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. That applies to the Gospel as well. I would add a sub-question to "Is Joseph Smith a prophet?", and that is, "Is the Book of Mormon true?" There's a reason why it is the Keystone of our religion. If it is a true history of real people, then everything else is true. And if doubt starts to enter in, just to back to that truth and build from there. When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. The Book of Mormon is the knot in the end of the rope.

GTONovember 27, 2020

My mother had NPD and it was awful. She was married twice and both husbands really suffered as did her 3 children. She always deflected and blamed and criticized anyone but herself, but I watched her age to look 120 in her late 60s. Despair was killing her. She would never overtly manifest her guilt, but it just ate away at her silently. So very sad.

Jo Ann OkelberryNovember 27, 2020

This is so beautiful and uplifting.

BART BRONSONNovember 27, 2020

Direct Descendant of John Howland/Elizabeth Tilley

Judy HamiltonNovember 27, 2020

Thank you for the fabulous lesson on Faith. Do you have your lecture on Joseph Smith recorded anywhere? I would love to hear or read it.. Thank you for making "Come Follow Me" a favorite part of my week.

Joy LundbergNovember 27, 2020

Thank you for this inspiring article. Your wisdom and experiences have once again blessed my life. And the hymn is beautiful. May God bless you for blessing us with you wonderful talents.

Linda WestoverNovember 27, 2020

Thanks for sharing your gifts of beautiful music and insightful words! We all need the message of your hymn!

Richard BowermanNovember 27, 2020

What a wonderful article. And I love the song!

Charles HarperNovember 27, 2020

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

MargieNovember 27, 2020

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

Debi AndertonNovember 27, 2020

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

Tanya NeiderNovember 27, 2020

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

Joel MarksNovember 26, 2020

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

Jean LazaneNovember 26, 2020


Myrna LiddellNovember 26, 2020

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

Kayleen A HunsakerNovember 26, 2020

What a marvelous story!!!

Robert D StarlingNovember 25, 2020

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

Ron BarnesNovember 25, 2020

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

Daniel LarsonNovember 25, 2020

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

Karen C NewsomNovember 25, 2020

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

Gary BikmanNovember 25, 2020

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

AJ CurrieNovember 25, 2020

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

Robin PrestonNovember 25, 2020

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

Dirk Steenbergen, JrNovember 25, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 25, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 25, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 25, 2020

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

Carole GNovember 24, 2020

This is a totally hilarious story! Keep them coming!

Jo Ann OkelberryNovember 24, 2020

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

Charles HarperNovember 24, 2020

"Peace be unto you."

ShaunaNovember 24, 2020

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

Richard EyreNovember 24, 2020

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

ChrisNovember 24, 2020

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

Virginia RockwellNovember 24, 2020

What a wonderful start to my day! Thank you!

Leah HawksNovember 23, 2020

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

Christine JohnsonNovember 23, 2020

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

Elizabethe WaltonNovember 23, 2020

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

DianeNovember 23, 2020

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

Richard OrangeNovember 23, 2020

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

Tina GavedNovember 22, 2020

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

Scot ProctorNovember 22, 2020

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

KathyNovember 21, 2020

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

Charles McClellandNovember 21, 2020

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

LexaGraemeNovember 21, 2020

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

TNONovember 21, 2020

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

Cheya WeberNovember 21, 2020

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

LaDona QuixoteNovember 21, 2020

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

Maria AllenNovember 20, 2020

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

SaraNovember 20, 2020

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

Vivian AdamsNovember 20, 2020

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

Susan MeierNovember 20, 2020

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

SarahNovember 20, 2020

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

Adam TimothyNovember 20, 2020

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

Elmer GuevarraNovember 19, 2020

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

Robyn HobbsNovember 19, 2020

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

Beth FreemanNovember 19, 2020

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

Cary HolmquistNovember 19, 2020

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

Brian PalmerNovember 19, 2020

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

Maria AllenNovember 19, 2020

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

BrynnNovember 19, 2020

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

Cheryl BrallierNovember 19, 2020

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

Scot ProctorNovember 19, 2020

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

Maria AllenNovember 19, 2020

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

Scot Facer ProctorNovember 19, 2020

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

Richard EyreNovember 19, 2020

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

Chuck SanfordNovember 19, 2020

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

Mark MathesonNovember 19, 2020

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

Gaye BreillattNovember 19, 2020

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

Ron BarnesNovember 19, 2020

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

Lawrence Barry Chaplain Colonel (Ret)November 19, 2020

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

EdNovember 19, 2020

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

Debbi M.November 18, 2020


Carol AnnNovember 18, 2020

Excellent reminders. Thank you!

LexaGraemeNovember 18, 2020

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

Angie MannNovember 18, 2020

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

Norma J W PellettNovember 18, 2020

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

Helen MeekNovember 18, 2020

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

Clifford HolmesNovember 18, 2020

I always enjoy your stories! Thanks for sharing!

Diane IrwinNovember 18, 2020

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

RandyNovember 18, 2020

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

Justin HNovember 18, 2020

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

Steve Colin ZeiglerNovember 18, 2020

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

ToniNovember 18, 2020

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

Phil WasdenNovember 17, 2020

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

Sue TowheyNovember 17, 2020

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

Randy CookNovember 17, 2020

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

Bera SautuNovember 17, 2020

So very true and inspiring.

Pat MerrickNovember 17, 2020

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

DebbieNovember 17, 2020

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

Marsha NewmanNovember 17, 2020

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

Candice RailNovember 17, 2020

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

Steve LoyNovember 17, 2020

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

Dan BellNovember 17, 2020

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

Richard WinmillNovember 17, 2020

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

Mary J BellNovember 16, 2020

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

Judy A MaldonadoNovember 16, 2020

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

Dave WindsorNovember 16, 2020

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

MadelineNovember 16, 2020

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

John R. CarpenterNovember 16, 2020

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

RenaeNovember 16, 2020

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

MichaelNovember 16, 2020

Elder Holland's talk quoted in the podcast:

Maryann TaylorNovember 16, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 16, 2020

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

Wayne AllredNovember 16, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 16, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 16, 2020

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

Dave WindsorNovember 15, 2020

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

JoeNovember 15, 2020

The people have spoken.

Deanna SasserNovember 15, 2020

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

WallyNovember 14, 2020

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

Theresa OliverNovember 14, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 14, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 14, 2020

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

Melissa MarkhamNovember 14, 2020

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

LeslieNovember 14, 2020

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

Craig FrogleyNovember 14, 2020

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

AnnaNovember 14, 2020

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

Harold RustNovember 14, 2020

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

Allan HillsNovember 14, 2020

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

Kevin RNovember 13, 2020

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

IlaNovember 13, 2020

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

Leah WNovember 13, 2020

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

Andrea BartleyNovember 13, 2020

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

MarnieNovember 13, 2020

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

Diane QuistNovember 13, 2020

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

Lincoln C OliphantNovember 13, 2020

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

KathrynNovember 13, 2020

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

Chuck SanfordNovember 13, 2020

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

Pauline HarryNovember 13, 2020

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

Mary J BellNovember 13, 2020

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

Nadine AndertonNovember 13, 2020

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

Norma PellettNovember 13, 2020

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

VAL C. LEWISNovember 13, 2020

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

RBaconNovember 13, 2020

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

Douglas ZimmerNovember 13, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 13, 2020

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

Sharon Lee BrownNovember 13, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 13, 2020

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

Phil HarrisonNovember 13, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 13, 2020

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

PaulNovember 13, 2020

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

DianeNovember 13, 2020

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

DianeNovember 13, 2020

What a cool story! Thank you for sharing it!

Robert D StarlingNovember 13, 2020

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

DianeNovember 13, 2020

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

MicheleNovember 13, 2020

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

Judi EnglishNovember 13, 2020

What an amazing miracle! Thanks for sharing.

Maryann TaylorNovember 13, 2020

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

James ScottNovember 13, 2020

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

K HardenNovember 13, 2020

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

ShareeNovember 13, 2020

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

Buffie BarkdullNovember 13, 2020

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

Sue WynneNovember 13, 2020

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

Rebecca McCauleyNovember 13, 2020

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

Jan StrongNovember 13, 2020

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

Deanna SasserNovember 13, 2020

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

K HardenNovember 13, 2020

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

SkepticalNovember 12, 2020

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

CyndiNovember 12, 2020

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

kathy FlinnNovember 12, 2020

DITTO! Richard Craycroft

MikeNovember 12, 2020

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

Harold rustNovember 12, 2020

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

KimNovember 12, 2020

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

Dave MyersNovember 12, 2020

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

SamNovember 12, 2020

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

Wade BeaudreauNovember 12, 2020

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

SplinkNovember 12, 2020

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

Richard EyreNovember 12, 2020

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

Pauline HarryNovember 12, 2020

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

Jim PetersonNovember 12, 2020

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

Deanna SasserNovember 12, 2020

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

Diane IrwinNovember 12, 2020

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

Joel MarksNovember 12, 2020

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

Steve ZeiglerNovember 12, 2020

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

Edward HessNovember 12, 2020

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

Wayne C FletcherNovember 12, 2020

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

Susan RoylanceNovember 12, 2020

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

Robert MartinNovember 12, 2020

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

Robyn GeantilNovember 12, 2020

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

Richard CraycroftNovember 12, 2020

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

PaulNovember 11, 2020

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

JeannieNovember 11, 2020

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

LARRY KENT ANDERSONNovember 11, 2020

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

Nerita Flake PetersonNovember 11, 2020

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

Tawna F.November 11, 2020

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

Jessica EricksonNovember 11, 2020

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

Becky DouglasNovember 11, 2020

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

ShelleyNovember 11, 2020

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

Edward Rehder IIINovember 11, 2020

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

ReidNovember 11, 2020

Excellent thoughts, simply expressed. Thank you.

Becca BirkinNovember 11, 2020

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

Chuck SanfordNovember 11, 2020

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

CharlesNovember 11, 2020

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

Lynn D JohnsonNovember 11, 2020

Always good to hear from Bro. Goddard

Scot ProctorNovember 10, 2020

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

Bruce BartonNovember 10, 2020

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

Georgi SmithNovember 10, 2020

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

Laurel JorgensenNovember 10, 2020

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

RichardNovember 10, 2020

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

Sharon LeighNovember 10, 2020

That is just beautiful. Thank you so much!

Tim ErnstNovember 10, 2020

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

Ron BarnesNovember 10, 2020

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

RobynNovember 9, 2020

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

Tom WoodNovember 9, 2020

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

ChristianNovember 9, 2020

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

Becky DouglasNovember 9, 2020

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

LewisNovember 9, 2020

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

RGKNovember 9, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 9, 2020

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

Peppi McIntoshNovember 9, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 9, 2020

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

Wendy BrownNovember 9, 2020

Thank you, Carolyn. Shall be trying these.

DebNovember 9, 2020

Profound spiritual application as well! Thanks!

kathy FlinnNovember 9, 2020

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

Stephanie GalleyNovember 9, 2020

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

Steve ZeiglerNovember 9, 2020

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

Pat ChildersNovember 9, 2020

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

Neeltje ArdonNovember 9, 2020


DenieseNovember 9, 2020

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

Patricia G. SchellNovember 9, 2020

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

Janet McCulloughNovember 8, 2020

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

BeckyNovember 8, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 8, 2020

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

Shelley StevensNovember 8, 2020

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

VardellNovember 8, 2020

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

CoreyNovember 8, 2020

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

MikaelNovember 8, 2020

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

Tim WeldonNovember 8, 2020

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

Sarah HinzeNovember 7, 2020

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

John W DalyNovember 7, 2020

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

John W DalyNovember 7, 2020

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

RochelleNovember 7, 2020

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

JNovember 7, 2020

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

Gordon J HensleyNovember 6, 2020

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

Diane StewartNovember 6, 2020

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

Bev StoutNovember 6, 2020

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

Heather PoelmanNovember 6, 2020

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

DianeNovember 6, 2020

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

Andrew CurrieNovember 6, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 5, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 5, 2020

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

Hildegard EralieNovember 5, 2020

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

David BrownNovember 5, 2020

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

Charles D McClureNovember 5, 2020

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

Cheryl BrallierNovember 5, 2020

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

Sally SmithNovember 5, 2020

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

Jan FlorieNovember 5, 2020

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

William SnyderNovember 4, 2020

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

Mary SchiltzNovember 4, 2020

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

Mary SchiltzNovember 4, 2020

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

Jenee LindnerNovember 4, 2020

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

Diane KriloffNovember 4, 2020

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

ScottHNovember 4, 2020

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


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

Boanerges RubalcavaNovember 4, 2020

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

WallyNovember 4, 2020

Very consoling! Thank you Maurine and Scot!

James PelessNovember 4, 2020

Excellent! Well said and done. Thank you!

Phil HarrisonNovember 4, 2020

Thank you. Just what I needed this morning!

ShaunaNovember 4, 2020

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

Leah Jane BrowerNovember 4, 2020

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

Joline WalgamottNovember 4, 2020


Sara GrovesNovember 4, 2020

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

CynthiaNovember 4, 2020

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

Suzi FlandersNovember 4, 2020

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

Karen BrimhallNovember 4, 2020

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

Chris HowellNovember 4, 2020

Praise to the man, who communed with Jehovah!

Cynthia MoorheadNovember 4, 2020

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

DaphneKNovember 4, 2020

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

DTNovember 4, 2020

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

LadawnNovember 4, 2020

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

Sonia SmithNovember 4, 2020

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

Jackie RichardsNovember 4, 2020

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

DesNovember 4, 2020

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

David ShafferNovember 4, 2020

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

David BrownNovember 4, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 4, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorNovember 4, 2020

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

HarryNovember 3, 2020

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

Jo Ann OkelberryNovember 3, 2020

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

NeiceNovember 3, 2020

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

Claudette TaylorNovember 3, 2020

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

Randall M SmithNovember 3, 2020

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

CANovember 3, 2020

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

TNovember 3, 2020

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

GeorginaNovember 3, 2020

This article is so inspiring to me. Thank you!

Richard EyreNovember 3, 2020

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

Scott SorensenNovember 3, 2020

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

Bob spielNovember 3, 2020

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

SBNovember 3, 2020

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

Scot ProctorNovember 2, 2020

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

Toni PalmerNovember 2, 2020

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

Harold RustNovember 2, 2020

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

Valiant JonesNovember 2, 2020

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

Robert D StarlingNovember 2, 2020

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

J. HamiltonNovember 2, 2020

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

Juliann BradshawNovember 2, 2020

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

Mary TarbetNovember 2, 2020

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

KJBNovember 2, 2020

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

Bernard BadeNovember 2, 2020

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

Geoff-AusNovember 2, 2020

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

Jessica WhitakerNovember 1, 2020

Inspirational and insightful, thank you!

Jessica WhitakerNovember 1, 2020


MJNovember 1, 2020

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

J. StenquistNovember 1, 2020

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

Ronald "Ted" LautsNovember 1, 2020

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

Lisa ReisingNovember 1, 2020

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

Lisa ReisingNovember 1, 2020

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

KatNovember 1, 2020

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

GrandpaOctober 31, 2020

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

Nancy HoytOctober 31, 2020

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

Elizabeth SextonOctober 31, 2020

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

Ben JonesOctober 31, 2020

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

K RossOctober 31, 2020

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

NED SCARISBRICKOctober 30, 2020

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

Richard EyreOctober 29, 2020

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

Haze KompelienOctober 29, 2020

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

Maureen GaleOctober 29, 2020

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

David MillerOctober 29, 2020

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

Erik HansenOctober 28, 2020

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

Erik HansenOctober 28, 2020

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

Lizzie GirlOctober 28, 2020

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

Karen R.October 28, 2020

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

Ellen BaggaleyOctober 28, 2020

Thank you for expressing my feelings so well.

CJBOctober 28, 2020

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

ShaunaOctober 28, 2020

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

jemezblueOctober 28, 2020

Thank You.

SuerhOctober 28, 2020

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

Cynthia MoorheadOctober 28, 2020

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

Larry JensenOctober 28, 2020

Excellent article! Thank you

Irene BlackOctober 28, 2020

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

Karell BinghamOctober 28, 2020

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

Jerry R PaceOctober 28, 2020

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

Jaime PerezOctober 28, 2020

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

C CalkinsOctober 28, 2020

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

Amy HoffmannOctober 28, 2020

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

Jennifer WallOctober 28, 2020

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

SKOctober 27, 2020

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

Chloris MullinsOctober 27, 2020

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

RyanOctober 27, 2020

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

AJ CurrieOctober 27, 2020

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

J. ConklinOctober 27, 2020

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

Edward Rehder IIIOctober 27, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsOctober 27, 2020

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

Becky COctober 27, 2020

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

ShaunaOctober 27, 2020

thank you for the reminders:)

CindyOctober 27, 2020

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

Sharma AndersonOctober 26, 2020

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

BurbidgeOctober 26, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 26, 2020

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

GTOOctober 26, 2020

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

LexaGraemeOctober 26, 2020

Wow. Thank you for sharing something so tender.

Pattie SOctober 26, 2020

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

DavidOctober 26, 2020

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

PatriciaOctober 26, 2020

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

SheilaOctober 26, 2020

What a wonderful testimony to the goodness of God

pam Morgan RoderOctober 26, 2020

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

Juliann BradshawOctober 26, 2020

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

Michael JonesOctober 26, 2020

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

Marsha LangOctober 26, 2020

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

KipOctober 26, 2020

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

Sage GallagherOctober 26, 2020

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

JimOctober 26, 2020

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

HeidiOctober 25, 2020

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

Gaye WillisOctober 25, 2020

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

Eunice S. HallettOctober 25, 2020

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

Anthony FordOctober 25, 2020

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

Maria GardinerOctober 25, 2020

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

Gary LawrenceOctober 24, 2020

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

MargaretOctober 24, 2020

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

DianeOctober 24, 2020

Thank you for sharing this. Just thank you!

J L GuinnOctober 24, 2020

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

Myntillae NashOctober 22, 2020

This was a great article. Thank yoU!

Arouma MatautiaOctober 22, 2020

Thank you Bro Eyre for sharing this truth..

Chris HowellOctober 22, 2020

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

Chris HowellOctober 22, 2020

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

Allison DunlapOctober 22, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 22, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 22, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 22, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 22, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 21, 2020

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

Melanee PhillipsOctober 21, 2020

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

Leslie SaundersOctober 21, 2020

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

Richard EureOctober 21, 2020

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


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

LexaGraemeOctober 21, 2020

Lovely words. Thank you.

JackiOctober 21, 2020

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

Simon PownallOctober 21, 2020

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

SherryOctober 21, 2020

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

Ken McGowanOctober 21, 2020

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

phil ShermanOctober 21, 2020

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

Geri CampbellOctober 21, 2020

Nice one Daris!

Kay RiceOctober 21, 2020

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

Richard EyreOctober 21, 2020

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

ShaunaOctober 21, 2020

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

Joel MarksOctober 21, 2020

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

timecOctober 21, 2020

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

Ron BarnesOctober 20, 2020

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

Keith MillerOctober 20, 2020

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

Robert K WagstaffOctober 20, 2020

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

Robert K WagstaffOctober 20, 2020

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

P. MaguraOctober 20, 2020

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

David BrownOctober 20, 2020

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

Shirley TongOctober 20, 2020

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

Shirley TongOctober 20, 2020

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

GTOOctober 20, 2020

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

DoraOctober 20, 2020

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

Jerry CareyOctober 20, 2020

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

John P. PrattOctober 20, 2020

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

ScottOctober 20, 2020

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

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

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

shirl s. jacksonOctober 20, 2020

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

Hildegard EralieOctober 20, 2020

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

EdOctober 20, 2020

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

Sally SmithOctober 20, 2020

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

Jan KingOctober 19, 2020

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

Rochelle HaleOctober 19, 2020

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

MaryOctober 19, 2020

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

BenOctober 19, 2020

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

Bonnie JOctober 19, 2020

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

Trish MOctober 19, 2020

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

Kurt FrancisOctober 19, 2020

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

Cary HolmquistOctober 19, 2020

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

David DurfeeOctober 19, 2020

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

Barbara CasadyOctober 19, 2020

THANK You for giving us a sweet, eternal perspective.

DianeOctober 19, 2020

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

Sherry SimisterOctober 19, 2020

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

Sherry SimisterOctober 19, 2020

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

Sherry SimisterOctober 19, 2020

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

LynnOctober 18, 2020

So inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

Sherry SimisterOctober 18, 2020

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

MrShortyOctober 18, 2020

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

Gwen BruingtonOctober 18, 2020

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

Harold RustOctober 17, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 17, 2020

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

Robert SteedOctober 17, 2020

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

Susan J GraceOctober 17, 2020

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

cHUCK mCcLUREOctober 17, 2020

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

Been There!October 17, 2020

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

Susan Harmon-PayneOctober 16, 2020

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

Robyn BoyleOctober 16, 2020

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

Judith La MontagneOctober 16, 2020

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

Sherri HollomanOctober 16, 2020

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

Joy LundbergOctober 15, 2020

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

Sandy DildineOctober 15, 2020

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

DoraOctober 15, 2020

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

Pat ThomasOctober 15, 2020

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

Becky BurtonOctober 15, 2020

Thank you for this article!

Lisa ReisingOctober 15, 2020

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

ReedOctober 15, 2020

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

Alexander ForsythOctober 15, 2020

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

Pamela SandersOctober 14, 2020

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

Dora Bingham BinghamOctober 14, 2020

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

ShaunaOctober 14, 2020

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

Lorraine AndersonOctober 14, 2020

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

Linda WardleOctober 14, 2020

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

Richard SkousenOctober 14, 2020

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

Diane HugginsOctober 14, 2020

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

kim mossOctober 14, 2020

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

CarolOctober 14, 2020

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

Lucius VersusOctober 14, 2020

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

Gail W. OckeyOctober 14, 2020

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

Kennen Steinagel Van WagenenOctober 14, 2020

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

DianeOctober 13, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 13, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 13, 2020

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

Herm OlsenOctober 13, 2020

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

Steve DoneganOctober 13, 2020

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

Richard EyreOctober 13, 2020

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

MaryOctober 12, 2020

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

MaryOctober 12, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsOctober 12, 2020

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

KathrynOctober 12, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsOctober 12, 2020

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

Richard WinmillOctober 12, 2020

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

LewisOctober 12, 2020

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

Darlene NelsonOctober 12, 2020

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

ShareeOctober 12, 2020

This was awesome, hilarious! Loved it!!!

Pauline HarryOctober 12, 2020

Well done!!

H NorthOctober 12, 2020

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

LindaOctober 12, 2020

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

Adrian MartinOctober 12, 2020

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

Margie KawamotoOctober 12, 2020

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

DanielaOctober 12, 2020

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

Jacob HessOctober 11, 2020

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

GinaOctober 11, 2020

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

Jackie RichardsOctober 11, 2020

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

Michael HogganOctober 11, 2020

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

jim spensOctober 10, 2020

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

jim spensOctober 10, 2020

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

PaeaOctober 10, 2020

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

Linda HydeOctober 10, 2020

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

PaulineOctober 10, 2020

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

GrandpaOctober 10, 2020

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

MayOctober 10, 2020

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

Crazy ClydeOctober 9, 2020

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

Joleen BrimhallOctober 9, 2020

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

Fiona mcglashanOctober 9, 2020

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

LexaGraemeOctober 9, 2020

Thank you.

Valiant JonesOctober 9, 2020

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

Margery HuntOctober 9, 2020

Right on, especially with the middle name.

Omar AlghaliOctober 9, 2020

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

VelineOctober 9, 2020

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

LexaGraemeOctober 9, 2020

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

CiceroOctober 9, 2020

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

DebrahOctober 9, 2020

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

Michelle CoxOctober 8, 2020

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

Heather GroseOctober 8, 2020

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

CarolynOctober 8, 2020

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

Martha ClantonOctober 8, 2020

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

CatherineOctober 8, 2020

Spot on!! Thank you!

Brenda HighOctober 8, 2020

Wow! Excellent article.

Diane MortensenOctober 8, 2020

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

RitaOctober 8, 2020

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

Cyndi HaddockOctober 8, 2020

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

Ingrid LOctober 8, 2020

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

PennieOctober 8, 2020

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

Elizabeth SOctober 8, 2020

Excellent article. Thank you.

Sara GrovesOctober 8, 2020

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

Gloria SchickOctober 8, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful rotten article!

Gary EdmondsOctober 8, 2020

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

SUE OSBORNEOctober 7, 2020

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

Diane L IrwinOctober 7, 2020

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

ElizabetheOctober 7, 2020

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

Lemuel FigueroaOctober 7, 2020

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

RustyOctober 6, 2020

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

LindseyOctober 6, 2020

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

John TonksOctober 6, 2020

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

Rochelle HaleOctober 6, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsOctober 6, 2020

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

Mom of 10October 6, 2020

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

Sherylynne O'DwyerOctober 6, 2020

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

Davi CostaOctober 6, 2020

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

PaniaOctober 6, 2020

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

carolynOctober 5, 2020

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

Toni LyonsOctober 5, 2020

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

Virginia PartchOctober 5, 2020

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

John R McMinnOctober 4, 2020

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

GrandpaOctober 4, 2020

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

Jeanette MOctober 3, 2020

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

Lana JohnsonOctober 2, 2020

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

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

RustyOctober 2, 2020

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

Gale BoydOctober 2, 2020

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

Pattie SkousenOctober 2, 2020

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

Delia HawkinsOctober 2, 2020

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

Harold RustOctober 2, 2020

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

L CurtisOctober 2, 2020

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

Linda Starr WinansOctober 2, 2020

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

Linda Starr WinansOctober 2, 2020

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

KathleenOctober 2, 2020

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

Susanne DavidsonOctober 1, 2020

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

Renate McKendryOctober 1, 2020

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

Stephen W. GibsonOctober 1, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 1, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorOctober 1, 2020

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

Luana WellsOctober 1, 2020

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


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

Sandy ReddishOctober 1, 2020

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

KelliOctober 1, 2020

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

AnonymousSeptember 30, 2020

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

JLDSeptember 30, 2020

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

CarolSeptember 30, 2020

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

KateSeptember 30, 2020

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

ShaunaSeptember 30, 2020

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

Barbara MattatallSeptember 30, 2020

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

Richard TarinelliSeptember 29, 2020

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

Robert StarlingSeptember 29, 2020

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

NDHSeptember 29, 2020

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

Elizabeth SmithSeptember 29, 2020

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

cdSeptember 29, 2020

Beautiful and inspiring, thank you!

ESeptember 29, 2020

What a great article, thank you!

Zon EllefsenSeptember 28, 2020

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

JoJean LoflinSeptember 28, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsSeptember 28, 2020

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

T BlackSeptember 28, 2020

Grateful for a little snarky humor. Thank you.

Rita in TexasSeptember 28, 2020

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

G.HatchSeptember 28, 2020

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

PhilSeptember 28, 2020

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

Mark BishopSeptember 27, 2020

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

Jacob R.September 27, 2020

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

Bonnie ThomasSeptember 26, 2020

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

I D BasoahSeptember 26, 2020

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

KaySeptember 25, 2020

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

Lora KinderSeptember 25, 2020

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

C. SinclaireSeptember 25, 2020

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

Tired and WearySeptember 25, 2020

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

HalSeptember 25, 2020

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

Bob JonesSeptember 25, 2020

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

Nicole MSeptember 25, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsSeptember 25, 2020

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

PattieSeptember 25, 2020

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

PattieSeptember 25, 2020

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

ColleenSeptember 25, 2020

My Bishop suggested we call it Global Warning

SheilaSeptember 25, 2020

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

Gina McDougallSeptember 25, 2020

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

Geoff - AusSeptember 25, 2020

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

SiouxSeptember 25, 2020

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

Anna S.September 24, 2020

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

Anne H PrattSeptember 24, 2020

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

HalSeptember 24, 2020

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

HalSeptember 24, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsSeptember 24, 2020

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

Leigh Ann SmithSeptember 23, 2020

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

Roxanne dupliseaSeptember 23, 2020

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

Harold RustSeptember 23, 2020

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

Ron BarnesSeptember 23, 2020

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

ShareeSeptember 23, 2020

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

Joshua EricksonSeptember 23, 2020

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

David DurfeeSeptember 23, 2020

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

Richard SkousenSeptember 23, 2020

Great story! Thanks for sharing.

John R. CarpenterSeptember 23, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsSeptember 23, 2020

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

Vardell TaylorSeptember 22, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsSeptember 22, 2020

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

James D WynderSeptember 22, 2020

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

James D WynderSeptember 22, 2020

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

John R. CarpenterSeptember 22, 2020

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

WAYNE ALLAN SUMNERSeptember 22, 2020

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

John GibbonsSeptember 22, 2020

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

Lynn D JohnsonSeptember 22, 2020

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

Rita in TexasSeptember 22, 2020

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

LisaSeptember 21, 2020

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

GALEN SCHATZMANSeptember 21, 2020


MJSeptember 21, 2020

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

HalSeptember 21, 2020

Great article, thank you!

JeaNetteSeptember 21, 2020

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

Gale PhillipsSeptember 20, 2020

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

Isaac D BasoahSeptember 20, 2020

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

Margie MansellSeptember 19, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorSeptember 19, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorSeptember 19, 2020

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

SaraSeptember 19, 2020

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

Roxanne dupliseaSeptember 19, 2020

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

Kara DunkelSeptember 18, 2020

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

mbbellSeptember 18, 2020

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

John R. CarpenterSeptember 18, 2020

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

Gary A GarvinSeptember 18, 2020

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

Buffie BarkdullSeptember 18, 2020

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

vickieSeptember 18, 2020

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

Alan AndrusSeptember 17, 2020

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

Kanesa Laumea FueSeptember 17, 2020

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

ElaineSeptember 17, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorSeptember 17, 2020

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

DeniseSeptember 17, 2020

Simply--thank you!

JulieSeptember 17, 2020

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

TerrySeptember 17, 2020

I loved this video.

MikeSeptember 17, 2020

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

CW2SADSeptember 17, 2020

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

Becky DouglasSeptember 17, 2020

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

Jeanette Goates smithSeptember 17, 2020

Such a thoughtful perspective. Great way to apply mindfulness concepts

TamraSeptember 17, 2020

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

Gloria SchickSeptember 17, 2020

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

RobertSeptember 16, 2020

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

NED SCARISBRICKSeptember 16, 2020

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

Marsha NewmanSeptember 16, 2020

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

Marie GSeptember 16, 2020

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

MakaylaSeptember 16, 2020

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

KaySeptember 16, 2020


Ben JonesSeptember 16, 2020

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

Carol AnnSeptember 16, 2020

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

Jackie M WassmanSeptember 16, 2020

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

vickieSeptember 16, 2020

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

Lana JohnsonSeptember 16, 2020

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

JuliannSeptember 16, 2020

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

JennieSeptember 15, 2020

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

Janet SSeptember 15, 2020

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

Rosalie M PiersonSeptember 15, 2020

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

Gina McDougallSeptember 15, 2020

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

Lindy BSeptember 14, 2020

thank you for sharing! Enjoyed your article!

Richard GarrisonSeptember 14, 2020

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

Gabi KupitzSeptember 14, 2020

Great insight. Thank you!

Joy and Gary LundbergSeptember 14, 2020

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

Georgina Cuadros de JooSeptember 14, 2020

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

RobertSeptember 14, 2020

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

Kit and DeniseSeptember 13, 2020

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

Nadine AndertonSeptember 13, 2020

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

Guy GardnerSeptember 12, 2020

Not trying to be morose but I have thought that the death mask may have an elongated chin and maybe even made it less protruding for two reasons:1. In death the jaw may partly open and froze there2. He fell on his face and jaw was broken and when the mask was taken the jaw may have been misplaced if the bones were broken through.

AlexanderSeptember 12, 2020

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

Becky DouglasSeptember 12, 2020

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

Jackie M WassmanSeptember 12, 2020

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

Catherine GardnerSeptember 12, 2020

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

Anna S.September 11, 2020

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

D. S. EwellSeptember 11, 2020

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

Jim ScottSeptember 11, 2020

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

GrandpaSeptember 11, 2020

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

vickieSeptember 11, 2020

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

Mary Jane McCaySeptember 10, 2020

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

Mariah (author)September 10, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorSeptember 10, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorSeptember 10, 2020

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

Sheila WallSeptember 10, 2020

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

Sonja SchanzSeptember 10, 2020

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

Mary NooseSeptember 10, 2020

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

Geraldine W CampbellSeptember 10, 2020

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

CarolSeptember 10, 2020

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

Deanna SasserSeptember 10, 2020

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

T. RatherSeptember 9, 2020

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

LarsSeptember 9, 2020

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

Jo Ann OkelberrySeptember 9, 2020


Maryann TaylorSeptember 9, 2020

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

KathrynSeptember 9, 2020

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

PattieSeptember 9, 2020

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

PattieSeptember 9, 2020

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

JoyceSeptember 9, 2020

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

IvonneSeptember 9, 2020

These angel stories are my favorites! Thanks!

Rochelle HaleSeptember 9, 2020

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

Anna PowellSeptember 9, 2020

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

Judith WilsonSeptember 9, 2020

Love this story. So many good teaching moments.

DiannaSeptember 8, 2020

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

Scot ProctorSeptember 8, 2020

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

Scot ProctorSeptember 8, 2020

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

Judith GrantSeptember 8, 2020

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

Maryann TaylorSeptember 8, 2020

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

Sally WibleSeptember 8, 2020

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

Banana RepublicanSeptember 8, 2020

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

Becky DouglasSeptember 8, 2020

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

Geraldine W CampbellSeptember 8, 2020

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

Charlotte McLaughlinSeptember 8, 2020

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

Pat ProffitSeptember 8, 2020

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

Brent Allen OlsenSeptember 8, 2020

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

DTSeptember 8, 2020

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

DTSeptember 8, 2020

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

SueSeptember 8, 2020

Question: What are the dimensions of your calendar?

Linda Jean millerSeptember 8, 2020

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

Michael HogganSeptember 7, 2020

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

Tom WoodSeptember 7, 2020

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

Janice O. BennionSeptember 7, 2020

The thing that counts the most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right traveling companion. author unknown

Nina OwnbySeptember 7, 2020

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

Joceleen B TuaimeiutaSeptember 7, 2020

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

AnonymousSeptember 7, 2020

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

Chuck SanfordSeptember 7, 2020

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

Helen LeonSeptember 7, 2020

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

KathleenSeptember 6, 2020

Impressive and inspiring family.

AaronSeptember 6, 2020

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

Renate McKendrySeptember 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing your story!

carolyn madsonSeptember 6, 2020

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

Linary KingdonSeptember 6, 2020

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

Mar June Payne ScheierSeptember 6, 2020

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

Don ShillcoxSeptember 6, 2020

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

Christina SmithSeptember 6, 2020

Thank You for sharing your story!

KarenSeptember 6, 2020

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

AudreySeptember 6, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this journey.

Anderson DestroSeptember 6, 2020

Socialism for the rich, capitalism for everyone else!

Sela PauuSeptember 6, 2020

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

J. GilstrapSeptember 5, 2020

Thank you. I found this enlightening.

TriciaSeptember 5, 2020

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

Natalie PrattSeptember 5, 2020

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

SarahSeptember 5, 2020

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

MylesSeptember 5, 2020

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

Lorena Whetten HolmsteadSeptember 5, 2020

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

Elaine BaldwinSeptember 4, 2020

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

Jan KingSeptember 4, 2020

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

Bob PowelsonSeptember 4, 2020

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

Kristynn Wright RunyanSeptember 4, 2020

Welcome back cousin!

John OvardSeptember 4, 2020

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

Debbi McSeptember 4, 2020

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

Sylvia EngleSeptember 4, 2020

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

Diane G HaggartSeptember 4, 2020

See people can come back if not judged Wonderful storyline.

LornaSeptember 4, 2020

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

D. EwellSeptember 4, 2020

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

DanSeptember 4, 2020

Fantastic "never give up" story - very inspiring.

JanieSeptember 4, 2020

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

Betty Lou MannSeptember 4, 2020

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

Nancy Miller MendenhallSeptember 4, 2020

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

ShaunaSeptember 4, 2020

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

HelenSeptember 4, 2020

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

Melissa MarkhamSeptember 4, 2020

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

Patricia H. ArnazziSeptember 4, 2020

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

DTSeptember 4, 2020

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

DianeSeptember 4, 2020

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

GarySeptember 4, 2020

Great article. Thank you!

Ron BitterSeptember 2, 2020

Thanks Gary, Another great distillation of facts. Ron

Robert StarlingSeptember 2, 2020

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

Sailor GirlSeptember 2, 2020

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

Joanna StrainSeptember 2, 2020

What an awesome explanation.. Thank you..

Brian VuinovicSeptember 2, 2020

Great article. Thank you.

Judy PetersonSeptember 2, 2020

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

Carol AnnSeptember 2, 2020

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

JoneelSeptember 2, 2020

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

Jim BrownSeptember 2, 2020

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

Karen L.September 2, 2020

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

Justin HallSeptember 2, 2020

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

Debbie HamiltonSeptember 2, 2020

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

Brian FalslevSeptember 2, 2020

It's a great interesting story.

Jo Ann OkelberrySeptember 1, 2020

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

Eliza AldousSeptember 1, 2020

So beautifully said!

SuzieSeptember 1, 2020

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

Steve WilsonSeptember 1, 2020

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

DianeSeptember 1, 2020

What a beautiful, comforting article! Thank you.

DianeSeptember 1, 2020

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

ShaunaSeptember 1, 2020

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

JG WSeptember 1, 2020

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

Wally & Nancy GoddardSeptember 1, 2020

Thank you, Barbara, for your insight!

Phil AndrewsSeptember 1, 2020

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

Newell HarwardSeptember 1, 2020

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

Linda WestoverSeptember 1, 2020

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

Louise smithAugust 31, 2020

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

Anna FeatherstoneAugust 31, 2020

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

JoanAugust 31, 2020

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

WeezieAugust 31, 2020

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

Geoff-AusAugust 31, 2020

So not the Donald. Honest and wise. No

KerryAugust 31, 2020

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

ConnieAugust 31, 2020

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

MichaelAugust 31, 2020

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

Georgia NicholsAugust 31, 2020

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

HalAugust 31, 2020

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

Mary J BellAugust 31, 2020

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

RosieAugust 30, 2020

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

LAMBAugust 30, 2020

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

LAMBAugust 30, 2020

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

LAMBAugust 30, 2020

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

LAMBAugust 30, 2020

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

ReeneeAugust 30, 2020

Thank you for a great lesson!

Mark WadsworthAugust 29, 2020

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

LeslieAugust 29, 2020

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

Gary OliverAugust 29, 2020

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

GrandpaAugust 29, 2020

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

Carol WaymanAugust 29, 2020

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

EugeneAugust 28, 2020

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

Denise CottrellAugust 28, 2020

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

[email protected]August 28, 2020

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

HollyAugust 28, 2020

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

Constitution LoverAugust 28, 2020

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

I D BasoahAugust 28, 2020

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

Diane StubbsAugust 28, 2020

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

MJAugust 28, 2020

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

GrandpaAugust 28, 2020

Good and thoughtful reply

Robert W CowartAugust 27, 2020

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

Shelli DimigAugust 27, 2020

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

PresleeAugust 27, 2020

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

Kayleen HunsakerAugust 27, 2020

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

CecileAugust 27, 2020

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

Tanya NeiderAugust 27, 2020

I needed to read this today! Thank you!

LoraAugust 27, 2020

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

Theresa OliverAugust 27, 2020

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

ArbyAugust 27, 2020

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

ConnieAugust 27, 2020

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

Stephen ZeiglerAugust 27, 2020

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

Rita MillerAugust 27, 2020

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

Wally GoddardAugust 27, 2020

Beautiful and inspiring! Thank you.

Norrin LauAugust 27, 2020

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

Kathy GibbAugust 27, 2020

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

roxanneAugust 26, 2020

Great Article on Pride thank you

JBAugust 26, 2020

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

DavidAugust 26, 2020

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

Jill CleaverAugust 26, 2020

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

Wayne LinesAugust 26, 2020

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

Vicky Jo SmithAugust 26, 2020

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

GlouAugust 26, 2020

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

GailAugust 26, 2020

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

TWhiteAugust 25, 2020

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

KathleenAugust 25, 2020

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

SylviaAugust 25, 2020

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

vickieAugust 25, 2020

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

GARAugust 25, 2020

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

Edward Rehder IIIAugust 25, 2020

I like it! Short and to the beautiful point.

Fred DychesAugust 25, 2020

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

ScottAugust 25, 2020

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

Mark DonaldsonAugust 25, 2020

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

RGJAugust 25, 2020

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

CSAugust 25, 2020

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

Sheila WallAugust 24, 2020

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

S LindsayAugust 24, 2020

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

RaNae HealyAugust 24, 2020

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

JAugust 24, 2020

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

Meghan DeckerAugust 24, 2020

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

Theodore BrandleyAugust 24, 2020

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

C HortonAugust 24, 2020

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

Larry TippettsAugust 23, 2020

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

Denny MahrAugust 23, 2020

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

DalenAugust 23, 2020

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

RoraRayAugust 22, 2020

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

LewAugust 22, 2020

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

Wendy B.August 22, 2020

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

Alice CoveyAugust 22, 2020

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

Paul HAugust 22, 2020

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

David S HedrickAugust 22, 2020

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

Ed GayhartAugust 22, 2020

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

Ronald Polsley Manchu BravoAugust 22, 2020

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

GEOFF -AUSAugust 21, 2020

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

Neal ChristensenAugust 21, 2020

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

Jim CarlsruhAugust 21, 2020

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

Joyce Hathaway BairdAugust 21, 2020

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

Larry NielsenAugust 21, 2020

Thank you for writing and sharing this.

Herm OlsenAugust 21, 2020

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

D ChildAugust 21, 2020

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

Sue HAugust 21, 2020

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

Frances DalleyAugust 21, 2020

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

Toni StephensAugust 21, 2020

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

Ryan KatusAugust 21, 2020

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

Julie DunfordAugust 21, 2020

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

maxAugust 21, 2020

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

Pam BlairAugust 21, 2020

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

JanetAugust 21, 2020

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

Sasha KwapinskiAugust 21, 2020

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

Romney BiddulphAugust 21, 2020

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

Richard D LeahmanAugust 21, 2020

A Great Article - deserving of my THANK YOU !

Carol AnnAugust 21, 2020

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

Kathryn SomersAugust 21, 2020

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

TryTryAgainAugust 21, 2020

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

LindaAugust 21, 2020

Thanks for writing this, as I really needed it!

Tony A. ReillyAugust 21, 2020

I appreciate this article. I believe that we should not judge others for how they vote just as I would not care to be judged by how I vote. Having said that, I think that is important to elect good men and women who are Constitutionalists meaning those who would protect our freedoms and rights under the Constitution and not take them away. Socialism and Communism seek to control and remove our freedoms and rights allowing most or all control to be in the hands of the government. So, in my opinion anyone who supports bills, laws, principles and regulations that remove the God-given rights of the people should be opposed be they a Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Socialist or Communist of any other political persuasion. I am also for the candidates who wish to make government smaller,reduce my taxes, and are of good moral character. If it is obvious that candidates are ok with the rampant chaos in Portland and Seattle and other U.S. cities and think that it the way to change our country then I believe those candidates are not worthy of anyone's votes because they are against the rule of law in the Constitution and will obviously lead to Anarchy and eventually no government and then a dictatorial government. Under the Constitution we are given the right to "peaceably assemble" not "violently assemble" such as we have seen lately. Therefore candidates I will vote for will be conservative will high moral values who support and defend the Constitution in every way. Thanks for letting me add this comment.

Marilyn JacobsAugust 21, 2020

Thank you for this article. When I read the title, I was on guard, thinking someone was going to tell me they had the answer to all of the world's problems and knew who to vote for. Instead, I was thrilled to read an article of true value to me personally. The article stated several key elements of pure Christ like traits I am seeking in my life. I'm especially grateful to be reminded of humility and the value of every human being.

Theodore BrandleyAugust 21, 2020

This is all good advice to follow good principles. However, for those who may not be aware, Marxism is the antithesis of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Marxism is professed anti-Christ. According to Karl Marx, existing society, including religion and families, must be destroyed, and then his followers can “stride through the wreckage and create a new society.” Couple this with the fact that Marxists have totally permeated the Democrat Party. This is not a theory nor an opinion, this is plain fact. November 3 is the most important election in American history since the Civil War.

SaraAugust 21, 2020

I've been struggling with this issue for sometime. You gave great information and motivation to do the right thing among so much uncertainty! These latter days certainly are not easy, but using scripture, prayer, knowledge and direction from the prophet and the influence of the Holy Ghost does help me understand my discipleship and responsibility as a child of God. Thank you for this timely article. I think we are playing into Satan's hands when we act in the negative...proud... "my way is right and the only way" attitude.

SteveAugust 21, 2020

Kim, I appreciate your reminder to treat each other kindly. In the next to last paragraph when you said we should not "dehumanize our enemies," maybe you meant not "dehumanize those who disagree with us." Overall, though, a wonderful reminder to us all.

Wendy WoodAugust 21, 2020

Thank you so much for this! I have become increasingly alarmed at the divisions in our country and our world, and the hateful language that accompanies those divisions. We are generally not being fully thoughtful and reasonable. I occasionally find myself thinking, "Oh, that can't be true because __________ said it." I am striving very hard to overcome that tendency. I am afraid for our country and for the unity of the church members.

Ronald BarnesAugust 21, 2020

I must admit that I often feel that way, but I would never say so. I don't claim to be right, I just claim to have my opinions and I try to respect the opinions of others.

Craig NelsonAugust 21, 2020

Studying this weeks CFM - as I read Helaman 5:51 I fear and I hope or have faith that the inequalities in our world today are because of the “traditions of our fathers” and that we will lay down our weapons of war and our hatred....

Leilani CookAugust 21, 2020

Perfectly timed article for our daughter who is struggling with being verbally abused by one with differing opinions. Thank you so much for this insight. Beautifully stated. Just awesome!

John TrevorAugust 21, 2020

What a thought-provoking article. Maybe it can be summarized by the statement "We should try to constantly increase a sincere heartfelt love, for all our brothers and sisters"

PattieAugust 21, 2020

When going through life or death instances we do feel vulnerable and helpless. At those times we need our spouse beside us and give us courage to go on. Interestingly, we see movies where the husband is sitting by the wife in the hospital bed holding hands and the husband has a deep concern for his wife’s health. That is the example we want to have by our husbands, but some husbands have a hard time showing sympathy or empathy. I know because I have one of those types of husbands. When I had my pulmonary embolism, it was scary. My husband took me to the hospital. I was in the hospital for 5 days. He went back to work, never sat close or held my hand. I felt abandoned, but I didn’t want to say anything to him because his job was more important than me. As I look back now, I feel selfish. He did the best he could to be with me. When I found out I had cancer the year before, it was the same situation. He did take me to my first chemo appointment but then after that I was responsible to getting myself there for my treatment. I had to be independent, I couldn’t tell him about my fear Of being like my mother who had died of the same cancer many years previous because I didn’t think he would understand. I truly believe that when we feel emotionally abandoned by our spouses, we can always rely upon the Lord to comfort us in those times of helplessness. Forgiveness, true forgiveness is the only way to help relationships heal.

Rob GAugust 21, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful piece, I approve, and anyone that comes to a different conclusion than a beloved child of Heavenly Parents with a limitless potential to become like Them through the grace and love of Jesus Christ. I used to be (and I still slip on occasion) exactly like the people described in this article. My pride really came into play on certain moral issues for one big reason. I know, because I follow the living prophets of God who receive guidance and direction from Him, that I am "right". However, I was not acting right nor treating people right when I chose to regard those that disagree as fundamentally evil.


Exhaustive message that hits the nail on the head. It would have been good to have it when America was preparing to go to war in Iraq and our international membership was divided over whether to go or not. I was even labeled as an Apostate by some of this magazine's readers for suggesting that this war was not justified...

Lana JohnsonAugust 20, 2020

Single for 40 sex for 40 years, I'm very happy

Vicki RobbinsAugust 20, 2020

Love your articles so much. Always gives me something to think about. The commercial that says "We all go, why not enjoy the go" well,we all have problems, why not enjoy them and learn from them? Love you,

HalAugust 20, 2020

Thank you for this article. I had to do some serious self-examination about what I post and why.

Wally GoddardAugust 20, 2020

Beautifully written, Lincoln. Have your read John Welch's study of the good Samaritan in BYU Studies? It is powerful!

MickiAugust 20, 2020

Thank you so much for this sweet reminder, it's exactly what I needed today. My faith is being tried in ways I was not prepared for, and this reminds me I need to dig deeper and look for the blessings that for now seem hidden.

Ben JonesAugust 20, 2020

Right in this paragraph is an expression of the double standard that 1848 Women’s Rights Convention complained about: "But it’s women’s own behavior creating the situation ... Women give their power to men who are trained by culture and experience to regard females as interchangeable objects instead of beings of equal worth."

Allen AAugust 20, 2020

Many years ago I made the decision to not buy a TV set. I had seen the increase in evil influences in programming between the time that I left on my mission and when I returned. Programs that my parents were watching had been subtly changed and they had not seen the difference. When I went back to college, I didn't have the money for a set, but I didn't miss it. Now I see what having a TV continually in their home has done to my sister and her family and I regard it as a poison as bad as internet pornography. The people who control content on TV are in service to Satan and it shows clearly if you want to see it.

Linda WestoverAugust 20, 2020

What a powerful reminder that life's experiences are for our growth, if we choose to recognize the Savior as our strength and peace. Beautifully written, as always.

Haze KompelienAugust 20, 2020

love the closing note: always good to acknowledge our humanness, and room for improvement. Makes the reader (aka, us sinners, works in progress) relate better to the author (or teacher)


Thank you for this article .I keep coming back to it to on meditate on some comments .It makes me realize how this part of the book of Mormon is so deep as the parallel between the events mentioned and our tumultuous times is blatant and more than ever we need to follow the narrow path which is more and more narrow ,and let us guide by the spirit Today , I reread the "man of Christ " comment Thank you for helping me Elisabeth Conesa

Richard SkousenAugust 19, 2020

Delightful story! Thanks for sharing.

LexaGraemeAugust 19, 2020

This is precious and hilarious at the same time. I will remember these whenever I see a cow. Thank you!

LexaGraemeAugust 19, 2020

Thank you.

David WhiddenAugust 19, 2020

Doug and Joan Magin drove my wife and I from Ontario to Salt Lake so we could be sealed in the Temple in april 1964 I worked with Gord Finnigan in Sudbury awsome Folks

KimAugust 19, 2020

Excellent advice. Thank you

JenniferAugust 18, 2020

Thank you for sharing these amazing experiences. I love how our Heavenly Father is in the details. Tender mercy upon tender mercy. Miracle upon miracle. I can't help but think of Helaman 5:12 where Nephi and Lehi are admonished to "remember." When our faith feels weak we can remember the times we have seen God intervene in our lives. Experiences such as these strenthen my faith in a loving God.

Gloria HicksAugust 18, 2020

Excellent and insightful article! It is spot on. I'm saving and sharing this with my kids and grand matter our age or circumstances, we fall into this trap so easily and willingly! Especially find the reference to devices so interesting and timely!

T.H. MoultonAugust 18, 2020

This so comes to the heart of every issue -- the only lasting answer that has the power to heal and strengthen and unify us individually and collectively. May all that is happening aid us to humbly seek and draw upon that most cherished blessing.

Russ LAugust 18, 2020

Very much appreciated. I would also appreciate a more detailed follow-up article. It seems that much more could be said and shared. Regardless, I was very grateful for what was offered here.

Sasha KwapinskiAugust 18, 2020

I have had the opportunity read some of the scholarly books by Jenkins, Bart Ehrman, Ramsay McMullen and others. Very informative and well worth the time. The trinity was one factor which turned me away from traditional Christianity. I found it to be unbiblical and nonsensical.

Janice GneitingAugust 18, 2020

For a little praise to the author, genuine flattery if you will: This was an eye-opening, well written, informative, scripture based and soul search promoting article. I love the Old Testament insight in Daniel. You touched on so many aspects of flattery and gave us a challenge to introspect and to share in conversation with others. Thank you.

BrookeAugust 18, 2020

Great read! I think a further way of looking at the portion of scripture that you interpreted as possibly being fulfilled through profit-sharing would be to consider that it might include the notions of wealth redistribution or universal basic income—notions which don’t include only the rich and which are touted more and more frequently in politics today as something everyone “deserves.” Thanks for writing this!

James BrownAugust 18, 2020

I think that the beauty of the melody and lyrics are totally drowned out by the loud and disruptive accompaniment,

SamAugust 18, 2020

You do know that BLM is a marxist organization and their platform includes destruction of the family. I ask the same question as others: If black lives matter, then why isn't anyone protesting the innocent black lives in Chicago, Detroit, and New York that are being taken? The statement "Black Lives Matter" is absolutely true. But then so is the statement "All Lives Matter".

Joseph ShumwayAugust 18, 2020

Love this❤️

Sonya WashburnAugust 18, 2020

This is an eye opener article. I share riddles with my grandchildren so this is going to be a good one!!..I can see how we as a society have been lured into the flattery of social media. Thank you for bringing to light these truths so we are not deceived and can use social media for sharing the gospel and being careful in its use for personal aggrandizement.

Theodore BrandleyAugust 18, 2020

This message is clear, except, sincere complements and praise are expressions of love and appreciation and are essential for proper human interaction. We are commanded to praise God. We also sing, “Praise to the man who communed with Jehovah,” etc. The key to the difference is in the given definition, “flattery means offering praise strategically, for gain.” If we are praising others with the intent to manipulate them for our benefit, then it becomes flattery.

Donald HoffmanAugust 18, 2020

Plain and simple: only two races exist, good people and bad people, and only the Lord can change the nature of those who are willing.

Geoff-AusAugust 18, 2020

Laura, as this post is about Truth can you provide a reference for "Jesus Christ promised the First Presidency of the church will never lead us astray." As far as I am aware it was first said by Pres. Wilford Woodruff, October 1890, after the announcement that polygamy would no longer be practiced by Latter-day Saints

CarolynAugust 17, 2020

Very disappointed to see so many people using this piece to validate bigotry. Arguing that “social justice ideology” or the current civil rights movement is in any way antithetical to the gospel of Christ is extremely dangerous, as I’m seeing too many people weaponize this idea into racism in the name of the Church. Remember that Christ left the 99 for the one; we should do the same.

JoyceAugust 17, 2020

I agree completely w this perspective. Thank you for sharing this.

David StokerAugust 17, 2020

Thank you for this article. I believe if people would read it through the lens of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they would understand the truths you brought out. The basic, golden rule of do unto others as you would have them do unto you would solve so many of societies problems. I have read some of the comments and am convinced that they are missing the mark of what the Lord would have us do in being free from the destructive philosophies of mankind and rely on the spirit of the Gospel.

WilliamAugust 17, 2020

I am glad that you reminded me of what the Lord has said through the doctrine and Covenants to Joseph Smith's Oliver cowdery and many other church leaders about listening to the spirit seek valuable information to make a discern choice in our lives

WendyAugust 17, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful and inspiring article! Well done.

Marilyn JonesAugust 17, 2020

This article was like a breath of fresh air to me. Finally an answer to racism that I can support. I became curious about Black Lives Matter and, asl often, took it to Google. I opened the Black Lives Matter Utah site and learned that this organization is not affiliated with the National Black LIves Matter group, and does not support all of the extreme positions taken by the National Black LIves Matter organization. They focus on eliminating police brutality and racial targeting through police training, body cams, and other enforceable means. They work to eliminate discriminatory practices in the workplace such as unequal pay and discriminatory hiring practices. lI seems to be focused on meaningful reform working within social and legal systems.

Mary SchmittAugust 17, 2020

Love this story Daris

Sudie BradleyAugust 17, 2020

I am a Black saint who believes black lives matter. I agree with Issacs. How do I show it? I show it by serving a second mission with my husband in Jamaica. I show it by living as the Savior would have me. I do not believe in violence and destroying property, wrong is wrong. May we all live in a manner that exemplifies the teachings of Jesus Christ. May we all love one another and find a way to show it and respect our brothers and sisters. We are all children of God.

RobertAugust 17, 2020

Absolutely true and consistent with the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The sad part of this whole thing is that not all will see the problem as the heart of man (the natural man), nor see the solution as Jesus Christ. They will be blinded by the cunning arguments and lack logic spouted out by loud voices.

marybeth richardsonAugust 17, 2020

I think Isaac hit the problem square on the head. To live a Christlike is truly the best and only answer to the world’s problems. What a place to live if we all would follow a Christlike life. I’mTolerance patience kindness niceto each other Brotherly love caring service would replace violence and hate. Martin Luther King “Returning violence For violence multiplies violence,adding deeper and deeper darkness to a night devoid of stars.Darkness cannot drive out darkness only light can do that Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that “. We all need to practice being kind and thoughtful

Diane BrushAugust 17, 2020

I still miss the old Relief Society Magazine.!!!!

Gabriele I. KupitzAugust 17, 2020

I read this story out loud to a family member who has significant health issues after a life of service. We are both returned missionaries and we know exactly where we were on 9/11 so this "missionary miracle" was a beautiful story to read. Thank you for sharing. The Lord loves His missionaries--young and older--and all the peoples of this beautiful world. The work goes on...

Jim RodgetsAugust 17, 2020

Excellent article; THANKS for sharing!!Personally, I think the author was spot-on in her analysis...but did not go far enough in her fundamental conclusions.To wit: critical race theory, social justice, et al, are not just flawed social constructs or models for social behavior. They are far worse than that. The author was perhaps seeking to be polite.In fact, those ideological constructs are expressly designed to further three fundamental goals: 1. DESTROY religious values and standards. 2. DESTROY the traditional family order ordained by God. 3. OVERTHROW the existing Constitutional government and our Constitution itself, and implement Communism as the new ruling form of government in the USA.There's no need to be polite or gentle in our characterization of critical theory and its variants: THEY UNALTERABLY OPPOSE OUR HEAVENLY FATHER'S PLAN OF SALVATION.Thus, critical theory, in all its variants, is simply another tool of the Great Deceiver, the Father of All Lies...Satan himself.There is no laudable goal offered by these man-made ideologies that is not better achieved through fullybliving the True Gospel.Members of the Church of Jesus Christ should not, MUST NOT, be deceived by these man-made ideologies. Down that path lies dilution of Gospel principles, a withdrawal of the Spirit and, eventually, apostasy.Be strong and careful, Children of our Heavey Father.Choose wisely. Choose love. Choose Christ!!!

John R. CarpenterAugust 17, 2020

I read this article with some judicious circumstance. I agree that Black Lives matter, but I do not support the radicalized Black Lives Movement.As a Christian, all lives are important and precious unto God.As an American, I believe that "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."The Black Live Movement is run by trained Marxists teaching Liberation Theology. They teach that there must be a "collective salvation" before any "individual salvation."I believe that there is but ONE salvation and that is through Christ Jesus.IF I would accept that there must first be a "collective salvation" before any "individual salvation" then I would be denying the Christ and become an anti-Christ.I will NOT deny that Jesus Christ is my personal savior. Period.

Claire AuatinAugust 17, 2020

I can’t NOT comment again about this article. Our baptismal covenant is to mourn with those who mourn. This doesn’t mean just to have sympathy or empathy for those suffering in the world. It means acting upon the problems, disparities and injustices of the world. Yes, many races are racist, but does that mean we should be? I am a white privileged woman who just wants to learn from others, then help them make their lives and systems better. I will continue to be involved in social justice.

JenniferAugust 17, 2020

Excellent article! Thank you for so meticulously laying out each point. Satan wants a little bit of scripture mingled with the philosophies of man so that he can lead us astray... and that is exactly what I believe social justice is. The BLM mission statement is in complete opposition to the Family Proclamation. Marxism is Satan’s plan!!

Miriam SmithAugust 16, 2020

Whatever issues one may have with the philosophies of those who have written about social justice, we have been commanded to practice social justice--to love our neighbor as ourselves and to "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."We should be doers, not complainers.As Elder Holland taught, may we be equally committed to freeing the world from the virus of hunger, freeing neighborhoods and nations from the virus of poverty. May we hope for schools where students are taught—not terrified they will be shot—and for the gift of personal dignity for every child of God, unmarred by any form of racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice.That is social justice.

Martin LutherAugust 16, 2020

Critical social justice pursues and evangelizes many false ideas. First, that equality of outcome is the goal. Second, that the only way to get there is to attack people as privileged or not black enough. Third, that the country and flag have to be disrespected to take a stand. Fourth, that capitalism must be set aside to be replaced by Marxism in spite of its complete lack of success. Fifth, that misbehavior should be lauded and celebrated. Sixth, that there is no conflict of interest in accepting donations to fight racism only to be used for purchasing political power. Seventh, that the racist practices and past of Planned Parenthood should be ignored. Eighth, that generational control of inner cities by one political party has not been a complete failure. And finally that groups like BLM have any desire to correct the racism that it milks for donations, sponsored by popular news media which does the same--milk it for viewership, ratings, and dollars.

David GlennAugust 16, 2020

Thank you for writing this. Something always seemed off about these movements, and the more I saw what they championed the more I wanted to stay away from it. The messages and means they use to enforce their ideology upon the rest of the world just never seemed to resonate with what Heavenly Father has taught. I'm just glad I chose to stand with what I had been taught in the church.

Jeannette HelveyAugust 16, 2020

I printed this story when it came out and today I read it. I noticed that my printer had printed page five with an ad right in the ending of Teiva and Haunui’s story. I was devastated. Went on LDS Living and looked for it. Said a prayer at the beginning but couldn’t find it. I was unhappy and next thing I know my prayer was answered and I was directed to your magazine and found the article. Needless to say I was excited to have the full article. Thank you for this inspirational piece. I loved it!!!

Steven WatsonAugust 16, 2020

This article is worrisome because a casual or un-careful reading by (particularly white) LDS readers could easily sway them into believing any active social justice efforts are antithetical to the gospel. This belief will stifle our progress toward better Christian discipleship as individuals and as a Church.

Jason McElprangAugust 16, 2020

This is perfect! I wish my discussions with friends and family had been this articulit, thank you for sharing this! I had never thought of the "original sin" perspective, that struck me as a perfect example of why I should not be ashamed of being born into my circumstances.

Laura from UtahAugust 16, 2020

It is true that some of the elect will be decieved. Not all the elect. Jesus Christ promised the First Presidency of the church will never lead us astray...they will not be deceived because they will prepare. Everybody will need to prepare in order to avoid being deceived, not just the elect. I think the intent of that scripture is to warn that Satan will use deception so well in the last days that even some of the most righteous will not see through Satan's lies. Overall, great article!

SandyAugust 16, 2020

This article nails it head on. I appreciated the well thought out and honest views. Yes, many will disagree. I think those that disagree have chosen to follow perhaps a portion of this movement. But, they've got their foot in the door down a very shady path. I believe progress was already being made before this movement was slammed in our faces. Perhaps others do not think it was moving fast enough. Change takes time and this life is not our only chance to progress (although it's the most preferred). People have to be allowed their agency... meaning many (even in the church) will choose other paths. That is their right, and we should have ours as well to follow Christ. Our freedoms are being stripped away at an unprecedented rate. I hope other wake up in time.

Sherri EinfeldtAugust 16, 2020

Spot on! I have been thinking all those things for a very long time but it was nice to have someone actually publish them. Thank you for a clear and accurate perspective.

John ScheidAugust 16, 2020

In reading through both the article and the comments there many good points made for both sides of the social justice ideology being put forward. Christ should be the center and focus of all we pursue. The philosophies of men/women without the perspective of a Christ centered life open the door for Satan to influence and lead one astray. The thought comes to mind that “the very elect will be led astray” Should be uppermost in the mind of any who study these philosophies lest one find themselves succumbing to feelings of anger that is rationalized as “what would Jesus do?” Some who have been the victim of racism, sexism, etc experience strong feelings based on those experiences. What one does with those experiences and associated feelings will likely determine your personal views. Having been a victim myself of stereotypical things experienced during my lifetime I could have chosen completely different paths for my life. I’m far from perfect but I believe that judging on the side of mercy and recognizing that others view the world through the lens of their life experiences has helped me. I have a long way to go. That said individual responsibility and accountability are core and key parts of the mortal journey. To allow the philosophies of men to sway your thoughts otherwise place you at the mercy of Satan. He has no mercy and his only goal is your misery become like his. Standing up against those philosophies is standing up against the father of all lies. Giving in to anger and justifying it denies Christ and His teachings regarding the source of all anger. Speaking out against lies, deceit, anger and the philosophies of men do not make one guilty or ignorant of social justice.

JaLeen MurphyAugust 16, 2020

What a beautiful story to begin the Sabbath day. These miracles illustrate how our heavenly father is working in our lives every single day. September 11 was a very scary day and to have Missionaries return home on that very day how do you have been an added level of fear. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story

Joel WashburnAugust 15, 2020

I appreciated your ideas, especially ways we can go about important societal change without resorting to violence and having to become part of an ideology that runs counter to my own beliefs. Racism in all of its forms is always horrible and should always be fought against but in the right way. Keep up the great work!

JpAugust 15, 2020

It focuses on social salvation rather than individual salvation.

ZedAugust 15, 2020

I’ve found that men that fit these standards get stuck trying to find a woman who values these things and end up settling for someone who doesn’t actually want these things or values other qualities more. I’d be interested to read one for woman of what men value, because both genders tend to really struggle on being solid people with good values intact.

JaNice TaylorAugust 15, 2020

I don’t feel that I am better informed after reading these summaries; there is nothing stated we aren’t all ready wrestling with. What are some real facts supporting the opinions to help one weigh conclusions about probable truth here? Wearing a mask is such a small thing that has become such a huge issue; it amazes and disappoints me! I’m not going to wait for conclusive facts on this. I don’t know if it’s effective, but I wear one in public places as a preventive measure, just in case it protects me and others. I regard it as responsible citizenship in present circumstances .

EllisAugust 15, 2020

We have black brothers and sisters struggling right now. Why are we getting a feel-good article nitpicking everything wrong with social justice, instead of maybe some tips on how we can better mourn with those who mourn, and help our black brothers and sisters?Sorry, this is all very close to me. My black friend’s brother was shot and killed by a cop recently. Routine traffic stop, the cop had his gun pulled because he was nervous around a black man. Accidentally pulled the trigger. And now this good black father is dead, all because of the color of his skin. This story never made the news here in Utah, but these sorts of stories are well known in black communities. It scars them. The last thing they need are their white brothers and sisters lulled into inaction by articles like this one.

Kimberly SmithAugust 15, 2020

Love the article. I have thought that Satan is using 10% truth and 90% lies to counter the Plan of Salvation with the social justice movement as it is displayed currently.

Warren HessAugust 15, 2020

By their fruits ye shall know them.

Debbi M.August 15, 2020

What a miraculous story! I live in Las Vegas also, and well remember the events of that time. The Lord truly blessed you for your efforts and trying to align yourself with His will.

Kathleen FulmerAugust 14, 2020

A series of miracles, is just that - a miracle!

Laura PendorfAugust 14, 2020

Love one another as I have loved you.

Pam TooneAugust 14, 2020

“we can recognize that any secular belief system that appears to substitute for religion can only lead us away from Christ.“ This is an important part of this article. The social justice movement, by and large, does want to substitute religion for this secular group. It absolutely will take you away from Christ so subtly, you won’t recognize it until it’s too late. Great article, thank you!

Wendy JensenAugust 14, 2020

Thank-you for your research and well thought out presentation as to the problem of well-intentioned efforts to solve critical issues of our day. Many have been shamed, bullied really, when they attempt to add thoughts or considerations that do not fit the “acceptable ideology” on important matters. We are losing when we cannot counsel together and when we close off free speech and refuse to hear others through bullying tactics.

Ruth TautuaaAugust 14, 2020

I love these kinds of stories. They inspire me and help me feel loved and blessed in this chaotic world. Thank you for sharing.

Kamalani KauiAugust 14, 2020

What a beautiful story during a tragic and confusing time. Miracles truly happen in these days and if we are willing, we are able to have a hand in those miracles. Truly, Heavenly Father allowed for the windows of heaven to open for so many people. He is mindful of us and hears our prayers. I love that we can truly be disciples of Jesus Christ through our sincere efforts and when we listen to the promptings of the Spirit. The scripture 1 Nephi 3:7 comes to mind when I read this story. The gospel is true.

Dorothy ThompsonAugust 14, 2020

Oh, goodness!what an amazing experience!! The Lord was truly with you on that day!! Thank you for sharing this with us....I know the Lord answers prayers....and He certainly answered yours that day!!

KellieAugust 14, 2020

What an amazing story! I was still on my mission when 9/11 happened and I served in the Vancouver mission. The mission president at the time was President Robert P. Haight.

Bob PowelsonAugust 14, 2020

The panic factor induced by the one size fits all approach to controlling Covic (the China Flu). has caused nearly as many problems as the Flu itself.That, plus making it a political issue to sway the upcoming election has created a great deal of disunity.

Marsha NewmanAugust 14, 2020

Amazing story! We have also had remarkable things happen when we make ourselves tools in the hands of the Lord!!

Melissa D. B.August 14, 2020

Good article. Good comments. Another thing that occurred to me is that these beliefs interfere with the Plan of Salvation because you take repentance and forgiveness out of the realm of each individual and you say it's a group requirement. So the "oppressor" group cannot receive forgiveness (for things they may not have even done themselves, and the "oppressed" group are told they are not in need of repentance for the things they do. A counterfeit that mixes good ideas w/very damaging ones.

Lawrence HigginsonAugust 14, 2020

Amazing how the Lord will let us be His Hands and messengers if we let him

Daelyn SkousenAugust 14, 2020

Such a great story! And a great reminder about who's in charge, if we'll just listen & follow. We are instruments in His hands. He answers our prayers, often through others.. Thank you for sharing!

PattieAugust 14, 2020

I love missionary experiences and yours tops the list.

Doris WilliamsAugust 14, 2020

Oh, wow! What an upper to start the day. Thank you Mark Albright for your stories of missionary tender mercies (I call them miracles!) Cliff Rogers was truly guided and blessed that day....incredibly so, to find those people and to have the events unfold like they did....It just brings me to tears. The dear Lord is so mindful of us and of the good we can do if we follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost. Thank you again.

Harold RustAugust 14, 2020

I really appreciated the wisdom and "calmness" in this article. As I read those responses which seemed to condemn the essence of your perspective, I felt a rise in the hatred and finger-pointing and self-righteousness which so often accompanies those out to see others as either a perpetrator or a victim. As I shared with a close neighbor of mine, my experience has taught me that if you really want to improve how others show respect and compassion, then give them ten stories of when individuals demonstrated that trait for every one story in which injustice or some "ism" occurred. We improve each other when we seek out what works, not when we taunt others with an example of what didn't work or wasn't fair or just. I would hope that those who vocally oppose this article will actually look inward and ask themselves if they aren't creating more hatred when they look for and highlight what they think are hateful actions in others.And, yes, I will do the same and might write this response differently in the future by highlighting important lessons I've learned from others who initially think differently than I do.

ReeneeAugust 14, 2020

Thank you for sharing that! story.

James HarrisAugust 14, 2020

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we ought to do all we can to redeem others from suffering and burdens. Even so, our greatest redemptive service will be to lead them to Christ. Without His Redemption from death and from sin, we have only a gospel of social justice. That may provide some help and reconciliation in the present, but it has no power to draw down from heaven perfect justice and infinite mercy. Ultimate redemption is in Jesus Christ and in Him alone. I humbly and gratefully acknowledge Him as the Redeemer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.D. Todd Christofferson, “Redemption,” Ensign, May 2013

Jennifer BrennerAugust 13, 2020

I think that what your article suggests in its totality is that nothing should be done. That we ignore the injustices of oppressed people over the course of history which has resulted in unfair conditions in the present under the guise that a few scholars are off by a hair or two from our theology as you interpret it. How convenient a position a position for the dominant group? They don't support my view completely, I am out.Take the broad view, that is what Christ would do. I believe that He expects us as his disciples to move to right the wrongs, the biases, the hurt, the lost opportunities of so many minority groups. No one is asking your swear allegiance to a cause, they are simply asking you to love your neighbor.

ScottHAugust 13, 2020

Perhaps the assumption that there are primarily two sides to controversial issues is an even larger problem than the fact that the two stated views draw radically different conclusions. It is as if vast public and private forces are bent on forcefully herding people into one thought cattle chute or the other with little appreciation for the nearly endless expanse of thought range where fertile minds roam and graze.

Claire AustinAugust 13, 2020

Social justice is so often associated with socialism or communism. It seems to me that social justice is what Christ wants us to live and foster in the world. . Just as God wanted the early saints to live the united order in order to give all the benefits of social justice to everyone, we should work for the same unity today. Dependence relies on interdependence. God relies on so many institutions and churches other than ours to further His work. Let’s all work to make a better world. more articles that divide us politically.

Sandra K. FolsomAugust 13, 2020

And a little child will lead them.Very enjoyable story


Nice idea, but I'm not sure I learned anything new here. This would be more helpful if the arguments were tested for accuracy. Maybe you could add a third element to the two sides: what the actual data shows. If the data is inconclusive, tell us what we do and don't know for sure.

Doris CrockettAugust 13, 2020

Absolutely beautiful!! How does one get on the list that receives announcements like this?

Sherry McMullinAugust 13, 2020

Thank you for today's teachings. Several quotes will be incorporated into our teaching about the 12 steps and 12 principles in the addiction recovery program. They are most applicable.

I D BasoahAugust 13, 2020

Brilliant piece! What an enlightenment! I have great admiration for intelligent women

HalAugust 13, 2020

Thank you for this article! Sadly we sometimes not only live IN Sodom, we invite the influence of Sodom into our very homes. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find entertainment that does not depict and even glorify promiscuity, infidelity, violence, blasphemy, and every type of vile sin one can imagine. We see evidence that we truly live in the last hours of the last days. Thank the Lord for a living prophet, inspired leaders, the scriptures, and personal revelation.

Scott WoodburyAugust 13, 2020

Great article. I see "social justice" as just another method of the great counterfeiter. Change must first come from within each individual. Comments from some about how God should or would act (and as an extension to try to force others to behave or believe the same way) is part of that counterfeit - similar, in a way, to someone telling me to stop paying tithing, and to give that money to some other charity that they deem is "worthy".

Mike DenosAugust 13, 2020

Due to subjective impressions and feelings towards this issue and other current issues it would appear that facts from reliable sources would be helpful for discussion guides. In this case a good place to seek facts would be the state health agency and a national government institute such as CDC. Unfortunately, it appears that many I try to communicate with have fairly firm beliefs derived from other (I perceive) less reliable sources such as news organizations or even political leaders. It makes for very difficult to impossible areas of understanding. For example, past pandemics or ongoing threats that have occurred for years and years hold little credence.

Dave GAugust 13, 2020

I think this article is very confusing. There are so many contradictory statements in the article. Social Justice Ideology as it's called in the article is mixed bag there are some good things about it and some bad, but I don't think we should throw out the good just because bsome are doing bad things in the name of Social Justice Ideology. As long as long as you stick to what good 8n the Ideology the bad shouldn't be an issue.

Geoff - AusAugust 13, 2020

You have laid out each sides points of view as if they are equally valid they are not. One side is about people and lives, the other is about the economy.and business. I don't remembernChrist ever saying it is the economy not the individual? In America the virus has been politicized by the President, who has contributed to a disaster. 150,000 more deaths than should be. Australia with a population of 25million has similar figures to Utah with 3 million. You should be outraged but adding to you list One side says its a disaster contributed to by conservative ideology. The other side its a hoax, and all sorts of other justifications.

Shannon WixomAugust 12, 2020

Great article!! Totally agree with these thoughts, scripture references, etc. Especially as I have been seeking for the Holy Ghost to help me discern between truth and error. In this current age of much confusion, contention and misinformation, we must do as our prophet counsels, to do whatever it takes to hear Him.

MarshaAugust 12, 2020

This is an exceptional article. The "social justice" movement as it exists today is highly destructive and not what many members of the church,who naively support it, believe it to be. Just look at the BLM movement (part of the "social justice" family). It's insisting on and teaching people they must acknowledge their "white privilege" which is teaching people there is something fundamentally wrong with their skin color. That is, by definition, racism.

Emily M.August 12, 2020

Thank you for this! It's so helpful to step away from our biases and try to be balanced. I love the emphasis on seeking truth as something that requires WORK--it doesn't just automatically happen.

MarenAugust 12, 2020

Thank you for putting into clear form the thoughts that have been percolating in my head and heart. Having moved through the era of Civil Rigjts in the ‘60’s, I find this new ideology one of very subtle tokenism. Thank you for your clarity. Your use of parallelism is beautifully written, by the way!

Nancy CarterAugust 12, 2020

no, it doesn't say the very elect will be, but were it possible, they would be. It is not possible in God's justice for the very elect to be deceived. Read your scriptures again. Check it out. That's why the elect need to be prepared. Enjoy

Nancy CavanaughAugust 11, 2020

I think some of the premise you define as social justice is a faulty narrative and does a disservice to a serious social issue that needs the support of Christians who believe that loving our neighbor is more than words.

Don SearleAugust 11, 2020

Excellent! Thank you, Rebecca.I plan to share this.

M. HomerAugust 11, 2020

Please read the whole statement from the BLM website regarding "families." They are opposed to the idea that a family unit be so rigidly defined, not that families should be dismantled. This statement is a simple way of saying everyone is part of our family and we will fight for everyone. From BLM: "We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable."

Bruce HassAugust 10, 2020

It is a shame that a William Wilburforce never appeared in America. The selling of land in the Louisiana Purchase could have not only provided recompense to slave owners, but provided a space for the newly freed slaves to populate.

Michael Van WormerAugust 10, 2020

Outstanding article! Interestingly, the tactic of classifying people as the oppressed and the oppressors has been at the heart of Marxist ideology since its onset. It has been used to incite class warfare and to topple existing power structures. It is being used today by those that are ignorant of history and encouraged by those who have sought to implement their agenda for decades.

Daniel LarsonAugust 10, 2020

No mention of social justice in the Roman Catholic tradition. Perhaps some value may be found there. It’s a disservice to ignore other approaches to social justice if readers believe that this article covers the issue thoroughly.

AlysonAugust 10, 2020

Great article. I would be lost at this time without the gospel of Jesus Christ. I would be like the foolish man who built his house upon the sand, but instead, I I have the rock of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the prophets and apostles who are not blown by every wind of doctrine. I love the primary song, “Jesus said love everyone, treat them kindly too. When your heart is filled with love, others will love you.”

Merrill Van LeuvenAugust 10, 2020

Well written, well stated. These are my thoughts, just expressed so much more eloquently with experts weighing in. I appreciate this examination of critical social justice. Thank you!

Oliver NesbittAugust 10, 2020

A very positive and informative article, but not everyone is a member of the church and indeed knows nothing about the church. Where do we turn for social justice because we know not where to find it

TannerAugust 10, 2020

While this makes some good points regarding cancel culture and the importance of the family. I fundamentally disagree with the content and rhetoric of this article. I feel that it takes many points out of context and is misleading in its connections to the gospel. I don’t understand how striving to overcome a racist past as a society or a church is inconsistent with coming unto Christ. I believe Christ would stand up for the marginalized and would seek the fair treatment of others. This article has undertones of justification and rationalization. White members of the Chirch of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are not the victims of the current social injustice at hand and we should not seek to justify our privilege. Again, just one mans opinion, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Alyssum DunnAugust 10, 2020

Rebecca Taylor, you are spot on in what you have written about Social Justice Ideology. I don't think you need to be an "educated" person to understand what you have written. I have personal experience of how this ideology is man made, that it doesn't reflect how Heavenly Father feels and Jesus Christ feels about us and how we treat each other. It only creates more division than harmony. I try to share my experience and I am shut down when I do so. I appreciate you putting it into the perfect words to show how this ideology isn't in harmony with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

Theodore BrandleyAugust 10, 2020

Social justice ideology is an integral philosophy of Marxism, which is the antithesis of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Marxism is the foundation theory of Communism and its modern version called Progressivism.

Elsa DuboisAugust 10, 2020

I’ve held my tongue but this!!!!!! Thank you for unashamedly pointing out the truth. People accuse you if spoke up against the movement ( not the slogan!) for being unfeeling and unkind for expressing the same principles we’ve been taught using basic gospel doctrine in their attempt to steer and stress the very same principles but by using the pseudo subversive vernacular of the time. It really made me feel that the adversary’s power overcame people ever do subtly and deceivingly under this great cloak of pretense.And yes, as prophesied even the elect fell for it!!!!

Heather DubachAugust 10, 2020

I loved this article!

Becky BuxtonAugust 10, 2020

Thank you for this. I have objected to "social justice" because of the reasons you articulated, but I wasn't able to. Thank you for the research and facts.

Nerita Flake PetersonAugust 10, 2020

this was thoughtful, reasonable and logical. Thanks you so much.

Laura BeeymanAugust 10, 2020

Excellent! Thank you.

Aleisa EatonAugust 10, 2020

Wonderful article! Well researched, succinct and understandable.

Judith SmithAugust 10, 2020

Glenn Beck warned against social justice Y E A R S ago.

Carol AnnAugust 10, 2020

Thank you for an outstanding and strong voice of reason!

R BluthAugust 10, 2020

Very well written. Thank you for your content

David DurfeeAugust 10, 2020

Another view is that for the very first time in 2000 years we have a broad social movement that at its core (its core, mind you) is completely in synch with the Savior's Second Great Commandment. To me that feels inspiring. And maybe even inspired.

Robert StarlingAugust 10, 2020

While this article requires careful reading to gain its full impact, the author is spot-on with her analysis and comparison of this man-made ideology with the perfection of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. "Social Justice Warriors" amongst us are mis-informed and deluded by the "philosophies of men". As usual, the way to find truth is FTP - Follow The Prophet. And the truth will make us free.

ReedAugust 10, 2020

Exceptionally well researched and presented.

CarolineAugust 10, 2020

Thank you for this well-written and well-researched article. I’m saving it!

NanetteAugust 10, 2020

My question is why do only white people have to recognize racism? What about the Blacks addressing their racism against white people? Thank u for this wonderful article I know we needed.

PattieAugust 10, 2020

Thank you, thank you and thank you. I have been trying to make this statement to others but you have said it so well. Social Justice is only for the minority and is truly Satan led. I have contemplated the phrase “BlackLives Matter” , it is a racist phrase fueling the fire of hatred between races. The young lady who died because she said, All Lives Matter” didn’t have the opportunity to raise her son because of this racial phrase. She was ambushed and killed by men whose only thoughts were to destroy anyone who doesn’t think like us. What a great topic for you, you need to write a book on this very subject.

Cynthia PAugust 10, 2020

What an excellent, thorough treatment of this sensitive subject! I loved the sources you quoted - especially James Lindsay.

Lawrence M BarryAugust 10, 2020

Thank you for putting to words what I've been thinking and feeling about the social justice movement but was unable to understand until I read your article.

Kayleen HunsakerAugust 10, 2020

What a great article! It puts all the truth about this situation of "Social Justice Ideology" in a comprehensive and easily understood format. It helped me to understand why I was feeling so many "red flags" about everything going on-knowing it was not following Jesus Christ. Thank you for all your research and time to write this.

D. GoodwinAugust 10, 2020

I think this article was written for academics, and for the rest of the Meridian audiance, I thought it will be confusing and in some instances, misleading. Perhaps I just don't have the background in social psychology that I needed, but I was not convinced that I should be "concerned." To oppose an injustice (even through the lens of hindsight) is the same as condoning it, in my mind.

LewisAugust 10, 2020

I love your stories. They show the difference between “someone should do something about this” and “I am someone; what can I do about this.” Thank you for the light you spread.

CW2SADAugust 10, 2020

I noticed something in your article that I would like to highlight. When the Israelites were preparing to cross the Red Sea, the water didn’t part until it was touched by a sandal. When President Joseph Smith, Jr. blessed people, he said to first rise, then be healed. First show your faith, then the miracle comes...

Heidi FeuzAugust 10, 2020

Great Article!

DonAugust 9, 2020

This has so nothing to do with racism that it's painful to read

Scot ProctorAugust 9, 2020

I'm sure they would appreciate that. If you visit and click on the "donate now" button, you can donate whatever sum of money you would like and specify in the "special notes" section you can specify what you would like the donation to be used for.

Jan WolfAugust 9, 2020

If the husband is bringing it up all the time, that is the problem. They worked through it at the time, why does he feel the need to bring it up and disclose more of it? That reopens the wound, every time. And, pours salt in it. I wonder if he would agree to counseling.

Joe JonesAugust 9, 2020

Universal healthcare is socialist. There's no way around it. All governments are socialist by nature. This is why the American Constitution is designed to restrict government and keep it as small as possible.If you're really interested in helping the poor and all Americans with better healthcare, then you should move to break the monopolies granted by government to healthcare providers. For instance, hospitals are given regional monopolies so there's little competition and insurance contracts don't allow for cash or direct payment.It's not unusual for a medical charge to start off as $200.00 with an insurer deduction of $160.00, $30 paid by the insurer and a $10 charge to the patient. Why not just have the patient pay the $40 directly?

Anthony FordAugust 9, 2020

Maybe he has felt safe to share like never before? f things are good why rock the boat for what is in your head? Do some supported counselling together, clear the decks and move on with the rest of your life, either together or apart, and have joy

[email protected]August 8, 2020

A real find

BrendaAugust 8, 2020

Dump him for Pete’s sake

John MarinerAugust 7, 2020

Would love to donate to the purchase of a generator . What would be the best way to do that?

Judith La MontagneAugust 7, 2020

This woman's hope and self-respect has been destroyed. I wonder why we keep counseling women to put up with this type of behavior. I do believe in forgiveness but the reality is that this man cannot be trusted.

ElizabethAugust 7, 2020

How do we contribute help?

Darrel C.August 7, 2020

I would like to have the movies base on true stories.


what is up with all these church members having affairs? it really makes you wonder.

Lee HuntAugust 7, 2020

I think I would want to know why new details are coming out. Is the hubby disclosing stuff in drips and drabs? Why on earth does he continue to do this when he knows it upsets his wife? My X would do this to control me. He wanted me unstable. Hubby needs to stop telling stories about it.

Mardonne NeimanAugust 7, 2020

Thank you for the difference you have made. This is an outstanding and inspiring account of love in action.

Carolyn AllenAugust 7, 2020

What a magnificent article and experience! This needs to be published internationally as a bright spot and true inspiration for all that everyone is going through. Hope, smiles, optimism and a truly better future. Oh, how we need these messages at this time! THANK YOU BECKY for sharing this today!


Thank you for this article which deeply touches me ..We are all children of God and we need to remember our brothers and sisters wherever they are .Here they do teach us a wonderful lesson on helping one another and taking care of our planet ...

JoyAugust 7, 2020

The woman married a jerk! He seems to take pleasure in bringing up the many details of how he wounded his wife and how he deceived her. And years later he can't keep his mouth shut but must blather on and on to his wife. He must still be thinking of his lost affairs while still with his wife. No wonder she feels betrayed again and again because this man has no core respect for his wife. His apology(s) is worthless when a decade later he can't get his unfaithful acts out of his mind and wants to continue to zing his wife with 'new details'. HIS past is very important to himself and he wants to share it with his wife. What a heel!

RaNae ShoafAugust 7, 2020

What a hope-filled story of the miracles brought about by resourcefulness, cooperation, and patience. Your work is amazing!

HeatherAugust 6, 2020

Although Utah is a lovely place to live, the cost of living has gone WAY up in the past few years, and the average wages made here do NOT come close to supporting the cost of housing here. Unbelievably, the minimum wage is still $7.25! So buying a home has become very difficult.

ShannaAugust 6, 2020

Not having one

Gary AndersonAugust 6, 2020

Thank you Joni! I really needed to read this article to help me serve as a new counselor in the bishopric.

LexaGraemeAugust 6, 2020

Bless you both.

Kathy FordAugust 6, 2020

I watched the National Geographic special about Lidar a few years ago. The whole time I was watching, I was talking to the TV scientists, "Haven't any of you read the Book of Mormon?" I enjoyed it so much, I recorded it and had my kids and even a few of my neighbors over to watch it. The science is amazing and I can't wait to see what the extended research shows us. It makes me want to be the Indiana Jones of Central America. :D

DGAugust 6, 2020

Has your husband tried indexing?

grace whitnahAugust 6, 2020

Excited for those who live in Honduras. What a blessing to them. They will not have to travel as far as they had. So happy for San Pedro Sula!

Margaret G CaudleAugust 5, 2020

Wonderful and well said article.

Tony McKenna (New Zealand)August 5, 2020

Well said! Makes absolute sense. Abortion is a sad indictment on our humanity or lack thereof.

Gary WoodAugust 5, 2020

Although those are 5 good reasons to move to Utah, here are 3 more: -Taxes and cost of living are lower here than where we came from 7 years ago (California). - Family was already here. - We escaped the insane politics in California.

Lynette BlueAugust 5, 2020

Thank you for your article. I too definitely feel that we are in the last days before the second coming of Christ. And part of the reason I believe that is because we read in Revelations that Satan is going to be tied up for 1000 years after that happens and he is out to get everything he can before that happens, thus all the evil, etc. that we see going on. And on the other hand I see some of the finest youth that I have ever seen to help counteract the evil. Interesting times for sure.

Rochelle HaleAugust 5, 2020

The recent years' counsel to store both foods we like (3 mos) and long-term storage makes sense. Consideration also must be given to what is available or legal to store, particularly in other countries. Then we get down to finer details such as cooking in our normal kitchens, using camp stoves or fireplaces, refrigeration, etc. When the Covid pandemic hit, my family thought we were well-stocked, but this has given us an opportunity to re-assess and re-supply where needed.

honey bottling machineAugust 5, 2020

Hello! Someone in my Myspace group shared this site with us so I came to check it out. I'm definitely loving the information. I'm bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Wonderful blog and amazing style and design. honey bottling machine

Veronica MarlowAugust 5, 2020

Thank you so much for insightful article! I really to read this today. When I talk about getting prepared for the Second Coming with my family and friends they think that I'm delusional. I know things will get worse before it will get better but I'm so excited about the future. I feel so blessed to be party of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. For being part of a living church with a living prophet who leads and guides us.

TeresaAugust 5, 2020

Thank you so much for this follow-up article. I read the original article 2.5 years ago and it helped prepare me for a couple weeks later when a guy I was dating disclosed his pornography addiction. I knew I needed more resources and help to navigate through the situation, so I reached out to the Hope and Healing LDS Forum that had published the post. I got connected with SA Lifeline and I cannot tell you how important that was for me. The relationship did not survive, but the introduction to 12-step healing for anyone (not just addicts) has changed my life. Your original story was a big part in kicking that off for me. Thank you for sharing. ♥️

LarsAugust 4, 2020

If you think about, Christ has already returned "like a thief in the night", as far as the world is concerned, starting with the first vision and His acceptance of the Kirtland temple. The prophets have told us that he would visit his people multiple times before revealing himself to the world.

IrishAugust 4, 2020

This is a topic that's close to my heart... Many thanks!Exactly where are your contact details though?Visit my web-site: satta king fast

CharlieBrown2292August 4, 2020

You are such a beautiful individual and so is your husband. Despite the challenges, you also have a wonderful marriage that will turn them into a blessing through the Lord's atonement and grace.

AdelaideAugust 4, 2020

Hi there colleagues, pleasant article and pleasant urging commented at this place, I am truly enjoying by these.Here is my web page: informative post

Paula BryantAugust 4, 2020

I am so grateful to have joined the Church in my early 20's (1968) and have watched the "signs of the times" unfold. As I just finished Alma and Helaman recently, it becomes clearer each time I read the Book of Mormon that we are living in the times that Moroni said, "I have seen your day!" Your article was so refreshing. It was to the point. We can't sugarcoat what is ahead; yet you remind us of the glorious things that are yet to be. Thank you for your insightful writing, Jacob!

Renaissance NerdAugust 4, 2020

The way I put it: we are saved by faith, but faith without action isn’t faith at all. It doesn’t even rise to the level of opinion if it doesn’t prompt action. If I have the opinion that inoculations are bad for children, I would not have them inoculated. But if I believe in the law, then I will do it because it’s stronger than an opinion, so I follow the law. Faith is the pinnacle of belief. It is action based on taking a risk; it’s jumping out of a plane with faith your parachute will open and you’ll land safely. It’s taking the ultimate chance by putting trust in a being we have not seen and cannot KNOW exists, without long and careful practice of faith FIRST. Faith without works is dead because it’s not faith, and calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it so.

rex Donald loweAugust 4, 2020

Anne, was thinking about you last Thursday I started writing to you and was just getting into the Spirit of Christ, which has become another anchor to my Faith, since I’ve studied and prayed for more Light, I’ve had my understanding opened, my senses sharpened, the scales taken off my eyes and knowledge poured into my soul. I will complete the message to you if I can find it on my iPhone. Meanwhile your article was pure inspiration, describing what a defining moment it is to be in His Presence, it’s etched into your brain mind body spirit and consciousness which are your soul to the extent that it’s an unforgettable defining moment which is becoming life changing, the more you think and read about it in your journal the more meaningful it becomes. I bet you were thinking about your article last Thursday, talk to you tomorrow.

Albert Erwin SchindlerAugust 4, 2020

This article should be required reading for all Latter-day saints! It has always amazed me to see so many people fear the "Last Day(s)." Yes, those earthly souls who have evil in their hearts need to fear, for their nefarious deeds will be exposed, as we see already happening, and this will only increase as we get ever-nearer to the "Last Day(s)". But for the Saints--that is, all life, including humans--who have adopted the Gospel and follow its principles, *should* rejoice, for the time of suffering and pain is coming to an end!

Harold RustAugust 4, 2020

I see an even broader aspect of this issue of faith and works. First of all, the most important "Work" we do is strengthening and purifying our spirit. When we help others, we are really doing good work on ourselves. When we sacrifice the temporary for the long term; when we stand up for truth and integrity; when we willingly partake of ordinances that commit us to serve the Lord; when we work to improve our mind and our body.....all these elements of work contribute their greatest value in what we are becoming. Thus, when we say, as members, that faith without works is dead, we really are saying that having faith--in something hoped for or having faith in Christ such as believing that His prophet is guiding us--provides changes in us that can be considered an aspect of work.I believe we should combine that concept of what work really means with a recognition that at the day of judgment it is what we have "become" rather than what we have done that will be the factor in determining the degree of glory we can embrace. The role of grace or the Atoning Sacrifice of Christ will then be to make possible the complete elimination of those impure actions and thoughts from which we have repented but which would otherwise preclude us from a celestial glory. That is why we cannot be saved except for the Grace of God and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. But if we haven't been willing to keep changing and repenting until becoming one with Christ, then His atonement simply can't do away with those aspects of our own spirit which are unwilling to align with His will. In other words, it is then our "Works", (our true self) that makes possible eternal salvation and the saving power of the Atonement.

Anne PrattAugust 4, 2020

Fabulous article! Thank you for your insights!

Evelyn Neidert RussellAugust 4, 2020

Thank you for an excellent article! You have expressed my feelings exactly. As things have gotten worse and worse, my prayers have grown exponentially that the Savior will come. I yearn to live in a righteous society. I miss the temple deeply. We should prepare and then stand still and have faith in what we already know. I think it is natural to feel anxiety when there is so much chaos. But don’t forget that we still receive revelation from our prophets, seers and revelators for our benefit today. The gospel is going to remain on the earth. This story has a happy ending. I absolutely trust in the Lord.

Mark DonaldsonAugust 4, 2020

Well said, Jacob! Thanks!

Julie DunfordAugust 4, 2020

Thank you! This is beautiful and timely! I too, look forward to Zion and Christ’s return. Learning more about priesthood power, and the fullness of priesthood power that will be available to ALL worthy Saints, and all that entails, helped dispel all my fears about the tribulations that will happen between now and then. My focus is on becoming a Zion person and inspiring others to become a Zion people! As we each, individually, foster and maintain an ongoing revelatory relationship with God, We will have nothing to fear, and everything to look forward to! And thank you for referencing the important work on racism, among other things. We are proactively involved in this important work. It is painful at times. But my message is always to look to Christ and his teachings, to listen and learn with empathy, and resolve to help ease the suffering, Instead of being so eager to change the subject and retreat to comfort. We have a lot of work to do in many areas. But in all things, Christ is the answer!!

Capri RobisonAugust 4, 2020

Thank you for this, it really puts the future in perspective. I have enjoyed getting prepared for the "great and terrible" days ahead in hopes that it will help keep my fear in check and my faith can continue to flourish.

Lu BrowerAugust 4, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful, uplifting and timely message. It’s reminder that one should focus on the good and not the evil going on right now is what I needed right now! I love taking the positive perspective because it is sooo true.

SusanAugust 4, 2020

Thanks, Jacob, for the invitation and reminder on balancing my beliefs. And to stay positive, that the good triumphs over the hard things. Good points!

Gina CarononganAugust 4, 2020

Your marxist friends will surely want to see change but surely not the way the second coming changes that will take place. Marxists don’t believe in God, they’re just another shade of communism. Most young people are indoctrinated by liberal schools. I hope you don’t equate these events as such.

DonnaAugust 4, 2020

I always like your thoughtful comments, Jacob. Thank you!

RLLAugust 3, 2020

Great share. I hope you are attending LOTS of S-Anon meetings. It will help your efforts be even more effective, and to see "your side of the street." Also, the post about Dr. Amen is spot-on. His testing is pricey, but worth every penny.

ShaunaAugust 3, 2020

Addiction of any kind is painful for the one addicted and for those that love them. Wishing you and your husband the best in overcoming this monster.

Doug HollowellAugust 3, 2020

My wife and I have known Steve and Sharon since the early 1980’s. They were as kind then as they are now. In my book, anyone who goes out looking for children, with the intent to help them live their Christmas fantasy, has a great reward waiting for them when they leave here!!Thank you Steve and Sharon for your selfless service.Doug &Suzanne Hollowell

Stephanie GibsonAugust 3, 2020

I love your outlook and faith. I also agree with the honesty part. It really is the only way to walk this difficult path. I realize addicts think hiding addictions will help everyone, but having had relationships with addicts I can tell you that the only reason that these ended were due to dishonesty. I loved them with all my heart and wanted to work together on our problems. But by sweeping them under the rug there wasn't a way to work on them. Thanks for your honesty in sharing your struggle. I'm sure it will help someone.

annblackAugust 3, 2020

Thank you for coming back 5 years later to update, so many partners experiencing this progress just kind of disappear as things improve in their life and you have lifted many hearts with this article. It was beautifully written. I also married a man with an addiction and a record - hardly the returned missionary Eagle scout I expected I"d find when I was growing up. In every way but the addiction and his ADHD complications he is a wonderful partner and has the strongest testimony of any one I've met. He still hasn't kicked his addiction after 15 years which brings in the no control of the timeline that you talk about - but I stick around because he's transparent, humble, and he's trying. So often I feel helpless and like to slip into victim mode but I like what you said here, "Either way, I’ve come to learn that I am in a position of power in his fight and I have to be loving and deliberate (and brave) with how I use it." This is going to be my motto for the next stretch of my life. Thank you!

ElizabethAugust 3, 2020

Thank you for the update. When I read your first article, I had recently broken up with someone who struggled with porn addiction. Your article made me feel horrible about myself because I felt like I should have been more like you. I now realize that this kind of situation is complicated and personal, and only the person in the relationship can decide what to do. My ex was working hard to overcome his addiction, but there were still too many red flags for me: he frequently objectified me and tried to persuade me to lower my standards. It just didn’t feel like he respected me. At the time I saw porn addiction as the reason I broke up with him but now I realize that the problem also had a lot to do with his attitude towards sexuality in general and the way he rationalized his behavior. I’m now happily married to someone else. My husband doesn’t have any issues with addiction but he struggles with some serious mental health issues, and a lot of the lessons we’ve learned together are similar to what you’ve written about here. I think your approach to his addiction is both Christlike and practical. It sounds like you and your husband are both great people and it sounds like you are letting the hard things bring you closer together instead of separating you. Thanks for sharing your story!

ChrisAugust 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing your story. Your husband is so very fortunate to have your continuing support and love...that doesn't always happen, even when a husband is working recovery. What's awesome is your, and his, opportunity to experience Grace and the Atonement in ways that many never get to experience, and to share with others who struggle. I'm in recovery from both porn and sex addiction, and the recovery journey both my wife and I are on is amazing! Your opportunities to share and to love are limitless...

TerryDAugust 3, 2020

This reminds me of C. S. Lewis' book, The Last Battle. In one of the last scenes a couple of dwarves are prisoners in a hut with Lucy. Lucy finds an opening and is able to leave for freedom. She comes back to tell the good news to the dwarves but they don't/won't believe her. Their reality was being a prisoner and they simply refused to look. Annnnd this reminds me of the foolish Israelites who refused to look up to the standard and be healed from the fiery serpents that Moses set up.

Frankie HallAugust 3, 2020

I loved this article. It is powerfu;l!

Robert PrinceAugust 3, 2020

I'm like Shauna, Professor Peterson. I'd love to hear how you responded to Craig's assertion about the lack of credible witnesses to the truth of the Book of Mormon! Thanks for all you do.

Karen SmithsonAugust 3, 2020

Thank you, thank you for sharing all you've learned. I cried through the whole thing because I've walked your road like you have and learned all the same things you have. It is clear you are married to a great man with a with a weakness, as are we all...just different weaknesses. My husband had the same weakness but was also a very, very good man! I don't even know where to begin with my thoughts, but would love to talk with you, and maybe even your husband, to share my understanding and ASSURANCES that I have received since he passed away. I LOVED this article and admire both of you for your righteous lives. I'm including my email if you would like to contact me.

ChrisAugust 3, 2020

I have never seen the topic treated better. Thank you for writing this, and sharing. This is blessing lives!I think people spend entirely to much energy thinking what they are dealing with is more shameful than what others are dealing with, and judging others for sinning differently than they do. Addiction is HARD; it's addiction! Lust addictions are harder because you carry the "substance" with you, it's in your brain! However, these distinctions do not separate these sins from others, in terms of our universal desperate need of the atonement. We need both the redeeming AND the enabling power of Jesus Christ in our lives.And we all need it(.)You have treated this topic with such light, love and clarity as to humble me. I appreciate so much your courage, and example. Thank you!!! God bless you both!!!

LeslieAugust 3, 2020

My friend's brother struggled with pornography addiction for many years. He did a couple of expensive cognitive therapy type treatments but kept relapsing. Finally, out of sheer desperation he went and saw Dr Daniel Amen. Dr. Amen studies the brain and does special scans of the brain. He told him that his brain was actually damaged, worse than a heroin addict from the addiction. Dr. Amen said that pornography is one of the worst drugs out there. He put him on medications-one that blocks the pleasure center in the brain-this is often used for chronic smokers, alcoholics etc, and then he put him on two other medications to correct serotonin levels and anxiety. He is now been a few years out without a relapse. Of course the therapy, a great wife, supportive family, and the atonement helped him, but this is so much more than that-it's medical for serious addictions and needs to be treated that way so that they can finally find the success they are seeking. I love the things you have learned and that you are sharing. You might consider looking into healing the brain as well,if you haven't already, and that combined with what he is already doing will hopefully bring him and you more years of peace.

L.S.August 3, 2020

Thank you for sharing. I recognize the road you're walking and I know how difficult it can be. Supporting my struggling spouse through many years of marriage has taught me that recovery is an active thing, which is why addicts are referred to as "recovering" rather than "recovered." Keep doing what you're doing to love and support your husband. The Lord knows his struggles, and He knows yours, and He will strengthen and support you both as you rely on His grace.

AnonymousAugust 3, 2020

I am so impressed with your faith in your husband. You are right that he struggles more than you do. I have to share that I am a woman that struggled for years with pornography. It was around me growing up and I couldn't shake it. About 15 years into my marriage I was so filled with shame and regret that I couldn't stand it one more second. I decided to pray, which I had done before. But this time I really prayed. I shared everything. I pleaded and begged. I kept getting distracted. Satan didn't want me to pray that prayer. But I was finally able to really pray. After some time I had the most incredible experience. It was the grace of God. I actually felt the Lord's arms come around me and just hold me. I no longer needed to have porn in my life. However, I have to be careful what comes into my view and run from it if it pulls at me. I have been blessed in this. I pray for you and your husband to conquer this demon. Thank you so much for sharing. More people need to come out on this topic. Although, I was into the hard core stuff I want to warn women that many romance novels and even some musicals and operas are pornographic, and they need to realize that it is an addiction. It doesn't have to be blatant to be pornography!

BrianAugust 3, 2020

Christine, what a wonderful article. Thank you for sharing your perspective about pornography addiction. I think it's helpful to not only those who struggle with porn but for those close to them.There is a new approach to overcoming pornography addiction that many are having success with: Power Over Pornography. It is a very different approach that uses advanced cognitive behavior methods and gospel principles, so that willpower and white-knuckling are not required. Your husband and others may benefit from its methods. You can check it out on Amazon or get a complementary copy at I hope it's a blessing to your husband and others who struggle with a porn habit.

One who knowsAugust 3, 2020

In my experience pornography addiction is just a symptom of much bigger problems. It also causes its own problems. As with any addiction it is a coping mechanism, usually employed to deal with some sort of trauma, but also just stems from one’s inability to self-regulate which can be caused by other mental illnesses such as aspergers, ocpd, narcissism, or just undiagnosed anxiety disorders among others. If the trauma is properly dealt with, often with professional help, healing is more likely, but will still require constant vigilance because those neural pathways will always be there. When a person is dealing with even a high functioning mental disorder, overcoming it is slower. They may be able to stop with the pornography, but will often just find another more socially acceptable addiction to take its place. Sexual compulsion might still be manifest and they’ll look to sexual partners to help them self-regulate which even if it doesn’t lead to infidelity can put the wife in a managerial position and will undermine true intimacy. Not only will the relationship suffer because of that, but if there has been secrecy or dishonesty that is a form of betrayal that is very difficult to heal. It takes hard work and dedication to rebuild trust. Whether it’s a symptom of a developmental delay or simply that time spent in addiction causes the addict’s emotional development to be stunted, often the biggest red flag of an addiction is one’s inability to have empathy. Addicts are notoriously selfish—even if they seem generous it can be in self-serving ways. And they can be very good actors, becoming exactly what you want in order to earn your love and approval. They can even become experts at addiction-recovery as long as it gets them the validation they crave because that is very regulating for them. One of the few waysto know if healing is happening or possible is the addicts‘ ability to connect in empathy and authenticity with other people and to self-regulate regardless of the actions or emotions of those around them. The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, it is connection. True healing is possible, with God’s help nothing is impossible, but unfortunately it is rare and takes a lot of work, a lot of help, a lot of humility, and a lot of patience. So don’t ever encourage someone to step into or stay in a relationship with an addict, even if they are actually up front about it. Encourage people to first get educated about the realities of it, and above all to get their own revelation about it. It’s their only hope of surviving the hell that is being married to an addict.

BrianAugust 3, 2020

He is so blessed to have you. I struggled for many years. This can end and will end through the power of Jesus Christ. It can't be done any other way. Don't give up. There's a way out and a way up. Give yourselves completely to Him and I mean COMPLETELY. He changed me. The Lord will change you. I've been free for over 13 years. Best 13 years of my life.

An encouragerAugust 3, 2020

I remember reading the first article you shared, when I was living with the impacts of pornography myself. And I have learned a lot since then. An expert in pornography addiction personally told me that recovery looks like Mosiah 3:19. Another said that it looks like honesty, humility, and accepting responsibility. From everything you shared, I would absolutely think your husband is actively working recovery. My situation didn’t work out so well because that was totally absent. There were words, but patterns of behavior never meshed. 2 other friends had a similar situation as you and have healthy marriages of 15-20+ years because of the honesty, humility, and responsibility. I appreciate your perspective and willingness to share your own experience because this is such a pervasive issue - far more than I ever would have guessed. You were very vulnerable and honest in what you shared - and that has the potential to help a lot of people. I have seen a huge variation with this issue, and I just want to say, this is a great example of a healthy recovery and relationship and applaud you both!!Unfortunately, there are so many who don’t have that, and it feels very different than your experience, so you get plenty of naysayers. Which is hard for them and for you. The only other thing I would personally say, which it sounds like you are doing, is to work your own recovery and support him in his. I know a lot of people who want to work the addict’s recovery for them and ignore their own, which never works. And in my situation, my addicted spouse ignored his own recovery and wanted to work mine. Which also never works. What is happening in your marriage relationship is actually a beautiful thing.

Jan KingAugust 3, 2020

This is stunningly beautiful! My husband and I served for 6 years in the Pornography Addiction Support Group and I hold dear the experiences I had there. I led the family support piece while my husband led the addict's meeting. I saw wonderful success with husband's overcoming their addiction and happy marriages moving on. I saw wives and girlfriends realizing "I didn't cause this and I can't fix it". I saw women in long term marriages being beaten down after being told it was their fault that "they weren't good enough", gaining the courage to move on to happy lives. I consider them all success stories. I wish I'd have had this beautifully written story to share in those groups.

C.S.August 3, 2020

Good for you for trying. Addicts by nature are manipulators. Their partners often justify, rationalize & minimize what's going on. I wish you all the best in the years to come. Thanks for sharing.

PJLAugust 3, 2020

To start with, I want to let you know that I was married to a porn addict, but my situation was quite different. While he would occasionally admit his addiction, usually he denied it and tried to make me a surrogate for the 18-year-olds he saw on the computer. He never seemed sorry and I saw no effort to overcome it. You are truly blessed with a wonderful husband, and if mine had behaved the way yours has, I wouldn't have gotten the divorce, at least for that reason. It's so much easier to understand and be patient, and forgiving when someone is truly sorry and is doing his best to repent. While I forgave my husband, I could never trust him because he proved untrustworthy by his refusal to deal with his problems (which were many besides the addiction). I'm glad for you. As long as your husband is doing his best to overcome, that is all he can do and Christ's loving Atonement will make up for what he cannot overcome. We are all dependent on that same mercy. We do our best and Christ covers what we truly cannot do. My prayers are with you, but your love for your husband and the gospel shine brightly through you already.

JenAugust 3, 2020

Thank you for the update! That was beautifully written. We all struggle with something and as a married couple we are meant to help each other. I want to wish away many things, but try to remember that this is what will make us more empathetic to others. It's messy, complicated, and inconvenient, but it is our life to live as well as we can. Thank you again for putting this out there, you are brave and so is he. I've no doubt that you've helped many by sharing the burden.

Steve Colin ZeiglerAugust 3, 2020

I've facilitated 3 pornagraphic recovery groups and I have to tell you, YOU ARE JUST SO FULL OF AWESOMENESS!

HelenAugust 3, 2020

“ This is Still His Journey and I Can’t Force Him to Get There Any Faster” really hit home. My husband of 26 years still shows no inclination to return to the Church which he left within a year of coming home from his mission, several years before we met. Wanting him back in the Savior’s arms is nice, but it really isn’t my calling to be anything other than ready to help him when and IF he makes that choice. Thank you.

Tom KAugust 3, 2020

You are an angel and an incredible blessing in your husband's life and every single person that takes the time to read this. His grace is sufficient!

Brian JamesAugust 2, 2020

The vast majority of the studies were published in 2020. Where are the hundreds of studies published prior to 2020 on mask efficacy and why were they not used? 115 studies primarily done in 2020 after mask mandates leads to a biased conclusion.

GeorginaAugust 2, 2020

Thanks Isaac for this article. As with your other articles I find it very easy to read and understand. I plan to remember this sentence you wrote 'Alone you may be weak, but with the Lord, the power within you can be awakened and you can accomplish anything.' Georgina

Linda MAugust 2, 2020

Although I can understand the analogy of the light bulb and the laser to a certain point, here is an analogy that works better for me in the current situation: You live in a house with a very dark basement, lit by a single 25-watt bulb that has grown dimmer over time. Your landlord has employed you to work on various projects in the basement, and insists that the light bulb not be changed. As your eyes grow accustomed to the dimly lit basement, you are able to avoid furniture and boxes to carry out the work. Then another tenant moves in, and randomly stores a lot of his stuff in the basement. Unfortunately, his belongings include a variety of sharp objects that could injure or even kill you if you fall against them. The landlord insists that there is not a problem and orders you to continue your work as before. A little while later, a scientist working with modern technology comes on the scene and starts illuminating the dangerous areas with a 100-watt light. This makes the landlord look bad, so he gets out his trusty pea-shooter and shoots out the brighter light bulb. But more and more scientists start bringing 100-watt bulbs to the house. The landlord locks them out of the house and orders you to continue working in the dimly lit basement. In contrast with events in the national arena, I am very grateful that the Church is led by a man who not only listens closely to the Lord, but whose life included years of training as a skilled medical professional before he was called to full-time ministry. President Nelson was well prepared to see the pandemic coming and took immediate action to protect the lives of the people he serves. After shutting down meetings for a time, he has directed us in carefully re-opening our buildings in a way that will continue to protect the most vulnerable among us. We may have to accept the fact that our lives might never return the "normal" we once knew, but led by an inspired prophet we can walk with him into a much brighter future.

Ed GayhartAugust 2, 2020

No one is turned away from a hospital in this country. And yes - one party is promising unfettered socialism which is not only control of commerce but the power of the state to punish you for whatever it decides is a crime. Look to those who paint over racist grafitti on the street or those who brandish arms to protect their lives and property against the mob. Truth and justice are whatever is deemed such by the "leaders" and socialists will use the full force and power of the government to punish these people by bankrupting them or putting them in jail. You see it is a lesson from history. Nothing undesirable is done without the threat of force. For socialism to work, those same police who are now being called pig opressors will become the spear tip by which socialism is enforced. To believe in socialism as an acceptable form of government is sad and indicative of a failed education system or the desire for a king. Will the lessons of the Book of Mormon never be learned!

Bruce WilliamsonAugust 1, 2020

Three statements by former Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker made more than half-a-century ago, underline why the freedom of speech is so critical, now as then. 1st, "The reading of history proves that freedom always dies when criticism ends.", 2nd, "Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.", and 3rd. "Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent... The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words." Pre-war Germany might be a good model for what happens when good people see what is going wrong with their society, but are frightened into silence by threats to their lives and livelihoods.

JohnnoAugust 1, 2020

I agree with Geoff-Aus that the cost of health care in America is a major problem. Many friends and family members struggle with the high costs of paying for their health care. Some even going bankrupt or are left with huge medical bills that they have to pay off over many years. Australia is not a socialist country but has a universal health system that works well..

Margaret BourneAugust 1, 2020

I am very sad to hear that Ted Gibbons has passed away. He never knew it but he helped me so much with his lessons on the BOM when I was teaching youth Sunday School many years ago and I have read his other lessons from time to time and always found his insights and comments highly thought provoking and trustworthy. My condolences to his family and friends. I know he will be sorely missed

Liz R.August 1, 2020

If she is still sending risqué photos and is offended that you won't countenance them, and even thinks it's indicative of you failing to appreciate her beauty, then I suggest that she does not have a testimony of sexual morality or of heeding prophetic counsel on important matters. It is likely that she has low self-esteem and is using sex to "cement the deal," so to speak.Is that whom you want influencing your children? Or whom you will be able to trust with your heart (fidelity) through the vicissitudes of life and marriage? If you were my son, I'd be worried, particularly as distance keeps you from observing how she responds to many other situations.

KathrynAugust 1, 2020

I have wanted to see this movie since I first read Margaret Young's articles about it on Meridian. I generally don't buy DVDs, but is the movie being streamed anywhere? I think it would get much broader exposure that way.

Erwin RothAugust 1, 2020

This article about SOCIALISM is totally misleading. It reminds the reader that the late Ezra Taft Benson wrote a book entitled "An Enemy Has Done This". As a non english speaker I write off the cuff, without correction - so please bear with me:The term SOCIALISM is used wrong, by insinuating that socialism equals COMMUNISM. COMMUNISM like in the USSR and the former East-Block Countries. And the writer declares that the GDP of the US is 15 % higher than in Sweden, Norway, Denmark ... , in a try to describe the US system as superior.But what about Switzerland, Austria, Germany - my german speaking Europe, or the Netherlands ...These and other countries follow since decades the SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY, many times mistaken by US authors as a form of socialism, in the communist meaning of the word.Social Market Economy regulates what the voters want to have regulated by the state/government e.g. healthcare, pensions, drinking water, power, roads, railways ... to name a few and leave the rest to the free market.With great success. The wealth is more equally distributed among the populations, avoiding starvation and death due to the lack of social systems. The incometaxes are on average 3-7% higher and loopholes for companies to avpid taxation are rare, compared to the US.One result:Covid - 19 deaths eg in Germany with 100 million inhabitants total ca. 9000 (!) per July 31/ 2020. In the US with 350 million people + 150.000 per July 31/2020. Austria with 10 Million: 750 (!)And the federalist systems of Germany and the US are comparable.One main reason is: In European Countries (Western Europe) populations have learned that the Government has to play its role, and in certain rare circumstance the people - such as COVID - 19 ,ought to be obidient. And in most cases we the people govern themselfs according to true principles such as supply and demand, fairness, cooperation, follow your dreams...SOCIALISM is not a bad word such as COMMUNISMSOCIALISM has proofen very successful in SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMYIn 2020 we are not discussing "An Enemy Has Done This" - Communism in the fashion of the `late`USSR has proofen wrong and vanished. CAPITALISM in the many shapes and forms of the USA could well share the same fate. SOCIAL MARKET ECONOMY SYSTEMS have an excellent track record, in Sweden, Denmar, Finland, Norway, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Switzerland ... with a GDP calculated for the entire population far exceeds the GDP of the US (if you subtract AMAZON, MICROSOFT, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK and other superperformers first)Erwin Roth, Editor in Chief of `Latter-day Saints NEWS`

Fred TanquaryAugust 1, 2020

An article as great as this should be out where all can read it. That would be in a place where those who cling to their devices might read it, thereby making them think about their future. Great article.

RingAugust 1, 2020

Socialism is a system that advocates for the poor. Britain is socialist. Russia is communist. I think socialism is more what Jesus would do than capitalism which is all about selfishness.

EricJuly 31, 2020

Great article. I hope this provides some hope and thought correction for those that are so convinced that our leaders are making these decisions for our benefit. My fear is that it will not. They have picked the side you are countering. They are convinced that people dying is a bad thing and that we have the power to stop such an event.'s part of the plan of salvation. It's a necessary part of our eternal existence!!I pray that my wife and I and our 3 teenage children can live a long healthy life. My prayers guarantee me nothing. Although I have a testimony that prayers are answered. Still doesn't change the fact that it may be my time to go tomorrow, heaven forbid. At least I know where I'll be if that happens to happen.

Russell CannonJuly 31, 2020

Daniel - Thanks for the great story and reminder of the 11 witnesses to the Book of Mormon. For Shauna (previous comment) and other visitors to Missouri, we not only have the Three Witness Monument that you show in your article, but an Eight Witness Monument near the Liberty Jail. During the Pandemic, virtual tours of Liberty Jail and the Independence Visitors’ Center are available. Thanks, President Russell Cannon (Missouri Area Historic Sites)

James RawsonJuly 31, 2020

Gary, I appreciate your thoroughness and simple explanation of Socialism and its underlying destructiveness!

Ray GunapalaJuly 31, 2020

Geoff-Aus Thank you for your comments which I agree with, well said

Dave HallJuly 31, 2020

(Not sure why you're not posting my perfectly good comment. Here it is, basically again. Do you only post complimentary comments? I think it would be good for people to think about this, that maybe this prophecy is being fulfilled. It's actually a comforting thought when we see prophecy fulfilled.)It looks to me like John the Revelator prophesied about the cancel culture in Rev. 13:16-17: “And he causeth ... that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” This is exactly what is going on. They're saying that unless you go along with their agenda, they're going to have you fired or boycotted.

MicheleJuly 31, 2020

I always appreciate Geoff's column, and the comments are also appropriate so far. I want to note specifically the fact she is comfortable sending semi nude photos of herself. This may or may not still be related to earlier trauma, but if so, it indicates she is not in enough recovery from that, and/or sexually addictive behaviors. I'm so glad the writer is seeking assistance for this very serious concern regarding the consideration of entering into an eternal marriage and the issue of prior immoral behaviors, as it seems to be the pattern that once we've given our heart, we'll look the other way regarding less than ideal behavioral patterns.

Cyndi H.July 31, 2020

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the cancel culture, which is happening all around us right now. Those that speak up are silenced and discredited, and others who would like to speak up are afraid of the same repercussions, so are silenced in fear.

ShaunaJuly 31, 2020

Professor Peterson, you left us hanging--did you respond to the claim that there were no where near that many witnesses for the Restoration? also, would love to visit those graves. Thanks for alerting me as to their whereabouts

DaveJuly 31, 2020

I love Geoff's columns, and here I admire him for trying to be kind and non-judgmental to your fiancé, but, as he points out, when we are contemplating marriage, we have to judge. And what I am seeing here are some serious red flags, and you need good answers before going through with this marriage. I have two points. First, it looks to me like your fiancé may never qualify for a temple marriage. To get there, she is going to have to talk with a bishop about her sexuality. Second, the reasons for our behavior are rarely simple or singular. There is usually a complex network of reasons we do or don't do certain things. And I can't help wondering, based on what you are saying, if part of the reason your fiancé doesn't want to talk to her bishop is that she really doesn't want to change. She's giving you other signals that this may be the case. I speak from experience with a failed marriage and a successful one--you see your partner's best side before marriage. Afterward, you get comfortable with each other and the true character of each of you begins to come out. Take these little clues seriously. Little clues turn into big problems once you are married. My advice would be, as Geoff encourages you to do, be patient and understanding with her. If she means a lot to you, wait her out and hopefully she will come around. But I think you would be smart to ask for complete repentance in the Lord's ordained system before you marry her.

Roberta HubbardJuly 31, 2020

Beautiful article, Spot right on! Thank you, much needed today.

DTJuly 31, 2020

Very very good advice. So often before marriage, our prospective partner sends up 'red flags'. It would have been good for us to see them beforehand, and would have saved a lot of misery and heartbreak, especially the tender hearts of our future children. Yet, being single, and not experienced we overlook what should be very important points. This girl is showing her true colors and actions