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April 2, 2020

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Mark MathesonApril 2, 2020

"Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. " In all my classes, I have probably shared this part of the Bible Dictionary more than any other principle. Yet, for years I would have sworn that it said "alignment" instead of "correspondence." Now, I see that there is perhaps a large difference between our will aligning with God's and our will corresponding with God. Do you see it the same way?

Jodi Augustine-EvansApril 2, 2020

We are blessed to be apart of a church that is always preparing and encouraging us all to do the same. Thank you for this article.

BretApril 2, 2020

That is one cool song.

DilannApril 2, 2020

I am still crying. I know this is true. I am so thankful I have the gospel in my life. This has inspired me to ask several nonmembers to watch General Conference this weekend. Thank you Michael.

Alece ReynoldsApril 1, 2020

Beautifully written, Maurine. I hadn’t noticed who the author was when I began to read it, but I was positive by the time I finished that you were the author!

Alec reynoldsApril 1, 2020

Beautiful song, my only change would be to the scene. The woods in upstate New York at this time of year are still brown and brittle . There is very little , if any greenery around the end of March, and even deep into April. Nearly all those who picture it for us miss this except Walter Rane. In a way, the brown and grey and rust with only tiny bits of green is so much more symbolic of what happened in the grove that day as the world awakened from ages of dark slumber to the beginning of light and newness of life and spiritual growth!

CamalaApril 1, 2020

Wow my children grew up listening to all of Michael's songs. Now as we prepare to have our first grandchild they too will be blessed by his music. This song is amazing and so is Michael's gift.

Pam RoderApril 1, 2020

I just loved this. Thank you so much for writing it. Easter at home this year- missing my Ward family together singing songs of praise and and the truly awesome gift of resurrection! This year, it will be quietly sung in my heart and am so grateful for His gift to us all.

Sterling BarrowApril 1, 2020

Excellent compilation of statements by our leaders regarding the covenant path. The first use of the exact term “ the covenant path“ is found in D Todd Christofferson‘s April 2009 General Conference talk titled The Power of Covenants. “In the covenant path we find a steady supply of gifts and help.“

Ruth A KingApril 1, 2020

And, just as an aside, look at that gorgeous signature!

pam morgan roderApril 1, 2020

This brought tears of joy! A heart connection of all of The Father's and the Son's special servants whom we love and admire. Thank you to whoever is responsible for this uplighting and inspiring video. I humbly offer my profound gratitude.

Kim HatchApril 1, 2020

Beautiful song and message and especially after your crisis of faith that you told of before... See God trusted you to come through and you did. Inspirational. Thank you for your music.

Harold RustApril 1, 2020

Great inspiration from a man whom I admire immensely because of his love of rare books and his dedicated generosity to share with the public an insight into those books and memos. He doesn't keep them locked up in a dark cave; rather, he makes them available for those like me who stop by every chance we get while visiting our family in Orem. Thanks, thanks.

Lucretia RodgersApril 1, 2020

That is beautiful beyond words. I still have chills after listening to this beautiful song. Thank you for magnifying your God given talent.

Debbie MartinApril 1, 2020

Thanks AGAIN Michael!!! I love your music. It has helped me through SO many things in my life for SO many years! Never stop! You're awesome. Thanks for sharing your talents to lift and bless so many lives - especially mine!

Vicki HintonApril 1, 2020

What a wonderful experience. Thank you for sharing it.

Elise HowellApril 1, 2020

While visiting the LaBrea Tar Pits in Southern California I observed skeletal remains of horses making any Book of Mormon mention of horses perfectly understandable,

Teresa SanofskyApril 1, 2020

Well done! The numbers are fascinating and the graphs make them easy to understand.  Studying this comprehensive look at trending topics in conference talks and pondering the implications is another way I'll prepare for conference.  Thank you!

Eileen McIntyreApril 1, 2020

I love Michael McLean's music. He has such a wonderful talent and this song - music and words - is so beautiful.

Kit GalliniApril 1, 2020

Thank you for such a wonderful and uplifting story to start my day. I truly appreciate your words and sharing the letter. It is a great reminder of faith and true joy, regardless of the present or future circumstances we find ourselves facing. How wonderful it is to know Our Father lives and guides us always!

Bayard MyersApril 1, 2020

This article may prove to literally be a life saver, God willing... Thanks so very much for being so kind and thoughtful and acting on the inspiration to compose and share such wonderful insights! Very much needed at this very moment...

Aurora BallestrinMarch 31, 2020

That was so beautiful it sent shivers up my spine. Thank you for having the spirit with you to produce such an amazing testimony of the Restoration.

KathrynMarch 31, 2020

Have followed you since Joy School years. Now enjoying your ideas for grandparents. Would love to see the picture of your family tree that you wrote about in article #9. Keep up the good work. Kathryn

Forrest Phelps-CookMarch 31, 2020

Touched me so deeply and brought me to tears. I am so very thankful for Joseph Smith and for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

Joseph ShumwayMarch 31, 2020

I love this! Thanks for sharing

Curtis and Joanne HoehneMarch 31, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful idea on connecting with our children and grandchildren. We look forward to sharing our ancestor stories! We appreciate your keen insights and experiences. Seems like yesterday when we raised our young family on Joy School. Now they are being blessed by you again. Best wishes.

Marcia AndersonMarch 31, 2020

God BLESS Michael McClean . He has done it again! “Gentle”,.....”You’re Not Alone”,....and now “He Looked Up”...and so many more along the way. Michael’s music speaks straight to the heart and blesses and lifts all of us/. Thank you, dear friend.

ChadMarch 31, 2020

Who is the vocalist? Is that Jordan Bluth????

Joy ReeseMarch 31, 2020

I live alone so spent last Sunday a day of Fasting and Prayer by myself. I was blessed with the thought to spend my time writing the history about this particular Sunday (3/29/2020)and the corona virus. I told the story. I then ended my story with my testimony and sent it to my family including my 8 grandchildren. I was so blessed and grateful.

Joy ReeseMarch 31, 2020

I do not usually make comments, but this article is beyond words, it touch me in so many ways. It gave me knowledge, understanding, hope and piece, I printed so I can read it again and again. Thank you so much.

Laurie PollardMarch 31, 2020

These are wonderful insights, Bill. Thank you for sharing your goodness and wisdom with us all at this tenuous time. There is much good that is, and will continue to, come out of this globally-shared trial! My best to you and your beautiful family.

kathleen mortensenMarch 31, 2020

I would love to see a photo of your family tree!

MaryKaren SolomonMarch 31, 2020

Richard and Karen, this is a great idea! And I’m going to get started on it now. I think this would be a lovely gift for my grandchildren.

MarthaMarch 31, 2020

Thanks so much for this.. I have been praying, asking for ideas that I can do for my 15 grandchildren , all of whom are living apart .. and I am isolated . Finding this article is an answer to my prayers. I can make stories about our ancestors for these precious grandchildren. I will look back and read your earlier articles as well, thank you.... could you let us see a picture of your family tree that you described ?

John B. HewlettMarch 31, 2020

Extraordinary article. Perfect for our times, and a very inspired commentary and essay that should be shared with everyone in our spheres of influence. Thank you

Lee GrobergMarch 31, 2020

One of the finest articles for our uncertain times. I was very impressed and will share this with other family members. Thanks William!

Marie ButcherMarch 31, 2020

Beautiful and inspiring. I hope this will be on a CD too so I can buy it.

ShellyMarch 31, 2020

Beautifully expressed! So vital to understand! Thank you.

Larry SmithMarch 31, 2020

Wow, is all I can say. Powerful yet inspiring. I love how you have adapted to the style of music so familiar to youth today. Truly inspirational. Thank you!

ScottMarch 31, 2020

Great article that to me is also a missionary tool as it demonstrates this is a true and accurate restoration of the Gospel and the similar influences of that Gospel and the Lord's presence in both dispensations. Two other parallels I've always noticed: 1. During both dispensations with the Gospel present in the world - unbelievable technological growth, advances in culture, thought, the world influences of the Roman Empire and the United States. 2. The geographical parallels between the Holy Land and Utah.

Mary LMarch 31, 2020

Well researched, but growing up in the area that sap run for maple sugar feels like “late winter” not “early spring”. I can’t imaging young Joseph kneeling in 2 feet of snow to pray. Regardless of what the calendar says, early spring is when the snow is gone and the leaves are coming out. I think the true date would be late April or even early May. That would be worth exploring.

MaryannMarch 31, 2020

This song was very popular when I was a teen. I can't watch this video without tears--very powerful. No matter what happens in our lives, we can take comfort in the fact that our Savior loves us and holds us in the palm of his hand.

MaryannMarch 31, 2020

On fast Sunday as I knelt to pray, I had a profound sense of "being of one heart" with Saints around the world. I knew that millions of us were lifting up our voices to the Lord in unity as we followed President Nelson's request for a special fast. I am grateful he outlined the purpose of the fast so clearly for us. I was filled with a spirit of joy in following our Prophet, and I felt the spirit consecrate my words for a holy purpose. It was such a sacred occasion for me. In the midst of my fears and stress, I cling to these blessings. I am also so grateful to the Lord for the Holy Priesthood and the blessing of being able to partake of the Sacrament and worship on the Sabbath in our homes. Our home Sacrament Meetings are getting better each week! How grateful I am that the Lord has prepared us for these difficult times. It is a powerful reminder of His great love for us.

PhyllisMarch 30, 2020

Love it!

Shelley MerrillMarch 30, 2020

To merely say that the Spirit overwhelmed me as I listened to this beautiful song would be a gross understatement. Absolutely beautiful and soul stirring.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 30, 2020

This is so uplifting. I think I have a different perspective now.

AngelaMarch 30, 2020

Beautiful. Thank you for this. It was just what I needed to read today. ❤️

Mary Helen ParsonsMarch 30, 2020

What a wonderful way to express oneself. Thanks,Michael. Music is what brings the spirit o me.

Jane HalesMarch 30, 2020

Thank you. It is a simply beautiful description of that amazing place and event.

AdrienneMarch 30, 2020

Excellent writing. The work we do in recovery will often reveal the pattern of redemption always in progress in the world around us. Art imitates life. Brilliant piece! Thank you for writing it!

Blake GarsideMarch 30, 2020

Kerry, First off, thank you for this inspirational article on what President Joseph F. Smith, regarded "the Frist Vision as the most significant historical event since the Savior’s resurrection" I really enjoyed reading your book on the 9 accounts of the First Vision and found them ALL fascinating with a NEW found perspective. However, the most touching and heartwarming part of your article was the reference of Heavenly Father touching the eyes of Young Joseph !! What an intimate moment for not only Joseph but for me personally, I keep thinking in my mind from your book, this article, and General Conference, MANY WILL COME TO KNOW BROTHER JOSEPH AGAIN !! Thank you.

Pamela RoderMarch 30, 2020

Thank you Dr. Muhlestein for your wonderful and enlightening perspective on Bro. Joseph. It personally resonated with my heart! Your comparisons were inspired and I saw more clearly in a way I'd not thought of. I always enjoy your Education Week lectures and certainly enjoy your books! Many thanks!

CarlMarch 30, 2020

This is SO beautiful!!!

Becky SMarch 30, 2020

Our prayers and love are with all the missionaries and families. So sorry.

PMMarch 30, 2020

Thank you, it has been to long. Your music and you always touch my soul's heart.

Mary B.March 30, 2020

This was a great article. We used it as part of our worship yesterday. Thank you!

Alisi I FiliagaMarch 30, 2020

Deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of Elder Ramírez who have witnessed his valuable contribution among those whose lives he touched.

Alisi I FiliagaMarch 30, 2020

Love thy lyrics and music, your gift reflects on this historic event. A history that brought hope and light to me personally. My faith and testimony has strengthened by the Smith family and especially by the prophet Joseph Smith, I can't wait to thank him personally for his sacrifice! Again thank you for the music!

AliceMarch 30, 2020

Loved this upbeat take on our new circumstances.

Shelley S.March 30, 2020

Beautiful song and beautiful testimony of the Restoration! Thank you for sharing this with the world!

DianeMarch 30, 2020

Beautiful!!!!! So inspiring and insightful.

Ann CapelMarch 30, 2020

Very powerful and beautiful! Thank you.

HelenMarch 30, 2020

The physicality of this sacred event is so important. As I discuss Latter Day Saint theology with my Trinitarian friends I am so mindful of and grateful for it.

HelenMarch 30, 2020

Many thanks for your courageous service and your hope-filled words.

Lovisa LymanMarch 30, 2020

Thank you for your kind words about our Chinese brothers and sisters. I, too, had the privilege of teaching in China and grew to love my students. When I hear the Chinese maligned it hurts my heart.

Julie CookMarch 30, 2020

What a wonderful message! Looking up! Music...powerful songs like this indeed help me to look up and to remember the witness born to my heart of Gods love.

Lynda WrightMarch 30, 2020

WOW I used to listen to Bridge Over Troubled Waters all the time it’s amazing to tie this song to these latter days I look forward to Jesus Christ’s coming and living with him once again in peace and glory amazing tying Song to scriptures

Sara GrovesMarch 30, 2020

Dan Guasp, I think you missed part of that sentence... the gap was basemen Nephi and Jacob, AND King Benjamin! Go back and read that sentence and see if you agree!

LaRae WilsonMarch 29, 2020

Having visited that area in the spring the last two years, I have become aware that depictions of the First Vision, though beautiful, show a green grove and light filtering through leaves on trees. This is how most of us experience the Sacred Grove, as we typically go there in the summer. However, deciduous trees in that area do not have leaves until May. I look forward to depictions that more accurately reflect the grove Joseph entered on an early spring morning. The illustrations in this article for the sugaring process are guides we can all use to create a more accurate setting in our own minds.

Janie BrayMarch 29, 2020

Thanks for sharing this. In these times of uncertainty, the one true thing we can hold fast to are our testimony , and you have certainly bolstered up many with your article. Hugs

JanMarch 29, 2020

I have not read all the versions so your article has set off an alarm in my soul to become more educated about this vital event. I loved the last part about God touching his eyes. Such a tender moment. As a parent, grandparent and great-grandparent, there is nothing like a loving touch, either giving or receiving. It brought to mind 3Nephi when the Savior blessed the children, one by one. My family and I have discussed how it would feel and how it will feel to have His arms around us. I look forward to reading your book.

DJMarch 29, 2020

I had never considered a comparison such as you have- very insightful. Thanks for sharing.

Sherry ScoffieldMarch 29, 2020

This article touched me deeply. As we were asked to study the restoration of the Gospel and the First Vision in depth before conference, you have brought new understanding to what I know to be true. Thank you so much

Frances DalleyMarch 29, 2020

This was such an important explanation of the vineyard and the Lord's work with each of us. Sometimes we think we are doing all the work, but I am witness to all the work He has done with me; I give any and all growth to Him.

Sandy KellyMarch 29, 2020

As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how blessed we are to have a living Prophet.

Bruce NormanMarch 29, 2020

I am an ordinance worker in the Logan Temple. A few had been asked to officiate in 3 live endowments on March 26th. As the temple was closing for the evening on Wednesday March 25th, the temple president sent out the directive from President Nelson that all temples worldwide are closed effective immediately. I had been looking forward to privately celebrating the First Vision the following day. When I read this message it was a shock to my entire soul. Two hundred years to the day after Joseph's vision, and now the temples are closed. I think President Nelson, and Joseph, and heavenly hosts must have wept as I. Satan must be jumping with delight. But little does he know we are in no way down and out. The faithful will return with a vengence ... this is only a timeout. We will soon be back in the game to win it, and the score will be amazing.

A. BinghamMarch 29, 2020

The Christian movie, War Room, depicts many of the teachings of 2 Nephi 28 perfectly. Highly recommended.

RachelMarch 29, 2020

What a beautiful and special experience you were finally given As well as a beautiful realization you came to afterwards. I loved that. Thank you so much for sharing.

Steve HillMarch 28, 2020

Thank you for this article. I do not live in the USA, and our government has adopted a semi-totalitarian approach for handling of the coronavirus situation. It has yet to be a week since he strictest measures were put in place, and cracks are showing, with many becoming very frustrated. Severe consequences await anyone who does not follow the protocols in place, but neither is there any mention of strengthening one's immune system.

Faith RalphsMarch 28, 2020

Such a pertinent and enlightening article, thank you Brother Muhlestein! I especially find hope in the comparison with the last days, and the touching story at the end.

ScottMarch 28, 2020

Oh, my goodness. Where to begin? Those commenters citing the need for leaves on the trees because that's how it's depicted in the church films, you obviously have never heard of poetic license. Think of the temple films with different actors portraying the same roles in different ways. Which one is correct, or are they all together wrong? And for the person thinking that leaves were necessary in order to not be seen, do you really think that God times his interactions with mortals to coincide with whether He will be seen or not? "With God, all things are possible," even making what would be visible to one invisible to another. The research that the author has done, though compelling, doesn't necessarily mean that March 26, 1820 was indisputably the date, but the arguments that have been put forth by the commenters are really, um..., silly.

MychelleMarch 28, 2020

I loved this! It was so uplifting and encouraging! Thank you so much! I wish there was a way I could share your whole article (if there is, I don't know how)!

Dan GuaspMarch 27, 2020

These 4 books come after Jacob not in the gap between Nephi and Jacob or did I miss you intent.

Paula BryantMarch 27, 2020

I would ditto everyone's comments. AND I truly believe this new arrangement should be in our upcoming HYMN book to be released next year. Just wonderful!!! Thank you.

Judy E AmarMarch 27, 2020

Thank for for sharing your personal views of the first visit. I found them very inspiring and enlightening. Gave me a lot o food for thought! Loved it.

GTOMarch 27, 2020

We just watched Heart of Africa. Not for kids, but for older teens and adults, it's one of the best films I've ever seen, especially among LDS films. Stunning.

Kay RookhuyzenMarch 27, 2020

This as a fascinating insight! Thank you so much!

Barbara Van MarenMarch 26, 2020

Great article! I have been trying to think of topics to teach my Primary Girls activity nights and when we get back to meeting again I will work on :Life Skills". Thanks!

MaryannMarch 26, 2020

This article is a beautiful reminder that we need to focus on hope and peace in our Savior, and to have a positive perspective. President Nelson's past counsel that we should all take our vitamins has added meaning now! I, too, am so grateful that he is our Prophet and I have faith that if we follow his counsel we will be blessed and more prepared, come what may.

Bob SpielMarch 26, 2020

Amazing how the Lord uses dates. March 26, 1830 was the date the Book of Mormon was released for sale. That adds another reason to give credence to this date for the First Vision.

Paul HMarch 26, 2020

We should be grateful we don't know the exact day, at least from the Prophet Joseph Smith's accounts. President Hinckley said he did not know the exact location in the Sacred Grove where the First Vision occurred, but that if he did he "wouldn't tell anybody." He said people would want to make a shrine at that location. There used to be a number at the base of the older trees that I once noticed when visiting the Sacred Grove and on a subsequent visit the tags were gone. I inquired why they were removed and was told that people could look up the information about the age of the tree according to the tag number and that became unfortunately a distraction and a focus for visitors. So they removed them. I've observed how when someone thinks something looks like or reminds them of an event they immediately start to tell everyone, seeking for ratification, and then it spawns into a shrine and many persons suddenly have to see it too. Thank heavens we don't know the exact day---can you imagine the clutter that would encumber such a day as we move down the road to now 200 years of restored history? I have no need to know the exact day or the exact location within the many trees where the event occurred---what I need is the Spirit testifying that the even indeed took place. Speculation is fine; not condemning research and a well-written article, but don't want it to become a distraction to worship. It does however reinforce the event, though. Thanks for that.

Lynn CoulamMarch 26, 2020

Wow! Thank you to those who put this together. What an uplifting message for these times. Looking forward to more messages of truth and faith next week.

JerrilynMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful testimony Anne! I can feel how sacred it is to you and your sharing it will touch and bless many lives.

chuck dewittMarch 26, 2020

We can sing, Oh How Lovely was the Morning, with greater understanding. Thanks for this timely testimony

KaryMarch 26, 2020

If it really was 26 March, then those paintings of a green, leafy grove are incorrect. I was in the Sacred Grove on 2 April 2014, and there was not a leaf to be seen anywhere. We drove from Rochester, NY, to Palmyra, to Ithaca, NY (and then home to Colorado), and spring was not in evidence anywhere in the Northeast. I was thinking of Joseph's experience as we traveled, and that there would have been very little privacy in that grove in late March. It was all bare branches and you could see all the way through the undergrowth. Maybe these men need a field trip to the grove next March.

Frank PierceMarch 26, 2020

I didn't really have much concern over it until the Church started to close temples and especially when General Conference was postponed and the venue for it changed. The Prophet and Church leadership is taking it seriously enough to shut down essential Church tasks, such as missionary and temple work. Kind of like a joke we had in the Army: If you see an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist running, you better be running too! I'm glad that we have our year supply saved up and our finances in compliance with our leaders advise!

Mary Ann KershisnikMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing, Ann!!!!!

Dan BellMarch 26, 2020

What a touching, wonderful testimony that so many of us can relate to. We knew it all along, but just didn't know it... Thank you.

RobynMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing. Your experience helped me understand something I have experienced but hadn't quite recognized fully.

Haze KompelienMarch 26, 2020

The series "The Chosen" is such a wonderful way to present the New Testament in a different way to our families. I highly recommend it. DryBar Comedy is so refreshing and so funny. It is good to laugh anytime, but especially now.

ShaunaMarch 26, 2020

What a beautiful testimony of your journey! Thank you for sharing it with us!

David Wayne Toone you may call me DaveMarch 26, 2020

I loved your article… Found it most interesting… You have left “no stone unturned”! My first question when you started talking about “sugaring” was: “what does maple syrup/sugar have to do with the day/date of the first vision? Nearly everything! I grew up on a fairly large farm at the time in Magna, I know what hard work is required when harvest time is on… I am retired from the Navy civil service where I had the privilege as an aerospace engineer in the production of the trident missile. Had no idea about the production of maple sugar! I believe your date is correct!! Thank you for the effort/work that you have done. I am very pleased to have read your article on this very significant anniversary day in our church history!

Tom NibleyMarch 26, 2020

This reminds me of the way Brigham Young lived his life, and taught that we should also. Here is a quote of his from the Journal of Discourses: You who have surplus flour hoarded up, give it to the poor, and say that you will trust in God. The first year that I came into this valley I had not flour enough to last my family until harvest, and that I had brought with me, and persons were coming to my house every day for bread. I had the blues about one day; I went down to the old fort, and by the time I got back to my house I was completely cured. I said to my wife, “Do not let a person come here for food and go away empty handed, for if you do we shall suffer before harvest; but if you give to every individual that comes we shall have enough to last us through.” I have proven this many a time, and we have again proven it this year. I have plenty on hand, and shall have plenty, if I keep giving away. More than two hundred persons eat from my provisions every day, besides my own family and those who work for [me.] I intend to keep doing so, that my bread may hold out, for if I do not I shall come short. Do you believe that principle? I know it is true, because I have proven it so many times. (JD 3:332-333)

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Juidth GrimesMarch 26, 2020

When I first read this article or its predecessor on 2002 I was intrigued as to why that Sunday, why the 26 March 1820. The above article discusses in depth as to how it possibly happened to be that day but not why. May I suggest why. Christ returned and began instructing Joseph Smith how to prepare the world for the day He arrives back on earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His Father acknowledged the significance of that First Vision by introducing His Son to Joseph Smith possibly on the very day He is acknowledged in all Christendom as their Savior and King. What a perfect day and how significant it would be if the day of the Passover, Palm Sunday, which in 1820 was on 26 March, was the date of the First Vision of the Latter Days the very day 2000 odd years ago that he rode into Jerusalem as King of Kings and Lord of Lords as they laid palm leaves before him as he entered Jerusalem.

RaNae ShoafMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing your beautiful witness! You did the "spiritual work" as President Nelson has called it, and were remarkably dedicated to your quest. I loved it.

Becky WebbMarch 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing this beautiful sacred experience.The gospel of Jesus Christ is indeed glorious!

CubbyMarch 25, 2020

Keep the anecdotes coming. I have done a lot of study on how to maximize learning potential and I understand the learning potential of the stories, parables, tales and more. There is a reason Jesus used them. They reach us on multiple levels. That is where the learning grows.

E SmithMarch 25, 2020

Living with someone with Asperger's is extremely hard. I keep the promises made in the temple in my mind. Some days, it is very hard and tears result.

MARILYNMarch 25, 2020

Thank you so much for your wonderful podcasts. They have truly enriched my study of Come Follow Me.

John CarpenterMarch 25, 2020

I am surprised that Llama and the Alpaca are not mentioned in this article. Many Europeans were at first confused with this animal thinking it was a type of horse until they realized it was closer to a camel than a horse. The llama (Lama glama) is a domesticated South American camelid, widely used as a meat and pack animal by Andean cultures since the Pre-Columbian era. Llamas are very social animals and live with others as a herd. The Alpaca is often confused with, the llama. However, alpacas are often noticeably smaller than llamas and were usually found in the higher elevations of South America. The two animals are closely related and can successfully cross-breed.

DorothyMarch 25, 2020

Thank you for an outstanding lesson. I enjoy your podcasts but I prefer when you focus most on the doctrine and less lengthy anecdotes.

RichardMarch 25, 2020

Wonderful article! I have had so many similar experiences. Any one experience might be explained away, but when one looks at them collectively, it becomes undeniable that God's blessings are upon us when we keep his commandments.

S.E. McCrackenMarch 25, 2020

I would suggest that one read the book "America BC" by Barry Fell. A stone carving of a horses head was unearthed in Vermont (??? memory ?) dating back to early centuries of the 1st Millenium. There is also mention of a message carved in stone in New Mexico (once again memory??) detailing a group of Jews arriving from Europe, BC.

LindaMarch 25, 2020

Wonderful article. Thank you!

Karen W AustrawMarch 25, 2020

Thank you

Cynthia DeckerMarch 25, 2020

Just what I needed today! THANK YOU.

Paul RobertsMarch 25, 2020

In my interview with Ray Yowell A Shoshone Chief (See my self published book:"A Western Shoshone Warrior's Theology: Spiritual gifts, Prayer and the Sacredness of the Earth") he recalls his grandmother mentioning that they had horses in the distant past. I have read reports of native horses in Mexico that are smaller and different from the Spanish horses or English ponies and are still to be found in the back country. Their disappearance could have been a result of a pinch point in the genetics caused by limited numbers and gelding too many stallions so when a stresser like a drought, breeding numbers were too reduced for survival. The kind if horse human selected for useful work is not the same one that best survives in the wild.

JulieMarch 25, 2020

This is true because whatever you give the Lord he multiplies. Just like with the 5 loaves of bread and two fish God can do way more with our time, money and talents because he can multiply them through our sacrifice. I have found that one reason we give the Lord our sabbath days and keep it Holy is so he can increase holiness in us. It is a wonderful day of sanctification if we choose it.

GayeMarch 25, 2020

Becky, thank you for your wonderful testimony if the Lord's economy. I'm moved by your example and faith. You are an inspiration as evidenced by your work at Rising Star. Danny and David A are my nephews. You have been such a blessing in their lives. Thank you for loving the Lord's economy. May he bless you richly!

DTMarch 25, 2020

I love this! I love reading follow up to the Rising Star Outreach, after the Meridian Magazine campaign by Scot and Maurine Proctor. I love supporting Rising Star in a small way with every family purchase on smile.Amazon. (Did you know you can specify a charity to receive a small percentage of your purchase prices on Amazon? Go to smile.Amazon) This leprosy community is a very worthy cause. The Lord is mindful of the needy, and those righteous who seek to serve Him.

MargaretMarch 25, 2020

We have our house for sale in the middle of a pandemic! We close on our new home in 3 days with no offers on our home. I woke up very early this morning in panic mode. I felt a nudging from the spirit to pick up my phone and check my email. I found this article. As I read about your experiences in selling your homes, I was filled with the spirit of peace to go ahead with the purchase. I now know as I strive more diligently to keep His commandments and live His laws, the Lord will do the rest! Your article was an answer to my prayer. Thank you

DianeMarch 25, 2020

AWESOME!! This article brought tears to my eyes. I have long had the “simple” faith that the Lord honors those who honor Him, and I loved the experiences shared in this article!

Kathryn StonehockerMarch 25, 2020

I love this so much! Thank you for the courage to follow your conscience and for the courage to share your conviction and experience. I know this is a true principle.

jillMarch 24, 2020

A Very Moving Video..Played it many times Thankyou

Christie ButtersMarch 24, 2020

I’m a 63 yr old Nana. For the last few years I have been FaceTiming 8 grandchildren, one daughter, and a neighbor everyday reading the Book of Mormon. It has created a bond with my grandchildren that I didn’t think was possible. It takes about 15 to 20 mins a person, so you do the math. I start out talking about their day and sometimes they open up to me before their own parents about how they are navigating life. They range from 9 years to 35 yrs. It’s the best use of my time that I could ever imagine! It has been a great blessing to all of us, and a daily bond that will last into eternity!!!!!

Sister Angela CrosthwaitMarch 24, 2020

I haven't seenmy daughter or her family for 12 years, am so sad but I am here for them. I live my life for them and the granddaughters causeI know things will get better in the future. I am 75, my Marie is 35. I believe your advice will help. My both grandparents set the pattern for me. My grandfather born in 1874, died in1944 when I was born was an orphan. My maternal grandparents came here in 1918 from England leaving parents and 11 siblings after. W.w.I and WW II. My Dad left for France, (Irish) to become an artist after he was in WWII. He hadn't yetmaturedto the family . we are a family in the making - but other things grew in this sort-of family.. We grew into a new Canada, with founding two separate cultures (French and English) and one very wealthy and the other very poor and, because of our circumstances helped to separate the two cultures from becoming two solitudes.!! Now that is pretty intricate but family being held back from evolving. Thank God we met the elders who brought us to the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Sister Angela CrosthwaitMarch 24, 2020

I love your idea, just read it now . I do need some help with my relationship with our daughter and her family. I say our daughter because her father and I are her parents. We were all baptized in the church in2000 and then sealed together in the temple. Hope to be in touch with you.

Bob PowelsonMarch 24, 2020

If this pause is too long there is going to be no economy to go back to. It certainly is not easy, but since I am in my 80s and retired I won't be going back to work. If I get the Covid virus it almost certain to be fatal. I don't like be confined to my home where I live alone. Its like being in prison in many ways. So I am a bad boy and I go out and about from time to time.

CynthiaMarch 24, 2020

Thank you for this well written article. I glory in the knowledge that we are guided by a living Prophet. Thank you for sharing your talent in writing. You did an awesome job!

Tommy StuartMarch 24, 2020

This touched my soul today. During this unusual adventure that we are experiencing this couldn't come at a better time. Thank you!

John P.March 24, 2020

Insightful and timely reminder! Thank you for pointing out the positive, functioning elements of American society and government.

AnnaMarch 24, 2020

This video brought me to tears. So precious.


It's specially deeply moving for me as it was my favorite song when I met the church and was baptised in1971 It helps me to deepen my testimony Thank you

Dianna HintzeMarch 24, 2020

We called ours "cousin camp"and it involved whole families and the grandparents. Hard to do now as they are so spread out and the great grandchildren are arriving. I have been most pleased with the closeness of the cousins. Of course the ones who live close are even closer but they all keep in constant touch with the help of todays technology and overcome the distance. For one on ones, for years the grandchildren who live closest receive a date with grandma as their birthday present. Love them all as a group but wonderful to get to spend one on one time with them.

Joy LundbergMarch 24, 2020

I love what you have done with these beautiful words. Your music is so tender and spiritual. It's a perfect fit. Really touched my heart. Thank you, Lynne!

VardellMarch 24, 2020

The focal point of Enos’ story is the same as that for Benjamins people and Alma– they all pled for and received a forgiveness of their sins. In these three accounts we have all the variations of humanity; we have the obedient people of Benjamin, the wicked Alma, and the mysterious Enos. All of them experienced a fearful recognition of their fallen situation. All of them pled for the mercy of Christ. All of them received an immediate remission of sins. So, given the consistency of these examples why is our understanding of the gospel so different? Why do we think the obedient should not feel fear? Benjamins people were the most righteous people to come out of Jerusalem and they felt fear. Why do we think we must perfect ourselves before we can be forgiven? The Lord forgave all of these people immediately, even the wicked Alma. He did not ask them to first perfect themselves. If pleading for mercy worked for them, why isn’t that fundamental in our LDS culture?

Marjorie HollandMarch 24, 2020

I hear him each and every day! This video was very faith promoting, thank you!

Linda and Richard EyreMarch 24, 2020

We welcome your comments on these weeks articles. Lets make this a kind of "forum" where grandparents can be in touch and give each other ideas and insights.

Norma LoveMarch 24, 2020

A video that all can connect with -to the heart.

Bonnie Hart MurrayMarch 24, 2020

I am not an expert, but from my observations, there are no unbiased news sources left. Therefore, in my humble opinion, we need to listen to what any person is saying, and observe the policies they are implementing, and see how their words and deeds line up with Constitutional principles and the principles of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is how I believe we can discern the truth in a time when the press and the politicians all seem to have obvious biases.

CharleneMarch 24, 2020

Thank you!! This is truely a masterpiece in my opinion! I can't share it fast enough.

Graig SmithMarch 24, 2020

I found this scholarly application of the founding documents and events of our democracy surprisingly relevant to today's Corona virus battle! Thank you!

Bruce FunkMarch 24, 2020

Just as the respect shown a Sunday School teacher is a microcosm of the respect we hold for parents, for the prophet and ultimately for the Savior and our Heavenly Father, so is the apparent inefficiency of our Republic and its system of checks and balances. This apparent political system inefficiency is actually witness to the greater efficiency of the rule of law and liberty in our lives. Chaos theory schools us in realizing that what looks like chaos on the surface is actually the result of many measured connections underneath and really is not uncontrolled or random at all. So, those who look only in a shallow manner at our system of push-me/pull-you politics and manner of making decisions will see what seems to be an unordered or random, uncaring interaction of non-connected governmental bodies. Can we do/be better? Oh, yes we can. Could we be more considerate and less selfish in our political motivations? Yes, we could. But it is only with a free-wheeling system unencumbered with central, seemingly-efficient, centralized decision-making that we can truly realize the benefit of a larger efficiency. In choosing to follow the Savior in a preexistent realm we chose this current existence of choice and seemingly random interactions because it was the right choice. We could see the benefit of choice over dictated behavior - that the larger efficiency of happy Eternal Life could only really be obtained with millions of interacting decisions on a much smaller scale. What a great privilege it is to live in a nation where we can most closely aspire to all levels of efficiency!

ChristaMarch 24, 2020

Wonderful thank you for sharing. I will need to read this often.

Gordon SlagleMarch 24, 2020

Very cute

John H OldroydMarch 23, 2020

Spot on, the Lord and the present situation are exactly how he blesses us, not punish but blesses us Having a Prophet to lead us through life's difficult problems God and we as a people know which way we are headed. Listening to the Prophet allows us to feel His influence in all ways.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 23, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with us. It is a very hard for many, many people, and President Nelson has given us peaceful counsel. Every day I thank Heavenly Father for our prophets. We are truly blessed.

Pauline HarryMarch 23, 2020

I LOVE the painting! It's AMAZING

Lisa MurphyMarch 23, 2020

Thank you. This makes so much sense. <3

G LeeMarch 23, 2020

What a great read! Yet another tender mercy knowing who was needed especially in these unsettling times.

J oldroydMarch 23, 2020

What about the youth who have requested mission service but have not yet received a call; or those about to it thei papers in?

Merlin FreiMarch 23, 2020

Thank you Sister Webb for a very informative and well-researched and written article. I am a Sunday School President and former CES Teacher. Your article helped me more fully understand these last few pages in the Small Plates. I shall share this with my Sunday School Teachers with the hope that it will give them depth and understanding also.

AspenMarch 23, 2020

“The submission of one’s will is placing on God’s altar the only uniquely personal thing one has to place there. The many other things we “give” are actually the things He has already given or loaned to us. However, when we finally submit ourselves by letting our individual wills be swallowed up in God’s will, we will really be giving something to Him! It is the only possession which is truly ours to give. Consecration thus constitutes the only unconditional surrender which is also a total victory.” – Neal A. Maxwell, If Thou Endure It Well, pg. 54. May we all endure it well. Here's a great website I do my scripture study with and they have a corresponding article! Check it out :)

Sharee HughesMarch 23, 2020

President Nelson, is, indeed, a prophet prepared "for such a time as this."

AspenMarch 23, 2020

“I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” -Joseph Smith, (History of the Church, 4:461.) I love how you said "p-r-o-f-i-t"! There truly is a great profit in reading the book of mormon. Each time I read I get added insight and guidance in my life. Here's another article with promises from prophets for reading the book of mormon.

Sue MasonMarch 23, 2020

Thank you so inspiring

Beagle Lover in the SouthMarch 23, 2020

"Be Still and know that I am God" - comes to mind. Why all this panic and needless worry?? you should have your food storage, some cash on hand and a month's savings - as we have been counseled to have for literally decades. If you are not quite there, don't stress about it. The Lord knows when we are trying to follow the Prophet and we're doing what we can with what we have. He also knows when we have disregarded Him. If you have not prepared, well get with it! Many more global events will happen before the Second Coming, count on it. No time like the present to follow the Prophet, start today. Keep the faith - we are pioneers in a modern world.

Laurel Lee PedersenMarch 23, 2020

Diana, I'm reading Don Bradley's "116 Pages" book right now and much of what he has to say correlates to these chapters. So interesting! Thanks for your insights and bringing others' insights together as well. Love knowing about the Hebrew ands and alls in the B of M as well.

Kenneth JacksonMarch 23, 2020

This is one of the most touching videos I have ever watched. Thank you.

Kevin RossMarch 22, 2020

Fantastic article! Will share this with my family.

Janelle BatesMarch 22, 2020

Hand him the new baby and take a well deserved nap.

Scot ProctorMarch 22, 2020

Living Scriptures now has it available to rent since its theatrical screening time was cut short.

Scot ProctorMarch 22, 2020

I believe you can rent it on Living Scriptures.

Jeff JacobsMarch 22, 2020

I feel that the President's advance forecasts of this Conference being historic were prophetic and fulfilled already. It's already remarkable and hasn't even started yet! I can hardly wait for the real thing to begin!

RubyMarch 22, 2020

First of all I love love love these podcasts they bring such an awesome prospective into my life, but is there a way that you can have a more readily pause button to click on beside scrolling up to the top of the podcast and lose your place while reading along to pause the podcast so I can write or discussed important information at the bottom or top of the screen in a tool bar setting?

Toni LyonsMarch 22, 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful and inspirational podcast. I really believe that we must be specific in our prayers. Thank you also for all you do.

LaWren BoothMarch 22, 2020

This version captures the sanctity of the event much better! This should replace the version in the old hymn book! Thank you.

Charles DefranchiMarch 22, 2020

Dear Scot, dear Maurine, We have been "distant" friends for more than two decades, and this friendship, as well as the regular reading of your magazine and meaningful exchanges with some of your writers, helped me to deal with many personal challenges over the years, including overcoming an illness that could have been fatal without the Lord's miraculous intervention. Once more, listening to your podcast - and reading the text attached to it - greatly contributed to providing me with hope and vision in this time of prolonged confinement, where, as former French President Jacques Chirac once said, "problems tend to come to you in squadrons."

Vivian and Bill RogersMarch 22, 2020

Thank you -- as usual you are there when we need you. Your stories brought memories of God's goodness and blessings and love. We love you, and know that God is still in charge and loving all of His children.

Debra MackMarch 22, 2020

You guys are really something special. Thank you

DeNile WilliamsMarch 21, 2020

This is after this article appeared, but I feel compelled to raise my voice its behalf. Because of the Coronavirus, the movie houses were shut down thus preventing the film to be shown. It was advertised on LDS Scriptures to buy or rent. I rented it on viewed it March 20, 2020. I was moved to tears in parts of it. It was superbly done and told a story about those people and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love it and thank you for peaking my interest to check it out when I had the opportunity. DWilliams

Carol AnnMarch 21, 2020

Thank you both! That was truly inspirational.

Diane IrwinMarch 21, 2020

What a wonderful podcast. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this! Miracles DO happen! This was a great reminder and testimony of that. And we are blessed to have the gospel in our lives. I believe that President Nelson is the living prophet for the world today!

Claudette McClellan RaylMarch 21, 2020

Maurine, I was so surprised to see your telling of the story of MY second great grandfather, James McClellan. My birth name is McClellan. I have known that story all my life. This means we are cousins. I wonder which of James McClellan's children you come through? I come directly from William Carroll McClellan, James oldest son.

Chuck SanfordMarch 21, 2020

It is also amazing that three years ago Pres. Thomas S. Monson, a prophet, asked us a question in conference: "Are You Prepared?" I started storing food to help my children/families, one of my grand-daughters/family, and my great- grandchildren. Today I am able to assist them because of a prophets' guidance. This is certainly not the only time He has watched out for me and mine (I'm 70 yo). I am so grateful.

CecileMarch 21, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing your faith promoting experiences. A message of hope and encouragement for u all. I love Meridian magazine ,all the news and positive posts, your podcasts are awesome. Bless you for all the good you do.

ColleenMarch 21, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful, comforting, and entertaining podcast. Now I can get up and face the day.

CarolynMarch 21, 2020

Excellent article. Thank you.

Sharon HowardMarch 21, 2020

A dear friend of my husband’s recently passed away and left him a number of choice books. Among them was the “ AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF PARLEY P PRATT”. I have been reading it these last few days and have been so touched by the great intellect, sacrifice, and faith of this amazing Apostle of the Lord. His great granddaughter lives in my ward. She and her husband Vilo and Gurcharan Gill were the first Mission Presidents to India. I was reading the new faith filled podcast with last book by my side and opened it to page 363 I started to cry, what a stunning photograph through a small broken window. What a miracle . The Lord does hear and answer our heart felt prayers. Everyone needs to read this book. So beautifully done . Thank you for increasing my Testimony during these trying times . Love all the Podcasts.

JaneMarch 21, 2020

Thank you for this timely and calming podcast. It's just what I needed to hear right now. I am prepared and I know I shouldn't fear, but those little doubts just seem to creep in. I'm not going to let them creep any longer. My faith will kick them out :). Thank you for your wonderful examples.

GregMarch 21, 2020

is it on a streaming service?

Mark DonaldsonMarch 21, 2020


GrammyMarch 20, 2020

These are great ideas for families. Could you give some ideas for seniors who are isolated from families because of age and illnesses?

LAURA BAXTERMarch 20, 2020

Would Love to See this Movie and come to understand Africa Better! Here in Canada- what are the opportunities to view it ?

Andrew j CurrieMarch 20, 2020

This is history as it should be written and taught in schools. It is the nobility of men and women in the most trying of circumstances that nurtures interest and encourages noble virtues in the hearts of students. Too much time is spent in school denigrating the actions and motives of a few and memorizing dates and places rather than encouraging the great potential in each student. If stories such as this were shared, would bullying others be such a problem in today's schools?

Susie CraneMarch 20, 2020

Thank you for your insights. They really helped me understand the allegory of the Olive Tree better.

Bob SeegmillerMarch 20, 2020

Um, as a resident of the “ring of fire”, “earthquakes in diverse places” has a more pedestrian quality to it for most of us. The small to moderate ones are good, releasing tension in the accumulated stress of the plates of the earth. We notice them, comment to those nearby, and help calm nervous newbies to the area. Without earth movement, we wouldn’t have our continents, our mountains, our valleys, our plains, the spectacular layers of sedimentation exposed as they are in places, nor would we have rivers, waterfalls, bays, and shorelines. The earth is a pretty incredible place, as is our place around our beautiful star, the sun, our neighboring and familiar planets, and all those stars and galaxies. The bigger earthquakes? Inevitable, but being prepared helps. While not wanting to downplay too much the awe over the your local and mostly quiet Wasatch Fault, earthquakes are nonetheless only one more bit of evidence in the world, from green plants, oxygen in our atmosphere, to mountains, clouds, air movement, weather, that this is a truly remarkable creation we live in.

GrandpaMarch 20, 2020

Kindly and respectfully, I feel this woman is thinking only of her own needs.

Ronnie Aubrey-BrayMarch 20, 2020

Interesting how earthquakes close to one's home turn some minds to the end times, but the daily reports of earthquakes across the earth do not do the same. Worrying about the Parousia is fruitless unless it leads us to conform our lives to the Saviour's. The Lord will come when God will is. The requirements mentioned by Joseph have not yet been fulfilled. “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” With joy and anticipation the Saints look forward to that great day, but foir now we have work to do.

Alyn MitchellMarch 20, 2020

I love this article. Thank you! There is a peace in being 'stuck' at home. Enjoy:)

Cynthia AbbottMarch 20, 2020

This is a beatiful account of heroism during the Civil War. However, you have the date as December 1832. I guess you meant 1862. I had a great-great grandfather who survived Gettysburg. As an elderly man he lived in my grandfather's home when my grandfather and his siblings were small. They could all relate the tales he had told them about the battles he witnessed and he showed them his five scars he had from the war. His first cousin died at Chancelorsville. Such a tragic war.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 19, 2020

So beautiful and spiritual. Thank you for sharing this.

Dorothy SMarch 19, 2020

The Battle of Fredericksburg took place in 1862, not 1832 as mentioned in the very excellent article.

Raechelle BennettMarch 19, 2020

I agree with the comments as well. I see no harm done. The link to families is so strong. I do believe in the three of them reuniting as a family is something that would please our Heavenly Father. I also believe the adversary will do anything he can to destroy families. In this case, I feel the LW, though hurt because of the way the step daughter handled the meeting, should remember to have love in her heart for her husband's past family as well. We are all brothers and sisters of our loving Heavenly Father and He expects us to to remember the deeper meaning of love and family, and certainly forgiveness and acceptance for things we cannot always control. As I ponder how this event was done while the LW was away, I can only feel perhaps it was done that way to avoid hard answers and hard feelings if the LW protested it. This was important closure for his daughter; she's preserving her family memory and history. I see no harm done. Love one another, as the Lord loves each one of us.

Jan KuesterMarch 19, 2020

Thank you Anne, I really needed to see, hear and feel your words. They are wisdom and love just at the time when I needed them. :-)

Debra CoeMarch 19, 2020

This is so beautiful! Thank you Lynne! It did cause me to hear the words with new and deep meaning.

David PerryMarch 19, 2020

Very inspiring to hear the sisters singing about this event. Lovely harmonies,lovely spirit! Thank you.

Marlon SmithMarch 19, 2020

How very beautiful is this new arrangement of that familiar hymn we have grown to love for so many years!

Bonnie Hart MurrayMarch 19, 2020

This is one of my all-time favorite musical numbers to perform! I've accompanied my daughters, and granddaughter, and a wonderful trio of women in my ward in performing this number on several different occasions. (Sacrament Meetings and a Relief Society lesson.) It is one of the most sublime and heavenly settings for these words imaginable! It certainly transports the listener to a higher level.

Elaine LitsterMarch 19, 2020

This is a beautiful treatment of these beloved lyrics. As the harmonies supported, "Joseph, this is my beloved..." the spirit was so evident. This is truly a gentle, inspired composition. Thank you.

CynthiaMarch 19, 2020

Thank you, Maurine, for your beautiful, inspiring words that hit the heart in these troubled times. I, too, feel to make the most and best of it!

K-Lynn PaulMarch 19, 2020

In the late 1950's we were instructed to set a baptismal date on the first lesson. I did one time when I felt the spirit and he was baptized then and I suppose I did it a few more times, but many of us did not. I recall one time when a non-member husband agreed after years to listen to the missionaries. I said to my senior companion that this is one case where we should not try to set a baptismal date on the first lesson, but he didn't listen to me and spent 5 minutes hammering on this poor man trying with high pressure tactics to get him to commit to a baptismal date in a few weeks. The man resisted and of course never let us back. I was not surprised that many members were afraid to refer their friends to the missionaries.

Cathy GaddMarch 19, 2020

I love this idea. I wondered about logistics, such as, do you have other adults helping you? Does the Grammie camp go for 2 weeks? How do you handle meals? Are these details covered in your book "Grandmothering"? I'm planning on buying the book. Thank you for these wonderful articles on Grandparenting !!

Ruth JamiesonMarch 19, 2020

It sounds like angels!

AspenMarch 19, 2020

Another powerful defense is charity. It is literally a shield of faith. Moroni 7:45 “And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.” Charity is a premium defense. It blocks all kinds of attacks from getting inside our armor. Our mind is clean and clear, our shields deflect careless friendly-fire (ie. ignoring simple criticisms with a Godly perspective), our armor is strong, and we are prepared for spiritual warfare.

BecomingBraveMarch 19, 2020

I am the one who submitted this question. Thank you, Dr. Steurer, for sharing your knowledge and wisdom. I truly appreciate your counsel and questions for me - they have been very valuable. You have shared many things that I had not thought about previously which will help my decision process along the way. It's just what I needed to bring some clarity into my situation. And thank you for your generous service in helping people each week in their struggles. I want to also thank those who left comments. Your kind and honest thoughts have also been very helpful and have given me much to ponder during this decision process.

DeAnna MurphyMarch 19, 2020

As I read your words today, Maurine, I found myself reflecting on Sheri Dew's recent comments about the feeling of grief and loss evoked by this present challenge. The pain it is everywhere. It's in people's faces. There is sadness, worry, disappointment, and fear. It is easy to get lost in such emotions, particularly when the entire world is swimming in them. Your article pointed me toward Alma's comforting words, "And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thirst; yea, and he also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ. Now this was according to the prayer of Alma: and this because he prayed in faith" (Alma 31:38). Your words today brought the same sweet comfort of the Spirit - and reminded me that now, more than ever, we all really are connected - strangely by a new common global enemy, and by the One hope we can all count on to find peace. Thanks for reminding us all that we have the power to shape how this event will shape us!

JennieMarch 19, 2020

I have a great love for genealogy. I have known for years that we as Church members currently have the records available to double the size of the family search database, if only we would devote some serious time to doing so. We have that time available to us now. Will you index a little and group records into families, even if your lines seem to be done. You can help prepare the Italian records by indexing them. We are greatly blessed to be given the chance to host those government records on familysearch. There are about 250 million people in them waiting for us to index and research. Please join us if you are home. I can promise you will feel the Spirit and receive grace to aid you.

Chris HowellMarch 19, 2020

Such a perspective, such words of encouragement. Let us go forward with faith. It’s a wonderful time to be alive.

IanetaMarch 19, 2020

I love this! Thank you President Nelson . We love and sustain you!

Dan GuaspMarch 18, 2020

While the story of Sherem was very important and served a good point to the people then and to future generations. Bare this in mind though, it was not that Jacob included the story, Mormons abridgement did.

Bar-Bar-AhmanMarch 18, 2020

As the old organizations were being taken over by those who are ashamed of having partaken of the Fruit of the Tree Life, these unashamed folks started a new organization, where they are free to stand firm before the mocking and pointing fingers of those in the great and spacious building.

LarryMarch 18, 2020

It never ceases to touch me when someone like this forgets himself and gives service to his fellow beings, in spite of the danger. Bless his memory.

Pattie SMarch 18, 2020

Your story placed in my mind the terrible tragedy of the Civil War and the relentless wages of war. I felt I was there with Kirkland as he administered to the wounded and dying. It amazes me how one, just one, can be such a tremendous impact on those around them. Very well written article. Thank you

Dorica Glassford RobertsonMarch 18, 2020

Such noble drsires and selfless acts surely deserve to be emulated in this present time! We can learn much from them!

Diane CMarch 18, 2020

Having walked that battlefield, I know the reverence that still pervades the grassy knolls. Such sadness filled my soul and tears filled my eyes. The rest of the story includes the farmers and townspeople who suffered for months afterward because of disease that seeped into their water sources. Great sorrow. Great suffering.

Barbara WalkerMarch 18, 2020

My husband and I visited this site and were astounded that such a battle went on as long as it did. It reminds me of the final battle between the Nephites and Lamanites, how they fought until the last man was gone. So, so sad and so futile. Thank you for the reminder that we should all act with compassion for all as this brave young man did.

Anne-Marie HalversonMarch 18, 2020

Beautiful thoughts and ideas Taylor! Thank you for this summary.

Lupe ChavezMarch 18, 2020

The meaning of this chapter has always eluded me until now. I understood at the 50 thousand foot level that God was trying to care for us and save us but now I understand why we have to suffer a little and how important it is to keep coming back to the tree to grow stronger in the gospel. I faithfully rely on you and Tyler each week to help me find those gold nuggets of deep understanding as I read the Book of Mormon. Thanks for doing what you do. I hope you realize the depth of your contribution to our daily study

Jan KingMarch 18, 2020

I'm always so grateful when I see that line "by Ted Gibbons"......thank you!!!

Synthia CarlisleMarch 18, 2020

Thank you for your words—so timely and much needed. Before reading it, the thought came to me that this challenge could be an opportunity to show Heavenly Father and ourselves what we’re really made of. Then I read your words, “Who we are will be revealed by the Coronavirus Crisis.” A tweak in our mindset and a charge to make lemonade out of lemons will get us through.

SynthiaMarch 17, 2020

Thank you for the insightful and comforting words. As my daughter was saying family prayer tonight, the thought came to me that this experience will give us an opportunity to show Heavenly Father what we're made of. Then right after the prayer ended, as I was scrolling through Meridian News, the title of your article jumped out at me—“Who We Are Will Be Revealed in the Coronavirus Crisis,” which further confirmed my small tender mercy. This experience can easily drag us down because you’re so right, life can be flat with no happy events to look forward to. But if we turn lemons into lemonade and tweak our perspective a bit, we will rise to the challenge! Thank you so much!

KathleenMarch 17, 2020

Good One!

Andrea LloydMarch 17, 2020

Thank you for your great insights and background. I always learn something new from your podcast.

vickieMarch 17, 2020


Jerald EricksonMarch 17, 2020

I follow a whole foods plant based diet as advocated in the widely published China Study. Why do you think a mediterrean diet is better?Please be specific. Thank you.

Janet ElsethMarch 17, 2020

I agree with the other two comments. I think the wife is overreacting and not thinking about her husband and his daughters situation. I don't agree with asking the daughter to destroy the picture. It is a picture that means a lot to her. I think it was good for both of them to be together one last time. And maybe some closure for all 3 of them, since they all agreed to meet. I can understand the wife's emotions, but she needs to put them aside for the needs of the others. It was not a threat to her relationship with husband etc. I have an adopted daughter, so I can understand the girls desire to have that meeting and picture.

Susan D'AndreaMarch 17, 2020

Thank you Carolyn, for this inspired article. It strengthens our faith that Heavenly Father loves us and is caring for us, and that President Russell M. Nelson is truly a prophet of God. It gives us hope. Thank you!!!

TinaMarch 17, 2020

This was a wonderful insight into how we are feeling right now. It has really touched me, I have shared it with my family. I look forward and am very grateful for you and Meridian’s inspiring articles each week. Thank you!

vicki kennedyMarch 17, 2020

Thank you, President Nelson

Sandie MixaMarch 17, 2020

Can tomato sauce be used where it says tomato purée?

NeillMarch 17, 2020

Dear Maurine - love your wise thoughts ...'We always have assess to Him" our "narrowed world." Thank you.

Geoff SteurerMarch 16, 2020

Thank you for these encouraging words. I know this is an important time and I don't want to miss one moment of it.

PornDodoMarch 16, 2020

You're great. Learn from you!

DGMarch 16, 2020

Loved this article! Gave me hope after a day filled with anxiety. Thank you!

Scot ProctorMarch 16, 2020

I believe it is the Fort Collins, CO temple.

Carol Ann CrilleyMarch 16, 2020

This is heartbreaking news. We send or love, prayers, and deepest sympathy to his dear family. Anyone who has ever had a missionary of their own far from home will have a glimpse of the pain that his family is going through. We are so grateful for our Savior's atonement, the restored gospel and our knowledge of the plan of salvation. We are so sorry for your great loss.

marilyn MeinzerMarch 16, 2020

I love this and would like to copy those statistics for future use, but would like to know the references they came from !

DaveMarch 16, 2020

I think the LW is being overly sensitive, at this point in time there is no threat to her marriage, nor her future. Not every action by others require her input. Possibility asking the daughter to remove/destroy the picture is extremely poor advice. LW needs to look deep in to her own heart and figure out why she is reacting so negatively.

Lisa StampsMarch 16, 2020

Which temple is pictured at the head of this story? It's magnificent.

HELENMarch 16, 2020


MichelleMarch 16, 2020

Great article, although you did say the news media reports the negative to gain money - but then used other news agencies to site positive articles, so I would say they are making money off of the good, positive news as well.

Char ValentinerMarch 16, 2020

Just what is needed in today’s world! Thank you for generously sharing this very thoughtful advice!

Anne-Marie HalversonMarch 16, 2020

Beautiful thoughts Maurine. Thank you!

Joyce BradfordMarch 16, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful article. There was so much to glean from your inspiring words. I especially appreciate the warning “don’t go diving.“ We should all be on guard from Satan, who would wish us all to dive deeply spiritually, emotionally, socially and any other ways we allow him, while we tread carefully on this journey which is new to the whole world.

ColleenMarch 16, 2020

I love everything you have written and always pass them on. Then I get even more positive feedback. Thank you Joni very much! Keep writing!

HalMarch 16, 2020

What a fantastic article, thank you!

Susan LethbridgeMarch 16, 2020

Ii wish this article were on the front page of every newspaper and was in everyone’s inbox on their news feed. I am a “ the glass is half full” person and was uplifted to read the positive reminders. Thank you for such thoughtful comments. I have been reading books and articles by the Proctors for 25+ years and appreciate all I have learned from them.

Denise ChristensenMarch 16, 2020

What an uplifting and inspiring article. Thank you for all the research that must have gone into this article, Andy. Your grandmother would be proud! We all need to focus on hope and optimism, as well as good self-care and care of others as we move through this very brief moment in time.

Virginia PartchMarch 16, 2020

My prayers go out to his family. I am so sorry!

HeidiMarch 16, 2020

Maurine - I love the way you think. You truly are a gift! So glad my life has been touched by yours. Thank you!

Anita EMarch 16, 2020

This is so comforting and perfect for this time in which we find ourselves - and everyday. Thank you for writing this.

BonnieMarch 16, 2020

Of all that I have read this is by the best one. Thank you so very much, this came in the middle of the night when I could not sleep. Thank you for the beginning of a bright new day!

Kris CunninghamMarch 15, 2020

Our prayers go this wonderful family. I was teaching when the first missionary passed away at the MTC in the early 1980's. I attended the funeral in Heber, UT. i remember distinctly how the General Authority at the funeral said that there was a reason why this elder passed away without being released as a missionary. He was needed on the "Other side" to teach people there and his mission call extended to the Spirit World". I know that this does not offer comfort when we miss so much those who have gone ahead but I do know that the Lord knows ALL things and that everything that happens can be for our benefit. Some day we will understand, in the meantime, we will make it though together. Like Christ and the Apostles in the storm on the Sea of Galilee, we are all in the boat of life together, bailing like crazy becsue we are sure we will sink. However, the Savior is also in the boat and shat is He doing?? Sleeping....why?... because He knows all will be OK. Our love to you. We pray you will feel His arms around you at this hard time and that you will feel His peace and you will also feel the presence of love from your sweet missionary daughter. Love, Kris Cunningham

Gina McDougallMarch 14, 2020

My condolences for this family. My love and thoughts are with you ❤

SandiMarch 14, 2020

Spot on RaNae. We are at least a month behind bc of the lack of leadership at the top. Thankful for the scientists and doctors who spoke out and stood their ground regardless of what this administration was saying.

ScottMarch 14, 2020

Jacob, how is having a goatee not representative of Christ?

Kay RookhuyzenMarch 14, 2020

This is sad, scary and even more so in these scary times. I pray for the family of this sweet missionary.

DJMarch 14, 2020

I would love to see and support this movie, but having a hard time finding out where to do so. Can you provide a link?

CubbyMarch 13, 2020

Sure appreciated hearing the comments from others, It will be a conference like no others. Glad we can attend via internet.

Jesse BrownMarch 13, 2020

I am so very grateful for medication I take that helps me control anxiety and depression. But, I have discovered that the more I strive to be an edifying influence on others, the more God helps to edify me.

RichardMarch 13, 2020

That is a great pun! Well done!

MaryannMarch 13, 2020

This article gave me goose bumps--the good kind! Beautiful story, and now this family can look forward to having this child for eternity. This is such a wonderful example of having an eternal perspective and joy.

Jana SmithMarch 13, 2020

Will temples also be closed?

Robyn JensenMarch 13, 2020

What about temples?

ShareeMarch 13, 2020

I don't really blame the daughter. I'm sure she just wanted to have her picture taken with both of her biological parents. It's not like she was trying to get them back together again or anything.

Alec AndrusMarch 13, 2020

What an amazing story. The trailer touched this old man's heart. I hope to be able to see the movie.

Dr. Ken CurtisMarch 13, 2020

Let’s not make this political! A President does not make a decision without consulting the experts so if there is disagreement with the experts, discuss it with them. Let’s not depend on the significantly split news commentators on any channel but listen to the CDC or HHS experts. This is not a political issue so I would suggest that we stop trying to blame anyone but seek solutions.

Tammy PetersonMarch 13, 2020

Sweet girl, return to you Heavenly Father. Your work is done here on Earth. God bless you and your family.

Elizabeth SmithMarch 13, 2020

How can you watch it if you do not live in Utah?

Denise ChristensenMarch 13, 2020

Thank you Maurine for the review of this movie! Such an important message and I'm very excited to see it when it becomes available. Our brothers and sisters in Africa do need a voice and we need to be able to understand their pain and struggles.

JocelynneMarch 12, 2020

I enjoyed reading, and also would like to view your emergency list.

Colleen OpenshawMarch 12, 2020

Joseph wrote this in 1832 when he was about 27 years old. He was obviously a very intelligent person and this shows in his flowery language, although his punctuation is lacking due to his small amount of formal education. It is a beautiful and inspiring account of a true prophet!

MaryannMarch 12, 2020

I cannot imagine being willing to stay in this kind of abusive relationship. I have too much respect for myself and life is too short. There are GOOD men out there. I would have divorced this man years ago and found someone to share happiness with. I am with Weezie's comments 100%!

MaryannMarch 12, 2020

Please don't use the Corona Virus as an excuse to criticize President Trump or, worse yet, to call him untruthful. That is a very serious accusation. He has been VERY responsible in handling this issue. This is a time to be united, not to be critical or make unfounded statements. I appreciate the accuracy of Ken's comment. Thank you!

MaryannMarch 12, 2020

This article is so timely with the current panic regarding the Corona Virus. We need to remain calm as we follow the guidance we have received from our leaders about how to implement safety measures. This is preparation---not panic.

Alisi FiliagaMarch 12, 2020

This brings tears as I watch but learn to trust in the Lord more daily and He know us more, yes as mentioned in the video He puts us through difficulties so He can put us where he wants us to be. And amid this all it a much better place. Thank you for sharing I need to watch this today!

DL AndersonMarch 12, 2020

Maybe it's just me, but I get the feeling that satan is working however he can to: a) sew seeds of mistrust in others; b) slow traditional (full-time, missionary centered) missionary work; & c) disrupt in any way possible our ability to be physically with each other (traditional meetings, etc); satan "pitching a hissy fit" on a more global scale, if you will. Just an opinion.

TammiMarch 12, 2020

Sister Pratt, I absolutely love this article! Thank you.

Celia DilleyMarch 12, 2020

What a GREAT resource you have provided. Many Thanks.

KatyaMarch 12, 2020

Stories like Margrit’s are precious and timeless! Thank you for sharing about her life and your connection. It is inspiring to hear about those who persevered against seemingly hopeless odds.

Jennie MurdockMarch 12, 2020

Thank you Anne...I really loved . and aligned with your message about light. I'll be sharing it with others. Love, Jennie

VardellMarch 12, 2020

When Benjamins people felt the fear of the Lord come upon them, when Alma felt the pains of a damned soul, when the Lamanites were paralyzed by darkness, they all prayed for the forgiveness and mercy of Christ. They didn't do a hundred little self help things, they merely asked Christ to save them, to have mercy on them. That is how our darkness is turned to joy. It worked for them and I testify that it still works today. How many times have you tried their prayer, Jesus thou son of God have mercy on me?

Robin PrestonMarch 12, 2020

Thank you. This came at a very difficult time for me.I appreciate all that you've shared. I will aim to change my focus.

J. RyMarch 12, 2020

Wonderful Story. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I've wondered through the years what the outcome was and thought of you and your family. I'm so glad things have worked out so well. Thank you for your faith.

Gary C. LawrenceMarch 12, 2020

Brother Frye and Brother Thorley: Thank you very much for your comments. We have, indeed, had similar experiences. Things are changing.


Thank you for your article and writing words about what we feel without understanding really what is happening inside us .Thank you for helping us to feel as sisters in Christ !!...As I had deaf and mute parents I had to struggle hard to understand what's behind words and attitudes but thanks to the Lord I realised how different but rich inside my parents were and as my husband 's eyesight is poorer and poorer I can accept it and focus on how the Lord loves him and turn to others

JanetMarch 12, 2020

Thank You, Teresa M., for taking the time to post your thoughtful comment. I wholeheartedly agree with you. As we face this pandemic, cautious preventive action is far better than regretful reaction.

KeithMarch 11, 2020

Excellent suggestions. I think I would just use the 4 points in the New Youth Program that is based on the scriptural account of Jesus and His development...."and Jesus increased in Wisdom & Stature and in favor with God and Man". Based on this scripture the 4 areas would be Mental, Physical, Spiritual and Social. Emotional kind of gets covered in Mental & Social.

TJMarch 11, 2020

At this time of topping off our pantries, can we find the cash to buy a couple of extra cans to donate to the local homeless shelter or food pantry? When saw we thee we a hungered?

Carol AnnMarch 11, 2020

Yes! I'm happy to report that we have completed our personal and family history, photos, timelines, etc. and distributed to all our posterity! It's a worthwhile journey that takes a while to complete!

Jean PetersenMarch 11, 2020

I would love to hear how she made it to safety. Was she apprehended, what happened to her Mother?

Jerry BorrowmanMarch 11, 2020

Responding to Gail Ockey - I do remember you very well. You were (and I'm sure still are) a great teacher who positively influenced thousands of lives at the Idaho State Institute of religion. I'm glad to know you are out there and that you took time to respond to this article. Jerry Borrowman

Teresa MMarch 11, 2020

I’m afraid I cannot agree with you on this. Worldwide now, as of March 11, the mortality rate for this is at 4%. When the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints decides it’s time to cancel all attendance at general conference, teach incoming missionaries at remote locations rather than at our MTC’s in Utah and London and cancel large gatherings within the church for meetings- that is not panic, it is choosing to be very very cautious of a virus that has now been stated as 10 times more deadly than influenza. Cases are rising exponentially in the United States and it will continue to get worse and more will die because there are so many that think it is just hype. When your elderly parents or family or friends end up dying because their immune systems cannot tolerate this virus then maybe we will be taking it more seriously.

CathyMarch 11, 2020

How do you suggest handling the spiritual facet if there has been a conscious decision to eliminate that from grandchildren’s lives and upbringing? Is it as simple as making it a 4 facet approach?

KenMarch 11, 2020

Regarding the criticism leveled towards President Trump. the following is an excerpt from the CDC website which was recommended.. The U.S. government has taken unprecedented steps with respect to travel in response to the growing public health threat posed by this new coronavirus: Foreign nationals who have been in China or Iran within the past 14 days cannot enter the United States. U.S. citizens, residents, and their immediate family members who have been in China or Iran within in the past 14 days can enter the United States, but they are subject to health monitoring and possible quarantine for up to 14 days. On March 8, CDC recommended that people at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel. Additionally, CDC has issued the following additional specific travel guidance related to COVID-19. Please note the use of the word unprecedented. The CDCs use of this word denotes the complete opposite of the inaction that is inferred in the critical comment.

JerrilynMarch 11, 2020

Thank you, thank you, thank you for this wonderful weekly podcast! I felt the Spirit so strongly today which started right from the moment I heard the first strains of Paul Cardall's beautiful music and I cried all the way through it. While this is not the only podcast I follow on the Come Follow Me curriculum (I highly recommend David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman's Don't Miss This as well as Tyler Griffin and Taylor Halverson's Book of Mormon Central podcasts), it is one that I never miss. I find that each one has very unique insights into the weekly lessons, showing us that there are layers of meanings and so many messages for us in the word of God. Each time we read the scriptures anew, it can be like reading it for the first time. I appreciate your sacrifice of time and effort to share your background of knowledge with us.

Cindy MerkleyMarch 11, 2020

Wonderful article, I would love a copy of the emergency list also

JulieMarch 11, 2020

Thank you for such a wonderful thought provoking article.

Gaye BeeillattMarch 11, 2020

Beautiful!!! Completely agree. You cannot change another person, only your reaction to them. And that often helps them change!!!!

Phoebe HallMarch 11, 2020

I love this article. Two months ago I read Terry’s book and had the exact same experience. Understanding the truths about “seeing people as people”, “outward approach” has completely transformed two very difficult relationships. Understanding how to love like Christ loves is humanity’s greatest quest.

SapMarch 11, 2020

What a wonderful article! I wish I had met Margrit. She and I might have been kindred spirits.

Robert W CowartMarch 11, 2020

Thanks Daris,A wonderful story of the importance of not judging others.

PattieMarch 11, 2020

When people say, "Life isn't Fair" they need to understand that it wasn't meant to be 'fair'; it was meant to learn how to be more compassionate to those around us and help others on their path--because we are all on that same path.

PattieMarch 11, 2020

Everyone's history is one that needs to be written--our thoughts, our actions, our deeds so we may help future generations understand that our lives matter and so do theirs. We all have a story to tell. Let it be told.

Shelley HinchMarch 10, 2020

So do we study about the priesthood or study the priesthood? Is there a difference?

Chris PutnamMarch 10, 2020

Can you find "The Plan of Restoration?"

Ronald W. FryeMarch 10, 2020

Gary Lawrence is one of my favorite commentators, "hitting the nail on the head" more often than not. I couldn't agree with him more on this subject. For example... Near the end of my mission to Argentina, I was interviewed by Apostle Spencer W. Kimball. He had in front of him a record of my baptisms. "Elder Frye", he said, "this is astonishing. You have three times the average number of baptisms for an Elder in this mission. You're all on the same program, so what's the secret to your success?" My answer? "Not following the program!" Well, he didn't like that answer, but I told him what I was doing different than what was prescribed in the lessons, which included following the promptings of the Spirit by not adhering tightly to the lesson plan outline and not being pushy, especially the latter.

RaNae Healy, PhDMarch 10, 2020

Listen to the medical people, the CDC. President Trump and his administration has not been truthful and has not taken the urgent precautions necessary. They are trying to catch up. Stay off FOX cable news as they enable Trump. Use your critical thinking and be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. Truth matters, facts matter, science matters.

Tanya NeiderMarch 10, 2020

Loved this article Nicholeen Peck! Thank you for sharing these "simple" truths & ideas that take time and practice to achieve.

LisaMarch 10, 2020

We really try to not be bossy with our grown kids. We ask ahead of time if they need help with something being fixed while we're in town so Dad brings tools. We feel free to jump in and clean dishes or mend broken household items... those kinds of things. I saw myself commenting on messy toys everywhere - so I have stopped. I pick up here and there but have learned to live with the way they live. They now realize they have too many toys/books and with baby 2 coming they have been storing and rotating toys. We want to be welcome when we visit - we don't ever want them to feel we're intruding. "Anything we can help with" is always a good approach.

Lisa MurphyMarch 10, 2020

Our grand daughter is almost 2 and we visit as often as we can, which is only 2-3 times a year. So video chats and phone calls on speaker phone are great. This really makes the distance smaller because when we do visit, she recognizes us, is comfortable and happy to see us.

kathryn amesMarch 10, 2020

This is so "ON"! How I wished I'd had this information during a 39 year marriage that finally ended in divorce when my ex-husband's pornography/prostitute/financial infidelity finally was discovered. We women were taught for so long that we needed to stay in marriages that we instinctively knew were abusive. To be divorced and free from the narcissist abuser was RELIEF. Remarrying and finding true joy has been MIRACULOUS! I agree with those women who said "WALK"!

Jim ThorleyMarch 10, 2020

Excellent article. I wish I had understood this when I was a full time missionary. I am making an assumption that you have had experience with this and may have a lot more helpful information. As a salesman, I was in a training meeting that taught that we should point out the "you benefits" of a product rather than just demonstrate features. I believe this would help when "discussing" the Gospel with others. Comments?

Carol AnnMarch 10, 2020

Thank you, Carolyn. You always give common sense assurance when we need it the most!

PattieMarch 10, 2020

What an excellent idea to take parents out to dinner and make plans for the grandchildren in our lives. Thank you

Sharon BakerMarch 10, 2020

Can I get your emergency list if possible?! Sounds like a great list! thank you!

PaulineMarch 9, 2020

Have you heard of Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg? It works like a charm :)

Pauline HarryMarch 9, 2020

I empathize with the whole struggle you’ve described, After 55 years the breakthrough I offer is Nonviolent Communication by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg: books, articles, videos. It’s very simple. This video illustrates its effectiveness

RoxyLynneMarch 9, 2020

Thanks for these great insights into grand parenting!

LizSMarch 9, 2020

DavidD. It may not lead to an actual temple sealing but I think both you and I know that this would be appropriate behaviour as it might lead to an honorable marriage as outlined in the family proclamation.

MariaMarch 9, 2020

Wow! I SO needed this after losing my rag with my children this morning! Thank you so much. The best advice ever on keeping calm amid the chaos!

Neal ChristensenMarch 9, 2020

Those students protesting are already engaging in prohibited behavior, privately. There are plenty of colleges and universities that allow open homosexuality; they should go there. How many of these protesters are actually BYU students, and how many are "bused in" professional protesters? Satan is working very hard to tear down the Church; this is clearly what is happening here.

Daryl GibsonMarch 9, 2020

Well said, my friend!

Sherry AkersMarch 9, 2020

This story is amazing. My mother spotted during her pregnancy with my youngest sister, and abortion was recommended, because they said the baby wouldn’t be normal. My mother, not LDS, refused and my sister was born perfect. I am so happy that her testimony changed the neighbor’s mind. I shared this story to my Facebook friends, in hopes that it might bless someone; she far I’ve gotten a like from a non-member friend.

Karen BergesonMarch 9, 2020

Thank you for the honest articles (and book) you have been writing! it is so good to hear of like-minded saints, open to so much good in the world and also staying true to the gospel. Our family has been through (and still going through) a lot of mental health trials, but I continue to learn so much of what is possible to help! And I too want everyone to have a message of real hope. Way to go! We're happy to support you in your efforts - truly.

Heidi ShafferMarch 9, 2020

It's difficult to write with tears in my eyes--what a beautiful story! All mothers can relate to this story, whether they have lost babies or not! Understanding the Plan of Salvation makes all the difference in the world, and sharing the testimony of it has made a difference in the lives of so many others, I am sure! Thank you, Michaela, for writing this touching story!

Ruth JamiesonMarch 9, 2020

I loved his words they are beautiful!

carolyn nicolaysenMarch 9, 2020

There is evidence the virus has mutated and may have even become weaker as it did. Since all of this is coming from China and we are not being allowed in we really don't know how true this is. In past pandemics the virus has come back in a mutated form causing a second round of illness. Past pandemics have typically last a year.

vickieMarch 9, 2020

his spelling wasn't perfect but even back then some words were spelled differently than we spell them today. it seemed he was wordy for a young man like he was. I guess I expected short choppy sentences instead of run on sentences. He did speak his mind and did give account many times. I am grateful that he did take it serious and paid attention and did share it with us. without this we wouldn't have the restored priesthood and covenants. im also glad he continued even though there was much strife in his life.

BeckyMarch 8, 2020

What a beautiful, inspiring story of how important the atonement of Jesus Christ is and the truths of the Plan of Salvation. I believe this will help many people who are struggling with different challenges. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful story.

Jacob HessMarch 8, 2020

Thank you everyone for the input – including those who trusted me to hear thoughtful critique. I’ve been pondering all you’ve said – and want to share a couple of short responses. First of all, I agree it’s far too easy to fall into an attacking, condemning spirit in these matters. The letter was not meant to “malign” or “condemn” this professor, as much as raise concerns about the implications (even inadvertent ones) of his commentary. As far as tone is concerned, I do admit feeling frustration at seeing those we’ve entrusted in this sacred calling of sorts (called a BYU professor) contributing to student confusion on issues already so confusing. I fear this happens more than we might know. But however much it does, I agree that we must respond as Christ would. But what is that? Although I do believe Jesus would have us show softness whenever possible, warning about spiritual threats is a special case. I don’t doubt the good Dr. Brau has done, Ellie, and the positive intentions behind this sharing (thanks to Hunter for the devotional link). Neither do I doubt, Brett, that “this is a deeply spiritual matter over which much pondering, prayer, and study has been done.” I maintain, however, that the audio in question confirms exactly what I suggest: an over-eager imposition of a particular socio-political narrative on top of other ways of thinking that would have been more consistent with prophetic guidance in the past. In other words, this didn’t have to end up so confusing. That is part of the answer to David’s serious question, alongside his comment about praying for such a change for years. There is also background information I gathered in fact checking that confirmed this impression. Lastly, I’d like to respond to the parent’s impassioned comments: I can’t imagine how scary it would be to see your child grappling with the will to live. I don’t begrudge your passion in the least. However, let’s be clear: no one is denying the preciousness of these individuals, however – including active members and prophetic leadership. And especially on matters so sensitive, it’s important that we deal with the full truth. In that respect, I would encourage you to consider that idea that your son is living in a church “that calls him an abomination, that lumps him alongside murderers and pedophiles, that welcomes the day when Christ returns to destroy him and his kind” is simply NOT true. It’s just not. Furthermore, I’m not the only one who has argued that precisely this kind of rhetoric can contribute to suicidality among youth – to the point that they verily believe this bifurcation represents their legitimate choice: “he’d come to a crossroad where he was going to live honestly or he was going to end his life.” That IS a despairing crossroad! But could it be a function of the very narrative I’ve been writing about? One that positions one’s “true identity” against the teachings of Christ’s church? I think so. One thing is for sure, it’s not the prophets telling kids these are the only options. Let’s all be careful what we’re telling these precious children! Lastly, I’ve requested the dreadlock example be changed to goatees. My apologies in advance for the faithful disciples with goatees…(: I recommitted to the Lord this morning a desire to have a soft heart to our critics – and to be careful of speaking as He would have us all. Thank you again for all the feedback.

Joyce WoolfMarch 8, 2020

For more true accounts of heavenly help for missionaries read the book Mine Angels Round About by David F Babbel, former president in Brazil

Bridgette VillarrealMarch 8, 2020

I love this, Krista! I didn't know your full story before. Another ripple you made was almost a year after Candace was born, you knocked on my door with a small angel statue--a copy of one you received--for me. One of my twin boys had died in utero, and you held my hand through the process of funeral homes, cemetaries, and emotional support for losing a baby. I am forever grateful to you. I visit Candace every time I see my Elliott. Thank you. ❤

Beth TMarch 7, 2020

Thank you so much for sharing this. We live in a day when Joseph's humble words are ready to be read as they were written and felt as Father in Heaven in tended.

EmptyNestingGrandmaMarch 7, 2020

Geoff - is the advice the same for a covert-victim narcissist spouse who constantly wallows in self- pitty and who blames me for all his misery, including accusing me of being the one who doesn’t want to work on the marriage? The reasons for staying are infinite, with the main two being that he presents himself as the victim to the kids and asks the kids to “help him reach her heart”, and the other reason for staying is the hope that I can become stronger and kinder and be ok in the negative dark environment. That I can develop enough “light” for both of us so that his darkness doesn’t drag me down so much. The narcissism was diagnosed by a Psy PhD during in-person sessions. Thank you for your counsel.

Rylee FrenchMarch 7, 2020

I love love reading your grandparent articles!! Wonderful tips and ideas!! Keep them coming

NinaMarch 7, 2020

Wow. Another unsung virtue of the single woman in the gospel. I cannot imagine a more difficult, all consuming, draining experience than having to live - or choose to live - with someone like this. Living under a bridge is better than putting up with the constant, life-numbing abuse being dumped on you by this guy. Walk sister walk. Positive lonliness is sooo much better than negative company. Get a dog, fill your life with service, develop knowledge and hobbies. Walking alone down the gospel path with a worthy companion would be easy - however, if that companion is a nasty, complaining, mud-slinging, 200-lb weight you have to drag along with you? No. Walk.

HunterMarch 6, 2020

I watched a BYU devotional in 2011 in which a professor talked about the importance of sharing spiritual thoughts in our classes at BYU. He explained that BYU is a special place and he encouraged professors to invite the spirit by beginning class with a prayer and a spiritual thought.This devotional changed the way I teach my classes. Since that time, I have always opened my lectures with prayer and a spiritual thought. I have had many students over the years reach out to me and thank me for what I've shared. Each week is a different thought, based on what I feel guided to share. I pray about it and put a lot of thought into it. The professor who gave that devotional and who changed my teaching and my students' lives was Dr. James Brau. Let's look at all the good he has done and not focus on one thing that you may disagree with. Here's a link to the devotional if anyone is interested:

Robyn JonesMarch 6, 2020

I was honored to attend Candace's funeral. It was one of the most spiritual experiences I have had. Krista and Jon and thier kids are absolutely wonderful and that article was so beautiful!

HelenMarch 6, 2020

The day before my oldest daughter died from breast cancer in 2018 I asked my ministering teachers to come and give her a Priesthood blessing. She had left the Church at 18 but I knew she wouldn't mind. They blessed her with the power to heal - not to be healed - and dozens of her friends are still praising her life.

Tamra KriserMarch 6, 2020

As Krista’s sister, it was a blessing and spiritual experience to be in that hospital room, which seemed suspended in time and wrapped in our Savior’s love—making a mortal impression I will long remember. Candace’s imperfect little body did not allow her to remain long with us, but her passing through each of our lives helped us remember a bigger eternal perspective and feel God’s great goodness, love, and mercy in a personal way. One day, Candace’s imperfections will be made perfect through Christ’s atoning gifts. He has overcome the grave, and promised blessings are sure for these little ones, who are perfect in Him. What a gift to be a part of little Candace’s life and to know of the many wonderful promised blessings ahead. This was sweet and meaningful to read and remember this event—so beautifully written and shared today.

RaNae SHOAFMarch 6, 2020

This was my story too...same feelings, same decision point, same questions, same change in how to prepare to receive this baby, nearly every detail, except she died during her difficult birth. She was our fifth and because of her, because of the change in us from this experience, we had two more. I don't know of any life that was saved or anyone accepting the gospel. I do know our angel baby changed our lives for the good and continues to influence us even thirty years later.

Dennis HorneMarch 6, 2020

The letter from the CES commissioner's office should put this question to welcome rest.

RanaeMarch 6, 2020

Some resources that might be helpful are "How to Hug a Porcupine: Dealing with toxic & difficult to love personalities" by John L. Lund, "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" by John Gottman, and "Nonviolent Communication" by Marshall B. Rosenberg. Each of these books teaches different skills that you can use to be loving in difficult relationships, even if the other person is not willing to seek help or change. They have been a huge help to me and others in turning around marriages like the one you described here.

Pauline HarryMarch 6, 2020

There is the mind/body/spirit connection. I believe balancing and healing the body can heal the mind. New science in the field of nutrition can be very helpful. It seems to make sense that we are what we eat, one of the variables we may control, besides the right supplementation.

DonnaMarch 6, 2020

Jacob. I love your sprit and articles. I just finished listening to the book about Silence - Outstanding. But when I read this wonderful article and encounter a word like chronicity....I am a very bright, educated, well read woman & Mom of 5 ( that explains everything, right?), but I don't know what the word chronicity means. It would be helpful to talk in every day language when speaking to the masses, and keep the fancy words for articles for fellow scholars. Thanks.

lheatonMarch 6, 2020

This story has made my day, has lifted me and confirmed that I can do hard things with Christ in my life. Thank you for this wonderful and strengthening confirmation.

Haze KompelienMarch 6, 2020

I cared for a beautiful LDS family with this situation many years ago. Their story of faith has stayed in my heart for many years. Was it this family? I'm not good at names, so I don't know. I will always remember their living testimony of life, family love. If this family, then hugs from your labor nurse. If not this family, know that you have another family out there who lives the same testimony as yours. Hugs

ShShMarch 6, 2020

I also was in this situation and had a child at home (whom I tried VERY hard to keep out of the abusive cycle). I also didn't know what to call what he was doing to me and had it pointed out by someone else (emotional abuse/narcissist). My answer finally came that it was time to divorce. He actually asked for the divorce and after praying, fasting, and going to the temple the answer this time (yes, it was options multiple times) was yes. Unfortunately because we share a child I have not been able to get away from the abuse and it has now filtered over to our child, which is so hard to see. Recently I started therapy and the therapist immediately started discussing narcissism. He said unfortunately the majority of narcissists won't try to get help and there's not a lot that you can do to combat them. I have been working on how I react instead. As to living the gospel, I have had similar thoughts. He often told me to stop paying tithing or to give up things, but I stood strong on all of that. As to treating him kindly, it is hard. I am learning to be true to myself and just not get caught in his anger and other negative emotions and not react with anger or unkindness. I feel that's how I can honor myself is to not fall into his traps and be as kind as I can and realize I did my best. Not easy, but I'm learning. Good luck to you and your journey. Rely on the Lord to give you the best answer for you!

WeezieMarch 6, 2020

I’m extremely perplexed on why she would want to stay married to someone who only uses her for his own sexual gratification and abuses her constantly. Whyyyy??? Get out!!!! Life is not worth all this aggravation. I would think it would be impossible to feel the spirit with him around. I didn’t hear one thing in the article that showed his love and devotion to her. I noted that he’s been this way their whole marriage. Please leave him. You would be so much happier alone. I’m betting he’s a real jerk when she wants to spend time with her kids. I’m guessing her relationship with her kids is strained because of the abuse she has happening on a daily basis. Heavenly Father would not want you to stay married to someone who doesn’t love and respect and honor you!!!! Get out and start living free from his chains of misery.

LindaMarch 6, 2020

What a beautiful story! It just makes my heart happy.

Michael Shea, MDMarch 6, 2020

A woman’s faith; a mother’s love. Thanks for this story.

CortneyMarch 6, 2020

This story is so inspiring, ThankYou for sharing it. The sanctity of life comes from an eternal perspective and helps me realize whether we live for a few moments or for decades every minute counts. No matter how insignificant we feel, we matter to Him and we are a part of His great plan.

ReyLainMarch 6, 2020

Sincerely touched by this thoughtful insight into putting Christ at the center and revolving around Him. Appreciated the reminder of making the Sabbath Day a time of feasting. I agree...much to ponder. Thank you.

Dennis HorneMarch 6, 2020

The letter puts this all to rest, including correcting the activist professor who now looks foolish for imposing his interpretation as the true and correct one.

Bruce NormanMarch 6, 2020

While serving a mission in Johannesberg, S Africa, with my wife in 2003 our President related an experience of two young sisters. They decided the next morning they would like to climb a hill near where they lived for morning worship and view the sunrise. They did as planned, and on the way home two men that were hiding jumped out, threw each of them to the ground and were on top of them when suddenly the men looked up and, with expressions of fright, jumped up and ran off, leaving the two sisters unharmed. They could only imagine that perhaps some Nephite warriors appeared to those men and frightened them off, or maybe and African Lion. But neither of the sisters saw anything or anyone. Needless to say, our President warned all the sisters to please not put themselves in places of danger.

vickieMarch 6, 2020

thank you for your comments. I wrote a long comment but my computer messed it up. yes so much more needs to change with how people who have mental illness are treated. there are different degrees of it and some of its inherited. not everyone is the same so one pill doesn't fit all. there should be no LABELS at all. and there is nothing that is final. questions that are asked when first seeing a doctor need to change. as a matter of fact its best to just ask the patient what is happening. also I think a blood test needs to be prove what is going on or even an MRI. more of an investigation needs to happen because people who have thyroid problems can have mood problems. so many physical things can cause mood disorders and once these are treated some of it goes away. more testing needs to be done then once the test shows something then treatment can begin. I know I suffered because of a lack of testing and other things. I feel if these things aren't done then we are going to see more problems then ever. the stigma has got to go. having faith in God has helped me so much and being a member in the church as well.

vickie cloudMarch 6, 2020

this was such a beautiful story. I knew a sister who had two children like this. I didn't know the first baby. but I knew her for the one she was having at that time. she found out this baby was going to have this anomaly and went through the pregnancy. she was prepared as it had happened to her before. mind you I felt for her because her first baby was like this and she could have given up but she didn't. she had 6 or 7 more kids after the 1st baby. so this would be maybe her 8th child and this child had this condition. she went through the pregnancy and had this beautiful baby girl who actually lived over a week or more until she passed. I went to the funeral and one would have thought I was the mother because I was the one crying my eyes out. the mother was calm knowing that she has this beautiful baby girl who didn't have to live her entire life here on earth. that they would be sealed for eternity. what an experience that was so reading this story reminded me of this and how wonderful the gospel of Jesus Christ is. also I have learned not to fear so much because we are in the hands of our Father in heaven and to trust and rely on Him. loved this story.

RachaelMarch 5, 2020

My sister served her mission in Paraguay in the late 1980's. She told me that at one point she and her companion were alone in the mission home. The mission home was built around a little courtyard. Apparently a man had climbed over the wall into the courtyard and was attempting to break down the door and enter the mission home. My sister and her companion was praying fervently for protection. They were in the room where the man was trying too break in. She said it was a flimsy door, and should have given way with one shove, but he kicked and beat at the door and it held. There was glass transom over the top of the door, and the man had some kind of metal bar, and when he could not breach the door, he began beating the glass with the metal rod. The GLASS BENT, BUT IT DID NOT BREAK. Finally he became frustrated and left and shortly thereafter others arrived at the mission home. This could only be the result of the direct intervention of heaven. ". . . But behold, I Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance." (1Nephi 1:20)

MonicaMarch 5, 2020

While serving in a foreign country years ago, I struggled greatly with the language. I was so discouraged and had physical ailments because of the mental stress I was enduring. I was on the phone with my parents ready to come home, and my dad told me in this phone call that he had prayed fervently using his priesthood power in my behalf. The night before when I was asleep I woke up because it felt as if someone physically had their hands on my head. I know angels were acting in proxy to my father's hands. I completed a wonderful mission and did learn the language.

MaryannMarch 5, 2020

I think we can universally agree that we should treat ALL people with kindness, compassion and love. This article is supportive of these timeless truths. However, I am concerned about the growing false doctrine I sometimes hear from other sources that love and compassion are justification for sin. They are not. President Spencer W. Kimball taught us something very interesting about how sin makes its way into our lives. He said that we first endure sin, then we pity it, then we finally embrace it. We must not allow our emotions to confuse us about the difference between right and wrong.

MaryannMarch 5, 2020

Elder Paul V. Johnson, of the Seventy, also serves as Commissioner of the Church Educational System. His recent letter clarifies that romantic behavior between same-sex couples is NOT in harmony with the BYU Code of Honor. Period. End of story. There should be no need for further debate, rationalization, or justification for those who break the Code of Honor by engaging in any romantic behavior between same-sex couples.

MaryannMarch 5, 2020

Thank you for clarifying that same-sex romantic behavior is not in harmony with the BYU honor code. I am very grateful for this clear explanation. It would be very difficult to maintain the Spirit of the Lord on campus if students had to witness hand-holding or other romantic behavior between same-sex couples. There is an abundance of other colleges and universities who welcome those who choose to pursue a gay lifestyle.

MaryannMarch 5, 2020

Such great advice: "Just Start!" I find I can trick myself into getting things done by telling myself: "You don't have to do it all---just begin." Usually I get a lot more done than I thought I would just because I have taken the pressure off. I think sometimes we hesitate because the whole job looks so big and we get overwhelmed. Once we simply begin, we usually keep going.

Michelle MechamMarch 5, 2020

I find this to be so true. Having moved from my home country to Utah my homesickness i turned into stories for my children which helped me and them. We would talk about other things too that i learned in school so they were getting a bit of education at home as well as school and they found they had better self esteem and general knowledge. Thanks for this message. I need to pass it on.

Ellie GMarch 5, 2020

I am a student in Brau's class who was there for this lecture and heard it all in context. Jim Brau is a wonderful man who is kind and loving. He supports his students and he was doing his best!! He was conveying the interpretation many made from the change in the honor code. He is a faithful, covenant-keeping man!! He changes the lives of his students. BYU is a better place because of people like Jim Brau!!

JoyceMarch 5, 2020

When a missionary years ago my companion and I were driving along the freeway when a driver ahead of us was slowing down and backing up. I as the driver attempting to avoid being hit, turned the car sharply. We were headed for the guardrail at a pretty fast speed. As the car came to the rail, it suddenly turned. My companion later said she felt someone turn the wheel. I know that I didn't turn the wheel. So we felt someone (an angel) had turned that car so we were safe.

DavidDMarch 5, 2020

If a widow was sealed in the temple to her deceased husband, would she be prohibited from romantic behavior with a man she is dating at BYU because it could not lead to eternal marriage to him?

JOANMarch 5, 2020

thank you...just what I needed to hear today

C HowellMarch 5, 2020

Timely. Sound counsel and advice. True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior.

S. LarkinMarch 4, 2020

After recently attending the Roots Tech Family Discovery Day, I feel that your words ring true and affirm the importance of family narratives to build grit in grandchildren. Thanks for your words.

Dennis HorneMarch 4, 2020

Pres. Ballard's BYU devotional address yesterday, and today's letter from Elder Johnson and the Commissioner's office surely put this whole question to rest.

Dennis HorneMarch 4, 2020

Pres. Ballard's address to the BYU devotional on 3/3/2020 surely explains this matter as clearly as it can be, and the BYU honor code letter from Elder Johnson today also clarifies.

carolynMarch 4, 2020

M Neale, Check out this article: You can be outside as long as you stay in your backyard, 6 feet away from those outside the family. I'm jealous of snow. Build snowmen, put up barriers and have a snow ball war and go in and drink hot cocoa.

LeAnnMarch 4, 2020

This was a four laugh-out-loud post. Thank you.

PaulineMarch 4, 2020

We are quite new at grand-parenting and I appreciate your article. I will pass it on and suggest putting up pictures and tell more stories. Stories are very powerful! I know that from my own experience. Thank you!

Jean PetersenMarch 4, 2020

Thank you. I can relate to so many of these conundrums. At 75 I can look back a long way and just wish so much my Grade 2 teacher would have loved students asking questions to improve their learning. It is a tragedy that something so simple could damage a young child in building mathematical skills. I could have done it with help.

Grandpa ClydeMarch 4, 2020

I loved your thoughts and agree wholeheartedly, and note how much more pleasant and informational it would be to read the comments after a political or news article if those making the comments would follow your guidelines even just a little.

CherylMarch 4, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful article. It lifted my thoughts and spirit. I took many notes, much to ponder!

Geri CampbellMarch 4, 2020

That's priceless Daris - keep 'em coming!

GiniMarch 4, 2020

Excellent. You said what's important and you said it so well!

Andrew J CurrieMarch 4, 2020

It begs for a Moroni!

Bob TaylorMarch 4, 2020

well written and clear article - cleared up several questions i had regarding how to deal with COVID 19. i have passed the article along to friends and families. one question - do we yet have any information on how quickly this virus mutates? might fast mutation be part of the reason people are getting the COVID 19 a second time? thank you again for all your work with home preparedness. stay safe.

Cathy TorranceMarch 4, 2020

Another cousin here, James Chilton is my 10th great grandfather through his daughter Isabella.

Linda McFateMarch 3, 2020

I couldn’t make it to RootsTech, so thank you for posting the picture of William Bradford’s Bible; he is my 10th great grandfather. I have enjoyed colorizing my old black and white photos with the MyHeritage technology. It only became problematic when I scanned a picture of myself as a little girl in a dress that I knew was in shades of lavender, and they colored it in shades of orange and peach – ha ha!

Pat ProffitMarch 3, 2020

I have been asked to speak in Sacrament meeting or when I need to present a lesson, I ask one (sometimes more) of my grandkids's opinions, and thoughts on the subject. This gives them an opportunity to think about and discuss gospel , social, and other topicsl They freely give me fresh insights. I take notes and ask for more info and clarification. I actually learn a lot about what is going on in their world! I give very little or no advice, I just ask the right questions and we explore the subject and learn together.

BHIDMarch 3, 2020

Here's my take, for what it is worth. This is a difficult topic because there is so much shame associated with having same-gender attraction. As long as the individual didn't make the conscious choice to become same-gender oriented in their sexual orientation this is a weakness and not a sin. We all have weaknesses and there is no real shame in that. The Lord taught that He gives us weakness to bring us unto Him and He can make weak things strong. So there is purpose in weakness. However, just because we understand weakness, empathize with it, and don't judge others doesn't mean we should condone it in ourselves or others. Same-sex kissing, petting, and such are still against the honor code in that they violate the law of chastity. Even beyond this, one of the questions I am required to ask each time I interview a member of my ward is if they are encouraging others to keep the honor code. Same-sex kissing and petting undoubtedly discourage others from keeping the honor code. Since there is no real difference in whether same-sex romantic behavior is against the honor code I suspect that this wording change was likely made for accreditation reasons. President Ballard and BYU have stated that BYU and I assume BYU-I and the other Church schools will handle these issues on a case-by-case basis. To me, this means that if a student has committed a violation of the law of chastity we will be very careful to assess if they are repentant, if they are predatory in nature, and if they are openly opposing the Church's teachings on morality. This is what we already did. We likely won't expel them if there is any realistic hope that they will repent, which is how they were already treated. However, in more extreme situations students who violate rules of conduct will still likely be asked to continue their education in one of the many, many available alternative universities that don't have our standards. It will certainly be the same with straight students who violate the laws of chastity. The standards of the Church aren't changing, and the Lord still expects us to do hard things and trust in Him even when we are suffering or struggling with very hard things. The Lord also expects us to treat those who are suffering or struggling lovingly and with great respect and to understand that there is no shame in the struggle. I feel that balancing out is these two concepts is one of the tasks of a true saint.

Christie BlairMarch 3, 2020

I guess we're related. Truman O. Angell is my 5th great grandfather. Now I want to go read all those articles. I got a subscription when they did a Black Friday deal. Just another way to feed my family history addiction!

AmyMarch 2, 2020

The direction is to stay 6 feet away from people when in public, not in your own home. If you have a yard that is larger than 36 square feet you can be in it, as long as others from the neighborhood are not coming into it too.

Leon PowellMarch 2, 2020

There is only one way to know if your prepared, just, one day self impose isolation for a week, you will learn really quick what you have overlooked! There are only two of us left a month or two would not be a problem but after that it would be very uncomfortable I think!

JoanMarch 2, 2020

This is in response to Jim who questions the definition of condone as stated in the article. Here is what I found in a quick Google search.. condone. - From Latin condonare, "refrain from punishing," it does not mean "approve of, endorse"; it means "let something pass without interference even though you probably disapprove," or "pardon, forgive, overlook."

Gary RummlerMarch 2, 2020

So what are you saying? If two coeds walk to class holding hands will they be kicked out of BYU? Or if two guys attend a concert together do we insist on knowing if they are dating or just friends who enjoy the same kind of music? Being gay is not a crime against God. It also should not be a crime against BYU.

FredMarch 2, 2020

You selectively quoted President Oaks, and left out an important part of his statement: “Our walk opposes recruitment away from the covenant path, and it denies support to any who lead people away from the Lord.”

LauraMarch 2, 2020

Don’t forget to stock up on feminine supplies! For those with babies in diapers it’s not realistic to store some for a very long time since babies change size so quickly, but investing in a handful of adjustable cloth diapers and knowing how to deal with them might be a good idea.

PatMarch 2, 2020

This is a great article. The one thing I don't understand is the part that says you will need to stay 6 feet away from those that are quarantined. I would have to do this in my own home? Obviously the writer has never had children in their home. My kids wouldn't stay 6 feet away from me ever!

M NealeMarch 2, 2020

Some interesting ideas but not all e.g. outdoor activities- are practical if you are in a winter I.e. snow area. Would like to have seen a list of items that would help sustain the family for the 14 day period. Did not think they would be outside, if in isolation.

NIhla JuddMarch 2, 2020

It has been a struggle for many years to understand the "whisperings of the spirit". It is ever so quiet and gentle, but thanks to our prophet and apostles, I've learned to trust the thoughts that come to my mind - especially solicitations to help others. When I make a decision to trust and then act, amazing things take place. Thank you, President Nelson, once again for nudging us to listen and respond. It works! It really works.

Marie RouseMarch 1, 2020

I read today that a flight attendant on a Korean plane has the virus. I read recently that South Korea has many cases of coronavirus. So why aren't our airports catching these Asian flights and placing restrictions? Someone in charge isn't on the ball!

Kathie KennedyMarch 1, 2020

How many Kings does he know?

Pauline Bennion HarryMarch 1, 2020

I listen to these twice a week usually and am preparing for our CFM FHE lesson so I reread this time. I saw you at the RSO Gala! It was such a WONDERFUL evening! Thank you for all you are doing. You've inspired me and taught me so much!

Tom ArmitageMarch 1, 2020

An excellent rebuttal and one I whole heartedly embrace. Why I ask do we continue to allow Professors who are and have been directly adversarial to the Teachings of the Gospel to remain at a Church Sponsored College? I understand difference of opinions but these people are actively teaching incorrect principles.

PSMarch 1, 2020

This is a long process. I have been trying to work with my daughter for years, she is in her 40's now--same scenario. Sometimes I feel we have gone backwards in our relationship; but I still try to maintain a "love" relationship. I do not condone the many things she does; but I do tell her when she is doing very well. My daughter has issues that are way beyond my scope and I am unable to help her. I continue to place her name on the prayer roll of the temple and am always excited when she reaches out to me for any advice. It is a long road to go down with a child with mental and stressed emotional problems. I have watched my sister-in-law with her son and his alcohol/drug abuse. It is not pleasant to see our children suffer so; but the words of advice you have given are what I have been trying to do. May the Lord bless you in your challenge.

Ann-Marie JensenMarch 1, 2020

Thanks, Proctors! This was excellent and much appreciated. I especially loved the story of "Run!"

JanMarch 1, 2020

That was a kindly-worded and thoughtful article. Thank you. Considering that Professor Brau has gay family member, I understand that his wish for the Lord (and BYU) to change their positions on acting on SSA, but until that happens, he should be removed from his position of direct influence on students who may already be confused on this issue. We send our children to BYU for faith building experiences and to benefit from an environment of open dialogue where questions about the Lord’s plan can be explored with the support of professors of faith. They need counsel that clarifies, not confuses, them.

Sally SmithMarch 1, 2020

I rejoice in the prophets words asking us to read and ponder the scriptures, especially. As I do this I feel how much the Savior loves me and all his people. I am continually receiving revelation about who the Savior really is and how I can be a better disciple. I know he lives and loves and loves us.

Wen RojFebruary 29, 2020

Confusion and division are two of satan’s most effective tools. How he must be laughing at BYU right now.

Nadine AndertonFebruary 29, 2020

I am 75 years od, but it has not been thar many years since I remember being taught that ,due to persecution, disasters, and whatever, that the time would come when ,e,bers would be required to worship at home. Doesn't anyone else remember this? When President Nelson announced the change, I thought how blessed we were to have the opportunity to practice before there was no other option. How blessed we are to have prophets!

Jean RyggFebruary 29, 2020

Thank you for helping us to listen to Leigh Anne Tuohy's story. I have shared it with quite a few people. I LOVED it! And, We also have the DVD:)

RuthAnnFebruary 29, 2020

This is so so good!!! Thank you so much for this beautiful spiritual feast from this article. I want to share it with all my children who think a little sin here a little sin there is ok... it seems like satan is winning in my family. But I can choose to stay strong and be the example. Love this message

JamieFebruary 29, 2020

Dreads are your example for not representing Christ?

Bob TaylorFebruary 29, 2020

"when was the last time you heard from a general authority that we need food storage "-- how do you get to the conclusion it is no longer important just because it is not being talked about? i respectfully disagree. there comes a time when the Lord stops giving warnings and moves onto other things - frx, the current emphasis from our Prophet is learning how to receive personal revelation.

Jerry BrownFebruary 29, 2020

In response to James Watsons response, I will say this: We have been warned for many, many years to have the food storage items we, as a family, will need. Consider this James; President Boyd K. Packer said "we have been warned for a long time. We (Quorum of the 12) talk no more as the Lord will now preach His own sermon." That was said many year ago James. Best you prepare yourself!

Old GuyFebruary 29, 2020

Excellent reply. I hope it helps the person who wrote in.

Grant QuinlanFebruary 29, 2020

It was so great to be at RootsTech and watch Leigh Anne’s presentation! It’s the kind of life changing experience anyone would want to share with their children and grand-children! And with the full video on the web it is easy! Thanks RootsTech

vickieFebruary 29, 2020

yes I see many changes happening in the church....but I don't think I see a lessening of standards. I think that we should stick with the missionary keeping his hair neat and his face shaved. its a cleaner look and I don't see anything wrong with keeping those same standards. what they do when they come back from their mission is their business but while on the mission being Christlike to me means clean shaven and neat and a mother of two sons who went on missions and three grandkids as well.

Peter GilesFebruary 28, 2020

I am surprised and saddened at the anger directed towards Brother Brau. I am a student in his class and he consistently brings the Spirit through daily spiritual thoughts. I wish more professors taught with such a focus on Christ as he does. He also invites anyone struggling with their faith to talk with him and he ministers to them and strengthens their testimony. He is clearly just promoting a culture of love and repeating what the honor code office told him. It is very sad to see how quick some people in the comments are to judge him. This is something that means a great deal to him and to some members of his class - of course he would be enthusiastic in sharing it. He is also very enthusiastic about sharing thoughts about the Holy Ghost, faith, the importance of following the Prophet, having clean language, the power of prayer, and many other gospel topics. I was surprised by the honor code adjustment as well but it is not up to me. I love BYU and will keep attending here and I support any changes by the brethren. I will keep living how I know I should and will support others as they do the same. It is not my place to judge and it never will be.

SueFebruary 28, 2020

I don't appreciate my tithing funds going to promote such ideology as Professor Brau is spouting off. We send our children to BYU so they are in an environment to learn that has Spiritual foundations. This sickens me and I appreciate your editorial and in my opinion an investigation should be done with professors such as this.

JaneFebruary 28, 2020

John, I agree with you. Our family are very supportive of BYU and have sent our kids (and now grandkids) to BYU. However, this is NOT the BYU we knew and loved--a place where students could be taught in keeping with the doctrines of the Church. I do not understand why professors who teach against the stated doctrines of the Church are allowed to teach there. If people want the teaching of the world, they are free to go or send their kids elsewhere. Dean Worthen, where are you? A student reading the Proclamation on the Family being met with opposition, even cursing and hate? What has BYU come to? (Please, don't accuse me of homophobia--I have a lesbian daughter whom I love and she loves me, but that doesn't require me to ignore the teachings of scripture and the prophets or lose my testimony of the Plan of Salvation.)

Sela Pau’uFebruary 28, 2020

I do understand what this article is about and know enough to be grateful that there’s a living prophet among us. I am sure people will use this as a platform to criticize the leaders and the church. I need to hold on to the iron rod and keep walking in the strait and narrow path. Yes, Nephi is teaching us in 2nd Nephi 28 ...that is what is going on right now. President Nelson said “ truth is truth” I have no fear or doubts because this is the Lord’s church He leads and guides His leaders. I trust the Lord and fix my eyes on Him and trust His leaders. That is the TRUTH that I hold on to. CFM is the latter day Liahona we need to listen and do it so we can be guided in this confusing times. The higher law will separate the wheat from the tares. We need to be humble and listen to our living prophet.

LGBTQ+ ParentFebruary 27, 2020

I’m the father of an LGBTQ+ former BYU student who came out to my wife and me last month. BYU was NOT a good experience for him. He said he’d come to a crossroad where he was going to live honestly or he was going to end his life. I’m disgusted by the tone of this article and these comments. My son has spent a lifetime suffering silently in a church culture that calls him an abomination, that lumps him alongside murderers and pedophiles, that welcomes the day when Christ returns to destroy him and his kind. He had earned his place at BYU. He had as much right as any straight student to be there. Rejection like that shown above nearly drove him to suicide. These students are BEAUTIFUL people who shoulder an unimaginable and lonely burden. Where in this article do you honor those righteous LGBTQ+ students for their valiant efforts to make the best of an impossible situation? Where in these comments do members demonstrate a willingness to mourn with those who mourn? I admire Professor Brau for his caring and optimism, for his hope that LGBTQ+ students at BYU can live honest AND chaste lives just the same as straight students. He has clearly mourned with those students in their suffering. He represents the BEST that BYU has to offer its students. I’m thankful for a church that acknowledges that being LGBTQ+ is not a choice and not a sin. This is official church doctrine. In the past, the slightest expression of those feelings at BYU was strictly prohibited (hand holding, kissing). This is no longer the case. If you’d come down off your rameuptoms for a while you’d discover our LGBTQ+ children to be the among the finest of all God’s creations.

Spencer StevensFebruary 27, 2020

As a gay man myself who is endowed and worthy of said endowment, I find it shocking and saddening that a BYU professor would give himself over to such apostate views. Celestial marriage is a path, not a singular event, and our Heavenly Father & Mother followed that path. Being commanded to be as Father is, which is perfect, can anyone legitimately prove that same-sex dating, romance, sex, and marriage are within that covenant path of perfection? Unless you can show, in context, that scripture or teachings of modern day prophets can establish this, then please don't pretend to teach "true doctrine" of another kind that our Heavenly Parents haven't exemplified, as though there is more than one way of becoming perfect as They are. Furthermore, the temple clearly teaches the Father's Law of Chastity, and President Nelson VERY recently just declared that our Father hasn't changed that. If you want to follow the prophet, do so. If not, then it will be to your own spiritual demise. In the meantime, I express my love for those who feel differently and invite you to reconsider your ways in this particular situation. I am not perfect myself. But, I do know what is right. :)

M. CummingsFebruary 27, 2020

I support the leadership of our church in navigating this very personal and sensitive issue. However, the tone of this article lacks compassion for and sensitivity to people who experience life as a gay person. It seems to me that we should speak from a place of love in our church. President Nelson is a great example of this.

Arwen TaylorFebruary 27, 2020

Why can't someone with dreadlocks represent Christ?

Pat VassilarosFebruary 27, 2020

Does BYU Administration know about this? If not, they should.

CindyFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you for great advice. All of our grandchildren are a couple thousand miles away. We get there twice a year, but do you have ideas on how to build relationships long distance, besides Skype?

James WatsonFebruary 27, 2020

For many years the Church has said have a year supply of food etc. Even President Hinckley said at one time perhaps that it was almost to late to get it in time. Yet when was the last time you heard from a general authority that we need food storage. A long time ago. I guess it's not really important any longer.

CuzinFebruary 27, 2020

This is the perfect opportunity to remember to rely on the Holy Ghost for answers, not “the natural man” or professors. We need to be praying, studying our scriptures, attending church and the temple, reading and pondering what our prophet and general authorities teach us. The Lord is sifting the wheat, and those that do not have a testimony will be blown this way and that way in the wind from all the “hot wind” of the “learned”.

Robert PowelsonFebruary 27, 2020

This professor needs to be hauled up very short and soon. His ideas are not those of the BYU I graduated from, nor are the consistent with the doctrines and moral standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints of which I am a 5th generation member. The Church that I served a mission for married in the temple and with my wife had four children.

James WatsonFebruary 27, 2020

I read your article but saw no explanation for the change in the BYU code. why was it changed. You do not explain the reasoning. It seems logical to infer that the Church is bowing to the Gay or trans perhaps due to public pressure or other reasons.

B. K.February 27, 2020

Mine is a question rather than a comment: Considering the BYU code of standard/s, why then is this professor allowed to continue to teach? Shouldn't this professor/s be held to the same level of standard in their teaching as the student/s in their behavior? This professor is representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints university and I am appalled that the professor is continuing to teach, and you say, 'others like him', sends a very bad message to those not of our faith.

Emily NeuhausFebruary 27, 2020

I’m a student at BYU and I agree this is a huge problem. I had a professor last week tell my class that the prophets have made many mistakes in our church. That banning blacks from the priesthood was a mistake fueled by racism and we need to accept it as such. A religious professor told my friend that it is not doctrine that children can’t be baptized before 8. There is a serious problem with the professors at Brigham Young University leading students away from truth.

Dennis HorneFebruary 27, 2020

I am not sure that redefining "condoning" is all that helpful; the definition that most people use is still the definition that most people use. I find other words like "support" and "tolerate" to also be relevant to the discussion. I have appreciated these thoughts from a former BYU religion professor: "When I was a young man, tolerance meant treating those with whom we disagreed with civility. It did not mean that we were obligated to accept their point of view. To many young people today, however, it means that we are to be nonjudgmental—holding all men and all ideas to be equal—and that it is morally wrong to say that something is morally wrong. It is not an unusual thing for people to cover willful disobedience with the blanket of God’s love and to advance the idea of a universal salvation that sounds dangerously similar to that advocated by Lucifer in the councils of heaven."

Neal ChristensenFebruary 27, 2020

God gave us a brain and a spiritual intellect, and intends for us to use them to choose the right path without being directed in every minute detail. We have our agency, and if that agency leads us to rationalize (rational lies?) behavior we know is wrong, we will suffer the consequences. Remember CTR...Choose The Right.

RonFebruary 27, 2020

Amen and Thank You!

Monica PhillipyFebruary 27, 2020

Please professor feel free to teach somewhere else. Times are hard enough and what is needed is a teacher student and parents alike should be able to trust with gospel teachings is so very important. At the least make sure you have a complete and spiritual understanding of these principles. Have you not read the Proclamation or understood the basic foundations of the gospel? Teachings based on love and understanding not one on changing moral values and strength to uphold those values is what is needed to be taught.

DanielaFebruary 27, 2020

Thanks so much for writing this article. It was a much needed explanation after this past week confusion. Very well written and enlightening.

Brett OgdenFebruary 27, 2020

You might consider that Professor Brau and others who have been praying for such a change are not wanting the Church to cave to an "insurgent liberal agenda" or a "preferred socio-political narrative". Rather, this is a deeply spiritual matter over which much pondering, prayer, and study has been done.

Raeann PeckFebruary 27, 2020

Consider taking adequate Vitamin D3 or getting plenty of sunlight on arms and legs every least 1/2 hour in the sun. Also, take probiotics, Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C. Get healthy food, adequate sleep, wash your hands. Keep your hands away from your nose and eyes. Avoid people who are coughing or sneezing. Don't be afraid to leave church if rude people show up sick.

Pauline Bennion HarryFebruary 27, 2020

Well thought out commentary. Thank you

Brad CallFebruary 27, 2020

Karen, They ARE wandering around in public spreading the virus. They are saying now that 28 days is required for symptoms to appear in many cases. How many people have been infected by those showing no signs of illness and then those secondary recipients going their way merrily spreading the virus? Put them on an uninhabited island, with supplies and caretakers and let it run its course. Now we have it spreading without restraint through the population. What is the hurry to reintegrate them?

Marla SmakaFebruary 27, 2020

I thought I would die before the final installment of this story came. Just like waiting for Christmas morning when I was 7 years old. Loved it!!!

Lulu ChanceFebruary 27, 2020

Right on my dear Friend! Love your work and insight! Love you too, lulu

ElizaFebruary 27, 2020

This article is much needed and should be widely read. Jame Brau has a trans daughter and I am sure that affects his point of view dramatically.

rustyFebruary 27, 2020

Dear Sis Hilton, Thank you for your love and kindness in sharing your insights. I am inspired(hopefully into doing) by each article you write. Thank you!!

KateFebruary 27, 2020

Well said ! True and righteousness will prevail, regardless of any professors teaching otherwise!

JimFebruary 27, 2020

Sister Decker, While I agree that your comments are well intentioned, I can’t help but read the comments left by your readers and feel disheartened. Especially in light of the controversy now under way at our beloved BYU. I’m not sure how long ago you penned this article but your definition of condone can not be found. No where do I see “withholding punishment”. What is first on the list as I search is “accept or allow behavior that is considered morally wrong”. Loving unconditionally and do not judge have become hot buttons that twist good and faithful members faith into condoning (yes I said it) sin. In welcoming family into our homes, the very place where the gospel is to be taught at it’s very center. The place where true doctrine and principles are taught before even attending church meetings, we must do as Lehi taught, make our way to the tree and the fruit and then never cease to beacon our loved ones to “come and partake” of eternal life. People who come into our homes should make no mistake where our faith and testimony is. AofF #4 Faith and then Repentance move us to love others towards loving the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s not teach the wonderful members of the true church, that loving trumps obedience or that it is not loving to be unwavering in offering gospel truth to those we love. This is the problem with too many of our LGBT family members. They want our love and acceptance with conditions. If we accept those conditions, we are condoning. Remember Lot’s wife!

Ruth JamiesonFebruary 27, 2020

It makes me think that the only safe place where there is peace, strength and spiritual safety to navigate through the false philosophies of the world is in the walls of the temple. People who claim to be good members of the church are particularly confusing when they present such falsehoods.

RobertFebruary 27, 2020

I have been a member all my life. I hold my membership, my God, The Prophet and the Gospel as the cornerstone of my life. Should this Church begin to conform to the mores and cultural vagaries of the progressive liberals (who have almost virtually destroyed our society) I will no longer consider myself a part of this Church. I will continue to worship Christ, follow the teachings of the Book of Mormon, and honor the covenants I have made with the Lord. The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow and I do not believe he will bend with the wind, nor do I believe The Prophet will alter divine scripture. The Prophets have warned us that forces will exist that change the practices and customs of society in ways that are in conflict with the laws of God. I believe we are entering these perilous times and only a strong testimony of Jesus Christ will protect us and carry us through them.

DavidFebruary 27, 2020

Jacob – I’ve followed and appreciated your writings for a couple years now, but believe you may have gone too far with this one, and although I’ve never before heard of the Professor, believe you may have unfairly maligned him. I listened to his statement. Where, exactly, do I find the source for your allegation that the Professor is “one who essentially admitted disagreeing with core teachings of these same apostles for years?” I didn’t hear it in what he said anywhere. Yes, he clearly wanted LGBTQ folks to feel free to be themselves and show affection in acceptable and moral ways as straight kids do at BYU. But there was no advocacy by him that I could detect for same-sex marriage, nor for any immoral behavior. I think you have a confirmation bias issue on this one. Listen to it again.

LanceFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. A very loving, thoughtful and inspired response to a very serious subject. One that if not carefully and prayerfully considered, will have very dire consequences for so many.

CarolineFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you for an excellent article explaining so well how I feel, but am not able to express as well. I think this might be what Hugh Nibley, or Elder Maxwell would be saying if they were here!!

Linda StricklandFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you Brother Hess for explaining this new policy. We send our children and grandchildren to all the church's educational schools for education as well as protection from professors such as the one in the video. I have a question. Why would you teach or attend a school that goes against a policy they so strongly disagree.

Anne LambertFebruary 27, 2020

Hooray for Jacob Hess and all others like you who know for themselves what real TRUTH is

Melanie SteinFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you Brother Hess, for your much more accurate interpretation of what the change to the BYU Honor Code means. Thank you for speaking out for the many of us who understand that God's laws don't change. We need this support in the face of the incredibly vocal activists who would like to change God's laws. Thank you for not being afraid to stand up for what is right.

Frank MerrillFebruary 27, 2020

By sheer coincidence our seminary students this morning discussed the attitudes about which Nephi cautioned his family and us in 2 Nephi 28. Go read it again, as the similarities are obvious.

GregFebruary 27, 2020

So, the very first question posed, can gays kiss, hold hands, date at BYU? That's what they want clarified. Neither this lengthy article of the change stated in the Honor Code or the honor code itself addresses their question. So can they? Simple question. The best policy changes are those that are clear, not open for hundreds of opinions.

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Justin MFebruary 27, 2020

Wonderful message! And one that is needed for myself. Thank you!

Justin MFebruary 27, 2020

I felt the article was too long to reach the point (more directly) that the prophet spoke plainly on this topic recently, and that the while the policies and handbook are less prescriptive in wording, the commandments and expected behavior has not changed. Was at dinner with my wife's family a few days ago, and one was livid at what he saw BYU's policy changing to (because of this video) and said he wouldn't send his kids there to be confused. I hadn't seen the video, barely heard about the policy change, but know the will of the Lord, and the direction we are taken to exercise more wise agency unto ourselves and in serving others. I keep (or kept, until a recent shaving accident) a trim beard, but remember not being allowed to serve as a veil worker years ago. And so I stopped serving in that capacity. Was I prideful? I suppose. I didn't see the connection between serving and facial hair, but as was explained to me at the time, that people seemed to be more judgemental of what was on my face than in my heart. Hopefully this is the direction we'll be going as a church and as saints, mindful of our own judgements and exercising wise stewardship, while following the Lord's standard in our worthiness.

LauraFebruary 27, 2020

I see the move to change the honor code to be less prescriptive as more of just that. Just like ministering, and come follow me, and the children and youth program... it’s a movement towards a higher law of relying on personal revelation and being proactive in living the Gospel. It’s a weeding out of the tares and it will become more and more obvious and easy to discern between those who are striving to be true disciples and followers of Christ and who are just members checking off all the right boxes but following the world.

JohnFebruary 27, 2020

Thank you fir this article. BYU I and BYU Hawaii still say no acting on SSA. Provo is the only school that interpreted it as being allowed due to wording removal. There are quite a few professors (Brau included) who have been trying to push this agenda for years. The prophet and apostles did not approve of this. The BoT approved of wording removal and BYU Provo had some administrators go rogue to push an agenda. Yesterday a student took a stand and read the family proclamation on campus. He was met with cursing, hate and even a death threat online... all for reading church doctrine on the campus of the churches college. The campus is becoming increasingly unsafe for those who actually do follow the prophet and apostles and who do stand for truth. All because certain professors and administrators have allowed this progressive agenda to grow to the point it has. I pray the brethren step in and fix this soon. Brau and others should be fired.

Bob SFebruary 27, 2020

Excellently put, Shelly!

Norma PellettFebruary 27, 2020

It might help to remember that when Christ called out the Pharisees, He knew their hearts. We cannot know anyone else's heart. We can decry sinful behavior, but we must treat others with love and respect. It doesn't matter if they "deserve" it or not. We are responsible for our own behavior. Support whoever your conscience dictates and discuss your viewpoint without acrimony.

Momi NelsonFebruary 26, 2020

Your article has inspired me to. Look at condoning in a different perspective. More importantly, we have a responsibolity to our LGBT Brothers and Sisters to keep them in our circle of Love that suicide is NEVER an option.

Shannon FarranceFebruary 26, 2020

to answer the question, Alma 22: 28 the west was the land of there first inheritance

BobPFebruary 26, 2020

Tough question. I had dear friends who also had a very large family. One of the girls was involved in lesbian activities and tried the bring one of the other teen children with her. The tried very hard to love but not accept the open SIN. They removed her from the family when she was about 16. It was painful but necessary. "Love the sinner but hate the sin"

tom glassFebruary 26, 2020

my family severed ties with my wife and i because we joined the church and we are straight so i can understand what it is to be left out and shunned.

Valerie BalmforthFebruary 26, 2020

I really appreciated this article. I’m mom to a lesbian daughter and her wife. I couldn’t figure out how to live the law while trying to love. I caused her years of pain. As I prayed to figure it all out...I realized it wasn’t mine to figure out or understand. I wanted to be like Jesus and I knew he loved them as much as he loves me. Thank you for the clarity on the word condone. I have my beautiful firstborn back❤️

VickieFebruary 26, 2020

Yes, they practiced on Samoa.

LauraFebruary 26, 2020

You can be bold and stand up for the truth without being contentious, which is what Christ modeled, and I think the main point the author is trying to make. She notes that we should not be silent in the face of unrighteous behavior but directly address it by speaking "truth without venom." As noted in another comment, Christ did not always show His love in sweet words or actions, but undoubtedly Christ's motivation was always His unconditional love for God's children, and unlike us, He knew perfectly the thoughts and intents of the hearts and minds of those he chastised. So when we engage with those who have opposing views, are we doing so with

DeniseFebruary 26, 2020

Meghan, as always, your insights are beautifully articulated. This will be so helpful to some I know who are dealing with the dilemma of how to treat their LGBTQ family members. Thank you so much.

Molly E WahrheitFebruary 26, 2020

What a great article. I had a very special relationship with my Grandmother growing up and looked forward to that relationship with my grandsons. They are now 16 and 13. They have brought a tremendous joy to my life.

Maurine McLleanFebruary 26, 2020

Thanks Carolyn, this is a fine article--so thorough. I've read every word and will send a copy to my daughter with whom I live here in Layton. I love seeing your name on Meridian Magazine. It brings California a little bit closer!

BeatriceFebruary 26, 2020

Thank you for this article. I have a son who is gay. He is so loving to our family and because of his love, we have understood that he didn't choose to be gay. I have needed to understand how being gay and being a member of the Church and not being accepting of those who are LGBTQ works and now I understand. Thank you so much!

SteveFebruary 26, 2020

I understand how all that is to work, but my problem is that too many LGBTQ are out to convert everyone else to their life style. It is not enough that they are accepted by us, that we condone their life style, we have to become one of them.

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Robert W CowartFebruary 26, 2020

Thank you it was worth the wait. If you had a video of that and put it on Youtube you could be wealthy!!

ShareeFebruary 26, 2020

I don't know how to update my browser and clear my cache.

Gary M OliverFebruary 26, 2020

But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! (Mat 23) Love is not always shown in sweet words and actions. Christ openly condemned faithlessness, disobedience, and corruption. He drove the money changers from the temple. Although Christ is the Prince of Peace He told His apostles "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." Mat 10:34 Just trying to bring a little balance to the discussion.

Irene BlackFebruary 26, 2020

I loved your comments and totally agree as more and more of us are faced with these situations in our families. We are finding the true meaning of loving. Thanks for your insights. Your article has helped me immensely.

Rita SingerFebruary 26, 2020

The ventilation system on a plane circulates the air that is already on the plane. A plastic partition does not separate the air.

JulietFebruary 26, 2020

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have a gay sister who recently married. Some in our family have chosen to ostracize her and her new wife. We have chosen to love them both, while also following the gospel. I appreciate this article clarifying "condone" and that what we are supposed to do is love them and work on our own shortcomings. This is exactly how we feel...that the most important thing is that we show love!

vickieFebruary 26, 2020

THIS IS ONLY the beginning.....I am always ill with something or other so I know my immune system is not good. I was told this years ago. im old and my kids are getting older as well. I pray for my grandchildren...two of my grandkids have already done their missions one in Singapore and the other in peru. now I have one going to Chicago Illinois very soon. from what I see what we can do is prepare and pray. the 2 P'S....prepare and pray.

Sandy ReddishFebruary 25, 2020

Thank you for the update! We are planning to spend some extra money from savings to stock up this weekend. We are going to clear out a room the basement and get some more food nd hygiene supplies for our home storage. I always appreciate your articles

MaggieFebruary 25, 2020

To the sister who just stated that the people who were on the cruise ship were not wandering among the US states? I think that you MISSED some important information about the 2 different airplanes they were put on. DHS decided against the Presidents orders that they would send them back to America anyway. Those people were put on 2 different planes with over one hundred passengers with ONLY a plastic partition in between them. That is factual. So they have infected all the other people that were just travelers heading everywhere around the world.

MaryFebruary 25, 2020

My grandsons are all under 5 years old. When We are together I spend time playing whatever games they want to play and listen to what they say. My oldest grandson likes to make up names for me like 'Dramma' and now it's 'Grammaster.' I love these times together and relish each moment.

Been thereFebruary 25, 2020

The parent closed with "Satan is working hard on her." Who is he not working hard on? The parent and I imagine it to be a mother, sounds like perhaps the bigger issue is the daughter's current (lack of) belief than who she is dating. Dr. Julie Hanks just published some infographics on her facebook page addressing things to say or not say to someone having a faith crisis. This could come in very useful to analyze what you are really saying about your daughter. Seek for ways to really connect with them both. Find out what he loves, what makes him tick, why does she think he's so awesome. You can't change anyone else, so work on your own radical acceptance of her (and your) less than ideal situation. If you express a lot of outrage and self righteousness, it will likely push them both away and then you lose the connection you are so worried about. She already knows what you think and believe and hounding her with that is not helpful. Reach out with love and tenderness and support. If there is abuse, then caution her, but ultimately she's going to do what she wants, so let your relationship stay solid so when things get rough she will return to you. You're not her savior, she already has one, just be her mother.

DMFebruary 25, 2020

Thank you for your article. I needed it today--I have a daughter Amber also. Totally different circumstances, other than she overwhelmingly needs help also. I appreciate your perspective and look forward to that next life of understanding why things happen the way they do. Meanwhile. I hang onto hope and faith, sometimes by a thin thread, and endeavor to endure while waiting for that further light and knowledge.

Meghan DeckerFebruary 25, 2020

Excellent insights. President Faust said "When there is contention the Spirit of the Lord will depart, regardless of who is at fault." We can hold different opinions and express them without succumbing to hostility, which clouds our judgment and destroys relationships, on a national as well as a personal level. In the midst of turmoil, it is even more important for me to improve my sensitivity to the prompting of the Spirit, and the way I treat other people has a big impact on that sensitivity. I can also support leaders who show that same restraint and respect to others.

CindyFebruary 25, 2020

Thank you for the article. I find more anxiousness vs. joy. I certainly love them however in small doses for me. My stamina and creativeness does not align with them. How do I work out my introverted self with them and still be true to who I am. I do find I hit a wall with this. I as well noted above you had commented “ you wanted input”.... any answers to what I see above in comments would be so helpful. Thank you

Mary JurgaitisFebruary 25, 2020

What about partaking of the sacrament? My understanding is that the bishop/branch pres. needs to give the ok for that. Will this be an adjustment, too?

JohnellFebruary 25, 2020

Thank you for your timely expression of thoughts many of us have had.

LouiseFebruary 25, 2020

We have served several missions so that not only will we be serving the Lord, but we will be an example to our whole family how important missions are. (Elder Bednar stressed that when he met with young couples in Houston last summer)

SummerFebruary 25, 2020

I love the Eyres. I started reading their books 30 years ago and now have grandchildren too. Thanks for this!

Robert PrinceFebruary 24, 2020

Thank you for a beautiful, meaningful story. We all need this kind of compassion and selfless kindness in today’s world.

Karen ClarkFebruary 24, 2020

All passengers on the plane carrying people from the cruise ship are in quarantine for 14 days. They are not wandering around in public spreading the virus.

Carol AnnFebruary 24, 2020

Personal life story and all Family Histories in my possession: formatted, scanned, saved on thumb-drives, and distributed to posterity. Check! Reward: Peace of mind!

Pattie SkousenFebruary 24, 2020

Revelation by our dear Prophet has been surprisingly quick regarding the home centered learning I thought we were a few more years away from this kind of illness or emergency becoming a reality. When President Nelson said to hang on and that things are coming faster, I should have realized it IS quicker than we can imagine

Ornella Brenna GhezziFebruary 24, 2020

I apologize for my poor English. I am an Italian sister who served as a worker in the Swiss temple in Bern. There have been many occasions when I have learned, seeing the behavior of other Time-goers, what I should or shouldn't have done, so I always considered each brother and sister to be my teacher. Each of them helped me to be better in my service and worship in the Temple and to be more in tune with Heavenly Father. Thanks to everyone I met in serving in the Temple.

AffiliateLabzFebruary 24, 2020

Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! :)

G. SmithFebruary 23, 2020

I second the question posed by Richard Loosli. Where do you read that Lehi landed on the western shore of the promised land indicating he sailed across the Pacific Ocean?

Mapuhi tuko TekurioFebruary 23, 2020

Very true. Two powerful lessons (1) the boy Joseph Smith jr. (2) the glorious manifestation of God the father and of his only begotten son jesus christ. What a powerful doctrine.. Gratitude and thankfulness in my heart and soul.. I'm a member of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. (3 generations)

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MaryannFebruary 22, 2020

While I agree that we need to be kind and charitable, I hope we don't mistakenly use those qualities to justify (thereby encouraging) inappropriate behavior. I recently saw a patron in the temple dressed in cut-offs. He looked like he was dressed for the beach or the park. Our dress DOES detract from the sacred setting of the temple when we dress inappropriately. It would also be helpful if temple workers would kindly remind patrons to be reverent. The feelings of those seeking a place of refuge should be just as important as those who are irreverent. We all remember the story of the Savior's strong reaction to those who did not honor the house of the Lord. Our leaders have also cautioned us about the world becoming too casual. This should not be encouraged in the holy temple of the Lord.

LexaGraemeFebruary 22, 2020

It’s a beautiful story. Thank you. Through small and simple things, great things come to pass.

AnonymousFebruary 22, 2020

Good review.... However; We must be very careful when using phrases like someone would rather shoot themselves…

JayneFebruary 22, 2020

The Church's Addiction Recovery Program is amazing. I have been part of the Family Support Group for years and it has helped me and many others tremendously. It's free, so money being tight is not an issue. It's also completely confidential.

Marsha NewmanFebruary 22, 2020

Great commentary! I’ve been praying about Jacob’s description of Christ as both Father and Son. I have Catholic friends who believe that in a literal and physical sense. I’ve been asking for a true understanding of that dual role so I can discuss it with my friend and also internalizing it myself. Thanks so much for your podcasts. I tell all my children and friends about your magazine!

Gail OckeyFebruary 22, 2020

Always a pleasure to read something you have published. Remember me?

AnnaFebruary 22, 2020

I look forward to Friday nights when I add the Come Follow Me Podcast to my evening scripture study. I love the insight and sweet spirit I receive from it. Thank you so much.

Pamela SandersFebruary 22, 2020

Ahhh. Now I begin to understand Isaiah. It becomes plain when you have the keys. Many thanks.

NaomiFebruary 21, 2020

I'm a "subscribed" member of your magazine, and have been enjoying Meridian and Larry Barkdull for years; thank you for continuing to post his inspired, insightful articles/work! They speak to my spirit and soul.

RebeccaFebruary 21, 2020

In your notes you state about Seldes, Germany. Many people have mistaken S for F in old handwriting. Could this be the case? Because there is a Felde Germany that was occupied by Nazis.

Roberta HarrisFebruary 21, 2020

Thank you Becky dear for such a sad but then uplifting article. Turning Amber's too short life into your determination to make it count for something turned out to be so inspirational for the thousands you have helped. And on and on it will continue with much momentum, giving love, caring and hope to so many who desperately need it.

Pattie SFebruary 21, 2020

Nazi Germany's tremulous affect on the Jews was horrendous; but this act of kindness and thanks is such a remarkable ray of sunshine in such a dismal time. My grandfather had a saying: "There is no sin like the sin of ingratitude." That has stayed with me since I heard it many years ago and now gratitude and kindness became the tool to help reunite old acquaintances in difficult times. The miracle of the letter being delivered to Duluth was in it self a gift from a loving Heavenly Father.

Cindy ClitesFebruary 21, 2020

Seldes may be a German town that was completely obliterated. There were many of those- where no sign of their existence ever happened, especially after the many wars. The museums related to the wars there talk about that.

LorieFebruary 20, 2020

Love this! You have so many talents that bless others! Thank you!

Lydia HandleyFebruary 20, 2020

Where can I get the sheet music that includes the bridge with harmonies? I'm teaching this song to my ward primary for them to sing on Mother's Day and would love to include it. It is beautiful!

Dennis NielsenFebruary 20, 2020

I was in the Celestial room meditating when a large group came through veil and wer noises talking. I listened closely discovering an 84 year old great grandmother of a large posterity was taking out her endowments that day. Most had been endowed a long time and they were excited and happy. I sought the Spirit which told me to look at their eyes and see the light of Christ.

Richard SkousenFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing this touching story! God does bring goodness out of tragedy. We just have to hold on, clinging to our faith. Thank you.

MarcFebruary 20, 2020

Becky, Thank you so much for this article. It has touched me like no other ever has. I now will look for the good that comes out of every tragedy.

Heidi ShafferFebruary 20, 2020

This article is a perfect reminder of the reverence we should observe while we are in the House of The Lord. I serve in one of the temple offices and often have to remind myself to remember that I am in the temple--not just an office. It is true that we don't know the circumstances of those entering the temple, but we need to think of the perfect love the Savior has for us as we try to improve our lives and place ourselves within the sacred walls of one of His temples. Thank you for the examples you shared.

Dane BoundsFebruary 20, 2020

Which temple is second busiest?

Gloria PopeFebruary 20, 2020

What an incredible article, Becky! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your story with the world. We all need to hear it.

bonnie lynnFebruary 20, 2020

Beautifully inspirational. Sometimes we just need to hope and hold tight. Time does work its wonder to shed peace and acceptance. Indeed, "we see through a glass darkly." Someday we will see the light and understand our personalized schooling in this life. Thanks for the message and inspiration to many.

MarieFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you for your observations. I have been guilty of one of these thoughts towards another sister, and I have repented of that! After all, we both have a temple recommend and both have the right to be there, regardless of how we are dressed, coiffed, or bathed!

MMFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you Becky for sharing such a tender and remarkable story! I am so touched and simply cannot fathom what you have endured and how you have turned your sorrow into an organization focused on those in need. What a tribute to your daughter, you, your family and those who serve with you all! Thank you so much for sharing this article!!

Daris HowardFebruary 20, 2020

I really liked your column, Joni. Thanks.

PJFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you for this beautiful post. I too am an dorrance worker and have had the same experiences and thoughts. We are All "a work on progress", doing the best we can and striving to do better.

JuliFebruary 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing this.

MaryFebruary 20, 2020

Dear Becky Thank you for your faith and love, and commitment through Christ to using your suffering to serve others. You are a beautiful example of the reality that out of darkness can come the greatest light.

Richard MannFebruary 20, 2020

So which temple is the second busiest? And which is first?

Joy LundbergFebruary 20, 2020

I enjoyed reading this article very much. So much wisdom regarding behavior in the temple. It is such a sacred place, a place where we can reach out in quiet love to one another. A place where we can truly commune with our Heavenly Father. I have been ill and unable to attend the temple for five months. I yearn to be there and hope that happens soon. I am grateful that when I have been able to attend the temple I have always been treated with love and respect. Thank you, dear temple workers!

ClarkFebruary 20, 2020

Since the Washington D.C. Temple has been closed for renovations, we have driven to the Philadelphia Temple. This is about a 3-hour drive each way (assuming traffic is good, which it usually is not), and about $20 in toll charges each way. Even when we get there, sometimes the sessions are full and we have to go do something else. Lots of ward members have said they will never complain again about the 1-hour drive to the Washington D.C. Temple. Those who live in areas with multiple temples should count their blessings, even if they have to wait on occasion because of the number of patrons.

JulieFebruary 20, 2020

In fact this is the new normal. And his daughters are his overriding priority. The girlfriend is way down the list of his priorities. Blood is thick and boomers enjoy having their children at home. Boomers want a relationship with few strings and occasional contact.

MarcFebruary 20, 2020

I too have a temper, I am an old guy now and I wonder why a few of my family members still love me. But they do. I struggle just as you and these commenters do to control it because I know it harms other people and me. Thank you for your article. And thanks to the commenters, very touching.

Carolyn DayFebruary 20, 2020

Very touched by your story. You also have been a true blessing in the lives of the missionaries that you served in the DR. My son being on of them.

AnonymousFebruary 20, 2020

This is incredibly beautiful. I also have a son with serious mental illness and who has attempted suicide. This beautiful perspective really touched me today

VardellFebruary 20, 2020

Thanks for your article. It is a perfect analogy for how we miss scriptural messages. It is always surprising to me how we can read the many examples of Christ forgiving and changing people, and yet still conclude that we must first conquer all our sins before that can happen for us. Too many of us LDS read the scriptures with our “keep the commandments” glasses on and that’s all we see, the onerous demand of the law. Maybe we need a new prescription. Maybe a pair of “grace” glasses, maybe a pair of “Christ forgives us and changes us” glasses would help us see that message which is certainly there, but often overlooked.

Jim Von StettenFebruary 20, 2020

This is a wonderful article. As a sealer in the temple, and a regular patron, I can confirm all of your thoughts and observations. Thank you for sharing this. It is a good read, especially for ordinance workers. Are you JKP's daughter?

M. S. LoveFebruary 20, 2020

Oakland has always had Tenderness, Lead by the Spirit, Love, Sweetness , Silent Joy, Comforting Actions as the Temple should be and more so..... Christ like love for the 25 years I’ve served here. Unfortunately the current presidency... if focused on the letter of the law , not the Sweetness of The Spirit. Thus their called “ shift leaders” are the same. Yes Oakland is a “ new Temple” , sadly the President’s & Matrons are unquestionably keeping the love of Christ from filling the workers hearts in The His House. Unfelt love, compassion:(. times 6 Breaks our hearts

Laurel Lee PedersenFebruary 20, 2020

Thanks again for a fabulous array and feast of insight and knowledge! I save your articles as PDF's so I can refer to them again. Love your material you share. . .and YOU!

LindaFebruary 20, 2020

Great thoughts! Thanks so much for sharing. I think we can all identify with your suggestions and encouragement to be better. Great reminder about the Celestial Room also!!!

Adriana RodriguezFebruary 20, 2020

Having my oldest son in a mental hospital at this moment, this is exactly the article I needed to read today. Just one more tender mercy from a Father who loves us.

Bonnie CaldwellFebruary 20, 2020

Beautiful and tear jerking! Thank you for bringing these truths to the rest of us who haven’t lived through what you have. God bless you for what you are doing.

SarahFebruary 20, 2020

I too suffered tremendous emotional and sexual abuse from both parents as a child which left me scarred and emotionally disconnected due to the betrayal and everything else that went with it. When I became an adult and was able to physicaly remove myself from the abusers, I started to see that there were other ways life could be to me. Then I married. I had twenty years of marriage in which the first ten were spent dealing with the abuse of my childhood. My husband was terrific in all of this, then when our twentieth anniversary was coming around,I found out he had strong feelings for another woman. The betrayal I felt even if he never actually acted on those feelings put me right back where I was as a child. I have a difficult time seeing through the betrayal that those who should have been the most trustworthy and protective of me. I struggle each day of my life to hope for something better. My husband keeps telling me that I shouldn't have a hard time with what he admitted to because he admitted it, he didn't act on it, and he says he is not going to act on it or anything like it in this life and that I shouldn't feel betrayed because she didn't even know about it. But, I still feel betrayed and as though I have lost everything I had worked my entire adult life to build. It's almost as though I have been living in a false reality for twenty years and have been thrust back into reality that began as a child and all it's pain and loneliness and hopelessness. I try to remember that Christ suffered not just for our sins but also for our heartache and pain but much of the time even that is hard to get my mind to focus on because the pain in my heart is so great.

Ornella BrennaFebruary 20, 2020

When I went to the USA in 2007, at the end of my son's mission [Mission of Peoria, Illinois], I noticed this situation, which is perhaps more pronounced now. But what I remember most was the love and warm welcome that the poorest members have reserved for me, their effort to overcome my difficulties with English and the love and gratitude that they have shown to my son. One of the verses of the hymn Ye Elders of Israel, in Italian, say "we will go to the poor and like Jesus we will help those who suffer the most, with the sweet message of the holy gospel we will open the doors of heaven to all". There are still Saints whose hearts are filled with the love of Christ! What matters is knowing if we are among those. PS. I apologize for my bad English.

StormieFebruary 19, 2020

I believe I may have helped with one of those moves from Omaha! Maybe I kept, (and fed) , Mugsy for ya! Saved him from scavenging for food. Ha! At any rate...lovely story! (And fb message me when you return home.)

Scot ProctorFebruary 19, 2020

Try updating your browser, then it should work.

Scot ProctorFebruary 19, 2020

Try updating your browser and clearing your cache. Then it should come up.

K-Lynn PaulFebruary 19, 2020

If the Constitution hangs by a thread, some members of the Church may need to be reminded that it is the Constitution that needs to be saved, not a particular individual or party.

RoxyLynneFebruary 19, 2020

So perhaps I'm taking it too literally when it reminds me of many of the women of the church in Utah. Women who now worry so much about their looks they talk about getting the "mommy package", which includes a breast lift and tummy tuck. Women in church who dress to the world's standards, but please, ladies, do not bend over in public. Women so concerned about their giant home, furnished like an instagram picture. Women who are upset about not having the priesthood, or whatever other worldly issues they seem to have taken on. So many fake, insincere women. Truly a sign of the times. (Yes, I know there are still a lot of good, covenant keeping women, but still.)

Andrew J CurrieFebruary 19, 2020

Like many prophets of old, Pres Kimball did not explain "why" when he warned Latter-day Saints against mothers leaving their children in the hands of day care centers while they pursued careers in the workforce. The oft-delayed, unanticipated consequences of disobedience are always fascinating to see.

Sherry Ann Simister (Bonneau)February 19, 2020

Thank you for your wonderful lesson on Isaiah.... I suffered a serve brain injury years ago, and even before that I struggled with Isaiah.. and even more so now. Your article has given me the courage to not be afraid and to just look for our Saviour. I take that approach in my daily life with regards to trials.. when I concentrate on the blessings that come with the trial, the trial is no longer difficult. My greatest trials have given me my greatest blessings... for which I’m truly happy... so thank you again for your wonderful article and now I won’t be so afraid of Isiah.

Marietta Matthews-DeanFebruary 19, 2020

I,also, have clicked and clicked and end up on the frozen page! How do I enter the contest??? Thank you

TimothyFebruary 19, 2020

An excellent set of articles. I enjoyed the information presented enough that I followed one of the links to "," registered there and conducted my first random word-search of the US Constitution! Very informative presentation with additional learning just waiting for me now!

Jann JensenFebruary 19, 2020

I smiled all the way through as I read your beautifully written thoughts on reading. I use a Kindle and my phone, but still nothing replaces the weight of the book in my hands and the ambiance of a room full of books with opportunity for travel through time and space through the thoughts and purposes of a writer who has taken time to share their soul with me through their gift of authorship. Books, books, books are windows to our existence and our connections to this world and the next!

Nancy PlaggeFebruary 19, 2020

I also, have clicked and clicked to enter the contest several times over the past few days, but every time I click it takes me to a frozen page, and I can't enter the contest. Please advise.

JanetFebruary 19, 2020

I loved the article and I loved the humor. You made me laugh as I remembered too many of my own experiences in arguing with God. I'm very grateful He gives us second chances. In response to your additional comments above: I remember one day when I was a teenager, in frustration I "informed" God that the world was a big mess, but I had some good ideas on how He could fix it if He'd only ask me! I distinctly heard His response, "My dear, you can't even manage yourself so what makes you think you can manage the world?" He had a good point. Since that time, I've been less inclined to judge God's ability to manage His children as a loving Father, and I try harder to take counsel from His hand.

Susan GFebruary 19, 2020

This is great!! Anyone who has moved even once will chuckle and relate!. My question is, when did you find the time to write this delightful piece in all the moving and where did you find the pencil and paper?

LauraFebruary 19, 2020

We have moved 24 times in our 14 years of marriage. This sums it up pretty well. I’m looking forward to the end of packing up and cleaning twice a year, but I’m kind of afraid of settling down, because I love the adventure of finding a new place and getting to know it and making it mine... but at the same time, I like stability and building something that will last and feels like home. Luckily, every chapel and every temple I’ve been in does that for me, and every ward becomes my family. I couldn’t have done it without the “un-professional” help of elders quorums and friends and neighbors who would come and help each time. The Church has always been our safety net to catch us every time we’ve been flung to a new place, and I’m so grateful. Now every time I hear of someone moving I am the first to volunteer because I know I owe it to the universe, and I’m thrilled to be that net for someone else.

Donna S.February 19, 2020

Excellent, helpful article! Thank you!

Gordon TaylorFebruary 19, 2020

Guys, Great to read your series. Would love to send your the book Susan and I wrote 'Family Councils - God's Pattern for Parenting. send me your address or you can get it on The book shares our 45 years of using the family council model of parenting our 8 children and now 23 grandchild. Families are wonderful. Gordon & Susan Taylor

LindaFebruary 19, 2020

This was a wonderfully helpful article. I will no longer feel confounded by Isaiah but will understand Nephi’s intent in including those chapters. Thank you!

L RasFebruary 19, 2020

I needed this today- and am anxious to look further into resources shared. Thank you so much!

L RasFebruary 19, 2020

Awesome! I feel more assured already. Christ is the path, the gift and the treasure we should all seek and follow.

Geneil BallentineFebruary 19, 2020

Love Marilyn Hadd's writing. She captures the trials of moving as I laughed my way through.

Just plain "Glenn".February 19, 2020

Learned today of an adult class provision to include us that have callings in Primary and others missing the block. Neat. Nurtured with the good word of God in service covered. Thank you Lord.

Mary Ann JohnsonFebruary 19, 2020

I loved this! I have always loved Isaiah and he is one of the people I most want to meet when I cross through the veil. This article makes me love him even more and I look forward to re-reading those Isaiah chapters.

Scott LawFebruary 19, 2020

Thanks for that perspective. I like the idea of the confusion caused by focusing on a small part of the picture and missing the whole picture. As a photographer and just as a learner of the Gospel this is a lesson I will mentally come back to often. My reading of these chapters will be different from now on because of this good article.

Mary-Rose McMullinFebruary 18, 2020

Is this only open to US residents?

Melanee PhillipsFebruary 18, 2020

We are technologically spoiled! I hrew up on Ray Harryhausen and Disney. Look forward to watching with my family. On another note: why throw in the Trump rant? I stopped caring what actors said a long time ago. Their there to entertain.

ObserverFebruary 18, 2020

I say we should be concerned: During World War II, men were called away to fight. In the emergency, wives and mothers worldwide were drawn into the workforce as never before. The most devastating effect of the war was on the family. It lingers to this generation -Boyd K. Packer

Cindy PurvisFebruary 18, 2020

I have clicked and clicked to enter the contest several times over the past few days, but every time I click it takes me to a frozen page, and I can't enter the contest. I would really love to enter. Thanks!

bluewaterFebruary 18, 2020

Thank you for this article and your intent. Loved many of your insights---the way you stated some things sent my mind on a different pondering path than before. And can see how it can help me in my own quest.

Jeff LindsayFebruary 18, 2020

Thanks for the comments! I should add that in sharing this, I recognize that some will wonder why God would help or attempt to help one individual on their journey while millions suffer, as if small miracles don't count when big problems remain unresolved. Why doesn't he solve global problems now and make everyone better off more directly? In fact, many of us are shocked that God doesn't do things our way. Some conclude that He either must not exist or is simply incompetent based on His failure to accept our arguments and comply with our logical demands. Incredibly, so far He has still failed to stop all disease, eliminate death now (not in the distant future!), ensure high wages for all, prevent climate change, stop tooth decay, provide us with more sustainable packaging materials, reduce traffic jams, redistribute wealth in our direction, and ensure that all students have above-average grades. It takes little more than a third-grade education to recognize the absurdity of God not doing everything our way and failing to distribute unlimited blessings uniformly and immediately. Instead, it seems that He only occasionally works miracles and often rather minor ones, healing a few random people long ago in Israel, for example, instead of providing cures for all globally. So unfair! Believers may opine that His purpose is not to make us as comfortable as possible on earth, but to send us here briefly to learn, grow, face trials, get a body, choose good over evil, etc., however brief the journey. The needs and purposes of each journey may differ, and God's personalized responses may differ wildly from person to person even if they seek Him in faith. For those who view God as a loving parent, some will say that the purpose of parenting is not to spoil kids with all the toys and treats they want now nor to ensure they never have to struggle, study, face consequences, or experience grief and pain, but rather to help them grow, mature, make decisions and realize their own potential, even if it means being sent away from home and facing painful trials, even the risk of failure. Believers will say that each of us are on a unique journey through mortality and that God is there with great love for us and sometimes inspiration, regardless of where our journey takes us or even if we make choices that take us far from His intended path. Some will die or suffer today by His will, others by their errors or the sins of someone else. Some will be guided to avoid a crisis such as a war or a pandemic, while others will be needed to stand in the heat of battle and play a painful role. Some He may try to guide one way or the other, but they may not listen. But many will testify that even in their darkest hours, they found His love and sometimes even tender mercies. We could complain about God allowing harmful viruses to spread at all. We could complain about why millions are trapped in Wuhan and so many are dying. The complaints are many. Answers are few. Certainly we should be concerned and pray for relief and do what we can to help, if we can do something. But whether one is trapped in a prison, a locked-down city raging with disease, or forced to leave home in an unprepared manner, when we turn to Him for guidance, there are blessings that await in our ongoing journey. There may be comfort and peace in times of trial. There may be the "tender mercies" like Nephi experienced on his painful 8-year trek through Arabia that helped shape and prepare him for great things. For some of us, there may be a second chance to get a valuable record that a stubborn soul should have brought. My journey has been a mix of trouble and joy, with many tender mercies but very few of the big miracles that I have wanted. But while His ways are not my ways, I'm gradually learning that for wise and eternal purposes, it's best for me to not criticize His ways and to endure in faith and patience. I fail frequently and am tempted to rail and moan, but am gradually learning that His ways are worth accepting and His gentle, personal whisperings are worth listening to when they come.

Herm olsenFebruary 18, 2020

Beautiful message, Dr. G. Always useful.

Loren SpendloveFebruary 17, 2020

We met Sagit in Jerusalem where she played her beautiful music. After we returned to the US we were surprised to meet her again in our ward where she was visiting. She has a great musical talent and a wonderful spirit. We are so happy that she now is able to serve a mission!

Barbara McConochieFebruary 17, 2020

Very interesting! I am continually surprised by how much there is to be learned from the writings in the Book of Mormon. Thank you for expanding my horizons still further!

Kirk HarropFebruary 17, 2020

Great insightful article!!! It really helped me process through the way I have come to sense how I "see" and "feel" about the darkness in our lives. Gave me the reassurance that I have been able to "see" quite well but doubt sometimes during certain situations that I am truly seeing as Christ wishes us to see.

SamanthaFebruary 17, 2020

There have been numerous times I have started reading the BoM. Too many times I got bogged down in Isaiah and quit. I shall re-read 2 Nephi with the Joy in mind! My father was colorblind. As a child in the '50's, I used to help him sort transistors by color (he built radios and other electronics as a hobby) My son is the lucky 1 in 4 that is colorblind also.

Shirley GriffinFebruary 17, 2020

Wonderful article, perceptive and oh so true.

KimFebruary 17, 2020

Thank you for this article. I used to do my scripture study at night, but I have found since changing it to the first thing in the morning, I am more in tune with the Spirit through the whole day. Now nothing comes before spending time in the scriptures and prayer. It equips me to better meet my day.

Pattie SkousenFebruary 17, 2020

Thank you for your new-found colorful insights. I, too, have read Isaiah and have missed the most important parts that you wrote about, the joy. We do have joy in our lives, we just need someone to point them out to us.

RenaissancenerdFebruary 17, 2020

Thanks for some much needed laughs! I was having a hard day, and it’s still hard, but doesn’t seem so bleak all of a sudden.

VardellFebruary 17, 2020

Jeff, loved how you made your point using humor. I think one reason God is a poor debater is that He is just gullible. You know, when we are in the depths of distress and we negotiate a deal with God, and we promise that we will never sin again. He always believes us and He blesses us. And then we renege on our promise. But the next time we are in distress, we do it all over again. So, take your pick, either God is Gullible or He just has a bad memory. Now that we have proven that God is a poor debater, gullible, and has a bad memory, one thing you will also discover is that although He has a sense of Humor, many members do not. As you are being burned at the stake for blasphemy, take some solace in knowing that you taught us a good lesson and made us smile. Thank you.

DianeFebruary 17, 2020

Wow! Thank you for sharing your experience and insights.

kerFebruary 16, 2020

Mike Kennedy was a better choice for Utah, but most people did not do their homework when it came to looking into the background and voting record of the candidates

D.J. FullerFebruary 16, 2020

The problem with Mitt's vote is something MUCH larger than the comments this far. Romney is NOT elected to vote his OWN conscience!! He is elected to represent the VOTERS of Utah - not himself. Romney represents Utah - not the personal views of Mitt. Huge difference that keeps getting over looked! You elect a Senator or House member to office and they in turn are supposed to represent the will of the voters, not themselves. Get it? All this talk of his own personal opinion misses the mark - he's to vote the will of the people he represents. No idea why that keeps getting lost in the dialogue here. Very important point!

GrandpaFebruary 16, 2020

The fortunate part of this is that the writer knows up front that this issue exists and won't be surprised by it should the relationship progress. She can make her decisions before the relationship deepens.

DougFebruary 16, 2020

The first five comments are true AND say it all.

Andrew J. CurrieFebruary 15, 2020

I have no problem with a person's faith influencing his decisions. In fact, personal faith is one of my main considerations in my voting for the person. What I think the D-news article missed is that many people nation-wide who object to Romney's vote are seriously concerned about his motivation. Given the unfairness of the 'trial' in the House; given the lack of any actual facts or witness testimony regarding guilt (don't forget, we got to watch and hear it all on TV); given the conflation of responsibilities between the House and Senate; given the Democrats' history of lying and vindictiveness throughout the three years of Trump's term; given Romney's repeated, failed, two-faced pandering to get positions in Trump's administration; given Romney's failure to ever cite a single material fact demonstrating Trump's abuse of his Constitutional authority; and given Romney's own abusive way of even getting on the UT ballot by overthrowing the UT Republican caucus process; and given that Romney is nothing more than a modern-day "carpetbagger" who is not truly interested in the people of UT, is it any wonder people are disappointed and ashamed that he represents us? People are not upset because Romney stood for his values; we/re upset because his values appear to be purely self-directed.

Janet KuesterFebruary 15, 2020

I so appreciate this article. 30 years ago, my 17 year search for a Christian church that taught what I felt deep within my soul to be true ended and I was overjoyed to be baptized as a member of the Church if Jesus Christbof Latter-Day Saints. The first vision was and is SO very important to me. Thank you ❤️

Dallas EricksonFebruary 15, 2020

How can a former Stake President who testified to the truthfulness of the Gospel and the Plan of Happiness ever be in favor of killing the unborn? The most horrific crime to ever hit the face of the earth! Millions of little ones that if left intact and left to be born would have had the opportunity God planned for them to have bodies and progress and grow! When he came out in favor of this horrible crime against God's Plan and gay marriage and rights I could never trust his judgement again. His latest decision to make history and side with the pro-aborts was all self serving and had nothing to do with inspiration from God in my opinion. I think the years long effort to unseat a President, one that has been the greatest champion for life in the history of America, is all about abortion. Trump is well on his way to change the judges and the courts that will allow making the killing of the unborn illegal again.

AffiliateLabzFebruary 15, 2020

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Read a little closerFebruary 15, 2020

@Frank Pierce, if you click through and read the rest of the article, it DOES say that Mike Lee's vote was also courageous. That's kind of the point of the whole thing.

Scot ProctorFebruary 15, 2020

There was an initial transfer of missionaries out of the country and now the remaining 99 are also being transferred. The lower statement is from a previous announcement, the upper statement is the update.

BwillFebruary 15, 2020

The problem with Senator Romney isn’t his faith, it’s his lack of convictions. Is he the Mitt who supported abortion in his Senate campaign against Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts, or the Mitt who was pro-life when he ran for Senate in Utah? Is he the guy who sought an endorsement from Donald Trump and later groveled for a spot as Secretary of State, or the sour grapes “never Trumper” that voted for impeachment on non existent “evidence” A very selfish man. I am embarrassed that he represents Utah and the religion.

BeckyFebruary 15, 2020

What a great article. I’m grateful for the gift that the first vision is to us. Jane, you CAN share this on Facebook. There is a link by the title.

HelenFebruary 15, 2020

In many countries around the world there is only one bathroom in the whole house and everyone must share it!

Eric FraterFebruary 15, 2020

.The Headline says all Missionaries transferred from Liberia, the statement says 99 remaining. ???

Kathy M PitochelliFebruary 15, 2020

This week, I saw a young man working at Wal Mart in Utah, near where I live. His name on his name tag intrigued me, so I asked its origin. He said, with a thick Turkish accent, i'm from Turkey. I then asked him how he came to be in Utah in the U.S. He then explained that at age 19, in Turkey, he decided to do an Internet search to learn about religions. He read the Joseph Smith life story and his First Vision and absolutely believed it to be true, sought out the church and got baptized. I shared my very similar conversion story and what made all the difference to each of us was dispelling the myth that God, Christ and the Holy Ghost are all the same being or a cloud somewhere. That vision is soooo powerful!

KarenFebruary 14, 2020

After having been in a step-parent relationship, (which is incredibly challenging under the best circumstances, if he is not willing to make some major changes, I would say run, don’t walk from this relationship

Frank PierceFebruary 14, 2020

If Romney's vote was courageous, was Mike Lee's vote cowardice? Lee is an expert on the Constitution, and is supposedly just as good a member of the Church as Romney. He has a better conservative record. I suspect that Albert Caldwell has a good point. In the end, who would you rather have for president: Trump or Hillary?

Robert W CowartFebruary 14, 2020

This is what I am trying to get my ward members to do and post these stories in the memories section of their family tree. Stories like these will increase the knowledge of and love for their ancestors.

Meghan DeckerFebruary 14, 2020

This is so powerful! We are not alone in gathering Israel on both sides of the veil--those on the other side reach out to help us, as well.

BabsFebruary 14, 2020

Whether to God or your country keeping an oath or promise is important and what ever religion you follow should not matter. That is what he did, he kept his oath to himself, his God and his country. I would trust that over the many others who make promises but don't keep them because they are afraid to stand up.

LynetteFebruary 14, 2020

I’ll be the first to comment ... although I believe Romney is a good person and vote however he chooses, I don’t believe he had all the facts in this instance. How could he? Nobody does because the democrats wouldn’t let the facts out. Romney should have realized this and instead of going for the “notice me” vote, should have kept his head down.

NDHFebruary 14, 2020

While I appreciate Romney voting his conscience, on his conclusion for the indictment, I can only assume that with all of the hours and hours of repetitive false accusations, he somehow missed the Republican's defense revealing their lies and he didn't watch the testimony from the House hearings that went on an on for months with no real evidence of wrongdoing. I can think of no other reason for the conclusion he came to. A sad day for Romney and the poor example of Mormons.

MaryFebruary 14, 2020

President Trump is a flawed man, so is every other person who walks the earth. He is making a personal sacrifice to clean up “the swamp” He has done a lot of good and the impeachment hearings were a joke. Senator Blumenthal from Connecticut (a Democrat) even said- where is the proof? He was asking for real evidence of wrong doing because there was none- except against Senator Biden lining his sons pockets with political bribes. His debauched drug addicted son who is involved in illegal activities. How so many people could be fooled by the mock trial saddens me. Mitt Romney did not show courage rather jealousy and disdain and a personal agenda. His job is to represent his constituents.

MaryannFebruary 14, 2020

I have always had a hard time with the concept that the Savior 'learned obedience by the things which he suffered." He was the Creator of the world and everything in it. The elements obeyed HIM. He was the God of the Old Testament who GAVE the laws. He did all that his Father asked of him long before his birth. I can understand that he learned how to succor us through having his own mortal experiences of suffering. He learned what it was like to have a physical body and pain. But "learning obedience?" I don't think so. Perhaps the scripture is indicating that he was experiencing obedience in a new way by submitting his body to his spirit. But he had ALWAYS already been completely and unfailingly obedient.

MaryannFebruary 14, 2020

Telling his adult daughters they "can live with him as long as they like" would be a big deal breaker for me. The mother passed away five years ago. One of the daughters is already 26. Why are they still living with him? I can see all kinds of problems ahead for this woman if she continues in this relationship. Look for a man who will be your true partner and who desires the same privacy you want in your relationship with him, not someone who is hung up on his daughters.

MaryannFebruary 14, 2020

There was absolutely no legitimate basis for impeaching the President. I am still shocked that Mitt voted as he did.

Donna Genzer MattinglyFebruary 13, 2020

This is a wonderful article. I so appreciate this, and some of my ancestors who fought for our liberties, and were signers of the Declaration of Independence. Not many people realize by signing the declaration they were putting their lives and those of their families on the line. Most of them lost everything, including their families who were hunted like animals, imprisoned, and were killed. They were in rebellion to the King!!!, which was treason. I love my America and those who gave us our Constitution. I hope this article is read by many and we wakeup as a people.

Douglas WhitingFebruary 13, 2020

I would appreciate footnotes to substantiate your quotes regarding the prophecy. I have spent many hours for a contemporary source which also specifies date and location. I've heard some incredible claims from third hand sources which are totally unsubstantiated and have been issued by well-meaning members who have their own political agendas.

RCook52February 13, 2020

I think you miss one important decision option for Mitt. His motives could have been very selfish and not motivated at all by "pray always". He lost a presidential election to Obama that he should have won. Trump beat him in the next primary. Mitt has been successful in most things he's put his hand to until now. Maybe this time he's feeling sour grapes.

SherrybReimersFebruary 13, 2020

Marvelous message!! Thank you for your incisive comments

Dixie BarlowFebruary 13, 2020

Tanya, What a helpful example of your creative empathy to recognize and fill a need of this man at the end of his life. You shared your unique abilities to help him define and appreciate himself and his history. Thanks for your generous nature and sharing this story and useful information.

Nicolas Castañeda RuizFebruary 13, 2020

Marvelous article. I am a witness of the reality of these principles. I love missionary work

Jan KingFebruary 13, 2020

Cruel yes....but I'm not laughing!!! I'm wishing I could get my hands on that coach! This story had better have an amazing ending, with Curly as the happy hero!!!

Joe Van HussFebruary 12, 2020

Your system for subscribing will not allow me to to use my CC unless I open a PayPal account. I will not deal with PayPal due to history of terrible customer service. Hopefully next your you will allow just a CC without forcing subscribers to open PayPal. Love the Meridian.

Jane TiltonFebruary 12, 2020

As a convert from a "traditional" Christian church, the first vision was extremely important to me. I had never been able to believe in the Trinity as taught by the church to which I belonged, and the idea of a God and a Savior, both with bodies and both with loving concern for an individual was contrary to my childhood teachings, but were what I always felt should be so. I'd love to be able to post this article on Facebook.

GALEN SCHATZMANFebruary 12, 2020


Dane BoundsFebruary 12, 2020

I think the First Vision also showed mankind what salvation looks like and what our potential is.

Linda WestoverFebruary 12, 2020

I am reminded of a quote: "We turn memories into stories, and if we don't, we lose them. If the stories are gone, the people are gone too." Your efforts obviously kept someone "alive".

ShaunaFebruary 12, 2020

Thank you for these podcasts. They are always great. I also like to read and listen. I open the pod cast page in two windows, one showing the recording and the other the weittwn narrative. This makes it easy to pause the recording. I also open another window of my LDS account of the scriptures to enter notes.

Ruth HansonFebruary 12, 2020

This article with it''s inspiring story and helpful hyperlinks is abounding with information to help us tell our family's story as well as stories of those significant people we have met and will meet. in our life's journey. /thank you Tanya Neider for putting this together for us.

MMPJFebruary 12, 2020

My dad did the same thing on our way to Disneyland at a gas station. 5 little kids were so excited to see Dad put the quarter in the machine. Dad said we could put it in the machine, throwing it away like out into the street, or save it for our trip. He put it in and we received $25 in quarters. Great lesson, Dad. :-)

DawnFebruary 12, 2020

You are so cruel to make us wait for another teaser installment of this story. I am dying laughing and waiting for the next part.

Oakley EatonFebruary 12, 2020

This is just what I needed to read today, and it's beautifully said. Brigham Young is my great great great grandfather. I always feel inspired by his words. I shared it with my 6 girls, who are trying to daily influence others for good.

Christine HORNEFebruary 12, 2020

So enjoyed this article. thanks for taking the time to find out about someone's life and making a record for the family. Too many historical treasures are gone and we will not be able to retrieve them. Thanks!

Bonnie CellaFebruary 12, 2020

I agree with Linda. I'm sending a check. Was no place for a guest to pay by credit card, and I don't do PayPal.

Charlotte H.February 12, 2020

Thank you so much for this article! It addresses struggles I've been having lately. Many, many thanks.

Gail BowmanFebruary 12, 2020

Thank you! This article really spoke to my heart. I am being primed right now to take another step up in my relationship with the Lord and understanding how the Holy Ghost works. Just yesterday I watched “A Night With a General Authority” David A Bednar, for seminary and Institute teachers. The topic was basically how to receive the Spirit’s guidance in teaching! WOW! My cup was overflowing! Elder Bednar’s main point was, I believe, perfectly in line with your article. As members of the Lords church who strive to Be good, and Do good we are blessed each week with the words “that thy Spirit may ALWAYS be with them”. The Spirit doesn’t just come here a little, there a little, when we’re Really righteous. He is ALWAYS with us, if we allow Him, guiding us and directing us though we may not even know it. We would do well, as your article suggests, to sense, act upon and acknowledge more often the Holy Ghosts help. It is the “higher and holier way” Pre Nelson has asked us to walk. I am so grateful for the Spiritual tutoring I am receiving through the Holy Ghost right now to have a closer relationship with the Lord!

SusanFebruary 12, 2020

I love being a grandma! It brings so much joy to my life. My grandma was amazing, and I miss her every day even after 23 years of her being on the other side of the veil. It motivates me to be a great grandma! One of the things that our grandkids love is to receive post cards when we travel. At first I was sending one post card per family, but the grandkids started to fight over who got to keep it, so now I send one to every grandchild individually. For Christmas, instead of presents, we give them experiences. We just had a weekend where we went to a local hotel with a great swimming pool with just our grandkids. We stayed the night, ate junk food, played and laughed, then went to see the monster trucks the next day. What a great weekend! It is so much better without their parents around. Haha! I love our alone time. That is when they behave better and are more likely to talk with us. We can be such an influence for good, and it does our own hearts so much good at the same time.

Edward RehderFebruary 12, 2020

Good stuff, once again, Mary. Thanks.

AnitaFebruary 12, 2020

I needed this. Thanks for the STOP.

RobertFebruary 12, 2020

I love a good folk tale.

DonnaFebruary 12, 2020

Two of our daughters met their future husbands at Scholars—as well as other friends that they are still in contact with 35 years later.

AnnFebruary 12, 2020

Thank you, thank you for sharing - these are just the words I needed- you have articulated my fuzzy thoughts into clarity.

WendyFebruary 12, 2020

I do not consider President Trump's lifestyle, speech and communication patterns to be unorthodox, as Albert Caldwell labelled them. The word I would choose would be dishonest or maybe vile. President Trump is a joke, who has done more to lower the level of political discourse in this country than any person I have seen in politics. We will never recover from from what he has done. I too would have voted to impeach him. Senator Romney might not represent all the people of Utah, but he represents me and my conscience and I thank him for his courage and integrity.

NanFebruary 11, 2020

What a great forum, not only for the Eyre's insights and ideas but for the readers experiences and thoughts. Being the grandparent of 24, I find as I get older, time and energy for me can be a barrier to spending the quality individual time I would like with each grandchild. It can be a real juggling act to keep in touch with all families and individuals as well. That said. The times in the car, on the couch, on line, at their school activity or in the pool, whether in a group or just with Nan (and Pop) reinforce how much they are loved and cared about and supported. And hugs and kisses are a given from this grandma always. The icing on the cake is when you get comments like "l love you Nan" or "we have a great family". All family dynamics are different but as long as LOVE is shown in whatever way possible, that is what is so important.

DoniFebruary 11, 2020

I'm anxious to see more! I love this!

Dave HansenFebruary 11, 2020

My slot machine story is a bit different. Decades ago I picked up my brother in SLC when he returned from his mission. The previous week I'd been to Wendover to watch motorcycles race on the salt for land speed records, so after dinner at one of the casinos I had the opportunity to watch gamblers work the one-armed bandits. Near where we ate was a small area of exciting quarter slots that paid off often....if I were guessing, I'd say 40% of the time, or perhaps even more than that. However, despite the bells ringing and lights flashing, the maximum payout was 4-bits. What made it fun was the excitement generated by the lights and bells. I was not at all enticed, but found it curious enough to watch. When I took my freshly minted missionary brother through Wendover, the following week, we stopped at the same casino late at night to eat, and the room of a dozen or so of easy winning slots was pretty much empty. I wanted to show my brother why people get addicted to gambling, and stuck 2-bits into a machine and pulled the lever. Ca-ching! Loud bells & flashing lights indicated I had won big time as 2 quarters clinked out of the machine's wide mouth. I picked them up and quickly stepped over to another machine and plugged it with one of the quarters. Cha-ching again, as the noise and flashing lights indicated I had won another round of battle against the squad of one-armed bandits! Once again I picked up my 'free' loot, and then chose another nearby machine to drop another quarter into its slot. guessed went the bells and lights once again! I couldn't believe I had hit 3 jackpots in a row, but I was going home a BIG winner......all of 6-bits. I collected the unearned rewards and looked up to see my brother awestruck with mouth open and eyes the size of saucers! There was no chance in the world that I would try it again, though. We left for home and I have not risked my hard earned money for gambling since then. Fortunately, my brother did not buy in to the false promise of wealth either and as far as I know has not been at all tempted by gambling. Had he done so, our mother would probably have tanned both our hides. However, I believe it illustrates gambling is not a matter of luck, as much as it is a battle with Satan. I knew I would eventually lose if I kept feeding the ruthless machines, and it might have influenced me (or my brother) to try to beat the machine at Satan's game of offering what he cannot deliver. The real winners of life never get sucked into believing his temptation.

MarkFebruary 11, 2020

Mike, I think if you read the end of the article carefully you will see that I acknowledge the point you made. Thanks for reading!

ColleenFebruary 11, 2020

With 128, and counting, Great Grandchildren, it can be a wonderful challenge, but I will add what I have done. Last year I made a one- page copy of my testimony , added a dollar or two, then sent it in a card to each child on his or her birthday. If I did not have a card, I drew my own greetings with Magic Markers ( funny stuff for their ages) and mailed them. Sometimes I added a note to the parents of the younger ones, to save it for them.

Daniel BakerFebruary 11, 2020

Yes, invitation to look and see deeper meanings. Learning in the restored Gospel goes forever, it's like a diamond with so many facets in the light, is exciting and invigorating. It reminds me of the good book Brad Krammer wrote about studying the Book of Mormon using rabbinic study methods,. But as to depicted audience (investigators) I think the focus has to be on them believing the vision happened, not in using something which they have not yet accepted as proof of some of the other things you have discussed. Do you see where I am going? Audience analysis, see where they are, always. Line upon line.

Mike PrescottFebruary 11, 2020

Actually, although I agree with your article's premise, my understanding is that the early missionaries DID NOT share the first vision while proselyting. I watched a program about the Joseph Smith Papers and they made the point that Joseph considered the first vision personal to him and later appreciated the significance to the membership and non members. He was also bitterly persecuted for sharing it as a young man and kept it to himself as sacred for a time after.

Rebecca DouglasFebruary 11, 2020

I am incredibly proud of Mitt! In these days of partisanship and political expediency we see very little personal courage. America needs more statesmen. Thank you Mitt for standing up for your beliefs!

Mike PrescottFebruary 11, 2020

Mitt's style was not a winning strategy against Barack Hussein Obama / (Barry Sarturo). He was a milk-toast nice guy and finished last and let the dumb lady moderator in his CNN debate with Obama turn him away right when he had Obama on the ropes for Benghazi. Trump is confrontational and aggressive and has a more abrasive style. In our current political atmosphere, he wins big races and Mitt loses. I don't care how Mitt votes really but he was just "uninvited" from CPAC for his "own protection." I think his vote makes him a man without a country in the political sense.

Kay RookhuyzenFebruary 11, 2020

I grew up in Reno Nevada and had the same thing happen TWICE with my mom in a grocery store! Lesson not learned. As I grew older and saw friend's families losing their homes due to gambling, the lesson was leaned really well!

WithheldFebruary 11, 2020

How do you suggest one-on-one grandparenting when the mother is a "Helicopter mom"? We have 3 grandchildren that live 3000 miles away due to military service. They are 5 1/2, 3, and 5 months. When they come home their mom feels like it is a family vacation and they have to do everything as a family. None of the grandparents that live here get alone time with our own child or grandchildren. She is involved in every phone conversation or skype. My son usually calls on his lunch break or when he is driving to or from work so that we can talk without her controlling the conversation. I'm hoping this is because they are small, and as they grow this will change. I recognize that she is insecure and hopefully she will get better as she matures.But until then any suggestions?

Ralph W. GalliniFebruary 11, 2020

I joined the Church in 1968. The two factors that helped in my prayerful decision was what was taught by my missionaries when they taught me about the First Vision. That Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost were three (3) distinct separate beings. The other was the fact that we have living prophets today. The First Vision destroyed the myth of the Trinity as taught and understood by so many Christian denominations. I had always believed that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were separate. The First Vision teaching confirmed it for me. Thanks for an excellent article.

JenFebruary 11, 2020

What if your grandkids are already teenagers and you haven’t been doing one on one dates. How do we start the real now? connection

CarolynFebruary 11, 2020

I’m widowed. I’ve always had the little grandkids sleep with me and I’ve been able to have the most wonderful conversations with them at that time. They have asked some of the deepest spiritual questions and I’ve been privileged to have conversations about life and religion that I may not otherwise have had. It is becoming a bit more difficult as they get older, but I’m up for the challenge. I’m inspired by some of your suggestions.

PAUL CHAPPELLFebruary 11, 2020

There is also the point that most commercial milk is from Holsteins, which have the A1 mutated gene. Humans and some dairy cows have the A2 gene. I'd be curious if, in addition to raw milk, those who drink goats milk, which is A2, like people, makes a difference. I'm guessing that the author also controlled for other factors but may have overlooked that.

Linda EyreFebruary 11, 2020

Yes, lets get this forum going!

HKFebruary 11, 2020

"Have them make a list in your notebook of “things I am sure I will do in my life,” and “things I might do in my life,” and “things I will never do in my life.” This is a great idea...and I love that they should write it down!

Richard EyreFebruary 11, 2020

We would love comments and inputs from all you grandparents out there!

Lisa SJFebruary 11, 2020

Would you mind putting the dates/scriptures in the heading or as a sub-heading? Some of us are just working week-to-week and lose track when authors like you "teach" in advance. Thanks!

Jean PetrilliFebruary 11, 2020

Loved this article. For Christmas last year I gave my grandchildren a card that was good for dates with grandma, one on one. I have been able to do this with 5 of the so far and it has been great. They seemed to enjoy it also. Looking forward to some more dates.

Gary and Noy GarvinFebruary 11, 2020

My wife and I love this. We do this daily and let her know we will always be here for her!

Laura and Scott BreymanFebruary 11, 2020

Thank you! We have 3 grandchildren in 3 different states. We do a lot of FaceTiming with them but loved your idea of doing Grandma and Grandpa dates with them when we visit. Our grandchildren are all 4 yrs and under so we do a lot of singing and reading books together on social media. It’s the best!!

LynnFebruary 11, 2020

I will be a new grandma this summer with my first. Thank you for this article. I have so much to learn and I'm taking notes. At this point it looks like my daughter-in-law will have to return to work and I will be a full time grandma. I plan to do the same with all my grandchildren. I'm excited and scared at the same time.

Sharon StandleyFebruary 11, 2020

I appreciate your comments. I am a lucky grandparent that is near by and you are correct that kids are different when parents are not present. I have been told many "secrets" over the years some funny and some more serious that I was able to help them with. I have been able to take 3 of my grandchildren to church each Sunday because they have allowed me to do that from the time they were sunbeams until now when two are teenagers and one has been married in the Temple. One parent is an inactive member and the other belongs to and is not active in another church. The drives to church have been a time to discuss many things and when they have had problems they will come to get advice. It has been a blessing. I do not go against anything their parents have told them, but offer additional insight, They are now working on a plan to get the parents back to church.

Diane IrwinFebruary 11, 2020

I like the 'REALLY' idea to keep them talking! I love being 'Gram' to 4 boys, ages 6 months to 10. It has been difficult in the past year or so to get the oldest one to talk. Thanks for the idea!

Donald HoffmanFebruary 11, 2020

If we keep the Sabbath Day Holy, we are free from this exposure. The Lord is not in Sunday Sports.

Mary L. NooseFebruary 11, 2020

Love this!! It is so encouraging.

Diane PollardFebruary 11, 2020

Thank you for creating this forum for your insights, instruction, ideas, and encouragement in our grand parenting efforts, and for inviting readers to do the same. My husband and I are committed to being involved with, and supportive of, our precious grandchildren. I loved the idea of having a notebook to record information about our grandchildren, not only by us, but by them.

VickyFebruary 11, 2020

Love this! Great thoughts and ideas!

Celeste McclainFebruary 11, 2020

I love this article! It is so amazing that at 14, a young man would even be interested in the gospel and trying to find which on was the right one. I had that problem throughout my adolescence and my adulthood! I had other religions forced on me as a child and a young lady. Most of them, I never took seriously! I never really got into Them in-depth. I just knew God, created us and love us so much that he gave us his only begotten son, that who so ever loved and believed in him would have eternal life. I always thought to myself how easy that was. That all I had to do was believe in a wonderful man like Jesus and I would be saved! How easy that was, nothing else to do but believe in him. Well I’ll take that and be just fine with that, no worries! But in my heart there were worries and all the time! I always craved to know more and to get more of an experience with God! I always thought to myself that there has to be more! I didn’t know that we all have work to do and that there was so much more to it! I believed that from child to adult! I am almost 50 years old, actually in May of this year I will be 50! I am a converted Mormon for 2 1/2 years now and my oh my, how I have learned! In all of my life I’ve never felt anything as right as this! I am so grateful to Joseph Smith for being that young man who, “asked of God”! I am so grateful that I now know the real truth and We have a profit who gives us the words of God to help us focus more on the things we need to be doing to give praise and give God the Glory and get back to Heavenly Father! I want to do his will and live as he wants us to live! I am so blessed to be apart of a church that Jesus restored back here on earth to help us and to guide us righteously! I am so elated and excited to learn more and become a much more better person in the way that Christ wants me to! I am so ready to do the things that need to be done to assure my own and my families salvation! I am a pioneer when it comes to branching out and pulling my family along with me! The fight and struggles are real, but I’m always praying for the strength to keep going! I believe that Joseph Smith was a true profit! I believe that Russell M. Nelson is a true Profit! I believe that the Book of Mormon is True! I am blessed and thank for the Meridian, because of articles like this that teach and gives wisdom! It helps a convert like me a lot! Thank You! In Jesus name, I am Thankful and Blessed!

Pat VassilarosFebruary 11, 2020

I have handwritten letters to my grandson. He said he keeps them all! I totally believe in personal letters that include funny stories about your life, experiences that you have had as a teen or as an adult that relates to their trial. But the most important thing is to let them know that "this too will pass" as my Mom taught me!

DeanFebruary 11, 2020

I love the insight shared early in the article that we can ask for help to obtain any of the Lord's attributes, not only wisdom.

BarbaraFebruary 11, 2020

I have, though out the years, allowed my children and their spouses determine the type of relationship they and their children will have with us. It isn’t that we do not care but respect our adult children as parents within their own families. The consequence of this has been that we have different types of relationships with each of our children’s children. I’ve also observed with my own children that daughters tend to be more open to your presence than sons. They, in turn, typically are closer to their spouse’s parents. Of course there are exceptions, but my friends have had the same experience. You are correct in saying you love them to pieces. Just as with our children, most of us would walk to the ends of the earth for any one of them (assuming we were able). Each is a blessing to our family.

Former PA lottery playerFebruary 11, 2020

Pretty funny. I tried the same thing in my state with scratch off lottery tickets. I had my kids pick their own $5.00 scratch off tickets from a large, green ticket machine. The first time they won. They plowed their earnings back into more tickets and won again. This went on for a couple of rounds before I decided enough was enough and we left the grocery store-richer than when we entered. Funny enough, they have no desire to continue to play and generally look down their noses at people who play the lottery. That is a combination of basic common sense and unseemly pride, but I will keep on parenting the unseemly pride out of them. ha-ha. For different reasons, my object lesson worked.

Jon H.February 11, 2020

Grand-parenting is an area I have felt weak in. One reason is because I don’t live close to any of my grandkids. I love the information I read in this article and it has given me renewed hope in strengthening my relationship with them. I look forward to more articles on grand-parenting.

Frank & LexiFebruary 11, 2020

We are always a available to help, but we are not interested in taking over.

SallyFebruary 11, 2020

Thank you so much for this wonderful advice! We have only 1 grandchild whom we want to grandparent well after having been away from her for 3 years in a foreign country. I excitedly await next week’s column and want you to know how grateful I am for sharing your wisdom. I highly respect you both. Thank you for your guidance!!

Kamalani KauiFebruary 10, 2020

An enjoyable read, thank you for sharing your thoughts about the First Vision! It has helped to spark a desire to get to know the First Vision better for myself as General Conference approaches. Wonderful article, mahalo!

Richard D LoosliFebruary 10, 2020

What are your resources concerning the direction that Lehi's group sailed east across the Pacific Ocean?

james smithFebruary 10, 2020

if only the president has a key, who cleans the room? the president?

Linda Starr WinansFebruary 10, 2020

Fascinating and very insightful! Having studied genetics in college (long ago) I really appreciated the complexity and simplicity of this article. THANKS for sharing!

Letty VFebruary 10, 2020

I'm so proud of senator Mitt Romney... The world needs people who cannot be bought, who put character above wealth, who are not ashamed or afraid to stand for the truth when it is unpopular, who can say NO with emphasis, although all the rest of the world say "yes", Who will not say they do it "because everybody else does it"...

Rod HartmanFebruary 10, 2020

I believe we are in a cultural civil war, Trump is the brash, take no prisoners, sometimes distasteful general who has plan to win this war. Romney sits in his pious corner and remarks, I don't like him, he is so immoral and rude etc etc, while our country burns under the leftist progressives. I want the fighter, I did not vote for a religious leader for this war. I want the left defeated and President Trump is doing that. If Mitt were president we would be back to the same of do nothing Republican party. I love the fighter in Trump!

D.S.February 10, 2020

I think you all will like this. Yes, there is a prayer-like unto David's. It is the Salt Lake Temple dedication. Here us the applicable paragraph. Heavenly Father, when Thy people shall not have the opportunity of entering this holy house to offer their supplications unto Thee, and they are oppressed and in trouble, surrounded by difficulties or assailed by temptation and shall turn their faces towards this Thy holy house and ask Thee for deliverance, for help, for Thy power to be extended in their behalf, we beseech Thee, to look down from Thy holy habitation in mercy and tender compassion upon them, and listen to their cries. Or when the children of Thy people, in years to come, shall be separated, through any cause, from this place, and their hearts shall turn in remembrance of Thy promises to this holy Temple, and they shall cry unto Thee from the depths of their affliction and sorrow to extend relief and deliverance to them, we humbly entreat Thee to Turn Thine ear in mercy to them; hearken to their cries, and grant unto them the blessings for which they ask. You can find the whole prayer here:

Rieta EbbertsFebruary 10, 2020

If Mitt would have just said he was voting his conscience and left it at that, it would have been fine. But he made it about God and about religion, which implies that to be a faithful Latter-day Saint you must agree with his higher standard. I live in the Bible belt and resent having to explain that Mitt Romney doesn't speak for me.

Lisa EllsworthFebruary 10, 2020

CJ Williams, my father also was among liberators who first walked into Ordruff. I too have pictures. We should compare!

DJCFebruary 10, 2020

This is by far the best and most accurate article about "climate change" that I've ever read.

Alec AndrusFebruary 10, 2020

Thank you brother Matthews. What a wonderful invitation to each of us to understand our legacy and to glimpse why our Prophet asks us to prepare for a special conference 200 years after the first vision.

Carl OlsenFebruary 10, 2020

I respect those who may disagree with me, but it seems to me that Mitt Romney's vote clearly shows that even the very elect can be deceived. Constitutional experts agree that neither of the Articles of Impeachment met the founder's standard of an impeachable offense.

linda ledesma sotoFebruary 10, 2020

i love love this magazine, have for years!! Incredible & thanks BUT...i have tried 9 ways to Sunday to subscribe this past week, online!!! It won't let me use my CC & Paypal keeps sending me back to your site!!! I really want to subscribe & will probably end up sending a check in the mail. Thanks for an incredible journey in the pages of Meridian Magazine!!

LAMBFebruary 9, 2020

My concern is that when he was running for president, his foreign policy adviser was involved with the same Ukraine gas company that Biden's son was. I hope Mitt wasn't just trying to cover possible political fallout by looking like a good guy. I personally would like to know what was going on over there, read lots about it and it seems to be typical business shenanigans.

Robb CundickFebruary 9, 2020

I keep hearing that Mitt Romney’s vote was wrong because he didn’t represent his constituents. I am one of his constituents and he certainly represented me. How do those who are dissatisfied even know that a majority of his constituents feel the way THEY do? Donald Trump drew less than 50% of the Utah vote in the last election. I suspect there are many Utahns like me who, having now witnessed his antics in office, are even more disgusted with him now than they were then. Thank you, Senator Romney!

TJFebruary 9, 2020

I am from Utah and I appreciate Senator Romney's integrity and courage. He is voting the way I hoped he would vote so he does represent the conscience of some Utahns.

Shirley RicksFebruary 9, 2020

Martha has been a beloved member of our ward for years, and each of us felt individually loved by her. She did indeed make people her business. If we went to visit her, she focused her full attention on us. She was always interested in what was going on around her. I recently found some pictures of families from the ward we lived in while we were in Indiana those many years ago. I was a very young child at that time, but I have known that Martha and I shared that time. After scanning the pictures and posting them on FamilySearch for various families to enjoy, I took the pictures to Martha, who expressed great pleasure in seeing these pictures of wonderful friends and families.

Ed DrebotFebruary 9, 2020

Perhaps everyone has overlooked the integrity of senator Mike Lee who voted for President Trump and also took an "oath to God."

Elaine RazyFebruary 9, 2020

I say "BRAVO" to Mitt Romney for standing up for TRUTH, not party, no matter the consequences!!! This country is sorely in need of people of integrity, like the founding fathers and other statesmen in America's past. Mitt knew before he cast his vote, that he was going to be condemned, but he chose to do the right thing, NOT the political thing. If that's not courage, I don't know what is!!! I am grateful to him and to the people of Utah who voted him into office, believing he would indeed do the right thing, no matter what! May God bless America with more Mitt Romneys!!! We need fresh air and hope for the future.

TerrieFebruary 9, 2020

I enjoyed this article. I have only been grandmother for like a year and a half. She always brightens my day.

Mark KiteFebruary 8, 2020

The short answer is every post millennium temple built has one sealing room specially designated to serve as a Holy of Holies (or Most Holy Place). Tellingly, it will have a locked door, accessible from only within the sealing room, where the Second Sealing (Washing of Feet) ordinance is performed. Only the temple president has a key to this room. For example, Sealing Room 8 in the Provo Utah Temple has such a door. Therefore, any temple can be tasked with providing a Holy Place for the Lord, at any time. It is simply dedicated for the purpose, the work is done, and then it is temporarily "decommissioned" (for lack of a better word), reverting to a standard sealing room again, until needed for its special purpose. Having said all that, I'd imagine the First Presidency would still prefer having a separate, fully-dedicated Holy Place for the prophet to communicate with the Lord, at all times. In such case, it would makes sense to re-dedicate one of the former Holy of Holies in one of the original Pioneer Era temples—Manti, Ogden, or St. George. Or one of the other Wasatch Group of temples—West Jordan, Mount Timpanogas, and Provo come readily to mind. Regardless of where the Lord instructs His Church to move the Holy Place to, I'm quite sure it has been taken into account, and is operating at this moment.

Jan KingFebruary 8, 2020

A possible dialogue might include "of course my fondest wish has always been that you would marry in the temple the way dad and I did, but more importantly that your marriage partner will love and honor you that you may have a happy and healthy life together!"

Noel DuerdenFebruary 8, 2020

It seems odd to me that anyone cannot see that our egotistical president, who blatently lashes out in vile anger at anyone who disagrees with him, cannot applaud Romney for his vote knowing that it would not matter in the end. It needed to be done. Now look at the number of good people who have been dismissed by Trump in his three years because they did not agree with him. Lately, three more who were just witnesses in the bogus House hearings. Yeh, I voted Republican, but Trump is not my ideal as a president, yet I generally agree with his policies, but I blast his style and tell him to shut up. He can't fire me for that..

KwoodFebruary 8, 2020

What do you do when your daughter decides she doesn’t want us to get close to our grandchildren, who we simply adore. We were the kind of grandparents who loved there grandchildren dearly. Now we aren’t supposed to see them. Heartbreaking!

tom glassFebruary 7, 2020

my. wife and I adopted our children,this article was kind of hard for us to imagine,But i know the Lord Will bless us for our inadequacy.

JoFebruary 7, 2020

Thank you for this article. I am having a very similar problem and this has helped me tremendously! Thank you!

Neal ChristensenFebruary 7, 2020

I would only say what I've said to a senator from my state. " We, the voters who elected you, didn't send you to Washington to vote your conscience, we sent you there to vote our represent us."

Rochelle HaleFebruary 7, 2020

I do not live in Utah, nor is Mitt Romney my senator. Nevertheless, I respect his decision. It was difficult to tell from his remarks if he referred to his "oath to God" as his oath upon taking power or if he was speaking about his personal convictions. As Latter-Day Saints we have recently been counseled by President Nelson seek for additional personal revelation. The outcome of Mr. Romney's vote did nothing to change the President's acquittal. I believe he deserves some credit, whether he was voting his professional or spiritual conscience.

KateFebruary 7, 2020

Thank you for this very insightful and respectful answer. I have reread it several times and intend to use it as a blueprint as I move forward with an adult child who has made choices that I wish were different, but that I understand are her own personal path and not mine to determine. I especially appreciate the idea that we both need to honor each other's experience, that both are important.Very well said--thanks again.

Albert CaldwellFebruary 7, 2020

I don't at all believe it was political courage. I believe it was Mitt's deep dislike for our President and our president's unorthodox lifestyle, speech and communication patterns, and on and on.

LexaGraemeFebruary 7, 2020

Hahahahaha! Truth!

jgwFebruary 7, 2020

I'm enjoying your podcasts. It would be really helpful if your TITLE included the DATES for the WEEK that this podcast is covering, not just the scripture sections. It's confusing to try to keep track of where we are in the curriculum and match things up with the book and the podcast. The dates for the WEEK the podcast covers would really help.

Allen AFebruary 7, 2020

I am not a football fan (remember that "fan" is short for fanatic), so I didn't see the middle aged "stars" cavorting in the stadium. However, I returned from my mission in Peru many years ago and was surprised at how much "entertainment" TV had been corrupted at that time. My personal reaction was to never buy a TV set and I have never missed it. Satan has a great hold on the people and the politicians in this country today and much of it has been achieved through the television industry. It is like inviting a porn star to live in your home and practice their shows in front of your family to have a TV set today.

Dana WainwrightFebruary 7, 2020

You two are incredible. I just can't say enough about all the good you are doing in the world. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Marilyn Knight CrandallFebruary 7, 2020

I mailed in my check & it has not cleared my account yet. Are you holding these? Meridian Magazine is the bright beginning to my daily scripture study routine; it expands my time in pursuit of coming to know my Savior in personal ways & I want to be a part of this legacy. Please, let me know if my check was received or not. Thank you for being there on my loneliness days. You keep me company.

CindyFebruary 7, 2020

I am looking forward to more within your up coming posts. Please if you could a question or two. How do I get past my anxious feelings of spending time with the Grandchildren? I never feel like I can measure up to ... how to play with them or finding things to talk about. I am a very introverted person. How to make meaningful conversation with the Grandchildren. You speak about meaningful exchange. This makes me just more anxious. Thank you.

MARY BETH CRAGUNFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute to your grandmother. Her loving attributes will help me to be a better grandmother. I love being a mother and grandmother and so grateful for the blessings received each day. Thank you again.

Kurt KammeyerFebruary 6, 2020

This is how I have been studying the Book of Mormon recently - Pondering every word, in Hebrew. It brings me about as close as we can get to the original language of Nephi. In four months of "Torah" study, I am now up to 1 Nephi 11. The language of the Book of Mormon in Hebrew is very beautiful and poetic. Starting from the very first verse, it just rolls out: Ah-NEE, Ne-FEE, ben ho-RIM to-VIM... It actually works better in Hebrew than English, which is a testament to me of its authentic, ancient origin.

Grandma CFebruary 6, 2020

What a delightful subject matter. My husband & I have lived in different parts of the world and recently retired in the SLC valley area to be with our children & grandchildren. Our challenge is that our 4 daughter-in-laws have all dug their heals in with choosing to have 90% of their time with their families, not my husband & I (parents of the husbands), While we continue to be active in other areas of our lives, understandably this has left a big hole in our hearts. We are unable to be of any significance to our grandchildren who are all under the age of 7. Any guidance from you would be appreciated, thank you.

LaurelFebruary 6, 2020

Beautiful words full of insight. Very thought fact, I read it twice. Thank you!

Carol H.February 6, 2020

I was a young mother in the Rolla Ward who benefited from Martha's love and wisdom. She was always willing to help in any way. Our friendship lasted through all those years. We last visited her in her home on her 99th birthday last year. We were saddened by her death, but rejoice that we had the opportunity to be a part of her life. God bless you and all the family.

Gary M.February 6, 2020

I have frequently (including today) had the experience where after coming home from the temple, I take a few minutes to locate additional sources for the person and with that process find spouses or more siblings. They are waiting for us to do what can only be done in mortality. Oh, and those who struggle to find available family names, your work with indexing can bless many individuals.

Lowell SteeleFebruary 6, 2020

I hope this doesn't sound too basic or obvious, but I have concluded that, for me, the main activity in productive pondering needs to be asking questions. They might be questions that arise during scripture study, during a temple session, during my workout or driving to the store. The key is to pay attention to the questions as the scoot through our brain. Instead of paying them fleeting, or no attention, I try to treat them as treasured promptings from the Spirit inviting me along a path to greater understanding. Pondering as question-asking thus becomes an extension of prayer. The rewards can be significant.

Gilbert WarnerFebruary 6, 2020

It is easy to break a bow. Simply shoot it without an arrow in place. I had the upper limb of my bow shatter violently when the nock of the arrow split when I released the string. I can see the same happening to Nephi! BTW, wooden bows of over 100 pounds draw were used in war, famously in Henry V's victory at Agincourt. They could pierce the armor of the day.

Janice P. OienFebruary 6, 2020

Your grandma was an awesome person. I got excited and teary see the picture of her on the camel. What a beautiful person she was, and always such an advocate for influencing and teacher those around her in such a gentle loving way. She was a beautiful woman and blessed many lives.

Tracy WareFebruary 6, 2020

I love this tribute to your grandmother. I loved her dearly. She was an amazing woman!!!

LORIN SAUNDERSFebruary 6, 2020

It would be nice if you could write a book loaded with empirical witness. It would be well received.

AbiFebruary 6, 2020

I can't see any of the pictures that go along with this interesting article. Could you have your tech person correct this?

Dave GrandyFebruary 6, 2020

I knew Martha and her family during the summer of 1969 when I served as a missionary in Rolla, Missouri with my companion, Elder Alan Grose. Most Mondays (our preparation day) we would go out to the Proctor home and spend some time. Martha was always very hospitable, as were all the members of the Rolla ward. It was in the home of the Law family (Bro. Law taught Russian at the university) that I watched the Apollo 11 moon landing in July, 1969. I recall that Bishop Proctor was there as well, and he impressed me with his comment about the soil on the moon sloping differently than the soil on the earth.

Lynn HartmanFebruary 6, 2020

Good article. The word ponder comes from the Latin word pondus (I think) and means a weight. So, when you ponder something, you are weighing it out in your mind, and this information and a quarter will buy you a "cup of coffee".

Linda WestoverFebruary 6, 2020

This is a lovely tribute to your grandmother as well as a reminder of how to make one's life beautiful! Having met two of her sons and their wives, I'd say she did a good job of passing her attitudes on to her posterity. Well done, Sister Proctor!

Shauna BrownFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing. I am inspired for another great and positive example . I love being a mother, grandmother and love the insights given. You are blessed in having a wonderful example!

Marsha AndersonFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for sharing this. I too had a beloved Grandmother!

Robyn GeantilFebruary 6, 2020

So inspired! You have so much talent and thank you for creating something so fresh for families. Keep it coming!

KaraFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for your insightful contemporary "translations"...thank you, also, for your thoughts on digging deeper to become all Father has for us to become...we have much to learn from our Jewish brothers and sisters traditions about breaking our own.

Joseph ShumwayFebruary 6, 2020

This is awesome!

Diane IrwinFebruary 6, 2020

What a wonderful woman!! If the world had more people like her, it would be a much better place. :)

DianeFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for reminding us about this important principle.

Donna MalanFebruary 6, 2020

This describes perfectly my husband’s grandma and her daughter, my husband’s mother.

Christine JarvisFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you so much Bradley for this wonderful article! I appreciate The Book of Mormon even more now and will study it more determinedly!

Christine JarvisFebruary 6, 2020

Thank you for this lovely remembrance of your dear Grandmother! I'm sure she is still watching over you! Reading this has added something very special to my day...Thank you!

Neil BlackburnFebruary 6, 2020

Marlene and I had to the distinct honor of serving with them in the Madrid Temple (She and Royce lived the apartment next door). She was a delight to serve with and always was offering her advice on matters of health, proper nutrition and caring for us when we became ill with colds, etc. My wife had injured her knee and could barely walk and Martha would come over and rub essential oils and massage her muscles to restore her joint function. She was truly an inspiration and blessing to us and helped us weather some tough times that otherwise might have caused us to come home early from our two-year mission. Her memory will be with us until we can reunite in heaven. Neil and Marlene

Kevin MarlerFebruary 6, 2020

The Story of Joseph Smith Sr. having the vision of the tree of life before the first vision was a new one for me. I had never heard that before. I wonder if he told Joseph Jr this dream at any point before the translation of the BOM?

Marilyn Taggart HaddFebruary 5, 2020

This was truly wonderful. I feel like I know her!

Anna R StruthersFebruary 5, 2020

What a wonderful article That man has a true talent he is sharing with so many!! Loved it!!!!

Sally WyneFebruary 5, 2020

I’ve read this book and loved the many truths I found inside. It changed the way I study. I’m grateful for its author and his reflections

KatFebruary 5, 2020

I've been listening to your podcast for several months now, but today I had to comment. I loved the mind shift from thinking of our sins and good works on a scale to count up how many great things we did on our long list of staying busy to actually sloughing off the rough things and becoming like Him, changing our identity and our true nature shines through and we serve others because that's our identity. It made the song His Image in Your Countenence pop into my head and it brought greater meaning. Thank you for this beatiful imagery you've given me. It was enlightening. Keep up the great work. I look forward to your podcasts every week.

ChristineFebruary 5, 2020

This article is thought-provoking! I have reconsidered my understanding of the word "tradition." We usually think of tradition as the transfer of information or culture from one generation to another. However, in our modern day, I think tradition can also refer to the transfer of information or culture from one person or group to another. Under this definition, some of the traditions that have come into vogue today are social media, and our reliance upon the news media for our understanding of what is happening in the world. Sometimes, these sources of "truth" are in direct opposition to the Lord's sources of truth, which are scripture, prophets, and personal revelation.

GaryFebruary 4, 2020

I thought the halftime show was decadent!

J. JamisonFebruary 4, 2020

One thing I read in article (I live in CA) is that there is a 14 day period before symptoms show and is "spreading rapidly" - also that one does not have to be TOUCHED by carrier :(

J. JamisonFebruary 4, 2020

Twitter had a number of "polls" about the halftime show - one had 73% "too sexual" - a comment from friend "exploitation of women" - had just watched Tim Ballard interview by popular host

Sherryl CoonrodFebruary 4, 2020

I had been waiting since Aug. 17, 2019, after my endowment to start on my family's work. One of my great grandmothers was very important to me because I look just like her and my great grandfather was done and she wasn't so I notified the person and finally Sept. 22, 2019, I got her opened up and printed everything off. On the 25th I went to the Temple. I was just going to baptize her but, I felt this presence, that kept me there. I went on and completed everything with her that day. I knew she was not letting me leave without getting her work done. I sat in my car and smiled and cried at the same time. I am so happy that I was able to help her.

Janice PerryFebruary 4, 2020

As my friends and I watched the broken bow video, we wondered together how he could make a new one (out of wood??) that would be strong enough to kill a large animal??

Pat UllmanFebruary 4, 2020

I remember returning to the U.S in 1974 after living in Korea and having the same culture shock! And life was certainly "tamer' then. The downward incline is certainly steeper now.

Anne MortensonFebruary 4, 2020

I have noticed and marked in the Book of Mormon the many references to covenants, but didn't understand their significance. Your six covenant Ps are immensely enlightening and helpful. Thank you so much for your podcast!

Gordon J HensleyFebruary 4, 2020

They scoffed at us when we said that it would lead to unisex bathrooms.

Gordon J HensleyFebruary 4, 2020

In an interview a few days before the show, the two performers stated that their performances would be "empowering" and they would "spread love."

Shirley ParkerFebruary 4, 2020

My uncle Alan served with the British 11th Armoured Division that liberated Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. The horrors he saw there, including the walking dead and thousands of unburied corpses pushed him over the edge mentally. If we are not extremely vigilant, the evil mindset that created those concentration camps will do it again!

Nancy AbbottFebruary 4, 2020

We , indeed, live in a time of evil being called good, and good being called evil.

Megan McQuiveyFebruary 4, 2020

No, you are not taking things out of context and you are not out of touch with America's pop culture. I thought the half time show was vulgar and salacious. It was offensive.

IwonderFebruary 4, 2020

Although we may be like Laman and Lemuel in many ways, I wonder why did they think so often that murdering a family member was the solution? If they were faithful Jews, wasn't murder considered a sin in their religion? I'm not sure how religious they really were.

MelanieFebruary 4, 2020

You were not taking things out of context. That half time show was raunchy and awful. I only saw a few images of it but that was more than I wanted to see. The fact that so many are praising the performers is an indication of how far America has fallen.

Lynn D.February 4, 2020

The Super Bowl half time performance was a diabolically evil & nauseating reminder of moral decay in America. Ripening for destruction? Yes. Depicting a scene from within that ‘great & spacious building‘, porn was served to viewers on the platter of family entertainment. The ‘great fall’ of it is eminent.

Marilyn S. MorrisFebruary 4, 2020

I was reading an on-line newspaper. One of the pictures that accompanied an article was a still photo from the halftime show. We used to call that pornography.

Haze KompelienFebruary 4, 2020

"Anytime we identify only with the heroes of a scriptural story, we may be walking away from an important invitation to grow." Oh dear. I always want to see myself as a good guy! The whole idea of looking for myself and my flaws in the bad guys is painful. The idea of seeing the bad guys as an invitation for introspection and an opportunity to grow is a good one. This is gonna hurt a bit, I fear! Thanks for the idea.

Joseph ShumwayFebruary 4, 2020

I cannot believe it! I am 21 years old and I've never watched the super bowl because it's on Sundays. I just read an article my mom posted on Facebook about this! It is rediculous! I like sports. I remember going to a game at USU as a junior in high school. It was a Mutual activity and it was fun! I was with a girl my age. It's stupid that a sports game would be a chance for greedy people to go to work! What in the world is this world coming to!?

Chris HowellFebruary 4, 2020

We have had this thought too; that we are more like Laman and Lemuel than Nephi. Truly there is a great deal to learn from them.

DianaFebruary 4, 2020

I was disgusted by the porn show at 1/2 time.

C ShieldsFebruary 4, 2020

I, like you, felt that the half time show was out of line and actually bordered 'soft porn'. And, although I am a former dancer and choreographer and truly appreciate the athletic and creative prowess and agility of the performers, it felt like the underlying motive was to be elicit (which is concerning, for many reasons). Why couldn't they have had a class act that displayed musical talent and prowess, instead? (Like they did with Sir Paul McCartney, several years ago?) Sadly, Satan's sensationalism saturates society; selling smut - (not) so smugly.

Kathie DanielFebruary 4, 2020

And what about the cheerleaders?

Joseph ShumwayFebruary 3, 2020

You are awesome! I am the oldest of four kids. Me and my brother Jason both have autism. His mental capacity is similar to that of a two year old. I confess that I often lose it with him. He just seems to drive me up the wall. I love him but I just have difficulty keeping myself under control when I lose patience with him. Your story makes me want to try harder.

Nate CannonFebruary 3, 2020

Nate CannonFebruary 3, 2020

"Scientists in China are saying this virus is ten times the magnitude of the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003 when one in ten people infected died." This is factually incorrect. SARS did have a fatality rate just shy of 10%, but ten times that magnitude would be a 100% fatality rate! The best estimate of the actual rate right now for the coronavirus is about 2-3% of those infected. Much less than SARS. The infection rate is higher, so maybe that's where the confusion is. There is lots of good, sound advice in this article about being prepared for emergencies, but I would advise people against hoarding behavior during times like this. When regular, healthy citizens begin hoarding things like masks, it routinely leads to shortages for health workers who actually need them. Keeping them on hand is a probably a good idea (I do), but best to buy them prior to a "run on the bank."

Reva BowenFebruary 3, 2020

Oh, I so relate to this, only I am still working on containing the blow-up of exasperation. I have a handicapped daughter, 40 years old who can push all my buttons. I have good days, and ashamed days, on my knees pleading for this weakness to be overcome. Headed in the right direction, but not overcome. I too have always admired those "sweet" spirits who seem to have so much love and control.

DianeFebruary 3, 2020

Many of us can relate to your experience! I especially appreciated the paragraph beginning, “Please understand...” I, too, have already blown the “never raising her voice” thing. And it IS good to hear from someone who has blown it like I have, but changed.

DonFebruary 2, 2020

I hope you will address a grandparents role with discipline of grandchildren (teenage) while in the grandparents home! Some disagreement here......I could use some help better understanding our role, please. Issues where we did not tolerate our own kids to behave this way.......should we not expect similar behavior? (consistancy?)

MickeyFebruary 2, 2020

Do not let her or anyone associated with her drive a car you own! If she crashes as a known drug user, you could have a huge liability! It may feel mean to you right now, but the most compassionate thing you can do for your ex is say no. No, you will not take the consequences of her actions away by propping her up during her addiction. Your focus needs to be on your kids right now. You can’t work harder on her recovery than she does and multiple lives shouldn’t be destroyed in the service of one addiction.

Ian LewisFebruary 2, 2020

President Trump is doing more to protect and preserve our Constitution and our rights and freedoms than any other President in decades.

Yearning GrandmaFebruary 2, 2020

I’m grateful this subject is being addressed and explored! I want to be an effective grandparent. My two grandsons are just 3 and 1 year old currently and live on the other side of the country. I get to physically see them maybe 3 to 4 times a year (so far only in their home). My daughter left church activity when she married a Christian young man opposed to our faith. So my grandsons will be learning about Jesus at least, but my particular brand of belief may not always be welcome in my communication of faith with my grandsons. I want them foremost to feel my love, I want to be a part of their lives, But I want to be respected and understood too. So far on this journey I alternate between grief and pure joy. I want to do this right and look forward to your articles. I will be studying them for suggestions about how to proceed. In talking to many of my friends I know I’m not alone in the situation of grandchildren not being raised in and familiar with the beliefs and covenants of their ancestors.

RonFebruary 2, 2020

Thank you for enriching my Come Follow Study. I sure appreciate your all you do. This was my favorite podcast so far!

JanFebruary 2, 2020

This is so full of content! I feel that I have feasted indeed on the good word and on many wonderful things.

Ann-Marie JensenFebruary 2, 2020

So well done! Thank you.

Tania JamesFebruary 1, 2020

Oh, those grandchildren. So darling and cuddly when they are babies and adorably approachable when they are a bit older. But...then...they become teenagers. And then they are pieced, tattooed young adults making immoral choices. And even more challenging, they claim to no longer believe in a God, any God. Let alone the God I know and love. This is when walking the hard road along side of them becomes even more critical. Yes, it's difficult to just listen to them and not pontificate. But I have found preaching to have little to no effect. So mostly I ask questions, let them voice their thoughts, and make sure they know I love them. Occasionally, I gently voice my beliefs. And then I pray...a lot. And hope...a lot. And trust that our Heavenly Father has got this.

Debbie FisherFebruary 1, 2020

I live several hours away from my grandchildren. I am disabled and traveling is difficult. I don't get to see them very often.

Ken FarnsworthFebruary 1, 2020

We often sit behind the Eyre's family in Sacrament Meeting so when Linda and Richard visit their children and grandchildren here, we can see and feel the pure love they share having their young grandchildren sit with them, on them and around them. I have learned as I watch them love and uplift their precious grandchildren. Now I am pleased to learn more from them every week.

Bambi KochFebruary 1, 2020

Thanks for your column on grandparenting; I'm looking forward to it. As to my grandparenting style, with five sons and five grandkids among them, I'm all over the place! Your column has worthwhile ideas for me, and has allowed me to see how I can go about nurturing my little ones, some of them not so little. Thank you!

Jodi EvansFebruary 1, 2020

I love this article! Looking forward to more.

kim hulbertFebruary 1, 2020

Great lesson this week. Thank you.

WhisperFebruary 1, 2020

I can't wait to see what he does with Abinidi.

Debra MackFebruary 1, 2020

I saw my mother in law as a wonderful example of what a grandparent should/could be and have given our grandchildren the same respect and love she had for all of her grandchildren. Now all ours are in their teens it never ceases to make my heart sing when they tell us how much they love us. We love so much spending time with all of them and at times individually. We have always had the greatest fun and I love sharing gospel messages with them along with family stories. Their is nothing that I know of quite like being a grandmother.

Annette LillroseFebruary 1, 2020

I appreciated this insight, 'Even on the days when morning sickness put me into a “life support systems” only mode' God's love for me doesn't change. Many times life circumstances has made it impossible for me to do even the most basic spiritual things and the adversary always whispers God is disappointed in me and my worth to Him is less. I will remember that is a lie. On good and bad days He loves me always with a constant love that does not change. Thank you, it will make my next down day so much better.

ColleenJanuary 31, 2020

Paul, My husband's family goes back to Nauvoo on both sides. He was so discouraged because he was unable to find any family names. We served a mission at the Utah, Salt Lake Headquarters Mission a few years back. As a result of the training he received there, he has now found over 300 family names to take to the temple. I pray you will also be able to find family names.

Debbie Merrill AllenJanuary 31, 2020

“Ordinance ready” on the Family tree app can help you with finding family names to take to the temple. I was given a document years ago and have used it quite often to find family members on my husband side. This week I have gone through with a fine tooth comb and found many names that were missing one or two ordinances. As I completed their sealings I had an overwhelming feeling there’s more out there to find. (I too had a Francis Allen)

Darlene NelsonJanuary 31, 2020

I’m so excited about your about your column on grandparenting. I want to be a great grandparent but could really use some help. I’m going to look forward to Tuesday and some concrete ideas to inspire me on the road ahead. Thank you for addressing this topic. I appreciate the hard copy so I can ponder and create my own file

MichaelJanuary 31, 2020

My ward has about 100 active members. The suburb in our ward boundaries has about 90,000 people. The closest members to our house are 1 or 2 miles away. We would have to drive/walk past literally 100s of other people to visit them. If all of the ward members (including children) had 90 days of food stored, we could only feed 10% of them for 1 day. Much of our ward includes somewhat transient young singles, couples and couples with a child or two. Few of them store food. A realistic estimate is more like we could feed maybe 1% of the people for 1 day. Are we supposed to ignore the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament in the Sermon on the Mount or some of the parables during an emergency? Personally, at my age with my heart disease, facing the real possibility of contracting a nasty virus which could easily kill me, I could not turn hungry people away. Especially knowing I might meet the Lord in a few days. In non-rural places, where we are a small minority, emergency preparedness has to be organized on a community basis, not on an individual ward or church basis. One last, less-than-noble thought: survivors of hurricane Katrina and Camille (Biloxi MS) told me to store lots and lots of one valuable item and plan on bartering for everything else. Valuable items mentioned: bottled water, batteries, disposable diapers. One could not only survive, but actually make money during a disaster. .

Wendy DenosJanuary 31, 2020

We have 30 grandkids, some out of state, and feel like we are not keeping up with our relationships with them the way we’d like. More suggestions would be welcome!

Gail CrawfordJanuary 31, 2020

This was a timely message for me today. Over the years, I’ve done so much “selective neglect” out of necessity, that it’s become an ingrained habit, and now distractions take the forefront every time. Thank you for the eye-opener!

DONALD CyrJanuary 31, 2020

This podcast is enlightening my dark days... THANKS you very much.

Marie ButcherJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you so much for this article. Three of my grandparents were deceased before I was born. My grandmother passed when I was 2 years old. We lived far from either of my parents families. I do not have an example of how to be a grandparent. I have 12 grandchildren. I know I will gain the insight I need to be through your articles. I appreciate the help.

Cheryl MacinantiJanuary 31, 2020

Looking forward to learning with you. I cherish my role as "Mimi"

Laura BeauchampJanuary 31, 2020

Good thing Guy Raz was listening carefully - he nailed it! Good for Jimmy Fallon for allowing him a friendly platform.

A readerJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you both for this article-we are looking forward very much to this series. Our "Joy School" kids are now having THEIR kids, and so the story goes forward.

LindaJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you for doing this series. I have 11 grandchildren and the hope of a few more to come. I’m looking forward to all ideas on how to leave a meaningful legacy with each one of them

DeniseJanuary 31, 2020

I'm excited about this series! With 19 grandkids scattered throughout the globe, I hope to get some ideas in how to stay connected. One thing I started several years ago was to send a letter to one each week. I try to include some story from my childhood at their same age. Hard to remember sometimes!! I'd like to do more though, so send those ideas!

Claudette TaylorJanuary 31, 2020

I really enjoy these podcasts! I listen and read at the same time. I wish there was an easier way to pause the narrative when I want to hear a part again. Thanks for your helping me to understand more.

Connie ComptonJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you for this! I have 21 grandchildren and one great-Grand. I live far away from all of them and you’ve given me hope that I can gather them through texting messages of love and knowledge. I look forward to your articles!

FranzezJanuary 31, 2020

My husband is a disengaged grandparent to the core and wants "nothing" to do with his children or grand children. I "try" to be proactive every chance I get. But it becomes a "problem" with us two at home, and almost a fight. I am in the situation of choosing constantly who to engage with 24/7, husband or my kids and grand kids. I try to keep peace at home and still be a grandparent, but boy oh boy, it's getting harder as he ages. GREAT article and one so many need to read. I am sharing it with everyone I know. Grandparents just aren't mentioned very often and there are situations like mine that are so uncomfortable and unhappy. THANK YOU for this excellent article, loved it!!

Leiann SnyderJanuary 31, 2020

Thank you for this series!! Thank you for your wisdom and willingness to share it with us! I followed you both as a young mother and now as a “young” grandmother. Your influence on my life is greatly appreciated.

Barbara RobertsJanuary 31, 2020

This article teaches to the ideal. For those of us who don’t have such circumstances prayer is often all that is possible. Thank goodness our Heavenly Parents respond to prayers in behalf of those we can not grandparent as suggested

E GJanuary 31, 2020

I enjoyed this article. Will you be touching on “boundaries “ when an adult child and her children ( my grandchildren) live with us? It’s exhausting, even though there are special moments too.

RitaJanuary 31, 2020

When she's ready, she'll seek out the help she needs. Narcotics Anonymous has helped my daughter put her life back together, and she's working on rebuilding relationships with her family. Letting her do it on her own was so hard. But it's necessary.

Susan HillJanuary 30, 2020

Finally common sense prevails!

PaulJanuary 30, 2020

While these are wonderful accounts of assistance with family history, I have yet to have had the opportunity to take family names to the temple. My family history goes back generations in the church. It is discouraging to try to find names that haven't already been done. However I must point out that family history is more than just taking names to the temple. It is knowing our ancestor's stories as well.

Rochelle HaleJanuary 30, 2020

I am an ordinance worker, and many times I have felt, along with the patrons, that their loved ones were close by as they serve as a proxy for their own family members. One day, in a particular ordinance area, it got very quiet - the kind of quiet where even at a party everything seems to stop at the same time - as I assisted a sister with her family name. It was very significant for both of us. I have also gone farther in my own research and have had the opportunity to do more work for my own ancestors while serving.

Michael FlynnJanuary 30, 2020

Love this. When/where can I find the book?

JulieJanuary 30, 2020

I have taken personal notes from many of your podcasts, but probably not as many as from this one! Thanks for your service and time, your insights, your testimonies, your examples of searching the scriptures.... I am so grateful for all you do!!!

HalJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for this article. To me, this is one of the most prevalent signs that we live in the last days. The corruption of our language is a frequent discussion in our family. For example, in Dickens' day, the phrase "making love" meant innocuous verbal flirting. In my parent's day, the same phrase meant cuddling and kissing. Now it means sexual intimacy. I saw a recent political ad on TV that said the candidate was a champion of "women's reproductive health." The implication was, "what could be more desirable health?" Sadly, "reproductive health" and "a woman's right to choose" are just counterfeit terms for killing unborn children. I am very weary of special interest groups hijacking our language and even the general use of words that mean exactly the opposite of the original intent - i.e. "sick" now means desirable or beautiful. Words that previously had a specific meaning now have racial connotations (I can't mention them here for fear of being censured). My other concern is the fulfillment of Isaiah's prophecy that, in the last days, many will "make a man an offender for a word," (Isaiah 29:21), but that's a whole different discussion.

Cynthia DyeJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for this distraction of my attention. I enjoyed taking the time away from my duties today to be spontaneously enlightened. Sometimes I find that distractions interrupt or confuse my day, but most often they seem to add zest to life - an unexpected visitor, a need to provide immediate service, a sudden burst of inspiration that derails former plans. But I get what you're saying about our time and energy getting zapped by constant, useless, or harmful distractions. It's good to have a handle on it. Thanks for your wise article.

Herm OlsenJanuary 30, 2020

Excellent thoughts. Cute notion about 'buying a ticket on the Pity Boat with Satan at the helm'. Thanks much.

GTOJanuary 30, 2020

My mother (who was not a member of the Church) had NPD but she was also a hurt-hoarder. She hoarded supposed hurts "inflicted" by my innocent father over the years and finally filed for divorce. Years later, she realized that she had had no grounds. She wanted to get back together, but my father could not even consider it after the years of abuse she had inflicted upon him. An interesting thing is that this hoarding showed up in her physical appearance. She looked aged way beyond her years. Watching her, I decided this is a behavior I would never engage in.

Lawrence HigginsonJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for sharing these stories and experiences. I feel the ordinance workers are earthly angels and felt and seen their wonderful spirits add so much to the work being done.

HeidiJanuary 30, 2020

Love this! Thank you for putting it all together! I had never thought of the spirit like learning a language, taking practice and persistence.

Gary DennisJanuary 30, 2020

Good comments, but for many constant use of technology is much more than a habit, but a serious addiction that is very difficult to alter or change. Many do not believe they can function in life, even for a brief time without constant contacts that rule their life and every moment of their days.

Jim ScottJanuary 30, 2020

I so enjoyed your iteration of the word”whore” from a totally sinful person to a person that can be desired in best company. How easily we have been seduced into acceptance of such an ignoble situation. Political corrected parlance forces us to tolerate the worst in humanity at the cost of righteousness without so much as a raised eyebrow. That which is filthy much remain filthy still.

Marianne von BrachtJanuary 30, 2020

Thank you for articulating this! It helps me see the sacrament covenant to always remember the Savior in a new light—always remembering the Savior is a way for me to always remember how much a Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me—a continual reminder of my intrinsic worth and potential.

Michael SessionsJanuary 29, 2020

Your article made me think of a wonderful article titled: Growing Up: From Peter Rabbit to Rabbi Goldman by Dennis Jay Packard, Associate Professor of Philosophy BYU Today, April 1983

J. JamisonJanuary 29, 2020

When I am reminded of President Monson's daughter at his funeral service, that as his health was failing "Did I do any good today?" it also reminds me of his number 1 priority he stressed many times: Follow the promptings of the Spirit :)

Laurie JohnsonJanuary 29, 2020

The scariest verse in all scripture is found in The Book of Mormon 1:14--"And there were no gifts from the Lord, and the Holy Ghost did not come upon any, because of their wickedness and unbelief." This is, without a doubt, the very lowest point. While we understand that wickedness and unbelief will cause the withdrawal of the Spirit, just imagine if not even one person had the Gift of the Holy Ghost. What would this world be like? THAT is scary.

Brad AndersonJanuary 29, 2020

I'm a little confused. Why is Lehi's "Promised Land" (Meso America), and the Restoration's "Promised Land" two different places separated by over 7,000 miles?

Ted WinderJanuary 29, 2020

This personal touch story was well-written and inspiring about Clay Christensen. Thanks, John, for taking time to share it!

Sue BarnsleyJanuary 29, 2020

Thank you. I have wondered about this for a long time and always felt that I fell way short, that no matter what I did, it was never going to be enough.

DebraJanuary 29, 2020

Video link to this talk:

kim hulbertJanuary 28, 2020

Excellent,well researched article. Best I've read yet from Diana Webb. Thank you.

CJ WilliamsJanuary 28, 2020

My father's unit helped liberate Mauthausen and Ordruff concentration camps. He was a medic with the 65th Infantry Division in the ETO and treated many of the Jews there. I have his snapshots. What he told me and showed me that happened there is burned into my soul. Hitler and those under him were Evil Walking.

SandraJanuary 28, 2020

My father was a child when the Spanish flue was killing so many people. My grandparents and their six children lived in the very centre of the city and so many people were dying that a cart was sent round the streets each morning to collect the bodies of those who had died during the night. My grandmother had great faith in the power of garlic. She used large amounts of garlic in their meals, cut it up around the house, put it around pillows, down singlets and in socks. It may not have smelled too pleasant but not one of the family got sick.

TrishaJanuary 28, 2020

I have listened to many of your podcasts and SO much appreciate them!! This one really stood out to me. I loved the application and the evidences! I copied much that stood out to me in my come follow me journal as to not forget! Thank you a million times! You truly make a difference!

Nate GarrisonJanuary 28, 2020

Love this ! Great man! Thank you for sharing!

Pattie SkousenJanuary 28, 2020

As I ponder on these thoughts, I realize how much our society has gotten away from telling what the truth is and making sly comments to make one believe things aren't as bad as they are. The prophecy is truly here that was foretold in ancient days. I don't know if my generation feels the same way as I do, but I feel as though my past vocabulary has been tread on heavily and I don't want it to happen. Thanks for giving me more insights.

Laura GaskinsJanuary 28, 2020

Wow, I was just thinking about this kind of thing the other day. Words have power. The world was created by “The Word”. Now so many words have lost or changed meanings. I notice how often I hear or read things that people say, and they don’t even really know how they’re saying things. This is why it is important for us to be articulate; mindful of what we say and how we say it. Thank you for sharing this :)

Stephen HuntingtonJanuary 28, 2020

Throughout my life, I have been conscious of the admonition that we avoid 'vanity' and 'repetition' in praying. Consequently, one of my frequent petitions is that Heavenly Father will teach me to pray. On another note, I have always used the archaic familiar forms of 'thee', 'thou' and 'thy'. Many languages still use formal and informal (familiar) terms of addressing the second person. In those languages (in my own case I refer to the French), the informal is correctly used in addressing the Lord. I have come to the conclusion that the use of the archaic English terms now seems formal, to me, rather than informal (familiar). Consequently, in my personal prayers, I now frequently use the modern terms 'you' and 'your'. That seems to me to be more personal. Old habits, though, are hard to break, so frequently I still use the archaic terminology. However, in public prayers, I still use the archaic terms not wanting potentially to be a stumbling block for another.

karell BinghamJanuary 28, 2020

Another scary verse is the last verse in the Old Testament: "The end of the prophets ." Never want that to happen in my time!

R T LautsJanuary 28, 2020

1984! You is here and all Growed down. One might call George Orwell a prognosticator, a prophet, or a nosy busy body that doesn't know what he's talking about. So said the criticsat the time and their voices got successively quieter till almost nobody quotes "1983" anymore. The prophets, too, have warned us against this encroaching - really a Dumbing Down - of our language. Our melting-pot society has become infestated and is in danger of becoming even more difficult to understand what someone means or is even trying to say. And that leads to misunderstanding, confusion, strife - and - (you fill in whatever you want to blame it for - you'll probably be right!)

John B HewlettJanuary 28, 2020

To read of Claytons pursuit of his testimony of the Book of Mormon is awe inspiring. talk of traveling through the wilderness! My testimony was similar in experience and setting, a cold, damp winter night in a trailer in South Australia , not after 7 readings, but in desperation after being skewered by several ministers in my first mission area. It was a desperate cry to know , which is critical, and had a similar impact on my faith over the years through many different trials. What a great example, he was in so many ways.

kim hulbertJanuary 28, 2020

Thank you for helping us to liken the scriptures to our own lives. I also loved the facts in evidence for the place of Bountiful. Joseph truly is a prophet of God.

CubbyJanuary 28, 2020

This was profound. Nothing more needs to be said. Profound!

DanielaJanuary 28, 2020

I can picture him saying these things In his usual calm and soft spoken tone as I remember the times he said so in person during firesides or talks given at church. I feel blessed to live in the area where he lived and to have known him. Great is an adjective that merely describes him. I have no words to express my admiration for him.

Just meJanuary 28, 2020

Your photos won't change bad people's minds. The Bible says love can. I don't know. And billions won't bring back a loved one. When will people ever understand?

MichaelJanuary 27, 2020

Amen and amen. My wife attends an evangelical church. In order to not let religion divide us any further, we compromise every Sunday. She attends sacrament meeting with me and I attend her worship service with her. It took me a few years to get over the resentment and really appreciate a different church. I won't go into details, but this unique experience highlights the obvious fact that my ward has plenty of room for improvement. Especially in putting Jesus undeniably in the center of our focus, as described above. And our music could use some tuning up, but that is another topic.

Ann S PapworthJanuary 27, 2020

I'm just blown away with these remarkable creations and can't wait to view some of them, although far from where I live. The few that are depicted here just call out to me-So grateful for his persistence in developing and using his talents. We can't wait!!!

Cameron BrooksJanuary 27, 2020

Hey! You strung us along, we need to know where the bullet came from. I hope there is another story that wraps up the mystery. ;) Love your stories!!

Nate GarrisonJanuary 27, 2020

Very well written tribute to an amazing man. Thank you!

roxanneJanuary 27, 2020

love these podcasts. learning so much. have a question that i was unable to find answer for. you talked about they went on a journey that took them 2/3 of the way around the globe. Why didn't they just go the other way - 1/3? was this possible?

Ian FosterJanuary 27, 2020

I hav not been to Auschwitz but I have been with my wife to Dachau and Theresienstadt Ghetto. at both places we felt a terrible feeling of loss horror and evil. Thank you for sharing your pictures and to remind us all of the terrible events of WW2, also to explain to those who do not believe that those terrible episodes that occurred in the 1930's and 1940's.

JennyJanuary 27, 2020

My father was one of the American soldiers who helped liberate Dachau. I am very grateful to those who served so long ago now and risked their lives to come to the aid of others.

Ian FosterJanuary 27, 2020

I have not been to Auschwitz bit I have been to Dachau and Theresienstadt Gheto. Both were places where you feel the terror and coldness of the places with a terrible sense of evil and foreboding. Many thanks for your foresight in taking these pictures to remind those people who may be in an attitude of unbelief that such a horror could actually happened.

HalJanuary 27, 2020

Thank you for this article. It confirms to me that depression and suicide have reached pandemic proportions in the last generation. I feel part of the problem is the lack of the need to struggle to survive. When everything is handed to you, there is no sense of responsibility, no drive to succeed, no sense of purpose, no challenge to overcome. To quote a current popular saying, "I've never met a strong person with an easy past." As humans, we NEED adversity to survive and excel.

Carol AnnJanuary 27, 2020

Carolyn, Thanks for the great reminders! We're checking our kits and making sure we're prepared!

HelenCJanuary 27, 2020

"[P]riorities in order, God, family, church, country, and service to mankind being his staple of core values" is now my updated Life Mantra. Thank you!

Bambi KochJanuary 27, 2020

Thank you for the inspiration! I've always wanted to start a memoir but never knew how. Now I can begin to jot down all those stories I tell my friends that they find so interesting!

Bob SpielJanuary 27, 2020

A giant has returned home. God speed Clayton Christensen.

Ronald PolsleyJanuary 26, 2020

The Almighty gives us instruction on how to build a vessel and how to sail that vessel. It is up to us to choose the correct course and endure, matter not the wind.

Diana ThomasonJanuary 26, 2020

My daughter has seven children. Each year I babysit while she and her husband go on a much needed vacation. I start each babysitting by praying for added strength and endurance. Each year I am amazed at what I’m able to accomplish there. They have two staircases that have 18 stairs each and I am able to carry children up them. I am grateful to be able to call upon angels when needed.

Shelley T MerrillJanuary 26, 2020

Thank you for sharing both the article and the beautiful artwork of Simon Dewey! The insights shared are most appreciated.

AnnJanuary 26, 2020

Such incredible, moving pieces. I eagerly await further news of this garden!

Thelma RamosJanuary 26, 2020

Setting a good example to our children is what I know has worked for our family. I am also a recovering addict and LDS.

George ThompsonJanuary 26, 2020

What you have discribed is not so much a wilderness journey but a RITE OF PASSAGE. A glorious end is before us but first we have to prove and improve ourselves to be worthy of it. Satan takes correct principles and twists them into unrecognizable rituals.

Mark ChamberlainJanuary 26, 2020

What helpful insights! As a psychologist I work regularly with people struggling to overcome addictive behaviors. It's so liberating when they learn, as Geoff suggests, to regulate their nervous systems by paying attention to their emotions and reaching out when they're in need. Rather than beating themselves up when they struggle, we want our kids to view themselves with compassion so they can work in a patient and determined way to improve themselves. That's how we grow best as adults, too, and the way we grapple with our own struggles may be teaching our children more powerfully than anything we say to them. Thank you Meridian Magazine for sharing articles on such important topics.

Annette from EdenJanuary 25, 2020

Thank you for this well-written and entertaining piece. I relate deeply. Years ago a dear friend wrote an article--she titled it "How to Decorate Your Home with Books." Along with the humor, she seriously presented the quandary we book lovers face as we journey through life holding onto volumes that we just cannot carry off to D. I. I wish I had a copy of her masterpiece now, but think of it often as I walk around the house and feel the comfort of being surrounded by books. I only hope we have a similar type of easy access to precious volumes in the next estate. "A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero

Allen A.January 25, 2020

Back in the 1970's, (I know, prehistoric times for many people), the world Communist organizations realized that they were not gaining control of the nations quickly enough with their political movements. They decided that the environmental movement, "the Greens", offered them their best alternative, so they infiltrated most of the environmental organizations around the world. You may have noticed that most of the remedies for environmental concerns, whether real or imagined, involve massive government control and forfiture of free agency by all individuals in society. Whether Climate Change is a natural process, an act of God or a man made crisis, or all three at once, the Communists, inspired by Satan, will and are turning it to their advantage.

Nate PorterJanuary 25, 2020

Where is the funding and land for the park coming from?

Ann RiberaJanuary 25, 2020

LOVED the song from FIDDLER!! Thank-you! Excellent Article!

Penny UtleyJanuary 25, 2020

Where in Utah will it be located?

CubbyJanuary 24, 2020

No words, beyond words. Incredible!

Kayleen HunsakerJanuary 24, 2020

I have his Tree of Life Painting and have had it for a long, long time. I have always wondered what happened to the artist, because it was and is my favorite rendition of the Tree of Life.

Anna R StruthersJanuary 24, 2020

I am so impressed by this article and this man!! Wow. That video was so beautifully done.

Jenny SvendsenJanuary 24, 2020

Reading this article, listening to the beautiful music, was truly a spiritual experience for me, I felt the spirit so strong

RoxyLynneJanuary 24, 2020

He was mentioned to show God's hand and that the unfolding of events was part of a plan. Of course, God knew that evil men in this time would vilify Christopher Columbus but members of the church should know better.

Diana MorseJanuary 24, 2020

Dear Scot and Maurine, This podcast goes in the books as my favorite so far! The reason being, I previously read an article you wrote about your adventures to find the land Bountiful. Love all that you have done to reveal all the wonderful possibilities of the journey of these dessert nomads. I would love to journey there with you one day. Keep up the inspired work you do.

Mitch BordenJanuary 24, 2020

As a man I can hardly be expected to fully empathize with what you and other daughters of Father had gone through in like circumstances, but I have a daughter-in-law who did. 12 hours before labor was to be induced she was informed that a heartbeat could no longer be detected, yet she still had to go through the gut-wrenching experience of natural childbirth living with no expectations whatsoever. But she and her husband (one of my six sons) were real troopers and have remained stalwart and faithful ever since that event. It is my personal belief -- which I expressed to them -- that if the spirit of John the Baptist was already present in the fetus Elizabeth was carrying at age 6 months (as evidenced by his ability to recognize Mary and the baby she was carrying) that they have no need to worry as long as they themselves remain faithful to their covenants.

Harold RustJanuary 24, 2020

It is articles like this that have made Meridian into my first email to check for every day. Keeping up with world news is tough, but through Meridian I have felt a pathway to remaining closely connected to the news that matters most.

ScottHJanuary 24, 2020

Thank you for sharing your vulnerability in such a poignant manner. My parents almost never mentioned the stillborn boy that Mom carried to full term between my birth and the birth of my younger brother. Nor did they often mention the three miscarriages Mom had between the birth of my younger brother and the birth of our baby brother. It is only in recent years that I have begun to grasp the extreme challenges my parents (especially Mom) faced as they grappled with these wrenching trials. Your article has helped expand my empathy. I'm not sure of all the reasons behind the church's records policy on stillborn children, except that there is no revealed doctrine on the matter. Perhaps cases are unique enough that a general policy of inclusion would prove a poor fit. What I can say is that in the case of my stillborn brother, I had a sacred experience with him a few weeks before Mom passed away. Although my parents did not give the child a name, I now know his name and I know that he is actively fulfilling callings in his sphere that include ministering to my family and those of my siblings. Peace be with you.

MICHAEL EDWARDSJanuary 24, 2020

i don't know. i think i will just watch a lot more tv.

Patrick Elliott, Sr.January 24, 2020

It is a bit of a misnomer that Hitler became Chancellor of Germany by a democratic process as he never received over about 36% of the voting public until after he was appointed by Paul von Hindenburg, who was President of Germany. There is another story of Hindenburg having a son named Oscar who was given a 5,000 acre estate in Prussia and a promotion in the army to general-lieutenant, probably equivalent to our Brigadier General to persuade his father to appoint Hitler as Chancellor. It is said in the backwaters of history that this is the tipping point that gave Hitler ultimate power in Germany and on to a dictatorship. Months into his regime, Hitler was given a confidence vote on a vast majority. If one refers to a process that was fill with graft in appointing Hitler to the Chancellorship by Hindenburg's corrupt son as a democratic process, I suppose it can be said of that if only on the surface.

HelenJanuary 24, 2020

All while studying for, and working in, medicine? Wow!

Mike M.January 24, 2020

In his book, The Great Prologue, Mark E. Peterson tells about a critical time in the voyage of Columbus and his crew, most of whom feared they would eventually fall off the edge of a flat world. “After weeks of their sailing with no sight of land, mutiny raised its head. Finally Columbus promised the captains of the Pinta and the Nina, both of whom wanted to stop the expedition, that if no land was sighted in forty-eight hours, he would turn back. “Then he went to his cabin and ‘prayed mightily to the Lord,’ as he expressed it. On October 12, the very next day, they sighted land. Such a prayer was completely in character for Columbus, for he believed his voyage was inspired by God.”

rcJanuary 24, 2020

Thanks forth ought and insights! Hey, I don't know if this is on your radar or not, but the comma between “should not be used” and “only in times of winter” was added in 1921. Removing the comma significantly changes the meaning of that sentence. Here is a recent blog on the subject which I found interesting and worthy of thought/investigation at Only in times of famine

SimplicioJanuary 23, 2020

A "War in Heaven" was fought about whether we would agree come to live and learn in a telestial environment such as this.

Jo T.January 23, 2020

From my point of view, including Pahoran was not a mistake but a MUST because Pahoran and Moroni both benefited from the letter. It was not the guilty ones that answered Moroni giving him such valuable information about what was happening in the Capital. And who else but Moroni could answer with authority Pahoran's questions? Pahoran was the one who could and would inform Moroni that the situation was more desperate that he thought, that he knew who the offenders were; and that he had some loyal forces that could join his when he came. In my mind, the Lord gave Moroni the revelation with the directive to send it to Pahoran so His purposes would be accomplished.

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Awesome post! Keep up the great work! :)

ScottHJanuary 23, 2020

Perspective is everything when it comes to tribulations. We need sufficient humility to trust the Lord's perspective on pain and suffering. I remember thinking a number of times as a teen that my (truly loving) parents were horribly unfair about certain matters. How different similar matters look to me as I deal with my own teenage children! Mother Theresa famously said, "In light of heaven, the worst suffering on earth, a life full of the most atrocious tortures on earth, will be seen to be no more serious than one night in an inconvenient hotel." While this is undoubtedly true, the anguish we experience in the midst of severe trials is very real in the here and now. Thankfully, we have a God, even Jesus Christ who longingly walks with us, endures our anguish with us, and ensures that we are not required to endure one iota more than will be for our best eternal good.

DavidDJanuary 23, 2020

The question "why do bad things happen to good people" is the single most challenging question in the history of religion. And religion has never had particularly compelling answers. To the pretty standard answer, "we're here to be tested by and to learn from mortal existence," is this additional and difficult question: But why couldn't an all-powerful God set it up so that at least small children and other innocents don't suffer terribly? The real answer -- we just don't know.

RuthJanuary 23, 2020

Thank you!! This is exactly what I have been craving every Sunday when I attend Sacrament meetings. This world is such a mess with so much evil that I - in fact all of us - have a deep need for motivation and inspiration to focus on our beloved Savior. We are hungry for the hope, peace, trust, comforting encouragement and sweet spirit that such talks as you describe can bring us. We actually need this everyday but at least in every single sacred Sacrament meeting!!

DianeJanuary 23, 2020

Excellent article! Lots of food for thought. It gives a great perspective on our trials and challenges.

DianeJanuary 23, 2020

Excellent article! Lots of food for thought. Thank you.

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Awesome post! Keep up the great work! :)

MaryannJanuary 22, 2020

Kristin---I agree! Cinderella never allowed the mistreatment she received to cause her to be bitter. She remained kind and was able to enjoy the good things in her life, even the little animal critters.

MaryannJanuary 22, 2020

My heart breaks for this sister. I understand her feelings about not wanting her children to be without a father, but his behavior will ultimately be extremely damaging to them as well. It is fine to say that she should "heed him not," but that is almost impossible for a woman who hears her husband verbally abuse her on a regular basis. I cannot imagine remaining in such a demoralizing situation. I hope this sister will reach out to her family for support and remove herself from this situation.

Corrine ParkesJanuary 22, 2020

I'm so thankful you wrote this. I'm a woman, and I was told through Father's patriarch, that I'd have to wait for children. The longing of a mothering heart is nothing compared to a mother's pain and longing. I'm so sorry that you must wait to know your daughter. Thank you for the course you found, the anchor of the truths of the gospel. You are an example to everyone who reads this, parent or not.

Geoff SteurerJanuary 22, 2020

Thank you, Tim, for this wonderful article. Fathers matter - I see it in my office everyday as a marriage and family therapist.

roxanneJanuary 22, 2020

i couldn't have said it better. Can one really have enough books? i am always adding to my collection.

RuthJanuary 22, 2020

On the other hand.......I was married for many years to a man I adored and married in the temple that was a secret pedophile and child molester. After 6 daughters and one son and many years I learned of his abuse on all of my children. He was the opposite of all these great qualities in your article. I can't begin to tell you of the horrible life he gave us all that is still awful. The damage is life-long for all. You probably will not share this but you should because it's more common than people realize. There is absolutely nothing more devastating and heartbreaking for any child or mother to face. There are things much, much more painful than death.

John HillJanuary 22, 2020

Thank you, Rachel, for a perceptive article. We also accepted professional assignments abroad that allowed our family to see the beginnings of the Church in several lands---Egypt (two years), Jamaica (almost two years), Zambia (more than three years) and Romania (four and a half years). Later on, my wife and I served missions for the Church in Madagascar and South Africa. Those real life experiences were not easy, but they introduced us to so many faithful people in the developing world. We were greatly blessed to know them---many of whom we stay in touch with today.

Don NesbittJanuary 21, 2020

I love what I found in the Red HandbookII Stillborn Children (Children Who Die before Birth) Temple ordinances are not performed for stillborn children. However, this does not deny the possibility that a stillborn child may be part of the family in the eternities. Parents are encouraged to trust the Lord to resolve such cases in the way He knows is best. The family may record the name of a stillborn child on the family group record, followed by the word stillborn in parentheses.

MaryannJanuary 21, 2020

I am wondering if some of these experiences are too sacred to share. Often the results of circulating these accounts so freely is that thousands are asking, "What's wrong with me? Why haven't I had this experience when I needed it so much?" While we can know that our loved ones who are deceased, and angels, are supporting to us, it seems more important to me that we carefully cultivate a relationship with the Holy Ghost and our Savior for reliance and comfort.

Gordon BrownJanuary 21, 2020

I take considerable delight when non-members present information that reinforces my testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Not too many years ago a non-member, metallurgist by profession, but a serious devotee to archeology wrote a book titled, "Black Holes in the Dead Sea Scrolls." In this book, the author, Robert Feather, presented a hypothesis that the temple ruins of Armana Egypt are strongly tied to the Essenes. In books that followed, Feather presented reliefs from the Amarna region that would have significance to me as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One relief showed what Feather believes to be a priest of the temple. The photograph of the relief shows a man dressed in a hat/cap with pleats, tethered with a string to a pleated robe. Where there is no coloration in the relief it may be assumed that the cap and robe were white. As I have watched movies with depictions of pharaohs, I have noticed that their skirts have crisp pleats and have invariably been white. Were these pleated skirts representative of the power of the pharaoh? Or was there some other symbolism?

Vic DietzJanuary 21, 2020

“It is deafening, the silence a dead baby makes.” So eloquent, so poignant. Your willingness to share is an act of ministry at the most tender level. I choose to believe children are ours when they stir with life; the Church made an administrative selection many decades ago that is simply that, an objective,administrative standard based on now primitive medical standards. I look forward to meeting our miscarried child with a peace born of similar searching and a discovery of faith. Bless you.

HalJanuary 21, 2020

I can't believe that there are still people who think it is constitutional to revive the Equal Rights Amendment. There is a 7-year limit to ratify amendments - period. Somehow people think that states can still ratify the ERA almost 40 years after the original legislation. No, they have to start the process all over again. Not that it matters, many of the hidden agendas of the ERA proponents have been covertly made into law one at a time either state by state or via Supreme Court rulings. Truly Satan is binding us with his flaxen cords and leading us carefully (ever so carefully) down to hell.

Karryn HunterJanuary 21, 2020

Thank you for your enlightenment on Nephi's vision of the Tree of Life. I have learned so much, and been given spiritual blessings testifying of. The truths you are teaching

GP SCHATZMANJanuary 21, 2020

Very sad that a man could treat his wife this way, Temple covenants mean everything including treating each other with love and respect. Anyone that expects a woman's body to look like it did before children is just not realistic. Loving someone includes loving them UNCONDITIONALLY and without unrealistic expectations. Keep your love alive and be creative about it! most especially leave outside influences OUTSIDE and stay away from them.

Steve WilsonJanuary 21, 2020

Great insights again Wally and Barbara. I love the idea of looking for insights and inspiration during the sacrament while focusing on the covenant with Christ. Thanks

HalJanuary 21, 2020

Wonderful article, thank you! Disney is far from what I believe Walt Disney envisioned. I remember an interview with Annette Funnicello some years ago. When she left Disney and was cast in the beach movies of the 1960's, she said Walt came to her and personally asked her to not wear a two-piece bathing suit in the movies. He told her that her fans would always associate her with wholesomeness and she would do well to maintain that image. As a result, she wore modest, one-piece swim suits in all the movies she starred in. Now, however, Disney seems to push the limits of what is appropriate for a "family" film and Disney stars frequently go off the rails when they leave Disney.

ShaneJanuary 21, 2020

This is a great article full of truth! As a former Bishop, I dealt with pornography effected relationships almost weekly. Virtually every person I worked with who committed adultery or fornication, watched pornography to some degree prior. I saw men who couldn’t have sex with their wives because of their addiction to porn. They would look at their wives negative features and would not feel that love anymore. They were “past feeling” in their actions and emotions. Pornography truly does kill love. Thank you for this great article!

LMJanuary 21, 2020

I needed this! I've been struggling for a dozen years with a similar comment by my husband. My second marriage, his first, we'd been married about ten years when he told me he didn't like to touch me intimately because he felt I was "dirty" since I wasn't a virgin like him when we were married. Yet I was "good enough" to have sexual relations on a regular basis. I was stunned and devastated. My first marriage dealt with adultery and I had body imaging problems I'd worked through, thanks to thinking my second husband thought differently about me. It wasn't like he didn't know when we were married--he became an instant stepfather. Because of the history of abuse in my life, it took me another ten years or so to recognize that HE too is verbally abusive and controlling--and has been since before we were married. At the time, I realize now, he was just less abusive than my family of origin and my first husband so he looked non-abusive. Years of him blaming me, saying I'm unlovable, barely tolerable, and yes, even abusive towards him (because I don't do the dishes every day) have made me feel like everything is my fault. I'm not perfect and I've made some doozies myself along the way but I see things more clearly now in regards to HIS treatment towards me. It's possible he's never righteously held the Priesthood since we married--and everything makes sense now. Unfortunately, health issues (most likely related to a lifetime of emotional abuse) trap me in this marriage but I'm in therapy to learn skills to "heed [him] not." Thank you!

Judith La MontagneJanuary 21, 2020

Your own inventive and clear writing shouts out that you are a confirmed reader. Nothing improves writing as much as reading. I am also indebted to E. B. White!

Samantha from TennesseeJanuary 21, 2020

I have always called myself 'the bookaholic' -- with bookshelves packed to bursting, stacked on the floor around my bed, under it, in boxes, everywhere! As a child I read every horse book in our branch of the library, then started westerns, histories, biographies. They are my friends, transporting me to other ways of life, other countries, other worlds. When it came to writing papers for school, I'd find myself engrossed in our unabridged dictionary! I resisted new technology -- I love the feel, the smell of a good book in my hands. But, alas! My friends were pushing me out of house and home! I bought a I carry my 1,000+ friends in my purse!

Judi EnglishJanuary 21, 2020

What a delightful article! Thank you for putting into words how I, too, feel about books. I read everything...including mysteries, self-help, nature, animals, travel all the way down to cereal boxes and milk cartons. Thank you again for explaining my love of words expertly put to paper. You are so “right on!”

D. A. HickenJanuary 21, 2020

Thank you for all the work you do to produce this incredible podcast.

Susan B CohrsJanuary 21, 2020

Always I am grateful for the prayful time and attention paid for Temple garments' comfort and practical use. Thanks for this loving care.

Gsry DennisJanuary 21, 2020

There is a much bigger picture to the length of our lives, for the length of our time here is pre-determined, whether we drink milk, with any fat content, or no milk at all. Possibly we should be more concerned about the content of our lives, rather than the content of the milk we may or may not drink.

ERIC CHASEJanuary 21, 2020

All I can say is a huge amen!! This article is spot on. We should leave our sacrament meetings feeling uplifted, inspired, and desiring to more fully follow our Savior. Great job!

Wendy LanderJanuary 20, 2020

LOVE your article, Marilyn!! As a child, I would read a book under the desk in class. I would walk home from school reading. I don't know how I didn't fall asleep I was notorious for 'tripping over a matchstick'. My nickname was Bookworm Bertie (from maiden name Burton). You have made such a life of reading, it makes my efforts look paltry. Congratulations, well done and thank you so much for sharing

Ingrid LJanuary 20, 2020

My home teacher years ago shared that he had served his mission in Africa, Since then I would imagine myself congregating in a simple hut sweating profusely in the heat yet having the biggest smile on my face thanking the Lord for providing us a place to learn His word and will. It just feels so good to gather with fellow saints as Zion.

J COLLINS MEEKJanuary 20, 2020

Dear Kim White, Thank you for sharing the ecstasy and the agony. I don't know what your personal revelation was, but here is mine. Our little one was stillborn, but she got what she came to earth for: her body. So, of course, after a while, we named her, and she is on record with the province's vital statistics and in our family records, and on the records of the Church. We look forward to meeting her on the other side when we graduate. She just graduated stunningly early. All love to you and your little sweetheart. - Doc Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, Jan 20. 2020

Margaret YoungJanuary 20, 2020

Dear Craig--then we will have to see you in Paris! I have heard so much about the good you did in the Congo and am hoping to have a long conversation with you and your wife about your many projects. My feeling on the hardness of this project: it became what it needed to be. I feel that April 14th, 2019 (temple dedication) marked the beginning of a major speeding up of the work in the DRC. This film always belonged to the Congolese. We Americans needed to be in a supportive position, not a directive one. The real work is the Lord's, and He will glorify any of our little offerings. So grateful for you!

Gaye Breillatt.January 20, 2020

We served in Ghana and so miss the beautiful Enthusiasm of the members. My daughter visited and attended church with us 2Sundays and when she returned to ZUtah commented church was so boring compared to Ghana. They sing with such enthusiasm accapella and love to learn from each other do their lessons are filled with inspiration and enthusiasm. You are such a blessing g there and the members will Always remember the joy you brought to them God bless you.

Janene BaadsgaardJanuary 20, 2020

I feel deep sadness for the pain you have experienced. I had three babies die before they were born. I wrote an article for the Ensign Magazine concerning these matters and was told by church authorities that stillborn (those who would have survived if born alive) children can be named and placed on your family group records. Miscarriages (those who would not have survived if born alive) have no set guidance - yet parents may certainly get their own personal answer from God about their precious child.

Doug BlackmanJanuary 20, 2020

Enuf said. Time to read. Then pray.

Margie MJanuary 20, 2020

So beautifully written.Wrenches my heart even though four of mine were early miscarriages. You still feel cheated for a while. I came across a book of a mother who died briefly during her delivery of a deceased little girl and she saw and experienced the other side. It gives hope and some understanding. I recommend it to you. It is 'Led by the Hand of Christ" (a woman's journey to Paradise--and back) by Suzanne Freemans as told to Shirley Bahlmann. May God continue to bless you with choicest blessings in your life. Love and hugs, Margie

Jennie RounsevilleJanuary 20, 2020

I’ve been thinking about your article and the warmth it has filled me with all morning. I love looking at the pictures of those you serve with. From my home in Arizona to your tiny branch in Africa... I am so glad to call you all brothers and sisters.

Joy LundbergJanuary 20, 2020

I loved reading your article, Rachel. I knew you were living in Africa but I didn't know many details. This article filled in a lot of blanks. What a blessing you are to these dear Saints. And, from what you wrote, they are a blessing to you. You are definitely on a mission to bless the lives of the members there and to be a strength to the Church in this remote area. You warmed my heart. You're in our prayers. Sending love and hugs your way.

Bambi KochJanuary 20, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I am grateful for the strength you have gained in response to your trial and for helping me to understand. It's been over 25 years since I suffered my final miscarriage; I've had four. It was a girl, after having had five boys. I have few "whys" in life, but this is one of them. Perhaps now I can finally begin to put this away and come to terms with it, leaving the why for Heavenly Father.

Beagle Lover in the SouthJanuary 20, 2020

Slightly amused by the polar opposite reactions to this article. Seems to be a great many people who cannot separate fact from fiction and who have relied heavily on the so-called news media sources to get their facts. Consider the sources carefully for valid facts when gathering info about the "climate change crisis" prevalent in the secular world view. This hysteria was mentioned in our recent stake leadership talks.

V BlackJanuary 20, 2020

6. Do you follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ in your private and public behavior with members of your family and others? No. Children are harmed when they live with a parent that abuses the other parent.

kokoJanuary 20, 2020

What a heart-wrenching and beautiful story. I'm so glad you were able to hold your sweet baby girl. Thank you for sharing. Thank you for putting into words something so difficult. Thank you for helping us understand even a little bit.

AaronJanuary 20, 2020

What can I say but thank you for sharing such a personal and sacred expression of joy, pain, anguish and comfort. God bless you and your precious little girl.

RobbieJanuary 20, 2020

I feel your hurt, angst and all the rest of your suffering having gone through a similar experience many years ago . I never got to hold my baby and there was no counciling. I stumbled on thru tears with family and friends not sure what to do or say. There were no answers but I always knew my heavenly Father was there for me and over time the pain and sadness lessened but the memory has never disappeared.

Allison DunlapJanuary 20, 2020

My brother was an ob-gyn and came across this heart wrenching scenario many times in his work. He wrote several letters to general authorities and while nothing official was given, he was told in reply these children are ours for the eternities. My own mother suffered a stillborn pregnancy and a 5 month miscarriage. As a family, directed by this older brother, we named these two baby boys that are now on our family records. I look forward to the day I get to meet and know these two brothers of mine!, James and Robert!

bettejgaJanuary 20, 2020

So beautifully written that although it has been 36 years since our baby was stillborn, I could feel it as though it were now. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your amazing talent.

Thaylene BarrettJanuary 20, 2020

Thank you for this incredible piece of heart-wrenching truth. It's been 38 years, but every excruciating and wonderful memory was activated by your amazing words.

Debbie HathawayJanuary 20, 2020

Your story is inspiring and uplifting. It demonstrates how you can adapt to new situations in the LDS faith as long as you have a testimony of the restored gospel. How exciting to see the growth of the church membership in Africa. May the Lord continue to strengthen you as you serve in all of the callings you now hold. You are a light to all you serve!

CarolineJanuary 20, 2020

This happened to my son and daughter-in-law a year and a half ago and without their testimonies of the restored gospel I don't see how they would be surviving it. The funeral with the little casket was so comforting because of the truths of eternal families and an eventual reunion with their baby boy Nicholas. So, so sad, but so grateful for the gospel.

Marcela StaceyJanuary 20, 2020

In October of 2019 I was visiting Rwanda, and attended the sacrament meeting and Sunday school hours. It is true. The services are conducted in both English and the native language. I imagined being one of the Rwandan members who did not speak English, and how it might be perhaps frustrating to not understand everything that is being said. As a miracle, that was the first day ever in the history of Rwanda that the first two chapters in the book of Mormon were printed and read in their native language. It was so inspiring to see the members almost breathing out the words from the printed 8 1/2 by 11 inch photocopied pages. They read with such fervor. I can honestly say that I have never read the scriptures with the thirst they showed as they read from those loose papers. What a miracle. Such faith and at what sacrifice for them - much like in this article, these faithful Rwandan members walk miles and hours with their little ones on tow and strapped to their backs to attend Sunday meetings. What a beautiful experience to witness these Rwandan saints.

michael hogganJanuary 20, 2020

I am deeply sorry for your loss.

MikeJanuary 19, 2020

"What about the role of God? Does He ever intervene by sending climate events .... to prod His children to change their ways?" I don't know about world-wide climate changes. But I do know about what happens in my front yard. The summer of 2018 was dry and I was too busy at work to drag a hose around. By fall, the fescue lawn was dead. That fall I over-seeded some annual rye grass. The fall and winter was wet.The grass flourished. I was too busy at work to mow the grass. A city ordinance indicates grass in lawns should not be allowed to grow more than 16 inches tall. I was thinking the rye grass was getting close to being about that tall. A notice from the city indicated my rye grass was 33 inches tall. I measured it myself and they were right. I faced a $500 fine if I did not heed this warning. My neighbor, knowing how busy I am at work, offered to cut it. I said thank you. The rye grass died after being cut so severely. I never got around to planting and watering perennial grass last summer. It was a weedy mess. I planted rye grass again this fall and so far I have cut it back twice. It looks good. The Lord didn't water my lawn during the summer it died. The Lord didn't mow my lawn when it grew too tall. The Lord didn't save my lawn from dying when cut short after being too long. The Lord didn't re-plant my fescue. He didn't stay the hand of city government from fining me. It seems the Lord pretty much lets me make a big mess out of my front lawn and live with the result. I think collectively we, as God's children, are doing about as good of a job caring for the earth as I do with my front lawn. And are making even better excuses for it. The Lord created other earths without number. If we screw this one up, he could easily create another. But he might not let any of us live on it.

SKnightJanuary 19, 2020

I wish I had the knowledge now to help me over thirty years ago to know I was a victim of my husband's verbal abuse. I took it for thirty-three years, in fear of losing my eternal marriage. What I didn't know was that he had already broken our covenants, so we really didn't have an eternal marriage due to his abuse. I never in a million years would have suspected he was into pornography, but I found it, and then my marriage made sense. He was comparing me to the teenagers he was viewing. He once told me, while I was pregnant with our first child (after six years of trying to have a baby), that he didn't realize just how grotesque I would look. He couldn't look at me. Years later, after four kids, he finally told me he lost all desire for me. I wish now that I wouldn't have waited another fifteen years to divorce him. I suffered from so many auto-immune diseases, my doctor didn't give me much hope of ever being whole or healed. Such a burden was lifted from me to not have to undergo all the verbal and emotional abuse I had taken for so long. The auto-immune diseases left my body the week I left him. Please don't let your "eternal marriage" get in the way of your eternal happiness in a normal, non-abusive life. You will still have your covenants as long as your sealing is unbroken. He has broken his covenants long ago. Please heed this advice. Abuse is a good reason for a divorce. I numbly waited until I discovered his pornography addiction and subsequent adultery as his addiction escalated. Abuse is enough, as the prophets have said. It's on him now. Your salvation is intact.

Jenny M KinsleyJanuary 19, 2020

we just watched Jumanji the next level. I was totally disappointed in it. It had so many swear words that I totally lost interest in it. it could have been fun instead of offensive.

SterlingJanuary 19, 2020

For a religion that delights in embracing all truth, I have trouble understanding why our people have such a hard time accepting that climate change is real. The science is pretty simple; a child can understand it. It is not a conspiracy made up by liberals, the media, or Satan. Yes, the climate has gone through historical fluctuations, but not so drastically in a period of 50-150 years. The responsible thing would be for the Latter-day Saints to recognize this issue along with the world community and take the lead in being wise stewards. And what if God wanted to send a message to his children about their excess, extortion, greed, and ignorance by sending a severe weather event? Would He not do it by our own hands?

ErinJanuary 19, 2020

I, too, am so sad to have missed this! I would love to have this hanging in my entry as a daily reminder for my whole family to make a choice each day to hold on to the iron rod.

DJJanuary 18, 2020

Perhaps those who drink low fat milk also make other conscientious health/food decisions which could also attribute to the difference.

JulieJanuary 18, 2020

OmGosh this guy is absolutely lying about porn, an affair or something else. You cannot stay with this kind of man! He must be in counseling and fix himself first then you can think of giving it another try. He won’t change unless he hits rock bottom. Don’t think of it as tearing your family apart but what an awful example for your children! Do you want your sons treating their wives this way or your daughters being treated this way by their husbands? You’re teaching them that this is acceptable behavior! I’m so so sorry you’ve been treated this way. It’s NOT YOUR FAULT and you DONT DESERVE THIS!

HEATHER hansenJanuary 18, 2020

I love the details like the history of the names. They are the kinds of things I would find in a study bible when I studied the New Testament last year. Do you have suggestions for study books to learn more of theses kinds of details for the Book if Mormon?

Sue MaxwellJanuary 18, 2020

I have read many near death experiences,and this is beautiful. In the book I have of these stories, I know one of the people, who did not share his name, but he had a very sacred experience in the hospital.He only alludes to it in the book.

JJ BrownJanuary 18, 2020

The ore that Nephi used should not necessarily be relevant to the weight of the plates that were hefted by Joseph Smith's witnesses. Weren't those plates made centuries later by Mormon for his abridgement of Nephi's two sets of plates and others?

Donald HoffmanJanuary 18, 2020

The Churches Addiction Recovery Program is patterned after the AA 12 Steps Program, with one great difference......healing is taught to come through the power of The Atonement of Jesus Christ. Alma 7:11. The Savior will help us with our character weaknesses, when we are willing.

JudyJanuary 18, 2020

This is pretty reductionist science. There are so many other nutrition and lifestyle factors to consider that this is hardly a soke predictive factor in longevity or overall health. There are far more long term studies showing the consumption of animal protein in the levels commonly found in modern society, having multiple adverse effects on health and longevity. The China Study is a good starting point for research. Also, significant writing and research has been compiled by Jane Birch Ph.D and is well worth searching.

Harold RustJanuary 18, 2020

My grandmother's sister, Mary Woolley Chamberlain, became the first county clerk in the nation (according to her autobiography) to be elected as a woman. Her 1896 election in Kane county was a great victory for women throughout Utah and Susan Young Gates was particularly impressed with this giant step forward for women being properly recognized. By the way, Mary was later elected (1911) as Kanab city mayor with an all-woman city council and they were acknowledged by the men as having done a great job after their two-year term was complete. It is also interesting to note that Mary was a polygamous wife at the time but had to present herself as a woman whose husband had already died. Utah women truly did lead the way and we members of the Church can be especially proud of their legacy.

Craig FrogleyJanuary 18, 2020

Margret, we are thrilled to see this come to fruition. You have endured a lot. We learned first hand while serving there that everything in Africa is hard. I often joked that Murphy had been born there. I have loved following your progress and look forward to seeing the film but are currently serving in the Paris Temple Visitor Center. We will hope to see it upon our return... It has been surprising to find us still gather African Israel here in France where so many have fled.

SuzieJanuary 18, 2020

Very good advice given by Geoff. I would ask this poor sister what advice she would give to her daughter if she were one day in this exact situation. Would it be stay, continuing letting him abuse you or would it be to leave and save herself and her children? What example is she setting for her sons and daughters if she continues to stay and be abused by him? The message relayed to her daughters is it’s ok for your husband to treat you like this, and the example to her sons is it’s ok to treat his future wife like this. Staying will only reinforce to the kids this negative behavior as acceptable and it will cause a toxic cycle of possible future abuse. I would encourage her to break this toxic cycle, if not for her own sake for the sake of her kids!

Cheryl ArendJanuary 18, 2020

I agree with Michael.I doubt this would be the same result with raw milk. Also,I find it odd, knowing you do not absorb vitamin D in milk without fat,and knowing lower fat milk is supplemented with dry milk,something seems off? It naturally seems less nutriious but your results show different.Including Organic milk in addition to raw milk could show different results as it is double pasturized.

vickieJanuary 17, 2020

I remember years ago when I had my first only daughter a woman living in our apt complex came over to see my new baby...I didn't know her. she looked at the baby and then said..her husband hates pregnant women's bodies. he hates the way they look. I felt insulted. I was only 19yrs old. I told my husband when he came home what that guy thought...and my husband said he was stupid. I realize now that this woman must be struggling in her heart because maybe she wanted a baby and couldn't because of how her husband told her what he thought of pregnant bodies. or even maybe he didn't want any children and that is how he was accomplishing this. I noticed in the story the woman said she had 5 kids and then she said he wanted one more child. well, if that is the case and he wanted another child he also knew that when she got pregnant she would be fat again. if that is the case then why encourage her to be pregnant or was it herself who wanted to have another baby. I find when a man who is married and has that many kids says those kinds of tings, it means he is seeing another woman or is into pornography. because he says he isn't doesn't mean he really isn't into either. or he might be having issues with his own self such as mental illness and needs help. what this woman needs to do is throw herself into something she really likes and really get into her kids as taking care of kids can be a lot but also get into something she enjoys and not be so dependant on what her husband says. if she accepts herself as she is just get busy with something she enjoys and take care of the kids...then see how things go with that....

vickieJanuary 17, 2020

THERE Are only 2 sides...maybe 3 ...the third being those who don't really care either way....then there are those that blow it all out of control and some of us wonder if they do that to get raise money or get money from the gov. then there are those who feel that yes we are stewards of the earth but ultimately God is in charge of the climate. I feel we can do our part but cutting keeping things cleaner...picking up trash and or not throwing trash on the ground. however we aren't all alike...I resort to prayer and doing my part to help keep the earth clean.

CharlieBrown2292January 17, 2020

When I met my wife, I was not only drawn to her outgoing personality but also attracted to her good looks. Almost 30 years down the road, and three magnificient children born through C-sections, her weight has nearly doubled. I do certainly miss the slender young woman who shared my life for many years, but I have grown to love and value the beautiful individual she is regardless of her appearance, and suspect that her pain in dealing with her weight issue, both from a physical and emotional standpoint, is far greater than my own frustrations in having to deal with such a significant physical change. I do indeed believe that such are defining moments in the choices we make on whether remaining selfish and superficial or growing into a true man of God through loving our spouse unconditionally. Reading your account does not only make me deeply empathize with your current challenges but gets me to wonder about what keeps your husband from realizing how blessed he is having married such a wonderful individual as you. In a way, this gets me to feel more sorry for him than for you, because no matter what, you will always be rewarded with the company of loving people for all the goodness of your heart, when he may enf up a very lonely individual.

AnnJanuary 17, 2020

I’m so sad I missed this offer. Will there be any more prints available in the future. I’d love to get one.

T. DavenportJanuary 17, 2020

This is a well written observation regarding the Jewish people who were not responsible for Christ's death. It is certainly true, and should be easy to understand, that being a "Jew" at the time of Christ did not automatically make one guilty of Jesus's death. The false accusers, those who unjustly arrested him, and those who incited the mob to send him away to be crucified by the Romans bear responsibility. Judas Iscariot didn't perform the crucifixion either, but he was certainly responsible for beginning the process.

JaredJanuary 17, 2020

I was shocked when I read what this man said to his wife. On the one hand, I really hope this man can change his ways. On the other hand, I don't think he will change unless he sees there are serious consequences for his hurtful expressions. I thought it was very telling that Pres. Hinckley's quote said that we will not be asked about worldly accolades at the final judgment, but there will be searching questions about how we treated our wife and children. This man's behavior is pathological because he's hurting himself by tearing down his wife. Geoff Steurer gave good advice, because it doesn't help anyone for this wife to tolerate this horrible behavior, specifically it doesn't help the husband. And he'll probably have to learn that the hard way. I've gone through some hard things in my life, and I've come to terms with the fact that there are some things I couldn't learn as long as I was insulated from the consequences of my decisions.

Brian VuinovicJanuary 17, 2020

My mother wanted to cover a section of her yard with rock. Over 2,600 lbs. of rock were delivered. It was a hot July day when I moved the rock with a wheelbarrow. It me hours to move the rock. Despite the heat and the physical labor that was required to move all of the rock, I did not find the task terribly difficult. About 45 minutes before I finished I felt the strong impression from my father, who had passed away many years earlier, "Ok, I've helped you enough. You can finish the rest of the work on your own". I was so pleased and touched that he was there to help me with the task.

Rebecca Holmstrom Murrieta, CaliforniaJanuary 17, 2020

Thank you for this wonderful information on Sariah! It was fascinating to read and very helpful for my Stake Primary presentation.

Addie Rushton SimperJanuary 17, 2020

Dear Becky, Your account of Christmas Day 2004 was gripping and moved me to tears. Though alarming that so many lives were lost that day and through the following weeks, my heart soared to hear that your group of little ones were saved from the devastating Tsunami that occurred. Another reminder that our Heavenly Father is certainly in the details and ever mindful of His children. It is He who knows when a sparrow falls. In Him we find safety. In Him we find peace.

LorettaJanuary 17, 2020

I'm so sorry you're going through this. As I read your story and the response, the old poem "The Touch of the Master's Hand" crossed my mind: 'Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer Thought it scarcely worth his while To waste much time on the old violin, But held it up with a smile. "What am I bidden, good folks," he cried, "Who'll start the bidding for me?" "A dollar, a dollar. Then two! Only two? Two dollars, and who'll make it three?" "Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice; Going for three…" But no, From the room, far back, a grey-haired man Came forward and picked up the bow; Then wiping the dust from the old violin, And tightening the loosened strings, He played a melody pure and sweet, As a caroling angel sings. The music ceased, and the auctioneer, With a voice that was quiet and low, Said: "What am I bid for the old violin?" And he held it up with the bow. "A thousand dollars, and who'll make it two? Two thousand! And who'll make it three? Three thousand, once; three thousand, twice, And going and gone," said he. The people cheered, but some of them cried, "We do not quite understand. What changed its worth?" Swift came the reply: "The touch of the Master's hand." And many a man with life out of tune, And battered and scarred with sin, Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd Much like the old violin. A "mess of pottage," a glass of wine, A game — and he travels on. He is "going" once, and "going" twice, He's "going" and almost "gone." But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd Never can quite understand The worth of a soul and the change that is wrought By the touch of the Master's hand. We can be scarred by life and the terrible words and actions of others. However, your beautiful body bore six beautiful children. It continues to allow you to care for them, to serve your family, and to exercise your talents to glorify the Lord (whether it be music, cooking, running, teaching--God gave us all gifts, and He rejoices when we grow in them). I'm sorry that your husband can't see the beautiful music you play. Hold on to those who can hear the touch of the Master's hand in you, who can see your value. God, above all, certainly does.

KateJanuary 17, 2020

Oh please. If you have read the scriptures, especially the Doctrine and Covenants you should know that we have been given stewardship of the earth by our Heavenly Parents. If we screw it up by not being wise in our use of resources, we WILL be held accountable. God is really good at letting us live with the consequences of our shortsightedness and willful disobedience. We are to "dress and keep" the earth, not plunder it and squander its plenty and gorge ourselves on what we can wrest from it. We will be held responsible.

KarenJanuary 17, 2020

I wish I had known this so many years ago. My husband used words to undercut me whenever he could "find" a reason. Thirty years later I sometimes hear his voice and what he deliberately said to hurt me. It does it easier over time to shut those voices out but the words hurt more than the smacks ever did.

MikeJanuary 17, 2020

For years I just got upset every time someone would spout "Global Warming". Mainly because just a few years prior everyone was spouting "New Ice Age". Those what want to blame us humans are often those that want to tax us for the problem. But those taxes often line their pockets and are almost never used to solve any problems. To blame humans for natural trends, cosmic interference and God's actions to help us become more humble is a little more then just crazy it is sinister. Having said that I will also say that I have come to the conclusion that humans ARE to blame for climate change. Only not in the way that society is trying to claim. We are responsible for climate change due to our actions against God. I believe that it is our collective sinful nature that is causing climate change. If we didn't sin and if we lived all of the laws of God then there would be no need for God to punish us. If we were living like the Nephites around 40AD then we would be living in harmony with each other and the world. We would not abuse each other, nor would we abuse our planet. In my opinion the only real solution for climate change is for us to start living the way God intended, stop sinning and start repenting. Then God can remove the scourge and allow the world to live with us in peace.

Justin MJanuary 17, 2020

I think the entire pre-supposition of this article is addressed with one statement from the title page of the Book of Mormon (this page written by Mormon) referring to the remnant of the house of Israel not being cast off forever, having their covenants remembered, etc

DJJanuary 17, 2020

Unfortunately I am sure many women are in this or a similar situation. As a newly wed, my husband told me, “It’s so hard to love you when you are unattractive to me 90% of the time.” That was 45 years ago, and it took many years for that sting to go away. As to temple covenants, listen to the words of the sealing ceremony and you will see that it is the husband in this case who has broken his covenants. The objectification of women is so pervasive many of us just accept it as normal—but it is not! Thank you for a timely column.

Warren AstonJanuary 17, 2020

Denise, you are correct that the water flow NOW is tiny and none of us would call it a "river." The article, however, was pointing out through photos and commentary by a scientist that the valley has the unmistakable traces of a large and long-lasting river. Granite does not weather easily. So when Nephi describes it as a river, flowing constantly, we can still see the evidence today that in pre-modern times it was.

Chris EdmundsJanuary 16, 2020

Thank you for the great write up and memory. My father is the Elder Edmunds referenced in the article and missionary companion to Elder Suman. I remember him telling this story to us but I didn't remember Elder Suman's name. "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise."

W A LevittsJanuary 16, 2020

@Michael Hirt, I believe you make a very good point. I have drunk milk my entire life. I'm now in my early 60s, most people would think I am maybe mid 50s. (My health is very good too, in fact I take no meds at all... I don't need any). I currently drink 2% daily, and have most of my adult life. However, this is my point in commenting here, from a young child until late teens I mostly drank Raw cows milk, with Raw goats milk periodically.

Carly DavisJanuary 16, 2020

Hi, I got the exact same things from the movie. I did the s-anon program, a 12 step program for people with loved ones in sex/pornography addiction, and would read the healing through Christ manual, LOOOVED IT!! I got so much out of it and I remembered the principle of "do the next right thing" and basically a lot of it was also about co-dependency. Both of those principles have helped me a lot. I REALLY admire your perspective and your bravery to share that because it's needed!!! I'm in a social work master's program to help people with these types of issues and it's nice to hear people with similar perspectives and experiences and that speak out and share!!

Jackie M WassmanJanuary 16, 2020

I found this very interesting. I am amazed at the amount of research has gone into this and that you could find these places just from the Book of Mormon. I realize that you go much deeper than I do, but to me it is fascinating. I really enjoy reading these kind of things. Thank you

Kristin WildeJanuary 16, 2020

I always thought that Cinderella was a real hero - a type of the suffering servant like Christ, but not a victim. She was endlessly kind and charitable and loyal despite her circumstances foisted upon her she was wise to the faults of those around her and annoyed by them but refused to participate in contention. She was ill used but didn’t let her circumstances dictate her mood. This is why Cinderella has been an inspiration to me.

Cheya WeberJanuary 16, 2020

I am so grateful for you, your studying and learning, and your understanding of the gifts of the Spirit, and the important things that deserve our focus. I'm grateful the Lord has blessed you with a keen intellect and the ability to express and share your insights with others. I know you received help from the Holy Ghost in organizing your thoughts and your testimony. The same Spirit testified to me often throughout this article of the truthfulness expressed. What a glorious time to be alive when we can bask in the Light and Love that so freely is offered. I rejoice with you, Wally, and the teaching of the Prophet Joseph and the Restoration of simple, yet glorious gospel principles. Thank-you for being an instrument in the Lord's hand and sharing this with us.

Dan GuaspJanuary 16, 2020

First let me say I am amazed at the time and effort that has been put into finding the possible directions of Lehi's journey as well as the many place Nephi talks about that they stopped. My question is this, what are we to gain be knowing the route the took or this many places or is it what some have choose to do while on this earth. I do not want anyone to think I am down playing the work that has been down.

Cynthia CarlsonJanuary 16, 2020

Thank you, Joni, for always inspiring others through your writing! With warmest wishes for 2020!

Randy CookJanuary 16, 2020

Bro. Lawrence, Great article! With the current political and junk science frenzy of global climate alarmism you are quite brave to even suggest that God is in control of the world rather than man. You may even be branded a heretic by their secular humanistic- scientific religion. Two of my favorite scriptures regarding the last days are Eph. 4:14 and Hebrews 13:9 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Hebrews 13:9 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. I used to consider these scriptures only with regard to religious doctrines of other churches, but now I understand that politicians and the news media have become the purveyors of the junk science of the world ending predictions. These are strong winds of worldly doctrine. There are two other scriptures that has given me confidence regarding the future of the world, D&C 59:20 and D&C 104:17: 59:20 And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion. 104:17 For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves. I believe I am responsible for my stewardship use of the earth but it would be heretical to think I could, by my puny effort, overwhelm or hijack God’s intended purposes in His creation of this and many other worlds. I am sure that there was only one Savior of the World and He already saved it and us. God’s prophet, Russel Nelson, has urged us to prepare for the second coming. I personally think the second coming is overdue. God has a larger vision of His Plan than me and I am sure that no one knows when or how the world will end except God.

Denise YoungJanuary 16, 2020

When reading this account I had to laugh about the size of the river. My daughter grew up in Mesa AZ. When she moved to the Eastern U.S. she was amazed at how big a river really is. What we refer to here as river is often time not much more than a creek.

Michael HirtJanuary 16, 2020

Have you considered doing the same with Raw milk? You may find that the pasteurization and processing of milk is the real culprit. The idea that we kill all the natural things in milk and then add back nutrients makes "milk" something else. It's not milk anymore. Please perform your test on Raw milk before you draw conclusions about milk that may not even be there at all.

MerrileeJanuary 16, 2020

I’m grateful for you sharing that perspective of the helpless princesses! I’m also rejoicing today as I’m processing out of my victim position! I fell into it as a child so I didn’t have tools to come out by myself, except for one- a guarding angel repeatedly told me I was a child of God. So I have seen Cinderella in a situation where she needed to overcome difficult circumstances and the fairy godmother as the helicopter rescuer at times and the guide with the right advice at other times. In any case it’s important for all of us to remember that challenges of imperfect characteristics are important for us to have and overcome with Gods help.

sally jo winebrennerJanuary 16, 2020

If one visits the Susan B. Anthony home in Rochester, N.Y. they will see in a preservation case, a Black Silk dress on a form, that was a gift from the women of Utah to SBA. It was made from the silk worms of the Utah women's silk industry. Miss Anthony was very proud of her "sisters" in Utah fighting for the rights of women...

Lynette A LewisJanuary 16, 2020

Thank you for that 're-direction' so that I can help my little grand daughters see the higher example of the One who constantly serves and gives like the fairy godmother.

CW2SADJanuary 16, 2020

This is why, if I was a woman, I would want to be Naomi, mother-in-law to Ruth in the Book of Ruth. Here was a woman who lost her husband and sons, but loved her daughter-in-law enough to not only respect her (Ruth), but to ensure her future would be blessed. A great woman indeed...

michael hogganJanuary 16, 2020

My point in my previous comment was that when people are allowed to self-identify as members of a group designated as underprivileged, the whole thing falls apart. Just to be clear, I would be classified as a straight white dude.

BillJanuary 16, 2020

Wonderful assessment about the hysteria happening about Climate Change. God is in charge and we all need to listen and act responsibly.We must be good stewards of earth. The fires in Australia mostly were caused by dry lightning strikes in inaccessible hill country aggravated by a period of dry weather. Unfortunately little has been done to remove the trash that accumulates under gum trees. Large areas have been locked up for years so making the situation worse. I can report from Australia that the situation has improved --the Area Presidency requested we fast for relief from bush fires and drought and its happened.Some rain has fallen, the heat is going and more rain is coming. Miracles happen if we believe and have faith--Heavenly Father does hear us

Herm OlsenJanuary 15, 2020

God indeed impacts world weather events. But so does mankind! What a load of soggy logic to imply that we have no stewardship over Mother Earth. We have drilled it, dug it, polluted it for generations. Air Quality is OUR responsibility, not God’s. Water quality is OUR obligation. We must not mess in our own nest and pretend we have no duty to the environment, to God - and to mankind! God will do what He will. But he will not excuse us for our own slipshod behavior toward this magnificent gift of Earth which He has given us.

Ed GoldthorpJanuary 15, 2020

I appreciate that there are some, not quite enough, which speaks to why this topic grabs so much attention, we simply live at a time of doubters. A population working hard to dismiss God in the discussion in the first place. As often as in the wisdom of the creator ( God), he does not show up today to refute the idiocy of man. By doing so would minimize the important principle of agency, but rather as the scriptures have repeatedly, through Prophets, establish an important pattern. That pattern is in the revelations, which of themselves, act as he sees fit to reveal in his time and season, the essential heavenly prophetic warnings, whereby man will be required to lean upon the spirit, to learn for themselves what is truth and what is error. Because of these inspired writings, we have sufficient knowledge providing warnings and teachings that offer us the very thing we are witnessing in the political arena, using climate change as the very detractor to the reality and grand design of his making. Just on this topic alone, I recently referenced seasons of time and change and found this scripture in our modern hands. Joseph Smith received this about the sly of man. Please Read D&C 121: 12-14. It offers the foolishness of man to think themselves greater than God.....he answers in his wisdom, they will fail miserably in this oppressive topic, in Climate Change.

HJanuary 15, 2020

The film seemed like it was conditioning children to accept wiccan ideas and practices which were alluded to at various points in the film.

DL AndersonJanuary 15, 2020

This is in response to DavidD - please hear this in the gentlest voice possible. I hope it responds to your question. Modern-day prophets have no need to tell us what is or isn't directly from Heavenly Father. Although we might hear it now and again in various talks (whether in General Conference or no), we were already told by former-day prophets (OT, NT, BofM, D&C) and nothing our current prophets and apostles say negate those prophecies. So no, dear David - we don't need our current leadership to tell us; we know so for ourselves through studying the scriptures and having confirmation given by the Holy Ghost.

Ken LongmoreJanuary 15, 2020

I am reminded of something I read years and years ago in the Improvement Era or New Era Magazine. I wish I could remember which brother was speaking, but the gist of it was this: Would an omnipotent God create a world for his spirit children to come to to gain a physical body and to be tested that was too small or too hot or too cold, for his plan of salvation to be carried out? Obviously not.

Dallas EricksonJanuary 15, 2020

We know the Earth will change from a Telestial type sphere to a Terrestrial type sphere. That will be like the Garden of Eden or like a greenhouse. Do we expect that will happen all at once or will it be a gradual change like the Earth is seeing?

T. WeldonJanuary 15, 2020

A. Bingham - the dis-crediting of the 'theory' about arsonists was the fake news, not the opposite. The media (satan?) wants to keep the CCC (climate change cult) alive.

Nicholeen PeckJanuary 15, 2020

Thank you! Listening with love is a skill anyone can develop, but it takes deliberate action. No Wally, I haven't heard of that book. Sounds interesting though. :) I'd love one!

J. JamisonJanuary 15, 2020

I have used this scripture MANY times to people: D&C 45:25 How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes, and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind, and by the great sound of a trump, and by the voice of judgment, and by the voice of mercy all the day long, and by the voice of glory and honor and the riches of eternal life, and would have saved you with a everlasting salvation, but ye would not!

DavidDJanuary 15, 2020

But if there is a weather-related event that is to be attributed to God, wouldn’t God let people know that through his ordained prophets? I’m not aware of any of our prophets having warned us that current global warming is to be interpreted as a prod to humans to change our ungodly ways.

Cynthia DeckerJanuary 15, 2020

Sarah Young, the niece of Brigham Young, was the first woman to legally vote in the United States, due to a municipal election held on February 14, 1869 (Wyoming had recognized women's right to vote earlier that year, but had not yet held an election). This according to wikipedia.

Cynthia DeckerJanuary 15, 2020

Thank you for reminding me of the bigger picture when it comes to climate change. After reading that one of my favorite physicists, Richard Muller, had changed his opinion about man caused climate change, I was beginning to waffle a bit. Yes, there's no question we need to be good stewards of the earth, but there's so much more to the equation when you remember that the all-powerful God exists and He has a plan.

Haze KompelienJanuary 15, 2020

What a wonderful story about how the Lord can take simple things and turn them into very great blessings. I wish we had the name of the cook, though, as the beginning of the story started with him listening to the Spirit. I wonder if he ever knew what great things happened from his little moment of discernment? Do any of us?

A. BinghamJanuary 15, 2020

Regarding the theory that Australia's fires have resulted from arson arrests, there is another narrative out there dis-crediting this as fake news. We may never know factually causes.

Dan R. MorrisJanuary 15, 2020

Your article is well stated and right on point. The reciting of the prior predictions not happening reinforce the issue. The natural environment and God have control over what our weather will be on a yearly, monthly and daily basis. We can not control the sun, the stars and God. Predictions which have been made, as to is going to happen, are made by man not God. The hysteria which is created by the false predictions is causing great fear, panic and actions and are counter productive to what needs to be done to help mankind prepare for the future in a positive and productive way.

MichaelJanuary 15, 2020

My thoughts exactly. Man's contribution to so called climate change is minimal. It's mainly down to the sun's activity, nature etc. which is controlled by no other than God. Yes I agree that we do need to manage our activities by respecting our planet earth and limit pollution of the earth and seas and make sure that both plants and animals including birds, insects etc. are cared for and also protected. A lot of scaremongering is also done to make money. I am a marine scientist and it upsets me to see false claims made about our earth.

Janna MorrellJanuary 15, 2020

Thank you for this piece, which calls out the adversary’s plan and helps us to see, more clearly how man DOES contribute to our own demise! Perfectly written!

Albert GrinceriJanuary 15, 2020

Thank you for this great article on climate change. The best article I have ever read, or heard of, on this topic.. We are being fed too many lies by politician in particular on this topic. Everyone should also read Wikipedia's report on the 'Club of Rome', and how they came up with the idea of climate change. . It truly is a big distraction being used by satan.

Carol G.January 14, 2020

It’s a shame that it won’t work on the 3 devices I tried it on, including a fairly new iPad, an iPad mini, also quite new, and an older iPhone .

NicoleJanuary 14, 2020

Actually, it was Wyoming that first allowed women the right to vote, in 1869. Louisa Swain was the first female in the United States to vote in a general election. She cast her ballot on September 6, 1870 in Laramie Wyoming.

HalJanuary 14, 2020

I am grateful for this article! I have an adult son who cut me out of his life more than 10 years ago over a silly misunderstanding. He has repeatedly rebuffed my sincere apologies and attempts to reconcile / restore our relationship. I have a wonderful relationship with his younger brother, but I still mourn the years of separation from this beloved son and wonder if we can ever regain the close relationship we once had. This article gives me hope and I just continue to pray for him.

Jackie M WassmanJanuary 14, 2020

Loved this article I really learned a lot. Some points I sort of knew but it really helped to put things in perspective. Loved it.

Just want toJanuary 14, 2020

Sorry -- I totally agree he is controlling, to the point that he won't even let her visit her family. You have some good points about not comparing amounts of time, but he has her daughter totally controlled.

Gaye BledsoeJanuary 14, 2020

I too died and was brought back. When she told how painful it was coming back into her body, I could hardly contain myself. For this is the same sensation I had. From bliss to pain. Because of my personal experience, I am not fearful of death and know there is a life after this life.

Elizabeth WenigJanuary 14, 2020

What a glorious article! I pray we never forget the things our Pioneer sisters did for us. May we remember their efforts and sacrifices by voting each and every time there is an election and remember their sacred commitment to the gospel by following their example.

K. HaoJanuary 14, 2020

Wyoming was the first to give women the right to vote in 1869. That's why it's call the equality state.

Ann S PapworthJanuary 14, 2020

What an incredible story of Vicky out of the body experience! Other very sacred experiences by a couple of others indicate their gifts of the spirit in having and finally sharing experiences generally too sacred to share. Hope she has continued on with a rich and fulfilling life, although that is not shared here.

LewisJanuary 14, 2020

A very thoughtful message arising from a horrible experience. I am grateful for your articles.

LewisJanuary 14, 2020

What a wonderful history and a wonderful story! Please do more articles.

joyce aurichJanuary 14, 2020

If all is made well in the hearafterthend naturally she could visially see.

Becky DouglasJanuary 14, 2020

The Church has been painted for years as oppressive to women. Nothing could be further from the truth! It enobles women! How refreshing to learn that the women of the Church have been historical champions of women’s rights—leading the way for the rest of the world to follow. Thanks for reminding us of our heritage!

Jan KingJanuary 14, 2020

I'm experiencing greater peace as I've embraced JOMO.....the JOY OF MISSING OUT! When I joined the church almost 5 decades ago I made life style changes which brought peace into my life which I had never known! That has continued as other changes have come about due to health and aging, but the principle remains the same.

Paul MorrellJanuary 14, 2020

I think it’s wisdom to carefully listen and consider counsel from faithful 90 year old women like Sister Stout.

MaryJanuary 13, 2020

Loved this story can't wait to read the rest

Marilyn SnellJanuary 13, 2020

Don't forget to add the Rome Temple!

Wally GoddardJanuary 13, 2020

Such an important subject! Have you read Haim Ginott's Between Parent and Child? The classic! Glad to send you a copy if you are interested.

QuinnJanuary 13, 2020

I choose to believe. And this list is nice to hold on to as a confirmation of what I want to be true. It is always nice to hear positive things and not have to have a long laundry list of things that could challenge my faith. I wish others could just focus on the positive and ignore the challenges. Keep up the good work.

Roland ThompsonJanuary 13, 2020

Very simple and very powerful. Creates such a lasting positive effect on the individual but only takes a little effort on our part. .Thanks for the reminder.

DerwinJanuary 13, 2020

Lovely article. Very applicable in life for me as a father. Thank You

John TerryJanuary 13, 2020

I would like someone to tell me this: Since the Book of Mormon plates were written in reformed Egyptian hieroglyphics, where one little glyph can represent an entire phrase, is it possible that "it came to pass" was written with a single small, easy to engrave glyph and hence was a staple of literary expression in that language, especially when engraving the words on metal plates?

Herm OlsenJanuary 13, 2020

I agree with J.K. and Maya - but am saddened that the publication dismissively utilizes 'liberal' to describe Ms. Rowling. To be 'liberal' is God-like (see Alma 1:30; James 1:5). And Mr. Hoggan notes Elizabeth Warren as self-identifying as 'non-white'. What is "White"? DNA confirms the futility of our self-asserted purity. We all seem to be rather an amalgam of racial identities.

Jeanette WellsJanuary 13, 2020

I feel like this article was written for ME! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this wonderful advice. THANK YOU!

Colleen StoutJanuary 13, 2020

Now that I am in my 91st year, I cn look back and see ( and feel) one great " and it came to pass". After reading your fine explanation, I am more grateful than ever to know each passage was God sanctified. It was His plan for me all along the way. It opens a new perspective of awe and thanksgiving too. Thank you!

Irene BlackJanuary 13, 2020

Fascinating! Thanks for the tour and your service. Can't wait to see when we have our 200th temple dedicated.

Lindsay NuttallJanuary 12, 2020

I cried as i read you told the story of this painting. I love this painting so much. My grandfather (Dale Dawson) was a lithograph printer who lived in Odgen. For as long as I can remember they have had a copy of that painting in their front room proudly displayed (same size as you mentioned). When my grandparents passed my father got it and my children we were excited to see this painting in the manual that holds such a dear place in our family's heart. I dropped everything to get a copy of painting. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

c shieldsJanuary 12, 2020

Great article. Appreciate the scientific references. I echo the words of Michael Hoggan, in his comments, below: "we [certainly] HAVE reached a very interesting conundrum" (my emphasis).

Ken MoakeJanuary 11, 2020

One of my favorite Ensign articles ever has to do with this subject. Very informative and helpful. It's called "Satan's Rebellion."

RobynJanuary 11, 2020

As always, thanks for the laughs. I think this one would go over great in a teenage Sunday School class. I am going to use it as a review at home.

Neal ChristensenJanuary 11, 2020

I am very much concerned about security in our wards, stake centers and temples. I wonder why the Church announced that all buildings would be gun-free zones to the entire world by means of social media as I haven't heard a word about it from our bishopric or stake presidency.

Delores DeVictoriaJanuary 11, 2020

Our church has government permission and is closely monitored. Many Christian churches have not received that permission and are operating illegally. If our church loses permission for some reason, we will discontinue meeting.

Susan CarrollJanuary 10, 2020

I would love to buy the Peanut Parables for my granddaughter, who love dachshunds, and has problems with reading. But the price of over $45 seems really too high.

tom glassJanuary 10, 2020

excellent advise,play it by ear,it's hard but it pays off in the future,stay away from saying nasty things!

Jack DeeJanuary 10, 2020

There is a lot of the New Testament in the Book of Mormon. Not just quotes, but very similar stories (conversion of Alma vis a vis conversion of Paul). How did so much post-resurrection NT end up in the book? Whole phrases and stories from Acts, Corinthians, Revelation etc? Answer: the book was written 400 years after Christ, by a 5th century christian called Mormon. Everyone (critics and apologists alike) seem not to notice that.

Roberta HarrisJanuary 10, 2020

Beautiful writing from your heart Becky about your experiences with the children of Rising Star and the miracle of their lives being spared. Then your wonderful, strengthening words about facing this new year with steadfastness and faith. We always look forward to your articles. Thank you so much. Roberta and Don

Dorothy PittsJanuary 10, 2020

I soso appreciate the depth of your podcast. So much good information, and such a sweet presentation. I feel your love for each other throughout.

KellieJanuary 10, 2020

Keep in mind that if you’re watching the Aeronauts and think it’s awesome because it’s based on a true story, the woman’s character never existed. The other man in the show who had experience flying in a balloon to do weather monitoring was the one who actually went up with him. The woman was added in to make it more “woke.” It’s still entertaining and fun, just not as “true” as they want you to believe.

Cheryl B.January 10, 2020

Thank you for this article that reminds us of the devastation around the world and the sanctuary of our Lord and Savior. How could I have forgotten about this tsunami that killed 230,000 people? We are so fortunate here in the states where we are unaffected by these enormous, life changing trials that others suffer through. Bless you for all that you and your family do. Looking forward to reading more.

Mel ChristleyJanuary 10, 2020

Wonderful blog! I was especially excited to see the additional bible verses quoted by Moroni, mentioned by Oliver Cowdery, which do not appear in the JSH. The blog states that the list and text of all those verses, from the JHS and Oliver, appear in the "blog notes". But, I do not see any hyperlink or other way to access said notes. Where and how can they be found? Thanks!

HelenJanuary 10, 2020

My youngest son, George, died of a glioblastoma at age 24 despite many prayers and blessings. The first one was administered under the hands of every Priesthood holder on our tiny Branch in Sisters, Oregon. In it he was told he would be healed according to his faith and Heavenly Father's will. He died peacefully 5 years later, still hoping to be able to serve a mission. There was nothing wrong with his faith. He has been serving that mission ever since.

Des BromilowJanuary 10, 2020

I will be avoiding Aeronauts due to the pinkwashed revision of history. I cannot give my attention or money to studuos that rewrite history to suit a modern agenda. Probably a nice story etc, but when advertised as true story, it is fictitious.

MARY ELLEN EDMUNDSJanuary 10, 2020

Thank you so much, Becky. I'll never forget ALL the accounts of what happened, as I was in touch wiith dear ones in Indonesia -- particularly Elder Subandriyo, an Area Authority and DEAR friend, who gave significant leadership to all the help given in the area of Sumatra so devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. I thank you for the incredible help you have given and continue to give. Both Leanne (Anderson, now Kirk) and I love and admire you so much! Love, MEE

Scot ProctorJanuary 9, 2020

The link to part one is hyperlinked in the first paragraph. In case you missed it, here it is again:

joel marksJanuary 9, 2020

Thank God for the US Constitution and its separation of powers. Dr Smith has written brilliantly about our most brilliant strategic thinker on the Constitution , James Madison, who deserves to be sculpted atop Mt Rushmore. May it so be. God bless America

JasonJanuary 9, 2020

Hi Rodney, I have been reading your columns on the constitution hanging by a thread. This topic has come up throughout my whole life anytime something controversial in politics comes up. I love history and political science. I majored in American history at BYU and got a political science degree from the University of Utah. During my studies, I came to a simple conclusion. When has it not hung by a brittle thread? I think our LDS culture is misplaced in this topic. I cannot find anything that would show it is in more jeopardy today than in previous times. Sure, most people can't name the three branches of gov't, but that surely isn't the basis for constitutional gov't falling apart. I think it is perpetually at risk just like all regimes are. thoughts?

Richard HillsJanuary 9, 2020

As to the weight of the "brass" plates of Laban versus the "gold" plates of Moroni, expecting that about twice as much material would be required to inscribe about twice as many words is reasonable. But the density of gold is about twice that of brass so the weights would be about the same. However, Reformed Egyptian characters, not Hebrew, were inscribed on the B.o.M. plates (Mormon 9:32-33), otherwise significantly larger plates would have been needed. If Hebrew characters were inscribed on the brass plates, we could significantly up their weight to perhaps 200 pounds. Poor Zoram.

Cassi ReeseJanuary 9, 2020

Hi there! I am in a study group to prepare for general conference and while in discussion of Joseph Smith, I quoted this here from your podcast: Scot Maurine, let’s not forget the fact that every head of a former dispensation came to the Prophet Joseph with his keys and knowledge, including Michael (who is Adam); Enoch; Noah; Abraham; Moses and John the Baptist. Maurine In fact, Scot, we have identified no less than 56 heavenly visitors to the Prophet Joseph with no less than 85 visits that we can find in the historical records. And I’m sure this is not a full view of all the visitors and visitations the Prophet received in his lifetime. We truly do live in the Dispensation of the Fullness of Time—the Restitution of all things. What an exciting time to live! I wonder if you have a list of the Heavenly visitors to Joseph Smith. I wanted to share with the group to back up what I quoted. Thank you SO very much for the depth that comes to my scripture study each week through your podcast.

Tina GavedJanuary 9, 2020

This beautiful article also was an answer to prayer. Thank you for continuing to share these excellent articles from Bro Gibbons.

Karen ChristenJanuary 9, 2020

In the late 80's when as a family we were having some financial difficulties, our 2nd child was in junior high. She badly needed to get contacts for her failing eyesight. She was in a large Jr. High in Utah at the time. The first day she went to school wearing the contacts she came out to the car as I picked her up, crying. She had lost one of the contacts. She knew this would be hard for us to replace as we did not have insurance on the contacts. I told her that Heavenly Father would help us if we prayed. We parked the car and went back into the school close to her locker. How in the world would I find a tiny little contact that had been walked over by hundreds of students? Having faith that the Lord would answer my heartfelt prayer, I proceeded to get down on my hands and knees in front of her locker and press my face to the tiled floor. As I scanned the floor, I saw it ! It was undamaged and a wonderful testimony of the power of prayer.

Chuck SanfordJanuary 9, 2020

In the mid-1980s, I was briefly in East Berlin (in Air Force uniform) and was shadowed by the East German STASI (secret police); I assume they were notified by a local living in the area of the American Consulate there. The street was deserted; I was quite uncomfortable until I made it back to where there were a lot of people (hey, crowds are crowds, even in East Berlin). What I experienced was but a tiny, tiny bit of what this good man (and many, many others) have to go through because of Communist powers. Our Saviors' heart goes out to them, and eventually, his justice will prevail.

AlanJanuary 9, 2020

There are LDS branches quietly functioning in most Chinese cities. I find it interesting that we do not have these persecutions. What are they doing that we are not doing? There are things here that are not seen.

TraceyJanuary 9, 2020

I'm confused. Why is she playing piano at a public/charter school if she is "homeschooled?" My homeschooled child received private piano and violin lessons and thus we had no problems come recital time. I gave up fighting the public school system long ago, but kudos to those who keep trying.

Jan KingJanuary 9, 2020

Of all the very many articles I've read on Meridian Magazine this is undoubtedly the most significant. I'm 79 and I've committed to renew and expand my understanding of the Constitution this year, and this information provides the very tools for doing so! Thank you.

David ShafferJanuary 9, 2020

Somehow I missed Part 1. Next month could you please provide a link to it? Thank you.

Sarah HinzeJanuary 8, 2020

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on writing and your experiences in filmmaking. Very profound. I can’t wait to see the film Best to you Sarah Hinze

Nathan SmithJanuary 8, 2020

Thats my math teacher! I had his class the day after the MRI and that story just drove the whole class wild! My mom sent me this article with the caption "is this your math teacher?". I think she must've rmembered me retelling the story to her and realized that the two were way too similar to be different people.

Marsha NewmanJanuary 8, 2020

Wow, this is great! So informative and fun to listen to! Thanks so much for your efforts and insights.

Lisa SabeyJanuary 8, 2020

“We have a right to our anger" is often correct and so damning. Heart of Africa is a film for our day. Our polarized culture depicts the other as wrong and self as valid. What a dangerous world that is--not just because of tribalism, but also because of what it does to our hearts and how it limits our souls' expansion. That we all could watch Heart of Africa and ask ourselves, "Am I willing to give up anger/judgment to be an instrument for good?" I am eager to see this film--hopefully at the LDS film festival.

LexaGraemeJanuary 8, 2020

Oh boy. Can’t wait to see where this one goes. My son was shot by a friend with an Air Soft gun at point-blank range. When I confronted the friend, he pointed to my son and said, ‘But he asked, and said “Please”.’ I let him off the hook.

John KammeyerJanuary 8, 2020

The number of people who witnessed the plates or the translation process is actually closer to two-dozen, including Emma Smith, Mary Whitmer and Joseph Knight Senior.

HelenJanuary 8, 2020

This is the third or fourth time This month that my prayers and concerns have been answered from my inbox or a FB post! Thank you, dear Emeritus Bro. Gibbons.

Jewel A.January 8, 2020

To be continued? Seriously?

michael hogganJanuary 8, 2020

I agree with Helen.

NED SCARISBRICKJanuary 7, 2020

As a active member of the Church and an active Freemason I am grateful that we are starting to see some information coming from Church headquarters. The story is rich with many details that those of us who are Freemasons could offer for more than just a cursory survey. I know many of my brother in the craft and the Church who could benefit from some knowledge. Pleas contact me if you would like further information.

KateJanuary 7, 2020

We currently have a president who is pretty ignorant of what the Constitution mandates, and his partisans do not seem concerned as he regularly ignores the rule of law—indeed they seem to revel in his behavior. I was always puzzled by the Nephite pride cycle—how did they go from righteous to wicked so quickly? Now I understand.

michael hogganJanuary 7, 2020

"Trans rights" is happening faster than I expected, but I'm not surprised it's happening. Sexual feelings of every kind are now considered both immutable and sacrosanct. That includes feelings about one's sexual identity, not just sexual attraction. We have reached a very interesting conundrum. We have established an extensive system to provide benefits and awards to people of "non--white" ethnicity and of the female gender. However, we are increaasingly allowing people to self-identify as "non-white" (see Elizabeth Warren) and as female. I applaud Rowling and other progressives for trying to put the brakes on things. However, they should have realized that this type of thing was just around the bend from what they had been advocatng for years. I also find it humorous that only now, when their own accolades, jobs and social positions are being threatened by men identifying as women, do they see the light.

Sally SmithJanuary 7, 2020

Thank you for printing thisarticle. to gives me a much clearer understan8ng of how the Lord wants me to a0proach this new year and what I can do to be a better disciple.

Angie MannJanuary 7, 2020

This lesson just fuels my desire for the rest of the year in study of the Book of Mormon. Thank you SO much for all the time and energy and resources that you put into helping each of us gain deeper spiritual insights.

MarkJanuary 7, 2020

Mareveli, the Lord took the Urim and Thummim back with everything else that Moroni deposited. The single seer stone was independent and separate from all of that. As for why it was given, the Lord has not explained. The Urim and Thummim was the tool specifically given for translating the plates.

HelenJanuary 7, 2020

The attack on the gains of our courageous suffragettes has not escaped my notice but to be legally condemned for saying so is most certainly a Sign of the Times. :-(

Herm OlsenJanuary 7, 2020

As I read Bro. Goddard's warming message, the impression again hit me that timing is something left to the majesty (and mystery) of God. Sometimes God hits us right in the mouth with the 'Now' of life, like the man who wanted bigger, better barns. Sometimes His answers come slowly, over decades of overcoming a bad habit or personal tendency. His time is not our time. Thanks for the reminder, Bro. Goddard!

Kayleen HunsakerJanuary 7, 2020


Douglas NadybalJanuary 6, 2020

Learned so much here... just wanted to say "thank you." The insight about "grace' is profound and a game changer.

Pam WilkinsonJanuary 6, 2020

This was awesome to read. Especially since we are studying the book of Mormon this year under come, follow me. Thanks so much for your efforts to put these 11 things together.

Susan MorrisJanuary 6, 2020

An excellent summary of many important internal and external evidences of the veracity of the Book of Mormon and its ancient origin and modern translation. As you conclude, this book IS the Lord's evidence of the Restoration--not to mention His great, sacrificial love for each one of us.

Brett NielsonJanuary 6, 2020

Well, here's the deal. The book is not scripture but it is very interesting. Read it, think about it. Come to your own conclusions. I would never think of the book as 100% literal. It's a dream or a vision or both. I just use it as a vehicle to consider things I may not have thought of. I don't quote from it at church. I am not scared of the book. I have a mind. I have a heart. I can discern for myself. I don't need anyone to condemn it or support it. I can use my own judgement. Why should people be up in arms about story told in a book that is not claiming to be scripture but just the experience a man had that he decided to share? Read it or don't read it. Ponder it or don't ponder it. Decide for yourself if you agree with all of it, none of it, or just a portion of it. The sky is not falling. I guess I can't blame some of you who are alarmed by it. I think if you look at it as just a book of one man's experiences or thoughts or even creativity then you are less likely to be upset by it.

AnnaJanuary 6, 2020

Beautiful, thank you....

Gary LawrenceJanuary 6, 2020

Robert: Very good job. Thanks.

DJCJanuary 6, 2020

This is a neat story. But I kept getting distracted because the article uses their last name so much. It was weird and unnecessary!

Merlin FreiJanuary 6, 2020

Thank you for a very informational article. It is well written a concise.

Carolyn DotyJanuary 6, 2020

Great article! I am wondering how to joyfully think ahead to my possible mortal demise in 10 years...while doing my best to take proper care of my health. Detox tea and whole plant foods for sure.

Anne H. PrattJanuary 6, 2020

That was so beautiful, Joni! Thank you for sharing.

LynnJanuary 6, 2020

What a fabulous article that verifies what we already know but to have it so concise and easy to read and understand. I'm going to print it and keep it in my scriptures. Thanks for giving us this kind of information.

NancyJanuary 6, 2020

I also do not like "to be continued".

RosieJanuary 6, 2020

From the beginning of our marriage my husband had such a hard time growing up & breaking away from his family; a mother that used money to buy her children's loyalty,dinners,tv and home comforts (theirs was better, while his dad served him etc. etc. I fell into their family routine only to have it almost destroy me in the end because I was never good enough for them. Leave and cleave involves both partners and the daughter may not have the strength of will (I didn't for many decades) to see the situation clearly and stand up for herself. How I wish both parents would let their children go in a healthy manner when marrying.

Dorinda NicholsonJanuary 5, 2020

This article is even more meaningful having just come from Sunday School class. This is the first time I remember in BOM studies that we started with the title page and not with First Nephi. Thank you for the depth and preparation for our study this upcoming year.

Mark MathesonJanuary 5, 2020

Again, such meaty commentary. Thank you for all your hard work in putting this together for us!

Carolyn MadsonJanuary 5, 2020

Thank you so very much for this most needed and wonderful insight, most specifically regarding the new children's and youth Programs. As one who was sustained last Sunday as the Boys Activity Leader, I have been struggling how to proceed! I now better understand that my first priority will be to go to the Lord with humility and the desire to be directed as to what He would have me do. It is no longer about checking the box, but rather this calling is crucial in helping these young boys develop spiritual qualities and strength as they look forward to receiving the Priesthood in the next few years.

Scot ProctorJanuary 5, 2020

Each podcast has a published transcript to go with it. If you click on the podcast titles on this page, they should take you to the individual posts with the accompanying transcript. Thank you for listening!

Sally SmithJanuary 5, 2020

This article is magnificent. This is all true!! We can be whole!! We can be free, if and when we keep moving forward, falling and getting up again. Time after time. Hold to the rod!

BonnieJanuary 4, 2020

I just listened to my first Book of Mormon Podcast and enjoyed it very much. My problem was I tried to take notes and lost track of what you were saying and because it wasn't in writing to I missed some. Please tell me how and if available your lesson in writing also so I can go back and read what I missed. I was so pleased you put your message in words that I could comprehend. Thank you

J. McElprangJanuary 4, 2020

This made me realize what I have been doing to myself, "We fuss around our spiritual houses trying to get everything in order before we will let Him in. The problem is that everywhere we go, we make things dirtier." I have some repentance to do, thank you!

Evelyn WillmoreJanuary 4, 2020

I learned some new things and ideas from this podcast. Thank you so much for your insight.

LynetteJanuary 4, 2020

I love the ideas expressed here. Thank you so much for your insight. This is a beautiful way to look at our life's journey. I look forward to reading your book.

PattyJanuary 4, 2020

Reading this I saw some red flags. "He would miss her too much"... Spends all of his time with his family--neglecting hers. After 4 years of marriage, I would think she could get away to visit her family. Could it be that he is a controlling narcissist? I have seen these instances too often now to not pay attention to what is "between the lines".

Angie MannJanuary 4, 2020

Wow! I cannot begin to express my thanks for the time and effort put into writing this article. What a golden nugget of resource!

Rob GJanuary 4, 2020

Thank you Brother Hess for a wonderful article that lifted my soul today. To others out there who are struggling with pornography or who know someone who is struggling with pornography, please also visit which is a resource that helped me. The best day of my life while I was acting out is infinitely worse then the worst day of my life while sober. There is hope and freedom through our Savior and with the acknowledgement that my own best-thinking landed me in an addictive cycle that would have killed me and broken the hearts of everyone I love. There is freedom and peace, only through Him.

LeslieJanuary 3, 2020

In spite of the great acting and cinema photography, I honestly like the 1994 version better. The scrambled timeline of scenes was particularly annoying, making it hard to follow if you don't already know the story.

KathleenJanuary 3, 2020

Touching! So did they get the gloves or have to leave them?

WeezieJanuary 3, 2020

Excellent advice. Holy cow, if only every parent could read this. My life would have been so different and f we hadn’t had to try so hard to have the balancing scale of time with each side. It’s never equal and can’t be. I still feel guilty from my in-laws telling us our first year of marriage, that we spend more time with my family than them.

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Sylvia MillerJanuary 3, 2020

I totally disagree with you, he is controlling.

vickieJanuary 3, 2020

okay to be continued isn't good for drives me nuts not to know where that bullet came from or if it even was a bullet....I will be watching..

Sheryl WalkerJanuary 3, 2020

This could have been written by me. I am experiencing the exact situation with my daughter and son-in-law as this woman. So I really appreciate this advice, and know that I am not the only one who is dealing with this type of situation. It is definitely hard to see my daughter, who also lives out of state, when she comes to the county where both her parents & in-laws live, they will spend the majority of time with the in-laws. Reading this brought some peace to my mind and heart. Thanks again for sharing.

AnnaJanuary 3, 2020

The first about the title page could be easily translated into Spanish and would be so useful in many branches and wards.

Miya ClarkJanuary 3, 2020

This is years later, but nobody is talking about what to do when bishops bully members. Given their authority, when they bully those who come to them for guidance or assistance, their abuse is especially egregious, but nobody is talking about it. What to do in this scenario?

Scot ProctorJanuary 2, 2020

The following comes from the official history published by the Church: "Meanwhile, Joseph and Oliver started translating. They worked well together, weeks on end, frequently with Emma in the same room going about her daily work. Sometimes Joseph translated by looking through the interpreters and reading in English the characters on the plates. Often he found a single seer stone to be more convenient. He would put the seer stone in his hat, place his face into the hat to block out the light, and peer at the stone. Light from the stone would shine in the darkness, revealing words that Joseph dictated as Oliver rapidly copied them down." ("Saints" Volume 1, Page 61).

Bruce LloydJanuary 2, 2020

Joseph and Oliver used the Urim and Thummin not a seer stone.

Vaughn LloydJanuary 2, 2020

You have done your research for a terrific podcast. However, you need to jettison the false narrative about the seer stone in a hat translation method. This false notion comes from Mormonism Unvailed by Eber D. Howe in 1834 (He published anti-Mormon articles in Painesville Telegraph from 1831 until 1835) and David Whitmer's 1887 pamphlet, "An Address to All Believers in Christ." David was excommunicated in 1838, started his own church and denounced Joseph Smith and rejected polygamy and the Doctrine and Covenants and the restoration of the priesthood. Why would anyone ever cite apostate references? In the PGP, Joseph Smith History 1:75 * footnote, it says, "Oliver Cowdery describes these events thus: “These were days never to be forgotten—to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakened the utmost gratitude of this bosom! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from his mouth, as he translated with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites would have said, ‘Interpreters,’ the history or record called ‘The Book of Mormon.’" D&C 17:1 clearly states what the Three Witnesses are going to be able to view. It doesn't mention a seer stone. 1 Behold, I say unto you, that you must rely upon my word, which if you do with full purpose of heart, you shall have a aview of the bplates, and also of the cbreastplate, the dsword of Laban, the eUrim and Thummim, which were given to the fbrother of Jared upon the mount, when he talked with the Lord gface to face, and the hmiraculous directors which were given to Lehi while in the wilderness, on the borders of the iRed Sea.

Jean PetersenJanuary 2, 2020

Thank you for these videos. Especially for the Title Page, Introduction and on the Witnesses of the Book of Mormon. Both men gave wonderful testimony from their personal inspiration and it has strengthened my testimony. I will show this in our BofM Come Follow Me Study Group.

KenDecember 31, 2019

Thank you for sharing this wonderful tradition! Many surprises are tender mercies.

CorrineDecember 31, 2019

Covenant. A solemn, holy, promise between you and God. In what ordinance does it say come to church sick? Where is the wisdom in relying on the knowledge of man? (the word human, not gender) The imperfect knowledge on this earth creates imperfect medicines and imperfect vaccines... et cetera... Father knows the desires of our hearts. Worship does not belong solely to a building.

CorrineDecember 31, 2019

The glory of God is intelligence. Period.

HalDecember 31, 2019

When one really researches world history, we find that slavery was almost universal in almost every culture since the beginning of recorded history . It is freedom and liberty that are new concepts and the colonization of America helped to end slavery rather than perpetuate it. The majority of delegates at the Constitutional Convention opposed slavery but agreed to allow it at the time in order to maintain the Union. To do otherwise would have destroyed the United State before it had a chance to begin. Yes, slavery is a dark stain on the history of our country, but it was the norm for most of the world at the time. To single out the fledgling United States of America as the evil poster child for slavery in the 17th and 18th centuries is unfair and disingenuous.

KristenDecember 31, 2019

I wasn't happy with parts of the movie. I thought the feminism was heavy, despite, as stated, the oppression being a sign of their times. Jo's final concession to allowing her character to get married is one example. As for significant quotes, I was appalled when I heard Marmie say, speaking of slavery, that she had always been ashamed of her country. A reply to that was "You should still be," and she added, "I am", or something close to that. This seems to be the popular attitude nowadays, rather than noting the goodness of the only country fighting a civil war to end the horrible practice. It is subtle asides like this that perpetuate growing anti-American attitudes. Yes, lovely film, good acting, but I'm not recommending it.

RobynDecember 30, 2019

I really enjoyed your insights. They reminded me of lessons I have already learned but somehow forgot. Thank you for pointing me back to the higher law.

Chip WhitmerDecember 30, 2019

Is there any connection between "Mary" in the New Testament, and "Marah" (meaning "bitterness") in the Old Testament (Exodus 15:23) ?

LesnKCDecember 30, 2019

I liked this idea when I read it on Day 26 on the Light The World page. I did a search to see if anyone had done anything with the quote, “Turn the challenge to Light the World one by one every day into a New Year’s resolution“. That’s how I got to your article. This has such great ideas to make this resolution possible. Thank you for sharing your take on this New Year’s resolution. I’ll be sharing this on our stake.

MaryannDecember 30, 2019

President Nelson has counselled us to pray to gain a sense what our Heavenly Father thinks of us and how much he loves us. When we really come to an understanding of our worth to Him and to our Savior, the thoughtless or unkind comments from others won't be so hurtful. We can be confident in our individual worth to our Father and His Son. We can all benefit, too, by remembering we need to look in the mirror and cast the beam out of our own eyes, instead of pridefully believing it is our job to straighten someone else out!

Kathleen AndersonDecember 30, 2019

Thank you Meghan Decker. I am going to read and re-read this article until I can feel it is part of my life. I so appreciate that you shared your insight.

Barry BrownDecember 30, 2019

The problem with Euro history is that it does not provide an accurate depiction of african american history and as an African american there has been a drive at understanding Euro history and not their own. So you have young black children being forced to value all the things that whites have done to build this country. So i think the 1619 project should be told will.this upset the dominate culture sure but at least the truth will be told

ShareeDecember 30, 2019

I wanted to read the whole article, but when I went to it, the symbols for Facebook Pinterest, Twitter etc. were along he side of the page and obscured much of the article. So ridiculous. Maybe someone caan clue me in n how to delete those icons? Anyway, since I don't know everything the article said, here is my comment on the topic. If you go to church when you are ill, you are being STUPID! Not only are you not doing yourself any good healthwise. you are exposing many others to the illness you have. If you are sick, stay home. If your children are sick, keep them home (and you stay home with them). Common sense should tell you that.

Debra McCrackenDecember 29, 2019

So insightful. The little granddaughter fighting off that which she needed most struck a chord with me also. As did also the frantic do-good-er inexhaustibly trying to clean up first before allowing Christ as the visitor to enter in. I have found myself so many times falling into that trap, and forgetting that I cannot "earn" salvation. Christ gives it to me freely if I just humble myself and go to him.

Rick ChapmanDecember 29, 2019

Good comments on another wonderful article by Brother Goddard. As for Steve’s insightful comment, above, add to it the scripture found in Hebrews 20:19-20 “19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;”

Robyn DenleyDecember 28, 2019

I know exactly what you mean. “ Thither I press with eager feet” It will be so exciting. I almost feel jealous of friends who have gone before and know things I have yet to lear.. Thanks for your thoughts

JF in MODecember 28, 2019

That a disaffected member of the church is unfamiliar with tax law regarding charitable organizations is understandable. Probably should have hired one then. But for a national paper like the Washington Post to not vet the claims they were publishing is just plain shoddy journalism. And something I really doubt they would do. So then the question is, why does a newspaper publish an article knowing its claims are false? It turns out that while our church’s financial status has changed much in the last 200 years, the tactics of its news paper detractors have not.

Colleen StoutDecember 28, 2019

Tearfully Beautifu! It is complete, and nothing can be added to it. Thank you.

DaveDecember 28, 2019

Mind blown.... Why is this not publicized more? Members of the church would be fascinated by this. I know I was. Are there more images of the sanctuary? From the drawings and photos, it's still kinda hard to get an idea of what it looked like.

Liz JonesDecember 27, 2019

Oh Marilyn! You have such a beautiful way of expressing feelings I have had in my heart! I had some similar feelings on our Mission and I was only in Texas! That pull for the familiar was strong at times, and wanting actual physical hugs from my kids and grandkids was an almost weekly feeling! Skype kept it at bay somewhat, but the pull was real! That homesickness for our Heavenly home is something I have felt at times my whole life! I sometimes sing to myself the song from "My Turn on Earth" called "Homesick" I get sort of homesick sometimes for the home I had before my birth. For my other Father and Mother that I left to come to earth. I miss all that Heavenly peace where there is no pain to be found. Where there is no hurt and there is no hate, but only live abounds. Till it's time to go back home, there's just one thing to do, it's clear. I'll try with my heart, I'll try with my hands, to make a Heaven here. Remember that the work you are doing is a truly Heavenly work! Love you!

MEJDecember 27, 2019

Thank you so much for the Come Follow Me podcasts. I have learned so much. I listen while working out in the gym. Such a great way to start my morning. I am looking forward to studying the Book of Mormon with you next year. You have truly enriched my scripture study, the podcasts are something I look forward to each week. Thank you!

Lynn HDecember 27, 2019

My daughter-in-law blocked me on social media years ago right after her first child was born. It’s hurtful since they live out of state. Social media brings out the best and the worst of us sometimes. I continue to show love to her and hope that someday things will change.

Louis CarrDecember 27, 2019

A beautiful testimony set to beautiful music. It strengthens my love and appreciation for The One whose birth and life we give thanks. Thank you so much for sharing your talent and faith with us.

Diane Patrice JohnsonDecember 27, 2019

Marilyn, I was just sitting down to look for an email from you guys and found this article. You do indeed have a gift of penning words to paper for all of us to enjoy. My homesickness for my Heavenly home is real and at times unrelenting. Thank you Diane

Donald CyrDecember 27, 2019

I add to Jason Post...

Tony FullerDecember 27, 2019

I think it's more of a generational gap, the parents-in-law could very well expect to be the first, and maybe the only, persons to see the family pictures. I read in an advice column in one paper, the writer said she wasn't interested in being informed of the birth of her new grand-child by a Facebook post, along with the whole rest of the world. (This was a put-down for everyone to read.) The daughter-in-law could go off social media for awhile, some people are addicted to it. maybe when she goes back on she will use it more sparingly. I've noticed that it can soak up a lot of time if you let it.

pamela Morgan roderDecember 27, 2019

Thank you for such a lovely article about Jesus, and His love for the unassuming and “unclean” people just like most of us. I always enjoy your writing.

Ann CapelDecember 27, 2019

So beautiful! Can we get the recording?

Sandra PasseyDecember 27, 2019

Marilyn, I loved reading this article! And I appreciated the comments so much! It has been such a blessing to see your wonderful photos and read your descriptions of your experience! You have enriched all our lives by sharing yours with us! I still think that you should definitely write a book! I know it would be a best-seller! We miss you here in our little valley, but feel lucky to have been able to visit such an exotic place with you. Best wishes with your laundry until you come home!!

HalDecember 27, 2019

Thank you for this article! I already gathered some factual data to assuage the concerns of my less-informed friends and family members, but this article is much better. Another article mentioned that Harvard has a reserve of $41 billion and a student body of only 20,000 which would be over $2 million per student. Dividing $100 billion by 16 million church members would only be about $6,000 per member. I love the final point that has also be reiterated by other posters - I have been tremendously blessed by the payment of tithes, fast offerings and other charitable donations. Those donations, in turn, bless the lives of countless others. If only our government could operate in this manner.

Rodney RiversDecember 27, 2019

Thank you for sharing your gifts and talents. He is truly the light of the world. I'm so grateful for the message and the Hope in the message that this song brings us. Thank you all and we hope and pray for each of you wonderful and merry New Year filled with the spirit of Christ.

Lyle KoffordDecember 27, 2019

This "idealism" falls short in at least one regard: Some people NEED correction and really are deserving of such "assistance" in life. A bold, quick reproach is sometimes necessary. Read: 2 NEPHI 27: 31 - 35 and D.&C. 121: 43,44. Actually virtually all of the scriptures listed in the TOPICAL GUIDE under "Reproof, Reprove" are instructive in this regard. IF one is offended by reproof, there is a warning: Proverbs 10:17 and 12:1. Also Proverbs 15:10

Becky DouglasDecember 27, 2019

Joni--I love your columns! They nearly always strike close to home, yet always have sound advice for dealing with life's challenges. Even when I'm crazy busy, I somehow find a way to read your columns. Thank you for the way you look at life and for sharing your insights! Becky Douglas

Robert AhnDecember 27, 2019

A great article, thank you. As for tithing or other donations made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it matters not if there is $100 or $100 billion in reserve, I'll follow the teachings and commandments. My heart goes out to the whistleblower and their family for not having faith and a testimony in the church's leadership. Even the very elect shall be left astray. I'm thankful each day for Jesus Christ and all that I have been blessed with.

BobDecember 26, 2019

Comment to a comment. Since none of us have met either Mr Dickens or Mrs Dickens, perhaps we should reserve judgement on who was and who was not crazy. It could be he was a bum. It could be if you had known Catherine, you would ask Mr Dickens, 'how do you live like this?' It could be since she is a woman, she is good; since he is a man, he is bad. It could be we should be kind to both of them, as if they were both still living, especially since none of us really knows anything about it.

VardellDecember 26, 2019

Brother Goddard, Thanks for another excellent article. We LDS need to change our understanding of what it means to come unto Christ. Too many of us think that in order to come unto Christ we must do more and be more and be “worthy” of his forgiveness. But that demand for perfection is exactly the heavy yoke that Christ referred to. When we mistakenly think that we must do all that we can do before Christ will forgive us and change us, then we are demanding that heavy yoke. Paul wrote extensively –especially in the book of Galatians– that the law, the commandments, demand perfection from us, and since none of us are ever perfect, then the law condemns us and curses us. A heavy yoke indeed. Coming unto Christ is a come-as-you-are-party; it is desiring more righteousness than you have and taking that broken heart to him and asking for his mercy–asking him to forgive you and change you. This is what you see in all the scriptural accounts that you mention, a person who is broken-hearted about their sins and weaknesses, and who is forgiven and changed because of their faith in Christ, not because of their self-improvement.

KathleenDecember 26, 2019

Thank you for this beautiful, historical tribute to a great prophet - Joseph Smith.

Linda WillisDecember 25, 2019

Marilyn dear, When you reached out to us at the MTC, we had no idea that we were meeting such a bright star in a celestial sky. Your gift of finding words to describe our telestial experiences is brilliant. Please continue to write our unexpressed thoughts that nourish hearts on the days we yearn for a home we don't remember.

BelindaDecember 24, 2019

You keep saying revelations (with an s) when referring to the John's Revelation. There is no s. The entire book is one revelation to John. This is a mistake that many people make and we need to do our best to correct it. Other than that, I liked your article.

David F. King, CPADecember 24, 2019

Excellent analysis. You covered all the bases. Well done. It is a shame that disgruntled former Church Employees would go after the Church like this.

HalDecember 24, 2019

I really loved this article by Elder Callister. I have several family members, friends, and neighbors who are drifting away or who have left the church. I can say, without exception, that regardless of their statements that they "have never been happier," their despondent countenances and withdrawal from family circles and community tell me otherwise. Despite our many efforts to show our love for them they become more and more reclusive. One family in particular has become so unhappy that it shows in their faces. When we do see them, they look haggard and miserable. We pray for them daily that they can find again the joy they once had in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

MerisaDecember 24, 2019

You are so talented! Thank you so much for sharing your talents with me. What a beautiful song from my beautiful friend, you are truly inspired. Thank you again and Merry Christmas!

Laurel Lee Pedersen :)December 24, 2019

Dear Diana, What an asset you have been in my life! I admire your continual persistence and cheerfulness in the face of adversity, and love you for being my friend and appreciate ALL that you have added. May you have a joyful, meaningful Christmas with Randy and your posterity. Love across the miles!

Steve FennDecember 24, 2019

The image of Christ cleansing us as He embraces us draws my mind to our beautiful concluding experience in the endowment. We all approach the Father in our various stages of righteousness and preparation. We have all made covenants, but have kept them with varying degrees of effectiveness and devotion, yet we are covered by the Savior, even embraced by and with Him as he makes us worthy and fit to enter God’s presence. Thanks for your beautiful thoughts.

Sherri HollomanDecember 24, 2019

Oh Marilyn! How I love and miss you! All your words ring with such clarity and touch me deeply with the pictures they paint! Have a blessed Christmas! ❤️

Bob SpielDecember 24, 2019

While studying the Gospel before joining the church at 18, I recall a comment made by my late mother once about the prophet of the restoration. With some derision in her voice, she said, "Joseph Smith. Why in the world would God call a prophet with two of the most common names?" Years later I found out searching the dictionary and the footnotes in Genesis. The name Joseph literally means in Hebrew: "to add, to take away and to gather" while Smith is related to the word "blacksmith" -- one who shapes and fires metal while it's red hot. Even in his simple name, the Lord foreshadowed his work of adding, taking away, gathering, and forging this work and kingdom.

G. LambertsonDecember 24, 2019

What a terrific telling of sacred understanding in almost secular phraseology. Wonderful analogy of the frenetic grandchild. I shared it with some loved ones who would benefit from reading it. Thanks.

Glenna AndersonDecember 24, 2019

Loved your article. I think you will love this as much as I do: On the Straight and Narrow Way Neal A. MaxwellAugust 1971 New Era ...hurry home where a Divine Parent is expecting us and where, in the words of C. S. Lewis: ... No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered children by the time we reach home. But the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes are in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one's temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present to us: it is the very sign of his presence." - C.S. Lewis, in a letter to Mary Neylan, January 20, 1942

Susan (Blackburn) OliverDecember 24, 2019

My son was a seminary student of yours years ago and I remember him coming home talking about Brother Bowman drawing out the Book of Mormon. It was a great way to engage the kids.

KathleenDecember 24, 2019

Great and timely!

BloomDecember 23, 2019

The pizza order call to the police was set up sometime ago to allow persons in a domestic violence situation to get help without tipping off the offending individual. Dispatchers and officers are trained to respond to this type of call. God bless them all!

Gordon BakerDecember 23, 2019

Very well written, and great insight into the meaning and importance of the heart.

MikeGDecember 23, 2019

Very well done, thank you! I pay tithing for the same reason I give to those less is the right thing to do. What happens to my donation from there is on the recipient and I have a clear conscience before God and man.

Susan D'AndreaDecember 23, 2019

I loved this article! Thank you for sharing the joy you feel about Christmas. When my parents married, my father was Jewish and my mother Protestant. My mother shared her joy of Christmas and faith in Jesus Christ with my father and with us, their children. Dad loved everything about Christmas -- the lights, the music, the tree, the presents he gave us, and eventually the Savior whose birth we celebrate. Joy to the world!

S LindsayDecember 23, 2019

When I first read the allegations, I lamented that they were so convoluted that it would take many carefully reasoned paragraphs to weave through the various branches of argument. But this article does a wonderful job of addressing those many angles in a very coherent, logical order. Thank you so much for your many insights, and for your skill in assembling them!

Gary AndersonDecember 23, 2019

Thanks for your wpnderful articles Maurine! I really enjoy them!

Robert StarlingDecember 23, 2019

Many thanks to Aaron Miller for the time and effort needed to research and write this article. It is all well said, and something that needs to be said. A couple of other points could be added or expanded: (1) When Joseph in the Bible told the Pharaoh to save grain during the seven years of plenty, it was a divine blessing given to prepare for a coming seven years of famine. I'm sure there were naysayers in his day, too. (2) Some have pointed out that IRS whistleblower laws award a percentage of alleged misused funds to whistleblowers. It's possible that the motives of Lars Nielsen and his brother are not as "pure as the driven snow" as some might believe, but rather that their actions may be the result of a desire for personal gain.

J JamisonDecember 23, 2019

My top 2 sayings: 1. Its a small world and 2. There is no such thing as coincidence! I went through what Joseph Smith did, searching to find the Bible "Church of Jesus Christ" How wonderful and marvelous is Heavenly Father and the Saviors work - Merry Christmas to all at Meridian!

Sasha KwapinskiDecember 23, 2019

The church is doing exactly what was prophesied and predicted for it originally -- it is going forward "boldly, nobly, and independent," and coming forth "out of obscurity."

Kenneth R. Stevens, Jr.December 23, 2019

The church is setting an example to our governments regarding the importance of not spending more than they receive. Imagine the US federal government being as responsible with our tax dollars and having such a financial reserve, rather than the multi-trillion dollar debt that keeps increasing.

LoraDecember 23, 2019

It is tempting, as they say, to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The movie "The Man Who Invented Christmas" gives us a glimpse of how difficult it was for Catherine to live with a temperamental writer, and how challenging it was for him to try to write with many interruptions. How desperately he feared poverty returning to his life. PBS' series "Victoria" shows how often husbands would fear that their wives were "mad" from real hormonal fluctuations that come with PMS, postpartum depression, or simply the frustration of not being taken seriously. Husbands had all power while wives had none. That being said, none of us have lives that can stand up to close scrutiny. Future generations may look at us with an even more-enlightened eye and wonder at the flaws we take for granted, even as we look at Victorians with a certain amazement (and gratitude that we don't live in the past!) The literary works and the testimony of Jesus Christ that Charles Dickens has left behind are still of value, even if their author is not someone with whom I would care to spend all eternity. I'm sure his character is much more developed now. So thank you, Charles Dickens!

Andrew CurrieDecember 23, 2019

In a prior article it was reported that the "whistleblower" and his brother feel that because the Church has such a large reserve, the members should be given a tithing 'rebate'. I don't know how anyone can work for the Church and have such a distorted understanding of the principles of tithing. As informative as this kerfuffle is, it's just some bitter apostates "kicking against the pricks"--unable to leave the Church alone. As Elder McConkie said many years ago, "Despite the yapping dogs nipping at the camels' heals, the caravan moves on."

essayDecember 23, 2019

One thing this article doesn't mention is the context of the so-called whistleblower - he appears to be motivated at enriching himself (and probably his brother), through whistleblower laws and receiving a portion of the taxes he argues the Church "owes." I wonder how disappointed he'll be when he finally realizes that won't be happening.

Sharon ProctorDecember 23, 2019

I think I see a something quite parallel in the birth of Joseph Smith and the birth of the Christ child. Both were born to obscure parents in extreme poverty. Nothing in their births would indicate how each would change the world. Christ would save the world, and Joseph Smith would make it possible through the restoration of the gospel and its ordinances for Christ's work to be effective for all.

Sandra HaxtonDecember 23, 2019

T.he US Govt needs to understand our Church is diff frm all others. This money was given by al the Members, for the purpose of taking care of each other and the Church buildings. This is all of Our money, and we trust the Church, guided by Heavenly Father to use these funds for that reason. We can see that the US is going to need our help!!!! I hold a Temple Rec so I know this is true.

GREG MUELLERDecember 23, 2019

Thank you for an excellent look at the other side of this case. I am a life-long member of the church living in the Washington DC area. I know how slimy politics can get. And this "whistleblower" is just another opposition politician trying to get traction with a one-sided story.

RC HollomanDecember 22, 2019

To quite the Disney hymn: . . . and a smile [touch] means friendship [love] to everyone. Merry Lovemas to our favorite global carolers.

Freda Van AllenDecember 21, 2019

The comments above are not entirely true. Catherine was not committed because the local doctor would not permit it. Indeed, some researchers have suggested that Dickens himself was mad because he thought himself to be madly in love with the young woman and his thinking became bizarre. He was a typical Victorian husband-gentle appearing to the world, but often brutal to his wife. No. He did not hit her or anything like that, but like men of his generation, he was " master in his own home."

JasonDecember 21, 2019

Outstanding answer to a deeply personal question. Thank you, Geoff!

Darlene HarnessDecember 21, 2019

Oh Lynn this has such a strong message, thank you for sharing your talents, it is just beautiful!

Alex LindstromDecember 21, 2019

Jacob, your words resonate with me deeply...and I’m gay!!! I guess it depends on who you ask whether I’m “convservative” or “progressive.” I’ll say moderate conservative or classic liberal. But I really resonate with your thoughts about “identity politics,” and I think there’s a lot that divides rather than unites. I use “gay” describe aspects of myself, and I know others who use “gay” as well, but they don’t see it as their sole defining quality. It’s an important aspect of who they are, and in my case, it’s brought me closer to God and an understanding of His design for marriage as well as my own covenants. Yet I know others who DO make this their defining aspect and identity. I struggle every time modern-day Pride months) roll(s) around, because although it’s for “the LGBTQ community,” it really just leans progressive. Those who have traditional views on marriage and sexual behavior are kind of left to fend for themselves. Really, I just want to “be myself” (whatever that looks like) within the fellowship of saints. Because really, I’m a human being just like everyone else. Although I’m working to understand what my authentic self really is, I’m not an “outsider” in the Church. In many ways, I choose to believe that. Even if I had a partner, we’d still be two sons of God worthy of love and belonging just like everyone else. Anyway, likewise, I’ve seen other patterns in other minorities. I have ethnic minority friends, female friends and other gay friends who, although they appreciate these things about themselves, don’t make them the sole aspects of who they are. Everyone is so much more (even straight, cisgender, heterosexual Caucasian males!!!). That’s diversity in my mind. We have beautiful diversity on the outside, but inside, everyone is even MORE diverse. You can have a panel full of Caucasian women and still have a breadth of diversity. Back to the gay thing. I know that we can always improve culturally, but when I hear or see “the Church’s position on LGBT people,” I think of all the things I *can* do in the Church. No one has ever said I can love a man in many wonderful ways. I think of all the gay people serving in the temple, in callings, in the Tabernacle Choir. Don’t tell me that we hate gays. Granted...even I have been called homophobic before, so...

Sharon SchmalzDecember 21, 2019

Just found my First Vision calendar in the mailbox this morning! It is BIG & BEAUTIFUL! Thank you! Makes a wonderful gift!! The cover is gorgeous!!

Deborah OystonDecember 21, 2019

Can't wait for Parts 2 & 3!

Mary BellDecember 20, 2019

Thanks to all of you for your excellent thoughts and kind words. We are all on this journey of becoming more Christlike together-and we are cheering each on. Happy Holidays to all of you!! Love, Mary Bell

Karen HaeringDecember 20, 2019

I sooo love this story! What a great gift to his children!! Amazing to leave such a testimony of Jesus Christ for those he dearly loves." No one ever lived who was so good, so kind, so gentle... and the hope he gives his children that they will all be together again...and his gentle reminder to do good for others which is played out again and again in his stories. I love Charles Dickens' works... thank you for the background info to a wonderful book.

ClaraDecember 20, 2019

I’m sorry but I can’t reconcile how Charles Dickens treated his wife Catherine. After she bore him 10 children and stayed by his side, he became infatuated with a young woman. In order to justify getting rid of his wife, he conspired with his wife’s sister to have Catherine committed and would not allow her any access to any of her children. She died all alone. I love reading about Dickens love of Jesus Christ that he wrote about, but the actions toward his wife speak a very different story.

Cynthia DyeDecember 20, 2019

What a beautiful message with lovely lyrics and melody. I hope to memorize this and let it be a daily reminder. Thanks for sharing your talents!

JacobDecember 20, 2019

Oh, brother. I rarely have time to read comments any more these days...but first thing this morning, a dear friend sent me the screenshot of your comment. I will admit, I started to weep. Thank you for being so open to hearing me out. The other essays are linked at the top of the article - and I'm copying them below too. I love what Lora has said in response to your question - and agree with Colin's encouragement to connect with other (new or old) friends who can walk with you. I would simply add - let me be one of them! (: It would be a joy to me to be able to hear your voice and story, sometime - on the phone, in person. Please do send me a note sometime here: [email protected] With the help of friends and our Great Friend - who has redeemed me from my own seemingly inescapable darkness - you can do this, brother! I'm so proud of you. I can't think of anything better than that paragraph from President Nelson as a guide for the days ahead...and, of course, diving back into the Book of Mormon itself with gusto. Links to the other articles below: Introduction – Recruiting Alma the Younger ( 1 – Irreconcilable Faith Crisis? Or Faith Injury to Heal? ( 2 – Why does it hurt so bad to walk away from the Church of Jesus Christ? ( 3 – It Wasn’t the Evidence that Broke Your Shelf ( 4 – Turning Something Very Good into Something Very Bad ( 5 – Does Progressive Teaching Represent a Higher Embrace of Jesus’s Gospel or a Misunderstanding of It? ( 6 – Come Back, Come Back, Wherever You Are (

Lorena HolmsteadDecember 20, 2019

Geoff, I think Jacob Hess would agree that if all the time and experience and energy he put into this article would be to just touch one soul - yours - it would be worth it. You are worth it! I suggest two things for starting your journey back. Start reading the Book of Mormon every day, even if it's just one verse, and get yourself to a Sacrament Meeting. And may the Lord continue to bless you!

Emily SouthworthDecember 20, 2019

Thank you! This article brought tears to my eyes. When we lost our baby, Patrick, I felt as lost as you. But one thing that lightened my spirit was listening to Christmas music... 2 months early. I felt no shame. I wanted to decorate the house early, but that's hard with real trees. I love this article. Thank you.

ColinDecember 19, 2019

Hi, Geoff. You can click the author's name to see the rest of the series, which starts November 12 of this year: My two cents on how to start: opening your heart to the possibilities, as it sounds like you're already starting to do, seems like the most important first step. A second might be to confide in a faithful (in both senses of the word) friend for ongoing support. Good luck, my brother!

LoraDecember 19, 2019

My uncle went inactive for 40 years. Then a miracle happened! His daughter became a member--through the efforts of people we didn't know--and the next thing you know, my uncle started coming back to church. It could be as simple as that, Brother Turner. This Sunday will be the Christmas services in your ward. If you don't know where it is, you can google "Find a Meetinghouse" and it will show up. Start small. Just go to church this Sunday. Enjoy the music. Celebrate the holiday. Do it as a birthday present for Jesus. He's been waiting for you! You don't need to make any big announcements or commitments to change. Don't scare yourself. Just get inside the building and see how you feel. Let the Holy Spirit guide you what to do next. If you follow the Spirit, He will lead you step by step, and give you the strength and courage to do it. We look forward to having you back!

TonyDecember 19, 2019

I read through this article an really enjoyed the information. I belive i had a prayer answered so i wondered why the others were not an its this that triggered the chain of thoughts that maybe i prayed amiss. reserch has brought me to this article.The last few lines is what really confirmed that its the Holy Sprit leadin me. i am praying differently now.. thanks for your help

roxanneDecember 19, 2019

went to the podcast here and could only find the 44 symbols and interpretation that you listed in the podcast in meridian mag, is there an other 30? thank you for these podcast and the work that you do.

Jamie OttesenDecember 19, 2019

Robert, this was just what I needed today to feel the true spirit of Christmas. I was very touched by your quotes and insights. I want to make a place for him in my heart today. Thank-you so much.

DavidDDecember 19, 2019

The Church practices what it preaches! Think about this -- our leaders have admonished us for decades to get out of debt, to set aside some funds and to have a year's supply of food, right? A critic could complain that "hoarding" a year's supply of food is not Christlike and all that extra food should be distributed right now to food banks. But that criticism assumes (a) that we are not already engaged in charitable causes of all kinds, and importantly (b) that there won't ever be any kind of governmental failure or other calamity that jeopardizes the lives of our families and neighbors. When we put aside a year's supply, we are trying to be responsible, prudent and foresighted. The Church is doing the same.

AliDecember 19, 2019

I love this! You beautifully expressed how I feel.

Judith WilsonDecember 19, 2019

This is a great overview of these scripture. Certainly gives us a place to start. Thank you.

Judith WilsonDecember 19, 2019

Thank you for this uplifting story. It just made my morning.

Marie BarnhurstDecember 19, 2019

This is so beautiful! Thank you.

Geoff TurnerDecember 19, 2019

I have been a member of the Church for 30+ years, I have been a doubting, inactive member for just less than 30+ years, although I have never actually renounced my membership. I found this article extremely encouraging and thought provoking - it planted in me a desire to do just as suggested and reconsider. I didn’t know this was the culmination of a series - can I read all of the previous essays? Where are they? After so long - any suggestions of the best way to start the journey back? Thank you.

Desiree Kidman PrestonDecember 18, 2019

I love when the angel in Nephi's vision gushes, (about Christmas!) "Yeah, and the most joyous to the soul." (1 Nephi 11:23) You expressed that same joy and I am grateful to have read it. Thank you.

MattDecember 18, 2019

In the last couple of sections you really just boiled it down to "Who are you going to trust? The believers or the skeptics?" In reality, many of us find that non-mystical narratives just make more sense, so it's less about who we trust and more about what type of worldview we trust. Supernatural explanations or naturalistic ones? Do we believe in spiritual confirmations as a valid way to know things (epistemology), or do we believe we should be more rigorous in our acceptance of extraordinary claims? This to me is the crux of it. Contrary to your title, I think yes the evidence is breaking many shelves. The evidence paints a possibility that doesn't require the acceptance of mystical artifacts, mystical powers, and visions of mystical beings. The shelf breaks because we no longer want to say we believe something that just doesn't seem like the most plausible explanation anymore.

John KammeyerDecember 18, 2019

I'm going to have to get a copy of this, I've done some pioneering research into the nature of Book of Mormon government, and almost have a manuscript ready. BOM government was based heavily on the Old Testament, and once translated into terms familiar to us, is a lot less strange than we might imagine. Checks and balances? Separation of powers? They are all there, just not in forms we are familiar with. The "Reign of the Judges" was a type of "parliamentary democracy,"and the Chief Judge could just as validly be called a "Prime Minister." Definitely not the presidential republic Joseph Smith was familiar with.

J JamisonDecember 18, 2019

Sadly, we live in a time where not only the Church, but individuals will be attacked - strongly reminds of the failed bank situation in early Church history

JustinDecember 18, 2019

Thank you for sharing the joy of the resurrection with us!

Cynthia DyeDecember 18, 2019

I loved your happy article. Thanks! It's wonderful that we can all express our praise and joy to the Savior at Christmastime is such outward and joyous ways in whatever style suits us - lights, food, gifts, songs, togetherness - all in abundance or all in simplicity! Good will simply fills the earth as we celebrate His glorious birth.

Roberta HarrisDecember 18, 2019

What an incredible story of a change of heart and then of love and sacrifice. Thank you so much.

Kayleen HunsakerDecember 17, 2019

Love all of your JOY!!!

GusDecember 17, 2019

Thank you so much for this perspective! It is hard to feel shamed for wanting to decorate and have presents under the tree. Thank you for the reminder that we can celebrate our Savior in our own way. Our testimonies are personal, and the way we express them is also very personal.

Happy CluffDecember 17, 2019

First let me inject, if Gary Lawrence is speaking you will be rewarded if you pay attention. I’ve known Gary, going on 55 years (so long ago that neither of us can remember), he has the ability to see and explain in a way few can. Check out one of his other books, “Mormons Believe... What?!” and you will understand. Regarding “Gift” of Agency. I’ve often pondered the concept of the “gift” of agency. Being given a gift implies that one did not have that gift previously. That is sort of easy it’s a parent to child relationship. The granting of a “gift” requires a giver and a receiver; which implies that the recipient of the gift may reject, abuse, or abandon the gift. I have always wanted to visit with the king-men and explore with them, “why do you want to give up your agency?” Oh sure for a few it was about attaining dominion over everyone else. But, why would someone go to war and risk being killed for someone who wanted to make them a slave. I may not get my wish to quiz the king-men in the days of Alma, but today there are a vast number, even Americans, who want to dilute their agency and turn their lives over to the government of man. Please read Gary’s book and re-read the Book of Mormon. It was specifically written for us today. The Gadianton Robbers are alive and thieving today.

MaryannDecember 17, 2019

This article expresses what I have been feeling for years. Enjoying the lights, the decorations, and the exchange of gifts IS joyful and adds to the season. We can rejoice in the Savior's birth and his great atoning sacrifice without eliminating these things. I am tired of repetitive complaints regarding commercialism. Everyone has the right to choose for themselves how their family will celebrate Christmas without criticisms from others. REJOICE!

Rosalie Madsen PiersonDecember 17, 2019

Another "best Christmas story" that brought on some tears! Thank you for giving us a great idea!

Carla F JevneDecember 17, 2019

I agree with your sentiments! I love everything about Christmas - the lights, sounds and smells all are an additonal way to celebrate our Savior and what He has done for us.

HannahDecember 17, 2019

The mission is a remarkable teacher of the value of love, service and compassion. I’m so happy to hear stories of people who live with such love and service. Thanks for sharing.

Linda WDecember 17, 2019

I love your attitude! You have made me stop and consider my own way of celebrating -- and I think I'll be more openly joyful from now on. Thanks, and have a truly joyous Christmas!

Gerry RobertsDecember 17, 2019

Thank you, thank you! I love the excitement and fun of Christmas! Let me feel the JOY!

MarciaDecember 17, 2019

YES! Finaly someone expresses how I feel! Some of my family frown on my "excess" at Christmas.... starting too soon, too many decorations, too many packages under the tree. But, it is, after all, The Celebration of the birth of our Savior and I want my Joy to rise up to him in a physical form! Thankyou for sharing so that I no longer need to cower in shame for my "overdoing"it at Christmas.

dfrdDecember 17, 2019

THANK YOU KIM WHITE!!!! FINALLY someone has EXPRESSED MY HEART in words I’ve tried and failed to express, my entire adult life!! I long for the ability to express the sentiment of my spirit as you have explained yours AND mine here!!! Thank you for your exquisite gift of joy to my spirit this particular Christmas of my life! It is a gift on such a personal level, my joy is beyond measure

J JamisonDecember 16, 2019

Just watched First Presidency Christmas Devotional (Dec. 8 2019) - Our Stake had a Special Stake meeting that morning with Elder Quentin L. Cook and wife Mary - listening to Pres. Dallin H. Oaks speak of "peace" and how to achieve it individually, in communities, cities, the world fits from the Book of Mormon. I post on FB passages from the BOM or quotes or articles from leaders a lot!

Pamela SmithDecember 16, 2019

Can we all acknowledge that Grandpa Hess, though he may have been greatly loved and respected, was just plain wrong when he opined that “Bill Clinton is brilliant?” Whether justified by FDR’s help to Utah farmers and others, the fact that men and women of the age of Grandpa Hess continued to support the Democratic Party of the 1990’s (so far removed from the same party of the 1930’s) exposed them as just plain uninformed. That any Latter-day Saint today supports the Democratic Party is baffling. This is the same party which voted to remove God from their platform at their 2012 national convention. Youtube video available - simply search for it. And, by the way, the Church has indeed made the following public statement multiple times prior to major elections -- with one tiny word change leading up to the 2012 election: “Principles compatible with the gospel are found in the platforms of ALL major political parties. While the Church does not endorse political candidates, platforms, or parties, members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs.” The word “ALL” now reads “MOST.” And if that isn’t indicative of today’s secular Democratic party, I don’t know what is. Thank you, Bro. Hess, for an exceptional treatment of this critical topic.

DodeDecember 16, 2019

Beautiful. It would be nice to know the rest of the story, just as you would like. But the main message is to have compassion and serve. Thank you. Your father was a great example -- and your mom.

Kathy HansenDecember 16, 2019

Chris's father was a very Christlike man and such a good example to all of us. Chris is so much like her father -- a wonderful mother and friend.

Herm olsenDecember 16, 2019

Wonderful story. Wish we knew what happened to Stanley

Judith WilsonDecember 16, 2019

Great story. Helps me to know that there is still good in the world. In today's world it is rare.

MauriceDecember 16, 2019

Excellent article! The inspired traditions from their ancestors saved descendants of the family of Lehi and Sariah many times. Inspired traditions from our own ancestors can save us today as well.

denaDecember 15, 2019

Beautiful poem. I was wondering if I could pass it on to a few friends who are involved in an addiction/recovery program?

John R McMinnDecember 15, 2019

I can relate to the toy assembly on Christmas eve, one year as we were just settling in our bed we could hear our kids starting to stir. That was a long day. Scot, I am glad you are as tender hearted as I am, I too started to tear up as you talked about the grandmother's blanket. Merry Christmas!

Vicki AshtonDecember 15, 2019

Thank you for this marvelous discussion of the book of Revelation. Your podcasts are priceless to me.

Ed RehderDecember 15, 2019

Amen to all!

Brad CallDecember 15, 2019

I watch as one person after another gets the flu shot and becomes dreadfully ill. They are being poisoned. Take a look at the ingredients: Aluminum compounds: a neurotoxin associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia Ammonium sulfate: attributed to respiratory toxicity Beta-Propiolactdone: a chemical linked to malignant lymphatic tumors in animals Ethyl mercury (thimerosal): a neurotoxin that has been associated with autism, dyslexia, mental retardation and seizures Formaldehyde: a known carcinogen, neurotoxin, and gene disruptor Monosodium glutamate: a preservative associated with delayed learning, and behavioral and reproductive disorders Oxtoxinol-9: a vaginal spermicide Phenol: a toxin that is disruptive to the cardiovascular, nervous, reproductive and respiratory systems Polysorbate 80:a synthetic compound that may cause anaphylactic shock and is a known carcinogen in animals Flu vaccines may contain numerous viral proteins from chick embryos. Pharmaceutical companies commonly use chick embryos to culture flu strains. Fertilized chicken eggs are susceptible to a wide variety of viruses and contain active biologic ingredients that may be harmful to humans, such as tiny proteins associated with neurological disorders and oncogenes—genes that transform normal cells into cancerous ones. A gov't agency did a study of the flu shot and found to their surprise that it was ineffective and damaging. They did the same study again with the same results and then clammed up about it. There is too much money to be made. The CDC has patents on the flu shots and makes a ton of money on them, so they recommend them despite the truth that they are a big problem. The vaccine court, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, has paid out about 4.5 BBBillion dollars and the flu shot is a top offender. Bad idea. Be smart.

Connie VossDecember 14, 2019

"How to Save the Constitution" by W. Cleon Skousen and Paul Skousen was released on Constitution day this year. Excellent book. I highly recommend it.

Nadine AndertonDecember 14, 2019

When I try to explain to others why we don't focus on the cross the way they do, I say that, yes, Christ's death was important, because if he didn't die, he couldn't rise from the tomb. So rather than the greatest tragedy, it was a great blessing. In a similar way, neither the crucifixion nor the resurrection would have been possible without the birth of the little baby in his mortal body. Still, I always think of the Atonement, not Christmas, in connection of "How Great Thou Art"! Interesting comment, though.

Laura BeauchampDecember 14, 2019

I find that in Revelations Chapters 2-3, the phrase, "he that has an ear let him hear" either introduces or follows an oblique reference to temple worship as we know it. Read this in the Spirit, and see what you can see for yourself.

J JamisonDecember 13, 2019

I ADORED "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" when it 1st appeared for me - I read that Jimmy Stewart ad-libbed much of this scene which always makes me cry - I had to recommend the podcast to one of our Institute Admin.

NatashaDecember 13, 2019

Traditions large and small can hold such strong meaning to our souls without us even realizing it! I believe when we partake in traditions our energy is connected to all those who have done it in the past. I think they feel it or sense it or know it somehow. And likewise I think our ancestors may help serve us through these connections in ways we don’t fully comprehend! Such a blessing!

ErinDecember 13, 2019

I love this! I feel the weight of this idea heavily with motherhood. We are the keepers of the culture. It’s our duty to pass our stories on.

JaniceDecember 13, 2019

I've looked forward to watching this movie every year since it came out. I've been hoping it would be available on DVD - ???

CynthiaDecember 13, 2019

Thank for this beautiful and heart-touching article. It was so tender and sincere. Just what I needed to welcome in the Christmas spirit today!

Lisa HawkinsDecember 13, 2019

One of my favorite Christmas stories is by the author of this article: "Jacob T. Marley." I read it every year along with "A Christmas Carol" and they remind me 9f many important principles as well as being great stories.

Sam NDecember 13, 2019

What a beautiful reminder of remembrance and tradition!

SDecember 13, 2019

Thank you for this wonderful article! It reminded me of a very good movie that I watched on vhs many years ago called “The Ghost of Dickens’ Past. I am looking forward to part 2.

karell BinghamDecember 13, 2019

That was a touching tender story! Thank you for deepening my love of Christmas and Christ!

ViviAn RogersDecember 13, 2019

Thank you - we need that reminder of the beauty of the Savior's birh and the wonderful promises. we have from our Heavenly Father.

Jan KingDecember 13, 2019

What a beautifully tender story! Having raised a little lamb I understand the nature of these animals and the need to protect them from the dangers of dogs roaming in the night and from the elements. That the scriptures are filled with the Savior's love for us, as His lambs, and His sacrifice as the Lamb of God, is very dear to me. Thank you.

Hap CluffDecember 13, 2019

Lots to digest. Have to admit you've at least persuaded me to ponder your thoughts. One, quick note the origins of party affiliation of Mormons precedes Roosevelt. It was required of statehood for Utah to have two parties. So depending where you were sitting in Church you became a Democrat or a Republican. Some were selected by which side of Main street the lived. Others were literally called and set apart as Democrats or Republicans. The Book of Mormon was specifically written for our time. The Gadianton Robbers are alive and thriving today. The battle is raging between the Freemen and the King Men.

Timothy L ThormanDecember 12, 2019

I've always thought it interesting, that even when we celebrate Jesus' birth, we partake of the sacrament, signifying his death. In fact, many churches have communion services on Christmas Eve. the two events are meaningless without each other.

LindaDecember 12, 2019

Seems to me this is an Easter song, not Christmas. How Great Thou Art is about the Atonement, not the birth.

J JamisonDecember 12, 2019

This was posted on a member site recently: "The Holy Ghost helps us recognize PLAIN TRUTH, but also PLAIN NONSENSE" Neal A. Maxwell - Did becoming a member as an adult change my world views? I already believed many of the teachings, doctrines, principles, Has it been without trials finding the Church of Jesus Christ I was looking for? NO! But the one thing that most humbles me and am most grateful for is the gift of the Holy Ghost. I can testify that quote from an Apostle of the Lord is true. Thanks for the article

Jacque BrownDecember 12, 2019

Thank you for sharing this story. Your young missionaries are an example to us all!

Boanerges RubalcavaDecember 12, 2019

An excellent article, that unfortunately very few people shall read, because it is "too long". Nowadays people like just one sentence, and they are not to read more than that. I do not have any advise, simply that if you read it you will profit a great deal in your relationships with those dear ones that are leaving you (r) way of thinking.

H NorthDecember 12, 2019

"There are save two churches only..."

J JamisonDecember 11, 2019

That "the Constitution is endangered" relates to the INTERPRETATION by many: Media, agenda-driven pronouncements, etc. Too many young people today in education are being taught to trash the Founders, the documents, etc., etc. and Lucifer offers a multitude of distractions that take away from knowing what is important. Latter-day Saint children SHOULD be taught the Founding documents in order to correct ignorance, or intentions that are not good.

BrettDecember 11, 2019

It appears that you’re making the assumption that those who have left the church *haven’t* done what you invite them to do. That would be a false conclusion. Also, one can see light in President Nelson and his messages and still conclude that certain truth claims of the church are false. Sincere question: Do you agree that there may be valid reasons to conclude that not all of the church’s claims are true?

Lynda A. SanchezDecember 11, 2019

In the early 1980's I was visiting the Nelda Whetten Villa family in Col. Juarez to find out more details regarding the bronco or Sierra Madre Apaches who did not surrender. I also heard this same story and was amazed by it. Their story was more detailed but the ending was the same. I checked and got the information from a Mormon friend of mine in Salt Lake City. Both Villa and Gen. Felipe Angeles were incredible patriots, often at odds with one another but I am glad the Temple work was done (for both of them I think?) Also, if any readers here know anything about Apaches who lived in the Sierra Madre after 1886 or if you have family stories I would welcome them. My phone number is 575 653-4821. I live in New Mexico. Thanks, Lynda A. Sánchez (My grandparents were Latter Day Saints (Ida Mae Tenney and Todd Browning)

David R LattaDecember 11, 2019

I do believe that our Constitution is hanging by a thread. I am looking forward to part 2.

MimiDecember 11, 2019

If anyone wants proof of the truth of this excellent article, just read the recent book by Senator Mike Lee: "Our Lost Constitution." Education of our Constitutional principles can easily be taught in the home with a little effort especially when we make it fun for children. They will soon be on the front lines to defend it!

Alice GreenDecember 11, 2019

There's a story I like to tell about tithing. When I joined the church 16 years ago, and started paying tithing, my husband thought we were going in the poorhouse. Then 6 years later when he joined the church, he willingly started to pay tithing too. And we're still not in the poorhouse!

Adam TimothyDecember 11, 2019

Thank you Colleen - Other writings mostly prose @lostinlearning Robin - poem is my own and was written last week at the inspiration of some very close friends whose climb has been nothing short of magnificent although you'd never know it just meeting them.

Tom KunzDecember 11, 2019

I am so looking forward to seeing this film. My wife and I are just finishing an 18 month MLS mission in Sierra Leone. I can only imagine the richness of this story as told by the film because I know many of the stories of the people here. I really loved this article as it helps me to see the process of creation.

R P Joe SmithDecember 10, 2019

I'm curious: what are the "Constitutional principles" from which we have departed? Especially helpful would be specific Articles and sections, and examples of their violation. For what it's worth, here's a possibility: Article II Section 1 paragraph 7 says, in part: "The President shall...receive … a compensation ... and he shall not receive … any other emolument from the United States...." The failure of the House to include, in its Articles of Impeachment, the current president's forcing the government to pay into his holdings, both directly (e.g. Mara Lago) and indirectly (e.g. Air Force landings to support the airport near his UK property, or stopping the GAO from allowing a competing hotel to be built near his D.C. hotel), causes me concern that this part of the Constitution has been emasculated. Others?

Anne E KammeyerDecember 10, 2019

The Book of revelation is patterned on the Book of Enoch, it features geocentric astronomy and a trip from the earth, through the orbits of the seven visible planets, and on to the celestial city and the throne of God. The seven seals are seven periods of world history, but also the orbits of the planets. The "man with a bow" is the constellation Sagittarius, "the archer, and the "maan with a scale" is the constellation Libra, "the balance."

Chuck SanfordDecember 10, 2019

I have been in eighteen other nations doing public relations work as a representative of the United States. While I am not an expert on any of these countries, I have been there, have talked to some of their people, have seen how they live, and have seen the systems of government under which they operate. I have also seen changes in our own country, over several decades, that have altered how we live life here. The increasing lack of integrity causes problems in how constitutional principles are applied, in our country, in other countries, or even considered. Ignorance of constitutional law is a direct result of ignorance of the constitution. So, yes, the constitution does hang by a thread, in our time.

JulieDecember 10, 2019

Part of the problem stems from fear, knowing that this destruction is coming from beyond political government officials, partisans that work for the federal government but have never had a vote given them. They work behind the curtain of whatever job they have to push their own agendas. I guess we need to stand on our principles and save our country, freedoms and constitution.

Tom BaxterDecember 10, 2019

Mr. Oliphant's advice is well taken . There was a time when we were all strongly counseld to keep a 2 year supply of food storage and other emergency necessities . This was prior to the church becoming world-wide in its scope and proselyting efforts. As the church has become more global, it is recognized that not all members can prepare the way we can in the U.S. Members from poorer 3rd world countries would be hard pressed to store even a can of Campbells soup. I recall Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone - a former corporate produce manager of the Albertsons Food super market chain - telling the story about a visit he made to a Scandinavian country on a general authority assignment. While he wanted to preach family temporal preparedness, he realized that countries in that area of the world had 50% + income tax rates, Hence, it was almost impossible for a family to put away much for a rainy day. Over time it seems that we have heard fewer temporal preparedness talks across the General Conference pulpit and more focus on living the Gospel having faith in Christ and doing all we can to prepare in every way we can. However, where we can the counsel still stands and in the unstable world we live in economically and otherwise we are wise to heed saving even an extra pair of windshield wipers.

DavidDDecember 10, 2019

I understand the concern that the average American may not be able to name the branches of government or may not be familiar enough with what is protected by which amendment to the Constitution. But I still don't understand why anyone thinks that the Constitution is presently endangered. Even if we don't agree with specific interpretations of the Constitution by the courts (e.g., pro-abortion and pro-LBGT rulings), that doesn't mean that the Constitution is not working -- it means that the Constitution may not be working to specifically protect the positions we support based on what we believe to be revealed religious doctrine. That's a pretty big difference.

Ralph Waldo EmersonDecember 10, 2019

“There is no truth so sublime but it may be trivial to-morrow in the light of new thoughts. People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Patrick Elliott, Sr.December 10, 2019

Our U.S. Constitution should be taught very much like we should teach our children and family the Gospel of Jesus Christ contained in the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, JST of the King James Bible, and various writings and teachings of prophets and of the twelve. Good, moral government should also be taught to children and adults who don't know the difference between a democracy and a republic. This should be done on a regular basis!!!

John B HewlettDecember 10, 2019

I have been concerned about this topic and issue for much of the past several decades. This is a clarion call for us to return to Constitutional principles. It is beyond partisan politics, as there is corruption rampant everywhere. It is time for Patriots to speak up, rise up, organize and be counted.

J. MuleDecember 9, 2019

This is such a delicate, almost taboo subject and it is worth discussing. The reason why people believe their callings are insignificant and only leaders have important callings is because, as a church culture, we act like that. But I think that the way Heavenly Father sees us is more like a watch. The most visible parts are the case, hands, crystal and crown. Those are the parts that get general admiration and embellishments. But watchmakers and connoisseurs want to see inside the watch and marvel at the tiny gears and screws that, in some cases, had to be precisely handmade with immense concentration and precision. And the watchmaker didn’t make these tiny, rarely seen parts just for the sake of making them. Rather each part is vital to making the watch actually work and be a useful timepiece. Leaders may be like the visible parts of a watch but I believe that Heavenly Father rejoices in and understands how a nursery worker in an invisible to most and seemingly insignificant role is a vital component to the functioning of one of His wards. Believe me, all I’ve ever been was a tiny taciturn component and the older I get the tinier I get. My only real hope is that Heavenly Father really imagined, engineered and created the tiny cog that I am with the same attention and love as an independent watchmaker does with his or her creations.

GMBDecember 9, 2019

It is safe to use PayPal without creating an account. I've used it at work for years and have never been hacked or breached. But if you're not comfortable with PayPal, there are other check options that don't require you to write a check yourself. The USPS and many grocery stores will make a money order check for about $1. Then you mail it. Some banks also include a free bill pay service for paying by check and they mail or transmit it. Hope one of these might seem feasible to you. Me, I go the money order route for the most "anonymity" with financial info when I don't need history on the transaction.

Linda HarperDecember 9, 2019

My husband's sixth grade text book pegged 1830 as the beginning of the industrial revolution. We always thought that was significant.

essayDecember 9, 2019

When Christ first came 2000 years ago, there was an identical boom in economic and technological growth in the Roman Empire that was unlike anything previous. It seems that when the Gospel is present on Earth, mankind benefits even indirectly.

Karen AspinallDecember 8, 2019

That is so sweet - what a thoughtful and very unique idea he had and he did it !

KristenDecember 7, 2019

This is a common tactic of addicts - no matter their choice of addiction. It's based in their refusal to take responsibility for their choices. They turn it around, and blame you for daring to object - and you start to question if you are seeing things clearly. I grew up in a family where gaslighting was common (emotional and psychological abuse) - you begin to think you're not seeing what you're seeing and that you are the crazy person. You're not, it's the addict's mind games. I recommend the movie "Gaslight" with Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer. Watching it from the outside, might help you to see the ploys used more clearly. If you have children at home - they will thank you one day.

Colleen StoutDecember 7, 2019

I am assuming that you wrote this beautiful poem, The Climb. It captures it all. Have you written other poetry? Thank you!

PWDecember 6, 2019

Thank you for your Come Follow Me podcasts. I begin each week's study with your Podcast and find them very helpful.

HalDecember 6, 2019

I read this full article and fully agree with the author. I was deeply saddened that Chick-Fil-A has caved into pressure and stopped supporting the Salvation Army. I guess I'll take what I would have spent at Chick-Fil-A and donate it to the nearest bell-ringer. At least Smith's still allows Salvation Army bell-ringers.

J LDecember 6, 2019

Meridian Magazine is well worth the subscription price. I do not have a TV, I don't go to movies, I don't go out to eat, My grocery bill (including non food items) is about $100 per month. Meridian Magazine gives me daily inspiration in addition to keeping me updated with what is happening in the world.. Many thanks to you.

Heidi DDecember 6, 2019

That’s cute, creative, and thoughtful!

S LindsayDecember 6, 2019

This was delightful and I will be reading it to my kids! I want them to understand that service isn't just about work or routine tasks, but that the best kind involves watchful creativity and sensitivity. Your brother nailed it, and I'm so glad you were willing to share! (And your picture is elegant--totally belongs next to Bing Crosby!)

Robin CooperDecember 6, 2019

Please cite the poem THE CLIMB

Melissa MarkhamDecember 6, 2019

This is one of the most creative and thoughtful acts of service I've ever heard about. What a great brother and thanks for sharing!

David ShafferDecember 6, 2019

I don't use paypal, and I stopped using checks several years ago. Do you have a direct account for Visa that I could use

Alexander ForsythDecember 6, 2019

"... he noticed a need that was so unique to me." Better that; I dare you!

D.S.December 5, 2019

I think you miss judge John and his work. I have listened to hundreds of hours of his podcasts. He is a kind soul trying to help people how are hurting. We are have "Mormon Stories." I for one came home from my mission early years ago when this was less common. This and other life challenges has made "church" a hard thing. I deal with issues that make it hard to be that "perfect member," which all too easily leads to depression. I have been a reader of for many years. I attend church every Sunday with my wife, yet I am also interested in church history (I am a history teacher). I found this article one sided, giving the impression that John and his "Mormon Stories" is somehow apostate and the work of the devil. Let us not be so quick to judge until you know more of the facts and have taken the time to educate yourself. Read the Church's own Gospel Topic essays. The Church is trying to be more truthful with its history. We are all different, yet share a Mormon heritage. Lets not be sel righteous and judge others because their Mormon Story is not yours, but I would venture to say that if you listed to some of John's podcasts you might leaned you have many things in common with those he interviews. He have interview the Givens. Lets not condemn someone before we know the facts and have heard both sides. Many many members are hurting. Almost NO family in this church is not being affected. You likely know someone in your own family who is hurting and has left the church or become less active. Do you know why? All three of my children are not active. My son came home from his mission early and has not attended since. This is a growing problem. MANY are leaving. These people need our love, not to be told they are listening to the wrong voice and to repent. Believe me, you will only push them away further. These people are not dumb, they have spend hours and hours deciding what to do. They are you fellow ward members, your sons and daughter. They are hurting because life is hard and many time the church makes it even harder. John has done much good. He is a pioneer in what he is doing. The church is even making changes based on his work. I hope you will have the courage to post my comments. Thank you for all you articles over the years. I weekly come to your site, but found this article too one sided.

Neal ChristensenDecember 5, 2019

What will be done with the Holy of Holies during this time?

TerryDecember 5, 2019

Thank you for a well thought out article. Like a ot of other people, I have a 'shelf', but I have another shelf as well, with undeniable evidences for the truth of the gospel. Sometimes I find the two hard to reconcile, but faith keeps me searching for the reconcilation, or waiting in faith that there will be one. Some of these issues have resolved themselves, some of them will be resolved, and for some I may wait forever. By way of example, one such issue was changes in the Book of Mormon: 'did you know there were over 2,000 changes in the BoM?', implying I'm not exactly sure what, but presumably that it wasn't divinely inspired, because God wouldn't do that (?!). This led me to watch some videos by Royal Skousen, which were interesting and faith-affirming. He believes the number to be far in excess of 2,000 but he puts it in a very different context. The lesson I learned was that if you're going to question don't stop asking the questions until you get the right answer. Some would see this as blind faith or confirmation bias (a trait that is so much easier to observe in others than in ourselves). I see it as recognising that trials of faith will come, and remembering that I have covenanted to persevere through them. Of course if the evidence becomes overwhelming I would be wrong to ignore it, but the evidence is not overwhelming unless I choose to let it overwhelm me. I find that by swallowing it in small doses and looking hard, and patiently, for antidotes my testimony has been strengthened. I acknowledge the reality of the pain that some people feel in their 'faith transitions', and I wish I could make it all better. But that's not how it works. Based on my own experience all I can do is encourage anyone who is going through these things to look to the simple means we all know to find healing balm. Prayer, scripture study, service, following the counsel of church leaders - they're all cliches, but cliches become cliches for good reasons.

Nancy MendenhallDecember 5, 2019

Will the sessions still be live or will they have rims?

vickieDecember 5, 2019

I didn't read the entire lot because im not feeling well but...the beginning gives me the gist of it. I have found that no matter what anyone else says that it all amounts to you having your own experiences. I have been a member of the church since 1977. I was about 26yrs old and my husband 30yrs old we are 68 and 72 now. we weren't born in the church so our testimony didn't come from other family members. we weren't taught these principals..i was catholic and my husband was Baptist. we were both baptized at the same time. we had to earn our testimonies. yes earn them through experiences both bad and good. each one of us has different experiences and feels differently about everything so it would be only through the gift of the HOly Ghost could one know truth. also one has to desire or want or choose to believe in God and the Savior and the Holy Spirit. we have to choose this and then God works on us and through us. God gave us a gift ...and I learned about that gift once through someone else. I was reading a book that someone in the church wrote and I didn't agree with all of I called the person who lent me the book and she said of course silly use your gift of discernment. don't believe everything you read just because you read it...but pray about it and the Lord will attend you. this friend's words has stayed with me all this time.also, my husband and I had an experience at church in one of the places we lived as my husband was military. our bishop had died and we waited a long time to get another bishop. we were bishopless for 3 months or more. then one day the stake president got up and started speaking telling us that it took him and others that long because the bishop they had called refused the calling because he felt unworthy. so they went and prayed again about it and still came up with the same answer and the same person. so they went to him and spoke with him about this and this man agreed to be bishop but he had to get himself straight before doing so. that is why it took so long. well, that day they were going to announce who it husband rocked in his seat and he told me who he thought it was...he said he knew it was him....well, I thought what naw it cant be him. well, It was him....and when asked to raise our hands...because my husband said what he did ….we both knew that this man must have been chosen because my husband had the revelation of who it was before it was told to us. so we did but....there were a few who didn't raise their hands and were asked to go out into the foyer and speak to the leaders. well, we waited in the church and slowly one by one each came back in and we were asked the same question and everyone raised their hand. it was a man who needed to repent of his behavior and actions. but the Lord called him to be bishop. and my husband received that revelation about it. so these experiences do happen and the Lord knew that we had had problems with this man and that is probably why my husband had this experience that helped us both to raise our hand. God does work in mysterious ways....and not in our ways...but HIs my beliefs aren't hinged on history or books anyone wrote or places these things happened its based on my own experiences with my Father in heaven through the Holy Ghost. I have had many more experiences like this and when I feel doubting...I remind myself of this...

J JamisonDecember 5, 2019

The Holy Spirit overwhelmed me and had me crying at this story - all true!

Jeff BDecember 5, 2019

I enjoyed the article and the author's insights. I've watched a handful of John Dehlin's interviews. I find them tiresome. They seem to be the same. A faith crisis is at the center of each interivew. Each crisis is a variation on the same theme. He never breaks new ground, pushes back or challenges. Dehlin puts on an air of objectivity, but Dehlin has his own set of biases that come through loud and clear (i.e., smart people can't be expected to take this stuff seriously) and he injects himself too much into the interview. He often seems unprpeapred, he jumps from hot button issue to hot button issue, but questioning isn't well thought out or particularly interesting.

Ed BrownDecember 5, 2019

I honestly believe you have succinctly stated the whole problem: history is always recorded by people using their own perspective, slant, bias or honest interpretation. I am an attorney. It always amazes me how several eyewitnesses will honestly testify to an event they saw but their versions of what happened can sometimes vary dramatically. That is why juries are asked to determine for themselves what is the truth. You are also so right that it is not always a 50-50 choice but there must be a choice. That is the plan. I wish that everyone in and out of the church could read this essay. Thank you so much!

Jan KingDecember 5, 2019

Thank you so much for this great, and very informative article on our beloved Salt Lake temple!!

Gordon BrownDecember 5, 2019

The church has established what many would deem the most basic components of living the Gospel within the framework of the temple recommend interview questions. If one does not have a temple recommend are they even worthy to partake of the sacrament?

Debrah RoundyDecember 5, 2019

Wow! I do not know it I can wait four years. The artist renderings are beautiful. What an open house it will be, not to be missed! Sure look forward to ongoing up date posts!

CaptainDecember 5, 2019

I'm assuming the endowment session will remain "live" to maintain historicity? Anyone heard about this?

Sherry MartinDecember 5, 2019

I love your articles. Each one touches my heart.

RobbieDecember 5, 2019

I lived in the Country and was visiting a neighbor. As I was leaving their home their turkey was coming at me and was trying to attack me. I guess it was protecting it's territory. I was backing up and yelling and somehow I got away safely. I will never trust a live turkey again.

CarolDecember 4, 2019

I loved this story about the rooster getting a "therapy" session that turned him into a very nice gentleman. It's good to laugh!!

Robert StarlingDecember 4, 2019

Jacob has some good points and I enjoy this series, but he needs to "eschew verbosity" since he's not getting paid by the number of words used. What I gather from laboring through the rhetoric is this: Everyone views "facts" in a way that is biased by their own experience and pre-suppositions. In a classic experiment, two people thrust their hands into the same bowl of warm water. One of them has previously chilled his/her hand in a bowl of ice water, so he/she says the warm water is "hot". The other has held his/her hand previously in a bowl of hot water and therefore perceives the warm bowl as "cold". If a person is spiritually hot or cold, their perceptions of historical "facts" will be different. To some extent (but not totally), people believe what they WANT to believe. Dehlin and other critics simply provide excuses or "justification" for those to leave the Church who wanted to do so anyway. Many will deny this, but it's true.

Bob.December 4, 2019

The scriptural comment on "ever learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth" has a good deal of relevance to those who criticize and then leave or faith. It is the arrogance of the detractors that bother's me the most.

Douglas E NadybalDecember 4, 2019

Absolutely LOVE the Nibly footnote. Worth reading the article to get to it.

susanDecember 4, 2019

Oh we had a mean small bantam rooster. We had to take a broomstick to collect eggs or feed and water. If he got loose into the yard, we had to stand very stiil and yell for help!

Lowell SteeleDecember 4, 2019

The whole concept of victimhood is a destructive lie and deception fostered by the adversary. If pursued without interruption, victimhood results in the lament "if God really existed and loved me, He would not allow this to happen to me." In reality, just the opposite is true. Because God loves us, we were allowed to choose a plan whereby His children could come to earth, "obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life." In that quest for perfection, we must follow the Savior's example, and do what He did, including suffering anguish and pain so severe that we beg for the cup to be taken from us. The cup will not always be removed, but even when it is not, because the Lord has already suffered our pain during the atonement, He can succor us and help us not only survive it, but to grow through it in ways necessary to become like Him. The most compassionate thing we can do for those feeling victimized, is to teach the truth of the Doctrine of Christ, and to help them realize that the ultimate blessings in this life come only from entering into and staying on the covenant path so we can become like the Savior and inherit all that the Father has.

DL AndersonDecember 4, 2019

When I was young and learning about police work and taking statements, the officer teaching said the following: "There's the defendant's side, the plaintiff's side, and then there's what REALLY happened." It applies not only to eye-witness accounts and individual realities of a crime/event, it applies to pretty much everything we hear/see/ understand. Nothing's REALLY objective/without bias. Even how we interpret what the Holy Ghost has/is/will reveal to us. As I age, I continue to marvel at how much is left up to us to do/ believe ..or not. Amazing how the Gospel Plan has been laid out. Love it.

Marci MuenchDecember 4, 2019

I've known and admired Ellen for thirty years. Wish I was in Boston to benefit from her love all the time. She lives a fantastic example for everyone of us and is so deserving of this recognition.

RobertDecember 4, 2019

I have always thought that it was vastly more important and critical to focus on 1) The Scriptures (Bible, Book of Mormon, D&C, PofGP, First vision in scriptures ... because they are the real, original, totally truthful accounts. Read with the Spirit and you will learn and understand vastly more then what you can get from 20 second or third party books. 2) Focus on the General Conference Addresses. 3) Be very, very selective about various people and various accounts out of Church History. Don't base your faith on any 2nd or third party historical account. Don't base your understanding on any 2nd or third party historical account. Don't base your faith on an account or book written by an Apostle. It isn't scripture. Everything else, including various accounts out of Church or Bible History, Podcasts, of which modern people are putting their spin/interpretation on events of the past are of a far lessor, secondary or thirdary category of information. In essence treat it as unreliable or about as reliable as drivel or dog slobber.

RuthDecember 4, 2019

I noticed in the video there was hay in the manger. I was curious about that because I have read that at that time of year there wouldn't have been hay. So I'm curious if that is historically accurate or not.

Tom NibleyDecember 4, 2019

The test Hugh Nibley assigned has the problem of being way too long to address, and as he himself said, it wasn't given seriously. But there is a test that was assigned by the Lord Himself and was to be taken very seriously. It is found in D&C 67: 4 And now I, the Lord, give unto you a testimony of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you. 5 Your eyes have been upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and his language you have known, and his imperfections you have known; and you have sought in your hearts knowledge that you might express beyond his language; this you also know. 6 Now, seek ye out of the Book of Commandments, even the least that is among them, and appoint him that is the most wise among you; 7 Or, if there be any among you that shall make one like unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not know that they are true; 8 But if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not bear record that they are true. 9 For ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them, and that which is righteous cometh down from above, from the Father of lights. So, those of you who feel that they have come to a place that is superior to the church and the revelations, have at it. Now I'm pretty sure that at least some of the former Mormons will say that their problem is with corporate church, not the scriptures. Well, I see lots of problems with the human failings of people, even leaders, in the church. But I am not about to throw out the glorious promises the scriptures and ordinances can lead us to. Those promises are beyond the imaginings of mortal men and I am constrained to say, "The Holy Ghost bears witness to my soul, this is the work of God."

Michael Shea, MDDecember 4, 2019

The arguments over “evidence” never end, and they never will end, but that doesn’t bother me at all. I could not care less whether the Church is “true” or not. I don’t belong to the Church because of “evidence” or even because of spiritual confirmation. I belong because I have never found a better way to live. There is value even in the hard parts of Church membership, at least in my opinion. And the fact that it is MY opinion and no one else’s makes all these arguments moot. What confounds me is why any of the non-believers spend so much time and energy trying to prove that the Church is “wrong” and that so many believers care what their critics say. Personally, I wouldn’t waste 10 seconds listening to some radio clown whose opinion is no more valid and of no greater worth than my own.

HalDecember 4, 2019

Great article, thank you! This could probably be summed up by the last line in 2nd Nephi 26:22: "yea, and he (Satan) leadeth them by the neck with a flaxen cord, until he bindeth them with his strong cords forever."

Gary LawrenceDecember 4, 2019

Being a victim and playing the victim are two different things. More on this in my next article about consequences. Thanks for all the comments.

Bob Powelson, BA, LLB, MADecember 4, 2019

Dehlin, and others like him, are too self important to give honest comment or advice. The phrase "ever learning and never able to come to a knowledge of the truth" fits them very well. Their mental and spiritual error is think that their self-promoting claim to honesty and "historicity" simply demonstrate a Satanic influence they have chosen. History is more subjective in content than objective.

PamDecember 4, 2019

Joy to the World is a classic written by George Frideric Handel. There should be no question of it being accepted.

BrookeDecember 4, 2019

I listened to a podcast several years ago that seems to dovetail nicely with the points you’ve made in this article. The first half of the podcast is interesting, but long. The real meat is later on when the participants discuss Dr. John Gottman‘s theories about “negative/positive sentiment override”--originally applied to discussions about marriage, but amazingly relevant when applied to discussions about religious beliefs. The theories discussed there and have been amazingly helpful in my understanding why some leave the church while others of us stay. The podcasters clearly illustrate how we are affected by our own biases, as you pointed out in your article.

Kellie S.December 4, 2019

Thank you for sharing this beautiful story and the insights you've gained. I can hardly wait to see the film.

Marti Scott'December 4, 2019

The sound is so soft, I can't hear it and there's no captioning. So I don't get to enjoy it

LynneDecember 4, 2019

Thank you for your recent article about how God loves us. This is an answer to my prayers and has calmed my soul. It is now a vital addition to my scripture journal and I have been reading it everyday. your perspective is beautiful and feels entirely true. Thank you so much. I have always loved your articles in Meridian and am very grateful that you continue to share your thoughts with us.

Sharon ProctorDecember 4, 2019

Though I understand what you mean by Joseph seeking room in the guest area of family, there may also have been regular inns in the area, as the Joseph Smith changed the word "inn" to "inns" in the Joseph Smith Translation.

HelenDecember 4, 2019

Being born in England and raised by a faithful, strong-minded single mother whose human frailty never overpowered her convictions, I was struck by your reference to history and it's interpretations. As I have discussed the impact of historicity with a dear friend I could not help noting, and being grateful for, my clearly extra-Utah perspective on the Church.

Earlene McDonaldDecember 4, 2019

Really great doable suggestions! Thank you!

Paul HDecember 4, 2019

My experience is observing and talking with those who have departed from the faith, is it nost often (if not universally) started with them being critical of a leader at some level; a scoutmaster, bishop, mission president, general authority, a specific prophet, etc. They take an accusatory stance about some issue they have found to be offensive; then their discontent grows. To resolve their unhappiness they choose to consult anti and negative sources. They are clearly on the path of apostasy by following such a method to sort out their concerns. They have not the fortitude to be straightforward and resolve it with the person they perceive has caused their heartburn. Satan is the great accuser and loves that tactic.

Jane N.December 4, 2019

Love, LOVE this! I love and appreciate specific, reasonable, real ideas that will actually work and where I say "I can do THAT!". Thank you!

Renaissance NerdDecember 4, 2019

This is one area where Adam Smith’s ‘Theory of Moral Sentiments’ really proves its worth. The affectation of pure reason is a sham; we are all, almost always guided more by learned, prerational sentiment rationalized post facto. We rarely if ever reason at all, except to justify what we already feel to be right or true. The very act of listening to an anti-Mormon, whatever mask he wears, demonstrates in itself an already existing desire to FIND a reason to leave. Personally I have read and listened to lots of anti-Mormon dreck, but so find it tedious rather than compelling, and do it because I fancy myself obligated to look at the arguments of the enemy. I’ve read Hitler and Marx and Mao and Dawkins and Darwin for the same reason. There is no more tedious book in the world than ‘Capital,’ except perhaps Gould’s ‘Structure of Evolutionary Theory’ which also weighed about 30 pounds. At least I sold it for as much as I paid for it! Recognizing that we absorb many beliefs in childhood without rational thought is helpful when deciding what we believe as adults. We all want to think of ourselves as reasonable but rationalization is much easier, far more common and oh so soothing to pride and vanity.

bmrcrrDecember 3, 2019

I see the point here, but these ideas seem to me to bring a less compassionate spirit. Have you ever converted someone by convincing them their cry babies? I believe the scriptures declare many times and in many places the idea that some people's sins will be answered upon the heads of their parents. What about the idea in D&C that parents in Zion who teach not their children the doctrine of the gospel will have those sins answered on their own heads? It seems to me people often do have reasons to be upset and shouldn't we be compassionate and teach rather than help them see how bad they are? For example the prophet Joseph Smith taught that if you want the poor to repent administer to their wants. He also taught the relief society to not focus on the sins of the sinner but to grab hold of them and love them. Are you bothered that people act like victims? Maybe try being compassionate and try to listen, perhaps they will have better reasons than you realize to feel that way and maybe, just maybe, you can then guide to a better way of thinking and believing. I don't think the author is indicating that people should turn their backs on so called victims, but these ideas can easily lead to that realm from my observation.

Lisa CorcoranDecember 3, 2019

We loved this movie!! Yes like a Hallmark but with a much better plot. I too got tears in my eyes.

Hisha NielsonDecember 3, 2019

Yet, there are victims all around us. Brothers and sisters who have suffered greatly because of the offensive choices of others. We do not follow Christ when we fail to lift up the hands that hang down or strengthen the feeble knees by ignoring others pain. Christ the great healer knows that morality wounds us all. He counts on is to acknowledge each other’s pain by comforting those in need of comfort. Those who face systematic racism, sexism, or other discrimination should count on members of the church to be voices of change in our society.

Herm OlsenDecember 3, 2019

Love it. Love it! LOVE IT!!

James RDecember 3, 2019

The article refers to Mary wrapping baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. "As any Palestinian woman would have".? The term Palestinian in a modern day term that was derived during the British occupation of the Holy land. Mary was an Israelite and a Jew, both would have been better choices of words to use then the loaded term Palestinian. Great insights to how the actual events would have looked. What a wonderful event and time to celebrate.

Gordon BrownDecember 3, 2019

While this is a great overview of "recent" pandemic events, there is little here, in spite of the title, that provides recommendations for preparing for such an event. How about an in-depth overview of the preparation component

Judith Rose La MontagneDecember 3, 2019

Not only is this article "true to the bone," but this author has a wonderful ability to play on words. He packs a powerful message in each sentence he writes. I loved this article!

Laurie and Ed HancockDecember 3, 2019

Excellent article!

AnnaDecember 3, 2019

Yes, and 1Peter is the perfect antidote to the not fair attitude. In following Peters admonission to rejoice and be happy when we suffer, even when we are acting from our own perspectives righteously, we follow the Lords example of selflessness as he, sinless gave his life for those who were otherwise forever stained. If ever there was one who could have claimed, its not fair, it was him, but he didn't, if he had the atonement would have been annulled and his death worthless, he had to go through the whole process attributing blame to no one..

Pattie SkousenDecember 3, 2019

Our thoughts and condolences go out to this family. This is such a tragic accident. May the Lord’s comfort be upon this family.

MICHAEL EDWARDSDecember 3, 2019

i for one believe that along with social media the single biggest issue in society today is the lack of personal responsibility.

Cinda C. AthertonDecember 3, 2019

When guests approach Mary she covers her head. When the wise man meets Joseph he uncovers his head. I am curious to know whether or not there is any significance to these two small details depicted in the video.

Charles KrautDecember 3, 2019

I became a blood donor in 1973 when the call went out at the Presidio of Monterey due to a car accident nearby. Since I have a rare type (AB+) I began to donate regularly. Now 70, I am now closing in on 20 gallons of whole blood. It is uncomfortable at first, but that can be overcome with repeated donations and learning to relax. To me, it is a service many people can render, but few do. It is especially rewarding to me because I am giving something of myself.

Rita MillerDecember 3, 2019

I saw that challenge on Sunday, the 1st, and thought, "oh good, I'm lucky to be able to give blood." Then I realized I just donated 5 weeks ago, and have to wait a bit. I love to perform this small act of service, knowing that I can make a real difference. If you can, do it! If you don't know, find out if you can. If you can't, encourage others to give. There is always a need.

JohnellDecember 3, 2019

A fitting scripture to end this story with, and to honor your work in general.

JenniferDecember 2, 2019

Excellent article in every way. You articulated many of my own thoughts. Thank you!

RoxyLynneDecember 2, 2019

I have seen this in both my son and a friend's son. After one fighting a problem with pornography and the other coming to terms with his sexuality, both went through tremendous pain and then when they made the determination to leave, felt great relief. The loss of the light is easy to see from the outside, but as mother's it seems all we can do is love and pray for our precious children.

Laurel Lee PedersenDecember 2, 2019

I learned so much from this wonderful article about prayer. Thank you so much and I earnestly hope I can improve the yearnings of my heart each and every time I petition our Father in Heaven. I will indeed re-read and study Elder McConkie's conference talk!

Lynn BarlowDecember 1, 2019

I knew her as a vivacious teen in the San Fernando Valley in California. She is one of my daughters much loved friends

Jennifer HendricksDecember 1, 2019

Remarkable article! You and Jerry inspire me. Thank you. You are radiating the spirit of our Lord. Sometimes His power comes from a smile and a warm touch. I hope to serve a mission with my husband in the not so distant future.

Leslie D. SmithDecember 1, 2019

If I were to leave the Church and those in it, it wouldn’t be because I have loved the Lord; or because I have loved myself as the Lord loves me; or because I have loved those around me and seen them as bothers and sisters; as children of my Father in Heaven. Even if my attempts to love are one-sided, I (each of us) have been asked by the Lord to cultivate it one-sided or not! I am responsible to try to love the Lord and myself and others even if I and those around me don’t love me. If I were to leave the church and those in it, it would possibly be because I was afraid to love (forgive) as Jesus did: even to love those who I felt didn’t love me.

NancyDecember 1, 2019

Wonderful story! True testimonial of turning the hearts in family history.

AngieDecember 1, 2019

Thank you so much for the time and effort put into these podcasts. They certainly help me get to know each apostle and grow in love for them. There are so many nuggets of truth and revelation in these scriptures, and you have such a marvelous way of bringing them into light.

KateDecember 1, 2019

Thank you for such wonderful ideas. I’ve been looking for something a little new as I try to Light the World—and not only at Christmas. I’m so glad you shared! The Proctors must have been inspired to ask you to. Thank you, thank you.

Carolyn AllenNovember 30, 2019

What a wonderrful, inspiring article. THANK YOU. It's the perfect message for starting December -- no matter where we are or what our callings in life may be. Thank you so very, very much. I'm sure our Heavenly Father is just tickled with the two of you and the marvelous things you are doing .... by not doing, as you say, very much at all.

Kristen OpenshawNovember 30, 2019

Richard Cracroft, my Mormon Literature teacher at BYU and Eugene England, BYU bishop, both made an indelible impression upon me. Thanks for the memories!

D SkoyNovember 30, 2019 I would recommend two books for those trying to understand the mystery of Faith Transitions. If your heart is drawn toward building healthy dialogue with loved ones and friends who have struggled.. Read the above book and also Thomas McConkies, "Navigating the Mormon Faith Crisis". There aren't simple reasons or easy answers to anyone's personal journey.

Cary HolmquistNovember 30, 2019

Thank you for the examples and your experiences to encourage all of us to Light the World! Thanks for encouraging us to do it all year, not just at Christmastime—good as that is in and of itself. Your article is inspiring and helpful for everyone. —Cary Holmquist, Montana.

FrustratedNovember 30, 2019

So how might the author go about helping someone with severe and debilitating mental illness, who won't acknowledge that they need help? Especially when that person's actions constantly and deeply hurt you? Make you unable to take care of yourself? Does this "don't try to change me" apply there?

Kathy OxborrowNovember 30, 2019

are you wiling to share a picture of the pillowcases?

Jan KuesterNovember 29, 2019

Thank you for this article! I am grateful that my parents modeled gratitude and its' importance in my relationship with deity as well as each other. This has made all the difference in my disposition, the level of joy felt in relationships as well as daily life. Really enjoyed reading the linked research, too. Thank you for the marvel and blessing that Meridian Magazine is for all of us.

Mark MathesonNovember 29, 2019

Thanks for your thoughtful list of "I used to's." I just know Heavenly Father loves Wally Goddard! Wow! Everyone in the world needs to read this story. It is such a practical road-map to know God. I want so much to be a better person and friend to God as I read it. Send the article link to all your friends.

Cameron DyckNovember 29, 2019

One thing to know is that this kind of separation is not restricted solely by ex-members or our Church. Indeed, my wife, who used to be Catholic, experienced everything as well. Anyone who had a deep faith and commitment to their Church and has subsequently left, also feels these things.

Bob PowelsonNovember 29, 2019

I am near 80 and have been fully active for over 60 years. In that long time I have found those who leave and "feel pain" about are simply finding some fault in the church or its doctrine to cover their own pride and sinful conduct. Put simply we are all being tested and they just flunked. Hopefully, some may see their error at a later time and return.

Tammy LindstromNovember 28, 2019

I learned so much from this. Thanks Breck.

Mark MathesonNovember 28, 2019

Wow! Everyone in the world needs to read this story. It is such a practical road-map to know God. I want so much to be a better person and friend to God as I read it. Send the article link to all your friends.

Mark MathesonNovember 28, 2019

Thanks for your thoughtful list of "I used to's." I just know Heavenly Father loves Wally Goddard!

DJNovember 27, 2019

God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform! Families separated in tragedy now reunited in loving bonds. Thanks for sharing and anxiously awaiting "the rest of the story"!

M taylorNovember 27, 2019

Wow! And thank you!

KrisNovember 27, 2019

...deep abiding joy that doesn’t go away even when tragedy strikes...Beautiful.

KrisNovember 27, 2019

As an observer in such matters, I also say no. Not yet, if ever.

L. M. FoxxNovember 27, 2019

Hello Marilyn from a New Zealand Senior Missionary. I was inspired, encouraged and blessed by your great article. Our name tags should not be the only thing that identifies us a missionaries for the Lord. You and your husband are great examples of how to be instruments in the Lord's hands. You are loved and appreciated by many!

Debbie ThomasNovember 27, 2019

I had the opportunity to witness this couple’s service and mission first hand as one of two first visitors from the states. It was truly an honor to observe their God given talents of kindness and love shown to all. They serve their mission well.

ChrisNovember 27, 2019

Great article...thank you so much. My experience from being a "prodigal", getting caught in addiction even as I was in church on Sundays, taught me that I'm a spiritual being having an earthly experience here. There is such a large celestial spark in each of us, although many never choose to be aware of it, and who they really are, that when we have fed that spark for a time, or all of our lives, and then turn away, our spirit just rebels. And that hurts. A lot. And it can make us physically ill. Such was my experience. True deep joy comes from being aligned with Christ and our Father, as described in John 15. And life just works better when my spirit is not at war with my mind or my body. Just a very natural thing...

Jessie PhelpsNovember 27, 2019

Tears of love and appreciation.

KentNovember 27, 2019

Daris, deep fried-Twinkies are de rigeur at carnivals and festivals and county fairs in Tennessee. I can't believe Hannah has never had one - or a non-fried one for that matter. If you ever eat a deep-fried turkey you'll never, ever eat an oven-cooked one again. Deep frying retains all the moisture and flavor of the bird which, sadly, get lost in the oven. You have been and still are my favorite on-line columnist and Scot & Maurine are lucky to know you.

Sally Barney PlautzNovember 27, 2019

Oh Marilyn! I have felt the blessings of all you offer in your unique and loving ways. It may have been 40 years ago, but it was at a time in my life when I needed that unconditional love more than anything. I love reading what you write and —-ah! —those beautiful photographs. Sally

Sammie JustesenNovember 27, 2019

Thank you SO much for this precious and moving article. I have many inactive members on my ministering list and this will help me better understand them--and love them. My husband left the church for 20 years and he will attest that everything you say is true. Coming back was a joyful experience for him, and he brought me with him as a new member--23 years ago.

Gale BoydNovember 27, 2019

One thing I've noticed is a huge difference in the light once radiated by formerly active Latter-day Saints once they leave. It's like the lamp is switched off. A former light-bright looks just like everyone else.

Sydne MilesNovember 27, 2019

I can’t begin to tell you how much this article and your insights mean to me, as I have experienced the falling away of my oldest beloved child. You describe what I have observed perfectly, and I am saving this article to refer to when I need more understanding and comfort. It really is a remarkable gift, and I thank you again

David BruceNovember 27, 2019

We have heard often “There are no coincidences “. As we have been shone here the Lord has placed another great and learned individual in the right place in Joseph’s time to offer us a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Brother Norman obviously has a wealth of information from his life long research and devoted studies of the Book of Mormon civilizations. I love that the latter day prophets also feel inspired to recognize who these people are in the land of their inheritance. Brother Norman, please tell us more.

Julie WilsonNovember 27, 2019

A year ago, my husband and I completed a Humanitarian mission in Malaysia (on the island of Borneo). We experienced many of the same feelings you expressed. I truly learned how to love more fully and used Jesus Christ as my example. Many, many of my Malaysian friends are now some of my dearest friends. I will always cherish these special people and the experiences we had together.

Jean PetersenNovember 26, 2019

Does any lds group have a site to watch LDS movies kinda like Netflix does, but with LDS or other worthy content? Would that be a viable venue? We would love to watch some of the movies but only find the trailers and would rather not pay to watch each film separately.

Meghan DeckerNovember 26, 2019

Thank you for letting me see these wonderful people through your eyes. It is delightful to feel your love for them.

Linda WillisNovember 26, 2019

Marilyn, Sister Foxx and I met you in the MTC and you reached out to us just as you are doing in Morocco. What an excellent article and such a good description of your life and challenges there. Those precious moments you share will surely play out on the other side of the veil. You two are the perfect couple to serve in this land. I spent several days there about 25 years ago and was completely out of my comfort zone, but treasure the experience.

Sandra PasseyNovember 26, 2019

I love, love, love this article!! Marilyn is a very talented teacher, photographer, writer, and amazing woman whom we, in the Bear Lake Valley, call friend!!

Alece ReynoldsNovember 26, 2019

It will be harder to put together a booklet of finished Famile File Cards in the future. As of January 1st, those cards. I'm told, will be shredded at the Temple instead of being returned to the Patrons who brought them to the Temple.

Cheryl NaglisNovember 26, 2019

I have been prompted to get more oxygen into my body and I am thriled with this Oxycise system...I will be streaming it each day. Thanks for your great articles!!

Anita ENovember 26, 2019

Our ward did this around Halloween too! I asked people to send photos and 2-3 tidbits about their lives from which I created a fun scavenger hunt for the party. As prizes, we gave a couple of DVDs of Coco. It was a huge hit! We also had all present pull out their phones and go to the Famiky Tree App. We asked them to click on Relatives Around Me to see who in the ward was related. Such a fun time!

Alisi FiliagaNovember 26, 2019

Your article and most articles I always follow as most speak directly to me. The daily struggles and balancing of life itself. I have been at it for nearly 4 years maybe less or more. Most times over looked Zechariah 9:12, but now truly appreciate my “double” blessing. I can be “prisoner of HOPE” and still continue knowing He hears my prayers.

Vaughn LloydNovember 26, 2019

The United States is the promised land foretold in the Book of Mormon—a place where divine guidance directed inspired men to create the conditions necessary for the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was the birth of the United States of America that ushered out the Great Apostasy, when the earth was darkened by the absence of prophets and revealed light. It was no coincidence that the lovely morning of the First Vision occurred just a few decades after the establishment of the United States. L. Tom Perry, Ensign, Dec 2012 p29

EmileeNovember 26, 2019

Thank you. Your words have deeply touched my heart.

Tanya NeiderNovember 26, 2019

I love this Bruce R. McConkie talk. I have always kept it close and have re-read it many times, yet I learned new things from this article. Thank you!

Sue ParkerNovember 26, 2019

Marilyn and Jerry Hadd are our heroes and have been setting such wonderful examples as they love and minister to our brothers and sisters in Morocco.

Carl CoxNovember 26, 2019

Thee were several witnesses to the translation who all agreed with Emma's testimony. Royal Skousen iin his critical study of the Book of Mormon determined that the Book of Mormon was written in Early Modern English, circa 1400-1600. No words in the Book of Mormon entered the English language after 1700. Read The Mission of Moroni by Carl Cox in Book of Mormon Central.

Patricia Joanne BennettoNovember 25, 2019

This article touched my heart and i pray will improve my prayer life

DCNovember 25, 2019

I was a little disappointed in this movie. It wasn't very solid. The first one was better.

Frederic RomneyNovember 25, 2019

My grandfather, Junius Romney was the stake president who led the people out of Mexico in "The Mormon Exodus" in late 1912. He had some encounters with Pancho Villa. I imagine that although antagonists back then, they probably are all thrilled with the power of the atonement now. What a delightful addition to understanding of history!

RobertNovember 25, 2019

This is a beautiful article and sound advice. The prayer’s are the prayer’s of a Prophet. The wording is eloquent and expressive of an extremely knowledgeable person in the gospel. However, the every-day member whose wife is suffering and dying, whose children are struggling to make ends meet, who might have lost their job, or who might be going through a divorce or the myriads of other life’s difficulties, or might not be as conversive in the gospel, may have difficulty in expressing their prayer’s in this way By nature prayer becomes repetitive as each day one pray’s for the same problems as yesterday. Even in Church the prayers each Sunday are reflective of past prayers. I understand we need to show gratitude for our blessings. But the important thing is that our prayer’s come from our heart.

JulieNovember 25, 2019

I enjoyed your article very much. The advice to "Turn off. Tune in (to God) and Find your Soul," was a clever play on the "turn on, tune in, and drop out," advice Timothy Leary gave in the '60's. And because of that, Ill remember it.

Braden DuncanNovember 25, 2019

I'm grateful for this timely reminder.

Toni VanWormerNovember 25, 2019

This article has had more impact on me than almost any other article you have printed. Thank you so much for being so specific in your examples of how to pray. I will follow your examples and expect to be closer to my Heavenly Father. Thank you again for your impact on me.

Christine BowenNovember 24, 2019

The second paragraph of your article is so true. The two previous comments support what we have found on our own journey to better health. Both the Word of Wisdom and Jane Birch’s articles in Meridian Magazine have helped with our health problems. Thank you for your fine magazine.

Shirley GriffinNovember 24, 2019

What a great idea! I love it!

David in BoiseNovember 24, 2019

I have been celebrating White Friday for three years. I would much rather get up early for a temple day than fight with energized shoppers just to save a few dollars. Early each November I send a White Friday email to every church member in my address book and suggest they consider forwarding it as they see fit. It is a no-cost tradition and so much better than going to the mall. On Friday evening I smile as I watch the news and see reports of crowded stores and filled parking lots. No matter how much money someone may have saved, I had a better day.

Myron RichardsonNovember 24, 2019

Why did you write this article? Are you trying to change me? :)

Ronald PolsleyNovember 23, 2019

The Chick fil A, gave up Salvation for $$$ and PC. One day in the future someone will find a coin that reads "Under God" and say, I wonder what that meant?

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Aurora BallestrinNovember 22, 2019

Thank you for this inspiring article. It was just what I needed at this time and although it was difficult to read though my tears, it gave me a calming reassurance that we can ask for help from our beloved families beyond the veil.

Lily SparksNovember 22, 2019

The word of wisdom 'do's' will solve most health problems. It cannot correct flat feet we are born with but it can make our feet stronger and healthier and our body healthier and better able to respond to the stresses we ask of it. Do read the word of wisdom looking for the 'do's.' We focus on the 'don'ts' and miss so much that promotes health.

Jane NeyensNovember 22, 2019

I'm so glad to see that you have included some of Jane Birch's "Discovering the Word of Wisdom" articles because, in my humble opinion and in my personal experience, that's the bottom line - to eat as the Lord has directed. I hope you'll include all of Jane's articles on this website.

CindyNovember 22, 2019

Our ward does this every year! I love it!

SLNovember 22, 2019

Thank you! I will be thinking about this for a long, long time.

Art NorthNovember 21, 2019

If you expect to change someone, they better be wearing a diaper

P. RockwellNovember 21, 2019

I am very disappointed about this reversal (yes, in my mind it is a reversal) of their values. Not a total swing away with the pendulum to the other side, but the Salvation Army reached out to everyone irregardless of identity, and Chick fil A stores capitulated. I am very disappointed. I have written to their corporate office and informed them I will no longer patronize their establishment. I did not realize all the managers & employees stuck in the middle of this disastrous decision. There is so much more at stake than not opening on Sundays. I deeply regret this.

ChuckNovember 21, 2019

My heart goes out to the wonderful people who must deal with this type of thing, because they are not in charge of their lives---their addictions are. I taught the Lords' program about Addiction Recovery and Healing for two years, and saw a little of what these good folks must go through. If only more young people could understand what addiction will do to them. The Lords' intervention is very, very necessary to overcome the scourges that wait to destroy people.

Neal ChristensenNovember 21, 2019

The LGBTQCM activists that opposed Chick fil A were not customers to begin with and will not become customers now. Many of their loyal customers will now take their money elsewhere and the company's bottom line will be affacted. Dick's Sporting goods alienated a substantial portin of thei customer base by coming out in support of gun control and those customers left in droves. And, once the trust is broken, nothing they can do will earn it back.

DianeNovember 21, 2019

Thank you for this important food for thought. It IS easy to try to “help” others, but as you say it shows a lot of arrogance. And, speaking as someone that was the object of the “help” it creates wounds deeper than you can imagine, which have taken me years to heal from.

ScottNovember 21, 2019

Brilliant. Inspired insight and a lesson that I need to always remember. Thank you!

LexaGraemeNovember 21, 2019

What a lovely idea! I would like to try this in my own family—immediate and extended. Thank you.

Shirley LenzNovember 21, 2019

Thank you so much for such a pointed (and Scriptural) article. I do feel betrayed. My hope is that all of the Chick fil A stores remain closed on Sundays. That is the last stand for me.

ReyLainNovember 21, 2019

Your example using President Lincoln reminds me of Pahoran and Moroni. Good examples of how loving our enemies or those who treat us unkindly, brings us peace. Thank you for this lesson.

Jim, from Vacaville, CANovember 21, 2019

Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy hearing Tammy's beautiful soprano voice (I knew her from my college days), and the song tells the story of the Tree of Life in a simple way that even small children can understand.

Still StrivingNovember 21, 2019

Outstanding! Thank you so much. I needed to read this.

CarolNovember 21, 2019

This is excellent. And such a hard concept for most of us to embrace. Thank you. I will do better.

Dane BoundsNovember 21, 2019

What a beautiful song! May I suggest one change? The pathway is "strait and narrow" and not "straight and narrow" as in the lyrics printed on this page. There's quite a difference in meaning. See 1 Nephi 8:20.

Diane KNovember 21, 2019

I always learn so much from your podcasts! Thank you for the time and effort placed on this great work you do!

J JamisonNovember 20, 2019

I cried from level of spirituality here - beautiful

Lynn JohnsonNovember 20, 2019

Do it! It is weird, and will be memorable.

Mother in DraperNovember 20, 2019

Thank you for this illuminating article. It can be so difficult to tease out the various components to a "faith crisis". Using the lens/filter of "attachment" is just brilliant and has given me so much insight as well as a functional template to move forward with. Many many thanks. God bless you

DL AndersonNovember 20, 2019

I wonder if we could apply this approach to scripture study? But instead of saying "Money, money, money", say "Salvation, salvation, salvation"? Or some other such mantra?? VERY applicable. If I ever take another class again, I'll remember this!! LOL.

KristenNovember 20, 2019

Powerful Article! This has been so inspiring and helpful to me, personally. Thank you for writing it and sharing so that I could be taught and uplifted by the Spirit today!

R CNovember 20, 2019

And if you don't understand that, it is not you who is incompetent!

Wendy PeckNovember 20, 2019

Thank you for sharing... It’s easy to think that our trials are so huge they cannot be overcome. We all go through trials and sometimes forget it’s our response to the trial that yields the outcome and growth. Thank you for sharing your father’s wisdom during such a great catastrophe and hardship.

Kerri DavenportNovember 20, 2019

Thank you for equating emotional hurt in relation to the Church or spiritual things in association with attachment injury. This gives me insight into some of my adult children's current difficulties. I look forward to hearing more about the results of your studies!

Kathy HansenNovember 20, 2019

This is such an inspiring message. Life can be very difficult so looking for the good is a wonderful trait and something we can all work toward.

LoriNovember 20, 2019

WOW!!!! Thank you, Thank you!!! What a brilliant and illuminating article!!! I have been studying Susan Johnson's work for a few years - and healing a lot of attachment wounds. I really get this. It makes sense. Your insights will provide us with greater capacity to support our loved ones who are estranged from the church right now. Clearly, they need our love, not another attachment wound, as many who leave the fold experience from loved ones. Please keep the great insights coming:)

MelanieNovember 20, 2019

Thank you for this very insightful article. I am currently experiencing a faith injury/crisis of sorts, but it is allowing to more fully understand the power of the Atonement and it’s infinite reach. I have hope to Heal. The alternative would be unbearable. I do have a thought about the parents of the “gay” son. Could it be there is a more appropriate response to such a “confession”? According to President Oaks (Women's Session 2019) “for reasons we do not understand, we have different challenges in our mortal experiences. But we do know that God will help each of us overcome these challenges if we sincerely seek His help.” And “our walk must be considerate of children who are uncertain about their sexual orientation, but it discourages premature labeling because, in most children, such uncertainty decreases significantly over time.” The adversary uses hopeless to sabotage with hasty conclusions such as “no mission, no marriage, no family”. A more mindful response would be a loving challenge of the assumption, with the conviction that “all things are possible through him which strengtheneth me.” Parental response is critical. The only true label for each of us is “Child of God.” Focusing on the light and power of the Savior at such moments can lessen the crisis and lead to healing.

Charles McClellandNovember 20, 2019

This article provide a very helpful perspective on working through the faith challenges we all have from time to time.

DeeNovember 20, 2019

Without giving specifics of all the things that brought about my crisis where my faith was suddenly, and I mean suddenly becoming a distant memory, I can say that many significant things happened all at once. I went into both emotional and spiritual shock. The spiritual shock was facilitated by the church community's abandonment as I went through my emotional pain, and leaders seemed to shun me because of the choices of my loved ones and my standing in the church seemed to be questioned. I was a faithful member who always kept my covenants, yet it seemed I was being treated like a leper. I went 4 years without a calling. Week after week, month after month, year after year I kept doing the things I needed to do but the isolation and shock remained. One night I received a message from a missionary I had served with from the other side of the world. I didn't really know her, but she felt prompted to reach out and ask me to join her in the 90 day Book of Mormon challenge. Alongside her, I opened my scriptures every day for months and NOTHING. The feeling, the revelation, even seeing the words was gone! But I knew that years before for all my life I had been blessed with 1000s of spiritual experiences and I knew that the Book of Mormon had been a daily power in my life and a conduit for revelation. I knew God lived and had spoken to me even though I couldn't feel it now. I knew he wouldn't abandon me forever. Then one day it happened. 2 good things happened at once. I received revelation for my son who as a result of his action came back to church and I received a calling that was life changing. Now the shock didn't go, that didn't happen until a year later when I was teaching a RS lesson and bore testimony of Joseph Smith. As I did so, a spiritual bolt of lightening penetrated me and I was not only healed but was filled with God's love. I could keep going through the spiritual famine because of a memory of what was, I hope God has something else in mind for those who don't have a bank of experiences to sustain them on such occasions.

Vivian RogersNovember 20, 2019

Thanks! What a neat mindset! So much greater than entitlement or duty!

Sherry ScoffieldNovember 19, 2019

Thank you for sharing your father's wonderful insight and outlook on life. It did not change even when such a personal disaster came to him. I like his way of looking at life. I will remember.

Jane HyteNovember 19, 2019

This beautifully written article could not have been more timely! Reading this today felt like an arm around my shoulder with consoling love .... “good will come from this”! Thank you Chris.

RogerNovember 19, 2019

Insightful analysis, but I am surprised you mentioned nothing of the Gadianton robbers and their total infiltration of the government and usurpation of power by secret combinations. Indeed that was the condition of the Nephites when Christ was crucified and all the destruction before His appearance. As we look forward to the coming of the Savior again it appears that secret combinations or political cabals and the usurpation of power thereby is front and center.

Julie MontoyaNovember 19, 2019

Beautiful article and lasting lesson, Chris. Thank you for sharing it.

DianeNovember 19, 2019

Good will come from this. I love that! Trying to see the bright side of difficult situations. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story!

Sydne MilesNovember 19, 2019

This is precious to me. When I saw the title of the article, my heart skipped a beat and I had to read it. Those words! I have shared my testimony often of my experience as I watched the twin towers fall from my family room in California. As I stood there in absolute horror and shock, these words from the Spirit came to me as clearly as any I have ever heard: “Great good will come from this.” It seemed absolutely impossible that that could be true, but as the years have gone by I have come to understand more, and your sharing of your father’s beautiful story has helped me to understand even more. Thank you so much.

Stan BealeNovember 19, 2019

Please remember the Fellowship of Christian Athletes organizes around high schools and colleges. It also exclude Mormons as we "are not Christians." I think it is understandable why some businesses may want to avoid giving support to the group.

CarolineNovember 19, 2019

I did a very quick search of LGBT charities. Not one of them feeds the hungry, shelters the homeless, rebuilds after catastrophes, distributes wheelchairs and medical help, etc etc. They all seem to be about serving each other and promoting their own agenda—which appears to mean destroying anyone and everyone who doesn’t agree with them. I’m sad that Chick-Fil-A appears to have caved in to this pressure, but applaud them for continuing to serve their communities. I can only hope they will be allowed to continue honoring the Sabbath.

Jenny M KinsleyNovember 19, 2019

I was disappointed that hardly any one showed up for the viewing of this movie. I suggest that you add a printable flyer and email to forward so we can get the word out about these movies they were very good and only 10 people showed up for the night we went. Your advertisement is a little light. I love the move it shows how hard they had it, and how evil some people can be. And how amazing the Lord is.

GeneseeNovember 19, 2019

Great article, I as well look forward to reading your articles. To the member who continued to stay faithful while the people who you thought were Christ following members. WOW I am happy you stayed true and held to the rod. I am shocked. I’ve never heard of such a thing. So sad for all those people. Prayerfully your son will return.

Barbara Rosanne STRONGNovember 19, 2019

It makes me so sad to see the loss of support for the Salvation Army. They have been at the forefront of help for the homeless and the hungry--entirely without strings--for so long. They deserve better.

Gina.November 19, 2019


Owen H RichardsonNovember 19, 2019

There is another, additional little known fact about the First Vision. The Lord touched the eyes of the prophet. See "Remembering Joseph" by Mark McConkie page 312

Jan StrongNovember 18, 2019

I just now have had the blessing of viewing this! So tender and compelling-My husband and I are serving our final month of a CES mission and so our second to the last class of SAINTS is tomorrow-half of it is on the martyrdom of the Prophet and Hyrum. Would it be OK to share in our class? If not, it is enough that we could view it! Thank you for sharing your talents and knowledge.

Tamara WilliamsNovember 18, 2019

I'm so grateful for the service you and my sweet granddaughter Brooklyn gave last summer to the people in Malawi! Thank you for this insightful article.

Nadine AndertonNovember 18, 2019

Before Sister Wendy Watson became Sister Wendy Watson Nelson, she wrote a wonderful book titled Purity and Passion: Three Truths About Love and Sex Every Husband and Wife Will Want to Know. that anyone interested can surely appreciate.

KathrynNovember 18, 2019

I would also add regular temple worship as a powerful way to detect and protect against the schemes of the adversary.

OvercomerNovember 18, 2019

When others criticize the fact that there are several versions of the first vision, I think of three things #1) No one ever recalls the same details the exact same way when they retell an important life event, but the basic story does not change. #2) When sharing sacred experiences you have to know your audience and what they’re ready to receive. Some details didn’t come out at first, and others were left out of final draft found in Doctrine & Covenants. #3) Most people have never written a song or a book. When you are a writer, particularly a songwriter where co-writing often exists, the one thing you do once you have the basic inspiration for your song or story (especially when song or story is based on a real life experience) is write, write and rewrite so that when the song or story is finally published or ready to send to a singer to record, it’s giving the most details in the most readable or listener friendly version possible for intended audience. You don’t write a song, dealing with a break up, the same for a pop or hip hop audience listener base the way you would for country listeners. Taylor Swift is a perfect example of this as her pop versions of her breakups, while similar themes to her country songs, are stylistically different in details given, the way it’s sung and the arrangement stylings. I can totally anticipate that as Joseph was working on the best version of his vision to present to the world, his scribe (acting likely as a pseudo co-writer) would no doubt have had some influence on word choice and even things to consider keeping in or out of the final version. This continues with the account of the First Vision today in terms of screen writing. The church, under direction of the First Presidency, left out the important detail that Joseph was first spiritually assaulted by Satanic forces before being rescued by the light and Love of God the Father and Jesus Christ in the last film the church made of Joseph’s First Vision. Many of us know what that kind of experience is about, but apparently for this newer generation is was kept out. I personally found that unfortunate, but at the same time Satan doesn’t get screen time and it’s a slap in his face. However reading the experience with the dark side, that Joseph had, gives me hope and faith the Lord will rescue me when I’m in spiritual or temporal darkness...and he’s done that for me many times. My testimony of the Prophet Joseph, and seeing so many of his prophetic revelations continue to come to pass, two hundred years later, is a powerful witness to the love, dedication and personal relationship Joseph has for our Savior Jesus.

Nihla W. JuddNovember 18, 2019

Thanks Nicholeen for sharing your insights at a time when our nation is becoming less and less civil. Thanks for lighting the way, leading out and giving us great ideas and solutions to a growing, troublesome problem. Let's all set an example and solve it.

GayleNovember 18, 2019

Remember...this is happening throughout the world, not just the United States. The United Kingdom is almost falling apart.

Bambi KochNovember 18, 2019

Thank you for this interesting and well researched article. I never knew about Joseph Smith Sr.' s vision of the Tree of Life. I hope to see more articles on the history of Joseph Smith as 2020 approaches.

Scot ProctorNovember 17, 2019

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RuthNovember 17, 2019

Has homeopathy been looked into as an option at all? I know homeopathy is widely used in India and using homeopathy to treat leprosy or even prophylactically as a preventative would be less expensive than a vaccine and would be safer and more effective.

Liz TNovember 17, 2019

Loved this so much. Thank you for being brave enough to visit this far off land and for sharing this lovely example of faith and resilience from the other side of the world. My prayers today turn to my brothers and sisters there as I ache for a change in their circumstances.

Lynette MillsNovember 17, 2019

The Book of Mormon definitely has lessons for our day concerning our political process. Our country was founded as a covenant nation and has almost no resemblance of that today. It’s disheartening and hard to watch our government in full corruption mode. Thanks for this well thought out message. It rings very true.

Vincent H BeazelNovember 17, 2019

From the day March 29th 2007 while reading in rhe 29th Chapter of Mosiah to the phone conversation with John Pratt a few weeks later, I found an outline in the records of #AlmaHijo and his son #Helaman that links the term #sabbaticalYear in the LDSbibleDictionary to the seventh and 49th years of the reign of theJudges over the #pueblosdeNefi...making the last year of #KingMosiah's Reign and Ministry a #JubileeYear event.

P. RockwellNovember 16, 2019

I too am very interested in hearing what can be done to help. Thank you in advance.

kathryn J AmesNovember 16, 2019

In which cities is it playing?

kathryn J AmesNovember 16, 2019

How can we access answers to these questions in the comments? my questions are the same.

Jean SaintongeNovember 16, 2019

Thank you for this beautiful podcast. I struggled in the past about the existence of God. I heard people calling for evidences or philosophical reasonings. And finally I discovered that God Himself has provided the answer: Come close to me and I will come close to you. Zac. 1:3 & James 4:8. It is tre responsability of any individual to try it. Faith is a matter of experience as described in Alma 32. Please forgive my poor English. My French is better. You may edit as you like. Regards, Jean (John) Saintonge

Francisco AragonNovember 16, 2019

Gracias por ese articulo, la depresion o desanimo es una arma del advesario que nos debilita y no tenemos esperanza ni animo. podria tener tu libro puedo leer ingles pero si lo tienes en español mejor, dime como lo consigo, te envio el dinero y luego me lo mandas? te dare mi direccion en Utah, Francisco Aragon, 145 N 200E Lindon,Utah 84042.Gracias

Harold RustNovember 16, 2019

Thanks for information new to me. The more I learn about the veil between what Joseph knew by divine intervention and what he didn't know because of the limitations of mortality and information available at those contemporaneous times, the more I am awed by the spiritual insight it allows us in understanding the role of a prophet and the example it can be to each of us: we can gain at least a glimpse of spiritual truths even when limited to mortal perspective forced upon us with everything we learn while mortal.

Harold RustNovember 16, 2019

Thanks for the invitation. Growing up in a small town where everyone I knew was either an active member or an inactive member, I just assumed that ultimately anyone who honestly searched for truth would stay actively involved while the rest would not because they were too distracted, lazy, or negative. Now that I know so many good friends who have a family member no longer active (or have actually formally left the Church) I realize these who have left aren't necessarily distracted, lazy, or negative. That is why they need a continuing dialog that can open their heart and their spirit to a broader way of thinking as is being presented in this article. I look forward to the future dialog examples. Thanks.

Terri GarciaNovember 16, 2019

Ditto Martha Clanton. How can we help these children of God on the other side of the world?

KMDNovember 16, 2019

Apparently not everywhere is it being shown. I am sad it is not being played in Michigan.

Adriana Ovejero de RodriguezNovember 16, 2019

Inspiring story. And for parents whose children have gone astray and made poor choises, don't miss reading Larry Barkdull's "Rescuing wayward children" .

TerryNovember 15, 2019

Liahona » 1984 » January Four Peruvian Versions of the White God Legend Kirk Magleby, “Four Peruvian Versions of the White God Legend,” Tambuli, Jan 1984, 37 Very interesting early written articles about the "great white God" in Peru

MaryannNovember 15, 2019

I really love the advice given here about being clear. I also love the statement that if the grandma is unwilling to work with you then she will "miss out." You have nothing to feel guilty about when she is disappointed or upset. She is making choices that bring consequences. My guess is that if you stay strong and clear in your communications with her, she will learn she has to cooperate if she wants to see her grandchildren.

Donald CyrNovember 15, 2019

Awesome warnings from the book of Mormon and your writing so well expressed for our understanding...A light of truth... THANK YOU !

Jeni UrryNovember 15, 2019

This was a great message for me this morning. Thanks for helping me feel the spirit today!

MjNovember 15, 2019

I was very excited to see this film and eagerly checked for Missouri locations. I was stunned that it is not playing in the state these events occurred. Really? How can this be?

AnnieNovember 15, 2019

Sorry for my ignorance, but why are they unable to have the sacrament? Are there no priesthood holders there?

Diane ThayerNovember 15, 2019

What a heartbreaking story told is a beautiful way. Bless you for your service. It’s so depressing thinking nothing can be done but pray for divine intervention.

Martha ClantonNovember 15, 2019

What, if anything, can we do as sisters in Zion? What is the greatest need?

CubbyNovember 15, 2019

I am retired, having taught for many years. I now do some consulting work. I often recommend the book, “1, 2, 3 Magic. It is a complete program and it works like magic. I recommended it to a teacher with an incorrigible student, also giving more advanced techniques she could try if needed. I went back to visit the school again three months later. She greeted me with a bit of sadness. She could not report that she had used the advanced techniques. The psychologist who had invited me, and I started to laugh as she explained what had gone on. The 1,2,3 Magic program had worked. The child no longer escalated to the point where he was a danger to others, indeed, he had become a model 4 year old student. There are other programs out there that are good. Two most important things, work in unity and in love.

AyseNovember 15, 2019

Another inspired article just right for our times. Thank you for putting into words well written my thoughts entirely.

AyseNovember 14, 2019

Thank you for this insightful, clearly written and balanced article. The Book of Mormon despots are terrific examples of the kind of people to avoid, and the heroes in the Book of Mormon are ideal example of all the qualities we should look for not only in our friends but also our leaders.Thank you for pointing them out. Indeed, we citizens are under the obligation to seek leaders with integrity, honesty, civil speech and of course truthfulness. Otherwise we will have to suffer the consequences.

MichaelNovember 14, 2019

Medium-sized Protestant churches large enough to afford 4 or 5 full-time ministers generally have it divided up like this: Senior minister who spends most of his time preparing to preach on Sunday and sort of oversees the rest, music minister who leads the praise band in more than half a dozen songs during worship services plus a choir, operational pastor who runs the business-like aspects like issue callings and announcements and plan events, women and children minister who parallels our RS and primary presidents, and last but not least the youth minister. Protestant churches are subject to strong market forces and if the church doesn't function well, people more easily move to another congregation. So this plan generally has been found to work. I see differences with us, but this change in focus of the bishop is sort of like making the bishop the youth minister. It will require adjustments but it will work.

GaryNovember 14, 2019

Thanks for all the great articles you add to Meridan Magazine! They are truly appreciated!

ChuckNovember 14, 2019

Thank you for posting this, Maurine. Truly, an excellent analysis of our current situation that has been growing in our country for decades. And so many people do not understand, or refuse to see, the reasons the people of our nation (and, indeed, the world) are in this mess. It is because of a refusal to follow the instructions on how to live our lives, given to us by our Lord, through his prophets.

JaneNovember 14, 2019

One of the most nefarious influences on our liberty is the buying of political influence - the impact money is having on a candidates’ ability to become popular as well as the role that money has in the writing of our laws. Thank you for this article. We cannot hide our heads in the sand or simply “take care of our own.” As the joke goes, “We have seen the enemy and it is us. “

J JamisonNovember 14, 2019

I've used scriptures when speaking of politics - I won't tell you what I've been called!

roxanneNovember 14, 2019

During your study of this topic did you come across any info on how the plates came to be in new york. like to hear your thoughts on this.

Richard HillsNovember 14, 2019

Advocates of the Heartland Model of Book of Mormon geography dispute Joseph Smith's being the actual author of the Times and Seasons editorial and they postulate that the events described in the Book of Mormon took place, primarily, in the heartland of North America. As far as I know, nobody has attempted to relate the Aztec and Inca civilizations to Book of Mormon peoples in any detail at all. If they originated pretty much independently, maybe the Mayas did also.

Laura BeauchampNovember 14, 2019

Oh, my goodness!You have really hit the nail on the head with this article. I look forward to sending it to dear friends not of our faith who share the same values as we do. Thank you for this gift!

Jan M.November 14, 2019

Thank you for such a powerful and timely article that so well articulates the dangers of wicked leaders as warned by the Book of Mormon. We will carefully study all your references again and take them to heart.

Herm OlsenNovember 14, 2019

Thanks for a timely reminder that we must not put partisan loyalties ahead of principles and integrity. Corruption is corruption and must be called out and condemned - even where it involves our top leadership. The use of denigrating and demeaning language for those who bring this corruption to our attention is part of the problem.

rebkotNovember 14, 2019

Chilling. The phrase "expectation of uniformity of opinion" so perfectly describes the current state of affairs. This is eerily reminiscent of the terrorist's stance: Your beliefs aren't the same as mine so you should not exist. The current punishment for failure to conform is job loss, law suits, loss of funding, shaming. What will it be tomorrow?

C N HaleNovember 14, 2019

In light of recent lidar (laser/light detection) surveys of a region stretching from southern Mexico down to Guatemala and Belize, revealing over 60,000 previously unknown ancient structures, there is no question that "the history of ancient America is [being] unfolded." The structures researchers are identifying include farms, houses and defensive fortifications, as well as numerous miles of causeways, roads and canals connecting large cities across the civilization’s central lowlands. Thank you for sharing Mr. Norman's article, reminding us of the Prophet Joseph Smith's desire to pursue historical research of Book of Mormon lands.

rebkotNovember 14, 2019

Very insightful article. It's such a difficult problem, because it seems there are few righteous choices - men and women who have the interest of the country and not themselves as their motivator. My family has very divided thoughts on this subject, and I dread Thanksgiving. Maybe we families can show the leaders how people disagree in a civilized way. I still have to come back to "Who will most likely defend my core, precious beliefs?" We're counting on morally corrupt people to carry out a holy work. God Bless America...

Joel Robin MarksNovember 14, 2019

God Bless the Proctors and thank you Maureen for such an insightful and full rekoning of the Book of Mormon state of our civilization. A nation cannot be free and reject God simultaneously. It never has and never will happen. The great and immortal Thomas Jefferson said,"We hold these truths to be self-evident that ALL men were created equal." That would be interpreted in opportunities and under the Almighty not characteristically."These are the times that try men's souls, the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot shall in this crisis shrink from the service of his country. But he that stands it now deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." And so Thomas Paine, that great revolutionary man so stated in yes, 1776! May God truly bless America...before its midnight...

Bob SpielNovember 14, 2019

We indeed live in very dangerous times. As the consummate historians Wil and Ariel Durant wrote, "A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within." American used to be a nation of law, faith, courage and compromise. We are devolving to a nation of lawlessness, pride, raw selfishness and take-no-prisoners politics. There is still hope, as Elder Ballard has asked us to pray for our nation, but I fear we are rushing over a cliff as a nation where the Constitution is being shredded and the rule of law being replaced by kangaroo courts and congresses.

Pene HortonNovember 14, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed An Oxford Murder and am looking forward to the sequel. G. G. Vandagriff did a masterful job of portraying life at Oxford after the First World War. This is a good murder mystery with an endearing hero and heroine.

Nancy K Daines CarterNovember 14, 2019

I have questions; 1] At no time in the Book of Mormon does the word 'Hewn Stone' appear as in reference to the Nephites/Lamanites. It is mentioned only once, and by Isaiah about the building in Jerusalem, 2 Nephi 19:10 2] Why does Nephi and others tell of their teaching their people to build with wood, not blocks of stone? Their first temple built was like Solomon’s, which was built of wood overlaid with gold. 3] With all that lush greenery in Middle America, at what point in archaeological history has it become a wilderness, with no trees for building their houses? 4] Why is it so important to prove they came up from So America because they in So America knew Christ when the Spanish Explorers appeared as 'white men with beards?' Surely, Christ did visit many others in the isles of the sea, and why not those who build in hewn stone, in a magnificent forested jungle, with lots of gold to make their own plates [which will one day be discovered], and 'temples' that turned into places for human sacrifice? 5] Joseph Smith at no point in time stated specifically the Book of Mormon began in South America. He studied it out and left the rest to others to explore. He also pointed out many places in the Eastern United States that tied that place in as the place where the seed of Lehi dwelt, fought, and built, but never with hewn stone,

John HillNovember 14, 2019

Thank you, Maurine Proctor, for this interesting assessment based on Book of Mormon accounts. As I read your well-written article, I thought of another scripture that gives us cogent advice about choosing our political leaders: Doctrine and Covenants 98:10...………."Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; otherwise whatsoever is less than these cometh of evil". This reader interprets "men" to mean---honest, wise and good men and women.

KathyNovember 14, 2019

These are times that do call for courage, faith, and taking a stand for truth, even at great personal sacrifice. Thank you Maurine, for reminding us of patterns of evil and the ancidote of keeping covenants. Our prophets have been pleading with us all my lifetime to be involved in what is going on in the public square and to be awake and look to the Lord and not the philosphies of men. WE, the people, united in righteousness are the answer to preserving our freedoms which are fast disappearing as we speak. Thank you for your example of righteous political activism, Maurine.

GaryNovember 13, 2019

I loved this well thought out article! Thanks so much! Keep up the good work!

GleeNovember 13, 2019

Minda, when you order - just put in 1 - it is actually the 5 books for $25

RickNovember 13, 2019

Dialogue is essential to understanding others' perspectives and clarifying misconceptions. If we avoid engaging in difficult conversations then we miss the opportunity to heal wounded hearts and gain insight into our own prejudices and biases. I look forward to your future articles and learning more about how to engage in these difficult conversations out of love and concern for others.

StephanieNovember 13, 2019

Well, I’ll be there to read your next comments on this subject. Can’t imagine too many members of the church that don’t know even personally a “Alma the Younger.” I want to hear how you’ll approach will be with the flack they shovel out. I’m sure I’ll learn something on how to be a wise parent or just a member of His church to others who have let go of that Iron Rod. For me it’s just patience.

VardellNovember 13, 2019

Thank you for an article that states the importance of defending ones faith and beliefs. The word for this is apologetics. At a time when my faith was challenged the answers supplied by FAIR were a life saver. Many LDS are afraid of appearing contentious, not understanding that there is a difference between being contentious and contending for ones faith. Remember, Alma contended with Zeezrom and he was converted. Here is a beautiful quote that states the value of contending for ones faith. "For we ought to know, that if anyone is conquered by the truth, it is not he that is conquered, but the ignorance that is in him, which is the worst of all demons; so that he who can drive it out receives the palm of salvation." The Clementine Recognitions; book 2, chapter 69

M J GarrisonNovember 13, 2019

This is an excellent article written by Mr. Norman. I especially like his comments that "Broad interest included all nations and peoples past and present. What this says to me is that knowledge from the past in any specific area of interest, including Book of Mormon studies, should be inclusive not exclusive. In other words, it can best grow and be understood and accepted, not in isolation, but in proportion to knowledge expanding in neighboring areas from the past to the present." Much is being written about the possible locals of the Book of Mormon people. I feel that it should not be an either/or acceptance of Nephite/Lamanite locations, but an acceptance of the evidence that there was a great migration that placed these people in a wide area of population.

Kenny Mazzanti (please withhold name)November 13, 2019

Open, positive conversation is always a benefit, and it may even lead a person to seek a spiritual conversion of the truth. But, it is the spiritual conversion that is essential. Nehor, Korihor and many others over the years sought to destroy the church from inside and from outside. Those "ravening wolves" come from inside and are very destructive; if you let them. Twenty years ago, my wife and I moved from California to another state. We moved ourselves with the help of our teenage son without asking for help from "The Mormon Moving Machine" at either end. Upon settling in, we were visited by nine (9) separate sisters from our new ward family who asked us to leave. They did not want our "evil influence" coming from California to their fair valley. We went to church the following Sunday. Our son was a handsome young man who caught the attention of many of the young sisters during Sacrament meeting and Sunday School. During the meeting of the Priest Quorum, the young men told him that he was not welcome at the upcoming Priest/Laurel social. He reported this to me after church that day. I talked to the Bishop about this and his reply was "Well, I let the boys run their own quorum." That was 21 years ago and he hasn't been active since. Some years later I asked his forgiveness because I felt that I had not given him whatever it was that he needed to overcome that experience. He told me that I had taught him well, but if the members of his own quorum didn't want him, why would he want to be there? About two years later, Elder Ballard of The Twelve, spoke at a televised conference to 14 Stakes in the region. The TV shot was up close of his face. He named off seven Stakes that were in need of repentance. Then he said, "You other seven; don't think you are getting off easy because you need to repent more than they do!" He then proceeded to chastise the leadership of 14 Stakes for being "exclusive" and not reaching out to their neighbors. It was a long and painful epistle. Upon concluding that meeting, the men of our stake just walked away quietly, but nothing changed. At least not where we were. But, my wife and I eventually moved away and are now serving a mission. We were strong enough to withstand the deliberate attack of the members of that ward because our souls were already converted to the truth; not because someone debated the pros and cons of church membership with us. It is not discussion, debate, or man's reasoning that gives us strength; it is the Spirit of God. Since those days I have wondered why was Alma, the Younger, so special that he was struck dumb unto repentance by an angel of the Lord, but my son was not? Why the sons of Mosiah and not my son? I continue to try to live by the Spirit with hope that my son will return one day of his own free will because he is spiritually reborn. I know there are many others who have wondered and wait as I do for their lost sheep to return to the fold and the family.

HelenNovember 13, 2019

As the only active member left in my and my husband's families (including him), could be enlightening. Looking forward to it!

SharonNovember 13, 2019

Great article, so excited to read your next upcoming, we have family members that I will share with! Thanks

Jo Ann OkelberryNovember 12, 2019

So enthralling and spiritual.

Marie R ButcherNovember 12, 2019

Thank you for sharing this. I really felt the Spirit. Beautiful music, wonderful choreography. They should really be pleased with this. It's obvious that it took a lot of work!

Joyce N. DraneyNovember 12, 2019

This rendition brought me to sobbing tears! It was sung at my husband's funeral service. Those present who were not members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commented on the beauty of the hymn sung by the congregation. I think I may not have noticed the 'hokey' actions because I was so caught up in the wonderful music. Please accept my praise and gratitude, young men.

KendraNovember 12, 2019

Greg, there is at least one famous story from church history where a sister laid her hands on her dead oxen and commanded them , in the name of Jesus, to stand and walk. Those oxen brought her family all the way to the Salt Lake Valley. I seem to recall another story, maybe from Haun’s Mill? Where a mother laid hands on her child and called upon Heaven to heal him of his fatal injuries. I personally know a woman who did this when she was in a desperate situation. Just some thoughts.

Minda LubbenNovember 12, 2019

Brother Wallace Goddard, I want you to know that I learned so much on your article Using Gospel Power To Rewrite Our Life Stories. I also want to buy that book God's Trophies for five copies for only 25.00 dollars but when I want to check out it says the amount is 125.00 dollars.

Deni SchwendimanNovember 12, 2019

Amazing music and choreography.

Diane TuckerNovember 12, 2019

Very beautiful and moving. Well done, Choir!

Kenny MazzantiNovember 12, 2019

Following the atrocious acts of September 11, 2001, our youngest son opted to join the Army. He went through basic infantry training at Ft. Benning, Georgia and was one of three selected for the 101st Airborne. On Sunday mornings during training, if you don't find some place to go, the Army will find something for you to do, not necessarily to your liking. A young man in our sons training unit asked where he went on Sunday mornings? Our son asked him to attend meetings with him. About 6 weeks later, an LDS Army Chaplain approached our son and told him that the young man who he had invited to services was going to be baptized, and he asked if our son could do that. After meeting with the local church authority, our son baptized that young soldier. Our son never told us the young mans name, but we are so grateful that he asked our son about going with him to an LDS meeting. Through the years, I have encountered many men who joined the church in the military because a member loaned them a Book of Mormon, invited someone to church or simply set a good example by living the standards of a Latter-day Saint. Many generations have been blessed by these service members who served the needs of others while serving their country.

Craig A MillsNovember 12, 2019

Bro. Frogley, thank you for sharing your understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.. As a convert, I came to understand the need of the Son being the one to suffer and to be sacrificed, as I was taught by the missionaries and as I studied the Book of Mormon. For me, the reward for finishing the BoM was the gem embedded in Mor 10:33 "through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the "COVENANT" of the Father unto the remission of your sins... My loving Heaven Father, would have suffered and died for me, if he wasn't a perfected resurrected being, but He could if He had a proxy. And he does. Jesus Christ gracefully chose to be obedient and perfect so that he could qualify as the Eternal Sacrifice. No else could do it, but He could and He did. He did it, He kept his Covenant with Father and with all creation and for that I'm eternally grateful.

Ron Jones JrNovember 12, 2019

Does anyone know where I can find a transcript or recording of Elder Cook's address mentioned here?

ShareeNovember 12, 2019

This was absolutely beautiful. I did find some of their actions rather 'hokey', but the music was exquisite. I think they should have left out the hand waving and bending down like the 'rolling thunder,' although the kneeling when they ere i the circle was very touching.

Charles DefranchiNovember 12, 2019

Dear Wally, I have been tremendously blessed into my life reading your Newsletters over twenty years. I do not doubt a second that your insights have shaped me spiritually in ways I cannot imagine, and also saved me for a lot of trouble. I felt good reading you today, as always. Now my suggestion is that you compile all this into a book I would gladly buy and offer to family and friends. Blessings, as you say. Charles

Almalee TaylorNovember 11, 2019

This was especially well thought out and explained to me, a rather new convert. Thank you! I also find it comforting to know this last dispensation will never be destroyed and the Second Coming of our Savior is imminent.

RCook52November 11, 2019

Alma 18 is a restoration of the covenant after the preaching of Abinadi to the wicked Nephites. The place the covenant was restored was called Mormon. The body of water those people were baptized in was called the waters of Mormon. The prophet Mormon was named after a place where the people were restored to the covenant. The Book of Mormon might rightly be named: The Book of the Reestablishmet of the Covenant of God with the people. And is that not exactly what it has done?

AnaNovember 11, 2019

Eve is right on. Expose this emotional affair. Affairs thrive in secrecy and in fantasy-land. Expose it to your children, your family, your husband's family, all your friends, your bishop, the ex-girlfriends husband, her children, her family and friends. (You can get all the contacts from Facebook.) You don't do this to be vindictive. But it needs to be exposed to quicken the natural death of it. You need their help to end it, and their love and support of you during this crisis. You and your husband's family and friends need to encourage him to do the right thing and END THIS NOW. And the ex-girlfriend's family and friends need to encourage her to END THIS NOW. Expose, expose, expose. That's where you need to start. After that, ZERO contact with that woman ever again, full transparency on his part and working on the repair of your marriage. Good luck.

Patricia ReynoldsNovember 11, 2019

As a veteran of the US Air Force, I was pleased to know that all of the first Presidency have served their country! I love President Nelson and he never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for this wonderful article on this Veterans Day.

Russell NickelNovember 11, 2019

It would be interesting to learn about the life of that soldier - what he accomplished and how his expression of faith to then Elder Nelson dominated his life. This would be a good follow-up research project.

Ken PattersonNovember 11, 2019

You are right on the mark! The key to agency is that we are agents of someone. Agents act within the terms of their commission to act in behalf of the one who granted that agency. When we do, we can claim the rewards or positive results of that action. When we act contrary to those terms, we have no agency.

Lani Skousen LarkinNovember 11, 2019

Diana - how impressed to read such a complete and informative article. I will use this as a study guide to Hebrews. You amaze me with your love of gospel truths and study of scripture, our Prophets to include necessary Hebrew language to understand scripture better. Glad you are my friend.

JanineNovember 10, 2019

In reading this I don’t quite understand how these things turn women into patriarchs. In my life, I know that the blessings and powers mentioned here have been available to me as a matriarch in my home and in church leadership and in my temple service. I received them as promised to me by the Lord and I've had access to these blessings through faith, prayer, revelation, obedience, and the gifts of the Holy Ghost. My husband, as a priesthood holder in our home, also has access to these gifts.

Craig A MillsNovember 10, 2019

Sister White, thank you for sharing a wonderful discourse on the "Power and Authority of the Priesthood". At my recent Stake Conference in September, the visiting General Authority taught that the advancements we are currently witnessing, is the Lord removing the scaffolding of the church that surrounds the family. The family, as it is led by a united mother and father, sealed under proper authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood. I might suggest that the expansion of those who can witness ordinances and Ward Youth Councils is the Lord taking down a whole wing of scaffolding. This is how I understand the role of the family supported by the church in the Lord's Kingdom. Patriarchal Order - Priesthood, as an eternal family matter - Home Centered, Mother & Father united - we know this order began in the garden with Adam & Eve and is the order we will live by when the Savior returns. Apostolic Order - the administrative authority we tend to think of as "the priesthood" - Church Supportive - this order began with the Savior, first in Galilee, then again in the sacred grove. This order is the means by which the Lord facilitates and teaches us, His children. This order is His light in the wilderness. (1 Ne 17:13)

Piero MazzeiNovember 9, 2019

Is not Allah a derivate of Elohim?

RobynNovember 9, 2019

I didn't to realize until reading this article that I, too, had actually used the Savior's power when raising my children in the gospel. My husband was not a member and I can vividly remember the strength of my prayers, the Spirit in our home, in guiding me to do what was needed to assure my husband felt loved and that my children would grow up with testimonies. It was through the Savior's priesthood power that the Holy Ghost was able to stir up my husbands thoughts and heart to accept the gospel. Now many years later, and with my husband and I having served a mission and our children in faithful homes, I can see where women can utilize the Priesthood when it is not available through a faithful husband. My heart feels so grateful for this new knowledge.

Theresa FinneganNovember 8, 2019

Near the end of your article, you say "These statements can be puzzling in the context of a church where women do not officiate in any ordinances ..." In the Temple women do officiate in ordinances. Sisters are called and set apart as Ordinance Workers specifically so that they can officiate in Temple ordinances. It's important to realize that. I love the article, and have had similar experiences in my own life.

Laurel Lee PedersenNovember 8, 2019

Dear Diana, What an amazing article! I am so uplifted after reading it! I'm printing it out so I can study it as I go through Hebrews again the remainder of the week. So grateful to be your friend! Hope you are doing well! Love you!

Sue C.November 8, 2019

It would be much better if there was no such thing as bullying but it is there and I would venture to guess it is worse than at times past. But your advice is right on point. Just because someone says it does not make it true. We need to have tougher skin and not let the little hurts that happen often to children decide who we are. I want my child to know regardless of what people may say or do to them they are a valuable human being with God given talents and are capable of handling those situations. We can't cave because that makes us weak. We have to stand strong and be courageous. I love this article and appreciate your insight.

H NorthNovember 8, 2019

While Dr. Al-Issa's efforts are truly admirable, and I wish him the best of luck, unfortunately, being a PhD in his own ideology, he must be fully aware that his efforts are contrary to the primary teachings and doctrines of Islam, and so one can only conclude that his efforts are an attempt at taqiyya.

H NorthNovember 8, 2019

This article fails to address the primary reason that clearly demonstrates that Islam and Christianity are from different sources: their origins. Muhammad was physically assaulted by an entity to the point that he was so traumatized that he feared for his life, and wanted to throw himself off a cliff and kill himself--it was his wife Khadijah that convinced him that instead the entity was supposedly an "angel". And so Islam was born.

Lynn JohnsonNovember 8, 2019

wonderful article; I have one area of confusion. Paul says a bishop must be the husband of one wife and be a good and righteous father. So I am not sure about the idea of a single bishop. That would violate Paul's rule. Has there ever been one?

DJNovember 8, 2019

I'm so excited for them!! I can feel the good vibrations half way across the world, and can't wait to know and see the fruits of their labor. A small pebble in a big pond creating ripples.

Robyn KeeslingNovember 8, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to minister to us by preparing this wonderful resource for us - people you don't even know! I am certain that Hebrews 6:10 applies to you and that our Lord is very aware of your service and sacrifice for His flock. I have felt the Spirit as I have used this as a companion to my study of Hebrews this week.

JuliannNovember 8, 2019

Lengthy article, but so insightful. I learned wonderful things. Thank you

Tamara WatkinsNovember 8, 2019

I can't thank you enough for this article! It's so enlightening and gratifying to have it explained the way you did - to see the difference between the two. I have read several things from early church history that the Prophet Joseph Smith has taught about women having priesthood power, but for whatever reason, seems to have been buried and is finally coming into the light again. We are being told to "learn more about this power and how we can wield it", but there is nothing published that I am aware of to teach us exactly what we can do and how to use our family priesthood in behalf of our family members. My husband is inactive at this time and because of choices he is making, is not a worthy priesthood holder. Other than praying for my family members, what am I blessed to be able to do? Because it isn't being taught to us, it continues to frustrate me and other women. We strive to be humble and teachable and patient. The brethren have alot of printed direction in "wielding" their priesthood. Where is our help and direction?

KarenNovember 8, 2019

I am married to a non member who has not given permission for me to go through the temple and be endowed. Am I then not eligible, or, as a mother do I still receive the blessing of Priesthood Power to bless my family?

Ladelle CookNovember 8, 2019

That is a most significant, explanatory article of priesthood power held by women. What you shared is another testimony of the validity of my understanding concerning the relationship between women and the priesthood and between women and men in the marriage and family relationship. I have learned much from your article and my wife also is impressed. Thank you for sharing your insight,

Jenny SvendsenNovember 8, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing your story! There were many truths revealed to me as I read, I will be printing it off and sharing with my husband, and anyone who would benefit from reading it

Brother Gary A Garvin & Sister Noy GarvinNovember 8, 2019

This is so true and awesome. Thank you Sister

Neill MarriottNovember 8, 2019

Dear Sister Ulrich, Your words struck many a rich and resounding note in my heart and I hope in the hearts of all your readers. Thank you for your insightful paragraph on the spiritual power of the lamb and for your wonderfully wise and clear seven points of 'we do work together.' I'll be remembering your admonition that if something is worth doing, it's worth doing badly. Serving a foreign speaking mission, I have learned that a testimony spoken badly is better than a testimony not spoken at all. You are right on all counts. Many thanks.

GregNovember 8, 2019

Great article. Question arises…does a child ever need a’priesthood blessing’, or will a faithful prayer be sufficient, which it was in this case?

AnneNovember 8, 2019

Fabulous article! Things I never had known or thought about. Thank you for sharing!

KathleenNovember 7, 2019

He, and a lot of others!

JaneNovember 7, 2019

I disagree. I believe words can have long lasting effects whether the person consciously takes them to heart or not. Surface smiles cannot undo the lasting impact of verbal and emotional abuse. It's a good place to start. But messages from cruel and thoughtless parents, siblings, friends, teachers and even the culture as a whole, can build a false foundation of lies within. It takes courage to recognize them and seek the power of Christ's truths to find freedom from them comes.

DavidNovember 7, 2019

The colonies in Mexico were founded in 1885. In 1912, Pancho Villa's men gave the saints 24 hours to leave with what they could carry with them. About 1918, after the revolution has subsided,some of the colonists returned. The colonies have contributed greatly to church leadership over the years. Names like Eyring, Kimball, and Romney come to mind. But living there has always had its challenges. After the 1912 exodus, many lost everything they had built up during their time living there.

Joy LangNovember 7, 2019

We just got to see this beautiful film and it is just playing here in Novemberr in Calgary Alberta. What a testimony of the power of ministering to others & how powerful service can be in our lives. Great missionary tool. I want to read the book! I wish that notification could be sent to Church PR reps of upcoming movies produced by TC Christiansen or others & that are going to be shown in theaters. There are times that good movies are only shown for a week or sometimes they only play for a weekend. By the time we hear from other Church members, it is gone! One movie about the missionaries who were held captive only played 2 days!

Jill HallidayNovember 7, 2019

HOW can I thank you??? I was sitting here in tears, in a quandry about what to do. Like your friend, I consider my faith to be is my gift! But I had lost hope in a particular thing happening to me...a medical problem. I sat here reading about all kinds of ideas and "solutions," in medical places, when for some reason decided to check my email and there you were. Your title, coupled with your own beautiful countenance pulled me in. As I read I thought, "I don't even believe this is happening!:...your words were SO EXACTLY WHAT I NEEDED in this very moment! I wasn't familiar with the Zechariah scripture (my husband has been ardently studying the Old Testament and I'm sharing his study...we've talked about that book but not THAT is PERFECT!) THANK YOU! I am going to go my way rejoicing now, for I know that just as in these wonderful examples you've given, answers will come to me.

Terri WagnerNovember 7, 2019

I love your analogy. I live in an area prone to hurricanes, and we are always learning more about to survive. The aftermath is sometimes more overwhelming than the storm itself.

Karl StumNovember 7, 2019

Great insights, Shalissa! You mentioned the work of other faith traditions tangentially in your Arrival Ready item #5. That made me think a bit. If the millennium will house those of at least a terrestrial level, then the heavy lifting of preparing the world for the second coming is really being done by all the other God-fearing sincere faith traditions who are raising the masses of humanity to that level. Latter-day Saints should be grateful to them in this common work with us.

Brenda LaCorteNovember 7, 2019

A great reminder for me as I suffer inside my prison walls daily while caregiving for my 36 yr old son who is near end of life. Upon his diagnosis of Stage 4 Renal Cell Carcinoma and paraplegia almost 4 years ago, I turned to our Lord in faith, asking Him to help me do all that I could for my son. The Lord has blessed me "double" with so much mercy, grace and strength during this trial. It is wonderful to feel His loving arms around me and to know that he cares even when it is so hard!

Del MussmanNovember 6, 2019

truly most heartbreaking.

EvalyNovember 6, 2019

Satan has used lies to influence the choices mortals have had to make since he first told Eve she would not die if she ate the forbidden fruit. Moses 5 shows how Satan worked to direct Cain to kill his brother and Cain believed he would inherit Abel's flocks and have no consequences for murder. Clearly Satan left him to himself after he committed the murder and became a vagabond. Satan was jealous of his brother Jesus, then Satan convinces Cain to be jealous of Abel, Jacob's sons to be jealous of Joseph, Ishmael to be jealous of Isaac, Laman and Lemuel to be jealous of Nephi, etc., etc. Satan continues to use greed, power and jealousy to foment discord between brothers and nations - he truly does want us to be just like him and has had a pretty good record of success unfortunately.

J. ChadwickNovember 6, 2019

Thank you so much for this article and your book. I was given a copy of your book when I was going through a very difficult time. It was truly and answer to prayer. It has helped me to understand that my depression is not a character flaw or spiritual weakness. it is a brain illness and I need to treat it as such. This information freed me from years of self condemnation and gave me so many tools and so much hope! Thank you Thank you!

VardellNovember 6, 2019

Yes, Jesus sanctifies and redeems. Way too many LDS think that they must first make themselves holy before they can be forgiven and changed by Christ. And frankly much of this comes from being taught erroneously that repentance is not complete without completely conquering our sins. Well if that's the case then no one can ever repent of all their sins. Scriptural examples of repentance do not indicate a complete self conquering of sin. Repentance is the broken-hearted recognition of ones sins, and a sincere pleading for more righteousness and for mercy. Almas repentance didn't take a lifetime. Neither did Lamoni's, or his fathers - it happened immediately.

Lora TalbotNovember 6, 2019

I loved this podcast! I will listen to it again. I plan to send it out to my kids. Thank you so much for your effort.

R GreerNovember 6, 2019

I thought it ironic that Democrats advocated the portrait of Andrew Jackson, the founder of the Democratic Party should be removed from the $20 bill in favor of a gun toting deeply religious Republican, Harriet Tubman

Kenny MazzantiNovember 6, 2019

These murderous "Gadianton Robbers" of our day deserve nothing less than the justice they received in the Book of Mormon and that is absolute destruction. They are a plague, not only on Mexico, but on the whole earth that must be eradicated.. In the last year more than 68,000 people in the USA alone died from drug overdose with most of those drugs coming from Mexico via these cartels. 60,000 people in Mexico are "missing" in these drug wars. Mass graves of men, women and children are regularly being found in Mexico. The distasteful news of these finds rarely makes it to our media sources because it is disturbing to hear or read. Look at what the Nephites did to destroy these thugs and then, "liken the scriptures" to ourselves. Allowing this secret combination to continue to live makes us complicit in their murderous crimes.

AmyNovember 6, 2019

I just find it interesting that the bbc had this story way earlier that the US news! Our hearts and prayers are with the families!❤️

Melinda RobinsonNovember 6, 2019

Oh my, there are just no words to Express how we feel. We will pray for these families touched by this horrible tragedy. May the Lord bless them all.

K RiceNovember 6, 2019

Neat story.

Claradene StewartNovember 6, 2019

The mind-gut connection as relating to what we eat has just been discovered in the last two years. Depression runs rampant I my family. My grandmother had electric shock treatments for depression which helped her. She was one of the saintliest women I ever knew. My mother suffered greatly, Also, my sister, and some cousins. Depression is a diagnosis no different than influenza, etc. We can improve our diets and exercise to help the depression medications work. Depression has nothing to do with "being weak," it has to do with recognizing the problem and then getting medical help sooner than later.

JohnellNovember 6, 2019

I'm loving this series. Thank you. It brings back memories.

Nicholeen PeckNovember 5, 2019

Reboot, I know you are right. As a previous foster parent I have seen some of the toughest teens through some of their most agonizing struggles. I’m with you. Christ-like understanding is what we should foster. This article is for parents of the bullied and the people who feel unsafe in society for whatever reason. This article it to put things in perspective and give them hope and empowerment. I hope it does that. Thanks so much for your additional insight.

JaneNovember 5, 2019

These ideas are entirely in harmony with President Nelson's address to the women in this past General Conference where he assured us that all women have access to priesthood power by virtue of their faith and the keeping of their covenants. Thank you for so beautifully expressing the rationale for this new frontier of understanding, mutual support, and work needed to build the Kingdom of God on earth.

Stevie McKennaNovember 5, 2019

I think the first step to knowing God is to stop referring to him as God. The Savior asked us to refer to him as our Father in Heaven or Heavenly Father. To me to refer to Him as God is to distance myself from him. He remains this CEO of a company that I work for who is untouchable. Someone whom I dare not approach or attempt to know on a personal level. I would feel constrained to do my duty and hope he approves. But if this CEO is my father who implores me to draw close to Him and know him as my father than that is a completely different dynamic. One that will help me in time of need and will help me to strive to become more like His Son.

Carol AnnNovember 5, 2019

There are no words that can adequately describe the power of the message of these videos! Thanks to the leadership of the Church who followed the inspiration to make these possible to people everywhere. The Spirit of this work is very, very strong. The message is well received!

Jennifer KambourianNovember 5, 2019

So beautiful, Tessa. Thank you.

LyndaNovember 5, 2019

Thank you for this article. You put into words some of the thoughts I have been pondering for the past 3 years but haven’t been able to express. I have felt about God my whole life much as you did. I knew He was a God of love but I was also terrified to mess up for fear of “not making it”. It wasn’t until my husband died suddenly three years ago that I have truly started to come to know God and my Savior. Your article has been another witness to me of what I’m just starting to understand.

Mark WadsworthNovember 5, 2019

I agree with Doug, although President Trump may have some skeletons in the closet, he's doing the Lord's work in preserving the constitution. The anti-Trumpers are becoming the modern day Kingmen (Alma51:8). Anyone who wants to can Google General Conference & the constitution: starting with the bicentennial year of 1976 addresses of then Presidents/Elders Benson,Tanner, Dunn and Constitutional bicentennial year of 1987 addresses of President Benson.

vickieNovember 4, 2019

in the past I had a nursery calling that was meant more for me. as a matter of fact I had revelation that my next calling would be nursery calling. we were leaving England via my husbands airforce job. we were transferred to san Antonio tx. there was only one church there at the time and sure enough I was called to the nursery. the Lord told me this and I told my husband and it did happen. in England, I was going through major depression and anxiety and a not so good doctor who made things worse. I had to rely on the Lord as my great physician. so when I went into nursery, I met another woman who was going through the same thing but had gotten some great help from a very good doctor. she recommended him to me and I tried to see him but was told he had changed his job location and he couldn't see me now. well, I begged him telling him I wouldn't get any help at all. so, he said okay I will see you. I thank the Lord to this day because he helped me get over my phobia I developed because of the bad doctor I saw in England. I did this without taking any medication. it was very hard but this doctor helped me and taught me more than anything.I know the Lord knows all things about us and how we when needing help can trust that He will find it for us and many times through others. I do say this though I do not think the elderly should be in the nursery because some cannot get up and down and are not stable when holding babies. im elderly now and can see I am not able to do what I once use to do.

Barbara BohanNovember 4, 2019

I have followed from afar from time to time the progress of this film starting in the very early stages. I am excited that it is a reality now and coming in December!

Sally SmithNovember 4, 2019

This article hits the nail on the head. My parents taught me "sticks and stones" and it got me through some tough bullying. I would also say silently say, that's what you are not me.

Lisa SJNovember 4, 2019 doesn't go anywhere...

CindyNovember 4, 2019

I've always said Nursery Leader is the best calling! What other calling lets you take off your shoes, sit on the floor, play with toys, eat goldfish, and get big hugs every week? Oh, and the ward leadership thinks you're wonderful for accepting the calling. I teach the Sunbeams this year -- I love the little ones!

Susan MorrisNovember 4, 2019

As a young married in my 20s, I became friends with a sister my age who moved into our ward and was married to the son of a general authority. She was used to being treated with a special deference which grated on her. When the 20-something counselor in our bishopric somewhat apologetically called her to the nursery, she replied to this effect: "I would love to serve the Savior there. I believe that if He were to attend our ward some Sunday, He would visit the nursery first."

Mike M.November 4, 2019

When I was in my forties, I served as the nursery leader for a couple of years. I loved my calling. With the prior nursery leader, every Sunday one three year old girl would throw a tantrum, crying for her mother until the leader took the girl to her mother, a single mom. It was a challenge for her mother to fully enjoy Sunday school and Relief Society. When I was the nursery leader, I never took her to her mother when she threw a tantrum. However, one time when someone came into the nursery, the girl ran out the door, screaming for her mother as she ran down the hall to the Relief Society room. I ran after her and brought her back, kicking and screaming. Later, her mother told me she heard her daughter screaming for her. Eventually, the girl learned she couldn't get her way by throwing a tantrum. She behaved herself and enjoyed nursery until she went into Sunbeams. Now, at the age of 69 I'm on the list of substitute helpers for the nursery in my new ward.

Barbara K.November 4, 2019

I was called to be the very first nursery leader in our ward. Two of my former children have married. One once called me to be the nursery leader (my very favorite calling!) and now he is bishop and called me to be the RS Pres. Hope I get called to the nursery again!

Marsha LivingstoneNovember 4, 2019

My Christmas wish would be that this would come as a DVD to purchase. I have given the book to my family several years ago with a jar for them to use every year. I would love to be able to give them the movie to remember and continue the tradition.

Judith WilsonNovember 4, 2019

What a wonderful article!! Young children have a way of changing your viewpoint on life. You can understand why the Savior them so much.

rebkotNovember 4, 2019

Yes! Mr. Durfee I agree wholeheartedly. WHY are scientists, in particular, so antagonistic toward religion? Do they stumble because of the 6-day creation story, without considering it might have been creative "periods"? Are they so arrogant that they can't bear the thought of an intelligent being infinitely superior to them? It is unscientific to deny something you cannot see and measure. Many things in science aren't directly observed, but rather are identified because of their affect on other things, for instance, black holes are inferred from their affects on surrounding space. Surely the evidence of a creator is the ultimate example of this. All things testify of Him.

Debra PeckNovember 4, 2019

Nursery seems to always be the difficult calling to fill. One can get kind of lost in the ward when having that calling. Such was in our ward years back. I was called to serve as Nursery Leader with a brother younger than myself. I was told it was a six month calling. The Primary President was thrilled I accepted. She had a daughter in there and was so worried about who would love hers and the other little angels with her. I, not so enthusiastic, accepted and started my 6 month sentence. I even marked on my calendar when the six months was up. Now I never attack a job, task or calling half hearted. I decorated, cleaned out toy closets, restocked everything and got into it. We had little ones that seem to never having been out of Mama’s arms. I asked the sisters of the ward for a rocking chair. The next Sunday there was one waiting for me. I asked for healthy snacks. They were donated. I took pictures of each angel and put them on a bulletin board. When one little boy didn’t want Grandma to leave I showed him the pictures on the board and explained simply that Grandma wasn’t in his class. He turned to her and told her to go. He never cried again. I had a Daddy that was hesitant and he happened to express this to my husband in Priesthood. My husband assured him his little one couldn’t be in better hands. I love my man. Well, shortly after six months I was called into meet with a Bishopric counselor to be released. I cried and said if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I had little ones I want to get thru the next month to advance into Sunbeams. He let me stay. I pulled the tears card three times. It didn’t work the third time,. After over three years I was called into the Presidency. The President explained she had a hard time pulling me out of the nursery. She had three little ones in there over the years I served and fought with the Spirit over leaving me in there. I loved that calling. It is the most important calling in the ward. You are the first to start to mold the Army of Hellman outside of their homes. I am now watching those angels head out on missions, go off to college and get married. I also had the second most important, best calling, Valiant 10 and 11 teacher. They happened to be the little ones I had in the nursery. I get hugs and love from those angels often. I have been so blessed to be able to love them not once but twice and forever.

rebkotNovember 4, 2019

Yes, it does seem like there is so much emotional fragility these days. I think the "Sticks and stones" outlook might inspire dismissal or contempt of others, which really isn't great for us. I wonder if thinking about the reasons someone might bully others - see them as the Savior sees them- is a good strategy. Are they abused, bullied themselves? Do they have an overwhelming need to follow/fit in with other kids? are they lacking self-confidence? If we can see them as needing our understanding, or as a person with overwhelming challenges maybe that removes the sting and even brings us some level of compassion for them. I am absolutely sure that if we peeled back the layers on ANY person who is behaving poorly, we would find wounds and weaknesses that would inspire our compassion.

Linda GummersallNovember 4, 2019

My time spent in the nursery was the most uplifting and loving calling I have ever had. I was "Cookie Grandma" and even though there have been ward boundary changes and my little ones have moved up in Primary I get hugs in the grocery store at sports event and other places and still happily wear the honorable title of "Cookie Grandma." I truly feel loved and that I had the best calling in the Church .

Ann-Marie JensenNovember 4, 2019

It helps me to know that others have to beg for help with patience! Thanks for the article and the posted comments!

MaryannNovember 3, 2019

I love doing temple ordinances and have been so excited to find my ancestors as I have researched. Your article brings a beautiful added perspective to my love for this work. Thank you so much.

Carol PriceNovember 3, 2019

Thank you for sharing these amazing insights. I LOVE this.

Doug BlackmanNovember 3, 2019

The same line of thinking needs to be applied to those so critical of our Constitutional President who has done so much good for our country. Even though he had a past of not holding up to some of our standards, he has turned into a great President leading us to historical records of unemployment, lowering welfare needs, limiting abortions, improving our military, and raising the respect for our country and democracy through out the world. He is a man of Faith. Many in the Bible and Book of Mormon came to change and did much good in serving others and God.

Janet OlsenNovember 3, 2019

"There is always a serpent in Eden" stood out to me. There is always opposition. The presence of evil makes the good stronger. I also appreciated that you pointed out that God is not a genie, busy father, policeman etc. I am thankful for that!

Rose C. WalkerNovember 3, 2019

Wonderful to see the inclusion of Richard Cracroft! He was my husband's 2nd mission president, and such a great man. For many years until he passed, my husband would call him when in need of advice. Meeting him a couple of times (mission reunions), and knowing about him from my husband, I adored him as well.

SKNovember 1, 2019

I very much sympathize with your predicament as I, myself, am divorced due to pornography addiction, which led to adultery, after 33 years of marriage. Elder Oaks's levels of pornography use are only preliminary. Those are the levels of addiction. Addiction is the second step and begins when you go back for more after inadvertent or deliberate exposure. Especially in males, who are visually-oriented. The next step after addiction is real-world experiences. You've had enough of just "looking," you want to experience what those in the videos/pictures are doing. Unfortunately, when married, this is heightened adultery. Adultery really begins with the pornography addiction. After real-world experiences, it can get gross and ugly. Extreme cases lead to rape and/or murder. Also, this coveting leads you right down the line of breaking commandments. First you covet the sex, then you steal from your family finances, then you lie to your spouse about how you're spending money--on adultery. My advice to anyone who knows a boyfriend is addicted to pornography is RUN! It's nice to want to "understand," but, would you align yourself willingly with a heroin addict? Pornography is the worst addiction of all--worse than heroin, alcoholism, and smoking. RUN!

David DurfeeNovember 1, 2019

The possibility that all of the critical variables sufficient to allow galaxies to form (which scientists generally equate with "life") could randomly pop up with the necessary values is staggeringly small. Not exactly infinitesimal, but close. It's why scientists who choose to reject an intelligent creator have basically no choice but to believe that there are an infinite number of universes -- and that we happen to be on one that has life. It seems like a convenient solution, but it comes with its own inconvenient problems. For instance, we are more likely to be computer programs inside a gigantic computer, than real humans. Sorry, agnostic astrophysicists, but that is far more wacky than the "mythology" of religion that you laugh at us for believing in.

JustinNovember 1, 2019

We have had Coco themed Halloween parties at our ward for the last two years, and infused family history into it by inviting people to submit photos of their ancestors and a short paragraph about them. They were hung up for everyone to look at at the party. Of course, there was the taco bar and appropriately themed music. As the Ward Temple and Family History leader, I walked around to tables and gave them a passalong card from (a family history training site recommended by the church for training purposes).

RandyNovember 1, 2019

Science and DNA determines gender and it takes place at conception. And only women can have periods, even if she identifies as a man, she is still a woman according to her DNA and nothing can change it. Its a sign of mental illness and needs to be treated regardless of what one thinks.

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Tom ArmitageOctober 31, 2019

Great article and perspective.

Dennis McKayOctober 31, 2019

Such a wonderful article with great ideas and encouragement. Thank you for your thoughts. I hike a lot and meet several new people each day. I would like to hear how others introduce perfect strangers who you've just met to the gospel in such a short period of time. I find some kind of humor helps. Are there other ideas? Love to hear about them.

Beth TOctober 31, 2019

Your words give courage & wondrous counsel. Excited to Proclaim God’s truths with more trust & faith.

LexaGraemeOctober 31, 2019

Hahaha! Another good one!

J COLLINS MEEKOctober 31, 2019

My understanding of Paul's comments about women keeping silence and not teaching men is that he was referring to the secular Roman law which required this (the Roman Empire was dominant during Christ's era). Paul was not referring to Gospel law, as his teachings about women in other contexts testify. - J Collins Meek, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, Oct 31, 2019

ChrisOctober 31, 2019

I had the same question and so I went searching. Here was great site (in 5 parts) that helped me better understand this passage in context.

MichaelOctober 31, 2019

There are some things that can't be resolved or "metabolized" in this life-mental illness for example.

Tacy L. MuzzyOctober 31, 2019

Wow! Great and powerful and thought-provoking insights. Thank you so much!!

Harold RustOctober 31, 2019

Thanks for the broader perspective. Takes me back to those sharing the wearing of chains along with Joseph in Richmond during the 1838 efforts to eradicate "Mormonism" in Missouri. Joseph was confident the Church would continue to fill the earth. If I had been there, would I have had the same confidence? would have been difficult to imagine the Church ever building a temple in Nauvoo or establishing a firm base in Utah or building dozens of temples every decade less than 200 years later. We really do have to exercise faith that this is the Lord's work and not man's; that means anything at any time is possible. Just be prepared to do our part.

RochelleOctober 31, 2019

I love this so much! We always ask what we can do, and this family is such an example of using their talents to serve and showing that a little creativity and a lot of love can go a long way to making a difference in the lives of others! Those kids in Bihar are blessed to have such kind friends, here. :)

Kathleen Smith HowlettOctober 31, 2019

Great ideas and insight!

Claudia Henderson SmithOctober 31, 2019

Wonderful article, as usual, Catherine. One scripture though is Hebrews 4:11, not Hebrews 4:13. Thanks for all the effort you put into writing these articles. They are always a part of my weekly Come Follow Me study as well as listening to Maurine's and Scot's podcast.

Claudia GassinOctober 31, 2019

I too would appreciate your sources on this interpretation of a select group

LexaGraemeOctober 31, 2019

Food for thought. Thank you.

Margaret YoungOctober 31, 2019

Much to think about here. I love this insight: "We don’t just tell stories – we live them."

James ScottOctober 31, 2019

While I love the book of Hebrews generally, I’ve alway felt the last half of chapter three and the opening verses of Chapter four told such an incredible lesson of redemption and that the gospel of Jesus Christ was being taught to the Israelites anciently. Many in the world feel Jesus’ teachings were brand new, that the Old Testament could now be ignored. These verses along with Galatians 3:8, that the gospel was taught to Abraham, clearly show the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught to the people of God from the very beginning and that patriarchs of the infant world knew who the Savior was and knew him first person. .l

K. Chin—Modesto, CAOctober 30, 2019

These “helps” are SO well expressed—THANK YOU for sharing them! Our Savior desires to bring us together; it’s Satan who gets us to think of ourselves and others as, “-ites!” If we allow him to divide us from others into “categories” that make us feel any less than beloved children—sisters and brothers—of our Father in Heaven...then we empower Satan to conquer us. What a beautiful reminder of the “eternal now” as we head into a season of thanksgiving and joy. When we focus on ministering as our Savior would (including “ministering” to our own tender spirits and mortal needs) we open ourselves up to blessings of exponential joy and the tender mercies our Father in Heaven would have us receive. This article/letter is a “keeper,” and one I will gladly share!!

Francis NmeribeOctober 30, 2019

Wow! This is an amazing story. I can feel the hand of God in all of it. "His purposes would ripen fast, unfolding every hour", one of our hymns say. Thank you Sister Young for your sacrifices in making this unfolding to happen.

Wally GoddardOctober 30, 2019

Thank YOU all for sharing your gratitude! It brought me even more joy!

Stevie MckennaOctober 30, 2019

Please give the reference for the vocal group of women.

HalOctober 30, 2019

Wonderful article, thank you! My wife and I will review it together this evening.

Jan KuesterOctober 30, 2019

Oh Becky, my heart is rejoicing and my grandchildren and I are doing a happy dance all the while I am both laughing and crying. Praise God!! What can we do to help get this vaccine to our dear brothers and sisters who need it?? Thank you for all you and all at Rising Star Outreach for the blessings from heaven you call down and administer.

Anna FeatherstoneOctober 30, 2019

I totally agree, I've also used prayer as an antidote to choosing contention, and it's a strategy that works wonders. When my son who has Cerebral Palsy would hit me full in the face full of his own turmoil of frustrations, I would often break down in tears and sob my heart out to God right there and then praying for his heart to be softened that he wouldn't feel the need to strike out and that I too wouldn't feel the need to strike out with the words and tone of my voice. Although it wasn't a miracle cure, it took him a few months to really get out of this heartbreaking habit, it certainly helped me to be able to handle the outbursts with greater calm and compassion. It seems vital to me that if we want our children to be able to control their temper, they must have as good an example to follow in their parent or caregiver as possible. And at the time for the parent it feels like a mighty sacrifice, a huge injustice to choose the soft response, the adversary would much rather have us believe we are justified in our anger and retaliation. What we are doing is breaking a whole family history of retaliation, which all comes down to that pivotal moment of choice as the trigger comes at us. I fixed a quote to the wall above our dinner table so I could read it often which says, "And that which doth not edify is not of God, and is darkness" D&C 50.21-22. Thanks again...

DianeOctober 30, 2019

For years and years, my New Year’s Resolution was to not yell at my kids and to be more patient. Every year I failed. I felt like a terrible mother. One year I decided NO MORE! This year I will just set the resolution to BE KIND. That was the key! I found that when I was kind, I was also more patient and didn’t yell as much. This was a great article that reminded me of my days as a young mom.

Margaret YoungOctober 30, 2019

Thanks so much for these sweet comments! The film is in film festivals now. We've been accepted into six throughout Africa and the USA and have won three awards. We will release in the DR-Congo in December. Tshoper will take the movie into areas where people have never seen a film. He will send me pictures of the various audiences and I'll include those in the series installment I do at that time (Dec. 4th for the first Congo screening). We will release in the USA between February and April. We're in process of putting that together now.

Russell NickelOctober 30, 2019

I share everyone else's feelings about this article. You always come up with valuable material for us to contemplate. On a selfish note can you share with me the recipe for pecan brittle? I would appreciate it. My email is [email protected] .

kathryn amesOctober 30, 2019

I like the comments; they answered the few misgivings about the article. How grateful I am that President Nelson is making such meaningful updates on these matters and that the Church is using that to interpret several of the things we are reading from Paul in our Come Follow Me NT studies. We women have waited a LONG Time for these clarifications and are singing silently or out LOUD the hymn that is based on Paul's words: "Rejoice, again I say, "REJOICE"

Joan moodyOctober 30, 2019

Aime handles our apartments for us in Kinshasa. He is a bright, diligent man, always kind even when dealing with crazy demands. It is so nice to read more about his story than we know.

AnaOctober 30, 2019

Thank you for this reminder. This was an answer to my prayers this morning. (Prayer also helps when you have young adult children. )

FrancineOctober 29, 2019

Like TC, I would like to know your sources. I am old enough to have seen different interpretations of this scripture and others regarding gender roles change greatly. Fortunately in the way I always believed they should. But I am old enough to know this was not always what was taught in our faith.

kathryn amesOctober 29, 2019

Where and when may we see the movie you are making about this story?

L. J. HerringtonOctober 29, 2019

Men are that they might have joy. Recently, I realized that the currently held definition of the word joy was insufficient. A roller coaster ride might bring a temporary sort of joy, but does not seem to have an eternal perspective. I came to a conclusion similar to yours, though. If we think of joy as actually having 3 parts, it makes better sense. 1. Happiness, due to a recognition of a particular or general blessing, 2. Gratitude to the Lord for such, and 3. An increase in testimony. I then looked up all the ocurrances of joy in the scriptures, and decided they all made eternal sense, with this recognition.

Diana TOctober 29, 2019

Wally, Thank you so much for this. You knocked it out of the park, again. I've read this twice and literally sobbed both times. What a perfect message for us.

V. MillerOctober 29, 2019

This article brought to my day a nostalgia for my parents, grandparents, siblings, childhood friends and experiences that I seldom ruminate on. I am very grateful for those people in my life that the author mentioned in his. Past circumstances and cherished blessings for my faithfulness during the trying times as well as joyful times, have been brought to the forefront of my thoughts again, and I will experience that JOY once more. Thank you

Jennifer YoungOctober 29, 2019

Love, love, love this. We've always had the sleep on it rule, but the 72 hr. rule is even better, and using it with people and feelings, not just stuff, is so wise! Thank you for sharing.

Marsha NewmanOctober 29, 2019

Perfect! This explanation is great and very much needed. Even girls and women who have long been members of our church and other Christian denominations misunderstand that passage in Paul’s writing. And our Relief Society organization has been a model for Russian civic organizations.

roxanneOctober 29, 2019

This was well done. thank you

BruceOctober 29, 2019

I will share this beautiful message with my children. Thank you for your wonderful insight.

Shauna MurdockOctober 29, 2019

Very inspiring to read your expressive feelings of gratitude.

roxanne dupliseaOctober 29, 2019

thank you for your timely article. gratitude really is important and great blessings come from it. we had a lesson in rs this past sunday on joy and so many had questions on how to receive it.

Vicky Jo SmithOctober 29, 2019

This is an amazing story! Can’t wait to see the rest of it! So many amazing people all around the world!

Alexander ForsythOctober 29, 2019

Women were part of "about 120 in that upper room" when, in fulfillment of Joel's prophecy, the Holy Spirit was poured out causing "daughters" to speak: this during the FIRST church meeting.

James KendallOctober 29, 2019

May I be ever-so Grateful for your example it was something I needed at this time in my life, we just made a big move to another city,(from Salt Lake to Vernal, Vernal was where I was born being a little older and disabled I needed to find employment to help supplement our income and it has been hard so it seems that my mind has been focused on the worldly things instead of the many blessings that have been afforded to me through the grace and mercy of our (Maybe we shouldn't have moved, I won't find a job etc...) Lord having my mind opened if it was for just a short moment now understanding where my focus should be the Joy and Happiness will come the faith that things will work out was so needed. Thank you so very much, James Kendall

Marsha AndersonOctober 29, 2019

Thank you, thank you!

TCOctober 29, 2019

What are your sources for the information regarding the vocal group of apostate women?

L. OgdenOctober 29, 2019

This is a remarkable story ... Post more and more, quickly! God is shining through this brother, very brightly.

JohnellOctober 29, 2019

Wow. I'm so excited to see this film and to know how much the making of it benefited many people. Exiting times for the Congo.

J JamisonOctober 28, 2019

My mind thought of Richard Thomas in one of my favorite movies and TV specials the other day - just saw this announcement today (10/28/19)

DJOctober 28, 2019

So exciting! Can't wait to hear (and eventually see) the "rest of the story"!

JoanOctober 28, 2019

Wouldn't it be better to say Matriarch? Women receive Revelation from God as needed through the Holy Ghost and by the power of the Priesthood. Women have their own divine roll. So we are Matriarchs not Patriarchs.

Daniel BlombergOctober 28, 2019

That is the kind of thinking that makes my soul sing! Thanks for thinking deeply, and putting in the necessary work to make your deep thinking accessible to others!

Jim ScottOctober 28, 2019

A thoughtful presentation and well received. Consider this also, that Onesimus came to Philemon with talents that Philemon either refused to see or recognize. And because of the master slave relationship Philemon refused to use or allow Onesimus to have freedom to contribute or show those talents. Paul’s experience with Onesimus those talents began to show and be developed. Paul then having had experience with Onesimus knew that the slave could be more valuable if given opportunity to show.

WeezieOctober 28, 2019

I disagree. I’ve seen many examples of people I love who’s mood and depression and anxiety completely changed after they gave up all social media and was just present in their lives, instead of comparing themselves to other people’s fabricated wonderful life’s I learned this lesson on my older kids. Social media was a driving force of their anxiety and depression. My next age group of kids will not be allowed to have social media. Why? Because I love them and want them to be happy. This is one way I can make this happen. .

D. Lynn JohnsonOctober 28, 2019

Many think patriarch means Daddy rules. Not so. The word patriarch derives from two Greek words, patria and archo. Patria is like the word for father, but it is a feminine noun. It appears three times in the Greek New Testament, translated as follows: family (Eph 3:15), kindred (Acts 3:25), lineage (Luke 2:4). Thus patriarch means family head. The temple usage of the term teaches us that it includes both father and mother.

Debra MackOctober 28, 2019

Great article. Thank you

Chip WOctober 28, 2019

Wow. Very powerful insight.

Alece ReynoldsOctober 27, 2019

This reminds me of an impulse purchase we made one day of a musical instrument. We were attending a craft's fair in Salt Lake and one vendor had a display of beautiful wooden African slit drums -- something which I had wanted for years, which ranged from relatively inexpensive ones costing about fifty dollars to the most expensive ones, which cost over three hundred dollars. The artist carefully played each one, and it was easy to hear the difference between the 50 dollar instrument and the three hundred dollar instrument while they were being played next to each other. We eventually bought the three hundred dollar instrument because its sound was so much superior to the cheaper one. However, once we got it home, and no longer had the cheaper instrument to judge its superior tone by, we realized that we could have purchased the fifty dollar instrument and would have been just as happy with it as we now were with our very expensive instrument. Interestingly, because of this experience, we have been prompted NOT to make such a mistake again on numerous occasions as we just ask ourselves, when in a similar situation, "Is this another three hundred dollar African slit drum?" Our experience has only helped with impulse purchases, so this Sister's experience is even more valuable, but because they are similar, I can definitely see the value of the 72 hour rule for more important decisions!

PJ UtleyOctober 27, 2019

Enjoyed the video. There are many things still unknown to us from this period of time. The most important is to know that through prophets down through the ages, we have the Book of Mormon, which adds to the testimony that Jesus is the Christ.

Ed RehderOctober 27, 2019

Good stuff! Another way we are blessed to have and understand temple work. Thanks much.

Jay ReesOctober 27, 2019

I enjoy both of your insights into the New Testament. I have gotten a deeper testimony of Jesus Christ this year by thirsting after and feasting on the scriptures, following the 'Come Follow Me' manual, and listening to this podcast. May God bless you two for your hard work, research, and dedication! Thank you so very much!

Claradene StewartOctober 27, 2019

What can anyone say, but thank you for all your effort and work. It is amazing to think that a vaccine has finally been produced for leposy. May Heaven's blessings be upon all of you.

Joel Robin MarksOctober 26, 2019

Fabulous comparison of Lehi's tent activities with the most popular Festival of Sukkot or indwelling by those celebrating the 7 day holiday of the Israelites in the wilderness after traveling and receiving the 'Ten Commandments'. Sukkot has also the small booths and the Lulav etc., the egg and the palm. It is a joyous Jewish holiday celebrated by every hebrew-school student and religious Jew. Thank you for magnifying Lehi's religiosity and strict belief's.

SKnightOctober 26, 2019

If the ex-wife wants a picture, and she asks you to take it, push the camera back and say, "Wonderful idea." Then go stand next to your husband, leaving her holding the camera.Either she'll take the hint, or go get someone else to take the picture. If he knows this is a big deal to you, your husband should stand with YOU and tell his ex-wife that pictures without you aren't appropriate for him and his current marriage. There are so many red flags here. And it seems obvious to all but you what the family wants, especially if she asks one of the "adult" kids to ask you to take the picture, and then the kid asks you. If they are adults, they should know it's not appropriate. I'm divorced, and my son just got married. We had one big picture with everyone, then we took separate pictures--with him, his new wife and the kids, and a separate one with me and my kids. THAT would be more appropriate.

Mary Ann JohnsonOctober 26, 2019

I am weeping!

Charles DefranchiOctober 26, 2019

While a University student in France, I'd listen to my favorite program, "Radioscopy," that each day featured a well-known individal. One time, Raoul Follerau, who created the world's greatest foundation against leprosy, that carries his name, was invited to talk about his life and philosophy. I was greatly impressed with the interview, and wished I could meet him someday. A few years later, while a missionary in Paris, I was asked by a Sister in California to take a Book of Mormon to him. I did, and briefly met him. Interesting how the Lord can fulfill such simple wishes in His own time-table.

FrancineOctober 26, 2019

We need more information. Is this a one dose vaccination or will several doses be needed? How many will the world need to truly eradicate this disease? Are there plans afoot to get a vaccination program underway? Is there a way to help? Is there another host for the disease or will it be like smallpox, once gone no more vaccinations needed? Step one is funded. On to step two.

SueOctober 25, 2019

I feel such joy at hearing this good news. Too much news in the world is ugly and painful. How beautifully refreshing to read this great announcement. God bless Professor Talwar for his years and years of loving service. I am so happy to pray for the success of Rising Star Outreach.

Sandra HaleOctober 25, 2019

This is lovely. I hadn't thought about it this way before but it really rings true that extermination camps are the polar opposites of the temples. Moving piece of writing.

Adrienne ThomasOctober 25, 2019

Why hasn't this stunning news been on the front page of every newspaper and the lead story of every news cast?

JeanneOctober 25, 2019

Amazing, exciting and blessed news!! Hallelujah!! Praise God!!

Caroline OrdnerOctober 25, 2019

Becky, we support you and your efforts!! May God bless you!!!

KristenOctober 25, 2019

I felt empowered after reading this article. Thank you for helping me clearly understand just how accessible Jesus Christ's Atonement is to me, personally! I loved this!

Angie HillOctober 25, 2019

Congradulations on the news of the vaccine. Also to yall at Rising Star and to you, Becky, for your vision and stallwartness in not giving up all these years. I know you have had many road blocks but yall have busted through them and kept going. Yall have done amazing work!!!!

Paula BryantOctober 25, 2019

This is truly a miracle! Thank you for sharing this wonderful news with us. One usually does not know the outcome of contributing to worthy causes - especially those that seem to tug at our hearts. This is thrilling news. Thank you for reaching out with your hope and especially for this saintly man who has given 36 years of his life and energies to finding a vaccine for this terrible disease.

TerriOctober 25, 2019

Dear Becky, As I finished reading your article about reaching the financial goal for building the school in Little Flower Bihar just now, I was moved to tears. I could feet the love, the support, the compassion and generosity of those who contributed. I have been deeply touched by this story and am grateful for the exposure to this cause. I particularly felt moved by the guidance you received in "Look at my children." That had a lasting impression on my heart. THEN when you delivered the news of a vaccine being discovered I burst into tears again imagining the impact of this beautiful gift changing the lives of those with the disease and the hope given for the rising generations. Thank you for all the work you, your staff and other volunteers on the ground do for such a noble cause. God bless you all!

Roberta HarrisOctober 25, 2019

Oh Becky... I want to shout out Hallelujah!!! For the funds raised... for the donor matching them and for the development of the vaccination!!! What wonderful news for us and all the multitudes of people who will be blessed in the future. Thank you,.. thank you. With love Roberta and Don

HeidiOctober 25, 2019

Becky - Thank you for the incredible impact you are having. It's inspiring to read your story and hear how one person can make such a difference when guided by the spirit. You are changing the world! You truly are an inspiration to us all.

HC1951October 25, 2019

Might I suggest Brooke Castillo's thelifecoachschool podcasts about her self-coaching model? I'm finding them life-changing! Another second wife.

Susan SchumacherOctober 25, 2019

I had difficulty reading this feature because of the tears in my eyes! I had just received a text from a friend testifying how the Lord is in the details of our lives. I’m simply overcome with humility. I too work for a charitable organization changing lives in a little village in Mexico. I think when we are able to participate in this kind of work the Lord gives us a vision, very palpably, of how great his love is for his children and what lengths he will bless us as we do Service to those in need. I rejoice in your success and pray that the Lord will continue his blessings over you. The news of the vaccination is a little bit mind-boggling after such a long time.. Truly the day of miracles has not ceased! May God bless us all!

Martin JohnsonOctober 25, 2019

What wonderful news. Truely, one or afew can make a positive difference in the lives of many.

LindaOctober 25, 2019

What amazing news to wake up to this morning! It may be a gray and rainy today here where we live, but there truly is sunshine in my soul. Thanks for sharing, and for the opportunity to participate in such a great work!

Martha ClantonOctober 25, 2019

What a beautiful announcement. Truly a fulfilling of prophecy, when we do our best the Lord does the rest!

Marc E.October 25, 2019

What wonderful news. A true testimony to the power of our Lords commandment to serve one another and the blessing that are poured out from heaven as a result. Thank you and the Organization for all you do.

Anne H. PrattOctober 24, 2019

Magnificent article! Thank you

DeniseOctober 24, 2019

Love this ! Thank you

Annette LillroseOctober 24, 2019

I loved this article. Your message was very timely for me. Thank you!!

P. RockwellOctober 24, 2019

This was a really, really great podcast this week; the best so far for me. I listen to these podcasts every week as part of my scripture study. I am an adult convert to The Church, and have an especial interest in the Apostasy and the Restoration. I really appreciated your information as part of this week's lesson. THANK YOU!

Sherrie CraigOctober 24, 2019

I can only imagine the heartache of this family and others who have suffered such a loss. May they be comforted in their grief is our prayer.

NancyKCarterOctober 24, 2019

It's a shame the dramatization showed stone buildings; Lehi's descendents never build with stone; all their buildings were of wood, or when that ran out, of cement, not fitted stone. The only rocks were those used to make fences around their cities. Check it out.

Rhoda AndersonOctober 24, 2019

Well-said-- great point, thank you!!

SixakidsOctober 24, 2019

This is such a great reminder. Thank you. Byron Katie has been teaching this same turn around for years. It really is life-changing. Thank you for sharing.

rebkotOctober 24, 2019

Really beautiful article - thank you!

Ken HazelbakerOctober 24, 2019

Thanks for so tenderly putting into words what I feel always about music. I maintain there is a tune/lyrics for every experience in life....sometimes I have to modifile the words, but always an application.. Thanks for persevering through your 'cross' and willingness to share with the world your gifts. Also to reach out and embrace others. We listen to you for hours all through the week on Amazon, for the essence you just expressed. Thanks seems shallow, but is all I have to offer. PS: to Meridian = this is why I follow you faithfully everyday since you began, what, 10+ yrs ago? Marvelous, simply marvelous - so much goodness. I never realized about the hymn at the last Supper. To you also, thanks.

ChuckOctober 24, 2019

For twenty years I performed in many different venues in the United States and in 18 other nations, doing public relations work as a representative of our country. With all my professional experience in orchestras and bands, the sweetest, most inspirational experiences I have had with music have been in singing and performing the simple songs of Zion in sacrament meetings and at home. I can attest to the truth expressed in this article. My thanks to the author of this for sharing his testimony of the sweet greatness that good music can accomplish---especially, again, the simple songs of Zion.

Euna PinedaOctober 24, 2019

So true! Thank you for the wonderful article that I’d love to share with my family.

Cindy SavageOctober 24, 2019

Thank you Paul for sharing your love and inspiration with the entire world. You minister God's love to all! I for one am a better person from having listened to your music.

JanOctober 24, 2019

Thank you for this timely article. This is just what I needed today.

DianeOctober 24, 2019

Excellent article! I was definitely convicted.

GrandpaOctober 24, 2019

The "Worthwhile Messages" mentioned by the author in this review is exactly what the Addams Family has always been about. In its own "creepy and kooky" way, there are more family values in one Addams Family movie than in a dozen other movies combined. In an interview, the actress who played Wednesday Addams in the original TV show said that after one day on the set her parents were fans and encouraged her to play the role -- because of the family values this author mentions in this review. If you can see past the mysterious packaging, they really are quite the family.

Alisi FiliagaOctober 23, 2019

Elder Hermann Keredjim Mwanken. We pray that his family and loved ones will feel comforted and supported at this difficult time.

Tired and SilentOctober 23, 2019

With what little we know from the letter the dear sister wrote, I don't know if my situation applies or not. The moment we married my wife had to arrange everything in our lives. Including where I was reading in my personal scripture study. And, when we discussed what we were reading together in the scriptures, every conclusion I made was wrong and she would try to force me to say she was right. (I was a life-long member; she a convert of 2 years, but she believed she knew the scriptures far better than me.) The amazing thing is that the Sunday School teacher can make the same conclusions as me and be right in her eyes - that's when I just gave up trying to study with my wife. Decades later, we can't do the 'Come Follow Me' together because I am still always wrong. Going to the temple has become easier now that I am retired and she is the breadwinner - I am able to attend without seeking permission from her calendar. There is no porn addiction or other such issue in our home. Just someone who has to be right and has to control the calendar for both of us.

pattyOctober 23, 2019

Giving Keri the benefit of the doubt, I'm assuming she has only experienced in her limited circle of LDS acquaintances (be it an LDS ward(s), stake(s), LDS family, LDS friends) those who don't "lovingly embrace" divorced people. Very sad. I must say that I don't categorically fall into her personal experience. I am one of over 16 million LDS people from around the entire world and to be told by a total stranger that I "judge and marginalize" any group of people is simply not "truthfully" true. Who is "truthfully" judging and marginalizing here? Not me.

PattieOctober 23, 2019

Many thoughts and prayers for the family.

Ethel RobinsonOctober 23, 2019

I am truly sad for the loss of Elder Hermann Keredjim Mwanken. He will be missed from the earthly life but, will be with our Father in Heaven. I am so thankful for the eternal family as you can be together again. My love to all that had the blessings of knowing him while he was here.

Bill WeaverOctober 23, 2019

It took over 70 years to be diagnosed with ADHD. I sometimes wonder how much agency we have when our minds are not working on a normal level. Over the years I have struggled to keep my mind clear and clean in terms of sexual purity. It has been a hard hard journey, once I started taking ritalin I found that I stopped having these kinds of thoughts. as the medication wears off these kind of thoughts return. I call it dopamine thinking, my shrink calls it emotional thinking. And, over the years I’ve had to deal with a variety of angry thoughts, and I have always debated like a heat seeking missile. As a PhD chemist I understand the thinking of Farnsworth and Einstein. It is great when an unrelated insight comes to your mind. And, I am finally feeling the sweet piece of calm when I sit in sacrament meeting and sit in the temple and to know that I can bring my mind back to the proceedings that are going on. I finally feel like that I can choose what goes on in my mind.

A. B.October 23, 2019

The family is a species in extinction for sure. I thought of that 20 years ago after vising the local zoo. My own father had recently left the house. I was shaken and thought to myself, "Why in the world did I get married? Will this also end in abandonment?" Fortunately for us, the Lord worked in mysterious ways and my father came back. My parents forgave each other and they are still together. I cry with each episode of Relative Race on BYUTV, because these adults have always had this question in their minds all their lives, "Who is my father/mother, and why was I given up? Wasn't I enough?" I tell our kids they are fortunate to know their father and their mother and know that even though we are not perfect, we love them and are trying hard to raise them to be their best selves.

Dan DergesOctober 23, 2019

Excellent article and very applicable to each of us as we battle with the adversary on a daily basis!!!

Carlin BartschiOctober 23, 2019

Excellent! Very thoughtful and inciteful!

Michelle COctober 23, 2019

Wow! What an excellent, though-provoking article. Thank you!

leatrice ChildOctober 23, 2019

I was very disappointed that Howard Hunter was not mentioned in the article and the important part he played in acquiring the land, etc. for the center.

GayleOctober 23, 2019

I have come to realize that Satan wants to ISOLATE everyone of us from everyone. Then Satan can lead us to total destruction.

KeriOctober 23, 2019

Truthfully, LDS Church members do not lovingly embrace the divorced. They judge them, marginalize them and teach their children not to marry theirs Nice try, but no cigar.,

Shauna FarnsworthOctober 23, 2019

I loved this article! In a time when we as a society have gotten so used to getting whatever we want whenever we want it on credit, this advice is invaluable! We will be discussing this as a family! Thanks you for sharing!

Virginia PartchOctober 23, 2019

I am so very sorry for his family. Also, I am grateful in knowing our Heavenly Father's plan and they will be united!

Candace J BarrowsOctober 23, 2019

Wonderful article. I love how it not only deals with purchases but also feelings!

C SavageOctober 23, 2019

Excellent article, well written! This is very applicable for all to be reminded than any sin, great or small, is shame based and that the advisary inflicted shame on our first mortal parents before they were cast out of the Garden of Eden. This article provides hope and a comfort in reminding us that our Savior claims us in spite of our imperfections and He will help us return hope, amid our battle scars.

Charles DefranchiOctober 23, 2019

Another good example of the "the gospel being beautifully simple and simply beautiful" Thank you so much for showing us how to find peace and healing through its blessings.

BonnieOctober 23, 2019

I am grateful to have become acquainted with these concepts. Thank you for sharing them.

Gary LawrenceOctober 22, 2019

Alexander Forsyth: Thank you for your comment. Beard is credited with inventing the first mechanical television while Farnsworth is credited with developing the first all-electronic television -- the image pickup device known as the image dissector. Lots of patent wars ensued. So who invented TV? Depends on definition and what parts did what job in which type. From what I've read, I still line up with Farnsworth as having made more of a contribution to what we now have. And that's why I made the statement I did. Cheers.

Kirtland StoutOctober 22, 2019

Let's not forget the importance of training one's brain when it is young and in development. One of the best ways for many people is through music and learning a musical instrument. Albert Einstein trained his brain by learning to play the violin, the love of which remained with him throughout his life. Never underestimate the power of music.

DarinOctober 22, 2019

Thank you for the article. Jerusalem has been on my mind a lot lately, with this being the 30th anniversary of its dedication. I was among one of those students 30th years ago to be so lucky and blessed to attend. The building was not yet complete when I was there. One large room had rolls of carpet yet to be put down - and remained so while I was there. Other parts were just shells, yet most of it was complete and so beautiful. They paved the front road shortly after my arrival, so you can see how "new" the building was when my group of 160 students (Fall 1989) became one of the first groups to study and living in the Center. I would give anything to return and see the "completed" building. I feel so blessed to have had that experience. Only another student could understand what that building and program means to those who have attended. I testify there have been "many" miracles in the lives of those who have called the Jerusalem Center "home" for a time.

Alexander ForsythOctober 22, 2019

My Mother worked when I was a young boy; she worked a Backshift. I HATED IT WHEN I CAME HOME FROM SCHOOL AND SHE WAS NOT THERE, FOR ME! Her not being there had a NEGATIVE EFFECT on me.

Alexander ForsythOctober 22, 2019

It is my understanding that John Logie Beard (a Scotsman) invented the Television.

MelanieOctober 22, 2019

This is a crazy good article!! I love it and look forward to your book. Do you remember reading the Meridian article “Faith to Heal the Brain” back in 2015? It is a chapter in the neuroplastic journey of my family. How will we survive the latter days? By being mindful of our thoughts, determining their source and CHOOSING to focus on the Savior when they are deceptive, distracting and/or discouraging. That pretty much sums up October General Conference., too. Thanks to you, and Elder Johnson, and all of the Brethren!

KokoOctober 22, 2019

Such an excellent article! I'm internalizing this and sharing with my children and siblings. Thank you!

rebkotOctober 22, 2019

As usual, This author has written a deeply meaningful article. I am always gratified when I invest the mental work to try to understand his concepts.I appreciate the comprehensive list of sources.

Robert NielsonOctober 22, 2019

Wonderful article. May I mention a smaller miracle that happened in 1973. The second semester abroad to Jerusalem arrived in January under the direction of Donl Peterson. There happened to be some very musically talented students in that group. A musical variety program was put together and performed in Jerusalem just for the fun of it. By chance a member of the Israeli Tourism department attended and was so impressed that the students were invited to tour and perform at several army bases. This was similar to the USO entertainment. Much good will was accomplished. As I look back now, a foundation stone was laid for the future growth that was to come. I was honored to be one of those students but without the musical inclinations. The Jerusalem center was not even a glimmer of an idea in the early days.

NiaOctober 22, 2019

Im grateful to learn such great advice.

Beagle Lover in the SouthOctober 22, 2019

AMEN! As a woman I have experienced both the dismissal of not working (without children at home) and praise for being career active. Some of the biggest critics are not men but other women. We are truly blessed to be able to choose when many others are not that fortunate and working at a paid job is a necessity to make ends meet, not a choice or a luxury decision. Though we have done with less many times when I did not work, the ability for many women to contribute to greater society is a real advantage. It has allowed me to head local civic organizations or serve as their president and volunteer at many places I would not be able to if I worked full time. All these positions are non-paid of course. From my county wide Arts Council board position to animal charities to teenage programs for local youth I currently head up - a woman's impact can be great. Doing so has improved the life of locals in a way many others benefit from. *Often I am the only LDS person they have known well and this has given me opportunities to share my faith & beliefs with other Christians in the area. Much civic work is done by people of assorted faiths in my state. Though women are valued much more in the Church for raising a family, running a household etc. - many others fail to see the value of strong intact families at first glance. (women are the heart of the home) Educating folks about the importance of our families being the basic unit of society is a great way to begin a discussion of other gospel principles. Strong families make strong countries and contribute to the overall good in the world. The Family Proclamation is a wonderful inspired tool, don't forget to use it.

Roberta HarrisOctober 22, 2019

This has been such a wonderful campaign of love!! We love Becky and we love the people she is trying to help and we love and thank Meridian for this amazing project. It is a win win for everyone!!

Craig FrogleyOctober 22, 2019

That was fun!!! Thank you!!!

Charles DefranchiOctober 22, 2019

Wonderful article, so simple but so wonderful. One important detail: it's not only the 78-hour wait that makes the difference, but the very fact that we are thus able to make space for the Spirit to change our perceptions and soften up your hearts if needed. Something so simple but so powerful, maybe the key to making my life and relationships - at 66! - better than they have ever been.

Bob WellsOctober 22, 2019

Thank you for such a thoughtful and well-researched article. I'm continually impressed at how the Lord still let's us learn "line upon line and precept on precept." I find many examples of that, even in the "adjustments" that have been announced by the First Presidency. We know and understand so little that we have no business judging other's beliefs and faith, even those who have left us. Fortunately, the atonement allows for our mistakes and brings about a reconciliation nevertheless. We often seem to talk of "righteousness" in terms of the things we don't do, restraining ourselves from doing evil. I'm sure the Lord wants us to hate sin AND focus on "goodness" in the way we serve and minister to our fellows. But since we all sin, I take comfort in Peter's teaching that "charity covereth the multitude of sins." I appreciate that you found such value in the understanding of a friend from a different tradition of faith. I find remarkable goodness in many of my friends who are not followers of our faith and I hope they find the same in me.

Herm OlsenOctober 22, 2019

Indeed, let us pray that our leaders turn from unrighteousness and evil-speaking, and return to decency and integrity.

TrudyOctober 22, 2019

I wish I had this when I was a young mother

Chris DOctober 22, 2019

Great Council. While you received this wonderful timely advice, your article comes at a very timely point in my life. I have just become unemployed and am in debt more than I should be. While I struggle with my bad decisions from my past, this will help me to make better decisions going forward. Thank you and Heavenly father for bringing me this Message. God Bless

Hal TaggOctober 21, 2019

Thank you for writing this story. I have read this story before, but yours has added additional details that I had previously not known.

KatherineOctober 21, 2019

May the Lord continue to bless you as you do His work.

Kathy HansenOctober 21, 2019

I loved this article. I only wish I had known about the 72-hour counsel given when I was young. I am going to share this with my family.

RosieOctober 21, 2019

I'm a convert who married a nonmember. He was hostile to the Church, then joined the Church, then got his temple recommend. Then he started backsliding. He comes to church every Sunday, but is reluctant to do scripture study, refuses to pay tithing, etc. Everything seems like pulling teeth. Here's the thing-my spiritual progress is my responsibility. Not his. I still go to the temple, pay tithing, etc. Always have, always will. I will be forever grateful to President Nelson for changing the temple ordinance script in such a way, that the progression of every sister does not depend on her husband. This was a big stumbling block for me in the past. Let's not pretend that that wasn't implied when it clearly was, for so long. I think this made for a lot of nervous sisters and resentful brothers. Never turn down a chance to go to sacrament meeting or to the temple. And never make someone else's choices a reason to neglect your personal relationship with the Savior. That's all we can call our own when all is said & done. Don't make it about trying to change your husband. Make it about your own inherent worth as a daughter of Heavenly Father.

GTOOctober 21, 2019

I think we bought that set of books! Great advice. Thanks.

S LindsayOctober 21, 2019

Thank you so much for writing this. I had heard much of it before but this summary included several choice details!

Jane HyteOctober 21, 2019

I really loved this counsel . I’ve lived by the 24 hour wait but not 72 hours . I can truly see the wisdom in waiting. I’m so grateful for this publication!

Thom HallOctober 21, 2019

As one of the 8 grown children of the author, I can attest to the frustration this policy engendered growing up when I wanted something really badly. I can also share of the repeated benefit I have seen when it has been followed in my own life. Sometimes the simplest of principles can have the most profound long-term effects.

HalOctober 21, 2019

Thank you for this article. I have tried to follow the "24-hour rule" and still ended up making financial and emotional decisions that I regretted. This is a good reminder that I always need a three-day "cooling-off" period before making purchases and letting my emotions run away with me.

Barbara ReedyOctober 21, 2019

Please be sure to pray for our Country, it is badly needed.

BrettOctober 21, 2019

Thank you, Becky! Fantastic article and a wonderful reminder of the power we all have to influence this world for the better.

JulieOctober 21, 2019

This is exactly what I needed. Sometimes parents need the words in these moments that they cannot think of themselves, especially if this is their first teen, or child that behaves this way. This advice can be used for any disrespectful interaction! I will be memorizing parts of this article. Empowering advice. Thank you.

Wayne M SantOctober 21, 2019

This is a great story that should be added to the Church's self-reliance materials at

Rich BowermanOctober 21, 2019

Great article, great advice. Thx for sharing!

LexaGraemeOctober 21, 2019

Wise counsel, indeed.

Joan ClarkOctober 21, 2019

Thank you for sharing this powerful lesson. The 72 hour rule is inspired.

Haze KompelienOctober 21, 2019

This Stake President gave advice we should all take to heart. As a 65+ woman married over 40 years, I can look back at my life and see the many times I wish I had received this same counseling as a young married. Things would have been better for us.

Suzanne MooreOctober 21, 2019

Good and simple to understand

CarolineOctober 21, 2019

These are great stories. Touching to see such life changing work happening.

Ann-MarieOctober 21, 2019

Excellent counsel! Thanks for your examples of how faithful you were in following it!

Virginia HallOctober 20, 2019

I loved this and have sent it on to family members!

P. RockwellOctober 19, 2019

Excellent article. I too loved the insight and would love to read more like this. Thank you.

John R CarpenterOctober 18, 2019

I then really feel old because I remember separate Priesthood, Sunday School and Sacrament in three different Sunday segments. Relief society was on Thursday and youth programs on either Tuesday or Thursday nights.

MarkOctober 18, 2019

Tom M, I think what the Prophet Joseph Smith said is represented well in the article. Satan “said” he could save them all (he couldn’t) then he rebelled against God. That is exactly what the article states so I don’t see a 180 at all. Thanks for reading!

Margaret E. BatesOctober 18, 2019

Thank you so much for this wonderful article on events in modern days surrounding the building of this beautiful edifice. An additional fact, not mentioned here, and also a capital M miracle: My great grandfather, Elder Adolf August Haag, died and was buried on Mount Carmel, as was his companion Elder Clarke in 1892, of Typhus.These two graves served as the evidence of the Church's presence in Israel prior to the Partition of 1948. This was one piece of the reason that the Knesset and all Israeli officials allowed the Jerusalem Center to go forward. I am so proud of my great-grandfather's missionary service, and for my great-grandmother, Eliza Marolf Haag, who, as a result, raised two small sons to manhood as worthy members of the Church. I just wanted this fact to be included, as it is related in tours of the German Section of the cemetery on Mt. Carmel, when people tour it. If you want to read more, go to Amazon and get the book, "A Missionary's Story - The Letters and Journals of Adolf Haag, Mormon Missionary to Switzerland and Palestine," by Larry Draper and Kent P. Jackson (paperback ed. $21.99)

Janice OienOctober 18, 2019

Great article. Our families traveled that area in 1967 right before the 6 day war. I've recently been to the Jerusalem center send it is simply magnificent. I anxiously await the next step of the Lord's plan. Maybe a temple!

Carolyn DayOctober 18, 2019

You do Amazing things Becky Douglas. Your husband was my son's Mission President.

Norma J EntrekinOctober 18, 2019

I'm confused; What does the law /rule actually say? And why\is the Church opposed to changing it ? Details please- I second K Mc Clure above- Please explain in detail- Thanks

Still StrivingOctober 18, 2019

To "Question" and "Lori". Please, do not give up. To "Question": The change from "dating" to "committed marriage" is filled with emotional pitfalls, and many spouses don't manage these transitions well. Your spouse seems very much overwhelmed with being a true "temple" husband. His work schedule changes may have complicated this. Consider any wholesome work schedule changes that can be made. It may help. Beyond this, follow the Savior's example: "I stand at the door and knock" and "My arms are outstretched still." Meaning, always have a loving space for him, and ever pray that the Lord will draw him into it. Finally, tenderly, gently and lovingly have a true "heart-to-heart" from time-to-time, ensuring he knows of your love, and the importance of these things. Consider sharing with your bishop, if you feel prompted, for possible further help. And ever remember the power of prayer and personal revelation. To "Lori", please, please recognize the significance of the words "to be a Savior on Mount Zion." It refers to our opportunity to stand in the redeeming work of the Savior. He who "paid for something the he had not done" and "for sins He had not committed. Why? Pure Love" (May 2018 Ensign). You are a tool in the Savior's hands, in behalf of your husband. As you do your part, truly great blessings will follow. It can help so much, if you see the wonderful role you are in. In this life, spouses struggle. At church, people may fail us. But the Savior will "never, no never, no never forsake" (Hymn 85), for we are *all* "graven on the palms" of His hands. I so feel your sorrow. Marriage is meant to be so much more than you are experiencing. Trust that the Lord has trusted you to carry this marriage forward. At church, look for the lonely and isolated. As a youth, feeling left out at church, my now deceased father taught me that when I felt alone and even rejected, it can change everything when I look for others I can serve. It really works. Be prayerful, humble, trusting and willing. May you both be blessed.

Ben ArkellOctober 18, 2019

Mariah, thank you so much for this article! It's shows that God is at the helm and has the power to open doors at any time He needs to.

kayOctober 18, 2019

The writer keeps saying she knows her husband is worthy. She can't be 100% sure of that point. I know, I was married to someone who was a return missionary and he acted the same way. Come to find out he had a porn addcition. I tried for 18 years to make it and had 2 kids when I finally had to pull the plug.

Duane CardallOctober 18, 2019

I was with President Holland on his 1985 mission to save the Jerusalem Center in my capacity as a reporter for KSL. Here is what I later wrote about that memorable experience: As President of Brigham Young University, Jeffrey R. Holland’s assignment in the summer of 1985 from the school’s Board of Trustees (the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) was to travel to Israel and essentially save the BYU Jerusalem Center. My assignment from KSL was to travel with President Holland and report on the circumstances surrounding his challenging mission. The Brigham Young University Center for Near Eastern Studies, as it is officially called, was under construction at the time and about 25-percent complete. A crisis, though, erupted when Israel’s two chief rabbis called for a halt to the construction and thousands of ultra orthodox Jews began well-organized and very public protests against the project. The opposition movement spread beyond Israel, even to Jewish communities in places like New York City. The main objection of the protestors was their concern that the Center would become a base for Mormon missionary activity. They objected to proselytizing in their country and feared that such activity would ultimately be the Church’s intent. Since the Center was a BYU project, Church leaders sent President Holland on a very visible weeklong media blitz to try to diffuse the opposition and solidify support for the Jerusalem Center. President Holland was met at Ben Gurion Airport by hundreds of sign carrying and chanting demonstrators. We learned most were Yeshiva students who had been bused in from their various schools to protest against the Mormons. “Mormons Go Home,” read many of their signs. They constantly chanted the same message. For the next few days, the students were transported by bus to every place President Holland went. “The Mormons are very dangerous,” said Rabbi Menachem Porush who was one of the voices leading the charge. “They have made it unsafe for Jews.” It also became a rallying cry for his Agudat Israel Party to try to topple the sitting Israeli government in favor of one that would be more conservative and religiously oriented. Undaunted and like a politician on the stump, President Holland went from interview to interview and meeting to meeting. From his initial visit with reporters at the airport he moved to one-on-one visits with many of the nation’s top journalists. Like Daniel in the lion’s den, he had an intense session with the opposing Rabbis themselves on their turf, and took occasion to slip into private conferences with leaders of various influential organizations. At every turn his message was concise and clear. Those associated with the Jerusalem Center would not proselytize. The Center, he said, would be strictly an educational institution, an extension of Brigham Young University. And he provided written and verbal assurances that missionary work would not in any way be part of the Center. On one occasion President Holland went face to face and eyeball to eyeball with a vociferous demonstrator. It occurred just outside the Center’s construction site atop Mount Scopus. Despite the taunts of the man, who happened to be a leading Rabbi, President Holland majestically held his ground while declaring with loving clarity his respect for the Jewish people, the city of Jerusalem and the nation of Israel. He gave repeated guarantees Latter-day Saints would honor the law of the land and that no proselytizing would take place by Mormons associated with the BYU Jerusalem Center. Perhaps no one in Israel at the time was more supportive of the Jerusalem Center project than Jerusalem’s long-time mayor Teddy Kolleck. He welcomed President Holland warmly at City Hall, and then proceeded to let him know in no uncertain terms that BYU’s publicity blitz should have occurred much earlier. Kolleck showed President Holland a stack of mail – hundreds of letters in fact – and not one of them from a BYU supporter. It appeared to the Mayor that anti-Mormon groups in the United States had launched an organized letter-writing campaign to oppose a Mormon presence in Israel. The mayor didn’t hesitate to encourage President Holland to generate more visible support for the Jerusalem Center from BYU’s friends in the United States. President Holland looked at me with a wink and nod of the head. Indeed, that message became the focus of my next report and within a matter of days Mayor Kolleck was receiving support letters from all over the United States, including one signed by 154 members of the Congress of the United States. The opposition didn’t summarily end because of President Holland’s inspired mission, but he definitely succeeded in changing the tide of public opinion. In time, the demonstrations against the Center waned and construction of the facility moved full-steam ahead. A pivotal moment came in December, 1985 when Rabbi Porush’s minority party used legislative maneuvering to force members of the Knesset to take a stand on the BYU project. When the vote was tallied, BYU’s opponents claimed only five of the Knesset’s 120 votes. It was an overwhelming victory for BYU and the impressive efforts of the school’s president and future apostle Jeffrey R. Holland. From “Glimpses of Prophets, An Eyewitness Account” By Duane Cardall

debOctober 18, 2019

Excellent article. Learned so much. I'd like to see more articles like this!

Helen C.October 18, 2019

Perhaps this also applies to our lives: “When you start building something in the name of the Lord, don’t ever stop.” Jeffrey R. Holland

Mark SteeleOctober 18, 2019

The document raises some concerns about the proposed rule that should be given consideration before the rule is adopted. However, their request that the rule making process be taken out of the hands of professionals and given back to the legislators is a terrible idea and should be rejected. Let’s let the professionals complete their work and establish appropriate safety from damaging conversion therapies, which the church agrees should be eliminated.

LoriOctober 18, 2019

When I was 54 I met and married a man I thought was strong LDS and by the end of the year he wasn't going to church anymore unless I insisted for his teen daughter's sake who didn't want to go either. 15 years later, now, he still refuses to go to church but puts up with watching general conference but has zero interest in ever being involved again. He hasn't stated any quarrel with the church, just doesn't want to be asked to do anything anymore and has no interest in scripture study or praying together. I have quit going to church because I just cry and feel lonely. My kids moved so far away I can't be a grandma or mom anymore and my husband pretty much only cares about himself. The romantic forever family fable can be a nightmare for many of us. My last husband didn't think the kids and I were worth being kind to either and he was addicted to porn. I joined the church in 1974 because I wanted to feel part of a family and belong to something kind and good after a lonely childhood. The ministering program has been a flop in my area. We have no home teachers or visiting teachers anymore so I have no connection at all since our ward split. I give up.

Jack CadoganOctober 17, 2019

Well done. I love the analogy of the electrical outlet in our ability to connect into God’s power, and the comparison of the treaty to our covenant relationship with God and our actions to make the covenant effective in our lives.

Barbara HobbyOctober 17, 2019

That is just beautiful writing and insightful concepts. There is real meaning there and inspiration for knowing our covenants and really keeping them I love it. The title captured my interest as well.and I enjoyed the very personal analogy, Thank you so much for a meaningful contribution and for influencing our lives with the magazine.

ChuckOctober 17, 2019

My parents named me "Nulon Chalmers Sanford, III", a very unusual name, then nicknamed me "Chuck". When I was baptized over 48 years ago, I knew my Heavenly Father knew me, by name, and had things for me to do in mortality. He still assigns things to me. He still knows my name.

Tom MOctober 17, 2019

Joseph Smith did in fact clarify Satan's Plan. Let's not 180 what he said. Joseph summed up that preexistance controversy saying that Satan claimed "he could save them all." Joseph clarified that Satan's and a third of the hosts of heaven's Rebellion Followed the rejection of Satan's Plan to save All: “The contention in heaven was—Jesus said there would be certain souls that would not be saved; and the devil said he could save them all, and laid his plans before the grand council, who gave their vote in favor of Jesus Christ. So the devil rose up in rebellion against God, and was cast down, with all who put up their heads for him.”

EOctober 17, 2019

I get a lot of ads advertising the church. When I started seeing them I thought, "Why is the church wasting money advertising to me?", but your article has helped change my perspective a bit... I guess I'm doing an okay job using the internet to seek the gospel! I hope those ads are reaching others outside of the church too.

MattOctober 17, 2019

Lots to think about. It would be interesting to see the dialogue extend to the Garden of Eden, covering the actions of Adam and Eve as they have to deal with the Accuser (Satan). Did his tactics change when interacting with Adam and Eve? This can be a very deep subject.

Alisi FiliagaOctober 17, 2019

I never saw the way you expressed and it makes you think. Thank you for an inspiring message. I will always keep in mind.

lizOctober 17, 2019

I think we are too quick to use the word addiction in regards to pornography. I am not trying to diminish the author's experience. I am glad that he found help and recovery with his addiction. However, would we call someone who has a drink with dinner or a few days a weeks an alcoholic? Probably not. To church members, because our standards our high, one drink(even if it is few and far between) is wrong, just as looking at porn one time(maybe one time today and one time next week) is wrong. To me, this does not necessarily equate addiction. I think by saying someone who has a pornography habit has an addiction can lead down a rabbit hole of shame and crippling fear which can actually lead to an increase in the behavior.. It is something that needs to stop to remain worthy, just like drinking alcohol and other things, but let's ease up on calling anyone who looks at porn an addict.

Sherryl CoonrodOctober 17, 2019

I love this, I am a member but was married to a Catholic and I wish while he was still here he could have read this. He passed 3 yrs ago and I did get his work done in the Temple so I am sure he knows LOL. I shared it with my friend who is also Catholic he has been interested in what the Latter-Day Saints believe and so I have told him and I think he will enjoy reading this article also.

Harold RustOctober 17, 2019

I am very interested in the source for the quote from Joseph Smith regarding the convent burning in 1834. That is a quote that should receive wider attention within the Church because it is such a clear demonstration of the wide vision that our prophet had from the very beginning. He was not just focused on unjust actions against member of the Church but also against other people and other religions and at other times. That is a distinct perspective that you simply don't find in charismatic leaders who have claimed they were prophets or should be given total loyalty as leader of a religious or even a non-religious organization. Very powerful.

Judy ParnellOctober 17, 2019

Thank you! As always, Brother Peterson

Kayleen HunsakerOctober 17, 2019

Thank you for sharing this most wonderful and uplifting story. I cried as I felt the spirit so strongly, as I read the ending!

rea raderOctober 16, 2019

why don't you take a idea from Heifer and get the village a flock of chickens, show them how to raise them and get their manure for a vegetable garden that the parents can tend? It's the old teach them how to fish idea.

LizOctober 16, 2019

I'm relieved to see the church take a stand for reasoned fairness. There are a pleura of counselors who are ready and willing to celebrate, encourage and even promote alternative life styles. There should be agency to choose a counselor who can give compassionate care for someone sho wants to consider other paths. Enough of the scare tactics - time for reason.

Wally GoddardOctober 16, 2019

Lexi, I think our goals should be focused on knowing and following Christ.

Judith H. RoseOctober 16, 2019

Thank goodness the Church is taking a stand against a rule that would seriously affect the efficacy of counselors in dealing with LGBTQ concerns. No psychologist should be limited in his or her counseling in this important area. Each has received specific and thorough investigation and education in how to meet the emotional needs of their clients. Lawmakers do not know more than these counselors. Furthermore, each client always maintains the right to accept or decline advice and/or treatment concerning this sensitive issue.

Margaritab dangoOctober 16, 2019

God is almighty & loving. He knows our needs & make a way for us to do the things we can not do for our selves which are right in accordance to His pattern. If our thought are righteous like Rachaelle grace of God abound in us. Thanks for sharing.

Sonja HopkinsOctober 16, 2019

It is obvious that you have a problem. Your husband and his sister don't have a problem...they have behavior. Until their behavior becomes their problem, it will continue to be their behavior. There is an old saying: "If you can't wean the baby, you have to sour the milk." Setting boundaries isn't about telling them what they have to's about establishing what you need in order to remain in the situation. To the degree they are willing to honor your boundaries you will know whether you can remain in the situation. There need to be natural consequences for the violation of boundaries that are clearly communicated when the boundaries are established. Since you are the breadwinner, you have a lot more leverage then either of them do. In the event you withdraw your financial support what would they do? Maybe it's time to find out. For instance, if they respond with "are you kicking me to the curb?" You response might be: "No, I'm not kicking you to the curb....your behavior is doing that." This isn't really about them - it's about you and what you've taught them about how to treat you. Your task is not to seek for peace in your life. Your task is to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. SImply put....don't blame a clown for acting like a clown...ask yourself why you keep going to the circus.

Ashlee Taylor LaytonOctober 16, 2019

So "trek" is of biblical precedence. Hmmmm. Thanks for sharing your insights, Brad.

K. McClureOctober 16, 2019

So what is the proposed rule?

The struggle is realOctober 16, 2019

Amen to others who have commented who were also hospice workers. I made the mistake of sticking up for family members when they stayed a year in our home with their destructive dogs. My spouse (like you) kept trying to kick them out nicely but I was foolish and kept feeling sorry for them all while they manipulated us, (me imparticular) and rarely helped around the house. After a horrible incident with their dogs and mine they moved out. Our marriage took a big hit in the year long struggle and now we are mending it and I take a lot of the blame for that. If your husband is going to be physically aggressive and always angry with you then I guess you give him the ultimate ultimatum, but with love and a non-emotional delivery as best you can. Give it to him straight "If your sister does not leave and you choose to continue to make me support her and her drug habit in our home, I will start divorce proceedings in two weeks if she is not gone and you refuse to get counseling with me." The end. Do get a lawyer first as CL suggested. Your sister-in-law has no right or business living with you; destroying your marital intimacy and deepening wounds in your already fragile marriage. Either he will care enough to take you seriously and let go of his manipulative sister or he will stick with her first because blood is thicker then marriage to him. I feel for him as I am easily manipulated by others and their "hardships (they bring on themselves) as well". If I could go back and redo this last year I would have kicked the extra family members out with in two months and their dogs would have gone to the shelter to be adopted by people who could care for them properly, "no if and or buts" and certainly I wouldn't have allowed their dogs to hurt my own dog. They kept telling me they were "working on it" when it came to getting rid of their dogs until it was too late. Don't be as stupid as me. Often we allow ourselves to be manipulated by those who have been through severe trauma as children as we feel we are helping make up for how crappy their childhood was and we want to prove we are better then their parents were. However there's nothing we can do or say that will help them out of their victim mentality and they will always play the victim card to serve themselves. They are survivors and manipulate others to survive. We choose how much manipulation we're willing to take till we hit a tipping point then we free ourselves. Good luck and prayers for all.

karell BinghamOctober 16, 2019

This is another thought about the small huts that they make, indeed they are a covering to celebrate their escape from Egypt, but if you see Egypt as "The world" or sin, then the hut is a covering, the word "Kaphar" is a Hebrew word for Atonement. When we leave the World behind, we are covered, protected, by the atonement. Could be.

Trish HeatonOctober 16, 2019

I think the question about financial obligation to spouse or children should include, "or anyone else."

Tom KunzOctober 16, 2019

Mark, I am so appreciative of this article as it has answered a question that I have been pondering for a couple of months now. I was teaching the plan of salvation to a gospel learner (someone learning how to read and write using the Church's Gospel Literacy program) and as I was explaining the presentation of Satan's "plan" that would force people to do good, I felt a "stupor of thought" and the spirit confirmed my statement was incorrect, but I didn't understand it fully. Now I see that Satan's plan was a short-sighted, short-term plan of rebellion with no consideration of the consequences - and this is why it was a LIE. The statement by Elder McConkie that you quoted turned all the rest of the light bulbs on for me. "His offer was a philosophical impossibility. … Lucifer and his [followers] sought salvation without keeping the commandments” (Millennial Messiah p. 667)." Thanks for taking the time to share these valuable insights with me.

Alexander ForsythOctober 16, 2019

LORD in the context of the Old Testament is always in "upper case". The reason: it is the English equivalent of the Tetragrammaton. I noticed LORD is used twice; other times the incorrect Lord is used. Should the writer desire to contact me, feel free to do so.

Tom KunzOctober 16, 2019

One more thought. There is imagery in the word "strait" that I think helps to differentiate it from "narrow". One definition of a strait is a narrow waterway that connects to larger bodies of water on both ends. I believe the strait and narrow way, is the path that connects our premortal existence to our potential postmortal glory. Seen in this light, the strait way is the path that has both a beginning point and a destination. Both glorious in all aspects of the word.

Tom KunzOctober 16, 2019

Thank you for this wonderful article. I have two thoughts I would like to share to build upon what has been said. The first is in relation to the Iron Rod which is the Word of God. Perhaps the most important part of the Word of God is the still small voice that prompts us to do good. If we can learn to obey that voice, I believe we will never lose our way. The second is the word "cling". It is interesting that in Lehi's vision in 1 Nephi 8, those who were "clinging to the rod of iron" in verse 24, were ashamed in verse 25. However, in verse 30, those who came forth "continually holding fast to the rod of iron" did not seem to be ashamed and were not lost. I think there is something significant about "continually holding fast" vs. "clinging". Just as a child "clings" to its mother's apron, as soon as she moves, the clinging child loses their grip. "Continually holding fast" paints a more firm grasp of the rod than merely "clinging". I also like the relationship of this imagery to being "steadfast and immovable" as suggested at least four times in the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 5:15, 1 Nephi 2:10, 3 Nephi 6:14 and Alma 1:25.

Marsha NewmanOctober 15, 2019

As usual, Brother Frogley has deep and thorough explanations of all things spiritual. His degree of "light" is inspiring and wonderful! Thanks for this insightful article.

Tom MOctober 15, 2019

Forced goodness is just as evil as forced "goodness." That is an eternal truth and can't be changed by shifting traditions of men.

LexiOctober 15, 2019

Hmm. So then what do you think about the new youth goal setting initiative by the church? Because I believe prophets get revelation and know what’s best.

Gary OliverOctober 15, 2019

Thanks Brother Goddard for explaining something that has bothered me for decades ever since I heard the statement; "I don't believe in New Years Resolutions, I believe Repentance." Goals and resolutions that do not include the influence of the Atonement of Jesus Christ lack the power to make the fundamental changes to effect conversion to more highly developed character. The "natural man" is only over come by responding to the " to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, ... becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord." Mosiah 3:19

rebkotOctober 15, 2019

I have sometimes been troubled trying to understand the wrathful God, especially of the Old Testament, since my personal experience with God has been so loving and tender that I can't imagine any other interaction. This article makes such perfect sense, and is so comforting! thank you so much for this!

Charles DefranchiOctober 15, 2019

What seemed impossible only a few years ago has now turned into a reality. What's next? Doing away with Christmas out of respect for non-Christians and non-believers? I bet this will happen not too far from now. So sad!

VardellOctober 15, 2019

Yes! Thank you! And once you understand that we are indeed saved by our faith in Christ, rather than through an abundance of accomplishments and self-perfecting, then you will see scores of examples of this throughout all the scriptures. Consider the common elements in the examples you mention; they all include feeling an extremely broken heart (fear of the Lord), then pleading for mercy, then being immediately forgiven; and only after these elements are they transformed, not through accomplishing a list of goals, but by being a new creature - by the power of Christ. These elements of feeling fear, pleading for mercy, being forgiven and changed by Christ are everywhere in the scriptures; they are present in the accounts of: King Benjamins people, of Enos, of Lamoni, of his father, of the wicked Lamanites in Helaman 5. They are present in the accounts of Paul, and the prodigal son, and of Job, of the publican and of the blind man in Luke 18. No wonder Paul says, "therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law."

Cynthia M. MoorheadOctober 15, 2019

Beautiful article, as all of Brother Goddard's writings are. In this one he says what I discovered for myself many years ago: we can work and struggle and fight to change ourselves, but nothing really changes until we ask the Lord Himself to change us. Then amazing things happen. Sometimes they are very hard--but they work. He knows how to change us, and "all we can do" never can.

Roberta PalmerOctober 15, 2019

I cringe when I see, read, or hear about Satan’s “Plan”. He had NO PLAN! He only offered a “proposal”, a proposal of REBELLION! Not a “plan” of rebellion. There was and always has been only one “Plan” and that was/is Heavenly Father’s Plan of Happiness, So whenever I read or hear about Satan’s Plan, I change it to Satan’s proposal! But not all members understand the difference and mistakenly go forth thinking there were two or three plans presented...Heavenly Fsther’s, Jesus and Lucifer! I have actually had Sunday School teachers present this false doctrine! It makes my heart actually hurt!

MarkOctober 14, 2019

JE, according to D&C 121:37-43 we should not use unrighteousness force. It is not a good method but not “Satan’s Plan.” Does that make sense?

Chuck DeWittOctober 14, 2019

Very informative article and well documented. Thanks Garth for sharing some wonderful inspiring information.

Douglas and Ruth RoseOctober 14, 2019

I learned about the MeridianRising Star Outreach school project from Susan Fullmer, a subscriber and neighbor. Like some others, I am reluctant to make online contributions, so I was pleased to see that there is a check donation option. As the founding directors of Latter-day Saint Charities in India 1998-2001, we provided project support to leprosy institutes in Tamil Nadu and Nepal, so we know first-hand from our visits to the institutions the conditions lepers and their children endure and value of schooling for these healthy, but disadvantaged youth.

Addie M SimperOctober 14, 2019

Bless you Becky for sharing this story of Suku's remarkable example of sacrifice. He has surely set priorities that may not make earthly sense but will certainly have far reaching eternal consequence in the lives of those he serves. Bless him and his family. I hope they are soon happily reunited.

RitaOctober 14, 2019

I've been reassured several times by the Spirit that the duplicated names of many of my ancestors are each known, even if I have trouble telling who's who. Having birth or death dates really helps, though!

MarciaOctober 14, 2019

You don't have to be the "Meanie", but you do need to set some ground rules and establish that you have power in your own home. Maybe the sister can stay if she does certain things hat are rquired, such as not illegaly smoking pot in your home, putting you in jepordy of the law. She should have "chores" as should anyone living with you. Pray earnestly about what ground rules to set for the entire family, then present them to each family memer so that they know just what is expected of them. Set a time limit for them to comply and lay out clearly the consequences if they don't. This puts them clearly in charge of their destiny as to whether they stay in your home or not. It is what THEY do that will determne if they stay or go. Giving them this power will releave you of the stress of making them do what they don't want. If your husband is capeable of helping you make these rules, by all means involve him in that. You are partners and if you approach him in asking what he thinks would be adequate rules, may go far in helping your marriage relationship. You are not meant to carry this load alone. Seek The Lords help and confer(not demand or even request) with your husband. Praying for you to have comfort and strength, maybe a blessing from your Bishop is in order. I got one from mine that turned around a lousy atmosphere and awful relationships in my home.

Alisi FiliagaOctober 14, 2019

Thank you for sharing this story as a constant reminder, I could be like this little boy. At times need to correct many wrongs but too proud to walk and correct. A great father with his day off to teach is son a lesson that means a lot and I believe the son has become a great individual from many years at young. Best example I can follow!

John KammeyerOctober 14, 2019

I was in a sealing session once, where we mangled a bunch of Dutch names. I thought, "I sure hope somebody knows who we're talking about." A voice in my mind responded: "Yeah, we know, we have our own lists."

Thalia TaylorOctober 14, 2019

Scot, thank you for this comparison/analysis. I would read line by line to try to see the difference in the wording. Your assessment is spot on.

L PotterOctober 14, 2019

I recently watched a video taken during a meeting in California (that has since been removed from YouTube, Google, and Facebook) just after the mentioned education law was passed. Planned Parenthood was training representatives from various school districts about how to integrate the "gender spectrum" into various non-related topics, so parents would not be able to completely "opt out". Additionally, there was specific discussion about how to help a girl who wants to leave during school hours to get an abortion without her parents finding out. They were instructed to falsify the online attendance record to state that the girl was "with an administrator" during that time; laughing that it was a necessary "white lie."

Harold RustOctober 14, 2019

Wonderful and delightful examples of a simple concept which has very deep meaning.

JEOctober 14, 2019

Well said. Question, what then of force against agency, like the example of parents forcing their children? Still wrong? Just not part of Satan’s plan? Or are we saying this is acceptable?

KrannyOctober 13, 2019

To address Barry's question: What does “a third part” of Heaven constitute? Many tend to shorten the scriptural phrase “a third part,” by saying “a third.” “A third” means to have three equal parts of a whole. But does “a third” mean the same thing as “a third part?” If something, such as a play, consists of three parts--a first part, a second part, and a third part--are they necessarily equal? If I tear a piece of paper into three unequal parts, each of the three parts of the whole piece is a third part, despite not being equal. The scriptures teach about another part of God’s children, His elect, which could be a first part. The Prophet Lehi said that “[Christ] is the first fruits unto God, being the first that should rise [from the dead], inasmuch as he shall make intercession for all the children of men.” (2 Ne 2:8-9) In the Book of Mormon, Jacob wrote that to “be reconciled unto [God the Father] through the atonement of Christ” [would place us in a position to be] presented as the first-fruits of Christ unto God.” (Jac 4:11; D&C 88:96-8) This concept of three parts implies that there would also be a second part, which Elder Melvin J. Ballard suggests may have been neutral towards God’s Plan of Salvation. (“The Three Degrees of Glory,” Odgen Tabernacle, 9.22.1922). I just struggle to accept the idea that God could have lost a third of His children. But, we really don’t know at this time.

tony fullerOctober 13, 2019

GTO is the only commenter that hit the nail on the head. old flames change in 55+ years. even if photos have been exchanged, they may not tell the current truth.

DawnOctober 13, 2019

Moses 4:1-4 1 And I, the Lord God, spake unto Moses, saying: That Satan, whom thou hast commanded in the name of mine Only Begotten, is the same which was from the beginning, and he came before me, saying--Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor. 2 But, behold, my Beloved Son, which was my Beloved and Chosen from the beginning, said unto me–Father, thy will be done, and the glory be thine forever. 3 Wherefore, because that Satan rebelled against me, and sought to destroy the agency of man, which I, the Lord God, had given him, and also, that I should give unto him mine own power; by the power of mine Only Begotten, I caused that he should be cast down; 4 And he became Satan, yea, even the devil, the father of all lies, to deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.

Matt ThorleyOctober 13, 2019

I strongly concur with Neal Christensen. After the “run” and “hide” options are exhausted, what are we supposed to “fight” against the active shooter with? Our hands? Concealed carriers are not the problem, they are the solution. Making the church a gun free zone only makes it more of a target, not safer.

Andrew StoutOctober 13, 2019

Sadly, this is why schools with young children have been targeted. They are gun-free zones with a large quantity of ready-made victims unable to easily or properly defend themselves. Gunmen are typically cowards who want minimal resistance when satiating their mental health crises. They only want to attack unarmed and defenseless people, hoping for maximum damage before the police finally arrive and lay siege to the facility *outside*, while the victims and the shooter(s) remains inside. I look forward to living in a world without Telestial beings determined to harm and kill others, but that isn't the case at this point. It is certainly a conundrum.

CLOctober 13, 2019

Here's the situation: You are the breadwinner. The house is likely in your name through the rent contract or mortgage. You have a dependent (husband) who is abusive in various ways. That is NO excuse for anything. He is also betraying his marriage to you by catering to another woman (his sister). There are huge boundary problems in your relationship. She is violating the law by the marijuana use, which you are exposed to the odor daily and you take it with you on your clothes to go to work around terminally ill patients. Here is what your options are. You need first to consult an attorney and have sister-in-law removed from your home, by law-enforcement (through a court order) if necessary. Unfortunately, your husband does not sound like he will be cooperative, so I would not waste any more stress with this situation. I have been exactly where you are, and I am a retired paramedic-nurse myself. I also worked in hospice care at the same time I had to go through a divorce. You must not leave your home. This is your home, YOU do not pack your bags. PLEASE consult with a lawyer immediately to assess your rights in this situation. And I would highly recommend any special counseling in betrayal trauma, because you are definitely going through that. Be selective with counseling. Not every therapist will be appropriate, and clergy is not trained in this either. Praying for you....

Wendy RojasOctober 12, 2019

We should be able to celebrate both the native populations of the American continent and the arrival of Columbus. We would do well also to remember that the conquistadores were cruel to several peoples that received them openly. I am a descendant of people from both the old and the new worlds; I am proud of my Native American heritage as well as grateful to those that were adventurous and brave to cross the ocean to seek for a new life in this continent.

SterlingOctober 12, 2019

I suggest another article that might also be very informative, and even help to clarify the church's recent outreach efforts. As you state, what we see in society is Satan's plan growing. However we need to learn the peaceful balance between advocating the Lord's position and then allowing society to make its decision. And when that decision is made, to accept that we may be subject to it. Elder Oaks has been vocal on this as well.

Susan MorrisOctober 12, 2019

Yes! Satan's plan, or lie, was, and is, totally unworkable. It is contrary to the laws (physical, moral, social, and spiritual) upon which the very universe exists (see 2 Nephi 2). These foundation principles are 1. opposition in all things (vs.11), 2. purpose in creation, or progression (vs.12), 3. agency, or consequence from choice (vs.13). In fact, the end result of Satan's plan would be chaos--annihilation of all matter, including ourselves and God (vs. 13). The fruits of Satan's plan are seen everywhere today as the Destroyer seeks to destroy--never create, build up, or sustain--individual integrity and responsibility, biological sexual identity, the traditional family, civility and trust in communities, rational political exchange, government safeguards of natural rights (parental, speech, religious liberty), national boundaries and defense, international cooperation, an so on--forever.

Charles DikeOctober 12, 2019

I understand that the Psalms were written over a few centuries. Do we know which of the Psalms are the oldest?

BobOctober 11, 2019

I think part of the answer is found in 2 Nephi 2 and opposition. There must be opposition in all things. "[M]an could not act for himself save it should be that he was enticed by the one or the other." One of the things that creates opposition is law. I think Satan wanted to remove law and thus destroy the agency of man.

EOctober 11, 2019

Isn't this what mainstream Christianity says? "You don't have to DO anything thing to be saved" (Except say the sinner's prayer).

Jamie DanaOctober 11, 2019

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and perspective regarding conversion therapy. Although it's a vast improvement to remove aversive conditioning techniques from treatment protocols, it's important to remember that there is a difference between choosing to refrain from sexual relationships and purporting to be able to change sexual orientation. I'm not aware of any published research in the most reputable scientific journals supporting the idea of orientation change, which is the purpose of conversion therapy (this is the reason that the Counseling Organizations such as the APA don't support it being practiced by professional counselors). People may choose to live in a mixed orientation marriage/choose celebacy, feel some level of attraction to each sex/or have a lower sexual drive. These factors may impact the choice that he or she makes in relationship development. But this is not the same thing as a change in sexual orientation. It is a change in behavior. It is also important to consider the increased risks of suicidal ideation/anxiety/depression among unaccepted individuals, regardless of which side of this issue you may find yourself on. As the article says, our goal should be one of acceptance, a hope for healing, and understanding.

Doran RiceOctober 11, 2019

I have always cringed when someone would state that "Satan would force us to do good". In and of itself that is not obedience and thus a false thought. I offered a comment that removing our Stewardship/Agency/Commandments we would not be accountable for any of our functions or duties not completed. Alma 42 and D&C 93 speak of this situation. Agency, in this case, means exactly as the dictionary states, "The function or duty of an agent" The meaning of the word agency to be "Freedom of Choice" seems to have been initiated by Orson Pratt about 1855, he then further coined the word "Free Agency" also to mean "Freedom of Choice" All of Joseph Smith Jr. writings, the word Agency means Stewardship. So to destroy our Agency would mean to have our commandments/duties taken away leaving no penalties.

LeeOctober 11, 2019

I have felt this for years and wish all members would read this. Moroni 7:17 teaches the same thing. He won't persuade anyone to do good let alone force them to be righteous. That's for the article

Roberta HarrisOctober 11, 2019

I finished this article reading through tear filled eyes. Thank you Becky once again for a story about India and telling us about Suku, who is truly such an amazing man! Oh if only there were more like him but then maybe there will be after others read his story.

Analili BurrowsOctober 11, 2019

Rebellion was and still is Satan's plan! Thank you for making this clear to me.

Todd LillywhiteOctober 11, 2019

Amen! Amen! and Amen! I have been saying this for a while now. Satan's "plan" is mostly removing the consequences of our actions. Which is in large part what modern society is being led to do. When people resist holding the line on laws, commandments, and moral mores they think they are being loving or understanding. In reality that is how Satan behaves. It is Heavenly Father who holds the line, and requires conformity and punishment and repentance for infractions. Establishing laws and their consequences is not forcing people to do be righteous. But, it does train us to be righteous and love order and propriety.

Thomas 2.0October 11, 2019

I am reading this beautiful article over and over again these past few months. It is Extraordinary. Its special to me and I can hardly read it without crying. Thank you Josh and Thank you John for being part of a traumatic event that has influenced my life positively for the better in a profound way.

Linda SmithOctober 11, 2019

Joseph Smith said that as Man is, God once was. As God is, Man may become. It seems to me that Satan's plan would never work because he and his followers were not striving to become "as God is." There truly was no choice about Satan. All of eternity rejected him because of his rebellion. He literally couldn't have "taken" God's glory. God couldn't even "give" it. It is like the 5 foolish virgins who asked the 5 wise if they couldn't give of their oil. It simply can't be done. It must be learned and earned.

Jeff BellOctober 11, 2019

Would it not be much easier to "fight" if one was holding a weapon? Because I would, for lack of a better word, bet the perpetrator would have a weapon.

MJOctober 11, 2019

I just came across this article and want to applaud “Kate” as I thought the same thing on some of her points. Cornering someone into a lie because you are shaming them for their choices is somewhat how I saw this woman as well. According to C.J. the lies are abuse. Are they? This woman apparently married him knowing he wasn’t a member yet is trying to force him into her way of thinking with her behavior of questioning the drinking constantly knowing he will protect himself with the same lie. I’m not excusing him, just wondering if this woman knows her part she plays in the discord. I was married several decades to a non-member who made his own choices about what he drank or did and my shaming, argument or contentiousness never got him into the eternal marriage we have today but in fact had the opposite affect. It took decades learning this and in fact and the same idea is working with those of my children who have become inactive. It took love and respect, moving on with my own eternal goals and letting him make those decisions for himself. I first had to see that the only person I can change is myself and keep on with my own soul work. Then things started to change and fall in place which was a surprise to me as it had been so long I had somewhat mentally given up on that happening. Things may never change in her case and I wonder where she is with this shaming of him months later? We must love people where they are and that unfeigned love can start to move mountains.

Denise StoehrOctober 11, 2019

Mind. Blown. So many new ideas in this for me. Fantastic!

Neal ChristensenOctober 11, 2019

When seconds count, the police are only minutes away. Concerning the carrying of concealed firearms, the lawful carriers of concealed firearms are not the source of the danger and the prohibition of firearms does not deter those who are intent on harming an unarmed group of people. Indeed, it just makes it easier and safer for the perpetrator of the violence.

RayOctober 11, 2019

Very well written and easily understood article. Many church members today still believe that it was like an election when we met in the Great Council in Heaven. As you outlined, this was not the case. Heavenly Father called His family together to present a Plan for our continued growth and salvation. Jesus Christ accepted His divine role in our continued growth and salvation. Satan rebelled against the Plan of Salvation and presented his lies and deceit to convince us of "the easier path" knowing full well that there was no easier path. What motivated his rebellion is still not fully known but a third part of our brothers and sisters got caught in his web of deceit and lost their eternal inheritance. Let us, who still have opportunity for eternal inheritance, choose to follow the Father's Plan of Happiness by following Christ's example and not get caught up in the current rebellious nature and the downward spiral the world is trending towards. Satan is still actively campaigning for our souls but we all need to realize that there never was an election in the first place.

MarieOctober 11, 2019

He who knows no love knows no family. Satan will not support or defend us

Roberta A PetersonOctober 11, 2019

Thanks so much for this article. I, too, am tired of hearing Saints misunderstand this issue. It simply makes no sense to think that Satan wanted to guarantee that all of us would be righteous. His "plan" mirrors what we see in corrupt government today--the desire for power over all of us. We need to judge leaders by whether they desire liberty & agency for us or control over us.

Julie ArcherOctober 11, 2019

“Satan’s War on Agency” by Greg Wright should be read by every member of the church. It is a valuable gift of knowledge on this topic and the true definition of agency. After reading this you see Satan’s true plan everywhere in society and you know how to properly educate your children to see it and use their agency again to choose Christ. It’s sad how many traditions in the church have become a stumbling block to truth.

AndrewOctober 11, 2019

Thank you. I've been saying this for years. Glad to see it so well put.

JulianaOctober 11, 2019

I too work with hospice. Your nature is to be patient, kind and to look to others well being. Hospice is a demanding occupation, especially for a nurse. I cannot imagine living under your current conditions and if I were you, I would pack a large suitcase and move out and give yourself some space and time to allow your head to clear and hear God. He does not require you to be miserable or to sacrifice your own well being and earthy progression. You are being used, manipulated and in-prisoned but you hold the key to your own jail cell. Take care of yourself or there will be nothing left to care for anyone else. And whether or not you admit it, your home stress is affecting your performance at work. God wants to help you. Let him.

Barry BennettOctober 11, 2019

Excellent discussion and doctrinally accurate. We tend to interpret scriptures based on jumping to conclusions at times, when further pondering allows a deeper perspective and truth. I would ask one question your discussion opens. The scriptures never say that 1/3 of the hosts of heaven followed Satan. Instead, they say the third part followed Satan. Nowhere in scripture does it state that the third part was 1/3 of our Fathers children. Perhaps this “third part” was not the same size as the first or second part. Could this be true?

SylviaOctober 11, 2019

Satans addendum to the plan had to have been more enticing to have 1/3 of the host follow him. Which plan would that be. Forcing righteousness or no consequences for your actions?

SylviaOctober 11, 2019

I have found that when this principle is explained to members of The Restored Church of Jesus Christ they think they are being forced and don’t want to listen to the truth. Maybe more articles and people talking about this subject with the Holy Spirit would help blow this myth.

DianeOctober 11, 2019

Great article! I have long believed that “force” was NOT Satan’s plan. Your article put stated it so well!

EmilyOctober 10, 2019

Camilla Kimball was the official witness to a baptism her husband performed in India in 1961. I do know Joseph Fielding Smith objected to women serving as witnesses to temple ordinances. I think it was when he found out they were being used in Canada, the Alberta Temple. But according to the David O. McKay papers, President McKay did did not object. So the change occurred sometime after President McKay was the prophet. I think we will get more information as researchers try to pin down the date of the change. Plus I read that Vienna Jacques was an official witness to baptisms for the dead when they were performed in the Missippi River in the 1840's. So really, Church leaders restored a right women enjoyed for over 100 years. It was not a new right they granted.

GinaOctober 10, 2019

Terry, I believe you are conflating two separate events. Joseph Fielding Smith did object to women serving as temple witnesses in 1959 when visiting the Alberta, Canada Temple. However, President McKay continued to think it was fine. The change to stop allowing women to be witnesses did occur about 1976. Uncertain to to why because there clearly had never been any doctrine to support the change.

GinaOctober 10, 2019

Jim, unfortunately for many women I know, the idea of being a wife in the eternities where there is another wife is revolting. They choose not to truly love their husband because they fear the pain that will result from sharing him. They hate polygamy, the same way Emma Smith hated it. Leaders of the Church can reassure or make light or command them to get with the program, all of which has been tried in the past. It does not work. Men commit to women when they feel uncertain, afraid they might lose her. Women commit when they feel safe. If the possibility of having to share him exists, they hold back. And getting a sealing cancellation is often necessary for someone to heal before they feel ready to make that commitment again if they suffered greatly at the hands of another priesthood holder. Unfortunately, too often the sealing cancellation request is turned down, leaving the women feeling their choices are outside their control, in the hands of faceless men who do not understand their needs and think sending them a form letter denying the request they agonized over is somehow helpful. I actually considered getting engaged to my boyfriend in order to get the sealing cancellation, then calling off our engagement, but could not do it to him. But I felt that desparate. This conference contained so much that was wonderful for women, but we still have not addressed everything that is wrong. The fear of polygamy and having your own power to truly escape an abusive marriage remain to be addressed.

JOctober 10, 2019

This article would be enhanced with references to Pres. Nelson's extraordinary talk to the women in Oct General Conference.

Judy AmarOctober 10, 2019

What a wonderful message -- yes, cherish the present and look forward to the future. My future life with my children has blessed me with 11 precious grandchildren. Thank you so much!

Muriel Grace Hall member of Panmure Stake Auckland New ZealandOctober 10, 2019

Thank you thank you for sharing understanding the Worth of Souls I am very grateful.

LAMBOctober 10, 2019

I was once married for nine years to someone who was always thinking about a former girlfriend. That was a deal breaker and I left and raised the kids myself. Unfortunately we live in a polygamous church even though we are non-practicing at the moment. I have met so many LDS men who can hardly wait for their harem of women in the next life and are just biding their time being so called faithful here. Like me, the woman in this article is elderly and she may not have the resources plus there is the reality of living alone in old age and not having anyone to check on you to make sure you are okay. There are a lot of considerations in this instance. He has broken her trust and it is a very big deal and things will never be the same unless he realizes the harm he has done and sincerely apologizes and spends the rest of his life showing her she is the one he cares about.. Otherwise this is the death of her marriage and the grieving begins.

John BurgonOctober 10, 2019

In Thomas Sowell’s book Applied Economics he makes the point that we should always ask the question, “and then what?” four times. When we are mad at someone and want to responded with a hurtful or rude comment, ask, “and then what?” Three or four times. Usually the answer will be negative or non consequential, Now ask something suggested in your article and and see the positive “and then what”

Donald Montréal CanadaOctober 10, 2019

Thank-you, Thank-you, thank-you !

Boanerges RubalcavaOctober 10, 2019

In México we call the October 12th "el día de la raza" (the race's day) meaning that we assimilated the spaniards unto the indigenous people making a "new race" the mestizos". This is not racist but the opposite. México has around 15% of white people, more than 75% of mestizos and the rest almost pure Indians. Unfortunately for the USA, you did not mix with each other and from that comes the problem. However, instead of now going all the other way, make something in between, and try to avoid that awful contention (see another article in here Today).

RitaOctober 10, 2019

"A soft answer turneth away wrath." Proverbs used to be a very popular source of wisdom, and for good reason. Giving ourselves a chance to stop and think seems to be a lost art in our current state of affairs. Thank you for the reminder!

Becky DouglasOctober 9, 2019

This is, as they say, "BREAKING NEWS"! Five days ago India announced that there has been a LEPROSY VACCINATION approved and they will be delivering it to a number of leprosy districts in India. This is a game changer!! The researcher achieving this breakthrough is Prof. Talwar, who has been working on this vaccination for 36 years. I was privileged to meet with him just a few days before the news broke, as Prof. Talwar is the brother-in-law of a Rising Star Outreach Board member. Prof. Talwar is committed to helping Rising Star Outreach get the vaccination provided to our leprosy colonies. This will be a huge blessing. In our Bihar school alone, we had 5 children diagnosed with active leprosy just this month. Just imagine how many children in the colonies are being missed! Becky Douglas

Shi MeisonOctober 9, 2019

Columbus never set foot on what is today the United States of America, except a brief stop on what is today Puerto Rico. During his 1495 voyage: "In just two years under Columbus's governorship, over 125,000 of the 250,000–300,000 natives in Haiti were dead, many died from lethal forced labor in the mines, in which a third of workers died every six months. Within three decades, the surviving Arawak population numbered only in the hundreds. 'Virtually every member of the gentle race ... had been wiped out.' Disease, warfare and harsh enslavement contributed to the depopulation." How did Christopher Columbus come to be regarded as a hero by the citizens of the United States? Washing Irving, the writer of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, wrote a work of historical fiction about Columbus in an attempt to create an early US mythology. It worked, and the US still lauds the Italian to this day.

Debora Engh FrenchOctober 9, 2019

She should invite woman and husband to dinner and have a lovely round table meeting at the same time. Break the ice. Get to know everyone. She should tell her hubby that she’d love to meet his old flame in person. Maybe they’d become friends. This way she’s taking control. It would give her the opportunity to check out the competition and see what the reality of this relationship is. Face it head on, courageously. Take back your self respect because situations like these can be so deflating.

Bruce LloydOctober 9, 2019

The Mesoamerican model is built entirely on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (narrow neck of land) and the east and west sea. The narrow neck of land and the east and west sea were not mentioned until 500 years after arriving in the promised land. This is because the Lehites landed in the Gulf Coast area and retreated northward to the hill Cumorah and Great Lakes region to escape the Lamanite wrath. It was over 300 years before the Nephites discovered the Mulekites. The east and west sea refer to the Great Lakes. The narrow neck of land is the Isthmus of Niagara. Niagara means "neck of land." It is 21 miles from Lake Ontario to Lake Erie on a line parallel with the Niagara River and the Welland Ship Canal--a very good candidate for a Nephite journey of a day or day and a half. It is 136 miles across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and a 61-hour (7, 8-hour days or 5, 12-hour days) journey (3.3/mph) on the shortest road in the area. Without roads, it could easily take 3 or 4 weeks or more!

kathryn j amesOctober 9, 2019

As a mother of nine children, I have always interpretted Jesus saying to his disciples who didn't want him to be bothered with children, "Let the children come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of God," to be a gentle remider to us to invite children to come into our homes throughout our reproductive years. But I hadn't thought of labor/delivery as another symbol of the atonement. I am so grateful for this idea,new to me!

JaneOctober 9, 2019

It is totally wrong to forbid people from seeking and finding the kind of therapy they want and for laws to forbid it--one of which is pending in the Utah legislature. I knew a psychologist who had a great deal of success treating gay men who seriously wanted to change their orientation--something like 90%. It can be done in significant numbers of cases if the person is truly motivated. Perhaps not easily, but serious change is never easy. Why would any honest person want to forbid someone from having a choice?

Anne H. PrattOctober 9, 2019

Wonderful Article! I especially loved when you compared the Atonement to giving birth. The greatest sacrifice that women make is giving birth, and it can helps us understand HIM better. The pain we endure in order to bring something greater into being.

Jim RawsonOctober 9, 2019

Gary, I'm looking forward to reading more of your study of AGENCY! Hope you are doing well! Haven’t seen you since we were children!

Diane IrwinOctober 9, 2019

Wendy, I could just hear your voice as I read this! It was sweet and comforting. I love what you had to say about women being authorized to perform and officiate in the highest of priesthood ordinances: temple ordinances. That is the best. That is what is the most important thing in this world.

MerileeOctober 9, 2019

I love how the author tied giving birth to the atonement of Jesus Christ. I have understood this before, but she expressed it beautifully. It is an honor to be a woman and represent Christ in this way.

Rita MillerOctober 9, 2019

Wonderful insights into a question that many women in the Church struggle with. Paul wrote that only when men and women are together are they "in the Lord". It seems to imply that the priesthood is completely effectual when both sexes are focused on and working toward the same thing. Men and women have been deliberately pitted against each other by the adversary since the beginning precisely to stop the power that comes from a true understanding of just how strong we are together.

Virginia PartchOctober 9, 2019

During the last 3 or 6 months we have had a heavy test in our lives. As listening/watching the Conference I felt they all had had a look into our hearts, home and thoughts. That they knew exactly what was going on. What a miracle to me.

Janna MorrellOctober 9, 2019

Wow! Just Wow! Wendy I have always grown up with the calm assurance that I did not need the priesthood because I have motherhood. Now I understand I was mostly correct. I now understand that I not only have priesthood power but that Motherhood and the priesthood are inseparably connected already! I love your poignant connection of childbirth and Christ’s Atonement! Although it brings great agony, I’ve always felt giving birth was THE MOST spiritual experience of my life.

Rob GreerOctober 9, 2019

Thank you for an excellent article. One of my favorite priesthood leaders was Sister Smith. She was the primary president and I was the primary chorister. This woman of God took time out of her schedule to meet me at the park, pray with me, watch a video put out by the church on being the chorister (that I had no idea existed) and give me direction and guidance for my calling. She had the priesthood authority and the power, and I followed her lead due to her closeness to the Spirit.

CarolynOctober 8, 2019

I was struck by President Nelson's declaration about endowed women having the Priesthood in their home. I took this to mean, SINGLE or MARRIED. For too many years, as a married, endowed woman, married to an inactive and uninterested spouse, I have endured President Nelson's exampled comment from others, "Oh, I am so sorry you don't have the Priesthood in your home." It has been hard not to feel like a second hand citizen in the Gospel. This teaching by President Nelson has given me so much hope and encouragement. I can and do measure up after all!

AlbertOctober 8, 2019

Sadly there is a tendency for many in LDS Culture to think of Temple Marriage as completing an important step, perhaps the only necessary step, toward entrance into the Celestial Kingdom. And, once that step has been completed, there is no further need to live a Temple Worthy life. This Sister deserves far more than she is receiving from her husband. And should be counselled that if she divorces him that does not cancel or remove her Temple Blessings. On the other hand, his right to Temple Blessings should be evaluated by a Judge in Israel. Hopefully he will see the error of his ways and repent, but his Wife has no obligation to wait around to see if this happens.

Charles DefranchiOctober 8, 2019

A while ago, a Sister told about how she had done Temple work on behalf of one of her husband's relatives, who had been managing a Saloon during Salt Lake pioneer period, and who had been antagonistic to the Church her whole life. Yet, she felt a sweet spirit of gratitude while she was doing the ordinances. Her conclusion was that people can change drastically over time once in the Spirit World. Along these lines, what Elder Oaks is trying to say (I translated his speech into French, so I remember every one of his words), is that things will be so different that there will be peace and joy for all the faithful, regardless of their respective family issues.

Jane TiltonOctober 8, 2019

How can we share this excellent article?

FredOctober 8, 2019

It is also fun to note that the proper answer to one of the questions (#6) has actually changed from No to Yes.

JimOctober 8, 2019

My wife was pretty upset with a part of Elder Oaks' talk when he addressed concerns by sisters who faced being sealed with a man who is previously sealed. While I agreed with him that things would work out, relaying that the concerns over this should not be the focus of their faith, it bugs my wife greatly. (She started vacuuming around me so I couldn't hear the rest of the talk.) I believe it to be part of why she has not chosen to be sealed to me, which carries its own sadness for me, as I married her to be sealed as well. I have faith things will work out in the end for me, but it's not rare that I don't hesitate when pondering the scenario if she ever does ask me to be sealed. Too many things have been conditional for her, and I question whether that choice will be due to her not wanting to remain being sealed to her 1st husband who abandoned her, and is the father of her children. I wonder.... if I made an eternal mistake in dropping my engagement to another faithful woman to marry her. I have faith things will work out.. but it's hard living with someone who harbors such antipathy for this component of the gospel. It ripples out to temple worship as well. Conference was wonderful for so many women I'm sure, but this point in Elder Oaks' talk really put a damper on my wife's enjoyment of conference. It's like the rest of the comments directed towards women wasn't even uttered.

ShareeOctober 8, 2019

I think the Church's new program for children and youth is a good example of what you are saying. I was thrilled when it was announced. But I didn't really like your Annie Oakley example. Annie was deprived of her childhood by her impoverished condition. No 6-year-old should be required to provide for her family.

HKOctober 8, 2019

I do so appreciate your reviews and opinions. It is nice to have some idea of what to expect in the way of "borderline stuff" before going to the movie. Helps me decide if the movie is for me.

Melissa MarkhamOctober 8, 2019

Since I don't give temple recommend interviews and only hear these questions every 2 years, I couldn't tell much of a difference at first. This side by side comparison was so helpful, thank you!

Haze KompelienOctober 8, 2019

I had to work both days at the hospital this past weekend, so I didn't have the privilege of being able to listen to General Conference this time. However, just the tidbits I've gotten from emails, social media releases from the Church, and Meridian have made me, too feel uplifted more than usual from Conference. I feel cherished and empowered by the Lord with these changes. Isn't it wonderful?


t hank you so much ..even if I can't havre them in french ...I'll share them here in Lyon France ....Wonderful idea to have more about the sunday sessions ...Thank you again

SBOctober 8, 2019

While your experience being onstage seems to have been valuable to you, when you were running the lights you facilitated others making good friends and memories. Visible does not equate with valuable.

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I am so grateful for your article post. Thanks Again. Really Great!.

KathleenOctober 7, 2019

All three are spot on! We are a peculiar people. Thanks for letting us laugh at ourselves.

Richard V JukesOctober 7, 2019

Thank you, Scot, for this insightful comparison of the old and the new. I appreciate you experience and the way you capture the compass heading indicated by these changes.

DebbieOctober 7, 2019

I really enjoyed This article. I love the passages about putting on the whole armor of God. Thanks for sharing it.

TriciaOctober 7, 2019

Do you have any book recommendations for children that always seem angry and negative? One of my 11 year old twins is really struggling with this.

Boanerges RubalcavaOctober 7, 2019

You have an error in your interpretation of the "keys" when you say that the Apostles have the keys. You are right but it is important to understand that the keys are in the Quorum of the twelve apostles but not individually. As it has been stated in the part one of the question, the President of the Church is the only person that have all the keys.D&C 132:7

Kay Wiemer GerkeOctober 7, 2019

These changes are wonderful! They seem to clarify the concepts beautifully. I am so grateful for the wisdom in temple reccommend interview questions because they give us specifics to work toward. Defining worthiness can be vague, but these questions give us a basic check-list to focus on.

LoraOctober 7, 2019

I appreciate having these memes to share. They would be so much more powerful if, instead of images of general authorities that my non-member and less-active friends don't know, there would be images of the Savior that they do know. Is there any chance that these can be redone and sent out again? It's a lot of work, I'm sure, but they could be so much more effective. Thank you for the effort!

Rich BowermanOctober 7, 2019

Thanks for this side-by-side comparison! I too have given many recommend interviews over the years, and so am very familiar with the "old" questions. I was very surprised when one of my adult children said "I didn't notice many changes"! I'm sending him the link to this article!

Charles DefranchiOctober 7, 2019

Dear Wally, You always come up with what it takes to convert me to whatever you teach, even if the natural man in me resists those teachings. People like you give me a strong desire to repent, mend my ways and follow the disciple's path. Our Church and world need more people like you! Kind regards, Charles

Barry HansenOctober 7, 2019

Thanks for putting this together, Scot. A side by side comparison of the old and new questions was exactly what I was hoping for after hearing the talk.

William DurhamOctober 7, 2019

The. Temple Recommend. Is the most important, little piece of paper, that you will ever own in your life. So therefore, the questions, that you are asked, are vital, to you, to enter . The House Of The Lord, The Interview Questions. Have to be answered in an acurently and honestly, and sincere, as the Temple Recommend is only for two years, then you must remain worthy, to hold it and thus be in a position to , answer these questions , on a two year roll, so that you can enter The Temple, not just to receive your own Endowment, or sealed to your Spouse, for time and all eternity, you also have a great responsibility , for your kindred dead. So being a worthy Temple Recommend Holder, is a must, for our eternal progression.

PatOctober 7, 2019

Thank ou

Alece ReynoldsOctober 7, 2019

The donation page worked for my on October 7th.

JulieOctober 6, 2019

A witty and fabulous reminder of how Satan can turn good into bad. And what a wonderful parody of CS Lewis. I think he would enjoy reading this as much as I did.

BruceOctober 6, 2019

Smashing and destroying whatever electronic devise your husband does his e-mails on just might get his attention. Then send the old flame's e-mail address to everyone for them to write and shame her. Wow, I'm a guy and am writing this. I would expect nothing less if I acted like this husband.

Sasha KwapinskiOctober 5, 2019

Her husband is asking that she "put it behind" her, when he obviously hasn't put it behind himself? That alone says a lot.

Jacob HessOctober 5, 2019

Thank you for the thoughtful feedback and insightful responses, including some meaningful push-back. A few responses: May – chills! Thank you for the powerful words. They bring up sweet emotion and a confirmation of the Spirit. Vickie – I admire and respect your response to your son and find it inspiring. Thank you for sharing. You are acting as Elder Christofferson’s family did in response to Tom – with love, while still holding firm to the Church. I believe that response is not only inspired – but a reflection of how Father would and does act. Merilee – I certain have not intended to “characterize the LGBT community as a whole in a negative light” and certainly not to “disparage members who would like to find support for their LGBT status while remaining faithful to their covenants.” I agree it’s not what we want to “polarize readers into two camps- for or against LGBT individuals.” What about my article led you to this feeling? I fully agree that we need more of this: “differentiating between being LGBT and having attractions which are different than most people experience and LGBT who are opposed to the commandments of God and church teachings and leaders.” And this: “articles on how we can negotiate the blessed opportunity of opening our minds and hearts to our LGBT brothers and sisters while staying true to the faith and also helping them be true to themselves and their faith.” Dr. Shea – YES to stepping away from the cacophony and grinding battle. I suppose you agree we can do that, while still engaging forthrightly, lovingly, clearly, and peacefully in the conversations of the day? CSBevans – it was precisely the disagreement, dissent or conflict that I’m calling here “confusion.” Bravo to Maria’s insightful comment, “I believe he has flipped the first and second commandments.” I’ve been working on a piece on precisely that. Email me if you’d like to co-author ([email protected]). And I resonated with this too, Lisa C: “how easy it is for religious people to unconsciously cede ground in these debates by adopting the framework and language of people who oppose us.” I promise to work on what you’ve challenged me to do (more examples, simpler guidance). I feel urged to try and do just that right now – thanks for the encouragement. You articulated beautifully one thing I hope and pray for as well, Justin: “in time…people are left with the misery that strident and continued disobedience has brought, they might look to those whose lives are still bright, light and delightsome, and be willing to seek for understanding and the blessings that they see.” I was touched by your words, Melissa – and the courage it really does take to just stay with the prophets these days. And I was reminded in a good way, SB (and Vickie), by your encouragement to find simpler, plainer ways to speak – so that a teenager might really grasp this. I’ve been thinking so much about your caution, that I want to give it a try…right here in a paragraph: The Proclamation to the World on the Family was not super confusing or controversial when first shared. But it is now! Why? Is it just because we now have a new expanded understanding of civil rights as a society – one that “opens our eyes” to see the proclamation as a flawed, narrow document? OR (or!) is there another possibility? I think there is. And I’m suggesting here that pretty much *anyone* who comes to adopt the reigning, popular beliefs of our day about identity, sexuality, choice, change, the body and God WILL inevitably (predictably) come to see the Proclamation as deficient and even damaging. In other words, these beliefs “filter” what they see about the proclamation – even to a point of blinding them to its truth, power and goodness. The great question is this: are these popular beliefs being widely promoted about identity true – or is what the prophets are teaching about identity true? Depending on what you decide about that, your view and vision of the proclamation will be completely different. Make sense? SB - how did I do?

JanetOctober 5, 2019

Personally, I would go to the woman's home and confront her in person. Let her know she is destroying your family. He is married and you hope she would respect what that means. If she is married, visit her husband. I would contact your bishop and ask him to contact your husband. Get your own counselor. Bishops lack the training you need. If you have access to your husband's email account, figure out how to have her emails go to spam, then delete them before he sees them. Put your needs first. Consult a divorce attorney now to see what you legally can do to protect your assets.

EveOctober 5, 2019

She might start by emailing the girlfriend and clearly telling her that her actions are destroying a marriage. If this woman is married, she should contact the other woman's husband and let him know what is happening. Also, the other woman's siblings and children. This situation needs to be taken out of the fantasy world and placed squarely in the light where all can see the real consequences of the road they are traveling. I echo the advice to limit advice from church leaders. I too found their words more destructive than helpful and some of it completely false. It is not true that the Church will not allow these people to later be sealed in the temple if you divorce. What is true us that they will ignore your protests as the wronged spouse, not even taking the time to respond to your letter. . So if your bishop tells you this, do not believe him. He is ill informed. And believing him just gives you one more thing to forgive because you made decisions based on his assurances. And take steps now to protect yourself financially. Consult an divorce attorney to see what you can do and not do.

Scott BrownOctober 5, 2019

William Durham - thanks for your comment. I agree that we can learn a lot by paying attention to the scriptures referenced in General Conference.

Faithful WitnessOctober 5, 2019

Terry, how did Joseph Fielding Smith make that change in 1976 when he died in 1972?

Travis TolmanOctober 4, 2019

Since President Joseph Fielding Smith died in 1972, it's unlikely he made any policy changes in 1976. He only served as president of the Church for about 2 1/2 years. I wasn't old enough to hold a temple recommend then, but clearly remember many of his talks.

GTOOctober 4, 2019

There may be another aspect here. Note that this is a 55 year marriage. I married when I was almost 22 and have been married 51 years. I'm now 73 years old and my husband is 78. We are old-timers. Our short-term memory is getting faulty and we're finding it fun to get into our long-term memories. We wonder about the people we knew in school. We get fuzzy-good feelings about those people. When this husband actually sees his old girlfriend in person (if it ever comes to that), he will discover she's an old lady! So nostalgia and fantasy plays a big part in this sort of thing.

acwOctober 4, 2019

Thank you, great explanation of fascinating cosmic timing! Also think it's interesting that the Mount of Transfiguration happened six months before the crucifixion at Passover, so those events would also have been at fall and spring equinox moments.

Richard CoreyOctober 4, 2019

I am impressed with the beauty of the paintings and the profound understanding of the parables.

CLOctober 4, 2019

Thank you, Geoff, for advising this woman to seek a specific type of counseling, namely: betrayal trauma! General counselors usually have zero experience in this area and will offer basic advice on marital discord. This can open the door for the guilty spouse to gaslight or manipulate the conversation against the betrayed spouse, causing further harm. In my first marriage, emotional betrayal, emotional abuse was never ever mentioned by the counselor. The narrative was all about "co-dependency" which was not the problem and wasted thousands of our dollars before it ended in divorce anyway. It cost me my livelihood, as I was a homemaker and had to go get an education late in my working years. I am still financially in dire straits. I had to figure all this mess out on my own years later. I would advise this woman not to rely too heavy on her religious leaders either, as they will usually have very limited professional ability to deal with this topic as well. I have been more harmed than benefited myself by their comments. This woman's situation is definitely "Betrayal Trauma" and has a definite set of complexities. The Facebook group Betrayal Trauma Recovery,, and www.BloomForWomen are excellent sources for this specific topic.

WeazieOctober 4, 2019

I love the reaction of the therapist on this. Truth is truth. People who are in the wrong so quickly trick the victim into thinking it’s OUR fault or problem. But it’s them projecting their guilt on us so they don’t have to feel it. I think a lot of people don’t want to have difficult conversations because they want to keep the peace. But what is that helping? Certainly not the victim. As hard as it is to have difficult conversations, in the long run, they are very helpful. I love how the therapist talked about having dignity. I think we are all so confused now in this world we live in today, where we see infidelity all the time on Tv and it seems normal. It’s NOT normal and healthy and RIGHT. Hoping this good sister can get her husband to see the terrible betrayal he has inflicted on her. He can’t have a wife AND a girlfriend. It doesn’t work that way.

William DurhamOctober 4, 2019

Stunning. I love Statistics, and this is amazing, how they have all been taking and used, and how important the impact of The Scriptures has on the First Presidency, of our Church, and the fact the Scriptures, have a major part in our life's as Church members. Reading, praying, pondering, and studying the Scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, will make us become better people, only if we learn from the Scriptures, and our Church leaders who are the perfect example, to teach us, how to lead a Christ centred life. Stunning article.

Teresa SanofskyOctober 4, 2019

Your article makes me want to listen more carefully for  the "Therefore what?" in scriptures referred to at conference, particularly the ones referenced  by multiple speakers. Thank you for presenting these conference statistics in such an interesting and insightful context.

Ingelise PangOctober 4, 2019

I would love to see an analysis of how often and by whom we have been warned against the dangers of socialism, since a lot of our younger members seem to think the church is neutral on that topic. Most adults think it was only Ezra Taft Benson who spoke out against socialism, but that is not true. I’d love to see a published article about that!

Becky DouglasOctober 3, 2019

God bless you, DMT! Your words humble and inspire all of us! Becky Douglas

Earl ChantrillOctober 3, 2019

I need to go back and re-read the Screwtape Letters. This certainly rings true to my memories of CS Lewis's short book that I read first many years ago when I was in high school. Can you imagine the Screwtape Letters being required reading in a high school English class now?

MichaelOctober 3, 2019

The title of this article pretty much sums it up.

WitnessesOctober 3, 2019

I really think someone is splitting hairs here there are many types of witnesses. This was witnessing an event Not a sacred ordinance.

TerryOctober 3, 2019

This is inaccurate. Up until 1976, women were serving as witnesses in the temple. It was a policy change by Joseph Fielding Smith that changed that. It us the first time that we know of where children are used as witnesses.

Bot BowlesOctober 3, 2019

In the first two centuries, deaconnesses checked "recommends" for entrance into temple ceremonies. Perhaps this will be the next advance for sisters in the church.

HeatherOctober 3, 2019

Wonderful article, and thank you for the book recommendations!

Judith GrantOctober 2, 2019


JoyOctober 2, 2019

This was excellent. You should run it every year. ☺️

Albert SchindlerOctober 2, 2019

Well done ... creative and timely! I agree, your article should be appended to the original Screwtape Letters.

DL AndersonOctober 2, 2019

Oh!!! Most excellent!!! (& warning for me!!) A spoonful of sugar... etc.

Robert GreerOctober 2, 2019

C.S. Lewis has an heir apparent. Do you think we could get John Cleese to append this to his audio book of the Screwtape Letters?

Wanda BrownOctober 2, 2019

Sounds just like Uncle Screwtape! Well done.

Pam BlairOctober 2, 2019

INCREDIBLE! I am saving this one, for sure. I have read The Screwtape Letters - this is perfect. THANKS!

Roberta PetersonOctober 2, 2019

Delightful! & meaningful as well. Thank you.

Rhoda AndersonOctober 2, 2019

This is brilliant!! Thank you for sharing!

Cindi PeckhamOctober 2, 2019

As a big fan of the Screwtape Letters, I really enjoy this adaptation. zeroes in like a laser on some of our common tendencies. I'll be on the look- out! Thank you!

Judith H.RoseOctober 2, 2019

This inventive article pretty well follows all the devices that the enemy uses to neutralize the spiritual effects of General Conference. Congratulations on a well-written, creative piece.

LA jensenOctober 2, 2019

Sounds like I felt about a horse my kids had. He could smell an open gate and we spent half our lives looking for him. We’ve never had a horse since.

Susan CurtisOctober 2, 2019

Genius! I love it! Faithful to the original and original to the Saints!

Carolyn WilckenOctober 2, 2019

I loved this. A brilliant and entertaining way of portraying what I and many others of us have experienced. I well remember times in the past where I was excited for General Conference because It meant a “break” from going to church. I’m glad I’m past that. Now I love General Conference for the spiritual feast it provides. Can’t wait to overload my plate and stuff myself.

HenryOctober 2, 2019

Those remarks by screwtape are certainly true. Satan knows our weaknesses and will absolutely use them to throw us off track. We must start our day by getting the rest the night before, say our family prayers, read our scriptures like we are taught to do. If we don't, the door has been opened for Satan to attack what our leaders are trying to teach us in our conference meetings. Pray for the Spirit to be with us.

RussOctober 2, 2019

To "Vickie" - regret to hear of your husband's rage issues. It may help to remember that persistent intense anger is usually a symptom of deeper discontent - with self, life, circumstances, etc. Help him get help. Prayerfully seek out a counselor. That much anger is so destructive - to him and others. Sincere best wishes to you both.

Martha ClantonOctober 2, 2019

What a wonderful tribute to CS Lewis and his ability to present spiritual truths in unusual, yet remarkable ways. Thank you so much! I will be sharing this with my family.

Vivian RogersOctober 2, 2019

Thank you for this explicit reminder of what I am doing in this process, responsibility, and privilege.

vickieOctober 1, 2019

I am able to some degree control my outward problem is my inward anger. I keep it in and don't say husband on the other hand...lets it all out....road rage and rage about everything..he stays angry.....its making me so uncomfortable.....I try to rationalize things to him and he comes bk at me and tells me not to take their side....I wasn't taking anyones side...I was trying to help him see why he shouldn't get angry ….nothing works....

Lloyd ReidOctober 1, 2019

The # 12 represents Priesthood authority ( Apostles-Twelve Tribes Etc. ). But I believe you missed the important fact that The Ox represents the “House of Ephraim” and they face out towards the 4 corners of the earth. The tribe of Ephraim has the primary responsibility of “going out “ to gather the tribes into the “Brazen Sea “. Where they are gathered from both sides of the veil and brought to the Temple where the door ( Baptism) is made available to all. At least that’s the msg I get from the symbolism in the Temple Baptistery .

Dr Lynn D JohnsonOctober 1, 2019

Well said, Wally. I find it odd that we don't think of anger as an emotional disorder, yet what else is behind the horrible shootings? It isn't mental illness as typically defined, it is anger carefully hoarded and stored up for a day or retribution. Like suicide, anger is a permanent solution for a temporary problem. Our anger and tantrums may damage relationships forever, at least in time if not eternity.

LynnOctober 1, 2019

I too will donate and I strongly agree with only putting the request for donations at the front and end of the article, it is very distracting and feels like all you care about is money money money, it takes away from the people you are teaching us about and touching our hearts in a way that we certainly want to help.

Haze KompelienOctober 1, 2019

As an adult convert, I've never done baptisms for the dead. Many new ideas and understandings were presented clearly for me. Thank you for this article! (I'd love to have a day in the temple with the author for further insights and instructions)

DMTOctober 1, 2019

If you listen to Meridien Magazine Come Follow Me podcasts, you will learn why they have picked this charity, who started it, why, and the heartrending stories surrounding the leper families. Although we have no extra money, it moved me to act. These people on the other side of the world are shamefully treated by their own country. I signed up for $5/mo. donation...

BrettOctober 1, 2019

I love Becky’s articles. It is a good reminder to me that God is there in the details of our lives and that impossible things can happen.

AliciaOctober 1, 2019

What a touching story, and i'm glad to see that Fran is doing well and now is returning the favor!

kellieOctober 1, 2019

Needed this today, so thank you.

karell BinghamOctober 1, 2019

I think that you can also pray and ask the Lord to remove the anger from your heart. At least it has helped me before!

JustinOctober 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing this information in a cogent and compassionate manner. Too many accept this alternative lifestyle because of social pressures and seeking acceptance, and it's worth having (and maintaining) an option to help people sort out their inner conflict and values, much like any other counseling.

L. WestoverOctober 1, 2019

This is the best clarification of the symbolism involved with baptism for the dead that I have ever read! It will be the springboard for some family discussions. Thanks for sharing!

JustinOctober 1, 2019

Thank you for sharing not only the explanations and scriptural references that you have, but the technique to enlighten and inspire.

Anna FeatherstoneOctober 1, 2019

Thank you.....

EdOctober 1, 2019

I enjoyed the article. I understood that the oxen is a symbolic representation of the tribe of Ephraim.

Vicky YeatesSeptember 30, 2019

I know that John Dehlin and followers insist that they "know" that the LGBT suicides are because of the teachings of the Church. I have listened to countless podcasts about this. I wish they could read articles like this that prove that to be wrong. And many other religions are very negative, to put it mildly, about the LGBT community.

vickieSeptember 30, 2019

I think this is wonderful....I think it will bring people out who are not use to being charitable and it will teach them how or develop how to listen to the Spirit...wonderful...

mucumsSeptember 30, 2019

Great article

john s hochhalterSeptember 30, 2019

I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Idaho, and am submitting the text of a letter written to members of the Idaho Legislature, concerning the same proposals: I am writing to address the ongoing debate and consideration of House Bill 52, concerning Conversion Therapy. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the State of Idaho, and have been in private practice for 10 years. Over the past year or so I have heard of the controversy surrounding Conversion Therapy (CT), and the ongoing efforts to pass a law in the State of Idaho to prohibit the practice of this form of therapy, or what some refer to as Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE). I personally have provided counseling services to several clients who would identify as LGBTQ. I have enjoyed working with these clients on the myriad of life’s stressors and issues that they face. I have found these clients to be wonderful, loving, caring human beings, and have enjoyed my association with them. There indeed seems to be an ongoing debate as to the effectiveness of CT/SOCE. Some argue that the therapy has little to no affect on actually changing a person’s sexual orientation, while others argue it does help. There are also some who suggest that engaging in this therapy can be harmful to the client in several ways. What concerns me is, can those who espouse that CT/SOCE causes, amongst other issues, increased suicidality, actually scientifically prove that because of this therapy their suicidal ideation has increased? Or is it that the individual may have an increased suicidality because of other factors and life issues? The human psyche and emotions are indeed difficult to understand completely and accurately. Such a “measurement” that claims that indeed this is the case should be viewed with some level of skepticism. Also, if you all are so concerned about the ‘ill-affects’ conversion therapy can have on people, WHY are you “protecting” only minors? Isn’t this something you should be concerned about for the ENTIRE population? (of course, I am not supporting that idea either). When I first heard of CT/SOCE I was not familiar with this therapy and have endeavored to learn more and become educated on the topic. One of the first thoughts I had is the one that has been most concerning to me, and indeed is very perplexing: How can any counselor, body of counselors, or national association of counselors, endeavor to espouse a cause (efforts to ban CT/SOCE) that would tell a client, or group of clients, that they cannot receive the counseling help they seek with their issue (no matter WHAT the issue!). To me it is unconscionable that any professional counselor would say that this was ethical. As trained and licensed professional counselors we are taught that one of the guiding principles of counseling is nonmaleficence, to “do no harm”. If a client truly desires to change their behaviors and lifestyle (and let me emphasize – it is ALL about the client in counseling – we as counselors are NEVER to tell the client what to think or feel, or to persuade them against their will) -- if this client discovers that mental health providers in the state are prohibited, by law, from helping them with what they desire to do with their lives, then this client realizes they are without hope, or help, in working through and accomplishing what it is that THEY want to change in their lives. THAT to me is a recipe for disaster – one that would definitely increase suicidality amongst that population. To use a phrase from the 70’s – it “blows my mind” that any counseling professional would support such a proscription in the counseling arena. To me, it would be a very egregious and glaring violation of the counseling ethical code to prohibit and deny ANY person from receiving ANY form of counseling therapy. This would be a violation of the public trust placed in the helping professions in our state. To attempt to proscribe certain forms of therapy and counseling theories and practices is indeed stepping onto a slippery slope, and setting a dangerous precedent of governmental interference and dictum that would be misguided and ultimately harmful to the residents of the State of Idaho. Regards, John Hochhalter, LCPC, NCC

DaveSeptember 30, 2019

And @Julie, so far this wife hasn't shared anything really inappropriate that this husband has done. He laughs when she talks . . . So? Isn't that only being polite? He stares at her and seems to hang on her every word. Well, having been a listener for many years, those statements are someone else's perception. Would everyone else in the room agree with that interpretation? Maybe this is a case of a husband inappropriately smitten by an attractive young female. Or maybe this is a case of an overly sensitive wife who feels a little insecure with a young attractive female in the house. For me, I wouldn't jump to conclusions too quickly here. I like Geoff's answer. Does the girl have the same impression as the wife? If she doesn't feel that anything is inappropriate in the way the husband is acting, then maybe we should focus on Geoff's last two questions - is this a question of jealousy and insecurity on the part of the wife? She could be magnifying what she sees. But if the girl is uncomfortable, then this is a real problem.

Stephanie AndersonSeptember 30, 2019

This article is amazing! I agree 100% thank you for putting my thought into words. LOVE THIS and I love my teenage son. Perfect no but he has so much good going on hard not to push too much because I see how much more he could be.

RichardSeptember 30, 2019

Outstanding article I only wish that when my children were at home and I would have understood some of these things that you have pointed out. I tried my best.

Gordon J HensleySeptember 30, 2019

Taken to the logical conclusion, our critics would have us change our doctrine to give same-sex couples all the blessings of the Celestial Kingdom. I'm just wondering how two male or two female exalted beings would be able to populate worlds without altering the laws of physics.

DC YoungSeptember 30, 2019

This article provides sound, rational understanding to the issue of the "transgender" craze and movements to limit proper and needed help to those caught up in gender identity. The concepts noted here need wide circulation.

MegSeptember 30, 2019

That was the best. Thanks. Here is my favorite quote from it: Teenagers who are armed with solid values and loved as individuals will thrive even in the harshest climates

C. LewisSeptember 30, 2019

Try asking your teen "How am I doing as a mom?'

JuliannSeptember 30, 2019

Incredible list of doable suggestions. I will forward this article to my grown children who are struggling with their parenting and I will save it and re-read it and practice as I interact with my grandsons. I learned many of these principles the hard way and endorse each and every one. We can bless this young, growing generation armed with love, patience and recognizing the great challenges they deal with. Thank you for articulating this blue print for interacting with teenagers. Beautiful. Powerful.

DebraSeptember 30, 2019

I’m on my second Instant Pot. My first one from Costco sat in the box unopened in my office for about two months and I finally took it back. About a month ago Hubble and I were in Costco again and he put it in the cart and said he was getting me one. Our son and daughter-in-law rave about theirs. So in about two weeks I tried it. First attempt was ribs. My husband said they were the best baby back ribs ever, fall off the bone yummy. 25 minutes in IP than 10 minutes in the oven to caramelize the sauce. EASY! Brown rice cooks perfect and quick. My goal is 1-3 meals a week. We are older and go out to eat a lot. I think this will cut that number down. Now I’m telling my son what I make and he has to try it. You can teach an old dog new tricks. I’m passing on all my crock pots too!

Charles DefranchiSeptember 30, 2019

This is wonderful advice. Thanks! I still remember when I was 12, a colleague of my father was visiting and asking how I was behaving, and my father to reply, "well, he is the oldest one, so the worst."! I felt deeply betrayed and to this day - yes, 54 years later - feel that I did not deserve the "compliment." My father was just trying to act cool, but at my expense. My father was a very good man, great Church, and wonderful gospel Teaacher, But see how something so small and such a long time ago hit me so that I can still remember it, even 23 years after he passed away...

GWSeptember 30, 2019

Best parenting article I've ever read - thank you!!!

DaveSeptember 29, 2019

"Note that nearly one third of all scripture references are from the New Testament." Sure, but if current trends continue that will not continue to be the case.

JulesSeptember 28, 2019

@Julie, why should the girl be punished for the actions of someone else especially if she is not doing anything to encourage the behavior. (if she is, thats a whole other thing). I've been in a similar situation where having done nothing except exist and be female, I was humiliated and embarrassed because of someone else's fear of not being able to control themselves. Her issue should be with her husband and not with the girl.

Ken RichmondSeptember 28, 2019

Thank you and good work! As a therapist, I am frustrated to see so many who struggle with gender issues and have significant trauma, yet the profession chooses to put blinders on-for what reason I am not sure.

Kathleen ChinSeptember 28, 2019

I just read, “An Epistle from an Apostle,” an address given by M. Russell Ballard to the Utah Salt Lake Area on September 11, 2016. President Ballard gives helpful and specific counsel about the eternal importance of some questions, and how we can encourage and validate such questions. Additionally, he gives clear counsel to parents and church leaders to not dismiss, minimize, gloss over, shame, etc. those who ask questions. He stresses, we need not be scholars or historians to help others answer their questions; we can study and search out answers together. One crucial point he makes it that there is still a place for faith when we have questions. “Of course we may not always find satisfying answers to our questions. At such times it’s good to remember, there is still a place in religion for faith. Sometimes we can learn and study and know; sometimes we have to believe, and trust and hope.” In my 40+ years as a convert, I’ve learned that it is a sign of spiritual maturity to live with some ambiguity—I don’t always receive answers and explanations, or understanding when I first ask or ponder a question. Yet, I don’t need to allow insufficiently answered nor incompletely understood questions to become the “be all and end all” of my church membership. When I’ve been patient and allowed the Holy Ghost to guide me...eventually I’ve found answers and/or actual peace regarding my questions and doubts. My late husband (also a convert) used to love to quote this Zen phrase, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” We need not fear our doubts or questions, because our Father in Heaven—in His perfect love for each of us—will lead and guide us to the answers. Don’t give up on Him; He never gives up on us! K. Chin-Modesto, CA

vickieSeptember 27, 2019

what a sweet little boy. he grew through his life challenge. it would be wonderful if people saw things through God's eyes...

InstagrammaSeptember 27, 2019

I can’t comment on the original article from Idaho but I would like to respond to the first comment there about parents having their gay children bullied at church. I’m appalled that any rude comments towards gays in a church setting ( or anywhere for that matter) would come from church members (and I know they sometimes do). This is NOT what we hear from the Prophet or the general Church leaders. On the contrary they plead with us almost daily to love one another. When people take offense at what is said by members (and often leave the church because of it) they will hopefully think about what the Prophet and Apostles teach and realize that the Savior is weeping when we don’t treat others kindly.

Chelsea KernSeptember 27, 2019

This was a very eye-opening article. I am glad that Fran received the help that he needed and that he is doing what he can to help others!

HalSeptember 27, 2019

Great article, thank you! I, too, showed some same-gender attraction behaviors as a young child. Thankfully, in that day and age, such things were "just not done." Through gentle guidance from my family and friends, I simply grew out of my attraction by the time I was about 15 years old. Thank goodness no one ever told me to "embrace" my gender confusion in my tender years. Had I done so, I would have missed out on the joy of marrying and having a family.

RochelleSeptember 27, 2019

What a light Fran seems to be, and yet what a difficult circumstance to have to be away from his family in such conditions for such a long period of time. I am glad that he will be able to get such a good education now, and hope that brings some comfort to his family.

Chelsea KernSeptember 27, 2019

When I hear about starving children, my heart aches. I love reading the personal stories about the children and how they are being nourished through the nutrition program. Thank you, Rising Star!

Mike CollinsSeptember 27, 2019

The claim that the Book of Mormon is a fraud simply because it uses phrases and terms not used until the new Testament is as ridiculous as can ever be. Think about it... God speaks to prophets and he often tells them the same things. God is the same Yesterday, today and tomorrow. So why couldn't these statements all have originated from Him? And if they did then he can pass them on to any prophet at any time and they are still valid. God is the Origin of the Old Testament, the New Testament , The Book of Mormon and the D&C. So if things seem to repeat then God is just trying to get us to pay attention to these statements.

HalSeptember 27, 2019

This is good news! I'm delighted that it was a representative of the United States that stood up for the rights of the unborn on an international stage.

JulieSeptember 27, 2019

You need to have this young lady removed from your home as soon as possible before they have an affair. Be kind and remove the temptation for both of them, before they do something foolish.

Maureen CookSeptember 27, 2019

when a person comes in who is suicidal, it is our responsibility to help them to see that their life is of worth and they should not commit suicide, how does that differ from someone who comes in and is convinced that they are not the gender they were born as. We owe it to them to speak candidly and truthfully to help them understand their feelings and investigate where their thoughts are coming from.

Ed GayhartSeptember 27, 2019

Wickedness never was happiness. We - even as a Church - seem to condone LGBT albeit in a lawyerly fashion. The more it is condoned the more it becomes engrained in society and shown to your children as an accepted alternative lifestyle. My heart goes out to those with this cross to bear and I hate no one, but condonation of the lifestyle does not help those who suffer from it and will not make them happy. How different is this issue than the loss of contact with loved ones because we joined the Church? The Savior said he did not come to unite, but divide. This is probably Satan's finest effort and I see him on the sidelines smiling at the work he has done in equating resistance to sexual aberration the same way we looked at resistance to governmentally suthorized hatred.

Dorothy KeithSeptember 26, 2019

As a young girl, I much preferred boyish activities; toy pistols, climbing trees {I was Tarzan, not Jane}, etc. Dolls were for target practice with my bows and arrows.My playhouse became a fort. Boys just had more fun. Eventually, about age 11, I outgrew most of my "tomboy" personna, acquired a boyfriend and though I still enjoyed rough and active sports (now, at age 86, having been married nearly 67 years, I can still play a mean game of ping-pong!) I am grateful not to be growing up in today's world. Heaven help the poor "tomboys" and the more sensitive and artistic boys whose lives could be hijacked before they have time to become what they truly are.

MarybethSeptember 26, 2019

I love reading all the stories from the students and staff themselves! What an incredible difference RSO has made in giving these people a real chance at empowering themselves.

NPPSeptember 26, 2019

Your story is honest and so important for people to know. Thank you for speaking out. I hope they listen. Sometimes I wonder if this whole issue is about a movement, and not really about the children. Children are all unique. We can't put them in boxes. They need to know they have options so that they don't feel trapped and hopeless. This therapy gives them a vital option if they choose to want it. Thank you for advocating for children everywhere to be given the chance to choose.

CubbySeptember 26, 2019

Beautiful story written by a beautiful, articulate woman. Thank you for sharing such a pertinent story with a surprise ending. I am sorry that the horrible event had to happen to you, but you have transformed it into a work of art for convincing society to allow children to grow up and settle into their bodies comfortable, and to accept themselves just as who they are. Especially interesting to me is that yours is not a single event but others have shared similar happenings with you. You must be doing a lot of good with your courage to share. Thanks for sharing and increasing our knowledge

SuzieSeptember 26, 2019

Thank you for the post. I know what you have shared is true. For several years, my husband and I took in foster kids who had been sexually abused. Often they were confused about their sexual identity. In our state, they were not provided with therapy to address their issues, and each girl ended up coping differently. One became suicidal and had to be put in an institution. Another became very immoral and self-destructive. Another tried to look very tough and manly, displaying menacing tattoos and eventually choosing a woman to “marry.” Many ended up pregnant and not married. We feel that appropriate counseling would have spared them lives of self-hatred, anger, addictions, criminal activity, and even premature death. In a society where immorality is growing at a rapid pace, therapy, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be the most important things that can be offered to help children ever find peace in this life.

R. A.September 26, 2019

I enjoyed reading the article about the people in India. This is a wonderful cause. Thank you for posting this article.

AliciaSeptember 26, 2019

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the comments from the staff and students and how they're already being blessed.

mucumsSeptember 26, 2019

Appreciate your honesty and willingness to share your story.

mucumsSeptember 26, 2019

Wonderful article

Rosalind DraperSeptember 26, 2019

What is the size of the calendar?

LJSeptember 26, 2019

Timely! Touching! There is a great dialog on this over on Quilette. It is called "No one is born in the wrong body."

Bob PowelsonSeptember 26, 2019

I would like to read the comments before I post. On the other hand this is a magnificent story of kindness and love.

Bob PowelsonSeptember 26, 2019

The therapy must be allowed to continue. It not desirable that the LGBT advocates should rule our ability to treat our children and family.

ElizaSeptember 26, 2019

It is wonderful to see how so many people's lives are being changed for the better.

Judith La MontagneSeptember 26, 2019

For the author: What a marvelous and objective piece this is. It should be published in both Salt Lake City newspapers. The editorial page would be the best, but it probably wouldn't fly there. It shoud at least be in a letter to the editor. There are a number of grammatical corrections needed. I would be happy to help if you would like to be published.

Scot ProctorSeptember 26, 2019

100% of raised funds are going directly to the building project.

Scot ProctorSeptember 26, 2019

All of the parts of the story are available under Daris Howard's author page here:

Raeann PeckSeptember 26, 2019

And what if that person's bishop is a therapist? Would counseling as a bishop overlap and cause him professional risk?

susan nelsonSeptember 26, 2019

religious freedom is most important! I don't understand why anyone would want to ban something that could be and is so helpful!

a Latter-day SaintSeptember 26, 2019

Thank you so much for the time and effort, plus the sacrifice of making your story public. You will help countless (including me) with the experience you've gained at such cost. I am very grateful for you sharing your experience and the knowledge you've gained.

Nan HancockSeptember 26, 2019

Thank you for standing up for therapy and being willing to share your story. Banning this type of therapy would be a tragedy.

Robert StarlingSeptember 26, 2019

Thank you, Erin, for bringing a valuable perspective to this vital discussion. Your incredible courage to reveal the tragic reasons behind your gender identity challenges will be an inspiration to others, and hopefully prevent legal mis-steps that would deny helpful therapy to other victims.

Robert StarlingSeptember 26, 2019

This is a vital issue and needs a "call to arms" NOW to protect our religious freedoms and the freedom to give safe, helpful therapy to those experiencing gender confusion. These issues were explored in depth at the "Stand4Truth Summit" conference held in Salt Lake City in 2015. There are a number of pertinent videos from that conference on Youtube, including this one talking specifically about the legal threats to the ability to practice positive therapy:

SusanSeptember 26, 2019

Wow! Powerful story and information. Thank you. I feel much better informed.

MICHAEL EDWARDSSeptember 26, 2019

God created two sexes, did He not ?

Judy HulseSeptember 26, 2019

What a wonderful story. To hear the personal account of 'helping a child that was not his.' But what touched my heart, was his 'forgiveness of the first signs of anger.' The Spirit was so strong to guide him along the correct path. We all need this.... there are various events in our life we need to look to the Lord.

John Charles PearceSeptember 26, 2019

I live in the Tri-cities area of WA which doesn't have access to the Fathom network so we will not be able to receive the broadcast on November 4th. Just over two months ago I started a movie club called LatterDay Movie Club which now has over 850 members. I would love our club to be able to host a screening. Recently we held a private screening of "The Fighting Preacher" with 233 in attendance. Is there some way that we can bring the movie to our area after November 4th. Perhaps in a DCP.

Jeanne HuntSeptember 26, 2019

Thank you!

AnonymousSeptember 26, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience. I wish other states would take this into consideration, instead of mental health professionals trying to force/forcing parents to “compromise” with their children aka push forward transitioning. They would never tell a parent to compromise with their anorexic child by letting them starve some of the time.

JustinSeptember 26, 2019

Fantastic article! Coincidentally, our bishop mentioned many allegorical comparisons within the movie Pinocchio in our ward conference last Sunday, focusing on character Jiminy Cricket being similar as the gift of the Holy Ghost in leading us, and concluded that our Heavenly Father loves us. And he aimed this talk at the kids... perhaps inspired to give that talk at the last minute. Sadly, we lost a young member of our ward to suicide 2 days later. He likely dealt with comparisons, and definitely with depression while navigating the teenage environment of school and friendships. Some keen observations there about self-pity (through comparisons) being a hindrance to having gratitude!

Cherie DaySeptember 26, 2019

This should be printed in the op-ed section of every newspaper in the country. Thank you Erin for sharing such valuable information and a different perspective than what is making all the headlines these days. Your story was helpful in helping me better understand this issue.

LisaSeptember 26, 2019

Very interesting article. It made some really good points. Thank you for sharing. My husband is a therapist so I gave it to him to read.

Linda SmithSeptember 26, 2019

This amounts to being REQUIRED to BULLY these minor children into submission.

Carol RadmallSeptember 26, 2019

I have the first & fourth part of the story ~ but I don't have the 2nd or 3rd! And for some reason I am not able to get them! Could you send me the second & third part! Please and thank you.

Carol RadmallSeptember 26, 2019

Love this story ~ I read the first part to my ministering family ~ I will read the rest of the story to them ~ what a sweet story on forgiveness ~ I only wish that you told more of after they got into France & didn't skip how they survived!

JasonSeptember 26, 2019

What percentage of each dollar donated goes to the school vs administration?

Anne PrattSeptember 25, 2019

Fabulous! Thanks for your insightful and articulate article!

VioletSeptember 25, 2019

Finally, someone has had the courage and clarity of mind to put into words how anger can be viewed in a healthy way. I have long believed that God intended for us to channel and integrate difficult emotions as part of our God given nature; as the Way to become more Christlike. Thank you so much. This is an excellent and practical article I want to keep for future reference. We need more articles like this one on understanding difficult emotions from a healthy [and holy] perspective.

Nicholeen PeckSeptember 25, 2019

Vickie, That is a beautiful story. There is a beautiful spirit that is present when a family in uniting to better live the gospel, even if things aren't perfect. That is a treasured memory for your whole family to always remember. Thank you for sharing it here.

BobSeptember 25, 2019

SB, I love you man. When I read the King James with my kids, and I explain something, and they say, "why didn't he just say that," I tell them instead of continuing to dumb down our beautiful language, let's bring our minds up. Having said that, I didn't have a problem with the wording, but the point was sometimes elusive, until I was able to contemplate the article as a whole.

Michael Shea, MDSeptember 25, 2019

I’m not sure how many people have become convinced that the LGBTQ cause is a righteous one. I suppose it depends on one’s notion of righteousness. For some of us, especially those raised in relatively insular societal enclaves, the reality that there is no agreement on this subject may come as a surprise. Two thousand years ago, didn’t that paragon of social justice, Pontius Pilate, show how clearly he recognized the issue when he asked of Jesus the question, “What is truth?”. In fact, the problem is now as it was then, but the cacophony of conflicting LOUD voices and irreconcilable controversies has become so intolerable that many just don’t care anymore. What characterizes much of our “enlightened” culture is nothing more than battle fatigue. The cure? For me it’s simple: leave the battle. Yep, just walk out and close the door. Problem solved.

LindaSeptember 25, 2019

I am so grateful for the changes made this year to the temple ceremonies. I have hated the temple since the first time I attended over 40 years ago. I studied and attended but always left feeling the Lord saw me as a woman as less valuable than his sons. My Relief Society President, who was single, said she was always grateful to be single after attending the temple. Hardly the message we want people to get.

AubreySeptember 25, 2019

Thank you for posting this article. It has brightened my day!

Linda & PaulSeptember 25, 2019

I loved, loved, loved your "question-to-self"... 'What are you believing now that isn't true?' It is a very powerful query that counteracts self doubt and self sabotage!!! It is also such a joy to be inspired on Sunday mornings prior to attending church by your voices sharing and enlightening my mind with words of great wisdom via the CFM podcasts. Your loving efforts are appreciated far more than you will ever realize. Blessings to you both!!!!

Jackie WassmanSeptember 25, 2019

I love your article about finding and recognizing peace. I realy liked the quotes you put in there from the general authorities. I would have never had found them without your article. Thank you

VardellSeptember 25, 2019

Hopefully you will indulge a differing conclusion. When you say that synonyms for "in Christ" might be "in covenant," "in union" "in harmony", you neglect the most accurate ones which would be forgiven, redeemed, justified. Paul plainly and extensively teaches that when we are justified, (an event when we are forgiven and changed to a state of righteousness. See Mosiah 27:25, Romans ch 3-8), then we are indeed considered righteous. Justified means we are pardoned from our sins, and as you quoted Millet, Christ takes the sin and imputes righteousness to us. IT IS ONLY AFTER THIS EVENT that we become, "in Christ, or "in the spirit", opposite of our former condition which was "in the flesh", "of nature", of the "natural man". So if you take justification to it's logical conclusion, you understand what Paul taught when he explained that upon being pardoned and forgiven of ALL our sins, then in effect there is no more law that we are accountable to; we are "dead to the law", no longer under law but under grace. No longer walk in the oldness of law but in newness of the spirit, a new creature, dead to sin, but alive in Christ, and "in Christ." So, throughout his epistles Paul is trying to teach the significance and ramifications of being forgiven and changed by our faith in Christ.

karell BinghamSeptember 25, 2019

Surprisingly, I was thinking along this line earlier this week! So I concur!

JoanneSeptember 25, 2019

Love this, thank you!

Roberta and DonSeptember 24, 2019

Thank you Becky for such a wonderful article about what is and what will happen in Bihar!! We have personally witnessed what amazing "miracles" you have accomplished with RisingStar in Tamilnadu and now there is the same hope for the leprosy affected children and their parents in that area of Bihar. Thank you Becky and thank you to the Proctors.

RitaSeptember 24, 2019

Joel, it is helpful to hear from a Jewish convert. I don't think the author was speaking about all Jews, but about those who participated in the referenced survey, and who appeared to be mostly Orthodox and Reformed. They are obviously not a complete representation of worldwide Jewish thought or experience. As for their need for conversion to the Restored Gospel before Christ's return, I would respectfully disagree. I have found that people are where they are for a reason, and not everyone will embrace, or even learn of, the Lord's true church during mortality. And that's OK. Whether in this life or the next, all of His children will have an opportunity to hear and choose. As we witness to our brothers and sisters in love and compassion, the Lord will take care of their ultimate outcome. His beloved Jewish sons and daughters receive blessings for their faithfulness to the Law they know, even if the traditions temporarily prevent them from embracing the gospel in this life.

G. JohnsonSeptember 24, 2019

Brother Marks makes an important point, the same I came to, in that many of the Jewish faith and culture, seem to have lost their connection to the traditions that give it it's vitality and dynamism. Some would contend that it is those very traditions that have cost Judaism those very characteristics. I worked for over 40 years in the television business and counted as my friends and co-workers many who identified themselves as Jews, yet, were not "practicing" the religion. We, as LDS, suffer from the same fate, when we make life choices that separate us from the essence of our religion; ongoing and continuous revelation and direction from our prophet and his emissaries. Much as some Jews neglect those traditions that guide their faith. Further, I find it curious that as citizens, the Jews seem to support political philosophies, parties and candidates that run entirely contrary to their theology. I asked one of my Jewish friends about this and they theorized that it was due to what they termed, "Jewish guilt"; guilt coming from that which posited their traditional values against what they perceive as their "chosen" nature as a culture versus the injustices that characterize modern life. Further, they felt that, at one time, one specific political party addressed those concerns better than others. That proclivity finds it's persistence in a generational tradition passed from parents to children. That the political landscape as well as the values that characterize and define one political party from another are constantly changing in this day, modern Judaism has a difficult time overcoming these traditions. Support for Israel, is another factor that seems to run contrary to the American Jewish experience; it seems to have no correlation to what one would expect of Jews in supporting their homeland as they seem to support a political party that has shown hostility towards Israel.

T FSeptember 24, 2019

I love reading the words from the students, especially. To see their smiling faces next to the words-- a wonderful reminder of what this is all about.

Glendon SypherSeptember 24, 2019

Have you ever wondered what really is the purpose of life. Many years ago my parents lost their first child and wondered what became of that sweet son who only lived a day on this earth. They received this message from an elderly missionary couple who shared this message of the plan of salvation, and that made all the difference for their hope and happiness......and mine as well.

Joel Robin MarksSeptember 24, 2019

As a Jew and a Mormon I have a different unique perspective of your polyannish article. Yes it is true that religious Jews want thebest for their families and friends, but so do irreligious Jews. Many Jews are not attending SHUL or synagogue much and if they do its tradition or peer pressure. Modern Judaism is not homogeneous and does not fit as your article implies into a neat orderly dynamic. Jews need today to know that the Messiah has returned and though dedicated somewhat to traditions and long beliefs they are not in the scope of real