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Janna Stout MorrellSeptember 17, 2021

Such an Excellent and well-thought article! As I began reading, several things occurred to me. Firstly, I loved how this author states that really only being truly converted will enable us to prioritize our thinking and perhaps reorder our worldview using the lens of the Gospel. I think of the people mocking and pointing fingers from the “great and spacious building” of Lehi’s Dream. Many adopt a worldview because of the loud voices or shame which confuse or blur our lens. Our worldview is influenced by the culture of the community where we grow up. Our friends, school mates, teachers, and eventually our marriage partners and their family’s views can have so much influence on how we think. It underscores the importance of choosing wisely our closest associations. Most importantly, good parental examples and intentional Gospel teaching will make all the difference in In our children’s lives, helping them form their worldview according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.

kim mossSeptember 17, 2021

This a great thing, well done. I do have a question about the two web sites included in the article. Neither of them work. Or am I doing something wrong? Thanks, Kim Moss

Claudia Henderson SmithSeptember 17, 2021

Very good article. We're experiencing the LGBT+ problem in our family, and it is not easy. Can't wait to read Part 2.

CarolSeptember 17, 2021

This sounds so very interesting and such a great way to find out, without pressure, the truth about the LDS faith. It may bring up things you would not think of or feel comfortable in asking friends or missionaries.

Ayse KOCHSeptember 17, 2021

Thses articles have given me much to think about and peruse in myself... we all may take part in several world views just to get along in society. Thank you for presenting the various worldviews which conflict with our Gospel view. I believe that should be our priority in every aspect of what we think, do and act. IYet, i seems to me being cognizant that other views may be other people's priority can help to be more compassionate and understanding with them.

Ed JesseeSeptember 17, 2021

Great concept, article and approach for introducing basic Gospel Principles to others.

FelicitySeptember 17, 2021

I think that it's very unfair of the brother-in-law to expect his family to watch his children. This is his lot in life to take care of his children and yes, granted neither he nor the children asked for the wife and mom to pass away. This dear sister's husband is just as selfish as his brother expecting his wife to take care of the children. It has already built up resentment and her needs, like so many sisters, are not taken into account. I don't know if her question has been adequately answered considering that she suffers from mental fatigue which is what I would call it. Telling her to put her foot down and discuss this with her husband to find a solution means that all the responsibility and the stress falls on her which is unfair considering that she is the one who is left with the children. Personally, I would pack up my children and move to one of her family members for a little while so that her husband and his brother can sort things out. Why are men so selfish and demanding and yes, this is a broad statement as I know some are exceptionally kind and supportive.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 17, 2021

I LOVED your statement that we define marriage as between a man and a woman because that is what GOD IS. We want to be like our Heavenly parents. I am sure one of the reasons we shouted for joy in our pre-mortal life at the prospect of coming to earth is because we would have the opportunity to be married and have children, thereby following the pattern set by God himself. Everything that we are asked to do by our Savior is with the single purpose of helping us to become more like our Heavenly Father and to enjoy the kind of life he lives. Beautiful!

Maryann TaylorSeptember 17, 2021

This is the best article I have read on this subject. Making our sexuality the most important facet of who we ARE is divisive, and also detracts from the fact that we are, first and foremost, children of God. When we embrace the gospel of Christ, we covenant to give up anything and everything that is not in harmony with his divine plan. For single men and women, whether they are gay or straight, that means complete celibacy.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 17, 2021

I believe many leave the church because they are overwhelmed and stressed out by what they mistakenly believe is required of them. Instead of using the gospel for support, they carry it on their backs until they wear out. People who suffer from depression or have unrealistic expectations of themselves are especially vulnerable to this kind of burn-out. It is better to go without having a calling for a time than to leave the church. Satan loves to engage us in rigid "black & white" or "all or nothing" thinking. As members, we can help one another by avoiding this kind of teaching. We would all be a lot happier if we stopped comparing ourselves with others. We also need to let go of worrying about what others think of us and focus more on having a loving relationship with the Savior. He is patient. He is kind. He is happy with every small effort we make. When we do what we can reasonably do, he will make up the difference for us. We need to accept his gift.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 17, 2021

It is best to stay away from reading OR posting contentious social media posts altogether. Even if you don't add your own venom to the mix, the angry posts of others are going into your mind and planting ugly seeds there.

Maryann TaylorSeptember 17, 2021

The husband does not have the right to say "yes" to his brother regarding work that will actually be done by his wife. He seems to be more concerned about his brother than the health and well-being of his own wife. Since the brother has the means to provide childcare for his children, he is taking advantage of his brother and wife. This is especially troubling since some of his trips are for pleasure. It is not surprising that the brother had a falling out with other family members who previously cared for his children. Since the wife has already told her husband it is too much for her, she needs to be more assertive. The next time the husband says his wife will care for his brother's children, she might respond with, "Sorry, I am NOT taking care of the children. YOU will have to make other arrangements since YOU are the one who agreed." Sounds like this husband is guilt-driven, which has absolutely nothing to do with living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

KathleenSeptember 16, 2021

Both were BEAUTIFUL and spiritual


Well said of our value systems in this life. A the Church we are ask to be "worthy" of various activities. We are to partake of the sacrament worthily. We are to lives our so as to be worthy of the inspiration of the Holy Ghost and so forth. However we are not given the definition of constitutes being worthy. At what point to we become worthy and when do we become unworthy? Are we constantly moving from worthy to unworthy in the matter of minutes, days or some unknown amount of time. Is being worthy before God the same as being worthy in the Lord's Church and how is this defined?

Erik HansenSeptember 16, 2021

Well done study and address. It's great to see the doctrines of the Gospel further explained and defended in the real world --- Of course the application is what counts. I see that there are real people's problems, interpretations and actual events that are left out of the big educational explanations and intellectualism. Here are the things I hear in my world: "I am righteous. How can I show kindness or give to a person committing these serious sins. It's not right if I do." "In today's world the most money is given to rich and corrupt men. I want to see the poor receive." "Abortion is murder and no abortion is right regardless of circumstance." "I will always be stern with people to let them know that I disagree with their actions." "Am I a good Christian because of the politics in my life?" No one seems to think to, en masse, correct or encourage the many specific interpretations all around. It's too messy. To say "Follow the Spirit" isn't always helpful. It's easy to show doctrine in theory. It's hard to deal with real-life interpreting.

Leigh Ann SmithSeptember 16, 2021

I totally agree with Geoff's suggestion. We had custody of our three grandchildren for 4.5 years during our sons bittter divorce. His wife was an alcoholic/drug addict. she falsely accused our son of abuse and there was no evidence, and went to jail for a second dui, and lost their house due to prostitution after the judge awarded it to her. However, she left the state and her family helped her get a house and an attorney and she got the kids. We haven't spoken to the girls in almost 5 years. They wre 2,5 & 10 when we got them and almost 7, 11 and 15 when we lost them. The oldest, our grandson, was abused the worst because he openly wanted to leave and come back and he eventually ran away successfully and finally got an interview with the judge at 16 and never has to see her again. But those two girls have been raised by their sick, disfunctional mother and we have no right to even speak with them. It is better to show the tough love to the grown children when you have to and save the next generation. We don't regret for one minute anything we did in those 5 years we took care of those kids and never will, even though the court system failed them and us.

MarySeptember 16, 2021

A question I have often had is what about the women and men who have never had the opportunity to marry...they continue to date - always seeking for but never finding the person they wanted to marry? Or what about women and men who have lost their spouses to death or divorce. Surely they have a desire for the same serious relationship with someone again. Are they exempt from continuing to make moral decisions to remain celibate? I know many people who fall into these two categories who have chosen to live moral lives, choosing chasitity and waiting for the blessings that come and more that will come when staying close to the Savior. They live happy and productive and joyous lives. They don't feel denied any opportunity to move forward in the gospel plan. When a choice is made to justify the same gender path, it thwarts the Plan of Salvation and the Plan of Happiness...which are named thus for very specific reasons. To know that it can bring the peace and joy and comfort that comes when following the Savior's plan - to be redeemed from this mortal and imperfect being... and protect us and help us return to our Him. We all just keep trying no matter what our earthly trials are!

GinnySeptember 16, 2021

I love this article! After reading so many comments on social media that are less than kind, I have no desire to express an opinion. There is ALWAYS someone who will take exception to it and usually it not done kindly.

Kay RookhuyzenSeptember 16, 2021

This was a well thought post and I 100% agree. It is sad to see people--even my own sisters!--go crazy about political or COVID or vaccination stuff. They thing I'm crazy because they don't think I care. I do. I just don't let my feelings affect others, just not comfortable in case they don't agree. I'm tired of being told how I should feel!

Yves ValenSeptember 16, 2021

Excellent article.

Lee HillSeptember 16, 2021

Terrific article, Lynne! It made me realize I haven't always been very Christ-like in my social media posts. I have resolved more than once to either be more gentle in my posts / response to posts or just pass by offending posts without comment. I usually do well but could obviously do better. Thank you!

All the single ladiesSeptember 16, 2021

Re the comment “ A man who has no sexual attraction to women is not going to want to marry a women whether they could or could not do so in the temple under covenant. The same is true of a women who is not attracted physically to men. I don't believe the church policy encourages you to do that regardless just so you can be married in the temple. I believe the reason most gay and lesbian people leave the church is because they want an intimate serious relationship with someone of the same sex. The church does not condone this.” Consider for a moment the array of celibate heterosexual people in the church who wait decades looking for a spouse, some of whom never marry. They also do not marry or have fulfilling sex lives, but they exist and they make their choices based on their values. Many may quite correctly identify that a barrier to them finding a partner is their insistence on chastity in a world where this is not the norm. Just worth noting.

KathleenSeptember 16, 2021

In theory, these ideas seem nice, but are wholly unrealistic, and frankly, they miss the reality of life as an LGBTQ+ member of the Church. No one is saying that a person's sexuality or gender identity is their whole identity. But it is also ludicrous to deny that it is an essential part of a person's identity. Being able to enjoy both full membership blessings while also having a deeply felt, intimate love relationship with the person of your choice is not a possibility for people who are only attracted to the same sex they are. This is a deep human need. THIS is why LGBTQ+ members are leaving the faith. It makes me so sad, and I don't have any answers, except that I know our Heavenly Father has it all figured out.

K. Chin, Modesto, CASeptember 15, 2021

I’ve often thought, why must one’s sexuality be the core component of one’s life, here, in Mortality? (I know of no doctrine that teaches our “sexuality” is THE MOST important component of what makes us mortal—and by “sexuality” I mean our individual preferences and “likes” in what, when, where, why, and how we choose to enjoy, express, and share ourselves sexually.) Could it be that in placing our sexuality BEFORE every other component of “who” we are…we “may” have inadvertently allowed Satan’s carefully laid plans (promoted over the earth’s millennia—and even before our pre-mortal existence) to have lead us to accomplish his selfish desire? Satan—through his agency—has removed himself from our Heavenly Parents’ love. We are taught, his ONLY desire is to make us, each, as miserable as he is. In manipulating us to make our “sexuality” so important, Satan has gotten us to turn our focus from the purpose of the Plan of Salvation, from its divine source, and our core identity…into bitter, painful contention and divisiveness about “how” we use our divine agency to express ourselves sexually. Here’s a news flash…sex is NOT the most important thing! Satan has redirected humankind’s energy, attention, focus…away from LOVE and gotten humankind to become obsessed with the who, what, when, where, why, and how of “sex.” We are spiritual and mortal beings capable of divine, infinite, and Christlike LOVE! Does not this thought—and knowledge—fill one with hope?! (I’ll leave it to the reader of my comments to substitute the word “sex” for LOVE. I find that doing so minimizes the divine purpose of The Plan of Salvation, our Savior’s Atonement, and our Father in Heaven’s infinite regard for each of His children.)

Penelope A. JonesSeptember 15, 2021

Wonderful insightful discussion on this so very current topic! Thank You Brother Mckenna. Of course this is all fulfilling so many prophecies about the latter days and so much "turmoil" and confusion. And I don't think you have glossed over anything but the previous comment seems rather myopic in that there are so many that make temple covenants and are not sealed to a spouse in this life. Or many who have been sealed only to have a spouse unworthy to go. And then there are our wonderful Sisters and Brothers that DON'T "Come- Out" and lead productive lives serving in the Church because as this article points out it not their most important identity. It's really pretty basic: the Lord put Adam and Eve and all of us their "off-spring" here to "multipy and replenish" and provide bodies for the Spirits he created and anything that attempts to thwart that plan is of Satan. So he is really happy at all those big marches and rallies especially the ones in UT. and at BYU. Just sayin" "the signs of the times".

AngNSeptember 15, 2021

This is a wonderful article! Thank you!

Valiant JonesSeptember 15, 2021

"People do have a choice in the matter— not in terms of their immediate feelings sexually … but in the story they adopt about what those feelings mean." I believe that within that concept there could be a path for some people with SSA to experience some degree of moderation of their attractions and find fulfilment in a mixed gender marriage. At least that appears to be what some members of NorthStar seem to have achieved. I would love to read more about that.

Boanerges RubalcavaSeptember 15, 2021

Beautiful article. This is what we are, and we love to be that way. Thanks.

MelSeptember 15, 2021

It's likely the many of tbe neighbors who you miss so much are still in your neighborhood. People who are no longer members don't fall of the face of the earth. If you miss them so much why not just spend time with them?

stevie mckennaSeptember 15, 2021

I understand what you are trying to focus on however, you have glossed over something important that isn't easy to acknowledge. A man who has no sexual attraction to women is not going to want to marry a women whether they could or could not do so in the temple under covenant. The same is true of a women who is not attracted physically to men. I don't believe the church policy encourages you to do that regardless just so you can be married in the temple. I believe the reason most gay and lesbian people leave the church is because they want an intimate serious relationship with someone of the same sex. The church does not condone this. That is the bottom line which you are not addressing no matter how you sugar coat the rest. Knowing you are a child of Heavenly Parent is great but that doesn't mean you can have the temple marriage to a same sex partner. Some people may marry opposite sexed partners but I doubt that they are gay, probably bi-sexual and that is more anecdotal evidence that it may work sometimes.

ScottSeptember 14, 2021

Profoundly beautiful; both your article and the doctrine of Heavenly Parents

Linda WSeptember 14, 2021

Very well thought out and expressed. I gratefully shared it with a dear member. Thank you for taking the time to write this!!!

DougieSeptember 14, 2021

Excellent article! Generations unborn will hang in the balance based on this decision.

PennieSeptember 14, 2021

I wish I could be so articulate. Amen to everything

Mark DonaldsonSeptember 14, 2021

Great article! I am going to save this as a favorite in my browser. I will share it when I come across those who may be questioning their faith and thinking of checking out...forever! Thanks!

MikeSeptember 14, 2021

This is a great article! I love the comparison you made to the early Saints leaving and returning to what we are experiencing now. Returning is very possible! We all must remain vigilant to weather the storm and as we do can help others come back into the fold

ScottSeptember 14, 2021

Thank you for a wonderful article. Helped me understand some of my fears/doubts about the church.

Lisa Simonsen PowellSeptember 14, 2021

This is so awesome. We don't get away with breaking the commandments no matter who we are or what our decisions look like. Thank you!

Sarah HinzeSeptember 12, 2021

These are wonderful inspiring stories. Thanks so much for sharing. Love Sarah Hinze

KwestSeptember 12, 2021

Love it, beautifully stated. Thank you for taking the time to write this article.

FrancesSeptember 12, 2021

I'm wondering if her other children could become involved in the children's lives and relieve this good woman of their everyday care so she can concentrate on her terminally ill husband and herself to some degree. At her pace, she may wear out physically as well. Where would they be then?

Corey D.September 12, 2021

Thanks for publishing that article, she says in such an eloquently spiritual way what is in my mind and heart but that I am unable to express in a coherent and concise manner and I'm sure others feel the same.

Victor LundquistSeptember 12, 2021

Thank you for the in-depth reasoning of what it means, as a teacher, to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. Hopefully all of your colleagues at Church sponsored teaching entities will see the wisdom of this piece and understand what Elder Holland meant about pride flags being decisive. Thank you for writing and posting this.

Ornella Maria BrennaSeptember 11, 2021

Thank you for your clear and decisive exposition of what is right and what is not. The Lord loves us as we are, but lovingly urges us to be better than what we are, possibly "the best", that is, daughters aware of his love for him and eager to be as he is. As well reported in Helaman 12: 27 He shows us our weaknesses so that we can be humble, and if we are humble and have faith in Him, our weaknesses are transformed into strengths for us. Whatever our weaknesses are.

Randal AllredSeptember 11, 2021

I think Dr. Peterson hit the nail on the head. His comments on what certain advocacy groups have said would indicate that perhaps a lot of Elder Holland's critics inside the Church have taken their ideas and rhetoric from these outside groups, rather than their own reading, sense of fairness, and seeking the Spirit and revelation to know the import of Holland's remarks. Elder Holland is not the enemy of gay Latter-day Saints. And he is the last person among the Brethren to use words carelessly, as some of my dear friends and former students have asserted.

SimplicioSeptember 10, 2021

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." -Matt 5:10-12

Newell HarwardSeptember 9, 2021

Beautifully stated. Great article.

ShaunaSeptember 9, 2021

Fantastic--thank you so much for taking time to articulate some complicated, but well reasoned, pointed but loving thoughts. I would love to be in your class and would love to have my 2 BYU college students sit in with you as well Satan is the master of false dichotomies, false premises and therefore false arguments. Thank you for taking aim at some of those swirling around the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the LGBT community. as you say, it should go without saying, but as Elder Holland pointed out, hasn't always, that if one is a disciple of Christ then one loves everyone--not necessarily their behavior, standards, opinions (including mine) etc, but loves each person as a Child of God. That premise should lead to true "safety" and light

Ann StruthersSeptember 9, 2021

This was a wonderful, well written article. I loved it and pray that we may all follow these principles and ideas. Thank you for using your teaching skills in the Lord's way.

ShaneSeptember 9, 2021

Absolutely beautifully said! These are the feelings of my heart! As a previous Bishop in my ward, these are the feelings I felt and I hope every member knew. That they were safe and I was there to love them and teach them. I still feel that way towards all I come in contact with. It hurts me when I am accused of being something I am not, yet I am not offended but grateful for a loving Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. If we pray to see others as they do, we will be so much the better for it. Thank you for this and for this Teachers great courage and faith!

Haze K.September 9, 2021

Love this article. The ideas of "you are safe" vs I will teach and push you intellectually are great. As a Latter-day Saint with several gay co-workers that I care about, the explanation about displaying the pride flag or not is perfect. To me, the pride flag is very divisive. If I don't display it, I must be someone who hates LGBT+ people. This is not true. I can love people without agreeing with their choices. I can be a conservative politically with liberal friends. I can be friends with exercise fanatics, but prefer a good book and snacks for myself. Thanks for putting into words some of my feelings.

Harold RustSeptember 9, 2021

Well written. As I pass by numerous "I Believe" banners along my street every day I find myself asking the question: Why is it that my neighbors feel the need to post a sign stating to the world that in their eyes they are a good person? Is that what it takes to prove you are a good person--a sign stating that? I like all my neighbors (well, one of them has treated me quite rudely---but he is not one posting a sign anyway) but I've never felt it would help them realize that by my putting up a sign to say, "I like each of you neighbors". The only genuine way to do that is to rake up leaves along our street well beyond my own front yard or take over a treat when I learn one has just moved in or helping fix a front gate. Do that enough and no sign is ever needed; do that never and no sign is sufficient to genuinely convince them you really do like them.

Duane BoyceSeptember 9, 2021

Very well said. It's the kind of statement every CES faculty member should be able to make. I devoutly hope they can.

Barry H.September 9, 2021

Excellent article. Well said; both courageous and kind at the same time.

Eunice RobertsonSeptember 9, 2021

Happy birthday President Nelson. May it be a day filled with happiness and precious memories.

James RawsonSeptember 8, 2021

Always well reviewed and understood with your obvious clarifications of what was truly said by elder Holland! Thank you Dan! Jim Rawson

ScottHSeptember 8, 2021

Elder Holland's talk is about 40 minutes long, so it requires commitment to read or watch. Like Dr. Peterson, I encourage everyone to watch the talk with a sincere heart. Having done so myself, I believe that it is impossible to come away from that beautiful and edifying experience with the worldly conclusion that Elder Holland spoke out of anything other than love. Many who have twisted this apostle's loving words have based their well-intentioned indignation on out-of-context sound bites. We must be careful not to "take the advantage of one because of his words" or to dig a pit for our neighbor (2 Nephi 28:8). It is sad that some who have unfortunately been on the receiving end of such treatment have unleashed such vile treatment on others.

LexaGraemeSeptember 8, 2021

Bravo. I will add my Amen to this. In college, I was a customer service rep for a high-end ceiling fan company. I could receive up to 100 calls a day. On one particular call, I went absolutely above and beyond what I was authorized to do, and was still cursed at. My supervisor said, "I don't think we need him as a customer." I appreciated her standing up for me, and have tried in the years since to not ever be *that* customer.

ShaunaSeptember 8, 2021

I encourage all to actually listen to Elder Holland's talk--he is incredibly passionate and emotional, about everything he says and I don't think anyone could actually misunderstand his love for both BYU and LGBT individuals, after listening to it....unless they want to Personally, I loved it and welcomed his clarion call for BYU,faculty, staff, and administration, the intended audience, to completely align themselves with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. they can get secular ideas at almost any other university, but at BYU, those ideas should be viewed through a gospel lens. As a BYU alumnus and the parent of 2 current students, I vigorously endorse and applaud Elder Holland's direction and am so grateful for his deep love for BYU. It is a gift to all who attend

GregSeptember 8, 2021

I love Elder Holland, he has always been my favorite, and I knew the intent of his heart when he gave this talk. People who are making it into something it is not are simply wrong. However, the metaphor of a musket probably should not have been used. A sword or spear would have been much better because of the political overtones associated with guns. The church and its members tend to be viewed as Republicans/Conservatives, clearly the majority are. But there are plenty of LDS people who feel strongly about the volatility of guns, not to say "anti-gun", but that there should be much more control and regulation for safety sake. So if you even speak out on safety as it relates to gun rights, you are labeled a communist, you are pro-abortion, you are advocate the LGBTQ lifestyle, etc. So because of the use of the musket metaphor, Elder Holland's words came across as more pro-Republican, which among many other innuendos takes a very anti-LGBTQ stand. I had always considered myself a Republican but with the rising of Trump, I can't even say that I recognize what a Republican is any more. I know that I am not what he espouses, and have been told that I am therefore a Democrat. Initially I argued this, but I find that I identify with Democrats way more than the Republican of today so I suppose it is true. I did not take Elder's Hollands to suggest that he is pro-Trump or pro-Republican, but I know many people will and that is especially embarrassing to me, to think that my faith is being likened to that school of thought. I personally am struggling with being a member of a church that appears to be affiliated with that party. Regarding the person's ideas that you heartily agree with, they claim to be pro-family suggesting that LGBTQ people can't have a family, which is kind of short-sighted, because they can and do. It may not be the traditional family that we identify with, but we have been taught that our BYU family home evening groups are family, so I struggle with the notion that a family is just a father, mother and children. I think the key is that we have to avoid even the appearance of hate, in any form, and embrace charity at all cost. I think Elder Holland is the embodiment of charity, at least in the mortal realm that we live in.

Harold RustSeptember 8, 2021

As always, your words are carefully chosen to reflect calm, reassuring reflections on reality through a spiritual perspective. I find it amazingly humbling for all of us in these "modern" times that distortions and convoluted perceptions can promulgate so quickly and deeply; definitely faster than they did among the uneducated centuries ago and more deeply than one could have ever expected among well educated folks who have the benefit of centuries of learned experiences by mankind plus the digital age of communication/distribution that should enable everyone to see for themselves what was true---and not be hood-winked by someone else telling you what they claim was said. Just read or listen to Elder Holland's talk and you will be able to see for yourself it was about love, respect, and....defending truth by means of love and respect.

Mark DonaldsonSeptember 8, 2021

Elder Holland is spot on! We love the we the imperfect hope to be loved. But our God is the lawgiver...not us. Elder Holland said it perfectly when he said, "As near as I can tell, Christ never once withheld His love from anyone, but He also never once said to anyone, “Because I love you, you are exempt from keeping my commandments.” We are tasked with trying to strike that same sensitive, demanding balance in our lives.” Amen!

HalSeptember 8, 2021

Good article! There are other reasons to "fire" a customer. Some are flat out dishonest and constantly try to get something for nothing. We don't need or want customers that intentionally try to rob us.

CBSeptember 8, 2021

Excellent excellent Bro Peterson! Thank You for saying it so well!!

Kit G.September 8, 2021

Well said, and appreciated! Standing for principles of the true gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to be more polarizing, even within the Church as members try to have one hand on the rod and the other opening the door to the great and spacious building. Elder Holland did a wonderful job articulating his points, as did you.

Loretta SmithSeptember 8, 2021

Such a well written and thoughtful article! Thank you!

Kevin KrauseSeptember 8, 2021

Thank you for these heartfelt words. You really helped me understand much more about what Elder Holland was trying to convey. And more importantly thank you for your parting words. Stop the polarization from both sides. I can't stand it. Where did love and understanding go? Civility has truly become a lost virtue.

Claudia Henderson SmithSeptember 8, 2021

What a great article! It’s so well said. It’s hard for some of us who have a child with this challenge. I, too, am not anti-gay. I’m pro family and pro the Church.

John C. GreeneSeptember 8, 2021

I have often thought that if we Latter-day Saints aspire to the First Resurrection - which is also referred to as the Resurrection of the Just - then perhaps we had better be just ourselves. If we fail to be truly just, how can we aspire to the Resurrection of the Just? Twisting the truth - as Laman and Lemuel did, for example - is not just. Twisting Elder Holland's words is also unjust. Brother Peterson's analysis and defense of Elder Holland's words is both truthful and just.

Noel JensenSeptember 8, 2021

Amen, Br. Peterson, I appreciate this response to Elder Holland's remarks.

EHSeptember 8, 2021

Thank you for your thoughts and intent. I came across a broad spectrum of responses to this talk among my personal connections, and I knew I lacked context, but even after reading the talk a couple of times, I decided to just put it on a shelf for a couple weeks. I think his words as written lacked a tone of compassion, and since most people read the talk without hearing his voice, it's easy to misunderstand. People who are very concerned about how the Church responds to their LGBTQ+ members are more likely to find concerning statements, whether or not that was Elder Holland's intent. I think a reference to weapons of any kind right now might be alarming since weapons signify violence rather than defense for many people. So I appreciate your insights. I think I found an appropriate place in my brain to file this talk:)

LouiseSeptember 7, 2021

great example how we can be helped from the other side of the vail. She didn't pray for the help of this lady but just asked if possible to help.

Debbi M.September 7, 2021

I loved this story, and had no idea about her background. Sure loved watching her films in the "olden days!" Thanks for sharing and informing.

David HallSeptember 7, 2021

In Pres. Nelson's biography it mentions that when he visited Mongolia, he learned that there is also a tradition there that Christ visited a people there, too, after his resurrection.

Richard ChristensenSeptember 7, 2021

She is my dad's second cousin if I remember right.

Robert StarlingSeptember 7, 2021

Correction (my mistake): It was the Westwood Ward that Rhonda tried to contact about her husband's funeral arrangements, not the Wilshire Ward. I've wondered how her later life might have been different if the ward building's landline had been forwarded on weekdays to the home number of the Bishop or some other member. (a suggestion to Church HQ?) However the Wilshire Ward has its own "Hollywood Connection". In the 1940's several LDS celebrities including Laraine Day and the King Sisters formed a theater group called "The Wilshire Ward Players" that performed plays at the ward meetinghouse (built in the 1930's, with unique architecture that resembles a cathedral). A non-LDS member of that group was the young Ray Bradbury.

Helga SilskiSeptember 7, 2021

Oh come on dear brother David, have you truly listened and read all of the Conference talks? There have been countless messages from our beloved leaders encouraging us, reminding us that no one has reached perfection yet. Repentance is real, necessary and even beautiful, it is part of earth life but each of us, all of us are given the opportunity to climb up and out of the hole to reach the summit.

DianeSeptember 7, 2021

BYU has world class art restoration which allowed the Carl Bloch collection to be brought to Utah for restoration and the opportunity for many to witness their greatness. What about the Church getting involved with the restoration of the "Holy Russia" so it could be brought over here for more Americans and members of the Church to see. I have thought about this painting so much since it was brought to my attention a few years ago through Meridian. What a fantastic opportunity to cruise through Russia and view this inspired piece of art! Bucket list!

Rochelle HaleSeptember 6, 2021

Wow! What a story. We are so familiar with those landmarks as we have several clients in the Century City area and serve in the Los Angeles LDS temple. When my father was dying, my mother (non-member) was totally on board with having the local ward assist, even though my stepfather had not attended church in many years. It was our relatives of other faiths who refused to attend the funeral if it was held at the "Mormon" church. The bishop, however, was more than helpful and told us that funerals take priority over weddings or ward activities. It is too bad that the Wilshire Ward wasn't more accomodating to Sister Fleming's needs.

David BellSeptember 6, 2021

Wonderful story about a beautiful daughter of God. It goes to show that what is important is what is going on between us and Heavenly Father. Even good can come out of Hollywood!

Tora Sue KniselySeptember 5, 2021

Please accept my condolences in the passing of your Husband and father. I am sure he is busy on the other side of the veil.

Valiant JonesSeptember 5, 2021

This is one of the best temple prep resources I have seen. Thank you for creating it. As a branch president, I will be using it to prepare members for the temple.

Corey D.September 5, 2021

I just retired after 40+ years with one of the countries/worlds largest defense contractors. About a year ago my co-worker was on the computer checking his email when he said come look at this. It was a Corporate memo which said and I'm paraphrasing a little but in essence it said "we will no longer be hiring from BYU because their stance on LGBTQ issues does not fit in with our company values". A week or so later we tried to find the memo but it had been deleted from the archive. Interestingly about that same time period one of the new VP's at our division was a BYU graduate, whether that had anything to do with the memo quietly going away I don't know. There have been plenty of reasons given for why the Boy Scouts was dropped by the church and others but the truth of the matter is the Boy Scouts was killed by corporate America. Corporate America has shifted from being generally family oriented and supporting conservative values to being quite liberal, especially Big Tech and they are getting more politically involved. Too me that is one of the greatest threats if not the biggest threat in the country right now because when you have control over jobs and peoples livelihoods you hold the ultimate influence and power.

Corey D.September 5, 2021

Well written and heartfully expressed. I personally have very strong, and for lack of a better description, very conservative views on the whole LGBTQ+ thing. Personally I believe there is a small, very small percentage that may have some actual biological, chemical, mental reason for their leanings/choices but for the most part it is social conditioning and the influence of Satan who is the master psychologist and deceiver. But, I try to treat everyone including LGBTQ family members and others with courtesy, respect and love.

Richard D. HanksSeptember 4, 2021

Thank you. I too love Elder Holland and support him.

E PooleSeptember 4, 2021

Thank you for your well thought out account of your journey. It does not sound like it was an easy one, but your willingness to persevere and endure until you found answers is very inspiring. Thank you for your wonderful example and testimony.

Ben JonesSeptember 3, 2021

The thing I found interesting when I joined this Church is that it didn't make me feel bad about all the wonderful experiences I had with people of other faiths. In fact, I gained my testimony of Jesus Christ while attending the Episcopal Church. One of the sweetest experiences I had after joining was that my mother who was a lifelong Christian felt the spirit in our services.

Allison DunlapSeptember 3, 2021

This was completely mind blowing! I was awestruck as I began connecting the dots Brother Frogley illustrated so well! Thank you for this enlightenment! It has changed my paradigm.

Fay KlinglerSeptember 3, 2021

I say amen to the conclusion of this article. Well done.

vandmeliSeptember 3, 2021

Thank you for the reminder that we and our children are fighting for our spiritual lives every day. I feel a renewed commitment to adequately arm them by teaching and by example. And though the enemy is real, fear not, for the Lord is on our side!

Nihla W. JuddSeptember 2, 2021

Positively Perfect. Thank you very much. Service is a real healer.

David DurfeeSeptember 2, 2021

I agree entirely. The problem is that so many of the Scriptures, so many Conference talks, intentionally or unintentionally drill relentlessly into us how imperfect we are. When was the last time you heard a speaker in Conference say "hang in there and keep plugging along and you'll get to the Celestial Kingdom"?

T LarsenSeptember 2, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful account of part of your faith journey. As someone whose personal concerns over this issue have been mild by comparison, it is helpful to be reminded that Church member don't just fall into "support the Church's teachings" and "don't support the Church's teachings". There is a lot of room on the spectrum between those positions, and it is the direction our faith is pointing us that matters the most.

Ovala F ToiaivaoSeptember 2, 2021

Wow, what a beautiful testimony of faith! Thank your for sharing this powerful account of your personal experiences wrestling with this heart wrenching topic as a new convert. This very issue is one of the main reason why our family has broken apart as 7 of our 8 children have literally left the church over it. Thanks again for sharing!

vickieSeptember 1, 2021

I am a mother of 5 kids, one girl and four boys. my last child is now a homosexual married to his best friend or another man. i never suspected i would have a child who had this kind of issue. we always think its other people that go through these things. i love all my children. this young man was a good kid, he always did the right thing, and he was great in school and went to college and went on a misison. his brothers and sister noticed things before i ever suspected anything. when he was a little guy he would put a towel on his head and pretend it was long hair. he wanted to immitate his sister. he was very aloof and as he grew older he became a sort of angry young guy. he was gifted with voice and playing the piano and acting. he came out later when he was about 34 and let me know he was engaged. i went to his wedding. i love my son and will always support him. i believe in what the prophets say and the family proclemation. when i first heard my son was gay i nearly went nuts. it was my husband who kept his head and said i love him and he is my son. that woke me up. i reaized thorugh my crying and grief i loved my son so much and the pain i felt was that of worry over what would happen to him. we do read about how others see them and sometimes torture them or they commit suicide. i never spoke to him regarding it but i might send this article to him because being a pc mother here on earth means never confronting him or letting him know what i think about it and that i love him. his mater is a great guy as well. he made his choice and i have no idea as to what to do. he will be or is 36 now. he never contacts me but he was always kind of like that anyway. aloof. i actually dont know what to do. i think he knows what he is doing and what it means. i also wonder if he knows what to do about it or which way to go. he has commited himself to another person. that person i dont think has any belief. my son had a wonderful patriarchal blessing wherein it said that the Lord would have His hand on my sons head. so, now i am praying and wondering. i think his teen anger was over how his brothers would joke abt LGBT issues and people and felt we all felt that way, and we probably did. you dont know what to feel until it is standing on your doorstep. all i know is that i love the Lord and will continue to pray fo rmy son and his mate. i know that there are many moms and dads like me.

LauraSeptember 1, 2021

What a beautiful expression of faith! Your journey shows what it looks like to strive to align our views with God's -- and it takes humility. I hope that those struggling with the same (and other) issues can similarly cling fast to their testimonies as they pray to change their own understanding, not the Lord's.

Randall M SmithSeptember 1, 2021

This is so well written, applicable to every controversial doctrine in the Church. A must read for everyone.

Gordon J HensleySeptember 1, 2021

Even though I don’t have a perfect knowledge of the way things work in the worlds beyond the veil, I can’t help but think that the laws of physics will still apply. Eternal families are created the same way they are here on Earth, with a man and a woman providing a physical body for a spirit child. In an eternal world where there is no war, death, adultery, broken marriages, or poverty, and therefore no orphaned children, where would a functionally sterile celestial couple go to find children to “adopt” into a celestial family? There will undoubtedly be many good people participating in long term friendships and relationships in the lesser kingdoms, but unless you follow the commandments and complete the ordinances that “unlock the bonus level” of the Celestial Kingdom, you won’t be able to enjoy the full work and glory of eternal life.

JosephSeptember 1, 2021

Thank you Daniel for such detailed and very well written account on your efforts and patience during your personal search for the truth on this polemic issue. May The Lord continue blessing your life with the kind of light you deserve to keep your faith healthy and strong.

Jo Ann OkelberrySeptember 1, 2021

I am so grateful that you have taken the time to write this beautiful article. You have given us a great lesson on how to deal with things that disappoint or anger us. I am so glad that we have our Heavenly Father who welcomes us and our prayers and gives us peace.

MakeliSeptember 1, 2021

Thank you for this thoughtful and vunerable account of your conversion. What a beautiful sentiment to choose humility first. I can tell you're a good guy. Thank you.

Pat StreeperSeptember 1, 2021

Thank you for your beautiful testimony!

SaraSeptember 1, 2021

I don’t think you give yourself enough credit for the effort you put forth to come to the conclusion that you have. You were humble enough to realize that your views may not be correct, even though you held them close. You did exactly as we are counseled to do both in scripture and by Church leaders, and that is the most inspiring part of this whole story to me. Thank you for sharing it.

Ruth JamiesonSeptember 1, 2021

Your story is a wonderful journey of faith and perseverance. Thank you for your example of hope.

Sasha KwapinskiSeptember 1, 2021

As one who was personally involved in California's Proposition 8 campaign (and contributed some of the money behind it) I welcome and support the church leaders' efforts to be inclusive, loving, and supportive toward LGBT members as children of God. I try to practice these principles in my own behavior and relationships. At the same time, I appreciate being a member of a denomination which recognizes the distinction between love and relativism. Marriage is ultimately a moral construct with a moral definition, or it essentially becomes a non-construct with no definition -- just a matter of random lifestyle choices or the latest public opinion poll.

Bob TaylorSeptember 1, 2021

thank you for sharing your story. i tried to pm you, but the link was not working for me - a question, if you don't mind sharing. many years ago, i had a classmate in elementary school whose name was Jim Ortner (La Jolla, CA) - any relation?

EveSeptember 1, 2021

I'm so impressed with your story. We all struggle with pride, but you were able to stay humble and open to revelation. What a wonderful example! Thank you!

Dennis HorneSeptember 1, 2021

Sometimes the Lord has to (figuratively) pull people kicking and screaming out of the philosophies of the world/society, into the light of the gospel and the scriptures/teachings of prophets. Anyone imbued with modern societies views could have various amounts of trouble making the transition. It used to be that the world and the church weren't that far off in many things, including morality. Now that is no longer the case at all. There is a divide people must cross to become fully converted and fully sustain the Brethren.

PamSeptember 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing your experiences. I hope they help others who are struggling.

Rochelle HaleSeptember 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing your journey and testimony. The problem with the worldview is that it wants to contradict God. Rather than being hateful or less tolerant, Latter-Day Saints should even more greatly express love to those whom we know to be our spiritual brothers and sisters. We all chose the plan to be here. Nevertheless, the Lord has given his counsel. A friend of another faith once questioned me about the Word of Wisdom. Her response was, "Why would God care what we eat, etc.?" As a loving Heavenly Father, why would he not???!!!! We do not worship a vengeful God, but one who loves us more than we can possibly know and wants to bless all of His children.

K RoundySeptember 1, 2021

I love this. I agree that "we are NOT on the wrong side of history, because we are on the Lord's side"; and He cannot be coerced, threatened, or convinced to change his mind on the matter.

PennieSeptember 1, 2021

I fully support Elder Holland. If the apostles and prophets bend to social pressure, we will be lost. I feel very secure knowing that they will stand up to the secular teachings of our day. Each member of this church is going to have to decide where they stand and with whom they stand. I stand with the First Presidency and the Twelve. God never gave a commandment that was not for our eternal benefit. I believe firmly that there is no gayness in eternity. It's a mortal challenge

AnonymousSeptember 1, 2021

Daniel, thank you for this beautiful account. I appreciate your testimony and your personal experiences that have doubtlessly prepared you to write about this topic.

Chuck DeWittSeptember 1, 2021

I am so grateful that I was willing to question my presumptions, pray to God in faith, wrestle with my concern, and ultimately be transformed by the spirit. This sentence shows the way to truth. Love your story and never forgetting the original testimony from Heaven.

Duane BoyceSeptember 1, 2021

Excellent. Thank you for sharing your experience. Wonderful in every way.

MistySeptember 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing your experience of wrestling with questions and doubts about some of the Church’s teachings. I don’t think there are enough stories out there like this and so many are left with the misconception that everyone is fine with everything or perhaps everyone is just a blind sheep. I hope more stories like this will help others realize it’s ok (as the Brethren have continually taught) to have questions and concerns! But as Brother Holland has also taught, “doubt your doubts” before doubting your testimony.

Harold RustSeptember 1, 2021

Thanks for this personal journey you were willing to share. For some of us who have been members all our lives, the Family Proclamation seemed so obvious we weren't sure why the Church leadership had felt the need to have it published and highlighted. Little did we realize that within just a decade there would be a significant numbers of Americans (and others outside the U.S.) who would push against the fundamentals and then gradually become very dogmatic in their rejection of what had been a "non-issue" for several centuries. To me the proclamation was a statement of love and positive confirmation about the purpose of life. Just as we are taught to be "Christ-like" toward those not members of the Church, likewise the Church's message has always been to be respective and loving toward those who may not believe as we do or want to live according to the declarations in the Family Proclamation. That becomes more difficult when those "on the other side" become very public in their accusations and very violently vocal in their attacks on our beliefs. Thus, I feel those who don't agree with Elder Holland should at least follow his approach in how to disagree....through thoughtful and non-contentious discussion meant to share deeply-held feelings in a kind and loving way.

Annie JensenSeptember 1, 2021

Thank you for your thoughtful remarks and for sharing your persistent search for truth.

Jane HalesAugust 31, 2021

As always your program is an educational delight!! I loved the story of the Kirtland Temple. Thank you for adding so much to my gospel and church history knowledge these past years. You are truly a blessing our lives!

Ron SnyderAugust 31, 2021

I had no preparation or warning about what to expect at the temple. My first time was the week I entered the mission home in SLC. It was traumatic for me, and quite shocking. I had spent my life believing up to that point that the Catholics were into rituals but we were not. I wish someone had offered me a resource like this so I could have been better prepared for the experience.

SherryAugust 31, 2021

The Pocatello Temple open house is fast approaching also, from Saturday, 18 September 2021 to Saturday, 23 October 2021. The dedication is set for Sunday, 7 November 2021. I can't wait!

Wendi EricksonAugust 31, 2021

This is a time of separation. It's a tragedy to those of us who have lost loved ones to this or any other reason they find to leave. Our heart aches when our grown children refuse to even come on mothers day. Our ward has recently seen a wave of our brothers and sisters leave our ward family. Thankyou for writing this. Perhaps it will be just what someone needs to hear. The Lord has promised me that in His time and His way all 4 of them will return. I pray for them and others who left. The fact remains that there are 2 churches only. All will find themselves aligning with one or the other. The scriptures are clear about this. As we settle into 2 apposite camps, I feel that there will be a lot of shuffling back and forth for many of us. I pleas with you all to join me in prayer for 1 ourselves to not be caught by surprise. For us to have the faith sufficient to be firmly planted in the restored gospel and 2 for those who have turned away for any reason to have whatever experiences they must in order to find their way back to the fold of God. This is His promise to our loved ones as we are true and faithful to our covenants. 3 lastly pray to see Hos hand in their lives so we see that they are not really lost to heavenly Father. And in closing the undying gratitude for the pure love that is the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Jan KuesterAugust 31, 2021

I loved this video and am so grateful for it. I grew up determined to become closer and closer to our Father and our Savior- and to become a veterinarian. God had a better plan. Through circumstances, fasting and prayer, instead of a vet I became both a registered nurse and a Navy Nurse Corps officer. I am so blessed to have had the opportunities this gave me to grow in faith, see more deeply into the lives and needs of my fellow man, and to, imperfectly so, serve the one as our Savior does. This video reminds me to focus less on myself and more on what others might need. Thank you❤️

Jonathan StreeterAugust 30, 2021

This was an excellent article that really got to the heart of the matter. The best part of your article is that it has universal application. It should be distributed to defenders of many different faiths - Jehovahs witnesses, Christian Science and Many other faiths also have apostates who try to tear down faith by creating a big lie that their church is deceiving them. This post reveals the true deception at the heart of these deceivers. Thank you for your eloquence and faithfulness!

BeccaAugust 30, 2021

Great article. One common thing I see as people buy into the negative things they are being taught is that they eventually end up where they no longer believe in God. Seems like this attack on the Church is simply using church history as a stepping stone to draw people away from God. And the influencers are making a lot of money doing what they are doing.

CBAugust 30, 2021

Fortunately, and I consider it a miracle, even though I had no preparation ( other than some negative comments from my parents doubting my worthiness) I had deep in my heart that whatever the endowment was all about it was from God, and it was His way of teaching. From the moment I stepped into Initiatory I was inspired in ways that I remember to this day. I’ve been a faithful Temple worshipper and worker ever since and when I’m in the Temple I don’t overthink— I just let myself feel His love. This is a good article and video. I don’t know if I wish I’d had it 50 years ago or not. Everyone is different. I’ve taught temple prep classes and I do think this would have been helpful. Still, the most important thing in preparation is love for the Lord and trusting in Him.

HalAugust 30, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful article. I have several friends and family members who have succumbed to this "Biggist Lie." Sadly, I have watched them transition from faith-filled, happy people to cynical, perpetually angry, and contentious souls where the darkness of hopelessness has replaced the light that once filled them with happiness. All I can do is pray for them and encourage them whenever I can.

Alan FlemingAugust 30, 2021

If the church was a business I would have resigned a long time ago, but it is not a business but the Church of Jesus Christ. In the early days of the Church all the apostles were converts, none of them were raised in the Church. Six of the original Twelve Apostles selected were excommunicated. Even the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon left the Church. Three of Joseph Smith’s counselors fell — one even helped plot his death. However, all the Presidents of the Church since Joseph Smith have served in the Quorum of the Twelve before they are called to be the Church President. They are well qualified having been trained and tested beforehand

Gary GarnerAugust 30, 2021

It's amazing to me that we have a prophet and we talk about following the prophet but then either don't or feel that we need to fact check him.. We fast and pray for a vaccine and then when we are blessed with it in record time (a miracle) we feel that it may be ok for you but not for me. I think that there are lessons that can be drawn from the Parable of the 10 Virgins here.

Maryann TaylorAugust 30, 2021

No one leaves the church because of any events in church history. That is simply an excuse. People leave because they have not built a strong testimony. Anyone who keeps their testimony alive by continuous prayer, scripture study, and enjoying the companionship of the Holy Ghost will not be bothered by incomplete and subjective accounts. I would trust that about as much as I trust news reporters and commentators today. How many contradictory "facts" do we hear about the same story??? Attempting to render a complete judgement of people by going back into history, whether it is the history of the church, or American history, is tricky business. I would certainly hate to have my life judged by people 100+ years from now based only on what they can dig up from the written word. We can read the MANY accounts from faithful saints who knew the Prophet, Joseph Smith, very well and who walked and talked with him, who repeatedly bore witness of his goodness, and the divinity of his calling--Or we can rely on varied and confused accounts, based on partial and limited understanding of what actually happened. We may find ourselves with some unanswered questions. So what? We can KNOW that the Book of Mormon is true, that it is a sacred witness of Jesus Christ, and that Joseph Smith translated it by the gift and power of God. If we know that, nothing else really matters.

LizAugust 30, 2021

Thank you for this very well written article and for standing up in ways many won’t.

Dennis HorneAugust 30, 2021

These are certainly very fine and uplifting faith-affirming experiences shared. However, I caution that while the author is right that the temple is a place of precious personal revelation, it is not the only place, nor a place of "higher" revelation. While I have also enjoyed the powerful flow of revelation in the temple, the two most spiritual experiences of my life took place in a missionary apartment and in a chapel. Others in a bedroom, living room, etc. Revelation can be received most anywhere needed if the member with the gift of the Holy Ghost is worthy and exercises faith and is not in a bad/wicked place. Mountain tops and groves have substituted for temples when none were available. Still, thanks for a nice article with edifying content.

Tom GlassAugust 30, 2021

We have a past bishop doing the same on his podcast,his feelings were hurt so he went on a rampage against the Church.Pride took him away,with his whole family!

Zen FeatherstoneAugust 30, 2021

The great tragedy I have seen with my family is children who have no faith or hope because they left The Church of Jesus Christ and don't have any place to go. If the truth about God and Jesus Christ is not in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, then it is nowhere. They have an understanding of the apostacy and the need for a restoration. If the truth was not restored, then they feel it is nowhere. So they are "free" to do whatever they think is right. The laws and commandments of God that make us truly free and happy when we live them, are ignored and the true peace that comes to our souls cannot be found in worldly interpretation of the rules of life.

EveAugust 30, 2021

I found this to be very touching.

Wendy LanderAugust 30, 2021

This is a wonderful resource. Thank you so much!

Deb H.August 30, 2021

The whole problem with all of this is you have two choices, take the shot or don't. Once you make the choice, you are labeled by people who have no idea what you are going through.

Norma J EntrekinAugust 30, 2021

Interesting article. But the main point should have been stated clearly in the first paragraph. Period- Thanks

Douglas MarkAugust 30, 2021

Jacob: just ask these disaffected friends what they will say to Nephi or Mormon when they meet them after death. Ask them if you can keep their patriarchal blessing and their temple garments and their scriptures in a safe place for them while they wander in the desert for awhile. Ask which of their kids they want “unsealed” while they are at it, or maybe it will be their spouse they are willing to cast off.

WeezieAugust 30, 2021

Thank you Jacob for using you talents in writing to illuminate the truth. You gave such great reasons and things to carefully and prayerfully consider. I love the part about peace. That is absolutely something absent from all those who believe they’ve been lied too by people who are anything but full of peace. If only every member of the church could read this article before they make their infamous Facebook post on how leaving the church is the best decision for them.

Carma MirabalAugust 30, 2021

This is a very good video to watch to help all of us understand the temple. I teach temple prep and will use it in my class. Hopefully it will help those going through for the first time and open their hearts to being regular temple attenders. Thank you for making this video!

Harold RustAugust 30, 2021

Great presentation of an important perspective that is vital if we want to avoid the trap of being drawn in to persistent pernicious pounding against the fundamental fruits provided by all the prophets.

stevie maireid mckennaAugust 30, 2021

Thank you so much for that excellent article. It speaks the truth and needed to be said.

vickieAugust 30, 2021

there are and there have been so many negative comments regarding the church that use to shock me but over time i realized that these are truely ignorant people they believe what their preachers tell them and then spread the negativity to others. i always say to some who believe the wrong things abt our church, that we dont spend time in church downgrading any other religion. we dont have time for this. God doesnt teach negativity in church and esp about other beliefs. we only concentrate on the truth and what God teaches us.

DavidAugust 29, 2021

Amen to this article. I know and love Elder Holland and I know no one that is more loving of all people regardless of any circimstances. When I served a mission a few years ago, Elder Holland called to discuss sending a missionary with same sex tendencies to our mission to serve. He told me of his love for this young man and how grateful he was that he wanted to serve and how much faith and confidence he had in him. We cried on the phone together as we discovered that this young man was from my home stake and that I already had a great love and admiration for him. That missionary was one of the best that I served with. I was so impressed and grateful to see the deep and true love that Elder Holland showed for this young missionary. They continue to be very close friends. I pray that we can all take a deep breath and pray for clarity on the goodness and Christlike love of this man and Apostle of Jesus Christ. Let us not be deceived into calling good evil... for he is not.

Richard ChristensenAugust 29, 2021

My dad introduced me to the books of Arvin Gibson. He used to be the CEO of Utah Power and Light, if I remember rightly. He intervwied people who had NDE. It was insightfull to see how these experience didn't destroy the person's agency. Even the non-christians had NDEs, but did not necessarily see Chirst. One of the "doctor" books showed that ~20% of the people who have had NDE can't wear watches. They just break. No explanation for it. Really interesting stuff.

Kim GarrettAugust 29, 2021

Levi Hancock is my 5th great-grandfather. I have searched and searched to find reference to him building the room used for the School of the Prophets. Can you tell me where you got that information? I'd love to share it with my family.

BeckyAugust 28, 2021

So beautifully said!

EveAugust 28, 2021

Joan - you've been truly blessed!!!

Kenny MazzantiAugust 28, 2021

Kids fight, especially siblings. Have you never watched lion cubs fight? Doing so strengthens them. I fought with my brother until I left on a mission. My brother and I loved each other and I would have given my life for him. Don't be helicopter parents trying to save your children from that which is of no consequence. Let them work it out and learn from it.

Marilyn JonesAugust 28, 2021

What a beautiful song and beautiful girls! I love hearing new music that builds up the role and purpose of women when the world around us tries to discount our worth. Thank You!

Susan CurtisAugust 28, 2021

Thank you for weighing in on the other side of this. It is interesting to me to note that this was not a talk given to the entire membership of the church, nor to the studentbody of BYU, but an instructional talk to faculty and staff of BYU, communicating to a very specific group on what is appropriate, and perhaps more importantly, what is not appropriate, in carrying out their duties as employees of a church-owned university. In a day when teachers take it upon themselves to teach their own philosophies and put forward many agendas, it is imperative that it is made clear to the faculty and staff that their teachings need to be in compliance with the gospel teachings. I have seen what happens when rogue teachers are allowed to go unchallenged in the things they espouse from their podiums. Thank you for reminding us of the Elder Holland we all know and love.

JulieAugust 28, 2021

I don't need to know Elder Holland personally to know that he is a great servant of God and loves us all. I love him. He is an incredible disciple of Christ and the gospel. His words in his talks and his actions speak volumes about the man of God that he is. His talks have helped through many a hard time. He loves us all, as Christ does.

Harold RustAugust 28, 2021

Thanks for this very uplifting support of a good (actually a very, very good) man. It is sad, but the natural man has an inclination to speak badly of others if he feels surrounded by a fan club of listeners. How many times have we seen someone willing to chime in with a biting negative comment regarding another person when they are with friends who are willing to listen and not refute their unkind remarks? That is what can happen even more easily now when social media encourages someone to blast out with blatantly hateful diatribes just so they can attempt to catch attention and puff their own ego? This article is one that needs to be repeated in the presence of any out there who even think of casting stones at an Apostle who is demonstrating love along with sharing fundamental principles of Gospel living. Surround these purveyors of hateful attacks with reasonable folks ready to discuss this issue calmly but thoughtfully and they will shrink in cowardice as they see that their words were worse than worthless. Thanks again for the uplifting words by this author.

Shauna PloegerAugust 28, 2021

Thank you for sharing your personal experience with Elder Holland and your personal faithfulness! The church being crystal clear on its doctrine on the family is the most compassionate path forward for those struggling with SSA. It's unfortunate that some members misunderstand the difference between a church policy (which can change) and doctrine of the Gospel of Christ (which is eternal and will not change). While it is clear, the brethren have a deep empathy (which I felt from Elder Holland in his talk), they cannot change eternal truths, which stand apart from men and their desires, no matter how good or right they might appear from the outside. God is at the helm of this church and the apostles do His bidding. I sincerely hope those with SSA stay in the church. We need you!! You have so much to give the church body at large. Your sexuality is not your only defining trait and not the only thing you can contribute in the Kingdom of God. We love you and are saddened by the trials that must accompany faithful membership in this church, but we applaud you for staying, for being faithful, for showing others the way forward.

SueAugust 28, 2021

Elder Holland's talk was timely and significant. It helped me feel more love and concern for gay people. I don't know how you could get upset when someone tears up and says how much he and the other apostles have prayed and cried over this topic. How much they love and care for all of us and how we should do the same. It is best to look at ourselves rather than throw darts at others

Matthew GlosengerAugust 28, 2021

Elder Holland, IMO, exemplified exactly what the priesthood of God is. LOVE. Brother Bennion is pretty close to that level himself. We can all learn great lessons from these two Men of God.

AnnetteAugust 27, 2021

Thank you for sharing your experiences with Elder Holland, Jeff. I have never met him personally but have found him to be one of the most endearing of church leaders as I've heard him speak in conferences and read his writings over the years. It is evident to me that he is a true servant of the Lord. I recently graduated from BYU-Idaho and was disappointed to learn during my course of study there that Marxism has infiltrated their English department as it has nearly every institution of higher learning in America, and in the American Foundations course, worldly academia's definition of Conservatism is taught. (I've known many Conservatives in my life, and none of them fit that definition.) So yay for Elder Holland for making it clear that church colleges and universities are not to take the world as their guide. I think the world is "too much with us" at our church campuses, most likely. This cannot be pleasing to the Lord.

MelAugust 27, 2021

There is no reason for conflict nor judgement amongst the members of the church concerning the recent announcement. If we adhere to the direction given on this matter from the official church handbook we would not be dealing with so much divisiveness with our membership : Official Handbook of the Church: 38.7.13 Vaccinations "Vaccinations administered by competent medical professionals protect health and preserve life. Members of the Church are encouraged to safeguard themselves, their children, and their communities through vaccination. Ultimately, individuals are responsible to make their own decisions about vaccination. If members have concerns, they should counsel with competent medical professionals and also seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost." As someone who has sought counsel with multiple competent medical professionals and also sought the guidance of the Holy Ghost as per direction from the First Presidency, the instruction I have received is different from many, but right for me. Could this be an opportunity for the members of the church to consider the uncut direction in the handbook concerning vaccines and have the confidence each of us will do the work of researching and receiving spiritual guidance, and then show respect for each other even if our answers might look different?

Jo Ann OkelberryAugust 27, 2021

I watched this speech and listened to it. I thought it was a great talk. I have been concerned about how so many religious institutions are becoming so secular. I do not want to see the Church universities become secularized in order to gain favor of the few. I am a BYU graduate, and I have always been so proud that gospel principles were taught in so many of my classes. There are so many who would like to attend BYU, and I think that if people do not want to abide by the principles and rules of the university, they should let those who will take their places. I love Elder Holland. He speaks for millions of people.

Minerva MillerAugust 27, 2021

When Elder Holland was sustained as an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1994, I was watching the proceedings of that General Conference in a small Church classroom at the Stake Center in Berlin, Germany, through a small TV monitor receiving the transmission in English. But even in such a setting, I had this conviction in my heart then that he was truly called of God. That conviction has stayed with me--even all the more strengthened through the years, as I have studied and listened to his inspired messages and teachings. His most recent clarion call for the BYU to be unique, like President Kimball did decades ago, is nothing short of inspiration and expression of love but also concern. He lived up to the calling of an apostle of our Savior Jesus Christ by declaring the standards of the gospel fearlessly "amidst a tumult of opinions." Yet, he conveyed his message with kindness and compassion, I only felt further motivated to continue to show love, consideration and understanding to my fellow travelers on the road regardless of their gender orientation. I sustain Elder Holland with all my heart. God be thanked for such an exemplary leader in His Kingdom at this point in time!

BeccaAugust 27, 2021

I LOVE Elder Holland! I have had two friends have interactions with him, one where he invited them to his office to visit with them after their sister died by suicide and the other where he sweetly answered the letter from a first grade student. The LOVE he has for all of us is incalculable! Thank you Elder Holland for your service as the Lord’s representative, you truly follow His lead with love and compassion!!

Robert D StarlingAugust 27, 2021

To those critics who would be so foolhardy as to cast virtual stones at the Lord's anointed servant, I would repeat the words of our Savior to the woman who was caught in the act of sexual sin . . . go and sin no more.

CASAugust 27, 2021

Anyone who could find offense with the wonderful counsel of Elder Hollard's timely talk, needs to take a look in the mirror to see the real offender!

Michael SheaAugust 27, 2021

Expressions of outrage seem to have become the new American cultural norm. But outrage attracts an evil spirit like a shark is attracted by blood in turbulent water. Whenever I hear stories of this sort, I am reminded of a passage from Isaiah (29:18-21): “And in that day… the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off: that make a man an offender for a word… and turn aside the just for a thing of nought.”. Fault-finding is a very dangerous habit.

ShaunaAugust 27, 2021

I love Elder Holland and am personally very grateful for his recent clarion call for BYU to embrace it's mission and purpose. I LOVED reading the whole talk and welcomed all of his counsel. I am so grateful for his passion for this great institution, that I also love, and where my children are currently attending. BYU must be different than other universities and align with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or it can't justify it's existence. There are too many members of the Church, clamoring for an education there, who are paying tithes and offerings, which support that institution, who will never set foot on campus, for BYU to align with the world. Note this searing quote from a BYUI devotional Elder Bednar delivered on January 26th, 2016 (as a past president of BYU-I and apostle), which is also true for BYU Provo students:“In the authority of the holy Apostleship, I now raise a voice of warning, and I make a solemn promise. If the day ever were to come that intellectual arrogance, a lack of appreciation, and a spirit of demanding entitlement take root on this campus — among the students, the faculty, the employees, the administration or within the community of Rexburg — then in that day the Spirit of Ricks will be well on the way to being extinguished. And the heavenly influence and blessings that have prospered this institution and the people associated with it will be withdrawn,” Bednar warned. “Conversely, as long as intellectual modesty, humility, gratitude, obedience, and frugality continue to characterize those who learn and serve at Brigham Young University-Idaho, then this university will shine forth ever brighter as a beacon of righteousness and of inspired educational innovation.” I have attended 3 private universities and repeat, that BYU must be fully aligned with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and its leaders, or risk discontinuation, or irrelevancy. So sad, but typical, that so many who are attacking him, didn't read his full talk in context. It is a brave, compassionate, piercing and prophetic call for BYU to remain true to it's mission, as outlined by President Kimball and others. I welcome it

Sasha KwapinskiAugust 27, 2021

It is difficult, in today's society, to recognize the difference and strike the balance between love and relativism. For many in today's world, "love" is thought of and equated to little more than the absence of moral standards. James 1:27 states concisely this "twin call" of exercising love and maintaining behavioral standards. "Pure religion and undefiled" consists in practicing both halves of that equation -- "visiting the orphans and widows" (reaching out in love to others), while remaining "unstained from the world" (maintaining standards of behavior and morality. As for me, I am proud to be a member of a denomination which understands that distinction (between love and relativism).

Kathleen Dalton WoodburyAugust 27, 2021

I was not a BYU student, but I tried to be a student of Hugh Nibley through his published works. They have had a great influence on how I study and learn from the scriptures to this day. I heard him speak at a Salt Lake Institute devotional when I was in college and was amazed to notice that he appeared to be taking notes as he was speaking - at least he was busy writing something during his own talk. I met him once and mentioned that I enjoyed reading science fiction and fantasy (he wasn't impressed by science fiction because he felt it idealized scientists), and he told me that he enjoyed fantasy, too. A very interesting and insightful mind that more people need to be influenced by.

Leslie MadsenAugust 27, 2021

I was so impressed with Elder Holland’s thoughtful and sensitive remarks at BYU. He expressed compassion and understanding for those struggling with issues in life but reiterated the importance of this campus standing as a light to the rest of the academic world by staying true to the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ. Leslie Madsen

Patty WalserAugust 27, 2021

Beautiful song with a beautiful message! Thanks for sharing with us!

Anna DurfeeAugust 27, 2021

Thank you for your perspective and your defense of a true man of God. It's so unsettling what some took away from his BYU address. I took away a much different message. A friend of mine bristled at the musket analogy for some reason. Here was my response to him: The analogy first comes from Neal A. Maxwell. Holland chooses to emphasize it for BYU and its path forward, specifically for those in the classroom. Holland says as he quotes a letter sent to him, "But I would hope that BYU professors would be bridging those gaps between faith and intellect.." Then he goes into Maxwell's musket AND trowel analogy. Early church members did not have the luxury of being left alone as they built the church with their trowels. I would imagine, begrudgingly, they had to keep the muskets close. Maxwell uses that to liken it to the difficult situation many BYU, and other CES school professors can find themselves in. It comes up for a lot of my colleagues in the sciences a bit more often. There are times when it will APPEAR that new discoveries are in direct contrast with church doctrine. What do you do then? Or it will seem that current interpretations of social science studies are in contrast to church doctrine and resulting policies. Each professor has to ask themselves what will happen then. Maxwell's quote says, “In a way[,] [Latter-day Saint] scholars at BYU and elsewhere are a little bit like the builders of the temple in Nauvoo, who worked with a trowel in one hand and a musket in the other. Today scholars building the temple of learning must also pause on occasion to defend the kingdom." Oaks later asks, using the original Maxwell analogy, to hear more musket fire, meaning that perhaps too many professors who can see the link between the secular and the spiritual are instead backing down and not saying anything for fear of whatever may come of that. Back in the early church, the musket may have been just as necessary as the trowel to build up the church. Perhaps the message is that today that same is true. Since engaging in the conversation with you, Brian, which I have really loved doing so thank you for keeping the dialogue open, I've been thinking about peace. How do we get peace? I just listened to the Saturday session of last conference where Elder Holland's talk is on peace. As he spoke, I thought, well, you could get peace through war. That's not fun. No one wants that. But there are times when the enemy won't relent, won't stop trying to harm you and threaten your existence and so you have to fight. Then there is peace you get because everyone has learned to love each other, even when they disagree. That's the ideal right there. Unfortunately, another way to get peace, or pseudo peace, is to back down or to give up. It's like in movies where the enemy promises the other side that they'll stop if the other side joins the enemy. If the other side joins the enemy, the conflict ends and there is a sort of peace, but the peace came with too many concessions and compromises, leaving the other side probably without much of what they wanted. So where you see a problem bringing up the concept of the musket and musket fire as a poor way to illustrate the difficulties and challenges ahead, I see, perhaps, a better way to understand how to gain, gradually, the ideal type of peace. By defending our doctrine, the very gospel of our Lord and Savior, we will, undoubtedly, cause some discord. That's unfortunate. It's unfortunate that someone can bring upon themselves hate and vitriol because they wish to defend the gospel just like it's unfortunate that someone can bring upon themselves hate for defending the rights of LGBTQ people or people of color. But should we or, in the audience's case, scholars at the Lord's universities, choose to gain peace through throwing up the white flag and conceding the entire ground of the gospel, then we gain a frail, weak, mirage of true peace. Just as those fighting for equality could just give up and go home and therefore gain a certain mirage of peace because well, they just stopped fighting. The thing I like about Holland's talk is the call for more understanding and earnest intentionality in how we reconcile our faith with secular knowledge because THAT might eventually lead to the kind of peace where everyone has just learned to love each other despite disagreement. Scholars or church members who have studied the doctrine and have learned to live it with exactness will become the kind that can communicate their genuine love for others despite disagreement. This might help those that disagree with us about our doctrine learn to love us too even though they disagree. Then you get real peace. Christ had to contend with others, sometimes quite frequently, in order for Him to teach the gospel which He knew would eventually lead to the kind of eternal peace we all want. Peace is a process and parts of the process include defending ourselves and the truths we have a testimony of and doing it in a way that might aid understanding."

Joan BennionAugust 27, 2021

In full disclosure, Jeff is my son. I know of no one who tries to live a more Christ-like life and I have been blessed to be on his journey with him. Watching him take some darts along the way has been painful as his mother but I so appreciate his spiritual insight and courage to live his truth. I know his heart and his love & compassion for his fellow travelers. I have also been gratified to know of those souls he has helped & encouraged. We can all do better in replacing hate & misunderstanding with love and understanding for all of God’s children. Our journeys are not all the same but we must anchor ourselves to God’s principles and love for each of us and try always to share it with others no matter where we are in our journey. I love my LGBTQ friends one and all. And thank you Jeff, with whom I share a great love for Elder Holland and for sharing tender thoughts and feelings in this article. They are mine as well, I love you both.

LindaAugust 27, 2021

Apostasy begins with criticizing out church leaders. That's just what Satan wants.

Kerry ClarkAugust 27, 2021

In 1998 on a Sunday, our family was in the Lobby of LDS Hospital waiting for an elevator. We were on our way to see my mother who was a patient in the hospital. While waiting, Elder Holland walked in hurriedly. I quickly said while pointing to my 12 year old son "Elder Holland, meet the newest Deacon in The Church". Elder Holland congratulated my son and gave him a side hug and a little "noogie" - probably because my son is a red head. Sadly this son passed nearly 4 years ago from a drug and alcohol overdose. I have always been grateful for the brief interaction my son had with Elder Holland.

E. L.August 27, 2021

I woke up this morning to see a post on my Facebook feed by my very bitter, hate-filled adult child about Elder Holland and his talk at BYU. Rather than responding to the vitriol he is claiming to be "true", I searched out the actual talk and wasn't surprised to read a loving talk taken incredibly out of context. Almost immediately after, I found this article. Thank you. I've tried to teach my children to go to the source before doing, saying, or even believing anything. Unfortunately I don't think it would have mattered in this case. This child is just so full of hate and contention and it's best to ignore things like this. I love Elder Holland and wish I could have the opportunity to sit with him and discuss the many talks he's given that have felt specifically for me over the years.

Dennis HorneAugust 27, 2021

I have had no personal interactions with Elder Holland but I still know him to be an apostle and special witness of the Lord Jesus Christ and that is good enough for me to sustain him completely and follow his counsel.

Ben ArkellAugust 27, 2021

Thank you so much for sharing this! We are so grateful for everything Meridian does. A true light in the darkness!

Carol RadmallAugust 27, 2021

I personally love Elder Hollands talks, he oozes love, kindness, caring, spiritualness above measure! He pours his heart and soul out in his talks! I don't understand how anyone could be offended by his words! He is truly inspired and a man of God. The prophets throughout history have been stoned whenever they have heard anything that they didn't agree with! Society has been becoming very angry! I feel if the Savior gave the talk he couldn't have said it any better than Elder Holland ~ the fact is that God's laws do not change! They never will! We will never be exempt from keeping the commandments!

Herm OlsenAugust 27, 2021

Great message about an even greater man!

A. BinghamAugust 27, 2021

We are witnessing the virtual stoning of an apostle who speaks the truth by very cruel people using weaponized social media tactics.

MichelleAugust 27, 2021

Thank you for this perspective. Come Follow Me manual suggested Pres Eyring’s April 2019 talk: The Power of Sustaining Faith. Every member needs to review it and give an honest introspective look at him/herself. George Q. Cannon’s warning, that he quoted, was powerful. Criticism of the Lord’s chosen leaders leads us into darkness.

Duane BoyceAugust 27, 2021

A saddening but wonderful article. Personally, I do not feel worthy of Elder Holland. That he is undergoing criticism demonstrates that some can find something to criticize in anyone and anything. Elder Holland's greatness of soul should be obvious, and that alone should exempt him from such treatment. Apparently--sadly--it is not so. That is a pity that nothing can justify.

Jill AndrewsAugust 27, 2021

Thank you for sharing your experiences Jeff as a testament to the words and deeds that should at the very least count as evidence of how we can interpret Elder Holland's remarks. My heart breaks with yours that such an outpouring of love could be so utterly misunderstood. Experience has also taught me the truth you included re: the scriptures speaking of “the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” Satan enjoys bringing additional misery and woe to those already bearing the burden of same sex attraction by whatever means necessary including "stirring their hearts up to anger" because that's who he is. Let us not be a reflection of that!

Steve SwappAugust 27, 2021

I can only echo and say amen to this Gospel-based perspective offered by Jeff Bennion. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who I have met and corresponded with on a variety of occasions, and the other Apostles of the Lord leading His Restored Church have spent much time in prayer, study, conversations, and apostolic consultation to design loving and encouraging responses to the concerns surrounding the various types of sexual attraction God's children experience during this sometimes troubling mortal existence on Earth as well as toward the sexual orientations and self-labeling that individuals have been adopting to try to understand and describe their sexual attractions and related characteristics. The leaders of the Lord's Church, after carefully considering the many interpretations and viewpoints that people have developed in recent decades, the first thing they did was to create a website and a booklet to reassure those who experience sexual attractions and feelings about their gender that don't seem to align easily with the clear teachings of the Church regarding the proper use of our sexuality, and these materials focused almost exclusively on reassuring affected people and teaching the general Church membership that Christian discipleship requires us to develop understanding, love, and empathy for our brothers and sisters who face these special challenges and any others in this mortal life. Nothing in their words has indicated that it is proper to distance ourselves from same-gender attracted Saints or those facing the doubts and anxieties that come with gender dysphoria. Quite the opposite! We have been called to repentance for our lacking love and support for the people around us facing these challenges, and happily many Latter-day Saints are realizing that these are people we need to love and encourage, just as we need to do for all people on the Earth. To be a consecrated disciple of the Christ while at the same time experiencing such confusing sexual and identity feelings is one of this life's more difficult challenges, perhaps in our age even more than in centuries past because of the philosophies and assumptions that have been built up and popularized and are partially based on truths but contain many mistaken conclusions. Many good people in and out of the Church have adopted certain beliefs that are not really true, and it has led sincere people battling with these challenges as well as many family members and friends away from the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and even to have doubts about the important teachings the Lord is having His apostles instill in our hearts. So without getting into the many details and questions for which millions of Saints and other Christians and others need better understanding and the unshakable witness from the Holy Spirit, let me just say this to keep this complex issue simple for the moment: Voices of the world (in this case those supporting various tenets of what we can call "gay philosophy") and voices from the anointed leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ often sound like opposing clarion calls. Sometimes it's a matter of seeing things from a different perspective, and sometimes it really is satanic forces spreading easy-to-believe lies about the teachings of the Church and the path to true and lasting happiness. My heartfelt advice is for us who desire to be faithful disciples of the Christ to lean towards the answers and guidance provided to us by the wise, prayerful, and inspired leaders of the Church rather than automatically interpreting everything through worldly lenses, which are partially true and to a great degree misleading. Truly, we need to be able to perceive the full palette of truths on the subject in order to understand what the leaders in the LGBTQIA community have right and what they have erred in. We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men... We hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.

RebeccaAugust 27, 2021

Amen to this great article!!

Ann-Marie JensenAugust 27, 2021

I’m always appreciative of the insights shared by Geoff.

ChristineAugust 26, 2021

Thank you so much. As one who has loved Elder Holland and his powerful messages of peace and love and hope and faith in Jesus Christ for all of my adult life, I thank you for your beautiful words. He has been a beacon to me and blessed my life in ways I cannot even begin to articulate. Thank you for your words in defense of a very good man and servant of the Lord. May God bless you and your family.

KCAugust 26, 2021

Thank you! Too many of us sisters equate “niceness” with passivity. In D&C 93 the Lord starts out by talking about light & truth that creates worlds AND created and gives life to US then at the end he reminds us to “make haste” & pray always then “keep my sayings” & “you shall not be confounded in this world”. You have a perfect examples of how our actively choosing the light, and shining the light in darkness makes us feel better & we are promised not to be confounded. No reason for passivity.

Patricia WintersAugust 26, 2021

"Let’s all commit to raising our sites and speaking up." This should be "raising our sights."

KLTAugust 26, 2021

Well written and well stated. In this time of ever increasing distractions, it is time to turn to the Lord and His prophet, to read the scriptures and pray with real intent. Having the Spirit was never more important than now.

Ronald BarnesAugust 26, 2021

I did not start wearing a mask until I was required to do so. Because of conflicting information, I resisted getting the vaccine. It was not the Prophet's words that cause me to finally get the shot, it was his example. Learning that he got shot himself, I decided that if anyone on earth knew the right thing to do, it would be the Prophet of God.

Sandy DildineAugust 26, 2021

There is so much of the radical, Marxist agenda on campuses in this country. An institution that teaches truth, not propaganda is needed more than ever! So many qualified people want to teach at BYU; let the indoctrinated professors go so that the cycle does not continue. Parents should be able to trust that their children will be strengthened in their testimonies and not led astray by the people who's salaries are paid for by them and by faithful Saints tithing dollars!

Milton NodackerAugust 26, 2021

One of the things that attracted me to the Church as a investigator is the principle that the founding documents of the United States, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, are considered inspired by God and held sacred by this Church. I have always felt a deep reverence for these documents and the divine principles enumerated in them. I was distressed when the latest revision to the Handbook ripped out and shredded the Second Article of the Bill of Rights, apparently in the service of "political correctness". I found Elder Holland's reference to the building of the Nauvoo Temple requiring trowels and muskets instructive. Under current Church policy the builders would have had to defend the construction with trowels alone, since the muskets would have been prohibited on a Church property.

brian stubbsAugust 26, 2021

Adding my own miniscule associations with Hugh Nibley, I took Middle Egyptian from him 1971-72. Thirty students started the class, five finished the first semester; three of us finished the second semester. I told him of my plans to also learn Hebrew and other things. He gave me some advice: take Modern Hebrew, not Biblical Hebrew, and you'll read circles around the Biblical Hebrew students. I took his advice and he was right. He later took a keen interest in my linguistic research in Uto-Aztecan, following it closely and encouragingly. He was not only a great man and mind, but also very kind. I loved him like a second father.

Kathryn GrantAugust 26, 2021

When Moroni visited Joseph Smith, he echoed Malachi's words that if the hearts of the children don't turn to their fathers, the whole earth will be utterly wasted at the Lord's coming (see Doctrine and Covenants 2). Could this be why Satan is trying so hard to turn the hearts of the children *against* their fathers?

Nihla W. JuddAugust 25, 2021

It is so refreshing to our heavy laden souls to hear truth shouted from the page - finally. Thank you, Elder Holland, for loudly proclaiming the truth when we thought hope was sinking rapidly below the surface. I have grandchildren attending BYU, and as a result, their stance on correct principles is not at all what we thought it would be when we trustingly sent them there. Something has gone awry. The influence of a "teacher" is so all encompassing that he who bears that title must sense the responsibility that goes along with it. "Rabbi" / teacher. We must emulate and follow the teachings of Christ so that we do not offend "the little ones" and bear the consequences of leading them astray from revealed truth. Thank you for standing tall and proclaiming loudly true and correct principles. Thanks for restoring hope in the hearts of parents who have been devastated of late. We are so very grateful for your clear, concise, loud exclamations on weighty matters i.e., the spiritual lives of our posterity who were trustingly placed in the arms of Brigham Young University. Thanks for calling out the wolves in sheep's clothing. God bless your for it - "Do we not have a prophet in the land?" Let's return Brigham Young University to its greatness. "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." We love you again and again.

Jill PalmerAugust 25, 2021

I am tremendously grateful for my years as a student at BYU,1968-75. Each of my teachers in many fields helped my testimony of the gospel increase. In particular, my first Book of Mormon class was an eye-opener to me with warnings about social and other issues to beware of in the latter-days. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. I hope that Elder Holland's magnificent talk is taken to heart by all.

brian stubbsAugust 25, 2021

Three cheers for Elder Holland! Make that 27 cheers!! Some of my children and grandchildren have said similarly, that some BYU professors push worldly philosophy and not even mingled with much scripture. Especially irksome are how many BYU professors seem to think the Book of Mormon is "inspired fiction" or less and did not happen in ancient America, counter to evidences like the discovery of Nahom written in stone, no less, and hundreds of other such supports. Those into such wayward non-wisdom need to keep those opinions to themselves, be retired early, or fired. And that question should be posed to every future prospective professor, as well.

Jill PalmerAugust 25, 2021

I am up to page 250 of this book and do not want it to end! Hugh Nibley has been a rock in Latter-day Saint scholarship, entirely necessary in confirming the Book of Mormon in its cultural and religious settings. I enjoy his witty style of taking down critics. He has helped my testimony of the gospel expand, for which I am grateful.

Andre J MostertAugust 25, 2021

I miss Hugh Nibley. Our family: my father, mother, my sister and I moved into the Manavu Ward in Provo shortly after Bro. and Sis. Nibley moved across Fourth East from Ward Chapel. In fact Hugh was one of the Gospel Doctrine teachers. I was 13 years old. My folks attended his class that first Sunday. The first thing my dad said as they walked in our house was "I don't understand that man at all." So, from then on Mother attended Hugh's class and my dad went to the other class. That was our introduction to Hugh. When he found out they actually lived in the 9th Ward's area, he went looking for a house within the Manavu Ward boundary:Three doors west of us on 7th North. My mother and Phyllis became great friends. Finding out that my dad was a carpenter, Hugh asked him to come to their home and see if he could build an office space for him. Dad visited with Hugh and checked out the number of books Hugh had in his library. Hugh had an old carriage house on his property and after checking the floor, my dad explained that the ton of books Hugh had meant that he would have to shore up the floor first. As for me, Hugh was a teacher that was a delight to try and follow his teaching. One day as I walked past his classroom in the old Joseph Smith Building, the door opened and the student poured out, all of them looking totally amaze. I asked a friend, what had happened? He laughed and said Hugh did it again. "What?" He was nearing the end of class and he started teaching in some language none of us recognized. I often walked home from school the same time as Hugh. I would walk behind him as I could see he was reading a book. AS we got to the split where to the right you would cross 8th North to go down Third East on the west side and to the east said. More than once, I jogged ahead and slowed down traffic, while Hugh crossed without ever looking up. During my graduate school days, Hugh's son Alex would often baby sit our two boys. One day my Finnish-born wife asked if we could go talk to Hugh. Which we did. She was braver than me and took along one of the several of his books we owned. As we talked about how many languages he knew, he thought for a moment and then said "15 or 16. I can read and write two or three others, but I don't consider that I know them. Then he signed my wife's book "Since Cumorah" with the brief comment: "Greetings to the Mosterts from Hugh Nibley." We loved that man and his family.

Jan RifeAugust 25, 2021

I love Elder Holland. My mom worked with him when she taught seminary in Seattle, he has slways been my favotite. 4 out of 5 of my siblings went there in the 70s. My son graduated 10 years ago and I was so shocked at how it has changed. It's about time for this speach and I'm glad it came from my favorite. I hope all the professors that teach contrary to the gospel principles are let go. Please return it to the Lord's university

Dennis HorneAugust 25, 2021

I recommend this book to all. Studying Nibley is a profound experience in gaining knowledge and humility.

Barbara BlackburnAugust 25, 2021

I was, and am an avid fan of Hugh Nibley and have many of his books I recorded all of his television lessons. I was young and admired him in so many ways. He said it like it was. He has been a stalwart in my growth and I appreciate all I gained from him. My children and grandchildren have also been his fans. We are so grateful to have been enlightened by his intelligence and determination.

Dennis HorneAugust 25, 2021

I certainly do not know all things, or even many things I would like to know, so I don't know if "justification" of the past is the best word to use or context to ponder the subject in, but I do defend the doctrine and policies and procedures of past prophets in their proper historical context. I have done so with this subject on my blog: and for a soul-edifying and uplifting detailed account of the receipt of the revelation itself, see:

Barbie MeyersAugust 25, 2021

Thank you to Elder Holland for addressing the issues found within BYU. I have found much coming from there very discomforting. I hope and pray that the faculty will realign themselves with truth and light. I hope and pray that the student body will seek for truth and light.

LoraAugust 25, 2021

Bruce R McConkie, CES conference Aug 1978 quoted in Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie: “Forget everything that I have said, or what President Brigham Young or President George Q. Cannon or whoever has said in days past that is contrary to the present revelation. We spoke with a limited understanding and without the light and knowledge that has now come into the world. We get our truth line upon line and precept upon precept. We have now had added a new flood of intelligence and light on this particular subject, and it erases all the darkness and all the views and all the thoughts of the past. They don’t matter anymore . . . It doesn’t make a particle of difference what anybody ever said about the Negro matter before the first day of June of this year (1978). It is a new day and a new arrangement, and the Lord has now given the revelation that sheds light into the world on this subject.”

Farol E HunterAugust 25, 2021

That brought tears to my eyes. He is an amazing man and I honor him. I still, to this day, remember hearing the announcement that "all worthy males will be able to receive the priesthood" and feeling thrilled for that decision.

PamAugust 25, 2021

I am so grateful for Elder Holland's speech. I attended BYU in the 70s, and returned to Provo recently after having lived in other places in between. I was surprised at the changes I have seen at BYU since returning. I have been disappointed in hearing about radical ideas of some faculty members at BYU, about very vocal promotion of alternate lifestyles. There was a house on my street occupied by several members of the football team, who had inappropriate parties every weekend involving alcohol, tobacco, and likely other substances. I see athletes for BYU and other students whose dress and hair do not reflect the honor code. I am so glad that Elder Holland addressed some of the issues affecting BYU at this time. I hope BYU will uphold its unique mission and not yield to the voices that are pulling it away from that mission.

Rosie BAugust 25, 2021

I was a young single working mother in 1982 when I converted to the Church. I had a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon, but there was a lot about Church culture that I found confusing & discouraging. I discovered Hugh Nibley's works and his fascinating insights helped me see more of the big eternal picture. I hope for a revival of interest in his work.

JuliannAugust 25, 2021

Everyone has a story, a life, struggles and successes to share. And people are hungry to talk, but they have become cynical and jaded that anyone really cares to listen. I can strike up a conversation with just about anyone because I take the time to do so, because I ask the right questions, and because I sincerely am interested in who they are. Plus I’m not out to give advice, diminish feelings or “fix” others. There is an art to listening, and it can be learned, but it takes patience, desire, and two ears, one mouth.

Sydney WheadonAugust 25, 2021

I enjoy all of your comments, but this one was very relevant and important in our world.

Bill EnglishAugust 25, 2021

You mean like "today most scholars agree that the best option is a river valley called Wadi Tayyib al-Ism, discovered in 1995 by Latter-day Saint explorers George Potter and Craig Thorsted." in the text of the article. Or, "According to Warren Aston, who has carefully explored the surrounding regions..." Or the list of several books and articles listed in the notes and bibliography?

DanAugust 25, 2021

Very good and thought provoking

Maryann TaylorAugust 24, 2021

I just read this address today and I am so glad you also posted it on Meridian. Elder Holland makes it clear that BYU professors have a sacred trust to teach according to the light and truth of the gospel. I am so happy Elder Holland gave this address at a time when there is confusion for some about the subject of same-sex relationships. I think my favorite part of the address was his comment that: "..Christ never ONCE withheld his love from anyone, but he also never once said to anyone, 'Because I love you, you are exempt from keeping my commandments.' " I think that says it all.

CurtisAugust 24, 2021

This is exactly something I am researching and am writing on right now. This is a fantastic article and I quote several of the same things you do!

Kelly P.August 24, 2021

My own son's testimony was shredded and shattered by the teachings and opinions of an admired BYU professor over 26 years ago. My son, a faithful returned missionary, was so proud and thankful to attend BYU, where he earned his Bachelor's degree. We were thankful that he could attend BYU, and entrusted him to that great institution. But we never expected him to be spiritually wounded by a professor and mentor who should have been strengthening his faith and building his testimony. I hope the faculty and leaders of BYU will listen to Elder Holland, and work hard to stay within the light and truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ and teach them. They have an extremely important responsibility to do so.

R McCaskillAugust 24, 2021

I graduate from BYU and was impressed and loved how it was not only a secular institution but also a religious one. I enjoyed my gospel doctrine classes and know the mission of BYU was inspired. I had to go through an interview with my Bishop and agree to uphold the standard of the church, I hope the professors are asked to do the same and are held accountable if they don't. If I didn't uphold those standards I risked getting expelled, I would expect the professors should be held to the same criteria.

Jo Ann OkelberryAugust 24, 2021

This situation is so incredibly sad. My heart aches and cries for all those people, especially the women and girls, who will be back in bondage. We all feel so helpless. May God ease their burdens.

Jan KuesterAugust 24, 2021

Thank you for a very revealing article. I agree completely and watch with a heavy heart, the effects of the beliefs and errant claims which so many people in our modern, self-deluding society ascribe to. Thank you for the call and warning to each of us. I have a firm testimony that we are led by prophets, seers and revelatory who are here to teach, testify and encourage all mankind that we must look to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ for salvation and peace.

Jennetta BiberstonAugust 24, 2021

I read the "Kiterunner" and it made me sick knowing how many adults and children had suffered like that and even worse. I pray for your people, for our people, as we should all be brothers and sisters.

Carl OlsenAugust 24, 2021

Very early on when the various vaccines began distribution, I vowed that I would not be vaccinated because I did not trust that they were safe. As time went on I became even more firm in my decision. But when I heard President Nelson's recommendation, I made it a matter of prayer during evening prayers with my wife. Almost immediately after that prayer, I distinctly heard a "still small voice" repeatedly speak the phrase "Follow the Prophet" resounding in my mind. I immediately scheduled an appointment to get the vaccine.

CASAugust 24, 2021

As a BYU graduate of many years ago and avid BYU supporter, I honestly think it is time to play "hardball" with these issues! I propose that any teacher/professor violating the high standards of teaching at Brigham Young University which are outside the boundaries set by the Church of Latter-day Saints and the teachings therein, should be put on academic probation with a follow-up interview by an Apostle in person. The claims against that person should be clear and substantiated by students or faculty. (The video clip by a Lehi High student the first week of school of the offense he/she saw and heard from a teacher was conclusive in the dismissal of that offending teacher!). If the concerns are substantiated, the instructor should be terminated immediately! Period! This is MY university also, and I think high standards of teaching should be expected and demanded!

Laurin RackhamAugust 24, 2021

Yesterday my daughter and I 'intstalled' her gay son and his sister in the dorms at the Y. Both have ever been treated with the utmost courtesy and dignity at the Y. They are some of my 32 offspring (and grand-offspring) who have been there. Afterwards, shopping for food for them, my daughter met Sister Susan Easton Black, also shopping, and expressed profound gratitude for her teaching there. "That class is where I gained my testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith." That you Elder Doctor Holland and Sister Doctor Black so very much for all you do for all of us.

JaneAugust 24, 2021

I don't know anyone there and I'm sick as well. All those women and girls driven back into the dark ages because our leaders don't have the courage to do the right thing. Not only that, but US leaders are preventing others from doing the right thing. God help the Afghans. I trust that God will demand justice from US leaders sentencing Afghans to death, if they're lucky. I pray with all my might for our sisters and brothers there descending into darkness because we abandoned them. Only the Lord can help them now.

Dennis HorneAugust 24, 2021

This was a superb and inspired address from an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. I see from online content that many are taking issue with it and therefore showing where they stand. Some are slandering this Special Witness who told the truth he knew some would find upsetting or unpopular or contrary to their personal views. Such is Elder Holland's calling and duty before God. I entertain slight hope that the offending parties at BYU that Elder Holland was speaking to will correct their ways. These people, as Elder Holland noted, are activists and advocates; hence the "tragic" friendly fire aimed at the Brethren/Church he spoke of. No matter the philosophies of the world, the scriptures and doctrine will not change and BYU needs to harmonize or either cease to exist or something else drastic--as Elder Holland, Pres. Nelson, and Pres. Oaks were all quoted as saying. We must love all (including LGBT) but NOT "condone" the sinful behavior or activism.

John R CarpenterAugust 24, 2021

"... After having served a full-time mission and marrying her husband in the temple, a friend of mine recently left the church. In her graduation statement on a social media post, she credited [such and such a BYU program and its faculty] with the radicalizing of her attitudes and the destruction of her faith.’” I know of 3 people who have left the Church because of what they learned at BYU - including my daughter.

John R CarpenterAugust 24, 2021

A comment regarding the left and right political image followed by another image of the Restored Gospel on the left and the Apostasy on the right. The Restored Gospel is neither left-wing nor right-wing of the political spectrum. It is a God centered way of life that can, through Jesus the Christ, lead to eternal salvation and to the full Glory of God. And anyone claiming or thinking that these two images in the article support left-wing politics and religion “that” is like the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is wrong. And anyone thinking or claiming that the primary colors representing the left & right wing politics relate somehow to the image of the Restored Gospel or Apostasy is also wrong. The two images are separate and independent from each other. Any association other to the undecided being drawn one way or the other would be incorrect. The top image represents the pull of the left & right wing politics and their religions of man trying to influence the undecided. The bottom image conveys that the undecided need to choose between the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Apostasy of popular emotional and so religions fixations.

Sonya WashburnAugust 24, 2021

I think we all need to remember not to judge people, some people's health will not allow them to be vaccinated. Also I find that when people wear a mask they feel safe and come too close and touch and hug and mess with their masks, and get germs all over their hands, spreading virus everywhere. Trying to understanding a person wearing a mask is more difficult so people come closer to be heard or understood...I say stop keep your distance, take the mask off so I can understand what you are saying..I prefer social distancing.

Sonya WashburnAugust 24, 2021

Thank you Elder Holland for addressing this issue. I too have felt to stop contributing to BYU if its professors are going to teach contrary to gospel principles. This has been going on for quite some time and there should be a way to weed out these unbelieving professors that are doing damage to our trusting children.

PatriceAugust 24, 2021

So glad that someone has said something. Bravo to Elder Holland. He is able to put his thoughts across in such a beautiful & spiritual way. What's been going on at BYU for the past several years and how it has accelerated to such a rapid pace is scary, to say the least.

SfischAugust 24, 2021

Amen and amen! Philosophies of men-so thankful for a living oracle to guide us in our fallen world. I love Elder Holland-he proclaimed the truth and corrected the mistakes in a way/manner that most only hope they could.

Elizabeth SAugust 24, 2021

Thanks for covering this talk in detail. I've written the Board of Trustees and admin at BYU 3 times in the past year about particular curricula and faculty attitudes at BYU. I am glad for this evidence that they are listening. Now I guess we'll see if this makes a difference with the boots on the ground.

Paralee M. EckmanAugust 24, 2021

I have known Elder Jeffrey R. Holland since he was a child in the same ward I grew up in. We met and visited briefly several times as he visited his beloved St. George. We treasure his wisdom and insight, and I am so glad he gave this address at BYU! I have heard from people who have had children who lost their testimony at BYU, and that is a tragedy! When a student attends BYU, you expect them to be strengthened in Gospel principles, and not hear messages against Church teachings. I went to BYU in 1954-55, and it was very Church centered. It needs to be now, and in the future!

William ToftAugust 24, 2021

Wearing masks is easy, even if you don't want to be vaccinated. It wasn't too long ago the prophet advised us to seek personal revelation. On this matter my wife and I (both in our 70s) have counseled together, pondered and prayed ....and continue to do so about the matter. Thus far, we feel the vaccine is not right for us. It may be for most people but we are avoiding the vaccine as we continue to be open to promptings to do otherwise.

ShaunaAugust 24, 2021

thank you Elder Holland. I love you and you will always be "President Holland" to me, as you were President of BYU when I was there. I thank God for you and your passion for BYU. I had a daughter there last year who is soon leaving on a mission and deliver another daughter there tomorrow. I have attended 2 other private universities for graduate training and there is nothing like BYU. But I am also aware that not all faculty are on board completely with the Gospel, and in fact, in receiving a masters degree there, many years ago, was also indoctrinated, and believed for a time, some ideologies that are not in complete harmony with the Gospel. Students can get the philosophies of the world anywhere, but BYU is one of the few places where they can learn those philosophies through the lens of the gospel. It seems to me that the Lord has a vested and continuing interest in education--i.e. D&C 88 and 93, but it also seems striking to me, that 4 of 15 current apostles have been either Presidents of BYU-I or BYU. I believe you when you say that the Lord planted a love for BYU early on in your heart, and I am so grateful that the flame is still burning. May God continue to lead this great university to be a "house of learning and a house of faith."

P SkousenAugust 24, 2021

In my life I attended BYU and helped my husband through this magnificent university. I have always been grateful for that opportunity. My brother and my youngest daughter graduated from BYU and my middle daughter graduated from BYU-I. The standards and wisdom received from the remarkable professors who stood for truth and righteousness was always a testimony to the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to myself and to my family. Thank you Elder Holland for your perfect words of wisdom.

James WarrAugust 24, 2021

It would be nice if you gave credit to those who originally discovered this place instead of giving the impression that you made the discovery.

WeezieAugust 24, 2021

Thank you so very much for giving me some new and true perspective I had never thought of before. It really helped soften my heart. You are a phenomenal writer to be able to do what you did. I’m at peace now, thanks to you!

chris howellAugust 24, 2021

Thank you for sharing. As a parent with three BYU grads and son in law part of the faculty, I pray that Elder Holland's admonishment will be heeded without reservation.

JustinAugust 24, 2021

Thank you for sharing this message. Too many are swept along with "politically correct" messages, and forget the love of our Heavenly Father and His desire for happiness and love for all. Sometimes that means taking a stand, and aligning yourself with Him. His ways are not our ways.

LindaAugust 24, 2021

BYU needs to "let go" those instructors who teach this trash to students. As professors of BYU, they are actually going against the code of BYU just as much as any student who dresses or acts inappropriately.

SamAugust 24, 2021

I think there is another division that I do often read with Deseret News. Trump has caused great division almost Anarchy. Many in the Church feel you must be for Trump or your not going to the Celestial Kingdom. That you must be a Republican. I have concerns about both parties. Please address this. Our country is in a major pandemic and many thousands have needlessly died because of the word , Hoax. Please address this! Thank you

Colleen MoellerAugust 24, 2021

I love this article, and am so glad that Elder Holland spoke to this point. Having attended BYU a few decades ago, and having watched it closely as a place to recommend to my own children, I have been disappointed in more recent years from the public messages that seem to come from faculty and students. Thank you Elder Holland for making it clear that BYU, it’s faculty and students should always be loyal first to gospel principles and the messages of the restored gospel.

SageAugust 24, 2021

My heart breaks for the people of Afghanistan. I will continue to pray and donate for them. So sorry our pres couldn't keep 2500 soldiers there. Such a shame.

Alan BylundAugust 23, 2021

We need to keep in mind that God is good at choosing his battles. He allows us to believe certain cultural false assumptions in order to not distract from the more important messages. It is also important to understand that this is a world wide church trying to persuade leaders of nations that the church is always supportive of the governments of the countries they are allowed to participate in. Think of the message they need to send to all the leaders of all those nations. We also need to remember that the church wanted all members to feel safe at church. Those of us who are aware of the bigger picture can deal with a little inconvenience to make those less informed feel safe and avoid a major controversy which would be counterproductive to the church's mission.

Alan FlemingAugust 23, 2021

The best way to understand the sacrament is to partake of it. The best way to understand the temple is to attend it. While we can study with faith the scriptures and books by good writers, the temple is best understood by attendance in the temple itself. When we understand the atonement we will come to the sacrament table with tears of repentance and hope. When the understand the plan of salvation we will participate in temple covenant-ordinances with humilty and service. During the sacrament and in the temple we will receive revelation as we participate worthily.

Lex KAugust 23, 2021

Ever since the prophet came out with the letter encouraging getting the vaccine, people have been treating it , and seem to keep insinuating that this was a revelation and so we should all follow. No where has it been said that this is a revelation. It is a suggestion from the presidency. You are still a member in good standing if you choose not to get the vaccine.

Maryann TaylorAugust 23, 2021

In order to see a full picture here, I think bullying needs to be addressed. While there is some great advice in this article, there are times when accepting aggressive behavior is wrong. Also, whether the parent gets involved really depends on the age of the child. Sometimes parental intervention is necessary, especially if there are repeated offences. I believe it is much better for the PARENT to remain calm and to show a little empathy for the child (not dramatic coddling), rather than to immediately tell the child to "calm down." When someone tells me to "calm down," it feels like what they are really saying is, "I don't really care that you are upset, and your feelings don't really matter."

Pat DraweAugust 23, 2021

Your article is a wonderful help and reminder for believers. I believe the law of agency is so essential that careless drivers or intentional evil doers are not blocked from causing hurt or disaster, except in unusual circumstances. Have you written or would you consider writing an article about the intersection of man’s free agency and the Lord’s protection that we pray for?

Pam RoderAugust 23, 2021

I will add my voice with that of Charles McClelland. He stated my opinion exactly.

Bonnie MattsonAugust 23, 2021

Excellent article! Thank you for taking the time to share these thoughts. I love the Temple and will be glad to get back when the restrictions are lifted and my health improves.

Wally GoddardAugust 23, 2021

Good ideas. I recommend that every reader consider the five steps in emotion coaching described by John Gottman in Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child (chapter 3).

J. RossAugust 23, 2021

Excellent article. I like the author's willingness to question his own personal beliefs. I believe most of us have had a time when we disagreed with a church issue. Sometimes it is the politically liberal among us, now it seem to be the conservatives.The point is none of us has a perfect view.If we think we know more than the prophets, we will be left on the outside.

T. BarrettAugust 23, 2021

One thing that has made the temple more meaningful to me is to take a family name through all the ordinances myself (not all on the same day). I feel a more personal connection to this ancestor and to the ordinances myself. Thank you for your article. I feel that I love the temple, but I don't love going there as much as would like to.

Joyce YoungAugust 23, 2021

I enjoyed your article. I remember the first time I went to the temple years ago, I was surprised things were so ceremonial, with lots of symbols and clothing. I didn't understand the symbols and actions so I was confused. I thought you just sat in white clothing and listened to a presentation and raised your hand to make covenants. I later learned what all the symbolism means, that it helps us remember what is said and done better than just listening. You learn al lot about the purpose of earth life and the eternities if you listen and try to feel the spirit of it all. Thanks

PamelaAugust 23, 2021

A couple years back after a RS meeting I told a sister in the ward that I wanted to gain a testimony of the temple like she had. So I went once a week for a couple months but still didn’t grasp what the big deal was. The Spirit prompted me to attend every morning. That is when I started to gain my testimony of the temple and I looked forward to communicating with the Lord each day. Now I know for myself why people love to go to the temple !

cameron steinbuschAugust 23, 2021

I live in an area that has a temple built but not dedicated yet due to covid. Some people have been in it though and the universal message is, if your claustrophobic you won't like it. I am very claustrophobic and the size of the building or room doesn't matter, you could be claustrophobic anywhere. That is my big worry that I would have a panic attack or anxiety attack there, which I have had before in the temple, elsewhere though.

Terry RichAugust 22, 2021

Thank you for your insights. The beauty of wise authors and prophets give balm to my soul.

LisaAugust 22, 2021

It is fun to see all the different ties the missionaries wear. I think it is a source of entertainment for all.

Dianne DemikAugust 21, 2021

Brother Peterson, I'm afraid I can't articulate well enough how blessed I have been by your writing and speaking over the years. This article has been so helpful to me as I finally turned off the television showing the anguish of many children of God in Afghanistan and Haiti. Thank you.

DebraAugust 21, 2021

Beautifully said!

Helen CondonAugust 20, 2021

I long ago decided that I will add 2 scripture references to my son’s gravestone: Job 1:21 and 1 Samuel 1:28 All will, indeed, be made well.

Carlos RoundyAugust 20, 2021

Through the atonement of Jesus Christ all suffering has purpose, with out the atonement, nothing in life has purpose.

SusanAugust 20, 2021

What a wonderful article filled with comfort and strength for the present and hope for the future! Thank you for this.

Candace WashburnAugust 20, 2021

What a powerful testimony of our Savior! Thank you!

CarolAugust 18, 2021

I love the quote at the end by Abraham Lincoln! And this story just proves had stupid and foolish war is!!!

Papa PotterAugust 18, 2021

Wow -- gospel truths beautifully written and very timely for me. THANKS

DonnaAugust 18, 2021

Thank you for a much-needed article! This is a fantastic wealth of information that poses the question of why so many people are pushing this agenda so quickly on our vulnerable youth. People need to hear both sides of the story, and this is the other side that is too often silenced. I hope this is circulated far and wide.

Vardell TaylorAugust 18, 2021

"It is in turning to Jesus and calling on His goodness that we are saved." Yes! just as it is in all the examples: Benjamins people, Enos, Alma, Lamoni, his father, the Lamanites in Helaman 5. We can be forgiven for all our sins, and be saved - be confident that Christ has promised us exaltation. And it can happen as we are right now; forgiveness is not dependent on a long list of performances and ordinances. Why don't we have people announcing, like Alma, I have been born again, redeemed, changed from the carnal man to a state of righteousness?

Michelle VincilAugust 18, 2021

This is such a heartbreaking struggle. It is particularly scary for a parent when you feel, while you are trying to figure things out, that you have the needs of your child, the voices of society and possible conflicts with school and public administrations that you are dealing wtih. I haven't had this exact situation but some very "modern" situations with my children. It was most helpful to realize that 1. i needed to find calm somehow so I could really talk w God and hear His voice. 2. pay attn and realize when I am moving based on fear or imagined timelines. 3 just because a voice is the loudest doesn't mean it is the correct one. Often, people who have the same questions, and would support you while you figure things out, are often the ones trying to be respectful of your "space" and don't say anything. There is a way to give love and support without pushing expectations. Finally, it was so important to shut out everybody else and make sure my child knew i loved them, was truly listening, and had the confidence that there were answers. Some of the things I dealt with took several years but as soon as I quit forcing my chosen result on my child and listened nonjudgmentally and LOVED them, things started to open up and we found a way thru. SATAN USES CONTENTION no matter the situation TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM HEARING EACH OTHER, LOVING EACH OTHER AND SUPPORTING EACH OTHER. God bless us all. He is good all the time.

AnonymousAugust 18, 2021

THANK YOU! I am so grateful to see information on the alternatives and regret of transitioning. I feel like I’ve been fighting a lost battle against common sense as Mental health professionals and the world seem to tell me to let my child do whatever they want. I 100% agree with watchful waiting and getting the child busy and involved in life. How can we get information like this out to the youth who are being fed social media that is harmful?

Herm OlsenAugust 18, 2021

Bro. Goddard has again hit the nail on the head! This is a thoughtful, gentle and merciful reminder that, in God’s eyes, we are all and each of us Pearls of Great Price. Thank you for the insights. Thank you for the kindness!

Karla SAugust 17, 2021

I made the decision to be vaccinated, due to age and comorbidities. I'm a nurse and I'm well aware of the debate, on both sides. Most of the articles you cited are not new to me and there are a lot of questions left unanswered in most of these, and other articles I have read, or with experts I have listened to. This issue is NOT settled even among the experts. I am generally pro vaccine, with a few exceptions. As with all vaccines, these Covid 19 vaccines should also be taken with INFORMED CONSENT, not MANDATED. That is the biggest issue I see among "CPDs" I know, including myself. After all, these vaccines are still "experimental" and there appears to be risks in taking them. As for mask usage, it's not 100%, whether due to using them incorrectly, or wearing ineffective cloth masks. Generally speaking, if someone has real concerns about catching Covid 19, that person should really keep that fact in mind, and limit exposure to crowds of any kind, including church services. I know most Wards are continuing Zoom access to meetings. I don't feel the Prophet is telling us NOT to be informed and not to use this information to evaluate our particular circumstances. I do agree that he is trying to help us look at those around us with compassion and empathy. Wheter "CPD" or not, we should NOT allow this virus to tear us apart as members of the Lord's Kingdom.

ReluctantAugust 17, 2021

There is very real concern about the vaccine. I had the first shot, then I got Covid. I recovered from Covid. I was feeling fine. Then I got the second shot and I have not recovered my health and it has been months since that happened. There is a problem with the vaccine for some people and I don’t believe our government is honest about it. Just because it didn’t cause problems for everyone doesn’t mean it is safe for all and we should be able to choose without creating contention.

Rita in TexasAugust 17, 2021

David M., your comments embody the article's critique of those who dismiss, harass and otherwise abuse those who have chosen to allow logic, reason and knowledge to inform their actions. Did nothing the author wrote sink in? Covid policy doubters are not heartless monsters willing to kill little children; we are thoughtful, faithful Saints who have serious questions that few want to hear, much less answer. I am unable to wear a mask or take the jab, both for medical reasons. Going to worship with my ward family has been impossible for months, and just recently I've been able to attend. Now, it looks like it will be taken away again. Even with the delta variant, children are largely immune from the kinds of problems that the elderly and those with co-morbidities generally have. Parents with medically-fragile children usually keep them at home. There are several people in my ward who haven't been able to attend church or the temple, and some of them are considering leaving the Church altogether, because of the unkind words coming from erstwhile friends and leaders. This is a complicated situation, made more so by the constantly changing narrative coming from the government and its minions. Please don't make it worse.

Patrick McLaneAugust 17, 2021

It's not about pros and cons. It's about truth vs lies. Good vs evil.

HalAugust 17, 2021

Wow! What a great article! Thank you! I have often said we are wrong to judge previous generations by present-day mores. I shudder to think how future generations may judge our current society. It gives me comfort to know that in thousands of years of human history, with millions of different cultures, and tens of billions of individuals who have lived through their own mortal experience, that there is One who is qualified to know my heart and be merciful in His judgement.

MadelineAugust 17, 2021

I love this! Awesome way to appeal to young Latter Day Saints like me :)

David BlackburnAugust 17, 2021

Thanks Duane, you have always had such a thoughtful approach, and serving with you before I know first hand of your loving concerns to present all the facts in a non- judge mental thorough way that meets the approval of the Lord. What a wonderful article, and wider perspective that can help heal divisions and feelings. The Lords ways are always higher than our own, and it’s wonderful to have our living General Authorities to guide us and lead us in these Latter Days.

Karl MillerAugust 17, 2021

Wikipedia and NPR are biased sources of information, and to cite them at the start gives an unsettling foundation to this article.

JimAugust 17, 2021

I agree the Church can advise its members to get vaccinated but I disagree that the shot is safe and effective. If it is effective why are they now saying you will need to get a booster shot every 8 months. Why are people still getting covid who have had the shot? Second, how can they say it is safe? Do they have proof that in 2 years there are no serious side effects? In 5 years? 10 years? They can't. What if there is. How will members feel then about the First Presidency statement? How many may leave the Church because of it?

RBAugust 17, 2021

It's worth noting the fact that President Nelson spent many years as a successful, brilliant cardiac surgeon. And a humble one, which isn't the norm for cardiac surgeons. He helped develop the heart/lung bypass machine, without which millions of people around the world would have died. He knows more about the workings of the human body & health than those who suddenly became infectious disease experts last year thanks to the Internet. He has a vast store of knowledge, in addition to the presence of the Spirit. I am completely fed up with those who are putting their biases as their god. This month in fast & testimony meeting, a brother stood up & basically told us all that the First Presidency are false prophets because of what they recommend regarding COVID. And this was before the latest letter. He & his wife have always been rabid anti-vaxxers. So apparently this is the hill they choose to die on. I'm all for agency, if they choose to leave the Church they should go. But I feel really sorry for their children.

Curt BassettAugust 17, 2021

Long time Duane! Your article tracks with my thinking about the need to protect the church from destruction politically. I've been thinking of the concept of the Lord commanding his prophets in the scriptures to employ stratagem. Abraham saying Sarah is his sister. Elijah leading blinded syrians to Samaria. Stratagem in Book of Mormon wars. Captain Moroni said deceit, decoys and trickery not a sin in war. Alma 43:30. Could 1st Pres be employing stratagem in our war against Secret Combination here? Flattering Caesar to misdirect and preserve Church's 501c3 status and privileges in spreading gospel? Don't have your new phone#. My old contact info is still good. Please give me a call to discuss/catch up.

AbbieAugust 17, 2021

While I can appreciate the tone and very thoughtful written article. I think the overall view should be, I am allowed to have my agency. I am allowed to make decisions for me and my family and that should be respected by all people as I respect your rights to make decisions for yourself and your family, ones that I may not agree with. The constitution was written too so that I may have that right as well, and yes slowly it has eroded, been taught incorrectly and they have over stepped their authority. The Lord highly values our agency. He will force no one and I think we all should follow his example. Name calling pointing finger, They are immature and selfish on Both sides of this debate. Trying to find common ground and actually having a real debate would be more helpful, but with dishonest reporting and too many differing expert opinions do not help and with social medial and news media censoring information it does help foster those honest debates to happen.

MelAugust 17, 2021

Thank you for your article. It has been the most diplomatic, church related piece I have read concerning COVID policies. From the official church handbook: 38.7.13 Vaccinations "Vaccinations administered by competent medical professionals protect health and preserve life. Members of the Church are encouraged to safeguard themselves, their children, and their communities through vaccination. Ultimately, individuals are responsible to make their own decisions about vaccination. If members have concerns, they should counsel with competent medical professionals and also seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost." As someone who has sought counsel with multiple competent medical professionals and also sought the guidance of the Holy Ghost as per direction from the First Presidency, the instruction I have received is different from many but right for me. Could this be an opportunity for the members of the church to have confidence in each other for doing the work of research and receiving spiritual guidance and show respect for each other even if our answers might look different?

JanAugust 17, 2021

Most thoughtful comments on history and our current society and how it treats history that I have ever heard. Presented in a meaningful way and tone. I for one plan on being more thoughtful of those from our past and the contributions they made.

Gaylinn ThompsonAugust 17, 2021

I appreciate the points and examples used in this article. Very well-written. Very illuminating and grounding. Thank you.

Ed RehderAugust 17, 2021

Thank you. A voice of reason in this world of wokeness.

Julie ArcherAugust 17, 2021

This is a wonderful article. My concern is not with members decisions to get the vaccine or not, but of how they treat those who choose differently than they do. We see in the Book of Mormon over and over that contentions arose among members because of pride. This is what we are seeing. The love of God is not in many of our hearts instead we have pride and judgment against those who believe and choose different. Our opinion matter more than love for our neighbor. Especially concerning the prophets current statement. You even see it in these comments. In such a critical time that we should humble ourselves and all unite in our faith in Christ despite little disputations Instead we are seeing contention and separation among His flock.

Kathy SandersAugust 17, 2021

Jacob, thank you for this article (and all your articles). I have five children who have left the church over such Ethnocentric ways of looking at history, both political world history and church history. It is certainly the "popular" thing to do these days and I only have one word for looking back at anyone's lives with such a certainty that they have an extra lens of understanding others missed: Arrogance. Oh that we would all humbly take Moroni's plea with the same humility he offered it and be merciful and curious, not arrogant and certain of things we can't possibly really know as we weren't there. Thank you.

Jan PetersonAugust 17, 2021

This article and some of the comments intimate that the prophet has given us a commandment, but he hasn't. He has encouraged us in one direction while leaving the opposite direction open and trusted our personal revelation and agency. Just like not getting the vaccine because of fear is the wrong choice, getting it "because the prophet did" is also spiritually and physically irresponsible. We are to seek revelation for ourselves and our stewardships.

ScottAugust 17, 2021

From my perspective, the Lord has been assisting us. Global pandemic, yet people have been inspired to create the technology over the last few decades to effectively and safely address it, just when it's needed most. And just when there's a global pandemic, who has the Lord called as His prophet? A medical doctor.

Margaret E. BatesAugust 17, 2021

This is a wonderful article and echoes all of my feelings on Covid mitigation in particular, and on following the Prophet and the Brethren as a whole regardless of the issue, in general. How can we call ourselves good Latter-day Saints in Jesus Christ's church and do less?

CricketAugust 17, 2021

First of all, you are building a straw man by saying the CDC has proven to be unreliable, then quote from it to show that it is. As long as the data fits. Soooo...I ask: why the PUSH for a vaccine (that has, according to the CDC, a 90% effective rate) for a viral infection that has a 99% recovery rate, with lifetime immunity? A vaccine is going to require boosters. I also ask why alternative treatments are not even discussed? As I understand agency, information is needed to make an unfettered choice. So why the one-sided push?

Timothy D. JohnsonAugust 16, 2021

Consider the following: D&C 84:64 And these signs shall follow those who believe- D&C 84:71 And if any man shall administer poison unto them it shall not hurt them; I am considered to be medically fragile. I have been in the hospital for surgery twice and to multiple medical facilities since the pandemic began. I am blessed with a good immune system and am seldom bothered by colds of flu. So far I have been blessed to have been protected the Covid virus other than losing my sense of taste and a few snuffles for a couple of days. Getting any of the vaccines fills me with terror as I've viewed articles that reveal what is in them or the conditions that some are manufactured in. But I cannot deny the words of Scripture. I must follow the prophet and have faith in what the Savior has promised.

T GrantAugust 16, 2021

I don't understand the controversy. Do or Do Not. Live with it.

D. MackeyAugust 16, 2021

I have always appreciated counsel from our prophets who have warned members against accepting anything taught by them on blind faith. Rather, we have been counseled to make their teachings a matter of serious study and prayer. Then be open to the personal revelation that will come by the power and influence of the Holy Ghost directing how we are to individually respond. Agency comes down to individuals who must act according to the light and knowledge they receive for themselves in their particular circumstances and within their own spheres of stewardship.

Kim MAugust 16, 2021

I wonder how many people put following the Lord first? Because if you asked Him in prayer and received an matter what that answer'd follow that direction...not man

Bruce T ForbesAugust 16, 2021

Many years ago I was in a stake conference in Arizona in which Elder Mark E. Peterson was speaking. He told stories of how the leaders agonize over wording in letters such as the one last week. He said when a letter says "We recommend", then all they're doing is recommending, nothing more and nothing less. Last week's letter "urged" us to do something; it did not "command" us. Take that letter with you into your private prayers and let the Holy Spirit guide you; that's what I did. The Spirit instructed me on what to do, and even though it's not what I want to do, I know better than to not follow the Spirit - or the prophet.

Lawrence NielsenAugust 16, 2021

Thank you. When one believes that we are lead by a living prophet, to stay on the covenant path means acceptance of counsel and obedience. I find it a complement when I am classed with the"sheeple" by the anti-maskers and anti-vacsers because I follow the the counsel of our leaders.

Heather SmurthwaiteAugust 16, 2021

This truly resonated light with my mind and heart! I appreciate it so much!

Helga SilskiAugust 16, 2021

I was very happy to read so many wonderful, positive responses. For the life of me I cannot understand how anybody that claims to be a member of the Church speaks negatively about the First Presidencies encouraging message to wear a mask and get vaccinated. If we only prayed about this subject earnestly, we would get an answer from the spirit in the affirmative. It is a great blessing to have a living Prophet on earth in these troubling times, the Lord has not forsaken us and left us in the dark, the Prophet is His mouthpiece on the earth and so are his counselors and the Quorum of the Twelve. I love, honor and sustain these brethren and I thank the Lord for them daily. Thank you Meridian Magazine for your uplifting articles, you are part of my life as are the scriptures. Thank you for spreading light and truth. God bless and continue to shower you with inspiration. Great big thank you to Duane Boyce for an excellent and lovingly presented message!

Paul HAugust 16, 2021

I'm certain there were many who thought Moses had gone loopy when he held up the brazen serpent and so they refused to gaze upon it, which was exercising their God-given agency to not follow the prophet, and we all know what happened to the "anti-gazers" don't we? I remember President Faust saying how much we would jump at the opportunity to work on the rebuilding of the Nauvoo Temple, but then asked if we would simply perform our home teaching duty. I'm at a loss as to why the extremely simple wearing of a mask or getting a vaccine (that the Prophet says was a literal God-send) would be so controversial and why anyone would believe information on the internet or social media over their own doctor's advice. But people refused to gaze at the brazen serpent, too, so I guess we're not all that different from the ancient Children of Israel, are we?

Jessica WhitakerAugust 16, 2021

Thank you for helping me reorient. I am ashamed of myself and will get vacinnated right away. Waiting for Novavax might come too late. Stubborness and pride have always been my achilles heel and throw in health, patriotism, civics, and all my cherished values and it is a perfect test. Some will be tried for wearing masks and others for not! Commit your body to Almighty God.

MKTAugust 16, 2021

From the official church handbook: 38.7.13 Vaccinations "Vaccinations administered by competent medical professionals protect health and preserve life. Members of the Church are encouraged to safeguard themselves, their children, and their communities through vaccination. Ultimately, individuals are responsible to make their own decisions about vaccination. If members have concerns, they should counsel with competent medical professionals and also seek the guidance of the Holy Ghost." This article is thought provoking for sure and presents insights that had not occurred to me before. However as someone who has sought counsel with multiple competent medical professionals and also sought the guidance of the Holy Ghost as per direction from the First Presidency, the instruction I have received is different from many but right for me. Could this be an opportunity for the members of the church to have confidence in each other for doing the work of research and receiving spiritual guidance and show respect each other even if our answers might look different?

Gary AndersonAugust 16, 2021

Thank you for this inspired article! I didn't know which way to go about wearing a mask again, but this article helped me to decide to always obey the brethren and get my own confirmation as well. I have now gotten it.

Maryann TaylorAugust 16, 2021

Oh, how I wish this article had been posted sooner!!! Just taught this lesson on Sunday in the Gospel Doctrine class.

Maryann TaylorAugust 16, 2021

This letter is absolutely mind boggling. I cannot conceive of someone worrying about their own "needs" after betraying their spouse in the worst possible way. His attitude is pouring salt into her wounds. When he can be more concerned about HER feelings and recognize what he has done to her, MAYBE he will be at a STARTING point to receive her forgiveness.

Maryann TaylorAugust 16, 2021

Having a hard time figuring out what the big deal is here. President Nelson did NOT say we have to wear face masks everywhere. He counseled us to wear them in public meetings where safe distancing is not possible. Also, he has been encouraging us to get immunized for a long time--nothing new here.

David MAugust 16, 2021

The other article in today's Meridian Magazine has dozens of reader comments. This one has none. I think that's because it's too long and confusing for the average reader who's just trying to do the right thing for his family, and not trying to justify or disprove all the conspiracy theories. My advice to ward leaders and CPD's is different than this article proposes - I'd say, act with an abundance of caution. Don't take any chances with other people's health. If you don't want to get vaccinated and wear a mask and social distance, then stay home and watch the meeting broadcast. You will never be able to live with the horror of possibly being responsible for the infection or death of an innocent child.

B CharlesAugust 16, 2021

Masking has been shown through peer-reviewed research to reduce transmission even if people don’t understand the scientific review process. The brethren shut down in-person worship before the government did. Vaccines are safe and effective as the First Presidency stated in their recent communication. There are copious amounts of data saying that this is so. What makes this announcement so confusing? If we want temples to be open we need to do whatever we can and masking and vaccination are our best tools in this war with COVID

Robert E JonesAugust 16, 2021

It is my firm belief that the General Authorities knew over 2 years ago that the pendemic or some other major problem would affect the intire world and make church meetings hard to have or even impossible. As a result they made the change to our Sunday services and made the Church of Jesus Christ a "home centered religion." While many churches faltered ours continued agains all ods. I firmly believe that more problems for the Church are coming and that the First Prisidency knows what lies ahead and is working diligenty to position the Church to be prepared to face whatever comes. If you have doubts do what we have been told time and again "not to accept a position of the First Presidency "whole cloth" but seek your own aceptance by prayer and Personal revolation.

David MAugust 16, 2021

Thank you for this article and the many insightful reader comments, most of which express gratitude for the wonderful inspired leadership of the First Presidency. I wonder if there's another lesson we need to learn through this pandemic experience - we seem to have lost the ability to rationally and calmly discuss things with each other, and wonder why everyone else seems to be so confused. One of the discussion points in this last week's 'Come Follow Me' was that Jesus Christ is the source of all light and truth. If we find ourselves needing to listen to a particular network or commentator or politician to find out what we believe about a particular issue, then maybe we've fallen prey to 'conspiring men' who distort things for their political or financial gain, and we need to reconsider our sources. This time it may only have mortal consequences, but next time it may be everlasting.

Sarah JonesAugust 16, 2021

I have been studying the Light of Christ for a few years and have come to the same understanding of what you’ve written here. I absolutely love how you’ve described everything it takes to shine with Christ’s Light. I’ve come to also understand the Light of Christ, which is different than the gifts of the Holy Ghost, is our intuition, or the small daily impressions we receive to help us know good from evil. Literally, Jesus guides us with His Light on our path of mortality as we learn to align our will with God; as we learn to have an eye single to His glory. I also like to think of the Light of Christ as Jesus’ gift to the children of God comparable in love, insight, direction, and correction as the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost is a gift given by our Father in Heaven when we covenant with Him to take upon us the name of Christ in baptism. Sincerely, thank you again for writing and sharing this piece. I’m going to share this article with everyone I know!

ScottHAugust 16, 2021

Thanks for the in-depth viewpoint. To me the benefits of being vaccinated seem self-evident. Yet the bad and inconsistent actions of government and media actors also seem obvious. President Nelson clearly regards the vaccines as answers to the faithful prayers and fasting of millions. This suggests that the Lord is able to use deeply flawed and even corrupt entities to work miracles. It is possible to be both in favor of the vaccines and opposed to political overreach.

tfAugust 16, 2021

Thank you Meridian for re-publishing this!

tfAugust 16, 2021

Perhaps Pres Nelson doesn't want to have to close the temples again?

Gaylinn ThompsonAugust 16, 2021

So well written. Excellent points and examples. Thank you for your insight.

Sandra KharaziAugust 16, 2021

Great read, very well written. I for one got the shots when the General Presidency got theirs at the beginning of all this. I felt like if they were doing it, that was enough for me.

Larry MascoAugust 16, 2021

President Benson’s 7th Fundamental in Following the Prophet: The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know. “Thou hast declared unto us hard things, more than we are able to bear,” complained Nephi’s brethren. But Nephi answered by saying, “the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center” (1 Nephi 16:1, 3). Or, to put it in another prophet’s words, “Hit pigeons flutter.” Said President Harold B. Lee: You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. . . . Your safety and ours depends upon whether or not we follow. . . . Let’s keep our eye on the President of the Church. [In Conference Report, October 1970, p. 152-153] But it is the living prophet who really upsets the world. “Even in the Church,” said President Kimball, “many are prone to garnish the sepulchers of yesterday’s prophets and mentally stone the living ones” (Instructor, 95:257). Why? Because the living prophet gets at what we need to know now, and the world prefers that prophets either be dead or mind their own business. Some so-called experts of political science want the prophet to keep still on politics. .... And so the list goes on and on. How we respond to the words of a living prophet when he tells us what we need to know, but would rather not hear, is a test of our faithfulness.

Richard TrippAugust 16, 2021

Good article Duane, but I think we need the Lord’s work to continue and expand which it can’t do while Covid 19 is spreading and killing so many people. Temple and missionary work nearly stopped during the early stages of the pandemic and now with vaccines both are returning to normal. I am glad we have a prophet to guide us through this pandemic.

MikeAugust 16, 2021

"Follow the Prophet, he knows the way"

JemezblueAugust 16, 2021

Thank you for this article. For many reasons, I have been rebelling quietly against mask mandates and other violations of our freedoms during Covid lockdowns. So when my Bishop read the letter from the First Presidency yesterday, I was still rebelling. I had to tell myself over and over why the First Presidency would ask us to do this. My reasoning included many of the above things mentioned in the article and I concluded that the Lord would not lead us wrong. If I believed in the church and our prophet, then I could do anything that is required. So, if a little thing like wearing a mask is involved and I did not want to obey that, then how can I be expected to obey the big things? This personal questioning was hard, especially when I was masked shamed from a fellow church member the previous week for not wearing a mask after our area seventy let us know that it was okay for us not to. I just kept thinking that the Lord would not lead us astray, so I put the mask on, but this little effort has been one of my hardest battles. It turns out that for me, it is not about fighting for our freedoms, but fighting against Satan who is striving to get all of us to rebel against our Lord. Actively obeying what the Prophet is tell us, and our Lord's representatives, is among our greatest fights for our freedoms here on earth. I felt a great peace throughout the rest of my Sunday knowing that I am obeying the Lord, even if it is a small thing like wearing a mask that our prophet asked us to wear.

Judy PetersonAugust 16, 2021

This is an excellent article. Although this isn’t one of my hot buttons—I believe the rapid vaccine development was one of the answers to our world-wide fast last year—I have faithful family members who continue to resist the vaccine and masking on political and even scientific bases. I have considered these principles on other issues that concerned me in the past, and the bottom line is always “Follow the Prophet.” Sometimes there has eventually been obvious validation. Other counsel still requires faith. “I thank Thee, Oh God, for a Prophet!”

L Norman PoulsenAugust 16, 2021

How do we console to the tens of thousands who have died from an experimental vaccine side effects when there are proven functional health protocols that drastically reduce deaths more so than the CDC protocols from all over the USA that are being censored by our "trusted" government health officials

L Norman PoulsenAugust 16, 2021

Hugh B. Brown: Official statements of the First Presidency that have not been submitted to the membership of the church for its approval are matters of temporary policy only. Under present conditions, for example, the First Presidency may say, ‘We recommend this or that.’ But conditions may subsequently change, and when they do the First Presidency may wish to make a statement which may not be in complete harmony with a former statement. We have to keep our theology up to date by submitting everything that is intended to become a permanent part of the gospel to those whose right and privilege it is to so interpret and then by having it sustained by the people as a definite rule of the church so that all things may be done by common consent. (An Abundant Life: The Memoirs of Hugh B. Brown, ed. Edwin B. Firmage [Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1999], 124-125)

ColinAugust 16, 2021

This is a great big-picture discussion that stays out of the political muck and focuses on principles.


Excellent article. Others may wish to read the BYU Devotional talk by Elder Ezra Taft Benson (February 26, 1980) on "Fourteen Fundamentals to Following the Prophet.

Robert H. SainsburyAugust 16, 2021

I believe the work of salvation must continue on both sides of the veil. President Nelson and his counselors have shown us the way to accomplish this. Wearing a mask and getting vaccinated is a small price to pay to keep the temple open and performing ordinances for both the living and the dead.

ReyLain BloxhamAugust 16, 2021

Thank you for this insightful article. It’s nice to know I'm not the only one with these questions as I want to support and be guided by the Lords authorities on earth but feel I was/am directed to "go north". There are so many ways to feel like an outcast at church and now this is one more way. The narrative that "going north" means you are endangering those around you is exactly how this is playing out. I appreciate your supportive and informative words as I strive to "survive spiritually" through the influence of the Holy Ghost and feel I am doing the spiritual work to hear that Voice frequently and more clearly. I sure didn't expect to need it about a church "policy".

Sharee HughesAugust 16, 2021

Did I miss something? All I thought they said was to get vaccinated if you hadn't done so already, which they had already advised previously, and to wear masks in public or large gatherings, even if you have been vaccinated. With this extremely contagious delta variant, that's just common sense, so what are people upset about? I don't particularly like wearing a mask, but it sure beats getting COVID.

James ThomasAugust 16, 2021

What a great commentary about following the Brethren even when we do not always understand the why behind some of the direction. I am so grateful for the wonderful gift of living prophets and Apostles. The Lord knows better than I do what lies ahead and therefore is perfectly qualified to lead me according to what is best. When I follow the prophet I follow the Lord.

Susan NielsonAugust 16, 2021

Thank you Brother Boyce, Those are pertinent points, that we as a church have to exist within our host societies, and the Lord is not choosing this hill to die on. I have to say I felt super uncomfortable yesterday wearing a mask at church, with all the feelings swirling around my head of hating masks, not trusting corrupt government leaders, not wanting to appear as “virtue signaling” better than others. But I do want to follow the prophet. I do believe he is directed by God. So I put the stupid thing on. And I appreciate your calm, rational treatment of the facts, and your offering of new thoughts I had not considered.

Ronald BarnesAugust 16, 2021

I did not start wearing a mask until it became mandatory. I resisted the vaccine at first because of the many negative things I had heard about it. When I learned that the prophet and the apostles got the shot, I decided that they would know if it is as dangerous as I had heard. So, I got it. I still believe that the issue is more political than it is medical. We have been told that a prophet is entitled to his own opinion on any subject that the Lord has not revealed the truth concerning. We have also been told that the Lord will never allow His prophet to lead us astray. I accept that the prophet can, at times, express what is just his own opinion. However, whenever the church issues a statement signed by all three members of the First Presidency, I take notice. If we believe that these three men, especially the president, are prophets, seers, and revelators, then we need to heed what they say. No matter what the controversy may be, when they speak as a group, the controversy is over.

Kenny MazzantiAugust 16, 2021

As a missionary in Norway from 1966 to 1968, we passed out a pamphlet entitled, "A Church for all The World". President Nelson leads that church for all of the world and must consider, with the Lord's direction, all of the places the Church must further the work of Salvation. We must also individually live our religion. That includes Article of faith 12 which says, “We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” Recommending vaccination does not interfere with my personal agency. I still have my choice on the matter. But, it does further the work of the Lord by respecting all the various governments worldwide. The work will roll forth to every nation, kindred, tongue and people with or without us.

Blaine D WilcoxAugust 16, 2021

Powerful true message Duane! Thanks! Smile :-)

Barbara B.August 16, 2021

Thank you for this. It has helped me remember a lot of what I had forgotten. The Lord is in charge and is guiding us through our prophet. I sustain him, his counselors and the Quorum of the 12 at each conference, it's past time I remember that and what it means to ",sustain". Again, thank you for this article.

SmilyAugust 16, 2021

I am reminded of a story where a man is stranded on his roof in a flood and prays for God to save him. God sends multiple ways of help his way including a boat and a helicopter. He refuses because he’s waiting for God to save him. When he drowns, he asks God why his prayer wasn’t answered. God explains that he sent him help (boat and helicopter, etc.) Are we taking advantage of the lifesaving methods God has inspired men with? The leaders in the church have reaffirmed that these are the methods that will save lives. If you go back and listen, this isn’t the first time they’ve mentioned that masks will save lives, etc. they also set the example earlier in the year by publicly getting their vaccinations. (Follow the Prophet) I am so excited about the mRNA technology in the vaccines. They have been working on it for years and it is said the technology could lead to even a vaccine for MS eventually. A disease which I have. God inspires men and directs them in our lives whether they belong to our church or not. Look at all of the technology we’ve been given to better our lives. Do you think it was just invented by chance? Then the masks. What a simple thing to save lives. Take charge of your own life and grab onto these methods that the Lord has provided us with. I just got my third booster shot two days ago since I am immunocompromised. I am so thankful to God for providing these ways for me to choose to grab hold of in order to save my own life and the lives of those around me.

MistyAugust 16, 2021

Thank you for the additional hindsight and perspective to consider. The Lord’s work has always been about the bigger eternal picture than the thoughts and mindset of the individual(s). I’ll continue to pray for my own confirmation one way or another.

MerriwynAugust 16, 2021

I am surprised that anyone was worried by that announcement. We prayed as a people for quick development of vaccines and were rewarded with miracles. It would be churlish not to accept the miracles that the Lord has granted us.

Charles McClellandAugust 16, 2021

Excellent, timely article that I hope will be read by those who are struggling with this decision by the General Authorities.

BIHAugust 16, 2021

I am absolutely at a loss to see how President Nelson and the rest of the First Presidency asking Church members to get vaccinated, wear masks, and socially distance is a BAD thing! This is to assist in curtailing the spread of a deadly virus and its variants all over the world. Why on earth would a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints protest this? This seems like insanity to me to be against protecting our family, neighbors, and the nation/world at large. And the cry of "personal freedom" is a strawman when it comes to a worldwide health crisis. Do we claim "personal freedom" when it comes to speed limits, seat belts, etc.?

KathleenAugust 15, 2021

They would be my support, as well! Kind of sad, yet realistically funny.

Elizabeth Colyer GoodwinAugust 15, 2021

I’m pretty sure that this article was written in response to my sister, as the female apostate quoted on Facebook. If the words quoted in the article weren’t written by her, I will be shocked. I’ve been grieving and wondering if there will ever be anything that I can say, when she is ready, to turn her heart back to the Savior. Thank you, Maurine, for giving me eyes to see how that could be done. I loved your inspired, Christ-centered thoughts on the matter.

Gloy JorgensenAugust 15, 2021

A most touching and loving story. We all have to let people go at some point and the loss is always difficult regardless of the age or manner of death.

Harold RustAugust 15, 2021

I have learned that before we judge another person’s willingness to help, we should recognize almost every member would want to help and they will eagerly be ready to help if…… they understand the need is genuine, they have resources or ability to help, and that by helping they are committed long term for more than they can handle.

Nicole ClementAugust 14, 2021

Thank you so much for this article. I have that destructive voice in my head too, all the time; and I didn't really realize where it was coming from. I always feel guilty for not doing enough, even though in reality I am doing a lot and doing the best I can do. This was a very enlightening article. Thank you for helping me understand this new viewpoint.

Mark MathesonAugust 14, 2021

Jen will do wonders at Care For Life. Follow and support her exploits there.

Mark DonaldsonAugust 14, 2021

Thank you for taking what is sometimes a very hard topic to understand (Light) and wording it with such clarity that it can be easily understood!

Sandy MAugust 13, 2021

This is wonderful .. thank you so much

Richard JukesAugust 13, 2021

Wonderful article! Thank you for sharing your experiences and insights.

Matthew HawsAugust 13, 2021

Thanks for this article. Sometimes I feel that we in the church don't give enough attention to this doctrine/idea/concept. Light has a far greater impact on us and the universe around us than we think.

DonAugust 13, 2021

When you cheat on your wife, you should have no expectation that she will do anything other than demand you move out, dump you, divorce you, request a cancellation of sealing, etc. Anything else is on her terms. YOU ARE THE ADULTERER. You can't whine your way out of the situation you behaved your way into.

ReaderAugust 13, 2021

Wow! This is amazing! I was thrilled in studying D&C 88 this week and how the Light of Christ is the glue/power behind all things in the universe, big and small, and your insights open up new vistas for me. Thank you for pondering and sharing.

Trinity OlsenAugust 13, 2021

Thank you so much for being inspired to write this article! I have been trying to explain to a son of mine how science and truth and light are an integral part of Heavenly Father’s being and that we have access to that same power and knowledge. I have prayed for a way to explain these truths to him. Your article has hit the nail on the head for me and answered my prayer. I’m going to share this with my son and pray that he is receptive to the message in your words.

Colleen HarrisonAugust 13, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful article. It was a great blessing to read it.

@WalkinghandinhandwithgodAugust 13, 2021

Thank you for this! I have so much compassion for betrayers, they really are victims in their own right, but it is on them to grow in the ways they have failed to develop over the years. Yes growing hurts, yes, it means learning not to rely on others for validation and a sense of self, yes it means increasing your level of tolerance for discomfort and vulnerability, it means becoming less selfish and more caring, it means relying on the Lord to help you deal with your hurts, to see her anger for what it is—pain and fear, and to be able to offer compassion, comfort, reassurance, and love unfeigned.

Isaac C "Ike" FergusonAugust 13, 2021

Wow!!! Brother Franklin's treatise on light was both insightful and compelling. Thank you for sharing your intellectual understanding of light scientifically, and the applying it so neatly doctrinally and in practicality. A great piece I shall keep as a reminder of light and truth, which comes by "hardening not your heart" and having a willing mind. Bless you for your insights.

NolaAugust 13, 2021

Thank you for this enlightening article.

Kathy Sutton (Please do not print my name for the comment)August 12, 2021

I am disappointed that you did not mention the use of sign language. Many of us who are deaf cannot depend on hearing aids to understand what s being said.

MaureenAugust 12, 2021

I had a deaf sister in one of the wards that I lived in and anytime that I gave a talk in church I would always print out a copy of it and give it to her so that she could read it and get an idea of the content that I would be using in my talk. She told me that she was very appreciative that I would do that for her, and that I was the only one that did that for her.

CoreyAugust 12, 2021

Excellent article, well written and explained. I think I'm no different than most active, faithful members/Christians, if you were to ask I would tell you that I keep the commandments but I struggle with total obedience or what the scriptures refer to as 'obedience in all things'. There is a verse in the Doctrine and Covenants that has always been interesting to me, it say's referring to the Lord communicating to Joseph Smith, 'and gave unto him commandments which inspired him', every time I read that I think to myself, am I inspired by the commandments ? I think we also tend to categorize things, at least I do, we label some things commandments and some things rules and place more emphasis on one than the other. We also label things as inspired or coming from God and those things that come from man and again give importance or priority to one over the other. Certainly the commandments are of supreme importance because of their eternal significance but I think to become like the Savior we have to be humble and obedient even in the small things and that's a challenge at least for me because like you mention or infer we don't like to be told what to do.

No nameAugust 12, 2021

Mask wearing completely deletes ability to have a conversation for hard of hearing. We have to read your lips. It is a struggle to attend church meetings now.

Maryann TaylorAugust 12, 2021

This article is also a reminder to keep all medications, including those in purses out of the reach of children.

Maryann TaylorAugust 11, 2021

I absolutely agree that none of us should be labeling others as selfish for deciding not to get the vaccine. There is a LOT of conflicting information out there regarding EVERYTHING about COVID, and also the vaccine. I just read that it was recently discovered that the reported number of people with the disease in Florida alone was inflated by almost 13,000 above the actual number! I decided for myself to receive the vaccine as soon as I could because of President Nelson's encouragement and example. However, I do NOT in any way judge or condemn those who choose not to get it. The disease is bad enough without adding spiritual warfare. AND---we need to put things into perspective by remembering we are much more statistically likely to die from many other things.

Maryann TaylorAugust 11, 2021

I wonder if the visit was the result of the Priesthood blessing. I have a strong testimony of Priesthood blessings and perhaps sending Amber to comfort her friend was the best way to fulfill it. This is such a very heartbreaking story, but I am glad your family has the gospel and faith in Heavenly Father to sustain you.

Maryann TaylorAugust 11, 2021

I had to chuckle when you mentioned your frustration at the places in our scriptures where we are informed that the writer cannot tell us all he knows or saw. I want to know! I trust the Lord to reveal the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon when we are ready to receive it, but I can't help longing for it now. I want to read Adam's record in the Plates of Brass and everything else we don't yet have. Ok--I KNOW--Patience! I just keep hoping that if we spend more time studying what we DO have, the Lord will reveal the rest.

Maryann TaylorAugust 11, 2021

I appreciate your comment about avoiding competition between the sexes. I am also tired of television and movies that promote enmity between men and women. It has become very popular to portray women as tough and rude, and men as dumb and weak. I think it would be great for husbands and wives to discuss ways they can communicate to their children, by example and word, the importance of unity and cooperation between the sexes.

Maryann TaylorAugust 11, 2021

I have extremely poor hearing and, although hearing aids help, I still have a hard time hearing in Relief Society. I finally stopped attending and leave after Sacrament Meeting. It is just too frustrating. I know that many leaders and teachers don't want to use microphones, but that would be one simple way of helping people with this problem. I know there are many other members who feel the same way I do. It seems ironic to teach lessons about serving and meeting the needs of others, while at the same time ignoring the hard of hearing.

Scot ProctorAugust 11, 2021

LaRae F KerrAugust 11, 2021

Tell me about the painting accompanying this article. How can I buy a copy of it?

Debbi M.August 11, 2021

“to be more appreciative of what other human beings can do and more patient with what they cannot do” So profound! What wisdom is in this sentence...I only pray I can incorporate this into my daily routine as I struggle to be patient with erring children and grandchildren that I love so dearly. We all have our own journey through this life.

carolyn nicolaysenAugust 11, 2021

The Church's self-reliance program includes several classes meant to help people care for their own needs no matter what their circumstances. I have facilitated the personal finance and starting and growing your own business classes and they are great. The church also offers a class on finding a job, getting an education and emotional resiliance and they have piloted one for teens as well. I too wish they would talk more about emergencies and preparing specifically for them, but since they aren't I guess that is our job to share what we know.

carolyn nicolaysenAugust 11, 2021

Jill, What a challenge. Can you eat freeze dried or dehydrated? I don't usually recommend storing those except for some ingredients because you need so much water to reconstitute. In your case it may be an answer. You can freeze many foods like eggs, which few understand.

Monte MortensenAugust 11, 2021

Becky, as always you express yourself in such openness and truth. These experiences were so heartrending and yet I have observed how your beautiful faith has grown and sustained you and those in your path. You are a blessing to so many.

Diane CowleyAugust 11, 2021

Excellent article. I have to wonder if part of the reason for so much anxiety and depression is the dissonance between what the world teaches and what our spirits know is true. Internally, is there a war being waged? I seem to feel it all the time.

Diane JonesAugust 11, 2021

I like these suggestions, but one important suggestion is lacking, I feel. The importance of teaching daughters of their connection to God, who loves them, and to continually---every day, do the little things that exercise those spiritual connections and attributes. That strength will help them become that woman they want to become.

SharonAugust 11, 2021

This is the best article on women! I want to shout it from the rooftops! Good job!

christina archibaldAugust 10, 2021

I cant imagine how difficult these years were for your family. Thank you for sharing and God bless all of you for enduring to the eventual 'new way of living' through unimaginable loss.

Helen CondonAugust 10, 2021

Timely for me! I was up past my working-well bedtime last night holding and comforting my youngest daughter, more aged 31, who struggles with acute anxiety and depression and has developed thought habits of low self-esteem. She, too, finds no purpose in the Church that could, if she chose, fill her loneliness with loving friends. She still believes in Christ but has not yet claimed His redeeming power. Holding her, loving her is so easy. Watching and waiting for her to choose her own path, essential to her salvation as it is, is excruciating.

CatAugust 10, 2021

It is getting more & more extremely common ( & damaging to the children) It the MOTHERS that are degrading the worthy, noble, righteous, loving Father’s. From cradle to adulthood….. a women should refer to being “ valued more than rubies” In all her actions, words & deeds. When raising a family “ it’s NOT about her wants, her ideas, her control “

rexAugust 10, 2021

While I haven't had children stay from the Gospel, I have had family members and other loved ones who have sought a different path. As I ponder that, I have a glimps of what our Father in Heaven must have experienced in the pre-existence with 1/3 of his children decided to take a different path. He did not "change the rules" in order to keep everyone, but allowed his children to use their agency to make a decision that had the most eternal consequences of any decision we could ever make.

Scot ProctorAugust 9, 2021

The bottom portion of the article is from Becky's adopted daughter Jolanta's point of view.

DO'LearyAugust 9, 2021

Becky, as I read, it sounded like Amber was your daughter and yet you didn't know about her said you were 12 years old when Amber died. I'm confused, if you were married, etc. This must be a typo.

Chip WhitmerAugust 9, 2021

Can we learn to apply the model of Helaman and the people of Ammon, from Alma 53:13-15 and 56:6-8? In this story a minority of the population had taken upon themselves a moral obligation that put them at odds with the prevailing cultural norms. Helaman recognized the moral dilemma in which they found themselves, and went to great lengths to accommodate their moral obligation -- even accepting the increased risk to society brought on by allowing them to fulfill their commitment. Can we accept that many people today have made a similar moral commitment: that they will not participate in any way with the totalitarian and authoritarian schemes that are consuming our society? And like Helaman, can we find a way to honor and accommodate that commitment, regardless of whether we happen to agree with it ourselves?

Debbi M.August 9, 2021

Amazing and heart-rending story! I am amazed at the author’s strength and resiliency. Life can be so difficult and hard to understand in its seeming unfairness. Thank you for sharing your experiences. It gave me a renewed appreciation and love for suffering brothers and sisters, as well as how H.F. intercedes.

Jake D.August 9, 2021

This article is so real. I'm struggling with my own crisis and it's so nice to hear such a candid example of a messy life and how God is still involved in horrendous circumstances. Thank you for sharing.

Mary HAugust 8, 2021

People can believe anything they wish. But behaving irresponsibly towards the health of others is selfish. If you do not want to vaccinate I am okay with that. But stay home. Stop assuming you are welcome unmasked in' public. You are not. I am not responsible to provide your herd immunity I personally believe the US should ship all our vaccine to countries that would desperately love it. The opportunities to get it in the US are closed.

WandaAugust 8, 2021

I am all for personal freedom. For anyone who wishes medical treatment for covid who is not vaccinated, please just stay home and treat yourself. My medical skills, my choice. I am tired. If you do not wish to be vaccinated, fine. But please die at home if you get sick. You do not have the right to put me at risk anymore.

HenryAugust 8, 2021

Part of the problem is that many of the unvaccinated seem to have bought wholeheartedly into what some of us consider nutcase conspiracy theories. I was told recently by one that they know that over 5,000 people have died from the vaccine. I honestly did not know how to answer that. I refuse to accept that all the media in the US except their obscure website are hiding the truth from us, lying to us to convince us to risk our lives by being vaccinated. So is it wrong to ask these people to stay away. They are welcome to choose liberty and possible death for themselves, but not for me. They are welcome to isolate mask free at home, but not in church or restaurants or on planes with me. My life, my choice.

FrancineAugust 8, 2021

It is not just a voice in our heads. Too often I have heard these false teachings directed at the members in lessons and from local leaders, far too often bishops. And, if I may say so, directed more at the women than the men. I feel some men exercise unrighteous dominion toward the women in an attempt to control them, to shape them into Stepford wives. I realize much has changed in recent years, but the church this woman left is the same one I still live in. People judging others and trying to control them. Thank you Maurine for this important piece. Add in the truths about how spiritual gifts were prepared by God to help us to overcome our weaknesses and it would be perfect, meaning complete

Maryann TaylorAugust 8, 2021

The question is no longer "Is there going to be an emergency I need to prepare for?" The question is: "When an emergency strikes, will I be ready?" We tend to picture some looming disaster in the future, but those disasters continue to occur NOW. People in economic straits are using their food storage NOW. People who have been displaced by fires need financial resources NOW. Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, wind storms, fires, and economic problems will continue to occur. Our Prophets have warned us for many years to be ready. If we think the government is going to swoop in and solve our problems we are going to be woefully disappointed.

Anja Walter-RisAugust 8, 2021

That´s a wonderful article! I really enjoyed it! Just was missing the song "That´s Life" as it describes to me very offhand the Up and Down of entrepreneurial life (if you don´t have the system in place yet that you need to have a real company... as Michael E Gerber teaches in his E-Myth books / trainings). I would love to re-publish your article (in English or maybe even in German, translated by me, if you agree) on my blog. Best wishes, Anja (PS, we currently have trouble with a Wordpress plugin, so my worpress website/blog is currently offline unfortunately, but we will be online soon again... as I said "That´s Life" got to be in there... ;-)).

Ed GayhartAugust 7, 2021

Let’s be real. A decision to get a vaccine is a personal one. Why would someone with natural acquired immunity want to get a vaccine and why would someone be adamant that he do so. Live and let live and mind your own business.

Merle RumseyAugust 7, 2021

I really enjoyed reading this. When we visited the John Adams home in Quincy, Emma Smith's Book of Mormon, was in the library of their home.. Joseph had given it to Adam's grandson

Sasha KwapinskiAugust 7, 2021

The guilt tripping, the feeling that you are inherently "worthless" or just a miserable sinner, or that everything we do is just "filthy rags," this is the very teaching that I encountered among Fundamentalist Protestants. It is NOT the gospel of the Latter-day Saints! This kind of teaching was a major factor that alienated me and turned me away from religion altogether during my late teens. It was not until several years later that I came to learn of the Restored Gospel, and came to have a clear, helpful understanding of humility, grace, and forgiveness, and of our eternal worth.

William ToftAugust 6, 2021

I am determined to do as much work for our dead as possible before the next lockdown occurs.

SuzetteAugust 6, 2021

As close family members share strongly their views against my views on all this, I simple Respond, “my body my choice. Please respect my religious views, my political views and I will 100% respect yours. That usually end the conversation.

Alan FlemingAugust 6, 2021

I often say to myself "You are a failure". Then I have to remind myself "Failure is an event, not a person". It is then I realize and say within myself "I can always do better" which is true and a driving force to improve. But the most important change occurs along with this thought when I accept that each experience (good and bad) is but a small step in my progression. Joseph Smith made many errors along the way but as I learn about his life I see his progression from a young boy to a young man to a prophet of God. He felt he had failed and wondered about his standing before God. In answer to his prayer seeking forgiveness, he learned that God is forgiving when we humbly confess and recognize our weaknesses and failings. It is like any parent, God is loving and wants us to try again, and again. He would be saddened if we choose to give in.

Judy JohnsonAugust 6, 2021

I have a dear friend who I was privileged to mentor as she learned the Gospel and joined the church. On numerous occasions when she was doubting and wanting to back away, I was prompted to say, "Whose voice are you listening to?" It is so "black and white" and so logical that it has kept her grounded and moving continually forward. Both of our testimonies have grown as we have learned to distinguish the difference and recognize the correct voice to follow. Thank you for your insight!

Haze KompelienAugust 6, 2021

I love helping people. It brings me joy. But I really loved your article. Thoughts I hadn't considered before. ~Exit strategy. ~A ‘train the trainer’ model is key to continuation without dependence. ~The cause of the cause? ~A family systems approach? ~Project based or people based? I need to take off my cape and step back, to make better judgements in my helping efforts.

DavidAugust 6, 2021

I haven’t decided yet if I will be vaccinated or not. The condemnation pretty much comes from one side. You want to wear a mask…knock yourself out, there will be no condemnation from me. Took the vaccine…great…still no condemnation. Believe that the government has been forthright with Covid information…that’s your right and you’ll not be condemned by me. I’m not offered the same courtesy if I believe differently.

AEatonAugust 6, 2021

Very well written and great points. I pray we can all learn how to disagree with civility on this and other difficult issues.

KateAugust 6, 2021

I agree wholeheartedly with your message, and I think that we LDS need to recognize how much of our LDS culture comes not from the revelations of the Restoration, but from the Calvinist protestantism that most of the early saints had grown up with. The sense of shame and never being good enough is part of the false teachings that the Restoration was meant to wipe away--but we've clung to them. We need to think this through. Many LDS are basically evangelical Christians, albeit with a Mormon-ish slant. Even (dare I say it?!) there are talks given in GC that reflect more of "conservative Christian" mindset than restoration theology. Once we understand that our Heavenly Parents LOVE every. single. one. of. us and want nothing more that each of us return to be with Them forever, and that that goal is Their work and Their glory--well, then the vengeful god of Luther and Calvin and all the rest will fade and we will see clearly the amazing beauty of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

ChrisAugust 6, 2021

Thank you for a wonderful and insightful article. The root cause of almost any addiction, as well as much of our pain, distress, and anxiety in this life is the story we continually tell ourselves..."I'm not good enough." And yet the core message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the we are MORE than good enough. We are literal children of a God who loves us without condition...we cannot earn His love and we cannot do anything to cause Him to love us less. There are really only two God and love people. Everything we do in our gospel living, whether it's attending church, fulfilling callings, temple attendance, tithing...everything...should be done as a result of living commandment #1 or #2. The gospel is not a to-do list. It's not onerous or heavy or difficult. It's light, joy, and peace. If we are willing to really live it as it's intended it will in fact make life much easier, not more difficult.

Nina HawkinsAugust 6, 2021

Thank you so much for your article. It's to bad that those of a different opinion are labeled as "reckless, selfish...." . There is more to it for those that choose not to get vaccinated or choose to wait a little longer. No one wants to hear an opposing view. So hysteria seems to be taking charge and freedom of speech is labeled as conspiracy if you don't agree with "their" narrative.

GaleAugust 6, 2021

I have never met anyone who has left the Church who hasn't misunderstood how God and the atonement work in our lives. As a Jewish convert, I've repeatedly given firesides about Christ's invitation to be perfect. Note He didn't elaborate on what that actually means, because His audience already knew that to be perfect (whole, complete) means to have the seven attributes of God: Love, Justice, Mercy, Kingship, Priesthood, Prophecy, and endurance to the end. This has nothing to do with the lists we use to beat ourselves up with. At the end of the day we only need to ask ourselves a few questions. Today, was I loving, was I fair, was I merciful, am I close to the Spirit, am I keeping my covenants. Try that, and you'll find it's much gentler to the soul than engaging in damaging self-talk or allowing Satan to beat us down.

Doris WilliamsAugust 6, 2021

Oh, thank you Maureen for pulling together all these wonderful thoughts and words of encouragement for those thinking of leaving the church because of feelings of guilt and discouragement over sins and weaknesses. I would ask these dear folks to picture our Savior in the garden of Gethsemane, suffering unrelenting, unforgiving pain causing extrusion of blood from every pore as he willingly paid the price exacted by justice for OUR sins so we wouldn't have to suffer for them at the day of judgment. Doesn't this sound like a Father who loves us without measure? In return, all He wants us to do is to accept Him as our Savior and to keep trying to follow the path He has laid out for us. He knew we will make mistakes, countless mistakes. He will forgive us as often as we ask Him to. All we have to do is ASK and keep trying to do a little better and if we forgive those who have hurt, disappointed or offended us. He is there to strengthen us to be able to bear the burdens we have in this second estate and promises us joy in this life and greater joy in the life to come. I pray for all who would give up this church with its history of the appearance of the Father and the Son to Joseph, the priesthood restored by John the Baptist and Peter, James and John, the appearance of Elijah, Moses and Elias who restored the priesthood keys of sealing, gathering of Israel and the blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The world has nothing to offer in exchange for these priceless blessings and the promise of living with our loved ones, free from death and suffering, forever.

PamelaAugust 6, 2021

Thank you for writing this Maurine. It is a timely article! I loved your insights and have printed the article for myself and will re-read and study it to further assimilate your words of comfort and reassurance. With much appreciation!!

Dave CrosbyAugust 6, 2021

Recommend reading Givens "All Things New". Wonderful read and answer to many questions. Very thought provoking.

Sara GrovesAugust 6, 2021

Amazing truths to be learned as I have read this article! Powerful message. I wish Eberle would take time to read this wonderful message of truth and hope! Thank you, Maurice, thank you!

Marsha WhiteAugust 6, 2021

This is a great article. I have been thinking of late "what would the country/world be like if a campaign for applying religion in our lives would be equal to that of the campaign for the COVID vaccine? Can you imagine all of the Atheist's or Agnostic's or the I don't believe in God people, who would be infuriated to have "religion shoved down their throats" If you put it in those terms, one can see how people are feeling like their liberty to be free thinkers, doers and self governing rights are being bullied away from them. Teach people correct principles and let them govern themselves. Speak truth about what is in a product and let people decide if it is something they want to take into their own bodies. God lets us choose so why do we feel likes it's our responsibility to take others choices from them?

GeneseeAugust 6, 2021

Thank you for this message! I have a son who is always hard on himself and I am going to share this with him and other family members. It is what we all need to hear often!

Susan ChristiansenAugust 6, 2021

In my 20s I used to make long checklist of goals and things that I felt were important for me to do. I would check off daily things like reading my scriptures and praying and going to the temple often and writing in my journal and having family family home evening and family prayer and scriptures and on and on. After years of doing this I was surprised that I found lost the spirit of the Lord in my life. I thought doing these would help me to have his spirit to be with me. I pondered this for months and couldn’t understand why. One day as I was reading an Ensign article it spoke about our Saviors atonement. It said that our dependence needs to be on Jesus Christ not on our own abilities or the natural man. This article pierced my heart deeply and I realized that I had been depending on myself for salvation and not turning to him in all humility and trusting in Him and His ability to save me. That started me on my journey to turn to Him and and to cling to Him on my journey back to my Heavenly Father. Great article- thank you. I pray we all may be perfected through Him as He leads us along - keeping our focus on the glory of God and His merciful and loving plan

David GAugust 6, 2021

Wow, some great thoughts on the subject. This should be given at Conference.

joAnne RiveraAugust 6, 2021

Thank you. This is such a beautiful article/response to people who feel like this. I have learned these truths myself on my journey through life, and I have never stopped learning because it really is a process of becoming and experiencing. It is so true that the discouraging voice within our head is our own, or Satan’s. God is good, all-loving, omniscient, and omnipotent. He also can be omnipresent in our lives, if we are willing and able to receive Him. And there’s the key. Our own thoughts and feelings, and interpretations can discourage us and even cause us to reject the hand that reaches out for us. This is where clinging to the iron rod - Jesus Christ - the Word of God, the true principles and doctrine revealed to us—can help us. Pure intelligence and understanding of truth, not the committee of critics in our head, can help us to stay in the safety of The arms of Jesus. Again, thank you for such a well expressed article, telling the truth like it is, and dispelling fables and foibles.

JeanAugust 6, 2021

Thank-you so much, Maurine — so very much.

Dean in Saratoga Springs, UTAugust 6, 2021

Thank you for these inspiring thoughts. Keeping the atonement foremost in our thoughts is of immeasurable comfort. I love the thought that Scot had that the Lord is not angry with him. Our God is not an angry God.

Lori Finlay HamiltonAugust 6, 2021

WOW, thank you Maurine for your powerful testimony of truth!! I'm saddened by so many that are hearing Satan's lies lower that our Savior's welcome invitation to "Come Unto Him". Years ago as I was in a curriculum studying male and female character traits, we discussed competition, or "I'm not good enough" that plaques women so often. As you know, it is Satan voice. While I was preparing our home to host a baby shower for a young new mom, I was stressed that the rugs on the floor were not perfect. My dear wise friend said "alright Lucy"! It stopped me right in my tracks. I was letting Lucifer dictate my worth by how clean my home was. I remembered that what the dear sisters needed was me and my warmth and welcome heart, NOT a clean house. Ever since that day, when I hear the nasty tone on my shoulder I tell Lucy (Lucifer's sister;) to stop! Being aware of the voice has changed me. And of course, being more in tune, pondering on His attributes daily has supported in quieting that voice! thank you agin for your powerful discourse to support us remembering who we really are!!

Lark GalleyAugust 6, 2021

Maurine, So well written. I am saddened to see many friends who leave the church so they can finally feel free when in reality it is the gospel that sets us free. I do not feel repressed or less than because of it. I am filled with hope that God loves me and wants me to return to Him. He is my anchor in this uncertain world.

MaryAugust 6, 2021

Why can't he just say "it really hurts me when you say things like that about mom"?

KarinaAugust 6, 2021

Thanks for this perspective, Maurine. I too have heard friends describe it as a relief to leave the church, only to end up in a full-blown identity crisis, seeking anything they can find to fill the void that was once their relationship with Father in Heaven. I also think if a person believes the church and the gospel are all about shaming, they don’t understand or have a relationship with Christ, and I feel for them, because my relationship with Christ brings me much joy and peace, not shame and a feeling of worthlessness.

Charles McClellandAugust 6, 2021

Thank you, Maurine, for this insightful and comforting message.

Robert D StarlingAugust 6, 2021

The real "relief" we should feel is to learn that we are NOT "sinners in the hand of an angry God" - an error that was taught to the Christian world in the days before Joseph Smith. The Restoration teaches us that while we are indeed sinners, God is a loving father who is constantly cheering us on, and who gave his Only Begotten Son that we might not perish but have eternal life. To leave a church who teaches that is to abandon hope and turn to the despair of the world. Not a good choice.

ShaunaAugust 4, 2021

Thank you--this was helpful.. I look to the Lord for guidance on how to help others, as I do in all things. Love studying the Doctrine and Covenants on the law of consecration etc.. But sometimes it's hard to know how to channel all that goodwill and good intentions that so many have--at least short term

SoniaAugust 4, 2021

Love this. Thank you.

Jill WilliamsAugust 4, 2021

I am on two very restrictive medical diets, due to kidney disease. I have been freezing my food because I am allowed only fresh or frozen, except for fruit.I cannot use any kind of prepared items. I am concerned, of course, when we have no electricity...what will I do then ? What should people like us do to prepare? I bought can goods for years and then had to throw them out and buy again stuff that I couldn't consume. HELP ME!!!

Julie ArcherAugust 4, 2021

Thank you for revealing terminology and concepts that shed light on this “spotlight humanitarian” trend. I have tried to form discussions concerning this, but always fell short of educating and came across more as judging. You present a constructive understanding of the difference and effects of leadership vs self proclaimed super heroism.

Helen CondonAugust 4, 2021

Such a timely reminder to get us back to worshipping in His houses, multiplied in number across the earth to enable this glorious work to resume. Thank you.

H NorthAugust 4, 2021

"Think self-reliance not emergency preparation." This is fine, as long as one is NOT thinking of the LDS Church's Self-Reliance program, which is simply the new name for its welfare program, and has very little to do with emergency preparedness. This re-wording has cased a lot of confusion among members.

win broadhurstAugust 3, 2021

What happened to the remaining four. Articles in the series of 12?

Hans SchippersAugust 3, 2021

How incredibly sad that no one in the ward even offered to help. Complacency seemed to have taken over and the good folks of the word were "carefully led down to hell". It looks like progress was made with the roof but how about the rest? Flooring? Paint? New windows? Insulation? Heating, etc? God bless you for stepping up with your own funds.

Boanerges RubalcavaAugust 3, 2021

I found this article, both good, fair, and at the same time not so good and unfair. It is commendable the efforts this man have done in the benefit of "Larry", and it is fair to call our attention to the fact that we are feeling fine just to take our fast offering to the Bishop but not thinking further how we can help other people in greater needs than ours. On the other hand it is wrong to point out the finger against people not knowing what those people either are just "thinking" or actually doing something but not saying anything about it. This brings to my mind a great lesson I received many years ago while living in what I thought was the wealthiest ward in the Church: Chevy Chase ward in Bethesda Maryland. I had arrived there in 1971 with a scholarship of $12,500/year withy wife and 4 children, to do my post doctoral training in National Institutes of Health, coming from Mexico City where I used to be until my moving the Bishop of a ward surrounded by a very poor neighborhood. because I my calling I was at 33 years old a High Priest, and began to meet with that group in the Priesthood meeting in the ward, and I had at my side (for unknown reason we always seated in the same place every Sunday), behind and everywhere millionaires. One Sunday the group leader asked us that the Bishop needed a wheelchair for a lady in great need. I, the poor in the group, did not have a wheelchair and I did not know anybody with a wheelchair, so I erased from my mind the whole thing; but could not help but observe my millionaire at my left side, to take a yellow card from his shirt pocket and wrote "wheelchair". The following Sunday by coincidence (?) I was in the Bishop's office when somebody knock at the door; I opened it and there was my fellow millionaire at my left side every Sunday with a wheelchair; he asked, "where do I put it?" left the chair and left. I couldn't help but to think in the young rich man when he asked the Lord: "what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" We all know this teaching that ends with these words from the Lord: "How hardly shall they that have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God". I believe that almost if not everybody in this world know this scripture and have said internally: "poor the rich men, they will not make it, that's good I am poor (or not rich)". We can see the "rich" and "poor" are relative terms, although for sure they could be absolute also. In my case I was poor in Bethesda, but I was rich from the place I came from, but at that moment I knew that I was "the rich man" the Lord was talking about. During the week I never thought about the lady in need, but the millionaire did it. The cynics and the skeptic people would say "what is a wheelchair for a millionaire" but they would miss the point. and the lesson that I learned that day coming from that "rich" man J. W. Marriott the founder of Marriott Corporation. My point is that there are many people in this world and in this Church that this lesson is well learned, and they are trying hard to "reach Zion", and it is difficult for anybody to know who and where they are.

Larry RookhuyzenAugust 3, 2021

Yes--Proof of Heaven and Embraced by the Light are two of my favorite NDE books

Lisa Bolin HawkindAugust 3, 2021

Amen, Wally.

JuliannAugust 3, 2021

This should be published in the Liahona. There is so much in the Gospel about taking care of the poor and needy. We make covenants to sacrifice and consecrate in order to establish Zion. But I’m afraid we are more concerned with cruises and cabins and creating our own mansions here on earth and taking care of our own creature comforts to even consider others lack. It is understandable, with all the government “welfare”, to question how so many fall between the cracks. However, we aren’t commanded to judge the situation, we are commanded to “think of others like unto yourself” and to Care. I felt my own need to improve and thank Brother Goddard for his example.

Harry JonesAugust 3, 2021

I appreciate this article and believe we (I) are far from Zion but trying to head in the correct direction. Two observations: 1. Temple work with and for the disadvantaged is humbling and blesses those that serve as well as the congregation as a whole. 2. I find that when we compare what we have to what we see others need and then desire for them to have what we have, our minds and hearts are softened and enlightened.

David G.August 3, 2021

I hope the supreme court upholds religious rights. The teacher in question would rather tear down the institution, rather than go find a more suitable secular position.

GTOAugust 2, 2021

I especially liked Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander MD. He is a neurosurgeon who suffered a brain infection that rendered him brain dead. His account of his experiences in heaven is stunning.

Jen SchowAugust 2, 2021

I have never found wearing the garment to be a burden. I wouldn't know how to not wear them! But a word of caution. There are many, especially in the younger generation, who find them burdensome at times. Our judgement might push them further away. I was waiting for my husband at the temple one evening. I noticed several women with, what felt to me, dresses too short for garments. I was quickly called to repentance by the Spirit. I knew that Heavenly Father was pleased that they were worthy to enter the temple and He was happy they were there. I'm thankful that garment styles have been updated, an evidence that our leaders do seek to listen and act. I pray that those who struggle with garments will find a way to incorporate them into their lives in a joyful manner.

Jo Ann OkelberryAugust 2, 2021

Thank you for sharing this very positive story.

Vivian M AdamsAugust 2, 2021

I loved this article and the research that went into it. I wrote saying so, but my comment was attached to the article on Eliza Graham which is a story I was very familiar with. And though I appreciated reading about Eliza Graham, I want to note particularly that this article on the American Elite visiting Nauvoo touched me. It reminded me how much I love the Prophet Joseph Smith. Thank you for all that went into it.

Vivian M AdamsAugust 2, 2021

Thank you for a really wonderful article. Wonderful research.

CarolAugust 2, 2021

Cheers for Appleton and the Fox Valley, I lived in a southern part of the Fox Valley, Batavia, Il!!! They are to be applauded for honoring the commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves. And congratulations to all the immigrants who face very hard challenges in learning a new culture and a new religion too! It will all be worth it!!!

James R. BrownAugust 2, 2021

Very well written and insightful about the character of the prophet and why he was both loved and hated at that momentous time of his life.

MomofawarriorAugust 2, 2021

I agree that it's damaging to label as addicts all young people who have problems with pornography. One of my sons was labeled a sex addict by a therapist, which was too harsh in my opinion. He was already beating hiself up emotionally & that just added another layer of rejection.

DavidAugust 2, 2021

I have been reading about NDE's since the 70's. When you could bearly find anything on the subject. In 1997 I had an OBE which testified of the truth of the afterlife.

EmilyAugust 1, 2021

Thank you for this timely lesson.

Charles DefranchiAugust 1, 2021

One characteristic of the Adversary is to claim that all he wants is a "little improvement" to the current situation. But like the camel who is begging his master to get his nose in the tent during a sandstorm: first the nose, then the eyes, then the head, then the front legs, then the whole body, till the nomad gets kicked out of the tent.

Barbara BohanAugust 1, 2021

I love this! BEAUTIFUL!

David RoquemoreAugust 1, 2021

I have often replied to those who would say that modesty is "being a prude" with the idea of modesty being an understanding, a respect, for the power a person's body has. You know when you see a person waving around a gun and proclaiming, "Lookee here at my gun! Ain't it cool?", that person is not somebody who respects that weapon. Same with modesty: showing off shows no respect, or enjoyment, of one's body.

Still StrivingJuly 31, 2021

Definitions would have been helpful: "Princess Culture" = the "Disney-style" princess characters - more recently showing greater self-efficacy (e.g., Mulan, Moana, etc.). "Toxic Masculinity" = strict presumptions of male dominance in relationships, as opposed to shared and complementary roles. With these in mind, the author (Coyne) elsewhere advised parents to use the princess characters as teaching tools, to “focus on the humanity behind each princess, not just their appearance." Seems important and meaningful.

Kristen OpenshawJuly 31, 2021

Agree, agree, agree with the COMMENTS, not the article. Good grief, BYU.

Lorraine QuillonJuly 31, 2021

Thank you for publishing this interesting piece. What a delightful insight into a complex interaction!

Cary HolmquistJuly 30, 2021

Hilarious! In most of the rest of the world, we promote 24th of July as Pioneer Day, as we do in Montana and Alberta. So this is mostly a Utah problem.... But the cartoon does bring up the consciousness that all our ancestors are worthy of big celebrations! We owe them just about everything!

Marilyn ThomsenJuly 30, 2021

In the last days, when the power of the destroyer in increasing, we need all the help we can get. The promises made to those who are true and faith filled are powerful. I remember the beautiful sisters in Guatemala whose faith shone in their faces as they wore garments when it was both hot and humid too. (Sorry Arizona you just don't know how bad it can get.) Thanks for talking about not casting off our faith and covenants when things get less pleasant.

Jo Ann OkelberryJuly 30, 2021

I so enjoyed reading this article. Thank you so much for all the information.

Allison TullisJuly 30, 2021

On my first time back to the temple since reopening, I took a family name that I had meant to do long before Covid but had kept putting off. I was so happy to finally do her work and had felt so guilty they she had to wait so long. While I was receiving the new name, I felt her presence so strongly and heard the words, “thank you!” I could feel her happiness that she was finally receiving her endowment which took away my guilt and caused me such happiness, too!

Anne PrattJuly 30, 2021

Today's podcast was extra special. Thanks for your research and inspiring us with it.

Maryann TaylorJuly 30, 2021

We are so blessed to have an addiction and recovery program in our church. Run, don't walk, and get the details from your Bishop. It is a loving, encouraging program that will help both you and your wife.

Maryann TaylorJuly 30, 2021

I think Rebecca is a wonderful example for all of us as a reminder that we need to bear our testimonies of the Book of Mormon. If you don't have a testimony yet, read it with a sincere heart, pray about it, and you will know that it is true. Read the promise in Moroni 10:4&5 before you begin. Once you have that witness and continue to read it, the critical comments that will continue to be aimed at the church will not shake you. You will not be deceived.

Amanda FreebairnJuly 30, 2021

Thank you for all the kind comments. I’m glad my experiences have resonated with so many of you.

Maryann TaylorJuly 30, 2021

You are like an oasis in the midst of a world that is oh-so-serious and negative. Thank you for making my day happier!

Erik HansenJuly 30, 2021

From all his own words and from descriptions given by many I feel that I know how Joseph was, and know his unique personality of confidence in the Lord. When I finally meet him (if my life can be straight enough to stand with him in paradise) I hope the time will be first after my own father. (I'm sure many, many others feel the same way.)

Kristen FJuly 30, 2021

Thank you for sharing this wonderful story of a strong, courageous young woman. What a great example to the young women of today to stand strong in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful for my pioneer ancestors and their sacrifice and strength. Such a great example of standing for truth no matter what the consequence.

Richard JukesJuly 30, 2021

Thank you, Maurine, for preparing and posting this wonderful article. We always appreciate the things you've taught us and continue to exemplify.

JenniferJuly 30, 2021

I followed the counsel of our Prophet, consulted with my health care professional, and got the vaccine. I got my 13 year old vaccinated, as well. I have my fingers crossed that my 10 year old won't get sick (I'm not afraid of him dying but I am concerned about long COVID in kids) and trusting that people in his life will make decisions to keep him, and others who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons like Earl upthread, safe. I pray that this trust is not misplaced.

KathleenJuly 29, 2021

Thank you for helping me feel like a warrior in the Lord's army. What a wonderful badge to show we're with the Lord.

KathleenJuly 29, 2021

I did not read the NY Times article, but I concur with your comments or response. Well put. It bothers me when worldly means and ways are used to express spiritual questions/complaints.

Rochelle HaleJuly 29, 2021

Thank you for your article. I was surprised by the comments in the NY Times. Sadly, I think it was another excuse for some members to make their voices heard, which may result in negative views of the church, and certainly a lack of understanding of something very sacred. Years ago a young woman phoned into a syndicated radio program to talk about her upcoming temple marriage. Her parents would be excluded because they weren't members. She then proceeded to ask questions of the host. Why didn't she go to her bishop or relief society president with her questions, or even call the temple??!! When we put our faith and commitment first, then the wearing of sacred temple garments becomes easier. We should be looking for reasons why and how we show our obedience rather than justifying all of the reasons we can't.

Jo Ann OkelberryJuly 29, 2021

Thank you for writing this. I treasure my garments because they do remind me of my covenants and of my blessings. We have a wide variety of fabrics, and I found some that I like better than others. If women have concerns, they should write their concerns to the temple garment division and express their concerns and suggestions.

PaulineJuly 29, 2021

I received a triple bonus by reading and watching the links! Very helpful and insightful. I’ve had a lot of time in the expectations trap..painful learning to deal with my own emotions. How does this relate to Nonviolent Communication; rewards and “consequences” could be manipulative as well.

Elder Calvin GarvinJuly 29, 2021

As an MLS Missionary look forward to Part 2.

SeekingtohearHimdailyandcourageouslyactJuly 29, 2021

Thank you for so eloquently expressing my feelings. Thank you for sharing the thoughts of Many of us who happily wear our garments everyday despite the worlds ever changing views on modesty, body image, beauty, and fashion trends. We are grateful for our own personal revelation and testimony of the sacred and powerful blessings that are tied to our obedience to the covenants we made.

KristenJuly 29, 2021

I didn't read the article you are referencing here, but I agree with all of your sentiments about wearing the holy garment. It is not always convenient, but it is always a blessing to have that added layer of spiritual protection and a constant reminder of my love for God and His love for me.

Rita in TexasJuly 29, 2021

I've worn the garments since 1985, when I first went to the Chicago Temple. I was a 23 year old convert in 1976, when I was baptized, and it took a while for me to be able to go. But the covenants I made then have been the source of massive blessings for me and for my family, most of whom are either not active or not members. My wearing the 'magic underwear' (as my uncle insisted on calling it) has been a constant reminder of my duties and opportunities, a source of protection against evil, and a sign of my membership in the Church of the Firstborn. Southcentral Texas, where I live, gets really hot as well as humid, but I've been blessed to feel comfortable most of the time. My choices have been influenced in good ways because of my first choice to follow my Savior. I wouldn't change a thing.

Robert D StarlingJuly 29, 2021

Good thoughts. Perhaps after answering someone's question, the best "no pressure" response might be, "Thanks for asking. I'd be happy to answer any other questions you might have. Just let me know." Then wait. Tip: Since none of us knows the answer to every question, we should all become familiar with some good resources for answers. Among these are the Church's Gospel Topics website,,,, etc.

Lee HillJuly 29, 2021

Wonderful article! I never thought of myself in this way. I always regretted not having had the opportunity to serve in the military and this has helped to assuage those feeling of regret. In fact, I remember an incident some 44 years ago when my missionary companion and I spoke with an older gentleman who castigated us for being missionaries instead of serving in the military at that time in our lives. I remember my companion being inspired to reply, "We preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and, if everyone listened to and applied our message in their lives, there would be no need for ANYONE to serve in the military." What an inspired perspective!

Diane IrwinJuly 29, 2021

Amen and Amen!! This is so well written, and is a great rebuttal to last week's article. I like the way you explained the WHY of wearing garments, as well as the part about sacrifice. I often long to wear sleeveless tops and dresses in the summer (not tank tops) and then I remember the WHY!

PaulineJuly 29, 2021

Thoughtful article and much appreciated!

VeraJean SchowJuly 29, 2021

Thank you, so much, for adding this important information.

Patricia ByrneJuly 29, 2021

Excellent article. Thank you for expressing MY feelings so well.

Margery HuntJuly 29, 2021

Thank you. I felt your article was informational, specific and edifying. I personally feel safer by wearing the temple garments because of the covenants made to me by a loving God. Even when it is hot, I would feel more uncomfortable not wearing them because they are a gift.

BeckyJuly 29, 2021

I LOVE this article so much! I hope it reaches the masses. It really is beautiful. Thank you!

Clarissa SmithJuly 29, 2021

Thank you for sharing.

Marla SmakaJuly 29, 2021

Well said. My daughter and I have had several conversations about the article regarding wearing of garments. I am in complete agreement that wearing the garment has never been a burden, and I also agree that I prefer some styles over others.

Kay RookhuyzenJuly 29, 2021

Your thoughts and feelings mirror mine very well. I made a promise just as you did. Very well put!

Julie archerJuly 29, 2021

The garment is also a type of the garment we wore in Heaven. Hugh Nibley said we had to remove our garment, we loved so much, in order to come to earth. And the most agonizing thing we will face if, we don’t make it back, is not being able to wear it again. All of the powers and truth we obtained through our tutelage in the pre- existence is housed in that garment. Since our earthly garment is a type, we actually draw upon our heavenly garments powers while wearing it, if we are keeping our covenants. Keeping our covenants unlocks the door to it. This understanding has made the garment a privilege to wear instead of a burden. This is why Isaiah councils us to “awake and put on thy beautiful garment.”

KellieJuly 28, 2021

I took my three daughters, 8, 13, and 16 to the movie premiere and we all loved it!

Patricia S PerryJuly 28, 2021

Love the article!

CarolJuly 28, 2021

Thank you for your stories they always make me laugh!! And everyone needs a good laugh.

CathyJuly 28, 2021

I look forward to every week to reading your stories every week.. Am never disappointed!

MartaJuly 28, 2021

Let him know you will leave him if he is unwilling to grow up. Betrayal in a marriage is not some easily rectified error. He will need to act in trustworthy ways for the rest of his life. And boo hoo. He is not getting access to sex. It is not his decision. He is on probation, with the loss of his eternal family at stake. Sex is not just a physical release. It is sharing your eternal soul with another. Why would his wife wish to share her soul with this man at this time.

Karell BinghamJuly 28, 2021

Dress to honor God

Ellen BaggaleyJuly 27, 2021

I have eight good sons. I do not like the term “toxic masculinity”. I also do not want my daughters to be “progressive”. I don’t care for the words used in this article.

Maryann TaylorJuly 27, 2021

If we consistently study the scriptures and the words of living Prophets, pray every day, and sincerely strive to live to have the Holy Ghost with us we will not be deceived. If we stop reading and praying we will begin to lose the spirit of discernment and it will be easy for us to be confused.

vickieJuly 27, 2021

I DONT KNOW about this princess sounds more like a scientific test or children ...which it is....but im scepticle about these so called different cultures....esp when they have to do with gender.

ScottHJuly 27, 2021

In modern parlance, the word "masculinity" is almost never used without the modifier "toxic." While the intent may be to squelch harmful behaviors and attitudes, the unfortunate side effect is that all forms of masculinity are maligned. Boys are growing up in a culture that constantly tells them that they are bad because of their sex. Latter-day Saints should be at the forefront of rejecting harmful anti-masculine messages rather than parroting the world's 'toxic' terminology.

Harold RustJuly 27, 2021

Thanks for the video! Great reminder of why it required faith to settle in Salt Lake and how that faith has been rewarded.

Wayne FrancomJuly 26, 2021

This article was well worth the read. It is inspiring to know the thoughts and feelings of some of the refugees from Nauvoo. Having just recently been there I can only imagine the restraint and resilience of the early "Saints". It is interesting to note the so called "Trail of Tears" has now been renamed "The Trail of Hope" again defining the possibilities that lay ahead.

ElissaJuly 26, 2021

Great reminders. I think citing references would be helpful here. I was especially wondering about this one: "Over 90% of the survivors of lightning strikes end up divorcing because of the mental problems caused by brain injuries when electricity passes through the body." I'm interested in seeing the source for this claim. A brief Google search brought up this dissertation:

Maryann TaylorJuly 26, 2021

It sounds as if this husband is unaware that trust must be earned and that takes time. After hurting her so deeply, rushing her to trust him again indicates he is not willing to pay the price to regain her trust. His impatience also suggests that he doesn't really understand how much he hurt her by betraying her trust in the first place. Sounds like some good counseling needs to take place.

Maryann TaylorJuly 26, 2021

Thank you so much for mentioning the power of hymns in our lives. Other than renewing my Sacrament covenants, the hymns are often my greatest spiritual nourishment in our meeting. I often recognize new meanings in phrases that I have simply sung without thinking about what I was singing. The enlightenment never ends!

Doris WilliamsJuly 26, 2021

Thank you Nicholeen for sharing your experiences with us. What an example you are. We have all gained valuable insights from your remarkable interactions with your foster children. Loved the confirming value of hugs you shared.

Anne PrattJuly 26, 2021

What a sweet and inspiring story. Thanks for sharing it.

Pau8l ChappellJuly 25, 2021

I lost a grandmother (dad's) and an uncle (mom's brother) before I was born. While my dad's mother has people who've written about her, no one had done so prior to my efforts for my uncle. My uncle Emil lives on because of my efforts to interview people years ago, who are now dead. Personal history is mighty important for future generations so that people know them as people, not just a name or dates.

JakeJuly 25, 2021

Wonderful article! Thank you! I have thought this way for a long time but finally made the decision to go for it. I am not condemning anyone for their choices but my interpretation for me is that I should not eat meat. If anyone has health concerns watch the movie forks over knives. There are a lot of plant based movies. Many are sensational and over the top. Forks over knives is science based and very well done. It looks like the science shows that the lord was right a long time ago.

Richard JukesJuly 24, 2021

Thank you for sharing these poignant memories of some of our dear ancestors. My heart always goes out to them with gratitude for the sacrifices from which my family has inherited so many inspiring examples of faith and follow-through!

Vivian M AdamsJuly 24, 2021

This was beautifully done. So worth reading.

Christine BJuly 24, 2021

I have found that just the pure and sincere “act” of pulling out your scriptures and opening them up for even just a very few minutes each day will bring blessings. Just opening them. There are times when our life can just be spinning with business or we may be so tired for months but I think even during those hectic months a simple minute or two can help propel us forward and keep or start a sacred habit that will get easier because we have made the initial most difficult step of at least starting.

Cynthia SavageJuly 24, 2021

Incredible recount of the great exodus from Nauvoo with countless examples of faith and courage in every footstep. Very humbling. Thank you for sharing.

Harold RustJuly 24, 2021

One of my ancestors I most look forward to meeting on the other side is a 3rd great grandfather, Isaac Goodwin, who lost his wife during the storm when the ship was aiming for Valpariso. His wife was buried on Robinson Crusoe Island and he and his six children traveled on to California without her. Isaac had to "farm out" his children for months at a time while doing masonry work in 1847 through 1850 but eventually brought most of them with him to San Bernardino in 1853 and then moved again to Utah in 1857. Each of those major disruptions came when he had settled and was doing very well financially; he chose each time to respond to what he knew the Lord required of him. He even succeeded in acquiring some gold in "Mormon Island" near Sutter's Fort, but still moved on instead of dedicating more time to acquiring the easy pickings in those earlier years of the gold rush.

Claudette RaylJuly 24, 2021

My great-great-great grandfather Daniel Stark was a passenger on the Ship Brooklyn, too. His son, John Daniel Stark, my great-great grandfather, was only about 1 year old at the time of the voyage. Thank you for adding some details of this historic voyage for my family history.

BruceJuly 23, 2021

Very good advise; thank you for this.

tfJuly 23, 2021

The most obvious thing that needs trust is to participate in marital intimacy again, but believe it or not, withholding is the chief way to drive him away. Maybe someone who has been through it can give better advise, I'm surprised that mine is the first comment.

Linda PatalonJuly 23, 2021

These podcasts bring me back from the brink every time I listen to one. You are truly doing the Lord's work. May God continue to bless you to open the scriptures to me and strenghthen my faith. Holiness to the Lord.

DuaneJuly 23, 2021

I’ve known of Eliza Jane Graham because John Pack is my ancestor and know if the divorce. However, I just recently heard this story. She was a brave woman - the kind of woman it took to be a pioneer. John should have respected her.

DTJuly 22, 2021

Why hasn't this girl been a heroine in the Church long before this? Shameful to concentrate on the men, and ignore the very brave women. It's about time. Long past.

Tom WoodJuly 22, 2021

Beautiful lesson and a beautiful tribute to your friend. Your lesson has reminded and encouraged me to try and provide some service to a relative in a very difficult situation. It might be very uncomfortable and require me to reach out in a delicate manner, but your lesson has inspired me to do it. Thanks for not only a wonderful lesson, but for the encouragement to attempt service for a needy soul.

James ScottJuly 22, 2021

Moses’ priesthood lineage has always interested me. As you point out Abraham received the priesthood from Melchizedek Moses’ line came thru Jethro, Caleb, Elijah, Jeremy, Gad, Esaias. But, Esaias received it under the hand of God. While Esaias lived in Abraham’s day and was blessed by him, his priesthood didn’t come thru the fathers but from God. Who was Esaias, what did he do, who were his people, what positions did he hold that he should have the singular relationship with God?. Or, Maybe the recorder erred? I’ve always wondered about this person.

brian stubbsJuly 22, 2021

Amazing young lady. It is good for us to know of these lesser-known heroes, as I'm sure many more exist than we are aware of. Bless Eliza Graham and her posterity forever! I'm looking forward to meeting her, and I'm sure she has been well received and honored by the early saints in yonder spheres, where we might hope for something comparable if we do / live comparably.

Andrew KJuly 22, 2021

The story of the trial was dramatized in a great stage play available on DVD called "Hancock County". I highly recommend it.

kateJuly 22, 2021

Excellent story--it's always wonderful to learn more of the story! Not only was she a woman of principle, she made what I'm sure was a socially difficult decision to divorce an abusive husband and move on with her life. Thank you for sharing Eliza's story.

NicoleJuly 22, 2021

If you’re in UT, watch out! The largest district in the state is teaching CRT and pushing these “social emotional programs” on our children. Give. Cox is bought and paid for by the teachers unions. They’ve given him at least $75,000. He is their puppet and does their bidding.

HALJuly 22, 2021

Great article, thank you! I was seriously hurt a few months ago and counting my blessings helped me to keep my spirits up and heal in record time.

LindaJuly 21, 2021

This is truly an eye-opener! I'm thankful I live in a conservative city within a conservative state. So far, we don't have liberal leaning leaders trying to teach CRT or any of that other nonsense. Be careful, parents! Make sure you know what your child is being taught, etc.

PatriciaJuly 21, 2021

My favorite stories are the ones that bring tears to my eyes. This was one such story, as have been many of his before. I am so glad you will be publishing his stories in the future. Know that I appreciate Meridian Magazine for its honest and faithful pleasure. I hardly jokingly repeat my ancestry to others as being a descendant of Job. Now, in actuality, wouldn't that be just dandy!

Cary HolmquistJuly 21, 2021

Thanks for sharing these experiences of ‘putting flesh on bones’ family history. It is very heartwarming and inspiring.

Terry ManningJuly 21, 2021

Do not ignore those prompting. People with the answers you need die. Then you have to shift through endless documents trying to locate a piece of information you just could have asked for.

Joyce B.July 21, 2021

This article was so amazing! I am very grateful for wonderful brothers and sisters who teach me eternal truths I would not have gleaned from studying them myself. It is a profound concept that I will not only apply myself, but teach my family as well!

Elmer GuevarraJuly 21, 2021

Another A-1 article You are one of my favorites here in Meridian Magazine. I am always on the lookout for your contribution. Thank you, Mr. Daris Howard

LexaGraemeJuly 21, 2021

Goodness. Thank you for another excellent story.

James ScottJuly 20, 2021

Bones of history fleshed out! Your essay has the flavor of an adventure novel or a movie noir. Congratulations and here’s hoping you find and feel the Spirit of Elijah from your family.

Dennis HorneJuly 19, 2021

I recommend everyone with interest in Latter-day Saint scripture, doctrine, and history, obtain and read this superb book.

JenniferJuly 19, 2021

I deeply appreciate the insights shared in this article. They are gratifying in their metaphorical and literal natures.

Lee HillJuly 18, 2021

Thank you, Lynn. This was very powerful. I will be looking for more / different ways to share the scriptures with my children who are still struggling to "get it."

HalJuly 18, 2021

Thank you for this article. My dad was not very forthcoming about his childhood or his war experiences (he was both a WW2 and Korean War veteran). Most of what I found out about my dad came from his younger brother who was a tremendous story teller. I'm trying to go through my own life experiences to see what I can pass on to my grandchildren.

Maryann TaylorJuly 17, 2021

I appreciate the suggestions given here to make scripture study more enjoyable. I have learned that if I try to read when I am tired that it is hard to enjoy what I read. I also find if I SLOW DOWN it helps me to understand a beautiful insight I would have missed if I was just reading quickly to finish a chapter. It is a wonderful experience to sit quietly and ponder a single verse that has special meaning for you personally. I LOVE the scriptures and I find that the more I read them, the more I love and appreciate them.

James William Hollister IIJuly 16, 2021

The world needs a little more self-less than self-ish, I think.

WeezieJuly 15, 2021

Wow! That was amazing. I really needed this. I know what I should be doing but what I’ve been doing isn’t working great. These are wonderful ideas I plan on sharing with my kids. Thanks for such great new ways to study and receive the light the Lord intends us to have.

Kay RookhuyzenJuly 15, 2021

This article was fantastic! I stumbled on my best way to read the scrips accidentally. One day I decided to listen WHILE I read along. It changed my thoughts and feelings about scripture study! It keeps me focused so much better.

Steve DoneganJuly 15, 2021

Ever since reading Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s works on teaching I’ve been hooked on apperceptions. Your tying in the terra cotta warriors to scripture study was a wonderful example. Thank you for sharing.

BTJuly 15, 2021

I read this article with great interest because there was a time when I didn't love the scriptures. Over time as I have learned how to better study scriptures, my love for them has grown and continues to grow. Now what I struggle with, am embarrassed to admit, and would love to see an article about is, "What if I don't love the temple?" I do feel the spirit and a peace in the temple that is not found anywhere else, but I don't feel as much love for the temple as I feel I should. When friends talk about how much they love going to the temple, I feel like I'm missing something that they get.

BrigitteJuly 15, 2021

Thank you for this article. This is timely for me as someone who has ADHD and have felt strongly lately that I've been failing because I'm not doing it "right". I can't help but wonder how many would feel more secure in their faith if they didn't feel like they had to do a "one size fits all" study. Thank you again- this was an answer to prayer.

C. NielsenJuly 15, 2021

Thanks for the insights! You might want to add that temple learning is another approach to gospel understanding that can open the scriptures.

Diana TJuly 14, 2021

Thank you so much for this beautiful article! We will be studying and discussing this for FHE.

Ruth JamiesonJuly 14, 2021

So sad. I hope they feel the Saviors love at this tender time. So hard to lose loved ones.

David DurfeeJuly 14, 2021

Interestingly, I was also in the USSR in 1984. Moscow, Leningrad, Kiev and Minsk. I was with a couple of other LDS attorneys. We brought in with us a few bibles and BofMs, in Russian, that we had picked up in New York. We had a marvelous experience in a Baptist Church on a Sunday in Minsk, including a soul rending and powerful hymn by the Church's choir that we were sure had been rehearsed just for us and that brought us to tears. We learned from the pastor after the meeting that they were not able to buy bibles. So we returned to our hotel, wrote our testimonies in Russian in the bibles and the BofMs that we had brought with us the best that we could (1 semester of Russian in night school at ASU before our trip was immensely helpful), and one of our number took them all to the church the next day. The pastor was overwhelmed. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

PattieJuly 14, 2021

It is truly a blessing to have our Nana’s live close and be a part of our lives. I too respect and honor my GM (she always wanted to be called) and know she and my mother are watching out for my family on the other side.

Julie CookJuly 14, 2021

What an inspiring article. Isaiah 61:1-3 has always been my favorite scripture. The description of His mission always lifts me....yet I had never even pondered how in my efforts to become more Christlike, I might give beauty from ashes! These words touched me, inspired and lifted me. Thank you for this profound insight!

JuliJuly 14, 2021

I liked this article. It answers alot of questions about the different markets and how supply and demand work in a free market society. Thanks for writing it.

PaulineJuly 13, 2021

When a nation cannot control its economy it has no sovereignty because of global free trade policies run by international banking cartels. This was the whole point of Hamilton banking. We need Glass Steagall to separate investment and commercial banking as well as a fixed exchange rate. We have no medical freedom either.

Ruth JamiesonJuly 13, 2021

Can't wait! I loved Once I was a Beehive!

Mandi MilesJuly 13, 2021

So inspiring! I love your response to your sister-in-law, “just trying my darndest to be a good Disciple of Christ.”

LewisJuly 12, 2021

What a sweet story. In a real way we are all lost and damaged souls. Having someone to hang on to in our darkest hours is perhaps the greatest blessing. How wonderful that these two could help each other. They are examples to all of us - no matter the demons we must fight in our own lives, we can help others as they slay their own.

L VelardJuly 12, 2021

I believe that "give to Ceasar what is Ceasar's" is a close meaning to the gospel of politics, and therefore, shouldn't be exempt from taxation. While "give to God what is God's" is a Gospel of Spiritual salvation categories to religion which gives from Ceasar tax exemptions. Is this debatable and start to marvel at what is in Mark 17:12?

Bradley J. KramerJuly 12, 2021

Nope. Sorry. All of my relatives and recent ancestors lived in Cincinnati.

Jo Ellen NymanJuly 12, 2021

I too lost a son to suicide some years ago. I have always had a strong knowledge of the plan, and have had wonderful spiritual experiences as a result. But grief was long and hard regardless. The worst pain I have ever experienced in my life was constant. I had priesthood blessings, continued to serve and never lost my testimony. But one thing I realized I had not done for many years after was to ask Him to carry that pain for me. After finally tenderly surrendering this sorrow, I truly learned of the Savior's healing power. He CAN carry our sorrows. His healing power is real.

Corey DinsdaleJuly 11, 2021

Many years ago while teaching Elders Quorum and I don't remember the topic but one of the elders just kind of thinking out loud said, "I just wish we could get like an occasional report card or something so I could know how I am doing", the room went silent and there were a lot of nods in agreement, finally another one of the elders spoke up and said " we do get one, it's called a Temple Recommend". I thought about that remark and thought it was a good response but as the years went by and I got older had more experience in life and in the church and got somewhat wiser and more knowledgeable with doctrine and people I realized a Temple Recommend is a good start but there is more to it. My father gave a talk when I was a teenager that I have never forgotten one part of and it comes right from section 76, those who inherit the Celestial Kingdom are those who are "valiant" in their testimony of Jesus, plain and simple, no if, ands or buts, no middle of the road. I believe in mercy and I believe Our Father in Heaven and our Savior do and will extend mercy but I think to many rely solely on that and not on trying to be valiant.

Rochelle HaleJuly 10, 2021

Bro. Kramer, By any chance do you have relatives or ancestors by the names of Marcus Kramer, Henrietta (Marks) Kramer, Joseph Kramer, or Cecile Kramer from NY and possibly Chicago?

Erik HansenJuly 10, 2021

People wonder by saying, "should I love myself first or my fellow man?" If one is full of love they are one with the Father and they are then one with the Son. If you are one with them you are full of love for yourself and your fellow man. I don't think you can't separate these things or split real Christlike love (which is what we must have) to pieces.

BarbaraJuly 9, 2021

How quick you are to dismiss our responsibilities to our brothers and sisters in North Korea. Attach the word "benighted" to their country and we no longer bear responsibility toward them. Isn't labeling always the way we refuse to accept our responsibilities? Have you considered dubbing the film Witnesses in Korean, posting it on the internet and seeing how far it will travel?

Maryann TaylorJuly 9, 2021

One of the most important ways we can strengthen our nation is to get involved in the schools. In the midst of false ideas our children are being indoctrinated with in our schools, a friend of mine is running for a place on the school board. As members of the church our influence MUST be felt.

PaulineJuly 9, 2021

Love this! Great idea which I’m putting to use right now! Thanks Joni

Haze KompelienJuly 9, 2021

"Last, I want you to try an experiment...find a private bathroom with a mirror. Look at your reflection, see the real you inside, and ask, “How can I help?”" I love this part. So many of us love others and dislike ourselves. So many of us forgive others with mercy and continue to judge ourselves harshly. Self-acceptance and self-love is not the same as selfishness or being self-centered. It is necessary for happiness and fulfillment. Thank you.

Paul MouritsenJuly 8, 2021

One way to preach the gospel to remote peoples is through family history. For example, Familysearch is sending teams of interviewers into remote African villages and interviewing tribal leaders to capture extensive oral genealogies and meke them available on line and in print. Perhaps the spirit of Elijah will stir the hearts of these people and their descendants to join the church and seek the blessings of the temple. Here is a really inspiring presentation from the recent RootsTech Connect conference:

Toni VanWormerJuly 8, 2021

Your 4 magic words have really opened doors for me as the Just Serve community volunteer. When I say it to any non-profit organization they can't believe their ears! They are all overwhelmed and need all kinds of help so when someone says those magic words they can't believe thier ears. I loved your article. It was perfectly said. I really liked the application to prayer too. Hugs, from Evansville IN

CDJuly 8, 2021

This is such great advice! Thanks Joni, I love your insights and articles!

Mark DonaldsonJuly 8, 2021

We are taught in the scriptures that God knows all things past, present, and future. This means that he has a crystal clear vision of what the future holds for every person that comes to earth. This being true, then it is pre-supposed that even before we are born into mortality, God already knows when we will die. It is my belief that children who die before becoming accountable are exalted...because God knew in the pre-earth life that the child had already reached a level of perfection in the spirit world that qualified that child for the Celestial Kingdom. The age that child would die was known by God before the child was born. Some will argue and say that it's not fair that a child who dies before becoming accountable is exalted while the rest of us have to be tested by living long lives. I have even heard it said that little children who die before becoming accountable will have to be tested at a later date. That's all hogwash! God knew when each of us would die. There is never a child that dies before becoming accountable that didn't already prove themselves worthy of the Celestial Kingdom in the pre-earth life. With God's foreknowledge every child is born exactly into the right place at the right time. If the child dies before the age of accountability you can rest assured that God already knew the day and the time.

Mark J. StoddardJuly 8, 2021

Accurate history. Well written and definitely factual. Add to that, at the debate before July 4, 1776, the northern states were thrilled with Jefferson's language condemning King George for the slave trade. Interesting denunciation in that they profited from the slave trade with their ships in the infamous triangle. But rather than this condemning them, it should inspire everyone that these were men of principle willing to sacrifice the shilling for the abolition of slavery. The only reason that denunciation of King George's slave trade was taken out is that was the price of the slave states in the south agreeing to participate in the rebellion and sign on to the Declaration of Independence. Ben Franklin started the first abolition society and John Adams was a fiery opponent of slavery. It was a bitter pill to swallow but they figured it was best to create the First nation in the world that would then freely, by the voice of the people, abolish slavery. And, as this article so expertly shows, they did just that. One other point. Russian Tsar Alexander II was anxious to abolish slavery in Russia (called serfdom or being a serf -- a gentler word than slave). He was inspired by the American Revolution of 1776 and used that to abolish serfdom in 1861, freeing more than 23 million people. (Those white serfs would have found the notion of "white privilege" bizarre. Slavery and repression of any sort is evil.) It should also be noted that the first European slave traders were the beneficiaries of the existing slave trade among African tribes. Wrong is wrong no matter where. For thousands of years across the world people have been enslaved by each other regardless of race. America has blessed the world a 1,000 times over and a 1,000 times more than any damage it has done -- real or imagined.

Jim WinebrennerJuly 8, 2021

Thank you!! Finally, an article that tells the truth of the matter, instead of pandering to those suffering the confusions and delusions of the CRT scheme toward communism. We need more people with, and more articles encouraging this understanding of truth.

JaneJuly 7, 2021

This article was very informative! I would like to add that I was literally panicked to have my children AFTER age 35 because of all the “statistics” that show decline in fertility and rise in birth defects after age 35. I think the emphasis on these “statistics” is another unspoken factor for women having fewer babies. My mother had 3 healthy babies after age 37 and her mother had a healthy baby at age 47! I would have liked to have other children but I was too scared by the “after age 35” statistics. If you look back in history women commonly bore children from age 20-45; resulting in large families. If couples could only realize what a joy parenting really is in the long run, I believe many couples would be willing to have more children due to the deep satisfaction and meaning they bring to life in all the stages!

Maryann TaylorJuly 7, 2021

This beautiful article really touched my heart and and makes me want to reflect the light of the Savior in my life. One day years ago Elder Dallin Oaks visited my ward and I had the opportunity to speak with him briefly as he came up the aisle. After he had passed by, I felt I had spoken to the Savior. We all truly can reflect the love and light of Jesus Christ to others as we seek to have the Holy Ghost with us and also to keep love in our hearts.

Helen CondonJuly 7, 2021

At last! A glimpse of possibility into my own, largely self-thwarted, dreams of being “called to serve”.

Doug WhitingJuly 7, 2021

I respectfully disagree that we have a duty to preach the Gospel in areas where that would be a violation of the law. For example, I understand that Church members in several Muslim countries place their membership at risk if they violate the law by attempting to share the message with their friends -- even if their friends are not Muslims. In the long run, our requirement to abide by the law will be more likely to allow for us to begin to send in missionaries after the course of time, as we have already experienced in a number of countries.

craigJuly 6, 2021

I'm skeptical of the claim that women are having fewer children than they would like. This is because actions speak louder than words. If they wanted more children, really wanted them, they would have them. No one is stopping them. I feel like the data in such studies is much like the data in religious surveys when a person answers that they attend church at least once a month when, in fact, they only attend twice a year. Perhaps they feel guilty in not having more children and say they want more even if they have no intention of having them. Much like the person who lies about church attendance does so out of feeling guilty that they are not there on Sunday, even if they have no intention of going. I honestly don't see this as much of a problem. I believe that this is a natural self correction. The decline will plateau and human society will adjust.

RebeccaJuly 6, 2021

This beautiful sister exudes goodness in the "before" pictures as well as the "after". It's sad, even tragic, that she felt she was "polluted" and unfit for the Spirit when she was heavy. As many of us know who carry this particular "thorn in the flesh", keeping weight off is much more difficult than losing it. I hope that if she gains weight or doesn't follow her eating plan with perfection, she knows she is still beloved and precious. Although caring for our mortal tabernacles is good, I believe it is an earthly doctrine that encourages us to feel unworthy unless we meet a certain standard. Surely there are many, many worse acts than eating cheeseburgers.

Stephanie BillingsleyJuly 6, 2021

Yep! Well said. It would be wonderful if everyone felt the same PEACE, HOPE, and JOY some of us find in our SAVIOR and REDEEMER, JESUS the CHRIST. I have long been blessed with this and never doubt that I will inherit Celestial glory, because I am confident in His ability to take me HOME. So excited! The testimony of Jesus - both ours of Him and HIS of US will be of utmost importance. We all - in and out of The Church - need more of this teaching. We need to be more excited about JESUS and His role in His work! Thank you.

ColinJuly 6, 2021

I appreciate the sentiments, and I love my country too. But hope mixed with facing reality is always a good combination. Saying there are systemic problems—which there clearly are—is not slam on the Constitution, which is inspired by God and a model for the whole world. The Constitution isn't the only system at work in our country. And as we've seen in the past year, the Constitution itself is not all-powerful. It depends on the integrity of the people who have sworn to defend it, in state governments as well as federal. I keep hoping that when the Constitution is hanging by a thread, members of the Church will be protecting it instead of swinging at it with scimitars.

Steve DoneganJuly 6, 2021

While in the US Army I attended a class taught by an Army chaplain. When I walked in I saw he’d written on the board: KISS OFF. He explained it stood for: Keep It Simple Silly Or Face Frustration. When I or others around me get bogged down in doctrine or culture, I remember that chaplain and the simplifying message on the board.

David and CarolineJuly 6, 2021

Just bought it! It’d better be good ;)

LexaGraemeJuly 6, 2021

Clarification. The “Constitutional Convention” met in 1787. The Constitution was ratified by enough states to make it the law of the land in 1789.

ANJuly 6, 2021

What is your role in the future of USA, and your answer is to be the cheer squad. Had the insurection succeeded in January, America would no longer be a democracy, and most of the readers here voted for trump knowing he would not accept the result unless he won.Do you accept responsibility? I would think part of your role would be to acknowledge that was wrong and make sure that never happens again.

J. Britt FranklinJuly 5, 2021

Wonderful story! Amazing family. Hope we will hear ongoing mission reports. Love and best wishes to the family.

JD BasileJuly 5, 2021

Such an inspiring story! Hard work pays off!! Congrats Janice!

PjalJuly 5, 2021

Her feelings are mostly due to her husband’s insensitivity by his still present admiration of his ex-wife. I am not a jealous person, but I would think much less of my husband because of his callousness.

Tammy TaylorJuly 4, 2021

Thank you for a rational article about this topic. I also agree with many of the previous comments. Talking about race seems to be the wrong place to focus our attention. Let’s move on. Let’s work together to improve life for everyone in this country. I agree that the continued poverty for many blacks is concerning, but There are also many who seem to have broken this cycle. I feel that the biggest factor in the poverty cycle is the terrible education systems in inner city districts. This is more of a political problem than race as one party has run those cities for years. There must be change in the policies of elected officials and there must be choice through vouchers and charter schools available for these families. Competition is the quickest way to make change in these horrible schools. I like he idea of enterprise zones in inner cities to help with the economies and employment for those who live in those areas. There are many ways to begin to help those who are stuck in these areas. Shouting, and shaming and trying to throw out our country’s history and traditions is not going to get us there. Respect and love for everyone are the answers

Corey DinsdaleJuly 4, 2021

Everybody should read the following books, 'Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female' and 'The Economic Theory of Sex: Industrialism, Feminism and the Disintegration of the Family'. We need to be informed and understand the basis and foundation of what's being taught in order to fight it and counter it.

Linda ChristieJuly 3, 2021

Congratulations to a former Sooner from Norman, OK! I knew you and your family as you were growing up. Who knew you would turn out some really poignant and beautiful music about the Prophet Joseph, Emma, and the Savior. The rest of us LDS Sooners are really proud of you! Keep the faith, and keep sharing the truth! God bless you and your group! (And say hello to your mom and dad! I know they are proud of you!)

ChuckJuly 3, 2021

To answer the question in this articles' title, absolutely yes---but that doesn't mean you must be best buddies with someone who betrayed you. Our Savior commanded us to forgive everyone, but that principle is for us, not the other person; it's so WE can become a better person in a miserable situation. The other person is the responsibility of our Lord, not us.

LynnJuly 3, 2021

Bravo! Thank you for such a positive and uplifting essay!

Maryann TaylorJuly 2, 2021

Kenny's comments reflect the feelings of so many of us, probably millions. He asks some valuable questions at the end of his comment which deserve our consideration. I would add that as long as people keep pointing the finger and accusing people of racism simply because they are white, racism will remain alive.

Maryann TaylorJuly 2, 2021

I don't think the REAL issue here is about over-rating beauty or being jealous of the first wife. This woman is suffering because she is starving for physical affection from her husband, and also a real need for his verbal feedback that she is desirable and beautiful to him. The fact that her husband refers to his first wife's beauty "with a twinkle in his eye" would be a dagger to any wife's heart! If this woman felt truly loved by her husband, I think the conflict would be resolved. I see a lot of pain here, and hope this couple gets some good counselling because they need help to communicate their needs and suffering so that they can help one another.

SarahJuly 2, 2021

The twinkle in the eye... That's the problem. Get rid of that, and you will feel closer to him. Not sure how!?!

Vivian M AdamsJuly 2, 2021

Thank you for this important and inspired article. Thank you for the beauty of your heart and soul.

Robert D StarlingJuly 2, 2021

Thank you, Sister Linford, for this stirring reminder of what the 4th of July celebrates. I read it with tears in my eyes. Perhaps we have to spend some time in other countries to really appreciate what it means to live underneath the Stars and Stripes. I'm from Georgia, and some of my ancestors fought against the Union at places like Gettysburg and Bull Run. They believed (rightly or wrongly) that they were fighting for the states' rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Thankfully the Union was preserved, and America has flourished. Some of Lincoln's words at Gettysburg still challenge us to determine if "that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure." We know that these latter days are "perilous times" and that there is much we must endure before the Savior returns. Hopefully we can stand for righteousness until He comes. God bless the USA!

Erik HansenJuly 2, 2021

According to the Book of Mormon, time and time again through it's pages, secret combinations in their greatest power and degree fight to destroy liberty. In this country the secret combinations are hitting the Constitution and the people at every level. They change the minds of the people over generations. Ultimately the only cure is and has been the preaching and adherence of Jesus Christ's principles. They are not received well in this Country even among "Christians". Only those principles will protect the liberty of the people.

Nancy AbbottJuly 2, 2021

This is a wonderful article. I totally agree with your sentiments. I love our nation..... warts and all! I’m so grateful that we , through revelation, know the final chapter for our nation. Much darkness will come, but then the glorious light of the millennial day! God bless America!

rydamyJuly 2, 2021

t is important for her husband to also seek medical evaluation of his health. Not only is sexual dysfunction a possible indicator of other significant health problems, but it can often be treated and improved. In addition there are adaptive ways be close, and these can help him meaningfully show care and affection for her. Just suggesting.

rydamyJuly 2, 2021

It is important for her husband to also seek medical evaluation of his health. Not only is sexual dysfunction a possible indicator of other significant health problems, but it can often be treated and improved. In addition there are adaptive ways be close, and these can help him meaningfully show care and affection for her. Just suggesting.

Mark DonaldsonJuly 2, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful reminder! God Bless America!

BeraJuly 2, 2021

Very inspiring article. Thank you for sharing this with us.

David ShafferJuly 2, 2021

Amen! And, thank you.

Taylor StonelyJuly 2, 2021

What a stirring reminder of the fragility of our freedom! Your story about your daughter standing and reciting the Star Spangled Banner brought tears to my eyes! Thank you for sharing!

BrianJuly 1, 2021

Is there a particular reason this article seems to presuppose that the betrayer is a man?

James ScottJuly 1, 2021

I’ve always taken interest in the Lord’s Prayer where in Matthew 6:9 the Lord uses the locational plea: WHICH, while in 3 Nephi 13:9 the Lord uses the personal WHO. Does this change mean He felt the Nephites were closer than the Jews or maybe Matthew’s translators erred in their work. I like the personal Who as I feel closer to the Lord in that use and that I’m actual conversing with The Father.

Larry HuntJuly 1, 2021

The Nashville tribute band. One of my favorite bands of all time!

Carol AnnJuly 1, 2021

What a cool "behind the scenes look" at this media production team for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I will watch General Conference with new appreciation from now on because of the dedication of these very special and inspired people. Thanks for sharing!

Barbara BrewerJuly 1, 2021

This article must have been written especially for me!

James scottJune 30, 2021

It’s really easy to stop investigation when we find info that buttresses our own opinions.

Maryann TaylorJune 30, 2021

Is anyone else out there sick to death of this subject???? Seems to me the more we talk about it, the worse it gets. How about if we just start from today--the present, right NOW. Be kind and get on with it.

Maryann TaylorJune 30, 2021

This is Satan's very transparent attempt to normalize and to promote sin. It is a weapon he has wielded from his deadly arsenal since time began--the deceptive belief that: "Everyone is doing it." One of the ways Satan promotes sin is to keep our focus on it as much as possible. He also tries to make us believe that we are being "compassionate" when we accept sin. We are being saturated with references to homosexual behavior in books, television programs, radio, magazines, and in the news more and more frequently. Even some Latter-day Saints are preoccupied with the subject. It is WAY past time to change our focus.

LexaGraemeJune 30, 2021

That sounds about right. Poor Sally.

James HarveyJune 30, 2021

Chinese in Mexico were expelled, Crimean Tatars were expropriated by Stalin, Roma people are hated throughout Europe, and xenophobia pervades in South Africa. Even MLK Jr's inspiration Walter Rauschenbusch despised Eastern European immigrants as reducing good "Teutonic stock" in America. Racism cannot be reduced to a question of ideology, but how political power is exercised, and that is missing from the analysis,

Marti ScottJune 30, 2021

I didn't get an e-mail about the Jordan River Temple reopening.

Kara A DunkelJune 30, 2021

Thoroughly enjoy your insights ❤️

Debra MackJune 29, 2021

What a great nugget of wisdom. Thank you Bro Marsh

Aeryn S.June 29, 2021

While I appreciate the authors' attempt to be fair and balanced, the fact remains that CRT is a poisonous ideology that even many blacks and other minorities find abhorrent (for instance, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Greater New York who recently did a press release denouncing CRT as racist, J. Kenneth Blackwell (former mayor of Cincinnati) who condemned CRT in his essay: Critical Race Theory Cynically Undermines Racial Harmony; Jon McWhorter (who says, “You are not a racist to criticize CRT,” and who is a vocal opponent of CRT being taught in school); Shelby Steele (who says, “. . . Critical Race Theory . . . has no other meaning than . . . to once again accuse whites of racism.”); and many other minorities who have spoken vocally against CRT). Every American should read Dr. Carol Swain’s essay at 1776 Unites titled Critical Race Theory’s Toxic, Destructive Impact on America. Yes, we should be able to have thoughtful, civil discussions about race and our history, and explore positive ways to elevate all of God’s children. But it can’t be done through CRT. Ironical, many of our black brothers and sisters are silenced if they speak out against CRT. If we truly want to start positive dialogues, I suggest becoming more aware of conservative and libertarian black thinkers, activists, speakers, and writers, including the wonderful Walter E. Williams, whom we recently lost, Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, Jon McWhorter, and Carol Swain, among others.

Cameron DyckJune 29, 2021

Personally I wold think that the 3 most important relationships are: self, family, and God. It is impossible to have a positive relationship with spouse/children/family and God without having a positive relationship with your self.

Marie CrollJune 29, 2021

I, too, would love to have this concert available on line. I hope you will make it possible.

Ed GayhartJune 28, 2021

No, we really don’t need to talk about race. CRT was hatched to divide and conquer. Are there bad people? Sure are - of all colors. Are people hated and mistreated. Have been throughout history. CRT wants to put everyone in their proper box and then teach them to resent each other - nothing more. We are individual children of Heavenly Parents - not a color.

Debi-Ann Ward CaseJune 28, 2021

Kenny Mazzanti brings up valid points. I have often wondered if black people in our country are even aware that they are not the only ones who suffered the debilitating effects of slavery. The Jews were slaves to the Egyptian pharaohs for approximately two hundred years. They were slaves/captives in Babylonia for about seventy years, and then they were under brutal Roman rule. This is in addition to the various slaveries mentioned by Mr. Mazzanti.

Sasha KwapinskiJune 28, 2021

People of different minorities and constituencies have a legitimate need to "see themselves" represented in our nation's history. As the article points out. this can be done without disregarding and discounting the overall main themes and trends. Members of the LDS community (one a many religious "minorities" in the US) see themselves represented in this manner when we learn about (for example) the Mormon Battalion, the voyage of the Brooklyn, or the early LDS settlement of San Bernardino.

ShaunaJune 28, 2021

cogent, thought provoking and insightful. Thank you for a measured and helpful analysis. well done and wonderfully even handed

EveJune 28, 2021

Very thought provoking. Thank you!

Michael EdwardsJune 28, 2021

the truth is out ther. fox mulder

Haze KompelienJune 28, 2021

I'm a 69 yr old White woman who, in her youth, didn't think she was racist at all. Gradually, over the years, I have been lovingly educated by dear Black friends on many aspects of their day-to-day lives that I was completely ignorant about. Simple things like little girls wishing for a doll that looked like them to complex things like having to give "The Talk" to your Black children about how to act in public to keep yourself safe. I am learning. I must also highly recommend the article the author provided a link to called "Being Black in America is Exhausting". Please do read it and your eyes will be opened to how different the lives of our Black sisters and brothers can be.

Susan NielsonJune 28, 2021

I’m so relieved to read a rational, thoughtful discussion about race, after so many months of shouting, shaming and hatred. I realize that I have much to learn but it has been so difficult to know where to turn for calm, reasoned knowledge. I truly want to know what I should do, and what I can do to show love to all around me. Thank you for your instructions; they are so much appreciated.

Kenny MazzantiJune 28, 2021

Let us also remember that the enslavement of African peoples was done in great degree by their own people who sold them off to Muslim slave traders. Slavery was not unique to the American colonies, but was a worldwide occurrence. When Spanish and Portuguese explorers conquered aboriginal people on the north and south American continents, they enslaved them by the thousands, and the Catholic Church forced "Christianity" upon them as slaves building their missions. The Spanish settlers enslaved native Americans, native Americans enslaved the Spanish, the Mexicans and each other. Native Americas commonly enslaved women and children when warring with other bands. At the time of the Civil War, there were more non-African slaves in north America than there were African slaves in the United States. So, why is it that your focus is exclusively on African slaves when many more people of various ethnicities were victimized by slavery? What makes you so special that we all need to dredge up the horrors of the past? Why is it that we cannot focus on a future without division? Why is it that we cannot see a future simply as God's children one and all?

Carolyn MadsonJune 27, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful essay of photographs Scott. It is especially touching today, being June 27th. These photos bring back wonderful memories of feeling the Spirit there at Carthage with you and Maurine several years ago during the last day of our Church History Tour with you. You continue to inspire! .Carolyn and Scott Madson

Lorraine DayJune 27, 2021

Fabulous! You’ve straitened a confused subject for me. FAITH is a huge word for me and you have broken it down to a simple understanding. Thank you!!! I would love my own personal copy of your words.

MikeJune 27, 2021

The next big false flag hoax could easily be an alien invasion. We have proven to be easily duped and it's another great excuse to confine us to our houses, destroy the economy, and take away our liberty.

PaeaJune 27, 2021

Great conversion story....thank you for sharing it!!!

Doris WilliamsJune 27, 2021

Oh, thank you Scot for putting this up's a blessed reminder, coloring our study in Come Follow Me and the D&C. You have done so many inspiring photo essays....especially about Nauvoo. They are a blessing to all of us. Thank you so much.

Diane KriloffJune 27, 2021

What a powerful presentation! Thank you Elder Johnson for sharing your story. It was remarkably inspiring!

Joshua HarmonJune 26, 2021

Thanks for this article! As Latter-Day Saints, in addition to possessing canonized scripture affirming the existence of children of God begotten on worlds without number, our faith was built on the testimonies of credible witnesses of “marvelous” experiences that transcend our current scientific knowledge. We should stay humble and open about experiences with which we may not have first-hand knowledge, which are nevertheless true for those who experienced them. Articles of Faith 9 and 13 celebrate a hope for new and true light and knowledge. I’m excited to belong to a faith that isn't afraid to admit we don’t know everything about the universe. I'd love to see more articles on this topic from a Latter-Day perspective.

Maryann TaylorJune 26, 2021

Yes, it is true that there is very little revealed about our Heavenly Mother. Maybe that should tell us something.

Maryann TaylorJune 26, 2021

If there are people from other planets close enough for us to encounter pictures of them in space, why aren't they coming for a visit? Isn't that the first thing we would do if we found a planet with people like ourselves? Because of all the false "sightings," I am hesitant to take this very seriously. I am a lot more interested in improving life right here on earth.

Maryann TaylorJune 26, 2021

If our wayward children are adults who received a genuine testimony by the power of the Holy Ghost, how can "being deceived" be an excuse? The scriptures repeatedly teach us how to avoid deception. We also cannot claim being offended as an excuse for falling away. No one leaves the church because they were offended. They leave because they have not built a strong testimony of Jesus Christ. The power of a strong testimony overcomes any offense. I continue to have great hopes, prayers, and tears for those who have wandered away from the path. However, the answer to that problem is most often repentance. The Doctrine & Covenants speaks of those who will inherit the Terrestrial Kingdom as those "who were blinded by the craftiness of men" (D&C 76:75). We all experience good and evil influences every day. We all have the light of Christ. We are here to learn to choose the light. Only the Lord can judge each of us, but let's not make the mistake of accepting any doctrine that replaces genuine repentance with the excuse of "being deceived."

BarbaraJune 26, 2021

How exciting! I was driving into town one evening when I looked up and thought I saw an airplane (I was close to our local airport) when it suddenly took off faster than a shooting star and disappeared. I was and still am a UFO believer and figure why you pointed out "worlds without number".

BenJune 26, 2021

Thank you for publishing this well-written piece about this phenomenon. To me, it's a head scratcher that other LDS-centric publications don't seem to have an interest in the topic of UAPs and how it fits into a theological discussion. This need not be a paradigm-shattering topic to discuss.

BriaJune 26, 2021

“If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves..." If the veil were rent today, and the great God who holds the world in its orbit, and who upholds all worlds and all things by His power, was to make Himself visible, - I say, if you were to see Him today, you would see Him like a man in form - like yourself in all the person, image, and very form as a man.” ― Joseph Smith So let me get this straight woman dont matter much in the LDS church? According to the Prophet who restored the gospel to the earth he said to “If men do not comprehend the character of God, they do not comprehend themselves..." I believe Heavenly Mother should not be ignored but embraced, I know it would break my heart if my children ignored my existence.

MaryaJune 25, 2021

I'm always impressed by the thoughtfulness and wisdom in Geoff's responses. I'm glad this boy has a loving, non judgmental mother that recognizes a bishop wouldn't know what to do in this matter. It sounds like the dad won't be much help.

Gerald G. FullerJune 25, 2021

I don't understand how his attraction to those characters became identified as sexual attraction. Did I miss something?

TJJune 25, 2021

Dried or freeze dried food might be the only food storage that works for us. I am single and live in an apartment. I have no place to garden and found I would not eat canned vegetables except corn and green beans. So, instead of pretending I was going to eat that can of carrots or spinach, I purchased some freeze dried vegetables that I can add to my canned soups in the event of a prolonged emergency. But for health, I use frozen or fresh vegetables for my regular vegetable consumption. That way I am covered but do not waste money on canned goods I found I would not eat, no matter what.

GinaJune 25, 2021

As someone who was once this angry wife, may I tell you what I did one time when the anger I felt toward the other woman and toward the way my husband's mother was treating me overcame me. I thought of the people they cared about most. I contacted his children and told them the truth about their mother. Not something I am proud of, but something that can happen to you. You must remove yourself and your marriage to another place. Get off social media. Forever, because the anger can last decades. And anyone can go on to your Facebook page and post the details for all to read. I know because I did. This is anger that may not die for decades.

Theodore BrandleyJune 25, 2021

Hello Warren, It is true that God has created “worlds without number (Moses 1:23), and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God (D&C 76:24). However, “there are no angels who minister to this earth but those who do belong or have belonged to it.” (D&C 130:5) Therefore, assuming the craft are real technology designed and controlled by intelligent beings, they are most likely translated beings of the cities of Enoch and Melchizedek. It was a “chariot of fire” that was observed in the translation of Elijah into heaven (2 Kings 2:11).

HalJune 25, 2021

Interesting article until it mentioned that former Senator Harry Reid was trying to get information released. Mr. Reid has zero credibility in my book. He deliberately lied in the 2012 election cycle when he claimed Mitt Romney had not paid any income taxes for the prior decade. Mr. Reid was challenged on this claim when Mr. Romney released his tax records showing that he had, indeed, paid his taxes. When pressed about continuing to defend a statement that is not true (after the election), Reid responded, "Romney didn't win, did he?"

RaLee HallJune 25, 2021

Thank you for your story. It was beautiful.

Gayle WalkerJune 25, 2021

Thank you so very much for these beautiful pictures and information of these brethren's last days. Words cannot express my feelings for Joseph and Hyrum. I know they were and are God's prophets, seers and revelators for the Final Dispensation of Times.. I appreciate your love for them and learned much from your piece.

Mary WilsonJune 25, 2021

I love this cartoon. I love Donny Osmond. Can I still buy a copy of the magazine?

Ronald BarnesJune 25, 2021

I live under a flight path and have seen all kinds of aircraft at different altitudes. I have seen UFOs on two occasions. The second time I was with others. To us they appeared to be a precession of small, red lights that seemed to appear, travel a distance, and then to disappear. The first time I was alone. I saw what appeared to be a large craft no more than a few hundred feet in the air. There were four long, horizonal lights on its side. It was banking to the right and I did not see wings or a tail. It was moving much slower than an airplane, darker than the night sky and totally silent. I believe that earthly governments have technologies far more advanced that the populace realizes. It could be that these crafts are scouts sent by the Ten Tribes or the City of Enoch. I actually have more radical ideas than those. Of course, I don’t know and can only speculate.

ShaunaJune 25, 2021

I would just add that agency is paramount. Sometimes I think we teach that wayward children will return no matter what. How can that be? I do not doubt the Savior's ability, mission, and purpose to "save," but surely we cannot be "saved" against our will. Clearly there are things we don't yet understand, and I appreciate adding in premortal choices, but we are also told that even though we can repent in the next life, that it is easier to do so now--in the body; "that this life is the time to prepare to meet God," and that the personality traits, characteristics, desires, habits, priorities etc., that we have developed in this life, will be with us on the other side. The prophet Amulek taught, “That same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world” (Alma 34:34). As a result, when persons leave this life and go on to the next, “they who are righteous shall be righteous still” (2 Ne. 9:16), and “whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life … will rise with us in the resurrection” (D&C 130:18). I know that the Lord is the perfect judge and that we will all agree that his judgments are just. But agency must be accounted for

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Laurel Lee PedersenJune 24, 2021

I love the way our missionaries are learning to teach the gospel. We live in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and most of the people our missionaries are teaching are coming from social media. They are doing service activities in the community and helping with ward activities, etc., as well. It's a joy to have evening devotionals with them, as well as prepare food for them several days a week. Thanks again, Diana, for these beautiful insights to these D&C sections.

WendyJune 24, 2021

I have enjoyed reading your articles on our parental God,. Was wondering how the polygamy paradigm fits into this.

LaurieJune 24, 2021

I found this article so helpful. Thank you. Rethinking is always spoke of, but you gave great examples snd, the bottom line is, we know we, n and of ourselves fo not have al the answers; that’s wher effort is appreciated to listen, ponder, pray snd exercise faith by action! Sincere thanks.

Carlos RoundyJune 24, 2021

If Christ and his atonement happened , than everything in existence has meaning, on the other hand, if Christ and the atonement did not happen, then everything will just be ashes. Thanks for the wonderful article.

Michael SheaJune 24, 2021

Thank you. I suppose it can reasonably be said that the ignorant have no difficulty justifying themselves to the ignorant.

Rodney L RiversJune 24, 2021

Thank you for sharing this thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening article. I will peruse the other mentioned articles on the subject of evidences on the authenticity of biblical characters.

JarediteStoresJune 24, 2021

Will these books eventually be sold at Deseret Bookstore? And, available on Bookshelf Plus?

Harold RustJune 24, 2021

As always, thanks for an inspiring insight. Your article let me to reflect on a related perspective. The more I study this parallel relationship, the closer I come to getting a feel of why prophets and recipients of heavenly insight simply cannot convey the full message of that visit to the spiritual realm. Just as a child could become enthralled with a graphic design made by using imaginary numbers and yet be limited in describing just how the math works to others, so too are prophets limited in conveying the full dimension of what they have been shown.They can use earthly examples to help us obtain some insight and guidance, but only as we become familiar with the spiritual dimension will we begin to "see the light" ....and gain the wherewithal to apply imaginary numbers to create our own graphic designs.

AnnaJune 23, 2021

As I struggle emotionally with the loss of two adult children within five months, it has been too easy to languish in sadness and self-doubt. Thank you for helping me today as i try to re-frame my feelings and memories.

Joseph L.June 23, 2021

You make some wonderful points in this article. Thank you so much. I have chose a different path for my food storage. We rotate a 3 month supply pantry and have an additional 9 months of dehydrated beans/grains and some freeze dried meals. You mention that this is not wise, because where will the water come from? If I have water to drink, then I have water to cook with. If I have no water to drink, then I won't live long. I think an important aspect of being prepared is knowing how to procure and make water safe to use. I don't think having beans, rice and other dehyrdated and freeze dried meals is a bad thing. For some of us, it makes food storage easier.

HallJune 23, 2021

Loved this story! Goes to show you should listen to the whole story before forming an opinion that will make you look foolish.

Haze KompelienJune 23, 2021

Looking forward to column #9. Hope it will be out soon. Very interesting series.

CarolJune 23, 2021

Please don't ever stop writing your column - you make my day!!!

JKJune 23, 2021

Thank you for this timely article. I agree that food storage needs to be well rounded. It is something I've struggled with for years, but after living in the mid-west for three decades I now live in an area that not a year goes by when a major disaster hits of some kind. Food storage is essential in those times. Now that Northern Utah finally recognizes they can indeed be struck by a large earthquake at anytime, I hope they are taking food prep more seriously. People keep thinking they need food storage for natural disasters, but unemployment is a huge problem right now and having food on hand is huge to get you through.

Angie MannJune 23, 2021

I can’t love this enough. It’s such a peaceful feeling when you realize you’ve just read the answer to a prayer you’ve had. Thank you.

Mary JaneJune 22, 2021

Thank you so much...I needed to read this and hear this counsel today. It is so easy for us to feel burdened by our challenges in every day life. These are great reminders to keep the faith and move forward, remembering the Lord is always with us, loves us and will consecrate our afflictions for our gain....

Steve DoneganJune 22, 2021

Thank you for plain speech about a difficult and complicated topic.

Cary HolmquistJune 22, 2021

Really branching out there, kiddo.

P. WintersJune 22, 2021

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

Charles DEFRANCHIJune 22, 2021

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

Neil CJune 22, 2021

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

Neil CJune 21, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorJune 21, 2021

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

LBJune 21, 2021

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

JoJune 21, 2021

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

KateJune 20, 2021

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

EJune 20, 2021

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

Corey D.June 20, 2021

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

Corey D.June 20, 2021

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

MelbaJune 19, 2021

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

KellieJune 19, 2021

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

JowoJune 19, 2021

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

Q. Wayne ThorntonJune 19, 2021

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

Iesus SimbalJune 19, 2021

Just as men reject Charity so do they reject the true language, being without the Spirit of kindness, and unwilling to treat others by the same Law God has ordained. Men do not hear true Prophets, for they speak in a Language that adapts to the ear which hears it. Many will say, 'Lord, Lord', having no mercy for those they have stepped upon. Matthew 25 makes clear what will happen to these many.

MarciaJune 18, 2021

YOU started the problem, you need to end it. GET ANOTHER JOB! Seeing you on a daily basis will keep her from being able to deal with her husband. Seeing you will never stop being a daily constant reminder of his betrayal. no matter if you can't find another job or one as good a your current one... that is the price you pay for what you have done. GET ANOTHER JOB! You are torturing her with her having to see you on a daily basis. She did nothing wrong, YOU did...part of your restitution in your repentance process is to not make it worse for her even if it inconviences you. GET ANOTHER JOB! It's the least you can do to begin making amends so she can begin to heal. I cannot stress this enough! GET ANOTHER JOB! Show that you are really sorrowful for your terrible actions that is causing her world to have shattered! Take responsibility for what damage you have caused! GET ANOTHER JOB!

K. B. HardingJune 18, 2021

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

BonnieJune 18, 2021

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

Boanerges RubalcavaJune 18, 2021

There are many people in this world that can say that Jack Anderson was their friend, because, for sure he had may friends. Jack was my dear friend, and he was because I always knew that he loved me. I met him when I was living close to his home in Bethesda Maryland during the Nixon years; we were members of the Chevy Chase ward, and I being the younger, and the newcomer I needed friends in this new environment when with my family came to work in National Institutes of Health. On top of that, I was a foreigner, like many of my coworkers in NIH, and soon they, my coworkers found out that I was behaving differently like if I was already adapted sooner than them. What was the reason? Of course, the church and many of the people in the ward, but among them was Jack who always gave his unconditional friendship with a great deal of love. He always told me that I was very special, and I felt special due to this great loving man. We had many great discussions in the Presidential campaign with McGovern and Nixon, and he was very respectful, but at the same time gave the reasons the president must be surrounded by good people. About the Vietnam war, he told me that those young men fighting the draft to avoid to be in the war, although he was sympathetic with them, he said that for sure that they had all the right to fight against that, but that there were laws and tribunals and the Constitution, and he said that if he would be one of them, he would fight with all his strength in the legal ways, but that if at the end he would not win the legal battle, he would go to Vietnam. He helped many in many ways, and the way it put it when he told me that the family that was living in his farm he had in some place nearby, actually, they were helping him taking care of the place, when the real thing is that they did not have any other place to live. I love Jack and Olivia, they were wonderful people, mainly because they loved people. I will never forget them. I will see you soon my dearest Jack.

Marilyn GoodworthJune 18, 2021

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

Sarah HinzeJune 18, 2021

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

Jim HarrisJune 18, 2021

Sister Hilton, thank you for your insights. I am fairly well versed in Church history and doctrine and usually am prepared to answer a question if needed. The challenge I sometimes encounter is the attitude of the questioner. If the question is asked in a condescending or snide way, I will not say anything because I wish to avoid contention (see 3 Nephi 11:28-30 and Doctrine and Covenants 10:63). The problem with doing nothing is that I leave other class members vulnerable who may have lingering doubts. A second issue with some questioners is that once you answer one question it opens a litany of subsequent questions, some which cannot be easily answered. I wish I could find a way for them to ponder on the one answer they were given and seek the confirmation of the Spirit. In a sense they are “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:7). For me, our goal is for each of us to become a better disciple of Jesus Christ. I want to do what I can to help myself and others to become better disciples of the Savior. One challenge for me is to find a better way to deal with those who ask questions in a less than pleasant way. As the Savior said, “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. Wherefore, settle this in your hearts, that ye will do the things which I shall teach, and command you” (JST 14:27-28). It is refreshing when the questioner is in a good spirit and the people providing assistance are all in the right spirit, and all "are edified and rejoice together" (doctrine and Covenants 50:21-22).

Daniel BakerJune 18, 2021

What a pleasant reflection. Way back before I became aware that there is more to religious significance than simple "being saved", I enjoyed his reasoned writing. Way back before good balanced discussion was destroyed by writing of simple divisive statements in memes. I cannot remember a single writing of his, I only remember that they were very reasoned and made me think through issues; whatever position he had, the reason was clear. Interesting that he could elaborate on both sides of an issue. We need more like that again. He joined the likes of Jim French and Lloyd Cooney - remember them???

Mtutuzeli NyokaJune 18, 2021

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

Diane MortensenJune 18, 2021

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

Harold RustJune 18, 2021

I remember attending a Church fireside in the Washington area when Jack was the speaker. Ten minutes into the intended start time and Jack was still not there. I was sitting on the side front aisle when suddenly the side door opened and Jack came in and sat beside me. He mumbled something like "They certainly didn't give good directions to this chapel!" He was not in a happy mood. However, when he went up to speak after being introduced, no one else there in the meeting would have guessed he was upset or angry; he just moved on into a very uplifting talk that inspired all those who were there.

Kathy ThatcherJune 18, 2021

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

Ken BergJune 18, 2021

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

KIM BOSLERJune 17, 2021

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

Linda WillisJune 17, 2021

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

David DurfeeJune 17, 2021

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

Diane L AndersonJune 17, 2021

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

Janet DoiJune 17, 2021

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

GTOJune 17, 2021

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

Christine B.June 17, 2021

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

SherryJune 17, 2021

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

Seeker of TruthJune 16, 2021

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

HalJune 16, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorJune 16, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorJune 16, 2021

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

Alfredo VegaJune 16, 2021

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

JillJune 16, 2021

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

SusanJune 15, 2021

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

CubbyJune 15, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorJune 15, 2021

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

HalJune 15, 2021

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

Richard EyreJune 15, 2021

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

MichelleJune 15, 2021

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

Gerald J LeBaronJune 15, 2021

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

Gerald J LeBaronJune 15, 2021

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

PaulineJune 15, 2021

I have read two near-death accounts from women who saw Heavenly Mother and in one case, her heavenly mother. Beautiful descriptions beyond measure! One said she could gaze upon the heavenly scene forever. Maybe we need to be present in this sphere and not longing to go home.

PaulineJune 15, 2021

Good for you!

Carlos RoundyJune 15, 2021

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

Boanerges RubalcavaJune 15, 2021

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

DaveJune 15, 2021

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

HrothiusJune 15, 2021

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

Judy PetersonJune 15, 2021

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

J. Bayard MyersJune 15, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorJune 15, 2021

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

David DurfeeJune 15, 2021

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

Randall M SmithJune 15, 2021

I am very intrigued with the idea of multiple Mothers-In-Heaven. The Dispensation of the Fulness of Times is the dispensation in which all things (all gospel principles) will be restored. Polygamy is no doubt the most controversial principle to be part of this dispensation. It seems to have done more harm than good in gathering Israel. But Heavenly Father insisted that it be part of this dispensation, albeit temporarily. I feel it was needed to teach us about the fulness of exaltation - our own ability to create and populate worlds without end. When God authorized polygamy at various times throughout history, it was for the purpose of raising righteous seed unto Him. Likewise, I believe that polygamy is necessary to birth innumerable spirit children to 'fill the measure of creation', worlds without end.

Camille CornabyJune 15, 2021

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

Harold RustJune 15, 2021

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

Joan HayesJune 15, 2021

The questions surrounding "Mother in Heaven" have perplexed me for many years. One conclusion I reached, and satisfies me, is we don't talk much about "Mother in Heaven" because there are Many. We know in the Celestial Kingdom, Polygamy will be practiced. Why would God ask us to practice a principle that He does not live? Therefore, we don't simply have a Mother in Heaven, but many Mother's in Heaven! However, this has led to a further question, is there one Mother in Heaven for each world, or many Mothers for each world? I love the scriptures, but they can cause many thoughtful years of questions that have no answers. It's simply about Fatih and Obedience.

Been ThereJune 15, 2021

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

Pete Pasquali IVJune 15, 2021

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

John R CarpenterJune 15, 2021

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

ShaunaJune 15, 2021

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

Trinity OlsenJune 15, 2021

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

LexaGraemeJune 15, 2021

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

MaureenJune 15, 2021

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

RexJune 15, 2021

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

Mark DonaldsonJune 15, 2021

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

vickieJune 15, 2021

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

Camille McCauslandJune 15, 2021

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

Lexie StatonJune 15, 2021

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

Jim WinebrennerJune 14, 2021

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

Jim WinebrennerJune 14, 2021

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

Patty BrightJune 14, 2021

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

MjonesJune 14, 2021

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

John R CarpenterJune 14, 2021

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

Julie archerJune 14, 2021

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

Tanya NeiderJune 14, 2021

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

MaureenJune 14, 2021

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

Rawlen RawlinsJune 14, 2021

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

Ronald BarnesJune 14, 2021

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

BertieJune 14, 2021

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

Walden BarneyJune 13, 2021

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

Tora Sue KniselyJune 13, 2021

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

Blake GarsideJune 13, 2021

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

TMJune 13, 2021

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

Bera SautuJune 12, 2021

What an Inspiring story of courage!

Viola Joyce MilesJune 12, 2021

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

George WingJune 12, 2021

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

Dave MyersJune 12, 2021

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

Pamela SmithJune 12, 2021

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

Raymond Takashi SwensonJune 11, 2021

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

Stephanie GJune 11, 2021

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

ShirleyJune 11, 2021

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

Robert D StarlingJune 11, 2021

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

Alece ReynoldsJune 11, 2021

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

Jenee LindnerJune 11, 2021

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

Loran BloodJune 11, 2021

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

TraceyJune 11, 2021

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

James ScottJune 11, 2021

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

Vicki CrumJune 11, 2021

This insanity is being pushed, of course, by Satan. We know this, but there are far too many people willing to go along with it. And those people who play into Satan's hands are liberals aka Democrats. You would never find a conservative or a Republican agreeing with this insidious nonsense. Who you vote for matters. Sadly, the Democrat Party does NOT reflect our Christian values in any way, shape or form. Actions speak louder than words in this, as in everything else. Liberals work for Satan, period.

PaulineJune 11, 2021

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Kathy SandersJune 11, 2021

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

Shep KuesterJune 11, 2021

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

Karen BellistonJune 11, 2021

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

Allison TullisJune 11, 2021

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

Doris WilliamsJune 11, 2021

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

JuliannJune 11, 2021

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

CASJune 11, 2021

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

Dana WelchJune 11, 2021

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

LincolnJune 11, 2021

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

CASJune 11, 2021

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

ShayJune 11, 2021

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

StephanieJune 11, 2021

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

Paul HJune 11, 2021

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

ChrisJune 10, 2021

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

Kenny MazzantiJune 10, 2021

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

CASJune 10, 2021

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

CASJune 10, 2021

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

Mary Ann KershisnikJune 10, 2021

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

Nina EJune 10, 2021

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

Starlyn PetersonJune 10, 2021

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

Reuben DietzJune 10, 2021

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

Newell HarwardJune 10, 2021

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

Timothy D. JohnsonJune 10, 2021

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

Mary ScannellJune 10, 2021

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

Duane BoyceJune 10, 2021

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

DianeJune 10, 2021

LOVE this! It is so true! Thank you.

tfJune 10, 2021

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

Jim WinebrennerJune 9, 2021

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

Jim WinebrennerJune 9, 2021

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

Valiant JonesJune 9, 2021

The rest of the class would not have come to Trevor's aid if he had not allowed you to share part of his story. For me, the key lesson here is the value in being vulnerable enough to share our personal challenges. That openness blesses others others with empathy, kindness, and understanding. Everyone benefits.

H NorthJune 9, 2021

One cannot claim to worship God and yet, promote what God condemns and calls an abomination. “If God doesn’t judge America, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology.” – Ruth (Bell) Graham, the wife of Rev. Billy Graham

DeniseJune 9, 2021

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

JulieJune 9, 2021

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

Charles McClellandJune 9, 2021

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

Becky DouglasJune 9, 2021

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

Arlo H JuddJune 9, 2021

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

Gary StrobleJune 8, 2021

Nice article, but it is mischaracterized as breaking news. Repentance and the Atonement are not new.

Lee ArscottJune 8, 2021

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

Erik HansenJune 8, 2021

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

Erik HansenJune 8, 2021

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

David and CarolineJune 8, 2021

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

Wayne LarsenJune 8, 2021

Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

GJune 8, 2021

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

Jean ShifrinJune 8, 2021

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

Gerrit SmithJune 8, 2021

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

Marie AndersonJune 8, 2021

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

Boanerge RubalcavaJune 8, 2021

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

LewisJune 8, 2021

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

Nikki SlavenJune 8, 2021

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

GTOJune 8, 2021

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

Mandy KimballJune 8, 2021

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

Kay RookhuyzenJune 8, 2021

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

Amanda PerkinsJune 8, 2021

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

Doris WilliamsJune 8, 2021

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

Janie BrayJune 8, 2021

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

C. WeissJune 8, 2021

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

GeneseeJune 8, 2021

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

Steve DoneganJune 8, 2021

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

Patty BrightJune 7, 2021

Thank you for sharing this marvelous true story.

Meridene LindseyJune 7, 2021

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

JordynJune 7, 2021

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

PeggyJune 7, 2021

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

MimiJune 7, 2021

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

Kent LarsonJune 7, 2021

Daniel, you need to read Galatians 4:16

Becky DouglasJune 7, 2021

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

Douglas ThompsonJune 7, 2021

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

Kay YeamanJune 7, 2021

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

Earlene McDonaldJune 7, 2021

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

DianeJune 7, 2021

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

Sherry BrownJune 7, 2021

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

DarylJune 7, 2021

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

Patricia L HatchJune 7, 2021

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

Doris WilliamsJune 7, 2021

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

Victoria KrommenhoekJune 7, 2021

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

Adrian MartinJune 7, 2021

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

Charles McClureJune 7, 2021

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

Frank MerrillJune 7, 2021

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

David ShafferJune 7, 2021

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

Jennifer MackleyJune 7, 2021

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

K. ScottJune 6, 2021

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

JuliannJune 6, 2021

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

LKTJune 5, 2021

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

A. MannJune 5, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorJune 4, 2021

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

Erica BentonJune 4, 2021

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

CASJune 4, 2021

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

Betty Lou MannJune 4, 2021

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

John Charles PearceJune 4, 2021

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

JulieJune 4, 2021

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

essayJune 4, 2021

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

James ScottJune 4, 2021

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

Kathleen N JonesJune 4, 2021

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

Allison DunlapJune 4, 2021

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

Robert D. BellJune 4, 2021

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

PattieJune 3, 2021

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

Masked MikeJune 3, 2021

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

Robin PrestonJune 3, 2021

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

TiredJune 3, 2021

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

Jennifer MackleyJune 2, 2021

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

Jennifer MackleyJune 2, 2021

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

JAMES P FOLEYJune 2, 2021

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

Steve DoneganJune 2, 2021

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

Andrew J. CurrieJune 2, 2021

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

Z CoxJune 2, 2021

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

James ScottJune 2, 2021

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

Harold RustJune 2, 2021

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

Doris WilliamsJune 2, 2021

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

Helen CondonJune 2, 2021

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

Diane StonehockerJune 2, 2021

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

RitaJune 2, 2021

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

Blake GarsideJune 1, 2021

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

RebeccaJune 1, 2021

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

Steve DoneganJune 1, 2021

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

Marie HJune 1, 2021

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

Harold RustJune 1, 2021

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

Beth CampbellJune 1, 2021

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

Ronald BarnesJune 1, 2021

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

Michael ColleyJune 1, 2021

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

David ShafferJune 1, 2021

Beautiful. And thought provoking. Thank you.

David Earl PerryMay 31, 2021

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

Pattie SMay 31, 2021

I love love these stories. They are so inspiring.

Kerry FarrMay 31, 2021

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

KathleenMay 30, 2021

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

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 30, 2021

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

Kari BurrMay 30, 2021

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

Mary Ann TaylorMay 30, 2021

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

JeanMay 30, 2021

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

RoMay 30, 2021

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

Bonnie CaldwellMay 30, 2021

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

Kenneth Stevens, MDMay 29, 2021

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

Mark DonaldsonMay 29, 2021

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

Ann-Marie JensenMay 28, 2021

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

Erik HansenMay 28, 2021

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

Jacque BrownMay 28, 2021

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

Blake GarsideMay 28, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 28, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 28, 2021

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

Michael Shea, MDMay 28, 2021

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

Laura KellerMay 28, 2021

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

Barry HMay 28, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 28, 2021

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

PjalMay 28, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 28, 2021

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

Teri K JohnstonMay 27, 2021

Excellent- thank you!

Maryann TaylorMay 27, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 27, 2021

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

TamraMay 27, 2021

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

Chuck SanfordMay 27, 2021

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

KerryMay 27, 2021

More likely the candy bar was named after the galaxy

PollyMay 27, 2021

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

Richard SkousenMay 27, 2021

A delightful story! Thanks for sharing.

Marchia MariaMay 26, 2021

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

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 26, 2021

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

RealityMay 26, 2021

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

JAMES P FOLEYMay 26, 2021

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

John B HewlettMay 26, 2021

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

Frank MerrillMay 26, 2021

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

MaryMay 25, 2021

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

Deborah SummersMay 25, 2021

Great podcast ... enjoyed it very much.

Peter F SchlegelMay 25, 2021

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

D.L. AndersonMay 25, 2021

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

Kevin TheriotMay 25, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 25, 2021

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

Geoff SteurerMay 25, 2021

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

Helen CondonMay 25, 2021

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

Kathleen N JonesMay 25, 2021

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

Sally SmithMay 24, 2021

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

AnnaMay 24, 2021

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

BeccaMay 24, 2021

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

Dave RMay 24, 2021

"God, the Father of us all, uses the men of the earth, especially good men, to accomplish his purposes. It has been true in the past, it is true today, it will be true in the future." - Elder Ezra Taft Benson, General Conference April 1972 Elder Ezra Taft Benson "Civic Standards for the Faithful Saints", Ensign, July 1972, p. 59 where he quoted Elder Orson F. Whitney from a conference address delivered in 1928: "Perhaps the Lord needs such men on the outside of His Church to help it along. They are among its auxiliaries, and can do more good for the cause where the Lord has placed them, than anywhere else. . . . Hence, some are drawn into the fold and receive a testimony of the truth; while others remain unconverted, . . . the beauties and glories of the gospel being veiled temporarily from their view, for a wise purpose. The Lord will open their eyes in his own due time. God is using more than one people for the accomplishment of His great and marvelous work. The Latter-day Saints cannot do it all. It is too arduous for any one people . . . We have no quarrel with the Gentiles. They are our partners in a certain sense." (Conference Report, April 1928, p. 59.)

Helen CondonMay 24, 2021

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

LauraMay 24, 2021

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

Herm OlsenMay 24, 2021

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

Joyce WoolfMay 24, 2021

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

JaneMay 24, 2021

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

Ronald BarnesMay 24, 2021

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

Barbara FallickMay 23, 2021

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

RebeccaMay 23, 2021

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

AlexMay 23, 2021

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

Sirpa GriersonMay 23, 2021

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

Pamela L RehderMay 22, 2021

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

CathrynMay 22, 2021

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

Greg HobbsMay 22, 2021

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

Lana.WellsMay 22, 2021

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

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

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

Cap CresapMay 21, 2021

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

Helen MeekMay 21, 2021

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

Loraine WhettenMay 21, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

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

RFMay 21, 2021

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

LindaMay 21, 2021

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

Joanne KappMay 21, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 21, 2021

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

LauraMay 21, 2021

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

CJB againMay 21, 2021

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

Terry DickensMay 21, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 21, 2021

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

Karl FarnsworthMay 20, 2021

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

EthelMay 20, 2021

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

Wendy J BrownMay 20, 2021

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

cdMay 20, 2021

Love her wisdom and example. Thank you for sharing!

Diane L AndersonMay 20, 2021

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

PaulineMay 20, 2021

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

Linda WetoverMay 20, 2021

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

ChrisMay 19, 2021

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

Alece ReynoldsMay 19, 2021

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

tfMay 19, 2021

Somebody's just making this one up, right?

Louis MidgleyMay 19, 2021

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

APRIL FEARMay 19, 2021

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

ShaunaMay 19, 2021

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

Anna KeoghMay 19, 2021

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

Chuck SanfordMay 19, 2021

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

PamelaMay 19, 2021

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

JRyMay 19, 2021

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

Helen CondonMay 19, 2021

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

TraceyMay 18, 2021

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

DaveyMay 18, 2021

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

Vivian M AdamsMay 18, 2021

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

Tom SchumannMay 18, 2021

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

vickieMay 18, 2021

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

Andrew R.May 18, 2021

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

DMTMay 17, 2021

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

DaveyMay 17, 2021

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

SherriMay 17, 2021

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

StephanieMay 17, 2021

Great story. Very inspirational. Where is Irina today?

Martha GutierrezMay 17, 2021

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

AyseMay 17, 2021

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

Helen CondonMay 17, 2021

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

ToriMay 17, 2021

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

Helen CondonMay 17, 2021

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

Pauline HarryMay 16, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 15, 2021

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

MaryMay 15, 2021

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

Pauline Bennion HarryMay 14, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 14, 2021

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

CCMay 14, 2021

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

RuthMay 14, 2021

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

Julie ArcherMay 14, 2021

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

Catherine GardnerMay 14, 2021

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

Dennis the MenaceMay 13, 2021

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

L. PetersonMay 13, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful article!

Linda WillisMay 13, 2021

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

Nancy LundquistMay 13, 2021

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

PatMay 13, 2021

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

LindaMay 13, 2021

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

Michele BaerMay 13, 2021

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

Maureen GaleMay 13, 2021

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

Elizabeth SmithMay 13, 2021

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

DanielleMay 13, 2021

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

David DurfeeMay 13, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 13, 2021

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

LewisMay 13, 2021

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

Becky DouglasMay 13, 2021

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

HarrietMay 13, 2021

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

Frank MerrillMay 13, 2021

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

John BerenyiMay 13, 2021

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

AnonymousMay 12, 2021

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

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

PatMay 12, 2021

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

Timothy D JohnsonMay 12, 2021

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

Linda WillisMay 12, 2021

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

Allison TullisMay 12, 2021

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

Nancy Holley JolleyMay 12, 2021

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

DaniMay 12, 2021

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

SebMay 12, 2021

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

John R CarpenterMay 12, 2021

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

Gaye Jones WillisMay 12, 2021

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

StephaniMay 12, 2021

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

David BarkdullMay 12, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 12, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 12, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 12, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 12, 2021

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

Donald E.May 11, 2021

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

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

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

SherryMay 11, 2021

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

David DurfeeMay 11, 2021

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

PamMay 11, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 11, 2021

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

Branna ParkMay 11, 2021

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

Ed GayhartMay 11, 2021

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

MaryMay 11, 2021

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

Robert W CowartMay 10, 2021

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

Edi WinbergMay 10, 2021

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

DorrieMay 10, 2021

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

Jackson BartonMay 10, 2021

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

Terry MahaffeyMay 10, 2021

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

P HMay 10, 2021

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

JessMay 10, 2021

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

KarinaMay 10, 2021

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

JustinMay 10, 2021

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

JowoMay 10, 2021

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

PaulineMay 10, 2021

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

Michael EdwardsMay 10, 2021

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

ShaunaMay 10, 2021

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

CherylMay 10, 2021

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

Lawrence HigginsonMay 10, 2021

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

Lori Finlay HamiltonMay 10, 2021

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

Cindy MartineMay 9, 2021

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

CherilynMay 9, 2021

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

Truman ProctorMay 8, 2021

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

Margaret B. YoungMay 8, 2021

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

Margaret B. YoungMay 8, 2021

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

Laura M. Brotherson, LMFT, CSTMay 8, 2021

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

Laura M. Brotherson, LMFT, CSTMay 8, 2021

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

MarieMay 8, 2021

Beautiful story of true love, thank you!

WeezieMay 7, 2021

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

CharlieBrown2292May 7, 2021

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

Old GuyMay 7, 2021

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

LauraMay 7, 2021

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

stevie maireid mckennaMay 7, 2021

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

Barbara BlackburnMay 7, 2021

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

Alisa HallMay 7, 2021

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

Linda WestoverMay 7, 2021

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

Michael EdwardsMay 7, 2021

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

Kristen OpenshawMay 7, 2021

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

Debbi M.May 6, 2021

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

ChrisMay 6, 2021

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

Kristen OpenshawMay 6, 2021

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

EPHMay 6, 2021

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

MaryMay 6, 2021

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

Michael HogganMay 6, 2021

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

Timothy D JohnsonMay 6, 2021

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

Yves ValenMay 6, 2021

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

ShaunaMay 6, 2021

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

stevie maireid mckennaMay 6, 2021

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

StevenMay 6, 2021

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

Wayne LarsenMay 6, 2021

Terrific article! I hope many others read it.

Barbara MattatallMay 6, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 6, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorMay 6, 2021

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

Name WithheldMay 6, 2021

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

BecMay 6, 2021

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

Jan KingMay 6, 2021

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

Jim ScottMay 6, 2021

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

A. BinghamMay 6, 2021

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

LaurieMay 6, 2021

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

E.PetersonMay 6, 2021

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

vickieMay 6, 2021

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

MarkMay 6, 2021

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

JaneMay 5, 2021

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

Boanerges RubalcavaMay 5, 2021

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

HeidiMay 5, 2021

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

Christine PartnaMay 5, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 5, 2021

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

ScottHMay 5, 2021

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

vickieMay 5, 2021

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

Jim WinebrennerMay 5, 2021

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

Wally & Nancy GoddardMay 5, 2021

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

Michael DetrickMay 5, 2021

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

Boanerges RubalcavaMay 5, 2021

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

Andrew J. CurrieMay 5, 2021

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

L. J. BrowerMay 5, 2021

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

Ted WinderMay 5, 2021

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

E SmithMay 5, 2021

Perceptive, clear, and brave article. Thank you.

ElizabethMay 5, 2021

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

Kathleen JonesMay 5, 2021

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

Bruce FelixMay 5, 2021

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

David DurfeeMay 5, 2021

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

ColinMay 4, 2021

Hear, hear!

Frank StarkMay 4, 2021

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

Morgan SolomonMay 4, 2021

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

LFPMay 4, 2021

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

Sue ParkerMay 4, 2021

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

Jo Ann OkelberryMay 4, 2021

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

Barbara BlackburnMay 4, 2021

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

AnonymousMay 4, 2021

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

ShaunaMay 4, 2021

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

Daryl GibsonMay 4, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 4, 2021

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

Diane IrwinMay 4, 2021

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

Gale E PhillipsMay 4, 2021

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

Michael ChandlerMay 3, 2021

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

Mark TurnerMay 3, 2021

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

liaMay 3, 2021

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

CarolMay 3, 2021

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

A.M. WestMay 3, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMay 3, 2021

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

JULIE DAVISMay 3, 2021

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

Peggy McFarlandMay 3, 2021

Thank you so much for this timely and vital article.

Scott GardnerMay 3, 2021

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

A. LeeMay 3, 2021

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

Suzanne BowenMay 2, 2021

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

MLBMay 2, 2021

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

Bruce ForbesMay 2, 2021

Thank you for this article!

BeraMay 2, 2021

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

BeraMay 2, 2021

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

RichMay 1, 2021

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

TerryMay 1, 2021

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

JoyMay 1, 2021

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

JoyMay 1, 2021

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

laverl wilhelmMay 1, 2021

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

AnnaMay 1, 2021

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

Doris WilliamsMay 1, 2021

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

Abbie VianesMay 1, 2021

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

Tom WoodApril 30, 2021

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

Sandra HalesApril 30, 2021

Well spoken and spot on! Thanks Bro Lawrence

Bonnie CaldwellApril 30, 2021

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

Lane WolfleyApril 30, 2021

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

CandyApril 30, 2021

Great job Sydney. We are not alone!

Maryann TaylorApril 30, 2021

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

Still StrivingApril 30, 2021

Thank you for a message we all need to hear!

ShannaApril 30, 2021

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

AnnaApril 30, 2021

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

Michael HogganApril 30, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 29, 2021

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

Kari MoultonApril 29, 2021

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

Lawrence James NielsenApril 29, 2021

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

Amanda DuPontApril 29, 2021

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

Keith WilsonApril 29, 2021

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

CathyApril 29, 2021

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

Sasha KwapinskiApril 29, 2021

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

Laurie ConlinApril 29, 2021

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

RhianApril 29, 2021

Thank you for the beauty of your message!

KatieApril 29, 2021

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

Richard SkousenApril 29, 2021

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

ChrisApril 29, 2021

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

ShaunaApril 29, 2021

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

CASApril 28, 2021

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

vickieApril 28, 2021

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

ChelsApril 28, 2021

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

Diane IrwinApril 28, 2021

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

Scot ProctorApril 28, 2021

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

KathrynApril 28, 2021

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

AliceApril 28, 2021

Hear, hear!

JaneApril 28, 2021

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

DorisApril 28, 2021

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

R CApril 28, 2021

Outstanding and right on!

Chris HowellApril 28, 2021

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

Linda HaywardApril 28, 2021

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

Deborah SummersApril 27, 2021

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

ScottHApril 27, 2021

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

Virginia RockwellApril 27, 2021

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

AmyApril 27, 2021

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

ToddApril 27, 2021

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

ShaunaApril 27, 2021

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

Dennis ThompsonApril 27, 2021

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

SpencerApril 27, 2021

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

Name WithheldApril 27, 2021

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

Mrs. Noah FenceApril 27, 2021

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

jgerberApril 27, 2021

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

ColinApril 27, 2021

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

kathy FlinnApril 27, 2021

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

NicoleApril 27, 2021

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

Harold StuartApril 27, 2021

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

Charles DefranchiApril 27, 2021

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

GGApril 27, 2021

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

Tracey GrowApril 27, 2021

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

Beth TApril 27, 2021

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

Michael HogganApril 27, 2021

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

StefanApril 27, 2021

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

Michael JonesApril 27, 2021

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

Gina McDougallApril 27, 2021

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

K LApril 26, 2021

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

Paralee EckmanApril 26, 2021

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

JEMApril 26, 2021

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

Rosie BApril 26, 2021

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

Pamela BiggerApril 26, 2021

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

DMTApril 26, 2021

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

JillApril 26, 2021

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

Ronald BarnesApril 26, 2021

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

Helen CondonApril 26, 2021

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

Doug ShumwayApril 26, 2021

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

Rita in TexasApril 26, 2021

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

PaulineApril 25, 2021

I agree with you G. Rutter

PaulineApril 25, 2021

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

Grant HarrisApril 25, 2021

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

RobynApril 25, 2021

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

RebeccaApril 25, 2021

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

LindaApril 25, 2021

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

LorettaApril 25, 2021

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

MatthewApril 25, 2021

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

Donna LeavittApril 25, 2021

She is amazing and an inspiration to all of us.

Helga SilskiApril 24, 2021

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

Grant HarrisApril 24, 2021

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

Informed citizenApril 24, 2021

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

Grant HarrisApril 24, 2021

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

Carl StephaniApril 24, 2021

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

DJApril 24, 2021

Tough situation. Stay strong.

FellowWrongThinkerApril 24, 2021

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

AApril 24, 2021

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

Sheryl ParsonsApril 24, 2021

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

LindaApril 24, 2021

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

Herr Todd KnauppApril 24, 2021

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

JuliaApril 24, 2021

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

Kay YeamanApril 23, 2021

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

vickieApril 23, 2021

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

Mark MathesonApril 23, 2021

Thanks for always giving us great new insights!

CarolApril 23, 2021

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

Maureen GaleApril 23, 2021

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

Kay RookhuyzenApril 23, 2021

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

Mike GriffithApril 23, 2021

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

Robyn GeantilApril 23, 2021

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

PaniaApril 23, 2021

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

Anne H PrattApril 23, 2021

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

Norma PellettApril 23, 2021

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

VelineApril 23, 2021

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

Harold RustApril 23, 2021

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

Ronald BarnesApril 23, 2021

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

CASApril 23, 2021

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

JonApril 23, 2021

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

kathy FlinnApril 23, 2021

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

SandyApril 23, 2021

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

Phillip WeyersApril 23, 2021

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

Bob TaylorApril 23, 2021

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

GrandpaApril 23, 2021

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

WeezieApril 22, 2021

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

vinelionApril 22, 2021

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

RitaApril 22, 2021

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

Pete Pasquali IVApril 22, 2021

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

RaLee HallApril 22, 2021

Amen! Thank you for sharing your insights.

Andrew J. CurrieApril 22, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 22, 2021

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

John R CarpenterApril 22, 2021

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

JFApril 22, 2021

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

Doug YoungApril 22, 2021

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

BOBApril 22, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 22, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 22, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 22, 2021

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

M ScottApril 22, 2021

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

AnnaApril 22, 2021

Great explanation of a complex issue. Thanks for sharing.

HelenApril 22, 2021

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

Carol GrossApril 22, 2021

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

Jervae HornungApril 22, 2021

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

Mary Elizabeth HollettApril 22, 2021

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

L J BrowerApril 22, 2021

Excellent, thoughtful and courageous article.

PjalApril 22, 2021

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

Michael DenosApril 22, 2021

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

JanApril 22, 2021

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

Bruce ForbesApril 22, 2021

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

Ivy SadApril 21, 2021

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

Bob HiattApril 21, 2021

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

MUMApril 21, 2021

Truly beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

Lynn VinilusApril 21, 2021

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

Laurie PollardApril 21, 2021

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

BOBApril 21, 2021

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

Jo Ann OkelberryApril 21, 2021

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

Charlene RhodesApril 21, 2021

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

Rosalie M. PiersonApril 21, 2021

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

David Clarke Pruden, Sr.April 21, 2021

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

Enn EfceeApril 21, 2021

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

Su,anneApril 21, 2021

Beautiful! Where are the kleenex?

Andrew J. CurrieApril 21, 2021

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

ShaneApril 21, 2021

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

Daryl GibsonApril 21, 2021

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

Janelle C. BatesApril 21, 2021

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

TDApril 21, 2021

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

LexaGraemeApril 21, 2021

Very good.

DeeAnn CheathamApril 21, 2021

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

JanessaApril 21, 2021

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

LoraApril 20, 2021

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

vickieApril 20, 2021

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

DJApril 20, 2021

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

LawrenceApril 20, 2021

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

April WallaceApril 20, 2021

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

FrankApril 20, 2021

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

CASApril 20, 2021

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

Jill PalmerApril 20, 2021

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

Heather RiemanApril 20, 2021

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

Gary AndersonApril 20, 2021

Thanks Brother Peterson!

JulieApril 20, 2021

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

RebeccaApril 20, 2021

Thank you for this insight.

Barbara MattatallApril 20, 2021

Thanks for sharing, enjoyed the performance

okcmomApril 20, 2021

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

JessApril 20, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 20, 2021

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

James ScottApril 20, 2021

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

Oliver JApril 20, 2021

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

Steven SwarthoutApril 20, 2021

Nicely said. Thanks

margie stewartApril 20, 2021

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

HelenApril 20, 2021

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

PattieApril 20, 2021

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

SYDNEY H WHEADONApril 20, 2021

So beautiful! I loved it.

BPApril 20, 2021

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

Sue MelserApril 20, 2021

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

Mark DonaldsonApril 20, 2021

Well said! Thank You!

Robert CowartApril 19, 2021

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

RONALD L BASSETTApril 19, 2021

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

RebeccaApril 19, 2021

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

Beth T.April 19, 2021

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

Vivian AdamsApril 19, 2021

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

Stewart LangApril 19, 2021

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

Susan GApril 19, 2021

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

Patsy WagstaffApril 19, 2021

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

Jan ParkerApril 19, 2021

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

Michael EdwardsApril 19, 2021

yeah. Texas is very much in the west.


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

Sara GrovesApril 19, 2021

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

Kimberly KirschbaumApril 19, 2021

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

Richard JukesApril 19, 2021

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

Debra L.April 19, 2021

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

FranzApril 19, 2021

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

RichardApril 18, 2021

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

AnnaApril 18, 2021

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

Marsha WilsonApril 17, 2021

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

DorisApril 16, 2021

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

LewisApril 16, 2021

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

Le/Roy SoderquistApril 16, 2021

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

Diana BinghamApril 16, 2021

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

Nicola in nzApril 16, 2021

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

Chuck SanfordApril 16, 2021

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

Mary J BellApril 15, 2021

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

BusybeeBeccaApril 15, 2021

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

Jo Ann OkelberryApril 15, 2021

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

Kay RookhuyzenApril 15, 2021

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

Julie FApril 15, 2021

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

Marie CellaApril 15, 2021

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

Evelyn UzzoApril 15, 2021

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

SueApril 15, 2021

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

tfApril 15, 2021

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

GregApril 15, 2021

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

Alicia DavisApril 15, 2021

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

Carolyn A.April 15, 2021

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

Buffie BarkdullApril 15, 2021

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

Jan KingApril 15, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 15, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 15, 2021

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

MEBApril 15, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 15, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 15, 2021

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

AubreyApril 14, 2021

That is beautiful, thank you.

DJApril 14, 2021

Thank you for your efforts and sharing your experiences.

David GrossApril 14, 2021

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

Mary J BellApril 14, 2021

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

Kelly AllenApril 14, 2021

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

AnnaApril 14, 2021

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

D.L. AndersonApril 14, 2021

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

Dennis SchleicherApril 14, 2021

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

Debra JonesApril 14, 2021

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

CarolineApril 14, 2021

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

CarolineApril 14, 2021

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

Richard PedersenApril 14, 2021

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

LexaGraemeApril 14, 2021

Thank you for this.

Kay RookhuyzenApril 14, 2021

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

AnnaApril 14, 2021

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

Davod C HobsonApril 14, 2021

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

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Susan MorrisApril 14, 2021

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

Pennie KnottApril 14, 2021

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

AnnaApril 14, 2021

I liked this story very much. Thank you!

Penni C BrownApril 14, 2021

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

Nihla JuddApril 14, 2021

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

Anita EApril 14, 2021

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

Gaye WillisApril 14, 2021

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

Meg H.April 14, 2021

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

Rochelle HaleApril 13, 2021

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

Gary WitteApril 13, 2021

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

Marcia SmootApril 13, 2021

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

Sally SmithApril 13, 2021

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

Geoff SteurerApril 13, 2021

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

JessicaApril 13, 2021

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

Valiant JonesApril 13, 2021

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

Reed FinlaysonApril 13, 2021

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

Kerry FarrApril 13, 2021

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

Frederick SmithApril 12, 2021

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

Lois MiddletonApril 12, 2021

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

Kathleen FulmerApril 12, 2021

WOW! Indeed, the Lord DOES keep his promises.

Grace Christophersen ChumleyApril 12, 2021

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

Rochelle HaleApril 12, 2021

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

TiffinyApril 12, 2021

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

Michael BrashearApril 12, 2021

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

Corey D.April 11, 2021

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

Chuck SanfordApril 10, 2021

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

Ronald BarnesApril 9, 2021

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

Bonnie HamiltonApril 9, 2021

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

RitaApril 9, 2021

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

Donna MaxApril 9, 2021

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

Martha ClantonApril 9, 2021

I'm right there with you.

Carlos RoundyApril 9, 2021

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

Lisa Simonsen PowellApril 9, 2021

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

Carlos RoundyApril 9, 2021

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

Steven SwarthoutApril 9, 2021

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

LexaGraemeApril 9, 2021

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

Carol NApril 8, 2021

I was actually quite stunned when I heard this announcement.

Gary LawrenceApril 8, 2021

Well done. Stay strong.

HelenApril 8, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 8, 2021

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

vickieApril 8, 2021

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

Jon SpencerApril 8, 2021

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

Anna G PowellApril 8, 2021

Thank you for writing this.

Lisa M CroftApril 8, 2021

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

Kirsten SchwendimanApril 8, 2021

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

Andrew J, CurrieApril 8, 2021

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

Harold RustApril 8, 2021

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

ShaunaApril 8, 2021

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

A. BinghamApril 8, 2021

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

AnneApril 8, 2021

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

Leah Jane BrowerApril 8, 2021

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

MelanieApril 8, 2021

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

Lora KinderApril 8, 2021

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

LoraApril 8, 2021

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

Marcia AndersonApril 8, 2021

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

Michael DenisonApril 8, 2021

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

Bruce ForbesApril 8, 2021

Well said; thank you for writing.

KathleenApril 7, 2021

Wow! Beauty and talent come naturally in this family.

Pamela JacksonApril 7, 2021

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

DoreenApril 7, 2021

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

J. Matthew PhippsApril 7, 2021

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

Kay RookhuyzenApril 7, 2021

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

LexaGraemeApril 7, 2021

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

LexaGraemeApril 7, 2021

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

LexaGraemeApril 7, 2021

Agreed. Thank you.

DianeApril 7, 2021

This was a timely and excellent devotional!

ShaunaApril 7, 2021

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

ShaunaApril 7, 2021

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

Ruth JamiesonApril 7, 2021

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

RochelleApril 7, 2021

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

Russell HembrowApril 6, 2021

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

GoogleApril 6, 2021

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

Wes BrewerApril 6, 2021

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

Calvni GarvinApril 6, 2021

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

Melissa FeldApril 6, 2021

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

Joan LeachApril 6, 2021

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

Joan LeachApril 6, 2021

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

Yvonne AstonApril 6, 2021

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

Ray CongerApril 6, 2021

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

Harvey HiggsApril 5, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 5, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 5, 2021

Amen to Susan G.s comment!

WhatToEat?April 5, 2021

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

KathyApril 5, 2021

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

Nancy M. SmithApril 5, 2021

It says my email is invalid

Cleve AlldredgeApril 4, 2021

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

Jacob HessApril 3, 2021

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

charles casbionApril 3, 2021

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

JenApril 3, 2021

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

LindaApril 2, 2021

Love this. Such a great reminder!

Ann S PapworthApril 2, 2021

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

Marsha NewmanApril 2, 2021

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

Lana JohnsonApril 2, 2021

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

Sandra W RawlinsApril 2, 2021

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

ShariApril 2, 2021

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

Sharon L. MayApril 2, 2021

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

John R CarpenterApril 2, 2021

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

Matthew GlosengerApril 2, 2021

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

David R JacksonApril 2, 2021

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

Joan TurnerApril 2, 2021

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

Helga SilskiApril 1, 2021

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

Susan G.April 1, 2021

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

Christy RutherfordApril 1, 2021

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

LindaApril 1, 2021

The man is a total jerk, plain and simple.

Joyce TerryApril 1, 2021

Your app is saying my email address is not valid

PeneApril 1, 2021

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

Mary HillApril 1, 2021

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

Judy PerryApril 1, 2021

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

Judi EnglishApril 1, 2021

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

Carlos RoundyApril 1, 2021

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

Harold StuartApril 1, 2021

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

Maryann TaylorApril 1, 2021

Thanks for the chuckle!

Mary-Rose McMullinMarch 31, 2021

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

MikeMarch 31, 2021

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

Karell BinghamMarch 31, 2021

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

Chris HowellMarch 31, 2021

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

Kathy Hall SpransyMarch 31, 2021

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

Linnell FowersMarch 30, 2021

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

Robert GatesMarch 30, 2021

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


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

ScottHMarch 30, 2021

Good food for thought. I am fine with people having differing ideas and opinions, even on serious issues. I become concerned when people begin using coercive measures to attempt to force those with whom they disagree to behave as they demand.

southern mamaMarch 30, 2021

Our own family is being torn apart by the divisive and polarizing politics of the day. Our adult children have called us white supremacists and have told us they are ashamed of us--and our only "crime" was voting differently for president than they did. We stopped discussing politics or any other potentially controversial subjects for years before this election, knowing that there could be disagreements. There was no discussion or warning--when the terrible events happened at our nation's capital in January, we were somehow responsible in their view. We weren't even there and have never condoned or supported any kind of violence! We are devastated by the breakdown of our family--and these are temple recommend holding adults who have done this!! We pray daily for hearts to be softened and that our relationships can somehow heal. I am praying daily that the brethren will address the contention and evil tearing everyone apart.

Autumn CookMarch 30, 2021

Great article! Very balanced, very thoughtful. The Lord can and does lead people to do opposite things, because He knows our needs and we're all different. We must be patient with those who see things differently and not expect that following the prophet looks the same for everyone. The prophet's role is to lead people to Jesus Christ. Those who listen to the prophet will have heard him tell us repeatedly that personal revelation is crucial in these confusing times. Boy, are we seeing that! It seems a huge part of the "big test" is whether we can love others who see things differently when so much is at stake - life and liberty.

Kathy SandersMarch 30, 2021

I look forward very much to reading your articles on this subject. I am constantly amazed (I shouldn't be) at how eternal principles and truth always shine through any field of research or endeavor if we keep the foundational truths in the scriptures as the base camp. Thank you for all your articles.

Doris WilliamsMarch 30, 2021

SOOOOO beautiful. I share Sonja's feelings as the tears just come with hearing these incredible voices speak His name in music. Thank you, thank you, guys. Your spirit and harmonies just make the world a better place.

Kerri DavenportMarch 30, 2021

Thank you for inviting readers to what looks to be an exciting study!

Carol N.March 30, 2021

This is just a stunning rendition of Hillsong's message of praise and worship. I have loved this song for years and now have this arrangement, featuring David Archuletta and Vocal Point, to love, too. Thank you!!

Blake GarsideMarch 30, 2021

Unfortunately, the Source for many has become Facebook, Google and other Social Platforms, etc. How about the New Mormon Google being LDS.ORG OR even better PERSONAL PRAYER for answers and guidance !!

ScottMarch 30, 2021

I believe the Lord's hand is helping us during this pandemic. For the first time ever, we have a prominent medical doctor who is our prophet, giving us counsel. We have next generation vaccines, which have been in development for 25 years, ready now just when needed most.

April CarolMarch 30, 2021

Might I suggest that we leave mental illness out of the picture. Just because someone has negative feelings and exhibits retribution against a person does not mean they have a mental health issue. People sometimes hold a grudge when they are offended and there are any number of other causes. Blaming terrible things that happen in society on people with mental illness is unjustified and simply inaccurate. Discrimination, stigmatism, physical abuse, isolation, and a serious lack of accessibility to medical treatment (let alone knowledge) all contribute to the intense burden of a demographic greatly misunderstood. Mass shootings seem to be the fault of people with undiagnosed and untreated mental illness. It's time to face the facts - some people are vindictive and some are simply evil.

Karell BinghamMarch 30, 2021

I am very interested in hearing what you have to offer! Thanks for your insights!

prbMarch 29, 2021

When truth cannot be ascertained and extensive evidence is not available and conflicting voices clamor for support, where do I put my trust and faith? What does it mean to have “confidence in leaders” and a “testimony of a living prophet”? For me, it means follow their example. How often will my personal revelation conflict with the recommendations of my prophet? For me, the common good is more important than personal beliefs. Love your neighbor is high on the list of commandments. Humility doesn’t capture the essence of the solution, but responsibility and civility are good choices. I agree with Dave Myers.

Sister Clarisse TateMarch 29, 2021

This is such a beautiful article! Thank you for sharing your experiences & providing some wonderful ideas to create meaningful Easter traditions & lessons about our Savior.

D. MackeyMarch 29, 2021

The murals are already well preserved and much appreciated in the most appropriate of places--one of the Lord's holy temples! What would be wrong with their remaining in the context and setting for which, under Heaven's inspiration, these works of art were created?

Sherelyn CuretonMarch 29, 2021

I would love a picture of that lighted stairwell. Thank you for sharing this podcast each week. I anxiously await for them!! I cry when you share an experience that just touches my soul.

Sonja ErvinMarch 29, 2021

All I could do was was SO beautiful! Amazingly spiritual and moving. Thank you for sharing it with the world.

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 29, 2021

When I saw a picture of President Nelson wearing a mask, I had a very strong feeling that I should follow. It was the same way when I saw the picture of him getting vaccinated. I pray all the time to know what to do, and I follow those strong feelings I receive to "follow the Prophet."

MeagenMarch 29, 2021

Hello! Can you please share the picture of the open door with the stone staircase? If you still have it? Thank you!

ShaunaMarch 29, 2021

I really appreciated this article. This has been a difficult time for me with lots of questions and conflicting ideas. This gave me some new ideas to think about how I can approach how I’m feeling. Thank you so much!!

JimMarch 29, 2021

I appreciate this article very much. I never thought about it being an act of humility. I just thought it was common sense and good manners. For those who feel that doctors have all the answers they should read "Confessions of a Medical Heretic".

Synthia C.March 29, 2021

Thank you for this well thought out and much needed article! I have been troubled over this vaccine issue and am not convinced it is something I should do. However, I feel pressure from many around me demanding conformity. And I have gently pushed back so that I have room to continue to gather information and think things through. In the process, my husband and I have had to caution ourselves from falling into the contention that surrounds this issue. Contention is clearly a weapon of the adversary; we need to keep his purpose clear in our sight and not get blindsided. He has cast fear for our physical well-being into our midst and we need to take care that we don’t jeopardize our spiritual well-being in exchange. And through this all, we should exercise grace and humility one with another.

Lona MillerMarch 29, 2021

Bro Hess, THANK YOU!!! So well said.

TaraMarch 29, 2021

Thank you. These are much needed words in the world today and especially for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is from a marginalized and persecuted non-mask wearer and reluctant vaccination patient that has had to regularly self-reflect and repent for returning judgement with judgement, anger with anger and prejudice with prejudice. The peace and joy that comes from humbling myself before the Lord, hearing Him and then forgiving myself and others has been my refuge. Every. Time.

Blake GarsideMarch 29, 2021

Thank you Jacob for taking a sensible and rational approach to what has become a very polarizing issue. Down here in Arizona, the border crossing of thousands being released into small border towns has many feeling very uncomfortable. The local news is reporting as high as 50% infection rates among those who crossed. Unfortunately, they are dispersing across Arizona with Zero tracking, etc. I definitely, respect those who wear a mask and those who do not, those who have been vaccinated and those who have not. One thing I'm definitely sure of is, Satan's influence is taking its toll on individuals and families. Oh, do we need this week to focus on the Savior's atonement and to hear inspired counsel from the Brethren !!

Rita in TexasMarch 29, 2021

As a senior citizen who's been in the Church a good long time, I've had many opportunities to argue about the pros and cons of many issues. My takeaway has been "be patient until there is clarity". All of us are mostly blind on virtually every subject, no matter how much we think we know. The biggest problem is that we don't know what we don't know, and tend to misunderstand what we do know. I had the virus a year ago, came through it unscathed, and will not consider getting the vaccine until after the Pfizer trials are complete, on January 31st, 2023. I will make a decision then. But your results may vary, and I will not presume to dictate what anyone else should do. What you want to do is none of my business. I chose long ago to not live in fear of anything but displeasing my God. He is the source of clarity.

Dave MyersMarch 29, 2021

I think the answer goes a step further than you have described. I've been vaccinated and I wear a mask because I think it's the right thing to do to help stop the spread of the virus. I understand how some people may have questions about the safety of the vaccine, but that doesn't absolve them of our common responsibility to help stop the spread of the virus. So what can they do? Stay home, wear a mask, stay distanced, have groceries delivered, attend church on Zoom, etc. We pay fast offerings because some other people need the help. It may not always be convenient, but we are in this together and we need each other to be able to get out of it. It won't work if everyone doesn't do something to help. Objecting and complaining won't help, and being civil (or humble) isn't enough.

Maryann TaylorMarch 29, 2021

My baby died just 5 hours after she was born. The teachings of the gospel are so comforting regarding our infants and little children. I have one friend who joined the church because her LDS doctor shared gospel truths with her after the death of her baby. What a great blessing to know that little children are saved in the Celestial Kingdom and that we will have the gift of raising them and loving them. How great is our God! How great is our Savior!

Maryann TaylorMarch 29, 2021

Beautiful! It is so obvious these men love the Savior and express it so beautifully through this wonderful song. Love David!!!

Maryann TaylorMarch 29, 2021

I can understand the resentment of many toward government officials because of their actions to usurp our freedoms. Elder Bednar's recent article regarding protecting our religious freedoms in the midst of COVID addressed this subject beautifully. However, we must never allow ourselves to lose our faith and trust in our Prophet or other general authorities of the church. I just read recently in the Doctrine & Covenants 107:22 about the specific ways we support our chosen leaders: "...upheld by the CONFIDENCE, faith, and prayer of the church..." This scripture is so timely. It is essential that we hold fast the iron rod right now, consistently feeding our spirit with truth so that we will not be deceived by having a rebellious spirit. Satan is doing everything he can to divide us--especially from our Prophets and Apostles. We MUST NOT allow the storms around us of doubts, confusion, or angry debates to shake our confidence in the Lord's chosen leaders. Everything within me revolted from getting the COVID immunizations. However, when I saw pictures of President Nelson and other general authorities receiving it, and when I read his counsel for us to also get the immunization I followed that counsel as an act of faith.

David DurfeeMarch 29, 2021

I like the take of the Givens in "All Things New," that the importance of Christ's shedding of his blood and the Atonement goes beyond just paying some price for sin in a business transaction. But it enables and encourages a healing from our sins.

Dr Lynn D JohnsonMarch 29, 2021

Jacob, I sent your link to Sally Linford; she was shocked to see you feature her comments. Since I quit Facebook 2 years ago, she must bear the burden of defense of the anointed while I remain in blissful ignorance. Some seeds fall on good ground, and some fall on rocky soil where they fail to put forth roots. That's the way it's always been and always will be.

Judy PerryMarch 29, 2021

Wow! Thank you for this article and addressing my pain over this issue. As I have studied food and nutrition my whole life, I have observed that what is recommended in one period is totally reversed in another and then reversed again. My peace is in the hands of the Lord that ultimately he is in charge and all truth will be revealed in time. Whether anyone chooses vaccine or not chooses vaccine I have no need to be militant about it. I have had to make peace with death and dying and conclude that there are worse things than death. We will all die when it is our time. I just want to be ready when it is my turn.

Kate PiersantiMarch 29, 2021

This is an excellent article. I see this issue about the vaccine a way Satan can use us to do his will. If it comes to determined arguing it makes him happy. He knows our weaknesses and he is playing on them. We need to back up and simply share opinions and respect one another. "Beauty for ashes."

Carol WhitecarMarch 29, 2021

I believe in personal revelation that we have for ourselves and our immediate family. I love that the Presidency has given us an example we can follow or not on vaccines. We can feel safe to know he has chosen that and we can follow- or if we have complications like pregnancy or other health compromises we can choose to not get the vaccine. I believe he is showing us the way for personal agency on the vaccine. Whether or not we get it has NOTHING to do with church DOCTRINE. The prophet is still our Prophet and the church is still true! We need to make that distinction and not be caught up making mountains out of molehills.

AnnaMarch 29, 2021

Very worthwhile for us to read and consider. Thank you.

Roberta PalmerMarch 29, 2021

Thank you for this article! Beautifully written. Agency, which was fought for in the war in heaven, will never be taken from us. Only with humility can one be respectful of others “choices” or “opinions”. It is the peace that comes to the heart which matters most. Once received, it should not matter what others may think...a very personal relationship with the SAVIOR - who gives that peace - is the most important goal in this life and for eternity.

Kathleen JonesMarch 29, 2021

I am older, with health concerns, yet I have lived a very hard life, but with no regrets. When the decision to have or no to have arose, I decided to talk to the one person here on earth who would have the last choice--myself. Knowing that the good Lord would also be attending. As I presented cases for and against having the shot, it was finally decide that, I trust more in the Lord, but also know He is sending knowledge so it was decided. I took the shot. Whether or not it is good or not, I really still cannot say. I know President Nelson did it, and if he trusted in it and surely in the Lord, so can I. My hard life is such that I know the Lord has also helped me through it and allowed easier times in also. No, I don't like masks, but I'll error on both sides.

DorothyMarch 29, 2021

Thank you for this reasonable message. It pains me to read of others willing to villify our Prophet or consider leaving Church membership over things where we have agency to believe what we will . Our Prophet and membership are worth so much more than the complaints listed. I feel our Prophet knows more than I do, so I am going to follow the Prophet.

Jane NelsonMarch 29, 2021

So beautifully written. Why don't we see this for the test that it is? Pride rears it's ugly head in times like these and divides us from one another and from our God. I especially love your final point. Our spiritual well-being is our chief concern here. Thank you for bringing clarity to this confusing topic.

Philip LeaningMarch 28, 2021

I read Jennifer Mackley's book a couple of years ago and found it absolutely fascinating.

Scot ProctorMarch 28, 2021

The sources are hyperlinked in the article. Click through for the link. For example "As Elder Neal A. Maxwell put it" is clickable and it will take you to talk where the quote comes from.

Aaron BaileyMarch 27, 2021

The earliest reference to authentic Christianity as a ‘cult’ that I know of comes from Tacitus, who lived in the first Century. That’s how real Christianity looks from the outside. A real Christian gets called a cultist and just smiles, remembering the Beatitudes (Mathew 5). If you are doing the religious persecution, you are outside Orthodox Christianity.

Christine JohnsonMarch 27, 2021

Please site your sources for quotes!

Debi-Ann CaseMarch 27, 2021

My husband is at extreme risk for dying from Covid-19 if he gets it. He can't breathe with a mask on. He barely breathes easily without a mask. He practices social distancing, which is the best and most he can do. We both take natural food-based supplements, including Vitamin D. We grocery shop in-store, go to meetings with others in our senior age category, and thank God, despite his CML leukemia, he is doing very well. A little common sense goes a long way toward staying healthy.

T. GilbertMarch 27, 2021

When I've seen something like this before: the illogical, rambling, excessively long letter of baseless accusations, written in anger..., it was due to the beginning stages of mental illness, which quickly got worse, thus proving itself to everyone. Just a thought.

Sasha KwapinskiMarch 26, 2021

The term "cult," for all practical purposes, has come to mean whatever anybody wants it to mean.

SusanMarch 26, 2021

Over many years of nursing and during those years dealing with healing as Sister Marshall expressed, I learned that immediately after trauma is seldom the best time to force ones self to deal with painful memories. My suggestion is to download all those images onto some form of external storage device. Put this together with other tokens of the relationship ( wedding ring, special gifts, etc) and store them together in a box or perhaps a safety deposit box. This requires intentional discovery. There will come a time ( for me it took many years) to come to an emotional place that I could revisit my memories and I was thankful I had preserved them for that experience. Healing takes it own course for each of us as we deal with loss in our lives. It is a universal teacher.

tfMarch 26, 2021

I had info on a thumb drive go bad in just 2 years. burn a dvd also. in 30+ years of working with PC's, I've seen numerous back-up media abandoned, the media may still be good, but try finding a drive that will run it. A hard drive is least preferable, for long term storage. The Cloud hasn't been around long enough to know how it will turn out. I would trust Family Search to keep stuff forever, or at least until the mellinium!

Cary HolmquistMarch 26, 2021

Kevin: you really nailed it with this one! And the church foyer setting—classic! This is a keeper!

GrandpaMarch 26, 2021

This gentleman needs to put all those photos on to a thumb drive or an exterior hard drive, label it, and then put it in a drawer where it is out of view and out of mind. Years from now, he will rediscover it and just maybe have some fond memories.

Shane HatchMarch 26, 2021


Karen CasosMarch 26, 2021

The photos are a memory for you not just for your ex wife. There is no need to get rid of them. Enjoying seeing them by remembering the good times, days, friends and family .

Theron LarsenMarch 26, 2021

I feel sad for the late father Jon Huntsmans to now have his name to be drug thriugh the mud by a son when his father is not here to defend his good name !! As for him leaving the church it will go on as it alwasys has to complete it's mission here on earth till the Savior comes again !!

Maryann TaylorMarch 26, 2021

Truly beautiful advice regarding the healing process. I wonder if it might help this brother to put the photos away and wait for some time to pass before going through them. Right now he is very raw and time will help, although it doesn't feel like that right now. I have always loved the scripture Brother Steurer quoted from Lehi to his son, Jacob: "..The Lord will consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain." I find that so comforting. The Lord can, and DOES, work miracles in our lives, even in our suffering.

Maryann TaylorMarch 25, 2021

When people make untrue comments about the church it is an excellent opportunity to gently teach the truth. I think the best way we can do this is to share our personal feelings about our Savior and how much we have learned about Him and FROM Him in the Book of Mormon. The Holy Ghost will attend us if we do this and help people to feel the spirit.

Maryann TaylorMarch 25, 2021

I am glad for this happy ending, however, we need to remember that we do not EVER pray to anyone other than our Heavenly Father.

Kevin LeeMarch 25, 2021

Actually, the prayer reads "O God, the Eternal Father, we ask thee in the name of thy Son, Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify this water to the souls of all THOSE who drink of it," not SOULS."

Maryann TaylorMarch 25, 2021

Thank you for this Joni. I treasure our sacrament covenants, and the sacred reminder that the Lord certainly did shed his blood for me. However, I doubt if very many of us "take it for granted!"

Maryann TaylorMarch 25, 2021

Wow--does he also want his blessings returned to the Lord?????

Ayse KOCHMarch 25, 2021

this is such a sweet song with powerful truths. thank you for sharing. I hope we canning it all together some day.

HN GwynMarch 25, 2021

I noticed that Bob must have read it wrong the first time when he added words not in the prayer. He said in reading the prayer that "to the souls of all the souls who drink of it". It should have been "to the souls of all those who drink of it." Just saying!

Ron BarnesMarch 25, 2021

When reading the prayer the way he wrote it, I did not see what was left out. It wasn't until I recited it in my head, without reading it, that it became obvious. His point is well received.

Ron BarnesMarch 25, 2021

A protestant friend once told me that many Christians consider us to be a cult. I told him that the word "cult" is used by one group as an excuse to persecute another. By usage, a "cult" would be any religion that you don't accept.

Tim ErnstMarch 25, 2021

I love the concept of preserving the works of Wilford Woodruff. If after the end of our lives, we, too, have been diligent in keeping the journals and records of our lives, but we see that nothing has been done to preserve the writings of someone as important as President Woodruff, then what reason should we continue with our own record keeping? But inasmuch as something is being done, then it gives validation to our own individual efforts and regardless that we are not Prophets, Apostles but barely just Elders and members, our efforts are, indeed, acceptable to the Lord.

Jeanne GuinnMarch 25, 2021

Thank you for this article. It reaffirms an experience I had. When I was 21 yrs. old my husband was shot and killed in front of me. As he lay dying I distinctly felt arms around me, comforting me. I don't know if it was my dying husband's spirit or an angel but 50 yrs later I can still vividly remember the experience. I have learned much since then from the teachings of the church to understand what the experience was. I will be ever grateful to my Heavenly Father for his loving kindness in my grief. I am just sorry that my daughter (who I was pregnant with at the time) did not know her father. She has also felt him near when needed.

Robert CowartMarch 25, 2021

Anne as always I appreciate and thank you for your time and effort in sharing with us these inspiring experiences. I think I told you about my wife who passed away after 53 years of marriage on August 12 2020. She had her first stroke on Aug 12 2012 and left mortality exactly 8 years later. I am certain this is not just a very unusual coincidence but as yet have no explanation for it. Maybe one of your readers does,

C.J. ZIEGLERMarch 24, 2021

Thanks for providing an opportunity to read this timely article. I believe that this virus that has not been isolated, has been the opportunity of a few individuals, with evil intent, wating on the sidelines, to get the power and control that they crave.

Tamara ZanderMarch 24, 2021

my eyes are FULL of tears and my heart is FULL. of emotion and gratitude! I too served in Peru and got head lice in my long hair. I LOVE the faith of this mother!! what an incredible story of asking for help and trusting. thank you so much for sharing this special experience with us.

vickieMarch 24, 2021

when one pays tithing its a donation. donations should not be returnable. no matter what the money was used for, in his heart he was paying tithing. God was watching him pay his tithing at that time. its tithing a law consecrated by God. He needs to complain in prayer to the Lord

Jeanene LeBaronMarch 24, 2021

I, too just love her articles and never miss reading them. In fact, I look for them! I am grateful for her depth and wisdom ~ I always feel blessed after reading.

t. b.March 24, 2021

Interesting story, but you obviously didn't get to choose the picture that accompanied the feature :)

Linda HaningMarch 24, 2021

On the side line point about DC becoming a state. My understanding is that the current proposal is to give the citizens of the district a voice and not to give the federal government a voice in both entities. Any further information would be welcome on this.

James ScottMarch 24, 2021

I can envision a man whose business is financial trouble, as film distribution business’ have been eroded by streaming, is looking for a quick source of cash. He may be strapped for cash, he gave, and that’s the watchword freely, and wants to choose how tithing offering is spent. For behold, if a man being evil giveth a gift, he doeth it grudgingly; wherefore it is counted unto him the same as if he had retained the gift, wherefore he is counted evil before God. Moroni 7:8.

MaryMarch 24, 2021

Thank you for sharing this inspiration happening and giving us hope that others xan come to our rescue

Guy WilcoxMarch 24, 2021

Love every one in the Bonner family. they came to our 55+ Residential apartments in Riverton a few years ago and did a personal concert for us! they have endeared themselves to us all!

Debra L.March 24, 2021

Thank you for the interesting perspective. As someone with a life-long interest in politics and civics who has served as a legislative board member for a professional organization at the local and state level, I've come to believe that the most important politics happens closer to home. Local and state leaders are more accessible, and your voice is more likely to be heard.

Gary LawrenceMarch 23, 2021

To Alisa Dunn: Good question. I can only say that we will then work to replace them or make sure they don't become a majority. To Patty Bright and D. Herrin: Thanks for your interest. Will continue to address related topics as they become visible.

Pam RoderMarch 23, 2021

I always love to read Sister Isackson's articles. I'm so happy you all are still sharing these with us. Thanks you for that. Keep them coming please.

Robbi LarsonMarch 23, 2021

Phenomenal - albeit scary - article. This needs to be spread worldwide.

David DurfeeMarch 23, 2021

With few (and maybe no) exceptions, federal, state and local governments throughout our nation install stop signs at intersections and impose laws restricting our freedom to drive past those signs without stopping, even when there is no other vehicle in the vicinity. But in my entire life I have never heard of a single person, let alone an academic, protesting the government's encroachment on our divine freedoms with such signs and laws. But in a health crisis that has taken the lives of over a half million of our citizens in the past one year alone, we criticize our governments for trying to stop the carnage if it means requiring masks? Why not tell the government to take down all the stop signs and let individual drivers decide if they are going to stop at intersections or not, especially if no other cars are coming?

Jo Ann OkelberryMarch 23, 2021

I love the Bonner Family. I met them at a performance in Los Angeles several years ago. They sing so beautifully and radiated love for all.

JoannaMarch 23, 2021

Thank you for this article. As someone from the UK , our rights and freedoms have already gone. We are not allowed to protest freely and our government is passing laws left right and centre without debate while Covid19 emergency powers hide what is going on. We have not be able to attend church for over a year. We are praying.

D. HerrinMarch 23, 2021

I would be very interested in hearing more about your remaining twelve possibilities. One might suspect issues on many concurrent fronts.

Karell BinghamMarch 23, 2021

I love you all!!!! Thank you!

Patty BrightMarch 23, 2021

Thank you for this powerful information and encouragement.

James ScottMarch 23, 2021

I’ve always considered the rainbow as the end of creation, that while the plants were watered from the mist that rose from the ground it had never rained. Never had the sun refracted to moisture in the air, but that this was the occasion for the Lord to reveal this wonder as the covenant of his promise to Adam and Eve.

Patty BrightMarch 23, 2021

This is thought provoking. Thank you for sharing.

Alisa S DunnMarch 23, 2021

I find this very interesting. My question is what if those leaders, for example in the state of Utah DON'T support the Constitution?

Dr. Craig R. FrogleyMarch 22, 2021

Thank you, Doctor. Bravo. Finally a scientist speaking scientifically!

LauraMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for your thoughtful and comprehensive reminder of the true symbolism of rainbows. I look forward to a time when the real meaning replaces the worldly perversion. By the way, the expression is a "friend of Dorothy," not Judy.

Tony RossMarch 22, 2021

In Australia, we went early and hard with lock down. With some exceptions it has worked. Our compliance rate has been very high and we have had few deaths and within our bubble we have enjoyed a near normal life style for most of the last year. We are only just starting a voluntary immunization program but there is no panic. We had an election in our state of Western Australia and the existing government swept the polls because of their management of the pandemic. There is only a very small number who oppose how things have been managed here in Australia

Merrill SellersMarch 22, 2021

Thank you Dr Atlas, for your article. The only question I would have is , do you believe the cov-19 vaccines are safe? There are videos made by scientists that tell a story of dna / rna issues with 5G.

Arlene WildeMarch 22, 2021

I find this article a bit disturbing as it doesn't mesh with my personal experience. I live in Alberta, Canada, and there has been a very definite correlation between government mandated restrictions and lowering of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Our government leaders tried encouraging citizens to act in accordance with recommendations without imposing restrictions, but far too many people say "If it's legal I can do it." Even with mandated restrictions there are a few who refuse, but enough complied to make the restrictions effective. As far as masking goes, I have never understood why this would be considered a violation of rights and freedoms. I have family in health care, including a front line ER doctor, and I think it is a pretty established truth in medicine that wearing a mask helps prevent the spread of a lot of things. Do you really want a surgeon working on your body with the entire medical team unmasked? I realize different people have different experiences, but the "facts" presented in this article definitely do not align with my lived experiences.

Carl StephaniMarch 22, 2021

This is a very important article clearly and concisely written. Everyone should read and think about it..

Tom PrittMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for this richly informative and inspiring essay! So true, all things do denote the glory of God.

JimMarch 22, 2021

I love that Gods symbol is all inclusive of His children and not exclusive like man's symbol.

minda lubbenMarch 22, 2021

Mr. Scott W. Atlas, sir I am so thankful for your article. I agree with you 100%+ I am so glad to see article like this in the Meridian Magazine. My husband and I do not comply with this none sense mandatory. America is in the verge of losing the freedom that we cherish in this land of the free and the brave. Where are those brave men and women? Thank you so much sir, reading this article of yours made my day. I will post this on face book. God bless you Sir.

DanaMarch 22, 2021

I love the rainbow as a sign of God's love toward all of his people. There are many in the LDS community who also belong under the LGBT rainbow and are God's people. People who were biologically born with LGBT tendencies or intersex, etc. I have a child with a genetic deletion who falls into this category. There are so many more than you think. For others who need support and love while remaining in the church, please contact NorthStarLDS.

Rey LainMarch 22, 2021

Will truth prevail? I dont have those credentials but have felt this way from the beginning. I dont feel the mask issue was completely explained. Is a cloth mask of whatever material really a safety precaution, whatever the circumstance? Meridian-thank you for this scientist's expert coverage.

WilsonMarch 22, 2021

Excellent article. It takes real courage to tell the truth these days, in the face of the critics of any views countering the established and enforced media controlled "official" dogma. Our country is on the brink of losing free speech.

DeAnna MurphyMarch 22, 2021

You have hit the nail on the head with this article! THANK YOU! I have a sweet disable daughter who reminds us all the time that we can "see with our hearts" what our eyes cannot see. A recent talk she gave suggested that we can "see the Savior with our hearts" and it can be as real as though it had happened with our eyes. I have a sense that she knows! D&C 67:10 also reminds us that “… it is your privilege, and a promise I give unto you … that inasmuch as you strip yourselves from jealousies and fear … the veil shall be rent, and you shall see me and know that I am – not with the natural mind, but with the spiritual.” I know this is true!

PaulineMarch 22, 2021

Interesting thought and opinion he shares. The number of deaths and efficacy of vaccinating I believe are false however.

Jan KingMarch 22, 2021

I'm especially grateful for this podcast today and the technology to receive it as I'm traveling in Costa Rica and didn't have access to a church meeting yesterday. It's been a blessing to make it part of my study today!

Carma HuggardMarch 22, 2021

Excellent perspective. Thank you.

Michele NoelMarch 22, 2021

Finally! Clarity and intelligence! Thank you!

G RutterMarch 22, 2021

From a non scientific, but highly educated practitioner in my own field.....too many so called experts giving differing opinions. Politicians either banging their own drum or trying to juggle conflicting opinions while trying to keep their respective economies going. TOTALLY insane conspiracy theories.....(thanks for sharing the love America.)...and a media on both sides of the pond seemingly doing their utmost to muddy the water and frightening the life out of people in the process! Just what, exactly are people supposed to think? Totally unprecedented times, there is NO textbook on this! A plague on all your houses!

Chris A.March 22, 2021

Thank you for having the courage to share this article. Our civil liberties are crumbling and we need to wake up. Freedom is the essence of our existence - it's what we fought for during the war in heaven.

Tim FosterMarch 22, 2021

Dr. Atlas, you are a ray of light in a darkened world. Most of the people that I am able (during the shutdown of America) associate with agree with your science and comments. Rationality and civil discourse has been limited and supplanted by politics and crowd hysteria. It is, unfortunately, history repeating itself. We must labor to save this nation and the freedoms which have been so costly to achieve.

Joy BairdMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for expressing what many of us have felt for months now.

Garfield CookMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for your insightful article and reminder of the covenant God made with Enoch and Noah. In addition to the promise made to Noah, the semi-circular rainbow is a visual reminder of the promise made to Enoch that as his city was taken up from the earth before the flood of Noah so shall it return to earth in the last days. Thank you for taking the time to prepare this article. Garfield Cook

Paula RomrellMarch 22, 2021

Thank you for printing this article and showing a fair and unbiased approach.

Michael HogganMarch 22, 2021

I'm glad my old college buddy, Brian Shirts, is involved in tthis.

Bill CoulamMarch 21, 2021

I am glad the JST meaning of the rainbow from Genesis 9 was highlighted here. So few know that it was originally given as a promise that the city of Enoch would return and Zion would be built. Can't help but wonder if elements of Norse mythology (bifrost - rainbow bridge with Asgard and the realm of the gods at the other end, YggdrasilI - kind of like the tree of life) originated with truths the ten tribes carried with them to the north countries.

Ann-MarieMarch 21, 2021

What a strengthening personal example of the need to call upon those angels who are near us and waiting and wanting to help!

Gordon J HensleyMarch 21, 2021

The token of the rainbow was placed in the sky after the survivors of the flood disembarked. Animals and humans, they had one thing in common: they were all reproductively fertile matched couples. If you were on the ark, and you were not paired, you were food. It is odd that someone not in this category would adopt that symbol. But then again, the early Christian church adopted a torture device for theirs.

ShannonMarch 20, 2021

For me this was such an insightful and well-written article!!! I really love the symbolism of the covenant, and that God has not forgotten his children.

DJMarch 20, 2021

Great insight and perspective. Thanks for your article.

LexaGraemeMarch 20, 2021

Thank you for a beautiful article.

Kerry FarrMarch 20, 2021

Thank you! How wonderful and enlightening. Was not aware of much of this information.

Robert D StarlingMarch 19, 2021

Thank you for this thoughtful and eloquent reminder of the real meaning of the rainbow. It is lamentable that this symbol of God's love for man has been co-opted by those who center their lives on man's love for man (and women's love for women) instead of centering on Christ and his doctrine, and the blessings of eternal marriage and family life that are Heavenly Father's gift and plan for ALL of us. Jesus said it all, when he told the woman found in sexual transgression - - "Go and sin no more."

Maryann TaylorMarch 19, 2021

Thank you so much for the reminders of the sacred covenant symbolism of the rainbow. Satan is so obvious in his attempt to thumb his nose at our Heavenly Father by seeking to pervert and twist the meaning of this sacred covenant symbol for his own evil purposes.

D DrakeMarch 19, 2021

I, too, have seen a round rainbow while flying. I thought it was incredible.

Diane BlakelyMarch 19, 2021

About 1987 I was driving through the Virgin River Gorge in Utah and drove through the end of a rainbow. It felt like a blessing.

Tyna WoodsMarch 19, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful article this morning!

MBakerMarch 19, 2021

Thank you for this informative, inspired article! I was not familiar with the origins of the gay-pride rainbow. After having learned more about the moral conditions of the world during the time of Noah, I have felt like the gay-pride movement taking on the symbol of the rainbow was a mockery of God and the covenant He made with His people.

BMarch 18, 2021

This is so beautiful! I love the painting, I love the temple experience, I love your inspired song. Thank you for sharing.

Sally SmithMarch 18, 2021

Shawn I know you have True Grit and tenacity. Most of all the Lord is with you and your wife. So when the rehab gets tough and the tears start to flow, remember He is always with you.

Mary-Rose McMullinMarch 18, 2021

Thank you, this is beautiful! Who is the artist of the "Unity" painting?

Pat HarkerMarch 18, 2021

Beautiful thoughts and music. Thank you!

Chris CalkinsMarch 18, 2021

Your observations make me want to do better! Thank you for your thoughts and encouragement to do so. And thank you for the lovely song!

Marina SpenceMarch 18, 2021

How much I appreciate the depth of your article and the richness of its invitation for us to unite as our Heavenly Father's daughters in blessing and helping one another. And your inspired music is now filling my mind with its beauty. Thank you for sharing your light with us today.

Melissa AndersonMarch 18, 2021

Great article! Thank you for sharing not only Shawn's current circumstances, but also much of his past experiences, good works, attitude, and faith. It helped me have hope for Shawn and inspired me in my own personal challenges.

Juliann BradshawMarch 18, 2021

I don’t follow sports but Shawn sounds like a great man. The question “Why” comes to my mind, but life presents so many unanswered questions. My prayers are with Shawn and his family. This will be a great challenge; lost ability, lost expectations. May they experience miracles and may they stand amazed with new doors of opportunity.

Heather GriffinMarch 18, 2021

Love the tender stories of strong women going about doing good. Their individual & collective efforts remind me that God has a mighty work for us to do. There is undeniable power that emanates from a devoted woman serving in Christlike ways.

Susan SchumacherMarch 18, 2021

Revelation comes in many ways. Heavenly father blesses us in our talents where we are and this is truly a gift of revelation. To sister Christofferson I express heartfelt gratitude for sharing your gifts and giving voice to this eternal truth. I especially appreciate your examples of women Who have made the effort to educate themselves politically so they can be a faithful force in declaring righteousness without being combative. That is a true gift indeed. I look forward to hearing this beautiful hymn become popular as it is performed in holy settings giving both men and women more insight into the relationship between heaven and earth.

CarolMarch 17, 2021

You are missing the point! The regulation of elections is given to the states. This bill is completely un-constitutional

SteveMarch 17, 2021

I agree with Mary & Victoria. I think we should try to get as many votes as possible. Apparently this bill, in contrast to what the biases National Review has to say, it to allow more people to vote which is part of our heritage. It would be nice to see an unbiased review of this bill.

JimMarch 17, 2021

According to another source (Cecil E. McGavin, "Historical Background of the Doctrine and Covenants"), Hiram Page did not destroy his seer stone, but it was kept as a souvenir in the Whitmer family, handed down through generations until it is now in the possession of the Reorganized Church (Community of Christ, as they now are known).

StarlynMarch 17, 2021

Thank you for your wonderful insights. This is so well thought--out and expressed. I couldn't agree more about the importance of making sure we love the Savior not only because He can make us more comfortable and happy physically and temporally, but more importantly because of the love and power He has to bring us spiritual joy regardless of our physical or temporal contentment or discomfort.

ShaunaMarch 17, 2021

Thank you for this article with additional information on the life of Hiram Page. I"m reminded of a quote from Anthony Sweat, " Church history is full of mortals, and no mortal (individually or as a group) are either perfectly good or perfectly bad, flawless heroes or devilish villains." (from interview with LDS Living)

David SylvesterMarch 17, 2021

I am thrilled beyond words that this project is under way. I have been fascinated with President Woodruff since I learned of him in home study Seminary back in about 1978. I was so intrigued by his driven desire to record his journals. When I finally saw one of them open, in a glass case in a Church Library while visiting Salt Lake one time, I could hardly believe I was looking at his own writing. I couldn't take my eyes off of it. The tiny writing to save paper I guess and the meticulous way in which he wrote! I wondered then why they weren't published and now, a dream is coming true for me. This will truly be an asset beyond description for the Church and for the World to read these writings of a truly amazing man and prophet. I wish I could help!

Sydney WheadonMarch 17, 2021

I really enjoy your stories. They bring a smile to my face. Thank you for sharing.

BeccaMarch 17, 2021

I completely agree with the other two comments below. We have to look beyond the extensive politicking and see the real issue of voting as a basic human right, offering it to every American citizen.I signed up twice for my vaccine because a closer spot was available and I received several calls until they confirmed my agreement to cancel the repeated first shot. I was impressed with how thorough they were in learning my intent and seeking my ok to cancel it. Thank you state of Utah! :0)

DeeMarch 17, 2021

This article reminded me of a lesson I have learnt from the COVID legislation changes to how we run church activities and classes around food. It became clear to me what an opportunity we had to focus on the true bread of life in our activity, instruction and classes. I noted the stress that some leaders felt when they couldn't pad out an activity or lesson with food. They didn't know how to connect, inspire and validate those in their care without food. My thought was, how wonderful. This situation will provide an opportunity of growth. However, that hope was short-lived when methods were used to try and re-introduce food into activity and classes as quick as possible. I look forward to the day when we can come together and be satisfied with the true Bread of Life and Living Water.

CoriMarch 17, 2021

What a great family history story to preserve for posterity. Thanks for sharing.

Douglas E NadybalMarch 16, 2021

It is a great article but at the same time I worry that many people would view this type of spiritual communication with the dead as a form of necromancy. I think we need to be careful in telling of our experiences that these type of communications are a by product of doing family history that just happen usually according to our need at the time.

Nancy GoddardMarch 16, 2021

So beautifully and wisely said. I know it is true! We need our ancestors and they need us!

Carol KendallMarch 16, 2021

Utah is now on DAYLIGHT time.

Maryann TaylorMarch 16, 2021

Love this message! I truly believe that if we study the scriptures daily, and pray sincerely daily, that we will not be deceived. If we keep the Holy Ghost with us, Satan cannot deceive us. The truth will be written in our hearts and we will clearly recognize falsehood.

Maryann TaylorMarch 16, 2021

Sadly, continued misrepresentation of the church will be even greater as we approach the second coming of our Savior, and persecutions will increase. I appreciate your review of this program. The goal of the producers was an obvious attempt to cast a shadow on the church with the media's consistent "Drama-Queen" approach. While it is good to shine a light on these twisted and false portrayals of the church, I am often reminded of Lehi's statement regarding those who were mocking from the large and spacious building. He said, "We heeded them not." Those who criticize the church will blow away like chaff in the wind. There are so many, even in recent times, who have come out in open defiance against the church and most people cannot even remember their names. Kate WHO???

Maryann TaylorMarch 16, 2021

The key issue here is the safety of the children and they are NOT safe in this environment. I hope this man will follow the advice given and get help NOW. Her violence is a very serious issue. How does he know she is not inflicting violence on the children when he is not present? I would also contact a lawyer and seek full custody of these children with a restraining order until this woman seeks professional help and is recovered from her violent tendencies.

Anne O'BrienMarch 16, 2021

That reminds me of the article by Hugh Nibley ; A Strange Thing in the Land: The Return of the Book of Enoch, Part 8

Win BroadhurstMarch 16, 2021

And? So? Is that all you have? Am I missing something???

Nancy LeeMarch 16, 2021

These truths speak to my spirit! Thank you so much for sharing.

StkabuMarch 16, 2021

"This documentary is almost less about Hofmann than it is about Mormonism and not in an even-handed or even educational way. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is a minority religion in the United States, has been targeted and misrepresented too many times already" ...Couldn't have said it better myself. I'm so tired of the cringe-inducing portrayals of my religion. I'm so disappointed in Jared Hess. His talent is wasted. For someone who likes to be original, he took the easy road on this one.

Christopher CardenasMarch 16, 2021

Satan is subtle with these biased, misleading documentaries. The Lord's work will prevail as we speak up articulately. Thanks for this little article.

NanMarch 16, 2021

Your lifetime of study and travel is proving to be such a blessing to me and all those who read or listen to your "Come Follow Me" podcasts. I always learn something new and fascinating that I had never heard before. Thank you for your service.

Norma OlsenMarch 16, 2021

Thanks Wally. So many good thoughts to enlighten and inspire. This pandemic has made lots of people reevaluate how we use our time. Your message fits with many of the inspirations I have received, perhaps from family angels, to write my stories and never again take a nearby temple for granted.

Diane IrwinMarch 16, 2021

Wow! This blew me away! Well done; the music and the video clips were perfect. Thank you.

G HarrisonMarch 16, 2021

I agree with the article. I was surprised at the tone of the documentary and not sure what they were really trying to achieve. I remember the events well and it was interesting to look up the people being interviewed....come to your own conclusions when you have done that! Not an over reaction, it’s a fair comment about a disappointing documentary. I’m quite calm by the way....

Senior citizenMarch 15, 2021

Talk about your over-reactions! Almost every sentence sounds like a hysterical cry for pity. I saw the whole thing and learned a lot I did not know. I never suspected the leaders did anything wrong--and I still don't. Calm down!

Sherelyn CuretonMarch 15, 2021

I eagerly await your Podcast each week. It fills me with love. Thank you for teaching me these sacred scriptures along with your experiences that fills my heart. I have keep tissues handy because tears will flow.

Susan StoddardMarch 15, 2021

I would love to see Israel but want a longer trip - 2-3 weeks. Do you ever do a longer trip? I was on your Church History tour in October 2019. I would love to do a longer tour of the Holy Land with you.

PeggyMarch 15, 2021

Soup is delicious, we decided to leave it chunky and not blend it. Thanks.

Dave HallMarch 15, 2021

Pres. Kimball, in his BYU address, "Peter, My Brother" nowhere suggested that the Savior commanded Peter to deny him. Rather, he suggested that Peter, in his mind, may have been worried about what would happen to the church if something happened to him. The idea that Peter was commanded or inspired to deny Christ doesn't square with the intense remorse he felt over the incident.

Oscar MuñozMarch 15, 2021

The Savior was aware of discerning who and who not to trust when He gave instructions to his Apostles as they went preaching the gospel. He said: Matthew 10:16 16 ¶Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. It’s a balance we all need to learn.

MaryMarch 15, 2021

I have a question about the need for lengthy/expensive detoxes. When you get a colonoscopy, you get completely cleaned out the night before pretty easily. I don't get the need for ongoing detox products.

Heather BMarch 15, 2021

My husband and I saw Lamb of God this past weekend. It was beautiful in every sense. I was familiar with the music but to see it performed by these incredible vocalists and musicians up so close was truly wonderful. Like having a front row seat to a concert. Even more, the way the music makes you feel is almost unearthly. My husband and I couldn’t control our emotions. Only 90 minutes and certainly appropriate for children who can sit that long. If you want to experience what Easter is all about, don’t miss it!

Kathy SandersMarch 15, 2021

We saw Lamb of God on Friday at the theater and it was WONDERFUL! Please don't miss this moving and profoundly beautiful concert. Thank you to Rob Gardner and all who performed. Such inspired music that touches the soul.

Laura ClaytonMarch 15, 2021

I hope you share this opportunity several times, for those who aren't able to attend tomorrow evening or were too late to be one of the 100! What a wonderful opportunity to be able to help Jimmy!

VictoriaMarch 14, 2021

I agree with Mary...comment above. I just don’t see all the problems you do with voting rights. Why, with something as basic to America as voting rights would you make it more difficult for people to vote. Very wrong. These are things that would set us back over 50 years! Does not pass the smell test.

Charles D McClureMarch 14, 2021

As soon as I saw her picture I wanted to hear her story! It was completely different from what I was expecting! I knew it would be amazing but it was much more amazing then I could imagine. Thank you for your sweet testimony!

Janet DoiMarch 14, 2021

Brother and Sister Proctor, My husband and I do so enjoy your weekly podcasts that you have been giving us here on Meridian Magazine. The knowledge and inspiration coming from your unique insights are invaluable to we Church members, who are older, and unable to travel anymore--due to health or the COVID pestilence. My husband is 80 and I am 75. We, as many others, have always had a desire to visit Israel and see the wonderful sites where our Saviour walked. Besides age and lack of funds. We will not see this beautiful country in our lifetime. Having said that, may I suggest something that you could do to fill that gap for elder Church members. During this coming tour, could you take a film crew with you to film the places to will visit? And, the audio of the inspirational remarks you give to those with you at each site? You could make DVD's. One for each place and sell them to the public (Church members), I'm sure. It would be a blessing for us to purchase such wonderful depictions of the Holy Land. I look forward to your response to my message. Thank you for reading my comments.

LeahMarch 14, 2021

Thank you for teaching us about Emma this week. Could you share the sources for all of the information about Emma that you used? I would love to learn more about her.

MaryMarch 14, 2021

I don't see the issue with some of the problems you listed. Changing information yes,but same day registration no. I think the goal is to get as many people to vote and to make it easier. I also don't see a problem with registering online and if states are not smart enough to provide through that process safeguards than maybe they do need to be regulated. This is 2021 not 1950.

Michael PetersonMarch 14, 2021

How much verbal and physical abuse should one person take from another? Two years ago I made a solid resolve that if a person, any person, treats me in an insulting or demeaning manner, I would let them know immediately that it is NOT all right and that I would not tolerate it. I’m so glad I did! How much abuse should one person tolerate from another? NONE!

GTOMarch 13, 2021

You are not a narcissist. My mother was a narcissist and behaved like your wife. I don't know if she is a narcissist, but you definitely are not. The fact that you are examining your own motives and behaviors proves that. I hope you're able to extricate yourself and your children from this situation.

Bette HarpMarch 13, 2021

Hold on a minute! I was in the same situation. I stayed. I don't regret it. My husband is a good person, worked every day, remained faithful and did the best he knew how. He still has problems that he brought into our marriage. He never was and never will be the guy that I felt that I needed. I decided that my husband isn't responsibly for my happiness. That's a choice that I make. I chose to surround myself with good friends and to turn my problems over to God, who has greatly sustained me. Have you considered that you may never find this person that you long for , that many men wouldn't take on four children of another man, that single mothers are far more likely to end up in poverty? Maybe you believe in fairy tales, as I did for a long time. As President Uctdorf said, a lot happens between Once Upon a Time and Happily Ever After. Don't give up on your marriage. Hold on. It may work out, as mine did. By the way, we just celebrated our 63rd anniversary.

MaeMarch 13, 2021

March. 13, 2021 Could it be possible that this is a one sided view of an abusive situation? She may be responding to her husbands subtle abusiveness to her by demeaning her in front of others with derogatory humor or questioning her knowledge on a certain subject or any other way of making her fell less than she is in order to make himself feel superior.

Sheri KowalMarch 12, 2021

This is beautiful , thanks so much for sharing!

Michael MartinezMarch 12, 2021

What a great and inspiring story! It is so good to listen to someone who is so intelligent and put the BOM to the test. Those of us who, in our own trials, did the same in adult life, completely understand this beautiful ladies' conversion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ! All that is needed is to have a open mind and a need for something better, and question and listen to the Spirit as you study the Book of Mormon! Thank you for sharing this story!

PamMarch 12, 2021

She sounds like she needs counseling and/or psychiatric intervention.

KathrineMarch 12, 2021

This is one of my favorite episodes becasue of your portrayal of Emma Smith. It carefully and beautifully captured her essence, showing us her struggles and strength, making her more relatable. Thank you for your examples to help us honor Emma.

BradMarch 12, 2021

Nothing brings more joy than to discover that your Heavenly Father loves you and cares deeply about you. I see this again, when I see see you give that same love to these precious kids at the time they most needed it. Such a dark place to come back from. Thank you for sharing such a tender time for your family with all of us.

Marcia SmootMarch 12, 2021

I can't get into Peter's head but I, too, believe Peter was no coward. I feel it is entirely possible that he was commanded to deny the Christ that he would be preserved to lead the Savior's flock following our Lord's atoning sacrifice.

I grew up this way . . .March 12, 2021

I grew up with an abusive mother--screaming, blaming, manipulating, hitting--and in 5th grade started asking my dad why we didn't leave her. He didn't want to break his covenants, but as a kid I really didn't want to be around her anymore. It would have been better for me as a child to be in a different home. "Staying together for the sake of the kids" can be far worse than removing them from a dangerous, mentally ill mother (and she sounds mentally ill).

Shannon Norgord, Mountain Shadows Ward, Colorado Springs, COMarch 12, 2021

Dear Sister Webb, I teach an online Come Follow Me for Individuals and Families meeting. I wanted to thank you for your through lesson regarding D&C 23-26. I used several references from your article and feel that I gave my best lesson ever. I have been praying for additional resources to liven up my lessons and I was so very grateful for your article. Thank you! Warmest regards, Sister Shannon N.

Robert D StarlingMarch 11, 2021

Those extreme corporate giants need to be sent a message in the only language they understand - money! In the few months left while we still have a conservative (?) majority in the US Supreme Court, those whose businesses have been attacked by the left should bring as many multi-million-dollar lawsuits as possible. This is the way we fight for our freedoms in the world today. Many conservative legal aid organizations will support that effort. They will be paid well when they win in court, just as Earnest L. Wilkinson earned 10% of the $200 million settlement he won for a native American a young lawyer.

D. PetersonMarch 11, 2021

Will there be a live performance this year?

LewisMarch 11, 2021

You know, this is an incredible story, both of your love and patience, but of those brave children. With so many things stacked against them, they ventured forth into a very challenging world. We should never underestimate how difficult the transition was for them. I know you must be incredibly proud of them!

Harold RustMarch 11, 2021

Thanks. The first question to be addressed should be: "What is our goal---to change some actions, laws, rules, or regulations which have been harmful to one or more minorities (whether that group is of one race or just one particular common interest) or is it to change attitudes and belief systems? These are two completely different approaches. In the former we can recognize many past laws and social actions which discriminated in ways that were very hurtful--and both parties knew it. Gradually, the laws, rules, and actions have been improved significantly. With regard to attitudes, however, I believe the only real improvement comes when we show people a better way. In classrooms as a sub teacher I have learned I never change attitudes by showing a student what they are doing wrong--whether it is their attitude toward a math problem or their attitude of defiance when asked to turn off their phone. When I can show them something they are doing RIGHT or WELL (I carry many puzzles or interesting questions which, through hints, they always ultimately accomplish and then can be complimented) I create a setting where their attitude and mine both change for the good. Show me a story of some white man who found a sincere and meaningful way to help a black youth and I'll show you an improvement in my attitude. If the news never reported anything but positive experiences between racial groups you would see a far greater change in attitudes, laws, and actions than will ever come from protests up and down the street demanding change. That's because we are all of the same human race.

Lincoln WhiteMarch 10, 2021

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful message. I would really like more information about the 56 different angels in 86 visits. Do you have more resources available that I could study?

JacquelineMarch 10, 2021

Jolanta, your words were deeply moving and I’m in awe of your strength and courage. Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us; I think you are incredible and am certain Heavenly Father likewise stands in awe and tenderly watches over you and Thomas.

KatieMarch 10, 2021

Jolanta, Thank you for your bravery in sharing your story. I hope we can all follow your example and internalize your 3x5 card truths.

Nicole SheppardMarch 10, 2021

Jolanta, thank you for sharing your remarkable story— how courageous!! So inspiring to learn about all you have overcame, how you have adapted, and how you continue to grow!! Can’t wait to see how you continue to bless the world!

LexaGraemeMarch 10, 2021

Bravo, Barbara!

SKMarch 10, 2021

I am so saddened that the Hill Cumorah Pageant is gone forever. My family had plans to attend in 2020, flight booked, and ready to book hotels in the area, when it was cancelled. My family participated in the 2000 pageant, and it would have been our 20th anniversary. We live all across the U.S. now, and it would have been a family reunion for us. We were planning to attend in 2021 as consolation. I don't know why this pageant is forever cancelled because it brought in up to 10,000 people every night, all prospective investigators, and gave attendees the chance to visit the Sacred Grove, Smith homestead, and Palmyra. When I lived in Pennsylvania, we attended every year from 1982, when we joined the church. I know it's probably the cost. I am just so devastated that the pageant is nevermore.

Been there and Living itMarch 10, 2021

I just now saw this today. I am sooo sorry for your pain and I can honestly say I have felt exactly the same way. I was considering writing, but then saw your letter. I have been (re)married for 6 years. There is a lot I can't fully explain here, however I have often felt (and expressed) that I am on a shelf and just get taken down when he wants something. He spends all day on the internet (interspersed with working) and continues on the computer until 2,3 4,sometimes 5 am only sleeping 2-4 hours. He often chats with people online and posts a lot of commentary on our neighborhood site. Has even messaged women his phone number so he can "counsel" them about their "spirituality" or something else related to something he has posted or come about in online conversation. I am definitely not a top priority. I'm not even in the top 5. I often get yelled at over insignificant things. It is draining trying to avoid and navigate the hostility. He often acts like nothing happened minutes later. I am not an argumentative person and don't like who I am becoming in this marriage. I try not to engage, but when I do, in defense of myself, I don't feel any better. I usually feel worse. He has had a history of very poor boundaries with women and when I try to talk about how I feel about certain situations he created, he will yell at me and tell me that he can talk to whomever he wants and he doesn't care how I feel about it. He also says he won't live his life in fear worrying about how something looks or what "may" happen. He tells me I am not rational. It leaves me feeling very insignificant and used. I left a previously abusive relationship quickly, after 4 months although it took almost 2 years to stop him from contacting me at all. I guess this one has been harder for me because I am older now, almost 60 and not sure how I will make it financially among other silly things, like, I'm really embarrassed about it and don't really want to let my family in on the drama. He knows he has mental health issues but will only state he has anxiety & depression caused by ADHD. He is not proactive in getting medical help. He has a family history of Bipolar disorder and denies he has it. It is very frustrating, but for many reasons I have not been able to leave, although deep down I really want to. I do a lot of avoiding conversation just trying to keep the peace. I'm in survival mode.

MikeMarch 10, 2021

The text of President Kimball's talk can be found here:

SGHMarch 10, 2021 There is another theory to the “why” of Peter’s denial. In order to protect the Chief Apostle, Christ himself commanded Peter to deny knowing Him. When we read the account in Matthew, what we perceive as a prophecy could, in fact, be a command.

CatherineMarch 10, 2021

I never believed he denied in the way he was always betrayed. And later years ago is saw in old institute Manuel in the appendix was article that Spencer w Kimball. . expressed a different perspective . that I agreed with . lets look at different perspective. We need to look from the beginning. Not be going in detail. There is too much To point out Here is a few . Peter was going to be the Prophet. He risked his life cutting the soldiers ear. They could of right than and there be killed . we need reread the whole conversation at the Passover. And how does the commanments start Thou shalt.? just another way to see the whole picture. . I appreciate your thought. I personally believe he was told to deny.him. and the type of man Peter is a disservice to his testimony .

Lisa ReisingMarch 10, 2021

This is awesome! Thanks for giving me something to smile about and agree with wholeheartedly. Simple analysis usually hits home in ways we can't deny.

christineMarch 10, 2021

This is wonderful! Our ward has been encouraging our ward members to make a monthly home temple day a priority by dedicating the time we normally spend in the temple to learning about temples, participating in family search research and indexing, and turning our hearts to our ancestors. We encourage them to dress in Sunday clothes, pray as they begin and invite the spirit of Elijah into their homes and lives in an intentional way. There are so many beautiful promises for those who will participate in gathering Israel.

Tom BaxterMarch 10, 2021

i once had a conversation with an emeritus General Authority who emphatically declared "God's truth, justice and laws will never be man's truth, justice and laws". President Nelson in his September 2019 devotional at BYU reiterated the same point. "Some things are simply true. The arbiter of truth is God—not your favorite social media news feed, not Google, and certainly not those who are disaffected from the Church". Living in these times, my sense is that many of our parents - member and nonmembers alike - are derelict in their efforts to teach their children what God's truth, laws and justice really are. The pushback that President Nelson received is evidence of that. President Nelson went on to remind us that "God loves every one of us with perfect love and there is a strong connection between God’s love and His laws." That being said the recommendations of a diversity committee must be founded enough in the Gospel that these correct principles prevail in whatever recommendations they make for change. Can we do better? Yes, but we must never forget our unique mission statement as an institution, "To assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life.That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued." In the end we are all 100% responsible to make choices and use our agency in ways consistent with that mission. Personal morality comes from within, not to be dictated from without.

Rochelle HaleMarch 10, 2021

My husband and I were serving as ordinance workers when Covid began. As the pandemic progressed, my most cherished time was spent working on family history or studying and preparing for my Come, Follow Me lessons. Although I organized cupboards and found other much-needed projects during lockdown, nothing was more rewarding than seeking spiritual things daily. A certain website has recently come out with a feature that gives movement to old portraits. Many find this creepy, but I found a deeper connection to those who I know are “still living.”

Kay RookhuyzenMarch 10, 2021

I love your real life stories and have used them for years to help students learn English. I started tutoring on my couple mission to Tokyo and found their realism easy for students to understand and learn from. I continue to send your articles to former students still! Keep up the great stories.

Susan GillmoreMarch 10, 2021

I believe it was President Spencer W. Kimball who proposed that Peter denied knowing Jesus because Jesus asked him to. Peter was to become the head of the Church. It was important that Peter not be arrested and killed with the Savior. Having to deny knowing Jesus went against Peter's character and testimony. Perhaps this is why he wept so bitterly when he had fulfilled this commandment given him by Jesus.

Dave MyersMarch 10, 2021

Nice article Stephen, thanks. As to your political concerns, I think the key is when you say "giving up individual rights and letting someone else pack our lunch." You don't have to give up your rights and let someone else pack your lunch. You don't have to take those drugs or checks, but it seems rather harsh to deprive others of the help they need just because you don't need it. For example, we have decided as a society that it's worth providing 'free' education to everyone up through high school, but there are some who choose to send their kids to a private school and pay the tuition themselves. Good for them. But many of us can't make that choice and so for the good of society, free education is available for the rest of us. And we pack our lunch.

kim mossMarch 10, 2021

I personally like to think of that night as President Kimball did as he proclaimed while giving an address at BYU. I believe the address was titled "My brother Peter" or "Peter my brother?" "He said that Peter was no coward. This is the bold man that was a scrapper and ready to fight and protect the Savior at any moment regardless of the consequences. Peter was the one that would take over the Church following the Saviors crucifixion. He needed to be there to take over and if he admitted to being with the savior he would have suffered the same fate. Therefore Christ gave Peter a commandment, "Thou shalt" deny me thrice!. In other words, "Peter you had better deny even knowing me or you will be killed as well and all will be lost." He then obeyed the command and battling against every fighting instinct he had, he obeyed his orders.

Cynthia CarlsonMarch 10, 2021

Incredibly eye-opening! Inspired! Thank you for sharing this amazing story of the power of Christ-like love.

Howard CollettMarch 10, 2021

More than 20 years ago I had lunch with Stephen Gibson. I was at a crossroads. I had several middling talents and was trying to discover what I should do for the rest of my life. Steve helped me discover my passion--in essence changing what I had for lunch. Thank you, Steve!

Mark BishopMarch 10, 2021

One of the problems with establishing an office of diversity and appointing someone over diversity is that it puts the problem into a corner and absolves responsibility in general. Treating everyone of every ethnicity or race in a Christ-like manner is everyone's responsibility and can't or shouldn't be given to any one person. That being said, the discomfort that people of color feel on Church campuses is likely based on the fact that whites are the predominant race there. I have extensive experience with Church education and I have never witnessed intentional discrimination or unkindness towards anyone. However, I think it might get difficult to live in a place that is somewhat foreign to one's self. And there will always be a few people with strong (and wrong) opinions who are unkind to others. That said, these things will happen anywhere and cannot be erased by an "office of diversity". The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only way to address these things.

Mark BishopMarch 10, 2021

I sure hope the Church provides mission presidents with very good life insurance. It would be very bad in many ways if his wife were to be left without needed resources because of him dying during their service.

BryanMarch 10, 2021

I had never thought of the parallel between the three denials and the three affirmations, but you led up to it beautifully and I was there with you right before you said it.

Gary LawrenceMarch 9, 2021

To Steve L: Thanks for your interest. Hope to address the questions you ask, plus similar ones, in future articles. I feel a lot is about to happen.

Maryann TaylorMarch 9, 2021

I have learned through experience many times, and especially as a seminary teacher, that less is more when teaching the gospel. Keep it simple. The gospel is not complicated. When you focus on too many principles, the core truths of the gospel can be watered down. People also have their attention scattered and cannot retain what you teach. Always, always, make Christ the center of your teaching. If you are not teaching Jesus Christ in every lesson, you are not teaching the gospel.

Maryann TaylorMarch 9, 2021

Great advice! Taking this conversation OUT of the bedroom and conversing in a different setting is key here. Taking a walk or sitting on a bench in a beautiful setting would be very helpful. Nature is a calming influence and helps restore perspective.

Julie Ann TreadwellMarch 9, 2021

So grateful there are people and families in the world who are making a difference to these kids. Just so incredible and pure. And so grateful for the inspiration you received and acted upon to turn this around for Jolanta! Huzzah!!! May God continue to bless you all!!!

Steve LMarch 9, 2021

I really like this article and feel we would do well to remember it in our trying to understand our voting responsibilities. I would also be curious as to how you, personally, or others think how our just past and current presidents are affecting such policy? (Especially in relation to Problem 1) Where do we seem to be headed, what we do about it? Thanks

JaredMarch 9, 2021

What an amazing, wonderful story! I appreciate your willingness to share it, realizing that others will be blessed by it. I hope you write the book! I'm looking forward to seeing what these wonderful kids accomplish!

Kathryn AmesMarch 9, 2021

Have seen and sung in choir in local presentations. LOVE listening! Have tickets for the 16th in Lehi UT

LexaGraemeMarch 9, 2021

Heartbreaking, and the joyous. Thank you for being willing to share your vulnerabilities with us. May I remember the ways people can be wounded, and do what I can to heal.

Sheila LiddleMarch 9, 2021

I loved the Lamb Of God. I've seen it performed 3 times. I bought the cd. I hope the movie will be in my area.

Kathy ThatcherMarch 9, 2021

Such a sweet story of love and constancy. Love to Jolanta and to the family who saw her as who she was and loved her so dearly. It is a reminder to us all to love and lift and be careful to to crush those around us. Much love to you for not giving up and fir turning to the ultimate source of love and understanding fir direction.

LexaGraemeMarch 9, 2021

Thank you for this article. The documentary, overall, was well done, but there were some dangling threads that should have been resolved. This article helps with that resolution.

Harold RustMarch 9, 2021

Thank you, thank you....for some power and yet simple examples of how to speak to someone's heart and soul rather than to what we assume is their need.

Ruth JamiesonMarch 9, 2021

I cannot wait to see this film! It looks and sounds so beautiful!! So so so grateful for this kind of entertainment. There's a bunch of family friends seeing it opening night in Layton Utah. Thank you thank you for Sharing your gifts and talents in strengthening us in our testimony of Jesus Christ and for sharing your testimony of the Savior as well.


I never read such a sobering story, a least in Meridian Magazine, a Helen Kellerlike story that SHOULD be made the object of a book, because he could tive hope to so many people and change so many lives. Please write the book! And thank you for your incredible example of faith, love and perseverance in the face of adversity. This made me realize that even people in reasonably good physical and mental shape such as me, born from "goodly parents", do have wounds to hear from, but so do also so many around me that I should not judge negatively.

Janet Lee WiseMarch 8, 2021

Joseph stated that future events would prove him right (about the truth of the Book of Mormon). These correlations are wonderful to hear of, but not as powerful as the testimony of the Holy Ghost. May we have faith to withstand the slew of mocking and criticism we will continually face until Christ Himself will come and set the record straight.

Carol KendallMarch 8, 2021

I discovered yesterday (5/7) while preparing for Sunday School that D&C 20 follows the classic Covenant outline! Not having found ANY mention of that anywhere, I've written it up on a blog post:

Sharon SMarch 8, 2021

Isn't this long overdue? How many children's mental and emotional health issues could have been helped or avoided altogether if we had lawmakers with more backbone willing to defend what we know is a growing addiction in our young and older population as well. Such a shame we have let it go on for so long! You say, "Well, everyone has a choice!" How many men and women, let alone children who can avoid this temptation when it's right in their hand. Shame on us as a state and as a nation! So sad

Scot ProctorMarch 8, 2021

All of the Book of Mormon episodes are listed here: Most if not all of the links include transcripts.

Harold RustMarch 8, 2021

This article is a "must read" for anyone who plans to watch or who has already watched the NetFlix documentary. I agree with the author because I had the same feelings when I watched the movie: first, I knew the Church was fully transparent in every one of these transactions and so why would the movie "hint" otherwise? ; Second, why would the producers allow to go without context that statement by an investigator that the Church made it hard for them? The Church being careful about opening their files is far different from an organization that closes all doors that could embarrass them.

Pauline IsaksenMarch 8, 2021

One of the best rebuttals of the lies surrounding the Church's involvement with Hofmann is the talk by Elder Dallin H. Oaks given at Brigham Young University, 6 August 1987, entitled, "Recent Events Involving Church History and Forged Documents".

prbMarch 8, 2021

What a sad day…becoming so easily offended by a drawing in a children’s book that we think we should change it or correct it or cancel it. Do our “brethren” promote censorship? Dr. Seuss stories, rhymes and illustrations are treasures of creativity. For me, they contain great messages and are not offensive. When I was a teenager, an artist drew my caricature at my request. It’s a prized possession that I can smile at.

Sarah HinzeMarch 8, 2021

Thank you for your comments and stories you have shared. I would love to hear your stories in detail. I do not publish them unless I have permission from the contributors. Our film Remembering Heaven is doing very well. We hope to bring it to you soon in theaters and DVD's. Friend me on Facebook at Sarah Hinze or Tom Laughlin (the filmmaker) or for more info. where it is showing. Michael Jones email me please at [email protected]

Nancy WillisMarch 8, 2021

Thank you for your beautiful commentary and stories regarding Emma Smith! She has been greatly misunderstood over the years. Your podcast will help many to see her more clearly. She is an amazing woman who endured much. I look forward to meeting her one day!

Michael BrashearMarch 8, 2021

Thank you for posting this story. I remember these events but had no idea how prolific a fraud he was, nor was I aware of his fraud against other entities, including the United States. All that genius wasted.

rcook52March 8, 2021

I wonder what the distinction is between physically killing the Prophet Joseph Smith and killing through forgery the Message of the Prophet Joseph Smith. I also wonder whether Mark Hoffman was actually trying to damage the Church or simply trying to make himself famous and rich? Either way the result of his choices has had the effect of damaging Joseph's claims in the eyes of some people. Even Alma laments: Yea, and I had [murdered] many of his children, or rather led them away unto destruction . . . Mark Hoffman also [murdered] many. How complicit is the new media and Producers of this movie that only wants to perpetuate the fantastic claims of the original albeit forged documents?

Ron KjarMarch 8, 2021

What a great summary! I still see that great lie—that the Church is somehow hiding something—having a huge impact in the world, and among my own family today. Once a lie has been perpetuated, it takes on a life of its own and is difficult, if not impossible, to callback.

NancyMarch 8, 2021

As a rebellious post-teenager, I left home thinking the world had to be better than my parent's religious views. However, my mother visited me with a Book of Mormon and instructions to read and pray it! With a terrible attitude, I did. Later, on my knees, I asked the Lord to tell me the book was NOT true. His shocking answer, "It's true!" I continued, "It can't be! Tell me it's NOT true" ... three times the spirit whispered, "It's true!!" ...and I added, "What do you want me to do about it?" The reply, "Go back to church!" Though reluctant, I did as directed -- and that has made all the difference in my devoted life.

MistyMarch 8, 2021

This is wonderful news! I hope other states, if not all, will follow this heroic action in defending children.

Becky WilliamsMarch 8, 2021

And I descended from Zeus! But there must be something to some of these legends

MjMarch 8, 2021

Is there a way to help this Elder’s family?

Sherry McMullinMarch 7, 2021

Every week brings a blessing from you. How can I get text from last year's Book of Mormon podcasts? I hunt in vain, and need several. Thanks

AnonymousMarch 7, 2021

I believe some of the advice given here was good and some missed the mark. I asked my husband how he knew to be a generous lover and he said that he gets pleasure from my pleasure. He said it’s important to not be selfish in intimacy. He also stated that he has worked on being considerate and open to asking me what I like. “That will increase competence and confidence.” I will only add that he is conditioning his wife on what to expect each time he touches her and it is imperative that he takes the time, and effort to make it a wonderful experience for her. Then she will have a hard time turning it down because why would she. They should see a sex therapist. Or at least read books about it together.

Steve BrownMarch 7, 2021

So disheartening! Without any knowledge of Dr. Seuss, his history or intentions, I can only say, that his innovative way of teaching tolerance and affection has charmed and influenced my family for good and I am certain that will continue to be passed on to their future generations. Perfectly suited for entertaining young children and keeping their attention while introducing them to a world of differences, his fanciful stories demonstrate how alike we all are below the surface.

Bonnie lu ZoBellMarch 7, 2021

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

MickeyMarch 7, 2021

This sounds like abuse.

Joel WhiteMarch 7, 2021

As one who is seriously doubtful about the integrity of the election system these days, all I want is the truth. No court has looked at lots of evidence, that perhaps could be disproven to support election fraud. But the unwillingness to explore that, gives me an increased level of distrust. Let's seek truth, and not shut down that quest!

Tammy LindstromMarch 7, 2021

Loved this, Breck. I find more and more, that it is hard for people to see the need for organized church, and it’s hard for people to see the need to minister to others. But we are so empty without both. We can become inspired at church and as we minister we put what we learn into action.

Chelsea SpilsburyMarch 7, 2021

Beautiful! Sarah, you are a part of God's work that is so important I can feel it in my bones. Babies are one of his most precious gifts. Thanks for all you are doing to protect them! You and Brent are reminding the world of our spiritual heritage. It brings me great comfort to know we can align our hearts with our Father in Heaven through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I have felt the presence of heavenly messengers and leaned upon the gifts of the spirit throughout my life. I love the knowledge that we each have unique assignments and missions to fulfill that help guide each other safely home. I am so very touched by your words tonight. Love your family so much. Biggest hugs to you guys.

Kristen OpenshawMarch 6, 2021

I find it disturbing that comments here are attacking Donald Trump's character and calling names. It does nothing to promote or validate the main point of the article, which everyone should be able to agree with.

Andrew J. CurrieMarch 6, 2021

Like every other Trump hating commenter that I read, there's the unsupported claim he is a liar, but no fact or example is given. And these opinionated political lightweights act as if any politicians they support is not also a liar. Heaven help us! It would be nice to hear an intelligently supported opinion rather than merely the venom of a angry, emotional person. Your dislike of the man does not make him a liar, but your comments are an insight into your souls.

Geoff-AusMarch 6, 2021

Jim, Has it occured to you that removing discrimination so that one group has the same rights as others, is very different from giving them rights no one else has. It was illegal to be gay in Utah before 2003. Do they now have priveledges you dont?

Ron BarnesMarch 5, 2021

According to Family Search, my wife is descended from King Arthur, a man who's existence cannot even be proven.

JanieMarch 5, 2021

After reading this wonderful book, I feel I understand covenants, their meaning, and importance, in a way that I have not understood before, and that makes beautiful sense. As President Nelson has asked us to study the blessings promised to covenant Israel, this is the perfect book for that study. I can't recommend it highly enough!

A. BinghamMarch 5, 2021

Thank you for posting this. The amount of dis-information being passed as fact or truth is stunning and at a premiere university even more tragic..the lives that were destroyed because of one person's dishonesty is also a tragedy. That this dis-information hasn't been detracted from the media is also tragic. I find it very disheartening that some readers are choosing to use this post as a way to personally attack Meridian magazine creators. A cheap attack. Appreciate the magazine and the thoughtful news postings.

dave hicksMarch 5, 2021

After forty plus years with the same women and by talking with other couples I've concluded that intimacy between husband and wife is somebody's idea of a bad joke. Cheers

Kristen KMarch 5, 2021

Is that 7pm Eastern Time? Mountain Time? I don' t want to miss this!!

Wayne B CrawleyMarch 5, 2021

Wow I am really surprised by the 2 comments. A person does not have to think very hard to understand how the election stolen. House of Representatives passed HR 1 so that the whole country will have the same voting laws as California. HR1 is unconstitutional and a clear grabe for Power. And Georgia made new voting laws to fix the problem it had. The problem with so called liberals is they rather us name calling such as comparing Donald Trump to the devil "the father of lies" it all about feelings then logic

LindaMarch 4, 2021

"revising what they thought they knew" is one of my favorite lines in your article! Which was such a good reminder to continue on the path of trying to be humble and teachable. Thanks for the boost.

George CarmenMarch 4, 2021

Wow, I find it so interesting that you spew hate upon someone you likely have not or will not ever meet. It is interesting how many people allow the person that has no influence in their lives to take them over because of their own focus on him or whoever. To let anyone control you is sad.

CBDBMarch 4, 2021

Thank you Bother and Sister Givens for all of your books, articles, and intelligent, insightful, reverent and joyful teachings. We share your love for the Restoration and for our dear gentle Jesus, and The New and Everlasting Covenant — we just don’t know how to articulate it all as well as you— so we appreciate your words. ( you seem to have found a way out of the ‘prison’ of words!)

Arlene C WelkerMarch 4, 2021

I saw a sign on a billboard once that said, "Never miss the chance to shut up." Works great!

Ovala F ToiaivaoMarch 4, 2021

I have thoroughly enjoyed your podcasts and look forward to it every week. Thank you so much for taking the time to prepare and share these with us. I too would love to have a copy of your 43 Faith Scriptures to memorize if it's still available.

David DurfeeMarch 4, 2021

The Givens are among my favorite LDS authors. And their new book -- like this article -- is wonderful, well thought out, and full of hope.

JimMarch 4, 2021

Our national debt is now $28 trillion. 28 trillion seconds is 887,266 years. It would take light traveling at 186,000 miles per second approximately 4.8 YEARS to travel 28 trillion miles. This is longer than it would take light to reach Earth's nearest star, Proxima Centauri, which is 4.2 light years away.

Gramma CrowfootMarch 4, 2021

Oh please. Everyone makes mistakes and isn’t it nice when someone cares enough about our memory/legacy to help correct it? In this case, Dr. Suess can’t so his organization has acted proactively (just as the church has stopped publishing things from ‘a time before’ because they ‘were not aware’ or had been ‘insensitive toward’ or had ‘misinterpreted’ something previously. The loss of these books does nothing to undercut the gifts of Dr. Suess and will most likely open up a wider market of readers (whereas before MANY had GOOD reason to question his intentions based on these titles alone). I don’t understand what is so hard/offensive for mainstream to change some of the cultural landscape that perpetuates division, especially when better/safer/kinder/more appropriate & sensitive options & gestures are possible. Nostalgia is no reason to perpetuate hurt/pain/offence. To quote the brethren, “when we know better we must DO better.”

Robert D StarlingMarch 4, 2021

Thanks Joni, for reminding us all that "Nobody like a smart alec" (or is it "smart alek"?) - Dilbert

John PearceMarch 4, 2021

While this is an interesting story I think that there is a more relevant story involving lying and that is "The Big Lie" of former President Donald Trump. His lying has damage the Republican party, the confidence of voters in US elections and the international standing of the US as an example of democracy. This is a lie that has been rejected by over sixty courts and every state official but many Republican politicians are still promoting this untruth. For me the saddest concequence is that many millions of people still believe that the 2020 election was stolen including many of my church member friends.

SRMarch 4, 2021

I feel completely blessed that my child who is a graduating high school senior this year. Has changed their mind about attending BYU and is now choosing a different school. Equity and social justice are part of liberation theology and Marxism. They have no place in the gospel of Jesus Christ nor in an education from a private church school paid for by our collective tithing. BYU has been were we wanted all of our children to attend. We wanted them to have the best education taught with the power and majesty of God’s holy gospel. Were they could see the importance of all things through the lense of the plan of salvation and where the Holy Ghost is sought after to be in each class so that truths of the lessons could be testified of. Sadly each day we are learning that this is no longer the type of education being obtained at BYU. We are a bi-racial family and find this study disheartening, disturbing and wrong. We are all children of God. None of us were able to choose our sex , nor our race. No one is better than anyone else or more deserving. We are all less than the dust of this earth. Yet Christ came to this earth and lived for us all and then suffered all things for all of us so that we could return to him and our Heavenly Father. What are we doing to each other. We are being created and morphed into each other’s enemies. For what ? For the color of our skin, for the places where we were born. We had no part of that and can own none of it. For the way we think. We have been taught this past year to look at others as viruses as someone with a diseased body whose very breath is wrong and that they may kill you if you get to close. We are being taught that if you are white you were born evil and racist and there is literally nothing you can do about it. We are being taught that to be a woman is meaningless because gender is meaningless. And if you want to be a woman all you need to do is believe that you are one. And the world is desperately trying to teach that if you are a person of color (whatever that means because we are all made up of multiple colors )That you are victim. My children are not victims. They were fearfully and wonderfully made by God Almighty. As were each of us. Let us stand for no more of this nonsense and return to God. Please this is all becoming almost to much to bear. And studies like this are doing more harm than good.

Jared ChristensenMarch 4, 2021

Very good article and information! Thank you for sharing this I have always felt it was a dangerous addiction that anyone can get hooked on. I have intentionally chosen not to play video games because I have seen how addictive it can become.

BobMarch 4, 2021

No place says "one third". It says "a third part".

LexaGraemeMarch 4, 2021

Bravo to them all for making the best of an unfortunate situation, and finding the humor in it, too!

Bradd C HayesMarch 4, 2021

While I agree facts (and truth) matter in the news, I find it astonishing that Meridian Magazine, which openly supported Trump, the father of lies, has the audacity to demonstrate moral outrage on this subject.

RaNae ShoafMarch 4, 2021

I love this! So true and so right. Sometimes I talk myself into staying silent (for instance when my husband is telling a story and getting the details wrong, at least to my memory, which of course is "right" haha), is to realize that if I wasn't there at that moment, the story would stand as told, and no one would be hurt by it.

JoanMarch 3, 2021

I was married for 15 years in a destructive relationship. I determined to stay in the marriage until my children reached age 18, wanting to give them a stable family and at least the illusion of a happy family. I stuffed my unhappiness, I thought successfully until my 11-year-old told me that it was time to get a divorce. Later he was angry with me because, he said, I had waited too long to leave and if I had divorced his father sooner, he could have believed that his father was a good man but now he knew how bad he was. Both of my sons have suffered more than the divorce with the concept of what it takes to be a real man, a good man. They’ve tried out being the abused and the abuser, believing that sons should learn to be men from their fathers. They still struggle decades later in determining their role. I meant to help my children by staying in an emotionally destructive relationship, and staying was the worst decision I could have made, not only for me but for my children. How many times do women stay for the children and cause more pain and confusion than they could imagine. Children hear and see and know much more than we think.

Been thereMarch 3, 2021

Could he be on the autism spectrum?

KenMarch 3, 2021

The goal for a court hearing to to determine if law was broken, not to celebrate diversity.

AmyMarch 3, 2021

How is this article related to the LDS church?

ayseMarch 3, 2021

This is such a inspiring exercise! Thank you for sharing how to start.

Diane JarmanMarch 3, 2021

Thank you for approaching this subject and for the link to find help for video game addicts. Very informative article.

Mom of manyMarch 3, 2021

I feel completely blessed that my child who is a graduating high school senior this year. Has changed their mind about attending BYU and is now choosing a different school. Equity and social justice are part of liberation theology and Marxism. They have no place in the gospel of Jesus Christ nor in an education from a private church school paid for by our collective tithing. BYU has been were we wanted all of our children to attend. We wanted them to have the best education taught with the power and majesty of God’s holy gospel. Were they could see the importance of all things through the lense of the plan of salvation and where the Holy Ghost is sought after to be in each class so that truths of the lessons could be testified of. Sadly each day we are learning that this is no longer the type of education being obtained at BYU. We are a bi-racial family and find this study disheartening, disturbing and wrong. We are all children of God. None of us were able to choose our sex , nor our race. No one is better than anyone else or more deserving. We are all less than the dust of this earth. Yet Christ came to this earth and lived for us all and then suffered all things for all of us so that we could return to him and our Heavenly Father. What are we doing to each other. We are slowly turning each of us into enemies. For what ? For the color of our skin, for the places where we were born. We had no part of that and can own none of it. We have been taught this past year to look at others as viruses as someone with a diseased body whose very breath is wrong and that they may kill you if you get to close. We are being taught that if you are white you were born evil and racist and there is literally nothing you can do about it. We are being taught that to be a woman is meaningless because gender is meaningless. And if you want to be a woman all you need to do is believe that you are one. And the world is desperately trying to teach that if you are a person of color (whatever that means because we are all made up of multiple colors )That you are victim. My children are not victims. They were fearfully and wonderfully made by God Almighty. As were each of us. Let us stand for no more of this nonsense and return to God. Please this is all becoming almost to much to bear. And studies like this are doing more harm than good.

Kate B.March 3, 2021


Maryann TaylorMarch 3, 2021

This is almost as troubling as the addiction of so many adults to their smart phones. Instead of communicating in restaurants, so many couples are glued to cell phones, completely oblivious to their companions. Perhaps we need to consider curbing our own addictions as we seek to help our young people do so.

CynthihahMarch 3, 2021

We the people of the United States need to stop blaming everything on our government and step up and take responsibility for our own freedom. May I propose the way to do this is to "clean up our own back yards." When was the last time you read the United States Constitution, and do you know what it actually says and means? Freedom is only as free as we make it. We the people make America great!

Jane HalesMarch 3, 2021

Glad to hear Scot sounding like himself!!

Juliann BradshawMarch 3, 2021

Geoff, I usually enjoy your counsel but this time it was vague and unhelpful. “Man [woman] is that ‘she’ might have joy”. This dear sister has been miserable from her wedding day. I can’t imagine that the children are faring any better. Since the husband is obviously taking care of himself, he will continue to do so quite nicely. This female slave needs to break free. She is obviously capable, and the dark cloud she currently lives under could dissolve into sunshine. This relationship will not be sealed in heaven. Dear sister, recognize your mistake, accept responsibility, stop being a martyr and move on.

JoanMarch 3, 2021

I was married for 15 years in a destructive relationship. I determined to stay in the marriage until my children reached age 18, wanting to give them a stable family and at least the illusion of a happy family. I stuffed my unhappiness, I thought successfully until my 11-year-old told me that it was time to get a divorce. Later he was angry with me because, he said, I had waited too long to leave and if I had divorced his father sooner, he could have believed that his father was a good man but now he knew how bad he was. Both of my sons have suffered more than the divorce with the concept of what it takes to be a real man, a good man. They’ve tried out being the abused and the abuser, believing that sons should learn to be men from their fathers. They still struggle decades later in determining their role. I meant to help my children by staying in an emotionally destructive relationship, and staying was the worst decision I could have made, not only for me but for my children. How many times do women stay for the children and cause more pain and confusion than they could imagine. Children hear and see and know much more than we think.

RebeccaMarch 3, 2021

Hate it when I get sick & start talking with the deep tones of a man (it's disconcerting for a woman )

Karell BinghamMarch 3, 2021

Cancel Dr. Seuss? Tip over the statue of George Washington? Part of the nation is losing its historical bindings! Enough is enough! Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss, oh, by the way we are cancelling 6 of your books. Brother!

CASMarch 3, 2021

One blessing for us during this pandemic has been not shopping so much in person. Often times, trips to a store will include items that we did not intend to purchase. Online shopping has also been curtailed. As a result, we find ourselves with more cash on hand for emergencies. An unexpected brake replacement on our vehicle last week was easily met because we had the money in our bank account instead of adding it on our credit card. Also, we have a rule to only charge on our ONE credit card with the commitment that we can pay the balance off in full every month! This saves a LOT of money in finance charges! We have learned this by the "school of hard knocks!"

Chip WhitmerMarch 3, 2021

The idea that "I will be your God, and ye shall be my people" is indeed the core of the Covenant, repeated frequently in Scripture, including twice at the end of John's Revelation. In this passage, the promise is first expressed in general language: "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God." (Rev 21:3) Then it is reiterated in language that is very personal and individual: "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." (Rev 21:7) This is the culmination of the Covenant, for those who are faithful.

D OnnaMarch 3, 2021

A stellar article ! My Eternal Thanks for giving voice to this unfoldment of His Truth. I have come into the Church for 'such a time as this'.

AnonymousMarch 2, 2021

A commenter was rather negative about the expense of the beautiful displays created by the author. However, the trivia games and family activities take no money and modest amounts of time. Our family has been researching and writing histories for years and shari g them as Christmas presents. Trivia games sound like a wonderful addition.

Maryann TaylorMarch 2, 2021

The key words in this statement are "protection of people and institutions of faith." We do NOT support the so-called "rights" of gay or transgender people when it imperils religious freedom.

MHNMarch 2, 2021

Have you even considered how the non-member white kids feel? What is being done to help them with belonging?

Larry TippettsMarch 2, 2021

Thanks so much for focusing on the power of writing. I like to use my journal as a means of helping me develop Jesus' qualities of character. I pray for inspiration. As it comes I record it in my journal, along with specific plans for improvement. I reread my journals regularly and write about my growth (and my lapses). It's a powerful tool for recording personal revelation and then acting on it.

CamMarch 1, 2021

@Billy-Our gay brothers and sisters have been persecuted much longer than members of the church have. I hope you aren't saying that the LGBTQ community can't be an average American citizen or a believer in God. Someday the church will realize the damage ghey have done and things will change, if the church wants to maintain any sense of relevancy anymore.Can you even name how our church is being legally discriminated against?

Without a home . . .March 1, 2021

On one hand, this is sweet and delightful to watch. On the other, it's hard and sad to watch, because people like me have no "home." My parents were immigrants and I've never been to their home towns, which were bombed into oblivion during WWII. My husband and I have had to move around so much for work and family needs that six states in this country have been "home" yet none of them feel like it. We wander, without roots, wishing we had places to take our children back to yet having no place, then also again realizing it was God who sent us wandering and has assured us, "Wherever you worship me shall be your home."

Jennifer MackleyMarch 1, 2021

@T Rawlinson. Yes, children were first sealed to parents in the Nauvoo Temple. Some were sealed to living parents and some by proxy to a deceased parent. Sealing of children to parents was then suspended until the St. George Temple was completed in 1877. However, the focus of adoption into priesthood lineage (rather than generational family sealings) continued until Wilford Woodruff received the revelation in 1894 to end the practice of adoption. (A timeline of temple ordinances is on pages 372-373 in Wilford Woodruff's Witness: The Development of Temple Doctrine. The law of adoption is explained in more detail in Chapter 16.)

TafiatMarch 1, 2021

Speaking of sealing cords, Bednar has said, "However, righteous parental influence (1) does not replace in the life of an individual the need for the redeeming and strengthening power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, (2) does not overrule the consequences of the unrighteous exercise of moral agency, and (3) does not negate the responsibility of an individual as an agent “to act … and not to be acted upon (2 Nephi 2:26)." March Ensign 2014

Lois TuckerMarch 1, 2021

Last week lesson was so amazing. The worth of a soul. My heart was touched, softened. I loved your story about the airport with Michael. I couldn’t stop crying, I was over come with the spirit. Thank you for that. I love your podcast.

Arty JMarch 1, 2021

"But I know, that once the kids are gone, if life continues this way, we will end up divorced anyways and I will have lived another 15 years unhappy." That line says it all. I think deep down, this woman already knows the husband wont change and that divorce is only a matter of time. She has spent 13 years pouring more and more effort in and getting nothing back. She has already very clearly discussed her unhappiness with the spouse, and they have even gone to counseling. He changed nothing, which tells her everything she needs to know. If you tell someone that their behavior is hurting you and needs to change, and they don't do anything about it, they don't respect you or value your relationship. And they definitely aren't a good person. PERIOD. It takes two people to make a marriage work. The woman says she wants to keep her marriage covenants, which is honorable. But she seems to be ignoring the fact that if she continues this course and makes it to the celestial kingdom, this guy definitely wont be there because he is incredibly selfish and not a good person. So she wont have an eternal marriage anyway, and will need to find someone else to make that happen. It takes both partners honoring their covenants and being good people to achieve a celestial marriage. Its time for this woman to leave and find a good man who will reciprocate her efforts, love, and appreciate her.

T RawlinsonMarch 1, 2021

It has been recently stated in a podcast that children not born in the covenant were not sealed to their parents until AFTER 1894. I would like to have additional information as my 2 grgrandparents went to SG temple (only temple available) from SL and were sealed. They had some of their younger children with them, but none of their 10 children were sealed to them in the late 1870's. One child was born after, which is BIC. This article states children were sealed before 1894. What exactly does it say in Wilford Woodruff's journal. Our ancestors are also those of an Apostle and the explanation was that children were not sealed (unless BIC) until 1894. This article appears to be contradicting our family explanation of events.

Jim ScottMarch 1, 2021

Giving any recognition to any other than being a citizen is to make that person, group or belief given super citizenship. Laws fashioned to favor one over another reduces the value of those not in the vale. The claim of being Irish, for example, or red headed, or left handed all could claim some especial consideration. There are only political favors by elected officials to be re-elected rather than recognizing the ramifications of such legislation.

BillyMarch 1, 2021

Just another protected class to divide the country more. It appears every fringe group has a protection act. The average American citizens and Christians are the only groups that can be legally discriminated against.

Jennifer MackleyMarch 1, 2021

The colored images of Wilford Woodruff featured in this article are the creative work of Josh Christensen. The original images were made by Lucian R. Foster in Nauvoo, Illinois in 1844 and Charles W. Carter in Salt Lake City, Utah in the 1880s.

ChrisFebruary 27, 2021

I love this new book by the Givens, and love their other writings as well. As I read some of these comments, they seem to indicate that all members of the church "get it"...and understand God's love and the Savior's Grace. But they don't. Growing up in this church I was taught repeatedly to "work out my own salvation" and to put my shoulder to the wheel...that somehow the atonement would just make up the difference between how I finally ended up and "perfection". All of that helped to make a mess of my life... I have learned that my Father, Mother, and Savior love me...and each of us...equally and more than we can possibly understand, and that their love can only be experienced, not explained. I've learned that "salvation" doesn't happen in a vacuum, only in a family and community, and I can partner with Jesus every day...I never have to go it alone. I do not ever, and cannot, earn Their love. And I cannot do anything to make them love me less, nor can I run away from Their love (I tried). I've learned guilt and shame don't work, and the Savior always "invites", and that the commandments are Their boundaries to keep me safe and to help me choose joy. Realky, there are only two God and love people. If I can successfully live those two, everything falls into place, and it's easy to live inside the boundaries. Living in fear of God, of some eternal punishment, or of disappointing God doesn't work, and it never has. God is love...literally. If we are to have joy, even while "losing" our life helping others, we must quit trying to be "perfect"...and we wonder why so many young people are leaving the church. As the Givens say, it is always our choice, and as we choose Jesus every day life is so much better! And yes, we are wounded...programmed by parents, teachers, friends, church leaders, social media, and many others...and above all else, the Savior is our Healer.

Old GuyFebruary 27, 2021

The writer of this letter could probably learn from my friend. I have a good friend who is into 40+ years of a marriage to a woman who is exactly like the husband described in this letter. He is the loneliest man I know. Even when he had major surgery, his wife took care of his body, but there was no emotional support. No sympathy or compassion. He has held on and hoped all these years that she might come around, but in truth as his body gets older and he can't do as much for her as she requires, she is turning away from him even more. When I ask him if he ever wishes he'd got out of the relationship while the was still "time". All he says is that there won't be another major surgery because he could not do that again without emotional support and someone to care about him. He will die never knowing the unconditional love and charity that is supposed to happen in marriage.

KristenFebruary 27, 2021

I'm sorry - but this husband is *not* a "nice person", and that needs to be exposed. Look at the substance of his behaviors towards his wife, not the surface. "Wolf in sheep's clothing" as a simile comes to mind. Nice guys don't demand their wives do everything to please them (re: treat them like a servant), while they do nothing to please their wife. Based upon his "substance" - I would urge this wife to learn about narcissistic spouses. There is a LDS narcissistic abuse survivors FB page she might find very enlightening, and support that only comes from those who've "been there" because we understand how these "nice" people - really aren't. (and just how vicious they can become to their immediate family members - while appearing such a "nice" person to outsiders.)

Maryann TaylorFebruary 26, 2021

This advice was so vague that I don't think it's very helpful. A few suggestions or ideas about HOW to "change patterns" that are destroying her happiness would have been more productive for this sister.

Penny LFebruary 26, 2021

Any ideas on how to stay cool when the weather is 110 degrees and no power? found the article to bring back lots of memories of living off a generator for 11 days following Hurricane Juan. Keeping food cold in the fridge and freezer was the hardest part, along with tolerating the noisy generator. It kept my nerves on edge.

Bruce YoungFebruary 26, 2021

"Heart of Africa 2: Companions" is now in theaters, starting Friday, February 26. You can see it at several Megaplex theaters in Utah: Geneva, Thanksgiving Point, Jordan Commons, The District, Legacy Crossing, and The Junction.

Corina bolivafFebruary 26, 2021

Scott y Marine, nos han hecho llorar a mi esposo y a mi con su hermosa y emocionante clase. Desde Chile, saludos. Corina y Marco

Nicola MillsFebruary 26, 2021

Great answer!

JennFebruary 26, 2021

Leave him. He's a narcissist. He isn't concerned about you and probably never will be. Eternity isn't some distant future, it is now. If you can't imagine eternity with him then you should leave him.

K PonderFebruary 26, 2021

Thank you for this beautiful article. I too have come to understand the importance of seeking a higher level of spirituality through our spiritual eyes, We truly can see him everywhere.

Ben GiffordFebruary 26, 2021

Thank you

Boanerges RubalcavaFebruary 26, 2021

This article shows one aspect of the times we are living. However, a very important one is missing, i.e the preparation for marriage. It has been said that one of every two marriages end in divorce, but this is not true, when the preparation for marriage is in the family since the very beginning of life for those to be married. When this happened the divorce is seldom the result. Not only that, the lives of those children born of that "perfect" marriage are completely different than those coming either from divorced "fathers" "mothers" or "couples". In turn these children for sure will have a greater chance to have themselves happy marriages with happy children.So Families are the important aspect that must be stressed since the birth of all of us.

Charles HarperFebruary 25, 2021

Years ago our stake established a prison branch. I and a few others were privileged to be called to serve there. Those of us involved were greatly blessed by our service in this capacity. We enjoyed great spiritual experiences and I know that Heavenly Father loves all His children.

JulieFebruary 25, 2021

What a lovely and uplifting article. Thanks for making my day better by reminding me I can find God even when it's dark.

Helen CondonFebruary 25, 2021

My brief experiences with His touch can never be denied. The reminder of them Jerrod me going through the vicissitudes and doubts that come with life.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

Sometimes our trust in God can be inconsistent--we trust him when things are going fine, but when problems arise we question whether we can trust him. Trusting God does not mean our problems will all be solved, that he will protect us from every injury, or and he will remove all our pain. It helps us to trust God when we remember Lehi's promise to his son, Jacob. Jacob had "suffered afflictions and much sorrow, because of the rudeness of thy brethren. Nevertheless...thou knowest the greatness of God; and he shall consecrate thine afflictions for thy gain." (2 NE. 2:1-2) If we are striving to follow our Savior, God has the power to consecrate all that we experience for our good. This wonderful promised miracle to each of us is something that we can hold onto during hard times.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

I love this truth that we DO see the face of God. The Doctrine and Covenants speaks of the beautiful creations of God in the heavens--the planets, sun, moon and stars. "Behold, all these are kingdoms, and any man who hath seen any of the least of these hath seen God moving in his majesty and power. " (D&C 88:47). I do see God everywhere--in plants, animals, and especially in people. He reveals himself to us every day if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

What a beautiful experience and a reminder we can all be part of lovely relationships with those who need us. How essential it is to listen to the promptings of the Spirit!

Maryann TaylorFebruary 25, 2021

Kenny's comments are excellent, especially this statement: "Do not confuse legal, lawful, and moral defense with personal animosity." I am tired of the simplistic approach that we just need to listen. No--I do not need to listen to people in the media nor in person who want to talk about promoting abortion, or supporting more and more blatant attempts to make laws limiting our freedoms. Areas of gray have, indeed, become starkly black and white. I am not going to listen to evil ideologies and smile sweetly, thereby compromising the very principles of the Lord.

DL AndersonFebruary 25, 2021

Thank you for this. I'm sure I'm not the only one who now understands just HOW much I've already "seen" our Heavenly Father's and Jesus' face.

Kay YFebruary 25, 2021

Lovely story. Thank you for sharing.

Kay yFebruary