He Understands

There is a song I adore from a tribute CD to the pioneers. It’s called “One Who Understands”; some of you may know it. In the song, the narrator explains all the trials she had to go through: losing her home, crossing the icy Mississippi river, sending her husband off with the battalion, her son…

7 Important Purposes of the Scriptures

God has given us many gifts and tools in this life to help us come closer to Him, become more like Him, and find our way back to Him in the next life. One of those tools is the scriptures. Alma 37 shows us why the scriptures are so important. In this chapter, the prophet…

The Cycle of Faith

If there is one thing I have learned while out on my mission, it is this: I cannot control everything that I would like to. I cannot make other people accept Jesus Christ. I cannot make people want to follow the Savior. I cannot make people answer the door, listen to me, or accept what…

The Equality of Men and Women in the Family

In this day and age, the world has turned marriage into something to be considered casually. It has become nothing more than glorified dating, a mere escape from loneliness. It is seen as unnecessary for companionship and an antiquated idea of commitment. But we know marriage to be ordained of God and is an essential…

Come, Follow Me

It is a new year, my friends, and it’s time to start a new page. Is there any better way to do that than by strengthening and renewing our resolve to follow Jesus Christ? There is no greater joy in life, than that of serving our Savior. There is so much going on in this world, and so many…

Slowly Obedient Vs. Anxiously Engaged

I remember one night as we met with a woman who had three young sons under the age of 6. She had instructed the three boys to pick up their toys while she spoke with us. As our conversation commenced with this woman, she would periodically turn around and gently remind the boys, who would invariably get distracted,…

The Issues of Our Blood

One of the things I love about Jesus’ teachings is that he taught in parables. He taught in a way that everyone of all levels of understanding could comprehend. However, there are some stories from Christ’s life that aren’t parables, but that can be applied the way a parable can – as an analogy. One of these…