Why Bad Things Happen to Good People: a few thoughts

Why do bad things happen to good people?   Have you ever pondered this? Maybe the question has taken the more personal form for you. Maybe in the middle of the rainstorm you have cried, “Why me?” Or the more seasoned “What next?” I had the opportunity to contemplate these questions and I thought I would share my thoughts. Continue reading

Watch One Hour

I read Matthew 26:40 during my morning study: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?

It’s easy to do while reading but I refrained from judging Peter and the others. Instead I thought of what I would have done in that instance. There have been times when I wanted or needed to stay awake and physically couldn’t. The phrase “could ye not watch with me one hour” stayed with me as I dressed for the day and if I would have been able to watch one hour with the Savior that night. Continue reading

Owner vs. Steward

Matthew 25:14-30

One of my favorite parables in the New Testament is found in Matthew 25. Sandwiched between two other parables is the Parable of the Ten Talents. Something about each of us being given talents caught my fancy. Of course, in my humble youth I always assumed I was a five-talent girl who would end up with ten. I mean, why not? The sheer accumulation of years has knocked that ideation out of me but I still believe I am at least a two-talent girl just trying to double my abilities. At any rate, I have studied this parable and I now know that there’s more to it than I first thought. Continue reading

It is a marvelous age, the best of all

Imagine you know your enemy is on the move. You know they are coming toward your community. You know they will kill you and your family. What do you do?

Prepare for combat? Run and hide? Those really seem like the only options, don’t they?   Either there will be an epic battle or you become hunted prey. What other choice could there be?

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A hero named Pahoran

Let me tell you about one of my heroes in the Book of Mormon. His name is Pahoran.  We know relatively little about him. He was the third Chief Judge for the Nephites after he took his dad’s place. His father Nephihah was made Chief Judge by the prophet Alma after Alma devoted himself solely to the ministry. His sons teach us a lesson about following leadership. One of his sons is indirectly responsible for the birth of the Gadianton Robbers. The same robbers that become the civilization’s doom later on. So, basically relatively little.

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Helaman 5:12

Today I thought of a scripture in the Book of Mormon.   It is the fatherly advice given by a concerned father to his two sons. They lived in a time when society chose to increasingly separate and distance themselves from the commandments of the Lord.   His main advice can be summed up in one word: remember.

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