Every four years we study the Old Testament during Sunday School in church. It’s a chance to refocus on stories in the book and discover ways the lessons in that book of scripture apply to our lives today. This is an opportunity to learn and progress. However, it’s amazing the human race has been going at the same life lessons over and over again. Traditions and customs may change but human nature tends to run the same cycle. One such example is found in Numbers 22-24. There is a sensational aspect of a talking donkey that tends to take the spotlight so I’m not going to mention it. Instead, I’m going to focus on Balaam the prophet of God who happened to be a fence sitter. That is the lesson here. Continue reading
After traversing through a difficult trial that tested the limits of my faith, a church leader read Doctrine and Covenants 112:24-26 to me. Whether he intended to have me read it as a warning because of the actions of others or my own actions I’m still unclear. But it did get me thinking about the verses and led to a personal study. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject of being deceived. Or rather, how I can avoid being deceived in the days that blur the line between fact and fiction, right and wrong, light and dark. Continue reading
Remember Lazurus –
his family were good friends
and followers of Jesus. Continue reading
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
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
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
I am an ox
called big and slow.
My job is to pull
and take them where they go. Continue reading
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?
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.
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.