Author Archives: Ray DeGraw

About Ray DeGraw

I am the husband of my high school sweetheart and father of six children. I basically have no life outside of family, work and church - except blogging, which I have been doing actively, to put it mildly, for the past 5 years. I have lived in almost every section of the United States and currently reside in Carson City, NV. I have written at Things of My Soul, Mormon Matters, Times & Seasons and StayLDS.com - and commented more than occasionally at various sites in the Bloggernacle.

My Testimony of “The Prince of Peace”

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son ...

Peace and Depression: Accountability, Repentance and the Atonement

I am struck regularly by how many members fail to focus ...

Spheres of Peacemaking

Following up on my post last Sunday, it struck me as ...

The Heart of Fatherhood: Laying Down One’s Life

She was 12 years old, and her death was totally unexpected. Thus ...

Be Still: And There Was a Great Calm

In trying to understand more deeply what it means to be ...

They Shall Be Called the Children of God

Those who are peacemakers are promised that they will be called ...

Blessed are the Peacemakers

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children ...

Seeing God Among and Within Us

The Book of Mormon includes the following statement from Alma, the ...

Purity of Heart

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The Difference Between Mercy and Meekness and Kindness

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Forbearance to Inflict Harm: Practical Mercy

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It Is Finished: Death on Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday is the ultimate celebration of life - the glorious ...

Mercy: “Judge Not, that Ye Be Not Judged”

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Becoming More Merciful

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What Satisfies Hunger and Thirst?

I have been struck more than once by the way our ...

That for Which I Hunger and Thirst – and the Place of Blogging in My Pursuit

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Managing Hunger and Thirst

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Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness

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Reflections on Meekness: Being Gentler With the Ones We Love

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Blessed are the Meek: Defining Meekness as a Personal Quest

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The Paradox of Spiritual Debt

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Thoughts on Spiritual Poverty

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Greater Love Hath No Man than This

I have thought a lot in the past about the idea ...

Foundational Thoughts about Spiritual Gifts

This is the ninth in a series by our writers and ...

Salvation in This Life

Those who crucified Jesus did so because they could not accept ...

Seeing God in the Caterpillars Among Us

I was struck by something a while ago that I have ...

A Fresh View of Repentance

The Bible Dictionary defines repentance as: "a change of mind, i.e., a ...

The Map: Imagine If

My second daughter is a senior in high school.  She wrote ...

“Remember” as a Missionary Principle

My mind is prone to wandering to and fro trying to ...

Embracing Grace

I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me - ...

Carrying His Load

I had an interesting insight during a prayer one morning a ...

Sleep Is Over-Rated

No, this post is not about early-morning seminary.  Just thought I ...

The Wonder of Warts

It is a basic medical truism that in order to be ...

The Problem with the Popular Perception of Perfection

OK, the title is intentionally over-the-top alliteration, but I believe ...

Receiving God’s Image in Our Countenances Does Not Destroy Individuality

I saw a very profound, short statement on the wall of ...

The Bright Night of My Soul

I wrote the following on Mormon Matters a while ago, but ...