Category: discipleship

Why Fight It?

“Gay marriage is going to happen, so why fight it?”  “Legalization of ...

I Will Lead You Along: The Life of Henry B. Eyring A Book Review

We know President Eyring from his sermons: tender Spirit-filled sermons. ...

Faith to Forgive Grievous Harms: Accepting the Atonement as Restitution

There is a podcast, Mormon Discussion, that I listen to on ...

Sometimes What We Really Need Is a Story

Quite out of the blue, sitting in a cozy sunbeam on ...

Into the Wilderness

I've been on a bit of a sabbatical for the past ...

How does the “World” teach me to be a Christian?

When I consider the cultures described in the scope of New ...

Mormon Women’s Involvement with the Sacred: Reflections on Kris Wright’s Lecture on Bread, Water, Oil, and Cloth

On Thursday, September 12th I had the opportunity to hear Kris ...

Review of Face to Face by S. Michael Wilcox

Arms folded, head bowed, eyes closed, and of course, kneeling. This ...

Agreeing With God

When studying the life of Christ I have pondered if His ...

Are We Good Stewards?

On a recent trip I visited historic Nauvoo Illinois. While there ...

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 ...

Leaning Into the Wind

Two years ago at 5:00 pm on Easter Sunday nature gave ...

Spheres of Peacemaking

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

Finding Myself

This generation, like many before, is obsessed with claiming self, but ...

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 ...

Other Mothers

The sacred calling of mother is conferred upon women by both ...

Purity of Heart

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

The Difference Between Mercy and Meekness and Kindness

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Forbearance to Inflict Harm: Practical Mercy

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Gifts (Estates) Precede Callings

This is the third in a 7-part series, A Compound in One.  As I studied ...

It Is Finished: Death on Easter Sunday

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

Brad Wilcox, Continuous

In a delightful pair of books, popular LDS author and speaker ...

Equal Opportunity Prayer, For only $5!!

I am not sure how many of you have heard of ...

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

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Be Ye Therefore Perfect

Matthew 5:48 quotes Jesus Christ as saying, "Be ye therefore perfect, ...

Spiritual Education Through Sin

We are often told that the only thing that we truly ...

Becoming More Merciful

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Loving Pope Francis

This morning I heard, “I will pray for him and for ...

Covenant Motherhood: A Review

Our friend Stephanie has written a beautiful, accessible treatise on the ...

What Satisfies Hunger and Thirst?

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

Gospel Friendship

President Gordon B. Hinckley said that every convert needs three things: ...

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

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Do God and Satan Negotiate My Trials?

As a group of editors, we find there are questions that ...

What is Influencing You?

Sheri Dew visited our area for a 3-Stake fireside Saturday night. ...

How To Help Someone Who Is Depressed: An LDS Perspective

This guest essay in our Peculiar Minds series is by Sarah ...

Understanding Dementia

Today's guest essay in our Peculiar Minds series comes from Cassandra.  It’s ...

Why the Basics Are Not Always So “Basic”

Language is a fluid concept. An english dictionary from two hundred ...

The Unspeakable Gift

I was buffeted by images of people recoiling in their living ...

Managing Hunger and Thirst

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Life Infusions from Lives Lived Well

When we are young, it seems that we will live forever. ...

Hungering and Thirsting after Righteousness

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Reflections on Meekness: Being Gentler With the Ones We Love

[On Sundays this year we are publishing a series from Ray ...

Three questions from the 1964 Freedom Summer

A few days ago, my brother made the observation that Americans ...

Blessed are the Meek: Defining Meekness as a Personal Quest

[Over the next few Sundays we are publishing a series from ...

Vision of Hope

“Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we ...

The Paradox of Spiritual Debt

[Over the next few Sundays we are publishing a series from ...

Growing Sin

I don’t like the word repent. Short and chopped at the ...

Thoughts on Spiritual Poverty

[Over the next few Sundays we are publishing a series from ...

A Stream of Testimony

As the old year ends and the new begins, the editors ...

Greater Love Hath No Man than This

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

Mary and Christmas

It's getting cold outside, where I live. The nights are getting ...

The Gift of the Gospel

This is the twelfth and final in a series by our ...

The Gift of Oneness

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

Foundational Thoughts about Spiritual Gifts

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

Tangible Gifts

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

Jared, His Brother, and Spiritual Gifts

This is the first 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 ...

Making the Gospel a Review, Not a Revelation

When I first became a parent I believed that it was ...

Motherhood – Service of the Highest Order

The most service I ever do is my day in and ...

A Fresh View of Repentance

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

Be Zealous to Save Souls

What is the difference between over-zealousness, zealousness, and apathy? The scriptures ...

The Map: Imagine If

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

Candy to My Soul

It’s that time of year where sweet temptations are constantly at ...

“Remember” as a Missionary Principle

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

No Turning Back Now

While half of our nation is in a relative state of ...

A Storm of Anger

Lying here in the dark I hear the rumbling of a ...

Embracing Grace

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

Dia de Los Muertos

Halloween coincides with the Mexican festival Dia de Los Muertos (Nov ...

Understanding Commandments

Too often commandments look like a crazy quilt of random historical ...

Our Matriarch

My maternal grandmother is 90 years old. She has been a ...

Appraising Souls

One of my favorite talks from the October 2012 General Conference ...

Carrying His Load

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

The President’s Ward

Not long ago I read an article in The Washington Post ...

Does God Need Me?

I sat doubled over in the temple dressing room stall sobbing ...

Peoria Tree of Life

with Richard Shook, artist This year I’ve had the opportunity to watch my ...

The Autumn of Our Lives

While driving through the mountains on a crisp beautiful autumn day, ...

To Prosper in the Land

Prosperity.  We want some of that, don’t we?  Here’s what my ...

Digging Deep Wells

I sat in the evening session of Stake Conference last month ...

The Wonder of Warts

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

If Ye Do This, Ye Shall Always…

Months ago, I was preparing to teach the gospel doctrine lesson ...

A Tale of Two Frames

Let's say we encounter a carefully crafted piece of language--whether it's ...

We cannot say, “I have no need of you”

21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no ...

The Problem with the Popular Perception of Perfection

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

Stale Bread

I had a dream about bread last night. In my dream, I ...

With Willing Hands

"The meeting that unfolded has to be the worst meeting in ...

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

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

The Simple Pleasures of Home

His hand grips the glass of cool, creamy milk. ...

Ghazal

My grandfather, Gurcharan Singh Gill, is the kind of grounded, giving ...

Empty Nets

I’m pretty sure I’m on a List at church. It’s the ...

A Comfortable Dead Watch

My eyes darted across my dresser one last time as I ...

Is Faith Your Personal Story?

Everyone has a story. Not very many people record it, especially ...

The Bright Night of My Soul

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

Mites

Our ward is noisy. We are a young ward, with a ...