Monthly Archives: November 2015

The Tabernacle

I like to teach Exodus 25-31 by first starting out talking about why the Lord wanted them to have a tabernacle in the first place, and then liken this to our day to show why the Lord has us build … Continue reading

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Jacob 5 The Allegory of the Olive Tree (part 2)

The longest allegory in scripture is Zenos’ allegory of the olive, which is found in Jacob 5. In Jacob 5:3, Zenos explains to his hearers that the tame olive tree represents the house of Israel. From this interpretation, we can … Continue reading

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The Nephite Pride Cycle

From 91 B.C. to A.D. 31, the Nephites were governed by a series of judges. This time period gives many examples of the of how the Nephites constantly fluctuated in their level of commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. This … Continue reading

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Obtaining perfection takes more than a lifetime

“Salvation does not come all at once; we are commanded to be perfect even as our Father in Heaven is perfect. It will take us ages to accomplish this end, for there will be greater progress beyond the grave, and … Continue reading

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Jacob 5 The Allegory of the Olive Tree

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Sustaining the Brethren: A Modern Example of Thoughtful Discipleship

I am doing some work with Exodus 16-20 right now and will be posting some thoughts shortly. I find the parallels between the complainers that followed Moses to the events that are happening today to be striking. Even in the … Continue reading

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I Only Touched Ground Once

I would like to call your attention to what happens to a man in this church when he is converted to the truth. I hope you are all converts. I was in a meeting not long ago and I asked … Continue reading

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Love and Hate in Helaman 15

My colleague David Bokovoy shared some thoughts regarding a few passages in Helaman 15 that I want to share. In verses 1-4 we read that, “the people of Nephi hath he loved, and also he hath chastened them… but my brethren, … Continue reading

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Things angels will not do

Angels do not present themselves to men unless there is need. It is not their task to gratify our curiosity. We have no scriptural accounts of angels undertaking any service for man that man could have done without the assistance … Continue reading

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Angels serve as guides

In 1 Nephi 11-14 the prophet Nephi has a vision of the Tree of Life and its interpretation. An unnamed angel takes him through the vision, acting as a teacher explaining various parts of the vision to him. “And it … Continue reading

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