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Guest Stand: Let’s Talk About ‘Love’

“​And in ​​​that day​ shall be heard of ​​​wars​ and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall ​​​fail​ them…”(Doctrine and Covenants, 45:26).

alone, buildings, cityOur hearts are failing us 

It’s happening, wouldn’t you agree? We see it everywhere;  the wars, the rumors, the commotion.  I used to think that “hearts failing” meant only discouragement in the Last Days. But now when I think of our “hearts failing” us, I’m seeing it another way. What I’m seeing now is that with a cultural emphasis of making decisions solely based on our emotions, we may be in danger of making bad choices. Perhaps there’s more to be considered than just the way we feel about things. Continue reading

Are Men More Righteous Than Women?

rebekah-at-the-well-39477-galleryAre men more righteous than women? We sometimes wonder what all the fuss is about. Is there a competition? Is someone keeping score? Will it matter in the end? People raise so many questions, but they forget that we were sent on this earth to be tested, tried, and trusted.

This world is also where Satan has been unleashed to do his worst. He is the one who demeans, exploits, and denigrates, especially women. But the purpose of The Plan of our Father in heaven is for everyone to overcome and choose the Savior. If any woman thinks less of herself, then please accept the following examples.

As we all know, behind every great man is a great woman. So it was with Rebekah. She is beloved for her spunk and righteousness. She was the one who received the revelation from God.

“…she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb…and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:22-23)

The story of Abigail is not very well known. Young David was hiding in caves from Saul, who was trying to kill him. He saw a rich man tending his sheep, who might be willing to help them with food, so he sent his men out to ask. The man, Nabal, said no. When David received this news, he organized his men to go and kill and destroy all that Nabal had. Meanwhile, Nabal’s wife, Abigail, heard what happened from a servant. She rushed all around to gather a long list of foodstuff and deliveredabigail-210x300 it personally to David. As she got off the donkey, she fell at David’s feet and said,

“Upon me, my lord, upon me let this iniquity be.” (1 Samuel 25:24)

Abigail is possibly the best example, in all of scripture, of Jesus taking upon himself our sins, with at least six identifiable actions. Search the chapter and see if you can find them.   Continue reading

Parenting Children With Hope

In the world we live in today, the eyes of parents have to be wide open. These last days are moving fast and taking our children before we realize it. How are we to stand as protectors of our children from the destroyer?

Parents  Phylacteries

Modern Phylacteries

parents  mezuzahIn Deut. 6:7-9, the Lord teaches us to diligently teach our children. Teach them all day, every day, and then remind them often. The Jews used to remind themselves to worship the Lord by wearing phylacteries as frontlets between their eyes. Every time they passed through their front door they kissed their mezuzot, which reminded them to obey the law of the Lord, which was scrolled up inside. We don’t use these same reminders today. Instead, we have Family Prayer, Family Scripture Reading, Family Home Evening, Family Council, Family Teaching Moments, and plaques that say Return With Honor. Continue reading

Be Valiant for Courage and Steady Not the Ark

Sometimes I wonder that I am a little overzealous in my ward. I have to admit, I may be when it comes to the history of the Relief Society, but I have come to some amazing realizations in my study that, besides blowing my mind, makes me want to teach them to every Tom, Dick … no, Thomasina, Richardella, and Harrisonia. Continue reading