The gospel gives us the tools to enter into the sacred “I thou” space and meet God; the church provides the laboratory.
Our Christian action is to be a response to pain and suffering, not an escape from it.
What makes the difference between scripture being used for good or evil?
The Iron Rod gives us hope that we can make it to the Tree. But the horror of Lehi's dream is that there is no easy path.
I recently did an interview for the Mormon Matters podcast on the topic of how we can give our children seeds of faith that can grow with them into and throughout adulthood.
Do we allow our faith to be powerfully, even transformatively, lead by compassion? Or do we see compassion as something we pull behind our faith? Do we allow compassion to challenge our beliefs? Or do we challenge compassion with our beliefs?
The mind gives us logic, dogma, creeds, and beliefs. The heart gives us love, service, relationships, and covenants. Balancing these becomes the work of discipleship.
Just as the kingdoms of heaven expand to reach God's children rather than contract away from them, so can our love towards others different from us.
One of my favorite things to do each year is sit in our living room with a cup of hot cocoa and admire our Christmas tree after the kids have all gone to bed. For me light is an important part of the holiday because of it's symbolic allusions to Christ.
We live for Christ not in order to someday gain His acceptance. We live for Christ because we already have it.
While dealing with personal doubt and pain I found my Savior in the words of a Hymn. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and his life has lessons for us today as we navigate social media, our family relationships, and over come our trials.
Today I feel I understand better the true cleansing power of the Atonement. My family was breaking because of my sin, but we are more “at one” because of our return to the Savior.