Should We Teach Christ’s Atonement or Christ’s Ascension?

Today during Gospel Essentials, we had a great conversation about the Atonement/Resurrection of Christ, and how that impacts our lives. Naturally, this included a discussion about the first and second death, how we would all be resurrected, and the dual benefits of Christ atonement: freeing us from the chains of justice, and freeing us from > > Read More …

The Power Of Godliness Is Manifest (continued)

As I lay in bed pondering ordinances and yesterday’s clues, I wondered how I might share these things with my LDS brethren. I thought that a “lesson plan” might be constructed this way. Note: this is purely hypothetical. Write two columns on the board, with 10 rows per column with the title “Miracles.” Ask for > > Read More …

The Power Of Godliness Is Manifest

I have heard this quoted so many times. I don’t think I have ever understood it. Using the contrapositive of D&C 84:20-21 we have: if the power of godliness is manifest, then there must have been ordinances and priesthood authority. How does that work? For example, if a young boy exercises faith sufficient to see > > Read More …

Clothing Our Nakedness (1)

While pondering and studying the idea of nakedness as a symbol, and covering ourselves with the atonement of Christ (e.g., Adam and Eve receiving a covering through the sacrifice of an animal), I came across a set of scriptures that include a principle that I have never heard taught that challenges my entire thinking regarding > > Read More …