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 …

The Desolation of Jerusalem

On Saturday morning while sitting in the synagogue, I was considering the many optimistic prayers (siddurs) and songs being sung about the triumphant joy, celebration, singing and dancing in the streets that would accompany the restoration of Jerusalem. It came to my mind that prior to this exultant time, there would be a period when > > Read More …