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  • Dry bones: The Jaredites and Ezekiel’s Vision

    July 2, 2020 by

    When I read through Mosiah 21, the words “dry bones” caught my attention. It reminded me of Ezekiel’s vision. It turns out that there are only three places in the standard works where the term “dry bones” is used; Ezekiel 37:4, D&C 138:43, Mosiah 21:26. The D&C reference is explicitly about Ezekiel and his vision,… Read more

  • Do I take God’s name in vain?

    June 23, 2020 by

    For most of my life, I have often interpreted the commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain” to mean I shouldn’t use “Oh my God” or “Jesus Christ” as expletives. There’s some merit to this. I still think it’s a part of the picture, but over the last… Read more

  • Vaccines and the Lord’s Law of Health

    June 14, 2020 by

    Doctrine and Covenants 89 is mainly about diet but I’ve often heard the Word of Wisdom referred to as “the Lord’s law of health”. A recent statement by the church calls it “a law of health”. Health is much broader than diet, though. In For the Strength of Youth, the Word of Wisdom is explained… Read more

  • Two Mosiahs and Josiah

    May 23, 2020 by

    When your name is Josiah, and you read through the Book of Mormon, often the first thing you think of Mosiah is “that looks like Josiah with an M instead of a J”. This time around, I wondered if I could find more similarities, and it lead to some interesting thoughts. We first encounter Mosiah… Read more

  • Easter > Christmas

    April 9, 2020 by

    Many Easter Sundays, a sacrament speaker announces that they were assigned to talk about their families Easter traditions, only to explain to us that they don’t do much on Easter. Sometimes as a young man, we had youth activities like camps planned over the Easter weekend. As an adult, I have felt pressure to organise… Read more

  • Ranking the Laws of God

    March 6, 2020 by

    Many times in my life, I have heard it said that “Obedience is the first law of heaven”. So who ranked the laws of heaven, and in what sense? What is the Greatest Commandment? When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus quoted Deuteronomy and Leviticus. The word commandment is a translation of the Greek… Read more

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