Peace Can Only Come…

For over fifty years, I have heard the leaders of this Church preach that peace can only come through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am coming to understand why. The peace the gospel brings is not just the absence of war. It is the opposite of war. Gospel peace is the opposite of any conflict, armed or unarmed. […]

Times of Turbulence

Turbulent times are opportunities for us to thrive spiritually. They are times when our influence can be much more penetrating than in calmer times. I promise that as we create places of security, prepare our minds to be faithful to God, and never stop preparing, God will bless us. He will “deliver us; yea, insomuch […]

Immediately Blessed

We face our spiritual hurricanes best by believing in Christ and keeping His commandments. Our belief and obedience link us to power beyond our own to overcome “[whatever] is happening—or not happening—in our lives.”19 Yes, God “doth immediately bless [us]” for believing and obeying.20 In fact, over time our state of being changes to happiness, and “we […]

He Wants Our Hearts

The Lord said, “I desired [charity], and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”4 The Lord wants us to become holy,5 to be possessed of charity,6 and to come to know Him.7 As the Apostle Paul taught, “And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to […]

Remembered No More

Trust God11 and His miracles. We and our relationships can change. Through the Atonement of Christ the Lord, we can put off our selfish natural self and become a child of God, meek, humble,12 full of faith and appropriate trust. When we repent, when we confess and forsake our sins, the Lord says He remembers them no […]

Be Not Contentious

When the Savior visited the Nephites, He taught, “There shall be no disputations among you. … He that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to contend with anger, one with another.”5 When we contend […]