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Respect for Sacred Things

Respect for Sacred Things

Every faith has sacred things and a child of God will respect those sacred things even when they are not his own sacred things. Religious people understand the importance of treating the sacred with respect and dignity—the same respect and dignity we want our own sacred things to be accorded. Sacred moments add meaning to life and help us to maintain our faith and courage in the light of complex trials and everyday frustrations. Private prayer, scripture reading, pondering the things of God all bring an increased sensitivity to the comfort and promptings of the Holy Ghost. “When Jesus cleansed the temple [John 2:13-16], He was filled with reverent indignation because men were desecrating His Father’s house, selling doves and lambs to be offered as sacrifice,” wrote President David O. McKay in Gospel Ideals. Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →

Who’s on the Lord’s Side?

Who’s on the Lord’s Side?

In Matthew 12:30 Jesus warns: He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Serving others is a way we can show that we are on the Lord’s side. Sometimes people get caught up in a middle-of-the-road sort of religion. They don’t actively oppose God—they merely do nothing at all. They go to church when it’s convenient, accept God’s teachings when those teachings match their own, read the scriptures when they’ve nothing better to do and pray when they need something. When God is challenged by non-believers, they remain silent. In their minds, they may be Christians, but it might be hard for outsiders to know. There is an old saying that asks, “If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Mark E. Peterson is a former leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whose members are sometimes called Mormons. He talked about the types of... Read the rest of this entry »

Stepping Out: Acting on the Gift of the Holy Ghost

Stepping Out: Acting on the Gift of the Holy Ghost

Gift of the Holy Ghost Bible Devotional Read Acts 9:15-21 As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes mistakenly referred to as “The Mormon Church”), I enjoy, along with 14 million others, an incredible gift–the gift of the Holy Ghost. While everyone is born into the world with the Light of Christ, or light of conscience, the Gift of the Holy Ghost is greater–like the difference between a 150 Watt bulb and a laser light. The gift of the Holy Ghost is conferred today, as it was anciently, by the laying on of hands, and is only to be found in the Lord’s Church (Acts 8:14-20). The Spirit may touch and does touch lives of good people of all faiths all over the world, but the gift of the Holy Ghost only reaches those who receive it by one in authority in The Church of Jesus Christ. We invite you to learn more by following the links provided at the end of this post. This gift–the gift of the Holy Ghost–... Read the rest of this entry »

The World or God’s Word: What Is Filling Our Minds?

The World or God’s Word: What Is Filling Our Minds?

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (sometimes inadvertently nicknamed “The Mormon Church” by the media), like all Christians, believe in studying God’s word in the scriptures daily. The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, along with other books containing God’s revelations to ancient and modern prophets, make up the canon of Mormon Scripture. We should feast our minds daily upon the word of God as contained in the scriptures. Sometimes, however, we let worldly voices take over our minds, crowding out the word of the Lord. The World or the Word? The world and the Word offer two different paradigms for living the good life. We all need to pause and see how much time we’re spending in each, and which sources of information fill our minds. How much time are we spending each day listening to the worldly view of the world’s media? How much time do we spend reading... Read the rest of this entry »

Samson: Physical Strength, Spiritual Weakness

Samson: Physical Strength, Spiritual Weakness

Judges 16:1-24  Bible Devotional We’re all familiar with the fellow in the book of Judges–a man named Samson, who was so strong he could kill a lion with his bare hands (14:5-6). He possessed physical strength unequalled by any human being. But his outward physical strength was not matched by a personal inner strength; and his physical prowess could not compensate for his inner weakness. Reading about Samson causes me to reflect, as well on particular passages of the Book of Mormon. Lamanites, ancient inhabitants of America, turned defiant, relied on their own strength.  “As to the strength of men,” it, like Samson’s, was great.  But unprotected by the shield of faith, it fell apart.  Left to their own strength, they lost the ‘matchless power of God” and His support in winning spiritual and physical battles: Read the rest of this entry »  Read More →