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The Sacrament (part 4)

(Continued from last week…) I know, I know! I said last week, with that post, that I was finishing up with this series on the sacrament. But hey, something else pressed in upon me as I cut the lawn this morning…so here I am. “Wherefore,” in the words of Moroni,

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The Sacrament (part 3)

(Continued from last week…) Just a few final thoughts… In the ancient land Bountiful, after appearing to two thousand and five hundred souls, consisting of men, women, and children, why did the resurrected Jesus give the sacrament FIRST to His newly called twelve Nephite disciples, before distributing it to the

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The Sacrament (part 2)

(Continued from last week…) Wow…awesome! Now that I have your attention… This last post appears to have generated a lot of individual thought and discussion…which is a good thing, right? If it did nothing else, than to cause some of us to think more about what we personally feel and

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The Sacrament (part 1)

For some years now, I’ve felt an increasing concern about a particular view we seem to focus on in much of the Church about the ordinance of the sacrament… Just over a year and a half ago, when I started the blog series, “Practice Makes Progress, Jesus Makes Perfect”, I

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 18)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Last week, we reviewed how Jesus told Nicodemus that every man and woman must be born again (see John 3: 3-8). Now, this rebirth is not something that we have power to make happen ourselves. None of us can give

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 13)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. I have heard it said by some in this Church that Christ will “help us turn our weaknesses into strengths.” But, when we read the scriptures, we see that Christ does not phrase it that way. He declares that He

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 8)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Have you ever noticed how words carry different shades of meaning for different people, depending on their individual experience and upbringing? In fact, it’s like this with names. A husband and wife may struggle to come up with a baby

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 7)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. “…it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.” This phrase in 2 Nephi 25: 23, has been the cause of some curious thinking and interpretation among us in our Latter-day Saint culture and theology. See

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 6)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. “…when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated” (D&C 130: 21). Curious. The Lord tells us that each blessing received from Him comes as a result of obedience. But

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 4)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Last week, we looked at the error in thinking that any of us, while in mortality, could earn, merit, or deserve an inheritance in God’s heavenly kingdom. This week I’d like to go a step further and show how we

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 2)

(Continued from last week…) Practice makes progress; Jesus makes perfect. Last week’s blog was an intro of sorts; I tried to set the stage for this series by stating clearly that we cannot perfect ourselves. Only Jesus can do this for us. And He intends on doing it. So I

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Jesus Makes Perfect (part 1)

I think we’ve all heard the phrase: “Practice makes perfect.” It’s a phrase meant to encourage consistent effort towards a goal. Whether you are trying to improve your capacity to master that difficult piano concerto, or be able to keep your balance true and your momentum consistent as you do

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We Saw Him (part 17)

(Continued from last week…) JEFF OLSEN On the drive home from an Easter weekend visit to his wife’s family, Jeff Olsen, his wife, Tamara, their seven-year-old son, Spencer, and their one-year-old baby son, Griffin, were in a single-car accident that killed Tamara and little Griffin. Jeff’s injuries were very severe,

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The First and the Last

The popular motion picture “Star Wars” had a powerful sequel titled, “The Empire Strikes Back.” Near the beginning of the movie, Luke Skywalker has been out exploring the ice planet Hoth’s surface and by early evening hasn’t returned to the protective shelter of the base. Meanwhile, the outside temperature is

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He Bought Me Every Happiness

We have, hanging in our home, a stunningly beautiful painting by Liz Lemon Swindle of Christ in Gethsemane. This large painting is approximately 5’ x 4.5’, and is positioned on a wall that faces our dining room area. I love the idea of having this very emotionally charged, and profoundly

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Far as the Curse Was Found

I love Christmastime for so many reasons…one of which is that this season affords us so much lovely music. I’ve been thinking these past couple of weeks about Isaac Watts’ great Christmas hymn “Joy to the World.” Verse three, which was slightly altered by W. W. Phelps, and put in

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Christmas–The Rest of the Story

Of all the great souls who have ever lived, it is no secret that One stands out far above the rest. More stories have been told, more songs sung, more scenes painted about Him than about any other who has dwelt on our planet. He’s become a big part of

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