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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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Good Shepherd

Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd. I’d like to look at that for a moment. What makes a shepherd a good shepherd? Well, for one thing, a good shepherd has fine-tuned his ears to hear and interpret bleating. And all of us sheep down here are going to do some

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We Saw Him (part 20)

(Continued from last week…) The immortal being we call Jesus Christ lives. And He has interacted with many human beings during the course of the history of this earth, both before and after His own short 33 years of mortal life. Over the past nineteen posts, I have shared accounts

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We Saw Him (part 19)

(Continued from last week…) These will be the last two stories in this series of posts regarding those who witnessed the Savior that I will share. Next week I will follow up with some concluding thoughts. Young boy from Utah This boy was born with a genetic condition causing the

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We Saw Him (part 18)

(Continued from last week…) This week, as a follow-up to last week’s post, I am choosing to share another part of Jeff’s book, with his permission. And while it may be a little long for a blog post, it is one of the most touching, enlightening experiences I have ever

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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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We Saw Him (part 16)

(Continued from last week…) SPENCER from Utah “The following vision….was not a dream. I was not ‘seeing’ it, but rather was present in the vision, experiencing it with my five senses….It was…real to me, and…difficult to tell if I was…out of my body or experiencing it in the flesh. “It

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We Saw Him (part 15)

(Continued from last week…) This week, as a follow-up to last week’s post, I choose to share a few more of Elane Durham’s words about her experience while she was in the presence of Christ. What she learned from the Savior feels very useful to me in how I view

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We Saw Him (part 14)

(Continued from last week…) ELANE DURHAM In the middle of an October night in Chicago, Elane Durham suffered her first seizure, which was caused by the rupture of an unknown tumor in her brain. Over the course of the next hour, Elane would have ten more seizures while being transported

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We Saw Him (part 13)

(Continued from last week…) MIKE from Utah When Mike was about nine years old, he went on a weekend hunting trip with a seventeen-year-old neighbor boy, and two adults. On Saturday morning they hiked up to a ridge in the mountains until they came to a cliff, then climbed around

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We Saw Him (part 12)

(Continued from last week…) MARSHALL from Utah Marshall had a massive heart attack, and then later described what happened to him as a spirit-guide took him on a journey: “…I found myself walking in a completely different sphere. It was beautiful beyond description and we were walking on a path….It

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We Saw Him (part 11)

(Continued from last week…) ANN from California “I was approximately twenty-eight when….one day I felt quite ill, but I was cleaning up the [construction] trailer [where we lived while my husband was working construction]…I knew I had to or I would be in trouble [with] my husband—he was having emotional

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We Saw Him (part 10)

(Continued from last week…) DEBBIE from Illinois “Before I joined the Air Force, I had braces on my teeth. In order to be allowed in boot-camp I had to remove the braces….however…after basic training the Air Force [said they] would continue my treatment. “After my first duty…[a] military dentist on

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We Saw Him (part 9)

(Continued from last week…) DAVID B. HAIGHT Elder Haight spoke in General Conference of a soul-expanding manifestation he experienced while unconscious in the hospital for several days. The evening of my health crisis, I knew something very serious had happened to me. Events happened so swiftly—the pain striking with such

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We Saw Him (part 8)

(Continued from last week…) SEGUNDO MOLDANADO During the 1970’s Fred Bohman, who was a purchasing agent for the LDS Church in South America, was living with his young family in Quito, Ecuador. It was there that he met Segundo Moldanado in a marketplace. After discovering that they were both Latter-day

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We Saw Him (part 7)

(Continued from last week…) GEORGE RITCHIE George Ritchie died in an army hospital ward at the young age of twenty. Nine minutes later, he came back to life. What he experienced during those nine minutes forever changed him. These are his words… I wasn’t sure when the light in the

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We Saw Him (part 6)

(Continued from last week…) LORENZO SNOW Allie Young Pond, Lorenzo Snow’s granddaughter, tells of an experience she had with him one day, as she and President Snow were walking in the Salt Lake Temple. She said: “After we left his room and while we were still in the large corridor,

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We Saw Him (part 5)

(Continued from last week…) ORSON F. WHITNEY As a young missionary (called at the age of 21) in the eastern states, Elder Orson F. Whitney related that while on his mission, he was writing for the newspapers in Pennsylvania, and not studying the books of the Church as he knew

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We Saw Him (part 4)

(Continued from last week…) Here are more accounts of our Father and Savior manifesting Themselves to our fellow-human beings… JOSEPH SMITH & OLIVER COWDERY   In the Kirtland temple, one week after its dedication, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery experienced a visitation of the Savior: “We saw the Lord standing

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