Author Archives: Jared

What was God? What was praying, she asked?

A North Korean husband pleads to his wife “You need to pray to God. Pray to him and ask him to bring you safely to me. If you do, he will hear your prayer.” His wife, Song, upon hearing this … Continue reading

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The Philosophies of Men Mingled with Scripture

With a new year, I find myself reflecting on years past and future. As I do so, I realize that the year immediately before me is the most important year of my life. This is so because the decisions I … Continue reading

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What is the Most Important Thing a Church Member Can do in this Life?

When we fail to recognize those things that are of greater value and mistakenly pursue something of lesser value, we slow our progress and miss the greater blessings. There is a saying that brings this principle into focus: “There are … Continue reading

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So Long President Monson

President Monson can be remembered as a prophet. There are many examples of his prophetic gift. One account, among many, that stands out in my mind is the Methvin family. In 1974, Christal Methvin , a 10-year-old dying of cancer, … Continue reading

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My Experience of Coming Unto Christ and Experiencing Repentance (Applying the Atonement)

I haven’t always been a sincere follower of Christ. As a boy, holidays recognizing the Savior were just another holiday, like Halloween or Presidents day. The joy of being out of school, receiving gifts, and eating all the goodies at … Continue reading

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The Power of Hate Frustrates the Power of the Priesthood

At the end of World War II, Ezra Taft Benson and Fred W. Babbel went to Europe with church welfare supplies. They experienced many miracles which Brother Babbel recorded and then published. The following account details a remarkable healing and … Continue reading

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“My Blood Shall Not Cleanse Them If They Hear Me Not”

The Lord’s work and glory to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man. Apparently, even for a God, His work is not without its difficulties. Consider the following verse of scripture: …they will not repent…the cup of … Continue reading

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“…Ye Ask Not, Neither Do Ye Knock; Wherefore Ye are Not Brought into the Light…”

If we desire to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ we need to study it like we would any other subject. The familiar process of reading, attending class, writing, and discussing will allow us to acquire information. However, there is … Continue reading

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Have You Been Inoculated So You Can Stand Against The Opposition That Is Upon Us?

Mormons have been warned from the time of Joseph Smith that they would need to be able to stand steadfast when opposition visited. In the early days of the church opposition manifest itself in many ways. Church history chronicles how … Continue reading

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Whence Cometh a Testimony?

Note: I’ve used footnotes in this post (26 to be exact). To view a footnote click the number. After reading the footnote click the number again to return. The word “testimony” looms large in the vocabulary of Latter-Day-Saints. We are … Continue reading

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