Category Archives: Trials

Thinking More Deeply About “Opposition in All Things”

I’ve read the Book of Mormon many times. And each time I have been moved intellectually by Lehi’s teachings about “opposition in all things”. His discussion of this topic has provided me with many worthwhile insights. It is an intellectually … Continue reading

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Let Us Reason Together: Did Mark Hofmann Fool Prophets and Apostles?

Critics of the Mormon Church are delighted when events make Mormon prophets and apostles look like average, every day men, men who can be fooled. Such is the case with the Mark Hofmann forgeries. Critics reason: How is it that … Continue reading

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Let Us Reason Together: Is the Mormon Church Like a Pyramid Scheme?

A former Mormon, John D. (I’m not going to give his last name, but he is now a self-employed, highly paid anti-Mormon) recently wrote the following analogy about the Mormon Church. “Imagine that you and all of your extended family became … Continue reading

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When Your Flame of Faith Flickers

For many the birth of mature faith comes when the faith of their youth is challenged. With this thought in mine I would like to write to those who are feeling the flame of their faith flickering.  I think nearly everyone … Continue reading

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Ministering Angels In the Flesh—Do You Know One?

I think the following account is a powerful reminder of the choices that some valiant spirits took upon themselves in pre-mortality—by taking on hard life assignments. Look around your circle of friends and extended family. Is there someone you know … Continue reading

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Denver, Paradoxes, and Idol Meat

It may be that the most difficult trials that come to the faithful are designed by Heavenly Father. Satan tempts men/women through the fleshy appetites. Heavenly Father tries men/women through paradox. In order to discuss trials by paradox I’ll first … Continue reading

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Ripening in Iniquity?

The Book of Mormon uses the term “ripening” to describe what happens to a righteous people when they begin to forget God and turn to wickedness.     For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of … Continue reading

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Each of Us Will Face Trials and Hardships in This Life

The following General Conference talk was given by  Elder Quentin L. Cook Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Oct 2008. It was titled, “Hope Ya Know, We had a Hard Time”,  Ensign, Nov 2008, 102–6. For a shortened YouTube … Continue reading

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