Satan’s Plan = Love?

Satan’s, like, the worst, right? I mean, he totally sucks, don’t get me wrong. In Mormon doctrine we have a story about Lucifer, the Son of the Morning, falling from heaven because he was ticked off that his plan of redemption didn’t get picked. Seems petty. Because he sucks. Right? The story goes is that […]

Checks and Balances

“The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the programme. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so He will any […]

Island Parable

*I did not write this but am allowed to share it with the author’s permission* Far into the Pacific Ocean lies a tiny island almost completely unknown to the modern world. Indisputably the most beautiful place on earth, the finest grains of sand fill the white beaches, its crystal waters house glowing reefs with all […]

A Hick Named Josh

Jesus (Greek) = Yeshua/Jeshua (Hebrew) = Joshua (Hebrew variant) Nazareth was a small village in the northern rural province of Galilee. It probably had only about 400-500 people living in and around it. These would have been mostly farmers, herdsmen, and some tradesmen. Like carpenters. Carpenters were considered lower than farmers. Being a carpenter meant they had no farmable […]

Praying Naked

This post isn’t about praying in the shower or stripping down to your birthday suit. But hey, if that’s how you pray I’m not here to judge. To illustrate what I’m talking about let’s read about the nakedest people in scripture, Adam and Eve (Isaiah comes in second): Moses 3:25 – And they were both naked, the […]

Oil to Light

One Sunday I was sitting in Gospel Doctrine class listening to a lesson about the parable of the ten virgins. The discussion was a typical one heard in many LDS wards. The virgins with oil had done things, e.g., attend church meetings, read their scriptures, said their prayers, paid their tithing, accepted callings, so that they would […]

What to Worship

Have you ever thought about what it means to worship? I usually picture a youthful Christian congregation rocking out to a band, waving their hands in the air as they sing along. In an LDS context I usually see it as the religious practices I perform in private or in a Sunday meeting. I’m worshiping […]