August 13, 2019

May Wheeler shares her heartfelt reflections on fasting and Fast Sunday. How could she find more joy in fasting? *** Fasting is a law that the Lord has restored in the latter days.  In obedience to this law, we, as a church, once each month, fast on the first Sunday.  We are instructed that a proper fast day observance includes abstaining from food and drink for two consecutive meals.   Sounds easy enough right?   So then I’m left to… Read more

August 13, 2019

Andrew Wheeler compiled the following 10 interesting points and stories about the purposes and blessings of tithing. Purpose of Tithing President Henry B. Eyring, of the First Presidency: “God’s purpose in giving us commandments is to bless us. He wants to give us eternal life, the greatest of all His gifts (see D&C 14:7). To receive the gift of living with Him forever in families in the celestial kingdom, we must be able to live the laws of that kingdom (see… Read more

July 24, 2019

“After an adventurous journey, Elders Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, and Theodore Turley arrived in Liverpool, England, Jan. 11, 1840.” Theodore Turley met with the other brethren and determined areas to labor.  Theodore was born in Birmingham and had lived most of his life in that area.  15 years prior to his return as a missionary, he moved to Canada. He kept a great journal of logistics mingled with emotion.  He longed for his family to join him in his faith…. Read more

July 18, 2019

The Book of Acts testifies that God speaks and one way He speaks to us is through visions. These visions served specific revelatory purpose. In Acts 7, as he was being stoned to death, Stephen beheld the Father and the Son in vision. In Acts 9, Saul saw the Lord in vision and commanded him to stop persecuting the Church and to wait for further instructions.  The Lord appeared to Ananias commanding him to heal and teach Saul. In Acts… Read more

July 9, 2019

Continuing personal study from Acts 6, because Acts 7 begins right in the middle of the story of Stephen’s illegal trial!  All the elders and scribes have seen Stephen’s glowing, angelic face and couldn’t resist his words. They also brought witnesses to testify what Stephen supposedly said. And that’s where Acts 7 begins—with the high priest asking if the false witness testimony was true. All the references to Greek definitions are from Bible Hub. Acts 7 1 Then said the high… Read more

July 9, 2019

A friend told me she struggles with reading the scriptures because the words all blend together.  She doesn’t know how to bring the scriptures alive for her. Bringing the scriptures alive can mean something different to each person. The best way for scriptures to come alive, of course, is to pray and ask the Lord for the Holy Ghost’s guidance and instructions. But I told her I’d share the way it comes alive for me as I study and what… Read more

July 6, 2019

A continuation of the vision I titled Jesus’ Burial in the Tomb by Anonymous of the Savior’s death and resurrection. This section, on which topic I’ve found very little recorded, discusses Jesus Christ’s resurrection. From Anonymous’ account: I then saw the scene after three days. I saw Him looking down at His body as it laid in the dark tomb. He healed His body and His spirit entered it again, resurrected. Yeshua then walked straight through the stone wall and… Read more

July 6, 2019

My entire life I’ve searched for stories about Jesus’ life from birth to tomb to beyond the grave. Reading canonized scriptures or apocryphal stories or people’s visionary accounts of our Savior’s life excites my mind and imagination on what Jesus Christ’s life and experiences might have been like. I recently read a series of visions posted by an anonymous author and wanted to share his experience here. This scene begins after Pilate gave permission for Joseph of Arimathea to take… Read more

June 27, 2019

175 years ago today, a mob murdered two of my greatest heroes. The scene’s played over and over in my mind today. To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we announce the martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Hyrum Smith the Patriarch. They were shot in Carthage jail, on the 27th of June, 1844, about five o’clock p.m., by an armed mob—painted black—of from 150 to 200 persons. Hyrum was shot first and fell calmly, exclaiming: I am a dead man! Joseph… Read more

June 21, 2019

For her birthday last year, my friend Roxy wanted to do a sunrise hike at Hanauma Bay.  We parked at the base of the trail, grabbed our water and phones and set off in the darkness. Though not a difficult path, it is a steep one. Roxy kindly paused for my breaks. I enjoyed breaking often (ha) to watch the first hints of daylight hitting the placid ocean on our left and a community dotted with sleepy street and house… Read more

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