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The fathers
Oct 17

Who are “the Fathers” mentioned by Malachi?

A week or two ago I was listening to a podcast where someone mentioned that in Malachi 4:6 where it talks about the hearts of the children turning to the fathers, it was a reference to the ancient patriarchs like Abraham who made covenants with the Lord. I hadn’t thought of that before. I’d always […]

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Light of revelation
Oct 10

How do I get more Revelation (Part 2)

This is part 2 of the post “How do I get more revelation.” Please click that link to read part 1 first. As a reminder, here is the infographic displayed in last week’s blog post. How to Get More Revelation Infographic 4) Answer received? Getting an answer requires listening. Sometimes an answer comes fast, but […]

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Light of revelation
Oct 03

How do I get more Revelation? (Part 1)

I like trying to reduce concepts to visuals to help me cement an idea in my mind. It’s part of the study process that lets me see everything has a place. I sometimes start with a piece of paper for a rough sketch. Sometimes I’ll use Microsoft Excel because spreadsheets let you easily put words […]

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Fasting and prayer
Sep 26

Fasting is Problem Solving & Issues of Possession

While studying her paper scriptures recently, my wife came across the story where Jesus cast out a devil from a child after the disciples could not do it. The disciples inquired afterward why they could not cast it out and Jesus started off by telling them they couldn’t cast it out because of their unbelief […]

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Gifts of the Unholy Spirit
Sep 12

Gifts of the Unholy Spirit

One of my early false beliefs growing up was that God only gave gifts of the spirit to members of his true church. That belief started to erode when I came to know that there were inspired people in all ages of time that God placed there to perform a mission where they demonstrated gifts […]

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Jealousy
Aug 29

The Jealous God of Mercy

Jealousy is a sin which brings about spiritual death and is also one of the sins God identifies as a barrier to rending the veil. In this article, I’ll continue evaluating D&C 67:10 where the Lord tells us of the need to strip away our jealousies and fears and humble ourselves and the veil shall […]

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Overcome Fear by Faith
Aug 22

Overcome Fear by Faith

I grew up in a household where my father’s life was threatened on a regular basis, sometimes openly in a court room. After serving in the military for 24 years, he started a security and investigative business, eventually moving into investigating worker’s compensation fraud for large insurance companies. He also worked with the local and […]

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Gratitude
Aug 15

Gratitude – the Law of Preservation

I had an interesting conversation with a friend this past week that sparked some study in the scriptures and some deep thinking about gratitude. He said, “gratitude is the law of preservation.” Whenever someone uses the word law in a gospel context, my mind always reverts to these verses of scripture in the Doctrine and […]

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Veils and their removal
Aug 01

Veils and their removal

I have been listening to Alonzo Gaskill’s book “Sacred Symbols: Finding Meaning in Rites, Rituals, & Ordinances” and at one point he mentions the symbolism of veils. It set me off on a search to understand this topic better. I did a simple search in Scripture Notes for: veil* If you’re new here, the wildcard […]

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Royal seal
Jul 18

The Difference Between Binding and Sealing Powers

This past week I was reading my scriptures and came across a verse that caught my attention. At this point I can’t remember which of a few verses I read first, but this verse in Isaiah typifies all the verses. Isaiah 8: 16. Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. (an identical […]

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