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Oak Norton - Just trying to share a love of the scriptures with others.

Oct 25

Sacred Formulas: Obtaining Blessings by Obeying Laws

Have you ever said to yourself while reading the scriptures, “I wish I could have that experience”? That is actually one of the purposes of the scriptures, to show us the blessings that are available and how to obtain them. All the miracles, gifts, visions, and visitations are available to anyone as soon as they […]

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Ground fortifications in Ohio - closer
Oct 18

Book of Mormon Geography – Something to consider

Mesoamerica, Heartland, Baja, Hemispherical, Costa Rica, and even Malaysia have been suggested as models for Book of Mormon geography. What we know for certain is very little, and what we don’t know is very large when it comes to these things. There are fascinating evidences people have researched with regard to these models, but I’d […]

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Passing under the rod
Oct 11

Passing Under the Rod – Judgment and Tithing

This morning I found a short video on tithing in the Old Testament that led me on a wonderful quest. I love picking up on an insight someone shares and then digging deeper into those things. In this instance, the topic is the phrase “pass under the rod” and it was the method the Lord […]

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Oct 11

What is a Collection Note in Scripture Notes?

In the Scripture Notes application, there are different ways to make notes. The first is the basic verse note which is a simple note field by every verse. You can type as much as you want into this field, but it’s always going to be plain text and should be geared around the contents of […]

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Cursed land
Oct 04

For My Sake and Thy Sake

Why does God curse the land for my sake and preserve the land for the sake of a few? The scriptures show us there are a number of things God does for our sake, and there are also things he asks us to do for His sake. What does the word “sake” mean? In Websters […]

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Storing Longer Quotes
Sep 27

How to Store Large Quotes with and without References

Last week I shared how to store questions in Scripture Notes in a few different ways. Today I want to show how to store large quotes that have scripture references in them. Storing large quotes with references This past week I was reading and found this statement by Hugh Nibley that I wanted to store. […]

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question and answer
Sep 20

3 Ways to Ask Questions in Scripture Notes

Asking questions is a key to getting revelation. Without asking, we can’t receive. John 16:24. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. While serving on my mission, I remember one night pondering what it meant to be endowed. I had only been able […]

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Holy Bible
Sep 13

Resource 7: Bible Hub

Another resource available for students of the scriptures is the website Biblehub.com. BibleHub is a massive site with lots of resources available on it. In the upcoming October 2020 release of Scripture Notes, this will be one of the resources automatically linked to from all Bible verses so you have one-click access to a powerful […]

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spiritual preparedness
Sep 06

The Time for Guided Spiritual Preparation is Now

About twenty years ago, the Lord led me to an old conference talk by then Elder Ezra Taft Benson. It changed my life. It was from April 1965 entitled, “Not Commanded In All Things.” It struck me at a time when I really needed that message to look beyond myself and get anxiously engaged in […]

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broken heart and a contrite spirit
Aug 30

What is it to have a Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit

Years ago while serving on my mission I recall one night in companion prayer asking the Lord to let us have broken hearts and contrite spirits. When I finished the prayer my companion said, “what is a broken heart and a contrite spirit.” I did my best as a 19 year old to suggest what […]

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