Book of Mormon
Jan 12

Prophetic Promises of Studying the Book of Mormon

Since last week’s blog post on the Armor of God was a long one, I thought I’d do something different this week and give you a catalog of quotes to put into your Scripture Notes file on promises that have been made by prophets about reading and studying the Book of Mormon individually and with […]

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Knight in armor of God fights dragon
Jan 05

Putting on the Whole Armor of God

Spiritual Warfare is Real The scriptures are filled with both physical and spiritual warfare that took place anciently, and it is no different today. Paul told us we “wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians […]

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Meditation
Dec 29

Having an Eye of Faith, Part 2: Meditation

Finding our Eye of Faith by Removing Distractions Last week we discussed how our eye of faith is what we might call our sacred imagination. We saw how tapping into our eye of faith is a mental exercise in visualization skills. This week we’re going to discuss another method of accessing our eye of faith […]

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Book of Mormon Commentary
Dec 23

Best of Book of Mormon Commentary List

Book of Mormon Commentaries In 2020 the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is using the Book of Mormon for its course of study. Now is the perfect time to look for greater insights into the Book of Mormon and have an awesome tool to store all your insights for instant retrieval later. I […]

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Helix nebula, eye of faith
Dec 22

Having an Eye of Faith, Part 1: Sacred Imagination

The Helix nebula has been nicknamed the “Eye of God” and is one of the most stunning photographs captured by the Hubble telescope. It very much looks like a giant celestial eye in 3-D staring right back at us. We might liken the Hubble telescope to our mind, that when properly tuned in, we can […]

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They did dwindle in unbelief
Dec 15

And They did Dwindle in Unbelief

Dwindling in Unbelief If you’ve read the Book of Mormon, you have read this phrase a few times: “they dwindled in unbelief.” What does that mean? What is unbelief? How do you dwindle in unbelief? If ever there was a time in history when a people dwindled in unbelief, it’s now, but do we really […]

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What is Gematria?
Dec 08

Gematria – Good Clean Fun

In last weeks’ blog post on the symbolism of numbers and colors, I mentioned one of my great institute teachers (John Fowles) that got me going down that path. He also introduced me to this week’s “study topic,” which isn’t really a study as much as something that became a sacred fascination and incredible proof […]

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Number and color symbolism
Dec 01

Number and Color Symbolism in the Scriptures

Symbolism in the Scriptures – Literal or Figurative Have you ever been reading in the scriptures and wondered, “is that literal or figurative?” Have you wondered why certain numbers or colors were mentioned in a more than prominent way, as if they carried the entire meaning of the verse, but you didn’t know why that […]

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Plans
Nov 24

Plans of God, the Devil, and Man

Essential Organizing In the last study topic, we read about inspired conclusions, verses that contain a prophetic statement beginning with something like “and thus we see.” One of those verses stood out to me as very interesting. In Alma 28:13 we read: “And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of […]

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And thus we see
Nov 17

And thus we see…Inspired Conclusions for Our Day

Introduction A phrase we see throughout the Book of Mormon is the conclusionary comment “and thus we see”. It is most often used by the writers as an inspired conclusion to events they have just portrayed. Its purpose is to serve as a warning to readers. In the words of Moroni: “…give thanks unto God […]

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