Category Archives for "Study Topics"

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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giving our heart
Jul 04

Abraham and the Law of Circumcision, Part 2

In last week’s blog post on Abraham and the law of circumcision, I touched on the symbolism of circumcision from ancient Hebrew. This week I’ll conclude the topic by going into the meaning of tokens, the transition of circumcision, and the uncircumcised. Some years ago while studying the scriptures one day, I noticed the word […]

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Abraham and the angels - Rembrandt
Jun 27

Abraham and the Law of Circumcision, Part 1

Abraham was born around 2000 BC. His was the privilege of entering into a special covenant with God and receiving specific promises available to him and his posterity because of his righteousness. The token of the covenant between God and Abraham was the act of circumcision. In Genesis 17 we read. 10 This is my […]

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God wants to prosper his covenant people
Jun 20

God Wants to Prosper his Covenant People

In a previous blog post, I discussed the many ways that the word prosper is used in scripture when the Lord blesses us.  Financial blessings are just one of many aspects of that, but it is definitely something we find in the scriptures. There is a purpose behind it which the Lord informed Moses of. […]

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Abraham's Journey
Jun 13

Blessings and Cursings in the Abrahamic Covenant

There is no blessing in the scriptures that was intended for one person alone. Every blessing is available to every person through the righteous application of the principles behind the blessing. The first step is always identifying the blessing. The second step is identifying the doctrine and principles that bring about the blessing. The third […]

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Health and healing
Jun 06

Health and Healing Blessings

No one goes through life unscathed. Everyone experiences various forms of trial. The great test is how we react to those experiences. Do we view them through the eye of faith, understanding that a just and merciful God has provided an opportunity for us to grow, or do we let that trial break us and […]

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Abraham Sacrificing His Son
May 23

Because of His Covenant

I recently stumbled upon a verse of scripture that set me to thinking about the nature of a righteous person obtaining promises from the Lord. A covenant is a two-way promise between individuals such as a legal contract, or between God and man. Today, we typically look at covenants with a pretty narrow view like […]

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scripture fractals
May 09

Scripture Fractal Patterns

Patterns in Scripture Last week while reading my scriptures I came across this verse in the Doctrine and Covenants where the Lord says he gives us patterns to follow in order that we may not be deceived. D&C 52:14. And again, I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not […]

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James Faulconer Webinar
May 05

One Good Question Leads to Another – James Faulconer Webinar

Please watch this great presentation by Dr. James Faulconer on how to get more out of the scriptures. Bio: James E. Faulconer is a Latter-day Saint philosopher and senior research fellow at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship. Faulconer received his B.A. in English from BYU. He then received master’s and Ph.D. degrees […]

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