Monthly Archives: September 2018

John 6:67 Will ye also go away?

Jesus asks his twelve disciples, “Will ye also go away?” (John 6:67) Peter gives the answer when he says, “to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)  Peter realizes that there is no other place, … Continue reading

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The Cosmic Myth

The Hymn of the Pearl and the Cosmic Myth The Cosmic Myth is a story that teaches of eternal truths even though it may or may not be totally historically accurate. 1 Thus, the traditional Cosmic Myth is familiar to … Continue reading

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Themes in John’s Gospel

One of John’s Themes: Go and bring a friend to believe in Jesus An example of deliberate narrative designing can be found in the stories that narrate the call of the disciples. In almost every case, it is someone who … Continue reading

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In my Father’s House are many mansions

In John 14:1-2 we read: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. The word for mansions … Continue reading

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Why is Abraham is cutting up all these animals in Genesis 15?

Cutting Covenants This article is posted here on the BYU Religious Education website. Jared T. Parker is a product specialist coordinator in the medical division of W. L. Gore & Associates in Flagstaff, Arizona. Covenants have always been a critical … Continue reading

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Abraham Wrecks Terah’s Idols

Abraham the Destroyer of Idols When President Nelson shared the story of his breaking the bottles of alcohol his father owned, I kept thinking about another prophet who also broke things. President Nelson shared the following story last April: “I … Continue reading

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The Sermon as an Ancient Temple Text

Toward an Understanding of the Sermon as an Ancient Temple Text John W. Welch This article is taken from the book Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple & the Sermon on the Mount, Neal A. Maxwell Institute, 1999, Chapter 4. … Continue reading

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