Category Archives: Leadership

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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Revelation comes when we are moving!

I love this thought by Elder Oaks, and have found it true in my personal life: Going forward with our service and work is an important way to qualify for revelation. In my study of the scriptures I have noted … Continue reading

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Why did Jesus expect the fig tree to be producing fruit when it wasn’t even in season yet?

I was recently asked a question about Jesus cursing a fig tree as found in Matthew 21:18-22 and Mark 11:12-14, 20-25. Perhaps this had to do with the fact that the tree had leaves and appeared as if it would … Continue reading

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Tamma Durfee

Tamma Durfee was the daughter of Edmund Durfee, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was murdered by a mob near Nauvoo in November 1845. Edmund Durfee has always been someone I have been interested … Continue reading

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Speak the truth in love – Ephesians 4:15

Our Clinical Material Your lives, your friendships, your marriages, your families, your neighbors and coworkers currently constitute the sample of humanity which God has given you. We are each other’s clinical material, and we make a mistake when we disregard … Continue reading

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Natural is not always good

Ty Mansfield shared something that is worth consideration. He wrote an article in which he deals with some of the controversial attitudes about sexuality in the modern world. The idea that mankind may have natural feelings that need to be … Continue reading

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Is Balaam a good guy or a bad guy?

Compare Numbers 22-24 and Micah 6:5 to Numbers 31:8, 16; Deuteronomy 23:4-5; Joshua 24:9-10; Nehemiah 13:2, 2 Peter 2:15, Jude 1:11, and Revelation 2:14 Numbers 31:16 (a priestly text) is the only verse in the Old Testament that attributes the … Continue reading

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