Church Culture

Of Horses and Mormons

Of Horses and Mormons

Being a Mormon means that you understand that through the Redeeming Atonement of Jesus Christ, you - all of us - can overcome sin and sorrow, pain and grief. It is knowing that by His Grace, you can overcome yourself. Simply put, being a Mormon means being a Christian.





The Greatest Message The World Has Ever Known

The Greatest Message The World Has Ever Known

“A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race”  Joseph Smith





Early

Early

The Lord has an individual road map for each of us. Sometimes it doesn’t look like we expected it would look. Often it is different than what we planned. And, it almost never is the same as a friend’s road map. But always, His path for us will be the best. It will bring us to the greatest possible happiness.





His Day

His Day

As I apologized once again and hung up the phone, I experienced a totally unexpected swell of warmth and peace. My head was downcast and regretful; my heart was calm and joyful. I knew I had done the right thing. I had borne my testimony that Sundays were special days in our family, and that didn’t change because we were trying to sell our house.





What is General Conference?

What is General Conference?

God loves us. If He was willing to allow His Son to redeem us with His blood, He wouldn’t disregard that sacrifice by leaving us without direction back to Him. It makes perfect sense that our loving Heavenly Father would give us modern-day prophets to guide us through this mortal journey.





A Prophet's Voice

A Prophet's Voice

The Lord, in his infinite goodness, would never leave us alone on this earth to fend for ourselves. He knows we need instruction and direction. Throughout the ages He has placed prophets on the earth, to act as his mouthpieces – from Adam to Noah, Moses to Peter. 





And Still It Stands: The Truth About the Book of Mormon

And Still It Stands: The Truth About the Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon IS the word of God. It records a fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we recognize this book to be sacred. For many of us, it brings great peace and hope in troubling times. 





Wards and Stakes and Temples, Oh My

Wards and Stakes and Temples, Oh My

We live in a worldwide church. There are 15 million of us around the world.  The curriculum for the church is pretty much the same all over. So, a Sunday School lesson on patience taught in Palermo, Italy on the second Sunday of the month, will most likely be taught in Mesa, AZ on that same Sunday… give or take a couple weeks. It takes massive amounts of organization to do this. But the organization doesn’t end with the curriculum.





Ours is to Love

Ours is to Love

It's easy to only see the negative to situations we don't actually know about.  We are told not to judge.  There's the age old adage about walking a mile in someone else's shoes.  As children of God and as brothers and sisters in Christ, shouldn't we be loving each other?  We have all failed, fallen and tried to get up and start anew.  Should we be surprised that our friends, family and ward members are doing the same? 





I Go To Church

I Go To Church

 Church has not, nor is not always the peaceful joyful experience I would like it to be. And it's almost never easy to get there.  But besides the wiggling, poking and sometimes really ornery behavior, there's the deeper purpose.  And it's worth it. 





His Other Sheep

His Other Sheep

We know that God loves ALL His children and wants them all to return to Him. He doesn’t care if they live in Jerusalem or Santiago. God could not give instruction to one group of people and not another – it would contradict His loving nature.  





Who's on the Lord's Side, Who?

Who's on the Lord's Side, Who?

 God has been clear from the beginning that he is unchangeable and does not turn a blind eye to sin.  We, as members of the church, need to hold fast to those things we have already known to be true.