Month: May 2012

Temptation Vs Sin

This is one of the biggest things that I think causes issued with people of the Mormon faith.  And I would say it also causes problems with most Christian faiths as well.  That is the difference between Temptation and Sin.

For most of my life, I was under the impression that Temptation was Sin.  If you were tempted to do something, then you had actually sinned in some way.  I think that it comes from several scriptures, as well as other peoples teachings.  In Matthew 5:28 it says, “That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her had committed …

Amlicites, Amalekites, and Amulonites amoung us.

In the Book of Mormon there is reference to groups of people that at one time were Nephites and members of the Church of God and then for some reason they left the Church and openly rebelled against it.   I am not talking about people that just left the Church, but people who left the Church and then did whatever they could to try to ruin the Church and its members.

These people were so filled with hatred for members of the Church that they were even put in charge of the armies of those that opposed the Church in …

Cleansing Fire


The other day in sacrament meeting one of the youth speakers talked about having the Holy Ghost cleanse your should by Fire.   I thought the idea of having the Holy Ghost actually burn your sins and desire to sin from you as very interesting.  So I figured I would research it some more.

John the Baptist in Judea said:

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Matt. 3:11).

In the …

Honor is the KEY!

NOTICE:  This is the gospel according to Mike.  I do quote some scriptures, etc, but like Nephi says, “for I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.” 1 Nephi 19:23.  This is my interpretation, and what I feel they mean at my current time in life.

10  In the midst of this WAR OF WORDS and TUMULT OF OPINIONS, I often said to myself: What is to be done? Who of all these parties are right; or, are they all wrong together? If any one of them be aright, which is it,

Vanishing Voter

There is a talk by David B. Magleby (Dean of the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences) on October 24, 2000 during a BYU event that is titled “The Vanishing Voter and Other Challenges to Representative Democracy.  You can download the MP3 from or watch it on BYUTV.

In this BYU address, Magleby addresses 4 main areas.

The Declining Rates of Participation and Turnout The Role of Political Parties The Growing Importance of Money in Elections Direct Democracy.

I think that it is a good idea for anyone who wants to be active in politices to watch this …