Scriptures

Angel Baby

Over the last few months, I have learned exactly how hard it is to try to do everything the Lord asks of you and not expect him to help you out while doing it.  One of my big struggles with religion I would say is Faith.  I know that there is a creator, that things were planned and created and did not happen just by chance, but I find I have a hard time letting my pride go and actually rely on the Lord for help.  This blog post may sound different from other posts, but this one I am …

All is well in Zion… Stop being a pessimist.

Nephi’s Broken Bow by Jeremy Winborg

ONE of the principles that is taught in the Book of Mormon, and in modern teachings is that of,  “liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning.” (1 Nephi 19:23).   Ezra Taft Benson in April of 1984 tells us to:  “We urge you to study the Book of Mormon as individuals and families and then to do as the prophet Nephi counseled: liken the scriptures to yourselves so that it will be for your profit and learning.”

To liken the scriptures to yourself is to compare them to

To vote or not to vote, that has NEVER been the question.

To vote or not to vote, that has NEVER been the question.  I have always maintained, and will always maintain that voting should NEVER be a question.  I care more that you vote, and that you vote for who you believe will do the best job, then you vote the way I WANT YOU TO VOTE.  In order for this Republic (and yes, America is a republic), it is important that the population of voters care enough to vote and vote for who they think best aligns themselves with their morals and view points.

If you don’t vote, then you …

“Under God…”


I was asked by a facebook friend the following questions on facebook the other day, and it made me think, I did not have a good answer as to why it was so bad, and such a big deal.

Why are we making political hay about the DNC and adding back in the words “in God we trust”?  Seriously help me see the value of focusing on it?  Clearly we know there are people out there who dont want God in politics and others who do.  Grasping to see the value of all the talk.

I had already started a …

Weeds….


Weed: The term weed is a subjective one, without any classification value, since a plant that is a weed in one context is not a weed when growing where it belongs or is wanted. Indeed, a number of plants that many consider “weeds”, are often intentionally grown by people in gardens or other cultivated-plant settings.  [Source]

When Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden for eating of the fruit from the tree they were told not to eat from there were several things that happened.  They then knew the difference from good and evil, they could …

Weapons of their rebellion.

I have posted before about the Traditions of Fathers in several posts: Traditions of their fathers. and Iniquity of their fathers.  I would like to continue this discussion a little, and then add an additional thought to it as well.   In Sunday School, the lesson was on Alma 23-29 (Lesson 26: Converted unto the Lord).

The teacher forwarded me some material that she wanted me to discuss with the class.  In that material, it included this quote by Spencer W. Kimball.

Down in New Zealand, I was the recipient of many courtesies while there. They sang and danced and rolled their

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 adultry whith …

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

Wildfire

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, and