Book Of Mormon

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

“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 …

Carnal Security =


In 2nd Nephi 28 it reads:

21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful cchains, from whence there is no deliverance.

23 Yea, they are grasped

Honor of man.

During the last few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about Honor and Glory.  I am working on a post about what I have come up with and will be posting it in the near future.  I just can’t quite seem to get it like I want to get it.   But today we were reading scriptures as a family and we read from Alma 31.

Alma and a hand full of other missionaries go to visit the land of the Zoramites.  And they find that they say the worship God, but they are doing it for their own Glory.  …

Traditions of their fathers.

Book of Mormon and other scriptures prophets always warn and talk about the “traditions of their fathers“.   Momzoo and I have been thinking a lot about Christmas Traditions, and other holiday traditions that have been part of our childhood and part of the popular culture.

Some of the scriptures talk about how people that fall in unbelief and move away from the traditions of their fathers, but then other scriptures talk about how people are in unbelief because of the incorrect traditions of their fathers.   The later is the topic of this post.   And when I say “traditions of their …

Men of their word

In the Book of Mormon, Nephi and his brothers are asked by their father Lehi to return to Jerusalem to get some things they needed for their journey in the wilderness.  In the process they meet a man named Zoram.  He was about to run away from them and to tell everyone about them.  But they asked him to join their group in the wilderness.   Here is what it says he did: “And it came to pass that aZoram did take courage at the words which I (Nephi) spake. Now Zoram was the name of the servant; and he …