Secret Combinations

D&C 132…Marriage, Polygamy, The Sealing Power, and the New and Everlasting Covenant

And he said unto his servant: When I will; go ye straightway, and do all things whatsoever I have commanded you; And this shall be my seal and blessing upon you—a faithful and wise steward in the midst of mine house, a ruler in my kingdom. (D&C 101:60-61) In D&C Section 101:43-62, the Lord gives Joseph Smith a parable of […]

Save Two Churches Only

“I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they […]

Risk All to Gain All – A Very Simple Formula

I apologize in advance for being repetitive, as I have touched on this topic twice before: I also apologize in advance that this post will most certainly become highly rhetorical as I attempt to drive home my point, and that it will also likely become very emotional. On second thought, I cannot really […]

I Am Not a Sinner!

I am not a sinner.  There!  I said it!  Let me say it again…I AM NOT A SINNER!   I’ve been told all my life, even as a child, that I am a sinner, and that as such I can only be saved by the grace of Christ, but I’m declaring myself healed, saved, no longer […]

Sincere Reflections on The Word of Wisdom

So much has been written about Section 89 of the Doctrine and Covenants, commonly known as the “Word of Wisdom”, that one might well have to be either a prophet or a fool to risk writing any more, yet I actually hope to share a point of view that is just unique enough to help […]

Mending a Broken Heart

More and more often these days, this world makes me sad.  For the first 50+ years of my life I was pretty much comfortable with it – I was part of it.  I didn’t really question politics, pop-culture, or the prevalent vices of the day.  It was all just part of the world – part […]

Zion vs. Babylon – Two Ways Only

I have been quite occupied lately with thoughts of Zion.  I wrote recently of the impressions I received after my study of D&C 78.  My wife and I read together John Pontius’ account of “Spencer’s” visions of Zion in the book “Visions of Glory”.  Most importantly, though, I was prompted to re-read Hugh Nibley’s “Approaching […]

“That You May Be Equal in the Bonds of Heavenly Things”……Doctrine and Covenants Section 78

I’ve been intending for several weeks now to put something together on D&C section 78.   Both before and after this section, the Lord begins revealing His perfect social order, but it seems that in this section He reveals its purpose more clearly than elsewhere.  The intent of this post was initially to pose some […]

Builders of Zion

I was sitting in the Terrestrial room of the Salt Lake Temple this past November thinking about consecrating my life to the Lord.  Suddenly, the thought came very clearly to me how imperative it is that I become a builder of God’s Kingdom.  D’oh! you might say, but you know how sometimes you just get […]

Are We “….Of the Church of God?”

And in the fifty and first year of the reign of the judges there was peace also, save it were the pride which began to enter into the church – not into the church of God, but into the hearts of the people who professed to belong to the church of God-….Helaman 3:33 Once again, […]