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Grace

Grace is a beautiful word.  It conjures images of: A ballerina performing Swan Lake Francis of Assisi loving all the creatures of God’s creation Mother Theresa quietly ministering in the streets of Calcutta The Kootenai River powerfully yet gracefully watering the lands of Southwest Canada, Northwest Montana, and Northern Idaho My wife’s artwork – the […]

The Fruit of the Tree of Life

Lehi wasn’t dead when he partook of the fruit of the tree of life in his famous dream (First Nephi, chapter 8). Nope, he looked around immediately, wanting to share it with his family. “And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy, wherefore I began to be […]

How to Receive Comfort

I said something yesterday, in the context of my blog post, about how I seek, and receive, Christ’s comfort daily.  Someone asked, “how do you go about receiving?  Anything in particular that you do?”. I gave a partial answer:                 It’s just a matter of believing and not fearing. Believing that it’s possible, that the […]

The Borg, Honor, Righteous Desires, and Zion

How do we honor another person? I think the best way to honor another person is to interact with them.  It is to recognize and validate their existence…that they are important enough to you that you choose to spend physical, emotional, and spiritual energy communicating with them.  Obviously, ignoring another person is clearly to dishonor […]

The Power of…?

No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love un-feigned; By kindness and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile…D&C 121: 41-42.   What is power? There are 895 mentions of […]

The Mystery of the Holy Ghost

What is the Holy Ghost?  For me, at least, this has been one of the most elusive mysteries of doctrinal religion; even of mystical religion and spirituality. At various times, in various traditions and through various interpretations, I have heard the Holy Ghost described as: A divine being without a body, enabling it to be […]

The Devil’s in the Details

I don’t think there are many, if any, humans, living in this mortal existence, who really comprehend ultimate truth.  But there is an ultimate truth that I choose to accept, and that I seek diligently to comprehend.  That truth is… Wait for it… Love. This truth is summed up in the phrase, “God is love”.  […]