Tag Archive | The True Church

Please Believe – A Love Story

I’ve been tempted to write this message to you, my friends, many times before, but it never seemed like the right time.  Now, obviously, it is.  It’s the right time because now I can write it without judgment, without rancor, and in profound peace. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has changed – […]

Piercing the Veil

The veil is not death. No, the veil is expertly woven from unbelief  (belief in false doctrine – Mormon 9:20) and disbelief (our failure to truly believe).  It is coarsely laced with jealousies and fears (D&C 67:10), which in turn yield the jarrings, and contentions, and envyings, and strifes, and lustful and covetous desires (D&C 101:6) […]

D&C Section 93 – the Path to Truth, Light, Knowledge and Glory

 It was about 3 months ago that I read D&C 93 for the umpteenth time.  You know, this is the section of the Doctrine and Covenants that says: Man was also in the beginning with God.  Intelligence, or the light of truth, was not created or made, neither indeed can be. All truth is independent […]

Priesthood Keys – And Blessed are Ye if Ye have no Disputations Among You

In Helaman 10:4-5, the Lord told Nephi, the son of Helaman – and father of Nephi the Nephite disciple – the following: Blessed art thou, Nephi, for those things which thou hast done; for I have beheld how thou hast with unwearyingness declared the word, which I have given unto thee, unto this people. And thou hast not […]

A Mighty Change of Heart

As I knelt to pray this morning, I felt to pray a prayer of gratitude.  As I did so, I recalled a time when my prayers were mostly prayers of gratitude.  I realized that I don’t pray as much about my gratitude as I used to.  I pondered as I prayed this morning, and came […]

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 […]

Revelation – Knowing the Mind of God

On a United Airlines flight from Queretaro, Mexico to Houston, I sat quietly, as I often do, with my eyes closed, talking to God.  Sometimes He talks back, sometimes he doesn’t.  (Sometimes I fall asleep, this time I didn’t).  I’ve been learning to tell when He will talk back, and when He’s not going to. […]

Judgment without Charity – Poison for the Soul

I have observed on Facebook and through other interactions, both personal and virtual, that there is an explosion of open criticism of the LDS church and its leaders among disaffecting, disaffected and even faithful members.  This is a phenomenon whose scale, if not its nature, is unprecedented in the history of the church.  There have […]

Seeking after Mysteries or “Keeping Up With the Joneses”

I repent.  I have sinned.  I have become “caught up” in an LDS (Latter Day Saints) phenomenon that has taken root among faithful and adventurous members who are seeking greater understanding of the mysteries of the kingdom. For many of these, traditional boundaries no longer exist.  Truth is the treasure they seek, wherever they might find […]

A Family Interview

I have an image that appears sometimes in my prayers.  It’s not a vision, but an image – it’s not imposed from outside, but comes totally from within.  In this image I am kneeling on both knees, my head bowed and my arms outspread.  I am kneeling before three personages – Heavenly Father on the […]