For with God nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37). I have many reasons to be grateful. This year I am remembering the astounding miracle of the Lord’s saving my son from AIDS and kidney failure. On April 1, 1990, my wife and I rushed our fifteen-year old son, Matt, to the hospital because he was […]
Category Archive for 'Adversity'
One of my heroes in the Book of Mormon is the woman who married Nephi. I wish I knew her name and more about her. Nephi, like other prophets, points out that his record is limited to his ministry, revelations, teachings and testimony. Imagine a bishop’s record of his ministry. We probably wouldn’t learn much […]
Have you ever felt that oppression is your eternal companion and that you will never be rid of it? You might wonder, where is deliverance? You watch other people prosper, buy homes, enjoy good health, have babies. But you are stuck. My friend has been stuck for several years. When Job’s friends struggled to guess […]
A most sobering scripture is found in D&C 93:39: “And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience, from the children of men, and because of the tradition of their fathers.”[i] The vampire of light and truth is Satan. He prompts us to either disobey or buy into his false teachings […]
Millions of people have been converted by the Book of Mormon, but few people have been converted to the Book of Mormon. My friend and former stake president, Vern Sommerfeldt, taught me that.
The journey through the Lord’s Wilderness is like what Elder Maxwell called “the trek of treks.”[i] The scriptures are filled with accounts of spiritual journeys. If we were to outline them, we would see that they follow the sequence of the Beatitudes, which are the principles of blessedness.[ii]
The greatest force in all the world [is] to develop character, to bring righteousness into the lives of men and women.—Elder Matthew Cowley[i] When we struggle over long periods of time to reawaken and rescue a wayward child, we might occasionally lapse and wonder, What’s in this for me? It is not necessarily a selfish […]
When Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light,”[i] he was offering to join with us and help carry our heavy load. Jesus does not make extraordinary demands for us to step into his yoke; “My yoke is easy,” he said. Once we are yoked together, our burden becomes his; suddenly it […]
During our thirty-eight years of marriage, we have experienced long seasons of distress when no sign of relief was in sight. Looking back, we have wondered how we ever survived such times. My wife and I adopted a standing joke that we told each other on Thursdays, as we wheeled the garbage cans to the […]