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] Before we discuss this outline, however, let [...]
Category Archive for 'Faith'
In the autumn of 1941, Avilda Curtis received an unexpected gift.
The story of Jairus and his dying daughter is a perfect example of Jesus’ ability to save a spiritually dying child even when all seems lost.
Despite our best efforts, one of our children may pass away having never abandoned his wayward ways. Is he lost? Have we failed? Not necessarily. The Lord also anticipated this eventuality, and the work of redemption goes on.
(This article was adapted from my soon-to-be-released series The Three Pillars of Zion. You may receive a free Sampler of this series at www.PillarsOfZion.com) Zion is built upon three covenants or pillars. The first of these pillars is the New and Everlasting Covenant. No doctrine has ever been revealed that is more glorious than is [...]
A few weeks ago, our hopes were dashed with the last-minute news of the cancellation of our long-awaited transplant. Today, we received our miracle: a new kidney!
Today, I witnessed possibly the greatest act of faith I have ever seen. After dodging HIV, kidney failure, hepatitis C, cancer, seizures, West Nile Virus, seven failed attempts to receive a donated kidney, my son, Matt, was finally scheduled for a kidney transplant tomorrow. Then disappointment, our old friend, struck again. Only hours before the [...]
A friend recounted an experience in which he was buffeted by an evil influence for nearly a year. Despite numerous prayers, frequent fasts and priesthood blessings, he could not shake the relentless and violent onslaught. One morning, having been driven to his knees with the feeling of hopelessness, he pled for help, and this [...]
Do we allow unanswered questions fell our tree of testimony or grow it? Just how much are we willing to risk or obsess on a question when weighty matters are at stake? Deciding what matters is one of the first steps to leaving Babylon and becoming a Zion person.
Every gift that we receive from God reflects his personality, including his power, his awareness and his love. Sadly, some people explain away their gifts as strokes of good luck while other people overlook their gifts completely. Humble observers, on the other hand, attest to the continuous generosity of an unseen Giver who has often [...]