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“For they perceive not the light”

I think the attitude of every light bearer is something like this: “In the absence of an enemyYou think me the enemyIn the presence of an enemyI am your greatest friend” It’s becoming more and more clear to me that one’s ability to discern light is proportional to the degree of darkness they perceive. People…

The Next Phase of the Winding Up Scene

A very distinct feeling came over me the morning Roe v. Wade was overturned—like a condemnation that rested on the United States as a whole had been lifted. This lifted curse allows for two things to happen: 1) those who insist on supporting abortion will create more centralized spaces where this can happen; the most…

The Coming Flood

There was a certain village that dwelt at the bottom of a canyon. Though their ancestors were said to have prospered on higher planes, they found comfort in the canyon’s familiarity. As a matter of fact, most had never left the canyon, and regarded any such legend concerning their ancestors to be mere myth. Those…

Perfection, pt. 7: Eternal Life

Our path that began at the strait gate ends at the tree of life. Lehi’s analogy of this process highlights the journey aspect. There is a path we must walk, and a rod to which we must cling. It may take us up and down, and through mists of darkness, but will eventually lead us…

Perfection, pt. 6: Becoming a Saint

Christ promises a new heart to every person who comes to Him. His intention is to put His law in our inward parts, and write it in our hearts (Jeremiah 31:33; cf. Ezekiel 36:26-28). He is the Word of God; as we plant Him in our hearts, His love, character, and Spirit will grow within…

Perfection, pt. 5: The Narrow Way

When a seed has been planted, the growth process is not finished—it’s only just begun. As the seed persists in its state of immersion, receiving all the necessary nutrients, it will in time grow into a tree bringing forth fruit; then it will be perfect. As Nephi rightly points out, after we enter in at…

Perfection, pt. 4: The Strait Gate

In order to enjoy the glory that Christ enjoys, we must live the law that Christ lives. There is no other way. Heaven is a lifestyle, the same way a healthy diet is; those who eat healthy are naturally going to feel better than those who do not. The order of heaven is no different;…

Perfection, pt. 3: The Order of Heaven

After finishing my last post, I couldn’t help but feel something was left unfinished. As I pondered on it for a few days, I realized I needed to make an interjection here before diving any further into the actual process of becoming heavenly. Previously, we defined perfection as full maturity (like a tree bearing fruit).…

Perfection, pt. 2: His Grace is Sufficient

Because perfection is a matter of being, our focus ought to be in becoming more rather than doing more. Once we take care of the becoming, the doing will naturally follow. The only hope we have of becoming heavenly is through the grace of Christ. His grace is sufficient to transform us—to turn our weakness…

Perfection: Being vs. Doing

When Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect” (Matthew 5:48), the word perfect is translated from the Greek τέλειοι meaning mature (like a tree bearing fruit), full grown, having reached its end, complete, etc. This is a much different idea than our Greek/Western conception of perfect, which has more to do with giving a flawless performance…

Challenging Traditions

In order to know God, we must be wiling to challenge our traditions. God’s order and glory is truth, and His truth is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). Because we are born into a fallen world, cut off from His truth, we inherit false traditions, habits, assumptions, and biases. These run deeper than just religious affiliation; they…

Seeing As We Are Seen: Discovering Who You Really Are

You are infinitely more than you think you are. Because of the fall, we have been born into bodies cut off from the light and presence of God. Consequently, we have no recollection of our premortal (eternal) identity. We say God is the Father of our spirits, and that is true enough. However, this sentiment…

Seek and Ye Shall Find: The Spiritual Paradox of Objective Reasoning

This will be a follow up post to “Obstacles to Receiving Greater Truth,” continuing the thread of self-deception and obtaining truth. There’s no such thing as being objective. For the last few hundred years, our modern culture has perpetuated the belief that we can think about and observe truth as though we’re just outside spectators.…

Good Friends

This last week I’ve been especially grateful for good friends. I struggle putting in words how I feel. Many are familiar with the revelations Joseph received in Liberty Jail. However, many are not familiar with the fact that those sections of the Doctrine and Covenants are only portions of a much longer letter. When sections…

My Little Narrow Prison

Joseph once called writing a “little, narrow prison” of words; “total darkness of paper, pen and ink—and a crooked, broken, scattered and imperfect language.” That sentiment speaks to me more with each passing day. As I’ve come to understand greater mysteries, seeing the deep coherence and beauty of the gospel, I find it near impossible…

Jonathan Pageau’s Testimony of Mormon Doctrine

Admittedly, the title of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek. Jonathan Pageau is an Orthodox Christian, professional carver, writer, and public speaker. He specializes in symbolism and traditional Christian art. I’ve recently been profoundly impressed by many of the conclusions he’s come to through symbolism. Though I’m not endorsing all of his conclusions, his testimony…

Podcast Announcement!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve started a podcast! Description:While religion is largely criticized today, there‘s an increasing longing for spiritual things. This podcast re-discovers the depths of spiritual truth found in scripture, both ancient and modern. It will give you a new perspective on religion, scriptural patterns, and a connection with the Divine. The…

Obstacles to Receiving Greater Truth

This is a follow up post to “Don’t Let Knowledge Make You Bitter.” I came home from school one day in second grade and announced to my parents that I no longer had a need for school. With curious grins, they asked me why. I told them I had learned the life cycle of a…

The Woman and Her Child

This is a follow up post to “Great are the Words of Isaiah.” It was previously mentioned that Isaiah speaks of several themes and patterns throughout his book, all of which will repeat in a climactic finale immediately preceding the Savior’s return. It will feel like a story right out of the scriptures, and in…

Don’t Let Knowledge Make You Bitter

Have you ever wondered why people become cynical, bitter, or resentful? It happens quite frequently, and I think understanding its cause (whether in others or ourselves) will help us know how to best approach it. Here’s my best estimation: As I covered in a previous video, we can overlay each spiritual journey in 2 or…

Great are the Words of Isaiah

When the Savior ministered to the Nephites, He said the Book of Mormon would come forth in the last days to try the Gentiles’ faith: “And when they shall have received this, which is expedient that they should have first, to try their faith, and if it shall so be that they shall believe these…

Healed by Grace, Through Faith

“O all ye that are spared because ye were more righteous than they, will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins, and be converted, that I may heal you?” (3 Nephi 9:13). The Lord desires to bless us as much as He can while still respecting our agency. Because all blessings are predicated on eternal laws (D&C…

The Word Made Flesh in Us

John described Christ’s life saying, “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). There are a few levels on which we can appreciate this sentiment. First, and most obvious, is that “God himself shall come down among the children of men” (Mosiah 15:1). Jehovah Himself condescended into this physical world in order to enact physical change. This leads…

Modern-Day Polytheism

Anciently, many civilizations believed in worshipped a pantheon of gods. There were different gods for love, anger, death, war, hunting, agriculture, weather, parties, childbirth, travel, etc. People payed homage to the gods from whom they sought blessings. If they wanted to be successful in war, they supplicated the god of war; if they experienced a…

The Parable of the Lion

There was a certain tribe who lived peaceably in nature. They understood and lived in harmony with the laws of nature to such a degree that the surrounding plants and animals assisted the tribe in their efforts. The land yielded its fruit, the trees grew into home-like structures, and birds even attended and sang at…

Two Churches Only

This post will build on ideas set forth in previous posts entitled, Life and Death, and “Or, Are They All Wrong Together?”. Nephi was shown in vision that in the last days there would be a great division among all people – “either to the convincing of them unto peace and life eternal, or unto the…

The Purpose of Prophets

As Latter-day Saints, we love prophets. We love the idea of God speaking to mankind through visions and revelations currently just as He did anciently. We rejoice that the heavens are open, and stand tall on the truth that mankind can know the will of God in any age. However, our unique claim to prophethood…

Reframing Everything

If there was only one thing I could share with the world, and I could inscribe it in the hearts of every person alive, I think it would be this: The gospel isn’t about dying and going to heaven; it’s about bringing heaven down to earth. That single paradigm shift will begin to open the…

“Or, Are They All Wrong Together?”

“He (the devil) always sends errors into the world in pairs—pairs of opposites.  And he always encourages us to spend a lot of time thinking which is the worst. You see why, of course? He relies on your extra dislike of the one error to draw you gradually into the opposite one. But do not let…

Life and Death

I want to expand on some of the ideas covered in Seeking the Order of Heaven. This post will make more sense if you’ve read that one first. Because all of creation is governed by the same law, all of creation follows the same pattern. This is why Alma noted that “all things denote there…

Seeking the Order of Heaven

What exactly is heaven, and how do we experience it? What is it that makes heaven, heaven? Certain things affect us in certain ways. There’s a relationship between vibration, sound, frequency, light, and spirit, which influences our thoughts, feelings, and actions. This is an eternal spiritual truth. Take music for instance. Music is all vibration.…

Understanding Melchizedek Priesthood

A friend of mine recently authored a number of essays on the Melchizedek priesthood. In my mind, they are absolutely required reading for Latter-day Saints. Before we can establish Zion, we must understand this order of the priesthood. The priesthood after the order of Melchizedek has also been called the priesthood after the order of…

Catalog of Blessings

There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.”D&C 130:20-21 One principle of the gospel that should give us faith and confidence in the Lord’s…

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