Years ago, I heard a Bishop say: “Brothers and sisters, the restoration was messy.” I didn’t think much about his wording at the time. But over the few years following (including my mission), I encountered a lot of people wanting to “educate” me about early Church leaders. Joseph Smith was the most common target, of course. They cited all sorts of stories about him that seemingly “proved” he was a lying, womanizing con man. I mostly brushed off these claims during my mission. Those critics were not historians. I knew their agenda. I figured they were mostly lies, or at least huge distortions of the history. So, when I got home from my mission, I bought an 800-page history of Joseph Smith. It was written by an active stake patriarch and Church historian who worked on the Joseph Smith Papers project, so I figured his book would blow away all those false accusations with the fiery testimony of truth. But I was surprised to find that instead of tearing down all the stories the critics had told me, history largely confirmed them. And you know what? That’s OK!
Behaviors are the results of feelings. And feelings are the result of thoughts. Thoughts can be manipulated in negative ways when Satan uses trauma, shame, and self doubt to alter our thoughts which then alter our behaviors. WATCH THIS VIDEO FOR MORE!
Sunday is a day to grow closer to the Savior. “I think we need to try to remember Him always.” —Jeffrey R Holland
When we strive with heart and mind to follow the Savior and incorporate the music of the spirit into our daily lives, we receive favor from heaven.
How can religious leaders help people embrace faith? That’s what we asked the Pope’s personal biographer after he interviewed President Russell M Nelson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His answer is a powerful description of “ministering.”
Have you seen the teaser trailer for THE OTHER SIDE OF HEAVEN 2? Watch it now!
Could it be his quote that “the principles of intolerance and bigotry never had a place in this kingdom, nor in my breast?”
Did you see President Nelson in Seattle? If not, watch the two video below!
First responders were not prepared for the horrific scene of death and destruction that awaited them. This is the story of those first responders during the first hours after the attack on 9-11. Their stories helped to re-shape the training and preparations today’s first responders receive to be better prepared for the challenges that may one day come.
We find some great Mormon gems on YouTube! Our latest is this video: Chronology of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve, 1832-2018.