I was reading a General Conference talk this morning from April 2016 by Elder Patrick Kearon titled "Refuge From The Storm". He spoke about the refugee crisis that was in the news so much during last summer, drawing from his experience as a counselor in the Europe Area Presidency and helping to manage the Church's … Continue reading Remembering those in need
“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). I am a Christian, which means that I believe in Jesus Christ and I have taken upon myself his name, I have accepted his gospel and I have agreed to live by his commandments. I … Continue reading Love as a Christian
There is a lot of talk lately about Confederate statues and whether we should take them down as representative of an oppressive time in our history, or whether we should keep them to remember our past, no matter how shameful. It is a difficult, but important discussion to have. I will admit that I have … Continue reading On Confederate Statues
I wrote a few days ago in response to recent violence and I quoted from the Fourth Book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon about how the people at that time came together in a peaceful society for almost 200 years. This morning, with thoughts of recent events still in my mind, I was … Continue reading Reacting to Violence, 3 Nephi 6
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God." … Continue reading Response to Charlottesville
I was reading through some old scripture notes I had written on my phone and I came across a link back to a talk from October 2014 General Conference by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, so I read that talk again. I don't remember hearing this talk, it was as if I were reading it for … Continue reading Are we not all beggars?
There is a lot of talk on the Church about our duty and responsibility to reach out to others, to help and serve and show love. We emphasize our need to assist our brothers and sisters in their afflictions and suffering and their situations. Yet, where is the counsel to those who are themselves feeling … Continue reading On Priesthood Duty and Anxiety