I recently watched an excellent Chinese TV fantasy drama called Love Between Fairy and Devil, or Cang Lan Jue (‘Separation of Cang and Orchid’). If you haven’t heard of it – it’s hugely popular in China and very popular overseas, airing back in August – it’s a truly beautiful, wonderfully-produced show with a great story, … Continue reading What are we here for?
I love Section 93 (of The Doctrine and Covenants)! It’s filled with wonderful, ennobling truths. I feel closer to heaven and everything that’s real when I read it. Here are some of the things I caught when I studied it again this year: The core substance in us is intelligence, or the light of truth. … Continue reading Filled with light
I think that too often, it’s easy to reduce D&C Section 89 to the ‘strong drinks’, ‘hot drinks’, and tobacco. That’s why it’s good to revisit it regularly, and see what God has actually revealed about taking care of our bodies. These instructions can be best understood within the larger context of (a) the purposes … Continue reading The wisdom of The Word of Wisdom
I was reading Alma 42:3-7 the other day for my morning scripture study, and pondering the meaning of these elements: the tree of life versus the tree of knowledge – why it was important to separate man from the tree of life once they’d partaken of the fruit from the tree of knowledge, why giving … Continue reading ‘A time granted unto man to repent’: the mercy of mortality
I want the Lord to solve my problems and save me from the worst things I suffer. I know it’s up to me to work for these things, too; I’m trying – sometimes very hard – to do that. And yet, He does not save me from them; not in the way I think I … Continue reading What God really saves me from