Christmas is overwhelmingly seen, at least where I am, as a time to gather with your immediate and extended family. And while this is a worthy purpose for a holiday that almost everyone observes, it tends to obscure its greater, profound, and universal purpose: salvation for all who will, healing, mercy, love from God for … Continue reading Christmas is more than family
In the progression of miraculous signs given to Pharaoh to persuade him to let the Israelites go, God left the most painful sign for the end; when the pharaoh had, finally, refused to respond to every earlier inducement. Pharaoh was given ample time and many testaments – many opportunities to accede to God’s demand. But … Continue reading The Passover and the death of Egypt’s firstborn
Have you ever thought about whether you could have done what our Saviour did in Gethsemane and on the cross? In a Sunday School class earlier this year, while discussing the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we considered questions like, ‘Would you do what the Saviour did? Would you suffer these things for everyone on earth?’ … Continue reading Our Only Hope
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 don’t really bother with New Year’s resolutions, but I did read a good article today in that vein, which was less about a new year and more about continual change. It was quite perfect, actually, for me, because I’ve been struggling with something ‘new’ (there’s always something); my weakness in trying to ‘be better’. Which I’ve been doing all my life, and haven’t achieved yet. (Like there’s a point at which I could achieve it – bing! You’re better). Continue reading Am I better yet?