Church History Lesson #29 — “Building the Kingdom in Nauvoo”

Church History Lesson #29 — “Building the Kingdom in Nauvoo” This week in I substituted in Gospel Doctrine. We led off by talking about a person who was well known as a charismatic leader. He had a fervent band of followers and he sold them on a vision of “draining the swamp” and making a city […]

Sermon in a Sketch: Circles of Awareness

What I don’t know vastly outnumbers what I do know. What I can actually influence is only a small portion of what I do know. What I can control is an even smaller portion of what I can influence. But I can control something. And I can expand my influence. And my knowledge. So there […]

D&C #44 – “Being a Good Citizen”

 “True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will, and a constant and earnest striving toward the principles and ideals on which this country was founded.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt Points to Ponder What does it […]

D&C #41 – “Every Member A Missionary”

“Now, what of the future? What of the years that lie ahead? It looks promising indeed. People are beginning to see us for what we are and for the values we espouse. … “If we will go forward, never losing sight of our goal, speaking ill of no one, living the great principles we know to […]

7 Principles of Highly Effective Evangelism

“Conversion is an enlarging, a deepening, and a broadening of the undergirding base of testimony. It is the result of revelation from God, accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence. Any honest seeker of truth can become converted by experiencing the mighty change of heart and being spiritually born of God. As we honor the […]

D&C #40 – “Finding Joy in Temple Work”

“And I beheld the temple was filled with angels.” I believe deceased prophets of all dispensations visit the temples. Those who attend the temple will feel their strength and companionship. We will not be alone in the house of the Lord.”  – Joseph Smith,  History of the Church, 2:428 Points to Ponder Why do we go to […]

Rediscovering the plans for the Nauvoo Temple

On a blistering August day in 1948, two missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints felt compelled to stop at a remote house in California’s Mojave Desert. The house belonged to Leslie Griffin, an elderly man who invited them inside. Although Griffin was not affiliated with the Church, he told the missionaries […]