Gospel Doctrine: Testifying of Christ

As I studied Luke 2:15-39 this morning, I was touched by the number of witnesses proclaimed the divinity of the infant Christ. I examined the actions of the shepherds, Simeon, and Anna, all of whom recognized in the babe His true identity. I then pondered how I could and should be like them. The shepherds were the first group I encountered in today’s scripture study. Having been persuaded by the visitation of the Heavenly Host, they decided to go to Bethlehem immediately to see these things for themselves. I love the way the scriptures describe their actions – “they came … Continue reading

The Nativity Story (2006)

Last year, when I first saw ads for “The Nativity Story,” I was concerned that Hollywood had taken this most sacred of events and commercialized it. However, I was impressed and surprised. The story was beautiful and well-done, and I highly recommend it. We get the story from a couple of different angles. We see King Herod and understand more about his position, why the coming of the Christ-child was such a threat to him that he would murder so many babies in order to keep Christ from taking over his throne. Not that Christ would have done such a … Continue reading

RS/EQ: Questioning Your Testimony

Although General Conference has thrown something of a cog into our regular Relief Society and Elder’s Quorum lesson planning (pity whoever is conducting this month, as they didn’t have to prepare a lesson! Unfair!), you should be studying from the Spencer W. Kimball handbook. This week, we are reading Chapter 7, a beautiful lesson on Personal Testimony. As I started off by reading the first section, addressing moments from President Kimball’s life, I was touched by the experience his son had. While on his mission, young Elder Andrew Kimball would frequently be impressed to bear his testimony. Later, he would … Continue reading

General Conference From the Past: Living Water to Quench Spiritual Thirst

This week, we will examine a talk given by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the Quroum of the Twelve Apostles. He presented the talk, “Living Water to Quench Spiritual Thirst” during the April 1995 session of General Conference. Elder Wirthlin starts his talk by discussing the Samaritan woman Christ met at the well. With this woman, He taught “powerful, eternal truths,” testifying as His role as the Savior of the world. The woman focused on the physical nature of the living water Christ offered. Similarly, Elder Wirthlin notes that many in the world today seek out the easy way, the … Continue reading

Favorite LDS Doctrinal Books

Each religious sect is blessed to have books written by knowledgeable members of their church that define and clarify different points of doctrine. I would like to share with you, in no particular order, some books written for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I have particularly enjoyed. I invite you to share doctrinal books from other sects in the comment trail as well. 1. “The Miracle of Forgiveness” by Spencer W. Kimball. This book outlines the meaning of sin, the consequences of it, and the way back to full fellowship. While there is a … Continue reading