For several years I have been receiving a spiritual prompting to write a blog about the spiritual insights I have gained as I have studied the scriptures and sought answers to my gospel questions. But somehow, I've always just shrugged it off with one excuse or another: “I don't have the time for that;” “There [...]

Thoughts on the True Meaning of “Skin of Blackness” in the Scriptures

In light of the mention of "skin of blackness" in this week's "Come Follow Me" scripture reading, I decided to write a post on some thoughts and insights I have previously gained on this topic during my scripture study. We know that God loves all of His children, that He is no respecter of persons, [...]

The Interesting Connection between Jairus’s Daughter and the Woman with an Issue of Blood

While Jesus was on the way to Jairus's house to heal Jairus's twelve-year-old daughter, a woman "with an issue of blood" (Mark 5:25) reached out to touch Jesus's robes, believing, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole." (Mark 5:28) Indeed, simply touching the Savior's clothes healed her, and Jesus stopped to [...]

“If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments”—In Context

We frequently hear quoted John 14:15: "If ye love me, keep my commandments." But less often do we include the preceding verses, which I have come to realize give even greater meaning to John 14:15 and why we should obey God's commandments. John 14:13–14 states, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will [...]

Why Was Zacharias Punished for Questioning the Angel, but Mary Was Not?

In my study of the New Testament this week, I was reading in Luke 1. In this chapter, two angelic visitations occur: one to the priest, Zacharias, who would be the father of John the Baptist, and the other visit to Mary, who would be the mother of Jesus Christ. In both instances, the angel [...]

Whom Did Jesus Christ Authorize to Act in His Behalf?

My last post discussed how not all baptisms are authorized by God. This post discusses the question that naturally follows: well, then who has been authorized by God? Let's turn to the Bible. Whom Did Jesus Christ Authorize to Act in His Name—in His Behalf? Mark 3:14–15 tells us that Jesus "ordained twelve, that they [...]

“Not Everyone that Saith . . . Lord, Lord”

The last doctrine that I discussed in the journey to understand the need for prophets and apostles today was that ordinances and covenants, such as baptism, are the means by which we give our consent to God, indicating to Him that we choose to accept Jesus Christ and His saving grace; because God will not [...]

How Do I Show God That I Choose to Accept His Grace?

Saved by Grace or Works?