Why have so many come to embrace a spirituality devoid of any specific bids upon our hearts and minds? Could our elevation of “self” above anything and everything else have anything to do with it?
When we equate agency with being merely choice, we miss out on how human agency manifests in rich ways that are not always conscious and deliberately chosen.
It’s easy to get fixated on our own actions—or failure to act—in a life of discipleship. The teachings of ancient prophet Ezekial show a God more than ready to act on our behalf—and eager to help us know exactly that.
Why is General Conference the way it is? Maybe because “the inner change that makes the outer Zion possible depends, first and finally, on our ability to accept and to apply the simple, basic principles of the gospel.”
Anytime we draw extra attention to any particular truth in the gospel panorama, there is a natural risk of decentering or even unmooring our focus on Christ. Raising a few final questions about Bethany & McArthur’s article earlier this week.
It’s easy to sometimes think God only wants to hear “nice” feelings and positive sentiments in our prayers. Thank goodness the Book of Psalms demonstrates otherwise.
So many stepping away from families, marriages, and faith attest to poignant emotional validation for their life-changing decisions. What exactly is this emotion they are feeling?
People tend to seek information that affirms what they already think. But prophets are called to a very different task. And whether prophetic teaching is subtle or direct, the public reception is often sadly predictable.
I had good reasons for being angry with my grandfather. But that emotional burden I carried reflected my own misunderstanding of the nature of my other, even grander Father.
With great precision, a surgeon can miraculously repair a part of our body that is throbbing in pain. Could the same thing sometimes be needed for aching stories we carry around that simply aren’t true?
God offered the children of Israel a direct encounter. That was too much. They wanted something safer. Do we sometimes do the same?
The reality of a Heavenly Mother is glorious. Our personal and casual use of her name is not.