Team Firstborn

Since I am the third child in my family, I never thought much about the significance of being the “firstborn,” because obviously that doesn’t apply to me, right? However, in Exodus 4:22 the Lord describes the house of Israel as “my firstborn.” Thus, as a member of the House of Israel, it’s important for me…

When Disciples Cut Off Ears

When I feel discouraged and confused about certain types of mistakes that I (or others) have made, I gain strength and understanding by relating to a particular story of Peter that is found in all four Gospels. When the Savior was arrested by an armed mob in the garden of Gethsemane, the disciple Peter drew…

Hurrah for Israel!

“Hurrah for Israel!” is what Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball shouted as they bid farewell to their sick families (in 1839) and departed on their mission to England, despite being ill themselves.  While this story is often used by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an example of optimism…

The Jaredite Voyage and the Year 2020

The Jaredites knew what it was like to have a year of uncertainty and limited social interaction, but they also knew three important keys to not only surviving but also thriving. While discussing the book of Ether (part of the Book of Mormon) in Sunday School the other day, I was struck by all the…

Adventures in Isaiah: Part One

As I’ve searched for ways I can center my life on Christ, I never expected the answer would be to change the way I see Isaiah. I’ve read the Book of Mormon many times, but in my most recent study I finally noticed just how blatantly we are commanded to study Isaiah. Of course, I’ve…