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How to Win an Argument with God: A Lesson Sponsored by the Corona Virus

Ever since I participated in debate competitions in high school and maybe before, I have relished the occasional thrill of winning an argument against a smart opponent. Forgive me for…

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President Nelson Shares Some Background Information for Recent Policy Adjustments

While some within and without the Church will disagree with the Church’s position regarding same-sex marriage, President Nelson’s comments this week at BYU help give some insight into the motivations…

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It Depends on What the Meaning of “It” Is: Reconsidering the “Burning in the Bosom” and “Studying It Out” in Doctrine & Covenants 9

For years many of us have read about the “burning in the bosom” in Doctrine and Covenants 9:7-9 and interpreted it to mean that Oliver Cowdery, in a failed attempt…

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Henry Eyring’s Eye-Opening Experience with Councils

Yesterday in Hong Kong I was fortunate to be part of a meeting where Elder Randy D. Funk of the Seventy and Benjamin Tai, an Area Seventy from Hong Kong,…

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A Lesson From Russell M. Nelson’s On-the-Fly Heart Surgery Innovation: Sometimes Revelation Can Be Detailed and Technical

Russell M. Nelson examining a model of the human heart. Last night I read an entire article from BYU Studies out loud to my wife so we could discuss and…

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Update on Early Modern English in the Book of Mormon: One Potential Test to Identify the Possible Influence of New England Dialect on the Dictated Text

Executive Summary: I remain impressed with the detailed, data-rich work of Carmack and Skousen regarding Early Modern English (EModE) influence in the original text of the Book of Mormon. However,…

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Confirming a Small but Meaningful Miracle from President Monson’s Life

In his October 2011 General Conference address, “Stand in Holy Places,” President Thomas S. Monson shared an experience as a small part of his talk that I find instructive in…

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Getting Scripture Completely Backwards: The Tragic Abuse of Revelation

The Book of Revelation is often quoted to “prove” that there can be no further scripture. That famous passage about not adding or subtracting to the word of God in…

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What Did Christ Teach about Divorce? Understanding the Challenges of Translating the Bible

The topic of divorce was important in New Testament times and is even more important in our day, unfortunately. For Christians seeking to understand what the Bible has to say…

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My Insatiable Quest for Power

I have an insatiable quest for power, especially when I’m in airports (that’s where I am as I write). Insatiable because I can walk endlessly sometimes without finding an available…

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