Can’t we all just get along

I am a Canadian living in Canada, so I am an outside observer when it comes to the US election. It is crazy how long the campaign lasts for (here it is about two months), and how mean the tone has become. I’ve recently read a BYU Speech by Hugh B Brown from 1968 called […]

When is a prophet a prophet?

Often critics of the Church will bring up something that a prophet or apostle has done that was wrong (in their opinion) and ask how a man of God could do something like that. Defenders of the Church often then reply with this quote from Joseph Smith: “a prophet [is] a prophet only when he […]

A few laughs…

An usher at one of the wards that I visit had a few (sort of) funny jokes to share with me when I visited a few weeks ago… 🙂 Why are we the only church that sings “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet”? All the rest are non-prophet (profit) organizations. What was the […]

182nd Semiannual General Conference – Post-conference notes

Another conference has come and gone. It was excellent. I enjoyed almost all of the talks, and definitely felt the Spirit. In fact, when President Monson announced the change in the missionary service age, I felt a rush of the Holy Spirit. I wasn’t hoping for a change and therefore wasn’t expecting a change, but […]

“The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life”

This is one of my all-time favourite quotes. We sometimes can get into a debate about the “spirit” of the law and the “letter” of the law. Which is better? Which is right? Which do we follow? Apparently this was written to one of Joseph F Smith’s sons who was on a mission. He had […]

The temple recommend of a prophet, seer and revelator

I mentioned before that back in March, Elder M Russell Ballard came to do some training. He was physically at the stake centre beside the Toronto Ontario Temple, but the training was for all of Eastern Canada. Leading up to the meeting, we were told that there would be a special temple session that Elder […]

“A prophet’s visit”

The Church News has a nice article (with pictures) about a recent trip by President Monson to Nauvoo and Kirtland. I have never been to Nauvoo, but have been to Kirtland many times. It’s about a 3-4 hour drive from here. I love being there. I don’t generally talk like this, but there really is […]

179th Annual General Conference – Sunday Morning Session

I ended up going to the Church this morning sans family for the first session. Two of our three kids are sick, and so my wife stayed home with them. I left a little early as I had an interview before. I also had an interview afterward. It was nice being able to refer to […]

Follow the Prophet

Inspired by my son’s drawing on Monday night, I’ve been thinking about the phrase “follow the prophet”. Generally I’m one of those people that think that too many members blindly follow. The current President of the Church is “talked up” so much that they seem infallible (even though the Church doesn’t officially teach that). I […]

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