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“Wherefore, I could not be shaken…”

I love the prophet Jacob in the Book of Mormon. He begs to be spoken. Not just spoken, but read aloud with gusto, purpose, and meaning. I always laugh, midst Jacob’s flowery oration (e.g., “O” this and “O” that), that he stops to painstakingly tell us that he spoke...

“How is it that ye have forgotten?”

Laman and Lemuel have a really bad reputation, and maybe deservedly so. However, can most of us really say that — in the exact same situation — we would really be so different? Most of what we know about the shared stubbornness of Laman and Lemuel comes...

“The Lord did soften the heart of Ishmael…”

As a young missionary, finding a good Gospel Essentials or Gospel Doctrine leader to bring an investigator to was gold. I wanted to bring folks into a lesson that was engaging, on point, and Christ-centered, and that was sometimes — I thought — hard to...

“The fullness of mine intent is that I may persuade men…”

“If he who employs coercion against me could mould me to his purposes by argument, no doubt he would. He pretends to punish me because his argument is strong; but he really punishes me because his argument is weak” (William Godwin). What is the power of persuasion? In...

“Nevertheless, I went forth…”

Nephi fascinates me. He is incredibly complex in his spiritual evolution throughout the first two books of the Book of Mormon, yet there is a simplicity in everything that he does. He acknowledges his heritage from his parents in instructing him and teaching him, but...

“Now I know of a surety…”

I love Sariah and her narrative. Throughout the beginning pages of the Book of Mormon, Sariah presents a powerful example of faith in adversity, strength in persuasion, and an unmistakable tenacity to keep her family together. At the time of their leaving Jerusalem,...

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