The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards “The Book of Mormon does not supplant the Bible. It expands, extends, clarifies, and amplifies our knowledge of the Savior. Surely, this second witness should be cause for great rejoicing by all Christians.” - Joseph B. Wirthlin

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

learning new things

You have to be willing to be a fool to advance. When you're learning anything new, you'll feel like an imposter. That's a very useful thing to know. You'll feel like a fool because you are. And you'll think, “I'll never get there”. The destination might look very distant, but if you take a small first step and get the ball rolling, you can cruise along at a pretty good rate. What happens when you expose people to small but challenging tasks is: 1. It makes them more skilled because now they're dealing with the problem. They're acquiring new perceptions and new behaviors that are mastery. 2. They see themselves as actors who can change the direction of their lives. I've never seen anyone unable to progress if they made the task small enough. That can be pretty humiliating. But the upside is that once you've taken that first step, you'll start progressing exponentially. If you're not willing to be a fool, you cannot become a master.

Monday, January 29, 2024

Pres. Holland on trials

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Why the righteous are not spared tribulation, President Holland explains at funeral of Latter-day Saint teen

‘Let me encourage all of you to avoid saying “what if” or “would have” or “should have” or “could have.” Faith always points forward,’ he tells grieving teens after accident

CASTLE DALE, Utah — “Faith always points forward,” said President Jeffrey R. Holland, speaking at the Saturday, Jan. 27, funeral service for a young woman in Emery County, Utah, who died in an accident. 

Take the memories and lessons — “the embers” from the fire of life — and with faith look forward to “the promises that God has given,” said the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  


President Jeffrey R. Holland, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, speaks during the service for Kirsten Beagley at the Castle Dale Stake Center in Castle Dale, Utah, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024. 


Adam Fondren, for the Deseret News

Kirsten Kate Beagley, 18, died Saturday, Jan. 20, while tubing with friends in Huntington Canyon. President Holland, who did not know Kirsten or her family, heard about the accident from news reports and felt strongly he should attend the funeral. He suspected hundreds of her peers from Emery High School might be asking, “How and why could this happen?” 

To those young people, and the hundreds more attending the funeral, President Holland spoke with deliberateness.  

“Let me encourage all of you to avoid saying ‘what if’ or ‘would have’ or ‘should have’ or ‘could have,’” President Holland said. “In the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can celebrate and look forward and know all is well. 

President Holland, whose beloved wife, Sister Patricia Holland, died in July after 60 years of marriage, added, “That is what I have been asked to do these past six months.” 

It is impossible to face loss without grief, he said. It is all right to cry and to remember. It would not be a fitting tribute to “a sister or a daughter or a friend” not to mourn her temporary loss, he added. “Tears are the price we pay for love in this world.”

Sunday, January 28, 2024

Signs of intelligence

Applies to gospel study/practice.

Five great signs of intelligence: • You're not afraid or ashamed to find errors in your understanding of things. • You take mistakes as lessons. • You don't get offended with accepting the facts. • You are highly adaptable and very curious. • You know what you don't know.

Monday, January 15, 2024

Measure of intelligence


The measure of your intelligence is not your ability to acquire knowledge but how you handle uncertainty and navigate through it and behave when you don't know what to do.


"Our view of reality is always wrong, just a question of how wrong." | Elon Musk

"You get rewarded for unique knowledge, not for effort. Effort is required to create unique knowledge." @naval

Monday, January 8, 2024

Taking responsibility

Elder David A. Bednar said: “We should not expect the Church as an organization to teach or tell us everything we need to know and do to become devoted disciples and endure valiantly to the end. Rather, our personal responsibility is to learn what we should learn, to live as we know we should live, and to become who the Master would have us become. And our homes are the ultimate setting for learning, living, and becoming” 

(“Prepared to Obtain Every Needful Thing,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2019, 102).

Wouldn't our personal responsibility apply even more to the writings of LDS scholars who have repudiated the teachings of Joseph and Oliver regarding the origin and setting of the Book of Mormon?

one tiny spark of reason


"In the sciences, the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man." — Galileo Galilei