Learning from the Earthly Father of the Savior

Christmas
The nativity of the Savior

“The Nativity” by Ted Henninger

On Christmas Day, we attended church services. The music was uplifting and the program was unique: a man reading the New Testament scriptures relating directly to the birth of the Savior.

I had heard all of these before. I had read them before. Yet I had never understood something I could learn from this story. I learned more about the character of Joseph—the man the Lord selected to be the earthly father of His only son.

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♫ My Favorite Hymn ♫

Mormonism

This is my favorite church hymn—always has been.

“I Believe in Christ”
Hymn #134

  1. I believe in Christ; he is my King!
    With all my heart to him I’ll sing;
    I’ll raise my voice in praise and joy,
    In grand amens my tongue employ.
    I believe in Christ; he is God’s Son.
    On earth to dwell his soul did come.
    He healed the sick; the dead he raised.
    Good works were his; his name be praised.
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The Lord Will Lead You to Heights That Are New

Talks and Lessons

Below is a talk I gave in Sacrament meeting the Sunday before Thanksgiving 2015.

I’d like to begin by reading a favorite hymn of mine, Hymn #127, “Does the Journey Seem Long?”.

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Being Thankful for a Family that Is Not My Own

Family

I dearly love a family that is not my own.

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Who’s the Luckiest?

Family

Love to play games? Not mind games, but games? Then try this to improve a relationship you value.

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“Thrust in Thy Sickle with All Thy Soul”

Talks and Lessons

Often we view home teaching assignments as opportunities to serve those we are assigned to teach; however, there is so much more we can learn from this assignment.

Today, I’m going to share a few stories about 3 home teachers. In each story, I hope you see that home teaching is “a program that touches hearts, that changes lives, and that saves souls” (E.T. Benson, May 1987).

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“Blessed are ye because of your faith; behold my joy is fuller”

Religion

It is done.

I have completed graduate school for the second time in my life and am thrilled beyond measure. There were aspects of it the first time around that I loved, but writing a book that only three people would read and possibly cite in their research was not one of them. Now I have written two books that 10 people (at the most) will read.

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“Sacrifice Brings Forth the Blessings of Heaven”

Talks and Lessons

Meghal Vogel carrying another runnerLast summer, Meghan Vogel, a high school track runner, competed in her state’s 3,200-meter race. Meghan was in last place after running nearly two miles. In the last 20 meters of the race, Meghan had the opportunity to not place last when the runner ahead of her collapsed on the track. Rather than pass her fallen opponent, Meghan stopped, placed her arm around her and carried her to the finish line.

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Godly suffering

Mormonism

A friend of mine posted this photo on Facebook suggesting that a Christian who belongs to a religion that has a building as ornate as this cannot consider him/herself a good Christian given all the suffering that occurs in the world.

Let me tell you about this building: the Salt Lake Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (AKA, the Mormons).

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Moral dilemma

Christiane's Childhood

I remember having an argument with a friend and his dad, an LAPD officer. The dad put us two teens into a scenario that he’s seen often — you’re a cop and you’ve just busted a local drug lord. There’s cash everywhere in one of the rooms and you’re alone. It hasn’t been counted and “no one” would know that you took some of it. Would you take any of the money?

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