Sharing the Restored Gospel Message in Truth and Love: A Personal Spiritual Journey and Mindful Approach to LDS Apologetics

Yes, we want to give a defense of our faith and the hope the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ brings to each one of us - we also want to share that message of God's divine purpose: to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of all through the infinite atonement of Jesus Christ. To give an informed answer and response to the many questions, criticisms, and misinformation about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one is required to answer from the power and authority of scripture, personal revelation, and established teachings where we derive truth and light.

James 1:12-15 | Genuine Faith and Temptation

The world offers us all the desires and appetites that leave our bellies full and our flesh satisfied. Unfortunately, it is only temporary and we continue to remain hungry and thirsty for more of those things of the world. When we are tempted, it may come in guise of satisfying some desire. We develop an appetite for it. Eventually, it leads us to experience death of our sense of self through Jesus Christ.

James 1:9-11 | Genuine Faith, Poverty, and Prosperity

Genuine faith stems from genuine humility. Our humility and faith is shaped from those trials we face in our lives. We are richly blessed beyond measure. The challenge is to keep ourselves humble regardless of how blessed we are. I also want to add that humility is the means in which we shore up treasures in heaven and not here on earth (see Matthew 6:19-20). It is not one of many Christian Virtues. It is the root of all Christian virtues. Humility is the root of genuine faith in God.

False Dilemma of Aaron Shafovaloff’s ‘Dilemma of Mormon Exaltation’ – Subordination vs. Independence between gods

Since it is the constant request of Evangelical Christians to ask Mormons to research the truth - we will do just that. Research to see if Shafovaloff's presentation is one of sound reason and logic. If it is not, then we must disregard his understanding as another failed attempt to reason with the Mormons.

A Sense of Peace During Times of Grief

Because grief may be powerful and overwhelming, many of us have attempted to avoid experiencing it. This may come when we experience a sense that our faith is lacking in God. However, our Savior understands the depths of our own sorrows. It is the cost of our love toward other people. And it is sadly unfortunate that our society today teaches that we need to get over the loss and move on. One simply does not get over or move on after a significant loss of someone they love.

Stand a Little Taller with Resilient and Bold Faith

We stand a little taller against the growing wave of immorality. We stand a little taller in the spirit of truth and light that is Jesus Christ. We stand with bold and resilient faith and courage to be the light by which those truly seeking refuge and sanctuary are able to come into the fold of God's kingdom. Each one of us, through our faith and commitment to the Gospel Principles established, are able to speak wisdom into those with broken hearts. We are called to serve and minister to those in need. Just as Christ served and ministered to the lowly and broken.

Inauthentic Christian living a model of holiness?

Living an authentic life is where a Christian lives true to his or her core values and beliefs. For the Christian, to live contrary to their core values and beliefs, is to live an inauthentic Christian lifestyle. Yes, it is a struggle when we take a look at the way social culture is going. However, we do not have to appear fake and pretend in order to be considered well-mannered.

Do businesses have a right to deny services to homosexuals based on religious conviction?

According to Komo News 4 and the Seattle PI, several Republican Lawmakers are introducing a measure to exclude business owners from Anti-Discriminatory lawsuits where their religious beliefs would be protected in denying services or goods to those who identify as homosexuals. This measure is Senate Bill 5927. It is being sponsored by 12 of the … Continue reading Do businesses have a right to deny services to homosexuals based on religious conviction?

Gay Marriage | A fresh and eternal perspective

Today, an interesting conversation ensued between a fellow classmate and I. As we talked about the class and the quiz, our conversation veered toward what area of study and career we are concentrating to work in. For myself, I am already working in the field as a Chemical Dependency Professional Trainee. Our conversation progressed; he … Continue reading Gay Marriage | A fresh and eternal perspective

Professor That Asked Students to Step on ‘Jesus’ Gets What He Deserves | Independent Journal Review

This is from the Independent Journal Review. A Professor That Asked Students to Step on 'Jesus' Gets What He Deserves | Independent Journal Review. According to the news article, a Latter-day Saint Student at Florida Atlantic University declined to participate in an activity where a Professor of Communications asked his students to write the name "Jesus" … Continue reading Professor That Asked Students to Step on ‘Jesus’ Gets What He Deserves | Independent Journal Review

Effective strategies for member missionary work

Members of the Marysville Washington Stake are highly encouraged to adopt a family mission plan, read through and study the Preach My Gospel manual, and to prayerfully find ways to share the message of the Restoration to family, friends, neighbors and even strangers. It is quite the challenge because many of us (from young and … Continue reading Effective strategies for member missionary work

New curriculum for 2013

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will engage in new curriculum for Sunday School and Priesthood/Relief Society. For the Sunday school curriculum (14 to Adults), our study will focus on Doctrine and Covenants and Church History. Members should receive - or already possess - the following copies: Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Class … Continue reading New curriculum for 2013

New Church Website on Same-Sex Attraction Offers Love, Understanding and Hope

SALT LAKE CITY — In an effort to encourage understanding and civil conversation about same-sex attraction, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched the website “Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction” (www.mormonsandgays.org). It features a number of videos from people who share real experiences from their own perspectives on a sensitive … Continue reading New Church Website on Same-Sex Attraction Offers Love, Understanding and Hope

Where is your focus? | My Utmost for his Highest – Oswald Chambers

... except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ ... Galatians 6:14 The feebleness of the church is being criticized today, and the criticism is justified. One reason for the feebleness is that there has not been this focus on the true center of spiritual power. We have not dwelt enough on the tragedy … Continue reading Where is your focus? | My Utmost for his Highest – Oswald Chambers

Morning devotion: A labor of love

And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also. – John 4:21  Missionary Work is a work of love and trust, and it has to be done on that basis  – Gordon B. Hinkley, Stand a Little Taller The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a Missionary … Continue reading Morning devotion: A labor of love

LDS Living – Why Am I Always Tired?

Dr. Thomas J. Boud, MD published a recent article in the most recent issue - LDS Living - Why Am I Always Tired?. Dr. Boud writes: Many people feel exhaustion creeping up on them during the holiday season, but it is possible to overcome the tide and find energy again.  Fatigue can tax just about every … Continue reading LDS Living – Why Am I Always Tired?

Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life

There is an old railway bridge outside of Shelton, Washington called the Vance Creek Viaduct. It is the highest railway bridge structure in North America. Built in 1929, it served as part of the rail system for the Simpson Timber Company. The bridge is about 450 feet in height and approximately 800 feet in length. … Continue reading Crossing the bridge into immortality and eternal life

Apostasy | A personal and social epidemic

One of the very fundamental teachings of the LDS Faith is that of a Universal Apostasy. Meaning the original authority of the Church of Jesus Christ, the priesthood authority, became corrupt due to heresy and man's own philosophy and understanding. Unfortunately, this post is not about the understanding of the universal apostasy of First Century … Continue reading Apostasy | A personal and social epidemic

Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

According to Aaron Earls article, found here Baptist Press - Mormonism's cultural rise likely to continue - News with a Christian Perspective, one cannot escape the flawed statements made. At first, one reads and finds some congruence with what Earls is saying, and the informational statements made by Tal Davis and Ant Greenham, about Mitt Romney … Continue reading Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

How to properly handle critics and criticism against the Church

In light of recent conversations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a question needs to be addressed. How do we, as Latter-day Saint Christians respond to those individuals that are antagonistic against the LDS Church, doctrines, history, and belief system? Mormon Apologia would like to provide this simple “how-to” guide for those who may … Continue reading How to properly handle critics and criticism against the Church

Guideposts : One Simple Step Toward Forgiveness

The power of forgiveness in the life of a Christian is a very powerful act of Divine origin. Since we receive forgiveness and pardon for our own sins and transgressions, we must be able to be ready to forgive as Christ and our Heavenly Father forgives. This article is from Huffington Posts Religion blog and … Continue reading Guideposts : One Simple Step Toward Forgiveness

Fasting – A Canvas for the Lord

This Sunday is Fast and Testimony meeting. With this thought in mind, and a bit of inspiration from the New Era’s vintage 1979 Mormonad caught the interest of the importance and truth of Fasting. The caption reads: Not eating is to fasting as an empty canvas is to the Mona Lisa. Abstaining from food is just the empty … Continue reading Fasting – A Canvas for the Lord

Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End

Seth Payne has just published an interesting article via Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End. In this article, and subsequent forthcoming articles, Payne is focusing on the understanding of Mormon Theological ethics and how it plays in the lives of Latter-day Saints. Ethics, in general, is an interesting area of study. Unlike … Continue reading Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End

Thought for today – October 23, 2012

Declaration of Belief And he said, Lord, I believe. – John 9:38 Be not afraid, only believe – Mark 5:36 I commend these wonderful words to all who are called upon to stand up for what they believe, and to do so with confidence – Gordon B. Hinckley, Stand a Little Taller, p. 310 We … Continue reading Thought for today – October 23, 2012