“Yes, from time to time our lives may seem to be touched by, or even wrapped in, darkness. Sometimes the night that surrounds us will appear oppressive, disheartening, and frightening.
“My heart grieves for the many sorrows some of you face, for the painful loneliness and wearisome fears you may be experiencing. Nevertheless, I bear witness that our living hope is in Christ Jesus! He is the true, pure, and powerful entrance to divine enlightenment.
“I testify that with Christ, darkness cannot succeed. Darkness will not gain victory over the light of Christ. I bear witness that darkness cannot stand before the brilliant light of the Son of the living God!”
President Dieter F Uchtdorf, The Hope of God’s Light, April 2013 LDS General Conference
“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3). The need for spiritual rebirth is a well-known and oft-used analogy in the scriptures. In the passage above, Jesus is teaching the Jewish leader, Nicodemus, and goes on to teach that two rebirths are necessary – one of the water (baptism) and another of the spirit. Such an analogy Continue reading →
Today is Blue Monday – in the UK statistically the most depressing day of the year. The poem below briefly explores some of the reasons for this, and then explains our answer to those issues. Continue reading →
I came across a blog the other day, Restoring Virtue, and enjoyed the poem in one of the posts. The blogger, Emily, was happy for me to reblog
the post, but as I’m new to this I’ve struggled. I’ve copied the poem below, but you can go to Emily’s blog with the link above. Continue reading →
In the first post on this topic I looked at examples of several good “righteous” people, who have suffered from Depression, including I believe the great Old Testament prophet Moses, as well as the Book of Mormon prophet Jacob. In this post I’ll discuss another example from Moses’ life that I think helps us to understand how we can be supported through such feelings ourselves, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Continue reading →
I have some personal and professional understanding of mental health issues, and as I have pondered how the Atonement applies to the challenges associated with these, I have learned some important lessons. Continue reading →
In the final part of this series of posts I’m going to share some of my thoughts on how the Atonement of Christ enables us to overcome our physical shortcomings. The previous posts in the series have included an introduction, and then my thoughts on how Christ helps us overcome our Spiritual, Emotional, and Intellectual shortcomings.
My email inbox has been bombarded over the last couple of days with messages wishing me a Happy New Year. The messages haven’t come from friends, though, who almost exclusively send their messages via Facebook nowadays. No, these email well-wishing messages Continue reading →