I was taught in my childhood by parents, in love,
Of a gift that was sent from heaven above;
Offered nigh two thousand years ago.
Thus, I first learned of Atonement.
With innocent mind my trust I gave
That One had come whose power would save. Continue reading
“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
In the October 2012 LDS General Conference Elder Shayne Bowen spoke of the tragic death of one of his children. At the end of his talk he gave a beautiful testimony 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.
Ultimately, our physical limitations are overcome Continue reading
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