Becoming: As a Little Child

As I've implied in a previous post, based on the original meaning in Matthew 5, I wish “Be ye therefore perfect” was translated in our own modern vernacular as, “Become ye therefore perfected.” I like “become perfected” much more...

Meekness: The Outward Manifestation of Humility

Meekness too often is confused with humility, but it is not being humble. Being humble is being poor in spirit. Meekness is defined in the original Greek as “gentle, forgiving, or benevolent”. My favorite definition for benevolent is: 1. intending or...

Mourning with and Comforting Those in Need

I spoke in one of our wards in February, and stayed for the entire block of meetings in order to fulfill a particular assignment. As I was standing in the hallway prior to Priesthood meeting, I noticed one of the sisters in the ward crying almost hysterically and...

The Promise of Salvation in This Life

While pondering the concept of spiritual poverty earlier this year, something struck me that I hadn't considered previously quite in that way. I have believed the central principle for some time, but considering how salvation (being saved from something) applies to...