There is always a space between the ideal as taught by the gospel and where we are now. Some are more painfully aware of this gap than others. But it is in this space where grace operates.
I feel that too often we concern ourselves with if and when Christ forgave the woman in adultery. But if you drop your stone for a minute and put yourself in her shoes, you recognize the full import of Christ's message here.
I absolutely loved Craig Harline's memoir of his mission in Belgium in Way Below the Angels, and I hoped he had written more. It is funny, moving, and honest about the spiritual growth and trials built into serving a mission. It turns out that he is a history professor at BYU now, and he just... Continue Reading →
I wish you all a beautiful Sabbath Day! I am sharing with you my remarks from sacrament meeting this morning on giving and recieving mercy in our lives. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they than mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the... Continue Reading →
Among the many books that Harry Potter recommends in Methods of Rationality, the first one I chose to read was Judgment under uncertainty: Heuristics and biases. It is by no means light reading. Among the selection of journal articles presented, I was reading about a common heuristic (rule of thumb, set of assumptions used to... Continue Reading →
Paul's epistle to the Romans is yet another text that I found very opaque in my initial readings of the New Testament when I began to study in my teens. First off, much of it seemed irrelevant to a modern reader, dealing with the law of circumcision and the like. To the uninformed reader, this... Continue Reading →
This past year, my wife and I got to participate in a beautiful project entitled Voices of Hope. As expressed in the title, its purpose is to give a voice to those in the LGBT community who have found hope and strength through the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. The project is a part of... Continue Reading →