Ancient Witnesses of Joseph Smith

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Just as we are blessed with knowledge of the past, ancient prophets were blessed with knowledge of the future. Joseph F. McConkie (1941–2013) was an emeritus professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University when he researched the connection between ancient prophets and Joseph Smith. Through revelation, ancient prophets learned… Continue reading

Five Ways to Understand Your Identity

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Learn how to overcome your struggles by understanding your eternal identity more deeply. In his 2012 BYU Education Week devotional address, Elder Tad R. Callister, then serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy, taught that when we understand our eternal identity, we are able overcome most of… Continue reading

Facing Doubts about Modern Revelation

Learn how to reconcile your doubts about revelations from the Lord’s prophets.  Revelation is often given in response to a certain question or situation. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland recounts how the first section of the Doctrine and Covenants, also known as the Lord’s Preface, was given after a man accused… Continue reading

Reason and Revelation: Friends, Not Enemies

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Reason and revelation don’t necessarily conflict in Latter-day Saint doctrine. Alan Hurst, Utah Supreme Court clerk and religious freedom advocate, presents a new perspective on the conflict that some feel between reason and revelation. This tension stems from the parents of traditional Christian thought: Jewish doctrine and Greek philosophy. Jewish… Continue reading

Figuring Out Doctrine: What It Is and What It Isn’t

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How can we tell what is true doctrine, what is false doctrine, or what is simply cultural tradition? Many people inside and outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wonder what constitutes “Mormon doctrine.” With information available from many different websites, books, and people, they often have… Continue reading

The Faith Decision

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Faith is a decision that triumphs over personal doubts and trials. In his article  “Starving Our Doubts and Feeding Our Faith,” Robert L. Millet, professor of ancient scripture at Brigham Young University, explores the reality of the Spirit’s occasional absences and ways we can keep our faith during those tough times. “Faith… Continue reading