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Ponderize D&C 11:21 - Seek to obtain
Last Sunday a teacher pointed out a very interesting word in D&C 11:21 that I had glossed over up to this point.  Re-read this scripture and think about the word “obtain”  "Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your t...

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Ponderize Matthew 21:28-32 - Asking for a release
What do you do when you feel like it is time for you to be released from your church calling?  What do you do?  Can you ask the bishop of your ward for a release? Referencing Handbook 2 - Chapter 19 under “Releasing Members from Church Callings" "Releases f...

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Ponderize Alma 7:23 - We don’t believe in “moderation in all things”
I realized today that it has been nearly 20 years since I have eaten anything produced by a McDonalds.  I still recall staring at menu at a Mc’D’s in Illinois and realizing that there was nothing on the list of items offered that I wanted to eat.  There was...

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Ponderize D&C 137:9 - Purism vs. Pragmatism
“For I, the Lord, will judge all men according to their works, according to the desire of their hearts.” [D&C 137:9] As I thought about this scripture I pondered about the apparent dichotomy between purism and pragmatism.  For reference, here are the defini...

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Ponderize D&C 121:42-44 - Gentlness, Meekness, Love, and Kindness
After re-reading President Monson’s April 2017 conference talk titled “ Kindness, Charity, and Love ” I have been thinking about why he would choose this subject as one of his final talks to the people of the Church.  It is not a new topic for him, but cons...

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Ponderize D&C 107:27 - Unanimity, Presiding, and Counseling Together
Recently I had an experience that caused me to reflect on this idea of unanimity, presiding, and counseling together.   As I searched the scriptures and conference talks related to this topic I came up with several quotes.  These quotes are below, followed ...

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Ponderize Luke 14:28 - Counting the Cost
Goodreads is a great web site for me to select good books to read and to track my reading.  Each year they have a reading challenge.  Members of the site are encouraged to set a reading goal for the year and post that goal on the site.  I participated in 20...

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As I read D&C 133:57-59, I asked my self what it means when it says that "two shall put their tens of thousands to flight"  57 And for this cause, that men might be made partakers of the glories which were to be revealed, the Lord sent forth the fulness of ...

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Ponderize D&C 89:18-21 - Am I receiving all the blessings of obeying the Word of Wisdom?
The last 4 verses in the 89th section of the Doctrine and Covenants it provide a set of promises to those who obey the principles contained in the Word of Wisdom. 18 And all saints who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the comma...

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Ponderize 2 Timothy 1:7 - The Sprit of Power
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). As I thought about this idea of spiritual power and how we can obtain it, my mind was turned to the first chapter of Moses where it describes how...
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