Category Faith

What can I do to receive the priesthood in my life?

A Samaritan woman left her village to journey to a water-well, which served the surrounding villages. Women typically journeyed there to collect water for their households in the early morning and the late afternoon. Women would use the water to clean their homes and families, feed and even assist in healing their families aliments. The […]

He did straighten them in the wilderness

I love the way Nephi teaches of Moses’ people as they journeyed in the wilderness (1 Nephi 17):   Nephi has an opportunity to liken the Jews’ toil in the wilderness to that of his brethren, who also find themselves absolved from a land of tribulation (Jerusalem) and left to be rule-makers themselves. Though the […]

He’s In Your Boat!

I’ve lately been reading stories of the Saviour and boats. Not separately: together. I’ve previously written about Jesus walking on water, toward the storm-tossed fishing boat that held terrified friends. This story is instead an account of the Saviour, who travelled with his followers in a small boat. A storm gathers and soon the passengers […]

Knock: ask, search, [maybe] find

In 2015 I collected a stack of church-themed books that I, because I am that cat who seems to be living all nine lives at once, have not had a chance to delve into yet. The stack found its way to the back of my library shelves, and happening upon it kind of made my […]

In His Own Name Doth He Call You

I spoke recently with someone who had decided to leave the church. He was really angry. I listened as he explained his reasons: “the church is a machine, designed to brainwash its people and make them feel guilty for failing!” was the jist of it. He thought it particularly abominable that children in Mormonism were […]

A God of Miracles

in Relief Society today we learned about the nature of miracles. It was a brilliant class, and our teacher, my wonderful friend Ferne, emphasised that miracles are not necessarily always mountain-moving occurrences; but they can be even small things that are sprinkled in our lives. As she taught, I realised how dangerous it is that […]

Grace: the Enabling Power of the Atonement

I follow a few great Mormon-theme Instagram accounts that pepper my feed with inspirational reminders every day. Recently I came across one from @mormonmonday. It was a picture of Jesus Christ, drawn particularly handsomely- so naturally I paused. The caption was from Dallin H. Oaks: “I testify of our saviour, Jesus Christ, whose example we […]