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The Sacrament, Part 4: Water Alone?

In my last post, I discussed an argument in favor of needing to partake of both the bread and water during a sacrament service as opposed to only partaking of the water. This post is essentially a continuation of that same discussion, this time discussing arguments in favor of partaking only the water, so I […]

The Sacrament, Part 3: Bread and Water

This post is the third part of a multi-part series on the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. A question asked by a friend of mine was: “If you miss the bread do you take the water? … Obviously the best answer for the first is to make sure to take both but what is proper […]

The Sacrament, Part 2: Multiple Sacrament Meetings in a Day

A friend of mine asked me recently: “if you go to two wards do you take sacrament twice?” I’ve been in that situation before. I can remember one Sunday where I was in a group of young men who performed a music number in each of our three wards then went and helped with a […]

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Recently, I had a friend ask me the following: “[I have questions that] I have heard so many people have different views on. Sacrament, if you miss the bread do you take the water? Or if you go to two wards do you take sacrament twice? Does it matter? Is there any official stance or […]

The New LDS Hymnbook: Changes and Possibilities

Recently, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced that they were going to prepare a new hymnbook and children’s songbook for use in the worldwide Church. Specifically, the goal is to create unity in hymn numbers and selections that reflect the needs of a global organization. This is the first time in over […]

Saving Alvin: Joseph Smith’s Evolving Views on Salvation for the Dead

In 1823, Alvin Smith (Joseph Smith’s oldest brother) suddenly became ill. He died a short time later in great pain. Alvin seems to have been considered the brightest and best of the Smith brothers, even within his own family. He was also one of Joseph’s biggest supporters when it came to encouraging him to obtain […]

The Contradictory Commands

A few years ago, I was asked to teach Gospel Principles for one week. The class was very small, and the subject was the Fall of Adam and Eve. I remember this lesson, because I was explaining conditions in the Garden of Eden and the results of the Fall. The manual summarizes the scriptures and […]