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Sons and Daughters

The divine paradigm for happiness and everlasting joy God has revealed in the scriptures tells us that anything less than that paradigm is incapable of bringing his children to their full potential. As a case in point, newly spawning alternatives to male–female identities and relationships are in reality as old as humanity. Making a mock …

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Becoming Sanctified

Just as we are saved by grace “after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23), so we are exalted by grace after all we can do through a process of purification and sanctification until we become “holy, without spot” (Moroni 10:33–33). Indeed, “we know also that sanctification through the grace of our Lord and Savior …

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Rending the Veil

Have we taken to heart the invitation to “rend that veil of unbelief which doth cause you to remain in your awful state of wickedness, and hardness of heart, and blindness of mind” (Ether 4:15)? Says Isaiah: “None calls upon your name, or rouses himself to take hold of you. For you have hidden your …

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The Iron Rod—the Word of God

The imagery of an iron rod representing the word of God contains nuances we may have missed, considering God’s word is truth and iron is unbending. And as we believe in God’s word in the scriptures insofar as they are translated correctly, that includes their interpretation, as their misuse or distortion is cause for damnation. …

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Becoming like Enoch’s Zion

According to the scriptures, Enoch’s people, who succeeded in becoming a city of Zion, most nearly parallel and resemble the prophesied latter-day Zion. The book of Moses, for instance, links these two Zions rhetorically and typologically and shows that they will become one people of God. But just how did the Lord’s people in Enoch’s …

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Author’s Journey to Understanding Isaiah

Reading the Book of Isaiah for the first time in my early twenties in New Zealand, I somehow sensed that its historical scenario had a much bigger application than only to Isaiah’s day or soon thereafter. Less than a decade later, in a yeshiva or rabbinic school in Jerusalem, Israel, the head rabbi declared as …

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The Davidic Covenant

The Davidic Covenant—God’s individual covenant with King David and his heirs—came into being in response to Israel’s need for protection against enemies. Although God had promised his protection under the collective Sinai Covenant, it required his entire people’s obedience to his commandments that are the terms of the covenant. That obedience had been achieved during …

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