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Exceptional lives come through exceptional faith, not through magic.

On Sunday I had a pleasant conversation with a person I online knew from online exchanges. One thing she said was that she has to use a dictionary when she reads my books because I use words she isn't familiar with.

That comment made me uncomfortable because I find myself constantly at a loss for words. It just so happened that over the weekend I completed a read through "The Glory of God is Intelligence" and noticed at least 3 cases where the word I used was not only ill-fitting, but absolutely incorrect.

I think I'm a terrible writer, because I know the source of what I write about, and I know how long and hard the process is to try to convert the information to English, and to try to inflate the compressed signal out to something that is meaningful and applicable to someone that doesn't already know exactly what I'm talking about.

You have probably heard that, given enough time, a monkey can randomly write Shakespeare. I spend 2-8 hours per day practicing w…

Land of promise, life of promise: Where and how you live

What is a land of promise? Here is how Lehi described his land of promise:
5 But, said he, notwithstanding our afflictions, we have obtained a land of promise, a land which is choice above all other lands; a land which the Lord God hath covenanted with me should be a land for the inheritance of my seed. Yea, the Lord hath covenanted this land unto me, and to my children forever, and also all those who should be led out of other countries by the hand of the Lord.

6 Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.

7 Wherefore, this land is consecrated unto him whom he shall bring. And if it so be that they shall serve him according to the commandments which he hath given, it shall be a land of liberty unto them; wherefore, they shall never be brought down into captivity; if so, it shall be because of iniquity; for if iniquity shall abound cursed shall be the…

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Homosexuality

I received this email:

With the latest LDS policy reversal on LGBT families, I was wondering what your take on homosexuality is. Is that just because if we accept the law of Moses was a lesser law, and it condemned homosexuality, then anything of a higher nature would obviously do the same?

Here is my response:

One thing the Lord told me that has helped me understand some things a little better is that one way he helps us derive the benefits from principles higher than we can currently understand (and avoid the consequences of acting contrary to them) is through giving us commandments. We don't always get why, but then after the fact, he will explain it. Through obeying him based only on our trust in him, we can grow in our understanding to the point that he can teach us why.

Homosexuality was forbidden by the law of Moses, and is still a sin today, because a person living in a homosexual lifestyle can't progress as far as one who is not in joy, happiness, etc. It is not alway…