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Showing posts from May 22, 2011

About this blog (in case you are wondering):

One does not have to view much of this blog before they are likely to think, and perhaps exclaim: “wait a minute, this is nothing special, not really that creative or unique...rather, its just a collection of quotes and ideas from Church leaders and other great thinkers.”  Yes, that is EXACTLY what this is and exactly what this is intended to be.  More than anything, this blog is my study notebook, a place to keep quotes and ideas I come across while reading various books and articles.  I endeavor to read and record a variety of topics and authors.  Notwithstanding, the blog has been, and will continue to be, replete with quotes from Elder Maxwell and Brigham Young (two of my heroes). When I first started blogging last year, I intended to sprinkle a few of my own ideas and musings herein on occasion.  However, I have yet to run out of wonderful quotes and ideas from people much smarter than me, and I expect that 50 years from now (assuming I’m still around), I’ll still be finding quot

Maxwell on the Atonement

The Atonement...was infinite in the divineness of the one sacrificed, in the comprehensiveness of its coverage, and in the intensiveness--incomprehensible to us--of the Savior's suffering  Elder Maxwell, " Not My Will " p. 51 The cumulative weight of all mortal signs--past, present, and future--pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul!  All of our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement.  (See Alma 7:11-12; Isaiah 53:3-5; Matthew 8:17) Elder Maxwell, Ensign, May 1985, p. 73 There will be no end to the ripples of the Resurrection resulting from the infinite Atonement. Elder Maxwell, Ensign, November 1988, p. 33 Jesus' marvelous meekness prevented any "root of bitterness" from "springing up" in Him (Hebrews 12:15).  Ponder the Savior's precious words about the Atonement after He passed through it.  There is no mention of the vinegar.  No mention of the sco

The central purpose of all Scripture

In the end, the central purpose of all scripture is to fill our souls with faith in God the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ—faith that They exist; faith in the Father’s plan for our immortality and eternal life; faith in the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which animates this plan of happiness; faith to make the gospel of Jesus Christ our way of life; and faith to come to know ‘the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom [He has] sent’ (John 17:3). D. Todd Christofferson ,  “The Blessing of Scripture,” Ensign, May 2010, 34

Joseph Smith, The Prophet of the Restoration

I assume most "Utah" Mormons saw this long ago in Legacy Theatre on Temple Square.  However, having been away from Utah for most of the past decade, I viewed this for the first time, with my oldest son, last evening.   Well worth the hour its takes to watch.