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Larry Barkdull

Meet Author Larry Barkdull


Larry Barkdull is the author of number of books, his newest being an eight-book series on Zion (www.pillarsofzion.com) and Rescuing Wayward Children, a subject that he teaches at BYU Education Week. He writes a weekly column for Meridian, alternating between "Rescuing Wayward Children" and "Becoming a Zion Person." He is the president of Gospel Ideals International (www.gospelideals.org), a foundation that promotes the gospel on the Internet. He is a longtime publisher and writer of books, music, art and magazines. He published the Tabernacle Choir Performance Library and more than 600 products for numerous authors, composers and artists. His books have won various awards: American Family Best Fiction Award; Benjamin Franklin Book Award; and the Book of the Year Award from Foreword Magazine. He and his wife, Buffie, have been married for 40 years, and live in Orem, Utah. They have ten children and fifteen grandchildren. 


Author's Published Articles
2014-09-17

There remains but one essential step to regain the presence of the Lord: taking upon us fully the name of Jesus Christ. But how...

2014-09-10

The Plan of Happiness is central to becoming a Zion person. Happiness is always associated with Zion: “and surely there could...

2014-09-03

Is it possible that we, who profess membership in Christ’s church, are guilty of persecuting the poor?...

2014-08-27

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” Therefore, the more like God we become, the more love we have to giv...

2014-08-20

Although the effects of the Fall may have rendered a wayward soul spiritually dead, a divine provision has been made to awaken ...

2014-08-15

The New and Everlasting Covenant is the most glorious ever revealed. It contains the greatest hope and the most impressive prom...

2014-08-13

Will my two mites attract the attention of the God of heaven? Will he hear my prayer? Does he know me? Does he know what I’m ...

2014-08-06

Few people have suffered as did Job. But in the final analysis, forgiveness was the test that turned his “captivity.”...

2014-07-30

“No greater work has the Lord God of heaven ever undertaken than to save the souls of his children. It is the grandest, the g...

2014-07-23

The Plan of Happiness is central to becoming a Zion person. Happiness is always associated with Zion: “and surely there could...

2014-07-09

Imagine a world in which there is no poverty of any kind—neither the impoverishment of financial distress, ignorance, relatio...

2014-07-02

What is a key to power, real power, God’s power? Implementing this simple principle could change your life....

2014-06-25

Who are the “beautiful ones,” those whose feet are beautiful upon the mountains? The prophet Abinadi gave his life for answ...

2014-06-19

Have you ever been in an argument and didn’t know how to make up? Have you said things that you regret and wished you could t...

2014-06-11

How many of us feel that we have spent our lives laboring in vain? Is our life really without purpose? We felt that we were mak...

2014-06-04

No place is more frightening for parents of wayward children than the “far country.” Is there hope of divine rescue even wh...

2014-05-28

We stomped out of each other’s lives forever. I wouldn’t forgive him; I couldn’t forgive him…but I had to forgive him....

2014-05-21

When there seems to be no hope, we cast our eyes heavenward and cry out, “Help me! Offer me Thy yoke.” And we discover that...

2014-05-14

Nearly every week, we partake of the Sacrament, often casually, sometimes by rote. However, this simple ordinance should demand...

2014-05-07

A remarkable meeting took place when Abraham met two kings: Melchizedek, the king of Salem, and the king of Sodom. How Abraham ...

2014-04-30

“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church.” Coming to terms with priesthood power....

2014-04-23

The oath and covenant of the priesthood is called the covenant of exaltation. To achieve that high goal, one must magnify both ...

2014-04-16

To unleash the power of the priesthood to obtain that great blessing we must give charitable service—the power to lift, comfo...

2014-04-09

The oath and covenant of the priesthood remains an enigma for many of us. And yet, it comprises the actually covenant of exalta...

2014-04-02

When was the last time you read the oath and covenant of the priesthood? In this four-part series, we will review the priesthoo...

2014-03-26

We live in a world of symbols. The language of the temple is one of sacred symbols, which are keys that unlock unbelievable pow...

2014-03-19

Perhaps no metaphor better describes the New and Everlasting Covenant as does the Jewish wedding. The events leading up to the ...

2014-03-12

What must one do to qualify for the rights belonging to the Priesthood? ...

2014-03-05

Greater commandments accompany greater revelations. Properly understood, it is impossible to receive one without the other....

2014-02-26

Job suffered the loss of all his property, his children, his public esteem, the comfort of his wife, and his health and his fri...

2014-02-20

When a child strays, parents can wonder if they are at fault or whether it is a punishment: “What did I do to deserve this ch...

2014-02-12

I’ve heard it said, “My decision is my own business. I’m not hurting or affecting anyone but me.” That is a lie of seri...

2014-02-05

Have you ever wondered if God hears and answers every prayer? I learned that He does, and in the process, I also learned that H...

2014-01-29

A foundational principle of the law of stewardship is all things ultimately belong to the Lord, whether property, time, talents...

2014-01-22

Few laws are as misunderstood as consecration and stewardship. One thing is certain: Only by living the law of stewardship can ...

2014-01-15

This life is a "trek of treks." The scriptures outline accounts of others who endured this trek, further study shows that these...

2014-01-08

The words of the prophets contain powerful counsel and promises. I am constantly intrigued by the fact that they, like the Savi...

2014-01-03

What do the Biak Tiger, the Bee Hummingbird and the Family all have in common? Each is an endangered species....

2013-12-18

A few years ago, I became disgusted with the lack of Christ in Christmas, so I determined to do something to research and write...

2013-12-11

Imagine a world in which there is no poverty of any kind—neither the impoverishment of financial distress, ignorance, relatio...

2013-12-04

I am embarrassed to admit that I was once a cable news junkie. Then I read a warning from the Lord....

2013-11-27

If your child has gone astray, you are not alone! Larry Barkdull's book on the subject, Rescuing Wayward Children, is now avail...

2013-11-20

The sealing ordinance is the fundamental purpose of our creation and the creation of the earth. ...

2013-11-19

Joseph Smith said, “We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object.…”...

2013-11-12

Like all of us, Alma wanted to be more and to do more. His desire was noble, but he discovered that his approach was flawed. Hi...

2013-11-06

We do not choose heroes from those who have never been through something hard. We admire and try to emulate those who have face...

2013-10-30

“And there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh.” Zion people strive ...

2013-10-23

What do Jimmy Stewart, an Italian art history teacher, a young girl’s dream, and a Beat Boxing Cello player all have in commo...

2013-10-16

Few laws distinguish Latter-day Saints as much as consecration and stewardship. And perhaps few laws are less understood. ...

2013-10-09

Few laws distinguish Latter-day Saints as much as consecration and stewardship. And perhaps few laws are less understood....

2013-10-02

One of my heroes in the Book of Mormon is the woman who married Nephi. Though I do not know her name, she was a woman of extrao...

2013-09-25

Wayward children are spiritually asleep, but the Lord is equipped to awaken even those who seem the most lost to the light of r...

2013-09-18

Understanding the extent of the Fall and the condition of our physical bodies is a significant step forward in understanding a ...

2013-09-11

Who is the vampire of light and truth? If he can turn your questions into doubts, he will bleed you dry. ...

2013-09-04

The man who built the Ark of the Covenant was delivered from slavery to accomplish this mighty work. ...

2013-08-28

The Law of Consecration is the very core of the gospel, and it permeates every gospel principle. Only by living this law can we...

2013-08-21

The administration ordinance has a single purpose: to heal the sick and afflicted, unless the recipient is appointed unto death...

2013-08-14

When Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light,” he was offering to join with us and help carry our heavy load....

2013-08-07

Few caused as much pain and devastation to the Saints as W.W. Phelps. He believed he could never be forgiven....

2013-07-31

To rescue a wayward spouse or a wayward friend requires implementing the same principles as rescuing wayward children. Here is ...

2013-07-24

We bear testimony sometimes sincerely and sometimes casually. Did you know that there is a ripple effect that impacts both eart...

2013-07-17

Over one hundred years ago, President Lorenzo Snow issued a mandate to the Church: “It is high time to establish Zion.” Wha...

2013-07-10

Maybe you’ve heard that the Second Coming is at hand. The accompanying cataclysmic events will be unparalleled, but the subje...

2013-07-03

Can you remember when the term, “Internet,” was a vague, emerging concept embraced mainly by geeks? Can you remember the wo...

2013-06-26

We can suffer a very long time with our wayward children. Despite our best efforts, one of our children may pass away having ne...

2013-06-19

Many saints are called to the marriage of the King’s Son, but few will be allowed to attend. The Lord’s conditions, admonit...

2013-06-13

Clark Kent is blatantly a Christ character in this version of the superhero tale. The writers are not subtle about drawing para...

2013-06-12

Jesus said we cannot serve God and mammon. Serving both is as impossible as simultaneously walking east and west. The two are p...

2013-06-05

Dad just died--and it's a time of soul-searching....

2013-05-30

You’ve sung the song. You know the words. But do you know the remarkable story behind this great hymn?...

2013-05-22

When my youngest daughter married a fitness trainer, I had no idea that my life would be turned upside down. Can an old guy lea...

2013-05-15

From time to time, I mourn the weaknesses that linger with me like an unwelcome guest. Just when I feel I have gained an advant...

2013-05-08

My mother painted a large painting of Christ in Gethsemane that hung in the Idaho Falls Temple for over twenty years. It’s re...

2013-05-02

In his sweeping vision of the cosmos, Abraham learned some principles about leadership that he wrote in his record to perhaps h...

2013-04-24

Remember the 1980 Holiday Bowl? Despite the odds, parents of wayward children must learn to never give up. ...

2013-04-17

I have five sons, so I have lots of practice writing missionary letters on all sorts of subjects. Almost without fail, each boy...

2013-04-10

When children struggle, we parents often feel like failures. Nevertheless, despite what we might view as evidence to the contra...

2013-04-03

Why are final tests often the most difficult before deliverance comes?...

2013-03-28

The by-product of gospel hobbies is often contention and disputation as its proponents seek followers. Have you let your gospel...

2013-03-20

Miracles not only reveal God’s intervention, they reveal His character, His foreknowledge, His power and His love....

2013-03-13

A prophecy that has been oft-repeated through the ages is the offering that will be made by the sons of Levi. But who are they ...

2013-03-06

The blessings of Abraham that we inherit by birth or adoption are unequaled in eternal significance. But do we know what we hav...

2013-02-27

Have you ever felt helpless in the face of loved one’s choices? Are you watching them walk closer and closer to the edge of a...

2013-02-20

Something happened in the Garden of Eden that defined the battlefront of the continuing war between good and evil. What is the ...

2013-02-13

The Plan of Happiness is central to becoming a Zion person. Happiness is always associated with Zion: “and surely there could...

2013-02-06

Living a covenant life offers a particular kind of astonishing safety that we sometimes don't often fully understand....

2013-01-30

If there is one thing that the scriptures teach repeatedly, it is that each wayward soul is worth the effort. “Fortunately, G...

2013-01-23

I encourage you to prayerfully write down your personal commitments to seriously search the Doctrine and Covenants this year, t...

2013-01-09

True love between a husband and wife gives them the power to effectively seek and secure blessings from heaven and to rescue th...

2013-01-02

Two personal stories remind us that God is in the details of our lives and miracles are around us every day....

2012-12-27

Does God hear and answer every prayer? I guarantee he does. Even the ones we casually offer over our food. And He has a sense o...

2012-12-20

I received an unexpected Christmas gift from my four-year-old granddaughter, Ivy, who helped me get into the Christmas spirit. ...

2012-12-12

In the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon at the Temple, Jesus taught the principles of blessedness or Beatitudes. President Ha...

2012-12-11

My fellow Meridian columnists and I could never reach such a vast audience of Saints if Meridian did not exist, and you, the su...

2012-12-05

Jesus taught the principles of blessedness or Beatitudes, which means “to be blessed” or “to be happy.” President Harol...

2012-11-28

Worried about a wayward loved one? You have not been left alone. Often angels are dispatched to help us. These angels include o...

2012-11-21

I have many reasons to be grateful. This year I am remembering the astounding miracle of the Lord’s saving my son from AIDS a...

2012-11-14

“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church.” Coming to terms with priesthood power....

2012-11-07

For years, I have observed in our ward a ninety-year-old widow quietly go about doing good. She makes the rounds to those who a...

2012-10-31

When Jesus first announced his mission to the Nephites, he declared that he had “drunk out of the bitter cup, which the Fathe...

2012-10-24

Faith in God is the stuff that produces miracles. Here is an exchange of letters about a wayward child that speak to the faith...

2012-10-17

There is a vast difference between the way men and God work. To accomplish most things in life, mankind must exert physical eff...

2012-10-10

As we work to reclaim our wayward children, we are not alone. Often angels are dispatched to help us. These angels include our ...

2012-10-03

President Hinckley taught this incredible principle with a promise, “When you are united, your power is limitless. You can ac...

2012-09-26

Nearly two years after the organization of the Church, Joseph Smith received a revelation instructing him to take the next step...

2012-09-19

During a Family Home Evening, my daughter launched a question that caused me to pause and consider: To get to heaven, why is be...

2012-09-12

Just as he was leaving for his mission, my son confessed, "I've always had trouble understanding scriptures and how to receive ...

2012-09-05

If you could be healed of your worst affliction—the enemy that you have never been able to quite defeat—would you be willin...

2012-08-29

When we speak of Zion, sing of Zion, long for Zion—we typically reference an ideal society. But what about the individual who...

2012-08-22

Within the Plan of Salvation is a personal plan for each of us. It may require the appearing of an angel, or it might come as a...

2012-08-15

Here is my story about writing what became possibly the most extensive work on Zion ever to be published. As a gift, Meridian s...

2012-08-08

The Lord revealed an astonishing doctrine that speaks to the far-reaching effects of the Atonement. This doctrine seems to make...

2012-08-01

The journey through the Lord’s Wilderness is like what Elder Maxwell called the “trek of treks.”...

2012-07-25

How many people, trapped by sin or the urgency of their circumstances, helplessly flounder about while inside they are silently...

2012-07-18

The word grace is often misconstrued or narrowly defined. However, grace not only provides access to the Lord’s enabling powe...

2012-07-11

Forgiveness is a spiritual gift from God. Our capacity to forgive is linked to our capacity to love; and our capacity to love i...

2012-07-05

Anciently, the Lord provided a means of rescue for widows in Israel: the go’el. A friend’s example lifted my remembrance to...

2012-06-27

Sometimes the acid test is being willing to forgive someone who has bitterly hurt us. Here’s a true story....

2012-06-20

Mormon recounted the story of the abduction of twenty-four Lamanite daughters by King Noah’s wicked, disenfranchised priests....

2012-06-12

Could it be that the annihilation or salvation of this world will be decided on the testimony of the true nature and mission of...

2012-06-06

Amen is one of the most common and yet misunderstood religious words. What does amen mean? The answer might surprise you....

2012-05-30

On May 6, 2012, the Hosanna Shout was heard for the first time in Western Missouri since Adam gathered his righteous posterity ...

2012-05-23

Perhaps no metaphor better describes the New and Everlasting Covenant as does the Jewish wedding. In this article, we will exam...

2012-05-16

The Jewish marriage mirrors the New and Everlasting Covenant with amazing similarity. When we understand the parallels between ...

2012-05-09

The Jewish marriage customs are amazingly similar to the New and Everlasting Covenant. How do the rites of the betrothal ceremo...

2012-05-02

Throughout the scriptures, the marriage metaphor is used to describe our covenantal relationship with the Lord. The symbolism i...

2012-04-25

Many have been converted by the Book of Mormon, but few people have been converted to the Book of Mormon. An illustration is Ja...

2012-04-18

In 1955, on a rough open sea, Choir members exercised exceeding faith for a miracle to save a man’s life. He was bleeding int...

2012-04-11

The philosophies of Zion and Babylon are exact opposites. We can trace their origins back to the premortal world. Our understan...

2012-04-04

Are children indiscriminately shuffled into families by a cosmic roll of the dice? Or are they strategically positioned by a di...

2012-03-28

Despite what we might view as evidence to the contrary, parents are uniquely endowed to become saviors to their wayward childre...

2012-03-21

Is Samuel the Lamanite’s curse of “slippery treasures” upon us? What other curses are waiting if the world does not repen...

2012-03-14

Temple marriage is initially provisional, waiting for obedience to make it “more sure.” But when that marriage is sealed by...

2012-03-07

Do we allow unanswered questions to fell our tree of testimony or grow it? Just how much are we willing to risk to obsess about...

2012-02-29

In the premortal world, righteous men were ordained to the Melchizedek Priesthood. What was our work then, and what should be o...

2012-02-22

The story of Jairus and his dying daughter is a perfect example of Jesus’ ability to save a spiritually dying child even when...

2012-02-15

“No greater work has the Lord God of heaven ever undertaken than to save the souls of his children. It is the grandest, the g...

2012-02-09

Will my two tiny mites attract the attention of the God of heaven? The story of the widow and her two mites opens a view into o...

2012-02-01

“If fish could scream there would be fewer fishermen.” How many people are hooked by the urgency of their circumstances and...

2012-01-25

Will prodigal children return? Almost assuredly! The scriptures and prophets promises are astoundingly hopeful. Absolutely ther...

2012-01-18

God showers us with miracles. If we are observant, we can recognize his fore-knowledge of, power in behalf of and love for us....

2012-01-11

“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church...

2012-01-04

Expand your understanding of faith in this remarkable article, which the editors highly recommend. How do you access this first...

2011-12-28

On April 1, 1990, my wife and I rushed our fifteen-year old son, Matt to the hospital because he was bleeding internally. The ...

2011-12-21

The oath and covenant of the priesthood is called the covenant of exaltation. To achieve that high goal, one must magnify both ...

2011-12-14

The oath and covenant of the priesthood is called the covenant of exaltation. To unleash the power of the priesthood to obtain...

2011-12-07

The oath and covenant of the priesthood remains an enigma for too many of us. And yet, it comprises the actual covenant of exa...

2011-11-30

When was the last time you read the oath and covenant of the priesthood? Would it surprise you that this covenant is often cal...

2011-11-23

We do not choose heroes from those who have never been through something hard. We admire and try to emulate those who have face...

2011-11-16

The greater commandments are God’s revelation of his celestial lifestyle and an invitation to live likewise. ...

2011-11-09

Nephi declared that the first principles and ordinances of the gospel are “the doctrine of Christ.” Then he made an intrigu...

2011-11-02

There is a vast difference between being “in love” and being loving. True love, which is charity, is not so much a feeling ...

2011-10-26

Enough is enough! I’m going on the record: I’m a Mormon and I’m a Christian! ...

2011-10-19

Despite our best efforts, one of our children may pass away having never abandoned his wayward ways. Is he lost? Have we failed...

2011-10-12

We must never listen to the alternative voices or imagine that it is too late to save a wayward child. ...

2011-10-05

No gift could be greater than the new and everlasting covenant. Do we really know what we have been given? ...

2011-09-28

We can suffer a very long time with our wayward children. Despite our best efforts, one of our children may pass away having ne...

2011-09-21

No government program or private enterprise, however well-meaning, can eradicate poverty. The world’s poor have but one hope:...

2011-09-14

Is it possible that we, who profess membership in Christ’s church, are guilty of persecuting the poor?...

2011-09-07

In a galaxy filled with children that eclipse the number of stars and planets, our Heavenly Father focuses on the one....

2011-08-31

Meridian readers can receive a free PDF copy of this first of eight books about Zion. Here is the introduction to the Zion seri...

2011-08-24

Repeatedly, the Lord warns the “many” who are called to eternal life that they risk becoming the “few” who actually ach...

2011-08-17

Priesthood authority becomes priesthood power on the criterion of righteousness. Then the vast body of priesthood rights are re...

2011-08-10

According to the Constitution of the Priesthood, “many are called, but few are chosen.” What is the “Call”? Who are the...

2011-08-03

Many saints are called to the marriage of the King’s Son, but few will be allowed to attend. The Lord’s conditions, admonit...

2011-07-27

Beyond the glorious new and everlasting covenant, the centerpiece of the Restoration is the Holy Priesthood. The covenant of th...

2011-07-13

Why would God inspire Mormon to write about the rebellion and conversion stories of Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah? Wh...

2011-07-06

Of all the people in the world, the Latter-day Saints are equipped to save their children in powerful ways. But too often, we l...

2011-06-29

The essential step to regain the presence of the Lord: taking upon us fully the name of Jesus Christ. By fully taking upon us t...

2011-06-22

When there seems to be no hope, when we search our environment for solutions and find none, we look pleadingly heavenward and c...

2011-06-15

Have you ever aspired to become a writer? Here is a talk I gave to the award-winning student writers of the Granite School Dist...

2011-06-08

You tame a wild horse with a process called gentling, which suggests the way God might gentle us into a relationship of trust t...

2011-06-01

We speak of Zion, sing of Zion, covenant to promote the establishment of Zion, and long for Zion—but what is Zion? Latter-day...

2011-05-25

Where is the guide to establishing latter-day Zion? The Book of Mormon is our step-by-step manual....

2011-05-18

Remember the 1980 Holiday Bowl? Despite the odds, parents of wayward children must learn to never give up. ...

2011-05-11

Abandoning organized religion is a troubling trend that is washing over the world. Many wayward souls are embracing this satani...

2011-05-04

The vampire of light and truth is Satan: “And that wicked one cometh and taketh away light and truth, through disobedience…...

2011-04-27

The Plan of Happiness is central to becoming a Zion person. Happiness is always associated with Zion: “and surely there could...

2011-04-20

“When you are united, your power is limitless. You can accomplish anything you wish to accomplish.”—Gordon B. Hinckley...

2011-04-13

When Jesus appeared to the Nephites, he taught them the principles of blessedness, called the Beatitudes, meaning “to be bles...

2011-04-06

The administration ordinance has a single purpose: to heal the sick and afflicted, unless the recipient is appointed unto death...

2011-03-30

Can we doubt that the foundation of Babylon is cracking? Through eyes of a seer, Moroni gazed into the future and saw our day i...

2011-03-23

Can simply recommitting to obedience help to rescue a wayward child? Consider the example of this seminary teacher from Pennsyl...

2011-03-16

Who can comprehend the saving power of parents’ love? But that power pales in comparison to the powers unleashed when the par...

2011-03-09

He learned something about how the Lord ministers to us in distress from the picture his mother painted. ...

2011-03-02

The journey through the Lord’s Wilderness is like what Elder Maxwell called “the trek of treks” and follows a prescribed ...

2011-02-23

Few laws distinguish Latter-day Saints as much as consecration and stewardship. And perhaps few laws are less understood....

2011-02-16

Few laws distinguish Latter-day Saints as much as consecration and stewardship. And perhaps few laws are less understood....

2011-02-09

As we work to reclaim our wayward children, we are not alone. Often angels are dispatched to help us. These angels include our ...

2011-02-02

What is a testimony really? What happens in heaven and on earth when we bear testimony? ...

2011-01-26

Imagine a world in which there is no poverty of any kind—neither the impoverishment of financial distress, ignorance, relatio...

2011-01-24

Missionary work on the Internet has come of age! Announcing the gathering place for anyone who has (or wants) a website, blog, ...

2011-01-12

Both in Judea and in America, Jesus taught the principles of blessedness or Beatitudes. Significantly, the word means “to be ...

2011-01-05

Both in Judea and in America, Jesus taught the principles of blessedness or Beatitudes. Significantly, the word means “to be ...

2010-12-29

The restoration of the priesthood began with John the Baptist and Peter, James and John, but it did not end there. The priestho...

2010-12-22

When I was growing up during the 1950s, we had a small kitchen table, but we only used it on occasion....

2010-12-15

Although the effects of the Fall may have rendered a wayward soul spiritually dead, a divine provision has been made to awaken ...

2010-12-08

Understanding the extent of the Fall and the condition of our physical bodies is a significant step forward in understanding a ...

2010-12-08

Understanding the extent of the Fall and the condition of our physical bodies is a significant step forward in understanding a ...

2010-12-01

We can only attain to the ideal of Zion by understanding and living the New and Everlasting Covenant—the holy covenant of Zio...

2010-11-24

One would be hard-pressed to find an athlete in any sport who has racked up such a resume....

2010-11-17

In every miracle, God reveals something of His character and attributes. Here are several stories that reveal God’s perfect f...

2010-11-10

Over one hundred years ago, President Lorenzo Snow issued a mandate to the Church: “It is high time to establish Zion.” Wha...

2010-11-03

The universal conclusion reached by all parents of wayward children is the task is beyond them. Only God can do the work of red...

2010-11-03

The universal conclusion reached by all parents of wayward children is the task is beyond them. Only God can do the work of red...

2010-10-27

Parents who give themselves to working with a wayward child might think that they are losing their lives. But in reality, they ...

2010-10-20

Although working with wayward children seems like a thankless job, there are blessings in store for those who persevere....

2010-10-13

If you are a parent with a wayward child and feel the associated pain and guilt, maybe you should step back and go a little ea...

2010-10-06

Where is safety? Of the many blessings that flow to those who make and keep the New and Everlasting Covenant, one of the most a...

2010-09-29

Sometimes called “the heart of the gospel” or “the gospel within the gospel,” Luke 15 describes the work of the Father ...

2010-09-22

Sometimes called “the heart of the gospel” or “the gospel within the gospel,” Luke 15 describes the work of the Father...

2010-09-15

Is Samuel the Lamanite’s curse of “slippery treasures” upon us? What other curses are waiting if the world does not repen...

2010-09-08

In a stunning vision to Moses, God compared stars to his children. Thus, when we look up to heaven, we should receive the endur...

2010-09-01

I have a friend who always greets me with these words, “How can I bless your life today?”...

2010-08-25

No power arms parents of wayward children more than temple covenants and ordinances. But sadly, we often leave them latent, und...

2010-08-25

No power arms parents of wayward children more than temple covenants and ordinances. But sadly, we often leave them latent, und...

2010-08-18

Our access to power, our safety, our progression, and our future glory pivot on our abiding (staying put) in the Covenant. This...

2010-08-11

Years of service and purifying exertion are required to prepare us to endure the celestial glory that is typical of Zion. No ca...

2010-08-04

Despite its propaganda, Babylon is neither a safe nor a nice place or condition. Those who are foolish enough to reside in Baby...

2010-07-28

The new and everlasting covenant is the first pillar of Zion. Inherent to the Covenant is access to God’s power: the power of...

2010-07-21

Of unparalleled significance is the fact that the Father created the new and everlasting covenant. This is the “umbrella cove...

2010-07-14

Of all the doctrines that God has ever revealed, the one that stands preeminent is the new and everlasting covenant, the “umb...

2010-07-07

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2010-07-01

Sometimes the last thing we want to hear when a child goes wayward is “Fast and pray for him.” Such counsel seems so “pat...

2010-06-23

What are the four guiding principles that form the unbreakable foundation upon which consecration thrives?...

2010-06-16

Here is a list of just some of the extraordinary promises that prophets have been made to parents of wayward children....

2010-06-09

Who are the “beautiful ones,” those whose feet are beautiful upon the mountains? The prophet Abinadi gave his life for answ...

2010-06-02

Do we really believe that a long line of spirits waits to be shuffled into families like a dealer dealing cards? Do children si...

2010-05-26

Could anyone have misunderstood President Packer’s Conference address when he called all priesthood holders to convert their ...

2010-05-19

“No greater work has the Lord God of heaven ever undertaken than to save the souls of his children. It is the grandest, the g...

2010-04-28

When we struggle over long periods of time to rescue a wayward child, we might occasionally lapse and wonder, What’s in this ...

2009-12-23

In this fictional moment from A Shepherd's Song, the visit of the angels is described by one of the shepherds watching his floc...

2008-11-26

Every gift that we receive from God reflects his personality, including his power, his awareness and his love. Sadly, some peop...

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