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The Surprising Meanings of "Abish" and 5 Other Book of Mormon Names

by Dr. Taylor Halverson, Brad Wilcox, and Matt Bowen | April 7, 2018 | Makes You Think

In ancient Israelite storytelling, the meaning of personal names was used to enhance the memorability of a ...

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Why Suffering Is Good for Us and How It Can Make Us Happy

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

We all have difficult, challenging, painful experiences in life. Though never pleasant, these experiences c...

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The Greek Meaning of Conversion That Will Deepen Your Understanding of What It Means to Come Unto Christ

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

During Jesus’s last earthly meal, the Passover, He said to Peter: "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith&n...

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Why Is Jesus the "Beloved" If We Are All Children of God?

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

One of the titles for Jesus is “Beloved Son.” In the New Testament gospels, the only time the word "beloved...

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The Surprising Christian Origins of Santa Claus

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Fun Makes You Think

Santa Claus is, perhaps unfortunately, the most recognizable character during the Christmas season. But did...

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The Real Dates of the 12 Days of Christmas That Most of the World Has Forgotten

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

The 12 Days of Christmas is a beloved tradition in the Christian world. But because we live in the Christia...

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One Significant Way Our Savior Used Numbers to Create Meaning That Might Have You Rethinking His Teachings

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

Jesus, the Master Teacher, taught in unexpected ways, capturing the attention of His audience to draw their...

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How the Sacrament Ties Into Thanksgiving and Why This Holiday Should Remind Us of Our Covenants

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

This is the time of year when we turn our hearts more fervently to gratitude, contemplating the acts of ser...

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How One of the Most Common Phrases in the Book of Mormon Is Also the Most Meaningful

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

Mark Twain famously quipped that if Joseph Smith would have left out the phrase “it came to pass,” the Book...

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"Son of man" or "Son of God": Two Crucial Names for Christ We Keep Misunderstanding

by Dr. Taylor Halverson | Makes You Think

In October 2017 general conference, Elder Christofferson gave a talk entitled “ The Living Bread Which Came...