Anthony Sweat

Anthony Sweat

Anthony Sweat is an Associate Professor of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University. He received his bachelors degree in painting and drawing and his PhD in curriculum and instruction. He is the author of several books, most recently Repicturing the Restoration. Anthony is a regular speaker at Latter-day Saint events and conferences. He and his wife, Cindy, are the parents of seven children.

August 10, 2019 09:42 AM MDT
Have you ever heard something and wondered, “Is that Church doctrine?” For example, suppose you were in a Church class studying the passage where God teaches Moses there are “worlds without number . . . and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten” (Moses 1:33). Someone asks, “If Jesus created multiple worlds, did Jesus’s infinite Atonement redeem God’s children on other earths?” What would you say? Is that true? Is it a sanctioned Church teaching? How would you know?
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October 15, 2018 04:38 PM MDT
The temple and its ordinances were the pinnacles of Joseph Smith’s revelatory teachings and prophetic career, desiring each member to be “endowed with power from on high” (D&C 38:38). Your endowment is to receive the power and capacity to one day enter the presence of God and receive a fullness of his blessings. The presentation of the endowment ceremony replicates a metaphorical journey. It takes a fallen person and cleanses them, blesses them, teaches them, and brings them to a celestial redemption in the presence of God. Whether you are going for the first time or hundredth, how can you get the most out of this wondrous and unique temple experience? How do you make the endowment ceremony personally meaningful and spiritually impactful? How do you let it teach you how to come unto God’s exalting presence through his divine Son? One approach that can help is based on a divine pattern of spiritual learning summarized as KNOW, FEEL, and DO.
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June 06, 2018 08:00 PM MDT
While the Lord’s power to miraculously heal physical infirmities is experienced by thousands, sometimes we or our loved ones are not physically healed. We have faith, we pray with real intent, we humble ourselves, we seek priesthood blessings, we place names on temple rolls, but the malady remains. We wonder: “Why didn’t the healing blessing work? Did I not have enough faith? Does God not love me as he loves others he has healed? Have I done something wrong?” I have asked myself similar questions in some of the unhealed physical problems I have personally experienced or seen loved ones endure. Why does he sometimes not heal?
9 Min Read
February 13, 2018 07:14 PM MST
The following is an excerpt from Anthony Sweat's recently released book, Christ in Every Hour.
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January 27, 2018 03:39 PM MST
On first read, Jesus’s first recorded miracle may seem a bit trivial. At a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee, the Lord turned dirty water into festive wine. In comparison to His later miracles that were deeply moving—cleansing leprosy, healing the blind, raising a young woman from death—this miracle, which seemingly achieved nothing more than to awe a few servants and further enliven a party, seems almost beneath Him.
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November 16, 2017 10:00 PM MST
The invitation for mortals to enter the presence of God and secure a fullness of His blessings did not originate with Joseph Smith. In fact, it’s a theme as old as mankind.
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March 01, 2017 05:16 PM MST
What a great take on how we can rely on Christ through the every-day challenges and joys of parenting.
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February 07, 2017 10:15 PM MST
While our daily challenges may vary in type, intensity, and frequency, there seem to be three general areas in which we can seek and receive divine help in our lives. The strengthening power of Christ is designed and available for all three of these types of daily tests.
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October 20, 2016 09:03 AM MDT
As religious educators, we get questions from youth all the time. When we set out to write our books WHY?, HOW?, and Q&A, our purpose was to try and answer the types of questions teens most frequently ask us. In this article, we’ll share what we believe are some of the top questions teens ask about the gospel (and, of course, some answers too!).
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July 12, 2011 04:07 AM MDT
Teens, we know, tend to have a mind of their own—and we love them for it. But how do you express your concerns about a dating partner without alienating your teen?
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