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John Hilton III

John Hilton III was born in San Francisco and grew up in Seattle. He served a mission in Denver and received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. While there he met his wife, Lani, and they have six children. They have lived in Boise, Boston, Miami, Mexico, Jerusalem and China. Currently, they live in Utah. John has a master’s degree from Harvard and a PhD from BYU, both in education. John is a professor of Religious Education at BYU. Read more about John on his website, johnhiltoniii.com

November 10, 2021 11:45 AM MST
Seeing Jesus Christ’s Crucifixion at the center of the temple sealing helps bring a new depth of devotion to marriage.
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August 26, 2021 02:27 PM MDT
When I received my temple endowment, I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. As is the case for some young adults, I had recently switched wards, and, as a result, hadn’t taken a temple preparation class. I also had heard some misinformation about the temple that made me nervous. In short, I didn’t have the greatest experience when I first participated in the intiatory and endowment ordinances in the temple. Fortunately, my parents encouraged me to go back, and after a few more visits to the temple, I loved it, and felt its spiritual power.
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July 13, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
John's description of the first Easter morning provides the most insight into the experience of Mary Magdalene, who is mentioned by name in every Gospel account as being at the tomb that morning. Mary Magdalene came early on “the first day of the week . . . , when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre and seeth the stone taken away.” She ran to Peter and John to tell them the devastating news: “They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him” (John 20:1–2).1
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June 08, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
2,300,000,000—that is a big number. Two billion, three hundred million: that’s about how many Christians there are in the world, and members of the Church compose less than one percent of them. Nearly all Christians believe Christ died for our sins, providing Latter-day Saints with a perfect opportunity to build on common beliefs. Unfortunately, we sometimes instead focus on our differences.
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March 17, 2021 12:00 PM MDT
One hot afternoon, I was on a hill overlooking the border between Syria and Israel. As we walked down the hill, we talked about how some Latter-day Saints de-emphasize the importance of Christ’s Crucifixion.
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March 02, 2021 01:00 PM MST
Imagine watching a sporting event in which you care deeply about the outcome. What if you knew from the outset that no matter how far behind your team was, no matter how many mistakes your favorite player made, no matter how bleak things looked, your team would win?
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June 24, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
The June pick for LDS Living Book Club is The Founder of Our Peaceby John Hilton III. Follow the LDS Living Book Club Instagram for more insights with the author.
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June 08, 2020 01:45 PM MDT
The June pick for LDS Living Book Club is The Founder of Our Peaceby John Hilton III. Follow the LDS Living Book Club Instagram for more insights with the author.
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May 28, 2020 11:15 AM MDT
In the year 450 BC, God put it into Nehemiah’s heart to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem, which had been destroyed in a previous century. While in the process of rebuilding the walls, Nehemiah’s associates discovered a key problem: “There is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall” (Nehemiah 4:10). The clutter prevented construction. Thus, the first order of business was to get rid of the rubbish.
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May 04, 2020 11:03 AM MDT
Lately, I’ve noticed a lot of social media posts that go something like this, “I’m missing senior prom, but I know I shouldn’t complain…” or “We had a special trip planned that was canceled, but I know I’m lucky things aren’t worse…” or “I’m sad we can’t have a larger funeral for my dad, but I’m glad my mom is still alive.”
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August 03, 2019 02:00 PM MDT
Over the last couple centuries, a lot of questions have surrounded the Book of Mormon—queries about its origins, its authenticity, and its teachings have been perpetuated by skeptic and believer alike. The book's contents are no different. From the first writings of Nephi to the dying testimony of Moroni, the Book of Mormon contains questions from an astounding 61 individuals—including prophets, missionaries, investigators, and apostates. Alma the Younger asked a grand total of 103 questions, Nephi posed 41, and the Savior Himself included 35 questions during his short ministry among the Nephites.
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December 31, 2018 01:43 PM MST
One question that Alma asked the people of Zarahemla is “Do you look forward with an eye of faith?” (Alma 5:15). What does this mean, and how can we look forward with an eye of faith?
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September 25, 2018 01:08 PM MDT
People have been criticizing the Book of Mormon for more than a century. In fact, the first articles criticizing the Book of Mormon appeared before it was even published! It is interesting to look at criticisms people made of the Book of Mormon in the past and see how modern research has shown that those criticisms are not valid.
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January 04, 2018 10:00 PM MST
After Nephi had experienced his great vision of the tree of life and the ministry of Jesus Christ, his older brothers approached him. They didn’t understand some of the teachings of their father, and when they asked Nephi to explain them, he asked, “Have ye inquired of the Lord?” (1 Nephi 15:8).
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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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