Covenants

May 30, 2024 01:02 PM MDT
Applying three ideas to our temple worship can expand our personal understanding of sacred things, bring us closer to Christ, and turn the temple into what author Melinda Brown calls, “our happiness project.”
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May 15, 2024 07:26 AM MDT
Our relationship with Christ can transform our capacity to listen. Learning to listen well can deepen our spiritual rootedness with God and our loved ones.
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May 01, 2024 11:23 AM MDT
What did President Oaks notice as a theme throughout general conference?
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April 29, 2024 07:00 AM MDT
We know we are the spirit children of Heavenly Father, so how is it that we can also be the children of Christ? The answer is wonderfully ennobling.
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April 18, 2024 01:59 PM MDT
These 10 moments from the Book of Mormon reveal beautiful insights about temple covenants.
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April 15, 2024 09:57 AM MDT
The temple recommend questions and statement on wearing the temple garment have been updated to help leaders and members better understand the importance of wearing the temple garment.
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March 12, 2024 09:59 AM MDT
It would be hard to overstate the lasting impact the decision to attend the temple once a week has had on our marriage and on my life.
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March 11, 2024 11:38 AM MDT
While working on her uniquely formatted, celiac-friendly cookbook, Kate learned that we don’t need to wait for ‘major revelation’ to follow our passion.
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March 07, 2024 10:13 AM MST
Have you ever heard of Three Sisters Planting? Here’s what it has taught me about generational love, respect, and unity.
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February 21, 2024 06:22 PM MST
“When I chose to let that light guide me, my darkness became navigable—even joyful at times.”
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February 16, 2024 10:57 AM MST
Kerry Muhlestein once met Harrison Ford and joked with him about the nickname.
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September 25, 2023 09:52 AM MDT
"Some might feel embarrassed or unworthy because they have searching questions regarding the gospel, but they needn’t feel that way. Asking questions isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a precursor of growth.” —Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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August 22, 2023 03:26 PM MDT
I’ve often found comfort in the imagery of the Savior being connected to me. But there is a very important element of a yoke that I did not grasp until recently.
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July 21, 2023 12:13 PM MDT
A Yale psychologist explains the original intent of the motto ‘you only live once’—and it is far from the definition most of us know.
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July 10, 2023 06:12 PM MDT
Like the light and lines of Gothic architecture, the covenants I make inside the temple point my soul toward the Savior.
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June 23, 2023 09:10 AM MDT
We have been taught to stay on the covenant path—but this can feel daunting if you don’t fully understand what that path is or if you’re even on it.
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Fun
May 19, 2023 05:40 PM MDT
What many people may not fully realize is that the coronation of King Charles was largely a religious ceremony that’s rich with scriptural symbolism.
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February 24, 2023 12:00 PM MST
As part of the interview, Pearson shared what she has learned from talking with other Latter-day Saints about their own faith and testimonies on the “All In” podcast.
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February 08, 2023 01:32 PM MST
Sharing appropriate details can help prepare those entering the temple for the first time, so they are not surprised by what takes place.
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November 18, 2022 11:24 AM MST
“Perhaps the longest-lived celebration of gratitude and thanksgiving is Passover. What’s the origin of Passover and what’s its connection to modern day Thanksgiving and our covenants with God?”
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September 29, 2022 04:19 PM MDT
“Mostly by accident, I’ve found three different messages President Nelson has given in the past six months in which he taught about this special Hebrew word.”
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February 16, 2022 07:51 AM MST
There is more to the Abrahamic Covenant than most people think. Read on to find out three things you probably didn't know about some of the greatest blessings promised to those of the covenant.
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February 15, 2022 03:58 PM MST
Elder Andersen shares the decades-long journey of one covenant-keeping family in France.
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February 11, 2022 04:23 PM MST
Russell Osguthorpe, former Sunday School general president, studied at length how learning to create healthy attachments can increase our capacity to give and receive love from both God and others closest to us.
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January 25, 2022 10:01 AM MST
The handbook update was made in December 2021, but Primary General President Camille N. Johnson and her counselors shared a video on social media last week explaining the update and the responsibilities of Primary presidencies.
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January 19, 2022 01:44 PM MST
Here are four discussion topics that will help any Latter-day Saint deepen their appreciation for the promises and practices of the temple.
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October 31, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
After my mother recently passed away, my childhood home sold quickly to a local contractor. And just like that, the setting for decades of my memories, had suddenly disappeared.
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August 25, 2020 11:30 AM MDT
When I tuned in to an episode of the Sunday on Monday podcast, the last thing I was expecting to hear was dating advice.
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August 21, 2020 08:11 PM MDT
Former Primary General President Rosemary Wixom was a recent guest on the Latter-day Saint Women podcast. In the episode titled “Discovering the Power of Temple Covenants,” Sister Wixom shared insight into what she learned while serving as the Salt Lake Temple matron before it closed for renovation.
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April 03, 2020 12:00 PM MDT
Editor's note: Our bi-weekly Friday column, “Found in the Footnotes,” explores some of the footnotes from remarks given by General Authorities and General Officers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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November 06, 2019 10:00 PM MST
President Packer's book, The Holy Temple, is a classic of Latter-day Saint literature that has become one of the most comprehensive and definitive works written about temples. In fact, much of the material found in the Church's temple preparation pamphlet comes from this inspired book.
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November 05, 2019 01:21 PM MST
Much like the beautifully crocheted and intricately designed cloths that are used to cover the altars in the temple, all of God’s children — the whole human race — are bound together by a single thread, said Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency.
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By  LDS Living
June 13, 2019 11:59 AM MDT
As part of the Church's Special Witnesses of Christ series, Elder Gerrit W. Gong and Elder Ulisses S. Soares share their testimonies of God's love, covenant belonging, loving one another, temples, and peace.
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May 02, 2019 02:20 PM MDT
At the opening of the 2019 BYU Women's Conference, Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the general Relief Society presidency, stood to quote Ether 12:16, “and even all they who wrought miracles wrought them by faith.”
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April 27, 2019 11:00 AM MDT
I love words. Like, seriously love them. You know the person who starts off their sacrament meeting talk by saying, “Webster’s defines ‘prayer’ as…”? That’s me. I’m that guy. I read the dictionary for fun, you guys.
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February 06, 2019 06:40 PM MST
Happiness and peace in this life and in the world to come depend upon remembering the Savior and covenants with Him daily.
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January 26, 2019 12:22 PM MST
This week's FHE lesson topic comes from the Come, Follow Me reading in Matthew 3, Mark 1, and Luke 3. Check out this week's Come, Follow Me study ideas on LDS Living for additional resources and suggestions.
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September 24, 2018 12:18 PM MDT
As we begin gearing up for general conference, we will be highlighting past conference talks to help us review, remember, and grow closer to the Spirit so that we can better recognize the Lord's voice and direction this coming October. The following is a small portion of a talk given by President Russell M. Nelson in April 1995. (Read the full talk here.)
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September 20, 2018 09:38 AM MDT
Each temple is a house of learning. There we are taught in the Master’s way. His way differs from modes of others. His way is ancient and rich with symbolism. We can learn much by pondering the reality for which each symbol stands. Teachings of the temple are beautifully simple and simply beautiful. They are understood by the humble, yet they can excite the intellect of the brightest minds.
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June 11, 2018 02:59 PM MDT
In the scriptures and in modern life we occasionally encounter people whose commitment to principle is so remarkable that they cannot be coerced, frightened, or bribed into doing something they believe is wrong. For example:
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May 04, 2018 08:48 PM MDT
"The song of our risen Savior’s redeeming love celebrates the harmony of covenants that connect us to God and to each other and the Atonement of Jesus Christ," said Elder Gerrit W. Gong at the closing session of the BYU Women's Conference on May 4.
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April 23, 2018 02:02 PM MDT
Suppose you were teaching a class of Israelite youth in biblical times and posed the question: “What is a covenant?” Would they have responded that a covenant is a two-way promise? Probably not. Ancient Israel didn’t claim to be the Lord’s “two-way promise” people. They were the Lord’s covenant people and understood covenants in terms of a sacred relationship. Our modern definition of covenants as two-way promises between God and man misses the very heart of covenants. Covenants can create the most binding relationships possible.
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April 19, 2018 05:34 PM MDT
In 1980 I walked through Hezekiah’s tunnel. It was an astonishing stroll. We made our way through the darkness with the uncertain aid of flashlights and sang hymns about light: “Lead Kindly Light,” “The Lord Is my Light,” “There Is Sunshine in my Soul Today,” and so on. The tunnel is not straight. It bends and angles many times through nearly 1,800 feet. The Jews built the tunnel to bring water into the city as a hedge against an Assyrian siege.
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April 13, 2018 09:39 AM MDT
All I ever wanted to be in life was a full-time wife, mother, and then grandmother. When divorce became a reality in my life, it was almost more than I could bear. I could imagine many other sorts of trials and afflictions in life that I could handle, but not this. I felt like Job when he said, “For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me” (Job 3:25).
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March 20, 2018 12:06 PM MDT
In our modern world, where people purchase steaks and roasts in neatly sealed packages at the supermarket, it is difficult for most of us to understand what it really means to kill an animal. Taking a life is a serious matter, and in ancient Israel, sacrifice followed a specific sequence:
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March 08, 2018 02:35 PM MST
Heavenly Father through the priesthood offers His eternal promises to each of His children.
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January 29, 2018 03:56 PM MST
Throughout history, the people of God have suffered from bad memories. Our recollection of the most amazing blessings will disappear from our memories if we are not attentive. Moses had seen this reality in his people a lot of times. They had memory spans roughly equivalent to a box of corn flakes. Miracles and divine demonstrations were forgotten more quickly than the IRS’s phone number. Much of Deuteronomy was given and written to help the covenant people remember the important things.
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June 24, 2017 01:07 PM MDT
I learned to hold dear my covenants after experiencing their loss through excommunication.
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By  LDS Living
June 02, 2017 12:58 PM MDT
This month's visiting and first presidency messages remind us of the importance of keeping covenants with the Lord, relying on priesthood power, and doing missionary work.
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March 27, 2017 04:53 PM MDT
Talk about an extended warranty! When we pay the price to have a marriage performed in the temple of the Lord, we come face to face and soul to soul with the actual meaning of the word endless. When I bought my printer from Office Max, I also purchased a plan to give me two years of protection in case the thing went south on me. Any significant investment of money creates a desire in us to enjoy some permanence. We are often willing to spend a little more to ensure that what we have labored and paid for will last a while.
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February 20, 2017 01:08 PM MST
Words matter. Precision in communication matters. For example, the words used in sacramental prayers over the bread and water are prescribed (see D&C 20:77, 79). The bishop as an overseer (the literal meaning of the word for “bishop” in Greek is episkopos, meaning “overseer”) ensures that the priests have said the prayer properly, correctly, and with precision. Otherwise, the prayer needs to be said again, correctly.
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