Sometimes, considering doctrinal principles as separate and distinct ideas can feel like the best way to fully understand the gospel. Tad R. Callister, an emeritus General Authority and former Sunday School General President, offers an additional approach. In a recent article for Church News, Brother Callister demonstrates the great value in understanding doctrinal principles together.
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If you have read or had a lesson on the New Testament, chances are you encountered something related to the Pharisees and their rigid adherence to 600+ rules based on the Law of Moses. We often talk about the religious leaders’ unwillingness to accept a higher law and how their litany of laws interfered with their ability to truly live the gospel. But as emeritus General Authority and former Sunday School General President Tad R. Callister points out in a recent article for Church News, Pharisees didn’t just exist in the time of the Savior. Even today, we are at risk of becoming Pharisee-like in our lives and especially in our parenting, when we become too focused on rules instead of principles and don’t give others an opportunity to exercise agency first.
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In 2018, President Russell M. Nelsonplaced increased emphasis on using the full and correct name of the Church:
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Watch: Tad Callister Gives Evidences of the Book of Mormon + How It Brought His Friend Back to the Church
In this LDS Living video, Tad Callister, former Sunday School general president of the Church, offers a beautiful testimony of and profound insights into the Book of Mormon. While we can seek to know the truth of the Book of Mormon through prayer and the Spirit, here are a few evidences of the Book of Mormon that can help us understand the complexity of this sacred scripture.
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Force has never been the Savior's governing scepter. Instead, he teaches that power and godly influence come "by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned" (D&C 121:41).
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Tad Callister on What It Was Like to Grow Up the Grandson of an Apostle + What He Learned Writing About the Book of Mormon
Brother Tad R. Callister was released in April as Sunday School general president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ending more than a decade of service at Church headquarters.
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The Bible is certainly a magnificent witness of Jesus Christ and His divinity, but the crowning witness of the Savior and His Atonement is to be found in the Book of Mormon. Here are some of the ways the Book of Mormon deepens our understanding of Christ's Atonement.
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One might appropriately wonder how the Atonement can be effective in the lives of mortals. Even though we seek to be worthy and to repent of our sins, in the end we are all, in one way or another, unprofitable servants (see Mosiah 2:21). Given our weakness and our recurring failings, how are we able to receive the many blessings of the Atonement in our lives? How are we able to receive of its cleansing powers, or peace, or succor, or freedom? How does the perfection and exaltation of an imperfect being come about?
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Many years ago in my psychology practice, I worked with an adult client who had a number of behavioral and emotional issues. He had difficulty relating to others and was filled with anger. His anger had become so intense at times that he had run afoul of the law and hurt others. As we spoke about his history, he revealed that when he was a child, he had been the victim of abuse at his father’s hand. The abuse was considerable and traumatic. We worked together for several years. On one occasion, he was describing his anger towards his father and how such anger caused him to literally feel sick to his stomach on a regular basis. He asked me, “How can I get rid of this feeling? I hate feeling this way.” Knowing my client very well at that point, I hesitated to provide what I knew was the correct answer. I said, “Do you really want to know how to stop feeling as you do?” He answered in the affirmative, so I told him, “You have to forgive your father.” As he stared at me in shock, he responded as I knew he likely would: “I’ll never forgive my father for what he did.”
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The Symbolism Behind 8 Animals in the Scriptures That Can Help You Understand Christ's Atonement on a Deeper Level
A number of animals—red heifers, rams and ewe lambs, he-goats and nanny goats, turtledoves, bulls, pigeons, and a bronze serpent—serve as symbols of Jesus Christ’s atonement or sacrifice. The blood of the group of animals sacrificed in sacred ceremonies was shed in anticipation of Jesus’ blood, which would flow in Gethsemane and on the cross. Female animals that were sacrificed had specific life-giving qualities that pointed to Jesus as the giver of immortality and eternal life; male animals had other qualities that served as types of Jesus. The animals’ economic worth made them a sacrifice of value to Israelite households that offered them in sacred temples. None of these animals deserved to be slaughtered—meaning none of them had committed sins or transgressions that required their death. Rather, their innocence is symbolic of Jesus Christ’s innocence, and their lack of blemishes pointed toward his perfection.
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It isn't an easy task to narrow down the list of books written by prophets, apostles, and historians about the Church. The topics are varied and the viewpoints are many. However, there are certain books that have risen to the top and have stayed extremely relevant to readers over the years. We'd like to introduce our ultimate list of must-read LDS classics:
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Is the Book of Mormon man-made or God-given? That's a question that has plagued historians, archaeologists, DNA researchers, and religious leaders for years.
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