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Alma the Younger praying. Image via Gospel Media Library.
Alma the Younger’s Conversion is a powerful story in the Book of Mormon that teaches about the joy of redemption, the power of prayer, and the miracle of conversion. There are three different accounts of this experience, each with their own perspectives on the event; Mosiah 27, Alma 36, and Alma 38. Book of Mormon Central has written quite a bit on this remarkable experience, but here are what we...
Still from the video The Christ Child. Image via Church of Jesus Christ.
As we prepare this weekend to honor mothers on Mother’s Day, we can also reflect on the mothers in the scriptures. In the genealogy of Christ, we learn of five such mothers whose lives leave a legacy and example for us to follow. One of these mothers is the most revered and respected by those in many religions, Mary, the literal mother of Jesus. Book of Mormon Central has teamed up with Daniel...
 Image of The Church's new symbol. Photo of poppy field by corina ardeleanu via Unsplash.
Cross-posted from Book of Mormon Resources . We are all indebted to mesoamericanist and BYU faculty member Mark Alan Wright for this remarkable insight. He published it in his 2014 Axes Mundi article in Interpreter and shared it with those of us on his 2015 tour of Guatemala. Mark Wright with Tikal Temple I in Background. Photo by Kirk Magleby. Why Did the Savior Emphasize His...
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Enjoy images of the Holy Land as you visualize Jesus Christ's last hours with this slideshow of photos by John W. Welch The Power of Apostolic Eyewitness Testimony We now turn to the often-asked question: Who killed Jesus? The answer is not simple, and we can now better appreciate that lots of people were involved in all of this, each in their various way. To answer this question, we must reflect...
Behold the Man! by Mihály Munkácsy, 1896.
For reflection especially on the day remembered among Christians as “Maundy Thursday,” the day of the Last Supper and when Jesus was arrested, I invite you to consider some of the perspectives that Latter-day Saint insights add to our understanding of the complex question: Why was Jesus killed? The Need for Humility Latter-day Saints in particular, but all people as well, know the importance of...
The raising of a sick man with a wand in a stained-glass window in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photo by John W. Welch.
People have long wondered, What happened to Jesus after he was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane? What kinds of procedures followed, before Caiaphas, members of the Sanhedrin, Pilate, and even Herod Antipas? Were these procedures property conducted under either Jewish or Roman law? And of what could Jesus, an innocent man, be accused and convicted? Was he put to death by Romans under Roman law...
The Father’s Two Sons, by Jorge Cocco Santangelo. Used by permission of John W. and Jeannie Welch.
None of the actions taken against Jesus by the Chief Priests during his final week would have come as any surprise to Jesus. He knew the hearts, the desires, and the intentions of all the actors in this eternal drama. He had heard their questions and arguments many times before. Reentering Jerusalem on Monday morning, the day after his Triumphal entry, Jesus made a beeline directly to the temple...
The Raising of Lazarus, Nativity of Christ Church, Arbanassi, Bulgaria (photograph by John W. Welch, © 2019; used with permission of the Regional Museum of History of Veliko Tarnovo)*
The last week of Jesus’s mortal life was a time filled with completions. As His time drew near, He knew that many parts of His mission needed to be drawn fully to conclusion. And by the time that week ended, He had in fact finished all that He had been sent to do and all that was necessary to allow the eternal plan of His Father to succeed. Prophecies needed to be fulfilled. The week began with...
Jacob as the High Priest preaches to the Nephites. Drawing by Jody Livingston.
Reading 2 Nephi means encountering a lot of Isaiah, and Jacob’s speech is no exception. Jacob, as the newly installed high priest, gave a speech to the Nephites ( 2 Nephi 6–10 ) and quoted extensively from Isaiah 49–52 . Jacob explained that Nephi specifically asked him to preach on these passages from Isaiah ( 2 Nephi 6:4 ), meaning that Nephi felt strongly that these specific chapters...
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More than two thousand years ago, angels appeared to startled shepherds to announce the birth of the Son of God. “And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” ( Luke 2:10 ; emphasis added). At this season, when we celebrate...