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Small and Simple Things

Marjorie Pay Hinckley - 2003
    Gentle encouragement, expressions of faith, and enduring advice for everyday problems will bring a smile to your face and gratitude to your heart for the small and simple things in your own life that make all the difference.

The Book of Mormon Made Easier Part 1: 1 Nephi Through Words of Mormon

David J. Ridges - 2003
    Ridges, brings The Book of Mormon to life with his well-known teaching skills. As with his other books in The Gospel Studies Series, the full text of the scripture is included, and in-the-verse notes provide a highly effective, unique teaching tool. Notes between the verses provide additional insights and teach principles and doctrines.

Trusting Jesus

Jeffrey R. Holland - 2003
    Included in this collection are such classic addresses as "The Other Prodigal," "He Hath Filled the Hungry with Good Things," "Come unto Me," "An High Priest of Good Things to Come," "A Handful of Meal and a Little Oil," "As Doves to Our Windows," and many others.The messages gathered here will help us to remember His promises in all our days of trial and challenge. When our souls are spiritually depleted, we can trust that the Lord will provide us with the bread of life and the living waters. When we struggle to fulfill our callings, we can trust that He will sustain and support our efforts. When our lives are hectic and overwhelming, we can trust that the Lord will bless us with peace.

Eve and the Choice Made in Eden

Beverly Campbell - 2003
    In looking for the source of this unease, I came to recognize that it could be traced to accounts of the Creation and to the ever-prevalent and negative characterizations of Eve.”She writes of three levels from which the story of Eden must be viewed: as historical fact, as a series of symbols and metaphors, and as a place for a beginning our own search for spiritual understanding and relevance in life. This compelling book may change forever your perception of our first parents and the choice they made.

For All Eternity: A four talk set to strengthen your marriage

John Lewis Lund - 2003
    John L. Lund shares his wealth of knowledge, insight, and humor on the all-important topic of improving communication and strengthening marriage relationships. This book will make you laugh as you and your spouse see yourselves in Dr. Lund's descriptions of the differences between men and women and how we communicate. You will be enlightened as you take his Love Language Quiz and find out how to speak your spouse's love language. You will learn how to use active and reflective listening skills to resolve conflict in your relationships. Finally, you will understand the art of giving an apology and accepting responsibility. All of these tools and more, combined with Dr. Lund's trademark humor and stories, will make this volume an important resource in strengthening your marriage and helping it last for all eternity.

One Tattered Angel: A Touching True Story of the Power of Love

Blaine M. Yorgason - 2003
    The doctors don't expect her to live long. Charity becomes an angel for each member of the family and they decide to adopt her. Blaine describes the challenges and hardships of raising Charity, but also the great love that they show for each other and as a result of this love, Charity lives many years longer than the doctors knew was possible and changes the lives of each family member. The book provides encouragement and strength to any family raising a disadvantaged and terminally ill child. Blain Yorgason has written and co-written over 60 books. His book, Chester I Love You was released by Disney as Thanksgiving Promise and it is rebroadcast each fall. The Windwalker was made into a major motion picture.

Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide

Grant Hardy - 2003
    Yet it is unquestionably one of the most influential books ever written. With over 140 million copies in print, it is a central text of one of the largest and fastest-growing faiths in the world. And, Grant Hardy shows, it's far from the coma-inducing doorstop caricatured by Twain.In Understanding the Book of Mormon, Hardy offers the first comprehensive analysis of the work's narrative structure in its 180 year history. Unlike virtually all other recent world scriptures, the Book of Mormon presents itself as an integrated narrative rather than a series of doctrinal expositions, moral injunctions, or devotional hymns. Hardy takes readers through its characters, events, and ideas, as he explores the story and its messages. He identifies the book's literary techniques, such as characterization, embedded documents, allusions, and parallel narratives. Whether Joseph Smith is regarded as author or translator, it's noteworthy that he never speaks in his own voice; rather, he mediates nearly everything through the narrators Nephi, Mormon, and Moroni. Hardy shows how each has a distinctive voice, and all are woven into an integral whole.As with any scripture, the contending views of the Book of Mormon can seem irreconcilable. For believers, it is an actual historical document, transmitted from ancient America. For nonbelievers, it is the work of a nineteenth-century farmer from upstate New York. Hardy transcends this intractable conflict by offering a literary approach, one appropriate to both history and fiction. Regardless of whether readers are interested in American history, literature, comparative religion, or even salvation, he writes, the book can best be read if we examine the text on its own terms.

The Wentworth Letter

Joseph Smith Jr. - 2003
    You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Russell M. Nelson: Father, Surgeon, Apostle

Spencer J. Condie - 2003
    Nelson is known worldwide for his tireless service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many people, however, are not familiar with his pioneering work in the field of open-heart surgery, the life-prolonging operation he performed on President Spencer W. Kimball, his role in helping open Eastern Bloc countries to the preaching of the gospel, and his loving efforts to build relations with the people of China. In Russell M. Nelson: Father, Surgeon, Apostle, readers are treated to an intimate portrayal that will help us come to know Elder Nelson as a man of testimony, a dedicated husband and father of ten, and a servant whose principal desire since his youth has been to serve God's children. Full of insight and inspiration, this biography will take its place among other important works that chronicle the lives of the Lord's latter-day servants.

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture That Launched a New World Religion

Terryl L. Givens - 2003
    Now Terry L. Givens offers a full-length treatment of this influential work, illuminating the varied meanings and tempestuous impact of this uniquely American scripture. Givens examines the text's role as a divine testament of the Last Days and as a sacred sign of Joseph Smith's status as a modern-day prophet. He assesses its claim to be a history of the pre-Columbian peopling of the Western Hemisphere, and later explores how the Book has been defined as a cultural product--the imaginative ravings of a rustic religion-maker. Givens further investigates its status as a new American Bible or Fifth Gospel, one that displaces, supports, or, in some views, perverts the canonical Word of God. Finally, Givens highlights the Book's role as the engine behind what may become the next world religion. The most wide-ranging study on the subject outside Mormon presses, By the Hand of Mormon will fascinate anyone curious about a religious people who, despite their numbers, remain strangers in our midst.

Book of Mormon Reference Companion

Dennis L. Largey - 2003
    Never before has a reference work of this scope been created to help both the experienced reader and the investigator or new convert understand this important book of scripture. It is like having a teacher beside you as you read and study. Maps, illustrations, photographs, pictures, outlines, and charts combine with the informative articles to enhance understanding and help parents, teachers, and leaders share the message of the Book of Mormon with their families and students. A must-have reference book for every Latter-day Saint library!

Are Your Standards Fences or Guardrails?

John Bytheway - 2003
    More than just a long list of do's and don'ts, the standards are the highway to happiness.The Talk on CD was published in 2001 and is based on the 1990 For the Strength of Youth pamphlet.

The Bruce R. McConkie Story: Reflections of a Son

Joseph Fielding McConkie - 2003
    McConkie is painted on the canvas of faith in colors as bold as the sermons he preached. In the pages of this biography, written by Elder McConkie's son Joseph, the reader is invited to become acquainted with the man as he was known to his family and closest friends. The book captures something of his humor, the depth of his faith, his love of life and of his dear Amelia, his devotion to the gospel, his discipline, the extent of his suffering, and his endless efforts to mentor his children. No one in the history of the Church has written more by way of testimony of Christ than Bruce R. McConkie. In this work the members of the Church are invited to meet the man whom they have quoted so often.

The New Testament Made Easier: Part 2-Acts Through Revelation

David J. Ridges - 2003
    Ridges, makes Acts through Revelation come alive in The New Testament Made Easier, Part 2. In-the-verse notes provide a unique teaching tool which allows you to read the complete King James Bible text of Acts through Revelation while, at the same time, being taught the meaning of difficult Bible words and phrases, symbolism, doctrine, culture and setting. Occasional notes between the verses clarify and alert you to major concepts and messages.

The Lost Language of Symbolism: An Essential Guide for Recognizing and Interpreting Symbols of the Gospel

Alonzo L. Gaskill - 2003
    . . . It partakes of the language of the heart and the language of the Spirit. . . . As Alonzo Gaskill deftly points out in this work, the language of symbolism embraces everything from the dust of the earth to the glories of the heavens. To miss what is being expressed or taught with symbols is like living in a world without sunsets or autumn leaves. — Joseph Fielding McConkie "All things have their likeness," the Lord has said, "and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth" (Moses 6:63). "Symbolism is the very language of scripture," writes author Alonzo Gaskill. As we more fully understand the symbolism in the scriptures and the temple, we are led to deeper, more profound insights and truths that previously eluded us. The result is that we can then more readily liken the scriptures unto ourselves for "our profit and learning" (1 Nephi 19:23). This engaging and well-researched guide explores the symbolism of body parts, clothing, colors, numbers, directions, names, and animals in holy writ and in the temple. It also provides a series of charts comparing the lives of scriptural individuals and showing how they actually are types and symbols of Christ. Filled with countless examples to help explain and support the author's discussion of symbols and their meanings, the text makes extensive references not only to recognized Latter-day Saint sources but also to lesser-known sources written by a variet1 of religious scholars both modern and ancient. Symbolism is a language hidden in the margins, tucked between the lines, and suspended below the surface of the words. With study and effort, we can coax the symbolic meaning into the open and become fluent in reading the eternal truths it reveals. This book is an invaluable aid in that process.

Who Shall Be Able To Stand: Finding Personal Meaning In The Book Of Revelation

S. Michael Wilcox - 2003
    However, S. Michael Wilcox assures us that the Lord has provided a key to help us, "a key that works by a combination of notches and valleys that correspond to the inner workings of the lock. All are needed to open the door. Some symbols will require drawing upon all the elements of the key to produce the greatest understanding." In the opening chapter, he identifies the notches on the key and reminds us that we must use this key with the help of the Holy Spirit. The balance of the book provides commentary on each chapter in Revelation. This book stands apart from others on the topic because it focuses on the application of Revelation's teachings and symbols to our lives. No one who reads Who Shall Be Able to Stand will ever feel the same about that prophetic book.

Grace Works

Robert L. Millet - 2003
    Millet. "This is a book about works. It is, in fact, a book about how 'grace works, ' about the goodness and condescension of a benevolent God, and about the good works that flow from the heart of a person who has been truly changed by Christ." Members of many Christian faiths stress the importance of grace--some even denying the necessity of good works. Some Latter-day Saints react by mistakenly arguing that we don't believe in grace. Brother Millet writes about our plight as fallen beings and what it means to be saved in and through Christ. He points out that, while we must never take our Heavenly Father's loving offer to forgive his children as license to sin wantonly, slack off, or waste time, we also must not "frustrate the grace of God" (Galatians 2:21) by spurning or failing to appreciate this heavenly gift. Grace Works is an approachable discussion of these much-misunderstood principles and bears stirring witness to the mercy and justice of God.

Life Lessons from the Book of Mormon

Jack R. Christianson - 2003
    Douglas Bassett have created an indispensable guidebook to life that will leave a long and lasting impression.

Stories from the Life of Joseph Smith

Richard E. Turley Jr. - 2003
    Line drawings throughout help bring his story to life for them. Each chapter of the book presents one incident from Joseph Smith s life and can be read as an individual story. But the stories are arranged chronologically so that, as a whole, they present a full biography of Joseph Smith for the young reader. As one parent stated: I read this book aloud at bedtime to my four little boys, ten to three. I ll cherish the conversation we had after the last page was read where we all agreed that we knew Joseph s mission was God- led and that he was a prophet. Thank you for this book!

I Feel My Savior's Love

Greg Olsen - 2003
    In this spiritually comforting book, Greg Olsen's luminous paintings are combined with inspirational text to remind us of the love our Savior has for each of us, how He shows it in our lives and the world around us, and how we can follow His example by sharing that love with others.