Guest Post: Becoming New Creatures

Christ continually invites us to abandon old habits, attitudes, and thoughts and replaces them with newer and better ones.

The following guest post from Jeffery Thane is cross-posted at

As repeated in the Book of Mormon countless times, prophets have long prophesied that Christ would come to earth to redeem His people. Abinadi taught that “God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth … that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead … and redeem his people.” Abinadi was murdered for preaching this, but Alma, Abinadi’s sole convert, continued to teach others about “the redemption of the people, which was to be brought to pass through the power, and sufferings, and death of Christ.”

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Call for Pre-Birth Accounts

About two-and-a-half years ago, I wrote a post for my solo blog that looked at the work of Sarah Hinze, an author that has written a number of books on the subject of “pre-birth experiences”: accounts of individuals who claim to have memories of their life before their birth or to have received communications from a child before he or she was born/conceived. Amazingly, she has managed to find a surprisingly large number of these type of accounts.  I met Sarah through my father, who has been involved with the Utah Chapter of IANDS (International Association for Near Death Studies) for a long time, and was acquainted with Sarah’s work through that organization.  The post that I wrote introducing her work became one of my blog’s most popular pieces, and for good reason.  If you’re interested, please check out the original post here.

The purpose of this current post is to share a call for contributions to Sarah’s new book, The Memory of Angels: Remembering Our Premortal Life. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone that recalls memories from their pre-mortal life, but apparently there is a good number of them out there, including, especially, small children.  If you have had such an experience/memory, then this invitation is for you:

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Guest Post: The Eye of Faith

If faith is like an eye (Alma 32:40), then it’s a way of seeing, not a way of getting by without seeing at all.

By Jeffrey Thayne

We often talk about faith as the absence of sight. For example, we are taught that “if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen,” and “faith is things which are hoped for and not seen.” We often visualize faith as taking a step into the unknown, or trusting that which we cannot see. This conception of faith is partly true. However, for a moment, I would like to explore faith as a way of seeing, not just the absence of sight. It is sight enlivened by the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

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Guest Post: Resolutions? How About 52?

The following guest post comes from Skip Hellewell, founder of Word of Wisdom Living, a blog about the Word of Wisdom.

Skip Hellewell is an engineer who spent his career in the medical field before taking up writing.  Though he has the greatest respect for the medical profession, he also recognizes the limits of medicine, as practiced today.  This understanding led to his focus on prevention as a health and longevity strategy.   Skip is the father of six children, grandfather of fifteen, and the husband of Clare.  He is a fifth-generation Mormon and a student of the Word of Wisdom, the Mormon code of health.  Skip and Clare divide their time between Laguna Beach, California, and the small town of Midway, in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.

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Guest Post: A proposition for being Christlike

The following guest post comes from Michelle, a long-time Bloggernacle participant. Michelle was kind enough to accept our invitation to submit a guest post on this topic, one which she has reflected on for quite some time.

I couldn’t think of much else all day. Relieved when 11:00 p.m. finally arrived, I knocked on Ben’s* door; he was finally home from work. He let me in, and we sat. We chatted about simple things at first — his current work and school activities, mostly. But then I jumped into the reason for my late-night visit.

The prayer in my heart didn’t keep me from fumbling and stumbling, trying to put words to all that I was feeling. I only hoped that the clumsy flow of emotion and fractured thoughts could be understood. I know. I care. I’m sorry it’s so hard. Continue reading