Give an Answer to EVERY Man

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” (1 Peter 3:15) Give an answer about your hope to EVERY man? Let’s make a short list of who thatRead more

I Believe: Part 3

(Video presentation part 1, part 2, and part 3) (the text and video do not exactly align) To reiterate, I believe we lived with our heavenly parents and fellow siblings of the human race for a very long time as intelligent spirits before we came to this earth. I believe that our Father in Heaven created this earthRead more

I Believe: Part 1

Video presentation part 1, part 2, and part 3 (the text and video do not exactly align) I believe the human race is watched over by a divine all-powerful corporal being dwelling on his home planet. I believe that this man, our Father in Heaven, is perfectly compassionate and wise, and possesses all joy, knowledge, and power. IRead more

Praying for Grace Against the Odds: Episode of a Man’s Deliverance from a Mental Hospital

I saw a man at the state mental hospital who was a praying man. To see such a man there was very rare. Almost no one seemed to pray there. Doing room checks I would catch him on his knees at his bedside. I also observed that he went to worship services when they wereRead more

The Family: A Proclamation to the World 1995 – Full Text

By The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Full text from https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world?lang=eng This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (It remains aRead more

The ‘God Loves All Lifestyles Equally’ Fallacy: A Letter to a Friend with Same Sex Attraction

Responding to the notion that being queer means you love all people, and that God loves you, and that is enough, including a justification of setting aside the church of God.   …I’m sure you’re dealing with people walking away from your friendship over this [declaration of being Queer]. I enjoy your company and wishRead more

The Law of the Gospel by Brad Wilcox – Full Text

From BYU Idaho Education Week, July 31, 2015 Text click here Video click here Over the last few days at Education Week we have learned much about the gospel, but what exactly is the gospel? The word comes from the Old English word godspell—god meaning good and spell meaning story or news. The gospel then means good news, butRead more

God’s People are His Glory: A Key to Knowledge of Eternity

Mormon 8:15 defines the glory of God as his covenant people. God is full of glory, having a numerous people, and his glory grows forever, the more people come follow him. He continues to have children. He doesn’t rule over anyone save they are his child. That is how heaven works. It’s structured in families,Read more

Effective Co-Creators: Everyday Saviors on Mount Zion

Thesis: not only God, but humans also, have the power to vastly effect, or “CREATE” the eternal destiny of human beings. Your contributions are significant, for good or ill. God’s plan includes, and perhaps is even based on, humans impacting each other. Complacency with the idea that “God will take care of everyone” is notRead more

Emulating the Godhead in the Pre-Mortal, Mortal, & Post-Mortal Existence

Overview: The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead. The Holy Ghost is a spirit, and shows us how to live in a premortal state. Those who prove worthy there eventually come to an earth to live. Jesus Christ is another member of the Godhead. Jesus Christ came to this earth 2000 years agoRead more

Recreating the Holidays: Culture Shift: HOLINESS TO THE LORD: Why Christ & Santa aren’t Compatible – And an Analogy of the Plan of Salvation as told by Holidays

Christmas is a holy week like Hanukkah. No man can serve 2 masters: help the children understand it is Christ, not Santa, that is to be thanked for their gifts.   “Jesus Christ is the source of every blessing we receive” said President Henry B. Eyring. Teach the children that gifts are from people whoRead more

The Gospel of Creation Theory

The Gospel of Creation Theory By Nate Richardson RichardsonStuidies.com 6-22-18 Thesis: not only God, but humans also, have the power to vastly effect, or “CREATE” the eternal destiny of human beings. Your contributions are significant, for good or ill. God’s plan includes, and perhaps is even based on, humans impacting each other. Complacency with theRead more

The Essential Foot Soldier

Thesis: Like a soldier acting in his assignment will lead to victory in the battlefield, so a humble family centered life is the key to fulfilling God’s plan, including the attainment of Godhood for all who qualify. Jesus Christ & Lucifer are prototypical examples of how any person can select either exaltation or damnation. TheRead more

Ministering: Friendly Missionary Work – A Joy, A Cross, A Time Travel Analogy, & Going Beyond Servitude

Sections: Befriending Others Time Travel: The Privilege and Cross of the Saviors To Minister: Not Just a Servant, But a Friend       Befriending Others -befriend those different than you. Travel from your planet to another’ to investigate the alien species, to learn to love it and help it rise with you. Each personRead more

Children: An Heritage (Inheritance) of (from) The Lord: What & Why is a Parent here & in Eternity

For video of this presentation, click here. Are our children ours or do we return them to God later? Well, a bit of both. Join me for this thrilling exploration of eternal promises related to parents and their children, including the doctrine of adoption, which sheds more light on the eternal mysteries of who GodRead more

Yoga Pants and Freedom-To-Do-Whatever Debate

Video presentation of this article: part 1, and part 2 Responding to “What’s wrong with wearing yoga pants in public? Why not just let people live the way they want?” Includes discussion on public dress, privileges of religious societies, privileges of non-religious societies, the grace of Jesus not being a do-whatever-you-want-clause, US dress vs Islamic nations dress,Read more

Power of the Restoration: A Firm Foundation of Faith: Finally! A Good Taste in our Mouths for Religion! Welcome to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

We are living in a day foretold by prophets of old, and can expect more direction than cliché church answers to life’s questions from the Catholic and Protestant churches. The restored Church of Jesus Christ is vastly different than any other church, so to you dissatisfied with religion in general, so are we, give thisRead more

Oneness of God, Fall of Adam, & Atonement of Christ

(Some of these things are from Robert Millet’s book/lectures Doctrines of the Book of Mormon, they are all based on scripture and modern prophets. More about Millet: he is professor of ancient scripture and emeritus Dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Millet is a Latter-day Saint author and speakerRead more

The Book of Revelation: A Chronology of Events

Based on a simple reading of the text in the order it’s presented. -Christian martyrs (Rev. 6:11) -6th seal opens (Rev. 6:12) -great earthquake (Rev. 6:12) -stars (appear to) fall like fruits from a tree in great wind (Rev. 6:12) -moon appears as blood (Rev. 6:12) -sun blackened (Rev. 6:12) -islands and mountains flee (Rev.Read more

Signs of the Times Scriptures by Topic – Compiled by Donald Parry

An Appendix from ‘Understanding the Signs of the Times’ by Donald Parry. The full text I most highly recommend, it is a very non-speculative & non-dogmatic treatise of this topic which highlights scriptures and words of modern prophets. Table of Contents: Gathering of Israel Events that will prepare the earth for the Millennium Physical ConditionsRead more

The Book of Revelation & The Last Days – Institute New Testament Manual – Highlights

This is a condensed version of the Church’s New Testament Institute manual chapters dealing with the book of Revelation, the scripture references there from, with little to no commentary with those references. Most of the wording here is from that manual also. This also shows passages from other books of scripture that go along withRead more

His Grace is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox – Lecture Notes

full text at http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=1966 -the purpose of a child practicing the piano is for the child to change in his ability level -we are not earning heaven, we are learning heaven. Practicing for it. -Have I been saved by grace? Absolutely completely and thankfully – yes! -Have you been changed by grace? Sometimes we canRead more

Grace

-there is an exit as well as an entrance to hell and once the people have learned what they need there they will leave and there will be rejoicing welcoming him into a better state. –James E. Talmage, CR, April 1930, 97 (granted serious consequences exist for ignoring God in this life, like dropping downRead more

Self-Mastery by Elder Russel M Nelson – Lecture Notes

General Conference Oct 1985   Topics include health, exercise, word of wisdom, addiction, chastity For audio and video of this message, click here or use this URL: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1985/10/self-mastery?lang=eng -FASTING & CRAVINGS: “Fasting gives you confidence to know that your spirit can master appetite… Fasting fortifies discipline over appetite and helps to protect against later uncontrolled cravings andRead more

Exaltation Analysis

1. What knowledge rises with you in the resurrection, and those who have gained more knowledge in this life will be so far the advantage in the next life (D&C) 2. Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered (NT) 3. If we are to gain salvation, it is by the very same way thatRead more

First Presidency Christmas Devotional 2014 – Lecture Notes

#ChristmasDevo See https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/watch/christmas-devotional/2014/12?lang=eng&vid=3929047363001 -We declare it in song old and new, that Jesus is coming. -Pray that we may learn and do and become what the Lord NEEDS us to become. -President Hinckley said how the greatest forces for good in the world are babies, that God uses such to change the world. -Shepherds areRead more

Becoming a Disciple By Elder Neal A. Maxwell, Full text

Becoming a Disciple By Elder Neal A. Maxwell Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles Full text Original article from https://www.lds.org/ensign/1996/06/becoming-a-disciple?lang=eng He who bore the atoning yoke has asked us to “take my yoke upon you and learn of me.” Indeed, the taking of Jesus’ yoke upon us is what constitutes serious discipleship. How gratefulRead more

A Marvelous Work and A Wonder by LeGrand Richards – Book Notes

  For a video presentation of this document, click here.   LeGrand Richard was a member of the quorum of the 12 Apostles, this book is a classic on fulfillment of scripture in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith, and missionary work in these latter-days to prepare the world forRead more

A Love Greater than Terminal Illness by Ensign Magazine – Full Text

  For official text and audio of this article at the church website, see by clicking here or by using this URL: https://www.lds.org/ensign/2017/10/young-adults/a-love-greater-than-terminal-illness?lang=eng A Love Greater Than Terminal Illness by Laura Welkes, Ensign Magazine 10-2017 Megan and Nate Richardson will tell you that happiness doesn’t come from your circumstances—it comes from your faith. A fewRead more

The Atonement: ‘After All We Can Do’ By Brad R. Wilcox, full text & audio

His Grace Is Sufficient by Brad Wilcox of the Sunday School General Board July 12, 2011 • Devotional Text video & audio from https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/brad-wilcox_his-grace-is-sufficient/: Full text: I am grateful to be here with my wife, Debi, and my two youngest children—who are currently attending BYU—and several other family members who have come to be withRead more

The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Can We Really Understand? by Donald W Parry, in video

The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Can We Really Understand? video by Donald W Parry 2009 BYU Education Week brought to you by Nate Richardson updated 1-8-18 rrnmailbox@gmail.com richardsonstudies.com This is one of the best descriptions of the Atonement of Jesus Christ I’ve ever heard. If any Christian is not in love with the old testament,Read more

Why We Need a Savior: God’s Plan vs. Lucifer’s Tyranny by Elder D. Todd Christofferson (“A Message at Christmas” 2017 BYU Devotional)

Excerpts from BYU Devotional on Dec. 12, 2017 titled “A Message at Christmas”   For video of the devotional excerpt pertaining to the need for a Savior, click here.  –For the official summary of the lecture by BYU (supposedly going to be updated in the near future to the full text of the speech), andRead more

Godhead, Kingdoms, and Family as Types of Progression

-(this is not intended to be a comprehensive study of all that has been revealed about the stages of existence called “The Plan of Salvation”. For that, see official resources of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. For example, this link is to an LDS manual on the several kingdoms of heaven: https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrines-of-the-gospel-student-manual/chapter-33-kingdoms-of-glory-and-perdition?lang=eng.   This document proposesRead more