Joseph Smith & other Prophets on Recreation

“You must excuse me, but when I’m with the boys I make all the fun I can.” -Joseph Smith (see Truman G Madsen Joseph Smith lectures) For an excellent lecture on the personality and character of Joseph Smith by Truman G. Madsen, including his inclination to play sports and laugh with others: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVXkBX0JNjI -Joseph SmithRead more

Slogans & Quotes to Create Magnets, Shirts, Hats, Stickers: Spiritual, Political, Family, Entertainment, Beauty

Sections: Spiritual Political Family Entertainment Beauty         Spiritual:   -RichardsonStudies.com – “There is a grand distinction between the actual meaning of the prophets and the present translation…My soul delighteth in reading the word of the Lord in the original” -Joseph Smith -Prayer Changes Things -“Jesus Christ is The Source of Every BlessingRead more

13 Discipline Principles by Jonathan Swinton, Therapist – LDS Living Magazine

www.swintoncounseling.com http://www.ldsliving.com/14-Tips-for-Disciplining-Children/s/64602 Hierarchy exists in the classroom. Exercise your authority. Co-teachers be on the same page & consistent Age appropriate rules. Ensure they know them. Punishments related to infractions, not random or “go to” punishments. Age 1-10 timeouts can be effective. When kids are in timeout, don’t respond to their tantrums. No physical punishment (includingRead more

Politically Correct VS Polite, & How Microaggression Isn’t Aggressive at All

Sometimes people want to say that they are freedom fighters against political correctness, and excuse themselves in using foul language, saying that not swearing or being vulgar is just politically correct and thereby feeding into the political oppression of our time. There’s a difference between the political correctness and common courtesy. Political correctness is filteringRead 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

What do we see when people get away from Gospel Centered Lives?

-immodesty -sexual movies/TV -R rated movies -tolerance -idleness -greed -elaborate clothing -foul language -show up at church sometimes but don’t contribute -video game addiction -postponed marriage -postponed childbearing -word of wisdom leniency -neglect of scripture study -rare & shallow prayer -infrequent temple attendance -white lies -tolerance for apostate groups -excessive social lives -complaining attitudes -entitlementRead more

Resolution of Teenage Delinquency through Independent Family Structures

For decades now, we have been perplexed about crime and delinquency of teenagers. Is there something fundamentally chaotic about this age of the human being, or is there something about the way we treat them which triggers this rebellion? Let’s look at the most basic unit of society: the family. Adult divorce is through theRead more

Holy Inertia: How & Why Return Missionaries ‘Hit the Ground Running’ (Toward Marriage)

Some say returning from a mission is ending a fast of women. Indeed, the missionary has no romantic feelings, he is at war, and must focus lest he lose the battle. Some suggest that a man must not quickly marry like a man fasting thinks highly of simple bread & cheese, but should wait forRead more

Persecution Yet to Come

-“Why do we need such resilient faith? Because difficult days are ahead. Rarely in the future will it be easy or popular to be a faithful Latter-day Saint. Each of us will be tested. The Apostle Paul warned that in the latter days, those who diligently follow the Lord ‘shall suffer persecution’ [2 Timothy 3:12].Read 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

Grow Where You Are Planted: Why to Stop Moving Everywhere

Grow Where You Are Planted   Elder Stanley G Ellis spoke of this in a conference report not long ago, suggesting that wherever we are, we should grow, rather than be always looking to leave and live somewhere else, living reserving ourselves to give more fully in some more comfortable location or something.   IRead more

Joining The Church: Salvation, Alcohol, & Sexual Chastity

List of questions: Why would you go to heaven and not me? I’m a good religious person. What about those who never got a passport but were good people? Can they enter God’s city? If I am a good person just not a member of the church, why would I have to live with murderersRead more

Little Sleep: What to Expect, How to Stay Awake, Polyphasic Sleep, Morning Routines

“My life like my shoes, worn out in the service of God.” -President Spencer W. Kimball -when much is at stake, you must lose the calendar, and just go full throttle. This means you sleep when you must, not when a clock says something. And when you must sleep, you do so incrementally, then getRead 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 Forgotten Dream of Family Life

Fight for Your Dreams, But Dream Righteously It’s been said that you can accomplish about anything you put your mind to. Oft is heard the rallying cry toward students, salesmen with lofty monetary goals, and others, that you can win if you really focus, if you’re willing to sacrifice, etc. Then you ask yourself, “so,Read more

Man is Become As God: Spiritual Capitalism & Why Life is Hard

(Man is become as God echoes Genesis 3:5, 22; Alma 42:3; Alma 12:34, 21 & other scriptures) I ask, “God why is life so hard?” I hear no answer. I think to myself: ‘I sort of make it hard on myself, but the difficulty brings such rewards, that I chose to go through it.’ ThenRead more

Thou Shalt Keep a Journal – A Prophetic Mandate

Consider these evidences that the most important reason to learn to write is so that you can keep a journal (it’s also a good way to learn to write).   -“Although I was tired, I took out some paper and began to write. And as I did, I understood the message I had heard inRead more

Gentle Parenting – Quotes of the Prophets

Administering mercy as a parent in Zion While Avoiding Overly Enabling   (Evidences for Authoritative preferred to Authoritarian parenting) (For my companion document showing another side Parenting with Strictness While Avoiding Abuse http://richardsonstudies.com/2018/08/09/parenting-with-s…e-avoiding-abuse/ ) -““When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”3 That concept isRead more

Keeping a Latter-day Saint Marriage Alive: Q&A

Excerpts from a conversation with a friend which have broad application.   Topics:   Disclaimer: Limitations of and Suggested Sources for 3rd Party Marriage Advice “My spouse wants to change me” “My partner says I’m not giving my best effort since we got married” “My partner complains that I’m a stay at home mom, saysRead more

Early Marriage and Parenthood Theory

Other similar reading at Richardson Studies: Family and Godhead in plan of salvation Exponential Exaltation Theory Great Expectations of Young People   List of points:   AGE OF MARY at her wedding and birth of Jesus “YOUNG” PEOPLE CAN DO GREAT, historic examples ARRANGED MARRIAGES have less divorces FORBIDDEN, THE YOUTH REBELS CAREER AT EARLIERRead more

Taking Care of Others Before Yourself: Excerpts from “Fear Not to Do Good” By Henry B. Eyring

Oct. 2017 General Conference https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/fear-not-to-do-good?lang=eng   -D&C 6:33 “Fear not to do good” -The Lord told His leaders of the Restoration, and He tells us, that when we stand with faith upon His rock, doubt and fear are diminished; the desire to do good increases. As we accept President Monson’s invitation to plant in ourRead more

Emphasize service, brotherhood, & grass-roots-education; de-emphasize careerism, status seeking, & hoop-jumping

Emphasize service, brotherhood, & grass-roots-education; de-emphasize careerism, status seeking, & hoop-jumping Balance of Vocational and Religious Duty Another Episode in the School of the Prophets by Nate Richardson 4-17-17 Topics: service, vocation, education It occurred to me today or yesterday one of the two, that it doesn’t matter so much that I use all myRead more

Joseph Campbell Literature: Message of Myth, First Storytellers, Love & The Goddess, Hero’s Adventure, Sacrifice & Bliss, Masks of Eternity – Documentary Notes

From documentary series “The Power of Myth” with Bill Moyers – a Winstar Fire Video       The Message of Myth   -Campbell says don’t be interested in things merely because they are said to be important but get a proper introduction to them and you may find indeed that they are very important.Read more

On Sleep: Wisdom & Courage from Prophets & Other Inspired Individuals

Let us remember that not only scientific laboratories but wisdom from the ancients and insight from inspired individuals can give us information on matters of importance. To ignore historical and prophetic wisdom at the expense of focusing on the laboratory, or the opposite, to leave the laboratory to just listen to leaders and wise men,Read 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