Blog Posts on Religion

  • Daily Scripture Study

    Daily Scripture Study

    The Arnesen family tradition of early morning scripture study, established by the parents, ingrained the importance of scriptures in their children. Despite initial resistance, the consistency of this practice had a profound impact. Today, the tradition continues in the next generation, with nightly scripture readings becoming a significant part of the family routine. This practice…

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  • Home-Centered Gospel Learning

    Home-Centered Gospel Learning

    Sarah and I were asked to speak about our experiences learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ at home for our church meetings. We have both tried to raise our own families in the same way, with some variations. In the forthcoming weeks, we’ll share sections from our talks, and welcome feedback and extensions to…

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  • Strengthening Faith in Jesus Christ

    Strengthening Faith in Jesus Christ

    I hope that we will not wait for the Austin temple to be dedicated before we choose to increase that focus. It may seem like it will be “easier” to attend the temple when it is close – but it will not be. Proximity to the temple does not make it easier.

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  • A small epiphany on Jesus Christ and Repentance

    A small epiphany on Jesus Christ and Repentance

    Repentance isn’t what covers the sins — Christ covers the sins. We are trying to become something — like the Savior. A note I took during church I like to take notes while I listen to people speak in church. It helps me to focus and often I find myself learning something as I jot…

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  • Faith and Repentance

    Faith and Repentance

    The Daily Covenant Path – Given on 22 Aug 2021 Brothers and Sisters, I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you today. I am grateful for the wonderful family that we have here in this ward! Sarah and I are so thankful for all that you do to bless our family, to serve…

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  • A Sacred Home

    A Sacred Home

    The front room of our house looks like an ordinary front room that you may find in any number of homes. It has some moderately comfortable couches, a second hand piano that the kids practice on somewhat diligently, and some standard Ikea furniture. It was just another room in our home until a few weeks…

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  • Review: The Case for Christ

    Review: The Case for Christ

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I appreciated the level of detail that Mr Strobel uses in presenting the material. It was approachable for someone who hasn’t spent time examining original academic sources but was in depth enough to explain those sources in a clear and convincing way. I am a Christian and a…

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  • The Holy Ghost Helps Me Feel Love, Joy, and Peace

    The Holy Ghost Helps Me Feel Love, Joy, and Peace

    Eliza Arnesen – Primary – Sep 2019 My topic is “The Holy Ghost helps me feel love, joy and peace.” In Galatians 5:22-23 it says, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” This means that the Spirit brings these great…

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  • The Trek of Our Lives

    The Trek of Our Lives

    From a talk given 14 Jul 2019 in the Pflugerville Ward I had the opportunity to go on Trek this year. Bishop Arnesen and I went as a Ma and Pa for one of the families. The theme for our Trek was “Keep on the Covenant Path.” In essence, the covenant path is the path…

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  • The House by the Side of the Road

    The House by the Side of the Road

    THERE are hermit souls that live withdrawnIn the place of their self-content;There are souls like stars, that dwell apart,In a fellowless firmament;There are pioneer souls that blaze the pathsWhere highways never ran-But let me live by the side of the roadAnd be a friend to man.Let me live in a house by the side of…

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