J230 | Introduction

J230 | Introduction

The reality of the polygamy debate is that there are far too few pieces to get an accurate picture. I can see why there are proponents of both sides, and believers in multiple narratives. The honest truth may be out of our grasp, at least until the restoration is...
Hyrum Smith Discourse on Polygamy

Hyrum Smith Discourse on Polygamy

GenCon Outtakes Vol 4 President Hyrum Smith called the Conference to order at 25 min. to 4 and said:— It is a matter of consequenee that the Elders of Israel should know when they go to preach to be like Paul— to give a reason for the hope of their calling; and if—...

Part 5: Christ Will Show Unto You The Greater Things

Mormon compiled the Book of Mormon; he started with the journey of Lehi and his family and abridged the entire record up to Mormon, Chapter 7. All of this took place sometime between 385 and 400 AD.  While writing this abridgement of the history of his people, he...

Part 4: Groups in the Book of Mormon

Groups are very important to understand, they NEVER apply to any individual. A group could almost be considered a trend or a fashion for understandings sake. A lot of people are going to be doing it, in fact an entire generation may even be defined by it. But still,...

Part 3: Types in the Book of Mormon

WE know we are under condemnation for treating lightly the things we have received, and we have been told how to receive them, or how to go about letting God do his own work in us. Heaven tries to speak to us and tell us concepts that we don’t have words for or...

Part 2: Nephi is a good place to start

I am going to start in 2 Nephi 11. Nephi is about to write more of the words of Isaiah, chapters 2-14 specifically, and he gives us a few reasons why he is doing this. He states that Jacob, and Isaiah and himself comprise the original three witnesses to the words that...

Part 1: The Incomparable Nephi

Some things are difficult to write, or cannot be written in a manner that adequately portrays what the writer would like to share. My love of Nephi falls into this category; I simply do not have the ability to express my amazement when I read Nephi’s words. For far...
Part 4: To This End Was I Born

Part 4: To This End Was I Born

Originally delivered December 2009 Okay. So Brian, in a sort of odd way, asked me to give a talk, or to speak on the subject of Christmas in conjunction with liberty and agency and freedom. And my first thought was, if I do this, am I going to have to give a talk on...
Part 3: Laws of Men vs. Laws of God

Part 3: Laws of Men vs. Laws of God

This talk was given sometime in 2010 and it was given to a group of people who were interested in the Constitution and our role in saving the Constitution as a member of the LDS church. 00:02 Okay, so my name is Brent Larsen. Everything that we’re going to talk...

Part 2: God’s Laws vs Commandments of God

To understand agency requires an understanding of Gods Laws and how they are used and termed.  The laws of man will not be addressed. For ease of teaching and common understanding I have found it beneficial to group Gods law into two categories.  The first category is...