Ten Commandments for Us

Week Seventeen: Exodus 18–20
When my father began teaching economics in the 1950's he was befriended by a humanities professor named Sterling Wheelwright. Professor Wheelwright and his wife Edna adopted our family. We called them Uncle Sterling and Auntie Edna and treasured the idea that we had an uncle and auntie because, in fact, we had no living relatives nearby due to the Holocaust...Read More

Jethro’s Good Advice

Week Seventeen: Exodus 18–20
Most of us have received spiritual guidance from someone we have looked up to. This could be a parent, a church leader or even an in-law. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, not only took Moses in when he was lost in the wilderness but taught him the gospel and ordained him to the Melchizedek Priesthood.[i] Armed with this power, Moses climbed Mt. Sinai alone to face the burning bush and receive the direction to return to Egypt...Read More

Passover, The Feast of Tabernacles and General Conference

Week Fourteen: Exodus 7–13
The last plague of Egypt was conditional. The house of Israel could be spared the death of their first born if they would follow the instructions of the prophet. Moses told the people to sacrifice a lamb without blemish and put its blood “…on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.” (Exodus 12:7-9) The feast beginning that night would last for a week and would be a memorial of the miracle the Lord had done on their behalf “therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance forever.”...Read More

Ten Plagues or Ten Commandments

Week Fourteen: Exodus 7–13
Moses at age 80 and Aaron at age 83 were sent by God to speak to Pharaoh, asking the ruler to allow the children of Israel to leave the land of Egypt and worship Jehovah. But this was going to be a long and arduous process for the Egyptians because of the hardened heart of Pharaoh. In the King James version, the Lord said, “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt... Read More

The Child Moses and the Women who Saved Him

Week Thirteen: Exodus 1–6
Moses was one of the “mightiest men of God in all time…. He walked and talked with God, received of divine glory while yet in morality, was called a son of God, and was in the similitude of the Only Begotten.”[i] Moses’ life was graced by righteous women who would protect, teach, and save him from destruction...Read More

Levi’s Grandson, Mushi

Week Thirteen: Exodus 1–6
Mushi was the name of the father of my first childhood friend. The Silvers lived through the gate Mushi put in the fence separating our backyard on Cherry Street from theirs on Chestnut Street. Once I asked where his funny nickname came from and was surprised when he said,  "from the Bible." Years later, after living in Israel, I figured Mushi must be a modified form of Moshe which is Hebrew for "Moses."... Read More

Justice and Mercy: Joseph and His Brothers

Week Twelve: Genesis 42–50
Life is often unfair. Strangers and family members sometimes treat us dishonestly, maliciously, and angrily. How do we respond? What do we feel in our hearts towards these people? President Uchtdorf pointed out “Strained and broken relationships are as old as humankind itself. …Since those first days the spirit of envy and hatred has led to some of the most tragic stories in history... Read More

The Grasp of Potiphar’s Wife

Week Eleven: Genesis 37–41
After Joseph is sold into Egypt, he becomes a servant in Potiphar’s house. Because “the Lord was with Joseph” (Gen 39:2), Potiphar puts him in charge. In fact, he hands all he has to Joseph and doesn’t even know what he has, “save the bread he did eat.” That’s how much Potiphar trusts Joseph...Read More