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THE WORD

The Word: Making real changes in our lives

Late last year, after nearly 40 years of playing the soprano clarinet, I decided to switch up and try the bass clarinet.  The bass clarinet ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Sunday, February 4, 2024 5:01 am

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The Word: ‘Ye must press forward’

Happy New Year! Over the holiday break, I rode my bike on the High Bridge Trail. It had rained a few days previously, and was ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Saturday, January 6, 2024 4:47 pm

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The Word: ‘I am the Light of the World’

“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” — John ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Thursday, December 7, 2023 2:10 pm

THE WORD

The Word: ‘In every thing give thanks’

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  Gratitude is a defining characteristic ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Friday, November 10, 2023 11:21 am

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The Word: Recharging spiritual batteries

With the days getting shorter, I’m using a headlamp as I walk my dog in the dark predawn hours. It is a powerful light, illuminating ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Thursday, October 12, 2023 5:54 pm

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The Word: Sing the song you were meant to sing

The trees are quiet now.  Late in summer, the cicadas begin their song, with the males “singing” to attract females. Each species sings a unique ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Saturday, September 16, 2023 5:49 pm

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The Word: Always remembering Jesus Christ

Approaching the end of His mortal ministry, Jesus Christ introduced the sacrament to commemorate His infinite atoning sacrifice on behalf of all humankind. “And as ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Saturday, August 19, 2023 10:21 am

church and community

The Word: ‘Seek peace, and pursue it’

In the Old Testament, there is a story of an amazing woman named Abigail, a story that is so inspiring that we named our daughter ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Friday, July 21, 2023 11:47 am

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The Word: Elevation and transformation

A long the Lakeshore Trail at Holliday Lake State Park, there are signs that caution hikers about upcoming creek crossings. Following a storm, these creeks can ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Saturday, June 24, 2023 10:49 am

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The Word: Focus on the small and simple things

“By small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Book of Mormon, Alma 37:6). A recent experience illustrates the importance of focusing on ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Thursday, May 18, 2023 10:48 am

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The Word: About Easter and temples

A belated Happy Easter! Few words ever spoken convey the hope and joy of those uttered by the angelic messenger on that first Easter morning: ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Friday, April 14, 2023 5:27 pm

Columns

The Word: Temples in the New Testament

All are invited to an open house for the Richmond Virginia Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 10915 Staples ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Friday, March 10, 2023 8:35 am

Columns

The Word: Temples in the Old Testament

All are invited to an open house for the Richmond Virginia Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 10915 Staples ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Saturday, February 4, 2023 10:31 am

Columns

The Word — New Year’s reflections

Happy New Year!   The experiences of the great apostle Peter in the New Testament can help us as we reflect on the passing year ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Saturday, December 31, 2022 4:32 pm

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The Word — Grateful for an abundant life through Christ

Jesus taught: “I am come, that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). At Thanksgiving, we recognize the ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Thursday, November 24, 2022 8:00 am

Columns

The Word — The joy of finding scriptural nuggets

My great-great-great grandfather Levi Roberts was actually present at Sutter’s Mill when gold was discovered there in 1848. While unfortunately I have never discovered gold, ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Saturday, October 22, 2022 8:43 am

Church & Community

The Word — Focus on what matters most

Last week I went for a hike with my son, who recently returned from two years of missionary service split between Nashville, Tennessee and Villahermosa, ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Sunday, August 14, 2022 9:00 am

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The Word — Have the faith to follow God’s prophet

During the summer, with many student volunteers away, FACES food pantry always welcomes volunteers to help with sorting and packing from 8-11 a.m. and 3-5 ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Sunday, July 10, 2022 11:00 am

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The Word —The power of faith in action

At the Last Supper, after He had washed the feet of His disciples, in the midst of some of His greatest teachings about love and ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Sunday, June 12, 2022 11:00 am

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The Word — ‘The House of the Lord, Holiness to the Lord’

Following an extended renovation, the Washington DC Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is open for public tours. For the first ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Sunday, May 15, 2022 10:28 am

Columns

The Word — ‘He is not here, but is risen’

At last temperatures seem to be on a consistent warming trend. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and leaves are budding on the trees. At ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Friday, April 15, 2022 12:36 pm

Columns

The Word — The foundation of apostles and prophets

Prophets have always been a part of how a loving Heavenly Father communicates with His children. In the Old Testament, Amos taught: “Surely the Lord ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Friday, March 18, 2022 5:49 pm

Columns

The Word: Letting in the light of forgiveness

Last week I watched the sun rise over the Roanoke River at the John H. Kerr Reservoir near Clarksville. It was a beautiful and peaceful ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Saturday, February 19, 2022 5:40 pm

Columns

The Word — Seeking God’s guidance in our lives

On the north end of Holliday Lake, there are a few spots where streams cross the Lakeshore Trail. Depending on recent precipitation, these can be ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Sunday, January 23, 2022 10:15 am

Columns

Sharing the light and love of Jesus Christ

Last month on a quiet afternoon I hiked the Lakeshore Trail at Holliday Lake. Though beautiful in every season, Holliday Lake was really past the ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Friday, December 24, 2021 12:00 pm

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Thankful for the little things

In “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,” our hero Charlie Brown, as ever, is a bit down. His friends have invited themselves over for Thanksgiving dinner, he ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Wednesday, November 24, 2021 6:00 am

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Inviting all to return to church

Along with our friends from other churches, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints actively invite members to return following COVID-related closures. ... Read more

by Brent Roberts, Friday, October 29, 2021 6:00 am

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