Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My Blogging Year in Review: Top Posts of 2013

After another good year of blogging, it comes to that happy time when I get to share with you readers’ top 10 favorite posts in 2013 in order of favoritism! (Some of these weren’t necessarily posted in 2013..)

1. Baptismal Talk on Holy Ghost

2. “Obedience Brings Blessings”: Thoughts on President Monson’s April 2013 talk

3. 16 ways to mark your scriptures

4. Why did God choose the rainbow as a token of His covenant with Noah?

5. In the beginning, there was taxonomy…

6. Spiritual Crocodiles

7. Examples of Good Fatherhood in the Book of Mormon

8. Beauty for Ashes: Isaiah Teaches the Messiah Makes Repentance Possible

9. "Consider the Blessings": Thoughts on President Monson’s October 2012 talk

10. “Obedience Brings Blessings”: Thoughts on President Monson’s April 2013 talk

Also, I give you the Small Plates of Michaela for 2013.  
As always, these posts ones that I feel are most worthy of being remembered by me (and others, if they choose) whether because I learned a ton in the writing of them or the change worked in my life. 

To help with navigation, I thought I would sort them a little.

Old Testament

The Law of Purification of Women as a Type of Christ, Lev 12:2-4

Re-examining “Choose You This Day” Joshua 24:15

Thoughts on the story of Esther

Exploring Isaiah 33

Seemeth it a small thing?

New Testament

Another Examination of the Third Temptation of Christ, Matt 4:8-10

Jesus says some odd things about John the Baptist, Matt 11:7-20

Jesus Raises the Bar on Loving, John 13:34-35

Do Not Alms to Be Seen of Men

Lost diamond, lost coin

The Unclean Spirit Cast Out, Mark 1:21-26

Jesus Cleanses a Leper and Suffers Some Consequences, Mark 1:40-45

New Perspective on the Parable of the Talents

The story of Zacchaeus

Paul’s Prooftext that God is True, Romans 3:3-4

Two Angels Sitting in the Empty Tomb

Temple Veil & Garment Symbolism

What Kind of Spiritual Gifts are Differences of Administrations and Diversities of Operations?

Reflections on Lukewarm Laodicean Saints, Rev 3:14-18

Measure the Temple of God and Those Worshipping Therein, Revelation 11:1-2

The Number of the Beast


Book of Mormon

Comparing the First Two Visions of Lehi

Nephi on Searching, 1 Nephi 10:19

How Converts Reinvigorate the Church, Jacob 5:17-18

Re-examining the Liahona

Laman & Lemuel’s arguments and Nephi’s rebuttals

Kings Their Nursing Fathers and Queens Their Nursing Mothers, 2 Nephi 6:6-7

When we feel estranged from the Lord, 2 Nephi 7:1-3

King Noah on the Tower vs. King Limhi on the Tower

Firm and Undaunted, Alma 57:20

How the Nephites Prosper While Avoiding Pride, Alma 62:48-51

Lessons fromPahoran Jr. Versus Brothers in Helaman 1

Coriantumr’s Blitzkrieg in Helaman 1

A Nephite Dissenter Helps Bring Lamanites to Repentance and Belief in Christ, Helaman 5:35-43

Hurricanes and Gulfs of Misery in the Scriptures

The Sign in the Questioning of Seantum for His Brother’s Murder, Helaman 9:25-38

Jesus loosed their tongues


KJV versus JST: Taking up the Cross to Follow Jesus, Matt 16:24-26

KJV versus JST: Faith Counted for Righteousness, Romans 4:2-5


Cornerstones, Keystones, and Capstones

Conference Talks

Thoughts on Elaine S. Dalton’s talk “We Are Daughters of Our Heavenly Father”

"Yes, Sergeant Instructor!": Larry Echo Hawk’s Story in Oct 2012 Conference


In which I confront my fears about introducing the missionaries to my neighbors

Things that Helped Me Stay Chaste When I Was a Teen

I want to publicly thank my Heavenly Father for all He has taught me thus far.