Beware Persecution From Inside the Church – Prophetic Warnings

– Brigham Young said the saints used to be a distinct people, but are becoming to be a people known for their mediocrity. -Church culture doesn’t mean the church is or isn’t true. Joseph Smith said that the majority of the 12 Apostles and the records of the church will never lead you astray. (JSRead more

I Believe: Part 3

(Video presentation part 1, part 2, and part 3) (the text and video do not exactly align) To reiterate, I believe we lived with our heavenly parents and fellow siblings of the human race for a very long time as intelligent spirits before we came to this earth. I believe that our Father in Heaven created this earthRead more

I Believe: Part 1

Video presentation part 1, part 2, and part 3 (the text and video do not exactly align) I believe the human race is watched over by a divine all-powerful corporal being dwelling on his home planet. I believe that this man, our Father in Heaven, is perfectly compassionate and wise, and possesses all joy, knowledge, and power. IRead more

The Family: A Proclamation to the World 1995

By The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Full text:  https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world?lang=eng This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (It remains a flagship statementRead more

Persecution Yet to Come

-“Why do we need such resilient faith? Because difficult days are ahead. Rarely in the future will it be easy or popular to be a faithful Latter-day Saint. Each of us will be tested. The Apostle Paul warned that in the latter days, those who diligently follow the Lord ‘shall suffer persecution’ [2 Timothy 3:12].Read more

Joining The Church: Salvation, Alcohol, & Sexual Chastity

List of questions: Why would you go to heaven and not me? I’m a good religious person. What about those who never got a passport but were good people? Can they enter God’s city? If I am a good person just not a member of the church, why would I have to live with murderersRead more

On Conspiracy & Staying in The Church: Responding to Christian Markham’s Two Churches Only Vol. 2

This is my response to the author of “There Are Save Two Churches Only” Christian Markham, a latter-day saint author now parted from the church. I very much enjoyed vol. 1 which showed political conspiracy, I did not enjoy vol. 2 which suggested the church is a part of that conspiracy. In some correspondence withRead more

Divinely Sanctioned Governments: Exploring the Prophetic Parallels in the Book of Mormon by the Joseph Smith Foundation – Documentary Notes

In the For Our Day Series -there is a painting “the apotheosis of Washington” of him surrounded by 13 women representing the colonies. Washington was found praying often during the war; there is plenty of evidence of the US as a Christian nation. Some historians call Washington a deist, but this is absurd, he consistentlyRead more

Be One: Celebrating Priesthood for Africans – Lecture Notes

June 2018 Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Revelation on the Priesthood   Members of African Descent Receiving Temple and Priesthood Blessings   The Lord’s plan is not equal outcomes for everyone, but equal opportunities for everyone. The Lord often does not reveal reasons for his commandments. When Elder Oaks prayed about the reasons beingRead more

The Need to Defend Truth by Elder Christofferson to Religious Educators – Lecture Notes

Full text at: https://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-christofferson-addresses-growing-need-defend-truth?cid=HP_TH-1-2-2018_dPFD_fMNWS_xLIDyM_   – “It has always been important not only to teach but to defend truth, and in our time that need seems to be growing,” -truth is unaffected by our preference or opinions or lobbying, it is a fixed reality -moral relativism doesn’t work if we are to have a justRead more

Consequences of Rejecting the Prophets, Including Less Access to the Word of God

One reason General conference is different now than it was 20 years ago is because times change, and new needs arise. This is obvious. This is why we even have a church today and not rely on the bible for all our guidance. This is what sets us apart in our faith. But this doctrineRead more

Power of the Restoration: A Firm Foundation of Faith: Finally! A Good Taste in our Mouths for Religion! Welcome to the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ

We are living in a day foretold by prophets of old, and can expect more direction than cliché church answers to life’s questions from the Catholic and Protestant churches. The restored Church of Jesus Christ is vastly different than any other church, so to you dissatisfied with religion in general, so are we, give thisRead more

The Only True Church

  Here I demonstrate that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church. -“To possess a testimony of Jesus is to know that the Church, which He established in the meridian of time and restored in modern times is, as the Lord has declared, “the only true and living churchRead more

The Majesty of God’s Law: It’s Coming to America by W. Cleon Skousen – Book Notes

DISCLAIMER: These are my notes & commentary and do not represent a balanced summary of the author’s work. I’ve selected portions of the text which were relevant to me and placed them here in my own words, in an abbreviated fashion, with added commentary. Though this article introduces some main ideas from the text, it isRead more

Doctrine & Covenants Commentary

Doctrine & Covenants Commentary by Nate Richardson Updated 1-31-18 RichardsonStudies.com rrnmailbox@gmail.com – *We hear the voice of Jesus Christ in our day. -This must be read from time to time so insight may be gained pertaining to the current needs. Section 6: -7wisdom is riches -13: salvation is greatest gift -22-3 further insight, recall peaceRead more

The Church of the Firstborn as Taught by the Prophets

For a video presentation of this article, click here In a study of The Church of the Firstborn, one may also look for phrases with a similar meaning such as the following: the Second Comforter calling and election made sure the more sure word of prophecy sealed up unto eternal life exaltation joint heirs withRead more

Technology to Tell the World of A Savior by Elder Stevenson, Summary

Women’s Conference Address May 5 2017 Images here were used in the original presentation: -President David O. McKay began speaking of things to come, things which would spread the knowledge of a Savior throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. Listen to these prophetic words about scientific discoveries that “stagger the imagination” and further: “DiscoveriesRead more

Sabbath is Not for Commerce or Sport: PMG Standard

Sabbath is Not for Commerce or Sport: PMG Standard -“When a community or nation grows careless in its Sabbath activities, its religious life decays and all aspects of life are negatively affected. The blessings associated with keeping the Sabbath day holy are lost. We should refrain from shopping on the Sabbath and participating in otherRead more

Missions: Commanded to Go: Full-Time Service is Not Just Wise Council

For a video presentation of this article, click here. Naturally young women aren’t commanded to serve missions as they often have the higher work of family creation to participate in. However, for young men, it is a clear duty, just as binding as the law of the sabbath, or the law of tithing, on theirRead more

Ancient Rod of Aaron Used in Our Day by Oliver Cowdry: An Instrument of Revelation Testifying of Christ

  Thesis: How God has used physical objects as instruments of revelation to testify of Christ. Modern and ancient examples, including Aaron’s ancient rod which Oliver Cowdry used. -Truman G Madsen suggested that the reason the Book of Mormon characters had to carry the gold plates around in the desert with them in their travelsRead more

Increased Accountability and Expectation of the Latter-day Saints: Extra-Biblical Scripture & Exaltation (Theosis)

Response to a Friend   Firstly, we the Latter-day Saints believe we have more truth. Since truth is power, the old adage applies “with great power comes great responsibility” For instance, you are a Christian. Since you know about the motivating love of God, and the need to avoid hell, and the need to followRead more

Approaching Zion: To Our Glory or To Our Condemnation by Hugh Nibley – Lecture Notes

(these notes are on a lecture, not the full book bearing this title)   Topics: economics, environment, Satan, Babylon, Zion, paradise, academics, money, career, beauty, Eden, guide -Jewish legend that Adam was only allowed to the parts of the earth that he worked in. That he tilled and cared for. -There is a difference betweenRead more

Different Religions Have their own Camps in Heaven?

Different Religions Have their own Camps in Heaven? Different Religions Have their own Camps in Heaven / All Roads Lead to Rome Theory Debunked True vs False Religions Prophets VS Mystics Why Your Choice Matters by Nate Richardson editor@richardsonstudies.com On my mission I heard lots of people say that they didn’t need to join theRead more

Deficiency of the Bible as Solo Compass & the Executive Officer Metaphor

A Response to a Friend.       Here is treated a few items of disputation among Christians, and the resolution thereto as authoritatively and decisively declared by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the only true and living church on the face of the earth: On account of deleting the word ofRead more

Courageous Faith

-See also article Great Expectations of Young People in the parenting section of my family book. -See also the “Torch Lighter” series, an animated video series of courageous Christians throughout the world and persecutions they’ve been through. -See also the group “Voice of the Martyrs”. They have a FREE magazine and charts showing where ChristiansRead more

Restored Social Principles

Excerpts from a letter to a friend.   Topics herein treated include role of sex on earth and in heaven, the importance of marriage and reproduction on earth and in heaven, role of drugs, feminism, LDS leaders, homosexuality, Millennium, and some essential differences between the restored church of Jesus Christ and contemporary Christian churches (ProtestantsRead more

Appreciating Other Faiths, & Some Thoughts on Joining the Church

  principally excerpts/highlights from http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/respect-for-diversity-of-faiths -for official church doctrine see lds.org or ldsnewsroom.org or mormon.org –Current church leaders words trump former church leaders’ words -When we come across something potentially offensive from what an LDS church leader has said, it’s helpful to get a background knowledge about why they are saying what they are, andRead more

An Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story of Glenn Beck – Lecture Notes

DISCLAIMER: These are my notes & commentary and do not represent a balanced summary of the author’s work. I’ve selected portions of the text which were relevant to me and placed them here in my own words, in an abbreviated fashion, with added commentary. Though this article introduces some main ideas from the text, it isRead more