Faith

“Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” – Mark 12:30

I Believe. 3

Notes on Joy analysis by Hugh Nibley from BofM/PoGP Lectures. 12

Notes on Approaching Zion: To Our Glory or To Our Condemnation, Lecture by Hugh Nibley. 13

Notes on Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball 15

Notes on The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball – unfinished. 38

Notes on Self Mastery, Lecture by Elder Russel M Nelson. 47

Notes on King Benjamin’s Sermon: A Manual for Discipleship by Elder Neal A. Maxwell 49

Scriptures Study Techniques from Elder Bednar. 51

Taste Fruits of the Spirit: Tenacity, Peace, Independence. 52

Prayer. 53

Prophets Teach about The Holy Ghost. 54

Testimony Discussion. 57

Notes on The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie. 58

Thou Shalt Keep a Journal – A Prophetic Mandate. 90

Why We aren’t Raptured Upon Conversion. 94

Prophets Call Us to Magnify Our Callings Unto Salvation. 94

Living Beneath Our Privileges. 100

Baptism.. 104

Belief and Knowledge unto Obedience. 106

Taking Care of Others Before Yourself: Excerpts from “Fear Not to Do Good” by Henry B Eyring. 106

Courageous Faith. 107

Salvation Includes Works as Seen in The New Testament. 109

Salvation Includes Grace as seen in the Old Testament. 120

Pride and Humility: The Universal Problem & Solution. 126

Prophets Teach Obedience. 127

Build a Highway to Zion: The Redemptive Life of Moving Mountains. 128

Commandments and Councils List. 128

Faithlessness: Our #1 Problem.. 130

Faith Hope and Charity unto Salvation. 131

To Obey is Better than Sacrifice: The Secret Code for Valiant Service. 132

Prophets Invite Us to Magnify Our Priesthood. 133

Living Beneath Our Privileges. 138

Know, Not Just Believe. 142

Obedience to God Can Bring Seemingly Unrelated Blessings. 143

The Way of The True Man. 144

Priesthood. 144

Leading the Children in Prayer. 145

Versions of the Talmud. 146

Notes on First Presidency Christmas Devotional 2014. 148

Notes on Q & A Face to Face with Elders Oaks and Ballard November 2017. 150

Notes on New LDS 1st Presidency News Conference, 1-16-18. 154

Notes on Planted: Belief and Belonging in an age of Doubt, by Patrick Mason – unfinished. 156

Notes on The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl & Fiona Givens. 157

Magnifying Your Calling in the Church & Your Calling in the Gospel 160

The Possibility of Pure Joy: Our Greatest Fear. 161

Prophets Say an Hour of Scripture Study Daily is Ideal 162

Prophetic Council Regarding Scripture Study. 163

Beware Persecution Inside the Church. 166

Notes on Brad Wilcox Lectures. 168

Notes on The 7 Day Christian by Brad Wilcox. 169

A Great Terror: Decreasing Sabbath  & Scripture Observance. 177

Basic Q & A on Living My Faith. 178

Preguntas Y Respuesas Basicas En Cuanto De Como Vivo Me Fe. 187

The Watchers Nephilim Supernatural Theory Exposed as False Doctrine. 191

Scriptural Serpent Symbol : Christ & Satan’s Imitation. 203

Reasons for God having his People Kill others Historically. 204

Notes on Hebrew eyes seeing the Parables of Jesus, Lecture by Amy Jill Levine. 206

Notes on A Study Guide to the Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham by Allen J Fletcher. 207

Prophets Teach Jesus Christ’s Atoning Sacrifice. 229

Oneness of God, Fall of Adam, & Atonement of Christ. 233

Grace. 236

Why We Need a Savior: God’s Plan vs. Lucifer’s Tyranny by Elder D. Todd Christofferson (“A Message at Christmas” 2017 BYU Devotional). 237

Notes on His Grace is Sufficient, Lecture by Brad Wilcox. 238

The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Can We Really Understand? Link to video by Donald W Parry. 241

Christ Symbols in Animal Sacrifice of the Law of Moses. 242

Notes on An Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story of Glenn Beck. 244

Notes from Isaiah BYU class by Byron Merrill 250

Notes on The Doctrine & Covenants Institute Manual – unfinished. 273

Notes on Book of Mormon & Pearl of Great Price Class Lectures at BYU by Hugh Nibley. 285

Notes on 400 Questions and Answers about the New Testament by Susan Easton Black – unfinished. 297

Notes on Verse by Verse The Old Testament Vol. 1 by D Kelly Ogden; Andrew C. Skinner – unfinished. 299

Notes on Verse by Verse The Four Gospels by D. Kelly Odgen and Andrew Skinner – unfinished. 304

Notes on Ezekiel: Watchman of Israel – Excerpts from Church Old Testament Manual 309

Faith Appendix A: Excerpt from Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. 318

 

I Believe

 

 

 

 

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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.

I believe we lived with our Father in Heaven for a very long time as intelligent spirits before we came to this earth. The intelligent self-possessed core of each individual person has always existed and will never cease to exist. When we came to earth we were given bodies, and though those bodies will expire for a season, they will return and be an essential component of life in eternity. Father has made arrangements for the entire human race to eventually overcome physical death in a universal reconstitution (resurrection) of our bodies, and that this will take place at a point in time in the near future. I believe that when the resurrection happens, we will continue as intelligent corporal beings indefinitely, just like our Father in Heaven. I believe that the power of intellect and the corporal body will be greatly expanded at that time, especially for those who have sought to align their lives with eternal laws.

I believe that our Heavenly Father is the prototype of the majesty of an exalted being, and that in the mortal ministry of Heavenly Father’s most advanced son, a divine being named Jesus Christ, we see the prototype of how to become like our Father in Heaven. I believe that our Father in Heaven created this earth to aid us in our quest to become as he is, given that said quest entails the reception of bodies and the acquisition of experience therein.

I believe that because of the benevolent government of our Father in Heaven, we are free to make choices. I believe that laws which govern the universe will dictate the consequences of those choices. I believe our Father in Heaven’s laws are the same as the eternal laws of the universe, and his compliance to these laws gives him maximum power and authority. I believe that our Father in Heaven has, in every generation, made us aware of these eternal laws. Father taught us eternal divine law face to face in the pre-mortal existence, and now teaches us through the operation of conscience, angels, and prophets.

I believe that our Father in Heaven has created an immense number of planets, many of which he has tailored, through specific astronomical arrangements, to suite human life. I believe these planets serve the same purpose to others of Father’s children as our earth does for us. Father’s desires for the complete progress of his children are universal and apply to each of us individually. I believe that our Father in Heaven has power over all his operations which affect us, and that he allows us to have the agency to make our own moral choices. Though eventual punishments and rewards will be allotted to us from Father for our choices, we are free to decide how we will act. In that punishments and rewards are not immediate in this life, our time on earth is a test.

I believe that to make mercy available to us, Father in Heaven directed his most advanced son, a divine being named Jesus Christ, to perform a vicarious atonement in our behalf. I believe that everyone, even those who feel weak unclean or simple, can become like our Father in Heaven as they sincerely attempt to make good choices today, and, when they understand and believe in the role of Jesus Christ, access his assistance.

I believe our families are a prototype of the lifestyle of our Father in Heaven, intended to exist indefinitely and grow exponentially unendingly. I believe that sexual relations outside of a marriage between a man & woman are not in keeping with the laws of life, and do not contribute to the progress of our species, nor the individual development of the individual eternal soul. Celibacy or ideological rejection of marriage and childbearing cut a person off from their potential to become like our heavenly parents.

I believe it is a moral obligation of all people to seek and share knowledge. Further we uphold proper government which protects people in their basic needs while allowing them freedom to enjoy growth in the direction of their choice. I believe it is the primary moral obligation of people, not government, to administer to the poor. I believe in voting for what you believe to be morally right to be put into law.

I believe that our Father in Heaven responds to the unprecedented evil in our world by sending us unprecedented truth and power. While I believe that these gifts of truth and power are embodied in and administered through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I believe the has good things in store for all people of good will everywhere, regardless of their beliefs. Further, I believe that to assist us in establishing world peace and personal progress, our Father in Heaven will against send Jesus Christ among us, this time to be the king of all earth for 1,000 years. I believe that this millennium of peace and good government will commence in the very near future.

Now let’s dig a bit deeper…

I believe that because of the benevolent government of our Father in Heaven, we are free to make choices. I believe that Father doesn’t just want us to make good choices, he wants us to choose to make good choices. Choosing to do good rather than being forced to do good is the only way to become like Father. I believe that laws which govern the universe will dictate the consequences of our choices. I believe our Father in Heaven’s laws are the same as the eternal laws of the universe, and his compliance to these laws gives him maximum power and authority.

As we learn to obey the laws of the universe, we like Father can gain maximum power and authority to govern our posterity like he governs his. Father made our spirits, and sent us to earth to get bodies. Some day when we have passed through our trials on earth, we too will be able to make spirits and send them to earths to learn and grow to become like ourselves.

There is no beginning of existence. Father in heaven has a father, and so on. Life continues forever and everyone including God himself has parents. Our Father in Heaven once dwelt on an earth like we are dwelling on. Father in Heaven has a wife, whom is our Mother in Heaven. They progressed together until they reached their current exalted status of Gods. The purpose of the human race isn’t just to worship God, but is to become like God.

As the children of God, we can, through the help of Jesus Christ and each other, find our way to the blessings and inheritance of God. Jesus Christ found his way to Godhood by worshiping the Father. If we follow the example of Jesus Christ in word and deed, sincerely repenting when we fall short, we like Jesus Christ and like our heavenly parents, can become exalted Gods. We will then do what they do, namely benevolently rule our innumerable posterity on thrones in kingdoms of glory forever, helping our posterity to find joy like us.

Only in abiding by the laws of the universe can one find complete and never-ending joy. A God is someone who has found this fullness of joy by obedience to eternal law, and the offering of self for the sake of others. In addition to complete joy, the office of Godhood includes never ending glory and power for good.

We are the literal posterity of our Father and Mother in Heaven, in that their spiritual goodness and their physical DNA are at the core of our spirits and bodies, and in that they are responsible for helping each of us intrinsically & independently intelligent beings to progress in spirits and bodies in ways similar to how our parents on earth help us. For their absolutely essential role in our development, we will forever praise both our Heavenly Parents, and our earthly parents. Our need for the help of God to make progress in life is so great, that we must worship God and rely upon his power and teachings to obtain the highest outcome of our eternal existence. The life we live now is called the second estate. The first estate was our pre-earth life when we lived in the presence of God. For doing well in our first estate, we have glory. If we do well in this our second estate, we will have glory forever, and much more so than we currently enjoy.

Before coming to earth, some of Father’s children rejected his teachings, and chose to not come to earth to obtain bodies and continue on the path toward Godhood. Those children tragically account for 1/3 of all of Father’s children. The leader of these fallen 1/3 is named Lucifer. Lucifer was a beloved son of God, but because he unrighteously sought to gain power which he had not earned, and to use that power to force others to obey him, he was thrust out from the presence of God, and is the enemy of God who we call Satan.

Satan will never receive a body, and thus can never have a fullness of joy. The 2/3 of Father’s children who chose to come to earth to be tested and tried in bodies will all die, but will regain their bodies in their perfect form in what is called the resurrection of the dead. After the resurrection of the dead, all people who lived on earth will have bodies again, and will never taste of death again.

Father’s plan for us his children involved sending us to earth to gain bodies, obtaining character growth on earth through the difficulties of life including eventual death, the reception of bodies in the resurrection. Note that Father respects us his children and allowed us to choose whether we wanted to come to earth, and once on earth, Father allows us to do as we please. Father assists us by eventually blessing those who make good choices, and cursing those who make poor choices. These blessings and cursings are from Father, and are often manifest as natural consequences of our actions. Our heavenly parents weep for us when we make bad choices, because they know those choices will inevitably bring suffering. Remember, no one can break the rules of the universe, not even God.

In order to further assist us, Father’s plan involved a Savior. The Savior would be someone strong enough to take upon himself the natural punishments for the wrong doings committed by the human race. This intersession would make possible a loving learning environment with second chances, helping us to grow up without experiencing the full weight of consequences, similar to how an earthly parent removes many of the natural consequences of its young children by acting in their behalf.

Jesus Christ, formerly known as Jehovah before he was born on earth, was the only person qualified to satisfy this role of Savior of mankind. He chose to accept this calling. Because he chose to accept his calling for us, he suffered more than we can comprehend, and the laws of the universe were upheld. Justice was served. The natural results of imperfect compliance with the laws of the universe are pain and death of the body, and anguish of spirit. Lucifer was incapable of paying this price to redeem the human race from their fallen and incomplete condition, he was satisfied to allow the human race to remain in anguish and without bodies, and wanted to replace Father as ruler of all people.

Lucifer erroneously thought that he could force everyone to obey the laws of the universe, and thus save everyone to some degree, at least enough to make them his subjects forever in his kingdom. Forced charity is of the Devil,
and doesn’t help humans grow into their divine
potential. This of course would deny Father’s children the opportunity to fully mature into the status of Gods themselves, as forced charity isn’t charity at all, and the trait of charity is the bedrock of Godhood. Father’s plan involved letting people chose for themselves whether they wanted to participate in his plan and come to earth, and his plan involved allowing them to grow from freedom to make mistakes while on earth. The Savior would give essential assistance to the human race in their quest for the divine and the fullness of joy that comes with it.

When Jehovah was born on earth, he assumed the title of Jesus Christ, which translated has the general meaning of anointed (chosen) savior. He then accomplished his intersession for the human race by both suffering anguish in his spirit, and both pain and death in his body. Because of his unique divine power similar to that of Father himself, which power he indeed received from Father, Jesus experienced the equivalent of tens of billions of deaths, tens of billions of pains, sorrows, and torments of every kind, satisfying the demands of justice for every person who chose to come to this earth and other earths inhabited by children of our Father.

The 1/3 in pre-earth life who rejected God’s plan and chose not to come to earth but to rather elect Lucifer as their leader who could offer them a compromised but to them seemingly more realistic reward had this in common: they did not trust Jehovah’s ability to redeem them, and they thought that life on earth would just be too hard overall, so why even bother trying when so much war death pain and sorrow would invariably be involved as a natural consequence of giving the human race the power to make their own choices, for good or evil.

The 2/3 who chose to follow Father’s plan centered their hopes on Jehovah, that mighty firstborn son of God who had remarkably already obtained the character needed to save all of us his fellow kin. Because of the breathtakingly critical and massive role that Jehovah would assume in our salvation, he became a God to us, and in a large sense of the word, he became a father to us.

A third major assistant was made available to us, a man who would be known as the Holy Ghost. This man does not yet have a body, and as a spirit, uses the mighty power he developed in the pre-earth existence to communicate to us truths from Father. The bible and the book of Mormon are the most historically well-preserved books of all time. They show us that Jehovah (translated as LORD in most English versions of the text) played a very close role with the human race throughout the history of human experience on the earth. In 1820, Father appeared to Joseph Smith, and with him Jesus Christ appeared. Father told Joseph “this is my beloved son, hear him”.  Both the Holy Ghost and Jesus Christ always bear witness that Father in Heaven is our God who upholds the just laws of the universe. We love Father in Heaven because not only does he uphold justice and fairness, but he provided a Savior for us, so we could overcome the many hurdles in our path toward becoming people of justice and perfect character like himself.

In this life, generally speaking, we do not see Father, and the Holy Ghost assists us in our quest for truth and righteousness. Every person who comes to this earth, because of having elected Jesus Christ in the pre-earth life, possesses the light of Christ. This light is a power within us which comes from Jesus Christ to assist us in our quest. Another term for the light of Christ is conscience. Everyone on this earth, no matter how little they have been formally exposed to the teachings of Jesus Christ by his authorized texts and messengers, can respond to conscience, or reject it. We all know deep down that we should treat each other fairly, and be merciful to each other whenever possible.

Couples of man and wife can combine their powers to become like our heavenly parents. The ultimate expression of power and authority can only operate when man and woman make an eternal covenant of marriage to act together in all things for good. We all die, but will come back to live with our bodies in the near future, and like Father and Mother in heaven, we will forever possess bodies of flesh and blood which we will use to have joy. Our spirits are incomplete without our bodies. I believe that our Father in Heaven has, in every generation, made us aware of the truths and laws of the universe through face to face personal demonstrations in the pre-earth existence, then again, a second time during this our mortal life through the operations of conscience, from divine angelic messengers sent from the presence of God (God meaning Father and Mother in heaven), and from the messages of prophets.

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 earth as an aid in our quest to become as he is, given that said quest entails the reception of bodies and the acquisition of experience therein. The pain and joy we experience in this life are critical teaching tools from our heavenly parents.

I believe that our Father in Heaven has created an immense number of planets, many of which he has tailored through specific astronomical arrangements to suit human life. I believe these planets serve the same purpose to others of his children as our earth does for us, as his desires for the complete progress of his children are universal. I believe that our Father in Heaven has power over all operations which affect us, and that he allows us to have the agency to make our own moral choices.

I believe that to make mercy available to us, Father in Heaven directed his most advanced son, a divine being named Jesus Christ, to perform a vicarious atonement in our behalf. I believe that everyone, even those who feel weak unclean or simple, can become like our Father in Heaven as they sincerely attempt to make good choices today, and, when they understand and believe in the role of Jesus Christ, access his assistance.

I believe that our Father in Heaven has made arrangements for the entire human race to eventually overcome physical death in a universal reconstitution (resurrection) of our bodies, and that this will take place at a point in time in the near future. I believe that when this happens, we will continue as intelligent corporal beings indefinitely, just like our Father in Heaven. I believe that the power of intellect and the corporal beauty will be greatly expanded at this time, especially for those who have sought to align their lives with eternal laws.

I believe our families are a prototype of the lifestyle of our Father in Heaven, intended to exist indefinitely and grow exponentially. I believe that sexual relations outside of a marriage between a man woman are not in keeping with the laws of the universe, and that they do not contribute to the progress of our species, nor the individual development of the individual eternal soul. I also believe that celibacy and ideological rejection of marriage and childbearing cut a person off from their potential to become our heavenly parents. I believe that people are best served personally and on a societal level as they adhere to social practices of modest dress, marriage, & childbearing.

I believe our Father in Heaven responds to unprecedented evil in our world by sending us unprecedented truth and power. While I believe that these gifts of truth and power are embodied in and administered through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), I believe he has good things in store for all people of good will everywhere, regardless of their beliefs. Further, I believe that to assist us in establishing world peace and personal progress, our Father in Heaven will again send Jesus Christ to be king of all earth for 1,000 years, and that this millennium will commence in the very near future, as foretold by the prophets.

Those who elected to follow Lucifer in the pre-earth life are forever disappointed in his inability to deliver on his promises. Lucifer has been cursed by Father for his rebellion. Father participates in the administration of the just laws of the universe. This is what makes him God. If Father were to cease to uphold justice, he would cease to be God. Those who seek joy in ways not in accordance with the eternal laws of the universe seek a thing that can never be. All of those who elected to follow Lucifer elected a false paradigm, and now they suffer the natural consequences thereof. Rebellion against Father in Heaven while in pre-earth life was a very serious and open rebellion against goodness and truth.

When we have finished this short life, God will judge us to see if we have passed the final test of operating righteously without being under his constant supervision. The judgement will expose our character and show if we have again elected goodness, or if we have turned to evil.

In that judgement, he will take into account our circumstances, our abilities, and everything else he can to load all the mercy into our contract that he can, including the help of Jesus Christ which can be accessed by faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end of life while applying the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in the Holy Bible, and other holy scripture found in The Church of Jesus Christ. Not only do we have access to the words of Jehovah to people of times of old, but we also have, thanks to the never-ending goodness of Father, more revelations applicable to the entire human race which flow to us from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That church is the venue God uses to communicate his will to man on earth. That church bears the title of the name of Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ is the owner of that church. He has sanctioned it, and personally appears to his prophet speakers therein to send universal messages of light truth and hope to the human race.

Those who accept the words of the prophets as found in the church of Jesus Christ will be much better prepared for the judgement of God which is soon to come to each individual. Some core components of the judgement of God will include weather we sought truth, weather we helped others, how we treated our spouse, and how we treated our children, including the attention to individual relationships with each of them.

Because of the central role bodies play in our Father’s plan of happiness, the body is one of the key ways that we can do good in life, or evil. Taking the life of another except in self-defense or righteous defense of nation is a most serious sin, comparable only to the greatest sin called “denying the Holy Ghost”, which essentially means willful rebellion against God after God has revealed himself to you.  The sin next in seriousness is that of adultery, which involves sexual relations outside of marriage between a man and woman lawfully married. This sin frequently involves the murder of babies in the womb, and long-term anguish of spirit as a result of emotional and spiritual ties between two people which become broken, which ties were never meant to be broken. When someone commits their entire body to another person, giving full access to it, it is a holy symbol of how every other part of their lives should also be united. Marriages are intended by God to be effective not only in this life, but in the eternal world to come. Just as Father and Mother in heaven are two people who will never be separated, so are we their children meant to be. We like them are designed to pair up with each other, and remain paired forever. Man and woman are two essential halves of an eternal family. Mankind will never be long term satisfied in attempts to navigate social relationships outside of the context of marriage between man and woman. Further, children are entitled to be reared in a home with a mother and father committed to each other. Sexual misconduct leads to unfavorable circumstances for children, and such brings the wrath of God. Another reason we value marital fidelity is that it is the key venue for developing charity. Marital happiness including the maintenance of a relationship with spouse and children both require self-denial on a regular basis, and for one to confront all of their conscious and subconscious weaknesses. This unique tutelage is the only way to fully develop charity. This does not mean that a single person is not charitable, but it means that no one can reach exaltation until they have passed through the refining trials of family life. For some those refining experiences will not be accessible until a later time known to God, but those who willingly avoid and defame the institution of marriage and parenthood are cowards who unwittingly hold themselves back from progress they were sent to earth to make. Life a river blocked in its progress toward its destination, so does the deliberate procrastination of family creation hold a person back from the ultimate goal of exaltation. Exaltation entails enjoying the character and lifestyle of God, and all power that entails. Well can it be said that parenthood is the fountain of exaltation.

The ultimate outcome of our existence can take several directions. Followers of Lucifer receive no glory, and remain in a place called outer darkness forever. Among those who made it to earth, only a small few will defect to this depraved state called perdition. The rest of the 2/3 of Father’s children, including everyone who has been born on this earth, will inherit an eternal residence in a kingdom of God forever. There are 3 such kingdoms, all of which contain joy and glory to varying degrees. The lowest of these is titled the telestial kingdom. It is akin to life on this earth. Those who are assigned residence in the telestial kingdom are those who were willing to live telestial law, no more, no less. The lesser than this is perdition. They tested out of that by electing Jehovah in the pre-earth life, and by not devoting themselves to the ways of Lucifer in this life. The telestial residents are often rebellious and wicked, and must endure a temporary state of suffering as punishment for their evil deeds before they can qualify for residence in the telestial kingdom of glory. There exists a place where our spirits reside between the time of death and the time of the resurrection of the body. Depending on how we lived our lives, that state will either be pleasant, or filled with utmost despair and anguish. The wicked people of earth will live in anguish in this period directly following the death of the body. Another term for this place for spirits while they await the resurrection is the spirit world. The spirit world is on this earth, but cannot be discerned by finite mortal eyes. There exists in the spirit world both a place of suffering or hell, and a place of gladness or paradise. Those who must suffer in this hell are they who, to some degree or other, did not elect Jesus Christ to assist them in payment of the debts they owed from their offenses committed against the laws of the universe as upheld by our Father in Heaven. In addition to payment of debts, a large component of the suffering in hell will be a realization of what they could have had if they had simply chosen to follow the light of Christ. If they had not repeatedly ignored their conscience, and if they had instead chosen to figuratively lay down their weapons of rebellion, the state of their eternal enjoyment could have been so much greater. There exists another group of persons who do not enjoy paradise in the world of spirits: these are the ignorant. These are they who never knew of the plan of Father, never knew of Jehovah or Jesus Christ and his intersession and accompanying laws of baptism and repentance. These ignorant persons who, by no fault of their own, did not have access to eternal truths which could have guided their lives, will be taught the eternal truths, and given the opportunity to receive baptism and the other ordinances needed for access to the highest kingdom of glory. These ignorant persons did have access to conscience like everyone else, but without the guiding principles of true religion, they did not find expression to what they otherwise could have done in life. There exist today on earth in the Church of Jesus Christ, holy temples, wherein living persons assist their dead forefathers to learn of and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The next kingdom of glory which a person may be assigned to is the terrestrial kingdom of glory. This is a place for the good and honorable people of earth. In that kingdom, they will be frequently visited by Jesus Christ, and enjoy the association of each other, and many pleasant blessings from Father.

The next kingdom of glory is the celestial kingdom of glory. To enter this kingdom one must accept the teachings of Jesus Christ as found in His Church, and commit to follow Jesus Christ via baptism into His Church. To advance in that kingdom, one must enter holy temples to receive further training. To reach the highest level of the celestial kingdom wherein one bursts the ceiling and creates their own kingdom, one must be married. When a man marries a woman in the house of God, that marriage is the key to their exaltation, so long as they maintain that marriage in righteousness, including repenting as needed, and obeying the words of God as communicated to them through the Holy Ghost and the prophets in the Church of Jesus Christ. For those who obtain this highest degree of glory in the celestial kingdom, there is no end to their glory. They like the Gods who have come before them, sit upon thrones, create worlds, and as Jehovah promised to Abraham, have a never-ending posterity, more numerable than the sands of the sea and starts in the sky. This high glory of the celestial is far surpassing anything found in the lower kingdoms. In every kingdom of God, the basic laws of God are enforced, including the law of chastity, which states that sexual relations are only to be had between man and wife, lawfully wedded. For a marriage to be efficacious in the life to come, and to continue there what was started here, that contract of marriage, like any other contract, must be verified by Father. In the kingdom of Father, only contracts ratified by Father stand. Father is the governor there, and contracts not endorsed and endowed by himself are not valid there. This means that those who were baptized by a man who had not the authority of God will not have a valid recognized baptism, and will thus not be allowed access into the celestial kingdom of God. Further, the celestial kingdom residents who apply for access to the highest glory thereof as had in the marriage scenario, will be denied said advancement if the marriage they had created was not ratified by God. The place that a marriage ratified by God can be obtained is in his holy houses of law and order which we call temples. In and only in temples can eternal marriages not to be severed at the parting of death be performed. The teachings of Father are found in his church, and his church points candidates to his temples. The temple marriage is the only valid marriage because it is the only marriage which is created in the setting of obedience to the laws of God. To be allowed access to the holy temple, a candidate must pay their tithes, must live the law of chastity, must life the health code revealed by God, must obey the 10 commandments as revealed in the book of Exodus, must sustain the prophets leading the church of Jesus Christ, and agree to live other laws of God’s kingdom. If someone is not willing to live the laws of God’s kingdom, they are not willing to enjoy the blessings of God’s kingdom. God’s kingdom is a place of order, and those who will not abide the laws of a certain kingdom, must be demoted to the laws and blessings of the inferior kingdom. Those who reject all of God’s laws defect to perdition. Most people accept the laws of the telestial or celestial kingdom. Few accept the laws of the celestial kingdom, and thus few enjoy the blessings of fully inheriting all things which God has, including the assumption of the very character and role of a God to ones continuing posterity. Because the laws of God are strictly enforced in his kingdoms, and sexual relations are forbidden outside of marriage, and marriage is only accessible to those who abide the many high commitments of the highest glory, the only place that the union of the male and female body is enjoyed is the highest glory of the celestial kingdom of God. This strict limitation further impresses upon our minds the attitude and character of God in relation to the sacredness of the body, and the sacredness of the marriage relation. It follows that the rearing of children in eternity is another privilege reserved for the highest glory of the celestial kingdom, which also impresses upon us the seriousness of the caring for children with which one is blessed in this life. These 3 different kingdoms of glory also bring with them varying levels of enhancement in the resurrection. The higher kingdoms include the most powerful and majestic bodies.

Reader, stand back, and be joyful. Pause for a moment to remember that Father in Heaven loves you. He is YOUR Father. Contrary to the opinion of the followers of Lucifer, Father’s plan can work for YOU, and YOU can succeed therein. Jesus Christ has power sufficient to save your soul from long term misery. He will give you the gift of a resurrected immortal body. Rejoice at how far you have come, and how many blessings you have already qualified for! Fear not, and know that there is no limit to the number of residents that can fit in the celestial kingdom. Space is infinite, and matter can be organized to create more worlds. Let nothing make you afraid, only trust Jesus Christ. Find in prayer to Father the courage you need to start making better choices today. Weep for joy, for wherever you are, whoever you are, Father will hear you, and begin from the moment you bow your head to pray to him, begin to pour out exponentially more blessings upon your head than what he is already pouring upon you day by day. These blessings will include direct pleasures, and indirect pleasures in that he will enable you to be more successful in your righteous endeavors, which will bring great satisfaction and pleasure to your soul. Never give up. You have fought on the right side of truth for eons. Don’t give up just yet. Hold out a little longer, and like the widow who cast in her few pennies at the temple treasury who was mocked for her poverty and inability to give, so do you, give what you can to build God’s kingdom on earth, make every good choice you possibly can, including resting in the Lord, and then you will see the salvation of God. You will again know your Father’s face, and with him enjoy eternal life. This life isn’t just a “test”, it is also, and perhaps more so, a tutelage, a training, an apprenticeship. A large test was pre-mortality. You passed that test, and now have some amount of security to operate in. You have access to the mercy of Jesus Christ! You can make mistakes! It’s like the golden parachute clause in major corporations: some employees are so valuable to the company, that even if they make big mistakes now and then, they are given forgiveness, for their ability to grow the company is so much greater than even the damages they have done. So it is with you, 2/3’s. Everyone born to this earth has proven to Father in pre-moral life that they are a very important player, who won’t be kicked out for little or even big mistakes. However what will go against us is if we stop trying. No matter how long you’ve betrayed your conscience. No matter how many people you’ve let down. No matter how deep the hole you’re in may seem. You can trust Jesus Christ. You can come to his church. You can give your figurative pennies to build your life in a positive direction, including attempts to look beyond yourself and serve others as righteous service opportunities will continue to present themselves to you in this most choice time we call mortality. Yes, agency allows people to start wars and rob each other of bread. But life is still worth it. I’m forever glad that I elected Jesus Christ and chose to come to earth, even though it is hard. Think not that a life of hardship is a sign that you are punished for sin. Yes we all have sin and our lives would be better if we could cut more of that out. But generally speaking, life is supposed to be hard. It was hard for Jesus Christ, who was “rejected in the house of his friends”. Since life includes suffering, lets suffer together rather than alone. Come have joy with us, and share your fun personality and skills. We need you to help us, and we can help you. Let us support each other at church. Further, come have peace with us in the temple. Come learn with us more of who we really are and what we are really capable of. Come see how kind God is to those who are still willing to try. Choose the better part. Choose to believe. I believe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on Joy analysis by Hugh Nibley from BofM/PoGP Lectures

 

 

 

 

 

-Mosiah 4:11-12 is the key, always remember your own nothingness and the goodness, of God, and you’ll always rejoice!
(Me Nothing + Good God = Rejoice!)

-Nephi said he lived after the manner of happiness, which means they were happy all the time and so should we be.

-There is no end to what we can and will receive so long as we don’t reject it.

-Shakespeare was right about this world being a dross and sleep, but when the gospel in fullness you find, all else is cast aside, it’s not just fine arts where you look at the menu, it’s the feast.

-5 times Brigham Young was driven out entirely. He said let ’em burn the temple the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof. Let go of all and go worship. Things will care to themselves. Nothing has worn to me a gloomy aspect since I got the gospel. Even facing mobs. All works toward the good of the Kingdom.

-Never you find a sad true Saint. Joy to each needed measure. Brigham Young saw the temple burning and said “Good. 3 cheers.” What the Lord lets go, we do too, with joy. All that matters is the work the Lord has for me to do today. This is what Brigham Young was known to say.

-Visions of minds being opened isn’t like a symphony, but much more.

-Who live as they should constantly see glimpses of eternity.

-Brigham Young said ‘The secret of mine is to never worry. I never do.’ Also, Joseph Smith came to Brigham Young oft and said don’t be in a hurry.

-Greek tragedies show what life is like without the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

(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 between working to make a living and taking from the earth. Many of us rob the earth of its beauty for thousands of years in order to live in wealth for a little season. It’s easy to do; all you do is sign a few papers.

-Zion is to be beautiful. It’s always said that Zion is beautiful, then joyful. They come in that order because the beauty is what makes Zion glad. This is not to be mistaken with Babylon, who is described as being beautiful in the scriptures.

-Children are reckless in part because their parents are. The parents go around wasting time but in different forms, like watching football games, watching R rated movies, driving cars, etc.

-Heaven is to be a paradise. So, make Zion that way. Brigham Young said we should plant shade trees and flowers and make rivers until this earth appears as the Garden of Eden. We preach the gospel by how beautiful our towns are. People see it and think, wow this is paradise!

-Brigham Young said that beauty is our surest safeguard. When we see beauty we feel joy. We can trust those feelings to guide us a right!

-Making earth as Eden is not a one-crop enterprise.

-Historically we read of Satan, Cain, Cesar, etc., getting dominion over things by force, and burning wildlife, and killing animals and humans.

-We read of great hunters like Nimrod Cain etc. that kill for sport. Brigham Young said this is sinful, and only to kill animals as we need to for survival.

-Just as sure that Zion will be established, Babylon will be destroyed. She won’t be converted. No, she won’t have that. Her destiny is to be destroyed.

-Babylon is the inverse image of Zion.

-Babylon is the center for commerce and business.

-The economy of Babylon is built on deception.

-Babylon lusts after human slaves.

-When Babylon falls the entire world will be involved. She thinks none see her, but that is not the case. (*She is to be exploited every whit).

-Rome itself was Babylon the great in every respect.

-The Roman Church called itself the church at Babylon.

-The plan Satan proposed to Adam that Adam rejected was to put everything on the earth up for sale, so that you could have anything in this world for money. But you had to have money!

-We are like children in our understanding for we think it’s silly to wander in gardens with seemingly nothing to do and would rather be in the marketplace.

-There is an unbridgeable gap between Babylon and Zion for they lead in two opposite ways.

-Many LDS people teach mixing Babylon with Zion but when that occurs Babylon is already won.

-Hebrew word for money is mammon, and pertains to money and people who deal with money. Thus the financing business is of the devil. Jesus taught we are to avoid such at all costs, and only befriend the mammon of unrighteousness to the needed degree to survive.

-Our society is not like the earth that God designed us to have. There have been times when people have lived without doctors, lawyers, beauticians, auto mechanics, dentists, generals, used car salesmen, garbage men, prostitutes, etc. Some of these can be an unpleasant necessity because of the society we have set up. These are unnecessary just as Kings and Dukes are not necessary in the United States. We are not living in the world the way God intended it to be and we need to get it that way. These things pertain to our glory or our condemnation.

-Nature admonishes that paradise is a reality. Modern revelation tells us that Zion is a reality, and paradise is the natural state of Zion

-We all have full time employment discovering the world

 

Notes on Faith Precedes the Miracle by Spencer W. Kimball

 

 

 

Video audio version of this document: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayFHKsYQWSM&t=233s

 

 

-5 steps repentance may fall under:

  1. conviction of and sorrow for sin
  2. abandonment of sin
  3. confession of sin
  4. restitution for sin
  5. doing the will of the Lord

-we must be willing to be excommunicated in the repentance process for serious sin.

-what’s a home without a mother? Each time a child enters home often they call for mother merely to know she is there, then they go about playing. When a mother died in a home, it was sad. Another woman was married, and the child could again call out upon returning home, “mother!?” “I am here son.” Would come the reply, and again the joy and safety the child felt, and it went to play. Youth of all ages seek this recognition that mother is home.

-“a child needs it’s mother more than anything money can buy.”

-most women over 35 are in work force not for needs but to have higher life style and escape house chores or to seek some more interesting life. Many problems come from such homes, and spouses blame each other for their problems.

-People in the Church have always been admonished to marry in the house of the Lord.

-The emotional climate prevailing between the parents is the most important factor in child development.

-Absent parents is often linked to misbehaved adolescents and immorality.

-Real athletes or people with real hobbies don’t give scandalous bars and night clubs or other crazy parties their business like others do.

-The idol mind is the Devil’s workshop.

-Quotes King Follett sermon of Joseph Smith saying God was once as we are, and looks like us.

-Like Jesus, we go all places to declare repentance.

-At Jesus’ 1st visit home they cast him out.

-We are like Nicodemus often, good at rules, bad at the gospel. It’s not so hard to understand being born again. Nicodemus makes it seem like it’s a hard thing to understand but it’s not. It was very plain to him, but his unwillingness to repent of his sins blocked him from making progress. We must give up everything for the righteousness we’re called for.

-Jesus’ 2nd Coming promise will literally come to pass just like all his other promises. In the meantime, serve God.

-(in this church) we know Jesus is waiting to return.

-In our day the whole eternal program is here and can carry people to eternal life and Godhood.

-If there is astringent it is because men have cut themselves off from God.

-Weather we really know God the Father and The Son is what determines whether we flounder in indecision or go with confidence.

-There are 3 Gods (the Godhead)

-The Father and The Son have identified themselves throughout all history.

-The Holy Priesthood protects us as we are in the presence of God like a suit against a fire or a water suit to protect from unbearable cold etc.

–Not even Lucifer, the worst of foes, can withstand the Priesthood. See book of Moses. He saw Jehovah which was exhausting, and he needed protection to be able to see him, but he could see Lucifer easily with his natural eyes.

–God The Father in special cases reveals himself like on the Mt. of Transfiguration and to Joseph Smith.

-Woodruff said all signers of the Declaration of Independence are righteous.

-President Young said if the dead could speak they would loud as possible tell leaders of the Church to build temples and redeem their dead and magnify their callings.

-B.Y. said some here are adulterers and we can’t go on with these ordinances until they leave. None left. He asked again. Nothing. Then threatened to call them out by name if they didn’t leave. Then 2 people got up and left.

–Scientists show now intelligent life on other planets and suggest they can send info to other planets.

-We honor and congratulate scientists for some of what they do. It is clearer as viewed with LDS knowledge of the Plan of Salvation.

-Adam Enoch Moses Abraham had much information of earth, astronomy, and universe order.

-Scriptures say some worlds self destroy, others go on to perfection.

-Heavenly Father from his wise old world has tried to warn us against our self destruction.

-Some scientists say perhaps a wiser older civilization who has outlived trials we now face will reach out to us. But that is what we have with Heavenly Father from the beginning!

–Light emanates from God whom is at the center of the universe.

-There are millions of units in God’s universe.

-There is extra-terrestrial communication? Yes, back and forth with us and God.

–Radio between this and other planets? Yes, it has been going on all along, via the prophets, visions, dreams, etc., and they continue to come to the living prophets among us.

-Ancient Babylon had at least 700 deities.

-The day of hunger for God’s word is our day. No wonder spirits are faint. Professors are leaving students more lost.

-Science is finding unanswerable questions.

-Modern men seem reluctant to receive council from them of old.

-The Apostasy came not from persecution but from people’s belief stopping and combining pecan things with Christian things. People did colorful ceremonies for the ordinances, elaborate and manmade, so they attract people. Such is not Christianity.

-Christ chose his Apostles for their humility, responsiveness, childlike obedience.

–Saying no one can know God because I don’t know God is like saying other people’ pain is face since I have no pain, or that no one can climb a mountain because I haven’t done it.

-Kimball works to exhaustion often and recovers quickly. He calls on extra strength from God very often.

-He put on overalls to help milk the cows of the people who his host.

-85 days before the conference in which he was announced that he was an Apostle, he prayed before dawn daily those 85 days for a blessing from God like Jacob wrestling with God for his blessing.

-He always tried to do what his dad asked of him.

-Free time to self for youth is not normal or healthy.

-Kids without work get in trouble. Parents of such are over protective and over indulgent.

-Can’t find a job? Bad excuse, you can. Before and after school, and on weekends and vacation days. (Tons of ideas presented in the text)

-No one owes youth entertainment etc.

-Develop a backbone not a wishbone.

-President McKay says this age of gadgetry threatens weak body and character.

-More jails and psychologists and money for such isn’t the answer, the fundamentals of family are the answer. The way is prevention.

-With good families, there would be few if any prodigals.

-Mothers come home and be real mothers, and fathers provide, and there’ll be less delinquents.

-Happiness comes without per suing it if you go and do what you should.

-Happiness does not depend on money. Often the rich are the most unhappy.

-You can ride the bus and still be happy.

-You must forget yourself and love your companion more than yourself and you’ll be happy.

-You can wear clothes for more than one season and still be happy.

-Weddings, like birth, baptism, ordinances, are to be small and quiet.

-We don’t commercialize on marriages.

-Young men just married can’t give woman what her parents were giving her by way of temporal things.

-It was never meant by The Lord that women should compete with men in employment. Women have a much greater work to do as homemaker wife and mother.

-Women need study child psychology and child discipline and how to teach buying on a budget. Make your own clothes. Pick up bargains.

–Women should learn practical nursing it can save much money and be part of how newlyweds can survive financially having children during college.

-Women are expected to earn the living only in emergencies.

-Women stay at home making it attractive and pleasant, and when husband comes home have it clean and with dinner. He will be tired, you’ll be full of energy and life and home will be wonderful.

-Don’t live with parents when you are married. Many divorces come from parents interfering with marriages of their children. It’s better to live in a tent than to live in your parents’ home once married.

-Men don’t take 2-3 jobs to give luxury to your wife. That may come later.

-Men don’t work away from home to make more money. You’re being married so you can always be together.

-Marriage based only on physical attraction ends soon. People cycle in this, marriage, divorce, time and again.

-We don’t need more psychologists and funds for jails, but more family values.

-We came to earth full well knowing what our responsibilities would be here.

-Do not postpone childbearing, this is what the Lord intended.

-Don’t limit the size of your family.

-Flirting as married in any level is serious sin.

-It’s gross disloyalty to speak of your difficulties which you have with your spouse to your parents.

-Forgive each other and ask forgiveness of each other and at night it all is forgotten.

-Many marital issues are from communication issues.

-Sooner or later sin comes when communication is down.

-Perhaps never before has sin been so publicly accepted. No, not since the beginning of this earth.

-Satan’s threat to take all who will follow him is no idol boast. He seeks people of all ages.

-All media seems to glamorize immorality. Nothing, not even marital vows, is sacred to the world.

-have No desire for anyone but your spouse.

-too busy for Family Home Evening and family prayer then your marriage will fail.

-all loyalty honor and respect and affection to spouse, eye single to such.

-Home-breaking is sin. Any thought or action to break a home is sin.

-No single person should comfort a married man.

-Must wait until the divorce is final before courting in any way with someone.

-To want or yearn for extramarital romance is coveting what belongs to another and is sin.

-Like octopus tentacles, transgression begins seemingly innocent but then takes powerful grasp of you.

-Spouses must share the blame for broken homes.

-Women immodesty, flattering looks, and extreme makeup tempts men and is sin.

-When married, cut self loose from apron strings of parents.

-Parents don’t draw your child away from their spouse.

-Infidelity is often the cause of love dying.

-Paul says no jesting no even joking about marriage infidelity. Marriage is sacred.

-Don’t become too familiar with people who aren’t your spouse.

-Keep marriage fresh.

-Express thanks and affection often to your spouse.

-Come home with all loyalties and affections toward your spouse.

-Shockingly even LDS youth justify premarital sex as being ok. No, it’s abominable heresy.

-Sex is not the standard of living. It’s not about being sexually compatible to qualify for marriage with someone.

-Satan opens doors 1 inch at a time. He leads people from whitest white to all shades of grey to blackest black.

-Leaders must make the true way clear and cry repentance ever on these things (about sexual morality) in order to be blameless.

-Premarital sex is not real love, it’s only lust. It’s the most serious sin short of murder.

-Extramarital sex is biological materialism.

-With extramarital sex, true love goes out 1 door, and lust comes in the other. It’ll never build great people or kingdoms.

-This world is in great danger. When we tolerate sin, Sodom and Gomorrah fates are certain to come.

-It’s terrifying that people say, “Let people live their own lives why should we judge the way they live?”

-We love people by serving them. We use things like doormats. Don’t merely use people like things. Rather, love them.

-Like an overbearing salesman whose product can’t deliver as he promises, so is extramarital sex.

-Marriage gives life, fornication brings death.

-If you still like someone with illness and distorted body, then it’s love.

-Immodesty leads to in chastity.

-Don’t speak about sex like it’s a common thing.

-Don’t use clothes which emphasize body parts and sex.

–Beauty Queen contests are like Greek polytheism. They don’t do any good for the lady, it’s only for popularity. Character has nothing to do with it. Bathing suits being worn in these contests is a vulgar way to get attention. Bodies are sacred and should be thus treated. The lure of prizes and the glory of winning makes these girls want to be in these contests.

–Immodesty baton girls at ball games are wrong. We must be different when there is right and wrong.

-Scholarly work taking pictures of nude women is happening and is deplorable the things we excuse in the name of scholarliness.

-No low cut gowns.

-No bare back.

-Women most beautiful when fully clothed and with hair.

-Corrupt men are attracted to immodest women.

-More and more women are inviting sex crimes. This is because they’re being taught to be teasers and immodest by their parents’ media and others.

-Immodesty is daring sexual willingness.

-Forgiveness for sexual sin is available but is very hard to get. The way of the transgressor is always hard.

-Every sin is against ourselves and against God. They estrange us from good people, progress, and God.

-Conscience warns us when we are entering forbidden worlds until we ignore and repeat.

-It’s untrue to say, “I’m born this way God can’t condemn me for this sin.” We aren’t limited as beasts.

–To blame sins on our parents and upbringing is the way of the escapist. We are children of God and can master ourselves. (*Like Abraham who was good despite having a bad father)

-Necking and petting are condemned by the Savior. This is because these are “like unto” adultery. Jesus said no lost or anything like unto it.

– Fornication is extramarital sex.

-Abortion is great sin people do who are too coward to face consequences of what they’ve done.

-Bandage should match the size of the wound; if offend many, rebuke before many. If few, then few. If public scandal must let public know of the forgiveness.

-If a private sin with self confession, excommunication is less likely.

-Much misery and gross feelings come to those who do premarital sex, even if they think a lot of each other and have been dating a long time.

-For grave errors like sexual sins one should go to the bishop to confess.

-Virginity is impossible to give back hence this theft is so serious.

-Preaching is like putting into a bank over drafted account, a deposit toward our sin debt.

-Blanketing others with protection is like blanket covering your sins.

-Fortify yourselves against further sin.

-We must suffer a sufficient amount for our sins.

-Many in this church are amazingly close to perfection.

-Don’t go to court over trivial matters.

-To the gossipers: thou shalt not bear false witness.

-To who find issue with church leaders and hence go not to church or pay tithes: cursed are they and no Priesthood for them.

-For the intolerant: call not unholy what the Lord has made holy.

-Proof of repentance is doing the commandments.

-Who forgive not each other will be afflicted.

– In the parable of the unjust judge, the one man was forgiven, based on currency translations, an amount 600,000 times more than the amount that the same servant would not forgive others. AKA the man was forgiven 600,000 units, but he wouldn’t forgive 1 unit That is the ratio, 600,000 times as much.

-Sing often these hymns: 1. Should you feel inclined to censure 2. school thy thoughts my brother

  1. Let each man learn to know and love himself.

-Stephen, Joseph Smith, and Jesus Christ all forgave who slew them without their asking it or repenting.

-The law of forgiving: we must not let the grievance continue to embitter us.

-Pray our own debts before we press those who owe us.

-In prayer raise your voice to the heavens.

-It’s shocking how many don’t pray regularly morning and night personally and with their family.

-of 35 seminary students, 2 had family prayer that morning. Such is a commandment!

-Family prayer need be kneeling morning and night!!!

-Ask for needed blessings for each occasion with that prayer.

-The Lord’s prayer as a sample is only about 30 seconds long but at times obviously we should pray longer.

-Thank anyone who blesses us especially God.

-Pray for political rulers to have God’s influence.

-If ye solute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?

-Saying we can’t afford to pay our tithing to the Church is like saying we can’t afford integrity. What? Absurd! Who ever heard of such a thing!

-Treasures of wisdom and knowledge promised for obedience to The Word of Wisdom (the health code in the church) go beyond temporal things. It deals also, and mainly, with peace in life, a sure knowledge of your Redeemer, utter confidence in Him, deep spiritual stability.

-The hidden treasures of knowledge temporal and spiritual are only hidden to those who don’t seek. It’s available to all who really search. God said seek and ye shall find.

-Joseph Smith said in scripture when it says God and Christ will come and make abode with you, dwell with him who loves God via obeying him, such is literally their appearance of the two, not just dwelling in your heart, and said this is a highest blessing.

-Each person on this planet can receive the EXALTING knowledge of the gospel regardless of race etc.

-“A man cannot be saved in ignorance” (see D&C) means you need the ordinances and covenants pertaining to the gospel, and be true and faithful to the end in those. It’s not just about secular knowledge. More so these than those.

-Knowledge is more about creatively using the facts that you have not just collecting facts.

-Secular knowledge is a desire; spiritual knowledge is a necessity; we will need secular knowledge to be able to create worlds etc., but we need spiritual knowledge to be able to get to the stage where we can do that stuff. We must obey God.

-He knew a man who had many possessions, a humongous ranch, he wouldn’t pay his tithing for the money always went into the ranch, and he would not serve in the church for he was always taking care of his ranch. He was intelligent and resourceful, but he lived a shallow life, it’s like when Jesus talked the parable about the man who said soul thou hast much good laid up these many years take thine ease. This man broke down his barn and built a larger one to be able to hold his goods. God says to him, thou fool this night shall thy soul be required of thee, then whose shall those things be which thou hast provided?

-People have great farms great lands but where do they get the water from those etc.? It’s all from the Lord. So there is no reason not to pay tithing. It’s ridiculous not to pay tithing.

-God never said we have right to the land without limits. Saints seek treasures and they get spiritual riches. The earth is stewardship of ours; if we live all of Gods commands we get the earth, but it’s not promise of temporal riches.

-He knows many men who had GREAT possessions, and when they were dead, all they had was a little box about 6 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 2 feet tall, buried 6 feet underground.

-Those who have great farms think it’s all their fault; but who put the chemicals to make them grow? Who put the sap in the branches of the tree? Who gave the sunlight? The water? This was all God. God is your partner in work, which is why you need to give him tithing which is what he asks. It’s ridiculous not to pay tithing.

-When we prosper in life, the talents that we use, our memory, our brain, our breathing, our skills, these things are all from God, so you must pay tithing!

-A professor wouldn’t pay tithing. He said he earns his keep, and merely uses his brains. Kimball said where did you get your brains? Did you make your brains? Did you buy them in a store? Did you put the chemicals together to make your brain? No. You rely on God. You need to pay your tithing.

-Remember the Lord in your wealth; that it is by the Lord that you are able to get wealth, so pay your tithing

-Jesus said give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what’s God’s. Caesar always gets what belongs to Caesar, but does God always get what belongs to God?

-It’s ridiculous to not pay tithing: can’t afford to give back to the great provider a little portion of what He has given you?

-Does God make promises he can’t keep? If you believe in God, why aren’t you paying your tithing? He said that if you pay it then you’ll get tons of blessings, windows of heaven poured out. So if you believe in God and aren’t paying your tithing, you are really just trusting in yourself and not God.

-Paying tithing is like a child who makes its bed or washes the car. It’s not being generous, it’s a minor thing compared to everything the kid gets.

-Do you rob banks? Would you take your neighbors tire? Would you rob a widow’s insurance money with no intent of paying her back? These questions seem big, but they are the same as not paying tithing.

-Would you take from your neighbors’ money to send your children to college or on a mission? This is what it’s like to not pay tithing. Would you provide gifts for the poor with someone else’s money? That’s the Lord’s money, it’s not yours. The Lord continues to ask, will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. And he has said that today is a day of sacrifice and the tithing of my people.

-All who believe the bible should be paying tithing regardless to what creed they are for this is what the bible says.

-Usually when people write him anonymous letters he throws them away because they don’t have the courage to say who they are.

-The people who reject minorities like different races, they’re like the Levite and Priest who pass by the suffering person in the parable of the good Samaritan. The Church is worldwide now. It doesn’t matter that the first 100 years were mostly white members.

-At the time in The Church when blacks could not have the Priesthood, Kimball said the members don’t discriminate against them, we don’t know why God has placed this limit. Don’t put any additional burdens on their backs. This limit is on them for now, but know that when they are baptized, they enter the Church and they have always been baptized into the Church, and they will have all the blessings of EXALTATION that anyone else will have in time.

-If the Lord were to acknowledge a superior people, a superior race whom he favors, would it not be Israel? So don’t spurn against any members of the Church (*Elder Bruce R McConkie teaching a religion class at BYU with Elder Oaks said to the question of how many of the Church are adopted Israel rather than literal descendants of Israel: that you could count them on one hand. It’s extremely rare).

Racism is bad especially doubly bad to Israel, the Native American Indians are descendants of Israel. Don’t spurn them.

-Throughout history the Lord has favored Israel, those are the people to whom he has personally appeared.

-Prejudice is Satanic.

-Peter said God put no difference between us and them, I perceive that God is no respecter of persons. Every nation that feareth him and worth righteousness is accepted of him. So don’t complain when there is people of different races taking leadership positions in the Church.

-Prejudice is a monster: it’s judging people before we know them.

-It’s not until you are involved with people of other races that you realize where your prejudice level is. When will we end our making game of those different than ourselves? When will we cease not wanting to share with them? We should rather follow the Savior. We take pride in our heritage, but we should remember others have those heroes of heritage too. Like the Book of Mormon Indian heroes.

-The white race isn’t better than any other race; races rise and fall throughout time. History shows us this. Civilizations rise all fall.

-Nursing fathers scripture: that is fulfilled. To those Lamanites, it’s fulfilled. Gentiles have come to them and been their nursing fathers. They have paid the price for their sins. They are forgiven now.

-You can’t make fun of the Lamanites, these Native American Indians etc., until you have been through what their fore bearers have. Yes, until you have spent 14 years on a mission, giving up royalty to do so, kingship and luxury, going through hunger and being beaten to preach. Also feeling the wounds in Jesus’ hands. Also keeping peace among themselves for 200 years. We in the USA have never been able to do that we always have war. Yes, have children who praise your name, and mothers who teach their children faith like the stripling warriors. Once you’ve reached all these attainments then you can spurn these people.

-Kicking against the pricks: this passage is about rebellion against God, it can only hurt you. It’s like the man who stubs his toe on a chair, then kicks the chair in anger, resulting in breaking his toe.

-Apostates have this usual pattern: at first, they don’t apostatize, but they think they know more than the Apostles and they criticize the Apostles. They say they love the Apostles, but then they speak of it more and more, their pride grows more and more, and it shakes the children’s’ confidence in the Apostles, and apostasy comes more and more. His children will leave the Church. he will see this and often come back to the Church to try and get his chidden back, but often in this type of case, he has lost them.

-The people who don’t like their bishop and refuse to go to Church so long as that man is bishop: Their children don’t go to church or get baptized or get ordained to the Priesthood or go on missions; they grow up apostate and they put a cloud over themselves which their righteous prayers cannot pass through.

-Persecutors of the Christians have only caused the Christians to be more brave and devoted to their cause, like Romans putting them in colosseums or decapitating John and killing the Apostles. So it is with persecution to the Church.

-when they killed Joseph Smith it didn’t kill the Church rather the bullets in his flesh prepared the soil and the blood on the ground from him moistened the seed for the gospel to grow.

-Sweet peace comes to people when their yield to the gentle pressures of the spirit to be faithful in the kingdom of God. So it was with the brother in law of David Whitmer. He left the Church, fought against it, became of little influence, later returned to the Church, and was able to die happy.

-Strong central governments leads to tyranny.

-Best intentions are often misunderstood.

-When one President of the Church dies, another comes. It’s like one star setting and another rising. Death is replaced with life.

-The Prophet is often an old man and wise and sustained from much communication with the Lord. Adam Abraham and Jacob were old prophets and presided over their people in old age. Abraham Isaac and Jacob ruled at age 110 and 120 etc.

-When they were waiting to see who the next Prophet the Apostles would be he (BY?) wrote that we should be patient as a large wheel moves slow.

-A Prophet doesn’t need to be everything to all people. He doesn’t need to be athletic, businesslike, militarist, linguist, multi-lingual, etc. But he must understand the divine language and be able to receive messages from heaven.

-“A Prophet is not just a minister he is the voice of God to announce new programs etc. He must speak like his Lord as one having authority and not as the scribes. He must be bold enough to speak truth even against popular clamor for lessening restrictions. He must be certain of his celestial commission and divine appointment and commission to call to service, to ordain, to pass things that fit eternal laws, he must have commanding power like prophets of old to seal things both on earth and in heaven; to seal the unbelieving and rebellious unto the wrath of God for the day when the wrath of God shall be poured out upon the wicked without measure and rare are the powers that seal on earth and in heaven that bind on earth and bind on heaven.”

-Prophets need to be more of a Moses than a Pharaoh. More of a Paul than a Pontius Pilot. More of a Prophet than a King. He bridges the gap between the world and it’s maker. When the world ignores Prophets, the results are and have been stagnation and death.

-For 1000’s of years there have been broadcasts from heaven. “The messages have never ceased.” It’s similar to who messages are broadcasted today.

-Often people are not attuned to the broadcast of God they just hear static. But to those in tune, they get the message of God.

-People exploring space trying to get higher and higher into space won’t find God that way, God isn’t found in physical ways, but spiritual ways. (*It’s like the people who tried building The Tower of Babel to get to heaven, avoid required righteousness/accountability, etc.!)

-The bread of life: feed people this. Light the lamps of the Israelites.

-“All that thou commandest us we will do, and wither thou sendest us we will go.” That is what the Israelites shouted in unison to Moses. Likewise we should say to our prophet, and we should uphold the prophet’s hands as they did too.

-In 1809 there were great battles with Napoleon and such, but great babies were born. Several examples of great leaders come via babies. People think that God needs to do battle to get his causes done, but really, he just sends babies. Great souls who will rise up above their surroundings.

-What mother doesn’t look at her child as a future leader of the Church or statesman? One mother gives us a Shakespeare, another a George Washington, another an Abraham Lincoln, still another a Joseph Smith.

-When God needs to part the heavens and send a message, he sends a baby.

-“3,500 years before Joseph Smith Jr. and Sr., they were named. They were known of by Joseph sold into Egypt. Little did the parents of Joseph Smith know that they would give birth to a prophet. Joseph Smith would be like Joseph in Egypt: Restore the Kingdom, people will pay obeisance to him, millions will follow him, monuments will be built to him, poets will write of him, many will sing of him, people will write libraries of books about him. No living soul could guess that this little pinkish infant will become the peer of Moses in spiritual power, and greater than many prophets before him. He will talk with God the Eternal Father and Jesus Christ His Son, and angels will be his guest instructors.”

-It’s foolish to try to protect the earth with armaments and battle things and space equipment when all you need is righteousness. The most important event since the meridian of time was the Restoration of the gospel in 1820 to the prophet Joseph Smith.

-“The answer to all our problems has been given many times by ancient and modern prophets. We look to foreign programs, summit conferences, land bases, we have put on for fortifications our gods of stone, upon ships and planes and projectiles, our gods of iron, gods that have no ears no eyes no hearts, we pray to them for deliverance and depend on them for protection. Like the gods of Baal, they could be talking or pursuing or on a journey or peradventure sleeping when they are needed most. And like Elijah, we might cry out to our world, how long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him.”

-God has outlined the path but we do not follow it.

-The 200 years of peace recorded in the Book of Mormon are the most years of peace we have ever known of; also beware, God will not be mocked forever, God will pour out his wrath upon us for we are not living as he has taught.

-The President of the Church is not only the Prophet to God’s Saints, but to every person in the world.

-The Nephites long ago went northward fleeing just like how the Native American Indians fled to the west persecuted from the east. The past 400 years they have been persecuted so bad. This is all their land.

-The history of the Native American Indians has been dark. Their being persecuted the past 400 years. But it’s been said that the most deep dark comes just before the dawn. Now the dawn is coming for them. They would not have had to go through what they have if they did not lose their religion and culture and become degenerate not able to stand up to the Europeans.

-More than 50% of the crops we use are from the Native American Indians. Petroleum, Cascera, Cocaine, jelly, wynine, witch hazel, these have been given to us by the Indian to help cure diseases.

-Of all prophecies, but behold it shall come to pass that they shall be driven and scattered by the Gentiles, that prophecy is the most fulfilled perhaps of any scripture it’s about the Native American Indians who are the Lamanites getting scattered by the Gentiles.

-They call the white people who killed the Indians heroic man; not so.

-The story ends up in prejudice and not seeing the red man as having a soul.

-We have a debt to pay to the Native American Indians, we are very largely indebted to them.

-White man, the Gentiles, must be the strength that pulls up the Native American Indian. We have wronged them and now it’s time to put them up

-During the Mesa Arizona temple dedication President Lee said “the descendants of Lehi are the native American Indians . He asked that from that time forth they would increase in numbers, strength, and influence, that all the great glorious promises made concerning the descendants of Lehi be fulfilled in them, that they may grow in vigor of body and of mind, and above all love for the Father and His Son, increase in faith and diligence and keeping the commandments that will come to them from the gospel of Jesus Christ, and that many of them will have the privilege of entering this holy house and receiving ordinances for themselves and their departed ancestors.”

-President Wilford Woodruff said “I am looking for all things to come to pass as the Lord has said and they will: the Lamanites will prosper and flower the land” “the Lamanites getting slain, these Native American Indians, being slain by the government makes it seem like there won’t be enough of them left to receive the gospel, but the promise will be fulfilled, they will receive the gospel, and it will be a day of God’s power among them, when a nation will be born in a day. Their chiefs will be filled with the power of God and receive the gospel, and they will go forth and build the New Jerusalem and we shall help them. They are the branches of the House of Israel.”

-At the time of Columbus coming it was estimated that there were 233,000 Native American Indians here. There used to be millions here. We know that from the Book of Mormon record.

-Today Native American Indians are the most increasing population in the USA. There are probably more now than when they were first chased to the west. This is prophecy being fulfilled.

-There are many 1000’s of Lamanites of Lehi’s posterity in North and South America. Many thousands of them are in colleges, receiving endowments, leading stakes, acting as counselors.

-1845 message of the 12 Apostles spoke of the children of the Native American Indians on how “they need to be instructed of temperance industry mechanical arts manners customs dress music and all other things which are calculated to refine and purify their nature as glorified sons and daughters of the royal house of Israel and of Joseph for making ready of the coming of the Bridegroom.” They said, “we need to give a portion of our time to the training of these people who have slept so long and now are beginning to stretch and yawn and awakened from their sleep and come into their own.”

-Elder Packer was on the stand at a church meeting he saw a little dirty Lamanite boy hushed out by the members. He saw the lad come back in and beckoned him to come sit on his lap. As he held the lad he felt it was symbolic of him “holding a nation hungry and suffering wanting something to eat, a hunger which they could not explain, humble people yearning to revive memories faded out; a people of ancestors standing wide eyed, open mouthed expecting and excited; a people searching for truths they seem to remember only vaguely, for prophecies which would someday be fulfilled, (remembering that long ago they had been) looking up and seeing and holding a glorified being descended from celestial areas and hearing a voice saying “Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and in me hath the Father glorified His name. I am the light and the life of the world.”

-“The day of the Lamanite is surely here are we are God’s instrument in helping to bring to pass the prophecies of renewed vitality, acceptance of the gospel and presumption of a favored place as a part of God’s chosen people.”

-“We have it in our power to hasten or delay the prophecies by energetic of delayful fulfillment of our responsibilities.”

-Each time I read the Book of Mormon it engages me all the more. It has vital messages.

-The Book of Mormon has people of all types: the alcoholic with his liquor, the pervert robbing his sex, and the missionary on his knees, and the warrior bathed in blood, all the way to the so near perfect person that angels ministered to him daily. This book carries the reader across continents, promises to tell of the last days and reveals earlier days to do so. Class distinctions there, race prejudice is there, multiplicity of creeds and their conflicts are there, all like we have in our day.

-The Book of Mormon is so wide spread now, so many copies in distribution. Can anyone be considered well-read who has not read that book?

-The Book of Mormon warns that we should not spurn at the Jews. We should not spurn at the Jews or any of the other descendants of the House of Israel- if they repent, they will be gathered.

-In the Book of Mormon we have record of the earliest sea voyage 40 centuries ago, the Jaredites coming across in vessels tight like a dish.

-“Strong central governments with power hungry leaders lead the country to be burned by fire and the people start over in the ashes. At that point they are free to start over once the ashes are there. That is what we see in the Book of Mormon. There was all kinds of craftsmanship and all kinds of wickedness, lively apparel, we see everything, hurricanes, ship stories, mutiny, landslides burying great cities, tidal waves swallowing entire communities, thousands sailing to begin perhaps Polynesia. Earth convolutions of such level that the face of the whole earth is deformed, these earth spasms being a revolt of the earth against the crucifixion of the it’s Creator. Engineers reading the book will learn that long ago they had cement highways connecting city to city and land to land and reforestation programs with forests were being denuded. Psychologists will find studies of behavior workings of the human mind and the rationalizing process, how men convince themselves that good is bad and bad is good. History unfolds for thousands of years here in the Book of Mormon. Individuals’ lives and causes and effects in the history of races is seen. This book is comprehensive and should be studied by politicians and government leaders to see the rise and fall of empires and the differences between statesmanship and demagoguery. They will see nations born in war live in war deteriorate in war and die in war throughout the centuries. They may find answers to problems of capital labor, dishonesty, confiscatory taxes graft and fraud, of dissections internal rupture and civil wars. They will see a frustrated judge from the iniquity of the people and retiring from the judgement seat to proselyte for righteousness. Princes who prefer to teach man rather than rule over them. A king who works rather than becoming burdensome to those whom he governs. Scientists will read of stones which provided light; they’ll learn that 1500 years before Columbus people knew that the earth was round and revolved around the sun. That a round ball made of brass of curious workmanship would record the feelings of men and their behaviors to such an extent that it would not function properly (when they were being wicked). It also led to wild game to where they would prosper, it worked by the faith of the people. Words would appear on it from time to time increasing the faith of those who read it. The military man will learn much of strategy and guerrilla warfare. These policies which were not originated in civil war days nor Russia; they were programs of survival long before Columbus. They learn that great cultures go stagnate when war comes and cease to survive when continuous wars make people migrants and when fields are abandoned and live stock is appropriated for non-producing soldiers and when wartime resources are destroyed without replanting with the farmers becoming warriors, men cannot plant cultivate and harvest when they are on the run with long and bloody wars cities being sacked and ruined, confiscatory taxes, ruin and degenerated peoples and decayed cultures; blood shed on the innocent and guilty alike. This book shows the hazards of war and unrighteousness. These barbarians can’t prevent the final collapse of peoples. The book promises that “this land shall be a land of liberty unto the Gentiles and there shall be no kings upon the land and I will fortify this land against all other nations. I the Lord, the king of heaven will be their king and I will be a light unto them forever that hear my words.” Ministers and priests can find texts for sermons and answers to difficult questions of is there life after death, will the body be literally resurrected, where to the spirits of men go death and resurrection, can one be saved in unchastity, what is the correct organization of Christ’s Church, can one be saved without baptism, is it wrong to baptize infants, is specific authority required to administer ordinances, is continuous revelation necessary and a reality, is Jesus the actual Son of God. All of this is in the Book of Mormon. Also Jesus blessed little children in the Book of Mormon. Angels encircled them. Jesus organized his Church with 12 Apostles called disciples, and were given the same authority priesthood and keys as was given to their contemporaries Peter James and John. The resurrected Redeemer came to them” of the Book of Mormon.

-In the Book of Mormon we see people who have power over death who are still alive and control the elements and who cannot be burned or put in prisons. These are the 3 Nephites.

-“The Book of Mormon’s interest to psychologists, historians, (etc.), is not the main purpose of the book, its main purpose is its power to transform people into becoming Christlike. This inspired book was never tempered with by bias theologians or historians. Only authorized abridgers and an inspired translation was done to it. Its translations are of God. It is a companion of the bible which the immigrants from Europe brought to America. It combines with the bible although the two were written simultaneously on two different continents in different conditions. It even tells the reaction of people when this hidden record shall be presented to them they will say “A bible a bible we have got a bible and there cannot be any more bible. But thus sayeth the Lord God: oh fools they shall have a bible, and it shall proceed forth from the Jews thou fool that shall say a bible a bible we have got a bible and need no more bible. Know ye not that I rule in the heavens above and in the earth beneath and that I bring forth my word unto the children of men yea even upon all the nations of the earth. Wherefore murmur ye because that ye shall receive more of my word? Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God? That I remember one nation like unto another? And I do this that I may PROVE unto many that I am the same yesterday today and forever and because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another for my work is not yet finished.” The Book of Mormon continues Jesus says he will gather scattered Israel and make them of one fold and one shepherd and that the records of the ten tribes are still to be recovered. It says and it shall come to pass that the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews and the Jews the words of the Nephites and they shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews. We hear the voice of the Almighty warn: Fools mock and they shall mourn; wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God. One Book of Mormon prophet wrote: And if ye believe in Christ ye shall believe in these words for they are the words of Christ. In the final chapter of the book is the never-failing promise that every person who reads the book with a sincere desire to know of its divinity shall be assured of such. Aside from all other interests that the Book of Mormon holds, this reason for a prayerful study of it remains prominent. Through it we can obtain a true knowledge of God and what he wishes of us.”

-Paul was born of water in Damascus, and of spirit in Arabia in solitude of prayer.

-selling alcohol is filthy lucre

-if work on Sabbath isn’t their caught they aren’t to blame but woe to who does that to make more money.

-Robin Hood thieving is bad.

-lying essence is in intention not word usage. Can be silence or accentuation.

-give more of your extra income to good causes rather than yourself.

-have short funerals which say “here lies a man”

-knowing honest LDS people, others want to learn more of LDS.

-when you trust people they generally respond with honor.

-one lady did 3 summers of open market stand with $ jar as cash register, no one robbed her.

-none can hide from angels in heaven photographing and charting your deception, not even a 10 story building could hide you from them. In heaven photographic cameras record all our thoughts, it’s not about not drinking coffee, it’s about integrity.

-be able to concentrate on a thing and do it.

-be willing to die for your convictions this is top integrity; Daniel was not willing to compromise before high royalty. Others would’ve sold their souls for offers of power, but Daniel refused since it would cost him his values.

-promises from God exceed all human promises or immunities

-it doesn’t matter if you live or die, only that you obey God.

-stay away from areas of questionable integrity

-can’t change all the world but can guarantee standards in your own home.

-don’t let insurance lapse because death seems far away.

-surely the end is near.

-the 10 virgins represent the LDS Church. Not everyone else in the world. Yea, they had the saving exalting gospel but didn’t make it center of their lives.

-when the cry of the 2nd Coming comes, there is no time for preparation.

-in day time, the wise and unwise virgins (in the parable of the Bridegroom’s coming) BOTH LOOK ALIKE.

-contribute to oil lamps by temple marriage, missions, scripture study, sacrament meeting attendance, preaching the gospel.

-the 5 foolish virgins knew what to do but procrastinated it. Of them, much is required.

-he saw heaven in the temple where the 8th of 8 children was being sealed to a spouse. The man thought himself unsuccessful in life, but it was one of the greatest success stories I’d ever heard.

-there are celestial worlds plural.

-he saw heaven in a home where a Navajo family barren unable to have children, had adopted 18 orphans.

-he saw heaven another time with in a home with mismatched chairs and old worn rugs and many children home all cooperated in interdependence, they didn’t apologize for the meal furniture or children. This was great to see in our day of only 1-2 children in a home, and they oft spoiled and bratty. The woman wasn’t one that people would paint a portrait of, but had handsome well picked clothes, and kept hair, and a smile. The man was a working man.

-the ten commandments were known to Adam and were known of in pre-mortality.

-planting, harvesting hay, fishing, vacating, shows, races, hunting, beach or canyon with picnic baskets or sports, these are wicked on the Sabbath. Many LDS good at all else are bad in this aspect.

-camping on Sabbath with 1 hour of Church in mountains and the rest the day in activities is breaking the Sabbath.

-The Sabbath is for games with the small children, writing devotional poetry, preparing lessons for next Sunday, writing letters, napping, visiting the sick.

-if the church service is a failure to you, you have failed. You go to church to worship despite the quality of the lessons.

-if we keep the Sabbath, the Lord has promised our fields will yield their increase, and the trees their fruit.

-like Enos pray till relief comes. Can the Lord resist such? Who has prayed thus day and night? 10 hours? 5? 1? 30 minutes? How much has your soul hungered? Don’t satisfy yourself with some hack kneed word and phrase. (Spencer W Kimball, “Faith Precedes the Miracle”)

-to a return missionary in doubt, ask if they have read the New Testament, and the number of times they have read the Book of Mormon since their mission.

-not reading scriptures or tithing or praying is taking off the arm on of God and the Devil’s fiery darts will get you.

-students too busy for institute of religion contributes to apostasy,

-missionaries: fulfill the call you have accepted.

-the powers of darkness are ready to fight and have more effective ways to kill the souls of men than guns and bombs.

-people are attracted to the word new, like non-objective journalism, and children-less family.

-2nd hand smoke, obscene pictures, vulgar art, why aren’t these limited to protect the freedom of others?

-people want freedom from marriage via divorce, but it’s captivity for the children when such happens.

-detention homes aren’t product of poverty so much as instability.

-evil to offer contraceptives to people of all ages.

-people want sexual freedom which is to exploit.

-no one loses testimony when staying close to the Lord in Church service prayer and scripture study

-with full armor of God we can see through Devil’s deceits.

-Malachi “you have said it is vain to serve God… we call the proud happy… but who think on the Lord shall be the Lords in the day he gathers his jewels.” Earth will burn all wicked but not the righteous. But many blessings are even here today before judgement, like good children, no amount of money can buy that.

-The Lord will fulfill all promises to us.

-growth contentment satisfaction peace and joy come to the righteous. Those who live but for today have a retribution certain coming.

-Prodigal couldn’t get back what had been dissipated. The good son had his inheritance.

-whatever blood sweat and tears righteousness requires it is worth it. Perfection and Godhood come.

-the temptations and rebellions are same today but come looking different. Bored youth demand new kicks. Cars make evil much more possible.

-narcotics are introduced by unsuspecting youth.

-the little innovation becomes a dictator. The so-called freedom becomes object serfdom with a ring in the nose (sign of slavery).

-at Stanford drinking is accepted by piers parents and society.

-a small growth may become large and kill.

-people who use alcohol cease to know how to have fun without it.

-alcohol is a demon making some alcoholics others to think they always need it, others to accidental death.

-saw mighty tree get mistletoe tiny implant and destroyed whole tree, large growths of mistletoe all over it, taking all it’s nutrient. Alcohol and cheating are like that. they become robbery and armed robbery.

-Satan and sin are attractive, easy, glamorous, pleasant companions, promises immunity from needs like hunger temporarily.

-Cain had murder not in his heart when it’s jealousy in his heart. At first, then it grows.

-people sin for acceptance to not seem dumb etc.

-tobacco becomes habit with time and it takes control.

-1 cigarette becomes 100 then 1000 then innumerable.

-sin is always planted by little things.

-immorality seeds are passionate kissing, petting, and masturbation.

-some live conventional commandments but fail at things like treating family members well.

-self justification is enemy of repentance and the spirit ceases to strive with such people.

-mislabeling and misrepresenting your product is sin.

-fulfill your contracts and keep your sacred word!

-Gandhi said there are 99 who believe in honesty for every 1 who practice it.

 

Notes on The Miracle of Forgiveness by Spencer W. Kimball – unfinished

 

 

When I express my opinion or insight, I do so by the * symbol.

*I first read this book about 2008 and it has made a lasting impact on me by what it made me feel and what it motivated me to do.

Remember to clarify points of doctrine on any subject, go to the official Church website lds.org, or mormon.org, or the newsroom link from mormon.org which has an alphabetical index of LDS doctrine.

Also see mormonsandgays.org and “Priesthood Handbook of The Church”

No Unclean Thing Can Enter Ch2:

-A scriptural list of sins p25

These Things Doth the Lord Hate Ch4:

-“Young married couples who postpone parenthood until their degrees are attained might be shocked if their expressed preference were labeled idolatry. Their rationalization gives them degrees at the expense of children. Is it a justifiable exchange? Whom do they love and worship – themselves or God? Other couples, recognizing that life is not intended primarily for comforts, ease, and luxuries, complete their educations while they move forward with full lives, having their children and giving Church and community service.” p41

-Concerning not using tobacco, “true followers of the Master will greatly desire to please him by living this and all his commandments.” p56

The Sin Next To Murder Ch5:

-The sin next to murder is adultery; premarital marriage. Any “crime of sexual impurity”. p62

-President David O McKay said about the dangers of youth and virtue, “Your virtue is worth more than your life. Please young folk, preserve your virtue even if you lose your lives. Do not tamper with sin… do not permit yourselves to be led into temptation. Conduct yourselves seemingly and with due regard, particularly you young boys, to the sanctity of womanhood. Do not pollute it.” p63

-Concerning God’s law of physical intimacy, and people breaking that commandment of no sexual relations before marriage, “Many rationalize that this attraction of two unmarried people is love, and they seek thereby to justify their intimate relations. This is one of the most false of all of Satan’s lies. It is lust, not love, which brings men and women to formication and adultery. No person would injure one he truly loves, and sexual sin can only result in injury.” p65

-“Our young people should know that their partners in sin will not love or respect them if they have freedom in folding their bodies. Such a practice destroys respect, not only for he other person but for self.” p66

-speaking of Joseph in Egypt, “He refused to yield to her pleadings. Her clothing, or lack of it, her perfumes, her sexy advances, her pleadings – all these bombarded a clean young man willing to suffer any penalty in order to keep his virtue.”

-The harlots house is “the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death” (Prov. 7:10, 13, 16-19, 21-23, 26-27). p72

Crime against Nature Ch6:

-“Most youth come into contact early with masturbation. Many would-be authorities declare that it is natural and acceptable, and frequently young men I interview cite these advocates to justify their practice of it. To this we must respond that the world’s norms in many areas – drinking, smoking, and sex experience generally, to mention only a few – depart increasingly from God’s law. The Church has a different, higher norm.” p77

-Masturbation leads to homosexuality. p78

–Homosexuality “is curable and forgivable… to those who say that this practice or any other evil is incurable, I respond ‘How can you say the door cannot be opened until your knuckles are bloody, till your head is bruised, till your muscles are sore? It can be done.’ ” p82

-Overcoming sin “involves mastering self. Plato had a word to say on this: “The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.” p82-3.

-The “approach of helpfulness, not condemnation; of understanding, not accusations; of sympathy, not threats – this has brought many men to their knees in surrender and gratitude and helped them back to normality.” p84.

-“Our approach is a positive one, dwelling upon the glories of the gospel land all its blessings, the happiness of proper family life, the joy in individual cleanliness. Its success is reflected in the numerous lives blessed with complete recovery.” p84

-“The difference between the reprobate and the worthy person is generally that one yielded and the other resisted.” p86

-“when one has once put his feet on the path to recovery and mastery there must be no turning back… Yet Satan will not readily let go. Rather, he will probably send a host of new temptations to weaken the resolve of the repentant one.” p86.

-“the repenting one must avoid every person, place, thing or situation which could bring reminders of the sordid past. He must avoid pornography in any form – any stories or pictures or records which stimulate the passions. He should part company with “… the prince of this world” (the devil – John 14:30) and all such associates. He should make new friends, establish new locations and begin a totally new life.” p87

-“Many yielding to this practice are basically good people who have become trapped in sin.” p88

Sins of Omission Ch7:

-“Remember, the Lord loves the homosexual person as he does all of his other children. When that person repents and corrects his life, the Lord will smile and receive him.” p89

-Speaking of sins of omission, “Waste is unjustified, and especially the wast of time- limited as that commodity is in our days of probation. One must live, not only exist; he must do, not merely be; he must grow, not just vegetate.” p92

-“To be passive is deadening; to stop doing is to die. Here then is a close parallel with physical life. If one fails to eat and drink, his body becomes emaciated and dies. Likewise if he fails to nourish his spirit and mind, his spirit shrivels and his mind darkens.” p93

-Quoting Arnold Bennett: “The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort, who never stretches to his full capacity, never stands up to his full stature.” p94

-“Not to honor these pledges (made at baptism and the sacrament), to refuse to serve or to accept responsibility and do less than one’s best at it, is a sin of omission.” p95

-“Failure to act after one has made covenant to do so, the shirking of responsibility in the kingdom, brings inevitable condemnation.” p95.

-“Declining to serve when called may constitute a sin of omission as well as one of commission.” p95

-“The home teacher who is assigned the responsibility of teaching families must not fail to teach or to fulfill his assignment. The penalty is more severe than he thinks. He will be held accountable for difficult situations which arise in an assigned family and which with diligence he could have controlled.” p96

-neglecting to pay our tithing is “a transgression, not an inconsequential oversight.” it is “required of his followers.” p96

-“The Sabbath is a holy day in which to do worthy and holy things. Abstinence from work and recreation is important but insufficient. The Sabbath calls for constructive thoughts and acts, and if one merely lounges about doing nothing on the Sabbath, he is breaking it. To observe it, one will be on his knees in prayer, preparing lessons, studying the gospel, meditating, visiting the ill and distressed, sleeping, reading wholesome material, and attending all the meetings of that day to which he is expected. To fail to do these proper things is a transgression on the omission side.” p97

-speaking of a married man, “He should strive to be the perfect husband and the perfect father, and positively do all things to make his family relationships as the Lord would have them be. Similar requirements are made of the wife.” p97

-“To refuse to bear or refrain from the bearing of children is an error of omission.” p97

-“The great parental responsibility is not met unless fathers and mothers do all in their power to train their children to pray and walk uprightly before the Lord, giving proper example and positive verbal teaching.” p97

-“Any selfishness on the part of parents which would deprive the childen of this training would be a sin of omission and answerable to the Great Judge when the time of judgement comes.” p98

-“To sit passively by enjoying all the benefits of the gospel and the Church and not share them with others of God’s children constitutes a serious sin of omission.” p98

-“failing to fast is a sin.” p98

-“it is not enough not to curse and blaspheme the name of Deity and think of him irreverently, ut man must call upon his name frequently in personal, family and public prayers in reverence and adoration. We should speak often of him and his program. We should read of him and his works.” p98

-“It is not sufficient that we do not kill or commit murder, but we should protect others from such crimes.” -98

-“Not only is suicide a crime, but one is obligated to protect and save and prolong his own life.” p99

-“Not only shall we not take life, but it is obligatory upon us to give life, both by bearing children into mortality and be leading people toward eternal life by teachings, proselyting and influencing them strongly toward that end.” p99

-“If is not good enough merely to refrain from injuring parents; we must honor them.” p99

“Nor is it sufficient to refrain from adultery. One must be positive and keep hands clean and heart pure and thoughts above reproach” p99.

-“Not only shall we not steal, but we shall protect others’ possessions.” p99

-“Not only should we not lust for something belonging to another, but we should gladly share our possessions.” p99

-“Many and varied are the excuses for sins of omission, and they are all irrelevant.” p99

-“One (sin of omission) is the unwillingness to get involved.” p99

-Speaking of the parable of the Good Samaritan, they who passed the wounded man by, “Had he died, some of the responsibility would have been theirs. His extra suffering due to their passing him by and leaving him without succor would also be laid to their charge.” p100

-“the Church member who has the attitude of leaving it to others will have much to answer for. There are many who say: “My wife does the Church work!” Others say: “I’m just not the religious kind,” as though it does not take effort for most people to serve and do their duty. But God has endowed us with talents and time, with latent abilities and with opportunities to use and develop them is his service. He therefore expects much of us, his privileged children. The parable of the talents is a brilliant summary of the many scriptural passages outlining the promises for the diligent and penalties for the slothful. From this we see that those who refuse to use their talents in God’s cause can expect their potential to be removed and given to someone more worthy. Like the unproductive gif tree their barren lives will be cursed. To them on judgment day will come the equivalent of these devastating words from Matthew 25:26-29, 30. p100.

As a Man Thinketh Ch8:

-“A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.” p104

-“Not only does a person become what he thinks, but often he comes to look like it. If he worships the God of War, hard lines tend to develop on his countenance. If he worships the God of Lust, dissipation will mark his features. If he worships the God of Peace and Truth, serenity will crown his visage.” p104

-“How could a person possibly become what he is not thinking?” p104

-“In speaking of carving out a character President David O McKay has said: ‘Your tools are your ideals. the thought in your mind at this moment is contributing, however infinitesimally, almost imperceptibly to the shaping of your soul, even to the lineaments of your countenance… even passing and idle thoughts leave their impression. Trees that can withstand the hurricane, sometimes yield to destroying pests that can scarcely be seen except with the aid of a microscope. Likewise, the greatest foes of the individual are not always the glaring evils of humanity but subtle influences of thought and of continual association with companions.” (*I see that no matter what gets us down, gets us down, no matter its size, so beware.) p105

-Quoting James Allen: “A man does not come to the almshouse or the jail by the tyranny of fate or circumstance, but by the pathway of groveling thoughts and base desires. Nor does a pure-minded man fall suddenly into crime by stress of mere external force; the criminal thought had long been secretly fostered in the heart, and the hour of opportunity revealed its gathered power. Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself. No such conditions can exist as descending into vice and its attendant sufferings apart from vicious inclinations, or ascending into virtue and its pure happiness without the continued cultivation of virtuous aspirations, and man, therefore, as the lord and master of his thoughts is the maker of himself, the shaper and author of environment… let a man radically alter his thoughts and he will be astonished at the rapid transformation it will effect in the material conditions of his life. Men imagine that thought can be dept secret, but it cannot; it rapidly crystallizes into habit and habit solidifies into circumstance.” p105

-“Whether you think you can or you can’t you’re right.” p105

-Allen is quoted “He who cherishes a beautiful vision, a lofty ideal in his heart, will one day realize it.” p106

-“The statement ‘As a man thinketh so is he’ could equally well be rendered ‘As a man thinketh so does he‘” p106.

-“Not only acts but attitudes rest on the thoughts we feed our minds.” p106

-Quotes an unknown author, “Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil – the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be…. Life is a state of constant radiation and absorption; to exist is to radiate; to exist is to be the recipient of radiation. Man cannot escape for one moment from this addition of his character, this constant weakening or strengthening of others. He cannot evade the responsibility by saying it is an unconscious influence. He can select the qualities that he will permit to be radiated. He can select the calmness, trust, generosity, truth, justice, loyalty, nobility – make them vitally active in his character – and by these qualities he will constantly affect the world.” p107

-“Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” -Matt. 12:36-37 p. 107

-Speaking of the judgment bar of God, “At that day we may be sure that we shall receive fair judgement. The judges will have the facts as they ay be played back from our own records, and our voices and the pictures of our acts and the recordings of our thoughts will testify against and for us.” p109

-Speaking of John 4:18, “The Lord knew of her adultery as he knew her whole life.” p111

-“To retaliate and fight back is human, but to accept indignities as did the Lord is divine.” p113

-“The thought that stirred the look that provoked the lust was evil in its beginning.” p113

-“To want, to desire, to crave – that is to lust.” p113

-“When the thought is born which starts a chain reaction, a sin has already been committed.” p113-114

-“If the thought is sown, then develops into lust, it is almost certain to bring eventually the full harvest of the act of the heinous sin, adultery. Note that the term lust has other connotations in addition to the sexual one.” p114

-“the time to protect against the calamity is when the thought begins to shape itself. Destroy the seed and the plant will never grow.” p114

-“Man alone, of all creatures of eat, can change his thought pattern and become the architect of his destiny.” p114

-Quoting an unknown author, “A famous artist said he would never allow himself to look at an inferior drawing or painting, to do anything low or demoralizing, lest familiarizing with it should taint his own ideal and thus be communicated to his brush.” President Kimball says “observe the same principle, lest the tainting of his ideal be communicated to his eternal should. Accordingly, let our thoughts rest upon sacred things.” p115

-“President McKay likes to quote the following: ‘Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap an eternal destiny.’” p115

Point of No Return Ch 9:

-“But whoso breaketh this covenant after he hath received it, and altogether turneth therefrom, shall not have forgiveness of sins in this world nor in the world to come.” Doctrine and Covenants 84:41. p117.

-“Without repentance there can be no forgiveness, and without forgiveness all the blessings of eternity hand in jeopardy.” p118

-“As the transgressor moves deeper and deeper in his sin, and the error is entrenched more deeply and the will to change is weakened, it becomes increasingly near-hopeless, and he skids down and down until either he does not want to climb back or he has lost the power to do so.” p117

-“the spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples” Helaman 4:24-25. p118

-When one has received the Holy Ghost he has a companion who will constantly warn and teach and inspire him. See Moroni 10:5.” p118

-“On the sad character of Cain [who “loved Satan more than God”], an interesting story comes to us from Lycurgus A. Wilson’s book on the life of David W. Patten. From the book I quote an extract from a letter by Abraham O. Smoot giving his recollection of David Patten’s account of meeting “a very remarkable person who had represented himself as being Cain.”;

“AsI was riding along the road on my mule I suddenly noticed a very strange personage walking beside me…. His head was about even with my shoulders as I sat in my saddle. He wore no clothing, but was covered with hair. His skin was very dark. I asked him where he dwelt and he replied that he had no home, that he was a wanderer in the earth and traveled to and fro. He said he was a very miserable creature, that he had earnestly sought death during his sojourn upon the earth, but that he could not die, and his mission was to destroy the souls of men. About the time he expressed himself thus, I rebuked him in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the virtue of the Holy Priesthood, and commanded him to go hence, and he immediately departed out of my sight….” p128 (see this page for further reference)

-“Another scriptural character responsible for murder- and this in conjunction with adultery- was the great King David. For his dreadful crime, all his life afterward he sought forgiveness. Some of the Psalms portray the anguish of his soul, yet David is still paying for his sin. He did not receive the resurrection at the time of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Peter declared that his body was still in the tomb. (See Acts 2:29-34)” p128

-“But even David, though guilty of adultery and murder of Uriah, obtained the promise that his should not be left in hell, which means, as I understand it, that even he shall escape the second death.” (Joseph F. Smith in “Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p 434) p128

-“The prophet Joseph Smith underlined the seriousness of the sin of murder for David as for all men, and the fact that there is no forgiveness for it.

“A murderer, for instance, one that sheds innocent blood, cannot have forgiveness. David sought repentance at the hand of God carefully with tears, for the murder or Uriah; but he could only get it through hell: he got a promise that his soul should not be left in hell.

“Although David was a king, he never did obtain the spirit and power of Elijah and the fullness of the Priesthood; and the Priesthood that he received, and the throne and kingdom of David is to be taken from him and given to another by the name of David in the last days, raised up out of his lineage.” p128

-Concerning war, the First Presidency said in April 6, 1942, ““The whole world is in the midst of a war that seems the worst of all time. This Church is a worldwide Church. Its devoted members are in both camps. They are the innocent war instrumentalities of their warring sovereignties. On each side they believe they are fighting for home, and country, and freedom. On each side, our brethren pray to the same God, in the same name, for victory. Both sides cannot be wholly right; perhaps neither is without wrong…. [God] will not hold the innocent instrumentalities of the war, our brethren in arms, responsible for the conflict.” p129

A Time of Reckoning Ch20:

-“The one who delights in all of the worldly luxuries of today, at the expense of spirituality, is living but for the moment. His day is now. He will be barred from the rewards of the higher life he rejected.” p307 (*I see people call rich living ‘the high life’ but truly it is not! The high life comes from living the gospel of Christ!)

-Even though the father forgave the prodigal son, what he wasted was gone, never to be had again. But the other son received all that his father had. p307

-The Prodigal son is forgiven, and is received back into the employ of his father, and has the love of the father. But it’s the other son who gets all his father hath, which is to say, eternal life. (*I see the one is blessed to be around those people and to have his needs met, but the other has much more and a fullness of blessing and establishment forever; he attains the same status as his father. But the prodigal son, he has squandered his part. What he has lost cannot be reinstated, nor can he take from his other brother. I see we need to repent while we have the chance and qualify for eternal life now, or else we will die in sin, and only be able to inherit the status of forgiven, loved, servant in the next life.)

-Speaking of the prodigal “He “despised his birthright”, and dissipated “all” of his inheritance, leaving nothing to develop and accumulate toward eternal heirship again. He had sold it for a mess of pottage as did Esau, another prodigal.” p310

-“Men and women who live in mortality and who have heard the gospel here have had their day, their seventy years to put their lives in harmony, to perform the ordinances, to repent and to perfect their lives.” p314

-“relative to the inhabitants of the terrestrial world (D&C 76:73-74) were they ever to receive the celestial kingdom? They had had their opportunity; they had wasted the days of their probation; they had ignored the testimonies of the servants of God; they had followed the world and lived a worldly life.” p314.

-“Again, undoubtedly many of those people in that spirit prison, like their brothers of this generation, must have been good people in the sense of not being criminal. They must have been “honorable men of the earth.” Perhaps many of them were honest, good neighbors, good citizens, and committed no heinous crime, but were not valiant. Are not the scriptures very clear that they have lost their opportunity for exaltation? Is it not clear that it was everlastingly too late for them when they had drowned, that they had wasted their days?” p315

-“The ‘unvaliant’ Latter-day Saint will find himself there [in the terrestrial kingdom].” p315

-“And modern prophets are warning frequently and constantly that people are being destroyed by their own acts.” p316

-“It seems, for instance, that we would rather tax ourselves into slavery than pay our tithing; rather build shelters and missiles and bombs than drop to our knees with our families in solemn prayer, night and morning, to our God who would give us protection.” p317

-“He has said, ‘I will fight your battles.’ But his commitment is on condition of our faithfulness. ” p319

-“He promised to the children of Israel: …rain in due season. The land yield her increase and trees their fruit. Granaries and barns will bulge in seed-time and harvest. Ye shall eat your bread in abundance. Ye shall dwell i your land safely and none shall make you afraid. Neither shall the sword go through your land. And five of you shall chase an hundred and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight…. ” p319

-Conversely, should we not expect the same punishments if we fail to serve him? To ancient Israel these were listed… rationing and scarcity of food, and sore hunger… desolate highways… pestilence uncontrollable. Your dead bodies will be piled upon the materialistic things you sought so hard to accumulate and save…”and the sound of a shaken leaf” shall chase you into flight, and you will flee when none peruse.”… your cities will be shambles; your churches in ruins. Your enemies will be astonished at the barrenness, sterility, desolation of the land they had been told was so choice, so beautiful, so fruitful. Then shall the land enjoy her Sabbaths under compulsion… Your people will be scattered among the nations as slaves and bondsmen. You will pay tribute and bondage, and fetters shall bind you.” p320-321

-“There is only one cure for the earth’s sick condition. That infallible cure is simply righteousness, obedience, godliness, honor, integrity. Nothing else will suffice.

-“To the unrighteous nation there comes a day of reckoning. To each individual… At that point the books will be finally balanced, all accounts due will have to be paid, all debts satisfied. Fortunately we have time to pay off our debts before that awesome day of judgement arrives. By repenting now, in this life, and living a life of righteousness thereafter, we can appear before God clean and holy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on Self Mastery, Lecture by Elder Russel M Nelson

 

 

General Conference Oct 1985

 

Topics include health, exercise, word of wisdom, addiction, chastity

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-FASTING & CRAVINGS: “Fasting gives you confidence to know that your spirit can master appetite… Fasting fortifies discipline over appetite and helps to protect against later uncontrolled cravings and gnawing habits…
-ALCOHOL: “In order to avoid water that might be contaminated, we were even counseled to brush our teeth with an alcoholic beverage. We chose not to follow that counsel, but simply did what we had learned to do once a month. We fasted that first day, thinking we could introduce simple food and fluids gradually thereafter. Later, we were the only ones in our group without disabling illness…
STIMULANTS: “as you develop courage to say no to alcohol, tobacco, and other stimulants, you gain additional strength. You can then refuse conspiring men—those seditious solicitors of harmful substances or smut. You can reject their evil enticements to your body.
If you yield to anything that can addict, and thus defy the Word of Wisdom, your spirit surrenders to the body. The flesh then enslaves the spirit. This is contrary to the purpose of your mortal existence. And in the process of such addiction, your life span is likely to be shortened, thereby reducing the time available for repentance by which your spirit might attain self-mastery over your body…
-CHASTITY: “Shakespeare expressed such self-conflict as one of his characters contemplating conquest in lust spoke these lines:
What win I, if I gain the thing I seek?

A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy.

Who buys a minute’s mirth to wail a week?

Or sells eternity to get a toy?

For one sweet grape who will the vine destroy? …

EXERCISE: “I would not want you to neglect your body. It deserves daily care. Physical conditioning through regular exercise requires self-mastery too. I marvel at Elder Joseph Anderson, now in his ninety-sixth year. For decades, the strength of his spirit over his body has induced him to swim regularly. But his motivation has never been to attain physical longevity. That has come only incidentally. His desire has been to serve God and His anointed. Elder Anderson has followed what I label as the Lord’s prescription for a long and useful life. Those faithful in “magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies. They become … the elect of God.” (D&C 84:33–34.) Elder Anderson’s exercise program agrees with the perspective of Paul, who said: “Bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Tim. 4:8.) Handsome and fit, Elder Anderson personifies this scripture: “Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:20.)

– TITHING & HONESTY: “As you work during the productive years of life, whether at home or in the field, in the factory or at a workbench, reputation is built and character is forged as you develop self-mastery. Faithful payment of tithing is part of that process. It defends you against dishonesty or shabby temptations. Courageous accountability for your own actions becomes a cherished prize.

-ENTERTAINMENT & SPEECH: It really matters what you listen to, what you look at, what you think, say, and do. Select music that will strengthen your spirit. Control your speech; keep it free from profanity and vulgarity. Follow the teachings of this proverb: “My mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing … perverse in them.” (Prov. 8:7–8.)

-LONELINESS, DEATH, & SERVICE: “remember a concept expressed by my father some time after my mother had passed away. Your grandparents had been married for sixty-four years. When someone asked how he was doing, my father simply stated, “I’m lonely, but I’m not lonesome.” Do you know what he meant? Though he was now without his sweetheart, he was so busy assisting family and friends, he had replaced sorrow with service and had displaced self-pity with selfless love. He had found joy in following the timeless example of the Master.

-ENDURE TO THE END: “Scriptures tutor us at least twenty-six times* to endure to the end to attain eternal life.

-BODY & SPIRIT TO JUDGEMENT: “the soul, composed of the resurrected body and the eternal spirit, … will come before the great judge to receive its final assignment for the eternity” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982, p. 46.)

– TRIAL & SUCCESS: “not an age in life passes without temptation, trial, or torment experienced through your physical body. But as you prayerfully develop self-mastery, desires of the flesh may be subdued. And when that has been achieved, you may have the strength to submit to your Heavenly Father, as did Jesus, who said, “Not my will, but thine, be done.” (Luke 22:42.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on King Benjamin’s Sermon: A Manual for Discipleship by Elder Neal A. Maxwell

 

 

 

-like the mission president there, can memorize Mosiah 2:20-25

-one’s teachings, not their biography, is what we most need to become their disciples

-king Benjamins’ words greatest effect on the world is yet to come.

-Benjamin gives a good speech because it’s not just about his accomplishments

-Maxwell looks at various aspects of Benjamin, one would think that he knew him personally. Maxwell uses knowledge of what makes a society and shows that Benjamin had all those aspects of leadership. Some of those can be taken from textual implications.

-a focus on spiritual over political, even though both are essential, and large parts of his life.

-don’t stop teaching until you’ve reached your audience

-how teach your children to not lust for power? Show them.

-discipline your children or they won’t have faith like Eli’s sons.

-Benjamin tells it like it is, telling the future and the details of how men will treat religion; how good of Maxwell to include examples from Greek and modern secularism to show time and again the secularization of society.

-professionals telling when War will and won’t be are often wrong; only God knows!

-inspired prayer is about desire, not about word count. (*I recall this is when the Holy Ghost comes powerfully)

-prophets say come follow me like Jesus; amen to that, I agree.

-pray to know what are little matters, and what are big matters (*this could save the soul, pointing to correct action)

-those who are honorable but not consecrated wholly may even be happy, BUT THEY WON’T BE FULFILLED. (*here is the motivation to wake up early, to push ourselves, etc.)

-a large rebuke of who won’t give their all; if you don’t know Jesus, you won’t serve him, and you won’t care about what’s important in this life. (*thank God for a prophet who gives large rebukes)

-he lets us know that we aren’t to be consumed in our hobbies; (*no proud man can read this and walk away unaffected, neither the humble, but the humble has joy in the progress already made, whereas the proud are tempted to curse God and die. )

-when we see someone so very weak, we think to always tell them to toughen up, but we are so weak to God, yet he comforts us, so likewise we should comfort one another.

-“How difficult it is to teach the natural man, who comprehends nothing more than that which he sees with the natural eye! . . . Talk to him about angels, heavens, God, immortality, and eternal lives, and it is like sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal to his ears; it has no music to him; there is nothing in it that charms his senses, soothes his feelings, attracts his attention, or engages his affections, in the least.”

(Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses (18 December 1859) 1:2; see also Discourses of Brigham Young (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1954), 260.)

-Alma 38:12 sums up missionary rules and Apostle rules.

-give people needed praise and recognition. Clothe people in “the garment of praise” (Isaiah 61:3).

-you may want to garden so you won’t wear yourself out in discipleship, and so you have unhurried time to ponder.

-Consider these illustrations of the majestic mutual meekness of the Father and the Son.

Deferential Jesus said:

“There is none good but one, that is, God” (Matthew 19:17).
“My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me” (John 7:16).
“The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (John 5:19)

The Father said:

“This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). (Jesus would have known intellectually how well he had done, but to have his Father say it is something else again.)
“And I heard a voice from the Father, saying: Yea, the words of my Beloved are true and faithful” (2 Nephi 31:15). (The Father meekly testified to the truthfulness of his Son.)
The Father’s very voice, as we all know, was “‘small” but penetrating, not “harsh” or “loud” (3 Nephi 11:3).
– “there is nothing that the Lord thy God shall take in his heart to do but what he will do it” (Abraham 3:17).; they “watched those things which they had ordered [i.e., their creations) until they obeyed” (Abraham 4:18).

 

 

 

Scriptures Study Techniques from Elder Bednar

Sequential Scripture Study: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2015-01-0900-studying-the-scriptures-sequentially?lang=eng

and here’s some more how-to scripture study advice from Elder Bednar

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2012-07-1050-advice-for-studying-the-scriptures?lang=eng

Here is an excerpt from Elder Bednar addressing 3 ways to study scripture:

“I now want to review with you three basic ways or methods of obtaining living water from the scriptural reservoir: (1) reading the scriptures from beginning to end, (2) studying the scriptures by topic, and (3) searching the scriptures for connections, patterns, and themes. Each of these approaches can help satisfy our spiritual thirst if we invite the companionship and assistance of the Holy Ghost as we read, study, and search.

Reading a book of scripture from beginning to end initiates the flow of living water into our lives by introducing us to important stories, gospel doctrines, and timeless principles. This approach also enables us to learn about major characters in the scriptures and the sequence, timing, and context of events and teachings. Reading the written word in this way exposes us to the breadth of a volume of scripture. This is the first and most fundamental way of obtaining living water.

Studying by topic typically follows, grows out of, and builds upon our reading of the scriptures from beginning to end. For example, as we read the Book of Mormon we may identify and seek to find answers to important doctrinal and practical questions such as these:

  • What is faith in the Savior?
    • Why is faith in Jesus Christ the first principle of the gospel?
    • Why and how does faith in the Redeemer lead to repentance?
    • How does the Atonement strengthen me to do things in my daily life that I could never do with my own limited capacity and in my own strength?

Focusing upon such questions and studying by topic, using the Topical Guide and index to the triple combination, allow us to dig into and explore the depth of the scriptures and obtain a much richer spiritual knowledge. This approach increases the rate at which living water flows into our lives.

Both reading from beginning to end and studying by topic are prerequisites to the third basic method of obtaining living water from the scriptural reservoir. Whereas reading a book of scripture from beginning to end provides a basic breadth of knowledge, studying by topic increases the depth of our knowledge. Searching in the revelations for connections, patterns, and themes builds upon and adds to our spiritual knowledge by bringing together and expanding these first two methods; it broadens our perspective and understanding of the plan of salvation.

In my judgment, diligently searching to discover connections, patterns, and themes is in part what it means to “feast” upon the words of Christ. This approach can open the floodgates of the spiritual reservoir, enlighten our understanding through His Spirit, and produce a depth of gratitude for the holy scriptures and a degree of spiritual commitment that can be received in no other way. Such searching enables us to build upon the rock of our Redeemer and to withstand the winds of wickedness in these latter days.”

(Elder David A Bednar, “The Scriptures: A Reservoir of Living Water”, CES Fireside for Young Adults, February 4, 2007 BYU; https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/david-a-bednar_reservoir-living-water/)

 

 

 

Taste Fruits of the Spirit: Tenacity, Peace, Independence

 

Here is a journal account from myself, I will not discuss which topic this prayer was about, but with boldness I describe the feelings I recorded about the prayer. Suffice the description of the substance of the prayer being something pertaining to how to help raise children. I use boldness because you need real examples from your day; you can’t just read about things people went through 100 or 1000 years ago, you must know that faith lives. That God lives. That is my witness to you.

I felt a powerful peace as I prayed about ____. I felt the calm and quiet of the Son of Righteousness. I had great calm, and stillness, and power over my senses. The thought came to me, “did I not speak peace to your soul? What greater witness can you have than this?” It wasn’t mere calm, it was peace. It was an ease of soul, a comfort that all is well. It felt like a peace of all accounts being settled, and the feeling of the Lords support in my efforts. I had these general feelings of the presence of the Lord. I think this was because the ____ operation is for the sake of [helping] children, which thing pleases the Lord….

I would call this an outpouring of the spirit, but that would seem like a flood; it didn’t feel like a flood, it rather felt like a calm river. It was not a yelling but a still smallness, though it penetrated to the very core. I was not even fully aware of it at first until I reflected, then I knew very keenly that something out of the normal was occurring, and that it was precious beyond measure.

This reminds me of when I invited Thelma Starks to be baptized on my mission in Georgia USA. She accepted the invitation, and it felt like a marble was in my chest or stomach, a sort of heated object, but seemingly concentrated, not overwhelming in a wild sense, but overwhelming in a sense of perfect stillness. It did not overpower my senses, it brought all of my senses into order and subjection.

Perhaps I’ll relate another item on this topic somewhat related. When I prayed to know if I should marry my spouse, I felt not a “you must”, but I felt a “this would be a very very good thing”. It also wasn’t so overpowering as to remove my agency; God comforted me to the extent to know that it was a thing he would be fully vested in with me in. A full partner, that His spirit would be allowed to be involved fully. Needless to say, I didn’t have to stew over this decision for months and years on end. If it’s good for the Lord, it’s good for me.

A somewhat related tangent, the prophets have taught us to look for “a” right spouse, rather than “the” right spouse, because there is no such thing as “the” right spouse. The human race is compatible with each other, it’s no so fragile as all that when they are living the plan of their creator, the Man of Righteousness, Heavenly Father. So it is with many aspects of life, there doesn’t have to be a needle in a hay stack, the situations we are presented can work wonderfully, and eternally. This life is about building more so than about finding. About learning more so than downloading. More about experience than gifts. More about trying than perfection. Perfection is a serious commandment that we do not take lightly, but we recognize that a part of perfection for us is obeying the law of repentance. Indeed, the human race is perfect when it repents of its mistakes. As for the Spirit of God, it is the Spirit of Jesus Christ, it is champion of all, and life without it is the most risky voyage in the universe.

 

 

Prayer

 

 

-After President Kimball became President of the
church he said, “I thought I knew how to pray
before, but now I am really learning how to pray.” (“Spencer W. Kimball: A True Disciple of Jesus
Christ” by Elder Marvin J Ashton, Gen. Conf. April
1985)

-“Bless our enemies. Help us to understand them, and
them to understand us.” This was an oft repeated
phrase in President Kimball’s prayers. (“Spencer W. Kimball: A True Disciple of Jesus
Christ” by Elder Marvin J Ashton, Gen. Conf. April
1985)

-When I was at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) in Provo Utah, Elder Jeffrey R Holland of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles came to speak to us. He was asked how we get the spirit. He gave 3 councils: 1. Search the scriptures. Search them long and deep. 2. Pray. Pray like you’re banging down the doors to heaven, begging, pleading to be heard, desperately. 3. Once you have the spirit, try to not lose the spirit by offending Him with bad choices.

 

 

-An excerpt from  my essays “Magnifying Your Calling in the Church & Your Calling in the Gospel” and ” Top 3 Types of Crazy to Look for In Dating “ …when your spouse comes to you and says something like “I feel prompted to do the following thing which is in the parameters of the teachings of the prophets…” you must be open to that.  As your spouse approaches you with this type of an idea, you pray about it yourself for confirmation of the idea, wherein you’ll get one of the following answers:

 

  1. “it doesn’t matter”
  2. “no bueno” (when I first heard this I was shocked and said “God, your preferred language is Spanish?! (Just kidding))
  3. “yes”
  4. “ya’ll decide, it’ll be fun for all of us to see where this goes” (“God, you speak southern!? This keeps getting better!”)
  5. “hm… you might not be ready for this… ask later. And in the meantime, READ THOSE SCRIPTURES! PS I love you & I’m proud of you!” (“God, well is it written of thee that thou art a Lord of hosts of armies and a God of mysteries! PS Thanks for the compliment!”)
  6. “I respect you and your wishes. Do it if you wish, much good can come of it, but know that it’s not strictly required of you”
  7. “Try 7” (God can give us specific answers! He isn’t limited to yes or no questions!)
  8. DISCLAIMER: Though God certainly has a sense of humor, prayer isn’t this casual and jovial (usually).

So, I’m not suggesting one spouse blindly follow the other because of their “craziness” (deep respect) for them, but that without the craziness-respect factor present, a spouse will shut down the other spouse without further contemplation when these types of ideas are presented.

 

 

Prophets Teach about The Holy Ghost

 

 

–“The gift of the Holy Ghost … quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being” (Key to the Science of Theology, 9th ed. [1965], 101). (Quoted in talk by Elder Perry, Conf. Report Apr. 1997, https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1997/04/that-spirit-which-leadeth-to-do-good?lang=eng)

-A more expanded text of the above text, “He is an intelligent being, in the Image of God, possessing every organ, attribute, sense, sympathy, and affection that is possessed by God Himself. But these are possessed by man, in his rudimental state, in a subordinate sense of the word. Or, in other words, these attributes are in embryo, and are to be gradually developed. They resemble a bud, a germ, which gradually develops into a bloom and then, by progress, produces the mature fruit after its own kind. The Gift of the Holy Ghost adapts itself to all these organs or attributes. It quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections and adapts them by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to give health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.

In the presence of such persons (who have been thus affected by It), one feels to enjoy the light of their countenance, as the genial rays of a sunbeam. Their very atmosphere diffuses a thrill, a warm glow of pure gladness and sympathy of Spirit. No matter if the parties are strangers, entirely unknown to each other, each will be apt to remark in his own mind, and perhaps exclaim, when referring to the interview- “Oh, what an atmosphere encircles that stranger! How my heart thrilled with pure and holy feelings in the presence of this person. What confidence and sympathy he inspired. His countenance and spirit gave me more assurance than a thousand written recommendations, or introductory letters.” Such is the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and such are its operations, when received through the lawful channel-the Divine, Eternal Priesthood.”

(Parley P. Pratt, Key to the Science of Theology, pp. 101- 103)

-“It is a waste of time to speculate in relation to his jurisdiction. We know what has been revealed and that the Holy Ghost, sometimes spoken of as the Holy Spirit, and Comforter, is the third member of the Godhead, and that he, being in perfect harmony with the Father and the Son, reveals to man by the spirit of revelation and prophecy the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our great duty is so to live that we may be led constantly in light and truth by this Comforter so that we may not be deceived by the many false spirits that are in the world.

I have never troubled myself about the Holy Ghost whether he will sometime have a body or not because it is not in any way essential to my salvation. He is a member of the Godhead, with great power and authority, with a most wonderful mission which must be performed by a spirit. This has satisfied me without delving into mysteries that would be of no particular benefit.” ( Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols., (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56), 39.)

-“In this dispensation, at least, nothing has been revealed as to [The Holy Ghost’s] origin or destiny; expressions on these matters are both speculative and fruitless.( Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd edition, (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966), 359. GL direct link)

–“The gift of the Holy Ghost … quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections; and adapts them, by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires, develops, cultivates and matures all the fine-toned sympathies, joys, tastes, kindred feelings, and affections of our nature. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness, and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to health, vigor, animation, and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens, and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being” (Key to the Science of Theology, 9th ed. [1965], 101). (Quoted in talk by Elder Perry, Conf. Report Apr. 1997, https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1997/04/that-spirit-which-leadeth-to-do-good?lang=eng)

-A more expanded text of the above text, “He is an intelligent being, in the Image of God, possessing every organ, attribute, sense, sympathy, and affection that is possessed by God Himself. But these are possessed by man, in his rudimental state, in a subordinate sense of the word. Or, in other words, these attributes are in embryo, and are to be gradually developed. They resemble a bud, a germ, which gradually develops into a bloom and then, by progress, produces the mature fruit after its own kind. The Gift of the Holy Ghost adapts itself to all these organs or attributes. It quickens all the intellectual faculties, increases, enlarges, expands and purifies all the natural passions and affections and adapts them by the gift of wisdom, to their lawful use. It inspires virtue, kindness, goodness, tenderness, gentleness and charity. It develops beauty of person, form and features. It tends to give health, vigor, animation and social feeling. It invigorates all the faculties of the physical and intellectual man. It strengthens and gives tone to the nerves. In short, it is, as it were, marrow to the bone, joy to the heart, light to the eyes, music to the ears, and life to the whole being.

In the presence of such persons (who have been thus affected by It), one feels to enjoy the light of their countenance, as the genial rays of a sunbeam. Their very atmosphere diffuses a thrill, a warm glow of pure gladness and sympathy of Spirit. No matter if the parties are strangers, entirely unknown to each other, each will be apt to remark in his own mind, and perhaps exclaim, when referring to the interview- “Oh, what an atmosphere encircles that stranger! How my heart thrilled with pure and holy feelings in the presence of this person. What confidence and sympathy he inspired. His countenance and spirit gave me more assurance than a thousand written recommendations, or introductory letters.” Such is the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and such are it’s operations, when received through the lawful channel-the Divine, Eternal Priesthood.”

(Parley P. Pratt, Key to the Science of Theology, pp. 101- 103)

-“It is a waste of time to speculate in relation to his jurisdiction. We know what has been revealed and that the Holy Ghost, sometimes spoken of as the Holy Spirit, and Comforter, is the third member of the Godhead, and that he, being in perfect harmony with the Father and the Son, reveals to man by the spirit of revelation and prophecy the truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our great duty is so to live that we may be led constantly in light and truth by this Comforter so that we may not be deceived by the many false spirits that are in the world.

I have never troubled myself about the Holy Ghost whether he will sometime have a body or not because it is not in any way essential to my salvation. He is a member of the Godhead, with great power and authority, with a most wonderful mission which must be performed by a spirit. This has satisfied me without delving into mysteries that would be of no particular benefit.” ( Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols., (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954–56), 39.)

-“In this dispensation, at least, nothing has been revealed as to [The Holy Ghost’s] origin or destiny; expressions on these matters are both speculative and fruitless.( Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd edition, (Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1966), 359. GL direct link)

 

 

Testimony Discussion

How do we get a testimony?

We do like Elder Perry said in letting God lead us like a horse with a bridle in obedience, and we also do like another General Authority taught in experimenting on the word to see if it is true.

How do we experiment upon the word?

By doing what Jesus says and seeing what the result is. Merely not doing what Jesus says and getting a negative result isn’t sufficient for a knowledge of the blessings that come from obeying Jesus.

Why do we obey like a horse in a bridle?

It’s part of the experiment upon the word. It’s trying to do what Jesus says and seeing what the result is.

Do we need to sin or transgress in order to gain knowledge?

Adam didn’t sin, he transgressed. Modern prophets have clarified such.

So why did Jesus do the Atonement?

To overcome the effects of not only sin, but transgression. To overcome what happened in the Garden of Eden as well as what happened after it. Jesus wouldn’t have been able to overcome transgression we call the fall without being perfect, without having transgressed himself. Now we answer a former question, who knows more about sin, the sinner, or Jesus? Jesus. Only he knows the level of resistance required to not sin or transgress. Hence, we can learn of the truth in other methods than sin or transgression, and the methods of experimenting and obeying to get a testimony we learn are two sides of the same coin we use to purchase eternal life.

Are we to trust General Conference?

Joseph Smith said God will never allow the President of the Church or the majority of the 12 Apostles to lead us astray.

Also keep in mind that there are several aspects to every answer, and some talks emphasize one aspect more than another. Elder Oaks taught that in determining doctrine we are to not just look at one scripture (*or one modern prophet’s’ words I would add), but we must look at all of them to get an understanding.

How shall I compare what was said in the Church versus what is said now?

Several discourses on the role of prophet explain that the word of the Lord from the current Prophets and Apostles are what we need more than that of the old ones. For example, an issue could rise in 1950, then the Saints reject the warning from the prophet on that subject, and hence in year 2000 the Prophets speak on other topics, the day of warning having passed on the 1950 subject, the Saints left to fend for themselves.

So there is such a thing as a day of warning passing? Don’t the prophets always warn until the end on every issue?

No. Consider this example: There came a point when Noah was loading up the ark that there was no more coming on the ark. Elder Perry said, ““Sin is intensely habit-forming and sometimes moves men to the tragic point of no return.” Some wonder why prophets aren’t as outspoken on issues such as socialism or food storage etc. as they once were. Remember that Alma said when people reject a message, they get less message. Perhaps the brethren are dumbing it down for us as much as they can in a last-ditch effort to get us to do something.

Topics continue to be taught that are of importance, but may not be emphasized as much as they were in the past. For instance, President Benson spoke frequently against socialism when he was the prophet. Today, the Church still teaches against socialism and has in its archive’s discourses enumerating socialism as the work of the devil, but apparently other issues are at the forefront of Jesus Christ’s mind today, for he is instructing his prophets to emphasize other things. Perhaps the people of the world today are generally with less faith, and the prophets are working on building up their faith in Jesus Christ so they can get to the point someday where they can endure more speeches against socialism etc. without getting offended and leaving the Church. Milk before meat as the church now grows to a global organization, and is, in reality, still in its infancy in most places in which it is found.

 

 

Notes on The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R. McConkie

 

 

For a video audio presentation of this document: https://youtu.be/YFbgHSg-95c

 

McConkie served in the Quorum of the 12 Apostles

All 4 Volumes:

The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R McConkie Volume 1

-when we have faith like the brother of Jared we will be able to understand the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon.

-keeping the Sabbath day holy means having a whole day focused purely on spiritual things; God knew that if men would do this they would have the strength to avoid temptation the rest of the week.

-this book was written about 70 years after Talmage Jesus the Christ. It’s to build upon that

-ever LDS should study the book Jesus the Christ by Talmage.

-Christ grew up in a spiritually degenerate society like Sodom. He was planted in difficult dry ground.

-we don’t have every gospel principal, but we do have the fullness of the everlasting gospel, that which is needed to have everlasting glory in the hereafter.

-the modern Red Sea we have to follow our current prophet over is doubt.

-as they dressed for Passover in robes to travel, so must we dress in the robes of righteousness.

-the little amount of leaven raises the whole lump; this is to say that the gospel has the power to transform our entire lives.

-the pouring out of water was symbolic of pouring out of the Holy Ghost in the Last days. this is from the Jewish festivals.

-the palm leaves are symbolic of what we now use white handkerchiefs in the hosanna shouts; shouts of hosanna were given in the ancient festivals of the Jews.

-the 8th day was also like a Sabbath, *this is to me like how we do family home evenings on Mondays!

-day of Atonement and other day the women dressed in white and went around the vineyards singing and dancing for the men to pick their spouse.

-they fasted sundown to after sundown the next day when the stars could be seen. *how do it now? Our Sabbath begins at a different time than theirs. What is to be done?

-synagogues are essential to salvation; God’s people must always build places to meet in together or his fullness of blessings can’t go to them (ordinances etc.). It always has been this way.

-every time the truth has been on earth it has been led by the Melchizedek Priesthood.

-about ,1200 members per synagogue in ancient Jerusalem.

-almost everything will have Holiness to the Lord inscribed on it in the Millennium.

-Jesus of no doubt went to school as a lad in a synagogue.

-on Sunday we let our flocks and herds fend for themselves, and we leave our careers alone. No golf. No fishing.

-Jesus taught in the synagogues for in them came the people who wanted to learn; he healed therein for there came the people who had faith to be healed .

-in ancient Israel like modern, Jehovah called all people to worship Him in the temple and to work and serve in the temple.

-there came to be unneeded self-denial on Sabbaths.

-the home of Joseph and Mary was poorer than most homes in the USA today.

-men married at 16, never later than 20. Women often younger than the men, namely at 14.

-at 2 years the Jewish children were weened

-at 3 years fathers were to teach the children scriptures and wise sayings and benedictions.

-the children memorize read and wrote the Levitical prayers.

-at 16 or 17 boys were sent to the academies where the rabbi’s taught.

-before every meal the families washed and prayed.

-private prayers were said morning and night.

-devout fathers wore phylacteries during prayer with 4 scriptures in them.

-all Jews of Jesus’ day were apostate except those who followed Jesus.

-the people of the day of the flood of Noah were destroyed because they were beyond the reach of saving grace.

-the apostasy of the Jews of Jesus’ day is one of people who memorized Messianic prophecies; who knew the Messiah was soon to come among them yet rejected him. A people who had the Aaronic Priesthood and the gospel of repentance.

-some find it easy to fight against the truth because of their nature, but they can save themselves through righteousness at any time.

-God said I’ll send you all to earth and save those of you who obey me.

-to love Satan more than God, like Cain and the Jews of Jesus’ day, is to obey not God’s path but what Satan incurs.

-modern Christendom of today can learn a lesson from Jews of Jesus’ day, people who should have been the Lord’s people, like Christians today which should have been the Lord’s people

-throws down mega rebukes against the Jews of Jesus’ day

-speaks some 20 minutes of the stupid practices of the Jews at EXTREMELY Ridiculous extremes!

-high priests among the Jews of Jesus’ day were that by way of investiture not like their holy forefathers

-Aaron had the Melchizedek Priesthood and was called to preside over the Aaronic Priesthood; the presiding Bishop over the church if you will.

-Aaronic Priesthood offices today are comparable to those of the time of Moses and Jesus.

-Ezra was a prophet and a scribe.

-without prophets the world turns to scholars for their knowledge about God.

-as a general rule, more scripture such as the sealed portions of the Book of Mormon are withheld from the less spiritually apt.

-no book of sacred writ is forever lost.

-Melchizedek stopped the mouths of lions; these accounts were in the Jewish book of Exodus which is more correct than the book which modern Christendom possesses.

-Abraham had vision of Jesus Christ, such is recorded by Joseph Smith in the “Inspired Version” of the bible which Joseph Smith wrote.

-apocrypha much correct in it much not correct in it, inspired people will benefit from studying it; for others it’s best to stick to the more solid scriptures.

-pseudepigraphic book of Enoch speaks of 1000-year Millennium then another 1000 years before the end of the worlds temporal existence, speaks of premortality, etc. Jude appears to quote from this book. Know that the Jews at Jesus’ day had a more perfect version of the bible than the world by large has today.

-uninspired men almost never agree on the meaning of select passages of scripture.

-The Jews of Jesus’ day were not inspired, and hence could not understand the scriptures, and that made it so they could not apply the scriptures into their lives.

– is not exaltation a family matter? Is it not, as Elder McConkie has said in the Mortal Messiah, about being a father, and for women about being a mother? Yes, God’s constituents are HIS CHILDREN. Over whom he reigns with justice.

-like how Christ told the people of his days, salvation is of the Jews (as they had the prophet’s writings etc.); similarly were Christ among the people of the world today, he would tell all Christendom, salvation is of the Latter-day Saints.

-the Law of Moses is better than the Christian sects of the world today, and it’s better than any other world religion, including Islam and Buddhism.

-2nd century B.C. world leaders were very wicked declaring religion devoid of morals; sensuality considered alright for slaves to participate in, soldiers encouraged to take advantage of women while on duty, thought that death was a sweet release from life not a punishment and hence did no death penalty to criminals, led by examples and teachings of promoting suicide, thought sexual relations with any person was fine, etc.

-God the Father, Jesus Christ, and The Holy Ghost are three separate persons, each a male person.

-In the same sense that our birth parents are our parents, God The Father is the parent of Jesus Christ.

-Contrary to popular opinion, God the Father has a body of flesh and bones. He has a being. He is only in one place at one time, although his influence is felt through all immensity.

-Saying the Holy Ghost came upon Mary in the conception of Christ does not mean the Holy Ghost is Christ’s Father. God the Father is Christ’s father.

-The Lord is a man of war

-When the Jesus went to cleanse the temple, it was him coming suddenly unto his house, but it is at the Second Coming that he will purify the sons of Levi in so doing again. (*This could refer to the judgements to come upon who attend the LDS temples unworthily).

-No one tries to stop Jesus when he destroys the property of the merchants as Jesus cleansed the temple; there is no bitterness as to financial loss; they merely asked what authority he had to cleanse the temple, since it was initially their duty. They did not object because their conscious brought weakness. “Vice cannot stand one moment against virtue’s lifted arm.” Devoured as they were, the sellers in the temple could not deny the deed Jesus did in overthrowing the temple. Them asking Jesus by what authority he did this was a sign that they began to fear and actually consider that this might be the Son of God.

-All who saw Jesus’ miracles were constrained to say that this was truly the Son of God. The only ones who saw his miracles and denied that he was the Son of God were wicked people.

-Faith founded merely on miracles leaves much to be desired (it’s not enough).

-It’s somewhat derogatory to call Thomas “Doubting Thomas” because he said to the other Apostles, let us also go with him to die.

-Nicodemus should have known that they could not go on living under Herod, they had to come back to how the ancients lived, that is, according to the Spirit.

-Nicodemus and others probably knew about how Jesus was a teacher from God, as seen in him saying WE know that thou art a teacher come from God.

-The type of life that God lives, that quality of life, is reserved for the sons of men. The requirement is to believe on the Son of God, who came to the world not to condemn the world, but to save it. (*People condemn themselves by the way they act, Christ is come to help us out of those dead ways we live.)

-We the people reject the doctrines of faith repentance baptism and the reception of the Holy Ghost, Christ cannot possibly communicate to them the deeper doctrines of the gospel.

-to build God’s kingdom is to build up his church

-the sin offering had no fragrance, it was a dreadful necessity.

-the red heifer was to clean all people and was burnt thoroughly unlike the other offerings (*it is a very particularly a type of Christ’s Atonement)

-Jehovah forgave sins and used animal sacrifices to represent that (*They were symbolic of giving up something that you love, like how Jesus Christ would give up his life for his people)

-the gospel of Jesus Christ will be preached in such a way that those who reject it will lose their souls.

-the fear of the Lord is the type of fear that enlarges our souls.

-The old law was nailed with Christ to the cross and the new law rose with him from the tomb as he was resurrected on the third day since his death.

-circumcision as found in the Law of Moses was a way of the parents showing symbolically that they offer their posterity to the Lord, showing that they will have the child obey the ways of the Lord, showing that the child will serve the Lord, showing that they would teach the child the covenants that the House of Israel had made with Jehovah, it showed that the parent would show the child the right way to go from the very start.

-Jesus was tempted more sorely than any human could endure, yet he never sinned. No more has been tempted in a more severe manor than he.

-Those who cannot do miracles do not have faith.

-Where there is faith all miracles are forthcoming.

-When Christ told his mother woman what have I to do with thee it was during his ministry, and he was then acting independently, choosing for himself when and where he would preach his gospel.

-Those who are not burn again spiritually cannot understand deep spiritual things, neither can those who live in darkness.

-of old full-time ministers were to not let the people sleep because of the their words; Jesus did this also; he is the one who commanded such.

-In addition to the baptism of fire, Jesus baptized people in water by immersion as John the Baptist did. The disciples of Jesus did this also.

-John the Baptist was a legal administrator for God, so when he told Herod and Herodias that their marriage was adulterous, at that point if they did not repent they would be damned.

-Herod almost repented but the seeds of repentance soon died in the stony soil of sin wherein they were planted.

-In John 4 Jesus tells the woman at the well if she knew the gift of God she would ask of him to drink; the gift is Jesus Christ; for God so loved the world he gave his Only Begotten Son.

-“I have meat ye know not of” here Jesus is referring to how the gospel was like meat to him. Those called to the work of God it is their meat to do that work. It fills them to an extent. They forget about temporal things.

-Like John the Baptist, Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith and others, all pilgrims of God have to suffer bondage for a season.

-As seen in the woman at the well speaking of her father’s worshiping in the mount Gerizim, we see that even carnal people have some form of belief about religion, something that appeases their spiritual part of them that does not conflict with their ways of life.

-Like he told the woman at the well, Jesus had no problem telling the would-be believers that their forms of belief were wrong.

-To the woman at the well Jesus bore witness of the two top truths of eternity: of God the Father, then of his Messianic Divine Sonship.

-Jesus broke tradition in speaking to the woman at the well who was a Samaritan; it was ageist tradition for a man to speak to a woman in public. It was certainly seen as bad to be seen speaking with a “woman of easy virtue”, but Jesus had control of the situation and went through Samaria for the very purpose of teaching her and others of her people.

-Those who are doing the work of the Lord have consuming passion that takes their every thought and word, that taxes their every strength, that requires of them their every ability

-Eventually Jesus declared open war (in plainly condemning his opposers etc.)

-Jesus would deal with the House of Israel before the gentiles, for they were more prepared for the truths of eternity, they were more prepared from developing spiritual talent and ability in the pre-mortal existence. He therefore was carrying out the divine order.

He also helped some gentiles like the woman who begged of him, letting the fire of her faith burn through the limits so common among her people.

some books/authors referenced to read:

-Edersheim

-Cannon Ferrar

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The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R McConkie Volume 2

-it’s the enmity we have for what the world likes that makes us saints (somewhere in 2nd half of the book I think).

-who tries to kill and who successfully kills are equally as guilty, it’s the heart that counts.

-Mote in eye is referring to the LDS

-Have we not cast out many devils in thy name and in thy name performed many miracles? Depart, I never knew you, you never knew me. This is directed to LDS Priesthood holders.

-many who have part of the gospel in other churches have that satisfy their innate desire to worship and when they hear about what we have to say they ask why we say such silly things and claim they have enough with what they have. This is not good. They are not following Jesus Christ all the way.

-we are to have put upon us Christlike attributes during mortality to qualify to live with Christ in Eternity. This is the life where we are charged with the developments of those attributes, and if we don’t complete this task while in mortality, we will have revoked privileges in the life to come.

-woman washing Jesus’ feet in Simons home was not then forgiven but earlier forgiven, she was baptized and used to be a sinner but now a Saint.

Jesus taught Simon in the occurrence that his supposed righteousness was of naught, he taught in that way that Pharisees thought that 2 way in debt people one who owed more would love the forgiver more when in reality both would love him tons. Simon understood this though and it got the message through to him. *I see Jesus witnessed of his divinity in this, showing that he himself was the forgiver of sin in that he rebuked Simon for his treatment toward him and praised the woman’s treatment of him. Guests uninvited could follow the invited guests in and not get kicked out in that day.

-Jesus taught that there was no more middle ground, that who does not keep the commandments he taught, is his enemy and is against him.

-Jesus chose his intimates very carefully.

-those who don’t gather with Jesus by their indifference and indecision scatter abroad.

-Jesus preached hard doctrine, that you don’t have to do evil to be cursed, that the thought or the word of evil brings it, for these prove the heart.

-Jesus didn’t give huge signs to unbelievers, such is for who have faith, and agency must be respected. Besides he had done many miracles from heaven. Also, the one big sign he gives, and the only one, is the sign of the prophet Jonas, that he would rise from the dead. Also, the creation bears witness of the creator.

 

 

The Mortal Messiah by Bruce R McConkie Volume 3

-Jesus paid a tax he did not owe with money he did not earn via the insight to use the fish. Jesus is a Lord not a commoner- he is not to pay the tax, but did so, so as to not offend anyone.

-All infants are innocent.

-though there were varying degrees of sin in pre-mortality, at birth all infants are clean from sin because of the Atonement which was prepared “from the foundation of the earth”

-those who preach false doctrines shall be thrust down to hell.

-it is better to remove one member of the body of Christ, one person that is evil, than to leave him on the body and cause the whole to become evil and cast into hell.

-if some go down to hell, so be it. don’t go there yourself.

-every member of the church will be tested in all things to see if he will abide the day, regardless of what happens to others in his family.

-Some taught Jesus was Lucifer incarnate.

-The leaven of the pharisees was the damning doctrine they taught which would bring the death of the Son of God.

-Bone healing slowly is as much a miracle as immediate healing.

-Who preach against the truth can never agree on things. What they believe doesn’t matter, their master the Devil only cares that they don’t believe the truth.

-Deep doctrine often comes to new converts to prove them. It may not fit with their prior religious understandings.

-When Peter said be it far from thee he was appealing to Jesus’ human side like Lucifer.

-When those closest to you turn against you they can become your worst enemies.

-Peter could fall even a moment from his testimony and was rebuked accordingly in the above instance.

-If we suffer with Christ we will also be with him when all tears cease.

-Break not the commandments for to save your lives for who save their lives here loose them in the life to come.

-Were it possible to gain the whole world by losing your soul you would have chump change in comparison, merely a pauper to what you could have had should you have kept your soul.

-Eternal Life is the greatest gift of God because those who receive it become like him.

-What we know is sufficient to get us eternal life.

-When Christ said some among him would not die until his Second Coming that they would see such in the flesh, he was referring to John and we know not who else.

-There is much we know not because we have not reached the spiritual status of the ancients.

-The 2nd Comforter is Jesus Christ visiting you from time to time.

-On the mount of transfiguration, Elohim (Heavenly Father) in a cloud certainly did appear, and Jesus certainly saw him on that occasion. This cloud is anciently called the Shekinah, which God uses to hide himself from our sight. On this occasion at transfiguration mount Jesus could see the Father but others could not.

-We can’t understand the visions he had at that mount unless we have the Holy Ghost.

-The earth itself will be transfigured at the Millennial day.

-Jews know not if all or some will rise in the resurrection, nor when it will be (we do know these things).

-7 Commandments were given to Noah at least as we see from an ancient record.

-Many people left the messiah when he did not give them manna that their bellies might bulge.

-Sinners always fear the righteous indignation that may burst forth from the righteous at any time.

-All evil spirits are evil beyond imagination.

-Those who suffer for Christ’s sake know he is their Lord.

-Even those who know Christ is their Lord need reassurance that he will help them in their time of need.

-Just as there are levels of governing in heaven, so there are in hell some demons in charge of others.

-Just as there are levels of heaven, there are levels of hell.

-Joseph Smith said there are levels of faith; although one may not have the faith to move a mountain he may still have the faith to heal a person.

-By experience with Christ, Peter’s rough edges were smoothed, and he was prepared to guide the Church after Christ.

-The Apostles thought of who should be best, but it was directly in opposition to Jesus’ selfless service. We should not seek any position making us above another person.

-To be a kind and wise father is better than to lead an army or corporate business; there will be many who will be greatest in the kingdom of heaven for the is something any may achieve, it is something shared there.

-This is a work of cooperation, those who wrote the scriptures plant the seeds, and we go out and harvest from their efforts.

-The Apostle is to be as the Seventy, and the Seventy to be as the Elder.

-The brethren of the Church should be as one flesh.

-Deny lusts of the flesh and keep all commandments is to take up your cross.

-Christ permitted himself a righteous man to be slain, thus we see that sometimes he lets other righteous persons be slain as well.

-The 12 Apostles are the people God would trust to lead the entire Church.

-All of the 12 Apostles have the keys and can exercise them under the leadership of the senior Apostle, the President of the Church.

-No power to the 12 Apostles that won’t come to any member be they righteous!

-If we want more revelation on a topic let the Brethren know and God will lose the information to them.

-God’s servants are the members of His Church.

-God’s Kingdom on earth is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and it prepares people for the heavenly Kingdom.

-It is always the wicked who seek to put people who sin against them into prison.

-In our day the first Seventy were who had laid their all on the altar of Zion’s Camp.

-A Seventy is like an Apostle and where he is the Church and Kingdom of God are and where he is not they are not.

-Work for the living takes precedence over work for the dead.

-When Christ’s servants speak before people it’s like Jesus were there addressing them.

-There always are more people that would hear the message of the gospel than messengers to tell it with exception to the days of Noah (*The last days are to be as the days of Noah).

-Seek not to be banqueted and feasted in the homes of the rich, but eat with the meek, the common.

-Jesus did many more miracles than are recorded. What are recorded are merely types of what Jesus did.

-The gospel always divides people (*recall Jesus’ saying “I came not to bring peace but a sword”)

-True learning can stand totally independent and ignorant of what is taught in schools.

-People long make the mistake of knowledge for wisdom, or degrees for education.

-Spiritual darkness is the worst kind of darkness.

-There are no limits to the power of faith.

-When two are united and ask something of the Lord not amiss the answer will come. Ask and receive.

-When you want new revelation, ask the Brethren together and God will tell the Brethren.

-We will always be in debt to God.

-Not knowing what a Seventy is is itself a sign of apostasy.

-When Jesus cleansed the temple he spoke so loudly that all therein heard him.

-Satan is great at quoting scripture to explain himself.

-Were Jesus on earth today, people would o the same things to him as they do to his servants.

-When ignorant of how to interpret scriptures we can be led on by superstitions.

-Prejudice from supposed learning in divinity is the worst.

-When Christ said “I am the light of the world” he was declaring that he is the Messiah, for the ancient prophets taught the Messiah would bring light to Israel and the Gentiles, and unto them that sit in darkness hath the light shined. But although Israel had been waiting four thousand years to hear someone come along and say that they were the light of the world, they rejected Jesus Christ, he who taught that he indeed is the Son of God.

-Just because you don’t know something does not mean that thing is not true. Those who do know truth will testify of such.

-Only those who are baptized and receive the Holy Ghost can go where Jesus is.

-If you believe not in Christ ye shall die in your sins and be damned in eternity.

-They (*the Jewish leaders of Christ’s day and those who carry on their work) knew Jesus was damning them for their contempt with him.

-Jesus’ identity was of record. They knew who he was. Their inquiries about who he was were signs of lack of belief in what he had already plainly declared.

-Apostate people always claim allegiance to the past prophets but reject the current ones of their day.

-Our families and nations we are born into are direct result of premarital behavior.

-Disability can come to anyone and is not related to premarital behavior.

-We become the seed of Abraham in the full sense as we obey the gospel law. Religious Jews at Jesus’ time thought they were Abraham’s seed, and they were, but they fell from that since they tried to kill Jesus. Abraham did not try to kill Jesus or his prophets, and so they were really not acting like Abraham whom they professed to have as their father. Jesus said that if they did the works of Abraham they were the seed of Abraham.

-Christ said, “before Abraham was I am” this is to say “before Abraham was I, Jehovah.” They wanted to stone him seeing as he had openly proclaimed that He is Jehovah. The self-existent one. The Son of God whose name was known unto Abraham as Jehovah.

-The Seventy and the Twelve Apostles were rugged forthright not tainted by theology of the time.

-In the eternal sense, there is nothing but glory and triumph for the faithful ministers.

-Most of the Seventy and Twelve were Galileans, and were less involved with the ritual rabinisism and the damning scribal theology.

-Christ taught people the truth that he, the Son, is as the Father, and the Father is as him.

-Christ is not proud and pompous and austere as the Rabbis who then lead the people.

-Mary Magdalene was a traveling missionary companion of Jesus.

-Marth was as spiritual and righteous as Mary, she witnessed of the Messiah when Lazarus was to be risen from the dead, but in the instance of wanting Mary to cease to hear Jesus to help her with household chores, she learned a lesson from the Master’s gentle rebuke. After the needed temporal food the only needful thing remaining is spiritual food.

-The Jewish leaders ascertained their doom when they said we know Moses spoke with God but not this Jesus.

-Christ opening physical eyes showed that he has power to open spiritual eyes. Obedience to his gospel opens spiritual eyes.

-Those who think they can spiritually see but reject Christ are actually spiritually blind.

-People who come into this earth with premortal spiritual talent will follow Jesus Christ.

-The Sheepfold of Christ is not to be found with the Christian sects of our day. The Kingdom of God is the Church of Jesus Christ. It is his earthly kingdom that serves to prepare people to live in his heavenly kingdom (*plainly he is here referring to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as quoted earlier, salvation is of the Latter-day Saints).

-All ministers who testify not of Christ including those of Jesus’ day are not of Christ and are thieves and robbers.

-The true sheep of God will not heed the ministers who testify not of Christ.

-Jesus didn’t let people revel in polemics by contending with them on points of religion that never apply to our lives.

-People wanting to kill Jesus, having seen him work good, heal the sick, cure the blind, this is parallel and is just as the people wanting to kill God for creating the earth and giving them life.

-To them who would not believe him, Christ told them to believe in his works, the which could only come from the power of the divine.

-Holy God would not let an unholy man do the kind of things Jesus did. It would not be possible. The power of God would not enter into an evil person to enable him to do the things that Jesus did. Only a holy man could do what Jesus did, for he did it by the power of God.

-Good works means good man.

-The most helpless stupidity was when the man rebuked the multitude for letting a person be healed on the Sabbath. Not only is the Sabbath for such, but the multitude was not even involved, he was merely avoiding the Master.

-It’s easy to live a set of rules, like the rabbi’s and pharisees of Jesus’ time; but it’s difficult to do what the gospel asks, that is to be humble, spiritual, self-sacrificing, a disciple, one who loves God and all people.

-Those who were unwilling to come to the Lord’s supper (see Luke 5) are the people who aren’t willing to take time away from their business for religion, or away from pleasures of this world, for a better to come.

-There is a day when the door to the kingdom is closed with finality and no more people are let in to the Celestial Kingdom.

-People who rejected the prophets and see them with crowned heads working for God will weep and howl.

-We must be willing to die or give up our family members for the Kingdom of God. Duty to God takes precedence over personal or family obligation. All is to be forsaken if retaining them means losing eternal life.

-Should we need to leave family friends or possessions for the Kingdom of God, friends we will find in the Kingdom of God will be closer to us than the blood relatives that we had had would have been to us. The property of the Saints will be at our disposal, and all things will be ours. What we lose in sacrifice for the Kingdom of God is like clay in our fist, and we need to let it go, for its nothing compared to what we will receive.

-Apostate people always think they are treading where the Saints have trod when in reality ancient prophets foretold of modern ones whom they, the supposed followers, reject.

-Rabbi’s teach people to rejoice when one who opposes God perishes, but Jesus taught that there is greatest rejoicing in heaven over the soul that repents. This is a stark contrast!

-What was given to the prodigal son was concession not legal petition.

-To inherit all the father has is for the son who served the father; the prodigal who returns is a ruler, but not like the son who served the father, for that son inherits all that the father has.

-Friend the mammon of unrighteousness shows that people set worldly goals and fight to attain them; shall not we who have heavenly goal be more valiant in our fight for those than are the people of the world toward their goals?

-Use your wealth as a servant, don’t let it become your master.

-Jesus taught that no man who trusts in riches will make it to heaven.

-At death, those who are inclined toward God remain so, and those who are inclined toward rebellion remain so. There may and will be some change with time, but not at first.

-When you’ve done all asked of you, say you are an unprofitable servant, having done no more than that which was your duty to do.

-Lazarus was in the tomb for four days, it was at four days that the Jews believed the spirit left the body and the person was totally dead. Jesus intentionally waited this long to raise Lazarus from the dead.

-Once Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead the people were even more set on slaying him, fearing that the people would follow him as their Messiah, and that they would lose their leadership positions. The then High Priest suggested that they kill Jesus to save the nation thinking that the Romans would take over otherwise; he was wrong in his thought, but the Lord did speak through him to make a Messianic prophecy of Jesus Christ that by the death of Christ, the nation would live.

-In spiritual things there is no difference between men and women.

-Jesus could find the tomb of Lazarus and remove the stone in front of it, he even had power to raise him from the dead; but he asked people to do these things to build and test their faith.

-Jesus lead a movement; he brought his kingdom to earth; the people asked him when the kingdom would come, and he told them it already had, that he brought it, and that they rejected it by rejecting him. The movement Jesus was leading was not to be done by men taking up weapons of war, but it was to change people’s lives and offer them salvation eternal.

-The Church is a widow until Christ return, for it is betrayed to him.

-Satan wants none to marry, but that we go around having sex with each other like cattle, becoming like animals, living in sin, not having a family. God wants us to have a family, and for that family to grow and remain eternally.

-If all men and women lived in accordance to the gospel there would be no divorce.

-At times God allows divorce and plural marriage but in the perfect situation there is no divorce. That is the higher law. Today it’s not adultery to marry a divorced person or to divorce, but in the Millennium, it will be adultery to get a divorce.

-only God is good; so when a person called him good master, he asked why do you call me good for only one is good even my father. He was saying that the only person that is good is God. He was saying that he is God, and that he is good for he makes no sin, but asked the person why he called him good seeing as the man rejected Christs teachings that he is God. Christ was saying, only call me good if you believe I am God, for only God is good. Only God is without sin, and I am such.

-Many are called but few are chosen, this is a daunting statement. Only few become as God. Many go on missions, but few reap the reward of those missions in full.

-Those who are called but don’t live up to being chosen are as people walking in darkness though they be in the noon day sun.

-Life with Jesus for his disciples was like a refiner’s fire, day after day getting their dross burnt off by the decisiveness of his sayings.

-The disciples thought of the crown of glory, but Jesus was humble and though of the bitter cup he would have to drink, and the cross he would be hung on. The people did not understand that such the crown is not without the bitter cup.

-Jesus usually taught doctrine before performing miracles, for the miracles could then act as a divine sealing upon his words.

-All who do good deeds will eventually learn that those deeds were done unto Christ.

-Living Lazarus was a sign of deadness of the Mosaic Law. He walked with Jesus.

-There always is a Judas to complain about how money we use to serve God could have been given to the poor.

-Judas complained of Mary’s money on ointment for Jesus’ feet but for 1/3 of that cost he sold Jesus.

-The Hosanna shout to Jesus was something only sung to Jehovah; to God to save them. Thousands of believing people shouted such to him. The Rabbi’s thought is gall and wormwood, and asked Jesus to stop them, but Jesus knew it was destined and said if they didn’t shout it the very rocks would.

-Cursing the fig tree by Jesus was for man’s good. If a man sees a tree that does nothing he likewise cuts it down. All on earth is for the benefit of man and to teach man. It’s no crime to get rid of a tree that does no good.

-Mary anointed Jesus as a king and for his burial.

-The people knew Christ was the suffering servant as Isaiah said but wanted position, so they slew him.

-Religious people of Jesus’ day had a form of godliness to cover their inner greed and love for money and property and prestige, the things of this world.

-The questions that the rabbi’s and scribes and pharisees asked Jesus must have been formed in the council rooms of Lucifer himself.

-(*I see great conspiracy that people who are wolves wear lamb masks but actively are evil.)

-The top goal in life for a Melchizedek Priesthood holder is to raise an eternal family.

-The opinions of those who know not the scriptures nor the power of God are begrudging.

-When Jesus spoke of people who neither marry nor are given in marriage, he was referring to the wicked, the people of this world who life after the ways of this world. The ungodly (*He is saying they can’t marry in the next life).

-The point of the entire law was the spirit of obedience. We must remember the merciful God is also a God of Vengeance with not only the power to bless but the power to curse.

-The Lord said to my Lord; here he is referring to God the Father and God the Son Jesus Christ. David’s son Jesus was his Lord since Jesus was of divine birth.

-Scribes and Pharisees loved their blindness for their deeds were evil.

-If one plot of the Scribes and Pharisees failed they went stubbornly and with vengeance into another stage of attack.

-Scribes and Pharisees say and do not. They make heavy burdens for others which they won’t tough with one finger.

-(*Oh when will we believe that they were evil and that there are like evil men today in sheep’s clothing!)

-At the judgement bar it will not be an excuse if we have followed false doctrine from a false minister who taught such and worked evil. Let such be damned if that is what they have merited.

-False ministers want self ennoblement not to help the lost sheep.

-False ministers rule over the sheep with wrath and cruelty.

-False ministers love robes of color etc. are their desires. They cover up their desires for such with priestcraft.

-Jesus declared the damnation of hell upon Jewish rulers of his day.

-We are all, Christ included, brothers, because we are all the children of the same Father.

-There are only few to thunder the doctrine the word of the Lord from Mt. Sinai, and there are masses of people to hear it.

-The Widows Mite is worth one half a penny today in USA money. The lowest legal amount that could be put in the treasury, but it was her all.

-The only nobility to be saved is that of righteousness.

-Black white bond free any nationality can be saved by Jesus Christ.

-At Christ’s baptism the Holy Ghost descended in bodily form as that of a dove.

-There never has been nor will be anyone spiritually minded who has doubt about who Jesus Christ is.

-Some believed Christ, but the majority rejected him. Not only the leaders rejected him, but many people.

-God the Father is such because he has children. God the Son is such because he has a Father who is God.

-When Jesus said Jerusalem who kills the prophets he did so in great sorrow.

-When Jesus said this house is left unto you desolate speaking of the temple he did so with tears streaming down his face.

-False ministers eventually give way to the evil they are and turn to persecution against the Saints.

-Often people find legal charges to raise against those who bear witness of the truth.

-Robes of silks etc. does anyone really believe that that is the same Christianity that Jesus and his Apostles set up? Has no one read the prophecy that there must be a falling away first before the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

-When people go to false churches they say, “how can one which builds such beautiful cathedrals as these be false?” We see, all but the very elect will be deceived.

-The gathering of Israel commences before the Second Coming. It is one of the signs of the times.

-All nations must hear the gospel before Christ comes for the grand Second Coming.

-The wars of our days will make all war of the past seem as children’s skirmishes.

-Carnal men will think war is a way of life rather than God rebuking and chastening us.

-At the time of the restoration and before the Second Coming the devil will be of greater influence than ever in the history of the world.

-We live in the times of the Gentiles, but that era is soon coming to an end and the era of the Jews, when they will hear the gospel, is coming.

-Sodomic influences will be consumed with fire.

-200 million men will make an army.

-Jesus will come again when all nations are at war and ready for the fire he will send upon them.

-Currently we have flawed and fallible men declaring the gospel, but soon the very angels will be declaring it, and they will make no error, no worthy person will be neglected.

-It will seem as though the very stars hurl themselves out of the heavens.

-All remaining on earth at the Messiahs coming will see him and recognize him for who he is.

-The LDS will be there when Jesus comes.

-Christians will be there.

-Those who don’t watch for Christ to come will be cut off.

-Who mock the Saints will be judged by calamities of earth.

-Those who belittle true believers for their creeds and doctrine will be consumed at the brightness of the coming of the Lord.

-Even the heathen will get a glory tolerable for them.

-Those without law will come forth in the first resurrection.

-We don’t know the day or hour of his coming but the season and generation we know clearly, it is the one wherein the signs of the times are being fulfilled.

-The Saints who don’t pay an honest tithe are counted as among those who will not stand the day of the coming of Christ.

-Though two live by each other the wicked one will be destroyed and the righteous spared.

-The righteous will be taken to where the Saints are gathered.

-Even many of the Saints will be surprised at the time of Christ’s coming.

-Priesthood holders and Apostles who watch over Christ’s Church will reign forever but those of them who are led astray of them who may even retain their positions, they will be as stubble.

-To who much is given men will expect much.

-Those of Jesus’ day sought to read the signs of the times how much more ought we try to read them seeing as we are the very people who live in the time of the fulfillment of those signs!

-The oil of righteousness must be bought at the market of obedience.

-Salvation is an individual matter only for who keep the commandments and have the spirit of God in them.

-The Lord will not be appeased with merely Moses’ righteousness he expects Moses to lead the people to Mt. Saini. So it is with us we must help others to salvation.

-People are not born equal but come with talents from premarital obedience to law.

-Those who operate on true principals and succeed in this life shall have opportunity to rule greater in the next life.

-The Apostle who is over the whole church and the bishop whose realm is hardly a stones cast gain the same reward in the next life is they are both true and faithful.

-No false minister is content to go on his headlong course to hell along he tries to get people to go with him.

-Wo to who converts a human soul to a false religion be it phariseeism Judaism or one of the Christian sects.

-Pharisees made others they converted two-fold the child of hell as they were.

-It is the form not substance with which rabinisism is concerned.

-A person can’t reject the light and be saved.

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-In majestic silence Jesus listened to the charges against him and as each of their poisoned arrows hit the floor not hurting him as though they were fended off by his white shield of purity, the people began to fear, and to feel as though he were the judge and they the guilty, and as though their whole plot to kill him was about to fall apart.

-They tried to convince the Romans that Jesus was a lunatic that would lead the ignorant masses to rise against the government.

–They asked Jesus art thou the king of the Jews? He said, “I am”. He was saying that he is Jehovah, the great “I AM”. They knew it, and shouted that he blasphemed even then and there. At that moment the thunder bolted mightier than it did from Mt. Sinai, but they heard it not. They sought all the more to destroy him.

-Who have talents but never use those divine endowments of talents become as though they never had talents.

-Judas sold his own soul when he sold Jesus Christ.

–Satan always has an excuse for wickedness even the murder of God.

-Jews would ponder religious sayings morning midday and night seven days a week. They were familiar with the teachings of Jesus, but even the twelve Apostles needed more teaching about the Atonement which Christ gave them.

-The people Judas sold Jesus to were Satanists.

-All the evil men put aside their differences in their common hatred of Jesus Christ and worked together to plot the murder of Jesus.

-Jesus lived as a servant and was sold for the price of a slave.

-The buyers who bought Jesus from Judas used the temple money to do so, that money which was originally designed for the purchase of sacrifice for the temple.

-Satan can have no power over human souls unless they hearken to him.

-Judas became carnal sensual and devilish by choice.

-Judas is no different than the millions of sinners that went before him and the billions that came after him.

-Judas stands out for he just so happened to be doing his crimes with God, but recall all the evil are in trouble, for God says, “inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these thy brethren thou hast done it unto me.”

-It is sad to contemplate how many Judases there really are among the sons of men.

-Judas may have tried to justify his evil action by reasoning that all the supposed high priests thought it ok and endorsed it.

-At the trial of Jesus, the false high priest rent his garment in anger in front of the true High Priest who stood there in majestic silence.

-Judas may have thought of how Jesus said he was going to die anyway so I may as well make some money out of it.

-The person who made the table ready for the Passover that Jesus and his Apostles used knew by some means that they wanted it.

–All accountable men can’t be saved without baptism and the sacrament; it’s with these things that Jesus began (with baptism) and ended (with the sacrament) his ministry.

-Today we keep the passover with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

-Judas was more of a Pharacy than a Christian, he always sought position.

-Judas set the standard for all traitors to rally around.

–Self condemning humility is better than self gratifying pride.

–Melchizedek broke bread and blessed it prefiguring the sacrament, as did others. These were different than normal meals with prayer on the food, it was an ordinance of remembering Jesus Christ loaded with symbolism power and significance.

-Jesus condemned those who do more or less than what he instructed when it comes to the ordinance of the sacrament. Many in Christendom do more or less.

-It’s as easy to believe there is a God the Son as it is to believe that there is a God the Father.

-Christ said in his father’s house there are many mansions, “were it not so I would have told you.” This is to say that it is obvious that there must be different rewards and punishments for those who live varying degrees of righteousness or wickedness. That is natural and reasonable, and were it otherwise, he would have told us so. (*This is comforting doctrine.)

-The Father and the Son eat and digest food and are only in one place at a time for they have bodies (*the influence of them is in all places though).

-The Father is manifesting himself to the world via the Son Jesus Christ, whom is totally like him. Were the Father on the earth he would say and do the EXACT same things as the Son says and does.

-We pray in the name of Christ for that is the name we took upon ourselves at baptism.

-The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Truth, Jesus Christ is also the Spirit of Truth.

-(*I see we can ever chip away at the block between you we are and who Christ The Spirit of Truth is.)

-When man has been proved throughly by the Lord and the Lord sees the man is willing to serve him at all hazards then the man will find his calling and election made sure and will be visited from time to time by Jesus Christ himself and even he will manifest the Father unto him and the Lord will teach him face to face and will understand all the mysteries of the kingdom. This was the status of the ancients at the city of Enoch and all the members of the Church of the Firstborn.

-Only who have the Holy Ghost know the peace Jesus referred to when he said peace I give unto you not as the world giveth give I unto you.

–Heavenly Father worked out his salvation with fear and trembling so Jesus must (*And so we are now called to and must do!)

-Heavenly Father always will be the God and Ruler of the Son (Jesus Christ). He always has more than the Son but the Son always inherits all he has.

-If love is in us, God dwells in us and his love is perfected in us (this does not mean that God physically lives in us, he can’t do that since he has a body like any other person. But his influence and characteristics dwell in us in this instance.)

-Having love in us is what makes us bold at the judgement of God.

-Faith is the ultimate supreme ruling force of the universe. It governs big and small.

-The Lord reciprocates the love his children give him. Who love him get special grace, for they are on the path of becoming like him.

-The greater the obedience the greater the love.

-Heavenly Father loves The Son for he obeys him. It is the same way with us and Jesus. When we obey Jesus that is what makes Jesus love us.

-True ministers do not appoint themselves, but are appointed by Christ. This applies to Elders as well. Those who are not appointed by Christ may do preparatory work among the people, but the only people with the keys and powers to bring others to heaven, who have access to the ordinances needed to dwell with God the Father. The called are those whose fruit remains. They are the ones who if they ask anything of God it will be given them. They show they are true by their love.

-The world loves their own and hates the Saints. It can’t be any other way.

-Who is loved by the world is an enemy to God.

-If Christ is persecuted surely his followers will be.

-Everywhere those who persecute the Saints are rejecting the living Christ dispute professed belief in Christ.

-Those who saw Christ and rejected him are damned because they reject the sun at noon day and choose to walk in darkness.

-The faithful raise their voices in the congregations of the wicked for they must be witnesses for God.

–Sincerity has nothing to do with salvation some are sincere about evil and even lay their lives down for it but it does them no good.

-When you get the Spirit so you say what God reveals to you your teachings will do as Christ’s did they will convict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgement.

-It is sin to reject Jesus and the message of testimony of him by his servants declaring his divinity. They will be convicted of false judgement by rejecting your testimony against the false religions of the day and choosing to follow Satan.

-The Apostles knew ten thousand times more than the Pharacies then the Apostles got the Holy Ghost and learning really went up at that point, they learn how God came to be, how creation occurs, of man’s being, and of things in the ciboria heavens.

-True seekers of truth get revelation that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth and they get a witness of its doctrines.

-The Holy Ghost teaches what he has heard from The Father and The Son for he is with them and is one with them in purpose. He knows all things.

-Christ said eventually his people would not have to have him pray for them as they got the Holy Ghost so that they themselves could boldly approach the throne of grace.

-Eternal Life is the greatest gift a mortal or God could hope for. Christ prayed for it while he walked the earth, and he is a God.

-Eternal Life if to live as God and we cannot live as God unless we create as he creates, and have eternal posterity as he has, and have spirit children as he has.

-When Jesus’ work in life was over he prayed to have the glory that once was his in premortality. Similarly Adam and other righteous Saints of God will get the glory they once had in premarital life as they complete their work here.

-Sinners hate the righteous because they are righteous. They love sinners.

–Leaving the world and clinging to good is the definition of overcoming the world.

-In the exact same way as how Father sent Christ, so did Christ send the Apostles. As Christ is in the Father, so are the Twelve Apostles in Christ, and the Saints are in the Twelve Apostles. Christ does as he sees the Father do. The Twelve Apostles do as they see Christ do. The Saints do as they see the Twelve Apostles do.

-The unity of the Saints, hence, is one of the greatest witnesses of Christ’s divinity!

-Christ asks the Saints to reign with him for they are as he is and he is as the Father.

-The higher one stands in the higharchy of righteousness the more his faith will be tried. Peter for example, got the most trying of the people in his day.

-Some Apostles were able to see some things that others were not able to see, this is illustrated by how only three of the Apostles went with Christ to the Mount of Transfiguration.

-At the time of Christ’s death, Peter had done much, but had not yet put off the natural man and put on Christ and become submissive to God as a child is to his father.

-The Garden of Gethsemane was the Second Garden of Eden where Christ the Second Adam paid the price for Adam’s acts and gained salvation.

-The Fall of Adam was essential for the salvation of man just like The Atonement of Christ. These two acts were a joint enterprise.

-Adam is likely the angel that came and comforted Christ in Gethsemane.

-Even in our purest moment we can’t begin to pretend to understand the suffering of Christ.

-In Gethsemane, Christ faught a silent battle for eternity‘s sake.

-Let God be praised that Adam fell and that Christ ransomed us from that.

-It was probably 600 people that came to arrest Jesus at Gethsemane. It was a big task to “do away with him at last.”

-The Greek text of the New Testament (the language it was originally written in) conveys that Judas not only kissed Christ but kissed him profusely to make it clear who Jesus was. This makes the betrayal all the more evil.

-Jesus asked those who came to arrest him whom they sought. They said Jesus of Nazareth. He said I am he. These men were affected by his presence in such a way that they, who faught criminals without fear, now fell to their backs with fear being in front of something so pure.

-We can hardly count the times Jesus says these rulers are hypocrites and liars only fit for the fires of Gahanna.

-After counciling with Satan whose servants they were, the people got false witnesses against Jesus for the trial. They said he said he would tare down the temple and build it again in three days, but he never claimed such. He was referring to his body not the temple of stone.

-To the false witnesses and the people who got them, the command thundering from Mount Sinai that thou shalt not bare false witness against thy neighbor was like alien gibberish to them.

–Gospel truth is taught by testimony. The spiritually alive believe, the spiritually sick question, and the spiritually dead deny and reject.

-They asked Jesus “art thou the Christ?” He said, “I am”. They knew that he was saying “I am Jehovah.” They all understood this.

-Pilot always was an evil man. Only an evil man whose conscious was seared would shed the blood of an innocent man.

-Crucifixion was the worst of all deaths more so than fire.

-For many Jesus had words of teaching, for many he had words of rebuke, but for Herod the “fox” he had only silence.

-Barabas’ name means ‘son of the father’. He is antichrist.

-Barabas was a murderer, and by choosing him over Christ, the people became murderers.

-Christ taught the people to give to Cesar what was Cesars, but they still accused him of rising against the government.

-Guilt yeilds cowerdice, and cowerdice weakness.

-Pilot knew Jesus was innocent of Jewish and Roman law. He tried to let him go.

-They people said Christ’s blood be upon us and our children; indeed it has been, and many Jews have been crucified.

-They said we have only one king, Cesar. Indeed, and they were persecuted by that king for they forced their true king Jesus Christ to death.

–The whip had bone and lead in it. The person was often hit in the face in the whipping. At times it made the person faint, at times it made the person die.

-When the account says Judas repented it means he felt remorse but not godly sorrow. Not desire to be good, but sorrow for the consequences he must face from his evil deed.

-When great crime is committed, light is shined in the conscience making an awful glare. Hence Judas tried to change things aftermath.

-Judas did not enjoy his thirty pieces of silver he sold his soul for. This is similar to what has happened with others historically who have sold their souls to the devil.

-When Christ said, “forgive them for they know not what they do”, he was referring only to the soldiers who were just doing their duty for the country by putting him on the cross.

-Jesus taught now they were now going to be saved by the temple of his body.

-Lucifer said to Jesus to cast himself down from the pinnacle of the temple, tempting him saying if you are God do this. Similarly, by the voice of Lucifer or the voice of his servants it is the same, the people jested with Christ saying if you are God cast yourself down from this cross.

-To the man on the cross when Jesus said today you shall be with me in paradise, the Joseph Smith translation says “this day you shall be with me in the world of spirits” where you can learn of me and find opportunity for progression for penitent sinners who did not have the chance to hear of the gospel in this life. How many millions have died without learning of Christ whom is the only way to salvation! This is for those who have not heard. Those who have heard have had their chance. The chance is this life.

-The three hours of darkness on the cross may have been a time where the suffering of Gethsemane intensified, occurring again but in a more profound pain.

-On the cross Jesus asked, “my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” God withdrew his spirit from his Son Christ so that Christ could conquer all things alone. (*I see how it’s good that Christ knows what it’s like to wonder where God is in life, and he can thus relate with us perfectly!)

–At a birth, blood water and spirit is involved. This is to remind us that the same way we came into the world is the way we will need to enter the world of the Kingdom of Heaven, by blood water and spirit. By water we are baptized, by the blood of Christ we are redeemed, by the Spirit of God we are sealed to heaven. Similarly, when Christ was pierced, and blood and water came out of him, this was to remind us of the requirements of salvation, the requirements that we live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

-Jesus ministered on the cross. Once dead, he ministered in the world of Spirits.

-Those who reject the gospel in this life may inherit the terrestrial kingdom in the next life, but not the celestial highest kingdom. They had their chance for that.

-Even David of old will not remain in hell forever. (*The author refers to how he will get a kingdom though not the celestial.)

-When Christ came to the world of Sprits in the three days of his body being in the tomb, all the righteous of the ages of the earth, all the prophets from the past in the Book of Mormon and bible etc, gathered and kneeled before him and shouted Hosannahs to him!

-In the world of Spirits we no longer grow weary or inattentive.

-The Greek text suggests that Mary may have been instructed to not hold or embrace him when he appeared to her and said “touch me not” as we see in our text. We know that Jesus let other women touch his feet from another account. Some render the translation as that Mary was already embracing Christ, and he was telling here merely to not continue to hold him. This is so because a resurrected being can’t interact with a mortal in the same way a mortal can interact with a mortal.

–16 cities in the Americas were destroyed to hide their wickedness from before the face of the Lord when he visited them as a resurrected being in The Book of Mormon account.

-The most plain and simple summary of Jesus’ teachings is in The Book of Mormon when Jesus teaches the people of ancient America as a resurrected being.

-Jesus has a perfected palace where he will live everlastingly (*From what I gather this is referring to the body Jesus now possesses. A closer look at the text should make it obvious.)

-Jesus inherits worlds without end into his power.

–If Christ is divine then the only way to be saved is through him (*for such he said).

–Proof of his divinity is the resurrection.

–Jesus’ spirit went back into his body we know not how anymore than we know about how creation began or when God’s came to be.

–Ministering to women is just as important as ministering to men as all are equal in the eyes of God.

-For three hours while Christ was on the cross there was earthquake and darkness.

-Jesus commended his own life, and did not linger on the cross alive as many do. This showed that he had power over his own life. No one could take it from him. He gave it up freely (*for such was the price for salvation of mankind that had to be paid.)

-The Book of Mormon will be the means of gathering the Gentiles in the last days.

-Abrahamic Covenant is filled in Eternal Marriage.

-America with it’s constitution is such for to prepare the way for the Book of Mormon; this so the Covenant of Abraham may be fulfilled.

-Who walk mournfully before the Lord will be greatly blessed more so than those who are proud.

-The Book of Mormon is the milk of the gospel; the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon which we don’t have because of our unbelief is the meat of the gospel. We must receive the milk before we can handle the meat.

-Those who accept the Book of Mormon get the sealed portion thereof, those who reject the Book of Mormon do so unto their condemnation.

-After Christ for several hundred years the people of America had the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon, but it was taken from them as they fell back into wickedness.

–We are called by the name of Christ here and in the hereafter. So, we are called the family of Christ. Therein that people have revelation.

-The church of a man has no power to resurrect the body or to create Celestial realms where the exhausted may dwell. Only the Church of Christ may do that.

-Those of Paul or this or that other person receive the telestial kingdom because they rejected the true gospel and the true Church.

–Virtue shines from the faces of those the true Saints. They heal the sick and raise the dead (*See LDS history to see of several of such accounts ie Lorenzo Snow).

-The Son did not come up with the Plan of Salvation. He carried out the Plan which his Father designed.

-Those who start on the path of salvation but don’t continue thereon shall be hewn down and cast into the fire they are damned.

-Who put precedence to money before the Kingdom of God, setting aside the Kingdom for the coin, are selling the Christ for gold and loose their souls.

-All must die, man plant and animal none exempt, hence the Three Nephites and the translated beings also die, but they do not taste of death, they are immediately resurrected. All those who die with hope in Christ do not taste the sting of death like the wicked do.

-In the Millennium there will be no sorrow for there will be no death.

-No man with the spirit of God can read the Book of Mormon and not feel that it is of God.

-3 Nephi 28:10 is the last thing we have on record of Jesus teaching the Nephite people in the Book of Mormon and it is the most important doctrine ever, that those who live the gospel become as God.

-There are few people like Enoch who brake the bands and see things of eternity which we see not now.

-Those who have not learned arithmetics can scarcely understand calculus.

-Christ made himself of no reputation, but now is exhausted.

-Christ stepped down from a throne of eternal power to come to earth.

–Prophets long prayed for the restoration of the Kingdom of God. The Book of Mormon coming forth is the sign that that Kingdom is commenced again, and the gathering of people thereunto.

–The reason more people don’t see God is because they don’t obey the principals required therefore.

-We can be as close to Christ as John was when he leaned on the breast of Christ at Passover, and that especially so during prayer.

-Those who lay up treasures in heaven shall be able to abide the day of Christ’s coming.

-Those who think all of the gospel is figurative are no different than the Saducees, they believed not angels, Christ, or in the afterlife (Christ condemned them).

-As we get a testimony of the divinity of Christ we look forward to the time of his Second Coming.

–We are in a better position to read the signs of the times than were our brethren of the time of the mortal ministry of Christ.

–Christ’s greatest miracles were those of healing the spiritually wounded, of raising the spiritually dead to life.

–Receiving Christ is joining with the Saints and gathering to Israel.

-The unprepared have no promise.

-Christ chose his close friends by those who would do what he said.

-In the spirit world the ungodly did not see or hear Christ’s face and voice. So shall it be at the time of the Second Coming of Christ.

–The test of mortality is to see if we will believe the truth as it is preached to us. Those who believe the truth are saved, those who believe a lie are damned.

-We must believe the things that Christ believed, such as how he was sent to us from his Father, etc. We must have no reservation about this.

–No one applies eternal truth in his life until he knows it is true.

-We can’t just believe; Christ commanded all to give reason to others for the reason of the hope that is in them.

–Declare these things boldly, for they are true even as God is true.

-There has been a famine for the word of God, now not so, all may come and drink.

-The Millennial day is upon us (*aka it is soon to come).

-The ancient powers are now restored; signs and gifts are not present as in olden times.

-Once again, the Kingdom has been set up on earth in all it’s beauty.

-It’s ministrants of men and women go now to proclaim it as did their counterparts of old.

-We call out as if in the wilderness to the people to come and be saved. Quench the thirst of your soul.

-Our voice is one of joy gladness and melody; God has given again the fullness of the everlasting gospel, priesthood and keys, all things needed to save men.

-Our witness is that the great God has called his servant Joseph Smith Jr. to begin the truth Church of Christ in our day. Those who come to this Ensign hoisted again on the mount of Zion may gain salvation.

–How to be saved? See Joseph Smith’s “Lectures on Faith”. He says that where we find a saved being that person is prototype of another that could be saved. The two must be the same. Look at the saved one to see what others must be or else not be saved. The prototype is Christ. He is the standard of salvation. He is a saved being. He is saved because he is a just and holy being, and if he were anything other than what he is he would not be saved. If it were possible for him to change from what he is it would not be possible for him to be saved. To be unlike Christ is to be destroyed. Herein hinges the door of salvation. Christ carried his cross and died, and if called upon, we must do so as well.

-Christ came once and he shall come again. We read the signs of his first coming, let us do likewise for the Second and be prepared therefore.

-When Christ comes again he will reign over those who have not been consumed by the brightness of his coming.

 

 

Thou Shalt Keep a Journal – A Prophetic Mandate

 

Consider these evidences that the most important reason to learn to write is so that you can keep a journal (it’s also a good way to learn to write).

 

-“Although I was tired, I took out some paper and began to write. And as I did, I understood the message I had heard in my mind. I was supposed to record for my children to read, someday in the future, how I had seen the hand of God blessing our family…. I wrote down a few lines every day for years. I never missed a day no matter how tired I was or how early I would have to start the next day. Before I would write, I would ponder this question: “Have I seen the hand of God reaching out to touch us or our children or our family today?” As I kept at it, something began to happen. As I would cast my mind over the day, I would see evidence of what God had done for one of us that I had not recognized in the busy moments of the day. As that happened, and it happened often, I realized that trying to remember had allowed God to show me what He had done. More than gratitude began to grow in my heart. Testimony grew. I became ever more certain that our Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. I felt more gratitude for the softening and refining that come because of the Atonement of the Savior Jesus Christ. And I grew more confident that the Holy Ghost can bring all things to our remembrance—even things we did not notice or pay attention to when they happened. The years have gone by. My boys are grown men. And now and then one of them will surprise me by saying, “Dad, I was reading in my copy of the journal about when …” and then he will tell me about how reading of what happened long ago helped him notice something God had done in his day. My point is to urge you to find ways to recognize and remember God’s kindness. It will build our testimonies…It won’t be easy to remember. Living as we do with a veil over our eyes, we cannot remember what it was like to be with our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in the premortal world; nor can we see with our physical eyes or with reason alone the hand of God in our lives. Seeing such things takes the Holy Ghost. And it is not easy to be worthy of the Holy Ghost’s companionship in a wicked world. That is why forgetting God has been such a persistent problem among His children since the world began…Tonight, and tomorrow night, you might pray and ponder, asking the questions: Did God send a message that was just for me? Did I see His hand in my life or the lives of my children? I will do that. And then I will find a way to preserve that memory for the day that I, and those that I love, will need to remember how much God loves us and how much we need Him. I testify that He loves us and blesses us, more than most of us have yet recognized. I know that is true, and it brings me joy to remember Him.” (President Henry B Eyring “O Remember, Remember” Oct. 2007 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/10/o-remember-remember?lang=eng)

-“we urge our young people to begin today to write and keep records of all the important things in their own lives and also the lives of their antecedents in the event that their parents should fail to record all the important incidents in their own lives. Your own private journal should record the way you face up to challenges that beset you. Do not suppose life changes so much that your experiences will not be interesting to your posterity. Experiences of work, relations with people, and an awareness of the rightness and wrongness of actions will always be relevant…. No one is commonplace, and I doubt if you can ever read a biography from which you cannot learn something from the difficulties overcome and the struggles made to succeed. These are the measuring rods for the progress of humanity. As we read the stories of great men, we discover that they did not become famous overnight nor were they born professionals or skilled craftsmen. The story of how they became what they are may be helpful to us all. Your own journal, like most others, will tell of problems as old as the world and how you dealt with them. Your journal should contain your true self rather than a picture of you when you are “made up” for a public performance. There is a temptation to paint one’s virtues in rich color and whitewash the vices, but there is also the opposite pitfall of accentuating the negative. Personally I have little respect for anyone who delves into the ugly phases of the life he is portraying, whether it be his own or another’s. The truth should be told, but we should not emphasize the negative. Even a long life full of inspiring experiences can be brought to the dust by one ugly story. Why dwell on that one ugly truth about someone whose life has been largely circumspect? The good biographer will not depend on passion but on good sense. He will weed out the irrelevant and seek the strong, novel, and interesting. Perhaps we might gain some help from reading Plutarch’s Lives, where he grouped 46 lives in pairs, a Greek and a Roman in each pair. He tried to epitomize the most celebrated parts of their stories rather than to insist upon every slightest detail of them. Your journal is your autobiography, so it should be kept carefully. You are unique, and there may be incidents in your experience that are more noble and praiseworthy in their way than those recorded in any other life. There may be a flash of illumination here and a story of faithfulness there; you should truthfully record your real self and not what other people may see in you. Your story should be written now while it is fresh and while the true details are available. A journal is the literature of superiority. Each individual can become superior in his own humble life. What could you do better for your children and your children’s children than to record the story of your life, your triumphs over adversity, your recovery after a fall, your progress when all seemed black, your rejoicing when you had finally achieved? Some of what you write may be humdrum dates and places, but there will also be rich passages that will be quoted by your posterity. Get a notebook, a journal that will last through all time, and maybe the angels may quote from it for eternity. Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events.” (President Spencer W Kimball “Angels May Quote From It” Oct. 1975 New Era https://www.lds.org/new-era/2003/02/the-angels-may-quote-from-it?lang=eng)

-“Behold, there shall be a record kept among you” (D&C 21:1)

-“People often use the excuse that their lives are uneventful and nobody would be interested in what they have done. But I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to your families, to your children, your grandchildren, and others, on through the generations” (“President Kimball Speaks Out on Personal Journals,” New Era, Dec. 1980, 27).

-“Each of us is important to those who are near and dear to us—and as our posterity read of our life’s experiences, they, too, will come to know and love us. And in that glorious day when our families are together in the eternities, we will already be acquainted” (“President Kimball Speaks Put on Personal Journals,” New Era, Dec. 1980, 26).

-“We are living in one of the most important generations that man ever lived on earth, and we should write an account of those important transactions which are taking place before our eyes” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff [2004], 130)

-While presiding over the Church in England in 1840, Parley P. Pratt asked a rhetorical question: “Do you keep a journal?” And responded, “If not, we would again enjoin it upon you, and upon all who have not before heard the admonition, to commence forthwith to keep a Journal, or write a history; and see to it, that what you write is strictly true and unexaggerated; so that in the end, all may know of all things concerning this last work, and all knowledge may flow together from the four quarters of the earth, when the Lord shall make his appearing, and we all may be ready to give a full account of our mission, our ministry and stewardship” (“Do You Keep a Journal?” Millennial Star, Oct. 1840, 160–61). https://www.lds.org/church/news/the-power-of-personal-journals-is-enduring?lang=eng

-“There is one subject I wish to speak upon and that is the keeping of a journal with respect to the dealings of God with us. … When the Prophet Joseph organized the Quorum of the Twelve, he counseled them to keep a history of their lives, and gave his reasons why they should do so. I have had this spirit and calling upon me since I first entered this church. I made a record from the first sermon I heard, and from that day until now I have kept a daily journal. Whenever I heard Joseph Smith preach, teach, or prophesy, I always felt it my duty to write it; I felt uneasy and could not eat, drink, or sleep until I did write.” (in Matthias F. Cowley, Wilford Woodruff: History of His Life and Labors[1964], 476–77)

-“I urge all the people of this church to give serious attention to their family histories, to encourage their parents and grandparents to write their journals, and let no family go into eternity without having left their memoirs for their children, their grandchildren, and their posterity. This is a duty and a responsibility. … Those who keep a book of remembrance are more likely to keep the Lord in remembrance in their daily lives. Journals are a way of counting our blessings and of leaving an inventory of these blessings for our posterity.” (General Conference. April 1978)

-“As I view it, in every family a record should be kept. … That record should be the first stone, if you choose, in the family altar. It should be a book known and used in the family circle; and when the child reaches maturity and goes out to make another household, one of the first things that the young couple should take along should be the records of their families, to be extended by them as life goes on. … Each one of us carries, individually, the responsibility of record keeping, and we should assume it.” (Elder John A. Widstoe, Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, July 1920)

-“In a very real sense, our properly written histories are a very important part of our family scripture and become a great source of spiritual strength to us and to our posterity. … I have a strong feeling that when this life is over, our personal and family histories and the influence they wield will be of much greater importance than we now think.” (Elder John H Groberg, General Conference, April 1980)

-“Knowledge carefully recorded is knowledge available in time of need. Spiritually sensitive information should be kept in a sacred place that communicates to the Lord how you treasure it. This practice enhances the likelihood of receiving further light.” (Elder Richard G. Scott, 1993 October General Conference)

-“A life that is not documented is a life that within a generation or two will largely be lost to memory. What a tragedy this can be in the history of a family. Knowledge of our ancestors shapes us and instills within us values that give direction and meaning to our lives.” (Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander, General Conference, April 1999)

-“I would like to share with you just a tiny sampling of the experiences I have had wherein prayers were heard and answered and which, in retrospect, brought blessings into my life as well as the lives of others. My daily journal, kept over all these years, has helped provide some specifics which I most likely would not otherwise be able to recount.” (President Thomas S. Monson, General Conference, Oct. 2012)

-“According to the Center for Journal Therapy, “reflective journal writing” has been used effectively to help individuals suffering from grief and loss, recovering from addiction, or battling eating disorders. Other studies have reported that journal writing can result in health-related benefits that range everywhere from improved lung function to reductions in pain intensity ratings after surgery. Research has shownthat journal writers can experience improved sleep, reduced blood pressure, improved memory, and accelerated physical performance.”

(LDS Living Magazine “Surprising Health Benefits from Keeping a Journal” by Lynnae Allred, http://www.ldsliving.com/Why-Your-Journal-Matters-Surprising-Health-Benefits-of-Keeping-a-Journal/s/81900 ; sites https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/advances-in-psychiatric-treatment/article/emotional-and-physical-health-benefits-of-expressive-writing/ED2976A61F5DE56B46F07A1CE9EA9F9F  and  http://journaltherapy.com/get-training/short-program-journal-to-the-self/journal-to-the-self/journal-writing-history/)

 

-Some scriptures on journaling from lds.org:

1 Nephi 1:1–3Alma 37:8–9Moses 6:5, 45–46 (Examples of record keeping in the scriptures)

1 Nephi 6:3–6 (What to include in a personal record)

3 Nephi 23:6–13 (The Savior chastises the Nephites for the incompleteness of their records)

 

-at 2am the lights were often still on the Spencer Kimball home. He would be writing in his journal responding to letters and thanking them for any bit of faith they had in such letters. In his journals he not only wrote of the things of the day, but he opened his heart. There are 33 black binders of these journals he kept. He said that in journals don’t put your sins in neon but write you have weaknesses and quickly get on to the good stuff, to the inspired. (see Truman G Madsen book on the Presidents of the church)

-JS told people your journals will be sought after as history etc. (from On Sacred Ground: Reflections on Joseph Smith by Truman G Madsen)

-BH Roberts said Journal of Wilford Woodruff is one of the greatest historical treasures we have.
(from On Sacred Ground: Reflections on Joseph Smith by Truman G Madsen)

– Woodruff’s daily journal is over 7,000 pages. (see Presidents of the Church book by Truman G Madsen)

-JS wouldn’t sleep until he had written down sermons he gave, this has been a great blessing to us. (this might be a typo on my part, it might be that Woodruff wouldn’t let himself sleep until he had transcribed JS’s speeches) (from On Sacred Ground: Reflections on Joseph Smith by Truman G Madsen)

-they were strict to keep journals from the beginning days of the Church for they knew that they were making history and that one day people would refer to those as scripture. (see Presidents of the Church book by Truman G Madsen)

-Spencer W Kimball regularly admonished the Saints to keep a journal (see book ‘In the Company of Prophets by D. Arthur Haycock)

 

Why We aren’t Raptured Upon Conversion

 

 

I heard a radio preacher this morning say this, and I’ll tell you why he is wrong:

“we live in the world, as Jesus said we would. Why doesn’t got rapture us as soon as we are converted? Why isn’t it that when we say, “I am a sinner, Jesus Christ, I commit myself to you.” that we aren’t raptured up to heaven immediately? Its because God is keeping us here to reach out to others.”

WRONG. NOW I’LL TELL YOU THE CORRECT ANSWER.

God is keeping us here because WE’RE NOT DONE BEING TESTED, not because all there is left to do is to worry about other people. No, the quest for your soul is not over when you say, “Jesus is my Savior!” The scripture says, ‘not everyone who says Lord Lord will enter into the kingdom’. It takes a lifetime of WORK to get full access to the GRACE. The sooner you repent, the better. Then keep repenting. Joseph Smith said he was like a rough stone rolling down a hill, getting rough edges knocked off as he goes, becoming a polished shaft for the quiver of the Lord. This preachers message deleted the need for repentance, and thus undermined the sacred gospel of Jesus Christ, bringing it down to the level of a mere game.

 

 

 

Prophets Call Us to Magnify Our Callings Unto Salvation

 

 

 

 

-“ if it (your Priesthood) is magnified, your priesthoodservice will bless Heavenly Father’s children more thanyou can now imagine is possible.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ I found three wonderful things in place to speedmy growth in the priesthood. The first was a presidentwho knew how to sit in council with the members of hisquorum. The second was great faith in Jesus Christ thatled to the great love we have heard of—love for eachother. And the third was a shared conviction that ouroverarching priesthood purpose was to labor for thesalvation of men.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“we prayed together, the priestsquorum and I, and I then asked each to speak. I listenedintently, and it seemed to me that they did too, to eachother. After a while, a feeling of peace settled on us…It became clear to me what the quorum was to do andnot to do…miracle for mewas to see a united priesthood council’s faith in JesusChrist bringing revelation to the man with thepriesthood keys.“ (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“key to increased learning is to have love foreach other that comes from great faith. I am not surewhich comes first, but both always seem to be therewhenever there is great and rapid learning in thepriesthood.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Love invites the Holy Ghost to be present to confirmtruth. And the joy of learning divine truths creates lovein the hearts of people who shared the experience oflearning…Discord or jealousy inhibitsthe ability of the Holy Ghost to teach us and inhibits ourability to receive light and truth. And the feelings ofdisappointment that invariably follow are the seeds ofgreater discord and faultfinding among those whoexpected a learning experience that did not come.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“The priesthood holders who learn well together alwaysseem to me to have great peacemakers among them.You see peacemaking in priesthood classes and incouncils. It is the gift to help people find commonground when others are seeing differences. It is thepeacemaker’s gift to help people see that whatsomeone else said was a contribution rather than acorrection.

With enough of the pure love of Christ and a desire tobe peacemakers, unity is possible in priesthoodcouncils and in classes. It takes patience and humility,but I have seen it happen even when issues are difficultand the people in councils or classes come from vastlydifferent backgrounds. It is possible to rise to the lofty standard set by the Lordfor priesthood holders in making decisions in quorums.It is possible when there is great faith and love and theabsence of contention.

” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Speaking of those given great priesthood trust in thislife, the Lord said, “Even before they were born, they,with many others, received their first lessons in theworld of spirits and were prepared to come forth in thedue time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for thesalvation of the souls of men. In the priesthood we share the sacred duty to labor forthe souls of men. We must do more than learn that thisis our duty. It must go down into our hearts so deeplythat neither the many demands on our efforts in thebloom of life nor the trials that come with age can turnus from that purpose.”5” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“with great intensity he said to me, “Why am I stillliving? Why am I still here? I can’t do anything.”

I told him that he was doing something for me. He waslifting me with his faith and his love. Even in our shortvisit, he made me want to be better. His example ofdetermination to do something that mattered hadinspired me to try harder to serve others and the Lord.

” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ time in the school of the priesthood in this life willbe relatively brief compared to eternity. But even in thatshort span, he has mastered the eternal curriculum. Hewill carry with him, wherever the Lord will call,priesthood lessons of eternal worth.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng

Speaking of a man eager to serve in the Priesthood by trying to convert others even in his old age etc. )

-“Not only should you be eager to learn your priesthoodlessons in this life, but you should be optimistic aboutwhat is possible. A few of us may limit in our minds ourpossibilities to learn what the Lord sets before us in Hisservice.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“You may have thought at one time how much betteryour life would have been if only you had beenadmitted to study in some fine school. I pray that youwill see the greatness of God’s love for you and of theopportunity He has given you to enter His priesthoodschool.

If you will be diligent and obedient in the priesthood,treasures of spiritual knowledge will be poured outupon you. You will grow in your power to resist evil andto proclaim the truth that leads to salvation. You willfind joy in the happiness of those you lead towardexaltation. Your family will become a place of learning.

I testify that the keys of the priesthood have beenrestored. President Thomas S. Monson holds andexercises those keys. God lives and knows youperfectly. Jesus Christ lives. You were chosen for thehonor of holding the sacred priesthood. In the name ofJesus Christ, amen.

” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ sometimes, in spiteof our good intentions, we delay doing what we shoulddo or we misunderstand what we were taught. As aresult, inspired words of counsel might not have thepromised effect.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“We human beings have a strange tendency tocomplicate simple things. We set up rules, laws, bylaws,processes, and subprocesses. Eventually, we pile upload after load until we end up under a huge weight ofexpectations that are so complicated it is difficult tokeep track of them, let alone meet them. This is one of the reasons Paul said, “The letter killeth,but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).

Too often, we complicate the beauty and simplicity ofthe gospel of Jesus Christ with endless lists ofmeticulous expectations. However, when we focus onthe “why” of the gospel, much of the confusion fadesaway. Why are we here? Why are we asked to obey thecommandments? Why is the Atonement of Jesus Christof such value to us?

The proper “why” questions will lead us to the proper“who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how” decisions.

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“There are many ways to enhanceour precious council time, like always coming wellprepared. We could handle scheduling or otherorganizational matters by memo, phone, e-mail, or text.When we allow organizational matters to dominate ourefforts and time in our councils, we run the risk ofmissing the mark of why the Lord has called us tominister in His Church. We meet in councils to seek the inspiration of the Spiritin building the kingdom of God. We meet to seek theanswers to two basic questions:

  1. How can we help our members better love the Lord our God with all their heart, soul, and mind?
    2. How can we help our members better love their neighbors as themselves?
    ” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“By simplifying and strengthening the council processand by inviting the Spirit, we will find the life and fire ofthe Holy Spirit, who provides guidance and heavenlysupport for our efforts.

Some may be tempted to say, “Just tell us what to do,and we’ll do it.” While we commend a righteous desireto be obedient, there is more to leadership in theChurch (and more to life) than simply checking items offan assigned to-do list.

As you have noticed, the new handbooks do not specifyin great detail every action you are to take in yourcalling. These handbooks were provided for the rightamount of structure without regimenting every detail. Itmight be wise to look at the handbooks and even thescriptures not as checklists or detailed scripts but ratheras opportunities to prepare our minds and hearts toreceive divine inspiration for our responsibilities.

Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t seek revelation oranswers from the scriptures or the handbooks becausewe think we know the answers already.

Brothers and sisters, as good as our previousexperience may be, if we stop asking questions, stopthinking, stop pondering, we can thwart the revelationsof the Spirit…We can block the growth and knowledgeour Heavenly Father intends for us. How often has theHoly Spirit tried to tell us something we needed to knowbut couldn’t get past the massive iron gate of what wethought we already knew?

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“Real growth, however, is defined as growth inthe number of active members…Perhapsthe more accurate indicators of real growth in thegospel of Jesus Christ are those that we can’t measureas easily, such as daily prayer, scripture study, familyhome evening, love at home and for our neighbor, andpersonal experiences with Christ’s Atonement. Theseare recorded not by a clerk in Church records but in ourhearts and in heaven.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“ missionary efforts are compromised if we baptizeGod’s children but do not maintain love and friendshipwith these precious new members who are excited tofind fellowship with the Saints and a place of belongingin the household of God…our councils can deliberate on the spiritualand temporal welfare of every member—taking specialcare to consider each new convert. Our work as acouncil is to help our members grow in their love forHeavenly Father and their fellowman. If we focus ourefforts here, one-on-one, many more members will feelthat they have found a home in the Church—that theyhave found the “why” of the gospel.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“ if you are focused on the “why” of thegospel, the Spirit will direct your humble efforts.

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“If your circumstances are less than ideal, please takecomfort in knowing that the Lord will support andenhance your efforts, sanctify your decisions andactions, perfect them through the tender mercies ofChrist, and “consecrate [your] performance … , that [it]may be for the welfare of [your] soul” (2 Nephi 32:9) andthe souls of those you serve.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“there is little good in hearing theword of God if we do not translate what we hear intoour lives. Consequently, we ask that you take thefollowing steps without hesitation and continue to doso throughout your service in your callings. First, individually and as councils, prayerfully considerthe instruction you have received. Think of priesthoodpower in the home, honoring divine covenants,rescuing others, focusing on the one, strengthening ouryouth, and building eternal marriages and families byapplying gospel principles in our daily lives.As you consider these topics, ask yourself about the“why” of your service and ministry and the resulting“therefore what” in your responsibilities as individualsand as councils. In this process, please open yourhearts and minds to the will of heaven, and I promisethat the Spirit will reveal the things that matter most—for you, your family, and your responsibilities in theChurch. Second, as a result of pondering and discussion,determine a few specific actions you will commit toimplement. Please keep in mind that the actions of eachorganization, ward, stake, family, and individual may bedifferent. They should fit your circumstances andneeds. The unity we seek is not necessarily that we alldo exactly the same things at the same time but that weeach listen to and always follow the direction of thesame Holy Spirit. Third, once you have made these commitments, follow up on them within the scope of your responsibilitiesand callings at each of your council meetings. Please do this. We ask you also to bring your decisions and effortsbefore the Lord in your daily prayers and ask for furtherlight and direction. Trust Him. He knows you, and He loves you.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

–President Harold B. Lee has said to the teachers of theChurch that it is not only important to be understoodbut also not to be misunderstood. (Harold B. Lee, in Teaching, No Greater Call(1999), 52.)

– “We are here to assist our[Heavenly] Father in His work and His glory, ‘to bring topass the immortality and eternal life of man’ (Moses1:39). Your obligation is as serious in your sphere ofresponsibility as is my obligation in my sphere.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, “This Is the Work of the Master,” Ensign, May 1995, 71.)

 

 

-the person who benefits from doing a church calling the most is the person doing the calling, not the people recieving his service. This is because we are agents to act not to be acted upon and thus will only advance fully as we give, not recieve.
-is there any way to be saved other than doing your home teaching, or other callings, however great or small? No. Why? Isn’t it living the gospel that saves us, not those little callings? Answer: Part of the gospel is “repentance”, which means stop breaking Christ’s commandments, and start keeping them. Have we been commanded to hometeach? Yes. So if we aren’t doing it and have no intentions to start doing it in the immidiate future, we are not repenting, and are thus not repenting.
-When Christ said, “I am the way” and “none cometh unto the Father but by me” it meant that if you don’t follow his instructions, you’re never going to find the promised land, meaning exaltation. No other map can show you the way. We look at the gospel map with its commandments and we think that some are not important, so we neglect them, but such actions lead to our slow destruction. All the Devil needs to lead us away to hell, adcording to the Book of Mormon, is a little flaxen cord. A very slight almost unoticable alteration of the plotted course.
-Does this mean its hopeless? No, it means we must try, and want to succeed. We cannot live in the rebelious state of complacency.
-So we conclude that callings aren’t just helpful in the path to salvation, they are the only path to salvation. Callings are the appointed mechanisms for the growth of his children. Do you expect to obtain his status if you aren’t doing the things he has appointed for obtaining that thing? Like a student who does no homework and expects to pass the class, so is the Elder who does no hometeaching and expects to be exalted.
-I remind you that hometeaching/ministering is the alternate form of government boots on the ground level. There is heirarchical leadership in the church thankfully, but the bottom and most essencial level is hometeaching. Though it seems a small thing, neglect it, and all is lost. Souls sink softly into hell as their hunger for gospel truth is not quenched by the simple teachings of the Priesthood of God

 

 

 

Living Beneath Our Privileges

 

 

-Brigham Young says how he could weep like a whipped child when he thinks of how far the saints fell short of their possibilities and opportunities. (see Hugh Nibley BofM/PoGP lectures for source)

-“If we are to build that Zion of which the prophets have spoken and of which the Lord has given mighty promise, we must set aside our consuming selfishness. We must rise above our love for comfort and ease, and in the very process of effort and struggle, even in our extremity, we shall become better acquainted with our God.

Let us never forget that we have a marvelous heritage received from great and courageous people who endured unimaginable suffering and demonstrated unbelievable courage for the cause they loved. You and I know what we should do. God help us to do it when it needs to be done, I humbly pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1991/10/our-mission-of-saving?lang=eng President Hinckley, Conf. Report Oct. 1991 Our Mission of Saving)

-we are commanded to rest on the Sabbath all throughout scripture. Working on the Sabbath is living beneath your privileges! You could have the day off, and God would take care of you if you only trusted him!

-when it becomes evening time, it’s time to stop worrying about money and be satisfied with the provisions we have and be involved in non-financial ordeals, of which there are many of import. Psalms 104:23
23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

-The laborer is worthy of his hire: we can have according to our needs if we’re only willing to work!

-What God has revealed to the highest prophet, he will reveal to any saint if that saint keeps the law prerequisite for that understanding. God is no respecter of persons.

-“We are not yet caught up to the ancients in spiritual matters. They had higher spiritual knowledge than we do. “We have yet to gain that full knowledge and understanding of the doctrines of salvation and the mysteries of the kingdom that were possessed by many of the ancient Saints. O that we knew what Enoch and his people knew! Or that we had the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon, as did certain of the Jaredites and Nephites! How can we ever gain these added truths until we believe in full what the Lord has already given us in the Book of Mormon, in the Doctrine and Covenants, and in the inspired changes made by Joseph Smith in the Bible? Will the Lord give us the full and revealed account of the creation as long as we believe in the theories of evolution? Will he give us more guidance in governmental affairs as long as we choose socialistic ways which lead to the overthrow of freedom?

We have yet to attain that degree of obedience and personal righteousness which will give us faith like the ancients: faith to multiply miracles, move mountains, and put at defiance the armies of nations; faith to quench the violence of fire, divide seas and stop the mouths of lions; faith to break every band and to stand in the presence of God. Faith comes in degrees. Until we gain faith to heal the sick, how can we ever expect to move mountains and divide seas?

We have yet to receive such an outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord in our lives that we shall all see eye to eye in all things, that every man will esteem his brother as himself, that there will be no poor among us, and that all men seeing our good works will be led to glorify our Father who is in heaven. Until we live the law of tithing how can we expect to live the law of consecration? As long as we disagree as to the simple and easy doctrines of salvation, how can we ever have unity on the complex and endless truths yet to be revealed?

We have yet to perfect our souls, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, and to walk in the light as God is in the light, so that if this were a day of translation we would be prepared to join Enoch and his city in heavenly realms. How many among us are now prepared to entertain angels, to see the face of the Lord, to go where God and Christ are and be like them? . . .

Our time, talents, and wealth must be made available for the building up of his kingdom. Should we be called upon to sacrifice all things, even our lives, it would be of slight moment when weighed against the eternal riches reserved for those who are true and faithful in all things.

(Ensign, Apr. 1980, 25 Bruce R. McConkie)“

-Joseph Smith said he could have taught the people much more than he did about the Kingdom of Heaven, but they weren’t prepared to receive it.

-Video from President Uchdorf on the subject: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2013-01-001-your-potential-your-privileges?lang=eng

-“We all know that the priesthood is much more than just a name or title. The Prophet Joseph taught that “the Priesthood is an everlasting principle, and existed with God from eternity … to eternity, without beginning of days or end of years.”1 It holds “even the key of the knowledge of God.”2 In fact, through the priesthood the very “power of godliness is manifest.”3

The blessings of the priesthood transcend our ability to comprehend. Faithful Melchizedek Priesthood holders can “become … the elect of God.” 4 They are “sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies”5 and can ultimately receive “all that [the] Father hath.”6 This may be hard to comprehend, but it is beautiful, and I testify that it is true.

The fact that our Heavenly Father would entrust this power and responsibility to man is evidence of His great love for us and a foreshadowing of our potential as sons of God in the hereafter.

Nevertheless, too often our actions suggest that we live far beneath this potential. When asked about the priesthood, many of us can recite a correct definition, but in our daily lives, there may be little evidence that our understanding goes beyond the level of a rehearsed script.

Brethren, we are faced with a choice. We can be satisfied with a diminished experience as priesthood bearers and settle for experiences far below our privileges. Or we can partake of an abundant feast of spiritual opportunity and universal priesthood blessings.

As you read the scriptures and listen to the words of the prophets with all your heart and mind, the Lord will tell you how to live up to your priesthood privileges. Don’t let a day go by without doing something to act on the promptings of the Spirit….

As bearers of the priesthood, let us never become hardened to the wonder and awe of what the Lord has entrusted to us….

My dear brethren, may we diligently seek to learn the doctrine of the holy priesthood, may we strengthen our testimonies line upon line by receiving the revelations of the Spirit, and may we find true joy in daily priesthood service. As we do these things, we will begin to live up to our potential and privileges as priesthood holders, and we will be able to “do all things through Christ which strengtheneth [us].” (Philippians 4:13.)” (President Uchdorf, Your Potential, Your Privilege, Conf. Report Apr. 2011 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/your-potential-your-privilege?lang=eng#19-PD50028768_000_3040)

-“We live beneath our privileges when we allow worldly anchors to keep us away from the abundant joy that comes from faithful and dedicated priesthood service, especially within the walls of our own homes. We live beneath our privileges when we fail to partake of the feast of happiness, peace, and joy that God grants so bountifully to faithful priesthood servants.” (President Uchdorf, Your Potential, Your Privilege, Conf. Report Apr. 2011 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/your-potential-your-privilege?lang=eng#19-PD50028768_000_3040)

–Elder Maxwell reiterated President Brigham Young’s assertion that “we live far beneath our privileges” in terms of receiving revelation from God for guidance (see Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 32). Elder Maxwell counseled: “To the degree that we cease to live beneath our privileges, we can lift the Church.” (Apr. 2003 News of the Church https://www.lds.org/ensign/2003/04/news-of-the-church?lang=eng)

-“We don’t have the luxury of living beneath ourselves or being casual about seeking the gifts of the Spirit.

But we are up to the challenge.“ (Jan. 1999 Liahona We Are Not Alone Sheri L. Dew Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency; https://www.lds.org/liahona/1999/01/we-are-not-alone?lang=eng)

-“ in 1870, Eliza R. Snow asked thousands of women a question that I’d like to repeat today: “Do you know of any place on the face of the earth, where [a] woman has more liberty, and where she enjoys such high and glorious privileges as she does here, as a Latter-day Saint?” 1 I bear witness that the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do enjoy grand and glorious privileges.” ( Gratitude: A Path to Happiness: Bonnie D. Parkin

Recently Released General Relief Society President; Apr. 2007 Conf. Report

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/04/gratitude-a-path-to-happiness?lang=eng)

-“…All of this is to try to tell you how your Father in Heaven feels about you and what He has designed for you to become. And if for a time any of you are less visionary than this or seem bent on living beneath your privilege, then we express even greater love for you and plead with you to make your teenage years a triumph, not a tragedy. Fathers and mothers, prophets and apostles have no motive except to bless your life and to spare you every possible heartache we can spare you.” (To Young Women

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

https://www.lds.org/liahona/2005/11/to-young-women?lang=eng Nov. 2005 Conf. Report)

-“There is no doubt, if a person lives according to the revelations given to God’s people, he may have the Spirit of the Lord to signify to him His will, and to guide and to direct him in the discharge of his duties, in his temporal as well as his spiritual exercises. I am satisfied, however, that in this respect, we live far beneath our privileges.” ( Brigham Young, JD 12:104)

–Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once shared a story from his personal experience that illustrates President Young’s observation. Several years after Elder Ballard had returned from serving as a mission president, one of his former missionaries came to see him in his office at Church headquarters.

“President,” this missionary said, “I think I’m losing my testimony.”

Elder Ballard was surprised because this missionary had been one of his most faithful elders.

The young man continued, “For the first time, I have read some anti-Mormon literature [and] I have some questions, and nobody will answer them for me.”

Though the questions were what Elder Ballard described as “the standard anti-Church issues,” he explained to the young man that he would like some time to collect the appropriate materials to ensure that he could provide some meaningful answers. The elder agreed, and they set an appointment to meet again in 10 days.

As the former missionary left the office, Elder Ballard stopped him and said, “Elder, you’ve asked me several questions here today. . . . Now I have one for you.”

Elder Ballard then asked, “How long has it been since you read from the Book of Mormon?”

The missionary admitted that it had been a long time.

“All right,” Elder Ballard responded. “You have given me my assignment. It’s only fair that I give you yours. I want you to promise me that you will read in the Book of Mormon for at least one hour every day between now and our next appointment.”

The missionary reluctantly agreed. Elder Ballard’s own words describe what happened next:

Ten days later he returned to my office, and I was ready. I pulled out my papers to start answering his questions. But he stopped me.

“President,” he said, “that isn’t going to be necessary.” Then he explained: “I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.”

“Well, that’s great,” I said, “but you’re going to get answers to your questions anyway. I worked a long time on this, so you just sit there and listen.”

I answered all of those questions and then asked, “Elder, what have you learned from this?”

And he said, “Give the Lord equal time.” ( M. Russell Ballard, When Thou Art Converted: Continuing Our Search for Happiness (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2001), 51–52.) (https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/daniel-k-judd_wonderful-flood-light/ “A Wonderful Flood of Light” Daniel K. Judd Dec. 7 2004, BYU Speeches)

-“Phinehas (Young) visited a young woman dying of consumption, he was prompted to “lay hands on the sufferer and rebuke the disease.” He did so, and the woman was healed. He wrote, “I had never seen anything of the kind in my life, but had always believed the people were living far beneath their privileges.”” (Maxfield, pp. 1–2.) (By Leonard J. Arrington and JoAnn Jolley Ensign AUGUST 1980 THE FAITHFUL YOUNG FAMILY: THE PARENTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF BRIGHAM)

 

Baptism

 

 

-The D&C says you may as well baptize  a bag of sand if the baptism isn’t done by proper authority, it is worthless, and you remain in an unbaptized state.

– Based on requirements for baptism from D&C 20:37, broken heart means will listen to God, contrite spirit means will obey God. Taking upon you the name of Christ it means to live as if you changed your name to Jesus Christ. To act like he would act.

-*On my mission when Thelma Starks accepted the invitation to baptism and I felt the fire marble stone in my chest quietly penetrate me, I knew that this was one of the most important things that Thelma would be doing with her life.

-*Working with a family on my mission, they wanted their little boy of 9 years old to behave better before getting him baptized. We taught them that if he met the minimal requirements, his baptism would help him make it the rest of the way. We shared 2 Nephi 32:5 showing them that “after ye enter in by the way (baptism), the Holy Ghost will show you all things what you should do.”

-*A family on my mission told me their story of how this sister investigated the church for ten years before being baptized. She told me she learned more in the year after her baptism than all the ten years before her baptism. This is because the Holy Ghost is the mighty teacher, and that companionship has been promised for those who are baptized. John 3:5 relates the Savior teaching us to be born of water and of the spirit, this is the way.

-*earth at 8 God days old was baptized (7 in creation, 1 since Adam)? Circumcision was at 8 days also. It’s the sign of how you are for the Lord and Israel. Baptism is revealed today to be for those of 8 years of age or older who have faith.

-*Baptism only occurs once, for its sort of an indicatory ordinance of bringing you into the program. It’s only if your totally kicked out of the program (excommunicated from the church) that you need to be re-baptized.

-*Most powerful experiences I’ve had attempting to teach the doctrine of baptism have been from using the Book of Mormon.

-Illustrative lesson: shoe polish on hands, then don’t feel like holding the scriptures to get them dirty etc. We feel guilt. Then scrub hands. That hurts. It’s like repentance. Then we are able to dip them in water and it comes off. Like baptism after repentance. Also put on gloves like The Holy Ghost. Can take those gloves off at any time (like not living worthy of the company of the Holy Ghost), but so long as keep them on they’ll keep you from getting dirty, from sin.

-*Since baptism is Moses 6:58-60 shown to be a new birth like birth into this world, we see it is spiritual death to not be baptized!

-*Remembering our baptismal covenants is a good way to remember to act as if the Savior were beside us; remembering that changes the way we act.

– the first fruits of repentance are baptism. Must manifest by our works that we’re ready for baptism; so must repent, and the first fruit of that will be our baptism. That is what repenting yields. It yields that desire and willingness to be baptized. see D&C 20:37, Moroni 8:25.

 

 

 

Belief and Knowledge unto Obedience

 

The more I learn about nutrition the wiser choices I’m able to make since I go from believing to knowing that certain things are healthy, but I still know so little.

For example if I think a T-Rex is about to come to my house, I’ll probably leave. But if I know he is coming, I’ll leave immediately no questions even if it’s hard!

I must study and pray for an increased testimony of nutritional principles so i can put them into practice.

It’s the same way with the gospel: as we transition from belief to knowledge, we will more perfectly execute commandments. This life is a test because it’s so tricky to move from apathy to belief, and all the harder to move from belief to knowledge. However, it is possible. Elder McConkie said that when he baths the Savior’s feet with his fears, he will know no more certainly then than he does now that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of all mankind. There are others who similarly specifically have testified in General Conference that though they have not seen the Savior, they know that he lives, and they know him. Some say you can’t “know” the Book of Mormon is true, you can only believe. Well, Elder Holland and many others including I would certainly disagree with that.

 

 

 

Taking Care of Others Before Yourself: Excerpts from “Fear Not to Do Good” by Henry B Eyring

 

 

Oct. 2017 General Conference

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/10/fear-not-to-do-good?lang=eng

 

-D&C 6:33 “Fear not to do good”
-The Lord told His leaders of the Restoration, and He tells us, that when we stand with faith upon His rock, doubt and fear are diminished; the desire to do good increases. As we accept President Monson’s invitation to plant in our hearts a testimony of Jesus Christ, we gain the power, the desire, and the courage to go to the rescue of others without concern for our own needs.
-Because they have no doubt He watches over them, they become fearless. They ignore their own trials to go to the relief of others. And they do so out of love for the Lord, asking no recompense.
– when the Teton Dam broke, a Latter-day Saint couple was traveling, miles away from their home. As soon as they heard the news on the radio, they hurried back to Rexburg. Rather than going to their own home to see if it was destroyed, they went looking for their bishop. He was in a building that was being used as the recovery center. He was helping to direct the thousands of volunteers who were arriving in yellow school buses. The couple walked up to the bishop and said, “We just got back. Bishop, where can we go to help?” He gave them the names of a family. That couple stayed mucking out mud and water in one home after another. They worked from dawn to dark for days. They finally took a break to go see about their own home. It was gone in the flood, leaving nothing to clean up. So they turned around quickly to go back to their bishop. They asked, “Bishop, do you have someone for us to help?” That miracle of quiet courage and charity—the pure love of Christ—has been repeated over the years and across the world.
-If you read the journal entries of those pioneers, you see the miracle of faith driving out doubt and fear. And you read of Saints leaving their own interests to help someone else for the Lord, before getting back to their own sheep or to their own unplowed fields.
-I have heard a report that some have started calling the Latter-day Saints who are wearing yellow Helping Hands T-shirts “The Yellow Angels.”
-They served not only with diligence but also with laughter and smiles, accepting nothing in return.
-The volunteers stopped their cleanup labor long enough to let me shake some hands. They said that 90 members of their stake in Georgia had created a plan to join in the rescue in Florida just the night before. They left Georgia at 4:00 in the morning, drove for hours, worked through the day and into the night, and planned to labor again the next day. They described it to me all with smiles and good humor. The only stress I sensed was that they wanted to stop being thanked so they could get back to work. The stake president had restarted his chain saw and was working on a downed tree and a bishop was moving tree limbs as we got into our vehicle to go to the next rescue team.
-“I’m not a member of your church. I can’t believe what you have done for us. God bless you.” The LDS volunteer standing next to him in his yellow shirt smiled and shrugged his shoulders as if he deserved no praise.
-“A man filled with the love of God, is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 426)
-faith, put into action, which requires selfless sacrifice, brings the change of heart that allows them to feel the love of God.
-Our hearts, however, remain changed only as long as we continue to follow the prophet’s counsel. If we stop trying after one burst of effort, the change will fade.
-challenges and the opportunities ahead will require even more.
-We cannot foresee the details, but we know the larger picture. We know that in the last days, the world will be in commotion. We know that in the midst of whatever trouble comes, the Lord will lead faithful Latter-day Saints to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. And we know that the Lord’s true disciples will be worthy and prepared to receive Him when He comes again. We need not fear.
-as much as we have already built faith and courage in our hearts, the Lord expects more from us—and from the generations after us. They will need to be stronger and braver because they will do even greater and harder things than we have done. And they will face increasing opposition from the enemy of our souls.
-We are to pray with all the energy of our hearts for the gift of charity, the pure love of Christ (see Moroni 7:47–48).
-And above all, we are to be consistent and persistent in following prophetic counsel.
-Sometimes you will be the angel the Lord sends to bear others up. Sometimes you will be the one surrounded by angels who bear you up. But always you will have His Spirit to be in your heart, as you have been promised in every sacrament service. You have only to keep His commandments.
-Opposition will strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ, as it has since the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Faith always defeats fear. Standing together produces unity. And your prayers for those in need are heard and answered by a loving God.

 

 

Courageous Faith

 

 

-See also article Great Expectations of Young People in the parenting section of my family book.

–President Joseph Fielding Smith stated: “We all know something of the courage it takes for one to stand in opposition to united custom, and general belief. None of us likes to be ridiculed. Few are able to withstand popular opinion even when they know it is wrong, and it is difficult to comprehend the magnificent courage displayed by Abraham in his profound obedience to Jehovah, in the midst of his surroundings. His moral courage, his implicit faith in God, his boldness in raising his voice in opposition to the prevailing wickedness, is almost beyond comparison” (The Way to Perfection, 86).
-“Because the trend in society today is away from the values and principles the Lord has given us, you will almost certainly be called upon to defend that which you believe. Unless the roots of your testimony are firmly planted, it will be difficult for you to withstand the ridicule of those who challenge your faith. When firmly planted, your testimony of the gospel, of the Savior, and of our Heavenly Father will influence all that you do throughout your life.” (Thomas S. Monson, “May You Have Courage,”Liahona, May 2009, 126. Also in Ensign 2015 April in 1st Presidency Message https://www.lds.org/liahona/2015/04/president-monson-calls-for-courage?cid=HP_SA_3-28-2015_dPTH_fFPMxLIDyL1-C_&lang=eng#footnote7-12564_000_003)
-“The messages portrayed on television, in movies, and in other media [today] are very often in direct opposition to that which we want our children to embrace and hold dear. It is our responsibility not only to teach them to be sound in spirit and doctrine but also to help them stay that way, regardless of the outside forces they may encounter. This will require much time and effort on our part—and in order to help others, we ourselves need the spiritual and moral courage to withstand the evil we see on every side.” (Thomas S. Monson, “Three Goals to Guide You,”Liahona, Nov. 2007, 118–19. Also in Ensign 2015 April in 1st Presidency Message https://www.lds.org/liahona/2015/04/president-monson-calls-for-courage?cid=HP_SA_3-28-2015_dPTH_fFPMxLIDyL1-C_&lang=eng#footnote7-12564_000_003)
-“As we go about living from day to day, it is almost inevitable that our faith will be challenged. We may at times find ourselves surrounded by others and yet standing in the minority or even standing alone concerning what is acceptable and what is not. …
May we ever be courageous and prepared to stand for what we believe, and if we must stand alone in the process, may we do so courageously, strengthened by the knowledge that in reality we are never alone when we stand with our Father in Heaven.” (Thomas S. Monson, “Dare to Stand Alone,” Liahona,Nov. 2011, 60, 67. Also in Ensign 2015 April in 1st Presidency Message https://www.lds.org/liahona/2015/04/president-monson-calls-for-courage?cid=HP_SA_3-28-2015_dPTH_fFPMxLIDyL1-C_&lang=eng#footnote7-12564_000_003)
-“One day in my high school English class, the teacher announced that we’d be viewing an episode of a TV show I knew I shouldn’t watch. While other students cheered in excitement, my classmate Sarah raised her hand and asked if she could leave.
When the teacher asked why, Sarah responded matter-of-factly, “Because I’m Mormon and I don’t watch shows with profanity.”
Her courage to stand up in front of the class was amazing. Thanks to Sarah, I too stood up and waited outside with a clear conscience for the show to finish.
I was forever changed. I started explaining my beliefs instead of avoiding the subject. And as a result, I found confidence in myself and participated even more in Church and school activities.
I never told Sarah how much her example meant to me, but I try to emulate her example of confidence. I now realize that being a member of God’s wonderful, sacred Church is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about. I hope that I can, through my example, be someone else’s Sarah.” (Ensign 2015 April in 1st Presidency Message https://www.lds.org/liahona/2015/04/president-monson-calls-for-courage?cid=HP_SA_3-28-2015_dPTH_fFPMxLIDyL1-C_&lang=eng#footnote7-12564_000_003)

 

 

 

Salvation Includes Works as Seen in The New Testament

 

The Imploring God of the New Testament

 

 

 

Works are the other aspect of grace. If grace is what God does for us, works are what God asks us to do for him.
This document is to refute the idea that the Old Testament God is the strict / imploring God, then changes in the New Testament. For more treatment of this topic, see my article “The Graceful God of the Old Testament: Scripture References”
This is to show how works have always been expected of God’s people, including New Testament times, and modern times. This is in opposition to the popular idea that by grace alone we are saved. I am bold in this, not thinking it a crime to rely on the scriptures rather than the creeds of men!
For a composition showing how God has always been graceful with his children, see document “Scriptures on Grace (God’s works for us) from the Old Testament (showing God does not change)” at this link: https://richardsonstudies.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/scriptures-on-grace-the-works-of-god-for-us-from-the-old-testament-shows-god-is-unchanging-2/
see service, help, minister, give, love, bless
• John 9:4
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

• James 2:18
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I haveworks: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.

• John 6:28
28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?

• James 2:22
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

Titus 1:16
16 They profess that they know God; but in worksthey deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Hebrews 13:21
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
• 1 Corinthians 3:13
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’swork of what sort it is.
• John 14:12
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

• 1 Timothy 5:10
10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
• Titus 2:7
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of goodworks: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
• Titus 2:14
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Acts 14:26
26 And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.
(you get access to grace by doing works!)
• 2 Timothy 4:14
14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

• Mark 14:6
6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

John 6:29
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is thework of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
(if you believe in Christ, you’ll do what he says. He says we should do good works. It’s like if you believe a train is coming, you won’t stand on the tracks. You’ll do the work of moving, based on your faith of the coming event. Like how you’ll do your homework in college if you have faith that it will get you a good job.)
• Matthew 5:16
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

• James 2:14
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
• James 2:17
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
• James 2:20
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
• James 2:21
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

• James 2:24
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
• James 2:25
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
• James 2:26
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
• Matthew 16:27
27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

• Matthew 7:23
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
• 1 Timothy 2:10
10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
• 1 Corinthians 4:12
12 And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

2 Thessalonians 2:17
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
• Colossians 1:29
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
• Galatians 6:4
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
• 1 Timothy 6:18
18 That they do good, that they be rich in goodworks, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

2 Corinthians 11:15
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
• Ephesians 4:12
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
• Ephesians 4:19
19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
• Ephesians 4:28
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
• Revelation 2:26
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth myworks unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

• 1 Corinthians 12:10
10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
• 2 Timothy 3:17
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

• Titus 3:1
1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
• Titus 3:14
14 And let ours also learn to maintain good worksfor necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.

• Acts 15:18
18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

• 1 Corinthians 16:10
10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
• John 5:17
17 ¶But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
• John 5:20
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

Matthew 13:58
58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
(in addition to the obvious meaning of this passage, it well shows that unbelievers in the true gospel refuse to recognize faithful lifestyles for what they are, and recognize their role!)
• James 1:4
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
• Hebrews 3:9
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
• Hebrews 10:24
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
• 2 Corinthians 9:8
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

John 7:3
3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judæa, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest.
• James 3:13
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
• James 3:16
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
• 1 Corinthians 3:14
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
• 1 Corinthians 3:15
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
• Matthew 21:28
28 ¶But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, gowork to day in my vineyard.

• 1 Timothy 3:1
1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

• John 10:25
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

(this shows that “by their works ye shall know them”!
• John 10:37
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

(this shows that “by their works ye shall know them”!
• John 10:38
38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

(this shows that “by their works ye shall know them”!
• 2 Thessalonians 3:10
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

(*since we must live to work out our salvation, we see work is needed for salvation, since we die if we don’t work, and being dead, how would we work out our salvation?!)
• 2 Thessalonians 3:12
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
• Matthew 23:3
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after theirworks: for they say, and do not.
(*we see doing is required)
• 1 Corinthians 9:1
1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?

Ephesians 3:7
7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
• Revelation 20:13
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
• 1 Thessalonians 4:11
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
• Revelation 3:2
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
• Revelation 3:8
8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
• Revelation 3:15
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
• Revelation 18:6
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
• Revelation 22:12
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his workshall be.
• Revelation 18:6
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
• Revelation 22:12
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his workshall be.
• 2 Timothy 2:21
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
• 1 Corinthians 15:58
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in thework of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
• Mark 6:14
14 And king Herod heard of him; (for his name was spread abroad:) and he said, That John the Baptist was risen from the dead, and therefore mightyworks do shew forth themselves in him.
• Revelation 9:20
20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:
• 2 Peter 3:10
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and theworks that are therein shall be burned up.

John 8:39
39 They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
• Acts 26:20
20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judæa, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

• 1 John 3:12
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

• Philippians 3:21
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.
• Ephesians 4:16
16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
• Ephesians 4:28
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

• 1 Thessalonians 1:3
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

• Revelation 2:2
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
• Revelation 2:5
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
• Revelation 2:9
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
• Revelation 2:13
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
• Revelation 2:23
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
• Luke 13:14
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

• Acts 13:2
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
• Acts 9:36
36 ¶Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.
• Matthew 11:21
21 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
• Matthew 11:23
23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
• Mark 13:34
34 For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

• Titus 3:8
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain goodworks. These things are good and profitable unto men.

• 1 Peter 2:12
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

• Hebrews 9:14
14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from deadworks to serve the living God?

• Philippians 2:12
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
• Luke 10:13
13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty workshad been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.

Revelation 3:1
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
• Mark 6:2
2 And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

(*Jesus told us to do the things we have seen him do!)
Revelation 20:12
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to theirworks.
Modern Scriptures:
– “thrust in your sickle with all your soul” (D&C 31:5)
-work with “all your heart, might, mind, and strength” (D&C 4:2).
–Through every major Nephite prophet, for example, the Lord declared: “Inasmuch as ye shall keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land; but inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall be cut off from my presence.” (2 Ne. 1:20—Lehi; see also 1 Ne. 2:20–21—Nephi; 2 Ne. 10:19–20—Jacob; Mosiah 1:7—Benjamin; Alma 9:13—Alma; Alma 48:25—Mormon;Ether 2:7–9—Moroni and the brother of Jared.)
-“wickedness never was happiness.” (Alma 41:10.)
-“the joy of the saints.” (Enos 1:3.)
Old Testament Scriptures:
– Psalms 141:4
4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that workiniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
– Psalms 90:17
17 And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.
– Exodus 36:4
4 And all the wise men, that wrought all the work of the sanctuary, came every man from his work which they made;
– Nehemiah 6:3
3 And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?
– Exodus 28:15
15 ¶And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.
– Nehemiah 5:16
16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.
– Exodus 36:1
1 Then wrought Bezaleel and Aholiab, and every wise hearted man, in whom the Lord put wisdom and understanding to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded.
– Ecclesiastes 8:14
14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.
– Numbers 8:4
4 And this work of the candlestick was of beaten gold, unto the shaft thereof, unto the flowers thereof, was beaten work: according unto the pattern which the Lord had shewed Moses, so he made the candlestick.
–Exodus 31:15
15 Six days may work be done
–Leviticus 23:3
3 Six days shall work be done
– Exodus 36:8
8 ¶And every wise hearted man among them that wrought the work of the tabernacle made ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet: with cherubims of cunning work made he them.
– 2 Kings 22:5
5 And let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work, that have the oversight of the house of the Lord: and let them give it to the doers of the workwhich is in the house of the Lord, to repair the breaches of the house,
– Exodus 39:3
3 And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work.
– Exodus 35:2
Six days shall work be done
-Exo. 36:1 work all manner of work for the service of the sanctuary, according to all that the Lord had commanded.
– Nehemiah 7:71
71 And some of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure of the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand and two hundred pound of silver.
– Psalms 28:4
4 Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
– Proverbs 16:3
3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.
– Proverbs 20:11
11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether hiswork be pure, and whether it be right.
– Jeremiah 48:10
10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.
– 2 Chronicles 3:10
10 And in the most holy house he made two cherubims of image work, and overlaid them with gold.
– Nehemiah 9:35
35 For they have not served thee in their kingdom, and in thy great goodness that thou gavest them, and in the large and fat land which thou gavest before them, neither turned they from their wickedworks.
– Proverbs 18:9
9 He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster.
– Job 14:15
15 Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.
– 2 Chronicles 24:13
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.
– Proverbs 24:27
27 Prepare thy work without, and make it fit for thyself in the field; and afterwards build thine house.
– Proverbs 24:29
29 Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work.
–Psalms 104:23
23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.
– Job 1:10
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
– Hosea 6:8
8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
-Ps. 106: 23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
-Ps. 106: 25 But murmured in their tents, and hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord.
– Psalms 106:39
39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
– Nehemiah 13:10
10 ¶And I perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled every one to his field.
– Psalms 77:12
12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
– Psalms 145:4
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
– Psalms 145:5
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
– Psalms 145:10
10 All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.
– Isaiah 66:18
18 For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
– Jeremiah 25:6
6 And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with theworks of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.
– Jeremiah 25:7
7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the Lord; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
– Jeremiah 25:14
14 For many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of them also: and I will recompense them according to their deeds, and according to the worksof their own hands.
– Ezra 6:7
…let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his place.
– Exodus 23:24
24 Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but thou shalt utterly overthrow them, and quite break down their images.
–1 Chronicles 23:4
4 Of which, twenty and four thousand were to set forward the work of the house of the Lord; and six thousand were officers and judges:
– Exodus 25:18
18 And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
– Ecclesiastes 3:17
17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
– Psalms 118:17
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.
– Psalms 17:4
4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
– Job 34:11
11 For the work of a man shall he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
– Job 34:25
25 Therefore he knoweth their works, and he overturneth them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
– Exodus 31:5
5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.
– Leviticus 23:8
8 But ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord seven days…
– Psalms 95:9
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
– Job 36:9
9 Then he sheweth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.
– Job 36:24
24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.
– Psalms 58:2
2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
– Psalms 62:12
12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.
– Psalms 9:16
16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
– Psalms 9:16
16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.
– Nehemiah 4:19
19 ¶And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.
• Nehemiah 4:21
21 So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.
– Jeremiah 10:15
15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
– Ecclesiastes 9:7
7 ¶Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thyworks.
• Ecclesiastes 9:10
10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.
– Nehemiah 6:9
9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
– Nehemiah 6:14
14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.
– Isaiah 49:4
4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.
• 2 Chronicles 15:7
7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded.
– Exodus 37:29
29 ¶And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the workof the apothecary.
– Jeremiah 51:18
18 They are vanity, the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
• 2 Chronicles 2:18
18 And he set threescore and ten thousand of them to be bearers of burdens, and fourscore thousand to be hewers in the mountain, and three thousand and six hundred overseers to set the people a work.
– Psalms 33:15
15 He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
– Ezekiel 33:26
26 Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour’s wife: and shall ye possess the land?
– Exodus 39:42
42 According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.
– Exodus 39:43
43 And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the Lord had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.
• Proverbs 21:8
8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
• Psalms 101:3
3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
– 2 Chronicles 4:11
11 And Huram made the pots, and the shovels, and the basins. And Huram finished the work that he was to make for king Solomon for the house of God;
– Lamentations 3:64
64 ¶Render unto them a recompence, O Lord, according to the work of their hands.

 

 

Salvation Includes Grace as seen in the Old Testament

 

 

 

Grace is the work God does for us. “Works” are the things we do for God.
Old Testament scriptures on grace show that God is unchanging, not just nice in New Testament, not just mean in the Old, but the same yesterday today and forever.

see gift, thanks, receive, bless, love

This is to show how grace of God has always played a role with God’s people and their salvation.

For a document on scriptures commanding works from the New Testament, see my document “The Imploring God of the New Testament: Scripture References”
This refutes the idea that God was mean in the Old Testament and just nice in the New Testament / without any real requirements or expectations.

– Psalms 86:8
8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.

– Psalms 143:5
5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.

– Psalms 92:4
4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

– Habakkuk 1:5
5 ¶Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work awork in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

– Isaiah 28:21
21 For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

– Isaiah 29:14
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.

– Exodus 31:15
in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

–Leviticus 23:3
the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings.
– Exodus 35:2
on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a sabbath of rest to the Lord: whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death.

– Psalms 26:7
7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.

– 5 ¶And they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the Lord commanded to make.

6 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing.

7 For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.

– Exodus 40:33
33 And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.

– 2 Kings 19:18
18 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

– Jeremiah 50:25
25 The Lord hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord God of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans.

– Deuteronomy 33:11
11 Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again.

– Psalms 28:5
5 Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up.

– Isaiah 54:16
16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

– Proverbs 16:11
11 A just weight and balance are the Lord’s: all the weights of the bag are his work.

– Isaiah 17:8
8 And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

– Psalms 135:15
15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, thework of men’s hands.

– Psalms 102:25
25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.

– Psalms 73:28
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

– Jeremiah 17:22
22 Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.

– Psalms 104:13
13 He watereth the hills from his chambers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy works.

– Psalms 104:31
31 The glory of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.

– Job 1:10
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

– Psalms 75:1
1 Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare.

– Psalms 139:14
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

– Numbers 28:18
18 In the first day shall be an holy convocation; ye shall do no manner of servile work therein:

– Numbers 28:25
25 And on the seventh day ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work.

– Isaiah 64:8
8 But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

– Psalms 106:13
13 They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:

– Ps. 106:21-22 21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.

– Ps. 106:24 Yea, they despised the pleasant land, they believed not his word:

– Psalms 77:11
11 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.

– Psalms 77:12
12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

– Psalms 145:4
4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

– Psalms 145:5
5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

– Psalms 145:9
9 The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

– Exodus 5:4
4 And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from theirworks? get you unto your burdens.

– Genesis 2:3
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his workwhich God created and made.

– Psalms 46:8
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

– Ecclesiastes 1:14
14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

– Isaiah 37:19
19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.

– Isaiah 41:24
24 Behold, ye are of nothing, and your work of nought: an abomination is he that chooseth you.

– Isaiah 41:29
29 Behold, they are all vanity; their works are nothing: their molten images are wind and confusion.

– Micah 5:13
13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.

– Psalms 118:17
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.

– Psalms 17:4
4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.

– Isaiah 43:13
13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?

– Job 34:19
19 How much less to him that accepteth not the persons of princes, nor regardeth the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.

– Proverbs 8:22
22 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

– Leviticus 23:8
… in the seventh day is an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein.

– Leviticus 23:25
25 Ye shall do no servile work therein: but ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

– Leviticus 23:28
28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God.

– Leviticus 23:30
30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people.

– Leviticus 23:31
31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

–Leviticus 23:35

35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein

– Job 36:24
24 Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold.

– Ecclesiastes 7:13
13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

– Habakkuk 2:18
18 ¶What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols?

– Psalms 9:1
1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

– Jeremiah 10:3
3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

– Psalms 64:9
9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the workof God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

–Deuteronomy 32:4
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.
– Nehemiah 6:9
9 For they all made us afraid, saying, Their hands shall be weakened from the work, that it be not done. Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.

– Nehemiah 6:14
14 My God, think thou upon Tobiah and Sanballat according to these their works, and on the prophetess Noadiah, and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear.

– Isaiah 49:4
4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God.

– Psalms 66:3
3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

– Psalms 66:5
5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.

Jeremiah 51:10
10 The Lord hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God.
– Psalms 33:4
4 For the word of the Lord is right; and all his works are done in truth.

 

 

Pride and Humility: The Universal Problem & Solution

Some aspects of pride:

-I want to do it my way.

-I want to get to heaven in the end (happiness), and I’ll get there in my time, and in my way.

-Jehovah has given councils, but those are not suited to me personally, I have tried those and failed, I shall set those aside and do things my way. I shall reach heaven nevertheless. I do not fear, I am confident that going on in the way I currently am is fine.

-No one should interfere with the way I do things, not even the councils of prophets of Jehovah.

-I am different and the councils of Jehovah do not apply to me, they will not lead me to happiness as quickly as my ways are doing so.
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Some aspects of humility:

-Faith (assurance) in God’s existence, and that his councils are better for me than my chosen methods. They will lead me to heaven, and they alone will lead me there. There is no other way. Should I set aside the councils of Jehovah, I will be on a different path. Since only Jehovahs path leads to heaven, I will end up at a destination other than heaven.

-Faith that I can be successful in areas of my life where I have formerly not been successful. Jehovah has power to change my capacities.

-Inaceptance that my life will never progress. A determination to be better than I was yesterday. Assurance that the human is designed with the capacity to use it’s past to construct a different future. I will repent all of the time, saying sorry to Elohim for when I have acted according to my wisdom instead of His wisdom, and ask forgiveness in the name of Jehovah. Ask Elohim for the strength to not make similar mistakes in the future. I am determined that I shall not make these same mistakes in the future. I will pray more frequently until I have over come this habit.

-I am willing for my life to change upon the councils of Jehovah. I am willing to be humiliated for this. The only person I care getting approval from is Jehovah.

-I recognize that each day will be an opportunity to master myself. I expect to master myself, and SOON.

-I refuse to become discouraged, not because I accept my life the way it is and that it’s ok to remain the way I am, but because I am sure that Jehovah will help me improve in every way which is aligned with his councils as I ask him to and give my best efforts. Though I need time to relax, I also need time to work, and know Jehovah can make my weaknesses become strengths.

-The main question I ask myself is “How can I draw nearer to Jehovah today than I was yesterday, based on doing the things that he has counciled me to do?”

-I know the prophets modern and ancient are the mouthpiece of Jehovah, so their councils are my top priority. This is because I want to go to heaven, and the way of Jehovah is the only way to get there.

Summary:

-If we are not progressing, it is because of pride. Pray more often to get out of pride. None of the councils of Jehovah are optional for our happiness. They alone will lead us to heaven (happiness here and hereafter). Our top concern should be to find the aspects of our lives not in tune with the councils of Jehovah, and change those into being in tune with the councils of Jehovah.

 

 

Prophets Teach Obedience

 

-“The question is frequently asked, “Can we not be saved without going through with all those ordinances? I would answer, No, not the fullness of salvation. Jesus said, There are many mansions in my Father’s house, and I will go and prepare a place for you. House here named should have been translated kingdom; and any person who is exalted to the highest mansion has to abide a celestial law, and the whole law too.

“If a man gets a fullness of the priesthood of God he has to get it in the same way that Jesus Christ obtained it, and that was by keeping all the commandments and obeying all the ordinances of the house of the Lord.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 331, 308.)

-Joseph Smith told the brethren that it was time that the prophecy of the hearts turning to the fathers it is time for such; he told them to pray for it until they receive it; one brother prayed for it each morning at a time set apart for such and he eventually a feeling encompassed him about how he is nothing compared to God and a conviction that to get salvation he needs to be exactly obedient. (see Personal Glimpses of the Prophet Joseph Smith complied by Hyrum L Andras and Helen May Andrus)

-by obedience Jesus won (LDS Hymnal)

– Jesus was baptized to witness that he would obey the father in all (2 Nephi 31 The Book of Mormon)

-the earth is more obedient than man because it obeys God quote

– even the animals will obey God

 

 

 

Build a Highway to Zion: The Redemptive Life of Moving Mountains

Build a highway for the people of God to return. This in part means do the work of God however difficult and back-breakingly heavy, and your life will pass by as a dream, and you will die exhausted and look back and say, “what happened?” And you will see that you have carved through the mountainside and a trail is behind you. You will see that you have been moving mountains for others to have a pathway to come to ZION.

 

Commandments and Councils List

This is a list of things which God has asked us to do via his prophets in the Latter-days. If you doubt any of these, notify me and I’ll help get you the reference for them showing prophets who have asked these things of us. Though some of these may be considered mere ‘councils’ rather than ‘commandments’, we, like Jesus our leader, seek to ‘live by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God’

-The ten commandments, including ‘6 days shalt thou work’

-The word of wisdom (don’t’s as well as do’s; no tobacco alcohol coffee tea, yes wheat fruit vegetables meat sparingly and exercise etc)

-the law of tithing (10% of your income give to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)

-study the scriptures often (Elder Ballard says to do it thirty minutes each morning before you start your day)

-live the law of chastity (no sexual relations except between a man and wife lawfully married)

-follow the prophet (receive their council as from the mouth of the Lord Himself)

-pray often (to the Father in the name of Christ)

-the law of the fast, including fast offerings (In The Miracle of Forgivenes, President Kimball says to not fast is a sin; not only sins of commission are sin, but sins of omission are sin too.)

-young men to serve full time missions (if you question as to weather this is a commandment, see my post “Missions: Commanded to Go”. I’ve compiled prophets quotes on how this is not up to debate.)

-service in the church

-monthly hometeach for men, visit teach for women.

-men receive the Priesthood

-women have children

-be baptized

-come unto Jesus Christ

-teach your children the gospel freely by age 8 (or the sins of the child are on the parents’ head)

-get endowment in the temple

-marry in the temple

-keep temple covenants

-redeem your ancestors via the temple

-men provide for your family

-women nurture your family

-have 1-year supply of food storage

-love God and your neighbor

-establish a house of order

-no dating until 16 years old

-dress modestly (see church guidelines)

-find people for the missionaries to teach

-rejoice

-lift up your head

-warn your neighbors about the gospel

-get a personal witness from the Holy Ghost that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is his true and living church on the earth today.

-sustain your local church leaders

-obey the law of the land

-partake of the sacrament (worthily) on sundays

-repent of all your sins

-don’t let secret combinations take charge of your nation

-stand up for the rights of your children and country

-follow the Holy Ghost’s promptings

-be still and behold the salvation of God

-be anxiously engaged in a good cause

-don’t run faster than you have strength (Elder Neil A Maxwell says this is a type of nervousness that disables us from giving our all)

-study foreign and local governments

-study geography, oceanography, and things over the earth

-study languages of foreign nations

-study all good science and learning

-give all you have to build up the Church and Kingdom of God on earth

-don’t judge others unrighteously

-pray for mercy

-turn the other cheek when others smite you

-when asked to go one mile go two

-when asked for something give it and more

-settle disputes amongst yourselves rather than taking things to court when possible (agree with thine enemy whilst thou art in the way with him)

-uphold the Constitution of the USA

-pay back those you have wronged

-don’t gossip or backbite

-elect political leaders whom are righteous men of God

-feed the hungry

-clothe the naked

-visit the lonely

-care for your parents when they grow old

-visit the imprissoned

-treat others with the same respect and charity that we would Christ

-always recognize your nothingness before God and your dependance on him and his hand in all things.

-confess your sins at church

-attend your church meetings faithfully

-magnify your calling (leave it better than you found it like the parable of the ten virgins)

-attend the temple often

-flee from Babylon

-build Zion

-seek to make your calling and election sure (Joseph Smith admonishes us to do that as well as Paul)

-have Family Home Evening once a week (usually Monday nights)

-avoid debt like the plague (TSM calls debt a demon)

-be civil in your dealings with others

-what you would have done to you, to do others

-don’t idol away your time

-learn the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

-confess major sins to your bishop, whom will help you be forgiven in the name of the Church seeing as he is a judge in Israel.

-men no earrings or other piercings

-women only one pair of earrings.

-no tatoes

 

 

Faithlessness: Our #1 Problem

Topics: academics, apologetics, faith, parenting, politics

The biggest problem with me and anyone else who has a problem is the lack of faith – the lack of concrete trust in God – the lack of confidence in God – the lack of a surety that the end of days, yes, that the Millennium of millenniums is here, upon our doorstep! The knowledge that the times are here, it’s all here for The Showdown. This aspect of Faith as well as others are the most important thing that we need; this brings the good faith to teach your kids; you need the faith to read your books; you need faith learn the history of the earth; in faith you must defend Christianity and Mormonism; you need faith faith faith faith to do these things; faith brother is what you and everyone else with a problem needs more than anything – faith faith faith faith!

 

 

Faith Hope and Charity unto Salvation

 

 

For an audio video presentation which lead to the writing of this essay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekWlVxPfXsQ

  1. Faith leads to hope, hope leads to charity, charity leads to salvation.
    aka faith -> hope -> charity -> salvation
    2. Satan’s goal = damn us.
    aka disable our salvation.
    How can be best do this?
    Trace back the line, salvation ultimately comes from faith.
    The book of Moses shows us that in Satan’s brief encounter with Moses, he struck at Moses’ faith.
    3. chrity is the step before salvation (see Matthew), “inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these” is the line in the sand for salvation.
    4.  charity is more likely to come to pass when a person has faith and hope. In faith, we learn 1. what we have been given, and 2. what may yet be hoped for in the future. These inspire charity.
    5. missionaries baptize persons after a few weeks of meeting with them rather than years, because once faith is there and the Holy Ghost from baptism, the rest comes from God, via the Holy Ghost. The sewer plants a seed, then God sends the rain and sunlight. Our part is easy, just like Christ said, “my yoke is easy, my burden is light.” Faith is like a germ which devours cancerous cells, spreading quickly throughout the whole system.
    6. a study of the gospel changes behavior faster than a study of behavor changes behavior (Elder Packer said, see Preach My Gospel manual for missionary service.)
    7. When you’re depressed or dissatisfied with your life, its not because you don’t believe enough or hope enough, but because your acts aren’t enough. You aren’t participating in the advancement of the human race as well as you anticipated. So faith is not the endgame, charity is the endgame. But we’ve seen that charity is most likely produced via the foundation of faith. I submit further that in order to have perfect charity aimed in the right direction and applied in the right way, this type of charity can ONLY come via faith.
    8. lack of faith is the universal problem in society and individuals, and the universal remedy is faith.
    9. Alma 32 speaks of gaining belief, and says if you don’t believe, use a des
    10. synonyms for faith hope and charity are belief motivation and action/behavior.
    11. Charity = power + righteous application.
    Thus, an antonym for charity is power + unrighteous application = abuse.
    12. Belief proceeds action because you won’t try for something which you don’t really believe is there.
    13. When you believe in something enough, and are sufficiently motivated (which motivation comes from the belief), you WILL act for it.
    14. Faith comes from hearing the word of God, you need someone to introduce you to faith. You can’t even fathom faith and spirituality without an introduction, you wouldn’t even know that part of your brian existed not to metion how to use it. Someone to suggest the correct reading (the scriptures ancient and modern).
    15. Lack of motivation/desire (hope), you must have more of the belief/faith. Faith hope and charity are 3 rungs of a stairset. If you don’t want it, you don’t believe it’s great. Learn about this better world, where is it, what is it, why is it. The more you learn about it, the more it opens channels of your mind that have been closed for too long, the more premortal memories you awaken.
    16. A Relief Society sister in General Conference said God will give you as much power as you are wise enough to handle. Wisdom here probably is synonymous with belief. Believe the right things, the right way to handle and approach things, and you’ll get more power. In other words, the more faith you have, the more charity you’ll be given.
    17. You go from step 1 (faith) to step 3 (charity) quickly. The middle step 2 (hope) is almost subconscious; the thing to work at is building your faith, then hope comes, then charity comes. Refer to verse 6 of this document, that a study of the gospel changes behavior faster than a study of behavior changes behavior.
    18. A general and major source of depression is lack of service to others (charity). Is it any wonder that the soul of man is depressed when he is not doing the thing which produces salvation?
    19. Charity is not something we do in this life so we can relax in heaven. Brigham Young said the streets if heaven if gold, were paved by the saints to become that way. God works, his work is our salvation (immortality and eternal life (see Moses 1:39); immortality means that your body and soul will live on forever, eternal life means that you’ll live the life like God lives). God weeps. This is one of the greatest revelations of the last days; in the book of Moses, we have the account of Enoch, and his interview with God, wherein he sees God weeping. When Enoch asks why he wept, God reponds that these are his children suffering, and though it is worth it and he does it for us, it is indeed hard. God lives a flavorful life. The scripture says in the millennium God will wipe away all tears and there will be more more sorrow because there will be no more death; indeed, there will be a great period of rejoicing, but the work of God goes on, and as new candidates are introduced to the plan of salvation, they will go through some amount of suffering, and this will to some extent sadden our souls at times.
    20. We cannot imagine that there are no real requirements for salvation. See Elder Christofferson’s message on the need for a Savior. Furthermore, though our good works are as filthy rags as the scritpure says, we also know that exaltation must be earned, it cannot be given to unworthy candidates. All fall short, but some things must be done for exaltation.

 

 

To Obey is Better than Sacrifice: The Secret Code for Valiant Service

 

 

 

 

To serve God valiantly is to do all that he commands, not just good hobbies, not just what I think is tolerable. its to do the boots on the ground hard work that needs to get done. Do you want to please God? Then ask: Am I out of debt? Am I spending time with my family regularly and teaching them the gospel? Am I being nice to those around me? Am I doing well in school and career goals for the betterment of society and my household? Am I making good choices with my body, including healthy food and exercise? Am I making my home an environment for ideal child development, and keeping the doors open thereto? Am I ministering to my spouse and neighbors? Young men, have you completed your church missions? Young adults, ask, have I married and got my children on the way and my career beginning, including taking full advantage of educational opportunities?  (For a brilliant discourse from Elder Anderson in 2011 about having children while going to school see his message “Children”, where he recounts president Kimball’s council to a young student, “would the Lord want you to break one of his important commandments in order for you to become a doctor? With the help of the Lord, you can have your family and still become a doctor. Where is your faith?” (Conf. Report, Oct. 2011 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/10/children?lang=eng.)) Know that yes, God will give me time for recreation, hobbies, learning and teaching of the various fields of knowledge, especially gospel knowledge, but when He has commanded, and the servant is not quick to obey every call, that is a slothful servant, and loses his reward.

Remember always, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams (1 Sam. 15:22).  If you have a great idea but it means you would not be able to obey the commands of the Lord to enact that idea, know that said idea needs to be put in its place, and take a backseat priority as compared to the Lord’s commands. Long have the people of the Lord been commanded to offer the firstlings of their flocks, the cream of their crop, the best of the harvest, not the leftovers or the blemished. There may be room for the sand after the rocks have fit into the jar, but never will the rocks fit if you put the sand first. To put the rocks in first (meaning the prophetic priorities) is to trust God and lean not unto your own understanding (Psalms 3:5-6). While following the promptings of the Holy Ghost to do wonderful things in the Lord’s kingdom, being not commanded in all things but doing much good of your own free will (D&C 58:26), we must discern that the spirit of God is what leads us in accordance and within the boundaries of the laws of God.

 

 

Prophets Invite Us to Magnify Our Priesthood

-“ if it (your Priesthood) is magnified, your priesthoodservice will bless Heavenly Father’s children more thanyou can now imagine is possible.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ I found three wonderful things in place to speedmy growth in the priesthood. The first was a presidentwho knew how to sit in council with the members of hisquorum. The second was great faith in Jesus Christ thatled to the great love we have heard of—love for eachother. And the third was a shared conviction that ouroverarching priesthood purpose was to labor for thesalvation of men.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“we prayed together, the priestsquorum and I, and I then asked each to speak. I listenedintently, and it seemed to me that they did too, to eachother. After a while, a feeling of peace settled on us…It became clear to me what the quorum was to do andnot to do…miracle for mewas to see a united priesthood council’s faith in JesusChrist bringing revelation to the man with thepriesthood keys.“ (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“key to increased learning is to have love foreach other that comes from great faith. I am not surewhich comes first, but both always seem to be therewhenever there is great and rapid learning in thepriesthood.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Love invites the Holy Ghost to be present to confirmtruth. And the joy of learning divine truths creates lovein the hearts of people who shared the experience oflearning…Discord or jealousy inhibitsthe ability of the Holy Ghost to teach us and inhibits ourability to receive light and truth. And the feelings ofdisappointment that invariably follow are the seeds ofgreater discord and faultfinding among those whoexpected a learning experience that did not come.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“The priesthood holders who learn well together alwaysseem to me to have great peacemakers among them.You see peacemaking in priesthood classes and incouncils. It is the gift to help people find commonground when others are seeing differences. It is thepeacemaker’s gift to help people see that whatsomeone else said was a contribution rather than acorrection.

With enough of the pure love of Christ and a desire tobe peacemakers, unity is possible in priesthoodcouncils and in classes. It takes patience and humility,but I have seen it happen even when issues are difficultand the people in councils or classes come from vastlydifferent backgrounds. It is possible to rise to the lofty standard set by the Lordfor priesthood holders in making decisions in quorums.It is possible when there is great faith and love and theabsence of contention.

” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“Speaking of those given great priesthood trust in thislife, the Lord said, “Even before they were born, they,with many others, received their first lessons in theworld of spirits and were prepared to come forth in thedue time of the Lord to labor in his vineyard for thesalvation of the souls of men. In the priesthood we share the sacred duty to labor forthe souls of men. We must do more than learn that thisis our duty. It must go down into our hearts so deeplythat neither the many demands on our efforts in thebloom of life nor the trials that come with age can turnus from that purpose.”5” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“with great intensity he said to me, “Why am I stillliving? Why am I still here? I can’t do anything.”

I told him that he was doing something for me. He waslifting me with his faith and his love. Even in our shortvisit, he made me want to be better. His example ofdetermination to do something that mattered hadinspired me to try harder to serve others and the Lord.

” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ time in the school of the priesthood in this life willbe relatively brief compared to eternity. But even in thatshort span, he has mastered the eternal curriculum. Hewill carry with him, wherever the Lord will call,priesthood lessons of eternal worth.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng

Speaking of a man eager to serve in the Priesthood by trying to convert others even in his old age etc. )

-“Not only should you be eager to learn your priesthoodlessons in this life, but you should be optimistic aboutwhat is possible. A few of us may limit in our minds ourpossibilities to learn what the Lord sets before us in Hisservice.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“You may have thought at one time how much betteryour life would have been if only you had beenadmitted to study in some fine school. I pray that youwill see the greatness of God’s love for you and of theopportunity He has given you to enter His priesthoodschool. If you will be diligent and obedient in the priesthood,treasures of spiritual knowledge will be poured outupon you. You will grow in your power to resist evil andto proclaim the truth that leads to salvation. You willfind joy in the happiness of those you lead towardexaltation. Your family will become a place of learning. I testify that the keys of the priesthood have beenrestored. President Thomas S. Monson holds andexercises those keys. God lives and knows youperfectly. Jesus Christ lives. You were chosen for thehonor of holding the sacred priesthood. In the name ofJesus Christ, amen.” (President Eyring April 2011 Conf. Report “Learning in the Priesthood,” Ensign orLiahona, May 2011, 62–65 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/learning-in-the-priesthood?lang=eng)

-“ sometimes, in spiteof our good intentions, we delay doing what we shoulddo or we misunderstand what we were taught. As aresult, inspired words of counsel might not have thepromised effect.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“We human beings have a strange tendency tocomplicate simple things. We set up rules, laws, bylaws,processes, and subprocesses. Eventually, we pile upload after load until we end up under a huge weight ofexpectations that are so complicated it is difficult tokeep track of them, let alone meet them. This is one of the reasons Paul said, “The letter killeth,but the spirit giveth life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).

Too often, we complicate the beauty and simplicity ofthe gospel of Jesus Christ with endless lists ofmeticulous expectations. However, when we focus onthe “why” of the gospel, much of the confusion fadesaway. Why are we here? Why are we asked to obey thecommandments? Why is the Atonement of Jesus Christof such value to us?

The proper “why” questions will lead us to the proper“who,” “what,” “when,” “where,” and “how” decisions.

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“There are many ways to enhanceour precious council time, like always coming wellprepared. We could handle scheduling or otherorganizational matters by memo, phone, e-mail, or text.When we allow organizational matters to dominate ourefforts and time in our councils, we run the risk ofmissing the mark of why the Lord has called us tominister in His Church. We meet in councils to seek the inspiration of the Spiritin building the kingdom of God. We meet to seek theanswers to two basic questions:

  1. How can we help our members better love the Lord our God with all their heart, soul, and mind?
    2. How can we help our members better love their neighbors as themselves?
    ” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“By simplifying and strengthening the council processand by inviting the Spirit, we will find the life and fire ofthe Holy Spirit, who provides guidance and heavenlysupport for our efforts.

Some may be tempted to say, “Just tell us what to do,and we’ll do it.” While we commend a righteous desireto be obedient, there is more to leadership in theChurch (and more to life) than simply checking items offan assigned to-do list.

As you have noticed, the new handbooks do not specifyin great detail every action you are to take in yourcalling. These handbooks were provided for the rightamount of structure without regimenting every detail. Itmight be wise to look at the handbooks and even thescriptures not as checklists or detailed scripts but ratheras opportunities to prepare our minds and hearts toreceive divine inspiration for our responsibilities.

Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t seek revelation oranswers from the scriptures or the handbooks becausewe think we know the answers already.

Brothers and sisters, as good as our previousexperience may be, if we stop asking questions, stopthinking, stop pondering, we can thwart the revelationsof the Spirit…We can block the growth and knowledgeour Heavenly Father intends for us. How often has theHoly Spirit tried to tell us something we needed to knowbut couldn’t get past the massive iron gate of what wethought we already knew?

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“Real growth, however, is defined as growth inthe number of active members…Perhapsthe more accurate indicators of real growth in thegospel of Jesus Christ are those that we can’t measureas easily, such as daily prayer, scripture study, familyhome evening, love at home and for our neighbor, andpersonal experiences with Christ’s Atonement. Theseare recorded not by a clerk in Church records but in ourhearts and in heaven.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“ missionary efforts are compromised if we baptizeGod’s children but do not maintain love and friendshipwith these precious new members who are excited tofind fellowship with the Saints and a place of belongingin the household of God…our councils can deliberate on the spiritualand temporal welfare of every member—taking specialcare to consider each new convert. Our work as acouncil is to help our members grow in their love forHeavenly Father and their fellowman. If we focus ourefforts here, one-on-one, many more members will feelthat they have found a home in the Church—that theyhave found the “why” of the gospel.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“ if you are focused on the “why” of thegospel, the Spirit will direct your humble efforts.

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“If your circumstances are less than ideal, please takecomfort in knowing that the Lord will support andenhance your efforts, sanctify your decisions andactions, perfect them through the tender mercies ofChrist, and “consecrate [your] performance … , that [it]may be for the welfare of [your] soul” (2 Nephi 32:9) andthe souls of those you serve.” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

-“there is little good in hearing theword of God if we do not translate what we hear intoour lives. Consequently, we ask that you take thefollowing steps without hesitation and continue to doso throughout your service in your callings.

First, individually and as councils, prayerfully considerthe instruction you have received. Think of priesthoodpower in the home, honoring divine covenants,rescuing others, focusing on the one, strengthening ouryouth, and building eternal marriages and families byapplying gospel principles in our daily lives.

As you consider these topics, ask yourself about the“why” of your service and ministry and the resulting“therefore what” in your responsibilities as individualsand as councils. In this process, please open yourhearts and minds to the will of heaven, and I promisethat the Spirit will reveal the things that matter most—for you, your family, and your responsibilities in theChurch.

Second, as a result of pondering and discussion,determine a few specific actions you will commit toimplement. Please keep in mind that the actions of eachorganization, ward, stake, family, and individual may bedifferent. They should fit your circumstances andneeds. The unity we seek is not necessarily that we alldo exactly the same things at the same time but that weeach listen to and always follow the direction of thesame Holy Spirit.

Third, once you have made these commitments, followup on them within the scope of your responsibilitiesand callings at each of your council meetings. Please dothis. We ask you also to bring your decisions and effortsbefore the Lord in your daily prayers and ask for furtherlight and direction. Trust Him. He knows you, and Heloves you.

” (President Uchdorf: Acting of the Truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: worldwide leadership training meeting, Feb. 2012: https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-leadership-training/2012/01/acting-on-the-truths-of-the-gospel-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng)

–President Harold B. Lee has said to the teachers of theChurch that it is not only important to be understoodbut also not to be misunderstood. (Harold B. Lee, in Teaching, No Greater Call(1999), 52.)

– “We are here to assist our[Heavenly] Father in His work and His glory, ‘to bring topass the immortality and eternal life of man’ (Moses1:39). Your obligation is as serious in your sphere ofresponsibility as is my obligation in my sphere.” (President Gordon B. Hinckley, “This Is the Work of the Master,” Ensign, May 1995, 71.)

 

 

Living Beneath Our Privileges

 

 

-Brigham Young says how he could weep like a whipped child when he thinks of how far the saints fell short of their possibilities and opportunities. (see Hugh Nibley BofM/PoGP lectures for source)

-“If we are to build that Zion of which the prophets have spoken and of which the Lord has given mighty promise, we must set aside our consuming selfishness. We must rise above our love for comfort and ease, and in the very process of effort and struggle, even in our extremity, we shall become better acquainted with our God.

Let us never forget that we have a marvelous heritage received from great and courageous people who endured unimaginable suffering and demonstrated unbelievable courage for the cause they loved. You and I know what we should do. God help us to do it when it needs to be done, I humbly pray in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” (https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1991/10/our-mission-of-saving?lang=eng President Hinckley, Conf. Report Oct. 1991 Our Mission of Saving)

-we are commanded to rest on the Sabbath all throughout scripture. Working on the Sabbath is living beneath your privileges! You could have the day off, and God would take care of you if you only trusted him!

-when it becomes evening time, it’s time to stop worrying about money and be satisfied with the provisions we have and be involved in non-financial ordeals, of which there are many of import. Psalms 104:23
23 Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.

-The laborer is worthy of his hire: we can have according to our needs if we’re only willing to work!

-What God has revealed to the highest prophet, he will reveal to any saint if that saint keeps the law prerequisite for that understanding. God is no respecter of persons.

-“We are not yet caught up to the ancients in spiritual matters. They had higher spiritual knowledge than we do. “We have yet to gain that full knowledge and understanding of the doctrines of salvation and the mysteries of the kingdom that were possessed by many of the ancient Saints. O that we knew what Enoch and his people knew! Or that we had the sealed portion of the Book of Mormon, as did certain of the Jaredites and Nephites! How can we ever gain these added truths until we believe in full what the Lord has already given us in the Book of Mormon, in the Doctrine and Covenants, and in the inspired changes made by Joseph Smith in the Bible? Will the Lord give us the full and revealed account of the creation as long as we believe in the theories of evolution? Will he give us more guidance in governmental affairs as long as we choose socialistic ways which lead to the overthrow of freedom?

We have yet to attain that degree of obedience and personal righteousness which will give us faith like the ancients: faith to multiply miracles, move mountains, and put at defiance the armies of nations; faith to quench the violence of fire, divide seas and stop the mouths of lions; faith to break every band and to stand in the presence of God. Faith comes in degrees. Until we gain faith to heal the sick, how can we ever expect to move mountains and divide seas?

We have yet to receive such an outpouring of the Spirit of the Lord in our lives that we shall all see eye to eye in all things, that every man will esteem his brother as himself, that there will be no poor among us, and that all men seeing our good works will be led to glorify our Father who is in heaven. Until we live the law of tithing how can we expect to live the law of consecration? As long as we disagree as to the simple and easy doctrines of salvation, how can we ever have unity on the complex and endless truths yet to be revealed?

We have yet to perfect our souls, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel, and to walk in the light as God is in the light, so that if this were a day of translation we would be prepared to join Enoch and his city in heavenly realms. How many among us are now prepared to entertain angels, to see the face of the Lord, to go where God and Christ are and be like them? . . .

Our time, talents, and wealth must be made available for the building up of his kingdom. Should we be called upon to sacrifice all things, even our lives, it would be of slight moment when weighed against the eternal riches reserved for those who are true and faithful in all things. (Ensign, Apr. 1980, 25 Bruce R. McConkie)“

-Joseph Smith said he could have taught the people much more than he did about the Kingdom of Heaven, but they weren’t prepared to receive it.

-Video from President Uchdorf on the subject: https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2013-01-001-your-potential-your-privileges?lang=eng

-“We all know that the priesthood is much more than just a name or title. The Prophet Joseph taught that “the Priesthood is an everlasting principle, and existed with God from eternity … to eternity, without beginning of days or end of years.”1 It holds “even the key of the knowledge of God.”2 In fact, through the priesthood the very “power of godliness is manifest.”3

The blessings of the priesthood transcend our ability to comprehend. Faithful Melchizedek Priesthood holders can “become … the elect of God.” 4 They are “sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies”5 and can ultimately receive “all that [the] Father hath.”6 This may be hard to comprehend, but it is beautiful, and I testify that it is true.

The fact that our Heavenly Father would entrust this power and responsibility to man is evidence of His great love for us and a foreshadowing of our potential as sons of God in the hereafter.

Nevertheless, too often our actions suggest that we live far beneath this potential. When asked about the priesthood, many of us can recite a correct definition, but in our daily lives, there may be little evidence that our understanding goes beyond the level of a rehearsed script.

Brethren, we are faced with a choice. We can be satisfied with a diminished experience as priesthood bearers and settle for experiences far below our privileges. Or we can partake of an abundant feast of spiritual opportunity and universal priesthood blessings.

As you read the scriptures and listen to the words of the prophets with all your heart and mind, the Lord will tell you how to live up to your priesthood privileges. Don’t let a day go by without doing something to act on the promptings of the Spirit….

As bearers of the priesthood, let us never become hardened to the wonder and awe of what the Lord has entrusted to us….

My dear brethren, may we diligently seek to learn the doctrine of the holy priesthood, may we strengthen our testimonies line upon line by receiving the revelations of the Spirit, and may we find true joy in daily priesthood service. As we do these things, we will begin to live up to our potential and privileges as priesthood holders, and we will be able to “do all things through Christ which strengtheneth [us].” (Philippians 4:13.)” (President Uchdorf, Your Potential, Your Privilege, Conf. Report Apr. 2011 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/your-potential-your-privilege?lang=eng#19-PD50028768_000_3040)

-“We live beneath our privileges when we allow worldly anchors to keep us away from the abundant joy that comes from faithful and dedicated priesthood service, especially within the walls of our own homes. We live beneath our privileges when we fail to partake of the feast of happiness, peace, and joy that God grants so bountifully to faithful priesthood servants.” (President Uchdorf, Your Potential, Your Privilege, Conf. Report Apr. 2011 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2011/04/your-potential-your-privilege?lang=eng#19-PD50028768_000_3040)

–Elder Maxwell reiterated President Brigham Young’s assertion that “we live far beneath our privileges” in terms of receiving revelation from God for guidance (see Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe [1954], 32). Elder Maxwell counseled: “To the degree that we cease to live beneath our privileges, we can lift the Church.” (Apr. 2003 News of the Church https://www.lds.org/ensign/2003/04/news-of-the-church?lang=eng)

-“We don’t have the luxury of living beneath ourselves or being casual about seeking the gifts of the Spirit.

But we are up to the challenge.“ (Jan. 1999 Liahona We Are Not Alone Sheri L. Dew Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency; https://www.lds.org/liahona/1999/01/we-are-not-alone?lang=eng)

-“ in 1870, Eliza R. Snow asked thousands of women a question that I’d like to repeat today: “Do you know of any place on the face of the earth, where [a] woman has more liberty, and where she enjoys such high and glorious privileges as she does here, as a Latter-day Saint?” 1 I bear witness that the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints do enjoy grand and glorious privileges.” ( Gratitude: A Path to Happiness: Bonnie D. Parkin

Recently Released General Relief Society President; Apr. 2007 Conf. Report

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/04/gratitude-a-path-to-happiness?lang=eng)

-“…All of this is to try to tell you how your Father in Heaven feels about you and what He has designed for you to become. And if for a time any of you are less visionary than this or seem bent on living beneath your privilege, then we express even greater love for you and plead with you to make your teenage years a triumph, not a tragedy. Fathers and mothers, prophets and apostles have no motive except to bless your life and to spare you every possible heartache we can spare you.” (To Young Women

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

https://www.lds.org/liahona/2005/11/to-young-women?lang=eng Nov. 2005 Conf. Report)

-“There is no doubt, if a person lives according to the revelations given to God’s people, he may have the Spirit of the Lord to signify to him His will, and to guide and to direct him in the discharge of his duties, in his temporal as well as his spiritual exercises. I am satisfied, however, that in this respect, we live far beneath our privileges.” ( Brigham Young, JD 12:104)

–Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once shared a story from his personal experience that illustrates President Young’s observation. Several years after Elder Ballard had returned from serving as a mission president, one of his former missionaries came to see him in his office at Church headquarters.

“President,” this missionary said, “I think I’m losing my testimony.”

Elder Ballard was surprised because this missionary had been one of his most faithful elders.

The young man continued, “For the first time, I have read some anti-Mormon literature [and] I have some questions, and nobody will answer them for me.”

Though the questions were what Elder Ballard described as “the standard anti-Church issues,” he explained to the young man that he would like some time to collect the appropriate materials to ensure that he could provide some meaningful answers. The elder agreed, and they set an appointment to meet again in 10 days.

As the former missionary left the office, Elder Ballard stopped him and said, “Elder, you’ve asked me several questions here today. . . . Now I have one for you.”

Elder Ballard then asked, “How long has it been since you read from the Book of Mormon?”

The missionary admitted that it had been a long time.

“All right,” Elder Ballard responded. “You have given me my assignment. It’s only fair that I give you yours. I want you to promise me that you will read in the Book of Mormon for at least one hour every day between now and our next appointment.”

The missionary reluctantly agreed. Elder Ballard’s own words describe what happened next:

Ten days later he returned to my office, and I was ready. I pulled out my papers to start answering his questions. But he stopped me.

“President,” he said, “that isn’t going to be necessary.” Then he explained: “I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.”

“Well, that’s great,” I said, “but you’re going to get answers to your questions anyway. I worked a long time on this, so you just sit there and listen.”

I answered all of those questions and then asked, “Elder, what have you learned from this?”

And he said, “Give the Lord equal time.” ( M. Russell Ballard, When Thou Art Converted: Continuing Our Search for Happiness (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2001), 51–52.) (https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/daniel-k-judd_wonderful-flood-light/ “A Wonderful Flood of Light” Daniel K. Judd Dec. 7, 2004, BYU Speeches)

-“Phinehas (Young) visited a young woman dying of consumption, he was prompted to “lay hands on the sufferer and rebuke the disease.” He did so, and the woman was healed. He wrote, “I had never seen anything of the kind in my life, but had always believed the people were living far beneath their privileges.”” (Maxfield, pp. 1–2.) (By Leonard J. Arrington and JoAnn Jolley Ensign AUGUST 1980 THE FAITHFUL YOUNG FAMILY: THE PARENTS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF BRIGHAM)

 

 

Know, Not Just Believe

 

 

People who “Know” the gospel is true (not just believe), and how they came to know.

 

-Alma 5:45

-NT: Jesus said ye shall KNOW (not just believe) the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

-We have heard many prophets declare they know God with a sure witness more powerful than even that of the sense (for some of those quotes see my Special Witnesses document in the Restoration book). Joseph Smith taught that these blessings are available for all church members, not just the leaders.

-see Truman Madsen lectures on revelation, sources of knowledge, etc.

-Jesus said that he is full of grace and truth. Many have expounded on his grace, but do they allow his truth? The restoration brings much truth which the world of Christendom at large will not receive! They remain with the Greeks and philosophers, floundering for truth, rejecting it when it is right in front of them, to save face in front of their friends and scholarly peers. They mix scriptures with the philosophies of men. Jesus wants to tell us of our pre-mortal life, of our exaltatory potencial, and of the history and origins of God himself, the character of God, what God does, where he is, but will they hear it? No they will not.

-It is lying to say you know when you don’t actually know. But it’s equally lying to say that you don’t know when you really do.

-Only the Holy Ghost can give perfect knowledge.

-If you have to ask some trusted or wise friend, even an ecclesiastical leader such as your bishop the question of wheather you have a testimony, you don’t have a testimony. Go work on that.

 

 

 

Obedience to God Can Bring Seemingly Unrelated Blessings

 

 

to say only nature can reward us, i.e. not getting punishment for breaking laws of the land, is atheist. Obey God in, per se, writing in your journal, and God can bless you with finding a 5$ bill on the street. What does finding random currency have to do with writing about your day? Nothing. Yes there can be a blessing. Imagine a child with a parent, and you can understand how obedience to the parent can bring rewards in what ever way the parent sees fit, even if not directly relating to the action taken by the child. I clarify and repeat: there is a being in yonder cosmos who is involved in your life. He is God. Obey him, and he will interact with you in a positive way. It’s not merely that Gods laws are wise ideas. Some of them are strange, and seemingly irrelevant. But obey God, and be blessed. In other words, you can indeed be blessed for rendering obedience. Obedience for the sake of obedience. Getting a blessing for the sake of obeying. This philosophy requires theology, and is impossible with atheism. Is this true doctrine? Read your bibles. You’ll see the miracles of God. Look at Jesus healing those who wash in the same pool everyone else is washing in, yet they come away healed, despite prior bathing in that very place which would have been common in their lives. Look at Moses, whom went to cross the Red Sea at precisely the time it parted when everything was at stake. God told him what to do. He obeyed. He was blessed. Or consider Moses and the hand in the robe upon the word of God changing it. Yes, God is not a mere wise man, he is a God of miracles! If you don’t think you can and will be blessed merely for the sake of obedience to God, you deny that God is a God of miracles! God has more power. More science. More dominion, etc. God has already been through life and death and been resurrected. He has been there done that. He knows everything now. We are like toddlers in comparison to his operations, though we can learn much, and should we press on faithful, we will learn all he knows, and become like Him, our Father. Don’t children have the capacity to grow up to be like their parents? Yes. And God is our Father. Do you taste this? This is good doctrine. You can taste it.

 

The Way of The True Man

 

 

There is a way of manhood, of the true man, even God our father, and we becoming like him, shed various things which are not compliant with the standard of his character (and there is a female counterpart hidden presently from view for sacred protection which pertains to our trial; we know she exists but do not as yet see her nor know her name).

This letting go will include sloppy whiney unnaturally sounding music. it will include being unclean and disorderly in dress and maintenance of possessions. It will include the dedication of one’s time to building the kingdom of God and learning useful things and becoming skilled persons, with knowledge of truth, and love of beauty and excellence. Lesser things will be let go, and higher things adopted, until the highest is obtained.

Many argue in favor of sloppiness, vanity, and claim that those who finer things are simply bias, and that various scenarios of varying valor coexist in the kingdom of God. But these opinions are merely reflections of weak character which will be purified. The person atop the mount must not be persuaded to come down but wait patiently for others to likewise rise. The kingdom of God is like unto various cities, some greater and some lesser, but those of the lesser will always be constrained to honesty confess that the higher are indeed higher! The man whose moral convictions are atop the mountain is Jesus Christ, and he will not come down.

 

 

 

Priesthood

 

 

To heal. To help. To persuade. To reveal the future in such clarity in all it’s brightness so as to gain the confidence of your friends and lead them along to it in the bravery if sacrifice. To show them self-care in the midst of care of others. To initiate them in all things in the character of Christ and show them how to so put upon themselves.

Everything in the kingdom of God is voluntary. We chose to live there, to serve there, to be served there, to play these, to take naps there, generally speaking to live there. The kingdom of God isn’t just about serving others, it’s about living. Yes, we serve others, but it’s a choice.

Naturally you can’t live there if you never serve anyone, but it’s about the lifestyle altogether. They know how to party harder than anyone. They play much more enjoyable games. They soar the skies, the glide across the galaxies, they whisk through the clouds and skim the waters.

You might say its a wise economic decision if you like to use those terms. We give, but we get back even more. It’s a worthwhile giving. We are rewarded so much that we don’t even realize we are giving. We bask in the warmth of the love of Jesus Christ. We build things without paying taxes on them, without looters taking them from us.

We serve in the kingdom of God only when we are persuaded to. We are asked to do nothing until we have been given sufficient incentive. Priesthood works only by voluntary exchange. Forced charity is the definition of evil. Of course, there cannot be forced charity. That is slavery. Charity us something that flows naturally from the wells of our hearts. We find the joy of service, and we remember that we are pleasing the person who gave so much to us, more than we even comprehend, Jesus Christ. And His Father gave Him everything. And Fathers Father gave Him everything, etc. In God’s kingdom we are always heirs, receivers, more than we are givers. All we give is but a token of what we have received.

We persuade others to serve. We invite them to act. When they need a rest they are free to take it. When they don’t understand what we are asking they are free to go and think about it. We are not pushy salesmen. We love the product, so we can get carried away in our attempt to share it, but it is a gift which cannot be received under pressure. One must pull it toward them self, it cannot be pushed upon them.

The kingdom of God is a happy place, and service is but one component if the lifestyle of its inhabitants. Without service it wouldn’t be happy. With too much service it wouldn’t be happy either. How much is too much service? That is to each individual to decide. If a person wants more blessings, they can serve more. This doesn’t mean that those with a fullness of joy are constantly serving, but it dies mean that there is a lot if work to get done, and who better than us to do it. A person will be happy not only as they serve but as they rest and play. There are seasons of work and seasons of play. Some seasons are average, some are quite hard. One is willing to let the Lord have a voice in telling which season we are in.

Today we are weak, but in the resurrection our bodies will be strong, and capable if both working more and playing more.

Alma taught people the plan of salvation before teaching them the commandments. We establish God’s happy play for you, then we talk about how to make it happy, today and always. Where there is no vision the people perish. Study scripture and prophets and inspired writings of various types. Not only does the body need constant nourishment, but so dies the spirit. This feeding the spirit is done by scripture, music, literature, games, exercise, work, research, teaching, resting, etc.

 

Leading the Children in Prayer

 

 

I directed the children in “extra-long prayers for Sunday.” I had them kneel and told them to tell God all they were thankful for, then to ask what they wanted, then when they reported being done with these, I told them the next step and so on leading them through the whole process; I told them to pray to tell God all the things they like, then all the things they don’t like, and to ask Him to help there be less of the things they don’t like, then to tell Him who all their friends were, and to ask Him to bless them, then to tell Him who all their enemies were, and to ask Him to bless them all. Then they were to tell God awhat they wanted to be when they grow up, and what they didn’t want to be. Then they were to pray telling him all of their sins. When they reported being done, I said to think harder, there are more, and let them kneel a while on that. Then I told them to listen to what Heavenly Father has to say to them. They knelt a while saying nothing only listening. When they reported being done with this, they were to kneel and listen longer. Then all was finished, and they were to close in the name of Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

Versions of the Talmud

 

 

An Introduction by Spencer Cardwell

Spencer went to Catholic school, then BYU, now studies in Canada for his master’s in philosophy.

 

As far as translations of the Talmud, you first have to realize that you can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars for complete editions. Here is my thoughts on each major set.

 

The best copy of the Talmud is the

 

Complete Full Size Schottenstein Edition of the Talmud English Volumes (73 Volume Set)

Current Price: $2500

 

This is by far the best edition ever printed. The Aramaic text is presented on one page with the translation on the alternate. It is considered the best edition but with that price I could never justify buying it.

 

Next is the…

 

Koren Talmud Bavli (38 Volumes)

 

This is a good edition to start with because it contains a ton of commentary with pictures and diagrams to help you understand. It is sold as individual volumes about $40 each. So the price is about $1,520.

 

Next…

 

Soncino Hebrew/English Babylonian Talmud (30-Volume Set)

 

This is another excellent translation with the original language and the English. I don’t know much about it besides it costs around $900.

 

Next…

Rodkinson Talmud.

 

This Talmud is a 1903 translation. It is incomplete but is is about 20 volumes. This translation is not only old, but it is controversial because the translation is very poor and inaccurate. It is available online for free and a print copy might cost $300-$500 dollars.

 

I personally have a copy of Jacob Neusner’s

The Babylonian Talmud: A Translation and Commentary (23 Volumes)

 

Current Price: $650

 

This is the copy owned by BYU’s library. It is good scholarly translation but a little unconventional with how the mishnah and gemara are presented. I could send you pictures of it if you are interested.

I got mine for $100 a while ago so the price does go up and down.

 

That about does it for complete or almost complete editions of the Talmud.

 

You can also get abridgments such as the

 

Everyman’s Talmud: The Major Teachings of the Rabbinic Sages – $20

 

Or

 

The Talmud: A Selection (Penguin Classics)

-$20

 

If you do not know much about the Talmud these volumes might be a good place to start.

 

The Talmud is, at is core, a legal text. It can be super dull, but rewarding if you like to spend hundreds of hours to understand Jewish legalism of the 2nd- 5th century AD.

 

Editions of the Talmud go up and down in price a lot, so if you wait, you can get a edition for a much more reasonable price. I got my copy for $100 after months of looking.

 

 

Notes on First Presidency Christmas Devotional 2014

 

 

#ChristmasDevo
See
https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/watch/christmas-devotional/2014/12?lang=eng&vid=3929047363001

-We declare it in song old and new, that Jesus is coming.

-Pray that we may learn and do and become what the Lord NEEDS us to become.

-President Hinckley said how the greatest forces for good in the world are babies, that God uses such to change the world.

-Shepherds are who saw first baby Jesus. This inspires me, can I not now come unto and behold him?

-when we see tiny babies, remember to love without reserve

-when we see the Christmas star, remember the light of Christ that sheds through the world.

-baby Jesus slept as a child. As an adult he would wake men from darkness and sin.

-The Spirit of Christmas is the love of Jesus Christ.

-Hearing of the Nativity should inspire us to be like Jesus and Jesus’ family

-Mary was not popular but she was humble and had great faith and obedience, hence she was highly favored of the Lord and called for a special mission in life to raise God’s Son.

-Our birth is something of a condesention also for we though not physical children of God are his spirit children (*he gave life to our spirits in pre-mortality and raised us there before he sent us here to earth). We like Jesus came to earth to do great things. Jesus needed earth experience so do we.

-Just as Jesus we came down from heaven to do the will of him that sent us.

-To ascend on high we need to defend at least below some things.

-These experiences that we can learn to have mercy on others and how to succor them according to their infirmities.

-Joseph F. Smith 6th President of the Church when a young father worked at the church tithing office 6am to 11pm he got 3 dollars of tithing pay which meant he could go to the tithing place and get flower or meat or molasses. He wanted to please his children on Christmas but had not a cent to do it with. He saw the stores, and wept. He played with his children, and was grateful and happy only for them.

Joseph F. Smith grew up without much discipline and grew up rough. This experience helped teach him tenderness.

-The Saviors experiences in mortality had redeeming purposes, and so do ours. They help us to be able to lift and help others.

-Jesus gave near constant service.

-Since we like Jesus came to do the will of the Father, our acts of service must not only be annual, but often.

-When you feel like serving others, it’s a sign that you feel more committed to the Savior.

-Christmas lights are to remind us of that bright feeling.

-The shepherds saw only a baby when the came to see the Savior at his birth. It took spiritual eyes to recognize that it was the Savior. The Savior today also says believe in him, trust the spirit which prompts to judge righteously and to do good, for this is the spirit of Jesus Christ. It fills the soul with joy.

-We can see a light in babies more than what physical eyes see, because of their purity.

-We don’t need to Holy Ghost to be able to see more of the glory of pure people etc. For example one lady not a member of the church, thought she saw halo’s over the heads of the sister missionaries who knocked on her door.

-Love people enough to ask the mission President to send missionaries to a certain home to offer someone the gift of the gospel.

-The light of Christ is the universal intelligence with which all humans are blessed.

-God’s spirit causes us to desire to stay away from sin, to be less boastful, less prideful, less critical.

-Jesus Christ is the light and the life of the world which can never be darkened, and his life can never end. (*He is the source which causes our lives to never end once we are resurrected).

-The light of Christ is what makes every hopeless dawn a joyful morning.

-“I know as surely as I live that the resurrected Savior lives” (President Eyring).

-Draw closer to him [Jesus Christ] to be able to feel more of his love and light.

 

 

Notes on Q & A Face to Face with Elders Oaks and Ballard November 2017

 

 

Topics: porn, dating, homosexuality, prayer, testimony, Holy Ghost, doubt, marriage, choices, gender roles, church history, Sabbath, career, repentance, standards

-*My notes here do not represent the complete ideas expressed in this broadcast, but points I’ve considered most pertinent. Though incomplete, I’ve tried to be fair in this report.

-This is to a large audience of varying maturities and is not an attempt at complete answers to all levels on these issues.

-Q: Why no answer to know and believe teachings of the church when I’ve prayed to know and have no answer?

A: D&C 88 The answer comes in the Lord’s time. Don’t be frustrated when it doesn’t come the first time or first year, it comes line upon line, and we need a quiet place, we aren’t good at listening sometimes being too busy with technology.

-Q: How stand up for my standards without defending others with my views?

A: Keep a smile on your face. This is a glorious message, be yourself, people want to know you. Don’t be stoic in the presentation. This makes a connection between you two, they’ll ask more and more as time goes on. The scripture says to do this in meekness and mildness, we don’t pound it in. Don’t say “it’s this way weather you believe it or not.” When saying why you don’t drink alcohol or something, don’t imply that it’s wrong, but say something like “it’s wrong for me because of covenants I’ve made.” Then you don’t send them on a guilt trip.

-Q: How discern between the spirit and my feelings?

A: This is a lifelong struggle. Impressions to do things I don’t want to do are probably more valid than impressions to do things I want to do anyway. We all have the spirit of Christ. You have to be sure you’re living right, straightening out anything that’s not the way you want it to be. If the prompting is contrary to Gods commands and the councils of the church, you know it’s not from the right source. Someone told Elder Oaks his parents got revelation they don’t need to pay tithing or go to church anymore. Elder Oaks said, “I don’t question your parents’ revelation, they just got it from the wrong source!”

-Q: How show love to homosexuals despite our different beliefs?

A: One with same sex attraction in the church said, “I’m not going to let my sexuality get in the way of my spirituality.” In the church we make covenants, and we strive to keep them. There is a place for all Gods children no matter their circumstances, the church is a refuge. Ultimately there are covenants that come into the picture and all of us have to make that decision in our lives of participating in those. Those who try to keep their covenants will receive all of Gods blessings. Bearing each others burdens and loving each other despite all our differences is Christ’s law. Be careful not to label ourselves and others, the most important label we all have is “I am a child of God” We should not label ourselves as “anti this or that or this or that”. We all have problems and burdens we are wrestling with.

-Q: Struggles with anxiety and OCD, constantly struggling with thoughts:

A: Anxiety isn’t a terrible thing so long as we keep it in balance. Some need professional help from experts who’ve studied this thoroughly. Get council from people who love you and church leaders. All of us have some anxiety, a minority of us have disabling anxiety. In law school Elder Oaks had extreme anxiety. Anxiety can be a common stage of life you can get through. The Atonement can help us through these things. Even in old age anxiety is a part of life.

-Q: How do we balance worldly life and spiritual life?

A: These are most common questions, everyone has to balance. All circumstances are different, this is put back on the individual. However the command to rest on the Sabbath is a good balance. Those who keep the Sabbath day have a build in heavenly balance that helps them. Every day is a spiritual day, starting with prayer in the morning. We go into a temporal world. Temporal and spiritual work together don’t try to separate it; nurture the temporal things with spiritual things. You can’t balance on a daily basis, thinking you’ll give certain percentages of your day to certain things. The Ensign is a good way to keep balanced. This helps us give sufficient attention to the scriptures and the teachings of the modern prophets.

-Q: How can you know the church is true?

A: Study the life of Jesus Christ, then let your faith lead you to find where the truth, covenants, commandments, ordinances of salvation are in the world. Then listen to those who know about the restoration. The story of the restoration is one of the most exciting glorious and true stories in the whole world. The Book of Mormon is the evidence to the world that our message is true. They find answers to life’s questions in that book, who am I, what is my purpose, why am I here, where am I going. These answers are all found in the restoration of the gospel.

-Q: For those who struggle with pornography and keep falling what can be done to overcome this? What if someone you’re dating is struggling with pornography?

A: 5 generations ago when we grew up we didn’t encounter this. Each generation has it’s unique problems. This is a major problem today for young people and adults. The Lord has given us principles which when applied can keep us away from this, and even rescue us when we fall to it or when we become addicted to it. Anyone considering marriage deserves complete transparency with the intended spouse, see where their heart is and what they are doing to try and become a saint of Jesus Christ. Don’t ask these questions when you first meet someone. This is a new drug. Don’t demonize those addicted to pornography. Boyfriends and girlfriends are not responsible to save each other from sin, only the Lord has that role. Only you can decide whether to continue the relationship. If you continue in a relationship with someone involved with pornography, steer them to the Lord for help, to council with church leaders, parents, and professionals. The pornography side is the devil’s side of the line, he is the author of pornography. Take hold of this and don’t cross the line; there is no magic answer, but the answer is get over it, and have more and more of the doctrine of the Savior in your lives. Calling upon the Lord will give you strength to confront every mortal weakness or temptation.

-Q: For people doubting with faith when finding conflict in church history etc?

A: There is a difference between questions and doubts. We encourage questions which lead to knowledge, but doubt is ambiguous word; doubt is defined as being accompanied by distrust, rejection of something. The scriptures condemn that. The Savior said, “oh thou of little faith wherefore didst thou doubt?” and “doubt not but be believing” and “doubt not fear not”. Doubt is a confusing word, but we do encourage questions, sincere desire to know. Some say the church hid that there are different versions of the first vision, this is not true, in 1970 James Allen made an article for church magazines explaining this, the truth is that people don’t go back and research things; there has been no attempt in any way of any of us trying to hide these things. Now the Joseph Smith papers are coming out to help too. The church is as transparent as they know how to be in telling the truth, they have to do this, that is the Lord’s way. If you don’t have the answers to all the questions, you at least can know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of the restoration, that can get you through till you figure everything else out.

-Q: Advice for a recent convert whom is the only member of the church in their family?

A: Get to know the members, ask them your questions, if they don’t know the answers ask church leaders. Enjoy being a part of this church. Have holy habits (everyone should have these, ie go to church read scriptures etc.), and righteous routines (personal according to the needs and background of a convert. You can know what kind of temptations you need to avoid.).

-Q: Do you get revelation on who to marry or just make a choice? How do you know when you found the right one to marry?

A: Put your cell phones away and all technology, and talk to each other face to face. You have yourselves in cocoons with this, you’re not being normal people! You can look at someone once and be very impressed with them, desiring to marry them; though it may take you a while to persuade them. Looking at each other in the eyes is how this can happen. Get to know each other. A whole bunch of you sit together in a group and are on phones rather than looking and talking to each other. I hope our voices will haunt you now. You need marriage and children in part, so you can have people to take care of you when you are old. If you just hang out in groups of people you won’t get a wife, you need to pair off and talk. Don’t ask a girl on a date via a text message, that’s so inappropriate. Elder Bruce R McConkie is a well-loved apostle, a great authority on church doctrine. He said marrying the right person in the right place is the most important thing in mortality. We learn how to heed God’s word, but we also learn to exercise our agency, things we do ourselves; finding the right balance between agency and inspiration is what we do in mortality. He continues to say in his 1974 BYU address “Agency or inspiration, which?”: joy satisfaction and peace in this life as well as eternal reward come as we balance agency and inspiration. Many say they need to fast and get a manifestation about this from God; never did I (Elder McConkie) ask God on the matter, it never occurred to him, he found the girl he wanted, it seemed 100%, so I went ahead, not waiting around for the Lord to reveal it to me. A more perfect thing to do would be to council with God about this being the right choice. So McConkie listened to the feeling in his heart, used his judgement and wisdom and agency, not waiting around.

-Q: How can a return missionary feel the spirit and see the miracles he saw on his mission?

A: Beware seeing a mission as so different as life. Get to know God on your mission. Keep doing some of the things that built your testimony when you were serving your mission the rest of your life. Keep regular scripture study, service to others, etc. It’s simple: keep the same habits. Get up on time. Get out. Move around. There is a different balance post mission, you make your own rules once off of a mission, but keep doing things like you did on the mission. Don’t overdo the adjustment of post mission life so much that you stop the good habits; and don’t wait for someone to assign you a companion, go find one.

-Q: How reactivate loved ones, like if your parents are inactive?

A: Don’t preach to them just love them. Share with them as appropriate some of your life’s experiences, honor them, seek their council, the Lord will ultimately reach down and perhaps bring about what we pray for. Don’t overreact, be loving gentle kind prayerful. We’ll then find teaching opportunities, and others who will help step in to get the job done. Kindness love and patience are the most fundamental things to pursue in these cases. Elder Oaks counseled a sister whose husband would come to church but not be baptized or care about the gospel, that she would just be the best wife she could. In this case, the she tried extra hard to be kind, and a month later he was baptized.

-Q: Are women expected to have children and a career? Family Proclamation conflicting current instruction for women to get education?

A: The question is not between children and career, it’s about timing. A degree for a woman can be a blessing from the Lord to supply if the father dies. Other circumstances may work out differently. Seek the inspiration of the Lord.

-Q: How deal with a career requiring lots of work on Sundays?

A: Some careers require this. This is sometimes out of our control, but we should do all we can to at least get to a sacrament meeting every month, in my experience most employers would accommodate this. We all need to find some way to partake of the sacrament for sure as often as we can, it’s a blessing to do it every week. The sacrament is the Lord’s 1 commanded meeting that we are to attend. We’ve tried to reestablish in our minds that that 1 hour and 10 minutes belongs to the Lord; we teach and testify of Christ; we ask the blessing and passing of the sacrament be a sacred moment in all the lives of the church; we pause and put away anything that would keep us from focusing on the Savior, this helps us get strength to face another week. As much as possible, on Sabbath day find ourselves at sacrament meeting, and at our other meetings if we have time to do all that. Elder Oaks often worked on Sunday at a radio station, it requiring him to work Sundays when he was young. His mother critiqued him for studying on Sundays to keep up in school, his father having had said something like “I can do more in 6 days than 7 if I rest on the 7th.” I did this and found I can get more done resting the 7th day than working the 7th day. You’ll get farther if you do it the Lord’s way because the owner’s manual of who made us says to rest the 7th day.

-Q: I’ve been trying to overcome sins and can’t, I can confess easily, but I still can’t overcome it. What is to be done?

A: Keep reminding yourselves who we are in this spiritual journey, that we are children of Father and Mother in heaven; coming to earth is essential to our progression. It’s a battle to keep feeding the spirit in the process and keep it alive and well as we do the physical. Do we pull ourselves up to a spiritual table 3 times a day like the physical health table? If we did that, we might have the spiritual strength we need. Nourish your spiritual side to be ultimately in command of the physical. Repentance is possible, forgiveness is certain, when we are forgiven, though our sins be as scarlet, that color will be washed away, and the Lord will remember them no more, and thus we should not dwell on these things, and get on with our lives. Approach the sacrament with a contrite heart, and this is the role it can play.

 

 

 

Notes on New LDS 1st Presidency News Conference, 1-16-18

 

 

Visible video by clicking here or at this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1qL2aWgcJ0

7 Questions from news media groups responded to by the new LDS 1st Presidency:
1. How plan to respond to LGBT issues?
2. What plan to do to face issues?
3. Church leadership is white male American, how will you bring all to decision making?
4. How retain Millennials whom are falling away from belief in God and the church?
5. The future of the church in Brazil?
6. How can the youth follow an old man prophet?
7. What of the growth of the church not being where we want it, and past church statements or leaders?

Responses:

  1. How plan to respond to LGBT issues?

God loves all his children, there is a place for everyone in his church, there are struggles with keeping the commandments, but they are for our happiness. Leaders of the church have the duty to teach God’s love and God’s commandments.

  1. What plan to do to face issues?

God has a plan for us, living that plan will avoid issues, but some issues are a part of life and must be dealt with like natural disasters. We have connections across the world to help everyone around the world. We are concerned about the whole world, and particularly to our own church members to whom we have particular responsibility.

  1. Church leadership is white male American, how will you bring all to decision making?

Wherever the church is its leaders are locals, and not all white Americans. You can’t possibly represent all countries in the high positions. We will live to see more flavors in the church (referring probably to race). No leader in the church asked to be there, the Lord calls us, and we show up. Its dangerous to label yourselves as a particular nationality etc. We are all children of God and keeping that in mind we can better relate to each other, thus avoiding a quota system which the Lord does not recognize. We have women in temples, women in auxiliary councils, we need their voices input and participation with us. The males need the influence of their wives. Women are the source of most of the strength we see. Position and recognition can be a concern to people, but in terms of influence the Lord has already given them greatest influence. In the Doctrine and Covenants it teaches that before the foundation of the world women were created to bear and care for the sons and daughters of God, and in doing so they glorify God.

  1. How retain Millennials whom are falling away from belief in God and the church?

Show them what we mean when we sing that we are children of God. Help them appreciate their bodies and how precious their lives are, their ability to love and learn and cry. Help them see their ability of who we can become. But millennials are also good, look at our missionaries many of them with rock solid faith, when I (Eyring) was young in a mission we would have about 3 powerful ones in a mission, now there are about 50 powerful ones per mission, we speak of how to hold on to them, but a better question is how to hold on to them and not get left behind ourselves. Also millennials are stronger when they marry, many of the issues of millennials go away as they marry. It says man is not without woman nor woman without man in the Lord, and that particularly applies to millennials.

  1. The future of the church in Brazil?

Brazil is a seed bed for the future of the church. In the year I (Nelson) was born, there were no members of the church in South America. Ghana, Niberia, Congo, South Africa, South America, Asia, these will all follow like the US, becoming mighty in the church, but it will take time.

  1. How can the youth follow an old man prophet?

Only if they run. Old age is a good age. A well-educated man never stops learning. I (Nelson) am more valuable to the church now than I was 6 months ago. Oaks Nelson and Eyring combined have been apostles for 90 years. They can give good guidance. Nelson has 116 great grand children. Nelson still skis at age 93. The example of the prophet is more important than his sermons to the youth, and the prophet’s optimism is good for youth who are often discouraged.

  1. What of the growth of the church not being where we want it, and past church statements or leaders?

Church leaders are all imperfect, Gods only perfect child is Jesus. Give church leaders a little room. Don’t be offended by what may have been said or transpired, make sure you’re squared with Heavenly Father who loves you and wants you to be happy, and that is done via commandments. Commandments are not restrictive, but liberating. Keeping the word of wisdom will allow you to ski with your grandchildren. All commandments bring you to joy. You don’t have to take the statements of one particular leader as expressive statements defining the church, we don’t believe in infallibility, we have multiple prophets with a council system. The 12 and 1st Presidency together define the doctrine of the church, they meet in council to determine these. Church policies are some of them doctrine and other times administrative, but they come out of a council. On transparency, we published the Joseph Smith Papers, all of them, and the documents that came out of the founding of this restored church; if we were not interested in transparency we would not have done that. How would you like to have someone go through all your papers and have it dissected by people who live 100 years later who don’t understand the context? Joseph comes out mighty high, a remarkable prophet.

 

Notes on Planted: Belief and Belonging in an age of Doubt, by Patrick Mason – unfinished

 

Planted is written for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Particularly, it’s for long time members who have questions about church doctrine and teachings, or otherwise struggle with faith in Jesus Christ and his kingdom on earth, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mason is a brilliant man, and the book is quite enjoyable if you have or know someone who has religious doubts, in or out of the LDS church, and even when it comes to believing in God in general.
Mason gives a non-dogmatic approach to his subject, and is very respectful of current social issuses.
The book treats hard topics like race, feminism, agnostisism, apostacy, atheism, church history, the role of prophets, and others.
Mason points out which issues are important and which are just side shows. When reading his book, one thinks about technical issues, as well as issues of charity which are most important.
For specific detail on main difficult subjects, he points the reader to the official LDS “Gospel Topics Essays” which have been released by the First Presidency of the Church which give official facts about these important and trying issues. They can be found by clicking here or at this link https://www.lds.org/topics/essays?lang=eng. There are about 15 of these essays.

 

 

 

Notes on The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl & Fiona Givens

 

 

-there is nothing so painful as suspense said Joseph Smith.

-we want a roadmap but find we have only a compass

-Levi Savage had the choice between security and wisdom, or loyalty. He chose loyalty and suffered much. He told them that since they had chosen to go, he would go with them, and if need be, die with them.

-Faith is more of a cross than a big electric blanket.

-Elder Holland said we today unfortunately just want Gods who don’t ask much of us.

-Brigham Young: The gospel causes things to come up in us that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, it brings up the lurking traits that would have otherwise remained there.

-Adam and Eve only know what paradise is when they lose it.

-Childhood is most valued and loved by those who have left it behind.

 

-Voltaire: to believe in God is impossible, but to not believe is absurd.

 

-To whom else shall we go? Christ’s doctrines are troubling and difficult, but it’s reality.

 

-Do we abandon our shutters because we can’t see the entire mountain? That’s what abandoning faith is like when we don’t have all the answers. We know more than we think even though we know less than we would like.

-not all the prophets say is doctrine. D&C says what they say when moved upon by the Holy Ghost is Gods word. So, the work of being in tune with the HG is our job to figure it out. That is hard. We make false cheat sheets like infallibility of prophets to make us not have to work out answers on hard topics. This is like a golden calf that is a god which doesn’t ask much of us.

-some church leaders were asked if they’re always sure the man they pick for stake president is the Lord’s man. They said no, but once we’ve selected him, he becomes the Lord’s man. God truly gives us power and authority: what we do he sustains, even though we aren’t always in tune with the spirit and aren’t always making the right choices. Like Pharaoh taking off his ring and putting it on the finger of Joseph in Egypt, telling that people would obey him as though obeying pharaoh.

-Elder Oaks: I teach general principles. Weather an exception applies to you, you must work that out between you and the Lord.

-philosophy is what you must do until you figure out the right questions to ask

-the fall of Adam wasn’t a black and white, right and wrong, fine line choice, and it wasn’t the great sin which made life forever terrible. The tree was put there to make opposition, not to create shade. Christ said he came to bring not peace but a sword. Many who heard him went away saying this is an hard saying who can hear it, even disciples went away. A few remained saying ‘where else would we go for the words of eternal life?’ We have to be willing to have conflict and trials and opposition.  In Eden and elsewhere, he gave them a puzzle it was like a Rubik’s Cube he said figure this out and that’s how it is life is filled with trouble hardness difficulty perplexing puzzling situations good better and best and we have to figure it out and that’s the school of the gods that is the school of the Gods and we are gods and so if you’re intimidated to talk to someone about the gospel because it might hurt their feelings and they Departed when Jesus was teaching

– Sunday worship centers on the atonement of Jesus Christ and the sacrament and the teaching mediocre or overbearing talks or so forth can be the presenters equivalent of the Widow’s Mite and it can be a blessing to them is giving what they have their capacity have given so we should not judge are Sunday’s based on what we’re getting out of it of what people are giving us worship is about giving like when the three wise men came to see Jesus They Came To Worship Him they brought him expensive gifts it was about giving themselves so coming to church and putting up with each other when we blunder sometimes which is like bearing each other’s burdens; church is essentially reenacting on our small scale the sacrifice of Christ it’s us showing our willingness to be like him in every way. A church community is also like a family that we don’t just run away from but that we go through problems with and resolve things with since we live by each other. (*This is another reason I don’t want to move a lot, I want my children to learn to deal with this place instead of running from place to place to avoid the inevitable conflict that rises when living in close association with others for an extended period)

– Joseph Smith taught that only those who persist in rejecting truth will remain in hell. All the rest will be lifted out of hell. This is one of the most liberal views on salvation ever taught.

-Joseph Smith said that the restoration of the church was that it was coming forth “out of the wilderness”. In the book of revelation, it says the dragon chased the woman into the wilderness where it hid for a time. This was like the apostacy. The Catholic church held onto the doctrine that the living and the dead have lots to do with each other. The doctrine of purgatory is like our doctrine of the spirit world. The church came out of the wilderness. It didn’t disappear entirely, God still blessed people and revealed things to people, just the ordinances and priesthood authority were gone. Yes, we have more than them, and what we have is essential, and all will eventually hear it. But what they have is still important. God didn’t take a nap for 1600 years, he was always reaching out to those who would listen. Like Elijah hiding in the cave. Like wandering Mormon.

-D&C  49:8 8 “Wherefore, I will that all men shall repent, for all are under sin, except those which I have reserved unto myself, holy men that ye know not of.” These holy men may well have been the reformers and good people of the dark ages, who didn’t enjoy formal church organization authority and doctrine, but who tried to uphold the teachings of the scriptures in public and in private.

-JST Rev. 12:4-5, 7:

“4 And there appeared another sign in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman which was delivered, ready to devour her child after it was born.

5 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore years.

7 And the dragon prevailed not against Michael, neither the child, nor the woman which was the church of God, who had been delivered of her pains, and brought forth the kingdom of our God and his Christ.”

This suggests that the church wasn’t entirely extinguished, that though the authority and ordinances needed for salvation were gone, good people who loved the scriptures were still blessed. Consider the inspiring poetry, art, and music God spoke to them through, which still speaks to us. Its unwise to tell others that the restored church has a monopoly on truth.

-The church is a portal for the saved, not a reservoir of the righteous.

– love in our world is suffering love. some do not suffer much because they do not love much.

-one philosopher points out that a key issue with many Christian churches today is their inefficiency, the lack of ability to organize themselves to effectively take care of each other and the poor. This is a mighty strength of the restored church.

-President David O Mckay had memorized 1000 poems.  President Spencer Kimball read lots of classic literature. We must explore everything we can. The school of the prophets was instructed to study many topics.

One prophet cited in the text, I believe it was Kimball, said that the great authors were like miniature prophets.

-Bishop Wooley when offended by Brigham Young, and Young asked Wooley if he was going to apostatize, answered – this is as much my church as it is your church, why would i leave my own church? (Wooley did well in taking ownership)

-Satan wants us to be overcome by the sorrow of evil. same pre-mortally: he sacred people away by showing scenes of inevitable war, mass infanticide, innocent suffering, etc., so they forget about the end results of the plan of salvation

-one taught another to pray by going in private, and yelling at God for an hour about injustice in and suffering of the world, and wept bitterly, which turned into sobs, which turned into quiet prayer

-mourn with those that mourn is being open to the suffering of everyone. to be in agony over humanity’s agony. to be open to the wounds of the world.

-none can see the face of god and live can mean none can bear to see his sorrow.

-Brigham Young said to live as a saint but not enjoy the spirit of it is one of the hardest trials mankind can endure. it means many do good yet suffer.

-To remember is one of the highest forms of worship.

 

 

Magnifying Your Calling in the Church & Your Calling in the Gospel

 

 

An excerpt taken from Richardson Studies’s “Top 3 Types of Crazy to Look for In Dating”

Joseph Smith taught (in “Lectures on Faith”) that a religion which doesn’t require someone to give their all doesn’t have sufficient power to save them. That’s a high bar! As a Mormon family follows the prophets and follows their conscience (within the parameters of the councils of the prophets), only God knows the astounding things the couple will be called upon to do.

We are familiar with the concept of a calling in the church which must be magnified to gain exaltation. Less familiar is the idea that we have callings in the gospel, which also need to be magnified to gain salvation. How is a calling in the gospel different from a calling in the church? It’s similar to the old testament concept of a “free will offering” – you choose what it looks like. You choose what sign you want to give to God. The calling in the church is about doing well with a very specific assignment given to you from priesthood leaders. A calling in the gospel is doing well with yourself and your family in obeying the whispered instructions of the Holy Ghost (which always fall within the parameters of the teachings of the prophets).

This brings us to point 1, crazy (deep respect) for your spouse. This is important here because when your spouse comes to you and says something like “I feel prompted to do the following thing which is in the parameters of the teachings of the prophets…” you must be open to that.

As your spouse approaches you with this type of an idea, you pray about it yourself for confirmation of the idea, wherein you’ll get one of the following answers:

  1. “it doesn’t matter”
  2. “no bueno” (when I first heard this I was shocked and said “God, your preferred language is Spanish?! (Just kidding))
  3. “yes”
  4. “ya’ll decide, it’ll be fun for all of us to see where this goes” (“God, you speak southern!? This keeps getting better!”)
  5. “hm… you might not be ready for this… ask later. And in the meantime, READ THOSE SCRIPTURES! PS I love you & I’m proud of you!” (“God, well is it written of thee that thou art a Lord of hosts of armies and a God of mysteries! PS Thanks for the compliment!”)
  6. “I respect you and your wishes. Do it if you wish, much good can come of it, but know that it’s not strictly required of you”
  7. “Try 7” (God can give us specific answers! He isn’t limited to yes or no questions!)
  8. DISCLAIMER: Though God certainly has a sense of humor, prayer isn’t this casual and jovial (usually).

So, I’m not suggesting one spouse blindly follow the other because of their “craziness” (deep respect) for them, but that without the craziness-respect factor present, a spouse will shut down the other spouse without further contemplation when these types of ideas are presented.

This is why I say make sure your marriage candidate is crazy, they must be willing to do hard things! I once had a debate with a protestant wherein he said, “that’s not reasonable, reason has never been on the side of Mormonism”. First off that’s a stupid debate tactic, but second off, the wisdom of God is far different from the wisdom of man! I’m proud of the fact that I belong to a church that looks different from society at large! It wasn’t reasonable for Noah to build the ark. Wasn’t reasonable for the early pioneers to give up their property and trek into poverty in Zion. Wasn’t reasonable for John Tanner to give up his fortune to save the temple then in construction. Wasn’t reasonable for Cowdry to go wander looking for Joseph Smith for a reason he knew not. There are plenty of examples where we can see in hind sight that crazy actions for the sake of church and gospel callings turned out to be the means of saving many souls. Granted keep all this in wisdom and order, but within the parameters of wisdom and order there’s plenty of room for bold, daring, and what others would call “unreasonable” acts of faith.

 

 

 

The Possibility of Pure Joy: Our Greatest Fear

 

 

See also essay “Man is Become as God: Spiritual Capitalism & Why Life is Hard”

Topics: salvation, suffering, joy, fear, Joseph Smith, Celestial Kingdom, lament, Jesus Christ, merit, grace, works

The thing that we fear most is joy. That is what we avoid. When we use drugs and alcohol it’s an obvious giveaway that we like to be happy but we’re too ashamed to do so and are right State of Mind. We don’t like to act like children because we take ourselves too seriously. The thing that everyone agrees we’ll bring the most Joy is to see God, yet this is also the thing that people fear the most. Indeed we are more afraid of heaven than of hell. Joy is available to any person who really wants it. But it’s not to be had in worldly ways, men whom have “had it all” will attest to that.

What do we do about suffering? We avoid it and have as little of it as possible and try to help other people to also have as little of it as possible. Suffering is a part of life and everyone will do plenty of it but no more than is necessary. That is the key of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that’s why the angel said to the Shepherds I bring you good tidings of great joy, but the Angels were afraid they saw that bright glorious person so much joy that it scared them and so the angel had to reassure them look I’m here solely to bring a happy message.

Sometimes we get discouraged and think that we’re not worthy of joy. That we have made so many mistakes and that were so incapable of the ideal that we should find some little corner to make a fire in rather than participate in the party. But the truth is that no one is Worthy of full Joy. That is where Jesus comes in he is our older brother who has agreed to give us a hand up at our moment of greatest crisis when we realized that truly we are never going to measure up by ourselves. So this happy news allows us to be jovial and joking and happy and to not take ourselves too seriously.

A lot of people criticize to Joseph Smith because they said he was too childish and not very serious when around other authority figures and they said that he was lazy because he was always making jokes etcetera, but he accomplished more in his life than ten men. People of Jesus’s day also criticized Jesus because they said Jesus wasn’t doing enough of their type of preferred chores he wasn’t productive enough in the religiosity the formal worship. Jesus was more worried about building God’s Kingdom. Jesus was a man as the scripture says a Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. This makes it so that we don’t have to be. He gave us a gift and the last thing he would want us to do is not use that gift.

It is also lamentable to consider that many cling to the joy they have and won’t move on to a higher in fear that they will lose what they have already got. The Celestial Kingdom, aka the highest heaven, requires obedience to the Celestial law. Many live a lower law, a terrestrial or telestial law, and think “ah this is a pretty good place, I’ll get comfortable here.” And they won’t stretch themselves to live the higher law, wherein higher happiness is available exclusively. They also might say, “well I see a way to help the world in this way, I’ll stay here.” Refusing to give the higher help. We must remember the words of the prophet, that “to obey is better than to sacrifice.” God’s plan for how to help the world is in every way better and more effective than our own little ideas and grooves about how to heal the world. Yes, we have agency and creativity and those are inspired of God and we should pursue our ideas and follow our hearts, but when those things are in contradiction to the plan of God, we can identify them as false flags for happiness, and quickly trade them in for more lasting solutions.

 

 

 

Prophets Say an Hour of Scripture Study Daily is Ideal

It is the privilege and duty of every latter-day saint to spend an hour in the scriptures each day. This is my opinion. I have heard brethren declare that an hour in the scriptures is ideal. Let us reach for that ideal. Though circumstances could justify a different standard, let us take time to be holy, then boldly kneel before the Lord and say “Lord, thou hast assigned me this task which I have completed. Now, help thou me in the rest.” Then the power of God is activated, and all things work together for good for this soul who loves God.

“I promise you that as you consistently give the Lord a generous portion of your time, He will multiply the remainder.” (Russel M Nelson, “Becoming True Millennials”, An Evening with President Russell M. Nelson, Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults, January 10, 2016, Brigham Young University–Hawaii, https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-devotionals/2016/01/becoming-true-millennials?lang=eng)

Here are 3 quotes of the brethren suggesting an hour or half hour for scripture study each day:

-“We should not be haphazard in our reading but rather develop a systematic plan for study. There are some who read to a schedule of a number of pages or a set number of chapters each day or week. This may be perfectly justifiable and may be enjoyable if one is reading for pleasure, but it does not constitute meaningful study. It is better to have a set amount of time to give scriptural study each day than to have a set amount of chapters to read. Sometimes we find that the study of a single verse will occupy the whole time… It would be ideal if an hour could be spent each day; but if that much cannot be had, a half hour on a regular basis would result in substantial accomplishment. A quarter of an hour is little time, but it is surprising how much enlightenment and knowledge can be acquired in a subject so meaningful. The important thing is to allow nothing else to ever interfere with our study (President Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, Nov. 1979, 64, emphasis added).

– “You should care more about the amount of time you spend in the scriptures than about the amount you read in that time. I see you sometimes reading a few verses, stopping to ponder them, carefully reading the verses again, and as you think about what they mean, praying for understanding, asking questions in your mind, waiting for spiritual impressions, and writing down the impressions and insights that come so you can remember and learn more. Studying in this way, you may not read a lot of chapters or verses in a half hour, but you will be giving place in your heart for the word of God, and He will be speaking to you” (Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Ensign, May 2004, 11).

-“If possible, set a consistent time and place to study when you can be alone and undisturbed…As I think about your schedules and the pressures you face at this time in your lives, I can understand why scripture study can so easily be neglected. You have many demands pulling at you. In some cases, just maintaining your social life is a full-time occupation. But I plead with you to make time for immersing yourselves in the scriptures. Couple scripture study with your prayers. Half an hour each morning privately studying, pondering, and communicating with your Heavenly Father can make an amazing difference in your lives. It will give increased success in your daily activities. It will bring increased alertness to your minds. It will give you comfort and rock-steady assurance when the storms of life descend upon you” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Be Strong in the Lord…” http://speeches.byu.edu).

 

 

 

Prophetic Council Regarding Scripture Study

-Studying one verse of scripture for 45 minutes is often the most enriching form of scripture study. (Elder Neil A. Maxwell of the 12 Aposltes; ask Stake President Chad R. Wilkenson of Saratoga Springs for the reference)

-“Perhaps you may ask me why I dwell on this . . . subject. In answer, why did the Lord dwell upon it forty-two years ago, if he did not want us, in some measure, to understand it? Would he speak at random? Would he give a revelation without expecting that the people would even try to understand it? If the Lord wished us to understand something, and condescended to reveal something, why should we . . . think that we are stepping over our bounds in trying to comprehend approximately what the Lord desired us to understand . . . It is an old sectarian whim and notion, to suppose that we must not try to understand revelation.

. . . . Do not suppose, however, that those first principles [of the gospel] are the only ones to be learned; do not become stereotyped in your feelings, and think that you must always dwell upon them and proceed no further. If there be knowledge concerning the future, . . . the present, . . .[the] past, or any species of knowledge that would be beneficial to the mind of man, let us seek it; and that which we cannot obtain by using the light which God has placed within us, by using our reasoning powers, by reading books, or by human wisdom alone, let us seek to a higher source—to that Being who is filled with knowledge, and who has given laws to all things and who, in his wisdom, goodness, justice and mercy, controls all things according to their capacity, and according to the various spheres and conditions in which they are placed.” (Orson Pratt, March 14, 1875, Salt Lake City, 16th Ward, reported by David W. Evans)

-“It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance.” (D&C 131:6)

-“When God offers a blessing or knowledge to a man, and he refuses to receive it, he will be damned.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 323)

-Elder Holland said nothing substitutes for time in the scriptures themselves regardless of good commentaries we can read (from his “Christ and the New Covenant” book recently published)

-“It is a paradox that men will gladly devote time every day for many years to learn a science or art; yet will expect to win a knowledge of the Gospel which comprehends all sciences and arts, through perfunctory glances at books or occasional listening to sermons.” (Elder John A Widstoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, 1951)

– “It is a paradox that men will gladly devote time every day for many years to learn a science or an art; yet will expect to win a knowledge of the gospel, which comprehends all sciences and arts, through perfunctory glances at books or occasional listening to sermons. The gospel should be studied more intensively than any school or college subject. They who pass opinion on the gospel without having given it intimate and careful study are not lovers of truth, and their opinions are worthless.” (John A. Widtsoe, [1872–1952] of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Evidences and Reconciliations, p.16-17)

-“Let there be study of the scriptures at least thirty minutes of each day” (Teachings Of Presidents Of The Church: Harold B. Lee, p.59).

-“We should not be haphazard in our reading but rather develop a systematic plan for study. There are some who read to a schedule of a number of pages or a set number of chapters each day or week. This may be perfectly justifiable and may be enjoyable if one is reading for pleasure, but it does not constitute meaningful study. It is better to have a set amount of time to give scriptural study each day than to have a set amount of chapters to read. Sometimes we find that the study of a single verse will occupy the whole time… It would be ideal if an hour could be spent each day; but if that much cannot be had, a half hour on a regular basis would result in substantial accomplishment. A quarter of an hour is little time, but it is surprising how much enlightenment and knowledge can be acquired in a subject so meaningful. The important thing is to allow nothing else to ever interfere with our study (President Howard W. Hunter, Ensign, Nov. 1979, 64, emphasis added).

-“There is a power in the book [of Mormon] which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of [it.] You will find greater power to resist temptation. You will find the power to avoid deception. You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path. The scriptures are called ‘the words of life’ (see D&C 84:85), and nowhere is that more true than it is of the Book of Mormon. When you begin to hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance (President Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1986, 7).

-“The only way you can be sure that a busy schedule doesn’t crowd out scripture study is to establish a regular time to study the scriptures” (President Henry B. Eyring Ensign, July 2005, 24).

-“You will be taught more easily as you approach the scriptures if you search with a question and with a determination to act on the answer. We can receive what seems to us new truth when we go back to the same scripture with new questions” (President Henry B. Eyring, Ensign Jan. 2002, 32).

-“We are counseled and urged to read the four standard works from beginning to end. You should do that—read each of the four books of scripture from beginning to end more than once. You could hardly use your time to more advantage” (Elder Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Dec. 1985, 50).

-“We often hear…that the scriptures have the answers to all of our questions. Why is this so?…Reading…the scriptures will…put us in a position where we can obtain inspiration to answer any doctrinal or personal question, whether or not that question directly concerns the subject we are studying in the scriptures. That is a grand truth not understood by many….Again, even though the scriptures contain no words to answer our specific personal questions, a prayerful study of the scriptures will help us obtain such answers” (Elder Dallin H. Oaks, “Studying the Scriptures,” Fireside given November 24, 1985).

-“I have heard many well-intentioned Church leaders and teachers instruct congregations to find time for daily scripture study, ‘even if it’s only one or two verses per day.’ Though I understand the point they are trying to teach and applaud the sincerity of that conviction, may I gently suggest that if we are too busy to spend at least a few minutes every day in the scriptures, then we are probably too busy and should find a way to eliminate or modify whatever activities are making that simple task impossible” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, When Thou Art Converted, 68).

-“If possible, set a consistent time and place to study when you can be alone and undisturbed…As I think about your schedules and the pressures you face at this time in your lives, I can understand why scripture study can so easily be neglected. You have many demands pulling at you. In some cases, just maintaining your social life is a full-time occupation. But I plead with you to make time for immersing yourselves in the scriptures. Couple scripture study with your prayers. Half an hour each morning privately studying, pondering, and communicating with your Heavenly Father can make an amazing difference in your lives. It will give increased success in your daily activities. It will bring increased alertness to your minds. It will give you comfort and rock-steady assurance when the storms of life descend upon you” (Elder M. Russell Ballard, “Be Strong in the Lord…” http://speeches.byu.edu).

-“I suggest that you memorize scriptures that touch your heart and fill your soul with understanding. When scriptures are used as the Lord has caused them to be recorded, they have intrinsic power that is not communicated when paraphrased. Sometimes when there is a significant need in my life, I review mentally scriptures that have given me strength. There is great solace, direction, and power that flow from the scriptures, especially the words of the Lord” (Elder Richard G. Scott, Ensign, Nov. 1999, 87).

-“Please…read more slowly and more carefully and with more questions in mind…Ponder, [and] examine every word, every scriptural gem…Hold it up to the light, and turn it, look and see what’s reflected and refracted there…such an examination may unearth a treasure hidden in a field: a pearl of great price; a pearl beyond price” (Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Summer 1992 CES Satellite Broadcast, 4).

-“My experience suggests that a specific and scheduled time set aside each day and, as much as possible, a particular place for study greatly increase the effectiveness of our searching through the scriptures” (Elder David A. Bednar, “Understanding the importance of scripture study,” http://byui.edu/presentations).

– “You should care more about the amount of time you spend in the scriptures than about the amount you read in that time. I see you sometimes reading a few verses, stopping to ponder them, carefully reading the verses again, and as you think about what they mean, praying for understanding, asking questions in your mind, waiting for spiritual impressions, and writing down the impressions and insights that come so you can remember and learn more. Studying in this way, you may not read a lot of chapters or verses in a half hour, but you will be giving place in your heart for the word of God, and He will be speaking to you” (Elder D. Todd Christofferson, Ensign, May 2004, 11).

 

 

 

Beware Persecution Inside the Church

 

 

-For a document on persecutions to come outside of the church, see my book on the last days.

– 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. (JS Teachings).

-President Boyd K Packer of the Quorum of the 12 said “persecution will not always come from outside of the church”. (Gen Conf)

-Truman G Madsen says in one of his lectures that sometimes we wonder why certain people were called to be presiding officers in the kingdom of God (the church), and suggests that there may be 2 types of leaders, ones that lead, and ones that try your pacience. Both will help you grow if you have the spirit of God. J Golden Kimball reportedly once said regarding someones call to a position of authority in the church who seemed a rather odd candidate, ‘it must have been God who called him, because no one else would’ve thought of him.’ Moral of the story: be humble and don’t leave the church if you have a hard time getting along with a bishop or two.

-Elder Holland says that with the exception of Jesus Christ, all God has to work with is imperfect people, and that must be terribly frustrating to him, but he deals with it, and so should we.

-Joseph Smith was known for being quick to forgive others. He even brought mobsters into his home for dinner and dance after he escaped their attempt to kidnap him and take him to jail in another state to show that there were no hard feelings. The depth of Joseph’s ability to forgive and love others should strengthen us against all manner of offensive episodes we will likely encounter on our journey in the kingdom of God, our neighborhoods, and our homes, where however sad, those we love will betray us from time to time.

-President Nelson made an ominous comment in a conference address recently that some of those we thought on our side would betray us in challenging days ahead, even close loved ones. Does this mean we abandon ship regarding the church? No, it is Christ’s church.

-I’ve heard several cases of people leaving the church because their family members who were leaders in the church did terrible even unspeakable things like raping them. Does this mean leave the church? No, it means if the church is true, stay in it despite imperfect and even evil people who appear in it from time to time. Remember leadership positions in the church are not selected by the individual, but the individual is called upon to accept positions. The pride of some wicked men leads them to accept these positions when they shouldn’t, and perhaps it’s indeed the will of God that they take those positions as a last-ditch effort to get them to wake up and repent. As Alma said to Amulek in the Book of Mormon when they were burning the wives and children of the believers, this will work to essencially heap coals upon the heads of the evil doers, it will make their eternal condemnation justified. Similarly, when we have a bad experience with a church leader, it doesn’t mean its Gods fault or the church’s fault, it means that this life involves testing people, and allowing people to have agency, and even to use that agency poorly. We must remember that the final judgement is in Gods hands, not ours. What the effected person and everyone else must do when it comes to offensive even terrible things from leaders (which we hope are very rare), is read the Book of Mormon, and get a testimony of the reality of God, and his hand in commissioning this church to help bring salvation to the souls of mankind. Surely when Christ returns and fire with him consumes the ungodly, as the D&C says, ‘upon my hosue it shall begin’, and those apostates hiding in the church who are wolves in sheeps clothing, will be the first to feel the weighty hand of the wrath of God Almighty. Not only were they evil, but they cast doubts upon the innocent children of men regarding the work and kingdom of God on earth, and for this the consequences are much more severe than those of the heathen who sins in ignorance. Well does the scripture say that whoso takes upon himself the name of God in vain will not be forgiven in this life or the next.

-In ancient rituals the initiate had to be slapped in the face and turn the other cheek, symbolizing that he could confront anything without becoming offended. (see John Welch lecture “The Temple in the Sermon on the Mount and the Gospel of Matthew” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYkMJqSKVEQ on the Academy for Temple Studies YouTube channel.)

 

 

Notes on Brad Wilcox Lectures

 

-Jesus Christ was most unpopular man in all Judah, leaders hated him. see talk on appreciation.

-Happiness is a city in the state of mind

-see movie “my fair lady” on getting self worth.

-Dad’s tell sons teenage “do you want to have a good sex life?” Of coarse they’ll say yes. You explain how pornographic pictures focus only on the physical of it and how it’s the emotional as well that makes it a good experience. Your sons will understand that teaching approach. Tell them the why behind what you want them to do!

-When you teach a child to ride a bike it’s not “here is a bike, you can ride if you want, it’s up to you, I won’t force you!” but rather, you get on the bike, and zoom around, and show them how awesome it is, and then have them get on and hold your hand, and you pump them, and walk beside them as they begin to ride. WHAT YOU DO WITH them, they CAN, and PERHAPS WILL, do alone. THIS is the way to approach teaching your children the gospel of Jesus Christ.

– an equation: E=d^2c^2;= eternal life = deny the devil and come unto Christ.

-Sin screen: protects you from what really burns!

-Mirrors at the circus are distorted. We believe wrong mirrors at times. God shows us truth. What we are and aren’t. The good and the ill. God portrays the truth to us, not a skewed view of our standing before him.

-the new dollar bill is secure via having a bigger picture in the middle providing more details, a new background filled with stuff hard to mimic, and similarly to stay safe in life we need to get the bigger picture of what God is doing with us on earth, and fill our backgrounds with stuff, to not be idol, but to fill our lives with good.

-Sensual is bad. It’s like pornography. But sensuous is good, it’s like fine art or good classical literature. The one is to tear down, the other is to uplift.

-President Hinckley taught that you haven’t failed on your children unless you’ve given up on them.

-President Lorenzo Snow taught that if we make it to God’s presence, we will have power to draw our children closer to God.

 

 

 

Notes on The 7 Day Christian by Brad Wilcox

 

 

 

-not merely what would Jesus do, but what would Jesus have me do.
-book “UnChristian” on modern labeling of Christians as bad people; how people are feeling afraid to admit Christianity and fearing social jeopardy from such.
-Universities are banning Christian groups
-Belief in God effects motivation at the core.
-Being able to speak of God’s existence – that itself separates us from plants and animals. (humans are a special creation unique from the rest)
-Deep human emotion and interrelations go beyond explanations of evolution, survival of the fittest, and self-awareness.
-How know God loves us? Because he allows everyone freedom of choose. Hence, he is caring rather than controlling.
-Freedom is risky and painful but needed for progression and fulfillment.
-God respects our choices so much that he doesn’t make it obvious that he exists. He wants us to want to believe.
-Without grounds for doubt as well as belief, it’s not our own choice to believe, and doesn’t reflect our self character. (see book by Terryl Givens “The God who Weeps”)
-Believers in God see the location of sun and moon and earth and electrons etc. just in place to allow life as too good to be coincidences of good fortune.
-to non-believers, a chain of random events causing life is more reasonable than a belief in God.
-God values our freedom enough to let us make a choice between believing in him or not (He doesn’t compel you by overbearing facts and evidence easily had).
-God has given us freedom and capacity; He wills us to use our freedom to develop our capacity.
-God wants us not to merely live at random, but to draw nearer to Him.
-We can’t design God; we can only seek to know who God is and allow him to influence us.
-We can come to know God by following Jesus (Matt. 16:24; Luke 9:23; John 7:17) and life eternal is to know God (John 17:3).
-God doesn’t want this life to be an endless guessing game/debate, but for us to know truth for ourselves.
-The truest knowing comes in the doing.
-Repenting and obeying aren’t replacements for faith, but extensions of it.
-“Obedience is the inevitable characteristic of those who are saved” (John F. MacArthur Jr., “Faith Works”)
-Faithless people see commandments as inconveniences or pointless burdens. Faithful see them as divine gifts from a loving God who is helping us to know Him.
-a bungee jumper needs a tight harness to keep him alive. Without it, he may feel more free but that will be very temporary. If he does use the harness, he is free do do more bungeeing in the future, tell people about it, etc. Thus are God’s commandments, like the harness. So we are free BECAUSE of the harness, not in spite of it.
-God doesn’t spend his time wondering if we exist; he knows it and spends his efforts in shaping us. Ask and receive (Matt. 7:7).
-Some say we can believe in God but not KNOW. Jesus said otherwise: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).
-The more we know God the more we love him and desire to serve and emulate him.
-God is more of an educator than a grader.
-Working technique of who taught him to write: To learn to write, simply practice real writing to a real audience and have someone to help you go over it and critique it. Always submit for publication and into all contests you hear about.
-He was blessed by a high school teacher threatening to fail whoever in their class wouldn’t enter into a national writing contest.
-Steven R Covey told him “Any author’s best book is his own life.”
-It’s easier to align you behaviors with your beliefs when you feel a sense of urgency mission and integrity.
-Steven Covey said people who do good now are who will continue to in life, but who wait to be rich to do good usually don’t. Jon M. Huntsman Sr. is a good example of this. he said, “If you cannot give when you have little, you will not be likely to give when you have everything.” (See book J Michael Pinnegar, “The Lord’s Good’s”)
-Satan tries to get people to disbelieve in God, but also tries to get those who do believe in God to think that there is no hurry (urgency to do God’s work).
-Have a sense of mission. Don’t merely have a career in big money or you may have a midlife crisis and seek to change your career. If you do as you feel is your mission you won’t have a midlife crisis trying to change career, you won’t have time for that. You’ll see big houses and cars can’t satisfy.
-Martin Luther King Jr. must be us set that of the 14 statements on the monument of him commemorating his life, not one of them mention God. One of the statements says the word “righteousness”, and people get very upset about that non-politically correct term on there.
-We are better off trying to live God’s truth rather than trying to redefine it.
-Integrity is connected to justice in acknowledgement that good and evil aren’t defined by popular vote. (pg. 28)
-People say lust greed pride wrath envy and slothfulness aren’t necessarily good or evil, but that it merely depends on how you look at it, on how you perceive them. (See book “No Laughing Matter?” By Paul Yensing Yee).
-Some values aren’t just subjective. They don’t just pertain to “my opinion/my religion”. They are intrinsically good. They aren’t me telling people to do things my way, they are rather the inherently good ways. For example: charity, forgiveness, honesty, love, hard work, service, excellence. (See book “The Team & The Trophy pg 29-130)
-Justice demands that no one is above God’s law, no matter how entitled they may feel.
-Justice is connected to peace, we can’t feel peace if we’re living a double standard. Peace comes from the Latin “pax” meaning “agreement”. So we must live the same each day, public or private. Warring countries enjoy peace when they agree to stop fighting. We have peace when our actions agree with our values.
-Righteousness is not just about doing the right thing but doing it for the right reason.
-Integrity fears no hidden cameras.
-We feel peace when we know the size of our audience makes no difference in the quality of our performance.
-Christian acts seen only by Christ are the ones which make us most like Him.
-Integrity demands righteousness, and righteousness demands that we continually educate and elevate our desires and motives.
-Sports fans oft cross the line between passion and stupidity and forget about making peace and the golden rule.
-Checking your religion at the door is leaving your source of strength.
-Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone pg. 299 speaks of love so deep evil doesn’t want to be near it, and which endows protection upon people.
-see Book “Not Ashamed” by Wendy Ulrich
-Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” is like Christ, descending beneath all things to save us. Jean goes through the sewers to save the person his daughter loves. He prayed “Bring him home!” Christ says that prayer for us before the Father.
-Example is given about how one person needed inside a building as it was raining outside, and they had a child with them. They prayed that the person on the inside would realize this and come get the door. But the person inside wouldn’t come. So the parent had to climb a large fence, leaving their child behind wondering where its parent had gone. A while later the person had gotten inside the building. They spoke to the person who was inside. The inside person said they had received strong promptings to go outside and check on things, but said to himself that rather he would finish where he was in the book he was reading. This ignoring the prompting was bad. It also shows that God answers our prayers by prompting others to act, but at times they ignore those promptings.
-Sam in “Lord of the Rings” in Peter Jackson’s film about “The Fellowship of the Ring” demonstrates commitment to a promise. He wouldn’t leave Frodo alone because he promised to Gandalf he would not. He does this at great peril, swimming when he doesn’t know how to swim, etc.
-One college class assignment was to write the name of Christ on a paper then put it on the floor and stomp on it. One boy would not. He said it was unprofessional and offensive. He decided to speak to the higher ups about it so future classes wouldn’t have to suffer this. The higher ups rebuked the student. Media reporters found out, and published about this. The local governor (of Florida) also found out, and said that the boy was doing well in standing up for what he believes in and being courageous. The school offered a public apology. So this boy rather than stomping on Jesus, stood for Jesus. Whatever that professor was trying to teach, it’s drowned out by the message this student has taught. The student said that it was an easy deception to not stomp on Jesus because of a commitment to Christ he had made earlier on in his life.
-Sincere has two spanish parts: sin means without, sera means wax. So sincere means without wax. Sincere also comes from Latin “clean, pure, sound”. Sculptors would cover the mistakes in their art with wax. The buyer would take the piece home, and when it became hot, the wax would melt away and show all the imperfections in the art that he didn’t think were there when he purchased it.
-Christ isn’t just working on us but with us and throughout us.
-Christ helps us more beyond external appearances and self acceptance and preoccupation with ourselves, and he helps us influence others in ways that go beyond our wildest expectations.
-The goal isn’t to merely hide our flaws and look better, but to actually become better.
-We live in a world that seems to admire “being yourself” more than “improving yourself”.
-Some of the most miserable people I know are the ones who’ve accepted themselves just the way they are, and refuse to change.
-One boy with many tattoos all over his body said “I’m just being unique.” But he was simply comforting to a current fad image. He didn’t stand out, he blended in. Instead of leaving his mark on the world, he was letting the world leave it’s mark on him.
-The world says define yourself, but Christ says refine yourself (Matt. 5:48).
-Choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
-As Christians our task is not so much to be ourselves as it is to become like The Savior.
-Jesus said some people are like bright sepulchers but with dead bones and uncleanness on the inside. We need not march about saying “This is simply how I am, unclean and with dead bones. You must accept that about me.” We may not be able to change, but as we humbly turn to Christ, he can change us to be truly better, not just looking better. (Jer. 18:6 we are the clay in his hands)
-God loves you as you are, but it’s like our love for infants. We love infants, but we want them to learn to walk and talk and reach their full potential.
-Like Jesus, engage with others in the world even as we distance ourselves from worldliness.
-To have kindness, we need someone to perform it on. For patience, we need someone to call it from us. Salvation was meant to be a collaborative experience. This is hard to remember at times because our generation prefers spirituality to religion, hence we can become more self absorbed.
-Jesus didn’t teach love of self, but love and acceptance of God and others.
-1 person influencing another can have a ripple effect and reach billions.
-Jesus never traveled more than a few hundred miles from home. He never wrote a bestseller. He never held political office. He never had any school degrees. Yet see his impact! (From speech of Dr. Allen Francis, “Arise, Sir Knight!”)
-We can’t have a mere goal to change the world, Hitler and Genghis Khan did that. Rather, we must change the world for good as Jesus did.
-In hard moments, keep patience when others don’t. Thank those who help you in even little things.
-Are acts of service so rare in this world that people think you’re an angel for helping them? Are expressions of gratitude so rare that they bring tears to the eyes? We have a shortage of goodness going on, for these things are occurring a lot for even little things.
-Weather or not our actions effect many, they help someone via Christ, and in that process, we become more like Christ.
-Sharing gifts of kindness with others the results will always go beyond expectations.
-The kind of people we are is more important than what we can do to improve the world. It actually is the best and sometimes only way we can improve the world. (Richard John Neuhaus in “C.S. Lewis in the Public Square”).
-Don’t seek to expose yourself to others, but to expose Christ to them.
-Children have full buckets of water they carry (containing wisdom, love, happiness, deep trusting faith in God, a sense of worth, inner sense to do right). Then in the teen years, some of that water is knocked out, and even more is knocked out as an adult, then we see many standing around with empty buckets. (see Donald O. Clifton “How full is your bucket?”). God refills our buckets as we live the gospel. He said unless we are as children we cannot inherit the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 18:3)
-As children we obey parents, and as children kneel in prayer, they know God in his vast universe has nothing better to do than to listen to them.
-Self pity is the worst disease.
-Each baby has a full bucket of sense of worth, they feel like gold as Isaiah says (Isa. 13:12). They don’t merely do as the cool people do. They don’t concern themselves with which brand name diaper they are wearing.
-Children of all economic situations don’t wait for happiness, they create it!
-Happiness is promised to all who walk in the Lord’s ways (Psalm 128:1-2). Happiness is not based on looks, popularity, or possessions!
-Happiness is a city in the state of mind.
-Some children haven’t ever been told that you can have happiness while still having problems. Tell them about this.
-However much we think we are loving children, they’re loving us more. They have immense capacity to freely share their hearts.
-Children are wise. They say no harmful drugs, no loneliness, no war bullies or hunger. We must, as Jesus commanded, copy that clear wisdom. It’s about right or wrong, black and white. Then sadly, as we grow older, people convince us that there are gray areas.
People’s desire to cancel war gets interrupted by debate on economics or upcoming elections.
-Duty to God means we have jobs to do for Jesus (as one child put it).
-When children have been taught about God, their buckets spontaneously are filled with faith.
-When we settle for following rules rather than following the Savior, we won’t have full faith buckets.
-If we feel we’ve had too many hurts or mistakes in life, we must re-discover childlike faith.
-C.S. Lewis’ book series “Chronicles of Narnia” has “Aslan the great lion” who represents Christ in submitting himself to abuse and death to save his friends. In his book “Prince Caspian”, one of the later ones in the series, one of the children grows too old to be returning to Narnia. She is sad about how she will miss seeing Aslan. But Aslan tells her that she can see him in the other world too, and that he had been bringing her to Narnia, so she could learn to recognize him in the other world. This book series has taught many children more of recognizing and responding to the individual love, concern, noble and brave actions of Jesus Christ.
-There is a spiritual side of our nature which cannot be overlooked without serious consequences.
-Despite critics, organized religion helps us to find and live at a higher level.
-Some say faith is a weakness, others say it’s a source of inner strength.
-Adult business world etc. has peer pressures similar to the ones experienced as children, like fitting in and acceptance.
-Fear not (Luke 1:13, 30; 2:10; Rev. 1:17)
-when people mocked Jesus for his teachings and miracles, he didn’t stop doing what he knew is right.
-when in the right lane, you must turn right. There is no other choice. It’s the same with followers of Christ. They must follow Christ (do what He did and would do). We are committed to Christ (John 6:68-69). But there are many in the right lane who won’t turn right… turning left when you are in the right lane can bring serious consequences. Turning away from Christ always has serious consequences.
-see book “Tito Momen and Jeff Benedict: My Name Used to be Muhammad” about a man who was persecuted much for doing from Islam to Christianity, including his family holding a public funeral for him and being tortured in jail for 15 years on false charges because of his religion, and his mother committing suicide because of his conversion and the rest of his family disowning him.
-true Christians stay with Christ even when their finances are lost because of it and public humiliation comes. Those who fall away from Christ in these circumstances of crisis were probably never genuinely Christians in the first place. (See book, “Am I really a Christian?”)
-Lot’s wife, by longing for Sodom and Gomorra and what they had to offer, chose to be a pillar of salt (Gen. 19:17) rather than how she could have become the salt of the earth, to make all things on earth better in the spiritual sense. (Matt. 5:13).
-“Many people in the world believe in God; some even express great love and gratitude for Him. But few are willing to put their time, talents, and treasure where their mouths are.”
-When you know Jesus Christ is our Savior, your life can never be the same again.
-Our relationship with God is incredibly personal, and it requires faith at each level.
-Have faith in God, not just that he can bless and save us, but that he knows the best way to bless and save us.
-Research Polykarp, a 2nd century bishop in Smyrna who refused to deny Christ even at threat of being burned to death. Legend has it that the flames would not kill him as he was tied up being burned, so a man came forth and stabbed him. He wasn’t delivered like Daniel in flames, but the faith of these people wasn’t just that God would always deliver them. It was that God had not only ability to save them, but that God had perfect methods, which they trusted, no matter outcomes of this life.
-God can be with you even in prison for sins you are guilty of as you turn to Him.
-in the right lane, you can’t leave even when the road is uphill and difficult. There are roads that exit out into a U-turn, but we can’t take those, they don’t lead us to where we want to be.
-see book “A Time to Choose” By Elder Neal A Maxwell.
-“If we are serious about our discipleship, Jesus will eventually request each of us to do those things which are the most difficult for us to do” (A Time To Choose by Maxwell).
-Elder Maxwell saw going through cancer as a tutoring and refining time. Others who go through this curse God. He said of it, “Adversity can squeeze out of us the [remaining] hypocrisy that’s there. [So for me,] it’s been a great spiritual adventure, one I would not want to have missed….And even though this has [ had high costs], it’s been a great blessing” (Disciple’s Life, 558-59)
– 1 + God = The Majority
-Tell your employer that you’ll work so hard the other 6 days of the week that he won’t need you to work Sunday.
-Put on the armor of God, and fear will run and hide.
-Be more concerned about pleasing those who do know you, like your Heavenly Father, and family, and less about pleasing who don’t know you (the world).
-Book “Living in but not of the world” by Sharlene Hawkes
-Some laugh and point finders, but being pointed out shouldn’t bother anyone who is pointed in the right direction.
-They laughed at Noah, but it was them who missed the boat!
-When people think you’re crazy for living your beliefs, so thought they of Paul and other scripture characters.
-You’re not the only one who has been pushed to the limit by peer pressure. Remember that when the pressure gets high, there are others who have come off successful too (*like Jesus Christ and many others, see the scriptures and Church history and journals of your family etc.)
-Christianity doesn’t bring restriction, but independence. Not deprivation but total fulfillment.
-See book “Plain Honest Men”. Speaks of USA founders flaring contentions and passionate debates but still met in evenings for dinner as friends. Likewise we can set aside other differences to work together in causes.
-We think people watch us more than they do. They’re usually too worried of themselves to criticize you.
-Who ridicule and exclude others or use social manipulation do so to hide their not feeling good about themselves. They get people to laugh at others so they’ll not notice their (the bullies’) problems.
-Many yell to cover up for how they have nothing to say.
-Who don’t think much of you usually think even less of themselves.
-Who mock others for high test scores do so to cover how they don’t attain such.
-Derive strength from your real accomplishments, even if others are ahead of you in some ways, be truthful about yourself and do good with that.
-When we live our standards with confidence, others will follow us.
-Faith is to fear what light is to darkness, they can’t coexist.
-Media can be vultures who want to pick people apart.
-It’s no wonder our faith in Christ can replace each fear, because he (Christ, in whom we put our faith) always acted without fear.
-Choosing to be a 7 day Christian is choosing to be changed.
-Earth had a process of creation which we now emulate: formed, divided, enlightened, beautified, filled with life, rested.
-True change only occurs as God works in and though us. He is the potter, we the clay (Isa. 64:8).
-A personal fitness trainer told him when he said he didn’t think he could afford fitness training to help his obesity, “you can’t afford not to do this, think of the difference it will make in your life!” He considered how he had been able to help provide for his children in these matters (instrument lessons, braces for teeth, etc) and decided to do some of that for himself.
-God can help us divide our past from our future, and truth from rationalizations and excuses.
-Diet and exercise can’t be events which we do to get back to our normal life. We rather need a lifestyle change. All or nothing mentality is evidence that our plans are short term.
-Started running (one of his worst fears) 30 seconds per day, then 1 minute, 2, 3, 4, 5, then prepared for a 5 kilometer run for Thanksgiving day.
-Most helpful in the change process is one who cares for us and keeps us accountable.
-Also he memorized scriptures and recited them to himself while he ran to distract himself.
-Gen. 1:16-17 Shows that even from it’s beginning, earth has never been left in the dark. Some light even is manifest at night.
-Satan is not capable of love.
-Light from God doesn’t always reveal distant landscapes, sometimes it’s just enough to get us through one day at a time.
-Like God opening rather than removing the Red Sea, he can help us through our trials.
-We never arrive quickly at any destination worth reaching. Strength too easily won isn’t really strength at all.
-We need to be in competition with our own skills and speed, not that of others.
-We live in a society where beauty is defined and articulated in artificial and negative ways.
-Eating disorders damage us physically mentally and spiritually.
-Cosmetics and fashions are powerful trend setters as well as profitable business (they’re thus manipulatory).
-Matthew 6:28-30 Jesus defines beauty as how something is in it’s natural state which God placed it in.
-Matt. 7:16 the Savior used fruit to represent all that is good and nourishing.
-When we take care of our bodies we’re more able to focus outward rather than inward on ourselves in self-consciousness.
– (Public) Education develops civility as it’s a way of being with people (see Christian Religious Education by Thomas Groome pg 137)
-Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) is a good example of a place where you’re not forced to other peoples’ opinions but there is respect for each other there.
-there are more commonalities that unite us than there are differences that divide us.
-being civil with each other helps to maximize the contributions we both give.
-one middle school student, seeing that people who wouldn’t swear in elementary school now began to swear, started a “No Cussing Club” to stand up against this. He suffered for this, but it was a noble cause. More than 100 teens signed up for the club to take the pledge to not swear. He made a website called nocussing.com, people all across the country started joining. This boy became known as the most cyber bullied person. Adults infiltrated his website and put profanity and vulgarity on it. He received bomb threats. Police cars had to be put outside his home for protection. All because he stood up for not swearing!
-“Every action in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those present….Use no reproachful language against anyone, neither curses nor reviling” (George Washington, in William J. Bennett, The Spirit of America, 152-153).
-Be humble. This country is from people who cared more about advancing liberty than about advancing themselves.
-Founding Fathers would bend and compromise where possible, and when they absolutely couldn’t agree, they would still listen to the other point of view in a civil way and agree to disagree. (See book “Plain, Honest Men”)
-“the first test of a truly great man is his humility… I do not mean, by humility, doubt of his own power….[Truly] great men…have a curious…feeling that…greatness is not in them, but through them….And they see something Divine…in every man they meet, and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful” (19th Century English author John Ruskin, see “The Works of John Ruskin, 5:331)
-Paul taught the whole body needs each other in 1 Cor. 12:20-27, we should replace the word I with the word we more often.
-One boy had a disability which would not allow him to play on his High School basketball team. He was allowed to be the team manager and watched the games from the stands, but one day his coach allowed him to play in the game. In his excitement the boy threw the ball out of bounds. The opposing team was behind, but instead of passing it to one of their team, they threw the ball to the disabled boy after calling his name. The disabled boy then made a point. It was a moment he will always cherish. (See the actual footage at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCOyhqKRrv4)
-Christ’s teachings, life, and example are not only timely, but timeless. We can show this to others by standing together for good causes.
-“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” (C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”, 142)
-Speaking of some people who don’t internalize their religion, “[They go] to church on Sunday and [have] a veneer of religion, but [their] religion is basically an add-on to the same way of life the world lives, not a transforming power….They are cultural Christians. Religion is a formal, external thing. There has been no true inner awakening” (John Piper: “Finally Alive” pg 13, 17)
-The gospel net gathers all kinds, not all Christians are Christian in their behaviors.
-Speaking of the grace of Jesus Christ, “The world can do almost anything as well as or better than the church. You need not be a Christian to build houses, feed the hungry, or heal the sick. There is only one thing the world cannot do. It cannot offer grace.” (as quoted by Philip Yancey, “What’s so amazing about Grace?” pg 15)
-The fact that Jesus Christ was risen from the dead, resurrected, doesn’t just impact the hereafter, it impacts what we are here after. It can change you now, not just later. It can affect “our choices, our loves, our priorities, and our ways of reaching our potential”.
-Those who understand the resurrection of Christ (and live the gospel) have an experience of peace and perspective when a loved one dies, those who don’t are known to rather experience despair and hopelessness at such times. Yes, Christians know that the passing of our loved ones is NOT FINAL.
-The question in Job 14:14 “If a man die, shall he live again?” Has been asked for centuries. That question was answered. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22)
-C.S. Lewis, like Paul, recalls the event where he became converted. He was on a ride to the zoo. When he began he didn’t believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. When he arrived, he did. His friend J.R.R. Tolkien had been speaking to him at college about Christianity. Lewis grew up in a Christian home but decided at age 15 to be an atheist because religion seemed to be a chore. It wasn’t an emotional or deep-thinking moment when his conversion to Christianity happened, he describes it as a time like when awakening from a deep sleep, and realizing that you are now awake. (See “Suprized by Joy” by C.S. Lewis pg. 237)
-Sometimes suffering comes because of our choices, other times because of the choices of others, other times from no one’s choices but rather accidents, other times merely because “this earth journey includes devastating storms and deadly diseases.”
-Take Jesus’ words personally.
-To you have have terminal illness and everyone else: Don’t be living to die, but dying to live
-His mother with cancer was asked when she felt like Christ stepped in to help with the burden. She said he was there the whole time carrying the full burden.
-His mother got dementia at age 88. Despite not knowing who people were, she was always kind to them. Despite not knowing what day it was she always prayed daily with unshakable faith.
-Christ’s sacrifice must be for the same reason why parents sacrifice for their children, to give them a better life.
-“We cannot resurrect ourselves. We cannot wipe away our own sins and skepticism. We cannot reach into our own broken hearts and heal them. All these are gifts of grace.”
-It’s not just that “God helps those who help themselves.” It’s bigger than that. It’s that “God helps us to help ourselves.”
-We don’t just “say grace” at the dinner table, like an offering we give to him, rather we “receive grace” from Him.
-If you feel you have fallen from grace, you have yet to learn that grace is something that catches you and lifts you up.
-“Do your best and let God do the rest” can be an overwhelming saying to perfectionists. Rather than only seeing responsibilities, grace helps us to see possibilities. Grace isn’t light at the end of the tunnel, it’s light that can surround us as we travel through the tunnel.
-“You will never be righteous enough to please God. But thankfully, Christ’s perfect righteousness becomes ours when we come to him in faith.” (Mike McKinley, “Am I Really a Christian? Pg 27) (*compare with scripture saying, “My peace I leave with you”. This means that the level of peace we can experience is the level of peace of Jesus Christ. What level of peace is that? It’s the amount of peace you would have if you had never committed a single sin in your life. That is the definition and source of the peace of Jesus Christ. Now, THAT is the gift he is giving to YOU for coming unto Him.)
-We may doubt our own abilities, but we can’t doubt Christs abilities. So we turn to Him. It’s through his power that we can repent of our sins and strive to live his commandments.
-“We are being changed, even if slowly, from one degree of humility and love to the next” (John Piper, “Finally Alive” pg 21)
-Many who label themselves as Christian today have given up trying. But the mark of real believers is that they never stop trying to emulate the life of Christ.
-We act (to obey God) because we are enabled by grace. “The same Christ who gives commands to obey is also the One who empowers us to obey.”
-“The grace that saves us is also the grace that changes us.”
-Matthew 25 has the parable of the talents. Some multiplied their talents and were called “good and faithful.” The one who did nothing with his talent was called “wicked and slothful.” This is life using the grace that God gives us. It’s more about changing people than getting more money. The description words Jesus uses for these people can be “not harsh words spoken in anger but realistic descriptions of attributes the third servant should have and could have changed. He had been given all he needed, but he had done nothing with it. Had he depended on God’s grace, surely he could have become “good and faithful” like the others.” Hence it could be that “the slothful servant allowed to enter (and become a ruler) was not because of being punished but because he was unprepared.” The Lord, perhaps, was making rulers all along. This person wouldn’t participate in the development process. “The term ruler may not have been a prize or title the servants were given as much as a description of who, through God’s grace, they had become.”
-Some who came to Christ fell away. Others became his disciples. “These faithful knew that the true end of all Christians is not simply to come to Christ but to become Christlike.”
-Focus on how Jesus has come unto us rather than how we need to come unto Jesus. He has open arms toward all of us.
-“Christ is the means for resurrection, forgiveness and increased faith, peace amid pain, and transformation through it all.”
-“Christ doesn’t just want people in the church. He wants the church in the people. He doesn’t just want people to acknowledge His grace. He wants them to be transformed through it. He doesn’t just want people to come to Him. He wants them to become like Him-a process that takes place 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, and throughout all the years of our lives.”

 

 

 

A Great Terror: Decreasing Sabbath  & Scripture Observance

 

 

-“it has been frightening to me to see the churches closed, boarded up, with weeds growing in the yard, or open but empty. We face the frightening thought of a generation raised without any contact with scripture.” ((Elder Boyd K. Packer, ‘The Only True and Living Church’, Conference Report, Oct. 1971 https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1971/10/the-only-true-and-living-church?lang=eng&query=only+true+church#watch=video)

-“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 other commercial and sporting activities that now commonly desecrate the Sabbath. Latter-day Saints should set this holy day apart from activities of the world by entering into a spirit of worship, thanksgiving, service, and family-centered activities appropriate to the Sabbath. As Church members endeavor to make their Sabbath activities compatible with the intent and Spirit of the Lord, their lives will be filled with joy and peace.” (Preach My Gospel: What Should I Study And Teach: The Commandments: Keep the Sabbath Day Holy; https://www.lds.org/manual/preach-my-gospel-a-guide-to-missionary-service/lesson-4-the-commandments?lang=eng)

 

Basic Q & A on Living My Faith

 

 

Why I am a Latter-day Saint

My faith is what helps me to walk with a smile on my face. It helps guide me in the choices I have to make every day.

Growing up, we read from the scriptures, including The Book of Mormon, and prayed daily as a family. We went to church weekly, and helped serve our neighbors family and friends. When I moved out of the home, I kept doing that because I knew it was true. It helped strengthen my testimony that the teachings of the church as found in The Book of Mormon are true, and that I really could find power to do good by repenting of my sins, and leaning upon The Lord.

It’s good to have a solid foundation where I know God loves me, and that He speaks to me through prayer, parents, and teachings of the modern-day prophet.

I believe the church is true, and that God founded it as He did in Christ’s time. I’m not afraid to face the future because I know God will guide me every step of the way. I know this church is true.

I have studied about this and I have felt the witness of the Spirit that these accounts are true as I do and pray. The church is where just about all the blessings in my life come from.The Spirit continues to testify to me that he was Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that his successors are as well.

My grandpa read the Joseph Smith pamphlet and knew it was true. From his choice I’ve had the gospel in my life.

How has the Holy Ghost helped you?

After being baptized, I recieved the gift of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands by one holding the Priesthood authority of God (Acts 8:15-17). Since that special day, I have had a great need for the guidence of the Holy Ghost. I believe my ability to remember the importance of daily scripture study is from the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. When I pray, I am filled with ideas on how to live more peacably, and to be a better influence on those around me. I also feel comfort and the presence of The Lord. I know these are from the Holy Ghost. As a missionary, I prayerfully determine who I should see and where I should go, and miracles happen becuase of it. For example, I felt like a particular door we walked past that we should talk to them. We did, and found the person there was in great need of our help. That strengthened my faith that God knows His children and will take care of them. When I’m in a situation where I would otherwise react impaciently, The Holy Ghost whispers to me to love one another as Jesus loves me. I know that I’ve recieved answers to my prayers day to day in the bigger and smalls matters of my life. I am confident that I will be guided all my days by the influence of the Holy Ghost so long as I am faithful to the commandments of The Lord which I covenanted with Him to obey when I was baptized.

What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?

I write them letters encouraging them to be faithful when I have to be away. I’m always trying to improve so I can be a greater light for my family, and I’m always trying to learn more about and better live the gospel of Jesus Christ so the light I hold up can be Jesus Christ. I try to live within my means, not complain, lead by example with pacience and love, and I keep my family in my prayers every day.

How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?

I love the Book of Mormon! I remember mother reading it to us every night growing up. I could always feel the power of that wonderful book, and recognise the importance of it as we read from it’s pages. Growing older, the Book of Mormon becuase a serious topic of study as I lived on my own and needed to know how to follow Jesus Christ. I remember having heard the stories of Book of Mormon prophets who had over come their challenges, and that empowered me with the faith that with God’s help I could like wise overcome by challenges. I learned from the Book of Mormon that God loves all of His children, and they can always come home to Him no matter what.

On my mission, the Book of Mormon has been helping me understand the doctrine of Christ so I can teach that to others. Understanding the workings of God in ancient America as well as ancient Jerusalem have helped me to understand God’s plan of salvation for us His children. I find often very specific messages from The Lord to me as I read the Book of Mormon daily. I read all the scriptures, but the Book of Mormon is a particular treasure to me. Knowing that it is true by The Holy Ghost allows me to know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of The Lord in our day, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is The Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth preparatory to the second coming of The Messiah. This is an anchor to my soul, knowing that there is a living prophet on the earth. Knowing that what I hear at church is the word of The Lord.

Reading of the faithful accounts of Book of Mormon prophets inspires me to render more faithful service to The Lord, and then I work more closely associated with The Lord as I serve His children.

Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?

I pray, read the scriptures, serve others, teach the gospel, serve as a missionary free of charge, I give people the benefit of a doubt and do all I can for them. Faith moves me to act like this becuase I believe these things will bring them to God where all happiness is. I believe we can be together in God’s Kingdom if we help eachother get there and eternally enjoy that.

Could you talk about your baptism?

I was 8, I remember my family was very happy, and I knew I was doing the right thing by being baptized. It was peaceful.

Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?

I pray when I wake up, at meals, when I go to bed, and before I do things for The Lord.

When I’m distressed I pray, then comfort and sometimes answers come.

Why do Latter-day Saints go on missions?

I went on a mission, so I’ve some good insight on this one. We love the message we’ve been blessed with, the fullness of the gospel. I would do anything to promote that to other people. It is the foundation of my soul, and I can attribute every blessing that has come to me in life to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The prophets of our day have long called all worthy young men to prepare to serve missions. They have and still do teach that missionary service is a Priesthood duty. Jeremiah 16:16 teaches us that The Lord will send missionaries, as well as teachings from the new testament. The Book of Mormon has many accounts of great missionaries who taught the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ancient inhabitants of what is now known as the Americas.

When I learned that Jesus Christ had power to redeem me through prayerfully reading The Book of Mormon, I made every preparation necessary to serve a full-time mission. There is no message that has ever brought me greater joy!

We believe that the same church which exsisted primitavly in New Testament times has been restored in its fullness through a living prophet Joseph Smith. That he prayed to find the true church and had a vision where he saw God the Father and His Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. They called him to be a prophet and gave him power and authority by sending angels to him. What a glorious message! There is a living prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

When we were baptized, we covenanted with God that we would “mourn with those that mourn, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death… that ye may have eternal life.” See Mosiah 18:8-10 in The Book of Mormon.

The blessings of Abraham are ours only if we carry the gospel to all the families of the earth. This is our covenant with God.

How has attending Church services helped you?

My favorite part of Church services is when the sacramental bread and water are passed each Sunday. I remember the promises I have made with Jesus Christ, and what He has promised me in return. That gives me great things to look forward to, and calm my natural tenancies to crave the things of this world. I remember that Jesus Christ can and will forgive me as I try to follow Him as He has asked me to do. “Come follow me” He said. I moved some ten times in my teenage life, and making new friends has been important in every place. Church has helped me to find friends with the same values I have. Sunday school at church on Sundays has helped me to understand the doctrine, and that has changed my behavior more than the study of behavior has changed my behavior, just like the prophets said it would. Now I understand why the apostles met together on a weekly basis to eat bread in remembrance of Jesus Christ, and why it was so important to these people to be no more strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints. I remember in ancient America, from The Book of Mormon, that they spoke one with another concerning the welfare of their souls as they met once a week, I see just how strongly that can affect the rest of the week. I feel rejuvenated each week after attending church, and I don’t know how I would get through or enjoy the week without it. Growing up, attending the nursery and primary Sundays at Church services helped me learn scripture stories and develop a strong moral character from an early age. It helped me to know that we keep the Sabbath day holy by church attendance, and serving each other, yet resting from the week’s labors. My testimony has grown as I’ve had opportunities to teach the youth and others in church services, and I can never repay The Lord for that. It’s like the prophets say, you can’t give a bread crumb in The Kingdom of God without receiving a loaf of bread in return.

What have you done successfully to shield your family from unwanted influences?

We read the scriptures every night together, then we say a family prayer before we go to bed. We reserve Monday nights for family night, we call it Family Home Evening throughout the church. In Family Home Evening we spend time together, teach each other the gospel, and counsel together. In my family we go out of our way to plan camp-outs and pick-nics, so our lives are filled with wholesome things, and we have a lot of joy! We follow the prophet’s admonition to not watch ‘R’ rated films, to avoid violent video games, and any obscene material that will not allow the Spirit of The Lord to be in our home. We have yearly family reunions to keep close to our extended family, and build off of each others goodness. We value making the most of an education, and being where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there. I’m thankful my mother didn’t allow any of her 8 children to have sleepovers with anyone accept family, there is too much that could go wrong there. The Lord says he worketh not in darkness, I don’t see a need for young people to either. Mother taught us the gospel as we would drive in the car together, and vulgar music was never tolerated. I’m thankful mother never allowed us to have a personal computer or television in our homes growing up, that is another thing the prophets have warned us against. We have pictures of the Savior or a temple in our home in every room, that is another thing the prophets have urged us to do. Our home is a sanctuary from the storm. A holy place where we feel loved, belonging, safe, and The Lord’s Spirit. I’m thankful mother gave us chores to do each day that filled our time with good contributions to the family. She also made sure we had a bedtime, and tucked us in every night. Our family is full of culture and tradition that fill me up, and help me to not have the need for unwanted things to bring me happiness.

Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.

I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. That has been challenged by others and my own contemplating in the past- but I’ve come to know by the power of The Holy Ghost that he was who he says he was. He saw what he said he saw. He founded what he said he founded. Nothing can take that testimony away from me. I know the church he organized was under the direction of Jesus Christ The Promised Messiah, and that Jesus stands at the head of this His great church today. I know this church is true as sure as I know that I live, and I will live and if needs be, die for it. Joseph Smith wasn’t a perfect man, but he was called of God to do a great work, and establish the restitution of all things as spoken of in the New Testament. The kingdom which would roll forth and eventually fill the earth as prophesied in Daniel 2. Joseph Smith was called of God the same that Noah, Moses, Jesus Christ, Peter, and other holy prophets from the beginning of time have been called and commissioned of God, with the mandate to dispense the Everlasting Gospel to the inhabitants of the earth. I stand with Joseph Smith as he made the following declaration, “The standard of truth has been erected. No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly nobly and independent till it has penetrated every nation, swept every country, visited every climb, and sounded in every ear. Till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and The Great Jehovah shall say, “The work is done.””

Praise to the man, Joseph Smith, who communed with Jehovah. Jesus anointed that prophet and seer.

The testimony of The Living Christ that I recieved when I read The Book of Mormon, which Joseph Smith claimed to translate into the english language by the gift and power of God, is so through and unmistakable, that I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the Living God.

Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?

I like to invite my friends to meet with the missionaries, to read The Book of Mormon, to come to church, to do fun activities, and I like to be friends with everyone. No one deserves to be made fun of or to be left alone. I share the gospel with my friends becuase I know I can’t understand all of their trials, but there is one who can, that is Jesus Christ. It’s not that I don’t listen to and counsel with my friends, heaven forbid- but I know that if I can strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ, they will become much more independant, and have a greater level of peace and joy. I use The Book of Mormon as a primary tool in that effort becuase it mentions The Savior Jesus Christ about every 3 verses. I use the bible as well, but primarily The Book or Mormon. It is something most do not already have. It is something that helped me understand the doctrine of Christ in a simple yet profound way. I like to do service like tutoring in school or helping people move. Things that one can’t do all on their own very easily or at all. Christ came as he that serveth, what a better way to help people know about Jesus Christ than trying to be like Him.

Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?

“Jesus sayeth unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die…” John 11:25-26

I reap several influential messages from these words of The Master. I’ve lost many loved ones, and knowing that we shall all live again brings me comfort that the world cannot afford.

As we believe in Christ, we will have a better quality of life and eternity. We won’t become stagnant, or unforgivable. We will progress growing brighter until the perfect day. We will be empowered to do good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven. According to the scriptures, we will become as He is as we live His gospel. That is the miracle of Jesus Christ. He takes us imperfect beings, and makes us perfect through His grace divine. Perfection will not be reached in this life, but we are promised that it will eventually as we live His gospel.

Reinstated in The Book of Mormon, we hear the words of Jesus Christ again, speaking to the Nephites, His “other sheep… which are not of this fold…” (John 10:16) shortly after His resurrection, “Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day. Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even that shall ye do; Therefore, if ye do these things blessed are ye, for ye shall be lifted up at the last day.” 3 Nephi 27: 20-22.

The Savior said in our day through the prophet Joseph Smith, that as we live faithfully the gospel, the same organization which exists among us here (families) will exist among us there in the Kingdom of God. That helps knowing that my family can be together forever.

How can your talents and gifts bless others?

The prophets teach us that the home is where we render the most important service.

I remember so many great things from my family growing up that have shaped who I am. I can use my gifts and talents to bless my family now, and pass on our traditions and beliefs. I can teach my family to work, like I learned from my family. One of my gifts is that I know this church is true. I can bless others with that by doing what we call home teaching. Every male member of the church is assigned several individuals or families to watch over and share a monthly message with. The Church publishes a magazine called the Ensign, in which the First Presidency of The Church conveys a message they want everyone to hear that month. We share this with the families we’re assigned to. This program makes it so that everyone in the church is watching over someone, and is being watched over by someone else. My children will need a testimony of their own, so I can read the scriptures with them daily and explain them. I can pray for them and with them and teach them to pray daily. In anything we’re involved in, what ever our interests be, doing so in an upright manner, setting a good example, will help bless others. Being a good example is one of the most effective ways to bless others.

How does making right choices help us make more right choices?

It’s like a song we sing in Church, “Choose the right let the consequence follow.” Jesus taught the Nephites, “Be thou perfect, even as I or your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” In The Book of Mormon Jesus Christ teaches, “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for it they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” Ether 12:27.

How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?

I discovered there was a Redeemer prepared, from the foundation of the earth, who could help me overcome all things, for He already had. I’m not perfect, but hopeful for that day, and enjoying life, living Christ’s teachings.

What has helped develop greater harmony in your home?

We sing a hymn and that helps a lot. Grandpa would speak up and the patriarch of the home since dad was elsewhere, and there would come peace. It was given to my brother and I to “one divide, and the other choose” said mother, when it came to chores and chocolate. He helped me with my homework, we played games together, and prayed and studied the scriptures daily as a family. My mother told us stories about our family history, those legacies of faith hope and charity. These things helped us know who we are, and helped us to act our part. Going to church on Sundays would always bring a sweet Spirit into our home. I remember every Sunday morning I would wake up to gospel music playing, and usually a treat mother had prepared. Looking back, the daily chores we were assigned by mother brought us closer together as a family. My brother and I had to live by the same rules. Mother never forced us to do anything, yet certain privileges were revoked upon naughtiness, and certain blessings revoked as well. Mother often sang us to sleep. Our older siblings played with us, and their visits were ever awaited. We served in the church together and grew closer there. Those blessings carried over into our home. We did fun wholesome recreational activities together, we had gardens, and always a project to work on in the home or the yard. Mother liked to give us gifts like rabbits, chicks, and other animals. Mother always had a dinner she made for us but never forced us to eat it. We got to take care of grandpa and abide in service. Grandpa taught us his life lessons he learned which blessed us richly. Our Home teachers in the Church coming to see us monthly and sometimes more always brought a spirit of love and peace. Scout leaders, young men’s leaders, and countless other volunteer leaders in the church helped us in uncountable ways. They cared for us as their own. I have such a great debt to repay all my life for such blessings.

How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?

In The Book of Mormon, I read as soon as I moved away from home, about how this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God. As I read that, I felt like I lived in heaven long ago, and that the right thing, and the happy thing, for me to do in this life, would be to be good, and to raise a good family, and help others. I read about how Jesus is the promised Redeemer, and that helped me see that I can learn from my mistakes and not be condemned for them as I pick myself up and pray for God’s help.

What is hope and what do you hope for?

Hope is a longing for the brighter day, an acceptation of the way things need to be in order for that day to come. A trust that a taste of it will be granted today.

I hope to be with my family eternally. That when I die, I can hear the words of my King Jesus Christ saying, “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter ye into the rest of thy Lord.” “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

I hope for those I train to live good lives. Someday that hope will entail the children I’ll have. I hope that I can live true to the faith for which martyrs like Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith have perished, true to the truth which my fathers have cherished.

I hope to follow the pathway of discipleship following Jesus Christ until I become like Him by His grace.

I hope for world peace, and have faith that it will come. I have charity for the world to help bring that to pass, and I’ll ever serve my brothers and sisters anywhere and anyone.

I hope to answer well to the prophets of old, of how I have done with their words. An ancient American prophet Nephi said in the record called The Book of Mormon, “…you and I shall stand face to face beforehis bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness. And I pray the Father in the name of Christ that many of us, if not all, may be saved in his kingdom at that great and last day.” 2 Nephi 33:11.

My hope is like Moroni’s, an ancient prophet whose writings are contained in The Book of Mormon, “I soon go to rest in the paradise of God, until my spirit and body shall again reunite, and I am brought forth triumphant through the air, to meet you before the pleasing bar of the great Jehovah, the Eternal Judge of both quick and dead. Amen.” Moroni 10:34.

With this hope, I can do it. I know, like Nephi, the ancient American prophet, that the Lord will provide the way for me to obey him 1 Nephi 3:7.

Please share your feelings/testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel.

I feel the restoration of the Gospel, as individuals take it in, it will be the restoration of themselves. Of their hope and joy! Of their childhood dreams and testimonies that no one could take away! I have a testimony that the gospel has been restored as it was fully here when Jesus taught, so is it now, and not a part is missing, and it is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

No organization which does good is of evil, I mean merely to say that there is more, there is a fullness of truth available. Bring what treasured truths you have and come and see if we can add to them.

We always are learning throughout life, right? Allow yourself to study this, and see if it is not from God. You can know it is by the power of The Holy Ghost as you study it and ask your Father in Heaven concerning its validity. He will let you know it is His church, then you can hold to it and grow throughout your life exponencially by following the guidence of a living prophet, an authorized representative of Jesus Christ who speaks with Him face to face as did the prophets of old like Moses (Exodus 33:11) and Peter. I would hope that all would have an open heart to this message. If it is true, and I testify that it is, then there is a way that it will fit to the needs of everyone of our Heavenly Father’s children, including you, my brother/sister of our Father in heaven who created us, and anxiously awaits our return to his presence in heaven, and to see us grow and learn more of his plan for us day by day.

The beautiful thing about this message is that it is true, and God will back it up with The Holy Ghost if it is true. The Holy Ghost is a personage of the Godhead, a member without flesh and bones as the other 2 of the godhead have, so he can dwell inside of you, and bring those special unexplainable feelings that come to you as you study this message, that hint to you, ‘it’s true!’.

The best part is that Jesus Christ explains anew how he loves us.

Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?

The missions of the church are three-fold: To preech the gospel, to perfect the saints, and to redeem the dead.

[when in the mission field full time I wrote:] I’m on a full-time mission preeching the gospel. My purpose on my full-time mission is to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them recieve the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.

I spend some of my mission teaching people who have fallen away or need strengthenning.

I’ve been able to go hometeaching monthly since I was 14 to teach members of my local congregation the the prophet’s monthly message to help perfect the saints.

I’ve been attending the temple since I was 12 to redeem the dead by performing proxy baptisms for them (See 1 Corinthians 15:29). This gives them who have died without the opportunity to be baptized the opportunity to recieve that ordinance.

In the future when I am not on a full-time mission I’ll raise a righteous family, continue to share the gospel, and continue to redeem the dead through doing temple work for my ansestors who lived at times when the fullness of the gospel was not available to them.

What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?

Positivity, hope, charity, direction, daily inspiration, an understanding of where I came before this life, the purpose of life, and where I will go after I die. I’ve come closer to my family, and learned what kind of friend to be. I’ve found forgiviness for my sins, and felt aliviated becuase of that.

My faith in Jesus Christ brought me out on a full-time mission, that has been a blessing to me because I’ve had the joy of helping others fix their families and enjoy life by teaching them the gospel and inviting them to live it.

As I do what Jesus said to by keeping one day of 7 holy, I feel peace and comfort throughout the week.

As I do as Jesus said by paying one tenth of my wages to tithing, and giving offerings, I have never had want for food, and have always had sufficient for my needs.

As I refrain from conteniton as Jesus taught to, what I think are issues fall away and I’m able to become a better person and live a happier life.

As I live chaste as Jesus taught to, I have more self confidence and a clearer look on how to raise a family, and brighter hope for a united and happy family of my own in the future.

As I don’t steal and be wise living within my means as Jesus taught, I learn to use my resources better and am happier.

As I don’t covet other people or things as Jesus taught, I learn that there is available joy in hoping for heaven, and I can get through even the toughest situations like having to stand alone when no one will live up to the standard Jesus Christ calls me to.

As I pray to God the Father in the name of Christ as Jesus taught, I feel direction, comfort, peace, hope, and solice just to name a few.

As I “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness”, “all things” are “added unto me.” Matthew 6:33.

I would be lost without my faith in Jesus Christ. Before I had it I was. Now that I have it, I’m found. In this, The Lord’s church, I trust He will guide me through prophets all through my life.

How I live my faith

I’ve lived my faith by reading the scriptures and learning to believe Jesus Christ can redeem me, repenting of my sins, being baptized, recieving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I am learning God’s plan for me from the scriptures, and from going to Sunday services at church. I’ve had the opportunity to teach and serve in the church full time. I’ll raise my children, teach them from the scriptures daily, help them enjoy living a righteous life, and seek to be a good influence on others in the work place and the community as I serve there. I’ll continue to make the most of an education so I can further bless my family church community and the world. In my home is where I’ll do the most good. I keep a daily journal to recognize the hand of the Lord in my day to day life.

 

 

 

 

Preguntas Y Respuesas Basicas En Cuanto De Como Vivo Me Fe

 

 

 

Acerca de mí

Soy de Utah, mis pasatiempos son futbol, subir montanas, identificar aves, construir casas, trabajar en el jardin, leer acerca del evangelio e la historia. Soy el joven de 8 hermanos. Mi abuelo es converso a la iglesia, y por causa de el, yo tengo el evangelio en mi vida. Tengo una legado de mucho fe en mi familia historia, incluyendo pioneros quienes cruzaron el paiz para encontrar un lugar en que pudieran adorar a Dios segun sus propios deseos. He trabajado en la construccion, la medicina, cuidando viejos, y el negocio. He sido apoyado mucho por mi familia y amigos.

Por qué soy un miembro de La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Ultimos Dias

Mi familia me ayudaron aprender de estas ensenanzsa, y me bautice, y en los pasos de la vida mi testimonio se fortaleza mas y mas que esto es el reino de Dios. Amo ser mormon, practicar esto mi fe en Jesucristo me trae paz gozo vision esperanza y caridad. Mi familia es uno muy amaroso, y compartieron el evangelio conmigo, y me ensenaron que la iglesia de Jesucristo ha sido restourado por un profeta de Dios, Jose Smith. Luego cuando tuve unos diezisiete anos, lei el Libro de Mormon con fe en Jesucristo y verdadera intencion, y se que es verdadero. Ore sobre la lectura, y senti que esto vino de Dios para ayudarme vivir una vida buena, entender el arrepentimiento, y estar feliz en la vida. Dia tras dia en estudiar la biblia (la reina valera) y El Libro de Mormon, el Espiritu Santo da testimonio a mi testificando que estas cosas son verdaderas. Siempre siento paz y consuelo cuando estoy leyendo estas escrituras, y en vivir las normas de la iglesia, me trae much paz. Amo las normas como “la palabra de sabiduria”, lo cual es una ley de salud revelado para nuestro bienestar por el profeta Jose Smith, lo cual dice que no debemos tomar alcohol, ni usar tobacco, ni te, ni cafe, y esta ley me proteje de las malas influencias del mundo. Amo que creemos que hay profetas actuales quienes reciban la revelacion de Dios para guiarnos en nuestros situaciones singulares (no es decir que no recibimos revelacion personal por la oracion, esto es unos de las ensenanzas de las profetas).

¿Cómo le ha ayudado el Libro de Mormón a entender el propósito de la vida?

Cuando tuve dieciciete anos lei en el Libro de Mormon y oro. Hizo esto todos las dias, y eventualmente, realize, y supe, que Jesucristo tiene poder para redimirme. Recuerdo esto, leyendo el libro por la primera vez, y lei sobre la neccesidad de arrepentirse, y que el hombre puede ser redimido. Decidi que era importante para mi a vivir una vida buena, de crear buenos ninos, de vivir bien para que podria encontrar la felicidad que no termine. Entendi que mi familia me habian ensenado correctamente, y que ellos eran lo mas importante cosa. Aprendi que hay mucho valor en ensenar personas acerca de el proposito de la vida para que ellos podrian tambien realizar gozo, y no remordimiento. Ahora continuo leyendolo cada dia, y me guie para ser furte y con caridid amor y esperanza. Encuentro respuestas a preguntas que encuentro, y siento paz sobre estas respuestas. Estas seres antiguos del libro experimentan las mismas cosas que yo experimento, y se encuentran el gozo en doblar a, y enfocar en Jesucristo. Uno do los propositos de la vida que encontre en el libro es obedecer a Dios, y permitir las consequensias segir. Un profeta llamado Nefi fue por misiones peligrosos, y Dios obro la salvacion en su familia por sus padecimientos, y sacrificios para hacer la voluntad de Dios. Por ejemplo, Nefi se fue para sacar las escrituras, y llevarlas para el aprendizaje de su familia. Enseno sus hermanos y posteridad de la importanci de guardar los mandamientos de Dios. Por esto, aprendi que nececito esforzarme en aprender las sagradas escrituras para ensenar a mi familia las vias de Dios, porque Dios no nos dejaria en la obscuridad, pero nos dara consuelo y direccion. Aprendi de el valor de libertad por el profeta Moroni en el libro, que es sumamente importante a defender libertad. Moroni enseno su pueblo que si no hicieron algo para en bienestar de su paiz, y sus ninos, seran condenados ante Dios. El arrenpentirse nos fortelezera, y nos preparara para vivir con Dios.

¿De qué manera pueden sus propios talentos y dones bendecir a otras personas?

!El en hogar es lo mas importante!

Me gusta escribir en un diario para mirar al mano de Dios en mi vida diaria, para observar los milagritos y las tiernas misericordias. Compartire esto con mi posteridad un dia para fortelecer su fe.

Vengo de uno familia muy grande, todos tuvieron que participar en el ensenar de uno al otro. Mis hermanos me ayudaron al tener gozo por jugar conmigo. Mi madre canto a nosotros al dormir, y nos enseno a leer y trabajar.

Me gusta ayudar a otros al aprender como hacer matimaticas, y otros clases.

Uso mi testimonio de esta evangelio por andar hablando con todas las personas sobre ello en mi servicio misional aqui en Georgia para ayudarles tener una vida y familia feliz y unida, arrepiendo y esperando la eternidad.

En todo lugar uno de las cosas mas importante es ser un buen ejemplo. Estoy bien en jugar deportes, y me gusta tratar a todos iguales, y no frustrar al estar conquistado. Me gusta ayudar a los otros tener una experiancia en cual quier cosa que estamos haciendo.

He tenido mucho oportunidad en mi servicio como misionero para ensenar otro personas que no son de mi forma de creer, que son de mi forma de creer, y otros misioneros tambien.

Me gusta cantar en un coro para compartir el evengelio y que la vida puede ser buena y feliz.

He tenido oportunidad de ensenar varios personas a hablar ingles.

Un dia cuando tengo mi familia propio, voy a pasar mucho tiempo ensenando mis hijos.

En la iglesia, he tenido mucho oportunidad para ensenar a otros en evangelio en clases, y en congregaciones, y en las casas de los otros miembros. Estas oportunidades vienen a todos los miembros de la iglesia.

Tambien me gusta compartir mi fe y mis experiancias que me ayudaron a desarrollar estas creencias firmes por la red en esta sitio de web y otros como facebook.

Despues de mi mision voy a usar mi familia historia para hacer mi obra geneologia, y ayudar a mi familia y mi familia extendida saber mas sobre sus familias.

¿Por qué motivos comparte el Evangelio con sus amigos y cómo lo hace?

Esta evangelio ha traido todas las bendiciones en mi vida. Otros en el pasado lo compartieron con mi familia, y disfruto las bendiciones cada dia.

Siento que seria un pecado a no compartir esto, porque yo se que es verdad.

Todos tienen que oir esta mensaje para tener la opportunedad de disfrutar de ello.

Esta evangelio me trayo gran libertad, no siempre he sentido que la vida venidera es also para esperar, pero dispues que yo logre un testimonio de Jesucristo, mi forma de ver el mundo cambio completamente, a una vida de fe esperanza y caridad.

Unas de las maneras que comparto el Evangelio es dar folletos de ello, rehuir de participar en cosas malas, servir otros por ser sus amigos y ayudarles limpiar sus yardas y todo, ir por completo tiempo misiones cuando puedo al enfocarme en ensenarlo y bautizar personas. Comparto experiencias espirituales con mi familia y amigos por enviarles cartas y correo electronico, publico esta mi perfil de mormon.org, comparto escrituras con las personas que se encuentra en la Bilia y el Libro de Mormon que son pertanecientes a sus situaciones. Enseno muchachos del Evangelio en clases dominicales domingos, guardo un diario en lo cual trato observar la mano del Senor en mi vida diaria. Esto voy a poder compartir con mis hijos un dia cuando los tengo. Trato a compartir el mensaje de amistad que se encuentra en el Evangelio por decir hola a los mas personas que puedo en mi diario vida. Comparto el servicio parte del Evangelio tambien por trabajar en negocios para alimentar los pobres. Participo en el proceso political para ayudar mi comunidad tener una carga mas ligera, y ayudar ultimente mi paiz y el mundo para ser mas justo y bendito. El Evangelio es mas que palabras. Es alimentar la familia humana. Por esto hago estas cosas. Al ayudar otros, confio que tendre segun mis necesidades, o, a lo menos, seremos mas cerca a cumplir esto. Paso por paso, pero segimos andando adelante. Agradezco Jesucristo por ayudar los de mas.

¿De qué manera han contestado sus oraciones?

Cuando siento triste, o opresionado, y nececitado de guia o consuelo, me arrodillo (cuando puedo), y oro. Hablo con Dios, y le escucho. El envia ideas posativas, y sobre todo, paz concerniente las cosas buenas, y me causa a olvidar de las cosas no importantes. Cuando oro diariomente para arrepentirme, Dios me da inmediate consuelo y perdon, y me ayuda ser sanado de las cosas que enfrento dia tras dia. A veses oro para encontrar cosas, y El Senor me da ideas de donde la cosa esta, o me de intendimiento y consuelo, para que puedo espiriar hasto que lo encuentro. Oro para saber que debo hacer dia tras dia en mi servicio misional, y El Senor me da ideas de que hacer, y cuales principios del evangelio debo compartir con las personas con quales voy a visitar esta dia. Siempre oramos antes de que salimos del apartamento, y sentimos un dia que debemos andar a un lugar en vez de manejar alli. Nos encontramos una mujer en el camino llorando, esperando a oir nuestro mensaje. Se que fueramos guiados por la mano de Dios.

Recuerdo probablemente mas importante sobre todo, que antes de que tuve en fuerte testimonio de Jesucristo, y la esperanaza que viene con esto, lei las escrituras cada dia, aunque solo fue para un tiempecito, los lei, y ore arrodillandome cada dia. Recuerdo que tras unas meses, desarrolle un testimonio que Jesucristo tiene poder para redimirme de mis pecados. Esto me dirijo a cambiar mis maneras de vivir a una plena mas alto, y estoy progresando en la correcta direccion hasta esta dia, y !tengo mucho felizidad! Cada dia necesito mi testimonio fortelezado si yo voy a enfrentar la dia con fe escojiendo lo bien. Pues oro todos los dias a mi Padre Celestial, y ando en la luz como el profetizo pasara para los quienes que viven asi creyendo en el.

Cuando mi abuelo murio, y tambien mi primo, ore para estar consolado, y aun en estas dificiles tiempos, senti paz, y pude enfrentar estas pruebas. Ahora siento mas cerca a ellos y a Dios porque hize esto.

¿Por qué los mormones van a una misión?

Vi a una mission porque amo el Evangelio. Me ha bendito muchisimo en mi vida. No somos obligados a servir, solo reconocemos que es el deber de los varones al hacerlo porque el profeta nos ha llamado. Redconocemos que el mensaje que tenemos es el evangelio eterno a la salvacion de las almas. Yo vi mis hermanos ir a misiones como muchacho, y el espiritu de Cristo me testifico que era la obra de Dios, y la voluntad de Dios que yo vaya cuando alcanzo la edad propio de servir. Yo vi que cuando mis hermanos regresaron de sus misiones, eran muy felizes, y bien hermanestados.

Yo aprendi al leer las escrituras antiguas y modernas que han sido reveladas por el profeta Jose Smith y otros modernas profetas que no solo es bueno compartir el Evangelio, y nuestro deber. Al bautizarnos y ser adoptados en el Casa de Israel y ser herederos de sus bendiciones de tener posteridad como los granos de arena en la playa y tener la plentitud del sacerdocio, necesitamos compartir el Evangelio con todas las familias de la tierra. Esto es nuestro deber para ser digno de las promesas del convenio de Abraham. El Evangelio hasta esta punto no ha alcanzado a todos los partes y familias del mundo como fue profetizado, pues el convenio y bendicion de Abraham tiene que continuar hasta que esto se cumple. Pues, hasta todos las familias y partes del mundo tienen la oportunidad sincero de entender y aceptar esta mensaje, nos encontraremos serviendo misiones.

Reconocemos tambien que al poner primero el Senor, todo el resto vendra. Yo he recibido una nuevo corazon por servir una mi mision, y tengo que agradecer a mi Dios siempre por esto. Nuestros familias estan guardadas por el Senor cuando vamos a misiones, y puetas abren para ellos que nunca fueron conocidos antes. Las personas a los cuales tocaremos sus vidas seran muchos quienes nadie otro podia tocado, y cambiara sus vida para siempre, dandoles una mayor calidad de vida que podian tenido sin nuestras ensenanzas. Los bendiciones son grandes.

La manera en que vivo mi fe

Ahora tengo el privlegio de servir una mision para dos anos en Georgia. En esto dedico todos mis esfuerzos en aprender y compartir el evangelio de Jesucriso. Anteriormente ensene los ninos en la iglesia los domingos. He servido como lider de un grupo de jovens en la iglesia, y discurso en la iglesia cada en cuanto. Ayudo limpiar la capilla a veces, canto en el coro, y en mi familia leemos las escrituras cada noche juntos e individualmente en las mananas, y oramos cada noche juntos como family e individuales tambien. Guardo en diario para reconocer cada dia la mano de Dios en mi vida diaria. Hago servicio para mis vescinos y estas cosas me traen la felicidad.

 

 

The Watchers Nephilim Supernatural Theory Exposed as False Doctrine

 

 

-One must understand what is an angel, what is a human, what is a God. They are all human, but in different stages of progression.

stage 1 of human: angel without body (not yet come to earth to get a body)

stage 2 of human: mortal being with a body on earth (being tested to see if will advance higher by passing the test of faith)

stage 3 of human: angel without a body (came to earth for a body and died, and now awaits the resurection)

stage 4 of human: angel with a body (the body was dead but is now resurrected to forever remain alive, for “in Christ are all made alive”)

stage 5 of human: God (the resurrected (re-embodied) angel has reached perfection)

Note: the term “angel” is not really an essencial term in this context; the angel is not a different breed from the human or the God; they are all the same breed, it’s us. The main thing to pay attention to is that our stages of progression are defined by weather or not our spirits are clothed in bodies. Angel comes from Hebrew melak and Greek angelos, both merely meaning “messenger.” In that sence of the word, a human mortal on God’s errand can be termed an angel as well.

-“There is a prevailing doctrine in the Christian world that these sons of God were heavenly beings who came down and married the daughters of men and thus came a superior race on the earth, the result bringing the displeasure of the Lord. This foolish notion is the result of lack of proper information, and because the correct information is not found in the Book of Genesis Christian peoples have been led astray. The correct information regarding these unions is revealed in the inspired interpretation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Book of Moses. Without doubt when this scripture was first written, it was perfectly clear, but scribes and translators in the course of time, not having divine inspiration, changed the meaning to conform to their incorrect understanding. These verses in the Prophet’s revision give us a correct meaning, and from them we learn why the Lord was angry with the people and decreed to shorten the span of life and to bring upon the world the flood of purification.” (Answers to Gospel Questions, 5 vols. [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1957-1966], 1: 136.)

-“It is stated that the iniquity of man was great, and God brought a flood on the earth. Now, to understand that correctly we have to know what kind of position those persons were in, and why they were called the “Sons of God.” Those men were in the same position as the Latter-day Saints. They were heirs to the Priesthood. They were the sons of God. They had obeyed the holy covenants. They had received the word of the Lord. They were consecrated to the Almighty. But they went outside of their covenants and their engagement with the Lord, and took wives of the daughters of men that were not in the covenant, and thus transgressed the law of God. The law of God in relation to this has been the same in all ages, and has been given to this people—that the sons of Israel shall wed the daughters of Israel, and shall not go out to wed with the stranger. These men did that, and God was displeased, as He is to-day with Latter-day Saints, who are called out of the world to be His servants, to be holy unto the Lord, to be clean because they bear the vessels of the Lord, when they go outside and wed with the stranger.” (Journal of Discourses, 26 vols. [London: Latter-day Saints’ Book Depot, 1854-1886], 25: 228 – 229.)

-“Because the daughters of Noah married the sons of men contrary to the teachings of the Lord, his anger was kindled, and this offense was one cause that brought to pass the universal flood. . . . The daughters who had been born, evidently under the covenant, and were the daughters of the sons of God, that is to say of those who held the priesthood, were transgressing the commandment of the Lord and were marrying out of the Church . Thus they were cutting themselves off from the blessings of the priesthood contrary to the teachings of Noah and the will of God. . . .Today there are foolish daughters of those who hold this same priesthood who are violating this commandment and marrying the sons of men; there are also some of the sons of those who hold the priesthood who are marrying the daughters of men. All of this is contrary to the will of God just as much as it was in the days of Noah” (Pearl of Great Price Student Manual – Religion 327)

-Gen. 6 etc. says there were giants in those days, Hebrew Nephilim. “giants” could mean powerful men, as will be seen later in this article.

-nephalim can be translated as giants, bullies, etc. (see strongs exhaustive concordance at http://biblehub.com/interlinear/genesis/6.htm)

-nephalim is plural refering to pre and post flood ppl; ones (see strongs exhaustive concordanceat http://biblehub.com/hebrew/5303.htm)

– nephalim comes from naphal meaning fallen or fellers as in those who cause trees to fall meaning strong ones or fallen

-There could have historically been humans with larger skeletons than we have now, but that doesn’t imply supernatural mystery as people like to entertain with the whole Watchers / Nephilim narrative.

-One must understand the correct doctrine of humans: there are Gods (perfected humans), there are angels without bodies (humans who haven’t come to earth yet), and there are angels with bodies (humans who already came to earth, and have been resurrected).

-the Enoch texts call these people “sons of God” these are righteous men, not some other race. A tangent but true also is that angels are not a different race than humans! Gods men and angels are all the same race, but are in different stages of progression.

– “Nephilim” is not easily translated. The word can mean “fellers” (like those who fell a tree, or a person) and thus are a type of bully; or it can mean “fallen ones.”
It is the Joseph Smith Enoch which gives the most convincing solution: the beings who fell were not angels but men who had become sons of God. From the beginning, it tells us, mortal men could qualify as “sons of God,” beginning with Adam. Moses 6:68 How? By believing and entering the covenant. Moses 7:1 Thus when “Noah and his sons hearkened unto the Lord, and gave heed … they were called the sons of God.” Moses 8:13 In short, the sons of God are those who accept and live by the law of God. When “the sons of men” (as Enoch calls them) broke their covenant, they still insisted on that exalted title: “Behold, we are the sons of God; have we not taken unto ourselves the daughters of men?” Moses 8:21 (Hugh Nibley, “A Strange Thing in the Land: The Return of the Book of Enoch, Part 8,” Ensign, Dec 1976, 73)

-The remainder of this article is the text pasted of the article by Dr. Hugh Nibley of ancient history which further illustrates these points as well as some other interesting things and can also be found at this link https://www.lds.org/ensign/1976/12/a-strange-thing-in-the-land-the-return-of-the-book-of-enoch-part-8?lang=eng :; the latter half of the following document is most pertinent to this topic:

A Strange Thing in the Land: The Return of the Book of Enoch, Part 8

By Hugh Nibley

Professor Emeritus of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University

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The purpose of these articles is (1) to call attention to some of the long-ignored aspects of the Joseph Smith account of Enoch in the book of Moses and in the Inspired Version of Genesis and (2) to provide at the same time some of the evidence that establishes the authenticity of that remarkable text. Contemporary learning offered few checks to the imagination of Joseph Smith; the enthusiasm of his followers presented none. Yet, though free to roam at will over a boundless plain, the Prophet never once in his account of Enoch strays from the narrow and exacting path that later Enoch texts have so clearly marked. In his version, every essential element of the Enoch story as we now know it turns up, yet he never strays out of bounds—what he says and what he does not say about Enoch are equally remarkable considering his situation.

To present and discuss all the ancient parallels to the Joseph Smith Enoch would require a work of immense scope, but such is not necessary for our purpose. It is enough to show by one or two examples in each case that even the most extravagant passages in the Joseph Smith version may all be matched by ancient texts—the Prophet is never alone. Many important questions, such as the real age of the Enoch tradition, how the various texts are related, their relevance to modern life, etc., must be left till later. For the present the message and the bona fides of the Joseph Smith account of Enoch are our sole concern.

Surprisingly enough, the best documented story of a clash between Adam and Satan is the scene in heaven. One old writing with unusually good credentials that trace back to books deposited by the apostles in the first Church archives in Jerusalem is the Coptic “Discourse of the Abbaton, a sermon based on the text delivered by Timothy the Archbishop of Alexandria.” 304

The book belongs to the forty-day literature; and as it opens, the Lord on his last day on earth with the apostles just before his ascension asks them if there is any final request they would like to make of him—exactly as in Third Nephi 28:1. [3 Ne. 28:1] What they want most is to understand the role of Death and its horrors in God’s plan for his children. 305 To explain this the Lord tells them of the council in heaven in the preexistence where the plan of the creation is being discussed. There was great reluctance among the hosts to proceed with the creation of the earth, the earth itself complaining, exactly in the manner of Moses 7:48, of the filthiness and corruption that would surely go out of her and begging to be allowed to rest from such horrors. (Fol. 10a–b.) Because of the council’s reluctance to proceed, God allows the lifeless body of Adam to lie upon the earth for forty days, unwilling, without the council’s approval, to let his spirit enter. (11b.) The Son of God saves the day by offering to pay the price for whatever suffering will be entailed, thus permitting “God’s children to return again to their former condition.” (12a.) Christ alone thus becomes the author of our earthly existence; amid joy and rejoicing God calls for a book, in which he registers the names of all the “Sons of God” who are to go to earth. (See Gen. 5:1ff, Fol. 12b.) This of course is the heavenly book of the generations of Adam open at the foundation of the earth, the book to which Enoch refers so explicitly in Moses 6:46, 8.

In the presence of all the hosts, Adam is next made ready to take over his great assignment. He is placed on a throne and given a crown of glory and a scepter, and all the sons of God bow the knee first to God the Father and then to Adam the Father in recognition of his being in God’s exact likeness and image. (13a.) Satan, however, refuses to comply, declaring that he is willing to worship the Father but not Adam: “It is rather he that should worship me for I arrived before he did!” (13a–b.) (See Moses 1:19: “I am the Only Begotten, worship me.”) God saw that Satan, because of his boundless ambition and total lack of humility, could no longer be trusted with celestial power and commanded the angels to remove him from his office. This ordinance they performed with great sorrow and reluctance: They “removed the writing of authority from his hand. They took from him his armor and all the insignia of priesthood and kingship.” Then with a ceremonial knife, a sickle, they inflicted upon him certain ceremonial blows of death which deprived him of his full strength forever after. (14a.) Other accounts say that after these cuts he retained only one-third of his former power, even as he was followed by one-third of the hosts.

Next Adam was escorted to earth to enter his mortal body, and for a hundred years thereafter was often visited by angels. (14b.) Thereafter, for two hundred years he lived happily in innocence with Eve, taking good care of the animals in his charge. Eventually Satan succeeded in getting possession of a mortal creature, which enabled him to carry on an extensive campaign aimed at Eve. (16a–17a.) Adam was greatly upset; but when Eve, the victim of a trick, took all responsibility, he joined her. (17b.)

Satan stopped Adam outside of the Garden and gloatingly told him that this was his sweet revenge for Adam’s victory in heaven: Adam had got him expelled from heaven and now he had paid him in kind; what was more, he intended to continue his project—“I will never cease to contend against thee and against all those who shall come after thee from out of thee, until I have taken them all down to perdition!” (21a–b.) With the threat of death before him, Adam saw the bitterness of hell (19a, 2lb), but calling upon God he received not only the assurance of salvation for the dead through the atonement of Christ (20b), but is told that death shall be sweet to those whose names are inscribed in the Book of Life (24a–b). Fear of death (the angel Mouriel) is wholesome and necessary to remind the human race of its fragility and constant need of repentance. This has the salutary effect of countering Satan’s plan by providing a constant check on the tendencies of men to misbehave, a sobering and, if necessary, a frightening lesson.

What comes after the showdown between our first parents and the Adversary? Our sources obligingly go right on with the story, and follow Satan from his attempts to win Adam’s obedience to his highly successful interviews with Cain, tracing the steady spread of wickedness among mankind down to its culmination in the days of Enoch. There is no better summary of the story than that given in the book of Moses, which is surprisingly close to the “Combat of Adam” version on every point. Let us briefly survey events leading up to the call of Enoch, as given in the Joseph Smith account.

Having been instructed by an angel of the Lord, Adam and Eve enjoyed a fulness of the gospel, “and they made all things known unto their sons and their daughters.” (See Moses 5:1–12.) Enter Satan, the negative one, with his nongospel: “Believe it not!” and his counter-gospel: “I am also a son of God.” (Moses 5:13.) He gains a following by pushing downhill, in the direction of what is “carnal, sensual, and devilish.” (Moses 5:13.) This called for much preaching of repentance (Moses 5:14–15), as Adam and Eve remained true and faithful, and “ceased not to call upon God” (Moses 5:16). Into this world Cain was born, who rejected his parents’ teachings as irrational—“Who is the Lord that I should know him?” (Moses 5:16.) The Lord gave Cain every chance to be wise and save himself, showing him in all reasonableness the dangerous course he was taking, and warning him that he would be in Satan’s power to the degree that he refused obedience: “And thou shalt rule over him.” (Moses 5:23; see also Gen. 4:7.) Cain rule over Satan? Yes, that is the arrangement—the devil serves his client, gratifies his slightest whim, pampers his appetites, and is at his beck and call throughout his earthly life, putting unlimited power and influence at his disposal through his command of the treasures of the earth, gold and silver. But in exchange the victim must keep his part of the agreement, following Satan’s instructions on earth and remaining in his power hereafter. That is the classic bargain, the pact with the Devil, by which a Faust, Don Juan, Macbeth, or Jabez Stone achieve the pinnacle of earthly success and the depths of eternal damnation.

The Lord held forth the fatherly invitation to Cain: “If thou doest well, thou shalt be accepted,” along with the solemn warning, “Satan desireth to have thee.” (Moses 5:23; see also Gen. 4:7.) He is admonished against the folly of “reject[ing] the greater counsel” (Moses 5:25), and the door of repentance is held open right to the last moment, when it is Cain himself who breaks off the conversation and angrily stamps out, refusing to listen “any more to the voice of the Lord” or to his brother’s remonstrances (Moses 5:26). Cain married “one of his brothers’ daughters” (not necessarily Abel’s), and together “they loved Satan more than God” (Moses 5:28), quite satisfied with their religion and quite defiant about it.

What could one do in such a situation? Nothing: “Adam and his wife mourned before the Lord, because of Cain and his brethren.” (Moses 5:27.) Having deliberately severed all connection with his Heavenly Father, Cain was free to enter a formal agreement with Satan, by which he would receive instruction in the techniques of achieving power and gain: “Truly I am Mahan, the master of this great secret [The language is that of ancient colleges or guilds where the secret is the mystery of the trade or profession; in this case, his secret is how to convert life into property], that I may murder and get gain.” (Moses 5:31; see also Moses 5:49.) Cain “gloried” in the power of his new-found skill and dialectic, declaring that it made him “free.” (Moses 5:33.) He put his knowledge to work in a brilliantly successful operation in which “Abel … was slain by the conspiracy of his brother” (D&C 84:16), and gleefully congratulated himself and “gloried in that which he had done, saying: I am free; surely the flocks of my brother falleth into my hands.” (Moses 5:33; italics added.) This new light on Cain’s behavior is confirmed in the Combat of Adam, where we learn that, after killing Abel, Cain “felt no inclination to repent of what he had done,” a detail pointed out also by some of the early church fathers. 306

Plainly this is not the conventional novel of Cain and Abel, in which an impetuous adolescent loses his head and brains his spoiled brother in a fit of jealousy; it is a carefully planned and executed operation in which Cain slew “his brother Abel, for the sake of getting gain” (Moses 5:50), dismissing his conscience with the thought that all was fair and square since Abel was quite capable of taking care of himself: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Moses 5:34). This was the philosophy by which Satan seduced the human race, teaching them that “every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength; and whatsoever a man did was no crime.” (Alma 30:17.) When God took a different view and called him to account, he still pleaded the profit motive as an excuse: “Satan tempted me because of my brother’s flocks.” (Moses 5:38.) Being “shut out from the presence of the Lord” (Moses 5:41), Cain started his own establishment, the main line of his descendants being Enoch (who built a city of Enoch), Irad, Mahujael, Methusael, Lamech the father of Jubal and Tubal Cain. (Moses 5:42–46.) Lamech like Cain “entered into a covenant with Satan,” and like him “became Master Mahan.” (Moses 5:49; italics added.) When Lamech heard that Irad the son of Enoch was violating the secrecy of these terrible things he “slew him for the oath’s sake” (Moses 5:50), since “Irad began to reveal … unto the [other] sons of Adam” these top-secret signs of recognition (Moses 5:49). All those who covenanted with Satan were excluded from the holy covenants of God, though they pretended that everything was the same as before. The dirty business spread as such things do once started; Lamech became an outcast like Cain, not because of the murder but because his wives started spreading his confidential secrets—the very ones he had murdered Irad for divulging. “And thus the works of darkness began to prevail among all the sons of men.

“And God cursed the earth with a sore curse.” (Moses 5:55–56.)

Is there no relief in the terrible picture? There is: all this time the gospel was “being declared by holy angels … and by the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Moses 5:58), while “all things were confirmed unto Adam, by an holy ordinance,” in the assurance that “the Gospel … should be in the world, until the end thereof” (Moses 5:59). Adam, having lost Abel, got another son, Seth, to carry on his work. (Moses 6:2.) From him comes that line of successors in the priesthood, duly registered in the Book of Life, from which the wicked were excluded. (Moses 2:5–8.) After Seth came Enos, who decided to make an important move. Since “in those days Satan had great dominion among men, and raged in their hearts,” causing “wars and bloodshed … in administering death, because of secret works, seeking for power” (Moses 2:15)—exactly as in the modern world—Enos gathered together “the residue of the people of God” and with them migrated out of the country “and dwelt in a land of promise,” named Cainan after his son (Moses 2:17). The line is Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah. (Moses 6:16–21; Moses 8:2, 5–11.)

In The Combat of Adam with Satan, as Migne observes, “the author depicts the descendants of Adam as divided into two separate and distinct branches: the Cainites dedicated to following Satan, who lived in a fertile country but very far distant from Eden, and who devoted themselves to all the pleasures of the flesh and all manner of immorality,” and the Sethites who “dwelt in the mountains near the Garden, were faithful to the divine law and bore the name of the Sons of God.”

The occurrence of like names in the two genealogies should not surprise anyone who does much genealogy, where the same family names keep turning up in an endless round. The thing to notice is that there are two lines and that Enoch is seen as a stranger and a wild man only when he leaves his native colony in Cainan, “a land of righteousness unto this day” (Moses 6:41), to sojourn as a missionary among the wayward tribes. And so the stage is set for Enoch.

The Wicked World of Enoch

The wickedness of Enoch’s day had a special stamp and flavor; only the most determined and entrenched depravity merited the extermination of the race. In apocryphal Enoch stories we are told how humanity was led to the extremes of misconduct under the tutelage of uniquely competent masters. According to these traditions, these were none other than special heavenly messengers who were sent down to earth to restore respect for the name of God among the degenerate human race but instead yielded to temptation, misbehaved with the daughters of men, and ended up instructing and abetting their human charges in all manner of iniquity. They are variously designated as the Watchers, Fallen Angels, Sons of God, Nephilim, or Rephaim, and are sometimes confused with their offspring, the Giants. 307 Other candidates for this dubious honor have been suggested by various scholars, the trouble being that more than one category of beings qualify as Fallen Angels and spectacular sinners before the time of the Flood. 308 The Bible uses the title sons of God—were they different from the Watchers of tradition?

“The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare … to them … mighty men, … men of renown.

“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth.” (Gen. 6:2, 4–5.)

The idea of intercourse between heavenly and earthly beings was widespread in ancient times. Thus, in the newly discovered Genesis Apocryphon, when Lamech’s wife bears him a superchild (Noah), he assumes almost as a matter of course that the father is “one of the angels” and accuses her of faithlessness until his grandfather, Enoch, whose “lot is with the Holy Ones” and who lives far away, clears up the misunderstanding. Significantly, the name of the child’s mother is Bit-enosh, i.e., she is one of the “daughters of men.” 309 The Cedrenus fragment avoids the problem of heavenly origin by identifying the sons of God and the daughters of men with the descendants of Seth and Cain respectively, and he specifically designates the sons of God as the Watchers. 310 Recently M. Emanueli has suggested that the various terms are merely “a figure of speech in order to express the depth of the deterioration of that generation.” 311

While the sons of God have been identified with both angels and the Watchers, the Greek Enoch does not identify the Watchers with Satan’s hosts who fell from heaven from the beginning—they are another crowd. 312 It is the Joseph Smith Enoch which gives the most convincing solution: the beings who fell were not angels but men who had become sons of God. From the beginning, it tells us, mortal men could qualify as “sons of God,” beginning with Adam. “Behold, thou [Adam] art one in me, a son of God; and thus may all become my sons.” (Moses 6:68; italics added.) How? By believing and entering the covenant. “Our father Adam taught these things, and many have believed, and become the sons of God.” (Moses 7:1.) Thus when “Noah and his sons hearkened unto the Lord, and gave heed … they were called the sons of God.” (Moses 8:13.) In short, the sons of God are those who accept and live by the law of God. When “the sons of men” (as Enoch calls them) broke their covenant, they still insisted on that exalted title: “Behold, we are the sons of God; have we not taken unto ourselves the daughters of men?” (Moses 8:21), even as “the sons of men,” reversing the order, married the daughters of those “called the sons of God,” thereby forfeiting their title, “for,” said God to Noah, “they will not hearken to my voice.” (Moses 8:15.) The situation was, then, that the sons of God, or their daughters who had been initiated into a spiritual order, departed from it and broke their vows, mingling with those who observed only a carnal law.

“Why have you left heaven [and] the Exalted One,” says Enoch in a Gizeh fragment “and … with the daughters of men defiled yourselves? … Ye have behaved as sons of Earth and begotten to yourselves giant sons. And you were once holy, spiritual, eternal beings … and have lusted after the flesh … as do mortal and perishable creatures.” 313

What made the world of Enoch so singularly depraved as to invite total obliteration was the deliberate and systematic perversion of heavenly things to justify wickedness. An early Christian writer, Hippolytus, says that the Anti-Christ imitates Christ in every particular: each sends out his apostles, gives his seal to believers, does signs and wonders, claims the temple as his own, has his own church and assembly, etc. Such is the method of “the great Deceiver of the World,” against whom, says Hippolytus, “Enoch and Elias have warned us.” 314 We are reminded how Satan put forth his claim, “I am also a son of God” (Moses 5:13), and commanded Cain to “make an offering unto the Lord” (Moses 5:18–19) and to take his oaths “by the living God” (Moses 5:29), as if everything were still in the proper order. In the same spirit Noah’s descendants in their wickedness still insisted that nothing had changed:

(Moses 8:21.) “The children of men said to Noah: Behold, we are the sons of God; have we not taken unto ourselves the daughters of men?”

The apocrypha agree:

(Black, p. 44, 106:7, 13–14.) “For in the days of Jared my father, they departed from the teaching of the Lord, from the covenant of heaven. And behold they commit sin and reject [parabainousin] the proper way [ethos] … and beget children not like spiritual but like carnal offspring.”

Sophisticated deception is the name of the game. “Woe unto you who deliberately go astray [poiountes planemata],” cries Enoch, “who promote yourselves to honor and glory by deceitful practices. … Who misapply and misinterpret straightforward statements, who have given a new twist to the everlasting Covenant, and then produce arguments to prove that you are without guilt!” 315 Cold-blooded calculation is the keynote. The “Watchers” (using the Greek word) led away “myriads of myriads … with our Prince Satan-el,” says the Slavonic Enoch, “and defiled the earth by their acts. And the wives [instead of daughters!] of men did a great evil, violating the law … a great iniquity.” 316 “For in the secret places of the earth,” we read in a very early Judeo-Christian source, “they were doing evil … and all of them committed adultery with their neighbor’s wives; and they made solemn covenants among themselves concerning these things.”317 Such practices went back to the days of Cain:

Moses Apocrypha
Moses 5:52. The Lord cursed … all them that had covenanted with Satan; for they kept not the commandments of God.
Moses 5:29. And Satan said unto Cain: Swear unto me … and swear thy brethren … that they tell it not; for if they tell it, they shall surely die.

Moses 5:51. For, from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination, and their works were in the dark, and they knew every man his brother.

Gizeh 6:2. The Sons of Heaven wished to break their covenants and join with the daughters of men, but Seimizas [Satan] said ‘I am afraid you will not be willing to go through with this thing.’ 4. And they answered him all, saying, We will all swear with an oath, and bind each other by a mortal curse [lit., anathemize each other], that we will not go back on this agreement [gnome] until we have carried it out; 5. Then they all swore together and pronounced the doom of death on each other.
Moses 5:29–30. Satan said unto Cain: Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thou shalt die; and swear thy brethren by their heads, and by the living God, that they tell it not; for if they tell it, they shall surely die; and this that thy father may not know it. … And all these things were done in secret. 1 En. 29:13. Kasbeel, the chief of the oath … when he dwelt above in glory 14. … requested Michael to show him the hidden name, that he might enunciate in the oath, so that those might quake before that name and oath who revealed all that was secret to the children of men.
1 En. 69:1. It was Gadreel who showed the children of men all the blows of death, and he led astray Eve.

Moses 5:16. And Adam and Eve … ceased not to call upon God. … But behold, Cain hearkened not, saying: Who is the Lord that I should know him?
Moses 5:51. For, from the days of Cain, there was a secret combination, and their works were in the dark.

Ethiop. Bk. Mysts. PO 4:431. “In the days of Cain evil and deceitful practices increased. The wicked angels set themselves up in open and insolent opposition to Adam, and glorying in their earthly bodies learned a great sin, and openly exposed all the work which they had seen in heaven.
And so we find in a Greek Enoch text the Great Angels returning from earth to report to God that they had found “Azael teaching all manner of unrighteousness upon the earth, and he has laid bare those mysteries of the age which belong to heaven, which are [now] known and practiced among men; and also Semiazas is with him, he to whom thou gavest authority [over] those who go along with him.” 318

As bad as breaking their oaths was divulging them to those not worthy to receive them, thereby debasing and invalidating them. One of the most widespread themes of myth and legend is the tragedy of the hero who yields to the charms of a fair maiden or femme fatale and ends up revealing to her hidden mysteries. The story meets us in the oldest Egyptian epic (where the lady Isis wheedles out of Re the fatal knowledge of his true name) and in like tales of Samson and Delilah, the daughter of Jared, Lohengrin, etc., in which the woman is the Pandora who must know what is in the box. On this theme the Gizeh fragments offer a significant parallel to the Joseph Smith version, in which the common background of the text and the confusion of the later scribes are equally apparent:

(Moses 5:53.) “Lamech had spoken the secret unto his wives, and they … declared these things abroad, and had not compassion. … Moses 5:55. And thus … darkness began to prevail among all the sons of men.”

Compare this to:

(Gizeh 16:2–4.) 319 “And now concerning the Watchers, say to them. You were in heaven and there you knew every mysterion which had not been made known to you as well as that mystery which God allowed; and that you disclosed to your wives in the hardness of your heart, and it was through this mystery that women and men caused iniquities to abound upon the earth.”

Clement of Alexandria attributed to Musaeus, the founder of the Greek Mysteries, an account of “how the angels lost their heavenly heritage through the telling of the secret things [mysteria] to women,” things, Clement observes, “which the other angels keep secret or quietly perform until the coming of the Lord.” 320

Rather surprisingly, the age of Enoch is consistently described as the time of great intellectual as well as material sophistication. “Azael … taught [men] to make knives and breastplates and all kinds of military hardware; and to work the ores of the earth, and how gold was to be worked and made into ornaments for women; and he showed them silver and taught them polishing [eye-paint] and cosmetics and precious stones and dyes. And the sons and daughters of men adopted all these things and led the saints astray. And there was great wickedness on the earth, and they became perverted and lost in all their ways. Along with that their leader Semiazas taught them scientific formulas (epaodas kata tou nous), and the properties of roots and plants of the earth. The eleventh, Pharmakos, taught all manner of drugs, incantations, prescriptions, formulas. [Others] taught them star-gazing, astrology, meteorology, geology, the signs of the sun and moon. All of these began to reveal the mysteries to their wives and children.” 321

The leaders of the people devoted most of their wealth to “all kinds of engineering projects for controlling and taming nature. But the Lord altered the order of creation, making the sun rise in the west and set in the East,” so that all their plans came to naught. 322 The idea of controlling the environment independently of God “was not as foolish as it sounds,” says the Zohar, “for they knew all the arts … and all the ruling principles [archons] governing the world, and on this knowledge they relied, until at length God disabused them by restoring the earth to its primal state and covering it with water.” 323 Rabbi Isaac reports: In the days of Enoch even children were acquainted with these mysterious arts (the advanced sciences). R. Yesa asks: With all that knowledge could they not foresee destruction? To which R. Isaac replies: They knew, all right, but they thought they were just smart enough to prevent it. What they did not know was that God rules the world. … He gave them respite as long as the righteous men Jared, Methuselah and Enoch were alive: but when they departed from the world, God let the punishment descend … and they were blotted out from the earth. 324

A Book of Mormon text betrays the Enoch tradition (possibly contained in the brass plates) in a transparent parallel:

(2 Ne. 26:29.) “Priestcrafts are that men … set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion.”

Compare this to:

(Zohar. Beresh. 25b.) “These men [of Enoch’s time] erected synagogues and colleges, and placed in them scrolls and rich ornaments … but they did it to set themselves up for a light, and for the honors of men; and in such a way the powers of evil prevail over Israel.”

Power and gain are two faces of one coin: “We are able to do whatever we please,” said the people in Enoch’s day, “because we are very rich!” To which Enoch replied: “You are wrong! Your riches will soon depart from you …”; but they went on seeking the power of gain more grimly than ever. 325

An interesting connection emerges in the account of how “in the time of Enoch they committed murder, shedding of blood of the children of men; they enslaved them, they sold what did not belong to them, they entered homes without right, and took whatever they wanted … they rigged the laws in their favor, and imitated the abominable deeds of the rebellious angels of a former time in which, when Abel tried to check them they encompassed his death by a conspiracy.” 326 For this confirms a bold statement found in the Doctrine and Covenants 84:16: “Abel … was slain by [a] conspiracy.” [D&C 84:16] Ambition was the motivating force in all this evil. “The giants,” says Ben Sira 16:7, “were aspiring spirits who desired to be great in the manner of God on earth”; E. Kraeling has pointed out that the biblical term “men of name,” means “men who aspired to be great, ‘to make a name’ for themselves.” 327 The Slavonic Enoch version matches the book of Moses in taking us back to the beginning of the matter:

Moses Apochrypha
Moses 4:1. That Satan … came before me, saying—Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind … wherefore give me thine honor.
Moses 4:4. And he became Satan … to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto my voice.

Ms. R, Ch. 11: The Devil knew that I wanted to make the world … with Adam ruling as Lord of it. … he became Satan when he fled from heaven, before which time he was Satan-el. He changed his nature and was no longer an angel; he preserved his identity, but his state of mind was altered, as when any righteous person becomes wicked … and he conceived the impossible idea of setting up his throne … to be equal to my power.
[God has given him great power over such as listen to him.] (Apoc. Abr. 14:1–2; cf. DS Thanks. VI [f] p. X.)

Almost all our sources, and especially the Joseph Smith book of Enoch, emphasize the point that the people did not drift imperceptibly into ways of folly. They were so constantly warned that only a high and determined willfulness brought destruction upon them:

Moses Apochrypha
Moses 6:28. For these many generations … have they gone astray, … and have sought their own counsels in the dark; …
Moses 6:29. Wherefore, they have … brought upon themselves death.

Beatty 99:8f. And they shall go astray in the foolishness [aphrosyne] of their hearts, and the visions of their dreams [the dark] shall lead them astray. And the lying words you have made shall perish. 98:9. Woe to you foolish ones, for you shall perish through your own folly!
Moses 5:57. For they would not hearken unto his voice, nor believe on his Only Begotten Son. Secrets 4 (Vaillant, p. 18). These are they who denied the Lord, and would not hear the voice of the Lord, but followed their own counsel.
Moses 6:29. They have foresworn themselves, and, by their oaths, they have brought upon themselves death; and a hell I have prepared for them, if they repent not. Gk. Enoch 63:9. We pass away … on account of our own works … descending into hell [Sheol].
Gk. 3(99:2). Wo unto you who pervert the eternal covenant

Moses 6:43. Why counsel ye yourselves, and deny the God of heaven? and reckon yourselves sinless!
Bait ha-Midrasch (BHM) 5:171. I am Enoch! When the generation of the Flood sinned and said of God: Turn away from him, and in the knowing of his ways do not rejoice. Then God delivered men.

To be continued.

[illustration] Enoch, by Gary Smith

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Notes

Text in E. A. W. Budge, Coptic Martyrdoms, etc. in the Dialect of Upper Egypt (London: British Museum, 1914), pp. 225–49, trsl. pp. 474–96. A full account of the finding of the book by Timothy, giving strong indication of its authenticity, is included in the text, Fols. 1b, 4a–5b.

Here is powerful confirmation of the Book of Mormon version. Other “Forty-day accounts,” especially the Coptic Gospel of the XII Apostles, first published in 1913 (inPatrologia Orientalis, 2:132–37), and believed by no less an authority than Origen to be older than the Gospel of Luke, tell a story very close to Third Nephi: The Lord asks the Twelve one by one if there is any last request; and when some of them are too embarrassed to ask him more, he tells them not to hold back since he knows their minds already—exactly as in 3 Ne. 28:4–7. Most significant is that the final questions they ask him always have to do with the problem of death and the possibility of coming to terms with it or even avoiding it—the problem of the Three Nephites.

Migne, 23:338, n. 184, citing St. Ephraim and St. Jerome.

The subject has been thoroughly studied by Leo Jung, “Fallen Angels in Jewish, Christian, and Mohammedan Literature,” Jewish Quarterly Review 16 (1925–26, new series): 45–88, 171–205, 287–336, and by Bo Reicke, The Disobedient Spirits and Christian Baptism (Copenhagen: E. Munksgaard).

Thus there are many stories of two fallen angels, going by various names—A. Jellinek, Bait ha-Midrasch, 4: ix–x: 127–28; hereafter BHM (Shamkhasi and Asael); 5 (no. 21): xxxix (Harut and Marul); M. J. bin Gorion, Die Sagen der Juden, 1(Frankfort, 1913): 319–21 (Aza and Azael)—whose behavior matches that of the Watchers.

Genesis Apocryphon, col. II, lines 1–26.

Georgius Cedrenus, Historiarum Compendium, 1st ed. (Bekker: 1838), p. 18.

Moshe Emanueli, “The Sons of God Took Wives Whomever They Chose,” in Beth Mikra 60 (October–December 1974): 150–52.

Noted by Van Andel, De Struktuur van de Henoch-Traditie en het Nieuwe Testament (Utrecht: H. Kemink & Son, 1955), p. 15.

Gizeh Fragment, 15:3–4, in R. H. Charles, The Book of Enoch, p. 292.

Hippolytus, “De Christo et Antichristo,” in Patrologia Graeca 10:733, 737, 925–29, 933.

Black, p. 39, Enoch 99:1ff.
2 Enoch, chapter 7, Ms. R, in A. Vaillant, Le Livre des Secrets d’Henoch (Paris: Instituts d’Etudes Slavs, 1952), p. 92. The Watchers “came down and broke their promise … defiling themselves with the wives (zhenami) of men, and so debased themselves. …” (Ibid., p. 18).

Psalms of Solomon 8:11, in Charles, Apochrypha and Pseudepigrapha, 2:640.

Black, Apocalypse Henochi Graece, 9:6:23f.

Gizeh Frg. 15:2–4. The passage puzzles R. H. Charles,Book of Enoch, p. 294, as it obviously did the Greek scribes.

Clement of Alexandria, Stromata 5,i,47, in Migne,Patrologia Graeca 9:24.

Gizeh Frg. 8:1ff, in Charles, p. 280, giving Mss. Gg and Gs.

Life of Enoch, in BHM 4:130; Zohar, Bereshith 65a.

Ibid.

Zohar, Ber. 56b.

I En. 97:8–10 (Charles, Book of Enoch, pp. 240f.)

Livre du Combat d’Adam 2, in Dict. Apocr., 1:56.

Kraeling, in Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 6 (1947):197.

Scriptural Serpent Symbol : Christ & Satan’s Imitation

 

 

 

-Moses lifted up such as a type of Christ in the wilderness for people to look to it and live

-used to have legs for it was given him a curse to go on his belly. He would not be on his belly already if that was not the case. Although, this may all be symbolic.

-women naturally have a fear of snakes. An enmity between them and snakes.

-type of Christ which Satan is subverting; God creates, Satan imitates.

–2Ne24:29 Fiery flying serpent=type of Christ footnote

–Ogden OT vol 1 pg43 and Moses 4:10-11

-counterfeit symbol used by Satan

-Matt.10:16 serpent is wise, and disciples commanded to be wise as such

-Quetzalcoatl the white feathered flying serpent possibly Christ appearing to those of ancient Americas in his glory, and them associating it with the serpent symbol.

 

 

 

Reasons for God having his People Kill others Historically

 

 

perhaps even women and children

 

 

Examples of it in the texts:
Joshua bringing Israel into Canaan.
There are really no other examples than this of God’s people being asked to kill whole societies including their younglings and women. In the old testament, there are symbols. Everything is a symbol. In fact the Book of Mormon in Alma 34 says that every whit of the law of Moses was to point to Jesus Christ, aka everything. So what could this slaying everything in the wicked city, even the seemingly innocent sheep and other animals, signify? It could signify how in our lives there are certain things that we should have nothing to do with. No hints at pornography. Don’t even enter a casino. Don’t get angry, lest it led to murder, don’t covet lest you steal. Don’t even start using drugs lest you get addicted. Don’t play around with chastity lest you lose your virtue. Don’t even affiliate with apostate groups. We see this is symbolic of having no back doors, no negotiating at the table of my enemy, no pitching my tent toward Sodom, no flirting with the women who aren’t of the covenant lest one loose the exalting blessings of the eternal posterity. To be spiritually worthy to enter Gods house, our lives need to be totally clean, every whit. No unrepented sins. The Kingdom of God is not a filthy place; no unclean thing can enter.
It is important to understand that the time period of the Bible was very brutal in the Middle East. So while it’s very strange to us, it wasn’t necessarily out of the ordinary for that time period.
Wicked societies don’t desire to have children, those in Cannan who Israel went to slay may not have had many infants among them.
Also consider that bad things happen to good people sometimes so they can grow
The children of the Cannanites could have had an eternal vendetta against Israelites.
Perhaps if the slaying of the animals could be so that if any of them remained, they would not have inheritance, or to not have the Israelites lusting after property, or being constantly reminded of the wicked ways of the Cannanites, perhaps having them want to turn to the ways of the Cannanites.
Everything that is written in the Old Testament is symbolic. So, ask yourself the following questions: who were the people that they were commanded to exterminate? What did they represent? Why was it important for that symbolic ideology to not be a part of God’s chosen people? etc.
In reference with Moses entering the promised land, The people were practicing the Canaanite religion (which included sacred prostitution in the groves by the priests). The people were corrupt and for the people of Israel not to have a contaminated environment and have a chance to thrive and be successful, everyone needed to be removed. That did not happen. and there began to be intermarriages and corruption of the culture Moses began. Eventually, it became part of their downfall, that and their own sins and disobedience.
To prevent the perpetuation of evil teachings and practices, from father to son, from mother to daughter, and on and on.
Perhaps to stop indiscriminate sinning and thereby, preclude individuals from engaging in further and deeper sinfulness, that would inevitably damn their souls.
In a world where men controlled and determined the conditions of women’s and children’s lives, perhaps to “rescue” women and children (and some men) from systemic and egregious abuse and mistreatment.
Strangely, death, though it can be a harbinger of damnation for some, for others can sometimes be, indeed, merciful.
Study Biblical accounts of Joshua bringing the Israelites into Canaan. I think those narrations will provide you with the answers you are seeking as the Israelites were commanded to wipe outall of the Canaanites who inhabited the land. Particularly look for what they were told to do, and the chastisement they received when they didn’t fully destroy the people.
Review Nephi’s account with Laban. One could consider Nephi to be an Old Testament figure in terms of his culture and when/where he lived. After all, he killed Laban in Jerusalem.
Some good talks to read on this
See link (“Killing Laban, the birth of sovereignty in the Nephite constitutional order” by Val Larsen: https://ojs.lib.byu.edu/spc/index.php/JBMRS/article/viewFile/20115/18675; some of the points made therein pertain to Nephi acting as a political sovereign establishing his reign, as is often done in political violence, the slaying of an abusive political foe as an act of taking them over, etc;
See also this link (“Legal Perspectives on the slaying of Laban” by John W. Welch): https://ojs.lib.byu.edu/spc/index.php/JBMRS/article/viewFile/19665/18232
God sees mortality as a short time, he may see it as better for those people not to live
God punishes the sins of the people upon their children to the 3rd and 4th generation (this doesn’t mean the children are accountable personally for sins of their parents, it merely means that their lives are going to be harder because of those things; their eternal salvation is always up to their own chosing, and God won’t tempt anyone more than they are able to resist, and God will take handicaps into account in the judgement day
God has power to slay for his own reasons (namely the wickedness of the people). Israel is becoming like God, and having them slay others could be a trial of their faith, a way of proving them. Israelites are to become like God.
This is a hard question, philosophers have been trying to answer it for millennia.
God gives people hard trials, very hard. These are called “Abrahamic trials”. Joseph Smith said that everyone will have to pass through a trial of this level, or they can’t be exalted. Joseph Smith said it would be ludacris to think that we could dwell with Christ and Heavenly Father without having gone through immensely hard things.
Accounts of “Abrahamic trials” we know of
Abe to slay his son Issac
After showing willingness, Abraham was released from the requirment
Joseph Smith to administer poison to his wife Emma
After showing willingness, brother Smith was released from the requirement
John Taylor to give his wife to be a plural wife for Joseph Smith
After showing willingness, brother Taylor was released from the requirement
We keep our faith in our loving Heavenly Father despite not having all of the answers.
We can still live in a house despite not having inspected every nail in it or having a perfect knowledge of construction, landscaping, engineering, and all the social statistics of the neighborhood.
Killing wicked societies in those days may have been culturally more acceptable
Destroying a nation doesn’t necessarily mean that you are annihiliating every person in the city, it means that you are wrecking the structure of that society. (Hugh Nibley, Lehi in the Desert, p. 239)
Joseph Smith said that the Kingdom of God is governed on the principle of revelation: when God says to do something, we do it.
At times the Lord says thou shalt not kill, at other times he says thou shalt utterly destroy.
God knows the beginning from the end, we do not. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.
the word for “kill” in “thou shalt not kill”, in Hebrew is “murder”. There are separate words for kill and murder in Hebrew. Here the world murder is what is forbidden.
The word murder has the sence of anger and revenge, whereas killing doesn’t.
Those who have been destroyed it has been foretold to them by the prophets of the Lord (2 Ne. 25:9).
We don’t know all the answers of the past, but so far as the future goes, the scriptures show that the destructions of the last days will be done by plagues, and wicked people. That the wicked will slay the wicked.
My BYU Book of Mormon professor Kerry Hull PhD in Mesoamerican studies points out that like pruning a tree, one must get rid of the dead parts, so they don’t hinder the growth of what you want to grow so that maximum fruit is produced. Once the branches are pruned, you can’t just leave them on the ground, you must BURN them, so that they won’t suck up nutriaents from the ground which steals from the good tree, or so they have no chance of growing into corrupt trees. Read Jacob 5, it shows how God gives all the mercy he possibly can.
the children of an extremely wicked society could be psychologically programed in such a dreadful way, that there is no chance for them, and God is putting them out of their misery by slaying them. Think of the Cananites: they were so wicked, so so wicked, slaying the children themselves and all manner of sin. They were the worst of worst. Extreme wickedness. God had to “clean house” there, and wipe all of this out, and get things ready for a different civilization there.
Indeed, with the Cananites, there is that rare case where Israel was not just to destroy a nation, but to annihilate them, not leaving any living thing behind. Even the women and younglings. This is very rare. God was clearing ground there for it to be a land for Israel.
with Jonah, he prophecies that they would be destroyed, but they repented, so God changed the prophecy. God looks for ways to spare us, not for ways to condemn us.
with the flood of Noah, we see this as an act of mercy. The wicked were getting too much in the way of the righteous. It is mercy toward the righteous. The wicked deserve what God gives them, and the righteous deserve likewise what God gives to them.

 

 

 

Notes on Hebrew eyes seeing the Parables of Jesus, Lecture by Amy Jill Levine

 

 

(Jewish scholar at BYU as guest lecture)

-can’t understand Christianity outside of its Jewish background

-the genre of parables is to endite people whereas the sermon on the mount was to comfort people.

-parables deal with things we already know about but don’t want to deal with.

-lost coin elite person on knees looking for coin makes it a person you can relate to/feel attached to, not inappreciable throne character

-parables sound strange because they are, like sewing weeds into an enemies’ field instead of just burning it.

-3 measures of flour is about 60 lbs. thats too much

-she says we’ve improved on Jesus’ teachings on how to do a mission from Matthew 10, but actually Jesus is who tells us how to do our missions by revelation to the current prophet, we are more able now!

-greek merchant emperos: who sold you what you didn’t need at high price he leaves before it breaks; here we have a merchant seeking pearls.

-for contemporary young readers they think the pearl of great price is themselves; but this isn’t the pattern of parable which is used to convict. The merchant who goes for the pearl of great price isn’t losing anything he is getting what he wants.

-100 sheep is a lot, so much that 1 would seem like not much

-100 lost sheep how to tell one is lost? Counting them.

-the parable’s have God as central figure: father of prodigal, lost sheep finder, woman sweeping floor for coin.

-a prodigal is a waster who spends for his own benefit; the ideas of a prodigal god sending gifts to everyone isn’t congruent.

-getting inheritance from your father before he dies actually was common in several classes.

-hiring yourself out then the person you contract with tells you what to do when you get there is what happens with the prodigal son, we have contracts like this we’ve found in Egypt

-those who study sociology and not Jewish culture say that it’s shame to be seen running in public but not so. Peter wasn’t shame spoken of for running to see the empty tomb.

-the older brother working like a slave for his father is an overexaguration; the slaves work harder

-parental love: there is enough for everyone; one loved much won’t diminish amount available for another son

-parables of lost things encourage us to think: have we counted? Have we left someone out? Have we accounted for everything entrusted to us?

 

 

 

Notes on A Study Guide to the Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham by Allen J Fletcher

 

 

 

 

 

The Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham are a part of The Pearl of Great Price. The Pearl of Great Price is one of the canonized scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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see also http://www.legrandlbaker.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Egyptian-theology-and-the-Gospel-of-Christ.-LeGrand-Baker.pdf

References: See back of book and pages throughout the book. Here mainly (with some exceptions) are merely referenced the pages of this book where these things are referenced. Most things said in this book are quotes from scholarly works from egyptologists and historians.

Ch.1: The Mission of Abraham to Egypt:

-these show the Celestial Kingdom, the creation, the garden of Eden, the earth in Telestial state, the resurrection, and return to the Celestial Kingdom. The journey of the existence of mankind.

-They speak of the location of Gods inhabitance.

-the need for sacrifice in the plan of salvation Facs. 1

-scrolls Joseph Smith obtained had Joseph into Egypt writings as well

-Joseph Smith said these coming about is the Lord beginning to reveal PEACE and truth pg.x

-there were more scroll Joseph Smith never got around to publishing the translation of that was left with his mother

-angel struck Pharaoh for trying to marry Abrahams wife; Abraham by the laying on of hands gave him a Priesthood blessing to heal him; this resulted in them letting Abraham sit on Pharaohs throne and teach the people.

-Nibley says the facsimiles were common Egyptian symbols.

-these are to help teach

-Egyptians got their theology this way: the first Pharaoh of Egypt’s mother was named Egyptus. Egyptus was the daughter of Ham. Ham was the son of Noah. (*We see much of what they have comes from the prophet Noah and thus much truth is to remnant with the Egyptians.) p6

-Egyptian mythology has “Osiris”, one legend of having lived and died on earth then raised himself again and succeeded in making himself the god of the dead. This person is Jesus Christ. p7

-Osiris was said to have lived before he came to earth, and that his premarital status was that of godhood. (*Such is what LDS teach is how Jesus Christ was in premortality.) p7

-Osiris was called the firstborn of his father Ra, the god of heaven. He said, “My body is everlastingness.” (*Jesus Christ is the First Born in the flesh, the Only Begotten of his Father in Heaven, God The Father) (Bulge, The Book of the Dead, 550.) p8

-In Egypt “it is not possible for a king to rule without the priesthood” they taught.

-Combining the powers of kingship with High Priest was the key to all according to the Egyptians. (See Nibley Abraham in Egypt, 83-6).

-Amon is the Father of the God’s (*or as Joseph Smith teaches it, “Ahman” is the personal name of Father in heaven. See D&C where Christ refers to himself as Son Ahman in D&C 78:20 and D&C 95:17) (See Nibley Abraham in Egypt, 83-6).

-Amon said of Osiris “I am thy beloved father who establishes thy authority… who confirms thy titles.” (*Just as God The Father only deals directly with man in introducing The Son Jesus Christ ever since the Fall of Adam (see McConkie “The Mortal Messiah”) (See Nibley Abraham in Egypt, 83-6). p8

-Ra was the father of Osiris (Budge, The Gods of the Egyptians, 2:141) p8

-Speaking of Osiris, Bonwick says “His birth, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension embraced the leading points of Egyptian theology” (Bonwick, “Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought”, 150.

-Egyptians held Pharaoh to be god, and he would daily open the holy of holies and commune with god they say. p9

-Baptism in Egypt is called “the waters of purification”. People were immersed in water which absolutely cleansed the soul and the person was said to be regenerated. p10, Bonwick, Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought, 416.

-The Eucharist (sacrament) was known in Egypt. The bread after sacerdotal rites becomes mystically the body of Osiris; lead the partakers to grow into the very nature of the gods. (ibid., 416-18.) p10

-When the sacrament could not be had by one, Priests would take it to them (above ref.). p10

-Being baptized to become a Christian is just like in Egypt “by the same rite one becomes an Osiris” (Madsen quoting Cyril in “The Temple in Antiquity”, 27). p10-11.

-There was another baptism, or washing, where the brow, face, ears, nose, breast, and so forth were anointed. It was said to clothe them with the holy spirit. They also received a garment. These pointed to the Christ, and receiving nails in the hands and feet was imitated (above ref.). p11

-Egyptian prince of the gods had a whip and a crook one in each hand. In the right hand of this prince is the crook, in the left hand is the whip (*this reminds me of how Christ gathers his sheep on his right hand with a shepherds’ crook, and on his left are the goats, which get whipped, or suffer the consequences of their actions). p12

-Osiris was called the Manifester of the Hidden Father , the Builder of the Temple of Peace. *Like Christ.

-The aim of every good man in Egypt was to become an Osiris (*like how we try to live to be born again a new creature, a Son of God by the power of Christ, becoming “a new creature” as Alma puts it).

-Osiris was even prefixed on some of their names.

-It was said that at the end of 3 days being dead, Osiris rose and ascended into heaven.

-Facsimile from Book of Abraham (In the LDS book “The Pearl of Great Price” one of the LDS standard books of scripture) #1 refers to death and resurrection of the God Osiris. We read in the description that it is Abraham being sacrificed by wicked priests, this Abraham acting as a type of Christ, and the Egyptians could relate to that because of their legends of Osiris. Abraham was teaching them that one Jesus Christ would be born, who would be their Osiris they expected. p13 etc.

-One Egyptian picture of Osiris dead has 2 women looking at him with their hands in front of their eyes (*like a veil covering their eyes as was done oft and women still use veils in our day in some cultures like weddings, coronaries, and other religious rites. )

-There are Egyptian pictures depicting Osiris rising from up off of his death bed / bier. p14

-Symbol of how Osiris takes his place at the center of the universe. p14

-Facsimile #2 has some 12 references to Osiris (*Jesus Christ).This is an Egyptian document, and the symbols were used by Abraham the prophet to depict the Messiah Jesus Chris (* just as all prophets did since the beginning (see Jacob 4 in the Book of Mormon)). The document includes references to Osiris as the mighty God, the Lord of heaven, earth, the netherworld, and the great waters, a manifestor of resurrection, control over earth fire water and air, “The Opener of the Ways”, and as “god of the lifted-arm”. p16-17

-Facsimile #3 shows Osiris as a resurreced being sitting on his throne in the act of judgment. p17.

-Symbols and words in Facsimile speak of Isis being the mother of the god, of being justified forever, of Osiris being the Lord of heaven.

-Paul’s people he taught had an inscription of worship “TO THE UNKNOWN GOD”. In Abraham’s day, the case would have been that they would write “TO THE MIGHTY GOD Osiris”. Paul said, “Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you” (Acts 17:23). p19

-Abraham escaping death on the alter of the wicked priests is symbolic of how Christ was resurrected. p20

-Abraham is shown, for what Abraham went through is a type of what happens t Osiris, whom we know to be Christ.

-Abraham had been in the presence of God, this is one of the reasons why we use him as a type of Christ, a symbol to teach us about Christ.

-Abraham was invited by the pharaoh to sit on his own throne and teach his people (*this is like how Christ sits on the throne of his Father).

-Joseph Smith said at mans creation intelligence burst upon him -lectures on Faith, 14-15.

-Adam had no veil to separate him from the presence of God and enjoyed communion with him. -above referenced.

Ch.2 A Brief Overview of the Gods and Symbols of Egypt as Found in the Facsimiles:

-In Facsimile 3, The courtroom of Osiris is shown as having a canopy of stars, representing the majesty and power with that office of government. -p30

-God holds a scepter as seen here and in the scriptures p32

-God wears a crown as seen here and in the scriptures p32

-Adam being among and naming the animals in Garden of Eden he was being tutored in sacred things, tutored in eternal things, the animals each in some way mirrored the ways of their creator, for all natural things bare witness their creator. p24.

-Deseret is the name for the bee we have in the Book of Mormon from the Jaredites. Those are the only people whose language was not changed at the tower of Babel. We call the bee deseret today from what we see it do. Since the bee had not the same function in the Garden of Eden, Adam could not have observed these traits, thus we infer that he had the gift of revelation as he named the animals. p24

-Horus Hawk is a figure in the facsimile, it represents aspects of God such as ascension, divine kingship, and the power of light over darkness (*perhaps illustrated by the image of a bird flying above the clouds into the light).

-Osiris is depicted as rising off of the altar of death at the command of Horus. p25.

-Anubis the god of death is shown. p26

-the figures in vases represent the four cardinal directions, protection for the dead until the resurrection. p26.

-the crocodile is a symbol of death, the god of the water.

-the lotus flower (Lilly) is shown as a long-time symbol of the resurrection, life springing from death, inexhaustible life.

-an image with lines represents the cosmic ocean, the vast domain of space as Nibley calls it. (later in the book we speak of this symbol being at the bottom of the image to show that we get to look into the heavens, sail the sea of the cosmic ocean like God does as we see him depicted here on a ship as they did in those days, and see God on his throne this is the purpose of the gospel and this access is what the image is attempting to teach ) p27.

-The Ram headed God was symbol of the most high God.

-Amon-Ra the creator God who, although “hidden” is manifest in the sun (Wilkenson, 92). p27

-Ra or Re is the creator sun-god who sails in his ship in a solar boat in his celestial journeys.

-Hathor is the mother of Horus, called “the substance of the sun”

-The Ankh symbol that characters hold is similar to a cross shape with a circle on top, it symbolizes a knot or sash, representing a covenant or oath. (*Like how our covenant with Christ begins with him on the cross, and how our covenants we make with God bind us or tie us to him and his aid and direction and destiny).

-Crown of Osiris has feathers and is his greatest and oldest crown and represents spirit and truth.

-Anubis is the keeper of the mysteries and holds the Ankh symbol, represents the messenger who goes before to prepare the way (*like John the baptist and Joseph Smith).

–Chart correlating Egyptian idea of God (“Neter”) in the Facsimiles with attributes of God in the scriptures:

Osiris (The Son)= The Son

Min (Father)= Father

Khnum (Creator)= Creator

Throne= Throne

Amon-Ra (Hidden)= Hidden

Seker (Death and Resurrection)= Ressurection

Was (scepter)= Scepter

Crook and Flail (King and Priest)= King and Priest

Crown (Divine authority)= Crown

Horus (Priesthood and Kingship as office of power and light)= Priesthood as office of power and light

Ankh (Oath, knot, binding)= Covenant, sealing and binding power

Atum (The Ancient One)= Adam The Ancient of Days

Nut (Bosom, Heavenly Heliopolis)= Bosom, Holy City New Jerusalem

Isis & Nephthys (Eternity Future Eternity Past)= From all eternity to all eternity

Anubis (Keys to Mysteries)= Keys to open and shut

Thoth (Intelligence)= Holy Ghost

Hathor (Spirit)= Spirit

Horus (Light)= Light

Maat (Truth)= Truth

Ptah (The Word)= Word

Set (Seth) (Darkness, death, evil, opposition, captivity)= Satan, darkness, death, evil, opposition, captivity

A list of scriptures referencing these p 32-33.

-The Hypocephalus is an ancient document similar to the image we see in the Facsimiles of Abraham. About one hundred have been found.

Ch.3 Facsimile 1:

-the Egyptian “Sed-festival” was where the king would have another person ritually put to death then resurrected in his place symbolizing the renewal of his powers on the throne (Nibley) p37

-the 4 vases with heads show the 4 quarters of the earth and that principle applies to all persons. p39.

-Egyptians use a bird figure to represent the human spirit (*like we do the Holy Ghost)

-this Horus Hawk is also called “the holy hawk” (*like the Holy Ghost).

-Facsimile 1 has Abrahams hands over the face, which was an Egyptian symbol of prayer p41

-when a person is baptized it’s like burying and resurrecting them, symbolic of such, and the lion bier in Facs. 1 represents this, better said, baptism represents this place of death and sacrifice and rebirth etc. p43

-the tail of the lion death bed is raised, showing that though death is serious, this lion looks like a happy puppy, this shows that there is something to look forward to, life after death. (Nibley) p43.

-the lion being part of the death bed shows how anyone facing a lion faces certain death. p43 The baptismal font is like entering the mouth of a lion. p44.

-Facs. 1 the vases under the alter represent the 4 quarters of the earth where our bodily remains may spread, but must be brought back together for the resurrection. p45

-this directions pattern is seen with Abraham when he is promised seed in the north south east and west (Gen. 28)

-in Luke 13:29 Savior said the gathering of his people will be from the east north south and west. p46

-the king of Egypt wanted the attributes of who was sacrificed to come into himself. (*this is like how Christ’s death helps us in our progress)

-The Egyptian king wanted to sacrifice Abraham in particular because Abraham held the Priesthood, and the king wanted that Priesthood. (*another wicked interpolation of this is when Cain tried to get power from shedding blood)

-the people were sad when the Lord smote and killed and Priest among them because their hope of regeneration and getting the Priesthood was gone. p49

-the lotus flower is shown which represents resurrection, and that suggests that the person obtains the gift that Osiris had, life again, and in a way puts us on equal grounds as him, having obtained such like he did p50.

-the lotus flower as shown in the Facs. shows that like how this plant grows in difficult terrain, so need we bear witness of the gospel in dark and dangerous places. (Nibley) p 51

-the person shown on the alter is the same person we see in Facs. 3 that sits on the throne. p52

-the person in the ship in Facs. 2 shows how Egyptians said that the gods go forth in their ships to plough and plant the earth p57

-the Egyptians thought of heaven as a cosmic ocean, which if traversed must be done by ship. p57

-they held that the throne of Ra was situated on a divine ship p57

-Psalm 68:4 says God… rideth upon the heavens” p59

-the figures in Facs. 1 who face to the right all have to do with the death and evil, those who face to the left have to do with the saving of life, and good. p59

-Abraham in Facs. 1 is representative of God, the wicked priest represents Satan, these show the eternal conflict between good and evil, and this image invites us to look through the gates of heaven shown at the bottom of the figure, and into the very presence of God. We learn there that there is opposition in all things and that the righteous always win in the end. p59-60.

Ch.4 Facsimile 2:

-Similar findings to Facsimile 2 date back to 940 B.C. p63

-Nut called “bosom of the gods” was associated with the bee, it was the embodiment of the sacred city. There is a crown called dsr.t (deseret) with a bee on it the Egyptians wore.

-Facsimile 2 represents the principals of astronomy p65

-Joseph Smith translated the images not the text in the Facsimile 2, and said certain of them can only be understood in the temple. Joseph Smith was concerned with the part that was associated with Abraham not necessarily the message intended by the Egyptians. p65.

-Facsimile 2 is like an eye, associated with looking into the mind, hence here the idea of looking into the mind of God. p66

-The eye is dilated in Facs. 2, this is because compared to God we are in darkness. “Mine eyes are upon you” D&C 38:7. p66

-Facs. 2 represents the sun in its journey across the sky, hence recall the verse “follow the son with full purpose of heart” 2 Nephi 31:13. Those who do “shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father” Matthew 13:43. God is “in the light of the sun, and the light of the sun, and the power thereof by which it was make” D&C 88:7. p66

-Speaking of God, “All things are round about him; and he is… round about all things” D&C 88:41. There is an X on the God in the middle of the Facs. 2, showing X marks the spot, the center of the universe, a globe where God dwells (Facs. 2:1). p67

-Recall “thou hast taken Zion to thine own bosom, from all thy creations, from all eternity to all eternity” (Moses 7:31). Christ is “in the bosom of the Father, even from the beginning” (D&C 76:13). God sitting “upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things” (D&C 88:13). p67

-Scriptural references showing God is in the middle, and things gathering around him in a circle p67-8

-fig 1 of facs. 2 is a seated deity with two, or in other instances, four, rams heads. “He holds in his hands the symbols of life ([the] ankh), of dominion ([the] was), and stability ([the] djed)”. p68

-“god sitting at the enter of the hypoicephalus [this round image which is the facs.], which represents the world” p68

-“depicted with four heads, this god united within himself the attributes of the gods Re (the sun), Shu (light), Geb (the earth), and Osiris (the next world and the resurrection), and represented the primeval creative force.” p68

-Joseph Smith was able to reconstruct part of the document which was damaged even though he had not seen another like this. What he reconstructed goes fairly well along with other ones similar to it that have been found (see other reference sited here of about 100 of these having been found). p69

-“one things seems to be constant: there are at least two heads, and they are the ram looking into both of the dimensions of eternity.” p70

-“The ram, of course, is a symbol of virility, power, and resurrection.” p70

-“he is given four heads [in some other similar facsimiles which have been found], which not only signify the four cardinal directions but also effectively turn our flat facsimile into a sphere, in which he is the center.” p70

-“The ram-god Khnum (Amon-Ra or Osiris) was thought to be a potter, who fashioned man on a potter’s wheel.” p70

-“The word ram in all Semitic languages means high” (quotes Nibley), “and the ram in the highest place is “the most high””. p71

-“Among the myriad of names of this great god (Osiris) was the curious, “I am that I am.“” p71

-Jesus Christ says, “Listen to the voice of him who is from all eternity to all eternity, the Great I Am, even Jesus Christ.” (Doctrine and Covenants 39:1) p75 (*see also the Old Testament Exodus 3:14 Jehovah says “I am that I am”).

-“Ptah-Seker-Osiris (representing “triune god of the resurrection:” “embodied three gods in one, principals of Ptah the “great god who came into being in the beginning” and Seker associated with death and Osiris “the resurrected one and the giver of everlasting life”) was the Egyptian Logos through whom and by whom the world are made…creator of gods and men… who illuminates the worlds.” A symbol of how Christ embodies the power of creation, of power over death, etc. p71-75

-The length of a cubit was an arms length. The arm held up to the square was called the cubit. “The cubit, represented by the squared arm…associated with the idea of embracing, or “folding in the arms”…formed part of the rites of initiation.” p73

-“the cubit was also the symbol of Maat, “the embodiment of truth and justice, kingship and social order.” p73

-“The Khnum (the god represented by fig 1 in facs. 2 with the ram head) figure is God at the center of the universe possessing all power, truth, and glory. He is the divine father and the generator of all things. Because this god was such a conglomerate of gods, it is interesting to discover that he is actual a council of gods. “He (Osiris) is the leader of the gods… who commands the Great Council (in heaven)” (quotes Nibley)” p73

-Speaking of more insight on this facsimile, reading in the Pearl of Great Price speaks of symbolism here of “Kolob, signifying the first creation, nearest to the celestial, or the residence of God. First in government, last pertaining to the measurement of time. The measurement according to celestial time, which celestial time signifies one day to a cubit. One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth, which is called by the Egyptians Jah-oh-eh” (from explanation of Fig 1 in The Pearl of Great Price) p73.

-“Kolob…signifies the first great grand governing fixed star which is the farthest that ever has been discovered by the fathers which was discovered by Methusela and also by Abraham” p74

-“The intelligences, the record discloses, are organized in the same way as the planets. They are hierarchical, receiving light from those above and giving light to hose below. In the scale of planets, one was greater than all the rest, and so it is with the intelligences.The great planet is Kolob and the great intelligence is Christ.” p74

-“Joseph Smith said “The past, the present, and the future were and are, with Him, one eternal ‘now‘””. p75

-“Like Ptah-Seker-Osiris, the Savior is literally the triune god of the resurrection (three in one), for His mission had three parts. His pre-earth life, as the Word or Logos of God, the Creator, the opener and beginner (see John 1:1-3, 14); His mortal and dying mission; and His resurrection.” p76

-“Like Ptah-Seker-Osiris coming forth from the heavenly city of Heliopolis, the Savior has come down to us from that great city of the Heavenly Jerusalem, which is in the “bosom” of eternity, and he desires for us to inherit it with him (see D&C 38:4; Moses 7:31, 47, 69).” p76

-“Like Ptah-Seker-Osiris, the Savior is the illuminator of worlds (see D&C 88:7-13)” p76

-“Ptah-Seker-Osiris is portrayed as being “without father” and “without mother.” This is surely an attempt to link the god with priesthood, for it is actually the Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God, that is “without father, without mother” (Hebrews 7:3), and “without beginning of days or end of years, being prepared from eternity to all eternity” (Alma 13:7 in The Book of Mormon). p76

-lists holy things constructed to the measurement of the temple and gives biblical references to Noah’s ark, ark of the covenant of Moses, city of the New Jerusalem, Tabernacle of Moses, temple in the vision of Ezekiel and temple of Solomon, etc. p77

-“We learn in the explanation to Figure 1 of Facsimile 2 that one day with the Lord, which is a thousand years of our time, is to Him equal to one cubit. This equates time and distance. In some manner, a thousand years of time is equal to eighteen inches of distance. Could that maenad that when we lived with the Lord in heaven we lived in an environment so advanced that in the time it took for us to move the distance of one cubit… a thousand years according to the mortal time would have passed? This would mean that in coming to earth, we are on an accelerated, fast-forward merry-go-round, and that the whole thing passes with God in the twinkling of an eye. And when we return to heaven, ti will appear as if we had hardly been gone at all.” p77

-speaking of Fig 2 of Facs. 2, “This is Amon-Re, the chief god of the Egyptian pantheon; the two heads illustrate the hidden and mysterious power of Amon (his name in Egyptian means the Hidden One) combined with the visible and luminous power of Re.” p78

-“This figure now represents him on the move. In this second part of a heavenly drama, He becomes Logos, the Firstborn of heaven, the “Divine Word, by whom all things were made, and who though from God, was God,” “the first person after himself (god) uncreated, infinite, ruling over all things that were made by him,” “the Second One…produced from the First One…called forth for the avowed purpose of creating and governing all things; associating to ‘Messiah,’” “the love which the Divine Principle conceives for the first product of its will,” and “the eternal generation of the Son of God…the Eternal Sonship” It is Amon, the supreme god of Thebes, identified with Ra, the Sun, under the name of Amon-Ra.” p79

-“Two heads represent the rising and setting sun. He is the Hidden One, “the personification of the hidden and unknown creative power…associated with the …primeval…god in the creation of the world and all that is in it.” p79

-“Amon means ‘what is hidden’ or that which is not seen and not known.” p79 (*so we see that the hidden (God the Father) are represented in Ra, the sun, which points us to Jesus Christ the son of God, coming to earth “in the express image and likeness of his father” ( see Heb. 1:3; see also 2 Cor. 4:4; Col. 1:15 and Elder Holland General Conference talk 2003 “The Grandeur of God” at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2003/10/the-grandeur-of-god?lang=eng) doing the things he would do, saying the things he would say (see McConkie “the Mortal Messiah”)

-(* “After generations of prophets had tried to teach the family of man the willand the way of the Father, usually with little success, God in His ultimateeffort to have us know Him, sent to earth His Only Begotten and perfectSon, created in His very likeness and image, to live and serve amongmortals in the everyday rigors of life.” Elder Holland General Conference talk 2003 “The Grandeur of God” at https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2003/10/the-grandeur-of-god?lang=eng).

-Two feathered crown also represented being able to comprehend the future and the past. It’s said of Christ He “who was, and is from all eternity to all eternity” (Mosiah 3:5 Book of Mormon) p80

-Ankh in his hand (fig 2 facs. 2) shows “I will commit thy government into his hand…and the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open” (Isa. 22:21-211). The Prophet Joseph Smith terns this “holding the key of power”.” p80-81.

-“As Amon-Ra, he [Christ] is the Divine Word of the Father, the Logos, who goes forth in first person as if he is the Father, “the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning” (Mosiah 3:18) “And his name is called The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13).” p81

-Feathers of the crown symbolize Maat, the truth, which is two truths, past and future “Truth is knowledge of things as they are, and as they were, and as they are to come” (See D&C 93:24) see also Rev. 1:8, John 14:6, and D&C 93:26) p81

-Elder Orson Pratt said “What is the name of God in the pure language? The answer says ‘Ahman.’ What is the name of the Son of God? Answer, ‘Son Ahman”. (Journal of discourses, 2:342-43). In Egypt is is also spelled Amen Amon or Amun. Ahman is revealing himself through his son as Son Ahman. Ra means sun, so Amon-Ra means sun of God. Malachi says “Sun of righteousness” referring to Christ (Malechi 4:2) and Nephi uses this but with the word son, “Son of Righteousness” (2 Nephi 26:9 The Book of Mormon). The Egyptians called the part of God that is hidden “Amon” and the part of God that is manifest “Ra”. p82

-fig 3 of facs 2: “the figure is a hawk headed Ra with a sun disk on his head”. “Wedjat-eye on either side of him…symbolic of light and protection.” “he holds the Was-scepter, symbol of dominion, and in from on him is an altar with a lotus blossom on it.” “Ra seated in his bark represents the sun in its daily journey across the sky and symbolizes resurrection and rebirth, since the sun was thought to die and be reborn each day.”

-An ancient Egyptian writing says, “I have come into thee. My heart watcheth, my head is equipped with the White Crown. I act as the guide of the celestial beings. I make to flourish terrestrial beings. There is joy of heart for the Bull, and for the celestial beings, and for the company of the Gods. I am the god, the Bull, the Lord of the gods… I have moored my boat to the tying-up post in the lakes of the celestial beings” p83

-Another ancient Egyptian passage, “They prepare a path for me, even I who moor with those who are in the Sky and earth. I will sit down, turn around, take my seat, and appear in my flaming glory…I have seen my father face to face.” p83

-Another ancient Egyptian text said to the dead, “Welcome to the fannies (temple)! You are clad in the pure garment of Ptah, in the robe of Hathor. Spacious is your seat in the Bark; you sit in the Ship of God. Fair is your rising like the rising of Ra, you shine like Hathor” p83

-Another ancient Egyptian text by the deified king, “…I control; none being near my throne in the divine ship; I am in control, not being without a boat, my throne being the divine ship at Heliopolis” p84

-The Prophet Joseph Smith said the thing on his head is “a crown of eternal light upon his head; representing the grand Key-words of the Holy Priesthood, as revealed to Adam in the Garden of Eden, as also to Seth, Noah, Melchizeded, Abraham, and all to whom the Priesthood was revealed (Explanation: Figure 3)”.

-“…extol him that rideth upon the heavens ” (Psalms 68:4); “To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens…doth send out his mighty voice” (Psalms 68:33); “And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Sbraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out” (Heleman 3:30 The Book of Mormon). p84

-“The implication is that God, Abraham (who is a god), and the traveler (who is becoming a god) will all sit together in the throne-boat.” p84-85.

-The crown of Lower Egypt is worn by the pharaohs it has a bee on it which belongs to Osiris. The bee in Egyptian is “dsrt” (Deseret). This teaches that, like how the bee polinates the flowers, the gods are planters going forth to create new worlds.

-There is Atum (Adam) in a boat in certain Egyptian images (shown in the text). The boat rests on a symbol which suggests the vault of heaven. This suggests that Adum’s boat is a celestial one. In front of Adam is the sign for follower, meaning he is “following Osiris”. In front of him is also the “eye of Horus” which represents the office of seer. It is “key to the measurement of all things and hence to all knowledge.” p87

-Speaking of ships, Brigham Young: ” God is at the helm. This is the mighty ship Zion.” and President Heber C. Kimball: “[Of the Zion of Enoch] God took them and their city…and they sailed away like one ship at sea separating from another”. Hebrew word for Zion means “the ship of the city of light”. Strongs Exoustive Concordance of the Bible says that the following describe the word Zion: “to glitter from afar” “a bright object at a distance traveling towards” and being in “splendor, brilliant continually, to the most distant point of view.” Idea of a ship suggests transplanting things among worlds. (See also Ogden’s Verse by Verse of Old Testament Vol. 1 for into about Adam getting put on this earth from another one, general authorities quotes thereon Brigham Young and others. ) p87

-In Facs. 2 we see bird on a boat in Fig. 4; The Horus Hawk is said to be 1000 cubits long, and that he sails a ship into the stairway of fire. His ship is called “the ship of 1000 cubits long”. The god rides this ship to a place and when it’s work is done there is sails away to another place. This deals with death, but the way it’s put here is positive. Wings show increase, boat on great waters shows expansive heavens, depicts moment of resurrection when all things are new.

-The cow Hathor has the hr in its name, like Horus. Horus is thought to be the substance of the sun, and so Hathor is thought to be the mother of Horus, or the mother of the sun. By her the sun is reborn each day. She personifies the original waters from which all creation came into being. Woman behind the cow holding the lotus flower symbolizes resurrection. The necklace of the cow represents “the persistence of life, durability, ever-renewed youth” these are nourishing principals, caring for the royal line. Joseph Smith refers to this as one of the governing planets which gets it’s light from Kolob. The high horns of the cow hold the sun disk, so the cow is the source of global and local light, being the sun itself, and nourishing the princes with light giving milk which enables them to become true kings. The woman behind the cow has a circle over her head, this shows she is the sun. It shows she is giving life and power to the sun. She is making the cow fertile. The idea of the sun getting its light from another source is shown in how science shows that the sun does generate light from nuclear reactions within itself, but mostly from accretion (increase by external addition), mostly of hydrogen from a distant mass that has come into the gravitational pull of the sun. The woman who has the circle over the head has a dilated eye. This suggests she is the bringer of light since the eye reacts with light. “She is the bringer of a fulness of power and glory from above.” Ra says, “I am he who opens his eyes and causes light to be, and if he closes his eyes makes markness.” (See Nibley “One Eternal Round” lecture 11). This woman was the Widget-eye. The idea of binding and loosing is suggested in all of this as well. p89-92

-Temperatures get hotter as you go past the sun into space. Heat flows from hot to cold, so we reason that the primary heat source is not the sun, but a center beyond the sun that is flowing toward the sun. p92 (Science and Mormonism by Cook).

-The vases in Facs. 2 represent leaf, lion, and lamb or ram. Shows a cycle of death where intervention is needed, for the lamb eats the leaf, the lion eats the lamb, the leaf eats the lion (as it decomposes it becomes a leaf). p94

-In Fig. 7 of Facs. 2, the one on the chair “represents Min, the god of the regenerative, procreative forces of nature”. (Later the text shows this as being the scene of the Garden of Eden). The bird giving him the Wedjat Eye is sometimes depicted to be like a snake. It’s said of Min “Thou art the beautiful prince, who risest like the sun with the white crown, and thou art the Lord of radiant light and the creator of brilliant rays.” (Budge, Gods of the Egyptians). Min-Amon wears the crown of Amon. Min is the god of the raised arm, he is receiving divine powers and attributes as well as giving commitment precedent to such power. Min means holy of holies. p95-97

-In Fig. 7 of Facs. 2 the symbol by the feet of the person on their is of arms held up high, and 2 jackals. The image is like the word “ka” which means “the intelligence, essential nature, or life-force of the deceased”. When the Ka sign has 3 strokes beside it which is to say it three times, it signifies “words of power”. The jackal head means “to be strong, to be mighty”. When used three times it means mighty powers and is seen as a “badge or insignia of might or potency”. The jackal was thought of as a guide, the god Anubis, chief of wisdom and time and chief judge and master. One of his names Wepwawet means “the opener of the ways”. “His office was to introduce the souls of the departed into the divine hidden land. There being three of these suggests the three aspects of time being past present and future. Kau and jackal (useru) are forged together to mean a “judgement and wisdom which open the way into the dimensions of eternity.” p95-99

-In Fig. 7 of Facs. 2 Joseph Smith says this “represents God sitting upon his throne, reavealing through the heavens the grand Key-words of the Priesthood; as, also, the sign of the Holy Ghost unto Abraham, in the form of a dove.” p98-99

– In Fig. 7 of Facs. 2 the man has a tail of a hawk, which suggests descending and ascending. This shows “God…revealing through the heavens, power, covenants, and key words as they are revealed by the Holy Ghost.” p99

-In Fig. 7 of Facs. 2 the arms of the dove are in the shape of the Ka, and he is giving the eye. The Ka and the eye together: “Together they show the principle of giving and receiving a fulness of all things, coupled with the idea of embracing.”

-In depictions similar to what we see in Fig. 7 of Facs. 2, there is a bar holding up the crown of Min. This suggests it is heavy. This goes well with the scripture D&C 132:16 speaking of “an exceeding, and an eternal wight of glory”.

-One depiction of Fig 6 of Facs 2 has a flower growing out from underneath the throne, suggesting water under the throne (*like in the bible when it speaks of water coming out from under the temple). p93-94

-The pyramid texts speak of Atum (Adam) “O Atum-Khoprer (Adam The Ancient of Days) you set your arms about them as the arms of the ka-symbol, that your essence might be in them. O Atum, setyour arms about the king… as the arms of a ka-symbol, that the king’s essence may be in it, enduring for ever” p99

-Fig 7 in Facs 2 the man with his arm to the square (the sign of a covenant) is on a man portrayed with power to be a father. God spoke to Noah in the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of Genesis 8:23 saying that he would make Noah an inheritor of the covenant that was made to his fathers. We see Noah is to be a father. As part of the covenant, Zion comes from heaven and makes the “earth tremble with joy” because Zion comes down from heaven to be on earth. Joseph Smith said “This is why Adam blessed his posterity; he wanted to bring them into the presence of God. They looked for a city [“whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb. 11:10)] (Smith Teachings, 159). p100.

-Ankh symbol like sash around waist by umbilical cord “naval string”.

It showed the concept of taking an oath. Bind is the same as seal. This is the idea that one swears by his life that if it’s broken he dies also. See also water of life umbilical cord parallelisms. p102

-Ankh is shaped like a key. Represents ascending through veil into eternal realms, sphere of the gods.

-They had sacred king names they wrote on a cloth showing them tied to the realm of the gods, tied to “all encircled by the sun.”

-Fig. 8 of Facs. 2 the god is asked to grand Ankh to the should of the Osiris Shishaq (Sheshonq). Same as taking upon us Christ’s name as there taking upon oneself Orsis’s name. p103

-Alma 40:1 Spirits go to god once death of the body occurs

-D&C 132:64 “I will magnify my name upon all those who receive and abide in my law.”

-Osiris gives Ankh to a king, recall Mosiah 18:13 “may he grant unto you eternal life.”

-The Ankh symbol is a composition of 3 signs: a hand of giving, water sign of washing or cleansing, and the placenta sign of birth and renewal. p102

-“I will commit the government into his hand” Isaiah 22:21-22 pertains to this.

“Melchizedek Priesthood is to hold the keys of all the spiritual blessings of the church” D&C 107:18.

“Receive this oath and covenant of my father” D&C 84:40.

“Taketh hold of my covenant” Isaiah 56:6

The cartouche also signifies how “his course is one eternal round” Alma 37:12. see p105

-Fig 17 and 16 of Facs 2 read “May this tomb never be desecrated, and may this soul and its possessor never be desecrated in the Netherworld” similarly we give Priesthood dedication of a grave. Christ controls hell “who controllest and subjectest the devil, and the dark and benighted dominion of Sheol (hell)” D&C121:4. p107

-Fig 18 of Facs 2 the writing around the edge says “I am Djabty (God Osiris) in the House of the Benben (holy of holies) in Heliopolis (the heavenly Jerusalem), so exalted and glorious. [I am] a procreative bull (sire or father) without equal. [I am] that mighty God in the House of Benben in Heliopolis… that Mighty God” p108

-“Come to Osiris, (name of the person), grant thou that she become like one amng thy followers. She is a God who is in the temple of the grand old man in Heliopolis” says another version of the text (see Nibley One Eternal Round lec. 3). So we see it teaches of how the person is becoming a god through the temple of the ancient of days. p109

-Joseph Smith said that the Lord “set the ordinances to be the same forever and ever, and set Adam to watch over them, to reveal them from heaven to man, or to send angels to reveal them” (Smith Teachings, 168) p110

-There are Egyptian images showing the union of the heavenly Heliopolis and the early one. p 111

-Another part of the sign of the Heliopolis is that of a circle with cross roads, symbolizing the gathering of the people from the four parts of the earth to a central location. p111

-facs. 2 fig. 19-20 translated “you will be as that God, the Busirian (Osiris). Busiris was a cult center of Osiris in the Delta and was thus used as an epithet of Osiris.” One text speaking of this says, “stand up, and sit thou upon the throne of Osiris” and “beautiful and great are these things which thy father Osiris hath done for thee. He hath given thee his throne.” Also, “(Osiris) appeared to man not only as the god and judge of the dead, but also as the creator of the world and of all things in it. He who was the son of Ra became the equal of his father, and he took his place side by side with him in heaven.” p112

-3 Nephi 28:10 in The Book of Mormon, “ye shall have fulness of joy; and he shall sit down in the kingdom of my Father; yea, your joy shall be full, even as the Father hath given me fulness of joy; and ye shall be even as I am, and I am even as the Father; and the Father and I are one.”

-Joseph Smith said “Although the earthly tabernacle is laid down and dissolved, they shall rise again to dwell in everlasting burnings in immortal glory…(and) they shall he heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. What is it? To inherit the same power, the same glory and the same exaltation, until you arrive at the station of a God, and ascend the throne of eternal power, the same as those who have gone before. What did Jesus do? Why, I do the things I saw my Father do when worlds came rolling into existence. My Father worked out his kingdom with ear and trembling, and I must do the same; and when I get my kingdom, I shall present it to my Father, so that he may obtain kingdom upon kingdom, and it will exalt him in glory. He will then take a higher exaltation, and I will take his place, and thereby become exalted myself. So that Jesus treads in the tracks of his Father, and ingerits what God did before; and God is thus glorified and exalted in the salvation and exaltation of all his children. It is plain beyond disputation, and you thus learn some of the first principles of the gospel, about which so much hath been said.” (Smith, History of the Church, 6:306) p113

-Enoch spoke of inheritance with Christ, “Thou hast made me, and given unto me a right to thy throne, and not of myself, but through thine own grace.” (Moses 7:59) p113

-There are serpents on either side of the god in the midde of Facs. 2, fig. 1. These are the Sata serpents. “I am the serpent Sata whose years are many. I die and am born each day…I die and I am born again, and I renew myself, and I grow young each day”. This was a symbol of divinity and royalty (*for text on how Satan uses the sign of the serpent to immigrate a godly thing, see Ogden Verse by Verse Old Testament Vol. 1). These were also called Uraei, and the “the god Ra wore two urea upon his forehead.” “Every king is represented with at least one Uraeus upon his forehead.” p114

-The apes on either side of the god seated in Facs. 2 Fig. 1 are Isis and Nephthys. They provide what the head lacketh. They are ‘eternity’ and ‘everlastingness.’ Eternity is the day, and Everlastingness is the night”. p114-115

-Osiris says, “I am the keeper of the volume of the book (the Register or Tablet of Destiny) of the things which have been made, and of the things which shall be made…the things which have been made are Eternity, and the things which shall be made are Everlastingness, and that Eternity is the Day, and Everlastingness the Night.” p115

-Nibley teaches that Nephthys and Isis are emblems of spirit and truth. p115

-“The two exceedingly great urea are upon the head of the god. Their names are Millions of Years and Traverser of Millions of Years and Begetter of Millions of Years. They are the two shining spirits. p115

-These also represent nursing nursing mothers who together embrace the king says Nibley. p115

-They posess magical powers and Urt-Hekau (mighty one of words of power). p115

-they also symbolize two Maat (truth) goddesses. Nephthys a name expressly signifying the “end of anything.” Isis symbolized birth, growth, development, and giver, Mephpthys was a “type of decay death diminution and immobility.” Isis represented the part of the world that is visible, while Nephthys represents that which is invisible. Some call Isis day and Nephthys night. They represent things that are and things that will be. p115

-They are called “the guardians who give judgement”. p116

-“Nephthys…although a goddess of death, she was associated with the coming into existence of the life that springs from death.”

-Nephthys and Isis “assisted at the resurrection of Osiris”. “In all ages, they together aided the deceased to rise to the new life by means of the words which they chanted over his bier.” p116

-Isis says, “I have granted that thou mightiest be as a god”. “I am that which is[,] has been, and shall be, and no man has lifted my veil” p116

-They are the two pylons at the entrance of every temple (Nibley, The Message of the Joseph Smith Papyri, 116) p116

-They are the two truths in the Hall of the Judgement of Osiris. p116-117

-Isis is the wife of Osiris, and Nephthys is the wife of Set.

-They are also called Rekhtti goddesses. Tern rekh means to know, to be wise, to be acquainted with. p117

-“Osiris was said to be arrayed in apparel, which had been specially woven for him by the two Rekhti goddesses.” p117

-The names of Isis and Nephthys are written with the determinative of two eyes, and they are “one.” p117

-The dead say “I have gone up in Pe to the Souls of Pe, I am girt with the girdle of Horus, I am clad with the garment of Thoth, Isis is before me and Nephthys is behind me (*recal protection of Jehovah before and in front of his hosts), Wepwawet opens the way for me, Shu lifts me up, the Souls of On set up a stairway for me in order to reach Above, and Nut puts her hand on me just as she did for Osiris on the day when he died.” (*may suggest women’s role in resurrection etc.) p117

-Isis and Nephthys can represent the mind of God. They can represent the wings of a hen, as Jehovah has said he will gather the people as a hen her chickens if they would let him. They are perfectly represented in the two cherubims on the ark of the covenant. “he sitteth between the cherubims” (Psalm 99:1). p118

-“Cherub, in Hebrew signifies fulness of knowledge…God is supposed to sit on the mercy-seat whose face the angels in heaven always behold and upon whom their eyes are fixed to observe and receive his commands” p118-119

-The apes may suggest that they are creatures holding up their arms to the first light of day, the sunlight, after a cold desert night “as if worshiping the sun at it’s rising.” p119

-“The idea is that the king is to go to the temple and find the place where Isis (all eternity future) and Nephthys (all eternity past) are ‘playing’. The Egyptian word hab translated here as playing has the alternate meanings of combined, joined, united, or embraced.” p119

-Mirrors in the (LDS) temples suggest repetition of eternity as suggested above. This suggests that the couple sealed (married) at the temple alters may be together not only for eternity but through the eternities. p120.

-Joseph Smith knew more about these Facsimiles than was published. “the above translation is given as far as we have any right to give at the present time.” he said. (See Explanation page of these in The Pearl of Great Price.) p123

-More text around the Facsimile 2 reads “ “I am Djabty (God Osiris) in the House of the Benben (holy of holies) in Heliopolis (the heavenly Jerusalem), so exalted and glorious. I am a verily bull (sire or father) without equal. I am that mighty God in the House of Benben in Heliopolis…[Carry away, carry away, (in the) two arms upon his breast, being wrapped…the Book of Breathings, being written according to what is] his words, that Mighty God in Heliopolis.” p123

-The Book of Breathings had the same general purpose as the hypocephalus (the Facs. 2), and had the key words in it. They contained things as they really are (truths). It was to be secret, and held close to the heart in wrapped arms. Such is where Joseph Smith found the Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham.

-God knows the stars by name “he calleth them by their names” (Psalm 147:4). p124

-When God calls the heavens, they stand up together, “mine right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together” (Isaiah 48:13)

-(*For more on stars and the Facsimiles, see Pearl of Great Price, or “The Kolob Theorem”)

-The upper regions of the Facs. 2 represent the daytime (they have the heaven, resurrection, and garden of Eden in them represented). The lower regions represent the night (they include the part that represents the telestial kingdom, or this earth we now live on)

-Brigham Young said “the earth was framed…near the throne of our Father in heaven. And when man fell the earth fell into space, and took up its abode in this planetary system, and the sun became our light. When the Lord said, ‘Let there be light,’ there was light, for the earth was brought near the sun that it might reflect upon it so as to give us light by day, and the moon to give us light by night.” p126

-This is the order of the parts of Facs. 2 in order to hear the Plan of Salvation: 1 2 3 7 5 6 4. They are as follows in that order: Divine power center (Celestial), Creative Power (Creation), Garden of Eden (Terrestrial), The Earth where we live and die (Telestial), Resurrection (Terrestrial) which brings us back to Celestial. p126

-Temples often have the baptismal font in their center to represent the divine center. We pass through the gates of baptism to take the journey through eternity. Leaving the font, one enters the creation room. Here he views the creation of earth and all things on the face of it. The iniciate views Adam one who helped create the earth and Eve his wife, and they are instructed and make covenants with God before they are cast out of Eden. Facs. 2: Fig. 3 says that these are “revealed to Adam in the Garden of Eden” p127

-Alberta Temple floor plan has baptismal font in middle, creation room in east side where the sun rises, then the garden of Eden to the south, then the telestial kingdom to the west where the sun sets since it’s there that all things do die. Then the resurrection, aka the Terrestrial Kingdom, is in the north part of the temple. Then you go back to the center of the temple. p128-129

-The Facsimiles of the Book of Abraham are like getting a Liahona, as we like Lehi are astonished at them and learn how to interpret them (1 Nephi 16:10). p129

-Liahona in Hebrew means “to Jehovah is light” and suggests being lead by Jehovah. L means to; iah means Jehovah in abbreviated form; ona or on means light, and suggests the city of light. p130

Ch.5 Facs. 3:

-This is Abraham on the throne of Pharaoh in Egypt teaching the people the principals of astronomy, using such as a way to introduce them the the gospel. The people thought Abraham was Osiris since Pharaoh, whom they considered to be a god, let him sit on his throne. (see Explanation to Facs. 3 in The Pearl of Great Price).

-In one depiction of this in Egypt, there is a man is brilliant white approaching the throne.

– In another depiction of this same event, “Osiris sits enthroned in a sacred shrine flanked by two pillars with a wrapped cloth, symbolizing that the entrance into his presence is based on the principle of wrapping or enfolding or embracing”. p133

-In the image of the candidate coming to the throne of Osiris, is is shown that the candidate is reverencing all of the major gods, showing that he has obeyed the laws that these gods represent. He also has an offering table before him representing the sacrifices he has made for obedience. p133

-Osiris on the throne has truth behind him as we see by the person behind him, and truth in front of him as seen by the person in front of him. These persons represent truth in Egyptian. He is also wearing a crown of truth and speaking words of truth. There is also a lotus flower before him representing that he is the light (and that there is living water flowing out from underneath his throne see book of Zechariah) p133-4

-Osiris is wearing the Atef crown the holiest of crowns, representing the most spiritual of gods. “Osiris… is the leader of the gods…who commands the Great Council (in heaven)” (See Nibley here cited) p134

-The whip in his hand shows “power, bestirring all things to life and action.” (* we may infer reasoning for gods’ punishments here.)

-The Atef crown is in the shape of the sun, shining rays of light to the person who wears it. p135

-Joseph Smith found hieroglyphics with writings of Abraham as well as Joseph in Egypt. p136

-Joseph Smith taught that the 4 figures in the image show the four quarters of the earth, and that person on the throne represents Jesus Christ keeping Satan from devouring the four quarters of the earth. p137

-The Atef crown symbolizes Ra (the top God which represents Elohim), then the feathers on either side represent Atum (Adam) who helped in the creation, and Ptah, who represents Jehovah. p137-9

-Elder Mark E. Peterson of the Quorum of the Twelve said “Brigham Young taught that Adam, or Michael, assisted Deity in the creation of the world. He said, ‘ It is true that the earth was organized by three distinct characters, namely, Elohim, Yahovah, and Michael, these three forming a quorum‘ Then he distinguished these three from the Holy Trinity, as he spoke in the same paragraph defining ‘the Deity, as Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” (Journal of Discourses, 1:51)

–Joseph Smith called Michael Jehovah and Elohim the in Heaven, but he called the Elohim Jehovah and The Holy Ghost the Grand Council of Heaven. p139

-In the Coffin texts Osiris (Ptah) says “So says Osiris. You shall see me in my great Atef-crowns which Ra gave to me and which Atum…made firm for me.” p139

-Abraham “began his teaching, ‘Blessed be God who created the sun, the moon, and the planets’” (see Nibley referenced here). p140

-Abraham and Pharoh were rivals, but seeing that Abraham could not be slain as he was set free from the alter of sacrifice by the angel of the Lord (Abraham 1:7, 12, 15, 20), the people thought that he was a god with power over death. The only god with power over death to them was Osiris! Abraham was allowed to sit on the throne of Pharaoh and teach the people. The people considered the Pharaoh to be a god, and that what he said was flawless. Letting Abraham sit on that throne and teach the people says a lot about what they thought of him. The Pharaoh was announcing to the people by this act that Abraham’s words were true. (*This shows that Abraham was sent to the Egyptians the same reason as every prophet, to bear witness of The Redeemer, The Resurrection, of Jesus Christ!) p141-142

-In Facs. 3, there is a black person, who was a slave, and there was a one of the king’s waiters. This shows that the gospel is for everyone. p144

-The pharaoh was the greatest ruling power in the whole world, and from his throne were the words of truth going forth by Abraham. Notice the stars above the heads of the people, suggesting the divinity of this event. p144

-Abraham’s story in Egypt was preserved by these facsimiles, and they were put inside coffins, etc. p145

-The Lotus flower, which follows the light across the sky, is open towards the man on the throne. p145

-” 13 And the Lord God hath sent his holy prophets among all the children of men, to declare these things to every kindred, nation, and tongue, that thereby whosoever should believe that Christ should come, the same might receive remission of their sins, and rejoice with exceedingly great joy, even as though he had already come among them.” (Mosiah 3:13 The Book of Mormon) p146

-” 17 Yea, and behold, Abraham saw of his (Jesus Christ’s) coming, and was filled with gladness and did rejoice.

18 Yea, and behold I say unto you, that Abraham not only knew of these things, but there were many before the days of Abraham who were called by the order of God; yea, even after the order of his Son; and this that it should be shown unto the people, a great many thousand years before his coming, that even redemption should come unto them.” (Helaman 8:17-18)

Summary:

-The need for sacrifice: see 3 Ne.9:20; D&C 132:50; D&C 97:8

-The gift of seeing: see D&C 76:12; D&C 136:32; 2 Ne. 32:5; D&C 88:67

-The Promise of Kingship: see D&C 59:2; 1 Peter 5:4; D&C 81:6; D&C 78:15; D&C 121:46; Rev. 3:21 (Who overcomes sits with Christ on his throne as he sits with his Father on his throne).

-Abraham “shows that if a man would attain to the keys of the kingdom of an endless life; he must sacrifice all things” (Joseph Smith: Teachings, 322)

-“And the Lord said unto me: Now, Abraham…behold thine eyes see it; it is given unto thee to know.” (Abraham 3:6)

-“Abraham…as Isaac also and Jacob did none other things than that which they were commanded; and because they did none other things than that which they were commanded, they have entered into their exaltation, according to the promises, and sit upon thrones, and are not angels but are gods.” (D&C 132:37). See also D&C 132:49.

-“Go ye, therefore, and do the works of Abraham; enter ye into my law and ye shall be saved.” (D&C 132:32)

 

Prophets Teach Jesus Christ’s Atoning Sacrifice

 

 

-Jesus the Christ by Talmage says Christ on cross at 9am, then at noon the clouds darken, from 12-3 he is suffering all that happened in Gethsemane but “intensified”. Fetal position is the way we are in our most pain; the cross pain was intensified more than Gethsemane perhaps because he could not be in the fetal position.

-Isaiah says Christ’s face became marred more than any other man.

-Isaiah says they plucked off Christ’s hair.

-the word Gethsemane: shemen is oil, geth is press, it means olive/oil press.

-Matthew 26:38 severe depression; Jesus feels such pain that he feels he is going to die.

-imagine an olive getting crushed by a large rock, this is like what the Atonement was.

-sins don’t bring pleasure, they bring weight consequences, hence the Atonement of Christ had a crushing weight on him.

-D&C 19 says if we repent we won’t suffer; God is saying that he suffered to a greater degree for our sins then we have ever known. Jesus went through hell for us, suffering the pains of a damned soul.

-D&C 76:107 Jesus experiences the fullness of God’s wrath in the Atonement.

-Elder Maxwell said that Jesus is more intelligent than the combined intelligence of the rest of the human race. Where much is given much is required. Abraham speaks of the pre-mortal intelligences, Jesus was the greatest of them all.

–“Thus, such was the torturing pressure of this intense, this indescribable agony, that it burst forth abroad beyond the confines of His body, convulsed all nature and spread throughout all space” (John Taylor, Mediation and Atonement, 151–52; Quoted in the Doctrines of the Gospel student manual Ch 9 on the Atonement at https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrines-of-the-gospel-student-manual/chapter-9-the-atonement-of-jesus-christ?lang=eng); Thus we see that the Atonement hurt him so bad it was more than just bodily pain, he experienced all sorts of pain which only a God can to the extent he did.

-Elder Faust said that Jesus was crying in Gethsemane, his tears mingling with his blood.

-Elder Maxell speaks of the angel strengthening Christ in the Atonement being Adam, I believe another source says otherwise, Seth or Abel perhaps.

-Brigham Young taught that when Jesus walked into Gethsemane God cast a veil over Gethsemane, hence Jesus in there would say as we see in Matthew 26 that he thinks he is going to die there. Also Jesus would not have bled if God was with him.

-Jacob says Abraham and Isaac are a similitude of God and Christ in the Atonement, it would perhaps be harder to be the father slaying his son, than the son submitting to the will of the father in all things. Hence Jesus says, “Glory be to the Father”.

-when you study about the Atonement, you get the desire to be nice to everyone and be good. Try it.

-when you understand Christ’s sacrifice more, you’ll have more internal change; like Alma the younger feeling the pains of a damned soul, then having Jesus deliver him, recognizing then and forever the role of Jesus Christ in the Atonement for us.

-when you think of Jesus’ Atonement, you want to not be as flippant about the attitude “I can sin now and repent later”, you want to be more careful about your actions, more thoughtful about what you do.

-when you feel uplifted by Christ, those are the times to make your life decisions, don’t make deceptions in depression times.

-Jesus is the only one who has walked out life path, so trust him have faith in him.

-Jesus was a pre-mortal God without a body, just like the Holy Ghost is currently a God, must be pre-mortal, without a body. Then Jesus condescends, he comes to earth, he is a baby dependent on his mother entirely.

-the angel came to the Christ in the atonement and said perhaps you don’t have to do this but if you don’t all things you created those worlds, animals, humans, plants, etc., go back to inexistence, back to dust. You don’t have to do this; the Father knew you would do it that’s why He sent you. The only way to complete the Father’s will is by doing this.

-Christ wept after healing Lazarus from death perhaps in realizing how much God the Father would do for him, what being “The Son” is all about.

-why does salvation come only through the Son, not the Father? Only the name of Jesus Christ? It’s because Jesus Christ created us.

-the atonement is infinite; in Alma 34:11-12 it says that when one is killed, the life of the murderer is required. AKA, every guilty person must pay. Thus the atonement of Christ had to not just be representative, he had to literally take upon himself the punishment for each and every crime committed. Every debt had to be paid. Every crime had to be punished. Christ stood in the place for all of the murderers not all at once, but one by one. Each beating was mandated for justice to be realized. God is just. “He that ruleth over men must be just” cried the psalmist.

-LDS Guide to the scriptures “ATONE, ATONEMENT”:
See also Blood; Children of Christ; Cross; Crucifixion; Fall of Adam and Eve; Forgive; Gethsemane; Grace; Immortal, Immortality; Jesus Christ; Justification, Justify; Merciful, Mercy; Plan of Redemption; Redeem, Redeemed, Redemption; Remission of Sins; Repent, Repentance; Resurrection; Sacrament; Sacrifice; Salvation; Sanctification; Sons and Daughters of God

To reconcile man to God.
As used in the scriptures, to atone is to suffer the penalty for an act of sin, thereby removing the effects of sin from the repentant sinner and allowing him to be reconciled to God. Jesus Christ was the only one capable of making a perfect atonement for all mankind. He was able to do so because of his selection and foreordination in the Grand Council before the world was formed (Ether 3:14; Moses 4:1–2; Abr. 3:27), his divine Sonship, and his sinless life. His atonement included his suffering for the sins of mankind in the Garden of Gethsemane, the shedding of his blood, and his death and subsequent resurrection from the grave (Isa. 53:3–12; Mosiah 3:5–11; Alma 7:10–13). Because of the Atonement, all people will rise from the dead with immortal bodies (1 Cor. 15:22). The Atonement also provides the way for us to be forgiven of our sins and live forever with God. But a person who has reached the age of accountability and received the law can receive these blessings only if he has faith in Jesus Christ, repents of his sins, receives the ordinances of salvation, and obeys the commandments of God. Those who do not reach the age of accountability and those without the law are redeemed through the Atonement (Mosiah 15:24–25; Moro. 8:22). The scriptures clearly teach that if Christ had not atoned for our sins, no law, ordinance, or sacrifice would satisfy the demands of justice, and man could never regain God’s presence (2 Ne. 2; 9).
This is my blood, shed for many for the remission of sins: Matt. 26:28;
His sweat was as it were great drops of blood: Luke 22:39–44;
I will give my flesh for the life of the world: John 6:51;
I am the resurrection, and the life: John 11:25;
Christ is the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey: Heb. 5:9;
We are sanctified by the shedding of the blood of Christ: Heb. 9;Heb. 10:1–10;
Christ also hath once suffered for sins:1 Pet. 3:18;
The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin:1 Jn. 1:7;
He was lifted up upon the cross and slain for sins:1 Ne. 11:32–33;
Redemption comes to those who have a broken heart and contrite spirit:2 Ne. 2:3–10, 25–27;
He offered himself a sacrifice for sin:2 Ne. 2:7;
The Atonement ransoms men from the Fall and saves them from death and hell:2 Ne. 9:5–24;
It must needs be an infinite atonement:2 Ne. 9:7;
Be reconciled unto God through the Atonement of Christ: Jacob 4:11;
His blood atones for the sins of those who have ignorantly sinned: Mosiah 3:11–18;
Man received salvation through the Atonement: Mosiah 4:6–8;
Were it not for the Atonement, they must unavoidably perish: Mosiah 13:27–32;
He shall atone for the sins of the world: Alma 34:8–16;
God himself atoneth for the sins of the world, to bring about the plan of mercy: Alma 42:11–30;
I am the God of the whole earth, slain for the sins of the world:3 Ne. 11:14;
I, God, have suffered these things for all: D&C 19:16;
Little children are redeemed through mine Only Begotten: D&C 29:46–47;
Behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin: D&C 45:3–5;
This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten: Moses 5:7;
Through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved: A of F 1:3;”
(See Guide to The Scriptures: Atone, Atonement https://www.lds.org/scriptures/gs/atone-atonement?lang=eng

 

Oneness of God, Fall of Adam, & Atonement of Christ

(Some of these things are from Robert Millet’s book/lectures Doctrines of the Book of Mormon, they are all based on scripture and modern prophets. More about Millet: he is professor of ancient scripture and emeritus Dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. Millet is a Latter-day Saint author and speaker with more than 60 published works on virtually all aspects of Mormonism. Millet co-founded the evangelical-Mormon dialogue.)

-Christ inherited the power of his father; this we can inherit if we are faithful in Christ

-Christ speaks in the first person as though he were the father at times, we call it divine investiture. For example on section of the D&C has Christ speaking where he says by the power of his only begotten son he redeemed the world. He is speaking a message from his father.

-consider that we get a new tongue, the tongue of angels when we live the gospel. Recall that angels speak the words of Christ.

-at one General Conference Elder Bruce R McConkie said that he felt impressed that if Christ were at their meeting he would have said the very same words that the prophet had spoken at that conference.

-in the book of Moses when Moses speaks with God, prophets have clarified that he is speaking with Jesus Christ, and that occasion Christ is speaking with divine investiture, speaking in the first person as the Father, having authority of the Father to speak in his name.

-why divine investiture used at times? To show the total oneness of the Father and the Son. They are separate people, but they work together as one God. They are on the same mission. Christ inherited from the Father all the powers and attributes of the Father, and can go and represent Him at times.

-Christ created us hence he is called the Father. Christ is the Son of the most high God; hence he is called the Son of God. Hence, we see as in Mosiah 15, Christ is both the Father and the Son. He has these two titles. But he is a separate person from God the Father Elohim.

-Jesus Christ is Jehovah, the God of the Old testament, and Elohim is his father, who appears to introduce him at times.

-since the Fall of Adam rarely does God the Father Elohim come to speak directly with mankind. When he does it’s only to introduce his son Jesus Christ and to tell people to hear him.

-James E Talmage in his book Jesus The Christ speaks of many prophets having Elohim and Jehovah appear to them, like happened with Joseph Smith and his first vision in the sacred grove, two persons descend and speak with him, the Father points to the other and says “this is my beloved Son, hear him!”

-The wonder of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that we can become one with God the Father and Jesus Christ just like they are one with each other.

-the old testament had this doctrine of the Godhead, these three persons who work together as God. In the Book of Mormon the prophet Zenos and Zenoch testified that they are to worship the Father in the name of the Son. We have record of this in the Book of Mormon, though we don’t have those texts in our current Old Testament. In the Book of Mormon it says the record with those prophets’ writings, the brass plates which have a more complete Old Testament record in them, will go to all people. Hence we reason that they are yet to come forth to show the Jews and everyone else that Jesus Christ is Jehovah, and is the Son of Elohim, and these work together as being the God of creation.

– It will become even more clear to people the roles of the members of the Godhead in our salvation, and how indeed, God Himself, even Jehovah came down from his exalted throne, and walked among us. Hence Jesus said to the Pharisees, “before Abraham was, I am”.

-the Atonement of Christ, his great sacrifice in the Garden of Gethsemane and on Calvary, John Taylor said that it was so painful that it filled the Universe. We can’t comprehend how he was able to do it. He is God. No man could have done it.

-Elder Neil A. Maxwell calls the Atonement of Jesus Christ “intergalactic”.

-Book of Mormon points out that Jesus Christ is not a man, he is a God. It prophecies that despite all he will do among men, they will still consider him a man, and reject him. That is the point- they think he is a man not God.

-when the Book of Mormon says salvation is free, it’s to say that salvation is available. Like when we say, “The bathroom is free.” It’s to say, “the bathroom is available”. You still have to pay the utilities bill to use your bathroom, but it is available should you choose to desire it.

-we must be born again into the kingdom of God

The Fall:

-no one likes to take medication who doesn’t understand that they are sick. The Fall of Adam causes us to need the Atonement of Christ. Without the Fall of Adam there would be no need for the Atonement of Christ.

-the Fall was a positive thing, one prophet called it downward but foreword.

-the garden of Eden was like Disneyland, and Adam and Eve had a mission to do of raising children which they couldn’t accomplish in there. They had to choose for themselves to subject themselves to the difficulties of the circumstances in which they could have children in the telesital world. It was up to them, God didn’t force it on them. God put them in a pleasant state, and they had to make the choice on their own account to

-one prophet, Joseph Fielding Smith if I’m not mistaken, has suggested we read of the Garden of Eden this way, of the trees of the garden thou mayest freely (without consequence) eat. But of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not (freely, without consequence) eat.

-hence it was not such a situation of conflicting commandments from God, it was a situation where God had a mission for mankind, and said in essence said to them, you can do this if you want. It’s going to be hard so I’m going to let you choose for yourselves if you are going to do it. If you choose to do it, you must leave the Garden of Eden and eventually experience death, that is part of the plan.

-the fall was not sexual relations between Adam and Eve, prophets have made that clear.

-people are not accountable until they reach the age of accountability, 8 years old.

-in the Book of Mormon it speaks of how our natures are fallen because of the Fall of Adam- that our natures have become evil continually, see Ether.

-Book of Mormon says that children are saved in Christ. Can a child do bad? Well some children at age 7 have murdered their brother, etc. But while this would be considered sin to other people, to the child of age 7 it is not considered sin, for Christ atones for it. He covers all of the children, and doesn’t hold them accountable.

-while we don’t believe in original sin (having sins at birth), we believe the seeds of such are in us, and that when we grow up we will sin. Everyone sins except for Jesus Christ the God.

-Jesus Christ covers children until the age of accountability, at that point they are capable to choose for themselves whether they will be good or evil.

-D&C says that if parents don’t teach children the gospel of Jesus Christ by age 8, the sin is upon the heads of the parents.

-often in the Book of Mormon it says that we are “lost” because of the Fall of Adam. Lost implies that we don’t know where we are, that we have no family. Then we come to Christ and we are adopted back into the royal family, we take upon us the name of Christ. That is the name of this family. It’s like when the prodigal son returns, a ring is put on his finger showing that he is part of the family, a son of the father, an heir of all the father has.

-there is “the fall of mankind”, Jesus Christ has taken care of that with the Atonement, and then there is “the fall of me”, and I need to take care of that by repentance and baptism and righteous living, the things that Jesus Christ has instructed that we must to merit his mercy.

-Thus we see that we sinful because of our parents, but we are responsible for our own sin, see Article of Faith 2.

 

Grace

 

-there is an exit as well as an entrance to hell and once the people have learned what they need there they will leave and there will be rejoicing welcoming him into a better state. –James E. Talmage, CR, April 1930, 97
(granted serious consequences exist for ignoring God in this life, like dropping down a kingdom. You won’t remain in hell, but you’ll miss out on the highest heaven. You can’t post pone repentance and qualify for the greatest eternal rewards. For more on that see the discourse “The 7 Deadly Heresies” by Elder Bruce R McConkie. We rejoice in the knowledge that hell is a temporary abode, like a prison sentence, this is a glorious truth of the latter-days! We also caution take the sons of perdition will remain forever in hell, however few of them there are; we also caution that qualifying for a middle kingdom instead of the highest, though it will be better than the lowest, knowing what you could have had but do not have will be a hell in and of itself. Lastly and foremost, rejoice at the grace of Christ, the great helper and giver of gifts! The righteous judge!)

-Those assigned to the Telestial Kingdom can’t progress to the Celestial Kingdom (D&C 76:112)(McConkie “7 Deadly Heresies”)

-sin appears easy, Lucifer is handsome persuasive, easy friendly, getting us trapped inch by inch, drop by drop. April 1967 p66 CR President Kimball

-A man is his own condemner and tormenter, hence the saying they will go into a lake of fire and brimstone. Disappointment of the mind is as exquisite as a lake burning with fire. TPJS, 357

–” Only the obedient are `raised in immortality unto eternal life.‘” (Mormon Doctrine, p. 234.)

-Mercy is not getting in trouble for something we deserve, grace is getting help with something we can’t do. -Robert L Millet

-there is an exit as well as an entrance to hell and once the people have learned what they need there they will leave and there will be rejoicing welcoming him into a better state. –James E. Talmage, CR, April 1930, 97

-Repenting doesn’t deliver us from all suffering; sin brings pain. That is that. But if we repent, we won’t have to suffer the full extent of the consequence of that sin (“Sin and Suffering,“ BYU 1989-1990 Devotional and Fireside Speeches, 149.) .

 

 

Why We Need a Savior: God’s Plan vs. Lucifer’s Tyranny by Elder D. Todd Christofferson (“A Message at Christmas” 2017 BYU Devotional)

 

 

 

 

Excerpts from BYU Devotional on Dec. 12, 2017 titled “A Message at Christmas”

 

Audio video format of the devotional excerpt pertaining to the need for a Savior: https://youtu.be/D1mrFhBCYE4

–For the official summary of the lecture by BYU (supposedly going to be updated in the near future to the full text of the speech), and the full audio and video recordings, use this URL: https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/d-todd-christofferson_a-message-at-christmas/

 

This is a brilliant lecture including points such as God being the representative of justice, Lucifer’s desire to be a law unto himself (and what that means), mercy defined as justice fulfilled by a third party, the absolute requirement of repentance for salvation.

There has not been a full text released on this yet, here are my notes:
-Why can’t God just save us, he loves us can’t he do anything he wants? Why do we need a Savior? This is an ancient philosophy, Nehor taught that in the end all will be saved, don’t worry about it, God loves everyone so much that everyone will be saved.
However, God is God because he is just.
-If there were no laws with punishments and rewards, our choices would be useless.
We need to know that if we do 1 thing, we get 1 outcome, if another, another.
-Well what of the good person? Obstacle death, and even the best don’t meet all just expectations, and no unclean thing can dwell with God.
-Lucifer didn’t just want slight alteration to the plan, he didn’t want to be the Savior, he wanted to delete the Savior roll from the plan; he wanted to be a law unto himself rather than helping justice and mercy occur. He would change the rules at his will, and nothing would be predictable, things would be changing based on his whims, our choices would become vain without repercussions. He wanted the power and glory without putting in the work.

 

 

-From the BYU summary (not the full text), here is the part about the need of a Savior:
“Then Elder Christofferson shared an experience he had when a long-time member of the church asked him why she needed a Savior if she was a good person. Elder Christofferson admitted he was shocked at her lack of understanding, but he explained that we all need resurrection and redemption. He acknowledged that, asked another way, the woman could have been asking something like, “If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why can’t He just save us all Himself. Why did God need a Savior for us?” Elder Christofferson identified this way of thinking as similar to Nehor the antichrist’s teachings, and the proposition of the devil in the premortal life. If everyone was saved regardless of actions, then there would be no personal growth and no choices. “[The Father’s plan] requires accountability for choices made—otherwise they aren’t really choices. Choice, in turn, requires law, or predictable outcomes,” Elder Christofferson said. “We must be able by a particular action or choice to cause a particular outcome or result and by the opposite choice create the opposite outcome. If actions don’t have fixed consequences, then one has no control over outcomes and choice is meaningless.” Elder Christofferson taught that eternal laws are what make choices and consequences possible. God is a just God and governs according to law. We, His children, are not capable of keeping all the laws and enduring the consequences for incorrect choices. So God created mercy and a Savior, Jesus Christ, to fulfill the requirement of law and to extend mercy to all of us. “So the answer to our question is no, God cannot act any way He pleases to save a person. He must do it in a way that upholds immutable law, and thanks be to God, he has done so by providing a Savior,” Elder Christofferson said.”

 

Notes on His Grace is Sufficient, Lecture by Brad Wilcox

 

full text at http://speeches.byu.edu/?act=viewitem&id=1966

-the purpose of a child practicing the piano is for the child to change in his ability level

-we are not earning heaven, we are learning heaven. Practicing for it.

-Have I been saved by grace? Absolutely completely and thankfully – yes!

-Have you been changed by grace? Sometimes we can be so excited about grace that we don’t think enough about what comes next.

-Sometimes we are so happy that the debt is paid that we don’t consider why there was a debt in the first place.

-LDS know not only what Jesus has saved us from, but what he has saved us for.

-quoting Brett Sanders, “A life impacted by grace eventually begins to look like Christ’s life.” See also Moroni 7:48.

-LDS view Christ’s suffering for us not only a huge favor, but a huge investment.

-The miracle of the Atonement is not just that we can live after we die but that we can live more abundantly (John 10:10).

-The miracle of the Atonement is not just for us to be cleansed, but for us to be transformed (Romans 8).

-Scriptures make it clear that no unclean thing can live with God, but no unchanged thing will even want to.

-Like the boy who hated being at EFY and said, “Get me out of here!”, similarly heaven will not be heaven for those who have not chosen to be heavenly.

-The Judgement bar of Christ won’t be a “Aw, Brad, you missed it by 2 points!” type of situation. Rather we will probably be saying, “Get me out of here!” Knowing Christ’s character he will probably beg us to stay. Beg us to use his Atonement to transform ourselves so that we not only be cleansed, but be changed so that we will want to live in His presence.

-The miracle of the Atonement is so we can not only go home to heaven, but feel at home in heaven.

-Those who don’t want to change are not trying to abandon sin and become comfortable with God, rather they are trying to abandon God and become comfortable with sin.

-Without covenants with Jesus Christ, and the blessing of receiving the Holy Ghost, there would be no way to change. We would be, without these things, left only to our willpower, rather than having access to His power.

-If Jesus didn’t require practice, then we would never become pianists.

-What if you are no good at piano and you hit a lot of wrong notes and it will take you forever to get it right? That is the purpose of practice. We are not expected to be flawless, we are merely expected to keep trying.

-Too many are giving up on the church because they are tired of constantly feeling like they are falling shorty. They don’t understand grace.

-Young women who grow up in the church and have memorized values, then they slip up. They let things go too far, and suddenly they think it is all over. These young women don’t understand grace.

-The young man who grows up wanting to go on a mission, an eagle scout full of morals, then he slips up. “I’ll never do it again,” and then they do it. They say, “This is stupid. I will never do it again.” And then they do it. The guilt is almost unbearable. They don’t dare talk to a bishop. Instead, they hide. They say, “I can’t do this Mormon thing. I’ve tried, and the expectations are just way too high.” So they quit. These young men don’t understand grace.

-“I know returned missionaries who come home and slip back into bad habits they thought were over. They break promises made before God, angels, and witnesses, and they are convinced there is no hope for them now. They say, “Well, I’ve blown it. There is no use in even trying anymore.” Seriously? These young people have spent entire missions teaching people about Jesus Christ and His Atonement, and now they think there is no hope for them? These returned missionaries don’t understand grace.”

-In marriages, “pressures of life mount, and stress starts taking its toll financially, spiritually, and even sexually. Mistakes are made. Walls go up. And pretty soon these husbands and wives are talking with divorce lawyers rather than talking with each other. These couples don’t understand grace.”

-“In all of these cases there should never be just two options: perfection or giving up. When learning the piano, are the only options performing at Carnegie Hall or quitting? No. Growth and development take time. Learning takes time.“

-Christ is not waiting at the finish line once we have done “all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23). He is with us every step of the way.

-We may receive his grace before, during and after the time when we expend our own efforts” (The Broken Heart [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1989], 155). So grace is not a booster engine that kicks in once our fuel supply is exhausted. Rather, it is our constant energy source. It is not the light at the end of the tunnel but the light that moves us through the tunnel.

-It is not a finishing touch; it is the Finisher’s touch (see Hebrews 12:2).

-the Saints sing “Grace shall be as your day” that means “as dark as our trials, sins, and mistakes may appear, we can always have confidence in the grace of Jesus Christ. Do we earn a sunrise? No. Do we have to be worthy of a chance to begin again? No. We just have to accept these blessings and take advantage of them.”

-Faithful pioneers knew “The task ahead of them was never as great as the power behind them.”

–sufficient to cover our debt, sufficient to transform us, and sufficient to help us as long as that transformation process takes.

-we do not discover—as some Christians believe—that Christ requires nothing of us. Rather, we discover the reason He requires so much and the strength to do all He asks (see Philippians 4:13). Grace is not the absence of God’s high expectations. Grace is the presence of God’s power (see Luke 1:37).

-Elder Maxwell said “to those buffeted by false insecurity, who, though laboring devotedly in the Kingdom, have recurring feelings of falling forever short. . . .

. . . This feeling of inadequacy is . . . normal. There is no way the Church can honestly describe where we must yet go and what we must yet do without creating a sense of immense distance. . . .

. . . This is a gospel of grand expectations, but God’s grace is sufficient for each of us.” [CR, October 1976, 14, 16; “Notwithstanding My Weakness,” Ensign, November 1976, 12, 14]

Don’t look for escapes and excuses. Look for the Lord and His perfect strength. Don’t search for someone to blame. Search for someone to help you. Seek Christ, and, as you do, I promise you will feel the enabling power we call His amazing grace

-I your parents and leaders are pulling for you, and Jesus is pulling with you.

 

The Atonement of Jesus Christ: Can We Really Understand? Link to video by Donald W Parry

 

2009 BYU Education Week

 

To view this BYU Education week lecture, click here, or use this URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcSfuDGl7pk&t=19s

 

Some topics of this lecture include analysis of the laying on of hands in old testament sacrifice, the symbol of the cup, the symbol of the blood of old testament animal sacrifice, the symbol of the lamb, and more.

This is one of the best descriptions of the Atonement of Jesus Christ I’ve ever heard. If any Christian is not in love with the Old Testament, they will be by the time they finish watching this lecture.
Donald Parry is a professor of Biblical Hebrew at BYU. He formerly taught in the ancient scripture department before demand became too high in the Hebrew department, where he now teaches full time. He is the author of some 30 books, and has worked with the Brethren to share his academic understanding of Isaiah, book of Revelation, and other core gospel subjects.

 

Christ Symbols in Animal Sacrifice of the Law of Moses

As a recent convert to the whole foods plant-based diet (WFPB) (no animal products, & stay away from processed foods), I understand that many, including myself, are hurt when animals are killed. I want to offer some explanations for why this took place in The Law of Moses. If you’re interested in more info on the WFPB diet, particularly a perspective of church leaders and other great scientists who all discourage the use of meat etc., see my notes on “Discovering the Word of Wisdom” by Jane Birch in my book on health.

-There is no animal which God will not raise from the dead! God will raise all animals from the dead! If he wants to take the life of an animal, a lesser intelligence, to illustrate a critical teaching to the higher intelligences which they could not get any other way, the understanding of Jesus Christ, then it is his power to do so. He created all creatures. Death is come upon all of them. Life, also, is come upon all of them. In the resurrection, even they shall rise. An animal is going to die weather by getting eaten, or starvation, or the pains of old age. If God wants to slay it on an altar, it’s just as well. God not only created the animals, but he created you also. So don’t complain about how he chooses to do things. We are little children trying to understand the workings of a parent. Eventually all doubt as to why God chose to do things this way will be removed from us, and all the facts will be before us, and we will wonder why we were ever so skeptical of our loving Father in Heaven.
(references showing animals to be resurrected, see Prophecy key to the future by Crowther, and the Book of Mormon states it plainly)

-Another idea is that learning about God’s sacrifice for mankind via the animal sacrifice symbols was hard to lose those animals, but it’s even worse to lose a human soul, which would occur if people forgot about God’s role in their salvation. It’s so critical that people understand, that we are doing something dramatic, killing an animal, to try and get them to understand. There are higher and lower life forms. The highest life forms are human beings. It is worse to lose the soul of a person than the life of an animal.

-An idea Dr. Jordan Peterson gives is that killing an animal was showing that you were serious about keeping your commitment. Sacrifice always accompanies devotion/dedication. Today we have few to no symbols for showing serious commitment.

-The following is an excerpt from a brilliant address on this subject, the why of ancient biblical animal sacrifice, from Elder Holland in an address titled “Behold the Lamb of God” (2019, April General Conference). The full text is available in text video and audio: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2019/04/28holland?lang=eng

“Looking up from water’s edge, past the eager crowds seeking baptism at his hand, John, called the Baptist, saw in the distance his cousin, Jesus of Nazareth, striding resolutely toward him to make a request for that same ordinance. Reverently, but audible enough for those nearby to hear, John uttered the admiration that still moves us two millennia later: “Behold the Lamb of God.”1

It is instructive that this long-prophesied forerunner to Jesus did not call Him “Jehovah” or “Savior” or “Redeemer” or even “the Son of God”—all of which were applicable titles. No, John chose the earliest and perhaps most commonly recognized image in the religious tradition of his people. He used the figure of a sacrificial lamb offered in atonement for the sins and sorrows of a fallen world and all the fallen people in it.

Please indulge me in recalling just a little of that history.

After expulsion from the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve faced a devastating future. Having opened the door to mortality and temporal life for us, they had closed the door to immortality and eternal life for themselves. Due to a transgression they had consciously chosen to make in our behalf, they now faced physical death and spiritual banishment, separation from the presence of God forever.2 What were they to do? Would there be a way out of this plight? We are not certain just how much these two were allowed to remember of the instruction they received while still in the garden, but they did remember they were to regularly offer for a sacrifice unto God a pure, unblemished lamb, the first male born of their flock.3

Later an angel came to explain that this sacrifice was a type, a prefiguration of the offering that would be made in their behalf by the Savior of the world who was to come. “This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father,” the angel said. “Wherefore, … thou shalt repent and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore.”4 Fortunately, there was going to be a way out and a way up.

In the premortal councils of heaven, God had promised Adam and Eve (and all the rest of us) that help would come from His pure, unblemished Firstborn Son, the Lamb of God “slain from the foundation of the world,”5 as the Apostle John would later describe Him. By offering their own little symbolic lambs in mortality, Adam and his posterity were expressing their understanding of and their dependence upon the atoning sacrifice of Jesus the Anointed One.6 Later, the wilderness tabernacle would become the setting for this ordinance and, after that, the temple that Solomon would build.

Unfortunately, as a symbol of genuine repentance and faithful living, this ritualistic offering of unblemished little lambs didn’t work very well, as so much of the Old Testament reveals. The moral resolve that should have accompanied those sacrifices sometimes didn’t last long enough for the blood to dry upon the stones. In any case, it didn’t last long enough to preclude fratricide, with Cain killing his brother Abel in the first generation.7

With such trials and troubles going on for centuries, no wonder the angels of heaven sang for joy when, finally, Jesus was born—the long-promised Messiah Himself. Following His brief mortal ministry, this purest of all Passover sheep prepared His disciples for His death by introducing the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, a more personal form of the ordinance that had been introduced just outside of Eden. There would still be an offering, it would still involve a sacrifice, but it would be with symbolism much deeper, much more introspective and personal than the bloodletting of a firstborn lamb. To the Nephites, after His Resurrection, the Savior said of this:

“Ye shall offer up unto me no more the shedding of blood. …

“… Ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost. …

“… Therefore repent, … and be saved.”8

My beloved brothers and sisters, with the exciting new emphasis on increased gospel learning in the home, it is crucial for us to remember that we are still commanded to “go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day.”9 In addition to making time for more home-centered gospel instruction, our modified Sunday service is also to reduce the complexity of the meeting schedule in a way that properly emphasizes the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as the sacred, acknowledged focal point of our weekly worship experience. We are to remember in as personal a way as possible that Christ died from a heart broken by shouldering entirely alone the sins and sorrows of the whole human family.

Inasmuch as we contributed to that fatal burden, such a moment demands our respect.”

 

(end of quote)

 

 

Notes on An Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story of Glenn Beck

 

 

-I have been stocked by God my whole life

-God has been relentless with me

-God had a baptismal rifle, “Hold it, hold it, almost….!”

-Growing up my life got more screwed up as I grew older when I tried to come back to God I didn’t understand him.

-at 13 my mother commit suicide

-by 20 I was very rich, and most my money went up my nose spent on stuff.

-Provo Utah made step ford look sane

-people in Provo were happy; far too happy…

-when the radio manager saw me smoking he said “i assumed you were Mormon” I said “I assumed you were normal!”

-I couldn’t wait to get away from Utah, away from the happy people, I needed to be with people who were miserable, some place out in the east!

-people heard I’m from Provo, I corrected them, telling them I temporarily lived there.

-Everywhere I went there were more Mormons. They were great people but frustrated me. I saw them do family home evening and thought hey kid stop talking to your dad that’s not right! What is this playing games together as a family?!

-It was cool to bash Mormons, so to my shame I bashed this man who was Mormon who was nice to me.

-I thought we’ve got to tie the tubes of the Mormons because they’re breeding like rabbits!

-I was sure the Mormons were doing something to take over the world.

-the richer and more famous I got the more miserable I got. I drank and did drugs.

-I thought if I can get to the next job then I’ll be happy, once I can buy that next thing, etc.

-I had to work with a Mormon he was weird, had a hand made shirt on, bringing his luggage in a handcart. We became best friends, Pat and I, before we left the airport, and could finish each other’s sentences.

-I got more and more wealthy, and more and more miserable. Pat my friend didn’t but said you know you don’t have to be miserable! Oh so not drinking coffee will make me not be miserable? Ya right! But he was there at my very bottom when the Dr. gave me 6 months to live.

-I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, I didn’t smell like urine like them.

-Every morning I would look at myself in the mirror and say you’re not an alcoholic you’re not weak you’re not going to drink today, then every single day I would find a reason to drink.

-I would look at myself and say ‘my gosh 24 hours ago you said you wouldn’t’ then the next day I did it again, and I started to believe I’m the worst person on the planet, pathetic and worthless.

-I’m ashamed of much things. I fired a man for bringing me the wrong pen. I don’t even remember his name. He is one in a long line of many that I was less than good to, and all the while my best friend Pat would stand by quietly and say, ‘you know it doesn’t have to be this way Glen.’

-Pat’s family could endure anything. I couldn’t endure anything. No matter the trial, his family would overcome it. I didn’t want him to be right for I didn’t want to be a Mormon. Coo-coo! There are crazy things the Mormons believe, like we can be happy for all eternity! Crazy! Don’t swear? Serve one another? Don’t drink coffee? No!

-I wanted to go to church for 45 minutes, do the deal and go on.

-I used to tell my kids stores before they went to bed. Once they asked me in the morning to tell them the story I told them the night before. I was so drunk that my brain shut down and my body continued going. That is a black out. It’s not just passing out and forgetting what you did, a black out is when your brain shuts down, and your body keeps going. It’s the scariest thing you can ever imagine, not like you see on T.V. When you experience black outs, it will FREAK YOU OUT. For most it doesn’t stop them from drinking.

-When I didn’t remember putting my children to bed and telling them a story, I cried and realized you are so pathetic you are missing your children’s’ lives, what is wrong with you!? I lied to my children and said I remember the story, you tell me what you remember. That’s the day I decided to stop. I went to a church and said hello I’m an alcoholic, I just don’t want to drink today. They helped me. Simple steps, realizing there is a higher power, telling someone about your problems, then start serving people. That’s basically the 12 step program, but it wasn’t enough for me. I couldn’t hold being sober.

-I read everything including Plato (which I thought was dough you play with as a kid). I read how we are having the same questions we had 5000 years ago, and no knowledge of how to live and be happy, and get along one with another.

-I went to the extremes, John Paul and Nostradamus, the library of a serial killer, and that of a Saint, reading both sides of the story to be well informed. I would find what someone thought, then find a book in direct opposition of that.

-I spend more time in the parking lot than I did in class at school.

-I studied Christology. The making of Christ.

-anything that the masses disagreed with, THEY SHUT YOU DOWN. That’s why they hid things in the Dead Sea Scrolls, it was to hide the truth.

-I got rid of the TV, and had a book in every room of the house, and when I was in that room I would read the book there.

-Mormons said I could come to their church, I told them no thank you freak.

-I met a girl who said I made her laugh with my show. I thought ‘chicks dig me!’ She came to a contest I held with a reverse lottery, I pull your number and you lose (we live in the north east, we’re all miserable). She lost and thanked me for losing. She was kind. I pointed her out to the people, her name is Tanya, I made fun of her.

-I believe I am one of God’s most impertinent children, for often I get in the mood of ‘oh yeah?!’ with him.

-I prayed to God on my knees saying I can’t go on sober, and live with the mistakes I’ve make. I felt as though God had abandoned me in the middle of my mid-life crisis.

-I told God if he did not show me a sign my Thursday I would be back to drinking. ‘Thursday make sure you’re on eastern time!’ I reminded God, ‘2 more days!’ I was angry with him on Thursday ‘I told you I’m not messing around big man!’ as I drove to the bar. I picked up the alcohol to drink, then before I did I turned and say Tanya. That was my sign. She was looking right at me. I don’t believe in coincidence. I knew that was my road block, and that she was sent for such. I asked her to go for coffee with me, and we have been together ever since.

-The time I knew I had to marry Tanya was when I, a black hole taking goodness from others, saw Tanya, she was a crutch to me. I told her I am stealing light from you. She said, ‘you cannot steal that which is being given.’ Wow! Didn’t take me long before I said, ‘hypothetically if someone like me were going to ask someone like you to marry them what would you say?’ she said ‘no’.

-Tanya said ‘we don’t have a faith. We will never survive without a faith’. She was Catholic and would go, I would stay at home. She would say ‘I went to Church today’ I said, ‘did they honk at you or did you honk at them as you left?’ she said yes that happened. I said, ‘well I was at home watching TV and didn’t get honked at it was great.’

-Tanya said my children have no faith. I tried to prove her wrong by asking my children what our family was about. They list they gave was 1.we are fun. (I was looking for something along the lines of Jesus!) 2. we are happy. 3. colorful (I’m pretty sure that one is a slam) 4. artsy 5. loving and kind 6. readers learners story tellers. 7. artful. 8. giving 9. honest. 10. funny . I tried hinting to them God and prayer. 11. Non-violent. Then I gave in and I told Tanya we will look for a church.

-We went to all in the phone book. Synagogues, some in a language I didn’t understand (which kind of took the edge off), one where the pastor was an atheist. Bazar! He said, ‘now you know I’m an atheist but friends if there is a God, we should serve him.’ BUT YOU DON’T THINK THERE IS A GOD! I need my pastor to actually believe in God. We called it our Church tour. Our kids hated it.

-Pat asked me about the Church tour and said I have to go to his church, I said no. He said, ‘but aren’t you honestly questioning?’ I tell my friend Pat too much.

-Thomas Jefferson changed my course, he said to his nephew he was in charge of, and told him to ask questions with boldness. He said in science know this, politics do this, literature read this, when it comes to religion, QUESTION WITH BOLDNESS. Fix reason firmly in her seat, for if there be a God, he must surely rather honest questioning rather than pretending.

-If God really exists, he would make sure all leads to him, and leave bread crumbs to find him EVERYWHERE. He would want me to turn over every stone!

-I started with Atheism: I reject you for I know you not. BUT if you exist, you want me to find you.

-My honest investigation did not include no coffee.

-Pat said, ‘how long have we been friends?’ I thought Jesus would not play a trick on me like this. I said I would go once.

-Pat said it was 9-12 for Church. I said what the heck is wrong with you! If your god can’t get it done in an hour or less like everyone else’s, then he is just not powerful enough. I said I would go for one hour to be fair.

-Pat got on the Mormon telegraph thing I haven’t found yet but I know exists ‘attn: investigator coming: will try to leave after first hour: hold at all costs!

-On the way to the Mormon church I saw many coffee shops and planned to go to them all on the way home.

-I went into the Mormon church and they did the typical think of being nice, and had a plastic smile, he said ‘we love you!’ I said give it 5 min. you’ll hate me.

-We went in for the first hour, same stuff, but here they sang more than one verse to the song, I thought now I know why it takes more than 3 hours!

-After the first hour I got my kids and hurried them to the door. There was the plastic man by the door, ‘we love you so much!’ then they surround us. And asked us to go to the next class. I said I didn’t want to go. When we got there, one asked a question, I said we will be in the car within 4 min. Tanya said don’t embarrass me!

-I raised my hand and said “where is Gandhi? he seemed like a good guy. He would probably hang out with Jesus. Peaceful. Neither wore pants. Much in common! where is he assuming he was burning in the fires of hell. he was a good guy! He was living the principals how did that happen! The teacher asked if someone would like to explain it. I was surprised a random member was allowed to explain it. They did, and it made sense. I said, ‘alright then’. And I sat back down. We told my daughters, ‘if they try to get you to drink anything, don’t do it! I know these people… ‘ My daughters asked if they could come back next week. They both said, ‘I feel so warm inside.’ I said yes we can go back there until they say something that just pisses your dad off.

-I went back home and did all kinds of investigation, because I don’t want to be a Mormon! But if you’re going to go buy a car, you go to each dealer, and ask them of their own cars, and of cars of others, then go back to the original dealer explain. You don’t go to some forth source and let them sell you down the river. Ask honest questions. Your only agenda for any question should be ‘I don’t care what the truth is, I just want the truth.’

-Within a few weeks I was reading McConkie’s ‘Mormon Doctrine’ like a novel. I asked the missionaries to explain things. I reasoned that they would have to believe certain things if they said certain things, and indeed they did.

-I had a pile of missionaries outside my door crying for mercy.

-Missionaries would ask to come in and I would cynically welcome them. The bishop started to come with them.

-The bishop would get frustrated but said I will help you find the answer. I would say ‘no one has ever asked that question?’ he would say ‘Glen, I don’t think the prophet has asked that question’ Well he should! I would say.

-As a couple and as individuals, I was not going to live I lie. I had spent my whole life living a lie. It had to be true. I had to believe it.

-We started doing callings before we were members. It was my way of proving God, for in God’s scripture it said PROVE ME. YOU DO THIS, I’LL DO THAT. I would say ‘oh really? you cease to exist if I do this and you don’t do that! You’re handcuffed to the truth! Me not so much, but you yes.’

-I started paying tithing. Eh! You want my money and you’ll do something for the Lord? Sounds like a scam to me. God said PROOVE ME. So we did. When we first started the search, I couldn’t afford a 600$ monthly payment on an apartment. I just signed a 50 million $ contract. The Lord doesn’t care about how much money I make, but how much money I give. He is looking for stewards.

-It goes both ways. You think you can handle money and success? I’ll prove YOU now Glen, what will you do with money and success when I give it to you?

-I was so tired, I just wanted peace and to be able to survive. I didn’t want to be a Mormon. But one Sunday the amazing Mr. Plastic man whose family could smile and play the piano, was teaching at Church. it was the guy who I mocked for saying he loved me. I questioned his sincerity. He stood and told the concept of Zion. That once we all connect, when all our hearts are pure and say I don’t need this money, I need this much, and I willingly help everyone else, and I willingly help the Lord in all I do. When we all do it, everything changes. We are transformed! What a glorious concept. I believed it could be true. He asked for how to do it, I had no clue. He said there is only one way, we may not like each other and the choices of each other, but we must love each other no matter what. If we love each other, the world will change. He had tears running down his cheeks. I knew he was not plastic, but the most genuine person I had ever met. He had something I had never seen before, true love for his fellow man, and he was able to pass it on to his family. At that point I said I don’t care if there is kool-aid I have to drink every day of my life, I don’t care anymore I just want to be happy.

-I called my friend Pat and asked him to baptize me. He was at my side immediately.

-We stood in the baptism water must have been about 20 min. He couldn’t get the words out because he knew how much my life was going to change. He was a steadfast friend for so long, and had worked for so long, and prayed so hard for the Lord to soften my heart.

-I had been beaten down so I had nothing left. I was crying in the baptism water, Lord I can’t do it anymore! I don’t want to be a Mormon! But I just want peace! I can’t carry my burden! Please! I’ll do anything! I will serve you, I will do what you ask me to do!

-I want to testify to you that my life changed overnight. I am not the same man. I may look and sound the same, but I am not the same man. And it happened in the blink of an eye!

-I don’t want to be a Mormon! Who chooses to have people say, ‘look at those people over there what are they stupid? In league with the devil? Not Christian?’ It happened to me this week on national TV, their mocking like this.

-The healing power of Jesus Christ transformed me! Nothing else could have changed me!

-I am an imperfect man who still struggles to go to church, to do my home teaching, to not swear, to not do the things that are so easy to do, but don’t do them because I am so grateful for the gift that I have been given. Grateful to a loving Father in Heaven who would never give up on me. Grateful for a good family and a loving friend that never preached to me, just lifted, let me see it, showed me the path when I was ready.

-I testify to you the secret I have found is no secret at all. It is tough, but worth every moment. It’s the greatest miracle of all of mankind. The windows of the universe will be opened up, and blessings will rain down on you beyond your wildest imagination if you just want it, seek it, and do it. In the name of Jesus Christ amen.

 

 

 

Notes from Isaiah BYU class by Byron Merrill

 

Goes chronologically through the 66 chapters defining hard words and ancient ideas etc.

-Ch2-5 is not past, it applies to me and my day.

No since of time. No chronology. Rollercoaster. Most beautiful promises toward the end. 36-39 is prose.

This book is not as bad translated as others because nobody that was bad could understand it and understand how to mess it up.

*study Isaiah for personal development.

Hebrew mindset is big picture need step back to see.

Why quote Isaiah? They’re Jesus’ words.

He a well poet. Melchizedik=Lord is my king. Isaiah was an aristrocrat. Elijah was something of a hermit. Others were shepherds. Joseph Smith even had shortcomings. This gives us home that God can take imperfect men like us and make things out of it!

Isaiah 770 BC born 740 BC made prophet. 692 BC stops preaching. Jonah is mostly poetry Hebraic and taught in the same time as Isa.

Jesus was more close related to pharacee’s

oral tradition=unwritten law from God. Misnah (200 AD) Gamara (500 AD) these are interpretations of it. A combo of them is the Talmud.

Begged God and Isa’s life extended 15 years.

Talmages JTC McConkie’s for M’s have JST.

Only ¼ JST in LDS scrips. Pres. Packer said the miracle of his lifetime was the LDS version of scriptures.

1/3 of Isa in BFM.

Isa. Assumes we know the doctrine, and teaches other. Need know the bible before Isa to get Isa namely the law in Dueteronomy etc.

Past present and future all one eternal “now” to Jehovah. Omniscient. Moses 1 all things are present with me. Time is an illusion given to us to understand mortality. We understand in linear fasion. God sees in 360 degrees. If can effect later, turute may effect past also. Like The atonement effected past people. Maybe once plates gien to another, God maybe said once plates lent out, hey Nephi, make another set of plates. God knows what kingdom we will end up in, we are here to discover it for ourselves. Alma “time only is measured unto man”. Revelations says eventually time will be o more. If we become slightly more angry, or slightly more plesasant as time goes, by eternity, we will become that perfected. That is said in “Mere Christianity” by CS Lewis.

Job is like a play, each their pard. Many think it’s a true story. Prose 250 words. English poetry 100 words. Heb. Poetry 50 words (Psalm 23). 90 of Isa is sophisticated Heb. Poetry. Heb not use ryme or meter, but repetition/beauty.

LORD=Jehovah. 6,800 times in NT. This is Heb. Translation.

Jewish leaders in Christs time put a fence up around the law so you cant’ get close enough to break them was the idea.

Poetry in Heb. Is ryming ideas not words.

Ch1 is a preface

find principals of the gospel in ch1.

The great arraignment- meaning, to call someone accused to answer for what they did.

Pophetic perfect: Mosiah 16:6, 2Ne314-8, Isa1:4. Jesus’ baptism and other things were very much as though they had already happened to God.

Heading ch1: great expectations. God is reaching out to them like he always does.

-masters crib: manger comes from French world meaning to feed

-1:4 Gone away backward’ is referring to an animal how they back up, it’s to say Israel goes backward in progress at times or is stubborn at times.

-1:7 your country is desolate” is prophetic perfect tence/ past tense as though it had happened already for it was so sure to happen soon.

-1:8 lodge cucumber= to say that not even a watchtower to respond to enemies has this gardener. Cucumber guard is left alone that is how the people would be.

1:13 vian oblations” is to say offerings, saying things repeatedly without feeling. Getting into the rut of doing ordinances and not seeing their significance. It is speaking to the LDS also, we His convenant people fall into this trap as well… “incense is an abomination” may represente their prayers which were vain, to stop them! They did everything in the wrong spirit. Perhaps they thought “all is well in zion, yea zion prosterpeth” tand they will lose their souls.

1:15 heart not protected in cultural Mormonism. Separate and seed spiritual Mormonism. “hands full of blood” is because it’s become culture not religion. Full is to say they have blown it in every possible way. Their hands having it on them is to say they are covered in sin! i see Isaiah is trying to teach the people the same things Jesus came to teach in his ministry, that they needed to do the right and not just performances.

1:17 do all with eye single to glory of God. “plead for widow”’s welfare is true religion. “seek judgement” is to say, learn to judge well, ada to do well. To “judge the fatherless and the widow” is to say don’t just give time in court to who is rich to pay for lawyers, rather see to it that every one sees justice.

1:18 scarlet is bright red. Crimson is deep red. To say that weather our sins be terrible, or deep, or what have you, they can be gone via the LORD.

-1:23 like Christmas time all we want now is gifts

?-124 they don’t judge widow and fatherless” is to say they bring them not justice in courts of law, not dealing with them because of their poverty.

-1:26 Cry not any more ye desolate, for the Lord shall set up amond his people judges of truth, councelors of righteousness, them called of the Lamb of God to redeem His people.

-1:30 “whose leaf fadeth” is to say, you’ll be like a tree dying, that is, you’ll die!

-1:31 the proud catch flame easily.

-2:2 mountain” go up symbolically. Spiritually flabby/ out of shape won’t make it up the mountain of the Lord’s standard for His people and not be able to commune with him.

-2:4 no peace unilt the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Violence: many apostles still carry “For the Strength of Youth” pamphlets in their pockets, to say that violence is not good for any age.

-2:5 “light” see D&C 50:23 what does not uplift spiritually or morally is dark and not of God. Skiing for example could be uplifting!

-2:9 they are humble towards idols bowing to them

-2:11 this is my earth let me tell you how things go around here.

-2:13 to say pride- ceders of Lebanon

-2:14 mountains cease and melt before the Lord, for He alone shall be exhaulted in the Millenial day.

-2:20 they’ll say “hurry throw the idols under the couch!”

-2:22 are you taking wimpy mans advice over God’s?

-3:3 even the high of status will be wanton. all the wise are carried away captive since they are hard to rule over.

-3:7 “I don’t want to be bishop!” “refuse to be healer”. Who thought had food doesn’t.

-3:9 you can tell a lot about someone by intently looking at them. Some may look into pupils of one and tell how much of the spirit they have with them. The gift of priesthood keys enables them to do that. “can’t you do anything about the light in their eyes?” said one who did not want us to proselyte in Jerusalem. Many look down to the ground there in Jerusalem.

-3:10 this is a commandment. compliment who you have compliment for or it is a sin -Kimball in Miracle of Forgivines

-3:14 Nephi uses this in his commentary expounding on it.

-4:1 perhaps is to say that they persist in doing wickedness that they will not change. that they will work hard to sustain their wickedness.

-4:6 there will be physical protection from mighty storm for Zion

-5:1 there often were vineyard servant songs. these pointed to Jesus Christ. they may be dualistic pointing to Isaiah or others who deliver Israel at times.

-5:2 Mazaritic text wild grapes means berushim, worthless stinking things.

-5:4 failed expectations of the Lord’s people

-5:5 Jehovah leaves us on our own when we don’t respond to His care, not cut us down

-5:8 land mongers. trying to enrich themselves. the larger the farm the more money they can make. in the Moseic law they were supposed to give their land to their inheritors, and if land was sold, in the year of jubilee they were suposed to give it back to the original owner of the land.

-5:10 the Lord won’t let them prosper in sin. *All prosperity comes from the Lord.

-5:11 party mongers. “all [they] want to do is party”.

-5:12 wo to who just want to party. they don’t care about the Lord, don’t read His words, etc.

-5:18 sin mongers. they should be fleeing from evil, but they are drawing it towards them, getting closer and closer to it, then they fall in perhpas not meaining to at first.

-5:21 pride mongers. shouldn’t we, if need be mongers, be righteousnes mongers?

-5:23 bribes sell judges to let evil go free

-5:27 the ppl coming to general conference quickly in jets etc as Elder Richards says in “A Marvelous work and a Wonder.” it may also mean that people will come take over us so fast they won’t even have to unlach their shoes. carry away safe could mean in a car or plane, or the other example it could mean taken away as a slave.

-6: prose

-6:2 BD calls them firy beings.

im is already plural this translation is wrong.

-6:3 3 times in Hebrew was the most you could say something and it make sence

-6:5 we will be accountable for all idol words, and all idol scilence a church leader said.

-6:9 in Matthew and Acts it’s clear, unclear translation here, this means people hear but chose not understand.

-6:11 burdensome call to preech forever

-6:13 substance means sap. it’s to say the tree is still alive. How piece this verse together?

-7: background: Assyria is the bully after everyone doing damage after Israel, Judah (the Northern kingdom) and Syria. Tribe of Judah mostly inhabits Judah. Ephriam chief tribe inhabiting there. Jerusaem is capital of Judah. Samaria capital of Israel. Damascus capital of Syria.

king of Judah is Ahaz. king of Isreal is Pekah, son of Remaliah, and King of Syria is Rezin.

Isa being poetic doesn’t use same name to call each place over and agian to not be repeated.

Asyria capital is Ninevah. the bully.

Israel and Syria are slave vasilage to Assyria. Judah doesn’t want to join these two in warring against Assyria, so they go after Judah to conquer Ahaz so they can have more power to go after Assyria.

Ahaz goes out to the well to cover it so the Syrians and Israellians don’t discover it and get them.

can make 3 column chart to show which name goes with which place.

Place Capital Tribe King Region Social System

Syria Damascus Ahaz /Rezin? Valisage to

Assyria

Israel Samaria Pekah “ “

(son of Remelia)

Judah Jerusalem Ephraim Northern Kingdom

Assyria Ninevah

(the bully)

The Syrial-Ephraim(Israel) alliance wanted to rid Ahaz of the throne and put son of Tibeal on the throne so they’ll help them go against Assyria.

Israel and Syria still exist today and have the same names.

-7:2 moving trees make groaning sounds, the heart of the people sounded thus.

-7:4 firebrand is like a tourch put out with embers on the end. they’re only embers. the light is gone. they can’t hurt you.

-7:7 they won’t get you don’t worry about it

-7:11 God wants to give him a sign

-7:12 he does not want to get the Lord involved he wants to do things his way

-7:14 since he wants to he will weather you like it or not.

-7:14 virgin means pure and chaste in one sence, or not having had carnal relations with man in the other sence.

-7:14 dualism speaking of Christ and of the children his wife would have (she being a virgin in the pure good lady sence of the word) saying things will happen by the time of the birth of that one

-7:18 Egypt is known as the land of the fly, and Assyria as the land of the flea. saying the armies of these nations will attack.

-7:20 Assyria shaved entirly whoever they captured.

-7:20 Tiglath king of Damascus Ahaz goes to meet. Assyrians had conquered the other 2 nations. Ahaz asks their mercy. he makes one of their god’s erected in the temple by the Levites. displeases God.

-7:25 their land used to be cultivated but it would just all turn to briers. desolate.

-8:4 prophecy telling what will happen by a certain time come. prophecy refers oft to Isa son and Christ. dualism.

-8:8 becuase rejected the Lord he brings other waters to you. the bad guys will come to you and surround you, and even to your neck then a miracle to deliver you. Also, Jerusalem was called the neck of the land because of it’s geographical position, and the Assyrians were about to get them, and got even to the neck, but never prevailed.

-8:15 Lord says you need not make treaty with bad guys. if you do they will crush you. if not i will defend you.

-8:16 disciples of Christ to be bound to the law of the gospel in their lives.

-8:18 family of Isa as signs to Israel

-9:1 2 tribes of Israel. see 20 years ago bible maps. the area of Galilea is where these were, where Jesus would be raised.

-9:2 dark black stone basalt. literal. and figurative, for Jesus the light would be raised there.

all roads toward holy land go through Magido. Vally of Jezreel it’s called now. all go through there. Josiah at age 39 is killed here by king of Egypt. Harmagedo. Har in Hebrew is hill. it’s like Armagedon, it’s to be the scene of so much carnage. is this galliea where armaggedon will be?

THERE WERE A PEOPLE IN THE REGION OF GALILEA THAT LIVED IN A DARK PLACE. THEIR LAND WAS MADE MOSTLY OF VOLCANIC ROCK, AND SO THE GEOGRAPHICAL LANDSCAPE OF THE LAND WAS DARK ITSELF. BUT Jesus CHRIST WAS GOING TO BE SENT TO THEM SO THEY WOULD BE DELIVERED FROM THE POVERTY OF THEIR APOSTASY, THAT DARKNESS OF NOT HAVING Jesus THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD NOR HIS TEACHINGS, FOR THEY HAD REJECTED THE PRIOR PROPHETS , AND THE TIME HAD COME AGAIN AS IT ALWAYS DOES, TO SENT ANOTHER MESSENGER TO THE CHILDREN OF GOD TO GIVE THEM MORE OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT. THIS TIME THEIR PROPHET TO THEM WOULD BE WHO WOULD SET THEM FREE FROM THE DARKNESS AND YOKE OF SIN.

-9:3 in BFM ‘not’ is removed.

-9:4 yoke staff and rod represent slavery

-9:7 these first 7 verses perfectly describe what happens in Isaiah’s day.

Judah is the child going to be born to Ahaz and save them.

also applies to 2nd Coming. advanced dualism.

-9:10 refers to 9/11 quoted by political leaders of USA to say we won’t be beaten. but really it’s Ephraim and the Lord is going to destroy them.

-9:19 halocaust

-10 this ch is a prophecy to Assyria. from here in the book prophecies to other nations come.

these are all types and shadows of the end of days destructions.

-11:4 The Lord won’t let people go to jail just because they have no money and vice versa

-11:16 millenium preparation bridge like when Moses parted the Red Sea for people to come to Zion

-13:3 these are whom the Lord calls

-13:8 face flame like Indiana Jones and Raiders of the lost Arc.

-13:12 slavery abolished

-14:8 a feller is one who cuts down trees

-14:11 he is dead

-14:13 refers to the children of God

-14:14 Satan has an “I” problem

-14:19 satan never gets to even have a body. JS said satans punishment for doing all he did to this earth will be that he never gets to have a body

-14:19 the person who found the body of this ruler of Isa’s day when found the body had asses run over his body until nothing was left but dust from him. the prophet saw it all.

-15:2 mourning for Assyria moves south and conquers everyone as she goes

-15:5 one of the southmost cities they would go to to get away

-15:5 a young cow at the height of her strength and image. this is the time they were just right for breeding

-15:6 not only destruction from Assyria but drought for full destruction

-15:9 either to mean destroyed by lions or that so few ppl that there would be a lot of lioins in the land

– 16 Ch15 and 16 isa about Moab. It’s se of Isreal, E of dead sea, towards s, edom below that. Moab was the son of Lot’s oldest daughter Lot and his daughter had a child.

-16:4 syria and damascus are gone Moab goes to king of Jerusalem for help. Jerusalem says I don’t trust you you have never been trustworthy.

Moab was destroyed by Assyria.

Moab turns to Judah for help for the one on the thrown in Judah is known for his mercy. the Judah king says I didn’t trust you before and I don’t trust you now. it’s like the final judgement where the Lord says depart I never knew you.

The problem with death bed repentace is obvious. it has not to do with death or age but when we meet trouble.

Elder Scott gen conf 2013 Oct says diff between willful rebelion and weakness how the Lord is more pacient with weakness.

Pres Kimball said “Death makes us spirits not angels”

ppl make the choise between eternal damnation and repentace every day of their lives.

-16:11 bowl is sight of emotion. heart is sign of character of a man “as a man thinketh in his heart so is he”. the seed of character.

bowl harp is to say a sad song.

-16:14 time specific prophecy

-17:5 in the law of Moses you use a sythe. that is hard to use if you don’t know how. like milking a cow.

some wheat berries fall to the ground.

Law of Moses requred the corners to not be cut down so the poor could eat them.

wheat berries are very small you have to be very hungary to eat

-17:6 Law of Moses you don’t take every fruit off the tree leave some on the top for the poor.

Isa is saying almost all the fruit is gone. only a few left and they will be humble and come back to God.

-17:10 you are planting the wrong things there is a reason they looked like the wrong thing when you planted them for they are going to reap sadness. see the following verses as well.

for example biting off more than you can chew can get you into trouble. Pres. Hinckley said “survey large fields and plant small ones.”

-17:13 they look big but with a little wind they’re blown away. tumble weeds have such shallow roots when they die the root breaks and they just roll around.

-19: for 2,000 years they of Egypt were in charge. they destroy themselves. (this is from ch 19 somewhere: Judah a terror to Egypt wasn’t so but now see it is

Nile river will dry up- they in 1960 took a dam to it and now econ in Egypt is gone

Anoint your shield= wooden shield tempers the wood better, and makes arrows slip off of it and not go through.

Camels pull wagons. Chariot means wheeled vehicle.

Lion usually reps Assyria. Assyria ceased to exist before Babylon came into power. The watchmen on the tower waits to see but all he sees is a chariot with several men come with a message babylong is fallen.

Rev 6:8 Babylon fallen in the last days maybe ISA saw this as well as the other.

DC1:18 says babyon will fall

DC133:5 go ye out from Babylon (the Lord is saying we all live there. So the fall of it will be massive.) v7 go ye out from Babylon. V11 watch for know not the day or hour. Go out from among the nations which is Babylon which is spiritual Babylon it says.)

-19:2 contention starts in the home then spreads to the community then the world. homes falling apart make the world fall apart.

-19:3 aka necromancer. wizard is male witch. they’re trying to council with these to hear from the dead etc. their council will fall.

-19:4 Islam rulers of terror, and USA rulers of terror who lie to us etc.

-19:5 the Nile river is still powerful it will dry up someday. along the river they farm, make paper from things growing by it, etc. starting in 1960 soviets tried to buy off Egypt to stop the Nile. they want to build a dam so they can become a superpower. the dam was not a success but it filled with silk and they got the silk out and it turned to a desert ruined the land. where the Nile overflow stops there is pure desert no vegitation. the dam stopped ag and turned it’s econ upside down in the last 40 years. Kiro has 17 million it’s way too full there in Egypt. people live 1 mil on the graveyard. the city smells.

-19:17 anciently that was not so. in 1948 when the brand new united nations that wanted to rule the world (2/5/14 they issued a statement against the Vadican saying they should not abuse do abortion or so forth). watch the news and go there and you’ll see that this is being fulfilled today.

-22 ch22 is the Eliakim prophecy. 1 2 6 7 9 11 are all Jesus chapters. others have allusions.

-22:1 why are you celebrating on the roof when all this destruction around us?

-22:4 there is a sence of woe in this chapter from the beginning for he sees what is coming.

-22:6 war is coming there. seeing the valley filled with horsemen

-22:10 Hezekiah knowcked down houses and filled the breeches of the wall. this is the 7th century BC.

-22:11 Hezekiah’s tunnel was to get water from pool of Sioloam to Gijone spring to rerout the water for prep for Assyrian attack.

-22:11 making temporal but not spiritual preparations

-22:12 Isaiah said Jerusalem was going to be beseiged by Assyrians. this did not happen. it’s becuase they became righteous. ch36 to 39 Hezekiah becomes righteous and that’s why this happens. the prophecy has an “unles you repent”. this happens with Jonah as well, and around Josiah king of Judah. Prophecies are full of “if”‘s.

-22:15 shebna is a type of the apostate people. if you don’t repent Assyrians wipe you out and not be buried in a sepulcure for you are so apostate. but it must be that they came around for they were spared. Eliakim replaced him. Eliakim means God going up or My God shall arise etc something. His association with the king causes many to come to him which causes him to fall.

-22:21 refers to the temple

-22:22 key on shoulder: in the holy land keys were worn around neck or pinned to shoulder for they’re some 10 lbs. see also “the government shall be upon his shoulder” means keys, power, the work if it.

-22:25 Hezekiah sees he is getting so many favors that he shall be kicked out. and when Christ’s nail removed his agony removed for He done suffering on the cross. Hymn “once all things He meekly bore, now He will bare no more.”

-23:1 Tyre is going to be overthrown. Tyre is on the coast. it’s an island in Isaiah’s day. a great center for merchantile.

-23:1 Tarshish is probably Italy

-23:2 Hyrum of Tyre helped build the temple he was a good man. He was the most famous Phonecian. Phonecians brought us phonetic alphabet. it’s from them.

-23:3 Everybody who is anybody goes through there.

-23:6 it’s hard to conquer an island for when you come to it they flee the other way on ships. Senacrib conquers it then they have 70 years freedom then they begin to “sing like a harlot” and are conquered then Alexander the great wants it and they build something to get there and by the time he gets there he is so mad that he destroys it. the cosway that Alexander built makes it so it’s no longer an island but is connected.

-23:15 “sing as an harlot” suggests the person is proud and doesn’t care

-23:18 means they’ll be dedicated for destruction

-24 ch24-35 are the apocylips cycle in Isa. Apocrypha is what is not cannonized and they are doubtable. apocolypse means revelation. these chapters are emotional roller coster, middle is nice, first and end are destruction. Isa is repetative. like making a tapestry or helping us to know and not fear it.

-24:2 no matter what your social status you need obey. “world overtaken with sin and iniquity” Pres. Kimbal said in the 70’s that that was the type of world we live in now. a world of sin.

-24:5 the 3 reasons for the destruction. these 3 lawas of God being broken today. honesty is not well, morality, caring for the poor, chastity, sabbath, all the ordinances changed, etc. Everlasting covenant: theomorphic God we believe in. that we can become like God, being made in His image.

-24:6 avoid this fire by getting the earth to repent. every member a missionary. Some of this language is really rough. this is literal and figurative language.

-24:11 this is ADDICTION. they want wine and drugs but are never happy when they get it.

-25:1 full of wonder, like awesome, awe inspiring. here we read extraordinary/amazing

-25:1 councils aka covenants

-25:6 “this mountain” refers to last chapter. “Of fat things” means the very best. wine on the lee’s for days gets very good. bad lees=bad wine

-25:7 mountain=zion; the veil =that is between us and seeing the face of God

-25:8 resurrection

-25:9 pacience, or like a waitress serving someone. our society won’t wait. Satan gives right away then he takes away. The Lord says you should have waited. may use hope as a word for wait. *I waited before committing to Megan until after my mission and I knew it was right.

when you pray hear Elder Maxwell, “I know God loves me so much by the prayers he has not answered”.

Isa speaks of the prayer being answered faster if we fast.

-26:1 a song of praise of 2 cities, righteous zion and wicked babylon

-26:2 literal or baptism

-26:3 perfect peace can mean the peace Jesus has, the peace of being innocent via living His gospel.

1 free to every 25 slaves for a long time in Brazil.

-26:4 the word JEHOVAH only printed 4 times in KJV and 2 of them are in Isaiah

-26:9 judgement has to be there if we are to grow. there has to be accountability.

-26:10 God rains on the good and the bad. Do good to people even if they won’t repent or change. Preech the gospel to all.

-26:12 God makes us good

-26:13 Cannanites’ religion was Ba’alism. this word means Baalim meaning several Gods. After all the Lord has done for us at times we turn to other things. 1920 a Syrian was plotting his field. there was Cananitish text on a thing he found, and they found an ancient city of Hugart? There was a great library there about their polytheism. so in the last 100 years we learn much of this bad polytheism. it was seductive to the Israelites. when not harvest there is famine. Now (Feb 2014 in California there is not much water so fruit and meat coming from there the price will increase by a lot). there was 2 in Baalism a man and a woman Asherash was the female (groves). Yaux/Zadud (Ba’al) was another. Astarte the Godess of fertility is given to Ba’al. Ba’al likes her so he kills Yaux. another god of death, Mat, is banished from the earth by Ba’al thinking problems would come. Ba’al means rain and thunder and clouds. At Mat’s home Ba’al goes to a feast and is poisoned by Mat and dies then Mat rules the world and the world is in turmoil. Astarte kills the god of death in Sept or Oct being frusturated then all starts to grow again. *Perhaps it’s to excuse the Israelites from their behavior by blaming i ton God’s. they say that every year this reoccurs. They all die and come back to life once a year. Israelites started to make idols and Hezekaiah wanted to have people only worship at Jerusalem to keep things in hand.

-26:14 Isaiah is saying don’t believe in the mythology those are dead. Forget about Ba’al and this whole myth. Take away the people who pour grief upon us.

-26:18 we were pregnant with all these lies and it brought us nothing but bad gas; there never was pregnancy, it was a lie. All it was was bad gas in our digestive system, it was a lie, and at the end of the day, the lie produced nothing whereas it was to produce everything.

-26:19 Jehovah Himself will die and be Resurected. This happened.

real ressurection will occur. ch26 is called a Ba’al polemic (arguing about religious thing). They thought they would bring forth something happy but they brought forth nothing. But Jesus Christ will rise again, with all mankind.

-26:20 Second Coming. see JS teachings P.17. Jews were told to gather to Jerusalem. Why this facinating?

-27:7 does God deal with you the same way you deal with eachother?

-27:8 The Holy land was a Meditaranian climate, like California. the winds bring in the hot air from the desert. God sends the east wind when people want the west wind to purge the fruit. Plants can be drown if you water them too much. East wind in the scriptures is a bad thing, west wind a good thing. The church discipline has to excommunicate people from the church becuase He loves them so much that he is giving them another chance. it may be said, “because you are loved so much by the Lord He wants to give you another chance. you are hereby excommunicated from the church.” Rarly will you feel the Spirit as much as you do in church disciplinary council. Mercy can’t rob justice, but a lot of mercy is found in the Old Testament. It’s seen in these verses even.

-27:12 one by one is the way of the gathering of Israel, we teach one person then they make personal commitments then they are baptized with their own service. Rarly it’s more than this.

-28:9 babies don’t need much knowledge for they are already lovely

-28:10 God would reveal everything he revealed to Joseph Smith to the least of the church members, but he waits to give it to them until they are ready for it.

look into the heavens open for 5 minutes and you’ll know more than all the doctors about it said Joseph Smith.

there is a scale. 1 precept 2 line 3 little. precept may be commandment, precept may be specific challenges, little may be guidelines that we set for ourselves so that we avoid the tempations that beset us.

-28:10 set curfeus, start dating no sooner than 16, start by going on group dates for the young are like wild apes who can’t control themselves so stay away from them until they have returned from their missions, or at least until they are 18 about and ready to think about marriage, the age of adulthood.

-28:24 the parable of the wise farmer. Fiches and Cumen you plant on their own as they are fragile. God knows which typer person is which type, and how they will grow in which place. Loving Heavenly Father puts us where we are in the opportune moment. It’s probably so that we developed many talents in the tens of thousands of years of premortality that they would be able to employ in a certain time and place, and around the people who would be best.

-28:27 only need tap the cumin and it comes out. need to really grind the wheat for the wheat berries to come out.

-28:29 Maxwell said that the generation are prepared for this time and need be kept by parents. they’ve been kept for this time, and now they need to be pushed forward. The parents are also there in place for them. The paths of the young and the old cross paths many times.

-29:1 Nephi explains this in 2 Nephi 26 and 27 the rest of the world does not get it.

-29:10 JST says the people close their eyes not God doing it to them. Maybe God puts them into a deep sleep as they close their eyes to the truth.

-29:11 non LDS think this is some buried unknown thing. Charles Anthon is a professor at Columbia. He sees the reformed Egyptian, can’t read it but lies and says it looks like good translation to Him. it’s professor craft. JS is the not learned. JS said he and Charles Anthon fulfilled this prophecy.

-29:14 the origin of this work must be the coming forth of the BFM becuase see the rejecting of it happens then this verse is placed.

-29:15 people think they are not seen in the dark. They hide from others if they know there is a God, to try and avoid temporal damnation as well as spiritual damnation.

-29:21 The Lord cuts out this type, who jump on others for a word. Like getting mad that the scripture men not saying men and women. God created man, male and female created he them. It’s not a sexist term it’s a generic term.

-30:1 They are going to Egypt again.

-30:1 atonement means cover. They are trying to do so in other ways than Jesus Christ’s Atonement. Trying to get rid of guilt in ways other than repentance like blaming it on others is adding sin upon sin.

-30:2 They go to Egypt for council not to Jehovah

-30:6 all of the beasts of burden cary gifts to try to persuade them to help

-30:7 they have no strength

-30:9-10 don’t tell me what’s really right, i just want to be comfortable and happy in my sins. The prophet will say things that hit home to us. Pres. Hinckley to sem/inst. teachers:

“what a freigtening change in our culture. much sleeze. language on campus today never before. internet and porm to deliver filth and evil into our homes. it’s taking it’s toll. this is the era of gutter talk, of sloppy ways. at the same time this is the season when so many of our youth show such capacity to do right. they are more educated, know the scriptures better, go on missions more prepared, and become better parents. you have both kinds of students. try to hold onto who are being pulled away. now people want to leave the holy and go to the sleeze. music and entertainment are a part. there is no melody or uplift in the music. there is no beauty in it. here they hop and swoon and act like animals acting to their passions. drugs are often involved and destroys most of them except a few that get away via great pain. sex becomes all a part of it too.”

-30:15 you chose not to go there. if you had just returned you would have been saved.

-30:21 if you are doing as you should you wil listen to your teachers and you will understand it and you’ll hear the Spirit tell you what to do

-30:25 the twin towers of 2001?

-31:1 chariots are the armed tanks of the ancient world

-31:3 the lord can fight your battles but he will not if you go and make a treaty with Egypt, if you rely on your own strength

-31:7-8 God will make it so we recognize good and evil, and see it clear, and people will not be able to lead us in hypocricy anymore

-31:10 this may refer to women, or the Lord’s people in general. He uses careless 3 times in 3 verses. The care less about the gospel. Nephi said the devil makes some mad in the last days to rage against the truth, and others to merely think all is well in Zion, and we can just relax. when you buy into that you are in trouble.

-32:7-8 God will make it so we recognize good and evil, and see it clear, and people will not be able to lead us in hypocricy anymore

-32:10 this may refer to women, or the Lord’s people in general. He uses careless 3 times in 3 verses. The care less about the gospel. Nephi said the devil makes some mad in the last days to rage against the truth, and others to merely think all is well in Zion, and we can just relax. when you buy into that you are in trouble.

-32:12 is to say nourishment

-32:17 Egypt seemed like so strong and close to get help, but God said no, just trust me.

-33:15 violence and immorality go hand in hand. “lusts in the eyes” means movies television and magazines etc that are bad. No concerned parent would let someone in their home making sexual and vulgar comments in their home by the hour, so why let a tv do it?

-33:20 about 3100 stakes in the church today. It’s the basic unit of the church. Wards are merely a convenient way to gather.

-33:20 Jesus will be all 3 roles of government.

-34:11 These are the same 2 words as when in Genesis 1 it says the world was without form and void. Things will go back to where they started.

-34:16 dc128 3ne24

-34:16 want means lack here. Eternal marriage is required for exhaultation.

-35:3 Pres. Monson quotes this often.

-35:8 Hebrew word way is the exact word Jesus uses when he ways I am the way the truth and the life. He is the way… This shows that it’s not a free for all in the gospel, there is a laid out path that we are to walk.

-35:9 Much hard will come and we need to get through it to be able to stand. John Taylor quoting Joseph Smith said that “God will reach in and pull the strings of our heart so hard until it seems that they will break that we will want to give up, but if we do we will loose all our glory.” We must come to know who we really are, what we are willing to sacrifice. If we make it though that we will have an eternal marriage “none will be without her mate” sing is always the opposite of crying is Hebrew, never laughing.

-37:3 It’s time of deliverance, but mother doesn’t have enough energy to push the baby out. They are close to liberty, but aren’t on God’s side so they don’t make it.

-37:7 4 prophecies

-37:9 the rumor

-37:9 Ethiopia is south of Egpyt, but rumor has it they are coming the long way to interfere. He will have 3 battles at once. Rabshekah is sent to try and get Judah to surrender so they’ll only have 2 battle fronts.

-37:16 Hezekiah great prayer. He bares his testimony (Pres. Packer says each time we bear our testimony it becomes stronger. doing it verbally helps.)

-37:21 The answers to our prayers may come through the Lord’s prophets. It may come very personally.

-37:30 Too much chaos now, you won’t plant this year.

-37:33 The entire city was surrounded. Hezekiah needed a lot of faith to trust this message from Isaiah the prophet.

-37:35 JST in 1 kings 3. shows that the Lord was very frustrated with David when he fell. for David’s sake may have to do with lineage. read Donald Parry Isaiah on this.

-39:3 Babylon was a vasle state at this time to Assyria I think.

-39:7 Eunuch is a servant to the king.

-41:29 our idols America idolizes are not so easy to see.

-42:1 42:1-8, 49:1-6; 50:4-9; 52:13-14; 53.

these are the servant songs

53 is Moisah ch 14 quoted by Abilidi. Christians think these point to Christ. Scholors think they are to some current king of that day since they do not believe that prophets can prophecy.

-42:3 Jesus’ ministry to be gentle, quiet, and mostly unknown to people of his day. the smoking flax can mean that those with even the smallest amount of potencial he will help.

-42:4 he will ackomplish His mission.

-42:19 JST says it’s to the blind whom he sends his servant.

-43:3 the Lord= Jehovah

-43:10 To live as He would, showing He is real. *That’s how I got a testimony that God lives, it’s that I saw others who were standing where I learned God is. Being married is exalting, for we witness to eachother all of the time.

-43:10 perhaps it’s to say that all were created at once, and is refering to how no idols are God’s.

-43:11 Shows Jehovah is JC. Abraham is a God but not of this world so we don’t worship Him. Elder McConkie at BYU said we worship the Father in the name of the son, we don’t worship the sun. In the NT Paul says that God and the Savoir Lord are 2 different beings.

-43:19 I will write my new covenant in your heart

-43:24 Peope give God not pleasantries but all their problems and sins. He blotted them out for your sake and won’t remember them more. This speaks of the Savior.

-44:15 so rediculous that he repeats it 3 times. Making a tree, using part for warmpth, part for an idol to worship. Also like money from a tree, practical, yet worshipped it. Can refer to our bodies, honing them in the gym, or eating wrong to make yourself an idol for you and others to worship.

-44:20 worshiping a false God. You can’t make covenants with a false god. It’s like going to eat and nothing is there, like a large cheese puff.

-44:22 in premortality we even repented via the Atonement. Jesus was a God, so he was totally trustable and we based all on His future eternal Atonement.

-45:1 Cyrus means Messiah. It also means Cyrus the Mede who becomes first king of what we now call the Persian Empire.

-45:13 Isa knew Cyrus by prophecy. People think Isa did not write this but he did. In “Antiquities” by Josephus, it says that Cyrus read Isa’s words predicting him, and he fulfilled what was written of him.

-45:23 Paul says this in the NT, saying it’s JC. So Jehovah is JC., for it says there is none else beside this person to whom the people will bow and confess.

-46:1 the idols weigh them down and slow them down. Breaks down the beasts and the people.

-46:4 The idols can’t deliver you, they weigh you down, but I will deliver you.

-46:11 Cyrus comes from the east, he does not spare, and destroys Babylon. He is a type of Christ.

-47:13 astrology for guidence is not how it is to be. they’ll be destroyed.

-47:14 this is not a get warm fire, this is a consume you fire.

-48:3-4 God does these things, declaring it from the beginning becuase of our tendancy to blame others for what God does.

-48:9 I should just wipe you out but because you bare my name I’ll wait. I will let you stay a while, since I’m the one that chose you after all.

-48:11 You are my chosen people.

-48:13 creation

-48:18 righteousness as the wave of the sea like when an Apostle speaks to you and you feel like you got hit by a wave. If you keep the commandments you can have a serious impact on people by the righteous things you do. We can become wells of living water like Jesus Christ. As the waves of the sea may also refer to how our righteousness will never cease. It will always respond the to signals of the sun. To what Jesus Christ asks us to do, we will always be capable if we start with the little things and try to keep all of his commandments. Also waves have a large impact on large amounts of land. D&C 121 teaches that flowing unto thee. People are always coming back to great leaders and wanting more of them.

-49:1 BFM has the whole first half of this verse. He is talking to those who have been scattered becuase of the wickednes of pastors in Israel. You can be in trouble for following leaders who choose evil.

-49:2 an arrow. Christ is a polished one, of all the aarows, he is the one who is prepared to do his mission perfectly.

-49:2 Could mean that Christ was there to pulish his Father’s name. Also could mean that Christ’s ministry was quiet.

-49:6 could mean to say that light is refering to brightness.

-49:6 He is saying he is the hope of every human being.

-49:15 as impossible as it seems that a woman would forget her child, it’s even more impossible that God will forget about us.

-49:15 Ancient people would put tatoos on their hands to remind them of things important, like one of a temple to remind them of their covenants. Jerusalem was and is the Lord’s city. You can’t get away from that if you are a LDS.

-49:16 Ancient people would put tatoos on their hands to remind them of things important, like one of a temple to remind them of their covenants. Jerusalem was and is the Lord’s city. You can’t get away from that if you are a LDS.

-49:17 haste against thy destroyers is how the BFM reads

-49:18 God swearing with his own life. He can’t sware by any higher; there is no such thing as any higher. This is it.

-49:18 The brides would put on all of their families wealth just before the wedding. Jesus is having people come by the thousands and millions. Zion who thought she was forsaken will clothe herself with all of these people.

-49:20 could mean like a straight jacket. could be spiritually speaking of who say LDS have too many commandments. (God says if we are really good he will give us more commandments) Straight could mean literal like too narrow, not enough room in the building for them all to fit.

-52:7 Abinidi has this quoted to him by the wicked priests, them asking him what it means. In responce he quotes the 53 chapter of Isaiah. They asked hiim a question out of Isaiah, he responds out of Isaiah. Abinidi’s problem is that they don’t have a clue what the law of Moses is about. Abinidi says you can’t be saved by the Law of Moses alone. It points to the Atonement. You need that to be saved. You need the LDS church to be saved for it has the ordinances of the Atonement. Abinidi lacks a companion. God can’t hold them accountable without a witness for there is a law of multiple witnesses. Alma’s heart is pricked when he reads to them Isaiah.

-54:1 the sence of this chapter is where did all of these children come from. It’s the Gentiles coming to Zion.

-54:2 it takes 100’s of men to put up a circus tent, and elephants to help also. If they collapse it can be tragic.

-54:10 peace is used very often in this, and the flip side is it saying at the end there is no peace to the wickd. Peace is not necesarily an absence of warfare. Even in a peaceful place you can have inner turmoil. Standing before God ready for that is true peace.

-55:2 Spiritually fat as Buddah The Lord wants us to be.

-55:11 missionarirs get the lords priorities dne not theirs

-55:12 see D&C128:23 about how all rejoice about the gospel

-56:1 Judement: result of judging. Justice: quality of being just, rendering what is due.

-56:2 is to mean happy. Same word as used in the Sermon on the Mount.

-56:2 people should know that LDS are different on Sabbath. we need to reenthrown the Sabbath. Mark E Peterson said someone who breaks the Sabbath is a covenant breaker.

-56:5 place and a name is yod veshem it translates to a hand and a name. That is what happens in God’s hand, He gives them those things.

-56:6-7 You’ll be happy in the temple if you are keeping the Sabbath day holy. There are people who look natural inside the temple who like to be there, and others who check their watches a lot and are biting at the bit to get out of the temple. There will be thousands of temples in the Millenium and we will be doing work for the flood gates of people that the work of the Lord is oppened up to. Some of the most bletant miracles come as we do family history work. Brother Merrill couldn’t find a person where they were baried, and he is impressed to walk down an isle, stop midway, put his arm up and pull out that book and there is the person. Or feeling that something is missing, then finding out the family had an infant who died. SO be glad when your people are glad in the temple, it means they are honoring the Sabbath. THOSE who honor the Sabbath CRAVE the temple, to go there and recieve the reward of their doings.

-56:10 a watchdog that can’t bark is worth less than 0. So we unbind our tongues for heavens gates to flow. We shepherds in Israel, and that is all of us, need to open our mouths for our people for God giving others commandments is what will let us have more opportunity in life and allow the Holy Ghost to prick ourselves.

-56:10 throwing down on idolness.

-57:1 LDS funerals are happy

-57:5 recently in spring 2014 there were men arrested for child abuse. On the other end, there was a woman recently who sacrificed her life for her child soon to be born.

-58:5 fasting is not for looking poor

-58:6 the next verse is probably about helping the poor, and this verse is opressed meaning under sin. Fasting is a consciousness of victory over self.

-58:7 you don’t get all of the blessings if you don’t pay the fast offering. Pres. Foust said we at times categorize how much our food costs for how much to pay. We should give ten times that much if we can. We aren’t paying enough until it hurts. If you can’t fast, then find other ways to make that day one of sacrifice.

-58:8 fast blessings D&C 59 equates joy with fasting.

-58:8 It’s righteousness that is the breast plate of the armor of the Lord.

-59:1-2 the avenger and the redeemer. whatever you deserve at the 2nd Coming is what you’ll get.

-59:3 one youth was excomunicated for lying to his priesthood leader. Lying is a cardinal sin and you go the same place with that as you do the whores and theives.

-59:5 a poisonous serpant they’re incubating.

-59:19 like now how satan is putting evil all through the world

-59:19 the cross is the standard, the Hebrew word comes from the word meaning standard bearing, like a tee shape standard without the flag part looks like a cross. E Maxwell said our light still is not shining bright enough to be a light against the nations. At times it’s like Eliah to the priests of Ba’al, or JS against all the religionists of his day.

-60:7 all these Gentiles will be gathered to the House of Israel

-60:7 temple Gentiles to.

-60:11 ancient cities are always closed at night for protection, but the holy city so powerful that it need not protectin. People don’t understand the text of Isaiah so they were mad at Acts 11 about how the gospel is to go to the Jews

-60:22 hastenning the work

-61:1 there was a seat in the synagoges where you would give commentary on the law. Jesus says this in Nazareth and the people say isn’t this Joseph the Carpenter’s son? Wondering at how this person could say he is Jehovah. Jesus basically said if you want to see a miracle here you have to have as much faith as the gentiles who had great faith and obediance which the Jews did not have. It’s like how many LDS are not righteous but are self righteous self serving seeking honors of man.

-62:4 The Lord will mary the land.

-62:8 we don’t have to work hard and have others eat and drink the fruits of our labors

-63:1 Edom also means red

-63:2 red becuase of dyed from blood in Gethsemane and becuase he trod down his enemies. Which side are we on?

-63:3 the grapes that Christ treads are the wicked

-63:9 he became like us so he could suffer with us and pitty us. Paul says the sinless one became the great sinner, aka he stepped into our shoes. All people come to earth to suffer, but Christ went to suffer “enormity multiplied by infinity” says Elder Maxwell.

-63:15 intercesory prayer like in John 17. Like D&C121 also.

-64:3 many will probably have to move away from the mountains

-64:6 we as filthy rags is like saying that no matter how much good we go we keep getting dirty again and staining ourselves. God never “owes us one”.

-65:1 in the last few chapters Isaiah summarizes, condemning apostates, pronouncing blessings for the righteous, and speaking of the destiny of the gentiles.

-65:1 JST says how God is found by who seeks them (not vice versa). Says God tried to reach out to the Apostates but they did not care about him.

-65:3 law of Moses said only use unhewn stones for altars not bricks

-65:5 they frustrate him

-65:6 God will give some so called Saints what they really deserve they not being saints at all.

-65:17 not remember the reproach of thy youth or widowhood anymore

-65:20 no more infants dying

-65:25 This is Isa 11 but you don’t get any better than that. Take this literally there is no other way to take it.

-66:1 Take the Lord in by making him a temple. Don’t forget about him the poorest of poor.

-66:7 the Coming of the Lord will happen very fast. The New Jerusalem will come miraculously overnight. The Jews get the gospel as in a day as well, it says, and that will happen at the time they see prints in his hands. They are the last to get the gospel,

-66:17 we have a different Word of Wisdom, law of health now.

-66:19 missionaries right now are being sent to those nations considered gentiles.

-66:20 they=the gentiles

-66:21 them=the gentiles

-66: all flesh worshipping the Lord- flesh means things that are alive and can die; all the people left standing at the Second Coming of the Lord, those not destroyed from wickedness, will worship the Lord Jesus Christ, the God of this world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on The Doctrine & Covenants Institute Manual – unfinished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This summary only covers a handful of sections of the manual.

Intro:

done; need transcribe from paper copy

-The D&C stands above all the other standard works

-fortified against errors and will be made strong if study the D&C

Section 4:

-life time of study it’s for

-no one has mastered this section

-may be greatest qualification for service to God revelation

-what the Lord calls great and marvelous truly is.

–truths JS has taught have effected all good people with means to hear in the world

-serve with all, means can only serve one master

-desire then called; GASmith said applies to all Latter-day Saints.

-George Albert Smith: most import is teach the gospel who doesn’t understand it.

-Gold/White wheat signified that the time of the harvest was at hand.

-Pres McKay: partakers of thedivine nature.’ is to be in touch with the spiritual

-Pres McKay says we obey God so we can partake of his divine nature

Section 5:

-quote JFiS ; on how if the plates were here they would scoff at them like they did at Jesus Christ.

-dispensations to the world always warn the world, this time it was by JS.

-Marion G Romney says Lord always warns each dispensation anew, and that has been accomplished in this generation by JS.

Section 6:

-repetition in scripture to emphasize that what the Lord says to one he says to all.

-word of the Lord is quick=it’s alive

-sharp word of God can kill spiritually who hear it not

-word of God can pierce who hear it to the core.

-only a hard heart keeps you from finding as you seek.

-God’s will for you is to bring forth the cause of Zion.

-JFiS reminds that mysteries of God are to be revealed to the faithful.

-preach what is simple and according to your understanding.

-can’t have religion without revelation

-other men nor devils can pry into your thoughts. Those are sacred. -McConkie in Mormon Doctrine.

-twas a right for JS to be martyred, Cowdrey if faithful would have been in Carthage and martyred wit JS, but he lost that privilege which should have been his and Hyrum received it. It is the place of the first Elders of the church, and is mandatory in the law of witnesses. -McConkie, doctrines of Savlation.

Section 7:

-all need death, John is translated, even those people go through something like death to change their bodies. Even Christ died. The scripture says all must die.

-John has ministered to the nations in large by his book the bible, which has some 3.88 billion copies printed between 1815 and 1999.

-John seen at Kirtland temple by several at endowment sessions of the first presidency.

-keys given to First Presidency on mount of Transfiguration are the keys which were given to JS and O Cowdrey in this dispensation.

Section 8:

-records (scriptures) yet to come forth if we are faithful. Shows references to scriptural allusions of such. (Scholors today are bringing dead sea scrolls and the like to light).

-Doctrines of Salvation: destruction means cut off from the presence of the Lord.

-likenning of Oliver Cowdrey to Aaron.

-power of faith is over all other powers; it is an intelligent force.

Section 9:

-Cowdrey wanted to translate and was allowed such but didn’t continue on in it; he underestimated how hard it is, and it was taken from him as he was not diligent in it. He saw to not ask for such any more but to do according to his original appointment to be scribe.

-Cowdrey tried translating in his way rather than the Lords way and was ceased.

-Book of Mormon is a lesser thing compared to what we could have if we are faithful.

-once have faith as the brother of Jared we will get more scripture.

-probable that we must wait until wicked are gone for it’s rare that people have faith as the brother of Jared which is qualifier for some scripture to come forth.

-upon faithfulness like unto the brother of Jared we will received record of the beginning of the world unto the end of the world.

(*who try to learn history I would say are generally righteous people)

-still small voice described

Section 11:

-Baptism Brings Understanding

–15 may 1829 after JS baptism he said things were taught him he could never before understand

-Preech nothing but repinetance means to preach with the spirit of getting people to repent

Section 12:

-FINISH NOTING HERE FROM ONLINE BOOK

-May it be said of me by JS as it was of Knight Sr, while one stands in Zion, this man will be true.

Section 13:

-millions were distracted like the blind groping for the wall and they got to see an angel and hear the voice of God declare peace unto them!

-the Aaronic Priesthood included the Levitical Priesthood.

-animal sacrifice to be brought back in the restoration of all; Sons of Levi offering up sacrifice in righteousness to the Lord means them offering animals in the temple. This will go on after Christ, and it will be generation to generation. Shedding of blood was and must return! JS said this.

-JFiS : at beginning of Millennium animal blood sacrifice returns to do the sufficient amount for this generation, then sacrifice will be in some other form.

Section 14:

-by making friends and speaking to them, The Lord uses those relationships to carry out his work. So should we make things happen based upon, by the strength and wisdom of, the groups we form with us, and people we know.

-store pic of PWhitmer home

Section 15&16:

Section 17:

-JFi Smith says angels aren’t as lasting a witness as the HG.

-e/ dispensation has at least 2 bearing witness, including Adam’s dispensation. -Mormon Doctrine.

-JS relieved that there are other witnesses of Book of Mormon, that he not alone in the world anymore.

He expressed this to his parents (*he was still in respect of his parents).

-statement is given from each of the 3 witnesses of the Book of Mormon on how they testified of it’s truth until their death. They wavered in other areas, but never in their testimony that the Book of Mormon is true.

Section 18:

-save one soul related to your wife; save many related to your children; this example given.

-the church of the devil is to say the whole of things under the influence of his power.

-the distracting influence of the abominable church is what makes it abominable. it takes the saints away from the God.

-2 churches only to mean God’s power and influence vs Satan’s power and influence.

-missionary work is to be done with kindness not contention or it’s satins work. Also try to persuade people with that kindness.

-Cowdrey said weeping, and BY. wrote it, that when one reads the D&C with the spirit, they not only read the words of Christ but hear Christ himself. Many want to speak with Christ, and THIS IS IT.

Section 19:

-end of the world means a new world where there is no lust begins at the Second Coming of Christ. -McConkie

-hell is a place where people learn what they should have learned in life -Talmage

-eternal damnation is to have limits placed upon a person so they cannot progress to the state of godhood gaining a fullness of things.

-“inherit deaths” as spoken of in D&C 29:42-4 means they cannot have posterity in the resurrection.

-Gethsemane brought anguish that only a God could endure; it required more power of physical and mental endurance than we men can yield -Talmage.

-repentance is not only to stop doing what is wrong but is to start doing what is right -Ludlow Companion.

-tern Jew and Gentile still used today; used in one instance as a dividing line between whites and Indians.

-all saints under the obligation to preach the gospel.

-Hosanah meaning “save now” or “grant us salvation” is found 5 times in the D&C.

Section 20:

-this section has been called the articles and covenants article.

-pertains to church organization.

-the church was commanded by Jesus Christ to be organized April 6th because that is in commemoration of the day Jesus Christ was born, April 6th.

-a person can’t get instruction higher than themselves (applying to a larger jurisdiction in the church than is their duly appointed portion).

-Meaning of Joseph Smith being entangled in the vanities refers to not malignant or great sins, but to foolish errors, weakness of youth, foibles of human nature which lead him to diverse temptations. Guily of levity, jovial company, not correct for a servant of God.

-mankind is not evil by birth, but by disobeying God’s commands. The scriptures clarify this, that the natural man, which is enemy to God, refers to the man who breaks God’s commandments.

-the prophet has shown there can be and are other Gods (Answers to Gospel Questions, 2:142).

-when we speak of God being one God, we refer to the perfect unity in which the 3 members of the Godhead operate. The Godhead consists of 3 distinct persons: God The Father, God The Son, God the Holy Ghost.

-Justification is defined by Elder Bruce R McConkie to mean obeying all requirements of the gospel, and all associations required, etc. which allow the Holy Spirit to justify the person as a candidate for salvation.

-Sanctification is defined by President Brigham Young to mean overcoming every sin and bringing all into subjection to the law of Christ. It’s when the spirit of God reigns dominant in us and triumphs over the flesh.

Nevertheless, we will always be tempted. Effects of sin will be felt until after death, for death came into the world by sin.

-Falling from grace defined by Elder Theodore Burton: this can happen to any of us despite our good standing should we become neglecting in our prayers and church duties etc. So resolve to live closer to God and his prophets than ever before.

-Broken heart and contrite spirit means sorrow for sin, desire of forgiveness from God, then broken heart means a humble heart willing to obey the gospel.

-baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost means there are 2 baptisms needed explains Elder Bruce R McConkie; and when they happen we are literally born again a new creature; the Holy Ghost sanctifies and burns out all the dross out of us like fire does to a thing. Baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost happens at confirmation. who receive it are “filled as if with fire“.

-baptism brings us back into the presence of one of the members of the Godhead, The Holy Ghost.

This is what is meant by being spiritually reborn taught Elder Harold B. Lee.

-Joseph Fielding Smith taught not all principals of church organization were revealed at first because it would have been like a flood we could not have received at that time.

-Church conferences, General Conference is what the Brethren would have us know for the next 6 months and we ought get a copy of it says President Harold B. Lee.

-Sustaining people means we will defend their character should the opportunity arise. Do everything you can to sustain him. If you need council, ask for it at that persons hand.

–why do we bless little children before the church? Jehovah has commanded it, and they are blessed as the Saints assemble their faith in their behalf taught President John Taylor.

-infants aren’t baptized because they are not accountable before the Lord.

-set prayers are for the purpose of giving them careful study, and the sacrament prayers point to the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

-The Book or Mormon deals with people who had the fullness of the gospel, namely all that was required for their salvation, and all that is required for salvation is found in that book teaches Elder Bruce R McConkie

in “Mormon Doctrine”.

Section 27:

-we beware invading armies, but even more so we should prepare against armies which are unseen that attack us. This is done by living the gospel.

Section 29:

-The elect are who are striving with all their hearts to keep the fulness of the gospel law in this life. p60, and McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.217.

-Purpose of gathering the Saints is to give them access to temples p60
-Concerning the wicked being burned, Joseph Fielding Smith said “It is not a figure of speech that is meaningless, or one not to be taken literally when the Lord speaks of the burning.” (p.60, also Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:238).
-President Joseph Fielding Smith said “The day of the coming of the Lord is near. I do not know when…. I sincerely believe it will come in the very day when some of us who are here today [5 April 1936] will be living upon the face of the earth.” see Doctrines of Salvation, 3:2-3; also this manual pg. 61.
-“This combined Priesthood, it would appear, will hold the destiny of the human family in their hands and adjudicate in all matters pertaining to their affairs.” see Mediation and Atonement, pp. 155-57 and this manual pg 61.
-“death that will prevail during the final great battles ushering in Christ’s reign of peace…mass murder… violent death of warring men, that their decaying bodies shall stop the noses of the passengers, it shall be a task of mammoth proportions merely to dispose of them.” see Ezek 39, see Mormon Doctrine, p. 772, see this manual pg 61.
-“The figure of a cup of indignation suggests that the Lord will no longer forbear taking vengeance on the wicked who will not repent. Just as there is a limit to the amount a cup can hold, so there is a limit to the amount of patience the Lord will show towards those who perform wicked acts. To restrain himself longer would be not a virtue but a disservice to mankind for who he has offered himself as Savior.” pg61.
-Earth is living and must die, but since it keeps the law it shall be restored through the resurrection. The Lord intends to save all things he has created. p62.
-“Adam holds the keys of all the dispensations of the fulness of times, i.e. the dispensations of all times have been and will be revealed through him from the beginning.” p62, and Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 167-68, and Smith, Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:309.
-Concerning the wicked to everlasting fire, “the Lord indicated that he has never said that they should return; rather, he has said that hey cannot come where he is, and they have no power, meaning that hte power of the Spirit is completely withdrawn from them.” p62
-We can’t understand all the reasons for why God does what he does being in our condition we are now in; but “when the designs of God shall be made manifest, and the curtain of futurity be withdrawn, we shall all of us eventually have to confess that the Judge of all the earth has done right.” (History of the Church, 4:595-96, and here p.62.)
-“the Father puts his own name on the Son and authorizes him to speak in the first person as though he were the Father…. Thus it is that our Lord can begin a revelation by saying ‘Listen to the voice of Jesus Christ,’ and shortly thereafter speak of ‘mine Only Begotten’, such latter expression being made by authority which permits him to speak as though he were the Father.” – p 63; also see Moromon Doctrine p130; see also “the Father and the Son: A doctrinal Exposition by the First Presidency” in Talmage, Articles of Faith pp465-73.
Section 35:

-Joseph Smith had all authority that any man on the earth ever did.

-one eternal round explained

-becoming one means we receive the Savior and the Holy Ghost

-“ There has been more prophecy fulfilled in the last forty-three years upon the face of the earth, than in two thousand years before.” Said Wilford Woodruf in aprox. Year 1873. (In Journal of Discourses, 16:267.)

Section 36:

-“ when one of his authorized servants puts his hands by authority upon the head of one to be blessed, it is as though he himself was putting his hand on with them to perform that ordinance.” (Be Secure in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Brigham Young University Speeches of the Year [Provo, 11 Feb. 1958], p. 6.)

-“ President Joseph Fielding Smith, in reference to those of the latter days said, “This is an untoward generation, walking in spiritual darkness” (Church History and Modern Revelation, 1:163).

Section 42:

–No one can come to the Father except through obedience to thelaws that Christ has given (see D&C 132:12). The violation of these laws iswhat constitutes sin (see 1 John 3:4).

–The body which is killed will riseagain in the resurrection with little damage to its eternal welfare, but hewhose faith has been shattered may suffer long ages before completerestoration of spiritual stature can be had, if at all.” (In Conference Report,Apr. 1948, pp. 109–10; see also D&C 52:9 Joseph Smith.

-people with varried opinions have “no right to impose upon others their unorthodox views.” Pres Spencer W Kimball Conference Report,Apr. 1948, pp. 109–10; see also D&C 52:9

-“If one cannot accept and teach theprogram of the Church in an orthodox way without reservations, heshould not teach.” -Pres. Spencer W Kimball Conference Report,Apr. 1948, pp. 109–10; see also D&C 52:9

-Destroying the faith/offending one of these little ones and the millstone and drowning consequence “means not only the small children, it includes even adults who believeand trust in God” -Pres. Spencer W. Kimball Conference Report,Apr. 1948, pp. 109–10; see also D&C 52:9

-whose faith has been shattered may suffer long ages before completerestoration of spiritual stature can be had, if at all.” ( Pres Spencer W Kimball In Conference Report,Apr. 1948, pp. 109–10; see also D&C 52:9.) (Shows the importance of not pulling down someones faith in God.)

–President Joseph Fielding Smith stated that “no one should becalled upon to teach and no one should attempt to teach thedoctrines of the Church unless he is fully converted and has anabiding testimony of their truth.

-President Joseph Fielding Smith emphasized that the TenCommandments are part of the laws of God and that they are asbinding today as they were in the days of Moses (see ChurchHistory and Modern Revelation, 1:185).

-Murder (vv. 18–19). “John says there are two kinds of sins [see1 John 5:16–17]. One kind that can be forgiven; the other kind a sinunto death, for which there is no forgiveness. Murder is one of thelatter class. That is where one deliberately sheds innocent blood. …There is a forgiveness for all those who truly repent and forsaketheir sins and show their sincerity by their continued repentance tothe end of their mortal lives. The mercy of the Almighty, throughthe atonement of Jesus Christ, reaches out and embraces everysoul who will forsake his sins, except those who have wilfullysinned, as John says, ‘unto death.’” (Joseph Fielding Smith, TheRestoration of All Things, pp. 204–5.)

-Stealing (v. 20). Those who will not repent are thenexcommunicated.

-Lying (v. 21). Those who will not repent are then excommunicated.

-Adultery and lust (vv. 22–26). Lust results in the loss of the Spirit,the loss of testimony, and excommunication if there is norepentance. Those who commit adultery may repent; but if theyrepeat the sin, they are excommunicated.

–. Thespouse then becomes preeminent in the life of the husband or wife,and neither social life nor occupational life nor political life nor anyother interest nor person nor thing shall ever take precedence overthe companion spouse. We sometimes find women who absorb andhover over the children at the expense of the husband, sometimeseven estranging them from him. Kimball (Faith Precedes theMiracle, pp. 142–43.)

– As we should have ‘an eye single to theglory of God,’ so should we have an eye, an ear, a heart single tothe marriage and the spouse and family.” Kimball (Faith Precedes theMiracle, pp. 142–43.)

–Now Saints in manynations that enjoy temporal prosperity join in the work so thekingdom can more quickly fulfill its destiny.

– examineyour own household, and I am talking to myself while I talk to you.Am I increasing the cost of living by extravagance, or am I teachingmy family to make the garments they wear? …

“Let us set an example; let us live within our means; let us belenders instead of borrowers; let us not place our homes or thelands that produce our living under mortgages, in order that wemay ride in fine conveyances or keep up with the pace set by ourneighbors who may be able to afford it. Let us be more concernedabout the adornment of our minds that are eternal, rather thanadornment of our persons with things that are of no lastingbenefit.” ( Elder George Albert Smith, later to be President of the Church,offered this commentary on of Doctrine and Covenants 42:40:In Conference Report, Apr. 1915, p. 97.)

– Church News editorial: “Every man,woman and child should care for his or her body as the temple ofGod which it is. Attention should be given to proper rest andexercise, and a well-balanced diet.

– That is to say, they shall never diethe second death and feel the torment of the wicked when theycome face to face with eternity.” (President Joseph Fielding Smith Church History and ModernRevelation, 1:186.)

– “I am confident that there is a timeto die. I am not a fatalist. I believe that many people die before‘their time’ because they are careless, abuse their bodies, takeunnecessary chances, or expose themselves to hazards, accidentsand sickness. …

“God controls our lives, guides and blesses us, but gives us ouragency. We may live our lives in accordance with His plan for us orwe may foolishly shorten or terminate them.

“I am positive in my mind that the Lord has planned our destiny.We can shorten our lives but I think we cannot lengthen them overmuch.” Kimball (Tragedy or Destiny, pp. 9, 11.)

-“70–73. The law of remuneration is that those who administer inspiritual affairs must have their stewardships and labor for theirliving, ‘even as the members.’ This is wisdom. For in that positionthey are absolutely independent and can preach the truth withoutfear. Those who administer in temporal affairs and give their entiretime to public business are to have a just remuneration. If theywere to earn a living for themselves, they could not give all theirtime and energy to the community.” (Commentary, pp. 233–34.)

-Thetransgressor who is dealt with as he should be, with love and withproper discipline, will later express his appreciation for yourconcern, your interest, and your leadership. As he is properly dealtwith, he is in a position to repent and come back to full activity. Buthe must be dealt with. … President N. Eldon Tanner (ConferenceReport, Apr., 1880, p. 78.)

–some bishops and even stakepresidents have said that they never have excommunicated ordisciplined anyone and that they do not intend to. This attitude isentirely wrong. President N. Eldon Tanner (ConferenceReport, Apr., 1880, p. 78.)

–“Let me read a quotation from President John Taylor wherein hediscussed this subject: ‘Furthermore, I have heard of some Bishopswho have been seeking to cover up the iniquities of men: I tellthem, in the name of God, they will have to bear … that iniquity,and if any of you want to partake of the sins of men, or upholdthem, you will have to bear them. Do you hear it, you Bishops andyou Presidents? God will require it at your hands. You are notplaced in position to tamper with the principles of righteousness,nor to cover up the infamies and corruptions of men.’ (ConferenceReport, Apr., 1880, p. 78.)

– ‘The Spirit of God wouldundoubtedly be so grieved that it would forsake not only those whoare guilty of these acts, but it would withdraw itself from those whowould suffer them to be done in our midst unchecked andunrebuked.’” (George Q. Cannon In Conference Report, Oct. 1974, p. 110; or Ensign,Nov. 1974, p. 78.)

Section 51:

-“The experience of Orson Pratt, who was present when Joseph Smithreceived this revelation at Thompson, Ohio, was reported asfollows: “No great noise or physical manifestation was made;Joseph was as calm as the morning sun. But he noticed a change inhis countenance that he had never noticed before, when arevelation was given to him. Joseph’s face was exceedingly white,and seemed to shine. The speaker had been present many timeswhen he was translating the New Testament, and wondered why hedid not use the Urim and Thummim, as in translating the Book ofMormon.”

-Law has a twofold purpose. It is meant to govern. It is alsomeant to educate.” ( Cecil B. DeMille, producer of the movie The Ten Commandments Commencement Address, Brigham YoungUniversity Speeches of the Year [Provo, 31 May 1957], p. 4.)

–It is ‘equality’ that will vary asmuch as the man’s circumstances, his family, his wants and needs,may vary.” (President J. Reuben Clark Jr. In Conference Report, Oct. 1942, p. 55.)

-Concerning the law of consecration and who will have what and equality, “ A couple with seven children has needs different fromone just beginning married life.”

-“People who locate in a home or apartment knowing that they willmove to another in a short time may have a tendency to neglectChurch attendance and other responsibilities. They rationalize,“Well, we won’t be here long.” The Lord wanted the Saints to live the gospel and share it in Ohio as though they were to be there fora long time.“

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on Book of Mormon & Pearl of Great Price Class Lectures at BYU by Hugh Nibley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: philosophy, repentance, forgiveness, honesty, emotion, faith, war, time, creation, Adam, practicality/conservationalism, Satan, we are liable to fall, gifts, prophecy, joy, visions, vocation

Notes principally taken from his Book of Mormon and Pearl of Great Price courses. These courses are in audio format and some video format available at church bookstores.

 

 

 

-Brigham Young said we need to cease childishness and become philosophers.

-Brigham Young said ” we would be a happier and a wiser people if we ate less, wore less clothes and worked less.””

– “Fasting is to keep self within bounds, not to exhaust self. We like to eat ’till we burst, but we must fast daily. It is to have an attitude towards God and to not have more than enough, because more than enough is just that, more than enough.

-Two things we can do perfectly are repent and forgive.

-Christ’s prayers did not focus on obtaining diplomas, etc. They focused on forgiveness for others.

-We share particles with each other as we interact and hence change the universe.

-The honest person will say how he feels.

-A BYU registrar, Brother John Hayes, knew all the individuals he checked into the university by name. He knew details about their lives. He cared for and had intimate friendships with each. Twenty five years later, he still remembered their names. God can and does know us all personally, like a parent’s love for each individual child.

-Happily ever after is usually at the end of a play, but there is where the play should begin. The world does not know what we will do in the hereafter. We will do things like travel from planet to planet sharing scientific knowledge and will increase in posterity and we will create forever. God’s work and His glory is to share. (Moses 1:39).

-When all know God, they have a common friend, and hence are friends.

-Minister means converse, not merely lecture. This is the root word of minister.

-Learn Latin and you will learn the rest much better.

-During WWI they had bibles in their pockets. During WWII they only had luck charms like rabbits feet. There was no faith in God.

-The three greatest gifts God has given man are life itself, progeny, and time to repent.

-Everything you teach must square with the scriptures-Joseph Smith

-Brigham Young said, “Prophecy is not an office. It is a gift. For example, Eliza Snow was one of the people who was most notably blessed with it. We ought not to neglect it.

-Science does not explain, it only describes.

-Intelligence is problem solving ability.

-Moroni broke an oath out of charity for his people to alleviate their suffering.

-A true scientist or artist does what he does for love.

-In the book of Moroni, the best gifts are listed first, those of intelligence. We need a clear mind in order to do all. Today, we are going brain dead.

-What is the filthy gift spoken of in the New Testament and the book of Moroni? Money.

-One translation of “to know” as in “to know God and His Christ whom He sent is life eternal” is “covenant,” hence He says He has only know the House of Israel.

-The Book of Mormon teaches about how the Jaredite, Nephite, and Jewish Nations were destroyed. It speaks of what led to that destruction. This is a very serious message to us in our day.

-A messenger may be an embessary like a case in the New Testament, an Apostle says he can’t argue their points on the law, he must only give the message he was sent to give.

-Angels comming represent God and come at critical times and it is as though God had personally come via them.

-The Book of Genesis, Bereshith is what it’s called in Hebrew, the word translates to premarital council.

-Brigham Young said, “This earth is patterned exactly after the world God lives on.”

-When you know of the hereafter, nothing can discourage the righteous.

-Nephi said he lived after the manner of happiness, which means they were happy all the time and so should we be.

-The Zohar states, we like God may create and destroy worlds if we qualify.

-Angels keep worlds coordinated under the same law, the Pearl of Great Price teaches.

-Like some generations being destroyed, some worlds’ citizens have not qualified for God’s visits and were destroyed.

-Ancient religion promised followers unlimited worlds.

-Democritis said God would make more worlds, seeing has how this one works.

-The Pearl of Great Price says that Adam walked into another time system when he left Eden.

-The world was created not in time, but with time. Time began existing with this earth.

-Kolob not near center of earth, only that group of stars. God over His system.

– Adam was a great man. He first man on the earth, like how you start a university with great men and hope it stays that way not start one with stupid men and hope it becomes great. The current status in society is not always the best! Just because we live later than people before us does not mean we are better than they were!

-Men not carnal sensual and devilish until they began to act that way. They are born good.

-Cain’s offering to the Lord was not acceptable for Satan said to do it to him; Cain was acting out of love for Lucifer.

-Lucifer asks people to make offering to the Lord; for example Adam and Cain. He wants to be leader and wanted to save souls, but not in God’s way. Now he seeks our misery.

-Adam and Eve had many children before Cain and Abel. They went astray. Cain was a great hope for them.

-Brigham Young said “it’s the work of the temples that set the bells of hell ringing like nothing else and I want to hear them ring again!”

-Brigham Young says how he could weep like a whipped child when he thinks of how far the saints fell short of their possibilities and opportunities.

-There is no end to what we can and will receive so long as we don’t reject it.

-Shakespeare was right about this world being a dross and sleep, but when the gospel in fullnes you find, all else is cast aside, it’s not just fine arts where you look at the menu, it’s the feast.

-Brigham Young said he felt his bones in him would consume lest he preached the gospel once he had found it, and left all temporal things so to do. He said he is not bound back by wife and child or nothing, but is living for the gospel. He said “I want you to ware your selves out (for the gospel cause).”

-5 times Brigham Young was driven out entirely. He said let ’em burn the temple the earth is the Lords and the fullness thereof. Let go of all and go worship. Things will care to themselves. Nothing has worn to me a gloomy aspect since I got the gospel. Even facing mobs. All works toward the good of the Kingdom.

-Never you find a sad true Saint. Joy to each needed measure. Brigham Young saw the temple burning and said “Good. 3 cheers.” What the Lord lets go, we do too, with joy. All that matters is the work the Lord has for me to do today. This is what Brigham Young was known to say.

-Visions of minds being opened isn’t like a symphony, but much more.

-Brigham Young said let none be known as privileged. He said this while giving his grains to the poor.

-Who live as they should constantly see glimpses of eternity.

-Brigham Young said there are no inexhaustible resources, and was an earth conservasionalist. This is the earth the Saints will receive, keep it well and love it. Don’t pollute it he said as they got to Salt Lake City.

-Brigham Young said if we would be nice to all animals, the snake would become tame.

-Brigham Young said when you hate something try to bless it and you’ll be well.

-Brigham Young said that the indians know just as much about the Lord as anyone else.

-Brigham Young said I think myself a coward. Theres more trouble when we think of ourselves as brave; But don’t be sentimental about it.

-Brigham Young said indians aren’t to be trusted and neither are we. Only God trust.

-Brigham Young said animals will be exhausted. The armies of the Lord. Let them eat your crops so long as you have enough.

-Brigham Young said if I’m going to build a house or a temple I never count the cost if the Lord deem it let it be. I never insure my property. My insurance company is in heaven.

-Brigham Young became practical by not being practical.

-Lucifer one of the highest ones in heaven fell, so don’t think you can’t.

-Brigham Young said There is no life of more importance than this one.

-Brigham Young said the man who honors their Priesthood will be exhausted.

-Rather you live in wagons than be set on your homes. Be as ready to leave your nice homes as you would a dugout.

-Brigham Young said We aren’t, never have been, nor ever will be in danger. The only thing in this life is to resist evil, an inner thing. Never fear being afflicted, rather living not as you ought is what you need to fear. Aside from that there is no problem.

-Brigham Young said you shall worship the Lord even when you think you can’t say 1 good thing about him.

-Brigham Young said I am more afraid of covetousness than of all the hordes of hell. God will make victor of his people.

-Brigham Young said if we love our religion, we will increase faster than they (as a people).

-Brigham Young said the most despicable man on earth is worth worlds.

-Brigham Young said all satan can do is destroy, so lets not imitate him. Brigham Young was known to be a builder.

-Brigham Young said I won’t bring a railing opposition against Satan, for he is fulfilling his calling manfully.

-Friend and enemy alike, no soul ever said that Joseph Smith ever did an unkind thing.

– When asked how to confront the scandal words against his character, Brigham Young said he knew not weather he had any character, he never stopped to ask.

– Brigham Young said When men are oppressed it’s in their own hearts and feelings.

-Brigham Young said the main problem with people who see ill in others is how they find lack in themselves.

-Brigham Young said the kingdom doesn’t need you- don’t try to steady the ark unless called upon. A dark spot in yourself there is when you seek such.

-Brigham Young said The secret of mine is to never worry. I never do. Also, Joseph Smith came to Brigham Young oft and said don’t be in a hurry.

-Brigham Young is filled with awe in the presence of his fellow men, even in addressing children.

-Brigham Young said there is no place in the kingdom of God for worldly ambition.

-Brigham Young said never show your political views with the gospel. We want no contention with any man, nor nation.

-Brigham Young said mind own business, never ask to see how great you are. Never seek a leadership calling!

-Brigham Young said I’de rather go to the humblest of homes and speak of the gospel than to go to 50 fancy parties.

-Brigham Young loathed how people wanted him to be governor.

-30 years even in the church and we are not ready to see visions of eternity.

-Brigham Young said many of the Saints are glued to material things. They say “this is mine.” Mankind hold to the earth as if it was their all. God is who gives all sustainment. No power for the Saints until they are prepared to wield it.

– Brigham Young said If Saints rely on the world they’ll work wearily to death, and a future generation will forsake what was in store for them.

-Brigham Young said Lust after the world has destroyed the greatest nations ever. Oft Saints want to get very rich before helping the church instead of helping now.

-Brigham Young said some Saints magnify one scripture and leave others excusing themselves, especially as they acquire land.

-Brigham Young said just like Babylon, some Saints trade and traffic with each other, and like the people in the world who are in a sea of confusion. Trying to take advantage of the Gentiles.

-If you are a Saint, you know this world is a wicked one.

-Temple ordinances are everywhere in the Book of Mormon if we know where to look for them.

-Greek tragedies show what life is like without the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

-All holy men must be alien to this world.

-Joseph Smith said a righteous man back in the day had better chance at being righteous than a righteous man of today does.

-Nothing more important than preserving the sanitary gap between what is holy and what is profane (we need to know what each are).

-Before the Lord all things are manifest past present and future.

-Grass shrubs trees in that order appeared on this earth in the creation. Elephants then lions came.

-Adam’s real career didn’t begin until he was married in the covenant.

-Earth not made at same time as all other creation.

-“New earth” of Adam said to him when he there, it was formed long before he got there.

-Dominion over animals does not equal extermination but leadership.

-We must love and be concerned for all of God’s creatures because he does. This is the commandment.

-1st thing Moses taught the children of Israel was the free will offering, totally required, to see if they would pass like Abraham, giving the amount they chose.

-Humor is intelligent poking at how our society is etc. It’s not light mindedness. Joseph Smith had a laugh that shook his whole frame.

-To receive a new name is to receive a new persona or role or societal role. There may be a name only a parent knows a child by.

-Timothy read an ancient thing saying in council in heaven when Adam chosen to be in the Presidency of creation, Lucifer would not recognize him and said Adam should worship him Lucifer for he was before him. At this point Christ had him kicked out and told the angels to remove his sign of words from off of his right hand and remove his protective armor. The angels were hesitant to do so to one so high in authority. He and his followers had to leave. He was pierced through shoulders removing 1/3 of his strength, hence his attacks would always be by stratagem and not by physical personal strength.

-Brigham Young said The Law of Consecration is the most easy to understand, so when the Saints ignore it, they do it consciously.

-Drink water, never eat candy, such is for children.

-Joseph Smith used word endow (get a gift) and endew (put on robe or a calling) interchangeably.

-The watchers, angels from God sent to help Enoch’s people, but they fell from grace for the daughters of men, and giants were born. They had ordinances and thought to set up false Priesthoods as Adam predicted. Their punishments were to be rejected like Cain from both heaven and earth.

-On revealing unlawful sacred things, one merely gives up his integrity.

-Veil not a wall is used to suggest we can pass into and hear from heaven if we wish.

-the Shabako text is oldest of all religious writings. It speaks of temple, etc.

-Joseph Smith said Secretarian religion is the apostate religion. Masonry was Priesthood, but now is apostate all though much of what they do is perfect.

-Some respect for Catholicism going back a ways.

-Joseph Smith said I advise all to go on to perfection and continually seek the mysteries of Godliness. I find new things for my hearers, I always try to find new things for my hearers.

-Joseph Smith said never aspire, accuse, contend, or coerce.

-Brigham Young said the only real world is Zion.

-May our anxiety be upon our purification. At a casino a Saint is out of place.

-Nixon wrote faith without strength is nothing, but really faith is strength. Nixon said sword is best defense, but Ammon knew gospel preaching was.

-What I like most about The Law of Consecration is that there is no economics.

-Brigham Young said competitiveness halts us from bettering our minds, which is why we are here (on earth).

-Abraham never drove a hard bargain.

-Having an enemy hinders creativity.

-At war time don’t turn to military but to God.

-When the earth is a Celestial globe, a sea of glass, will it be boring? No. The Urim and Thumim can cause our surroundings to be a mountain, a beach, whatever we will.

-According to the Law of Moses, a newlywed man was not to join the army for the first year of their marriage, but was to stay home and cheer his wife during that time.

-Adam walked with the Lord in the evening in the garden of Eden, and conversed oft with angels there. Also the company of his wife and caring for the land kept him in a splendid state.

-Adam’s post-Eden mission in life was 1. search the scriptures 2. the work of the kingdom 3. till the land.

-Employer God pays for our food etc and says take no thought for it, you’re here to learn. Satan wants our employ, and wants us to study only how to get bigger and better lunches. “Sufficient for our needs” is nothing to him (Satan), he wants us to milk our employer or employee for all they are worth. Brigham Young started BYU to get people to not be obsessed with “lunch”, to negate or put down the philosophy that we are here to take advantage of each other and that such is our right. Brigham Young said theres plenty of schools who teach what scientists say but don’t dare preach the gospel, and BYU is to not be that way.

-Law of Moses forbid not letting oxen eat corn while they plow; Moses cursed people who covered their trees forbidding the birds their lunch. Passing by beggars was also forbidden.

-One reason the ancients lived longer was from eating better food.

-Brigham Young said Joseph Smith not as good at management and economics, but the wisdom of God is greater than that of men.

-Brigham Young said down with common Mormons. Cliche Mormons. I want diversity!

-How tell if something is of this world? The test is weather you can have it for money. If not, it does not belong to this world.

-Not well to limit what missionaries can read or listen to to an extent.

-Brigham Young wouldn’t sign a thing saying what his virtues were for he knew them.

-Einstein said in his book “The world as I see it” that daily he considered 100 times how he depended on the world of others on his outside and inside, them that went before him game him so much he has to work always to give back and contribute similarly in his day, yet Einstein was one of the most aloof or reclusive people you would know, and here he says he depended totally on his society (Nibley speaks of Einstein in positive light referring to him as exemplary).

-Brigham Young said no two worlds are alike, similarly to how he (BY) never built two houses to look exactly alike.

-When we seek to expand our property, we take one step further from Zion.

-Zion isn’t here, it’s in heaven. It’s perfect. When offended it like a chase virtuous woman flees.

-Brigham Young said we must not wait for Enoch or angels to bring Zion but need build Zion so we are ready (for when Enoch and his city come to us).

-Brigham Young said who think “how can I get richer or get this or that?” Can’t make it into the Celestial Kingdom and isn’t magnifying his Priesthood.

-Plato said rhetoric is the art of making false seem true, and true seem false.

-Respectability is a mask of Babylon.

-Idoler in Zion not eat means the big whig capitalists should not be able to live better than others. We oft interpret it to mean that lazy people don’t deserve bread, but neither do those who sit around in big corporate chairs taking advantage of their constituents!

-“These are mine for I earned them” is getting into anti-Christ.

-To take more than we need is to take what does not belong to us (BY or Nibley said this).

-Legality is excuse for immorality people say.

-People call institutions “Zion’s bank, Zion’s cars sales, etc” and it’s Babylon in Zion’s name.

-Ancient Seric story of the pearl writing and Baruch writings etc. show treasure in heaven is a real treasury we can add to by good works. There is a robe there for us etc.

-President J Fielding said Jacob 5 is one of the best and most powerful parts of the Book of Mormon.

-The Lord’s people are ever referred to as the poor; this some 30 times in the Book of Mormon.

-when the Apostles failed to cast out devils in an instance in the New Testament, the Lord lost his patience with them because he knew they could do better than that. The devils in this instance are also referred to as “it”.

-Brigham Young said someone is out to destroy our minds by having us think of what we ought not.

-Joseph Smith said learning of eternity makes the most zeal in a person.

-Count cost to build tower Jesus said we all do this. Jesus is saying why can’t we take our eternity more seriously? You count the cost of a tower before you build it lest you fail, then why can’t you do something similar for you spiritual welfare? We are too economical.

-Brigham Young said I don’t like the world at all and don’t like being associated with them of the world (referring to the wickedness/ungodly).

-Devils who have more knowledge than us have power over us so we need revelation.

-We can only think of 1 thing at a time. Scientists know not why. God can think of many things at once.

-Leave devils employ then what? Simple. Trust God.

-Brigham Young said if Gods liked knowledge for power they would cease to be Gods.

-Joseph Smith said Hebrew learn; we need scripture original languages because can’t get it all by revelation.

-Psychologists teach that the mind without knowledge will make things up because the mind craves knowledge like the body does food.

-Mosiah 4:11-12 is the key, always remember your own nothingness and the goodness, of God, and you’ll always rejoice!
(Me Nothing + Good God = Rejoice!)

-At the BYU they don’t burn the candle light for scholarship like at other schools, no, you’ll see none of that at BYU. You need to shape up BYU, and study longer! You can’t go to bed till 3 am. Perhaps 2 am will suffice for you.

-The sermon of King Benjamin in the Book of Mormon fits perfectly with what they would do in those days, the king would traditionally get up and teach the people that he was not their real king, that God is, and that they should obey God.

-There was always a gathering of the year, where they celebrated the creation, and sang the creation song, which is the song we sang in premortality. They did representations of the creation, acting it out. This happened in the ancient world.

-The Pearl is an ancient account of a man who is in heaven, and is sent off by his heavenly parents to go to earth to find a pearl. This is not LDS or Christian mind you, this is way before Christ. The man’s mother (in heaven) is the last to bid him goodbye as he goes. He goes and on earth is met by a serpent at a type of hotel. He thinks he will get the best of that serpent, but he should just stay away from the serpent. The serpent tricks him. Angels (messengers) are sent to tell the man that he needs to stay focused and get the pearl so he will not loose his inheritance. He finds the pearl and returns to heaven where his heavenly parents greet him and he gets the family robe and ring, showing family membership and inheritance.

-He reads the newspaper regularly, most every day.

-He has a Dr. degree in world history, though he started out in sociology.

How to write an anti-Mormon book: adapted from a speech on that:

-To write an anti-Mormon book all you have to do is say things like “the Mormons do so many horrible things, oh do they ever, I can’t even begin to mention how many!” Then change the subject.

-To write an anti-Mormon book, some take the approach of “I’ve lived among them in the more Mormon populated areas, and so let me tell you the insiders story of what those Mormons are really like, the which those of you who don’t live in highly populated Mormon places could not possibly know!” Others take the approach “I’ve lived on the outskirts of the Mormons, not where the majority of them live, let me tell you the secrets of how the REALLY behave, the which you couldn’t possibly know living in the places where they are more populous!”

-To write an anti- Mormon book, you put in your fare share of blatant lies about how we behave.

-To write an anti-Mormon book, you take things out of context and blow them up to extreme and ever more unrealistic proportions.

The Hopi Indians

-The Hopi Indians are a good example of how a people can refuse to take up arms and yet survive longer than other peoples. They are wonderful people.

-Among the Hopi Indians, if one has corn, they all have corn. They share with each other.

-To the Hopi Indians, there are 2 types of people: White men, and Mormons. Mormons they view as being a mix of the white man and the Hopi’s.

-The Hopi Indians celebrate with a massive party every weekend, this is good.

-The Hopi Indians have been offered their children to go off to live in a nice home with all you could ever want, but that to them is Babylon; all that is being offered them is money. They rather carryout their lives and teach their children in their own homes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on 400 Questions and Answers about the New Testament by Susan Easton Black – unfinished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

topics include marriage, vocation, parenting, Sabbath etc.

-6 days have their pair. 2 and 2 and 2. But the Sabbath is the 7th day; it is purposefully left alone, to be paired with the bridegroom Jesus Christ.  This is the understanding of it by the ancients.
-Jesus taught that a good man doesn’t give people who ask bread a stone or who ask fish a serpent. This actually occurred in those days, the giving of these bad gifts.
-To be a craftsman was commended by the Jews since their government was so corrupt. It was a sign of independence and manliness.
-Neglecting to teach your son was said to be to make him a robber.
-Marriage was said to be, or at least symbolic of, receiving a forgiveness of sins. It was considered a time of newness for the lives of the individuals involved.
-It was common for men to work aside their fathers.
-12 year old males were to be taught at the temple.
-The returning prodigal son would be laughed at and scorned at by his household, mocking him for having left and for returning in a lowly state. But in Jesus’ parable which relates the father to being God (*The Father or The Son), the father upon seeing the man returning home, runs out to meet him. To be seen running publicly was to make oneself a laughing stock. Hence we see that father spared his son mockery by running out to him, and instead took the mockery upon himself.
-The woman washing the feet of Jesus with her hair in the house of Simon was not a traditional act. Usually, the only person a woman would wash feet with hair was that of her husband. Jesus rebuked Simon for Simon’s ill thoughts, he being able to discern them. He told Simon that she was doing a good thing to him. (*In essence Jesus was telling Simon that Simon needed to let go of some of the strictness of Simon’s ways that were not required, and to begin having more care for others, especially Christ the Master. Simon didn’t do any of the common courtesy things that are commonly done for guests in the home, but behold what the woman does. (Elder McConkie in “The Mortal Messiah” explains that this was a once sinner but now repented and baptized person, who was grateful for what her Messiah had done for her.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on Verse by Verse The Old Testament Vol. 1 by D Kelly Ogden; Andrew C. Skinner – unfinished

 

 

 

1 Genesis through 2 Samuel & Psalms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authors also have verse by verse books on other scriptures such as Book of Mormon, New Testament, Doctrine and Covenants.

-Enoch p65

-Noah p67

-Marry out of the covenant Exo. 23:32-33 p68-70

-Why the flood @ Noah’s time p21

-Perfect defined p73

-Abrahamic Covenant to prophets before him p76

-Earth lives p77

-Sacrifice p78

-Pleasure hunting abomination p78

-Capital Punishment p78

-New and Everlasting Covenant p80

-Gog and Magog p82

-Military commanders p94

-Sacrament at Abrahams day p94

-Melchizedek p95

-Covenant partner with God; Abrahamic Covenant blessings p100

-Old and or deteriorating live to defend people from satan p104 (*like grandpa 94 years!)

-Vice embraced when seen oft p105

-Abraham says Jehovah will be sacrificed p114

-Abraham and Issac list of how they are like Christ and Heavenly Father p115

-Trials before exhaust as Abraham. The Priesthood will try you. p117

-Urim and Thumim to return p139

-Jacobs endowment p140

-Joseph Egypt prophecies restored. p168

-Moses marries ethipoian p178

-Jesus and Moses look alike p178

-Moses prophecy of Christ p181

-Dove satan can’t replicate p186

-fears when called to serve p186

-Ra sun God like Christ ways one p196

-Propheteses p202

-Peculiar people p206

-Exhaulted during Millennium p207

-Potencial privilages in Israel p207

-reference to constitution of Israel

-punished only for own sins p211

-profane language; Pres. Kimball; p211

-teach children references p212

-killing in defense vs. murder references p213

-forgivenes for adultery references p2143

-adultry=lust refernece -p214

-why we must keep the 10 commandments by TSM p215

-The 6 Commandments we are bad at by Elder Parry p215-216

-Some Commandments more serious than others. Moral absolutes. Family fidelity = glue of society; Elder Parry; p216

-slavery in Israel p218

-Seventys seeing God p222

-why cherubim; references p224

-temple p228

-baptism in Exodus p231

-H.G. in O.T. p233

Charts:

p14-15 organization of O.T. books

p99 perfection meanings and references

p173 pictures of Egyptian records with Israel

p228 Temple pictures

Special Pages:

Genesis: p40 the name of God; p165 Joseph like Jesus Christ

Exodus: p174themes of Exodus; p198-199 passover symbolism; p180 Moses like Jesus Christ.

Leviticus: p245 offering types; p257 holy days, feasts, festivals in law of Moses.

Numbers: p262 Number symbols; p283 strict obedience.

Books:

p43 book on serpent symbol

p52 talk on work

p89 TG’s and Encyclopedia of Mormonism

p57 premortality type by Pres. McKay

p69 answers to gospel questions

p207 McConkie Docttrinal N.T. commentary & Mormon doctrine

p208 “Faith precedes the miracle” by Pres. Kimball

p229 Garment references

p226 Number symbol books and pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on Verse by Verse The Four Gospels by D. Kelly Odgen and Andrew Skinner – unfinished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authors also have verse by verse books on other scriptures such as Book of Mormon, New Testament, Doctrine and Covenants.

Intro:

-Elder Scott of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles gave Dr. Odgen a Priesthood blessing wherein he told him that few people have had opportunity to learn of the life of Christ as he has, and that he has a special responsibility to teach others about Christ.

-Robert Millet (professor of ancient scripture at BYU and former BYU dean of religious studies) said this book falls under the category of seeking wisdom out of the best books by study and by faith.

-Joseph Fielding McConkie (professor of ancient scripture at BYU) said this book is a good reference for doctrine as well as historical background.

-Bible reading is an education itself

-The Bible is worth all books that have ever been printed

-A through knowledge of the bible is worth more than a college education

-the bible teaches us about God and guides us back to him.

-Why study the King James Version? Largest selling version, bible most used at the time of the restoration, masterpiece of the english language. It strengthens faith whereas other editions at times raise doubts.

-President Hinckley taught that the best way to measure accuracy of any biblical passage is by comparing it against the Book of Mormon and other modern revelations. The KJV supports the Church in doctrinal matters best among bible versions. It is one of the standard works of the Church (there are 4, the KJV Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Doctrine and Covenants). These are to be used regularly in family and personal study, and in church meetings.

-President Packer taught that the generations coming will be able to develop far better gospel scholarship than their forefathers were able to achieve because of the gospel study helps in the LDS scriptures (topical guide, cross references, dictionary, maps, Joseph Smith translation of the bible, etc)

–Joseph Smith translation of the bible is important; not all of it is listed in the LDS scriptures (must obtain it in another book); makes important changes like instead of “I never knew you” Christ really says “Ye never knew me.”

-repetition in the scriptures is not accidental, but is to emphasize

Foreordained Messiah:

-1st Presidency said “all men and women are in the similitude of the universal Father and Mother, and are literally the sons and daughters of Deity” (Messages of the First Presidency, 4:203.) p11

-1st Presidency said “among the spirit children of Elohim the firstborn was and is Jehovah or Jesus Christ to whom all others are juniors” (“The Father and the Son: A Doctrinal Exposition,” in Messages of the First Presidency, 5:33). p11

-Elder Bruce R. McConkie says “The Church of the Firstborn is his (Christ’s) heavenly church, albeit its members are limited to exalted beings, for whom the family unit continues and who gain an inheritance in the highest heaven of the celestial world.” (Promised Messiah, 47). p12

-Elder BR McConkie taught Jesus Christ is the first born of our heavenly parents in the pre-mortal existence; he there had a body of spirit that had a definite birth or time of organization just like every other spirit child of God (Promised Messiah, 47)

-Jesus was a God in the pre-mortal realm, we were not.

-When it says Christ is the word of God, D&C explains this, that he is the “messenger of salvation” D&C 93:8

-The Milky Way Galaxy is about 5,700,000,000,000,000,000 miles wide; aka 100,000 light years across from one side to the other (and a light year travels 5.7 trillion miles in 365 days).

-The Milky Way Galaxy has at least 200 billions of stars; each one likely possessing a solar system of it’s own (*hence we could have 200 billion peopled earths in the Milky Way Galaxy) p14

-God the Father is the source of creating power, and though Jehovah, Michael and others helped with creation, the cap stone of it was done by God the Father (New Witness for the Articles of Faith, 63). p15

–I AM encompasses I was, I am, and I will be. The Hebrew suggests to be, to exist, the Greek suggests past present and future existence. Called the Tetragrammaton in Greek. p16

-Christ was commissioned to speak as though he were God the Father. He spoke in the first person as though he were the original or primal father (McConkie Promised Messiah, 63).

-Jehovah represents his father in power and authority (The Brethren quoted in Talmage, Articles of Faith, 470-71).

-“All revelation since the fall has come through Jesus Christ, who is the Jehovah of the Old Testament. In all of the scriptures, where God is mentioned and where he has appeared, it was Jehovah who talked with Abraham, with Noah, Enoch, Moses and all the prophets…”

“The Father [Elohim] has never dealt with man directly and personally since the fall, and he has never appeared except to introduce and bear record of the Son” (Doctrines of Salvation, 1:27). p17-8

-The Atonement of Christ was fore-operative, allowing us to be born into mortality innocent, with a clean slate as it were. p19

-God hath atoned for original guilt (Moses 6:54) p20 (*could be referring to washing away our pre-mortal errors). Elder Orson Pratt said Jesus atoned for sin “committed, not only in the second, but also the first estate.” (The Seer, no. 4, 1:54)

-The Atonement of Christ was not the action of a mere human (Alma 34:10). It was made by God himself (Mosiah 3:5-8).

-By the Savior the worlds were made, and “Whose inhabitants, too, from the first to the last, are sav’d by the very same Saviour of ours; and of coarse, are begotten God’s daughters and sons, by the very same truths, and the very same power’s.” (Times and Seasons, 4:81-85; McConkie and Ostler, Revelations of the Restoration, 543) p22

-“Behold the condescension of God!” (1 Nephi 11:26); McConkie taught that God the Father “condescended to step down from his Almighty throne, to step down to a lesser and benighted state, as it were, and become the Father of a Son ‘after the manner of the flesh.’… [and] the Creator [The Son] of all things from the beginning [did also] step down from his high state of exaltation and be, for a moment, like one of the creatures of his creating.” (Promised Messiah, 467). p23

Part 2: Preparation for the Messiah:

-English “godspel” is where the word gospel came from; it means “god story”; also from the Greek word “euaggelion” meaning good tidings or good news. p27

-Matthew Mark and Luke are called “the synoptic gospels”, and treat relatively the same point of view and accounts, but “the Gospel of our Lord according to John” is about the deep doctrines of the gospel and neglects to tell of many of the stories. p27

-Matthew was a tax collector; Luke a physician and educated in writing; Mark was wealthy and well educated; got his information from Peter (1 Peter 5:13); John was a fisherman. p29

-Matthew cited Old Testament prophecies, almost 100 quotes therefrom in his book. This was to show that Jesus was son of David, promised Messianic King. p29

-Mark has geographical and cultural explanations for non-Jewish readers; 1/3 of his book is the Passion story; treats Jesus’ miracles. p29

-Luke tells more stories of women; favorable to Gentiles; speaks of details in Jesus’ life, etc. p29

-John’s book teaches about Jesus as a Light, Life, and Way for all men.

-Matthew gives legal descent; Luke gives natural descent through actual parentage (Bible Dictionary “Genealogy”, 678). p31

-Elder Talmage wrote Christ “would be born through a royal line. Genealogy of Joseph was that of Mary also as they were cousins. Mary was of Davidic descent. The blood of David’s posterity was given to the body of Jesus through Mary alone.” (Jesus The Christ, 81-82)

-“Joseph as the adoptive father, would have been the legal ancestor through whom Jesus’ royal lineage would have been traced” (Strobel, Case for Christ, 47).

-Compare the genealogies presented and remember that Hebrew and Greek forms of the names are at times different. A list of these correlating given p32.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes on Ezekiel: Watchman of Israel – Excerpts from Church Old Testament Manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

–It is very difficult, if not impossible, for a mortal to convey in writing the message and spirit of a vision or other revelation from God so that the reader will have a complete understanding of what took place and what was communicated. Such was the challenge of Ezekiel in describing his transcendent visions of heaven. Others, too, have faced the same challenge (see 2 Corinthians 12:4;3 Nephi 28:12–14; D&C 76:114–17). Joseph Smithsaid that “could you gaze into heaven five minutes, you would know more than you would by reading all that ever was written on the subject” (History of the Church, 6:50). One must experience revelation to understand it fully.

-Those, including Ezekiel, who have had visitations or visions from the eternal worlds have often used symbolism, metaphor, simile, comparisons, and other kinds of figurative language to try to convey the experience they had and the message they received (see D&C 110:2–3; JS—H 1:32;Daniel 10:5–9; Revelation 1:12–18; 12:1–6). Therefore, everything Ezekiel said need not be taken literally, for he used many figurative expressions to try to tell that which was far beyond mortal experience. Many times, for example, he used words like as, likeness, andappearance (see Ezekiel 1:4–5, 7, 10, 13–14, 16, 24, 26–28).

– Ezekiel 1:4, 13. Cloud, Fire, Brightness, Color of Amber, Lamps, Lightning

These figures are used throughout the scriptures in association with the glory, power, and majesty of God’s presence or that of His messengers. (See “cloud” and “fire” in Exodus 13:21–22; 16:10; 19:9–16; 24:16; Leviticus 16:2; Matthew 17:5; D&C 34:7. See “fire,” “brightness,” “colour of amber,” “lamps,” and “lightning” in Exodus 3:2; Hebrews 12:29;1 Nephi 1:6; D&C 29:12; 110:2–3; 133:41;Habakkuk 3:3–4; Acts 26:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:8;JS—H 1:16–17, 30–32; Daniel 10:6.)

-The Prophet Joseph explained that the four beasts in John’s vision were representative of classes of beings (see D&C 77:3). The faces of the creatures in Ezekiel’s vision seem to represent the same thing.

-“Man is exalted among creatures; the eagle is exalted among birds; the ox is exalted among domestic animals; the lion is exalted among wild beasts; and all of them have received dominion, and greatness has been given them, yet they are stationed below the chariot of the Holy One” (Midrash Shemoth Rabbah 23; in D. Guthrie and J. A. Motyer, eds., The New Bible Commentary: Revised, p. 667). (On Ezekial beast vision from LDS OT Manual)

-Ezekiel saw that the throne of God was above the creatures (Ezekiel 1:26–28). That placement represents His having dominion over all living things, though He provides the means for all His creations, both human and animal, to enter into eternal glory, each in their appropriate order (seeD&C 77:2–3).

– Ezekiel 1:6. What Is Represented by the Wings the Creatures Had?

The Lord taught Joseph Smith that the wings of the beasts John saw in his revelation (seeRevelation 4:8) “are a representation of power, to move, to act, etc.” (D&C 77:4). That interpretation also seems to apply to the creatures in Ezekiel’s vision.

–Ezekiel 1:7. Feet like Burnished Brass

The word straight in Ezekiel 1:7means “standing upright, not bent, as when sitting or kneeling” (C. F. Keil and F. Delitzsch, Commentary on the Old Testament, 9:1:23). That is, the creatures did not travel as a person travels when walking.

The comparison of the sole of their feet to that of a calf seems to refer to the smoothness of a cow’s hoof to indicate the shininess of the feet of the beasts. “There is scarcely any thing that gives a higher lustre than highly polished or burnished brass.” (Adam Clarke, The Holy Bible … with a Commentary and Critical Notes, 4:425). In the King James Version of the Bible, polished brass is translated “amber.” It signifies beauty and glory (see D&C 110:3–4; Daniel 10:6; Revelation 1:15;2:18).

– Ezekiel 1:9, 11. Their Wings Were Joined Together

The creatures of Ezekiel’s vision were in complete harmony and unity. They moved as one, symbolizing the total unity that exists among all living things who submit to God’s will.

-The Prophet Joseph Smith said: “I make this broad declaration, that whenever God gives a vision of an image, or beast, or figure of any kind, He always holds Himself responsible to give a revelation or interpretation of the meaning thereof, otherwise we are not responsible or accountable for our belief in it. Don’t be afraid of being damned for not knowing the meaning of a vision or figure, if God has not given a revelation or interpretation of the subject.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 291.)

– Ezekiel 1:26–28. Ezekiel Saw God upon His Throne

Ezekiel saw a firmament, or expanse, above or over the creatures. Above the firmament Ezekiel saw God sitting on His throne in His glory. Ezekiel used several terms to describe the brilliance, beauty, and glory of God. Then, as a humble witness to such glory, beauty, and majesty, he fell upon his face in awe and reverent submission. (Compare Isaiah 6:1–5; Revelation 1:10–18; D&C 76:19–23; 110:1–4. Note especially the parallels between Ezekiel’s language and John’s inRevelation 4:2–11.)

– Ezekiel 2:9–10; 3:1–3. What Is Meant by the “Roll of a Book” the Lord Caused Ezekiel to Eat?

In a similar experience, the Apostle John, too, was commanded to eat a book. The Lord, through the Prophet Joseph Smith, explained that this action represented a mission given to John among the tribes of Israel (see D&C 77:14).

Elder Bruce R. McConkie wrote that “John’s act of eating a book containing the word of God to him was in keeping with the custom and tradition of ancient Israel. The act signified that he was eating the bread of life, that he was partaking of the good word of God, that he was feasting upon the word of Christ—which was in his ‘mouth sweet as honey.’ But it made his ‘belly bitter’; that is, the judgments and plagues promised those to whom the Lord’s word was sent caused him to despair and have sorrow of soul. ‘How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!’ (Psalm 119:103.) Such is the exulting cry of the Psalmist. And, conversely, how bitter is the penalty for rebellion and disobedience. Ezekiel had a similar experience. He was commanded to eat a roll (a book), which was in his mouth ‘as honey for sweetness,’ but in the writing itself there was ‘lamentations, and mourning, and woe.’ (Ezek. 2:6–10; 3:1–3.)” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3:507.)

–Ezekiel 3:8. “I Have Made Thy Face … and Thy Forehead Strong”

The words of Ezekiel 3:8are a Hebrew idiom suggesting essentially the English idiom “face up to it.” The Lord promised Ezekiel power, courage, and firmness, since his mission was to a very rebellious and stubborn people (see Jeremiah 1:17–19). The Lord gives His humble servants sufficient strength to withstand the world’s opposition as they seek to do His will.

– Ezekiel 3:17–21. There Can Be Jeopardy in Being a Watchman

Ezekiel’s prophecies did not fall on friendly ears. But, as a watchman, he had to raise the warning voice. The analogy of the watchman referred to the military watchman who had to stay awake and who faced execution if he failed to warn the city when the enemy appeared. Such a watchman was in jeopardy always: the enemy sought to destroy him to keep him from raising the warning and, if he did not raise the warning when it was needed, his life was in jeopardy at the hands of those he was responsible to warn. Likewise, watchmen in the Lord’s kingdom have a serious responsibility with far-reaching consequences, as Elder Ezra Taft Benson taught:

“As watchmen on the tower of Zion, it is our obligation and right as leaders to speak out against current evils—evils that strike at the very foundation of all we hold dear as the true church of Christ. …

“As one of these watchmen, with a love for humanity, I accept humbly this obligation and challenge and gratefully strive to do my duty without fear. In times as serious as these, we must not permit fear of criticism to keep us from doing our duty, even at the risk of our counsel being tabbed as political, as government becomes more and more entwined in our daily lives.

“In the crisis through which we are now passing, we have been fully warned. This has brought forth some criticism. There are some of us who do not want to hear the message. It embarrasses us. The things which are threatening our lives, our welfare, our freedoms are the very things some of us have been condoning. Many do not want to be disturbed as they continue to enjoy their comfortable complacency.

“The Church is founded on eternal truth. We do not compromise principle. We do not surrender our standards regardless of current trends or pressures. Our allegiance to truth as a church is unwavering. Speaking out against immoral or unjust actions has been the burden of prophets and disciples of God from time immemorial. It was for this very reason that many of them were persecuted. Nevertheless, it was their God-given task, as watchmen on the tower, to warn the people.” (In Conference Report, Apr. 1973, pp. 49–50; or Ensign, July 1973, p. 38.)

– Ezekiel 3:25–27. What Is Meant by Ezekiel’s Being Bound?

Ezekiel was called to prophesy to a very obstinate people, and, as Nephi later said, “the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center” (1 Nephi 16:2). Hearing messages of reproof and warning, the unrighteous rose up against Ezekiel. They sought to quiet his preaching and hinder his work, either by physical binding and confinement (though there is no scriptural record that this did actually happen), or by rejecting his message, refusing to listen, and seeking to get others to do the same, thus “binding” Ezekiel’s effectiveness.

-Ezekiel was instructed to present visual representations before the people to teach His messages more effectively (see Ezekiel 4:1–17; 5). Other prophets have been instructed to use similar teaching techniques (see Jeremiah 27:1–11; 1 Kings 11:29–39; 13:1–11; 19:1–18; Acts 21:11).

–Ezekiel 4:9–11, 16–17. Why Was Ezekiel Instructed to Eat Specific Foods and to Do So by Weight and Measure?

Another symbolic act Ezekiel was commanded to perform represented the conditions that would prevail during the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem.

“In times of scarcity, it is customary in all countries to mix several kinds of coarser grain with the finer, to make it last the longer. This mashlin,which the prophet is commanded to take, of wheat, barley, beans, lentiles, millet, and fitches, was intended to show how scarce the necessaries of life should be during the siege.

“… The whole of the above grain, being ground, was to be formed into one mass, out of which he was to make three hundred and ninety loaves; one loaf for each day; and this loaf was to be of twenty shekels in weight. Now a shekel, being in weight about half an ounce, this would be ten ounces of bread for each day; and with this water to the amount of one sixth part of a hin, which is about a pint and a half of our measure. All this shows that so reduced should provisions be during the siege, that they should be obliged to eat the meanestsort of aliment, and that by weight, and their waterby measure; each man’s allowance being scarcely a pint and a half, and ten ounces, a little more thanhalf a pound of bread, for each day’s support.” (Clarke, Commentary, 4:434.)

The phrase “I will break the staff of bread” (Ezekiel 4:16) indicates that the time would come when the inhabitants of Jerusalem would be without bread. see 2 Kings 25:3for a record of the prophecy’s fulfillment.

–– Ezekiel 4:12–15. What Was the Purpose of Ezekiel’s Being Instructed to Cook with Dung?

“Dried ox and cow dung is a common fuel in the east; and with this, for want of wood and coals, they are obliged to prepare their food. Indeed, dried excrement of every kind is gathered. Here, the prophet is to prepare his bread with dry human excrement. … This was required to show the extreme degree of wretchedness to which they should be exposed; for, not being able toleave the city to collect the dried excrements of beasts, the inhabitants during the siege would be obliged, literally, to use dried human ordure for fuel. The very circumstances show that this was the plain fact of the case. However, we find that the prophet was relieved from using this kind of fuel, for cows’ dung was substituted at his request. See ver. 15.” (Clarke, Commentary, 4:434–35.) As Ezekiel 4:13indicates, the Jews would be driven to Babylon where they would be compelled to eat “defiled bread.” Because foreign lands were considered unclean (see Hosea 9:3–4; Amos 7:17), living and eating in other lands was considered unclean. (From LDS OT Manual)

-“To make the head bald, or to shave or pluck the beard, was a sign of mourning among the Hebrews and many other nations” (James M. Freeman, Manners and Customs of the Bible,p. 256; see also Ezra 9:3; Job 1:20; Isaiah 22:12;48:37–38 Ezekiel 5:1–4, 12).

– Ezekiel 5:10. “The Fathers Shall Eat the Sons”

As had been earlier prophesied by Moses (seeLeviticus 26:29; Deuteronomy 28:53), the siege of Jerusalem would be so severe and the famine would be so dreadful that parents would eat their children and children would eat their parents (seeEzekiel 16–17; Jeremiah 19:9; Lamentations 2:20;4:10). These tragedies also took place during the siege of Jerusalem by Titus in A.D. 70 (see Josephus, Wars of the Jews, bk. 5, chap. 10, pars. 1–5; bk. 6, chap. 3, pars. 3–5).

– Ezekiel 6:9. What Is Meant by the Phrase “Whorish Heart”?

The expression “whorish heart” refers to the idolatry practiced by Israel. Some may think it strange that ancient Israel was guilty of such infidelity to Jehovah. Yet modern Israel is often guilty of the same thing. Though today men rarely worship idols of wood or stone, they may devote themselves to serving certain governments that have set themselves up as the state religion, or they devote themselves to acquiring material things, or they dedicate themselves to other pursuits that take them away from service to God. (See Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle ofForgiveness, pp. 40–42; Old Testament Student Manual: Genesis–2 Samuel, pp. 245–48.)

The Jews worshiped strange gods because they put their trust in the power of men and earthly governments instead of in Jehovah and righteousness as the solution to human happiness and welfare. Modern idolatry is essentially the same as ancient idolatry, though the outward form has changed.

(LDS OT Manual)

– Ezekiel 7:7. “Not the Sounding Again of the Mountains”

The phrase “sounding again of the mountains” inEzekiel 7:7refers to the impending destruction of Jerusalem.

Clarke said: “The hostile troops are advancing! Ye hear a sound, a tumultuous noise; do not suppose that this proceeds from festivals upon the mountains; from the joy of harvestmen, or the treaders of the wine-press. [Great rejoicing was common at harvest time.] It is the noise of those by whom ye and your country are to fall; … and not the reverberation of sound, or reflected sound, or reechoing from the mountains. ‘Now will I shortly pour out,’ ver. 8. Here they come!” (Commentary, 4:439–40.)

Throughout chapter 7, Ezekiel sounds the same theme sounded by Jeremiah: because of the people’s wickedness, Jerusalem will be destroyed. (LDS OT Manual)

-The ornament mentioned in Ezekiel 7:20is a reference to the temple, the most beautiful ornament of Jerusalem. The temple will be despoiled and desecrated by conquerors because the people had despoiled and spiritually desecrated it with their idols.

– Ezekiel 8:3–18. Ezekiel’s Vision of Idolatrous Abominations in Jerusalem…The arrangement of these different forms of idolatry in four groups or abomination scenes (vers. 5, 6, 7–12, 13–15, and 16–18 (Keil and Delitzsch,Commentary, 9:1:116–17.)

–Ezekiel 8:7–12. Worship of Beasts in the Dark

In his vision of the second abomination shown him (see Ezekiel 8:7–12), Ezekiel saw all manner of beasts and creeping things.

“It is very likely that these images pourtrayed on the wall were the objects of Egyptian adoration: the ox, the ape, the dog, the crocodile, the ibis, thescaraboeus or beetle, and various other things. It appears that these were privately worshipped by the sanhedrin or great Jewish council, consisting of seventy or seventy-two persons, six chosen out of every tribe, as representatives of the people. The images were pourtrayed upon the wall, as we find those ancient idols are on the walls of thetombs of the kings and nobles of Egypt.” (Clarke,Commentary, 4:443.)

It is significant that such worship took place in the dark (see v. 12). This fact, in addition to the necessity Ezekiel was under to dig through the wall to see in, indicates that ancient Israelites knew of the Lord but sought to hide their abominable practices from Him. They said, “The Lord seeth us not” (v. 12). Such is often the case among those who perform unrighteous acts. How foolish it is for any to assume that they can hide their acts from God’s all-seeing eye!

The statement made by Elder Spencer W. Kimball concerning God’s omniscience was as applicable in Ezekiel’s time as it is today: “There are no corners so dark, no deserts so uninhabited, no canyons so remote, no automobiles so hidden, no homes so tight and shut in but that the all-seeing One can penetrate and observe” (“Message of Inspiration,” Church News, 30 May 1970, p. 2).

– Ezekiel 8:14. Who Was Tammuz and Why Did Women Weep for Him?

According to J. R. Dummelow, Tammuz was “a deity worshipped both in Babylonia and in Phoenicia—the same as the Greek Adonis. He appears to have been a god of the spring, and the myth regarding him told of his early death and of the descent of Istar his bride into the underworld in search of him. The death of Tammuz symbolised the destruction of the spring vegetation by the heat of summer, and it was celebrated annually by seven days of women’s mourning in the 4th month (June–July), which was called Tammuz. This superstition had been introduced into Jerusalem.” (A Commentary on the Holy Bible, pp. 497–98.)

– Ezekiel 8:16. Worship of the Sun with Backs toward the Temple

“Sun worship was practised by the Canaanites, but lately had been reintroduced from Assyria (2 Ki. 23:5, 11; Je. 8:2). Between the porch and the altar was the place where the priests offered prayer (Joel 2:17), with their faces, of course, towards the Temple; in this spot, with their backs to the temple, the adoration of the sun took place, as complete a renunciation of Yahweh [Jehovah] as possible.” (Guthrie and Motyer, New Bible Commentary, p. 670; see also 2 Chronicles 29:6.)

– Ezekiel 8:17. What Is Meant by Putting the “Branch to Their Nose”? Dummelow may be helpful. He wrote that the expression was “usually explained as a ceremony connected with sun-worship. Persian sun-worshippers held bunches of the twigs of certain trees before their mouths, that they might not contaminate the sun with their breath.” (Commentary, p. 498.)

–Ezekiel 9:4. Why Was a Mark Put on the Foreheads of the Righteous in Jerusalem?

“This mark was to be put on these faithful ones for their protection when the faithless were to be destroyed. It showed that they belonged to God. The allusion is to a very ancient custom. In Egypt a runaway slave was freed from his master if he went to the temple and gave himself up to the god, receiving certain marks upon his person to denote his consecration to the deity there worshiped. Cain had a mark put on him for his protection, as an evidence of God’s promise to spare his life notwithstanding his wickedness. [Genesis 4:15.] To this day all Hindoos have some sort of mark upon their forehead signifying their consecration to their gods. Several passages in the book of Revelation represent the saints as having a mark on their foreheads. [see Revelation 7:3; 9:4; 14:1; 22:4.] The followers of the ‘beast’ are also said to be marked in the forehead or in the hands. [see Revelation 13:16–17; 14:9; 20:4.] The Romans marked their soldiers in the hand and their slaves in the forehead. The woman in scarlet, whom John saw, had a name written on her forehead. [Revelation 17:5.]” (Freeman,Manners and Customs of the Bible, pp. 301–2.)

In this case the mark represented the allegiance of the faithful to God. As those who belonged to God, they would be preserved. (LDS OT Manual).

–Ezekiel 9:5–8. Slaying of Those Who Were Not Marked on the Forehead

None were to be slain who were marked on the forehead! This passage shows that even in war, plagues, and starvation, the Lord can preserve whom He will and leave the rest to die. In the great destructions in the Americas before Christ’s visit, though thousands were killed, the more righteous were spared (see 3 Nephi 10:12). Even though there will be martyrs and other exceptions, the Saints of this day have a promise that generally the righteous will be preserved in the tribulations to come (see 1 Nephi 22:16–17;2 Nephi 30:10; D&C 97:25–27; 115:6; Moses 7:61–62). To a great extent, the preservation of the righteous is a natural expectation since they follow inspired counsel by which they are led to make choices favorable to their well-being. (SeeNotes and Commentary on Ezekiel 21:4.)

It is not just association with God’s kingdom that preserves individuals; it is individual righteousness. In fact, the Lord has reserved His most severe judgments for those who profess His name but do not obey Him. Orson Pratt said: “Where shall these great and severe judgments begin? Upon what people does the Lord intend to commence this great work of vengeance? Upon the people who profess to know his name and still blaspheme it in the midst of his house. They are the ones designated for some of the most terrible judgments of the latter days.” (In N. B. Lundwall, comp., Inspired Prophetic Warnings to All Inhabitants of the Earth, p. 139.) Compare Ezekiel 9:6with Doctrine and Covenants 112:24–26.

–Ezekiel 10:2, 6–7. What Is Meant by the Coals of Fire Scattered over Jerusalem?

The part of Ezekiel’s vision found in Ezekiel 10:2, 6–7is a reference to the judgments and eventual burning and destruction which would come upon the city.

–Ezekiel 11:3, 7, 11. “It Is Not Near; Let Us Build Houses: This City Is the Caldron, and We Be the Flesh”

Keil and Delitzsch gave the following explanation of Ezekiel 11:3: “Jeremiah had called upon those in exile to build themselves houses in their banishment, and prepare for a lengthened stay in Babylon, and not to allow themselves to be deceived by the words of false prophets, who predicted a speedy return; for severe judgments had yet to fall upon those who had remained behind in the land [see Jeremiah 29]. This word of Jeremiah the authorities in Jerusalem ridiculed, saying ‘house-building is not near,’ i.e. the house-building in exile is still a long way off; it will not come to this, that Jerusalem should fall either permanently or entirely into the hands of the king of Babylon. On the contrary, Jerusalem is the pot, and we, its inhabitants, are the flesh. The point of comparison is this: as the pot protects the flesh from burning, so does the city of Jerusalem protect us from destruction. … This saying expresses not only false confidence in the strength of Jerusalem, but also contempt and scorn of the predictions of the prophets sent by God. Ezekiel is therefore to prophesy, as he does in vers. 5–12, against this pernicious counsel, which is confirming the people in their sins.” (Commentary, 9:1:144–45.)

– Ezekiel 12:27. “He Prophesieth of the Times That Are Far Off”

A common mistake that uninspired people make is to ignore prophetic warnings, thinking that the fulfillment is not imminent and that they still have time to “eat, drink, and be merry” (2 Nephi 28:7–8). They think that repentance can come later. The Lord warned of such foolishness during His ministry (see Matthew 24:37–44; 25:1–13). How much wiser it is to repent at the first voice of warning from the Lord’s anointed! (LDS OT Manual)

–Ezekiel 13:1–16. Ezekiel’s Reproof of False Prophets

Chapter 13 in Ezekiel closely parallels Jeremiah’s condemnation of false prophets (see Jeremiah 23:9–40).

It is common among the people of the world to reject the words of true prophets and accept the words of false ones (see Helaman 13:24–38). Such is the easy way in the beginning, for it allows people to accept only that which they want to hear. It is, however, the path to destruction.

False prophets pacify and lull people into carnal security (see 2 Nephi 28:21). Like the cunning foxes in the desert (see Ezekiel 13:4), they obtain their prey by subtlety. False prophets have not provided for the people a secure defense against spiritual destruction (see v. 5). Ezekiel compared the work of the false prophets to daubing a wall “with untempered morter” (v. 10). Freeman explained:

“Kitto is of the opinion that reference is here made to ‘cob-walls;’ that is, walls which are made of beaten earth rammed into molds or boxes, to give shape and consistence, and then emptied from the molds, layer by layer, on the wall, where it dries as the work goes on. Such walls cannot stand the effects of the weather, and houses built on this principle soon crumble and decay. … To protect them from the weather a very fine mortar is sometimes made, which is laid thickly on the outside of the walls. When this mortar is properly mixed with lime, it answers the purpose designed; but where the lime is left out, as is often the case, the ‘untempered mortar’ is no protection. …

“Some commentators, however, translate taphel,which in our version is rendered ‘untempered mortar,’ by the word ‘whitewash.’ They represent the idea of the text to be the figure of a wall of unendurable material, and coated, not with cement which might protect it, but with a mere thin covering of lime, which gives the wall a finished durable appearance, which its real character does not warrant.” (Manners and Customs of the Bible, p. 302.)

–Ezekiel 13:17–23. Denunciation of Sorceresses and Diviners

The word pillows (see Ezekiel 13:18) would better be translated bands or coverings. The kerchief was a kind of veil used as part of the trappings in the magical arts (see The Interpreter’s Bible, 6:132–33).

Ezekiel prophesied against women who, by divination (see Ezekiel 13:23), led people away from God and gave them a false sense of security. They brought destruction upon those who might otherwise live (spiritually) and held up and sustained those who ought to have been condemned (see vv. 19, 22). They promised prosperity and freedom (see v. 20) which they could not deliver (compare 2 Nephi 28:22–23;Alma 30:53, 60).

–Ezekiel 14:9. Does the Lord Ever Deceive Prophets?

In Joseph Smith’s inspired translation of the Bible, he corrected Ezekiel 14:9to read: “And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the Lord have not deceived that prophet.”

–Ezekiel 14:13–20. Noah, Job, and Daniel Could Not Save the Unrighteous from God’s Judgments

Daniel, who was a contemporary of Ezekiel in Babylon, was one of the most righteous men on the earth at the time and was highly favored of God. He was even respected by Nebuchadnezzar and Darius, kings of Babylon and Persia (seeDaniel 2:48; 6:1–3). The Lord referred to both Noah and Job as being perfect (see Genesis 6:9;Job 1:1, 8; 2:3), meaning that they were completely upright before God in living the commandments He had given them. But, Ezekiel said, even they could not save the people of Judah from the consequences of their sins. All people stand or fall in accordance with their own actions and cannot rely on the righteousness of others (see Ezekiel 14:18, 20). Also, it is not the personal power of the Lord’s spokesman that turns people to God but the willingness of the recipient to respond to the promptings and witness of the Spirit of God. (Consider, for example, the message of the Lord’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19–31.)

– Ezekiel 15:1–8. Inhabitants of Jerusalem Compared to a Useless Vine

The people at Jerusalem in Ezekiel’s day were similar to those referred to by Isaiah in his parable of a vineyard (see Isaiah 5:1–25). Though they had been set up as the Lord’s vineyard to produce fruit, they did not produce and were of little value.

“The worthlessness of a vine save only for its fruit was set forth by the Lord through His prophet Ezekiel (15:2–5); and truly it is so, that the wood of the grape plant is fit for nothing but burning; the whole vine as wood is inferior to a branch from a forest tree (verse 3). And Israel is represented as such a vine, precious if but fruitful, otherwise nothing but fuel and that of poor quality.” (James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, p. 542.)

– Ezekiel 16:3–5. The People of Jerusalem Were as Children of Heathens

The Lord referred to Jerusalem (which means Judah in general) as having the Amorites for their father and the Hittites for their mother.

“The descent and birth referred to are not physical, but spiritual descent. Spiritually, Israel sprang from the land of the Canaanites; [though they should have sprung from their spiritual father, Jehovah] and its father was the Amorite and its mother a Hittite, in the same sense in which Jesus said to the Jews, ‘Ye are of your father the devil’ (John viii. 44). The land of the Canaanites is mentioned as the land of the worst heathen abominations; and from among the Canaanitish tribes, the Amorites and Hittites are mentioned as father and mother, … because they were recognized as the leaders in Canaanitish ungodliness.” (Keil and Delitzsch, Commentary,9:1:196.)

The Lord said, “Thy navel [umbilical cord] was not cut” (Ezekiel 16:4). That is, they were still being nourished in their wickedness by the degrading practices of their heathen neighbors who had given them birth in iniquity. Neither were they “washed … salted … nor swaddled” (v. 4). They had not been cleansed from the corruptions they had obtained from their parents.

The reference to not being salted comes from an ancient practice wherein “new-born babes were rubbed with salt in order to harden their skin, as this operation was supposed to make it dry, tight, and firm. … The salt may also have been applied as an emblem of purity and incorruption.” (Freeman, Manners and Customs of the Bible,p. 304.) Swaddling means being wrapped in a cloth or bandage, which would have been somewhat of a protection to a tender infant. The message being conveyed by Ezekiel is that the Jews had never really been cleansed from the corruptions of the world and born as God’s children. Without God’s care they had no one as their protector.

 

Faith Appendix A: Excerpt from Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

 

 

 

…It was less than a century ago that most astronomers assumed that our Milky Way galaxy was the only galaxy in the universe.2 They supposed all that lay beyond our galaxy was an immense nothingness, an infinite void—empty, cold, and devoid of stars, light, and life.

As telescopes became more sophisticated—including telescopes that could be launched into space—astronomers began to grasp a spectacular, almost incomprehensible truth: the universe is mind-bogglingly bigger than anyone had previously believed, and the heavens are filled with numberless galaxies, unimaginably far away from us, each containing hundreds of billions of stars.3

In a very short period of time, our understanding of the universe changed forever.

Today we can see some of these distant galaxies.4

We know that they are there.

They have been there for a very long time.

But before mankind had instruments powerful enough to gather celestial light and bring these galaxies into visibility, we did not believe such a thing was possible.

The immensity of the universe didn’t suddenly change, but our ability to see and understand this truth changed dramatically. And with that greater light, mankind was introduced to glorious vistas we had never before imagined.

It Is Hard for Us to Believe What We Cannot See

Suppose you were able to travel back in time and have a conversation with people who lived a thousand or even a hundred years ago. Imagine trying to describe to them some of the modern technologies that you and I take for granted today. For example, what might these people think of us if we told them stories of jumbo jets, microwave ovens, handheld devices that contain vast digital libraries, and videos of our grandchildren that we instantly share with millions of people around the world?

Some might believe us. Most would ridicule, oppose, or perhaps even seek to silence or harm us. Some might attempt to apply logic, reason, and facts as they know them to show that we are misguided, foolish, or even dangerous. They might condemn us for attempting to mislead others.

But of course, these people would be completely mistaken. They might be well-meaning and sincere. They might feel absolutely positive of their opinion. But they simply would not be able to see clearly because they had not yet received the more complete light of truth.

The Promise of Light

It seems to be a trait of humanity to assume that we are right even when we are wrong. And if that is the case, what hope is there for any of us? Are we destined to drift aimlessly on an ocean of conflicting information, stranded on a raft we have poorly pieced together from our own biases?

Is it possible to find truth?

The purpose of my remarks is to proclaim the joyful message that God Himself—the Lord of Hosts who knows all truth—has given His children the promise that they can know truth for themselves.

Please consider the magnitude of this promise:

The Everlasting and Almighty God, the Creator of this vast universe, will speak to those who approach Him with a sincere heart and real intent.

He will speak to them in dreams, visions, thoughts, and feelings.

He will speak in a way that is unmistakable and that transcends human experience. He will give them divine direction and answers for their personal lives.

Of course, there will be those who scoff and say such a thing is impossible, that if there were a God, He would have better things to do than hear and answer a single person’s prayer.

But I tell you this: God cares about you. He will listen, and He will answer your personal questions. The answers to your prayers will come in His own way and in His own time, and therefore, you need to learn to listen to His voice. God wants you to find your way back to Him, and the Savior is the way.5 God wants you to learn of His Son, Jesus Christ, and experience the profound peace and joy that come from following the path of divine discipleship.

My dear friends, here is a fairly straightforward experiment, with a guarantee from God, found in a book of ancient scripture available to every man, woman, and child willing to put it to the test:

First, you must search the word of God. That means reading the scriptures and studying the words of the ancient as well as modern prophets regarding the restored gospel of Jesus Christ—not with an intent to doubt or criticize but with a sincere desire to discover truth. Ponder upon the things you will feel, and prepare your minds to receive the truth.6 “Even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you … that ye can give place for [the word of God].”7

Second, you must consider, ponder, fearlessly strive to believe,8 and be grateful for how merciful the Lord has been to His children from the time of Adam to our day by providing prophets, seers, and revelators to lead His Church and help us find the way back to Him.

Third, you must ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, to manifest the truth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints unto you. Ask with a sincere heart and with real intent, having faith in Christ.9

There is also a fourth step, given to us by the Savior: “If any man will do [God’s] will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”10 In other words, when you are trying to verify the truth of gospel principles, you must first live them. Put gospel doctrine and Church teachings to the test in your own life. Do it with real intent and enduring faith in God.

If you will do these things, you have a promise from God—who is bound by His word11—that He will manifest the truth to you by the power of the Holy Ghost. He will grant you greater light that will allow you to look through the darkness and witness unimaginably glorious vistas incomprehensible to mortal sight.

Some may say that the steps are too hard or that they are not worth the effort. But I suggest that this personal testimony of the gospel and the Church is the most important thing you can earn in this life. It will not only bless and guide you during this life, but it will also have a direct bearing on your life throughout eternity.

The Things of the Spirit Can Be Understood Only by the Spirit

Scientists were struggling to understand the breadth of the universe until instruments became sophisticated enough to gather in greater light so they could understand a more complete truth.

The Apostle Paul taught a parallel principle regarding spiritual knowledge. “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God,” he wrote to the Corinthians, “for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”12

In other words, if you want to recognize spiritual truth, you have to use the right instruments. You can’t come to an understanding of spiritual truth with instruments that are unable to detect it.

The Savior has told us in our day, “That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day.”13

The more we incline our hearts and minds toward God, the more heavenly light distills upon our souls. And each time we willingly and earnestly seek that light, we indicate to God our readiness to receive more light. Gradually, things that before seemed hazy, dark, and remote become clear, bright, and familiar to us.

By the same token, if we remove ourselves from the light of the gospel, our own light begins to dim—not in a day or a week but gradually over time—until we look back and can’t quite understand why we had ever believed the gospel was true. Our previous knowledge might even seem foolish to us because what once was so clear has again become blurred, hazy, and distant.

This is why Paul was so insistent that the message of the gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing, “but unto [those who] are saved it is the power of God.”14

There Is No Litmus Test

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a place for people with all kinds of testimonies. There are some members of the Church whose testimony is sure and burns brightly within them. Others are still striving to know for themselves. The Church is a home for all to come together, regardless of the depth or the height of our testimony. I know of no sign on the doors of our meetinghouses that says, “Your testimony must be this tall to enter.”

The Church is not just for perfect people, but it is for all to “come unto Christ, and be perfected in him.”15 The Church is for people like you and me. The Church is a place of welcoming and nurturing, not of separating or criticizing. It is a place where we reach out to encourage, uplift, and sustain one another as we pursue our individual search for divine truth.

In the end, we are all pilgrims seeking God’s light as we journey on the path of discipleship. We do not condemn others for the amount of light they may or may not have; rather, we nourish and encourage all light until it grows clear, bright, and true.

A Promise to All

Let us acknowledge that most often gaining a testimony is not a task of a minute, an hour, or a day. It is not once and done. The process of gathering spiritual light is the quest of a lifetime.

Your testimony of the living Son of God and His restored Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, may not come as quickly as you desire, but I promise you this: if you do your part, it will come.

And it will be glorious.

I offer you my personal witness that spiritual truth will fill your heart and bring light to your spirit. It will reveal to you pure intelligence with wonderful joy and heavenly peace. I have experienced this for myself by the power of the Holy Ghost.

As the ancient scriptures promise, the unspeakable presence of the Spirit of God will cause you to sing the song of redeeming love,16 lift your eyes to heaven, and raise your voice in praise to the Most High God, your Refuge, your Hope, your Protector, your Father. The Savior promised that if you seek, you will find.17

I testify that this is true. If you seek God’s truth, that which now may appear dim, out of focus, and distant will gradually be revealed and clarified and become close to your heart by the light of God’s grace. Glorious spiritual vistas, unimaginable to the human eye, will be revealed to you.

It is my testimony that this spiritual light is within the reach of every child of God. It will enlighten your mind and bring healing to your heart and joy to your days. My dear friends, please do not delay the moment to seek and strengthen your own personal testimony of God’s divine work, even the work of light and truth.

Your personal testimony of light and truth will not only bless you and your posterity here in mortality, but it will also accompany you throughout all eternity, among worlds without end. Of this I testify and leave you my blessing in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.