Questions:

Questions:

When a new day dawns, should not a man awaken? What does it profit a man to awaken if he does not arise? Does a man awaken only then to boast in his own conceit that he no longer slumbers, while all around him remain asleep; yet the man arise not from his bed? Where is
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The Whole Not the Parts

The Whole Not the Parts

There are a few important ideas that define my understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as restored by the Lord through the Prophet Joseph Smith. These are the ideas that make the Gospel whole, and not just a group of disconnected thoughts. Until these were part of the core of my understanding, I was
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A Visit to Temple Square

A Visit to Temple Square

We took all the kids who are home, our foreign exchange student from Slovakia, and a friend of my daughter’s to visit Temple Square last evening. The place was crowded. That’s an understatement;. It was packed. At times the sidewalks were “sidestands,” because no one seemed to know you could walk on them. The impatient
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History is the stuff

History is the stuff

Almost always when an institution or group claims to have authority from God, the primary enforcement tool used to establish control over others is fear. Authority from God relieves the claimant to the authority of any need to display merit apart from the claim of authority itself. The Catholics were able to engage in excesses, abuses,
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Wickedness and Destruction

Wickedness and Destruction

The cycle of wickedness and destruction often includes a complete inability of the wicked to detect their grave errors. They have their religion, and are comfortable with it. They think their pretenses are enough. Ezekiel saw a vision of the destruction of the “chosen people” beginning at their Temple. The destroyers were told to wait
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Destination

Destination

I was asked at what point a car ceases to be a car. If it runs out of gas and cannot move is it still a car? What if the engine is broken, and therefore it would not matter if there was gas, once it is broken is it still a car? What if both
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Out of Season Fruit

Out of Season Fruit

I’ve been asked several times about the comment that Adam and Eve partook of the fruit “out of season” in the Elijah Talk.  Since it’s come up more than once, here’s an answer I gave to one of those who inquired: They would have eventually received the command to partake.  If they had waited for
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Answer to Moroni 8: 8

Answer to Moroni 8: 8

I got asked about Moroni 8: 8 and the issue of “circumcision” posted earlier. Moroni 8 is a letter from Mormon to his son, Moroni. In the 8th verse he (Mormon) quotes the Savior  as having said, in relation to infant baptism, the following: “I came into the world not to call the righteous but sinners
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Flattery and Repentance

Flattery and Repentance

It is the mark of a false message that it relies on flattery. (See Alma 46: 5; 61: 4; Jacob 7: 4; Mosiah 27: 8; 2 Ne. 28: 22.) It is the mark of a true message that it calls for repentance. (D&C 6: 9; 11: 9; Mosiah 18: 20; 25: 22.) Christ’s message is
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Sacrifice

Sacrifice

This world is the place of sacrifice. We all came here to make sacrifices. We wanted to come here, we knew it would require sacrifice to produce the faith necessary for salvation, and we gladly came. Christ is the great Prototype of the “saved man” according to the Lectures on Faith.  He came and gave Himself
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