Can It Be Done, Lord?

Can It Be Done, Lord?

Enthusiasm can lead to impatience. Impatience causes those who ought to await direction from the Lord to charge ahead and be destroyed. But it is better for the impatient to be drawn away than gather to destroy the work of God. A strait and narrow way will be found by only few. (Jacob 6: 11-12.)
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Themes From Email

Themes From Email

I have been answering emails and I detect some themes. Apparently enthusiasm abounds and there are people who desire to lead others. Here are some thoughts: Teaching your own revelations to others is easy. But that will produce vanity and pride in the teacher, and the student is prone to be misled and likely to
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Excommunication Does Not Remove Priesthood

Excommunication Does Not Remove Priesthood

Excommunication does not remove priesthood. When excommunicated the church requests that priesthood not be used during the period of exclusion from church membership. But priesthood itself is not and cannot be removed by an excommunication proceeding. Priesthood can and is removed by God. He removes it when men who have been ordained use their authority
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Slavery?

Slavery?

I received this email from a friend: I was wondering if you have ever written anything about slavery and would love to know where to find it.  If not, what your take on it?_____________________________ I responded: I haven’t written anything. I think it was wrong because it limited agency and enthroned abuse and control by
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Damned Again

Damned Again

An interesting FYI:An email exchange received and responded to.  On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, xxxxxxxxx <xxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx> wrote: Hey Denver, I met with you in your office a few years ago after reading The Second Comforter.  I was mostly impressed at that time by your recurring theme of obedience.  Now you’ve been excommunicated for disobedience?  Only
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Trust God Alone

Trust God Alone

Oliver Cowdery wrote a series in the LDS Messenger and Advocate, including Letter VII in July 1836 and Letter VIII in October 1836. In these letters Cowdery recounted early events and provided some of the first details of pre-church events in Joseph Smith’s life. Orson Pratt prepared a publication while in England in 1840 which
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Dates for Remaining Lectures

Dates for Remaining Lectures

Ephraim – June 28, 2014Las Vegas – July 25, 2014St. George – July 26, 2014Phoenix area – September 9, 2014, this will conclude the 40th year and will take place on day 365. All talks will be in the morning.

Never Been A Dissident

Never Been A Dissident

I am not and have never been a “dissident” in the LDS Church. I do not want to reform the LDS Church. I do not want to manage it, or join in managing it, or change its management. There is no “cause” I advocate in the hope of altering a policy or procedure of the
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Be Wise

Be Wise

Why did Zion fail in Joseph’s day? How can we avoid that today? In almost every respect we are no better than those in Joseph’s time, and unfortunately in most respects we are not as good as they were. The only advantage we have is their failure. Provided, of course, we will learn from it.
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1 June 1830

1 June 1830

On the 1st of June, 1830 a small meeting was held by about thirty people who comprised the church. The meeting was in a home. During the meeting Newel Knight was carried away in a vision. Only Brother Knight had the vision, but Joseph accepted it as true and had it put into the history.
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