Debate is not necessary

Debate is not necessary

I am not trying to make my mind up about Mormonism or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I have long ago sorted out my views.  They are not going to change. Although my views are explained in this blog, I do not debate them.  You are welcome to have contrary views, to
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Most answers are in the scriptures

Most answers are in the scriptures

I’ve been reflecting upon a conversation I had with a  self-described “tax protester” who has not paid income taxes and is now facing legal issues as a result.  After a couple of days of reflection I had this considered response to this dilemma:   I use a particular method in determining what issues I need
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Promise vs. Appearance

Promise vs. Appearance

I was asked:   “I’ve wondered about this for a long time.  In the blog post about ‘Why wait?‘  there is a phrase that says ‘This appearance is not merely “in the heart,” but is an actual appearance or visit.’  The ‘in the heart’  is my question.   Once in a while this concept doesn’t contradict but at the
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Isaiah 53:12

Isaiah 53:12

Isaiah 53: 12 states:   “Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”   Isaiah’s
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Isaiah 53:11

Isaiah 53:11

Isaiah 53:11 states: “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” The One who shall see the travail is the Father.  The Father will be “satisfied” that the suffering of the Son, the payment made for mankind’s
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Isaiah 53:9 – 10

Isaiah 53:9 – 10

Isaiah 53: 9 says: “And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.” He died among two thieves, as a common criminal, along the road leading into Jerusalem.  He would have been regarded as a criminal,
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Isaiah 53:8

Isaiah 53:8

Isaiah 53: 8 states:   “He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”   The idea of our Messiah emerging from “prison and from judgment” was a bit
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Isaiah 53:7

Isaiah 53:7

Isaiah 53: 7 states:   “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”   These three references to Him refraining from “opening his mouth” and being “dumb”
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Patience

Patience

Christ was prepared eighteen years prior to the time His ministry would begin.  He stood by ready, and “waited upon the Lord for the time of his ministry to come.”  (JST Matt. 3: 24-26.) Prepared and waiting. Patience. Even the Lord, who was “more intelligent than them all,” waited.  (Abr. 3: 19.) The Lord’s counsel to all is
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Isaiah 53:6

Isaiah 53:6

Isaiah 53: 6: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” The Savior referred to those who would follow Him as His “sheep.”  (John 10: 27.)  However, Isaiah’s use of “sheep” here is not about
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