The traditions of men, part 3

The traditions of men, part 3

Continued: This subject causes a great deal of anxiety for saints.  The fact it causes anxiety is proof that the saints have become conditioned to a mythology which requires everything to be good, all to be well, our current path a direct line to Zion itself, and all questions concerning the current state of affairs
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The traditions of men, part 2

The traditions of men, part 2

Continued:   Originally, the view of personal revelation or any visionary experiences was quite different than what many believe today.  In fact there are those who claim that ANY vision, visitation or revelation not received by the Prophet (meaning the president of the church alone) should be viewed as false.  God speaks to the Prophet,
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The traditions of men, part 1

The traditions of men, part 1

I received this question in a comment: “You often refer to incorrect traditions that you see members following. Can you give me a few specifics?” This is a potentially sensitive question and I want to answer it with care.  Before doing so, however, I want to clarify some initial matters:  First, I sustain the church’s leaders
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FYI

FYI

I have been surprised by the level of excitement which some of my posts have caused.  My views are an extension of the faith I hold.  It is not possible to take one issue and isolate it from the whole of what I know to be true.  Therefore, if you want to understand the view,
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Lectures of Faith No. 6

Lectures of Faith No. 6

This is an excerpt from the Sixth Lecture in the Lectures on Faith.  This was at one point a part of the Doctrine & Covenants.  They were prepared for the School of the Prophets and approved by Joseph Smith.  Their presence in the scriptures was the reason for the change in the title from Book
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Why the Second Comforter?

Why the Second Comforter?

I was asked why my list of essential books included The Second Comforter: Conversing With the Lord Through the Veil, but omitted my other books.  I responded:   If someone understands the message of The Second Comforter, they will be able to get for themselves everything else contained in all the other books.  The Second
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Truth = Truth

Truth = Truth

Truth is a knowledge of things as they were, as they are, and as they are to come.  (D&C 93: 24.)  As a result, truth is really not subject to debate.  We either know the truth or we are deceived.  If we know it, we have an obligation to declare it.  If we are deceived,
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Seeking for and obtaining gifts – part of the expected pattern

Seeking for and obtaining gifts – part of the expected pattern

I received this comment and question: As I have learned more about the scriptures, I have come to find many “anomalies” in the lives of the prophets are actually not anomalous but part of the expected pattern. Examples of things I once thought exceptions which I now believe are expected steps along “the way” include
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Pax Americana

Pax Americana

Prof has left a new comment on your post “The battle is the Lord’s“:  I’m particularly interested in what you mean by this:“We live in a world today in which Pax Americana has established controlled violence the world over. The fear of destruction holds forces at bay which would gladly destroy one another if permitted.
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BYU Women’s Rugby

BYU Women’s Rugby

The BYU women’s rugby team forfeited the championship opportunity because of required competition play on Sunday.  An article was written about the event, which can be found at:   http://www.fanhouse.com/2010/04/18/to-pray-or-play-that-is-not-a-question/?ncid=webmaildl5   I applaud anyone who puts principle ahead of self.  Sacrifice is still required.