“… for it shall be sweet unto them.”

“… for it shall be sweet unto them.”

I received another inquiry (in the form of a comment on this post) about the subject of self-defense, citing various scriptures from the Book of Mormon as proof I have a flawed view.  This is the comment:   “I have thought it would be so nice and easy to just let them kill me and
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Ultimate Source

Ultimate Source

I really appreciate my status as a lay member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I’m no-one who any of you should think important.  I’m just like you.  I offer my opinions and they are yours to consider as you try and sort out the challenges of this life.  The ultimate source
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Kim Smith Concert

Kim Smith Concert

Subject: Kim Smith Concert April 30th 7 pm 2001 S State Street North Building Main floor (Salt Lake Council) Auditorium

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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