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.  

A student of the Lord

A student of the Lord

Our obligation is to conform our opinions to the Lord’s instruction.  That requires us to be careful about how we listen, how hard our hearts are, how much we want to let in, and how loyal we choose to be to traditions.  It is rare for any man to be an eager student of the
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Violence and the Violent

Violence and the Violent

There has been an abundant outpouring of vitriol by those who disagree with my view about “the battle is the Lord’s” (an earlier post).  The comment moderator has asked me about them, because she’s reluctant to put some of them up.  They claim the view I hold is either Satanic or else I have been
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Egypt and Egyptian

Egypt and Egyptian

The brass plates of Laban were also in Egyptian.  Mosiah Chapter 1, verses 1-4 discuss the education of Mosiah’s sons.  They were taught “in all the language of his fathers.”  That phrase gets explained.  But before clarifying what “all the language” included, the brass plates are mentioned in verse 2.  These plates contained the commandments
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