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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LDS Books

LDS Books

I was asked to recommend some books.  I am going to first discuss some of what I’ve read over the years. The first year after joining the church I was eager to learn what the religion was about.  I began reading whatever I could find to inform me about the new faith.  I started with
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A Confession

A Confession

Confession of sins is supposed to be good for the soul.  So I figure I’ll make a confession of my attempted arson.  I offer no defense for this crime, since I need none.  The statute of limitations having run many years ago. When my friend decided he no longer wanted to make payments on his
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Forward or backward

Forward or backward

I got asked about loss of teachings or practices within the LDS community.  My response is as follows.   It makes no difference whether it is an individual or a community, we are all on a single path that goes two ways – forward or backward. We are either gaining, or we are losing.  We
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Mosiah 18: 8-10

Mosiah 18: 8-10

I was asked why the language of Mosiah 18: 8-10 related to membership in the church, and not to others outside the church.  Here’s my response.   These verses are talking about entering into a covenant and becoming “the fold of God.”  (Verse 8.)  This fold will be “called his people.”  (Id.)  The fold, who
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