Why not the cross?

Why not the cross?

I was asked about the cross as a religious symbol and why I thought it inappropriate.  Here’s my response:   When Christ described what He accomplished for us in His Atonement, He referred exclusively to the suffering in Gethsemane.  (D&C 19: 15-19.)  Therefore, in the Lord’s own explanation, He used the suffering of Gethsemane as
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That was funny

That was funny

I was driving my daughter home from baseball practice and the car in front of us began driving erratically.  It slowed down.  Then wandered from side to side.  The driver was clearly distracted and we could see him looking down at the seat next to him and fiddling around with something.   My daughter said: 
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Holy Ghost

Holy Ghost

The equivalents made in Moses 6: 61 are very interesting.  The definition of the Holy Ghost includes these various equivalent descriptions of the Holy Ghost: 1.  The record of heaven. 2.  The peacable things of immortal glory. 3.  the truth of all things. 4.  That which quickeneth all things. 5.  That which maketh alive all
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Creation Accounts

Creation Accounts

All ancient accounts of the creation of life here came through a presentation intended either as an initiation or an ordinance.  The various accounts we have are also from such settings.  Genesis is the ritual account given through Moses.  The words “God said” should better be rendered “the Gods shall say” (meaning that this is
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Outgrowing the church

Outgrowing the church

I was told by someone that they “had outgrown the church, didn’t get anything out of meetings, and therefore did not attend anymore.”   I responded:  “As to your ‘growth,’ that may or may not be true.  However, even if it is true, then the church needs you all the more for what you have to offer.  Continuing
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D & C 132, conclusion

D & C 132, conclusion

Section 132, concluded:   Which brings us to the question of why Section 132 would be given in the first place.  I don’t think it is enough to say “Joseph asked the question” as the full reason for it being revealed.  Joseph could have received the revelation without the requirement to live it.  We could
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D & C 132, part 5

D & C 132, part 5

Section 132, continued. Words have unique meanings when used in scripture.  The Lord has given us great insight into word usages in D&C Section 19: 4-12.  He uses words as proper nouns which then change meanings. Part of the question raised concerns the word “destroy” as used in Section 132.  I have described the meaning of
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D & C 132, part 4

D & C 132, part 4

More on Section 132: This brings us to some details that need to be understood.  The clarifications in verses 41-44 were a result of the “mechanics” of how the practice was implemented.  The various efforts to “fulfill the law” while still keeping up Elizabethan appearances included performing a “sealing” for time and eternity to one
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D & C 132, part 3

D & C 132, part 3

Further on Section 132:   Joseph taught that we can’t expect to achieve the same glory as the ancients if we do not make a similar sacrifice as they did.  It’s all in Lecture 6 of the Lectures on Faith.  I’ve quoted that stuff in several books and won’t repeat it here.  If you don’t
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D & C 132, part 2

D & C 132, part 2

There was a question about Section 132 received after this post.  The previous post on D&C 132 did not address the underlying subject of the section.  I only discussed the text divisions and timing of the document’s creation.  The question I received asks about the substance of the revelation, and in particular, the status of
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