Presiding Patriarchs

Presiding Patriarchs

I was asked the names of the various Presiding Patriarchs of the church.   First, Joseph Smith, Sr., the father of Joseph Smith.  Served from 1833 to 1840.   Second, Hyrum Smith, older brother of Joseph Smith.  Served from 1841 to 1844.   Third, William Smith, brother to Joseph Smith.  Served from May 1845 to
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President Monson

President Monson

Why I admire President Monson. Christ’s denunciation of the Scribes and Pharisees included the caution that the outward observances of the law were less important than the “weighter matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith.”  (Matt. 23: 23.)   James, the brother of Jesus and Presiding Bishop of the New Testament Church, whom I
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April 6

April 6

It is April 6th.  This is the day Latter-day Saints regard as the birth date of the Lord.  His coming into the world in the springtime symbolized the new hope found in Him.  Creation begins anew with the return of light, warming of the earth, flowering of trees and plant life.  Springtime is when the
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David Christensen YouTube

David Christensen YouTube

My friend David Christensen has done yet another video on YouTube.  He asked that I put it up on the blog.  Below is a link to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KWGzSSCgoo This is how David works to present a message he believes in to the world.  His talent and passion for this is undeniable. The time is indeed far
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Unique and individual experiences

Unique and individual experiences

Every life is a miracle.  Every lifetime unique. How amazing is life and the wondrous experiences we are privileged to receive while here. We cannot really see what is inside another person because their experiences have been unique to them and cannot be shared.   We should resolve all doubts about someone’s motivation or heart
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Encouragement and example

Encouragement and example

All the prophets can do is offer encouragement to others.  They can affirm that the path back to God exists and can be walked even in a day of sin like today.  They cannot do the walking for anyone other than themselves.  Each person is obligated to walk on the path for him or herself.
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“What it Means and What it does not Mean”

“What it Means and What it does not Mean”

I was asked about the meaning of receiving the Second Comforter.  There is a chapter in the book (The Second Comforter: Conversing with the Lord Through the Veil) titled “What it Means and What it Does Not Mean” that summarizes the matter.   Life here is complex and sometimes difficult.  You have both moral and
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Moderator Comment

Moderator Comment

Comments, when posted, are posted as written.  We do not vouch for their accuracy, their doctrinal soundness or anything else.   Some comments are personal and are not meant to be posted.  We read each and every one.  An honest attempt is made to address each one.  Thank you for your patience.   Some comments disagree
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Section 132

Section 132

I have written that it is my view that Section 132 is not a single revelation, but as many as five.  I was asked about how I divide Section 132.  Before I respond a few words of explanation: First, the version we have was written in 1843 at the request of Hyrum.  He (Hyrum) intended
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Creation Ceremonies

Creation Ceremonies

I was asked about the creation account being tied to ritual initiation ceremonies.  All the ancient accounts of creation were given in connection with initiations or ceremonial rites.  That is true of the Egyptians, Babylonians, Israelites, Babylonians, Hopis, etc.  The ritualized explanation of the origin of human life is tied together with the meaning of
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