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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“Schizophrenic?”

“Schizophrenic?”

I was asked why there are sometimes “criticisms” of the church on my blog and in the books I have written.  Someone would like to know whether or not the views I advance weren’t “schizophrenic” by both criticizing and defending the church, and what my true belief about the church was.  I responded:   I have
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D&C 46: 13 – 14

D&C 46: 13 – 14

I was asked whether D&C 46: 13-14 meant that only some could see the Lord while others would have to rely on their testimony.  I responded: It could mean: 1.  Some (and only some) will know Him, and others will be able to believe on their words (but will not know Him). or, 2.  Some,
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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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