Truth

Truth

There is “truth” which exists independent of what we think or believe.  (I use the word in the same sense as D&C 93: 24-25.)  Our collective forgetfulness does not erase truth.  Nor does our vain imagination alter truth.    Whenever a doctrine is changed because of man’s planning or arguments, then we are teaching for
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First principles of the Gospel

First principles of the Gospel

Someone asked this question: In one part of Come, Let Us Adore Him you talk about the Dispensation in the Meridian of Time.  How “Men of good faith and sincere desire doing their best to follow after God, lost the light of the Spirit, then lost sound doctrine, and ultimately lost their covenant status and
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White stone and a new name

White stone and a new name

I was asked whether the white stone and new name in D&C 130 are the same as the Second Comforter.  It was an interesting question and I thought I’d put the answer up here: There are some equivalents (ie., if A=B and B=C, then A=C) in the Gospel when it comes to this subject. The ministry
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The education of all of us

The education of all of us

I’ve been marveling at the irrelevance of higher education to the process of receiving light and truth. PhD’s are generally so schooled in their discipline that they view the Gospel in the light of their educational training.  A scholar studies economics and then everything looks to him like it can be explained in economic terms.  Or a scholar studies
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Godliness

Godliness

I was asked about godliness.    The ordinances are helps, symbols and requirements.  “Helps” in that they establish milestones that memorialize passage from one stage of development to the next.  “Symbols” in that they point to a deeper meaning or spiritual reality almost always grounded in the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  “Requirements” in that they mark
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Near Death Experiences

Near Death Experiences

I was asked about Near Death Experiences and their interface with conversion.  Here’s my take:   The advantage is that they know there is a continuation of life after the death of the body.  However, whether they use that knowledge to advance in light and truth or not is individually determined.   Some have used
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The problem with too much praise

The problem with too much praise

I think criticism is necessary to the human condition.  When a great public official in Rome was given a victor’s parade, there would be a companion in his chariot whose responsibility it was to tell the man being celebrated that all fame is fleeting.  Rome had it right on that score.   Sometimes a sincere and
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The importance of personal revelation

The importance of personal revelation

In Section 19 the Lord explains what the words “endless torment” and “eternal damnation” mean.  They are words of art, and are essentially proper nouns referring to God’s punishment.  (See D&C 19: 4-12.)   This is an enormous help in understanding the scriptures generally. Words are chosen carefully, and the Lord is deliberate in how
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Heroes

Heroes

I’ve been reflecting on the frailty of the human experience.  We are buffeted and torn from the time of birth, tempted and beckoned to choose poorly, subject to hunger, fatigue and loneliness. The wonder is not that we see so much failure and frustration in mankind.  Rather the wonder is that we see occasionally such
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Priesthood

Priesthood

The Priesthood is separate from the church. For example, when someone is excommunicated they are told to stop using their priestly authority. When they are re-baptized they are never re-ordained. They are simply given authorization to now begin using their authority again.We do not re-ordain someone when they are re-baptized because re-ordination is unnecessary. They held priestly
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