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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On a scale of 1 to 10

On a scale of 1 to 10

I’ve figured out part of the problem I have in discussing Mormon issues with others. Oftentimes there is a disconnect between how important the two parties view the subject being discussed. To illustrate the point, I’m proposing a completely arbitrary method of ranking an issue on a 10 point scale of ascending importance as follows:1. Completely meaningless2.
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A public service

A public service

My youngest daughter plays on a 10-and-under boy’s super league baseball team.  They played in a tournament this week.  In the first three games she was hit by pitches in every game.  In one, the bases were loaded and her hit-by-pitch walk scored an RBI.  I told her she had “RBI’d” a run and I
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Stake Conference

Stake Conference

Stake Conference weekend!  That means that I’ll be helping to minimize the crowds in the parking lot at the Stake Center by leaving my car at home.  I’ll also help out with the crowded seating problems at the Stake Center by leaving some seats open.  I know it is a sacrifice to do this, but
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Witch of Endor

Witch of Endor

King Saul lost his counselor-prophet when he died of old age. (1 Sam 25:1)  Saul’s unstable conduct and unfaithful behavior precluded him from getting an answer from the Lord. “And when Saul enquired of the Lord, the Lord answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets.” (1 Sam. 28:6)  So Saul
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Prophets and entropy

Prophets and entropy

I have been struck by how much of the message which Samuel the Lamanite and Abinadi both deliver have previously been the subject of Nephi’s prophecies.  Almost every bit of Samuel the Lamanite and Abinadi’s messages are first included within Nephi’s message.  It is possible that both of these later Book of Mormon prophets were
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Continual worship

Continual worship

After Christ’s resurrection, when He had ministered to His disciples, and proven that it was He who had been crucified, Luke makes this interesting observation: “And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.” (Luke 24:52-53)  First, it is interesting because Christ had
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Satan fell from heaven

Satan fell from heaven

Satan was not thrown out of heaven until after this earth was created.  Jesus remarked, “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” (Luke 10:18) Similarly, John’s revelation records that Satan “which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9) From this
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