Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

The name of the policy which eliminates a large population of desirous young men from serving a mission was really unfortunate.  “Raising The Bar” implies that these young men do not measure up. Repentant young men who have been involved with serious sexual transgressions during their teens are by and large denied the opportunity to
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Nadab and Abihu

Nadab and Abihu

I was asked about the relationship between Nadab and Abihu’s death and the Day of Atonement ceremony.  I responded as follows: Remember that these two saw the Lord in sacred space (on top of Sinai with Moses) earlier in their lives. (Exo. 24: 9-11)   Despite their earlier audience with the Lord, they were not authorized
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Genius

Genius

Joseph Smith was the first, great restorer of lost light in this Dispensation.  He restored doctrine, authority, ordinances, scriptures and the organization for the Church.  His ministry was one of the greatest among men in any age.   The second great restorer was, in my view, Hugh Nibley.  He shed light on antiquity using the
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Amber Dubois

Amber Dubois

The body of missing 14-year old Amber Dubois was found and positively identified Saturday.  Her body was placed in a shallow grave.  The morning she disappeared she went to school with a check to pay for a young lamb she intended to raise as part of her membership in the Future Farmer’s of America.  Her
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With respect to the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

With respect to the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

I balance my deep respect for these men, and profound awareness that no-one is really equal to the burden which WE impose upon them, with the knowledge that I alone am responsible for confirming through revelation all truth.  Now, I say “the burden which WE impose upon them” to distinguish between what the Lord and
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My Scriptures

My Scriptures

I have several sets of scriptures.  The one I prize the most used to be my every-day set.  Into this copy I have added only additional cross-references and footnotes.  There are no other marks.  I suspect that I have added between 11,000 and 15,000 additional cross references and footnotes in red pencil to this set. 
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Alma 41:15

Alma 41:15

Alma 41: 15 includes this thought:  “For that which you do send out shall return unto you again.”  Profound thought.  I do not believe you have to await the afterlife or Judgment Day to realize the truth of this statement. Therefore, I try to take care what I “send out” for fear of how it
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IMO (in my opinion)

IMO (in my opinion)

I think that Alma 41: 8 should be cross referenced with D&C 130: 7.   The footnote at Alma 41: 10b should also include Deuteronomy 32: 8-9.

Wo, wo, wo

Wo, wo, wo

Enoch’s powerful testimony to his condemned contemporaries included this question:  “why counsel ye yourselves , and deny the God of heaven.”  (Moses 6: 43.)  Men in that day preferred to have the counsel of men instead of the word of God, from God.   Nephi spoke of the “Zion” of our time and said: “Wo
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Angels

Angels

There is a system by which men learn the mysteries of heaven and are saved.  That system is set out in Alma 12: 29-30:    -First, angels are sent to prepare men/women. -Second, they are allowed to behold the Lord’s glory. -Then they converse with the Lord, at which point they are taught the things
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