Follow Up Questions

Follow Up Questions

Questions can be endless. Therefore I largely ignore them. But I responded to an email today and post it here because a few others may be interested: ___________________________________ 1. Can these ordinances be acceptable to the Lord due to the faith of the participants even if they occur in a general environment of “rejection” and
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LDS Temple Ordinances

LDS Temple Ordinances

Can LDS Temple ordinances have “power?” It is an interesting question. The answer depends on each individual who participates. The ordinances can be either meaningless (or worse) or they can be beneficial. Temple rites communicate information through symbols. If we look at the underlying meaning, and see more light and truth through them, then they can powerfully
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Emma, Lucy and Brigham

Emma, Lucy and Brigham

I have reconsidered a great deal while searching deeper and deeper into Mormonism, history, and teachings. It is very challenging to remain open to new ideas. This is particularly so when the object of Mormonism is to obtain further light and knowledge by conversing with the Lord through the veil. For more than three decades I
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Trust and Patience

Trust and Patience

Trusting God and being patient go together. Knowledge enters our life incrementally, a little at a time, as we notice it and focus on it. Light grows brighter and brighter because we become more sensitive to it. Oddly, we choose how much light we have by how much we notice. The entire “universe” was once thought
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God’s Oath for Melchizedek Priesthood

God’s Oath for Melchizedek Priesthood

There are two variations in the scriptures of the same concept regarding the Melchizedek Priesthood. One in the New Testament and the other in 1832. From the New Testament, Hebrews 7:12-21: For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another
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Sustaining in 1837

Sustaining in 1837

On November 7, 1837 a general assembly of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was held at Far West, Missouri. The minutes of the meeting recount the following: [Sidney Rigdon as the Moderator of the meeting] nominated Joseph Smith jr. the first President of the whole Church, to preside over the same. All
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Rebaptism

Rebaptism

A minister named Nephi was preaching in the years preceding Christ’s visit to the Americas. He was clearly authorized by God, as we read in Mormon’s abridgment. This is the description: “we know our record to be true, for behold, it was a just man who did keep the record—for he truly did many miracles
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PTHG Kindle Edition

PTHG Kindle Edition

A Kindle edition of Passing the Heavenly Gift is now available. It does not come up on the “Book” site on Amazon as yet. That will happen in due course. But if you go to the Kindle Store on Amazon, it is there.

Thought, Argument and Disagreement

Thought, Argument and Disagreement

The oral arguments this week before the US Supreme Court were interesting. They foreshadow a trend advanced by legal activists intent on taxing and punishing churches opposed to homosexual marriage. It is doubtful they will succeed in a single step (although they may), but their objective is now clear. The cultural and social trends are headed in
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Harvest

Harvest

Which one of you, having a garden with both good and bad fruit, when the harvest comes will gather into your home both the good and the bad? Would you not gather the good, and leave the bad behind to be burned?