Baptism for the Dead

Baptism for the Dead

Baptism for the dead belongs in a temple, built to the Lord and accepted by Him. Baptism for the dead by the Mormon community was rejected by the Lord because of the failure in Nauvoo. (D&C 124:31-32.) We are not going to cure the problem until the original conditions are met. A temple must be accepted and
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L. Tom Perry

L. Tom Perry

L. Tom Perry of the twelve is now in advanced stages of terminal cancer. He will be receiving hospice care and is expected to pass in a few days. He was the first General Authority of the LDS Church I met. After baptism on September 10, 1973 I traveled to Salt Lake City for General
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Lamentation for Baghdad

Lamentation for Baghdad

Days of distress are upon Baghdad and the days of their troubles are begun. Distress shall overtake them, for those who come shall have no pity.

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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