Laying On Hands, Part 3

Laying On Hands, Part 3

On the topic of receiving the Holy Ghost, there is more said and far more claims made about the “priesthood” than the scriptures justify. As I have explained, the lowest form of priesthood was given primarily to condemn those who received it. It involves performing outward ordinances, and regulates physical conduct. I will add that
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Laying On Hands, Part 2

Laying On Hands, Part 2

The best explanation of the relationship between baptism and the Holy Ghost comes from Alma’s record. He is an odd source, however, because he had been “consecrated a priest” by the wicked King Noah. King Noah chose him because he was “lifted up in the pride of his heart.” (Mosiah 11: 5.) Therefore, using some
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Laying On Hands

Laying On Hands

An interesting question: Are you familiar with when the church decided to combine receiving the gift of the holy ghost by the laying on of hands and confirmation into the church? Reading 2 Nephi 31 I do not understand why these 2 are linked. I know Joseph explained that being baptized and not receiving the
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Sunstone Q&A

Sunstone Q&A

Below is a transcription of the Q & A from Sunstone. It will make more sense if you have read the paper first (which is on Scrib’d and titled Cutting Down the Tree of Life to Build a Wooden Bridge) because the questions were provoked by the presentation. These questions were asked and these answers
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St. George Transcript

St. George Transcript

The St. George transcript is up on Scribd. Because of some trouble with Blogger, I am unable to create a DS Talks link. I will have that done as soon as the problem is fixed.

September 9 Mesa Location

September 9 Mesa Location

The final talk will be held: Sept. 9, 2014 9:30 AM Rockin’ R Ranch 6136 E. Baseline Road Mesa, AZ  85206 This location holds 700, plus, and is a semi-outdoor location. You might want to bring a pillow, as the seating will be at picnic tables.

Sunstone 2014

Sunstone 2014

Cutting Down the Tree of Life to Build a Wooden  is up on Scribd. You can find the link on the right side of the blog under DS Talks. Enjoy. 

Las Vegas Transcript

Las Vegas Transcript

The Las Vegas transcript is up on Scribd. Link is on the right side of the blog under DS Talks.

Messy History

Messy History

History is very messy. While it is lived there are no “themes” the people actually living through the events can detect. The journals of the living record haphazard daily events, never knowing what comes next. These accounts are far more valuable than the later narratives written by historians (and apologists) retelling the events to prove
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Preparation for Phoenix

Preparation for Phoenix

There is one talk remaining. I’m trying to get the transcripts up for the last two. The final talk in Phoenix will mean more if you have read or listened to the first nine talks. All ten are one talk, delivered in installments. The conclusion will presume the audience is already acquainted with what went
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