The Facts

The Facts

Some recent comments and emails have accused me of becoming increasingly hostile and angry about the LDS church. These accusations came as a response to my recent post that said the church’s press release about the hierarchy not being involved with discipline was “a lie.” I was not angry when I wrote that, and do
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Agreement Through Spirit

Agreement Through Spirit

Any true doctrine or principal can be used for evil, oppression and excess.  To rightly give measure to the matter in your own life you must be guided by the Spirit of the matter, not the mere letter of the doctrine. Each life is different. Each of us have our own responsibilities to our families,
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Church Discipline Top-Down

Church Discipline Top-Down

The LDS Church issued the following statement posted on its website. I have copied and pasted as it appears in the original: SALT LAKE CITY —  The Church issued the following statement today in response to questions from the news media regarding Church discipline: “The Church is a family made up of millions of individuals with diverse
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History of D&C Section 27

History of D&C Section 27

Joseph Smith received a revelation on August 28th, 1830. When it was originally received, here is how it read in the first handwritten version (Revelation Book 1): A Revelation to the Church given at Harmony sesquehann County State of Pennsylvania given to Joseph the Seer at a time that he went to punch wine Sacrament
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Details For Ephriam, June 28th

Details For Ephriam, June 28th

The seventh talk in the series will be on June 28th at Snow College in Ephriam, Utah. Eccles Performing Arts CenterConcert Hall (seats 700)Center Street and 300 EastParking across the streetOpens at 8:30 a.m.  Talk begins at 9:30 a.m.

Requests

Requests

I get lots of requests for endorsements, recommendations, for reviews, etc. Here is a recent one: ________________________________________________ Denver, I’ve found that the word “restoration” is a double-edged sword. The Book of Mormon uses it to mean a sort of “karma,” that what we send out ultimately comes right back to us. In our modern-day vernacular,
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Christ’s Sacrament

Christ’s Sacrament

Christ instituted the sacrament during the Passover meal. (See Matt. 26: 26-28; Mark 14: 22-24; Luke 22: 19-20; John gives no description in his account.) It was His “last supper” with His closest followers. All the accounts agree on the purpose: to remember the body and blood He would sacrifice on our behalf. When the
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Can It Be Done, Lord?

Can It Be Done, Lord?

Enthusiasm can lead to impatience. Impatience causes those who ought to await direction from the Lord to charge ahead and be destroyed. But it is better for the impatient to be drawn away than gather to destroy the work of God. A strait and narrow way will be found by only few. (Jacob 6: 11-12.)
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Themes From Email

Themes From Email

I have been answering emails and I detect some themes. Apparently enthusiasm abounds and there are people who desire to lead others. Here are some thoughts: Teaching your own revelations to others is easy. But that will produce vanity and pride in the teacher, and the student is prone to be misled and likely to
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Excommunication Does Not Remove Priesthood

Excommunication Does Not Remove Priesthood

Excommunication does not remove priesthood. When excommunicated the church requests that priesthood not be used during the period of exclusion from church membership. But priesthood itself is not and cannot be removed by an excommunication proceeding. Priesthood can and is removed by God. He removes it when men who have been ordained use their authority
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