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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Slavery?

Slavery?

I received this email from a friend: I was wondering if you have ever written anything about slavery and would love to know where to find it.  If not, what your take on it?_____________________________ I responded: I haven’t written anything. I think it was wrong because it limited agency and enthroned abuse and control by
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Damned Again

Damned Again

An interesting FYI:An email exchange received and responded to.  On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, xxxxxxxxx <xxxxxxxxx@xxx.xxx> wrote: Hey Denver, I met with you in your office a few years ago after reading The Second Comforter.  I was mostly impressed at that time by your recurring theme of obedience.  Now you’ve been excommunicated for disobedience?  Only
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Trust God Alone

Trust God Alone

Oliver Cowdery wrote a series in the LDS Messenger and Advocate, including Letter VII in July 1836 and Letter VIII in October 1836. In these letters Cowdery recounted early events and provided some of the first details of pre-church events in Joseph Smith’s life. Orson Pratt prepared a publication while in England in 1840 which
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Dates for Remaining Lectures

Dates for Remaining Lectures

Ephraim – June 28, 2014Las Vegas – July 25, 2014St. George – July 26, 2014Phoenix area – September 9, 2014, this will conclude the 40th year and will take place on day 365. All talks will be in the morning.

Never Been A Dissident

Never Been A Dissident

I am not and have never been a “dissident” in the LDS Church. I do not want to reform the LDS Church. I do not want to manage it, or join in managing it, or change its management. There is no “cause” I advocate in the hope of altering a policy or procedure of the
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