Churches Built By Men, Part 6

Churches Built By Men, Part 6

Nephi makes a distinction between the institutions or churches of our day, and individuals. As to the institutions he declares: “They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray…” (2 Ne. 28: 14.) I think it is possible for an institution
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Churches Built By Men, Part 5

Churches Built By Men, Part 5

Nephi equates “robbing the poor” with misuse of wealth. Given the obligation to care for the poor, and the ultimate responsibility to have all things in common, misuse of wealth constitutes an abuse of the poor in Nephi’s warning. I’ve considered the responsibility to build and maintain temples, and how the construction of temples has
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Churches Built By Men, Part 4

Churches Built By Men, Part 4

Nephi allows for no exception to the problems facing latter-day churches. He writes they have “all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted.” (2 Ne. 28: 11.) This presents a dilemma for me. I believe the church I belong to was established by the Lord. I also believe: -The Lord gave my church
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Logan Meeting

Logan Meeting

On Sunday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. there will be a meeting in Logan, Utah at which Elder David S. Baxter, First Quorum of the Seventy and Elder Thomas M. Cherrington, Area Seventy will be speaking to the Youth and Youth Leaders.  It will be held at The Spectrum on the Utah State University campus.
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Churches Built By Men, Part 3

Churches Built By Men, Part 3

Nephi explains these latter-day false churches accomplish the opposite of Zion. In Zion everyone is to become “one.” Zion is unified in purpose and in heart. In these false churches people become competitive with one another. This leads to dishonesty between them. “[L]ie a little, take advantage of one because of his words, dig a
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Churches Built By Men, Part 2

Churches Built By Men, Part 2

Following hard on the idea that God has given His power to men is the necessary corollary precept that there are no longer miracles. (2 Ne. 28: 6.) Because the claim by men that they have been given God’s power and authority is false, there can be no miracles. This requires the additional doctrine that
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Churches Built By Men

Churches Built By Men

In our day Nephi foretells of churches that are not built to the Lord. (2 Ne. 28: 3.) These institutions will claim to be the Lord’s though they are not. (Id.) After Nephi explains that the problem lies generally in the false teaching that men should rely on their own wisdom rather than on God
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Fireside Details

Fireside Details

The location for the fireside to be held on Sunday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m., will be: Weber State UniversityShepherd Union BuildingBallrooms A, B, & C  Third FloorOn a WSU map, building #36 There are elevators up to the third floor. Since it is Sunday, all parking is free. The doors will open at 6:00
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General Conference

General Conference

General conference is now over. I listened with interest to the many talks and the few announcements. Here is what I noticed: The word “revelation” was not used to describe the change to missionary age requirements during the conference. Immediately following the Saturday morning session where President Monson made the announcement, there was a press
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Knowing the mysteries

Knowing the mysteries

Despite the millions of Mormons, we live in a very small church. We cross paths with one another after years of living in different states or different parts of the world. As a result of how small our community is, I have run into people after years of separation and often times been astonished by
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