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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Weightier matters

Weightier matters

The gospel contains practically an infinite amount of information. You can study a lifetime and not exhaust what is contained the scriptures and the ordinances. Christ distinguished between mere physical conformity to rules, like tithing, and the “weightier matters.” While acknowledging that there is a need to do the outward ordinances, Christ elevated “judgment, mercy,
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Forty is a symbol

Forty is a symbol

The number 40 appears in a several different places in the scriptures, almost always in the context of purging or purification. When the Lord destroyed the wicked at the time of Noah, He caused it “to rain upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.” (Genesis 7:4.) When Moses met with the Lord on
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All earthly things?

All earthly things?

Lectures on Faith, Lecture 6: 7 “Let us here observe, that a religion that does not require the sacrifice of all things never has power sufficient to produce the faith necessary unto life and salvation; for, from the first existence of man, the faith necessary unto the enjoyment of life and salvation never could be
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In Reply to Inquiries

In Reply to Inquiries

I know many (perhaps most) of those who will attend the Temple Conference are regular readers of this blog. The conference will be held in Logan at Utah State University. The total seating will allow approximately 320 to attend. The fireside will be free. There is no requirement for you to either have a ticket,
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Further on Quiet

Further on Quiet

Joseph Smith had been confined for months in Liberty Jail. It was a harrowing ordeal, made all the more so because of so little news about the saints. On March 24th, Joseph received letters from several friends, including his brother Don Carlos Smith, Bishop Partridge and his wife Emma. The letters were welcomed, but sent
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Quietness

Quietness

Our dispensation opened on a “beautiful, clear day” in the woods in early spring 1820. (JS-H 1: 14.) It jumped forward again in 1823, at night, after Joseph and his family had retired to bed. It was at this time when an angel came to visit him. (JS-H 1: 28-30.) These towering events happened in
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Upcoming Fireside

Upcoming Fireside

I’ve been asked about the upcoming fireside to be held on Sunday evening, October 28, 2012. The fireside will occur somewhere in Northern Utah. When finalized, the details will be announced on this blog. The fireside will focus on the temple and temple studies. The things I will discuss have meaning beyond the temple itself.
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Answers to questions

Answers to questions

Q: Why do you call the PEF a revelation?A: The church has used that description. I have accepted the church’s vocabulary. Am I vile because I am willing to allow the church to control their own terminology? Q: Doesn’t a revelation require “thus sayeth the Lord” and a transcript to be presented for approval by
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