God’s People

God’s People

When God begins work with people, the group becomes “chosen,” and therefore the focus of His continuing efforts to save mankind. Although “chosen people” do not always remain faithful to Him, they do remain the center of His work. A good illustration of this was during the Second Temple period in ancient Israel. Throughout this
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The Prophetic and the Priestly

The Prophetic and the Priestly

There are two approaches to preserving a belief system. Scholars refer to these as “sophic” and “mantic,” but the scriptural language would be “the priestly” and “the prophetic.” Priests deal with rites, ordinances, commandments and procedures. This durable approach to preserving a belief system allows a dispensation of the Gospel to continue to have a
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The Trick to Apostasy

The Trick to Apostasy

The trick to successfully pulling off an apostasy is to distract people into thinking there hasn’t been one. The “believers” need to think everything remains intact. So the issue of “apostasy” becomes a discussion about individuals and individual conformity to the expectations of the group. The subject can then be a topic that polite, fellow-believers
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Mosiah 3: 26-27

Mosiah 3: 26-27

Mosiah 3: 26-27 “Therefore, they have drunk out of the cup of the wrath of God, which justice could no more deny unto them than it could deny that Adam should fall because of his partaking of the forbidden fruit; therefore, mercy could have claim on then no more forever.And their torment is as a
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Mosiah 3: 25

Mosiah 3: 25

Mosiah 3:25“And if they be evil they are consigned to an awful view of their own guilt and abominations, which doth cause them to shrink from the presence of the Lord into a state of misery and endless torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls.” The angel now transitions the message
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Mosiah 3: 24

Mosiah 3: 24

Words from God, delivered by someone who is authorized to speak them, “stand as a bright testimony against this people.” (Mosiah 3: 24.) It is a “bright testimony” because it illuminates the wickedness and hard hearts of the people when they reject it. Or, alternatively, it is “bright” because it opens the mind of those
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Mosiah 3: 23

Mosiah 3: 23

“And now I have spoken the words which the Lord God hath commanded me.” (Mosiah 3: 23.) The angel added nothing. He hid nothing. He delivered what the Lord told him to deliver. These are not merely the words of an angel. Becuase the angel certifies they originated from God, they are the words of
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Mosiah 3: 20-22

Mosiah 3: 20-22

The angel foretells of a time when “knowledge of a Savior shall spread throughout every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.” (Mosiah 3: 20.) This raises a question about the word “knowledge” and its meaning in the context of this verse:-Does it mean “awareness,” or that people have heard of Christ?-Does it mean to “know,” or
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The Perfect Example

The Perfect Example

The answer yesterday was the perfect example. It was chosen because it fit the issue exactly. The answer did not attempt to explain whether “Adam-God” was right or wrong, true or false, or to side Brigham Young, Orson Pratt or President Kimball. The point is that “doctrine” becomes “false doctrine” depending on who you listen
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Response to a Comment

Response to a Comment

In response to a comment, perhaps the most easily shown “mistake” is President Brigham Young’s claim of Adam as our God. This teaching was opposed by Orson Pratt from the time it was introduced. After hearing the doctrine advanced by President Young as a revelation from God, the following took place on March 11, 1856:
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