Zion

Zion

I do not think Zion will initially be where people think it will. I do not think Zion will be at all what people think it will be. Nor do I think people are at all ready in our current circumstances to begin to learn what Zion will require; what standards of conduct will be required;
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Faithful History

Faithful History

Is “faithful history” required to be accurate? Is it better if there is an effort to improve the facts by adding details drawn from the writer’s imagination? Is it our responsibility to be faithful to the truth or to promote faith? Because a “faithful history” could be either of those. As an example, the sacrifices
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Interview By My Wife

Interview By My Wife

My wife looks at links to the blog, and also searches other sites to review discussions. As a result, she has posed the following questions and asked I answer them: 1. Why do you refer to the church presidents as “modern popes” in your new book?A: That is not my term, but a term borrowed
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A Contrast:

A Contrast:

Two dialogues: Jehovah: Abraham, take thy son, thine only son whom thou lovest, and offer him as a sacrifice unto me.Abraham: Thy will be done. ______________________________________Jehovah: Pharisaint, take thy son, thine only son whom thou lovest, and offer him as a sacrifice unto me.Pharisaint: I don’t feel good about that. That is neither tender nor
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Groups

Groups

An observation about discussion groups: The greatest mischief of discussion groups lies in the mistaken impression that collective effort will help the individual in their personal journey. The path to God is solitary. It is between the individual and the Lord. Groups create an artificial environment. The stage erected lets the group appear to occupy center
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Priesthood Authority: Pres. Packer’s Remarks

Priesthood Authority: Pres. Packer’s Remarks

In the Worldwide Leadership Conference this month President Packer made this interesting statement: “Any elder holds as much priesthood as does the President of the Church or as I do as an Apostle—different offices. But the priesthood is not delegated out and parceled a little here and a little there. It is given all at
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First Impression

First Impression

The interview I did for Mormon Stories has an introductory title designed to grab attention and get the followers of that site to listen to the interview. I presume most of that audience is unacquainted with what I’ve written. I know John Dehlin had not read any of the books I’ve written before interviewing me.
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Podcast

Podcast

I reluctantly did an interview with John Dehlin at Mormon Stories Podcast. I do not like doing those types of things. You can listen to it here. John Dehlin asked that I do the interview and then stay around to answer some questions on his site. I took care of that and anyone who is
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Bishop Whitney’s Revelation to Joseph Smith

Bishop Whitney’s Revelation to Joseph Smith

Years after the revelation (after the problems in Kirtland) informing Oliver Cowdery that it was inappropriate for him to command Joseph Smith because Joseph was at the head of the church, (D&C 28:6), Bishop Whitney sent a note to Joseph Smith: “Thus saith the voice of the spirit to me, if thy Brother Joseph Smith
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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

We have a few thanks to dispense for Valentine’s Day: Rome, for killing Christians. Roman Catholicism for honoring the killed Christians. Pope Gelasius I for designating the Feast of St. Valentine. His decision would be rescinded by Pope Paul VI, but by then it was too late to undo the celebration. Valentine (there may have
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