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    Sin vs. Transgression

    This was a transgression of the law, but not a sin in the strict sense, for it was something Adam and Eve had to do (Joseph Fielding Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 1:115) The use of the term transgression lays emphasis on the violation of the law or rule involved, whereas the term sin points up the wilful nature of the disobedience. (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 804) Sin cannot be committed unless laws are ordained (Alma 42:17) and unless people have knowledge of those laws so that they can violate them. Adam and Eve could not commit sin while in the Garden of Eden, although laws of conduct had already been established, because the knowledge of good and evil had not yet been given them. Unless they had partaken of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil "they would have remained in a state of innocence, having no joy, for they knew no misery; doing no good, for they knew no sin." (2 Ne. 2:23.) This is the same principle used by our Lord in condemning the wicked Pharisees: "If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth." (John 9:41.) It is on this principle also that little children "cannot sin until they begin to become accountable," because in their innocent state they are without "knowledge." (D. & C. 29:46-50; Moro. 8:8.) (Bruce R McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, pp.735-736 SIN)
  2. What does it matter what a survey says... I can imagine during the Exodus if the Israeli Times took a survey that most of Israel would "Strongly Favor" or "Favor" getting rid of Manna. It doesn't matter. The Gospel is not a democracy.
  3. This has some good references on Adam ondi Ahman. http://www.LDSLastDays.com/Adam-ondi-Ahman
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    Are families assigned, chosen, or random?

    When I look at my son, he is the spitting image of me. There is no mistaking that he is my son. Given that our spirits look the same as our physical bodies, I would think there was a plan that our children were born into our families. 40 Abel, the first martyr, was there, and his brother Seth, one of the mighty ones, who was in the express image of his father, Adam. (D&C 138:40) In the spirit world our spirits will have the same form as when we lived on the earth with bodies of flesh and bones. We will look as we do here. (https://www.lds.org/manual/gospel-fundamentals/chapter-35-life-after-death?lang=eng) In 1834, [Joseph] was commanded to take me for a wife. I was a thousand miles from him. He got afraid. The angel came to him three times, the last time with a drawn sword and threatened his life. I did not believe. If God told him so, why did he not come and tell me? The angel told him I should have a witness. An angel came to me - it went through me like lightning - I was afraid. Joseph Said he came with more revelation and knowledge than Joseph ever dare reveal. (Brigham Young sealed me to him, for time and all eternity - Feb. 1842.) Joseph said I was his before I came here and he said all the Devils in Hell should never get me from him. (Mary Elizabeth Rollins Lightner, "Statement", signed Feb. 8, 1902)
  5. MDalby

    Anti-Mormon attacks are conspiracy theories

    Jeanne, It was directed to SamTheLamanite "threads" not posts. I appreciate your posts.
  6. MDalby

    Anti-Mormon attacks are conspiracy theories

    Jeanne, it wasn't you
  7. MDalby

    Anti-Mormon attacks are conspiracy theories

    MODS, Can we somehow get a feature to filter out threads by certain posters that clutter up the board. I don't want to come to the SamIAmTheLamanite message board cluttered with his thoughts. I want to come to a board with meaningful discussions.
  8. I am having a brain cramp... I can't recall if it is Joseph Smith or who but I remember a quote to something to the effect that: My knowledge of the truth is independent of others. It doesn't matter if there ten thousand others that testified for/against what I believe, it would not have my testimony vary in any degree. I am counting on the vast strength of the forum to revive my memory. Thanks in advance.
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    New First Presidency

    I received a phone call from my daughter last night that her stake just had a stake conference last week. They have informed their stake that they are going to have another stake conference in two weeks and they will have visiting general authorities: Elder Holland and Elder Uchtdorf. Besides the point that I am envious that they get to be in meetings with these two for a weekend, it also crossed my mind that maybe this is another reason why Elder Uchtdorf is back in the Quorum of the Twelve. Obviously the influence of President Oaks in the First Presidency is important for the Church and his preparations but Elder Uchtdorf getting more opportunities to be in the stakes might have a more far reaching impact than if he stayed in the First Presidency.
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