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  1. So are you saying there is no conflict between what the church teaches and someone who pays for a class to learn how to use “stone crystals” to heal?
  2. The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that through the priesthood and faith in Christ we can be healed. You don't see a conflict?
  3. That's interesting. That's one problem I've never had, and I have long arms. I always buy XLT.
  4. Perhaps he would like to have children.
  5. I think perhaps more people would be open to discussion with you if you weren't so derisive of their opinions. You bring up points that are important to understand no matter where you believe the book took place, but you deliver them in a manner that immediately puts others on the defensive instead of fostering discussion.
  6. Are you saying that church leaders are encouraging members to donate to the Interpreter?
  7. Is anyone expecting it to be?
  8. You seem to be confusing church organization with the gospel. The gospel is the “good news” that Christ rose from the dead and of His atoning sacrifice for us. Church organization is a support for the gospel and may change according to the circumstances of the people. As for polygamy and baptism, all principles relating to the gospel have no been in operation in all dispensations. All principles which support the gospel are not contained in the Book of Mormon, but the message of the Saviors atonement (the gospel) is. Your criticism of the Book of Mormon does not seem to be informed by what the book itself says its purpose is, “Which is to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever—And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations”
  9. It is true that we don’t pray to the Savior. We instead follow His example in Matthew 6:9 and pray to the Father. In the Book of Mormon the Savior commanded the Nephites, “Therefore ye must always pray unto the Father in my name,” (3 Nephi 18:19). That is why in every meeting in the church members open and close the meeting with a prayer to the Father in the name of the Son. You characterization of members of the church, their beliefs, and their faith in the Savior are untrue and seem unfair. This may be what you see, but may I please gently remind you about what the Savior said about motes and beams.
  10. Hopefully no one is judging any organization just by what is written on a message board. Your characterization of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not accurate. “The fundamental principles of our religion is the testimony of the apostles and prophets concerning Jesus Christ, ‘that he died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended up into heaven;’ and all other things [pertaining to our religion] are only appendages to these.” https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/jesus-christ?lang=eng&_r=1
  11. The gift of the Holy Ghost is different than having access to or feeling the influence of the Spirit. "All honest seekers of the truth can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, leading them to Jesus Christ and His gospel. However, the fulness of the blessings given through the Holy Ghost are available only to those who receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and remain worthy. After a person is baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one or more Melchizedek Priesthood holders lay their hands on the person’s head and, in a sacred priesthood ordinance, confirm him or her a member of the Church. As part of this ordinance, called confirmation, the person is given the gift of the Holy Ghost." https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/holy-ghost?lang=eng&_r=1
  12. President Oaks agrees with you. That is why our Father in Heaven has given us prophets and apostles. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2010/10/two-lines-of-communication?lang=eng
  13. I've never heard anyone get excited about this. If I were to answer I'd say I don't know as it's not something that God has revealed. There may have been those who have speculated, but other than we will have a body nothing has been revealed.
  14. Here is the guidance given by Handbook 2: 21.4.1 Abortion The Lord commanded, “Thou shalt not … kill, nor do anything like unto it” (Doctrine and Covenants 59:6). The Church opposes elective abortion for personal or social convenience. Members must not submit to, perform, arrange for, pay for, consent to, or encourage an abortion. The only possible exceptions are when: Pregnancy resulted from forcible rape or incest. A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy. A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. Even these exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons responsible have consulted with their bishops and received divine confirmation through prayer. Church members who submit to, perform, arrange for, pay for, consent to, or encourage an abortion may be subject to Church discipline. As far as has been revealed, a person may repent and be forgiven for the sin of abortion. https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/handbook-2-administering-the-church/selected-church-policies-and-guidelines/selected-church-policies?lang=eng#title_number59 I'm not sure how the situation you've described above fits into this. As I read what you've described the concern was that your grandchild may have health issues, but nothing had been determined saying that the child would not survive. Is that right?
  15. I think that more seems to be said about what will go on in the millennium than can be found in revealed word.
  16. You're faulting Peter for not being able to walk on water? Could you?
  17. My first thought is that the article doesn’t say he was dismissed. Maybe I missed that.
  18. The bolded seems to be the key phrase. If God had wanted President Kimball to do something he would do it. When God told him to open up the priesthood to all worthy males he did it.
  19. I stated it the way I did on purpose. I realize that not all are believing.
  20. So you are saying that you are in tune with God, but those whom He has chosen to be his prophets and apostles are not.
  21. Are you accusing me of supporting abuse? Or just everyone who are ever served in a bishopric of perpetrating it. Judas was called by the Savior to be one of His apostles. Judas could have chose to be faithful, but unfortunately did not. All of us can learn a lesson from his life. There are, I was raised by a single mother. Unfortunately this is true. But it does not invalidate the great work done by those who are exemplary fathers.
  22. This is pretty insulting to those who are called to serve in or have served in bishoprics, as well as to those who hold the wearing of the temple garment as a sacred privilege. Members of the church do believe that callings come from God. Callings, however, are not issued to perfect people. Insulting to those who take their responsibilities as fathers seriously.
  23. We don’t share the same culture as 1st century Jews. While the Lord is trying to help us all understand, live, and obey a higher law, he doesn’t try and force it on a people who aren’t ready. He also doesn’t try to force us to change things we aren’t able yet to change. I don’t know who’s divorce laws are better, our or the Jews, but the Lord works within the culture we have to try and bring us to an eventual higher law.
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