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  1. Hope https://www.gotquestions.org/gates-of-hell.html shows my point of view. Thanks, Jim
  2. How does one give a defense when some particular attacks (David Whitmer in the past) came from within the church? https://medium.com/@jellistx/david-whitmer-s-an-address-to-all-believers-in-christ-7b8535643a3e Thanks, Jim
  3. The LDS Church issued a slightly modified version of the scriptures in 2013. https://mormonbible.org/holy-bible/bible-study/lds-church-releases-new-edition-of-english-scriptures In Alma 12:31,the 2013 version has: "Wherefore, he gave commandments unto men, they having first transgressed the first commandments as to things which were temporal, and becoming as gods, knowing good from evil ... The earlier version has Gods. Is there a theological/doctrinal change by switching Gods to gods? Thanks, Jim
  4. I think the gates of hades could be a figurative depiction of Satan's control and influence and that the church of Christ is advancing/growing and Satan cannot destroy it (unlike what GP said in the 1997 version). Thanks, Jim
  5. Where does it say the woman was taken into heaven? Thanks, Jim
  6. I'm not sure if this is a permitted question to answer. Forgive me if its not... Are there LDS temples that have the font upon only 6 physical oxen? Thanks, Jim
  7. "That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." This depicts a church that cannot be destroyed. That's why I disagree with the depiction given in the 1997 Gospel Principles. See earlier post just one above. Fortunately that statement was removed in the current version. Jim
  8. As mentioned in the 1997 version: "The perfect organization of the Church no longer existed, and confusion resulted. More and more error crept into Church doctrine, and soon the destruction of the Church was complete. The period of time when the true Church no longer existed on earth is called the Great Apostasy." I believe that the kingdom of the 10 toes is a future revival of the Roman Empire; partly strongly, partly weak. Some have referenced this as the same kingdom of Revelation 17:12-14. 2 Thessalonians 2:7 - "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 2 Thessalonians 2:8 - "And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming" The man of sin is not referenced in verse 7, but iniquity is always there; caused by Satan. I believe this man of sin will be revealed in the future when the Holy Spirit is taken away (v. 7). The Holy Spirit is the restraining influence. The man of sin will deceive people with "all power and signs and lying wonders." He will be destroyed at the Second Coming. Thanks, Jim
  9. I believe in the promise of Jesus. "And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." The 1997 version of Gospel Principles said the church of Christ was destroyed. The Holy Spirit continued as Jesus continued to build his church throughout the centuries. There was apostasy in the days of the apostles, but 2 Thessalonians 2 refers to a great apostasy by the man of sin (with his great deceptive power and signs and wonders - v9). Jim
  10. Only for the Jewish believers as they have outstanding promises from the Old Testament. I don't believe, for example, that certain Christians are promised Australia as their inheritance while other Christians are promised Japan for theirs. Jim
  11. The statement was made in the context of what he had said before. Jim
  12. Why do you believe God told Adam, Eve, and the animals to be fruitful and multiply before the Fall? Jim
  13. Regarding verse 7 - "For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way." I believe the "he" is the Holy Spirit. When he and his restraining power is taken away, then Satan (the man of sin) will be revealed with all his powers and lying signs and wonders; with which he will deceive those on the earth. Jim
  14. That's the impression that I get when I read the following: "It is essential in this dispensation that Ephraim stand in his place at the head, exercising the birthright in Israel which was given to him by direct revelation. Therefore, Ephraim must be gathered first to prepare the way, through the gospel and the priesthood, for the rest of the tribes of Israel when the time comes for them to be gathered to Zion". "The whole of America is Zion itself from north to south, and is described by the prophets, who declare that it is the Zion where the mountain of the Lord should be, and that it should be in the center of the land. When elders shall take up and examine the old prophecies in the Bible, they will see it" (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, page 362; History of the Church, 6:318-19). Jim
  15. What I meant to say is that Christians will not be designated specific lands of inheritance for the meek will inherit the earth (in general). But I believe God still has a covenant to fulfill with the Israelites - with the land of Israel in particular. Hope this helps. Jim
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