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    Utah's favorite cookie

    Chocolate chip is the true AMERICAN cookie. Other countries have other just as good options.

    The Nephite Baptismal Prayer

    There are numerous variations on the baptismal ordinance since the restoration began. Since those days we have eliminated all but two (living/dead). But that doesn't make the various others any less valid, just not currently authorized.

    polygamy sentencing

    Apparently the judge saw no purpose in costing taxpayers for 5 years prison time since it wouldn't be a deterrent and they would continue to practice polygamy once released.

    In the likeness of Adam

    Moses was additional Biblical material, Abraham a new revelation. No surprise that Moses matches the Biblical usage despite the word being plural. Also Eloheim is a plural word, Jehovah a singular, but both are used. "An unlearned boy must give you a little Hebrew. Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aushamayeen vehau auraits,rendered by King James' translators, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." I want to analyze the word Berosheit. Rosh,the head; Sheit, a grammatical termination, The Baith was not originally put there when the inspired man wrote it, but it has been since added by an old Jew. Baurau signifies to bring forth; Eloheim is from the word Eloi, God, in the singular number; and by adding the word heim, it renders it Gods. It read first, "In the beginning the head of the Gods brought forth the Gods," or, as others have translated it, "The head of the Gods called the Gods together." If we pursue the Hebrew text further, it reads, "Berosheit baurau Eloheim ait aashamayeen vehau auraits"—"The head one of the Gods said. Let us make a man in our own image." I once asked a learned Jew, "If the Hebrew language compels us to render all words ending in heim in the plural, why not render the first Eloheim plural?" He replied, "That is the rule with few exceptions; but in this case it would ruin the Bible." He acknowledged I was right. - Joseph Smith

    In the likeness of Adam

    It is likely a type and shadow of God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ.

    "He lived great, and he died great"

    Again, does it matter? Laws aren't always right. And obedience to incorrect laws is not a trait to admire any more than disobedience to righteous laws would be. I don't see that Joseph did anything wrong. Therefore whether a law was broken doesn't matter to me.

    Sin vs. Transgression

    Interchangeable usage of terms with differing nuances is a human trait. Happens all the time if we aren't precise. And it has led to numerous errors of belief. But there are times to take scriptures literally and times to recognize poetic word choices.

    "He lived great, and he died great"

    Matthew 19:17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

    "He lived great, and he died great"

    Doesn't matter.

    "He lived great, and he died great"

    Depends which myths you are wanting to promulgate.

    "He lived great, and he died great"

    Well the Community of Christ wouldn't be alone in changing the lyrics from the original. The LDS Church also changed one of the verses from the original to what we sing today.

    Sin vs. Transgression

    The implications are numerous, especially as we ponder the idea of transgressing a lower law to live a higher one. Sin however is something to repent of. Adam and Eve never needed to repent, and instead rejoiced. But because a law was transgressed a consequence had to be dealt with to satisfy justice. And we see Adam sacrificing and the first revelation of the atonement.

    Sin vs. Transgression

    Interestingly, the scripture indicates that it was the serpent that was actually deceived. Exactly. Well, a law was transgressed (stepped across). That's what caused the fall. But it was the plan.

    Sin vs. Transgression

    Huh? I thought that was the whole result of the fall, and the entire need for a Savior and the plan of salvation.

    Sin vs. Transgression

    Transgress - literally "to step across" or "go beyond". Another definition is "to go beyond a boundary or limit." That's what Adam and Eve did in removing immortality. That's what Christ did in resurrection. He went beyond the law of nature concerning death. Sin on the other hand means guilty. It has reference to missing the mark or committing offense against God. Transcending or going against a natural law is very different from making a mistake and creating offense.