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  1. blueglass

    Temple Recommend Questions

    Ron Esplin is a bit disappointed that the council of fifty minutes are not more clear (what transpired 26-March, 1844). In Orson Hyde's document endorsing "that Joseph Smith did declare that he had conferred upon the Twelve every key and every power that he ever held himself before God." the quorum of twelve don't sign the statement, and Brigham rebuffs that one is even required. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrDTbdMqAE4&t=14m51s
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    Temple Recommend Questions

    132:7 is usually used for the "never but one on the earth" rule. "there is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred". I can see your point though if we were comparing the authority of the ancient american quorum of the twelve and the old world quorum of the twelve as both sets were in power at the same time but different locations on earth.
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    Elder Oaks

    Interesting that Joseph Smith also leaves out Jesus Christ in responding to the enemies use of the words Mormon and Mormonism in this letter from Liberty, MO "In the first place, I have stated above [p. 53] that Mormonism is truth, in other words the doctrine of the Latter Day Saints, is truth; for the name Mormon, and Mormonism, was given to us by our enemies, but Latter Day Saints was the real name by which the church was organized." JS, Letter, Liberty, MO, to Isaac Galland, 22 Mar. 1839; Times and Seasons, Feb. 1840, pp. 51–56. http://www.josephsmithpapers.org/paper-summary/letter-to-isaac-galland-22-march-1839/4#source-note
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    AP Styleguide refusing to dump "Mormon"?

    The upper floor of the Red Brick store, the stable in Bethlehem, the epiphany I had on a subway ride I took from Brooklyn to NYC in 2014 - these can all become sacred places. 1 Kings 8:27 27 But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! We should make the best of the enormous investments in marketing mormon, mormon.org meet the mormons, mormon helping hands, etc. That's what we do with tithing investments, we make the best of them.
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    AP Styleguide refusing to dump "Mormon"?

    What do you think we're talking about in terms of investment? Is this $2M, $10M?, $100M. ?
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    AP Styleguide refusing to dump "Mormon"?

    What will we do with the thousands of Mormon helping hands t-shirts? Thousands will be thrown away, burned or given to DI. By the way what is price tag for this Mormon divestiture project?
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    Elder Oaks

    I'm trying to understand the views of Elder Oaks. Maybe someone can help me synthesize these three quotes. Oaks, Scott, Widtsoe. Then maybe we can bring in 3rd eye hindu Ajna and scientific models for intuition in a later discussion. Elder Oaks: "when we seek the truth about religion we should use spiritual methods appropriate for that search: 1) prayer, 2) the witness of the holy ghost, and 3) study of the scriptures and the words of modern prophets. i'm always sad when I hear of one who reports a loss of religious faith because of secular teachings. Those who once had spiritual vision, can suffer from self-inflicted spiritual blindness. As Pres Henry B. Eyring said, "their problem does not lie in what they think they see, it lies in what they cannot see." The methods of science lead us to what we call 'scientific truth. but scientific truth is not the whole of life. Those who do not learn by study and also by faith, limit their understanding of truth to what they can verify by scientific means, that puts artificial limits on their pursuit of truth." Elder Scott: "There are two ways to find truth—both useful, provided we follow the laws upon which they are predicated. The first is the scientific method. It can require analysis of data to confirm a theory or, alternatively, establish a valid principle through experimentation. The scientific method is a valuable way of seeking truth. However, it has two limitations. First, we never can be sure we have identified absolute truth, though we often draw nearer and nearer to it. Second, sometimes, no matter how earnestly we apply the method, we can get the wrong answer. The best way of finding truth is simply to go to the origin of all truth and ask or respond to inspiration." Elder Widtsoe: "Doubt of the right kind, that is, honest questioning leads to faith. Such doubt impels men to inquiry which always opens the door to truth. The scientist in his laboratory, the explorer in distant parts, the prayerful man upon his knees, these and all inquirers like them find truth. They learn some things that are known, others are not."
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    Good for you Pres. Nelson!

    "through your faithfulness" you may become clean "tahor" strong's #2889. There are 3 washing ordinances, baptism, endowment initiatory, and the second anointing and washing of the feet. If we just accept the first washing as acceptable for entrance into the kingdom, to become a member of the church of Christ then we can use Ephesians 5:26 as washing by the word, John 15:3.
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    No more Gospel Principles.

    thanks for pointing this out. Not all topics can be discussed extensively in such a lesson format. Maybe that's ok.
  10. blueglass

    Good for you Pres. Nelson!

    good for you. That's not what I was talking about (the official name of the church 115:4).
  11. blueglass

    Refusing To Do The 10-Day Social Media Fast

    Many on the ExponentII group on facebook are very angry after this conference. I think I'm willing to try the 10-day fast from social media and corrupt news. See how it works, and what things I pay attention to instead (football? mma fights? nascar?)
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    Good for you Pres. Nelson!

    If we just call ourselves "Saints" that's declaring we're sanctified. From what I understand from the endowment ordinances - only women priestesses in our church can declare this to be true. Strong's #40 hágios – properly, different (unlike), other ("otherness"), holy; for the believer, 40 (hágios) means "likeness of nature with the Lord" because "different from the world." Should we discuss canonization? 2 verified miracles? There's likely only 10 - 20 couples/year who receive the second anointing.
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    No more Gospel Principles.

    Relief Society as a topic is missing in the gospel principles book. When speaking about the organization of the church it doesn't say anything about leadership roles held by women in the early church or restoration, or about the key(s) held by the general relief society president. "and I now turn the key to you in the name of God and this Society shall rejoice and knowledge and intelligence shall flow down from this time"
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    Good for you Pres. Nelson!

    less bubbles in the plan of salvation of chart. https://www.lds.org/manual/old-testament-seminary-teacher-manual/lessons-1-5/lesson-2-the-plan-of-salvation?lang=eng The only problem with the new chart is that it doesn't show that Earth will become the celestial kingdom. "God has said if we will honor Him and keep His commandments—if we will observe His laws He will fight our battles and destroy the wicked, and when the time comes He will come down in heaven—not from heaven—but He will bring heaven with Him—and this earth upon which we dwell, will be the celestial kingdom” (George Albert Smith, in Conference Report, Oct. 1942, 49). https://www.lds.org/manual/presidents-of-the-church-student-manual/george-albert-smith-eighth-president-of-the-church?lang=eng “I remarked to my family and friends present, that when the earth was sanctified and became like a sea of glass, it would be one great urim and thummim, and the Saints could look in it and see as they are seen” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, 5:279). https://www.lds.org/manual/teachings-joseph-smith/chapter-21?lang=eng “In that great change, or resurrection, which shall come to this earth, it shall be sanctified, celestialized and made a fit abode even for God the Father, who shall grace it with his presence. (D.C. 88:19.) Then shall the righteous, those who have become sanctified through the law of God, possess it for ever as their abode. This earth is destined to become the everlasting residence of its inhabitants who gain the glory of the celestial kingdom. It shall become in that day like the throne of God and shall shine forth with all the splendor and brightness of celestial glory in its eternal, sanctified and glorious state” (Smith, Way to Perfection, 351). https://www.lds.org/manual/doctrines-of-the-gospel-student-manual/chapter-37-the-millennium-and-the-glorification-of-the-earth.p1?lang=eng
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    Good for you Pres. Nelson!

    new subtitle for the book of Mormon, "Jesus visits Guatemala" instead of "Another gospel of Jesus Christ" which most Christians spurn at and quote Galatians 1:8 and point to the angel on top of our temples. Galatians 1:6-9, 6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel [testament]: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven [moroni], preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." On my mission we would quickly counter this rejection with a question, "What is the gospel of Jesus Christ?" Then we would read Christ's own definition from the book of mormon and see what they thought. Afterwards we could have a more fruitful discussion. 3Nephi27:13-14. 13 Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you—that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me. 14 And my Father sent me that I might be lifted up upon the cross; and after that I had been lifted up upon the cross, that I might draw all men unto me, that as I have been lifted up by men even so should men be lifted up by the Father, to stand before me, to be judged of their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil—
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