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  1. Why do you believe the infinite and eternal God, a being of perfect knowledge and wisdom who possesses all power, is incapable of perfecting his own beloved sons and daughters?
  2. In my posts, I am speaking quite specifically of ritual re-enactments of the crucifixion of Christ in which Latter-Day Saints must participate in order to obtain the fullness of salvation in the highest degree of glory of the Celestial Kingdom of God. Without these aforementioned rituals, there can be no entry into the Celestial Kingdom, no eternal marriages, and no eternal families. In saying this, I’ve already said too much. The Latter-Day Saints believe the fullness of the spiritual value of the infinite and eternal atoning sacrifice of Christ can be received by partaking of the consecrated emblems of his flesh and blood. If the fullness of Christ’s salvative power is available to the Latter-Day Saints through the partaking of the consecrated emblems of his sacrificed flesh and blood, there is no need for the emblems to be transformed into actual flesh and blood because all possible spiritual benefit is already transmitted to those who partake of the emblems in faith. Because the fullness of the virtue and benefit of Christ’s sacrifice is fully present and available when the Latter-Day Saint’s celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, what possible additional benefit could there be in consuming actual flesh and blood? Christ says as much when, after speaking of partaking of his flesh and blood to his doubting disciples, he taught... 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6)
  3. As Mark previously asserted, the act of participation in the ritual of the ‘Stations of the Cross’ Is not one of the 7 essential sacraments of salvation of the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the endowment and sealing ordinances of the temples are equivalent in essential importance, to the obtaining of salvation, for Latter-Day Saints as are the 7 Sacraments of salvation to the Catholics. This is the sense in which I’m using the term ‘important.’ Wouldn’t you agree that ordinances essential to salvation are, in the eternal scheme of things, ultimately more important than rites that are not essential to obtaining salvation? Again, this is how I’m using the term ‘important‘.
  4. I believe it’s possible one of the reasons why Lori was attracted to Chad is Lori has been a lifelong narcissist and sociopath whose malfunctioning conscience caused her to never experience shame nor guilt when she did wrong or behaved toward others in a cruel and destructive manner. When Chad powerfully validated Lori’s deeply ingrained sense of narcissistic superiority and entitlement by asserting she is one of the preexisting very elite of heaven, someone destined for greatness on earth, he helped her to make sense of her otherwise confusing world as one who never felt the remorse of conscience typified by the truly penitent believer. With Chad’s help, she could now “comprehend” that the reason why she never had a guilty conscience and could lie without regret is because, by very nature, she is so holy and pure that she has never done anything wrong. It must be a very strange experience for a narcissistic sociopath to be so involved with intense scripture study and gospel discussions while not possessing two of the key elements (a broken heart and contrite spirit) that enable someone to become and authentic saint of God. Chad helped Lori make some “logical” sense of her crazy world.
  5. It only seems like ignorance and arrogance until one comes to the undeniable realization that the applied symbolism of Christ’s crucifixion plays a absolutely critical and indispensable role when it comes to how the Latter-Day Saints are allowed to gain entry into the celestial kingdom and dwell therein as eternally married couples with their forever families. The symbolism of the crucifixion only seems less important to the religion of the Latter-Day Saints because, for reasons that have always been beyond me, many members apparently fail to appreciate just how essential the symbolism of the crucifixion is to their salvation and exaltation. Are the rituals pertaining to the ‘Stations of the Cross’ as critically important and indispensable to the salvation of Catholics as the ordinances of the temple are to the Latter-Day Saints?
  6. Not strange at all for someone who has been endowed and sealed in the temple.
  7. It actually did make me chuckle. It’s an absurd situation to be in because I know I’m 100% correct, yet, for obvious reasons, I’m unable to point to anything specific to make my case. All I can do is smile (rather than frown) and then move on to another subject.
  8. This made me chuckle... Become a Latter-Day Saint and worship in one of our temples and you’ll understand. I can say no more.
  9. I’m guessIng you’ve never participated in the sacred ordinances performed in the temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints? I ask this question because anybody who’s ever participated in the ordinances of the temple should know your statement that “the cross is absent from all aspects of our worship“ is as untrue as it is absurd. Quite honestly, I never cease to be amazed by the apparent absolute blindness of so many members of the Church to the undeniable fact that no Christian Church on earth places more importance on the symbolism of Christ’s crucifixion than does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The fact that this painfully obvious truth never seems to dawn on so many members has left me baffled and perplexed for many years. Perhaps it’s a manifestation of the Savior’s warning that people often see but do not really see and hear but do not really hear?
  10. Why my quirky mind morphed Pratt into Hyde seemed to be a mystery until I realized both apostles have the first name of Orson.
  11. O how great the holiness of our God! For he knowers all things and there is not anything save he knows it. (2 Nephi 9) It’s clear that that Lord perfectly understands his children and has a perfect understanding of what makes each one of them tick. In the verse in question, it needs to be understood that the Lord is speaking as one man speaks to another and is simply saying, ‘if you don’t make any attempt to have a healthy, loving, reciprocating relationship with me, I’m not going to pretend we are intimate friends.’
  12. You appear to reject Nephi’s solemn final testimony that as he recorded the sacred account of his ministry (1 Nephi and 2 Nephi) his words were inspired directly by Christ. You place Nephi in a most difficult position because in 1 Nephi 4 he records some the very words he asserts Christ gave to him, but you say Christ didn’t give those words to him because God would never command Nephi to do such a thing. From my perspective, whether intentional or not, you are severely underminIng the credibility of Nephi’s final testimony to the world. He’s testifies that the words of his account are from Christ, the Source of Truth; but you contradict him and say Christ didn’t give those words to him but that he is guilty of cruel, deliberate and unprovoked (I.e. wanton) murder. It will be most interesting to see what takes place at the bar of God when some accuse Nephi of committing cold blooded murder, and then deceitfully putting word’s in Christ’s mouth in order to justify his crimes. 10 And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good. 11 And if they are not the words of Christ, judge ye—for Christ will show unto you, with power and great glory, that they are his words, at the last day; and you and I shall stand face to face before his bar; and ye shall know that I have been commanded of him to write these things, notwithstanding my weakness. (2 Nephi 33)
  13. This discussion distills down to one simple fact, which is that you refuse to believe the Book of Mormon’s testimony that God commanded Nephi to slay Laban. The obvious difference between my perspective and yours is that I believe Nephi was a godly man of unquestioned honesty and integrity who told the truth when he testified that God commanded him to slay Laban. Meanwhile it’s clear you don’t believe Nephi’s account of the slaying of Laban to be truthful, which leads me to wonder if it’s possible that you doubt the divine authenticity of the entire Book of Mormon? Doesn’t it stand to reason that if you doubt Nephi’s testimony that it was God who commanded him to slay Laban, wouldn’t in be logical to conclude that you would also likely lack confidence in many of the other things the prophet Nephi testified to in his account? Ultimately it appears that yours, either wittingly or unwittingly, is nothing less that an attack on the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon. It seems to me you may be attempting to place the proverbial camel’s nose of destruction under the doctrinal tent by first persuading members to disbelieve Nephi‘s testimony concerning his slaying of Laban; and then, after your targets are persuaded to disbelieve Nephi, the camel is then able nudge in just a little further until he gains sufficient leverage to stand and knock over the entire theological tent. Question: Based on the evidence presented in the Book of Mormon, do you believe that if it could be proven at trial that Laban was guilty of grand theft and attempted murder that he might justly be judged as being worthy of death? Another question that I hope you’ll answer forthrightly: Are there other portions of the Book of Mormon that you don’t believe to be true?
  14. I’m sure it’s often wise to avoid the use of fear and shaming when attempts are made to prevent the wavering from abandoning the faith. But that being said, I must admit the first thought that entered my mind after reading the above is how extreme guilt and shaming worked wonders on Alma and the sons of Mosiah. Also, at a critical point in my journey of faith, fear and shaming also worked wonders on me.
  15. Thanks so much for this beautiful, validating quote from Elder Hyde.
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