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  1. “The book of Revelation is one of the plainest books God ever caused to be written.” - Joseph Smith
  2. Did I miss something? That's not what your quote said at all.
  3. The rumor about Kirtland involved a large amount of wine consumed, not seizures or drugs.
  4. So then the question becomes "was it revealed by God"? If God said the Earth's temporal existence is 7000 years then it is. Period. If God didn't say it then we can discard those verses as uninspired, much as Joseph said about the Song if Solomon.
  5. 2,555,000,000 - the length of an eternity (creation) so I've heard attributed as a Joseph teaching. Explained as something to do with the rotation or orbit of Kolob. Interestingly the rotation of the milky way is estimated at exactly 10% of that.
  6. You have heard what they said about Mary Magdalene in the medieval period right? Types and shadows...
  7. We'll, Adam/Michael had Eve, Heavenly Father has Heavenly Mother(s). Why shouldn't Yaweh/Jehovah have a female consort. After all the Gods made male and female in their image. Neither is the man without the woman in the LORD. Perhaps Asherah is a name for Jehovah's wife.
  8. Sure, you can choose to place a private interpretation of the scripture. People do it all the time with all the scriptures. Peter and Joseph were against it, but hey...
  9. I don't think for a second any calculation or prediction is going to be right. I'm talking broad doctrine here. If the earth has a temporal lifespan of 7000 years from Adam (ignoring anything before that estimated date) AND the Millennium accounts for the final 1000 that mean 6000 years to play with in between. If D&C 77 represents a literal revelation from God, then I think it's unavoidable that the Millennium is within a reasonable amount of time. Otherwise we have to rationalize away the scripture.
  10. Correct, meridian is not median. 4000 years from Adam to Christ and 2000 years from Christ to the Millennium shows that. Meridian literally refers to noon, the time of most light. IE, when the Savior was on the earth and broke the bands of death and darkness.
  11. D&C 77:6 Q. What are we to understand by the book which John saw, which was sealed on the back with seven seals?A. We are to understand that it contains the revealed will, mysteries, and the works of God; the hidden things of his economy concerning this earth during the seven thousand years of its continuance, or its temporal existence. 7 Q. What are we to understand by the seven seals with which it was sealed?A. We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the first thousand years, and the second also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh. Do we actually believe (leaving the creation out of it) that the temporal lifespan of this earth from Adam's time to the end is 7000 years? And following on from that do we believe the last (seventh) thousand years will be with Satan bound and the Savior ruling personally? If we believe both of these things, is there any historical or mathematical way of considering the Millennium to be very far off? How close to Sunday is this Saturday night?
  12. That's ridiculous. Do we really need to pull every reference to prayer circles in official Church publications over the decades? And then there's Hugh Nibley...
  13. The sacred elements not to be discussed publicly are clearly stated in the endowment. The idea that no other specific details of the temple be discussed is not a rule but a social norm in the current LDS community. We have expanded the restriction beyond the intention.
  14. Not according to D&C 132.
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