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About mrmarklin

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  1. I'm not sure how many reigning Monarchs are doing baptisms...…………………………..
  2. I'm not Catholic, but I believe that the word "I" in the invocation is critical because it implies that the person doing the baptism has the authority to do so. Using "we" is too general to imply that authority.
  3. You don't know what you don't know. I don't know your experiences, but that give you no right to discount those of others. Spiritual experiences are very real, but of course a non-believer would not believe them! Divine knowledge can be obtained and in fact, we are specifically invited to do so. “This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3).
  4. Not true. Since you have obviously not had the spiritual experiences some members of our church have had, you are not in a position to judge. Those experiences are real and not subject to the whims of the world. Revelation is the Rock of our religion, as mentioned in the scripture. Once one has had the proper assurances via Revelation, there is no going back on it..
  5. Back to the main theme, Nephi clearly had a revelation from God regarding Laban. Nephi was so hesitant to take a human life that God even went so far as to explain Himself. That's rare...……………………. Those of us that have faith can accept that there are exceptions to "normal" behavior when God commands us. There are other scriptural examples of this.
  6. Simply false. Many on this forum have a knowledge of the divine. They do know for certain. If there are limits on our knowledge of God, they are self-imposed.
  7. The reality is that an atheist, who by definition has no moral basis for criticizing anything, should not be judging Nephi. The ends justify the means. Classic atheist line.
  8. It is very clear that any court anywhere would have convicted Nephi of a capital crime. Even though Laban had threatened their lives previously, that threat was not imminent, so it's hard to see justifiable homicide or any other extenuating circumstances from a worldly point of view. This is a difficult passage in the BoM and requires the faith of the reader to not immediately stop reading. No one has discussed the kidnapping of Zoram, but that was likely a capital crime as well.
  9. The Nephite/Lamanite civilization lasted a thousand years. Not an insignificant amount of time. There was a period of almost 200 years when everyone was righteous. So not a bad trade-off. The above being said, this is certainly a difficult passage in the BofM. Many have justified murder and worse in God's name.
  10. My wife employs maids. Thanks for not thinking we are racists. And that we can qualify as "good people". Whatever that means.
  11. For convenience we refer to Temple sealings as marriages. But they're not. At least not necessarily. But it does confer the name of the man.
  12. This was a State by State thing. The constitution respected the idea that the States could do as they would. The idea of the bill of rights applying as it does now was largely implemented after the Civil War. That’s why State constitutions mostly have their own bill of rights. This was deemed necessary because the US constitution respected States rights back in the day.
  13. The founding fathers were mostly deists. But many had a problem with organized religions of the time. There certainly was never to be a national religion, such as exist in Europe to this present day.
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