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  1. About 1:02:50 - only a handful of members and visitors would ever benefit from the experience. Really?
  2. What church do you belong to? It is not propaganda. We do worship Jesus; who we also teach is the spirit brother of Satan.
  3. Does D&C 138:57 mean Joseph Smith and Brigham Young are still in the spirit world preaching the gospel to the wicked? Pete
  4. My denomination? I converted from Shintoism to the LDS Church; the main sect.
  5. Are you one of the gods mentioned in Psalm 82?
  6. I had a question on this section of the manual. 237 - Here’s another way to study Alma 32–34: Draw pictures representing different phases of a seed’s growth. Then label each picture with words from Alma 32:28–43 that help you understand how to plant and nourish the word in your heart. Alma 32:28 says "Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me". This question is directed to those who were formerly members of another religion but have converted to the LDS faith. Do you find that your previous false religion kept you bound because its incorrect doctrine and teachings produced "good feelings" in you since you believed them to be true but you now realize they were actually false? I converted from Shintoism so I could say that those previous false teachings made me feel good but I came to realize that Jesus is who he and his followers taught him to be. Pete
  7. If exaltation means becoming a god, who are the gods of Psalm 82:6?
  8. Maybe they should rephrase the essay to "Becoming a god" as the previous Gospel Principles taught. https://ia800509.us.archive.org/27/items/GospelPrinciples1997/Gospel Principles 1997.pdf All good things come from God. Everything that he does is to help his children become like him—a god Pete
  9. I had a question on this section of the manual. 223 - At harvest time, grain is often gathered into bundles called sheaves and placed in storehouses, sometimes called garners. Elder David A. Bednar shared a possible interpretation of the symbolism in Alma 26:5: "The sheaves in this analogy represent newly baptized members of the Church. The garners are the holy temples" ("Honorably Hold a Name and Standing," Ensign or Liahona, May 2009, 97). Consider what the analogy in Alma 26:5-7 teaches you about the importance of temple covenants. This was mentioned too in a 2009 General Conference talk. "The sheaves in this analogy represent newly baptized members of the Church. The garners are the holy temples". Garner is mentioned once in the Doctrine and Covenants: "Therefore, I must gather together my people, according to the parable of the wheat and the tares, that the wheat may be secured in the garners to possess eternal life, and be crowned with celestial glory, when I shall come in the kingdom of my Father to reward every man according as his work shall be; While the tares shall be bound in bundles, and their bands made strong, that they may be burned with unquenchable fire". Why are non-celestial beings considered tares to be burned? Pete
  10. I have not read the 1830 version but from everything I have searched, there is no indication of any doctrinal impact with the current version.
  11. Doctrine and Covenants 132:8 says "Behold, mine house is a house of order, saith the Lord God, and not a house of confusion". The problems are not created by humans but rather by Satan.
  12. I had a question on this section of the manual. 153 - King Noah and his priests believed that salvation came through the law of Moses. Abinadi wanted them to know that salvation comes through the Messiah, Jesus Christ. What was the origin of this apostasy in the church? I noticed that the manual skipped over one part in Mosiah chapter 13. "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work; But the seventh day, the sabbath of the Lord thy God, thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is; wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it". Is this confirming that these days are literal and equal periods of time? Pete
  13. I forgot to mention the last time, but you definitely do have a gift for journalism 🙂
  14. Do you believe Adam was created outside of the Garden and then placed in it while Eve was created in the Garden itself? Pete
  15. I'm aware of that. Are there other characters in the Bible or Book of Mormon who are celebrated for disobeying God after being deceived by Satan? Pete
  16. What in the US Constitution made provisions for displaced Native American Indians?
  17. How do you understand the part about the woman being deceived, but not Adam being deceived?
  18. I was reading the following in the Bible today as part of my devotional. Gen 3:16 - Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee". What was the marriage relationship like between Adam and Eve before it changed in the Fall? I couldn't find anything relevant in this Old Testament Study manual. Pete
  19. I found only one mention of pointing. "And for this intent we keep the law of Moses, it pointing our souls to him".
  20. I had a question on this part of the manual (page 91). 91 - Jacob pleaded with his people to "be reconciled unto [God] through the atonement of Christ” ( Jacob 4:11). What do you think that means? Would it help to look up reconcile in a dictionary? Perhaps you can find words or phrases in this chapter that suggest to you how you can come unto Christ so that you can be reconciled to God. For example, Jacob taught that the law of Moses was given to point the people to Jesus Christ (see Jacob 4:5). What has God provided to point you to Christ? This is similar to what the Bible says (that the law of Moses was the taskmaster that brought people to Christ - Galatians 3:24 - Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith). Apart from the law of Moses, what does the manual suggest God has also provided to point someone to Christ? Pete
  21. Were Laban's plates written in normal Egyptian or reformed Egyptian or one of other 3 you mentioned earlier? In your earlier picture, I don't see any progression of advancement between the hieroglyphs, hieratic, and demotic styles. Do you?
  22. What explanations of how the plates were found do you believe would have led Professor Anton not to rip up his certificate of authenticity?
  23. Based on how I'm reading that verse, Harris' explanation about how the plates were located was the impetus for Anton tearing up the certificate. Do you read it the same way? For a professional person, why would it matter how the plates were located determine if you are going to authenticate something as authentic or not?
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