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    One can't that is what happens with false doctrine...
  2. The latter-day gathering and restoration of all Israel, not just the Jews, is a very common theme of old testament prophesy.
  3. Perhaps it's the men that need the experience and growth more. Perhaps that is precisely why it is not given to women to run wards and stakes, many could in some ways be far more efficient. It seems the Lord is prepared to put up with inefficiencies as he grows capacity and character in individuals and to those to whom much is give much will be required.
  4. Sometimes one of the trials in life is not getting what we know we are very capable of. There are certain callings I know I would ace but have yet never been called too. Part of the test here is that as we reach our years of experience and maturity is to see if we are able step aside and sustain the rookie new leaders as they learn and struggle. The Lord in his wisdom struck down the non-levite man that steadied the ark even though in his(the man's) mind he thought the ark would fall and be damaged and his steadying it would be a good thing. Life will challenges us in many ways and in the ways most suited to the refinement of our specific individual eternal souls.
  5. Once we have been baptised and confirmed we don't repeat these ordinances for ourselves. In weekly partaking of the sacrament we renew them even though nobody gets wet and has hands laid on them. Essentially we are re-baptised and re-confirmed every week if we partake of the sacrament worthily. The Lord has condoned at many times relaxation of certain requirements for sacred things to be confined only to sacred spaces when situation and proximity do not allow. Think mountains, baptisms for the dead in rivers prior to temple construction, endowments prior to temple construction or completion. Temples are far more common now and we need to be in them as often as possible. With such blessing well within our reach it makes sense that certain uses are more restricted than they were in Josephs time. Right now we can partake of the sacrament at home because circumstances necessitate it, once circumstances change things will again revert back to the more restricted norm regarding the sacrament.
  6. Is this what we call the old testament nowadays?
  7. Less, I see as a compliment. Those who receive less have more that the Spirit can tutor directly on. I may also be similar to the Saviours parables, protecting the weaker hearers but providing sufficient for the diligent to work with.
  8. My entire family is Ephraim except my one son is declared Manassa. Go figure... (before you go there, he looks remarkably like me ) Non-josephite tribes seem to be very prevalent in Russia and the other eastern block countries with all the other tribes represented... that would explain the iron curtain while Ephraim and Manassa were gathered. I live in the Africa South East area and Judah is coming out in spades in patriarchal blessings of black africans. This is backed up in some cases by genetic studies https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/zimbabwe-s-quot-black-jews-quot-the-lemba-people https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/8900243/ This may also be an interesting side note to the blacks and the priesthood discussion since Judah was first but in the last days would be last.
  9. Or it was just for increased emphasis on the most important parts...
  10. The ascendancy of post modernism an its illegitimate woke abomination comes to mind.
  11. Agreed... there are practical aspects to consider as well. Presidencies containing both sexes? how will small presidency meetings go down? etc. It's bad enough that when a man teaches primary these days it must be done with the door open and more than a certain number of students. This would really complicate propriety issues.
  12. Yup, pride, praise, power and ultimately glory... His path to all of these was to devise a new plan, which suspended agency, which would make him smarter than all gods before him and smarter than his own Father in Heaven, consequently he deserved all the glory and the "balance of power in the eternities" as you put it. How calculated his risk was due to being blinded by pride and greed I don't know. If I look at people around me that are blinded by pride... they do pretty stupid things.
  13. I agree with the first sentence, not so sure about the second... I think all we got was a vail of forgetfulness that rendered our mortal minds innocent, not a clean slate. The spirit quickly asserts itself again as we mature. I think hindsight will be 20-20 and none of these horrors will compare to the growth we have undergone through them. A diamond loses much of its weight, that is cut off or ground away in the shaping process. Abrasives further wear away and polish it. Decent amounts of water need to be used to keep the diamond cool in this process, since it is carbon it could catch alight. The end product is rather more desirable and brings out the best the stone has to offer, a real sight to behold. God is making up his jewels and refining to high levels of purity in the refiners fire.
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