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This is from Lesson 22 (Religion 250 manual).
"Our entire case as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rests on the
validity of this glorious First Vision. ... Nothing on which we base our doctrine, nothing
we teach, nothing we live by is of greater importance than this initial declaration. I submit
that if Joseph Smith talked with God the Father and His Beloved Son, then all else of which
he spoke is true".
Examining the logic of this statement, if Joseph Smith's teaching of God not being from
everlasting to everlasting and that he was a man who became a God is false, would this
mean the First Vision never really happened?
"To the youth listening today or reading these words in the days ahead, I give a specific
challenge: Gain a personal witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith. … Read the testimony of
the Prophet Joseph Smith in the Pearl of Great Price. … This is Joseph's own testimony of
what actually occurred".
Do church leaders ever invite you to gain a personal witness of the Apostles Peter or Paul?
This is from Lesson 21 (Religion 250 manual).
The chapter mentions the priesthood keys several times.
89 – During His three-year mortal ministry, Jesus Christ conferred priesthood keys on
His Twelve Apostles. With these keys, the Church of Jesus Christ was “built upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets
90 – "'Priesthood keys are the authority God has given to priesthood [holders] to direct,
control, and govern the use of His priesthood on earth’ [Handbook 2: Administering the
Church , 2.1.1]. Every act or ordinance performed in the Church is done under the
direct or indirect authorization of one holding the keys for that function.
Why didn't Jesus confer the keys of binding and loosing on the twelve Nephite disciples?