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Archive for December, 2011

False Prophecies by False Prophets

When we don’t follow God’s word man’s idea of righteousness goes every which way.  Case in point is Joseph Smith and what he did in 1830.  With his idea of God people went their own ways after his death and today we see literally hundreds of different kinds of Mormonism rearing their ugly heads.

The case in Texas took another turn this week.  Warren Jeffs, the self proclaimed prophet of the polygamous group FLDS, issued a new prophecy.   Now he’s predicted the walls of the prison are going to fall down around him and until then no one is allowed to have sexual relations in their marriages.  If you’re caught doing so the punishment is swift and severe; it’s excommunication for you.

Let’s pray the reports are true that people are finally leaving.  And although that may seem like a good thing we also need to pray they’ll come to know the truth about Jesus and get saved!

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Council of gods

D&C 121:32; “According to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was, that should be reserved unto the finishing and the end thereof, when every man shall enter into his eternal presence and into his immortal rest.”

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What is exaltation? 

 Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 479; “It is available only in the highest degree of the Celestial Kingdom and is reserved for members of the Church of the Firstborn. This exalted status, called eternal life, is available to be received by a man and wife. It means not only living in God’s presence, but receiving power to do as God does, including the power to bear children after the resurrection (TPJS, pp. 300-301; D&C 132:19). Blessings and privileges of exaltation require unwavering faith, repentance, and complete obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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Self Reliant

http://lds.org/ensign/2009/03/becoming-self-reliant-spiritually-and-physically?lang=eng

Ensign, March 2009; To become self-reliant, a person must work. Work is physical, mental, or spiritual effort. It is a basic source of happiness, self-worth, and prosperity. Through work, people accomplish many good things in their lives. …

“As people become self-reliant, they are better prepared to endure adversities” and are “better able to care for others in need.” – By Elder M. Russell Ballard, Becoming Self-Reliant—Spiritually and Physically

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The Glory of God

If the glory of God is intelligence then what should we make of 1 Corinthians 13:8 which says;

“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”

Does this mean that God’s glory will vanish?

Gospel Standards, pg. 160; “We, of course, seek after knowledge, light, and intelligence and to inform ourselves upon all matters of importance. The glory of God, we have been told by the Prophet Joseph, is intelligence; and we desire to gain knowledge and to become as intelligent as we possibly can…—Era, 24:866.” – Heber J. Grant

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pg. 297; “It is not wisdom that we should have all knowledge at once presented before us; but that we should have a little at a time; then we can comprehend it. President Smith then read the 2nd Epistle of Peter, 1st chapter, 16th to last verses, and dwelt upon the 19th verse with some remarks. Add to your faith knowledge, etc. The principle of knowledge is the principle of salvation. This principle can be comprehended by the faithful and diligent; and every one that does not obtain knowledge sufficient to be saved will be condemned. The principle of salvation is given us through the knowledge of Jesus Christ.”

D&C 93:36; “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.”

 

 

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The Stick of Judah and Joseph

The Mormon quotes we’re using today are found in the Ensign and also used in an LDS Gem I received from the Church when I signed up for their daily scripture readings a few years ago.  It was titled “Biblical Descriptions of the Book of Mormon” so if you’d like to see the article in full go to http://lds.org/ensign/2007/11/scriptural-witnesses?lang=eng

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What are gospel ordinances?        

An “ordinance” in the Church is any ceremony the Church deems necessary for salvation. 

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, pg. 1033; “In harmony with biblical precedent and latter-day commandment, all saving and exalting ordinances, from baptism to temple marriage, are performed in the presence of witnesses, and a proper and faithful record is made and kept in the archives of the Church (2 Cor. 13:1; cf. D&C 128:2-5). Thus, ordinances become “a law on earth and in heaven” and, unless the covenants are violated, they cannot be annulled, “according to the decrees of the great Jehovah” (D&C 128:6-10).”

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