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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, ‘Tithing – A Commandment, Even for the Destitute,’ April 2005; “No bishop, no missionary should ever hesitate or lack the faith to teach the law of tithing to the poor. The sentiment of “They can’t afford to” needs to be replaced with “They can’t afford not to.”

One of the first things a bishop must do to help the needy is ask them to pay their tithing. Like the widow, if a destitute family is faced with the decision of paying their tithing or eating, they should pay their tithing. The bishop can help them with their food and other basic needs until they become self-reliant.” – Lynn G. Robbins

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Mormon Decisions 10Improvement Era, Vol. 50, No. 11, General Conference, ‘Faith in Christ,’ November 1947, p 768;  “Skepticism, self‑sufficiency, atheism, a denial of the divinity of Jesus the Christ, have supplanted belief, and lapses from the moral standards are but the natural result of the breaking down of that faith.” – Albert E. Bowen

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Heber C. Kimball, v. 20, p. 17; also, Deseret News, March 11, 1857; “The Lord told me that Jesus Christ was the son of Adam.” – Heber C. Kimball

President Heber C. Kimball’s Journal, p 209; “April 20, 1862, The Lord told me that Adam was my father and that he was the God and father of all the inhabitants of this Earth”  Also see p 274.

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Mormon Decisions 10Documented History of the Church 6:476; “The heads of the Gods appointed one God for us; and when you take that view of the subject, it sets one free to see all the beauty, holiness and perfection of the Gods.” – Joseph Smith

 

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Mormon Decisions 10Today we’re looking at events from the BoM to see if they line up with the Bible, and if they seem reasonable for historical events taking place in BC 587. The passage below is a description of a dream Lehi had. 

1 Nephi 1:9-15; “And it came to pass that he saw One descending out of the midst of heaven, and he beheld that his luster was above that of the sun at noon-day. 10 And he also saw twelve others following him, and their brightness did exceed that of the stars in the firmament. 11 And they came down and went forth upon the face of the earth; and the first came and stood before my father, and gave unto him a book, and bade him that he should read. 12 And it came to pass that as he read, he was filled with the Spirit of the Lord.

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Messenger anMormon Decisions 10d Advocate, Vol. 1, No. 5, February 1835, p 78; “…and it is only necessary for me to say that while this excitement continued he continued to call upon the lord in secret for a full manifestation of divine approbation and for to him the all important information if a supreme being did exist to have an assurance that he was accepted of him.”

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Mormon Decisions 10Today we’re comparing the requirements needed to hold the Melchizedek Priesthood. The first example comes from the LDS Church and the other examples comes from God’s word. We’re praying Mormons give the biblical requirements an honest read and will desire to know why God set such a high standard.

Encyclopedia of Mormonism, p 882, 884; “Specific standards of worthiness to receive the Melchizedek Priesthood include personal integrity, chastity, obedience to the divine laws of health, and faithful contribution of tithes to the Church. Beyond these traits, it is expected that men will progress in developing attributes of godliness….

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