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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, ‘Admonitions for the Priesthood of God,’ January 1973, p. 107; “Remember that, brethren. You cannot destroy the appointments of theHarold B. Lee prophets of God. The Lord knows whom He wants to preside in His Church, and sometimes it takes a lot of practicing, guiding, testing, before He may know whether or not one of us is prepared for the present assignment.” – Harold B. Lee

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Mormon Decisions 10Decisions for Successful Living, pp. 164-165; “There is no truth more plainly taught in the Gospel than that our condition in the next world willHarold B. Lee depend upon the kind of lives we live here. ‘All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.’ (John 5:28-29.) Is it not just as reasonable to suppose that the conditions in which we now live have been determined by the kind of lives we lived in the pre-existent world of spirits? That the apostles understood this principle is indicated by their question to the Master when the man who was blind from his birth was healed of his blindness, ‘Master, who did sin, this man or his parents that he was born blind?’ (John 9:2.) Now perhaps you will have a partial answer to some of your questions as to why, if God is a just Father, that some of his children are born of an enlightened race and in a time when the Gospel is upon the earth, while others are born of a heathen parentage in a benighted, backward country; and still others are born to parents who have the mark of a black skin with which the seed of Cain were cursed and whose descendants were to be denied the rights of the priesthood of God” – LDS Prophet, Harold B. Lee, 1973

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Mormon Decisions 10Alive in Christ, The Miracle of Spiritual Rebirth, p. 140; “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is absolutely indispensable to our salvationRobert Millet. No supposed personal relationship with Jesus, no commitment to the gospel, no high level of Christian conduct in society can compensate for what is to be found in the Church.” – Robert Millet, 1997

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Wagon wheelMormon Decisions 10On the heels of the Church’s latest announcement on ‘finding’ the names of 57,000 deceased Mormon pioneers, a few questions about their temples come to mind.

Ecclesiastes 9:5; “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.”

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Mormon Decisions 10History of the Church 2:190; “Luke S. Johnson’s Blessing:—Our Father in heaven, look down in mercy upon us, and upon this Thy servant, whom weLuke S Johnson ordain to the ministry of the Twelve. He shall be prepared and preserved, and be like those we have blessed before him. The nations shall tremble before him. He shall hear the voice of God; he shall comfort the hearts of the Saints always. The angels shall bear him up till he shall finish his ministry. He shall be delivered, and come forth with Israel. He shall bear testimony to the kings of the earth, and hold communion with the Father, with the Son, and with the general assembly and Church of the first-born. If cast into prison, he shall be able to comfort the hearts of his comrades. His tongue shall be loosed, and he shall have power to lead many to Zion, and sit down with them; the Ancient of Days shall pronounce this blessing, that he has been faithful; he shall have strength, wisdom, and power; he shall go among the covenant people and speak all their tongues where he shall go. All these blessings we confirm upon him in the name of Jesus. Amen.” – Sunday, February 15, 1835

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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, “Patience, a Key to Happiness”, May 1987, 30; “We should be patient in developing and strengthening our testimonies. Rather thanJoseph B.Wirthlin expecting immediate or spectacular manifestations, though they will come when needed, we should pray for a testimony, study the scriptures, follow the counsel of our prophet and other Church leaders, and live the principles of the gospel. Our testimonies then will grow and mature naturally, perhaps imperceptibly at times, until they become driving forces in our lives.” — Joseph B. Wirthlin

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Mormon Decisions 10The Associated Press, Interview with Gordon B. Hinckley, December 25, 2005; “Well, we have nothing to hide. Our history is an open book. They may find what theyGordonBHinckley are looking for, but the fact is the history of the church is clear and open and leads to faith and strength and virtues.” – President Gordon B. Hinckley

 

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