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April 10 – Amos 3:7; “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000The purpose of this week’s lesson is: “To help class members come unto Christ through recognizing some of the wonderful things he has done.” It cites various prophecies Isaiah gave about Jesus Christ, some of the references the lesson gives are actual prophecies and some are not.

For instance this is an example of a prophecy he did not give, in the lesson we read:

“The Savior will restore the gospel to the earth.”

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flowers-cartoon-8April’s message focuses on Jesus’ role as our Savoir and Redeemer and begins with this quote by D. Todd Christofferson:

“Redeem means to pay off an obligation or a debt. Redeem can also mean to rescue or set free as by paying a ransom. … Each of these meanings suggests different facets of the great Redemption accomplished by Jesus Christ through His Atonement, which includes, in the words of the dictionary, ‘to deliver from sin and its penalties, as by a sacrifice made for the sinner.” (“Redemption,” Ensign, May 2013, 109.)

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 7 – 1 Corinthians 10:4; “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ”.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000Deuteronomy 6:12-14; “Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. 14 Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you.”

 

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 4 – Acts 5:41; “And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name”.

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Old-Testament-Gospel-Doctrine-Teachers-Manual-35570000This year members of the Mormon Church will be studying the Old Testament in Sunday school. We thought it would be interesting and informative to our readers for us to take a look at what they’re being taught each Sunday and then compare that to the word of God.

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MormonBaptisimAs I conclude this series on Mormon Baptism I’d like to touch on what it means to be baptized in the Mormon Church versus into the body of Christ. The quote below is from the church’s Newsroom website, and gives an accurate view of how the church sees baptism (emphasis mine).

“Baptism into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints requires full immersion in water by a person who holds the priesthood authority to baptize. It is the means by which people join the Church. Those who are baptized into the Church are cleansed of their previous sins and placed under covenant to live the principles of the gospel.”

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LDS_baptismIn part 4 of my series I’m going to address the 5th question asked of new converts at their interview to be baptized into the Mormon Church. The question in its entirety goes as follows:

5. You have been taught that membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes living gospel standards. What do you understand of the following standards? Are you willing to obey them?

a. The law of chastity, which prohibits any sexual relationship outside the bonds of a legal marriage between a man and a woman.

b. The law of tithing.

c. The Word of Wisdom.

d. The Sabbath day, including partaking of the sacrament weekly and rendering service to fellow members.

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December 27 – Philippians 2:10-11; “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

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‘TIS THE SEASON for Smithmas

Joseph or JesusIn recent weeks the Church has produced a lot of material promoting the idea they want the Saints to be focused on Jesus because it is after all the Christmas season. I noticed a theme that kept running through each of the articles they produced and it had little to do with Jesus, but a lot to do with the praise and adoration of their founder, Joseph Smith. I thought it’d be good to re-post an article I wrote a few years back that outlined just how wonderful Mr. Smith was. The following was originally posted in December 2008.

     Here we are with another Thanksgiving and Christmas season upon us!  I love this time of year for the changing colors of the trees, the air smells like the season’s cold is getting ready to lay itself down upon us, and of course for the food.  Yum!
     Alas, I would be remiss if I were to go about my day in this glorious time without giving my favorite reason…Jesus!
     While December 25th may not be the actual date of Jesus’ birth, it serves as a great reminder for us as to why we celebrate to begin with!

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November 20 – Hebrews 11:36-38; “And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.”

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flowers-cartoon-8Because the November issue of the Ensign contains all the General Conference talks from October it doesn’t provide a Visiting Teaching message. Women are encouraged to “prayerfully select” one of the conference addresses to use as their message this month with those they visit.

I choose Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s talk “Come, join with Us”.

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“Seeking learning is a lifelong pursuit and one that increases our ability to serve the Lord.” – LDS.org

stickman thinking 3As I came across the above message put out by the Church I couldn’t help but think of those who are disabled.  Many of us either know of people or take care of those who aren’t able to function or live on their own because of an impairment.  Their intellectual capacity won’t ever meet the high demands of a secular society as they seem to be held prisoner behind the invisible bars of physical and mental “handicaps” they’ve been born with or that’s been imposed upon them by disease or accident.

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LDS_baptismDuring the next couple of weeks I’ll be presenting a short series on the six questions people are asked before they’re baptized into the Mormon faith.

As I read over the questions I wondered if people going through the interview process felt more like they were interviewing for a job than coming to faith in Jesus Christ. As you’ll see the questions are more about what the convert is committed to do, and what they believe about Church leaders than a testament of what Jesus has done in the life of the believer.

That’s what our conversation to Jesus should be about; it should be about what he did for us on the cross. We were once lowly, wretched sinners and He picked us up out of the muck and mire, washed our sins away with His blood and saved us.

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Mormon ScripturesThis morning I came across a Facebook page titled “I Love the Book of Mormon”. My question to Mormons is why do you love this book? What’s so special about it?

The mormon.org website describes the Book of Mormon as “another witness that Jesus Christ really lived, that He was and is God’s Son. “ As I read that statement alone a couple of questions came to mind such as:

Why is another witness needed?

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The visiting teaching message for October 2013 is titled The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Creator. The message this month gives a very vague, and watered down view of what the Mormons believe is the mission of Jesus Christ. In this brief article I hope to fill in the gaps, and address things they choose to leave unspoken.

Council-Heaven-MormonAs I investigated the Mormon Church one of the lessons the missionaries taught me was about the origins and mission of Jesus Christ. I learned that he was the first born spirit child of Heavenly Father and his goddess wife. I was told there was a great council in heaven to determine who would be sent to be the savior of the world and who help create the new world under Heavenly Father’s direction.

At this meeting both Jesus and Lucifer (who is also a spirit child of Heavenly Father) stepped forward to be the savior. In the end Jesus was ultimately chosen to be the savior and creator of the world.

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(EDIT: I wanted to let our readers know I made a small change in this article. I posted the wrong month for the message. It should have been July and not August.)

Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

flowers-cartoon-8The Visiting Teaching Message for July 2013 is Teaching and Learning the Gospel. It’s so important to know the gospel of Jesus Christ and to share what you know with others. There are many false gospels, beliefs and teachings in this world that will lure you away from Jesus Christ if you let them.

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Hello, soon I’ll be launching my new blog designed especially for the LDS woman. Using various LDS resources from the Visiting Teaching Message to the lessons in Relief Society on Sunday morning I hope to offer insight that will draw the women who read my blog closer to Jesus Christ.

There are many challenges and expectation LDS women face daily whether they’re young or old, married or single. One thing in common with all the internal and external battles they face is perfection. Although I’ve heard many Mormons deny it the sad fact is with membership in the church comes the desire and command to be perfect.

I hope and pray that through my blog I will be able to offer the women who come there some encouragement, and help them replace the negative dialog going in their heads with God’s truth. And know the love of the real Jesus Christ.

The new blog is titled LDS Sister’s Corner, web address is  http://ldssisterscorner.wordpress.com/

In Christ,

Melissa Grimes

melissa@lifeafter.org

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July 2 – Matt. 1:23; “BEHOLD, A VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME EMMANUEL, which being interpreted is, God with us.”

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