Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’
Why Mormons Can’t Celebrate Good Friday
Originally posted March 2013
I’m certain I’m not alone when I say that Good Friday always gives us lots to think upon and pray about! Each of us has our own list of reasons why we’re grateful God intervened in our life and we each carry our own set of memories why this day is special for us.
One of the most memorable experiences for me dates back to my days in Junior High School of all things. At the time I had become friends with a handful of other girls and as it turned out I was the only Mormon. My small group of friends included a Catholic, a Presbyterian, an Episcopalian and a Methodist. I began noticing my Catholic friend only ate fish on Fridays and while all the girls had their own set of doctrinal creeds they held dear, their customs afforded me a front row seat to other cultures right there in the heart of Utah Mormonism. I began wondering what it’d be like to attend a church that had a cross somewhere on the building.
Of All Things! Classic Quotations of Hugh Nibley, p 76; “Do not begrudge existence to creatures that looked like men long, long ago, nor deny them a place in God’s affection or even a right to exaltation, for our scriptures allow them such. Nor am I overly concerned as to just when they might have lived, for their world is not our world. They have all gone away long before our people ever appeared. God assigned them their proper times and functions. “Before Adam,” CWHN 1:82” – Hugh Nibley, edited by FARMS, 1991
Posted in April, Witnessing Tip of the Day, tagged 2nd chances after death, Book of Mormon, Christianity, false doctrines of Mormonism, false prophecies, Jesus, judgment after death, salvation after death on 04/18/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Wednesday after sundown is actually the beginning of Thursday on the Jewish calendar, and the day Jesus instructed His disciples to go ready the room for the Passover meal in the city. The events of what took place in this one scenario are nothing short of amazing so check this out!!!
Luke 22:7-13; “Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And he sent Peter and John, saying, Go and prepare us the Passover that we may eat. 9 And they said unto him, Where wilt thou that we prepare? 10 And he said unto them, Behold, when ye are entered into the city, there shall a man meet you, bearing a pitcher of water; follow him into the house where he entereth in. 11 And ye shall say unto the good man of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples? 12 And he shall shew you a large upper room furnished: there make ready. 13 And they went, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the Passover.”
Posted in April, Witnessing Tip of the Day, tagged bible, Christianity, false doctrines of Mormonism, false prophets, glory of God is intelligence, God is an exalted man, Jesus on 04/17/2014 | Leave a Comment »
April 17 – 2 Cor. 4:6-7; “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.”
Luke 22:3-6; And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve. 4 And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him to them. 5 They were glad and agreed to give him money. 6 So he consented, and began seeking a good opportunity to betray Him to them apart from the crowd.
For those who read my writings it’s obvious I’m not Catholic, nor do I belong to a liturgical church, but that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in what took place during the week between Palm and Easter Sunday, thus the articles this week! The importance of Jesus’ actions during this unforgettable week cannot be overstated.
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged bible, Book of Mormon is Keystone of Our Religion, Ensign Jan 2004, false apostle, false christ, false gospel, James Faust, Jesus, salvation on 04/16/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Ensign, ‘The Keystone of Our Religion’, January 2004; “President George Q. Cannon (1827–1901), First Counselor in the First Presidency, stated: “The Book of Mormon is not a geographical primer. It was not written to teach geographical truths. What is told us of the situation of the various lands or cities … is usually simply an incidental remark connected with the doctrinal or historical portions of the work.” 6
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged 'The Keystone of Our Religion', 2 Timothy 4:2-4, bible, Book of Mormon, Ensign January 2004, false apostles, false gospel, James Faust, Jesus on 04/13/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Ensign, ‘The Keystone of Our Religion’, January 2004; “It is important to know what the Book of Mormon is not. It is not primarily a history, although much of what it contains is historical…The test for understanding this sacred book is preeminently spiritual. An obsession with secular knowledge rather than spiritual understanding will make its pages difficult to unlock”. – James Faust
Jarom 1:1-2; “Now behold, I, Jarom, write a few words according to the commandment of my father, Enos, that our genealogy may be kept. 2 And as these plates are small, and as these things are written for the intent of the benefit of our brethren the Lamanites, wherefore, it must needs be that I write a little; but I shall not write the things of my prophesying, nor of my revelations. For what could I write more than my fathers have written? For have not they revealed the plan of salvation? I say unto you, Yea; and this sufficeth me”.
Posted in April, Witnessing Tip of the Day, tagged 16 Points of a True Church, Christianity, false doctrines, false prophets, Jesus, mormonism, The Great Commission, true churches must have missionaries on 04/11/2014 | Leave a Comment »
April 11 – Matt. 28:19-20; “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”
Brenda had just accepted the Lord into her life and wanted to share her experience with us here at LAM! Praise God!!!
I’m posting her e-mails to me and as you’ll see she wasn’t the only one God saved in her family! Her husband Mike came to know the Lord as well and then as time went on they were baptized into Christ and wanted to share their stories with us!
Liahona, ‘Follow the Prophet’, April 2014; “As we follow President Monson and try to be more like him, we will inevitably succeed in being more faithful disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.” – Elder William Walker of the Seventy
Journal of Discourses 16:248; “We talk of obedience, but do we require any man or woman to ignorantly obey the counsels that are given? Do the First Presidency require it? No, never.” – Joseph F. Smith, Salt Lake City, October 7, 1873
Posted in Sunday School - Old Testament, tagged A Kingdom Which Shall Never be Destroyed, bible, Daniel 2, false prophecies of Mormonism, Jesus, LDS Sunday School OT Lessons, Mormonism is the true church on 04/08/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Matthew 16:16-19; “And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”.
You’ll want to keep the passage of scripture above in mind today as we go through this week’s lesson. The title for this lesson is “A Kingdom Which Shall Never be Destroyed” and their purpose is to “strengthen class members’ testimonies of the restored Church of Jesus Christ and encourage them to help build the kingdom of God on earth”.
Posted in Sunday School - Old Testament, tagged bible, Book of Mormon, Ezra, false doctrines of Mormonism, Haggai, Jesus, LDS Sunday School Lesson 47, Let's Rise Up and Build, Mormon temples, Nehemiah on 04/08/2014 | Leave a Comment »
As we’ve been nearing the end of these lessons I’ve noticed a recurring theme going on. The Church has turned the lessons more inward than outward. What I mean by that is for the past several weeks these lessons are more about Mormonism, their temples and the growth of the Church than the Bible and what God has to say. They’ve systematically isolated members more and more with each lesson and I highly doubt members are even aware of what’s taken place. Mind you, I know all the lessons have been filled with false teachings, etc; however, they’ve been getting progressively worse.
Posted in Sunday School - Old Testament, tagged bible, false prophet Joseph Smith, Jesus, LDS Sunday School OT Lessons, Malachi, temple worthy, The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord, works vs. grace, Zechariah on 04/08/2014 | Leave a Comment »
The name of this lesson is “The Great and Dreadful Day of the Lord” and it’s centered on Zechariah 10-14 and Malachi. Its purpose is “To encourage class members to (1) prepare for the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, (2) pay an honest tithe and generous offerings, and (3) experience the blessings that come because of the sealing power of the priesthood.”
If you’re thinking ‘how could they possibly do justice to these two books in one short lesson’, the answer is simple; they can’t and they don’t.
Posted in Mormon Dilemmas, tagged Acts 10:34-35, bible, false doctrines of Mormonism, false prophet Joseph Smith, Jesus, Mormon racist teachings, slavery is of God, The Essential Joseph Smith pp 87-90 on 04/08/2014 | Leave a Comment »
The Essential Joseph Smith, pp 87-90; “The fact is inconvertible, that the first mention we have of slavery, is found in the Holy Bible, pronounced by a man who was perfect in his generation, and walked with God.
And so far from that prediction being averse from the mind of God, it remains as a lasting monument to the decree of Jehovah, to the shame and confusion of all who have cried out against the South, in consequence of their holding the sons of Ham in servitude! “And he said, Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”
Luke 9:23-25; “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?”
A couple of weeks ago my pastor spoke on taking risks and what our responsibilities are as members of the church of Jesus Christ. He based his sermon on the passage above and of course I began thinking about the Mormons. For this article I have two objectives to explore and they are;
What did Jesus mean when He said ‘pick up your cross’?
What does this phrase mean for the Mormon?
Posted in Sunday School - Old Testament, tagged bible, Book of Mormon, false doctrines of Mormonism, I have Made Thee This Day and Iron Pillar, Jeremiah, Jesus, LDS Sunday School OT Lesson #41 on 04/07/2014 | Leave a Comment »
Jeremiah 42:16-17; “Then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which ye feared, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt, and the famine, whereof ye were afraid, shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there ye shall die. 17 So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there; they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence: and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them”.
Those two verses are all you need to know and remember for this lesson and the two key words are ‘none’ and ‘Egypt’. The book of Jeremiah is proof the Book of Mormon is a lie.