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July 22 – Deut. 18:22; “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him”.

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July 21 – Matt. 5:48; “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect”.

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July 20 – Hebrews 9:14; “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

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July 19 – Romans 8:15-6; “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God”.

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July Witnessing Tip of the DayJuly 18 – John 18:20; “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing”.

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July Witnessing Tip of the DayJuly 17 – Deuteronomy 33:27; “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them”.

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BordersI promised myself not to get involved in watching national news because I get a tad bit emotional…and then I broke my own promise.

After forgiving John Kerry’s comment when he said America isn’t exceptional, I’m having second thoughts on trying to keep my reactions in check.  So I did it – I started talking back to my television set again.  I promised I’d stop doing that even though no one ever knew, and I watched an entire national news show. Bad idea, bad, bad, bad.  My heart rate goes up, my productivity for work goes down and then I have to repent…

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July 16 – John 10:9; “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture”.

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??????????????????????While we’ve been busy at the ministry there’s also a lot that’s been going on in the private lives at LAM!

Some good things, some not so good things and everything in between.  Wow!

And then out of the blue I received a surprise phone call at 9:30 pm last Sunday evening that surprised even me.

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thinkingimageFor the past several weeks Melissa and I have been organizing all the Mormon quotes we publish each day to make it easier to retrieve the info you (and we) need.  Don’t ask why I didn’t think of this beforehand…

As I was alphabetizing all these things I came across two very conflicting statements put out by the Church. They stood out like a sore thumb and once again reminded me of the confusion I always felt when I was Mormon.

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Mormon Decisions 10HC 5:389-390; “Excitement has almost become the essence of my life. When that dies away, I feel almost lost. When a man is reined up continually by excitement, he becomes strong and gains power and knowledge; but when he relaxes for a season, he loses much of his power and knowledge.” – Joseph Smith, May 14, 1843

 

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Mormon Decisions 10Mormon Doctrine, p 208; “See DEVIL, SERPENT. Dragons belong to the serpent family; they are fabulous monsters — often represented as winged serpents breathing fire. Traditionally fierce and relentless in combat, it is possible that later-age concepts of them grew from memories of the pre-flood dinosaurs. In any event, the term dragon was applied with great propriety by John to Satan. (Rev. 12; 13:2-4; 16:13; 20:2.) As the fiercest and most dreaded of serpents, the name is certainly appropriate for the most fierce and relentlessly wicked of all beings.” – Bruce McConkie

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Carthage shootoutMartyrdom:  the act of extreme suffering; torment.

Martyr:  a person who willingly suffers death rather than renounces his or her religion.  One who makes great sacrifices or suffers much in order to further a belief, cause or principle.

     The definitions of martyr and martyrdom above will serve as the foundation of what we’re looking at today for this subject matter.  The Mormon Church has emphatically defended their position that Joseph Smith fulfilled the requirements of martyrdom.  I thought it’d behoove us to look at how people in history have indeed become martyrs for the Lord and compare those alongside the case of Joseph Smith.

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June 24 – Matthew 7:18; “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”

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June 18 – Heb. 9:11-2; “But Christ being come and high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us”.

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Mormon Decisions 10History of the Church 6:448; “To the Marshal of said City, greeting.

You are here commanded to destroy the printing press from whence issues the Nauvoo Expositor, and pi the type of said printing establishment in the street, and burn all the Expositors and libelous handbills found in said establishment; and if resistance be offered to your execution of this order by the owners or others, demolish the house; and if anyone threatens you or the Mayor or the officers of the city, arrest those who threaten you, and fail not to execute this order without delay, and make due return hereon.

By order of the City Council,

Joseph Smith, Mayor.”

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Mormon Decisions 10A Comprehensive History of The Church 3:520, footnote 3; “President Young when he replied to the speech of Judge Brocchus, said: “I know Zachary Taylor, he is dead and damned and I cannot help it.” (History of Brigham Young, Ms., Sept. 1851, pp. 61-65). According to Brocchus the remark of President Young was: “Zachary Taylor is dead, and in hell, and I am glad of it.” (Utah Officials’ Report to President Fillmore, Congressional Globe, new series, vol. xxv, p. 87).”

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May 31 – Hosea 11:9; “…for I am God, and not man; the Holy One in your midst of thee…”

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Mormons cannot refute the Bible tells us God is not man.  He has never been a man, nor will He ever be a man.  Ask a Mormon to memorize this Hosea passage and give you their opinion about it and the contradictory passage found in the Pearl of Great Price listed below.  This verse contradicts Joseph Smith’s teachings that God was once a man.

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Moses 7:35; “Behold, I am God; Man of Holiness is my name; Man of Counsel is my name; and Endless and Eternal is my name, also.”

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May 30 – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”  2 Cor. 11:13-14.

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May 27 – John 16:7-8; “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me.”

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