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Luke 2:11-14; “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

jesus-birthplaceDeep within the covers of the Book of Mormon, a verse from the Church’s canon tells a lie about the birthplace of Jesus. Since its original publication in 1830, friend and foe alike have commiserated over the incorrect info, and the Church has provided one excuse after another trying to explain away the elephant in the room.

Today we’re looking at one of those excuses, and providing a map of Israel at the time Jesus lived there. First thing’s first though! The Bible tells us Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Matthew 2:5-6; “And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”

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witnessing-tip-of-the-day-december-3December 3 – Jesus prophesies of His resurrection! Matthew 20:17-19; “And Jesus going up to Jerusalem took the twelve disciples apart in the way, and said unto them, 18 Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, 19 And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.”

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Leviticus 26:11-12; “And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor you. 12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.”

Liahona, ‘Family Joy Is Found in Righteousness,’ December 2016flowers-cartoon-8

In this month’s Visiting Teaching Message, Mormons were reminded their happiness and joy in the holiday season is found in their own righteousness. The apostle Henry Eyring told members the following –

“We can decide that we will do all we can to bring down the powers of heaven into [our] family.” And we’re most likely to promote love, service, obedience, and happiness in our homes by “[our children’s] hearing the word of God and then trying it in faith. If they do, their natures will be changed in a way that produces the happiness they seek.”4

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december-witnessing-tip-of-the-day-01December 2 – 2 Timothy 3:15; “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,  which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

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Hebrews 4:16; “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

In Spencer W. Kimball’s 1969 publication titled ‘The Miracle of Forgiveness’, he ranked Miracle of Forgivenesssexual sin as ‘one of the most diabolical crimes’ known to mankind.

Digging himself deeper into the cesspool of lies, he also pleaded with the younger generations to protect their chastity, stating it was more important than life. We’ve listed a few of the most outrageous quotes from his book to determine if they’re theologically sound. Check it out!

The Miracle of Forgiveness [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969], p. 61-64; Next to Murder in Seriousness … The enormity of this sin is underlined by numerous scriptures, and particularly by Alma’s words to his immoral son:

Know ye not, my son, that these things are an abomination in the sight of the Lord; yea, most abominable above all sins save it be the shedding of innocent blood or denying the Holy Ghost? (Al. 39:5.) … David O. McKay has pleaded:

“… Your virtue is worth more than your life. Please, young folk, preserve your virtue even if you lose your lives.Nearly always those who lose their chastity first partake of those things that excite passions within them or lower their resistance and becloud their minds. … those things which, if indulged in, are worse than death itself. There is no true Latter-day Saint who would not rather bury a son or a daughter than to have him or her lose his or her chastity-realizing that chastity is of more value than anything else in all the world.” – Spencer W. Kimball

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december-witnessing-tip-of-the-day  December 1 – Salvation comes through keeping commandments.  2 Corinthians 6:2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

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1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

Church in Bavaria still in use from 1050 AD The Mormon Jesus Told Hyrum: ‘Build Upon My Rock Which is My Gospel’

D&C 11:23-24; “Behold thou art Hyrum, my son… 24 Build upon my rock, which is my gospel.”

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