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Newsroom, BYU Devotional Study, 27 October 2020  “What Will Bring Peace in Our Time of Anxiety, Racism and Other Problems? The Gospel of Jesus Christ, President Oaks Says…

Quoting Churchill, the former state supreme court justice counsels that ‘if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.’ … This, President Oaks said, is important wisdom for our current moment.” — Dallin Oaks (more…)

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BYU Speeches, ‘Disciples of Jesus Christ—Defenders of Marriage’, August 14, 2014 “The noblest yearning of the human heart is for a marriage that will endure beyond death.” — Russell Nelson (more…)

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CES Devotional, ‘What Is the Blueprint of Christ’s Church?’, January 2014 “Some years ago my wife and I needed a bigger home… As the home was being constructed, we occasionally submitted to the builder a change order that revised the blueprint. When the home was finally completed, it was in exact conformity with our blueprint as revised from time to time. … In a similar way Christ built a home to best accommodate the spiritual needs of His children. It was called His Church. The spiritual blueprint for this Church can be found in the New Testament. Occasionally the Savior made a “change order” to the blueprint. Such a change order came in the form of a revelation.

For example, the Savior initially commanded His Apostles to preach the gospel to the house of Israel but not to the Gentiles (see Matthew 10:5–6). After the Savior’s Ascension, however, He gave Peter a spiritual change order—a revelation by way of a vision—that the gospel should now be taught also to the Gentiles (see Acts 10). … If one desired to discover Christ’s Church today, he would want to match the spiritual blueprint found in the New Testament against every Christian church in the world…In doing so, he might find some churches that had some similarities—a teaching or two that overlapped, an ordinance that is the same, some offices that bear common names—but he will only find one church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that matches the blueprint in every material respect.” — Tad R. Callister (more…)

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Seminary Doctrine and Covenants Teaching Manual ““Apostles Talk about Reasons for Lifting Ban”, Daily Herald, Provo, Utah (5 June 1988) “If you read the scriptures with this question in mind, ‘Why did the Lord command this or why did he command that,’ you find that in less than one in a hundred commands was any reason given. It’s not the pattern of the Lord to give reasons. We can put reasons to commandments. When we do, we’re on our own. Some people put reasons to [the ban] and they turned out to be spectacularly wrong. There is a lesson in that… The lesson I’ve drawn from that, I decided a long time ago that I had faith in the command and I had no faith in the reasons that had been suggested for it. […] I’m referring to reasons given by general authorities and reasons elaborated upon [those reasons] by others.

The whole set of reasons seemed to me to be unnecessary risk taking. […] Let’s [not] make the mistake that’s been made in the past, here and in other areas, trying to put reasons to revelation. The reasons turn out to be man-made to a great extent. The revelations are what we sustain as the will of the Lord and that’s where safety lies.”” — Dallin H. Oaks (more…)

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 What is Zion? Joseph Smith Lecture Series 1972-1973 “The worst sinners, according to Jesus, are not the harlots and publicans, but the religious leaders with their insistence on  proper dress and grooming, their careful observance of all the rules, their precious concern for status symbols, their strict legality, their pious patriotism…the haircut becomes the test of virtue in a world where Satan deceives and rules by appearance.” — Hugh Nibley (more…)

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Last week we looked at a speech by D. Todd Christofferson from the Church’s recent Mission Leader’s conference. Another speech at the same event is our topic today – this time around we’re checking out what Henry Eyring had to say. For the sake of brevity we’re only looking at a couple of things that were glaringly wrong. To read their announcement in full, see their newsroom link at 2019 New Mission Leadership Seminar.

Here’s a few questions/concerns we have about this – (more…)

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Salt Lake Trib, April 26, 2017 “In a 2017 BYU commencement address L. Whitney Clayton, a senior president of the LDS Church’s Quorums of the Seventy … encouraged students to be wary of former church members who have abandoned LDS teachings. …

“The faithless often promote themselves as the wise, who can rescue the rest of us from our naiveté,” Clayton said. “We should disconnect, immediately and completely, from listening to the proselytizing efforts of those who have lost their faith, and instead reconnect promptly with the holy spirit.” (more…)

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 “‘And Thus We See’: Helping a Student in a Moment of Doubt” [address to Church Educational System religious educators, Feb. 5, 1993], 3, 4; si.lds.org “In your love for them you may decide to try to give them what they ask. You may be tempted to go with them through their doubts, with the hope that you can find proof or reasoning to dispel their doubts. Persons with doubts often want to talk about what they think are the facts or the arguments that have caused their doubts, and about how much it hurts. …

“You and I can do better if we do not stay long with what our students see as the source of their doubts. … Their problem does not lie in what they think they see; it lies in what they cannot yet see. … We do best if we turn the conversation soon to the things of the heart, those changes of the heart that open spiritual eyes.” — Henry B. Eyring (more…)

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The talk we’re looking at today has to be one of the strangest I’ve seen in awhile. For the sake of brevity, I’ve pulled a few quotes to compare w/ God’s word.

Church News, 2019 Mission Leadership Seminar

The Book of Mormon is the most powerful written witness in existence that Jesus is the Christ…said D. Todd Christofferson…on Sunday, the opening day of the 2019 Mission Leadership Seminar.

This is obviously a lie. The Bible gives us everything we need to know for salvation and have a life here filled with His Spirit.

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Yet too few of the Church’s missionaries, he noted, routinely teach from the scriptures. They often cite personal experiences, anecdotes or object lessons to explain gospel principles. Such techniques lack the “power of conviction” that comes from the scriptures. …

It’d be difficult to teach from something that contradicts itself, is sleepy, and plagiarizes the Bible. (more…)

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Mormon Newsroom, October 4, 2007 “You will not get to know it [whether the Book of Mormon is true] by trying to prove it archaeologically, or by DNA, or by anything else…Religious truth is always confirmed by what you feel. And that’s the way heavenly father answers prayers.” — M. Russell Ballard (more…)

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“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 [emp. added]

Fireside focuses on families Deseret News, February 7, 2005 Don’t put off having children, LDS Church apostle tells students

PROVO — College students should not put off creating families until they have completed all of their studies, an LDS Church apostle said Sunday. … Nelson made the statements during a Church Education System fireside broadcast

He urged college students …to visualize their life in 50 years.

By then, careers would be over and faith and families would be their focal points.

Broad minds and narrow waists would have traded places.

He urged his listeners to seek first to follow the teachings of the church before seeking wealth, which includes the commandment to create families. …” [emp. added] (more…)

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 Today we’re looking at an LDS Fireside Meeting from 2016 when Mormon apostle Dallin Oaks participated in a Q&A type forum with young adults here in the Puget Sound area. The meeting was recorded and uploaded on both YouTube, and SoundCloud. We retrieved our info from Stuff You Missed in Sunday School.

What he said was disturbing because it shows a lack of knowing the Lord which is sad in itself. Furthermore, his position of authority and the credence followers give to him, make it even worse.

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Worldwide Devotional, ‘Doubt Not, but Be Believing,’ January 2019 “Doubt is not and will never be the precursor of faith any more than light depends on darkness for its creation.” – Dale G. Renlund (more…)

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‘And these were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.’ Acts 17:11

 It goes without saying all of the doctrinal teachings put out by the LDS Church falls way short of biblical accuracy. Today’s example is no exception, and compounding their heresy is a devotional they produced in January 2019 at the BYU Hawaii Campus.

For the sake of time and space, we’re looking at excerpts from this devotional, given by LDS Apostle Dale Renlund and his wife, Ruth. To see the full video and transcript, see Worldwide Devotional, ‘Doubt Not, but Be Believing,’ January 2019.

The Renlunds began their devotional with portraying what it’d be like if you were stranded without a boat out in the ocean. Once rescued, they said, you realize the water your rescuers provided wasn’t the Perrier you prefer, nor did they have the upscale crackers to go along with your Perrier.

The segue was a stern reminder for young LDS adults to be careful of the resources from where they retrieve info when/if they have questions about the Church.

There were two issues that caught my attention in this devotional. (more…)

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Christmas Devotional, “Oh, Come, Let Us Adore Him — and the Plan!,” December 2015 “I feel certain that, as premortal spirits learning of the plan of salvation, we not only beheld and adored but also shouted for joy when he voluntarily and humbly offered himself as the Savior of the world. In five of the most profound words ever uttered, he meekly said, “Here am I, send me.”” — Linda K. Burton (more…)

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BYU Devotional, ‘Ordinances and Covenants: Gifts of Power, Peace, and Healing,’ 16 October 2018 “Our covenants help us in every aspect of our lives. We are good people. We do good things. We lift others even though, at times, we may need lifting ourselves. We have faith and stand as witnesses of God. We have patience and are kind. Yet, we can still grow in these Christlike characteristics. Faithfully living our covenants lifts us from being good people to being better people, and from better people to the best that we can be, even like our Heavenly Father.” — Randy Parkinson (more…)

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Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet, Speeches of the Year, 1980, p. 27; “The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet. … Many people in our own time also revere prophets of the past but refuse to accept the prophet the Lord has sent to guide them today. The most important prophet, so far as you and I are concerned, is the living one in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us.” –  Ezra Taft Benson (more…)

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The Learning of Eternal Truths

Brigham Young University–Idaho Devotional

February 22, 2005

“I ask that the Spirit of the Lord will be upon us today so that you and I might learn together. President Marion G. Romney once remarked that speakers, under the influence of the Holy Ghost might also learn, I quote, I always know when I am speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost because I always learn something from what I’ve said” (quoted in Boyd K. Packer, Teach Ye Diligently, 1975, 304).” – Dale E. Miller [emp. mine]

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Philippians 3:10; “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”.

In finishing up our mini-series on Truman Madsen’s devotional speech, I was struck today at the overwhelming lack of spiritual growth in Mormonism. The things Mr. Madsen said to these young people in 2004, are the same things Joseph Smith, and Brigham Young were saying 180 years ago.

There’s no evidence of spiritual maturation, neither is there anything suggesting they had learned something new about God, or Jesus, or the Holy Spirit since 1830. They’re fixated on two things; sex and godhood. And as far as Mormonism is concerned, those two things are inseparable.

As heartbreaking as it is, those two topics overshadow all other things pertaining to Mormons as a people group.

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2 Corinthians 10:5; “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

Today we’re looking at the second of a three part 2004 devotional talk Truman Madsen delivered to students at BYU-Idaho, Foundation of Temple Worship, Because this talk is considered one of their classic speeches, Mormons still refer to it today. We’re praying they’ll stop and think about what he said, and compare it to what the Lord Jesus says, so here we go! To read the talk in full, see link provided above.

Mr. Madsen used the first few letters of the alphabet to remind students of the importance in visiting the temple regularly. The letter ‘C’, he said, is for covenants, and covenant-making. Telling students that the earlier they participate, and the more they attend, the more God will bless them is unbiblical to the core. In other words, the wider you open that pocketbook…

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