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Ensign, “How Men Are Saved,” November 1974, General Conference “Man is a soul, that is, a dual being, a spirit person clothed in a tangible body of flesh and bones. God is a perfected, saved soul enjoying eternal life. He is both immortal and exalted to the highest glory. He is enjoying that blessed condition which men may attain to by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel.” – Marion G. Romney [emp. added] (more…)

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The Salt Lake Tribune reported on the Church’s stats for last year, and boy was it ever worthy of attention!

2018 was a dubious year for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They saw 140,868 members leave their fold. In addition to that news, the Church also set another record. (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Endure to be Lifted Up,’ April 1997; “The supreme benefits of membership in the Church can only be realized only through the exalting ordinances of the temple. These blessings qualify us for “thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers” in the celestial kingdom.” – Russell M. Nelson

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Deuteronomy 28:66; “And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life”.

 General Conference, ‘This Day,’ April 2007; “It is hard to know when we have done enough for the Atonement to change our natures and so qualify us for eternal life. And we don’t know how many days we will have to give the service necessary for that mighty change to come. But we know that we will have days enough if only we don’t waste them.” – Henry B. Eyring

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Temple Symbols 29The other day we looked at Brigham Young’s last words, and it got me to thinking…scary I know!

What would be the lasting impression people would have of you after you’re gone? With General Conference wrapping up as I type this, I also wondered what some of the LDS prophets said to members at their last General Conference talks.

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Holy SpiritGeneral Conference, ‘Ye Must Be Born Again,’ April 2007; “The Holy Spirit of Promise is the ratifying power of the Holy Ghost. When sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise, an ordinance, vow, or covenant is binding on earth and in heaven. (See D&C 132:7.)

Receiving this “stamp of approval” from the Holy Ghost is the result of faithfulness, integrity, and steadfastness in honoring gospel covenants “in [the] process of time” (Moses 7:21).

However, this sealing can be forfeited through unrighteousness and transgression. Purifying and sealing by the Holy Spirit of Promise constitute the culminating steps in the process of being born again.” – David A. Bednar

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The Saturday morning General Conference didn’t provide any new insight into Mormonism for those hoping to hear something they hadn’t heard before. However, it did give a false sense of worldly hope to those who believe the Church needs to loosen its grip on male dominance.

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A Response to Melissa’s Article

This morning I woke up to see that Melissa’s article has ruffled a few feathers.  The site that took issue with her article is Mormon Apologetics Research Studies. You can read their review here:

http://mormonapologeticstudies.org/2012/10/07/a-message-some-christians-wouldnt-hear-at-general-conference/

Now one of the authors for that site is a gentleman by the name of Timothy Berman who by the way has visited this site a few times and well, he got banned from posting because of his comments.

When you read the responses you’ll see why Melissa wrote the article.  Melissa’s article is here:

http://lifeafterministry.com/2012/10/07/a-message-mormons-wouldnt-hear-at-general-conference/

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For the past five years I’ve prayed for the salvation of those who are trapped in the Mormon religion. I’ve thought about what it would be like for the prophet to get up and deliver a message like the one below. To call all the church members to repentance, and to say that the church is going to abandon all its past sins, arrogance, and beliefs for Jesus and from here on after the members are to put their complete trust in Him alone.

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General Conference April 2012

No Ordinary Blessing

Every faithful Mormon waits with bated breath to hear what message the men who they view as prophets, seers, and revelators of God, might have for them that day. I can’t tell you what a thrill they get to hear these men speak, as they hang on every word spoken.

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General Conference October 2011, Part 2

Matthew 24:36; “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Twice a year the Mormon Church holds their conferences as a time for members to hear the words spoken by the General Authorities and be inspired for another six months.

Many of the conferences are filled with the same mundane message that seems as if they’ve just been recycled with a few things changed to fit in with the times.  This time around wasn’t much different from that scenario with the exception of a couple things that stood out for me.

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General Conference October 2011

As you might already know, the semi-annual LDS General Conference will be held October 1-2, 2011.

Twice a year the Mormon Church holds conferences to hear the prophet and other leaders whom the Lord has called to lead the Church.  They give inspirational messages and sometimes new prophecies from the Lord, although the latter hasn’t happened since June of 1978.

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Without Joseph the Mormons have Nothing

October 2002 General Conference

The Marvelous Foundation of Our Faith

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General Conference April 2011

Twice a year General Conference is held at the headquarters of the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City.

General Conference is a series of  talks given by LDS leaders throughout the week leading up to the actual weekend of General Conference with the apex of all meetings taking place on Sunday.  It’s a time for members to vote on important issues like sustaining a new prophet or apostle or even voting in a new prophecy from the Lord.

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As I’ve listened to the original talk Mr. Packer gave during the Sunday morning session of General Conference I really didn’t see anything a faithful member of the church could be opposed to, yet and the church has decided to revise his talk in the text version as to not offend some of the members and non-members of the Mormon Church.

You may have heard about some of the supposed “homophobic” comments he made during his talk. I have to come to Mr. Packer’s defense here a little when I say that his talk wasn’t strictly about homosexuality. He talked about how anyone can overcome their addictions and inclinations to pornography, same-sex attraction, or any immoral behavior through the Mormon priesthood.

Below is just one section of the talk that was changed, this one of the more controversial parts of his message.

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