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Moses 5:9 “And in that day the Holy Ghost fell upon Adam, which beareth record of the Father and the Son, saying: I am the Only Begotten of the Father from the beginning, henceforth and forever, that as thou hast fallen thou mayest be redeemed, and all mankind, even as many as will.” (more…)

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“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications…” Zechariah 12:10

God is a God of His word. You can know with 100% certainty when He says He’ll do something, it’ll be fulfilled. The problem many people have is a prideful heart unwilling to accept someone else is in charge. … And so it goes with my beloved heritage of Mormonism, and at one time, even myself.

This Christmas, take a few minutes to give a Mormon a great gift! Teach him/her how to rely upon God’s Holy Spirit by reading His word, sharing examples of what He’s personally done for you, and how He fulfilled the promises He made in the OT. The passage in Zechariah is a great tool to use when sharing how God works! (more…)

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Being in the throes of the Christmas season we can sometimes forget to slow down, and remember the reason why we’re so busy.

I was reminded of how chaotic things used to be and had to praise the Lord for what He’s done.

My life has done a 180° turnaround from the days of Mormonism. Gone are the years of wondering if I’ve been good enough for God to be with me.

Today I can pause knowing with 100% certainty, God’s Holy Spirit is there to comfort, and speak to me 24/7 because He lives inside of me. As a Mormon this wasn’t a reality, and it never entered my thoughts because I was always too busy with worries that beset me.

This dichotomy is overwhelming. It’s also what the Lord keeps reminding me of this week, so today and tomorrow we’re looking at Joseph Smith’s interpretation of the Holy Spirit. You’ll notice how they refer to God’s gift as ‘it’, or simply as the ‘Holy Ghost’, causing a great disconnect for the Mormon.

Mormon Doctrine, 681 “The Holy Ghost is a personage of Spirit, he constitutes the third person in the Trinity, the godhead. The gift or presentation of the Holy Ghost is the authoritative act of conferring him upon man.

The Holy Ghost in person may visit men, and will visit those who are worthy, and bear witness to their spirit of God and Christ, but may not tarry with them. * (more…)

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I encourage those who are serious about knowing true Utah Mormonism to read their entire  speech, and show the Mormon with demonstrative evidence, why God highly disagrees with all of it.

General Conference, ‘The Holy Ghost,’ April 1974, 90 “Jesus referred to the Holy Ghost as a male person. Speaking to his disciples, he said:

“… 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.” (John 16:7. Italics added.) …

“That the [Holy Ghost] is capable of manifesting Himself in the form and figure of man,” wrote Dr. James E. Talmage, “is indicated by the wonderful interview between the Spirit and Nephi…” … (more…)

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Journal of Discourses, 5:179; “Well, let me tell you, the Holy Ghost is a man; he is one of the sons of our Father and our God; and he is that man that stood next to Jesus Christ, just as I stand by brother Brigham.” –  Heber C. Kimball, Great Salt Lake City, August 23, 1857 (more…)

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Today we’re looking at excerpts from a member of the early LDS Church; George Laub. He was a devoted follower, and his loyalty to Smith’s ideologies is unfortunately, all too apparent. You can find this excerpt at the link below, and also at George Laub’s Journal, Book of Abraham Project (BOAP), pp.16-17.

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The Words of Joseph Smith, p. 382; “George Laub Journal. The Scripture Say I and my father are one & again that the father son & holy ghost are one I John 5 ch. 7 vers But these three agree in the Same thing & did the Saviour pray to the father.

I pray not for the world but those [w]home he gave me out of the world that we might be one, or to Say be of one mind in the unity of the faith but Every one being a diffrent or Seperate person & So is god & is god & Jesus Christ & the holy ghost. Seperate persons. but the all agree in one or the Self Same thing (more…)

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Liahona, ‘Watch Over and Strengthen,’ July 2000; “We can only have the Holy Ghost as a companion if we plead for it and if we qualify for it.

To have the companionship of the Holy Ghost, we must be cleansed of sin (see D&C 50:29). That only comes through faith enough in Jesus Christ to repent and qualify for forgiveness (see D&C 3:20). And then we have to stay away from sin…” – Henry B. Eyring

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Acts 2:1-4; “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

What’s the cost of observing Pentecost?

Imagine being a self-proclaimed Christian, and yet not knowing about most of the Jewish holidays, or the Christian holidays/observances listed in the Bible.

That scenario is reality for the majority of Mormons who’ve been strictly taught what they must do to be saved, and what church authorized books they can read.

I grew up in Utah Mormonism totally clueless about biblical events such as Good Friday, Pentecost, Passover, etc. Sadly, given my experience, I wasn’t alone.

I had never learned how God had mandated His chosen people, the Israelites, to attend seven feasts and festivals at specific times throughout the year, let alone knowing that each carried a specific meaning.

This is the crux of the many problems Mormon people face each day. They’re kept so busy with a laundry list of meaningless man-made rules, it leaves little time in the day to think of other things.

In short, those busy things serve as the answer to the title of our article today.

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witnessing-tip-of-the-day-holy-spirit-sanctifier Encyclopedia of Mormonism, p. 649; “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Holy Ghost is a spirit man, a spirit son of God the Father. … The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Eternal Godhead, and is identified also as the Holy Spirit, Spirit of God, Spirit of the Lord, and the comforter.”

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John 14:17“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

holy-spirit-12017My youngest daughter just graduated from university after a few years of hard work, and many hours of study! Her father and I couldn’t be more proud as you might imagine, and now we’re looking forward to seeing what Jesus has planned in her next phase of life.

One mainstay during her studies, was the consummate help she received from the student advisor. She was able to call, or drop in at his office whenever she needed insight as to what classes she should take in the upcoming semester, and what she should focus on to complete her degree. Without his help, she would’ve been in a world of hurt, as they say! He was certainly a blessing as he came alongside her at that time in her life.

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Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Ensign, “Come, Follow Me”, November 2016; “Let us remember, the most robert halesimportant work we do in our families is through the power of the Holy Ghost. Whenever we raise our voices in anger, the Spirit leaves our companionships and families. When we speak in love, the Spirit can be with us. Let us remember that our children and grandchildren measure our love by how much devoted time we give them. Above all, don’t lose patience and don’t give up!” — Robert D. Hales

 

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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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Galatians 4:6; “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

One God 2.0It seems like a lifetime ago when I met with a friend for lunch and the hour I spent with her opened the door of a brand new world. Although at the time I didn’t understand why, I really enjoyed being in her presence. We both had husbands stationed at Nellis Air Base, and realized we had a lot of other things in common as well. On this particular day as we were chatting an overwhelming sense of peace and calmness washed over me, and I noticed whenever I was around her afterwards, the same thing happened! After I accepted the Lord I realized I had witnessed the effects of the Holy Spirit in the life of my friend who was a believer.

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