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New Era, ‘Questions and Answers, What is the gift of discernment?,’ June 2018

“The scriptures talk about the “discerning of spirits” as a gift of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:10; D&C 46:23). It means “to understand or know something through the power of the Spirit. … It includes perceiving the true character of people and the source and meaning of spiritual manifestations” (Guide to the Scriptures, “Discernment, Gift of,” scriptures.lds.org).

Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has taught that the gift of discernment can help us (1) “detect hidden error and evil in others,” (2) “detect hidden errors and evil in ourselves,” (3) “find and bring forth the good that may be concealed in others,” and (4) “find and bring forth the good that may be concealed in us” (“Quick to Observe,” Ensign, Dec. 2006, 35).” (more…)

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Mormon Doctrine, p. 251 “Heresy … In the true gospel sense, any opinion or doctrine in opposition to the revealed word of the Lord as recorded in the standard works of the Church and as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is an heresy. The issue is not how many people may believe a teaching; it is whether the doctrine is true or false. (2 Pet. 2:1.)

The whole Christian world, in the days of the Prophet, believed falsely that God was a mystical spirit essence that filled the immensity of space and was everywhere and nowhere in particular present — all of which proved only that they were all heretics, that the apostasy was universal. Heresy is false doctrine. …  One of the purposes of this mortal probation is to see how much of the truth men will believe when they walk by faith rather than by sight. There is no salvation in a false doctrine.” – Bruce R. McConkie, 1966 (more…)

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Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 362 “President Joseph Smith said: — … I want to make a proclamation to the Elders. … I have another revelation in relation to economy in the Church—a great, grand, and glorious revelation. … You know there has been great discussion in relation to Zion—where it is, and where the gathering of the dispensation is, and which I am now going to tell you. The prophets have spoken and written upon it; but I will make a proclamation that will cover a broader ground. The whole of America is Zion itself from north to south, and is described by the Prophets, who declare that it is the Zion where the mountain of the Lord should be, and that it should be in the center of the land. When Elders shall take up and examine the old prophecies in the Bible, they will see it.” (more…)

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Mormon Doctrine, p. 65 “Among a great host of impious and sacrilegious speaking that constitute blasphemy are such things as: Taking the name of God in vain; evil-speaking about the Lord’s anointed; belittling sacred temple ordinances, or patriarchal blessings, or sacramental administrations; claiming unwarranted divine authority; and promulgating with profane piety a false system of salvation.” – Bruce R. McConkie (more…)

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Journal of Discourses 16:156 “And when the Lord was about to have the Book of Covenants given to the world it was thought wisdom, in consequence of the persecutions of our enemies in Kirtland and some of the regions around, that some of the names should be changed, and Joseph was called Baurak Ale, which was a Hebrew word; meaning God bless you.” – Orson Pratt, Ogden, August 16, 1873 (more…)

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Last week as I was gathering info from the Church’s site, I came across their definition for Adam and Eve. As a heads up, here’s the chain of links I went through to get to what was supposed to be a simple thing…

You can find this info in their section, ‘Lesson Helps for Teaching Children’, and then from there the real info is found in ‘Friend, ‘Our First Parents,’ February 1973’. We’ve taken just a few of the most pertinent things they said. To read their article in full, see link above.

The Church’s definition for both names, (Adam and Eve), is far from correct! For me this is just heartbreaking. Why can’t they just tell the truth???

LDS Lies ~

‘Adam and his wife, Eve, were the first people Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, placed on the newly created earth. Adam’s name means many, for all who have ever lived upon the earth, or who will live upon the earth, are the children of this great and intelligent man. Eve was the first mother of the human family, and her name means mother of all living.’

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Like most topics in Mormonism, there’s not always a straightforward answer to the questions you may ask. Case in point is today’s topic, ‘born again’.

On June 19, 2018, we paid a visit to the LDS Gospel Topics section to look at born again, and the page came back with the following info; See BaptismConversion; Salvation.

We found the closest info for born again to be under the topic for conversion. Here’s what it said –

Conversion includes a change in behavior, but it goes beyond behavior; it is a change in our very nature. It is such a significant change that the Lord and His prophets refer to it as a rebirth, a change of heart, and a baptism of fire. … Conversion is a process, not an event. Conversion comes as a result of righteous efforts to follow the Savior…”

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