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New Era, ‘Testify of the Restoration,’ April 2017; “Yes, our message is most certainly the Atonement of Jesus Christ and all that it stands for, but … Take away Joseph Smith and the First Vision, take away the events which followed, take away a direct restoration from heaven, and what do we have? We don’t have much…

We cannot reject Joseph Smith, nor forget him, nor omit him, nor try to tell our message without him without also rejecting the message and dismissing the powers that he brought. He stands at the head of the greatest of all gospel dispensations… I testify that many plain and precious truths of the gospel and all of the priesthood keys of that gospel had been lost from the earth and had to be restored. … We have to testify of such a restoration, or we have no testimony at all!” – Jeffrey Holland

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Journal of Discourses 15:370-371; “He sends forth his servants with the truth, and he makes this promise—he made it through Joseph Smith—If they will believe in Jesus Christ, repent of their sins, be baptized for the remission thereof by one having authority, they shall receive the Holy Ghost and a testimony from Him as to the character of the work in which they have engaged.” – George Quayle Cannon, Salt Lake City, March 23, 1873 [emp. mine]

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Doctrine and Covenants 64:23; “Behold, now it is called today until the coming of the Son of Man, and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the tithing of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be burned at his coming.”

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The Seer, p. 164; “… those whose names are not found on the tithing Books as having paid up the full amount of their tithing can in no wise be permitted to enter the holy temple and receive their endowments; those great and holy temple ordinances instituted from before the foundation of the world, as the only means by which the Saints can be exalted to the fullness of celestial glory, will be withheld from them, until the debt is cancelled: it is a debt which you owe the Lord; and it is for your good to pay it; as for the faithful servants of God it matters not to them whether you pay your tithing or not; the Church can get along without it; it is only for your own good that you are exhorted to obey the Lord in this thing, knowing that if you fail, you cannot receive the blessing.” – Orson Pratt, November 1853

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 General Conference, ‘The Book,’ October 2014; “The leaders did not set the requirements for exaltation. God did!” – Allan F. Packer

Ok, before we look at Mr. Packer’s comment let’s see what Mormons mean by “exaltation”.

The Gospel Principles manual defines exaltation this way:

“Exaltation is eternal life, the kind of life God lives. He lives in great glory. He is perfect. He possesses all knowledge and all wisdom. He is the Father of spirit children. He is a creator. We can become like our Heavenly Father. This is exaltation.”

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1 John 3:1 ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.’

pike-place-3-1 Today isn’t the normal Mormon quote of the day. We’re moving out of our comfort zone based on the Lord’s promptings.

My first question today is this –

Remember the day you were saved? Do you recall how dramatically it changed your life? Do you live with that much enthusiasm every day? Do others know about it?

A favorite pastime for our family is visiting Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle. Four city blocks stretching across nine acres, are filled with indoor vendors selling anything from fresh fish and flowers, to fruits and vegetables, and even floor to ceiling teas and spices from all over the world. There’s really no other place like it!

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kneel foot cross The Seer, p. 255; “Jesus Christ did not shed His blood to save us in our sins, but to open a way whereby man might obtain forgiveness through Faith, Repentance, and Baptism: and no man can be saved who neglects either of these principles.” – Orson Pratt

Romans 5:8; “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

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