Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:7

Today we’re looking at 7 key comments (aka lies) from a talk Dale Renlund gave at the April 2022 General Conference. To read his talk in full see link below.

General Conference, ‘Your Divine Nature and Destiny’, April 2022

1.“…we have heavenly parents, a father and a mother. ….”

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April 28 — LDS Draw Close to the Wrong Jesus. Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, To all that call upon him in truth.” Continue Reading »

 April 27 – The Blood of Jesus is Our Salvation. John 17:24 “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”

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 ChurchNews.com “The Church is more than its buildings and ecclesiastical structure; the Church is the members, … with Christ at the head and the Prophet as His mouthpiece.”

Belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ is a privilege, “where members can unite their faith, hearts, strengths, minds and hands for Him to perform His mighty miracles.

Followers of Christ are striving to become of “one heart and one mind,” and to become like Him.

Even the smallest efforts make a significant difference in God’s kingdom. “Our purpose in His kingdom should be to bring each other to Christ. And as Christ’s Church, the members are the means through which the Savior will perform some of His mightiest works before He comes again.” — Reyna I. Aburto Continue Reading »

 April 25 — The Definition of Kingdom Building. Acts 2:47 “Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” Continue Reading »

April 24 – The White Jesus of Mormonism. Matthew 21:11 “And the multitude said, This is Jesus the prophet of Nazareth of Galilee.”

John 1:45-46 “Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.”

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 Newsroom “The prophet has announced 100 new temples since 2018 — In his concluding remarks at the April 2022 general conference, President Russell M. Nelson…announced plans to build 17 new temples throughout the world.” Continue Reading »

 April 22 – No Salvation without LDS Church. 1 Corinthians 2:5 ‘That your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.’

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 April 21 – 2 Peter 2:1-2 “But there were false prophets also among the people…2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways…”

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 April 20 – God’s word is a great defense against the lie in today’s Mormon quote! Lovingly share this with a Mormon, and ask for their opinion on the theory Mr. Bragg has given at their latest General Conference.

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April 19 — Spurning God for the Unknown. Genesis 2:17 “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Continue Reading »

 Mosiah 2:3 “And they also took of the firstlings of their flocks, that they might offer sacrifice and burnt offerings according to the law of Moses.”

Alma 10:3; “And Aminadi was a descendant of Nephi, who was the son of Lehi, who came out of the land of Jerusalem, who was a descendant of Manasseh, who was the son of Joseph who was sold into Egypt by the hands of his brethren.”

Mosiah 2, not to be confused with his father Mosiah 1, was supposedly a righteous, god-fearing Nephite who lived c. BC 124.

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He is Risen He is Risen Indeed!

Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 6:3

 The Resurrection of God’s Son

Acts 1:3 “To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God”.

The experiences a Christian typically has during Holy  Week is much different than a Mormon. Speaking from experience, the only day holding any significance is Easter itself. Their days are booked with obligatory weekly Priesthood and Relief Society meetings, and maybe a personal endowment session at their local temple.

Apart from these things, there aren’t any services devoted to observing events of Holy Week. And, depending on the year, a Mormon may not even go to church if General Conferences happens to fall on the same weekend.

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 Throughout history, the m.o. of burial rituals has been all over the board. In ancient times there were a number of ways to prepare a body for burial. Egyptians embalmed, and sometimes mummified their dead.

The commoner, however, was buried in a family’s tomb and if they had enough money a doll, or some other trinket would be buried alongside the deceased.

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Why Mormons Can’t Observe Good Friday 

 I’m certain I’m not alone when I say that Good Friday always gives us many things to think upon and pray about! Each of us has our own list of reasons why we’re grateful God intervened in our life, and we each carry our own set of memories why this day is special for us.

One of the most memorable experiences for me dates back to my days in Junior High School of all things.

At the time I had become friends with a handful of other girls and as it turned out I was the only Mormon. My small group of friends included a Catholic, a Presbyterian, an Episcopalian, and a Methodist. I began noticing my Catholic friend only ate fish on Fridays and while all the girls had their own set of doctrinal creeds they held dear, their customs afforded me a front row seat to other cultures right there in the heart of Utah Mormonism.

I began wondering what it’d be like to attend a church that had a cross somewhere on the building.

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 My discovery of the real Jesus afforded me the opportunity to instill new traditions in my life while discarding the old.

I have to say, however, one of the biggest was learning about Holy Week. Thirty years in Mormonism hadn’t revealed any significant details leading up to Resurrection Day; thus my fascination twenty-two years later. I was saved on Palm Sunday 1993.

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John 19:30; “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”

 ‘IT IS FINISHED’ – You can find this phrase listed in Strong’s Talking Greek & Hebrew Dictionary with the following info – #G5055, “to end, i.e. complete, execute, conclude, discharge (a debt) :- accomplish, make an end, expire, fill up, finish, go over, pay, perform.”

The Greek word for the phrase ‘It is finished’, is ‘tetelestai’. An interesting article on Bible.org defined it this way –

“Literally translated the word tetelestai means, “It is finished.” The word occurs in John 19:28 and 19:30 and these are the only two places in the New Testament where it occurs. … The word tetelestai was also written on business documents or receipts in New Testament times to show indicating that a bill had been paid in full. The Greek-English lexicon by Moulton and Milligan says this:

“Receipts are often introduced by the phrase [sic] tetelestai, usually written in an abbreviated manner…” (p. 630). The connection between receipts and what Christ accomplished would have been quite clear to John’s Greek-speaking readership; it would be unmistakable that Jesus Christ had died to pay for their sins.”

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Holy Week:  Do you know what it means?

      I can’t believe Easter is just around the corner! Spring is my favorite time of year for a few reasons; but ultimately it reminds me of the new life I have in Christ.

     Because of what Jesus has done for all of us, we can start anew.  Just as spring is a new beginning to the world around us, we can have a new beginning in our lives when we ask Jesus into our hearts.  Last year when I was newly out of the LDS Church I didn’t give much thought to Holy Week. As a Mormon, my family celebrated on Easter Sunday, and that was it.  There was no special Sunday service at church and no real acknowledgment of why this is such a special time of year.  As part of my growth as a new Christian and walk with the Lord, I wanted to take the time to learn about Holy Week and share what I learn with all of you.

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The Final Week of Jesus & the Final Week of Joseph Smith

(Originally published in 2005)

Luke 22:54-23:33 is the focus of this article and for the sake of space we ask that you open your own Bibles to read along as we point out the significant events that took place in Jesus’ last few days of life here on earth.

 Through Jesus’ death God manifested His great love for us and introduced to mankind that grace was available to all – no matter the tribe or race you belonged!  The grace of God brought with it a new lifestyle that was freer than anyone had previously known.

Works became an outward expression of our love for God and the concept that we had to work for salvation was nailed to the cross Jesus hung upon.

With these things in mind we turn our attention to what mankind can do in the name of God when he chooses to pervert truth and attempts to take the focus off the Creator.

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April 10 — Obey the Prophet’s Voice. Acts 5:29 “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” Continue Reading »

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