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december-witnessing-tip-of-the-day-01December 2 – 2 Timothy 3:15; “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,  which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

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Haggai 2:6 “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, And I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.” – BC 520, Haggai

Psalm 31:5 “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” – BC 1060, King David

Psalms 69:12 “They that sit in the gate speak against me; and I was the song of the drunkards.” – BC 1015, King David

temple-veil-tornThere are many remarkable items to look at and study when it comes to the temple veil being ripped in two so let’s get right into it! The first thing you’ll want to take note of is how many times this event was prophesied about in the OT. We’ve listed three of those above. They serve as proof of yet more miracles God has done for us. PTL!

One of the coolest items on this topic is found in the gospel of John. In John 19:30, we read Jesus’ declaration, “…It is finished!”

The significance of Jesus’ words mustn’t be glossed over. Someone who is crucified dies of asphyxiation which means they’ve run out of air. Not Jesus. Jesus gave up His life, willingly, which means it wasn’t taken from Him. Another sign He was in control of His own life is found in the fact He was actually talking at the end of His life. Amazingly, His voice could be heard over the trumpets blaring at the same time.

Jesus made the comment ‘it was finished’, signifies two things. Firstly is the fact He said, ‘it is finished’, not ‘I am finished’. Secondly, the term ‘it is finished’ means the debt for sin was wiped out. The Greek word for finished is tetelestai, meaning the debt is taken care of. He became our sin.

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November 14 – 2 Thessalonians 2:3; “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.”

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flowers-cartoon-8For the month of November, I’ve chosen to center my Visiting Teaching Message around the talk Elder Gary E. Stevenson gave during last month’s General Conference. His talk as titled “Look to the Book, Look to the Lord”.

In his message Elder Stevenson expresses his view of how the Book of Mormon is the keystone to the Mormon faith, and how having a testimony of it can strengthen one’s faith.

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“You may also find that as you stand and bear witness of the Book of Mormon, you will feel the same spirit of confirmation. The Holy Ghost will speak to your heart. You can also feel this same spirit of confirmation when you hear others share their testimonies of the Book of Mormon. Each of these spiritual witnesses can lead to the Book of Mormon becoming the keystone of your testimony.”

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Ensign, “A Treasured Testament,” July 1993, 61; “The details of this miraculous Joseph Smith receiving revelations from Godmethod of translation are still not fully known. Yet we do have a few precious insights. David Whitmer wrote: “Joseph Smith would put the seer stone into a hat, and put his face in the hat, drawing it closely around his face to exclude the light; and in the darkness the spiritual light would shine. A piece of something resembling parchment would appear, and on that appeared the writing. One character at a time would appear, and under it was the interpretation in English. Brother Joseph would read off the English to Oliver Cowdery, who was his principal scribe, and when it was written down and repeated to Brother Joseph to see if it was correct, then it would disappear, and another character with the interpretation would appear. Thus the Book of Mormon was translated by the gift and power of God, and not by any power of man.” (David Whitmer, An Address to All Believers in Christ, Richmond, Mo.: n.p., 1887, p. 12.)” – Russell M. Nelson

Proverbs 24:8; “He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.”

The extent to which these men had to go to explain what transpired is reminiscent of a chocolate stained face kid who tries to convince the store owner he didn’t shoplift a candy bar. Their behind the scenes antics don’t resemble the procedures of biblical scribes that took pain staking efforts, to ensure God’s word was transcribed correctly.

Remember to pray for those who believe this and that they’d start asking themselves some serious questions!

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october-witnessing-tip-of-the-dayOctober 29 – Jeremiah 31:31; “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah.”

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witnessing-tip-of-the-day-octoberOctober 27 – Where do you fix your eyes? Hebrews 12:2; “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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