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October 15 –– Evil Communications 1 Corinthians 15:33; “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.” (more…)

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Today and tomorrow we’ll be looking at a few of the talks given at the semi-annual LDS General Conference. We’ve chosen the topics based purely at what we thought seemed of greater import. The numbering system we’ve assigned to each doesn’t necessarily indicate the order in which the talk was given, rather, it’s to keep them organized for the articles. We’ve retrieved our info from the Church owned, Deseret News. At the time we gathered our info, the Church hadn’t published the transcripts of each talk.

The first item we’re looking at serves as the poster-child of why my heart will always break for the  Mormon people. Although I realize it’s not a talk, it’s noteworthy because of its content. (more…)

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Stepping away from tradition by installing the residing counselors into the upper echelon of Mormonism, the new prophet, Russell Nelson, chose Henry Eyring, and Dallin Oaks, as his two counselors. Uchtdorf has been relegated to his former position in serving as one of the Church’s twelve apostles.

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2014 Kidron Valley WikipediaHe died for you and me.  Zechariah 13:7a; “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.”

John 18:11; “Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?”

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Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

If I had to give this conference an overall title, I’d name it ‘The Confounding Contradictions’. The Mormon Church has always contradicted itself, but there are times when we see them doing so as if it’s second nature for them.

The one thing each speaker seemed to have in common was an overall sense of someone just going through the motions without thinking. Recently, they’ve seen a good sized portion of their leadership die due to age, and those that remain don’t seem to carry the same enthusiasm of their predecessors. Gone are the unyielding personalities of McConkie and Talmage, the new game in town reminds me of the Stepford Wives.

They’re merely parroting the lessons they’ve been taught before they collapse into bed at the end of each day.

Personally, I’ve always referred to it as the ‘Eyeore Syndrome’. They’ll do what they need to because that’s what they’re told, but it’s not without heaving a huge sigh of, ‘woe-is-me’.

I don’t know about you the reader, but I can’t think of Jesus without being excited for Who He is, what He’s done, and how fortunate I am that He saved me! I can point to the time when my old self began to change because of His supernatural work inside of me.

My dear Mormon people have known no such thing in their lives. They simply go from one day to the next, without any marker of when Jesus took up residence inside of them. Pray they’ll know the true joy of worshiping Him! Please, pray that they’ll know Isaiah 1:18!

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flowers-cartoon-8Questions for Today:

Which is of greater worth; giving birth, or Blood of Christ?

How many babies are equivalent to Jesus’ spilt blood?

Before we begin this month’s Visiting Teaching Message we wanted to address a comment we received from a visitor (presumably LDS from the tone), and let him/her know we’ve been praying for them, and will continue to do so! The March 2016 VT Message must’ve struck a nerve because it was the 3rd time ‘Anonymous’ has written in response to our article.

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John 14:27; “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

LDS No PeaceGeneral Conference, ‘Opposition in All Things,’ April 2016; “The purpose of mortal life for the children of God is to provide the experiences needed “to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize their divine destiny as heirs of eternal life.” …

From the beginning, agency and opposition were central to the Father’s plan and to Satan’s rebellion against it…

One of the best explanations of the planned role of opposition is in the Book of Mormon, in Lehi’s teachings to his son Jacob.

“It must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, … righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad” (2 Nephi 2:11; see also verse 15). … Similarly, in modern revelation the Lord declares, “It must needs be that the devil should tempt the children of men, or they could not be agents unto themselves” (D&C 29:39).” – Dallin Oaks

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