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 May 4 — Conquering the World Because of Him. Hebrews 10:19-20 “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.” (more…)

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 May 1 — Removing the Scandal of the Cross. Hebrews 2:10-11 “For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.” (more…)

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Jesus Christ: The Source of Enduring Joy “From a devotional address, “That They Might Have Joy,” delivered at Brigham Young University on December 4, 2018. …

Since becoming president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Russell M. Nelson frequently has extended an invitation to the people of the world that includes the promise of joy: “Our message to the world is simple and sincere: we invite all of God’s children on both sides of the veil to come unto their Savior, receive the blessings of the holy temple, have enduring joy, and qualify for eternal life.”6” — David Bednar

See Russell M. Nelson, “Let Us All Press On,” Liahona, May 2018, 118–19 for Mr. Bednar’s reference. (more…)

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General Conference, ‘Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins,’ Saturday Afternoon Session, April 2, 2016 “As members of the Lord’s restored Church, we are blessed both by our initial cleansing from sin associated with baptism and by the potential for an ongoing cleansing from sin made possible through the companionship and power of the Holy Ghost. …

… The act of partaking of the sacrament, in and of itself, does not remit sins. But as we prepare conscientiously and participate in this holy ordinance with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, then the promise is that we may always have the Spirit of the Lord to be with us. And by the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost as our constant companion, we can always retain a remission of our sins.” — David A. Bednar (more…)

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“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”. Ephesians 4:14

 Today’s LDS reference is a recycled BYU Devotional from 2012 the Church republished in a recent Liahona Magazine. Their intended audience was once again focused on LDS kids, but this time they’re even younger.

We’re taking a look at just a couple of things in Mr. Bednar’s presentation so you can see how it’s not only contradictory to LDS canon, but the Bible as well. To read their article in full see link provided below.

Liahona, ‘Fear Not, I Am With Thee,’ June 2019 “As we exercise faith in Christ and trust in His promises, we can walk into the dark with the absolute assurance that our pathway will be illuminated—at least far enough to take the next step—and then the next step—and the next step.

Joseph Smith declared, “We have nothing to fear if we are faithful.” (Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, p. 338)

President Thomas S. Monson (1927–2018) counseled, “Fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.”(GC April 2009)

As you face your future in faith, the Savior will go before your face, will be on your right hand and on your left, and His Spirit shall be in your hearts (see Doctrine and Covenants 84:88) in all of your righteous endeavors and throughout all the days of your life.” — David Bednar (more…)

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 May 30 – James 2:9 – “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

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April 3 — Devoted Disciples in Missiology. Luke 18:31 “Then he took unto him the twelve, and said unto them, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. 32  For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on.” (more…)

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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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Witnessing Tip of the Day May01May 30 – James 2:9 – “But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.”

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The message for this month’s Visiting Teaching Lesson was called, ‘Pray for Each Sister by Name’. Click on link to read it in full.

The object of this lesson is for members to know the person they’re assigned to on a deeper level, rather than a surface knowledge of the one they’re caring for in their visits.

While that sounds admirable, we have to take into consideration what their leaders added to the fray…sigh…as you’ll see, it becomes quite laborious, and far from truth.

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Doctrines of Salvation 1:16; “WHEN TO USE TITLE: “THE CHRIST.” The name Christ is a title comparable to the title Messiah and meaning The Anointed One, and has reference to the office of our Savior. If the remarks of a speaker have reference to the nature and calling of our Lord in the office which he holds, then the definite article preceding the name is in perfect order. However, when we are speaking of the Redeemer in some other sense than by reference to his official title, it is well for us not to use the article, but the whole name of our Lord, or, even better still, in order to avoid the too frequent repetition, we can say our Redeemer or Savior or the Lord.

The great lesson for us to learn, in all our preaching, writing, and conversations, is to use the titles of Deity sparingly, not with familiarity, or with lack of reverence.” – Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th LDS Prophet, 1954

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 Recently I saw the image to the left on a Mormon Facebook page.

I’ve looked for a link to verify that Mr. Bednar actually made this statement while he was in the Philippians, but haven’t found anything. While we don’t know if he actually said this, or if it’s just the opinion of the creator of the image, it sure gives us some insight into the thinking process of some Mormons.

I’ve added a link under ‘References’ for you to check out the Facebook page for yourselves.

Coming back to the statement in the picture, when I first read it I thought to myself, it’s not hard at all not being a Mormon.

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 The first weekend of April 2017 proved to be a busy one for the Church with their bi-annual conference. Once again, the stage was filled to the brim with no shortage of ‘inspired’ speakers. Regrettably, the 39 speeches in all six sessions contained the same message, which amounted to nothing but a reminder to members; obey your leaders.

One major thing struck me as I was looking over the numerous talks. No one spoke of the upcoming Holy Week. Come to think of it…I’ve never hear anyone go into detail about it at any of their conferences, and here they have the perfect platform from which to declare the news of what happened 2,000 years ago. It is the ‘Easter Season’ after all!

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 General Conference, ‘The Windows of Heaven,’ October 2013; “Spiritual and temporal blessings come into our lives as we live the law of tithing.” – David A. Bednar

 

 

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Psalm 42:1-2; “To the chief Musician, Maschil, for the sons of Korah. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?”

general_conference_crowd_outside-2015A beloved Christian hymn was modeled after the biblical passage above. I remember finding the passage not long after the day of my salvation and was shocked to see how God could speak the deep inner feelings of my heart. Endearing me even more to it was the discovery someone had made it into a song. The wonders of a Christian life never ends!

These are the things we’re praying will be part of a Mormon’s life!

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Mormon Decisions 10The other day I came across an online repository of sorts filled with LDS references about the Mormon Holy Ghost. The quotes were taken from speeches, and writings of past and present leaders of Mormonism, and as it turned out the page was written by a professor at BYU, Bruce K. Satterfield.

Looking over some of these I can’t help but feel sorry for those who absorb this into their spirit. There’s mass confusion from one leader to the next with no solid foundational truth upon which to stand. It’s no wonder the #1 issue for many new ex-Mormons is a lack of confidence about God’s Holy Spirit, and how He operates.

I just cannot imagine living life without God’s Holy Spirit as a constant staple in my life. When I’m lonely, or unsure about life, without fail, He is always there to guide me along and clarify doubts for me in His word and His presence.

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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, News of the Church, ‘Apostle Offers Counsel about Social Media,’ January 2015; “Beginning at this place on this day, I exhort you to sweep the earth with messages filled with righteousness anddavid-a-bednar truth, messages that are authentic, edifying, and praiseworthy, and literally to sweep the earth as with a flood,” Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said during an address at Education Week at Brigham Young University on August 19, 2014…

We should not exaggerate, embellish, or pretend to be someone, or something we are not. Our content should be trustworthy and constructive… Our messages should seek to edify and uplift, rather than to argue, debate, condemn, or belittle.” – David A. Bednar

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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, “We Believe in Being Chaste”, May 2013; “The first commandment … God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129).

Today is the 2nd part of our look at the article in Ensign that we touched upon yesterday. There are a few topics I feel are important to point out and ask that you use them as witnessing tools for your Mormon friends and loved ones!

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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, “We Believe in Being Chaste”, May 2013; “The eternal importance of chastity can only be understood within the overarching context of our Heavenly Father’s plan of happiness for His children. “All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and … has a divine nature and destiny” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2010, 129). All men and women lived with God as His spirit children before coming to the earth as mortal beings. The Father’s plan enables His spirit sons and daughters to obtain physical bodies, to gain mortal experience, and to progress toward exaltation.” – LDS apostle David Bednar

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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, General Conference. April 2008; “I long have been impressed with the truth that meaningful prayer requires both holy communication and consecrated work. Blessings require some effort on our part before we can obtain them, and prayer, as “a form of work…is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings” (Bible Dictionary, “Prayer,” 753). We press forward and persevere in the consecrated work of prayer, after we say “amen,” by acting upon the things we have expressed to Heavenly Father.” – David A. Bednar

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