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Doctrine and Covenants 132: Intro, 52 “Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Nauvoo, Illinois, recorded July 12, 1843, relating to the new and everlasting covenant, including the eternity of the marriage covenant and the principle of plural marriage. 52 And let mine handmaid, Emma Smith, receive all those that have been given unto my servant Joseph….” [emp. added] (more…)

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December 11 — New and Everlasting Covenant. Hebrews 7:22; “By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.” (more…)

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Colossians 3:23; “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men”.

 Doctrine and Covenants 132:4-6; “For behold, I reveal unto you a new and an everlasting covenant; and if ye abide not that covenant, then are ye damned; for no one can reject this covenant and be permitted to enter into my glory. 5 For all who will have a blessing at my hands shall abide the law which was appointed for that blessing, and the conditions thereof, as were instituted from before the foundation of the world. 6 And as pertaining to the new and everlasting covenant, it was instituted for the fulness of my glory; and he that receiveth a fulness thereof must and shall abide the law, or he shall be damned, saith the Lord God.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Oh the tangled web they weave…

As time has waned on for the Church, they’ve made a strict practice of not giving heed to many of their past proclamations. In Mormonism, there are no hard and fast rules, and our example today is a classic display of how they operate.

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Mormon Decisions 10Ensign, March 2014, “The Lord’s Standard of Morality”; “…He [God] needs to speak only once on the issue of morality, and that one declaration trumps all the opinions of the lower courts, whether uttered by psychologists, counselors, politicians, friends, parents, or would-be moralists of the day.

Contrary to much public sentiment, there is nothing negative or restraining about God’s moral standards. Rather, they are positive, uplifting, and liberating. They build relationships of trust, they enhance self-esteem, they foster a clear conscience, and they invite the Spirit of the Lord to bless individual and married lives. They are the proven standards for happy marriages and stable communities.

What, then, is the Lord’s standard for use of the sacred power of procreation—His standard of morality?…The procreative power is to be exercised in the marriage relationship for two key reasons: (1) to bind and strengthen ties between spouses and (2) to bring souls into the world. These uses have the blessing and endorsement of the Lord.

On the other hand, the procreative power is not to be exercised outside the husband-wife relationship. Accordingly, any conscious thoughts or voluntary actions that stimulate or result in the expression of the procreative power outside the marriage relationship are disapproved by the Lord.” – Elder Tad R. Callister

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Genesis 3:24; “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.”

There are a lot of places in the Bible where we find angels mentioned and by a lot that means 108!  About a third is in the first four books of the Old Testament, eleven in Psalms, nineteen times in Zechariah and twenty in Judges.  Whew!

The amazing thing about this is seeing how the Lord utilized His angels with each having a specific duty to fulfill. Some served to defend Israel with a sword (2 Chron. 32:21), some will serve in the future to defend her (Zech. 12:8), some delivered messages from God (Judges 2:1) and then we have one angel who stood guard in the Garden of Eden with a flaming sword (Genesis 3:21).

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Bring Wives for Us!

Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 6:256; “I say to those who are elected to go on missions, remember they are not your sheep: they belong to Him that sends you. Then do not make a choice of any of those sheep; do not make selections before they are brought home and put into the fold. You understand that. Amen” – Apostle Heber C. Kimball, Salt Lake City, August 28, 1852

Galatians 5:16; “A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.”

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Early Mormon PolygamistsOrson Pratt was a member of the original twelve LDS apostles and as you can imagine he served in many venues throughout his church service. While his stay in office was a tumultuous one he always seemed to hang in there with his willingness to serve his god.

Married to ten women, he fathered 45 children and that’s not to say they’ll all be serving in the afterlife as a forever family. His first wife Sarah became a very outspoken critic of polygamy and publicly criticized his philandering ways of marrying young women younger than his own children.

Serving as a missionary for much of his life left his family in a chronic state of poverty while he left them to Orson Prattfend for themselves. Some of his children born to his first wife turned on his philosophy and totally rejected the Mormon lifestyle.

You can read more about his life and learn about his family in our series Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders here.

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Early Mormon PolygamistsThe life of Parley Parker Pratt was fast and furious from the time he joined Mormonism to his death. He bought Smith’s version of God’s restoration gospel and wasted no time in writing hymns, periodicals, converting dozens and forging new roads up the canyons of Utah and when that didn’t pan out financially he turned his attention to missions work.

In the end Pratt met his match with a man by the name of Hector McLean. Hector didn’t take too kindly to the way Pratt induced his wife all in the name of God. After she took off with Parley and tried to take the kids with her, McLean chased them down and Mr. Pratt died a martyr’s death in the eyes of Mormondom.

You can read a short bio of him and his 12 wives in our ongoing series of Polygamy and Mormon Church Leaders here.

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Emma Smith 2Emma Smith has always been a confusing woman to me. While the Church elevated her position in early Mormon history, her “elected” lady status turned south in a hurry upon the death of Joseph.

The assertive stance she took in making decisions for herself and the kids wasn’t well received and if her dislike towards Joseph’s philandering ways wasn’t well known before, it soon became a situation demanding the immediate attention of not only Brigham Young, but the entire church as well. The power struggle for Church control aside, the focus here isn’t so much on who got to rule Mormonism, but the way Smith looked upon her and other women as well. Testimonies from members speak to why there are two major forms of Mormonism today in that no less than Rigdon, Young, Joseph Smith III supporters, et al, all played their parts.  To understand how or why it got to this point let’s take a look at where it came from.

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