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July 16 – God’s Sovereignty. Psalm 135:6“Whatsoever the LORD pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, in the seas, and all deep places.” (more…)

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Lectures on Faith, 1:14-16 “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.15  By this we understand that the principle of power, which existed in the bosom of God, by which the worlds were framed, was faith; and that it is by reason of this principle of power existing in the Deity, that all created things exist – so that all things in heaven, on earth, or under the earth, exist by reason of faith, as it existed in Him. 16 Had it not been for the principle of faith, the worlds would never have been framed, neither would man have been formed of the dust. It is the principle by which Jehovah works, and through which he exercises power over all temporal, as well as eternal things. Take this principle or attribute (for it is an attribute) from the Deity, and he would cease to exist.” – comp. John A. Widtsoe, N.B. Lundwall (more…)

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Liahona 1 Nephi 16:28-29; “And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld the pointers which were in the ball, that they did work according to the faith and diligence and heed which we did give unto them. 29 And there was also written upon them a new writing, which was plain to be read, which did give us understanding concerning the ways of the Lord; and it was written and changed from time to time, according to the faith and diligence which we gave unto it. And thus we see that by small means the Lord can bring about great things.”

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general-conference-april-2012-948369-galleryThe LDS Church has listed the talk summaries of their upcoming General Conference, so we’re looking at what Mr. Dieter Uchtdorf had to share. His entire speech can be viewed at the link for the video presentation at the end of this article.

General Conference, ‘Fourth Floor, Last Door,’ October 2016;

The purpose of faith is not to change God’s will but to empower us to act on God’s will. Faith is trust—trust that God sees what we cannot and that He knows what we do not. Sometimes, trusting our own vision and judgment is not enough. …

In light of that statement, we have a question for Mr. Uctdorf.

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Discovering GraceIt’s funny and at the same time amazing at how God answers our prayers, and gives us what we need when we need it, isn’t it? I began this week praying and asking the Lord what I should talk about this month in Discovering Grace, and today my prayer was answered.

A few weeks ago I commented on a video by a fellow former Mormon. He was interviewing two Mormons, who were attending General Conference on the subject of grace. There’s a link to the video at the bottom of this article in case you’d like to see it, but the main thing I’d want to address is the reply I received to my comment.

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March Witnessing Tip of the DayMarch 2 – Romans 5:18; “Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life”.

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Mormon Decisions 10Today’s dilemma is courtesy of Melissa!  Here’s what she sent to me the other day –

I just read the first paragraph and had to comment.

From the October 2014 Ensign we read:

  “When prayer works as it should, we express the feelings of our hearts in simple words. Heavenly Father typically answers by putting thoughts in our minds accompanied by feelings. He always hears the sincere prayer we offer when we pray with a commitment to obey Him, whatever His answer and whenever it comes. The Lord makes this promise to all who read and pray about the Book of Mormon.” – Henry B. Eyring

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Mormon Decisions 10Ether 12:6; “And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.”

 

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 17:143; “As for their labor and pursuits in eternity I have not time to talk upon that subject; but we shall have plenty to do. We shall not be idle. We shall go on from one step to another, reaching forth into the eternities until we become like the Gods, and shall be able to frame for ourselves, by the behest and command of the Almighty. All those who are counted worthy to be exalted and to become Gods, even the sons of God, will go forth and have earths and worlds like those who framed this and millions on millions of others.

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salt lake mormon temple 2Obedience: The Hallmark of Faith, Ensign, August 2013; “Obedience to the laws and commandments of God has been and ever will be necessary for those searching to become recipients of the Savior’s promised blessings.” – F. Michael Watson

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Demonstrating Enough Faith to Come unto the Savior

Ensign, Nov. 2006, 113; We long to be close to the Lord, for we know that He loves each of us and desires to encircle us ‘eternally in the arms of his love’ (2 Nephi 1:15). His touch can heal ailments spiritual, emotional, or physical. He is our Advocate, Exemplar, Good Shepherd, and Redeemer. Where else would we look, where else would we reach, where else would we come but to Jesus Christ, ‘the author and finisher of our faith?’ (Hebrews 12:2).

“He pronounced: ‘Yea, verily . . . , if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive’ (3 Nephi 9:14). His promise invites us not only to reach towards Him but also to take the all-important next step: to come unto Him.” – Anne C. Pingree, “To Look, Reach, and Come unto Christ

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Food Storage

From www.lds.org;We have been counseled to store food, clothing, fuel, and other necessary items, such as those needed for first aid and sewing, to take care of our families’ needs for a year…The Lord has counseled, “If ye are prepared ye shall not fear” (D&C 38:30)…Elder Ezra Taft Benson said: “Thanks be to God for a prophet, for this inspired [welfare] program, and for Saints who so managed … that they could provide for their own and still share with others. What a marvelous way to become a savior on Mount Zion!” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1973, 93; or Ensign, Jan. 1974, 82).

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Power of Prayer

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Axi Grim

Introduction:

My daughter Axi wrote this article a few years ago when she was 16 years old.  She and I were talking about the beauty of the book of Deuteronomy and how it is God’s love letter to His children of how to keep safe in this world.  It’s the do’s and don’ts of life.

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Faith

What is it?  Where does it come from?  How do we obtain it?

      It has been a main source of topic for me as of late.  Each Mormon I speak with tries to tell me it is from within us.  That it is a work we perform with our own free will and we should try to have more faith.

They tell me that faith in Jesus comes into effect only after we have done good works.  Then we can start thinking about faith.   In the same breath, they claim that faith in Jesus is essential if you want to go to heaven.

Since there are people even in the Christian community who have some tendency towards works for salvation, me included at times, I have decided to explore this subject.

     Hebrews 11:1 says ‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen’.    The Greek word for this is pis’-tis.  It is the reliance upon Christ for salvation.   It is the reliance upon the truthfulness of God.

     The Hebrew word for faith is emuwnah.  It means steady or truth.

     In Habakkuk 2:4 it says ‘Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith’.

In these two verses we see that truth is a key phrase here.  Therefore, we believe that God is telling us the truth in His Word.  That believing in His Son will save us.  Our lives actually mean something not only to Jesus, but to God as well.

So where does this faith come from?

    Go back into your memory banks and think about the day you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior.  I remember the overwhelming feeling of humbleness and brokenness I had in my heart.  I could not fathom why I had not accepted Him sooner.  What was I thinking before that time?  I finally took comfort in knowing I was saved, born again by God’s mercy.  I knew then that I loved Him.

     Then there was the period that my quote, unquote, intelligence stepped in.  Okay, I’m saved, I’m going to heaven and I was just living out the remainder of my days.

The more I studied, the smarter I thought I was.  I had all this knowledge just floating around in my head and I could quote scripture, but there were still these lingering doubts in my head.

     Why couldn’t I have faith in Him like all of the other Christians I knew?  They seemed to have an endless wealth of it.  They never questioned anything; they just took it all on faith.  I asked God to show me where they got this.  I thought that if I worked hard enough, or studied more I would have it nailed down, not realizing that I could not force myself have faith in Him.

     Then God, in His bountiful grace showed me through His Word that He was the provider of my faith.

     Hebrews 12:2a says; ‘Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.’

The key words here are author and finisher.  In the Greek the word for author is archegos, the transliteration being; the chief leader or captain.  The Greek word for finisher is teleiotes meaning the state of completion or perfection.  Now read with me in Hebrews 5:9; ‘And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.’  The word author in this verse is aitios; meaning the causer.  He is the giver of all good things and the constant provider for us all!

Ephesians 2:8 says; ‘For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God’

     I am constantly using this scripture with the Mormons in telling them that it is faith, not works which saves them.  So not only is salvation a gift but your faith as well.  The LDS Church says in 2 Nephi 25:23; ‘For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

     The problem that I’ve noticed over the years is that after being told all your life that you’re not going to heaven if you don’t have faith and you can’t have faith if you don’t have works, then my friend you soon believe that you’ll never be good enough!  In Mormonism this is true; you’ll never be good enough for the Mormon god.  You’re never told where the faith you need comes from, just that people have it and you need it as well.

     The LDS Church has made it their job to sound Christian.  This type of grammar to the untrained Christian or non-Christian alike is why the church claims so many converts into their fold each year.  We need to be aware of what Jesus says so that we are not deceived!

     Take a moment here and read between the lines of the verse from Nephi.  We labor diligently; we are saved only after all we can do.  In other words from the mouth of a Mormon, ‘we are worked unto death’.  It completely takes away the meaning of grace.  There’s no reason for grace if you need to work for everything. 

 Furthermore, there is no reason for God to intervene.

      We have this ministry to point to the glory of God and His great mercy upon us.  We want you to know that if you’re a member of the LDS faith we love you deeply and we’re fully aware of how much you love Jesus.  But my friend, you’ve been deceived and want to encourage you to think upon the simple things of the Bible.  The things mentioned here are great places to begin!

     One other thing to think about is this; with the Bible we can go to the original Greek and Hebrew to see what the full transliteration of every single word used.  Because the Book of Mormon claims the original text was written in ‘Reformed Egyptian’ and has since been lost, we have nothing to go to for the definitions to back it up.  This is problematic for two reasons.

     The first reason being is that the Book of Mormon keeps changing.  The changes are not typographical in nature but grammatical; therefore the whole meaning of the text changes along with it.  Secondly, which book are you going to place your faith into? 

 When the meaning of a sentence changes, the understanding of who God is must change as well.

      If we can’t trust God to be the same all the time, then how do we know with certainty that we are saved, how do we know what to expect from Him and what does He expect from us collectively as well as individually?

     As always I ask the Mormon to take an objective look at this.  Can you go back to the original “Reformed Egyptian” to gain a deeper understanding of God’s word and to know that what is being said matches up with the rest of this work?  If not then why keep trusting in this god? 

     We’re praying diligently for the Mormon people and hope they will come to know the truth.

 With Love in Christ;

Michelle

1 Cor. 1:18

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The Heavenly Mother of Mormonism

 By Melissa Grimes

 One of the core beliefs in Mormonism is that not only do they have a Father in Heaven, but a Mother in Heaven as well.  This doctrine came from what they call “latter day revelation”, yet it isn’t something you’ll find in any of their extra scriptures.

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December 2 – John 3:16-17; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

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John 3:16 is always a favorite for Christians, but many times we overlook the very next verse.  Today pray for the Mormons and the immense amount of pressure they put themselves under by believing they’ll never be good enough to be saved.  As if teaching you have to save yourself isn’t bad enough, notice here today what else they believe about Jesus.

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  “Only Begotten Son; Only Begotten in the flesh, meaning in mortality. This designation of our Lord signifies that he was begotten by Man of Holiness as literally as any mortal father begets a son. The natural processes of procreation were involved; Jesus was begotten by his Father as literally as he was conceived by his mother.”  Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols., 1: 144.

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 “And the great and wonderful love made manifest by the Father and the Son in the coming of the Redeemer into the world; That through his atonement, and by obedience to the principles of the gospel, mankind might be saved.”  Doctrine and Covenants 138:3-4.

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