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Joseph Smith 8The Joy of Redeeming the Dead”; “…Every prophet since Joseph Smith has emphasized the imperative need to provide all ordinances for ourselves and our deceased ancestors.” — Richard G. Scott [emp. mine]

 

 

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salt lake mormon temple 2New Era, ‘People on Other Worlds,’ April 1971; “A great many Christians today…have long since abandoned the doctrine that man was created in the image of God. …

Long before our God began his creations, he dwelt on a mortal world like ours, one of the creations that his Father had created for him and his brethren. He, with many of his brethren, was obedient to the principles of the eternal gospel. One among these, it is presumed, was a savior for them, and through him they obtained a resurrection and an exaltation on an eternal, celestial world. 8 Then they gained the power and godhood of their Father and were made heirs of all that he had, continuing his works and creating worlds of their own for their own posterity—the same as their Father had done before, and his Father, and his Father, and on and on.

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Witnessing Tip of the Day May 101May 17 – God’s Glory v. Celestial Glory. 2 Corinthians 4:6; “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Journal of Discourses 20:211; “God revealed to him (Joseph Smith) not only the fact of Divine existence, but even how he became God; CW Staynerthat it was through living up to correct principles, and by developing within himself every sublime sentiment that had its origin in truth. He taught him how the people “who dwelt on the earth” might also be thus exalted to be angels of God, and finally Gods themselves” – C. W. Stayner, Salt Lake City, May 25th, 1879.

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Revelation 21:8; “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

gordon-hinkley 2Teachings of Gordon B. Hinckley, p. 179; “Eternal Progression –The whole design of the gospel is to lead us, onward and upward to greater achievement, even, eventually, to godhood. This great possibility was enunciated by the Prophet Joseph Smith in the King Follet sermon (see Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 342-62) and emphasized by President Lorenzo Snow. It is this grand and incomparable concept: As God now is, man may become! (See The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow, comp. Clyde J. Williams, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1984, p. 1.)…” – Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon B. Hinckley was the 15th prophet of the Mormon Church. In the statement above we see Mr. Hinckley’s strong stand on what he believed was true, and what his predecessors believed as well. There’s little room for speculation, or wondering what this church has taught since the beginning of its existence. He clearly had a handle on the Church’s history.

Keep in mind, Mr. Hinckley had been the Church’s PR go-to-guru since the 2nd World War. Through his many campaigns, the Church’s reputation became more widely accepted among mainstream Christianity.

However, when we look at a number of transcripts from radio and television interviews Mr. Hinckley granted over a number of years, we’re left wondering why he’d lie about what he had so strongly declared just a few years prior.

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Witnessing Tip of the Day April 2April 21 – No Other Gods. Exodus 20:3; “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

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January2January 17 – Exaltation. Psalm 46:10; “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

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