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1 Corinthians 3:16-17; “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”

2014 Reconstruction Model of Herod's TempleI came across an article in the Ensign Magazine and posting it today for a couple of reasons –

  • It serves as a good visual of a Mormon’s understanding of how God operated after Jesus’ resurrection, and the Holy Spirit came to reside inside the believer.
  • It’s a great tool to use for witnessing!

To me, this article is the entire reason I work in this ministry. Nothing will tear at my heart like the total depravity Mormons find themselves in and then flounder around in the mess they’ve made. Following their prophet while reading the Bible is like trying to put that proverbial square peg in a round hole. The messages they hear are diametrically opposed to each other, and will never meld in a cohesive manner.

As you’ll see, this article is about a man who went through a rough patch in life, and began examining himself. The point to his article was for others to do the same by going through a check-list of sorts.  My response to each point he brought up is in red font.

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Holy SpiritGeneral Conference, ‘Ye Must Be Born Again,’ April 2007; “The Holy Spirit of Promise is the ratifying power of the Holy Ghost. When sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise, an ordinance, vow, or covenant is binding on earth and in heaven. (See D&C 132:7.)

Receiving this “stamp of approval” from the Holy Ghost is the result of faithfulness, integrity, and steadfastness in honoring gospel covenants “in [the] process of time” (Moses 7:21).

However, this sealing can be forfeited through unrighteousness and transgression. Purifying and sealing by the Holy Spirit of Promise constitute the culminating steps in the process of being born again.” – David A. Bednar

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Galatians 4:6; “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.”

One God 2.0It seems like a lifetime ago when I met with a friend for lunch and the hour I spent with her opened the door of a brand new world. Although at the time I didn’t understand why, I really enjoyed being in her presence. We both had husbands stationed at Nellis Air Base, and realized we had a lot of other things in common as well. On this particular day as we were chatting an overwhelming sense of peace and calmness washed over me, and I noticed whenever I was around her afterwards, the same thing happened! After I accepted the Lord I realized I had witnessed the effects of the Holy Spirit in the life of my friend who was a believer.

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One God 2.0

This is part 2 of 3 in our One God of the Bible Series

In 1994 LDS prophet Howard Hunter, declared Mormon temples to be the symbol of a Mormon’s worship. It’s a clear indication there’s something drastically wrong here! Jesus told us we can’t serve two masters, so if they’re serving the temple and those inside the temple, they can’t be serving Jesus!

Matthew 6:24; “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

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December 23 – 1 John 2:1; “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”

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salt lake mormon temple 2Journal of Discourses 5:22-23; “Let us bless the land we cultivate and the fountains of water, and they will be blessed, and then men may drink of those waters, and they will fill them withHeber C Kimball the Spirit and power of God. Let us bless and dedicate the fountains of life that are in us, in our wives and children, and in everything else around us.

Can the Spirit of God enter a stone, or one of those posts? Yes; and it can fill every pore as well as it can every pore in my body. Can it enter into my pores? Yes, even into my hair; and it can also enter my bones and quicken every limb, joint, and fiber.” –  Remarks by President Heber C. Kimball, Delivered in the Bowery, Great Salt Lake City, April 6, 1857

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October 15 – 2 Chronicles 24:20; “And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.”

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