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April 13 – 1 Cor. 15:16, 29 “For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:  Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?”

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March 15 – True Conversion Involves Repentance. Mark 1:14-15; “…Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

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January 30 – Baptizing dead people. “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”  1 Timothy 1:4

 

 

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January 18 – In 1 Cor. 15:29 we see Paul asking the Corinthians why they were being baptized for their dead when they didn’t even believe in the resurrection.

 

 

 

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August Witnessing TipAugust 17 – Using Malachi for excuse to build Mormon temples. 1 Thessalonians 4:8; “So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.”

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July 18 – Secret oaths and tithes. John 18:20; “Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing”.

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2 Corinthians 6:17 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”.

 Elder David A. Bednar Visits Cebu Saints; “…whenever Satan knows that a temple is being built he launches massive attacks to individuals and families to destroy homes. Have you ever wondered why in the last 10 years there has been a huge decline on family values? It’s because in the last 10 years more than 60 temples were built.”

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 On Tuesday May 16, 2017 Glenn Pace passed away in Bountiful, UT at the age of 77. Glenn Pace was an Elder and Leader in the Mormon Church. Apparently one of the things he was known for was a memo he wrote about the satanic ritualistic child abuse that was going on in the Mormon Church.

In the early 1990’s the Tanner’s of Utah Light House Ministries were presented with a copy of a memo written by Mr. Pace stating that he had met with several individuals who claimed to be victims of ritualistic child abuse in the Mormon Church.

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Acts 17:24; “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands”.

 While gathering info on Mormon temples, I came across one Mormon’s reasoning of why temples are so important for them. The author pointed out temples are vital in Mormonism because it’s the only place they can perform ‘saving ordinances’.

 

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 March 12 – Necromancy and not trusting God. Isaiah 8:19-20; “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? 20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”

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templeAs of late, the LDS Church is building temples at a record pace. According to their site they now have 155 operating temples, and 25 others in various stages of construction. Another page gives the reason why they build so many temples. Here in part, is what they said –

‘From the days of the Old Testament, the Lord has commanded His people to build temples-sacred structures where He could teach, guide, and bless them.’ See ‘Why We Build Temples’.

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Isaiah 6:1; “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”

temples-01As you probably figured out, today we’re looking at temples! Our objective is to look at why our Lord said we shouldn’t have more than one temple at a time, and examine the Church’s use of them.

As of September 16, 2016, the LDS Church reported having 151 temples in operation, which means they have 151 too many. Making matters worse, there are sixteen others awaiting completion.

The BoM tells us the Nephites operated several temples at a time, which was in total defiance to God.

Alma 16:13; “And Alma and Amulek went forth preaching repentance to the people in their temples, and in their sanctuaries, and also in their synagogues, which were built after the manner of the Jews.”

Adding insult to injury in their defiance against the Lord, one of their apostles made the comment temples are the stopping point between man and heaven.

“The temple is a point of intersection between heaven and earth. In this sacred place, holy work will be performed through selfless service and love. The temple reminds me of all that is good and beautiful in the world.” – David A. Bednar

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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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Exodus 28:36; “¶ And thou shalt make a plate of pure gold, and grave upon it, like the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.”

Temple Symbols 2014Our focus today is twofold. The first thing we’re looking at is the number of temples the Church has today, and the second item is our look at the inscription of ‘Holiness to the Lord’ on every Mormon temple. While their use of that phrase is meant to invoke a sense of awe and reverence to all, it’s out of place.

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

Masonic symbolsIf you know anything at all about Mormonism, you know the Masonic Lodge is part of the deal. While most members believe Joe Smith used to be involved with it at some level, the majority are unaware of just how deeply entangled he had become before his death.

Moreover, most Mormons aren’t aware they can read Masonic rhetoric right inside the covers of their beloved canon. And because it also goes without saying,  you’ll be sure to find Smith’s contradictory ways in the Mormon canon and his behavior. While the BoM, etc., are filled with admonitions to beware of ‘secret societies’, Smith had no hesitation in joining the ranks of the Masonic Lodge, and even used a key Masonic phrase at the time of his death. See History of the Church 4:551, History of the Church 4:552, History of the Church 6:618.

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Witnessing Tip of the Day March2March 15 – True Conversion Involves Repentance. Mark 1:14-15; “…Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

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Temple Endowment 1Messages of the First Presidency 4:249-250, October 15, 1911; “The temples are not open to the public. They are for the performance of sacred ordinances, having in view the salvation of the living and the dead. The principal ceremonies are baptisms, endowments, marriages, sealings and adoptions… … The family is the foundation of eternal glory, the nucleus of a kingdom without end. The husband will have his wife, the wife her husband, parents their children, forever, provided they secure them in the manner prescribed…

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salt-lake-temple-black-and-whiteEarlier this year we looked at the definition for different types of worship, and saw how the Church erroneously uses the term. (See Ancestor Worship or Temple Worship.) Along those same lines, I just finished a study on the different ways world leaders (the bad kind) have used worship as a means to control the masses.

As history has shown, bad leaders share a common trait in the way they trick people into believing that if it weren’t for the leader, there’d be no salvation for them in heaven. They’ll demand, and/or convince people to worship an image, without drawing too much attention to themselves. However, everyone knows they’re worshiping the leader.

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, April 2015; “Blessings of the Temple”; “As I think of temples, my thoughts turn to the many blessings we receive therein. As we enter through the doors of the temple, we leave behind us the distractions and confusion of the world. Inside this sacred sanctuary, we find beauty and order. There is rest for our souls and a respite from the cares of our lives.

As we attend the temple, there can come to us a dimension of spirituality and a feeling of peace whichThomas Monson will transcend any other feeling which could come into the human heart. We will grasp the true meaning of the words of the Savior when He said: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you. … Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27)…My brothers and sisters, in our lives we will have temptations; we will have trials and challenges. As we go to the temple, as we remember the covenants we make there, we will be better able to overcome those temptations and to bear our trials. In the temple we can find peace.” – President Thomas S. Monson

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 2014 Altars and TemplesExodus 33:19; “And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses.”

Luke 1:72; “To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant.”

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