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August 6 – Wrapped in Satan’s Power. Genesis 3:21 “Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

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August 6 – Fig leaf aprons. Genesis 3:21 “Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

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A Word about Berlin and the Shooter at SPU

Psalms 125:1-2; “They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. 2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.”

cross-at-christmas-free-powerpoint-backgroundNo, this isn’t the typical post you usually see on our sites, but we’re asking you to take just a moment of your day to pray for those affected by the tragedy in Berlin earlier this week.

You see, not long ago my family and I were standing at the very spot the terrorist ran over, killing twelve and injuring 50 others. After living in Germany for so long, and our recent visit touring the area extensively, my heart is broken. I’ve been to the little kiosks knocked to the ground with people still inside. The thought of it is simply terrifying.

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brigham-portraitJournal of Discourses 11:301; “It requires all the atonement of false-prophecies-of-mormonism-2Christ, the mercy of the Father, the pity of angels and the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to be with us always, and then to do the very best we possibly can, to get rid of this sin within us.” – Brigham Young, Great Salt Lake City, February 3, 1867

 

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Sacred GroveOn my entrance into Christianity, I was quickly made aware of God’s providence. The Sunday school class my church was offering at the time was on the life of early Israelites. Nowadays, I don’t recall what books were specifically used, however, I do remember learning about the trouble Israel kept finding itself in for hanging out on the hilltops in groves of trees.

During the 12 week lesson all I could think of was Joseph Smith in his grove of trees in Palmyra, NY. It was then I learned God was always ready to teach me something new!

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Witnessing Tip of the Day April 2April 9 – Self-sufficiency. Revelation 3:17; “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

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January2January 13 – Gen. 3:24; “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim’s, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life”.

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Mormon Decisions 10General Conference, “The Key to Spiritual Protection,” October 2013; “Just as chalk canboyd-k-packer be removed from a blackboard, with sincere repentance the effects of our transgression can be erased through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That promise applies in every case.” — Boyd K. Packer

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 10:114; “It is not fully comprehended why it was necessary that Jesus Christ should leave the heavens, his Father’s abode and presence, and come upon the earth to offer himself up a sacrifice; that he should, according to the Scripture saying, “Take away sin by the sacrifice of himself;” why this should be, why it was necessary that his blood should be shed is an apparent mystery. It is true that we are told that without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins; but why this? Why should such a law exist?…Jesus Christ is spoken of in the Scriptures as “The Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world.” What sins of the world did he take away? We are told that it is the sin which Adam committed. We do not know much about Adam nor what he did; but we know that this sacrifice took place and that we are in the position we now occupy, and we are ready to believe…it was the will of God…” – John Taylor, Salt Lake City, February 22, 1863

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Mormon Decisions 10A few weeks ago we posted an article about the Garden Endowment Ceremony and asked a few questions about their version of events when Adam and Eve partook of the fruit in the Garden of Eden.

Today we’re looking at the spiritual meaning of the next scene in the ceremony by digging into God’s word and comparing it with the Church’s portrayal of Adam and Eve trying to hide their nakedness.

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Mormon Decisions 10Doctrines of Salvation 2:87; “When a man and a woman are married and they agree, or covenant, to limit their offspring to two or three, and practice devices to accomplish this purpose, they are guilty of iniquity which eventually must be punished. Unfortunately this evil doctrine is being taught as a virtue by many people who consider themselves cultured and highly educated. It has even crept in among members of the Church and has been advocated in some of the classes within the Church.” – Joseph Fielding Smith

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stickman thinking 3While organizing my endless list of quotes I came across our entry on Witchcraft which got me to thinking…

Why do Mormons accept and applaud Adam and Eve’s rejection of God while at the same time teach that behaving inappropriately isn’t acceptable?

 

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Mormon Decisions 10Journal of Discourses 14:115-117;  “As for the Bible account of the creation we may say that the Lord gave it to Moses, or that Moses obtained the history and traditions of the fathers, and from them picked out what he considered necessary, and that account has been handed down from age to age, and we have got it, no matter whether it is correct or not, and whether the Lord found the earth empty or void, or whether he made it out of nothing or out of the rude elements; or whether he made it in six years or in as many millions of years, it will remain a matter of speculation in the minds of men unless he give revelation on the subject.” – Brigham Young, Salt Lake City, May 14, 1871

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flowers-cartoon-8As you may already know, April and October are Conference months for the Mormon Church. For one weekend in each of these months various church leaders, from every organization in the Church give talks to their fellow church members via satellite, the internet, or in person at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT. For the months of November and May the Visiting Teachers in the Church are to scan the General Conferences talks in the Ensign (a Church publication) for one that catches their eye, and use it as their message to the women they visit that month.

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stickman thinking 3It’s a sad day for Seattle as far as I’m concerned.

I know there’s sin in the world and I also know this country (and the world too) is going down a steep road really fast.  Got it.  I’ve just been noticing a trend of sorts in the last couple of years with living in Seattle that I find interesting.  It seems whenever something outrageous is passed as law here, the country tends to follow right along.

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For part three of my discussion on the questions asked during the interview process before one becomes a member of the Mormon faith I’ll be focusing on the third and fourth questions.

This set of questions has to do with the Mormons view of repentance and what they consider the more “serious sins”.

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Fig Aprons & Hiding from God

Mormon Decisions 10Let’s take a look at what happened in the Garden of Eden at the moment Adam and Eve sinned. 

Genesis 3:7-8, 14, 21; “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. 8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 14 And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed. 21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.”

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New Era Article “Why We Do Missionary Work”

Part 1 – An Altar and a Sacrifice

I came across a speech given by Dallin Oaks which was then published in the New Era Magazine by the LDS Church and wanted to share it with our visitors.  There were several items of interest in this one speech, but for now we’re looking at just the first paragraph.  This topic warrants thousands of pages to be written, alas, the few things I have to say here is barely scratching the surface of all there is to say about Jesus, His death on the Cross and how our sins are atoned for.

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Joseph Smith Venerated

Selected Writing of Daniel H. Ludlow: Gospel Scholars Series, pg. 488; Elder Neal A. Maxwell suggested that the word venerate might be appropriate for Joseph Smith: “The Prophet Joseph Smith, of course, was not a perfect man. There has been only one such—Jesus Christ. But Joseph Smith was a special witness for Jesus Christ. . . . We do not, as some occasionally charge, worship Joseph Smith, nor place him on a par with Jesus. But we do venerate him, remembering, hopefully that the highest and best form of veneration is emulation.”

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August 31 – Romans 5:12; “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.”

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