Sanctified by the Holy Ghost; Led by the Holy Spirit

AndersOccasional Papers

While reading from Nephi’s tremendous dissertation in chapters 31 – 33 of Second Nephi, it’s apparent there is a further necessary discussion regarding the Holy Ghost we have not previously addressed. An earlier paper, related to this subject, discussed the mechanics or method and process whereby the Holy Ghost is given and received according to scripture. That paper overturns and topples the Mormon ordinance and associated precepts regarding the Holy Ghost and should be read in concert with this paper. Nephi’s great sermon touches on some additional elusive nuances that beg to be examined; therefore, let us investigate Nephi’s words and carefully consider and weigh the meaning of his inferences. The implication of meaning within … Read More

The Book of Mormon and The Great and Marvelous Work

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Whether you are a first-time reader or one of the many thousands who have read from the pages of this blog, you no doubt have an opinion of the Book of Mormon (BOM) based in whole or in part on the man Joseph Smith. For better or for worse, he is inseparably linked to that volume due to the circumstances of history. For many generations that was never an issue as the factual details of the founding historical evidence for the origins of Mormonism were kept locked away from public view. The sanitized version of Smith’s history was all any of us ever knew. All of that changed during the tenure of Leonard Arrington’s service … Read More

Fruit That Will Satisfy the Conditions of Repentance; One Cannot Repent Without Knowing The Mysteries Part 2

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Before proceeding with Part 2, we encourage the reader to carefully study and ponder Part 1 which explains this mystery found in scripture and sets the stage for these concluding matters. Jesus and the prophets who knew the mystery of “fruit meet for repentance,” also understood the opposite condition in which many mortals will find themselves— barren of good fruit and unrepentant. They speak of the people who reject the Word of God, deny the mysteries, harden their hearts against these sacred things, and who deserve the awful future that awaits them. The prophets remind us of the straight and narrow way leading to eternal life; they sternly warn us against touching the evil fruit … Read More

Fruit That Will Satisfy the Conditions of Repentance; One Cannot Repent Without Knowing The Mysteries Part 1

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30 And now, my beloved brethren, for ye are my brethren, and ye ought to be beloved, and ye ought to bring forth works which are meet for repentance, seeing that your hearts have been grossly hardened against the word of God, and seeing that ye are a lost and a fallen people. (Alma 9) Alma understood a plain and precious concept that eludes modern readers of the Book of Mormon (BOM) because of the commandments of men in the church that deny the commandments of God recorded in scripture! The paradox and absurdity of this contradiction should be self-evident. Alma knew that repentance is directly related to one’s relationship with the Word of God … Read More

The End of the Isaiah Story.
The Great and Last Day of Judgment.
Part 3: New Records and a New Earth.

AndersThe Great and Last Day of Judgment

As these words of pleading flow from my pen onto this page, I understand at last the love and tremendous concern which flooded the hearts of the prophets as they pled with people to awaken and believe the Word of God and put off the chains of their captivity. Doing so will grant you the great gift of freedom which our Father and Mother in Heaven desire for Their children. We celebrate that freedom and liberty this day of all days when our pioneer forefathers entered these valleys of Utah as captives in a system of religion which stripped them and us of our free will because of egregious religious authority. 27 Wherefore, men are … Read More

The End of the Isaiah Story.
The Great and Last Day of Judgment.
Part 2: The Judgment Bar.

AndersThe Great and Last Day of Judgment

The Judgment Bar and Judgment Seat of God 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then … Read More

The End of the Isaiah Story.
The Great and Last Day of Judgment.
Part 1: The Sanctuary of God.

AndersThe Great and Last Day of Judgment

Every story has an end and we have arrived at the conclusion of the Isaiah Story. Through nearly a century of combined research and more than a thousand pages of writing at this blog, The Great and Marvelous Work (GMW) has been surveyed and mapped from the near horizon to the far horizon taking the scriptures as our guide to explore the undiscovered country which Jesus commanded us to search (3 Nephi 20:11-12; 23:1). Along the way, we scrutinized every belief, precept, practice, and ordinance known in our former religious tradition and jettisoned everything that did not equate with the Word of God in the Bible and Book of Mormon.  Stripping away the idols and … Read More

Awaken and Believe The Great and Marvelous Work or be Destroyed. This Prison is the End of the Line for Those Who Will Not Repent and Arise Part 2

AndersOther Pertinent Gems

As I watched the sun rise over the mountains this morning and cast its warm glow across the earth, I was reminded again that this world is not what it appears to be on the surface. The earth is not a blissful abode for mankind; it’s quite the contrary! We are born and suddenly find ourselves immersed in whatever culture we happen to live in. Life with plenty of hard-times comes at us full speed from the start. We pass from day to day and follow the cycle of seasons making our rounds through life, trying to make sense of this senseless ordeal called mortality. Mortality then becomes complicated further with economic issues, wars, disease, … Read More

Awaken and Believe The Great and Marvelous Work or be Destroyed. This Prison is the End of the Line for Those Who Will Not Repent and Arise Part 1

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5 And it came to pass that the angel spake unto me, Nephi, saying: Thou hast beheld that if the Gentiles repent it shall be well with them; and thou also knowest concerning the covenants of the Lord unto the house of Israel; and thou also hast heard that whoso repenteth not must perish. 6 Therefore, wo be unto the Gentiles if it so be that they harden their hearts against the Lamb of God. 7 For the time cometh, saith the Lamb of God, that I will work a great and a marvelous work among the children of men; a work which shall be everlasting, either on the one hand or on the other—either … Read More

Knowing and Loving God Through the Holy Scriptures

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But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head. (Helaman 13:38) The annals of the Great and Marvelous work written by holy prophets make one thing abundantly clear; we MUST KNOW “the nature of that righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head,” or in other words, we MUST KNOW … Read More