O Jerusalem; The Souls Of No Light

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The moment in space and time will be forever etched in our minds when the true nature of “The Souls of no Light” fell out of the Isaiah Story and into our hands. We were left breathless! A lifetime of living among these people and observing all their doings, such as how they follow the prophet (the arm of flesh) with such exactitude, while giving the Savior Jesus Christ and the scriptures lip service only, suddenly made perfect sense. Nephi’s entreating chapter for these people to put off the precepts of men (2Nep 28), and the system of stringent rules and handbooks of laws thicker than scripture, became an undeniable witness against us. We were … Read More

Jacob Chapter 5 in the Great And Marvelous Work Part 2

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The prior post on Jacob 5 discussed God condescending into the world and we introduced the scriptures speaking of God setting his hand the second time to finish his work during the GMW. In this paper we want to look more closely at the verses in Jacob 5 which delineate both the first and second times that God will do his work during the tumultuous times described by the holy prophets to show us what is coming in the Isaiah Story. These themes will be expanded more and more in future posts as we explore what the prophets have taught regarding the specifics of this story. For our purposes here, we will limit this discussion … Read More

Jacob Chapter 5 in the Great And Marvelous Work Part 1

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The prophet Zenos wrote such a singularly significant prophecy that Jacob felt compelled to include the entire work in his own book of prophecy contained in the Book of Mormon (BOM) in what became Jacob chapter 5. Being holy prophets they both knew the story of The Great and Marvelous Work (GMW) and all of its component parts. Jacob knew just as we’ve come to know, what a profound piece of literature on the work of God’s labor in His vineyard among men this prophecy represents. We want to share with you the most important things we’ve appreciated and recognized in Jacob 5 from the perspective of the GMW. We will show you the most … Read More

A Light in Dark Places

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In that place between dreams and being fully awake, there is often time to pause in a state of consciousness that we don’t get to experience as much as we might otherwise wish in this dark mortal world. It’s a place where our souls are free to see into reality from a perspective not available to us when fully conscious. Some people seem more adept at recognizing reality for what it really is, while others are content with less truth. Far too many among us are like the grazing cattle being fattened for slaughter as they go about their lives being told what to believe and how to live without ever taking responsibility to gather … Read More

Mapping The Great and Marvelous Work

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Israel and Utah Comparison

Jews and Christians the world over have studied the texts of the Old and New Testaments pouring over prophecy trying to come to an understanding of what the scriptures say about the end of days. For many generations we have anticipated these coming events as occurring in and around the ancient city of Jerusalem, but we have been looking in the wrong place! By failing to see how the prophets wrote in types and shadows for the end of days, we can easily read the text incorrectly. We must follow the example of Jesus and expound the scriptures into a single unified story. (i.e. 3Nep 23:6, 14) As we previously noted, the Book of Mormon … Read More

Searching the Mysteries of The Great and Marvelous Work

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If you’re an active Mormon who loves and studies the scriptures, then you live in a paradox of contradictions in the church as disconcerting and bewildering as any enigma or oxymoron in life can be— On the one hand, you see in scripture the entreaties of God spoken through His holy prophets to search out the mysteries contained in The Word of God. On the other hand, you have the leaders of the church from the president on down through the ranks of priesthood telling you to leave the mysteries alone. Do you follow God or do you follow men? Why would men, who claim to be living prophets and apostles called of God, declare … Read More

The Great and Marvelous Work

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A Preface 8 Behold, great and marvelous are the works of the Lord. How unsearchable are the depths of the mysteries of him; and it is impossible that man should find out all his ways. And no man knoweth of his ways save it be revealed unto him; wherefore, brethren, despise not the revelations of God. (Jacob 4:8) Great and marvelous indeed are the works and revelations of the Lord.  This blog is our effort to share with everyone the things which we have searched diligently to find in the scriptures. At first our discoveries were like children’s steps, but we pressed forward following where the scriptures led us. 9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? … Read More