The Word of God: Part 2

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A profound and oft-quoted dialogue occurred between the Master of Life and the Roman governor of Judaea as follows, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?” (John 18:37-38). Jesus’ critically important statement was that, “Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.” And this brings us to the heart of the matter regarding the Word of God. A choice is placed … Read More

The Word of God: Part 1

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Anyone who takes this journey in the Holy Scriptures searching for truth and lays aside the false precepts of their religious tradition will tell you that the process of having their eyes and ears opened is one of the most emancipating experiences of mortality. Truth comes at you from every page dripping wet with light you never saw before. The brilliant white radiance of truth is nearly blinding and it brings consummate joy to your soul as the chains of bondage fall away. How can it be that mere words on a page can come to life and leave you brimming full with understanding? As the Isaiah Story came to life, we could finally appreciate … Read More

The Chains with Which We Are Bound

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Of the numerous themes to come out of scripture regarding The Great and Marvelous Work (GMW), this one resonates with an urgency usually reserved for emergency triage and surgery in a battle field hospital where the most urgent cases receive the most urgent care to preserve a life. It’s not hyperbole or exaggeration when we say that our life hangs in the balance and our own decisions regarding the chains with which we are bound will determine our fate. Yes, this is a life or death situation! The life or death of the immortal soul hangs in the balance and the prophets have written succinctly regarding this sobering theme. From the first post to the … Read More

Bread and Circuses; The Coming Great Division

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Songwriters and poets have been telling us for ages that this world is nothing but a dark dream filled with lies and deceit to mislead the people and keep them in bondage to the powers that be. Even the Roman poet Juvenal knew that all the Empire’s corrupted government had to do in order to control the people was give them “bread and circuses” and other trivialities to keep them entertained and distracted from things that matter most. If you’ve been paying any attention whatsoever to the underground movements seeking truth and light amidst the lies of life, you’ve no doubt come face to face with the ruthless reality of our counterfeit culture and imitation … Read More

If the “restoration” was true…

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I’ve often pondered the question from the time I was a young man, “If Mormonism is true, then why aren’t the Mormons better people?” To which I’ve heard many persons reply, “You can’t judge the church by its members!” But why not? Shouldn’t the people be a measure of their religious system? Shouldn’t Mormonism take average people and change them into phenomenal human beings if the claims of the church are true? Shouldn’t membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints actually produce “saints” who walk a sacred and holy walk by the side of their Savior Jesus Christ and live their lives according to his teachings? Why then does the Mormon church … Read More

The Way

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2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14). During Jesus’ ministry in … Read More

The Holy Order of God

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When Nephi wrote his tremendous treatise on false precepts in 2Nep 28, one wonders if his prior cosmic vision portrayed to him the full extent of the traditions and precepts that would rule our lives as we waited for the Great and Marvelous Work to commence? Yes, absolutely it did in the same manner that Moroni testified in Mormon chapter 8 that Jesus showed him all of our pollutions of the Word of God, our pride, our very fine apparel, our love of money and substance, our hypocrisy, and our secret abominations. Paul extrapolates for us the same condition of trusting the philosophies of men (mingled with scripture) and of living our lives subject to … Read More

Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters; Karma and Miracles Part 2

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Miracles and the Power to Perform Miracles In part 1 of this paper, we investigated karma and the cosmic law that one reaps what they sow and we also demonstrated how this law, in conjunction with eternal lives, nullifies salvation by temple ordinances. Moreover, we used scripture to establish the fact that the dark veil of unbelief must be removed if people are to hope for light and truth and miracles. Additionally, because karma follows souls in their eternal lives, it’s impossible for “priesthood” to simply be bestowed on the masses and expect miracles to follow! That’s an impossible proposition based on the Word of God which we will scrutinize more fully in this paper. … Read More