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

Cast Your Bread Upon the Waters; Karma and Miracles Part 1

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In the enigmatic and puzzling book known as Ecclesiastes we find this gem among the hardpan which reads, Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. (Eccl 11:1) Prophets throughout scripture have long recognized a singular truth which the Christian world at large seems to have forgotten despite its frequent repetition in the Word of God. Mormons in particular are guilty of an egregious oversight in their corpus of doctrine because of this recurrent theme in the Book of Mormon. What did the writer of Ecclesiastes have in mind with the words we quoted above? This verse simply refers to the cosmic law that you reap what you sow, otherwise known … Read More

Exposing the Hidden Darkness Part 2

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Casting out the Darkness At last, we come to the heart of the matter. The Servant will mirror Jesus’ footsteps in casting out the darkness which comes in so many forms. The Assyrian is darkness. The abominable churches are darkness. The creeds of men are darkness. The ordinances men have created are darkness. Setting aside the Word of God is darkness. There is a big difference in darkness vs. light in serving our own will in contrast to journeying with God and following His will. IF we believe the scriptures, then devils are darkness and they cause diseases of body and mind and they must be ordered out so that people can be healed. Sin … Read More

Exposing the Hidden Darkness Part 1

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Traveling on this journey, we’ve often seen that once the precepts of the Strong Delusion are set aside, an entirely new reading of scripture is assured. A case in point is the prophecy of ancient Joseph as recorded in 2Nephi 3. Mormons have claimed for generations that the prophecy was written about Joseph Smith because of the inferences in verse fifteen even though the writers don’t specify the exact name to be used in the future prophecy. It’s all conjecture and assumptions. Mormons forget to ask questions such as, “What was ancient Joseph’s Egyptian name?” “Did he have a nickname?” “Could verse fifteen have other meanings?” The church conveniently ignores the numerous prophecies contained in … Read More

If Only We Had The Holy Ghost!

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As pilgrims and wanderers on the earth who have searched for truth and light in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, we came face to face with ourselves and every precept and tradition we believed. We turned over every stone and searched in every crevice and fissure regarding the history and doctrines we supposed to be true. We were searching because we believed it to be true, yet the deeper we searched the more deceit and pretense we discovered which unraveled the precepts we espoused as truth. It all became the traditions of men. The decades-long dilemma of scrutinizing the framework and construction of the Mormon restoration collapsed before our eyes. The construct and paradigm we … Read More

Death, Hell, and Fire; The Kingdom of the Devil

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To any who may venture to read this post we would first recommend as a prerequisite that you study the posts on the Strong Delusion. Without that background of understanding, this post will never make sense and will seem incoherent and incompatible with your individual traditions and the precepts you hang onto. This disclaimer regarding the Strong Delusion is vitally important. The holy prophets are consistent in their description of the “kingdom of the Devil.” They use the words DEATH, HELL, and FIRE to portray a kingdom of three levels or three degrees of darkness where the souls of no light live out their existence in prison. Within the Mormon canon and what they claim … Read More

Suffering and the Water of Life Part 2

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The Water of Life As we read in Part 1, suffering creates wells and pools and rivers of what the scriptures call the “water of life” and we can draw on that water through faith to bless lives and heal pain and suffering. The healing water can’t be diminished because as it’s used more water flows back in from those who are blessed and healed. About 71% of the earth’s surface is covered in water. Water vapor is found in the atmosphere and we must drink water to sustain life. Water is the perfect metaphor to describe these wondrous things in a world covered with oceans and lakes and rivers! Surely the metaphor of baptism … Read More