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

AndersEssays on Doctrine

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

AndersEssays on Doctrine

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

John on the Mystery of Reconciliation and the Instances of God Part 2

AndersEssays on the Mysteries of the Isaiah Story

Continued From Part 1 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my … Read More

John on the Mystery of Reconciliation and the Instances of God Part 1

AndersEssays on the Mysteries of the Isaiah Story

These are the ineffable things that men are hardly worthy to speak between themselves. Yet the Apostles and Prophets thought well enough of the children of men to provide these grand mysteries, therefore we celebrate the goodness of God in sharing these things with us mere mortals and for opening our eyes to the truth. If searching the words of Paul brought light into your life, then a continued search through John’s writings will illuminate your understanding of The Fellowship of the Mystery even more. Line upon line is how we internalize these great things! By this point in the blog, we hope you’ve decided to search the scriptures diligently yourselves and you’re seeing these … Read More

The Great Mystery of Paul’s Letters; Reconciliation Part 2

AndersEssays on the Mysteries of the Isaiah Story

Continued from Part 1 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Gal 2:20) 27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Gal 3:27-29) 6 And … Read More

The Great Mystery of Paul’s Letters; Reconciliation Part 1

AndersEssays on the Mysteries of the Isaiah Story

And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: (Eph 3:2-9) At long last, we come to The Fellowship of the Mystery, even the greatest mystery contained within the Holy Scriptures and look into the sea of glass where God’s mysteries are unfolded to mankind. Paul writes a tremendous expanse of revelation regarding this mystery of the soul’s journey through the eternities and it is the most imperative and significant doctrinal component of The Great and Marvelous Work that must be understood! If we are to comprehend how God condescends to come … Read More

Dead Works in The Strong Delusion
Part 1

AndersEternal Lives, Strong Delusion

As the Strong Delusion gained steam and the momentum of Smith’s lust for power carried him further into his delusion as prophet, and in order to expand his egocentric enterprise, he generated one dead work after another by his policies, his craft, and his theology. All of which led Mormons away from scripture, and into the clutches of this man whose creative genius for ostentatious ordinance is unrivaled; even if he had to step over the Apostle Paul to do so. Nauvoo saw the pinnacle of Smith’s “prophetic” pronouncements, and in the aftermath of his deceit and deception, the church he founded was left floundering in a sea of unscriptural edicts and injunctions. The believers … Read More

Jacob Chapter 5 in the Great And Marvelous Work Part 2

AndersGod's Condescensions

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

AndersGod's Condescensions

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

Eternal Lives; God’s Infinite Plan of Salvation

AndersEternal Lives

In their infinite goodness and grace, our eternal Mother and Father hold each of us in their hands and hearts, and have given us everything; everything that we need as infinite beings to progress and increase, advance and improve. Here we live out our lives and move about on this one small rocky outcrop of life called earth, struggling in a world of contending voices and differing opinions regarding truth and the meaning of our existence. Have you ever stopped to ponder and imagine the immensity of time that you have already existed and will continue to exist for eternities beyond eternities and incalculable infinities— It staggers the mind and brings one to their knees when … Read More