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

The Mystery of the Two Sons

AndersThe Mystery of the Two Sons

Among the many mysteries in scripture obfuscated by our traditions, none is more critical to understand than the true nature of God. In several earlier posts, we’ve outlined a framework describing the nature of God and His condescensions to labor among mankind. The Father’s work has been the preeminent theme throughout this blog, which describes His covenant to redeem the souls of no light from the imminent destruction that awaits them following the Great and Marvelous Work (GMW) unless they believe Him and repent. The scriptures fully reveal the Father’s covenant and all aspects of His labor among mankind and inform us that when the Father condescends to earth He comes as a Son: 1 And … Read More

The Word of God: Part 4

AndersEssays on Doctrine

We’ve come to the end of our series on the Word of God with these most fitting topics below which teach that God’s word changes the human heart and in the Great and Marvelous Work (GMW), The Word will bring a great harvest of souls. However, there are those who will deny the Word of God who will not believe the scriptures and they will be damned. Lastly we see that all people will be judged by the Word of God. Our intent has been to demonstrate that the Word of God and not the words of men will bring one through the coming dark days. This blog has been dedicated to the Word of … Read More

The Word of God: Part 3

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In the first two parts of this topic, we’ve discussed many things with regard to the Word of God. In this post we want to bring the Servant of God back to the forefront of our minds and revisit the Great and Marvelous Work (GMW) or the Isaiah Story. When Jehovah stands up, He will come with other servants who will be CALLED OF GOD to declare the truth throughout the earth wherever the Holy Spirit takes them. That’s how it always works with God’s true kingdom. There are not any committees or official “missions” to which missionaries are assigned… God will work His own work as he has done throughout the history of this … Read More

The Word of God: Part 2

AndersEssays on Doctrine

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

AndersEssays on Doctrine

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 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

A Prism of Light

AndersEssays on the Mysteries of the Isaiah Story

What are we to take away from the papers on the reconciliation of the soul and God’s condescensions? For one thing, our soul is not limited to the spirit which inhabits our physical mortal tabernacle of flesh and when coupled with an understanding of eternal lives, it’s apparent we have existed for a very long time on this path of light. The other more important matter to remember is that God condescends many times to come into His vineyard to labor with His children just as Zenos prophesied and Jacob quoted in the Book of Mormon. The Father’s work and the Father’s covenant provide everything to lift and succor the souls who come into these … Read More

The Condescensions of God

AndersEssays on the Mysteries of the Isaiah Story

One of the most surprising and supernal revelations to come out of the Isaiah Story was to recognize patterns in how the prophets wrote about themselves or each other and phrases they employed which finally were so blatant, evident, deliberate, and transparent that we could no longer ignore the obvious— God was condescending to work in his vineyard (see our posts on Jacob 5), by taking on flesh and bone in the form of the great prophets! These men discovered who they were as they lived and walked with God and they wrote about it in somewhat obfuscated terms so those with eyes to see could recognize this facet of the Fathers Work. (See our … Read More