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2 years ago  ::  Jul 07, 2015 - 7:26PM #291
Janadele
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www.lds.org/liahona/2015/07/all-is-well?...


"We can learn that work and industry bless us not only temporally but also spiritually. We can learn that happiness is available to us no matter our circumstances. The best way we can honour and show gratitude to the pioneers is by incorporating into our own lives faithfulness to God’s commandments, compassion and love for our fellowmen, and the industry, optimism, and joy the pioneers demonstrated so well in their own lives. As we do so, we can reach across the decades of time, take the hands of those noble pioneers in ours, and add our own voices to theirs as we sing with them: “All is well! All is well!”

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2 years ago  ::  Jul 11, 2015 - 5:47AM #292
Janadele
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Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: 


“Hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes.”



“...  answers to our sincere questions come when we earnestly seek and when we live the commandments. ... our faith can reach beyond the limits of current reason."



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2 years ago  ::  Jul 16, 2015 - 8:10AM #293
Janadele
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Jeffrey R. Holland discussing the taking of Laban’s life:


1. Nephi intentionally records this experience in elaborate detail, even though his small plates were limited in both size and subject matter. Why did he take such pains to preserve for future readers an action which was so difficult for him to perform and which has been so widely misunderstood? Why not simply leave it out? Why, indeed, when the small plates were to be restricted to “things which are pleasing unto God” and “of worth unto the children of men”? (1 Ne. 6:5, 6.) Maybe there’s a clue in all of that.


2. It is wrong to assume that Nephi in any way wished to take Laban’s life. He was a young man, and despite a 600 B.C. world full of tensions and retaliations, he had never “shed the blood of man.” (1 Ne. 4:10.) Nothing in his life seems to have conditioned him for this task. In fact the commandments he had been taught from childhood declared, “Thou shalt not kill”; and he recoiled, initially refusing to obey the prompting of the Spirit.


3. Bible students will remember that the same Moses who received on Mount Sinai this very commandment against one man taking another’s life also sang that the Lord could kill as well as make alive, wound as well as heal. (Deut. 32:39.) Indeed,Moses himself, descending from Sinai’s summit with the Ten Commandments as fresh in his mind as they were in his hands, immediately caused 3,000 Israelite idolators to be slain. Looking with any unbiased eye at all, one simply cannot disparagingly grimace when Nephi takes Laban’s sword and, for the protection of an entire nation, slays him, and then with a change of facial expression enthusiastically applaud when David takes Goliath’s sword and, for the protection of an entire nation, “drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith.” (1 Sam. 17:51.) The Bible and Book of Mormon are clearly shoulder to shoulder on such an issue.


4. Laban, lying before Nephi in a drunken stupor, has not been guiltless in his dealings with Lehi’s family. In what little we know of the man, Laban has at least: (1) been unfaithful in keeping the commandments of God; (2) falsely accused Laman of robbery; (3) coveted Lehi’s property as a greedy, “lustful” man; (4) stolen that property outright; and (5) sought twice to kill Nephi and/or his brothers. He was, by the Holy Spirit’s own declaration, a “wicked” man delivered unto Nephi by the very hand of the Lord. (1 Ne. 4:13.)


5. Even if we leave an Old Testament standard of legal judgments against “wicked” men, we still find the basis for Nephi’s strict commandment in the laws governing our own dispensation. The Lord declared to the Prophet Joseph Smith:


“And him that repenteth not of his sins, and confesseth them not, ye shall … do with him as the scriptures saith unto you, either by commandment or by revelation.


“And this ye shall do that God may be glorified—not because ye forgive not, having not compassion, but that ye may be justified in the eyes of the law, that ye may not offend him who is your lawgiver.” (D&C 64:12–13; italics added.)


The judgment against Laban is being received “by revelation,” and Nephi ultimately must slay Laban for the very reason which initially led him to shrink from it—so that he will not offend the divine “lawgiver.” (See D&C 98:23–32.)


6. We realize, then, that the application of laws changes at the command of the lawgiver. Our only safety—and Nephi’s—is in knowing and obeying that Holy Spirit which whispers truth. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: “God said, ‘Thou shalt not kill;’ at another time He said, ‘Thou shalt utterly destroy.’ This is the principle on which the government of heaven is conducted—by revelation adapted to the circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God requires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events transpire. … Everything that God gives us is lawful and right.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 256.)


7. It would seem, finally, that obedience to divine revelation, not death, is the focal point of this story. God can restore life in time and eternity; he can do almost nothing with willful disobedience. The quality of our obedience to God’s commandments is still the clearest expression of the quality of our faith in him.


Ultimately, what we come to through all of this (and the list of justifications for the incident could be much longer) is at least a partial answer to the first question posed—why is the story told at all? In addition to any of the above-mentioned plausible meanings and legitimate reasons, this account does at least one more truly essential thing: it underscores the monumental—yes, even life-and-death—importance of sacred scripture, of records which contain “words which have been spoken by the mouth of … holy prophets.” (1 Ne. 3:20.)


One who does not understand Nephi’s relentless determination to enter that city and obtain those records, no matter what the cost to his own life or others, will never understand why it was so fundamentally necessary to bring forth the Book of Mormon in this dispensation, or why the forces of hell tried so to wrench those plates from the boy prophet, or why every one of us must search the scriptures and live by every word of God. As with Nephi’s people traveling through their wilderness, it is “wisdom in the Lord” that we, too, should carry the sacred records with us on our own journey toward the promised land. (See 1 Ne. 5:22.) Our only alternative is to “dwindle and perish in unbelief.” (1 Ne. 4:13.)


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2 years ago  ::  Jul 21, 2015 - 3:21AM #294
Janadele
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speeches.byu.edu/talks/dieter-f ... -restored/



President Uchdorf "the truth restored"


"President Gordon B. Hinckley said:We do not stand out in opposition to other churches. We respect all men for all the good that they do, and we say to those of all churches, we honor the good that you do and we invite you to come and see what further good we can do for you. [TGBH, 667]


The Prophet Joseph Smith explained:We don’t ask any people to throw away any good they have got; we only ask them to come and get more. [HC 5:259]


President Howard W. Hunter quoted President George Albert Smith and then expanded on his words:In our humble efforts to build brotherhood and to teach revealed truth, we say to the people of the world what President George Albert Smith so lovingly suggested:“We have come not to take away from you the truth and virtue you possess. We have come not to find fault with you nor to criticize you. We have not come here to berate you because of things you have not done; but we have come here as your brethren . . . and to say to you: ‘Keep all the good that you have, and let us bring to you more good, in order that you may be happier and in order that you may be prepared to enter into the presence of our Heavenly Father.’” (Sharing the Gospel with Others, comp. Preston Nibley [Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1948], pp. 12–13). . . .


Ours is a perennial religion based on eternal, saving truth. Its message of love and brotherhood is lodged in scripture and in the revelations of the Lord to his living Prophet. It embraces all truth. It circumscribes all wisdom—all that God has revealed to man, and all that he will yet reveal. [Howard W. Hunter, “The Gospel—A Global Faith,” Ensign, November 1991, 19]


The Restoration in its fulness completes and enhances the truths found in the religions of the world."

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2 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2015 - 4:30PM #295
Janadele
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"Historically, laws maintained a workable balance between social interests and individual interests because each element plays an important role in a healthy society. However, in the 1960s and 1970s, U.S. courts began to interpret family laws in ways that gave individual interests a much higher priority than social interests, which knocked the legal and social system off balance. This change was but one part of the transformation of American family law—the biggest cultural shift in attitudes about marriage and family life in 500 years."



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2 years ago  ::  Aug 21, 2015 - 1:43AM #296
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I know the Brown V. Little Rock Board of Education decision was an incendiary topic for Mormons for many years.  They were hopping mad that the Earl Warren Court would step in and end racial school segregation by a judicial ruling.


Some might say that it required a group like the Supreme Court who operated outside of crass political influences to do the right thing.  I remember older members at that time saying it was not something that should have been done at all.

Cry Heaven and let loose the Penguins of Peace
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2 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2015 - 12:13AM #297
MMCSFOX
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“I remember older members at that time saying it was not something that should have been done at all.”


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Thank Heaven that we do continue to grow. My grandmother taught us kids that we can only receive changes when we become worthy to receive those changes. When my Wife from Guatemala and I were getting married back in 1960 it was mentioned to us that we may find some people opposed to our so called mixed marriage. It will be 55 years come Aug. 30 and we have never known any problems from friends or neighbors or in business. What I feel today is that as a society we have become worthy to be part of those changes. Smile


Jesse


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“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,


 but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”


   - Martin Luther King, Jr.


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2 years ago  ::  Aug 22, 2015 - 3:30PM #298
Janadele
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In Moses 3:5 it states:



For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth.


And in the book 'Sacred Truths of the Doctrine and Covenants' we read:


The spirits of animals are in the likeness of their bodies. The spirit is eternal and does not change. The spirit of an elephant looks like an elephant; the spirit of man looks like a man. This is true of all creatures under Heaven. Therefore, the body of the creature cannot change and evolve into something different and still look like its spirit. This principle is simply stated by the Lord that there might not be misunderstandings.


Sacred Truths of the Doctrine and Covenants Vol. II, p. 38



2. The existence of an afterlife for humans and animals (dogs)? 



We do believe in an afterlife for all mankind as well as animals. Animals will be resurrected and receive salvation automatically through the atonement ofChrist. Here are a few bits of doctrine on this matter. 


 


They [animals] will be resurrected and placed in their appropriate places in Heaven. As the fall of Adam affected animals, (see Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi 2:22) so also through the atonement will the animals be heirs of salvation in their respective spheres.


Sacred Truths of the Doctrine and Covenants Vol. II, p.38


We also learn from this revelation and the word of the Lord in other revelations that in the eternities the animals and all living creatures shall be given knowledge, and enjoy happiness, each in its own sphere, in "their eternal felicity." These creatures will not then be the dumb creatures that we suppose them to be while in this mortal life.


Sacred Truths of the Doctrine and Covenants Vol. II, p. 69


The Prophet Joseph Smith stated the following in regards to those people who do not believe in the salvation of animals. In this quote he is referring toRevelations 5:13-14.


Says one, "I cannot believe in the salvation of beasts." Any man who would tell you that this could not be, would tell you that the revelations are not true. John heard the words of the beasts giving glory to God, and understood them. God who made the beasts could understand every language spoken by them. The four beasts were four of the most noble animals that had filled the measure of their creation, and had been saved from other worlds, because they were perfect: they were like angels in their sphere. We are not told where they came from, and I do not know; but they were seen and heard by John praising and glorifying God.


Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 291

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 30, 2015 - 12:03AM #299
Janadele
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Doctrine and Covenants 121:45


… the doctrine of the LDS Priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.

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2 years ago  ::  Oct 31, 2015 - 1:14AM #300
Janadele
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"Sometimes when we teach the concept of the Holy Ghost, kids think its influence is reserved only for special occasions or when they have a big decision to make. They expect a “burning in their bosom,” a “voice of warning,” or a literal “still, small voice.” They don’t realize that a recurring thought, a feeling of comfort after they cry, or remembering something at just the right time are all ways that the Holy Ghost communicates too.


In general conference, Elder Larry R. Lawrence shared examples of how simple impressions not to yell, not to complain, and even the thought to clean your room can all be examples of feeling the Spirit. It’s anything that comes to our minds and our hearts and “challenges us to be better and to climb higher.”


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