Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Short note - When we fight we against what God declared in Eden

In response to an article on top military men recommending that women should be required to sign up for the draft just as men are.
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It is because we fight against what God declared in Eden. Remember,Christ rebuked the Pharisees saying "but from the beginning, it was not so." When we reject one of the Father's commandments from Eden, the others eventually follow along. We rejected the Father's decree that the husband is the head of the home first. We rejected the idea that it was God that united man and woman in marriage, and thus what God put together, man should not put asunder through divorce. Now we are rejecting the idea that God created them male and female.

We cannot reject the words of God the Father in part. Once we open that can of worms, we must either fully repent, or in time consume it all the way to the dregs.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Very short note on Planned Parenthood

Of those that kill babies in the womb and then sell their parts for profit I would say that as they cut out the hearts of children they plunge the knife into their own souls, and they will find suffering for it in hell that they cannot now comprehend.

The lost heritage of Mother Eve's daughters

Surely mother Eve weeps over her daughters.

How could they wander so far from her? 

What was the great gift she bestowed upon them? 

Can they not look back to mother Eve and know what she gave up in order to have children? 

What is our miserable excuse for limiting our children? When our sisters face mother Eve, what excuse will they give for rejecting the very gift she was cast into a fallen world from paradise to obtain?

Adam and Eve were literally cut off from the presence of God, the Father. They were cut off from the tree of life. Death entered the world. Their heritage of unending life and peace in a paradise was supplanted with a heritage of thorns, sickness, death and decay. And, knowing all that, Eve rejoiced in her fall because it brought her children.

Moses 5:11 And Eve, his wife, heard all these things and was glad, saying: Were it not for our transgression we never should have had seed, and never should have known good and evil, and the joy of our redemption, and the eternal life which God giveth unto all the obedient.

The gift of eternal life that Eve rejoiced in was, itself, the gift of eternal posterity, for in that aspect eternal life is different than those doomed to remain seperately and singly forever.

And all this, being cut off from God's own presence, losing a life of peace in the garden to enter the now fallen world was the mind and will of God the Father, that Adam and Eve could have posterity.

Brigham Young said the members of the church were "only half-saints" because they would live the commandments except the law of consecration. What name do we deserve? We rebel not against the commitments required for baptism, but against that which is the nature and inheritance of mankind. We rebel against the light of Christ, against the very first principles which God laid in the beginning of the world.

We rebel against that which is fundamentally part of being human, that which the Father, himself, arranged in the beginning. We rebel against he foundation. Can we say that when it comes to family, our members these days do any better than having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.

We claim the greater principles. We claim eternal marriage. 

But when a living couple is sealed, there is a commandment that are part of the words of the sealing itself. It is the commandment to multiply and replenish the earth. 

The dead could not possibly keep such a commitment and so the same commandment is omitted when we make the covenant for those who have died. How could they be saved if they made a covenant they could neither keep nor even prove that they were willing to keep? A living couple can at least show forth their earnest desire in practice, even if, like faithful Abraham, they find it difficult to have children. But the dead cannot by any means demonstrate that they would keep such a covenant. Thus when we do the work for the dead, the Lord uses different words, than when he seals the living.

But the living covenant to multiply and replenish the earth.

Why do we close our eyes and pretend that the Lord will grant the blessing while we laugh and mock at the idea of keeping the the commandment the covenant came with? 

Why do we think we will gain our family for eternity, while rejecting what the Father laid out for the family in the beginning?



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Saved by grace and living far beneath our privileges part 4

Yes, it is by grace that we are saved. Particularly by the very privileges that we live far beneath. Those are the graces that are meant to save us. Can we read the following verses and believe them?

D&C 76:116 Neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him;
117 To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for themselves;
118 That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to bear his presence in the world of glory.

Are these not privileges that knowingly, and without concern, we live far beneath?

Would you and I not be better off to live as "those who love him, and purify themselves before him". If we did so, would he not do as he says:

D&C 76:117 To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for themselves;
118 That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to bear his presence in the world of glory.

Does it not say "while in the flesh"? What could be plainer? Such is a gift. It is the grace of god. We cannot grant it to ourselves. 

And is it not granted for the purpose of saving us?

It cannot force us, and indeed, Sidney Rigdon, who saw this same vision, fell away. But if we read of Christ:

D&C 93:12 And I, John, saw that he received not of the fulness at the first, but received grace for grace;
13 And he received not of the fulness at first, but continued from grace to grace, until he received a fulness;
14 And thus he was called the Son of God, because he received not of the fulness at the first.

Can we not see that if Christ was saved by such graces, continuing from grace to grace, until he received a fulness, that it is the very system of salvation?


The buried talent

It is a sad commentary on us that the usable online versions of the journal of discourses seem to be posted by the enemies of the church as an easy access point for criticizing the early brethren, rather than by ourselves.

Will we bury our treasure, our talent, in the earth and then when the Savior returns tell God that we kept it hidden and safe?

It is true we have a wealth of truth standing in front of us in the four standard works. But you could take take the Ensign articles not written by the prophet and apostles in the last 45 years that are available online and burn them and their memories, putting up the discourses of our early prophets in their place and you would find yourselves holding 10 talents instead of five, and could say to the Lord that we took the five that we received from him and, because we did not bury them, we would find ourself holding five more talents that we could add to them. We cannot take the light he gave us and bury it and gain anything in particular from it. And doing so only angers him. To what purpose does he make good men like Brigham Young wade through the evils of this life, the persecutions and afflictions of the wicked?

Do we not read of the prophets?

Hebrews 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Certainly Brigham and the early prophets were persecuted and endured tribulation we cannot really understand or comprehend sitting on our couches in air conditioning eating something from the microwave store. Our tribulations suffered in the name of our religion are limited to fretting over whether someone might call us a "hate monger" if we suggest that dark perverse iniquity is something we don't personally endorse.

But Brigham Young and the other early prophets were among those "of whom the world was not worthy" and the Lord allowed them to suffer that we might be saved.

So of course, when we bury their talent, the light that they brought to the world, we anger him.

But if we invest those five talents instead we can come back to him and say that he gave us 5 talents of light and truth and, as he demands for doing so, we have can return it to him with usary. We can show him the 5 additional talents of light and truth that we gained by investing that first 5.

Again, my intention is not to criticize the prophet or the twelve. Honestly, I think they would be happy to get us simply to read the scriptures we already have.

But I do think it is a shame on us the way we have buried our talent, even the teachings of the early brethren. They used to be sold among us. My parents owned a copy.

And no, the "Teachings of the presidents of the church" manuals do not count for anything. Read the talks those quotes came from, then tell me you disagree. No one can read much Ezra Taft Benson without having a good idea of what he had to say. And sadly, no one can read the Ezra Taft Benson manual and come away with a good idea of what he had to say. I think he would weep to know that the members of the church read a summary of his teachings in which none of the words "socialist", "socialism", "communist" or "communism" appear even once. Those on the Sunday School board who clipped such teachings cannot pretend we live in a day when his many warnings, sometimes entire talks on those subjects, are irrelevant. The very opposite is true, but no one reading the manual of his teachings will ever know it.

And why are those teachings clipped? My wife and I discovered from her experience writing for Mormon Women stand. She wrote using President Benson's teachings and someone high up in the site took out every instance of the word "communism" from President Benson's quotations, replacing them with ellipsis, and even altered the actual text of one of President Benson's statements actually changing the words in one of his quotations.

Why?

We can only assume the obvious answer. She believes in socialism.

The church Sunday School board and church PR are not the twelve. They are not the prophet. But they are the sieve through which much of the tone and content of lds.org is passed. They are the filter placed over the mouths of the prophets of the past.

And because of that, we can never know the prophets of the past but by digging up their talks and reading them. But it is a talent well worth digging up from the place where it has been buried.

Brigham Young - Living insufficiently to learn through the spirit of revelation brings apostasy

Oh how I love Brigham Young. He told so much truth that we can no longer stand him much, but here is a tidbit I think we can see the plain truth of well enough.
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We embrace the Gospel, we gather up with the Saints, and yet we live in the neglect of our duty and beneath our privileges; we do not call upon the Father in the name of Jesus with that sincerity and earnestness necessary to bring down the revelations of the Lord upon us, and we live in this manner for days and years together; by and by something or other comes along that we do not like, we cannot understand it, we have not the spirit to understand it, and consequently we reject this and reject that; and if the Church is just right and its leaders are just right, why the individual is not right, and he turns away from the holy commandments of the Lord Jesus, and goes back to the beggarly elements of the world, like the dog to his vomit, or the sow to her wallowing in the mire.

Those who threaten their own lives over the truth will one day seek to kill those who teach it instead

The wicked these days like to hold themselves hostage. They say that teaching the truth makes them so depressed that they want to kill themselves. They talk about preaching the truth as making them commit suicide because they are so depressed.

There is something critical we need to realize about this thinking.

EVERYONE knows that prophets in old days often paid the price for teaching the truth with their lives. They were killed by those they taught. Those they taught so angered at being "judged" by these prophets that they murdered them.

We need to put two and two together. Those who give the adversary such sway in their souls by thier sins that they will take their own life should give us pause. Not the pause that they ask for, the opposite if anything.

We should realize, and be certain, of this: those who the adversary can so influence that they will kill themselves are the same breed and type as those who the adversary so influenced to kill others, even to kill the prophets of the God in the past. If they will place the dagger at their own throat over God's teachings, have no doubt we are talking about the same group who put the dagger into the chest of the prophets in days past.

We need to put two and two together. When Satan has such sway over and individual that he can get them to take their own life over the pain they feel at divine truth, they are not so far as we would like to believe from being able to be moved to take the life of those who would take the life of the person who preaches it.

They who take themselves hostage now to silence the truth will, as soon as the adversary believes it will be a better strategy for his cause in these days, be inspired to seek the life of those who taught it instead.

Those who threaten their own lives over the truth will one day seek to kill those who teach it instead