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.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Blessings are not dependent on callings, rather, callings allow one to use ones spiritual blessings for the benefit of a larger group

Great statement that I think isn't commonly believed. We tend to believe that being called as an apostle gives you the right to spiritual blessings. It may give you the right to exercise the spiritual blessings you have received for the benefit of the whole church, instead of just for oneself or one's family. But that is a completely different thing. Anyway, back to the statement:

Bruce R McConkie - The Ten Blessings of the Priesthood
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"There are no blessings reserved for apostles that are not freely available to all the elders of the kingdom; blessings come because of obedience and personal righteousness, not because of administrative positions."

This echoes a similar statement by Joseph Smith
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"God hath not revealed anything to Joseph, but what He will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them"

And of course, both of these agree with the scriptures, which give the right to lead based on administrative position, but always make the right to spiritual blessings based on personal righteousness
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D&C 130: 20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

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