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Witnesses Testify

How does one become a “special witness” of our risen Lord? Thankfully the Lord gave us an example of what a witness of the Resurrection goes through and is required to do. Nephi desired to know the things his father had seen (Vision of the Tree of Life)....

Are We Still Condemned?

For the entire 2012 year I decided to count and notate every verse read during church. In my three hour block I would notate the verses read out loud in Sacrament, Sunday School, and Quorum Meetings. I spent part of my time in a marriage class as well. Most of the...

Look Unto Us

The thought should be pondered: Will God remove the agency of one of His leaders? If someone is called of God, can they err and lead us astray? Joseph Smith seemed to be warning the church about this when he referenced Ezekiel 14. President Joseph Smith read the 14th...

The Sermon on the Mount Compared

What would it look like to compare each of the versions on the Sermon on the Mount? I decided to take Matthew, Hebrew Matthew, The Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew, 3 Nephi, Luke, and The Joseph Smith Translation of Luke to compare the words of Christ in each. Here...

Mingled with Scripture – GenCon 2015

Here are the words of scripture from conference as delivered line upon line, here a little and there a little. 11.5 hours of conference and this is every line read during the 11.5 hours. Some thoughts: Are the scriptures just a bunch of short cute phrases? Does God...

The Fruit of the Tree of Life

“Wherefore, the wicked are rejected from the righteous, and also from that tree of life, whose fruit is most precious and most desirable above all other fruits; yea, and it is the greatest of all the gifts of God. And thus I spake unto my brethren. Amen.” (1 Nephi...

GenCon Outtakes Vol. 2

Today brothers and sisters I will take for my text the 1st chapter, 6th verse from the book of Revelation–“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father: to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” It is altogether correct in...

I Saw Two Personages

When Joseph recorded his “first vision” he never mentioned The Holy Ghost in any of the versions published. See all of the accounts side by side. It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested...

Secret works of Darkness

I have a friend who is not bothered by the fact that the Mormon church handles excommunications from the top down. The idea being that the Church’s reputation and the Flock must be protected. However the scriptures tell us a different story, not only is it...

Rend that Veil

Joseph warned the saints about reliance upon him. Here is a quote worth pondering. “President Joseph Smith read the 14th chapter of Ezekiel–said the Lord had declared by the Prophet, that the people should each one stand for himself, and depend on no man...