A witness from God can be relied upon. As you read our thoughts, beliefs, and experiences, we invite you to obtain a witness for yourself. If something we say or imply does not ring true, then you should feel no obligation to accept it. Life is an individual and unique journey with God. Although we can help and encourage each other, we need to be careful not to come between God and another person.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Danger of Anger

In the English language, danger and anger are only differentiated by one letter. Why is anger so dangerous?


We loose our power when we succumb to anger and fear.

There are two types of power. One is an everlasting power, the power by which God operates.
    No power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned; By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile— Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou hast reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy; D&C 121:41-43

The other is a temporary, worldly power illustrated in the following definition:

Power: the ability or right to control people or things, political control of a country or area, a person or organization that has a lot of control and influence over other people or organizations Mirriam Webster 

When we choose to obey to the laws of God and obtain his power, “[our] dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto [us] forever and ever.” D&C 121:46

Those who choose to exercise unrighteous dominion or temporary power over the souls of others, will find their life riddled with insecurity, turmoil, and fear.

How is anger used as a tool of control?

The Book of Mormon teaches us how corrupt leaders use anger to control their people and promote their purposes. People who would normally be at peace one with one another allow themselves to be stirred up to anger by evil and conspiring men. These men are not concerned about their people; they seek for worldly power.
    3 Therefore he had accomplished his design, for he had hardened the hearts of the Lamanites and blinded their minds, and stirred them unto anger, insomuch that he had gathered together a numerous host to go to battle against the Nephites.

We are taught how anger is used as a tool of the devil.
    19 For the kingdom of the devil must shake, and they which belong to it must needs be stirred up unto repentance, or the devil will grasp them with his everlasting chains, and they be stirred up to anger, and perish;
    20 For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. 2 Nephi 28:19-20

When we feel ourselves stirred up to anger, we can know it is not of God.
    Behold, this is not my doctrine, to stir up the hearts of men with anger, one against another; but this is my doctrine, that such things should be done away. 3 Nephi 11:30

Warning: The following video is full of violence and anger. You will notice that violence and anger come from both sides. No one can claim to be innocent in the riots that ensue. Those who participate in the fighting bring bondage and destruction upon themselves.

    I have sworn in my wrath, and decreed wars upon the face of the earth, and the wicked shall slay the wicked, and fear shall come upon every man; D&C 63:33 

    But, behold, the judgments of God will overtake the wicked; and it is by the wicked that the wicked are punished; for it is the wicked that stir up the hearts of the children of men unto bloodshed. Mormon 4:5

Who is in control?

While we all like to believe we have the fortitude to stand by our own convictions during any situation, most of us tend to follow the behaviors of others. But what’s particularly strange is that when enough of us get together, we end up doing some really bizarre, nonsensical, and downright violent things that we’d never consider on our own. Psychologists refer to this phenomenon as herd or mob mentality, and when you consider the past and present, you realize it’s led to some major “What were they thinking?!” moments.” Top 10 Instances Of Mob Mentality 

Why I don't watch the news

I don't believe pretending all is well when it is not, but watching the news promoted by the mainstream media doesn't help solve the problems. The news is almost entirely fear based.
I find it interesting that the fearful are ranked right in with the liars, whoremongers, and sorcerers.
    Wherefore, I, the Lord, have said that the fearful, and the unbelieving, and all liars, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie, and the whoremonger, and the sorcerer, shall have their part in that lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. D&C 63:17
Here are the headlines of Fox News October 26, 2013, 10:16 a.m. Are they fear based or faith promoting?

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How can we more easily be controlled when we are fed a daily diet of fearsome events? Why would someone want to promote anger and fear? How are these tools used against us?  What can we do?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Why be married in the temple, when the scriptures teach otherwise?

We found another treasure in our newly acquired 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants.  My daughter was thumbing through the book and came across the Marriage section. When she read it to us, we realized that this section challenges our temple marriage paradigms.

Note: The 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants was compiled and edited by Joseph Smith and the first presidency. It was accepted as scripture by a unanimous vote. See General Assembly page 255

The last paragraph of the preface reads as follows: 

We do not present this little volume with any other expectation than that we are to be called to answer to every principle advanced, in that day when the secrets of all hearts will be revealed, and the reward of every man's labor will be given him.
    With sentiments of esteem
      and sincere respect, we subscribe
        ourselves your brethren in the bonds of
          the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Kirtland, Ohio, February 17, 1835.

    The section on Marriage is included in the Kirtland 1835 edition but not in the Salt Lake City edition (1876 Utah Mormon Church). It is interesting to note that the section on marriage is included in four of the five editions of the Doctrine and Covenants: Kirtland edition1835; Nauvoo editions 1844, 1845, 1846; Cincinnati edition 1864 (RLDS church); Lamoni edition 1911 (RLDS church).

Why did the Salt Lake City Mormon church choose to delete this section?

M A R R I A G E.

1 According to the custom of all civilized nations, marriage is regulated by laws and ceremonies; therefore we believe that all marriages in this Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints should be solemnized in a public meeting or feast prepared for that purpose, and that the solemnization should be performed by a Presiding High Priest, High Priest, Bishop, Elder or Priest, not even prohibiting those persons who are desirous to get married, of being married by other authority. We believe that it is not right to prohibit members of this Church from marrying out of the Church, if it be their determination so to do; but such persons will be considered weak in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

2 Marriage should be celebrated with prayer and thanksgiving, and at the solemnization, the persons to be married, standing together, the man on the right and the woman on the left, shall be addressed by the person officiating as he shall be directed by the Holy Spirit, and if there be no legal objections, he shall say, calling each by name: 'You both mutually agree to be each other's companion, husband and wife, observing the legal rights belonging to this condition: that is, keeping yourselves wholly for each other, and from all others, during your lives?' And when they have both answered 'yes,' he shall pronounce them 'husband and wife,' in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and by virtue of the laws of the country and authority vested in him. 'May God add His blessing and keep you to fulfill your covenants from henceforth and forever. Amen.'

3 The clerk of every church should keep a record of all marriages solemnized in his branch.

4 All legal contracts of marriage made before a person is baptized into this Church should be held sacred and fulfilled. Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again. It is not right to persuade a woman to be baptized contrary to the will of her husband; neither is it lawful to influence her to leave her husband. All children are bound by law to obey their parents; and to influence them to embrace any religious faith, or be baptized, or leave their parents without their consent, is unlawful and unjust. We believe that all persons who exercise control over their fellow beings, and prevent them from embracing the truth, will have to answer for that sin.  

After reading this section that is accepted by Joseph Smith and the church as scripture, I wonder why temple marriages are even promoted. I looked on the LDS church's website and found an article:

"We talk a lot about temple marriage in the Church. Have you ever wondered why?

"There’s been a lot of talk lately about marriage—what it is, why we have it, the role it plays in society. In church we talk a lot about temple marriage. You know it’s important because you’ve heard about this since you were taught your first lessons about the gospel, whether you were a Sunbeam or a convert in your youth.

"But some of you may be wondering, “Why?” To you it may be more than a question of what temple marriage is all about. You want to know—in your heart, not just in your mind—why you should work so hard to marry in the temple . . ."

The only scripture reference given in this article is D&C 132:7, 15–19 , and these scriptures don't even mention a temple marriage. In these verses we are taught about being sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise.

And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, and it is sealed unto them by the Holy Spirit of promise, by him who is anointed, unto whom I have appointed this power and the  keys of this priesthood; and it shall be said unto them—Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; and if it be after the first resurrection, in the next resurrection; and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, all heights and depths—then shall it be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, that he shall commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, and if ye abide in my covenant, and commit no murder whereby to shed innocent blood, it shall be done unto them in all things whatsoever my servant hath put upon them, in time, and through all eternity; and shall be of full force when they are out of the world; and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever. D&C 132:19 

So, what does it mean to be sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise? Who is the Holy Spirit of Promise?

2 Behold, this is pleasing unto your Lord, and the angels rejoice over you; the alms of your prayers have come up into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth , and are recorded in the book of the names of the sanctified, even them of the celestial world.

 3 Wherefore, I now send upon you another  Comforter, even upon you my friends, that it may abide in your hearts, even the Holy Spirit of promise; which other Comforter is the same that I promised unto my disciples, as is recorded in the testimony of John.

 4 This Comforter is the promise which I give unto you of eternal life, even the glory of the celestial kingdom;

 5 Which glory is that of the church of the Firstborn, even of God, the holiest of all, through Jesus Christ his Son— D&C 88:2-5

What is required to be sanctified? Who is the Second Comforter? How does one receive the promise of eternal life? When are you promised the glory of the celestial kingdom? Who are the members of the church of the Firstborn?

Are these eternal blessings to be conflated and blended with the wedding ceremony? Have most young couples even qualified to be sealed by the Holy Spirit of Promise?

So, when the scriptures say, “We believe that all marriages in this Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints should be solemnized in a public meeting or feast prepared for that purpose,” why do we ignore/delete the scriptures and encourage temple marriages? Does Joseph Smith know what he is talking about?

Our family is excited about this information. Everyone gets to be included in the weddings. No one has to wait outside closed doors while a select few get to witness the ceremony. Our little children can watch their older brothers and sisters be married. There are no “worthiness” interviews for those in attendance. Come as you are and join the celebration:)!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Where is the doctrine in the Salt Lake City edition of the Doctrine and Covenants?

We recently bought a facsimile reprint of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants because this edition of the Doctrine and Covenants was edited by Joseph Smith and accepted as scripture by a unanimous vote. See General Assembly page 255

In the 1835 edition, there are two parts. Part one is the Lectures on Faith.

T H E O L O G Y.




Of  Faith. 

Part two is comprised of the covenants and commandments of the Lord. 




to his servants of the church of the 


I am familiar with most of the revelations in the second part because they are included in the Salt Lake City edition of the Doctrine and Covenants, and this is the edition I have studied.

It appears that the Lectures on Faith is the doctrine of the church and the other revelations are the covenants and commandments of the Lord.

So, if the Lectures on Faith was removed, where is the doctrine in the Salt Lake City edition of the Doctrine and Covenants?