Monday, February 27, 2017.
And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation. And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all. And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do ac...
Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Why was the effort made to change the custom such that we are baptized outside, out of structures made by man in natural living water but the historical, and probably future contemplated temple puts us into a box?
In Israel, a temple was only built because Israel refused to come up on the mount, and instead of God being written in their heart, God gave them the many ordinances that they asked for, had a temple built, and his presence could also be found there. (Maybe a temple is never neces...
Monday, February 1, 2016.
What if the creation story is primarily meant to be an allegory of the drama that happens within each one of us in microcosm, with us at the center?
We eat the fruit, we fall, being buffeted by Satan. We die spiritually, being separated from the Father.
Joseph said Satan was the next heir, and he fell seeking to excel. Well, when a child is born, they could also be considered the next heir. We are authentic, pure, holy, free, full of love. Little children are godly and divine, and if they ...
Sunday, January 17, 2016.
There is a battle going on inside of us for the throne that rightfully belongs to God. His throne is in His temple. Satan sits in the temple of God, claiming he is God. He claims ownership because he is not resisted. The creeds of men, their interpretation of scripture, wherein they think they are resisting only serve to strengthen his authority. In the temple, his role is that of the accuser, accusing us day and night before God.
In the dream of the second attention, we begin to doubt: ...
Saturday, January 2, 2016.
I believe it is important to understand the fall better than we do, so that we can know how to rise.
In temple ceremonies of ancient times, was the Garden of Eden depicting a historical man named Adam? Is it depicting everyman? Or is depicting you?
As little children, we are born into heaven.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:14)
...teach parents that they must repent and be baptized, and humble th...
Thursday, October 22, 2015.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2)
The word mansion means a staying, abiding, dwelling, abode. Perhaps more meaningfully a tabernacle . What does a tabernacle hold? Of what substance are we made and from where do we originate? Who s house is it?
In my Father's house are many tabernacles: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
Or what if we change...
Monday, June 29, 2015.
Humans are infinitely complex creatures. We were created by an eternal being. To say You may ask questions. and then to proscribe the the list of acceptable and unacceptable questions, and even go so far as to give the acceptable and unacceptable answers to those questions is slavery in the extreme. It is arrogance in the extreme. It ascribes omniscience to those who apply it, and having done so, they expect to be worshipped.
1. Let no man deceive you by any means; for there ...
Sunday, May 10, 2015.
So while we haven t been able to go to the temple for the last couple years, we ve been living the things that it teaches in the temple. While others have been content to limit their experience to sitting in a climate controlled movie theater assuming they receive the blessings by receiving only the symbol, the map, we ve been cast out of the temple, but living the temple experience. Living it is the very reason why we been cast out. We are considered poor blind and naked but we like Adam have f...
Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt. (Alma 11:43)
Brethren and sisters, this represents the telestial kingdom, or the world in which we now live. (Temple Endowment Ceremony)
If we inherit Telestial glory, and a Telestial redemption is ...
Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
These are some of my thoughts on the endowment. I will not reveal anything here that I have covenanted not to reveal.
Consider yourself respectively, Adam and Eve
To understand the blessings in the endowment, we are told that we all must consider ourselves Adam and Eve respectively. Adam and Eve are saved beings. They fell, they struggled through apostasy to obtain true messengers, and to ultimately, in their mortal bodies, again be in the presence of God. We too, each struggle through apo...
Monday, November 10, 2014.
What is an harlot? What false form do they sell? What kind of union is had with an harlot? Does it have any lasting value or commitment? Does it bear any fruit? What does the harlot value and get in return for the false union?
What is the true union? What does it represent? What of lasting value is obtained from this union, and what fruit does it bear? What plain and precious truths about this union have been lost, hidden, tucked away, rejected? What is the fulness of the Gospel? What is it a...