"And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?" Alma 5:14

Traditional Church

We all have traditions. We inherit some. We create others. Traditions are simply long-established practices that are habitually done. Some traditions we hold are obvious to us, usually because they are intentionally formed or continued. For example, my family established a couple traditions around family prayer when I was growing up. We all held hands…

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Must One See Christ in this Life?

Thank you to a friend, Marc, who helped put into words some of what follows. When you read scripture, particularly the Book of Mormon, you come across accounts of people having various degrees of interaction with God; including face-to-face interactions with Christ (Ether 3 – 4). You can have confidence then that such interactions are…

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Day of Celebration or Day of Mourning

There has been some buzz going around about the most recent changes to the temple endowment ceremony which have been implemented at the beginning of this year.  I have already seen comments by people celebrating the changes and comments by people concerned with the changes.  Often these two sides struggle to see from the others’…

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Temple Recommend Questions

For an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding a current temple recommend is often viewed as a measurement of righteousness.  It’s not uncommon to hear members speak  in Sunday school classes or in sacrament meeting of the importance of having a current temple recommend – as if the recommend itself…

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Tithing (Part 2)

In the last post we looked at how changing a word here or there can lead to questions and confusion over time.  What about today?  Are we adding to the confusion or clearing it up?  Compare the use of the following quote by Lorenzo Snow to see if the omitted part changes the meaning.  From…

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Tithing (Part 1)

Perhaps the most prominent example of tithing in the scriptures is the account of Abram and Melchizedek: Genesis 14:20: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he [Abram] gave him [Melchizedek king of Salem Ver. 18] tithes of all. Of what did Abram tithe?  In the above verse it says he…

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