RS/MP Chapter 11: Honoring the Priesthood Keys Restored through Joseph Smith (Joseph Fielding Smith Manual)
Posted by Robert C. on June 4, 2014
Posted by BrianJ on June 4, 2014
“Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?”
Jesus saith unto him, “I say not unto thee, ‘Until seven times': but, Until seventy times seven.” (Matthew 18:21-22)
That’s how many times Peter will forgive you—but what about God?
Posted by Robert C. on May 17, 2014
I got a late-week call to teach this lesson, so I’m posting some quick notes (sorry, Kirk, if I’m preempting your own post).
Posted by kurtelieson on May 12, 2014
This post attempts to address three topics: (I) a host of preliminary considerations, (II) a vision for how the Feast Upon the Word wiki can be implemented; and (III) stages of development, or benchmarks along the path to realizing that vision. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on May 9, 2014
Posted by BrianJ on April 23, 2014
In the comments section of another post, I got into a discussion with Robert C and JKC about the purpose of having a resurrected body and the undesirable nature of being dead.
I see those comments (and others) making a few points:
- We needed a body to progress beyond our premortal existence.
- It is comforting to know that we will be resurrected because it assures us of an ongoing existence.
- The resurrection assures that our ongoing existence will not be disembodied.
- Knowing that a body is important eternally should elicit reverence for our bodies, not disdain as other Christians would teach.
I agree with each of these points. 100%.
Now let me express how these points don’t really answer the question* for me.
Posted by kirkcaudle on April 17, 2014
Posted by BrianJ on April 11, 2014
Primary General President Rosemary Wixom, in her recent General Conference address (Keeping Covenants Protects Us, Prepares Us, and Empowers Us), said,
“Temple ordinances lead to the greatest blessings available through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.”
Maybe it was the context of those words—she had just finished discussing baptism and the sacrament—but I balked. You see, when I hear “atonement,” I think about Jesus’ sacrifices in Gethsemane and on the cross, but I don’t think about how those directly relate to temple blessings. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Robert C. on April 10, 2014
(A link to the lesson can be found here. Apologies for not getting this post up sooner—I had it finished earlier, but then I lost the file. Curse Windows 8 instability, and my own foolishness for not being more careful with a backup file. This is a much shorter post than I originally wrote. If I have time in the next few days, and esp. if other express interest in particular questions, I’ll try to write or rewrite some of my own thoughts in answer to the questions I’ve posed below.)
From the life
The last sentence of this section emphasizes humility.
Question: Why is humility so important in obtaining a testimony of God and the Restoration? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by BrianJ on April 4, 2014
I offer my evaluation* after fifteen months of using the new Sunday School curriculum for youth, Come Follow Me (CFM). The purpose of this report is help teachers, parents, and students to capitalize on the strengths while moderating the weaknesses of the new program.
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