Wednesday, October 09, 2019

Book of Mormon: Type of Christ

Bible scholars have long recognized that the lives of many prophets foreshadow aspects of Christ's life.  These parallels are referred to as types and shadows. I had known that the comming forth of the Book of Mormon is also a type and shadow of the death and resurrection of Christ.

Christ is the Word.
Book of Mormon contains the word of God.

Christ died on Cross.
Book of Mormon reveals history of fallen people. 

Christ was buried in stone sepulachur. 
Book of Mormon was buried in stone box or cyst. 

Christ's body was in the care of Joseph of Aremathea.
The Book of Mormon was in the care of Joseph Smith.

Christ's resurrection was attended by heavenly angels. 
The comming forth of the Book of Mormon was attended by the angel Moroni. 

In addition to this typology, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon typifies the resurrection of Christ in another even more profound way.  Jeff Lindsay, an amateur scholar and blogger, drew the following amazing parallels. 

Mary Magdalene was honored to be the first witness of the resurrection of Christ.  Accordingly, she became the first Christian and the first to bare record to the Peter and the apostles of Christ's glorious resurrection. However, Mary's conversion was not without incident. 

According to Jeff Lindsay, the reaction of Mary Magdalene in the garden typifies and foreshadows the reaction of the Christian Church to the Book of Mormon. Mary Magdalene represents the Church.  When Mary beholds the open tomb,  she believes a crime has been committed. When Mary hears the voice of Christ, she doesn't recognize it in her grief, and believes Christ to be a gardener that has stolen away the body.

In the same way, the comming forth of the Book of Mormon, which is another testament of Jesus Christ, is viewed by most Christians as a criminal fraud.  Most Christians believe the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has stolen away and corrupted the name and identity of Christ as well as lured away many Christians. 

Many Christians do not recognize the voice of the Savior Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon, however, it is my hope that like Mary Magdalene, Christ will call His Church by name, and the eyes of all the Christian Church will be opened and finally recognize the resurrected Lord is standing before them and speaking to them through the Book of Mormon. 


General Conference October 2019

Saturday Morning Session
Elder Holland
What is it all about?
Jesus Christ, have mercy on me
Blind man surrounded himself with good people. 
Man had sense to seek Christ's blessing 
Can the blind lead the blind?
Ask for direction by those who have sight.
Conference means nothing if we don't find Christ in the middle of all the commotion. 
Adjustment in the Church are meant to focus better on Christ (temple, Sabbath, name). Christ is to be the center of our worship. 
During Great Awakening, revivals obscured Christ. 

Elder Vinson
fair dinkum about the gospel 
"What we need here is less WiFi and more Nephi"
Giving our all, commitment, enduring. 
I don't regret broken jaw because I gave my all. I regret my fat lip because I didn't 
Sacrifice is more sacred to the Lord than increase. 
Haggai reminds us to "consider our ways"
King Lamonis father only was willing to give 1/2 for life but all for eternal life.

President Owen YM
Deers died of malnutrition with bellies full of hay
Not much nutrition on social media
Disconnect from world, reconnect with heaven. 
Home-centered Church, 
Beware going thru the motions
Build strong relationships
Do not neglect the needful things

Elder Christofferson
Things I heard my father speak of eternal life and the joy of the Saints sank deep into my heart. 
Joy in keeping the commandments vs. hefonism, some seem to prosper
Some claim it is vain to serve God
We call the proud happy
Wicked may have joy for a season 
Joy of the Saints is eternal (make up my jewels)
Joy of overcomming, trials interfere with our joy
Trials and sorrows turn to joy
Bro Rushton paralyzed, but regained ability to talk, became a gospel doctrine teacher and patriarch.

Sister Craig YW
If something entices to do good, it is of God
Do the work that is required to increase spiritual capacity
1. Be intentional (carve out time)
2. Act without delay (instrument)
3. Get errand from Lord (quiet nugges)

Elder Renlund, 
Converted into the Lord
Congo temple, follow the covenant path 
This becomes who we are, (identify)
Commitment etched in our hearts 
Faith isn't spread like the flu or cold
You must act in faith. Can't grow others faith, only invite them. 
Covenants are manifestations of own conversion, to be like Christ and adopt His attributes. Image in our countenance.
Don't be ambivalent/casual to our covenants 
We should be constant like a river. 
Dependable, steadfast 
Anchor ourselves to the Savior
Bury your weapons of rebellion

President Oaks 
Trust the Lord when it comes to marriage issues.
Worry about getting there first. 
What do we know about the Spirit World? 
Don't procrastinate, but some repentance is possible. Some are in bondage. 
Trust in the Lord, not in speculation 
Just Spirits will be raised to greater responsibility.
Work of salvation continues. 
After they pay the penalties of their works, will be hiers of salvation

Saturday Afternoon Session
Elder Bednar
Spiritual crocodiles- elder packer
Cheattahs stock prey, work in tandem
Distract and deception 
Sentinals stand on high ground
Pattern of stocking continued 
1. Beware of evils beguilling disguises 
2. Vigulence required to guard against casualness 
3. Understand intent of advisary. He wants suffering. 

Elder Alliaud-
Lord of the lost: sheep, coin, son. Doesn't matter why they are lost, or fault.
How I was found. 
Allow the power of the Book of Mormon to find us.

President Nelson 
Women and youth can be witnesses.
Youth battalion-gathering of Israel

Elder Cook
Bishopric hold keys over Aaronic Priesthood. Priests, teachers, deacons
No more YM presidency
Ward, stake, general officers, organization
Girls interviewed by YW leaders

Elder Pace
A firm foundation, withstand freeze/thaw
Home-centered church
Come follow me
Church is not 1hr shorter, but 6days longer
Influence of advasary will decrease in home
Anchor us to the bedrock of conversion 

Elder Budge
Resiliently happy, surender to God
Put our trust in him
In this life we still will have tribulations
Brother of Jared was worried about journey
Yes cannot cross this great deep save I prepare a way for you. 
We know that thou art able to show forth great power.
Surrender and entrust to God
May not feel safe, or be easy
They did have light continually

Elder Alvarado
Tell my son to stop eating so much candy
2 weeks ago I was eating too much candy myself
Empower moral authority 

Elder Rasband
Reinforce our testimonies and commitment.
Keep your word, integrity, walk the covenant path.
Shall see my face and know that I am
Do we stand by our promises?
Make decision now
Ruth lived true to her word to Naomi
The Lord will establish your words and sustain/endorse your deeds. 

Sunday Morning Session
Elder Gong
So much illusion in this world 
Covenant belonging 
Book of Mormon is a book of covenant belonging to those who accept it
We are children of the covenant
We can change when we decide to be happy and stop being miserable.
Blessings of covenant belonging
1. Eternal marriage, families
2. Following the prophet
3. Book of Mormon 

Sister Franco

Elder Uchtord
Discipleship is like practicing piano 
Concertos await. Maybe 
Keep strivjng/ which side do you stand
Help others progress
Reach out to those in distress
No expectations of repayment 
Love those who hurt you
Take upon ourselves the name of Christ
Don't hide or burry our faith
Talk about faith in natural ways
Tell others about our journey
God doesn't need you to sell it 
Just don't hide it
Invite people to come and see
Come and see, help stay 

Elder Gonzales
Lepers were unclean
God knows what is best for us
Burdens will be lifted eventually
Christ is a God of hope and healing 
All things are reconsiled 
If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean 

Elder Stevenson. 
Youth are the Hope of Israel 
Stories of mistaken identity 
Many cannot see things as they really are
Satan makes war with the Saints
Moses knew who he was 
"Get thee hense Satan, decieve me not"
This one God I will worship, which is a God of glory. 
Word of wisdom, porn, fear, lookism 

President Nelson
Love God and love others
Rebuilt mosques in Christchurch
Wheelchairs for disabled
Marys letter
Look for opportunities to lift, help
Latter-day Saints Charities - 2b$
Power of the Fast, fast-offering 
Bishops storehouses 
Story of Laputa 
800 million under-nourished 
70 million displaced refugees 
Deseret Industries, vision care 

Elder Eyring
Personal search for happiness.
Wickedness never was happiness
Continual repentance, keeping covenants
Ist experience in temple
I felt I had been there before
People face death with happiness. 
Work to: Feel the Savior's approval 
Joseph Smith in Liberty jail
Job, "be a man", job corrected for saying situation was unfair. 
Grow in holiness daily 

Elder Boom
Consider a gong in a symohany
Plays a minor role, but important 
Worth it to take efforts to be part of the orchestra.
We all have a part to play in the kingdom.
God did not send us here to fail
But to return glorious 

Elder Ballard
Barbara passed away last year
Live together in love 
We don't fully appreciate others until they are gone. 
Do not miss the opportunity to express love and appreciation 
If we marry right and live right we have the assurance of eternal relationships
Battle is divine spirit vs natural man 
Empower your divine spiritual nature 

Elder Johnson
3 D's, discretion, distraction, discouragement 
Study scriptures with a question daily
Partake of sacrament weekly

Elder Suarez
Devotion to Christ requires sacrifice and suffering. 
Take up your cross and follow Christ 
Deny yourself of all ungodliness 
Never stop trying 
Don't be held hostage by those who have hurt us.-- forgive, ask Christ to heal your heart. Wounds can heal. 

Elder Anderson
Fruit of the gospel
Grow your faith, trust God's plan
Dad loves u, Jesus loves you, and you're a good girl. 
Joy comes from purposely striving to follow the will of Heavenly Father. 
Fruit is always in season 
Without me, ye can do nothing 

President Nelson
Crowning Jewel of restoration is the temple
Many dedicated temples
All are invited if they are qualified 
Holiness to the Lord 
It's easier to build a temple then build a people worthy of the temple 
200 years of First Vision 

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Rectification of a Seeming Contradiction

According to reliable NDEs (near death experiences), numerous experiencers report seeing God.  This detail is perfectly in line with the Book of Mormon that teaches that the dead are immediately taken home to "that God who gave them life" (Alma 40:11).  

But if God appears at death or during these NDE's, wouldn't that knowledge destroy any further need for faith?  And without faith, there would no longer be a need for preaching to the dead (1 Peter 3:19).  But Peter in the New Testament says that Christ went and preached into the spirits in spirit prison.  

However, according to NDEs, God appears, but does not identify Himself as He does to the prophets.  That is why the testimony and annunciation of God at these prophetic visitations is so important.  God wants His prophets to know exactly who is speaking to them.  

Consequently, when researchers collect NDE stories from around the world, the elements of the experience are similar, but experiencers may report being visited by Muhammed or Buddah, etc. In one NDE, a man who was not religious and previously an atheist asked God which of all the Churches was true and reports he was given a smile but not an answer that that question.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Purpose of Religion: Being Good and Doing Good in Christ

I wanted to share with you the value and purpose of religion.  It can be hard to see the value of most religion because most religion have lost sight of their purpose.  Sadly, many religions have become more about entertainment, money, and valueless ideologies then purpose.

Rejecting religion is sort of unamerican and counter-constitutional.  Constitutional government was established dependent upon religion to do it's job. Yes, there was to be a separation of Church and State.  The State was designed to operate within its jurisdiction of enumerated rights, and the Church was to operate within the confines of it's purpose. 

"Avarice, ambition, revenge, and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.". -John Adams, 2nd POTUS

"So that, however it may be mistaken, the end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom: for in all the states of created beings capable of laws, where there is no law, there is no freedom" — John Locke,Two treatises of government, p. 234 (1689).

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

"Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith."

Alexis de Tocqueville,  Democracy in America

There is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.

Alexis de Tocqueville,  Democracy in America

The purpose of America was to establish a nation free of aristocrats, which a division of powers, and a system of checks and balances. This is because "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely."  America's leaders were not to be  based on birthright, but by election.  A moral people were meant to elect moral leaders. Instead, an immoral electorate choose immoral leaders like JFK, LBJ, Bill Clinton, and Trump.  And then we are surprised that these immoral leaders continually disappoint us, sell out, and serve corporate special interests. 

What is the purpose of religion?

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Religion is not just idealogy but supposed to be about upholding morality (do no harm to self or others), and helping the poor.  If your institution calls itself religion, but is busy doing something else, it isn't religion.  Real religion is supposed to encourage and reinforce moral living, and provide welfare for the disadvantaged.  Tragically, most religions do very little welfare, or humanitarian work, and teach even less morality. 

The Founding Fathers would roll over in their graves if they saw all the federal social programs we have today.  The Founders specifically intended that the federal government should not be engaged in welfare programs. Welfare was to be administered by the Church.  This is because, corrupt politicians use welfare to buy votes.  Also, Government is great at redistribution of wealth but can't rehabilitate the welfare recipient. Conseqently, the welfare check becomes a "handout" and not a "hand-up".  Free money "enables" the poor and keeps them down and disadvantaged. Government entitlements give out fish but doesn't teach people how to fish. 

Religion, is to provide welfare, and at the same time rehabilitate recipients.  "God takes the slum out of the person, and the person takes themselves out of the slum".  We saw this work somewhat in the Augusta ward where people were baptized and they immediately moved out of the Ward. In other cases, where people only came for the handouts, it didn't work as well. 

History witnessed the failure of Rome and Greece.  There was a lot of scientific innovations and a lot of philosophy and public discource, but these facts did not prevent their fall.  Rome and Greece lost their moral foundation.  The immorality of the Silk Road (drugs) and Pompeii (sex), pervaded Rome resulting in an explosion of idle and illegitimate poor. 

The false religion of Rome did nothing for the poor and actually sponsored and promoted the immorality. The people gave away their freedom to the Ceasars in exchange for their promise of "social justice" via "free bread and circus" (socialism). But the problem of poverty only worsened. 

Today, we are witnessing the slow errosion of freedom together with the errosion of morality. Poverty, disability, real  unemployment is at all-time highs.  Estimates are that 50% of the US population recieve some sort of government welfare. And those takers, are going to naturally elect politicians that promise to keep the handouts going. Nothing else really matters when you are dependant and not independent. 

The US is 20+ Trillion in debt with continued record deficits.  If the FED interest rate on our debt were to increase, our debt interest payment would exceed our 3 Trillion in yearly tax, and we would be bankrupt. But the US is continuing to print money (quantitative easing) and the FED is continuing to artificially hold interests rates at record low levels (2.5%). 

Missionaries are out there teaching about Jesus, purpose, relationship, and perspective.  Missionaries are teaching repentance, eternal families, word of wisdom and chastity. Missionaries are teaching individual and families to actually pray and read scripture.  Missionaries enjoyed a great upbringing and are showing gratitude by trying to show others how they can have the same great family life they had.

Now there are many Christian families that enjoy great family lives and are not LDS.  But these families still follow moral ideals. LDS have a higher responsibility just like the Levites among Israel. The other 11 tribes were not expected to do the responsibilities that the Levites were expected to do.  Simiarlily, LDS have additional responsibilities to serve in the temple and serve missions that we are accountable for, but that other Christians are not. 

Christianity is superior to all other idealogies, because 1. It's true 2. teaches golden rule 3. equality of man 4. personal responsibility 5. need for change 6. morality (do no harm) 7. universal salvation. 8. humility 9. thankfulness  

Also, Christianity almost teaches a nearly universal salvation which is unlike most idealogies. 1. where there is no law there is no sin. 2. One day every knee shall now she every tongue confess that Jesus is Christ (requirement for salvation) 3. Vicarious proxy ordinances. 4.  Many people are considered righteous or Christian even though they don't know it because of their faith. (Lamanites were baptized by fire and holy ghost and knew it not)(because Abraham believed God, it was counted until him for righteousness) 

But for those who know better. Have been taught the truth and come out in open rebellion against God and reject him.  I'm not sure in that case. 

Women in the Apostolic Church