Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Taking the Name of God in Vain



Taking the name of God in vain is not talking about swearing, The apostate Jewish scribes changed this commandment into something about not saying the name of God but calling God "Hashem" and writing "G-d", and other such practices.

While we should use the name of diety with respect, in actuality, this commandment is a condemnation against Priestcraft.  Priestcraft involves anyone who falsely claims God commanded them or others to do or say such-and-such and God did not command it.   It is falsely claiming you have been called by God and you have not been called.  Its falsely claiming God's priesthood authority, steadying the ark, and evil speaking of those whom God has called.  Taking God's name in vain would also involve partaking of the Lords Supper or any ordinance unworthily. 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Sign of the Son of Man?



https://www.ldsliving.com/What-the-Sign-of-the-Son-of-Man-at-the-Second-Coming-Means/s/90964

https://youtu.be/u9Ht_yqf_b4

Joseph Smith provides valuable commentary on this subject, explaining that when this sign is seen by the world’s population, they will speculate that “it is a planet, a comet, etc.” He also said that while the wicked will not understand its true significance—attributing it to a natural cause—the righteous will know what it means.


C/2014 UN271 (Bernardinelli-Bernstein), or simply 2014 UN271, is a large Oort cloud comet discovered by astronomers Pedro Bernardinelli and Gary Bernstein in archival images from the Dark Energy Survey.[6] When first imaged in October 2014, the object was 29 AU (4.3 billion km) from the Sun and almost as far as Neptune's orbit. As of 2021, it is currently approaching the Sun at a distance of 20.2 AU (3.0 billion km) and will reach its perihelion of 10.9 AU (just outside of Saturn's orbit) in January 2031.[4]

Sign of tbe Son of Man

https://www.ldsliving.com/What-the-Sign-of-the-Son-of-Man-at-the-Second-Coming-Means/s/90964


https://youtu.be/u9Ht_yqf_b4

Joseph Smith provides valuable commentary on this subject, explaining that when this sign is seen by the world’s population, they will speculate that “it is a planet, a comet, etc.” He also said that while the wicked will not understand its true significance—attributing it to a natural cause—the righteous will know what it means. 

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Lesson of Leman Copley


Leman Copley was an LDS convert who had came from the Shaker community. Despite his initial conversion and zeal, Leland was unable to leave certain Shaker beliefs and traditions behind and eventually returned to it. The new Church had to deal with lots of outsider belief (eg. speaking in tongues, estatic experiences,  racism). Incorrect tradition was a stumbling block many times.  Sometimes past traditions don't mix with truth. 

Copely let Saints live on his land. Land Act 1820 allowed people to buy 160/80 acres at a time. Leland had 700 acres and allowed Coleville Saints to live on his land .  Leland got mad at some unfair criticism and kicked Saints from their homes, off his land, and charged back rent. 

The Coville Saints were sent to Missouri to lay the foundation of Zion. This episide was the basis of the  United Order and covenant and deed which cannot be broken.  160 acres is more than you could need, or even want. Excess was to be given to Bishop to divide up to the Saints and not rented in a manner to exploit other. 

One day, God's people will need to be willinh to leave behind our false economic traditions to establish Zion. 

Friday, April 09, 2021

April 2021 General Conference: Stand and Gather


President Russel M. Nelson is the current president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the Lord's prophet and mouthpiece on the Earth. In a talk during the April 2021 Priesthood Session of General Conference, President Nelson reminded us that to overcome trying times and adversity in these Last Days we must "stand in holy places". Saints can stand in holy places by establishing our home as a place of faith, and a place of spiritual and temporal refuge. President Nelson also admonished us to gather together, finding strength in our priesthood quorums which is our Church of Jesus Christ faith community.

President Nelson's admonition to "stand and gather" is in stark contrast to the modern prepper movement's doctrine of "bugging out" and "isolation".