Twice a year, in October and April, my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, meets for a world wide General Conference presided over by the man we sustain as the one and only anointed and set apart Prophet of God on the earth today, accompanied by the twelve currently living Apostles … Continue reading Saturday General Conference Musings
These warnings are all about 140 years old. First: Prayers are well enough; but a little flour, a little pork, a little beef, sugar, store goods, and temporal comforts are a great deal better than all our prayers without this material assistance. John Taylor, Conference Report, Apr. 1880, 68 Speaking of prayers, in case you're … Continue reading 3 Warnings & a Plea to the US and the world
To me, "rain in due season" has a couple of meanings. First, it says to me that there is sufficient moisture to grow the needed crops and support life in the area, within reason. For example, it's probably unrealistic to consider that you are experiencing drought if the area you live in is historically a … Continue reading Rain in Due Season
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/themormonpolitico/2017/10/elders-ballard-anderson-confront-nationalist-plague/ LDS leaders decried the insidious nationalism championed by leaders like Putin, Trump, and Nigel Farage. I love America. I believe that my country is a land of opportunity and freedom, a place with one of the freest presses in the world, where aristocracy is decried, not celebrated, and where anyone, regardless of background, religion, … Continue reading Patriotism or Nationalism?
“Our lives have already become jeopardized by revealing the wicked and bloodthirsty2 purposes of our enemies; and for the future we must cease to do so. All we have said about them is truth, but it is not always wise to relate all the truth. Even Jesus, the Son of God, had to refrain from … Continue reading Quotes Related to D&C 98:23-48
This is a very long read, but well worth it for all of the ground it covers. A message from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints, delivered by President J. Reuben Clark, JR. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday, April 6, 1942, during … Continue reading First Presidency Message re:War, Military Service, Love/Hate, etc.
Yes, this is a current problem for some active Church members regarding recent General Conference comments as well as being pretty typical for critics of Mormonism who often bring up some statement made by a previous leader and assert that whatever was said was once LDS doctrine. The usual sources for these critics’ statements are … Continue reading LDS Doctrine versus Opinions of Leaders
For over forty years, in a spirit of love, members of the Church have been counseled to be thrifty and self-reliant; to avoid debt; pay tithes and a generous fast offering; be industrious; and have sufficient food, clothing, and fuel on hand to last at least one year. Today there are compelling reasons to reemphasize … Continue reading Prepare for the days of Tribulation – Ezra Taft Benson