Path, Guide, and Godliness (812 Words)

Writing the Governing Principles for fellowships has provided further insight into salvation, the Holy Ghost, and Godliness. Salvation identifies the path. The Holy Ghost is a guide through the path. And Godliness is knowing God. Let me explain how it all comes together.

The plan of salvation can also be called the plan of godliness. The objective of the plan of salvation is to make all (who submit to it) precisely what God is. The path identifies what is necessary to obtain salvation, but knowing the path alone doesn’t produce the results. We must act upon what we know. Salvation is being offered in the scriptures, but the difficulty with applying knowledge from the scriptures is, you are required to understand them correctly. And even if you understand what the scriptures say, applying it is a whole other degree of complexity.

The Holy Ghost provides access to the mind and will of God to both understand the scriptures and apply it properly. Reading the words of the scriptures alone just doesn’t cut it. You must receive revelation to understand them. The Holy Ghost is required to access the mind and will of God that animated the author of the document in the first place. Joseph Smith was told by Moroni that the hearts of the children turn to the promises made to the fathers. That is found within the scriptures. Reading the promises alone cannot give access to the intention of the author, unless when you read them the same spirit that animated them is what animates you as you read it. Thus, Moroni said, if you ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, it would be made known to you by the power of the Holy Ghost, and by the power of the Holy Ghost you may know the truth of all things. The more you access the mind and will of God, the more you know God. So the Holy Ghost is not only your guide, the more you access of God’s mind and will, the more the Holy Ghost makes you precisely what God is, until, like Christ, your mind and will are their mind and will, making you one with them. At-one-ment is the process of the Holy Ghost in you, accessing and accumulating more of God’s mind and will, to become your mind and will. You are then At-One-With them, and you will not ask anything contrary to their will, because their mind and will is your’s.

Which brings us to Godliness, which means: knowing God. The beatitudes all begin this way, “Blessed are…” Another way to translate the same words from Greek offers a better understanding. It can be translated from Greek as, “Godlike is…” When Enos has his sins forgiven, the Lord said “Blessed art thou Enos…” When Nephi in Helaman 10 is given the power that what he asks it will be given, because the Lord knows he would ask nothing contrary to His will. All of it points to access to the power of Godliness, available while in the flesh. Now consider what Joseph Smith wrote:

D&C 76:113-119

“113. This is the end of the vision which we saw, which we were commanded to write while we were yet in the Spirit.

114. But great and marvelous are the works of the Lord, and the mysteries of his kingdom which he showed unto us, which surpass all understanding in glory, and in might, and in dominion;

115. Which he commanded us we should not write while we were yet in the Spirit, and are not lawful for man to utter;

116. Neither is man capable to make them known, for they are only to be seen and understood by the power of the Holy Spirit, which God bestows on those who love him, and purify themselves before him;

117. To whom he grants this privilege of seeing and knowing for themselves;

118. That through the power and manifestation of the Spirit, while in the flesh, they may be able to bear his presence in the world of glory.

119. And to God and the Lamb be glory, and honor, and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

Conclusion: The Holy Ghost is your spirit. To be clear, death is the separation of your ghost (or your spirit) from your earthly flesh. To receive holiness is to add light to your spirt. Receiving the Holy Ghost is to receive light (or holiness) to your ghost (or your spirit). Sanctification is to make something holy. When your spirit is the same as God’s spirit, you are made one with them (At-one-ment).

Mom, the governing principles aren’t reinventing the wheel. They are using the wheel to progress into the eternities. Until now the wheel was used as a club to force people into submission. No, the wheel is better used for transportation. Damnation is using the wheel as a blunt-force object, never transporting anyone anywhere. Think about it.

IMUA!

Food for Thought! (255 Words)

Happy Mother’s Day! I small gift to you Mom’s. Since I cannot be there to make you all breakfast, here is some Food for Thought!

Two covenants make up the fulness, promised from the beginning of time. The covenant of the land and the covenant of the heavens. Sometimes one exists, while the other doesn’t. The ark of the covenant housed the covenant of the heavens. The lesser law was the covenant of the land. Last night I was persuaded that the reason the ark of the covenant was kept in a portable tabernacle, as the children of Israel wandered in the land, was because the children of Israel failed to obtain the covenant of the land. They refused to repent and be sanctified.

So there you go! Food for Thought! 

Conclusion: I’m grateful to you Mom for dedicating my life to God’s work at birth. I’m grateful to you Mom for dedicating my life to God’s work again at the age of eight. I’m grateful to you Mom for dedicating my life to God’s work again before my mission. I no longer need you to dedicate my life to God’s work, as I have taken to dedicate my own life to His work. Thank you for bridging the gap between birth and manhood.

The whipping cream and cherry on top is the fact that although outside looking inside I look like I’ve made a mess of your name, I have done precisely the opposite. You’re Welcome!

Love, Your Son, …and NOT your boy,

Rob

Principles First! (779 Words)

Circumstances ought to follow principles, not principles following circumstances. Our work would progress in our family as we put Principles First!

Our lives are very circumstantial. We go from one circumstance to another. Some good, and others not so good. Nobody’s perfect, and circumstances constantly change. That’s LIFE! An ultimate life-question is, “How do we deal with the ups and downs, and still have hope in God?” The answer is, “PRINCIPLES FIRST!

I’ll use the scripture project as an example. Two groups of people recognized the problems of inaccuracy in the D&C, after reading the journals of those who lived through the restoration, Joseph Smith’s journals, and studying the Joseph Smith Papers project. They were independently impressed to accumulate an accurate set of scriptures, without the false changes, written in after the death of Joseph and Hyrum. After a year of their independent work, they were identified, and brought together on new years 2017, …and they began working together. In March, three months later, at the conference my wife and I spoke at in St. George, UT, the project was introduced, and made available for all to review it, recommend changes, offer insights, pointing to a more accurate document. It was presented to a body of almost two thousand people. To be brief, that is the CIRCUMSTANCE.

Since March, the work of correcting has fertilized the crop, allowing people to identify themselves. To use scripture, their were jarrings, strifes, malice, contention, covetous desires, etc. (D&C 101:6). Most of us come from Mormon origins of hierarchy, and many saw a position on the scripture committee as some position of power. Some of the committee began swatting down proposed ideas, as if they were now authorities assigned to make the decisions. Others made suggestions to put their revelations into the D&C, proposing they ought to have a say about what goes in it. And boy what a mess it has made of those who, in the goodness of their hearts, set out to be right with God. Good people, disconnected from heaven, can make a mess of a really good thing. The early saints have proven that to be true. I took a different approach.

I recognized that I knew nothing about Mormon history. Honestly, the D&C has never made much sense to me, so I just read the Book of Mormon over and over again, …and every once in a while I’d discuss portions of the D&C. Once, I held one of the Joseph Smith papers books, and flipped it open. Not only was the book huge and heavy, the print was so small that I knew I’d never read it. I took an opposite approach to the project, and found myself willing to accept the mistakes made by the scripture committee, rather than make change suggestions through my ignorance, causing more chaos and frustration. I read the scriptures, participated in the discussions where people were heated and angry, but walked away confident I had nothing to add, and satisfied with accepting whatever resulted in the end. Looking back, CIRCUMSTANCES have been leading-out, in a “scripture project” intended to teach PRINCIPLES. Backwards, right!?

As of two weeks ago, something new has come about. The scripture committee have written an apology. They pretty much said, When we began this, we didn’t realize that what we were engaged in was a covenant to inherit the land. Had we known this, we would have taken a completely different approach. And then they wrote a list of PRINCIPLES that they intend to use, to see through their CIRCUMSTANCES of the scripture project. Hallelujah!

Conclusion: At first, a small committee was making all the decisions for a large body of people, and we were no different than the LDS church. CIRCUMSTANCES ruled the day, …and PRINCIPLES were ignored, justified, and passed over, …in exchange for jarrings, contentions, malice, strife, and power.

Now things have changed. PRINCIPLES are governing, as they are easily understood by all, including young children. The people are becoming ONE in the CIRCUMSTANCES. The committee is being held to the principles, …and since the principles they stand on are the same principles the body already believes, the contention can begin to clear up.

A disagreement upon circumstantial decisions aims the conversation to the principles governing the decisions, instead of contention. Where we find gaps in our principles, we see an opportunity to petition the Lord for more wisdom concerning the missing principles. James 1:5 suddenly applies directly to our work, just as it did to Joseph Smith as a boy.

We have set aside dependence upon the arm of flesh, to allow principles to govern. The LDS church will not do it. Will you? CHOICES!

 

Part 3: Rob’s Starting His Own Church? (1000)

Yesterday, I hit a soft spot with all of you, because I asked that you read the scriptures, live the covenant, and be one. You bore your testimony that the church is true, and that you follow a prophet (Reminder: General Conference is this weekend). I propose that we can have Zion, among us, if we would not only say what we believed, but lived like we say we believe.

I sent a mass text yesterday, intended to target the same audience that this blog was intended for. I have flown home to speak to you in person about the scriptures, and you have found offense in my words, so that you avoid conversing with me. I have called on the telephone, so that my presence is withdrawn, my conversation is minimized, and you have the freedom to hang up. Some of you have. I have taken another step back, by writing this blog, so that when you are in the right frame of mind, you can choose to read what I said or not. I will never know if you’ve read, or not, and you will not feel pressured to respond. By your responses, it’s obvious that most of you have cast what I have written aside, considering it of no worth to you. I thought that I was taking a further step back, minimizing my message to a text. But, the world now has a texting-culture, and everyone pays attention to it. I asked you to read the scriptures, and take that covenant as your law, so that our family can be ONE. Your response was revealing.

One of you asked me to stop sending that crap. Another testified to me that when they were eight years old, they knew enough to be baptized, and that was the choice they would maintain. Others all bore testimony that they belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and that they follow the prophet. And yet, another said, “We’re ok.” But the common message that I chose to hear, was how each of you, at the end of your comments confessed, “Rob, I still love you.” It reminded me of the line from dumb and dumber, where he asks a woman what his chances are with her, “One out of ten, or one out of a hundred?” She responded, “…More like one out of a million.” When I hear you say “I still love you,” I choose to respond as he did, “…So you’re saying I got a chance!” So, since you’ve given me a slight chance, I’ll share some light on the subject of the enormous failure of the LDS model, …by explaining what it ought to be instead. PS: Nobody needs to quit the church and follow Denver “Sniffer,” as some of you call him.

If we assume for a minute that the way the church is being operated is a failure, then the logical question is, “…Then what?” The description of Zion is one heart and one mind, so how is that produced? By establishing an ideal, and letting the people govern themselves. We are so engulfed in the corporate mentality, that we cannot recognize that the corporate mentality “IS” the large and spacious building (Ephesians 6:12). Let’s take a look at the benefits of a people governed by the covenant, in scripture, instead.

A covenant depends on “an idea,” to govern. An idea cannot be taxed, it cannot be controlled, it cannot be forced, and …it is free to grow as intelligence grows. When a good idea is proposed, it is the truth in the idea that draws your attention, not the regulation board that enforces your compliance. In a community where ideas are free to continually improve, God can lead and direct those ideas, producing a garden of Eden, where growth happens spontaneously. It is the spontaneous appearance of fruit that makes you realize, “Why the hell would I ever go back to the corporate slavery model?” It is upon the covenant and law offered in the scriptures that begin the uniting of hearts and minds, while harnessing freedom of thought and action, to produce ZION. It is a community where everyone enjoys work. The more intelligence you acquire, the more you want to work. Those with greatest intelligence, work MORE. Our family would fit right in, because WE LOVE TO WORK! In Zion, there is no poor, and you have more time to commune with God. That is why Enoch walked with God for 360 years, before his city ascended. We too have the potential to ascend, if we choose to read the scriptures, live that law, and be ONE.

Conclusion: I know I’m pissing some of you off. I wouldn’t poke the bear, unless it was necessary, as massive destruction lies ahead. I would yank your children off the street, quickly and harshly, if I saw the eminent danger of a speeding car coming down the road. I have maintained a respectful distance all this time, but what lies ahead requires that I respond quickly, and it might even seem “harsh,” because I see eminent danger ahead, as everything the large and spacious corporate-building is founded upon is about to collapse.

As youth and adults we have surfed a ton. Sometimes the sets roll in, suddenly, and out of nowhere. The guy that can see them rolling in yells out a warning that we are all familiar with, “BACK-SET! BACK-SET! BACK-SET!” And then we all paddle like crazy, to avoid getting slammed on the inside break! Unfortunately, sometimes, we get caught on the inside, and in the turmoil of the white-water, one of us might loose our board, …left stranded, in the impact zone. The possibility of drowning causes all of us worry, looking out for each other, and there isn’t one of us who wouldn’t paddle to retrieve their board, despite the danger. Death is an unacceptable outcome. Please forgive me for not being gentle as a dove, …but, “BACK-SET! BACK-SET! BACK-SET!”

 

Laman & Lemuel: Part 7- Promises Made to Fathers (1604)

Because of the Promises Made to Fathers you have hope. Currently you are ignorant of those promises, but in humility that can change. Greater opportunities to hear the voice of the Lord clearer will be made available, as you have done the necessary work.

Lehi’s covenant was significant enough to preserve Laman & Lemuel. His covenant extends far beyond the Lamanite and Nephite destruction, to those who are descendants of the Lamanites and Nephites, called the remnant, TODAY. It is because of the covenant made to the fathers by Christ that we must build our trust around. Knowing them provides us knowledge of what it takes to obtain a covenant from Christ. With that knowledge, we can apply it, and receive our own covenant.

Currently you are ignorant of those promises, but in humility that can change. Familiarizing yourself to the words of Christ in the scriptures simultaneously familiarizes you with the promises made to the fathers. Once familiar with those covenants, you can set out to obtain one for yourself by following the same pattern. It isn’t easy, it takes a lot of work, and requires you to stand alone at times. But Nephi shows the example:

2 Nephi 4:16-35

“16. Behold, my soul delighteth in the things of the Lord; and my heart pondereth continually upon the things which I have seen and heard.

17. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the great goodness of the Lord, in showing me his great and marvelous works, my heart exclaimeth: O wretched man that I am! Yea, my heart sorroweth because of my flesh; my soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.

18. I am encompassed about, because of the temptations and the sins which do so easily beset me.

19. And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted.

20. My God hath been my support; he hath led me through mine afflictions in the wilderness; and he hath preserved me upon the waters of the great deep.

21. He hath filled me with his love, even unto the consuming of my flesh.

22. He hath confounded mine enemies, unto the causing of them to quake before me.

23. Behold, he hath heard my cry by day, and he hath given me knowledge by visions in the night-time.

24. And by day have I waxed bold in mighty prayerbefore him; yea, my voice have I sent up on high; and angels came down and ministered unto me.

25. And upon the wings of his Spirit hath my body been carried away upon exceedingly high mountains. And mine eyes have beheld great things, yea, even too great for man; therefore I was bidden that I should not write them.

26. O then, if I have seen so great things, if the Lord in his condescension unto the children of men hath visited men in so much mercy, why should my heart weep and my soul linger in the valley of sorrow, and my flesh waste away, and my strength slacken, because of mine afflictions?

27. And why should I yield to sin, because of my flesh? Yea, why should I give way to temptations, that the evil one have place in my heart to destroy my peace and afflict my soul? Why am I angry because of mine enemy?

28. Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give place no more for the enemy of my soul.

29. Do not anger again because of mine enemies. Do not slacken my strength because of mine afflictions.

30. Rejoice, O my heart, and cry unto the Lord, and say: O Lord, I will praise thee forever; yea, my soul will rejoice in thee, my God, and the rock of my salvation.

31. O Lord, wilt thou redeem my soul? Wilt thou deliver me out of the hands of mine enemies? Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of sin?

32. May the gates of hell be shut continually before me, because that my heart is broken and my spirit is contrite! O Lord, wilt thou not shut the gates of thy righteousness before me, that I may walk in the path of the low valley, that I may be strict in the plain road!

33. O Lord, wilt thou encircle me around in the robe of thy righteousness! O Lord, wilt thou make a way for mine escape before mine enemies! Wilt thou make my path straight before me! Wilt thou not place a stumbling block in my way—but that thou wouldst clear my way before me, and hedge not up my way, but the ways of mine enemy.

34. O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever. I will not put my trust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his trust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.

35. Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my voice unto thee; yea, I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my righteousness. Behold, my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my rock and mine everlasting God. Amen.”

At one point Nephi sounds really grateful and happy, and then he seems depressed and saddened by his awful condition in sin, and then he expresses confidence and trust in the things of the Lord. To Mom, Nephi would sound crazy, psycho, and bi-polar. But what’s happening in Nephi is evidence of an internal wrestle, which must happen in each of us. If we prove true and faithful, we are taught by Nephi that we are built upon a rock, and that rock is Christ. Repentance requires study.

Greater opportunities to more clearly hear the voice of the Lord will be made available, in the future, as you have done the necessary work. There is more to be expected in the Dispensation of the Fulness of Times. The separation is upon us now. In the near future, that separation will be clearer.

Conclusion: Nephi has written many things that are of great value. In this final post on Laman & Lemuel I will use his words, addressing you as descendants of Lehi, who qualify to receive a covenant through your father’s who are in heaven, to return into the presence of Christ in the flesh. Pray for it.

2 Nephi 32: 2-9

2. Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had received the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the tongue of angels? And now, how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost?

3. Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

We are promised here that that words of Christ will tell you all things what you should do. The words of Christ enlightens the mind so that you can act, and not be acted upon. Doing what the words of Christ tells you, provides you with confidence to act, rather than to react.

4. Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.

Nephi is addressing your ignorance. He also suggests how you can overcome ignorance: ask, knock, and be led into the light.

5. For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

The Holy Ghost now SHOWS you all things that ye should do. That indicates a guide, a constant companionship, showing you what you should do.

6. Behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and there will be no more doctrine given until after he shall manifesthimself unto you in the flesh. And when he shall manifest himself unto you in the flesh, the things which he shall say unto you shall ye observe to do.

7. And now I, Nephi, cannot say more; the Spirit stoppeth mine utterance, and I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.

8. And now, my beloved brethren, I perceive that ye ponder still in your hearts; and it grieveth me that I must speak concerning this thing. For if ye would hearken unto the Spirit which teacheth a man to pray, ye would know that ye must pray; for the evil spirit teacheth not a man to pray, but teacheth him that he must not pray.

9. But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.”

The work must be done to claim the treasures that accompany it in heaven. Would you sell the treasures in heaven in exchange for the treasures upon the earth? Do you sell your tokens fore money? Both questions are the same.

Misdirection (602 Words Short)

The subject matter on this blog is the words of Christ, for those who haven’t figured that out yet. That is the reason why the title of the blog is “Wordcompass.” The idea is to use the words of Christ as a compass, leading beyond the veil to the promised land. And that promised land is beyond the veil, where Christ alone permits your entrance. Your comments, Mom, use Misdirection, removing the need to point to the words of Christ; and instead, must substitute what you lack, with an emotional, perhaps even heart felt, bearing of what you call a testimony.

Your comments are based on your loyalties to the church, that uses your emotions to substitute for testimony, addressing “feelings,” while rarely expounding the words of Christ. If you have something to add, by way of scriptures, by all means, add! If you only want to talk about your feelings, hire a therapist. If you want a one-sided conversation that nods their head in agreement with whatever you state to be true to you, get a bobble-head. I will not use productive time being misdirected by mists of darkness, mocking, pointing the finger, and being ashamed.

1 Nephi 8:25-28, 31

“25. And after they had partaken of the fruit of the tree they did cast their eyes about as if they were ashamed.

26. And I also cast my eyes round about, and beheld, on the other side of the river of water, a great and spacious building; and it stood as it were in the air, high above the earth.

27. And it was filled with people, both old and young, both male and female; and their manner of dress was exceedingly fine; and they were in the attitude of mocking and pointing their fingers towards those who had come at and were partaking of the fruit.

28. And after they had tasted of the fruit they were ashamed, because of those that were scoffing at them; and they fell away into forbidden paths and were lost.

31. And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way towards that great and spacious building.”

Bringing the attitude of the large and spacious building here makes you out to be a cyber-bully. If you don’t want to be quoted at by the scriptures, or questioned in your interpretation of the scriptures, then this is not the place for you. Go play somewhere else. That attitude is not welcome here!

You have nothing to worry about, regarding your identity, as you are not the only one named Mom. You aren’t the only one with a son named Tom, that lives in Hawaii. Your identity will not be marred here, as no one important pays any attention to this.

In the past I have posted every single comment written here, including the ones bashing me for my comments on scripture. If comments made here aren’t pointing to the scriptures, I will not post them or respond anymore. I’ve only one objective, and that is to preach the words of Christ. Anything outside of scriptures is deflection and Misdirection, due to ignorance. I will continue posting material, from the scriptures, based on truth. If you do not like it, get used to being uncomfortable.

Conclusion: “I looked out the window and what did I see? Popcorn popping on the apricot tree. It wasn’t really so. But, it seemed to me. Popcorn popping on the apricot tree.” When ignorance of the scriptures advances, men are left to their biased emotional perceptions. Ms. Direction deceptively convinces the ignorant, that loyalties are better than further light and truth, by conversing with the Lord through the veil.

Respect the Exchange! (703 Words Short)

I have respect for this exchange, because it has generated a conversation based on the words of Christ (my favorite topic). I will emphasize my attention on responding to Mom’s comment, using scriptures she referenced, to continue this conversation. She’s a good sport for responding, and I value her conversation. Recently, she wrote:

“I believe 1 Nephi 14:7 is talking about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This church has been full of light to me and my family – including all my sons. It is the church which has preserved the scriptures and distributed them throughout the world for the past hundred years.”

I am totally in agreement with the fact that the church has provided me, and all of you, the opportunity to come unto Christ, by preserving the words of Christ. However, associating verse 7 with the LDS church is taking the scripture out of context. Context, meaning:the circumstance surrounding the statement, to more accurately draw out what Nephi meant. Consider the context:

  • Nephi is being guided by the spirit of the Lord through Lehi’s dream
  • In this chapter, it is emphasizing the rise and fall of the Gentiles.
  • Leading up to (v7), Nephi sets up what describes our day, where the Gentiles (if they repent) will be numbered amongst the House of Israel, but if not, they’ll perish(v5)
  • Finally, a wo is given to the Gentiles that reject Christ

Having considered the context, it repeats what was taught by Christ in 3 Nephi 16, when the Gentiles reject the fulness of the gospel of Christ. According to Joseph Smith, the founders of the LDS church were the early Gentiles. Thus, the Gentiles are the Mormons who would rejected the fulness, not returning into the presence of Christ, while the remnant of the House of Israel would obtain the presence of Christ. Moroni also prophesied that in our day every church would be polluted (Mormon 9:36-37). Thus, I recommend a different approach than claiming a church. I recommend a personal visitation from Christ, instead.

I’ll address the rest of Mom’s comments briefly. Mom’s comment continues:

“This is the church that bears witness to the miracles of God and the ordinances of the gospel.”

I have stated it before, Christ rejected those who claimed to cast out devils, perform miracles, even prophesy in Christ’s name, but was commanded to “depart” from Christ for failing to know Christ personally (Matt 7:23). So, observing miracles and ordinances were insufficient to save then, and remain insufficient to save NOW, …unless you KNOW Christ!

“It is the church where men who are “called” receive NO MONEY for their duties and fulfill great works of light among the children of men.”

I thought that we had no paid clergy either, until I learned that mission presidents, general authorities, apostles, and the first presidency are paid a healthy sum of $100,000 and more. Professors are called as bishops and stake presidents all the time, because of their financial position, given by the church. But that cannot be associated with being a paid clergy. It is justified as coming from the investments of the church, and not the tithes. They also justify it as “none of the public’s business,” as they keep their works hidden in the dark. You are innocent in believing it, but it isn’t true. Our administrative clergy are paid well, under the label of “stipend” and “benefits.”

“These are also men and women of the church who continue to work with their human frailties – just like you.”

Somehow their (church leaders) frailties can never diminish their doctrine, in your mind. However, in the past, human frailties have diminished the doctrines of the Bible, removing plain and precious truths, leading many into apostasy. Somehow, when it comes to LDS frailties, the rules have somehow changed, and men cannot remove plain and precious truths any longer, because they claim to own a set of keys that wouldn’t allow them to do so (sarcasm). I am certain that a serious effort to diligently seek the Lord through the words of Christ would open your eyes and your ears to expose the truth. But, until that happens our conversations will go in circles.

I love this church. I love you. I love God.
Love,
Mom