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  2. wenglund

    Mind Blowing or Expanding

    I see the law of sacrifice as applying not just to Christ, but also to those desiring to become like Christ--i.e. those who are born from above. Thanks, -Wade Englund-
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  4. wenglund

    April 2019 Conference Predictions

    I predict that what will be new this conference is that there won't be anything new, giving the church time to settle in and adjust to all the new things of 2018--a breather, so to speak, before buckling our seat belts for the next wild ride in 2020. Thanks, -Wade Englund-
  5. Rob Osborn

    Mind Blowing or Expanding

    Yeah I'm not sure about all that I just believe that the whole point of the sacrifice of the lamb was that it was unblemished, symbolic of cleanliness and sinless; purity. Our blood means nothing, does nothing, it's just death. Christ's blood has life in it.
  6. wenglund

    Mind Blowing or Expanding

    I would be interested to read the six principles if appropriate (I mention this because I understand that some things may be too sacred to share in a public forum). Thanks, -Wade Englund-
  7. wenglund

    Mind Blowing or Expanding

    I used to believe the same way until Jeff and Matt helped me to recognize the significance of Isaac's arrested sacrifice as contrasted with Christ's unarrested sacrifice. This means that Isaac only symbolized Christ up to a point, whereas he fully symbolizes those who are "born from above." This means that Abraham, the angel, and the ram in the thicket, are each symbolic representations of Christ. Can you see why? Thanks, -Wade Englund-
  8. Jane_Doe

    Are all the leaders rich?

    HI @marge, great to see you again!
  9. marge

    Are all the leaders rich?

    I don't see a problem with church leaders being paid, that way they can dedicate their efforts to the church completely, it makes sense that the church would look after them. In my faith all the priests, bishops etc are financially looked after by the church, that way they can concentrate fully on their job in the church. I don't see an issue with it at all.
  10. DennisTate

    Eventual Universal Salvation?

    https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/3-ne/7?lang=eng
  11. Fether

    April 2019 Conference Predictions

    I never understood the hype behind “canonizing” things. Does a canonizes scripture have more weight and authority than a general conference talk?
  12. DennisTate

    Eventual Universal Salvation?

    I just started reading: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=qm_DR972jwwC&rdot=1&source=gbs_atb&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_atb Gaze Into Heaven: Near-Death Experiences in Early Church History
  13. Emmanuel Goldstein

    April 2019 Conference Predictions

    I could see the Proclamation on the Family and The Living Christ becoming Official Declaration 3 and 4. Perhaps some new revelations added as section 139 and 140 as well.
  14. cdowis

    Youtube Apologetics

    Rev 20: 13 ... they were judged every man according to their works.
  15. Traveler

    Best SOTU in living memory

    I believe that rehabilitation seldom occurs with multiple offenders. We have a great problem with gun violence and we are in need of gun control laws that will define any multiple cases of gun violence as a federal capitol offence carried out by a robotic firing squad. Not as a punishment but as a deterrent to gun violence and to end the continuance of the same from multiple offenders. The Traveler The Traveler
  16. bytebear

    Are all the leaders rich?

    I know a lot of people get upset when many of the leaders are businessmen, but this is an international church now, and we need leadership familiar with the business and political world to achieve the goals of the Lord. Do you know the first non-US country to have two temples? Germany. Why? Because of the savvy of our leaders, we were able to negotiate a temple in East Germany before the wall fell. After the reunification of Germany, the country had a West German and East German temple. That is simply remarkable, and could no be done if the Lord did not place those leaders in those positions. A friend from high school was in the Austria mission before the temple and was one of the first missionaries to enter East Germany. The Lord knew what was coming, and prepared the people years before it happened.
  17. Anddenex

    Mind Blowing or Expanding

    In our Sunday school lesson today, my mind was provided with a correlation of scriptures that I had not previously connected. The scriptures are: 1) Doctrine and Covenants 93: 31-32 2) John 3: 19-21 3) The Parable of the Sower Conversion is a process that happens through the principle of grace upon grace. Whenever "light" is introduced to us the Spirit of Christ (light of Christ) in us all will bear witness. This light will entice our intelligence to act for itself, or the "light" will be acted upon. In the Parable of the Sower we speak of four types of ground where "the word" (the seed -- Alma's symbolism I just correlated also from your other thread) will fall. When this light enters our hearts we will nourish or reject it. Our actions will show our acceptance of "the seed" (the word made flesh). This is growing grace for grace, and one aspect that distinguishes the Savior from us. The Savior never rejected any truth, any way, any life that was given by the Father -- light. The question which we all know, where will we place the light, the seed, the word of life?
  18. Traveler

    Mind Blowing or Expanding

    If you really want your mind blown - befriend a devout Muslim raised in Arabia (from geographically where that chapter was given) and let them explain what symbolism they understand from that particular chapter. The Traveler
  19. Traveler

    Mind Blowing or Expanding

    I will begin by saying that the entire book of the Gospel of John is my "favorite, and perhaps mind blowing multi-layered meaning and symbol-steeped passages of scripture" - not just because of the rich symbolism but the most profound prophecies rich in symbolism of particularly concerning the "Restoration". It would seem that the most prominent criticism of the restored Gospel (in particular doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) by those of religious nature are modeled through the opposition of the prominent Jews (Pharisees) towards the teaching of Jesus as witnessed by John. Take for example; John 10:30-34 where the Jews intend to stone Jesus - not for his deeds but because he taught through doctrine deep in symbolism that a man can become a G-d - which is the most criticized and most misused and misunderstood doctrine of Christ and the restored church of Jesus Christ. The Traveler
  20. Anddenex

    Mind Blowing or Expanding

    1 Nephi 8 is filled with symbolism that is multi-layered. I at one point thought I had learned everything from this chapter. I decided to memorize the whole chapter, and while memorizing the whole chapter the Lord taught me six principles that were there. I think I have finally come to a full understanding of this chapter, but am probably wrong once again.
  21. MormonGator

    April 2019 Conference Predictions

    I fear that day is coming for my ward as well. The members are very old (not an insult, statement of fact) and the ward is not replenishing itself when someone tragically passes way.
  22. Fether

    April 2019 Conference Predictions

    Plural marriage to be reinstated Tithing replaced with United order word of wisdom to include gluten, red meat, and caffeine getting tattoos now bars you from the temple for one year or longer church rolls out it’s own school curriculum for k-12 New book of scripture animal sacrifice reinstituted Book of Mormon geography confirmations revelation on details of different degrees of glory raising mission age up to 21 arranged marriages made common practice Worship bands to be formed in every ward
  23. Ironhold

    Self-defense poll for US Saints

    In my part of Texas, it's *very* common for people to be carrying multi-tools or utility knives. State law allows businesses to prevent people from carrying weapons inside so long as they post a specific set of statutes around all public entrances, and you can't conceal-carry in places like churches anyway unless you're law enforcement, but you and a dozen other people can still take turns shanking anyone who tries anything stupid.
  24. zil

    April 2019 Conference Predictions

    Yes, that's the difficult balance.
  25. Grunt

    April 2019 Conference Predictions

    See. Maybe it's just because I look at it from what I know. We don't have enough people for all the callings now, so making the ward smaller would really increase the load on the individual members.
  26. zil

    April 2019 Conference Predictions

    Our stake was rearranged into smaller wards in order to lighten the load on the bishops.
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