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  1. Anddenex

    What are we suppose to learn?

    When I read your question and thought this quote from Joseph F. Smith was brought back to my remembrance, "It is not by marvelous manifestations unto us that we shall be established in the truth, but it is by humility and faithful obedience to the commandments and laws of God. When I as a boy first started out in the ministry, I would frequently go out and ask the Lord to show me some marvelous thing, in order that I might receive a testimony. But the Lord withheld marvels from me, and showed me the truth, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little [see 2 Nephi 28:30], until he made me to know the truth from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet, and until doubt and fear had been absolutely purged from me. He did not have to send an angel from the heavens to do this, nor did he have to speak with the trump of an archangel. By the whisperings of the still small voice of the Spirit of the living God, he gave to me the testimony I possess. And by this principle and power he will give to all the children of men a knowledge of the truth that will stay with them, and it will make them to know the truth, as God knows it, and to do the will of the Father as Christ does it. And no amount of marvelous manifestations will ever accomplish this." I also desired the same marvelous manifestations and experiences in order to receive a testimony. I discovered the same thing as Joseph F. Smith that the Lord taught line upon line, precept upon precept via the power of his Spirit in order to receive a testimony. In that light, then why do scriptures appear to focus on marvelous manifestations? Isn't this the reason why any member of the Church seeks these experiences to receive a testimony? These are thoughts I have come to believe: 1) Promises. There are times where a "marvelous" experience is necessary in order for God to keep his promises (the angel sparing Nephi from the rod). 2) Earnest. The restoration required a "marvelous" experience in order to restore Christ's church after the apostasy. 3) Faith & Obedience. It is safe to say that people who have more faith and their actions (obedience) match their faith they will have more spiritual manifestations that we would call marvelous. Gifts of the Spirit are given to some and a person that is gifted more with faith at an earlier age will have different experiences. I am, as a father, amazed at how different the Lord interacts with my children pertaining to marvelous experiences and an increase in their testimony. I think there are more reasons but this suffices for now. Then what are we to learn: 1) My wife pointed out this week to our children how we can't assume someone isn't willing or ready for the gospel. She pointed out to our children the "tattooed" Mormon. The Lord judges by the heart, not our outward appearance (even our outward actions). 2) I think the word "seek" is right, "expect" might not be the best word. We are to diligently seek after the Lord. How the Lord wants to reveal himself is not ours to demand. I find it interesting that Joseph Smith after having one experience knew -- had the faith -- to receive the same type of witness, but before that he was just going before the Lord to offer a prayer vocally and in private. He wasn't "expecting" or "seeking" such a marvelous experience. We are to seek, not demand or expect any particular witness to add to our testimony. Although, I would be cautious to say "never" seek a marvelous experience. We can seek, but should be grateful for whatever we receive and give thanks. 3) Humility to accept small witness. I think this is sufficient.
  2. Anddenex

    Lamb of God

    I assume it is possible the search function on the Church's website is off a bit; although, I am only able to find two references in the New Testament that specify "Lamb of God." In the Book of Mormon I am able to find 33 (the majority of them coming from Nephi). It appears from this the Bible doesn't reference the title "Lamb of God" as much as stated. The "Lamb of God" is used much more in the Book of Mormon. What passages am I missing in the Bible (Old or New) that reference Christ as the Lamb of God? Savior = He saved us, so that seems to be a logical name for -- the God -- who saves, not just any ordinary man. Here are the thoughts your question causes me to entertain: 1) How often do I use the term "the Lamb of God" in comparison to other titles given to Christ, our Savior? If I were to review mine own words the "Lamb of God" is not one commonly used unless I am specifically referring a metaphor or story that the "Lamb of God" would be the appropriate title (in comparison and relation to Savior, Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Son of man, and many others). 2) When you say "referenced" what exactly are you meaning? If I use the title "Messiah" I am obviously referring to the "Lamb of God." If I use the title Savior I am obviously also referencing the "Lamb of God" who saved us by his grace. 3) What value does one title have over the other titles Jesus Christ is referenced as? Is there any value using Savior over Lamb of God or vice-versa? I don't see any value added to one title over the other. I do see how one title might be more appropriate in a given metaphor, analogy, or story pertaining to our Savior, the Lamb of God, the only begotten of the Father. Out of those three references is one more important than the other?
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    You’re doing it wrong

    True; although, gluten free and celiac certified aren't the same thing. Celiac certified truly means (at least should be, recognizing human error) gluten free. Gluten free might be made in the same place where other products with wheat are made, which results in cross-contamination of gluten even in "gluten free" items. Thus far, we have only found one brand and one flavor that doesn't have gluten in it (celiac certified, or at least reports specify that it is celiac safe). I will have to send this link to Ms. Anddenex and see if the list of ice-creams my son can have has increased.
  4. Anddenex

    You’re doing it wrong

    Yep. My son is celiac, and we are still trying to figure out all the items he used to eat that he can't.
  5. Anddenex

    You’re doing it wrong

    Ice-Cream -- actually the majority ice-creams do have gluten -- how do I know? My son can't eat them because of gluten in them. We have found only one ice-cream that is certified safe for my son. And for my son gluten is evil.
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    Priesthood restoration discrepancies

    Alma the Younger. Now, to be fair, as we don't know Alma the Younger's full history, we can say he was taught the gospel by his Father, which then leads to the thought that Alma the Younger would have had to have abandoned his faith as taught by his father. We can see from his life he came back stronger and more committed to the gospel. Oliver Cowdery also comes to mind. He abandoned his faith, did not move with the saints. He was excommunicated and later came back. His commitment to the Church could be argued as we may not know if he was stronger or more committed, but we do know he returned and was faithful to the end.
  7. Anddenex

    Priesthood restoration discrepancies

    Would you consider the phrases "loss of testimony" and "testimony lost" have the same meaning? I am asking because I would say this is more semantics. If I use the word loss, simply meaning "the act of loosing possession" and the example provided "a loss of sight." I didn't have amnesia or anything to have a loss of sight. Something is happening to my body that caused a loss of sight. I am not sure I am following the example provided with the car and car crashes.
  8. Anddenex

    Priesthood restoration discrepancies

    Yes, this is an excellent verse of scripture. If we are loyal to our covenants we will "always" have the Spirit with us. If we have the Spirit with us we will be guided, comforted, and lead down the straight and narrow path. I have heard some say, that not everybody leaves the Church because of "sin." I don't agree with these statements. There are sins of omission and sins of commission. Sin is the only reason why testimony is lost (often that sin is "omission" rather than commission).
  9. Anddenex

    Priesthood restoration discrepancies

    I remember being presented with an aspect of history that shocked me, especially discovering for myself that in part the history and recordings showed this to be true. In my heart I said, "This can't be true." Then the Spirit spoke to me saying, "It is true." I said, "It can't be." The Spirit repeated once again to me, "It is true." I then realized how important the second sentence is above. People will insert their interpretation to historical events. If they are pro-Church they will insert their positive interpretation. If they are anti-Church they will insert their negative interpretation to sow seeds of doubt -- because misery likes company. The Spirit told me the history is true. The Spirit also made it clear that I will leave "interpretation" and "judgement" to God. It has never been a question sense. The Spirit will always speak the truth, and will never lead us astray. Whereas disgruntled members, antis, and others will look for any loophole they can -- insert their interpretation -- in order to sow seeds of doubt.
  10. I remember this being the argument for some of my friends and acquaintances also.
  11. I am not taking anything personal, so we are good. I am pretty sure my parents prefer America though, and not being happy with culture/media doesn't equate with being happier in a different country. I highly doubt if Christ was here today that he would be happy with our culture and media.
  12. This is so interesting. I never put the two together, but now I won't be able to watch it without having this run through my mind. 😊
  13. I am not sure I agree with this sentiment in totality. A person (individual) that is experienced with wolves will have a proper mentality of awareness, but that doesn't mean they need to fear a wolf. I see the statement given as if someone were to say, "Only a fool wouldn't have some level of fear of [heights]." We don't need to fear, we just need to be aware. Usually fear is a result of a lack of knowledge of a potential circumstance.
  14. Anddenex

    Second marriage and temple garments

    This is what is most important for you and your husband. In that light, it doesn't matter what I think or anyone else thinks. The fact that you are about to be sealed to a man who is willing to make you comfortable is a great start and it shows his love for you! That is most important no matter how silly something maybe. It is something that can be changed very easily. Congrats to you both by the way.