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  1. I think that when God and Jesus choose to reveal themselves to Their children, They will be seen as they want to be seen, and not as Their children want or choose to see them. Its not often that a person's desire or willingness to see a vision in a certain way is sufficiently strong to overcome the purposes for which that vision was given and the intention of that vision, (although this might have happened in a part of Lehi's dream). For Jesus to appear to Joseph Smith as a woman would either be deceptive, which I don't think God is likely to do, or it would defeat the purpose of Them showing Themselves to Joseph, (which purposes was to identify and make themselves known) and I think that this might be one of those occasions when Their purpose was not defeated.
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    The Development of Mormon Theology(Book)

    I think that God's plans are sufficiently flexible as to be able to accomodate some involvement from His children. I also think if that involvement leads to things becoming too far off the track, He will take whatever remedial action may be necessary.
  3. Romans 3:23 – For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God - got a brief mention in our Sunday School class today and it got me thinking. This verse reminded me of our absolute dependence on the atonement. Under the current terms and conditions of the Plan of Salvation, because we have all sinned, in order to be saved in the Kingdom of God, we are all absolutely dependent on the atonement and God’s mercy. This led to a few questions in my mind: In order for the Plan of Salvation to accomplish its intended purposes, does it, in its current form, lead to, or create, or rely upon, a situation of dependence? Is this better or worse than a plan that leads to a situation of independence? Why is a Plan that creates, or results in, or relies upon a condition of dependence better than a plan which leads to independence? If an all-powerful God could have created a plan which did not involve creating conditions of dependency – and I don’t think such a task would be beyond His abilities - why might He have created a plan that does involve setting up a condition of dependency? What did He have in mind in setting things up this way, why is He seemingly making the creation of a dependent condition so important in this Plan of Salvation, and might there be anything else that the creation of this condition of dependence is meant to assist in the achievement of, post-exaltation?
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    The Development of Mormon Theology(Book)

    The architect prepares the plan, the builder creates the structure and the owner/occupiers add their own touch. Does the work of the builders and the owner/occupiers change the plan? I think not.
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    Third Hour forum get together

    @pam I hope you realise what a blessing this ^^ is.
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    When did temple marriage begin?

    I haven't read the whole thread, but Doctrine and Covenants 132: 39 seems to me to be strongly suggestive of the idea that some form of eternal marriage took place between Moses and Christ 39 David's wives and concubines were given unto him of me, by the hand of Nathan, my servant, and others of the prophets who had the keys of this power; and in none of these things did he sin against me save in the case of Uriah and his wife; and, therefore he hath fallen from his exaltation, and received his portion; and he shall not inherit them out of the world, for I gave them unto another, saith the Lord. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 132:39)
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    Missionaries

    This ^^ compares very favourably with being nailed to a cross.
  8. I think the following scriptures are relevant for this question 1 VERILY, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha—There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly; 2 There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men. 3 Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated. 4 Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; 5 And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; 6 And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 91:1 - 6) If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (New Testament | 1 Timothy 4:6 - 7) 118 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 88:118)
  9. 7 And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts; (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 29:7) 40 For intelligence cleaveth unto intelligence; wisdom receiveth wisdom; truth embraceth truth; virtue loveth virtue; light cleaveth unto light; (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 88:40)
  10. Sorry, there were 3 cookies for you but @Jane_Doe ate them all.
  11. This confirms my concerns about Southern Baptists ;)
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    Can marital relationships be defined before we came to earth ?

    You freely choosing in the pre-existence who you will marry on Earth sounds like the exercise of your free will rather than the breaking of that free will.
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    Church History - a Paradigm Shift

    I'm really looking forward to when LDS physicists start to turn their attention to this question and try to learn a bit more about the nature of this connection and the means of control.
  14. Perhaps you could explain to her how your children might be better children by spending time away from you, at school. And of course, you become a better father by spending time away from your wife and children, at work.