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    askandanswer got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in Teen LDS girl "gets saved" while visiting friends church- How will her family respond   
    I’m trying to appreciate the spirit which motivated the original post – a desire to seek advice on a potentially tricky issue that if mishandled, could lead to pain and anguish for several people. That is certainly a commendable motivation. However, I also feel a little uncomfortable with being asked to provide input on an issue which could be used to facilitate the departure of one person away from what I know to be the one and only true church of Christ on this earth. If the desire is to see her grow in her faith in Christ then it’s probably best to leave her where she is. I sincerely believe that membership and active participation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and living in conformity with its’ teachings is the best way to grow faith in Christ. Ideally, in Sunday School and Young Women’s she will regularly encounter experiences designed to help her grow her faith, designed and delivered by men and women called of God.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from pkstpaul in Teen LDS girl "gets saved" while visiting friends church- How will her family respond   
    I’m trying to appreciate the spirit which motivated the original post – a desire to seek advice on a potentially tricky issue that if mishandled, could lead to pain and anguish for several people. That is certainly a commendable motivation. However, I also feel a little uncomfortable with being asked to provide input on an issue which could be used to facilitate the departure of one person away from what I know to be the one and only true church of Christ on this earth. If the desire is to see her grow in her faith in Christ then it’s probably best to leave her where she is. I sincerely believe that membership and active participation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and living in conformity with its’ teachings is the best way to grow faith in Christ. Ideally, in Sunday School and Young Women’s she will regularly encounter experiences designed to help her grow her faith, designed and delivered by men and women called of God.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Vort in Teen LDS girl "gets saved" while visiting friends church- How will her family respond   
    I’m trying to appreciate the spirit which motivated the original post – a desire to seek advice on a potentially tricky issue that if mishandled, could lead to pain and anguish for several people. That is certainly a commendable motivation. However, I also feel a little uncomfortable with being asked to provide input on an issue which could be used to facilitate the departure of one person away from what I know to be the one and only true church of Christ on this earth. If the desire is to see her grow in her faith in Christ then it’s probably best to leave her where she is. I sincerely believe that membership and active participation in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and living in conformity with its’ teachings is the best way to grow faith in Christ. Ideally, in Sunday School and Young Women’s she will regularly encounter experiences designed to help her grow her faith, designed and delivered by men and women called of God.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jane_Doe in How necessary is tithing?   
    Many years ago when I was serving as a ward clerk, someone donated 10% of their home garden crop. They had a small garden so It only amounted to about 4 vegetables. This entry was not recorded on MLS, although I guess we could have approximated the value of the donation and entered that amount. We didn't know what to do with the veggies, and I think that eventually the bishop nominated a needy person they could go to. 
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    askandanswer reacted to Vort in Supreme Court ruling   
    How bitterly ironic that the symbol of the covenant of God's love and mercy toward his people is used to celebrate the legitimization of perversion.
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    askandanswer reacted to bytor2112 in Supreme Court ruling   
    OFFICIAL STATEMENT — 26 JUNE 2015

    Supreme Court Decision Will Not Alter Doctrine on Marriage



    SALT LAKE CITY — 
    The Church issued the following statement Friday:

    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today's ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court's decision does not alter the Lord's doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice."



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    askandanswer reacted to Traveler in Unity   
    For me - I find doctrine very vague and difficult to pin down but disagreement always to be very specific.
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    askandanswer reacted to rameumptom in necessary and sufficient conditions   
    Justification through the blood of Christ makes us sinless. We become eligible for a kingdom of heaven. We are rescued from death and hell.
     
    Sanctification is a process through both the blood of Christ and the Holy Ghost. It is not an all or nothing, but a progression. We may be sanctified to a telestial, terrestrial, or celestial level. As we repent and learn to be Christ-like, we are made holy to ever greater levels. The Holy Spirit of Promise seals us to levels of holiness. It is nothing we earn. It is something we become as the Spirit changes us. We have that "mighty change of heart" that King Benjamin speaks of, changing us to ever higher levels of holiness until we become perfected/completed in Christ.
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    askandanswer reacted to rameumptom in New Institute Manual review   
    Stephen O. Smoot reviews the new Institute Manual on Church History, which includes Plural marriage, and many other issues of interest. It also has a section on handling one's doubts.
     
    Smoot's article can be read here at the MormonInterpreter.
     
     
    Teacher's manual is online here.
     
     
     
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    askandanswer reacted to The Folk Prophet in Talking to spirits?   
    I think this pretty unlikely to happen. Like...never.
     
    There is no ability to communicate with "spirits", as in "ghosts", as in "dead people". If, and when, a dead spirit communicated with us, if it's a righteous cause then it's called an angel and it's not an ability, it's because the angel chose to communicate with us. It it's not a righteous cause then...beware.
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    askandanswer reacted to hagoth in Genesis 49:22 Alma 46:24   
    Compare 2 Nephi 3 (Lehi's parting blessing to his own son Joseph). There, Lehi referred to promises to the earlier Joseph (the one from Egypt), and further promised that a remnant of the Nephite Joseph would be spared.
     
    As to the supposed irony of Moroni warning the Nephites of what was to come, it is worth nothing that immediately after Moroni's burial, thousands of Lehi's descendants exited Nephite society in a diaspora that included Hagoth's ships.
    https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/63.3-7?lang=eng#2
     
    (As to an inkling of where some of those departing Nephites went, Lehi promised a few additional things of note to his son Joseph that might be gleaned from a careful reading of the last few verses.)
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Just_A_Guy in Talking to spirits?   
    In the various passages of scripture that list the various spiritual gifts, (eg Moroni 10: 8-19 and Doctrine and Covenants 46: 13-26) none of them make mention of a gift of communicating with spirits. I'm not sure if anyone has the ability to communicate with spirits in the way you have described, and I think Average Joe has it right.I would be more inclined to believe that your girlfriend has the ability to communicate with spirits if that's what she was told in a Patriarchal blessing. If it comes from any other source, I'd tend to be sceptical.
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    askandanswer reacted to james12 in necessary and sufficient conditions   
    I would say being clean is necessary but not sufficient. And indeed the atonement and gospel plan involve much more then simply cleansing.  
    The Lord wants us to be people of strength and power, not just weak beings who must be continually cleansed. We must become holy.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from sxfritz in Why does the bishop have so many responsibilities?   
    The other week after Sacrament, I saw our bishop standing in his office with the door open doing nothing. A few minutes later I walked past again and he was still standing their doing nothing. I called out to him that the ward must be running extremely well if he had nothing to do. He explained that there was nothing he could do because his counsellors, clerk and exec sec were all away. 
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    askandanswer reacted to james12 in I can't get married and neither can my friends.   
    Stringsofcoins, Please do not get married. You do not understand women, children, or marriage. Remain alone, where you can pretend to be safe from all the hurt and pain. For indeed:  
     However, know this:
     
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    askandanswer reacted to Latter-Day Marriage in I can't get married and neither can my friends.   
    It's easy to get cynical about marriage when it doesn't work out for some people close to you, but each failed marriage is the result of one or both spouses not acting as Christ would want them to.  There are a great many good marriages within the church, more so than failed ones.  My wife and I have been married for 26 years, neither one of us has come anywhere close to cheating on each other in all that time.  We've had areas that were rough spots but there was never a time we were not close or our marriage not strong.  In the past 20 years we have been in this ward I can count on one had the number of marriages that have fallen apart, and the only one that I know of where the wife cheated was one where the husband was emotionally abusive and drove her away with he behavior.

    There are no guarantees, but if you are committed to living the gospel and marry somebody who is committed to living the gospel and keep your marriage as a priority in your life you have a far greater chance of success in marriage.  Those who follow after the ways of the world are going to find it hard to have a successful marriage. 

    A man does gain a lot from the love and companionship of a wife, I would never want to go back to being single.  There is also great joy in having and raising children.  God did not make a mistake in instituting marriage and family, but the blessings of those things only come to those who qualify for them by obedience to God.

    As for gay marriage, I think the fight to keep gay marriage illegal is lost, and that is why the church has turned their attention more to fighting to protect freedom of religion, but there is no 'fight' when it comes to the immorality of gay marriage.  The church is never going to endorse it and members who go down that path will find themselves outside the church.  The church has never taken the position that marriage and divorce are based on feelings alone.  Marriage is a covenant with God, and divorce is only acceptable in God's eyes in cases of abuse, abandonment, infidelity etc, not simply because one of them feels like divorcing.  While the church won't sit in judgement of a divorcing couple and assign blame, that couple will have to answer to God at judgment day for their actions

    It's been a long time since I watched Fireproof.  It is not produced by the church, I think it is from some evangelical filmmakers.  It most certainly does not glorify adultery, in fact I don't think she actually sleeps with another man.  If I recall right, they just have conflict/temptation and she says she wants a divorce. It is a story of a man fighting to save his marriage from falling apart and succeeding at it.  The message is that if you work at making your marriage good and follow Christ you can heal even a very broken marriage.
     
    Your attitude is leading you to cut off your nose to spite your face.  A strategy of avoiding failure will not lead to happiness.  Instead shed your angry and cynical mindset and pursue success.  Other people's failures and weaknesses are their own issues, you are your own person.  Get your head right and open your eyes.  Somewhere out there is a beautiful daughter of God who you can have a wonderful marriage with.  Make yourself into the kind of man she can have a wonderful marriage with first, then keep your eyes open for her.  When you find her and marry her, make your marriage and family your priority and do your part to make it work, dont' sit there and expect it to work all on it's own with no effort from you.
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    askandanswer reacted to pam in LDS in the Terrestial and Telestial Kingdoms   
    The term new and everlasting covenant is used frequently throughout the Doctrine and Covenants. President Joseph Fielding Smith gave the following definition of it:

     

    “The new and everlasting covenant is the fulness of the gospel. It is composed of ‘All covenants, contracts, bonds, obligations, oaths, vows, performances, connections, associations, or expectations’ that are sealed upon members of the Church by the Holy Spirit of promise, or the Holy Ghost, by the authority of the President of the Church who holds the keys. The President of the Church holds the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood. He delegates authority to others and authorizes them to perform the sacred ordinances of the priesthood.

     

    “Marriage for eternity is a new and everlasting covenant. Baptism is also a new and everlasting covenant, and likewise ordination to the priesthood, and every other covenant is everlasting and a part of the new and everlasting covenant which embraces all things.” (Answers to Gospel Questions, 1:65.)

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    askandanswer reacted to bytor2112 in When does a man's spirit leave the body?   
    Last June...June 20th to be precise at about 5:30 A.M, I had a massive heart attack and went into cardiac arrest in the E.R. The doctor and medical team were able to bring me back after a couple minutes or so....thankfully. 
     
    As I lay on the table in horrible pain, I felt my spirit leaving my body. I told my wife I was sorry and was dying and then looked around the room and said I am going...and off I went. 
     
    I also saw...me....as I "rushed" back into my body. For the next several minutes my wife said I kept asking what had happened to the music and as they rolled me to the cath lab, I was very much at peace and thought only of the music. Thankfully the cardiologist, who was working frantically, was able to open the blocked artery. He told me I had maybe 10 minutes left to live after they revived me.
     
    My spirit left my body. DId it go to Paradise? Dunno. I think somewhere in between as it wasn't my time.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from AngelMarvel in Talking to spirits?   
    In the various passages of scripture that list the various spiritual gifts, (eg Moroni 10: 8-19 and Doctrine and Covenants 46: 13-26) none of them make mention of a gift of communicating with spirits. I'm not sure if anyone has the ability to communicate with spirits in the way you have described, and I think Average Joe has it right.I would be more inclined to believe that your girlfriend has the ability to communicate with spirits if that's what she was told in a Patriarchal blessing. If it comes from any other source, I'd tend to be sceptical.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Vort in Identity Crises - My Secret Identity   
    The OP was about people who seem to have more than one identity. PC replied that he would try to avoid the problems associated with people having more than one identity by keeping his eyes on Christ. I raised the idea that this approach might not be a complete resolution to the problem because Christ is seen by some people in many different ways and could be seen as having multiple identities, so keeping ones eyes on Christ might as a way of resolving these problems still raises questions that need to be considered. Not intended as a serious comment, but now that I think about it a little further, as a personage with a mortal mother and an immortal Father, and as a god who walked the earth as a man, its not hard to see how some might see Christ as having more than one identity. Its not true of course, but in some ways, He does seem to fit the description. 
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Average Joe in Talking to spirits?   
    In the various passages of scripture that list the various spiritual gifts, (eg Moroni 10: 8-19 and Doctrine and Covenants 46: 13-26) none of them make mention of a gift of communicating with spirits. I'm not sure if anyone has the ability to communicate with spirits in the way you have described, and I think Average Joe has it right.I would be more inclined to believe that your girlfriend has the ability to communicate with spirits if that's what she was told in a Patriarchal blessing. If it comes from any other source, I'd tend to be sceptical.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Jane_Doe in Talking to spirits?   
    In the various passages of scripture that list the various spiritual gifts, (eg Moroni 10: 8-19 and Doctrine and Covenants 46: 13-26) none of them make mention of a gift of communicating with spirits. I'm not sure if anyone has the ability to communicate with spirits in the way you have described, and I think Average Joe has it right.I would be more inclined to believe that your girlfriend has the ability to communicate with spirits if that's what she was told in a Patriarchal blessing. If it comes from any other source, I'd tend to be sceptical.
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    askandanswer got a reaction from Backroads in Talking to spirits?   
    In the various passages of scripture that list the various spiritual gifts, (eg Moroni 10: 8-19 and Doctrine and Covenants 46: 13-26) none of them make mention of a gift of communicating with spirits. I'm not sure if anyone has the ability to communicate with spirits in the way you have described, and I think Average Joe has it right.I would be more inclined to believe that your girlfriend has the ability to communicate with spirits if that's what she was told in a Patriarchal blessing. If it comes from any other source, I'd tend to be sceptical.
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    askandanswer reacted to james12 in Peace in this life and the world to come   
    First, you are not  these thoughts and feelings. At your core you are a person filled with light and peace. These problems you face hide who you truly are. The negative dialogue in your mind drive these emotions and fuels your anger and frustration. Here is a question, can you separate who you are from your thoughts? Can you recognize the difference between you as a spirit being who has existed for eons of time and your mind which constantly analyzes and judges people and situations? 
    You will not receive additional punishment from God. You are in large measure facing the "punishment" now. It is simply what you have become. Your difficult to control anger, is what will remain with you beyond this life and will ultimately keep you from the fullness of joy found in the Celestial kingdom.
     
    For me, whenever I tried to force myself to do what was right it seemed more difficult to improve. I pushed myself to study the scriptures, pray, attend church, the temple, but my thoughts and problems kept coming. While such things are good, it is vital that we focus on following the spirit. Sometimes this may not mean doing more but instead doing less. It may mean taking time out or centering our self and recognizing the spirit that is in us.
     
    Also, for me, one of the most important steps is and has been realizing I couldn't do it myself as you have mentioned, but also realizing how to tap into the enabling power of the atonement in my own life. 
    I certainly have had my own struggles and have been concerned with my soul. Because of that I have learned in some measure to feel my way forward. Keep working at it. Turn to the Lord in humility and do not expect him to solve your problem, but instead give you an inner strength for the day at hand. This he will do if you are humble and sincere. 
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    askandanswer reacted to Average Joe in Talking to spirits?   
    When in doubt turn to the scriptures, like Leviticus 19:31
     
    New American Standard Bible 
    'Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.

    King James Bible
    Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
     
    ​And remember, God is not the author of confusion, Satan is.