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  1. laronius

    Was Jesus married

    God is a title. I don't know how I would even define it specifically. But it encompasses the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost notwithstanding their varying roles and missions. And while there is much we do not know about who the Holy Ghost is we do believe that he will have all the blessings, such as eternal marriage, made available to him at some point.
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    Was Jesus married

    I guess that makes you a demigod, emphasis on the demi. 😀
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    Was Jesus married

    Eternal marriage is definitely part of the plan. So yes Jesus was either married in this life or if his specific mission precluded him from marrying in this life then he married after. But if I understand it correctly marriage has to take place before the resurrection so that would not have given him much time.
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    Liberal Ideas Creeping In

    I think they have lost or perhaps never had the proper prospective on what matters most. She estoles the virtues of being a stay-at-home mom and then turns around and says having a career is of equivalent value with the only virtue of that course of action being "because that's what you want to do." The false doctrine of "self fulfillment" has taken hold and I hope they root it out before their families pay the price.
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    The Fall - Blessings or Punishments?

    Perhaps not first in terms of when it was recorded but first in the timeline is the fall of Lucifer.
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    The second coming is in March

    On a somewhat unrelated but interesting sidenote, the name Mary is believed to have been brought out of Egypt with the deliverance of Israel and is believed to be derived from the Egyptian word "mry" meaning beloved. Could thus be part of the reason or symbolism behind why God always introduces Jesus as His "beloved Son," maybe?
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    The second coming is in March

    I found this on a non-LDS website (I think it was Catholic) that I think is helpful: "In Revelation 12:1-6 we see into heaven and there behold the woman, the dragon, and the woman's child. In verses 7-12 we read of the archangel Michael and the dragon who move from heaven to earth, and then in verses 13-17 of the dragon, the woman, and her child, all of whom are on earth. It would appear that the woman has a primary reference to the people of God, Israel, and the church, with a secondary reference to Mary, mother of the Messiah: she is a "type" of the church." So we aren't the only ones with this interpretation but you are right in that often the Church represents the wife or intended bride of Jesus and we are the offspring of that union when we are born again. Though we know that Jesus does fill the roles of both Father and Son at times and if we compare the description of the conception of Jesus Christ it sounds a whole lot like the process of being born again. Such as this verse in our scripture: D&C 5:16 And behold, whosoever believeth on my words, them will I visit with the manifestation of my Spirit; and they shall be born of me, even of water and of the Spirit-
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    Does God feel gratitude?

    I think you make a great point about His relationship with other exalted beings. I also like this part of the definition from the link you provided: Gratitude is an uplifting, exalting attitude.
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    Does God feel gratitude?

    First of all let me make the point that I am not saying that I do not believe God feels gratitude. My thoughts are still in fact evolving as it is a thought I have not really considered in the past and have had no more than a few moments to consider. My hope is to flesh out the idea. But to address your specific comment while the feeling of joy and gladness are often accompanied by the feeling of gratitude they are not actually the same thing.
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    Does God feel gratitude?

    When I sat down to define for myself what gratitude means to me I defined it as: the feeling evoked by the recognition that something of value to us and yet not entirely within our ability alone to obtain is yet made available to us. After writing that out I thought it sounded a whole lot like the definition of grace. After a little research I found out why. Both words gratitude and grace have close original ties to the Latin words gratia meaning kindness, favour, and esteem and the word gratus meaning pleasing.
  11. On the surface this seems like an obvious answer but when we consider what gratitude means and we also consider how all things are God's already is gratitude a godly attribute or just a divinely appointed attribute for those who are to any degree less than He is? Obviously how we define gratitude/thankfulness will factor in so it would be helpful to maybe share your definition of it when expressing your views but I thought it would be a worthwhile discussion in coming to better understand the importance of gratitude in our own lives.
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    Rending the Veil of Unbelief

    Vs 9 "Because of thy faith thou hast seen that I will take upon me flesh and blood..." What do you suppose he saw that would lead him to this conclusion? Even though his assumption was incorrect, the Lord seems to imply that there was something about his appearance that revealed the fact that he would one day have flesh and blood.
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    The second coming is in March

    So I came across something today that made me reconsider the interpretation of the duration of the half hour of silence. The most common interpretation is using the 1 day = 1000 years calculation. But that's assuming that 1 day had 24 equal units termed hours. What I learned today is that the ancient Hebrew calendar had 24 hours but the duration of each hour changed throughout the year. They were known as relative hours. In other words the daytime (when the sun was up) was divided into 12 hours no matter what time of year it was. So an hour during the summer was longer than during the winter. The night also had 12 relative hours. Not that this proves anything other than don't get your mind set on any one interpretation.
  14. I think some of the confusion here is because people are talking about two different things: the doctrine of grace in total vs what specific element of that doctrine Nephi is focusing on. One doesn't make the other untrue but it does create misunderstanding.
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    Who is G-d that I should know Him.

    This I think is actually the more literal interpretation. In Rev 1:6 there are two titles mentioned, kings and priests. The title of priest used here is more of a reference to the role of priest in ancient times rather than the modern church. Anciently the priest was actually a religious leader, not a gospel novice just learning how to exercise the priesthood righteously. As such the dual titles of king and priest are applied to those who have proven faithful and are trusted to rule and reign in the House of Israel as both a governmental as well as a religious leader over their own family kingdoms. This alongside their wives who will likewise reign as queens and priestesses. This position is reserved only for those who have proven their faithfulness. The first resurrection is also reserved for the righteous so yes it is talking about the same people.