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  1. Yes, I agree. Hope is an idea that has inspired my heart as the new year marches in. I also feel prompted to increase my Faith. I have also felt the need to Repent and "sin no more". I feel to Unify with all humble believers in Christ. Lastly, I feel to remember and never forget that the source of Truth is the Savior.
  2. Didn't Russell Nelson say,"men are that they might have joy, not guilt trips."
  3. Replace the words "a man" with "flesh" and your explanation raises my theologically non-traditional eyebrows. I then wait for the interesting (no convincing allowed) interfaith discussion to ensue. If God the father was born of Mary then which is he, Creator or creation. Can he not be both. If you say that he can be both then where is the distinction? So did God go from incorporeal (all that is incorporeal is found within him) to corporeal (God in the flesh(did this make him creator and creation?)) and now he is back to incorporeal(traditional Christian teaching is that God is not corporeal)? If this is the case then God seems to be changing. is this kind of change allowed under the no change clause? How does this not fall under the "this idea just occurred to me. . . " umbrella?
  4. So I am not a scriptorian whatsoever, so just relaying what I have been taught about LDS beliefs. The above statement is not a comment on where Jesus would end up, rather it is Jesus giving us some insight into where our spirits go when they leave our mortal shells. He is saying to the criminal, "even though you are dying on a cross, later today, you will still be alive and in a place called paradise, and furthermore, I will be there with you." (This also establishes that physical death can be defined as the separation of the body and spirit) Peter gives more information about where our spirits go after death. He says: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. The LDS believe that the above scripture describes Jesus' continuing mission after he "gave up the ghost" on the cross. Remember that after resurrection he told Mary that he had not yet ascended to his Father. Where was his spirit then? We believe that he was as Peter said "preaching unto the spirits in prison". So we know that Christ was the first fruits of the resurrection. Where were all of the spirits of people who died before he completed his work? We do not believe that those spirits who have passed go immediately to heaven, which is made clear by the above scriptures. (Again, even our Savior did not ascend directly to his Father.) We believe that those spirits go to either spirit paradise or spirit prison. We know Jesus said that the criminal would be with him in paradise and Peter said that Jesus preached to spirits in prison so at least two places are prepared for our spirits after death and those places are not with our Father, so in my mind, not heaven. I'd go on but writing makes me tired and I can't remember my point. Laughing. I think I was just responding that Christ was not teaching about "end up" location when speaking to the criminal on the cross.
  5. I read somewhere that they almost went with an elefont. I think that would have been fontastic.
  6. i usually only speak to my children when I am sitting on a throne.
  7. Just some thoughts, in addition to good ideas already discussed. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. I feel like Jesus, in the midst of suffering in the Garden, had the same wondering that is being expressed in the original question. The Father HAS the power to make ALL things possible, surely there must have been some other way? This does little to help understand the why, but it validates the question for sure! I'm not sure what is meant by natural law? Does the "law of sacrifice" help explain the needfulness of Christ's suffering and death? At least some piece of it. ?? 21 And the angel said unto me: Behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw? 22 And I answered him, saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore, it is the most desirable above all things. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. ^Of course I feel like he needed to die so that I would be absolutely certain that He loves me. Oh it is wonderful . . .
  8. If you really wish you could add self deprecating polygamist jokes to your humor routine, Mormonism is a valid option.
  9. If you can't sleep unless your mattress is on top of a double layer of boxes, filled with #10 cans, you should just go ahead and get baptized.
  10. If you wish there was more fruit in your Jello, you might be a good candidate for baptism.
  11. I would be interested in knowing what you expect to experience after death?
  12. It seems like someone else already brought up their own children as an analogy. If we had the ability to decide such things, what kind of life would we "allow" our earthly children. As long as my child is good and trustworthy don't I share my car, kitchen, credit card and everything else with them. Don't we want them to have every good thing? Or, do I want them to be less than me? Should they feel guilty if they think their life should be as good as mine? They certainly don't deserve as much pay as me. Which Father is/has love? The one that wants me to have all or the one who wants me to have less? If the analogy is connected to our Heavenly Father and I believe in a God of love then it is difficult for me to imagine a Father who doesn't want to give you everything. 9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Can the above scripture be applied to this discussion?
  13. I'm not sure that reading Gospel Principles is going to give a better answer for this particular topic. I honestly think that your best bet is to go to Heavenly Father in prayer and ask him if you have read truth. "If any man lack wisdom . . . " right? An apostle recently counseled our youth to do this. "Therefore, my first recommendation is to learn for yourselves who you really are. Ask your Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, how He feels about you and your mission here on earth. If you ask with real intent, over time the Spirit will whisper the life-changing truth to you. Record those impressions and review them often, and follow through with exactness. I promise you that when you begin to catch even a glimpse of how your Heavenly Father sees you and what He is counting on you to do for Him, your life will never be the same." I think the above quote shows the purpose of knowing our relationship to Father is that it helps us realize/discern/be inspired about what we need to do next as servants rather than dream about our inheritance. I have had this same question and have prayed about it and I feel that I have been taught that my main joy from the gospel comes from my hope of redemption through Jesus. I have also "over time" found answers and truth by pondering the ideas found in the essay linked earlier and asking for answers through prayer. What are your beliefs relating to our relationship with our Heavenly Father?
  14. "For some observers, the doctrine that humans should strive for godliness may evoke images of ancient pantheons with competing deities. Such images are incompatible with Latter-day Saint doctrine. Latter-day Saints believe that God’s children will always worship Him. Our progression will never change His identity as our Father and our God. Indeed, our exalted, eternal relationship with Him will be part of the “fulness of joy” He desires for us." From Becoming Like God essay found at, https://www.lds.org/topics/becoming-like-god?lang=eng