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  1. This is why it is vital for parents to take a much greater role in the proper raising of their children with the standards of Christ. Parents are intrinsically accountable by their very place as teacher, example, and leader of the family. Parents do their children a disservice by teaching them that there ought not to be consequences for actions. That is the voice of the adversary which teaches such things.
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  3. Hey guys. Check out my call to serve...
  4. I went ahead and downloaded a sample of her writing to my Kindle so I can check it out for myself. :)
  5. This book relates a man's first person account of several personal and amazing experiences that came as a result of numerous close calls with death in his life. They give a certain perspective on events leading into the final years up until the Second Coming, as well as fascinating details on the nature of spiritual communication, the role of departed family, the true nature of how to prepare for Zion, and many other things. The account of things seen and heard and felt are not given from the author's perspective. This is because it was another man's (in the record he is referred to as Spencer) personal experiences that he personally felt commanded to share, anonymously, in published form. Having read this book myself, completely, I can say that I was thoroughly blown away, and it gave me so much to ponder and seek for myself. I can tell you that if you take the opportunity to check this out, and use it to absorb more information, that the Spirit may teach you, you will not be disappointed in this work. My sister in law will be returning it this coming Sunday, and I will most definitely be reading it again. :) You can find the book at the following links: Kindle Edition: Visions of Glory: One Man's Astonishing Account of the Last Days: John Pontius: Kindle Store Paperback: Visions of Glory: One Man's Astonishing Account of the Last Days (9781462111183): John Pontius: Books
  6. The best reason to read such books is so that their words can provoke us to ponder, and search for revelation by the Holy Spirit. I can't begin to tell you how often my own search for greater light and truth came because of something I read which I tend prayed and pondered and stewed over...and the Lord was able to use it to teach me. My sister in law made a remark once about a book that I had bought, how she didn't think it was necessary to read or that it was true, and my response to her was that it was my goal to absorb as much as I can and let the Spirit sift it into categories.
  7. I miss the chat room. Good times with good friends (Becca and Pam ), good conversations. But as has been said, it only takes a few to ruin something for the whole.
  8. I think the war in Heaven was largely one for our souls. It was a massive conflict of ideology. I do believe there was a physical part to it, but not much beyond personal belief of mine supports that. Plus, I want a lightsaber. I can just imagine having one in the war in Heaven...because it's awesome. lol
  9. Well, in this line of thinking there are clearly some gaps in understanding. I believe they were the first mortals on this Earth, and that they were born of parents. As far as I understand the descent of things (in my belief), when two celestial beings produce offspring, that child is born with a spirit body. When two mortal beings procreate, you get a child clothed in a mortal form. And of course when an immortal, and mortal person procreate, you get the Son of God. Now there are still gaps in understanding as far as Adam and his fall are concerned. Did it produce biological changes that made him mortal? I think so. But then again that leads back to what his original body was like pre-fall? Was it mortal but translated to be immortal, then became mortal again after the fall? That's a little hard to believe. Was Adam conceived of immortal, Heavenly parents? But that goes back to the spirit bodies thing. If immortal beings can procreate to produce either spirit or physical bodies...well, why weren't we clothed in immortal physical bodies in the first place. Things to think about. I can't say with absolute certainty who or in what state of progression Adam's parents were. I do not believe them to be Neanderthals or pre-Adamites, as I believe all life that came before Adam (to prepare the Earth) was allowed to die off or was removed.
  10. As in Adam and Eve came in the same way as we did (ie being conceived and born)? Yes. Although I wouldn't personally consider conception and the maturation of a fetus to be 'evolution' necessarily, that just shows I know little about evolution itself. So, if you would define evolution (in part, at least) as the process of maturation and growth that a newborn goes through prior to it's physical birth, then I could accept that.
  11. I suppose that the majority of my understanding of evolution is flawed. I don't know a whole lot about it, in fact, I probably have some personal misconceptions about it. Evolution is a very expansive topic, including things that I didn't think were part of evolution (like adaptation), but apparently are. What I do believe, based on personal testimony, is that Adam and Eve were literal beings placed in the Garden, and became the first living mortals after the Earth was prepared and sanctified. Any beliefs I have about evolution must inevitably work around the fact that Adam and Eve did not arise from lesser creatures. They were placed there fully formed, imho. Consider me silly or blind to believe that our first parents were real people, but that is part of the same testimony I have of the Savior. How evolution fits into that, I really don't know. I don't even fully know what evolution is, truthfully. Heh..
  12. When I said innumerable and infinite, I was referring to our inability to designate and number each and every one of them. Of course there aren't an unlimited number of them. That isn't what I meant. As far as this book goes, I seem to think more and more than it gives many ideas that are mostly guessing, and although I agree with several things the author puts forth, there are other parts where I disagree. However, that said, the book is certainly worth reading for someone interested in the topic.
  13. Everything that exists in this universe is in fact the creation of God, imo. now when I say God I refer to the title God, not the person that is our Heavenly Father. Christ is God, so is Heavenly Father. so is the Holy Ghost. they are all God, yet they are three distinct individuals at differing rates of progression who each have the same title. It is easy to think that a galaxy is just so small to be the extent of Heavenly Father's personal domain, but when you really begin to grasp the scope and immensity of our galaxy isn't so small anymore. At least for me. Our galaxy by itself has hundreds of billions of stars. So many that we can't even count them. They are innumerable and infinite to us. Not to Heavenly Father, for they are His and He knows them each and every one. Among those hundreds of billions of stars, there are countless numbers of planets, and moons, and asteroids, and comets, etc... There are so many objects in our galaxy, it's impossible for us to truly conceive of it in any but the most general descriptive terms.
  14. The part I bolded is the bit in particular that I wish to comment on. I do not believe that the statement that Adam is the "primal parent of our race" is in reference to social distinction. When I read that statement, it certainly doesn't come across as 'Adam is the primal parent of Caucasians, or <insert race here>.' The statement is more correctly read as "Adam is the primal parent of our species", imo, which would absolutely put it in a biological, not social, context. If I've misunderstood, please correct me.